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Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday (August 11) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,500 Open Handicap Trot - with a field of eight talented square-gaiters going into battle.   The talk of the tote-board was Bordogna, who was looking to extend an eight-race winning streak and was sent off at 4-5 from the outside post.   Mandeville (Nick Roland) fired fast from the gate from post seven, and Bordogna (Rick Magee) fired even faster from post eight - surging to the lead well before the quarter and seating Mandeville into the pocket with a sharp opening stanza of :27.1, while Banker Volo (Tim Maier) also showed early speed to sit third.   Bordogna trotted strong on the lead and was not pressured through the middle stages, posting :56.1 and 1:24.3 for a middle half in :57.2. Mandeville enjoyed the garden seat throughout while Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) came first-over. As they straightened for home Mandeville shook free from the pocket with plenty of trot and was able to surge past Bordogna for a 1-1/4 length tally in a career best winning time of 1:54, which was just one-fifth of a second off of the overall track trotting record. Pridecrest, (the record holder) edged out Banker Volo for the third spot.   Mandeville ($6.40) is an 8 year old gelding by Majestic Son and has now won 27 career races, while bankrolling $244,919. The winning owner/trainer is Gerald Longo.   The Tuesday program also featured the Minnesota-Sired two year old events for both trotters and pacers.   The $9,200 "B" division of the freshman pacers went to Doubleontherocks (Nick Roland, $4.40) who scored a 1-1/4 length victory on career debut with a mile in 1:58.1 over She's A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting) and Twisted Bliss (Brandon Jenson). The winner is a filly by Lettherockbegin, owned by Nikki Hudson and trained by Jessica Johnson.   The $15,000 freshman trot went to The Royal Queen (Rick Magee, $5.60) for her fourth straight win, with a new career mark in 2:01.2 over Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland) and It's So Fluffy (Dean Magee). The winner is a filly by Tom Ridge, owned and trained by Justin Anfinson.   The $13,800 freshman "A" pace went to Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.40) for his second straight win in two career starts. The colt by Twilight Bonfire edged by Mayday Maggie (Mooney Svendsen) late for a 1:56 win, with Mibwest Kid (Dean Magee) home in third. The winner is owned by Janna Lee Rucker and trained by Brady Jenson.   Driver Nick Roland led the program with a Grand Slam of four winners, while Rick Magee, Darrell Wright and Dean Magee each scored driving doubles. Trainers Jessica Johnson and Edward Hernandez each registered a double on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 15 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT).   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

The Sunday afternoon (August 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the three year old Minnesota-sired trotters in three divisions, going for a total purse of $23,000.   The $11,500 "A" division went to post with seven sophomores on the gate and the wagering favorites were Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland, 1-1) followed by SB Madam Secretary (Darrell Wright, 9-5) and Hearduwhispermynam (Rick Magee, 4-1).   The going was sloppy after heavy rains moved in during and after race one.   Hearduwhispermynam and SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) both left alertly from their inside posts and Hearduwhispermynam was able to secure the lead quickly from post two, taking control right near the :30 second quarter mile.   Once on the lead, Magee stepped on the gas pedal and opened up two lengths on the field before the :58.3 half mile check-in. Hearduwhispermynam ($10.40) continued to step lively and open up more ground over the field, passing three-quarters in 1:28 and then coasting home in :30 seconds to stop the timer in 1:58, 4-1/4 lengths on top for his second straight win. SD Eliminator held second over late closing Teachmehowtotory and Passion In Paris (Jacob Cutting).   The winner is a gelded son of Braggart, who now has three wins on the season and eight lifetime tallies and $67,294 in career earnings for owner/breeder Jenni King, who also handles the training.   The $6,900 "B" division went to SB My Boy Gideon (Gerald Longo, $17.60) with a last-to-first rally in the final quarter to score a one length victory in 2:00.4 over the rain-soaked oval. The winning owner is Debra Davis and the winning trainer is Rick Davis. The Justin Anfinson trained entry of Go Margeaux (Mooney Svendsen) and Musclestobragon (Nick Roland) picked up second and third, respectively in a near dead heat for the runner-up spot.   The $4,600 "C" division went to Bekkum's Black Rose (Nick Roland, $7.80) who took control down the backside and drew away from the field by 4 lengths at the wire in 2:00.1, for a new career mark. Al Mar Lovie Dovie (Rick Magee) was second and Al Mar Money Woman (Brandon Jenson) was third. The winning owner is Sarah Bekkum and the winning trainer is Dave Ginter.   Multiple race winners on the card included driver Nick Roland with a book-end double, and trainers Kathie Plested-Wiseman and Rick Bertrand, who each scored a double on the card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, August 11 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature two notable Carryovers: $794.90 for the early 50 cent Pick-4, and $1,079.62 for the 50 cent Hi-5 in race nine.   Darin Gagne

The Saturday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces offered two big pacing feature events: The $10,000 Open Handicap for Horses & Geldings and the Minnesota-Sired sophomores going for $15,000.   The Open event attracted nine talented pacers with Keep On Rocking A (Chris Scicluna) drawing post nine and looking to win four in a row, and was well supported at 5-2 in the wagering. Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) drew the pole position for the first time this season, and garnered luke warm support at 9-2. Whatchyastarinat (Braxten Boyd) surged first from the gate from post five and held a brief lead while Prologue (Tim Maier) also stepped lively from post six to take over and then Keep On Rocking A worked hard to make the lead near the 3/8 mile juncture. The early fractions were :27.1 and :55.4.   After taking the lead, Keep On Rocking A faced pressure from Stuckey Dote who pulled first-up and attacked the leader from near the half. Rounding for home Parklane Jet (Dean Magee) circled up three wide, and took the lead as they straightened for the wire - but Stuckey Dote was not done and battled back gamely to the finish, getting a head in front at the line in 1:52.1 with Whatchyastarinat rallying for third money over Keep On Rocking A.   The gelded seven year-old Voracious Hanover progeny Stuckey Dote ($11.40) now shows thirty-eight career wins and $366,766 in earnings for owner/breeder Merlin Van Otterloo. The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland $3.00) posted another impressive and dominating win for four in a row in the three year-old pace after working hard to make the front from post eight, and then fending off constant pressure from chief rival Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) with a 3/4 length score in 1:53 for his sixth win of the year. Dubberyoo (Mooney Svendsen) turned in a career best effort to get up for second and Bunkerhill Phil was home third.   It's A Marcs World is a gelded son of Marced Card and out of the Life Sign mare Life's Image. He is owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson.   It's A Marcs World and Nick Roland rolled to four wins in a row in 1:53   Driver Nick Roland scored another natural Hat-Trick on Saturday, to lead the program with 3 wins, while Darrell Wright posted a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, August 9 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT).   Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoon (August 4) harness racing program at Running Aces was full of sharp performances and winning favorites, but two such top crowd picks stood out above the rest.   The first was two year old pacer Something To Me, a filly by JK Endofanera who dazzled the crowd with a front-running victory that was nothing short of spectacular.   Favored to win at 6-5 and off of a daudeling opening half mile of 1:00.4, driver Darrel Wright activated his filly into high gear and she took off, throwing down a third panel in :27.4 and final half mile in :55.4 to draw away by 5 lengths over May Day Maggie (Rick Magee) and stop the timer at 1:56.3 for her third career win in five outings and a new lifetime mark in the $6,000 event, a two year old Open.   Something To Me ($4.60) is owned and trained by Tony Huffman.   The other standout performance of the day was turned in by one of the most successful trotters to ever step onto the Minnesota oval, the stallion Banker Volo, at age 11 he is racing at the same meet where many of his first crop of freshman offspring are also starting their racing careers.   In his fifth trip to the gate of 2020, and with driver Nick Roland, he dominated a nice field of conditioned trotters to post a three length tally in 1:57.3 for his fourty-third career win and pushed his career bankroll to $487,317. Jenni King is the conditioner for Banker Volo and the winning owner is Jeralene Roland.   Driver Nick Roland led the program with a natural Hat-Trick and Dean Magee scored a driving double. Trainer Jenni King had two winners on the card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 8, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a Carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $4,657.09.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $6,000 3-year-old Open Handicap Trot with a full field of nine square-gaited sophomores.   The talk of the tote-board was Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland), sent off at 3-5 from the far outside handicapped post, and she left alertly to sweep up and take the early lead. SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright) was the third choice at 5-1and was also away quickly from post eight, parked the first quarter and then surged to the lead near the 3/8 marker.   