Columbus, MN — The Tuesday afternoon (July 28) program at Running Aces featured the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with a very talented field of nine square-gaited rivals and was headlined by 4-year-old stallion Bordogna, who was looking to remain unbeaten in 2020 and extend a seven-race winning streak. He was sent off as the public choice at 8-5 from post nine.
Driver Rick Magee sent Bordogna ($5.20) alertly from the outside and floated toward the front as Mandeville (Nick Roland) battled with Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) for the first leading call. Bordogna quickly settled the issue by seating them both in behind him as he took control just past the :28 opening quarter.
Magee settled his charge down nicely on the lead and remained well in hand through the middle stages (:56.4 and 1:25.3) and had plenty left in the tank to stave off a late challenge by pocket-sitter Mandeville. Bordogna trotted home in :29.1 to stop the timer at 1:54.4 and score his eighth consecutive win, a streak that goes back to September 2019. Mandeville was a half-length back in second and Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) was one length further back in third.
The talented son of Trixton is now unbeaten in seven starts in 2020 and has won 20 career races in just 36 outings. He has now bankrolled $78,075 lifetime. The winning owners are Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer and the winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.
Pull The Shade (Nick Roland, $8.40) was ultra-game in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace to score her second straight win at the top level in 1:53.2 for owner Ferrell York and trainer Tim Maier. Alwaysalittlemore (Darrell Wright) was a sharp second at 41-1 and race-favorite Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) checked in third.
The Tuesday program also featured 2-year-old action for both trotters and pacers.
May Day Maggie (Rick Magee, $4.80) scored her first pari-mutuel win with a sharp one length tally from post nine in the $13,800 2-year-old “A” pace in 1:58.1, while the $9,200 “B” division went to Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.20) in his lifetime debut, also in 1:58.1.
The 2-year-old trotting events went to Rush To The Bank (Darrell Wright, $7.80) in 2:03.4 in the $11,500 colts and geldings split, for two in a row, while The Royal Queen (Rick Magee) extended her streak to three in the $6,000 filly division, scoring a new career mark of 2:02.4 in the early non-wagering contest.
Driver Rick Magee led the program with four winners, while Nick Roland registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson completed a triple on the Tuesday card.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (Aug. 1) with first post at 1 p.m. (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $16,897.33.