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Driver Steve Wiseman, involved in a season-long back-and-forth battle with Nick Roland for meet dash leader, scored a hat trick on Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at  Running Aces, including two of the three feature races. The three trips down victory lane gave Wiseman 68 wins in the first 49 nights of the 53-night meet. Roland, who was winless on Saturday, still leads with 70 triumphs. As Running Aces enters the final week of the 2015 season, the Top Ten Drivers list looks like this: Nick Roland 70, Steve Wiseman 68, Tim Maier 57, Luke Plano 54, Gerald Longo 46, Rick Magee 33, Travis Bowman 22, Lemoyne Svendsen 21, Dean Magee 20 and Tony Succarotte 16. Wiseman started his hot night by capturing the $9600 Fillies and Mares Open pace with Part Time Lady, who sped to a 1:53.2 score over Keep The Dream (Bowman) and Kiss On The Lips (Longo). With her stablemate Party Hangover Two sidelined, Part Time Lady took full advantage to garner her tenth win on the year and increase her seasonal earnings over $35,000 for owners Ron and Tammy Wells. Da Terror gave Wiseman his other feature win when the blue-and-white clad reinsman gave the six-year-old gelding a patient and masterful steer in the $7800 Open II pace. Despite starting from the rail, Wiseman was content to watch all the action develop in front of him during early fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23, while saving ground and moving up the inside as competitors moved to the outside passing lanes. Da Terror was eighth in the full nine-horse field at both the quarter and halfway stations before starting to pass horses while still along the pylons. The winner was sixth at the three-quarters and fifth at the head of the stretch before angling out for an available seam and rushing to a half-length lifetime best 1:52.2 win (including a :28.3 final panel) over Thebestofjoel (Maier) and Headsup Yankee (Roland). Banks Standardbreds owns Da Terror and entrusts the training to Justin Anfinson. Swagasaurusrex was Wiseman's other win as the two-year-old Minnesota-sired son of Voracious Hanover lowered his record to 1:56.1 in a $3600 non-winners event, beating three-year-olds Whatchystarinat (Longo) and Cowgirl Unleashed (Svendsen) by four lengths. Richard Davelaar owns Swagasaurusrex, who is expected to be one of the favorites in the $21,000 freshman colt pacing division as part of $201,000 Minnesota State Championships Night at Running Aces to close the season on Saturday, September 12. Luke Plano and Rick Magee both fashioned winning driving doubles on the Saturday program. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Party Hangover Two and Toatsmygoats were repeat winners in a pair of co-featured races at Running Aces on Saturday night (August 29); while a pair of hard-hitting condition horses sped to the quickest winning miles in seasonal-best performances. Pary Hangover Two (trainer-driver Steve Wiseman) continued her total domination of the best pacing mares racing in Minnesota this summer winning for the seventh time in ten tries in the $9600 Distaff Open. Her 1:55.1 clocking bettered De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Bad Feeling (Dean Magee). Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) captured the $16,000 event for the best Minnesota-sired three-year-olds for the third consecutive time, topping Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) and Relentless Spirit (Luke Plano) in an identical 1:55.1 clocking. Trainer Dave Flinn has the sophomore son of Relentless Yankee in peak form with the $21,000 Minnesota State Championship race scheduled for September 12. Outlawdangruswatrs (Tim Maier) upset the $7800 Open II male pacers with a 1:53.1 front-stepping score over stablemate Red Pine (Steve Wiseman) and Da Terror (Nick Roland). Sent off as the longest shot in the race at 21-1, the winner shaved two-fifths of a second off his best 2015 effort for trainer George Reider and returned $45.60 to his $2 to win backers. Fastest mile of the night was recorded by Native's Revenge (Lemoyne Svendsen) who beat a full field of conditioned and optional claiming horses, chasing a $6600 purse, in 1:52.2. It was the eighth win in twenty tries this year for the Bob Johnson-trained five-year-old who is rapidly approaching the $100,000 earnings plateau. Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Quality Sport pulled a mild upset in the $9600 Open Pace at Running Aces on Tuesday night, besting Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:54.4 over a rain-soaked harness racing strip. Driver Steve Wiseman elected to sit fourth in the seven-horse field through the first half, then secured the second-over position behind Bunkerhill Bill (Gerry Longo) until the top of the stretch where he swung widest of all to the one-length victory. It was the 16th lifetime triumph for the seven-year-old Sportsmaster gelding, owned by Ronald and Tammy Wells. The feature race win was one of three on the program for Wiseman, which pushed him back into a slim lead in the Running Aces' dash derby, 56-55, over Roland. There are 14 programs remaining in the 2015 summer meet which runs through September 12. Gregg Keidel  

