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A pair of harness racing Opens headline the Saturday night action at Cal Expo, with Pridecrest leaving from the assigned No. 10 slot in the $7,000 Open Trot and Alwaysalittlemore doing her work from the same challenging post in the $6,700 Distaff Open. Watch and Wager LLC will present 11 races with a first post of 6:10 p.m., with the Filly and Mare Open as the second race and the Open Trot occupying the third-race spot on the evening. Alwaysalittlemore has posed for pictures following four of her last six trips to the post and is now being asked to keep the momentum going while leaving from the extreme outside post in the Distaff Open. A 6-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin, Alwaysalittle more carries the banner of Maria Alvarez and Terrence Smith, hails from the Edward Hernandez shedrow and will once again have the services of Luke Plano. The bay miss has actually crossed the finish line first in five of her last six starts, but was set back to second by the stewards on February 29 after racing inside two pylons. Alwaysalittlemore rebounded last week with a victory as the 7-5 choice, opening a large lead turning for home and then holding safe by a head over a hard-charging Bertha Vanation that evening. The latter is a Voracious Hanover mare who is coming off back-to-back big efforts for owner Cathy Dessert and driver/trainer Nick Roland. Bertha Vanation flew home to handle a conditioned crew two weeks ago, then came home smartly once again in last week's Open to just fall short. Low takeout wagers, Single 6 featured There are two wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate in the 20-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4. In addition, the Pick 4 comes with a $40,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. There was a Single 6 carryover of nearly $24,000 going into Friday's program, so if that went unhit, it would be a worthwhile stab on Saturday at only 10 cents a ticket for the shot at a nice prize. To show the value in the lower takeout, last Saturday night's 20-cent Pick 4 returned $1,008 for each correct 20-cent ticket. Using the regular takeout rate, it would have paid $907, a difference of $101 for each winning prognostication. The only favorite in the aforementioned sequence was the victory by Blue Star Maverick at 7-5 odds. The Lorne Duffield-owned, Steve Wiseman-trained and Luke Plano-driven son of As Promised obviously enjoyed the class relief as he responded with a clear-cut score in coast-to-coast fashion. Things got off to an auspicious start in that Pick 4 when the Gerry Longo owned/trained/driven Key Word posted a $30 upset, with Free Radical ($9) rounding out the sequence. By the way, the victory behind Blue Star Maverick was the fourth on Saturday's card for Plano, who had a triple on Friday and padded his lead in the driver standings. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The Saturday evening (June 8) program of harness racing at Running Aces was jam packed with exciting contests. One of the most highly anticipated of all was the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Colt Pace, and it did not disappoint. Among the talented field of sophomore male pacers was 2018 Minnesota Horse of the Year Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman), and also 2019 early standouts SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) and Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo). SB Bodacious ($4.20) served notice right off the gate that he was a force to be reckoned with, blasting from post five to an immediate lead, before yielding to fellow leaver Trump Train (Don Harmon). The fractions were lively - :27.1 and :55.4 for the opening half - and Rick Magee wasted no time in getting SB Bodacious back to the front of affairs, sweeping back to the top just past the five-eighths marker. Stay Humble N Kind got rolling from the back of the pack as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3 and began to give chase to the leader, while Burning Blaze had gotten the Colombus shuffle and finally was able to shake free near the top of the lane. The chase was futile for all his rivals, because SB Bodacious was in full flight for the wire, pacing home in :27.4 and stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:52.2 to just miss a track record by a few ticks. Stay Humble N Kind was clearly second best tonight while Burning Blaze salvaged third after a troubled trip. SB Bodacious is a gelded son of Voracious Hanover out of the Western Hanover mare Salsa Hanover, he is now 3 for 4 in 2019 with his only defeat coming last out when he was a close second. He has lowered his lifetime mark with each victory, and dropped over 3 seconds with Saturday's impressive win. Mikaela DelGiudice is the winning owner, and Rick Magee also does the training. The $11,500 Filly Pace for MN-Sired 3 year olds was everything it was advertised to be - another dominating win for super-filly Windmeupnwatchmego - who is now a perfect 3-for-3 in 2019. Driver Dean Magee sent her hard and fast from her assigned outside six post and she battled early with Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) before making the top, once she cleared it was all over. She took the girls on a merry stroll around the track and posted a 5¾ length romp in 1:55.1 with plenty left in the tank. As of this early point in the season, she stands out well above her rivals - they look to be in for a long summer. The winner paid just $2.10 at the windows. She is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. The $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings was the feature on the Saturday card. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was the race favorite at 3-5 after a great start to his 2019 Running Aces campaign. Longshots War Daddy (Williams Hernandez) and Liberty Flyer (Mark Mintun) blasted out of the gate along with Stuckey Dote and the scramble was on for the front, resulting in a :26.3 bullet opener. Stuckey Dote cleared well before the half and posted strong middle fractions (:55.1, and 1:23.4) but the torrid pace took it's toll and the back markers took advantage of the fast fractions and came rolling in the lane. Fox Valley Nemitz (Tim Maier) was fastest of all to the wire in 1:52 for his third win in five starts, he was a length ahead of Annihilator (Dean Magee) and Stuckey Dote was home third by 1 1/4 after a good effort. Fox Valley Nemitz is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen. The 5 year old son of Richess Hanover paid $9.40 at the windows. Driver Tim Maier posted his third Hat-Trick of the season and remains the only driver to win more than two races on any card this year. With the three wins on Saturday Maier has now vaulted from second to first in the Leading Driver standings, just one ahead of Dean Magee. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, June 9 with a trio of Carryovers: the 50 cent early Pick-4 has a carryover of $594.07, The 20 cent Pick-5 is at $5,047.49 and the 50 cent Hi-5 stands at $926.35. First Post is at 6:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

One of the feature events of the Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Winners-over Pace, with a very well matched feild of 6.   Last week's Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) drew post two in the field, with Dan Patch runner-up Firedrake (Brian Detgen) also in the field from the outside 6 post.   Stuckey Dote, last weeks MN Preferred Pace winner, fired fast from the gate from post five, along with Firedrake surging from the outside spot. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) accelerated around the opening turn and Firedrake dropped into the pocket spot as they completed the 27.0 quarter.   Nine Ways got away third but quickly brushed to the lead before the 3/8 pole and controlled the middle fractions in :54.4 and 1:23 before facing heavy pressure from To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) around the final turn.   As the field turned for home they were stacking up five across the racetrack, with Pancetta (James Yoder) and Firedrake widest of all, four heads were battling across the finish line but Stuckey Dote would find room in the passing lane to be the fastest one to the wire, a head in front of To The Limit and the others in 1:51.2 for two wins in a row.   Stuckey Dote ($6.40) is a 5 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover who now sport's 26 lifetime wins and $225,160 in earnings for owner/breeder Merlin Van Oterloo, The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger.   The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Saturday night, with the usual suspects of top trotters lining up in a 5 horse affair. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate, posting the quarter fraction in 27.4, before yielding to rival Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) near the 3/8 marker.   Pridecrest maintained command past the middle checkpoints (:57 and 1:25.3) with no pressure. Banker Volo sat patiently in the pocket and did angle out for the stretch drive, but Pridecrest had plenty in the tank and he trotted strong to the wire, posting a 1 1/4 length tally over Banker Volo, with Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing sharply for third in the 1:54.4 mile. The victory for the Katleen Plested trainee was number 8 on the season for Pridecrest ($4.20) in 15 starts, and pushed his career earnings to $226,739 for owner Christopher Schick.   Also on Staurday night, the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing event went to post, with a full field of 9 going to battle. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) and Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) battled for the early lead, before Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) made a sweeping rush to the front in the action-packed contest.   The race set up for closers and race favorite Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) relished in the early speed battle (27.2, 55.3 and 1:23.4) and responded late with a big rally from the back of the pack, to sweep by the field and post a half-length win over fast-closing Giggle Monster (Dean Magee). The 1:53 victory was win number 3 on the season for Myskillspaydabills ($3.60) and registered a new lifetime mark for the Voracious Hanover gelding, trained by Rick Magee for the Van Oterloo Stables.   