The harness racing "girls" have no trouble going head-to-head with the "boys" when it comes to the best trotters currently competing in Minnesota.
For the second straight week, Shelby County—a five-year-old chestnut mare by—dominated a field of seven open trotters that included five seasoned geldings. What was different this week was that Candy Is Dandy (Rick Magee), one of the other two mares in the race, finished second in the $8500 event.
Shelby County is owned by Ben Kenney and is trained and driven by Rocky Stidham.
In a $7500 co-featured three-year-old Minnesota-sired colt pace, Chewy Baca (Magee) not only won for the third straight week, but set a track record for sophomore geldings with an impressive 1:52.4 clocking. Owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, the son of Relentless Yankee beat Rolandale Dream (Nick Roland) and Its Getty Hairy (Ryan Lems) by open lengths from an assigned outside post position in the full field of nine.
Vanishing Ryan (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) won a $5500 conditioned event, nosing out Thedeadliestcatch (Steve Wiseman) in 1:55 flat.
Magee and Roland both fashioned driving doubles on the program as did Lemoyne “Moonie” Svendsen.
Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday nights at Runnings Aces.
by Gregg KEIDEL