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Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace with a field of seven talented distaffers lining up behind the gate.  The wagering favorites in the contest were the three New Zealand imports - My Kiwi Lady N was hammered down to 1-5 late and the Jose Cervantes owner entry of Motu Moonbeam N and Quite A Delight N were sent off as the clear second choice at 5-2.    My Kiwi Lady N (Chris Scicluna) worked hard from the outside post to get to the front before the timer flashed up :28 seconds for the opening quarter. Quite A Delight N (Dean Magee) surged past to take over the lead before the :57.2 half mile and fended off pressure from Alwaysalittlemore (Mooney Svendsen) all the way down the backside and around the far turn.    As they straightened for home the other two New Zealand imports were bearing down from both sides on the leader and the kiwi trio hit the line together in a thrilling photo finish.    When the dust cleared it was Motu Moonbeam N (Braxten Boyd, $7.80) who had rallied from last to first to get up right on the money. The top three were all separated by just a neck in 1:54.3.        The winner is an 8 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight, trained by Edward Hernandez. Today's feature win was the sixth tally of the season and twenty-fifth career score for the winner of $460,115.    Driver Rick Magee led the Tuesday program with three winners and Owner/Trainer Mark Anderson had two winners on the card.    The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,908.84.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4. Post Time is 1:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - One of the standout performances of the Sunday afternoon (September 27) harness racing program at Running Aces was turned in by sophomore trotting filly SB Madam Secretary with driver Darrell Wright.   The impressive display of determination came in the $9,200 "B" division of the Minnesota-Sired trot. SB Madam Secretary was the heavy favorite from the outside six post and left alertly in search of the lead. SD Eliminator and driver Brian Detgen were fast away from post one and a big battle ensued - with SB Madam Secretary parked out through the opening half mile (:28.2, :58) before retreating to drop in third.   SD Eliminator continued to command the field and led all the way into mid stretch but SB Madam Secretary ($2.60) dug down deep launch another rally in the late stages, trotting past the leader to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:59.1 for her fourth win if the season and sixth career tally.   SD Eliminator was a clear second and Al Mar Spicey Talk (Brady Jenson) picked up third.       The winning filly is by Tom Ridge and is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   The $13,800 "A" division went to Hearduwhispermynam (Rick Magee, $2.80) who posted another sharp win in 1:57.4 for three in a row and six wins on the season. Susie's Sister (Brady Jenson) posted a big mile and was just a neck back in second and Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) checked in third.   The winner is a gelded son of Braggart owned and trained by Jenni King.   Shesureissomething (Nick Roland, $2.40) advanced to five wins in a row with another dominating performance in a $4,000 conditioned pace. Her mile in 1:54.3 was the fastest of the day. The very impressive 3 year old So Surreal filly is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trained by Justin Anfinson.   Driver Jacob Cutting led the Sunday program with two winners.   The Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,025.29.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Ace

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (September 26) Harness Racing program at Running Aces played host to the Minnesota-Sired sophomore pacers with a total purse of $23,000.    The $11,500 filly division drew a field of seven with the Van Otterloo Stables entry of Hokey Toots (Darrell Wright) and Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) sent off as the 2-5 favorites. Scarlett Ruby (Dean Magee) was the clear second choice in the field at 7-2.    Huftalookatdatfany was fastest away and quickly established command from post three while Scarlett Ruby also left very sharply and landed in the pocket, and D Vigilante (Brian Detgen) got away in third.    The early fractions were moderate (:28.4, :59.1) before Thegreatestislove (Brady Jenson) launched a mild first-over attack during the middle stages. Huftalookatdatfany was able to rebuff the challenge and led all the way into the lane but Scarlett Ruby had picked up the perfect trip and was loaded with pace near the wire, getting up for a 1-3/4 length tally in 1:57.2 for a new career mark.    Huftalookatdatfany held second over D Vigilante.    Scarlett Ruby ($9.00) is a daughter of Fancy Schmancy, owned by Dan Lehman and also trained by Dean Magee.    