Iron Sharpens Iron, A Major Omen headlines Tuesday at Aces – US Trotting News

Iron Sharpens Iron, A Major Omen headlines Tuesday at Aces

Columbus, Minnesota — Iron Sharpens Iron and A Major Omen put on two of the most impressive performances on Tuesday, August 23 at Running Aces.

Iron Sharpens Iron started from nine in Minnesota’s $19,800 “A” freshman trot and was ejected as a 1-10 favorite as he sought his sixth straight win.

Iron Sharpens Iron posted a final time of 1:59.2 to lower the track mark for 2-year-old male trotters by a fifth of a second. Photo by Dee Leftwich.

Driver Luke Plano wasted no time in bringing the sharp banker son Volo to the front of the contest, settling in the top right near the quarter mile. From there, the only questions left were what the winning margin would be and whether he would reduce his record time from earlier in the month. The answers were 4-3/4 lengths and yes indeed. He posted a final time of 1:59.2 to lower the track mark for 2-year-old male trotters by a fifth of a second.

Whata Tettegouche (Dean Magee) finished second for the fifth consecutive time, and Al-mar Richs Jetta (Brandon Jenson) rallied from afar to claim third place.

Iron Sharpens Iron ($2.20) now has eight wins in nine career starts and has bankrolled $61,805 for owner/breeder Jeralene Roland and trainer Dan Roland.

A Major Omen (Tony Kerwood, $8.60) picked up a very impressive first victory in the $19,800 Open Handicap Pace for his tenth victory in 29 starts this season.

Race favorite Caliber (Plano) was fastest from the post six gate and set fast fractions ahead (:26.4, :55.2 and 1:23) while Saddle Up (Dean Magee ) also went on alert from post five to secure the pocket and Zanetti (Rick Magee) escaped in third. A Major Omen escaped in fifth from post seven before being activated by Kerwood near the three-eights marker. The impressive son of Art Major methodically closed in on the leader and closed in as they rode home and was able to edge his best rival by half a length on the wire in 1:51.4 with Saddle Up in third position.

The winner is owned and trained by Gerald Longo.

Wisco Wild Card ($3.40) earned his first career win in the $13,200 ‘B’ freshman trot with a sharp 1-1/4 length score in 2:01.3 on Azteca Your Money (Brady Jenson) who was an impressive second while Conway’s Pipsqueak (Plano) was well behind the top pair but rallied for third.

The winner is a son of Southwind Flash, ridden by Kerwood for owners Debra and Rick Davis.

Also on Tuesday, Minnesota Harness Horse of the Year Alilthundadownunda (Brian Detgen, $3.40) earned its eighth win of 2022 in a $12,000 conditioned pace in 1:53.3, sending its seasonal earnings to $111,286 for owner Set The Pace Racing and trainer Jessica Johnson.

Dean Magee, Rick Magee, Plano and Kerwood all recorded driving doubles on Tuesday’s card, as well as a double for coach Jose Castillo.

Live racing returns to Running Aces on Thursday (August 25) with a ten-race schedule that will include a $16,995.44 rollover in the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot bet. The first message is at 7 p.m. (CDT).

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