The 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo will make his annual pilgrimage to New Kent in seeking a new track and world record for the third straight year in the second annual $100,000 Patriot Invitational Trot Saturday at Colonial Downs.
Vivid Photo won the inaugural edition of the Patriot last fall in 1:50.2, tying the fastest trotting mile in the sportís history at the time. The SJís Photo gelding won his only other start at the one-turn mile, an open handicap in 2005, in track and world record time of 1:52.3.
Now five, Vivid Photo is still at the top of his game with six wins and $688,769 in earnings from 14 starts this season but Roger Hammerís trotter comes into the Patriot off a loss in his division of the Allerage on Oct. 6. Vivid Photo was third, beaten 3Ĺ lengths by Giant Diablo, who trotted the mile in 1:50.1 to lower Vivid Photo and
Vivid Photo drew the rail for the Patriot and will be driven as always by trainer and co-owner Roger Hammer. The winner of 33 races and $2,796,708 for Hammer and co-owner Todd Schadel, Vivid Photo has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite.
Buck I St. Pat and Gabby Glide are the other trotters with single-digit morning line odds. Buck I St. Pat is the 7-2 second choice off an amazing finish to get second in her Allerage division. The 4-year-old Jailhouse Jesse mare trotted her final quarter in :26.3 to pass four horses and make up four lengths in the stretch. Buck I St. Pat is the fieldís only female and its second-leading money winner with $577,303 in purses.
Gabby Glide rides a three-race win streak into the Patriot, not surprising for a gelding with 18 wins from just 26 lifetime starts. Gabby Glide has earned $135,625 this season despite having never raced for more than a $30,000 purse. Sam Beegle trains Gabby Glide and the 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding will get the services of Tim Tetrick, the nationís leading driver.
Complete Patriot Invitational Trot Field: