(From CLN) Colonial Downs opened its sixteenth season of racing Saturday afternoon with a combined day of tailgating, steeplechase racing and thoroughbred racing. In all, there were five jump races, four flat events on turf and another trio on dirt.
|VIA GALILEI (Coady Photography)|
Via Galilei captured the 16th running of the $50,000 Zeke Ferguson Memorial (NSA-Gr. III), featured race of the card. Content to let All Together control the field throughout most of the race, Via Galilei stayed within easy striking distance before making his move at the top of the stretch.
The seven-year-old Galilei gelding swung by All Together and after opening up by three lengths in deep stretch, All Together appeared ready to rally late from the inside. The eventual winner though held off the challenge, and pressed on to cross in 4:08.37, 6 ¾ lengths over fast closing Gustavian, who nipped All Together for third.
The winner, making just his third U.S. start, is trained by Joseph Delozier, III for 2011 leading owner Irvin Naylor. “I was pretty confident heading into this race,” said Delozier. “He was also using blinkers for the first time and it seemed to really help focus him.”
“There wasn’t much pace to the race,“ added winning rider Ross Geraghty. “I stayed close in second because there was nowhere to go and didn’t see any advantage to moving up that early.”
Geraghty had a nice afternoon competing in all five jump races. He had another win atop Corsican Boy in the season’s first race, then added a pair of thirds and a fourth.