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The first session of harness racing Qualifiers at Running Aces are scheduled for this Wednesday (June 10), followed by another Qualifying session on Saturday (June 13). Next week, there will be two more Qualifying sessions offered - Monday, (June 15) and Wednesday (June 17). In all cases, Qualifying entries are due by 10:00 am on the day before. Post time for the pre-season qualifiers is 12:00 noon for all sessions. Please note that due to the afternoon (1:00 pm) Live Racing post times at Running Aces this season, the entry box will close at 8:00 am sharp on draw days. Trainers are strongly encouraged to use the USTA online entry system. Telephone entries will be accepted from 7:00 am to 8:00 am (only) on draw days. For the first week of racing, we will draw on Wednesday (June 17) for Saturday (June 20) and draw on Thursday (June 18) for Sunday (June 21) followed by a Saturday (June 20) draw for Tuesday (June 23). For the remainder of the meet there will be a double-draw on Wednesdays for both Saturday and Sunday race cards, and Tuesday cards will be drawn on Saturday mornings. Live Racing is slated to begin on Saturday, June 20 and continue through Saturday, October 4. In addition to the Tuesday-Saturday-Sunday race schedule, there will be 3 Wednesday cards of Live Racing in September (the 16th, 23rd and 30th). Horsemen are also reminded that strict protocols are in place to ensure everyone's health and safety, please make sure to abide by all of the special 2020 race meet safety and health protocols. Horsemen are also reminded that all paperwork must be filed with MRC on each horse prior to arrival at Running Aces (Coggins and Health Certificates). All racing participants must be licensed in order to race, please secure all licensing prior to horse entry. MRC Licensing office phone is 651-925-3951. For any horsemen related questions you may contact the Judges at 651-925-3943 or the Race Office at 651-925-4532. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Sacramento, CA — Watch and Wager LLC, operator of Cal Expo harness, and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association would like to publicly thank Running Aces for their generous support during the COVID-19 crisis. Running Aces, through its charitable foundation, has contributed $30,000 to help defray Cal Expo backstretch operating expenses for the past two months. “This is exactly the reason we created the North Metro Racetrack and Community Foundation,” said Running Aces President and CEO Taro Ito. “To help our horsemen when needed. We are glad to fulfill our charter and that we made a difference.” The Cal Expo backstretch area is set to close on May 31 as the vast majority of these horsemen head to Running Aces Racetrack and Casino. The barn area at Running Aces opens June 1, with the first day of live racing Saturday (June 20). by Mark Ratzky, publicity, Cal Expo Harness

Columbus, OH — According to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Sunday to assist Canterbury Park and Running Aces as they prepare to start their racing seasons without spectators. The legislation, which passed 65-2, temporarily reduces the tracks’ portion of regulatory fees. It also changes the number of live racing days required to operate a card club. To read the full story, click here. from the USTA Communications Department

Running Aces has completed many aspects of our preparations for opening our harness racing backstretch beginning June 1, 2020. The backstretch will be open at 6AM - 8PM daily. Horsemen and women are encouraged to reference the following links for information detailing the COVID-19 response prepared by Running Aces as well as complete the required forms prior to arrival at Running Aces. All health certificates / coggins must be emailed to MRCINFO@STATE.MN.US a minimum of 24 hours in advance of any horses scheduled for arrival. Also please note, all arrivals must be scheduled a minimum of 72 hours in advance with Ben Blum to ensure all paperwork is on file and your arrival is planned to prevent congestion at the gate. The below links are also available on our website at https://www.runaces.com/racing/racing-resources/ COVID-19 Information Sheet COVID-19 Liability Release Emergency Preparedness Plan Shipping Checklist -updated 5/18/20 2020 Revised Live Racing Schedule - pending MRC Approval Thank you for your understanding and cooperation though this period of unknown - we sincerely appreciate your efforts to keep RA Safe, Secure, and an environment we're all proud to call Home. RA Track Management Team   Ben Blum Director of Mutuels & Simulcasting