The $11,500 colts and geldings division went to It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) for two in a row. The sharp son of Marced Card has now won eight of eleven starts this year after another 4-1/4 length romp in 1:54.4.    Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) was second best and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) checked in third.    The $8,500 Horses and Geldings Open Handicap Pace went to Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland, $3.20) who converted a pocket trip into a 1:52.2 score by a neck over pacesetter Hoo Nien A (Chris Scicluna). Heza Real Diamond  now has eleven wins in twenty starts on the season for owner Orlando Nevarez and trainer Edwin Quevedo.    Driver Nick Roland led the Saturday program with three winners while both Jacob Cutting and Dean Magee each recorded a driving double. Trainer Jessica Johnson also had two winners on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is now $16,005.27.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - So many things have been significantly different about the 2020 harness racing season, not only at Running Aces in Minnesota, but at so many venues across North America and likely across the world as well.   One difference this year at Running Aces that has been fun to see develop over the summer season is the leaderboard for our top ten trainers. On this year's list there are many rising stars, joining stalwart top trainers like Kathie Plested-Wiseman, Justin Anfinson, Gene Miller and Tim Maier.   Today we want to shine the spotlight on those rising stars and highlight some of their impressive accomplishments over the current racing season.   Jessica Johnson jumped out to a big early lead in the standings by posting lots of early success in both June and July. Johnson is in her first year as head trainer for Roland racing stable - she has been a key figure in the operation for many years but this is the first season that she has been listed as the trainer of record.   After her very fast start she has been able to maintain her lead in the standings all the way into the final week of the season, and currently holds a five win lead at the top with 36 wins, and is sporting an overall win percentage of 20.4% and a U.T.R.S. rating of (.354). Headliners in the Johnson barn this summer have included sophomore trotting filly Teachmehowtotory and sophomore pacing colt It's A Marcs World. Both are the current seasonal leaders in their respective divisions of the Minnesota-Sired program.   Richard Bertrand is in the midst of his best season ever both at Running Aces and overall. The Michigan native has been a regular at both Cal-Expo and Aces for many years and credits improved stock and loyal owners as key factors in helping him become one of the top trainers in Minnesota this season.   Heading into the final 6 days of the meet he is sitting second in the standings with 31 wins and has a win percentage of 13% and a rating of (.238). Top performers for Bertrand include upper condition level pacer Mystery Dragon, 4 year old pacer Haulin' Oats, and veteran 14 year old pacer Best Dream Seeker to name a few.   Edwin Quevedo is a trainer that came onto the scene at both Cal-Expo and Running Aces about five years ago and has proven to be a solid horseman. He has steadily advanced up the rankings over the past three seasons, hitting the top five for the first time at Aces last year, followed by a close second place finish at Cal-Expo last winter and is currently a close third in the Aces standings with 29 wins and a solid winning percentage of 21.3% and a solid rating of (.326).   Quevedo is on pace to record his highest career seasonal win total to date. The star of the Quevedo barn this season is the standout Open pacer Heza Real Diamond, who has won ten of nineteen starts this year.   Williams Hernandez has followed the same Cal-Expo and Aces circuit since becoming a full-time trainer in 2016 and has also ventured to New York and New Jersey in the past couple of years. He has proven himself as a solid horseman as well and is currently among the top 10 trainers in Minnesota with 19 wins and a strike percentage of 16.2% with a (.299) rating. He is also on pace to post career best totals this year across the board. Top horses for Hernandez include Open trotter Muscle Ave and Open level pacers Paklane Jet and Prologue.   Edward Hernandez, (brother to Williams) is a relatively new trainer - in just his second year as a full time trainer, and ranks among the top trainers this summer with very impressive numbers. He leads all trainers at Running Aces in win percentage at a stunning 33.3%, and U.T.R.S. rating with a phenomenal (.511) and he has 15 wins to his credit so far at the meet. He has posted standout performances with sophomore pacer So So De Vie and 8 year old pacer PH Kenny.   