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Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Pacers, split into two divisions. The $11,500 colts and geldings division was headlined by heavy favorite SB Bodacious (1-5) who was a winner last out and came into this week's event with a record of 4-4-1 from nine starts. SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate from post one and faced immediate pressure from Flying Fritz (Nick Roland) who hounded the leader through the first half mile, prompting early fractions of :27 and :55.1. Next to come after the leader was Roman Treasure (Tim Maier) who made a three wide move around a tiring Flying Fritz, near the 1:24.2 check-in for three-quarters. Throughout it all, Burning Blaze was sitting in fourth and biding his time, and as they rounded for home driver Steve Wiseman steered the 2018 Minnesota harness Horse of the Year to the outside and got him rolling, in response - he stormed down the center of the track to pull away from SB Bodacious by two lengths and score his second win of the year with a 1:53.4 mile and a new lifetime mark. Roman Treasure held gamely for third. Burning Blaze ($17.20) now has nine career wins in eighteen races, and has earned $73,220 for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. The $11,500 filly division went to prohibitive favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (1-9) as she once again turned in a dominating performance in 1:55.2 to score her sixth win in seven outings this year for owner Richard Davelaar and trainer Gordon Graham. Dean Magee was the winning pilot. Sweet Vivian (Steve Wiseman) was second and Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) finished third. Both divisional winners are by the stallion Wind Me Up. Driver Steve Wiseman dominated the scene on Saturday night, picking up three wins and two seconds in his seven trips to the gate. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 28) with first post at 6 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

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

Columbus, MN - 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 Tuesday night (Sept. 4) harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired Trot event, with a full field of 9 contenders. MD Magic (Dean Magee) was looking for his 6th straight win in this division, and was sent off as the 4-5 choice. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) had been runner up 5 times so far this season and was heavily backed as well at 8-5. Z Machine (James Yoder) was fastest off the gate and led the field through the early quarter in :29.1 before MD Magic cleared from post 9, and controlled the fractions through the middle stages. MD Magic was holding sway past the half in 1:00 and three-quarters in 1:30.3, but Dewey's Machine had advanced from fourth to drop into the pocket around the final turn. As they rounded for home, Dewey's Machine was ready to engage the leader and the result was a thrilling stretch battle between the top 2 two year old trotters this season, with Dewey's Machine getting up in the final strides to take the victory by ¾ length in 2:00.3 on the sloppy track surface. The victory was win number three in 9 career starts for the gelded son of Ice Machine, out of the Deweycheatumnhowe mare Dewey's Splendour. Dewey's Machine ($5.40) is owned and trained by Justin Anfinson. Gold Star Mysti posted another dominating performance at Running Aces with a gate-to-wire win in the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace. From post 5, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) fired fastest of all to establish command, with Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) also leaving sharply from post six to secure the pocket, and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman) was away sharply as well to sit just off the pace in third. The lineup remained the same through fractions of :27.2, :57.2, and 1:26.2 before Totally Racy launched a rally to the outside from third, but Gold Star Mysti ($2.60) had plenty in the tank and kicked home in :28 flat for a two length score over Totally Racy and Kiss On The Lips in 1:54.2. The victory on Tuesday was win number six on the season in twelve starts for the 5 year old daughter of Mysticism, owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Maggie Audley. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) took top honors in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Filly Pace for her first lifetime win. The daughter of Fancy Schmancy was impressive with a sharp wire-to-wire win in 2:00. Trinitysfancyfilly ($2.80) is owned by Sarah Solheid and trainer/driver Brian Detgen. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) turned in another dominating win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace leading right from the word go and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:56.4 mile on the sloppy surface for his sixth career win in eight starts for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. Burning Blaze ($2.10) is trained by Justin Anfinson. Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with four wins, while Rick Magee turned in a Hat-Trick and Lemoyne Svendsen completed a double on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces this Saturday night (Sept. 8) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and two Carryovers; The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 Carryover is $35,189.98 and the 50 cent Hi-5 Carryover is $2,255,52. