Columbus, MN — The first Sunday card of the 2019 harness racing season at Running Aces featured a $15,000 Open Trot event, with a strong field of contenders.
Silverlode was making her Running Aces return after a stellar campaign in northern California at Cal Expo over the winter and spring. Banker Volo was making his Running Aces return and just his second start of the year, after a winter campaign in western Pennsylvania at The Meadows. Those two were the talk of the toteboard and rightfully so, as they also dominated the action on the track.
Banker Volo (Nick Roland) struck the front first, with a burst right off the wings of the gate to challenge the inside entry Doug’s Hobby Horse (Rick Bertrand) and take the lead at the quarter in 29.2, while Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) floated away third from her outside eight post, and advanced to challenge and take over the front near the three-eighths marker.
The fractions were tepid for the top class trotters as they hit the half in just 1:00 and the three-quarters in 1:30. Silverlode faced mild pressure near the five-eighths when Al Mar Reba Babe was advancing first-over on the outside, but was never in jeopardy.
Turning for home Silverlode had taken a clear two-length margin and had full benefit of the soft fractions, kicking home in :29.1 to check in 3-3/4 lengths ahead of Banker Volo, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) picking up the pieces for third. The time of the mile was 1:59.1.
Silverlode ($3.20) is a 10-year-old mare by British Sterling and is trained by Kathleen Plested, who co-owns with Medinah Racing. She now has six wins in a row and seven victories in just 10 starts in 2019. She recently surpassed the quarter-million dollar mark in career earnings and now sports a tally of $258,072.
The 4-year-old pacer Just B Talking ($84.40) became the biggest priced winner of the meet so far in race seven on the card for owner-trainer-driver Gerald Longo, with an impressive tally on the front end in 1:58.2 to light up the board at more than 41-1, triggering a carryover in the Hi-5 wager.
And when 6-year-old pacer Buzz Light (Nick Roland) turned in a sharp looking win at 11-1 ($24.20) in the finale in 1:58, that helped to trigger a double-carryover of $8,049.09 for the High Five eager on Tuesday night (May 21).
Drivers Nick Roland and Dean Magee both picked up driving doubles on the Sunday program.
Post time on Tuesday night (May 21) is 7 p.m. (CDT).