(NEW KENT, VA) — Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective $5,000 three year old prep races Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs. A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in next Sunday’s annual “Day of Champions” card.
Candid Photo wired a modest field in the colt/gelding trot in a lifetime best 1:57 4/5. The Classic Photo gelding triggered quarter panels of :29 2/5, :59 1/5 and 1:27 4/5 before crossing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Flaming Yankee. Candid Photo, is co-owned by trainer Jane Dunavant and Katherine Smith. Dusty Sea was second and Flaming Yankee took third.
Eloise Eden was dominant as a two year old and coasted home to an easy thirteen length romp Sunday in the filly trot. The Ken Warkentin filly shot to the front as the starting gate wings closed and never looked back, leading by six at the quarter and eight at the half. Betting choice I Concur, fresh off back to back wins by ten-plus lengths, held second through the third fraction but went offstride in mid-stretch after starting to gain ground on the leader. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. guided Eloise Eden to fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 2/5, and with no one close in the stretch, coasted home in 1:56 1/5. She is trained by Thomas Litt for Mark Bowser of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Blueridge Adalia grabbed the pocket early in the filly pace but just after the first fraction, came outside and passed Miss Sowo, then continued a front stepping trip en route to a four length win in 1:54 1/5. Reinsman Chris Page, who also guided Candid Photo’s Virginia-bred triumph, led the Badlands Hanover filly for trainer Morgan Hagerman and owner Herman Hagerman. Miss Sowo held on for second while get Party Perfect was third.
Mark Gray’s Southern Hoss went coast to coast in the colt/gelding pace, beating five others including his stablemate Stately Man. The The Panderosa gelding cut panels of :27 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before winning his second race in 1:53 1/5. The mark shattered his prior best by over three seconds. Charles Perry drove Southern Hoss for owner Anne McDonald. Wynnfield Spirit was second and The Virginian took third.
Colonial Downs has only one week left in its 2013 fall season. The final race cards are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM.