The only thing the Middleburg Hunt point-to-point meeting needed after Knight Spot defeated A Country Formal in the 42nd renewal of the Middleburg Bowl was a match race or jumpoff for the best three-mile timber horse.
The three best races of the day, featuring the most impressive winners, were the Journeys End Bowl won by Too Far Gone, the Middleburg Hunt Plate, won by Juggernaut II, and the Lewis Leith Cup, won by Sandi's Prissy.
All three were run over Glenwood Park's three-mile course with 15 jumps. If one had to pick a winner on time alone, it would have been Juggernaut II. But had the horses been running and jumping against each other, it might have been a different story.
Juggernaut II, ridden today by Jack Fisher, looked every inch the premier timber steeplechase by breaking open the Middleburg Plate between the eighth and ninth fences and going on to win by 15 lengths over Inns of Court, in 6:26.1.
Second in the mythical jumpoff, on time, would have been Sandi's Prissy, the colorful Maryland speedster who waited until the long swing into Glenwood's short stretch to make her move, catching Champerty and going on to win in 6:28.1 under Lisa Coffren.
Third, on the basis of a time of 6:38, would have been Too Far Gone, a veteran 'chaser who also waited until the stretch before overtaking Martial Law (who had led all the way) for owner-rider Susan Sutula.