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It'll be a great afternoon of action on Monday, July 21 when Monticello Raceway features New York-bred 2 year old pacing colts and geldings. There will be five divisions of the $110,000 New York Sire Stakes which will be joined by five splits of freshmen colt pacers in the Excelsior Series who'll compete for total purses in excess of $50,000. The day will commence with arguably the best $21,800 NYSS division on the 13 race program when two speedy freshmen, Freedomformysoul and Rockntouch, clash in the first race on the card. Both were NYSS winners at Saratoga Raceway on July 12, and both with eye-opening performances. Freedomformysoul, a son of If I Can Dream-Hello Grin, in only his second lifetime start made a quarter pole move to the front and then bristled to a stunning 1:53.3 victory for driver Jimmy Morrill, Jr. He'll start from the pole position again with Morrill in the bike. In his first lifetime start Rockntouch, sailed wire to wire for a splendid 1:55 triumph also with Morrill at the controls. However, on Monday Yannick Gingras will be in the pilot's seat when this son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Touch Of Bogart leaves from the two-hole Freedomformysoul is trained by Nancy Johansson for the Freedomformysoul Stable while Monte Gelrod conditions Rockntouch for Freddy Monteleone. In another NYSS division, race four on the card, the undefeated Oneisalonelynumber and Aimo Hanover will lock horns. Both pacers won their respective NYSS divisions at Saratoga in identical times of 1:57.3 Oneisaloneynumber, an altered son of Bettor's Delight-No One Is Alone is trained by Casie Coleman for the West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella while Aimo Hanover, an Artiscape colt out of Allamerican Celeb, is owned by the Doug Ackerman Stable and trained by D.R. Ackerman. Jimmy Morrill, Jr. will drive the former while Jeff Gregory will handle the latter. In a third split, race eight, K Ryan Bluechip gets the nod as the early line favorite. He was a close second to Freedomformysoul at Saratoga officially timed in 1:54.1. The son of Art Major-Fool That I Am won a baby race at Pocono Downs in 1:54.2 on June 20. Joe Pavia, Jr. trains and drives K Ryan Bluechip for Steve Held, Joe Barbera, the AGC Stable, and Harbor Point Hospitality. They will leave from post four on Monday afternoon. Then fourth split, race 10, will feature K-Rock, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sunduel A colt who was 1:55.1 NYSS winner at Saratoga for Bruce Aldrich, Jr. From the powerful Ron Burke Stable K-rock will be driven by Yannick Gingras when they start from post three. JD He's Da Bomb, who earlier this season won two baby races at Tioga Downs- the fastest in 1:57.1- will be the one to beat in the final NYSS division which will go as race 12. Blocked and beaten just a length in his NYSS split at Saratoga and individually timed in 1:55.4 the Art Major-Cherry Bomb colt will leave from the pole position with Corey Braden at the lines. Paul Bernardo trains JD He's Da Bomb for Joe Martinelli. "These sire stakes races appear to have some of the best pacing colts we've ever seen, especially at this time of the year," noted Eric Warner the track's Sr. Director of Racing. "Fans will be in for a pleasurable afternoon." The undercard also features some nice colts in three Excelsior "A" divisions and two Excelsior "B" divisions. They'll be joined by three overnight events. The 13-race card will get underway at 12:50pm. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Fireyourguns ($4.20) returned to his winning ways on Monday (July 7) evening, taking charge with a circuit to go and holding off a late challenge from JK Panache in the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs.   The five-year-old American Ideal gelding settled just off the pacesetting pair of JK Panache (Brandon Simpson) and Golden Gun (Corey Braden) before Aaron Byron brushed him to the fore after a :26.4 initial quarter. Upon making the front, Fireyourguns kept at a solid pace through a half mile of :55.1 before accelerating up the backstretch in a :27.1 third quarter. While Byron tried to get separation on his five rivals with the quickening tempo, JK Panache held firm In The Pocket through the far turn, angling wide to give chase in the stretch. Fireyourguns responded to the challenge, and held on for a one-length win in 1:50.2. JK Panache held second, while Golden Gun stayed on for third at 52-1 from his tracking trip.   Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   Racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (July 10) evening, with two-year-old trotting fillies taking center stage in New York Sire Stakes action. Post time for the 13-race card is 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media  

