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COLUMBUS,MN - The 5 year old trotting mare, Majestic Lady Jo (by Abra), posted a new lifetime mark tonight at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack, shaving a full second off her previous best, but she also established a new track record in the process, besting the previous track mark set almost exactly 3 years ago by Shelby County and driver John Delong (1:56.1). In tonight's contest, a $8,000 conditioned event with a talented field, she was dismissed by the public at 11-1 on the board as the longest odds horse in the field, apparently somebody forgot to tell her that she had little chance to win, because She and Driver Steve Wiseman had a different opinion about her chances tonight. The duo stepped quickly off the gate from post 6, opening up a commanding early lead at the 28.4 quarter mile, and then widening their lead to more than 3 lengths past the half in 58.2, Majestic Lady Jo was still leading by nearly 5 lengths at the ¾ pole in 1:26.3, and she then coasted home in 29.2 to trip the tele-timer and nab the track record in 1:56 by two full lengths at the wire. It was a commanding performance for this very nice Trotting Mare, who is owned by Amy Grunwald and Trained by Rick Bertrand. It was her 6th winning effort this year, in her 28th start of the season, and it bumped her lifetime summary to an impressive 12-13-13 from 77 starts, and she now sports a career bankroll of $51,604. Flashy Lady (Tim Maier) was second, and French Eclipse (Gerald Longo) was third in the record mile. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

On the Sunday harness racing card at Running Aces, the 6 year old gelding Ideal Art ($20.20) paced to a new 1:52.2 lifetime best in a talented field of conditioned pacers, he is owned by Kathy Plested, Mark Benvenga, and Tyler Wiseman, and was driven to victory by his trainer Steve Wiseman. The talented son of American Ideal got away from the gate sharply from post four and found the two hole early, waited patiently until the stretch and converted the pocket trip into his 4th win of the season and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $15,316. The featured $11,000 Open pace was another sharp win at the top level for Jazzmanian Devil ($4.60) pacing in 1:53.1 with Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen aboard, for Owner William Condon and Trainer Steve Wiseman. This was his second win in a row and 9th win in 19 starts this year. Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was second best tonight, while Del Rio Seelster (Nick Roland) checked in third. The $7,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly Trot went to Whatevershesgot (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) driven to a 2:00.4 new life’s mark by Gerald Longo for Owner/Trainer Jenni King, she paid $3.40 to win. The $7,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Gelding Trot went to The Winnin Dollar (Nick Roland), for his second consecutive score, this one in 1:59.4. He paid $6.80 to his backers, and is Owned by Jesse DeLong and trained by Justin Anfinson. Steve Wiseman had a driving double on the card, and three training wins as well, and Gerald Longo posted his second double of the season. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 14 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $8,323.10. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Veteran driver Steve Wiseman, who missed the first 5 nights of the season at Running Aces with a back injury, has been razor sharp since his return to the sulky, winning his first start back with his only drive on May 29th, then picking up at least one win every night since, including a double on June 4th, and now a very impressive four-bagger on the Tuesday night harness racing card. The Tuesday night feature at running Aces Casino & Racetrack was the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace, and Party Hangover Two came in to the race looking for her 4th straight win overall, and second straight locally. Sent off as the even money choice from post 8, Trainer-Driver Steve Wiseman sent her straight to the lead, then yielded to let Windsun T Bird (Tim Maier) take over past the 28.2 quarter, brushed 1st over quickly to retake past the 3/8 pole, and lead every step of the mile from there (through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.1) including the last step to just hold off a late charge from the resilient Windsun T Bird, and a charging Flick A Fly (Rick Magee). It was her 6th win in 7 starts this year, and the white-hot 5 year old mare by Party At Artsplace paid $4.20 to win. She is owned by Kathy Plested, Barbara and Donald Arnstine and Stephen Chambers. The 3 year old pacing filly Polar Vortex, by Rocknroll Hanover posted her first lifetime win, in just her 3rd lifetime start, pacing to a 1:58.2 win with driver Ryan Lems in the sulky for trainer Robert Lems and owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte, of Iowa. Completing the four-bagger for Wiseman were wins with his trainees Gram Rules ($6.00) in 1:55.1, and Summons ($4.20) in 1:55.0 and Hot on The Pace ($9.20) in 1:56.4 for trainer Alexia Kehl. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $5,261.60 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

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

