(NEW KENT, VA) — Jane Dunavant’s Taste Of Paradise and Manley Brown’s Justgottogetthere scored respective final leg wins in a pair late closer trotting series Thursday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
The $7,250 VHHA Trotting Series finale was contested at a 1 ¼ mile distance after two one mile early legs. Taste Of Paradise, who captured the first leg over a sloppy track in 1:57 1/5, trotted fifth midway through the second turn Thursday before coming outside to challenge front stepping Rise N Shine. Driver Joey Mapes gave the 4 year old Pegasus Spur mare a methodical stretch drive and she beat the prior leaderby a half length in 2:31 4/5.
The $7.000 Todd & Doug Parker Memorial Trotting Series finale remained at the mile distance. Justgottogetthere, who earned a second leg triumph in 1:55 4/5 after losing by a head in the first, got a perfect pocket trip from driver Corey Braden en route to a 1:57.0 victory. The 3 year old Valley Victor gelding beat fast closing Winsome Moni by 1 ¼ lengths for his fifth win of the year. The win also gave leading trainer Manley Brown his 19th of the fall meet.
Four races were contested at the three-quarter mile distance and all had quick finishing times of either 1:22 2/5 or 1:22 3/5. Jason Green’s Trophy Hunter and Brad Irvine’s Dr. Lon both connected at the faster clocking while Evan Coblentz’s Fakeutu Bluegrass and Gerald Longo’s Energy Angle were one-fifth of a second slower.
Doc’s Bonanza authored the meet‘s fastest mile with an impressive wire-to-wire effort in 1:50 4/5. The 5 year old The Panderosa horse hit fractions of :26 3/5, :55.0 and 1:23.0 before crossing in his new life mark. Doc’s Bonanza is owned and trained by Mary Dawson.
Colonial Downs is dark Friday. The track will host ten race programs on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 PM.