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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

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

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