COLUMBUS, MN. - R Gauwitz Hanover, the longest shot in the field, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night, speeding to a 1:53.2 score for driver Kim Pluta over favored Del Rio Seelster () and Restless Yankee ( ).
Laurie Patistas owns the five-year-old gelded son of. It was the 12th career tally for the winner from just 48 lifetime starts. He is trained in Minnesota by , who drove stablemate Threestepstoheaven to a fourth place finish in the same heat. Going off at nearly 14-1, R Gauwitz paid $29.80 to win.
The quick time was one of five races that ended in 1:53 and change clockings on the night. Others were won by Silver Spir () in 1:53.3 to best an $8,000 top conditioned class; Lifetime Louie ( ) who won a $6,500 conditioned race in 1:53.3; Gogetembrady (Tim Roach) who destroyed a $5500 conditioned field in 1:53.4; and Second Thoughts (Tim Roach) who surprised a $2500 bottom conditioned class in 1:53.4. Roach trains both of the horses he steered to victory.
Driverscored a triple on the program, while reinsmen as well as Roach notched doubles.
On the training side, conditioner Jesse DeLong and assistant Tabitha Canaar triumphed in both $6,500 splits of the Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots. Chewy Dunkerton () won the colts split in 2:00.4 and stablemate She's A Foxie Lady ( ) won the fillies division in 2:00.2.
Traineralso sent two to the winner's circle in Lifetime Louie and the trotter Axle ( ), who scored in 1:57.3 in a $6,000 top conditions race.
From the Press Box at Running Aces