Attention Running Aces Harness Racing Trainers: Stall allocations were posted yesterday and we continue to work with MHRI to develop our full schedule of races for regulatory review and approval. We are committed to opening the backstretch at 8AM on June 1, 2020 for the first phase of the 2020 season at Running Aces. This year, we will open the backstretch in two phases. Those who are assigned trailers at Running Aces or are in need of stabling for their horses are welcome to join us during the initial phase. Phase two, for the remainder of trainers allocated stalls at Running Aces, will open June 8, 2020 at 8AM. RA will offer four Qualifying Days beginning with phase 1 horses June 10 at 11AM. RA will post the full schedule of races, pending regulatory approval, once a schedule has been finalized with MHRI. Please confirm your intentions and date of arrival with Ben Blum prior to making shipping arrangements as well as sending stall rosters to stalls@runaces.com. The purpose of a phased opening is to allow for a period of self-isolation and social distancing and learning new safety protocols for those traveling from great distance working in close proximity on the backstretch at Running Aces. As an additional measure of the safety and welfare of those working at Running Aces, we have hired Trisha Stobbs, Health and Safety Compliance Administrator, to develop and manage risk mitigation and safety practices for our horse people, RA Employees, and MRC Staff. Ben Blum Director of Mutuels & Simulcasting P• 651-925-4514 | C• (651) 260-8961 E• bblum@runaces.com RUNNING ACES CASINO • HOTEL • RACETRACK 15201 Running Aces Blvd. Columbus, MN 55025 RunAces.com | (651) 925-4600 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram                                                        

First, thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this period of unknown. Today, we are releasing our 2020 stall allocations here. Please note these allocations reflect our plans to better secure our backside, horse people and your horses, RA and MRC staff who will all be working together to ensure all safety measures and protocols are in place upon our reopening. We have consulted many resources, and have opted to allocate 233 stalls while maintaining 18 stalls in Barn B for easier access to ship-in trainers. Please take this time to carefully review your allocated stalls and prepare a stall roster of horses to be sent to stalls@runaces.com by May 8, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the ever changing Covid-19 situation here in MN and are working with MHRI and the MRC on our revised barn opening, qualifying dates, as well as our live racing schedule pending regulatory approvals. Please contact Ben Blum (bblum@runaces.com or 651.260.8961) should you have any related concerns or questions. Ben Blum Running Aces

Columbus, MN -Driver/Trainer Nick Roland led the Harness Racing program at Running Aces on Sunday (August 18) with three winners on the program, including two dramatic wins in two of the evening's featured events.   Roland steered his superstar 3 year old gelding trotter to victory in the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired sophomore Trot from post seven, getting away quickly for the early lead before yielding to Major Al-Mar (Dean Magee) for the pocket. Ice Storm (Mooney Svendsen) came from second over and battled late with Major Al-Mar, with MD Magic looking to be blocked nearing the wire, but Roland was able to thread the needle and surge in between his two rivals to get up right on the money in a three-way photo as they stopped the timer in 2:00.3.   For MD Magic ($4.00), it was four wins in a row and his sixth victory in eleven outings in 2019, for seasonal earnings of $50,550. The winning owners are Set The Pace Racing, LLC.   Roland sent out Firedrake in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings, and again had to face his chief rival Nine Ways (Dean Magee) who was in search of his ninth consecutive win and was heavily favored at 2-5. Both Firedrake and Nine Ways flashed their customary gate speed, with Firedrake getting to the front first from post six, then yielding to the big favorite near the 1/8 mile mark as they ripped off an opening stanza of :26.4.   Nine Ways led through the middle stages in :56.1 and 1:24.2 but faced strong first-over pressure from Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen). Nine Ways had the lead as they straightened for home, with Fox Valley Nemitz still pressing on, and Bettor's Promise tipping wide with pace. Firedrake was looking for room and found just enough to squeeze through the inside lane and make it a four way go at the line. After a lengthy photo finish examination, Roland and Firedrake had gotten home just in front of Nine Ways in an absolute thriller in 1:53.   Set The Pace Racing, LLC. are the proud owners of Firedrake, the now 6 year old gelded son of Dragon Again, out of the Artsplace mare Everything's Easy. Firedrake ($14.40) now has 3 wins and $50,780 on the season.   Running Aces honored and remembered horseman Tim Brown on Sunday, with the $15,000 Open Trot being named the Tim Brown Memorial Race. The field of eight was deep with talent, and the public honed in on Winning Lyric as the 3-5 favorite.   Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) got the early lead with a strong brush from the gate, with Banker Volo (Nick Roland) leaving from post seven and finding the pocket, while public choice Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) got away last before getting into the outer flow near the half.   Silverlode led them into the far turn but began to shorten strides as Winning Lyric had quickly advanced all the way up to the leaders wheel, and took over near the 3/4-mile marker. French Eclipse (Rick Magee) had saved ground throughout and was a clear second, with It's A Horse (Tim Maier) closing late for third money.   Winning Lyric ($3.20) is a 5 year old son of Credit Winner and out of the Yankee Glide mare Naked Lyric, he now has four wins in twelve starts in 2019 with earnings of $49,995. He is owned by Terrence Smith and trained by Edward Hernandez.   