Newcomer scores a driving triple at Colonial

11:15 PM 22 Sep 2011 NZST
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Chisum and driver Keith Kash Jr.
Chisum and driver Keith Kash Jr. - Trained and owned by Harla Loney
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Harness racing driver Keith Kash Jr., competing at Colonial Downs for the first time ever this fall, scored a driving triple in Thursday's ten trace card and escaped injury when he took a ninth race spill.

With two wins in the meet's first three race days, Kash had eight drives scheduled on Thursday. In the third race, he directed I Told Gordy to his third straight win after a nice pocket trip thru the first three fractions. The 5 year old Cam's Card Shark gelding came outside in the straightaway and overtook Blue Punch to win by two lengths in 1:51 4/5. Trainer Julianne Bobby trains the I Told Gordy for Thomas Swann. The winner returned $5.60.

In the fifth, Kash guided Chisum to his seventh win in the pacer's last eight starts, including his second straight at the young Colonial meet. Thursday's wire to wire effort duplicated Saturday's effort, though the 1:52 1/5 clocking beat Saturday's by three full seconds. The 7 year old Western Spirit gelding has wired the field in each of those seven victories. Chisum, who is trained and owned by Harla Loney, returned $6.60.

Kash completed his hat track in the eighth aboard All This Snazz, who dominated the six horse field of trotters after charging from fifth to the top spot after turning for home. The 8 year old Loge gelding, who won for just the second time this year, crossed in 1:55 4/5, five and a half lengths better than runner-up Beautiful Legacy. The victor paid $16.00.

In the next race, Kash's Doc's Cousin David broke stride in mid stretch and locked wheels with Gerald Longo's Cowboy Jack, unseating both drivers. Kash got up quickly and actually drove in the next race, while Longo stood up and walked off with assistance after several minutes. Both horses appeared to be unharmed.

Colonial Downs is will host an eleven race on Saturday with first post at 1:00 PM.

Darrell Wood 

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