Dave Palone Makes Harness Racing History; Colonial Downs Selections for Friday July 6th.

July 05, 2012 | Gary Quill

This blog made its debut in January 2008. Since then I’ve authored hundreds of them, all focused on thoroughbred horse racing and all but ignored harness racing. That is until now… at least just this one time.

On Thursday afternoon at The Meadows harness racing track, driver Dave Palone set a North American harness racing record when he piloted Herculotte Hanover to the winner’s circle for his 15,181st career victory, breaking the mark held by Herve Filion. The 50-year-old Palone tied the record during the third race then broke it on a filly making her first start.

The Waynesburg, Pa., native began driving in 1982 and earned his first victory in 1983. He’s become a dominant force in the sport over the last three decades, capturing nearly 40 percent of the races he drives in while becoming just the third driver in history to surpass 15,000 wins.

Heinz Wewering of Germany holds the world record for career harness racing wins, with over 16,000 and counting. It’s a mark Palone intends to chase as long as his body lets him. “I’m driving as good as I have at any point in my career,” he said. That’s saying something. Palone, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, has been the leading rider at The Meadows for 23 straight years and has won at least 532 races a year over the last two decades.

Recapping of selections from Wednesday, July 4th had 5 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $9.80 (2nd race), $5.40 (4th), $2.60 (6th), $4.20 (7th) and $8.80 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (15 5-2-0) was sent off @ 5-1, ran a good stalking race but could not catch the winner, settling for second returning $4.40 to PLACE and $3.00 for the SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (15 1-3-3) turned out to be a shorter price (3-1 PT v. 6-1 M/L) due to a couple scratches, but nonetheless was a winner in spite of get left at the gate in a 5½ furlong turf sprint, rallied big time to prevail by a nose, returning $8.80 to WIN, $3.80 PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.

Selections for Friday evening, July 6th at Colonial Downs are below. Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.
Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race –$7,500 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlong on Dirt
#10 – D’wildgold (6-1)
#6 – Rockstar Cowboy (8-1)
#7 – Big Dividend (7-2)

2nd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for VA-bred F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Blue Book (5-2)
#2 – Runninglikeanangel (7-5)
#4 – Sherwood Outlaw (8-1)

3rd race –$5,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Cee’s Fast (8-5)
#9 – Carlet (15-1)
#1 – Good Girls Dont (8-1)

4th race – $45,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#7 – Three Hundred (8-1)
#6 – Skiff’s Brewmeister (4-1)
#4 – Cosmo The Comet (9-5)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#4 – Hallistic (9-2)
#12 – Darn Proud (20-1)
#9 – Under Served (15-1)

6th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#7 – Bettymo (4-1)
#3 – Giant Sleep (6-1)
#5 – Campbell Creek (7-2)

7th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#4 – Kelly The Great (8-1)
#7 – Jaded Lover (7-2)
#1 – Dr. Thomas (12-1)

8th race – $23,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. fillies – 5 furlongs on Turf
#4 – Nikoldini (9-2) *** BEST BET ***
#6 – A Lover’s Question (7-5)
#5 – Flattering Bea (8-1)

9th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#5 – Suninyoureyes (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1 – Gudahi (6-5)
#8 – Resign If Elected (9-2)

GOOD LUCK!

Enjoy your Summer evenings following the night races at Colonial Downs and maybe even plan a trip there, it’s a short drive from Virginia Beach.

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