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The Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview as a prep race for the $35,000 (est.) Dan Patch Free For All Pace Sponsored by Watch and Wager on Sunday July 23.   The field of 6 for the preview was loaded with talent and after the dust cleared, the two most impressive contenders came out on top and look poised to be the favorites going in to next week's signature event.   Megatron (James Yoder) was making his first local appearance, shipping in from Ohio where he had faced the top open races, and he fired to the early lead (27.2) from post 4, but quickly yielded to SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) who was fresh off a 1:52.1 lifetime mark in the top local pace last out. SF Donttellonme controlled the middle portions of the race (55.3, and 1:24.0) but was unable to sustain tonight, as heavy favorite Roland N Rock (Steve Wiseman), coming in with a 7 race winning streak, made a huge sweeping move around the last turn to take the lead and draw away for his 8th consecutive win and he remains prefect at Running Aces this season with a 3-for-3 record.   The extremely popular 5 year old by Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in 1:51.3 tonight for a seasonal best time. He is owned by Duane and Connie Roland and trained by Duane Roland.   Firedrake was sent off as the 4-1 second choice from post 1 in the big preview race and he was locked in tight for most of the mile but found room late in the mile to fire through the inside lane and pick up second money, 2½ lengths behind Roland N Rock ($3.00). Firedrake (Nick Roland) came into tonight's contest having crossed the wire first in each of his 8 starts this season, but had suffered a disqualification early in the meet, this was his biggest test to date and he raced huge, he was clearly second best and he was home in 1:52.   Barbosa posted another sharp gate-to-wire victory, for three in a row and his fifth local win of the season tonight as part of a driving triple for his trainer Luke Plano. Barbosa ($4.80) is a 6 year old pacing gelding by General Aidid and he stopped the timer tonight in 1:54.4 in a $7,000 Claiming-Conditioned event for Owner Heather Mathews. Plano sent his pacer right to the lead from post 6 in the 9 horse affair, and set reasonable fractions of 27.4, 58.0 and 1:26.1 before posting a strong final quarter of 28.3 to seal the deal and register career win number 27.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Filly Trot went to Imapixieatmidnight, for her third win of the season. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland guided her away into an early pocket position before sweeping to the lead down the backside to take a strong lead and hold on gamely in the stretch for the 2:01.4 tally. The Sos Lunar Eclipse filly has earned $28,693 in 9 starts this season for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC.   Driver Nick Roland picked up yet another impressive Grand Slam with his 4 winners on the Sunday card, with Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both completing the Hat-Trick with 3 wins each.   The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, July 18 at 7:00 pm CT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $11,895.51.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The Sunday Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings. Tonight’s edition of the top Open Pace featured the return of “Rocky” (Roland N Rock) to the Minnesota oval after a four-race stint at the Iowa fairs, during which time he built up a 5 race win streak, and came into tonight’s affair looking for number six. Rocky did not disappoint as he, and driver Nick Roland, left sharply from post six in the 8 horse contest to secure the pocket and track the leader Easy Again (Rick Magee) from that position, through very soft early fractions of 28.0 and 57.1. Nick Roland waited patiently as the tempo quickened after a 27.3 third quarter, and the dynamic duo found clear sailing at the top of the stretch to easily power past Easy Again for the victory, completing the 6 pack of wins for Roland N Rock ($2.80) and completing a driving Grand Slam for Nick Roland, with Ragin’s Flight (Steve Wiseman) up for third in the 1:52.3 mile. Roland N Rock is owned and trained by Duane Roland, and also owned by Connie Roland. The Iowa superstar now sports 46 lifetime wins from his 88 starts, and has bankrolled $471,307. The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot was also a featured event, and the filly Imapixieatmidnight posted another very sharp performance as the favorite to make it two wins in a row in this event, Trainer/Driver Nick Roland secured a nice position third at the rail for his filly and made a big sweeping move with her around the final turn to take command and draw away from the field, posting a 6¼ length tally in a new lifetime mark of 2:00.2 for Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Imapixieatmidnight ($3.20) now shows 6 wins in 19 career starts, and has earned $51,119. Roland’s other wins this evening came with his trainee I’m So Blue in 1:54.1 in race 1 ($4.80), and To The Limit ($15.80) in race 3 for trainer Rick Bertrand in 1:53.4. Driver Steve Wiseman completed the Hat-Trick tonight as he collected wins with Tornado Henry ($3.60) in race two-in 1:55.3, and Lodi Machette Man ($6.00) in race 5 - in 1:54.0 (both for trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman) and then steered Rockin Repeat ($3.40) to victory in 1:59.1 in race 7 for trainer Lloyd Schneiderman. Drivers Tim Maier and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles on the Sunday card as well. