The second of seven Virginia spring Point-to-Point racing events was held March 23rd at the Salem Racecourse in Upperville and included ten races held in spring-like conditions.
A total of $4,000 in starter reward monies were distributed to entrants that were either Virginia owned or Virginia trained horses. The program is part of a new “Point to Points Pay” initiative from the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) designed to help boost participation in the events. An owner is awarded $200 for any Commonwealth owned/trained horse that starts in any of the March and April meets. A total of $6,000 in awards were doled out at the first meet of the season — the Warrenton Hunt — on March 16th.
Top award earner from Upperville was Kincross Farm, which had four horses compete. Their Pocket Talk captured the Thomas Beach and Virginia Beach Memorial Lady Rider Timber race. Pathfinder Racing snagged a trio of awards and two of their starters won races — Talk Less in the VHBPA Flat and Front Line Paige in the Col. Richard Henry Dulaney Memorial Open Flat. Owners Don Yovanovich and the Shannon Hill Farm both won two apiece.
Other Virginia owned horses that captured races were Smokin Caraquena (Wykham View Stables) and Rockin Allen (T&C Elite Sport Horses).
The spring season continues Sunday March 31st with the Orange County Hounds Point-to-Point in Middleburg (Locust Hill Farm) and on Saturday April 6th in Rappahannock County with the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point at the Ben Venue Farm.
Entries and results for all events can be found at www.centralentryoffice.com.