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The Sunday night (Aug. 28) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings, and Roland N Rock ($6.20) would post another impressive win, stopping the teletimer in 1:51.3 this evening with Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. The dynamic duo of Nick and “Rocky” dropped smartly in the pocket from post 3 in the 5 horse affair, and waited patiently for the stretch drive, parlaying the perfect trip into his 10th win of the season, and 32nd lifetime score for Owners Connie and Duane Roland. Bombshell Betty ($3.00) posted another impressive win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Filly Trot, with a 1:57.3 lifetime best mile, her 7th win of the season. Driver Jim Marino sent her away quickly from the outside post 5 in the 5 horse contest and she was never in doubt, leading all the way, and trotting home in 28.2 for a 1 ¼ length tally. She is owned by Jesse De Long and Tabatha Canaar, and trained by Justin Anfinson. The Winnin Dollar ($4.60) got back to doing what he does best, winning that is, as he was sharp with a closing from off the pace effort to win the $8,500 Minnesota-sired 3 year old geldings Trot in 1:59.1 with Nick Roland aboard, also owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson. Zachariah’s Honor ($3.20) captured the $6,000 2 year old Open handicap pacing event, with a sharp gate-to-wire effort in reign to Luke Plano. The Hot Pans gelding paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:58 with his 3rd lifetime win in 10 starts for owners Royal & Barbara Roland. Lil Orphan Elmer, a 4 year old gelding pacer by Always A Virgin, posted a career effort, in a $6,600 conditioned pacing event with his 2½ length win in 1:54.1  drawing away off a first-over trip and posting a final quarter of 28.0 with trainer/driver Mooney Svendsen in the bike for owners Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal. It was his 4th start for his current connections, and his 5th win in 23 starts this year. Driver Nick Roland posted a Hat-Trick on the Sunday card, while Tim Maier and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles. The next card of Live harness racing Action will go to post on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager (race 9) of $2,272.12. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot was the featured event on the Wednesday (Aug 24) card of harness racing at Running Aces, and the filly Imapixieatmidnight (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) would post her second lifetime win this evening, and continue the overall dominance of the filles in this division all season long. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland sent his filly right to the lead from post 3, and dominated the early stages through fractions of 30.4, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and then was able to hold off a furious late charge from last week’s winner Liquor’sKwikker (Rick Magee), stopping the clock in 2:03.0 for a new lifetime mark. She is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and she paid $6.40 for every $2.00 win ticket. Another impressive performance this night was Goody Two Socks, an 8 year old gelding pacer by Restless Yankee, who delivered his 17th lifetime win in a new lifetime best of 1:53.3 for trainer Alexia Kehl with Driver Rick Magee in the sulky. Goody Two Socks ($12.40) got away in the pocket early from post two, then sat third to the top of the stretch and was steered into a clear path by Magee in the lane to surge past pace-setter and heavy favorite Chewy Baca (Luke Plano) and post a 1 length tally in the $6,000 conditioned event. He is owned by Seppo Hakamaa of Michigan. Buddy’s Hope (Nick Roland) picked up an impressive gate-to-wire win in a $5,300 conditioned event in 1:53.4 in his final local start of the season, as he was never in doubt tonight from post 6 with a 1 ½ length score for Trainer Sean Lancaster, and Owner Jerome Bouvier. He paid $7.60 at the windows this evening. Pa’s Corn Squuezin (Brian Detgen) posted another big win tonight in 1:57.0 in a $4,500 conditioned pace for two in a row for Owner/Trainer Dale Lagerquist, paying just $2.10 as the overwhelming favorite. And the 3 year old Aubrey’s Jesse (Nick Roland) picked up her 7th  lifetime win in a $4,500 conditioned Trotting event, posting a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 for Owners Mr. Caroll D. and Rick Huffman with Trainer Joel Mc Danel, and she paid $3.20 as the public choice. For Driver Nick Roland it completed a Hat-Trick on the program this evening. The next card of Live Harness Racing action will go to post at Running Aces on Saturday, August 27th at 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot was the