Harness Racing Driver Luke Plano caught fire on Tuesday Night, starting in Race 3, where he guided his own trainee Winsom Kelly to a sharp Win from first-over, trotting away from her rivals in the stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths in 1:57.2 for owner Nikki Hudson, of California.  In Race 4 he sent his pacing charge Buddy's Hope out quickly from post 5 to establish a strong lead that went unchallenged to the wire, posting a 3-length tally in 1:54.4 for Trainer Sean Lancaster and Owner Jerome Bouvier, of British Columbia, Canada. In the 5th race he was back at it, this time with his trainee Secret Alibi, a pacer who broke behind the gate in her local debut last time out, but was perfect tonight in another gate-to-wire performance in 1:55.4, for her owner Heather Mathews, of California. The Tuesday night feature was the $9,000 Fillies & Mares upper-level conditioned pace, and it was Part Time Lady with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman aboard, who charged home fastest in the stretch to just beat Flick a Fly's (Rick Magee) inside rally, with the sharp mare Windsun T Bird (Tim Maier) a close third, in the 1:55.3 mile. Part Time Lady is a 7 year old mare by Jereme's Jet, and is owned by Ron and Tammy Wells, of California. Tonight's victory was her 4th win in 16 starts this year, and boosted her seasons bankroll to $19,540. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 4th at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $2,100.20, and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,471.92 Darin Gagne, Running Aces

The Tuesday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the return of Party Hangover Two at the Columbus, Minnesota Oval for the $11,000 Mares Open in race 3. Since she had dominated the Open-level pacing mares here in 2015, fans were certainly aware of her capabilities, and sent her off as the 7-5 choice. Driver Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen found 4 other mares leaving sharply from the gate, and opted to take Party Hangover Two to the back of the pack through the blistering 26.4 opening quarter, he then decided to get the party started by brushing last-to-first at the 3/8 pole, and taking firm control from there, through middle panels of 57.0 and 1:25.2,  before pacing home in 29.3,  gamely  holding off a strong late charge from Flick A Fly (R.Magee)  and stopping the clock in 1:55.2, with Just One More (J.Marino) finishing third. The victory was her fifth tally in six starts this year, as the razor-sharp 5 year old mare by Party At Artsplace from Maura Hanover now sports a bankroll of $130,836 from her 52 lifetime starts. She paid $4.80 to win to her many backers. Party Hangover Two is owned by Kathy Plested, Barbara and Donald Arnstine, and Stephen Chambers, and she is conditioned by Steve Wiseman. Veteran Driver Brian Detgen had a big night, picking up wins with his own pacing mare Captiva Bounty  in 1:55.2 ( $12.60 ) in race 5 , the Trotter Dapper Dan in 2:01.4 ( $8.40 ) for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter in race 6, and  completing the Hat-trick by capturing the Finale (race 9) with Ya Yu Betcha in 1:54.2 ($5.00) for Owner/Trainer Wendy Haberberg. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, May 28 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $919.85. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Jazzmanian Devil is paying the price for his recent success, as he has been assigned the No. 10 post position for Sunday night's Open Pace. William Condon's 5-year-old has reached the charmed enclosure following four of his last five appearances here, with the one setback being the time he was asked to leave from this handicapped post on Aril 3. It should be noted, however, that it wasn't the outside slot that likely did him in that evening, but an equipment break. He has returned from that outing to rattle off a pair of impressive victories for trainer Steve Wiseman and regular driver Mooney Svendsen. Meanwhile, Kissed The Boys is one member of the cast in Sunday's co-featured Sire Stakes who won't mind if the skies open up and rain comes down before this contest. The Desomer Stables homebred has won both her starts on off tracks, including the March 13 Sire Stakes which found divisional leader My Little Susie having to settle for the exacta completion. Kissed The Boys has had her main problems when the gate rolls, making miscues and being interfered with in two of her last three trips to the post. She made a huge brush to the lead in last week's stakes gathering, but could not match the favorite when push came to shove in the stretch. "Once she gets away from there, she's pretty reliable," Steve noted. "She has a lot of tenacity, especially on an off track." My Little Susie, Kissed The Boys clash My Little Susie, who has earned five stakes trophies at the meet: and Kissed The Boys, who has one and was runner-up in the most recent big-money dance, have top billing in Sunday's $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Cal Expo. Ten races are on tap Sunday with first post set for 6:25 and the Sire Stakes will be the third event on the evening. This is the penultimate week of the meeting, with the curtain coming down next Sunday, May 8. My Little Susie is a daughter of Claudius Augustus out of Sue's Photo who campaigns for A Piece Of The Action