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Columbus, MN - Trainer Gene Miller had about as good a day as you possibly can at Running Aces on Saturday (August 15), sweeping both Harness Racing features and picking up three wins from all three races that he participated in.   At 76 years young, Miller is still going strong and running a successful racing stable, and he is no stranger to winning, that is an understatement - from 4110 career training starts he has posted 744 wins, and has hit the board 1,987 times for an impressive top three percentage of 48.35.   Today's success story started for Miller in one of the featured events, the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired Sophomore pace, sending out Bunkerhill Phil, a horse he owns and bred. The gelded son of Vlos dominated last season as the two year old state champion, but has had a tough opponent this season in It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland) who, coming into today's contest, had won five out of six matchups with Bunkerhill Phil.   Driver Braxten Boyd was aggressive off the gate with Bunkerhill Phil and served immediate notice that they wanted, and would get the front end from post three. There were plenty of other leavers today as Dubberyoo (Mooney Svendsen), Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) and Get My Good Side (Rick Magee) all left quickly and with all of those leavers, It's A Marcs World did not fire off of the gate as usual. The opening quarter was up in :27 flat.   Boyd took full advantage of the front end with a :30.4 breather in the second panel before stepping on the gas for the third stanza (:28.4) with Dubberyoo applying mild pressure from first-over and It's A Marcs World having to maneuver around poor cover as they turned for home.   Bunkerhill Phil ($19.60) had pace in reserve off of a perfect drive that kept his biggest rival just out of reach, as It's A Marcs World came wide off of the turn and then ducked inside with a ton of late pace but could not get to Bunkerhill Phil who prevailed by a head in a career best 1:54.2 mile. Nothinbutagoodtime was home third.   Miller again teamed up with Braxten Boyd as they sent out Trump Train, in search of his first win of the season in a $3,800 claiming/condition pace. After getting away third from post four, Boyd activated Trump Train first over before the half and wore down the leaders as they headed into the final turn, taking control and holding off a late rally from Too Much Too Quick (Brady Jenson) in 1:57. Trump Train ($4.00) is owned by Wolfswinkel Pacers.   The $10,000 Horses & Geldings Open Handicap Pace was up next for Miller and he sent out another starter for Wolfswinkel Pacers in the 8 year old Up Front Brad gelding Whatchyastarinat with Mooney Svendsen in the bike.   Race favorite Hoo Nien A (Chris Scicluna) made all the fractions on the front while Svendsen settled away fourth from post three, saving ground throughout the mile and finding room in the passing lane late to sweep by a stacked up field on the wire and grab the victory in 1:53 for his second win of the year and a seasonal mark. It was the twenty-sixth career win for Whatchyastarinat ($42.80) who has now earned $220,469.   Miller with his three training wins, Wolfswinkel Pacers with two wins and Boyd with his driving double were the only multiple race winners on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, August 16 with first post at 1:00 pm and will feature a Carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $2,727.60.   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  

The $12,000 Open Handicap Pacing event for horses & geldings headlined the harness racing card on Sunday at Running Aces, with a full field of nine tough contenders squaring off for a good battle.   At the word "go" it was Lodi Machette Man with Dean Magee in the bike leaving fastest of all and taking the early command, posting 27.4 and 56.4 for the opening half mile, before facing a strong challenge from eventual winner BestintheBusiness ($9.00) with James Yoder in the sulky.   BestintheBusiness surged from third to the front, clearing at the entry to the far turn, leaving Ragin's Flight (Steve Wiseman) uncovered and attacking first-over at the 1:24.3 check-in, with Firedrake (Nick Roland) advancing second-over from the back of the pack, and SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) improving as well, from third-over in the flow.   Once the talented field straightened away, BestintheBusiness began to dig in, pacing away sharply to post a two length score, with a 27.4 final kick and a time of 1:52.2 over SF Donttellonme and Firedrake who were right together.   BestintheBusiness is a 9 year old Michigan-bred gelding by Another Mile, he is owned by his breeder Brett Boyd Racing, and trained by Gene Miller. The impressive pacer has now won 39 lifetime races, with 97 top-3 finishes in 138 starts, and $376,920 in the bank.   