Columbus, MN – Driver Braxten Boyd entered the record books at Running Aces on the Saturday afternoon (July 25) program, steering 7-year-old pacing mare Wizzel Sticks to victory at just over 80-1 on the board, to record the second highest win mutuel in track history when they returned a hefty $162.80 for every $2 ticket.
Winless in sixteen outings this year, the public dismissed Wizzel Stix from post seven, seemingly forgetting some of her dramatic wins at Running Aces in seasons past. Braxten Boyd was engaged for his first trip behind the free-legged pacer and would be her fifth different driver in as many starts.
Odds On Maria (Tim Maier) fired fastest from the gate from post eight in the $3,000 conditioned pace, she was a 5-1 prospect. Peekaboo Tattoo (Nick Roland, 9-1) got away sharply and sat the pocket. Getter Queen Flush (Lemoyne Svedsen, 7-1) pressured the pace first-over from before the half and all the way to the three-quarter mark.
Race favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee, 2-5) got rolling three wide with a sweeping move around the final turn and Braxten Boyd immediately launched wide behind her with Wizzel Stix, and those two mares circled the field and were in lockstep turning for home. Wizzel Stix clearly had just a bit more momentum as they straightened for the wire and while the favorite fought on, Wizzel Stix maintained a slight lead to the line, scoring by a half-length in 1:56.4 for her first win of the season in 17 tries.
The stunning upset sparked a $378 exacta, a $4,836 trifecta that paid to all in third, and an extrapolated superfecta of $18,223.80.
The winning owner of Wizzel Stix is Vikki Pfeilsticker and the winning trainer is Rick Bertrand.
It’s A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) scored his second win in a row while posting a two-length tally in 1:55.1 in the featured $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3-year-old colts & geldings pace for owner Duane Roland, who had a perfect day at Running Aces with three winners from three starters. Trainer Jessica Johnson also had a perfect day – participating in five races and making five trips to the winner’s circle. Driver Nick Roland also shared those same five winners.
It’s Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.20) picked up a new lifetime best win in the $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.4 for three in a row and 11 career wins. The winning owner is John Hendricks and the winning trainer is Joel Mc Danel. The margin of victory for It’s Pacific Time was 1-1/4 lengths over Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) and D Vigilante (Brian Detgen) was beaten 12-3/4 lengths in third.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 26) with first post at 1 p.m. (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $14,377.78.