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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

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  

In the $7,500 Minnesota-Sired three-year-old gelding Trot, The Winnin Dollar was looking for his sixth straight win in the harness racing contest, but would fall short tonight at Running Aces. Mr Jackpot with Dean Magee in the sulky was quickest to the quarter pole in 29 before yielding to Margins Echo and driver Rick Magee who posted the middle fractions of 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 , then big favorite The Winnin Dollar came stepping by, leading to the top of the stretch, but Mr Jackpot shook free from the cones and had plenty of late trot down to the wire, tripping the beam in 1:59.3, a lifetime best win with Margin’s Echo re-rallying for second, and Abra’s Momentum (Gerald Longo) closing for third. Mr Jackpot had been struggling in 2016, after being a dominating Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trotter at Running Aces last season, setting a new track record here as a two-year-old, winning 6 races in 9 starts and banking $36,460. Tonight’s tally was the first of the year for the now 3 year old son of Money Talks, Owned by Glen Wilson, trainer Brett Ballinger and Carl Swanson. Mr Jackpot fans were rewarded handsomely at the windows, with a $35.20 payout for every $2.00 ticket. The Sunday Feature on the Running Aces harness racing card was the $13,000 Open Handicap pace for horses & geldings, with a very talented field of 9 going to battle in the contest, The race favorite Roland N Rock was sent out to the early lead by driver Nick Roland, and they posted a very fast opening fraction of 26.2, before yielding to last week’s winner Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee), who threw up the middle fractions of 55.0 and 1:23.4 before tiring in the stretch. The race set up very well for the closers in the field, and there were two horses charging on the outside of the racetrack into the homestretch, I’m An Athlete with Jim Marino in the bike, and Dry Ice with Steve Wiseman, those two battled down to the wire, with Dry Ice getting a head up on the line to stop the clock in 1:53. Dry Ice is a 5 year old gelding by Badlands Hanover, owned by A Piece of The Action, LLC and trained by Steve Wiseman. Tonight’s score was the 6th win of the year for Dry Ice, and established a new lifetime mark, while pushing his career bankroll to $110,375. OfficerNaGentelman (Tim Maier) was third in the contest, and winner Dry Ice returned a $6.80 mutuel. The $7,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly Trot was dominated by race favorite Bombshell Betty ($3.80) with driver Jim Marino, making an early move to the lead just past the 30.2 quarter, Bombshell Betty was never in doubt the rest of the way, posting fractions of 1:00.4 and 1:30.0 before trotting home in 30.1 to stop the clock at 2:00.1, a new lifetime best. It was the 4th win in 7 starts this year for the filly by Sos Lunar Eclipse, owned by Jesse De Long and Tabatha Canaar and trained by Justin Anfinson. WhateverShesGot (Gerald Longo) was second, and RSS Express (Steve Wiseman) checked in third. Driver Nick Roland capped off a big weekend with a driving triple tonight, after scoring the grand slam last evening. Tonight he delivered with DC’s Better Life ($2.80) in 1:56.3, Whata Bizness ($15.80) in 1:55 and Headsup Yankee ($9.40) in 1:53.3. The next card of live Harness Racing goes to post on Tuesday Night, July 19, at 7:00 pm CDT.  Running Aces will be offering a $5,000 guarantee in the late pick-4 wager on Tuesday nights, starting this coming Tuesday, July 19, and we will be adding Live Racing on Wednesdays, starting on July 27th, with a 7:00 CDT post. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The 2 year old Minnesota-Sired trotters took the spotlight on the Tuesday night harness racing card at Running Aces, with 3 geldings, 1 colt and 2 fillies going to post for a $15,000 purse.  The fillies dominated the contest tonight, with Imapixieatmidnight (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) rushing out to a big early lead for driver Nick Roland, setting the fractions of 30.0, 1:01.4 and 1:32.1 before being challenged by pocket-sitter, and winner last time Silent Dreams (by Money Talks) with Dean Magee at the controls. Silent Dreams pulled away gamely in the homestretch to win by 4 ½ lengths, paying $3.00 as the favorite, with Imapixieatmidnight a clear second, and Al Mar FoxyEclipse (Adam Hauser) a distant third. The final time tonight of 2:03.3 shaved a full 5 seconds off the previous lifetime best for the winning filly, who is now perfect in her 2 lifetime starts, she is owned by Glen and Jody Wilson, and trained by Brett Ballinger. WhatitdoBabyBoo (by Voracious Hanover) put in a huge effort to win her $7,500 2 year old Minnesota Fillies pace, after making an early break in the mile, and another at the ¾ pole, she stormed by the entire field in the homestretch to post a 1 ¼ length win in 2:01.3 with Steve Wiseman in the sulky, for owners The Van Otterloo Stables, and trainer David Flynn. She paid $8.80 to win after making up 15 lengths in the stretch. DeweyDidDoneGood (by Voracious Hanover) was very sharp in winning his $7,500 2 year old Minnesota pace for colts & geldings, drawing away from the field after taking control past the 5/8 pole, he went on to score by 4¼ lengths in 1:58.1 in reign to Dean Magee for owner Richard Davelaar and trainer David Flynn, who had two wins in the 2 year old races tonight. He paid a nice $18.40 to win. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both posted driving doubles on the card. The next card of live harness racing goes to post on Saturday Night, July 16, at 6:00 pm CDT. Running Aces will be adding Live Racing on Wednesdays, starting on July 27th, with a 7:00 post. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