Also featured on Sunday was the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, and the filly It's Stormin Money would deliver as the race favorite ($5.20) with leading driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky for trainer Brady Jenson and owner Bryce Jenson. The mile tonight in 2:01 was a new lifetime mark, and fourth lifetime victory for the daughter of Money Talks, who looked sensational on the track tonight and posted her second win in the last 3 starts by 5 3/4 lengths.   Al Mar Foxyeclipse (Dean Magee) was home in second, with Al Mar Money Glide picking up third.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted an impressive sweep of the final four races on Sunday night to complete his first Grand Slam at Running Aces. The talented 23 year old has proven himself to be an up-and-coming young driver with great potential, he has had 13 nights of multiple driving wins here this season, and the four wins this evening have now advanced him from fifth to fourth on the leading drivers list in his first season here at Running Aces.   Steve Wiseman picked up a driving double on the program as well.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces with two more nights of Racing to conclude the 2017 season: Tuesday, September 12, post time 7:00 pm CDT, and Saturday, September 16, post time 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $9,600 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and Swinging Again ($9.00) posted another impressive victory for two in a row and 4 seasonal wins after her 1 length tally in 1:55.2 tonight. This sharp filly is by Voracious Hanover and is trained by Gene Miller for owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and she has been handled by Driver James Yoder on a regular basis, tonight Swinging Again was parked the entire mile from post 7, but had plenty of pace in the homestretch to power past the favored gelding pacer Wonder Bull (Nick Roland) who was forced to settle for second once again.   Santanna Sam ($48.60) and Driver William Hernandez posted a razor sharp gate-to-wire score as the longest shots on the board for the second consecutive start tonight, in a $5,400 conditioned pace. Sanatanna Sam was never in doubt tonight from post one and collected his 3rd win of the season in 1:56.1 with ease despite being dismissed by the wagering public. The 4 year old gelding by Santanna Blue Chip is also trained by Hernandez for owner Maria Alvarez.   Al Mar Reba Babe ($5.20) picked up top honors in the featured Trot on the card, a $6,400 conditioned event. Winning driver Gerald Longo settled his 5 year old mare by Sos Lunar Eclipse away in 4th from post 6 and waited patiently, saving ground all the way around the track and storming through the passing lane to get the money at the wire by 3/4 of a length in 1:59 for her second win of the season. She is owned and trained by Richard Davis.   The .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 went unsolved on Saturday, and now sports a carryover of $10,335.23 for the Sunday (July 16) card, with a first post of 6 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer          

COLUMBUS, MN. - Minnesota-sired horses finished one-two in the weekly $8000 Open I pace at Running Aces on Saturday night, only to be outdone by their Gopher State brethern who swept the top three payoff positions in the $7000 harness racing Open II pace.   It's Getting Hairy (driver Gerry Longo), the longest shot in the race, captured the Open I in 1:53.1 for the owner Wolfswinkel Pacers Inc. and trainer Gene Miller. Both the winner and runnerup Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) are six-year-old sons of Relentless Yankee and were standouts earlier in their careers in the Minnesota-sired juvenile program. Winonefordoug (Tim Maier) raced gamely to finish third in the six-horse field.   It's Getting Hairy, who surpassed the $100,000 earnings plateau with the victory, paid $31.60 to win and keyed $82.60 exacta and $382.40 trifecta returns.   A couple races earlier Longo guided his own Chewy Baca to a nose 1:54 triumph over fellow Minn-breds Goody Two Socks (Maier) and Restless Yankee (Dean Magee) in the Open II. All three of the top finishers that produced a very tight photo finish to determine the winner are also sons of Relentless Yankee. Chewy Baca won for the 29th time in his career and increased his career bounty to $132,181 as the betting favorite. He paid $4.60 and topped $11.40 and $33.80 exacta and trifecta ticket payoffs.   Longo also won an earlier $5000 conditioned race with Peg Hoffman's Flukie Flight to give the 70-year-old reinsman a driving triple for the second straight program at Running Aces.   After seven nights of the 53-night 2015 meet, the elder statesman of the local driving colony is leading the dash standings with a dozen victories.   