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Certainly one of the most impressive performances on the Saturday night (July 29) harness racing program at Running Aces was a razor sharp victory for Buzz Light, coming in a $4,400 conditioned pace. It was not the featured race, or the open event, but it was a monumental victory for the 4 year old Voracious Hanover gelding who has struggled this year with breaking and has been a regular member of the qualifying brigade.   Buzz Light ($22.80) was recently switched to the barn of Trainer Rick Magee and he has continued to improve, after qualifying cleanly on July 11 in 1:57.3 he followed that up with a sharp effort to finish 3rd in a race, timed in 1:56.2. Tonight, Rick Magee guided Buzz Light aggresively from the gate from the outside post of 8 and Buzz Light responded, and powered to the front despite a three-wide journey to get there. He was on top at the quarter pole in 28.3, and half mile of 57.3, before yielding the lead to pocket sitter and race favorite Mucho Macho Man (Tim Maier) just past the half.   Mucho Macho Man tried to sprint away, but Buzz Light kept to task and was just 1 1/2 lengths away at the 1:26 checkpoint, and as they rounded the turn for home, it was clear that Buzz Light was not done tonight, he re-engaged the favorite and powered past in the lane for a 1 3/4 length tally and new lifetime mark of 1:55.2. Owner Cathy Dessert was overwhelmed with joy as she headed to the winner's circle, and later stated that she had " never given up on him ". The victory was yet another testament to that very ideal, don't give up, keep working hard and together Owner, Trainer and Horse can earn their time to shine.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event, and Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.40) was again the star of the show, rallying from off the pace again, but doing so at an earlier stage in the race tonight for her second straight win. She is Owned by Van Otterloo Stables, Trained by David Flinn and was driven to the 2 3/4 length victory in 1:55.1 by Steve Wiseman.   The featured $6,400 trotting event went to CW Raisinette ($4.60) for two wins in a row, with driver Steve Wiseman putting his charge on the front end from post six, yielding and then re-taking past the half mile. It was a dominating 4 length win in a 1:58.1 lifetime mark for the 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus, who is owned by A Piece of The Action LLC, and Trained by Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The Saturday program was marred by an accident in Race 7, with Drivers Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Tim Maier remaining hospitalized as of late Saturday night. The entire running Aces Family of staff, horsemen and fans are sending their prayers for our two beloved drivers for a quick recovery.   Live Racing returns on Sunday, July 30 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager of $18,995.87.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

It was a moment of triumph for harness racing owner Mikaela Degiudice when her 6 Year old Trotting gelding Margin Call crossed the wire a 2 3/4 length winner on Saturday night (July 1) at Running Aces. It was not a stakes Race, or even an Open level event, but it was a pivotal victory in so many ways, as it has always been a project to get Margin Call's feet and shoeing Just right. I can remember talking to Mikaela and her Trainer/Driver and significant other Rick Magee last summer when, the then 5 Year old by Revenue was at his very best, winning 3 or 4 races in a row including the Open Trot, and taking a lifetime mark of 1:56.1, just 3/5 of a second off of the track record. The couple explained how he was wearing 4 different shoes at that time, and it had been a long road of trial and error, sweat and tears to get to that point. Toward the end of the Running Aces season in 2016, Margin or "Moo" as he is most affectionately called by his adoring owner, began to have more foot and shoeing issues. Margin Call qualified on May 13 of this year in 2:01.3 finishing 3rd while registering the fastest last quarter (27.3) of the day. In his first start of the year on May 20 he finished a respectable 4th on a sloppy track, but then made breaks in his next 2 outings and required another qualifier, which he completed with a close 2nd place finish in 2:00. In his next start he broke before the start, but recovered very nicely to finish a strong 2nd in 1:59, he followed that up with a clean line and a close 3rd , again in 1:59, after Rick and Mikaela had made his 4th shoeing change in 4 weeks, and his owner joked " Margin (almost) has as many shoes as me". She reached out, as she often does, to the harness racing community as she was soaking his feet and looking for advice on additional treatments and