Clear skies and good footing today blessed the 36th annual Piedmont Point to Point races. William H. duPont rode his 8-year-old gelding Estremadura over three miles of rolling hills and timber fences to a hard-fought victory against J. S. Griswold's Too Far Gone, earning the Oakley Plate and virtually assuring himself of the Seven Corners Trophy.
Charles C. Fenwick's Geeneda came in third.
The Rokeby Bowl, sixth race of the day, over timber, was won by Baros Negros, laid off for some time after an injury. With Paddy Neilson riding, he made a convincing comeback today beating Mark of Honor, Moon Meeting, Timber Topper and Virginia Volunteer in that order.
Kelvin Palmer's Kool Kake won the Clifton, a 1-1/2 mile hurdle race for owner-riders, R. M. Waterman was second on Jo-Ann's Brother and William Chewning third on Blue Nearco.
The ladies' race was particularly exciting as Diane Eeeds rode G. L. Ohrstom's Manco Capac to teh lead with a burst of speed four fences from the finish and moved steadily away from Patricia Cassel on Never Delay and Donna Truslow on Honey's Morn, the early leader.
Spring Hill Farm's Brillion won the second race a 1-1/2 mile open hurdls, with Noel Twyman riding. Sound Dollar came in second with Jonathan Ruhsam up.
The first race, on the flat, was divided into two section. Eric Watters' Buttered Up won the first, defeating Rokeby Stables' Silent Kingdom. James Hackman's Goose Kat won the second. Fool's Taxes came in second and Wouldyouifyoucould was third.