(NEW KENT, VA) — Driver/trainer Brad Irvine, competing at Colonial Downs for the first time ever this fall, had his best day yet Sunday afternoon when both his horses reached the winners circle.
His 7 year old pacing mare You Raise Me Up triggered the meet’s fastest mile in the Heidi McClure Memorial Pace. With a previous best of 1:54.0, she shattered that mark by over three seconds with a 1 ½ length victory over K J Hanna in 1:50 3/5. The runner up cut the first trio of fractions in :27.0, :54 2/5 and 1:22 1/5 while You Raise Me Up sat fourth along the rail until mid stretch, when Irvine came outside to catch and surge past K J Hanna. Irvine owns and trains the winner, who paid $16.40.
Universal Dream N, his 10 year old Dream Away gelding, won for the second time in four days by capturing the finale in wire-to-wire fashion. Sent off as the second choice, he cut panels of :26 2/5, :55 2/5 and 1:23 2/5 before crossing in 1:51 3/5. Universal Dream N, also owned and trained by Irvine, set a seasonal mark of 1:51.0 with his win on Wednesday.
Mark Gray’s Poker Champ stayed undefeated in The Juniors Pacing Series when he wired the field in Sunday’s $5,000 second leg. The 5 year old Cam’s Card Shark gelding crossed in 1:53.0, 1 1/2 lengths over McBlack. Poker Champ has three wins, a second and a third in five Colonial starts this fall.
Racing resumes with a ten race card on Wednesday at 1:00 PM.