(NEW KENT, VA) — Hillbilly Desire made a dramatic “last to first” move in the stretch to capture the $9,000 final leg of the Emergency Squads of Virginia Pacing Series Wednesday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
Owner/trainer Amanda Jackson’s filly earned a first leg division win on opening day in 1:52 3/5, but opted for a conditioned race away from the series last week, where she scored a tight runner-up finish in 1:53 3/5.
Overlooked Wednesday at 9-1, Hillbilly Desire left from post eight and was buried in last through the first three fractions. Betting choice Poker Champ got to the front early and cut quarter panels of :28 3/5, :56.0 and 1:24 3/5. Scott Woogen’s entry of K J Anita and K J Hannah, the second wagering choices, had been second and third respectively through the turn and maintained those positions until mid-stretch.
Driver Herman Hagerman meanwhile went three wide with eventual winner Hillbilly Desire exiting the turn, passed three rivals by mid-stretch then another trio in deep stretch before nipping Poker Champ at the wire by one half length in 1:53 1/5.
Jackson’s Real Desire filly now has five wins in seven starts at Colonial Downs including a 1:52 3/5 mile which she recorded in the Emergency Squad’s first leg.
Colonial Downs presents a ten race card Thursday at 1:00 PM including four odd distance races.