Derwins Prospector wins Hunt Cup after eight of 10 horses fail to finish

One by one, the favorites in Saturday’s 121st running of the $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup fell by the wayside.

Defending champion Senior Senator went down at just the third of 22 fences, quickly ending his hopes for a repeat. Super Saturday, fourth in last weekend’s Grand National, followed suit one fence later.

After just 1 mile of the 4-mile steeplechase through the rolling hills of Glyndon, only four of the original 10 horses remained.

That opened the door for the unlikeliest of heroes.

Derwins Prospector, a 9-year-old Kentucky bred who had won just one of 22 previous career starts — and last year didn’t make it past the first fence — outdueled Drift Society down the stretch to take the final jewel of the Maryland timber triple crown by three-quarters of a length.

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