Columbus, MN — The Tuesday night (May 21) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Mares Open Pace, with a field of seven talented distaffers squaring off behind the gate.
Assigned post seven, Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) was making her first local start of the year after a spring campaign in Ohio at Miami Valley Raceway. The talented daughter of Allamerican Merlin is no stranger to the Running Aces oval, as she had a very good meet here last summer, taking several of her dozen wins on the Minnesota track. She was sent off as the co-favorite in the field at 9-5, along with stablemate Pull The Shade (Dean Magee), who was also coming in from Miami Valley.
Cenalta Diamond dominated the affair from gate-to-wire, and as luck would have it, the pair of Tim Maier trainees would wind up one-two at the wire, with Cenalta Diamond checking in eight lengths ahead in 1:55.1 over a sloppy surface to capture her fifth win in 17 outings this year, and pad her bankroll to $55,974 for owner Tim Maier. Place N First (Rick Magee) was home third in the featured event.
Drivers Nick Roland, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all completed a driving double on the Tuesday card.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (May 25) with a first post of 6 p.m. (CDT) and a carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $1,476.59.