Before a healthy Independence Day crowd, Antigua Hanover ($4.40) parried a late charge from Solid Queen to take the Friday (July 4) distaff feature at Tioga Downs.   The $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 pace for fillies and mares featured a field of six, with Ideal Helen (John Cummings, Jr.) dictating the pace early after clearing from the extreme outside. After rating a :56.2 half mile, Brandon Simpson advanced first-over with 6-5 favorite Antigua Hanover. Midway up the backstretch, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare pushed clear of Ideal Helen, carrying Sinspirational (Aaron Byron) into second through a 1:24.3 three-quarter split. While edging clear by 1-3/4 lengths off the far turn, Antigua Hanover soon found herself in the sights of Solid Queen (Corey Braden), who rallied late off cover, but only could close to within a half length of Antigua Hanover's 1:53.3 victory.   V'la Faire (Mike Merton), also a beneficiary of late live cover, sustained a late bid to take third.   Amber Buter trains Antigua Hanover for Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter.   Racing resumes at Tioga with a Sunday (July 6) afternoon program. Post time for the 10-race card is slated for 1:30 p.m.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media

The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday (June 29) afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late closing series finals served as co-features on the 13-race card, with the M&J Oil and Lube final looking to be a showdown between preliminary winners Jets Are On and Godiva Seelster. Neither mare was prominent early, as Happy Apples (Matt Kakaley) and Evil Fight (Jeffrey Long) were embroiled in a cutthroat duel to a :54.4 half mile.   On the backstretch, Jets Are On swept three-wide, pushing to the lead into the far turn and drawing clear by five lengths at head-stretch. Godiva Seelster (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sustained a late bid from farther back in the field, rallying well to take second, reducing Jets Are On's winning margin to two lengths in a 1:53.0 effort. Always Flash-n (Aaron Byron), who stalked from the pocket, was able to shake free from the fading pacesetters to save third.   Corey Braden drove Jets Are On for trainer Luanne Case.   In the Nichols True Value final for male pacers, Nitro Seelster sustained a bid off the live cover of Real Illusion (Brandon Simpson), edging clear of Ron Burke trainees Pappy's Pal (Matt Kakaley) and Shark Fantasy (Dan Charlino) while holding off a strong late charge from Agood Time to Rock (Dan Rawlings) en route to a 1:52.3 victory. Sean Bier tipped the four-year-old Camluck gelding off cover at head-stretch, pulling clear late for a two-length triumph.   Agood Time to Rock chased late after suffering an awkward start, re-rallying to just take second from his stablemates, the pocket-sitting Shark Fantasy and the pacesetting Pappy's Pal (third and fourth, respectively).   Doug Hamilton trains Nitro Seelster.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday evening, with the Independence Day card set to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

You Rock My World (Muscle Mass-Disco Inferno) has apparently found the right form in 2014.   After winning just one of nineteen starts in 2013, You Rock My World (Jim Morrill Jr.) not only picked up win number nine in eighteen starts this year, he set a track record at Tioga Downs in winning the $43,200 Final of the Morrisville College Trotting Series for 3-5 Year Old Colts.   The final time of 1:53.1 broke the former track record for 4-year-old geldings by a second and two-fifths. You Rock My World moved to the front before the field made it to the first turn. He then proceeded to set strong fractions of 27.4 for the quarter, 55.4 for the half, and 1:23.3 for three-quarters.   Deacons Valley (Ross Wolfenden) was really the only other horse to stay anywhere near the leader during the race, getting to within a length before eventually fading to finish fourth after such a strenuous effort.   You Rock My World ended up winning by an impressive margin of six lengths. Stitch In Time (Tyler Buter) rallied to finish second and Cal Chips Brother (Corey Braden) also finished nicely to get third.   The complete order of finish was: You Rock My World, Stitch In Time, Cal Chips Brother, Deacons Valley, BZ Glide, Spaced Out, Sweet Ben, Jaipur, and Winwood Scout. You Rock My World is owned by John Smiel of Rutland, Vermont and trained by Heidi Rohr.   The 3-year-old trotting fillies headline a 15-race program at Tioga Downs on Monday night. The New York Sire Stakes will take place with two divisions, carded as the seventh and ninth races, on the program. Both divisions offer purses of $62,400. In the seventh race, Glowngold is the 3-1 morning-line favorite after Sire Stakes victories at Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway recently. In the ninth race, Market Rally is a slight 2-1 morning-line favorite after a Sire Stakes win at Buffalo, while Crediama, the Empire Breeders' Classic winner at Vernon, is second choice at 5-2. Post time at Tioga Downs on Monday night is 6:15pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Tioga Downs

