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Columbus, MN - The featured Harness Racing event on Saturday night (Sept. 1) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it proved to be another exciting rendition with four current track record holders amongst the field of six contenders.   Banker Volo (Rick Magee) showed his customary early speed to take firm control early, and post a 27.2 opening quarter with the mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) getting away in the pocket and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) getting away in third.   Banker Volo maintained honest fractions with a middle-half in 58 seconds and Pridecrest launched his first-over attack just past the half. Banker Volo still had command as they turned in for home but the challenges were coming on all sides, with Pridecrest bearing down just outside the leader, Silverlode ducking to the inside, and Ideal Jesse joining the frey on the far outside.   When the dust settled at the wire, Pridecrest ($3.60) had prevailed with another impressive effort and his second straight win in 1:54.3, and third straight overall. Leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman conditions the 6 year old Angus hall prodigy who has now won 5 of his last 6 races for owner Christopher Schick.   Giggle Monster was back in the spotlight on Saturday, turning in his biggest win of the season while capturing the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Pace in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.4 with Dean Magee at the lines.   Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) had the early speed in the affair through a :57 opening half. Giggle Monster got rolling from fifth with a quick sweep to the leader down the backside and took control around the final turn with an impressive turn of foot.   Here Comes Teddy (Brian Detgen) closed well for second but Giggle Monster was 2 lengths ahead at the wire for his third win in 13 starts on the year for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen was the leader on the night with three wins, while Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both picked up doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 jackpot Carryover has grown to $31,010.39 for Sunday night (Sept. 2) and the 50 cent Hi-5 wager also offers a carryover of $3,420.87.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday (Aug 26) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota-Sired or Owned Preferred/Open Trot with a talented field of 8.   Pridecrest was the talk of the tote board and did not disappoint his backers, turning in a gutsy performance. The 6 year old Angus Hall Stallion floated away from his assigned outside post with early speed but there were several others who wanted the front.   Whatevershesgot (Tim Maier) had the early lead but Tamarind (Ryan Anderson) quickly swept by, and was immediately confronted by Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) who took a short stint on the front before Pridecrest made his way to the leading position near the half mile.   After establishing command, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled in and took full control and was never in doubt, drawing away in the final.   The $9,000 3 Year Old open Trot went to SB Fine And Dandy (Tim Maier) who pulled the upset with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the leaders and get up by a head over favorites Dance Hall Bouncer (JD Yoder) and Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in 1:58.1.   The victory for SB Fine And Dandy ($21.20) was win number three on the season for the gelding by Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   MR Ranger (JD Yoder) delivered another very impressive performance in a $6,600 conditioned pace with a front-running victory in 1:51.4 for a new lifetime mark and four wins in a row. MR Ranger ($3.20) is a 4 year old gelding by Palone Ranger, owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller.   Prodigal (Rick Magee) turned in a career best victory in the $9,000 upper-condition level pace with a patient drive and a sweeping move through the inside to get to the wire first by a length in 1:51.2 over favorite Holdingallthecards (Brian Detgen). Prodigal ($26.40) is a 7 year old gelding by Four Starzz Shark and is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.   Live Racing continues three nights per week, with post times at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays, and 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is currently at $26,012.29.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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

Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (June 30) harness racing program at Running Aces was filled with impressive performances and fast miles, but the $11,000 featured Open Handicap Trotters stole the show, with a thrilling contest and a sparkling new Track record mile.   The razor sharp mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired fast from her outside post 6, with the super Stallion Banker Volo (Rick Magee) surging fast from the next door spot, and these two squared off early.   Magee yielded to let Silverlode cut the speedy fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled away in pylon position third. Silverlode held the field at bay, until Banker Volo angled to the outside just before turning for home. Banker Volo and Silverlode were in deep battle as they straightened out for the stretch drive.    Pridecrest began his own attack along the inside, and Silverlode could not fend off the barrage from both sides. It was down to Banker Volo and Pridecrest with 100 yards to go,   Pridecrest took a slight advantage along the inside, and Banker Volo tried again with a desperate lunge right on the line. It would not be enough, as Pridecrest had gotten his nose to the wire first, by the slimmest of margins.   The teletimer read 1:53.4, to record the fastest trotting mile in the history of Minnesota and Running Aces. The previous record (1:54.1) had been established almost exactly 1 year ago by Banker Volo.   Pridecrest is a super-talented 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall out of the Westgate Crown mare Spilled Milk, he now has 24 career wins and earnings of $214,779. Pridecrest ($6.20) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by Leading Trainer Kathleen Plested.   Also on the Saturday program, Dream Chasin completed a 3-race win streak by capturing the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace class-A, in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3 with driver Nick Roland aboard for owners Michelle and Gregory Budach.   Dream Chasin ($4.20) dominated the affair from gate-to-wire. The $6,800 class-B division went to Frewil Dakota Sven ($2.80), who picked up his first win of the season with a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 for trainer/driver Brady Jenson and owners Brian and Kim Larson.   Driver Steve Wiseman had another big night, winning half the races on the card with his grand-slam. Wiseman also completed the sweep of the late Pick-3.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday, July 1, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT with a $7,500 Guarantee in the 50 cent late Pick-4 wager, and The Dan Patch FFA eliminations are just one week away, on Sunday, July 8.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

The long-fused harness racing trotter Lodi Dorian Blues continued his every other race a winner pattern last week, doing the track-and-attack to perfection to score going away with Steve Wiseman in the sulky at Cal Expo. The 8-year-old California-bred son of New Age Hanover goes about his business for Scott Ehrlich and George McCrystal with Kathleen Plested the conditioner and Lodi Dorian Blues was shaving a full second off his lifetime mark with the 1:56 1/5 clocking. "I've owned horses since 1988," said McCrystal. "From the very first time I started playing the races, I always liked closers, especially trotters that could close. He caught my eye early on because he always seemed to try hard. "Since my association with Steve and Kathie, I've had a lot of success. When looking for a trotter, this little guy seemed to fit the bill. "I've owned faster horses, but in the 29 years I've been an owner, I've never had one that tries as hard as he does every time he gets to race. Because of that, he's my favorite horse." As for Wiseman, who has been at the controls for two of Lodi Darian Blues' last four victories, he notes the trotter is a workmanlike individual with the right attitude. "He's an honest little horse who gives his all on the track He's a pleasure to be around and great in the barn." Can the Ehrlich/McCrystal colorbearer make it two straight trips to the charmed enclosure? Stay tuned. Barbarian eyes encore in Open Pace Barbarian, fresh from a coast-to-coast score at the head of the class, looks to keep the momentum going in Friday night's featured $6,600 Open Pace. There will be 13 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 5.55 p.m. The feature will go as the eighth race and there will also be a non-betting California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters decided before the regular program. A 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Righteous Renee, Barbarian is owned by Robert Orr, takes his lessons from Sparky Clarke and will be handled by Luke Plano. Plano climbed behind the pacer for the first time two weeks ago and it proved to be a great combination. Sent off as the 7-2 third choice, Barbarian zipped right to the front and rattled off modest fractions of :28 3/5 and :57 4/5 without pressure before picking up the pace. The Orr colorbeared turned things on in the stretch, motoring away by four and a half-lengths over Why Ask Why while stopping the timer in 1:52 4/5 that evening. He set his lifetime mark of 1:51 3/5 as a 3-year-old. Why Ask Why has been knocking on the door with runner-up efforts in the last two dances at the head of the class for the pacers. The 7-year-old son of No Pan Intended races for Windy City Farm and is reined and trained by Chip Lackey, with his most recent victory coming in an Open II event here on January 21 as the 6-5 choice. Completing the field are Jazzmanian Devil, Doc's Deal, Bettermeboy, China King, Pancetta and McFoolery, with Barbarian leaving from the outside slot in the field of eight. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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