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Columbus, MN - The program is set for the richest night of harness racing in Minnesota history on Saturday (9/15) and Running Aces fans are also excited for the record setting $100,000 Guarantee on the 20 cent Pick-5 wager that will cap off the Night of Champions program.   The Pick-5 race sequence (Races 8 through 12) is packed with full fields and super competitive entires. The Pick 5 starts out with $41,769.84 in carryover money with $100,000 guaranteed and a Mandatory Payout.   Xpressbet, which is a promotional sponsor of the Night of Champions program, is offering 10x points on all Running Aces races to it's ADW customers on Saturday.   Free Trackmaster past performance pages for the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 can be found on the USTA website as well as the Running Aces website at RunAces.com.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Montrell Teague, driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice; Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack; Michelle Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight and Jeremy Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th career win. Teague, driver of Lather Up, will discuss the great Ohio Sire Stakes Champion that will step up once again to face the top three-year-olds. Teague, who drove 2016 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, will discuss his chances and how he feels Lather Up will be able to handle the heats in Delaware, Ohio. Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice, told the USTA's Ken Weingartner on Tuesday "we'll head to the Jug next" week. We will discuss how he feels the colt has been training leading up to the race and how he thinks he will handle the heats next Thursday. Courtly Choice paid a $45,000 supplemental entry fee. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight, will talk about their recent purchase as they get ready for Delaware, Ohio. The Crawford's had another colt, Winston, staked to the Jug, but weren't sure that he was ready to make the lead. So they invested in Wes Delight who has made over $300,000 in 2018. Crawford will talk about their past Jug experiences and what draws them into the excitement of the race. Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th win, will join the program to talk about his milestone victory.  He will talk about his career so far and discuss where his career may be headed going forward. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Running Aces is happy to announce a $100,000 Guaranteed Pool for the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager on the closing night (Sept. 15) program, in cooperation with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program. The carryover pool coming in to the Saturday card for the Pick-5 is $41,769.84. This is the highest Guaranteed pool in track history and adds to the richest program of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. Total purses on the program will exceed $400,000. For The 2018 Night of Champions program, Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor, and the record-setting racing program on Saturday will also feature drawings and giveaways from both Xpressbet and Running Aces. There is also a carryover of $1,355.86 for the 50 cent early Pick-4 wager, and there will be Mandatory Payouts in all pools on Saturday night. In addition to the great Championship Live Racing program, there will be Live Music, and food and drink specials offered as well. Post time for the first betting race will be 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, with the top two pacing mares of the season squaring off one last time in the final week of the 2018 meet. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) charged fastest from the gate from post five to open up the mile in :27 flat, with Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) floating away from the gate with speed as well and sweeping to the lead just before the three-eighths pole. Gold Star Mysti led comfortably from there and posted a half in :55.4 and three-quarter time of 1:24.4 before kicking home with a strong final stanza of :28.2 to maintain a solid 1 ½ length margin at the wire in 1:53.1 over Kiss On The Lips and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman). Gold Star Mysti ($2.80) now has seven wins in thirteen trips to the gate this season, while bankrolling $52,250 for owners Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. Pridecrest is also wrapping up his Aces season in style, rolling to his fourth straight win while capturing the $11,000 featured trot. After floating away in the outside flow from post six, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) watched Windsun Galaxie (Dean Magee) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) engage in early battle for the lead before sweeping by just past the 3/8 marker. Pridercrest was well in hand from there and delivered as the big favorite for his twelfth win in 20 starts this year, with a 2 ½ length score over Ideal Jesse and Let's Be Honest (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:55.3. Pridecrest ($2.10) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover has swelled to $41,769.84 for this coming Saturday night (Sept. 15) and there is also a carryover in the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager of $1,355.86 for the "Night of Champions Program" on Saturday. Total purses will approach $400,000 making it the richest night of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. The evening will also offer fans plenty of chances to win Hats, Tee Shirts, Betting Vouchers and other prizes, as well as a Live Broadcast of the card with NAHUpicks.com and Live Music from Jake Nelson. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Sunday night (Sept. 