Columbus, MN — Top trotters were showcased at Running Aces on Sunday (June 26) for the second edition of the Steve Wiseman Memorial.
The $35,000 event anchored a great nine-race program for the track’s ‘Whatever It Takes Race Night,’ which paid tribute to the memory of Wiseman while also turning attention to colon cancer awareness and prevention. The Colon Cancer Coalition was on site for the event and there was lots of money raised and donated in Steve’s memory.
Favored Susie’s Sister lost all chance when she went off-stride just before the start, while All American N and Bordogna both sprinted from the gate to quickly settle into the leading positions. Mooney Svendsen sent Pridecrest from post seven and was looking for an early seat which did not materialize, while Star Track Hanover made a miscue shortly after the start.
The opening panel was a solid :28.2 and Luke Plano settled All American N into a nice rhythm on the front while Bordogna (Rick Magee) rode in the pocket at 24-1 and Hearduwhispermynam (Gerald Longo) advanced to third along the pylons. Pridecrest was forced to take back and drop in fourth during the :57.4 second panel.
Heading down the backstretch, Mind Yown Business pulled first-up from sixth and Pridecrest moved back out with the cover as All American N turned up the third quarter speed to :28.1 and remained well in control of affairs.
Turning for home it quickly appeared to be a two horse race to the wire as All American N had plenty left in the tank and Bordogna rallied toward the inside. Those two battled to the wire and All American N ($6.20) prevailed by one length in a 1:55.2 mile to capture the Wiseman Memorial for the second straight year. Mind Yown Business turned for home in third but Hearduwhispermynam shook free with momentum to pick up the show dough at a huge price.
The winner is an 8-year-old son of Muscle Hill, owned and trained by Maria Alvarez from the Williams Hernandez stable. He has now won two of six starts this season, while advancing his career totals to 19 wins and $192,994 in earnings.
Minnesota-sired sophomore trotters were also featured on the Sunday program, with two divisions going for $16,500 each.
The boys division went to Poko Loki (James Lackey, $11.00) who rallied from the back of the pack and soared through the lane for his first win of the season. He was 2-3/4 lengths clear of heavy favorite Need More Cowbell (Dean Magee) while Shadowfax (Nick Roland) came home third best in the 2:00 mile.
The winner is a son of Tamarind and is owned by Ulf and Susan Holm-Johansen and also trained by the former.
Triggered posted an 8-1 upset in the filly division for her third career win. Race favorite CR Promise To You (Jenson) put up all of the fractions while Vickie’s Vacation (Plano) sat in the pocket. Svendsen angled Triggered ($18.00) into a clear path in the homestretch and rallied past the leaders for a three-quarter length score in 1:57.2 for a new career mark.
The winner is a son of Banker Volo and is owned and trained by his breeder, Robert Lems.
The 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot was hit for $7,736.08, and nobody was able to solve the 50-cent Late Pick-4 which sparks a $3,483.88 carryover when racing resumes on Tuesday (June 28). First post is 7 p.m. (CDT).