Day At The Track

Heza Real Diamond shines again at Running Aces

03:06 AM 31 Aug 2020 NZST
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Heza Real Diamond, harness racing
Heza Real Diamond and driver Nick Roland
Dee Leftwich photo
Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (August 29) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings, and the betting public quickly zeroed in on last week's winner Heza Real Diamond as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite.
Driver Nick Roland floated away from the gate in fourth with Heza Real Diamond while Elusive Image (Rick Magee) was quickest off the car and Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) surged toward the front early. As they approached the 3/8 marker Roland got moving with the favorite and began a first-over attack that would persist for more than half a mile - gradually wearing down the front runner as they turned for home.
As they straightened for the wire, Heza Real Diamond ($2.60) drew away from his rivals with authority and the battle was on for second - with Hoo Nien A (Chris Scicluna) rallying from well off the pace to just beat Elusive Image at the line for second, 2-1/2 lengths behind the winner in the 1:52.2 mile.
Heza Real Diamond now shows 9 wins in 17 starts this year, and has banked $41,698 on the season. The impressive four year old gelded son of Allamerican Native is owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.
Driver Braxten Boyd led the Saturday program with a double on the card, and trainers Tim Maier and Edwin Quevedo each registered doubles on the day.
Live Racing continues at Running Aces every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and beginning on September 9, Wednesday racing will also be offered. All post times are at 1:00 pm (CDT). The 2020 meet will conclude on Sunday, October 4.
By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces
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