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COLUMBUS, MN. - Salutation Hanover, one the the best bred and richest trotters ever to campaign in Minnesota, flashed his "back class" on Wednesday night to capture the $9500 Open Trot at Running Aces in 1:56.  It was just the eighth start of 2013 for the son of Andover Hall, but his third win and first in open company.  He now has amassed 25 career victories and lifetime earnings of $646,490.  Nick Roland steered Salutation Hanover, who is owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Brett Ballinger.  Hit It Hard (Luke Plano) was second with Shelby County (Lemoyne Svendsen) third in the featured race. Drivers Rick Magee, John DeLong and Luke Plano each scored doubles on the program.  Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - One of the winningest and most popular horses in Running Aces six year history returned to the winner's circle Tuesday night, but this time in an upset 1:52.1 triumph in the featured weekly $8500 Open Pace. An 11-time winner in 2012, often as a heavy favorite, Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) was dispatched at odds of 8-1 seeking his initial open class victory of 2013. He edged fellow closers Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) and Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) as odds-on front-running favorite Six Gun (Jason Ryan) faded to fourth after cutting all the fractions. The six-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding has now won 38 times in his fruitful career and banked $218,000 for owners Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan. A co-featured $9000 Fillies and Mares Open was also contested on the program with Show Runner (Tim Maier) rebounding from a pair of recent place finishes in the same race to capture the distaff feature for the third time in five weeks. The impressive filly, owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar, upset heavily favored Love This Place (DeLong), who recently arrived from Chicago, at odds of 9-2. Still Electric (Don Sherman) was within a length at the wire reached in 1:54.4. Earlier on the card, Al-Mar Passion (Magee) lowered the track standard for two-year-old trotters to 2:00.1, beating Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Abra's Starlight (Roland) in a $13,500 state-restricted freshman trot. Rick Magee also owns the son of Abra who now has three wins in five seasonal starts. Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a full field of trotters going postward in the $9500 eighth race Open Trot. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - The $9500 Open Trot produced a new winner for the fourth consecutive week on Wednesday night at Running Aces when Keystone Swagger (John DeLong) benefitted from a perfect pocket trip to win in 1:55.4, equaling the track record for older horses.  The standard the son of Angus Hall tied was less than two hours old as Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) had also stopped the teletimer in 1:55.4 in a $4500 conditioned trot earlier in the program. Keystone Swagger is owned by Dandy Farms and trained in Minnesota by Jim Ellison. It was just his eighth career triumph, but did increase his lifetime earnings to $212,000.  Silence Son (Craig Banks) was a game second after cutting all the fractions and favored Shelby County (Moonie Svendsen) just nipped B C Lulu (Jason Ryan) for third. With the 2013 summer meet just slightly more than half over, the driver and trainer standings at Running Aces are extremely tight and no one has emerged as a clear-cut favorite in either race.  On the drivers side, Jason Ryan and Rick Magee are deadlocked at the top with 30 victories each in 28 nights of racing.  Luke Plano has 29, Nick Roland 28, Steve Wiseman 25 and John DeLong 24. Jason Ryan had a big week to move to the top of the conditioner standings with 16 trips to the winner's circle from his stable.  Close on his heels are David Flinn and Tim Brown with 15 each, then Don Sherman, Tim Maier and Nick Roland all with 14. Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend with a 50-cent Pick Six carryover of $743.65.  Post time Saturday is 7:00 PM (CDT). Gregg Keidel

With six of the nine races timed in 1:54 or faster, the Tuesday night program at Running Aces was the quickest in its brief history.

After brief successful stints at both Hoosier Park and Scioto Downs to open his 2013 campaign, Tyber Tyke was shipped to Running Aces in Minnesota and responded with an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the $10,000 open pace on Tuesday night.

The members of Minnesota Harness Racing Inc. held their annual meeting and awards banquet on Saturday (Feb. 23) at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn.

Rather than feel bitter that his career year got cut short by injury, harness racing driver/trainer Nick Roland chooses to celebrate the fact he could enjoy his greatest season before injury struck.

Nick Roland was presented with the top driver and top trainer awards for the 2012 Running Aces harness racing meet on Sunday night. His 111 driving wins entering the final night of harness racing on Monday far eclipsed the all-time record for the 51-night meet.

Leading harness racing driver Nick Roland became the first driver in Running Aces' five-year history to record 100 driving triumphs in a single season when he scored a hat trick on Tuesday night (August 28) bringing his 2012 total to 101 wins.

Leading harness racing driver Nick Roland capped a busy day by winning six of the nine races at Running Aces on Saturday night. The red-hot 30-year-old reinsman captured the very first race with trainer Wally Johnson's Underwater Lair, just minutes after arriving at the track from an afternoon of driving at the Humboldt, Iowa fair.

A large number of drivers and harness racing trainers at Running Aces Harness Park pledged all of their 5% commissions on the Tuesday night (August 14) program to a fellow horseman and friend who was injured in a racing accident at the Minnesota five-eighths-mile oval on August 5th.

It has been a 'family feud' every time a field of older Minnesota-sired trotters comes to the gate at Running Aces this harness racing season. It will likely be no exception when the first race is called to post on Wednesday night (August 8) for a weekly $5,500 trot restricted to state-bred 4-year-olds and up.

Only four of the nine horses going postward in the sixth and final leg of Running Aces' harness racing Pick 6 on Tuesday night were uncovered in the wager, but amazingly the post time favorite Blah Blah Blah was one of them.

Restless Yankee will get a well-deserved respite next week after dominating the $8800 Open Pace at Running Aces for the third consecutive week on Sunday night (July 15). Horses that win the weekly Open features are asked to take a one week break from the action after three consecutive victories over the five-eighths mile harness racing oval.

Restless Yankee, a five-year-old Minnesota-sired harness racing gelding owned by Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan, sat a pocket trip behind favored Chewy Baca in the $8000 Open Handicap Pace at Running Aces last night before exploding through the stretch to establish a new all-time overall 1:51.2 track record.

Running Aces kicked off its Wednesday night (June 27) harness racing program with the first two-year-old contest of the season.

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