Unsafe track forces cancellation of six races

10:52 PM 29 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Colonial Downs cancelled the balance of Saturday's afternoon harness racing program after the fourth race had been run, courtesy of a steady rain that pounded Central Virginia during the overnite and morning hours that eventually caused unsafe racing conditions.

A total of ten races had been scheduled Saturday, and the final six were cancelled.

A trio of Virgnia-bred two year old prep races were held though before the cancellation.

Heavily favored Blueridge Abigail wired the field in the filly trot, and boosted her career earnings over the $77,000 level.

Blueridge Dancer went coast to coast in the colt pace in 1:59 2/5, winning by 6 ΒΌ lengths over Blueridge Wildcat.

Hillbilly Desire scored a nice come from behind triumph in the filly pace for owner/trainer Amanda Jackson in 2:00 2/5.

The colt/gelding trot got washed out.With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 50's expected Sunday, Colonial Downs will host a ten race program beginning at 1:00 PM.

Three year old Virginia-bred races will be featured, including a pair of non-bettors at 12:15 PM.

A total of eight championship races, featuring all the two and three year old divisions, will be contested on Saturday November 5th when the track hosts its annual $300,000 Virginia Harness "Day of Champions".

Darrell Wood

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