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Despite heavy rains and strong storms throughout the day on Sunday (July 28) in the north-metro Minnesota area, the Harness Racing card at Running Aces went to post as scheduled, and delivered some very exciting contests and close finishes over the track rated sloppy.   One of the most impressive winning efforts of the night came from Fox Valley Nemitz ($ 22.00, Brian Detgen) , who picked up his fourth win in twelve outings this season with a resilient first-over mile in 1:52.3 in the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings.   Starting from post four in the seven horse affair, Fox Valley Nemitz floated away in sixth position and sat through the initial fast quarter (:26.3) but was quickly out and moving first-up just after that juncture, and began to apply pressure to leader and race favorite Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee).   Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) was sitting in the pocket and Top Notch (Rick Magee) was well spotted with the outside cover from Fox Valley Nemitz as they made their way around the far turn.   Fox Valley Nemitz turned up the pressure as they turned for home and Holdingallthecards folded his hand and relented, while Top Notch was raging with pace and tipped wide. Fox Valley Nemitz continued to pace strong to the wire and fought hard to deny Top Notch the victory, keeping his rival at bay by a half length on the line.   The winner is a 5 year old son of Richess Hanover, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen, and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen. He now has 16 career wins and $140,002 in the bank.   MD Magic ($5.00, Nick Roland) picked up his third straight win in the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Trot, with a sharp effort from post eight in 2:00.2 over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) for his fifth win of the year for owner Set The Pace Racing and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic now has career earnings of $112,860.   Pridecrest is back on top of the trotting colony at Running Aces after a sharp looking win in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Sunday. The classy 7 year old veteran by Angus Hall pulled the upset win with an outside trip throughout. Driver Steve Wiseman kept Pridecrest in the outer flow and covered up before tipping three-wide into the final turn and delivering heavy pressure to leader Banker Volo (Tim Maier).   Pridecrest took the lead at the head of the lane but immediately faced a strong late challenge from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) for an exciting stretch battle, with Pridecrest ($34.00) prevailing by a neck on the line in 1:56. The winning owner is Christopher Schick, and the winning trainer is Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Nick Roland had a big night on Sunday, piloting a total of five winners on the card, while Steve Wiseman drove three winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman sent out the same three winners.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 30) with local post time at 7 pm. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $3,547.90.     By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening (July 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly edition of the Mares Open pace event, with this week's rendition drawing a field of nine to battle it out for a $16,000 purse. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was back as the headliner in the field, making her return to the top mares event after taking her chances against the boys in the 2019 Dan Patch FFA, where she ran into the toughest Dan Patch nomination field to date, and finished sixth in her elimination group, but was only beaten two lengths. Juslikeaqueen lived up to all the hype this week, posting a dominating gate-to-wire win from post eight with the victory never in doubt. She paced the first half in :56.1 and repeated that for the final half, to stop the timer in 1:52.2 and check in 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) at the wire. Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) turned in another impressive " first-over forever " mile and held gamely for third. Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5 year old mare by Palone Ranger, out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She now has nine wins in twenty-three starts this year, with 26 career tallies and $289,080 in the bank. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Teachmehowtotory ($3.80, Nick Roland) picked up her second consecutive win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old fillies Trot, with a dominating performance in 2:03.1. The sharp filly by Braggart now has two wins in three starts for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Dubberyoo ($15.20, Dean Magee) was a winner in his career debut in the $9,200 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "B" pace, with an impressive win from off the pace in 2:01.3, featuring a :28.4 final quarter. The gelding son of It's That Time is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. Trotterlicious ($4.00, Tim Maier) was impressive again, turning in his second consecutive gate-to-wire win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old colts & geldings Trot, stopping the timer in 2:01. The Money Talks gelding is owned and trained by Rick Bertrand. Bunkerhill Phil ($3.40, Don Harmon) has now won three straight races at Running Aces, picking up an impressive last-to-first sweep in the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "A" pace in 1:58.2, powering home in :28.2 to get up at the wire by a neck. The impressive son of Vlos now has five wins in six career outings. The winning owner/trainer/breeder is Gene Miller. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in Hat-Trick performances on Tuesday, with three winners each, while Nick Roland completed a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (July 27) with first post at 6 pm central, and two carryover pools: The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot is $2,192.87, and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,950.98. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Sunday evening (July 21) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the main event on Dan Patch weekend, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace - Sponsored by Watch And Wager. Last Year's Dan Patch FFA Champion Nine Ways turned in another exhilarating performance in the 2019 Dan Patch, as he rocketed past pace-setter Rockin Speed in the homestretch to record the fastest mile ever at Running Aces when he stopped the timer in 1:50.2, lowering the track mark for the second consecutive week, and also completing six wins in a row. Running Aces' leading driver Dean Magee got Nine Ways away from the gate quickly, and was able to secure the second position on the rail, while Rockin Speed with driver Travis Seekman surged from post position six right to the lead and posted a fast opening quarter of :26.2, before being hounded by Ideal Ace with driver Stephen White who applied heavy pressure to the leader throughout the middle stages of the race (:54.2 and 1:21.4). Rockin Speed turned back the challenge of Ideal Ace, and Nine Ways emerged from the pocket position with plenty of pace, while Firedrake and driver Nick Roland shook free from third at the rail and was charging hard late. Nine Ways got home first for the track record mile, and his second consecutive Dan Patch Championship, with a winning margin of 1-3/4 lengths. Nine Ways is a 5 year old son of Delmarvelous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine Nine of Hearts, the victory in the 2019 Dan patch completed six wins in a row for Nine Ways, who now has 24 lifetime wins and earnings of $269,906. The winning owner is Antonia Storer, and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Nine Ways paid $4.40 for every $2.00 win ticket. Drivers Dean Magee, Nick Roland and Rick Magee all turned in doubles on the Dan Patch program, which produced a new record handle for Running Aces of $371,635. RACE 9 RESULTS RUNNING ACES 7/21/19 $50,000 DAN PATCH FFA PACE TIMES: :26.2, :54.2, 1:21.1, 1:50.2 5- Nine Ways (Dean Magee) $4.40 $2.80 $2.40 6- Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) $3.20 $3.00 2- Firedrake (Nick Roland) $4.20 $2 Exacta 5-6 $12.00 $2 Trifecta 5-6-2 $46.40 $2 Superfecta 5-6-2-1 $197.00 By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 20) harness racing program at Running Aces featured two $25,000 events to kick of the biggest weekend of the summer at the Minnesota oval, Dan Patch Weekend. The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace attracted a strong field of 10 talented pacers going to post, headlined by Holdingallthecards (6-5, Dean Magee) and Stuckey Dote (2-1, Rick Magee). Holdingallthecards was entering this event after a solid win in the top Open Pace a week ago in 1:51.4, and Stuckey Dote was returning to Running Aces after a three race stint at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, where he picked up a 1:51.2 win, and a second. Holdingallthecards fired fastest from the gate from post three and took off for the quarter pole with Stuckey Dote finding the pocket easily from post two. King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) left alertly and was able to secure a spot in third as they posted speedy fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:22.1 with Holdingallthecards keeping the field in chase mode. As they rounded for home, it was clear that Stuckey Dote had taken full benefit of his pocket journey, and was full of pace, exploding Into the two-path as they straightened for the wire, and drawing away to a two length score in 1:51, with King Of The Crop closing inside to grab second over Holdingallthecards. Stuckey Dote ($6.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover out of the Artsplace mare Missy Artsie, he is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. The victory in The Ron Banks Pace was win number six on the season, and 33rd lifetime for Stuckey Dote, who also eclipsed the $300,000 mark in career earnings tonight. The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot was the other big feature event on the card, and attracted a nice field of nine top-level trotters to square off in the evening's nightcap event. Pine Dream was the talk of the tote-board at 4-5 and was a new shooter to Running Aces and a regular Hawthorne competitor, he drew post eight for his local debut. Banker Volo was second choice in the wagering at 3-1, followed by My Uncle Cuz at 7-2. Banker Volo (Tim Maier) utilized his customary early speed and trotted out to the early lead from post two, while My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) floated away quickly to grab the pocket, and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) came away in third from the pole position. Pine Dream made a big move from the back of the pack near the three-eighths juncture, but went off-stride when near the top, losing all chance. Banker Volo led all the way into the lane, but My Uncle Cuz had plenty of trot and emerged from the pocket to score a one length victory over Banker Volo in 1:56, with French Eclipse holding the third spot. My Uncle Cuz My Uncle Cuz ($9.80) is a five year old gelded son of Abc Garland, he now has three wins in ten starts this year and lifetime earnings of $294,699. The winning owner is Krista Harmon, and the winning trainer is Don Harmon. Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.20, Dean Magee) picked up her fifth win in six seasonal starts tonight, with a 1:54.4 score in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old filly pace, and SB Bodacious ($3.80, Rick Magee) scored his fourth win of the year in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old colts & geldings pace with a 1:54.2 mile over Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo). Dean Magee had a very big night on Saturday, with a Grand Slam of four winners on the card. Rick Magee also had a big night, with a Hat-Trick of three winners. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 21) with a fantastic twelve race program, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

On Sunday evening (July 14) Running Aces hosted elimination races for the biggest Harness Racing event of the summer in Minnesota - The Dan Patch FFA Pace. Fourteen contenders lined up in two fields of seven to battle it out and decide the finalists for next week's $50,000 signature event.  Defending Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) was a headliner in the second $15,000 elimination grouping on the card, along with last year's runner-up and 2017 champion Firedrake (Nick Roland). They were the two fastest away from the gate, with Nine Ways sprinting to the lead and Firedrake securing the pocket through the opening quarter in :26.4.  SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) paced away in third and the rest of the field was in a line-up as Nine Ways maintained a solid tempo (:55.0 and 1:22.4). Bettor's Promise launched a first-over bid near the half, and applied pressure to the leader down the backstretch and around the far turn, with Ideal Ace (Steven White) and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the outer flow - but nobody was able to get past Nine Ways, who paced home strong through the lane with a :27.4 final panel and held off Firedrake who emerged from the pocket with pace. Nine Ways dug in for a 1¼ length tally to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and register the fastest mile in the history of Running Aces. SF Donttellonme held third over Bettor's Promise, while To The Limit won a big battle for the final qualifying spot.  Nine Ways ($2.40) is a 5 year old gelded son of Delmarvelous out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts. The victory tonight completed 5 wins in a row for Nine Ways for owner Antonia Storer and trainer Tim Maier, and pushed his career numbers to 23 wins and $244,906.  The first $15,000 elimination heat carried two of the most anticipated starters from the overall nomination field - Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) the Hawthorne shipper who was looking to extend a six race win streak, and Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) who shipped in from Indiana where he just posted a 1:49.1 career mark.  Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) was also in the first grouping, along with the lone mare in the 2019 Dan Patch field Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee).  Rockin Speed blasted from the gate from post two to take a firm early command, forcing Fox Valley Gemini to settle for the pocket from the rail, while Urgointohearmeroar floated away in third as they completed the fast :26.3 opening stanza. Urgointohearmeroar got rolling on the outside near the half, and was first over with Juslikeaqueen in tow and Major Legacy (Nick Roland) third-over. Urgointohearmeroar continued to pressure Rockin Speed through the middle panels of :55.3 and 1:23.1 while keeping Fox Valley Gemini locked tight in the pocket.  A furious stretch battle ensued as they turned for home, with Urgointohearmeroar getting the upper hand late for a ¾-length score over Rockin Speed in a 1:51 mile. Top Notch (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to secure third at 75-1, while Annihilator (Don Harmon) also closed well to pick up fourth at 72-1 and Fox Valley Gemini completed the top five.  Urgointohearmeroar completed a five race win streak with his elimination victory, adding to his impressive total of 13 wins in 15 starts this season, for earnings of $45,765. The impressive 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.  Urgointohearmeroar and driver Lemoyne Svendsen secured win number thirteen this season in his Dan Patch FFA elimination. The $15,000 Open II Handicap Pace went to Holdingallthecards ($4.80, Dean Magee) in 1:51.4 for his fourth win in sixteen starts this year, and the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot went to My Uncle Cuz ($20.60, Don Harmon) for his second win in nine season starts, and a seasonal best clocking of 1:55.4.  Heavy rains moved in to the area at Running Aces after race ten, with race eleven going to post under sloppy conditions. After a delay, and further bands of heavy rain, race twelve was cancelled due to safety concerns.