Chris Scicluna made his Aces debut this season and has also posted solid numbers to rank amongst the top ten. The Australian native has racked up 19 wins in Minnesota so far and shows an impressive win percentage of 27.5% and a very strong rating of (.420). He is also on pace to post his career best seasonal win total and U.T.R.S. rating. Scicluna's top performers at Running Aces have included Open-level pacers Keep On Rocking A, Hoo Nien A and top pacing mare My Kiwi Lady N.   Ariel Alvarez is one of the newest trainers at Running Aces. The 25 year old secured his full trainers license this July and has posted very impressive early numbers. Alvarez has picked up 9 wins from his first 43 starts, with 24 top-three finishes. His win percentage so far is an impressive 20.9% and he sports a current U.T.R.S. rating of (.388). The star of the Alvarez barn has been six year old pacing mare Lakota Law, who recently won four consecutive races.   The Minnesota Harness Racing season is beginning to wind down, with just six racing days to go before the curtain call on October 4. Live Racing is conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The featured events on the Wednesday afternoon (September 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces were the freshman trotting events with two divisions going for $11,500 each.    The colts and geldings division went to heavily favored Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland, $2.20) who was never in doubt while posting a gate-to-wire score by two lengths over Oh Danny Boy and Ice Titan in 2:02.1. The victory today made it five in a row for the clear leader in this division, and likely favorite for the Minnesota Day of Champions program on October 3.    The winner is a gelded son of Banker Volo, owned by Jeralene Roland and Vickie Rush and is trained by Dan Roland.    The filly division went to Coatofmanycolors ($27.40), who rallied from well back to get up for a one length tally in 2:02.1 for her first lifetime win in just her second career start. It's So Fluffy was home in second and The Royal Queen checked in third.    The winning filly is by Tymal Templar, owned and trained by driver Jenni King.    Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting, $14.80) trotted to a new career mark of 1:54 in the $8,500 Open Handicap Trot, converting a pocket trip into a 3/4 length tally over Magic Mvp and Pridecrest. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by My Mvp, owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.    The 1:54 mile was just one-fifth of a second off of the track record.    Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with two winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman registered two winners as well.    The Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $14,916.02 for Saturday (September 26).    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.    Photo: Rush To The Bank made it five in a row on the freshman trot      By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the Minnesota-Sired freshman pace with three divisions and a total purse of $23,000.   The $8,625 Colts and Geldings division was headlined by heavy favorite Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, 1-5) who was trying to maintain unbeaten status - in search of his fifth consecutive win in as many career starts. The clear second choice in the seven horse contest was Alilthundadownunda (Nick Roland, 3-1).   Rick Magee fired fastest of all off of the gate from post seven with the favorite, quickly establishing the lead over longshot SD Watch Me Now (Brian Detgen) and Marc In The Box (Duane Roland). Nick Roland took back to fourth from post one with Alilthundadownunda and sat patiently through early fractions of :28 and :58.3.   Marc In The Box pulled first-up down the backside and applied moderate pressure to the leader before dropping back midway through the last turn, while Alilthundadownunda tipped three-wide with plenty of pace as they rounded for home.   Twilight Sunset dug in gamely but was unable to fend off Alilthundadownunda ($8.60) who got a neck in front on the line in 1:56.3 for his first career win.       The winner is a gelded son of Malak Uswaad N, owned by Set The Pace Racing LLC and trained by Jessica Johnson.   The $8,625 "A" spilt of the freshman filly pacers went to She's A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting, $13.40) in 1:58.2 for her third career win. The It's That Time filly is owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by Gordon Graham.   Of Great Worth (Dean Magee) was home second, just ahead of race favorite May Day Maggie (Mooney Svendsen).   The $5,750 "B" split went to Muffin Top (Braxten Boyd, $3.60) who rallied from off the pace and drew away late to post her first career win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:59.1. The daughter of Vlos is owned and trained by her breeder Wendy Haberberg.   