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The Sunday night (August 27) harness racing program at Running Aces saw alot of amazing performances, but none more impressive than that of Driver Luke Plano, who picked up a total of 6 wins on the program, 5 as a driver and a total of 4 as a trainer (one of his winning trainees had a different driver up, as he had two in one race). Plano started the winning off early, picking up win number one in the first race on the card with La Madawna De Rosa ($5.40) in 1:55.2 for trainer John Rogers. He was second by less than a length in Race two with Dougs Hobby Horse for trainer Rick Bertrand, and he was back in the winner's circle after Race three with his own trainee Pa's Corn Squeezin to light up the board ($61.00), and take a new lifetime mark of 1:55.1 for Owner Dave Haness. In Race 4 Plano's trainees picked up 1st and 3rd, as Nick Roland guided Plano trainee Moon Is On Fire ($14.00) to victory in 1:56.4, again for owner Dave Haness. Luke was aboard Yeswellnomaybe and checked in third by two lengths. Luke took a short break for Race 5 but was right back at it in Race 6, and right back to the winner's circle with AllmyX'sliveNTexas ($4.40) in 1:55.1 for trainer Bob Johnson. Next, Luke picked up a third driving Rusty Carter in Race 7 for trainer George Reider, then he was 2nd in Race 8 with Al Mar Money Glide for trainer Brady Jenson. In the featured 9th Race, Plano guided 22-1 longshot Bettors Promise to a good 3rd place finish for trainer Timothy Brown. Then in Race 10 Luke Plano was back to winning, as he guided his own trainee Barbosa ($6.20) to a 1:54.4 score for two wins in a row. Race 11 belonged to Plano as well, as he posted a sharp victory with his trainee Dinneratartsplace ($3.80) in 1:56.3 for wife Nikki Hudson. Final score for Luke Plano on Sunday at Running Aces: started in 10 of 11 races, 5 driving wins, 4 training wins, 2 driving seconds, and 3 driving thirds. A fantastic and very impressive night. Plano is having his best year ever at Running Aces, and is currently 3rd in the drivers standings with 55 wins and a UDRS close to .300. He has been the leading driver at Cal Expo in California for the past several years. The Sunday night feature was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings and Bestinthebusiness ($5.00) made it 3 wins in a row, scoring in 1:51.4 with James Yoder in the bike for trainer Gene Miller and owners Brett Boyd Racing, while Firedrake (Nick Roland) was just a head back in second and Bettor's Promise (Luke Plano) was in home in third. The $13,000 Minnesota Sired 3 Year old Trot went to Its Stormin Money ($11.40) in 2:02 with Steve Wiseman driving for trainer Brady Jenson and owner Bryce Jenson. Live Racing at Running Aces continues every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 16. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer    

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces proved to be a wet and wild night for Driver Steve Wiseman, who delivered four of his charges to thie winners circle on a rain-soaked night. Wiseman had taken over the top spot on the leading drivers list during last weeks action, and has now padded that lead nicely as we enter the final 10 nights of the 2017 season. Going in to Sunday's (August 28) 11 race card, Wiseman has a 9 win lead over all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland.   One of the biggest wins for Wiseman on Saturday was with the 3 year old gelding pacer Sgt Papa Daddy (by Rockin Image), who picked up his second win in five season starts and recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:55 despite the sloppy conditions. Wiseman sat well off the hot early pace (27.2, 55.4) and rallied from 10 lengths off the lead at the half to get up at the wire and post a 1 1/2 length tally. Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) is Trained by Brett Ballinger for Owner Merlin Van Oterloo.   The Featured trot on the program was a $6,400 conditioned event, and Tame The Dice ($15.00) with Steve Wiseman, rocketed from the gate from post nine and never looked back with a convincing gate-to-wire win by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:00.2, for the 5 year old mare's 3rd win in 16 starts this year. She is owned by Chambers, Plested, Vachss and Arnstine, and is Trained by part owner Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The $6,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace went as an early non betting affair, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up another feather for her cap as she once again rallied from last to first for win number 6 in 11 starts this season, stopping the clock in 1:55 despite the track and weather conditions. The sharp filly by Voracious Hanover now has 13 wins in 20 career starts, and has earned $78,398 for owner/breeder Van Oterloo Stables, and she is trained by Brett Ballinger.   