Day At The Track

Vlos wins $40,000 Patriot Invitational Pace

10:45 PM 17 Oct 2010 NZDT
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Vlos and Tom Jackson
Vlos and Tom Jackson - home in a sizzling 1:48.
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Eric Mollar's Vlos scored a sizzling 1:48.0 wire to wire harness racing victory in the $40,000 Patriot Invitational Pace Sunday afternoon (October 17) under sunny skies at Colonial Downs. The 6 year old came to Virginia fresh off a 1:48 2/5 record equaling trip at Pocono Downs on October 8th.

That finishing time, fastest ever at Pocono, had been authored by two other pacers over the years.

Colonial's all time fastest mile was a 1:47 4/5 effort set in 1998 by Ultimate Falcon. Vlos, a son of Dragon Again, came one tick shy of that mark on Sunday.

Tom Jackson directed the heavy favorite to initial fractions of :25 3/5, :52 4/5 and 1:20 4/5. Vlos took a 1 ¼ length lead into the top of the stretch over Roy Orbisong and extended it another half length at the finish. Daryl Bier's Roy Orbisong held on for second over fast closing Barber Pole. The winner paid $3.80.

This was the fifth edition of the Patriot Invitational at Colonial Downs. The first four runnings though featured trotters, and Director of Racing Craig Andow switched gaits to pacers this fall in hopes of attracting a deeper field. The move paid off as eight went postward Sunday including five who had a winning mile of 1:49 4/5 and under this year.

Colonial Downs is dark Monday. The fall season resumes Tuesday with an eleven race card beginning at 1:00 PM. The current meet at Colonial continues thru November 6th.

Darrell WOOD


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