After taking control, SB Madame Secretary ($13.00) was full of trot throughout and was able to fend off a mild late bid by Teachmehowtotory in the lane, checking in one length ahead in 1:58.3 for her third win of the year and fifth career score. Go Margeaux (Mooney Svendsen) picked up the pieces for third.   The winner is a filly by Tom Ridge, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Driver Rick Magee closed out a very good week with a driving triple on Sunday, while Nick Roland and Jacob Cutting each scored doubles.   Trainer Rick Bertrand led the day with 3 winners and moved into second in the standings with 17 wins on the season.   One lucky bettor was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager, collecting the entire Jackpot of $21,773.68.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, August 4, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature two carryover pools: $744.24 in the 50 cent early Pick-4, and $1,560.67 in the 50 cent Hi-5.     Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace with a very talented field of nine horses and geldings lining up behind the gate to square off for weekly top honors.   Prologue (Tim Maier) was first to strike the front from post six and led through the :28 second opening stanza before Hoo Nien A (Chris Scicluna) swept by just past the quarter mile and took control of affairs.   Once on top, Hoo Nien A served notice that he was boss of the field, posting an honest :28.3 second panel and then throwing down :27 seconds flat in the third to open up by two lengths and keep the field chasing.   Hoo Nien A ($8.20) closed out his dominating performance with a final quarter in :27.3 to seal the deal and stop the timer in 1:51.1 for his second straight win. Prologue crossed the wire a length back in second, but was placed last for a pylon violation - bringing lonshots Elusive Image (Jacob Cutting, 31-1) and Whatchyastarinat (Braxten Boyd, 14-1) onto the board for second and third, respectively.   The feature race win was the second of the season and twenty first career victory for the gelded 8 year-old son of Always A Virgin, who is also owned and trained by Chris Scicluna.   The $10,500 Minnesota-sired sophomore filly pace went to It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.40) delivering as the heavy-favorite for three in a row, and posting a new career mark of 1:53.4 in her twelfth lifetime win for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel Mc Danel.   The Minnesota-sired sophomore male pacers also went for $10,500 with a field of seven facing the gate and heavy-favorite It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.10) posted another sharp win in 1:53 for a career best mile while Bunkerhill Phil (Dean Magee) was a very sharp second once again. The winning owner is Duane Roland and the winning trainer is Jessica Johnson. It was also three in a row for It's A Marcs World.   Dean Magee led the Saturday program with a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, August 2, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a Carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $18,701.66.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoons harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with a very talented field of nine square-gaited rivals and was headlined by four year old stallion Bordogna - who was looking to remain unbeaten in 2020 and looking to extend to an eight race winning streak. He was sent off as the public choice at 8-5 from post nine.   Driver Rick Magee sent Bordogna ($5.20) alertly from the outside and floated toward the front as Mandeville (Nick Roland) battled with Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) for the first leading call. Bordogna quickly settled the issue by seating them both in behind him as he took control just past the :28 second opening quarter.   Magee settled his charge down nicely on the lead and remained well in hand through the middle stages (:56.4 and 1:25.3) and had plenty left in the tank to stave off a late challenge by pocket-sitter Mandeville. Bordogna trotted home in :29.1 to stop the timer at 1:54.4 and score his eighth consecutive win, a streak that goes all the way back to September of 2019. Mandeville was a half a length back in second and Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) was one length further back in third.   The talented son of Trixton is now unbeaten in seven starts in 2020 and has won twenty career races in just thirty-six outings. He has now bankrolled $78,075. The winning owners are Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer, and the winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland, $8.40) was ultra-game in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace to score her second straight win at the top level in 1:53.2 for owner Ferrell York and trainer Tim Maier. Alwaysalittlemore (Darrell Wright) was a sharp second at 41-1 and race-favorite Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) checked in third.   