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The $353,300 Night of Champions Program closed out the 2017 Live Harness Racing season at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack in Minnesota on Saturday night (September 16) with another fantastic and enthusiastic live crowd on hand for the final event of the season.   The championship races kicked off early with three 2-year-old trotting filles squaring off for a $35,000 purse in the first of two non wagering events. Dekker (Rick Magee) picked up her first lifetime win in the contest with a 2:04.2 victory by 1 1/2 lengths over The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) and Floatinonthebreeze (Jenni King). Dekker is a filly by Braggart, and is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long.   In the other non-bettor, It's Stormin Money made it two wins in a row to take the winner's prize in the $35,000 3 year old filly Trot Championship in 2:02.1 with Steve Wiseman at the controls for owner Bryce Jenson and trainer Brady Jenson. The victory tonight was a 13 1/2 length romp over Ritchess Brandy (Brady Jenson) and Imapixieatmidnight (Nick Roland).   Bragginade ($4.60) took the $35,000 2 year old geldings Trot Championship, with a dominating gate-to-wire victory by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:04 with trainer/driver Nick Roland in the sulky. It was the sixth victory in nine starts for the son of Braggart, who is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) picked up second, and Stonecold Stunner (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Bertha Vanation ($21.60) pulled the 9-1 upset in the $35,000 2 year old filly Pace Championship, with an aggresive drive by Dean Magee. The filly by Voracious Hanover was part of the early battle for command but settled away in fourth before sweeping to the lead just after the quick 28.1 quarter. Bertha Vanation faced some heavy pressure around the final turn from Aint No Uppy Girl (Rick Magee), but was able to turn back that cahllenge, and dig in gamely to the wire as favorite Ellamennopee (Steve Wiseman) was roaring down the inside. Bertha Vanation held on for a neck victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:56 for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner John Hendricks.   Dream Chasin ($11.00) converted the pocket trip into his first lifetime win to take the Championship in the $35,000 2 year old geldings Pace in 1:58.1 with Rick Magee in the sulky for Michelle & Gregory Budach, over favorite Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and pace-setter Here Comes Teddy (Nick Roland). The winner is a son of Fancy Schmansy.   Al Mar Foxyeclipse ($6.40) took top honors in the $35,000 3 year old Trot championship event, posting his fifth lifetime tally with a new mark of 2:01.4 this evening with Dean Magee in the sulky for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner Mark Holtan. Liquor'skwikker (James Yoder) checked in second, while Al Mar Country-Luv (Rick Magee) was home in third.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($4.00) delivered as the public's choice in the $35,000 3 year old filly Pace, scoring her 14th lifetime win, and 7th win of the season in 1:56 with driver Steve Wiseman aboard for trainer Brett Ballinger and owners Van Oterloo Stables. Follwing her signature racing style, Whatitdo Babyboo was unhurried in the early stages of the affair, away in sixth position from post 7, but was out and moving first-over just before the half mile juncture. Wiseman had his filly in perfect striking position as they turned for home and she paced strong through the lane to take the lead and post a half-a-length victory over a tough pace-setter Exsqueezeme (Nick Roland), with Swinging Again (James Yoder) back in third.   21 year old Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson pulled off a rare feat in the $35,000 Championship for 3 year old pacing geldings, he sent out a pair of trainees in the contest, and picked up the top two positions at the wire in a ten horse field. Jenson steered Marktentwentyseven to victory over stablemate Too Much Too Quick driven by Nick Roland. Both horses are owned by the Jenson family, with Brandon, Natalie Rae & Larry Jo being the owners of the winner. The pair of sophomore pacers were both away near the back of the pack, and took full benefit of the fast fractions up front (27.4, 56.0, and 1:24) and were both charging three-and-four wide turning for home. With a sixteenth of a mile to go, it was clear that a Jenson trainee was going to be the winner, the only question was: which one. Marktentwentyseven ($33.40) was closing widest of all, and fastest of all - to get up for the 3/4 length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4. The winning gelding is by Up Front Brad.   Pa's Corn Squeezin ($23.60) pulled off yet another upset on the evening, in the $17,500 4 year olds & up Mares Pace Championship, with Nick Roland steering for trainer Timothy Brown and owner Dave Haness. The pocket-rocket style victory in 1:55.2 was win number five on the season for the 5 year old daughter of General Aidid. American Dancer (James Yoder) was just a neck back in second, and favorite Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) was third best after cutting the mile.   The $25,000 4 year olds & Up Trot Championship went to Mr Jackpot, for his second career championship, in 1:57.2 with Dean Magee in the sulky for proud owners Marlene and Jodi Wilson and trainer Glen Wilson. Mr Jackpot ($26.60) is a 4 year old gelding by Money Talks, and tonight's vicory was career tally number ten. Whatevershesgot (Lemoyne Svendsen) was second, and race-favorite Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) was home in third tonight.   