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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

The most impressive performance on the Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces came in a $6,000 conditioned event, and it was PV Miracle Mary, a 4 year old pacing mare by Dragon Again who blasted from the gate from post one to protect the pylon position in a hotly contested opening quarter of 26.0, staving off a furious battle from Blue Gem (William Hernandez) who hounded the leader through the first 5/8 of a mile before eventually tiring and finishing well back. Owner/Trainer/Driver Joe Casagranda kept his mare to task through the remaining fractions in 55.4 and 1:23.3 and held off the rest of her foes in 28.4 to win by a solid 2 ½ length margin and take her place in the Running Aces record books, after completing the mile in 1:52.2. The previous mark for four year old pacing mares was established in 2011 by Little Tootsie with Dean Magee in tow (1:53.0). PV Miracle Mary paid $4.60 to her pari-mutuel backers and she now shows 9 lifetime wins in just 24 starts, and has earned $31,650. She is also owned by David Kuzara. Second in the record mile was Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) and Place’N First (Rick Magee) was home in third. The $11,000 feature on the night was the Mares Open Pace, and Best of Jenna ($5.40) did not disappoint her fans as she posted another brilliant gate-to-wire Tally in 1:52.3 for her third straight victory at the top mares level at Running Aces. Stable Eyes (Luke Plano) sat in the pocket behind Best of Jenna, and charged at her through the lane, but came up just short at the wire, with Shark Festival (Steve Wiseman)  picking up third money. The winner is trained and driven by Rick Magee and owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Nick Roland led all drivers this evening with a driving triple on the 11 race program The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 10 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $6,938.18. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured some great Late Closing series action, and Wisconsin Believer (by Dali) posted one of the standout performances of the evening. Starting from post one in the second division of the first leg of The Norrine C pacing series for fillies and mares, Wisconsin Believer ($7.60) and trainer/driver Rick Magee got away 3rd from the gate and sat patiently through the first fractions of 28.1, and 57.4 before launching a first-over assault and sweeping to the lead down the backstretch, opening up a 4 length lead at the ¾ pole in 1:25.4, and widening her advantage with every stride to coast home in 30.1 and register an 8 ¾ length victory. She stopped the clock in 1:56 tonight for a new lifetime mark, and she is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice. In the other split of the same series, EL Peacemaker ($12.00) also posted a very sharp win, converting a pocket trip for a new lifetime mark of 1:56 in just her 3rd lifetime start. She is a 4 year old Illinois bred mare by Duneside Perch, and is owned by Russel Crotchett and trained by Brett Ballinger. In the first leg of the Minnehaha claiming pacing series for fillies and mares, T B Beach Girl ($6.40) picked up her 4th lifetime win in 26 tries, with Dean Magee aboard for trainer Dave Ginter and owners William and Richard Mc Intyre, pacing the mile in 1:55.4 Drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman both picked up driving doubles on the card. Live Racing returns to the Running Aces oval on Tuesday, June 6, with a first post of 7:00 pm CT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Running Aces completed its first harness racing session of 10 qualifying races on Saturday, May 13. Best among the standout performances came from track record holder Chewy Baca (Nick Roland) who posted the fastest mile of the day (1:56.0) for new owner Jessica Johnson, Chewy Baca floated out of the gate from post one to sit third before shaking free at the top of the stretch and rallied past pace-setter Best of Jenna (Rick Magee) to post a ¾ length win with a 27.4 final quarter. Chewy Baca, a past Minnesota State Champion, has been a top-level pacer here at Running Aces every year of his career  and has recently joined the Jessica Johnson/Nick Roland stable.  Another eye opening effort came from the 3 year old pacing filly Freedom Belle who dominated a field of sophomore pacing distaffers with a gate-to-wire score in 1:59.2 for trainer/driver Brady Jenson and owners Larry Jo and Nancy Jenson. Freedom Belle seems to have come back a different filly in 2017 and should be one to watch in the Minnesota Sired races this season. Tap My Feet (Rick Magee) posted a big closing effort to draw away and win in 2:04.4 for trainer Rick Magee and owner Mikaela Delgiudice in the 3 year old trot, it was a dominating win for Tap My Feet who looked fantastic and trotted home in 29.0.  The Dr. Ken Rucker & Janna Lee Rucker stable also had a couple of sharp winning efforts today with Dupage’s Z Tam (Rick Magee) up to score by a head in 1:57.3 and Easy Again (Rick Magee) with a big closing kick to score in 1:58.3, posting the fastest final quarter of the day (27.3) Also in action today was track record holder Banker Volo (Mark Mintun) who looked very comfortable in his gate-to-wire romp in 2:00.2 with a 29.1 final kick. Banker Volo was absolutely dominant today with a 6 ¼ length tally and he dominated the Open Trot ranks here in 2016, and looks poised to be a force to reckon with again this season. Perennial driving champion Nick Roland picked up 4 qualifying wins on the day, with Rick Magee nabbing 3 wins. From 69 starters on the card, 66 horses were qualified to race. The next session of qualifying races will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 5:30 pm with entries closing on Monday, May 15th at 10:00 am. Opening night for the 2017 Live Racing season is next Saturday night, May 20th at 6:00 pm.  