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Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (Aug 11) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $17,000 weekly top pacing event, headlined by Nine Ways who was sent off as the 1-2 favorite from post nine in the ten horse Open Handicap field.   Driver Dean Magee fired up his ultra talented 5 year old pacer early and utilized his early speed to settle an early skirmish with Firedrake (Nick Roland) who also peeled off the gate quickly from post eight, the result was a sizzling opener of :26.2 with Nine Ways clearing the lead just at the quarter.   Nine Ways kept the bulky field in chase mode throughout, posting solid fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.3 through the middle stages, with Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) braving the first-up trip but never drawing on terms with the leader.   As the top pacers straightened for the wire, Firedrake was raging with pace in the pocket, and charged at the leader on the inside, but Nine Ways remained game to the wire, getting home 3/4 of a length ahead in 1:52 to post his eighth consecutive win, and remain unbeaten on Minnesota soil this summer.   Fox Valley Nemitz held gamely for third.   Nine Ways ($3.00) is owned by Antonia Storer, and trained by Tim Maier and has now earned $134,360 this season and $286,904 lifetime, with 26 career wins.   Major Al-Mar posted his second career win in eleven starts and highlighted a huge night for trainer Alexia Kehl, who won 3 races on the program. Rick Magee was patient in the early stages with Major Al-Mar and then got the son of Money Talks rolling around the far turn, before sweeping by the field in the stretch to capture the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Trot in 2:00.1 to equal his career best time.   Major Al Mar ($4.00) was unraced at age two, but is having a fantastic sophomore campaign, with earnings of $34,160 for owners Glen, Marlene and Jodi Wilson.   Lone Pine Shuzy (Jesse Yoder) was second, and Gregory John (Tim Maier) picked up third.   Driver Brett Erickson picked up his first pari-mutuel win in the night's opener, steering Princess Legacy ($7.80) to victory in a $5,500 conditioned trot event.   Drivers Jesse Yoder, Rick Magee, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all completed doubles on the Sunday program.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (Aug 13) with first post at 7 pm central.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces: 

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

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 6) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Mares Open Pace, with a nice field of nine top level distaffers squaring off behind the gate. Delightfully Wild was a slight favorite in the wagering at 5-2, while last week's winner PV Miracle Mary was sent off at 3-1, and Pull The Shade was well supported at 7-2. Nick Roland sent Delightfully Wild right to the front from post five, flashing her customary early speed and posting a quick opening panel of :27.2, while Brady Jenson put Pull The Shade into play immediately and grabbed the pocket position. PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) left for position from post nine and was able to secure the fourth spot early. Delightfully Wild ($7.20) was able to control the tempo of the race, posting very solid middle fractions of :56, and 1:23.4 to keep her rivals in chase mode. PV Miracle Mary tried hard to get past the leader from first-over, but Delightfully Wild continued to pace strong on the lead, and dug in gamely when confronted late by pocket-sitter Pull The Shade who posted a strong inside charge to the line.  Delightfully Wild hit the wire first by a neck in a very sharp 1:52.2 mile, for her 30th career tally, and her sixth win of the season. Pull The Shade just missed the top prize, and PV Miracle Mary checked home in third. The winner is a 6 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight, she is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco. A pair of two year old Open events were also featured on Tuesday's program, with Teachmehowtotory picking up her third career win in five starts in the $10,000 two year old Open Trot in 2:01.3 for owner Set The Pace Racing, and trainer/driver Nick Roland, and Bunkerhill Phil picking up his sixth win in a row in the $10,000 two year old Open Pace in 1:59 with Don Harmon in the bike for owner/trainer Gene Miller. Driver Nick Roland led the night with three winners, while Don Harmon and Steve Wiseman both picked up driving doubles on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 10 with first post at 6:00 pm (CT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces      