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot, with seven sophomores lining up for the final prep race before the upcoming Night of Champions on Saturday, September 15. Rock on Ruby (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest off the gate and grabbed early command from her outside post seven, and Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) quickly got rolling from post five to challenge for the lead, and they were battling for the front past the :29.2 quarter. Mimi Marguerite cleared to the front at the 3/8 juncture and trotted comfortably from there, posting a half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.1 with Rock on Ruby stalking in the pocket. As they turned for home Rock on Ruby came after the leader, but Mimi Marguerite remained strong and held sway to the wire for her second straight win, stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for a new lifetime mark. Rock on Ruby was ¾ length back in second and longshot The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) posted a good effort for third. Mimi Marguerite ($2.60) is owned by Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) dominated the $4,250 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old boys trot non-wagering event with a gate-to-wire tally in 1:59.2 for his tenth win in sixteen starts this season. The impressive son of Money Talks is the early favorite for the $35,000 Championship race on Saturday, September 15. Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Tuesday, September 11with first post at 6:00 pm CDT. There are several carryovers for the Tuesday card ... The 50 cent Early Pick-4 carryover is $1,634.86, the 50 cent Early Pick-3 carryover is $1,131.87, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 carryover is $39,285.25 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,703.07. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN.  The featured event on the Saturday night (Sept. 8) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings with a good field of seven squaring off behind the gate. Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) was the race favorite, coming in fresh off a huge first-over mile in this event last week where he just missed by half a length to stablemate Whatchyastarinat in a 1:51.3 mile. Again this week Whatchyastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired right off the gate from post seven to take command after an early battle with Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee), the fractions were solid with a :26.4 quarter, followed by :56.0 and 1:24.1. Bestinthebusiness launched his first-over attack near the 5/8 marker and the two Gene Miller trainees were once again going head to head for the final quarter mile in the top event. Whatchyastarinat was dead-game but Bestinthebusiness and Stuckey Dote were firing on both sides in the final yards and Besinthebusiness would get up to prevail by a neck on the line over Stuckey Dote and Whatchyastarinat was just a half-length back in third in a 1:52.1 mile. Bestinthebusiness ($4.20) is owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller, the feature win tonight was the 46th career tally for the winner of $431,130 lifetime. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace event went to Giggle Monster again tonight, for two wins in a row in this division. Driver Dean Magee fired up Giggle Monster much earlier than usual and they cleared the lead just before the 3/8 pole and faced heavy pressure from Frewil Dakota Sven (Corey Larson) through the middle stages, producing a :56.3 middle half. After turning back that challenge near the top of the lane, Giggle Monster ($3.60) cruised home a winner by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:54.3 for his fourth win in fourteen starts this season. The impressive son of Wind Me Up has now won $73,580 in 23 career races for owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson. Steve Wiseman led the Saturday card with three wins, with Dean Magee picking up a double. Live Racing returns on Sunday (Sept. 9) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $36,161.20.   By Darin Gagne  

Columbus, MN - Running Aces is getting set to close out the 2018 harness racing season with its annual Night of Champions program on Saturday, September 15. For the 2018 Night of Champions program Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor. There will be 11 Championship races with total purses of $395,000 and also offering two $15,000 Open events to cap off the richest program of harness racing in Minnesota history. First post on the betting card is 6:00 pm central, and the program will feature mandatory payouts in all pools, including the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, which is estimated to start out at near $50,000 so long as it carries through to closing night. Running Aces is also happy to announce thatthey are bringing back NAHUpicks.com for a live broadcast of the entire Night of Champions program, with Rod Allums, Jr. and Ray Cotolo joining Track Announcer Darin Gagne on the live set, and Mike Pribozie joining the program remotely. Also appearing is Ken Terpenning from Harness Racing Replays coming out to join the broadcast team and help to provide the best possible coverage of the action with interviews, in-depth analysis and behind the scenes information about some of the Championship contenders. The night will be filled with prize drawings, beat the announcer promo's, and other creative ways for fans to win RA, Xpress Bet, and other harness racing swag prizes including Tee-Shirts, hats and more, and winning Drivers will toss out Tee-Shirts from the winner's circle after each race as well. Guest will also have a chance to win Dining Certificates, Hockey tickets, and Betting Vouchers with amounts from $20 all the way up to grand prizes of $50 and $100. Live music from Jake Nelson will also cap off the night's festivities, along with local vendor Tin Whiskers Brewing Company of Saint Paul, MN on-site with free samples and a chance to win a prize package. House-Smoked Pulled Pork sandwiches will be on special, and the Trout-Air Tavern restaurant will feature a special racing Buffet. There will also be $4 and $5 specials on beer, wine and cocktails from Tin Whiskers and other local vendors available throughout the evening. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Sept. 4) harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired Trot event, with a full field of 9 contenders. MD Magic (Dean Magee) was looking for his 6th straight win in this division, and was sent off as the 4-5 choice. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) had been runner up 5 times so far this season and was heavily backed as well at 8-5. Z Machine (James Yoder) was fastest off the gate and led the field through the early quarter in :29.1 before MD Magic cleared from post 9, and controlled the fractions through the middle stages. MD Magic was holding sway past the half in 1:00 and three-quarters in 1:30.3, but Dewey's Machine had advanced from fourth to drop into the pocket around the final turn. As they rounded for home, Dewey's Machine was ready to engage the leader and the result was a thrilling stretch battle between the top 2 two year old trotters this season, with Dewey's Machine getting up in the final strides to take the victory by ¾ length in 2:00.3 on the sloppy track surface. The victory was win number three in 9 career starts for the gelded son of Ice Machine, out of the Deweycheatumnhowe mare Dewey's Splendour. Dewey's Machine ($5.40) is owned and trained by Justin Anfinson. Gold Star Mysti posted another dominating performance at Running Aces with a gate-to-wire win in the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace. From post 5, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) fired fastest of all to establish command, with Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) also leaving sharply from post six to secure the pocket, and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman) was away sharply as well to sit just off the pace in third. The lineup remained the same through fractions of :27.2, :57.2, and 1:26.2 before Totally Racy launched a rally to the outside from third, but Gold Star Mysti ($2.60) had plenty in the tank and kicked home in :28 flat for a two length score over Totally Racy and Kiss On The Lips in 1:54.2. The victory on Tuesday was win number six on the season in twelve starts for the 5 year old daughter of Mysticism, owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Maggie Audley. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) took top honors in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Filly Pace for her first lifetime win. The daughter of Fancy Schmancy was impressive with a sharp wire-to-wire win in 2:00. Trinitysfancyfilly ($2.80) is owned by Sarah Solheid and trainer/driver Brian Detgen. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) turned in another dominating win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace leading right from the word go and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:56.4 mile on the sloppy surface for his sixth career win in eight starts for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. Burning Blaze ($2.10) is trained by Justin Anfinson. Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with four wins, while Rick Magee turned in a Hat-Trick and Lemoyne Svendsen completed a double on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces this Saturday night (Sept. 8) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and two Carryovers; The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 Carryover is $35,189.98 and the 50 cent Hi-5 Carryover is $2,255,52. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (Sept. 2) harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings, and trainer Gene Miller sent out two of the six contenders in the field. Whatchyastarinat and Bestinthebusiness would deliver the one-two punch for Miller to cap off a pretty good week for the stable.   Whatchyastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest from the gate and had early command at the blistering :26.2 quarter clocking, with race favorite Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) applying the heavy pressure from the outside and then taking over the front end through the middle stages.   Holdingallthecards led past the :55.4 half and the 1:24.1 three-quarters but was being hounded by Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) who was pouring it on from the first-over position.   As they straightened for home, Whatchyastarinat joined the battle at the inside for a three-way charge to the wire, with Whatchyastarinat surging fastest of all to the line for a half-length tally over his stablemate Bestinthebusiness in a lifetime best mile of 1:51.3 with Holdingallthecards home third by one length in a game effort.   Whatchyastarinat ($7.00) is a 6 year old Minnesota-Sired son of Up Front Brad, owned by Wolfswinkel Pacers, he now sports 19 career wins and $104,623 in career earnings. The Miller trained exacta combination of 5-2 paid $35.00.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) picked up his 9th win of the season in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old boys Trot, with a solid 2 1/2 length victory over SB Fine And Dandy (Tim Maier) and Bragginade (Dean Magee).   Bringoverthemoney ($2.60) is owned by Jasmine Horvat and trained by Brian Detgen. The impressive son of Money Talks is certain to be the favorite in this division on Night of Champions on September 15.   Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) broke through for her first Running Aces win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly Trot with a front-running score from post six, she was never in doubt in a solid 1:59.2 career best performance.   The daughter of Braggart had been runner up in this division five times this season, but was finallly able to find her way to the winner's circle tonight for owners Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces three nights per week through September 15. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager now has a carryover of $32,959.05 for this coming Tuesday night (Sept. 4) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The featured Harness Racing event on Saturday night (Sept. 1) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it proved to be another exciting rendition with four current track record holders amongst the field of six contenders.   Banker Volo (Rick Magee) showed his customary early speed to take firm control early, and post a 27.2 opening quarter with the mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) getting away in the pocket and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) getting away in third.   Banker Volo maintained honest fractions with a middle-half in 58 seconds and Pridecrest launched his first-over attack just past the half. Banker Volo still had command as they turned in for home but the challenges were coming on all sides, with Pridecrest bearing down just outside the leader, Silverlode ducking to the inside, and Ideal Jesse joining the frey on the far outside.   