The final Championship event, and final race of the 2017 season, was the $17,500 4 year olds & up Pace, with a well matched field of ten. The night and the season closed out with another upset winner,as SwagasaurusRex and Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame member and driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen got up for a triumphant victory, worthy of a whip raised to the skies at the wire by Svenden. SwagasaurusRex ($40.80) started from post 10 in the second tier, and was well off the pace early. Svendsen had him in motion and in the flow going into the final turn, and was in striking position turning for home, taking a seam right down the middle of the track to draw away from the field by two lengths in 1:53.1 to post the fastest mile of the night and take a new lifetime mark. SwagasaurusRex is a four year old gelding by Voracious Hanover, and he is trained by Dean Magee for owner Richard Davelaar. Gravelsinmytravel (Dean Magee) was home second, completing the trainer one-two punch yet again on this historic night, and Stuckey Dote (Nick Roland) was third.   Running Aces 2017 season once again Best ever Running Aces Casino & Racetrack just completed it's 10th season of Live Harness Racing, and numbers are up in every conceivable category. Large crowds were the norm throughout the 2017 season, with a 36% increase in on track attendance over what were already very strong attendance figures from last season. On-track live wagering handle was up 11.39 %, and live export handle was up 18.24 % over 2016, which had been the best season on record until this year. The overall handle increase was 17.1 %. The new .20 cent pick 5 Jackpot wager was a success, producing large carryovers and large payouts, including a record .20 cent payout of $55,645.80 on August 26th. Magnifique, driven by owner/trainer Gerald Longo stamped her name into the record books when she hit the wire first in the $12,000 Mares open Handicap Pace on July 18 at odds of 115-1 to record a state record pari-mutuel payoff of $232.20 to win. Average field size increased yet again as well, to 7.51 and contributed to some of the best and most competitive racing around. On the racetrack, there were so many amazing performances. No less than eight track record miles were turned in this summer at the beautiful Minnesota oval. Firedrake won 9 races at Running Aces this season, for the most wins of the meet, he also won the innagural $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace on July 23 in 1:52.1 and set a new track record of 1:51.2 for 4 year old pacing geldings on September 3rd. Firedrake is owned by Jessica Johnson and trained & driven by Nick Roland. Banker Volo had an amazing season at Running Aces as well, and stamped his legacy into the history books with a new all age trotting track record of 1:54.2, that he posted not just once, but twice this season (June 27 and July 25) during his 7 trips to the Aces winners circle this year. Banker Volo is owned by Dan Roland and was trained this season by Jenni King and Angie Coleman, with Luke Plano doing the driving. Ideal Jesse became the fastest 3 year old trotting colt in Running Aces history back on June 27, with his 1:56.1 victory for owner/trainer/driver James Yoder. My Little Susie re-wrote the record for 4 year old trotting mares with a 1:55 mile on June 17 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Kathleen Plested and owners A Piece of The Action LLC. Gold Star Mysti contributed an impressive new track mark for 4 year old pacing mares in 1:51 on July 3rd for the fastest mile of the meet, with trainer/driver James Yoder in the sulky for owner Marianne Audley. Gold Star Mysti was a fierce competitor in the Mares Open all season long. And Steve's Hot Rod became the fastest 3 year old gelding pacer in Running Aces history when he turned in a sparkling 1:51.4 mile on September 2 with trainer/driver Rick Magee steering for owner Kati Sokolowski. The 2017 Leading Driver award went to Steve Wiseman, with 94 wins and an impressive win percentage of over 21 percent, he also led all drivers in purse money and UDRS. The 2017 Leading Trainer award went to Kathleen Plested, with 47 wins. Running Aces wishes to congratulate the entire Live Racing team for a job well done, and a very successfull season. We also wish to thank our loyal fans and our amazing horsemen for their continued support year after year. Remember, Running Aces is a year-round facility with Simulcasting 7 days a week,and Card Casino action 24 hours a day. Stay informed about upcoming events and promotions by visiting our website at www.RunAces.com.    Check the website early next year for information about the 2018 Live Racing season.     By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $12,000 Open Handicap Pacing event for horses & geldings headlined the harness racing card on Sunday at Running Aces, with a full field of nine tough contenders squaring off for a good battle.   At the word "go" it was Lodi Machette Man with Dean Magee in the bike leaving fastest of all and taking the early command, posting 27.4 and 56.4 for the opening half mile, before facing a strong challenge from eventual winner BestintheBusiness ($9.00) with James Yoder in the sulky.   BestintheBusiness surged from third to the front, clearing at the entry to the far turn, leaving Ragin's Flight (Steve Wiseman) uncovered and attacking first-over at the 1:24.3 check-in, with Firedrake (Nick Roland) advancing second-over from the back of the pack, and SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) improving as well, from third-over in the flow.   