Columbus, MN – The Saturday evening (July 13) harness racing program at Running Aces featured two divisions of the Minnesota-Sired 3-year-old pacers going for a total purse of $23,000.
The $13,800 “A” division saw a talented field of six, with three fillies and three geldings going into battle, headlined by favorites SB Bodacious (Rick Magee), Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo), and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee).
As the gate sped away from the field, Windmeupnwatchmego was sent right to the lead from her outside six post, and quickly established firm command of affairs. The talented daughter of Wind Me Up posted a quick opener of :27.4, before stealing a 30-second breather in the second panel. Dean Magee got her fired back up for the final half and peeled off a :28.1 third panel to maintain a firm hold on things, and she paced home in an eye-catching :27.3 to post a career best mile of 1:53.3 while holding off a late challenge from race favorite SB Bodacious, with Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) home in third.
Windmeupnwatchmego ($7.60) now has four wins in five outings this year, and 10 career victories in just 13 starts, with earnings of $77,550 for owner Richard Davelaar. The winning trainer was Gordon Graham.
The $9,200 “B” split went to Trinitysfancyfilly (Brain Detgen) as she picked up her fourth win of the season in 10 starts. After getting away third in the early stages, Trinitysfancyfilly ($4.80) swept to the lead near the three-eighths pole, and it was never in doubt from there. She held off a host of late chargers at the wire to post a half-length score in 1:56.2 for a new career mark. Tiyaga (Wiseman) picked up second, with Sweet Vivian (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third. The winner is owned by Sarah Hallberg and trainer Brian Detgen.
Saturday night was also Roger Huston night at Running Aces, an event that was a huge success. The Hall of Fame announcer and broadcaster met fans, signed autographs and books, toured the facility and called some Minnesota harness action. A large and enthusiastic Saturday night crowd was treated to Huston’s signature energetic and colorful calls, as he made the Running Aces stop his 145th career racetrack to announce at, and 20th state in which to do so. Roger has now called 179,600 races over a tremendous 60-year career and is still going strong. He is now headed back home to gear up for the 2019 Adios pace at his home track (The Meadows) before heading to Ireland in August to call races at the Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway near Dublin.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 14) with first post at 6 pm (CDT) and features two $15,000 elimination races for the $50,000 Dan Patch Free For All.