shoeing options to help her beloved "Moo". The racing extended family/community responded with many helpful suggestions, and the hard work continued. After Margin Call's impressive victory in 1:58.2 tonight, Delgiudice was quick to note that "Sometimes It takes a village to raise a trotter, so many people have been so helpful, he is such a loved boy, and for Margin to get back to the winner's circle, it just makes my heart feel good". It is strong testament once again that hard work, persistence and willingness to seek advice will usually pay off, and in this case they certainly have. Tonight's win was Margin's 14th lifetime tally, and pushed his career bankroll to $52,992. By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer 

On the Sunday harness racing card at Running Aces, Easy Again posted an easy win to score his first victory of the season, in a very nice $7,700 conditioned pacing event. Driver Rick Magee had every confidence in his charge and did not hesitate to send Easy Again ($3.80) quickly off the gate from post 8 in the 9 horse contest, they easily cleared to the lead at the quarter pole in 28.1 and controlled things from there through very sensible fractions of 57.0 and 1:24.4 before blasting off and drawing away from his rivals with a 27.1 final quarter to register a 4 ¼ length score in 1:52. Easy Again is an 8 year old ridgling by Dragon Again, who now sports a resume of 35 lifetime wins and $915,113, he is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker and Dr. Ken Rucker does the training. Moon Is On Fire ($23.00) was very sharp in victory in the $6,000 second leg of the Minnehaha Fillies and Mares Claiming Pacing series, settling into the 3-hole early, Trainer/Driver Luke Plano smartly picked up second-over cover past the half and continued to advance, getting up by a neck at the wire to win in 1:54.4 over race-favorite Cheryls Surprise (Steve Wiseman). Moon is on Fire is owned by Dave haness. The series final will be held on Sunday, June 18. In other Series action, E L Peacemaker ($5.80) made it  three in a row in capturing the $7,000 first division of thesecond leg of the Norrine C pacing series for fillies and mares, doing so in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:55.1, a lifetime best mile with Steve Wiseman in the sulky for trainer Brett Ballinger and owner Russell Crotchett. In tonight’s other $7,000 split of The Norrine C , it was dominated by PennysFromHeaven ($6.20) a 3 year old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven who dominated with a sweeping move to pull away from her rivals in the stretch and register a 1:55.1 tally with an eye opening final quarter of 26.4 with Nick Roland in the bike for trainer Justin Anfinson and owner Tom Tetrick. The Norrine C series final will also be held on Sunday, June 18. Nick Roland led all drivers on Sunday with a Grand Slam of 4 winners on the 12 race card, and Steve Wiseman and Tim Maier each had driving doubles on the night. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 13 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $10,774.91. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Sunday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured some great Late Closing series action, and Wisconsin Believer (by Dali) posted one of the standout performances of the evening. Starting from post one in the second division of the first leg of The Norrine C pacing series for fillies and mares, Wisconsin Believer ($7.60) and trainer/driver Rick Magee got away 3rd from the gate and sat patiently through the first fractions of 28.1, and 57.4 before launching a first-over assault and sweeping to the lead down the backstretch, opening up a 4 length lead at the ¾ pole in 1:25.4, and widening her advantage with every stride to coast home in 30.1 and register an 8 ¾ length victory. She stopped the clock in 1:56 tonight for a new lifetime mark, and she is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice. In the other split of the same series, EL Peacemaker ($12.00) also posted a very sharp win, converting a pocket trip for a new lifetime mark of 1:56 in just her 3rd lifetime start. She is a 4 year old Illinois bred mare by Duneside Perch, and is owned by Russel Crotchett and trained by Brett Ballinger. In the first leg of the Minnehaha claiming pacing series for fillies and mares, T B Beach Girl ($6.40) picked up her 4th lifetime win in 26 tries, with Dean Magee aboard for trainer Dave Ginter and owners William and Richard Mc Intyre, pacing the mile in 1:55.4 Drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman both picked up driving doubles on the card. Live Racing returns to the Running Aces oval on Tuesday, June 6, with a first post of 7:00 pm CT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Trainer/Driver Rick Magee had plenty of confidence