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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

The elimination races for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace will headline a blockbuster card of Harness Racing on Sunday, July 14 at Running Aces. There are two elimination races with a total of 14 pacers vying for the chance to line up behind the starting gate in the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. Each elimination heat carries a purse of $15,000 - bringing the total purse for the 2019 Dan Patch to $80,000. The top five horses in each elimination heat will advance to the final. The first elimination field will see many of the top speedsters among this year's participants, with Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) drawing the rail and morning-line favoritism at 6/5, while Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) is the second choice on the morning line (7/5) from post two. The former arrives in Minnesota with a six race win streak at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, and sports a brand new career mark of 1:50.1 last out. Three starts ago on June 7th, Fox Valley Gemini paced a final quarter in :25.1 to sweep the field and win handily. The latter ships in to Running Aces from Indiana, where he just posted a career best win on 1:49.1 at Hoosier Park on June 21. During the month of May, Rockin Speed campaigned in Canada, finishing fourth in the $139,490 Confederation Cup, and second in the $116,180 Camluck Classic. He leads the Dan Patch contenders with $90,327 in earnings in 2019. Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) is the 3/1 third choice in elimination #1 (Race 9) and is currently riding a four race win streak at Running Aces, equalling the track's fastest mile ever (1:50.4) on June 29. The 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding has won 16 of 20 career races, and will start from post three. The lone mare in this year's Dan Patch squad is Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee), who has reigned supreme here since her arrival from Pennsylvania in late June. She has dominated the Mares Open Pace for three straight weeks, and posted a dazzling 1:51.1 mile on Tuesday (July 9) to just miss a track record by one-fifth of a second, despite an off track (good, -1). She has been installed at 4/1 on the morning line from post four. The final three horses in the first elimination heat are: (in post position order) (5) Annihilator (Don Harmon) 10/1, (6) Major Legacy (Nick Roland) 20/1, and (7) Top Notch (Rick Magee) 8/1. Elimination #2 (Race 10) includes the two horses that have previously won the Dan Patch FFA Pace, 2017 winner & 2018 runner-up Firedrake (Nick Roland) who is 9/2 on the morning line from post two, and sports two wins in his last four starts, and 2018 winner Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who is the even-money (1/1) favorite on the morning line, and looks to extend a three-race win streak in Sunday's elimination race. Nine Ways is the second highest money earner this season, with $85,360, and has dominated the Horses & Geldings Open ranks since arriving in Minnesota in late June. Nine Ways drew post position five. Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) rounds out the top three favorites at 7/2 from post seven, and was the winner of the $20,000 North Metro Pace at Running Aces on June 16. Completing the field for the second elimination are: (in post position order) (1) Better Watch Out (Don Harmon) 12/1, (3) Ideal Ace (Stephen White) 6/1, SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) 10/1, and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) 8/1. Post time for Sunday's elimination night program is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Tuesday evening (July 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace event, with this week's edition drawing a field of seven going for $14,000. The talk of the tote-board at (1-9) was Juslikeaqueen, who was assigned post seven and was looking to extend a two race win streak at the top Mares Open level. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" sent the favorite right to the front, but had to deal with a strong early challenge for the lead from Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) through a very fast :26.3 opening stanza, with Delightfully Wild forced to settle for the pocket, and Cay's Blessing (Darrell Wright) showing plenty of early speed as well and getting away third. Once settled on the lead, Juslikeaqueen was well in control of affairs, and posted solid middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.3, with no pressure whatsoever. As they straightened for home, Delightfully Wild mounted a challenge from the pocket but was no match for the leader, who held firm to the wire for a ¾- lenth score in 1:51.1, just 1 tick off of the track record for aged pacing mares (Show Runner, 1:51) and making the effort even more impressive was the track rating of good (the rating started at sloppy, and was upgraded after five races). PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to get third money. The winner is a five year old daughter of Palone Ranger, and out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She is owned by Antonia Storer and is trained by Tim Maier. The victory on Tuesday was win number seven on the season, and pushed her yearly earnings to $64,010, while her career bankroll is now at $281,080. Juslikeaqueen ($2.20) is the lone mare in a field of nineteen nominees for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace at Running Aces, which gets underway with elimination races this coming Sunday (July 14). Two year old Minnesota-Sired races were also a highlight of the Tuesday action, with Go Margeaux ($6.60, Rick Magee) picking up her first career win in 2:03.2 over the sloppy surface in the "B" Trot, and Miss Gracious ($4.60, Darrell Wright) remaining a perfect 3-for-3 lifetime in the "A" Trot in 2:03.1. On The pacing side, Ain't That A Shame ($5.00, Don Harmon) won her first career race with a gate-to-wire win in 2:00.2 in the "B" division, while Bunkerhill Phil ($22.60, Don Harmon) topped the "A" split with a sharp mile in 1:57.4 for his first career pari-mutuel win. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night (July 13) with two sizeable carryovers: $4,714.19 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $4,777.45 in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager. First post on Saturday is at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Sunday evening (July 7) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was loaded with thrilling contests and exciting finishes, and in one of the most impressive performances of the night, the close battle was for the minor rewards with 3 noses on the line in the place photo - but they were eleven and a half lengths behind the runaway winner. She'sgotitgoingon (Don Harmon) was making her career pari-mutuel debut in the opener on Sunday, and had only faced the gate in a single qualifier on June 25, which she won handily by over 22 lengths in 2:00.2 with a :29.2 final quarter. She was sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the nine horse affair and got away third where they tracked the early pace (:27.2, :57.1) before launching a swift move to the front near the five-eighths juncture. After taking the lead, the 3 year old filly by Tellitlikeitis took off in full-stride, drawing away from her rivals and leaving them in her wake past the three-quarter mark in 1:25. She'sgotitgoingon ($8.40) paced a final half in :56 flat to leave the rest of the field at least 11 ½ lengths in arrears, with that big battle for second going to 25-1 longshot Nightgirl (Dean Magee), over Crystal Hotspur (Tim Maier) and Lakota Law (Jesse Yoder). The winner is a home-bred filly, owned by Don and Krista Harmon. Her 1:53.1 effort on lifetime debut is just 1 second off of the current track record for three year old pacing fillies (Flick A Fly, 1:52.1). Nine Ways (Dean Magee) picked up his fourth win in a row while posting another dominating performance in the $16,000 featured Open Handicap Pace for the third straight week. After settling away fifth from post eight, Dean Magee launched Nine Ways first-over and powered straight to the lead with a furious sweeping move just at the â…œ marker. Once on the front end, Nine Ways ($3.60) was never in doubt, securing the victory with a final half in :55.4 and checking in 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) and Firedrake (Nick Roland) in 1:52.3. Driver Dean Magee scored yet another Hat-Trick on Sunday for his third straight night with 3 winners. Driver Nick Roland picked up another driving double for three in a row as well, and Don Harmon also had two winners. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager now has a Carryover of $3,551.93 for the Tuesday night (July 9) card, which gets underway at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -The weekly Open Handicap Trot was the $14,000 feature on the Saturday night (July 6) harness racing program at Running Aces, with seven top trotters going in to battle, headlined by Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was looking for his sixth win in a row, and was favored by the betting public at 7-5. Banker Volo blasted off of the gate from post seven to quickly establish firm command, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) flashing speed from post five and dropping into the pocket through a :28.3 opening quarter. Banker Volo led comfortably through the middle stages (:57.4, 1:25.4) but began to feel heavy pressure from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) who was on the attack from first-over. Pridecrest was in the pocket, but as they were rounding for home he rolled off-stride and lost all chance. Winning Lyric had the leader measured as they turned in, and Banker Volo had to settle for second as Winning Lyric trotted strong through the lane to score by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:55, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) checking in third. The winner is a 5 year old gelded son of Credit Winner, out of the Yankee Glide mare Naked Lyric. He is owned by Terrence Smith, and is trained by Edward Hernandez, who earned his very first pari-mutuel training victory with this score on Saturday night. Winning Lyric ($7.20) now has two wins in seven starts this year, and ten career victories, with earnings of $107,216 lifetime. Driver Dean Magee picked up another Hat-Trick on Saturday, while Nick Roland scored a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, July 7 with first post at 7 pm (CDT) and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $2,470.76.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -For the second year in a row, Watch and Wager has partnered with Running Aces as promotional sponsor for the signature harness racing event of the season, the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which gets underway with $15,000 elimination races on Sunday, July 14 and culminates with the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. This year's Dan Patch event has drawn nineteen nominations including 17 geldings, 1 mare and 1 stallion and the overall field has earned over $3.4 million and won over 400 races collectively. The Dan Patch FFA headlines a big weekend of racing at the Minnesota oval, including The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot on Saturday, July 20. The festivities will get underway on Friday, July 19 with the Dan Patch pre-party, which is by invitation to top-tier racing customers, Dan Patch FFA connections, and Running Aces horsemen. Party attendees will be treated to race programs, tip sheets and chances to win swag prizes and betting vouchers for the big race. On Sunday, July 21 the signal from Running Aces will feature the addition of NAHU Picks "Three-Wide" as part of the full card broadcast, with Rod Allums, Jr., Mike Pribozie, and Ray Cotolo joining track announcer Darin Gagne live from the track apron, and offering on-track fans many chances to win prizes throughout the big racing night. There will also be a special Dan Patch retro lunch box giveaway on Saturday (July 20) and a kid's horseshoe giveaway on Sunday (July 21). The Live Racing schedule at Running Aces offers action three nights per week, all summer long, through September 14, with racing on Tuesdays (7 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays both at (6 pm). By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

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