Driver Nick Roland regained the lead in the Running Aces' dash derby with four trips to the winner's circle on Sunday night's harness racing card. Following Californian Steve Wiseman's driving triple on Saturday night, Roland, a 33-year-old Iowa native, trailed for the first time in almost two months by a 52-51 margin after 37 nights of the 53-night meet. Wiseman managed one win on Sunday, but Roland's four put him back on top by a 55-53 count. Luke Plano has moved up to third in the standings with 42 triumphs, followed by Tim Maier with 41 and Gerry Longo with 38. Roland captured the $9600 Open Trot with Silence Son, who topped Thekeptman (Plano) and El Azteca (Longo) in 1:56.2 for owner-trainer George Reider. With the victory, six-year-old Silence Son eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau. Roland also guided Reider's Country Jewel to a 1:56 score in a conditioned pace for mares, tallied with Becky Badger Baby from his own stable in a $6000 three-year-old open trot, and steered Liberty Flyer to a 1:56.2 score in a $7200 conditioned pace for conditioner Justin Anfinson. Wiseman's win came behind Imfasterthanu in a $7200 top distaff conditioned pace. The 1:55.3 victory was the second in four nights for the ten-year-old Cammibest mare owned and trained by Edwin Quevedo. Gregg Keidel

Party Hangover Two gave owner Kathie Plested and her partners quite a thrill winning the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Saturday night, her fourth consecutive score in the class. "My husband (trainer-driver Steve Wiseman) got me a nice piece of jewelry for my birthday," Plested related, "but having your horse win an Open on your birthday is like icing on the cake!" Despite sitting out a week after her first three Open triumphs and being assigned the outside post upon her return, Party Hangover Two cruised home a 1:54.2 winner by a scant nose over Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) and Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland). It was just the tenth career victory for the four-year-old Party At Artsplace mare from only 37 lifetime starts. Native's Revenge (Lemoyne Svendsen) captured a $6500 Open II for males with a gate-to-wire score in 1:53.1 over Art Genta (Steve Wiseman) and Major Hottie (Kim Pluta). Bob Johnson trains the five-year-old son of Allamerican Native for Harold Actkinson. It was the seventh win of the year for Native's Revenge, four at Cal-Expo and three at Running Aces. Quickest mile of the night was turned in by Mattox's Spencer (Nick Roland) who stunned a field of conditioned pacers in 1:51.3 for lessee and trainer Patricia Minnella. A ten-year-old son of Cambest, the winner missed his entire nine-year-old season but has returned to the races in 2015 and posted six wins in 26 starts, half of those victories in Minnesota. In his distinguished career, Mattox's Spencer has won 29 times in 179 tries and earned $235,856. A pair of Minnesota-sired three-year-old races were also presented with Gooch's Hod Rod (Dean Magee) upsetting the $6600 'A' division; and Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) copping the $4400 'B' split. Both winning miles were clocked in 1:55.4. Gregg Keidel

A pair of $8000 Opens, a $7500 mini-series final and an $11,000 open Minnesota-sired three-year-old trot shared the spotlight on Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces. The open trotters were the first of the four featured races to go postward and second choice Franky Provolone prevailed as he has so many times at Running Aces over the past three seasons. Robin Clements' pride and joy used his customary closing kick to pass Jailer (Tim Maier) and Silence Son (Nick Roland) in the final eighth of the 1:56.2 mile Trained and driven by Steve Wiseman, Franky Provolone extended his streak of first or second place finishes to seven including four wins in his six starts this summer season in Minnesota. Shadow's Image (Gerry Longo) extended his win streak to four in the mini-series final for non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime through July 2nd. Since moving to the Longo barn in early June, Gary Liles' sophomore Shadow Play gelding has caught fire. He equaled his 1:54.4 lifetime mark beating Super Son Of Sandy (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Liberty Flyer (Kim Pluta) in the lucrative championship leg. The best Minnesota-sired three-year-old trotters squared off next with the diminutive filly Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) triumphing for the third straight outing and sixth of the season in eight starts for owners Royal and Barbara Roland and partner Dale Hein. Roland stablemate Go See Lo Go (Steve Wiseman) finished second with Sweet Nola Kate (Brett Ballinger) getting the show dough.   Party Hangover Two (Steve Wiseman) kept the theme of extended win streaks going when the top pacing mares took center stage. The four-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace captured her third straight for owners B. & D. Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Kathy Plested. Overcoming an assigned outside post position, the 'Party Girl' partied with De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Rev Me Up (Mark P'Pool) for most of the mile before throwing a :29 final panel to seal her 1:53.3 success. Racing resumes Tuesday night at Running Aces with an $8000 open pace and the first $11,000 Minnesota-sired freshman trot share top billing. