Updated on 09/17/2011 10:44AM

Colonial: Bop hangs on at odds-on

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Bop wins the $50,000 Punch Line for Virginia-breds for a third straight year Saturday.

Bop won the $50,000 Punch Line for Virginia-breds at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. for a third straight year Saturday. Only he didn't do it like a 1-9 shot should.

Bop shot to the lead in the five-furlong turf race, running the first quarter in 22.56 seconds and the half in 45.22. Smashing Beau, the 5-1 second choice, stalked in second, was still two lengths back in midstretch, but then suddenly began to close the gap - to a length, to a half-length, and finally to a diminishing neck at the wire.

Bop was timed in 1:06.17 and paid $2.20 to win. The exacta paid $4.20.