Driver multiples dominated the Saturday card, with Steve Wiseman picking up another four-win night, Rick Magee turning in a Hat-Trick, and James Yoder scoring a double. Trainer Kathleen Plested also had a big night, with 3 winners.   Live Racing continues on a three-nights per week schedule through September 15, with live action on Tuesdays (7:00 pm CDT) and Saturdays and Sundays (6:00 pm CDT).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacers for an early $6,500 event, and it would prove to be a race well worth watching. Steve's Hot Rod, a gelding by Voracious Hanover posted a sharp display of his speed and talent with a gate-to-wire romp in 1:51.4 to establish a new track mark for 3 year old gelding pacers, a record that had stood for more than 5 years, since Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) stopped the clock in 1:52.1 in July of 2012.   Trainer/Driver Rick Magee confidently sent Steve's Hot Rod quickly from the gate to a fast early lead, and was well in control past the 28.0 quarter mile post. "Stevie" and Rick controlled every step from there with ease, and they were never in doubt, coasting past the half in 56.2, and turning back a bid by Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) near the 1:24 three-quarter clocking, after a fast third quarter of 27.3, Steve's Hot Rod made it crystal clear around the final turn that there would be nobody going past him on this night, he was strictly in a race against the clock.   They thundered down the homestretch and stopped the teletimer at 1:51.4 to take their place in the record books, with a sparkling and dominating performance. DeweyDidDoneGood (Dean Magee), who sat the pocket the entire way, picked up second by 1 3/4 lengths, with Whatitdo BabyBoo home in third.   Steve's Hot Rod is owned by Kati Sokolowski, and now has 7 wins in 28 lifetime starts, and earnings of $52,686.   The featured event of the Saturday card was the $12,000 Open handicap Trot, with a full field of nine talented square-gaiters going to battle. Banker Volo was returning from a 4 race stint in Illinois and Indiana, and upon his return to Running Aces he made it well apparent that he indeed was still the reigning king of trotting at the Minnesota oval.   Driver Luke Plano sent Banker Volo ($4.40) fast from the assigned outside 9 post, and had no trouble establishing the immediate lead. They strolled through fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:26.1 and never had a challenger at their wheel, completing the dominating gate-to-wire score with a 29.2 final stanza to stop the clock in 1:55.3, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the nearest rival.   For Banker Volo it was win number 8 in 13 tries this season, with 7 of those wins right here at Running Aces. The superstar Stallion trotter has now bankrolled a tad under $50,000 this season, and over $335,000 lifetime. Banker Volo is owned by Daniel Roland, and is currently trained by Angie Coleman.   Drivers Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both completed Hat-Tricks on the Saturday program, with 3 wins each, and Rick Magee completed a driving double as well.   Live Racing at Running Aces continues through September 16, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event on the Saturday night (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it was an exciting contest from a talented group of six sophomores.   The star of the Show was Steve's Hot Rod ($21.20) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee, as they rushed quickly to the early lead from post one and controlled the moderate early fractions of 28.4 and 58.0 before yielding to Swinging Again (James Yoder). Rick Magee and Steve's Hot Rod sat patiently in the pocket around the final turn and through the fast third quarter of 27.1 (1:25.1) before pulling the pocket as they straightened away for home and kicking away by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:52.3 for a new lifetime mark, with an eye opening final half in :54.3. Swinging Again held second, while race favorite Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up third. The winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, out of the Artsplace mare Miss Stacee and is owned by Kati Sokolowski.   The featured trotting event on the card was a $6,400 conditioned event, and the 7 year old grey gelding Dapper Dan ($8.20) strutted his stuff tonight to post his first win of the season in 13 starts for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter. Driver Brian Detgen sent Dapper Dan alertly from the gate and immediately yielded the lead to Tame The Dice (Steve Wiseman) from the outside. They waited patiently in the garden seat through fractions of 28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.2 and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane and powered by the leader for a 1 length tally and a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted a Hat-Trick on the card, to once again join Nick Roland in a tie at the top of the Drivers' Standings (64 wins each), and Rick Magee picked up a driving double as well.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot continues to climb, and now stands at $38,637.13 going into Race 7 on Sunday night, August 20. Live Racing continues through September 16.