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 16 with a big twelve race program, that offers two carryovers - the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is $5,310.11 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,655.11. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 13) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured two divisions of the Minnesota-Sired three year old pacers going for a total purse of $23,000. The $13,800 "A" division saw a talented field of six, with three fillies and three geldings going into battle, headlined by favorites SB Bodacious (Rick Magee), Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo), and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee). As the gate sped away from the field, Windmeupnwatchmego was sent right to the lead from her outside six post, and quickly established firm command of affairs. The talented daughter of Wind Me Up posted a quick opener of 27.4, before stealing a 30 second breather in the second panel. Dean Magee got her fired back up for the final half and peeled off a 28.1 third panel to maintain a firm hold on things, and she paced home in an eye-catching 27.3 to post a career best mile of 1:53.3 while holding off a late challenge from race favorite SB Bodacious, with Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) home in third. Windmeupnwatchmego ($7.60) now has four wins in five outings this year, and ten career victories in just thirteen starts, with earnings of $77,550 for owner Richard Davelaar. The winning trainer is Gordon Graham. The $9,200 "B" split went to Trinitysfancyfilly (Brain Detgen) as she picked up her fourth win of the season in ten starts. After getting away third in the early stages, Trinitysfancyfilly ($4.80) swept to the lead near the 3/8 pole, and was never in doubt from there, She held off a host of late chargers at the wire to post a half-length score in 1:56.2 for a new career mark. Tiyaga (Steve Wiseman) picked up second, with Sweet Vivian (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third. The winner is owned by Sarah Hallberg, and also owned and trained by Brian Detgen. Saturday night was also Roger Huston night at Running Aces, an event that was a huge success. The Hall of Fame Announcer and Broadcaster met fans, signed autographs and books, toured the facility and called some Minnesota Harness action. A large and enthusiastic Saturday night crowd was treated to Huston's signature energetic and colorful calls, as he made the Running Aces stop his 145th career racetrack to announce at, and twentieth state in which to do so. Roger has now called 179,600 races over a tremendous 60 year career and is still going strong. He is now headed back home to gear up for the 2019 Adios pace at his home track (The Meadows) before heading to Ireland in August to call races at the Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway near Dublin. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 14) with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT) and features two $15,000 elimination races for the $50,000 Dan Patch Free For All. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -Running Aces is thrilled to welcome world famous Harness Racing Announcer and Broadcaster Roger Huston to the Minnesota oval on Saturday night (July 13). This will mark the 20th U.S. state and 145th Racetrack that Roger has called races at over his 60 years of announcing- which started at Wilmington, Ohio in 1960. As of the time of the Running Aces event, Roger will be right around the mark of 179,600 races called. In addition to calling some of the Running Aces action on Saturday, Roger will be available on the Race Patio for a meet and greet session, and book signing session starting at 5:00 pm. There will be a drawing with 10 lucky winners receiving an autographed copy of Roger's new book "The Voice" by Victoria M. Howard, with winners announced after Race #5. Books will also be available for purchase during the Saturday event.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The elimination races for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace will headline a blockbuster card of Harness Racing on Sunday, July 14 at Running Aces. There are two elimination races with a total of 14 pacers vying for the chance to line up behind the starting gate in the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. Each elimination heat carries a purse of $15,000 - bringing the total purse for the 2019 Dan Patch to $80,000. The top five horses in each elimination heat will advance to the final. The first elimination field will see many of the top speedsters among this year's participants, with Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) drawing the rail and morning-line favoritism at 6/5, while Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) is the second choice on the morning line (7/5) from post two. The former arrives in Minnesota with a six race win streak at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, and sports a brand new career mark of 1:50.1 last out. Three starts ago on June 7th, Fox Valley Gemini paced a final quarter in :25.1 to sweep the field and win handily. The latter ships in to Running Aces from Indiana, where he just posted a career best win on 1:49.1 at Hoosier Park on June 21. During the month of May, Rockin Speed campaigned in Canada, finishing fourth in the $139,490 Confederation Cup, and second in the $116,180 Camluck Classic. He leads the Dan Patch contenders with $90,327 in earnings in 2019. Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) is the 3/1 third choice in elimination #1 (Race 9) and is currently riding a four race win streak at Running Aces, equalling the track's fastest mile ever (1:50.4) on June 29. The 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding has won 16 of 20 career races, and will start from post three. The lone mare in this year's Dan Patch squad is Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee), who has reigned supreme here since her arrival from Pennsylvania in late June. She has dominated the Mares Open Pace for three straight weeks, and posted a dazzling 1:51.1 mile on Tuesday (July 9) to just miss a track record by one-fifth of a second, despite an off track (good, -1). She has been installed at 4/1 on the morning line from post four. The final three horses in the first elimination heat are: (in post position order) (5) Annihilator (Don Harmon) 10/1, (6) Major Legacy (Nick Roland) 20/1, and (7) Top Notch (Rick Magee) 8/1. Elimination #2 (Race 10) includes the two horses that have previously won the Dan Patch FFA Pace, 2017 winner & 2018 runner-up Firedrake (Nick Roland) who is 9/2 on the morning line from post two, and sports two wins in his last four starts, and 2018 winner Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who is the even-money (1/1) favorite on the morning line, and looks to extend a three-race win streak in Sunday's elimination race. Nine Ways is the second highest money earner this season, with $85,360, and has dominated the Horses & Geldings Open ranks since arriving in Minnesota in late June. Nine Ways drew post position five. Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) rounds out the top three favorites at 7/2 from post seven, and was the winner of the $20,000 North Metro Pace at Running Aces on June 16. Completing the field for the second elimination are: (in post position order) (1) Better Watch Out (Don Harmon) 12/1, (3) Ideal Ace (Stephen White) 6/1, SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) 10/1, and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) 8/1. Post time for Sunday's elimination night program is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Tuesday evening (July 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace event, with this week's edition drawing a field of seven going for $14,000. The talk of the tote-board at (1-9) was Juslikeaqueen, who was assigned post seven and was looking to extend a two race win streak at the top Mares Open level. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" sent the favorite right to the front, but had to deal with a strong early challenge for the lead from Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) through a very fast :26.3 opening stanza, with Delightfully Wild forced to settle for the pocket, and Cay's Blessing (Darrell Wright) showing plenty of early speed as well and getting away third. Once settled on the lead, Juslikeaqueen was well in control of affairs, and posted solid middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.3, with no pressure whatsoever. As they straightened for home, Delightfully Wild mounted a challenge from the pocket but was no match for the leader, who held firm to the wire for a ¾- lenth score in 1:51.1, just 1 tick off of the track record for aged pacing mares (Show Runner, 1:51) and making the effort even more impressive was the track rating of good (the rating started at sloppy, and was upgraded after five races). PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to get third money. The winner is a five year old daughter of Palone Ranger, and out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She is owned by Antonia Storer and is trained by Tim Maier. The victory on Tuesday was win number seven on the season, and pushed her yearly earnings to $64,010, while her career bankroll is now at $281,080. Juslikeaqueen ($2.20) is the lone mare in a field of nineteen nominees for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace at Running Aces, which gets underway with elimination races this coming Sunday (July 14). Two year old Minnesota-Sired races were also a highlight of the Tuesday action, with Go Margeaux ($6.60, Rick Magee) picking up her first career win in 2:03.2 over the sloppy surface in the "B" Trot, and Miss Gracious ($4.60, Darrell Wright) remaining a perfect 3-for-3 lifetime in the "A" Trot in 2:03.1. On The pacing side, Ain't That A Shame ($5.00, Don Harmon) won her first career race with a gate-to-wire win in 2:00.2 in the "B" division, while Bunkerhill Phil ($22.60, Don Harmon) topped the "A" split with a sharp mile in 1:57.4 for his first career pari-mutuel win. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night (July 13) with two sizeable carryovers: $4,714.19 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $4,777.45 in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager. First post on Saturday is at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The weekly Open Handicap Trot was the $14,000 feature on the Saturday night (July 6) harness racing program at Running Aces, with seven top trotters going in to battle, headlined by Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was looking for his sixth win in a row, and was favored by the betting public at 7-5. Banker Volo blasted off of the gate from post seven to quickly establish firm command, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) flashing speed from post five and dropping into the pocket through a :28.3 opening quarter. Banker Volo led comfortably through the middle stages (:57.4, 1:25.4) but began to feel heavy pressure from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) who was on the attack from first-over. Pridecrest was in the pocket, but as they were rounding for home he rolled off-stride and lost all chance. Winning Lyric had the leader measured as they turned in, and Banker Volo had to settle for second as Winning Lyric trotted strong through the lane to score by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:55, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) checking in third. The winner is a 5 year old gelded son of Credit Winner, out of the Yankee Glide mare Naked Lyric. He is owned by Terrence Smith, and is trained by Edward Hernandez, who earned his very first pari-mutuel training victory with this score on Saturday night. Winning Lyric ($7.20) now has two wins in seven starts this year, and ten career victories, with earnings of $107,216 lifetime. Driver Dean Magee picked up another Hat-Trick on Saturday, while Nick Roland scored a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, July 7 with first post at 7 pm (CDT) and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $2,470.76.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -For the second year in a row, Watch and Wager has partnered with Running Aces as promotional sponsor for the signature harness racing event of the season, the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which gets underway with $15,000 elimination races on Sunday, July 14 and culminates with the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. This year's Dan Patch event has drawn nineteen nominations including 17 geldings, 1 mare and 1 stallion and the overall field has earned over $3.4 million and won over 400 races collectively. The Dan Patch FFA headlines a big weekend of racing at the Minnesota oval, including The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot on Saturday, July 20. The festivities will get underway on Friday, July 19 with the Dan Patch pre-party, which is by invitation to top-tier racing customers, Dan Patch FFA connections, and Running Aces horsemen. Party attendees will be treated to race programs, tip sheets and chances to win swag prizes and betting vouchers for the big race. On Sunday, July 21 the signal from Running Aces will feature the addition of NAHU Picks "Three-Wide" as part of the full card broadcast, with Rod Allums, Jr., Mike Pribozie, and Ray Cotolo joining track announcer Darin Gagne live from the track apron, and offering on-track fans many chances to win prizes throughout the big racing night. There will also be a special Dan Patch retro lunch box giveaway on Saturday (July 20) and a kid's horseshoe giveaway on Sunday (July 21). The Live Racing schedule at Running Aces offers action three nights per week, all summer long, through September 14, with racing on Tuesdays (7 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays both at (6 pm). By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening (July 2) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of eight facing the starter and looking for the weekly title as top distaffer on the grounds. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was the talk of the toteboard, coming into this week's Mares' feature fresh off of her impressive win upon local debut a week ago, when she launched a furious late-stretch charge to get up at the wire in 1:52.3 for a half-length score. This week she and Leading Driver Dean Magee employed a different strategy - they went straight to the lead and never looked back, taking the field on a merry stroll through fractions of :27, :56.2, and 1:24.3 before pacing a strong :28.1 final panel to keep the field well in arrears at the wire in 1:52.4. Juslikeaqueen ($2.40) was 3½ lengths ahead of 128-1 longshot Strings (Don Harmon) and 46-1 longshot Cay's Blessing (Darrell Wright) at the finish. The resulting $2 Trifecta of $1,148.20 was an impressive number considering the 1-5 favorite delivered the win.  Juslikeaqueen is the lone mare nominated to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace which gets underway with elimination races on Sunday, July 14. The 5 year old daughter of Palone Ranger is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Tim Maier.  Two $10,000 Opens for two year olds were contested on Tuesday night, one each for pacers and trotters. The $10,000 pace event went to Waco Sassy Kid ($2.80,Nick Roland) who made it two in a row at Running Aces with a 1:58.4 score, and remains a perfect 4-for-4 lifetime for owner Ronald Lamar Burks and trainer Lorenza Gooch. The $10,000 trot event went to Miss Gracious (Dean Magee) who also achieved two wins in a row, and also remains unbeaten in those two career races. Miss Gracious ($5.40) is owned and trained by Jeffrey Ryan.  Driver Dean Magee led the night with 3 winners for a Hat-Trick, and remains at the top of the Driver Standings through the first 21 nights of the 2019 season.  Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen completed a natural driving double with tallies in races seven and eight.  The .20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager has a carryover of $2,034.71 for the next card of Live Racing at Running Aces - Saturday, July 6 with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack    

