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Columbus, MN -Despite heavy participation in the Hi-5 wagering pools on Sunday night (May 19), nobody was able to solve the High-5 with all top 5 numbers correct. Longshot winners in both of the final two races triggered a double- carryover for tonight's card. A robust $8,049.09 will be added to the High-5 pool in Race #7 tonight, a $4,600 condition pace for fillies and mares. Exsqueeze Me (Steve Wiseman) has been installed as the 5/2 morning line choice from post 9, coming off a victory right here at Running Aces on opening night. Post time for the Tuesday opener is 7:00 pm (CT) and approximate post time for Race #7 is 9:15 pm (CT).   Darin Gagne For Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The first Sunday card of the 2019 Harness Racing season featured a $15,000 Open Trot event, with a strong field of contenders. Silverlode was making her Running Aces return after a stellar campaign in northern California at Cal Expo over the winter and spring. Banker Volo was making his Running Aces return and just second start of the year, after a winter campaign in western Pennsylvania at The Meadows. Those two were the talk of the tote-board and rightfully so, as they also dominated the action on the track. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) struck the front first, with a burst right off the wings of the gate to challenge the inside entry Doug's Hobby Horse (Rick Bertrand) and take the lead at the quarter in 29.2, while Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) floated away third from her outside eight post, and advanced to challenge and take over the front near the 3/8 marker. The fractions were tepid for the top class trotters as they hit the half in just 1 minute flat and also completed a middle half of one minute flat (1:30). Silverlode faced mild pressure near the 5/8 when Al Mar Reba Babe was advancing first-over on the outside, but was never in jeopardy. Turning for home Silverlode had taken a clear two-length margin and had full benefit of the soft fractions, kicking home in 29.1 to check in 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Banker Volo, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) picking up the pieces for third. Silverlode ($3.20) is a 10 year old mare by British Sterling and is trained by Kathleen Plested, who co-owns with Medinah Racing. She now has 6 wins in a row and 7 victories in just 10 starts in 2019, and She recently surpassed the quarter-million mark in career earnings and now sport's a tally of $258,072. Four year old pacer Just B Talking ($84.40) became the biggest priced winner of the meet so far in Race seven on the card for Owner-Trainer-Driver Gerald Longo, with an impressive tally on the front end in 1:58.2 to light up the board at more than 41-1, triggering a carryover in the Hi-5 wager. And when 6 year old pacer Buzz Light (Nick Roland) turned in a sharp looking win at 11-1 ($24.20) in the finale in 1:58, that helped to trigger a double-carryover of $8,049.09 for the High Five Wager on Tuesday Night (5/21). Drivers Nick Roland, and Dean Magee both picked up driving doubles on the Sunday program. Post time on Tuesday night (5/21) is 7:00 pm CT.   By Darin Gagne For Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Opening night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings and promised to be a good contest. Stuckey Dote was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite having just turned in a career best winning mile at El Dorado Scioto Downs in 1:50.3. Stuckey Dote got in gear early with a sweeping move into the first turn to establish the lead over Firedrake (Brian Detgen) who got away quickly from post 6, and secured the pocket through a 27.2 opener. Driver Rick Magee settled his charge down nicely on the front and registered a 30 second breather in the second panel. From there they weathered a good challenge from King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) through the final half mile, and the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Firedrake saving ground and closing late to make it close for the place spot. Stuckey Dote paced home strong to register a 3 ¼ length tally over King of The Crop and Firedrake in 1:54.1 for his 30th career win from 90 starts. The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger and winning owner is Merlin Van Oterloo. Longshots dominated the middle part of the Opening-night program, with Brushin Albert (Dean Magee) registering a 16-1 upset in the third contest, paying a $34.20 mutuel. Race four was won by Cenalta Cougar ($44.80) with driver Tim Maier, who would go on to lead the night with 3 wins. The longshot trail continued in Race 5 when Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) scored at just under 10-1 for a $21.60 payout. Stuckey Dote delivered in the featured seventh as the favorite, and Tim Maier completed both halves of the late double while favored in both events (Fox Valley Nemitz, paying $3.80, and Crystal Hotspur paying $5.20) Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, May 19 with first post at 6:00 pm CT.   Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN -Sixteen races have been carded for opening weekend of the 2019 Minnesota Harness Racing season at Running Aces, highlighted by the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday and the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Sunday. The Saturday feature will see the return of top pacers Stuckey Dote and Firedrake as headliners. Stuckey Dote, who recently lowered his lifetime mark with a 1:50.3 score at Scioto, is the 6-5 morning line choice from his assigned 7 post, and veteran Rick Magee will be at the controls for trainer Brett Ballinger. Firedrake, who was the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace winner in 2017, and close runner up last season, starts from post six for trainer Nick Roland and looks for his first win of the year. Brian Detgen has the drive on Firedrake. Sunday's card is headlined by the Open Trot and the return of Silverlode to the Minnesota oval. The now 10 year old trotting mare is fresh off a stellar meet in northern California, where she dominated the Open ranks, including a North American record on February 23, when she trotted a mile and a half in 2:57.2 Steve Wiseman will steer Silverlode, as usual, for wife Kathleen Plested. Silverlode looks to carry on with a five race win streak and has just surpassed the $250,000 mark in career spoils. Silverlode will square off against a good field of trotters, including fellow track record holder Banker Volo (Nick Roland) and former track record holder Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee). Driver Steve Wiseman is back and ready to defend his driving title from the past two seasons, and he's looking for a track record 3 titles in a row. Running Aces all-time leading driver Nick Roland will be back in full force looking to pick up his fourth title, and top veterans Rick Magee, and Dean Magee will be among the leaders, and Minnesota Hall-of-Famer Lemoyne "Mooney Svendsen" is back and fresh off a fantastic season at Cal Expo where he was just nosed out at the finish for the title. Trainer Kathie Plested is also back with a powerhouse stable to defend her leading trainer title, and is looking for her third consecutive Aces' trophy and her fifth consecutive title on the California-Minnesota Circuit. Saturday night will offer local fans some great beer and wine specials, as Running Aces' popular " Keep it Local Night " is back to spotlight local breweries and wineries with free sampling and prize drawings, as well as free Live Music after the races every Saturday. Sunday's are family day at Running Aces, with free trout-pond fishing for kids, coloring contests plus drawings and contests for the adults and so much more. Tuesday's very popular " Dollar Night " promotion is back as well, offering fans tremendous value and a fun and extremely affordable night out. All of our popular exotic wagers from last season are back, with at least two 50 cent pick-3 offerings each night, plus early and late 50 cent pick-4 wagers, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and the extremely popular 50 cent Hi-5 wagers on each of the last two races of the night. The 50 cent late Daily Double is also back and starts in the second to the last race. Live Racing spans 53 nights this summer at Running Aces, Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, September 14. Post times are 6 pm (CT) on weekends and 7 pm (CT) on Tuesdays.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The Stall Allocations for the Running Aces 2019 Live meet have now been posted on the RunAces.com website under the Horsemen Resources tab, and can be accessed here by clicking the following link:   http://runaces.com/sites/default/files/stall_allocation_040619.pdf   Please note that this is the first posting of the 2019 allocations and may be subject to minor adjustments.   Questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of Race Secretary Nancy Byrge or Racing Manager Ben Blum.   Running Aces staff and management is excited to welcome back all of our returning horsemen and to also welcome a few new faces to our racing family as well as we get set to kick off our 12th season of Live Harness Racing.   It's an exciting time at Running Aces as we continue to grow, with construction well underway on our Hotel adjacent to the Casino and Racetrack at the top of the stretch. Construction is also in full swing to reconfigure our track apron area which will have a brand new look and flow for this season, and will see more changes later on in an effort to enhance the guest experience and offer more options and better hospitality.   Our 2019 season will also offer record purses, with the largest purse package in the track's history up for grabs over the 52 night season.   The Stable area and track will open on Saturday, May 4. The 2019 season will kick off on Saturday, May 18, with racing 3 nights per week through September 14.   The first session of Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm, and entries will be due by 10:00 am on Friday May 10. For the early stages of the meet, qualifiers will be offered on both Tuesdays and Saturdays, as in recent years.   There is a change in the training schedule for 2019: The track will be closed on Wednesdays and will be open on Thursdays.   There is also a change to the draw schedule for 2019 as well, with a double draw taking place on Thursdays for the Saturday and Sunday cards, with driver selections/changes due immediately after the draw is published. The draw for Tuesday cards remains on Saturdays. The box closes at 10 am on draw days.   We thank everyone for their interest in participating in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing everyone very soon.     