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The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing event was the feature on the Saturday evening harness racing card at Running Aces with 8 sophomores going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdo Babyboo ($7.40) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:53.4) in the process.   Driver Steve Wiseman guided her away from the gate to the fifth position of 8 early and was then shuffled to last as they sat through the early fractions of 27.3 and 57.1, and was still last but beginning to make her move at the ¾ pole where the timer read 1:24.4. Whatitdo BabyBoo and Wiseman charged right through the middle of the field and sprinted to the wire with a breathtaking rally that left her rivals reeling. She posted a 1½ length winning margin in a sparkling 1:53.4 for her 10th lifetime win in 16 starts. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for Owners Van Oterloo stables.   It was a night of upsets, with only 1 winning favorite on the card. The biggest upset came with CW Raisinette ($54.00) in the featured trotting event, a $6,400 contest where Driver Steve Wiseman converted a three-hole trip into a 26-1 shocker as the longest shot in the field posted her 4th lifetime win in a new mark of 1:58.2 for Owners A Piece of The Action and Trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the first win on the card in a very big night for Wiseman, who posted a Grand Slam of four winners on the 8 race program.   22 year old Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson posted his first ever Driving Double on a Pari-Mutuel program when he guided two of his own trainees to victory on Saturday, both at long odds. First, he made a sharp sweeping move with his 3 year old gelding pacer MarkTenTwentySeven ($18.00) to circle the field down the back side and make it two in a row with a new life mark of 1:56.2 in a $4,400 conditioned event, and then later he guided his 4 year old trotting mare Hall Of Riches ($40.60) to her first lifetime win in 2:00.3 with a brilliant drive splitting rivals turning for home and getting up at the wire by a neck. Both horses are owned by the Jenson family.   Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $4,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($7.40) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 5/2 second choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a moderate early pace of 28.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving first-over just past the half (58.1), and he really took off, opening up an eye opening lead around the final turn (1:25.4) and pacing on gamely in the stretch to post a 2¾ length tally in 1:54. Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, July 23, with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers. The $8,000 filly division drew a full field of nine young distaffers and was headlined by last week’s winner, and 2016 champion 2 year old filly Whatitdobabyboo(Rick Magee), conditioned by David Flinn for The Van Oterloo Stables. The favorite filly was saddled with the outside 9 post this evening, and made a big move past the 5/8 marker to take the lead, but it would be Swinging Again with James Yoder in the sulky for trainer Gene Miller and owners Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc. who would ultimately prevail. Both of these fillies are by Voracious Hanover, and Swinging Again followed the big move made by Whatitdobabyboo, and then tipped off that cover with plenty of pace in the lane to go past her and get the victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.1, it was just the second lifetime win for Swinging Again ($10.20) in 8 starts. The $8,000 colts & geldings division attracted a field of 7 sophomores and was headlined by Wonder Bull, who came into tonight’s contest with 3 wins in his 6 local starts this year. Tonight he did not disappoint once again, as he left sharply from post 1 for the pocket trip, before exploding in the final quarter to draw away from the field by 5½ lengths and post his 7th lifetime win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Wonder Bull ($3.80) is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters, and trained and driven by Nick Roland. Leading Driver Nick Roland led all drivers on Saturday, with a double on the card. One lucky patron correctly selected all 5 winners in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 tonight, to collect $20,306.64 on the 7-1-3-3-6 combination, which included only 1 post time favorite (# 3 Dakota Sleek in race 6 at 3/5) the winning ticket was sold through Xpressbet and reportedly was a $112 wager. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 25 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 12 race program. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Harness Racing trainer David Flinn had 5 horses in to go on the Saturday program at Running Aces, with 3 of his charges going to the gate in the same event, the $9,600 Minnesota-Sired Pace Class "A" , and two others going in separate conditioned events. This certainly makes for a busy night for Flinn and his team, which is not uncommon for his operation to have 5 or 6 horses in on any given night, but what transpired on this particular evening was something special, and most certainly noteworthy. It all started in Race 3 on the card, the race where Flinn sent out half the field, for 3 different Iowa owners. Flinn's charges picked up 1st, 2nd and 3rd money when Whatitdoo BabyBoo (Rick Magee aboard) charged home in the stretch to pass Steve's Hot Rod  (Joe Casagranda) and pace a lifetime best 1:54 mile. The winner, owned by The Van Oterloo Stables, is no stranger to success at Running Aces, as she was the 2016 State Champion 2 Year old pacing filly. The third place finisher was the other Flinn trainee, DeweyDidDoneGood with (Steve Wiseman), also a champion pacer from last year. The Flinn team had a couple of races off until Race 6 when they sent out SwagasaurusRex in a $3,500 conditioned pace, and made their way back to the winner's circle after he posted a sharp win in 1:55.2 for his first victory in 5 starts this season for owner Richard Davelaar, with driver Dean Magee in tow.  Finally, Flinn sent Okee Dokee to the gate in a $4,400 conditioned pace in Race 8 with driver Brian Detgen, and that duo proceeded to trounce the competition and post a 9 1/2 length romp in a career best mile of 1:56.3, this 3 year old pacer also owned by The Van Oterloo Stables. Final Score: 5 horses in, 1 Trainer, 4 different Owners, 5 different Drivers. 3 wins plus 2nd and 3rd in the same race. In any kind of racing, it just doesn't get much better than that.  By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer 

The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing fillies event went to post as the co-feature on the Harness Racing card at Running Aces with 8 fillies going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdobabyboo ($2.80) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:57.4) in the process. Driver Rick Magee guided her away from the gate to the trailing position early and sat through the early fractions of 29.0 and 59.4 before tipping to the outside fourth-over just past the half mile pole. From there, he tipped his filly 3-wide around the final turn past the 1:27.4 check-in and was easily able to gun down the breakaway leader Free Radical (Nick Roland) and score the win by 2 ¾ lengths in her first start of the season. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for the Van Oterloo stables. Tonight’s tally was her 8th lifetime score in 10 career tries and padded her bankroll to $43,560. In the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings pace it was Wonder Bull who pulled off a mild upset ($11.40) in the 7 horse contest with a sharp closing effort to get up at the wire by a neck in an eye opening 1:54.3, shattering his previous mark by nearly 9 seconds. Steves Hot Rod was sharp in defeat as the runner up with Joe Casagranda in the bike. Wonder Bull is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters and trained and driven by Nick Roland. The son of Artisitc Wonder now sports 4 lifetime wins and $25,203 in earnings. Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $6,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($5.80) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 9-5 wagering choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a fast early pace of 27.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving in a nice second-over spot just past the half, and had him in a perfect striking position around the final turn before letting him loose in the stretch, where he gamely battled between horses to take the top prize in 1:54.2 Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the 3rd win of the season and 17th lifetime tally for the career winner of $61,978.  Drivers Luke Plano and Nick Roland both picked up driving doubles on the 9 race card. Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, May 28th with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack closed out the 2016 live harness racing season on Saturday night September 3, with The Night of Champions program, and the night - complete with a huge crowd - was a perfect cap off to the most successful season in the 9 year history of the track. One of the most impressive performances of the night was that of WhatitdoBabyBoo (Rick Magee), who picked up her 6th straight win, and 7th win in 9 starts this season by taking the $25,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old pacing filly championship with a 3 length score in 2:02 for The Van Oterloo Stables and Trainer David Flinn, paying just $2.60 as the crowd’s heavy choice in the wagering In the 3 year old colt & gelding trot Abra’s Momentum (Gerald Longo) got all of his ducks in a row on the perfect night to post the best mile of his career, taking his first lifetime pari-mutuel win with the $25,000 championship in a 1:59.2 mark for Owner Debra Davis and Trainer Richard Davis of Wisconsin. He paid $29.20 as the longest priced winner of the night. Whatevershesgot (Gerald Longo) posted an impressive gate-to-wire score in the $25,000 3 year old filly Trot in a career best mile of 1:59.2 in her 11th lifetime win for Owner/Trainer Jenni King, paying $7.60 at the windows. Silent Dreams (2:04.1) in the $25,000 (Non Betting) 2 yo filly Trot with Dean Magee for Trainer Brett Ballinger and Owners Glen & Jody Wilson. Liquor’sKwikker went gate-to-wire in the $25,000 (NB) 2 year old colts & geldings Trot in 2:05.3 for his 3rd lifetime win for Owners Ulf and Susan Holm-Johansen. Goody Two Socks (Rick Magee) parlayed a pocket trip into a championship in the $12,500 4 yrs. & up horses and geldings pace in 1:53.4 ($5.80) for Trainer Alexia Kehl and Owner Seppo Hakamaa, while Flick A Fly picked up her 23rd lifetime tally (1:56.0) in the $12,500 Mares pace for 4 yrs. & up also with Rick Magee aboard for The Van Oterloo Stables and Trainer David Flinn, Paying a $3.80 mutuel. Stuckey Dote (Jim Marino) continued his late season dominance at Running Aces by taking the $25,000 3 year old geldings Pace in 1:55.0 for Owner/Trainer Merlin Van Oterloo, it was the 12th lifetime win for the son of Voracious Hanover, and he payed $3.00 as the favorite. Cruzin Coco (Nick Roland) picked up her 12th lifetime win by capturing the $25,000 3 year old Filly pace in 1:55.1 for Owner’s Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan and Trainer Joel Mc Danel, she paid $5.80 this evening. Zachariah’s Honor (Luke Plano) posted his second consecutive lifetime best mile in winning the $25,000 2 year old geldings Pace in 1:57.3 tonight for his proud owners Royal & Barbara Roland, it was his 4th lifetime win and he paid $9.00 to win. Lo Rail Crossing (Jim Marino) picked up his  24th lifetime score while taking down the $12,500 4 year olds & up Trotting event in 1:58.4 for Trainer Nick Roland and Owner Lorenza Gooch. He paid $9.80 for every $2.00 win wager tonight. Driver Rick Magee had a huge night with 4 wins, while Jim Marino picked up 3 big wins and Drivers Nick Roland and Gerald Longo each picked up two wins on the night of champions. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS, MN. - Party Hangover Two and Toatsmygoats were repeat winners in a pair of co-featured races at Running Aces on Saturday night (August 29); while a pair of hard-hitting condition horses sped to the quickest winning miles in seasonal-best performances. Pary Hangover Two (trainer-driver Steve Wiseman) continued her total domination of the best pacing mares racing in Minnesota this summer winning for the seventh time in ten tries in the $9600 Distaff Open. Her 1:55.1 clocking bettered De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Bad Feeling (Dean Magee). Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) captured the $16,000 event for the best Minnesota-sired three-year-olds for the third consecutive time, topping Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) and Relentless Spirit (Luke Plano) in an identical 1:55.1 clocking. Trainer Dave Flinn has the sophomore son of Relentless Yankee in peak form with the $21,000 Minnesota State Championship race scheduled for September 12. Outlawdangruswatrs (Tim Maier) upset the $7800 Open II male pacers with a 1:53.1 front-stepping score over stablemate Red Pine (Steve Wiseman) and Da Terror (Nick Roland). Sent off as the longest shot in the race at 21-1, the winner shaved two-fifths of a second off his best 2015 effort for trainer George Reider and returned $45.60 to his $2 to win backers. Fastest mile of the night was recorded by Native's Revenge (Lemoyne Svendsen) who beat a full field of conditioned and optional claiming horses, chasing a $6600 purse, in 1:52.2. It was the eighth win in twenty tries this year for the Bob Johnson-trained five-year-old who is rapidly approaching the $100,000 earnings plateau. Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Toatsmygoats, Part Time Lady and Da Terror all won hotly contested feature races on the Saturday night (August 22) card at Running Aces, one which was contested under threatening skies and several intermittent heavy rain showers. Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) was the lukewarm favorite in the $16,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old open pace and didn't disappoint with an Open lengths win over Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Relentless Spirit (Luke Plano) in 1:56. Magee was content to sit a tight pocket ride throughout the race until bursting home with a :27.4 final panel to collar the eventual runnerup Queen Of Denial, who narrowly held off Relentless Spirit in a very tight place photo. The Van Otterloo Stables of Iowa own Toatsmygoats, who now has ten lifetime victories and earnings over $70,000 in two years of racing exclusively at Running Aces. Dave Flinn conditions the gelded son of Relentless Yankee. With her stablemate Party Hangover Two ordered to the sidelines this week, Part Time Lady (Steve Wiseman) took full advantage to post her first Fillies and Mares Open pace triumph of the season in 1:55, besting Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) and De Valeria (Tim Maier). Wiseman, the current dash leader, moved the winning six-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet to the front just past the half and cruised home almost two lengths ahead for Part Time Lady's 33rd career victory. She is owned by Ron and Tammy Wells of California and trained by Wiseman. The winner's share of the $9600 purse moved her lifetime bounty to $123,573. Da Terror (Nick Roland) got his first open company victory in a $7800 Open II pace for owner Banks Standardbreds and trainer Justin Anfinson. Roland positioned the six-year-old Western Terror gelding near the rear early, but moved up with cover in the outer flow from seventh to fourth during the middle half mile of the race. Four-wide for the stretch drive, Da Terror collared Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) in the final strides with Red Pine (Steve Wiseman) lapped on as well at the end of the 1:54 mile. Racing resumes Sunday night at Running Aces with a ten-race card on tap beginning at 6 p.m. (CST). Gregg Keidel  

Minnesota's finest in-state bred three-year-old pacers went postward Saturday night (August 8) for a recently-enhanced purse of $16,000 at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces. When the smoke cleared, it was Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) scoring his second triumph of the season in 1:54.4, besting Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) by a half-length with Gooch's Hot Rod (Dean Magee) another two lengths back in third. Toatsmygoats sat fourth in the eight-horse field throughout the first three quarters, then swung wide for the stretch drive and sealed the deal with a quickest-of-all :28.2 final panel. The son of Relentless Yankee, owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, was the two-year-old Minnesota state champion on the merits of seven wins in eight starts but has taken longer to round into top form in 2015. He know has banked $61,440-all earned at Running Aces-in just 15 lifetime starts. Party Hangover Two (Steve Wiseman) returned to her winning ways in an $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, turning back Rev Me Up (Nick Roland) and Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) in 1:53 for her fifth win of the current summer meet. Owned by the partnership of Arnstine, Chambers and Plested, the speedy four-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace upped her career bounty to $905,541 with the victory. A $6500 Open II for males was also presented with Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) making a successful leap in class to win in 1:52.2. Plano took full advantage of a pocket ride to edge fast-closing Quality Sport (Steve Wiseman) by a neck. Frontrunner Mattox's Spencer (Nick Roland) faded to third in the lane, beaten by two lengths. Three drivers scored driving doubles on the Saturday program-Tony Succarotte, Tim Maier and Rick Magee. In addition to the purse increases from $11,000 to $16,000 on all Minnesota-sired races for two and three year olds the remainder of the Running Aces meet, all overnight race purses will be raised by 20% effective immediately. Some stalls are available if any stable is interested in coming to Minnesota to try Running Aces for the final month of the season. Interested parties can contact Director of Racing Gregg Keidel at 651-925-4532. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Flick A Fly established a new harness racing track record for sophomore pacing fillies on Sunday night at Running Aces, shaving two-fifths of a second off the old record established a year ago by Show Runner.   The daughter of Voracious Hanover, owned by the Van Otterloo Stables, sat the pocket and took advantage of quick early fractions set by favored Delco Voracious, then closed with a :28.3 final panel to win the $13,000 race for Minnesota-sired colts and fillies in 1:52.1.   Regular reinsman Rick Magee was in the sulky for trainer David Flinn. Stablemate Gravelsinmytravel (Steve Wiseman) finished second with Bunkerhill Bill (Gerry Longo) garnering the show dough.   Country Jewel (Nick Roland) captured the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open pace for the second straight week, edging Love Live Laugh (Tim Maier) and Blazing Fury (Magee) despite an outside post position.   Owner-trainer George Reider purchased the Minnesota-sired six-year-old mare privately two months ago and returned her to Minnesota where she has earned the bulk of her $100,000-plus career bankroll. She has responded with two wins and three place finishes in recent open class competition and looms as a favorite in the aged mares division when Minnesota State Championships night brings the curtain down on the 2014 Running Aces season on August 30.   Veteran driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen won a $4000 overnight race on Sunday with owner-trainer Mark Anderson's colt Prodigal. It was the 2,999th victory in the 55-year-old Svendsen's career. The Minnesota native, who has plied his trade on the Cal Expo-Running Aces circuit for the past several years, has seven drives as he seeks to reach the coveted 3,000 wins plateau when racing resumes Sunday night.   From the press box at Running Aces

COLUMBUS, MN. - The first leg of the summer-long Minnesota-sired two-year-old pace program was highlighted on Wednesday night at Running Aces with Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) winning the initial $13,000 race in 1:58.3.   Owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, the son of Relentless Yankee sat third or fourth throughout the majority of the mile before exploding with a final :28.3 panel to down Queen of Denial (Nick Roland) and Gooch's Hot Rod (Tim Maier).   It was the very first money start of the winner's career with just a 2:01.2 qualifier previously under his belt. Toatsmygoats paid $5.80 to win as the second choice of the betting public.   An $8000 Open Trot was also presented with Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) winning for the third time in four tries since arriving at Running Aces from California. Bette Calice's standout 11-year-old gelding beat Natural Forces (Kim Pluta) and Franky Provolone (Maier) for his 48th career victory.   Driver-trainer Tim Roach also enjoyed a monster night when all three of the horses entered from his stable found the winner's circle. Captiva Bounty scored in 1:55.4 to win a non-winners of two races conditioned claiming pace; Dr Lon beat a full field of $3500 claimers in 1:54.1; and Gogetembrady sped to a second straight triumph, this time in 1:53.4, to capture a $5500 conditioned pace.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - Despite a rain storm throughout the middle portion of the program, another huge throng of fans turned out for the final Running Aces program of the season and witnessed eleven Minnesota-sired State Champions crowned in $20,000 races for the various age, sex and gait divisions.  Running Aces average nightly handle increased for the sixth consecutive season since starting live racing in 2008, this year by 5%. Driver John De Long copped four races on the lucrative season finale, three for trainer Justin Anfinson.  Leading driver Nick Roland managed to capture a pair of victories as did Tim Maier, who was also awarded the leading trainer award for the meet. She's A Foxie Lady (De Long) won the two-year-old filly trot over Babygetyershineon (Jenni King) and CD's SOS (James Yoder).  She earned almost $36,000 for owner Jesse De Long by scoring four wins and three place finishes in ten outings. Delco Voracious (De Long) broke her own track record besting Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) and Dakota Law (Steve Wiseman) in 1:55.2 in the freshman pacing fillies split.  Also owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Anfinson, the outstanding filly has won six of eight starts and banked over $50,000. The two-year-old trotting colts division was won by Chewy Dunkerton (De Long) over ML's Journey (Craig Banks) and Al-Mar Passion (Magee) in 2:03.  