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Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening (Aug 10) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year olds pace, with seven sophomores lining up for battle in the night's opener.   Headlining the field were two very accomplished gelding pacers: SB Bodacious (3-5) and 2018 Minnesota Harness Horse of the year Burning Blaze (2-1).   Sweet Vivian was an outsider in the wagering (16-1) and had just picked up her first lifetime win, in a maiden event, on her twenty first career try. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen sent her right to the front from post six, then yielded for the pocket when Steve Wiseman came charging with Burning Blaze as the quarter pole timer flashed :28.1 and race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) had landed in third.   The lineup remained the same through a strong middle half (:56.4 and 1:24.4) with SB Bodacious launching a first-over attack near the half, but never making much of an impression on the leader.   Turning for home, it was clear that Sweet Vivian was full of pace in the pocket, and as they straightened she exploded from the garden spot to roll by the leader in the final sixteenth. Sweet Vivian ($34.80) checked in 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Burning Blaze in a career mark shattering time of 1:53.4 for her second win in a row, and second lifetime tally.   Big longshot Flying Fritz (41-1) with Jared Seekman got home in third.   Sweet Vivian is a filly by General Aidid and out of the Kent's On Nuke mare Cause for alarm. She is owned by Timothy Lems and trained by Robert Lems.   The $14,000 Open Trot also went to post on Saturday night, with a nice group of seven top level trotters squaring off behind the gate. Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) was the public choice (6-5) after his impressive sweeping win in this event last week, but this week's edition would be dominated by My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) from post seven, who worked hard to get past Silverlode (Mooney Svendsen) for the early lead and then led every step after that - posting a 3/4 length victory in 1:56 with Winning Lyric flying home from the back of the pack to get second over Silverlode.   My Uncle Cuz ($11.80) is a five year old son of Abc Garland and out if the Mr Vic mare Malibu Marley. The talented trotter is having a fantastic season at Running Aces and has now won four of his last eight races for owner Krista Harmon and trainer/driver Don Harmon.   Don Harmon led the Saturday program with a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 11) with local post time at 6:00 pm.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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 weekend of harness racing at Running Aces was highlighted by the track's annual Community Charity night on Sunday, with management, fans and horsemen all coming together to support 5 vital local charities.   On the racetrack, the best mile of the night was turned in by JDS Brent N Sheree in the featured $7,000 conditioned pace. Driver James Yoder floated away from the gate in third from post one, and then launched a first-over attack past the 3/8 marker, continuing to gradually grind down front-runner Swagasaurus Rex (Dean Magee). JDS Brent N Sheree ($3.00) took the lead as they turned for home and proceeded to draw away from the field, posting a sharp win by 5¼ lengths in 1:52.4 despite a sloppy track at that point. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by Panspacificflight and is trained by Robert Lems for owner Truman Gale and tonight's tally was his second straight win in 3 local starts.   The featured trotting event on Sunday, was a $5,500 conditioned event, and heavy race favorite Lodi Dorian Blues ($2.80) did not disappoint in the affair, posting his 6th win in 16 starts this season, closing from off the speed to draw away in the lane by 2½ lengths in 1:58. Steve Wiseman was in the sulky for trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman and owners Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted a hat-trick on Sunday with 3 wins on the card, and Steve Wiseman completed a driving double as well. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 Wager has a carryover of $28,009.68 for Tuesday night (August 8).   On Saturday night, (August 5) Swinging Again ($3.60) with driver James JD Yoder picked up his 5th lifetime win, with a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 in the $8,000 MN conditioned pace, the featured event on the Saturday card. For owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and trainer Gene Miller. Steve's Hot Rod (Rick Magee) was very game in defeat, finishing a strong second.   Dewey Did Done Good converted a pocket trip into a career best win in 1:54.2 with driver Dean Magee aboard for trainer Alexia Kehl and owner Richard Davelaar . It was the 9th lifetime win in 23 starts for the 3 year old gelding pacer by Voracious Hanover.   Mooney Svendsen was back in action, after missing two nights of racing following a racing accident last week, and he wasted no time getting right back to the winner's circle, posting a driving double on the Saturday program. Mooney picked up winners with Spectre of a Gun for trainer Kathie Plested Wiseman for that 3 year old trotting geldings' first lifetime win, paying $29.80. Mooney also scored with Hi Ho's Little Rev in race 6, paying a $6.60 win return, as that 5 year old pacer picked up his 11th lifetime tally, in 1:55.4 for owner/trainer Bob Johnson.   