RUSSELL STORMS INTO BIG WEEKEND WITH FOUR
Jockey Sheldon Russell nearly captured half of Thursday evening's nine races at Colonial Downs increasing his margins in the meet's riding title (43 wins). Russell's big night was Led by Hound, sired by the inaugural Virginia Derby winner Crowd Pleaser. In the first turf event of the program, Hound was never really threatened winning on the front end by well over two lengths. King Leatherbury trains Hound for The Jim Stable.
Skiffs Brewmeister was unmatched in the stretch for trainer Kathleen O'Connell and owner Robert Klein to break his maiden in the fifth. In the following event, Russell swirled Sweetvirginiabreze home for his third win on the evening for Steven Spike and trainer Chris Crocker. In the seventh, Promise Me was delivered to conclude the win quartet, Russell's third win in a row. Davis Ross owns the three year old filly trained by Hugh McMahon.
In the third on Friday evening's program, King's Coronation goes for his four straight win, all at Colonial. The 11-year old gelding is 7/5 in the morning line.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice." - Linda McCartney
Along KING'S CORONATION with 3 wins against no defeats is TOO CLEVER BY HALF, last ridden by Sheldon Russell for Hugh McMahon's stable. Those hoping to reach that plateau in perfect form with three wins in the meet are BUTTERDISH, SOUTHER REGION, THISDANSEISTAKEN, URBAN JUNGLE, MORAL HIGH GROUND, CHLOE CAROL and QUEEN OF THE DISCO.