Columbus, MN – The featured event on the Sunday afternoon (Aug. 16) at Running Aces was the Minnesota-Sired sophomore trot with three divisions and a total purse of $23,000.
The $11,500 “A” division drew a talented field of seven, including division leader Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland, 2-1), last out winner and co-favorite Hearduwhispermynam (Rick Magee, 2-1), and Susie’s Sister (Steve Wiseman, 7-2), who was making her first local start of the season after an early summer campaign in Kentucky.
Teachmehowtotory was first to take the front with a sweeping move from the outside post, while Hearduwhispermynam also left quickly from post six and was caught out through the :29.2 opening panel before working to the lead. Hearduwhispermynam had the call at the half in :59 seconds, but as soon as they straightened down the backside, Susie’s Sister was on the attack from third and moved swiftly to the front.
Once on the lead, Susie’s Sister ($9.60) opened up two lengths on her rivals and was never in doubt, maintaining that margin all the way to the wire in 1:56.4 to equal the track record for sophomore trotting fillies, which was set by her full sister My Little Susie in 2016. Hearduwhispermynam was home in second and Teachmehowtotory held third.
Both of the record-setting siblings are by Claudius Augustus and out of the S J’s Photo mare Sue’s Photo. Susie’s Sister is owned by Lynchris, LLC and trained by Jenni King. She now has two Running Aces track records to her credit and 13 career wins.
The $6,900 “B” division went to Al Mar Why Not with trainer/driver Brandon Jenson in the sulky. Al Mar Why Not ($15.20) saved ground throughout and closed on the inside to win by a half-length in 2:00.2 over Double My Dekker (Dean Magee) and Miss Gracious (Mooney Svendsen). The winning owner is Bryce Jenson.
The $4,600 “C” division went to Black Buck (Rick Magee, $6) who got away fifth, then converted second-over cover into a big lead around the final turn, drawing away from the field to score by 5-1/4 lengths in 2:01 for his third career win for owner-trainer and breeder Jenni King.
Drivers Steve Wiseman, Mooney Svendsen, Rick Magee and Nick Roland all registered doubles on the Sunday card. Trainer Jenni King also had a double on the day.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (Aug.)18, with first post at 1 p.m. (CDT).