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The Tuesday evening (July 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace event, with this week's edition drawing a field of seven going for $14,000. The talk of the tote-board at (1-9) was Juslikeaqueen, who was assigned post seven and was looking to extend a two race win streak at the top Mares Open level. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" sent the favorite right to the front, but had to deal with a strong early challenge for the lead from Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) through a very fast :26.3 opening stanza, with Delightfully Wild forced to settle for the pocket, and Cay's Blessing (Darrell Wright) showing plenty of early speed as well and getting away third. Once settled on the lead, Juslikeaqueen was well in control of affairs, and posted solid middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.3, with no pressure whatsoever. As they straightened for home, Delightfully Wild mounted a challenge from the pocket but was no match for the leader, who held firm to the wire for a ¾- lenth score in 1:51.1, just 1 tick off of the track record for aged pacing mares (Show Runner, 1:51) and making the effort even more impressive was the track rating of good (the rating started at sloppy, and was upgraded after five races). PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) rallied from the back of the pack to get third money. The winner is a five year old daughter of Palone Ranger, and out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline. She is owned by Antonia Storer and is trained by Tim Maier. The victory on Tuesday was win number seven on the season, and pushed her yearly earnings to $64,010, while her career bankroll is now at $281,080. Juslikeaqueen ($2.20) is the lone mare in a field of nineteen nominees for the 2019 Dan Patch FFA Pace at Running Aces, which gets underway with elimination races this coming Sunday (July 14). Two year old Minnesota-Sired races were also a highlight of the Tuesday action, with Go Margeaux ($6.60, Rick Magee) picking up her first career win in 2:03.2 over the sloppy surface in the "B" Trot, and Miss Gracious ($4.60, Darrell Wright) remaining a perfect 3-for-3 lifetime in the "A" Trot in 2:03.1. On The pacing side, Ain't That A Shame ($5.00, Don Harmon) won her first career race with a gate-to-wire win in 2:00.2 in the "B" division, while Bunkerhill Phil ($22.60, Don Harmon) topped the "A" split with a sharp mile in 1:57.4 for his first career pari-mutuel win. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night (July 13) with two sizeable carryovers: $4,714.19 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $4,777.45 in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager. First post on Saturday is at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The weekly Open Handicap Trot was the $14,000 feature on the Saturday night (July 6) harness racing program at Running Aces, with seven top trotters going in to battle, headlined by Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was looking for his sixth win in a row, and was favored by the betting public at 7-5. Banker Volo blasted off of the gate from post seven to quickly establish firm command, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) flashing speed from post five and dropping into the pocket through a :28.3 opening quarter. Banker Volo led comfortably through the middle stages (:57.4, 1:25.4) but began to feel heavy pressure from Winning Lyric (Dean Magee) who was on the attack from first-over. Pridecrest was in the pocket, but as they were rounding for home he rolled off-stride and lost all chance. Winning Lyric had the leader measured as they turned in, and Banker Volo had to settle for second as Winning Lyric trotted strong through the lane to score by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:55, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) checking in third. The winner is a 5 year old gelded son of Credit Winner, out of the Yankee Glide mare Naked Lyric. He is owned by Terrence Smith, and is trained by Edward Hernandez, who earned his very first pari-mutuel training victory with this score on Saturday night. Winning Lyric ($7.20) now has two wins in seven starts this year, and ten career victories, with earnings of $107,216 lifetime. Driver Dean Magee picked up another Hat-Trick on Saturday, while Nick Roland scored a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, July 7 with first post at 7 pm (CDT) and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $2,470.76.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack  

