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Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 8) card at Running Aces was a fantastic program of action packed harness racing, and was headlined by the Eliminations for the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace, with both of those races producing absolute thrillers.   Each division of the elims went for $15,000, and the top 5 finishers advanced to the Dan Patch Preview (July 15) and The $50,000 Final (July 22).   Trashytonguetalker was the talk of the tote-board in his division, and he did not disappoint his backers, delivering a gutsy and stellar performance from post seven.   Driver Dean Magee fired the 6 year old Art's Chip progeny right off the wings of the gate, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) was away fast from post three for the pocket position, and Bestinthebusiness (Gerald Longo) was on the attack from post six. Bestinthebusiness tried with all his might to sweep past the leader, but the Bobcat would have no part of that, keeping Trashytonguetalker rolling, and delivering his rival a parking ticket.   The early battle resulted in blistering fractions of 26.1 and 53.4 before Bestinthebusiness began to retreat. Stevensville began to take closer order and take aim at the leader as they rounded for home, and passed the 3/4 pole in 1:22, but Trashytonguetalker remained game and would not relent, posting a solid 1/2 length tally and stopping the timer at 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever recorded at Running Aces (Six Gun, Jason Ryan, 2013).   Stevensville was a strong second and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) had saved ground throughout to be a clear third in the record mile. Trashytonguetalker ($3.60) is owned by Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher Schick, and locally trained by Brett ballinger. The remaining qualifiers in the field were Gold Star Mysti (4th) and I'm An Athlete (5th).   The other $15,000 Elimination division went to Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who turned in a dramatic stretch rally to sweep by all of his rivals in the lane for an impressive tally in 1:51.3.   The early pace was dramatic as well, with a 3-wide battle for the early lead as Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged away from the gate from post three, with Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) immediately engaging from the rail position and Bettor's Promise (James Kennedy) joining the frey as they headed for the quarter.   They were still 3-high as they passed the marker in 26.1. Firedrake was able to wiggle his way into the pocket as Bettor's Promise remained parked and pressing on, with Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) chiming in as they rounded for the half, they were still two and three wide in 54.1. Hawk's Red Chief was ultra game and continued to maintain his command down the backstretch and as they continued to assert strong pressure around the final turn.   They passed the 3/4 juncture in 1:22.3 and the 3-wide battle began to sizzle once again, as Nine Ways had thrown his hat into the ring on the outside. Nuclear Dragon was surging past the leader and Firedrake was finding room at the inside, but Nine Ways was fastest of all to the wire, drawing away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 over Nuclear Dragon and Firedrake. Hawk's Red Chief was home 4th and Bettor's Promise secured 5th to advance to the final.   Nine Ways ($33.60) is a 4 year old gelded son of Delmarvalous, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Sunday night, and was another thrilling contest. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) both left sharply from the two outside posts and Silverlode won the early battle, as they passed the quarter in 27.3.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made a sweeping move to the front at the 3/8 pole, and Another Breath immediately launched a first-over attack on the new leader, as they traded blows past the half in :56. Pridecrest maintained the advantage dow the back lane, with Banker Volo tipping second-over as they headed into the final turn and hit the 3/4 mark in 1:25.2.   Rounding for home, the pressure was finally taking its toll on Pridecrest, as Another Breath took a slight advantage, but Banker Volo was trotting strong on the outside and would sweep by for a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:55 over Another Breath, and a fast closing Ideal Jesse (James Yoder).    Tonight's tally was win number four on the season and 35th career tally for Banker Volo ($10.20), who is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King.   Dean Magee turned in a very impressive night, with 5 victories on the card, including a sweep of the Dan Patch eliminations, and Rick Magee picked up a hat-trick of 3 winners as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4126.97 and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,531.61 for Tuesday night (July 10), with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by an impressive performance from Giggle Monster, who swept the field from last to first with a breathtaking stretch rally to score his second win of the season in a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 with a very strong final panel of 27.3 in the $8,800 3 year old Open Pace.   