When the dust settled at the wire, Pridecrest ($3.60) had prevailed with another impressive effort and his second straight win in 1:54.3, and third straight overall. Leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman conditions the 6 year old Angus hall prodigy who has now won 5 of his last 6 races for owner Christopher Schick.   Giggle Monster was back in the spotlight on Saturday, turning in his biggest win of the season while capturing the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Pace in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.4 with Dean Magee at the lines.   Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) had the early speed in the affair through a :57 opening half. Giggle Monster got rolling from fifth with a quick sweep to the leader down the backside and took control around the final turn with an impressive turn of foot.   Here Comes Teddy (Brian Detgen) closed well for second but Giggle Monster was 2 lengths ahead at the wire for his third win in 13 starts on the year for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen was the leader on the night with three wins, while Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both picked up doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 jackpot Carryover has grown to $31,010.39 for Sunday night (Sept. 2) and the 50 cent Hi-5 wager also offers a carryover of $3,420.87.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mark Hall, photo editor for the USTA and Hoof Beats; Brian Sears, who scored his 10,000th career win Sunday; Mark McKelvie, from Woodbine Mohawk Park; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces Casino and Racetrack. Hall, photo editor for the USTA and Hoof Beats, joins the program to discuss him being voted into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Hall who's photography work is well known throughout the industry will talk about his career in Harness Racing and how he got involved in the sport. Sears, scored his 10,000th career win on Sunday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway. Sears joins to talk about the milestone and what may be next in his illustrious career. McKelvie, from Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins to highlight the big racing program coming up this Saturday featuring world-champion Lazarus. McKelvie will talk about the happenings at the track that night and what fans can look for during live racing. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 28) harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Trot event, and it would feature another impressive performance from MD Magic, who posted his fifth consecutive win in this division. The gelded son of Braggart has now won six of his seven career starts while bankrolling $42,300 for is owners Set The Pace Racing and trainer Nick Roland. This week, MD Magic ($2.40) floated away from the gate in fifth from post five, as a host of others fired out for the front. Driver Dean Magee got MD Magic out and moving near the half mile pole, and he continued to advance, dropping into the pocket behind Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) around the final turn and powering by the leader in the stretch to draw clear for a two length tally in 2:01.1. The $11,000 Mares Open Pace went to Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) in another gutsy front-running performance for two in a row. Kiss On The Lips fired fast from her outside six post and was quickly in command, Bettor Lady (Steve Wiseman) mounted a strong first-over attack through the final half mile but Kiss On The Lips remained resilient and battled right down to the wire, keeping a head in front to stop the clock in 1:54.4 for her seventh win of the year. Kiss On The Lips ($6.40) is an 8 year old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, and she is having the best season of her career, with 22 top-3 performances in 33 starts and $62,944 in the bank for owner Peg Hoffman and trainer Gerald Longo. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) delivered another impressive performance in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings pace with a 2 ½ length tally in 1:56.2 for his fifth win in seven starts for trainer Justin Anfinson, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) also dominated once again in the $8,500 filly division with a gate-to-wire score off of soft fractions in 1:59 for her fifth win in seven career starts for trainer Gordon Graham. Dean Magee dominated the card with 6 wins, for his sixth consecutive Tuesday program with at least 4 wins. Steve Wiseman and James Yoder each completed driving doubles as well. Live Racing continues 3 nights per week at Running Aces, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT on both Saturdays and Sundays, and first post at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays. The program on Saturday, September 1 will feature a carryover of $29,853.38 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday (Aug 26) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota-Sired or Owned Preferred/Open Trot with a talented field of 8.   Pridecrest was the talk of the tote board and did not disappoint his backers, turning in a gutsy performance. The 6 year old Angus Hall Stallion floated away from his assigned outside post with early speed but there were several others who wanted the front.   Whatevershesgot (Tim Maier) had the early lead but Tamarind (Ryan Anderson) quickly swept by, and was immediately confronted by Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) who took a short stint on the front before Pridecrest made his way to the leading position near the half mile.   After establishing command, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled in and took full control and was never in doubt, drawing away in the final.   The $9,000 3 Year Old open Trot went to SB Fine And Dandy (Tim Maier) who pulled the upset with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the leaders and get up by a head over favorites Dance Hall Bouncer (JD Yoder) and Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in 1:58.1.   The victory for SB Fine And Dandy ($21.20) was win number three on the season for the gelding by Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   MR Ranger (JD Yoder) delivered another very impressive performance in a $6,600 conditioned pace with a front-running victory in 1:51.4 for a new lifetime mark and four wins in a row. MR Ranger ($3.20) is a 4 year old gelding by Palone Ranger, owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller.   