Pridecrest back on top at Running Aces

Columbus, MN — Pridecrest, the fastest trotter in the history of Running Aces, made his way back to the winner’s circle on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 18) for his first local win of the season.

Pridecrest was best in Tuesday’s featured conditioned trot at Running Aces. Dee Leftwich photo.

Sent off as the 8-5 favorite over Banker Volo, Pridecrest and driver Mooney Svendsen rocketed out of the gate from post five and had two lengths on Banker Volo (Nick Roland) as they passed the quarter in :28.2. Pridecrest remained strong throughout and posted a :57.2 middle half to keep Banker Volo chasing in the pocket while Magic MVP (Chris Scicluna) launched a first-over bid and threatened from third.

As they straightened for home, there was no doubt about the winner as Pridecrest ($5.40) coasted home comfortably to win by a length in 1:54.4 over Banker Volo who fought hard for second over Magic MVP.

The victory, which came in a $6,700 conditioned event, was the fourth of the year for Pridecrest and his fastest in two years. It was the 39th career victory for the 8-year-old Angus Hall gelding, who has now bankrolled $328,977. Kathie Plested-Wiseman trains Pridecrest for Chris Schick.

The $5,500 2-Year-Old Open Trot went to Al Mar Bragen Star (Tim Maier), who picked up his first career win in 2:03 and returned $30.00 to win. The victory came in just the third career start for the gelded son of Braggart owned by trainer Brett Ballinger along with Carl Swanson and Denise Maier.

Tim Maier led the program with the lone driving double on the day.

Live racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (Aug. 22) with first post at 1 p.m. (CDT) and will feature two carryovers: $1,121.94 for the 50-cent Hi-5 and $974.20 for the 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5.

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