Jenson, Plano split a six pack of wins at Aces on Thursday

Columbus, MN —┬áDrivers Brady Jenson and Luke Plano each scored driving triples on the Thursday (Sept. 8) program at Running Aces, and each posted wins in the final round of Minnesota-sired action ahead of next week’s Night of Champions.

Lovin On You was a 1:54 winner. Dee Leftwich photo.

Jenson got the ball rolling in the first race of the night with a very sharp gate-to-wire score aboard heavy favorite Lovin On You (Easy Again) who was never in doubt while posting his third win of the season to take the $16,500 Minnesota-sired sophomore boys pace in a career best 1:54. Lovin On You ($2.60) was six lengths clear of Antetokounmpo (Rick Magee) in second, while Perfect Force was third best. The winner is owned by Jay De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson.

Plano piloted King Of Aces (Three Of Clubs) to his second straight win in the $16,500 freshman male pace in 1:55.3 for a new career mark. King Of Aces sat fifth the entire way while Polar Storm (Chip Lackey) and Kawabunga (Chad Svendsen) went to the front. Plano angled through traffic at the top of the lane and King Of Aces ($12.60) responded with an impressive late kick to surge past the leader, while Ex Why Zee (Rick Magee) flew home from the back of the pack to just-miss second in his first career start. The winner races from the Williams Hernandez stable and is owned and trained by Maria Alvarez.

Give Me This Dance (Wind Me Up) and driver Dean Magee converted a perfect pocket trip to score her 12th win of the year by four lengths in 1:53.4 over stablemate Anotherblazinwoman (Plano) and Kitty Wampus (Mooney Svendsen) in the $16,500 sophomore filly pace. With the victory, Give Me This Dance ($3.40) also eclipsed the $100,000 mark in seasonal earnings for owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.

Quite The Flirt (Wind Me Up, $6.20) scored her first career win in the $16,500 freshman filly pace with a nice late rally with Plano in the bike. Plano guided her away in fourth and waited patiently while Anotherflashywoman and Wavzeka made the pace. Rounding for home, they tipped to the outside and she easily took control in the lane and drew clear to score by two lengths in 1:59.1. Wavzeka held second while Stevies Girl rallied late for third. The winner is owned by her breeder, Van Otterloo Stables and is trained by Bob Lems.

Sneaky Hill (Racing Hill, $4.00) rallied from off the pace to score his sixth straight win, taking an $11,800 conditioned pace in a career best 1:52.3 for owner/trainer/driver Brady Jenson. Lucky Lil Lady (Plano) was second best and Hurry Home (Dean Magee) checked in third.

One sharp handicapper was able to be the lone winner in the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager to scoop up a payout of $34,910.40. The decisive moment in the sequence was when 99 percent of the tickets were eliminated in the third leg (race eight) as 38-1 shot Go Away N Play (Chad Svendsen) closed sharply from the back of the pack to get up by a head over 3-1 shot Changing Colors (Mooney Svendsen). The $2 Svendsen exacta (9-2) returned a season’s highest $1,635 and the 50-cent trifecta (9-2-5) with 5-1 shot Easy Three in third paid a season’s highest $3,153.85.

Live racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (Sept.r 11) to kick-off the final week of the 2022 racing season. After Sunday, there is racing on Tuesday (Sept. 13) and Friday and Saturday (Sept. 16 and 17). Post time at Running Aces is 7 p.m. (CDT).

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