On the Trainer's side, Kathie Plested-Wiseman has taken the lead atop the trainers list, and picked up two more wins on Saturday night, to place her 5 wins ahead of Nick Roland in the battle for the trainer's title.   Live Racing continues 3 nights a week at Running Aces through Saturday, September 16. For schedules and information visit our website www.RunAces.com   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of seven contenders. The big race favorite Roland N Rock (Luke Plano) would be caught three wide from post seven to take the early lead during the 27.1 opening panel, and continued to lead through a very soft second quarter of 30.1. JDS Brent N Sheree (Dean Magee) launched a first over attack near the midway point, and was able to power past the leader just before the final turn, opening up about a three length cushion before pacing strong in the lane to secure the 13-1 upset in the feature, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) got free late and rallied for second, with Easy Again (Rick Magee) home third. The winner is owned by Truman Gale and trained by Robert Lems. Drivers Rick Magee, Dean Magee, Luke Plano, James Yoder and Steve Wiseman all completed multiple wins on the card. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces through September 16, post times are 7:00 pm CDTTuesdays and 6:00 pm CDT Saturdays and Sundays. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event on the Saturday night (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it was an exciting contest from a talented group of six sophomores.   The star of the Show was Steve's Hot Rod ($21.20) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee, as they rushed quickly to the early lead from post one and controlled the moderate early fractions of 28.4 and 58.0 before yielding to Swinging Again (James Yoder). Rick Magee and Steve's Hot Rod sat patiently in the pocket around the final turn and through the fast third quarter of 27.1 (1:25.1) before pulling the pocket as they straightened away for home and kicking away by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:52.3 for a new lifetime mark, with an eye opening final half in :54.3. Swinging Again held second, while race favorite Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up third. The winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, out of the Artsplace mare Miss Stacee and is owned by Kati Sokolowski.   The featured trotting event on the card was a $6,400 conditioned event, and the 7 year old grey gelding Dapper Dan ($8.20) strutted his stuff tonight to post his first win of the season in 13 starts for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter. Driver Brian Detgen sent Dapper Dan alertly from the gate and immediately yielded the lead to Tame The Dice (Steve Wiseman) from the outside. They waited patiently in the garden seat through fractions of 28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.2 and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane and powered by the leader for a 1 length tally and a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted a Hat-Trick on the card, to once again join Nick Roland in a tie at the top of the Drivers' Standings (64 wins each), and Rick Magee picked up a driving double as well.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot continues to climb, and now stands at $38,637.13 going into Race 7 on Sunday night, August 20. Live Racing continues through September 16.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Tuesday night (August 15) the Running Aces harness racing program saw many stellar performances, one of the impressive miles was turned in by Happy Heath ($77.20) with Trainer/Driver William Hernandez, in a $5,400 conditioned pace.   Happy Heath was making his sixth local start of the season, and was dismissed by the public at 37-1 from the rail. Hernandez sent Happy Heath away sharply from the inside and secured the pocket, which would turn out to be the winning move. The duo sat patiently through a torrid mid-race battle up front, and tipped from the pocket turning for home, with enough pace to get by the leaders and post a lifetime best mile in 1:55.3, in just the 4th career win for the 4 year old gelding by General Aidid. Happy Heath is owned by Jessie Pacheco.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Becky Badger Baby ($4.00) once again with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland for a second straight win, this one in 1:57 with a late rally to get up by ½ length at the wire. Becky Badger Baby is owned by Dale Hein and Royal & Barbara Roland and now has 4 wins in 8 starts this season.   