(NEW KENT, VA) — What’s Up Rock passed six horses in the stretch to capture the $9,250 final leg of the VHHA Pacing Series Thursday afternoon at Colonial Downs.
Trainer Dean Eckley’s three year old Rocknroll Hanover gelding started from post eight in the ten horse field and labored in seventh through the first three fractions. A trio of different pacers each tripped the timer early on in the late closer finale. All Tanned Up triggered a :27 2/5 opening panel while Plain Easy got to the half in :54 2/5 and Blueridge Adalia hit the three quarter mark in 1:22 4/5.
What’s Up Rock, with Robert Dinning in the sulky, was 7 ½ lengths behind turning for home but surged to the outside, passed the front steppers and crossed in a lifetime best 1:51 3/5. The winner ended up 2 ¼ lengths in front of fast closing Box of Money, who was sixth at the head of the stretch. What’s Up Rock , co-owned by Amanda Klauenberg and Seth Fogelson of Ohio, earned his sixth victory of the year and third in a row. His prior life mark of 1:53 2/5 was set at the New Kent track ten days ago.
Gordieisanartist, who paced a 1:49 4/5 mile here a week ago, made it two straight by winning the $6,000 “winner’s over” secondary feature. The 7 year old Real Artist horse went wire-to-wire again but instead of winning by six, battled stride for stride down the stretch with 2012 “Horse of the Meet” Doc’s Bonanza. Gordieisanartist, who rose in class Wednesday, won by a head in 1:50 2/5.
Colonial Downs will present an 11 race card on Thursday beginning at 1 PM.