Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point
Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia
Saturday, April 8, 2017

First Race
The Big Cobbler    Amateur/Novice Rider Hurdle    About 2 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Alvitude *155Trevor RyanJennifer TaylorCarl Rafter 
2Manacor (Ire) *165Aaron DavisManacor PartnersWilliam Dowling 
3Fall Colors *158Amber HodykaS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day 
4Way Up High *155Erin SwopeBenjamin C. SwopeBenjamin C. Swope 

Fall Colors set the early pace but gave way to Manacor who led the second time around. Alvitude challenged Manacor with three fences left. These two dueled to the last fence and Alvitude won going away.

Winning Margin: 1 1/2   Winning Time: 3:51   Turf: good

Alvitude, b. g. 2009, by Aptitude out of Alvernia, by Alydar. Bred by Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Ky)

Second Race
The Ben Venue    Lady Rider Timber    About 3 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Sweet Talking Guy 150Erin SwopeErin SwopeErin Swope 
2Rutledge Classic 150Emme FulliloveEva D. SmithwickEva D. Smithwick 
3Girlsruletheworld 140Elizabeth ScullyElizabeth ScullyMark Beecher 

Sweet Talking Guy ran in Rutledge Classic's shadow for much of the race and took a share of the lead three fences from home. These two battled to the last and Sweet Talking Guy proved best in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 2 1/4   Winning Time: 7:22   Turf: good

Sweet Talking Guy, ch. g. 2008, by Oratory out of Lawleypop, by Horatius. Bred by Karl B. Johnson (Md)

Third Race
The Volanee    Maiden Hurdle    About 2 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Show King 160Liam McVicarShannon Hill FarmJimmy Day 
2Night Sounds 155Jeff MurphyMr. & Mrs. Dyson Dryden, IVAlexandra S. White 
3Rodie *150Trevor RyanLawrence G. and Rose B. McDadeSusan S. Cooney 
LRCryptos' Holiday 155Brendan CrowleyMagalen O. BryantDoug Fout 

Rodie set the pace in the very early going, but Show King quickly assumed command after the second fence. Show King steadliy widened on the field and romped home alone as much the best.

Winning Margin: 30   Winning Time: 3:54 1/5   Turf: good

Show King, b. g. 2011, by Fantasticat out of Straight Blues, by Straight Man. Bred by Eric J. Myer (NY)

Fourth Race
Amateur and Novice Rider Timbe    About 3 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Naturally Won 165William DowlingNorthwoods StableWilliam Dowling 
LRBob Greco *165Brooke LeathermanSmall Giant's StableKeri Brion 
PUGusto At Dawn 165Benjamin SwopeBenjamin C. SwopeBenjamin C. Swope 

Naturally Won went to the front immediately. After Bob Greco lost his rider and Gusto at Dawn was pulled up in the early going, he was left alone in the amateur and novice rider timber race. The foxhunters ran with amateur/novice horses and Air Maggy raced close to Naturally Won throughout the combined races.

Winning Margin:   Winning Time: 7:50 1/5   Turf: good

Naturally Won, gr. g. 2012, by Afleet Alex out of Cateleisha, by Smoke Glacken. Bred by Anthony Mitola & Keith Leonard (NY)

Fourth Race - Division 2.0
Foxhunter Timber    About 3 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Air Maggy 160Kelly WoosterSmall Giant's StableKeri Brion 
2Addones Last Hurrah 160Zoe ValvoGalena RacingZoe Valvo 

Air Maggy forced Naturally Won's pace throughout the combined races. Air Maggie was six lengths behing Naturally Won at the finish.

Winning Margin: 2 1/2   Winning Time: 7:52   Turf: good

Air Maggy, gr./ro. g. 2006, by Sky Mesa out of Mighty Mags, by Wild Again. Bred by John C. Oxley (Ky)

Fifth Race
The Meeting House Mountain    Open Hurdle    About 2 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Easy Exit 165Jeff MurphyClorevia FarmDoug Fout 
2Dai Bando (Ire) 155Liam McVicarS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day 
3Perfect Union 165Brendan CrowleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout 

Easy Exit led all the way and was never seriously challenged. Dai Bando made a mild bid in the last quarter mile but was second best.

Winning Margin: 7   Winning Time: 3:48 2/5   Turf: good

Easy Exit, dk.b./br. g. 2012, by Mineshaft out of Talent, by Cryptoclearance. Bred by William M. Backer Revocable Trust (Va)

Sixth Race
The Leeds Don    Open Timber    About 3 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Canyon Road 175Jeff MurphyGordonsdale FarmChristopher L. Kolb 
2Worried Man 165Brendan CrowleyFour Virginia GentsDoug Fout 

Canyon Road never led by more than 3 lengths or less than 1 1/2 but was not hard pressed at any point to hold Worried Man safe.

Winning Margin: 1 1/2   Winning Time: 7:13   Turf: good

Canyon Road, ch. g. 2009, by Service Stripe out of Observe, by Patton. Bred by Gordonsdale Farm (WV)

Seventh Race
The High Thicket    Novice Rider Flat    About 1 1/2 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1So Far Away 160Victoria LawrenceBetsy B. MeadDoug Fout 
2Coturnix 160Kelly WoosterEva D. SmithwickEva D. Smithwick 
3Keepyuriondabalado 170Zoe ValvoGalena RacingZoe Valvo 
4Be Back 160Emme FulliloveLana WrightNeil R. Morris 
5Plated 160Amber HodykaMagalen O. BryantJimmy Day 
6Aloma's Image 140Aaron DavisThomas L. CoulterJames Piper 
7Miss Any 140Mike WoodsonLost Acres Racing LLCD. Gould Brittle 

So Far Away, Coturnix and Keepyuriondabalado were always close to the pace. So Far Away and Coturnix dueled into the stretch with Keepyuriondabalado close behind. It was only in the last strides that So Far Away pulled away.

Winning Margin: 1 1/4   Winning Time: 2:54   Turf: good

So Far Away, b. m. 2010, by Skip Away out of Hark the Sound (GB), by Robellino. Bred by Betsy B. Mead (Ky)

Eighth Race
Purse $2,000    The Leeds Manor    Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    About 1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Officer's Oath 155Liam McVicarS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day$1,200
2Willisville 160Jeff MurphyJean L. RofeJean L. Rofe$400
3Life's Fortune 150Trevor RyanLazy Lane FarmSusan S. Cooney$220
4Virginia Envy 140Teresa CroceRidgeview FarmCarl Rafter$100
5Akubra 145Emme FullilovePathfinder RacingNeil R. Morris$80
6Sunburned Gold 145Brendan CrowleyFraco 1 LLCSusan S. Cooney 

Officer's Oath stalked Life's Fortune's pace, moved to the front with a quarter mile to run and won as his rider pleased.

Winning Margin: 6 1/2   Winning Time: 2:10   Turf: good

Officer's Oath, b. g. 2013, by Luftikus out of Officer Pepper, by Officer. Bred by Daybreak Stables, Inc. (Va)