The Orange County Hounds Point-to-Point Races were held on Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia, on Sunday, March 29, 2015, perhaps the nicest spring day for racegoers yet this season.
Gregg Ryan, MFH of the Piedmont Fox Hounds and the Snickersville Hounds in Virginia, marked his return to the racecourse by winning the Amateur Novice Rider Hurdle Race on his veteran, Spy In The Sky. Ryan allowed Ben Swope on Special Guy to set the pace for much of the race, before pulling away with five furlongs to go. Special Guy, as he did at Warrenton, made a late rush, but not enough.
Spy In The Sky is trained by Eva Smithwick, Gregg’s Joint-Master at Snickersville. Trained in years past by Jimmy Day, Spy in the Sky won the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap at Saratoga in 2012, returning long odds of 25-1 to the lucky ticket holders there.
Trainer Neil Morris and rider Jacobs Roberts teamed up to sweep both divisions of the Novice Timber Race on two of the Morris entries: Otter Racing’s Le Chevalier in the first, and Kinross Farm’s More Tea Vicar in the second.
Trainers Jimmy Day and Jack Fisher saddled the winners of the Open Races—Hurdle and Timber respectively. In the Open Hurdle Race, Bruce Smart’s Orchestra Leader, Brendan Brooks up, led all the way with Jeff Murphy pulling up Teddy Mulligan’s Getaway as he did at Blue Ridge when bested by Manacor.
The Open Timber Race was determined by just a head, as Straight To It, leading all the way under Sean McDermott, held off a driving Schoolhouse Woods at the wire. Straight To It is trained by Jack Fisher and owned by Sheila Williams and Andre Brewster.
Posted April 4, 2015