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - With the repeat winner (Show Runner) of the first two $8000 Mares Opens of the Running Aces summer harness racing season relegated to taking on the boys Wednesday (July 1), Party Hangover Two (Steve Wiseman) took full advantage with a come-from-behind 1:54 victory over Free Girl (Luke Plano) and De Valeria (Tim Maier) on Tuesday night. In just her fourth start of the year, the four-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace notched her second victory-the first coming in an Open II affair at Cal Expo. Following a break leaving the gate last week, Wiseman cautiously placed Party Hangover Two in sixth in the early going, but was out and racing third-over by the :57.2 halfway point. After advancing to fourth with an aggressive three-wide move at the three-quarters station, the winner flew home in :28 flat to open up a 3-1/2 length lead at the wire. Owned B & D Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Kathy Plested, Party Hangover Two now sports seven career victories and $77,541 in earnings. In a pair of qualifying races prior to the regular program, two drivers got their first wins ever at Running Aces. For 19-year-old qualifying driver Brady Jenson, in his first season in the sulky, it was quite a thrill to guide the trotter DD's Tiger to a neck victory in 2:02. In the pacing qualifier Tony Morgan, one of the winningest drivers in harness history with 15,094 scores, got his first-ever Running Aces triumph as well. Morgan was in town to test-drive Shadow's Image, who responded with a nine-length 1:56 mile, for a prospective new owner. Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) earned the opportunity to say "Cheese" in the Running Aces winner's circle for the third time in the first four weeks of the current summer harness racing meet. The eight-year-old gelding captured the $8000 Open Trot on Sunday (June 28) night, overtaking frontrunning Silence Son (Nick Roland) with a closing :28.3 quarter at the end of a 1:56.3 mile. El Azteca (Rick Magee) recovered from an early break in stride to finish third. This is the third consecutive year that Franky Provolone has fared well at Running Aces, winning multiple open class events with regularity since 2014. The son of Armbro Scribe is owned by Robin Clements of California and trained while in Minnesota by Steve Wiseman. Wiseman had a driving-training triple on the 11-race program, also winning with claimers Asgoodasioncewas and Wild About Eagle from his own stable. Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) also won for the third time in four tries thus far at Running Aces this season. The diminutive three-year-old filly copped a $6600 'Class A' trot for the best state-sired sophomore trotters in 1:59.2. She is seeking to defend her freshman season Minnesota State Championship for owners Royal and Barbara Roland in partnership with Dale Hein. Go See Lo Go (Wiseman) and The Wire (Dean Magee) got the place and show dough respectively. Quickest mile of the night was put in by Acting Captain, who captured a $3000 condition race in 1:54.2 for owner Sharon Dalke, trainer Rick Lake and driver David Lake. The five-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere gave the Lake Stable, relocated recently to Minnesota for the first time this summer, their initial Running Aces win. Veteran driver Lemoyne 'Moonie' Svendsen crafted a driving double on the Sunday card, winning with a pair of Bob Johnson trainees. Someislandsomwhere triumphed in 1:55.3 in a $4000 condition race for distaff pacers; while Dream Roll was victorious in a $3000 mares event in 1:55.1. Both mares are owned by Little Bapa, LLC of California. For Svendsen, the wins were particularly gratifying as his daughter Kaitlyn Knox Svendsen was able to join him in the winner's circle pictures for the first time since her kidney transplant just four weeks ago. Gregg Keidel

A $24,192 carryover in the Jackpot 6 and a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool for the Pick 4 are among the wagering highlights on Fridays harness racing program at Cal Expo. The Jackpot 6 and the Pick 4 are both offered with a reduced 16% takeout rate, along with the Pick 5 and the Hi-5. The Jackpot 6 and Hi-5 are 10-cent wagers; the Pick 5 is a 50-cent bet and the Pick 4 comes with a $30,000 guaranteed pool and can be purchased in 20-cent increments. Going into Fridays program, the carryover on the Jackpot 6 stands at just shy of $25,000. The 10-cent minimum wager pays out 70% of the net pool to the tickets with the most winners, with the remaining 30% designated for the carryover on those nights. When there is only one unique winning ticket selecting on all six winners, the entire net pool for that night and the carryover is paid to the holder of that ticket. There was a mandatory payout when the last meet completed on December 21, with a carryover of $22,655 going into that program. A total of $45,33 was wagered that evening and the payout was $2,106 for each 10-cent ticket. Racing will be conducted this week on Friday and Saturday nights, with no racing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1. Next week, there will be Saturday and Sunday night programs, February 7 and 8. Following that, there will be back-to-back three-night weeks with cards on Friday through Sunday, February 13, 14, 15; and Friday through Sunday, February 20, 21, 22. Open Trot, Distaff Pace, Sire Stakes set An Open Trot headed by El Azteca and Its Not Over; a Distaff Open Pace and a trio of $10,000 California Sire Stakes are on tap Friday night at Cal Expo. First post for the 14-race card is 6:10 p.m. Looking at the 4-year-old Sire Stakes Trot, Placer, Ahh Panama and Bank Of Lodi are the major players after finishing in that order in the most recent stakes clash for this division two weeks ago. Placer is a homebred son of Panama Hanover out of the Website mare Charlottes Web who races for Desomer Stables Inc. with Vickie Desomer the conditioner and husband Steve in the sulky. He prevailed by a neck over Ahh Panama in that last added-money clash on January, adding another trophy to his display case. Ahh Panama is a daughter of Panama Hanover who races for Hank Wieseneck, Marty Garey and Bob Johnson with Johnson training and Steve Wiseman