Day At The Track

Nuclear Dragon sharp in Dan Patch Preview

01:05 AM 17 Jul 2018 NZST
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Nuclear Dragon, harness racing
Nuclear Dragon with driver Kyle Husted
Dee Leftwich photo
Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 15) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview Pace, with 7 of the Top 10 horses from the Dan Patch eliminations having dropped in the box for the preview event.
 
Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) was slight favorite in the wagering as the 9-5 choice, with Stevensville (Rick Magee) close behind at 2-1, and Nine Ways also getting plenty of support at 5/2. Stevensville and Firedrake (Nick Roland) were fastest off the gate, and Stevensville established early command from post 5, and checked the field in at the quarter in :27.1.
 
Nuclear Dragon had floated away fourth from the outseide 7 post, but launched an early first-over attack to be second on the outside at the 56.2 halfway point. Longshot Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) followed Nuclear Dragon into the two-path, and Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) picked up the cover and was advancing in the third-over position, while Nine Ways also joined the outer flow and the field tightened up down the backstretch.
 
Nuclear Dragon began to apply heavy pressure to Stevensville as they turned, and was able to forge past the longtime leader just before the 1:23.2 three-quarters checkpoint. Bettors promise was able to drop down into the pocket rounding for home, and tipped from there to engage the leader in deep stretch, but Nuclear Dragon had more fire in his belly and remained game to the wire, holding his rivals at bay by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4 for his fourth win of the season.
 
Bettor's Promise spiced up the results at 34-1 in second, with Nine Ways completing the Trifecta and Firedrake was home in fourth. Nuclear Dragon ($5.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Nuclear Breeze, out of the Dragon Again mare My Dragon Flys, the winner of $224,148 is owned by Richard Mishkin and trained by Jeff Johnson, Jr.
 
The $11,000 Open Trot event was also a top feature on Sunday, with 6 talented square-gaiters facing the starter for weekly top honors.
 
Another Breath (Kyle Husted) was the talk of the tote-board, being sent off as the even money choice after a strong second placing in his local debut last week. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was also highly regarded at 2-1 and he fired fastest of all from his outside six post and relegated the rest of the field at least 2 lengths back through the moderate fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:26.3.
 
Longshot Doug's Hobby Horse (Nick Roland) had the pocket trip, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) sitting third before tipping first-over past the 5/8 marker. Another Breath had jumped it off at the start, and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) had made a break behind the gate. Pridecrest dropped into the pocket in front of a gapping Doug's Hobby Horse and waited for the stretch drive.
 
Banker Volo was still trotting strong as they straightened but Pridecrest vacated the pocket and had plenty of trot, sweeping by his rival in the final 50 yards to score a 1 1/4 length tally in 1:55.1 for Leading trainer Kathie Plested, and owner Christopher Schick. Silverlode made an impressive recovery to pick up third money.
 
The 7 year old Angus Hall gelding Pridecrest now sports 7 wins in 14 starts this year, 25 lifetime wins and $221,239 in career earnings. He paid $10.00 for every $2.00 win wager.
 
Saturday night (July 14) featured the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and it was a thrilling contest with horses stacked up three and four wide charging for home, when the dust settled it was Here Comes Teddy and driver Brian Detgen sweeping by the field on the far outside to take the victory by 3/4 of a length in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.
 
Here Comes Teddy ($47.40) was dismissed in the wagering at 22-1 and pulled off the upset with a strong final panel of :28. Here Comes Teddy is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, owned by Aimes Racing and trained by Justin Anfinson. Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) was second and Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee), who set the pace, was home in third.
 
The Tuesday night (July 17) program at Running Aces will feature a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the 50 cent Late Pick-4, and a carryover in th 20 cent pick-5 of $1,289.85. Next weekend (July 21-22) is Dan Patch weekend at Running Aces, with the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Pace on Saturday, along with a Horse and Driver Bobblehead giveaway, and then on Sunday it's the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (Sponsored by Watch and Wager).
 
Also on Sunday, One Lucky fan at Running Aces will win a trip for 2 to the 2018 Hambletonian.
 
by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 
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