Columbus, MN - Nine Ways was back in harness racing action at Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 4) making his first appearance since becoming the first two time Dan Patch FFA champion on July 21. The Standardbred star of the Tim Maier barn was sent to post as the 3-5 favorite from his assigned nine post in the featured $16,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Nine Ways served notice right away that he was playing with his "A" game yet again, firing hard from the far outside and overtaking Firedrake (Nick Roland) for the early lead through a speedy first quarter (:26.2). Dean Magee kept his pacer rolling through the middle stages (:54.4 and 1:22.4) while turning away a strong challenge from Top Notch (Joe Casagranda), who ultimately slipped into the pocket in front of Firedrake.   Nine Ways continued to pace strong as they rounded for home and Firedrake was raging with pace and looking for room, and surging along the inside. Nine Ways ($3.40) easily kept Firedrake at bay to the wire, getting home 1-1/2 lengths ahead of his top rival in 1:51.3 for his seventh straight win, and remaining unbeaten in six local starts this summer. A strong battle for third between late closers Annihilator and Fox Valley Nemitz resulted in a dead heat for that spot.   Nine Ways is a 5 year old Delmarvelous prodigy, out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts. He now shows 10 wins in 28 starts this year, with $125,860 in seasonal earnings. The winning owner is Antonia Storer.   The $14,000 Open Handicap Trot event went to Winning Lyric this week, who swept the 6 horse field from last to first from post six. Dean Magee was unhurried in the early stages with Winning Lyric, while My Uncle Cuz posted all of the fractions, and French Eclipse was in the pocket. The fractions were sensible (:28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2).   My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) remained strong into the homestretch, but Winning Lyric and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) were both charging hard on the outside. Winning Lyric ($4.80) got his nose to the wire first in the 1:55 mile delivering as the race favorite for his third win in ten starts this season. The winning owner is Terrence Smith, and the winning trainer is Edward Hernandez.   Driver Dean Magee posted a Grand Slam of four wins on the card, and swept both feature races. Rick Magee picked up a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (August 6) with local post time at 7 pm, and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot of $6,252.81.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Running Aces recognized current leading Harness Racing driver Dean Magee on Saturday night (Aug 3) for his career accomplishment of $30 million in purse earnings.   The milestone was celebrated with the presentation of a banner in the winner's circle, after Dean piloted Contemporay Legend to victory in race three, for a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2 for the 5 year old Mystery Chase gelding for owner/trainer Mark Anderson.   That was the first of three wins on the program for Magee, affectionately known to family, friends and fans alike as "Bobcat". He currently stands atop all drivers at Running Aces as the leading driver of the season - with 12 wins separating him from his closest rival.   Magee has won 4,796 career races and appears on the board in the top three in over thirty-five percent of his trips to the gate.   The Wisconsin native has been plying his trade as a Sulky sport driver since 1981, and spent many years as a regular top reinsman on the Chicago Harness Racing circuit, amassing solid numbers year after year. His biggest year in the win column was 1990, that year he piloted 321 winners. In 2001, he posted his best seasonal purse earnings total of $1,814,082.   One of the biggest and most memorable wins of his driving career came in 2003, when he steered Yankee Cruiser to victory in the $1.5 million North America Cup at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. The victory would serve as a tribute to the late Brian Pinske, who had been the trainer of Yankee Cruiser before his untimely death.   Dean has been a regular driver at Running Aces since the tracks opening in 2008, and is always among the top drivers every season. In the two previous seasons he has made a late run for the title, coming close both years but finishing second. This year he has dominated since week one, and continues to deliver solid wins night after night.   The track's all time leader Nick Roland currently sits second, and defending champ from the past two years Steve Wiseman sits third, but as the 2019 season heads for the far turn, they've got alot of ground to make up to try and catch the "bobcat".   Live Racing continues three nights per week at Running Aces, Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm and Tuesday at 7 pm central. The Sunday (Aug 4) program features a Pick-5 Jackpot carryover of $5,016.65.   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

Despite heavy rains and strong storms throughout the day on Sunday (July 28) in the north-metro Minnesota area, the Harness Racing card at Running Aces went to post as scheduled, and delivered some very exciting contests and close finishes over the track rated sloppy.   One of the most impressive winning efforts of the night came from Fox Valley Nemitz ($ 22.00, Brian Detgen) , who picked up his fourth win in twelve outings this season with a resilient first-over mile in 1:52.3 in the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings.   Starting from post four in the seven horse affair, Fox Valley Nemitz floated away in sixth position and sat through the initial fast quarter (:26.3) but was quickly out and moving first-up just after that juncture, and began to apply pressure to leader and race favorite Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee).   Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) was sitting in the pocket and Top Notch (Rick Magee) was well spotted with the outside cover from Fox Valley Nemitz as they made their way around the far turn.   