in his five-year-old mare by Jenna’s Beach Boy, as he sent her right out of the gate from post 7 to take control of the featured race on the Tuesday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces. Magee was aggressive early with Best of Jenna ($10.20) and immediately served notice to the field of 9 talented pacing distaffers that he, and Jenna, meant business. The duo fired off a quarter in 26.0, half in 55.2, then re-fired the accelerators past the ¾ post in 1:23.2 before kicking home in 28.3 to post a career mile of 1:52.0 by 1 length for owners Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Kayla Grace (Joe Casagranda) picked up second, while race favorite Stable Eyes (Luke Plano) checked in third. PV Miracle Mary ($6.40) with trainer/driver Joe Casagranda posted a big gate to wire score on the program as well, never in doubt in a 3 ¾ length romp while just missing her lifetime mark by 1 tick and stopping the timer at 1:53.1, in her 8th lifetime score. The talented 4 year old pacing mare is by Dragon Again and is owned by Casagranda and David Kuzara, she is one to watch this summer here at Running Aces. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 3rd at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $3,524.53, a carryover in the late .50 cent pick 4 of $1,633.88 and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager of $2,496.25. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing fillies event went to post as the co-feature on the Harness Racing card at Running Aces with 8 fillies going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdobabyboo ($2.80) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:57.4) in the process. Driver Rick Magee guided her away from the gate to the trailing position early and sat through the early fractions of 29.0 and 59.4 before tipping to the outside fourth-over just past the half mile pole. From there, he tipped his filly 3-wide around the final turn past the 1:27.4 check-in and was easily able to gun down the breakaway leader Free Radical (Nick Roland) and score the win by 2 ¾ lengths in her first start of the season. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for the Van Oterloo stables. Tonight’s tally was her 8th lifetime score in 10 career tries and padded her bankroll to $43,560. In the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings pace it was Wonder Bull who pulled off a mild upset ($11.40) in the 7 horse contest with a sharp closing effort to get up at the wire by a neck in an eye opening 1:54.3, shattering his previous mark by nearly 9 seconds. Steves Hot Rod was sharp in defeat as the runner up with Joe Casagranda in the bike. Wonder Bull is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters and trained and driven by Nick Roland. The son of Artisitc Wonder now sports 4 lifetime wins and $25,203 in earnings. Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $6,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($5.80) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 9-5 wagering choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a fast early pace of 27.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving in a nice second-over spot just past the half, and had him in a perfect striking position around the final turn before letting him loose in the stretch, where he gamely battled between horses to take the top prize in 1:54.2 Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the 3rd win of the season and 17th lifetime tally for the career winner of $61,978.  Drivers Luke Plano and Nick Roland both picked up driving doubles on the 9 race card. Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, May 28th with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Tuesday night May 23 Running Aces harness racing card featured the $10,000 Mares Open Pace, with a talented field of 7 distaffers squaring off. The talk of the tote board was Best of Jenna, and with good reason, the 5 year old by Jenna’s Beach Boy did not disappoint her backers as she posted a one length score from post 5 in her 2017 debut. Driver Rick Magee floated her quickly from the middle of the gate to the pocket early, then brushed to the lead past the 28.1 quarter, and it was smooth sailing through the remaining fractions of 57.0 and 1:25.4. Best of Jenna had plenty left in the tank and kicked home in 28.1 to stop the timer in 1:54 for her 9th lifetime win. She is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Mikeleh, an 8 year old pacing mare by Western Ideal posted a dazzling gate-to-wire romp (1:54.1) in a $6,000 conditioned event with driver Luke Plano aboard for trainer George Reider and Owners Little Bapa LLC. Tonight’s 7 ½ length tally was the 20th lifetime win for Mikeleh, who has now bankrolled more than $328,000 lifetime. Steve Wiseman remained white-hot on the Tuesday night card, adding another driving triple to his Grand Slam on Sunday and his natural hat-trick on opening night. Wiseman has jumped out to a nice early lead in the drivers race with just 3 nights completed. Tonight he scored in the opener with Listentoherheart ($8.20) then picked up a mid-card win with One Chief ($8.00) and nabbed the finale with the favorite Gravelsinmytravel ($3.40) Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Saturday, May 27 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot pick 5 of $1,177.11 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

