(NEW KENT, VA) — Doc’s Bonanza, 2012 “Horse of the Meet” at Colonial Downs, got back to the winner’s for the first time in two starts at the current fall season in Wednesday’s $6,000 “winners over” featured pace.
Driver Chris Page, who wasn’t at Colonial for Doc’s Bonanza’s first start a week ago, was in the bike Wednesday and the connection from last year’s success kicked in immediately. The 6 year old The Panderosa horse sat fourth through the first three fractions, went to the extreme coming out of the turn and wore down front steppers A Fool For Mark, Jolt of Fire and Doc’s Zippy in the stretch.
Doc’s Zippy set the early pace, triggering fractions of :26 2/5, :54 1/5 and 1:22 3/5. Doc’s Bonanza ended up winning in 1:51.0, a seasonal best, by 1 ¾ lengths over Fly To The Angels. Last fall, the Mary Dawson trained horse had a winning mile of 1:49 4/5 in New Kent.
A trio of late closer pacing series took place on the card as well. Fortune’s Jenna and Lemondrop Martini scored $3500 divisional wins in the Horace Martin Memorial’s second leg. Jeff Nisonger directed the former to a 1:53 4/5 one length triumph while Gerald Longo guided the latter to a new life mark in 1:53 3/5.
What’s Up Rock made up for an early break in the VHHA Pacing Series’ first leg to score a tight win over Plain Easy in a $4,000 second leg division Wednesday. Driver Robert Dinning directed trainer Dean Eckley’s 3 year old Rocknroll Hanover gelding to a neck victory in 1:54 2/5.
A sluggish I Reckon So shook off a tough start and stormed by six other pacers in the stretch to capture the second VHHA division. The 3 year old Yankee Skyscraper gelding crossed in a lifetime best 1:53 3/5 after going off stride before the start and languishing in last through much of the first three-quarters.
The U Gotta Win One Now Series also got underway with a single $3500 division and Henry Lewis’s Vertigo Hanover got his second win of the young meet with a 1:36 3/5 effort in the seventh-eighths mile pace. Driver Chuck Perry took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to beat runner-up All Is Lost by nearly three lengths.
Colonial Downs hosts a ten race harness program Thursday beginning at 1 PM.