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The legendary Dan Patch (pictured) will be honoured at Hoosier Park with a $325,000 feature race this Saturday, and Sky Racing’s Greg Hayes will be on-course for the Indiana classic. Named in honour of the renowned standardbred of the early 1900s, the Dan Patch attracts the best in the sport and this year features Australasian champion Lazarus. Now trained by superstar Swedish horseman Jimmy Takter, Lazarus will be cheered on by Australian racing fans via Sky Racing 1. In partnership with the host club, Hoosier Park, TAB and Sky Racing will have Hayes trackside from the States on Saturday morning (11.50am AEST) delivering viewers all the action. The recent Maori Time Elitloppet coverage, Shartin’s US dominance which saw her deliver a supersonic performance to take out the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, Kerryn Manning’s invite to Solvalla for the Ahsell Legends Invitational Drivers race, and Sparkling Success’s Yonkers International Trot invitation has ensured Australian harness racing is front and centre on the world stage right now.   Cody Winnell

Lazarus N, the world champion harness racing pacer from New Zealand was given a tough welcome to the United States as he drew the far outside post 9 for his debut race in North America in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Friday. The career winner of more than $2.6 million (US), Lazarus N, a son of Bettor’s Delight, was supplemented to the Dan Patch for a fee of $25,000 that went directly to the purse. Lazarus N was purchased earlier this season for a reported 3.9 million by Taylor Made Stallions of Kentucky and is being trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Just ten days ago, Lazarus N, driven by Yannick Gingras, won a qualifying race at the Meadowlands in 1:48.3 in an impressive performance. It is off that mile that Lazarus N has been made the 6/5 morning line favorite in the Dan Patch despite drawing the outside post. Second choice in the race is perhaps the top pacer in North America, McWicked, who drew post six. He is at odds of 2-1 and third choice in the field is Dealt A Winner, post one, at odds of 8-1. Lazarus N will also be facing fellow country-mate, Bit Of Legend N, who drew post five. Bit Of Legend N has been in the USA for some time now and is a career winner of $2.3 million. These two have faced each other before in New Zealand. This is the 25th annual Dan Patch Invitational, which started out with a purse of just $40,000. The Friday night feature will go off as race 11 as the main event of the richest weekend of racing at Hoosier Park in 2018. Here are the Dan Patch Post Positions: $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational Race 11 Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark (8-1) Beckham’s Z Tam  by Always A Virgin (20-1) Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover (20-1) Rockin Ron by Real Desire (10-1) Bit Of A Legend N by Bettor's Delight (12-1) McWicked by McArdle  (2-1) All Bets Off by Bettor's Delight (10-1) New Talent by Mach Three (20-1) Lazarus by Bettor's Delight (6/5) By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 11) with coverage of the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana. The Dan Patch will feature champion Lazarus N who has taken North American harness racing by storm since coming in from New Zealand. His last start, a qualifier at The Meadowlands, was visually impressive as he won over Lather Up in 1:48.3 and had a final quarter of 25.3. He is a winner of 35 of 45 lifetimes starts and has raced at different distances throughout his career. Lazarus N is the richest Down Under Standardbred of all time with earnings of just over $2.6 million (US). He was Pacer of the Year at age two and three and has only missed the board once in his entire career. This will be the first pari-mutuel US start for the star New Zealander. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Dan Patch beginning at 8:30 p.m. via their website that will run for two hours. Jessica Otten, a normal correspondent for the program will be co-hosting the live remote for the first time. Otten, a native of Michigan, has worked with Mike and Mike since the inception of their live remotes three years ago. Since joining the Post Time team Otten has filled many roles including winners' circle analyst, paddock analyst, social media coordinator, and she also writes a monthly article for the program. Joining the trio on the program will be, Taylor Johnston. Johnston, a native of Ohio, has worked with Post Time with Mike and Mike for the last year working at various live remotes throughout their schedule. Johnston will be providing winners' circle and paddock reaction throughout the evening. Hoosier Park will have a lot going on throughout the entire Dan Patch Festival Weekend as they celebrate their 25th year hosting the big race. The first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a souvenir rocks glass set beginning at 2:00 p.m. Patrons on track can compete in a $10,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Handicapping Contest that will allow them to select the winners of races 5 thru 12 with the top handicapper receiving $5,000. For those bringing their family to the racetrack, there will be a plethora of things going on. There will be special giveaways from the winners' circle, outdoor fair foods, and much more. The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival featuring over 20 bands, free family activities, beer gardens, food trucks and more! Live racing on Saturday will commence at 6:30 p.m. In 2017, the Dan Patch Stakes All Bets Off fought off all challengers throughout the first three-quarters of the race, but when Sam McKee Memorial (2017) winner Check Six engaged him, it proved to be too much to handle. The race has a long storied history of being one of the year's top older pacing races. Mike and Mike will return to Hoosier Park on Hoosier Pacing Derby night in September. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mile Show