The $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was yet another thrilling edition, with a big early speed battle getting the best of Best of Jenna (Rick Magee) who was 3-wide through the opening 1/8 mile and cleared the lead just past the sizzling 26.0 quarter. Gold Star Mysti ($4.20) launched a first-over attack just past the 3/8 pole and took command past the five-eighths checkpoint. From there it was all Gold Star Mysti, as she opened up around the final turn and drew away in the lane to post a 5¾ length romp in 1:51.3 for her 6th win in 9 starts this season. Gold Star Mysti is Trained and Driven by James (J.D.) Yoder for owner Marianne Audley. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) was up for second, and Boom Boom Shaboom (Brady Jenson) checked in third.   The $13,000 Minnesota- Sired 2 year old trot went to Bragginade ($3.40), who kept to task tonight to post an easy gate-to-wire score in 2:02.3 for a new lifetime mark with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the sulky for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Pacing event went to Giggle Monster ($3.00) who picked up his sixth victory in 7 lifetime starts with Driver Dean Magee in the bike (1:56) for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte.   Drivers Nick Roland and Dean Magee both completed the Hat-Trick tonight with 3 wins apiece, and driver James (J.D.) Yoder completed a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Saturday, August 19 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot pick 5 of $36,851.92.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $12,000 Open Pace and it drew a talented field of nine.   SF Donttellonme ($15.40) and Joe Casagranda got the first and last call in the contest, after leaving quickly from post two they had the lead at the fast 26.3 check-in, before yielding to Easy Again (Rick Magee) who posted the middle numbers of 55.3 and 1:23.2 facing sharp first-over pressure from Lodi Machette Man (Dean Magee). As they turned for home Easy Again fought gamely, but SF Donttellonme found an inside lane and powered by for a 1 1/2 length tally in a new lifetime best mile of 1:51.1, with Easy Again holding second over a fast closing JDS Brent N Sheree (Nick Roland). Casagranda also owns and trains the talented 7 year old son of Cam Terrific, who has now won 28 lifetime races, and earned $173,770.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event went to Imapixieatmidnight ($3.60) as she dominated in gate-to-wire fashion from post 3 in a six horse contest with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. The 2:01.3 winner is a filly by Sos Lunar Eclipse and has now won 4 of 13 races this season, and bankrolled $39,343 this year for Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Silent Dreams (Dean Magee) was home second, with KB's Speedy Fox (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third.   The Leading Driver and Leading Trainer contests are very colse as we move into the final month of the 2017 season, Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman have been trading the lead amongst drivers over the past week, and Roland currently holds a 1 race advantage at 64-63 after this weekends action. On the Trainer side, the race has tightned up tremendously over the past week as well, with Kathie Plested-Wiseman advancing to the lead by 1 win (33-32) over Nick Roland.   The .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager has a carryover of $33,892.55 for Tuesday night (August 15) and the Hi-5 wager in Race 10 will also feature a carryover of $1,585.81. For information and upcoming events, visit our website at www.RunAces.com   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by another stellar performance from trotter CW Raisinette, who posted her 4th straight win in front running style from post 8 in a $6,400 conditioned event. Driver Steve Wiseman sent her confidently from the outside of the gate and they were never in doubt, opening up around the final turn and widening in the stretch to post a 6 length romp in a career best time of 1:56.4. CW Raisinette ($6.60) is a 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus and is onwed by A Piece Of The Action LLC., and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.80) was also razor sharp tonight, sweeping from last to first yet again for her third straight triumph in the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. Steve Wiseman has been in the sulky for all 3 in the current win streak for the very talented filly by Voracious Hanover, who stopped the clock in 1:54.2 tonight for win number five in nine starts this season, it was also her 12th lifetime tally in just 18 career starts for Van Oterloo Stables and new trainer Brett Ballinger.   