Columbus, MN -For the second year in a row, Watch and Wager has partnered with Running Aces as promotional sponsor for the signature harness racing event of the season, the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which gets underway with $15,000 elimination races on Sunday, July 14 and culminates with the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21. This year's Dan Patch event has drawn nineteen nominations including 17 geldings, 1 mare and 1 stallion and the overall field has earned over $3.4 million and won over 400 races collectively. The Dan Patch FFA headlines a big weekend of racing at the Minnesota oval, including The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and The $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot on Saturday, July 20. The festivities will get underway on Friday, July 19 with the Dan Patch pre-party, which is by invitation to top-tier racing customers, Dan Patch FFA connections, and Running Aces horsemen. Party attendees will be treated to race programs, tip sheets and chances to win swag prizes and betting vouchers for the big race. On Sunday, July 21 the signal from Running Aces will feature the addition of NAHU Picks "Three-Wide" as part of the full card broadcast, with Rod Allums, Jr., Mike Pribozie, and Ray Cotolo joining track announcer Darin Gagne live from the track apron, and offering on-track fans many chances to win prizes throughout the big racing night. There will also be a special Dan Patch retro lunch box giveaway on Saturday (July 20) and a kid's horseshoe giveaway on Sunday (July 21). The Live Racing schedule at Running Aces offers action three nights per week, all summer long, through September 14, with racing on Tuesdays (7 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays both at (6 pm). By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening (July 2) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of eight facing the starter and looking for the weekly title as top distaffer on the grounds. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was the talk of the toteboard, coming into this week's Mares' feature fresh off of her impressive win upon local debut a week ago, when she launched a furious late-stretch charge to get up at the wire in 1:52.3 for a half-length score. This week she and Leading Driver Dean Magee employed a different strategy - they went straight to the lead and never looked back, taking the field on a merry stroll through fractions of :27, :56.2, and 1:24.3 before pacing a strong :28.1 final panel to keep the field well in arrears at the wire in 1:52.4. Juslikeaqueen ($2.40) was 3½ lengths ahead of 128-1 longshot Strings (Don Harmon) and 46-1 longshot Cay's Blessing (Darrell Wright) at the finish. The resulting $2 Trifecta of $1,148.20 was an impressive number considering the 1-5 favorite delivered the win.  Juslikeaqueen is the lone mare nominated to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace which gets underway with elimination races on Sunday, July 14. The 5 year old daughter of Palone Ranger is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Tim Maier.  Two $10,000 Opens for two year olds were contested on Tuesday night, one each for pacers and trotters. The $10,000 pace event went to Waco Sassy Kid ($2.80,Nick Roland) who made it two in a row at Running Aces with a 1:58.4 score, and remains a perfect 4-for-4 lifetime for owner Ronald Lamar Burks and trainer Lorenza Gooch. The $10,000 trot event went to Miss Gracious (Dean Magee) who also achieved two wins in a row, and also remains unbeaten in those two career races. Miss Gracious ($5.40) is owned and trained by Jeffrey Ryan.  Driver Dean Magee led the night with 3 winners for a Hat-Trick, and remains at the top of the Driver Standings through the first 21 nights of the 2019 season.  Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen completed a natural driving double with tallies in races seven and eight.  The .20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager has a carryover of $2,034.71 for the next card of Live Racing at Running Aces - Saturday, July 6 with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack    

The Sunday evening (June 30) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was jam-packed with featured events and competitive contests spanning the twelve race card. Among the featured races was the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which offered a field of eight top level contenders facing the gate, including Banker Volo from post eight, who was looking to extend his four race winning streak that began on May 26. Loyal Banker Volo fans were treated to a generous price at the windows at 2-1. The field included a coupled entry of Muscle Ave (Williams Hernandez) and Winning Lyric (Dean Magee), and they were sent off as the 6-5 favorites. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) flashed his usual gate speed from his outside spot and grabbed the early lead, while Muscle Ave was quickly up to attack from post four, and take over the front, but Banker Volo and Roland were not content with the pocket and quickly utilized the give-and-go to get back on top at the three-eighths pole. Banker Volo led from there and built up a three length advantage as they rounded the far turn, but Winning Lyric began to bridge the gap and was charging hard in the final stages, making for an exciting final sixteenth. Banker Volo responded to the challenge and was game right down to the wire, keeping a head in front of Winning Lyric as they hit the line in 1:55.2 with My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) home third. The victory now makes five wins in a row for Banker Volo ($6.00) who has now earned $45,775 from seven outings this season, and $461,853 from 128 career races with 41 wins. Lucas Roland is the winning owner and Jenni King is the winning trainer. Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made his second Running Aces start of the season on Sunday, headlining a very talented field of eight in a $7,500 conditioned Trot from post three, sent off as the 1-2 heavy public choice. Mystic Flower (Ryan Very Hage) was fastest from the gate before Cartier Zette (Tim Maier) swept to the lead. Pridecrest got rolling near the three-eighths marker and was first-over throughout from there. Pridecrest continued to press the leader and drew alongside turning for home, before forging to the out-right lead close to home. It's A Horse (Brian Detgen) was charging late at a big price but Pridecrest was game and kicked home a winner in 1:56.3 to score by a half-length with Cartier Zette home in third. Pridecrest now shows two wins in ten starts this year, earning $15,970, while his career numbers advance to 33 wins and $286,934. The winning owner is Christopher Schick and the winning trainer is Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. Nine Ways (Dean Magee) dominated the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace event for the second consecutive week, turning in a strong 1:52 mile for his third straight win. Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) blasted the gate from post five and then sat the pocket behind Nine Ways and tried to get by in the lane but Nine Ways would not relent, powering home in :27.4 for another impressive win. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) rallied late for third. Nine Ways ($3.00) now has six wins in twenty four starts this year, earning $77,360. His career stats advance to 21 wins and $229,406 from 86 races. The winning owner is Antonia Storer and the winning trainer is Tim Maier. Lone Pine Shuzy ($15.60, Jesse Yoder) scored in the $9,200 MN 3 YO Trot (class B) in 2:02.1, while Major Al-Mar ($9.80, Rick Magee) scored in the $13,800 "A" division in 2:00.1 for his first career win. Drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee both picked up Hat-Tricks on Sunday, while current leader Dean Magee scored a driving double. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 2) with an eleven race program and a carryover in the .20 cent Pick-5 wager of $1,362.57. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Saturday evening (June 29) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by a track record performance from Urgointohearmeroar (Mooney Svendsen) who dominated a $7,000 conditioned pace and stopped the timer in 1:50.4 to register a new track record for 4 year old geldings. The clocking also equaled the fastest time ever at Running Aces, a distinction he now currently holds with Six Gun, Trashytoungetalker, and Holdingallthecards. After getting away from the gate in fifth position early, Svendsen sent his charge first-over and swept to the lead near the 3/8 marker. Once on the lead, Urgointohearmeroar ($4.40) was never in doubt, keeping early leader Skim The Top (Don Harmon) at bay in the pocket, and powering home in the final half (:55.0) to score a 1 ¾ length tally over Skim The Top and Marktentwentyseven (Dean Magee), who was 8 ¾ lengths back at the wire. Urgointohearmeroar is by Mystery Chase, out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Unconditional. He has now won fifteen of nineteen career races for owner/trainer Mark Anderson, who nominated him to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace coming up in July at Running Aces. The $13,800 featured event on Saturday was the 3 Year Old Minnesota-Sired "Class A" Pacing event, with a very talented field of seven contenders. The race delivered a super exciting stretch battle that had all of the contestants in hot pursuit of front-runner Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) who benefitted from a :30.3 breather in the second quarter to have plenty left in the tank deep in the stretch, holding off four challengers and scoring a third-straight victory by a head in 1:54.3. Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) just missed a fourth straight win, while SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) was only beaten a half-length in third. Stay Humble N Kind is also owned and trained by Gerald Longo, and returned $8.60 for the win ticket. In The $9,200 Minnesota-Sired "Class B" Pace, The Boss' Wife ($7.20) captured her very first lifetime win, with an aggressive drive by her trainer Nick Roland, she dominated the affair with a gate-to-wire tally in 1:58. The 3 year old filly by Voracious Hanover showed a tremendous improvement while third in her last outing, and followed that up with the 1 length victory tonight for owners Cathy Dessert and Set The Pace Racing LLC. Drivers Mooney Svendsen, Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman all turned in doubles on the Saturday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, June 30, with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -Running Aces is proud to announce the list of horses that have been nominated to the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace on Sunday, July 21, the headline harness racing event during our annual Dan Patch weekend. A total of 19 pacers have been nominated, comprised of 17 geldings, 1 stallion, and 1 mare. The 2019 nominees range in age from 4 to 10 years old. As a group, the nineteen nominees have earned over $3.4 million dollars and have won over 400 races collectively. The headliners among this year's entries include 2018 Dan Patch FFA winner Nine Ways (5, $221,906, 1:50f) as well as 2017 winner and 2018 runner-up Firedrake (6, $168,024, 1:51.2f) and 2019 Camluck Classic runner-up Rockin Speed (4, $210,928, 1:49.1s) as well as Illinois sensation Fox Valley Gemini (4, $333,666, 1:50.2s). Leading the group in terms of career numbers is the classy veteran Holdingallthecards (10, $562,530, 1:50m). The lone stallion in the group is Major Legacy (6, $93,725, 1:52s) and the lone mare in this year's list of nominees is Juslikeaqueen (5, $266,080, 1:51f)   Below is the complete list of 2019 nominees: Annihilator Better Watch Out Bettor's Promise Dash Of Danger Firedrake Fox Valley Gemini Here Comes Teddy Holdingallthecards Ideal Ace Juslikeaqueen King Of The Crop Major Legacy Nine Ways Rockin Speed SF Donttellonme Top Notch To The Limit Urgointohearmeroar When You Dance   The elimination races will be held on Sunday, July 14 for $15,000 each. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 21.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Tuesday evening (June 25) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Mares Open Pace, with a very nice group of seven distaffers going into battle. Newcomer Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was heavily supported by the betting public and was sent off as the 2-5 favorite from post one. Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was fastest from the gate from post two and set honest early fractions of :27.3, and :56.1 with Juslikeaqueen riding along comfortably in the pocket. Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) launched a first-over attack near the five-eighths pole, and applied heavy pressure to the leader as they rounded the far turn and registered a 1:24.2 clocking. Pull The shade (Steve Wiseman) tipped three wide off cover and took the lead as they squared for home, while Juslikeaqueen angled to the outside with a furious charge to the wire and surged past right on the line for a half-length score in 1:52.3. Juslikeaqueen ($2.80) is a 5 year old daughter of Palone Ranger out of the Kingston mare Queen Caroline, she now sport's six wins in nineteen starts this season, and 23 career wins, with $266,080 in her lifetime bankroll. The winner is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Tim Maier, and she is being aimed at the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which gets underway with elimination races on July 14. Tuesday's program also featured a pair of two year old events for both trotters and pacers, The $10,000 Two year old Open Trot went to Miss Gracious ($6.80, Dean Magee) a filly by Money Talks who out-lasted Lo Can Go Go Go (Williams Hernandez) by a neck in 2:05.3. The $10,000 Two year old Open Pace event went to Waco Sassy Kid, a gelding by Costa Rica Kid driven by Nick Roland for a ¾ length score in 2:00.3 to remain unbeaten in three career races. Another exciting occurrence on the Tuesday card came about when full siblings both picked up career best wins on the same racing program- five year old gelding pacer Marktentwentyseven ($7.80, Brady Jenson) won the opener with authority to score his tenth career win in 1:52.3 shaving nearly 1 second from his previous best time, while his full sister four year old mare Nurse Nattie ($14.60, Brady Jenson) stepped up to the plate in race eight and hit a home run for her sixth career tally, stopping the timer in 1:55 and shearing an impressive 3 and 3/5 seconds from her previous mark. Both winners are by Up Front Brad and out of the Heavenly Favored mare Mysparklingdiamond. The winning breeder in both cases is Brandon Jenson, while Larry Jo Jenson is owner and Brady Jenson is the trainer. Drivers Dean Magee and Brady Jenson both picked up three wins on Tuesday, each scoring the Hat-Trick, while Nick Roland piloted two winners on the card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, June 29 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Minnesota Harness Racing's 2018 Champion freshman trotting gelding MD Magic is back in top form at Running Aces, and he picked up his second win of the year in six starts by capturing the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Trot on Sunday night (June 23).  MD Magic (Nick Roland) started from post ten in the second tier in a bulky field of ten sophomores, and got away fifth in the early stages, while Al-Mar Humdinger (Don Harmon) and Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) traded turns on the lead. The early fractions were honest (:29.2 and :58.4) and MD Magic was first to launch an outside bid - moving first up as they rounded for the backstretch.  MD Magic ($9.00) was pressuring Major Al-Mar at the top as they rounded the far turn and registered three-quarters in 1:29.2 and was clearly getting the best of his rival as they trotted through the lane, surging past to get 1 length clear at the wire in 2:00.1 for his eleventh career tally. Major Al-Mar was a clear second, with Al-Mar Humdinger checking in third.  MD Magic is a son of Braggart, out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, and he has now earned $90,800 in seventeen career races for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. He was the top two year old male trotter last year and set a record in the Minnesota-Sired program with single-season earnings of $70,300.  The Sunday card was loaded with feature events, including the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which went to 3 year old colt trotting sensation Bordogna (Trixton-Lima Playmate-Credit Winner) who now sports three wins in a row after a sharp looking rally from the back of the pack to sweep the field in 1:55.4. Bordogna ($4.20, Steve Wiseman) is owned by Rick and Mr. Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.  The $17,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings featured a very talented field of ten, and the return of 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace winner Nine Ways, who was highly regarded at the windows at 3-5 from post 8 and did not disappoint his backers. Nine Ways ($3.40, Dean Magee) blasted right to the lead and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:51.4 mile, for two wins in a row. Tim Maier trains the 5 year old gelding by Delmarvelous for owner Antonia Storer. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) was a fast-closing second and King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was third.  The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 4 year olds & up Trot went to Bragginade ($19.00, Nick Roland) who is back in top form and trotted to a career best 1:57.4 victory for his first win of the year in five starts. The Braggart gelding was the freshman state champ two years ago and has now earned $90,009 for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Nick Roland. Jenni King trainees French Eclipse and Whatevershesgot were second and third, respectively.  Drivers Dean Magee and Nick Roland shared top honors on the night, with three wins each.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a twelve race program on Tuesday, June 25 - kicking off at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Three Year Old Minnesota-Sired Pace, which was split into two divisions. The $11,500 fillies division sported a field of seven sophomore distaffers, headlined by A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) who was the clear favorite in the wagering (1-1) after turning in a very impressive victory last time out, winning by more than five lengths to post a maiden win in 1:56.2. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) was also getting plenty of attention, as she was the runner-up for divisional honors last season as a freshman filly pacer. The public sent her off as the 2-1 second choice, and she sped away from the gate from post one to take the lead and control the pace. The fractions were quite sensible with Trinitysfancyfilly leading the parade through the first three panels (:29, :59, and 1:28.1) while A Little Rusty had gotten away in third before launching a first-over attack going into the final turn, and The Boss' Wife (Nick Roland) was stalking in the pocket. Trinitysfancyfilly led them into the lane, and was game to the wire, but A Little Rusty had just enough momentum to forge past right on the money - getting up to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 for two wins in a row, with The Boss' Wife home in third. A Little Rusty ($4.00) is by The Village Rusty from the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Topless. The winner is owned and trained by Wendy Haberburg. Gerald Longo also won the $11,500 colts & geldings division with his own Fancy Schmacy gelding Stay Humble N Kind, delivering as the 2-1 second choice ($6.00) and picking up his second win in a row with a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 as he just out-kicked race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) to the wire in a thrilling finish. Completing a Hat-Trick on the program for Longo, was Bunkerhill Jill ($10.40) in the nightcap, pacing to a new career best of 1:54.2 for owner/trainer Gene Miller. One lucky patron was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 wager as the only ticket, taking down a Jackpot of $12,783.92. The winning sequence was 3-9-2-9-3 and the odds of those winners were: 4-5, 20-1, 9-2, 22-1, and 4-1. The Pick-5 Jackpot starts over on Sunday, June 23 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack

The 2019 Father's Day Harness Racing program at Running Aces was a huge success - perpetuating a long history of large, enthusiastic crowds making their way to the north-metro Minnesota track to celebrate the holiday with the whole family and enjoy all of the amenities that Running Aces has to offer. The card of racing was fantastic, overflowing with exciting and well matched contests and impressive performances. The big event on the card was the first annual North Metro Pace sporting a $20,000 purse that drew a very talented field of Open level pacers. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) was the talk of the tote board (8-5) and the top pick of track handicappers - making his Running Aces return after a two year hiatus from the Columbus five-eighths mile track where he posted a strong campaign in 2017 and took a 1:51.1 mark. Annihilator (Dean Magee) and Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) were both well supported at just over 3-1 and King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was the only other horse sent off at odds in the single digits (6-1). The gate sped away with Holdingallthecards in hot pursuit from post eight for the lead and Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) flooring it from post four to secure the garden seat position. Prodigal (Tony Succarotte) was also away fast from post three and settled third and just off the early leaders. The quarter was a fast :26.3 and Tim Maier quickly throttled the leader down for a second