Columbus, MN – The Saturday evening (July 28) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Minnesota-Sired 3-year-old pacers, split into two divisions.
The $11,500 colts and geldings division was headlined by heavy favorite SB Bodacious (1-5) who was a winner last out and came into this week’s event with a record of 4-4-1 from nine starts. SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate from post one and faced immediate pressure from Flying Fritz (Nick Roland) who hounded the leader through the first half mile, prompting early fractions of :27 and :55.1. Next to come after the leader was Roman Treasure (Tim Maier) who made a three-wide move around a tiring Flying Fritz, near the 1:24.2 check-in for three-quarters.
Throughout it all, Burning Blaze was sitting in fourth biding his time, and as they rounded for home, driver Steve Wiseman steered the 2018 Minnesota Harness Horse of the Year to the outside and got him rolling. He stormed down the center of the track to pull away from SB Bodacious by two lengths to score his second win of the year with a 1:53.4 mile and a new lifetime mark. Roman Treasure held gamely for third.
Burning Blaze ($17.20) now has nine career wins in 18 races, and has earned $73,220 for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.
The $11,500 filly division went to prohibitive favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (1-9) as she once again turned in a dominating performance in 1:55.2 to score her sixth win in seven outings this year for owner Richard Davelaar and trainer Gordon Graham. Dean Magee was the winning pilot. Sweet Vivian (Steve Wiseman) was second and Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) finished third.
Both divisional winners are by the stallion Wind Me Up.
Driver Steve Wiseman dominated the scene on Saturday night, picking up three wins and two seconds in his seven trips to the gate.
Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 28) with first post at 6 p.m. (CDT).