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COLUMBUS, MN. - After eleven weekly Open Trots at Running Aces Harness Park, a seventh separate individual winner captured Wednesday night's $8000 edition when Wilamar Valley (Tim Maier) held off Trot Fudge Sundae (Rick Magee) and Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) in 1:56.1.   It was the 20th win in just 33 lifetime starts for the lightly raced eight-year-old gelding who spent the bulk of his early career dominating the Wisconsin fair circuit. The son of Valley Victor was bred and is still owned by Jeanne Marquis and is trained in Minnesota by Cheryl Whitsell.   Sharpshootennorris has copped five of the weekly featured trots while Franky Provolone, Trot Fudge Sundae, Rock Hollywood, Wilamar Valley and Barbazon have each reached the winner's circle once. Maier had a second victory on Wednesday with Frank The Bank, owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas and trained by George Reider.   Brian Detgen, recently relocated to Running Aces from Michigan, also notched a driving double winning with Yankee Flyer for owner-trainer Ken Sweetland; and Terror Time for trainer Gene Miller and the partnership of Mark and Steven Hodgson along with Barb and Ted Smith.   Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Jason Ryan hit a grand slam on Wednesday night at Running Aces, winning four of the eight races to pull one win ahead of Nick Roland, who fashioned a three-bagger of his own, in the local dash derby.   Ryan now has 54 wins after 36 nights of the summer-long 53 program meet; Roland is the current runnerup with 53 victories. Tim Maier and Steve Wiseman are deadlocked for third with 40 tallies apiece. Rick Magee rounds out the top five with 38 trips to the winner's circle.   Ryan got off to a great start winning both ends of the early daily double. He guided Toatsmygoats to a decisive win in a $13,000 Minnesota-sired two-year-old pace; then followed up with a narrow score behind Franky Provolone in an $8000 Open trot.   Toatsmygoats, owned by the Van Otterloo Stable, trounced Well Then Lets Go (Maier) and Queen Of Denial (Roland) in 1:57.2. Robin Clements's Franky Provolone topped Wilamar Valley (Maier) by less than a length in 1:55.4 with Sharpshootennorris (Wiseman) garnering the show money.   Ryan also scored a 1:53.4 win with Serious Art in a $5000 race for condition horses and $5000 claimers; and a $3000 race for $3500 claimers with Terror Time.   Roland's trio of winners were Glittering Muscles (1:59.2) in a $5000 condition and claiming trot; Tyson L (1:56.1)with a score versus $4000 claimers; and Boot Scootin Bow (1:54.2), who topped bottom condition pacers.   From the press box at Running Aces  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Both Gerry Longo and Tim Maier scored driving triples on the Saturday night program at Running Aces plus a pair of full sisters won back-to-back races, including the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace.   Longo made three consecutive trips to the winner's circle in the second through fourth races. His success started with his own Kiss On The Lips who scored a 1:53.4 tally in a $6000 conditioned race with optional $7500 claimers.   She bested Free Girl (Rick Magee) and Save My Dragon (Kody Massey). He also triumphed with Jenni King's Caseofthesillies and John Rogers' Razzle Be Dazzled. Caseofthesillies defeated distaff maidens Maidamess (Clark Whitney) and Whata Smoothie (Tim Maier) in 1:56.3; and Razzle Be Dazzled topped $4000 claiming mares Lil Miss Nyalation (Rick Magee) and Blazin With Pride (Rob Dinning) in 1:56.2.   Maier won the final three races of the card with full sisters Love Live Laugh and Diva Las Vegas, both owned by his wife Denise, and Pamela Buergi's Fancy Too. Love Live Laugh managed a nose decision over Country Jewel (Nick Roland) and That's Mara (Kim Pluta) in 1:53.1 in the night's featured Open event.   The top six finishers were all within two lengths at the finish in the hotly-contested event. Sister Diva Las Vegas, also a daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Little Steven mare Prettylittlerebel, beat Keystone Christa (Nick Roland) and Ha Jung (Jason Ryan) in a $4500 race combining $5000 claimers and condition mares.   Fancy Too captured the nightcap, a $3000 race for bottom conditioned mares, topping Britash Redcoat (Rob Dinning) and Five Stars Queen (Jason Ryan) in 1:56.4.   Sandwiched between the two driving triples was a second straight impressive victory by the two-year-old gelding URCutoff, who beat a full field of older horses in a non-winners of two races for a $4500 purse. Owned and trained by Mark Anderson and driven by Lemoyne Svendsen, the colt stopped the timer in 1:55.4 to follow up on his 1:54.3 maiden voyage last week.   From the Running Aces Press Box  