Anderson, IN.--Aug. 3, 2018--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to celebrate 25 years of racing with Dan Patch Festival weekend, highlighted by the 25th edition of the $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 10. The weekend will continue on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 with the 15th annual Kammy's Kause Music Festival benefitting 4p- Support. The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana's richest harness race and reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers, is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. Hoosier Park recently announced Lazarus N, who is hailed as the greatest racehorse to ever emerge from New Zealand, would be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch Stakes. The race card will offer premier exotic wagering; including a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta and a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High Five. In addition to the special wagers, a $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on races five through 12 with a top prize of $5,000. Friday's Dan Patch festivities include family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. Outdoor fair foods, including Dal Forno Pizza, FoxGardin, and Sweet Shack, will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is free for all racing events at Hoosier Park, including the Dan Patch Stakes. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Now in its 15th year, the Fortville-based Kammy's Kause has raised over $370,000 for 4p-, also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. A high-end silent auction will coincide with the music festival and will include items like a gas boulder fire pit donated by Fire Boulder, a Saffire ceramic grill and smoker donated by Family Leisure, and more. More information on the Dan Patch Stakes and Dan Patch Festival can be found at www.hoosierpark.com. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

Lazarus' army of Kiwi fans will be able to watch his first US start next week, something his new trainer Jimmy Takter may not be able to do. The champion pacer kicks off his North American career a lot sooner than anybody anticipated on Saturday week (NZ time) after a US$25,000 late payment was made for the now US$325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana. The race is scheduled for early Saturday afternoon on August 11 and wasn't originally going to be covered by Trackside but with the TAB wanting to support the huge interest in Lazarus, it will now be broadcast live, most likely on Trackside 2. This means Kiwis will get to see a race that Takter himself is likely to miss. The Hall of Fame trainer is going on his annual holiday next week because he, like everybody else, didn't think Lazarus would be racing yet. Takter says the trip to Indiana will involve a 10-hour transporter (horse float) ride for Lazarus. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 (Sunday NZT).   Michael Guerin

After making his U.S. debut with a 1:48.3 qualifying mile Saturday (July 28) at The Meadowlands, the next time New Zealand-bred pacer Lazarus emerges will be for real. If all goes as planned, Lazarus will be supplemented to the $300,000 Dan Patch on Aug. 10 at Hoosier Park for his first official race in North America. The event is for older pacers and restricted to the 10 highest lifetime money-earners that enter. The fee to supplement Lazarus, who earned the U.S. equivalent of $2.66 million during his storied career Down Under, would be $25,000. Jimmy Takter, who trains Lazarus for owner Taylor Made Stallions, said it would have been nice to race the 6-year-old pacer on Hambletonian Day this Saturday at the Meadowlands, but the Dan Patch was a better fit in the horse's schedule. In addition, the winner of the Dan Patch receives an automatic nomination to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby on Sept. 21. Furthermore, in the past three weeks Lazarus trained in 1:52.2 at Takter's farm, 1:51.2 at the Meadowlands, and then qualified in 1:48.3. "Three weeks in a row he's gone up, now it gives me two weeks," Takter said. "I think (the Dan Patch) is a good spot for him. If he wins that one, he could race in the (Hoosier Park Pacing Derby). And Hoosier is a good track. It's a fast track too." Lazarus arrived at Takter's farm in late May following his purchase by Taylor Made Stallions. During his career Down Under, Lazarus won 35 of 45 races, including two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall, and finished off the board only once. He earned NZ$3.8 million. On Saturday, the stallion capped his 1:48.3 mile with a :25.3 final quarter. His time was only three-fifths of a second off Pure Country's 1:48 record for a qualifier. Driver Yannick Gingras told DRF's Derick Giwner, "He couldn't have done it any easier." Later, Takter concurred. "It wasn't like Yannick was hard on him," Takter said. "He's a heck of a horse." Lazarus is a son of Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight out of Bethany, who was sired by top Down Under stallion Christian Cullen. It did not take long for Takter to determine Lazarus was worthy of his reputation. "I could feel pretty early that he was a little special," Takter said. "You could feel it. This is not just a horse. We knew that, but you never know. He came from a totally different