Featured event on the Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces, and Track Record holder Banker Volo ($3.20) was back in racing action, after taking a stint as Equine Ambassador on Family Day at the Track last Sunday, when he provided jog cart rides to lucky and adoring fans. Tonight would prove to be no walk in the park for the very talented, and heavily favored Banker Volo, as he would wind up hung every step of the mile from post 6 in the six horse contest. When the gates swung open tonight there would be a mad scramble for the lead, and the first lead belonged to Explosive Muscles (Gerald Longo) who had charged out from post 4 to lead at the 28.0 quarter pole, then the battle continued and the lead would go to Flameon with Dean Magee, who cleared and was immediately challenged by Banker Volo and Nick Roland who had left sharply from post 6 and was now caught in a heavyweight battle as Flameon would not concede through the middle half of 56.3, and ¾ time of 1:25.2. Though that duo were noticeably tiring from the epic duel, they continued to fight on in the stretch, and Banker Volo dug down deep to Take the winner’s prize, out-kicking Flameon to the wire (third) and holding off a fast charging Big Expense (Mooney Svendsen) who was home in second in 1:56.3. Banker Volo now sports 8 wins in 10 starts this year and $270,043 for Owners Daniel and Jeralene Roland. The nightcap $4,800 Trotting event was a thrilling event that would be decided by just a neck at the wire, with Amped Up Hanover (Dean Magee) looking to wire the field off fractions of 29.1, 58.2 and 1:27.0 he would face a furious stretch battle from Cantoria (Steve Wiseman) who tried valiantly to get by from three-hole trip, but just fell short at the line in 1:57.3 as Amped Up Hanover ($9.20) picked up his second win in 15 starts this season, for Owners A Piece of The Action and Trainer Tim Maier. Tonight at Running Aces we also remembered the late Charlie Hare with race 4 named in his memory, Charlie was a Minnesota resident and lifelong friend of both Gerald Longo and John Rogers, and in fact worked in the Gerald Longo stable every year here at Running Aces. On hand in The Winner’s Circle for the Memorial were many of Charlie’s friends, fellow horsemen and Family, including his Son and Daughter, Nephews and Grand-daughters and Great-grand-daughters. Flick A Fly ($3.80) won the Memorial race, a Fillies & Mares conditioned pace, in 1:54.3 with Driver Rick Magee. Drivers Rick Magee and Dean Magee both pulled off the Hat-Trick this evening with 3 wins apiece, while Nick Roland drove 2 winners for a double. The next card of Live Harness Racing Action at Running Aces will go to post on Sunday, August 14, at 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

A harness racing fan favorite at Running Aces, pacing mare Queen Of Denial made her return to the Minnesota oval tonight, and did not disappoint her loyal followers by posting a nice 1¼ length tally over a decent field of condition/optional claiming distaffers. Her royal highness paced in 1:55.3 with the win and paid her backers $5.20 at the windows. She is owned by Peter Pellegrino, and trained by her driver Nick Roland. Queen Of Denial had been racing out on the east coast all season, and had been doing quite well, until she took a bad step in a race on May 31 at Pocono Downs and fell to the track. She hadn’t been herself since that incident until she returned to Minnesota and the care of Jessica Johnson and Trainer Nick Roland, and she took quite well to her old stomping grounds this evening with a very nice effort. She is by Hot Pans and was bred by Duane Roland of Iowa, and she now sports 17 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $120,422. The Wednesday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, and it was heavy favorite Silent Dreams ($2.20), a filly by Money Talks who posted another impressive win, topping the field by two lengths in 2:05.1 with Dean Magee in the sulky. It was the third win in 4 lifetime starts for Silent Dreams, who has now earned $23,900 for Glen & Jody Wilson, she is trained by Brett Ballinger. Bunkerhill Bill did not disappoint off the big class drop in the Wednesday finale, as he posted a dominating gate-to-wire performance in 1:56.2 and paid $3.00 to win, with Gerald Longo in the sulky for owner/trainer Gene Miller. Despite just a 7 horse field, and with the big favorite on top, the .50 cent Hi-5 wager paid handsomely with a $630.40 dividend to each winning ticket holder. The .50 cent Hi-5 wager has been producing very large payouts all season at Running Aces. The next card of Live Harness Racing goes to post at Running Aces on Saturday, July 30 at 6:00pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Driver Jim Marino, a resident