Day At The Track

Make it eight straight wins for Nine Ways

03:12 AM 13 Aug 2019 NZST
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Nine Ways and driver Dean Magee scoring their eighth straight win
Dee Leftwich photo
Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (Aug 11) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $17,000 weekly top pacing event, headlined by Nine Ways who was sent off as the 1-2 favorite from post nine in the ten horse Open Handicap field.
 
Driver Dean Magee fired up his ultra talented 5 year old pacer early and utilized his early speed to settle an early skirmish with Firedrake (Nick Roland) who also peeled off the gate quickly from post eight, the result was a sizzling opener of :26.2 with Nine Ways clearing the lead just at the quarter.
 
Nine Ways kept the bulky field in chase mode throughout, posting solid fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.3 through the middle stages, with Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) braving the first-up trip but never drawing on terms with the leader.
 
As the top pacers straightened for the wire, Firedrake was raging with pace in the pocket, and charged at the leader on the inside, but Nine Ways remained game to the wire, getting home 3/4 of a length ahead in 1:52 to post his eighth consecutive win, and remain unbeaten on Minnesota soil this summer.
 
Fox Valley Nemitz held gamely for third.
 
Nine Ways ($3.00) is owned by Antonia Storer, and trained by Tim Maier and has now earned $134,360 this season and $286,904 lifetime, with 26 career wins.
 
Major Al-Mar posted his second career win in eleven starts and highlighted a huge night for trainer Alexia Kehl, who won 3 races on the program. Rick Magee was patient in the early stages with Major Al-Mar and then got the son of Money Talks rolling around the far turn, before sweeping by the field in the stretch to capture the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Trot in 2:00.1 to equal his career best time.
 
Major Al Mar ($4.00) was unraced at age two, but is having a fantastic sophomore campaign, with earnings of $34,160 for owners Glen, Marlene and Jodi Wilson.
 
Lone Pine Shuzy (Jesse Yoder) was second, and Gregory John (Tim Maier) picked up third.
 
Driver Brett Erickson picked up his first pari-mutuel win in the night's opener, steering Princess Legacy ($7.80) to victory in a $5,500 conditioned trot event.
 
Drivers Jesse Yoder, Rick Magee, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all completed doubles on the Sunday program.
 
Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (Aug 13) with first post at 7 pm central.
 
By Darin Gagne for Running Aces
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