Columbus, MN — The Sunday night (June 27) program at Running Aces saw many sharp performances, including a new track record for 4-year-old trotting mares as Susie’s Sister registered a 1:54.3 victory by a head over Pridecrest in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot.
That mile lowered the previous mark (1:55) which was set in 2017 by her full sister, My Little Susie.
Brady Jenson was the winning pilot for the record mile, getting his charge away quickly from post four in the five horse affair and working hard to take the lead from Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) near the :28.2 quarter-mile. Susie’s Sister enjoyed a comfortable lead through the middle stages of the race (:57.2 and 1:26.2) but was confronted on the far turn by stablemate Hearduwhispermynam (Nick Roland) who came first-over from fourth.
Susie’s Sister was able to dig in gamely and fend off that challenge, while Pridecrest was getting revved up in the pocket. As they straightened for the wire Susie’s Sister ($8.40) had to brace for the late charge from Pridecrest in the passing lane, and she again responded gamely to keep a head in front in a thrilling finish to score the record win.
It was the sixth victory on the season and 21st career win for the daughter of Claudius Augustus, who has now earned $154,991. The winner is owned by Lynchris LLC and is trained by Jenni King.
Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland, $2.20) was once again the talk of the toteboard in the male division of the Minnesota-sired sophomore trot for $12,500.
The star son of Banker Volo rallied from fourth in the final quarter to surge past his rivals and draw away late in 1:59.1 for his 12th consecutive win and a new career mark. Rush To The Bank is now unbeaten in five starts in 2021. Ice Titan (Svendsen) was a game second and Hide Your Banker (Luke Plano) posted a career best effort for third. The winner is owned by Jeralene Roland and Vickie Rush, and is trained by Dan Roland.
Coatofmanycolors dominated the $12,500 Filly Trot with a gate-to-wire performance in a very sharp 1:57.4 mile, checking in 2-3/4 lengths ahead of The Royal Queen (Rick Magee) and It’s So Fluffy (Plano). Coatofmanycolors (Roland, $2.80) is a 3-year-old daughter of Tymal Templar and she has now won three races in a row and five out of 10 career starts.
Nick Roland led the Sunday program with his fifth consecutive driving hat trick performance, while both Roland and Jenni King registered training doubles on the card.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (June 29) with first post at 6:05 p.m. (CDT) and will feature a carryover of $25,521.24 in the Pick-5 Jackpot wager.