Nineteen year old driver Braxten Boyd picked up his first career pari-mutuel driving victory on Sunday at Running Aces, when he steered his family-owned pacer Bestinthebusiness ($13.60) to his 47th lifetime win in 1:53. The winning trainer is Gene Miller.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (August 20) with local post time at 6 pm.   Photo: Running Aces all time leading trainer and driver had a big night on Sunday, including dramatic wins with MD Magic and Firedrake.     By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - The 2018 Harness Racing Horse of The Year in Minnesota was back in action on Saturday night (Aug 17) at Running Aces.   Burning Blaze headlined the field in the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Pace, taking on a field of six other rivals, and starting from post seven on the gate. Driver Steve Wiseman sent the gelded son of Wind Me Up away quickly, clearing the front from a fast starting Sweet Vivian (Mooney Svendsen) with a moderate first quarter clocking of :28.1 while A Little Rusty (Dean Magee) settled away in third.   Wiseman orchestrated a well rated mile for Burning Blaze, who carried the field through fractions of :57.0 and 1:26 with no pressure whatsoever, and had plenty in reserve for the stretch drive, peeling off a 27.2 closing stanza to keep everybody chasing him home, including pocket-sitter Sweet Vivian, who was not able to make up ground on the leader, despite her own :27.2 final kick. A Little Rusty was able to hold down the show spot.   Burning Blaze ($5.60) has now registered three wins in eleven outings in 2019, with seasonal earnings of $31,970. His career numbers are impressive, 10 wins, 3 seconds and 5 thirds from 20 starts, with a bankroll of $85,220 for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.   Brady Jenson led all drivers on the program with two wins, including a one-two sweep of Race 5, a $6,800 conditioned pace in which he drove his trainee Selma O'Brien ($16.60) to her second consecutive score in a career best 1:54.4 with his other trained entry Nurse Nattie (Tim Maier) getting second. The Jenson-trained Exacta paid a healthy $125.60 to Lucky winners and loyal Jenson fans.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 18) with local post time at 6:00 pm.     By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Despite heavy rains and strong storms throughout the day on Sunday (July 28) in the north-metro Minnesota area, the Harness Racing card at Running Aces went to post as scheduled, and delivered some very exciting contests and close finishes over the track rated sloppy.   One of the most impressive winning efforts of the night came from Fox Valley Nemitz ($ 22.00, Brian Detgen) , who picked up his fourth win in twelve outings this season with a resilient first-over mile in 1:52.3 in the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings.   Starting from post four in the seven horse affair, Fox Valley Nemitz floated away in sixth position and sat through the initial fast quarter (:26.3) but was quickly out and moving first-up just after that juncture, and began to apply pressure to leader and race favorite Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee).   Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) was sitting in the pocket and Top Notch (Rick Magee) was well spotted with the outside cover from Fox Valley Nemitz as they made their way around the far turn.   Fox Valley Nemitz turned up the pressure as they turned for home and Holdingallthecards folded his hand and relented, while Top Notch was raging with pace and tipped wide. Fox Valley Nemitz continued to pace strong to the wire and fought hard to deny Top Notch the victory, keeping his rival at bay by a half length on the line.   The winner is a 5 year old son of Richess Hanover, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen, and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen. He now has 16 career wins and $140,002 in the bank.   MD Magic ($5.00, Nick Roland) picked up his third straight win in the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired three year old Trot, with a sharp effort from post eight in 2:00.2 over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) for his fifth win of the year for owner Set The Pace Racing and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic now has career earnings of $112,860.   Pridecrest is back on top of the trotting colony at Running Aces after a sharp looking win in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Sunday. The classy 7 year old veteran by Angus Hall pulled the upset win with an outside trip throughout. Driver Steve Wiseman kept Pridecrest in the outer flow and covered up before tipping three-wide into the final turn and delivering heavy pressure to leader Banker Volo (Tim Maier).   Pridecrest took the lead at the head of the lane but immediately faced a strong late challenge from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) for an exciting stretch battle, with Pridecrest ($34.00) prevailing by a neck on the line in 1:56. The winning owner is Christopher Schick, and the winning trainer is Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Nick Roland had a big night on Sunday, piloting a total of five winners on the card, while Steve Wiseman drove three winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman sent out the same three winners.