Day At The Track
Search Results
49 to 55 of 55

COLUMBUS, MN. - Two-year-old Delco Voracious stamped herself as the filly to beat when her division lines up on Saturday, August 31 for a $20,000 Minnesota State Championship race at Running Aces.  Following a strong brush to the front before the halfway point on Wednesday night, she cruised to a 1:56 score by a widening margin over Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) and Chilly Breez (Jason Ryan) in the final $6750 tune-up.  Already the winner of a Hanover Filly Stake at Balmoral, the precocious lass owned by Jesse De Long already has five wins in seven starts and over $30,000 in seasonal earnings. A pair of two-year-old pacing colt divisions were also contested with Wounded Warrior (Ryan Lems) capturing the Class A split in 1:57.2; and V Mack (Adam Hauser) just getting up in 1:59 to triumph in the Class B event. The $8925 Open Trot was also presented with Silence Son (Craig Banks) repeating his front-stepping dominance--this time in 1:56.  Silence Son, who is owned by Hinshaw Homestead Farm, held off Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) and Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman). With just five nights remaining in the 53-night 2013 season at Running Aces a pair of former driving champions are deadlocked for the dash title lead with 54 victories apiece.  Rick Magee and Nick Roland are close friends, but neither is giving an inch in this down-to-the-wire competition to be named this year's champion driver. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Al-Mar Passion, who owner-trainer-driver Rick Magee calls "the best trotter I've ever sat behind", cruised to a 2:01.2 triumph on Tuesday night at Running Aces, besting Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and She's A Foxie Lady (John DeLong).  The $13,500 state-restricted two-year-old trot was the final prep for the freshman squaregaiters before the August 31 Minnesota State Championships Night when 11 different $20,000 races will be contested to determine Gopher State champions in each age, sex and gait division. Six Gun regained his winning ways in a $9900 Open Pace scoring in 1:52.1, his fourth score at Running Aces this summer, including an all-time all-age track record of 1:50.4 on July 16th.  Jason Ryan, just returned to Minnesota after a week on Prince Edward Island (where he finished third in the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer), trains and drives the gray gelding for owner Anthony Artuso. Armbro David (DeLong) was a fast-closing second with Steuben Jumpinjack (Wiseman) completing the trifecta. The ultra-consistent Show Runner, the unquestioned queen of Running Aces despite being only three years old, bested the older mare pacers again in an $8925 Fillies and Mares Open.  Trainer-driver Tim Maier made a bold move to the front nearing the half and maintained an open lengths margin the rest of the way until stopping the teletimer in 1:52.3.  Show Runner now has seven wins, three place and one show finishes in 11 local appearances in Minnesota for owners Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar.  Passion R Virginie (Ryan) and Still Electric (DeLong) were second and third. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Rick Magee won two races for himself and two for the Van Otterloo Racing Stable on Tuesday night at Running Aces. In the process he surged to a relatively comfortable lead in what has been a very competitive driver's standings in 2013.   With 39 of the 53-night meet now completed, Magee has 46 wins.  He is followed by Jason Ryan and Nick Roland, each with 40, John DeLong with 35, Luke Plano 33, and Steve Wiseman, Tim Maier and Lemoyne Svendsen--all with 31.   Magee, a 35-year-old reinsman from Wisconsin, was the dash champion at Running Aces in 2009--the second year of the new Minnesota track's existence--and thus seeks his second title.  His uncle, Dean Magee, is the only two-time driving champion in the six years of live racing at Running Aces, winning in years three and four.    Al-Mar Passion won a two-year-old Open trot in 2:01 to commence Magee's big night.  He owns the freshman son of Abra who won for the fourth time in seven starts.  He also reached the winner's circle with his own Red Star Fiona in a $4500 claiming event for fillies and mares, although the mare was claimed from the race clocked in 1:56.    The popular local standout Chewy Baca and the ultra-consistent pacing mare Blazing Fury accounted for Magee's other two scores.  For Chewy Baca, the quick 1:52.2 tally in a $7000 conditioned event was his fourth on the season and 17th lifetime from 54 starts.  Following a rainstorm, Blazing Fury gave Magee his fourth and final score winning a $5000 race for females in 1:55.4.  It was the 37th win in an illustrious career for the Van Otterloo Stable's seven-year-old Minnesota-sired stalwart.  David Flinn trains both Chewy Baca and Blazing Fury while racing in Minnesota. by Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - A pair of Minnesota-sired sophomore trotting events highlighted  the Sunday night action at Running Aces.  In the $7250 division for fillies it was Rails Of Victory (Nick Roland) who managed a mild upset over Diamond Alliance (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Coffee Black (Ryan Lems) in 1:59.1.  Roland also owns the daughter of Rail Splitter who notched her fourth seasonal win in ten tries.  The victory for Roland was one of three on the night for the defending local driving champion as he also scored with Lo Hot Pancakes and Headsup Yankee.  