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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (August 13) harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by two year old action, including the $11,500 featured event for Minnesota-Sired colt & gelding pacers. Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) was the (1-1) race favorite from an assigned post eight, coming into the event with six wins in a row in seven career starts. Alright Frankie (Rick Magee) drew post five and was looking to extend his own winning streak to three for trainer Justin Anfinson, and was also heavily supported in the wagering at 6-5. Alright Frankie was fastest from the gate and quickly established command, with The Dak Attack (Brady Jenson) getting away in the pocket and Get My Good Side (Steve Wiseman) floating away in third through sensible early fractions of :28.4 and :59.4, while Bunkerhill Phil launched a first-over bid just past the half mile. Alright Frankie continued to pace strong, and faced no pressure, as Bunkerhill Phil failed to become a major threat. Alright Frankie ($4.80) posted a final half of :58 flat to get home 1-1/4 lengths ahead at the wire in 1:57.4 over Get My Good Side and The Dak Attack. The winner is a gelded son of In Over My Head, out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Shantytown Girl, and is owned by the partnership of Austin Patrick, Kaitlin Patrick, Jesse De Long and T. Jeff Carey. The impressive freshman pacer has now won four of eight lifetime races with four seconds, and earnings of $27,403. Catchmeinadream ($ 9.60, Steve Wiseman) was a sharp looking winner in the $11,500 two year old filly pace with a 3-1/4 length score in 2:01.1 over the sloppy track, to register her first lifetime win for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson. The Minnesota-Sired two year old trotting event had three divisions, with Go Margeaux (Don Harmon) taking the filly $4,600 "B" division in 2:05.4 over a sloppy surface, and Susie's Sister ($3.40, Don Harmon) taking the $6,900 "A" division in 2:01.3. The $11,500 two year old colts & geldings trot went to Hearduwhispermynam ($3.60, Steve Wiseman) with a sharp closing effort from the back of the pack to score his second lifetime win, with a 2:00.4 mile. Rick Magee led the Tuesday program with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Don Harmon, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all turned in doubles on the night. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 17 and offers a pair of carryovers: $1,810.64 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,877.26 in the 50 cent Hi-5. First post on Saturday is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (July 30) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace. With this week's $16,000 edition going to post with a field of 8 top distaffers, including PV Miracle Mary who charged home in :28.3 with a late inside burst to get up at the wire and win by ¾ - length in 1:53.4 with trainer/driver Rick Magee in the bike. The feature win was one of five trips to the winner's circle for Rick Magee on Tuesday. Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was sent hard from post seven and battled with Capitol Hill (Steve Wiseman) for the lead through the quick early panels (:27.3 and :56.3) before Dancingonthesand (Mooney Svendsen) made a menacing middle move to the front, and PV Miracle Mary took up the chase from first-over. Dancingonthesand led them into the lane, but PV Miracle Mary was closing fast and angled to the inside, while Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) was charging hard on the far outside and Alwaysalittlemore (Williams Hernandez) was gaining ground from mid-pack. PV Miracle Mary ($6.80) was fastest to the wire to score her third win in ten starts this year for owner Joseph Casagranda, and the 6 year old daughter of Dragon Again has now earned $101,048 lifetime with 22 career wins. The other winners on the big night for Rick Magee included two year old gelding pacer Alright Frankie ($3.40) for his first pari-mutuel win; 4 year old pacing mare Amasa Arion ($2.20) with a new career mark of 1:53.3; 4 year old gelding My Muddy Buddy ($12.40), who paced in 1:57.2 for his second win of the season; and the classy 10 year old pacing mare Place N First ($4.60), who picked up her 35th care er tally in 1:55.1 for owner Jenni King, who had a perfect night of 3 winners from 3 starters. Driver Steve Wiseman also turned in a big night of four winners on Tuesday, including two wins in the Minnesota-Sired two year old Trot events, and one win in the two year Pace. Wiseman steered trotting filly Foxy Talkin to her first career win (2:05.1) in the early non-wagering event, and then piloted trotting gelding Heardyouwhispermynam ($8.20) to his first ever win in 2:00, both of those for owner Jenni King. Next up for Wiseman was a sharp win for the gelding Get My Good Side ($4.00) who paced to his first lifetime win in 2:00. Completing the Grand Slam for Wiseman was Timetoplaythegame ($5.40), a 6 year old Badlands Hanover gelding who turned in a gate-to-wire performance in 1:53 for the fastest mile of the night. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 3 with local post time at 6:00 pm, and features two carryovers: The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot is now $4,355.85, and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $2,852.94. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The Opening night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings and promised to be a good contest. Stuckey Dote was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite having just turned in a career best winning mile at El Dorado Scioto Downs in 1:50.3. Stuckey Dote got in gear early with a sweeping move into the first turn to establish the lead over Firedrake (Brian Detgen) who got away quickly from post 6, and secured the pocket through a 27.2 opener. Driver Rick Magee settled his charge down nicely on the front and registered a 30 second breather in the second panel. From there they weathered a good challenge from King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) through the final half mile, and the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Firedrake saving ground and closing late to make it close for the place spot. Stuckey Dote paced home strong to register a 3 ¼ length tally over King of The Crop and Firedrake in 1:54.1 for his 30th career win from 90 starts. The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger and winning owner is Merlin Van Oterloo. Longshots dominated the middle part of the Opening-night program, with Brushin Albert (Dean Magee) registering a 16-1 upset in the third contest, paying a $34.20 mutuel. Race four was won by Cenalta Cougar ($44.80) with driver Tim Maier, who would go on to lead the night with 3 wins. The longshot trail continued in Race 5 when Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) scored at just under 10-1 for a $21.60 payout. Stuckey Dote delivered in the featured seventh as the favorite, and Tim Maier completed both halves of the late double while favored in both events (Fox Valley Nemitz, paying $3.80, and Crystal Hotspur paying $5.20) Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, May 19 with first post at 6:00 pm CT.   Darin Gagne

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2018 -- Rick Magee, a stalwart of Midwest racing, has moved his tack to The Meadows now that Hawthorne and Running Aces have completed their meetings and expects to stay here at least through year's end. Magee, who usually takes winters off, indicated he decided to keep his seven head going this year because he thinks they'll fit well at The Meadows. "One of the things I really like about this track is their classifications for trotters," he says. "They write a lot of trots, and they split up the girls and the boys. In Minnesota, they don't have a big enough batch of trotters to do that." Magee, nephew of prominent drivers Dave Magee (a Hall of Famer) and Dean Magee, is one of the sport's dwindling breed of trainer/drivers who's not particularly interested in specializing in one discipline or the other. For his career, he's collected 1,045 driving wins, another 422 as a trainer. "I catch drive a lot in Minnesota, but they race only three days a week," he says. "There's not enough income sometimes and a lot of time to fill. At other tracks, I've never really stayed long enough to get catch drives, though I'd get some after a while." On Saturday, Magee will send out Scramble Camp, a 3-year-old Weight Lifter-Hall Of Beauty gelding trotter who's won 15 of 17 starts this year for Daniel Roland and Robert Davis. He remains eligible for Saturday's $11,100 NW5 event because most of his victories were in Iowa non-betting races that don't count against his win total. Scramble Camp goes from post 2 (head number 3) with Tony Hall. Magee ordinarily would handle the reins himself, but he'll be on a quick trip to his home in Wisconsin, where he maintains a three-broodmare farm and also helps his dad, Kevin Magee, who owns and operates a feed business. If you happen to encounter Magee, don't ask him how he spends his free time. He doesn't have any. Saturday's card offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4, $5,000 for the Pick 5 -- and the final-race Super Hi. 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Paddock, for the Meadows

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Tuesday evening (Aug 14) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Pace Class "A". It was billed as yet another matchup of the two dominant 2 year old pacers of the season, Burning Blaze and Windmeupnwatchmego. The former was sent off as the public choice at 4-5, while the latter was also heavily backed at 6-5. Despite the outside 8-post Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) was fastest of all from the gate and was able to cross and clear in front of Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) who left quickly from post two. They settled into those positions after a quick :27.3 quarter, and positions remained status quo for 7/8 of the mile, through a very moderate middle half (:57 and 1:27) until Burning Blaze powered from the pocket in the lane, and was able to sweep by in the final 50 yards to secure a ¾ length victory in 1:55.2 as they sprinted home in :28.1. The victory tonight was win number three in five starts for Burning Blaze, who had just missed by a neck last out and was second a length two starts back in what was a track record 1:54.1 mile for the filly Windmeupnwatchmego. Burning Blaze ($3.80) is a gelding by Wind Me Up, and is owned by Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and trained by Justin Anfinson. MD Magic (Dean Magee) picked up his third win in a row in the $14,000 3 Year Old Minnesota-Sired Trot, converting a pocket trip to sweep by front-runner Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) in the homestretch and post a new lifetime mark by 1 ¾ lengths in 2:00.4. MD Magic ($5.00), a son of Braggart, now has 4 wins in 5 lifetime starts and has earned $28,300 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and Trainer Nick Roland. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) delivered another sharp winning performance as the heavy 1-5 choice in the $11,000 Mares Open Pace event, for two wins in a row. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) had the early lead after sprinting away from post two, and Gold star Mysti was parked and pressing on past the :28.2 quarter, before establishing the lead at the 3/8 pole. From there Gold Star Mysti was never in doubt, keeping her rivals at bay the rest of the way and arriving home 1¼ lengths ahead of Kiss On The Lips and a fast closing Whatitdo Babyboo in 1:53.4 for her second straight win. She is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces, with post times at 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays, and 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays. This Saturday night (Aug 18) will feature a carryover of $17,563.27 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The harness racing featured event on Saturday night (Aug 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot.   This weeks event drew a field of six of the best trotters around, with Preidecrest (Steve Wiseman) sent off as the 6-5 public choice while looking to extend a two race win streak.   Banker Volo had different ideas about who would reign supreme as the top trotter this week, and he gave notice immediately out of the gate that he was playing with his "A" game tonight. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate and took control, posting a sharp :27.3 quarter with Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) floating away into the pocket.   Banker Volo settled down nicely for a big second quarter breather (:57) before turning the flames back on for the :28.2 third panel and trotting strong in the stretch to hold off a fast closing Silverlode to remain a neck in front at the wire in 1:54.1 for a sparkling new track record for aged trotting stallions, eclipsing his own previous record time of 1:54.2 from last June.   For Banker Volo ($7.00) it was the fifth win in fifteen starts this year, and boosted his career bankroll to $396,248 for owner Jeralene Roland. Jenni King is the winning trainer.   The $9,000 Winner's-Over Pace went to Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) in dramatic fashion, with a very talented field of 6 facing the starter,   Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest from the gate from post five and Holdingallthecards got away quickly as well to secure the pocket position.   The fractions were solid, :27 and :56, and then the action began to sizzle with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) launching a strong first-over attack and creating an outer-flow, the field was stacked up three-by-three as they threw down a :26.4 third panel (1:22.4).   Bettors Promise was still fighting strong turning for home, with Holdingallthecards exploding from the pocket and Whatchastarinat (Steve Wiseman) who saved ground throughout was angling to the outside for a three-horse battle to the wire. Holdingallthecards was fastest to the line, getting up by a neck over Bettor's Promise, with Whatchastarinat a close third.   The teletimer showed 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever at Running Aces. Holdingallthecards ($21.40) is a 9 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, he is owned by William and Richard McIntyre of Wisconsin, and trained by Denise Maier.   This was his 47th career win, and pushed his career bank account to $496,025.   The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacing event went to Ridonkuloso who picked up his fifth win in ten starts this season.   The gelding son of Voracious Hanover went gate to wire with a very impressive mile in 1:54.3 to complete a two race win streak and upset the field at 7-1 in the wagering. Ridonkuloso is owned by Mathew Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday night (August 12) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $11,949.88.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 29) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured 3 year old Minnesota-Sired trotters in action, with two divisions of the sophomore square-gaiters. The $8,500 colts & geldings division went to Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who has absolutely dominated the 3 year old trotting scene in Minnesota this year, the Money Talks gelding out of the Overcomer mare Bring it over has now won 7 races in 11 trips to the gate, with 6 consecutive wins. Bringoverthemoney ($2.20) is trained by Brian Detgen for owner Jasmine Horvat, and was bred by Katrina Horvat. He seems to get better and better with every win, and has just lowered his lifetime mark to 1:57 with the 6 ¼ length victory on Sunday. Bringoverthemoney appears to be poised to continue to roll through the next six or seven weeks and looks well on his way to the Minnesota Championship races on September 15. The $8,500 fillies division of the 3 year old trot went to Dekker, the dominant filly of 2018, she is a daughter of Braggart and is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Caffeine Freak. Dekker (Rick Magee) was bred by AL-Mar Farms and is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Jesse, Eric and Ben De Long. Dekker picked up her third win in a row while lowering her lifetime best by two full seconds, to 1:58.2 for her