LLC, is conditioned by Gene Vallandingham and will once again have the services of Chip Lackey. Overall, she has posed for pictures following nine of her 19 lifetime appearances and she established her mark of 1:57 2/5 when winning a Sire Stakes here on February 28, one of five such added-money contests she has captured at this stand. In last week's foray, she proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as she did the track-and-attack to perfection for Lackey, heading Kissed The Boys at midstretch and going on to a length and three-quarters decision while stopping the timer in 1:58 flat. Kissed The Boys is also a daughter of Claudius Augustus from Charlotte's Web who is owned and was bred by The Desomer Stables and will have Steve Desomer giving directions. Rounding out the field are Lodi Bank Robber with Luke Plano; Sixstringsandapick, Mooney Svendsen; CW Raisinette, Steve Wiseman; and Delta Breezeoflodi, Pierre Girard. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The 6-year-old pacer Winonefordoug turned in a game mile last weekend with Steve Wiseman to pick up his first snapshot of the season for Doug Flores and Rick Bertrand, with Bertrand the conditioner. Flores and Bertrand also campaign the stakes-winning trotting mare Dougs Hobby Horse and have done very well with another trotter named Jailer, who has recorded some big miles over this layout. "My partner Doug is from California and retired a few years ago from a hobby shop that was owned by he and his wife Lorraine," related Bertrand. "He always enjoyed coming out to watch the races and some years ago asked if I wanted to go 50-50 on a horse. "Now we've had our share, including one that we had the chance to rename Winonefordoug, and then Dougs Hobby Horse, which he bred." Dougs Hobby Horse is scheduled to do battle in Saturday's second race, getting ready for next week's Sire Stakes, while Winonefordoug turns up in the seventh race. A reminder that there are two wagers offered here that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $25,000 on Sundays. ******** This is the penultimate week of harness racing at the spring meeting, with the curtain coming down next week with cards on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8. Allmyx'sliventexas, Moonstone Beach hold spotlight A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers have center stage Saturday at Cal Expo, with stablemates Allmyx'sliventexas and Moonstone Beach looking to continue a clean sweep of the big-money events for their respective divisions. An 11-race program is on tap under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC with first post set for 6:25 p.m. The Sire Stakes for the pacing colts goes as the third event on the evening, while the pacing filly stakes will be decided as a non-betting affair prior to the regular card. Allymx'sliventexas and Moonstone Beach are both owned and were bred by Wayne and Rod Knittle with Bob Johnson the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen in his usual position in the sulky. Allymx'sliventexas is a son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun. He comes into this assignment having posed for pictures following seven of his 11 starts, including a leg of the Lonnie Beck Series and all six Sire Stake for the pacing males. In last week's gathering, the Knittel colorbearer was sent off as the 1-9 favorite and had little trouble making every pole a winning one, coming a :27 3/5 final quarter to seal the deal by two and three-quarter lengths. Completing the cast are Rock Of Ages with Mark Kennedy; One More Chance, Luke Plano; Mathachusetts, to be handled by Steve Wiseman; and Midnight Adventure, James Kennedy. Moonstone Beach is likewise putting her perfect Sire Stakes record on the line as the daughter of Crisis Situation shoots for her eighth win from nine appearances. Little Emma, who missed by a half-length to her last week; and Plain Awesome will round out the field. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

If you're keeping track, when Cantoria proved a punctual favorite last week it was the seventh time at this harness racing meeting that the trotting mare has put in a winner's circle appearance. A 4-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab, Cantoria goes about her business for the partnership of Mark Benvenga, Larry Barker, Steve Wiseman and Kathy Plested with Wiseman doing the reining and training. The bay miss has shown a preference for sitting back and playing the role of stalker and doing her best work in the stretch, which was the case in last week's two and a quarter length decision in a lifetime best 1:58 clocking. Nobody is happier about the development of the sidewheeler than co-owner Benvenga. "It's been awesome to see her grow up since we purchased her last summer in Minnesota," he said. "She's filled out nicely, but still has a ways to go and is learning to be a real nice horse." As mentioned earlier, Cantoria hails from the Steve Wiseman shedrow, with that barn currently atop the standings at this meet. "Steve and Kathy have done a wonderful job with her, just as they have with all the horses," Benvenga noted. Cantoria gets a pretty stern test in Sunday's fourth race, as she moves up to the Open III level and is taking on some tough customers in Big Baller, Franks Best, Commandergalleon and Winsome Kelly. ******* A reminder