of British Columbia, Canada posted his 2,000th career driving win at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack on Saturday night, July 16 when he piloted Stuckey Dote ($12.80) to victory in the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace in a 1:55.2 lifetime mark. The milestone win was the product of a second-over trip and a 3-wide move at the ¾ pole, placing his charge Stuckey Dote in perfect position to sweep by the pace-setter Cyrax (Brian Detgen) in the homestretch and score the win by 1 ¼ lengths. Marino is 40 years old, and has been driving since 1998, he won his first race in 1999, and has not looked back since. He recorded his best year in 2012, when he posted 192 wins and nearly $1.3 million in purses. Jim has been among the top drivers throughout his home province of British Columbia for many years, including hundreds and hundreds of trips to the Fraser Downs winners circle. In addition to his 2000 wins, he has now accumulated nearly $11 million in career purse earnings. Marino has raced in the United States in the past, in fact he recorded his 1,000th win at Cal Expo Harness in 2009, but this is the first year he has competed at Running Aces in Minnesota. Jim has been a welcome addition to the great and talented driving colony here, and we certainly hope to see him coming back here in future seasons. I spoke with Jim after his milestone win and he told me that he was very happy to have been able to achieve the milestone here at Running Aces, at what he described as a "first class facility" and he also said the drivers here have welcomed him and been very supportive. Marino also told me he was "happy to get it off his back (so to speak)" so he can just concentrate on his regular daily routine without the pressure of a milestone win upon him. But my guess is, it won’t be too long before he will be feeling that pressure again as this very talented horseman will continue to achieve great things in the sulky sport. Jim Marino qualified in June for the national driving championship in Canada this fall, which could potentially lead him to the 2017 World Driving Championship. We certainly wish him good luck on October 14 at Western Fair. Jim will be joining me as my guest interview on the Running Aces segment on Post Time with Mike & Mike next Thursday night, 7:00 pm EDT when we will learn more about his start in Harness Racing and talk about his big milestone tonight, and his participation in the Regional and National driving championships. Also on Saturday we celebrated the great Dan Patch who hailed from Savage, Minnesota and set his long-standing world record of 1:55 at the Minnesota State Fair exactly 90 years ago. The Dan Patch historical society was on hand for the event, with winning drivers tossing Tee-shirts from the Winners circle, plus drawings and other festivities. On the racetrack, Firedrake ($6.40) was sharp from gate-to-wire in the The $7,000 Minnesota Sired or Owned colts & geldings conditioned pace, which was one of the Dan Patch days feature races. Trainer/driver Nick Roland sent Firedrake away alertly from post six, quickly taking the lead, and controlling the contest through fractions of 27.4, 58.1 and 1:26.2 before charging home in 29.0 pulling away from the field with every stride in the 1:55.2 mile. This nice 3 year old gelding is by Dragon Again out of the Artsplace mare Everything’s Easy, has now won 4 of 9 lifetime starts, he is owned by Set the Pace Racing, LLC. The other Dan Patch featured pacing event was the $7,000 Minnesota Sired or Owned Fillies & Mares conditioned pace, and it was American Dancer ($5.60) who did not disappoint as the 9-5 favorite with driver Luke Plano in the bike. Plano got her away in the pocket from post 5, and waited patiently for the stretch, where they were able to pull away from the field to win by 4 lengths in 1:55.0, a new lifetime mark for the filly by General Aidid, owned by Timothy Lems and trained by Robert Lems. The $15,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired Open Pace went to Stuckey Dote ($12.80) with driver Jim Marino in the sulky in a new life’s mark of 1:55.2 for Owner/Trainer Merlin Van Oterloo. It was the 8th lifetime win for Stuckey Dote, and the 2000th career driving tally for driver Jim Marino. Driver Nick Roland had a big night as well as he posted a Grand-Slam, also piloting winners Dagmar ($11.00) in 1:59.4, Bettor’s Promise ($3.80) in 1:53.3 and Mint to Cruise ($5.00) in 1:58. by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

