Here is a recap from Day #3 of racing at the 2015 Oak Ridge Meet
Brandon Givens Wins 3 Races at Oak Ridge Saturday; Meet Closes Sunday With $363,000 Virginia-Bred “Champions” Day Card
(ARRINGTON, VA. —- 10/17/2015) —- Brandon Givens directed Somewhere With You and Youcantstopthis to their second straight victories at Nelson County’s Oak Ridge Estate as closing weekend festivities kicked off Saturday afternoon.
Somewhere With You, a Scott Warnick trainee, won again by a slim half length margin, same as he did last Saturday. The 5 year old Somebeachsomewhere gelding wired the field against five other conditioned pacers in 1:57 2/5 compared with his week prior’s 1:55 4/5 effort, which still stands as the fastest mile of both weekends. Tyler Shehan’s Tom Paine came on strong in the final quarter to get second while Poker Champ finished third to Somewhere With You for the second straight week.
Youcantstopthis came outside in the final turn of his non-winners of two pacing event, passed front stepping Greekona early in the stretch then held on for a 1 1/2 length triumph. The Roll With Joe filly won by four lengths last week in 1:59 3/5, and shaved one-fifth of a second off that time Saturday. Givens also trains the winner for Steven Held and Nanticoke Racing Inc.
Givens’s third came aboard another Warnick trainee, Prove Up, in the sixth race conditioned trot. The 5 year old Plesac gelding powered by The Doctor and Rules Little man just after the quarter pole, then cruised to a dominating 8 3/4 length win in 1:58 3/5. That was his 12th lifetime score and third of the year. Givens has competed in two programs at Oak Ridge and has earned seven driving wins, tops among all reinsmen.
A pair of classy horses kicked off Saturday’s card with wins in differing styles. Rompaway Beau, a 9 year old Chip Chip Hooray gelding trotter with $464,693 in earnings, wired the field in 1:57 3/5 and easily won by 9 1/4 lengths. Wynnfield Flash (shown here), an 11 year old Spirited Style gelding with a hefty career tally of $418,124, led his conditioned pace, lost the front spot in the stretch but rallied late to nip Warnick’s Ain’t Got A Home by a nose in 1:56.0.
Oak Ridge hosts the $363,000 Virginia Harness “Champions Day” card on Sunday. Virginia-bred 2 and 3 year old pacers and trotters of both sexes will compete in 8 title races. Three of those will be non-betting races at 11:45 AM, 12 Noon and 12:15 PM while the other five will be included in the regular pari-mutuel card which begins at 1:00 PM.+