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The featured event of the Sunday night (July 30) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Horses & Geldings Open Handicap Pace, and it was loaded with a field of 8 talented contenders. None in the field had ever displayed more talent or heart than the race headliner and favorite Roland N Rock, who reminded and doubters of exactly who is king of the Running Aces pacing department.   Roland N Rock ($3.60) floated away in sixth from post seven with Driver Luke Plano aboard, and got rolling first-over well before the half, sweeping quickly to the lead just at the midway point in the affair. Shortly after settling on top, the outer flow of horses came raging on the outside, and SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) swept right by "Rocky" for the lead, opening up almost 4 full lengths around the final turn.   Rocky was down but not out. As they straightened away for home Rocky decided it was his race and nobody was beating him tonight, he stepped on the gas one more time and accelerated right past SF Donttellonme to score his 11th win in 23 starts this year, and his 49th lifetime win by 1 length in a sparkling 1:51.3 with a final quarter in 27.3.   The local superstar pacer and 5 year old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover has now earned $489,857 for Owners Duane and Connie Roland, and Duane Roland does the training while Rocky is home. He is expected to be heading back to his winter stomping grounds at Yonkers Raceway in a few months.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot went to Liquor'skwikker tonight, who posted a career mile with a gutsy first-over grinding win in 2:01.3 with Driver James (J.D.) Yoder in the sulky for Owners Ulf and Susan Holm-Johansen , they are also the breeders of this gelding by Matchstick Man. Tonight's victory was the first win of the season for "Liqour", who had 5 wins as a 2 year old last season and was a state champion 2 year old gelding.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder completed a Hat-Trick on the Sunday card, and Dean Magee and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles as well.   Live Racing returns on Tuesday night, August 2 with a first post of 7:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $21,817.41.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The featured event on the Wednesday night (Aug 17) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $15,000 2 year old Minnesota-Sired Trot and Liquor’sKwikker ($16.80) with driver Rick Magee would post his second lifetime win tonight to pull the upset at 7-1, defeating the heavily favored filly Silent Dreams (Dean Magee) by a head in 2:04.2, a new life’s mark. The winner, a gelding by Matchstick Man is Owned by Ulf Edvard & Susan Holm-Johansen, and trained by the former. He now sports earnings of $24,000 from his 7 lifetime starts. ImapixieatMidnight (Nick Roland) was home third in the mile. The $11,000 Filles & Mares Open Trot was also a highlight on the card, and would also see an upset as Flashy Lady ($21.00) would pull off a gate to wire score, stealing very soft fractions of 31.3 and 102.4 before shifting in to gear for the final half mile with 1:31.2 and 1:59.4 as the final two clockings, she trotted home in 28.2 with a final half mile in 57.0 to secure the 1 ½ length tally over 28-1 Cantoria (Rick Magee) and 1-9 favorite My Little Susie (Mooney Svendsen). Flashy Lady is Trained and Driven by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, and tonight’s victory was her fourth win of the season and 37th lifetime win, and added to her impressive bankrolls of $34,990 for the season, and $371,623 lifetime. Gorilla Monsoon posted a career mile this evening with a dazzling 1:52.0 performance in reign to Nick Roland for Trainer Jessie Pacheco and Owner Ron Rettig-Zucchi. Tonight’s triumph was the tenth lifetime win for the 4 year old gelding by Cam’s Card Shark, and came in just his second start for his current connections. Drivers Rick Magee, Nick Roland, Mooney Svendsen and Luke Plano all posted driving doubles on the Wednesday program. Running Aces is now racing 4 nights a week through the end of the season, with Live Action on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm CDT and Saturdays and Sundays at 6:00 pm CDT. Carryovers for Saturday night include $1,658.78 for the Jackpot Pick-6, and $1,124.07 for the Early Pick-4. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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