The Tuesday program also featured two-year-old action for both trotters and pacers. May Day Maggie (Rick Magee, $4.80) scored her first pari-mutuel win with a sharp one length tally from post nine in the $13,800 2-year-old "A" pace in 1:58.1, while the $9,200 "B" division went to Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.20) on lifetime debut, also in 1:58.1.   The 2-year-old trotting events went to Rush To The Bank (Darrell Wright, $7.80) in 2:03.4 in the $11,500 colts & geldings split, for two-in-a-row, while The Royal Queen (Rick Magee) extended to three-in-a-row in the $6,000 filly division, scoring a new career mark of 2:02.4 in the early non-wagering contest.   Driver Rick Magee led the program with a Grand Slam of four winners, while Nick Roland registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson completed a triple on the Tuesday card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 1 with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $ 16,897.33.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Sunday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured three divisions of three year old trotters, with a total purse of $23,000.   The $11,500 "A" division had a field of eight lining up behind the gate and the talk of the tote-board was Teachmehowtotory at 1-2 in the wagering from post four with driver Nick Roland in the bike, and fresh off a last out win at the same level.   Trotterlicious (Rick Bertrand) fired fastest off the gate from post two and SB Madame Secretary also left sharply from the outside eight post to set up a front-end battle that lasted from just past the 3/8 marker to the far turn, where SB Madame Secretary finally cleared the lead. They set torrid fractions up front (:28.3, :56.3 and 1:26.3) while Teachmehowtotory benefitted from the intense battle from the garden seat in third, then angled out of the pocket at just the right moment to get rolling as they rounded for home.   Teachmehowtotory ($3.00) was full steam ahead as they straightened away and easily drew away from the competition to score a 3-1/4 length tally in a sharp mile of 1:57 for a new career mark, while Passion In Paris (Jacob Cutting) closed late to pick up the pieces for second just ahead of SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) in a tight place photo.   Teachmehowtotory now has three wins on the season and six career tallies for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Jessica Johnson. The sharp Braggart filly has now bankrolled $57,497 to date. The 1:57 clocking was just one-fifth of a second off of the track record for three year old trotting fillies.   The $6,900 "B" division went to Hearduwhispermynam (Brian Detgen, $3.00) also delivering as the 1-2 favorite as part of the Jenni King owned entry. Hearduwhispermynam took control just past the quarter and was never in doubt with a solid 1-3/4 length tally in 1:57.4 for a new lifetime mark.   The $4,600 "C" division went to Al Mar Why Not (Rick Magee, $3.20) who was also the public choice and scored a convincing gate-to-wire victory by three lengths in 2:00.1 for a new career mark, and first pari-mutuel win. Bryce Jenson is the winning owner and the winning trainer is Brandon Jenson.   Driver Braxten Boyd led the Sunday program with three winners on the day, including a sharp 1:52.2 score with Bestinthebusiness ($3.60) in a nice $6,700 conditioned pace for owner Brett Boyd Racing and trainer Gene Miller.   Driver Nick Roland added two wins on Sunday, while trainer Jessica Johnson also picked up two wins.   A track record $2 exacta payout was registered on Sunday when Queen of Marcs (Darrel Wright, 23-1) combined with Pathologist (Michael Magee, 50-1) in the fifth race of the day to return a whopping $1,892.60 for the biggest exacta return ever at Running Aces.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 28 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a Carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $15,760.48.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Harness racing driver Braxten Boyd entered the record books at Running Aces on the Saturday afternoon (July 25) program, steering seven year old pacing mare Wizzel Sticks to victory at just over 80-1 on the board, to record the second longest win mutuel in track history when they returned a hefty $162.80 for every $2 ticket.   Winless in sixteen outings this year, the public dismissed Wizzel Stix from post seven, seemingly forgetting some of her dramatic wins at Running Aces in seasons past. Braxten Boyd was engaged for his first trip behind the free-legged pacer and would be her fifth different driver in as many starts.   Odds On Maria (Tim Maier) fired fastest from the gate from post eight in the $3,000 conditioned pace, she was a 5-1 prospect. Peekaboo Tattoo (Nick Roland, 9-1) got away sharply and sat the pocket. Getter Queen Flush (Mooney Svendsen, 7-1) pressured the pace first-over from before the half and all the way to the 3/4 mark.   