For Saturday’s Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races at Ben Venue Farm’s rolling race course, a finally spring-like weather forecast attracted an overflowing entry box for the day’s nine races which were run under sunny skies but with chillier-than-expected winds.
Sara E. Collette’s Wahoo, ridden by Jacob Roberts, trained by Neil Morris, takes the lead from Celtic Venture Stable’s Prima Facie, Jeff Murphy doing the honors, to prevail by 1/2-length in the Leeds Manor flat race for Virginia-breds. Richard Valentine trained the winner of the Volanee Maiden Hurdle, Jake’s Mandate, owned by Rose Marie Bogley, ridden by Robbie Walsh. Jake’s Mandate, shown here leaping in front of Shown here, leaping in the irons, leaping in front of Fall Colors, Brendan Brooks. Sara Collette’s Vladykov challenged in the final two furlongs, but Jake’s Mandate increased his lead to four lengths for the win. Fall Colors finished third.
The Ben Venue Ladies Timber started two, and Emme Fullilove, just out of junior ranks, took the lead with her I’m Telling, formerly owned and trained by the late Bay Cockburn. After one circuit, the veteran I’m Telling had established a huge lead and Suzanne Stettinius pulled up Admiral Bull. Fullilove completed the course for the win.
Controlled Neglect, Brendan Brooks in the plate: the Kentucky-bred mare made it two for two for owner Ann Braxton Jones-Lynch, by posting a two-legnth win in the Big Cobbler Amateur-Novice Rider Hurdle Race.
Sara E. Collette’s Wahoo, ridden by Jacob Roberts, trained by Neil Morris, takes the lead from Celtic Venture Stable’s Prima Facie, Jeff Murphy doing the honors, to prevail by 1/2-length in the Leeds Manor flat race for Virginia-breds. Warrenton attorney Blair Howard (shown here) and partners George Massie and Jordan Kristoff claimed victory in the open division for the home team at Sunday’s Old Dominion Hounds hunter pace held at Ben Venue Farm. Outgoing ODH huntsman and partner Connor Poe won the fast-time division, with ODH junior members Lakyn Harlow and Emma Keahon taking the junior division.