Giggle Monster ($24.60) was a dominant freshman Minnesota pacer last season, with 7 wins and two seconds in 9 starts. The now 3 year old son of Wind Me Up is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte, Driven by Dean Magee and trained by Justin Anfinson.   Tinhorn Creek (Lemoyne Svendsen) picked up top honors in the $9,000 Claiming Handicap pace with an impressive dominating performance from post six, Tinhorn Creek ($6.20) faced an early battle with Barbosa (Nick Roland) but was able to sweep by that rival to establish command just before the quarter mile, and from there he was never in doubt.   Barbosa held second in the impressive 1:52 mile, with Art Genta (Steve Wiseman) checking in third. Tinhorn Creek is owned by Medinah Racing and trained by current leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Drivers Brady Jenson, James Yoder and Dean Magee all completed doubles on the Saturday night card.   The Sunday (July 8) program features 12 races headlined by the Dan Patch FFA eliminations as 14 pacers will battle to advance in the $95,000 Series. There are several carryovers for Sunday as well, early Pick 3 carryover $360.06, early Pick 4 $669.86, and Jackpot Pick 5 $2,779.14. There is a Guaranteed Pool for the Late Pick 4 wager of $7,500.00. First Post is 6:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of seven contenders. The big race favorite Roland N Rock (Luke Plano) would be caught three wide from post seven to take the early lead during the 27.1 opening panel, and continued to lead through a very soft second quarter of 30.1. JDS Brent N Sheree (Dean Magee) launched a first over attack near the midway point, and was able to power past the leader just before the final turn, opening up about a three length cushion before pacing strong in the lane to secure the 13-1 upset in the feature, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) got free late and rallied for second, with Easy Again (Rick Magee) home third. The winner is owned by Truman Gale and trained by Robert Lems. Drivers Rick Magee, Dean Magee, Luke Plano, James Yoder and Steve Wiseman all completed multiple wins on the card. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces through September 16, post times are 7:00 pm CDTTuesdays and 6:00 pm CDT Saturdays and Sundays. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Tuesday night (Aug. 30) program of harness racing at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and in the end it would come down to the two most accomplished mares in the field, separated by just a half-length at the wire in 1:54. Hare To Eternity (Nick Roland) stormed out of the gate from the outside 7 post and set the fractions of 27.1, 56.4 and 1:24.4 before pocket sitter Part Time Lady (Dean Magee) and closer Windsun T Bird (Jim Marino) began their attacks in the stretch drive, and when the dust cleared it would be Part Time Lady checking in first at the wire, over a hard-charging Windsun T Bird, with Hare To Eternity forced to settle for third in the exciting finish. The winner, a daughter of Jereme’s Jet and a Mooney Svendsen trainee now sports 7 wins in 24 starts on the season, and has bankrolled $39,575 this year for Owners Ron and Tammy Wells. The Angels Share ($4.80), a 3 year old filly by Four Starzz Shark paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:55.0 in just her 5th lifetime start, shaving nearly 3 full seconds off of her previous best (1:57.4) taken last time out. Driver Jim Marino eased her away fifth from post 5 before sending her in motion just before the quarter pole, and she cleared easily just past the 3/8 marker, and was never in doubt from there, charging home confidently in 28.3 to secure a 3¾ length tally in the $5,500 conditioned event for Trainer Sean Lancaster and owner Dr. James Findlay. Look Again Eda ($4.60) posted another ultra-impressive win this night with a new lifetime mark in a thrilling stretch battle with Dakota Jack (Mooney Svendsen), she held off that rival with a neck in front at the wire in 1:54.4 with Rick Magee in the bike for Trainer David Flinn and Owner Ira Bontreger. Tonight’s win, in a $5,500 conditioned pace, was the 6th win in 10 lifetime starts for the 3 year old filly who was un-raced at two. Majestic Lady Jo (Jim Marino) did not disappoint as the even-money favorite ($4.00) in a $3,600 conditioned trotting event tonight, with a dominating gate-to-wire romp by 4¼ lengths in 1:58.3 for Owner Amy Grunwald and Trainer Rick Bertrand. It was the 7th win of the season for the 5 year old mare by Abra, who set a new track record here back in July (1:56.0) and has bankrolled $27,210 this season. Driver Luke Plano picked up a Hat-Trick on the card, with Rick Magee and Gerald Longo both scoring doubles. The .50 cent Hi-5 wager in race 10, (which had gone unsolved in Sunday’s final race, and again in tonight’s 9th race produced a new record payout of $11,184.45 on the 8-4-5-3-2 combination, with the longest shot (16-1) on top. The next card of Live Harness Racing at running Aces goes to post at 7:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, August 31. The Night of Champions (and closing night) is this coming Saturday, September 3rd. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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