Once the talented field straightened away, BestintheBusiness began to dig in, pacing away sharply to post a two length score, with a 27.4 final kick and a time of 1:52.2 over SF Donttellonme and Firedrake who were right together.   BestintheBusiness is a 9 year old Michigan-bred gelding by Another Mile, he is owned by his breeder Brett Boyd Racing, and trained by Gene Miller. The impressive pacer has now won 39 lifetime races, with 97 top-3 finishes in 138 starts, and $376,920 in the bank.   Also featured on Sunday was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, and the filly It's Stormin Money would deliver as the race favorite ($5.20) with leading driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky for trainer Brady Jenson and owner Bryce Jenson. The mile tonight in 2:01 was a new lifetime mark, and fourth lifetime victory for the daughter of Money Talks, who looked sensational on the track tonight and posted her second win in the last 3 starts by 5 3/4 lengths.   Al Mar Foxyeclipse (Dean Magee) was home in second, with Al Mar Money Glide picking up third.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted an impressive sweep of the final four races on Sunday night to complete his first Grand Slam at Running Aces. The talented 23 year old has proven himself to be an up-and-coming young driver with great potential, he has had 13 nights of multiple driving wins here this season, and the four wins this evening have now advanced him from fifth to fourth on the leading drivers list in his first season here at Running Aces.   Steve Wiseman picked up a driving double on the program as well.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces with two more nights of Racing to conclude the 2017 season: Tuesday, September 12, post time 7:00 pm CDT, and Saturday, September 16, post time 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Saturday evening harness racing card at Running Aces was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired Open Trot for 4 year olds and up, and it would prove to be an exciting contest right down to the wire.   Dougs Hobby Horse and driver Luke Plano flew off the gate wings from the far outside post 8 to secure the front-running position and control the fractions, while Whatevershesgot with veteran reinsman Mooney Svendsen left alertly from the center of the gate in post 5 to lay claim to the pocket seat behind the leader.   Plano and Dougs Hobby Horse commanded affairs through all three fractional panels of 28.3, 58.2 and 1:27.1, while facing a strong first-over bid from Al Mar Reba Babe (James Yoder) around the final turn and into the lane.   But as they straightened for home, it was Whatevershesgot ($20.00) and Svendsen who took to the inside lane and rallied right past the dueling trotters to the outside, getting up to win by a long neck in 1:57 over Dougs Hobby Horse, with Al Mar Reba Babe home in third.   Whatevershesgot is a 4 year old mare by Sos Lunar Eclipse, she now has won 14 of 48 career races and she is owned and trained by Jenni King.   Also on the Saturday card was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace, with Steve's Hot Rod providing an encore to his track record performance from last week. Steve's Hot Rod ($3.20) posted another sharp gate-to-wire victory from post one, stopping the clock in 1:53 tonight with trainer/driver Rick Magee in tow. The impressive winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, and has now won 5 races in 16 starts this season, bankrolling $35,852 for owner Kati Sokolowski.   Drivers Rick Magee and Steve Wiseman both picked up doubles on the Saturday program.   Steve Wiseman has a 13 race lead as the current Leading Driver over Nick Roland in second, and Kathleen Plested has a 5 race lead over Nick Roland as the current leading Trainer.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces with 3 more nights remaining in the 2017 season, Sunday September 10 at 6 pm CDT, Tuesday September 12 at 7 pm CDT and Saturday, September 16 at 6pm CDT is closing night of the season, and also Night of Champions, with all of the Minnesota-Sired divisional finals going for $250,000 (est.) in purses.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Tuesday Night (Sept. 5) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and it was another exciting battle between Kiss On The Lips and Gold Star Mysti. Driver Nick Roland was aggressive with Kiss On The Lips, sending her fast off the gate to a quick lead, she was clear and on top by three lengths in a flash. Roland then throttled her speed as the rest of the field settled away behind her, and the field was in good single file order at the 28.2 check-in. Kiss On The Lips and Roland were still well in hand passing the half mile mark in 58.3, and rival mare Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) had begun their first-over attack, drawing on even terms with the front-runner for the next 3/8 of a mile. The talented top two mares were still locked in battle through a fast 27.2 third panel that stopped the clock at 1:26 for three-quarters. As they turned for home, Kiss On The Lips ($20.60) was able to fend off Gold Star Mysti in another impressive display of determination, as she opened up two lengths and hit the wire in 1:53.3 for her 2nd straight win. Gold Star Mysti held second as the 1-5 favorite, and La Madawna De Rosa (Luke Plano) checked in third. Kiss On The Lips has now won 7 of 28 races this season. She is trained by John Rogers for Owner Peg Hoffman. The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year old pace saw a talented field of 10 freshman line up behind the gate, and the filly Ellamennopee was the one who shined brightest on this night, picking up her 4th win in 7 lifetime starts with a fantastic effort in 1:56.1 for a new lifetime mark. Driver Steve Wiseman sent the impressive filly to the early lead from post 3 off of the crowded gate, before yielding to Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and race favorite Giggle Monster (Dean Magee). Giggle Monster led through the middle portions of the affair, but Wiseman launched Ellamennopee ($7.00) to the attack going into the final turn, and she quickly took control, pacing away to a 3-length tally for Trainer Brett Ballinger and Owner Merlin Van Otterloo. Live Racing continues at Running Aces 3 nights a week through September 16. