(NEW KENT, VA) — Diamond Star made up for a pair of runner-up performances in both early legs of the Delmarva Pacing Series to capture the $9,250 final leg Thursday at Colonial Downs.
The 1 1/4 miles finale featured prior leg winners Hillbilly Desire, Bettorseeitmyway and Omaha Survivor but it was Diamond Star that crossed first in 2:23 2/5. The 5 year old gelding was eighth in the nine horse field through the first three fractions but a well timed move from driver Corey Braden paid off in the meet’s richest race thus far. Diamond Star passed six front steppers in the stretch to beat Omaha Survivor by three-quarters of a length.
The win gave both Braden and Stacy McLenaghan a natural driving and training hat trick. The duo, who are engaged to each other, scored in the two prior races with trotter Marion Good Ro Go and pacer Hickory Again. Both wins came in a similar come from behind style in 1:56 4/5 and 1:54 3/5 respectively.
Marion Good To Go swept the Parker’s Memorial Trotting Series including Thursday’s $7,000 finale. The 4 year old Conway Hall gelding beat Jane Dunavant’s My Heidi by 2 ½ lengths. He won early Parker legs in 1:58 4/5 and 1:57 3/5. Marion Good To Go, who is owned by William Mulligan, established a new life mark with the 1:56 4/5 time.
Colonial Downs presents a pair of ten race cards this Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 PM.