On a cool clear June 2 night, Arizona Liar broke the all-age track record at Running Aces Harness Park, winning in 1:53 on the five-eighths mile oval. He shaved two-fifths of a second off the old track record held by West Bound Train and driver John DeLong. The 1:53 clocking is also the fastest harness mile ever recorded in the state of Minnesota.
The Mark A. King owned, trained and driven Arizona Liar was sent off as a 2-5 favorite. King sent the 9-year-old son of Arizona Jack-Lair Lady Lair right to the front from the assigned outside post position six in the night’s co-featured race, a $5,600 Class A Pace. King set fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:23.4 before reaching the finish line in the record time seven lengths in front of second place finisher El Gees Foggyflyte (John DeLong). Mac T’s Diamond (Gerald Longo) came on to get the show dough.
It was King’s second visit to the Columbus, Minn. track, the first coming last week in which he was also a winner in an older horse record split of 1:54.
In the night’s other co-featured race, another $5,600 Class A Pace, longshot Paper Wazoo Again came from off the pace and sprinted off to an eight length win in 1:56.3. The Ron Morales III owned, trained and driven gelded son of Magical Mike–Another Christine paid $25.40, $8.00 and $3.20 across the board. Another longshot, Mauds Prince also rallied from off the pace to finish second for owner, trainer and driver Brian Detgen, paying $8.00 and $5.20. The winning perfecta of 5-1 paid $185.20 and the trifecta of 5-1-6 returned $1,027.60.
The night’s third co-featured race, a Fillies/Mares Class A went to Hot Roxy for the third week in a row, winning this week in 1:58.3. The Nick Roland driven/Kim Johnson trained daughter of Hot Pans-Queen Starlet was sent off as the favorite and didn’t disappoint her backers, winning by a length after taking a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Aftermath Two (Jenni King). Sweet Ashtin (Joey Mapes) finished second, one length behind the winner while Golightyourworld (John DeLong) got up for the show dough.
Another divisional track record (3-year-old filly trotters) was set by Shadowontheground in the first race of the evening, a $5,600 Minnesota Bred Trot. The mile in 2:04.3 broke Shadowontheground’s own previous mark of 2:05.3 set on May 23 of this year. The Rick Magee driven/Nick Roland trained filly left out of the three hole and made her way to the top after the quarter-mile station and never looked back.
In all seven new divisional records have been set in the 2009 season including the three already mentioned. In addition to the older horse record set by Arizona Liar on May 26, Dandy Di (Nick Roland) set a new standard for 4-year-old mares of 1:57 that same night as well as Blues Hot Clues (Nick Roland) who did the same for 4-year-old stallions in 1:57.2. On May 17, Indy Source (Nick Roland) trotted in 2:02, the fastest mile for a 4-year-old gelding. (Running Aces)