|DEEP REGRET (Jeff Coady/Coady Photography)|
From CLN: Gloucester, Virginia based trainer/owner Leanne Hester scored her first win of the Colonial Downs summer race season Thursday night when her 7 year old gelding Deep Regret was victorious in the third race turf sprint.
Deep Regret, who was making his fourth start of the meet, has raced eight straight times at Colonial dating back to last year. He won the first of those eight last June 8th and has not been back to the winner’s circle until Thursday.
Jockey Alberto Delgado, who captured the evening’s first race atop Chickadededee, guided Deep Regret to a come from behind three length win. Sitting mid-pack of the six horse field, Hester’s charge made his move on frontrunning Makulu Matatu at the top of the stretch. The eventual winner stormed past the leader in mid-stretch, as did third place contender Our Half, and that duo finished one-two at the wire. Deep Regret crossed in 1:04.31 and paid $34.20 to win.
“I breed most of my horses, raise them and train them on my farm here and race them at Colonial in the summer,” said Hester. “Once in a while, I’ll enter one at Charles Town but I’m basically a Virginia girl.”
Colonial Downs hosts a nine race card Friday at 7 PM. The track will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Saturday with a host of 15 cent specials and an eleven race card at 7 PM.