John Wagner's Game Day, winner of a three-quarter mile harness racing event last race, stretched out an additional quarter mile Tuesday afternoon (October 26) and still got to the winner's circle in Colonial Downs' $5,000 featured pace.
The 4 year oldgelding came first over heading into the turn, made up five lengths before the third fraction, then passed Polo Johnny and front stepping Chris Fatta in deep stretch to win in 1:50 1/5, third fastest time of the fall season.
Only Vlos, who triggered a 1:48.0 mile in the Patriot Invitational, and Tattler’s Jet, who scored a 1:49 2/5 sizzler earlier in the month, have faster times this fall. Game Day, whose previous best time at the mile distance was 1:51 1/5, also recorded the fastest time of any three-quarter mile race at Colonial this fall, a 1:22 4/5 mark. Game Day is trained by leading conditioner Manley Brown Jr. for Clarissa Coughlin of Lothian, Maryland.
The warm fall weather helped trigger new life marks in nine of the ten one mile races. Five of those winners lowered their mark by over two seconds. The only “blemish” of a perfect “low score” day came in the fourth race when the Brown-Wagner duo’s Here To Fraternity won in 1:55 3/5, two-fifths of a second slower than his prior best.
Colonial Downs’ fall season is in the home stretch. The track will host a ten race card Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 PM. The current season comes to an end November 6th.