He is followed by Nick Roland with 11 wins, Steve Wiseman with 10, and Luke Plano--who also fashioned his second straight driving triple--with 9.   Plano's scores came behind Kablooie (1:54.1), Real Attitude (1:53.4) and Mattox's Spencer (1:52.3)   Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) upset a field of state-bred three-year-old fillies in a $5500 event. Heavily-favored Queen Of Denial (Roland) crossed the line second but was placed third for interference, while Dancin Debby (Mooney Svendsen) was elevated to the place position. Mark King owns and trains the winner who lowered her record to 1:55.4.   In the tandem $5500 split for sophomore male Minn-breds, Gotalilcaptaininme (Steve Wiseman) topped Imgoodatwhatido (Travis Bowman) and Willystay-R-Willgo in 1:56.3 for owner Jessica Johnson.   Racing resumes Sunday at 6 p.m. (CST) with an 11-race program.   Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - The curtain fell on the 2014 season at Running Aces Harness Park on Saturday night, but not before eleven Minnesota State Champions were crowned. Leading driver and trainer awards were also presented before the capacity crowd on closing night.   Jason Ryan, a 26-year-old Prince Edward Island native, captured his first Minnesota driving title in just his second summer at Running Aces. The talented reinsman, headed to New York in the coming days, won the dash title with 90 wins during the 53-night meet to outdistance reigning champion Nick Roland, who finished second with 81 victories.   Tim Maier garnered his second straight training title at Running Aces, defending his 2013 championship with 35 winners. Five trainers still had an opportunity to win the hotly-contested title going into the final two nights. Steve Wiseman and Nick Roland deadlocked for second with 33 triumphs from their respective stables, while Dave Flinn and Jesse DeLong notched 32 winner's circle trips each.   Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) won the $20,000 Minnesota State Championship for two-year-old trotting fillies, despite a break in stride behind the gate. It was the fifth win in a dozen freshman starts for the tiny filly, owned by Dale Hein and Royal and Barbara Roland, who beat Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerry Longo) and Sweet Nola Kate (Brett Ballinger).   Moonshinenmonkeys (Rick Magee) upset stablemate Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Dancin Debby (Jason Ryan) to earn the lion's share of the $20,000 two-year-old filly pace division. Mark King bred, broke and owns the champion filly who more than doubled her rookie season earnings with her second career win in 1:57.   Go See Lo Go (Nick Roland) continued his domination of the two-year-old trotting colts ranks with an easy 2:02.1 front-end score over Al Mar Skip Bo (Rick Magee) and Lunar Trouble (Dave Flinn). It was the ninth win in twelve starts and eighth in a row for the pride of the Lorenzo Gooch stable.   Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) was tons the best in the freshman pacing event, sailing to a 1:56 victory over Gooch's Hot Rod (Gerry Longo) and Holla At Ur Boy (Rick Magee). Now seven out of eight, all at Running Aces, the winner's share of the $20,000 purse pushed Toatsmygoats earnings to $47,000 for the Van Otterloo Stable.   Al Mar Pizzazz (Tim Maier) produced the only serious longshot win on the evening, shocking the three-year-old filly trotters at odds of 17-1. Trainer Ulf Holm-Johansen and partner Vern Devine was ecstatic with the 1:59.1 score, her fifth of the season but first against the best sophomore distaff trotters in the state. She's A Foxie Lady (John DeLong) was second with another longshot, Country Cheerio (Jason Ryan) getting up for third.   Delco Voracious (John DeLong) duplicated her 2013 Minnesota State Championship with a 1:54.3 clocking to capture the 2014 title. It was the tenth win in just 17 starts for Jesse DeLong's top filly who now has over $75,000 in earnings as she topped slightly-favored Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) by a nose with Dakota Law (Nick Roland) awarded the show dough.   Driver John DeLong was back in the winner's circle with his brother Ben's three-year-old trotting colt, Chewy Dunkerton, in the very next race. With 14 wins over two years of racing at Running Aces, the colt is rapidly approaching $100,000 in earnings. His 2:00.1 final time was just over a length better than T-U-R-B (Nick Roland) and Lo Rail Crossing (Gerry Longo).   Favored Bunkerhill Bill (Gerry Longo) did not disappoint in the $20,000 final for sophomore pacing colts. Gene Miller's homebred won for the third time in his most recent four starts, topping V Mack (Kim Pluta) and Black Hammer (Tim Maier) in 1:54.3.   Out of the former claiming mare River Bend Raider, who toiled at Running Aces for several years before heading to the breeding shed, Bunkerhill Bill has earned $45,285 thus far in his first season of racing. The final three races on the closing program were $10,000 events for aged Minnesota-sired horses.   Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) bested the pacing mares with a 1:54.4 success over stablemate Cheese Plumper (Tim Maier) and Place At The Beach (Kim Pluta). The Van Otterloo Stable owns the first two finishers and trainer Dave Flinn conditions all three of the top finishers.   Skeet Thunder (Kim Pluta) proved best in the division for older trotters, beating RA's Shakinthtbacon (Rick Magee) and No Recess (Brandon Jenson) in 1:59.3. Andrew Anfinson owns the winner.   The final race of the season went to Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland), who has enjoyed a very good season with a dozen top three finishes in 15 starts against top condition and open horses. Owned by the Trot-Away Stables, the five-year-old gelding paced away from I'm Blue Too (John DeLong) and Peanuts (Lemoyne Svendsen) to bring down the curtain on the 2014 Running Aces season.   From the Running Aces press box  

COLUMBUS, MN. - After eleven weekly Open Trots at Running Aces Harness Park, a seventh separate individual winner captured Wednesday night's $8000 edition when Wilamar Valley (Tim Maier) held off Trot Fudge Sundae (Rick Magee) and Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) in 1:56.1.   It was the 20th win in just 33 lifetime starts for the lightly raced eight-year-old gelding who spent the bulk of his early career dominating the Wisconsin fair circuit. The son of Valley Victor was bred and is still owned by Jeanne Marquis and is trained in Minnesota by Cheryl Whitsell.   Sharpshootennorris has copped five of the weekly featured trots while Franky Provolone, Trot Fudge Sundae, Rock Hollywood, Wilamar Valley and Barbazon have each reached the winner's circle once. Maier had a second victory on Wednesday with Frank The Bank, owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas and trained by George Reider.   Brian Detgen, recently relocated to Running Aces from Michigan, also notched a driving double winning with Yankee Flyer for owner-trainer Ken Sweetland; and Terror Time for trainer Gene Miller and the partnership of Mark and Steven Hodgson along with Barb and Ted Smith.   Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Blazing Fury and trainer-driver Rick Magee turned a two-hole trip into a length-and-a-half victory Saturday night when they split horses in the stretch to win the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:55.2 at Running Aces.   It was the first local start of the season for the eight-year-old daughter of Minnesota sire Relentless Yankee. It was the 41st career victory for Blazing Fury, thirteenth at Running Aces, and pushed her past the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for the homebred owned by Van Otterloo Stables. Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) and Lady's Art (Steve Wiseman) were next to cross the wire.   Earlier on the program driver Rob Dinning, a newcomer to Running Aces in 2014, enjoyed a back-to-back-to-back triple. The 31-year-old reinsman scored a huge victory with Bunkerhill Bill in a $13,000 event restricted to Minnesota-sired sophomore pacers. Owned and trained by Gene Miller, the winner lowered his lifetime best by over three seconds with the impressive 1:53.3 triumph.   Dinning's other winners were Maby Bonkey, who captured a $3000 non-winners pace in 1:56.4; and Turbulance Force, who topped a field of condition-claiming trotters in 2:00.1.   Racing resumes on Sunday night with an 11-race card beginning at 6:00 p.m. (CST).   From the Running Aces Press Box  

MONTICELLO, NY - It's not like it was totally unexpected but Monticello Raceway's Au Revoir, the race exclusively for 14 year olds who will be forced into retirement on January 1, 2014, failed to attract enough entries. "When we opened the (entry) box this morning we only had three entries," noted Eric Warner, the tracks Director of Racing." Actually I was somewhat surprised because we worked hard on filling the race and there seemed to be quite a lot of interest." However, Warner shouldn't be too surprised since after the Mighty M first staged the race for the retiring crew back in 1991 only four other times in the 22 following years did the Au Revoir fill. Although the race was presented three times in the last four years, still getting enough entries is never a given. "We are asked from time to time why don't you include 12 and 13 year olds but it wouldn't be the same race. That it doesn't always fill (get enough entries) every year makes the AuRevoir that much more special," Warner explained. Of all five of the Au Revoir's that were raced the most exceptional occurred last year when Whitlock N and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. turned back the much hyped and race favorite, Tattler's Jet in a time of 2:01.3. To say that the 2012 Au Revoir was much hyped would be an understatement. That $5000 race drew a full page story with a