The Saturday night harness acing card at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action, and Freedom Reigns with Tim Maier in the sulky was looking for his 6th straight win, and he left very quickly from the gate and had to work hard to clear the lead from Swagasaurus Rex (Rick Magee) who sprinted away from post two and stopped the timer in 27.4 at the quarter pole, before yielding to Freedom Reigns at the 3/8 pole. The big favorite then led all the way to head-stretch after posting 56.4 and 1:25.3, but it would be Cyrax (by Intrepid Seelster) who would pull the upset and put an end to the winning streak. Cyrax was guided away in the 3rd position from the inside post by Driver Brian Detgen, who waited patiently until the top of the stretch to angle out, and charge down the center of the track, pacing away from his rivals, and posting a 2½ length win, in 1:55.0 with Freedom Reigns holding second, and Stuckey Dote (Jim Marino) up for third. Cyrax lowered his lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds with tonight's win, he is owned by James Springer and Trained by Robert Lems, and paid his backers handsomely at the windows, delivering $34.40 for every $2.00 wager. And In The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, a talented field of 6 went to battle, with Banker Volo (by Yankee Glide) looking for his 5th straight win, and he stepped lively from the outside post for Trainer/Driver Nick Roland, easily clearing the field and posting a 29.0 quarter time, he trotted confidently from there, throwing up 58.2 and 1:27.1 fractions, before sprinting home in 28.1 to post another new Track Record for aged Trotting Stallions of 1:55.2, lowering the mark that he had just set a week ago. Banker Volo paid $3.60 to win for his many backers and He now has won 5 in a row, and 6 of 7 starts this year, and has earned $27,217 this season for Owners Daniel and Jeralene Roland. Flameon (Dean Magee) was home second, with Big Expense (Moonie Svendsen) checking in third. Drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman both posted driving Triples on the card, and Luke Plano posted a driving double. Darin Gagne

COLUMBUS,MN- The Saturday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Open Trot, and Banker Volo posted his 4th consecutive win at Running Aces, breaking the Track Record for aged Trotting Stallions in the process. Nick Roland sent him away sharply from post five in the 6-horse contest, and he never looked back, posting fractions of 27.0, 56.1 and 1:25.4 en route to the new track mark of 1:55.3 He is a 7 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide, owned by Daniel & Jeralene Roland and trained by Nick Roland, and now has lifetime earnings of $252,083. Another sharp trotting performance on Saturday, was the 5 year old gelding Lo Rail Crossing (by Rail Splitter) who posted his 21st lifetime win while taking a new lifetime mark of 1:58.0, shaving nearly two seconds off his previous best winning time with trainer/driver Nick Roland in the bike, and he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $81,346 for owner Lorenza Gooch of Texas. HoldingAllTheCards posted a gate-to-wire score in 1:52.3 in the $6,000 upper-level conditioned pace with Dean Magee in the sulky, it was the second win in a row for this impressive 7 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, who now shows a career tally of 31 wins and $338,317. He is owned by William & Richard Mc Intyre and Trained by David Ginter. Luke Plano posted a Hat-trick on the program, while Nick Roland and Dean Magee scored driving doubles. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, July 3nd at 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) remained unbeaten in four starts in 2016, after Sunday’s first Race at Running Aces, The $7,500 Minnesota sired harness racing three-year-old gelding Trot. Heavily-favored at 1-2 in the wagering, Driver Nick Roland wasted no time finding the top with his charge, and after clearing to the lead easily from post 6, the dynamic duo set very leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:03.0 and 1:33.0 before charging home in 28.4 to win easily in 2:01.4. He paid $3.00. Tonight’s victory was his 11th lifetime win, in just 15 starts, and pushes his career earnings to $37,090 for Owner Jesse DeLong , and Trainer Justin Anfinson. The $7,500 3 year old Minnesota-Sired filly Trot went to Bombshell Betty ($3.80) for the second consecutive week , Steve Wiseman did the driving tonight and she equalled her mark of 2:00.3 set here last week, she now sports 5 lifetime wins from her 15 starts. She is owned by Jesse DeLong and Tabatha Canarr, and Trained by Justin Anfinson, this was his third training win on the night, as he swept the first 3 races, also winning with Just Blitzed (Nick Roland) in race 2 in 1:59.2, paying $3.00 The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace was the Sunday night Feature, and it was a thrilling contest, with Ideal Art (Steve Wiseman) charging off the gate to the early lead, then yielding to TheBestofJoel (Tim Maier) past the 27.1 quarter. The lineup remained that way through the next two splits of 56.1 and 1:24.3, before the cavalry came charging down the lane … when the dust settled it was OfficerNaGentelman (Brian Detgen) who pushed his head to the front at the wire, besting a hard charging Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee), with Ideal Art holding third and TheBestofJoel home in fourth, in the 1:53.2 mile. It was the tenth win in 25 starts this year for the 8 year old gelding by Royal Mattjesty, and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $47,875 for his owners A Piece of The Action, LLC and Trainer Tim Maier. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tueday night, June 28 at 6:00 pm CDT. Darin Gagne

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the Summit Pace and the Summit Trot . A very large and enthusiastic crowd attended the kickoff to our Summit Father's Day Weekend. The featured seventh Race Summit Pace went to Make Three Wishes ($13.40), a 5 year old mare by Brandon's Cowboy, Owned by Paul Sanders and Trained by Justin Currie, with Nick Roland steering her to victory in 1:53.4. The Summit Trot in race 6 went to favorite Where's The Clicker ($4.80) with Dean Magee aboard, for Trainer Tim Roach and Owner Kyle Larner, in 1:56.3 it was the 4th win this year for the son of Angus Hall. There were 2 divisions of the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action on Saturday, divided into two groups, A and B, and it was Freedom Reigns (Tim Maier) who will most certainly graduate to group A next time out, after posting his 3rd consecutive sharp winning mile in the $6,000 B group, another life's mark of 1:54.4 tonight. The gelding by Up Front Brad is owned by Janice Molgaard and Nancy Jenson, and trained by Brady Jenson, he paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $9,000 A group went to the filly Cruzin Coco, (by Voracious Hanover) who posted her 4th win 5 starts this year, and a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 with Steve Wiseman aboard tonight. The razor-sharp filly is owned by Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan, and trained by Joel McDanel. The 3 fillies in the field took not only 1st, but also 3rd (Dag In My Stockings) and 4th (Fancy Little Girl) against the 4 geldings tonight. The .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager was hit tonight, with one lucky patron correctly selecting the sequence of 7-3-4-1-4-4 in races 4 through 9, to take down the entire jackpot of $13,520.15 The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 19 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 11 race card. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, and it was Jazzmanian Devil with Moonie Svendsen in the bike who charged out of the gate from post four to the early lead, before yielding to Bunkerhill Bill (Gerald Longo) past the ¼ in 27.3, then sitting the pocket through the middle half in 56. and 1:23.4, before charging by in the stretch to draw away by 2 lengths in 1:53.2, with Bunkerhill Bill second best, and Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee) finishing 3rd. Jazzmanian Devil is owned by William Condon, of California, and trained by Steve Wiseman. This was the 8th win of the year for the 5 year old gelding by Sand Shooter, and it boosted his seasonal bankroll to $ 31,937. He paid his backers $11.40 at the windows. In the $7,000 Minnesota-sired 3 year old geldings Trot, it was The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse), who did the winning and paid $9.00, he is owned by Jesse Delong of Wisconsin, trained by Justin Anfinson, and was driven to the 1:59 lifetime mark by Nick Roland. The very nice 6 year old gelding Buddy's Hope (Luke Plano) picked up another impressive win, for Sean Lancaster and Jerome Bouvier, in a nice field of conditioned pacers, stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and paying $7.20 to win. Driver Nick Roland scored a hat-trick on the card, while Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen picked up a driving double and Rick Magee all scored doubles on the Saturday night card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 7 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $3,193.51 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS,MN- The Saturday night opener was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and Flameon was looking for his 6TH straight win, and was sent off as the overwhelming  1-5 choice. The ultra-sharp 6 year old gelding left sharply from the outside post 5, and never looked back, strolling through fractions of 28.3, 58.4, and 128.3 before widening his lead in the stretch with a 29.2 final panel, posting