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Racing Roundup: Hillbilly Desire captures Junior Pacing Series leg
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - from harness publicists around North America

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Wednesday’s (Oct. 16) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Coloniial Downs and Batavia Downs.

Hillbilly Desire captures Junior Pacing Series leg

New Kent, VA --- Hillbilly Desire took advantage of a perfect pocket trip and well timed move in the stretch to capture the $4,500 second leg of the Juniors Pacing Series Wednesday at Colonial Downs.

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Hillbilly Desire lowered her life mark on Wednesday.
Amanda Jackson’s 4-year-old Real Desire mare finished second as a beaten favorite to Our Flight in the first series leg. On Wednesday, she sat behind John Ingram’s Our Flight through the first three fractions while that 3 year old Panspacificiflight gelding triggered panels of :27.2 :56.1 and 1:23.3.

Both Chesapeake Bay, who was third throughout, and Hillbilly Desire passed the first leg winner in deep stretch, and Jackson’s pacer crossed three quarters of a length ahead in a lifetime best 1:52. Regular driver Frank Milby directed the winning effort for a horse that thrives at Colonial’s one turn mile oval. Hillbilly Desire had four wins and a pair of seconds last fall and in the current meet, has a pair of wins and a runner up finish in four outings.

Day #17 of the meet was in stark contrast to the past week when clouds and continuous drizzle led to either sloppy or good track conditions. The surface didn’t matter to leading driver Chris Page who scored four wins on an off track Saturday and rolled to another four win day on Wednesday over a fast track. He connected with Le-Sirenuse, who has won four straight, McBlack, Bettorseeitmyway and Forever La Nigh. He leads Corey Braden in the standings by a margin of 31 to 26.

Colonial Downs will host an eleven race card on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.

-- Darrell Wood

Batavia Downs
The Longshot Honeybee Hershey ($34.20) found the passing lane to be a 'sweet' place to be on Wednesday night (Oct. 16) and won the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace at Batavia Downs in a lifetime best 1:55.2. Honeybee Hershey, starting from the rail with David McNeight III in the sulky, sat in the garden spot through much of the race as Real Joy (Ron Beback Jr.) cut fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25.1. In the stretch, Honeybee Hershey dipped into the passing lane and responded under the urging of McNeight to register a 1-1/4 length victory. Xenia Hanover (Ken Holliday) rallied to take the show position, who was hurt at the start, along with others, by the breaking You're Too Funny, who scattered the field. Owned by Vince Orlando and trained by Courtney Ohol, the 6-year-old mare Honeybee Hershey (Blissful Hall--Original Artist) has now won three times this season and increased her season’s bankroll to $20,601 and $96,198, lifetime. Racing will resume on Friday evening with a 12-race program set to begin at 6:30 p.m., ET. The feature will be the $7,000 Open II Trot, in which Haste will drop from Open company and is tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite. Haste will be driven by Jim McNeight and will start from the five post.


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