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Columbus, MN.  The featured event on the Saturday night (Sept. 8) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings with a good field of seven squaring off behind the gate. Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) was the race favorite, coming in fresh off a huge first-over mile in this event last week where he just missed by half a length to stablemate Whatchyastarinat in a 1:51.3 mile. Again this week Whatchyastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired right off the gate from post seven to take command after an early battle with Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee), the fractions were solid with a :26.4 quarter, followed by :56.0 and 1:24.1. Bestinthebusiness launched his first-over attack near the 5/8 marker and the two Gene Miller trainees were once again going head to head for the final quarter mile in the top event. Whatchyastarinat was dead-game but Bestinthebusiness and Stuckey Dote were firing on both sides in the final yards and Besinthebusiness would get up to prevail by a neck on the line over Stuckey Dote and Whatchyastarinat was just a half-length back in third in a 1:52.1 mile. Bestinthebusiness ($4.20) is owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller, the feature win tonight was the 46th career tally for the winner of $431,130 lifetime. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace event went to Giggle Monster again tonight, for two wins in a row in this division. Driver Dean Magee fired up Giggle Monster much earlier than usual and they cleared the lead just before the 3/8 pole and faced heavy pressure from Frewil Dakota Sven (Corey Larson) through the middle stages, producing a :56.3 middle half. After turning back that challenge near the top of the lane, Giggle Monster ($3.60) cruised home a winner by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:54.3 for his fourth win in fourteen starts this season. The impressive son of Wind Me Up has now won $73,580 in 23 career races for owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson. Steve Wiseman led the Saturday card with three wins, with Dean Magee picking up a double. Live Racing returns on Sunday (Sept. 9) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $36,161.20.   By Darin Gagne  

The Sunday Harness Racing program at Running Aces was jam-packed with impressive performances, but perhaps the most impressive showing of the evening did not come from one of the trotters or pacers, but rather from the meet's current leading driver Steve Wiseman, who dominated the card with 5 wins, 1 second, 1 third and 1 fourth in his 8 trips to the starting gate on the nine race program.   Wiseman got things started early in the card with a sharp looking win with Western Fortune ($3.80) in race two, powering to the front from post 5 and keeping to task to post a 1-length tally in 1:54.3 for trainer Tim Brown. He was right back in the winner's circle after race 3 with Coastal Treasure, who benefitted from a quick-thinking brush from the pocket by Wiseman just before the 3/8 pole, which would prove to be the winning move. Coastal Treasure ($9.80) held gamely to win by a neck in 1:55 for trainer Kathie Plested. After a solid third place finish with 8-1 shot Stonecold Stunner in the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings trot, Wiseman "The Magician" was right back to his winning ways in race 5 aboard Feeling Fancy Free ($7.00) in the maiden pace, guiding that 5 year old mare to her first lifetime win (2:00.2) in 29 starts for trainer Marco Rios.   Next, Wiseman piloted Frenchkissmebaby to a good second in the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trotting event. Defending Aces driving champion Wiseman had a race off before returning to the track for the late daily-double. Race 8 was the featured $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings, and Wiseman stole the show in that contest as well, with a fantastic drive aboard To The Limit, Wiseman was patient through contested early fractions, got into the outer flow past the 5/8 juncture, and angled to the passing lane turning for home to burst through the inside and register a 1-length victory while drawing away in 1:52.3. To The Limit ($7.00) is owned by Alan Cooper and trained by Kathie Plested, and the speedy 6 year old gelding by Panspacificflight now has 2 wins in seven starts this year.   The nightcap was up next, and Wiseman was listed on the race-favorite Lincoln, whom he had piloted to two consecutive wins already and the duo was looking to remain an undefeated 3 for 3 on the Aces season in tonight's contest. After getting away third, Wiseman quarter-pulled Lincoln ($2.80) and swept to the front of the field before the second turn, and they dominated the proceedings from there, getting home first in 1:54.1 to complete the 3 race win-streak and the Wiseman Late-Double. Lincoln is owned by Robin Clements, and trained by Denise Maier, and he now has 7 wins in 20 races this year.   Running Aces offers Live Racing every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday night. Tuesday night June 5 features a $5,000 guarantee in the 50 cent Late Pick-4 wager, and a $2,910 carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. Visit our website RunAces.com for complete information, upcoming events, promotions and handicapping tools, including a free program download for every Tuesday night's races.   By Darin Gagne', Running Aces Track Announcer

