Virginia Breeder’s 2-year-old champs continue winning ways

Woodstock, VA — Pamela Wagner’s Anthonys All In, winner of $220,116 entering last Sunday’s $8,000 Virginia Breeder’s 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Shenandoah Downs, continued his winning ways in preparation for the $650,000 “Day of Champions” card Nov. 6.

The 3-year-old Rusty’s All In gelding surged past front stepping rival Big N Bad Brad — also owned by Wagner — before the third fraction then held on for a comfortable 1-1/4 length victory over the prior leader in 1:57.3. John Wagner drove the victor while Fern Paquet Jr. guided the runner-up. Wagner’s Donnys All In finished third.

Anthonys All In captured Maryland Sire Stake finals at both Ocean Downs and Rosecroft Raceway this year and at Ocean Downs in 2021.

The two top finishers continued a spirited duel that carried over from their freshmen campaigns. Anthonys All In got the best of Big N Bad Brad in both the Breeder’s 2-year-old Prep and Final, winning by a half-length and a neck, respectively.

The top three finishers in Virginia’s 2021 2-year-old filly pace championship finished in the same order Saturday in the $8,000 3-year-old elimination.

Caviart Farms’ Caviart Carmel surged past Janie Hartley’s Caviart Lizzie coming out of the final turn and scored a 2-3/4 length triumph in 1:58.1. The Always B Miki filly won the final last year in 1:57, 1-1/4 lengths the best over the same runner-up. Paquet drove for trainer Marna Shehan in the big win last October as well as in Saturday’s elimination. Janet’s For Real finished third.

Three-year-old trotters dueled on Sunday and last year’s freshmen champs picked up right where they left off last fall.

Pamela Wagner’s Shes All Woman wired the filly elimination field in 2:01, crossing 2-1/4 lengths better than runner-up Ellen’s Wish. The daughter of Anders Bluestone wired competition in both the prep and final last year as a 2-year-old. She was driven by Victory Kirby Sunday for trainer John Wagner. Ellen’s Wish was driven by Todd Warren and is trained by co-owner Betsy Brown, who shares ownership with 14-year-old Morgan Marston. Antares Star finished third.

Jane Dunavant’s Big Daddy D and Pamela Wagner’s Jas Bluestone — respective first and second place finishers in the 2021 colt trot final — each won elimination races as 3-year-olds Sunday. The former, who brought a bankroll of $114,259 into the race, wired the field in 2:03.3 with Carlo Poliseno in the sulky while the latter, an Anders Bluestone gelding, crossed in 2:03.1 with Victor Kirby aboard. Both Poliseno and Kirby train their trotters as well.

Virginia Breeder’s 2-year-old elimination races take place this weekend. Eight title bouts for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes — each with a minimum $80,000 purse — will close out the meet on Nov. 6.

In other action Saturday, a pair of undefeated 2-year-old horses retained that status after wins against other freshman competitors. Leon Harris’ Prime Hall Caviar and Chuck Perry and Jason Fitzgerald’s Antaeus are both 5-for-5 in Woodstock courtesy of the weekend scores.

Prime Hall Caviar, parked out through most of his trotting mile, got to the finish one length in front while Antaeus dominated his pacing venture in coast-to-coast style, winning by 15-1/4 lengths. The former collected two of his wins during the Shenandoah County Fair while the latter earned one Fair victory.

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