Day At The Track

Holdingallthecards prevails over Firedrake in Open

06:50 AM 20 Aug 2018 NZST
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Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) holds on for the win over Firedrake (Brian Detgen)
Dee Leftwich photo

Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (Aug. 18) featured harness racing event at Running Aces was the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings, with a talented field of seven facing the starter for weekly top honors.

Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was sent off as the 7-5 favorite from post six, but was not a factor on this night. Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) was last week's winner and was looking to repeat as 3-1 second choice from post three, he fired quickly from the gate to snag the lead away from Firedrake (Brian Detgen) who had charged to the front from post five.

After establishing command just before the 27.4 quarter, Holdingallthecards held firm control of affairs with a moderate 57.2 middle half, keeping just enough in the tank to fend off a stretch rally by Firedrake. Holdingallthecards ($8.60) held sway with a half-length tally in 1:52.3 over Firedrake, and Whatchastarinat (James Yoder), for his fourth win in 22 starts this season.

The winner is owned by William and Richard Mc Intyre and is trained by Denise Maier.

The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year old Pace went to Dream Chasin ($25.00), who picked up his fifth win of the year in 13 starts with a 1:55.4 score from gate to wire with Williams Hernandez in the bike. The impressive son of Fancy Schmancy has now banked $27,465 this season for owners/breeders Greg and Michelle Budach.

Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) picked up her seventh win in her last nine starts by capturing the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace in 1:55.3 for her eleventh triumph of the year. The Minnesota-Bred 8 year old by Place To Be has now won 42 career races and $163,618, and paid $3.80 as the favorite. She is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by Gerald Longo.

Dean Magee posted another big night with four wins on the Saturday program, as he continues to be the hottest hitting driver over the last few weeks, climbing from fifth in the standings to a very strong second in that time period.

Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 19) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT, and a carryover of $18,547.05 in the Pick-5 Jackpot wager.

by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces






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