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The featured event on the Saturday evening harness racing card at Running Aces was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired Open Trot for 4 year olds and up, and it would prove to be an exciting contest right down to the wire.   Dougs Hobby Horse and driver Luke Plano flew off the gate wings from the far outside post 8 to secure the front-running position and control the fractions, while Whatevershesgot with veteran reinsman Mooney Svendsen left alertly from the center of the gate in post 5 to lay claim to the pocket seat behind the leader.   Plano and Dougs Hobby Horse commanded affairs through all three fractional panels of 28.3, 58.2 and 1:27.1, while facing a strong first-over bid from Al Mar Reba Babe (James Yoder) around the final turn and into the lane.   But as they straightened for home, it was Whatevershesgot ($20.00) and Svendsen who took to the inside lane and rallied right past the dueling trotters to the outside, getting up to win by a long neck in 1:57 over Dougs Hobby Horse, with Al Mar Reba Babe home in third.   Whatevershesgot is a 4 year old mare by Sos Lunar Eclipse, she now has won 14 of 48 career races and she is owned and trained by Jenni King.   Also on the Saturday card was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace, with Steve's Hot Rod providing an encore to his track record performance from last week. Steve's Hot Rod ($3.20) posted another sharp gate-to-wire victory from post one, stopping the clock in 1:53 tonight with trainer/driver Rick Magee in tow. The impressive winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, and has now won 5 races in 16 starts this season, bankrolling $35,852 for owner Kati Sokolowski.   Drivers Rick Magee and Steve Wiseman both picked up doubles on the Saturday program.   Steve Wiseman has a 13 race lead as the current Leading Driver over Nick Roland in second, and Kathleen Plested has a 5 race lead over Nick Roland as the current leading Trainer.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces with 3 more nights remaining in the 2017 season, Sunday September 10 at 6 pm CDT, Tuesday September 12 at 7 pm CDT and Saturday, September 16 at 6pm CDT is closing night of the season, and also Night of Champions, with all of the Minnesota-Sired divisional finals going for $250,000 (est.) in purses.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot was the featured event on the Wednesday (Aug 24) card of harness racing at Running Aces, and the filly Imapixieatmidnight (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) would post her second lifetime win this evening, and continue the overall dominance of the filles in this division all season long. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland sent his filly right to the lead from post 3, and dominated the early stages through fractions of 30.4, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and then was able to hold off a furious late charge from last week’s winner Liquor’sKwikker (Rick Magee), stopping the clock in 2:03.0 for a new lifetime mark. She is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and she paid $6.40 for every $2.00 win ticket. Another impressive performance this night was Goody Two Socks, an 8 year old gelding pacer by Restless Yankee, who delivered his 17th lifetime win in a new lifetime best of 1:53.3 for trainer Alexia Kehl with Driver Rick Magee in the sulky. Goody Two Socks ($12.40) got away in the pocket early from post two, then sat third to the top of the stretch and was steered into a clear path by Magee in the lane to surge past pace-setter and heavy favorite Chewy Baca (Luke Plano) and post a 1 length tally in the $6,000 conditioned event. He is owned by Seppo Hakamaa of Michigan. Buddy’s Hope (Nick Roland) picked up an impressive gate-to-wire win in a $5,300 conditioned event in 1:53.4 in his final local start of the season, as he was never in doubt tonight from post 6 with a 1 ½ length score for Trainer Sean Lancaster, and Owner Jerome Bouvier. He paid $7.60 at the windows this evening. Pa’s Corn Squuezin (Brian Detgen) posted another big win tonight in 1:57.0 in a $4,500 conditioned pace for two in a row for Owner/Trainer Dale Lagerquist, paying just $2.10 as the overwhelming favorite. And the 3 year old Aubrey’s Jesse (Nick Roland) picked up her 7th  lifetime win in a $4,500 conditioned Trotting event, posting a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 for Owners Mr. Caroll D. and Rick Huffman with Trainer Joel Mc Danel, and she paid $3.20 as the public choice. For Driver Nick Roland it completed a Hat-Trick on the program this evening. The next card of Live Harness Racing action will go to post at Running Aces on Saturday, August 27th at 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trotters went to post for $15,000 on the Sunday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces, and Al Mar Bon Bon ($82.40), a filly by Sos Lunar Eclipse was dismissed at 40-1 in the wagering, despite having won 10 previous contests out of 18 lifetime starts. Sent away alertly from the inside post by driver Steve Wiseman, she had the lead at the 30.0 quarter call, then yielded to the outer flow just before the 1:00.1 half mile, and wound up shuffled back to fifth at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.3, from there Wiseman waited patiently for room and sent his filly through a clear path in the homestretch to trot away from the field and post her 11th lifetime win in 1:59, shaving more than 6 seconds off of her previous lifetime best mile. Al Mar Bon Bon is Owned by Cara Hauser and Trained by Alexia Kehl. Mr Jackpot (Dean Magee) was second, and Margins Echo (Rick Magee) checked in third. The regular Sunday night Featured $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings went to post as well, and there would be no upsets in that contest this evening, as last week's winner Dry Ice ($4.20), also with Steve Wiseman in the sulky, would post an impressive gate-to-wire tally tonight, in 1:53.1 as part of the favored wagering entry in the field. Despite the outside post assignment, Wiseman sent his charge sharply off the gate to secure the early lead, and led through comfortable fractions of 27.3, 57.3 and 1:25.3, only facing pressure in the 3rd quarter from Jazzmanian Devil (Mooney Svendsen) who finished second, as Dry Ice had plenty left in the tank and paced a strong final quarter of 27.3 to secure a 2¼ length win. I'm An Athlete (Nick Roland) was third. It was two in a row for Dry Ice, and his 7th win of the season for A Piece of The Action, LLC and Trainer Steve Wiseman. Steve Wiseman completed the driving Hat-Trick on the card with Dry Ice, having won an early race with Hot On The Pace ($3.40) in 1:56.4 , also for Trainer Alexia Kehl. Drivers Brian Detgen, Dean Magee, and Rick Magee all posted doubles on the Sunday night card as well. The next card of Live Harness Racing will go to post on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 pm CDT, with a $5,000 Guaranteed pool in the Late Pick-4 pool. Running Aces will present the first Wednesday card of Live Racing of the Season this coming Wednesday, July 27th as well, with a 7:00 pm CDT first post. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) remained unbeaten in four starts in 2016, after Sunday’s first Race at Running Aces, The $7,500 Minnesota sired harness racing three-year-old gelding Trot. Heavily-favored at 1-2 in the wagering, Driver Nick Roland wasted no time finding the top with his charge, and after clearing to the lead easily from post 6, the dynamic duo set very leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:03.0 and 1:33.0 before charging home in 28.4 to win easily in 2:01.4. He paid $3.00. Tonight’s victory was his 11th lifetime win, in just 15 starts, and pushes his career earnings to $37,090 for Owner Jesse DeLong , and Trainer Justin Anfinson. The $7,500 3 year old Minnesota-Sired filly Trot went to Bombshell Betty ($3.80) for the second consecutive week , Steve Wiseman did the driving tonight and she equalled her mark of 2:00.3 set here last week, she now sports 5 lifetime wins from her 15 starts. She is owned by Jesse DeLong and Tabatha Canarr, and Trained by Justin Anfinson, this was his third training win on the night, as he swept the first 3 races, also winning with Just Blitzed (Nick Roland) in race 2 in 1:59.2, paying $3.00 The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace was the Sunday night Feature, and it was a thrilling contest, with Ideal Art (Steve Wiseman) charging off the gate to the early lead, then yielding to TheBestofJoel (Tim Maier) past the 27.1 quarter. The lineup remained that way through the next two splits of 56.1 and 1:24.3, before the cavalry came charging down the lane … when the dust settled it was OfficerNaGentelman (Brian Detgen) who pushed his head to the front at the wire, besting a hard charging Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee), with Ideal Art holding third and TheBestofJoel home in fourth, in the 1:53.2 mile. It was the tenth win in 25 starts this year for the 8 year old gelding by Royal Mattjesty, and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $47,875 for his owners A Piece of The Action, LLC and Trainer Tim Maier. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tueday night, June 28 at 6:00 pm CDT. Darin Gagne