By Darin Gagne' For Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Board of Directors of Minnesota Harness Racing Inc. (MHRI) has elected breeder, owner, and trainer Justin Anfinson to serve as President of the association. Anfinson is a second-generation harness horseman based in Kenyon, Minnesota. He trains Minnesota bred and open pacers and trotters for his family, as well as for owners residing in multiple states throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Anfinson trained 2018 Minnesota Horse of the Year, Burning Blaze, for owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte of Maurice, Iowa and Edward Gutin of Massapequa, NY. The Sandbulte's also bred the juvenile champion. Burning Blaze, a gelding by Wind Me Up out of the Jet Laag mare Cowgirls N Indians, set a track record of 1:54.1 at Running Aces last summer on his way to a 2YO Divisional Championship. He won 7 times and placed twice in 9 starts for earnings of $53,250. Justin, whose uncle, Ron Banks, previously served as MHRI president and who was inducted last year into the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame, and his wife Stephanie have two young children, daughter Morgan and a new-born son, Carter. MHRI also welcomes Director Scott Banitt to the Board. Members elected Banitt, a breeder, owner, and trainer based in Cannon Falls, MN, to serve a three-year term. He replaces longtime director Vern Devine, who has retired. Scott and his wife Becki's stallion Fancy Schmansy, by Jenna's Beach Boy, has sired multiple winners including the Minnesota champions Dream Chasin and I'm On A Terror. Scott is a strong advocate for County Fair racing in Minnesota. Following are the results of the MHRI Board of Directors election. At the Annual Meeting which took place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, members elected three directors who will each serve three-year terms.   1. 93 Votes - Rick Magee 2. 79 Votes - Scott Banitt 3. 57 Votes - Mark Corless 4. 47 Votes - Vikki Pfeilsticker 4. 25 Votes - Robin Becklin   The Board of Directors of MHRI gratefully recognizes and congratulates the candidates who have generously offered their time and efforts on behalf of all Minnesota harness horsemen and women. The Board further wishes to thank the members who participated in the election process. Darin Gagne for Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc.  

Reminder to all horsemen that completed Stall Applications for the 2019 harness racing meet are due in one week. Due date for completed Applications is Friday, March 15, and stall allocations will be posted in early April. The stable area and track will open on Saturday, May 4. The Live Racing meet starts on Saturday, May 18 and runs through Saturday, September 14.   2019 will feature the richest purse package for both overnights and Minnesota restricted races in track history.   You can access the 2019 Stall Applications by clicking this link.   For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Ben Blum (651) 925-4514 or via email at bblum@runaces.com.   Race Secretary Nancy Byrge can be reached via email at nbyrge@runaces.com.   By Darin Gagne For Running Aces Casino Hotel & Racetrack

The Minnesota Harness Racing Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, February 23 at Vanelli's by the Lake in Forest Lake, MN. Among the top honorees in the Awards portion of the evening were Burning Blaze and Goody Two Socks. Trainers Nick Roland and Justin Anfinson each had 3 divisional champions, while breeders Cheryl & Al Sandbulte and Glen Sauder each had two divisional champions to their credit in 2018.   "Burning Blaze (Wind Me Up-Cowgirls N Indians-Jet Laag) dominated the two year old colt pacing division with seven wins and two seconds from nine starts, $53,250 in purse earnings and a track record 1:54.1 mark taken on Night of Champions September 15. Burning Blaze, who was bred by owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte of Iowa, is also owned by Edward Gutin and is trained by Justin Anfinson, received the 2 year old colt Pacer of the year award and was also voted - by a wide margin - as the overall Minnesota Horse of The Year by the banquet attendees.   Also nominated for Horse of The Year honors were Bringoverthemoney, Firedrake, Windmeupnwatchmego, Place At The Beach, Pridecrest, Dream Chasin, and Here Comes Teddy.   Goody Two Socks (Relentless Yankee-Ms Jordi-Magical Mike) was inducted into The Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, honored for his accomplishments both on and off the racetrack.   Goody Two Socks was a gelded Pacer by Relentless Yankee out of the Magical Mike mare Ms Jordi. He won 24 of 111 career races with 20 seconds and 11 thirds and $98,959 in purses. Goody Two Socks was bred by Beth Dale in Minnesota and owned by Seppo Hakaama of Michigan.   Developed by both Greg Budach and Gene Miller, he was then trained throughout most of his racing career by Alexia Kehl. Goody Two Socks was a fan favorite at Running Aces, he always tried his heart out on the racetrack, and he hit the board in half of his career races. Goody also had an amazing power of connection with people, a trait that will live on as part of his legacy in Minnesota. Goody Two Socks passed away early this year, but now lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone he touched, and lives on in the annuls of Minnesota Harness Racing forever.   During the Annual meeting portion of the evening, voting was conducted to fill three M.H.R.I. board member seats that were up for election. Rick Magee was elected to the board by a wide margin of the votes along with Scott Bannitt and President Mark Corless was also re-elected to another term on the board.   