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Hawk's Red Chief dominates at Running Aces

01:08 AM 29 May 2018 NZST
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Hawk's Red Chief prevails over longshot To The Limit at Running Aces
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Columbus, MN - The featured race on the Sunday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace with a very talented field of 7 facing the starter.

Firedrake was looking to defend his position as the top pacer on the grounds, after his easy win in last week's Open event. There were new shooters at the party this night, looking to take their shot at the top dog. One of the most prominent challengers looked to be Hawk's Red Chief, fresh off of back-to-back fast wins at Cleveland's Northfield Park, and now racing out of the Rick Magee barn.

Also making seasonal debuts in Minnesota were Pancetta, Bettor In The Bank and BestInTheBusiness. Rounding out the deeply talented field were Lil Orphan Elmer and To The Limit. Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate and established a strong lead within the first few steps, despite an early challenge from BestInTheBusiness (James Yoder).

After the quick opening panel of 26.3, BestInTheBusiness relented to the pocket and would eventually find himself shuffled back in the stretch. Longshot To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) gave the most chase to the leader, with a strong challenge down the backstretch to take over second, while local favorite Firedrake had been hopelessly blocked-in until the mid-stretch.

Meanwhile Hawk's Red chief continued to roll (55.1 and 1:23.4) and posted a 28.4 final quarter to maintain a 1 length margin at the wire in 1:52.3. To

The Limit at 40-1 held second, and Firedrake (Nick Roland) was closing strong in third position. The win tonight made it three in a row for Hawk's Red Chief, who is owned by Burke Racing, LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC and M L Yanek. This was career victory number 28 for the 7 year old son of I Scoot Hanover, who has now earned $297,437.

Also on the program, Frenchkissmebaby (Steve Wiseman) converted a pocket trip into a new lifetime mark with her victory in 2:01.2 in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot.

The daughter of Money Talks is owned by Austin Staufer and trained by Brett Ballinger. The $8,500 geldings split of the 3 year old trotters went to Bragginade, who was the 2 year old champion trotter in Minnesota last season. Bragginade (Nick Roland) is by Braggart, and he posted a sharp gate-to-wire tally tonight from post five, to take a new lifetime mark in 2:00.4. He is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC.

Nick Roland led all drivers at Running Aces tonight, with a Grand-Slam of four winners on the card, becoming the first driver to achieve a grand slam so far this season. Steve Wiseman and Rick Magee both picked doubles as well.

The .20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $910.72, and ther is a carryover in the Hi-5 wager of $1,874.00 for Race 7 on Tuesday night, May 29. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.

By Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

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