Mr Jackpot continued his impressive freshman season at the harness racing meeting at  Running Aces on Tuesday night by capturing a two-year-old Minnesota-sired trot in 1:59.4 track record time. The victory was the fourth in his last five starts for the son of Money Talks owned by Glen Wilson, trainer Brett Ballinger and Carl Swanson. Driver Dean Magee was content to sit third during the :30.2 opening panel, but swept his heavily-favored charge to the front during the second quarter mile, with the half reached in 1:00.2. A final half in :59.2 was plenty to beat Margin's Echo (Rick Magee) by over three lengths with Big Red Rail (Duane Roland) edging Abra's Momentom (Gerry Longo) for third. The winner's share of the $8000 purse increased Mr Jackpots seasonal slate to four wins, three seconds and a third in eight starts and a bankroll of $22,910 with a $21,000 Minnesota State Championship race next up on Running Aces' closing night September 12. A tandem $8000 race for state-bred freshman filly trotters went to RSS Express (Duane Roland) in a 2:02.3 romp. Roland owns the Rail Splitter filly with his wife Connie. She now sports four wins, five runnerup finishes and a show finish in ten starts resulting in $24,625 thus far in her first season. Whatevershesgot (Jenni King) and The Last Railway (Brandon Jenson) were next to cross the finish, but were no match for RSS Express. Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) continued his domination of the $9600 Open Pace with his fourth win in five tries at the top level for owner Dr. James Findlay and trainer Sean Lancaster. Chewy's 1:53 clocking put him one-half length ahead of Outlawdangruswatrs (Nick Roland) at the finish with Quality Sport (Steve Wiseman) closing to finish third. Gregg Keidel  

Mr Jackpot (Dean Magee) came within two-fifths of a second of the divisional track record at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Tuesday (August 25) capturing a $16,000 event for Minnesota-sired freshman trotters. The two-year-old son of Money Talks swept to the top of the field approaching the half-mile marker then held off late-charging RSS Express (Nick Roland) by three-quarters of a length at the finish line. Abra's Momentom (Gerry Longo) attempted a game first-over challenge before eventually settling for the show dough. Trainer Brett Ballinger co-owns Mr Jackpot with partners Glen Wilson and Carl Swanson. The consistent colt now boasts three wins and three place finishes in just seven lifetime starts. A race later a full field of nine Open pacers competed for a purse of $9600. Longshot Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) used a perfect two-hole trip to narrowly defeat Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:53. Owned by K. C. Carvalho, the eight-year-old son of Cheyenne Rei got a late start on his 2015 campaign, but has now triumphed four times in his first ten seasonal outings. The victory put Luke Plano just a few thousand dollars short of reaching the coveted $10 million plateau in career purse earnings, a feat that could occur Wednesday night when the 35-year-old reinsman is listed to drive in seven of the eight races on the program. Wednesday's card also features a $1445 carryover in the track's popular 50-cent Pick Six wager on races three through eight. Post time for the first race is 7:00 p.m. (central time). Gregg Keidel