Fox Valley Nemitz turned up the pressure as they turned for home and Holdingallthecards folded his hand and relented, while Top Notch was raging with pace and tipped wide. Fox Valley Nemitz continued to pace strong to the wire and fought hard to deny Top Notch the victory, keeping his rival at bay by a half length on the line.   The winner is a 5 year old son of Richess Hanover, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen, and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen. He now has 16 career wins and $140,002 in the bank.   MD Magic ($5.00, Nick Roland) picked up his third straight win in the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Trot, with a sharp effort from post eight in 2:00.2 over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) for his fifth win of the year for owner Set The Pace Racing and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic now has career earnings of $112,860.   Pridecrest is back on top of the trotting colony at Running Aces after a sharp looking win in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Sunday. The classy 7 year old veteran by Angus Hall pulled the upset win with an outside trip throughout. Driver Steve Wiseman kept Pridecrest in the outer flow and covered up before tipping three-wide into the final turn and delivering heavy pressure to leader Banker Volo (Tim Maier).   Pridecrest took the lead at the head of the lane but immediately faced a strong late challenge from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) for an exciting stretch battle, with Pridecrest ($34.00) prevailing by a neck on the line in 1:56. The winning owner is Christopher Schick, and the winning trainer is Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Nick Roland had a big night on Sunday, piloting a total of five winners on the card, while Steve Wiseman drove three winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman sent out the same three winners.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 30) with local post time at 7 pm. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $3,547.90.     By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Pacers, split into two divisions. The $11,500 colts and geldings division was headlined by heavy favorite SB Bodacious (1-5) who was a winner last out and came into this week's event with a record of 4-4-1 from nine starts. SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate from post one and faced immediate pressure from Flying Fritz (Nick Roland) who hounded the leader through the first half mile, prompting early fractions of :27 and :55.1. Next to come after the leader was Roman Treasure (Tim Maier) who made a three wide move around a tiring Flying Fritz, near the 1:24.2 check-in for three-quarters. Throughout it all, Burning Blaze was sitting in fourth and biding his time, and as they rounded for home driver Steve Wiseman steered the 2018 Minnesota harness Horse of the Year to the outside and got him rolling, in response - he stormed down the center of the track to pull away from SB Bodacious by two lengths and score his second win of the year with a 1:53.4 mile and a new lifetime mark. Roman Treasure held gamely for third. Burning Blaze ($17.20) now has nine career wins in eighteen races, and has earned $73,220 for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. The $11,500 filly division went to prohibitive favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (1-9) as she once again turned in a dominating performance in 1:55.2 to score her sixth win in seven outings this year for owner Richard Davelaar and trainer Gordon Graham. Dean Magee was the winning pilot. Sweet Vivian (Steve Wiseman) was second and Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) finished third. Both divisional winners are by the stallion Wind Me Up. Driver Steve Wiseman dominated the scene on Saturday night, picking up three wins and two seconds in his seven trips to the gate. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 28) with first post at 6 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

The Tuesday evening (July 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly edition of the Mares Open pace event, with this week's rendition drawing a field of nine to battle it out for a $16,000 purse. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was back as the headliner in the field, making her return to the top mares event after taking her chances against the boys in the 2019 Dan Patch FFA, where she ran into the toughest Dan Patch nomination field to date, and finished sixth in her elimination group, but was only beaten two lengths. Juslikeaqueen lived up to all the hype this week, posting a dominating gate-to-wire win from post eight with the victory never in doubt. She paced the first half in :56.1 and repeated that for the final half, to stop the timer in 1:52.2 and check in 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) at the wire. Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) turned in another impressive " first-over forever " mile and held gamely for third. Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5 year old mare by Palone Ranger, out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She now has nine wins in twenty-three starts this year, with 26 career tallies and $289,080 in the bank. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Teachmehowtotory ($3.80, Nick Roland) picked up her second consecutive win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old fillies Trot, with a dominating performance in 2:03.1. The sharp filly by Braggart now has two wins in three starts for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Dubberyoo ($15.20, Dean Magee) was a winner in his career debut in the $9,200 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "B" pace, with an impressive win from off the pace in 2:01.3, featuring a :28.4 final quarter. The gelding son of It's That Time is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. Trotterlicious ($4.00, Tim Maier) was impressive again, turning in his second consecutive gate-to-wire win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old colts & geldings Trot, stopping the timer in 2:01. The Money Talks gelding is owned and trained by Rick Bertrand. Bunkerhill Phil ($3.40, Don Harmon) has now won three straight races at Running Aces, picking up an impressive last-to-first sweep in the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "A" pace in 1:58.2, powering home in :28.2 to get up at the wire by a neck. The impressive son of Vlos now has five wins in six career outings. The winning owner/trainer/breeder is Gene Miller. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in Hat-Trick performances on Tuesday, with three winners each, while Nick Roland completed a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (July 27) with first post at 6 pm central, and two carryover pools: The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot is $2,192.87, and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,950.98. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Sunday evening (July 21) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the main event on Dan Patch weekend, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace - Sponsored by Watch And Wager. Last Year's Dan Patch FFA Champion Nine Ways turned in another exhilarating performance in the 2019 Dan Patch, as he rocketed past pace-setter Rockin Speed in the homestretch to record the fastest mile ever at Running Aces when he stopped the timer in 1:50.2, lowering the track mark for the second consecutive week, and also completing six wins in a row. Running Aces' leading driver Dean Magee got Nine Ways away from the gate quickly, and was able to secure the second position on the rail, while Rockin Speed with driver Travis Seekman surged from post position six right to the lead and posted a fast opening quarter of :26.2, before being hounded by Ideal Ace with driver Stephen White who applied heavy pressure to the leader throughout the middle stages of the race (:54.2 and 1:21.4). Rockin Speed turned back the challenge of Ideal Ace, and Nine Ways emerged from the pocket position with plenty of pace, while Firedrake and driver Nick Roland shook free from third at the rail and was charging hard late. Nine Ways got home first for the track record mile, and his second consecutive Dan Patch Championship, with a winning margin of 1-3/4 lengths. Nine Ways is a 5 year old son of Delmarvelous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine Nine of Hearts, the victory in the 2019 Dan patch completed six wins in a row for Nine Ways, who now has 24 lifetime wins and earnings of $269,906. The winning owner is Antonia Storer, and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Nine Ways paid $4.40 for every $2.00 win ticket. Drivers Dean Magee, Nick Roland and Rick Magee all turned in doubles on the Dan Patch program, which produced a new record handle for Running Aces of $371,635. RACE 9 RESULTS RUNNING ACES 7/21/19 $50,000 DAN PATCH FFA PACE TIMES: :26.2, :54.2, 1:21.1, 1:50.2 5- Nine Ways (Dean Magee) $4.40 $2.80 $2.40 6- Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) $3.20 $3.00 2- Firedrake (Nick Roland) $4.20 $2 Exacta 5-6 $12.00 $2 Trifecta 5-6-2 $46.40 $2 Superfecta 5-6-2-1 $197.00 By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 20) harness racing program at Running Aces featured two $25,000 events to kick of the biggest weekend of the summer at the Minnesota oval, Dan Patch Weekend. The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace attracted a strong field of 10 talented pacers going to post, headlined by Holdingallthecards (6-5, Dean Magee) and Stuckey Dote (2-1, Rick Magee). Holdingallthecards was entering this event after a solid win in the top Open Pace a week ago in 1:51.4, and Stuckey Dote was returning to Running Aces after a three race stint at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, where he picked up a 1:51.2 win, and a second. Holdingallthecards fired fastest from the gate from post three and took off for the quarter pole with Stuckey Dote finding the pocket easily from post two. King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) left alertly and was able to secure a spot in third as they posted speedy fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:22.1 with Holdingallthecards keeping the field in chase mode. As they rounded for home, it was clear that Stuckey Dote had taken full benefit of his pocket journey, and was full of pace, exploding Into the two-path as they straightened for the wire, and drawing away to a two length score in 1:51, with King Of The Crop closing inside to grab second over Holdingallthecards. Stuckey Dote ($6.