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Virginia Harness Day of Champions set for Colonial

October 24, 2007

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Guienne Hanover and Southern Myles got the glory last Saturday with record-setting miles in elimination races but still must get the money as the headliners in the Virginia Harness Day of Champions Saturday at Colonial Downs.

Ross Stables LLC’s Guienne Hanover became the fastest 3-year-old filly trotter in history with her stunning 13½-length elimination win in 1:51.2. The Yankee Glide filly will likely be the heaviest favorite of the day when she takes on seven rivals in the $38,800 3-year-old filly trot.  Guienne Hanover brings a sterling six-for-10 record into the final and will get the services of driver John Wagner. The Virginia Breeders’ final will be Guienne Hanover’s second start in the care of trainer Manley Brown Jr.

Brown conditions six of the eight fillies. Windonesia, Self Made Woman, Secret Impression and Dusty Lane Selfish are all owned by Pamela E. Wagner and will race as an entry. Brown also trains Courtney Belle, the 3-1 third choice on the morning line.

Southern Myles will try to add to the 2-year-old pacer title he earned last year when he meets nine rivals in the $42,100 3-year-old colt and gelding Pace. Southern Myles set the track and world record for 3-year-old colt pacers on a greater than one mile track with his 1:49 clocking in a 13-length elimination win. The Nuclear High gelding is 20-for-31 lifetime and would push his bankroll over the $200,000 mark with a win Saturday. 

Southern Myles is trained by Richard Hans and will be driven by regular pilot Jonathan Roberts. Fast Tempo, Caviart Cody and Hi Dollar Cam are most likely upsetters. Fast Tempo beat Caviart Cody by two lengths after a mile in 1:50.3 in the other elimination and Hi Dollar Cam was a disappointing fourth as the second choice in Southern Myles’s elimination.

The 2-year-old filly pace is the richest Virginia Breeders final at $57,900. Pamela Wagner’s entry of One More Hug and Minnesota Mary are the 8-5 morning line choice. One More Hug won the faster elimination in 1:53.4 to improve her lifetime record to three wins in six starts. The Real Artist filly has two straight wins at the one-turn mile.  Sweet Bobbie Ann beat Sugar Bunny by a neck in the slower elimination after a thrilling stretch duel. Sweet Bobbie Ann paced the mile in 1:54.2.

The $43,900 2-year-old filly trot, always a difficult race to predict, became even thornier for handicappers when the first two finishers of the lone elimination posts eight and nine. Keystone Callie is yet another favorite for Pamela Wagner, Brown and John Wagner after an impressive 1:57.4 win in the elimination. The Angus Hall filly proved she could handle post nine after leaving from there in the elimination. Blueridge Saprisa closed strongly to get second in the elimination and is by far the field’s most experienced horse with six wins in 17 starts during a productive freshman campaign.

The most wide-open Virginia Breeders final is the $44,600 2-year-old colt and gelding Pace. James Coughlin’s Boss Outlaw won the faster elimination in 1:51.4 to score his third straight win. The JK Outlaw colt is six for eight in his nascent career after that impressive 2 1/4-length elimination win.
First Rate won the other 2-year-old colt and gelding elimination in 1:53.3 after setting a glacial early pace. The Western Hanover gelding paced his last quarter in :26.1 to draw off to a 3 1/4-length victory. First Rate is joined by Liteninstriketwice, third behind Boss Outlaw, to form a strong entry for trainer Samuel Beegle.

Blueridge Finance is the 3-1 second choice off a strong second to Boss Outlaw in his elimination. The VP Finance colt won the $80,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final just three days before the Virginia Breeders final elimination. Blueridge Cherub, third in First Rate’s elimination, joins Blueridge Finance in a Cory Smith-trained entry.

Brown will send out another powerful group in the $41,600 2-year-old colt and gelding Trot. Pamela Wagner’s Chiselled was an impressive 2 3/4-length elimination winner to lead the six Brown-trained trotters in the 10-horse field. William M. Camp’s Electric Chicken looms the greatest threat to Brown’s Hegemony off a solid Colonial campaign. Electric Chicken won his Colonial debut in 1:56.4 and overcame post 10 to finish a solid second behind Chiselled in the elimination.

Caviart Cameron won a thrilling three-horse photo over Nf Debutante and Ciela Hanover in the 3-year-old filly pace elimination to set up an intriguing rematch in the $37,600 final. 

Caviart Farms’ Caviart Cameron closed very well to just nip Nf Debutante and score the elimination upset. The Western Hanover filly paced the mile in 1:51.2 to score her second lifetime win in her first start for trainer Jim Pollack Jr. 

Nf Debutante gives Beegle and owner Pot Luck Stable another strong contender on the Day of Champions. The Blissfull Hall filly settled into a pocket trip during the elimination and was very game to wear down Ciela Hanover late before losing the photo to Caviart Cameron in the final stride.

Ciela Hanover was the 3-5 favorite in the elimination on the strength of a nine-for-17 sophomore season and the field’s largest seasonal bankroll with $67,885 in earnings. The Real Artist filly was making her first start in a month in the elimination and may move forward in the finals for trainer Kevin McDermott. 

The Virginia Harness Day of Champions card kicks off with a compact four-horse field in the $38,900 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Endignant is the 6-5 morning line choice after wearing down frontstepping Penn State Fan to win the elimination by 1 3/4 lengths.  Cory Smith trains the Enjoy Lavec colt for owner Darlene Conway. (Colonial Downs)

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