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Columbus, MN - The Sunday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured three divisions of three year old trotters, with a total purse of $23,000.   The $11,500 "A" division had a field of eight lining up behind the gate and the talk of the tote-board was Teachmehowtotory at 1-2 in the wagering from post four with driver Nick Roland in the bike, and fresh off a last out win at the same level.   Trotterlicious (Rick Bertrand) fired fastest off the gate from post two and SB Madame Secretary also left sharply from the outside eight post to set up a front-end battle that lasted from just past the 3/8 marker to the far turn, where SB Madame Secretary finally cleared the lead. They set torrid fractions up front (:28.3, :56.3 and 1:26.3) while Teachmehowtotory benefitted from the intense battle from the garden seat in third, then angled out of the pocket at just the right moment to get rolling as they rounded for home.   Teachmehowtotory ($3.00) was full steam ahead as they straightened away and easily drew away from the competition to score a 3-1/4 length tally in a sharp mile of 1:57 for a new career mark, while Passion In Paris (Jacob Cutting) closed late to pick up the pieces for second just ahead of SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) in a tight place photo.   Teachmehowtotory now has three wins on the season and six career tallies for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Jessica Johnson. The sharp Braggart filly has now bankrolled $57,497 to date. The 1:57 clocking was just one-fifth of a second off of the track record for three year old trotting fillies.   The $6,900 "B" division went to Hearduwhispermynam (Brian Detgen, $3.00) also delivering as the 1-2 favorite as part of the Jenni King owned entry. Hearduwhispermynam took control just past the quarter and was never in doubt with a solid 1-3/4 length tally in 1:57.4 for a new lifetime mark.   The $4,600 "C" division went to Al Mar Why Not (Rick Magee, $3.20) who was also the public choice and scored a convincing gate-to-wire victory by three lengths in 2:00.1 for a new career mark, and first pari-mutuel win. Bryce Jenson is the winning owner and the winning trainer is Brandon Jenson.   Driver Braxten Boyd led the Sunday program with three winners on the day, including a sharp 1:52.2 score with Bestinthebusiness ($3.60) in a nice $6,700 conditioned pace for owner Brett Boyd Racing and trainer Gene Miller.   Driver Nick Roland added two wins on Sunday, while trainer Jessica Johnson also picked up two wins.   A track record $2 exacta payout was registered on Sunday when Queen of Marcs (Darrel Wright, 23-1) combined with Pathologist (Michael Magee, 50-1) in the fifth race of the day to return a whopping $1,892.60 for the biggest exacta return ever at Running Aces.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 28 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a Carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $15,760.48.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Harness racing driver Braxten Boyd entered the record books at Running Aces on the Saturday afternoon (July 25) program, steering seven year old pacing mare Wizzel Sticks to victory at just over 80-1 on the board, to record the second longest win mutuel in track history when they returned a hefty $162.80 for every $2 ticket.   Winless in sixteen outings this year, the public dismissed Wizzel Stix from post seven, seemingly forgetting some of her dramatic wins at Running Aces in seasons past. Braxten Boyd was engaged for his first trip behind the free-legged pacer and would be her fifth different driver in as many starts.   Odds On Maria (Tim Maier) fired fastest from the gate from post eight in the $3,000 conditioned pace, she was a 5-1 prospect. Peekaboo Tattoo (Nick Roland, 9-1) got away sharply and sat the pocket. Getter Queen Flush (Mooney Svendsen, 7-1) pressured the pace first-over from before the half and all the way to the 3/4 mark.   Race favorite Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee, 2-5) got rolling three wide with a sweeping move around the final turn and Braxten Boyd immediately launched wide behind her with Wizzel Stix, and those two mares circled the field and were in lockstep turning for home. Wizzel Stix clearly had just a bit more momentum as they straightened for the wire and while the favorite fought on, Wizzel Stix maintained a slight lead to the line, scoring by half a length in 1:56.4 for her first win of the season.   The stunning upset sparked a $378 exacta, a $4,836 trifecta that paid to all in third, and an extrapolated superfecta of $18,223.80.   The winning owner of Wizzel Stix is Vikki Pfeilsticker and the winning trainer is Rick Bertrand.