continent. Everything is different. I've never been in New Zealand or Australia, but everything is so different compared to our racing. You never know how they're going to do. "But a lot of these horses that have come from Down Under have done well. And he was one of the best they ever had down there." Takter was surprised by how quickly Lazarus acclimated to life in the States and proved to be ready for action. Takter decided it was time to start the horse's North American campaign sooner than later. "He feels so good," Takter said. "I'm scared to over-train an older horse. Too much training makes them a little bored at it. Especially the training I do, it's a little boring. It's like a job." As much as Takter appreciates Lazarus' talent, he is equally impressed with his disposition. "I like when you get those nice Bettor's Delights," Takter said. "They're very laid back and sweet, not a mean streak in them. They are just sweethearts. "He's such a laidback horse. He's not a horse that does anything flashy when he's training, he just goes through the motions. He takes care of himself, he's a smart colt. But when you ask him, he's serious. Very serious." Lazarus' schedule could include the Canadian Pacing Derby (eliminations Aug. 25; final Sept. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park), Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Allerage Farms Open Pace (Oct. 6 at Red Mile) and the Breeders Crown (eliminations Oct. 20; final Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono). "I'm excited by it," Takter said. "We'll play it by ear. We're going to play it a little as it goes. It might work out pretty good." Here is the video from Lazarus N's qualifying win https://youtu.be/TOsxouUW7xk  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 22) Harness Racing Program at Running Aces featured the Signature Race of the 2018 season, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final.   The top 5 finishers from each of the two July 8 eliminations lined up for battle with 9 noses on the gate and one trailer in the second tier. The 10-horse field was deep with talent of both the equine and human variety, and the excitement in the air was palpable for the Richest Harness Race to date in the great state of Minnesota.   Immediately as the gate sped away from the field it was clear that this would be no ordinary race, as Nine Ways, whom had established himself as a deep closer in his two local starts, was charging fastest off all towards the front for Driver Sam Widger, and they took command quickly.   Fan favorite Firedrake (Nick Roland) was fast from the inside to secure the coveted pocket position, and it was race-on as the rest of the field scrambled for position going five-in and five-out past the quarter in :26.4.   Then Hawk's Red Chief and I'm An Athlete hooked weels around the opening turn, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) had fired from the seven post and was caught first-over, with Trashytonguetalker in the second-over slot (from post 10) as they passed the half in :54.1.   Bettors Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) had also left from post 9 and was third-over heading to the 5/8 pole, Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) vacated the fourth over spot to try a three-wide backside sweep, and Hawks Red Chief (Brian Detgen) was out and moving from last, while To The Limit was at the pylons in mid-field and I'm An Athlete (James Kennedy) was toward the back of the pack as well as Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder), who saved ground throughout.   Rounding the final bend, Nine Ways was keeping Trashytonguetalker at bay, with Firedrake a close pocket third.   The three-quarters marker flashed a time of 1:22.2 and the outer flow began to deteriorate as they turned-in and straightened for home, with I'm An Athlete and Nuclear Dragon making contact in the lane.   Nine Ways was holding firm with a sixteenth to go, but Firedrake exploded from the pocket, and To The Limit closed toward the pylons. For a split second, it appeared that Firedrake may be able to get by the longtime leader, but Nine Ways was determined and fought to the wire, keeping a neck in front and denying last year's Dan Patch FFA champion Firedrake from repeating for two straight titles.   To The Limit was a strong third, and the only mare in the field, Gold Star Mysti, who was tenth in the early stages, checked home a solid fourth. Trashytonguetalker picked up the final check after I'm An Athlete was disqualified for causing interference to Nuclear Dragon.   The final time of 1:51.1 for Nine Ways registered a new Track Record for 4 year old pacing geldings, eclipsing the 1:51.2 record set last September 3rd by runner-up Firedrake.   Nine Ways is a Maryland-bred, by Delmarvalous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts, bred by Winbak Farm. Nine Ways ($11.40) is owned by Antonia Storer of lebanon, Ohio and trained by Denise Maier. He now shows 4 wins in 21 starts this season, and has boosted his career bankroll to $126,441.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 24) with an 11 race program kicking off at 7:00 pm CDT, and featuring two carryover pools: $3,652.57 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and $1,873.72 in the 50 cent Hi-5 in Race 10.