Race favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee, 2-5) got rolling three wide with a sweeping move around the final turn and Braxten Boyd immediately launched wide behind her with Wizzel Stix, and those two mares circled the field and were in lockstep turning for home. Wizzel Stix clearly had just a bit more momentum as they straightened for the wire and while the favorite fought on, Wizzel Stix maintained a slight lead to the line, scoring by half a length in 1:56.4 for her first win of the season.   The stunning upset sparked a $378 exacta, a $4,836 trifecta that paid to all in third, and an extrapolated superfecta of $18,223.80.   The winning owner of Wizzel Stix is Vikki Pfeilsticker and the winning trainer is Rick Bertrand.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) scored his second win in a row while posting a two-length tally in 1:55.1 in the featured $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year-old colts & geldings pace for owner Duane Roland, who had a perfect day at Running Aces with three winners from three starters. Trainer Jessica Johnson also had a perfect day - participating in five races and making five trips to the winner's circle. Driver Nick Roland also shared those same five winners.   It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.20) picked up a new lifetime best win in the $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year-old filly pace in 1:54.4 for three in a row and eleven career wins. The winning owner is John Hendricks and the winning trainer is Joel Mc Danel. The margin of victory for It's Pacific Time was 1-1/4 lengths over Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) and D Vigilante (Brian Detgen) was beaten 12-3/4 lengths in third.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, July 26 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $14,377.78.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

The featured event on the Sunday afternoon (July 19) harness racing program at Running Aces was the "A" division of the Minnesota-sired 3 Year Old Trot with a field of seven squaring off for a purse of $11,500.   SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright) was the slight wagering choice at 7-5 over Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) who was sent off at 8-5. SB Madame Secretary made a break near the start and was well back after that while SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) surged to the early lead from post two and then yielded for the pocket when Nick Roland launched to the lead near the three-eighths marker with Teachmehowtotory who left from post five.   Teachmehowtotory ($5.20) was never in doubt after taking the lead and sealed the victory when she trotted her third quarter in :28.2 leaving her rivals well behind and then stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for a 3-1/4 length score and a new lifetime mark.   SD Eliminator held second while Passion In Paris (Mooney Svendsen) picked up third money.   The winning filly is by Braggart and out of the Rail Splitter mare Rails of Victory, she is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trained by Jessica Johnson.   The $6,900 "B" split went to Go Margeaux (Mooney Svendsen, $15.80) in a career best 2:00.4 mile over Bekkum's Black Rose (Nick Roland) and Al Mar Lovey Dovey (Rick Magee). The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.   The $4,600 "C" division went to Al Mar Spicey Talk (Brady Jenson, $48.00) in 2:03.1 for owner Joshua Horvat and trainer Katie Horvat.   Drivers Nick Roland and Braxten Boyd led the Sunday program with two winners each.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday July 21, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $11,501.82.   Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN - Harness racing driver Nick Roland was on fire at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 14) adding 6 winners to his already impressive win total (now 34) from 116 drives across the first twelve programs of the 2020 meet.   The numbers that Roland currently shows are nothing short of incredible. He is winning races at just shy of a thirty percent pace (29.31%), hitting the trifecta at over sixty-eight percent, carrying a UDRS of .475 and is on pace to re-write the track record for most wins in a single season by a single driver - (his own record) of 112 from 2016. He is also on pace to eclipse his career best mark of 140 wins in a single year (2012).   Horses from his own stable, trained by longtime girlfriend Jessica Johnson, are also posting incredible numbers - Johnson is the current leading trainer with a leading margin of 5 wins (16), winning at nearly thirty-one percent (30.77%), and Johnson currently carries a UTRS of .520 and a top-three percentage of over sixty-nine (69.32%).   Roland won the first two races of the day, each of them $11,500 events for two year old Minnesota-sired horses, kicking off his stellar day with a 2:06.2 score in the first aboard trotter Rush To The Bank ($5.20) for trainer Dan Roland. In the second he piloted Rockin Louie ($3.60) to a sharp win in 2:00.3 for trainer Duane Roland.   