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) scored his second win in a row while posting a two-length tally in 1:55.1 in the featured $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year-old colts & geldings pace for owner Duane Roland, who had a perfect day at Running Aces with three winners from three starters. Trainer Jessica Johnson also had a perfect day - participating in five races and making five trips to the winner's circle. Driver Nick Roland also shared those same five winners.   It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.20) picked up a new lifetime best win in the $10,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year-old filly pace in 1:54.4 for three in a row and eleven career wins. The winning owner is John Hendricks and the winning trainer is Joel Mc Danel. The margin of victory for It's Pacific Time was 1-1/4 lengths over Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) and D Vigilante (Brian Detgen) was beaten 12-3/4 lengths in third.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, July 26 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $14,377.78.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

One of the featured events on the Tuesday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $10,000 to $12,000 claiming pace with a purse of $8,000 and a talented field of eight horses and geldings.   Cool Cowboy (Nick Roland) was the talk of the tote-board at 3-5 from post five while making his first start in claiming company, and My Friskie Boy (Dean Magee) was also well supported at 3-1 from post eight with a win and two seconds from his last three starts at the same level. Five Card Draw N (Jacob Cutting) drew the rail for his first local start of the summer, and was dismissed at 16-1 on the board.   Nick Roland sent Cool Cowboy to the front for a :27.2 opening stanza and then executed the give-and-go with My Friskie Boy before facing a strong challenge from Bunkerhill Bill throughout the middle stages of the race (:57 and 1:25.4) Bunkerhill Bill forged to the lead turning for home and battled with My Friskie Boy while Five Card Draw tipped widest of all into the lane and swept the field from last to first, getting up right on the line over My Friskie Boy and Bunkerhill Bill in 1:55.   Five Card Draw N ($34.80) is an eleven year old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, owned by Donald and Barbara Arnstine and Kathleen Plested, who is also the trainer. The victory today was the first of the year for Five Card Draw N, and his 32nd career win.   The $6,000 Two Year Old Open Trot went to The Royal Queen (Rick Magee, $3.60) for two in a row and a new career mark of 2:04.4 for trainer Justin Anfinson, and the $6,000 Two Year Old Open Pace went to Something To Me (Darrell Wright $6.80) in 1:59.3 for owner/trainer Tony Huffman.   Drivers Jacob Cutting, Darrel Wright and Rick Magee all completed doubles on the day. Trainer Williams Hernandez also picked up a double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday July 25, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $13,223.39.   Darin Gagne                                              

The featured event on the Sunday afternoon (July 19) harness racing program at Running Aces was the "A" division of the Minnesota-sired 3 Year Old Trot with a field of seven squaring off for a purse of $11,500.   SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright) was the slight wagering choice at 7-5 over Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) who was sent off at 8-5. SB Madame Secretary made a break near the start and was well back after that while SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) surged to the early lead from post two and then yielded for the pocket when Nick Roland launched to the lead near the three-eighths marker with Teachmehowtotory who left from post five.   Teachmehowtotory ($5.20) was never in doubt after taking the lead and sealed the victory when she trotted her third quarter in :28.2 leaving her rivals well behind and then stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for a 3-1/4 length score and a new lifetime mark.   SD Eliminator held second while Passion In Paris (Mooney Svendsen) picked up third money.   The winning filly is by Braggart and out of the Rail Splitter mare Rails of Victory, she is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trained by Jessica Johnson.   The $6,900 "B" split went to Go Margeaux (Mooney Svendsen, $15.80) in a career best 2:00.4 mile over Bekkum's Black Rose (Nick Roland) and Al Mar Lovey Dovey (Rick Magee). The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.   The $4,600 "C" division went to Al Mar Spicey Talk (Brady Jenson, $48.00) in 2:03.1 for owner Joshua Horvat and trainer Katie Horvat.   Drivers Nick Roland and Braxten Boyd led the Sunday program with two winners each.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday July 21, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $11,501.82.   Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN - Harness racing driver Nick Roland was on fire at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 14) adding 6 winners to his already impressive win total (now 34) from 116 drives across the first twelve programs of the 2020 meet.   The numbers that Roland currently shows are nothing short of incredible. He is winning races at just shy of a thirty percent pace (29.31%), hitting the trifecta at over sixty-eight percent, carrying a UDRS of .475 and is on pace to re-write the track record for most wins in a single season by a single driver - (his own record) of 112 from 2016. He is also on pace to eclipse his career best mark of 140 wins in a single year (2012).   Horses from his own stable, trained by longtime girlfriend Jessica Johnson, are also posting incredible numbers - Johnson is the current leading trainer with a leading margin of 5 wins (16), winning at nearly thirty-one percent (30.77%), and Johnson currently carries a UTRS of .520 and a top-three percentage of over sixty-nine (69.32%).   Roland won the first two races of the day, each of them $11,500 events for two year old Minnesota-sired horses, kicking off his stellar day with a 2:06.2 score in the first aboard trotter Rush To The Bank ($5.20) for trainer Dan Roland. In the second he piloted Rockin Louie ($3.60) to a sharp win in 2:00.3 for trainer Duane Roland.   After going 4th, 2nd, 3rd and second in the next four events, Roland reeled off four winners in a row starting with Hottieonthehorizon ($3.80) in 1:56 for trainer Jessica Johnson, then Pull The Shade ($8.20) in 1:53.4 in the Mares Open Pace for trainer Tim Maier. Next up was another sharp win - and 4 in a row for Twilight Tinker ($5.20) in 1:58.4 also trained by Jessica Johnson. Roland then steered Brian's Magic Girl ($4.20) from last-to-first in 1:57.1 for trainer John Rogers.   Roland was third the final two races of the day, to complete a summary of 12 starts, 6 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds, while only missing the top three once - a fourth place finish aboard two year old trotter Rockin The Rails (18-1) who made a break due to broken equipment in his race.   As the track's all time leading driver, Roland recently drove his 800th Running Aces winner on June 30 and has a 150 win lead over Rick Magee on the track's all time list. Those two are also the current leaders for 2020.   Bordogna (Rick Magee) remained undefeated in six outings in 2020 after capturing the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with a gutsy effort to hold off a strong late rally by Mandeville (Nick Roland) - just a neck separated those two at the wire in 1:56.1. Bordogna ($5.60) is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer. The 4 year old Trixton stallion has now won seven races in a row going back to last fall, and has bankrolled $73,075 with nineteen wins from 35 starts.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland, $8.20) captured the $9,000 Mares Open Pace by converting the perfect pocket trip into a 1-3/4 length tally in 1:53.4 for her first win of the season. The winning owner is Ferrell York and the winning trainer is Tim Maier.   Rick Magee also had a big day on Tuesday, piloting 3 winners on the card for a driving Hat-Trick. Trainers Justin Anfinson and Jessica Johnson led with two winners each.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, July 18 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a pair of Carryovers - $9,796.21 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,032.05 in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - Keep On Rocking A delivered another big performance at Running Aces on the Sunday afternoon (July 12) harness racing card when he made easy work of an abbreviated field to pick up his third straight victory at the top Open Handicap level since arriving in the upper midwest in mid June as one of the top horses on the roster of Owner/Trainer Chris Scicluna.   The 8 year old Australian import by Rocknroll Hanover dominated this week's top pace with a sharp effort from gate-to-wire in 1:52.4 as he and driver Pat Berry fired to the lead from post five and then registered moderate early fractions of :27.4 and :57.   Berry then proceeded to step on the gas pedal with the leader just past the midway point, keeping everybody in chase mode with a solid final half mile in :55.4 to record a 1-3/4 length tally and eclipse the quarter-million dollar mark ($252,992) in career earnings with his 27th lifetime win. He was the heavy favorite in the wagering, and returned $2.80 for every $2.00 investment.   Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) rode the pocket and held gamely for second while Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) secured the third position throughout.   