Tootsie'sonaterror (Brian Detgen) was second and JK Saving Grace (Tim Maier) was third.   Driver Jacob Cutting led the program with two wins, registering his third consecutive driving double.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot Carryover is now at $13,809.00   Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - One of the most impressive Harness Racing performances over the weekend at Running Aces was that of three year old pacing filly Shesureissomething who wired the field on Sunday afternoon (September 20) to pick up her fourth straight win.    Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in a $4,000 conditioned event, Driver Rick Magee wasted no time moving the daughter of  So Surreal right to the front, securing a solid early lead and posting a fast opening stanza of :27.2 before settling down for a breather of :30 seconds in the second panel.    Shesureissomething ($3.80) was never in doubt and paced a strong final half mile of :56.3 to complete a career best mile in 1:54 over Changing Colors (Steve Wiseman) and Officer Jim (Dean Magee).    The winning filly is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and is trained by Justin Anfinson.      It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $4.80) captured the $4,500 Sophomore Open Handicap Pace on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 19) with a sweeping late rally as the field turned for home to draw away by 3 lengths in 1:54.3 over Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) and So So De Vie (Mooney Svendsen).    It was the seventh win in ten starts this year for the impressive son of Marced Card, owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson.    On Saturday, Driver Nick Roland piloted three winners while Jacob Cutting registered a double. Trainers Williams Hernandez and Richard Bertrand had two winners each.    Jacob Cutting picked up another two wins on Sunday, along with Mooney Svendsen.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces four days a week, through October 4. Post times are at 1:00 pm CDT every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - Running Aces and Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc are hosting a special day for driver Steve Wiseman this Saturday (September 19) during Live Racing.   The event is a fundraising benefit for Wiseman who continues to battle stage four cancer. He has been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis late last winter and has subsequently missed most of his opportunities to drive due to the side affects of the treatments. He has recently gotten promising reports from his doctors and he remains in very good spirits and remains determined to do whatever it takes to fight and beat the illness.   Guests at Running Aces will be able to purchase Hats, T-Shirts, Wristbands and more with all proceeds going to benefit Wiseman.   Post time on Saturday is 1:00 pm central.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces      

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Wednesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot, headlined by heavy 2-5 favorite Mandeville (Nick Roland) who was looking to extend a two race winning streak and was returning to action off of 22 days rest.   After two scratches reduced the field to five, Mandeville got to move in two spots on the gate and was fastest off the car from the outside spot. Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting) also left alertly from post four and got away second, but after sensing the slow early tempo (:29 and :58.3) went on the attack before the half mile.   Justlikehim was parked and pressuring the leader all the way to deep stretch, but Mandeville ($2.80) was able to fend him off and post a gate-to-wire victory by one length in 1:55.3 with Magic Mvp (Chris Scicluna) getting up right at the wire to snag second away from Justlikehim.       Mandeville now has seven wins in twelve outings this year. He eclipsed the quarter-million dollar mark in career earnings ($254,169) with today's victory. Gerald Longo is the winning owner and trainer.   Trainer Alexia Kehl swept both divisions of the two year old Open Trot, scoring in the first $4,500 division with filly Sunny P (Dean Magee, $8.40) in 2:08.2 for her first lifetime win for owners Neil Goldstein and Mercedes Cabrera.   In the second $4,500 division, Kehl was victorious with her own gelding Oh Danny Boy (Darrell Wright, $9.80) who also picked up his first lifetime win with a one length tally in 2:03.2.   Driver Nick Roland led the Wednesday program with three winners and Dean Magee registered a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (September 19) with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $10,993.47.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - My Kiwi Lady N scored her fourth win of the season, with a solid three length tally in 1:53.1 to take the Tuesday afternoon (September 15) harness racing feature at Running Aces.   