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Certainly one of the most impressive performances on the Saturday night (July 29) harness racing program at Running Aces was a razor sharp victory for Buzz Light, coming in a $4,400 conditioned pace. It was not the featured race, or the open event, but it was a monumental victory for the 4 year old Voracious Hanover gelding who has struggled this year with breaking and has been a regular member of the qualifying brigade.   Buzz Light ($22.80) was recently switched to the barn of Trainer Rick Magee and he has continued to improve, after qualifying cleanly on July 11 in 1:57.3 he followed that up with a sharp effort to finish 3rd in a race, timed in 1:56.2. Tonight, Rick Magee guided Buzz Light aggresively from the gate from the outside post of 8 and Buzz Light responded, and powered to the front despite a three-wide journey to get there. He was on top at the quarter pole in 28.3, and half mile of 57.3, before yielding the lead to pocket sitter and race favorite Mucho Macho Man (Tim Maier) just past the half.   Mucho Macho Man tried to sprint away, but Buzz Light kept to task and was just 1 1/2 lengths away at the 1:26 checkpoint, and as they rounded the turn for home, it was clear that Buzz Light was not done tonight, he re-engaged the favorite and powered past in the lane for a 1 3/4 length tally and new lifetime mark of 1:55.2. Owner Cathy Dessert was overwhelmed with joy as she headed to the winner's circle, and later stated that she had " never given up on him ". The victory was yet another testament to that very ideal, don't give up, keep working hard and together Owner, Trainer and Horse can earn their time to shine.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event, and Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.40) was again the star of the show, rallying from off the pace again, but doing so at an earlier stage in the race tonight for her second straight win. She is Owned by Van Otterloo Stables, Trained by David Flinn and was driven to the 2 3/4 length victory in 1:55.1 by Steve Wiseman.   The featured $6,400 trotting event went to CW Raisinette ($4.60) for two wins in a row, with driver Steve Wiseman putting his charge on the front end from post six, yielding and then re-taking past the half mile. It was a dominating 4 length win in a 1:58.1 lifetime mark for the 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus, who is owned by A Piece of The Action LLC, and Trained by Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The Saturday program was marred by an accident in Race 7, with Drivers Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Tim Maier remaining hospitalized as of late Saturday night. The entire running Aces Family of staff, horsemen and fans are sending their prayers for our two beloved drivers for a quick recovery.   Live Racing returns on Sunday, July 30 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $18,995.87.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

One of the featured events on the Tuesday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Filly Pace, and Ellamennopee ($2.80) stole the show with another dazzling performance for her second straight win, delivering as the public's overwhelming choice in the contest.   This sharp freshman distaffer is by Voracious Hanover and tonight she proved that her dominating win against the boys last week was anything but a fluke. Driver Steve Wiseman guided her away from the gate in sixth position of 9 fillies in the field, and got her moving first-over at the three-eights pole. She advanced steadily down the backstretch and took command before the final turn, from there she remained strong and posted a 2 3/4 length tally in a 1:56.2 lifetime mark. Bertha Vanation (Dean Magee) was very impressive in second and Lippy Doo (Luke Plano) was home in third but well back of the winner.   Ellamennopee is Owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and Trained by Brett Ballinger, she now shows 2 wins and 1 second in 3 lifetime starts.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Trot proved to be yet another edition of the Banker Volo show, as the amazing 8 year old Trotting Stallion by Yankee Glide posted his biggest win ever, a 16 1/2 length romp compliments of some fast early fractions by his rivals.   Driver Luke Plano guided Banker Volo away in third from post one, while two of his rivals exchanged blows through early panels of 27.1 and 56.2 before he guided his square-gaited sensation to the outside and straight to the front. From there were only two questions, how fast and by how many lengths would he win. He stopped the clock in 1:54.2 to equal his all age track record. It was clear he could have gone as much as a second faster had he any competition in the late stages of the mile.   Banker Volo ($2.20) has now won six of eight races this year and bankrolled $33,700 for Owner Daniel Roland. His career numbers are now 27 wins and $319,213 after tonight's dominating victory.   