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ANDERSON, IN - Sophomore trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Thursday, October 4. With James Yoder in the bike, Katkin American turned in a dominant, front-running effort to win going away in 1:53.2 and with it, notch his second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Last week's elimination winner and divisional rival, Fiftydallarbill, opted out of the Indiana Sires Stakes action and has been entered in an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity slated for Sunday at The Red Mile. With no Fiftydallarbill to contend with, Yoder sent Katkin American away from the gate firing from post eight in the field of ten. The duo would have to work for position as Robert Taylor sent River Otter to the front to the grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Katkin American pressed on to the front and took command just before the half in :57.2. Katkin American went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:26 but John DeLong had Got The Groove on the attack, first-over. As the field turned for home, Got The Groove was inching closer but Katkin American wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Katkin American coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Got The Groove. Admiral Dewey and Trace Tetrick rallied well late in the mile to finish third. As the 1-9 favorite, Katkin American returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He never quits trying," Yoder noted after the victory. "He really started coming around about April and has been improving with every start. He goes out there and tries hard every time he's behind the gate." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won five of 11 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $171,450. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:52.1 clocking in stakes action earlier this season. Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American secured his spot in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, October 5 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

The Minnesota Harness Racing Night of Champions program was conducted at Running Aces on Saturday night (Sept. 15), with eleven championship races going for a record $362,500 in purses, with an additional $15,200 in overnights for a total of $377,700 and the richest harness racing card in state history.   Among the Championship contenders was Boom Boom Shaboom, a 7 year old pacing mare by General Aidid who was making her final career start before retirement to become a broodmare. Boom Boom Shaboom had become a fan favorite over the last few years, campaigning in races all the way up to the top level at Running Aces with many appearances in the Mares Open Pace during the past two seasons.   She drew post six for the $20,000 Aged Pacing Mares Championship, coming in fresh off a sharp winning effort (1:54.2) in a mares conditioned pace last out. Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson seized the opportunity to grab the lead right off the gate- surging to command in the first few strides.   Jenson was able to control the affair with moderate and well-rated fractions (:28.2, :58.1 and 1:27) while saving enough in the tank to sprint home in :28 and seal the victory over fast-closing rivals Swinging Again (James Yoder) and Place'n First (Steve Wiseman) with a half-length margin of victory.   The 1:55 Championship win was career tally number 36 for Boom Boom Shaboom ($24.60) and rounded her final career purse tally up to $132,520 for owners Brian and Kim Larson of Canton, South Dakota. Timothy Lems was the winning breeder.   Burning Blaze turned in a dazzling gate-to-wire performance in the $40,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Championship Pace from post three with driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky. Burning Blaze was never in doubt and was well in hand through a moderate early pace of :28.1 and :58.3, but turned on the turbo charge for a third panel in :28.2 and a blazing final quarter in :27.1, giving his rivals little chance to catch him.   His :55.3 final half was the fastest of the night, and secured the victory by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.1 for his seventh win in nine career trips to the gate and a new lifetime mark. He also established a new track record for 2 year old gelding pacers, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:54.3.    The impressive son of Wind Me Up is owned by his breeders Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte along with Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. Rounding out the top three were Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) and SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) Burning Blaze ($2.10) was a heavy 1-9 favorite.   Dream Chasin became a back-to-back Champion by capturing the $35,000 3 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace in 1:55 flat with Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. Roland sent Dream Chasin quickly off the gate from the outside nine post and swept right to the lead, controlled the pace and was never in doubt with a one length victory over deep-closer Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Dream Chasin ($33.00) was the 2 year old champion pacer last season, also with Roland in the bike. The big win tonight was number six on the season and ninth career tally for the son of Fancy Schmancy who has now bankrolled $81,415 for Owners and Breeders Michelle and Gregory Budach. The winning trainer is also Greg Budach.   