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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by a track record performance in the two year old fillies trot and a return to the winner's circle for one of the top pacing mares at the meet. The program got underway in style when Susie's Sister, a Claudius Augustus filly posted a dominating gate-to-wire win in the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired two year old "Class A" trot in 1:59.4 to equal the track record set by SB Madam Secretary on August 20. Driver Don Harmon sent Susie's Sister quickly off the gate from post five to take the early lead, after an early skirmish with SB Madam Secretary (Darrell Wright) who had to settle for the pocket. Susie's Sister was the heavy favorite and dominated the entire affair and was never in doubt, posting fractions of :30.1, 1:01.1 and 1:30.1 and leaving plenty left in the tank to trot home strong and draw away by 2-1/4 lengths and post the record mile over co record-holder and second favorite SB Madam Secretary. Longshot Go Margeaux was home in third at 88-1 to spice up the ($229.80) trifecta. Susie's Sister ($2.80) now has 8 wins in eleven career trips to the gate, and has bankrolled $34,718. The winning owners are Lynchris, LLC and the winning trainer is Don Harmon. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) also posted a dominating effort in the $14,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, to record her tenth win of the season with a ¾-length score in 1:53.4 over Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) and Dancingonthesand (Steve Wiseman). Juslikeaqueen ($5.60) sprinted from the gate from post six and always looked like the winner despite heavy first-over pressure from PV Miracle Mary (Darrell Wright). Amasa Arion saved ground throughout and was clearly second best, while Dancingonthesand (Steve Wiseman) also saved ground and was a game third. Juslikeaqueen now shows 27 career wins and has just eclipsed the $300,000 mark in career earnings with this week's winning performance. The winning owner is Antonia Storer, and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. The other two year old winners on the program were: Huftalookatdatfany (Dean Magee) in 2:04 in the $5,750 MN 2 YO Fillies "B" Pace, Scarlett Ruby ($6.40, Dean Magee) in the $8,625 MN 2 YO Fillies "A" Pace in 1:59.2, Double My Decker ($3.60, Rick Magee) in the $9,200 MN 2 YO "B" Trot in 2:02.1, and Bunkerhill Phil ($3.00, Don Harmon) in the $8,625 MN 2 YO colts & geldings Pace in 1:56.3. Dean Magee led the Tuesday program with 3 winners, while Rick Magee, Nick Roland, and Don Harmon all picked up driving doubles. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (September 7) with local post time at 6:00 pm, and features two Carryovers: $5,013.70 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $3,054.48 in the 50 cent Hi-5. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2017 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race harness racing card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. My Uncle Cuz, with Don Harmon in the sulky, scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, My Uncle Cuz used a determined stretch rally to find the wire first in 1:54.4 and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. Leaving from post five in the field of ten, My Uncle Cuz left just enough to grab a spot along the rail in third while Todd Warren sent Sebiskit Bluegrass away from the gate firing from post nine. Sebiskit Bluegrass led the field through the first split in :27.4 but his lead would be short-lived as Harmon gave My Uncle Cuz the green light as they straightened away down the backside. My Uncle Cuz grabbed the lead just past the half in :56.2 but was quickly joined on the outside by Jesse V and Peter Wrenn who were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead. Fomor and Dan Shetler were well placed second-over as the field began to tighten around the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. The long taxing mile began to take its toll on Jesse V and just as he began to retreat, Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard found late racing room and came charging. Harmon asked his mount for more and My Uncle Cuz powered to the wire to hold off Double A Goldrush by a length. Swan Forever and Trace Tetrick used a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, My Uncle Cuz returned $3.40 to his backers. "He's a very sensible horse," Harmon noted in the winner's circle. "I had to move when I did because I didn't want to get shuffled. He's actually better off the helmet but he raced great tonight. I was able to get him a breather down the backside and he raced strong all the way to the wire. We're very proud of him." Trained and owned by Krista Harmon, My Uncle Cuz recorded his third victory from six seasonal starts and sixth win from 17 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Abc Garland-Malibu Marley has now amassed $164,618 in lifetime purse earnings. My Uncle Cuz Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, July 7 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

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