Sent off as the 4-5 favorite from her assigned outside seven post, Driver Jacob Cutting floated My Kiwi Lady N off the gate in fourth position and picked up immediate cover as Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) was locked in battle early with race leader Amasa Arion (Rick Magee).   The early battle up front produced quick opening fractions of :27.2 and :56 seconds and My Kiwi Lady N benefitted from the live cover all the way into the final turn before tipping three-wide and taking the lead as they swing for home.   My Kiwi Lady N ($3.80) had plenty of pace and drew away from the field in the lane, stopping the timer in 1:53.1 while Motu Moonbeam N (Mooney Svendsen) closed from the back of the pack to be a clear second, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) came from last to nab third.       The winner is a 7 year old daughter of Art Major, owned and trained by Chris Scicluna. She now has fourteen career wins and just eclipsed the century mark in career earnings ($104,392) with today's victory.   Spectacular Sunset (Rick Magee, $4.40) captured the $5,500 two year old Open Pace for his second career win in just three starts. After following in the pocket through the first half mile, Magee came after the leader Alilthundadownunda (Nick Roland) down the backside and these two traded blows all the way to the finish.   After appearing defeated in deep stretch, Spectacular Sunset dug down deep and surged to the wire to secure a one length score in 1:56.3 over Alilthundadownunda with SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) well back in third.   The winner is a stud colt by Artspeak, owned by Janna Lee Rucker and trained by Magee.   Lakota Law (Dean Magee, $3.00) picked up her fourth straight win when she hit the wire in a 1:55.1 dead heat (with Velocity Layla, Tim Maier, $3.80) in the Tuesday finale. It was a seasonal mark for Lakota Law, owned by Troshu Racing and trained by Ariel Alvarez.   Nat A Cam (Dean Magee, $3.40) notched another win for 99 year old owner Keith "Dudley" Carey, pacing to a new career mark of 1:55.3 for her fourteenth career win. The impressive 4 year old daughter of Millionaire Cam is trained by Justin Anfinson.   Drivers Dean Magee and Jacob Cutting dominated the program on Tuesday, with Magee nabbing four wins for a Grand Slam and Cutting picking up three wins for a Hat-Trick. Cutting also registered two training wins on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Wednesday (September 16) with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and features a carryover of $9,823.68 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired sophomore "A" trot with a talented field of seven going into battle.     Al Mar Why Not (Tim Maier) was fastest off of the gate and had the early lead as they registered a first quarter of :29.3 before Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) took control near the 3/8 mark. Driver Rick Magee launched Hearduwhispermynam towards the front near the half mile mark (1:00.3) and quickly cleared to the lead as they headed down the backside.    Once on the lead, Hearduwhispermynam was immediately pressured by Susie's Sister (Brady Jenson) and those two continued to battle all the way into deep stretch, where Hearduwhispermynam ($3.80) was able to battle back and regain control for a solid one length score in 1:57.1 over Susie's Sister and SB Madam Secretary (Darrell Wright).    The winner is a gelded son of Braggart, owned and trained by his breeder Jenni King. He now has five wins in eleven starts this year.    Double My Decker (Dean Magee, $3.20) posted a very sharp three length tally in the $9,200 sophomore "B" trot in 2:00.1 for a new career mark. Bekkum's Black Rose (Nick Roland) was home second, and Al Mar Lovie Dovie (Rick Magee) was third. The winner is a filly by Braggart, owned by Jesse, Ben and Eric De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson.    Glitter N Ginger (Braxten Boyd, $3.40) posted her third straight win with another dominating performance in a $3,800 claiming-conditioned pace. The 1-3/4 length score was her third win in her last four starts for owner Brett Boyd Racing and trainer Gene Miller.    Drivers Nick Roland and Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen led the Sunday program with two winners each.    Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, September 15, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a $9,011.66 carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager.   By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - Hoo Nien A (Jacob Cutting) rallied from off the pace to take the $8,500 harness racing feature at Running Aces on Saturday afternoon (September 12).   Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) and Heza Real Diamond battled up front through a torrid opening half mile (:25.3, :54.4) while Jacob Cutting bided his time at the back of the pack with Hoo Nien A.   Parklane Jet (Dean Magee) launched a first-over attack down the backside and Cutting picked up the cover before rolling three-wide around the final turn with Hoo Nien A ($7.00) who surged to the front and drew away late to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3.   Heza Real Diamond held second and Stuckey Dote was third.       The winner is an 8 year old gelding by Always A Virgin. He now has 22 career wins and $167,548 in the bank. Chris Scicluna is the winning owner/trainer.   The $11,500 Minnesota-Sired sophomore filly pace went to It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.10) who dominated in gate-to-wire fashion from post eight with a 1:56.4 mile for her ninth win of the season for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel Mc Danel.   Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) was second and Catchmeinadream (Jacob Cutting) was third.   The $6,900 sophomore colts & geldings pace went to Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) in 1:58 for four wins in a row. The winner is a gelding by Vlos, owned and trained by Gene Miller.   Driver Jacob Cutting led the Saturday program with three winners - scoring a natural Hat-Trick in races 5,6 and 7. Rick Magee posted a double.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces                                

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Wednesday afternoon (September 9) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired freshman colt & geldings trot with a field of seven square-gaited rivals lining up behind the gate.   The overwhelming 1-9 favorite in the race was a Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland) who was coming into the event with two wins in a row, and five wins in ten career outings.   Driver Nick Roland sent the favorite straight to the front and dominated the affair with moderate fractions of :30.1, 1:02 and 1:32.2 over the rain-soaked oval, which was rated as good.   There was never an anxious moment for Rush To The Bank ($2.10) as he kept his rivals well behind throughout the mile, and kicked home in :30.2 to check in 7-3/4 lengths ahead in 2:02.4.       Half-brother Hide Your Banker (Brandon Jenson) got up for second over Oh Danny Boy (Darrell Wright) to complete the Banker Volo-sired Exacta that returned a handsome $71.40.   The winner is a gelding out of the Valley Victor mare Vacation Valley, owned by Jeralene Roland and Vikki Rush and trained by Dan Roland.   Trotstyle Takeover (Mooney Svendsen, $13.60) scored her first career win in the $11,500 freshman filly trot in 2:07 - closing late to just get up over the Banker Volo filly It's So Fluffy (Dean Magee) by a nose. Sunny P (Darrell Wright) was home third.   The winning filly is by Braggart and is owned by trainer Brett Ballinger, along with Darren and Suzanne Taylor and Benvenga Racing.   PH Kenny (Darrell Wright, $7.20) extended his winning streak to five in a row in a $12,000 claiming pace with another sharp mile in 1:55.4 over the surface that had been down-graded to sloppy. Gerald Longo is the winning owner and trainer, having claimed the horse last time out. Previous connections Jose Cervantes and Edward Hernandez claimed the 8 year old Lis Mara gelding back today.   Driver Mooney Svendsen led the program with his second consecutive Hat-Trick day, and owner Benvenga Racing had two winners on the program.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, September 12 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature two carryover pools - $7,374.18 for the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,458.55 for the Early Pick-4.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - Harness racing owner Keith Carey had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday (September 8) after his 4 year old pacing mare Nat A Cam scored a career best win at Running Aces in 1:57.    At 99 years young, Carey is the patriarch of an Iowa family that is deeply rooted in the sulky sport. Keith has been involved in Harness Racing for as long as anyone can remember, and he got started some 70 or 80 years ago with his brother Red Carey.    Affectionately called "Dudley" by family and friends, Keith Carey adores his mare and holds her dear because she was the last horse that he and his late wife of 66 years, Katherine had together. Katherine passed away in 2017 at the age of 93.    Carey has had more than one offer to sell his mare, but will not part with her. She has had lots of success at the county fair tracks in Iowa and also won this summer at Kahoka, Missouri. The win at Running Aces was her thirteenth triumph from 35 career starts. She is by Millionaire Cam and out of the Blissfull Hall mare Nat-a-tat-tat, whom the Carey's had as a broodmare.    