Winterthur Holds Annual Point-to-Point Races on Sunday, May 6th


Activities include antique carriage parade, fun for families, and horse racing

Winterthur, DE March 27, 2007—With the suspense of steeplechase racing, the festivity of tailgate picnicking, the glamour of historic Rolls-Royce automobiles, and the exuberance of thousands of merrymakers, the 29th annual Winterthur Point-to-Point races, scheduled for May 6, promise an exciting day for race goers of all ages.

The annual parade of antique carriages signals the traditional start of race day. Led by George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, the parade features more than 40 antique carriages, including coaches, phaetons, park drags, runabouts, carts, and wagonettes from all over the country. The carriages will arrive at Winterthur after traveling through the hills of the Brandywine Valley to parade before the crowd (course conditions permitting).

The Amateur Rider’s Club of America takes place at 2 p.m., followed by the Middletown Cup at 2:30 p.m. Both are flat races. Post time for the first of three steeplechase races is at 3 p.m. The Isabella du Pont Sharp Memorial, a maiden timber race, with a $10,000 purse, is run first. At 3:30 p.m., the Winterthur Bowl, an open timber race with a $17,500 purse, presented by the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, is run. The final race is the Vicmead Plate at 4 p.m., an amateur highweight timber race with a $5,000 purse. The races are run on a course of approximately 3 1/8 miles, with a total of eight fences that are jumped 17 times. Trophies for these races are adapted from originals in the Winterthur collection. (Please see attached schedule of events.)

The daylong festivities begin when Winterthur’s gates open at 9:30 a.m. All races will be broadcast on a JumboScreen, measuring 20 feet by 27 feet, with multiple cameras positioned throughout the course so that race-goers will see every jump. The screen is located atop the infield hill, visible from every vantage point. Proceeds benefit year-round programming at Winterthur.

New This Year:

Alumni Parking Area

“We’re introducing a new tailgate parking area for those who want to have large gatherings for clubs and reunions, such as college and university alumni groups,” says Roseann Smith, director of events. “We can customize the spot for each group, whether they want to entertain from their car or if they just need a larger area than our traditional parking spaces.”

Hat’s Off to the Races

“Wear your favorite hat and prepare your favorite feast because you can be a winner at this year’s Point-to-Point,” says Smith. “We’ll have two teams of judges roving through the crowd. One group, the ‘Mad Hatters,’ will look for the finest hats, and will award prizes on the spot. The other will judge a secret tailgate competition by visiting picnics throughout the parking area, and choosing the best presented picnic as winner of the coveted silver tray, with the host or hostess spotlighted on the JumboScreen.” Those who need a hat before race day can find one at Anastasia’s (302.652.2575)

Classic Automobile Display

More than 30 classic Rolls-Royces will be on view throughout the day, as part of Winterthur’s spring program of weekly historic automobile displays. The Rolls-Royce display honors Henry Francis du Pont’s appreciation of stylish luxury autos. Du Pont owned several Rolls-Royces during his lifetime.

Entertaining Options

The Turf Club, a tent near the finish line with a buffet luncheon, is available by reserved tables for ten. Admission is $2,000 and includes hospitality, beverages, ten admission wristbands, and five VIP parking passes. The Winterthur Business Associates (WBA) will also have a trackside tent with a buffet luncheon and reserved parking for a fee of $125 per person for WBA members and $150 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made by calling Robin Sarratt-Cohen at 302.888.4687 or rsarra@winterthur.org. Gourmet picnic baskets are also available. Each basket includes a full picnic for four people, with a choice of red or white wine. Baskets may be ordered by contacting Nicole Bailey 302.888.4855 or nbailey@winterthur.org. Catering is provided by Restaurant Associates.

Premium and Tailgate Parking

Spectators can shorten their walk to the races by purchasing a Premium Parking space, adjacent to the event site, for $15 per vehicle. A variety of Tailgate Parking spots adjacent to the race course, ranging in cost from $250 to $600, are also available. These may only be purchased in advance by calling 302.888.4994.

Advance Sales Only

Wristbands are available by advance sale only ($25, adults; $15, ages 12–20; and $5, ages 2–11; children under two are admitted free but must have a wristband). They may be purchased in person at Winterthur, online at www.winterthur.org, and at any Delaware ShopRite supermarket (Concord, Newark, and Stanton). Wristbands may also be purchased at the restaurant partners: Centreville Café; Harry’s Seafood Grill; Iron Hill Brewery (Newark, West Chester, and Wilmington); Kelly’s Logan House; Mikimoto’s Asian Grill & Sushi Bar; Presto!; and The Whip Restaurant (Coatesville, Pennsylvania).

Point-to-Point sponsors include Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association; Friess Associates, LLC; Weymouth and Smith Insurance, Inc.; and WSFS Bank

THE 29TH RUNNING OF THE WINTERTHUR POINT-TO-POINT
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007 Schedule

9:30 a.m.- Gates open

10:00 a.m.- NEW! Historic Automobile Display featuring a selection of Rolls-Royces
NEW! Delaware Law Enforcement Pipe Band
NEW! Book Stall selling horse-themed books
Kids Corral, Pony Rides, Stick Horses
Sponsored by Weymouth and Smith Insurance, Inc.
Marketplace
Canine Capers
Admission to Garden and Galleries(For Corporate and Preferred Parking wristband holders)
Sponsored by Friess Associates, LLC

12:00 noon- Pony Races
NEW! Parade of River Hill Foxhounds
Presented by Valero Delaware City Refinery

1:00 p.m.- Parade of Antique Carriages
Sponsored by WSFS Bank

2:00 p.m.- Amateur Riders Club of America—Flat Race

2:30 p.m.- Middletown Cup—Open Flat Race

3:00 p.m.- Isabella du Pont Sharp Memorial
Maiden Timber Race, $10,000 purse

3:30 p.m.- Winterthur Bowl
Open Timber Race, $17,500 purse
Presented by Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

4:00 p.m.- Vicmead Plate
Amateur Highweight Timber Race, $5,000 purse

4:30 p.m.- Awarding of the Greta Layton Brown Trophy
Sponsored by AirTran Airways

5:00 p.m.- Gates close

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American antiques, naturalistic garden, and research library for the study of American art and material culture—offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. Winterthur has been named one of the country’s “10 great places of historic proportions” by USA Today; “one of the 10 grandest mansions in America” by Budget Travel; and one of the “10 best art museums for kids” by Child magazine.

The “Winterthur Experience” ($20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; $10 for ages 2–11) includes one guided Discovery Tour of the mansion or garden as well as access to the Galleries, special exhibitions, the garden, a narrated tram tour (weather permitting), the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens, and Enchanted Woods (the children’s garden). Additional tours may be added for $5; tickets are valid for two consecutive days. A Garden & Galleries Pass for self-guided tours is also available ($15 for adults; $13 for students and seniors; $5 for ages 2–11).

Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday–Sunday. Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1, is closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600, or TTY 302.888.4907. Online, visit www.winterthur.org.

Photo Credit: Chip Riegel

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