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - The post positions have been drawn and the field of ten is set for battle in the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace Final this Sunday (July 22) at Running Aces. The $50,000 Race will be the richest Standardbred event to date in Minnesota, with the total purse for the series hitting $95,000 this year. This season's Dan Patch FFA has drawn horses from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, and the field for Sunday's final is deep with pacing talent. Drivers are also coming from far and wide to participate in the historic event, with one of Indiana's top reinsmen Sam Widger making the trip to Minnesota, along with James Kennedy from California and Kyle Husted from Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse. Last year's winner in this event, Firedrake, has drawn the rail, and morning line favorite Trashytonguetalker, who equaled the track's fastest mile ever in his elimination race on July 8, has drawn post position ten (in the second tier). The Dan Patch FFA Final is race seven on the Sunday night program, and kicks off the Late Pick-4 wager, which sport's a $10,000 guaranteed pool. Below is a look at the field: 1. Firedrake, Nick Roland (6-1) 2. To The Limit, Steve Wiseman, (8-1) 3. Nuclear Dragon, Kyle Husted, (3-1) 4. Hawk's Red Chief, Brian Detgen, (6-1) 5. I'm An Athlete, James Kennedy, (10-1) 6. Nine Ways, Sam Widger, (9-2) 7. Stevensville, Rick Magee, (7-1) 8. Gold Star Mysti, James Yoder, (12-1) 9. Bettor's Promise, Lemoyne Svendsen, (15-1) 10. Trashytonguetalker, Dean Magee, (9-5) by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces         

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 15) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview Pace, with 7 of the Top 10 horses from the Dan Patch eliminations having dropped in the box for the preview event.   Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) was slight favorite in the wagering as the 9-5 choice, with Stevensville (Rick Magee) close behind at 2-1, and Nine Ways also getting plenty of support at 5/2. Stevensville and Firedrake (Nick Roland) were fastest off the gate, and Stevensville established early command from post 5, and checked the field in at the quarter in :27.1.   Nuclear Dragon had floated away fourth from the outseide 7 post, but launched an early first-over attack to be second on the outside at the 56.2 halfway point. Longshot Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) followed Nuclear Dragon into the two-path, and Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) picked up the cover and was advancing in the third-over position, while Nine Ways also joined the outer flow and the field tightened up down the backstretch.   Nuclear Dragon began to apply heavy pressure to Stevensville as they turned, and was able to forge past the longtime leader just before the 1:23.2 three-quarters checkpoint. Bettors promise was able to drop down into the pocket rounding for home, and tipped from there to engage the leader in deep stretch, but Nuclear Dragon had more fire in his belly and remained game to the wire, holding his rivals at bay by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4 for his fourth win of the season.   Bettor's Promise spiced up the results at 34-1 in second, with Nine Ways completing the Trifecta and Firedrake was home in fourth. Nuclear Dragon ($5.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Nuclear Breeze, out of the Dragon Again mare My Dragon Flys, the winner of $224,148 is owned by Richard Mishkin and trained by Jeff Johnson, Jr.   The $11,000 Open Trot event was also a top feature on Sunday, with 6 talented square-gaiters facing the starter for weekly top honors.   Another Breath (Kyle Husted) was the talk of the tote-board, being sent off as the even money choice after a strong second placing in his local debut last week. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was also highly regarded at 2-1 and he fired fastest of all from his outside six post and relegated the rest of the field at least 2 lengths back through the moderate fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:26.3.   Longshot Doug's Hobby Horse (Nick Roland) had the pocket trip, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) sitting third before tipping first-over past the 5/8 marker. Another Breath had jumped it off at the start, and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) had made a break behind the gate. Pridecrest dropped into the pocket in front of a gapping Doug's Hobby Horse and waited for the stretch drive.   Banker Volo was still trotting strong as they straightened but Pridecrest vacated the pocket and had plenty of trot, sweeping by his rival in the final 50 yards to score a 1 1/4 length tally in 1:55.1 for Leading trainer Kathie Plested, and owner Christopher Schick. Silverlode made an impressive recovery to pick up third money.   The 7 year old Angus Hall gelding Pridecrest now sports 7 wins in 14 starts this year, 25 lifetime wins and $221,239 in career earnings. He paid $10.00 for every $2.00 win wager.   Saturday night (July 14) featured the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and it was a thrilling contest with horses stacked up three and four wide charging for home, when the dust settled it was Here Comes Teddy and driver Brian Detgen sweeping by the field on the far outside to take the victory by 3/4 of a length in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.   Here Comes Teddy ($47.40) was dismissed in the wagering at 22-1 and pulled off the upset with a strong final panel of :28. Here Comes Teddy is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, owned by Aimes Racing and trained by Justin Anfinson. Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) was second and Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee), who set the pace, was home in third.   