Columbus, MN – The Saturday (June 23) evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $23,000 3-year-old Minnesota-Sired pacers, which were split into two divisions.
The $11,500 fillies division sported a field of seven sophomore distaff pacers, headlined by A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) who was the clear favorite in the wagering (1-1) after turning in a very impressive victory last time out, winning by more than five lengths to post a maiden win in 1:56.2.
Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) also got plenty of attention, as she was the runner-up for divisional honors last season as a freshman filly pacer. The public sent her off as the 2-1 second choice, and she sped away from the gate from post one to take the lead and control the pace.
The fractions were quite sensible with Trinitysfancyfilly leading the parade through the first three panels (:29, :59, and 1:28.1) while A Little Rusty had gotten away in third before launching a first-over attack going into the final turn, and The Boss’ Wife (Nick Roland) was stalking in the pocket.
Trinitysfancyfilly led them into the lane and was game to the wire, but A Little Rusty had just enough momentum to forge past right on the money – getting up to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 for two wins in a row, with The Boss’ Wife home in third.
A Little Rusty ($4.00) is by The Village Rusty from the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Topless. The winner is owned and trained by Wendy Haberburg.
Gerald Longo also won the $11,500 colts & geldings division with his own Fancy Schmacy gelding Stay Humble N Kind, delivering as the 2-1 second choice ($6.00) and picking up his second win in a row with a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 as he just out-kicked race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) to the wire in a thrilling finish.
Completing a Hat-Trick on the program for Longo, was Bunkerhill Jill ($10.40) in the nightcap, pacing to a new career best of 1:54.2 for owner/trainer Gene Miller.
One lucky patron was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 wager as the only ticket, taking down a Jackpot of $12,783.92. The winning sequence was 3-9-2-9-3 and the odds of those winners were: 4-5, 20-1, 9-2, 22-1, and 4-1. The Pick-5 Jackpot starts over on Sunday, June 23 with first post at 6:00 p.m. (CDT).