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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoon (August 4) harness racing program at Running Aces was full of sharp performances and winning favorites, but two such top crowd picks stood out above the rest.   The first was two year old pacer Something To Me, a filly by JK Endofanera who dazzled the crowd with a front-running victory that was nothing short of spectacular.   Favored to win at 6-5 and off of a daudeling opening half mile of 1:00.4, driver Darrel Wright activated his filly into high gear and she took off, throwing down a third panel in :27.4 and final half mile in :55.4 to draw away by 5 lengths over May Day Maggie (Rick Magee) and stop the timer at 1:56.3 for her third career win in five outings and a new lifetime mark in the $6,000 event, a two year old Open.   Something To Me ($4.60) is owned and trained by Tony Huffman.   The other standout performance of the day was turned in by one of the most successful trotters to ever step onto the Minnesota oval, the stallion Banker Volo, at age 11 he is racing at the same meet where many of his first crop of freshman offspring are also starting their racing careers.   In his fifth trip to the gate of 2020, and with driver Nick Roland, he dominated a nice field of conditioned trotters to post a three length tally in 1:57.3 for his fourty-third career win and pushed his career bankroll to $487,317. Jenni King is the conditioner for Banker Volo and the winning owner is Jeralene Roland.   Driver Nick Roland led the program with a natural Hat-Trick and Dean Magee scored a driving double. Trainer Jenni King had two winners on the card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 8, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a Carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $4,657.09.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

It is still early days for assessing the harness racing two-year-old Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. Here is the first Leading Money Winning Sires list that we will continue to update each Friday throughout the year. A new horse appears on the list this week at place 16 and that is the son of Art Major in JK Endofanera. JK Endofanera has a mark of 1:48.2 and has earnings of over $2 million and is standing in Indiana.. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 31-jul-2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Number of foals            Money won SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 63 116 $467,663 SHADOW PLAY 31 91 $363,823 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 52 110 $357,840 BETTING LINE 60 119 $351,736 RACING HILL 52 93 $327,773 SWEET LOU 37 84 $324,630 BETTORS DELIGHT 35 121 $302,387 WELL SAID 44 71 $295,842 AMERICAN IDEAL 49 113 $285,612 ALWAYS B MIKI 39 112 $272,680 SPORTSWRITER 49 137 $257,993 MCARDLE 26 48 $256,830 ART MAJOR 33 69 $237,442 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 32 102 $163,859 ROLL WITH JOE 36 71 $158,565 JK ENDOFANERA 39 88 $156,465 PET ROCK 50 83 $154,487 GREAT VINTAGE 2 2 $136,000 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 46 102 $135,551 SUNSHINE BEACH 36 143 $132,969 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Harnesslink Media

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