sixth win of the season in 8 starts. The $10,000 Winners-Over pace went to Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) who had a rough, overland trip in the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA final last week, and bounced back with a very impressive gate-to-wire dominating win tonight in 1:51.4 with a strong final stanza of 27.3. Bettor's Promise is a 7 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight, he is trained by Jessie Pacheco for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and he now sport's 7 wins in 24 starts this year with $38,122 in the bank. THe 7 year old Revenue gelding Margin Call trotted up a storm from the back of the pack in the $5,600 conditioned trot to pick up his second win of the season in 1:58 for trainer/driver Rick Magee. Margin Call ($16.20) turned in the fastest trotting final quarter of the night with his 28.4 signature closing kick. He is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice and was bred by Paretti Farms. The victory on Sunday pushed his career earnings to $72,059 with 16 career wins and 41 top 3 performances from 76 starts. Rick Magee led the night off with a sweep of the first three races on the program, while Mooney Svendsen also picked up a Hat-Trick and James Yoder and Gerald Longo both picked up doubles on the card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday evening (July 31) with a carryover of $6,413.29 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

One of the feature events of the Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Winners-over Pace, with a very well matched feild of 6.   Last week's Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) drew post two in the field, with Dan Patch runner-up Firedrake (Brian Detgen) also in the field from the outside 6 post.   Stuckey Dote, last weeks MN Preferred Pace winner, fired fast from the gate from post five, along with Firedrake surging from the outside spot. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) accelerated around the opening turn and Firedrake dropped into the pocket spot as they completed the 27.0 quarter.   Nine Ways got away third but quickly brushed to the lead before the 3/8 pole and controlled the middle fractions in :54.4 and 1:23 before facing heavy pressure from To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) around the final turn.   As the field turned for home they were stacking up five across the racetrack, with Pancetta (James Yoder) and Firedrake widest of all, four heads were battling across the finish line but Stuckey Dote would find room in the passing lane to be the fastest one to the wire, a head in front of To The Limit and the others in 1:51.2 for two wins in a row.   Stuckey Dote ($6.40) is a 5 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover who now sport's 26 lifetime wins and $225,160 in earnings for owner/breeder Merlin Van Oterloo, The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger.   The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Saturday night, with the usual suspects of top trotters lining up in a 5 horse affair. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate, posting the quarter fraction in 27.4, before yielding to rival Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) near the 3/8 marker.   Pridecrest maintained command past the middle checkpoints (:57 and 1:25.3) with no pressure. Banker Volo sat patiently in the pocket and did angle out for the stretch drive, but Pridecrest had plenty in the tank and he trotted strong to the wire, posting a 1 1/4 length tally over Banker Volo, with Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing sharply for third in the 1:54.4 mile. The victory for the Katleen Plested trainee was number 8 on the season for Pridecrest ($4.20) in 15 starts, and pushed his career earnings to $226,739 for owner Christopher Schick.   Also on Staurday night, the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing event went to post, with a full field of 9 going to battle. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) and Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) battled for the early lead, before Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) made a sweeping rush to the front in the action-packed contest.   The race set up for closers and race favorite Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) relished in the early speed battle (27.2, 55.3 and 1:23.4) and responded late with a big rally from the back of the pack, to sweep by the field and post a half-length win over fast-closing Giggle Monster (Dean Magee). The 1:53 victory was win number 3 on the season for Myskillspaydabills ($3.60) and registered a new lifetime mark for the Voracious Hanover gelding, trained by Rick Magee for the Van Oterloo Stables.   Driver multiples dominated the Saturday card, with Steve Wiseman picking up another four-win night, Rick Magee turning in a Hat-Trick, and James Yoder scoring a double. Trainer Kathleen Plested also had a big night, with 3 winners.   Live Racing continues on a three-nights per week schedule through September 15, with live action on Tuesdays (7:00 pm CDT) and Saturdays and Sundays (6:00 pm CDT).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Harness racing drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee each reached career milestones at Running Aces Sunday as Roland scored his 1,500th career win and Magree won his 1,000th career victory. Nick Roland scored his 1,500th win  when he piloted Sing N Sandi to her maiden victory (1:58.2) in race 11 on the program on Sunday,  Roland is the all-time leading driver at Running Aces, having made 725 or more trips to the local winner’s circle since the track opened in 2008.  