After going 4th, 2nd, 3rd and second in the next four events, Roland reeled off four winners in a row starting with Hottieonthehorizon ($3.80) in 1:56 for trainer Jessica Johnson, then Pull The Shade ($8.20) in 1:53.4 in the Mares Open Pace for trainer Tim Maier. Next up was another sharp win - and 4 in a row for Twilight Tinker ($5.20) in 1:58.4 also trained by Jessica Johnson. Roland then steered Brian's Magic Girl ($4.20) from last-to-first in 1:57.1 for trainer John Rogers.   Roland was third the final two races of the day, to complete a summary of 12 starts, 6 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds, while only missing the top three once - a fourth place finish aboard two year old trotter Rockin The Rails (18-1) who made a break due to broken equipment in his race.   As the track's all time leading driver, Roland recently drove his 800th Running Aces winner on June 30 and has a 150 win lead over Rick Magee on the track's all time list. Those two are also the current leaders for 2020.   Bordogna (Rick Magee) remained undefeated in six outings in 2020 after capturing the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with a gutsy effort to hold off a strong late rally by Mandeville (Nick Roland) - just a neck separated those two at the wire in 1:56.1. Bordogna ($5.60) is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer. The 4 year old Trixton stallion has now won seven races in a row going back to last fall, and has bankrolled $73,075 with nineteen wins from 35 starts.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland, $8.20) captured the $9,000 Mares Open Pace by converting the perfect pocket trip into a 1-3/4 length tally in 1:53.4 for her first win of the season. The winning owner is Ferrell York and the winning trainer is Tim Maier.   Rick Magee also had a big day on Tuesday, piloting 3 winners on the card for a driving Hat-Trick. Trainers Justin Anfinson and Jessica Johnson led with two winners each.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, July 18 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a pair of Carryovers - $9,796.21 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,032.05 in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - Keep On Rocking A delivered another big performance at Running Aces on the Sunday afternoon (July 12) harness racing card when he made easy work of an abbreviated field to pick up his third straight victory at the top Open Handicap level since arriving in the upper midwest in mid June as one of the top horses on the roster of Owner/Trainer Chris Scicluna.   The 8 year old Australian import by Rocknroll Hanover dominated this week's top pace with a sharp effort from gate-to-wire in 1:52.4 as he and driver Pat Berry fired to the lead from post five and then registered moderate early fractions of :27.4 and :57.   Berry then proceeded to step on the gas pedal with the leader just past the midway point, keeping everybody in chase mode with a solid final half mile in :55.4 to record a 1-3/4 length tally and eclipse the quarter-million dollar mark ($252,992) in career earnings with his 27th lifetime win. He was the heavy favorite in the wagering, and returned $2.80 for every $2.00 investment.   Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) rode the pocket and held gamely for second while Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) secured the third position throughout.   Also featured on the Sunday program were three divisions of the Minnesota-Sired sophomore trotters, with SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright, $6.00) turning in a career best 1:57.2 mile in the $11,500 'A' division over Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) who was just a half length back at the wire.   The $6,900 'B' division went to Double My Decker (Pat Berry, $2.20) in 2:02.1 for her sixth career win, while SB My Boy Gideon (Gerald Longo, $4.40) was placed as the winner in the $4,600 'C' division after Beautiful Beast (Mooney Svendsen) was disqualified for a lapped on break at the wire. The mile was registered in 1:58.3 while SB My Boy Gideon trotted in 1:58.4.   Driver Pat Berry led the day on Sunday with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Lemoyne ('Mooney') Svendsen registered a triple and both Gerald Longo and Darrel Wright each picked up a driving double.   Trainers Justin Anfinson and Ulf Holm-Johansen were the leaders on the day with two winners apiece.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 14, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $8,169.96.   