Bestinthebusiness ($3.60) posted a dominating win in a $4,000 conditioned pace with driver James (J.D.) Yoder in the bike for trainer Gene Miller and Owner Brett Boyd Racing, Inc. The classy 9 year old pacer by Another Mile floated away in third from post two in a 7 horse affair, then swept first-over to the lead just past the halfway point. Once the field turned for home Yoder and Bestinthebusiness turned on the afterburners to draw away from the rest by 5 1/2 lengths in a dazzling 1:51.1 mile. Tonight's eye-opening performance was the 36th lifetime victory for the winner of $359,420.   Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in driving doubles on the Saturday program, and the Leading Driver race has become very exciting over the past week, with Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman tied once again at 63 wins each with just over 1 month to go in the 2017 season.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot wager continues to grow rapidly, and now stands at $31,428.03 for the Sunday (August 13) program. There is also a carryover of $1,833.42 in the Hi-5 wager for race 10 on Sunday, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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

Certainly one of the most impressive performances on the Saturday night (July 29) harness racing program at Running Aces was a razor sharp victory for Buzz Light, coming in a $4,400 conditioned pace. It was not the featured race, or the open event, but it was a monumental victory for the 4 year old Voracious Hanover gelding who has struggled this year with breaking and has been a regular member of the qualifying brigade.   Buzz Light ($22.80) was recently switched to the barn of Trainer Rick Magee and he has continued to improve, after qualifying cleanly on July 11 in 1:57.3 he followed that up with a sharp effort to finish 3rd in a race, timed in 1:56.2. Tonight, Rick Magee guided Buzz Light aggresively from the gate from the outside post of 8 and Buzz Light responded, and powered to the front despite a three-wide journey to get there. He was on top at the quarter pole in 28.3, and half mile of 57.3, before yielding the lead to pocket sitter and race favorite Mucho Macho Man (Tim Maier) just past the half.   Mucho Macho Man tried to sprint away, but Buzz Light kept to task and was just 1 1/2 lengths away at the 1:26 checkpoint, and as they rounded the turn for home, it was clear that Buzz Light was not done tonight, he re-engaged the favorite and powered past in the lane for a 1 3/4 length tally and new lifetime mark of 1:55.2. Owner Cathy Dessert was overwhelmed with joy as she headed to the winner's circle, and later stated that she had " never given up on him ". The victory was yet another testament to that very ideal, don't give up, keep working hard and together Owner, Trainer and Horse can earn their time to shine.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event, and Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.40) was again the star of the show, rallying from off the pace again, but doing so at an earlier stage in the race tonight for her second straight win. She is Owned by Van Otterloo Stables, Trained by David Flinn and was driven to the 2 3/4 length victory in 1:55.1 by Steve Wiseman.   The featured $6,400 trotting event went to CW Raisinette ($4.60) for two wins in a row, with driver Steve Wiseman putting his charge on the front end from post six, yielding and then re-taking past the half mile. It was a dominating 4 length win in a 1:58.1 lifetime mark for the 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus, who is owned by A Piece of The Action LLC, and Trained by Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The Saturday program was marred by an accident in Race 7, with Drivers Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Tim Maier remaining hospitalized as of late Saturday night. The entire running Aces Family of staff, horsemen and fans are sending their prayers for our two beloved drivers for a quick recovery.   Live Racing returns on Sunday, July 30 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $18,995.87.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