Carey's grandson Curtis shared with me that his grandpa loves to take care of the mare when she is at home at the farm and noted "he does her stall himself every morning, and he loves to be there to feed her at dinnertime too."    Keith Carey's Columbus Junction farm is the base of operations. He has had the "farm for at least 70 years" according to Curtis, who was thrilled when his grandpa came up with the idea to send the mare up to Running Aces to take her shot at the "big-time" at the Pari-mutuel track. The Carey's have a good relationship with trainer Justin Anfinson who was more than willing to bring the mare up to Minnesota for the tryout.    Dudley wanted his great-nephew and Running Aces all time leading driver Nick Roland to drive his mare, and always  prefers that Nick's brother - Will Roland drives his mare in Iowa. As it turned out, Nick had a filly of his own in the same race and they decided to call on veteran reinsman Darrell Wright for the drive.   Nat A Cam turned in a stellar performance in her "tryout" - making two moves in the mile and drawing away from the field late by 3-1/2 lengths and lowering her career mark by 3-3/5 seconds.        Dudley was watching on RTN from his daughter's home in Iowa. He was filled with excitement and was vigorously rooting "come on sweety ..." and was overcome with joy and pride after the big win.    Five generations of Carey's were all celebrating Dudley's big win with him. He may have even enjoyed a cold beer during the celebrations too, as Curtis notes he often will do after the races at the fair.    Part of the fifth generation, Kolton Hauser got the opportunity to go his first training mile with this mare earlier this year, extending the joy she has brought to Keith out to the new Carey generations too. Curtis Carey reinforced the idea that, no matter what, this mare is not going anywhere. "Grandpa can keep her going as long as wants or is able to, and then we will breed her later on and keep the legacy going".   Rumor has it that Dudley may want to let her stay at Running Aces for at least one more start. After her performance today, it's likely she won't be a longshot on her next go-round, and she'll have plenty of people rooting for her to win one more for "Dudley". He'll be proud of her no matter how she does. And he'll be ready to welcome her back to the farm so he can take care of her. As daughter Nancy Carey noted "she keeps him young and keeps him happy".    The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Open Handicap Pace for Fillies and Mares, with a talented field of seven lining up behind the gate.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland) was the talk of the tote-board at 4-5 and left the gate fastest of all to take the early lead from post seven before yielding to Motu Moonbeam N (Mooney Svendsen) just past the :27 second quarter mile checkpoint.   Alwaysalittlemore (Jacob Cutting) came first-up to challenge and pressure the leader down the backside and into the far turn, with Another Beac)h Day (Braxten Boyd) picking up the live cover through the middle stages (:56.4 and 1:25.3).   Motu Moonbeam N turned back the initial challenger, but when Boyd tipped of cover with Another Beach Day there was little the leader could do in response and Another Beach Day ($23.60) surged past to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.1 for her second win of the season.       It was just her third local start, and third start for her new owner Brandy Boyd - who picked up her very first win as an owner in the featured race of the day with her twenty year old son Braxten in the bike for the win. Gene Miller is the winning trainer.   Motu Moonbeam N held second, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) rallied for third.   The $8,625 Minnesota-Sired freshman "A" pace went to heavy-favorite May Day Maggie (Mooney Svendsen, $2.40) for her third win of the season. She dominated the affair from gate-to-wire in 1:59.1 over Brooklyn Wind Up (Brady Jenson) and She's A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting). The winning filly is owned by Rick Huffman and Larry Matter and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The $5,750 Minnesota-Sired freshman "B" pace went to heavy-favorite Dontcallmefrieda (Nick Roland, $2.80) in 2:03 for her first lifetime win. The winner is a filly by Wind Me Up, owned by Connie and Judith Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson.   So So De Vie (Mooney Svendsen) scored his fourth straight win in a $4,800 conditioned pace for owner Jose Cervantes and trainer Edward Hernandez. The sharp three year-old gelding is a son of American Ideal and he was a 1-1/2 length winner in 1:54.3.   Driver Mooney Svendsen led the Tuesday card with a Hat-Trick of three wins, and Dean Magee registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson also recorded a double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Wednesday (September 9) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $6,614.30.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces                                                          

