COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver-trainer Craig Banks put Silence Son on the engine in Wednesday night's $9000 Open Trot at Running Aces and the strategy worked great as owner Hinshaw Homestead Farms' stalwart wired the field in 1:55.3. In the process he became the fastest four-year-old gelding and etched his name in the local record books for the second time. About a year ago Silence Son set the three-year-old gelding track record in 1:56.3 with Banks aboard. It was just the ninth seasonal start for the winner and second win, first in Open company. Sent off at 6-1 odds, Silence Son beat Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Shelby County (Rocky Stidham). Earlier in the program, Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) pulled a mild upset in an $8000 two-year-old Minnesota-sired Class A event. It was the fourth straight victory for the filly owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn. She just nosed out Delco Voracious, who had won a $29,600 Hanover Stake in Chicago for the trainer-driver combination of father Jesse De Long and son John De Long, in 1:56.2. Cyber Cowboy (Tim Maier) rounded out the trifecta for owner Margaret Epp. The $5500 Class B two-year-old race was captured by Wounded Warrior (Ryan Lems), who romped by open lengths in 1:58.4 over Ksmewithurizclosed (Magee) and Im A Tinker Too (James Yoder). The colt is owned by Mark Mintun. All Minnesota-sired horses are anticipating the State Championship program on August 31, which will feature eleven state-bred races for $20,000 each on the season's closing night. Gregg Keidel
COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman captured four races on the Sunday night program at Running Aces, moving him into fifth place in the local dash standings and leaving him just 13 wins short of the coveted 2,000 triumphs plateau. Two of Wiseman's victories came behind horses from his own barn. Silver Spir used the passing lane to nip Somecam (Gerry Longo) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in a conditioned-claiming event for a $6000 purse. It was the fifth seasonal win for owner Maureen Pittaro's four-year-old who now has $21,000 in 2013 earnings. Hiho Legacy swept from eighth to first in the final quarter-mile to best a field of $3500 claimers. It was the second straight win for owner Paul Welence's gelding who bested Funny Guy (Don Sherman) and Big Guy Two Win (Lemoyne Svendsen). Wiseman also won for vacationing fellow California trainer Tim Maier, guiding Dani California in a bottom trot, clocked in 1:58.3 to top Viking Mia (Svendsen) and Jessie Ann (James Yoder). Son Jason Maier owns the mare who has notched three wins in her last four starts. Eternal Overdrive gave Wiseman his other win in a $3000 claimer timed in 1:54.4. Tim Brown trains the winner for lessee Brandon Bragg. Western So (Evan Coblentz) was a fast-closing second with Kennan's Jerry (Rocky Stidham) getting the show dough. There are eleven nights remaining in the 2013 season at Running Aces, so Wiseman needs to average just over one win a night to reach the milestone in his career while at his summer home in Minnesota. Gregg Keidel
COLUMBUS, MN. - Rich Dessert ran his impressive 2013 Running Aces resume to nine wins and one second in ten tries on Wednesday night by winning the $9000 Open Trot in 1:56.1. The clocking lowered his own local standard for four-year-old geldings by one-fifth of a second. The Minnesota-sired son of Rich Boy just edged Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) and Silence Son (Craig Banks) for driver-trainer Tim Maier and his wife Denise, the owner. Driver John De Long scored a hat trick on the evening with wins behind conditioned trotter Abe's Little Blacky and pacers I'm Blue Too and Irish Raider. by Gregg Keidel
Harness racing driver John De Long captured a total of four of the ten races on the Wednesday night program at Running Aces--and set two divisional track records in the process.
Her connections thought highly of her while she was training down as a baby and have been very patient with Shelby County throughout the duration of her harness racing career. Now at age five she is in the best form of her life and is the sixth winningest horse in North America this season.
The harness racing "girls" have no trouble going head-to-head with the "boys" when it comes to the best trotters currently competing in Minnesota.
The signal she sent at the three-quarters wasn't a positive one, but when Shelby County got a scent of pay-dirt, she knew what to do. Harness racing winners-over trotters, racing for an increased purse (25% raise) of $5,600, were featured at Cal Expo on Friday night (May 4), on which Shelby County showed her spunk.
She had issues behind the gate in her last two, but with Shelby County minding her manners, there'd be no catching her. Winners-Over trotters, racing for a purse of $4,500, were featured at Cal Expo on a harness racing summerlike Friday night (April 20), on which Shelby County made every pole a winning one.
Wendi Wiener is over the moon when one of her horses wins, so use your imagination as both of her starters ended up in the Cal Expo winner's circle last Friday night (March 30) for harness racing trainer and co-owner Nathalie Tremblay.
As the clock approaches 11 p.m., it's safe to say most senior citizens are in bed with a warm class of milk, if not already asleep. As that hour approached last Saturday night (March 17) at harness racing's Cal Expo, with the rain falling and the track a sea of slop, 71 years young Gene Vallandingham was out doing what he loves driving his mare Amazon Dot.
Albion figures to have more than his share of backers at Cal Expo when he suits up for Saturday night's (March 17) pacing headliner after posting a devastating victory at this same level last week for harness racing trainer Matias Ruiz and pilot Luke Plano.
Midwest-based harness racing trainer George Anthrop is making his third invasion of California, having previously campaigned his performers in the Golden State in 1997 and then again in 2007. "It seemed like the time was right," explained Anthrop.
A two race bump after beating these twice to start off the year came to an end when Shelby County never looked back. Harness racing 'Winners-Over' trotters, racing for a $4,500 purse, were featured at Cal Expo on Friday night (February 10), on which Shelby County successfully changed tactics.
Bob Roesch (pronounced Rush) got his first harness racing snapshot here at Cal Expo in last Saturday night's (February 4) opener, landing in the charmed enclosure with the odds-on pacing mare Wild About Eagle. The 48-year-old Ohio native was involved with riding horses as a youngster, but it wasn't until he was 18 that he discovered the world of harness racing.
The lead was soft, he had no challengers, and Putoneonnetformom easily made it three in-a-row. Winners-Over trotters, racing for a purse of $4,500, were featured at Cal Expo on Saturday night (February 4), on which Putoneonnetformom was well rated to his 21st harness racing victory.
The majority of people who watch and wager on harness racing at Cal Expo are actually somewhere other than the Sacramento facility, which brings us to Frank Matthews, the boss of the Cal Expo video department for the last seven years.