The Tuesday night (July 17) program at Running Aces will feature a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the 50 cent Late Pick-4, and a carryover in th 20 cent pick-5 of $1,289.85. Next weekend (July 21-22) is Dan Patch weekend at Running Aces, with the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Pace on Saturday, along with a Horse and Driver Bobblehead giveaway, and then on Sunday it's the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (Sponsored by Watch and Wager).   Also on Sunday, One Lucky fan at Running Aces will win a trip for 2 to the 2018 Hambletonian.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 8) card at Running Aces was a fantastic program of action packed harness racing, and was headlined by the Eliminations for the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace, with both of those races producing absolute thrillers.   Each division of the elims went for $15,000, and the top 5 finishers advanced to the Dan Patch Preview (July 15) and The $50,000 Final (July 22).   Trashytonguetalker was the talk of the tote-board in his division, and he did not disappoint his backers, delivering a gutsy and stellar performance from post seven.   Driver Dean Magee fired the 6 year old Art's Chip progeny right off the wings of the gate, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) was away fast from post three for the pocket position, and Bestinthebusiness (Gerald Longo) was on the attack from post six. Bestinthebusiness tried with all his might to sweep past the leader, but the Bobcat would have no part of that, keeping Trashytonguetalker rolling, and delivering his rival a parking ticket.   The early battle resulted in blistering fractions of 26.1 and 53.4 before Bestinthebusiness began to retreat. Stevensville began to take closer order and take aim at the leader as they rounded for home, and passed the 3/4 pole in 1:22, but Trashytonguetalker remained game and would not relent, posting a solid 1/2 length tally and stopping the timer at 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever recorded at Running Aces (Six Gun, Jason Ryan, 2013).   Stevensville was a strong second and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) had saved ground throughout to be a clear third in the record mile. Trashytonguetalker ($3.60) is owned by Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher Schick, and locally trained by Brett ballinger. The remaining qualifiers in the field were Gold Star Mysti (4th) and I'm An Athlete (5th).   The other $15,000 Elimination division went to Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who turned in a dramatic stretch rally to sweep by all of his rivals in the lane for an impressive tally in 1:51.3.   The early pace was dramatic as well, with a 3-wide battle for the early lead as Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged away from the gate from post three, with Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) immediately engaging from the rail position and Bettor's Promise (James Kennedy) joining the frey as they headed for the quarter.   They were still 3-high as they passed the marker in 26.1. Firedrake was able to wiggle his way into the pocket as Bettor's Promise remained parked and pressing on, with Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) chiming in as they rounded for the half, they were still two and three wide in 54.1. Hawk's Red Chief was ultra game and continued to maintain his command down the backstretch and as they continued to assert strong pressure around the final turn.   They passed the 3/4 juncture in 1:22.3 and the 3-wide battle began to sizzle once again, as Nine Ways had thrown his hat into the ring on the outside. Nuclear Dragon was surging past the leader and Firedrake was finding room at the inside, but Nine Ways was fastest of all to the wire, drawing away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 over Nuclear Dragon and Firedrake. Hawk's Red Chief was home 4th and Bettor's Promise secured 5th to advance to the final.   Nine Ways ($33.60) is a 4 year old gelded son of Delmarvalous, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Sunday night, and was another thrilling contest. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) both left sharply from the two outside posts and Silverlode won the early battle, as they passed the quarter in 27.3.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made a sweeping move to the front at the 3/8 pole, and Another Breath immediately launched a first-over attack on the new leader, as they traded blows past the half in :56. Pridecrest maintained the advantage dow the back lane, with Banker Volo tipping second-over as they headed into the final turn and hit the 3/4 mark in 1:25.2.   Rounding for home, the pressure was finally taking its toll on Pridecrest, as Another Breath took a slight advantage, but Banker Volo was trotting strong on the outside and would sweep by for a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:55 over Another Breath, and a fast closing Ideal Jesse (James Yoder).    Tonight's tally was win number four on the season and 35th career tally for Banker Volo ($10.20), who is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King.   