a 1:58 final time over the sloppy track. He paid $2.40 on the win ticket. He is owned and trained by Mark Anderson, of California, and driven by Dean Magee. Cruzin Coco ( by Voracious Hanover ) scored her second straight Aces win, taking the $7,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired Filly Pace in race 2, posting a 2-length score in 1:58.2 with Rick Magee aboard, paying $4.20 Bunkerhill Bill ( G.Longo ) captured his 2ND straight local win in the $9,000 upper-level conditioned pace in 1:54.4 in race 3 for Owner/Trainer Gene Miller of Michigan, paying $6.00 to his backers. Swagasaurus Rex ( by Voracious Hanover ) was very sharp in capturing the $7,000 3 year old Minnesota-Sired colt pace in race 4, sitting the pocket early, driver Rick Magee waited until just past the ¾ pole to make his move, and Swagasaurus Rex responded gamely, pacing away from his rivals to score by 3 lengths in 1:57.4, paying $5.80 for the win, and completing a double on the card for Rick Magee. Defending Champion driver Nick Roland swept the final 4 races on the Saturday card, starting in race 7 with Gotta Dream Big ( $17.80 ) for Trainer Sean Lancaster and owner Al Bird, of British Columbia posting a lifetime mark of 1:54.3 despite a sloppy track, then in race 8 he steered Holla at Ur Boy ( $14.80 ) to victory for Lloyd & Judith Schneiderman of South Dakota in 1:58.0. He completed the hat-trick with his own charge trotter Lo Rail Crossing in race 9 ( $8.40 ) for owner Lorenza Gooch of Texas, in 1:59.4, and topped off the Four-Bagger with another from his own barn in race 10, Headsup Yankee in 1:55.3 ( $3.20 ) for the Set the Pace LLC group of Minnesota. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, May 29 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $1,121.93. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

COLUMBUS, MN. - Da Terror took a step up in class Tuesday night (September 8) at Running Aces and came away with an upset win the the $9800 Open I Pace, clocked in 1:52.3 over the highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. Driver Nick Roland was content to let the diminutive six-year-old son of Western Terror idle near the rear of the compact field of six early, then launched him into second-over position approaching the half. Forced three-wide around most of the final turn, Da Terror had worked his way up to third by the head of the stretch then collared heavily-favored Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) in deep stretch. Outlawdangruswatrs (Gerry Longo) also raced creditably to finish third. "This horse, despite his smallish stature, tries as hard as any horse I've driven," said Roland, who is vying for the Running Aces dash title with Steve Wiseman with just two nights to go in the 2015 season. Roland owns a 72-70 advantage at present. Da Terror is owned by Banks Standardbreds of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and trained by Justin Anfinson. It was the speedy winner's sixth triumph of the year and increased his career bankroll to $78,221. Racing resumes Wednesday night (September 9) with a nine-race card at 7 p.m. (CST). The final program is dubbed Minnesota State Championship Night when over $200,000 in purses will be up for grabs on an 11-race card on Saturday (September 12) starting at 6 p.m. (CST). Gregg Keidel

Silence Son made his swansong at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces  a memorable one by winning the $9600 Open Trot for the third consecutive week on Sunday night (August 30). According to owner-trainer George Reider, the six-year-old gelded son of Majestic Son is now headed to the Delaware, Ohio Blooded Horse Sale where he'll sell as part of the supplemental catalog at the end of the Monday (September 1) session. Driver Nick Roland left alertly from the assigned outside post position and coasted through front-stepping fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:26.4 before trotting home in :28.4 for the 1:55.3 victory. El Azteca (Gerry Longo) raced gamely to finish a head behind in second with Thekeptman (Luke Plano) three lengths back to garner the show dough. It was the 11th 2015 triumph in 28 tries for Silence Son, who now sports 27 career victories in 88 lifetime starts and has banked $110,829. Gregg Keidel Director of Racing      