Rock N Load (Rocknroll Hanover-Loch Laggan) made a strong drive through the stretch in the $14,000 featured pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday night to extend her winning streak to three.   Rock N Load (John Cummings Jr.) had to sit the pocket trip for the majority of the mile behind Inittowinafortune (Mike Simons), who stormed into the lead the first time the field passed the grandstand.   The early fractions were very solid, in fact, with a time of 27 seconds for the quarter, 56.2 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters. As the field entered the stretch for the final time. Rock N Load moved into the clear and not only went past Inittowinafortune, she went on to win by two lengths in a final time of 1:52.3.   Antigua Hanover (Brandon Simpson) also finished well to get up for third, going past Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn Jr.), whose first-over move stalled on the final turn. The complete order of finish for the Saturday feature was: Rock N Load, Inittowinafortune, Antigua Hanover, Southwind Trini, UF Dragon's Queen, Clear View Hanover, and Ideal Ginny.   Rock N Load is owned by Edward Hall of Lebanon, Connecticut and James R. Hall Jr. of South Windsor, Connecticut. The trainer is Daniel Gill.   Saturday at Tioga Downs also featured two divisions of the M&J Oil & Lube Pacing Series.   The first division was carded as the fifth race and was won by Happy Apples (American Ideal-Island Blush). This was the first half of a sweep of both divisions by driver Corey Braden.   Happy Apples had to rally past Status Warrior (Jim Marohn Jr.). Status Warrior was a stubborn leader throughout the race and turned away one challenge from Evil Fight (Sean Bier) on the final turn, but was unable to withstand the eventual winner in the final quarter. The time for the first division was 1:54.2. Happy Apples is owned by Richard Carney of Hartsdale, New York and Barbara Berger of Middletown, New York. The trainer is John Berger.   The second division of the M&J Oil & Lube Pacing Series was carded as the tenth race and featured a dominant performance by Jets Are On (Jereme's Jet-Turn It On), who now has a three-race win streak of her own to boast about. Corey Braden finished off the sweep and these two wins were part of an impressive four-win night for the driver. After being parked outside in mid-pack through the first quarter, Jets Are On lived up to her name and turned the jets on to take the lead and she never looked back after that. She went on to win by four lengths in a final time of 1:53.4. Jets Are On is owned by S&P Racing Stable LLC of Chicago, Illinois and trained by Luanne Case.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Tioga Downs 

Sustaining a first-over bid, Prairie Jaguar ($18.00) wore down Fireyourguns before kicking clear to a 1:50.4 win over a late-closing JK Panache in Sunday (June 15) afternoon's $14,000 Open 1 Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs.   The six-year-old Spy Hard gelding commenced his bid after Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) was used to clear the lead at a :54.4 half mile, pushing steadily to keep the pace hot on the approach to the far turn. With 300 yards to go, the two were level, and Jim Marohn, Jr. kicked clear with Prairie Jaguar at head-stretch.   As Fireyourguns faded through the stretch, the late threat came in the form of JK Panache (Rick Plano), who fanned wide off Prairie Jaguar's live cover, closing to within 1-3/4 lengths for second honors. The Ladies Man (Corey Braden) made a late bid for third.   Trainer Mike Deters co-owns Prairie Jaguar with Laurie Lee Poulin.   Three $12,500 first-round divisions of the Nichols True Value late-closing series for pacers were contested on the undercard, with Moonlight Ransom (1:53.3, Jimmy Whittemore), Real Illusion (1:53.0, Brandon Simpson), and Agood Time to Rock (1:53.1, Jim Marohn, Jr.) all proving victorious.   Live racing resumes at Tioga on Saturday (June 21) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

