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Minnesota Harness Racing's 2018 Champion freshman trotting gelding MD Magic is back in top form at Running Aces, and he picked up his second win of the year in six starts by capturing the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Trot on Sunday night (June 23).  MD Magic (Nick Roland) started from post ten in the second tier in a bulky field of ten sophomores, and got away fifth in the early stages, while Al-Mar Humdinger (Don Harmon) and Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) traded turns on the lead. The early fractions were honest (:29.2 and :58.4) and MD Magic was first to launch an outside bid - moving first up as they rounded for the backstretch.  MD Magic ($9.00) was pressuring Major Al-Mar at the top as they rounded the far turn and registered three-quarters in 1:29.2 and was clearly getting the best of his rival as they trotted through the lane, surging past to get 1 length clear at the wire in 2:00.1 for his eleventh career tally. Major Al-Mar was a clear second, with Al-Mar Humdinger checking in third.  MD Magic is a son of Braggart, out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, and he has now earned $90,800 in seventeen career races for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. He was the top two year old male trotter last year and set a record in the Minnesota-Sired program with single-season earnings of $70,300.  The Sunday card was loaded with feature events, including the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which went to 3 year old colt trotting sensation Bordogna (Trixton-Lima Playmate-Credit Winner) who now sports three wins in a row after a sharp looking rally from the back of the pack to sweep the field in 1:55.4. Bordogna ($4.20, Steve Wiseman) is owned by Rick and Mr. Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.  The $17,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings featured a very talented field of ten, and the return of 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace winner Nine Ways, who was highly regarded at the windows at 3-5 from post 8 and did not disappoint his backers. Nine Ways ($3.40, Dean Magee) blasted right to the lead and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:51.4 mile, for two wins in a row. Tim Maier trains the 5 year old gelding by Delmarvelous for owner Antonia Storer. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) was a fast-closing second and King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was third.  The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 4 year olds & up Trot went to Bragginade ($19.00, Nick Roland) who is back in top form and trotted to a career best 1:57.4 victory for his first win of the year in five starts. The Braggart gelding was the freshman state champ two years ago and has now earned $90,009 for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Nick Roland. Jenni King trainees French Eclipse and Whatevershesgot were second and third, respectively.  Drivers Dean Magee and Nick Roland shared top honors on the night, with three wins each.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a twelve race program on Tuesday, June 25 - kicking off at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Three Year Old Minnesota-Sired Pace, which was split into two divisions. The $11,500 fillies division sported a field of seven sophomore distaffers, headlined by A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) who was the clear favorite in the wagering (1-1) after turning in a very impressive victory last time out, winning by more than five lengths to post a maiden win in 1:56.2. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) was also getting plenty of attention, as she was the runner-up for divisional honors last season as a freshman filly pacer. The public sent her off as the 2-1 second choice, and she sped away from the gate from post one to take the lead and control the pace. The fractions were quite sensible with Trinitysfancyfilly leading the parade through the first three panels (:29, :59, and 1:28.1) while A Little Rusty had gotten away in third before launching a first-over attack going into the final turn, and The Boss' Wife (Nick Roland) was stalking in the pocket. Trinitysfancyfilly led them into the lane, and was game to the wire, but A Little Rusty had just enough momentum to forge past right on the money - getting up to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 for two wins in a row, with The Boss' Wife home in third. A Little Rusty ($4.00) is by The Village Rusty from the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Topless. The winner is owned and trained by Wendy Haberburg. Gerald Longo also won the $11,500 colts & geldings division with his own Fancy Schmacy gelding Stay Humble N Kind, delivering as the 2-1 second choice ($6.00) and picking up his second win in a row with a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 as he just out-kicked race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) to the wire in a thrilling finish. Completing a Hat-Trick on the program for Longo, was Bunkerhill Jill ($10.40) in the nightcap, pacing to a new career best of 1:54.2 for owner/trainer Gene Miller. One lucky patron was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 wager as the only ticket, taking down a Jackpot of $12,783.92. The winning sequence was 3-9-2-9-3 and the odds of those winners were: 4-5, 20-1, 9-2, 22-1, and 4-1. The Pick-5 Jackpot starts over on Sunday, June 23 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack

The 2019 Father's Day Harness Racing program at Running Aces was a huge success - perpetuating a long history of large, enthusiastic crowds making their way to the north-metro Minnesota track to celebrate the holiday with the whole family and enjoy all of the amenities that Running Aces has to offer. The card of racing was fantastic, overflowing with exciting and well matched contests and impressive performances. The big event on the card was the first annual North Metro Pace sporting a $20,000 purse that drew a very talented field of Open level pacers. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) was the talk of the tote board (8-5) and the top pick of track handicappers - making his Running Aces return after a two year hiatus from the Columbus five-eighths mile track where he posted a strong campaign in 2017 and took a 1:51.1 mark. Annihilator (Dean Magee) and Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) were both well supported at just over 3-1 and King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was the only other horse sent off at odds in the single digits (6-1). The gate sped away with Holdingallthecards in hot pursuit from post eight for the lead and Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) flooring it from post four to secure the garden seat position. Prodigal (Tony Succarotte) was also away fast from post three and settled third and just off the early leaders. The quarter was a fast :26.3 and Tim Maier quickly throttled the leader down for a second quarter breather of :29.2 while War Daddy (Williams Hernandez) got the ball rolling on the outside, creating an outer flow that included race favorite SF Donttellonme (second-over) and Annihilator in the third-over spot. Holdingallthecards responded to the pressure with a :27.3 panel that brought the field around the far turn, and turned back the closest outside pursuers. Bettor's Promise had enjoyed the perfect trip throughout and was poised to strike as they turned for home - but getting by the leader was no easy task. A furious charge to the wire ensued and Annihilator joined the fray on the far outside to bolster a nail-biting finish. When the dust cleared at the wire Bettor's Promise had gotten home first, a neck ahead of Annihilator and a further neck back to Holdingallthecards in a 1:52.4 mile. The top 7 finishers were beaten less than three lengths and entire field was covered in under 5 lengths. Bettor's Promise ($35.60) took the top prize in a thrilling inaugural edition of the North Metro Pace and his connections were presented the "giant check" in the Winner's Circle. The 8 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. Bettor's Promise now has three wins in twelve starts this year and 27 lifetime wins, with a career bankroll of $183,695 after Sunday's big win. Winning driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen dedicated his wins on Father's Day weekend to the memory of his father Lorenz Svendsen, both father and son are members of the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Svendsen had two wins on the Father's Day program. Driver Steve Wiseman is the two-time defending Champion driver at Running Aces and he turned in a huge night on Sunday - celebrating his Father's Day in style with five wins on the card - the first driver to win more than three on any card this season. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night, June 18 with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT) and a couple of nice carryovers: $9,662.11 for the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $5,371.39 for the Hi-5. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces featured the inaugural Trout Air Trot with a $20,000 purse and a talented field of seven that included three current track record holders, who were the top three horses in the wagering. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) was sent off as the slight favorite at just under 3-1, while Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) was the public's second choice at 7-2 and Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) was also well supported at 4-1. Banker Volo left from post seven displaying his usual early speed and trotting right to the front, while Silverlode also flashed speed from post six and found the pocket and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) was also fast away and landed in third. The early fractions were solid at :27.3 and :56.2 and Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was first to launch a challenge with a first-over bid just past the half, he got to third within two lengths of the leader on the far turn, but Banker Volo turned in a strong third panel of :28.3 to stop the outer flow from getting too close. As the stellar field rounded for home, Banker Volo was still trotting strong and he had nearly two lengths on his rivals. Silverlode had the best trip and angled from the pocket, with Winning