Columbus, MN — The Tuesday evening (July 23) program at Running Aces featured the weekly edition of the Mares Open Pace event, with this week’s edition drawing a field of nine to battle it out for a $16,000 purse.
Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was back as the headliner in the field, making her return to the top mares event after taking her chances against the boys in the 2019 Dan Patch FFA, where she ran into the toughest Dan Patch nomination field to date, and finished sixth in her elimination group, but was only beaten two lengths.
Juslikeaqueen lived up to all the hype this week, posting a dominating gate-to-wire win from post eight with the victory never in doubt. She paced the first half in :56.1 and repeated that for the final half, to stop the timer in 1:52.2 and check in 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) at the wire. Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) turned in another impressive first-over mile and held gamely for third.
Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5-year-old mare by Palone Ranger, out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She now has nine wins in 23 starts this year, with 26 career tallies and $289,080 in the bank. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier.
Teachmehowtotory ($3.80, Nick Roland) picked up her second consecutive win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired 2-year-old filly trot, with a dominating performance in 2:03.1. The sharp filly by Braggart now has two wins in three starts for owner Set The Pace Racing.
Dubberyoo ($15.20, Dean Magee) was a winner in his career debut in the $9,200 Minnesota-Sired 2-year-old “B” pace, with an impressive win from off the pace in 2:01.3, featuring a :28.4 final quarter. The gelded son of It’s That Time is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger.
Trotterlicious ($4.00, Tim Maier) was impressive again, turning in his second consecutive gate-to-wire win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, stopping the timer in 2:01. The Money Talks gelding is owned and trained by Rick Bertrand.
Bunkerhill Phil ($3.40, Don Harmon) has now won three straight races at Running Aces, picking up an impressive last-to-first sweep in the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired 2-year-old “A” pace in 1:58.2, powering home in :28.2 to get up at the wire by a neck. The impressive son of Vlos now has five wins in six career outings. The winning owner/trainer/breeder is Gene Miller.
Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in three winners each, while Nick Roland completed a driving double.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (July 27) with first post at 6 p.m. and two carryover pools: the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot is $2,192.87 and the 50-cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,950.98.