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover out of the Artsplace mare Missy Artsie, he is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. The victory in The Ron Banks Pace was win number six on the season, and 33rd lifetime for Stuckey Dote, who also eclipsed the $300,000 mark in career earnings tonight. The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot was the other big feature event on the card, and attracted a nice field of nine top-level trotters to square off in the evening's nightcap event. Pine Dream was the talk of the tote-board at 4-5 and was a new shooter to Running Aces and a regular Hawthorne competitor, he drew post eight for his local debut. Banker Volo was second choice in the wagering at 3-1, followed by My Uncle Cuz at 7-2. Banker Volo (Tim Maier) utilized his customary early speed and trotted out to the early lead from post two, while My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) floated away quickly to grab the pocket, and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) came away in third from the pole position. Pine Dream made a big move from the back of the pack near the three-eighths juncture, but went off-stride when near the top, losing all chance. Banker Volo led all the way into the lane, but My Uncle Cuz had plenty of trot and emerged from the pocket to score a one length victory over Banker Volo in 1:56, with French Eclipse holding the third spot. My Uncle Cuz My Uncle Cuz ($9.80) is a five year old gelded son of Abc Garland, he now has three wins in ten starts this year and lifetime earnings of $294,699. The winning owner is Krista Harmon, and the winning trainer is Don Harmon. Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.20, Dean Magee) picked up her fifth win in six seasonal starts tonight, with a 1:54.4 score in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old filly pace, and SB Bodacious ($3.80, Rick Magee) scored his fourth win of the year in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old colts & geldings pace with a 1:54.2 mile over Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo). Dean Magee had a very big night on Saturday, with a Grand Slam of four winners on the card. Rick Magee also had a big night, with a Hat-Trick of three winners. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 21) with a fantastic twelve race program, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Running Aces is set for the biggest weekend of the Minnesota Harness Racing season, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace sponsored by Watch And Wager. A talented field of ten pacers will line up behind the gate for the 2019 Dan Patch Final in race #9 on Sunday (July 21), with defending Champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite. The talented 5 year old gelding by Delmarvelous is in search of his sixth consecutive win, and enters this year's final after posting the fastest mile in Running Aces history (1:50.3) in his elimination. Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) has been listed at 5-2 on the early line as the second choice, and comes into the final off a sharp second place finish in his elimination, timed in 1:51.1. 2017 Dan Patch FFA Champion Firedrake (Nick Roland) is a close third on the starting odds-board with a 3-1 morning line and will make his third consecutive Dan Patch FFA Final start after a sharp second to Nine Ways in the track record producing elimination heat. Firedrake posted a 27.3 final quarter and a 1:50.4 mile for his fastest career clocking. Below is a list of the full field for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Final. The 2019 Dan Patch FFA Final at Running Aces Sunday, July 21 - Race #9 Purse $50,000 1. Top Notch (Rick Magee) 6-1 1A. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) 6-1 2. Firedrake (Nick Roland) 3-1 3. Ideal Ace (Stephen White) 15-1 4. Annihilator (Don Harmon) 10-1 5. Nine Ways (Dean Magee) 6-5 6. Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) 5-2 7. To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) 10-1 8. Bettor's Promise (James Yoder) 8-1 9. Fox Valley Gemini (Casey Leonard) 9-2 *SF Donttellonme starts from post 10 in the second tier. The Dan Patch weekend also features two additional major annual events, which both go to post on Saturday (July 20). The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace features a field of ten top level pacers going into battle in race eight, with Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) installed as morning line favorite at 8-5 over Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) at 9-5. The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot will anchor the Saturday evening card in race nine, with a talented field of nine square-gaiters going to post, including newcomer Pine Dream (Dean Magee) who has been tagged at 2-1 on the early line, with Aces stalwart Banker Volo (Tim Maier) listed a close second choice at 5-2. Post times for both Dan Patch Weekend cards are 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening (July 16) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace, with this week's edition drawing a field of eight vying for a purse of $16,000. Pull The Shade (Dean Magee) was sent off as the heavy favorite at 4-5 in the wagering from post five while Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was a clear second choice at 7-2. Delightfully Wild was fastest from the gate and established a quick early lead through a sharp