(NEW KENT, VA) — Mary Dawson’s Bettorseeitmyway passed six pacers in the final quarter mile to capture a tight win over betting favorite Diamond Star in the $5,000 Delmarva Handicap’s second leg Thursday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
Eleven pacers started the race including first leg winner Omaha Survivor who left as a trailer from post eleven in the seven-eighths mile event. Dean Eckley’s pacer did a fine job of getting into the mix early but was parked through the half and faltered in the stretch. Lee A Bryant meanwhile left from post six, got to the front and cut panels of :26 3/5, :54 2/5 and 1:22 3/5 before encountering several closers.
Corey Braden gave Diamond Star, one of those closers, a perfect pocket trip in the crowded field while Chris Page shook free from the pack with Bettorseeitmyway and engaged Diamond Star in a thrilling stretch drive. Page edged Braden by one half length in 1:36 3/5. Jojo In The Sky took third.
Marion Good To Go earned his second consecutive series win in the $4,000 Parkers Memorial second leg. Ten trotters competed and Corey Braden, who had four wins on the card, guided the winner from deep in the field to a 2 ½ length triumph in 1:58 4/5. The 4 year old Conway Hall gelding is trained by Stacy McLenaghan, who celebrated her 29th birthday Thursday with three wins. She also connected with Man’s Treasure and Beyond Perfection.
Colonial Downs presents a pair of weekend cards Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. Ronnie Wrenn, the nation’s leading driver, will compete in both cards.