With three wins and seven seconds in ten tries, the winner has bankrolled over $45,000 for owner Benjamin De Long. Cyber Cowboy (Maier) scored an upset in the freshman colt pace for owner Margaret Epp and trainer Dan Epp.  It was just the second seasonal score for the 1:59.1 winner, but he has finished in-the-money in eight of ten tries and banked $18,704 thus far.  Wounded Warrior (Mark Mintun) was the runnerup with Im So Handsome (Wiseman) getting the show dough. Just three three-year-old trotting fillies went to post in their $20,000 event with Rails Of Victory (Roland) besting Diamond Alliance (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Coffee Black (Ryan Lems) in 2:00.3.  Roland also owns the filly who has captured seven of 15 in her first year of racing and banked about $38,000. Razzle Be Dazzled (Magee) has been the queen of the sophomore pacing fillies class all season and didn't disappoint in the championship, winning in 1:58.2 over Rearin And Ready (Jason Ryan) and Whata Smoothie (Kerry Banks).  The Van Otterloo Stable owns the winner who has managed 11 wins in 14 starts and earned $60,000 in her second season.  David Flinn has conditioned her throughout the summer. Mnia Lightnpower (Maier) went best in the sophomore trotting colts split downing Al-Mar Delrailer (Roland) and French Eclipse (King) in 2:01.4.  Janice Molgaard and Dick McDanel own the state champion who has five wins and $42,000 bankrolled on the season.  He is tutored by Joel McDanel. Circle Me Bert (Lems) was an upset winner in the sophomore pacing colts division, besting Ben N Al (Yoder) and favored Reds Place (De Long) in 1:56.2.  Merlin and Kyle Van Otterloo own the winner and Wolfswinkel Pacers Inc. own the runnerup, but both are trained by Gene Miller.  Circle Me Bert more than doubled his lifetime earnings with his half of the $20,000 purse. 20,000 championships are also staged for older state-breds.  In the trotting division RA's Shakenbake (Roland) was a 2:00.3 winner over Switcheroo (Magee) and Rich Dessert (Maier).  Owned by the Trot Away Stable, the former two-year-old state champ was winless in his five-year-old campaign before his upset neck victory. Country Jewel (De Long) was part of a three-horse Roland Stable entry and managed a 1:54.4 score over Blazing Fury (Magee) and stablemate I Do It Myself (Roland).  The five-year-old mare, owned by Roland, won for the twelvth time in her career and increased her bankroll to $58,000.  The older horses and gelding pace was captured by recently claimed It's Getting Hairy, with Steve Wiseman driving for trainer Tim Maier and owner Denise Maier.  The four-year-old, plucked for $10,500 two starts back, bested Restless Yankee (Roland) and Ya U Bet Cha (Yoder) in an impressive 1:52.3.  It was the sixth season score for the winner who now boasts almost $70,000 in lifetime earnings. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver-trainer Craig Banks put Silence Son on the engine in Wednesday night's $9000 Open Trot at Running Aces and the strategy worked great as owner Hinshaw Homestead Farms' stalwart wired the field in 1:55.3.    In the process he became the fastest four-year-old gelding and etched his name in the local record books for the second time.  About a year ago Silence Son set the three-year-old gelding track record in 1:56.3 with Banks aboard.   It was just the ninth seasonal start for the winner and second win, first in Open company.  Sent off at 6-1 odds, Silence Son beat Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Shelby County (Rocky Stidham).   Earlier in the program, Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) pulled a mild upset in an $8000 two-year-old Minnesota-sired Class A event.  It was the fourth straight victory for the filly owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn. She just nosed out Delco Voracious, who had won a $29,600 Hanover Stake in Chicago for the trainer-driver combination of father Jesse De Long and son John De Long, in 1:56.2.  Cyber Cowboy (Tim Maier) rounded out the trifecta for owner Margaret Epp.   The $5500 Class B two-year-old race was captured by Wounded Warrior (Ryan Lems), who romped by open lengths in 1:58.4 over Ksmewithurizclosed (Magee) and Im A Tinker Too (James Yoder).  The colt is owned by Mark Mintun.   All Minnesota-sired horses are anticipating the State Championship program on August 31, which will feature eleven state-bred races for $20,000 each on the season's closing night.   Gregg Keidel

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