Allen Cracks 200-Win Mark at Colonial

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A. Ferris Allen III won two races on Colonial Downs’ closing day program Aug. 6 to become the first trainer to win 200 races in Virginia. He also demolished his own single-season record for victories.

Allen got his 200th win with Jealously in the third race, and his 201st victory at Colonial Downs with Don’tquestion It in the fourth race. Allen finished the 2008 season with 30 wins, shattering his 1997 single-season record of 25 wins in a season. The Varina, Va., native earned his seventh training title in the 12-year history of Colonial Downs.

Horacio Karamanos earned his fourth leading rider title at Colonial Downs, capping a strong season with a four-win closing day that boosted his total to 65 wins, just one shy of his own single-season record of 66. Karamanos also won jockey titles at Colonial Downs during the 2002, 2005, and 2007 seasons.

Katie Crews earned leading apprentice honors with a 27-win season that ranks fourth overall behind Karamanos, 2006 champ Luis Garcia, and 2007 apprentice champion Malcolm Garcia.

David Ross picked up his fourth straight leading owner title with 18 wins from 73 starts. His 2008 season was typically dominant as he scored as many wins as the next three leading owners combined.

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