Day At The Track

Gold Star Mysti dazzles in new track record

04:28 PM 04 Jul 2017 NZST
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Gold Star Mysti and driver James Yoder
Gold Star Mysti and driver James Yoder
Dee Leftwich Photo

The Monday harness racing card at Running Aces featured some very competitive racing, including a very talented field for the $10,000 featured Open Pace for Mares, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) was the second favorite on the board and she delivered a dazzling performance for her fourth win in five starts this year, and shattered the track mark for four-year-old pacing mares with an eye opening 1:51 mile.

The previous record was set earlier this summer by PV Miracle Mary (1:52.2).

Gold Star Mysti ($5.20) was unhurried from the gate and settled fifth for the first call (27.1) before launching a sweeping move just past the half way marker (56.1) and reaching the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:23.3 and kicking home in 27.2 to register record the mile. James Yoder also trains the impressive four-year-old mare by Mysticism for Owner Marianne Audley.

Firedrake ($2.40) was again razor sharp tonight at Running Aces, posting his fifth consecutive win, pacing tonight in 1:53.2, with a gate-to-wire win and it also marks his sixth win in seven starts this season with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the bike for Owner Jessica Johnson.

In the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, Explosive Muscles with Trainer/Driver Gerald Longo delivered as the favorite ($4.80) for his 7th win in 26 starts this season. The sharp 7 year old gelding is by Muscle Mass, and has bankrolled $44,745 this season for Owners Cassandra and Rebecca Uppal after tonight’s 1:55.4 victory.

Giggle Monster is now a perfect 2-for-2 lifetime after capturing the $8,000 2 year old Open Pace event tonight in 1:55.4 with Driver Dean Magee for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte.

Driver Nick Roland registered a triple on the program with Gerald Longo and Lemoyne Svendsen both picking up driving doubles.

The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, July 8 at 6:00 pm CT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $5,045.12 and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 of $1,835.65. 

By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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