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.
Driver Joey Mapes scored a natural hat trick Sunday afternoon when he guided a horse in three straight races to the winners circle at Colonial Downs. The streak started with a 4 year old Metropolitan horse named What R U Doin, who came on strong in the turn and powered home in the stretch to a dominating nine and a half length win 1:53 2/5.
Colonial Downs will host its annual $368,800 Virginia Harness "Day of Champions" harness racing program on Saturday November 5th, when eight divisional championships featuring Virginia-bred two and three year old pacers and trotters will be decided.
Drivin' Miss Rudee made a successful return to Virginia Saturday afternoon when she captured the first leg of the 'Mad Dash For Cash' harness racing Pacing Series at Colonial Downs.
Viking Mia and Ten Yard Penalty did not win first leg divisions of the harness racing Hal Belote Memorial Trotting Series last Saturday at the one mile distance, but when the second leg races were contested at one and a quarter miles Saturday at Colonial Downs, the pair thrived.
Ronny B Good, one of just two mares and the second oldest of the ten competitors, captured the $6500 championship final of the Running Aces "Survivor Series" Sunday night (July 31). The eight-year-old Incredible Finale mare, owned by Banks Standardbreds of nearby Cannon Falls, swept from eighth at the half and seventh at the three-quarters to win by a neck in 1:55.1 for driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen.
There are horses...and there are courses...and then there are certain horses for certain harness racing courses. Expresso Forte, a nine-year-old Precious Bunny gelding, is definitely a horse for the Running Aces course.
Drivers Dean Magee and Joey Mapes each scored hat tricks on the opening night harness racing program at Running Aces on Tuesday (May 31). The duo shared the winner's circle limelight over the final six races after reinsmen John DeLong, Gerry Longo and Will Roland had captured the first three races of the season over the well-groomed five-eighths-mile oval.