Reminder: 2017 Late Closing Events #2 through #6 nominating fees are due on Monday, May 15, 2017. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS, MN - Friday, May 5,2017 - As the North American Horse Racing season heats up this weekend with the running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, things are heating up in Minnesota as well ... Final preparations are being made for the 10th Season of Live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack. Sure, there will be great coverage of the derby here, including fantastic food & beverage services and plenty of screens to watch the big race, but there's far more excitement in the air at the beautifull 5/8 mile oval just north of the Twin Cities in Columbus,  it's almost time for Live Harness Racing! Opening night is just 2 weeks away, on Saturday, May 20th with a first post of 6:00 pm and featuring our annual Racing Hanky giveaway to the first 500 guests who purchase a live racing program. Horses will begin arriving from all over the country this coming week, and RA will host its first qualifiers on Saturday, May 13 with another session on Tuesday, May 16. The new Season offers plenty of excitement for the betting public with a new .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager, plus the return of the tremendously popular .50 cent Pentafecta wagers in the final two races, and the introduction of .20 cent Superfecta minimums which will boost payouts. Handicapping Selections and strategies will be posted on the website for each racing day. Running Aces will host a full compliment of Late - Closing events in 2017, spreading from June to July and boasting purses of over $163,000 while Featuring the $30,000 guaranteed Dan Patch Free-for-All Pace on Sunday, July 23rd. The 52-night Season will culminate on September 16th with the traditional Night of Champions for Minnesota Sired/Owned horses with over $250,000 in purses.  Running Aces will be Live on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm CT and Saturdays & Sundays at 6:00 pm CT from Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, September 16th. There will be a special Monday card of Live Racing on Monday, July 3rd at 5:00 pm CT , and no racing on July 4. Dollar Nights will continue to be featured on Tuesdays, covering everything from food items to programs, bets and even fishing pole rentals. Saturday night's action will once again be complimented by Beer, Wine and Cocktail specials all evening, and free Live Music in the Trout-Air Tavern after the last race.  Family Nights are offered every Sunday, with family pack specials available and Face Painting on site as well as kid's coloring contests, while adults can enjoy beer specials on Sundays as well. There are also many Special Event nights scheduled throughout the Racing Season with more information and full calendar of events on the RA website and you may also pick up a free pocket-calendar at the front desk. Admission and Parking are always free at Running Aces, and you'll find our smoke-free facility to be inviting and extremely family friendly. Running Aces offers several dining options including Full-Service dining in the renowned Trout-Air Tavern, which carries on the tradition of true Pond-to-Plate dining that has been offered on the property for decades. The Trout-Air fishing experience is back for 2017 as well, and will be open during live racing from 4-8 pm on Tuesdays & Fridays and 11 am - 8 pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Dining Reservations may be made by calling 651-925-4577. Running Aces also offers fantastic options for group events during Live Racing, including our Skybox experience. Group party reservations may be made at 651-925-4571 and more information is available on our website: RunAces.com See you on Opening Night !!!!! By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack’s tenth annual action-packed harness horse racing season begins on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. Opening night will include food and drink specials, an opening day hanky giveaway and a family friendly environment for race fans. This year, the race season will extend three weeks into September ending on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Horse racing fans can get close to the action with races on Tuesdays (7 p.m. post time), Saturdays and Sundays (6 p.m. post time). In addition to live racing, Running Aces offers  24/7 gaming excitement, Trout Air’s “Pond to Plate” Fishing Experience and featured events such as the Big Inflatable Race on July 15. Trout Air Tavern is the featured restaurant and bar within Running Aces and has a new Minnesota inspired menu, a wide-array of local beers, wines and spirits, as well as live music and events throughout the summer. Running Aces offers free admission on all race nights, an outdoor concession stand and beer truck, along with reserved seating for group outing options. WHEN:             Grand opening for the season:  Saturday, May 20, 2017 - First race at 6 p.m. WHERE:           Running Aces Casino & Racetrack 15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025  COST:              Free admission and parking every day                        About Running Aces® Casino & Racetrack  Running Aces is the Twin Cities’ premier card room and entertainment destination, with a summer live harness horse racing season. The Trout Air Fishing Experience is a “You Catch’em, We Cook’em” facility, an unbeatably-fresh dining experience offered only at Running Aces.  More than 650 dedicated employees have been serving up the best in food, cards, simulcast and entertainment since 2008. Open 24/7, Running Aces is located one exit past the 35E and 35W merge, just 20 minutes north of 694. Nina Sveinson, nsveinson@nemerfieger.com, Office: 952-278-3112 Molly Steinke, molly@nemerfieger.com, Office: 952-278-3142  

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