The Sunday evening (June 30) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was jam-packed with featured events and competitive contests spanning the twelve race card. Among the featured races was the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which offered a field of eight top level contenders facing the gate, including Banker Volo from post eight, who was looking to extend his four race winning streak that began on May 26. Loyal Banker Volo fans were treated to a generous price at the windows at 2-1. The field included a coupled entry of Muscle Ave (Williams Hernandez) and Winning Lyric (Dean Magee), and they were sent off as the 6-5 favorites. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) flashed his usual gate speed from his outside spot and grabbed the early lead, while Muscle Ave was quickly up to attack from post four, and take over the front, but Banker Volo and Roland were not content with the pocket and quickly utilized the give-and-go to get back on top at the three-eighths pole. Banker Volo led from there and built up a three length advantage as they rounded the far turn, but Winning Lyric began to bridge the gap and was charging hard in the final stages, making for an exciting final sixteenth. Banker Volo responded to the challenge and was game right down to the wire, keeping a head in front of Winning Lyric as they hit the line in 1:55.2 with My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) home third. The victory now makes five wins in a row for Banker Volo ($6.00) who has now earned $45,775 from seven outings this season, and $461,853 from 128 career races with 41 wins. Lucas Roland is the winning owner and Jenni King is the winning trainer. Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made his second Running Aces start of the season on Sunday, headlining a very talented field of eight in a $7,500 conditioned Trot from post three, sent off as the 1-2 heavy public choice. Mystic Flower (Ryan Very Hage) was fastest from the gate before Cartier Zette (Tim Maier) swept to the lead. Pridecrest got rolling near the three-eighths marker and was first-over throughout from there. Pridecrest continued to press the leader and drew alongside turning for home, before forging to the out-right lead close to home. It's A Horse (Brian Detgen) was charging late at a big price but Pridecrest was game and kicked home a winner in 1:56.3 to score by a half-length with Cartier Zette home in third. Pridecrest now shows two wins in ten starts this year, earning $15,970, while his career numbers advance to 33 wins and $286,934. The winning owner is Christopher Schick and the winning trainer is Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. Nine Ways (Dean Magee) dominated the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace event for the second consecutive week, turning in a strong 1:52 mile for his third straight win. Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) blasted the gate from post five and then sat the pocket behind Nine Ways and tried to get by in the lane but Nine Ways would not relent, powering home in :27.4 for another impressive win. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) rallied late for third. Nine Ways ($3.00) now has six wins in twenty four starts this year, earning $77,360. His career stats advance to 21 wins and $229,406 from 86 races. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Lone Pine Shuzy ($15.60, Jesse Yoder) scored in the $9,200 MN 3 YO Trot (class B) in 2:02.1, while Major Al-Mar ($9.80, Rick Magee) scored in the $13,800 "A" division in 2:00.1 for his first career win. Drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee both picked up Hat-Tricks on Sunday, while current leader Dean Magee scored a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 2) with an eleven race program and a carryover in the .20 cent Pick-5 wager of $1,362.57. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Saturday evening (June 29) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by a track record performance from Urgointohearmeroar (Mooney Svendsen) who dominated a $7,000 conditioned pace and stopped the timer in 1:50.4 to register a new track record for 4 year old geldings. The clocking also equaled the fastest time ever at Running Aces, a distinction he now currently holds with Six Gun, Trashytoungetalker, and Holdingallthecards. After getting away from the gate in fifth position early, Svendsen sent his charge first-over and swept to the lead near the 3/8 marker. Once on the lead, Urgointohearmeroar ($4.40) was never in doubt, keeping early leader Skim The Top (Don Harmon) at bay in the pocket, and powering home in the final half (:55.0) to score a 1 ¾ length tally over Skim The Top and Marktentwentyseven (Dean Magee), who was 8 ¾ lengths back at the wire. Urgointohearmeroar is by Mystery Chase, out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Unconditional. He has now won fifteen of nineteen career races for owner/trainer Mark Anderson, who nominated him to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace coming up in July at Running Aces. The $13,800 featured event on Saturday was the 3 Year Old Minnesota-Sired "Class A" Pacing event, with a very talented field of seven contenders. The race delivered a super exciting stretch battle that had all of the contestants in hot pursuit of front-runner Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) who benefitted from a :30.3 breather in the second quarter to have plenty left in the tank deep in the stretch, holding off four challengers and scoring a third-straight victory by a head in 1:54.3. Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) just missed a fourth straight win, while SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) was only beaten a half-length in third. Stay Humble N Kind is also owned and trained by Gerald Longo, and returned $8.60 for the win ticket. In The $9,200 Minnesota-Sired "Class B" Pace, The Boss' Wife ($7.20) captured her very first lifetime win, with an aggressive drive by her trainer Nick Roland, she dominated the affair with a gate-to-wire tally in 1:58. The 3 year old filly by Voracious Hanover showed a tremendous improvement while third in her last outing, and followed that up with the 1 length victory tonight for owners Cathy Dessert and Set The Pace Racing LLC. Drivers Mooney Svendsen, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all turned in doubles on the Saturday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, June 30, with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -Running Aces is proud to announce the list of horses that have been nominated to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace on Sunday, July 21, the headline harness racing event during our annual Dan Patch weekend. A total of 19 pacers have been nominated, comprised of 17 geldings, 1 stallion, and 1 mare. The 2019 nominees range in age from 4 to 10 years old. As a group, the nineteen nominees have earned over $3.4 million dollars and have won over 400 races collectively. The headliners among this year's entries include 2018 Dan Patch FFA winner Nine Ways (5, $221,906, 1:50f) as well as 2017 winner and 2018 runner-up Firedrake (6, $168,024, 1:51.2f) and 2019 Camluck Classic runner-up Rockin Speed (4, $210,928, 1:49.1s) as well as Illinois sensation Fox Valley Gemini (4, $333,666, 1:50.2s). Leading the group in terms of career numbers is the classy veteran Holdingallthecards (10, $562,530, 1:50m). The lone stallion in the group is Major Legacy (6, $93,725, 1:52s) and the lone mare in this year's list of nominees is Juslikeaqueen (5, $266,080, 1:51f)   Below is the complete list of 2019 nominees: Annihilator Better Watch Out Bettor's Promise Dash Of Danger Firedrake Fox Valley Gemini Here Comes Teddy Holdingallthecards Ideal Ace Juslikeaqueen King Of The Crop Major Legacy Nine Ways Rockin Speed SF Donttellonme Top Notch To The Limit Urgointohearmeroar When You Dance   The elimination races will be held on Sunday, July 14 for $15,000 each. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Tuesday evening (June 25) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Mares Open Pace, with a very nice group of seven distaffers going into battle. Newcomer Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was heavily supported by the betting public and was sent off as the 2-5 favorite from post one. Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was fastest from the gate from post two and set honest early fractions of :27.3, and :56.1 with Juslikeaqueen riding along comfortably in the pocket. Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) launched a first-over attack near the five-eighths pole, and applied heavy pressure to the leader as they rounded the far turn and registered a 1:24.2 clocking. Pull The shade (Steve Wiseman) tipped three wide off cover and took the lead as they squared for home, while Juslikeaqueen angled to the outside with a furious charge to the wire and surged past right on the line for a half-length score in 1:52.3. Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5 year old daughter of Palone Ranger out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline, she now sport's six wins in nineteen starts this season, and 23 career wins, with $266,080 in her lifetime bankroll. The winner is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Tim Maier, and she is being aimed at the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which gets underway with elimination races on July 14. Tuesday's program also featured a pair of two year old events for both trotters and pacers, The $10,000 Two year old Open Trot went to Miss Gracious ($6.80, Dean Magee) a filly by Money Talks who out-lasted Lo Can Go Go Go (Williams Hernandez) by a neck in 2:05.3. The $10,000 Two year old Open Pace event went to Waco Sassy Kid, a gelding by Costa Rica Kid driven by Nick Roland for a ¾ length score in 2:00.3 to remain unbeaten in three career races. Another exciting occurrence on the Tuesday card came about when full siblings both picked up career best wins on the same racing program- five year old gelding pacer Marktentwentyseven ($7.80, Brady Jenson) won the opener with authority to score his tenth career win in 1:52.3 shaving nearly 1 second from his previous best time, while his full sister four year old mare Nurse Nattie ($14.60, Brady Jenson) stepped up to the plate in race eight and hit a home run for her sixth career tally, stopping the timer in 1:55 and shearing an impressive 3 and 3/5 seconds from her previous mark. Both winners are by Up Front Brad and out of the Heavenly Favored mare Mysparklingdiamond. The winning breeder in both cases is Brandon Jenson, while Larry Jo Jenson is owner and Brady Jenson is the trainer. Drivers Dean Magee and Brady Jenson both picked up three wins on Tuesday, each scoring the Hat-Trick, while Nick Roland piloted two winners on the card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, June 29 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

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