Columbus, MN – The $11,000 Open Handicap pace was the featured event on the Tuesday (June 1) program at Running Aces, and race favorite SB Bodacious turned in another stellar performance to live up to all of the pre-race hype.
Starting from the outside five post, SB Bodacious was fastest off the car and quickly settled an early skirmish with stablemate Zanetti to take control of affairs and register a :27.1 opening panel. Rick Magee settled his 5-year-old Voracious Hanover gelding for a second quarter breather of :29.1 while his other trainee, Zanetti (Brady Jenson) tracked intently from the pocket. Solongo (Luke Plano) traveled along in third through the opening half mile, and the first to move outside was Frewil Dakota Sven (Jacob Cutting) who set sail from the back of the pack to advance in the first-over position.
Magee gave the queue to SB Bodacious and he kicked into high gear as they headed into the far turn, with Zanetti keeping pace in second and Frewil Dakota Sven a clear third. The leader turned in back-to-back panels of :27.2 to stop the timer in 1:51.1 for the second straight week. Zanetti was a strong second at the wire, just one length back, while Frewil Dakota Sven held a clear third 2-1/4 lengths behind the winner.
The victory completed three in a row for SB Bodacious ($2.20) and marked his 18th career tally. Magee also owns the impressive pacer, and trains both the winner and the runner up.
Trainer Edward Hernandez also registered a one-two knockout punch on the Tuesday card, with his trainees sweeping the final race exacta in a very tough nine horse contest.
Hernandez sent out So So De Vie with Brady Jenson in the bike from post seven, and that pair went straight to the front and never looked back. Dean Magee piloted Parklane Jet from post three for Hernandez and got away seventh, saving ground through much of the contest before eventually steering to the far outside as they straightened for home. Parklane Jet had a ton of late pace and just missed a trip to the winner’s circle in a thrilling finish. The final margin was just a neck, in a 1:53 mile. So So De Vie ($15.60) is a 4- year-old gelding by American Ideal, owned by Jose Cervantes. The victory completed a double on the card for Jenson.
Jacob Cutting led the Tuesday program with a Hat-Trick, delivering nice dividends ($15.40, $24.40, and $14.20) with all of his wins on the night. Mooney Svendsen also registered a double on the evening.
Trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman registered the lone training double on the card.
Thursday’s (June 3) program at Running Aces will feature several carryover pools, including $3,036.11 for the 50-cent Pick-4 in race two2, $7,114.60 for the 20-ent Pick-5 Jackpot in race five, and $1,156.72 for the 50-cent Hi-5 in race eight. Post Time is 6:05 p.m. (CDT).