Lyric (Williams Hernandez) tipping from second-over and closing late - but Banker Volo had plenty left in the tank and held firm to the wire, posting a solid 1 length score in 1:54.4 for his fourth-straight victory at Running Aces, and yet another high profile win for Banker Volo ($7.80) that brings his career win tally to 40 and pads his career bankroll to $454,353. The always impressive 10 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide is owned by Lucas Roland and trained by Jenni King. Silverlode held the second spot, while Winning Lyric checked in third. Trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday, scoring 4 wins and 1 second in four races - from five starters. A night to remember for the veteran trainer who is a well respected member of the local colony each summer, and competes at Cal Expo in his home state of California the rest of the year. Drivers Gerald Longo and Nick Roland each posted driving doubles on the card. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $7,826.37 heading into a big 11 race Father's Day card on Sunday, June 16 with a first post of 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino Hotel and Racetrack

Harness racing trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday (June 15) Reider sent out 5 horses - with two of them carded together in one race. The night's results charts show four wins and one second for the Reider brigade. Four races, four wins and a second, he could not possibly do better than that without a dead heat - his horses finished one-two in race three, separated by just a length. The amazing night started out in race one, when Steve Wiseman piloted Reider's 5 year old Hot Pans gelded pacer Zachariahs Honor ($9.20) to a half-length victory for his seventh win of the year. Next, in Race 3, Reider sent out the winner Cruising For You ($9.20, Mooney Svendsen) and the runner-up He Grins Again (Steve Wiseman). Dontcloseyoureyes ($31.00, Gerald Longo) was the next Reider winner, in race five, scoring her first win of the season and upsetting the field at 14-1. Finally, George sent out Walker Meister in Race #6 while the public had finally jumped on the Reider bandwagon - sending him off as the 8-5 favorite. Walker Meister responded by turning in a dazzling performance - sweeping the field around the far turn and pulling away to a 5½ length romp for his fourth win of the year and completing a perfect night of racing for George Reider. Cruising For You is owned by Juan Pacheco, all of the others mentioned are owned by George Reider. Reider is a Running Aces mainstay every summer and he is a well respected horseman. The four wins on Saturday bring him into the current list of top five trainers by wins in 2019. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Father's Day weekend is jam-packed with great harness racing action at Running Aces, along with a full slate of family activities, live music, giveaways and other promotions. The action on the track will feature two signature races - The $20,000 Trout Air Trot on Saturday (6/15) has a star-studded field of seven contenders, including three current track record holders. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) has won the last three Open Handicap Trot events and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite from his assigned outside post. Winning Lyric (Williams Hernandez) is a new horse to the local scene by way of Pocono Downs and has been posted as the 7-2 second choice, while Bringoverthemoney (4-1, Tim Maier), Pridecrest (9-2, Lemoyne Svendsen), and Silverlode (5-1, Steve Wiseman) round out the top contenders on the morning line. The $20,000 North Metro Pace headlines a great 11 race card on Sunday (6/16) with a full field of nine very talented entries. Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) has won his last two races but moves back up into open company for this feature event and starts from post eight, despite those possible obstacles he has been installed as the 5-2 top choice. Annihilator (7-2, Dean Magee) won at the Open level two weeks ago and has the rail, and SF Donttellonme (7-2, Joe Casagranda) has drawn post two and returns to Running Aces for the first time since 2017 and is showing recent good form at the top levels at Northville Downs. Fox Valley Nemitz (9-2, Brian Detgen) just won a top Open here in 1:52 but has post nine for this event, and Firedrake (9-1, Nick Roland) is also another top contender here coming off a strong win in 1:54.2, he will start from post seven. Bolstering the great lineup of races for the weekend are a trio of nice carryover pools to add to the excitement. The 50 cent early Pick-4 on Saturday will feature a carryover of $2,021.92, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 will start at $7,005.65 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carries $1,763.54 from Tuesday night (6/11). Post time is 6:00 pm (CDT) for both Saturday and Sunday. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace event, with this week's edition hosting a field of seven going to battle for a $14,000 purse. Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) was the favorite in the wagering at 3-5 and was looking for her third straight win at the Open level. Pull The Shade (Dean Magee) is stablemate to said favorite, and was the second choice in the pools at 7/2. When the gate sped away from the field it was Delightfully Wild (8-1) with driver Nick Roland who was fastest to the front, turning back a challenge for the lead from Strings (Mooney Svendsen). Delightfully Wild served notice that she was in charge and seated her rivals all in a line behind her through a good :27.2 opener. Just after the quarter, Tim Maier got the favorite Cenalta Diamond rolling from the back of the pack and created an outer flow, advancing to third as they hit the half mile in :56.4, and then applying heavy pressure to the leader as they headed into the last turn. Pull The Shade had picked up the second-over position and was poised to strike from there as they completed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Strings (8-1) had saved ground in the pocket throughout, and was still right there stalking as they straightened, but Delightfully Wild took off for the wire - so did Pull The Shade - who pulled right along- side and forged to a short lead with just 50 yards to go. Delightfully Wild ($18.20) was not content to concede the race and she powered right back for a thrilling finish and a resilient victory in 1:53.1, checking in a head in front of Pull The Shade on the line, with Strings home in third by 2¾. Delightfully Wild is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco, the sharp 6 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight has now won 29 career races, including five wins this season from eleven outings, and she has now amassed $151,375 in lifetime earnings. Drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee both turned in driving doubles on the Tuesday card, while Dean Magee picked up one win to draw back into a tie for the leading driver spot with Tim Maier at 18 wins apiece. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, June 15 with a trio of nice carryover pools - the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager has a carryover of $2,021.92, while the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 stands at $7,005.65 and the 50 cent Hi-5 in Race #7 will be $1,763.54. Post time on Saturday is 6:00 pm (CDT.) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Sunday evening (June 9) harness racing card at Running Aces had plenty to offer in the way of excitement and nostalgia. The ten race program featured horses doubling and even tripling up and extending their current top form, and it had former champions and top horses returning to glory for the first time this year. It had upset winners and it had spot-on favorites, it was a great night at the races. Firedrake is one of the top pacers at Running Aces over the past several seasons, with many memorable accomplishments - including starting out with 9 wins in his first 10 starts of 2017, then going on to win the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace that same year, and coming back in the 2018 Dan Patch to almost repeat with a second place finish beaten only a neck. His season in 2019 has been a little different - he dealt with some obstacles over the winter and for a while he didn't look like himself - at least not on paper. He visited some new tracks and perhaps didn't care for them as much as Running Aces, where he has seen the most of his career success. Things began to improve as Firedrake began to pick up some decent finishes in Ohio and later in Indiana, but still the winner's circle had been elusive. Firedrake made his way back to Minnesota for the start of the season and he was right here where he belonged on opening night (May 18) and he turned in a decent effort in the feature race (3rd). He was back in the feature one week later and finished a respectable fourth, and then he was seventh after that. Firedrake was back home at his favorite track and he was doing ok, he was looking good, but there was still something missing - his trainer Nick Roland had not driven him in a race in nearly a year. That was about to change. Firedrake was in to go in a $9,000 conditioned pace, getting some well deserved class relief and Nick Roland would reunite with his 6 year Dragon Again gelding and take on a field of nine from post four. The stage was set and Firedrake was ready to show his Minnesota fans that he was back. The public took notice - sending him off as the 4-5 favorite. He was fastest off the gate but was immediately challenged by Whatchyastarinat (Don Harmon) who took the lead with Roland opting for the pocket. The early fractions were tepid for the top-level pacers and the challengers came calling after the half mile. Elusive Image (Tony Huffman) was pressuring the leader with Five Card Draw (Mooney Svendsen) charging from second-over. Firedrake had lots of pace but was blocked. Roland was patient and waited for the homestretch - they got the room they needed and the dynamic duo immediately took off with a furious and impressive rally to the wire. The competition was left reeling as Firedrake drew off by two lengths in 1:54.2 for the fastest mile of the night. Firedrake ($3.80) is back, and with Nick Roland in the bike the two of them proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Five Card Draw was up for second, while Whatchyastarinat held for third. Firedrake is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. The $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters were in the spotlight on Sunday as well, with a field of 8 going to battle in the opener. Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) was favored from post one while MD Magic (Nick Roland) was a close second choice in the wagering. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) set the tempo and led for most of the contest, but there was a nice battle as the field rounded for home. Twilight Tinker ($18.20, Brian Detgen) was trotting fastest of all on the far outside after angling from third on the pylons, and she passed her rivals with an impressive stretch drive to stay in front of Major Al-Mar and MD Magic at the wire in a career best 1:59.4. Twilight Tinker was the 2 year old filly Champion trotter in 2018, and the victory on Sunday was her first win of the year. She had shown maturity and increased abilities in her first few starts of 2019, picking up a second and a third in three starts and holding her own against the male trotters as well. The winning owner is Cathy Dessert and the winning trainer is Nick Roland. Twilight Tinker and Brian Detgen Banker Volo ($6.40, Nick Roland) continues his domination of the Minnesota trotting scene - a reign that has spanned the last four years continues as he scored his third consecutive win in the top $15,000 Open Handicap on Sunday. At age ten the always impressive Stallion shows no signs of letting up. Banker Volo made easy work of this week's seven horse field with an early charge to the front and a never-in-doubt mile of 1:56.4 to check in 2½ lengths ahead at the wire. Banker Volo fans got a very generous price of more than 2-1 this week. Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was second best and My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was home third. The winning owner is Lucas Roland and the winning trainer is Jenni King. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (June 11) with a couple of nice carryovers - $6,123.93 for the Pick-5, and $4,582.36 for the Hi-5. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack      

The Saturday evening (June 8) program of harness racing at Running Aces was jam packed with exciting contests. One of the most highly anticipated of all was the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Colt Pace, and it did not disappoint. Among the talented field of sophomore male pacers was 2018 Minnesota Horse of the Year Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman), and also 2019 early standouts SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) and Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo). SB Bodacious ($4.20) served notice right off the gate that he was a force to be reckoned with, blasting from post five to an immediate lead, before yielding to fellow leaver Trump Train (Don Harmon). The fractions were lively - :27.1 and :55.4 for the opening half - and Rick Magee wasted no time in getting SB Bodacious back to the front of affairs, sweeping back to the top just past the five-eighths marker. Stay Humble N Kind got rolling from the back of the pack as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3 and began to give chase to the leader, while Burning Blaze had gotten the Colombus shuffle and finally was able to shake free near the top of the lane. The chase was futile for all his rivals, because SB Bodacious was in full flight for the wire, pacing home in :27.4 and stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:52.2 to just miss a track record by a few ticks. Stay Humble N Kind was clearly second best tonight while Burning Blaze salvaged third after a troubled trip. SB Bodacious is a gelded son of Voracious Hanover out of the Western Hanover mare Salsa Hanover, he is now 3 for 4 in 2019 with his only defeat coming last out when he was a close second. He has lowered his lifetime mark with each victory, and dropped over 3 seconds with Saturday's impressive win. Mikaela DelGiudice is the winning owner, and Rick Magee also does the training. The $11,500 Filly Pace for MN-Sired 3 year olds was everything it was advertised to be - another dominating win for super-filly Windmeupnwatchmego - who is now a perfect 3-for-3 in 2019. Driver Dean Magee sent her hard and fast from her assigned outside six post and she battled early with Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) before making the top, once she cleared it was all over. She took the girls on a merry stroll around the track and posted a 5¾ length romp in 1:55.1 with plenty left in the tank. As of this early point in the season, she stands out well above her rivals - they look to be in for a long summer. The winner paid just $2.10 at the windows. She is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. The $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings was the feature on the Saturday card. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was the race favorite at 3-5 after a great start to his 2019 Running Aces campaign. Longshots War Daddy (Williams Hernandez) and Liberty Flyer (Mark Mintun) blasted out of the gate along with Stuckey Dote and the scramble was on for the front, resulting in a :26.3 bullet opener. Stuckey Dote cleared well before the half and posted strong middle fractions (:55.1, and 1:23.4) but the torrid pace took it's toll and the back markers took advantage of the fast fractions and came rolling in the lane. Fox Valley Nemitz (Tim Maier) was fastest of all to the wire in 1:52 for his third win in five starts, he was a length ahead of Annihilator (Dean Magee) and Stuckey Dote was home third by 1 1/4 after a good effort. Fox Valley Nemitz is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen. The 5 year old son of Richess Hanover paid $9.40 at the windows. Driver Tim Maier posted his third Hat-Trick of the season and remains the only driver to win more than two races on any card this year. With the three wins on Saturday Maier has now vaulted from second to first in the Leading Driver standings, just one ahead of Dean Magee. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, June 9 with a trio of Carryovers: the 50 cent early Pick-4 has a carryover of $594.07, The 20 cent Pick-5 is at $5,047.49 and the 50 cent Hi-5 stands at $926.35. First Post is at 6:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Running Aces has announced the following special event races which will become annual harness racing events starting this year. Father's Day weekend: Saturday, June 15 - The $20,000 Trout-Air Trot Sunday, June 16 - The $20,000 North Metro Pace Dan Patch weekend: Saturday, July 20 - The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and The $25,000 Vern Devine Trot Both the Trout-Air Trot and North Metro Pace are open events, while the Ron Banks Pace and the Vern Devine Trot are Minnesota-Sired preferred events. The Trout-Air Trot pays homage to the land that Running Aces is built on, which was for many years home to the famous "Trout-Air" restaurant that featured a live trout pond for catch-and-eat dining, as well as an outdoor concert venue. The North Metro Pace is named for the area where Running Aces is located, north of the metropolitan areas of the Twin-Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The "North Metro Harness Initiative" is also the name of the organization that holds the license and operates Running Aces. The special events on Dan Patch weekend are a prelude to the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace on Sunday, July 21 and are each named for gentlemen who were instrumental in the growth and success of Harness Racing in Minnesota, Ron Banks and Vernon Devine. The 2019 Live Racing season at Running Aces is currently in full swing, with racing 3 nights a week through September 14. Post times are 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 7:00 pm on Tuesdays. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Tuesday evenings (June 4) harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by a repeat win for Holdingallthecards ($2.10, Tim Maier) in a very sharp 1:52.4 mile over a track rated good. Sent off as the heavy favorite in the $6,100 conditioned event, the always sharp 10 year old son of Cam's Card Shark blasted off the gate from post five and quickly opened up two lengths on the field, and after posting a moderate opening half (57.3), he paced home in :55.1 to leave his rivals 5½ lengths in arrears. The victory tonight was his third tally in eleven outings this year, and his 54th lifetime win, while padding his career bankroll to a hefty $560,130. The winning owners are William and Richard McIntyre and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Another impressive winner on Tuesday was Delightfully Wild, who posted a gate-to-wire score in the $9,000 featured Mares condition pace. From post seven Delightfully Wild ($6.00, Nick Roland) was fastest away from the gate after an early skirmish with Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman), after establishing command Roland orchestrated a second quarter breather of 30.2 which enabled his charge to hold off a fast closing Place N First (Rick Magee) at the wire - to hold on for a neck victory in 1:54.3, with Totally Racy back in third. The win for Delightfully Wild was number four on the season in ten starts, and career win number 28 for the winner of $144,375. Richard Morita and David Yamada are the winning owners and Jessie Pacheco is the winning trainer. Driver Williams Hernandez led the night with a driving double, including longshot winner Stonebridge Envy ($38.00) in the opener for trainer Edwin Quevedo, who had three winners on the program to lead all trainers. Live Racing returns on Saturday, June 8 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT) immediately following The Belmont Stakes simulcast. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4,354.21 heading into the Saturday card. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The deadline for harness racing nominations for the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace at Running Aces is fast approaching. Nominations are due by Monday, June 17 and must be either hand delivered to Race Secretary Nancy Byrge or postmarked by the deadline date.   Elimination races will be held on Sunday, July 14 for $15,000 each. The $50,000 final will be contested on Sunday, July 21.   Nomination fee is $500.00 and is due with submission of completed nomination forms.   For more information or questions, please contact Nancy Byrge at 651-925-4532 or via email: nbyrge@runaces.com   You may access the nomination form by clicking on the following link:   https://www.runaces.com/sites/default/files/2019_dan_patch_free_for_all_pace_at_running_aces_casino_bb052119.pdf       By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