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, and it was Jazzmanian Devil with Moonie Svendsen in the bike who charged out of the gate from post four to the early lead, before yielding to Bunkerhill Bill (Gerald Longo) past the ¼ in 27.3, then sitting the pocket through the middle half in 56. and 1:23.4, before charging by in the stretch to draw away by 2 lengths in 1:53.2, with Bunkerhill Bill second best, and Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee) finishing 3rd. Jazzmanian Devil is owned by William Condon, of California, and trained by Steve Wiseman. This was the 8th win of the year for the 5 year old gelding by Sand Shooter, and it boosted his seasonal bankroll to $ 31,937. He paid his backers $11.40 at the windows. In the $7,000 Minnesota-sired 3 year old geldings Trot, it was The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse), who did the winning and paid $9.00, he is owned by Jesse Delong of Wisconsin, trained by Justin Anfinson, and was driven to the 1:59 lifetime mark by Nick Roland. The very nice 6 year old gelding Buddy's Hope (Luke Plano) picked up another impressive win, for Sean Lancaster and Jerome Bouvier, in a nice field of conditioned pacers, stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and paying $7.20 to win. Driver Nick Roland scored a hat-trick on the card, while Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen picked up a driving double and Rick Magee all scored doubles on the Saturday night card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 7 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $3,193.51 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

(NEW KENT, VA)---Skeet Thunder extended a string of consistent starts by capturing the $3,500 first leg of The Parkers Memorial Trotting Series Thursday afternoon at Colonial Downs as the 17th harness season entered day number two. The 4 year old Sos Lunar Eclipse gelding left from post six in a field of nine, settled into fourth and didn't converge on the front three until mid-stretch. Trainer/driver Richard Bertrand, who was aboard Skeet Thunder, witnessed Always Quick Star grab the early lead and maintain it thru fractions of :28 3/5, :59.0. and 1:28 2/5. At the head of the stretch, Pinefullofboots, Mystic Flower and Always Quick Star engaged in a tight duel to through deep stretch until the former leader went off stride and faded before the finish. Skeet Thunder took advantage of the break and sailed by the other pair, crossing in 1:58 3/5, 2 ½ lengths ahead of Pinefullofboots. Skeet Thunder has won 7 of 14 this year including three of his past four. Bellator took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to score a one length triumph in the $4,500 Delmarva Handicap's first leg Thursday. The 4 year old Rocknroll Hanover horse is trained by Stacy McClenaghan, who captured the 2013 Delmarva finale with Diamond Star. Driver Jason McDougall guided Bellator to second initially while Bettorseeitmyway grabbed control and cut panels of :27.0, :56 3/5 and 1:25 3/5. When the leader faded slightly in deep stretch, Bellator came outside and scampered by, then held off fast closing Breakin Loose to cross in a new life mark of 1:53.0. Colonial Downs is dark Friday. The opening week slate continues with a ten race card on Saturday and a nine race card Sunday, both at 1:00 PM. The card on Sunday will be enhanced with an exhibition camel race and ostrich races. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Owner Jesse De Long's She's A Foxie Lady (driver John De Long) chopped a full second off the Running Aces track record for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday night to capture a $13,500 race restricted to state-bred freshmen trotters.  The daughter of Sos Lunar Eclipse, trained when in Minnesota by Justin Anfinson, stormed home in 2:00.2 to lower the record that was set earlier this summer by Babygetyershineon.  Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Al-Mar Passion (Rick Magee) were both within a length at the wire in the record-setting mile. A pair of $9000 Open Paces were also contested on the program with familiar names coming up winners.  In the horses and geldings split it was Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) resuming his winning ways after a pair of near misses in the weekly feature race.  It was the 39th career win for Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan's prize possession who is trained by Bob Lems.  He will be the likely favorite in his division when all the best Minnesota-sired horses line up for eleven $20,000 state championship races on August 31.  Ya U Betcha (Gerry Longo), another Minnesota-sired gelding, finished second with Six Gun (Wiseman) rounding out the trifecta. In the distaff feature, the outstanding three-year-old filly Show Runner beat the best older mares racing in Minnesota for the fifth time since moving up to the open ranks eight starts ago.  The daughter of Little Steven now boasts 11 seasonal triumphs and over $60,000 in 2013 earnings.  She is trained and driven by Tim Maier and owned by his wife Denise in partnership with Eileen Brodbar.  The winner overcame the assigned outside post to beat Still Electric (De Long) by a head with Cheese Plumper (Rick Magee) third. Racing resumes Wednesday night with just ten programs remaining in the Running Aces season. Gregg Keidel

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