COLUMBUS, MN. - 69-year-old Gerry Longo, the senior reinsman in the Running Aces driver's colony, scored a couple of upsets on Tuesday night's program. Not only was Longo the only multiple winning driver on the night, but he owned and trained both horses as well.   Kiss On The Lips survived a long first-over journey on the outside to sweep from last to first in a $4500 conditioned and claiming race for mares. With an impressive :28.1 final panel the four-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway bested Surprisingly Sweet (Steve Wiseman) and RD IOU (Tim Maier). Dispatched at odds of over 7-1, Kiss On The Lips paid $17.80 to win and headed a $61.80 exacta and $216 trifecta.   Three races later it was Dragons Wail lighting up the toteboard for Longo. Despite moving up a class and starting from the seven hole in a nine-horse field, the four-year-old Dragon Again lass outlasted Chilly Breez (Nick Roland) and Ksmewithurizclosed (Wiseman) for a one-length 1:57.1 tall. Longo's second longshot winner returned $29.20 to win and topped a $65.60 exacta and $242.20 trifecta.   Longo is occasionally permitted to announce a qualifying race at Running Aces and his fellow drivers mused that his mares raced alot like Gerry's favorite phrase he uses in his calls: "They raced like hares who just backed up to a porcupine--they were gone!"   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - That's Mara extended her Running Aces win streak to three on Saturday night, handling the step up into open fillies and mares company with relative ease. The five-year-old Lis Mara mare closed with a :27.4 final panel to sweep past a full field and win by over a length in 1:52.3. That's Mara is owned by Piece Of The Action LLC, trained by George Reider and has been driven to her three straight victories by Kim Pluta.   Love Live Laugh (Tim Maier) finished second with Lady's Art (Steve Wiseman) garnering the show share of the race, dubbed the "Back To The Track Sweepstake" and carrying an $18,000 purse.   Patrons were treated to free programs, a t-shirt toss after every race, an autograph session with Running Aces' top 10 drivers and ten lucky fans got to enjoy two-seater jog carts around the quick five-eighths mile oval between races.   From the Press Box at Running Aces  

COLUMBUS, MN. - It took eleven programs for a continually growing number of bettors to solve the Running Aces Harness Park 50-cent Pick-6, but when they did they did it in large numbers.   The total pool reached $88,814 on Wednesday night with a total of 40 players each punching perfect tickets which were worth $1,719.90 each. The balance of the pool was paid out to a huge number of consolation winners who picked five out of six and received $14.25.   A total of four off-time favorites combined with a 5-1 shot and a 7-2 shot which made the wager easier to solve than it had been in two weeks. The winners were Capital Wiz (Rick Magee) who paid $3.80, Sgt Charlie (Jason Ryan) $4.00, Ras Shakinthtbacon (Ryan) $12.40, Emery Vern (Tim Maier) $5.80, Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman $9.20 and Haroun Hanover (Ryan) $4.20. The winning numbers were 1-3-6-8-5-2.   Earlier on the program Urcutoff smashed a track record for two-year-old pacers with a stunning 1:54.3 performance. It was the first lifetime start for the altered son of Brandon's Cowboy, although he was coming off an outstanding qualifier a week earlier winning in 1:57 with a back half in :56 flat.   The new track record holder is owned and trained by Mark Anderson, who makes a habit of getting outstanding juveniles ready for successful racing careers at Running Aces each summer. Lemoyne 'Moonie' Svendsen, who is closing in on his 3,000th career win, was in the sulky for the track record performance.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - The Pick 6 went unsolved for the eighth straight program at Running Aces on Saturday night, despite an $8000 guaranteed pool. In conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering platform, the track is guaranteeing a minimum $15,000 Pick 6 pool on Sunday night, July 13.   Post time for the 11-race card is 6:00 p.m. (CST) with the Pick 6 comprising the final six races of the card. Program pages will be available for free at: ustrotting.com, compliments of Trackmaster.   A $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace highlighted the Saturday card with Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) rallying from next-to-last in the seven-horse field to an upset half-length victory over favored Country Jewel (Nick Roland) and New Manhattan (Jason Ryan).   It was the 42nd win in the Minnesota-bred mare's amazing career for the Van Otterloo Stable and lowered her lifetime best mark by two-fifths of a second despite being age eight. Positioned as the fifth race in the Pick 6, Blazing Fury's $23.80 win mutuel ended all hope for the few remaining bettors still alive in the exotic wager.   The second leg of the Pick 6 produced an even bigger upset when Everyone's Desire (Jason Ryan) stunned a non-winners of two races field at odds of 19-1. Owned by David Hauser and trained by Alexia Kehl, the four-year-old gelding topped Flukie Flight (Gerry Longo) and Boddabingboddaboom (Tim Maier) in 1:56.1.   Earlier on the card stablemates Waltzacrossthewire (Tim Maier) and Delco Voracious (Jason Ryan) finished one-two in a $13,000 race for Minnesota-sired sophomore pacers. Both horses are owned and trained by Jesse DeLong, with assistance from Tabitha Canaar in Minnesota. Bunkerhill Bill (Rob Dinning) finished a fast-closing third in the 1:53.1 mile.   From the press box at Running Aces