Dean Magee turned in a very impressive night, with 5 victories on the card, including a sweep of the Dan Patch eliminations, and Rick Magee picked up a hat-trick of 3 winners as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4126.97 and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,531.61 for Tuesday night (July 10), with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN – A Total of 17 pacers were nominated to the 2018 Dan Patch FFA at Running Aces, and 14 of the nominees have entered into the elimination races, which will highlight the racing card on Sunday evening, July 8. Each elimination race carries a purse of $15,000 and the top 5 finishers in each elimination will advance to the Dan Patch Preview on Sunday, July 15 and the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 22. Below is a look at the lineup for the elimination races: Race 8   7/8/18  $15,000 Dan Patch FFA elimination-1st division Hawks Red Chief            Rick Magee                      7-1 Make It Big                      Steve Wiseman             20-1 Firedrake                         Nick Roland                      9-2 Roland N Rock                Duane Roland                  2-1 Nine Ways                       Dean Magee                    7-1 Bettor’s Promise             James Kennedy              12-1 Nuclear Dragon               Kyle Husted                     9-5 Race 9   7/8/18  $15,000 Dan Patch FFA elimination-2nd division I’m An Athlete           James Kennedy              20-1 To The Limit               Steve Wiseman                5-1 Stevensville                Rick Magee                       5-1 Elusive Image             Mark Mintun                    7-2 Gold Star Mysti          James Yoder                     7-2 Bestinthebusiness     Gerald Longo                  12-1 Trashytonguetalker   Dean Magee                     2-1 By Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces 

Nomination entries are due on Monday, June 18 for the signature event of the Running Aces season, the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace – Presented by Watch & Wager. Eliminations will be held on Sunday, July 8, for $15,000 each. The top 5 finishers in each elimination race will advance to the Preview and the Final. The Dan Patch Preview will be raced Sunday, July 15 for $15,000, and the $50,000 Final will be raced on Sunday, July 22. Total purses offered for the Dan Patch FFA, including eliminations, is $95,000. Nomination Fee for the Dan Patch is $500 and is due along with the nomination forms either turned in to the Race office or postmarked by the deadline date. For more information, please contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge at 651.925.4532 or by email at nbyrge@runaces.com by Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN-  Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is pleased to announce a number of featured events coming up in the months of June and July. Father’s Day weekend will offer some fantastic racing, as we present the “$20,000 Running Aces Featured Trot” on Saturday, June 16 which is an Open Event, and will feature the best local trotters along with any challengers that would like to take a shot at the impressive purse. On Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, the best local pacers will be ready to take on any challengers in the “$20,000 Running Aces Featured Pace” (also an Open event). Entries for both of these races are due in the race office by 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. In July, as part of our Dan Patch weekend featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final, we are happy to present two more exciting and lucrative races: The $25,000 Minnesota Preffered Pace and The $25,000 Minnesota Preffered Trot, to be raced on Saturday, July 21. Entries for these races are due in the race office by 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (These two races give preference to Minnesota Sired or Minnesota owned horses, but are open to any horses should there be less than 9 MN entries in either race.) Running Aces continues to strive to present quality racing on a day in, day out basis, and present exciting featured events throughout the season, which runs through September 15. For more information about these events, or for general information, please contact the race office at 651.925.4532, or e-mail Race Secretary Nancy Byrge at nbyrge@runaces.com. by Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

Nominations are due on Monday, June 18 for Running Aces’ signature event of the season, The Dan Patch FFA pacing series that will be held in July. The series will start with eliminations on Sunday, July 8 (if necessary) going for $15,000 each. The Top 4 finishers in each elimination, along with the fastest 5th place finisher will advance to the $15,000 Dan Patch preview on Sunday, July 15 and the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA final on Sunday, July 22*. The total purse for the series, including eliminations is $95,000. (*The other 5th place finisher in eliminations will become Also Eligible) Nomination forms, along with nomination fee of $500 are due in the race office or postmarked by June 18, 2018. Supplemental entries will be allowed up until 10 am on Thursday, July 5, for $3,000. Nomination forms are available on the Running Aces website: RunAces.com, under the tab “horsemen resources”. Please return forms and payment to Nancy Byrge, Race Secretary, or mail to: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack ATTN: Race Office – 15201 Running Aces Blvd. Columbus, MN 55205 Questions or for more information call Nancy at 651.925.4532 or email: nbyrge@runaces.com by Darin' Gagne, for Running Aces