He has been the track’s leading dash winner four times. Nick is also the track’s all-time leading money winner. Nick’ driving career started back in 1998, and he had his best year with wins and U.D.R.S. in 2012 with 140 victories and a very impressive batting average of (.432). Nick’s best year with purse earnings so far was 2017, with $685,077. In addition to his 1,500 plus victories, Roland has picked up 1,233 seconds and 1,032 thirds for a total of 3,775 top 3 finishes in 7,046 trips to the gate, an impressive average of over 50 percent in the top three. One of the top horses that Nick has campaigned as both a driver and trainer is Firedrake, a winner of 22 of 52 lifetime starts and winner of the 2017 Dan Patch FFA pace at Running Aces, and runner up this year, after just missing the repeat championship by a neck in 1:51.1 on Sunday (July 22). Along with catch-driving, Nick trains a stable of around 15 horses with his longtime girlfriend Jessica Johnson. For driver Rick Magee he steered Bringoverthemoney to his fourth win in a row to pick up his 1,000th career driving victory in race 1 on Sunday (July 15). Rick is currently second in all time statistics at Running Aces, and he has picked up 558 of his career wins right here at the Minnesota oval. Rick started his driving career in 2002, but it really took off when Running Aces opened in 2008. His best year so far with wins was 2009 with 139, and his best year both in U.D.R.S. and purses was 2016 with an average of .372 and earnings of $531,179. Rick has campaigned many good horses over the years at Running Aces, and currently trains a stable of around a dozen horses with his longtime girlfriend Mikaela Del Giudice, their roster currently includes standout pacers Stevensville, and Hawk's Red Chief, both of them competing at the highest level this season, and both also competing in the 2018 Dan Patch FFA. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 1) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings, with a deeply talented field of 8 squaring off behind the gate.   Last week's winner Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged hard from the gate to an early lead, but was quickly confronted by Hawk's Red Chief(Dean Magee), with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) dropping in third and Stevensville (Rick Magee) floating away in fourth. Hawk's Red Chief had the call at the 27.1 quarter, but Stevensville got out and rolling just before the 3/8 juncture and quickly paced to the front of affairs, to register the half in 56.4.   Besinthebusiness was sent first-over and created the outer flow down the backside, with Bettor's Promise (Williams Hernandez) second-over and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the third-over position.   Stevensville was never headed after taking command, and the outer flow eventually deteriorated, providing racing room for Firedrake as they straightened for home, Firedrake powered home strong, but was unable to catch Stevensville tonight, as he paced home gamely in 28.0 to stop the timer in 1:52.2.   Stevensville is a 7 year old Stallion by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show. He is owned by Jana Lee Rucker and trained by Rick Magee. Tonight's tally was the third win of the season in 10 starts for the career winner of $526,179.   Also on Sunday night, we hosted the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters. The $10,200 class-A division went to Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in an ultra-impressive gate-to-wire score by 6 3/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:57.2 for trainer Brian Detgen and owner Jasmine Horvat.   Bringoverthemoney paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $6,800 class-B division went to SB Fine and Dandy (James Yoder) in 1:59, also a new lifetime mark. SB Fine and dandy is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Also of note on Sunday, the classy 10 year old trotting Stallion Tamarind (Gerald Longo) picked up his first win of the season in 3 starts, in a $5,600 conditioned event as he stopped the timer in 1:56.3 to record his 62nd lifetime victory and push his career earnings to $935,344. Tamarind ($2.40) is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLc and trained by Jenni King.   Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder each completed a Hat-Trick on the night, with Rick Magee turning in a driving double.   The Tuesday evening (July 2) Late Pick-4 wager is Guaranteed at $7,500.00, and the 20 cent Pick 5 wager has a carryover of $1,601.03. Post Time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces played host to the weekly feature, the male Open Pacers. This week's edition saw 6 geldings line up to vie for an $11,000 purse.   Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) was the talk of the tote board, returning with an extra weeks rest after his solid gate-to-wire score in this event on May 27, and looking to extend a three-race win streak. To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) was the clear second choice in the wagering, fresh off a win in this top level last week.   Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) was fastest off the wings of the gate and took an immediate lead, with Hawk's Red Chief sending from the outside to find the pocket. Dean Magee and Holdingallthecards controlled the fractions, posting a blistering opening stanza of 26.1 and a half in 54.1 before begining to tire near the three-quarter pole (1:23.2).   