The Minnesota Harness Racing season kicked off on Saturday night, May 19 at Running Aces and Giggle Monster was one of the stars of the show. The now 3 year old gelding pacer by Wind Me Up was a freshman star here in 2017, winning 7 of 9 races with 2 seconds. Tonight, Driver Dean Magee parlayed a rail-draw into an early 3-hole trip during moderate early fractions of 29.3 and 59.3 before launching first over to challenge command. After taking the lead before the 7/8 pole, Giggle Monster kicked home gamely to hold a one-length margin at the wire in 1:57.4 in his 2018 debut, Taking the opening night featured $8,800 3 year-old Open Pace. Giggle Monster is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte of Iowa, and he paid $4.20 to his pari-mutuel backers. Another sharp winner on the card was Lincoln, a 7 year old gelding by Bettor’s Delight who fired strong from the 6 post on the gate to establish command early, and never look back- leaving his rivals 4 lengths behind in the process. Driver Steve Wiseman completed a double on the card with the 1:56.1 tally for Owner Robin Clements and Trainer Denise Maier. For Lincoln, it was his fifth win in 18 starts this year, and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $12,876. Mooney Svendsen led all drivers on opening night with his 3 wins for a Hat-Trick, and Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both completed driving doubles. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday night, May 20, 2018 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager of $873 for race 7.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The harness racing champion driver of Running Aces will be back for his 10th season, starting Saturday.  Some 40 years ago, Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen took a job at a gas station. It was the first time the Albert Lea native pursued work that didn't involve horses, and it would be the last. "I was 19 years old, and I was there for six weeks," Svendsen said. "I really never wanted to do anything but race." After more than 3,400 career victories as a driver, that fervor hasn't faded. Svendsen, 59, is back in the bike for his 10th season at Running Aces Harness Park, which begins a 52-day meet Saturday. Though he has wintered in California for the past 18 years, the Columbus track has become his summer home, allowing him to spend time with family and reconnect with his racing roots. When he was still in diapers, Svendsen began going to the races with his father, Lorenz, who trained some of the fastest horses on the county-fair circuits in Minnesota and Iowa. Mooney began driving his dad's horses as a teen, and both Svendsens built careers that landed them in the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Horses and family have always been inseparable in Svendsen's mind, leaving him "crazy excited" when Running Aces opened in 2008. He has raced all over the country, but he's happiest at the home-state track where his siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces can join him in the winner's circle. "As soon as I heard they were getting a track in Minnesota, I couldn't wait to get there," said Svendsen, who has 3,421 victories and $11.38 million in career purse earnings as a driver. "My whole life, I knew what I wanted to do. But when I was young, I had to leave (Minnesota), because there was no racing. "I was so glad to get to come back home and race. Horses have kept my family so tight over the years, and they still do." Svendsen has been driving harness horses since he was 16, not counting the three races he sneaked into a year earlier while posing as his older brother. He spends six months a year at Cal Expo in Sacramento, where he won 61 races and $213,447 in purses this year before returning to Running Aces. His career has taken Svendsen all along the East Coast, West Coast and Canada, but none of those places are as dear to him as the tracks of his native state. He learned horsemanship from his father at little race meets in places such as Cannon Falls and What Cheer, Iowa. Even now, Svendsen gets teary-eyed when recalling those days alongside his dad, caring for the family's horses at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. Lorenz Svendsen raced for 32 years and trained multiple champions in Minnesota and Iowa. Mooney has trained on and off for 30 years, but he found his true calling as a driver. His first victory came when he was 16, with a horse named Miss Lasko; 39 years later, in 2014, he drove Meritage Hanover to his 3,000th win at Running Aces. "I've been lucky to have good horses and good people to work with," Svendsen said. "And I've been lucky to stay healthy. But when I hit the 3,400 (victory) mark five or six weeks ago, I couldn't hardly believe it. I never dreamed I'd get to a number like that." Svendsen's plan is to keep charging toward 3,500 victories, a milestone he could reach next year. He expects to stay in the sulky another five years or so, then open a small training stable or work with another trainer. This summer, he will keep his hand in that part of the business, training two pacers at Running Aces. He's known since that short, long-ago stint at the gas station that he would never leave the racetrack again, a feeling that has only grown stronger over time. "I'll never quit," Svendsen said. "If I didn't have a horse around me, I'd go crazy.'' By Rachel Blount   Reprinted with permission of The Star Tribune

