It was a marathon day at the Middleburg point-to-point races today as the 10 events on the card were run in 15 divisions.
In the ladies timber race, Anxious Talker and Jordan traded the lead through most of the last circuit in the three-mile race. Coming to the finish, it appeared as if Anxious Talker, with Michele Rouse riding, would cross first. But up rushed Hilary Thompson and Jordan to win by a nose.
It was Thompson's third victory of the day and she gave all the credit to the horse. "The horse brought me back," she said. "When I asked him, he gave." Sarah Vorhies and Jupiter finished third.
In the feature race, Cookin' 'N' Lookin', ridden by owner Paul Cramer Jr., set a fast pace throughout. He was caught by Coosaw, with trainer Denny Brown up, and the two traded the lead into the stretch, At the finish, it was Coosaw, barely. Three lengths back was Manly Carter, Jeff Curtis the rider.
The Seven Corners race once again was won by Dr. William Russell, this time on his gray gelding Fiddler's Dam, who was placed first after the apparent winner, Chatex, was disqualified for cutting a flag.
Six-year-old Jibaku, ridden by Gregg Morris, prevailed over the New Zealand horse Gogong in the open hurdles race.