New Kent, VA --- Perfect Number edged out Handsome Jim and Little Leon for a victory after a thrilling stretch duel in Saturday’s (Oct. 19) $5,000 Virginia-bred prep for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Colonial Downs.
The eight entrants will hold a rematch as part of next Sunday’s $380,000 Day of Champions card when eight separate divisional titles will be up for grabs.
Southern Artie got to the front first and led through the first three-quarters, cutting panels of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:27.1. Perfect Number sat fifth in mid-pack until the top of the stretch when driver Corey Braden made a move with the freshman Art Official gelding. Perfect Number battled with Jimmy Viars’ Handsome Jim and Leon Harris’s Little Leon for the final eighth of a mile and beat the former by a head and the latter by a half-length in 1:56.2.
Perfect Number had made only two starts prior to Saturday’s prep which resulted in a third and fourth place finish for owner/trainer Freddy Darby. Frank Milby, who had four wins on the card, guided Handsome Jim to the runner-up finish while Justin Vincent directed Little Leon to third.
In other Virginia-bred 2-year-old prep action, Lorie Davis’ Santa Baby captured the filly pace in 1:55.2, while William Long’s Jingle Bells won the colt/gelding trot in 2:07.2 and Renfrow Hauser’s Luring Miz Daisy crossed first in the filly trot in 2:05.
Virginia-bred 3-year-olds will be featured as part of Sunday’s nine-race card. Four $5,000 divisions will be contested --- three on the pari-mutuel card which begins at 1 p.m. and one non-bettor at 12:50 p.m.