Full-Sisters Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee) and Al Mar Bon Bon (James Yoder) finished one-two and were separated by just a whisker at the line in the $25,000 Aged Trot Championship. The two daughters of Sos Lunar Eclipse out of Golden Victory by Valley Victor hit the line together in 1:56.3 and the photo finish camera was barely able to split the pair.   Al Mar Reba Babe ($6.40) got the victory by the slimmest of margins for her third win in eighteen starts this year and eleventh career tally, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $105,619 for owner/trainer Richard Davis. Al Mar Bon Bon is owned by Cara Hauser and trained by Alexia Kehl.   The other Championship winners were as follows:   $27,500 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Twilight Tinker (Rick Magee) for owner Cathy Dessert, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:04.1 $35,000 3 Year Old Colt Trot, Bekkums Royal Duty (Dean Magee) for owner Sarah Bekkum, trainer David Ginter, time 1:59 $40,000 2 Year Old Colt Trot, MD Magic (Dean Magee) for owner Set The Pace Racing, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:00 $40,000 2 Year Old Filly Pace, Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for owner Richard Davelaar, trainer Gordon Graham, time 1:57.2 $35,000 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:58.3 $35,000 3 Year Old Filly Pace, I'm On A Terror (James Yoder) Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:55 $20,000 Aged Horses & Geldings Pace, Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) for owner Merlin Van Oterloo, trainer Brett Ballinger, time 1:53.2   Driver Dean Magee had four Championship wins on the program, with James (J.D.) Yoder picking up two Championships and three wins overall.   Trainer Justin Anfinson had three Championship wins, with Nick Roland picking up two Championships on the night. Driver Steve Wiseman and his wife Trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman were crowned as the 2018 Leading Driver and Leading Trainer at Running Aces.   Wiseman picked up two wins on the closing night program to bring his final win tally to an impressive 105, his best Running Aces season to date. He had a final advantage of 16 wins over Dean Magee who was very impressive in the last six weeks of the meet pulling to within 7 or 8 wins of the lead with about three weeks to go.   Magee landed at an impressive 89 wins for the season. Kathleen was well ahead of all trainers throughout the season and pulled away from the field in the final month of racing, picking up one win on closing night for an impressive total of 68 wins for the meet, 33 wins ahead of both Gerald Longo and Justin Anfinson.   For both husband Steve, and wife Kathleen it was back-to-back Championships at Running Aces. Daughter Tyler Wiseman was also in the Winner's Circle to help celebrate the fantastic season for the Wiseman stable.   The $100,000 Guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 wager on closing night marked a record for the largest guarantee in track history, and produced the largest gross pool in the history of our Pick-5, and also contributed to the best Saturday handle in the history of the track.   Running Aces management wishes to thank all of it's loyal fans, staff, and horsemen for another successful and record setting season. Special thanks go out to Xpressbet for the Night of Champions promotional sponsorship, as well as and Harness Racing Replays for season long partnerships as well.   Simulcast Racing is offered year round at Running Aces as well as Casino action 365 days a year. Check our website for news and upcoming events. Information about the next/upcoming season of Live Racing is typically posted around February or March of each year.   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 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  

ANDERSON, IN -August 30, 2018- Setting a new standard for three-year-old trotting colts & geldings, Katkin American and James Yoder coasted across the wire in 1:52:1 in his respective $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final on Thursday, August 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, lowering the record the pair set for his class earlier this year. The betting public was backing Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill with Trace Tetrick, who had been sent off as the 1/5 favorite and who immediately took a pocket seat behind J S Peyton and Alex Udell, hitting the first quarter in :27. Once the horses hit the half in 55:2, Katkin American came around from the outside and passed his biggest competitor, Fiftydallarbill. The two continued to battle it out through the third quarter in 1:25, with the rest of the field fighting for show. In the final stretch, Katkin American found a burst of speed and hit the wire in 1:52:1, not only lowering his lifetime mark, but also the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings. Fiftydallarbill fought hard for second, with the rest of the field eleven lengths behind. Got The Groove with John De Long