quarter breather of :29.2 while War Daddy (Williams Hernandez) got the ball rolling on the outside, creating an outer flow that included race favorite SF Donttellonme (second-over) and Annihilator in the third-over spot. Holdingallthecards responded to the pressure with a :27.3 panel that brought the field around the far turn, and turned back the closest outside pursuers. Bettor's Promise had enjoyed the perfect trip throughout and was poised to strike as they turned for home - but getting by the leader was no easy task. A furious charge to the wire ensued and Annihilator joined the fray on the far outside to bolster a nail-biting finish. When the dust cleared at the wire Bettor's Promise had gotten home first, a neck ahead of Annihilator and a further neck back to Holdingallthecards in a 1:52.4 mile. The top 7 finishers were beaten less than three lengths and entire field was covered in under 5 lengths. Bettor's Promise ($35.60) took the top prize in a thrilling inaugural edition of the North Metro Pace and his connections were presented the "giant check" in the Winner's Circle. The 8 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. Bettor's Promise now has three wins in twelve starts this year and 27 lifetime wins, with a career bankroll of $183,695 after Sunday's big win. Winning driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen dedicated his wins on Father's Day weekend to the memory of his father Lorenz Svendsen, both father and son are members of the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Svendsen had two wins on the Father's Day program. Driver Steve Wiseman is the two-time defending Champion driver at Running Aces and he turned in a huge night on Sunday - celebrating his Father's Day in style with five wins on the card - the first driver to win more than three on any card this season. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night, June 18 with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT) and a couple of nice carryovers: $9,662.11 for the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $5,371.39 for the Hi-5. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces featured the inaugural Trout Air Trot with a $20,000 purse and a talented field of seven that included three current track record holders, who were the top three horses in the wagering. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) was sent off as the slight favorite at just under 3-1, while Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) was the public's second choice at 7-2 and Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) was also well supported at 4-1. Banker Volo left from post seven displaying his usual early speed and trotting right to the front, while Silverlode also flashed speed from post six and found the pocket and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) was also fast away and landed in third. The early fractions were solid at :27.3 and :56.2 and Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was first to launch a challenge with a first-over bid just past the half, he got to third within two lengths of the leader on the far turn, but Banker Volo turned in a strong third panel of :28.3 to stop the outer flow from getting too close. As the stellar field rounded for home, Banker Volo was still trotting strong and he had nearly two lengths on his rivals. Silverlode had the best trip and angled from the pocket, with Winning Lyric (Williams Hernandez) tipping from second-over and closing late - but Banker Volo had plenty left in the tank and held firm to the wire, posting a solid 1 length score in 1:54.4 for his fourth-straight victory at Running Aces, and yet another high profile win for Banker Volo ($7.80) that brings his career win tally to 40 and pads his career bankroll to $454,353. The always impressive 10 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide is owned by Lucas Roland and trained by Jenni King. Silverlode held the second spot, while Winning Lyric checked in third. Trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday, scoring 4 wins and 1 second in four races - from five starters. A night to remember for the veteran trainer who is a well respected member of the local colony each summer, and competes at Cal Expo in his home state of California the rest of the year. Drivers Gerald Longo and Nick Roland each posted driving doubles on the card. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $7,826.37 heading into a big 11 race Father's Day card on Sunday, June 16 with a first post of 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino Hotel and Racetrack