Harness racing trainer Brett Ballinger was one of the first horsemen on the track when Running Aces opened its barn area for its 8th season starting June 6. A total of 53 nights of racing will be conducted over 53 nights for total purses in excess of $2 million. Stalls are still available by calling Director of Racing Gregg Keidel (651-925-4532) or Justin Anfinson (618-919-0982) at the nearby Drollinger Training Center. Gregg Keidel

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

COLUMBUS, MN. - For the second consecutive week an invader from Chicago captured the Open Trot at Running Aces on Wednesday night.   Rock Hollywood, a seven-year-old gelding who hadn't won in 21 starts over two years, trotted to an impressive victory over last week's winner Trot Fudge Sundae (Rick Magee), another recent Chicago newcomer, and Franky Provolone (Jason Ryan) to earn the winner's share of the $10,000 purse. Leading driver Nick Roland made a quarter-move to the front and never looked back winning by a length and a quarter in 1:55.4, just one second off the all-time track trotting record.   Although Rock Hollywood was bred in Illinois and earned over $200,000 in his formulative years, he raced exclusively in Norway in 2013 and early 2014 before being returned to the United States. He had two place finishes in Chicago after being returned to North America before being shipped by owner Mike Brink to trainer Brett Ballinger at Running Aces.   Toatsmygoats equalled a long-standing track record for two-year-old colts when he destroyed a field of Minnesota-sired freshmen pacers in 1:56.3. It was the Relentless Yankee colt's second win in as many tries, both chasing $13,000 state-restricted purses, for the Van Otterloo Stable, trainer Dave Flinn and driver Jason Ryan. The quick clocking matched the one of Chewy Baca--also owned by the Van Otterloo Stable and trained by Flinn--in 2011.   The 50-cent Pick 6 wager went unsolved for the seventh straight program producing a carryover of $4,298.87 into the wager on Saturday night when racing resumes at Running Aces. The wagering pool could exceed $8000 by the time the bet begins on the fifth through tenth race on Saturday. Post time is 7:00 p.m. central.   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. - 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

COLUMBUS, MN. - Trainer Don Sherman, enjoying an outstanding first season at Running Aces in Minnesota, reached a career milestone Wednesday night when he guided Funny Guy to a 1:56.1 score in a $3500 claiming event.  It was the 600th conditioning win in a career that has spanned twenty years.  Although this is Sherman's fourth consecutive season with a UTRS average well over .300, it is his first with stable earnings well over $250,000.   Sherman will finish second in the trainer standings at Running Aces, which closes after Saturday's $220,000 Minnesota State Championships program, with 32 triumphs and a 20% win percentage. Funny Guy is owned by Jessica Roegner, who also serves as Sherman's second trainer.  The six-year-old gelding has won three times and had three place finishes in eight starts since claiming the horse in early July. The featured race on the penultimate card for 2013 was an $8925 Open Trot captured by Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) over Rich Dessert (Tim Maier) and Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman).  The 1:56.3 clocking gave the winner his second open company score at Running Aces and increased his lifetime bankroll to over $650,000.  Brett Ballinger trains the seven-year-old stud for Dr. Patrick Graham. Eleven $20,000 races for Minnesota-sired horses in various age, sex and gait categories will comprise the season finale at Running Aces on Saturday.  Post time is 7:00 PM (CST).  Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Salutation Hanover, one the the best bred and richest trotters ever to campaign in Minnesota, flashed his "back class" on Wednesday night to capture the $9500 Open Trot at Running Aces in 1:56.  It was just the eighth start of 2013 for the son of Andover Hall, but his third win and first in open company.  He now has amassed 25 career victories and lifetime earnings of $646,490.  Nick Roland steered Salutation Hanover, who is owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Brett Ballinger.  Hit It Hard (Luke Plano) was second with Shelby County (Lemoyne Svendsen) third in the featured race. Drivers Rick Magee, John DeLong and Luke Plano each scored doubles on the program.  Gregg Keidel

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