The Middleburg Hunt point-to-point steeplechase meeting is usually the make-or-break point on Virginia's spring circuit.
This year, because of the weather, today's 39th renewal of the races at Glenwood Park hopefully will serve as a sorting-out meet for the remaining spring championships - Old Dominion, Oatlands, Fairfax, Blue Ridge and Rappahannock.
The Seven Corners battle is a good example. Although Randy Rouse's Cousin Wes leads the pack with two wins, arch rival Mike duPont's Estremadura is a close second, and at least a half dozen other timber horses are within striking distance. Some clarification should be evident after today's three-mile Middleburg Hunt Plate.
The same applies to the First Colony Life series, the championship battle for the owner-rider hurdles title. There have been three races, three winners.J. Gibson Semmes on Second Call at Casanova, Bill Chewning on Blue Neareco at Warrenton and Randy Waterman on Jo Anne's Brother at Piedmont.
Defending Virginia champion Patty Cassil seem to have a firm grip in the ladies timber competition. Her speedy 12-year-old bay mare, Never Delay, was out of the money at Casanova but came back to win at Warrenton and Piedmont.
The afternoon card has eight races, starting at 1:30. At 10:30 a.m. a point-to-point is scheduled as well as a pair of junior races. Glenwood Park, is loccated one mile northwest of Middleburg.