opening quarter of :27.2, and lead the field through the middle stages with a second quarter breather of :29.1 (:56.3) and a quick third panel in :27.3 (1:24.1) with Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) on the first-over attack, and Place N First (Steve Wiseman) locked in the pocket. Delightfully Wild made a break just past the three-quarters juncture, which bothered Place N First and Alwaysalittlemore. Emerging from the pack was PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) who was able to steer clear of trouble and had plenty of pace for the stretch drive, getting past Cenalta Diamond for the win by 1 -3/4 lengths with Pull The Shade getting up for second and Cenalta Diamond home in third in the 1:53.1 mile. The Tuesday feature victory was the second score in eight season's starts for PV Miracle Mary, who now has 21 career wins and $93,048 in the bank for owner Joe Casagranda. Rick Magee is the winning trainer. It was a big night at Running Aces for the Kathie Plested-Wiseman stable, picking up four wins and one second in six trips to the starting gate. Kathie is the defending champion trainer for the past two seasons at Running Aces, and has also won the training title at Cal Expo in both of the last two meets in northern California. Kathie currently sits atop the list of trainers at Running Aces along with Tim Maier, each with 23 wins. Owner Benvenga Racing LLC had a huge night out of the Plested-Wiseman barn, going a perfect three-for-three on the Tuesday card as Platinum Time ($7.20, Steve Wiseman), The Gobye Girl ($7.00, Steve Wiseman) and Time To Play The Game ($12.80, Steve Wiseman) all scored victories for the longtime owner and patron of the Plested-Wiseman stable. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman led the program with 3 winners each. The Tuesday card was a pari-mutuel bonanza for some lucky patrons, with huge payouts in many of the evening's key wagers. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot was hit for $7,783.82 and the 50 cent Hi-5 in the final race returned a hefty $9,425.50. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night (July 20) to kick off the meet's signature weekend of the summer, Dan Patch weekend, with two big races on Saturday - The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and the $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot, and then on Sunday (July 21) we host the main event of the season - The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace. Post time for both nights is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

On Sunday evening (July 14) Running Aces hosted elimination races for the biggest Harness Racing event of the summer in Minnesota - The Dan Patch FFA Pace. Fourteen contenders lined up in two fields of seven to battle it out and decide the finalists for next week's $50,000 signature event.  Defending Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) was a headliner in the second $15,000 elimination grouping on the card, along with last year's runner-up and 2017 champion Firedrake (Nick Roland). They were the two fastest away from the gate, with Nine Ways sprinting to the lead and Firedrake securing the pocket through the opening quarter in :26.4.  SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) paced away in third and the rest of the field was in a line-up as Nine Ways maintained a solid tempo (:55.0 and 1:22.4). Bettor's Promise launched a first-over bid near the half, and applied pressure to the leader down the backstretch and around the far turn, with Ideal Ace (Steven White) and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the outer flow - but nobody was able to get past Nine Ways, who paced home strong through the lane with a :27.4 final panel and held off Firedrake who emerged from the pocket with pace. Nine Ways dug in for a 1¼ length tally to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and register the fastest mile in the history of Running Aces. SF Donttellonme held third over Bettor's Promise, while To The Limit won a big battle for the final qualifying spot.  Nine Ways ($2.40) is a 5 year old gelded son of Delmarvelous out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts. The victory tonight completed 5 wins in a row for Nine Ways for owner Antonia Storer and trainer Tim Maier, and pushed his career numbers to 23 wins and $244,906.  The first $15,000 elimination heat carried two of the most anticipated starters from the overall nomination field - Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) the Hawthorne shipper who was looking to extend a six race win streak, and Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) who shipped in from Indiana where he just posted a 1:49.1 career mark.  Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) was also in the first grouping, along with the lone mare in the 2019 Dan Patch field Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee).  Rockin Speed blasted from the gate from post two to take a firm early command, forcing Fox Valley Gemini to settle for the pocket from the rail, while Urgointohearmeroar floated away in third as they completed the fast :26.3 opening stanza. Urgointohearmeroar got rolling on the outside near the half, and was first over with Juslikeaqueen in tow and Major Legacy (Nick Roland) third-over. Urgointohearmeroar continued to pressure Rockin Speed through the middle panels of :55.3 and 1:23.1 while keeping Fox Valley Gemini locked tight in the pocket.  