With the history books now closed out for 2016, score a big feather in the cap for Wisconsin native Rick Magee, who topped all North American Harness drivers with a final UDRS average of .372 from his 459 drives. Rick, who finished 2nd in the Final Driver standings at Running Aces this past season, and is among the top 3 drivers in every category on the all-time list at the Columbus, Minnesota oval, tallied 97 wins , 91 seconds and 69 thirds during 2016. He posted the highest UDRS in the land for drivers with a similar number of starts. He finished in the top 3 a whopping 56% of the time during those 459 trips to the gate, most of them at Running Aces with additional starts at the Minnesota and Wisconsin fairs. During an interview this season at Running Aces, we asked Rick which he liked more, training or driving horses? He told us that while he has come to love training and especially developing young horses, there's nothing like the thrill of being a Driver. Rick Magee continues to provide thrills to his many fans at Running Aces year after year. The 2017 season of Live Harness Racing action at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will get underway on May 20th, and you can bet that Rick will continue his winning ways, and who knows, he may be at the top of that North American list yet again next year as the smart money says he'll be right there at the wire. By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack closed out the 2016 live harness racing season on Saturday night September 3, with The Night of Champions program, and the night - complete with a huge crowd - was a perfect cap off to the most successful season in the 9 year history of the track. One of the most impressive performances of the night was that of WhatitdoBabyBoo (Rick Magee), who picked up her 6th straight win, and 7th win in 9 starts this season by taking the $25,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old pacing filly championship with a 3 length score in 2:02 for The Van Oterloo Stables and Trainer David Flinn, paying just $2.60 as the crowd’s heavy choice in the wagering In the 3 year old colt & gelding trot Abra’s Momentum (Gerald Longo) got all of his ducks in a row on the perfect night to post the best mile of his career, taking his first lifetime pari-mutuel win with the $25,000 championship in a 1:59.2 mark for Owner Debra Davis and Trainer Richard Davis of Wisconsin. He paid $29.20 as the longest priced winner of the night. Whatevershesgot (Gerald Longo) posted an impressive gate-to-wire score in the $25,000 3 year old filly Trot in a career best mile of 1:59.2 in her 11th lifetime win for Owner/Trainer Jenni King, paying $7.60 at the windows. Silent Dreams (2:04.1) in the $25,000 (Non Betting) 2 yo filly Trot with Dean Magee for Trainer Brett Ballinger and Owners Glen & Jody Wilson. Liquor’sKwikker went gate-to-wire in the $25,000 (NB) 2 year old colts & geldings Trot in 2:05.3 for his 3rd lifetime win for Owners Ulf and Susan Holm-Johansen. Goody Two Socks (Rick Magee) parlayed a pocket trip into a championship in the $12,500 4 yrs. & up horses and geldings pace in 1:53.4 ($5.80) for Trainer Alexia Kehl and Owner Seppo Hakamaa, while Flick A Fly picked up her 23rd lifetime tally (1:56.0) in the $12,500 Mares pace for 4 yrs. & up also with Rick Magee aboard for The Van Oterloo Stables and Trainer David Flinn, Paying a $3.80 mutuel. Stuckey Dote (Jim Marino) continued his late season dominance at Running Aces by taking the $25,000 3 year old geldings Pace in 1:55.0 for Owner/Trainer Merlin Van Oterloo, it was the 12th lifetime win for the son of Voracious Hanover, and he payed $3.00 as the favorite. Cruzin Coco (Nick Roland) picked up her 12th lifetime win by capturing the $25,000 3 year old Filly pace in 1:55.1 for Owner’s Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan and Trainer Joel Mc Danel, she paid $5.80 this evening. Zachariah’s Honor (Luke Plano) posted his second consecutive lifetime best mile in winning the $25,000 2 year old geldings Pace in 1:57.3 tonight for his proud owners Royal & Barbara Roland, it was his 4th lifetime win and he paid $9.00 to win. Lo Rail Crossing (Jim Marino) picked up his  24th lifetime score while taking down the $12,500 4 year olds & up Trotting event in 1:58.4 for Trainer Nick Roland and Owner Lorenza Gooch. He paid $9.80 for every $2.00 win wager tonight. Driver Rick Magee had a huge night with 4 wins, while Jim Marino picked up 3 big wins and Drivers Nick Roland and Gerald Longo each picked up two wins on the night of champions. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

