08/03/2007 12:00AM

Kona Blend formidable in Marsh


Kona Blend, a wire-to-wire winner in his first two starts on turf, should be heavily favored to make it three in a row in the $60,000 John D. Marsh Stakes at Colonial Downs.

Aside from Kona Blend, a 4-year-old trained by Graham Motion, the other seven horses in the 1 1/16-mile grass race are a combined 1 for 23 on grass. The Marsh is restricted to Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired 3- and 4-year-olds.