Harness racing driver-trainer Stacy McLenaghan, a 26 year old native of New Kent, swept both ends of a late "sprint-like" daily double Wednesday afternoon (September 21) at Colonial Downs. The final two races, along with a trio earlier, were contested at the three-quarter mile distance.
Long time Director of Racing Craig Andow also carded three of the short distance races on Sunday to mix things up on opening week.
McLenaghan scored wins aboard Beyond Perfection ($27.00) and A Canuck Eh ($8.40) in the respective 10th and 11th races. The former connected in a first leg division of the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association (VHHA) Pacing Series by staying on the outside of Rolling On through the first two fractions. Once in the straightaway, Beyond Perfection caught the frontstepper and won by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:22.0.
In the finale, A Canuck Eh won his fourth of the year by leaving the pocket midway through the turn. He then met Derek Bromac N stride for stride and then won a stretch duel by three-quarter lengths in 1:24 1/5. Both the 9 year oldgelding and Beyond Perfection are owned by Stacy’s father Ron.
Three Five Seven captured the other VHHA’s first leg division, winning by one-half length over Dustin Ingraham’s A Fool For Mark in 1:21 3/5. In a very similar race to A Canuck Eh’s, driver Corey Braden brought his 6 year oldgelding out from a pocket trip just before the stretch to wear down the leader just in time. Three Five Seven captured his fifth win of the year for trainer Jeff Amann.
Colonial Downs presents a ten race card on Thursday starting at 1 PM.