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday evening harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings, and once again it did not disappoint as the talented field of seven put on an exciting show, and after the dust cleared at the wire, Firedrake had etched his name into the history books with a track record setting victory.   Firedrake, the 4 year old pacing gelding sensation by Dragon Again, has posted a fantastic campaign at Running Aces in 2017, he was nearly undefeated in his first 8 races (save a disqualification early in the season), and he became the Champion in the $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace (1:52.1) in July. Now, he has added a track record to his impressive 4 year old resume.   In tonight's contest, Trainer/Driver Nick Roland sent Firedrake fast off the gate from post 6, utilizing his early speed to take the first call and lead, before yielding to rival BestinTheBusiness (James Yoder) who was looking to build on a 3 race winning streak. BestintheBusiness cleared from post 7 just past the fast 26.4 quarter-pole clocking, and led through the middle panels of 56.1 and 1:23.2, though was nosed for the lead, and pressured in a strong first-over attack by Lodi Machette Man (Steve Wiseman).   Lodi Machette Man was still at the throat-latch of BestIntheBusiness as they turned for the money, and JDS Brent N Sheree was launching 3-wide, but Firedrake was waiting in the garden seat that he had secured early on, and Nick Roland turned on the turbo boosters through the inside lane with Firedrake, who rallied past his tough rivals to get the victory. The tally is his 9th of the season, and a lifetime best 1:51.2 mile that eclipsed the previous track mark from 2013 (Tyber Tyke, Nick Roland 1:51.3).   Firedrake ($5.60) has now won 15 of his 30 lifetime races, and has bankrolled $69,404. He is owned by Jessica Johnson.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event also went to post on Sunday, and Imapixieatmidnight ($6.60) did not disappoint her faithfull backers as she posted a flawless mile for her 5th win of the season. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland guided her away from the gate in the pocket position from post four, and took command of affairs just past the five-eighths checkpoint, with enough in the tank to hold off a late challenge from It's Stormin Money (Steve Wiseman). The victory by 1/2 length in 2:00.2 equaled the lifetime best for the filly by Sos Lunar Eclipse, who now shows 9 lifetime wins and $79,677 in earnings for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC.   Nick Roland led all drivers on Sunday night with a driving double on the card.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces, 3 nights a week, through September 16.     By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacers for an early $6,500 event, and it would prove to be a race well worth watching. Steve's Hot Rod, a gelding by Voracious Hanover posted a sharp display of his speed and talent with a gate-to-wire romp in 1:51.4 to establish a new track mark for 3 year old gelding pacers, a record that had stood for more than 5 years, since Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) stopped the clock in 1:52.1 in July of 2012.   Trainer/Driver Rick Magee confidently sent Steve's Hot Rod quickly from the gate to a fast early lead, and was well in control past the 28.0 quarter mile post. "Stevie" and Rick controlled every step from there with ease, and they were never in doubt, coasting past the half in 56.2, and turning back a bid by Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) near the 1:24 three-quarter clocking, after a fast third quarter of 27.3, Steve's Hot Rod made it crystal clear around the final turn that there would be nobody going past him on this night, he was strictly in a race against the clock.   They thundered down the homestretch and stopped the teletimer at 1:51.4 to take their place in the record books, with a sparkling and dominating performance. DeweyDidDoneGood (Dean Magee), who sat the pocket the entire way, picked up second by 1 3/4 lengths, with Whatitdo BabyBoo home in third.   Steve's Hot Rod is owned by Kati Sokolowski, and now has 7 wins in 28 lifetime starts, and earnings of $52,686.   The featured event of the Saturday card was the $12,000 Open handicap Trot, with a full field of nine talented square-gaiters going to battle. Banker Volo was returning from a 4 race stint in Illinois and Indiana, and upon his return to Running Aces he made it well apparent that he indeed was still the reigning king of trotting at the Minnesota oval.   Driver Luke Plano sent Banker Volo ($4.40) fast from the assigned outside 9 post, and had no trouble establishing the immediate lead. They strolled through fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:26.1 and never had a challenger at their wheel, completing the dominating gate-to-wire score with a 29.2 final stanza to stop the clock in 1:55.3, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the nearest rival.   