Running Aces Casino and Racetrack is set to kick off its 11th season of live Harness Racing this weekend, with opening night on Saturday with a 6:00 pm first post, and live music after the races. The 2018 season will follow our traditional 3 night schedule of Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings with the Tuesday Dollar Night programs getting underway at 7pm and the weekend cards will start at 6pm.  Running Aces offers fun for the whole family, with Trout pond fishing, Family nights, live music, great food and beverage options and plenty of promotions and giveaways. The full schedule of events is available on the Running Aces website (RunAces.com). The 2018 racing season will be highlighted by the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace on July 22, and the $360,000 (est.) Night of Champions on September 15. Other notable races will include the $15,000 Finnegan's Feature Trot and $15,000 Finnegan's Feature Pace both held on Father's Day weekend. July 15 will offer the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview Pace.  New for 2018 at Running Aces is a state-of-the-art infield video board, which will enhance the fan experience and provide easier viewing of the racing action, replays, prices and will-pay information.  Also new for 2018 RA introduces the 50 cent late Daily Double on the last 2 races of the night. All of the very popular multi-race pools are back as well, featuring the 20 cent JACKPOT Pick-5, plus multiple pick-3 wagers each night, and early and late 50 cent Pick-4 wagering.  The 50 cent late Pick-4 wager on Sunday and Tuesday will feature a $5,000 Guaranteed Pool which is sponsored by RA, the USTA's Strategic Wagering program, and MHRI.  The very popular 50 cent Hi-5 wager is back as well, and will be offered on each of the last two races every night.  Also new for 2018, each week Running Aces will offer Free Tuesday past-performance Race Pages available for download from the RunAces.com website, and will also make a download link available on Facebook.  By Darin Gagne' for Running Aces   

The first session of qualifiers went to post on Saturday night, May 12 at Running Aces, signaling the start of the Minnesota Harness Racing season. A total of 10 dashes went to post starting at 6:00 pm, featuring 4 trotting contests and 6 races on the pace. Track record holder Banker Volo (Nick Roland) turned in the fastest time on the trot, with his victory in 1:59.2, while the 5 year old trotting mare Whatevershesgot (Jenni King) turned in a good effort of 2:00.3 to best her qualifying field. On the pacing side, the 7 year old stallion Stevensville (Rick Magee) was a sharp gate-to-wire winner in 1:57.1 (27.3 final quarter) for the fastest mile of the night. Firedrake, last season's Dan Patch Free-For-All champion, and a track record holder as well- took his qualifying assignment with ease, in a 2 ¼ length romp in 1:57.3 with Nick Roland in the bike. The other qualifying winners were: Margin Call (Rick Magee) 2:04.2, SVF Cash Deposit (Elvin Zimmerman) 2:05.2 on the trot, and on the pace we saw Friskie's Angel (Mooney Svendsen) in 1:58.3, Exsqueezeme (Mooney Svendsen) in 1:59.4, Lakota Law (Nick Roland) in 2:00.1, and an impressive win in 1:58.1 by Elusive Image (Tony Huffman) Running Aces will offer qualifying races again on Tuesday Night, May 14 with a 6:00 pm post, and the Live Racing season opener is on Saturday night, May 19 at 6:00 pm CDT. Live Racing will be conducted three nights a week through September 15, on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday nights. By Darin Gagne', Running Aces Track Announcer

Running Aces has changed the draw day for its initial 2018 harness racing qualifier session from Friday morning to Thursday morning 5/10/18 ...entries for Saturday 5/12 qualifiers are now due in the race office by 10 a.m. Central tomorrow morning. Post time for qualifying races is 6:00 pm. Central on Saturday. Qualifiers will also be held on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:00 pm central, and entries for Tuesday's qualifiers are due by 10:00 am central on Monday, May 14. The 2018 Live Racing season kicks off on Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm central, and live racing is conducted every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Darin Gagne

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Running Aces Casino & Racetrack has finalized it's 2018 harness racing stall allocations, and you may access the list of stall and barn assignments using this link.  Final preparations are in full swing for the 2018 Live Harness Racing season at RA, and the excitement is building with each and every passing day. As always, Running Aces has some great new amenities for fans, some fantastic promotions lined up, and some of the best horses, trainers and drivers in the sport getting ready to provide top-notch action on the track starting on Saturday night, May 19. Live Racing will be conducted on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through September 15. The Running Aces backstrectch will open for stabling and training starting on May 5. The first session of qualifiers will be held on Saturday, May 12, with entries due on Friday, May 11. If you are a race-book manager or Simulcasting Coordinator, and have not already added Running Aces to your track lineup, please contact Ben Blum at 651-925-4514 for a simulcast agreement. By Darin Gagné

