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Cashmere Smooth In McClure Memorial

Published: October 26, 2009 10:04 am ET

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Cashmere edged out Dreamanotherdream after a thrilling stretch drive in the Heidi McClure Memorial Trot Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs.

Cashmere, owned by Jane Dunavant and trained by her husband, Charlie, had been winless in her last two races after putting a four-race win streak together earlier in the fall meet. The five-year-old mare remained fifth in a six-horse field through the first three-quarters, while Budlightning led on the front end.

After a sluggish opening two panels (:29.4 and :59.3), the pace quickened. After Budlightning went off stride shortly after the third quarter (1:28.2), Dreamanotherdream and Cashmere slugged it out the balance of the stretch to the finish.

Driver Chris Page directed Cashmere to a very tight win, a head’s length, in 1:56.2. Dan O’Mara’s Dreamanotherdream had a two-race win streak snapped, while Lindys Maestro took third.

Cashmere, whose eight races this year have all been at the Colonial meet, has five wins and purse earnings of over $18,000 from those starts. Chris Page has been in the sulky for all five triumphs.

Colonial Downs is dark Monday. Racing resumes Tuesday with a 10-race card at 5:00 p.m.


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