photo of Tattler's Jet and his trainer Gene Miller, on the opening page of their sports section sports page in the New York Times and there was a follow-up story the next day, also of huge proportions. The USTA's Ellen Harvey, whose unwavering assistance helped get the story published, said a few days after the event "Never did a $5000 race get so much coverage." A race exclusively for 14 year olds near the end of the year is unique in that not only is it hard to find enough 14 year old standardbreds still competing in late December but it is the final race in the careers of the entrants because every January 1 all horses become one year older, no matter when they were foaled, and at 15 years old all Standardbreds have to hang up their racing shoes. "Although we are discouraged by not being able to fill the Au Revoir this year we'll definitely try again next season," Warner promised. By John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir, for 14-year-olds only, has always been an interesting event especially since it is the last race of the entrants careers. However, not always does the Au Revoir get enough entries especially at the end of the racing season. It is rare that during the final year of eligibility that 14 year olds are still on the racetrack since on January 1 of each ensuing year a harness horse turns one year older and when a standardbred  becomes 15 years of age, for all intents and purposes, its racing days are over. This year the Au Revoir, scheduled for Monday afternoon, December 30th, has a decent chance of filling which has not always been the case over the past few decades. According to Eric Warner, the tracks director of racing, he has already heard from three owners of the old-timers who would like their pacers to race in the career- ending event. “I’ve received correspondence from Dave Zuckerman, Mike Kessler and Tim Conkright, all extremely interested in racing their 14-year-olds in our Au Revoir which will bring us closer to having a race again this year,” Warner said. “Of course we’d like a full field but if we get six or seven we’ll go with it (on the betting card).” The inaugural Au Revoir went to post in 1991 and each year since the Mighty M has tried to fill the 14 year-old race but was not always successful.  The hard part is, and always has been, being able to find enough old-timers who are still racing this late in season. Over the years only six Au Revoir’s were contested  and one year (2004) a special 14 year old match  race—with pari-mutuel wagering -- was presented instead, which was an extremely exciting race . Nevertheless, the most special of the Au Revoir races occurred last year when Whitlock N and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. turned back the much hyped and race favorite, Tattler’s Jet, in a time of 2:01.3 over a muddy racetrack. The 2012 Au Revoir received more media coverage than most million dollar spectacles. That $5000 race drew full page story with a photo of the hyped favorite, Tattler’s Jet and his trainer Gene Miller, on the opening page of their sports section in the New York Times and there was a follow-up story the next day, also of huge proportions. The U.S. Trotting Association’s Ellen Harvey, whose unwavering assistance helped get the story published, said a few days after the event “Never did a $5000 race get so much coverage.” “Although we race on New Year’s Eve day, Tuesday, December 31 we scheduled our Au Revoir on December 30th because if we get horses that travel from long distances to compete, and we usually do, we prefer that they don’t have to travel home on New Year’s Eve,” Warner added. Anyone with a 14 year old standardbred who’d like to have their horse race one final time before it becomes ineligible is asked to please contact Warner in the racing office by calling  845-794-4100ext.557;  or they can call the track’s publicity office at ext. 455. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, NY - According to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Trotting Association, the governing body of the Standardbred sport, less than two percent of all horses racing are 14 year olds and when they become 15 years of age on New Year's Day they can no longer compete regularly in pari-mutuel races. In what was believed to have been an industry first the race for 14 year olds on the last day of the year back on December 31, 1991, the final chance the senior citizens would have had to compete that year, Monticello Raceway presented a race called "the Au Revior", strictly for 14 year olds which turned out to be a great attraction. That contest was won by a pacer named Searights who was driven to a 2:04 victory by Kyle DiBenedetto. "Each year since 1991 we have tried to fill the 14 year old race but not always were we successful. The hard part is, and always has been, being able to find enough of those old-timers who are still racing this late in