The $10,000 Mares Open Pace went to Gold Star Mysti ($4.40) as she delivered as the race favorite once again for her fifth win in 7 starts this season. Tonight "Mysti-Moo" as she is affectionately called by her connections, rallied from off the pace with a first over move that allowed Trainer/Driver James (J.D.) Yoder to drop in the pocket for a breather past the 5/8 pole, and from there they were able to out-kick a very game front running Best of Jenna (Rick Magee) to the wire in 1:51.1. The super talented 4 year old is by Mysticism and is owned by Marianne Audley, who is also the breeder.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot went to Bragginade ($4.80) for his second win in three lifetime starts, with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the sulky for Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Tonight's victory was a 1 3/4 length tally in 2:03.4.   Drivers Tim Maier, James Yoder, Rick Magee and Dean Magee all completed driving doubles on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night, July 29 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $17,404.11.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing event was the feature on the Saturday evening harness racing card at Running Aces with 8 sophomores going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdo Babyboo ($7.40) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:53.4) in the process.   Driver Steve Wiseman guided her away from the gate to the fifth position of 8 early and was then shuffled to last as they sat through the early fractions of 27.3 and 57.1, and was still last but beginning to make her move at the ¾ pole where the timer read 1:24.4. Whatitdo BabyBoo and Wiseman charged right through the middle of the field and sprinted to the wire with a breathtaking rally that left her rivals reeling. She posted a 1½ length winning margin in a sparkling 1:53.4 for her 10th lifetime win in 16 starts. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for Owners Van Oterloo stables.   It was a night of upsets, with only 1 winning favorite on the card. The biggest upset came with CW Raisinette ($54.00) in the featured trotting event, a $6,400 contest where Driver Steve Wiseman converted a three-hole trip into a 26-1 shocker as the longest shot in the field posted her 4th lifetime win in a new mark of 1:58.2 for Owners A Piece of The Action and Trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the first win on the card in a very big night for Wiseman, who posted a Grand Slam of four winners on the 8 race program.   22 year old Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson posted his first ever Driving Double on a Pari-Mutuel program when he guided two of his own trainees to victory on Saturday, both at long odds. First, he made a sharp sweeping move with his 3 year old gelding pacer MarkTenTwentySeven ($18.00) to circle the field down the back side and make it two in a row with a new life mark of 1:56.2 in a $4,400 conditioned event, and then later he guided his 4 year old trotting mare Hall Of Riches ($40.60) to her first lifetime win in 2:00.3 with a brilliant drive splitting rivals turning for home and getting up at the wire by a neck. Both horses are owned by the Jenson family.   Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $4,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($7.40) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 5/2 second choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a moderate early pace of 28.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving first-over just past the half (58.1), and he really took off, opening up an eye opening lead around the final turn (1:25.4) and pacing on gamely in the stretch to post a 2¾ length tally in 1:54. Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, July 23, with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $9,600 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and Swinging Again ($9.00) posted another impressive victory for two in a row and 4 seasonal wins after her 1 length tally in 1:55.2 tonight. This sharp filly is by Voracious Hanover and is trained by Gene Miller for owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and she has been handled by Driver James Yoder on a regular basis, tonight Swinging Again was parked the entire mile from post 7, but had plenty of pace in the homestretch to power past the favored gelding pacer Wonder Bull (Nick Roland) who was forced to settle for second once again.   Santanna Sam ($48.60) and Driver William Hernandez posted a razor sharp gate-to-wire score as the longest shots on the board for the second consecutive start tonight, in a $5,400 conditioned pace. Sanatanna Sam was never in doubt tonight from post one and collected his 3rd win of the season in 1:56.1 with ease despite being dismissed by the wagering public. The 4 year old gelding by Santanna Blue Chip is also trained by Hernandez for owner Maria Alvarez.   Al Mar Reba Babe ($5.20) picked up top honors in the featured Trot on the card, a $6,400 conditioned event. Winning driver Gerald Longo settled his 5 year old mare by Sos Lunar Eclipse away in 4th from post 6 and waited patiently, saving ground all the way around the track and storming through the passing lane to get the money at the wire by 3/4 of a length in 1:59 for her second win of the season. She is owned and trained by Richard Davis.   The .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 went unsolved on Saturday, and now sports a carryover of $10,335.23 for the Sunday (July 16) card, with a first post of 6 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer          

