Colonial Downs' recently concluded standardbred season delivered the record-smashing times North America's lone one-turn mile is best known for as several new track and world records were set on the one-turn mile. Virginia racing fans got to see the fastest trot in the sport's history when Enough Talk won the third edition of the $100,000 Patriot Invitational in 1:49.3.
Sean Bier guided Poweriscape to a four-length win the $7,150 Horace Martin Memorial late closing series Final to wrap up a four-win night that clinched leading driver honors Wednesday night at Colonial Downs. Bier trailed Chris Page by two wins coming into the final night of the 34-day season but quickly pulled even with wins in race three aboard Hero's Cavalcade and race five with Imawhiner.
The driver and trainer races are both still in play with just one day of live racing to go at the Colonial Downs harness meet as Chris Page leads the driver race by two wins and Manley Brown, Jr. clings to a two-win lead in the trainer standings.
Dojea Stables' Pro North provided a perfectly fitting coda to his Horse of the Meet season by pacing the fastest one and a quarter miles in Colonial Downs history to easily annex the $12,400 Emergency Squads of Virginia Late Closing Series Final Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
First Rate set a new track and world record for the second straight year to win the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Virginia Breeders Final and highlight the Virginia Harness Day of Champions Saturday at Colonial Downs.
Golden Mattjesty had the best view of Wholeftthegateopen's track and world record 1:48.4 mile Sunday, finishing two and a half lengths back in second.Wednesday, it was Golden Mattjesty's turn to impress with a dominant four and three quarter length victory in 1:50.3.
The best Virginia-bred trotters and pacers will settle eight championships in the Virginia Harness Day of Champions on Saturday (November 1), the richest day of standardbred racing in the Old Dominion with $362,150 up for grabs on a 13-race card.
Jason C. Cribbs' Wholeftthegateopen smashed the track record for aged gelding pacers with a 1:48.4 mile Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Wholeftthegateopen ranged up to seize the lead after Tattler's Jet led the five-horse field through an opening quarter in 26 flat.
Driver Chris Page and trainer Roland Dunavant, Jr. teamed up to win two of the six 3-year-old Virginia Breeders eliminations or preps contested Saturday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Katherine Ann Smith's Covergirlpattyann led throughout the first 3-year-old filly pace elimination to give Page and Dunavant their first elimination victory in race one.
Tidewater Misty's two and a half length win in the 2-year-old filly pace Virginia Breeders prep headlined four preps for the $350,000 Virginia Harness Day of Champions on Friday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Virginia's best 2-year-olds will be back on Saturday November 1 for the Virginia Breeders Finals.
Holme Town Girl proved one and a quarter miles were no problem, leading throughout the final mile of the $15,000 Colonial Downs Staff and Management late closing series final to get her first win at the New Kent oval.
Chris Page drove two winners Tuesday night at Colonial Downs to tighten the gap between him and currently leading driver Sean Bier to two wins with 10 days to go in the 2008 meet.
Timothy N. Lancaster's That's Justice scored his second straight victory Sunday in a $10,000 winners over handicap at Colonial Downs. The Village Jove brown gelding went off as the 2-1 favorite on the strength of a conditioned pace win over several of today's rivals in 1:49.4 last week.
Rompaway Alvin scored his third win of the season with a comfortable two-length victory in the second leg of the Young & Bold Virginians late closer series Saturday night at Colonial Downs. Rompaway Alvin won the $14,300 Todd Parker Memorial late closing series Final two weeks ago and was an impressive second from post 12 last week in the opening leg of the Young & Bold to establish himself as the 4-5 favorite Saturday.
Esther M. Bier's Riley Rose closed resolutely win a $10,000 winners over feature in 1:49.3, the fastest pace of the fall season at Colonial Downs. Riley Rose got a perfect trip under the direction of Sean Bier, who won four races Wednesday night at Colonial.
Richard L Macomber's Nifty Norman completed a near sweep of the Hal Belote Memorial Late Closing Series with a dominant win the one and a quarter mile Final Tuesday night at Colonial Downs.