The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Saturday night Harness Racing Card at Running Aces, and the very sharp 6 year old gelding Flameon (by Angus Hall) picked up his eighth win of the year in just his 13th start, by posting a dominant performance in the contest. It was a 3-wide early battle for the lead, and Flameon with driver Dean Magee charged through the middle of two rivals to take command of the field just before the 28.0 quarter mile, he then benefitted from a 30.0 second stanza and led through the rest of the fractions of 58.0 and 1:26.4 before trotting home in 29.1 to secure the win over a hard charging pocket-sitter Big Expense (Mooney Svendsen) and longshot Where’s The Clicker (Brian Detgen) was third in the 1:56 mile. Flameon is owned and Trained by Mark Anderson, and now sports a 2016 bankroll of $39,310. He paid $10.60 at the windows. In the $6,000 Minnesota-Sired B Pace for $6,000 Cyrax (by Intrepid Seelster) with Brian Detgen in the sulky posted another impressive win, lowering his lifetime mark to 1:54.3 this evening with a 2¾ length tally, his sixth lifetime win in 8 lifetime starts for Owner James Springer and Trainer Robert Lems, he paid $2.60 as the heavy race favorite. The $9,000 class A split went to Stuckey Dote (by Voracious Hanover) with driver Jim Marino for two in a row, he also lowered his lifetime best tonight with his two length score in 1:55. It was the 9th lifetime win in 13 career starts for Stuckey Dote, who is Owned and Trained by Merlin Van Oterloo. In a $6,000 conditioned Trot, the 3 year old filly My Little Susie (by Claudius Augustus) posted her 14th lifetime win, and 11th of the season with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman in the bike, by just holding off last year’s 3 year old Minnesota Champion Filly Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) in a 1:57 lifetime best mile, she paid $3.60 and is owned by A Piece of The Action, LLC. Driver Nick Roland posted a Hat-Trick on the card, while Luke Plano and Dean Magee both had driving doubles this evening. The next card of Live Harness Racing will go to post on Sunday, July 24th with a post time of 6:00 PM CDT. Running Aces will be adding Wednesday Live Racing starting this coming Wednesday, July  27th. 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 

The $11,000 Open Pace for horses & geldings is the regular Sunday night feature at Running Aces, and this week’s edition was another great contest, with a huge mile posted by the gate-to wire winner, HoldingAllTheCards ($9.40) with Dean Magee in the sulky, despite a sharp move up in class, this horse showed his back class tonight in a commanding harness racing victory in 1:52.0. Dean Magee sent him right to the lead and he was never in doubt, posting fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:23.4 before pacing home confidently in 28.1 to register a length-and-a-half tally. It was the 3rd win in a row for this very nice gelding by Cam’s Card Shark out of the Jate Lobell mare Ivory Tower. He is owned by William and Richard Mc Intyre and trained by David Ginter. Tonight’s victory was his 32nd lifetime win and pushed his career earnings to $343,817. Last weeks open winner Buddy’s Hope (Luke Plano) was second in the mile, with Dry Ice (Steve Wiseman) checking in third. The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired Trotting event went to The Winnin Dollar once again, as he remained perfect in his 5 starts this year, narrowly holding off a furious late charge by Margin’s Echo (Rick Magee) in a 2:00.2 mile, with longshot Ragnar Rocks (Luke Plano) checking in third. Nick Roland sent The Winnin Dollar right to the lead from the outside post and lead throughout the mile, posting soft fractions of 30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1 before trotting home in 29.1 and just keeping his nose up at the wire. He paid $2.60 as the heavy favorite, and is now 5-for-5 this season, with earnings of $22,250 for owner Jesse De Long and Trainer Justin Anfinson. Steve Wiseman had another big night, posting a Hat-trick on the card, most notably winning with his trainee Kukalaka in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1 paying $19.00, I interviewed Steve on the Post Time With Mike and Mike show on this past Thursday night, and asked him if there was any horse or horses in his barn that we should be watching out for in the near future, he quickly responded “Kukalaka’ and said that he was very sharp right now, and was ready for a big win. Just 3 days later, Kukalaka delivered on his trainer’s promise and posted a huge win tonight, and a handsome payoff for close listeners of the Post Time show. Nick Roland, Jim Marino and Dean Magee all posted driving doubles on the Sunday night card as well. The next card of live Harness Racing goes to post on Tuesday night, July 12, at 7:00 pm CDT.  