NEW KENT, VA --- Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as three year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 "Day of Champions" card. Morgan Hagerman's Blueridge Adalia captured the two year old filly pacing title a year ago and wired the field in Sunday's title race as a sophomore in 1:53.0. The Badlands Hanover filly was driven by Chris Page, one of four Virginia-bred wins that Colonial's leading reinsman scored. Page also guided Candid Photo to a 20 length triumph in the colt/gelding trot in a lifetime best 1:57.0. The Classic Photo gelding came first over in the turn and surged past Flaming Yankee for trainer Jane Dunavant. Dunavant also won the three year old filly trot with I Concur, who made up for a break in last week's prep race to score a convincing five length victory in 1:57 4/5. Eloise Eden, who won that prep by 13 lengths, broke stride at the start, regained the lead through the turn, but faultered in deep stretch and took second. Mark Gray's Southern Hoss won the three year old colt/gelding trot. The The Panderosa gelding wired the field in the prep last week and duplicated the feat Sunday, beating The Virginian by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:53 4/5. Chuck Perry directed the effort for owner Anne McDonald, who won another Virginia-bred divisional title with freshman filly trotter Always Quick Star. Handsome Jim and Perfect Number battled for the second straight week in the two year old colt/gelding category but their fortunes were reversed in the $51,475 final. Freddy Darby's Perfect Number won the prep by a head over Jimmy Viars' Handsome Jim in 1:56 2/5 but the order went the other way Sunday after a thrilling quarter mile match race of sorts between the two after they pulled away from the six other competitors. Handsome Jim led throughout and won by a half length in 1:58 1/5. A Christmas theme carried through the other pair of two year stakes as Jingle Bells won the colt/gelding trot in 2:03 2/5 for trainer/driver William Long while Santa Baby scored in the filly pace in 1:56 3/5. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs
(NEW KENT, VA ---- Original runner-up Fortune’s Jenna had his fortune reversed for the better as a result of a winner disqualification in Wednesday’s $7,400 final leg of the Horace Martin Memorial Pacing Series at Colonial Downs. Dean Eckley’s Jovial Joker N, who entered the finale with two wins in the three earlier Martin Series legs, scored what appeared to be a near wire-to-wire effort in the 1 ¼ miles finale in 2:26 2/5 in a steady drizzle. The 13 year old Life Sign gelding crossed one half length in front of Fortune’s Jenna but after a judge’s inquiry, it was ruled that he caused interference with the runner up and the order was reversed. Fortunes Jenna was as far back as sixth in the second turn, but came on strong in the stretch and despite the interference, almost passed Jovial Joker N before the finish. The 8 year old Cams Fortune gelding earned his second series win and 20th career victory. Jeff Nisonger directed the winner for trainer John Ingram and owner Daniel Chansky of Keysville, Virginia. Lemondrop Martini took third. Vertigo Hanover completed a series sweep in the U Gotta Win One Pacing Series by capturing the $5,650 final leg at the 1¼ distance. Driver Chuck Perry previously guided the 7 year old The Panderosa gelding to victories in the 7/8ths mile first leg and one mile second leg by identical 2½ length margins. On Wednesday, Vertigo Hanover traded front stepping places with All Is Lost on two different occasions before he opened up by five at the top of the stretch and coasted home 9 ¾ lengths ahead of Forward Bliss, who came from way back to take second. The winner, who crossed in 2:26 3/5, is trained and owned by Henry Lewis. Colonial Downs will host an eleven race card Thursday at 1:00 PM. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs
(NEW KENT, VA --- 9/25/13) ---- Doc’s Bonanza, the 2012 “Horse of the Meet” at Colonial Downs, got back to the winner’s for the first time in two starts at the current fall season in Wednesday’s $6,000 “winners over” featured pace. Driver Chris Page, who wasn’t at Colonial for Doc’s Bonanza’s first start a week ago, was in the bike Wednesday and the connection from last year’s success kicked in immediately. The 6 year old The Panderosa horse sat fourth through the first three fractions, went to the extreme coming out of the turn and wore down front steppers A Fool For Mark, Jolt of Fire and Doc’s Zippy in the stretch. Doc’s Zippy set the early pace, triggering fractions of :26 2/5, :54 1/5 and 1:22 3/5. Doc’s Bonanza ended up winning in 1:51.0, a seasonal best, by 1 ¾ lengths over Fly To The Angels. Last fall, the Mary Dawson trained horse had a winning mile of 1:49 4/5 in New Kent. A trio of late closer pacing series took place on the card as well. Fortune’s Jenna and Lemondrop Martini scored $3500 divisional wins in the Horace Martin Memorial’s second leg. Jeff Nisonger directed the former to a 1:53 4/5 one length triumph while Gerald Longo guided the latter to a new life mark in 1:53 3/5. What’s Up Rock made up for an early break in the VHHA Pacing Series’ first leg to score a tight win over Plain Easy in a $4,000 second leg division Wednesday. Driver Robert Dinning directed trainer Dean Eckley’s 3 year old Rocknroll Hanover gelding to a neck victory in 1:54 2/5. A sluggish I Reckon So shook off a tough start and stormed by six other pacers in the stretch to capture the second VHHA division. The 3 year old Yankee Skyscraper gelding crossed in a lifetime best 1:53 3/5 after going off stride before the start and languishing in last through much of the first three-quarters. The U Gotta Win One Now Series also got underway with a single $3500 division and Henry Lewis’s Vertigo Hanover got his second win of the young meet with a 1:36 3/5 effort in the seventh-eighths mile pace. Driver Chuck Perry took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to beat runner-up All Is Lost by nearly three lengths. Colonial Downs hosts a ten race harness program Thursday beginning at 1 PM. By Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs
Vertigo Hanover broke into the win column after four straight 'in the money' finishes by scoring a methodical victory Saturday in a harness racing three-quarter mile pacing feature at Colonial Downs.
Chuck Perry and John Wagner scored harness racing driving triples Sunday afternoon on a day that Colonial Downs featured a training flat race, a pari-mutuel steeplechase race and ten harness races.