By Michel Carter, for Shenandoah County Fair
Charles Perry Jr scored the first victory on the new track at Shenandoah aboard Vertigo Hanover (The Panderosa-Varbo). Vertigo Hanover went to the lead and never looked back on the rest of the field. He won his first heat in 2:00 2/5 off a final quarter of 29 3/5 on the track listed as good. Vertigo Hanover wasn’t finished after one heat though, scoring by a big margin in heat 2 just missing the track record at the Virginia track.
The conditioned trotting heats were the highlight of they day as both just missed the track record by the slightest of margins. In the first heat, Pixel Queen (Scott Woogen) set some strong early fractions and just held off a strong closing Speedy Taxi (Charles Perry Jr.). Pixel Queen closed home in 28 1/5, which was the fastest final 1/4 time of the afternoon over the new Shenandoah oval. In the 2nd heat, Speedy Taxi would get his revenge just getting up at the wire over Pixel Queen. Speedy Taxi sat back off the pace and closed turning for home just like he did in heat one, but this time made sure the move was just a bit sooner to score the victory.