doing the honors. A stakes victress last season, she is looking for some revenge after just missing in that stakes two weeks ago. Bank Of Lodi has been a stakes winner at 3 and 4 for his owner/breeders Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, with Girard training and Luke Plano in his usual spot in the bike. The New Age Hanover mare accounted for the December 14 stakes clash in coast-to-coast fashion, and then carved out the fractions in that last stakes get-together and was no match for Placer and Ahh Panama in the stretch. The 3-year-old pacing filly stakes will be a rematch between Avila Beach and Smash, who were one-two in the initial big-money affair this division, while the Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters goes as a non-betting affair prior to the regular program. The Open Trot is set as the third race on the evening and should provide another great battle between El Azteca and Its Not Over, who have dominated things at the head of the class during this meeting. James Kennedy guides the former for owner/breeder/trainer Marco Rios, while Chip Lackey will be in his usual spot behind Its Not Over for trainer Bob Johnson. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

Racing expands to three nights a week with the trotters and pacers now competing under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A $5,500 Open Pace heads the Friday action. St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off five straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder here, looks to keep the momentum going in that main event. A 12-race card is set with a first post of 6:10 and the Open Pace goes as the third event on the program. A 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal, St Lads Lotto races for Ferne and Jack Frydman with Mark Winacott the conditioner and Steve Wiseman at the controls. He leaves from the assigned outside post in the field of six. The dark-hued performer began his winning streak while racing in a conditioned event on November 9 and has been unbeatable since that night. While he raced up close and personal in one of those tallies, he has used a powerful late kick to get the job done in the other decisions, the last four having coming with Wiseman in the sulky. St Lads Lotto established a new career standard when he accounted for the November 6 Open by an impressive four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:52 3/5. Sent off the 4-5 chalk in his most recent outing, he came from far back to be up by a half-length, coming his final quarter in :26 3/5 and stopping the clock in 1:52 4/5 that evening. China King was his most immediate victim in that affair while going off at 22-1 and will be making his third start since coming in from Pocono Downs, where he was a 1:51 2/5 victor last month. Gene Vallandingham conditions the son of American Ideal for Gary and Jennifer Sabot and Chip Lackey will again do the honors. Completing the field from the rail out are J C Onthebeach with Dave Siegel; Mar Dream, Mooney Svendsen; Cenalta Power for Ryan Grundy; and A Real Miracle, who will have Luke Plano giving directions. Brewski is doing her mother proud After capturing the first Sire Stakes of the meeting for the sophomore pacing fillies two weeks ago, Brewski came right back and proved a punctual odds-on favorite in a conditioned affair last weekend for owner/breeders Billie Schwartz and Junior Wilkinson and pilot Luke Plano. Wilkinson conditions the daughter of Little Steven and she is out of the Tulane mare Wooski, who was also a stakes winner for the Schwartz/Wilkinson combination and is enjoying some pretty good success with her first to the races. “This is the second generation for Billie and I,” Wilkinson noted. “We bred Wooski and now we have Brewski. We’ve also got a 2-year-old out of her named Couldbe Dancing who is getting ready to qualify. “Wooski was a real talented mare,” Junior related. “Unfortunately, she kicked a wall when she was 3 and missed a lot of stakes opportunities. She did come back and race at 4 with a 1:54 mark, but she really wasn’t the same.” As for Brewski, she only raced once last year and has posed for pictures following five of her 20 trips to the post this season. She lived up to her heavy back in that December 7 Sire Stakes assignment, then came right back with a solid decision at most recent asking while lowering her career standard to 1:57 1/5 in the process. “She’s getting better with each start,” her mentor said. “There are three more stakes races for her early next year and then we’ll go from there.” In the meantime, Brewski will suit up in Friday’s first race as she continues to stay on her toes for the next stakes assignment the chance to add even more trophies to her mantle. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness              