After being pushed to a :26.4 first quarter, Neighsay Hanover ($6.40) dug in to hold off a barrage of late threats, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in Saturday (June 14) evening's $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 trot at Tioga Downs.   The eight-year-old son of Muscles Yankee dueled with Wisenheimer (Mike Merton) on the first turn, sprinting clear through a torrid early tempo before rating a :56.2 half mile. On the backstretch, Neighsay Hanover had to deal with Wisenheimer again, facing pressure again to a 1:25.1 three-quarter split.   With Wisenheimer starting to fade, Cathy's Princess (Jim Meittinis) gearing up three-wide and I Love New York (Bruce Clarke) readying for a stand-side rally, Ray Schnittker implored Neighsay Hanover for all he had in the stretch, getting a bit of separation off the turn. He turned in a 1:55.2 victory, holding off a late inside rally from Oh No Three O (Jeffrey Long). I Love New York, carried wide off the corner by a breaking Cathy's Princess, rallied for third past the pocket-sitting A Lister.   Schittker, the winning trainer-driver, co-owns Neighsay Hanover with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Fam Alber Horse Racing.   A pair of first-round divisions of the M&J Oil and Lube late-closing series for distaff pacers were contested earlier in the card, with Godiva Seelster (Fern Paquet, Jr., 1:53.4) and Jets Are On (Corey Braden, 1:54.1) victorious in their respective events.   Live racing resumes tomorrow (Sunday, June 15) at Tioga, with the first of 13 races on a Father's Day program slated for 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs    

Embroiled in an intense duel with Little Santamonica for the final three-eighths of a mile, Edward and James Hall's Rock N Load ($9.70) pushed clear in the last hundred yards to win Friday (June 13) evening's $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 distaff pace at Tioga Downs by a widening 1-1/2 lengths.   John Cummings, Jr. settled in midpack with the six-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, drafting well behind the :56.2 half mile rated by 9-5 favorite Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) before commencing her first-over salvo.   On the backstretch, the two locked together, accelerating together through a :27.1 third quarter. With Rock N Load a length in front on the entry to the far turn and the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune (Jim Meittinis) working her way three-wide for a late bid, Little Santamonica dug back in for a brief lead off the turn, but was ultimately worn down, giving way in deep stretch. Rock N Load held sway from the late-closing Inittowinafortune, prevailing in 1:51.3.   Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) stayed on late to finish third.   Rock N Load, now a 27-time winner, is trained by Daniel Gill.   Earlier on the card, two second-round divisions of the Morrisville College late-closing series for trotters were contested, with Cal Chips Brother (1:54.3, Corey Braden) and You Rock My World (1:55.2, Brandon Simpson) both scoring repeat wins in their respective races.   Racing resumes at Tioga on Saturday (June 14) evening, with the first of 12 races due to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs  

Edward and James Hall's Rock N Load ($12.00) controlled the pace throughout in Friday (June 6) evening's $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 Handicap distaff pace at Tioga Downs, turning aside a first-over challenge from 3-5 favorite Little Santamonica en route to a 1:52.4 victory.   The six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare achieved the lead easily, clearing Miss Annie J (Jason Bartlett) through a :28.1 first quarter and controlling the terms through a rated :57 half. On the backstretch, Aaron Byron moved Little Santamonica first-over, but her attempt at a sixth consecutive win was rebuffed by Rock N Load on the entry to the far turn. With the favorite fading, Rock N Load was left to stave off a late rally from Passion R Virginie (Jim Marohn, Jr.), digging in to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths. Miss Annie J stayed on for third off the pocket trip.   John Cummings, Jr. drove Rock N Load for trainer Daniel Gill.   Four $12,500 first-round divisions of the Morrisville College late-closing series were also on the card, with Cal Chips Brother (1:54.3, Corey Braden) fastest of the four winners. Stitch in Time (1:56, Tyler Buter), Spaced Out (1:56.3, Mike Simons), and You Rock My World (1:56.2, Jason Bartlett) prevailed in their respective divisions, as well.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Rallying from off the pace with a three-wide move, Union-Endicott High School student Rachael Oltmer prevailed in the 2014 Tioga Downs harness racing scholarship race, earning a $3,000 scholarship through her victory with Newyorkjoyants.   Oltmer, teamed with Tioga Downs driver Corey Braden for the non-betting race, moved Newyorkjoyants three-wide at the top of the stretch, moving clear of Ten Yard Penalty (Kayla Martin / Phil Fluet) and What About Brian (Megan Vanvorce / Mike Deters) to cover the 5/8-mile race in 1:17. Ideal Temptation (Jason Hill / Tim Lanpher) and Isthatallyagot (Shania Shaver/Edgar "Sparky" Clarke) completed the field.   Oltmer will enter the veterinary technician program at SUNY Canton in the fall.   Thanks to the efforts of the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the New York Sire Stakes, and the New York State Agriculture Fund, all five participating students earned at least $1,000 in scholarship money.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

