Eloise Eden wired the field and scored a convincing six and a half length win in Saturday's $5,000 Virginia-bred 2 Year Old Filly Trot, which served as a prep for next Sunday's $50,000 (est.) finale at Colonial Downs.
Dan O'Mara guided thefilly for trainer Joann Perry and owner Mark Bowser of Charlottesville. Eloise Eden, fresh off a pair of qualifying wins at Vernon Downs, cut fractions of :28.0, :57 4/5 and 1:27 3/5 before cruising home in 1:56 4/5. Maker's Guide was second and Beep Beep Bye Bye was third.
Jane Dunavant's Candid Photo had a similar wire-to-wire effort in the 2 Year Old Colt & Gelding Trot, but he dominated as four of the six entrants had breaking issues. Thegelding cut panels of :28 3/5, :59 2/5 and 1:29 3/5 before he coasted across the finish line in 1:59 1/5, sixteen lengths over runner-up Dusty's Superstar. Co-owned by Dunavant and Katherine Smith of Glen Allen, Candid Photo was coming off a convincing six length win at Colonial in 1:57 3/5. Chris Page guided the winner in both races.
The fillies were faster than the colts and geldings in the freshman pacing preps as well. Morgan Hagerman's Blueridge Adalia edged Miss Sowo in the filly prep in 1:55 1/5 while Amanda Jackson's Hillbilly Mountain Breeze took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to capture the colt & gelding pace in 1:56 1/5.
The three year old divisions will compete Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. All eight Virginia-bred championship titles will be decided in next Sunday's $400,000 "Day of Champions" showcase event.