Day At The Track

Swinging Again shines in three-year-old pace

02:37 PM 25 Jun 2017 NZST
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Swinging Again and driver James Yoder
Swinging Again and driver James Yoder
Dee Leftwich Photo

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers. The $8,000 filly division drew a full field of nine young distaffers and was headlined by last week’s winner, and 2016 champion 2 year old filly Whatitdobabyboo(Rick Magee), conditioned by David Flinn for The Van Oterloo Stables. The favorite filly was saddled with the outside 9 post this evening, and made a big move past the 5/8 marker to take the lead, but it would be Swinging Again with James Yoder in the sulky for trainer Gene Miller and owners Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc. who would ultimately prevail. Both of these fillies are by Voracious Hanover, and Swinging Again followed the big move made by Whatitdobabyboo, and then tipped off that cover with plenty of pace in the lane to go past her and get the victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.1, it was just the second lifetime win for Swinging Again ($10.20) in 8 starts.

The $8,000 colts & geldings division attracted a field of 7 sophomores and was headlined by Wonder Bull, who came into tonight’s contest with 3 wins in his 6 local starts this year. Tonight he did not disappoint once again, as he left sharply from post 1 for the pocket trip, before exploding in the final quarter to draw away from the field by 5½ lengths and post his 7th lifetime win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Wonder Bull ($3.80) is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters, and trained and driven by Nick Roland.

Leading Driver Nick Roland led all drivers on Saturday, with a double on the card.

One lucky patron correctly selected all 5 winners in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 tonight, to collect $20,306.64 on the 7-1-3-3-6 combination, which included only 1 post time favorite (# 3 Dakota Sleek in race 6 at 3/5) the winning ticket was sold through Xpressbet and reportedly was a $112 wager.

The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 25 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 12 race program.

By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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