The $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings pacing division has been a very talented group all season long, and one of the stars of the harness racing division has been Stuckey Dote (by Voracious Hanover), his star would shine brightest tonight at Running Aces as he posted a commanding win (gate-to wire) in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2, for his fourth score in 9 starts as a sophomore, adding to the 7 wins he posted at age two. He is owned and trained by Merlin Van Otterloo, and has been driven to all of his top-two finishes this season by Jim Marino. He paid $4.00 as the even money choice. The featured event on the Saturday night (Aug. 27) Harness Racing program was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it would prove to be another feather in the cap for Banker Volo (Nick Roland) tonight, as he out-kicked his biggest rival Flameon (Dean Magee) to the wire in 1:57.3 for his 9th seasonal win in 12 starts. The winning margin tonight was just a neck between these two, which is fitting because these two have been the dominant Open Trotters on the grounds all season. Banker Volo ($4.60) is also trained by Nick Roland, and he is owned by Daniel and Jeralene Roland. The $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Filly pace would feature a sweeping off-the-pace rally and win for favorite American Dancer ($3.80) as she just out-kicked pace setter Cruzin Coco (Nick Roland) to the wire in a 1:55.3 thriller. American dancer is by General Aidid and was confidently driven by Luke Plano for Trainer Robert Lems and owner Timothy Lems, it was her 6th lifetime win. The sharp 9 year old Trotting Gelding Windsun Galaxie ($9.80) posted his 4th win in a row tonight for Trainer Jessie Pacheco and Owner Ron Rettig-Zucchi, with his 2 length tally in 1:58.1 in reign to Dean Magee. This was his 5th win in his last 6 starts, 7th win of the season and 30th lifetime victory for the winner of $444,411. Another 4-race win streak was created by 4 year old pacing mare  RockNRoll Crystal ($5.60) who has been unbeaten in 4 starts in August, tonight’s tally was a 1¼ length win in 1:56.1 with Dean Magee aboard for Trainer David Ginter and Owner William McIntyre. Driver Gerald Longo posted a Hat-Trick on the card with 3 wins, while Dean Magee and Luke Plano both picked up doubles. Live Racing returns to Running Aces tomorrow night, Sunday August 28th at 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old colts & geldings pace was one of the featured events on the Tuesday night (Aug 23) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it would mark a return to winning ways by the sharp gelding by Voracious Hanover DeweyDidDoneGood, who rallied from off the pace to pass all his rivals and score a 1 length victory in 1:57.1 with driver Dean Magee in tow for Trainer David Flynn, Tonight’s tally was his fifth victory in 8 lifetime starts, and boosted his bankroll to $24,840 for his owner Richard Davelaar. He paid $3.80 to his many backers. In the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old filles pace, Van Otterloo Stables’ filly Whatitdo Babyboo, another David Flynn trainee-notched another impressive win into her winning streak, (now at 5), all of them in the same come-from behind fashion that has become her signature style. As the heavy favorite, she paid just $2.60 tonight as she and Driver Rick Magee were 9 lengths behind at the half mile pole, but had already started her usual sweeping rally, and she then easily paced by her rivals to pull away by 2 lengths in the homestretch in 2:01.1 Owner/Trainer Wendy Haberberg had another big night at Aces this evening, as she visited the winner’s circle with both of her entries, with her 8 year old Trotter Switcheroo ($6.40) posting his second huge win in a row this evening with a 1:59.0 score by 6 ¾ lengths (Rick Magee), and her 8 year old gelding pacer Ya You Bet Cha (Brian Detgen) also delivered a big win, by 3 ½ lengths in 1:54.3, paying $5.00 at the windows. Rick Magee posted his third consecutive driving Triple on the card, while Dean Magee picked up a driving double. The next card of Live Harness Racing action goes to post Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Featured Event on the harness racing card at Running Aces tonight was the $6,000 2 Year old Open pace, and it was another display of talent from the filly WhatitdoBabyBoo (by Voracious Hanover), as she put forth a come-from-behind winning effort this night with Steve Wiseman in the bike. Wiseman was in no particular hurry with his filly off the gate and settled away seventh from the gate during the 29.2 quarter mile, they began their rally from 7th on the outside at the very soft 1:01.2 half and continued to rally on the outside from 4th at the ¾ pole , and drove past the leaders to post a ¾ length tally with a 27.3 last quarter and an eye-opening 55.2 final half - stopping the clock at 1:58.1. This was the 3rd