season,." said Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway's Director of Racing. "Although the Mighty M didn't get a field of 14 years olds together for a race in 2004, they did, however, have a match race between two outstanding 14-year-olds; $412,000 career winner, The Suleiman N; and Troy D, a winner of over $372,000. The two classy old veterans, who had to hang up their racing shoes the following day, produced a very enjoyable pari-mutuel match trace which nearly ended in a dead-heat. In that betting event, The Sulieman, driven by Zeke Parke, turned back Troy D, handled by Todd Frocione, by just a head in an exciting stretch duel in a mile that was timed in 2:02:4. On December 29, 2005 Monticello Raceway hosted another race strictly for 14 year old pacers in which the New Zealand- bred Try Kacy N emerged victorious for driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. in a 2:03:4 clocked mile. The next Au Revoir was in 2009 when Satin Time N went out a winner in a 1:59.3 clocking. And on December 30, 2010 14 year old Sinbad and Jimmy Marohn, Jr. smoked to an easy 1:58.4 victory, which is the race's standard. But the most special of the Au Revoir races occurred last year when Whitlock N and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. turned back the much hyped and race favorite, Tattler's Jet. To say that the 2012 Au Revoir got plenty of attention would be an understatement. That $5000 race drew a full page story with a photo of Tattler's Jet and his trainer Gene Miller, on the opening page of the New York Times sports section. And the following day there was a follow-up story, also of huge proportions. The USTA's Ellen Harvey, whose unwavering assistance helped get the story published, said a few days after the event "Never did a $5000 race get so much coverage." Again this season Monticello Raceway will try to present another race strictly for 14 years olds, which, if it fills, will be raced on Monday afternoon, December 30th . "Actually our last race card during 2013 is on Tuesday, December 31 but we'll pass on that date since very few participants would appreciate traveling any distances on New Year's Eve," Warner added. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

When the Monticello –Goshen Chapter holds its 55th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday evening, November 17 at The Fountains in Middletown NY  the Mighty M’s Senior Director of Racing, Eric Warner, will be the recipient of the scribes Good Guy Award. On Labor Day 1992 Eric took the position of race secretary at Monticello Raceway and over the years he has been the director of the tracks racing programs.  Besides his daily duties of producing race programs his efforts went hand and hand with the tracks promotion department and together they presented races that drew national attention. Perhaps the most fruitful promotion has been “the Au Revoir”, a race for 14 year olds, only, on Monticello Raceway’s final program in late December. . And last year’s event produced the most interest of them all, so much so, that the New York Times used a photo of the race favorite, Tattler’s Jet and his amateur driver Gene Miller, on the front page of their sports section. That photo was accompanied with a story that engulfed the entire page and put harness racing in a good light. However, that wasn’t all. The following day, in spite of Tattler’s Jet finishing second, the results of the Au Revoir produced another half page of copy. Over the years Warner was, and continues to be,  the point man behind the tracks racing promos and he has the unenviable position of getting enough horses to fill races like, the Little Grey Jug, the Battle of the Brain Trust, and the 8-race series of ethnic contests called the Heritage Drivers Series, to mention a few. “Doing what he does is above and beyond his call of duty but that is the kind of guy Eric is,” track GM Shawn Wiles said of Warner’s participation in making racing promotions happen. Eric grew up in the harness racing industry. His grandfather Pat Provenzano started Batavia Downs in 1941 and on his passing Eric’s mom, Donna Warner and her sister Barbara Samberg assumed ownership of Batavia Downs. Warner, 49, began his illustrious career working at Batavia Downs; first as the tracks stall man and then he moved to the race office as the assistant to the tracks then race secretary, Peter Koch. In 1987 Eric took a position as assistant race secretary at Fairmount Park in Illinois. The next year he returned home to Batavia Downs again in the position of assistant race secretary. In 1990 he returned to Illinois to become the race secretary at Quad City Downs, in East Moline and became the youngest race secretary in the country. For the past 21 years Monticello has been Warner’s home and although he goes though his daily chores as director of racing his efforts have not gone unnoticed. “I feel funny that the harness writers want to give me an award for just doing my job but I’m very appreciative,” Warner said. by John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA                                    