Mucho Macho Man, a 3 year old pacing gelding by Up Front Brad picked up his 2nd lifetime win, in a career best mile of 1:56.2 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Denise Maier and owners Cheryl and Alan Sandbulte. After getting away fifth, Wiseman sent Mucho Macho Man ($3.40) first up and on the attack, making the lead just past the three-quarters and pacing home strong in the stretch for a 1¾ length tally.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness acing card at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action, and Freedom Reigns with Tim Maier in the sulky was looking for his 6th straight win, and he left very quickly from the gate and had to work hard to clear the lead from Swagasaurus Rex (Rick Magee) who sprinted away from post two and stopped the timer in 27.4 at the quarter pole, before yielding to Freedom Reigns at the 3/8 pole. The big favorite then led all the way to head-stretch after posting 56.4 and 1:25.3, but it would be Cyrax (by Intrepid Seelster) who would pull the upset and put an end to the winning streak. Cyrax was guided away in the 3rd position from the inside post by Driver Brian Detgen, who waited patiently until the top of the stretch to angle out, and charge down the center of the track, pacing away from his rivals, and posting a 2½ length win, in 1:55.0 with Freedom Reigns holding second, and Stuckey Dote (Jim Marino) up for third. Cyrax lowered his lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds with tonight's win, he is owned by James Springer and Trained by Robert Lems, and paid his backers handsomely at the windows, delivering $34.40 for every $2.00 wager. And In The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, a talented field of 6 went to battle, with Banker Volo (by Yankee Glide) looking for his 5th straight win, and he stepped lively from the outside post for Trainer/Driver Nick Roland, easily clearing the field and posting a 29.0 quarter time, he trotted confidently from there, throwing up 58.2 and 1:27.1 fractions, before sprinting home in 28.1 to post another new Track Record for aged Trotting Stallions of 1:55.2, lowering the mark that he had just set a week ago. Banker Volo paid $3.60 to win for his many backers and He now has won 5 in a row, and 6 of 7 starts this year, and has earned $27,217 this season for Owners Daniel and Jeralene Roland. Flameon (Dean Magee) was home second, with Big Expense (Moonie Svendsen) checking in third. Drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman both posted driving Triples on the card, and Luke Plano posted a driving double. Darin Gagne

The Sunday, June 12 nightcap race at Running Aces proved to be an amazing display of guts and determination for harness racxing winner Lil Orphan Elmer, who was sent off at just over 15-1 from post 6 in the 8 horse field. Driver Ryan Lems left alertly from the gate looking for a position for his 4 year old gelding by Always A Virgin, but there would be no spots along the pylons, and Elmer was parked-out 4th at the 28.2 quarter, within a neck of the leader past the 58.0 half, and was still applying heavy pressure to the front runner through a 28.1 third quarter (1:26.1) with horses stacking up 3-wide around him, before dropping back two lengths off the leader turning for home. Most horses on most days would then quietly throw in the towel off of this brutal trip, but after straightening away for the stretch drive, Elmer and Lems kicked it into another gear, and powered past pace-setter Go Places (Moonie Svendsen) to draw away by a full length at the wire, stopping the clock in 1:55.4. This was the third winning trip in 11 starts this year for Lil Orphan Elmer who is owned and trained by Robert Lems. He paid $33.20 to his supporters at the windows, after turning in the gutsiest effort seen by this race-caller in quite some time. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 14 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $8,323.10. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Veteran driver Steve Wiseman, who missed the first 5 nights of the season at Running Aces with a back injury, has been razor sharp since his return to the sulky, winning his first start back with his only drive on May 29th, then picking up at least one win every night since, including a double on June 4th, and now a very impressive four-bagger on the Tuesday night harness racing card. The Tuesday night feature at running Aces Casino & Racetrack was the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace, and Party Hangover Two came in to the race looking for her 4th straight win overall, and second straight locally. Sent off as the even money choice from post 8, Trainer-Driver Steve Wiseman sent her straight to the lead, then yielded to let Windsun T Bird (Tim Maier) take over past the 28.2 quarter, brushed 1st over quickly to retake past the 3/8 pole, and lead every step of the mile from there (through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.1) including the last step to just hold off a late charge from the resilient Windsun T Bird, and a charging Flick A Fly (Rick Magee). It was her 6th win in 7 starts this year, and the white-hot 5 year old mare by Party At Artsplace paid $4.20 to win. She is owned by Kathy Plested, Barbara and Donald Arnstine and Stephen Chambers. The 3 year old pacing filly Polar Vortex, by Rocknroll Hanover posted her first lifetime win, in just her 3rd lifetime start, pacing to a 1:58.2 win with driver Ryan Lems in the sulky for trainer Robert Lems and owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte, of Iowa. Completing the four-bagger for Wiseman were wins with his trainees Gram Rules ($6.00) in 1:55.1, and Summons ($4.20) in 1:55.0 and Hot on The Pace ($9.20) in 1:56.4 for trainer Alexia Kehl. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $5,261.60 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

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