This Sunday (June 1) afternoon, five high school students from the Southern Tier will contest the 2014 Scholarship Race at Tioga Downs, sponsored by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the New York State Agricultural Fund, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and Tioga Downs.   The students will contest a 5/8 mile race--one complete circuit of the Tioga Downs track--for a top prize of a $3,000 scholarship, with all students earning at least a $1,000 scholarship. The students will be joined in the race by the professional trainer or driver with whom they have prepared for the race through the previous two weekends. The participants (along with high school, horse, and professional horseman) are:   Post - Student (high school) - Horse - Professional Horseman 1 - Megan Vanvorce (Binghamton) - What About Brian - Mike Deters 2 - Shania Shaver (Candor) - Isthatallyagot - Edgar "Sparky" Clarke 3 - Jason Hill (Maine Endwell) - Ideal Temptation - Tim Lanpher 4 - Kayla Martin (Newark Valley) - Ten Yard Penalty - Phil Fluet 5 - Rachael Oltmer (Union-Endicott) - Newyorkjoyants - Corey Braden   The non-betting Scholarship Race will be held after race 2 on the Sunday card at Tioga Downs. First post for the stakes-laden program is set for 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

After stalking moderate early fractions, Splitsville ($3.70) made his move to the fore on the backstretch, driven clear late to prevail in Saturday (May 17) evening's $14,000 Open Handicap trot at Tioga Downs.   It was the fourth consecutive win for the five-year-old Hard Rock N Roll gelding, who launched a first-over bid as pacesetter Brookroad Knight (Corey Braden) rated a :58 half-mile with Wisenheimer (Mike Merton) stalking from the pocket. Driver Jim Marohn, Jr. forced a quickening tempo on the backstretch, striking the lead with Splitsville through three-quarters in 1:25.3, wearing down Brookroad Knight, and holding off a three-wide bid form Wisenheimer for a 1:54.2 victory.   Splitsville, who scored his 21st career win, is trained by Rob Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable.   Marohn scored a driving hat trick on the night, also victorious with Jolly Lester (1:55.0) and Fox Valley Legend (1:57.0), but was kept at bay for the top spot in the seasonal driving standings by Aaron Byron, whose victory with Sundowner Bob (2:00.0) kept him with a scant 13-12 lead early in the meet.   Racing resumes at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 18) afternoon, with the first of 11 races scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media    

After making a strong push to the fore on the backstretch, the Harmon Harness Racing Stable's Splitsville ($8.20) held clear in the final quarter mile, prevailing in the $14,000 Open I trot on Saturday (May 10) evening at Tioga Downs after last week's triumph.   The five-year-old Hard Rock N Roll gelding sat well off pacesetter Lutetium (Greg Merton) through initial splits of :27.2 and :56.2 before being angled wide by Jim Marohn, Jr. on the backstretch. Splitsville pushed to the front upon immediate asking, opening up a clear margin on the field as Lutetium gave way without any fight at all. Sixteen Mikes (Mike Simons) tracked Splitsville's cover into second, a position he would hold albeit 2-1/2 lengths in arrears at the wining post, while Grey Ice (Jim Meittinis) made a late bid to take third behind Splitsville's 1:54.4 mile.   The sub-featured $11,000 Open II trot saw Brookroad Knight (Corey Braden) make a first-over push on the backstretch, battling with Dough Dough (Mike Simons) on the far turn en route to a half-length 1:54.2 win.   Marohn, the leading driver at Tioga in 2013, scored a trio of wins on the 11-race card, driving Consumer Rate and J R Jazz to victory in addition to his feature win.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (May 11), with the first of 11 races on Mother's Day scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

