Barros Negros has won only two races on the point-to-point circuit this spring, but both were big ones, and they gained the dark brown gelding the Virginia Timber Horser of the Year award.
In balloting by a panel of sportswriters, victories by the 10-year-old son of Banyan in the 3 1/2-mile Rokeby Bowl at Piedmont and the four-mile Eustis Cup at Oatlands, both under 175 pounds, became the deciding factor.
Manco Capac II, a three-time winner in the women's races, had strong backing, as did double winners Masters Degree, Sabinus, Estremadura, Cousil Wes and Never Delay. Timber Topper, the grand old veteran of the circuit, who started seven times, won once and finished second twice, also had a following.
Barros Negros, owned by Dr. Ralph Lynch, trained by Bill Walsh and ridden in both of its successful starts by Louis (Paddy) Neilson III, had been out of racing since its victory in the Eustis Cup in 1975. A knee operation for Fanos' disease sidelined the powerful jumper for almost 20 months.
The timber award, the awards for the leading woman and men point-to-point riders, and the First Colony Life challenge trophy will be presented Friday night at the Virginia House near Warrenton.
The first Colony Life trophy will go to Baltimore's Charles (Chick) Owens' High Peak, top owner-rider hurdle horsr of the spring; to Monkton, Md.'s Ross Pearce as top man rider; and to Arlington's Patty Cassel as the top woman rider for the second year in a row.