A furious stretch battle ensued as they turned for home, with Urgointohearmeroar getting the upper hand late for a ¾-length score over Rockin Speed in a 1:51 mile. Top Notch (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to secure third at 75-1, while Annihilator (Don Harmon) also closed well to pick up fourth at 72-1 and Fox Valley Gemini completed the top five.  Urgointohearmeroar completed a five race win streak with his elimination victory, adding to his impressive total of 13 wins in 15 starts this season, for earnings of $45,765. The impressive 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.  Urgointohearmeroar and driver Lemoyne Svendsen secured win number thirteen this season in his Dan Patch FFA elimination. The $15,000 Open II Handicap Pace went to Holdingallthecards ($4.80, Dean Magee) in 1:51.4 for his fourth win in sixteen starts this year, and the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot went to My Uncle Cuz ($20.60, Don Harmon) for his second win in nine season starts, and a seasonal best clocking of 1:55.4.  Heavy rains moved in to the area at Running Aces after race ten, with race eleven going to post under sloppy conditions. After a delay, and further bands of heavy rain, race twelve was cancelled due to safety concerns.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 16 with a big twelve race program, that offers two carryovers - the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is $5,310.11 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,655.11. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 13) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured two divisions of the Minnesota-Sired three year old pacers going for a total purse of $23,000. The $13,800 "A" division saw a talented field of six, with three fillies and three geldings going into battle, headlined by favorites SB Bodacious (Rick Magee), Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo), and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee). As the gate sped away from the field, Windmeupnwatchmego was sent right to the lead from her outside six post, and quickly established firm command of affairs. The talented daughter of Wind Me Up posted a quick opener of 27.4, before stealing a 30 second breather in the second panel. Dean Magee got her fired back up for the final half and peeled off a 28.1 third panel to maintain a firm hold on things, and she paced home in an eye-catching 27.3 to post a career best mile of 1:53.3 while holding off a late challenge from race favorite SB Bodacious, with Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) home in third. Windmeupnwatchmego ($7.60) now has four wins in five outings this year, and ten career victories in just thirteen starts, with earnings of $77,550 for owner Richard Davelaar. The winning trainer is Gordon Graham. The $9,200 "B" split went to Trinitysfancyfilly (Brain Detgen) as she picked up her fourth win of the season in ten starts. After getting away third in the early stages, Trinitysfancyfilly ($4.80) swept to the lead near the 3/8 pole, and was never in doubt from there, She held off a host of late chargers at the wire to post a half-length score in 1:56.2 for a new career mark. Tiyaga (Steve Wiseman) picked up second, with Sweet Vivian (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third. The winner is owned by Sarah Hallberg, and also owned and trained by Brian Detgen. Saturday night was also Roger Huston night at Running Aces, an event that was a huge success. The Hall of Fame Announcer and Broadcaster met fans, signed autographs and books, toured the facility and called some Minnesota Harness action. A large and enthusiastic Saturday night crowd was treated to Huston's signature energetic and colorful calls, as he made the Running Aces stop his 145th career racetrack to announce at, and twentieth state in which to do so. Roger has now called 179,600 races over a tremendous 60 year career and is still going strong. He is now headed back home to gear up for the 2019 Adios pace at his home track (The Meadows) before heading to Ireland in August to call races at the Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway near Dublin. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 14) with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT) and features two $15,000 elimination races for the $50,000 Dan Patch Free For All. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -Running Aces is thrilled to welcome world famous Harness Racing Announcer and Broadcaster Roger Huston to the Minnesota oval on Saturday night (July 13). This will mark the 20th U.S. state and 145th Racetrack that Roger has called races at over his 60 years of announcing- which started at Wilmington, Ohio in 1960. As of the time of the Running Aces event, Roger will be right around the mark of 179,600 races called. In addition to calling some of the Running Aces action on Saturday, Roger will be available on the Race Patio for a meet and greet session, and book signing session starting at 5:00 pm. There will be a drawing with 10 lucky winners receiving an autographed copy of Roger's new book "The Voice" by Victoria M. Howard, with winners announced after Race #5. Books will also be available for purchase during the Saturday event.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

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