The featured event on the Sunday afternoon (September 6) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $13,800 Sophomore "A" trot with a field of eight lining up behind the gate.    Hearduwhispermynam was part of a two horse entry for owner/trainer Jenni King and started from post six with driver Rick Magee in the bike, and the entry was sent off as the third choice in the wagering at just over 2-1.    SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) was fastest from the gate and had the early lead at the :28.3 quarter-mile checkpoint before SB Madam Secretary (Darrell Wright) took over near the :57.4 half mile mark.    Favorite filly Susie's Sister (Steve Wiseman) picked up the first-over position and Hearduwhispermynam picked up the cover from fourth on the outside down the backstretch and was still fourth as they registered the 3/4 mark in 1:26.1, a reading that brought with it a strong possibility for a track record mile.    Magee followed the cover all the way to the top of the lane and then tipped to find a clear path through the stretch, Hearduwhispermynam ($6.40) responded and trotted away from his rivals by 2-3/4 lengths to register a mile in 1:56 and lower the track mark for sophomore geldings by 3/5 of a second. The previous mark had stood for 9 years (Silence Son, 2012). The mile was also a new career mark for Hearduwhispermynam, and the record mile became the eighth current track record for driver Rick Magee - who currently dominates the speed records at Running Aces. The next closest driver on that list is Steve Wiseman, who has five current records to his credit.    SB Madam Secretary was second and Susie's Sister held third.    The new record holder is a son of Braggart, and out of the Giant Triumph mare Outathebluclearsky. He is owned and trained by his breeder Jenni King and he now has nine career wins in twenty-one starts, with $79,519 in the bank.    The $9,200 "B" division went to Miss Gracious (Mooney Svendsen, $8.60), who closed from well out of it early with a sweeping three-wide rally around the final turn to take the lead at the top of the stretch.    Once on the lead she drew away with every stride and checked in 6-1/2 lengths ahead at the wire over Bekkum's Black Rose (Nick Roland) and Al Mar Lovie Dovie (Rick Magee) in a 1:58.3 mile for a new career mark.   The winning owner is Jeff Ryan and the winning trainer is Edward Hernandez.    Driver Dean Magee led the Sunday program with three winners, while both Rick Magee and Mooney Svendsen each registered doubles. Trainer Rick Bertrand was the leader on the day with a double as well.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week - every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm (CDT).     By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces offered a pair of featured events.   The $11,500 Minnesota-Sired sophomore filly pace drew a field of six and was headlined by heavy favorite It's Pacific Time who was sent off as the 1-9 favorite from post six.   Driver Rick Magee sent It's Pacific Time ($2.10) quickly off the gate and surged to an immediate lead, putting two lengths on pocket-sitter Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) as they registered the first quarter in a quick :27.3.   Magee orchestrated a middle-half breather of :59.2 before pacing home in :28.2 to widen the margin to 3-3/4 lengths at the wire over Huftalookatdatfany and Scarlett Ruby (Dean Magee) in 1:55.2.       The winning filly is by It's That Time and is trained by Joel Mc Danel for owner John Hendricks. She has now won eight of eleven starts this year.   Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) dominated the Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings for the second straight week, and for three wins in a row - posting a sharp 3-1/4 length score in 1:52.3 for his tenth win in eighteen starts this year.   After working hard to get to the front from post seven in a :27 second first stanza, Heza Real Diamond ($4.20) was never in doubt once on the lead, and also benefitted from a textbook middle-half breather of :58.4 worked out by Roland.   Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) rallied for second and Prologue (Tim Maier) was home third.       The winner is owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.   Drivers Rick Magee and Jacob Cutting dominated the Saturday program with three wins each.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (September 6) with first post at 1: 00 pm CDT and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $4,988.21.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

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