Here is a recap of racing from Day #2 of the 2015 Fall Meet at Oak Ridge
Virginia-bred 2 Year Olds Prep at Oak Ridge Sunday as Opening Weekend Continues
(ARRINGTRON, VA.— 10/11/2015) —- Trainer Charlie Dunavant swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races Sunday afternoon at Nelson County’s Oak Ridge Estate as opening weekend festivities continued in advance of next Sunday’s $320,000 “Champions Day” card.
Cicada’s Song captured the $5,000 filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 while Elton J won the male counterpart in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though they came in completely different fashion. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride in the non-betting race, while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck.
Cicada’s Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair.
John’s Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the colt/gelding pace, cruised past front stepping Patrick’s Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in 2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors in the prep, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the Virginia-bred filly pace for trainer Mark Gray.
Gray’s pacer was one of three he had in the race, and that trio provided the most exciting finish of the weekend in a very tight three horse photo. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray’s group at the wire. He guided Motel Molly to a second place finish and Frank Milby directed his other charge, Flying Pirate, to third. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday.
Cody Poliseno, the 21-year-old son of Carlo Poliseno, earned his second driving win ever and third sulky victory Sunday for the family. He guided Carlo’s Collect The Brass to victory over several other high earners in wire-to-wire fashion in a $5,000 “winners over” trot. “I thought we had a real shot with him,” said Cody. “The focus seemed to be on Sam Hayes but coming to the gate, my horse had so much energy I took him right to the front and he held strong the whole mile.”. The 9 year old CR Commando gelding crossed in 1:56 3/5, just two-fifths of a second off hi lifetime best mark.
The Oak Ridge meet continues next weekend with cards Saturday at 12:30 PM and closing day on Sunday at 1:00 PM.