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 30) with local post time at 7 pm. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $3,547.90.     By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening (July 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly edition of the Mares Open pace event, with this week's rendition drawing a field of nine to battle it out for a $16,000 purse. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was back as the headliner in the field, making her return to the top mares event after taking her chances against the boys in the 2019 Dan Patch FFA, where she ran into the toughest Dan Patch nomination field to date, and finished sixth in her elimination group, but was only beaten two lengths. Juslikeaqueen lived up to all the hype this week, posting a dominating gate-to-wire win from post eight with the victory never in doubt. She paced the first half in :56.1 and repeated that for the final half, to stop the timer in 1:52.2 and check in 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) at the wire. Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) turned in another impressive " first-over forever " mile and held gamely for third. Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5 year old mare by Palone Ranger, out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She now has nine wins in twenty-three starts this year, with 26 career tallies and $289,080 in the bank. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Teachmehowtotory ($3.80, Nick Roland) picked up her second consecutive win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old fillies Trot, with a dominating performance in 2:03.1. The sharp filly by Braggart now has two wins in three starts for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Dubberyoo ($15.20, Dean Magee) was a winner in his career debut in the $9,200 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "B" pace, with an impressive win from off the pace in 2:01.3, featuring a :28.4 final quarter. The gelding son of It's That Time is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. Trotterlicious ($4.00, Tim Maier) was impressive again, turning in his second consecutive gate-to-wire win in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired two year old colts & geldings Trot, stopping the timer in 2:01. The Money Talks gelding is owned and trained by Rick Bertrand. Bunkerhill Phil ($3.40, Don Harmon) has now won three straight races at Running Aces, picking up an impressive last-to-first sweep in the $13,800 Minnesota-Sired two year olds "A" pace in 1:58.2, powering home in :28.2 to get up at the wire by a neck. The impressive son of Vlos now has five wins in six career outings. The winning owner/trainer/breeder is Gene Miller. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in Hat-Trick performances on Tuesday, with three winners each, while Nick Roland completed a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (July 27) with first post at 6 pm central, and two carryover pools: The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot is $2,192.87, and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,950.98. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

The Sunday evening (July 21) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the main event on Dan Patch weekend, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace - Sponsored by Watch And Wager. Last Year's Dan Patch FFA Champion Nine Ways turned in another exhilarating performance in the 2019 Dan Patch, as he rocketed past pace-setter Rockin Speed in the homestretch to record the fastest mile ever at Running Aces when he stopped the timer in 1:50.2, lowering the track mark for the second consecutive week, and also completing six wins in a row. Running Aces' leading driver Dean Magee got Nine Ways away from the gate quickly, and was able to secure the second position on the rail, while Rockin Speed with driver Travis Seekman surged from post position six right to the lead and posted a fast opening quarter of :26.2, before being hounded by Ideal Ace with driver Stephen White who applied heavy pressure to the leader throughout the middle stages of the race (:54.2 and 1:21.4). Rockin Speed turned back the challenge of Ideal Ace, and Nine Ways emerged from the pocket position with plenty of pace, while Firedrake and driver Nick Roland shook free from third at the rail and was charging hard late. Nine Ways got home first for the track record mile, and his second consecutive Dan Patch Championship, with a winning margin of 1-3/4 lengths. Nine Ways is a 5 year old son of Delmarvelous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine Nine of Hearts, the victory in the 2019 Dan patch completed six wins in a row for Nine Ways, who now has 24 lifetime wins and earnings of $269,906. The winning owner is Antonia Storer, and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Nine Ways paid $4.40 for every $2.00 win ticket. Drivers Dean Magee, Nick Roland and Rick Magee all turned in doubles on the Dan Patch program, which produced a new record handle for Running Aces of $371,635. RACE 9 RESULTS RUNNING ACES 7/21/19 $50,000 