For Banker Volo it was win number 8 in 13 tries this season, with 7 of those wins right here at Running Aces. The superstar Stallion trotter has now bankrolled a tad under $50,000 this season, and over $335,000 lifetime. Banker Volo is owned by Daniel Roland, and is currently trained by Angie Coleman.   Drivers Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both completed Hat-Tricks on the Saturday program, with 3 wins each, and Rick Magee completed a driving double as well.   Live Racing at Running Aces continues through September 16, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Tuesday night (August 29) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and it would prove to be a race for the ages. The contest drew a field of 8 talented distaffers, and it was an exciting battle from the word go. Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) got the first call off the gate from post six but Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) was in immediate attack mode and swept by for the front end position, with heavy favorite Gold Star Mysti (J.D. Yoder) also leaving from outside post 8 and ducking for ealry cover at the pylons in fourth during the 28.2 opening stanza. Yoder did not sit for long with the favorite as he was out and moving first-over with Gold Star Mysti well before the three-eighths pole, and drew right along side the front runner before the 57.1 half mile. From there it was an epic contest as Kiss On The Lips and Gold Star Mysti were locked in battle looking each other in the eye with every stride, Gold Star Mysti would put a nose on top and Kiss On The Lips would surge right back on the inside, as they passed three-quarters in 1:25 with the rest of the field stacked up two and three-wide behind them. Turning for home- it appeared, for a fleeting moment that Gold Star Mysti might just clear past her tough as nails rival, but Kiss On The Lips would have no part of that, as she again dug in gamely and the two mares fought in lock-step stride all the way to the wire, stopping the teletimer in 1:53. Both horses displayed a tremendous amount of heart and determination, and both drivers exemplified the epitome of skill and horsemanship to keep their charges live and game to the finish. They hit the wire locked in even stride, like an amazing three-dimensional image. Neither Mare deserved to lose on this night, but Kiss On The Lips ($20.80) had a whisker in front on the wire to score her 6th win of the season and 26th lifetime victory and push her career bankroll to $151,886. The talented 7 Year daughter of Dontgetinmyway is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by John Rogers. The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year old Trot went to Stone Cold Stunner ($19.20) with Steve Wiseman in the sulky for trainer Justin Anfinson and owners Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long. The 2:02 clocking was a new mark, and the fourth lifetime win for the gelding by Money Talks. The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year old geldings Pace event went to Giggle Monster ($2.80) in 1:55.3 with Dean Magee driving for trainer Denise Maier and owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte. The Wind Me Up gelding has now won 7 of 8 lifetime races. The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year old fillies contest went to Ellamenopee ($3.60) in 1:57.3 with Steve Wiseman at the controls for trainer Brett Ballinger and owner Merlin Van Oterloo. Driver Steve Wiseman picked up another Hat-Trick on Tuesday, and Joe Casagranda scored a double on the card. Live Racing continues 3 nights a week, on Tuesday, Saturday and Sundays through September 16. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces proved to be a wet and wild night for Driver Steve Wiseman, who delivered four of his charges to thie winners circle on a rain-soaked night. Wiseman had taken over the top spot on the leading drivers list during last weeks action, and has now padded that lead nicely as we enter the final 10 nights of the 2017 season. Going in to Sunday's (August 28) 11 race card, Wiseman has a 9 win lead over all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland.   One of the biggest wins for Wiseman on Saturday was with the 3 year old gelding pacer Sgt Papa Daddy (by Rockin Image), who picked up his second win in five season starts and recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:55 despite the sloppy conditions. Wiseman sat well off the hot early pace (27.2, 55.4) and rallied from 10 lengths off the lead at the half to get up at the wire and post a 1 1/2 length tally. Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) is Trained by Brett Ballinger for Owner Merlin Van Oterloo.   The Featured trot on the program was a $6,400 conditioned event, and Tame The Dice ($15.00) with Steve Wiseman, rocketed from the gate from post nine and never looked back with a convincing gate-to-wire win by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:00.2, for the 5 year old mare's 3rd win in 16 starts this year. She is owned by Chambers, Plested, Vachss and Arnstine, and is Trained by part owner Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The $6,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace went as an early non betting affair, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up another feather for her cap as she once again rallied from last to first for win number 6 in 11 starts this season, stopping the clock in 1:55 despite the track and weather conditions. The sharp filly by Voracious Hanover now has 13 wins in 20 career starts, and has earned $78,398 for owner/breeder Van Oterloo Stables, and she is trained by Brett Ballinger.   On the Trainer's side, Kathie Plested-Wiseman has taken the lead atop the trainers list, and picked up two more wins on Saturday night, to place her 5 wins ahead of Nick Roland in the battle for the trainer's title.   