straight win and a new lifetime mark for this talented filly, owned by Van Oterloo Stables and trained by David Flynn. She paid just $2.80 as the race favorite. The sharp pacing mare MJ's Last Dance was also razor sharp tonight, posting her second dominating performance in a row in a $6,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Trainer/Driver Luke Plano sent her right to the lead again this evening from post four, and she was never in doubt with a commanding performance in 1:54.2, pacing her final stanza in 28.1 to keep her rivals at bay. The final margin was 1¾ lengths, and she paid $6.20 at the windows. Dakota Jack (A Piece of The Action LLC) also shined on the Tuesday card, posting his 3rd local win in 4 local starts, in 1:54.4 tonight with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman in tow, they dominated the proceedings with a gate-to wire score by 2¾ lengths, throwing down a 27.0 final quarter, paying just $2.20 as the very heavy chalk, with Grey Bell (Rick Magee) second, and Polar Vortex (Ryan Lems) home third. The next card of Live Harness Racing at Running Aces goes to post Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing feature was the $9,000 Upper level conditioned pace, and it was longshot Del Rio Seelster who pulled the upset at exactly 13-1. Driver Jim Marino took the 8 year old Western Maverick gelding off the gate fifth in the six horse field, then made a sharp first-over move past the ¾ pole, took the lead turning for home, and held off the late charge of Gotta Dream Big (Steve Wiseman) to score by a ½ length in 1:54.0. It was his 5th tally this year in 11 starts, but first win with his current connections - Owner Paul Sanders, of British Columbia, and trainer Sean Lancaster. He paid his backers $28.00 at the windows. Dapper Dan, the 6 year old Minnesota-sired gelding by Clover Steele, who had an earlier career as a pacer, posted his 2nd consecutive impressive trotting win tonight, in 2:01.4 Starting from post 9, Dapper Dan fired out to an early lead, and never looked back, posting fractions of 30.1, 102.1, and 131.4 over the track listed as good. He is owned and trained by Dave Carter, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has been driven in both victories by Brian Detgen. Dapper Dan paid $11.20 for every $2.00 ticket. The upper-level condition Trot was captured by Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was heavily favored and paid $3.60. This 7 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide showed his back class and destroyed a field of nice trotters, scoring the win by 10¼ lengths in 1:56.1 The accomplished trotter is owned by Daniel & Jeralene Roland of Iowa, with Dan handeling the training. Cruzin Coco ( by Voracious Hanover ) scored her 3rd straight Aces win, taking the $7,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired Filly Pace posting a dominating 5¼ length score in 1:56.1 with Rick Magee aboard, paying $2.80 Drivers Steve Wiseman, Nick Roland, 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 Sunday night, June 5 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $2,575.59. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

With his victory in last Saturday nights opener, V Mack became the first six-time winner at the Cal Expo meet for harness racing trainer George Reider and pilot Luke Plano. The 4-year-old Iowa-bred son of Voracious Hanover is owned by Reider in partnership with Dave and Rob Haness and has been putting both his gameness and versatility on display during the course of the opening weeks of this stand. What a nice find this one was on the last night of racing in Minnesota, Reider explained. I split a horse transportation truck with Luke Plano coming back to California and there was one spot left on it. Nolan Van Otterloo is one of the mainstay breeders out there and told me he had V Mack for sale, so I went over to the barn to check him out. I liked what I saw and purchased him. Dave Haness was a little surprised that I bought the horse so fast, but he believes in me and I believed in the horse. V Mack won with Plano at the controls on opening night, had traffic troubles at next asking and was unable to threaten, and has since rattled off five straight victories while just missing his 1:54 4/5 mark in a couple of those scores. Luke says a horse like Mack helps in races that dont necessarily set up the way you plan. Hes just so versatile, and whenever you call on him hes there and you can use him a couple of times during a race. V Mack will make his next appearance in Saturday nights 10th race. With Plano having a horse from his barn in the line-up, veteran Gerry Longo will be at the controls this time around. Robert Gordon Final gets marquee treatment The $9,200 Robert Gordon Final for pacers holds the spotlight at Cal Expo Saturday night, with last weeks elimination winners Outlawsparkthewind and Dickies Motel heading the cast. A 13-card is on tap with a first post of 6:15. In addition to the Gordon final, there is a $5,000 Open I Pace and a $5,000 Open for pacing fillies and mares. The racing action will continue Sunday evening with a 4:45 starting time. Getting back to the Robert Gordon, Outlawsparkthewind is a 4-year-old Canadian-bred son