COLUMBUS, MN. - R Gauwitz Hanover won the $10,000 Open Pace at Running Aces Sunday night to become the first double winner of the weekly feature in the first six weeks of the meet.   The five-year-old Modern Art gelding, who lowered his lifetime record to 1:51.3 with the victory, had also won in week four of the meet for owner Laurie Patistas. Rick Magee was in the sulky this time around as trainer Jason Ryan had an uncoupled stablemate, Silver Spir, in the race and finished second by three-quarters of a length. Smarter Yet (Kim Pluta), last week's winner, was a close third.   Ryan also trained and reined another swift winner when Threestepstoheaven captured a $9000 undercard event which featured a mix of conditioned horses and $12,500 claimers. Anthony Artuso owns the son of Rambaran who just edged It's Getting Hairy (Rob Dinning) and Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) in 1:52.   Owner-trainer Jesse DeLong also had a nice night winning back-to-back races. Mister Virgin (Nick Roland) captured a $5000 condition-claimer in 1:54.3 and I'm Blue Too (Steve Wiseman) followed up with a 1:53.2 tally in a $6000 condition and $7500 claimers race.   The driving star of the night was Rick Magee, who won the final four races on the program, including the Open. The 36-year-old Wisconsin native now has 24 wins at Running Aces in 2014 to secure his fifth place position in the dash standings and narrow the gap on the leaders. Defending champion Nick Roland has the slight edge with 33 wins, followed by both Jason Ryan and Steve Wiseman with 31, Tim Maier with 26 and Magee with 24.   Racing resumes Tuesday night at Running Aces and will feature an estimated $4000 50-cent Pick Six wager on races three through eight. Post time is 7 p.m. central time.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - For the second consecutive week Lady's Art captured the Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Running Aces besting a full field of nine for a $12,000 purse. Harness racing reinsman Steve Wiseman, who also trains the five-year-old Art Major mare, was content to sit in the pocket throughout until tipping to the outside with a sixteenth of a mile left and collaring pacesetting Country Jewel (Nick Roland) by a neck in the final few strides. New Manhattan (Jason Ryan) finished third.   The 1:52.2 clocking was just one-fifth of a second slower than her track record setting performance a week earlier. Owned by Kenneth Seastrom and James Kouretas, Lady's Art now boasts 15 career victories and $113,709 in earnings.   That's Mara (Kim Pluta) was impressive winning a $7500 condition race in 1:53.1 on the undercard. The upset winner, who paid $40.40, was 2-1/2 lengths better than Love Live Laugh (Tim Maier) and Free Girl (Rick Magee). It was the tenth career triumph for the five-year-old daughter of Lis Mara who is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC Stable and conditioned by George Reider.   Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - A newcomer trotted into Minnesota on Wednesday night and quickly gained everyone's attention with a 1:56.4 triumph in Running Aces' $9000 Open Trot.   Trot Fudge Sundae, a four-year-old daughter of American Native who had been toiling at both Balmoral Park and Hoosier Park, was the only mare in the distinguished field of classy squaregaiters, and she quickly showed her heels to the field of geldings who watched her sweep from fourth in the early going to a three-quarter length victory over Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) and Franky Provolone (Jason Ryan).   New trainer Rick Magee was also the sulky-sitter for the winner's 19th career win in just 42 starts, increasing her earnings to $313,517 for partners James Bafia, Eugene White and the Dirk Simpson Stable, who got an immediate reward for sensing a change of scenery to Minnesota would do the mare some good.   It was one of two victories on the program for Magee, who also guided KDK Bellagio to a narrow neck victory over Sgt Charlie (Ryan) and Emery Vern (Tim Maier). It was the fourth consecutive win for the 12-year-old gelding owned by K C Carvalho and trained by Tim Brown, the last three in $4500 claiming company.   The most thrilling race of the night came in the nightcap, however, when a full field of nine $3500 claimers finished within four lengths at the wire, eight of them within 2-1/4 lengths. The photo finish camera determined that Haroun Hanover (Ryan) had edged Johnny Walker (Rob Dinning) and Hiho Legacy (Wiseman) to complete a $196.20 trifecta.