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Boom Boom Shaboom closes out career with championship victory at Running Aces
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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Columbus, MN --- The Minnesota harness racing Night of Champions program was conducted at Running Aces on Saturday night (Sept. 15), with 11 championship races going for a record $362,500 in purses, with an additional $15,200 in overnights for a total of $377,700 and the richest harness racing card in state history.

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Boom Boom Shaboom wins a championship to close out her career.

Among the championship contenders was Boom Boom Shaboom, a 7-year-old pacing mare by General Aidid who was making her final career start before becoming a broodmare. Boom Boom Shaboom had become a fan favorite over the last few years, campaigning in races all the way up to the top level at Running Aces with many appearances in the Mares Open Pace during the past two seasons.

She drew post six for the $20,000 Older Pacing Mares championship, coming in fresh off a sharp winning effort (1:54.2) in a mares conditioned pace last out. Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson seized the opportunity to grab the lead right off the gate, surging to command in the first few strides. Jenson was able to control the affair with moderate and well-rated fractions (:28.2, :58.1 and 1:27) while saving enough in the tank to sprint home in :28 and seal the victory over fast-closing rivals Swinging Again (James Yoder) and Place'n First (Steve Wiseman) with a half-length margin of victory.

The 1:55 championship win was career tally 36 for Boom Boom Shaboom ($24.60) and rounded her final career purse tally up to $132,520 for owners Brian and Kim Larson of Canton, S.D. Timothy Lems was the winning breeder.

Burning Blaze turned in a dazzling gate-to-wire performance in the $40,000 2-year-old colt & geldings championship pace from post three with driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky. Burning Blaze was never in doubt and was well in hand through a moderate early pace of :28.1 and :58.3, but turned on the turbo charge for a third panel in :28.2 and a blazing final quarter in :27.1, giving his rivals little chance to catch him.

His :55.3 final half was the fastest of the night, and secured the victory by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1 for his seventh win in nine career trips to the gate and a new lifetime mark. He also established a new track record for 2-year-old gelding pacers, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:54.3. 

The impressive son of Wind Me Up is owned by his breeders Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte along with Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. Rounding out the top three were Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) and SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) Burning Blaze ($2.10) was a heavy 1/9 favorite.

Dream Chasin became a back-to-back champion by capturing the $35,000 3-year-old colt & gelding pace in 1:55 flat with driver Nick Roland in the sulky. Roland sent Dream Chasin quickly off the gate from the outside nine post and swept right to the lead, controlled the pace and was never in doubt with a one-length victory over deep closer Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.

Dream Chasin ($33.00) was the 2-year-old champion pacer last season, also with Roland in the bike. The big win tonight was number six on the season and ninth career tally for the son of Fancy Schmancy who has now bankrolled $81,415 for owners and breeders Michelle and Gregory Budach. The winning trainer is also Greg Budach.

Full sisters Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee) and Al Mar Bon Bon (James Yoder) finished one-two and were separated by just a whisker at the line in the $25,000 older trot championship. The two daughters of Sos Lunar Eclipse out of Golden Victory by Valley Victor hit the line together in 1:56.3 and the photo finish camera was barely able to split the pair. Al Mar Reba Babe ($6.40) got the victory by the slimmest of margins for her third win in eighteen starts this year and eleventh career tally, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $105,619 for owner/trainer Richard Davis. Al Mar Bon Bon is owned by Cara Hauser and trained by Alexia Kehl.

The other championship winners were as follows:
$27,500 2-year-old filly trot, Twilight Tinker (Rick Magee) for owner Cathy Dessert, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:04.1
$35,000 3-year-old colt trot, Bekkums Royal Duty (Dean Magee) for owner Sarah Bekkum, trainer David Ginter, time 1:59
$40,000 2-year-old colt trot, MD Magic (Dean Magee) for owner Set The Pace Racing, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:00
$40,000 2-year-old filly pace, Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for owner Richard Davelaar, trainer Gordon Graham, time 1:57.2
$35,000 2-year-old filly trot, Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:58.3
$35,000 3-year-old filly pace, I'm On A Terror (James Yoder) Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:55
$20,000 older horse & gelding pace, Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) for owner Merlin Van Oterloo, trainer Brett Ballinger, time 1:53.2

Driver Dean Magee had four championship wins on the program, with James (J.D.) Yoder picking up two championships and three wins overall.

Trainer Justin Anfinson had three championship wins, with Nick Roland picking up two championships on the night.

Driver Steve Wiseman and his wife Trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman were crowned as the 2018 leading driver and leading trainer at Running Aces. Wiseman picked up two wins on the closing night program to bring his final win tally to an impressive 105; his best Running Aces season to date. Wiseman had a final advantage of 16 wins over Dean Magee who was very impressive in the last six weeks of the meet pulling to within seven or eight wins of the lead with about three weeks to go. Magee landed at an impressive 89 wins for the season.

Plested-Wiseman was well ahead of all trainers throughout the season and pulled away from the field in the final month of racing, picking up one win on closing night for an impressive total of 68 wins for the meet. This was 33 wins ahead of both Gerald Longo and Justin Anfinson.

For both husband Steve, and wife Kathleen it was back-to-back championships at Running Aces. Daughter Tyler Wiseman was also in the winner's circle to help celebrate the fantastic season for the Wiseman stable.

The $100,000 Guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 wager on closing night marked a record for the largest guarantee in track history, and produced the largest gross pool in the history of our Pick-5, and also contributed to the best Saturday handle in the history of the track.

Running Aces wishes to thank all of it's loyal fans, staff, and horsemen for another successful and record setting season. Special thanks go out to Xpressbet for the Night of Champions promotional sponsorship, as well as and Harness Racing Replays for season-long partnerships as well.

Simulcast racing is offered year round at Running Aces as well as Casino action 365 days a year. Check our website for news and upcoming events. Information about the next/upcoming season of live racing is typically posted around February or March of each year.

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