of Blue Burner who comes into this weekends assignment having posed for pictures following four of his last five trips to the post. Hes owned by Drew Anderson, hails from the Bob Johnson barn and will be handled by William Hernandez. Outlawsparkthewind kicked off his hot streak with a tally in a elimination for the Bob Staats Pace, then finished sixth in the final after being hard-used early. Since that setback, he has rattled off three straight victories on the front end with Hernandez at the controls on each occasion. Sent off the 8-5 second choice in last weeks Gordon elimination, the Anderson colorbearer went right to the top, set the fractions without challenge and came to the wire three-quarters of a length on the pocket-sitting favorite Crusin For You while completing a 1:55 3/5 tour. Beginning with the Saturday, December 26 program, purses at Cal Expo will be raised by 10 percent across the board. Ben Kenney, Cal Expo CFO said, The purse pool was in good shape coming out of the last meet, with each live race up 19 percent over the previous season. This meet is off to a good start and the horsemen deserve this purse increase. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

COLUMBUS, MN. - American Dancer and Stuckey Dote swept their respective $8000 splits of Minnesota-sired two-year-old races on Wednesday night in their final tune-ups before Minnesota Night Of Champions on Sunday, September 12 at Running Aces, when each of the eight freshman and sophomore divisions will race for $21,000 purses. With three $11,000 races for older state-breds also scheduled that night total purses will be $201,000. American Dancer broke her maiden in the filly division following six straight show finishes in her first six starts. Sent off at 5-1 odds, driver Luke Plano positioned American Dancer in third from the innermost post position then sent her first-up following the halfway station. Lapped onto favored pacesetter Dag Inmy Stockings (Duane Roland) at the head of the stretch, American Dancer paced home strongest of all to repel Cruzin Coco (Adam Hauser) by just over a length in 1:57 with Dag Inmy Stockings holding for the show dough. The win was one of three on the program for Luke Plano, who also won the opener with Fox Valley Salsa and the nightcap with Stylemaster. Stuckey Dote (Tim Maier) added to his impressive rookie season resume with another resounding triump, this time by better than ten lengths in 1:57.1. The Merlin Van Otterloo owned and trained son of Voracious Hanover now sports six wins and two place finishes in eight career starts and a bankroll of $24,960 entering the upcoming championship fray. You'llseemeupfront (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Mint To Cruise (Nick Roland) earned the place and show payoffs. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del. --- Tony Morgan picked up three-wins and now needs only 10 more winning drives to reach 15,000 in his career, on Monday, March 16 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan won four races. Morgan drove 9-1 shot, Yanklet Hanover, to victory in the first of two $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare Winners-Over paces. He moved Yanklet Hanover three wide to get the lead heading to the final turn and led the way down the lane for a 1:52.3 triumph, her second in her last three starts. Dave McCaffrey trains the Western Ideal-Yankee Scramble four-year-old for Z Tam Stables .It was her third win this year in eight starts and 12th lifetime for the $59,952 career winner. Fashion Showdown (Corey Callahan) roared down the lane to finish second with Hit By Lightning (Vic Kirby) third. Early leader Spin Vision finished off the board ending a five-race wins streak. In a second $15,500 4&5-Year-Old co-feature, George Dennis made it to the winner's circle for a third time driving owner-trainer Jeff Clark's second winner, Annabeth, sitting second and capturing the passing lane for a 1:54.1 success, A daughter of Shadow Play-Get Out Ammanda, the win was her first of 2015 and eighth lifetime winning $ 59,340. Morgan's 14,990th win came guiding. Bob Bailey's Maby Bonkey to victory in 1:55 in one of two 3,4&5-Year-Old female paces. Morgan found room along the inside to send the Voracious Hanover-Elegant Artist mare, trained by Ryan Bailey, to her second win this year in eight races. A Wild Money Maker (Kirby) was next with Trindle Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) third. Springforth took the shortest route to the finish line giving George Dennis his second of three wins, all via the passing lane, a 1:53 decision in a $14,000 female pace. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) led until the final strides and finished second. Embassy Seelster (Callahan) was the show horse. Brees Creek puts a two-race win streak on the line in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no Friday, Saturday and Sunday racing. Parking and admission to Dover Downs is free. A 'Two-for-One Entre' is feature on Thursdays until closing day, April 9, in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing is located in the Dover Downs Race & Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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