Columbus, MN — The Sunday evening (July 7) program at Running Aces was loaded with thrilling contests and exciting finishes.
She’sgotitgoingon (Don Harmon) was making her career pari-mutuel debut in the opener on Sunday, and had only faced the gate in a single qualifier on June 25, which she won handily by more than 22 lengths in 2:00.2 with a :29.2 final quarter.
She was sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the nine horse affair and got away third, tracking the early pace (:27.2, :57.1) before launching a swift move to the front near the five-eighths juncture. After taking the lead, the 3-year-old filly by Tellitlikeitis took off in full-stride, drawing away from her rivals and leaving them in her wake past the three-quarter mark in 1:25.
She’sgotitgoingon ($8.40) paced a final quarter in :28.1 to leave the rest of the field 11-1/2 lengths in arrears, with a big battle for second going to 25-1 longshot Nightgirl (Dean Magee), over Crystal Hotspur (Tim Maier) and Lakota Law (Jesse Yoder).
The winner is a homebred filly, owned by Don and Krista Harmon. Her 1:53.1 effort is just one second off the current track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies (Flick A Fly, 1:52.1).
Nine Ways (Dean Magee) picked up his fourth win in a row while posting another dominating performance in the $16,000 featured Open Handicap Pace.
After settling away fifth from post eight, Magee launched Nine Ways first-over and powered straight to the lead with a furious sweeping move at the three-eighths marker. Once on the front end, Nine Ways ($3.60) was never in doubt, securing the victory with a final half in :55.4 and checking in 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) and Firedrake (Nick Roland) in 1:52.3.
Dean Magee scored yet another hat trick on Sunday for his third straight night with three winners. Nick Roland picked up another driving double for three in a row as well, and Don Harmon also had two winners.
The 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager now has a carryover of $3,551.93 for the Tuesday night (July 9) card, which gets underway at 7 p.m. (CDT).