Jay Griswold's Too Far Gone was far ahead at the finish of the Montgomery three-mile timber feature of the Goshen Hunt's eighth annual point-to-point meeting at Tusculum Farm today. The day was marred when one horse suffered a fall and had to be destroyed.
The early leader, Jim Robinson's Tunnel Turner, which set a sizzling pace despite the heavy going, fell at the seventh jump. The black gelding broke a leg in three places and had to be destroyed.
Too Far Gone, a seven-year-old chestnut, finished far ahead of runner-up Jay's Trouble. Frivolous was third.
"Too Far Gone's a good horse," said Griswold who has trained and ridden some good horses in this time. "I got him from Betty Bird. She owns Ft. Devon, who's going next month at Aintree. This is his second win."
Griswold rated the Ben Marshall-Romantus Rebel gelding well off the early pace set by Tunnel Turner and was moving up through the field when the latter fell at the seventh barrier. By the eighth, Too Far Gone was on top. Over the final five jumps and on the downhill stretch, the winner pulled away from the sield.
Won last year by Jay's Trouble, the Montgomery is race No. 2 for the Governor's Cup, Maryland 's spring point-to-point championship.
A crowd of nearly 2,000 saw the return of Joe Aitcheson to the saddle when the nation's No. 1 steeplechase rider over the last 20 years rode Happy Intellectual to victory in the second division of the Sandy Springs. The 1 1/4-mile flat race was Aitcheson's first ride in almost a year because of injury.