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(ARRINGTON, VA --- 10/19/2015) ---- Harness racing trainer Charlie Dunavant collected a trio of big wins Sunday as Cicada's Song, Ah Me and Elton J I all scored divisional titles in the $363,000 Virginia-bred "Champions Day" card at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate. A total of eight championship races were contested that featured 2 and 3 year old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Cicada's Song continued a torrid month of October by scoring an easy wire-to-wire victory in the $43,075 freshman filly trot over two others. Never threatened, she crossed in a leisurely 2:07 3/5 under the guidance of driver Carlo Poliseno. The Dusty Winner filly was able to squeeze in a track record performance at Harrington Wednesday in between her Oak Ridge prep a week ago and Sunday's triumph. Cicada's Song covered that $20,000 Delaware state-bred prep in 1:59 2/5 October 14th, and headlines this week's $100,000 final. She had a pair of prep wins earlier this month at the same two tracks and is now 6-for-6 in her young career. Ah Me and Elton J both wired the field in their respective finals. The former breezed to a 2:04.0 triumph in the $45,600 3 year old filly trot while the latter had to rebound quickly after breaking stride before the start in the $46,150 freshman colt/gelding trot. Elton J regained the trotting gait and fended off a pesky Speedy Taxi by a length in 2:03 1/5. Poliseno completed a driving triple by directing both to victory. Mark Gray's stable also had a stellar day, earning a pair of wins and three runner-ups in Virginia-bred action. Motel Molly, who got nosed out a week ago by stablemate Hot Hot Jenna in an "All-Gray" three horse photo finish, turned the tables and beat her nemesis by a half length in the $49,500 2 year old filly pace. Hot Hot Jenna led from the start but at the top of the stretch, the eventual winner maneuvered from fourth to second and was just one length back. Gray, who drove Motel Molly, caught the leader just before the wire and crossed in 2:00 3/5, the identical time of a week ago. I Am Delightful rebounded from two separate breaks in his prep race to eek out a neck victory over Flaming Caviar in the $43,000 3 year colt/gelding championship trot. Gray conditions both and he piloted the winner, a Bettor's Delight gelding who crossed in 2:03 3/5. Anne McDonald, LLC of Alexandria owns the duo. The McDonald-Gray tandem got another runner up finish with Elma Lou earlier in the card, who finished 5 3/4 lengths behind Dunavant's Ah Me in the sophomore filly trot. Trainer Chuck Perry, who was in the bike for Hot Hot Jenna, scored a pair of training wins with John's Dream in the $44,700 2 year old colt/gelding pace and with Majestos in the $46,200 3 year old male pace. While John's Dream coasted easily against two other opponents for the second straight week (1:59 2/5), Majestos came from behind and was a neck better in a close three horse photo. The Three Olives gelding beat Riggy, last year's 2 year old male pacing champ, by that slim margin in 1:57 4/5. Andy's Lil Buddy, a Leon Harris trainee, was third in the tight finish. Perry, who owns Hot Hot Jenna outright and is partners with Katie Cobb in the latter, drove both pacers. 2014's 2 year old pacing champion Blueridge Pushy returned as a 3 year old and defended her title in grand fashion. The Badlands Hanover filly wired the field in the October 10th prep and again in Sunday's $45,600 finale. J.D. Wengerd, who drove for owner/trainer Herman Hagerman, carried a two length advantage into the stretch then opened up to win by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:58 4/5. The same runner ups in 2014's freshman edition finished in the same order as sophomores --- Loves You Baby was second and Here Comes Lucy was third. The Champions card completed a four day stand at Oak Ridge for the first time since 2001. The Virginia Equine Alliance put on the ambitious venture in the heart of scenic Nelson County on back-to-back weekends. Darrell Wood

(ARRINGRON, VA --- 10/15/2015) ---- Blueridge Pushy and Riggy, respective two year old Virginia-bred champions last year in the harness racing filly and colt pacing divisions, return as favorites to repeat in 2015 as they headline Sunday's $363,825 "Champions Day" Extravaganza at the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County. The pair most recently captured their three year old prep races at Oak Ridge last weekend. Top Virginia-bred pacers and trotters of both sexes will compete in eight championship races on Sunday, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. Three will be contested as non-betting events while the other five will be included as part of a ten race pari-mutuel program starting at 1:00 PM. Harness racing returned to Oak Ridge last weekend for the first time since 2001 and this will be the first time "Champions Day" has ever been held there. The past 17 editions have been contested at Colonial Downs in New Kent. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy beat four other fillies in her prep and is favored in the $45,600 finale. J D. Wengerd directed the 3 1/4 length victory in 2:02 2/5, and in similar style to 2014's championship race, beat the same runner-up and third place finishers in identical order again. Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby was second and Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy ended up third. Blueridge Pushy is a Badlands Hanover filly out of Cam's Pushy Woman by Cambest.     Brian Burton's Riggy held off  four foes to reach the winner's circle in the male counterpart and is early choice to repeat in the $46,200 final. The Riggins gelding covered the mile in 2:00.0 and beat Majestos by two lengths. Riggy came to Virginia on a roll, fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes and a dominant victory in Maryland. Leonard Hubbard of Cambridge, Maryland owns the pacer, who is out of Sesame Bagel, by The Panderosa.    In the two Virginia-bred sophomore trotting preps, a pair of long time conditioners scored wins in very different fashion. Renfrow Hauser's Max Santorini went wire-to-wire in the colt/gelding trot but held on to win by just a nose over a pesky Flaming Caviar. Charlie Dunavant's Ah Me didn't rely on a close call, rolling to a 20 length triumph over stablemate Kiss My Cart in the filly division. Max Santorini, a Gregory Pecs colt out of Luring Maxine, by Luring, crossed in 2:11 1/5 while Ah Me, a Mr. Commando filly out of Koala Kosmos, by SJ's Photo, connected in 2:07 1/5. Both are favored in their respective $43,000 and $45,600 divisions Sunday, which will be held as non-betting races at 11:45 AM and 12:15 PM. Trainer Charlie Dunavant's stable swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races last Sunday as Cicada's Song captured the filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 and Elton J won the male audition in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though like the three year old trotting preps, they came very differently. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck.   Cicada's Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. She headlines the $43,075 final, which is a another non-bettor slated for a 12:00 Noon departure. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. He is favored to repeat in the $46,150 championship. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair.    John's Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the freshmen colt/gelding pace on prep weekend, cruised past front stepping Patrick's Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also drove. John's Dream is early choice in the $44,700 finale. Perry also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the two year old prep for filly pacers, which saw trainer Mark Gray's stable sweep the top three spots. That trio, which included runner-up Motel Molly and third place finisher Flying Pirate, provided the most exciting finish of the weekend and all return to compete for a $49,500 purse in Sunday's championship. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray's group at the wire. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday.  Gates open at 11 AM Sunday. Admission is $5 and included a program and tip sheet. Kids 12 and under are free.  Darrell Wood   

(ARRINGTRON, VA.--- 10/11/2015) ---- Harness racing trainer Charlie Dunavant swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races Sunday afternoon at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate as opening weekend festivities continued in advance of next Sunday's $320,000 "Champions Day" card. Cicada's Song captured the $5,000 filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 while Elton J won the male counterpart in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though they came in completely different fashion. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride in the non-betting race, while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck. Cicada's Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair. John's Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the colt/gelding pace, cruised past front stepping Patrick's Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in 2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors in the prep, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the Virginia-bred filly pace for trainer Mark Gray. Gray's pacer was one of three he had in the race, and that trio provided the most exciting finish of the weekend in a very tight three horse photo. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray's group at the wire. He guided Motel Molly to a second place finish and Frank Milby directed his other charge, Flying Pirate, to third. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday. Cody Poliseno, the 21-year-old son of Carlo Poliseno, earned his second driving win ever and third sulky victory Sunday for the family. He guided Carlo's Collect The Brass to victory over several other high earners in wire-to-wire fashion in a $5,000 "winners over" trot. "I thought we had a real shot with him," said Cody. "The focus seemed to be on Sam Hayes but coming to the gate, my horse had so much energy I took him right to the front and he held strong the whole mile.". The 9 year old CR Commando gelding crossed in 1:56 3/5, just two-fifths of a second off hi lifetime best mark. The Oak Ridge meet continues next weekend with cards Saturday at 12:30 PM and closing day on Sunday at 1:00 PM.   Darrell Wood  

(ARRINGTON, VA. --- 10/10/2015) ---- Blueridge Pushy and Riggy, respective two year old Virginia-bred harness racing champions last year in the filly and colt pacing divisions, captured their three year old $5,000 prep races Saturday at the Oak Ridge Estate as harness racing returned to the scenic venue for the first time since 2001. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy beat four other fillies in her race, the first pari-mutuel harness event contested at the one mile oval in 14 years. J D. Wengerd directed the 3 1/4 length victory in 2:02 2/5, and in identical fashion to 2014's finale, beat the same runner-up and third place finishers in the same order again Saturday. Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby was second and Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy ended up third. Blueridge Pushy is a Badlands Hanover filly out of Cam's Pushy Woman by Cambest. Brian Burton's Riggy also held off four foes to reach the winner's circle in the male counterpart. The Riggins gelding covered the mile in 2:00.0 and beat Majestos by two lengths. Riggy came to Virginia on a roll, fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes and a dominant victory in Maryland. Leonard Hubbard owns the victor, who will defend his title next Sunday in the $40,000 final. The two Virginia-bred trotting preps were held as non-bettors prior to the card and a pair of long time conditioners scored wins in very different fashion. Renfrow Hauser's Max Santorini went wire-to-wire in the colt/gelding trot but held on to win by just a nose over a pesky Flaming Caviar. Charlie Dunavant's Ah Me didn't rely on a close call, rolling to a 20 length triumph over stablemate Kiss My Cart in the filly division. Max Santorini, a Gregory Pecs colt out of Luring Maxine, by Luring, crossed in 2:11 1/5 while Ah Me, a Mr. Commando filly out of Koala Kosmos, by SJ's Photo, connected in 2:07 1/5. Driver Brandon Givens had four wins on the afternoon aboard Mohegan Hanover, Youcantstopthis, Stealin The Show and Somewhere With You. The first trio came within the day's first six races and interestingly, the hot reinsman recorded his next one in the seventh race with a horse that was overlooked off 60-1. Somewhere With You returned $132.00 for a $2 win ticket. Racing at Oak Ridge continues Sunday with a nine race card beginning at 1:00 PM. Virginia-bred 2 year old prep races take center stage with a quartet, all featuring a $5,000 purse.   Darrell Wood

(ARRINGTON, VA ---- 10/08/2015) --- A total of eight $5,000 Virginia-bred prep races highlight action on the track this weekend as harness racing returns to the Oak Ridge Estate's one mile oval in Nelson County for the first time since 2001. Three year olds will prep on Saturday and two year olds on Sunday. An additional 14 pari-mutuel weekend races are scheduled, and all are presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. Twelve races, with a total 73 horses entered, fill Saturday's card including a pair of non-betting events at 11:45 AM and 12 Noon, followed by ten wagering races that start at 12:30 PM. A trio of last year's Virginia-bred divisional champs, who won as 2 year olds, are back to defend their titles as 3 year olds. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy headlines the filly pace while Brian Burton's Riggy is favored in the colt/gelding pace, and Charlie Dunavant's Kiss My Cart draws most attention in the filly trot. The top three finishers from 2014's freshmen filly pace all return to renew their rivalry in the competitive kickoff race. Blueridge Pushy, who scored a 1:55 4/5 win at Northfield in August, is early favorite while Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby is the second choice. Trainer Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy, third last year, is the third selection. Loves You Baby, who has started just once in 2015, lost her 2 year old prep by just a neck and the championship by a length. Here Comes Lucy on the other hand, has had an active 3 year old campaign, earning $21,927 from 10 starts. Riggy had been aggressively tabbed as 4-5 early pick in the colt/gelding pace while Chuck Perry's Majestos is not far behind at 3-2. Riggy is coming in fresh off back-to-back 2nd place finishes at Rosecroft in 1:55 1/5 and 1:55 2/5 while Majestos has been racing consistently during the summer and early fall at the Ocean Downs and Harrington half mile ovals. Both of Saturday's trotting preps feature three horse fields and will be non-betting events. Kiss My Cat, who won the filly title last year by 5 3/4 lengths over Elma Lou in 2:04 4/5, squares off against the runner-up again while trainer Mark Gray has a pair in the Virginia-bred male counterpart with I Am Delightful and Flaming Caviar. There are 10 races scheduled on Sunday --- one non-bettor and nine on the wagering card, which begins at 1:00 PM. The Virginia-bred 2 year old filly pace, with a field of seven, should be intriguing since five of the entrants will be making their first lifetime start. The colt/gelding trot features six horses including Neil Damron's Sweeten Me Up and Renfrow Hauser's Speedy Taxi. The former brings a hefty bankroll of $61,110 into Oak Ridge while the latter had a respectable second at the Red Mile September 13th in 1:59 1/5. The remaining preps each sport a three horse field. The filly trot, scheduled as the early non-bettor, has a pair of Dunavant trainees --- Cicada's Song and Devlin --- while the colt pace features a Perry trainee --- John's Dream, who has earned a pair of runner-ups in three lifetime starts. Gates open at 11 AM both days and admission is $5 (kids 12 & under are free). Oak Ridge is located off Route 29 in Arrington, halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The family friendly weekend will feature children's activities between and after the races.   More details are at www.virginiaequinealliance.com.   Darrell Wood  

(ARRINGTON, VA.----09/29/2015) ---- Pari-mutuel harness racing will return to the Oak Ridge Estate next week for the first time since 2001 as the Virginia Equine Alliance presents a two week meet in beautiful Nelson County. Pacers and trotters can begin shipping onto the grounds Monday October 5th in preparation for opening weekend, which kicks off Saturday October 10th at 12:30 PM and continues Sunday October 11th at 1:00 PM. The campaign concludes the following weekend, October 17 & 18, with the same post times. Closing day is highlighted by the annual $320,000 Virginia Harness Champions Day, which features eight divisional title races of Virginia-bred or sired 2 and 3 year old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Despite a new venue and location, Racing Secretary Craig Andow anticipates solid support from horsemen, who should come close to filling the barn area. Trainers Mark Gray, Herman Hagerman, Corey Braden and Scott Warnick will bring the largest contingents, with 16, 13, 12 & 11 horses respectively. Charlie Dunavant will be based there with 9 head, Leon Harris and George Anthrop have 7, and Scott Woogen and Arthur Hauser ship in with 6 apiece. Many others, including locally based Amanda Jackson, will have smaller stables on site. The track will be open for training daily from 6 AM until 12 Noon. Qualifiers will be held on Wednesday October 7th at 11 AM. Saturday's cards will be drawn Wednesday and Sunday's entries will be collected on Thursday. Qualifying times are 2:15.0 for pacers and 2:17.0 for trotters. 3 year olds are allowed 2 seconds and 2 year olds get a 3 second allowance. Virginia bred, sired or owned horses receive an additional 2 seconds beyond the age allowance. The Oak Ridge property has an area near the stables reserved for horsemen where 50 campers can be accommodated for the full two weeks. Insurance will be provided for drivers and trainers. A link to Virginia Racing Commission license applications and W-9 forms, along with other meet details, are at www.virginiaequinealliance.com. Horsemen-related questions can be directed to Craig Andow at 551-204-1796. The Oak Ridge Estate is located halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg off Route 29 in Arrington, Virginia (near Lovingston). The exact address is 2300 Oak Ridge Road - Arrington, VA 22922. Based in Nelson County, Oak Ridge is directly in the heart of a craft beer, winery and spirits trail and is surrounded by great hiking opportunities, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Wintergreen Ski Resort. Darrell Wood

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