Minnesota Racing Commission is looking for 501(c)(3) charities to apply for funds. SHAKOPEE, Minn. (July 20, 2017) – The Minnesota Racing Commission is seeking 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding.  These new funds were generated by legislation passed in 2015 to direct fines collected via rulings issued at Canterbury Park and Running Aces to be directed to a special revenue fund to support racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ycuevpgv to download the application. “The Minnesota Racing Commission is excited about launching this new industry supported program that the Governor and Legislature approved to help care for our equine athletes after their racing career is over.  The Commission’s efforts, in combination with the already instituted programs executed by Canterbury Park, Running Aces and their horsepersons’ organizations, will further our goal to provide resources to care for these gifted animals,” stated Tom DiPasquale, Executive Director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. Approximately $50,000 is currently available for distribution to organizations that care for and repurpose standardbreds, quarter horses and/or thoroughbred race horses.  Some of the criteria for receiving funding includes documentation of 501(c)(3) status, an established board of directors, and availability of site visits performed by an equine veterinarian.  Facilities must have adequate shelter and pasture turnout, access to clean water, and safe fencing.  Preference will be given to organizations that have taken or will take horses who have raced at Minnesota racetracks.  Organizations are asked to submit completed applications by August 15, 2017.  The Minnesota Racing Commission will distribute funding by September 30, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.mrc.state.mn.us/ Minnesota Racing Commission 1100 Canterbury Rd. Suite 100 Shakopee, MN 55379 Contact: Alexis Morrison Alexis.Morrison@state.mn.us

The Monday harness racing card at Running Aces featured some very competitive racing, including a very talented field for the $10,000 featured Open Pace for Mares, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) was the second favorite on the board and she delivered a dazzling performance for her fourth win in five starts this year, and shattered the track mark for four-year-old pacing mares with an eye opening 1:51 mile. The previous record was set earlier this summer by PV Miracle Mary (1:52.2). Gold Star Mysti ($5.20) was unhurried from the gate and settled fifth for the first call (27.1) before launching a sweeping move just past the half way marker (56.1) and reaching the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:23.3 and kicking home in 27.2 to register record the mile. James Yoder also trains the impressive four-year-old mare by Mysticism for Owner Marianne Audley. Firedrake ($2.40) was again razor sharp tonight at Running Aces, posting his fifth consecutive win, pacing tonight in 1:53.2, with a gate-to-wire win and it also marks his sixth win in seven starts this season with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the bike for Owner Jessica Johnson. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, Explosive Muscles with Trainer/Driver Gerald Longo delivered as the favorite ($4.80) for his 7th win in 26 starts this season. The sharp 7 year old gelding is by Muscle Mass, and has bankrolled $44,745 this season for Owners Cassandra and Rebecca Uppal after tonight’s 1:55.4 victory. Giggle Monster is now a perfect 2-for-2 lifetime after capturing the $8,000 2 year old Open Pace event tonight in 1:55.4 with Driver Dean Magee for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte. Driver Nick Roland registered a triple on the program with Gerald Longo and Lemoyne Svendsen both picking up driving doubles. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, July 8 at 6:00 pm CT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $5,045.12 and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 of $1,835.65.  By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday harness racing card at Running Aces featured a career milestone for both horse and driver, as 21 year old Brady Jenson steered his trainee Mac Anover to victory in the $3,500 Maiden Pace. The victory marked the first lifetime pari-mutuel win for both horse and driver. Jenson is from a big Harness Racing family based in Iowa, and has been training horses here at Running Aces for the past two seasons, and while he has had numerous training victories and has driven winners at the fairs, Brady had not yet picked up a pari-mutuel win, until tonight that is. Brady sent his charge sharply from the gate from post one to secure the pocket position behind the race favorite No Regrets Ivy (James Yoder) and waited patiently in that spot until the top of the homestretch before launching a strong attack and powering past the leader to score a sharp 1 ¾ length tally, going away in an impressive mile in 1:54.4. Mac Anover ($12.80) is a 3 year old gelding by McArdle and is owned by Larry Jo Jenson. V Mack posted another impressive gate-to-wire win to make it 4 in a row with Driver Luke Plano in the sulky for Owner/Trainer George Reider in a $6,000 claiming pace. V Mack ($3.80) was heavily favored in tonight’s contest, and did not disappoint his backers with another dominating score from post 8, he now shows 6 wins in 22 starts  and $18,812 this season. Becky Badger Baby ($8.00) picked up her second seasonal score and 24th lifetime win tonight in a nice $4,600 conditioned Trot. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland was patient as usual with the 5 year old mare by Rail Splitter, and settled her away from the gate last of 6, waiting for the perfect time to launch a rally, and storming down the center of the track in the lane to split rivals and draw away to the wire by 2 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3 for Owners Dale Hein and Royal & Barbara Roland.  Drivers Nick Roland, James Yoder and Luke Plano all picked up driving doubles on the Sunday card. Driver William Hernandez posted his first Minnesota driving victory this evening with PoorLittleRichGirl ($38.60) in 1:54.3, in a $4,000 conditioned pace. It was the first win of the season for the 9 year old mare by Little Steven, owned by Maria Alvarez and also trained by Hernandez. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Monday night, July 3 at 5:00 pm CDT, a special Holiday Program of Racing, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $3,963.99 and a carryover for the race 11 hi-5 wager of $4,468.35. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

It was a moment of triumph for harness racing owner Mikaela Degiudice when her 6 Year old Trotting gelding Margin Call crossed the wire a 2 3/4 length winner on Saturday night (July 1) at Running Aces. It was not a stakes Race, or even an Open level event, but it was a pivotal victory in so many ways, as it has always been a project to get Margin Call's feet and shoeing Just right. I can remember talking to Mikaela and her Trainer/Driver and significant other Rick Magee last summer when, the then 5 Year old by Revenue was at his very best, winning 3 or 4 races in a row including the Open Trot, and taking a lifetime mark of 1:56.1, just 3/5 of a second off of the track record. The couple explained how he was wearing 4 different shoes at that time, and it had been a long road of trial and error, sweat and tears to get to that point. Toward the end of the Running Aces season in 2016, Margin or "Moo" as he is most affectionately called by his adoring owner, began to have more foot and shoeing issues. Margin Call qualified on May 13 of this year in 2:01.3 finishing 3rd while registering the fastest last quarter (27.3) of the day. In his first start of the year on May 20 he finished a respectable 4th on a sloppy track, but then made breaks in his next 2 outings and required another qualifier, which he completed with a close 2nd place finish in 2:00. In his next start he broke before the start, but recovered very nicely to finish a strong 2nd in 1:59, he followed that up with a clean line and a close 3rd , again in 1:59, after Rick and Mikaela had made his 4th shoeing change in 4 weeks, and his owner joked " Margin (almost) has as many shoes as me". She reached out, as she often does, to the harness racing community as she was soaking his feet and looking for advice on additional treatments and shoeing options to help her beloved "Moo". The racing extended family/community responded with many helpful suggestions, and the hard work continued. After Margin Call's impressive victory in 1:58.2 tonight, Delgiudice was quick to note that "Sometimes It takes a village to raise a trotter, so many people have been so helpful, he is such a loved boy, and for Margin to get back to the winner's circle, it just makes my heart feel good". It is strong testament once again that hard work, persistence and willingness to seek advice will usually pay off, and in this case they certainly have. Tonight's win was Margin's 14th lifetime tally, and pushed his career bankroll to $52,992. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer 

On The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces, Ya U Bet Cha posted a very sharp winning effort from off the pace in a $4,000 conditioned pacing event. The 9 year old gelding by Heavenly Favored settled away in sixth position off the gate from post 6 in the 8 horse contest and driver Dean Magee then picked up second-over cover before the half mile marker and then waited patiently for the stretch drive. As the field turned for home, he sent his charge firing down the center of the track to get up in the final stride over Holllyrock Heyden (Steve Wiseman) in a very sharp mile of 1:53, with pace-setter Rusty Carter (Nick Roland) finishing third. Ya U Bet Cha ($14.80) posted a final quarter kick of 27.3 to get the narrow victory. Tonight’s tally was his second win this season in 8 starts for the classy campaigner who has earned $136,358, and is Owned and Trained by Wendy Haberberg. Letinthenightroll ($3.20) delivered as the favorite with Driver Luke Plano to win the night’s $6,400 featured trotting event in 1:59, to make it 4 wins in 6 starts this year for the 4 year old mare by Sos Lunar Eclipse, she is Owned and Trained by Jenni King. Dean Magee led all drivers on Saturday with 2 wins on the program. The next card of live Harness Racing goes to post on Sunday Night, July 2, at 6:00 pm CT.  