Shenandoah Downs To Host Four-Pack of $25,000 Virginia Certified Races on Sat. April 27

Shenandoah Downs enters its fourth weekend of the spring harness meet in Woodstock with a pair of twelve race cards scheduled both Saturday and Sunday at 1:05 PM. A four-pack of $25,000 Virginia-Certified events in the track’s Mountain Racing Series for 4 & 5-year-olds — carded as Races 1, 2, 11 & 12 — will highlight action Saturday.

KJ Hunter prevailed in the $6,000 Blue Ridge Pace Prep race on April 20th and will now vie for a $25,000 purse on April 27 (Quenton Egan photo)9

Pam Wagner’s KJ Todd dominated by ten lengths in last week’s $6,000 Alleghany Trot Prep for horses and geldings with Fern Paquet Jr. in the bike. The 4-year-old Trixton gelding had a clear path to victory after betting choice Big Daddy D went off stride at the start and again in the final turn. Wagner’s trotter was fifth at the half but powered home in the final circuit to score a ten-length triumph in 1:57 3/5 that included a :28 4.5 closing quarter. The John Wagner trainee brings a bankroll of $95,294 into Saturday’s final. KJ Todd leaves from outside post six in Saturday’s kickoff race with Paquet back on board. 

Betsy Brown (right) of Woodstock piloted Ellen’s Wish to victory in the April 20th Alleghany Trot Prep race and will now compete for a $25,000 purse in the final on April 27.

Charles Myers’ Hillbillyclassygirl passed front stepper Brendas Delight in the stretch to capture the Blue Ridge Pacing Prep for mares last week in 1:57.0. The 4-year-old daughter of Racing Hill was best in a field of six and was piloted by 21-year-old Christian Myers. Kenneth Weckstein and Gary Messenger’s Brendas Delight held on for second, 1¾ lengths off the pace. The pair will depart from posts three and five respectively in Saturday’s second race.     


James Brown’s Ellen’s Wish took advantage of a pocket trip through the third fraction in last week’s Alleghany Trot Prep for mares, came outside in the final turn and cruised home to a 3½ length win in 2:04.0. Trainer Betsy Brown directed the 5-year-old Charlie De Vie mare to her ninth lifetime victory. Elwood Tignor and Deborah Mulligan’s Roadgracemissellie took second with William Carter in the sulky. The pair are respective first and third early favorites Saturday and will leave from posts five and three.

Final Certified race is the $25,000 Blue Ridge Pace for horses and geldings which will close out the afternoon program.  Scott Woogen is either owner or part owner of three of the five entrants. His trio finished 1-2-3 in last week’s prep — KJ Hunter, KJ Unreal and KJ Hunting — and are top morning line choices in that order. Fern Paquet, Jr., Corey Braden and Archie Buford will pilot respectively. KJ Hunter is a Gary Messenger trainee that crossed in 1:54 1/5 last out. 

The Woodstock oval continues its spring meet through May 19 on a Saturday/Sunday basis. Free Trackmaster programs are available at