there are two wagers here that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $40,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and $25,000 on Sundays. Trotting Sire Stakes lures My Little Susie A $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters is the main attraction at Cal Expo Sunday night with My Little Susie looking to pick up another trophy. The Sire Stakes will go as the fifth event on a 12-race card under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC. The action is set to get underway at 5:05 p.m. . My Little Susie is a 3-year-old daughter of Claudius Augustus who competes forA Piece Of The Action LLC, takes her lessons from Gene Vallandingham and will once again be guided by Chip Lackey from the cozy rail slot. The promising performer won three of her 10 starts last year, with a 1:59 mark over the Red Mile in Lexington. She made her seasonal debut finishing third here in the Alan Kirschenbaum, had a tough trip at next asking and then accounted for the first Sire Stakes for this group two weeks ago. Sent off the 9-5 second choice in that affair, My Little Susie sat a tracking trip to the stretch, ignited when Lackey asked the question and won going away by two lengths while lowering her lifetime standard to 1:58 1/5 in the process. Kissed the Boys was runner-up that evening after making breaks in her previous two outings. She accounted for the Alan Kirschenbaum Trot at 33-1 in an eye-catching debut back on January 17 for her owner/breeders Team Desomer and Steve Desomer will as usual be in the sulky. Lodi Bank Robber is looking to make amends after settling for third in the February 14 stakes after carving out all the fractions. Mary Harris and Pierre Girard own and bred the New Age Hanover gelding, with Girard training and Luke Plano handling the lines. Completing the field are Sixstringsandapick, Delta Breezeoflodi and CW Raisinette. By Mark Ratzky

There was a lot more to Winsom Kellys harness racing victory in a conditioned trot last week than meets the eye. The 10-year-old Egocentric gelding, who carries the banner of Nikki Hudson and KC Carvalho and is reined and trained by Luke Plano, was putting a happy ending to what could have been a tragedy last spring. We were taking him to Running Aces for the summer meet and he got what they call shipping fever, Plano explained. He had pneumonia with lots of fluid in his lungs and he had to be rushed to the University of Minnesota. He was there for several weeks and it was actually touch and go there for a while. I want to thank Mike Minnella, who really stepped up when we needed it. Winsome Kelly, who was claimed by Plano a year and a half ago for a bargain $4,000 before working his way up to the Open level, got back into training late last year and was making his fourth start on the comeback trail when he clicked in that last appearance. I was a little concerned when he first came back, because hed always been very aggressive in his training and he was acting a little on the lethargic side, Luke related. I raced him a little conservatively in his first couple of starts, then he showed me in his race two back that he was getting to his old self when he came a :27 and change final quarter. He put it all together last week, and it was a very satisfying win all the way around. Northern Stormont heads marquee in Open Trot The Steve Wiseman-trained Northern Stormont, who has accounted for two of his last four appearances in impressive fashion, heads the cast for Sunday evenings $6,000 Open Trot. A field of six will face the starter with Northern Stormont leaving from the assigned outside post. Taking him on are the James Kennedy-trained pair of Commandergalleon and Bankers For All; the Robin Clements-conditioned Frank Provolone and Winsom Kelly from the Luke Plano shedrow. There will be 12 races Sunday night with first post of 4:55 p.m. and the headliner will occupy the eighth-race slot on the program. Northern Stormont is a 5-year-old son of Earl Of Stormont who carries the banner of George McCrystal, Mark Kremen and Scott Ehrlich. He has captured 11 of his 62 lifetime starts and set his 1:54 4/5 mark last year at Hoosier Park. The bay sidewheeler was an easy winner of a conditioned event on December 12, then had to settle for a third and a fifth-place in his next two starts with conditioner Wiseman at the controls while taking on the likes of hard-hitters El Azteca and Flameon. He last suited up on January 3 in an Open III affair with Plano guiding and returned to his winning ways with a perfect stalk-and-pounce trip while adding Lasix. Northern Stormont should be tough in this spot no matter how things shake out early. Winsom Kelly is fresh from a facile conditioned tally over a sloppy track and looks like a major threat right back for Plano. Nikki Hudson and KC Carvalho own the 10-year-old son of Egocentric, who was a 1:56 1/5 victor here last season for his career standard. By Mark Ratzky

