By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino Hotel and Racetrack
August 1, 2022
Shadowfax turned in one of the most impressive performances on tRunning Aces’ Sunday (July 31) program to notch two wins in a row in the top group of Minnesota-sired sophomore trotters.
The son of Tamarind got away fifth from post three in this weeks $16,500 event as driver Brian Detgen was content to sit back while Vickie’s Vacation (Rick Magee) and CR Promise To You (Brady Jenson) traded turns on the lead while posting sensible early fractions of :29 and :58.2.
Poko Loki (Tony Kerwood) got rolling with a first over bid down the backside and Detgen picked up the cover with Shadowfax as they rounded the far turn.
From there, the leader was under heavy pressure from Poko Loki and Shadowfax, the latter tipped wide with a strong late charge to get up by a head in dramatic fashion over CR Promise To You with Poko Loki holding third.
The final time of 1:57.1 is a new career mark for Shadowfax ($29.00), who was bred by Lesa Peters and is owned by Set The Pace Racing and trained by Jessica Johnson.
The $9,900 ‘B’ division of the sophomore trot went to Scroll On By. The son of Banker Volo delivered a gate-to-wire performance, holding on by a head as the 3-5 favorite with Tony Kerwood in the sulky. Ice Master (Dean Magee) came up just short at the wire to be second best in the 2:00.3 mile while Need More Cowbell (Dan Roland) was well back in third.
The winner is owned by Kennedy Roland.
The $6,600 ‘C’ division went to Calico Creek (Mooney Svendsen) who posted a successful front-running effort in 2:01.4 over TA Woody Az (Brandon Jenson) and Al-Mar Foxy Bragen (Rene Goulet).
Calico Creek ($4.20) is owned and trained by Jenni King.
The $16,500 Open Handicap Trot went to Silverhill Volo, who was placed as the winner after All American N (Williams Hernandez) was disqualified and placed fifth for interference. Silverhill Volo had a pocket-sitting trip in the 1:58.3 mile over a sloppy track. Bordogna (Rick Magee) rallied for third and was placed second, while Pridecrest (Svendsen) closed from the back of the pack to get fourth and was subsequently placed third.
Silverhill Volo ($36.80) is an 11-year-old son of Muscle Hill, he is owned, trained and driven by James Lackey and he now shows 36 career wins and earnings of $238,154.
Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (August 2) and will feature a pair of carryovers, including $2,781.46 for the 50-cent Early Pick-4, and $2,491.25 for the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. Tuesday night is also ‘Dollar Night’ at Running Aces. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. (CDT).