Al-Mar Passion wins final Minn-bred tune-up

05:04 PM 21 Aug 2013 NZST
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Rick Magee
Rick Magee

COLUMBUS, MN. - Al-Mar Passion, who owner-trainer-driver Rick Magee calls "the best trotter I've ever sat behind", cruised to a 2:01.2 triumph on Tuesday night at Running Aces, besting Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and She's A Foxie Lady (John DeLong). 

The $13,500 state-restricted two-year-old trot was the final prep for the freshman squaregaiters before the August 31 Minnesota State Championships Night when 11 different $20,000 races will be contested to determine Gopher State champions in each age, sex and gait division.

Six Gun regained his winning ways in a $9900 Open Pace scoring in 1:52.1, his fourth score at Running Aces this summer, including an all-time all-age track record of 1:50.4 on July 16th.  Jason Ryan, just returned to Minnesota after a week on Prince Edward Island (where he finished third in the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer), trains and drives the gray gelding for owner Anthony Artuso. Armbro David (DeLong) was a fast-closing second with Steuben Jumpinjack (Wiseman) completing the trifecta.

The ultra-consistent Show Runner, the unquestioned queen of Running Aces despite being only three years old, bested the older mare pacers again in an $8925 Fillies and Mares Open. 

Trainer-driver Tim Maier made a bold move to the front nearing the half and maintained an open lengths margin the rest of the way until stopping the teletimer in 1:52.3. 

Show Runner now has seven wins, three place and one show finishes in 11 local appearances in Minnesota for owners Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar.  Passion R Virginie (Ryan) and Still Electric (DeLong) were second and third.

Gregg Keidel

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