DAN PATCH FFA PACE TIMES: :26.2, :54.2, 1:21.1, 1:50.2 5- Nine Ways (Dean Magee) $4.40 $2.80 $2.40 6- Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) $3.20 $3.00 2- Firedrake (Nick Roland) $4.20 $2 Exacta 5-6 $12.00 $2 Trifecta 5-6-2 $46.40 $2 Superfecta 5-6-2-1 $197.00 By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 20) harness racing program at Running Aces featured two $25,000 events to kick of the biggest weekend of the summer at the Minnesota oval, Dan Patch Weekend. The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace attracted a strong field of 10 talented pacers going to post, headlined by Holdingallthecards (6-5, Dean Magee) and Stuckey Dote (2-1, Rick Magee). Holdingallthecards was entering this event after a solid win in the top Open Pace a week ago in 1:51.4, and Stuckey Dote was returning to Running Aces after a three race stint at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, where he picked up a 1:51.2 win, and a second. Holdingallthecards fired fastest from the gate from post three and took off for the quarter pole with Stuckey Dote finding the pocket easily from post two. King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) left alertly and was able to secure a spot in third as they posted speedy fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:22.1 with Holdingallthecards keeping the field in chase mode. As they rounded for home, it was clear that Stuckey Dote had taken full benefit of his pocket journey, and was full of pace, exploding Into the two-path as they straightened for the wire, and drawing away to a two length score in 1:51, with King Of The Crop closing inside to grab second over Holdingallthecards. Stuckey Dote ($6.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover out of the Artsplace mare Missy Artsie, he is owned by Merlin Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger. The victory in The Ron Banks Pace was win number six on the season, and 33rd lifetime for Stuckey Dote, who also eclipsed the $300,000 mark in career earnings tonight. The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot was the other big feature event on the card, and attracted a nice field of nine top-level trotters to square off in the evening's nightcap event. Pine Dream was the talk of the tote-board at 4-5 and was a new shooter to Running Aces and a regular Hawthorne competitor, he drew post eight for his local debut. Banker Volo was second choice in the wagering at 3-1, followed by My Uncle Cuz at 7-2. Banker Volo (Tim Maier) utilized his customary early speed and trotted out to the early lead from post two, while My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) floated away quickly to grab the pocket, and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) came away in third from the pole position. Pine Dream made a big move from the back of the pack near the three-eighths juncture, but went off-stride when near the top, losing all chance. Banker Volo led all the way into the lane, but My Uncle Cuz had plenty of trot and emerged from the pocket to score a one length victory over Banker Volo in 1:56, with French Eclipse holding the third spot. My Uncle Cuz My Uncle Cuz ($9.80) is a five year old gelded son of Abc Garland, he now has three wins in ten starts this year and lifetime earnings of $294,699. The winning owner is Krista Harmon, and the winning trainer is Don Harmon. Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.20, Dean Magee) picked up her fifth win in six seasonal starts tonight, with a 1:54.4 score in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old filly pace, and SB Bodacious ($3.80, Rick Magee) scored his fourth win of the year in the $11,500 Minnesota-Sired three year old colts & geldings pace with a 1:54.2 mile over Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo). Dean Magee had a very big night on Saturday, with a Grand Slam of four winners on the card. Rick Magee also had a big night, with a Hat-Trick of three winners. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 21) with a fantastic twelve race program, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

On Sunday evening (July 14) Running Aces hosted elimination races for the biggest Harness Racing event of the summer in Minnesota - The Dan Patch FFA Pace. Fourteen contenders lined up in two fields of seven to battle it out and decide the finalists for next week's $50,000 signature event.  Defending Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) was a headliner in the second $15,000 elimination grouping on the card, along with last year's runner-up and 2017 champion Firedrake (Nick Roland). They were the two fastest away from the gate, with Nine Ways sprinting to the lead and Firedrake securing the pocket through the opening quarter in :26.4.  SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) paced away in third and the rest of the field was in a line-up as Nine Ways maintained a solid tempo (:55.0 and 1:22.4). Bettor's Promise launched a first-over bid near the half, and applied pressure to the leader down the backstretch and around the far turn, with Ideal Ace (Steven White) and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the outer flow - but nobody was able to get past Nine Ways, who paced home strong through the lane with a :27.4 final panel and held off Firedrake who emerged from the pocket with pace. Nine Ways dug in for a 1¼ length tally to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and register the fastest mile in the history of Running Aces. SF Donttellonme held third over Bettor's Promise, while To The Limit won a big battle for the final qualifying spot.  