Prodigal (Rick Magee) turned in a career best victory in the $9,000 upper-condition level pace with a patient drive and a sweeping move through the inside to get to the wire first by a length in 1:51.2 over favorite Holdingallthecards (Brian Detgen). Prodigal ($26.40) is a 7 year old gelding by Four Starzz Shark and is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.   Live Racing continues three nights per week, with post times at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays, and 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is currently at $26,012.29.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Saturday night, (Aug 25) at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota Sired or Owned Preferred Pace, and local fan favorite Firedrake stole the show with a furious charge to the wire to capture his fifth win of the season, and secure his second Running Aces major event victory.   Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was the slight betting choice from post seven and fired right out of the gate to engage Firedrake (Brian Detgen) for the lead. Firedrake had plenty of early speed from post one, but yielded for the pocket trip and Stuckey Dote settled on top after a 26.2 opening stanza.   BestintheBusiness (James Yoder) was attacking first-over past the 55.1 half mile, with Cantholdmebackmack (Ryan Anderson) launching from the second over position to sweep three-wide down the backside.   Stuckey Dote was holding sway past the 1:23.3 clocking at three-quarters, but Firedrake was right there in the pocket, and Whatchastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) was now a new 3-wide challenger as they turned for home. Firedrake powered through the inside lane in deep stretch to claim victory over the field, with Stuckey Dote holding second over Whatchastarinat and Bestinthebusiness.   The final winning margin was 3/4 of a length in a 1:52 mile for Firedrake ($6.20) establishing a new seasonal mark. The always impressive 5 year old son of Dragon Again now sports 23 career wins and has boosted his seasonal earnings to $67,370 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland.   Getter Queen Flush pulled a mild upset over Place At The Beach in the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace, with a gradual advancing move from the back of the pack, driver James Yoder was able to take aim at the leader and race favorite Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) near mid-stretch and powered by for a half-length tally in 1:54.3.   For Getter Queen Flush ($13.00) it was her seventh triumph of the season in 32 starts, and pushed her 2018 bankroll to $33,348 for owner/trainer George Reider along with Richard Thomas and Theresa Paul.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager now has a carryover of $24,334.50 for Sunday night (Aug 26) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 21) harness racing card at Running Aces played host to the weekly $12,000 Mares Open Pace, with a solid field of seven distaffers lining up for battle. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) was looking for 3 in a row, and was sent off as the 6-5 favorite from post seven. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) was well supported at 7/2 and was one of the fastest off the gate, hooking up in an early battle with Capitol Hill (Steve Wiseman). Kiss On The Lips took control past the quarter, and then immediately faced the pressure of Gold Star Mysti who had floated off the gate to be fourth on the outside around the opening turn. From there, these two Mares battled neck and neck and nose to nose, as they have done on so many occasions here at Running Aces. Kiss On The Lips maintained the slightest advantage throughout the epic battle, and held off a fierce late lunge at the wire to hold Gold star Mysti at bay and register a half-length victory in 1:53.3 for the fastest mile of the night. Whatitdo Babyboo (Rick Magee) closed from the back of the pack to pick up the pieces in third. Kiss On The Lips ($9.20) is in the midst of her career best year, with 6 wins to her credit and $57,444 in the bank for the season after completing her 35th lifetime victory. She is owned by Peg Hoffman and trained by Gerald Longo. MD Magic continues to dominate the 2 year old trotting scene in Minnesota in 2018, as he picked up his fourth consecutive score in the $14,000 event on Tuesday. Driver Dean Magee sent him right to the front from post four in an abbreviated field, and was never in doubt, drawing away from the field with every stride and registering a 5 ¾ length win in a new lifetime mark of 2:00.1. MD Magic ($2.40) is a gelding by Braggart out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trained by Nick Roland. Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) dominated, as expected, in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Pace for colts & geldings, with a solid gate-to-wire tally in 1:56.4 for his fourth career win in 6 starts. Burning Blaze ($2.40) is a gelding by Wind Me Up, owned by Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and he is conditioned by Justin Anfinson. Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) was another dominant winner on Tuesday night, delivering as the 1-9 overwhelming choice in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old filly Pace. The ultra-impressive filly by Wind Me Up took off right out of the gate from post four and rallied past Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) to take the lead near the quarter, and the race was over from there, as Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.10) widened with every call and poured it on in the lane to get home 8 ¾ lengths ahead of the rest in 1:56.2 for her fourth win in six career starts. She is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces, with first post at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays, and first post at 6:00 pm CDT on both Saturdays and Sundays. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $22,113.10 for Saturday night, August 25. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces    

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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