Driver Nick Roland regained the lead in the Running Aces' dash derby with four trips to the winner's circle on Sunday night's harness racing card. Following Californian Steve Wiseman's driving triple on Saturday night, Roland, a 33-year-old Iowa native, trailed for the first time in almost two months by a 52-51 margin after 37 nights of the 53-night meet. Wiseman managed one win on Sunday, but Roland's four put him back on top by a 55-53 count. Luke Plano has moved up to third in the standings with 42 triumphs, followed by Tim Maier with 41 and Gerry Longo with 38. Roland captured the $9600 Open Trot with Silence Son, who topped Thekeptman (Plano) and El Azteca (Longo) in 1:56.2 for owner-trainer George Reider. With the victory, six-year-old Silence Son eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau. Roland also guided Reider's Country Jewel to a 1:56 score in a conditioned pace for mares, tallied with Becky Badger Baby from his own stable in a $6000 three-year-old open trot, and steered Liberty Flyer to a 1:56.2 score in a $7200 conditioned pace for conditioner Justin Anfinson. Wiseman's win came behind Imfasterthanu in a $7200 top distaff conditioned pace. The 1:55.3 victory was the second in four nights for the ten-year-old Cammibest mare owned and trained by Edwin Quevedo. Gregg Keidel

Driver Luke Plano captured half of the eight races on the Tuesday night (July 21) harness racing program at Running Aces, including a triumph in the night's featured $8000 Open Pace. Plano worked out an ideal two-hole trip for Coopers Beach as he followed heavily-favored Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) until the head of the stretch then held off fellow closers Quality Sport (Tony Succarotte) and It's Getting Hairy (Gerry Longo) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1. Coopers Beach, a six-year-old Western Ideal gelding, took a life mark of 1:50.2 at Pompano Park earlier this year, but had been languishing in claiming races at Hoosier Park of late until moving to Running Aces a month ago. Owned by Plano's mother Maryann and partners John Darrah and Lawrence Keethe, the winner now has two wins in addition to a place and a show finish in his first four starts in Minnesota. Plano also guided Forceful Gale to an impressive front-stepping 1:57 victory in a $5500 top condition trot, besting Margin Call (Rick Magee) and Evolution Of Dance (Dean Magee). Jeff Brewer trains the winning six-year-old Strong Gale gelding for owner Ann Wrobbel. Plano stablemates Stylemaster (1:56.1) and Up Town Watts (1:55.3) copped the final two races on the card, giving Luke four wins on the night and running his total to nine in the last four nights. Stylemaster is owned by Nikki Hudson, while K C Carvalho became new owner of Up Town Watts via the claim box one week ago. A single winning 50-cent Pick Six ticket was sold with the astute handicapper scoring a handsome $1,957.65 return on his astute half-dollar investment. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Silence Son and Keep The Dream won their respective $8000 Opens at Running Aces on Sunday night; while the 50-cent Pick 6-offering a $5000 guaranteed pool-went unsolved due to a pair of longshot winners. When harness racing resumes at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 7) night, track officials expect that the Pick 6 pool will grow to well over $10,000. Silence Son (Nick Roland) took full advantage of a two-hole trip behind favored Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman), passing the frontrunner in deep stretch to win the Open Trot by three-quarters of a length. After comfortable fractions for the track's top trotters of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1, the winner put a finishing :28.3 on his triumphant 1:57 win. Californian George Reider both owns and trains the six-year-old son of Majestic Son who now has $88,509 in career earnings. Jailer (Rick Bertrand) got the show dough in the featured race for squaregaiters. Keep The Dream gave Roland, the leading driver at the meet, a sweep of the pair of features by copping her $8000 event for the best pacing mares in Minnesota in 1:54.4. The five-year-old Mach Three mare was placed fourth through the first two fractions of :28.1 and :58, then moved first-up through the 1:26.1 third panel to pull within a length of pacesetting Part Time Lady. With a strong :28.2 closing panel, Keep The Dream passed the leader and held off fellow closers De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Rev Me Up (Mark P'Pool) to garner her third local victory, but first in open company. The winner boosted her lifetime bounty to $125,166 for owner Dr. James Findlay of British Columbia. Tawa Road and driver Tony Succarotte pulled a major upset in the first leg of the Running Aces Pick 6 on Sunday, narrowly defeating heavily-favored Super Son Of Sandy (Lemoyne Svendsen) and returning $49 to win.   Sunday's handle of $220,098 was the best of the young 2015 summer meet at Running Aces. Bigger and better numbers are expected on Tuesday when a solid 11-race card-including the 50-cent Pick 6 with an estimated $10,000-plus pool-begins at 7 p.m. (CDT). Gregg Keidel

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