The first Sire Stakes of the meeting saw King Of The Crop picking up right where he left off during the spring, posing for pictures as he added another harness racing trophy to the mantle for his owner/breeder Frank Nevarez. The 3-year-old pacing son of Little Steven, who is now conditioned by Gordie Graham, was driven for the first time in evening action by Bruce Clarke and got the job done in game, first-over fashion despite making his initial start since late June at Balmoral Park. I got King Of The Crop at the end of August, Graham informed. Hes a nice, quiet and laid back horse with a touch of class. I was able to get two qualifiers into him and then he was going to make a start before the stakes, but he had a little mucus and we had to scratch. Despite missing a start that could have had him nice and tight for the stakes engagement, King Of The Crop did not disappoint his many backers while prevailing by a length over Tony Cheesecake in last weeks stakes clash. I was actually surprised so many horses fired out of there at the start, but the quarter was only :29, Gordie said. Bruce said he didnt want to go to the front, so he was pretty patient with him in the early going. It all worked out. Graham, who currently has 10 performers for Nevarez, is looking ahead with this pacer and likes what he sees. There are three more Sire Stakes races, but theyre somewhat spread out so well be racing him sparingly. I think he could turn out to be a very nice horse down the road. In the meantime, there are three more big-money races for this division to be contested, and theres no question the one they have to beat. Open Pace brings out St Lads Lotto St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off three straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder, puts that streak on the line in Saturday nights $6,000 Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:10. A reminder that the trotters and pacers are now in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, with Friday racing being added to the schedule beginning on December 26. St Lad Lotto is a 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal who carries the banner of Ferne and Jack Frydman, is conditioned by Mark Winnacott and will have Steve Wiseman at the controls while doing his work from the No. 6 slot in a field of 10. A 1:52 winner last season at Mohawk, the dark-hued performer had to settle for minor awards in his first two starts at this meet, but has had his picture taken three times in a row since. The most recent came two weeks ago when he rallied from last to get the job done over a sloppy track with Wiseman giving directions. Set to line up against the razor-sharp Winnacott trainee are Paydaze on the Way; Stable Eyes; China King; Mar Dream; P H Jackpot; No Gin; Rusty Skip; Cenalta Power; and A Real Miracle. Cenelta Power captured the November 15 Open Pace in an 11-1 upset in his local debut. The Alberta invader is owned, trained and driven by Ryan Grundy. He sat a tracking trip in last months score and ignited when it counted to be up by a half-length that evening for his fifth score on the season. There are now four wagers here each night that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6: the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

One of the best races of the meet could be for the driving crown, with Luke Plano, Steve Wiseman and James Kennedy staking a claim for the title through the first six weeks of this stand. Plano came into this week atop the standings with 20 trips to the charmed enclosure, bringing his lifetime total to 2,644 with $9.5 million in earnings. Luke is following in the footsteps of his father Rick, who was a leading driver and trainer in California for many years. There are some new horsemen here and that adds to the competitiveness of the racing, Plano said. Ill have a few horses in my barn, but I prefer to concentrate on the driving. Steve Wiseman is currently second with 18 victories to his credit at the meet, while leading the trainer stands with 15 of his representatives returning to have their picture taken. His total driving wins now stands at 2,136 with $8.2 million in earnings. Being the leading driver and trainer was the goal coming into the meet, Steve explained. Ive never won a training title before, so that would be nice, and Ive got a great crew to help me. James Kennedy is also off to a good start here with 13 snapshots and figures to be right in the hunt through the close of business in early May. Kennedy, who recorded a number of driving and training victories with the popular mare Haggin Oaks, currently sits with 866 sulky scores on his resume. (use as a reverse box) A reminder there are four wagers offered here every night with a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap. Featured Pace brings out A Real Miracle A Real Miracle, victorious in three of his five appearances at the meet, looks to keep the momentum going when he heads the cast for Saturday nights $6,000 Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:10 p.m. There is now Saturday and Sunday racing under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. Beginning December 26, Friday action will be added to the mix. A Real Miracle is a 4-year-old son of Real Desire who is owned by Junior Wilkinson, Billie Schwartz and Ivan Axelrod, is conditioned by Wilkinson and is guided by Luke Plano. He established his 1:52 1/5 career standard this summer over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park oval. The Wilkinson trainee has clicked three times from five stats at this meet, including a dominating victory in the main event on opening week. After tiring in his next two tries, he returned to his winning ways last week as he made what proved to be the winning move for Plano on the backside and went on to a length score. In the most recent clash at the top of the class, A Real Miracle was dispatched as the 3-5 favorite and did not disappoint the chalkplayers. Plano buzzed the bay performer right to the front, moderated the pace and then held safe by a neck over the pocket-sitting longshot Mar Dream. The latter put a score into the favorite last week, as he sat the pocket journey and missed by only a neck while two and a half-lengths clear of the rest of the field A 6-year-old son of Cambest, Mar Dream is owned by David Neumeister, is trained by Bob John and will again have Mooney Svendsen at the controls. He has a 1:50 2/5 mark and over $171,000 in his account. Rounding out the field from the rail out are Cenalta Power for Ryan Grundy; Lifetime Louie with Dave Siegel; Ideal Smile, Steve Wiseman; and Pointsman, who will have the services of Chip Lackey. The headliner goes as the fourth race on the program. A reminder that there are four wagers offered here every night with a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness    

