Columbus, MN — The talk of the tote board in Tuesday’s (Aug. 11) $9,500 Open Handicap Trot at Running Aces was 4-5 favorite Bordogna — who was looking to extend an eight-race winning streak — but Mandeville upended the public choice’s run of success with a 1:54 score.
Mandeville (Nick Roland) fired quickly from the gate from post seven, but Bordogna (Rick Magee) fired even faster from post eight and surging to the lead well before the :27.1 quarter. Mandeville was relegated to the pocket, while Banker Volo (Tim Maier) sat third after also showing early speed.
Bordogna trotted strongly on the lead and was not pressured through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3, while Mandeville enjoyed the garden seat throughout and Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) advanced first-over. As they straightened for home, Mandeville shook free from the pocket with plenty of trot and surged 1-1/4 lengths past Bordogna in a career best 1:54, just one-fifth of a second off of the overall track trotting record. Pridecrest — who holds the record — edged out Banker Volo for the third spot.
Mandeville ($6.40), an 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding with 27 career wins and $244,919 bankrolled, races for owner-trainer Gerald Longo.
The Tuesday program also featured Minnesota-sired events for 2-year-old trotters and pacers.
The $9,200 “B” division for freshman pacers went to Doubleontherocks (Nick Roland, $4.40), who scored a 1:58.1 victory on debut, 1-1/4 lengths over She’s A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting) and Twisted Bliss (Brandon Jenson). The Lettherockbegin filly is owned by Nikki Hudson and trained by Jessica Johnson.
The $15,000 freshman trot went to The Royal Queen (Rick Magee, $5.60), who defaeted Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland) and It’s So Fluffy (Dean Magee) for her fourth straight win in a new career mark of 2:01.2. The Tom Ridge filly is owned and trained by Justin Anfinson.
The $13,800 freshman “A” pace went to Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.40) for his second straight win in two career starts. The Twilight Bonfire colt edged by Mayday Maggie (Mooney Svendsen) late to score in 1:56, with Mibwest Kid (Dean Magee) home in third. The winner is owned by Janna Lee Rucker and trained by Brady Jenson.
Driver Nick Roland led the program with a four winners, while Rick Magee, Darrell Wright and Dean Magee scored driving doubles. Trainers Jessica Johnson and Edward Hernandez registered two wins apiece.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (Aug. 15) with first post at 1 p.m. (CDT).