COLUMBUS, MN. - Running Aces Harness Park, now in its seventh season, established a new handle record on Sunday night when $270,252 was bet on the 11-race program which featured fuller-than-normal fields and highly competitive races.
Over one-half of the races were decided by a half-length or less and only one winner had more than a two length advantage at the wire.
Only two favorites prevailed on the night with win prices ranging from a low of $5.80 to a high of $21.80.
The weekly Sunday feature, a $10,000 Open Pace, was captured by Headsup Yankee in 1:52.3.
The five-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding has made steady progress since joining the open ranks three weeks ago, finishing third and then second before Sunday's victory.
The son ofis owned by Ken Stauffer's Trot-Away Stable and was trained and driven by .
He beat Silver Spir () and Del Rio Seelster ( ).
The win was one of four on the night for Roland, who also scored with Justthewayitis, Split Ticket and Gift Of Honor.
A Running Aces newcomer, Native's Revenge, shocked a group of conditioned horses and optional $5000 claimers with a nine-length dominating performance clocked in 1:51.4 for new trainer-driver.
A recent arrival from Hoosier Park, where the four-year-oldgelding was no better than fourth in his last six outings, Native's Revenge went directly to the lead in his initial Minnesota appearance and never looked back throwing an impressive :54 final half.
The winner, who beat Peanuts () and Peyton's Troubador ( ) is owned by Harold Actkinson.
Leading drivervisited the winner's circle three times on Sunday, guiding She's A Foxie Lady, Terror Time and R Gauwitz Hanover to narrow victories.
Only four weeks remain in the Running Aces season with live racing presented each Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through August 30.
Gregg Keidel - Running Aces