Bruce Clarke has returned for another winter stay in California, bringing along his top trotter I Love New York and a dozen other assorted performers. You can say that Im hoping to rebuild, said Clarke, an accomplished driver/trainer who has driven over 2,900 winners in his career and recently went over the $12 million mark as a chauffeur. I Love New York is owned by Clarke along with longtime clients Jack Coffey and Patricia Waldeck and the 6-year-old Broadway Hall homebred is nearing $250,000 in earnings while sporting a 1:54 3/5 career standard that was established here last season. His most recent victory came in late August over the five-eighths Tioga Downs oval in the state hes named after and the dark-hued trotter has gone some big miles for Clarke since his introduction to the game. Im out here for the winter and its nice to get away from the cold, Bruce related. This wasnt the best of summers for the barn, because we had a lot of bad luck, but Ive got some young ones here that Ill be getting ready. The one thing missing from his arsenal this year would be some Sire Stakes performers, which has been a mainstay of the shedrow over the years, but Clarke still figures to make his presence felt during the course of this meeting. A reminder that there are now four wagers here that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap.    High Bet Hanover High Bet Hanover, who has fired nothing but bullets at this meet in five appearances, heads the cast for Sunday evenings featured Open III Pace for fillies and mares. An 11-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a first post of 4:45 Pacific. The headliner will go as the second race on the evening with a field of six set to face the starter. High Bet Hanover has recorded two victories and three seconds from her five starts at the stand for owner Kc C Cavalho, trainer Tim Brown and driver Luke Plano. Overall, she is going for her eighth snapshot on the season from 41 trips to the post. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight established a new lifetime mark three starts back when she captured the finale of the Annette Funicello Series on October 18 in 1:53 4/5. She came back to be the runner-up in a conditioned affair and then returned to her winning ways in her most recent tour. Sent off the even-money choice in that contest, High Bet Hanover sat a tracking trip for a half, then attacked to the final bend and went on to a two and three-quarter length score with Plano This time around, Director of Racing Robin Schadt has assigned the mare the outside post. Dont Hurry Love completed the exacta behind High Bet Hanover last week and will be looking to turn the tables. The 5-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway races for Ed Actkinson, takes her lessons from Bob Johnson and will be guided by Mooney Svendsen. She boasts $135,000 in earnings and a 1:54 1/5 career standard. Completing the cast are Free Girl, who gives the Brown barn two looks at the outcome; the Steve Wiseman-trained duo of Surprisingly Sweet and Razzle Be Dazzled; and Rag Doll, who hails from the Lino Pacheco barn and leaves from the inside slot. Mike Ratzky - Cal Expo Harness

Fresh from making six appearances in the Cal Expo winners circle last Saturday night, including five of his own trainees, Steve Wiseman comes into this weeks action atop both the driver and trainer standings. "I had a lot of horses in the right spots, so I thought it was going to be a good night, Wiseman related. "As far as being the leading driver and trainer, that was the goal coming into the meet. Ive never won the training title before, so that would be nice, and Ive got a great crew to help me." Wild About Eagle overcame the tough No. 9 post to get the job done last weekend while carrying the banner of Kathy Plested and Mark Benvenga. Shes awfully sharp right now and on top of her game, her mentor said. I think she had an advantage these first few weeks because shed been racing while some of the others took the summer off. Another Wiseman trainee who got his picture taken last Saturday was the trotter Jimmy Shin, who sat a perfect pocket trip and won going away. The 10-year-old is now at the $384,000 earnings plateau. "I claimed him here at the last meet with the idea of racing him in Minnesota. He did pretty well until the end of the meet, when I probably had him a couple of classes too high." Wiseman said. Jimmy Shin had to settle for a second in his first appearance at this stand after coming from far back and getting a less than ideal journey. He had a poor cover flow that night and would have won if I could have had him just a little closer. As bad as that trip was, everything worked out perfectly last time. El Azteca getting the marquee treatment El Azteca, perfect in two starts at this meet and victorious in 15 of his last 25 trips to the post, looks to keep the momentum going in Saturday nights Open II Trot. An 11-race program is on tap with first post set for 6:15 p.m. Racing is now being conducted on Saturday and Sunday nights, with first post on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. Plans call for a three-night-a week schedule starting on December 26, with Friday racing being added to the mix. El Azteca is a 5-year-old son of Panama Hanover