Day At The Track

Wiseman sweeps pair of $8,000 Opens

03:28 PM 13 Jul 2015 NZST
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Steve Wiseman - Bagged two $8,000 Opens at Running Aces
Steve Wiseman - Bagged two $8,000 Opens at Running Aces

A pair of $8000 Opens, a $7500 mini-series final and an $11,000 open Minnesota-sired three-year-old trot shared the spotlight on Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces.

The open trotters were the first of the four featured races to go postward and second choice Franky Provolone prevailed as he has so many times at Running Aces over the past three seasons.

Robin Clements' pride and joy used his customary closing kick to pass Jailer (Tim Maier) and Silence Son (Nick Roland) in the final eighth of the 1:56.2 mile

Trained and driven by Steve Wiseman, Franky Provolone extended his streak of first or second place finishes to seven including four wins in his six starts this summer season in Minnesota.

Shadow's Image (Gerry Longo) extended his win streak to four in the mini-series final for non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime through July 2nd.

Since moving to the Longo barn in early June, Gary Liles' sophomore Shadow Play gelding has caught fire.

He equaled his 1:54.4 lifetime mark beating Super Son Of Sandy (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Liberty Flyer (Kim Pluta) in the lucrative championship leg.

The best Minnesota-sired three-year-old trotters squared off next with the diminutive filly Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) triumphing for the third straight outing and sixth of the season in eight starts for owners Royal and Barbara Roland and partner Dale Hein.

Roland stablemate Go See Lo Go (Steve Wiseman) finished second with Sweet Nola Kate (Brett Ballinger) getting the show dough.

 

Party Hangover Two (Steve Wiseman) kept the theme of extended win streaks going when the top pacing mares took center stage.

The four-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace captured her third straight for owners B. & D. Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Kathy Plested. Overcoming an assigned outside post position, the 'Party Girl' partied with De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Rev Me Up (Mark P'Pool) for most of the mile before throwing a :29 final panel to seal her 1:53.3 success.

Racing resumes Tuesday night at Running Aces with an $8000 open pace and the first $11,000 Minnesota-sired freshman trot share top billing.

Gregg Keidel

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