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Jack Fisher trained and rode his mother’s Revelstoke to victory in the 100th anniversary running of the Maryland Hunt Cup. The Fisher family had long made its mark on the historic race – Jack’s father, Dr. John R.S. Fisher, won the race in 1969 and 1971 aboard Landing Party. Dr. Fisher’s uncle Janon Fisher Jr. and cousin Janon Fisher III campaigned three-time winner Mountain Dew, and Janon Fisher Jr. trained three-time winner Blockade. Jack’s mother, Dolly Fisher, was the granddaughter of John H. O’Donovan Sr., owner of three-time winner Garry Owen.
The training operation of Jack Fisher and his wife Sheila, granddaughter of legendary horseman Stuart Janney Jr., was the subject of a feature story. Five years earlier, the couple joined forces to campaign Timber Horse of the Year Call Louis. Married since 1992, the Fishers had also produced in a few short years additional timber champion Gus’s Boy, hurdle champion South of Java and Virginia Gold Cup winners Push and Pull and Saluter, the latter taking the Gold Cup a week after Revelstoke’s Hunt Cup win.
Jack Fisher now trains the top steeplechase stable in the country with 12 National Steeplechase Association championships and more than $16.4 million in earnings.
• After guiding Arcadia Stable’s Buck Jakes to victory in the Grand National at Butler, Charlie Fenwick Jr. called it a career. “Everything came together for this race. Which meant that there would probably be no better time to quit,” said the 46-year-old Fenwick after winning his 10th Grand National. The five-time Maryland Hunt Cup-winning rider noted his final mount was “no doubt a Maryland Hunt Cup prospect.”
Trained by Fenwick and ridden by Anne Moran, Buck Jakes won the Hunt Cup in 1995 and 1997.
• Maryland native John Michael Stanley Finney, who guided Fasig-Tipton through a period of tremendous growth from the 1960s into the 1980s, died several days before his 60th birthday. The son of revered horseman Humphrey S. Finney, he built upon his father’s legacy, enlarging Fasig-Tipton’s field of operations and guiding it through the heyday of the commercial market in the early 1980s.

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