who is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios and he will once again have the services of James Kennedy. El Azteca comes into this assignment with $120,000 in his bank account and a 1:54 3/5 career standard that was established at Hoosier Park in early June. He went to the sidelines with an issue following that score, and has returned to capture both of his appearances at this meeting. The hard-hitting California-bred got a second-over journey in his October 18 tally here while hanging a head decision on Franks Best, then did the work in first-over fashion lat week while once again prevailing by a head over Franks Best in an ultra-game decision for Rios and Kennedy. Franks Best is another outstanding state-bred trotter who is just shy of the $200,000 earnings plateau with a 1:56 2/5 mark. The 7-year-old Armbro Scribe offspring is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and Mooney Svendsen will once again be in the sulky. In his three starts at this meet, Franks Best has two seconds and a third, beaten by a grand total of a half-length in those three outings. The co-feature on the evening is an Open II Pace that finds Del Rio Seelster heading the cast while doing his work from the outside slot. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The second leg of the Annette Funicello and Bill Conlin Pacing series and the Kent Fox Memorial Race for Open II trotters headline the Saturday harness racing program at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo. First post for the 14-race card is 6:15 p.m.. Racing will be conducted on Saturday nights in October, expanding to Saturday and Sunday programs in November. Plans then call for a three-night a week schedule beginning December 26 with Friday racing added to the mix. Last weeks opening legs of the Funicello and Conlin saw driver/trainer Steve Wiseman capturing both divisions of the former and one of the two divisions of the Conlin with Wild About Eagle and Razzle Be Dazzed posing following the two Funicello events and Winsmith Syd in one of the Conlin section. The other leg of the Conlin was captured by Mr. Prospector for driver/trainer Quentin Schneider and all four pacers will be back in action on Saturdays card, with just one division of each series being held in preparation for next weeks finales. Wild About Eagle prevailed by a neck over odds-on High Bet Hanover in her division of the Annette Funicello, while Razzle Be Dazzled romped home by over six lengths as the heavy favorite in her section. Like his stablemates, Winsmith Syd arrived from Running Aces ready to rock and roll and got the job done in his Bill Conlin division, while Canadian invader Mr Prospector did the stalk-and-pounce to perfection to win the other section going away for Schnedier. The Kent Fox Memorial is the fourth on the card and is named for the longtime horseman who passed away last month at ago 70. Heading the cast is last weeks Open II Trot winner Silence Son and the pace-setting favorite from that affair I Love New York. Foxy to everyone who knew him, Kent Fox was an owner, horseman and mutuel clerk for over 40 years. Graduating from Carlmont high school in Belmont California in 1963, Foxy eventually entered the military during the Vietnam war. Afterwards he found his way to the race track finding work as a mutual clerk, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. But it was his love of the horses that made Foxy unique. Of all his horses, two were his favorite both trotters with My Tryin Ryan and High Dollar. After a win you could bet Foxy would be driving his golf cart in the barn area the next morning passing out boxes of donuts to his friends. And he always had a treat or three for the barn dogs who were there. A kind and compassionate man with a great sense of humor, Foxy was always there to help a friend in need or another fellow horseman. But his horses were his family and he treated them like royalty. In the morning you could usually find Foxy at the barn either passing out horse treats or jogging one of his own and always with a smile on his face. Memorials posted instantly on facebook and text messages sent as the Cal Expo community found out about Foxys passing. He was one of the good guys many said or you dont find people like Foxy anymore. Many agree tho Foxy will be missed and never forgotten. Silence Sons local debut speaks volumes Silence Son made a very nice impression in his California debut last week, playing the role of pocket rocket to capture the Open II Trot with Dave Siegel guiding for trainer George Reider. Reider co-owns the 5-year-old with Dave and Rob Haness and Gregg Robinson and he was making his fourth start and registering his second win since being claimed for $7,500 at Running Aces in early August. I took 12 horses to Running Aces this summer and one of them was the trotter Axle, who raced here last spring, Reider said. He got claimed about halfway through the meet and Silence Son was entered the next week for $7,500, so I talked to Dave and Rob and we decided to take him. This horse was pretty much a basket case when I got him, so I decided to change the shoeing, took off all the equipment and started from scratch. Hes a totally different horse now,, though hes a still a little temperamental when you to turn him toward the gate and I let Dave know that. Siegel was able to work out a perfect two hole trip behind odds-on I Love New York in his opening-week assignment, then had the needed response when asked the question in the stretch and went on to a length and a quarter score. George is quick to point out that his assistant trainer Kimberly Hines has done wonders with Silence Sons attitude and that is one of the reasons hes raced so solidly since joining the barn. I also think the more Dave sits behind him the better they will get along, added Reider. Its going to be fun to see what kind of horse he turns out to be. Silence Son is back in action Saturday night in the Kent Fox Memorial, paying the price for his recent success by leaving from the outside post in the field of six with Siegel back at the controls. As his trainer noted, it should be fun. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

