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Iron sharpens the balance of iron slices

Columbus, Minnesota – Iron sharpens iron (Volo Banker) and A major portends (Art major) put on two of the most impressive performances on the Tuesday night (August 23) harness racing schedule 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.

Blade Sharpener Blade and driver Luke Plano

Pilot Luke Plano wasted no time in bringing Iron Sharpens Iron to the front of the contest, settling on top just 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 two-year-old male trotters by a fifth of a second.

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


Iron Sharpens Iron ($2.20) now boasts 8 wins in 9 career starts and has bankrolled $61,805 to date for owner/breeder Jeralene Roland and trainer Dan Roland.

A Major Omen (Tony Kerwood, $8.60) recorded a very impressive first win in the $19,800 Open Handicap pace for his tenth win in 26 starts this season.

A Major Omen (#8) and driver Tony Kerwood defeat Caliber

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 3/8 marker. He methodically closed in on the leader and closed in as they headed home and was able to edge his main rival by half a length on the wire in 1:51.4 with Saddle Up in third .


The winner is owned and trained by Gerald Longo.

Wisconsin Wildcard (South Wind Lightning$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 over Azteca Your Money (Brady Jenson) which was an impressive second while Conway’s Pipsqueak (Plano) was well behind the top pair but rallied for third.

The winner was raced by Tony Kerwood for owners Debra and Rick Davis.

Also on Tuesday, Minnesota Harness Horse of the Year Alilthundadownunda (Brian Detgen, $3.40) picked up their eighth win of 2022 in a $12,000 conditioned pace in 1:53.3, sending their 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 program 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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by Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces