Celebrity Rolex, Paging Doctor Teo each win at Shenandoah Downs

Woodstock, VA — Celebrity Farms’ Celebrity Rolex has dominated in all his Woodstock outings. The 4-year-old Trixton gelding, making just his fourth lifetime start, wired the field in a $4,000 conditioned race and won by 8-3/4 lengths on Friday (Oct. 2). He crossed the finish line in 1:57.2, one-fifth of a second faster than his previous best which he recorded a week ago. The Jennifer Sansone trainee has led every step of the way in all three starts. His margins of victory have been most impressive. He won by 17 lengths on opening day and then by 8-1/4 lengths last week. Fern Paquet Jr. has driven Celebrity Rolex in all three of his starts at Shenandoah Downs.

Roger Hammer’s Artists Ruffles crossed the wire in 1:54.1 on Saturday. Darrell Wood photo.

Paging Doctor Teo has dominated too and has been in front nearly as often. The 5-year-old Calchips Brute gelding won by two lengths on Friday, 5-1/4 a week ago and 7-3/4 lengths on opening day. He finished in 1:58.3 today after a pair of 1:58.1 efforts. The Neal Ehrhart trainee has been in front at every panel through the run except on Friday, when he was momentarily second at the top of the stretch just one-quarter of a length behind Wesley Hanover. The trotter is owned by Virginia Erhardt and was driven by Billy Carter in all three wins at Shenandoah Downs.

The fastest mile of the day was authored by Roger Hammer’s Artists Ruffles who won his 25th career race in 1:54.1. The 6-year-old Real Artist gelding came outside of Next Shot at the first marker, took control in the turn and never looked back. He crossed the finish line 3-1/2 lengths the best for his first win of 2020. Vicki Lynn Fair co-owns with Hammer, who drives and trains.

Shenandoah Downs hosts the 23rd annual $363,575 Virginia Breeder’s Champions Day program Saturday (Oct. 3) beginning at 1 p.m. Races are streamed live at shenandoahdowns.com.

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