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - The first leg of the summer-long Minnesota-sired two-year-old pace program was highlighted on Wednesday night at Running Aces with Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) winning the initial $13,000 race in 1:58.3.   Owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, the son of Relentless Yankee sat third or fourth throughout the majority of the mile before exploding with a final :28.3 panel to down Queen of Denial (Nick Roland) and Gooch's Hot Rod (Tim Maier).   It was the very first money start of the winner's career with just a 2:01.2 qualifier previously under his belt. Toatsmygoats paid $5.80 to win as the second choice of the betting public.   An $8000 Open Trot was also presented with Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) winning for the third time in four tries since arriving at Running Aces from California. Bette Calice's standout 11-year-old gelding beat Natural Forces (Kim Pluta) and Franky Provolone (Maier) for his 48th career victory.   Driver-trainer Tim Roach also enjoyed a monster night when all three of the horses entered from his stable found the winner's circle. Captiva Bounty scored in 1:55.4 to win a non-winners of two races conditioned claiming pace; Dr Lon beat a full field of $3500 claimers in 1:54.1; and Gogetembrady sped to a second straight triumph, this time in 1:53.4, to capture a $5500 conditioned pace.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - R Gauwitz Hanover, the longest shot in the field, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night, speeding to a 1:53.2 score for driver Kim Pluta over favored Del Rio Seelster (Tim Maier) and Restless Yankee (Nick Roland).   Laurie Patistas owns the five-year-old gelded son of Modern Art. It was the 12th career tally for the winner from just 48 lifetime starts. He is trained in Minnesota by Jason Ryan, who drove stablemate Threestepstoheaven to a fourth place finish in the same heat. Going off at nearly 14-1, R Gauwitz paid $29.80 to win.   The quick time was one of five races that ended in 1:53 and change clockings on the night. Others were won by Silver Spir (Tim Maier) in 1:53.3 to best an $8,000 top conditioned class; Lifetime Louie (Rick Magee) who won a $6,500 conditioned race in 1:53.3; Gogetembrady (Tim Roach) who destroyed a $5500 conditioned field in 1:53.4; and Second Thoughts (Tim Roach) who surprised a $2500 bottom conditioned class in 1:53.4. Roach trains both of the horses he steered to victory.   Driver Jason Ryan scored a triple on the program, while reinsmen Rick Magee as well as Roach notched doubles. On the training side, conditioner Jesse DeLong and assistant Tabitha Canaar triumphed in both $6,500 splits of the Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots. Chewy Dunkerton (Nick Roland) won the colts split in 2:00.4 and stablemate She's A Foxie Lady (Jason Ryan) won the fillies division in 2:00.2.   Trainer George Reider also sent two to the winner's circle in Lifetime Louie and the trotter Axle (Rob Dinning), who scored in 1:57.3 in a $6,000 top conditions race.   From the Press Box at Running Aces

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman enjoyed a stellar night at Running Aces on Saturday establishing a track record in the very first race and copping three other races before the ten-race program concluded.   Wiseman quarter-moved Lady's Art to the front in the $8500 Fillies and Mares Open pace and never looked back, establishing a 1:52.1 track record for mares of any age in the program lidlifter. Wiseman also trains the five-year-old daughter of Art Major who is owned by Kenneth Seastrom and James Kouretas.   Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) and Keystone Christa (Jason Ryan) were next to cross the finish line, but were no competition on this night for Lady's Art, who paid $8.00 as the second choice.   Wiseman's other winners were Yanklet Hanover and Gravelsinmytravel, both owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by Dave Flinn; and Blazin With Pride, who triumphed in the nightcap for owner CC Racing LLC and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Reinsman Nick Roland also had a memorable evening as he inched closed to the coveted 1,000 wins milestone with three trips to the winner's circle, bringing his lifetime total to 997. Included in the 31-year-old driver's scores was an upset win in the $13,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old pace with the filly Dakota Law from his stable.   The daughter of Hot Pans picked a good spot to break her pari-mutuel maiden for owner Curtis Alan Vos as he watched her duck to the inside passing lane at the top of the stretch and pass FF Big Show (Ryan) and Maby Bonkey (Rob Dinning) in the final strides.   