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Tuesday evening (Aug 14) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Pace Class "A". It was billed as yet another matchup of the two dominant 2 year old pacers of the season, Burning Blaze and Windmeupnwatchmego. The former was sent off as the public choice at 4-5, while the latter was also heavily backed at 6-5. Despite the outside 8-post Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) was fastest of all from the gate and was able to cross and clear in front of Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) who left quickly from post two. They settled into those positions after a quick :27.3 quarter, and positions remained status quo for 7/8 of the mile, through a very moderate middle half (:57 and 1:27) until Burning Blaze powered from the pocket in the lane, and was able to sweep by in the final 50 yards to secure a ¾ length victory in 1:55.2 as they sprinted home in :28.1. The victory tonight was win number three in five starts for Burning Blaze, who had just missed by a neck last out and was second a length two starts back in what was a track record 1:54.1 mile for the filly Windmeupnwatchmego. Burning Blaze ($3.80) is a gelding by Wind Me Up, and is owned by Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and trained by Justin Anfinson. MD Magic (Dean Magee) picked up his third win in a row in the $14,000 3 Year Old Minnesota-Sired Trot, converting a pocket trip to sweep by front-runner Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) in the homestretch and post a new lifetime mark by 1 ¾ lengths in 2:00.4. MD Magic ($5.00), a son of Braggart, now has 4 wins in 5 lifetime starts and has earned $28,300 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and Trainer Nick Roland. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) delivered another sharp winning performance as the heavy 1-5 choice in the $11,000 Mares Open Pace event, for two wins in a row. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) had the early lead after sprinting away from post two, and Gold star Mysti was parked and pressing on past the :28.2 quarter, before establishing the lead at the 3/8 pole. From there Gold Star Mysti was never in doubt, keeping her rivals at bay the rest of the way and arriving home 1¼ lengths ahead of Kiss On The Lips and a fast closing Whatitdo Babyboo in 1:53.4 for her second straight win. She is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces, with post times at 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays, and 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays. This Saturday night (Aug 18) will feature a carryover of $17,563.27 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - Running Aces Casino & Racetrack played host to an action-packed Saturday of both Live Harness Racing, and Triple-Crown flat racing coverage. A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness history unfold in the Belmont Stakes, and then take in the fantastic live local harness action. Moments after Justify etched his name in the annuls of greatness, seven three year old pacers lined up for the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired boys division at Running Aces. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) established the early lead before public choice Giggle Monster (Dean Magee) made a big move in the middle part of the race, to take command and lead the charge into the final turn. Three-year old pacers were stacked up across the track as they straightened for the wire, with Here Comes Teddy (Gerald Longo) posting a solid effort and Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) making a sharp bid for the money as well, the field swarmed in on Giggle Monster who waived the white flag after pacing a 27.3 third-panel. Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) was fastest of all with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the field and stop the timer at 1:55.2 for a lifetime best mile.  It was his third win in just 6 career starts. Myskillspaydabills ($10.40) is by Voracious Hanover and is owned by Van Oterloo Stables and also trained by Rick Magee. This week's edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was a repeat performance by Silverlode, who re-enforced her track record performance from last week by trotting another 1:55.1 mile in gate-to-wire fashion with driver Lemoyne ("Mooney") Svendsen in the bike. Banker Volo trotted fast from the outside seven post to take the early lead before Svendsen sent his mare up and around right at the quarter pole. Silverlode would never look back from there, with Banker Volo (Nick Roland) posting a strong second with a pocket-pulling challenge in the lane, and Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing along the pylons for a strong third place showing, fresh off of her own track-record equaling win last Tuesday night. Silverlode now has 5 wins in 15 starts this year, and she now has career earnings of $191,587. Silverlode is currently leased to Emilio Cisneros and trained by Rick Bertrand, and she hails from the Desomer Stables. I'm On A Terror and driver Rick Magee paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 to capture the win in the $8,500 fillies division of the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. After finding an early pocket position, Magee sat comfortably with his filly, behind an early battle for the lead that saw longshot Sing N Sandi (Nick Roland) on the front early, before Miss Sassy Pants took control at the half mile juncture. Heavy favorite Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) pounced on the leaders just past the half, and opened up two lengths on her rivals. Magee then activated his filly to engage the leader as they turned for home, and I'm On A Terror ($9.60) obliged her driver with a strong stretch rally, to pace by Peekaboo Tattoo and post a 1½ length win for her ninth lifetime score in 17 starts. The winner is by Fancy Schmansy and is owned by Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, with Justin Anfinson handling the training. Driver Rick Magee led on Saturday with three wins on the program. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4,413.72 for Sunday, June 10. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) remained unbeaten in four starts in 2016, after Sunday’s first Race at Running Aces, The $7,500 Minnesota sired harness racing three-year-old gelding Trot. Heavily-favored at 1-2 in the wagering, Driver Nick Roland wasted no time finding the top with his charge, and after clearing to the lead easily from post 6, the dynamic duo set very leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:03.0 and 1:33.0 before charging home in 28.4 to win easily in 2:01.4. He paid $3.00. Tonight’s victory was his 11th lifetime win, in just 15 starts, and pushes his career earnings to $37,090 for Owner Jesse DeLong , and Trainer Justin Anfinson. The $7,500 3 year old Minnesota-Sired filly Trot went to Bombshell Betty ($3.80) for the second consecutive week , Steve Wiseman did the driving tonight and she equalled her mark of 2:00.3 set here last week, she now sports 5 lifetime wins from her 15 starts. She is owned by Jesse DeLong and Tabatha Canarr, and Trained by Justin Anfinson, this was his third training win on the night, as he swept the first 3 races, also winning with Just Blitzed (Nick Roland) in race 2 in 1:59.2, paying $3.00 The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace was the Sunday night Feature, and it was a thrilling contest, with Ideal Art (Steve Wiseman) charging off the gate to the early lead, then yielding to TheBestofJoel (Tim Maier) past the 27.1 quarter. The lineup remained that way through the next two splits of 56.1 and 1:24.3, before the cavalry came charging down the lane … when the dust settled it was OfficerNaGentelman (Brian Detgen) who pushed his head to the front at the wire, besting a hard charging Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee), with Ideal Art holding third and TheBestofJoel home in fourth, in the 1:53.2 mile. It was the tenth win in 25 starts this year for the 8 year old gelding by Royal Mattjesty, and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $47,875 for his owners A Piece of The Action, LLC and Trainer Tim Maier. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tueday night, June 28 at 6:00 pm CDT. Darin Gagne

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, and it was Jazzmanian Devil with Moonie Svendsen in the bike who charged out of the gate from post four to the early lead, before yielding to Bunkerhill Bill (Gerald Longo) past the ¼ in 27.3, then sitting the pocket through the middle half in 56. and 1:23.4, before charging by in the stretch to draw away by 2 lengths in 1:53.2, with Bunkerhill Bill second best, and Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee) finishing 3rd. Jazzmanian Devil is owned by William Condon, of California, and trained by Steve Wiseman. This was the 8th win of the year for the 5 year old gelding by Sand Shooter, and it boosted his seasonal bankroll to $ 31,937. He paid his backers $11.40 at the windows. In the $7,000 Minnesota-sired 3 year old geldings Trot, it was The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse), who did the winning and paid $9.00, he is owned by Jesse Delong of Wisconsin, trained by Justin Anfinson, and was driven to the 1:59 lifetime mark by Nick Roland. The very nice 6 year old gelding Buddy's Hope (Luke Plano) picked up another impressive win, for Sean Lancaster and Jerome Bouvier, in a nice field of conditioned pacers, stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and paying $7.20 to win. Driver Nick Roland scored a hat-trick on the card, while Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen picked up a driving double and Rick Magee all scored doubles on the Saturday night card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 7 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $3,193.51 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The 2016 opening night card at Running Aces is now history, and a very large and enthusiastic crowd came out to witness the great Harness Racing action, enjoy the $1 and $2 food specials, and witness the Skydiving exploits of Skydive Twin Cities. In the atrium and on the track apron, the hot dogs were going fast and furiously. The beers and sodas were flowing like crazy. In the grassy area behind the winners circle a new food establishment called Lucky’s Eatery was serving fair food favorites, an addition to Running Aces this year.  Kids were playing the Running Aces bean-bag toss game, and many a kid and adult alike partook in the Trout-Air Fishing experience, a one-of-a-kind live trout pond only found at Running Aces. On the acclaimed 5/8 mile oval the racing competition was fierce. The opening race went to the very talented pacing gelding Stonebridge lyric (Nick Roland) who delivered as the 7-5 betting choice in dominating fashion by nearly 10 lengths in 1:53.0 for The Banks Standardbreds of Cannon Falls, MN and trainer Justin Anfinson. The featured event on the opening card was the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Open, and it was the 9 year old mare Windsun T Bird , with trainer-driver Tim Maier aboard, who quickly asserted herself and took control of the contest, throwing down fractions of 28.3, 58.0, and 126.4 before capping the mile with a 28.3 final quarter, scoring handily by 2 lenghts in 1:55.2  She is owned by Robin Clements, of Wilton, CA. The 4 year old mare Lydi Lula Belle (Dean Magee) was very sharp in winning her first pari-mutuel start in 1:59.2 for trainer Brett Ballinger and owner Russell Crotchett of Jersyville, Il. Astute handicappers cashed in big on opening night as well, as multiple winners split the late .50 cent pick-4 wager, taking home $801.70 each while the late .50 cent pick 3 returned a very respectable $439.05 for a .50 cent play. Joining the Driving colony this summer at Running Aces is Jim Marino, a native of British Columbia, Canada, Jim has been among the top drivers in that region for many years, racking up 1,987 wins to date and over $10 million in purses. His best year to date came in 2012, when he won 192 races and just under $1.3 million. His stable of charges at Running Aces this summer, along with fellow B.C. trainer Justin Currie, include the accomplished pacing mares Make Three Wishes and Back Stock, plus the sharp geldings Del Rio Seelster, and Red Star Tyson, as well as two Open-level pacers Premium Stock and Comes home First. Running Aces will be Racing every Tuesday night ( 7pm CT ) and Saturday & Sunday nights ( 6pm CT ) now through September 3rd, and will add Wednesday nights ( 7pm CT ) starting July 27th. The Trout-Air Experience is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm-9pm and Weekends from 11am-9pm, and you can catch your own fresh trout in the pond and have it cooked and served to you while watching the live racing.  