One of the most notable wins on the Saturday night (Aug 20) harness racing program at Running Aces was that of the 13 year-old Trotting mare One Bad Cookie (by One Bad Boy), who picked up her second win of the season in a nice $5,500 conditioned event. It was no speed record or anything of that nature, but it was immensely impressive for a different reason. One Bad Cookie has raced in Minnesota every year of her career, making her very first lifetime start as a two year old at the Cannon Falls fair in 2005, 4 years before Running Aces held it’s first-ever race in 2008. Since then, she has not missed a season at Running Aces during its’ 9 year history, perhaps the only horse to have started here every year since the track opened. During this time she has accumulated 8 wins, 17 seconds, and 32 thirds and $69,340 with a mark of 2:00.0 taken right here at Running Aces in 2012 at age 9. She actually has a very good chance to register her best season yet, at age 13. These are not world records by any means, but to true Harness Racing fans these are some of the best stories in the game, a nice trotting mare who keeps on going strong at age 13, and hasn’t missed a season of local action ever. She has done all of this with one owner, Wendy Haberberg, who in fact has also trained her throughout her career and even drove her in most of her early starts, and she was bred by another local horseman Dave Carter. Tonight One Bad Cookie was quick off the gate from post 5 for Driver Rick Magee, then yielded for the pocket, and later wound up third along the pylons before being angled out in the stretch by Magee, that’s when “Cookie” began to strut her stuff and charge by her rivals to post a ¾ length tally in 2:01.1 over a surface rated sloppy. She pulled off a 9-1 upset ($20.20) in the mile, while bringing a smile to many on this night, including her proud owner, all those true local fans, and of course all those holding the winning tickets on the good old 13 year old mare. The $11,000 open Handicap Trot was the featured event, and it would be another feather in the cap for Flameon (Dean Magee) in the top Trot this week, as he posted his 9th win of the season in 16 starts, trotting in 1:57.4 tonight to out-kick Big Expense (Mooney Svendsen) and Banker Volo (Luke Plano). Flameon ($8.00) is owned and trained by Mark Anderson. In The $8,500 Minnesota-Sired filly pace tonight it would be another sharp winning effort by Look Again Eda (Rick Magee), her second win in a row, and 5th lifetime tally in 9 starts. The David Flynn trainee was sharp off the gate from post 5 and saved ground until the stretch, where she was charging hard to the wire to just defeat the front-runner American Dancer (Luke Plano) by a head and fast closing Fancy Little Girl (Dean Magee) who was also just a neck back in third in the 1:57.0 mile. Look Again Eda paid $5.20 to her backers. She is owned by Ira Bontreger. The $8,500 Minnesota-Sired colt & geldings pace went to Stuckey Dote ($4.20) who did not disappoint as the favorite with Driver Jim Marino in the bike, he got away third from post 3 and made his move past the 3/4 pole, and never looked back from there, comfortably holding off a late charge from Cyrax (Brian Detgen) with pace-setter Freedom Reigns (Tim Maier) checking in third. Stuckey Dote registered a ¾ length win in 1:55.1 for Owner/Trainer Merlin Van Otterloo. Drivers Rick Magee, Dean Magee, and Jim Marino all posted the triple/triple this evening (each winning 3 races on the card). By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The featured event on the Wednesday night (Aug 17) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $15,000 2 year old Minnesota-Sired Trot and Liquor’sKwikker ($16.80) with driver Rick Magee would post his second lifetime win tonight to pull the upset at 7-1, defeating the heavily favored filly Silent Dreams (Dean Magee) by a head in 2:04.2, a new life’s mark. The winner, a gelding by Matchstick Man is Owned by Ulf Edvard & Susan Holm-Johansen, and trained by the former. He now sports earnings of $24,000 from his 7 lifetime starts. ImapixieatMidnight (Nick Roland) was home third in the mile. The $11,000 Filles & Mares Open Trot was also a highlight on the card, and would also see an upset as Flashy Lady ($21.00) would pull off a gate to wire score, stealing very soft fractions of 31.3 and 102.4 before shifting in to gear for the final half mile with 1:31.2 and 1:59.4 as the final two clockings, she trotted