Joey Mapes scores natural hat trick Sunday

10:34 PM 09 Sep 2012 NZST
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Miss Frog Biscuit
Miss Frog Biscuit - Set a new life mark of 1:56 2/5

Driver Joey Mapes scored a natural hat trick Sunday afternoon when he guided a horse in three straight races to the winners circle at Colonial Downs. The streak started with a 4 year old Metropolitan horse named What R U Doin, who came on strong in the turn and powered home in the stretch to a dominating nine and a half length win 1:53 2/5.

Katies Dreamboat was next but that victory did not come as easily. The 5 year old pacing mare finished a neck better than CB Sammie Suit after that pair surged past front stepping Twenty Six Karma in mid-stretch. Mapes' pacer crossed in 1:55 4/5, a new life mark.

The third win came aboard Miss Frog Biscuit, who rebounded from a sixth place defeat on Thursday to dominate by 6 ½ lengths Sunday. The 8 year old mare also set a new life mark of 1:56 2/5 and won for the fifth time this year.

Colonial doesn't have a "Horse of the Week" award but if it did, Manley Brown's Camifications would have won it hands down. The 8 year old Camluck gelding scored a 1:51 2/5 winning mile on Wednesday, Colonial's opening day, then came back with a 1:51 3/5 sizzler in Sunday's featured race.

Racing resumes Wednesday with a ten race card at 1:00 PM

Darrell Wood

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