Live Racing continues 3 nights a week at Running Aces through Saturday, September 16. For schedules and information visit our website www.RunAces.com   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The feature on the Tuesday night (Aug. 22) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and the 4 Year old mare CW Raisinette picked up her fifth consecutive win in her first try at the top Open level. Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman got her away alertly from the rail position in the 8 horse field and secured the early pocket, then brushed to the lead at the 3/8 marker. From there CW Raisinette ($3.40) looked comfortable at every call, and benefitted from a breaking horse late in the stretch to hold on for the victory by a half-length in 1:57.4 to keep her win streak alive. The sharp trotter is trained by part owner Kathie Plested-Wiseman who shares ownership with A Piece of The Action, LLC. In the $13,000 2 Year old Minnesota-Sired Pace, Watchmeneighneigh ($3.60) scored his first lifetime win in 1:57.3 with Driver James Yoder aboard for trainer Robert Lems and owner Richard Davelaar. The impressive gelding is by Voracious Hanover. Driver Steve Wiseman led on Tuesday night with another Hat-Trick, placing him 4 wins ahead of Nick Roland currently in the top driver standings. The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot has now grown to $47,257.01 for this coming Saturday Night (Aug. 26). By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of seven contenders. The big race favorite Roland N Rock (Luke Plano) would be caught three wide from post seven to take the early lead during the 27.1 opening panel, and continued to lead through a very soft second quarter of 30.1. JDS Brent N Sheree (Dean Magee) launched a first over attack near the midway point, and was able to power past the leader just before the final turn, opening up about a three length cushion before pacing strong in the lane to secure the 13-1 upset in the feature, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) got free late and rallied for second, with Easy Again (Rick Magee) home third. The winner is owned by Truman Gale and trained by Robert Lems. Drivers Rick Magee, Dean Magee, Luke Plano, James Yoder and Steve Wiseman all completed multiple wins on the card. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces through September 16, post times are 7:00 pm CDTTuesdays and 6:00 pm CDT Saturdays and Sundays. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event on the Saturday night (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it was an exciting contest from a talented group of six sophomores.   The star of the Show was Steve's Hot Rod ($21.20) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee, as they rushed quickly to the early lead from post one and controlled the moderate early fractions of 28.4 and 58.0 before yielding to Swinging Again (James Yoder). Rick Magee and Steve's Hot Rod sat patiently in the pocket around the final turn and through the fast third quarter of 27.1 (1:25.1) before pulling the pocket as they straightened away for home and kicking away by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:52.3 for a new lifetime mark, with an eye opening final half in :54.3. Swinging Again held second, while race favorite Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up third. The winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, out of the Artsplace mare Miss Stacee and is owned by Kati Sokolowski.   The featured trotting event on the card was a $6,400 conditioned event, and the 7 year old grey gelding Dapper Dan ($8.20) strutted his stuff tonight to post his first win of the season in 13 starts for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter. Driver Brian Detgen sent Dapper Dan alertly from the gate and immediately yielded the lead to Tame The Dice (Steve Wiseman) from the outside. They waited patiently in the garden seat through fractions of 28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.2 and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane and powered by the leader for a 1 length tally and a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted a Hat-Trick on the card, to once again join Nick Roland in a tie at the top of the Drivers' Standings (64 wins each), and Rick Magee picked up a driving double as well.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot continues to climb, and now stands at $38,637.13 going into Race 7 on Sunday night, August 20. Live Racing continues through September 16.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $12,000 Open Pace and it drew a talented field of nine.   SF Donttellonme ($15.40) and Joe Casagranda got the first and last call in the contest, after leaving quickly from post two they had the lead at the fast 26.3 check-in, before yielding to Easy Again (Rick Magee) who posted the middle numbers of 55.3 and 1:23.2 facing sharp first-over pressure from Lodi Machette Man (Dean Magee). As they turned for home Easy Again fought gamely, but SF Donttellonme found an inside lane and powered by for a 1 1/2 length tally in a new lifetime best mile of 1:51.1, with Easy Again holding second over a fast closing JDS Brent N Sheree (Nick Roland). Casagranda also owns and trains the talented 7 year old son of Cam Terrific, who has now won 28 lifetime races, and earned $173,770.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event went to Imapixieatmidnight ($3.60) as she dominated in gate-to-wire fashion from post 3 in a six horse contest with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. The 2:01.3 winner is a filly by Sos Lunar Eclipse and has now won 4 of 13 races this season, and bankrolled $39,343 this year for Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Silent Dreams (Dean Magee) was home second, with KB's Speedy Fox (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third.   