home in 28.2 with a final half mile in 57.0 to secure the 1 ½ length tally over 28-1 Cantoria (Rick Magee) and 1-9 favorite My Little Susie (Mooney Svendsen). Flashy Lady is Trained and Driven by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, and tonight’s victory was her fourth win of the season and 37th lifetime win, and added to her impressive bankrolls of $34,990 for the season, and $371,623 lifetime. Gorilla Monsoon posted a career mile this evening with a dazzling 1:52.0 performance in reign to Nick Roland for Trainer Jessie Pacheco and Owner Ron Rettig-Zucchi. Tonight’s triumph was the tenth lifetime win for the 4 year old gelding by Cam’s Card Shark, and came in just his second start for his current connections. Drivers Rick Magee, Nick Roland, Mooney Svendsen and Luke Plano all posted driving doubles on the Wednesday program. Running Aces is now racing 4 nights a week through the end of the season, with Live Action on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm CDT and Saturdays and Sundays at 6:00 pm CDT. Carryovers for Saturday night include $1,658.78 for the Jackpot Pick-6, and $1,124.07 for the Early Pick-4. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Pacers highlighted the Tuesday evening (Aug. 16) harness racing program at Running Aces, with $10,000 on the line in each division. In the Colts & Geldings split, The big favorite DeweyDidDoneGood (DeanMagee) would not prevail this evening, finishing 3rd despite a nice effort on the front end. Steve's Hot Rod (Rick Magee) sat the pocket and came home second in the 2:01 mile, beaten only ½ length and Wonder Bull (Nick Roland) would charge fastest to the wire, advancing up the inside in the stretch, but would later be disqualified (to 8th) for violating the expanded homestretch rules... having advanced well inside of the final pylon before the beginning of the expanded stretch. Steve's Hot Rod was placed as the winner, with DeweyDidDoneGoodmoved up to second and Zachariah's Honor (Luke Plano) wasplaced third. Steve's Hot Rod now sports 3 lifetime wins in 7 starts for Owner Kati Sokolowski and Trainer David Flynn. In the Fillies division, there would be no upsets, as the overwhelming choice Whatitdobabyboo (Rick Magee) would deliver another impressive victory, in her now-signature style of sitting back quietly in the early stages, then launching a deliberate rally on the outside and pouncing in the homestretch to draw away from her rivals. Tonight she posted a 3¼ length tally, her 4th in a row and 5th win in her last 6 starts for Owners Van Oterloo Stables, and Trainer David Flynn. Tonight's mile was registered 2:02 in the sloppy conditions, and she paid $2.40 to her many backers. The track condition went from Fast in races 1-3 to Sloppy at the start of race 4, after heavy rains pelted the area for about 45 minutes. Driver Rick Magee had a huge night, posting 5 wins on the program as the first driver to do so this season. Rounding out his 5-Bagger were scores with pacers Place'N First ($26.80) in 1:58 in race 4, the aforementioned tally aboard Steve's Hot Rod ($13.40) in race 6, The Trotter Switcheroo ($53.00) in race 8 in 2:00.3, The filly WhatitdoBabyBoo (above) in race 9, and the gelding pacer Red Star Tyson ($6.40) in race 10 (1:58.4). Running Aces is now racing 4 nights a week, with Live Racing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays going to post at 7:00 pm CDT, and weekend Racing starts at 6:00 pm CDT on both Saturdays and Sundays. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

In the Tuesday night harness racing feature at Running Aces, Margin Call ($4.20) trotted to his 3rd consecutive win, stopping the clock in 1:57.1 to post a new lifetime mark. The talented 5 year old gelding by Revenue S out of the Muscles Yankee Mare Caffeine Freak, he is owned by Mikaela Delguidice and Trained and driven by Rick Magee. Tonight's win was his 11th career tally in 32 lifetime starts, and pushed his career bankroll to $33,454. The classy roan-colored gelding Greybeard ($15.00) picked up his first win of the year, in his 4th seasonal start, charging home up the inside from the pocket trip, to just beat GravelsInmytravel ( Steve Wiseman) by a neck at the wire in 1:55.1. Greybeard is Owned by Jack Detgen, and Trained and Driven by Brian Detgen, he now sports 20 lifetime wins and $61,738. Brian Detgen completed a double scoring in the next Race with General Time ($7.80) for Trainer/Owner Dale Lagerquist. Driver Gerald Longo posted a driving triple on the Tuesday night card, scoring the early double races with French Eclipse ($3.20) and Placen First ($7.00) both Owned and trained by Jenni King. Longo then scored in race 8 with Whatchastarinat ($11.60) for trainer Gene Miller to complete the Hat-Trick. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 25 at 6:00 pm CDT.  