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 27 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $1,422.90 and a carryover for the race 11 hi-5 wager of $1,490.01. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) captured his third straight Open Pace on Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces, working hard to get to the front in a :27 second first quarter from an assigned outside post position, then holding off Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) by a head in 1:52.4. It was Chewy's 33rd career victory, but third for current owner Dr. James Findlay of British Columbia who claimed the six-year-old gelding for $15,000 less than a month ago. The winner's share of the $9600 purse pushed Chewy Baca's lifetime bounty past the $150,000 plateau. Local favorite Linkjack Hanover, a three-year-old colt owned and trained by Jeff Ryan, finished a game third in the featured mile, just 1-1/4 lengths behind at the wire. A pair of $8000 races restricted to two-year-old Minnesota-sired trotters were also contested on the card. The filly division went to favored RSS Express (Duane Roland), who topped Whatevershesgot (Jenni King) and Hall Of Riches (Tim Maier) in 2:03.4. The freshman daughter of Rail Splitter now has a pair of Running Aces victories to go with one win and three place finishes at Iowa fairs. She is owned by Duane and Connie Roland. Margin's Echo (Rick Magee) notched his fourth rookie season triumph in seven tries defeating the colts in 2:04.3 for owner Mikaela Delgiudice. The son of Abra lead the field throughout and trotted an impressive :59.3 back half to top Mr Jackpot (Dean Magee) by a half-length with The Winnin Dollar (Steve Wiseman) garnering the show dough. Driver Tony Succarotte scored the only double with seven other drivers each getting a single win on the nine-race program. Succarotte visited the winner's circle with Velvet Knight, who won a $3600 non-winners of one pace for owner-trainer Dave Carter; and Prana, who demolished a $3600 condition class by eight lengths in 1:53.4 for trainer-lessee Patricia Minella. Gregg Keidel

Duane and Connie Roland hope to rock the Meadowlands Pace later this month, but first they will prep their 3-year-old pacer for the big harness racing event by competing in one of the 10 Landmark Stakes on Saturday at Historic Track in Goshen. The Rolands' horse, Roland N Rock, is undefeated in 17 career races, with most of his victories coming on the Iowa fair circuit. It is an unlikely starting point for a Meadowlands Pace hopeful, but one the Rolands decided was worth following after watching the gelding dominate his competition to date. "It's very exciting," said Duane Roland, a corn and soybean farmer from Grinnell, Iowa, who trains and usually drives Roland N Rock. "Whatever happens, this is like an experience no one that I know ever gets to do. Who gets to train their own horse and go to New Jersey and race in the Meadowlands Pace? "Back home almost everybody sells their horse when it gets good. Most of the horses that are really good get sold between $50,000 and $75,000. My wife Connie and I are in the position that we don't have to sell him. We figured, let's just keep him and go have fun." Roland N Rock will face four rivals in Saturday's $17,470 Landmark Stakes at Historic Track, which also is an unlikely place to find a Meadowlands Pace hopeful. The only other horse since 1992 to prep for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations by racing at Historic Track was Exporter, who in 2001 won a New York Sire Stakes division in Goshen six days prior to finishing ninth in his Pace elim. Since 1992, four Meadowlands Pace finalists competed at Historic Track the year prior to racing in the Pace, most notably 2000 Pace winner and Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. John Campbell is listed to drive Roland N Rock on Saturday at Historic Track. Post time is 1 p.m. for the first race on the card, which also includes three divisions of the Billings amateur drivers' series. The Grand Circuit weekend at Historic Track concludes Sunday with Hall of Fame Day. The Rolands decided to stake Roland N Rock to several of this year's top races after the horse won the $86,000 American-National Stakes by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2 at Balmoral Park in October. The American-National was one of only two stakes engagements for Roland N Rock last year; the other was the $21,450 Review Stakes at Springfield, Ill., where the gelding romped by 13-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. "He's never been tested in any of his races," Roland said. "We thought we would test him last year when we went to Springfield and he just took off and won in (1):51.2. Then at Balmoral he was an easy winner too. We decided this was our opportunity, so we took all the money from the American-National and staked him to a bunch of races. We figured we'd just go for it." This year, Roland N Rock is 3-for-3, with his most recent victory coming in 1:55.4 at Wapello County Regional Fair in Eldon, Iowa on June 18. The time shattered the previous track record by 2-2/5 seconds. "It's a car racing track, so the turns are banked pretty good," Roland said. "We talked about it and thought he needed to go in 1:56 there for us to make the decision to come out here. And he did that. He still had more left, so that was