Running Aces will be adding Live Racing on Wednesdays, starting on July 27th, with a 7:00 post. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the Summit Pace and the Summit Trot . A very large and enthusiastic crowd attended the kickoff to our Summit Father's Day Weekend. The featured seventh Race Summit Pace went to Make Three Wishes ($13.40), a 5 year old mare by Brandon's Cowboy, Owned by Paul Sanders and Trained by Justin Currie, with Nick Roland steering her to victory in 1:53.4. The Summit Trot in race 6 went to favorite Where's The Clicker ($4.80) with Dean Magee aboard, for Trainer Tim Roach and Owner Kyle Larner, in 1:56.3 it was the 4th win this year for the son of Angus Hall. There were 2 divisions of the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action on Saturday, divided into two groups, A and B, and it was Freedom Reigns (Tim Maier) who will most certainly graduate to group A next time out, after posting his 3rd consecutive sharp winning mile in the $6,000 B group, another life's mark of 1:54.4 tonight. The gelding by Up Front Brad is owned by Janice Molgaard and Nancy Jenson, and trained by Brady Jenson, he paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $9,000 A group went to the filly Cruzin Coco, (by Voracious Hanover) who posted her 4th win 5 starts this year, and a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 with Steve Wiseman aboard tonight. The razor-sharp filly is owned by Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan, and trained by Joel McDanel. The 3 fillies in the field took not only 1st, but also 3rd (Dag In My Stockings) and 4th (Fancy Little Girl) against the 4 geldings tonight. The .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager was hit tonight, with one lucky patron correctly selecting the sequence of 7-3-4-1-4-4 in races 4 through 9, to take down the entire jackpot of $13,520.15 The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 19 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 11 race card. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS,MN- The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday featured a compact but talented field of harness racing pacers, and figured to be a showdown between Roland N Rock - fresh in from Cleveland's Battle of Lake Erie, and last weeks winner SF Donttellonme, who won easily in a lifetime best 1:53.3 on opening weekend. Driver Joe Casagranda fired SF Donttellonme to the front and threw up fast fractions of 26.4, 56.0, and 124.4, and fended off a furious charge from Rola N Rock (Nick Roland) just past the ¾ pole, and again as they straightened away for home, with Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee) joining the charge late, But nobody got past SF Donttellonme, who held sway by a head in 1:52.2 with a sharp 27.3 final stanza. SF Donttellonme is owned, trained and driven by Casagranda, who hails from Michigan. The Ultra-sharp gelding now sports 5 wins in 7 starts this year, and $27,934. He paid $5.00 to win as the second choice, Bettor in The Bank took 2nd and Roland N Rock, the race favorite was just a neck back in 3rd . The 1:52.2 time was a new life's mark, besting the 1:53.3 previous mark he took last week. The 3 year old Minnesota-Sired Filly Trot went to Abbymara by Abra (Nick Roland) in 2:01.3, paying $9.20. The filly is owned by Andrew Anfinson and trained by Justin Anfinson, both of Minnesota. The 3 year old Minnesota-Sired gelding Trot went to Margins Echo ( by Abra ) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee for Owner Makaela DelGiudice of Minnesota. He trotted in 2:02.4 under-wraps and is now perfect in his two seasonal outings. Nick Roland scored a hat-trick on the Sunday card, with Rick Magee and Gerald Longo both picking up driving doubles. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, May 31 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $1,510.71 By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

