Mac’s Marvel posts Aces track record in dramatic feature race win

Columbus, MN — The Tuesday night (May 23) harness racing program at Running Aces saw a dramatic finish in the $18,500 featured Open Handicap Pace and a new track record was achieved in the process.

Saddle Up (Dean Magee) was sent off as the 4-5 public choice from post six in the seven horse affair and wasted no time asserting himself in the contest, leaving fastest of all to easily make the front while American Dreamer (Todd Warren) also left sharply and secured the pocket.

Mac’s Marvel prevailed in a thrilling photo finish in the Tuesday Aces feature in track record time. Kimberley Schneider photo.

Saddle Up maintained firm control while posting fast early fractions of :26.4 and :54.4 before Mac’s Marvel (Captaintreacherous) was activated first-up by driver Luke Plano near the five-eighths juncture and quickly joined the leader as they rounded the far turn, with American Dreamer a close third.

In the lane Saddle Up dug in gamely as Mac’s Marvel surged outside and American Dreamer challenged inside for a thrilling three-way battle to the finish line which put the photo finish cameras to the test. After review, Mac’s Marvel had gotten home a head in front of Saddle Up and a neck in front of American Dreamer in a stunning 1:50.3 mile.

The impressive clocking lowered the track mark for 4-year-old gelding pacers by one-fifth of a second, and established a career mark for Mac’s Marvel ($13.80). The winner now shows 10 wins in 47 career starts and earnings of $114,870. He is owned by Jose Cervantes and Terrence Smith and is trained by Williams Hernandez.

Biggiessecondshot (Brady Jenson, $7.60) powered home to capture her $9,000 division of the first leg of the Linkjack Hanover series by a head over Always Close (Brad Irvine) in a seasonal best 1:54 and her fourth win in her last five starts for owner/trainer Bob Johnson.

Officer Jim (Todd Warren, $2.60) dominated the second $9,000 split with a 1-1/4 length tally in 1:51.4 for his tenth win in 13 starts this year for owner Debra McCarthy and trainer Gordon Graham.

Luke Plano had a big night on Tuesday with four driving wins while Brady Jenson posted a driving double.

Live racing returns to Running Aces on Thursday night (May 25) with an 11-race program which will feature first-round action in the Burning Blaze Pacing Series, and a carryover of $7,092.89 in the 20-cent Pick-5 wager. The action gets underway with first post at 7 p.m. (CDT).

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