Late closing stake series' at Colonial Downs

01:53 AM 02 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Dalcroft Big Guy
Dalcroft Big Guy - A 4 year old Towner's Big Guy gelding
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Dalcroft Big Guy and Ten Yard Penalty earned a final leg victories in a pair of respective late closing stake series' Saturday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Dalcroft Big Guy scored in the $11,500 one mile finale of the harness racing Juniors Pacing Series.

The 4 year old Towner's Big Guy gelding, who had a win and a fourth place finish in early leg divisions, left outside from post ten Saturday with driver Chris Page aboard.

Pinball Machine was the pacesetter throughout as reinsman Keith Cash guided his 4 year old mare to fractions of :26 2/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 1/5.

Page came outside, first over before the turn, then methodically caught the front stepper in mid stretch. Dalcroft Big Guy ended up beating Pinball Machine by three lengths in a lifetime best 1:53 3/5.

The winner, who returned $13.20, is trained by Todd Luther for Chad Osborne of Galena, Ohio. Witty's Beachboy, a five length first leg division winner, took third.

In the $9,750 Hal Belote Memorial Trotting Series finale, Ten Yard Penalty won for the second straight week at the extended distance of 1 ¼ miles.

Craig Fletcher's 6 year old Giant Hit gelding won by four lengths in the second leg last week and came back to win by three Saturday. Thanks to a perfect pocket trip throughout, Ten Yard Penalty zipped past Dreamanotherdream and Viking Mia in a perfectly timed move in deep stretch. The latter cut the first four fractions in :28 4/5, :59 2/5, 1:28 1/5 and 1:58.0.

The victor, owned by Kelly Jacobs of Sulphur, Oklahoma, crossed in 2:28.0, three-fifths of a second faster than last week.

Dan O'Mara's Dreamanotherdream held on for second while fast closing RT Phoebe's Giant took third.

Ten Yard Penalty paid $10.60.A Fool For Mark, whose $5,250 conditioned race was sandwiched between the late closer finals, earned his fourth win of the young meet in five starts.

Dustin Ingraham's pacer actually came three wide down the back straightaway, stayed first over in the turn, and pulled away from an impressive field to win by 1½ lengths in 1:52 4/5.

Colonial Downs presents a twelve race card Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Darrell Wood 

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