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Hunt Cup/UFC Fights

Updated: Tuesday, April 29 2014, 05:09 PM EDT
It was a busy weekend with events going on all over Baltimore, and on Saturday afternoon, we made the trek out to Greenspring Valley for the 118th running of the Hunt Cup. Weatherwise, it was a perfectly sunny and warm spring day, and we drove out to Tufton Road and parked two SUVs and proceeded to set up our picnic spread. Strolling through the crowds of spectators, it was fun to run into David Ashton, Todd & Samantha Yuhanick, John & Shannon Ware, James Piper Bond, Howdy Strotterhoff & Heather Higgins, Dan & Mary Helrich, Christian Johannsson, Eleanor Landauer, and Parker Mount & Laura Calhoun. While sipping on Pimm's Cups and nibbling on Oriental chicken salad, we debated the prospects for the 15 horses in the race, and picked our favorites. In the end, Guts for Garters took the trophy, and only four horses completed the grueling race. Although there were a number of falls, thankfully none of the horses or riders were injured.
    A few hours later, I headed downtown to the Baltimore Arena for the UFC Championship fights. This internationally televised (on pay-per-view) evening of MMA fighting drew a lot of people to Baltimore, and easily sold-out every seat in the arena. Our seats were on the floor in the fifth row, and two rows in front of us I spied Ravens running back Ray Rice, and a bit further to our left, retired Raven Ray Lewis and retired UFC champion Chuck Liddell. Our group included Avery Strachan, John Marsh, Tom Brinkley and Steve Stern. All the fights were fun to watch, but the evening's light heavyweight championship match, between defender Jon Jones and Brazil's Glover Teixeira was particularly exciting. And it was great to see so much activity in and around the arena all evening.
(Shown above: Spectators on the hillside above Tufton Road in Greenspring Valley, waiting for the Hunt Cup steeplechase to begin.)Hunt Cup/UFC Fights


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