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Running AcesPick 6 pool climbs over $20,000

July 26, 2012
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Although there have been ‘live' tickets going into the final leg of the Running Aces Pick 6 the last three programs, no one has completely solved the puzzle and the carryover into Saturday night has reached $20,339! The track is negotiating with the USTA's Strategic Wagering committee to determine if the pool can be guaranteed at $40,000. While that decision is still pending as of this writing, the pool likely will reach close to that estimate with or without the guarantee.

There were three tickets on three different horses that still had the opportunity to take down the whole pool going into the final leg, the tenth race nightcap on Tuesday. Although the race ended in a dead-heat for win, neither of the horses involved were covered and thus the giant carryover, largest in Running Aces' five year history. Final odds on the winning horses in the Pick 6 races were 4-1, 8-1, 5-2, 3-1, 9-1 and 20-1/7-1.

When racing resumes at Running Aces on Saturday at 7:00 PM (CST), the Pick 6 will encompass races three through eight. There are three eight-horse fields and three nine-horse fields involved in the wager. Five pacing races are scheduled with one trot.

Tuesday's feature race was contested before the Pick 6 began when favored Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) topped five foes in an $8800 Open Trot. It was the fifth win in seven local starts for the five-year-old chestnut mare by Chip Chip Hooray. Ben Kenney owns the talented lass who bested Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Barbazon (Joey Mapes) with a 1:58 effort.

Three Minnesota-sired races were also presented early on the Tuesday night program and upsets occurred in each of them. A $5500 race for aged geldings was captured by Ya U Bet Cha (Gerry Longo) following a thrilling stretch duel with Peanuts (Lemoyne Svendsen). Yank My Missile (Nick Roland) finished third as heavily favored Vanishing Ryan faded to fourth in the stretch.

Nearly Rich (Roland) pulled a mild upset over Greenback (Craig Banks) in a $5500 trot for state-breds four-years-old and up. Speedy Sensation (Rick Magee) was third in the 2:01 mile.

Three-year-old Minnesota colts and geldings went postward for an $8000 purse with Rolandale Dream (Roland) going gate to wire in 1:57.2 to top Bold Willie (Wiseman) and favored Its Getting Hairy (Svendsen), who rebounded from an early break in stride to grab the show dough.

Simulcast directors interested in picking up the Running Aces signal on Saturday night can contact Mutuels Manager Ben Blum at bblum@runningacesharness.com or by calling 651-260-8961.

 (Running Aces)
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