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Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening (Aug 10) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year olds pace, with seven sophomores lining up for battle in the night's opener.   Headlining the field were two very accomplished gelding pacers: SB Bodacious (3-5) and 2018 Minnesota Harness Horse of the year Burning Blaze (2-1).   Sweet Vivian was an outsider in the wagering (16-1) and had just picked up her first lifetime win, in a maiden event, on her twenty first career try. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen sent her right to the front from post six, then yielded for the pocket when Steve Wiseman came charging with Burning Blaze as the quarter pole timer flashed :28.1 and race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) had landed in third.   The lineup remained the same through a strong middle half (:56.4 and 1:24.4) with SB Bodacious launching a first-over attack near the half, but never making much of an impression on the leader.   Turning for home, it was clear that Sweet Vivian was full of pace in the pocket, and as they straightened she exploded from the garden spot to roll by the leader in the final sixteenth. Sweet Vivian ($34.80) checked in 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Burning Blaze in a career mark shattering time of 1:53.4 for her second win in a row, and second lifetime tally.   Big longshot Flying Fritz (41-1) with Jared Seekman got home in third.   Sweet Vivian is a filly by General Aidid and out of the Kent's On Nuke mare Cause for alarm. She is owned by Timothy Lems and trained by Robert Lems.   The $14,000 Open Trot also went to post on Saturday night, with a nice group of seven top level trotters squaring off behind the gate. Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) was the public choice (6-5) after his impressive sweeping win in this event last week, but this week's edition would be dominated by My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) from post seven, who worked hard to get past Silverlode (Mooney Svendsen) for the early lead and then led every step after that - posting a 3/4 length victory in 1:56 with Winning Lyric flying home from the back of the pack to get second over Silverlode.   My Uncle Cuz ($11.80) is a five year old son of Abc Garland and out if the Mr Vic mare Malibu Marley. The talented trotter is having a fantastic season at Running Aces and has now won four of his last eight races for owner Krista Harmon and trainer/driver Don Harmon.   Don Harmon led the Saturday program with a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 11) with local post time at 6:00 pm.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Plainville, MA --- If anyone doesn't want to see the current Plainridge Park meet come to a close its Janet Davis; owner and trainer of Iheartquestionmark who won the $12,000 Abigail Adams conditioned feature race for distaff pacers on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 20). The win was the mare's second in a row and fourth in her last five starts as she has found some of her best foot of her year just as it is winding down. With a cold wind blowing a steady rain and the track rated as sloppy, Twist Of Fate (Nick Graffam) was calling the shots on the point in the feature and took the field to the half in :59.2 through the storm. Iheartquestionmark (Steve Nason) who had gotten away sixth, was now motoring up the outside second-over behind Angel Or Terror (Ron Cushing) who had pulled past the three-eighths. As the race progressed up the backside and the outer flow stalled in the mud, Nason tipped Iheartquestionmark three-high at the three-quarters and put a circle around the girls by the time they hit the top of the stretch. From there Iheartquestionmark paced home with authority under mild urging from Nason to win by a length and one-half in 1:57.3. It was the ninth win of the year for Iheartquestionmark ($3.40) who now has $60,750 on the card in 2018. THe 9-year-old daughter of General Aidid was driven by Nason for her last two victories. There was an eye-popping instant jackpot in the tenth race at Plainridge Park on Tuesday. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta combination of 3-4-1-5-2 returned $32,824.60 for a $1 wager. There will be no racing on Thursday this week at Plainridge Park in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Live racing will resume on Monday (Nov. 26) at 1 p.m. to kick off the final week of racing for the year. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

The $16,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot was one of the featured events on the Sunday night (Aug 21) harness racing card at Running Aces, and it would see a 12-1 upset winner as the Sos Lunar Eclipse filly Al Mar Bon Bon with Tim Maier in the sulky posted another upset win in the division. They got away fourth from post 2 and launched a sweeping attack just past the ½ mile pole, surging to the lead and trotting strong from there, holding off a late rally in the stretch from big longshot Abra’s Momentom (Gerald Longo) and part of the favored entry Bombshell Betty (Jim Marino) was home third in the 1:59.3 mile. This was the third win of the season, and 12th lifetime win for Al Mar Bon Bon, who is owned by Cara Hauser and Trained by Alexia Kehl. She paid $26.20 at the windows. The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings would be another mild upset (5-1) and a sharp win for HoldingAllTheCards with Dean Magee, they benefitted from a perfect pocket trip this evening to rally up the inside in the lane and post a 1¾ length tally in 1:52.0, the fifth win of the season in 11 starts for the talented 7 year old gelding by Cam’s Card Shark. He is owned by William & Richard Mc Intyre and Trained by David Ginter, and he paid $12.00 to his backers. Another notable performance this night came from Pa’s Corn Squeezin, a 4 year old General Aidid pacing mare who posted a career mile tonight, her second lifetime win in a fast 1:56.3 clocking with Driver Brian Detgen aboard, leaving her rivals far behind. She is Owned and Trained by Dale Lagerquist, and she delivered $5.40 for every $2 ticket as the race favorite in the $4,500 conditioned event. Driver Rick Magee posted his second consecutive driving triple this evening, while Brian Detgen and Tim Maier both scored doubles on the program. The next card of Live Harness Racing at Running Aces goes postward on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm CDT with a $6,493.62 carryover in the eigth Race .50 cent Hi-5 wager, and $5,000.00 Guaranteed in the .50 cent Late Pick-4 pool. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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