Just a few years back (OK, it was more than a few…say thirty give or take), Warrenton’s Ernie Oare was poised to win the one race he wanted to win the most – the Virginia Gold Cup.

He had a good timber horse under him in Allen B.J., and had won the Seven Corners Championship. But Oare’s his girth broke during the race effectively ending his attempt.

Oare has been trying ever since to find the “right horse” for the four mile timber event on the first Saturday in May.

Enter Orison.

Orison has been a top notch steeplechase horse winning major NSA events over hurdles, and now he’s trying his hand at timber. So, far so good.

At the Warrenton Point-to-Point, Orison (chestnut, white blaze) won the Spring Valley Open Timber over a three mile course by 1 ½ lengths over Rosbrian Farm’s Tacloban and Augustin Stables Radio Flyer (Ire).

Orison moved to stalk Tacloban with six furlongs to run, took the lead approaching the last fence and easily held Tacloban safe in the stretch. This was rider, Paddy Young’s third win on the card, and trainer, Doug Fout’s second.

Orison is a seven-year-old gelding by Pulpit, out of Sazarac Jazz by Dixieland Band. He was bred in Kentucky by Jayeff B Stables.

(Photo by Douglas Lees)