Running Aces kicks off 53-date meet
June 02, 2013
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When Bold Willie captured the seventh race on Running Aces opening night card Saturday, he wasn't just the longest shot in the race...he was the longest shot of the entire program! The 4-year-old Minnesota-sired son of Goya Blue Chip was a head better than Headsup Yankee (Luke Plano) and a neck better than Parham (Steve Wiseman) at odds of 37-1 in a non-winners of three races event.
Owned by Norman Glinz and trained by Dale Lagerquist, Bold Willie was prepped on the back roads of North Dakota this winter, had one mediocre qualifier a week ago, then stormed from last at the quarter and still seventh at the half to win in 1:58.2 and return $76.20 for a $2 win wager. The exacta paid $890.80, the trifecta a whopping $2,126.80 and a 10 cent superfecta ticket returned $492.15.
The upset victory was one of two for driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen, the only driver with multiple scores on the first of 53 programs to be presented over the next three months at Running Aces. He also visited the winner's circle with Janice Molgaard's Mnia Lightnpower in a $4,500 trot for non-winners of two races. Trained by Joel McDanel, the victor paid $10.20 for besting Andynicol Tomridge (Rick Magee) and Queen Hildegard (Evan Coblentz).
All On My Own captured the richest race on the card, a $7,000 event for Minnesota-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies. Driver-trainer Brandon Jenson guided the daughter of Dags to the 1:59.2 score for his father Larry Jenson. Place At The Beach (Steve Wiseman) and Steph's Place (Ryan Lems) followed the favored winner across the wire.
Quickest mile of the night belonged to Passion R Virginie (owner-trainerl-driver Jason Ryan), who triumphed in 1:56.4 over a field of conditioned pacing mares for a $5,000 purse. Cameo and Pearls (Ridge Warren) and Chocollicious (Wiseman) were next best.
Racing resumes on Sunday night at Running Aces with a 6 PM (CST) post time. (Running Aces)