Day At The Track

Two big pacing events at Running Aces

07:18 PM 09 Aug 2020 NZST
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Stuckey Dote, harness racing
Stuckey Dote digs in gamely to edge out Parklane Jet in 1:52.1
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The Saturday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces offered two big pacing feature events: The $10,000 Open Handicap for Horses & Geldings and the Minnesota-Sired sophomores going for $15,000.
 
The Open event attracted nine talented pacers with Keep On Rocking A (Chris Scicluna) drawing post nine and looking to win four in a row, and was well supported at 5-2 in the wagering. Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) drew the pole position for the first time this season, and garnered luke warm support at 9-2. Whatchyastarinat (Braxten Boyd) surged first from the gate from post five and held a brief lead while Prologue (Tim Maier) also stepped lively from post six to take over and then Keep On Rocking A worked hard to make the lead near the 3/8 mile juncture. The early fractions were :27.1 and :55.4.
 
After taking the lead, Keep On Rocking A faced pressure from Stuckey Dote who pulled first-up and attacked the leader from near the half. Rounding for home Parklane Jet (Dean Magee) circled up three wide, and took the lead as they straightened for the wire - but Stuckey Dote was not done and battled back gamely to the finish, getting a head in front at the line in 1:52.1 with Whatchyastarinat rallying for third money over Keep On Rocking A.
 
The gelded seven year-old Voracious Hanover progeny Stuckey Dote ($11.40) now shows thirty-eight career wins and $366,766 in earnings for owner/breeder Merlin Van Otterloo. The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger.
 
It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland $3.00) posted another impressive and dominating win for four in a row in the three year-old pace after working hard to make the front from post eight, and then fending off constant pressure from chief rival Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) with a 3/4 length score in 1:53 for his sixth win of the year. Dubberyoo (Mooney Svendsen) turned in a career best effort to get up for second and Bunkerhill Phil was home third.
 
It's A Marcs World is a gelded son of Marced Card and out of the Life Sign mare Life's Image. He is owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson.
 
It's A Marcs World and Nick Roland rolled to four wins in a row in 1:53
 
Driver Nick Roland scored another natural Hat-Trick on Saturday, to lead the program with 3 wins, while Darrell Wright posted a driving double.
 
Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, August 9 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT).
 
Darin Gagne
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