Back when harness racing was one of America’s top spectator sports, the goings-on at a horse-breeding farm and racetrack in the Midway was the stuff of front-page news. This was Kittsondale in the 1880s, a sprawling operation that stretched between University Avenue and today’s I-94, and from Pascal Street almost to Lexington Parkway, the western city limits of St. Paul at the time. Millionaire Norman Kittson had gradually withdrawn from his business activities and plunged into horse raising, purchasing the former St. Paul Driving Park (a term used in the day for race track) in 1881. (He also acquired Erdenheim, a similar but more substantial facility, near Philadelphia.) By the time Kittson took over, the St. Paul track was neglected and run down, but it had been a busy place in the 1870s and not just for horse racing. In seven of those years, it was the site of the Minnesota State Fair before the annual festival found a permanent home. Horace Greeley and President Rutherford B. Hayes were among the luminaries who appeared there. Recalled one old-timer of that 1878 appearance, “President Hayes spoke to the greatest crowd I ever saw packed together on the hottest day in my memory.” Kittson renamed the track Midway Park, but Kittsondale was the name associated with property he owned in the area and that was the name that stuck. It was an elegant facility, its stables built of wood and brick, with almost 100 stalls and sleeping quarters for trainers. The clubroom with a fireplace was well-suited for deal-making and wagering by horse owners. In a short time, Kittson acquired a stable-full of fine trotters, among them, a horse named Johnston, “King of the Turf,” for whom he paid $20,000, and Little Brown Jug, who ran the fastest heat in history to that point. There was also So-So, the dam of Oh-So, who won first place at the Chicago World’s Fair. But Kittsondale’s glory days didn’t last long. “If Commodore Kittson had been 20 years younger when he began to develop his grand idea of a breeding farm, we would have here today probably the finest one of the kind in the world,” a veteran horseman lamented. Instead, after only seven years of ownership, Kittson succumbed to an apparent heart attack while on a train returning to St. Paul. His heirs did not share his enthusiasm for horse breeding, and a month after Kittson’s death, his trotting stock of 42 horses was auctioned off. The same thing happened in Pennsylvania. King of all the harness racers was Minnesota’s own Dan Patch. In 1905, he set a record for the mile—1 minute, 55 ¼ seconds, that stood for 30 years. The terms of his will precluded the immediate sale of the Kittsondale land and a lessee staged weekly trotter races there in the 1890s. Kittsondale was also the site of bicycling events, trap shooting, track and field, and cricket and baseball games, until at least 1910. In 1898, the 14th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry camped there after returning home, having never gotten any farther than Georgia during the Spanish-American War. The property began to be converted to industrial use around 1900. A refrigerator manufacturer acquired the track property in 1903. The Twin City Motordome, a motorcycle-racing venue, opened at the west end of the former track in 1914. That same year, construction began on the Brown & Bigelow headquarters on University Avenue just east of Hamline Avenue. The stables had been built so solidly that they were repurposed a number of times over the years before finally being torn down in 1942 to make way for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. Legend has it that the Turf Club, the venerable music bar just up University, was named in memory of Kittsondale. If so, that’s the only trace left. By Roger Bergerson Reprinted with permission of The Park Bugle

The $353,300 Night of Champions Program closed out the 2017 Live Harness Racing season at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack in Minnesota on Saturday night (September 16) with another fantastic and enthusiastic live crowd on hand for the final event of the season.   The championship races kicked off early with three 2-year-old trotting filles squaring off for a $35,000 purse in the first of two non wagering events. Dekker (Rick Magee) picked up her first lifetime win in the contest with a 2:04.2 victory by 1 1/2 lengths over The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) and Floatinonthebreeze (Jenni King). Dekker is a filly by Braggart, and is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long.   In the other non-bettor, It's Stormin Money made it two wins in a row to take the winner's prize in the $35,000 3 year old filly Trot Championship in 2:02.1 with Steve Wiseman at the controls for owner Bryce Jenson and trainer Brady Jenson. The victory tonight was a 13 1/2 length romp over Ritchess Brandy (Brady Jenson) and Imapixieatmidnight (Nick Roland).   Bragginade ($4.60) took the $35,000 2 year old geldings Trot Championship, with a dominating gate-to-wire victory by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:04 with trainer/driver Nick Roland in the sulky. It was the sixth victory in nine starts for the son of Braggart, who is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) picked up second, and Stonecold Stunner (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Bertha Vanation ($21.60) pulled the 9-1 upset in the $35,000 2 year old filly Pace Championship, with an aggresive drive by Dean Magee. The filly by Voracious Hanover was part of the early battle for command but settled away in fourth before sweeping to the lead just after the quick 28.1 quarter. Bertha Vanation faced some heavy pressure around the final turn from Aint No Uppy Girl (Rick Magee), but was able to turn back that cahllenge, and dig in gamely to the wire as favorite Ellamennopee (Steve Wiseman) was roaring down the inside. Bertha Vanation held on for a neck victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:56 for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner John Hendricks.   