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 11, 2017 - On an absolutely flawless Friday (Aug. 11) evening, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino possessed all the elements for a spectacular 24th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The crowd was enthusiastic, the weather was sheer perfection and a quality field of 10, half of which were world champions, was certain to provide the harness racing fans with an exhilarating contest. Check Six was ultimately the horse to fulfill that goal with a three-quarter length victory over stable mate All Bets Off in 1:48.1 and stake his claim as the divisional leader. Rock N' Roll World closed with alacrity to reach the wire in third. After celebrating his win, Yannick Gingras, who guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere around the seven-eighths Anderson oval, acknowledged he was not exactly overjoyed when the 4-year-old stallion's post position was selected earlier this week. "I was not thrilled when I saw the draw sheet and we were in post nine," he said. "But you have to go out there, see how things work out on the track and then drive accordingly. He's had some back luck, but he's sharp right now so since the McKee ($224,400 Sam McKee Memorial on Aug. 5) maybe now his luck is changing." Gingras wasted no time putting Check Six into the race as he gunned him to the lead immediately after the wings folded on the gate. He was followed into the first turn by world champion Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair and Rock N' Roll World (John De Long), then tripped the timer for the first quarter-mile in speedy :26. Shortly after the time flashed upon the board, Matt Kakaley decided All Bets Off should control the tempo and that duo seized command by the :54.2 half-mile pole. At that juncture Aaron Merriman had his own ideas on how the race should be conducted and moved Dealt A Winner first-over to gain second place, with Gingras content to sit in third until after the 1:21.1 three-quarters. As Dealt A Winner began to tire from his earlier efforts as the field entered the top of the stretch, All Bets Off began to place of bit separation between himself and his rivals, with Rock N' Roll World and McWicked (David Miller) winding up for their drives to the wire. Just when it appeared All Bets Off was home free and would hold Check Six, Rock N' Roll World and McWicked at bay, Gingras ducked into the passing lane, strode by All Bets Off along the rail an collected the win for conditioner Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. "He is a very versatile horse," Gingras said. "He has gate speed and last year we used a lot of that with him, but you don't want to get in the habit of going crazy with that. This year we have not been doing that as much with him and he has had a little bit of tough luck with some of his trips, where we could not really do it anyway. This just worked out well for us tonight and hopefully this will carry forward throughout the rest of the year." Check Six had demonstrated an affinity for the Hoosier Park surface last year with a win in the $200,000 Monument Circle in his only previous appearance. The stallion entered this event with $1.4 million in the bank, a sophomore campaign where he captured the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, in addition to competing in admirably in a number of stakes engagements such as the Adios, the Cane Pace, the Breeders Crown, the Matron and Progress Pace. Prior to his appearance at the Meadowlands last week, Check Six had faced the starter on 10 occasions this season with not one win. With two consecutive wins in marquee divisional contests, he is making a bid to leap to the top of a division that has no clear leader. "He is eligible to just about everything, but I'm not sure where Ronnie will end up going with him," Gingras said. Check Six paid $13.40 to win as the 5-1 third choice. The exacta was $77.40 and the trifecta a $689.80. Check Six Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Stakes saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 24th installment of Hoosier Park's premier harness race to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes race. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 12 with a 12-race card that is set to begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, American rocker Ted Nugent will perform in the outdoor concert venue as Hoosier Park closes its' summer concert series line-up. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Columbus, OH --- When a horse collects a Dan Patch and O’Brien Award as a 3-year-old, it is rather unusual for he or she to remain in competition as a 6-year-old, especially when that animal is a stallion, yet McWicked, who is also a harness racing world champion, is an exception to that general rule. The son of McArdle-Western Sahara may not exactly be in the spotlight at this juncture of the season, but will endeavor to demonstrate why it should be shining upon him after he attempts to add a triumph in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday (Aug. 11) at Hoosier Park to his lengthy list of achievements. “It’s great to have him back in the barn,” said his trainer, Casie Coleman. “We have a good post position and are hoping for nice weather, plus we have David (Miller) back driving him. He’s fit and sound; he’s in good shape and we are looking forward to racing him Friday night.” McWicked will engage in his Dan Patch trophy pursuit from post position three with his Hall of Fame pilot holding the lines. The stallion is the fourth selection on the morning line at 5/1 in the evenly matched field of 10 and will leave alongside the favorite in $2.4 million earner All Bets Off (post two, Matt Kakaley, 7/2), as well as Anderson’s beloved Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete (post four, Trace Tetrick, 8/1). The field also includes 2015 North America Cup victor Wakizashi Hanover (post 10, Tim Tetrick, 9/2), recent Sam McKee Memorial winner Check Six (post nine, Yannick Gingras, 4/1) and 2015 Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner (post one, Aaron Merriman, 15/1). “I haven’t driven him since Pocono (fourth in his Ben Franklin elim on June 24),” Miller said. “But right when I started driving him this year up in Canada again I was very happy with him. Obviously he was just super his 3-year-old season, but it seems like he is returning