Running Aces will have a special Monday card of Live Racing this coming Monday, July 3rd with a first race post of 5:00 pm CT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Arguably the most impressive performance on the Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces came in The $10,000 Mares Open Pace, when Kayla Grace ($5.60) converted the pocket trip into a lifetime best winning mile of 1:52.4 with Trainer/Driver Joe Casagranda in the bike. The impressive 6 year old Michigan-bred mare by He’s All That has now completed 6 trips to the winner’s circle in 19 starts this season, while earning $27,943 for owners E C S Racing and Kevin St. Charles. Her lifetime credentials are even more impressive, as she has now won 50 races in 130 starts and $288,221. Wonder Bull delivered again tonight as the big favorite ($2.80) in the $7,000 first division of the second leg of the Whata Terror Pacing Series, Driver Nick Roland sent him right to the lead, and they posted a gate-to-wire tally by holding off a furious late charge by pocket sitter Mr. Ranger (James Yoder). Wonder Bull has now won 3 of 11 starts this season for his Owners/Breeders Rick and Lesa Peters. Tonight’s win by a head registered a new lifetime mark of 1:54 for the 3 year old gelding by Artistic Wonder. In the second division of the Whata Terror series tonight, He Grins Again (Dean Magee) would deliver as the big race favorite ($3.20) by orchestrating a gate-to-wire victory in 1:57.4 by a solid 2 length margin. This is the third lifetime win for the 3 year old son of Place To Be, who is owned by Lloyd and Judith Schneiderman. Weericky (Joe Casagranda) posted a solid second in the contest, while First Dibbs (Lemoyne Svendsen) recovered from an early break to check in third. Nick Roland led all drivers this evening as the only driving double on the program. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 17 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $12,037.33 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

On the Sunday harness racing card at Running Aces, Easy Again posted an easy win to score his first victory of the season, in a very nice $7,700 conditioned pacing event. Driver Rick Magee had every confidence in his charge and did not hesitate to send Easy Again ($3.80) quickly off the gate from post 8 in the 9 horse contest, they easily cleared to the lead at the quarter pole in 28.1 and controlled things from there through very sensible fractions of 57.0 and 1:24.4 before blasting off and drawing away from his rivals with a 27.1 final quarter to register a 4 ¼ length score in 1:52. Easy Again is an 8 year old ridgling by Dragon Again, who now sports a resume of 35 lifetime wins and $915,113, he is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker and Dr. Ken Rucker does the training. Moon Is On Fire ($23.00) was very sharp in victory in the $6,000 second leg of the Minnehaha Fillies and Mares Claiming Pacing series, settling into the 3-hole early, Trainer/Driver Luke Plano smartly picked up second-over cover past the half and continued to advance, getting up by a neck at the wire to win in 1:54.4 over race-favorite Cheryls Surprise (Steve Wiseman). Moon is on Fire is owned by Dave haness. The series final will be held on Sunday, June 18. In other Series action, E L Peacemaker ($5.80) made it  three in a row in capturing the $7,000 first division of thesecond leg of the Norrine C pacing series for fillies and mares, doing so in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:55.1, a lifetime best mile with Steve Wiseman in the sulky for trainer Brett Ballinger and owner Russell Crotchett. In tonight’s other $7,000 split of The Norrine C , it was dominated by PennysFromHeaven ($6.20) a 3 year old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven who dominated with a sweeping move to pull away from her rivals in the stretch and register a 1:55.1 tally with an eye opening final quarter of 26.4 with Nick Roland in the bike for trainer Justin Anfinson and owner Tom Tetrick. The Norrine C series final will also be held on Sunday, June 18. Nick Roland led all drivers on Sunday with a Grand Slam of 4 winners on the 12 race card, and Steve Wiseman and Tim Maier each had driving doubles on the night. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 13 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $10,774.91. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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