Five horses finished less than a length apart in the $8000 championship final of the Distaff Future Stars series Wednesday night (July 18) at Running Aces. Driver Lemoyne Svendsen used the passing lane to utmost advantage to guide Emotional Wreck to a half-length victory following a thrilling stretch drive between the top five finishers.
Wolfswinkel Pacers Inc. own the sophomore daughter of Four Starzzzz Shark who completed the mile in 1:57.4 and paid $24.60 to win.
After examining the photo finish picture, the judges posted Gift of Honor second, Sammie’s Hula third and announced a dead-heat between Rally To Win and Young American for fourth.
In a co-featured $9400 Open Trot, Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) returned to her winning ways with a 1:58.2 score over Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Barbazon (Joey Mapes). Ben Kenney owns the winning five-year-old mare who notched her tenth seasonal win, four of them coming at Running Aces.
Greenback (Craig Banks) captured a $5500 Minnesota-sired trot for older horses, beating Nearly Rich (Nick Roland) and D D’s Tiger (Brandon Jenson) in 1:59.2. Harvard Sandbulte owned the victorious four-year-old gelding.
by Gregg KEIDEL