Dream Chasin ($11.00) converted the pocket trip into his first lifetime win to take the Championship in the $35,000 2 year old geldings Pace in 1:58.1 with Rick Magee in the sulky for Michelle & Gregory Budach, over favorite Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and pace-setter Here Comes Teddy (Nick Roland). The winner is a son of Fancy Schmansy.   Al Mar Foxyeclipse ($6.40) took top honors in the $35,000 3 year old Trot championship event, posting his fifth lifetime tally with a new mark of 2:01.4 this evening with Dean Magee in the sulky for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner Mark Holtan. Liquor'skwikker (James Yoder) checked in second, while Al Mar Country-Luv (Rick Magee) was home in third.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($4.00) delivered as the public's choice in the $35,000 3 year old filly Pace, scoring her 14th lifetime win, and 7th win of the season in 1:56 with driver Steve Wiseman aboard for trainer Brett Ballinger and owners Van Oterloo Stables. Follwing her signature racing style, Whatitdo Babyboo was unhurried in the early stages of the affair, away in sixth position from post 7, but was out and moving first-over just before the half mile juncture. Wiseman had his filly in perfect striking position as they turned for home and she paced strong through the lane to take the lead and post a half-a-length victory over a tough pace-setter Exsqueezeme (Nick Roland), with Swinging Again (James Yoder) back in third.   21 year old Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson pulled off a rare feat in the $35,000 Championship for 3 year old pacing geldings, he sent out a pair of trainees in the contest, and picked up the top two positions at the wire in a ten horse field. Jenson steered Marktentwentyseven to victory over stablemate Too Much Too Quick driven by Nick Roland. Both horses are owned by the Jenson family, with Brandon, Natalie Rae & Larry Jo being the owners of the winner. The pair of sophomore pacers were both away near the back of the pack, and took full benefit of the fast fractions up front (27.4, 56.0, and 1:24) and were both charging three-and-four wide turning for home. With a sixteenth of a mile to go, it was clear that a Jenson trainee was going to be the winner, the only question was: which one. Marktentwentyseven ($33.40) was closing widest of all, and fastest of all - to get up for the 3/4 length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4. The winning gelding is by Up Front Brad.   Pa's Corn Squeezin ($23.60) pulled off yet another upset on the evening, in the $17,500 4 year olds & up Mares Pace Championship, with Nick Roland steering for trainer Timothy Brown and owner Dave Haness. The pocket-rocket style victory in 1:55.2 was win number five on the season for the 5 year old daughter of General Aidid. American Dancer (James Yoder) was just a neck back in second, and favorite Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) was third best after cutting the mile.   The $25,000 4 year olds & Up Trot Championship went to Mr Jackpot, for his second career championship, in 1:57.2 with Dean Magee in the sulky for proud owners Marlene and Jodi Wilson and trainer Glen Wilson. Mr Jackpot ($26.60) is a 4 year old gelding by Money Talks, and tonight's vicory was career tally number ten. Whatevershesgot (Lemoyne Svendsen) was second, and race-favorite Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) was home in third tonight.   The final Championship event, and final race of the 2017 season, was the $17,500 4 year olds & up Pace, with a well matched field of ten. The night and the season closed out with another upset winner,as SwagasaurusRex and Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame member and driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen got up for a triumphant victory, worthy of a whip raised to the skies at the wire by Svenden. SwagasaurusRex ($40.80) started from post 10 in the second tier, and was well off the pace early. Svendsen had him in motion and in the flow going into the final turn, and was in striking position turning for home, taking a seam right down the middle of the track to draw away from the field by two lengths in 1:53.1 to post the fastest mile of the night and take a new lifetime mark. SwagasaurusRex is a four year old gelding by Voracious Hanover, and he is trained by Dean Magee for owner Richard Davelaar. Gravelsinmytravel (Dean Magee) was home second, completing the trainer one-two punch yet again on this historic night, and Stuckey Dote (Nick Roland) was third.   