Nine Ways ($2.40) is a 5 year old gelded son of Delmarvelous out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts. The victory tonight completed 5 wins in a row for Nine Ways for owner Antonia Storer and trainer Tim Maier, and pushed his career numbers to 23 wins and $244,906.  The first $15,000 elimination heat carried two of the most anticipated starters from the overall nomination field - Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) the Hawthorne shipper who was looking to extend a six race win streak, and Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) who shipped in from Indiana where he just posted a 1:49.1 career mark.  Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) was also in the first grouping, along with the lone mare in the 2019 Dan Patch field Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee).  Rockin Speed blasted from the gate from post two to take a firm early command, forcing Fox Valley Gemini to settle for the pocket from the rail, while Urgointohearmeroar floated away in third as they completed the fast :26.3 opening stanza. Urgointohearmeroar got rolling on the outside near the half, and was first over with Juslikeaqueen in tow and Major Legacy (Nick Roland) third-over. Urgointohearmeroar continued to pressure Rockin Speed through the middle panels of :55.3 and 1:23.1 while keeping Fox Valley Gemini locked tight in the pocket.  A furious stretch battle ensued as they turned for home, with Urgointohearmeroar getting the upper hand late for a ¾-length score over Rockin Speed in a 1:51 mile. Top Notch (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to secure third at 75-1, while Annihilator (Don Harmon) also closed well to pick up fourth at 72-1 and Fox Valley Gemini completed the top five.  Urgointohearmeroar completed a five race win streak with his elimination victory, adding to his impressive total of 13 wins in 15 starts this season, for earnings of $45,765. The impressive 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.  Urgointohearmeroar and driver Lemoyne Svendsen secured win number thirteen this season in his Dan Patch FFA elimination. The $15,000 Open II Handicap Pace went to Holdingallthecards ($4.80, Dean Magee) in 1:51.4 for his fourth win in sixteen starts this year, and the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot went to My Uncle Cuz ($20.60, Don Harmon) for his second win in nine season starts, and a seasonal best clocking of 1:55.4.  Heavy rains moved in to the area at Running Aces after race ten, with race eleven going to post under sloppy conditions. After a delay, and further bands of heavy rain, race twelve was cancelled due to safety concerns.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 16 with a big twelve race program, that offers two carryovers - the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is $5,310.11 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,655.11. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening (July 13) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured two divisions of the Minnesota-Sired three year old pacers going for a total purse of $23,000. The $13,800 "A" division saw a talented field of six, with three fillies and three geldings going into battle, headlined by favorites SB Bodacious (Rick Magee), Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo), and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee). As the gate sped away from the field, Windmeupnwatchmego was sent right to the lead from her outside six post, and quickly established firm command of affairs. The talented daughter of Wind Me Up posted a quick opener of 27.4, before stealing a 30 second breather in the second panel. Dean Magee got her fired back up for the final half and peeled off a 28.1 third panel to maintain a firm hold on things, and she paced home in an eye-catching 27.3 to post a career best mile of 1:53.3 while holding off a late challenge from race favorite SB Bodacious, with Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) home in third. Windmeupnwatchmego ($7.60) now has four wins in five outings this year, and ten career victories in just thirteen starts, with earnings of $77,550 for owner Richard Davelaar. The winning trainer is Gordon Graham. The $9,200 "B" split went to Trinitysfancyfilly (Brain Detgen) as she picked up her fourth win of the season in ten starts. After getting away third in the early stages, Trinitysfancyfilly ($4.80) swept to the lead near the 3/8 pole, and was never in doubt from there, She held off a host of late chargers at the wire to post a half-length score in 1:56.2 for a new career mark. Tiyaga (Steve Wiseman) picked up second, with Sweet Vivian (Mooney Svendsen) checking in third. The winner is owned by Sarah Hallberg, and also owned and trained by Brian Detgen. Saturday night was also Roger Huston night at Running Aces, an event that was a huge success. The Hall of Fame Announcer and Broadcaster met fans, signed autographs and books, toured the facility and called some Minnesota Harness action. A large and enthusiastic Saturday night crowd was treated to Huston's signature energetic and colorful calls, as he made the Running Aces stop his 145th career racetrack to announce at, and twentieth state in which to do so. Roger has now called 179,600 races over a tremendous 60 year career and is still going strong. He is now headed back home to gear up for the 2019 Adios pace at his home track (The Meadows) before heading to Ireland in August to call races at the Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway near Dublin. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 14) with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT) and features two $15,000 elimination races for the $50,000 Dan Patch Free For All. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -Running Aces is thrilled to welcome world famous Harness Racing Announcer and Broadcaster Roger Huston to the Minnesota oval on Saturday night (July 13). This will mark the 20th U.S. state and 145th Racetrack that Roger has called races at over his 60 years of announcing- which started at Wilmington, Ohio in 1960. As of the time of the Running Aces event, Roger will be right around the mark of 179,600 races called. In addition to calling some of the Running Aces action on Saturday, Roger will be available on the Race Patio for a meet and greet session, and book signing session starting at 5:00 pm. There will be a drawing with 10 lucky winners receiving an autographed copy of Roger's new book "The Voice" by Victoria M. Howard, with winners announced after Race #5. Books will also be available for purchase during the Saturday event.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The elimination races for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace will headline a blockbuster card of Harness Racing on Sunday, July 14 at Running Aces. There are two elimination races with a total of 14 pacers vying for the chance to line up behind the starting gate in the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. Each elimination heat carries a purse of $15,000 - bringing the total purse for the 2019 Dan Patch to $80,000. The top five horses in each elimination heat will advance to the final. The first elimination field will see many of the top speedsters among this year's participants, with Fox Valley Gemini (Steve Wiseman) drawing the rail and morning-line favoritism at 6/5, while Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) is the second choice on the morning line (7/5) from post two. The former arrives in Minnesota with a six race win streak at Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse, and sports a brand new career mark of 1:50.1 last out. Three starts ago on June 7th, Fox Valley Gemini paced a final quarter in :25.1 to sweep the field and win handily. The latter ships in to Running Aces from Indiana, where he just posted a career best win on 1:49.1 at Hoosier Park on June 21. During the month of May, Rockin Speed campaigned in Canada, finishing fourth in the $139,490 Confederation Cup, and second in the $116,180 Camluck Classic. He leads the Dan Patch contenders with $90,327 in earnings in 2019. Local speedster Urgointohearmeroar (Lemoyne Svendsen) is the 3/1 third choice in elimination #1 (Race 9) and is currently riding a four race win streak at Running Aces, equalling the track's fastest mile ever (1:50.4) on June 29. The 4 year old Mystery Chase gelding has won 16 of 20 career races, and will start from post three. The lone mare in this year's Dan Patch squad is Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee), who has reigned supreme here since her arrival from Pennsylvania in late June. She has dominated the Mares Open Pace for three straight weeks, and posted a dazzling 1:51.1 mile on Tuesday (July 9) to just miss a track record by one-fifth of a second, despite an off track (good, -1). She has been installed at 4/1 on the morning line from post four. The final three horses in the first elimination heat are: (in post position order) (5) Annihilator (Don Harmon) 10/1, (6) Major Legacy (Nick Roland) 20/1, and (7) Top Notch (Rick Magee) 8/1. Elimination #2 (Race 10) includes the two horses that have previously won the Dan Patch FFA Pace, 2017 winner & 2018 runner-up Firedrake (Nick Roland) who is 9/2 on the morning line from post two, and sports two wins in his last four starts, and 2018 winner Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who is the even-money (1/1) favorite on the morning line, and looks to extend a three-race win streak in Sunday's elimination race. Nine Ways is the second highest money earner this season, with $85,360, and has dominated the Horses & Geldings Open ranks since arriving in Minnesota in late June. Nine Ways drew post position five. Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) rounds out the top three favorites at 7/2 from post seven, and was the winner of the $20,000 North Metro Pace at Running Aces on June 16. Completing the field for the second elimination are: (in post position order) (1) Better Watch Out (Don Harmon) 12/1, (3) Ideal Ace (Stephen White) 6/1, SF Donttellonme (Rick Magee) 10/1, and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) 8/1. Post time for Sunday's elimination night program is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

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