COLUMBUS,MN- The Saturday night opener was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and Flameon was looking for his 6TH straight win, and was sent off as the overwhelming  1-5 choice. The ultra-sharp 6 year old gelding left sharply from the outside post 5, and never looked back, strolling through fractions of 28.3, 58.4, and 128.3 before widening his lead in the stretch with a 29.2 final panel, posting a 1:58 final time over the sloppy track. He paid $2.40 on the win ticket. He is owned and trained by Mark Anderson, of California, and driven by Dean Magee. Cruzin Coco ( by Voracious Hanover ) scored her second straight Aces win, taking the $7,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired Filly Pace in race 2, posting a 2-length score in 1:58.2 with Rick Magee aboard, paying $4.20 Bunkerhill Bill ( G.Longo ) captured his 2ND straight local win in the $9,000 upper-level conditioned pace in 1:54.4 in race 3 for Owner/Trainer Gene Miller of Michigan, paying $6.00 to his backers. Swagasaurus Rex ( by Voracious Hanover ) was very sharp in capturing the $7,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired colt pace in race 4, sitting the pocket early, driver Rick Magee waited until just past the ¾ pole to make his move, and Swagasaurus Rex responded gamely, pacing away from his rivals to score by 3 lengths in 1:57.4, paying $5.80 for the win, and completing a double on the card for Rick Magee. Defending Champion driver Nick Roland swept the final 4 races on the Saturday card, starting in race 7 with Gotta Dream Big ( $17.80 ) for Trainer Sean Lancaster and owner Al Bird, of British Columbia posting a lifetime mark of 1:54.3 despite a sloppy track, then in race 8 he steered Holla at Ur Boy ( $14.80 ) to victory for Lloyd & Judith Schneiderman of South Dakota in 1:58.0. He completed the hat-trick with his own charge trotter Lo Rail Crossing in race 9 ( $8.40 ) for owner Lorenza Gooch of Texas, in 1:59.4, and topped off the Four-Bagger with another from his own barn in race 10, Headsup Yankee in 1:55.3 ( $3.20 ) for the Set the Pace LLC group of Minnesota. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, May 29 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $1,121.93. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

A nice crowd was on hand for the Preakness Stakes simulcast on Saturday, and they were treated to some fantastic live harness racing to compliment the triple crown action. Flameon kicked off the harness action in race 1 , trotting to a big win in 1:56.2 with Dean Magee aboard for Mark Anderson. It was a big night for Rick Magee, who posted a driving triple on the 8 race card, and delivered with his mare Trot Fudge Sundae ( 1:58.2 ) in race 4 for his owner James Bafia of Illinois. Mr Jackpot made his 2016 debut in race 5 for 3 year old Trotters with big expectations, and he did take control of the race at the 3/8 pole but was out-trotted after the three-quarters by the sharp mare Margins Echo, another Rick Magee charge for owner Mikaela Delgiudice of Minn. And Whatevershesgot rallied past for 2nd in the 2:01.2 mile.  The final race of the night looked on paper to be a face-off between Track record holder Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) from the rail, and seasoned gelding Stonebridge Lyric (Nick Roland) from post 8, who opened the Running Aces season with a 1:53 romp on Tuesday night, and Stonebridge Lyric powered away from post 8 to beat Rickybrnthegaragdwn to the lead, and he never looked back from there in a 1:53.4 score. Cantholdmebackmack ( G.Longo ) made a late charge to nose out Restless Yankee ( J.Marino) for 2nd, while Linkjack Hanover ( R.Magee ) made a move at the leader at the top of the lane but was out-kicked home tonight, taking fourth. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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

Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds shared top billing on the Sunday night card at Balmoral Park as a pair of Super Night Stake Consolation's headlined the 10-race harness racing card.   Trotters kicked off the action with a field of seven diagonally gaited sophomores squaring off in the $20,000 Su Mac Lad Consolation. This test turned into a stroll in the park for Ron Marino and David Hermann's Nino Marino as he stormed right to the front and never looked back in a three-length victory. The final time was 1:56.1.   Confidently handled by driver Dean Magee, the gelded son of Pizzazzed--Charger's Affair gunned to the top from post six and proceeded to put up splits of 28.2, 57.2 & 1:26.1 while opening up a 5 ½ length advantage at the top of the stretch.   On cruise control the rest of the way the Randy Tuftie trainee was threatened as he reported home with his second win in 16 starts this season. Saint Simeon (Rick Schrock) rallied late to finish second while Photo Surprise (Todd Warren) was third.   The $21,900 Grandma Ann Stake Consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies also produced a wire to wire winner as Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly bested six rivals by a half-length in 1:54.0 for driver Dave Magee.   Using an inside draw to perfection Magee put the daughter of Lexington Legend--Waggle right on the front where she proceeded to step through splits of 28.0, 57.4 & 1:26.1.   After opening up a three-length advantage by the mid-stretch call the Nelson Willis trainee then held on gamely as a late rushing Fox Valley Shiver (Todd Warren) came charging late to get the place money. Kiwi Party (John De Long) finished third.   The win was the third in 15 starts this season for Molly Go Lightly who now boasts career earnings of just over $98,000. Tom Kelley

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