Day At The Track

Alright Frankie wires field at Running Aces

12:00 AM 15 Aug 2019 NZST
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Alright Frankie, harness racing
Alright Frankie and driver Rick Magee
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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (August 13) harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by two year old action, including the $11,500 featured event for Minnesota-Sired colt & gelding pacers.

Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) was the (1-1) race favorite from an assigned post eight, coming into the event with six wins in a row in seven career starts.

Alright Frankie (Rick Magee) drew post five and was looking to extend his own winning streak to three for trainer Justin Anfinson, and was also heavily supported in the wagering at 6-5. Alright Frankie was fastest from the gate and quickly established command, with The Dak Attack (Brady Jenson) getting away in the pocket and Get My Good Side (Steve Wiseman) floating away in third through sensible early fractions of :28.4 and :59.4, while Bunkerhill Phil launched a first-over bid just past the half mile.

Alright Frankie continued to pace strong, and faced no pressure, as Bunkerhill Phil failed to become a major threat. Alright Frankie ($4.80) posted a final half of :58 flat to get home 1-1/4 lengths ahead at the wire in 1:57.4 over Get My Good Side and The Dak Attack.

The winner is a gelded son of In Over My Head, out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Shantytown Girl, and is owned by the partnership of Austin Patrick, Kaitlin Patrick, Jesse De Long and T. Jeff Carey. The impressive freshman pacer has now won four of eight lifetime races with four seconds, and earnings of $27,403.

Catchmeinadream ($ 9.60, Steve Wiseman) was a sharp looking winner in the $11,500 two year old filly pace with a 3-1/4 length score in 2:01.1 over the sloppy track, to register her first lifetime win for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.

The Minnesota-Sired two year old trotting event had three divisions, with Go Margeaux (Don Harmon) taking the filly $4,600 "B" division in 2:05.4 over a sloppy surface, and Susie's Sister ($3.40, Don Harmon) taking the $6,900 "A" division in 2:01.3.

The $11,500 two year old colts & geldings trot went to Hearduwhispermynam ($3.60, Steve Wiseman) with a sharp closing effort from the back of the pack to score his second lifetime win, with a 2:00.4 mile.

Rick Magee led the Tuesday program with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Don Harmon, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all turned in doubles on the night.

Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 17 and offers a pair of carryovers: $1,810.64 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,877.26 in the 50 cent Hi-5. First post on Saturday is 6:00 pm (CDT).

By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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