Frankthebank hasnt been around forever, it just seems that way. Last week the pacing son of Sportsmaster celebrated his 14th birthday, which means this will be his final year of harness racing, and judging by his performance in the finale of the Shelly Goudreau Final he appears to be set to make the most of it. Frankthebank is owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas and conditioned by George Reider. They actually lost the veteran via the claim box on December 5, but reached right back in the next week and he returned to the cozy confines of the Reider barn. Frankthebanks bank account coming into 2015 was just shy of $455,000 and he established his career standard of 1:51 flat five years ago while turning in a 1:54 3/5 tally at Running Aces during the summer. He finished second in the Goudreau Prep while coming from last that evening to conclude last years campaign, then was sent off at nearly 12-1 in last weeks final. James Kennedy was aggressive from the gate and made the top, then Frankthebank was covered up by odds-on favorite Real Attitude on the backside. The Thomas colorbearer dug in gamely and once again finished second, beaten a half-length by the late heroics of Sheer Desire in that event. He may not reach the half-million dollar mark before hes forced to social security, but it certainly wont be for lack of trying. A reminder that there are two wagers that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $30,000-guaranteed pool on Saturdays and $25,000-guaranteed on Sundays. Jazzmanian Devil eyes repeat in Open Pace Jazzmanian Devil and One And Only, first and second in last weeks battle at the head of the class, top the cast for Sunday nights featured $6,600 Open I Pace. A 12-race card is on tap at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting with first post set for 4:55 p.m. The headliner goes as the eighth event on the evening. Jazzmanian Devil is a 5-year-old Indiana-bred son of Sand Shooter who carries the banner of William Condon, hails from the Steve Wiseman shedrow and will once again have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. Sent off at 8-1 in last weeks clash at the top rung, Jazzmanian Devil sat in a tracking position for Svendsen until the stretch, ignited when the question was asked and prevailed by a head over One And Only while coming a snappy :26 3/5 final quarter. One And Only comes into Sundays assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings plateau for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and trainer Lino Pacheco. He established his 1:51 2/5 mark two years ago and will have the services of James Kennedy this weekend. A winner of back-to-back races to close out his 2015 campaign, One And Only moved back up to the Open I level for his most recent outing and lost a heartbreaker after a game, first-over effort with Kennedy in the sulky. Rounding out the field are Bettors Promise, who will give trainer Pacheco two looks at the outcome; Surprisingly Sweet, a second entrant for Wiseman; the Luke Plano-conditioned Rikybrnthegaragdwn; Endeavors King from the Gene Vallandingham barn; and Stable Eyes for Tim Clevenger. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

When this most recent weekend of two nights of harness racing  at Cal Expo was completed, horses owned all or in part by Scott Ehrlich had wrapped up their second triple in less than a month. Back on December 12 and 13, the Steve Wiseman trained charges from the Ehrlich stable that were victorious were Northern Stormont (Scott owns a third), Surprisingly Sweet (owned by Scott and wife Lisa), and Put To The Test. This past weekend, add Ideal Smile (Scott and Lisa) to the list, and take out the unlucky Put To The Test, who arguably most likely would have won had he not been blocked until late, then flew to be second. Shining most recently from their small stable is the smallest of them all, Surprisingly Sweet, or Sweet, as she is affectionately known. The 8-year-old mare comes off a romping first-over five-length victory in 1:52 4/5 versus all boys in the Open lll this past Saturday. How Scott acquired her, and what he has done to keep her, have made for a nice love story that extends not only to humans, but to other equines. In the fall of 2013, my family and I made our annual trip to New England, noted Scott. Mike Eaton and his wife, Belinda, who I met when through a mutual friend when they visited Cal Expo in 2011, invited us to his farm to jog some horses. I got to jog Ideal Smile, and expressed to Mike my fondness for him, which I acquired when I saw him race at Cal Expo for Mike in 2012. Fast-forward about a month later when the mutual friend calls me and tells me Mike likes a horse (Surprisingly Sweet) he has in at Plainridge Racecourse, but only if he can get some pace in the race because she drew post eight. I download the program and determine theres no pace in the race, so I didnt bet. Of course she wins, while three-wide most of the last half, circling the field at 11-1. Fast forward another month when Mike calls me. The other owner (Bob Mc Hugh) of Smile didnt want to pay the cost of wintering him during the five month off time, so Mike wanted to know if I was interested, which I was. He also mentioned he had this mare named Surprisingly Sweet, also co-owned by Mc Hugh, that he didnt want to winter. I had completely forgotten about her, and told Mike Id review her races on video, and call him the next day. When I saw the race where she circled the field, the light bulb went off on who she was and how great she closed. Combine that race with very similar closes in races before that, along with the fact that I love closers, plus shed now be on the mile track at Cal Expo, and it was a no-brainer to include her, thus we agreed to throw her in to the deal. The