COLUMBUS, MN. - Owner Jesse De Long's She's A Foxie Lady (driver John De Long) chopped a full second off the Running Aces track record for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday night to capture a $13,500 race restricted to state-bred freshmen trotters. The daughter of Sos Lunar Eclipse, trained when in Minnesota by Justin Anfinson, stormed home in 2:00.2 to lower the record that was set earlier this summer by Babygetyershineon. Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Al-Mar Passion (Rick Magee) were both within a length at the wire in the record-setting mile. A pair of $9000 Open Paces were also contested on the program with familiar names coming up winners. In the horses and geldings split it was Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) resuming his winning ways after a pair of near misses in the weekly feature race. It was the 39th career win for Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan's prize possession who is trained by Bob Lems. He will be the likely favorite in his division when all the best Minnesota-sired horses line up for eleven $20,000 state championship races on August 31. Ya U Betcha (Gerry Longo), another Minnesota-sired gelding, finished second with Six Gun (Wiseman) rounding out the trifecta. In the distaff feature, the outstanding three-year-old filly Show Runner beat the best older mares racing in Minnesota for the fifth time since moving up to the open ranks eight starts ago. The daughter of Little Steven now boasts 11 seasonal triumphs and over $60,000 in 2013 earnings. She is trained and driven by Tim Maier and owned by his wife Denise in partnership with Eileen Brodbar. The winner overcame the assigned outside post to beat Still Electric (De Long) by a head with Cheese Plumper (Rick Magee) third. Racing resumes Wednesday night with just ten programs remaining in the Running Aces season. Gregg Keidel
COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman captured four races on the Sunday night program at Running Aces, moving him into fifth place in the local dash standings and leaving him just 13 wins short of the coveted 2,000 triumphs plateau. Two of Wiseman's victories came behind horses from his own barn. Silver Spir used the passing lane to nip Somecam (Gerry Longo) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in a conditioned-claiming event for a $6000 purse. It was the fifth seasonal win for owner Maureen Pittaro's four-year-old who now has $21,000 in 2013 earnings. Hiho Legacy swept from eighth to first in the final quarter-mile to best a field of $3500 claimers. It was the second straight win for owner Paul Welence's gelding who bested Funny Guy (Don Sherman) and Big Guy Two Win (Lemoyne Svendsen). Wiseman also won for vacationing fellow California trainer Tim Maier, guiding Dani California in a bottom trot, clocked in 1:58.3 to top Viking Mia (Svendsen) and Jessie Ann (James Yoder). Son Jason Maier owns the mare who has notched three wins in her last four starts. Eternal Overdrive gave Wiseman his other win in a $3000 claimer timed in 1:54.4. Tim Brown trains the winner for lessee Brandon Bragg. Western So (Evan Coblentz) was a fast-closing second with Kennan's Jerry (Rocky Stidham) getting the show dough. There are eleven nights remaining in the 2013 season at Running Aces, so Wiseman needs to average just over one win a night to reach the milestone in his career while at his summer home in Minnesota. Gregg Keidel
On the final Saturday night (September 1) of the 2012 harness racing season, in front of another huge throng of racing fans, veteran horsemen Gerry Longo and Tim Maier celebrated big nights for different reasons.
Veteran harness racing driver Dean Magee won five of the nine races at Running Aces on Saturday night, padding his already comfortable lead in the Minnesota oval's driver dash standings.
Drivers Dean Magee and Joey Mapes each scored hat tricks on the opening night harness racing program at Running Aces on Tuesday (May 31). The duo shared the winner's circle limelight over the final six races after reinsmen John DeLong, Gerry Longo and Will Roland had captured the first three races of the season over the well-groomed five-eighths-mile oval.