by Darin Gange, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (July 11) harness racing card at Running Aces featured two fields of sophomore Minnesota-Sired pacers, each going for a purse of $10,500. The colts and geldings division appeared on paper to be a re-match between last year's two year old male champion pacer Bunkerhill Phil (Dean Magee) and relative newcomer to Running Aces Its A Marcs World (Nick Roland) - who spent his freshman campaign on the fair track circuit in Iowa. These two have quickly become top rivals among the male sophomore pacers this season, first meeting up on June 27 in a $13,000 Minnesota-Sired event where It's a Marcs World converted a pocket trip into a 3 length tally (1:57.1) over pace-setter Bunkerhill Phil. They met up again in a $6,000 three year old Open pace on July 3 where Bunkerhil Phil turned the tables on his rival by surging past It's a Marcs World by a neck right at the wire in 1:55.3 to take a career mark. This week the dynamic duo were the headliners in the Minnesota-Sired sophomore colts and geldings pace, with Bunkerhill Phil drawing post five (9-5) and It's a Marcs World starting from gate position seven as the heavy 3-5 favorite. It's a Marcs World served notice immediately that he was at the top of his game today, surging from the outside of the gate to secure an immediate lead over The Dak Attack (Brady Jenson). The early fractions were moderate (:29.1, :59.2) while It's a Marcs World maintained a two length margin over the field. Bunkerhill Phil got away fifth, then launched a first-over move in the middle stages to take over second and drop in behind his chief rival. Heading into the far turn Roland asked for a bit more pace from the leader, and he responded in a big way - throwing down a third panel in :27.2 and sending Bunkerhill Phil and Magee into full-on chase mode. It's a Marcs World ($3.20) kept on firing and kicked home with another sharp :27.3 panel to register a final half in an eye-opening :55 seconds and leave Bunkerhill Phil reeling in second while beaten by 5-1/2 lengths. The final time was 1:54.2 and established a new career mark for the gelded son of Marced Card, owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson. Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) rounded out the top three. The sophomore filly pacing event went to Its Pacific Time (Rick Magee), who impressively wired the field from post eight in a career best 1:56 to deliver as the heavy (1-5) favorite. Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) was clearly second best on the day and Catchmeinadream (Mooney Svendsen) was a clear third. The winner is a daughter of It's That Time out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling, she has now recorded ten career wins in seventeen outings for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel Mc Danel. Driver Nick Roland led the program with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Dean Magee recorded a driving Hat-Trick with three winners. Trainer Jessica Johnson picked up a double on the program. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 12) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 pool of $7,057.79 by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured two $10,000 Open pacing events with nine talented Mares lining up for the distaff open and nine talented male pacers lining up for the horses & geldings open.   In the Mares feature, Last Flight In N (Pat Berry) was bet down to even money favoritism from post six while Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) was also well supported at 2-1 from post nine and both Always Be Lucy (Nick Roland) and Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) were sent off at 7-1 odds.   Always Be Lucy blasted from the gate but faced an immediate challenge from McPansy (Don Harmon) who took the front and registered the first quarter in :27.4 before yielding the lead back to Always Be Lucy.   Last Flight In N launched an attack at the 3/8 mark and swept to the front while clearing before the half in :56 seconds. Last Flight In N remained on the lead past three-quarters in 1:24.3 and kept the front until the head of the lane as there were several rivals swarming in.   Pull The Shade and Always Be Lucy were attacking into the stretch but Amasa Arion tipped widest of all for the drive and was loaded with pace, surging past them all to register a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:53.2 over Always Be Lucy, Pull The Shade and McPansy.   Amasa Arion ($6.20) is a 5 year old daughter of Western Thorn and is owned by Kristy Casagranda and also trained by Rick Magee. The win today was the second in just 3 starts on the year for Amasa Arion, and pushed her career bankroll to $93,449.   The Horses & Geldings Open also had two clear favorites in the wagering as Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) was 6-5 as the top choice from post eight over Indiana invader Rockin Speed (Jared Seekman) who was 2-1 from post nine. Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) garnered luke-warm support as the third choice at 6-1.   When the gate released the field it was Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) who had the most early speed while Rockin Speed left from the far outside and was parked through the :27 opening quarter before making the front near the 3/8 mile juncture.   Royale Big Guy was the next to try for the front and hounded the leader through the middle and late stages (:56.1, 1:23.4).   