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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 NAHUpicks.com and Live Music from Jake Nelson. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

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 - 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  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2017...It was quite a night for young harness racing trainer Maggie Audley on Monday night as Gold Star Mysti, a graduate of the Florida stakes program over the past two seasons, earned her "Summa Cum Laude" honors as a four year-old at Pompano Park with a thrilling 1:52.4 win for her 23 year-old driver, James Yoder. And less than a half hour later, the Audley-Yoder combo teamed up again for a win with Gator Boy--his first win in almost four years. Gold Star Mysti, a daughter of Mysticism, earned the closest of decisions over the late-charging A Wish For Wings, driven by Rick Plano, the margin a scant nose, with the pocket sitting Sterling Electra, with John MacDonald in the bike, third, two lengths away. Goldstar Rockette was fourth after emerging with the lead at the opening marker in :27 before taking the field through subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.1. Mysti, leaving from the outside post nine, was hustled away from the gate along with several others and settled in mid-pack around the opening turn. On the backside, she rushed up first over, engaged Goldstar Rockette in battle around the final bend, took command straightening away for home and just did hold on. Trainer Maggie Audley was ecstatic with "Mysti's" win remarking, "It was her first start here off of a qualifier and I didn't know what to expect since she hadn't seen pari-mutuel competition since September. I was really pleased with her performance but it sure was a close one. "I told Edgar (trainer Clarke of A Wish For Wings) that I was lucky that his mare didn't sneeze at the wire!" As the 2 to 1 favorite, Gold Star Mysti paid $6.00 to win. Roughly 16 minutes later, the six year-old Gator Boy went behind the Hummer Starting Gate in a non-winners of two pari-mutuel races event and roared by his competition in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2 for his first win since December 4, 2013 at Balmoral Park. The gelded son of Duneside Perch trained by Maggie for Dale Witcher II of Tatum, Texas, left with a bit of alacrity as driver Yoder searched for a decent spot, found one in fourth as the early fractions were hot--:28.2 and :56.4--and then sat chilly past the third station in 1:25.4 then fanned widest of all in the lane for the win measuring 1 1/4 lengths over Bro Hanover (Mickey McNichol) with Danza (Ray Vizzi) third after looming boldly turning for home. Come On Red was fourth whilethe 2 to 5 favorite, Decent Sawyer, picked up the nickel in the octet. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for Gator Boy with trainer Maggie Audley saying, "We met Mr. Witcher (owner) when he bought a broodmare from us out of the Delaware sale the February after dad (Tom) passed. "We kept in contact and, in conversation, we learned about Gator Boy, who was a large two year-old that had a lot of heart and tried hard but had a lot of soreness issues. "Instead of pushing him as a three year-old, Mr. Witcher decided to bring him back home to Texas, fatten him up and work on his soreness issues. "In order to earn his keep, Gator Boy started racing on the 'under saddle' circuit in Texas and Louisiana where they race under saddle with hobbles on a quarter-mile straightaway--usually only two at a time. "Earlier this year, Mr. Witcher thought that Gator Boy deserved another chance, so, about five months ago, he brought Gator Boy to us and he came along well so we decided that he was worth the investment to get him back to the races. "He hadn't won in several years (almost four) and he's still learning how to get around the turns, but he has a great attitude and he is happy doing his job." Gator Boy's mark, prior to his Monday night win, was in a Springfield qualifier as a two year-old--1:56.2 Gator Boy was 7 to 2 in the morning line but went off as the 8 to 1 third choice and returned $18.00 to his faithful. Trainer Maggie Audley, by the way, whose stable consists of mostly Florida bred stakes horses, now has a .481 UTRS average, after a 2016 year where she batted over .500. As she says, "I learned by lessons well because my dad taught me well!" Racing continues at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with over $100,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA Stallion Stakes continues. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

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