Three special Milestone Awards were presented for accomplishments during the 2018 Season. Nick Roland was recognized for his 1,500 wins milestone on July 8 at Running Aces steering Sing N Sandi to her maiden victory, while Rick Magee was honored for his 1,000 career wins milestone on July 15 at Aces driving Bringoverthemoney to victory in the Minnesota Sired 3 YO Trot. Dean Magee was also honored with a milestone award for his Running Aces track record of 7 wins on one program on Tuesday, July 31.   The Divisional horse of year honors for the Running Aces meet were as follows:   2YO Filly Trotters - Twilight Tinker Owner- Cathy Dessert Trainer- Nick Roland Breeder- Glen Sauder   runner up: Lone Pine Shuzy   2YO Colt Trotters - MD Magic Owner- Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Trainer- Nick Roland Breeder-Glen Sauder   runner up: Dewey's Machine   2YO Filly Pacers - Windmeupnwatchmego Owner- Richard Davelaar Trainer- Gordon Graham Breeder- Richard Davelaar   runner up: Trinitysfancyfilly   2YO Colt Pacers - Burning Blaze Owners- Cheryl & Alan Sandbulte and Edward Gutin Trainer- Justin Anfinson Breeders- Cheryl & Al Sandbulte   runner up: Trump Train   3 YO Filly Trotters - Dekker Owners- Benjamin, Eric & Jesse De Long Trainer- Justin Anfinson Breeder- Al Mar Farms   runner up: Mimi Marguerite   3YO Colt Trotters - Bringoverthemoney Owner- Jasmine Horvat Trainer- Brian Detgen Breeder- Katrina Horvat   runner up: SB Fine and Dandy   3YO Filly Pacers - Peekaboo Tattoo Owner- Fabiola Quevedo Trainer- Edwin Quevedo Breeders- Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte   runner up: I'm On A Terror   3YO Colt Pacers - Here Comes Teddy Owner- Aimes Racing Trainer- Justin Anfinson Breeder- Paul Zimmerman   runner up: Ridonkuloso   Aged Mare Trotters - Whatevershesgot Owner- Jenni King Trainer- Jenni King Breeder- Dennis Bontrager   runner up: Al Mar Bon Bon   Aged Male Trotters - Bringthegold Owner- Jane Carter Trainer- Dave Carter Breeder- Dave Carter   runner up: French Eclipse   Aged Mare Pacers - Place At The Beach Owner- Peg Hoffman Trainer- Gerald Longo Breeder- John Hendricks   runner up: Boom Boom Shaboom   Aged Male Pacers - Forgiveusourzins Owners- Carol Polkowske and Barbara & Royal Roland Trainer- Nick Roland Breeders- Barbara & Royal Roland   runner up: Cuz I'm Happy   The 2018 County Fair awards were also presented on Saturday as follows:   Driver of the Year: Brian Detgen with 14 wins and 1,015 points.   Trainer of the Year: Jenni King with 6 wins and 595 points.   Trotter of the Year: Floatinonthebreeze (3f, Money Talks) owned and trained by Jenni King.   Pacer of the Year: Read Me My Rights (3g, Fancy Schmancy) owned and trained by Scott Bannitt.   Once again, we congratulate all of the award winners on a fantastic 2018 season, and we look forward to great things for all in 2019.   The 2019 Racing season in Minnesota starts on Saturday, May 18 at Running Aces.     By Darin Gagne' for Minnesota Harness Racing  

Columbus, MN - Stall Applications are now available on the Running Aces website (RunAces.com) or click in the following link: http://runaces.com/sites/default/files/stall_application_2019.pdf   Completed Applications are due by March 15 and Stall Allocations will be posted on Thursday, April 4.   The Running Aces backside and Stable area will open in Saturday, May 4 for move in and the track will be open for training on May 4 as well.   The 2019 Running Aces live season spans from Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, September 14.   Among the changes for horsemen for 2019 include a change to the training schedule, shifting to a Wednesday dark day for the track (by popular demand) and also of note, horsemen should be advised that overnight races will require a minimum of 7 sperate betting interest entries in order to be carded.   Any questions about Stall Applications and any interested parties may contact Ben Blum via email at BBlum@RunAces.com or (651) 925-4514. You may also contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge via email at NByrge@RunAces.com.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The program is set for the richest night of harness racing in Minnesota history on Saturday (9/15) and Running Aces fans are also excited for the record setting $100,000 Guarantee on the 20 cent Pick-5 wager that will cap off the Night of Champions program.   The Pick-5 race sequence (Races 8 through 12) is packed with full fields and super competitive entires. The Pick 5 starts out with $41,769.84 in carryover money with $100,000 guaranteed and a Mandatory Payout.   Xpressbet, which is a promotional sponsor of the Night of Champions program, is offering 10x points on all Running Aces races to it's ADW customers on Saturday.   Free Trackmaster past performance pages for the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 can be found on the USTA website as well as the Running Aces website at RunAces.com.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Montrell Teague, driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice; Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack; Michelle Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight and Jeremy Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th career win. Teague, driver of Lather Up, will discuss the great Ohio Sire Stakes Champion that will step up once again to face the top three-year-olds. Teague, who drove 2016 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, will discuss his chances and how he feels Lather Up will be able to handle the heats in Delaware, Ohio. Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice, told the USTA's Ken Weingartner on Tuesday "we'll head to the Jug next" week. We will discuss how he feels the colt has been training leading up to the race and how he thinks he will handle the heats next Thursday. Courtly Choice paid a $45,000 supplemental entry fee. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight, will talk about their recent purchase as they get ready for Delaware, Ohio. The Crawford's had another colt, Winston, staked to the Jug, but weren't sure that he was ready to make the lead. So they invested in Wes Delight who has made over $300,000 in 2018. Crawford will talk about their past Jug experiences and what draws them into the excitement of the race. Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th win, will join the program to talk about his milestone victory.  He will talk about his career so far and discuss where his career may be headed going forward. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Running Aces is happy to announce a $100,000 Guaranteed Pool for the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager on the closing night (Sept. 15) program, in cooperation with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program. The carryover pool coming in to the Saturday card for the Pick-5 is $41,769.84. This is the highest Guaranteed pool in track history and adds to the richest program of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. Total purses on the program will exceed $400,000. For The 2018 Night of Champions program, Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor, and the record-setting racing program on Saturday will also feature drawings and giveaways from both Xpressbet and Running Aces. There is also a carryover of $1,355.86 for the 50 cent early Pick-4 wager, and there will be Mandatory Payouts in all pools on Saturday night. In addition to the great Championship Live Racing program, there will be Live Music, and food and drink specials offered as well. Post time for the first betting race will be 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, with the top two pacing mares of the season squaring off one last time in the final week of the 2018 meet. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) charged fastest from the gate from post five to open up the mile in :27 flat, with Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) floating away from the gate with speed as well and sweeping to the lead just before the three-eighths pole. Gold Star Mysti led comfortably from there and posted a half in :55.4 and three-quarter time of 1:24.4 before kicking home with a strong final stanza of :28.2 to maintain a solid 1 ½ length margin at the wire in 1:53.1 over Kiss On The Lips and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman). Gold Star Mysti ($2.80) now has seven wins in thirteen trips to the gate this season, while bankrolling $52,250 for owners Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. Pridecrest is also wrapping up his Aces season in style, rolling to his fourth straight win while capturing the $11,000 featured trot. After floating away in the outside flow from post six, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) watched Windsun Galaxie (Dean Magee) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) engage in early battle for the lead before sweeping by just past the 3/8 marker. Pridercrest was well in hand from there and delivered as the big favorite for his twelfth win in 20 starts this year, with a 2 ½ length score over Ideal Jesse and Let's Be Honest (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:55.3. Pridecrest ($2.10) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover has swelled to $41,769.84 for this coming Saturday night (Sept. 15) and there is also a carryover in the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager of $1,355.86 for the "Night of Champions Program" on Saturday. Total purses will approach $400,000 making it the richest night of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. The evening will also offer fans plenty of chances to win Hats, Tee Shirts, Betting Vouchers and other prizes, as well as a Live Broadcast of the card with NAHUpicks.com and Live Music from Jake Nelson. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Sunday night (Sept. 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot, with seven sophomores lining up for the final prep race before the upcoming Night of Champions on Saturday, September 15. Rock on Ruby (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest off the gate and grabbed early command from her outside post seven, and Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) quickly got rolling from post five to challenge for the lead, and they were battling for the front past the :29.2 quarter. Mimi Marguerite cleared to the front at the 3/8 juncture and trotted comfortably from there, posting a half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.1 with Rock on Ruby stalking in the pocket. As they turned for home Rock on Ruby came after the leader, but Mimi Marguerite remained strong and held sway to the wire for her second straight win, stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for a new lifetime mark. Rock on Ruby was ¾ length back in second and longshot The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) posted a good effort for third. Mimi Marguerite ($2.60) is owned by Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) dominated the $4,250 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old boys trot non-wagering event with a gate-to-wire tally in 1:59.2 for his tenth win in sixteen starts this season. The impressive son of Money Talks is the early favorite for the $35,000 Championship race on Saturday, September 15. Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Tuesday, September 11with first post at 6:00 pm CDT. There are several carryovers for the Tuesday card ... The 50 cent Early Pick-4 carryover is $1,634.86, the 50 cent Early Pick-3 carryover is $1,131.87, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 carryover is $39,285.25 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,703.07. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN.  The featured event on the Saturday night (Sept. 8) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings with a good field of seven squaring off behind the gate. Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) was the race favorite, coming in fresh off a huge first-over mile in this event last week where he just missed by half a length to stablemate Whatchyastarinat in a 1:51.3 mile. Again this week Whatchyastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired right off the gate from post seven to take command after an early battle with Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee), the fractions were solid with a :26.4 quarter, followed by :56.0 and 1:24.1. Bestinthebusiness launched his first-over attack near the 5/8 marker and the two Gene Miller trainees were once again going head to head for the final quarter mile in the top event. Whatchyastarinat was dead-game but Bestinthebusiness and Stuckey Dote were firing on both sides in the final yards and Besinthebusiness would get up to prevail by a neck on the line over Stuckey Dote and Whatchyastarinat was just a half-length back in third in a 1:52.1 mile. Bestinthebusiness ($4.20) is owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller, the feature win tonight was the 46th career tally for the winner of $431,130 lifetime. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace event went to Giggle Monster again tonight, for two wins in a row in this division. Driver Dean Magee fired up Giggle Monster much earlier than usual and they cleared the lead just before the 3/8 pole and faced heavy pressure from Frewil Dakota Sven (Corey Larson) through the middle stages, producing a :56.3 middle half. After turning back that challenge near the top of the lane, Giggle Monster ($3.60) cruised home a winner by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:54.3 for his fourth win in fourteen starts this season. The impressive son of Wind Me Up has now won $73,580 in 23 career races for owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson. Steve Wiseman led the Saturday card with three wins, with Dean Magee picking up a double. Live Racing returns on Sunday (Sept. 9) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $36,161.20.   By Darin Gagne  

Columbus, MN - Running Aces is getting set to close out the 2018 harness racing season with its annual Night of Champions program on Saturday, September 15. For the 2018 Night of Champions program Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor. There will be 11 Championship races with total purses of $395,000 and also offering two $15,000 Open events to cap off the richest program of harness racing in Minnesota history. First post on the betting card is 6:00 pm central, and the program will feature mandatory payouts in all pools, including the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, which is estimated to start out at near $50,000 so long as it carries through to closing night. Running Aces is also happy to announce thatthey are bringing back NAHUpicks.com for a live broadcast of the entire Night of Champions program, with Rod Allums, Jr. and Ray Cotolo joining Track Announcer Darin Gagne on the live set, and Mike Pribozie joining the program remotely. Also appearing is Ken Terpenning from Harness Racing Replays coming out to join the broadcast team and help to provide the best possible coverage of the action with interviews, in-depth analysis and behind the scenes information about some of the Championship contenders. The night will be filled with prize drawings, beat the announcer promo's, and other creative ways for fans to win RA, Xpress Bet, and other harness racing swag prizes including Tee-Shirts, hats and more, and winning Drivers will toss out Tee-Shirts from the winner's circle after each race as well. Guest will also have a chance to win Dining Certificates, Hockey tickets, and Betting Vouchers with amounts from $20 all the way up to grand prizes of $50 and $100. Live music from Jake Nelson will also cap off the night's festivities, along with local vendor Tin Whiskers Brewing Company of Saint Paul, MN on-site with free samples and a chance to win a prize package. House-Smoked Pulled Pork sandwiches will be on special, and the Trout-Air Tavern restaurant will feature a special racing Buffet. There will also be $4 and $5 specials on beer, wine and cocktails from Tin Whiskers and other local vendors available throughout the evening. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

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