By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS, MN. - Da Terror took a step up in class Tuesday night (September 8) at Running Aces and came away with an upset win the the $9800 Open I Pace, clocked in 1:52.3 over the highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. Driver Nick Roland was content to let the diminutive six-year-old son of Western Terror idle near the rear of the compact field of six early, then launched him into second-over position approaching the half. Forced three-wide around most of the final turn, Da Terror had worked his way up to third by the head of the stretch then collared heavily-favored Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) in deep stretch. Outlawdangruswatrs (Gerry Longo) also raced creditably to finish third. "This horse, despite his smallish stature, tries as hard as any horse I've driven," said Roland, who is vying for the Running Aces dash title with Steve Wiseman with just two nights to go in the 2015 season. Roland owns a 72-70 advantage at present. Da Terror is owned by Banks Standardbreds of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and trained by Justin Anfinson. It was the speedy winner's sixth triumph of the year and increased his career bankroll to $78,221. Racing resumes Wednesday night (September 9) with a nine-race card at 7 p.m. (CST). The final program is dubbed Minnesota State Championship Night when over $200,000 in purses will be up for grabs on an 11-race card on Saturday (September 12) starting at 6 p.m. (CST). Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman enjoyed a stellar night at Running Aces on Saturday establishing a track record in the very first race and copping three other races before the ten-race program concluded.   Wiseman quarter-moved Lady's Art to the front in the $8500 Fillies and Mares Open pace and never looked back, establishing a 1:52.1 track record for mares of any age in the program lidlifter. Wiseman also trains the five-year-old daughter of Art Major who is owned by Kenneth Seastrom and James Kouretas.   Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) and Keystone Christa (Jason Ryan) were next to cross the finish line, but were no competition on this night for Lady's Art, who paid $8.00 as the second choice.   Wiseman's other winners were Yanklet Hanover and Gravelsinmytravel, both owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by Dave Flinn; and Blazin With Pride, who triumphed in the nightcap for owner CC Racing LLC and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Reinsman Nick Roland also had a memorable evening as he inched closed to the coveted 1,000 wins milestone with three trips to the winner's circle, bringing his lifetime total to 997. Included in the 31-year-old driver's scores was an upset win in the $13,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old pace with the filly Dakota Law from his stable.   The daughter of Hot Pans picked a good spot to break her pari-mutuel maiden for owner Curtis Alan Vos as he watched her duck to the inside passing lane at the top of the stretch and pass FF Big Show (Ryan) and Maby Bonkey (Rob Dinning) in the final strides.   Roland also won a $4500 distaff conditioned pace with Two Cam, owned by Brenda McDonald and conditioned by Jeff Ryan, when she also zoomed up the inside to best Ha Jung (Ryan) and Shes Astreos (Lemoyne Svendsen); and Fox Valley   Yavonne, who copped a $5000 conditioned trot in 1:56.3 for owner Dr. Patrick Graham and trainer Brett Ballinger. JC Who Dini (Wiseman) and No Recess (Brandon Jenson) banked the place and show money.   Running Aces presents an 11-race program on Sunday night (June 22) including an $8500 Open pace and a pair of $6500 divisions of Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots. Post time is 6 pm (CST).   From the Running Aces Press Box

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Red Star Fiona's debut may have been delayed a week, but when she did hit the Batavia Downs' half-mile oval on Wednesday evening (Nov. 13), she made it worth the wait. A 6-year-old mare, Red Star Fiona ($8.90) went wire-to-wire in first Western New York appearance and posted a 1:57.2 time in taking the featured $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace by three quarters of a length over Artsy Princess. V'La Faire (Ron Beback Jr.) showed late pace and finished third. Red Star Fiona arrived from the Maywood and Balmoral Park circuit in Chicago but was scratched out of last week's Batavia Downs' event and the break paid off. Driven by Ray Fisher Jr., Red Star Fiona set the fractions of 29.2, 59.4 and 1:28 over the fast track in posting her 12th win of the season. Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) tried to rally in the stretch but could reel in the winner. Owned by Justin Anfinson and trained by JD Perrin, Red Star Fiona (Island Fantasy-Red Star Tipper) has now earned $34,434 on the season and $69,824 lifetime. Ronnie Wrenn Jr.,North America's leading dash driver, notched a four-bagger while Jim McNeight, Ray Fisher Jr. and Dave McNeight III all had doubles. The racing continues on Friday night with a 12-race program scheduled with a 6:30 p.m. post. The feature event will be the $8,500 Open Trot where the mare Mystical Escapade is the 9-5 morning line with Greg Merton in the sulky. The 2013 season concludes on December 7. For the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and statistics, go to by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

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

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