The Leading Driver and Leading Trainer contests are very colse as we move into the final month of the 2017 season, Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman have been trading the lead amongst drivers over the past week, and Roland currently holds a 1 race advantage at 64-63 after this weekends action. On the Trainer side, the race has tightned up tremendously over the past week as well, with Kathie Plested-Wiseman advancing to the lead by 1 win (33-32) over Nick Roland.   The .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager has a carryover of $33,892.55 for Tuesday night (August 15) and the Hi-5 wager in Race 10 will also feature a carryover of $1,585.81. For information and upcoming events, visit our website at www.RunAces.com   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by another stellar performance from trotter CW Raisinette, who posted her 4th straight win in front running style from post 8 in a $6,400 conditioned event. Driver Steve Wiseman sent her confidently from the outside of the gate and they were never in doubt, opening up around the final turn and widening in the stretch to post a 6 length romp in a career best time of 1:56.4. CW Raisinette ($6.60) is a 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus and is onwed by A Piece Of The Action LLC., and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.80) was also razor sharp tonight, sweeping from last to first yet again for her third straight triumph in the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. Steve Wiseman has been in the sulky for all 3 in the current win streak for the very talented filly by Voracious Hanover, who stopped the clock in 1:54.2 tonight for win number five in nine starts this season, it was also her 12th lifetime tally in just 18 career starts for Van Oterloo Stables and new trainer Brett Ballinger.   Bestinthebusiness ($3.60) posted a dominating win in a $4,000 conditioned pace with driver James (J.D.) Yoder in the bike for trainer Gene Miller and Owner Brett Boyd Racing, Inc. The classy 9 year old pacer by Another Mile floated away in third from post two in a 7 horse affair, then swept first-over to the lead just past the halfway point. Once the field turned for home Yoder and Bestinthebusiness turned on the afterburners to draw away from the rest by 5 1/2 lengths in a dazzling 1:51.1 mile. Tonight's eye-opening performance was the 36th lifetime victory for the winner of $359,420.   Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in driving doubles on the Saturday program, and the Leading Driver race has become very exciting over the past week, with Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman tied once again at 63 wins each with just over 1 month to go in the 2017 season.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot wager continues to grow rapidly, and now stands at $31,428.03 for the Sunday (August 13) program. There is also a carryover of $1,833.42 in the Hi-5 wager for race 10 on Sunday, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Tuesday Night harness racing program at Running Aces and it would produce an exciting race, with 3 lead changes before the 28.2 quarter, it was clear it was going to be a thrilling event.   Natural Forces (Joe Casagranda) posted the early fractions before Franky Provolone (Dean Magee) came sweeping by, but then it was race-favorite Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) who took his turn on the lead, but there would be room for just one more lead change in the mile, as driver Nick Roland had perfectly positioned his charge, Becky Badger Baby ($26.80) right behind Ideal Jesse in the flow, and the 5 year old mare by Rail Splitter was able to out-kick him to the wire to pick up the impressive win in a lifetime best mile in 1:56.4. Nick Roland trains the sharp trotter who is no stranger to success at Running Aces, having been Minnesota State champion at both 2 and 3. She is owned by Royal and Barbara Roland and Dale Hein, and she now sports 25 lifetime wins in 57 starts and a career bankroll of $121,212.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings went to Stuckey Dote with Nick Roland aboard the sulky for Trainer Brett Ballinger and Owner Merlin Van Oterloo. Stuckey Dote ($16.00) was an early leader before yielding for the pocket and then driving through the inside lane in the stretch to post a career best win in 1:52.3. Stuckey Dote is by Voracious Hanover and now shows 16 wins in 31 starts, with $95,925 in the bank.   The $10,000 Mares Open Pace was another thrilling contest, and it would be Best of Jenna ($7.80) who would shine brightest of all on this night. Trainer/Driver Rick Magee was aggressive with his mare and sent her right to the lead from post six in the 7 horse affair, setting fractions of 27.0, 55.4 and 1:24.1 before pacing home in 27.4 to hold off a late charge from both Stable Eyes (Luke Plano) and Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder). The winning margin was just a neck, but it was enough for the 5 year old Jenna's Beach Boy prodigy to post her fifth win in 8 starts this year, scoring in her first start for new Owner Daniel Graber, in a final time of 1:52 to equal her lifetime mark.   Tonight Running Aces hosted a "Driver Appreciation Night" to benefit two drivers (Tim Maier and Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen) that were injured in a racing accident last month, and are currently recovering from that incident. Running Aces management doubled the on-track live handle of the featured 9th race and donated that to the drivers, to be added to the sales of Running Aces hats that will also benefit the drivers.   