followed for third. Katkin American returned $7.00 to win for his betting backers. "He tries every time, and that's probably what sets him apart," driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "He felt really strong there in the stretch." The trotter, trained by Verlin Yoder, did not race as a two-year-old and has now won four of his nine lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Katkin American's lifetime purse earnings to $128,950 for owners Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1 with the $75,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies in race 12 of the night's 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Columbus, MN - On the Sunday (August 12) harness racing program at Running Aces, Gold Star Yoder became the first 2 year old stud pacer to win at the track, establishing a track record of 1:57 in his very first lifetime start.   The freshman son of Mysticism had show tremendous ability in training miles and was very impressive in his qualifying race on August 7, finishing second while pacing a final half mile in :55.3.   The 1:57 record mile is likely to be lowered quite soon by this youngster who appears to be brimming with talent. The betting public had recognized his abilities as well, sending him off as the 2-5 choice. Gold Star Yoder ($2.80), affectionately named for his part-owner and Trainer/Driver James (JD) Yoder, is also owned by Gold Star Farm.   The Yoder barn turned in yet another track record on Sunday night, when their 4 year old stud trotter Ideal Jesse (JD Yoder) turned in another impressive gate-to-wire win and stopped the clock at 1:56 to lower his very own record that he set just 8 days prior (1:56.1 on August 4).   Ideal Jesse ($3.80) is by Jailhouse Jesse, and is owned by Cheyenne Ray (Yoder). Ideal Jesse also owns the track record for 3 year old colt trotters (1:56.1), the victory on Sunday was career win number 10.   The two track record miles were part of a Grand-Slam for James Yoder, his second four-win night this week.   SB Fine And Dandy (JD Yoder) pulled the upset in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired geldings trot, by converting a pocket trip into his third career win in a lifetime best 1:57.2.   The victory by a neck would snap a six-race winning streak for the heavy favorite Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who had led every step of the way, until the final step. The victory pushes seasonal earnings to $15,744 for SB Fine And Dandy ($24.20), a son of Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Dekker (Rick Magee) delivered her 4th consecutive win as she continues to dominate the 3 year old Filly Division of the Minnesota-Sired trotting events.   Sent off at 1-9 as part of an entry with stablemate and runner-up Mimi Marguerite, Dekker has now won 7 of her last 8 races. Tonight's tally was a 3 1/2 length romp in a career best time of 1:58.1. Dekker ($2.20) is owned by Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The 50 cent late Pick-4 wager paid $4,469.45 on Sunday night, and the 20 cent Pick-5 went un-solved. The Pick-5 carryover now stands at $13,890.15 for Tuesday night (Aug 14) along with a carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,991.44. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Ace

Columbus, MN - The harness racing Card on Tuesday night (August 7) at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and Gold Star Mysti was the headliner in the field after a 4 race stint racing against the boys in the very tough Dan Patch FFA series and in Open winners-over company. She finally returned to the weekly distaff feature to re-claim her crown as top Open Mare at the track. Sent off as the 3-5 public choice, she did not disappoint her backers. Driver James Yoder got her away quickly from post two into the pocket behind a fast starting Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen), before sweeping to the front just past the 28.2 quarter. After establishing the lead, Gold Star Mysti looked comfortable and confident throughout. The middle half was a solid :56.2 and Gold Star Mysti kicked home strong in :27.4 to keep the field at bay, posting a solid win by ¾ length over Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) who closed well for second, and Delightfully Wild held a game third in the 1:52.3 mile. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is a 5 year old by Mysticism out of the Pacific Fella mare Just Wait Fellas, she is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley and now has 15 career wins and $109,216 on her card. The $9,000 Two year old Open Pace went to Mystical View (James Yoder), a half-sister to Gold Star Mysti, who is now undefeated in two career starts after an impressive win in 1:58.1, also for Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. After getting away fourth in the seven horse contest, Mystical View ($4.60) made a sweeping move to the lead and drew clear from her rivals at every checkpoint, posting an impressive final quarter of 28.2 and a solid three-length tally. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old pacing event went to Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for her second straight win and third win in four lifetime starts. The impressive filly by Wind Me Up turned in a gate-to-wire effort, impressively seating her top rival Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) into the pocket from the start, and fending off a late challenge from Burning Blaze at the wire. In an exciting stretch battle, the filly prevailed by neck with a fast final quarter of :27.1 to stop the timer at 1:56.1. Windmeupnwatchmego ($3.20) is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old trotting event went to MD Magic for his second straight win, lowering his mark to 2:02 with Dean Magee in the sulky for Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic ($5.40) posted a dominating effort to win by 3 ½ lengths over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman). The impressive son of Braggart now has 3 wins in 4 lifetime starts. Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder both completed the Grand-Slam on the night, with four wins each. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night, (July 11) with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a couple of nice carryovers: $10,981.13 in the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $2,780.43 in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager. by Darin Gagne' for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - Another harness racing track record was turned in on Saturday night (August 4) at Running Aces when the four-year-old trotting stallion, Ideal Jesse, trotted away from his rivals to post a huge win by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:56.1, shattering the previous mark for 4 year old stallions (2:02).   This is the second track record for Ideal Jesse, as he holds the mark for 3 year old stallions, also in 1:56.1 taken last June. In tonight's event, a $4,500 conditioned race, Ideal Jesse started from the outside post 9, and Trainer/Driver James Yoder floated him off the gate into a good position fourth along the pylons and waited there until just before the half, before launching a first-over attack.   Ideal Jesse established the lead near the 5/8 mark, and quickly opened up on the field, drawing away with every stride and trotting strong to the wire to arrive home well ahead of the rest.   The record setting victory was the second win in 13 starts this year for the son of Jailhouse Jesse who now has 11 career wins and $112,324 in the bank. Ideal Jesse ($4.40) is owned by Cheyenne Yoder.   There were two divisions of the Winner's-Over Pace on the Saturday program, each going for $10,000. In the first split, Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) turned in another ultra-impressive tally for his second-straight top level win.    From post 7, Bettor's Promise engaged in a torrid early battle for the lead with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder). when the dust cleared, Bettor's Promise had taken command through a 26.2 early stanza, and held command through the remaining fractions of :55 and 1:22.4 before facing off once again against Bestinthebusiness in the stretch.   Bettor's Promise fought gamely to the wire, to keep a neck up at the line and stop the timer in 1:51, just a tick off the overall track mark. The impressive victory tonight was win number 8 in 25 starts this year for the 7 year old Bettor's Delight gelding who now has $43,622 in the bank this season for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada. Bettor's Promise ($8.80) is trained by Jesse Pacheco.   In the other winner's-over split, Whatchastarinat (James Yoder) turned in a career best performance in 1:52 for his first win of the season in 7 races. Driver James Yoder fired him quickly off the gate from post five, with Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) also leaving fast from post seven.   After a short tussle, Holdingallthecards took command and Whatchastarinat picked up the pocket ride. That order remained until they straightened for home, with Whatchastarinat ($8.40) exploding from the pocket to edge past a very game leader, getting up to win by a half length in the end. The winner is a 6 year old gelding by Up Front Brad who now has 18 career wins.   He is trained by Gene Miller for Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces 3 nights a week, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT on weekends and 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays.   The card for Sunday (August 5) features several carryovers: the early pick 4 ($1,163.36), the 20 cent Pick-5 ($8,227.19) and the 50 cent Hi-5 ($651.94).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

ANDERSON, IN - Katkin American, with James Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:52.3 in the second round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, June 28. The 1:52.3 mark was a new lifetime best for Katkin American and re-established the previous record by nearly a full second, a 1:53.2 mark that was held by Swan Chase and Fly Jesse Fly. In just the fourth start of his sophomore campaign, Katkin American turned in a dominant performance to finish 14 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and record his second win of the season. His 1:52.3 victory also marked the fourth track record that has been re-established or equaled at Hoosier Park through 63 nights of live racing in 2018. Leaving from post two, Katkin American grabbed an early pocket seat behind Wham Bam Guccio and Lewayne Miller through the first quarter in :28.2. Unable to find a seat along the rail, Doug Rideout had Northern Skyway pointed to the front and he grabbed the lead just before the half in :57. Yoder gave Katkin American the green light and the colt did the rest, exploding to the front approaching the final turn. Reaching the third station in 1:25, Katkin American began to put his talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final panel, he coasted on to the wire under a hand drive. Wham Bam Guccio had to settle for second place honors while Batting Stats and Sam Widger rallied late to round out the trifecta. Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won two of four lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $24,500. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American successfully earned a spot in the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for Friday, July 6 at Hoosier Park. All On Black and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy favorite in the second split of stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening's 13-race card. Utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, All On Black was able to wear down the leader late in the lane to stop the timer in 1:54.4. Trained by Jenny Melander, the three-year-old gelded son of Swan For All-Right on Renee is owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (June 26) Harness Racing feature at Running Aces was the $13,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, with a strong field of 8 distaffers squaring off behind the gate. Gold Star Mysti was the overwhelming public choice after her dominating performance last week, and she was sent off as the 1-5 favorite to repeat. When the gate wings sprung, it was a mad scramble for the lead, Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) started the initial battle for the lead, but Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) both quickly chimed in from their outside drawing posts, resulting in a three-wide battle around the first turn, passing the quarter in 27.1. Gold Star Mysti surged between mares for the lead, then yielded briefly to Kiss On The Lips, before re-taking the top spot just before the half mile marker. Gold Star Mysti ($2.60) settled in her top spot and was never in doubt, well in command past the 1:24.2 three-quarter check-in and drawing away to a solid 2 length score in 1:52.4 over Delightfully Wild, Whatitdo BabyBoo (Steve Wiseman) and Kiss On The Lips. The very impressive 5 year old mare by Mysticism now has 3 wins and 1 second in 4 starts this year, she is owned by Gold Star Farms and trained by James Yoder. Hard Cold Cash (Dean Magee) made it two wins in a row in the $12,500 claiming pace with another dominating performance from gate to wire in 1:52.2 for his 8th win of the season. Hard Cold Cash ($3.80) is a 6 year old stallion by Dali, owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier. Drivers Nick Roland, Dean Magee, Steve Wiseman, and James Yoder all turned in driving doubles on the Tuesday program. Nobody solved the Hi-5 wager in the final race, and there is now $1,567.00 carried over for the Hi-5 on Saturday night June 30, which is T-Shirt giveaway night at Running Aces. All patrons who purchase a live racing program on Saturday will receive a RA 10-year Anniversary commemorative T-shirt. First post on Saturday is 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (June 19)  harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open Handicap for pacing mares, with a talented field of 6 facing the starter. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) have dominated the top distaff level both recently, and last season as well. Gold Star Mysti was the pubics' overwhelming choice tonight, and the public was right on target. Kiss On The Lips and Roland fired first and fastest from the wings of the gate, but Gold Star Mysti and Yoder were not far behind and quickly surged along-side their rival to take the lead at the quarter pole in 27.4. After establishing her spot at the front of the field, Gold Star Mysti kept to task by pacing a strong 28.0 second panel and serving notice to the field that she was all business. The 5 year old daughter of Mysticism maintained her 1 ½ length advantage as she led the field past three-quarters in 1:24 with Kiss On The Lips holding the pocket position. As the top-level mares rounded for home it was clear that there would be nobody catching Mysti tonight - she kicked home in 27.4 to complete an impressive mile in 1:51.4 for her second win of the season, in just her third start, the final margin was 3¾ lengths. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is trained by Maggie Audley for Gold Star Farm. Kiss On The Lips completed the popular exacta combination ($4.60) and Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) was home in third. Gold Star Mysti has been nominated to the Dan Patch FFA pace in July where she will take on the boys in the premier race of the season. Driver Steve Wiseman "The Magician" posted another Grand-Slam of four winners on the Tuesday card, while Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Dean "Bobcat" Magee both completed driving doubles. Live Racing returns at Running Aces on Saturday, June 23 with the first race at 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

