Le-Sirenuse modestly controlled the $4,000-$5,000 claiming handicap pace from the start until mid-stretch when he pulled away from the field. He cut quarters in :26 4/5, :55 3/5 and 1:24 1/5 and won easily by five lengths over Outlaw Wild Thing in 1:51 4/5.
The 4 year old Sportsmaster gelding made his first start in New Kent on September 26th and dominated by eight lengths in 1:52.0. He followed that up with a 3 ½ length win a week later in a lifetime best 1:50 4/5 and most recently, connected with a pair of outs after starting from post eight. The Todd Luther trainee has been in front at every quarter mark in the five wins except once in an October 12th race when he was surging three wide in second en route to the top spot seconds later.
Le-Sirenuse is co-owned by Bruce and Patricia Soulsby of Powell, Ohio and Scott Wagner of Tonawanda, New York.
Hillbilly Desire captured a tight victory over Chesapeake Bay and Our Flight in the $8,000 final leg of the Juniors Pacing Series Wednesday. Owner/trainer Amanda Jackson's 4 year old Real Desire mare won her third race of the meet in five starts, all coming with Frank Milby in the sulky.
Fresh off a second leg "Juniors" triumph, Hillbilly Desire triggered panels of :27 2/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25.0 before engaging with fast closing Chesapeake Bay and Our Flight in deep stretch. Only a neck separated the trio at the finish in 1:52 2/5.
Colonial Downs is the midst of its closing week. A ten race card will be contested Thursday at 1:00 PM followed by weekend programs Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM. Closing day is the $380,000 "Day of Champions".