The handle at Colonial Downs increased a bit over its 2006 mark, while a moderate summer helped boost attendance at the central Virginia track, which concluded its 11th season of racing on Aug. 7.
Well over $40 million was wagered in the 40 days of live racing at Colonial Downs during the 2005 summer meet that concluded on Aug. 9.
After one wild ride, jockey Horatio Karamanos and his mount, Tam's Terms, came on to win Saturday's $50,000 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs after appearing to be hopelessly beaten.
Jockey Mario Pino captured the Maryland riding title with 227 winners at Pimlico and Laurel Park in 2002, his second one in the last four years. Dale Capuano earned the training championship, his fifth in the last six years, saddling 107 winners.
Horatio Karamanos has been named 2002 Jockey of the Year in his native Argentina.
Jockey Horatio Karamanos dominated the eleven-race card at Laurel Park Saturday by riding seven winners, including a pick-up mount on Eugene Ford's Lily's Affair in the $50,000 Waya Stakes.
Sondra Benders' Certantee made the jump from turf to dirt with a powerful score in the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Laurel Park. The race was moved off the grass because of soggy conditions.
With a victory in Friday's sixth race, Horatio Karamanos captured the riding title at Laurel Park as the summer meet came to a conclusion.
Mario Pino's quest for 5,000 career victories reached single digits when the veteran jockey rode two winners on Thursday's card at Laurel Park, giving him 4,991.
Toby Roth's Sassy Hound upped his lifetime record to 13
for 25 with a commanding performance in Saturday's $50,000 Dave's Friend Stakes at Laurel Park.
The Virginia track ended its meet with increases in attendance and handle.
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