Rick Magee had pulled Hawk's Red Chief from the pocket at the 5/8 marker and was pressing by the leader as they rounded for home, with To The Limit picking up the perfect drafting cover and tipping three-wide into the lane.   These two geldings would battle all the way to the wire in a thrilling finish that would take a photo to decide. In the end, it was To The Limit ($5.60) and Wiseman with a neck up at the line in 1:51.1, for 2 wins in a row for the 6 year old son od Panspacificflight who is in absolutely razor-sharp form.   The winner is owned by Alan Cooper and trained by Kathie Plested, and he has now won 29 races in his 128 career starts.   The $17,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year oldtrotting events were also featured on sunday, with 7 fillies going for $8,500 and 7 boys also competing for $8,500.   The filly division was a repeat performance from Dekker (Nick Roland) as she turned in a wire-to-wire romp in 2:00.3 for a lifetime best mile, and Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) drew away from his rivals to post a solid win in 2:00.2 for his own new lifetime mark. Dekker ($4.00) is trained by Justin Anfinson and Bringoverthemoney ($5.20) is trained by Brian Detgen.   This coming Tuesday night (June 12) features a nice 11 race program, with a $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4, and a carryover of $5,854.66 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5. Post Time is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Running Aces Casino & Racetrack played host to an action-packed Saturday of both Live Harness Racing, and Triple-Crown flat racing coverage. A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness history unfold in the Belmont Stakes, and then take in the fantastic live local harness action. Moments after Justify etched his name in the annuls of greatness, seven three year old pacers lined up for the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired boys division at Running Aces. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) established the early lead before public choice Giggle Monster (Dean Magee) made a big move in the middle part of the race, to take command and lead the charge into the final turn. Three-year old pacers were stacked up across the track as they straightened for the wire, with Here Comes Teddy (Gerald Longo) posting a solid effort and Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) making a sharp bid for the money as well, the field swarmed in on Giggle Monster who waived the white flag after pacing a 27.3 third-panel. Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) was fastest of all with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the field and stop the timer at 1:55.2 for a lifetime best mile.  It was his third win in just 6 career starts. Myskillspaydabills ($10.40) is by Voracious Hanover and is owned by Van Oterloo Stables and also trained by Rick Magee. This week's edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was a repeat performance by Silverlode, who re-enforced her track record performance from last week by trotting another 1:55.1 mile in gate-to-wire fashion with driver Lemoyne ("Mooney") Svendsen in the bike. Banker Volo trotted fast from the outside seven post to take the early lead before Svendsen sent his mare up and around right at the quarter pole. Silverlode would never look back from there, with Banker Volo (Nick Roland) posting a strong second with a pocket-pulling challenge in the lane, and Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing along the pylons for a strong third place showing, fresh off of her own track-record equaling win last Tuesday night. Silverlode now has 5 wins in 15 starts this year, and she now has career earnings of $191,587. Silverlode is currently leased to Emilio Cisneros and trained by Rick Bertrand, and she hails from the Desomer Stables. I'm On A Terror and driver Rick Magee paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 to capture the win in the $8,500 fillies division of the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. After finding an early pocket position, Magee sat comfortably with his filly, behind an early battle for the lead that saw longshot Sing N Sandi (Nick Roland) on the front early, before Miss Sassy Pants took control at the half mile juncture. Heavy favorite Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) pounced on the leaders just past the half, and opened up two lengths on her rivals. Magee then activated his filly to engage the leader as they turned for home, and I'm On A Terror ($9.60) obliged her driver with a strong stretch rally, to pace by Peekaboo Tattoo and post a 1½ length win for her ninth lifetime score in 17 starts. The winner is by Fancy Schmansy and is owned by Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, with Justin Anfinson handling the training. Driver Rick Magee led on Saturday with three wins on the program. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4,413.72 for Sunday, June 10. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The featured race on the Sunday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace with a very talented field of 7 facing the starter. Firedrake was looking to defend his position as the top pacer on the grounds, after his easy win in last week's Open event. There were new shooters at the party this night, looking to take their shot at the top dog. One of the most prominent challengers looked to be Hawk's Red Chief, fresh off of back-to-back fast wins at Cleveland's Northfield Park, and now racing out of the Rick Magee barn. Also making seasonal debuts in Minnesota were Pancetta, Bettor In The Bank and BestInTheBusiness. Rounding out the deeply talented field were Lil Orphan Elmer and To The Limit. Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate and established a strong lead within the first few steps, despite an early challenge from BestInTheBusiness (James Yoder). After the quick opening panel of 26.3, BestInTheBusiness relented to the pocket and would eventually find himself shuffled back in the stretch. Longshot To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) gave the most chase to the leader, with a strong challenge down the backstretch to take over second, while local favorite Firedrake had been hopelessly blocked-in until the mid-stretch. Meanwhile Hawk's Red chief continued to roll (55.1 and 1:23.4) and posted a 28.4 final quarter to maintain a 1 length margin at the wire in 1:52.3. To The Limit at 40-1 held second, and Firedrake (Nick Roland) was closing strong in third position. The win tonight made it three in a row for Hawk's Red Chief, who is owned by Burke Racing, LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC and M L Yanek. This was career victory number 28 for the 7 year old son of I Scoot Hanover, who has now earned $297,437. Also on the program, Frenchkissmebaby (Steve Wiseman) converted a pocket trip into a new lifetime mark with her victory in 2:01.2 in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot. The daughter of Money Talks is owned by Austin Staufer and trained by Brett Ballinger. The $8,500 geldings split of the 3 year old trotters went to Bragginade, who was the 2 year old champion trotter in Minnesota last season. Bragginade (Nick Roland) is by Braggart, and he posted a sharp gate-to-wire tally tonight from post five, to take a new lifetime mark in 2:00.4. He is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Nick Roland led all drivers at Running Aces tonight, with a Grand-Slam of four winners on the card, becoming the first driver to achieve a grand slam so far this season. Steve Wiseman and Rick Magee both picked doubles as well. The .20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $910.72, and ther is a carryover in the Hi-5 wager of $1,874.00 for Race 7 on Tuesday night, May 29. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacers for an early $6,500 event, and it would prove to be a race well worth watching. Steve's Hot Rod, a gelding by Voracious Hanover posted a sharp display of his speed and talent with a gate-to-wire romp in 1:51.4 to establish a new track mark for 3 year old gelding pacers, a record that had stood for more than 5 years, since Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) stopped the clock in 1:52.1 in July of 2012.   Trainer/Driver Rick Magee confidently sent Steve's Hot Rod quickly from the gate to a fast early lead, and was well in control past the 28.0 quarter mile post. "Stevie" and Rick controlled every step from there with ease, and they were never in doubt, coasting past the half in 56.2, and turning back a bid by Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) near the 1:24 three-quarter clocking, after a fast third quarter of 27.3, Steve's Hot Rod made it crystal clear around the final turn that there would be nobody going past him on this night, he was strictly in a race against the clock.   They thundered down the homestretch and stopped the teletimer at 1:51.4 to take their place in the record books, with a sparkling and dominating performance. DeweyDidDoneGood (Dean Magee), who sat the pocket the entire way, picked up second by 1 3/4 lengths, with Whatitdo BabyBoo home in third.   Steve's Hot Rod is owned by Kati Sokolowski, and now has 7 wins in 28 lifetime starts, and earnings of $52,686.   The featured event of the Saturday card was the $12,000 Open handicap Trot, with a full field of nine talented square-gaiters going to battle. Banker Volo was returning from a 4 race stint in Illinois and Indiana, and upon his return to Running Aces he made it well apparent that he indeed was still the reigning king of trotting at the Minnesota oval.   Driver Luke Plano sent Banker Volo ($4.40) fast from the assigned outside 9 post, and had no trouble establishing the immediate lead. They strolled through fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:26.1 and never had a challenger at their wheel, completing the dominating gate-to-wire score with a 29.2 final stanza to stop the clock in 1:55.3, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the nearest rival.   For Banker Volo it was win number 8 in 13 tries this season, with 7 of those wins right here at Running Aces. The superstar Stallion trotter has now bankrolled a tad under $50,000 this season, and over $335,000 lifetime. Banker Volo is owned by Daniel Roland, and is currently trained by Angie Coleman.   Drivers Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both completed Hat-Tricks on the Saturday program, with 3 wins each, and Rick Magee completed a driving double as well.   Live Racing at Running Aces continues through September 16, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.   By Darin Gagne, 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

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  

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