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 weekend of harness racing at Running Aces was highlighted by the track's annual Community Charity night on Sunday, with management, fans and horsemen all coming together to support 5 vital local charities.   On the racetrack, the best mile of the night was turned in by JDS Brent N Sheree in the featured $7,000 conditioned pace. Driver James Yoder floated away from the gate in third from post one, and then launched a first-over attack past the 3/8 marker, continuing to gradually grind down front-runner Swagasaurus Rex (Dean Magee). JDS Brent N Sheree ($3.00) took the lead as they turned for home and proceeded to draw away from the field, posting a sharp win by 5¼ lengths in 1:52.4 despite a sloppy track at that point. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by Panspacificflight and is trained by Robert Lems for owner Truman Gale and tonight's tally was his second straight win in 3 local starts.   The featured trotting event on Sunday, was a $5,500 conditioned event, and heavy race favorite Lodi Dorian Blues ($2.80) did not disappoint in the affair, posting his 6th win in 16 starts this season, closing from off the speed to draw away in the lane by 2½ lengths in 1:58. Steve Wiseman was in the sulky for trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman and owners Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted a hat-trick on Sunday with 3 wins on the card, and Steve Wiseman completed a driving double as well. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 Wager has a carryover of $28,009.68 for Tuesday night (August 8).   On Saturday night, (August 5) Swinging Again ($3.60) with driver James JD Yoder picked up his 5th lifetime win, with a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 in the $8,000 MN conditioned pace, the featured event on the Saturday card. For owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and trainer Gene Miller. Steve's Hot Rod (Rick Magee) was very game in defeat, finishing a strong second.   Dewey Did Done Good converted a pocket trip into a career best win in 1:54.2 with driver Dean Magee aboard for trainer Alexia Kehl and owner Richard Davelaar . It was the 9th lifetime win in 23 starts for the 3 year old gelding pacer by Voracious Hanover.   Mooney Svendsen was back in action, after missing two nights of racing following a racing accident last week, and he wasted no time getting right back to the winner's circle, posting a driving double on the Saturday program. Mooney picked up winners with Spectre of a Gun for trainer Kathie Plested Wiseman for that 3 year old trotting geldings' first lifetime win, paying $29.80. Mooney also scored with Hi Ho's Little Rev in race 6, paying a $6.60 win return, as that 5 year old pacer picked up his 11th lifetime tally, in 1:55.4 for owner/trainer Bob Johnson.   Mucho Macho Man, a 3 year old pacing gelding by Up Front Brad picked up his 2nd lifetime win, in a career best mile of 1:56.2 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Denise Maier and owners Cheryl and Alan Sandbulte. After getting away fifth, Wiseman sent Mucho Macho Man ($3.40) first up and on the attack, making the lead just past the three-quarters and pacing home strong in the stretch for a 1¾ length tally.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Tuesday night (Aug 1) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it was the 3 year old colt by Jailhouse Jesse who stole the show, getting up in the final stride to win by a head in 1:56.3. Ideal Jesse ($3.60) is no stranger to success at Running Aces, as the talented youngster set a track record of 1:56.1 for 3 year old colt trotters back in june. In tonight's contest, Owner/Trainer/Driver James Yoder guided the colt away from the gate into the pocket position from post five in the field of six, and waited patiently for some room in the open stretch to get up at the wire to defeat the front runner Natural Forces (Dean Magee). Ideal Jesse is also owned by Jesse Yoder, and he now sports 7 lifetime wins in 24 starts, and has bankrolled $51,680.   The $8,000 Two year old Open pace went to heavy favorite Giggle Monster ($3.20) with Dean Magee in the sulky for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte. Giggle Monster was wide in the early stages from post 8 while working to the lead, he cleared just past the 1/4 pole and was never in doubt from there, posting a 1 1/2 length win in 1:58. The very sharp gelding by Wind Me Up has now won 4 of 5 lifetime races and $20,900.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot went to The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee), a filly by Money talks who picked up her first career victory after the original winner Bragginade (Luke Plano) was disqualified for failure to maintain the proper gait. The Sweetest Thing ($47.40) is owned and trained by Alexia Kehl, and she trotted the mile in 2:03.1.   Two drivers dominated the proceedings on Tuesday night, with Dean Magee capturing 4 of the first 5 races to post a Grand Slam, and Steve Wiseman sweeping the last 4 races on the card to post his 3rd Grand Slam in the last two weeks of racing.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 5 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $24,013.49.   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          

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