move by the Ehrlichs has certainly paid off as their little girl has raced 65 of her next 70 starts for them, recording 17 wins, 16 seconds, and 5 thirds, with earning in excess of $50,000. This past summer, however, something happened that they didnt expect. She got claimed, Scott related. Shes an Indiana bred, and I sent her to Hoosier Park with Rick Plano, who did well with her, and also, given the racing style at Hoosier, changed her (and Put To The Test) from being a one-move closer into a two-move closer. When they announced she was being claimed, my heart sank. Not so much because of my feelings for her, but because Kathie Wiseman and Sweet have a love affair with each other. Perry Smith claimed her and put her right back in for the same $5,000 tag. There was another claim on her that night, but we won the shake. In her next race, which was the same class, I put her in for $6,000 instead of $5,000. Sure enough, she got claimed again. I figured for sure Id never have her again. As luck would have it, she was now being trained by Walter Haynes Jr. Junior and I have good history with each other, as he drove and won with horses I had at Balmoral, The Red Mile, and Thunder Ridge. I called him and told him how much she meant to my family, and my trainers wife, Kathie, and that Id be very interested to buy her back after a series at Hoosier. He suggested I call one of the owners, Brian Carsey. I did, and explained to Brian how much she meant to us. Brian immediately said we could buy her back after the series was over. I cant tell you how grateful I was that Brian was so accommodating. He showed a lot of class, especially about how much she meant to my family, and that means a ton to me. As mentioned earlier, Sweet has two love affairs going. Kathie Wiseman and Sweet are crazy about each other, Ehrlich noted. Theres no doubt about two things. One, that Steve Wiseman knows exactly what Sweet needs, training wise. And two, care and love wise, theres no doubt that Kathie makes Sweet a very happy girl. But theres also another cog to this wheel, his name is Jimmy Shin, a 12-year-old trotter also trained by Wiseman. Steve calls me one day in early April of 2014 and asks me to call Mike Eaton to ask how Sweet and Jimmy got along. Steve had just claimed Jimmy, who at one time was also trained by Eaton. I asked why. He informed me that when he turned out Jimmy in their paddock ring, that hed just stand right in front of her stall, as they stared at each other, while Sweet went crazy, squealing and nickering. Then when he put her in the ring, shed stare at him and Jimmy would go just as crazy from his stall. I called Eaton and barely got out the words when you had Sweet and Jimmy, and he interrupts and say, they were totally crazy about each other, inseparable. Now think about this! Theyre 3,000 miles away from where they met, plus they havent seen one another for roughly six months. Yet they instantly knew each other! It should come as no surprise when they shipped to and from Running Aces, that Kathie Wiseman, to keep them busy, had them next to each other on the transporting, not to mention side by side in their stalls at the two tracks. Words cant express how grateful we are of the fantastic job Steve, Kathie and their daughter Tyler, and their crew do with the horses they take care of. Were very lucky, finished Scott. This has turned out to be a sweet story all the way around. Party Hangover Two, Secret Alibi do battle Party Hangover Two, who finished up 2015 with nine wins from her 15 trips to the post; and Secret Alibi, who has the conditioning edge over her main rival, get the marquee treatment in Saturday nights featured $5,000 Open II Pace for fillies and mares. The main event will go as the fifth on the 13-race Watch and Wager LLC card with a first post of 6:10 p.m. The trotting and pacing action will continue with a Sunday evening program. Party Hangover Two is a 5-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace who is owned by Kathleen Plested and is reined and trained by Steve Wiseman. She comes into her 2016 debut with $110,000 in her account and a 1:52 4/5 mark that was established over this layout last season. The bay mare was last seen in evening action on December 12, digging in when it counted for Wiseman to post a half-length decision under Open I Distaff conditions. She should be right there no matter how things shake out early in this affair while leaving from the assigned outside slot in the field of six. Secret Alibi is a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa who is owned by Heather Matthews with Luke Plano doing the driving and training. She accounted for an Open III filly-mare event on December 26 and was third versus males in her most recent trip to the post. Secret Alibi is looking to add to a $129,000 bankroll and has a 1:52 2/5 career mark that she set as a sophomore. She figures to be up-close-and-personal from the outset for Plano with this group. Completing the field are Part Time Lady, who gives the Wiseman barn two looks at the outcome; Place at the Beach for Gerry Longo; La Madawna De Rosa from the Leon Smith shedrow; and the Junior Wilkinson-trained Ladys Art, who leaves from the cozy rail with Chip Lackey giving directions. By Mark Ratzky

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

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