COLUMBUS, MN. - Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) won a thrilling three-horse photo finish to capture the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Running Aces on Saturday (July 18). The five-year-old Mach Three mare got away near the back of the pack, then moved into third-over position at the half, swung three-wide around the final bend and flashed a :29.1 finishing panel to edge Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland) by a head and Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) by a head in 1:55.3. Owned by Dr. James Findlay, Keep The Dream now has 15 career triumphs and has earned $128,526. It was her second win in four tries versus open mares at Running Aces. The co-feature was a $6500 Open II Pace for males and the three-year-old Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) continued to impress with his 11th victory in 17 tries in addition to five place finishes. Owner-trainer Jeff Ryan was out of conditions and forced to enter the Open II, but his Allamerican Native colt was up to the task topping Bunkerhill Bill (Tony Succarotte) by three-quarters of a length with Chewy Baca (Gerry Longo) garnering the show dough. Dead last at the three-quarter pole, Magee and Linkjack Hanover picked off seven foes in succession during a :28.4 final quarter for the upset win at 7-1 odds. A pair of $5500 Minnesota-sired three-year-old paces were also carded. Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) upset Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) in the filly split, winning in 1:55.3 at 6-1 odds. It was the second straight win in just three lifetime starts for Relentless Spirit who is owned by Edward Gutin and trained by Bob Lems. The colts division also was clocked in 1:55.3 with favored Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) holding off Imgoodatwhatido (Travis Bowman) and Willystayrwillgo (Gerry Longo). It was the initial 2015 win for Toatsmygoats, who won seven of eight races at two and was the state champion. David Flinn trains the winner for the Van Otterloo Stables. Gregg Keidel Director of Racing
Keith Linton Memorial champion Premium Stock added another stakes win to his resume on Sunday at Fraser Downs as he was three lengths the best in the $15,000 Wendell Smith Memorial Stake. Local horseman Jim Marino trains, drives and co-owns the lightly raced three-year-old gelding with Cameron Gardner of Cloverdale, B.C. Leaving from post six in the seven-horse field, favourite Premium Stock established the early lead during a :28.3 opening quarter, but gave way to second choice Astronomical Storm (Scott Knight), who advanced from third during the second panel. Premium Stock then played "follow the leader" through middle splits of :58.2 and 1:27.2 before surging by down the stretch for the 1:57.2 triumph. Astronomical Storm stayed for second while Four Diamonds (Travis Bowman) came on for third. To read the rest of the story click here.
The lightly raced sophomore pacer Premium Stock took advantage of the passing lane to win his first stake event off a pocket trip on Sunday afternoon at Fraser Downs in the $15,000 Keith Linton Memorial. Starting from post two, the Jim Marino-trained and driven Premium Stock followed inside starter Great Quote and Serge Masse for most of the mile through fractions of :27, :57.4 and 1:25.3. Favourite Need You So Bad and Fraser's leading trainer/driver Bill Davis stalked the leader first over, but could only make it within a length of Great Quote turning for home. Great Quote opened up a pair of lengths at the top of the stretch, but Premium Stock wore him down in a tight finish for the 1:56 victory. Hosisahos and Travis Bowman prevailed in a photo for third over Need You So Bad one and three-quarter lengths behind. Premium Stock paid $14.70 to win as the 6-1 third choice in the field scratched down to six. To read rest of story click here.
Fraser Downs' Abbetross A Claiming Series for $4,500 claiming pacers began with a pair of close finishes on Sunday afternoon. The $5,000 series opener went to Cenalta Pride ($6.40) when all was said in done. The popular pacesetter held on by a nose in a five-across finish in 1:56.4 for trainer/driver Bill Davis and owners Westcan Stables and Last Shot Stable. Finishing second through fifth, Promise To Lynette, Ronnie Woo Woo, Western Nitro and Taylor Special were separated by less than a length across the wire. Cenalta Pride, who has hit the board in his previous five starts at the same level, was claimed by Richard Knight. The eight-year-old As Promised gelding earned his 19th career win. Steve O ($6), the favourite in the second division who is trained and driven by Jim Marino, out-sprinted first over Branding Party to prevail by half a length in 1:58.2 for owners J.F. Gagne, Carl Warnaar and Peter Van Seggelen. In a photo for a show, Marlin Hanover edged out Somethinsgoinon, Cenalta Wizard and Outlaw I See Red one length behind. The win was Steve O's seventh lifetime. The five-year-old Village Jiffy gelding earned his first victory since a successful stakes campaign during his debut season in 2012 as a three-year-old. Davis' series win was one of his three training/driving triumphs on the 10-race card. Travis Bowman drove four winners. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. From Publcity Department Fraser Downs
Voting closes Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) for the best guest announcer in Grand River Raceway's FROM BIKE TO MIC series. The initiative put 16 drivers, trainers and track personnel in the announcer's booth during Grand River Raceway's Fun & Frivolity Friday Night harness racing cards.
Harness racing driver Travis Bowman wrapped up Grand River Raceway's guest announcer series, From Bike To Mic, on October 5. 'The only time I get this nervous is when I'm driving one of my dad's horses,' Bowman said in an on-air interview prior to his call of race seven.
Travis Bowman admitted his career went down-hill fast when became hooked on pain-killer drugs which he used to treat a serious back injury. It was an eight-year addiction which decimated his harness racing career.