The four year old Pacing Stallion Linkjack Hanover was back to his old tricks on Sunday night at Running Aces, as he set a new harness racing Track Record of 1:54 for his age/sex & gait. As a 3 year old in 2015, he set a track record of 1:54.1, later lowering his own mark to 1:54.0 and then 1:53.2. The son of Allamerican Hanover is owned and trained by Jeff Ryan and has been driven by Rick Magee through most of his 31 career starts, and this was his 12th lifetime win, and pushed his career bankroll to $36,226. The $7,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Filly Trot went to Bombshell Betty (by Sos Lunar Eclipse) with Jim Marino aboard, in a 2:00.3 new life’s mark for Trainer Justin Anfinson and Owners Jesse DeLong and Tabatha Canarr, she paid $5.40. The $7,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Geldings Trot went to The Winnin Dolllar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse), who is now a perfect 3 for 3 in 2016, Driver Nick Roland left alertly from post 6 in the 6 horse field and yielded early to let Margin’s Echo (Rick Magee) set all of the fractions, Roland sat patiently with his gelding and waited for room at the head of the stretch and powered by the front-runner late to win by a full length in 2:00.3, paying $4.60 to his backers. The $11,000 Summit Preffered Trot went to Banker Volo (Nick Roland), for his 3rd consecutive win here, trotting tonight in 1:57.1 and paying just $2.40 as the overwhelming favorite, I'll Tell You What (Brian Detgen) was 2nd, and Flashy Lady (Tim Maier) checked in 3rd The $11,000 Summit Preffered Pace was a thrilling event, with Jazzmanian Devil (Lemoyne Svendsen) looking for his 3rd straight win in the top pace, and Moonie sent Jazzmanian Devil right out of the gate from the outside post (6) to the front and set fractions of 27.3, 57.2 and 1:25.0 and was sharp in the lane as well, holding off a late charge from pocket-sitter Ideal Art (Steve Wiseman) to win by a half a length in 1:52.4, his 10th win in 20 starts this year. He paid just $2.80 at the windows. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 21 at 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

A nice crowd was on hand for the Preakness Stakes simulcast on Saturday, and they were treated to some fantastic live harness racing to compliment the triple crown action. Flameon kicked off the harness action in race 1 , trotting to a big win in 1:56.2 with Dean Magee aboard for Mark Anderson. It was a big night for Rick Magee, who posted a driving triple on the 8 race card, and delivered with his mare Trot Fudge Sundae ( 1:58.2 ) in race 4 for his owner James Bafia of Illinois. Mr Jackpot made his 2016 debut in race 5 for 3 year old Trotters with big expectations, and he did take control of the race at the 3/8 pole but was out-trotted after the three-quarters by the sharp mare Margins Echo, another Rick Magee charge for owner Mikaela Delgiudice of Minn. And Whatevershesgot rallied past for 2nd in the 2:01.2 mile.  The final race of the night looked on paper to be a face-off between Track record holder Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) from the rail, and seasoned gelding Stonebridge Lyric (Nick Roland) from post 8, who opened the Running Aces season with a 1:53 romp on Tuesday night, and Stonebridge Lyric powered away from post 8 to beat Rickybrnthegaragdwn to the lead, and he never looked back from there in a 1:53.4 score. Cantholdmebackmack ( G.Longo ) made a late charge to nose out Restless Yankee ( J.Marino) for 2nd, while Linkjack Hanover ( R.Magee ) made a move at the leader at the top of the lane but was out-kicked home tonight, taking fourth. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

COLUMBUS, MN. - Al-Mar Skip Bo and Texakota scored harness racing upsets in their respective $8000 divisions for Minnesota-sired sophomore trotters at Running Aces on Sunday night. Driver Rick Magee rushed Al-Mar Skip Bo directly to the lead in the colts split and never looked back, besting favored Go See Lo Go (Nick Roland) and Drakensberg (Luke Plano) in 2:01.4. The same bunch will be joined by a few others when they chase a $21,000 purse on Minnesota State Championships Night next Saturday (September 12), which is closing night on the 2015 Running Aces summer meet. Magee also owns and trains the winning son of Abra who was notching his fourth career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to just over $30,000. Texakota (Lemoyne Svendsen) notched her first-ever pari-mutuel win in 2:01.3 over a sloppy track in the fillies division for owners Cynthia Ivey and Ryan Lems. The daughter of Abra collared Al-Mar Reba Babe (Gerry Longo) in the final stride with Marisa's Lady (Tim Maier) third in the seven-horse field. Bob Lems trains Texakota, who has shown speed all season but had problems staying on stride until this final tuneup for Championship Night. Heavily favored Becky Badger Baby made an uncharacteristic break when driver Nick Roland's sulky wheel tube popped and resulted in racing with a flat tire for more than the final half mile. El Azteca (Gerry Longo) won the meet's final $9600 Open Trot by two lengths over Thekeptman (Luke Plano) and Jimmy Shin (Steve Wiseman). It was the 34th lifetime score in just 74 career starts for the six-year-old stud owned by Marco Rios and trained in Minnesota by Bob Johnson. Both Rick Magee and Gerry Longo scored driving doubles on the ten-race program. Leading drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman each had one win, giving them 71 and 69 tallies respectively with three nights remaining to determine the local dash title for this season. Gregg Keidel

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