Roland also won a $4500 distaff conditioned pace with Two Cam, owned by Brenda McDonald and conditioned by Jeff Ryan, when she also zoomed up the inside to best Ha Jung (Ryan) and Shes Astreos (Lemoyne Svendsen); and Fox Valley   Yavonne, who copped a $5000 conditioned trot in 1:56.3 for owner Dr. Patrick Graham and trainer Brett Ballinger. JC Who Dini (Wiseman) and No Recess (Brandon Jenson) banked the place and show money.   Running Aces presents an 11-race program on Sunday night (June 22) including an $8500 Open pace and a pair of $6500 divisions of Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots. Post time is 6 pm (CST).   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - Del Rio Seelster successfully made the move from the top claiming ranks to the open ranks on Sunday by capturing the $8500 Open Pace in 1:52.1.   Driver Tim Maier, the leader at the meet after the first two weeks, had the winner positioned fourth at the halfway point--just as he did last week in a $12,500 claimer--then paced the quickest final quarter in the race to win by a head over Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) and R Gauwitz Hanover (Kim Pluta). Del Rio Seelster is owned and trained by Maier's son Daniel.   A pair of $6500 Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots were presented earlier on the program with repeat winners in both splits. The fillies division went to Al-Mar Pizzazz (Tim Maier) in 2:01.1 to best Country Cheerio (Adam Hauser) and CD's SOS (Nick Roland). Owned by trainer Ulf Holm-Johansen and partner Vernon Devine, the black filly ran her record to a perfect three-for-three in 2014 despite a scary moment when she bobbled at the head of the stretch but lost ground and recovered quickly to maintain the advantage.   Chewy Dunkerton (Roland) is the dominant force in the colts and geldings division thus far by virtue of his three-for-three win record in this young season. Trainer Jesse DeLong's son Ben owns the black gelding who was last year's freshman champion among Minnesota-sired horses. A huge throng of Father's Day fans turned out for the 11-race card.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - Scott Altizer, trying Running Aces for the first time this summer, captured both of the trots on the Tuesday night harness racing program. The Michigan horseman, who is currently training a string of seven trotters, won the opening non-winners race with Jailhouse Bride in 2:00, beating favored Switcheroo (Rick Magee) by a head with Realife Go (Tim Roach) completing the trifecta ticket. Altizer also owns the three-year-old Jailhouse Jesse filly who was making her 2014 debut, although she did win $2684 during a winless freshman season.   Altizer's True High Voltage shocked the fourth race field with a 1:59 triumph in a bottom conditioned class, paying $79.20 to win and igniting a 10-cent superfecta payout of $1,228. The 13-year-old roan gelding won for the 54th time in his career and the winner's share of the $3000 purse put him just a whisper short of $200,000 in lifetime earnings.   Duke Of Hazards (Magee) was second by a length with D D's Tiger (Brandon Jenson) garnering the show dough.   Nick Roland and Tim Maier also completed driving doubles on the card.   Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Threestepstoheaven, the longest shot on the board at 16-1, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night.   The eight-year-old Rambaran gelding, trained and driven by the meet's second leading reinsman Jason Ryan, bested Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) and Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:52.2.   The longshot winner was last in the field of six until the top of the stretch when he swung four-wide and exploded past the others with a :28.3 final panel. Threestepstoheaven paid $34.40 to win.   Quickest mile of the evening, however, belonged to Del Rio Seelster who won a $7,500 race mixing non-winners of $5,000 last five starts with $12,500 claimers in 1:52.1. With leading driver Tim Maier guiding his son Daniel's six-year-old son of Western Maverick, the pair downed R Gauwitz Hanover (Kim Pluta) and Mystical Valentine (Ryan) with a brush from fourth to first in the third panel and a closing :27.3 panel to seal the deal.   Maier visited the winner's circle four times on Sunday while Ryan managed three triumphs and Nick Roland scored a double.   A pair of $6,500 Minnesota-sired races for trotters were also featured. Chewy Dunkerton (Roland) won the colts and geldings split with a 2:01.2 clocking to beat TURB (Ryan) and Al Mar Passion (Rick Magee). The fillies division was captured by Al Mar Pizzazz (Maier) over Majestic Lady Jo (Brett Ballinger) and Montana Eclipse (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:59.3. Benjamin DeLong owns Chewy Dunkerton and the partnership of Ulf Holm-Johansen and Vernon Devine own Al-Mar Pizzazz.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

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