Wednesday’s (Oct. 2) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Colonial Downs, The Meadows, Harrington Raceway, Batavia Downs and Northfield Park.
What’s Up Rock wins the $9,250 VHHA Pacing Series Final at Colonial
New Kent, VA ---What’s Up Rock passed six horses in the stretch to capture the $9,250 Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association Pacing Series Wednesday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
|What's Up Rock let others do the early work in his life-mark win.|
What’s Up Rock, with Robert Dinning in the sulky, was 7-½ lengths behind turning for home but surged to the outside, passed the front-steppers and crossed the line in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The winner ended up 2-¼ lengths in front of the fast-closing Box Of Money, who was sixth at the head of the stretch.
What’s Up Rock , co-owned by Amanda Klauenberg and Seth Fogelson of Ohio, earned his sixth victory of the year and third in a row. His prior life mark of 1:53.2 was set at the New Kent track 10 days ago.
Gordieisanartist, who paced a 1:49.4 mile here one week ago, made it two straight by winning the $6,000 winners-over co-feature. The 7-year-old Real Artist horse went wire-to-wire again, but instead of winning by six, battled stride-for-stride down the stretch with the 2012 Colonial “Horse of the Meet” Doc’s Bonanza. Gordieisanartist, who rose in class Wednesday, won by a head in 1:50.2.
Colonial Downs will present an 11-race card on Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m.
-- Darrell Wood
Win Missy B, a winner of more than $1.5 million who has struggled for most of 2013, took another large step forward on Wednesday at The Meadows when she destroyed a fine field in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Trot. Win Missy B won 16 of her first 33 races, most against top divisional competition, but faltered this year at age four. The daughter of Conway Hall--Winning Missbrenda managed only five starts through mid-August and finished out of the money in each. She won a conditioned trot last week and was just as sharp onWednesday, quarter-poling to the front for Dick Stillings and scoring in a swift 1:53.4. Early leader Chilitodayhotamale was second, four lengths back, while Trotslikethewind rallied for show. Rich Gillock trains Win Missy B for owner-breeder Bob Key. Dave Palone drove four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 15-race card.
It’s only fitting that a horse named He’s Spooky ($2.80 Jon Roberts) would be building momentum in the same month as Halloween. Rojan Stables, L A Express Stable, Allen Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s 6-year-old trotting stallion notched his second straight win Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57 win in the $19,000 Open Trot. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was his eighth win of the year. The Cantab Hall stallion set the fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.1 while second choice Can Do (Victor Kirby) chased throughout. In the stretch, He’s Spooky held Can Do safe for a two length win. Blueridge Tornado was third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Roberts. Ross Wolfenden had three wins.
Puff Mommy didn't find an issue in stepping up in class and registered a half-length victory over You're Too Funny in the featured $7,400 Open I-II Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs. Puff Mommy ($8.00) had competed in the $15,000 optional claimers for the fillies and mares the past two weeks where she had a win and second place finish so she was ready to face better. Real Joy (Ron Beback, Jr.) sprinted to the lead and set the fractions of :28.1, :58.3 and 1:26.4. You're Too Funny, who was first over, managed to drop in second at the three-quarter mark, putting Puff Mommy first over around the final turn. In the lane, Batavia Downs' leading driver Shawn McDonough and Puff Mommy effortlessly rolled past the leaders to take the victory in 1:55.4. You're Too Funny (Kevin Cummings) dropped into the passing lane and finished second while Real Joy took the show spot. It was the eighth win in 32 starts this year for Puff Mommy (Cambest-Ten Pound Puff), a 6-year-old mare owned by Empowered Racing and trained by Carl Smith. The win moved her seasonal earnings to $47,808 and $231,160 lifetime.
Kiasma was an upset winner in Northfield Park’s tenth race on Wednesday. Jason Thompson piloted the gelding for owner Curran Racing LLC and trainer Jessica Milner. Kiasma (Modern Art-Larjon Heather) started from post eight and kicked from the back to win by a half-length in 1:55. Wednesday’s triumph increased Kiasma’s lifetime win tally to 11 and his career earnings to $84,265.Kiasma (38-1) was followed across the wire by The Machster (54-1), Capricious Art (12-1) and Majik Master (5-1). Kiasma returned $79 to win, the 8-7 exacta paid $2,925.80, the 8-7-1 $1 trifecta returned $14,418.60 and the 8-7-1-3 10-cent superfecta paid $10,222.67.