Day At The Track

Vertigo Hanover remains perfect at Colonial

10:12 AM 28 Sep 2014 NZDT
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Vertigo Hanover (#1) holds off Mobil Big John
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(NEW KENT, VA) - By winning Saturday's harness racing featured event in wire-to-wire fashion, Vertigo Hanover has yet to see the back end of a pacer in his trio of victories during the early stages of the Colonial Downs fall harness meet.

The 8 year old The Panderosa gelding has led every step of the way in each of the three, but a step up in class Saturday made the effort much more interesting than the prior pair.

Vertigo Hanover earned 5 ½ and 3 ¾ length wins last week in a C-2 conditioned pace but the move to a C-1 Handicap Saturday resulted in a photo at the wire with fast closing Mobil Big John. A head separated the winner and runner-up. After early fractions of :28 1/5, :57.0 and 1:24 3/5, driver Chuck Perry encountered Corey Braden's Mobil Big John in mid-stretch and the duo battled in the final one-eighth.

After his C-2 triumphs in 1:52.0 and 1:52.0 respectively, Vertigo Hanover crossed in 1:52 2/5 Saturday and gave trainer/owner Henry Lewis his 5th win in 8 starts this year with the consistent pacer.

Colonial Downs presents an 11 race card on Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. An $18 Family 'n Friends 4-pack coupon for Sunday's races is at colonialdowns.com.

by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

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