Columbus, MN --- Banker Volo went to the gate for just the third time in 2017 on the Saturday (June 3) night harness racing program at Running Aces. Headlining the $10,000 Open Handicap, he put together a dazzling performance to lower both his own previous track mark for older trotting stallions (1:55.2 last July) and the overall track standard of 1:54.4 (by Celebrity Hercules in 2013) as he stopped the clock in 1:54.3.
Starting from his assigned outside post in the talented six-pack, Banker Volo bolted to the front of the field and from there, frankly the rest of the field could only watch him. Driver Luke Plano had him fired up for the quarter (:27.4) and was able to throttle his speed through the second panel (:57.1) before turning on the afterburners and posting 1:24.4 at three-quarters, then coasting home to easily post the new track mark.
Banker Volo paid just $2.80 as the public’s overwhelming choice no doubt based on his current form. He possesses 23 lifetime wins and a $298,013 career bankroll. The horse is by Yankee Glide and is owned by Daniel Roland and trained by Jenni King.
Also on the program, the $8,000 3-year-old Open trot was contested with Tap My Feet ($7.80) taking the bow in the winner’s circle after posting his second consecutive win in a row. He lowered his mark by over four seconds to 2:00 in the process. Tap My Feet is by Broadway Hall,and is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice.
Trainer/Driver Rick Magee sent him quickly off the gate from post eight in the nine-horse affair. They secured the pocket position before sweeping to the lead just past the quarter pole. From there Tap My Feet was never in doubt and is now a perfect two-for-two on the season.
The Charlie Hare Trotting Series also got underway with two divisions going to post in the first leg. In the first division it was odds-on favorite Lettinthenightroll ($3.00) with Luke Plano aboard for Jenni King in an eye-opening 1:56.2 and then Americas Game ($10.20) topped the field in the second division with Dean Magee driving for trainer Rick Bertrand as well as owner Glen Wilson in a new lifetime record of 1:57.3.
The next card of live harness racing at Running Aces goes to post on Sunday (June 4) at 6 p.m. CT.