John McCormack’s homebred Snowbuster, with John Delaney in the irons, rallied from the middle of the field and then won impressively in the $2,000 VHBPA Virginia-Bred/Sired flat race at the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Raes on Saturday.
The Virginia-bred winner has a pedigree that says both Virginia and steeplechasing being by Bop, out of Eyrecourt Rose by Salutely.  Bop was a Virginia-bred stakes winner and Salutely is the sire of Virginia Equine Hall of Fame member and six time Virginia Gold Cup winner Saluter.

Complete order of finish: 1) Snowbuster (John Delaney – rider, John McCormack – owner, John McCormack – trainer) $1,200; 2) Hurricane Carousel (Jeff Murphy, MarJim Farm, Simon Hobson) $400; 3) Wild Ball (Roddy Mackenzie, Randy Rouse, Randy Rouse) $220; 4) Lonesome (Carl Rafter, William M. Backer, Julie Gomena) $100; 5) Hey Doctor (Bruce, Mary Fleming Finlay, Mrs. D.M. Smithwick) $80; 6) Silver Daughter (Liam McVicar, Atkins Homes, Inc., Susan Cooney); 7) Finneas (Suzanne Stettinius, Jalin Stable, Jaz Napravnik).

Aero (left)

In the last race of the day, Virginia-bred Aero won the Novice Timber race for owner Dr. Al Griffin.  By Northern Spur (IRE), out of Best Victory (Fr) by Cadoudal (Fr), the winner under Jeff Murphy prevailed by a half-lenghth over Belarion and Paddy Young.

Aero was bred by Eldon Farm Racing Stable LLC.

(Photos by Douglas Lees)