The Sunday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces was jam-packed with featured events and full fields. One of the night's highlighted contests was the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 4 year olds & Up trot. Bringoverthemoney was the headliner in the bulky field of ten, coming in fresh off a sharp third place finish in the top Open Handicap last week. Bringoverthemoney ($3.60) was the 3 year old Minnesota trotting Champion last year, notching eleven wins in nineteen races. Tonight's appearance was just the third start of the season for the impressive son of Money Talks (Muscles Yankee - Mountain Pine). Tim Maier has been the regular pilot this season, for trainer David Ginter. Bringoverthemoney and Maier got away from the gate sixth on the outside and had to operate in the outer flow for most of the mile. Whatevershesgot (Rick Magee) had made the lead just past the quarter, and Bringoverthemoney came up to pressure the leader near the five-eighths juncture - before dropping into the pocket around the final turn. The fractions were sensible throughout - :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26.3. The resulting stretch battle between the top two was nothing short of breathtaking, as Whatevershesgot refused to relent and Bringoverthemoney was determined to get by. They opened up nearly five lengths on the rest and traded blows right down to the line, with Bringoverthemoney just pushing his nose ahead on the wire. The teletimer showed 1:56 for a new career best, and for the first win of the season for proud owner Joshua Horvat. Bringoverthemoney now has 14 career wins, and $104,062 in earnings. Al-Mar Humdinger (Mark Mintun) picked up her fourth career win by capturing the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event, besting a full field of ten which included five fillies and five geldings. Away in fifth, the sharp filly by Money Talks made her move down the backside with an eye-catching brush to the lead, and then held gamely to the wire, defeating Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) and Twilight Tinker (Brian Detgen) in 2:01.2. Al-Mar Humdinger ($5.80) is owned by Aimes Racing and trained by Elvin Zimmerman. Banker Volo ($3.60) pulled off the repeat with another sharp mile in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, in gate-to-wire fashion. Driver Nick Roland sent Banker Volo right to the front from their post 8 assignment and they were never in doubt - going on to score by 1¼ lengths in 1:56.1 over French Eclipse (Rick Magee) and My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon). Banker Volo is owned by Lucas Roland and trained by Jenni King. Driver Tim Maier led the Saturday night card, with three wins for a Hat-Trick. Dean Magee picked up a double for his seventh consecutive multiple-win night, and Mark Mintun picked up a driving double as well. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, June 4, with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT) and a carryover in the Jackpot Pick-5 of $3,251.90. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -One of the featured events on the Saturday evening (6/1) Harness Racing card at Running Aces was the $23,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year old Pace, with 7 starters in the $11,500 colts division and 6 starters in the $11,500 fillies division. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) was the public choice at even money in the colt division, coming off a strong third last out and a strong win on seasons debut before that. SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) took alot of pari-mutuel support as well and was sent off at 8-5 while looking to extend a perfect 2-for-2 sophomore record. Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) also garnered plenty of support at 4-1 after just missing by a nose to SB Bodacious last out. Those top three public choices dominated the proceedings, with Stay Humble N Kind putting forth his career best mile to date, blasting the gate with plenty of speed and seating SB Bodacious in the pocket and Burning Blaze in third. The early fractions were moderate (:28.4, :58.3) and by securing that second quarter breather Owner/Driver Gerald Longo had reserved plenty of pace for the final half. Burning Blaze took a crack at them and was bearing down as they passed the ¾ marker in 1:26.3, but Longo had plenty in the tank. Stay Humble N Kind ($10.00) went on to score a milestone victory on two counts - first lifetime win for the 3 year old Fancy Schmancy gelding, and career win number 2,900 for 74 year old veteran driver Gerald Longo. The final time of 1:55 established a lifetime mark for the ¾ length winner. SB Bodacious rallied past Burning Blaze in the lane for second. The $11,500 fillies pace was a repeat dominating performance for Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) who was unhurried in the early stages while away in fourth, before launching her attack around the second turn. Once the field of sophomore distaffers straightened down the backside, it was game-on. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) was on the lead and fought hard against the (1-9) favorite, but was unable to fend off the champion filly. Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.10) drew away from her rivals to score a 5 length romp in 1:56.3 and remain a perfect 2-for-2 on the season. A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) was late on the scene to just knab second money over Trinitysfancyfilly. Windmeupnwatchmego is trained by Gordon Graham for owner Richard Davelaar. The $15,000 Open Handicap Pace event went to Annihilator (Dean Magee) who made an impressive rally from well off the pace and a 3-wide move around the far turn to come after front-running favorite Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) and get up right at the wire for a neck victory. Annihilator ($29.80) scored his 2nd win of the year with the 1:53.1 tally. The winner is trained by Edwin Quevedo for A Piece Of The Action, LLC.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Minnesota Harness Racing Inc.  (MHRI) is looking to hire a full-time Executive Secretary who will be responsible for achieving the goals and objectives established by the Minnesota Harness Racing Inc Board of Directors. Responsibilities will include maintaining our social media platforms, managing our county fair program, maintaining QuickBooks for our expenditures, attending racing commission & board of director’s meetings, representing MHRI at all Running Aces events, and any other tasks assigned by the board or its officers. MHRI is a non-profit corporation established to represent the interests of, and provide support to, owners, breeders, trainers, caretakers/grooms and fans of Standardbred horse racing in Minnesota.  Applicants must be willing to relocate within 100 miles of Running Aces Casino and Racetrack. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, résumé, and at least two letters of recommendation via email to MHRI care of Mark Corless (corlessmark@yahoo.com). Please feel free to contact Mark at the above email address or phone him at (763) 360-5558 should you have any questions. This position will remain open until filled. Compensation details are available upon request. Minnesota Harness Racing Inc.

Columbus, MN -The Sunday evening program of Harness Racing was highlighted by the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, with a good field of seven squaring off to determine this week's top local trotter. Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) was in search of her seventh-straight victory, and would have to do it from the outside seven post, as the even-money choice. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) was heavily supported at just over 2-1 on the board, and newcomer Muscle Ave (Williams Hernandez) was getting respect at 5-1. Muscle Ave was sent right down the road by Hernandez and made the front from post six, just in time to register the first quarter in :27.4 with Banker Volo finding the pocket. Muscle Ave led the field all the way to the far turn, before Silverlode launched a sweeping move to the front and led into the lane, but Banker Volo was raging with trot towards the inside, and Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was rallying strong on the outside. Banker Volo was fastest to the wire, getting a neck up in front of Silverlode in 1:55, with Bringoverthemoney picking up third, and missing by just a half-length. Banker Volo ($6.80) is now owned by Lucas Roland and is trained by Jenni King. Tonight's victory was his first win of the season, in just his third start. It was career win number 37 for the current track record holder (Aged Trotting Horses) and former multiple category record holder. At age 10, the ultra impressive stallion continues to be competitive at the top-level, perpetuating a stellar racing campaign, while also having entered a second career in the breeding shed. Also on Sunday's card, was the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot, with a full field of nine lining up behind the gate. Last year's two year old male trotting champion MD Magic (Nick Roland) was sent off as the heavy 1-2 public choice from post two, with Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) getting some support at 5-1. But the night would belong to another sophomore gelding, and an upset winner. Ice Storm would steal the show. Ice Storm trotted away alertly from post one, saved ground in third throughout, and angled out willingly for Mooney Svendsen as the field turned for home. It was the second career win for Ice Storm ($41.60) a son of Ice Machine out of the mare Stormont Flambe, owned by Larry Jo Jenson and trained by Brady Jenson. The 1:59 Mike was a new career best. Al Mar Humdinger (Elvin Zimmerman) was a very sharp second, with Dewey's Machine checking in third. Dean Magee led the night with a driving double, while Brady Jenson sent out two winners to lead all trainers. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, May 28 with first post at 7:00 p.m. (CDT)   By Darin Gagne   for Running Aces

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