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Columbus, MN - The $20,000 Running Aces featured trot was the top-billed event on the Saturday night (June 16) Minnesota Harness Racing card, and it would turn out to be another thrilling and record setting contest. Overall Track Record holder Banker Volo (Brian Detgen), flew off the gate from post 8 to establish command, with Silverlode following suit from post seven to drop into the pocket. Banker Volo posted a fast early quarter mile of 27.3, and led through the middle panels of 57.1 and 1:26.0 before facing a strong challenge from Ideal Jesse (James Yoder), with Silverlode saving ground along the pylons in third. As they straightened for home, Banker Volo was facing challenges from all sides, and could not hold off the late challengers, fastest of all was Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) who utilized the passing lane to her advantage to sweep by the field to score by one length in 1:54.3 and establish an impressive new track record for aged trotting mares, and just one-fifth of a second off of the overall track trotting mark of 1:54.2 held by Banker Volo. Ideal Jesse completed a very impressive effort to get second, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) rallied past Banker Volo for third money. Silverlode ($10.00) is a 9 year old mare by British Sterling, and out of the productive mare Charlotte's Web (Website). Tonight's impressive victory completed three wins in a row for Silverlode, and secured lifetime win number 39, while pushing her career purse earnings to $202,187. She is currently under lease to Emilio Cisneros, from the Desomer Stables, and she is trained by Richard Bertrand. One Lucky patron solved the 20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot wager to collect $8,382.04, and a pair of longshots in the final two races spurred a carryover in both the Pick-3 and Pick-4 wagers for Sunday night, June 17. Driver Steve Wiseman picked up three wins on the evening, while Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen completed a driving double. Tomorrow's program features a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the Late Pick-4 wager, and is headlined by the $20,000 Running Aces Featured Pace. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The saturday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot with 7 very talented square-gaiters going in to battle for top honors.   Banker Volo was back in action, fresh off his victory in the top trot a week ago, and Pridecrest was on the scene to try once again for his first visit to the Aces winner's circle.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) was sent off as the 4-5 choice from post 6. Silverlode (Mooney Svendsen) left from post five for the second consecutive week, after just-missing against Banker Volo at the wire in 1:55.1 last out.   Banker Volo (Nick Roland) had the outside 7 post assignment, but waisted no time in finding the front of the field, sprinting right to the lead with a 27.3 opening quarter and leading the charge through the middle fractions of 57.3 and 1:26.3 while facing strong opposition from Pridecrest during the third panel.   Banker Volo lost the lead to Pridecrest just at the cusp of the home-stretch, but Mooney Svendsen was angling to the outside with Silverlode after saving ground throughout. Silverlode exploded with trot in the lane, and easily powered by Pridecrest, who had to settle for second after a valiant effort.   Silverlode found the wire in 1:55.1 to etch her name in the Running Aces history books as the fastest Aged Trotting Mare in track history, shattering the previous mark of 1:56 (Majestic Lady Jo - 2016).   Her final margin of victory tonight was 1 1/2 lengths over Pridecrest, with longshot Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) home third at 17-1. Silverlode ($13.60) is a 9 year old by British Sterling, and she is out of the prolific mare Charlotte's Web. She was bred by Desomer Stables of California, and she is currently leased by Emilio Cisneros, and trained by Rick Bertrand.   This talented mare now has 37 lifetime wins and has earned $186,987.   Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen had a banner night this evening, as the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame member piloted a total of 4 winners on the 8 race program.   Aside from his record-setting steer on Silverlode, Mooney also guided his own trainee My friskie Boy ($3.60) to a new lifetime mark in 1:53.3, Scramble Camp ($3.40) also to a new lifetime mark in 1:58.2 for trainer Jenni King, and One Small Favor ($5.40) in 1:57.1 for trainer Mark Anderson.   Running Aces offers Live Racing every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evening, visit our website at RunAces.com for a complete schedule of events, promotions and for complete handicapping resources.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Harness racing trainer Kennedy Lindsey compares his 5-year-old trotting mare Kickinitwithkohler to a locomotive when saying, "She doesn't have any gate speed, but she just keeps on building and building up as the races goes on and then comes at the end." The Illinois-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze races for Tonight's The Night and has been under Lindsey's care since he purchased her two years ago. She's earned over $40,000 in the interim and will be doing her work for the second straight time in the Open ranks on Friday at Cal Expo while racing against a familiar rival in Silverlode. "She's got a big heart," Lindsey related. "Let's just say her heart is bigger than her talent at this point. But don't get me wrong, if she ever learned to trot straight, she'd really be something." With James Kennedy at the controls, Kickinitwithkohler recorded back-to-back conditioned scores in February, on both occasions coming from well back to win going away. She is coming off a pair of thirds at the head of the class versus the aforementioned Silverlode and in between those two miles was the runner-up behind Lodi Dorian Blues in a solid March 3 contest. "If they go quick early, you know she's going to be pretty far back," her mentor noted. "But you also know she's going to be coming at the end." Open Trot brings out streaking Silverlode Silverlode, who has rattled off four straight wins at the head of the class with the last pair coming from the demanding No. 10 slot, once again has that assigned post as she heads the cast for Friday night's featured Open Trot. Watch and Wager LLC will present a 12-race program with a first post of 6:15 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. There will also be a California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds to be decided as a non-betting race prior to the regular card. Silverlode is an 8-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling out of the Website mare Charlotte's Web who is owned by Desomer Stables Inc, trained by Vickie Desomer and will have Luke Plano handling the lines. Silverlode comes into this assignment with $155,000 in earnings and a 1:55 1/5 mark that was established over this track last season. She is undefeated this year with Plano handling the lines on each of those occasions. The Desomer colorbearer left into a pocket journey in the January 13 Open and overpowered favored arch-rival Flameon that evening. She has been odds-on in her last three outings without that foe in the line-up and has not disappointed her many backers. Silverlode looped the field to prevail by four and a half-lengths on February 11, then captured the February 24 Open while doing her work from this assigned No. 10 post position in game fashion. She changed tactics last week and made every pole a winning one, putting her versatility on display from the tough slot. Completing the cast are Agrestores Comet with Mooney Svendsen; Fort Valley As, David Siegel; Kickinitwithkohler, James Kennedy; and Lodi Dorian Blues, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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