Veteran driver Wagner scores 4 straight

10:22 PM 29 Sep 2011 NZDT
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Camifications - One of John Wagner's four wins
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Reinsman John Wagner had four consecutive driving wins, a natural hat trick plus one, during Thursday afternoon harness racing card at Colonial Downs. The 54 year old Colonial regular started his streak aboard Camifications ($12.60) in the fourth, where he directed the 7 year old Camluck gelding to a 1:51 1/5 sizzler in a $2500 conditioned pace.

The Manley Brown trainee is owned by John Denison and Frank Denison.

That 1:51 2/5 time was equaled in the next race when another Brown conditioned pacer tripped the timer in wire-to-wire fashion. Reinsman Wagner had no problem directing Overnite Sensation, a 4 year old Western Hanover gelding, to a six length triumph in a lifetime best clocking.

In the sixth race, I Told Gordy carried a three race win streak into the day's $4,500 featured pace but got little respect from the betting public. Sent off at nearly 10-1, the 5 year old Cam's Card Shark gelding got a perfect pocket trip from Wagner that helped him nip Chisum, Expresso Forte and favored Elegant Girl in a blanket photo.

I Told Gordy was a neck better than Chisum, and a half length better than the other pair.

The Julianne Bobby trainee crossed in 1:52 3/5.

Wagner's next drive came in the eighth, and the wagering public did back the hot driver this time. In the sulky for a Manley Brown trainee named Susquehanna Belle, Wagner guided the 5 year old trotting mare to a coast to coast trip in 1:55 4/5. She beat Beautiful Legacy by 2 ½ lengths and earned her third win of 2011 for owners Syl King Jr. and Terry Kibler.

Colonial Downs returns to action Saturday with an eleven race card beginning at 1:00 PM.

Darrell Wood

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