good. "I'm still trying to get him to peak. He just needs one more good workout and he should be ready to go. Almost everybody else was ready to race in May and was prepping for the North America Cup (in June). They're going to have raced four to six weeks as hard as they can go leading up to this, so I'm thinking I have a fresh horse, at least that's in my favor." Roland N Rock is a son of the mare Hank's Chip, who the Rolands purchased in foal to stallion Rocknroll Hanover for $6,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale, when Perretti Farms dispersed its broodmare band. The resulting foal was Roland N Rock. And what did Duane Roland like about Hank's Chip? "The price," he said with a laugh. "We'd gotten about $15,000 in breeders awards and I said let's go spend that and try to buy two mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover. We had $15,000 to spend. We bought two. This happened to be the good one." The Rolands soon will find out how good. In addition to the Meadowlands Pace, Roland N Rock's stake schedule includes the Carl Milstein Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, Circle City, Jenna's Beach Boy, Messenger, Matron, and Progress Pace. "We've got to give it a shot," said Roland, who has never raced a horse at the Meadowlands. "We paid him in to all these races, so we're just like let's go do it. If we're eliminated (in the Meadowlands Pace eliminations) and we're in the consolation, we're still happy because we got to go." Roland said the emergence of his horse continues the feel-good storylines surrounding the top 3-year-old pacers so far this season: Wakizashi Hanover ($23,000 yearling with three newcomers in ownership group), In The Arsenal ($7,500 buy back) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (privately purchased as a weanling). "Now you've got this farmer from Iowa bringing this Rocknroll Hanover to the Meadowlands," Roland said. "It's all good for harness racing just to say that anybody can get the good horse. You've got four different stories there all going against the great horse Artspeak. So you never know how it's going to turn out. "We just hope that (Roland N Rock) does well, makes some money, and we have some fun." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Roland N Rock, fresh off an impressive 1:53.2 qualifier at Running Aces harness racing track in Minnesota, is headed east to take on the "big boys." The sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover's next scheduled start is the Landmark Stake on July 4th followed by The Meadowlands Pace eliminations the next weekend. Lightly staked at two, owners Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Iowa, have their pride and joy staked to many of North America's marquee three-year-old events. Roland N Rock was undefeated in 14 two-year-old starts, including a dozen wins on the Iowa fair circuit. He did, however, also win the Review Stake at Springfield, Illinois in 1:51.2 and the American-National at Balmoral in 1:52.2. He has prepped for his trip east with another three Iowa fair victories in addition to the quick qualifier at Running Aces' highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. "We waited a lifetime for a horse this good," related Duane Roland, who owns the horse with his wife Connie." "We went to the Harrisburg sale during the dispersal of Perretti pacing broodmares and plucked his mother Hack's Chip (by Cambest) out for $6000." "She was in foal to Rocknroll Hanover and this colt was the resultant foal. We've turned down some generous offers because this is a dream come true for us." "We want to see how far the dream takes us!" "I've driven him in all his Iowa fair wins, but we're hoping to get John Campbell when we come east," Roland related." "I've honed on him pretty good leading up to this qualifier and we're really excited to see how he stacks up against the best ones out there." Gregg Keidel Director of Racing - Running Aces

Only seven freshman pacers went postward in the $86,000 American National Pace for harness racing  2-year-old colts and geldings. Roland N Rock kept his unblemished record intact, upping his win total to 14 with his 1:52.2 triumph for driver John Delong and trainer Duane Roland.   "I was pretty confident," said DeLong. "I thought he had a real shot in here and he showed it. Actually, we really wanted to give this horse a trip tonight, but when Brett moved in front, this colt grabbed on pretty well, so I said let's go. He did it all very easy, he's just awesome. I saw Earndawg coming in the lane, but it was Roland N Rock's night."   The son of Rocknroll Hanover followed Buckle Up (Brett Miller) out of the gate to the :28 first quarter, before pulling and taking the lead. From there, he continued through splits of :56.3 and 1:23.4, before drawing off by five, with a late challenge by the hard-pacing Earndawg (Todd Warren). Sir Mammo (Tim Tetrick) got up for third.   Twelve of Roland N Rock's victories have come on the Iowa county fair circuit, with his other win coming in a $21,450 Review Stake at Springfield on Aug.13, when he was clocked in 1:51.2, winning by 13¼ lengths.   "He was on idle at Springfield," Delong offered. "He was super impressive there and could have gone faster."   Roland N Rock's career earnings now stand at $83,445. He is the fourth foal out of his unraced Cambest dam Hank's Chip and is a half-brother to Sir Globalop Z Tam (by American Ideal) p,4,1:51.2 ($153,138). By Kimberly Rinker  

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