Columbus, MN — Mandeville, the talented 9-year-old trotting son of Majestic Son, delivered as the favorite in the featured event on opening night (Sunday, May 16) at Running Aces in front of a very large and enthusiastic crowd.
Driver Nick Roland floated the winner into the pocket from post three in the six horse affair, and enjoyed the garden trip behind leader Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) through fractions of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:26.4. Mandeville shook free and surged past in the shadow of the wire, getting home three-quarters of a length ahead of Pridecrest in 1:55.1, with All American N (Luke Plano) picking up third money off a wide trip throughout. Bordogna (Rick Magee) got racing room very late in the mile and was an oncoming fourth.
Mandeville has now won four straight races between Cal-Expo and Running Aces for owner/trainer Gerald Longo and recorded his 35th career win.
Driver Rick Magee posted the first driving triple of the Aces season and Nick Roland picked up a double on the opening night card.
The Running Aces and Minnesota harness racing community remembered the late Steve Wiseman in a memorial tribute before the first race. Wiseman was one of the most successful horsemen at Running Aces over the last decade and made countless dear friends and devoted fans in Minnesota over that time. Horsemen gathered outside of the paddock for a moment of silence and one devoted Steve Wiseman fan presented a hand-drawn sketch of Steve to his wife Kathie Plested-Wiseman as part of the tribute as well.
Live racing continues at Running Aces every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. (CDT) through Sept. 18.