Harness racing trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday (June 15) Reider sent out 5 horses - with two of them carded together in one race. The night's results charts show four wins and one second for the Reider brigade. Four races, four wins and a second, he could not possibly do better than that without a dead heat - his horses finished one-two in race three, separated by just a length. The amazing night started out in race one, when Steve Wiseman piloted Reider's 5 year old Hot Pans gelded pacer Zachariahs Honor ($9.20) to a half-length victory for his seventh win of the year. Next, in Race 3, Reider sent out the winner Cruising For You ($9.20, Mooney Svendsen) and the runner-up He Grins Again (Steve Wiseman). Dontcloseyoureyes ($31.00, Gerald Longo) was the next Reider winner, in race five, scoring her first win of the season and upsetting the field at 14-1. Finally, George sent out Walker Meister in Race #6 while the public had finally jumped on the Reider bandwagon - sending him off as the 8-5 favorite. Walker Meister responded by turning in a dazzling performance - sweeping the field around the far turn and pulling away to a 5½ length romp for his fourth win of the year and completing a perfect night of racing for George Reider. Cruising For You is owned by Juan Pacheco, all of the others mentioned are owned by George Reider. Reider is a Running Aces mainstay every summer and he is a well respected horseman. The four wins on Saturday bring him into the current list of top five trainers by wins in 2019. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Father's Day weekend is jam-packed with great harness racing action at Running Aces, along with a full slate of family activities, live music, giveaways and other promotions. The action on the track will feature two signature races - The $20,000 Trout Air Trot on Saturday (6/15) has a star-studded field of seven contenders, including three current track record holders. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) has won the last three Open Handicap Trot events and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite from his assigned outside post. Winning Lyric (Williams Hernandez) is a new horse to the local scene by way of Pocono Downs and has been posted as the 7-2 second choice, while Bringoverthemoney (4-1, Tim Maier), Pridecrest (9-2, Lemoyne Svendsen), and Silverlode (5-1, Steve Wiseman) round out the top contenders on the morning line. The $20,000 North Metro Pace headlines a great 11 race card on Sunday (6/16) with a full field of nine very talented entries. Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) has won his last two races but moves back up into open company for this feature event and starts from post eight, despite those possible obstacles he has been installed as the 5-2 top choice. Annihilator (7-2, Dean Magee) won at the Open level two weeks ago and has the rail, and SF Donttellonme (7-2, Joe Casagranda) has drawn post two and returns to Running Aces for the first time since 2017 and is showing recent good form at the top levels at Northville Downs. Fox Valley Nemitz (9-2, Brian Detgen) just won a top Open here in 1:52 but has post nine for this event, and Firedrake (9-1, Nick Roland) is also another top contender here coming off a strong win in 1:54.2, he will start from post seven. Bolstering the great lineup of races for the weekend are a trio of nice carryover pools to add to the excitement. The 50 cent early Pick-4 on Saturday will feature a carryover of $2,021.92, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 will start at $7,005.65 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carries $1,763.54 from Tuesday night (6/11). Post time is 6:00 pm (CDT) for both Saturday and Sunday. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace event, with this week's edition hosting a field of seven going to battle for a $14,000 purse. Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) was the favorite in the wagering at 3-5 and was looking for her third straight win at the Open level. Pull The Shade (Dean Magee) is stablemate to said favorite, and was the second choice in the pools at 7/2. When the gate sped away from the field it was Delightfully Wild (8-1) with driver Nick Roland who was fastest to the front, turning back a challenge for the lead from Strings (Mooney Svendsen). Delightfully Wild served notice that she was in charge and seated her rivals all in a line behind her through a good :27.2 opener. Just after the quarter, Tim Maier got the favorite Cenalta Diamond rolling from the back of the pack and created an outer flow, advancing to third as they hit the half mile in :56.4, and then applying heavy pressure to the leader as they headed into the last turn. Pull The Shade had picked up the second-over position and was poised to strike from there as they completed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Strings (8-1) had saved ground in the pocket throughout, and was still right there stalking as they straightened, but Delightfully Wild took off for the wire - so did Pull The Shade - who pulled right along- side and forged to a short lead with just 50 yards to go. Delightfully Wild ($18.20) was not content to concede the race and she powered right back for a thrilling finish and a resilient victory in 1:53.1, checking in a head in front of Pull The Shade on the line, with Strings home in third by 2¾. Delightfully Wild is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco, the sharp 6 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight has now won 29 career races, including five wins this season from eleven outings, and she has now amassed $151,375 in lifetime earnings. Drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee both turned in driving doubles on the Tuesday card, while Dean Magee picked up one win to draw back into a tie for the leading driver spot with Tim Maier at 18 wins apiece. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, June 15 with a trio of nice carryover pools - the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager has a carryover of $2,021.92, while the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 stands at $7,005.65 and the 50 cent Hi-5 in Race #7 will be $1,763.54. Post time on Saturday is 6:00 pm (CDT.) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The Sunday evening (June 9) harness racing card at Running Aces had plenty to offer in the way of excitement and nostalgia. The ten race program featured horses doubling and even tripling up and extending their current top form, and it had former champions and top horses returning to glory for the first time this year. It had upset winners and it had spot-on favorites, it was a great night at the races. Firedrake is one of the top pacers at Running Aces over the past several seasons, with many memorable accomplishments - including starting out with 9 wins in his first 10 starts of 2017, then going on to win the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace that same year, and coming back in the 2018 Dan Patch to almost repeat with a second place finish beaten only a neck. His season in 2019 has been a little different - he dealt with some obstacles over the winter and for a while he didn't look like himself - at least not on paper. He visited some new tracks and perhaps didn't care for them as much as Running Aces, where he has seen the most of his career success. Things began to improve as Firedrake began to pick up some decent finishes in Ohio and later in Indiana, but still the winner's circle had been elusive. Firedrake made his way back to Minnesota for the start of the season and he was right here where he belonged on opening night (May 18) and he turned in a decent effort in the feature race (3rd). He was back in the feature one week later and finished a respectable fourth, and then he was seventh after that. Firedrake was back home at his favorite track and he was doing ok, he was looking good, but there was still something missing - his trainer Nick Roland had not driven him in a race in nearly a year. That was about to change. Firedrake was in to go in a $9,000 conditioned pace, getting some well deserved class relief and Nick Roland would reunite with his 6 year Dragon Again gelding and take on a field of nine from post four. The stage was set and Firedrake was ready to show his Minnesota fans that he was back. The public took notice - sending him off as the 4-5 favorite. He was fastest off the gate but was immediately challenged by Whatchyastarinat (Don Harmon) who took the lead with Roland opting for the pocket. The early fractions were tepid for the top-level pacers and the challengers came calling after the half mile. Elusive Image (Tony Huffman) was pressuring the leader with Five Card Draw (Mooney Svendsen) charging from second-over. Firedrake had lots of pace but was blocked. Roland was patient and waited for the homestretch - they got the room they needed and the dynamic duo immediately took off with a furious and impressive rally to the wire. The competition was left reeling as Firedrake drew off by two lengths in 1:54.2 for the fastest mile of the night. Firedrake ($3.80) is back, and with Nick Roland in the bike the two of them proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Five Card Draw was up for second, while Whatchyastarinat held for third. Firedrake is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. The $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters were in the spotlight on Sunday as well, with a field of 8 going to battle in the opener. Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) was favored from post one while MD Magic (Nick Roland) was a close second choice in the wagering. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) set the tempo and led for most of the contest, but there was a nice battle as the field rounded for home. Twilight Tinker ($18.20, Brian Detgen) was trotting fastest of all on the far outside after angling from third on the pylons, and she passed her rivals with an impressive stretch drive to stay in front of Major Al-Mar and MD Magic at the wire in a career best 1:59.4. Twilight Tinker was the 2 year old filly Champion trotter in 2018, and the victory on Sunday was her first win of the year. She had shown maturity and increased abilities in her first few starts of 2019, picking up a second and a third in three starts and holding her own against the male trotters as well. The winning owner is Cathy Dessert and the winning trainer is Nick Roland. Twilight Tinker and Brian Detgen Banker Volo ($6.40, Nick Roland) continues his domination of the Minnesota trotting scene - a reign that has spanned the last four years continues as he scored his third consecutive win in the top $15,000 Open Handicap on Sunday. At age ten the always impressive Stallion shows no signs of letting up. Banker Volo made easy work of this week's seven horse field with an early charge to the front and a never-in-doubt mile of 1:56.4 to check in 2½ lengths ahead at the wire. Banker Volo fans got a very generous price of more than 2-1 this week. Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was second best and My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was home third. The winning owner is Lucas Roland and the winning trainer is Jenni King. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (June 11) with a couple of nice carryovers - $6,123.93 for the Pick-5, and $4,582.36 for the Hi-5. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack      

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