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Fortune’s Jenna Benefits from a disqualification at Colonial Downs
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - by Darrell Wood, publiciy director, Colonial Downs

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New Kent, VA --- Apparent runner-up Fortune’s Jenna had his fortune reversed for the better as a result of a disqualification in Wednesday’s $7,400 Horace Martin Memorial Pacing Series Final at Colonial Downs.

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Jovial Joker N (#6) had his number taken down on Wednesday at Colonial Downs.
Dean Eckley’s Jovial Joker N, who entered the final with two wins in the three earlier Martin Series legs, scored what appeared to be a near wire-to-wire effort in the 1-¼ mile final, in 2:26.2 in a steady drizzle. The 13-year-old Life Sign gelding crossed the finish line one-half length in front of Fortune’s Jenna, but after a judge’s inquiry it was ruled that he caused interference with the runner-up and the order was reversed.

Fortunes Jenna was as far back as sixth in the second turn, but came on strong in the stretch, and despite the interference, almost passed Jovial Joker N before the finish. The 8-year-old Cams Fortune gelding earned his second series win and 20th career victory. Jeff Nisonger directed the winner for trainer John Ingram and owner Daniel Chansky of Keysville, Va. Lemondrop Martini took third.

Vertigo Hanover completed a series sweep in the U Gotta Win One Pacing Series by capturing the $5,650 final at 1-¼ miles. Driver Chuck Perry previously guided the 7-year-old The Panderosa gelding to victories in the seven-eighths mile first leg and one mile second leg by identical 2-½ length margins.

On Wednesday, Vertigo Hanover traded front-stepping places with All Is Lost on two different occasions before he opened up by five at the top of the stretch and coasted home 9-¾ lengths ahead of Forward Bliss, who came from way back to take second. The winner, who crossed the line in 2:26.3/5, is trained and owned by Henry Lewis.

Colonial Downs will host an 11-race card on Thursday at 1 p.m.


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