Lo Hot Pancakes' win was a popular one as he is owned by the Bucket List Racing Stable which is comprised of numerous local shareholders who bought affordable minor shares in the first few weeks of the current summer season as part of a Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc. promotional effort.  There was a large gathering of jubilant first-time winning owners who greeted their horse in the winner's circle. Skeet Thunder (Rick Magee) also pulled a mild upset in the $7250 split for Minnesota colt and gelding trotters.  Jeff Ryan owns and trains the altered son of Sos Lunar Eclipse, who lowered his lifetime mark to 2:00.4 with the victory over Delco Eclipse (Jason Ryan) and Mnia Lightnpower (Tim Maier).  The winner now has three 2013 wins in ten tries.  All Minnesota-sired horses are vying for spots this month in the lucrative Minnesota State Championships to be held on closing day of the meet August 31.  A total of eleven state-bred races are expected with individual purses for each class set at $20,000. In addition to Nick Roland's triple, drivers Moonie Svendsen and Rick Magee also doubled on the ten-race program. Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - One of the winningest and most popular horses in Running Aces six year history returned to the winner's circle Tuesday night, but this time in an upset 1:52.1 triumph in the featured weekly $8500 Open Pace. An 11-time winner in 2012, often as a heavy favorite, Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) was dispatched at odds of 8-1 seeking his initial open class victory of 2013. He edged fellow closers Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) and Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) as odds-on front-running favorite Six Gun (Jason Ryan) faded to fourth after cutting all the fractions. The six-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding has now won 38 times in his fruitful career and banked $218,000 for owners Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan. A co-featured $9000 Fillies and Mares Open was also contested on the program with Show Runner (Tim Maier) rebounding from a pair of recent place finishes in the same race to capture the distaff feature for the third time in five weeks. The impressive filly, owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar, upset heavily favored Love This Place (DeLong), who recently arrived from Chicago, at odds of 9-2. Still Electric (Don Sherman) was within a length at the wire reached in 1:54.4. Earlier on the card, Al-Mar Passion (Magee) lowered the track standard for two-year-old trotters to 2:00.1, beating Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Abra's Starlight (Roland) in a $13,500 state-restricted freshman trot. Rick Magee also owns the son of Abra who now has three wins in five seasonal starts. Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a full field of trotters going postward in the $9500 eighth race Open Trot. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - The $9500 Open Trot produced a new winner for the fourth consecutive week on Wednesday night at Running Aces when Keystone Swagger (John DeLong) benefitted from a perfect pocket trip to win in 1:55.4, equaling the track record for older horses.  The standard the son of Angus Hall tied was less than two hours old as Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) had also stopped the teletimer in 1:55.4 in a $4500 conditioned trot earlier in the program. Keystone Swagger is owned by Dandy Farms and trained in Minnesota by Jim Ellison. It was just his eighth career triumph, but did increase his lifetime earnings to $212,000.  Silence Son (Craig Banks) was a game second after cutting all the fractions and favored Shelby County (Moonie Svendsen) just nipped B C Lulu (Jason Ryan) for third. With the 2013 summer meet just slightly more than half over, the driver and trainer standings at Running Aces are extremely tight and no one has emerged as a clear-cut favorite in either race.  On the drivers side, Jason Ryan and Rick Magee are deadlocked at the top with 30 victories each in 28 nights of racing.  Luke Plano has 29, Nick Roland 28, Steve Wiseman 25 and John DeLong 24. Jason Ryan had a big week to move to the top of the conditioner standings with 16 trips to the winner's circle from his stable.  Close on his heels are David Flinn and Tim Brown with 15 each, then Don Sherman, Tim Maier and Nick Roland all with 14. Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend with a 50-cent Pick Six carryover of $743.65.  Post time Saturday is 7:00 PM (CDT). Gregg Keidel

   COLUMBUS, MN. - For the second straight week trainer-driver Jason Ryan swept both the Open Pace and the Fillies and Mares Open Pace on the Tuesday night program at Running Aces.  This week the feat was doubly impressive as Six Gun, a five-year-old gray gelding owned by Anthony Artuso, set the all-age, all-time track record of 1:50.4 in the $8500 feature race.  The gate-to-wire stellar performance lowered the 1:51.2 mark established last season by Restless Yankee.  Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) and Armbro David (Tim Maier) finished second and third in the elite six-horse field. Ironically, Restless Yankee--in just his fourth start back at Running Aces this season--also won a $7000 conditioned race on the same card in 1:53, which will likely set up a grudge match between the current and former track recordholders in next Tuesday's Open. In the top distaff race Passion R Virginie held off a late challenge by Show Runner (Tim Maier) and Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) to give Ryan his impressive driver-trainer double.  The 1:53 clocking was a new lifetime best for the six-year-old mare that the 24-year-old reinsman also owns. Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a 7:00 PM (CST) post time.

49 to 55 of 55