to his old form.” Which is nothing short of superb. McWicked commenced his career in 2013 at age two in Julie Miller’s shedrow. The then-colt turned in a debut campaign that consisted of a record of 10-3-5-1 and $179,617 earned. Subsequently purchased by Ed James for $210,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale, McWicked as a sophomore was sent to James’ regular successful Florida trainer, Jim McDonald, and then offered to Coleman to train. That season McWicked was in the spotlight as he collected $1.47 million in purse money and won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final, the $400,000 Adios final, and the $301,560 Progress Pace. For his accomplishments he was honored as the sport’s 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Award 3-year-old pacing colt champion. “I have been in this business 63 years,” James said earlier this year. “I have had some nice horses, but he is the best horse I have ever owned.” Although expectations for him were naturally quite high in 2015 and 2016, McWicked battled breathing issues from the end of his 4-year-old year until this winter, which required medical attention. From 14 trips to the gate in the 2015-16, the stallion did not enter the winner’s enclosure but did collect more than $108,000 from three second and four third place finishes. McWicked returned to the races and winner’s circle on Feb. 12 at Pompano Park under the watchful eye of McDonald and he was steered by Miller in that $12,000 Open Pace. His time of 1:50.4 served notice the stallion intended on making up for lost time, now that his health issues were remedied. “When a horse has a couple million in earnings you know no matter what they have been doing something right throughout their career,” Miller said. Steve Elliott, who was entrusted with the horse during the late winter/early spring of 2016, took McWicked to Yonkers Raceway where he won a non-winners event on March 11 in preparation for the Levy Series. After finishing seventh and sixth in the first two legs of the series, the stallion was second on two occasions and won a division prior to finishing eighth in the final. From there, McWicked was sixth in an invitational at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and fourth in a preferred at the Meadowlands. He returned to Canada on June 3 when he captured a preferred at Mohawk Racetrack and then the Gold Cup on North America Cup night over the same oval. Since failing to make the Ben Franklin final at Pocono, the stallion has appeared in four preferred events at Mohawk, with a win, a second and two fourth place finishes. He, however, had to contend with some circumstances that did impact his performance. “In one of his races he was locked in and had no chance and another he came out of it sick,” Coleman said. “But he’s great now. He’s been staked to everything, but unfortunately it’s been tough to get him in things because of his earnings from the last two years. For the Dan Patch they go on lifetime earnings so we thought this would be a good spot for him. Also, if everything goes well it’s on to the fall stakes and hopefully the Breeders Crown back at Hoosier in October.” Miller anticipates McWicked will give a good account of himself in Indiana. “This horse has never had a problem with any track he has ever encountered,” he said. “For him surface or track size has never mattered. He can do it anywhere as he has shown throughout his career. He is just such a good-gaited horse that he can handle pretty much anything and after racing him in Canada it seems like he is coming back to himself.” James was quite excited to witness his horse earlier this year and certainly will be viewing McWicked’s Indiana engagement with the same enthusiasm. “I bought the horse to race,” he said in March. “I never got in this business to make money. I worked and still run my business (SSG Gloves) primarily by myself. I don’t take partners on horses because I like to control my own fate and I’ve been divorced twice, so that shows I’m not meant to have a partner. “I’m 85 years old and by the time I could watch his foals race I would be 90 and let’s face it, I might not be here then. Horses like this don’t come around very often; some people never get one and I don’t have another lifetime to find another one.” The 2017 Dan Patch field, in post position order with named driver and trainer includes: PP-Horse-Trainer-Driver-Morning Line Dealt A Winner         by Cams Card Shark          Tr: Mark Silva                Dr:  Aaron Merriman    15-1 All Bets Off               by Bettor's Delight               Tr: Ron Burke                Dr:  Matt Kakaley       7-2 McWicked                 by Mcardle                          Tr: Casie Coleman         Dr:  David Miller         5-1 Freaky Feet Pete      by Rockin Image                 Tr: Marty Rheinheimer   Dr:  Trace Tetrick       8-1 Manhattan Beach     by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Walter Haynes Jr.   Dr: Sam Widger        30-1 Dr J Hanover            by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Tony Alagna            Dr: Doug McNair     10-1 Rock N Roll World     by Rocknroll Hanover           Tr: Jeff Cullipher           Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rockin Ron                by Real Desire                      Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 6-1 Check Six                  by Somebeachsomewhere   Tr: Ron Burke                Dr: Yannick Gingras    4-1 Wakizashi Hanover   by Dragon Again                   Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King    Dr: Tim Tetrick       9-2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

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