COLUMBUS, MN. - The curtain fell on the 2014 season at Running Aces Harness Park on Saturday night, but not before eleven Minnesota State Champions were crowned. Leading driver and trainer awards were also presented before the capacity crowd on closing night.   Jason Ryan, a 26-year-old Prince Edward Island native, captured his first Minnesota driving title in just his second summer at Running Aces. The talented reinsman, headed to New York in the coming days, won the dash title with 90 wins during the 53-night meet to outdistance reigning champion Nick Roland, who finished second with 81 victories.   Tim Maier garnered his second straight training title at Running Aces, defending his 2013 championship with 35 winners. Five trainers still had an opportunity to win the hotly-contested title going into the final two nights. Steve Wiseman and Nick Roland deadlocked for second with 33 triumphs from their respective stables, while Dave Flinn and Jesse DeLong notched 32 winner's circle trips each.   Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) won the $20,000 Minnesota State Championship for two-year-old trotting fillies, despite a break in stride behind the gate. It was the fifth win in a dozen freshman starts for the tiny filly, owned by Dale Hein and Royal and Barbara Roland, who beat Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerry Longo) and Sweet Nola Kate (Brett Ballinger).   Moonshinenmonkeys (Rick Magee) upset stablemate Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Dancin Debby (Jason Ryan) to earn the lion's share of the $20,000 two-year-old filly pace division. Mark King bred, broke and owns the champion filly who more than doubled her rookie season earnings with her second career win in 1:57.   Go See Lo Go (Nick Roland) continued his domination of the two-year-old trotting colts ranks with an easy 2:02.1 front-end score over Al Mar Skip Bo (Rick Magee) and Lunar Trouble (Dave Flinn). It was the ninth win in twelve starts and eighth in a row for the pride of the Lorenzo Gooch stable.   Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) was tons the best in the freshman pacing event, sailing to a 1:56 victory over Gooch's Hot Rod (Gerry Longo) and Holla At Ur Boy (Rick Magee). Now seven out of eight, all at Running Aces, the winner's share of the $20,000 purse pushed Toatsmygoats earnings to $47,000 for the Van Otterloo Stable.   Al Mar Pizzazz (Tim Maier) produced the only serious longshot win on the evening, shocking the three-year-old filly trotters at odds of 17-1. Trainer Ulf Holm-Johansen and partner Vern Devine was ecstatic with the 1:59.1 score, her fifth of the season but first against the best sophomore distaff trotters in the state. She's A Foxie Lady (John DeLong) was second with another longshot, Country Cheerio (Jason Ryan) getting up for third.   Delco Voracious (John DeLong) duplicated her 2013 Minnesota State Championship with a 1:54.3 clocking to capture the 2014 title. It was the tenth win in just 17 starts for Jesse DeLong's top filly who now has over $75,000 in earnings as she topped slightly-favored Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) by a nose with Dakota Law (Nick Roland) awarded the show dough.   Driver John DeLong was back in the winner's circle with his brother Ben's three-year-old trotting colt, Chewy Dunkerton, in the very next race. With 14 wins over two years of racing at Running Aces, the colt is rapidly approaching $100,000 in earnings. His 2:00.1 final time was just over a length better than T-U-R-B (Nick Roland) and Lo Rail Crossing (Gerry Longo).   Favored Bunkerhill Bill (Gerry Longo) did not disappoint in the $20,000 final for sophomore pacing colts. Gene Miller's homebred won for the third time in his most recent four starts, topping V Mack (Kim Pluta) and Black Hammer (Tim Maier) in 1:54.3.   Out of the former claiming mare River Bend Raider, who toiled at Running Aces for several years before heading to the breeding shed, Bunkerhill Bill has earned $45,285 thus far in his first season of racing. The final three races on the closing program were $10,000 events for aged Minnesota-sired horses.   Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) bested the pacing mares with a 1:54.4 success over stablemate Cheese Plumper (Tim Maier) and Place At The Beach (Kim Pluta). The Van Otterloo Stable owns the first two finishers and trainer Dave Flinn conditions all three of the top finishers.   Skeet Thunder (Kim Pluta) proved best in the division for older trotters, beating RA's Shakinthtbacon (Rick Magee) and No Recess (Brandon Jenson) in 1:59.3. Andrew Anfinson owns the winner.   The final race of the season went to Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland), who has enjoyed a very good season with a dozen top three finishes in 15 starts against top condition and open horses. Owned by the Trot-Away Stables, the five-year-old gelding paced away from I'm Blue Too (John DeLong) and Peanuts (Lemoyne Svendsen) to bring down the curtain on the 2014 Running Aces season.   From the Running Aces press box  

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