David A. Ross’ Chasing the Prize just missed earning the honor of track record holder by a fifth of a second with a dominating allowance win at Colonial Downs on July 7th.

Chasing the Prize ran the six furlongs on Colonial’s main track in 1:08.76, just a tick off Satan’s Code record 1:08.48 clocking.

Chasing the Prize willingly rated off a brisk early pace set by longshot Frankie W, who spurted to the lead through a quarter in :21.86 while Chasing the Prize sat a length and a half back in third under jockey Luis Garcia.

Frankie W continued to fly around the turn to get the half in :44.49 as Chasing the Prize edged closer with a two-wide move to get into second as they turned for home.

Garcia let Chasing the Prize roll as they straightened for the 1300-foot stretch run and the 4-year-old Pure Prize gelding instantly ended things with a devastating burst speed to open up four lengths on the field at the eighth pole. Revelations launched a bid at the center of the track but Chasing the Prize was long gone, drawing off to win by seven over Revelations with Seeking Flight another 2¼ lengths back in third.

Chasing the Prize improved his record to four wins from seven starts. All four wins were blowouts by margins ranging from 5½ to 9¼ lengths, including a 6¼ length win for a $7,500 tag opening week at Colonial.

Michael Pino trains Chasing the Prize.

Ross is the all-time leading owner at Colonial Downs with 76 wins and is well on his way to another leading owner title with 11 wins this season, nearly triple the second-place tie between George W. Parrish, Sr. and A. Claire Silva, Jr.

(Photo by Coady Photography)