As they turned for home Royale Big Guy drew on even terms with Rockin Speed but horses were closing from both sides and Heza Real Diamond tipped wide with a strong brush to take a deep stretch lead while Stuckey Dote and Top Notch both closed fast on the inside. Heza Real Diamond paced strong to the wire and checked in a 3/4 length winner over Stuckey Dote, Top Notch and Rockin Speed in 1:51.4.   Heza Real Diamond ($4.60) has now won seven of eleven starts in 2020 and has recorded sixteen career victories, today's score edged the 4 year old gelded son of Allamerican Native over the century mark in lifetime earnings - to $100,150. The winner is owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.   Multiple race winners today included drivers Lemoyne 'Mooney' Svendsen, Dean Magee, and Pat Berry, each with two wins. Gerald Longo picked up two training wins on the Tuesday card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $6,135.44.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Sunday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces hosted a nice field of seven for the $6,700 upper-level conditioned trot which was carded as the feature of the day.    My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was the talk of the tote-board (1-1) while dropping from the $10,000 Open Handicap last out, while Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) was jumping up in class after a sharp win in his last outing, and was also well regarded in the win pool at 8-5.    Track Record holder Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) offered lots of value at 7-2 and was fastest off the gate, leading for 7/8 of a mile while taking heavy pressure from Muscle Ave who was looming first-over from the three-eighths marker on. My Uncle Cuz secured the garden seat throughout and emerged with trot in mid-stretch to convert the perfect trip into a half length victory in 1:55.4 over Pridecrest. It's A Horse (Darrell Wright) closed sharply to pick up third money over a Muscle Ave.    My Uncle Cuz ($4.20) is a 6 year old son of Abc Garland and is owned by Krista Harmon and also trained by Don Harmon. It was the first win of the year for the winner of $316,079.    Twilight Tinker (Nick Roland, $3.00) rolled to a new lifetime mark (1:58.4) on Sunday, while racking up her third impressive win in a row, coming from well out of it early to sweep the field and deliver as the heavy favorite.    Drivers Nick Roland, Mooney Svendsen, Pat Berry and Don Harmon all registered two winners on the day, while trainer Jessica Johnson scored two wins. Ariel Alvarez picked up his first career training win when his pacer ER Michael (Pat Berry) posted a 2-1/4 length score in 1:54.1.    Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $5,130.26.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - Running Aces hosted a special Friday afternoon card of harness racing on July 3, featuring a full field of 9 starters for the $6,000 Open for sophomore pacers.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland) drew post position eight on the gate and was hammered down in the wagering to 3-5 likely based on his recent win in the Minnesota-Sired A pace on June 27 (1:57.1), while Night Delight (Dean Magee) was well supported at 7-2 from post nine and Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) garnered lukewarm support at 5-1 from post three. Bunkerhill Phil came into the race off of two solid second place finishes to start his 2020 campaign, while he earned 10 wins from 13 races last year as the Champion two year old male pacer in Minnesota.   Night Delight fired fastest from the gate from the far outside draw and easily cleared for command, leading the field all the way into the far turn (:27.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4) before facing strong pressure from Bunkerhill Phil who launched a first-over attack just before the half mile.   Bunkerhill Phil cleared the lead turning for home and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrel Wright) advanced from the outside cover position while heavy favorite It's A Marcs World was blocked behind the tiring pace-setter. Once clear - It's A Marcs World angled back into the open stretch and flew to the wire - but ran out of racetrack as Bunkerhill Phil had gotten home a winner by a head in a sharp mile and new career mark of 1:55.3. Nothinbutagoodtime was a game third.   Bunkerhill Phil ($12.00) now has 11 career wins and has banked $78,424, he is a gelded son of Vlos out of the Keystone Raider mare River Bend Raider, owned trained by Gene Miller who is also the breeder.   It was another stellar day at the track for all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland, who won four of eight races on the day and completed two milestones - in race one he registered his 1,700th career driving win and in race two he recorded his 800th Running Aces driving win.   Driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen also reorded a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday July 5, with first post at 1 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $4,096.69.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces          

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