DOVER, Del. ---- Bad Rusty, a fast-finishing second in last Sunday's $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace, drew the rail in a nine-horse field at Dover Downs, on Jan. 5. Only a half-length separated Nicole Ratledge and Crissman Inc.'s Bad Rusty and driver Tony Morgan from victory in this event a week ago and the gelding leaves from the rail. J&T Silva's Hot Roddy handled by Allan Davis, starts alongside. Owner-trainer Jeff Clark's Fifteen Four N, driven by Corey Braden, is a newcomer bringing a four wins in his last five outings at Rosecroft into the contest. The other contestants include driver Trace Tetrick's Stubbs Hanover, third last week in his first local start. Grant Wilfong and Legacy Racing's Major Flight starts from post 9 in the second tier while Don Reed and Jim Tessmer's McElodian with George Dennis, Brian Vest's Volo,piloted by Tony Morgan, after racing in Chester and the Meadowlands, makes his first start of the meet. Ross Wolfenden drives Bettor's Arena for David Banks and Mike and Ed Reppucci while Idealist, owned by Bill and Barbara Kinsey, will have the services of Jim Morand. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. Each Friday and Saturday, the track will be dark for racing. On Sunday, races begin at 5:30 p.m. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

NEW KENT, VA ---  Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Colonial Downs.  A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in the fifteen race card.  Candid Photo wired a modest field in the colt/gelding trot last Sunday in a lifetime best 1:57 4/5. The Classic Photo gelding triggered quarter panels of :29 2/5, :59 1/5 and 1:27 4/5 before crossing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Flaming Yankee. Candid Photo is co-owned by trainer Jane Dunavant and Katherine Smith. Dusty Sea was second and Flaming Yankee took third. Sunday’s $45,800 final leg will be a non-betting race at 12:20 PM.  Eloise Eden was dominant as a two year old and coasted home to an easy thirteen length romp  in the filly trot prep. The Ken Warkentin filly shot to the front as the starting gate wings closed and never looked back, leading by six at the quarter and eight at the half. Betting choice I Concur, fresh off back to back wins by ten-plus lengths, held second through the third fraction but went off stride in mid-stretch after starting to gain ground on the leader. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. guided Eloise Eden to fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 2/5, and with no one close in the stretch, coasted home in 1:56 1/5. She is trained by Thomas Litt for Mark Bowser of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlie Norris will drive Eloise Eden in the $49,400 finale in Sunday’s sixth race.   Blueridge Adalia grabbed the pocket early in the filly pacing prep but just after the first fraction, came outside and passed Miss Sowo, then continued a front stepping trip en route to an easy four length win in 1:54 1/5. Reinsman Chris Page, who also guided Candid Photo’s Virginia-bred triumph, led the Badlands Hanover filly for trainer Morgan Hagerman and owner Herman Hagerman. Miss Sowo held on for second while get Party Perfect was third. Page will again direct Blueridge Adalia from post six Sunday in the $48,200 final.  In the 3 year old colt/gelding pace warmup, Mark Gray’s Southern Hoss went coast to coast and beat five others including his stablemate Stately Man. The The Panderosa gelding cut panels of :27 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before winning his second race ever in a lifetime best of 1:53 1/5. The mark shattered his prior mark by over three seconds. Charles Perry, who drove Southern Hoss for owner Anne McDonald, will be back in the sulky in Sunday’s $47,400 finale. The “Day of Champions” competition for two year olds will include the $51,475 colt/gelding pace and $48,150 filly pace as part of the pari-mutuel card, while the $46,375 filly trot and $42,450 colt/gelding trot will be non-betting races at 12:30 and 12:40 PM respectively. Last weekend’s 2 year old prep in the colt/gelding pace division was the most exciting of the eight. Freddy Darby’s Perfect Number edged Jimmy Viars’ Handsome Jim and Leon Harris’s Little Leon by a head and half length respectively in a 1:56 2/5 blanket finish. The winner, an Art Official gelding, is the 9-5 early favorite Sunday and will be driven again by Corey Braden. Santa Baby surged past front stepping Blueridge Princess coming out of the turn in the filly pace prelim last weekend then coasted home to a four length triumph. Chris Page drove the Three Olives filly to victory for trainer Lorie Davis in 1:55 2/5. Santa Baby is the heavily favored early choice at 4-5. Luring Miz Daisy wired the field in the filly freshmen trot while Jingle Bells matched that feat in the male category. They crossed respectively in 2:05.0 and 2:07 2/5 for trainers Renfrow Hauser and William Long. Both will face modest size fields again and thus are part of the early non-betting races. Four fillies have entered that championship while only a pair of geldings will square off in the male trot.     Gates open Sunday at 12 Noon and post time for the first of a dozen pari-mutuel races is 1:00 PM. Sunday also marks the final day of racing at Colonial Downs for the 2013 season.  by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

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