Running Aces 2017 season once again Best ever Running Aces Casino & Racetrack just completed it's 10th season of Live Harness Racing, and numbers are up in every conceivable category. Large crowds were the norm throughout the 2017 season, with a 36% increase in on track attendance over what were already very strong attendance figures from last season. On-track live wagering handle was up 11.39 %, and live export handle was up 18.24 % over 2016, which had been the best season on record until this year. The overall handle increase was 17.1 %. The new .20 cent pick 5 Jackpot wager was a success, producing large carryovers and large payouts, including a record .20 cent payout of $55,645.80 on August 26th. Magnifique, driven by owner/trainer Gerald Longo stamped her name into the record books when she hit the wire first in the $12,000 Mares open Handicap Pace on July 18 at odds of 115-1 to record a state record pari-mutuel payoff of $232.20 to win. Average field size increased yet again as well, to 7.51 and contributed to some of the best and most competitive racing around. On the racetrack, there were so many amazing performances. No less than eight track record miles were turned in this summer at the beautiful Minnesota oval. Firedrake won 9 races at Running Aces this season, for the most wins of the meet, he also won the innagural $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace on July 23 in 1:52.1 and set a new track record of 1:51.2 for 4 year old pacing geldings on September 3rd. Firedrake is owned by Jessica Johnson and trained & driven by Nick Roland. Banker Volo had an amazing season at Running Aces as well, and stamped his legacy into the history books with a new all age trotting track record of 1:54.2, that he posted not just once, but twice this season (June 27 and July 25) during his 7 trips to the Aces winners circle this year. Banker Volo is owned by Dan Roland and was trained this season by Jenni King and Angie Coleman, with Luke Plano doing the driving. Ideal Jesse became the fastest 3 year old trotting colt in Running Aces history back on June 27, with his 1:56.1 victory for owner/trainer/driver James Yoder. My Little Susie re-wrote the record for 4 year old trotting mares with a 1:55 mile on June 17 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Kathleen Plested and owners A Piece of The Action LLC. Gold Star Mysti contributed an impressive new track mark for 4 year old pacing mares in 1:51 on July 3rd for the fastest mile of the meet, with trainer/driver James Yoder in the sulky for owner Marianne Audley. Gold Star Mysti was a fierce competitor in the Mares Open all season long. And Steve's Hot Rod became the fastest 3 year old gelding pacer in Running Aces history when he turned in a sparkling 1:51.4 mile on September 2 with trainer/driver Rick Magee steering for owner Kati Sokolowski. The 2017 Leading Driver award went to Steve Wiseman, with 94 wins and an impressive win percentage of over 21 percent, he also led all drivers in purse money and UDRS. The 2017 Leading Trainer award went to Kathleen Plested, with 47 wins. Running Aces wishes to congratulate the entire Live Racing team for a job well done, and a very successfull season. We also wish to thank our loyal fans and our amazing horsemen for their continued support year after year. Remember, Running Aces is a year-round facility with Simulcasting 7 days a week,and Card Casino action 24 hours a day. Stay informed about upcoming events and promotions by visiting our website at www.RunAces.com.    Check the website early next year for information about the 2018 Live Racing season.     By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The final Tuesday night program of harness racing for 2017 is in the books, and Running Aces will close out the season this coming Saturday, September 16 with our big Night of Champions program, starting at 6 pm CDT. The Tuesday featured $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was another edition of the Kiss On The Lips show, as she once again dominated in gate-to-wire fashion with Nick Roland at the controls. Kiss On The Lips has been absolutely a monster competitor over the last two months of her Aces campaign, winning 6 of her last 7 races, and, surprisingly doing so without having been the favorite in any of those races. This week, Roland sent "Sissy" (Kiss on The Lips) right to the lead from her assigned outside post, as expected. Running Aces' all-time leading driver then was able to orchestrate some very cushy fractions up front (28.2, 58.0, and 1:26.4), and once he successfully executed that strategy, there was no chance of catching the dynamic duo of Sissy and Nick tonight. Her final time this evening was 1:53.4 to complete her third-straight win at the top Open level for pacing mares. Kiss on The Lips ($5.40) now has 8 wins in 29 starts this year, and 28 career wins. She is proudly  owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by John Rogers. CW Raisinette also picked up her sixth win in the last 7 starts, in a $7,000 conditioned Trot event. One of the stars of the Wiseman barn this season, the 4 Year old mare is by Claudius Augustus and she now has 6 wins in 11 starts on the year. Driver Steve Wiseman floated her off the gate into third from post one, before sweeping to the lead just after the quarter pole. CW Raisinette battled gamely when stablemate One Chief (Mooney Svendsen) drew alongside, taking the lead away for a sixteenth of a mile. In the stretch, Wiseman and CW Raisinette ($3.40) prevailed with an impressive 28.2 final kick to leave One Chief back in second, with Franky Provolone (Dean Magee) closing nicely for third, in the 1:56.4 mile. CW Raisinette is owned by A Piece of the Action, LLC as well as trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman. Driver James (J.D.) Yoder had another impressive night at Running Aces, sweeping the late pick-3 for a natural hat-trick. The Night of Champions program on Saturday will showcase the Minnesota-Sired horses, with Championship Finals in each division. Estimated purses are in excess of $300,000. The Season finale program gets underway at 6:00 pm CDT, and there are Mandatory Payouts in all wagering pools on Saturday. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night (August 27) harness racing program at Running Aces saw alot of amazing performances, but none more impressive than that of Driver Luke Plano, who picked up a total of 6 wins on the program, 5 as a driver and a total of 4 as a trainer (one of his winning trainees had a different driver up, as he had two in one race). Plano started the winning off early, picking up win number one in the first race on the card with La Madawna De Rosa ($5.40) in 1:55.2 for trainer John Rogers. He was second by less than a length in Race two with Dougs Hobby Horse for trainer Rick Bertrand, and he was back in the winner's circle after Race three with his own trainee Pa's Corn Squeezin to light up the board ($61.00), and take a new lifetime mark of 1:55.1 for Owner Dave Haness. In Race 4 Plano's trainees picked up 1st and 3rd, as Nick Roland guided Plano trainee Moon Is On Fire ($14.00) to victory in 1:56.4, again for owner Dave Haness. Luke was aboard Yeswellnomaybe and checked in third by two lengths. Luke took a short break for Race 5 but was right back at it in Race 6, and right back to the winner's circle with AllmyX'sliveNTexas ($4.40) in 1:55.1 for trainer Bob Johnson. Next, Luke picked up a third driving Rusty Carter in Race 7 for trainer George Reider, then he was 2nd in Race 8 with Al Mar Money Glide for trainer Brady Jenson. In the featured 9th Race, Plano guided 22-1 longshot Bettors Promise to a good 3rd place finish for trainer Timothy Brown. Then in Race 10 Luke Plano was back to winning, as he guided his own trainee Barbosa ($6.20) to a 1:54.4 score for two wins in a row. Race 11 belonged to Plano as well, as he posted a sharp victory with his trainee Dinneratartsplace ($3.80) in 1:56.3 for wife Nikki Hudson. Final score for Luke Plano on Sunday at Running Aces: started in 10 of 11 races, 5 driving wins, 4 training wins, 2 driving seconds, and 3 driving thirds. A fantastic and very impressive night. Plano is having his best year ever at Running Aces, and is currently 3rd in the drivers standings with 55 wins and a UDRS close to .300. He has been the leading driver at Cal Expo in California for the past several years. The Sunday night feature was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings and Bestinthebusiness ($5.00) made it 3 wins in a row, scoring in 1:51.4 with James Yoder in the bike for trainer Gene Miller and owners Brett Boyd Racing, while Firedrake (Nick Roland) was just a head back in second and Bettor's Promise (Luke Plano) was in home in third. The $13,000 Minnesota Sired 3 Year old Trot went to Its Stormin Money ($11.40) in 2:02 with Steve Wiseman driving for trainer Brady Jenson and owner Bryce Jenson. Live Racing at Running Aces continues every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 16. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer    

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces proved to be a wet and wild night for Driver Steve Wiseman, who delivered four of his charges to thie winners circle on a rain-soaked night. Wiseman had taken over the top spot on the leading drivers list during last weeks action, and has now padded that lead nicely as we enter the final 10 nights of the 2017 season. Going in to Sunday's (August 28) 11 race card, Wiseman has a 9 win lead over all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland.   One of the biggest wins for Wiseman on Saturday was with the 3 year old gelding pacer Sgt Papa Daddy (by Rockin Image), who picked up his second win in five season starts and recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:55 despite the sloppy conditions. Wiseman sat well off the hot early pace (27.2, 55.4) and rallied from 10 lengths off the lead at the half to get up at the wire and post a 1 1/2 length tally. Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) is Trained by Brett Ballinger for Owner Merlin Van Oterloo.   The Featured trot on the program was a $6,400 conditioned event, and Tame The Dice ($15.00) with Steve Wiseman, rocketed from the gate from post nine and never looked back with a convincing gate-to-wire win by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:00.2, for the 5 year old mare's 3rd win in 16 starts this year. She is owned by Chambers, Plested, Vachss and Arnstine, and is Trained by part owner Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The $6,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace went as an early non betting affair, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up another feather for her cap as she once again rallied from last to first for win number 6 in 11 starts this season, stopping the clock in 1:55 despite the track and weather conditions. The sharp filly by Voracious Hanover now has 13 wins in 20 career starts, and has earned $78,398 for owner/breeder Van Oterloo Stables, and she is trained by Brett Ballinger.   On the Trainer's side, Kathie Plested-Wiseman has taken the lead atop the trainers list, and picked up two more wins on Saturday night, to place her 5 wins ahead of Nick Roland in the battle for the trainer's title.   Live Racing continues 3 nights a week at Running Aces through Saturday, September 16. For schedules and information visit our website www.RunAces.com   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of seven contenders. The big race favorite Roland N Rock (Luke Plano) would be caught three wide from post seven to take the early lead during the 27.1 opening panel, and continued to lead through a very soft second quarter of 30.1. JDS Brent N Sheree (Dean Magee) launched a first over attack near the midway point, and was able to power past the leader just before the final turn, opening up about a three length cushion before pacing strong in the lane to secure the 13-1 upset in the feature, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) got free late and rallied for second, with Easy Again (Rick Magee) home third. The winner is owned by Truman Gale and trained by Robert Lems. Drivers Rick Magee, Dean Magee, Luke Plano, James Yoder and Steve Wiseman all completed multiple wins on the card. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces through September 16, post times are 7:00 pm CDTTuesdays and 6:00 pm CDT Saturdays and Sundays. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event on the Saturday night (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it was an exciting contest from a talented group of six sophomores.   The star of the Show was Steve's Hot Rod ($21.20) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee, as they rushed quickly to the early lead from post one and controlled the moderate early fractions of 28.4 and 58.0 before yielding to Swinging Again (James Yoder). Rick Magee and Steve's Hot Rod sat patiently in the pocket around the final turn and through the fast third quarter of 27.1 (1:25.1) before pulling the pocket as they straightened away for home and kicking away by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:52.3 for a new lifetime mark, with an eye opening final half in :54.3. Swinging Again held second, while race favorite Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up third. The winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, out of the Artsplace mare Miss Stacee and is owned by Kati Sokolowski.   The featured trotting event on the card was a $6,400 conditioned event, and the 7 year old grey gelding Dapper Dan ($8.20) strutted his stuff tonight to post his first win of the season in 13 starts for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter. Driver Brian Detgen sent Dapper Dan alertly from the gate and immediately yielded the lead to Tame The Dice (Steve Wiseman) from the outside. They waited patiently in the garden seat through fractions of 28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.2 and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane and powered by the leader for a 1 length tally and a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted a Hat-Trick on the card, to once again join Nick Roland in a tie at the top of the Drivers' Standings (64 wins each), and Rick Magee picked up a driving double as well.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot continues to climb, and now stands at $38,637.13 going into Race 7 on Sunday night, August 20. Live Racing continues through September 16.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Tuesday night (August 15) the Running Aces harness racing program saw many stellar performances, one of the impressive miles was turned in by Happy Heath ($77.20) with Trainer/Driver William Hernandez, in a $5,400 conditioned pace.   Happy Heath was making his sixth local start of the season, and was dismissed by the public at 37-1 from the rail. Hernandez sent Happy Heath away sharply from the inside and secured the pocket, which would turn out to be the winning move. The duo sat patiently through a torrid mid-race battle up front, and tipped from the pocket turning for home, with enough pace to get by the leaders and post a lifetime best mile in 1:55.3, in just the 4th career win for the 4 year old gelding by General Aidid. Happy Heath is owned by Jessie Pacheco.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Becky Badger Baby ($4.00) once again with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland for a second straight win, this one in 1:57 with a late rally to get up by ½ length at the wire. Becky Badger Baby is owned by Dale Hein and Royal & Barbara Roland and now has 4 wins in 8 starts this season.   The $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was yet another thrilling edition, with a big early speed battle getting the best of Best of Jenna (Rick Magee) who was 3-wide through the opening 1/8 mile and cleared the lead just past the sizzling 26.0 quarter. Gold Star Mysti ($4.20) launched a first-over attack just past the 3/8 pole and took command past the five-eighths checkpoint. From there it was all Gold Star Mysti, as she opened up around the final turn and drew away in the lane to post a 5¾ length romp in 1:51.3 for her 6th win in 9 starts this season. Gold Star Mysti is Trained and Driven by James (J.D.) Yoder for owner Marianne Audley. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) was up for second, and Boom Boom Shaboom (Brady Jenson) checked in third.   The $13,000 Minnesota- Sired 2 year old trot went to Bragginade ($3.40), who kept to task tonight to post an easy gate-to-wire score in 2:02.3 for a new lifetime mark with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the sulky for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Pacing event went to Giggle Monster ($3.00) who picked up his sixth victory in 7 lifetime starts with Driver Dean Magee in the bike (1:56) for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte.   Drivers Nick Roland and Dean Magee both completed the Hat-Trick tonight with 3 wins apiece, and driver James (J.D.) Yoder completed a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Saturday, August 19 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot pick 5 of $36,851.92.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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