The .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 carryover now sits at $29,718.15 and will highlight the wagering menu for Saturday Night, August 13, with first post at 6:00 PM CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The weekend of harness racing at Running Aces was highlighted by the track's annual Community Charity night on Sunday, with management, fans and horsemen all coming together to support 5 vital local charities.   On the racetrack, the best mile of the night was turned in by JDS Brent N Sheree in the featured $7,000 conditioned pace. Driver James Yoder floated away from the gate in third from post one, and then launched a first-over attack past the 3/8 marker, continuing to gradually grind down front-runner Swagasaurus Rex (Dean Magee). JDS Brent N Sheree ($3.00) took the lead as they turned for home and proceeded to draw away from the field, posting a sharp win by 5¼ lengths in 1:52.4 despite a sloppy track at that point. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by Panspacificflight and is trained by Robert Lems for owner Truman Gale and tonight's tally was his second straight win in 3 local starts.   The featured trotting event on Sunday, was a $5,500 conditioned event, and heavy race favorite Lodi Dorian Blues ($2.80) did not disappoint in the affair, posting his 6th win in 16 starts this season, closing from off the speed to draw away in the lane by 2½ lengths in 1:58. Steve Wiseman was in the sulky for trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman and owners Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted a hat-trick on Sunday with 3 wins on the card, and Steve Wiseman completed a driving double as well. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 Wager has a carryover of $28,009.68 for Tuesday night (August 8).   On Saturday night, (August 5) Swinging Again ($3.60) with driver James JD Yoder picked up his 5th lifetime win, with a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 in the $8,000 MN conditioned pace, the featured event on the Saturday card. For owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and trainer Gene Miller. Steve's Hot Rod (Rick Magee) was very game in defeat, finishing a strong second.   Dewey Did Done Good converted a pocket trip into a career best win in 1:54.2 with driver Dean Magee aboard for trainer Alexia Kehl and owner Richard Davelaar . It was the 9th lifetime win in 23 starts for the 3 year old gelding pacer by Voracious Hanover.   Mooney Svendsen was back in action, after missing two nights of racing following a racing accident last week, and he wasted no time getting right back to the winner's circle, posting a driving double on the Saturday program. Mooney picked up winners with Spectre of a Gun for trainer Kathie Plested Wiseman for that 3 year old trotting geldings' first lifetime win, paying $29.80. Mooney also scored with Hi Ho's Little Rev in race 6, paying a $6.60 win return, as that 5 year old pacer picked up his 11th lifetime tally, in 1:55.4 for owner/trainer Bob Johnson.   Mucho Macho Man, a 3 year old pacing gelding by Up Front Brad picked up his 2nd lifetime win, in a career best mile of 1:56.2 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Denise Maier and owners Cheryl and Alan Sandbulte. After getting away fifth, Wiseman sent Mucho Macho Man ($3.40) first up and on the attack, making the lead just past the three-quarters and pacing home strong in the stretch for a 1¾ length tally.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Tuesday night (Aug 1) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it was the 3 year old colt by Jailhouse Jesse who stole the show, getting up in the final stride to win by a head in 1:56.3. Ideal Jesse ($3.60) is no stranger to success at Running Aces, as the talented youngster set a track record of 1:56.1 for 3 year old colt trotters back in june. In tonight's contest, Owner/Trainer/Driver James Yoder guided the colt away from the gate into the pocket position from post five in the field of six, and waited patiently for some room in the open stretch to get up at the wire to defeat the front runner Natural Forces (Dean Magee). Ideal Jesse is also owned by Jesse Yoder, and he now sports 7 lifetime wins in 24 starts, and has bankrolled $51,680.   The $8,000 Two year old Open pace went to heavy favorite Giggle Monster ($3.20) with Dean Magee in the sulky for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte. Giggle Monster was wide in the early stages from post 8 while working to the lead, he cleared just past the 1/4 pole and was never in doubt from there, posting a 1 1/2 length win in 1:58. The very sharp gelding by Wind Me Up has now won 4 of 5 lifetime races and $20,900.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot went to The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee), a filly by Money talks who picked up her first career victory after the original winner Bragginade (Luke Plano) was disqualified for failure to maintain the proper gait. The Sweetest Thing ($47.40) is owned and trained by Alexia Kehl, and she trotted the mile in 2:03.1.   Two drivers dominated the proceedings on Tuesday night, with Dean Magee capturing 4 of the first 5 races to post a Grand Slam, and Steve Wiseman sweeping the last 4 races on the card to post his 3rd Grand Slam in the last two weeks of racing.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 5 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $24,013.49.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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