Columbus, MN — The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 8) program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares, with a field of seven lining up behind the gate.
Pull The Shade (Nick Roland) was the talk of the tote board at 4-5 and left the gate fastest of all to take the early lead from post seven before yielding to Motu Moonbeam N (Mooney Svendsen) just past the :27 quarter-mile checkpoint.
Alwaysalittlemore (Jacob Cutting) came first-up to challenge and pressure the leader down the backside and into the far turn, with Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) picking up live cover through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3.
Motu Moonbeam N turned back the initial challenger, but when Boyd tipped off cover with Another Beach Day, there was little the leader could do in response. Another Beach Day ($23.60) surged past to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.1 for her second win of the season.
It was just her third local start and her third start for her new owner, Brandy Boyd — who picked up her very first win as an owner in the featured race of the day with her 20-year-old stepson Braxten in the bike for the win. Gene Miller is the winning trainer.
Motu Moonbeam N held second, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) rallied for third.
The $8,625 Minnesota-sired freshman “A” pace went to heavy favorite May Day Maggie (Mooney Svendsen, $2.40) for her third win of the season. She dominated the affair from gate to wire in 1:59.1 over Brooklyn Wind Up (Brady Jenson) and She’s A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting). The winning filly is owned by Rick Huffman and Larry Matter, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.
The $5,750 Minnesota-sired freshman “B” pace went to heavy favorite Dontcallmefrieda (Nick Roland, $2.80) in 2:03 for her first lifetime win. The daughter of Wind Me Up is owned by Connie and Judith Roland, and is trained by Jessica Johnson.
So So De Vie (Mooney Svendsen) scored his fourth straight win in a $4,800 conditioned pace for owner Jose Cervantes and trainer Edward Hernandez. The sharp 3-year-old American Ideal gelding was a 1-1/2 length winner in 1:54.3.
Driver Mooney Svendsen led the Tuesday card with three wins, and Dean Magee registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson also recorded a double.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Wednesday (Sept. 9) with first post at 1 p.m. CDT. The card will feature a $6,614.30 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5.