COLUMBUS, MN. - Despite a rain storm throughout the middle portion of the program, another huge throng of fans turned out for the final Running Aces program of the season and witnessed eleven Minnesota-sired State Champions crowned in $20,000 races for the various age, sex and gait divisions.  Running Aces average nightly handle increased for the sixth consecutive season since starting live racing in 2008, this year by 5%. Driver John De Long copped four races on the lucrative season finale, three for trainer Justin Anfinson.  Leading driver Nick Roland managed to capture a pair of victories as did Tim Maier, who was also awarded the leading trainer award for the meet. She's A Foxie Lady (De Long) won the two-year-old filly trot over Babygetyershineon (Jenni King) and CD's SOS (James Yoder).  She earned almost $36,000 for owner Jesse De Long by scoring four wins and three place finishes in ten outings. Delco Voracious (De Long) broke her own track record besting Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) and Dakota Law (Steve Wiseman) in 1:55.2 in the freshman pacing fillies split.  Also owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Anfinson, the outstanding filly has won six of eight starts and banked over $50,000. The two-year-old trotting colts division was won by Chewy Dunkerton (De Long) over ML's Journey (Craig Banks) and Al-Mar Passion (Magee) in 2:03.  With three wins and seven seconds in ten tries, the winner has bankrolled over $45,000 for owner Benjamin De Long. Cyber Cowboy (Maier) scored an upset in the freshman colt pace for owner Margaret Epp and trainer Dan Epp.  It was just the second seasonal score for the 1:59.1 winner, but he has finished in-the-money in eight of ten tries and banked $18,704 thus far.  Wounded Warrior (Mark Mintun) was the runnerup with Im So Handsome (Wiseman) getting the show dough. Just three three-year-old trotting fillies went to post in their $20,000 event with Rails Of Victory (Roland) besting Diamond Alliance (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Coffee Black (Ryan Lems) in 2:00.3.  Roland also owns the filly who has captured seven of 15 in her first year of racing and banked about $38,000. Razzle Be Dazzled (Magee) has been the queen of the sophomore pacing fillies class all season and didn't disappoint in the championship, winning in 1:58.2 over Rearin And Ready (Jason Ryan) and Whata Smoothie (Kerry Banks).  The Van Otterloo Stable owns the winner who has managed 11 wins in 14 starts and earned $60,000 in her second season.  David Flinn has conditioned her throughout the summer. Mnia Lightnpower (Maier) went best in the sophomore trotting colts split downing Al-Mar Delrailer (Roland) and French Eclipse (King) in 2:01.4.  Janice Molgaard and Dick McDanel own the state champion who has five wins and $42,000 bankrolled on the season.  He is tutored by Joel McDanel. Circle Me Bert (Lems) was an upset winner in the sophomore pacing colts division, besting Ben N Al (Yoder) and favored Reds Place (De Long) in 1:56.2.  Merlin and Kyle Van Otterloo own the winner and Wolfswinkel Pacers Inc. own the runnerup, but both are trained by Gene Miller.  Circle Me Bert more than doubled his lifetime earnings with his half of the $20,000 purse. 20,000 championships are also staged for older state-breds.  In the trotting division RA's Shakenbake (Roland) was a 2:00.3 winner over Switcheroo (Magee) and Rich Dessert (Maier).  Owned by the Trot Away Stable, the former two-year-old state champ was winless in his five-year-old campaign before his upset neck victory. Country Jewel (De Long) was part of a three-horse Roland Stable entry and managed a 1:54.4 score over Blazing Fury (Magee) and stablemate I Do It Myself (Roland).  The five-year-old mare, owned by Roland, won for the twelvth time in her career and increased her bankroll to $58,000.  The older horses and gelding pace was captured by recently claimed It's Getting Hairy, with Steve Wiseman driving for trainer Tim Maier and owner Denise Maier.  The four-year-old, plucked for $10,500 two starts back, bested Restless Yankee (Roland) and Ya U Bet Cha (Yoder) in an impressive 1:52.3.  It was the sixth season score for the winner who now boasts almost $70,000 in lifetime earnings. by Gregg Keidel

Thirteen year old Tattler's Jet, who scored a 1:49 2/5 winning mile at Colonial Downs last fall, won for the 110th time in his 417th harness racing start Wednesday afternoon (November 2) as the "work horse" continues to roll back the clock in his twilight years.

The drought has ended. In November, 2010, the then 12 year-old gelding, Tattler's Jet, visited the harness racing winner's circle at Windsor Raceway after winning for the 99th time in his career.

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