(NEW KENT, VA) — The driver’s championship race at the Colonial Downs fall racing season heated up Thursday afternoon as Chris Page and Corey Braden, two names synonymous with titles here, made big moves in the standings.
Page connected for his second straight four win afternoon to take command of the race with six days left to go. The 28 year old reinsman, who missed the first two weeks of the meet, entered Wednesday’s card fifth in the standings but after his eight win barrage in just 28 hours, now leads John Wagner, 21-18.
Page scored Thursday with Jane Dunavant’s Taste of Paradise, who won for the fourth time in five races this fall. The 4 year old trotting mare’s only blemish was a three-quarter length defeat before Page arrived in Virginia. He also connected with Ol Blue Eyes for Greg Trotto, Elvis Returns for Jeff Amann and It’s Fun for Chris Loney.
Braden, who entered Thursday’ action fifth in the standings with 14 wins, had a hat trick on the card with Winsmith Molly, Silent Fool and Doc’s Zippy, a runner-up finisher who was elevated to the winner’s circle after original winner Kickstand was disqualified for causing interference. Braden took over third, one above Keith Cash and two over Joey Mapes.
Colonial Downs is dark Friday but hosts a series of Virginia-bred prep races this weekend. Two year olds will compete as part of Saturday’s card and three year olds will battle Sunday. The championships of both age brackets will be decided October 14th on the $400,000 “Day of Champions” program.