(NEW KENT, VA --- 10/6/13) ---- With a temperature of 90 degrees and feature races carded at 1 ¼ miles, the prospect of seeing thoroughbreds compete over the Colonial Downs turf course Sunday afternoon seemed like a possibility, but it was pacers and trotters that battled in a pair of long distance series finales over the New Kent dirt oval. The final legs of the Good Ole USA $8,300 Trot and $8,900 Pace were contested in back to back races. Pro Deuce swept the pace by scoring a tight win over Sigh Of Relief and Charlie B in a blanket finish while Rockin To Do edged Elvis Returns by one half length in the trotting feature. Trainer/driver Jason Thompson's Pro Deuce scored a first leg division win in 1:53.0 then wired the field in the sole second leg division at a 7/8ths mile distance. The 4 year old Pro Bono Best gelding took advantage of a perfect pocket trip in the final to nip pacesetter Charlie B and fast closing Sigh Of Relief in 2:26.0. Thompson's only three drives at the Colonial fall meet have been aboard Pro Deuce and all have been wins. Stacy McLenaghan's Rockin To Do earned a first leg division win in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5 but went offstride in the following leg and finished ninth in a ten horse field. Jason Mac Dougall took over in the sulky Sunday and guided the 8 year old Glory B River gelding to a come from behind win in 2:29 2/5. After Taste of Paradise set the first four fractions, Rockin To Do came to the far outside at the head of the stretch and passed Apparition and the front stepper en route to his 26th lifetime win. Colonial Downs returns to action Wednesday with an 11 race card beginning at 1 PM. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs
The Virginia Racing Commission awarded 2013 harness racing dates to Colonial Downs yesterday (Nov. 7) at its monthly meeting.
Amanda Jackson's Hillbilly Desire and Tye Loy's Blueridge Dancer scored wins Sunday (October 14) in their respective Virginia-bred three year old filly and colt/gelding pacing divisions as Colonial Downs ushered out its fall meet with the $391,150 "Day of Champions" harness racing card.
Colonial Downs will wrap up its 15th season of pari-mutuel harness racing this Sunday October 14th with the $390,125 "Day of Champions" card.
Wayne Long's Hearts N Flowers scored a convincing wire-to-wire harness racing victory in Wednesday's (October 10) featured filly and mare pacing feature at Colonial Downs as closing week festivities kicked off. Hearts N Flowers, who had been racing primarily in New York Sire Stakes company, came into Virginia with a sophomore year bankroll of over $67,000.
Eloise Eden wired the field and scored a convincing six and a half length win in Saturday's $5,000 Virginia-bred 2 Year Old Filly Trot, which served as a prep for next Sunday's $50,000 (est.) finale at Colonial Downs.
Colonial Downs, in the homestretch now of its fifteenth annual harness racing season, will host a series of $5,000 Virginia-bred prep races this weekend that lead up to next Sunday's $400,000 "Day of Champions" program.
The driver's championship race at the Colonial Downs fall harness racing season heated up Thursday afternoon (October 4) as Chris Page and Corey Braden, two names synonymous with titles here, made big moves in the standings.
On a day when nine of 10 winning horses established new life speed marks at Colonial Downs, Dan O'Mara's 2 year old filly trotter True Day Dream went beyond that and tied a track record - a harness racing record that had stood for five years. True Day Dream entered Wednesday's (October 3) fifth race with five wins, a second and two thirds in eight career starts, so it came as no surprise that she was sent off as the 1-2 betting favorite.
Harness racing driver/trainer Brad Irvine, competing at Colonial Downs for the first time ever this fall, had his best day yet Sunday afternoon when both his horses reached the winners circle.
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.
Dustin Ingraham's Nocturnal Rose and A Fool For Mark established respective life marks of 1:52 1/5 and 1:50 4/5 at the 2011 Colonial Downs fall meet but both pacers had been winless in their seven combined starts at the current fall harness racing campaign.
Seaford (Delaware) harnes racing trainer Jason Green has only nine starts at the three-plus week old Colonial Downs fall meet, but with five wins and a pair of seconds, he has reason to smile. That fifth win came Wednesday afternoon (September 25) when K J Hannah scored a two length triumph in a fillies and mares conditioned race against seven other foes.
Mark Gray's Poker Champ continued a consistent and successful early harness racing season at Colonial Downs by capturing the $4,500 Junior Pacing Series' first leg Sunday afternoon (September 23). The 5 year old Cam's Card Shark gelding entered the new series fresh off a win, second and third place finish in the Emergency Squads of Virginia Series, which ended Wednesday.
Go Cowboy Go captured the $6,300 final leg of the Gotta Win One Now Pacing Series Saturday afternoon (September 22) at Colonial Downs, his first win in the three week harness racing series.
Jane Dunavant's Taste Of Paradise and Manley Brown's Justgottogetthere scored respective final leg harness racing wins in a pair late closer trotting series Thursday afternoon (September 20) at Colonial Downs.