Also featured on the Sunday program were three divisions of the Minnesota-Sired sophomore trotters, with SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright, $6.00) turning in a career best 1:57.2 mile in the $11,500 'A' division over Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) who was just a half length back at the wire.   The $6,900 'B' division went to Double My Decker (Pat Berry, $2.20) in 2:02.1 for her sixth career win, while SB My Boy Gideon (Gerald Longo, $4.40) was placed as the winner in the $4,600 'C' division after Beautiful Beast (Mooney Svendsen) was disqualified for a lapped on break at the wire. The mile was registered in 1:58.3 while SB My Boy Gideon trotted in 1:58.4.   Driver Pat Berry led the day on Sunday with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Lemoyne ('Mooney') Svendsen registered a triple and both Gerald Longo and Darrel Wright each picked up a driving double.   Trainers Justin Anfinson and Ulf Holm-Johansen were the leaders on the day with two winners apiece.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 14, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $8,169.96.   by Darin Gange, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (July 11) harness racing card at Running Aces featured two fields of sophomore Minnesota-Sired pacers, each going for a purse of $10,500. The colts and geldings division appeared on paper to be a re-match between last year's two year old male champion pacer Bunkerhill Phil (Dean Magee) and relative newcomer to Running Aces Its A Marcs World (Nick Roland) - who spent his freshman campaign on the fair track circuit in Iowa. These two have quickly become top rivals among the male sophomore pacers this season, first meeting up on June 27 in a $13,000 Minnesota-Sired event where It's a Marcs World converted a pocket trip into a 3 length tally (1:57.1) over pace-setter Bunkerhill Phil. They met up again in a $6,000 three year old Open pace on July 3 where Bunkerhil Phil turned the tables on his rival by surging past It's a Marcs World by a neck right at the wire in 1:55.3 to take a career mark. This week the dynamic duo were the headliners in the Minnesota-Sired sophomore colts and geldings pace, with Bunkerhill Phil drawing post five (9-5) and It's a Marcs World starting from gate position seven as the heavy 3-5 favorite. It's a Marcs World served notice immediately that he was at the top of his game today, surging from the outside of the gate to secure an immediate lead over The Dak Attack (Brady Jenson). The early fractions were moderate (:29.1, :59.2) while It's a Marcs World maintained a two length margin over the field. Bunkerhill Phil got away fifth, then launched a first-over move in the middle stages to take over second and drop in behind his chief rival. Heading into the far turn Roland asked for a bit more pace from the leader, and he responded in a big way - throwing down a third panel in :27.2 and sending Bunkerhill Phil and Magee into full-on chase mode. It's a Marcs World ($3.20) kept on firing and kicked home with another sharp :27.3 panel to register a final half in an eye-opening :55 seconds and leave Bunkerhill Phil reeling in second while beaten by 5-1/2 lengths. The final time was 1:54.2 and established a new career mark for the gelded son of Marced Card, owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson. Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) rounded out the top three. The sophomore filly pacing event went to Its Pacific Time (Rick Magee), who impressively wired the field from post eight in a career best 1:56 to deliver as the heavy (1-5) favorite. Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) was clearly second best on the day and Catchmeinadream (Mooney Svendsen) was a clear third. The winner is a daughter of It's That Time out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling, she has now recorded ten career wins in seventeen outings for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel Mc Danel. Driver Nick Roland led the program with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Dean Magee recorded a driving Hat-Trick with three winners. Trainer Jessica Johnson picked up a double on the program. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 12) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 pool of $7,057.79 by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured two $10,000 Open pacing events with nine talented Mares lining up for the distaff open and nine talented male pacers lining up for the horses & geldings open.   In the Mares feature, Last Flight In N (Pat Berry) was bet down to even money favoritism from post six while Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) was also well supported at 2-1 from post nine and both Always Be Lucy (Nick Roland) and Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) were sent off at 7-1 odds.   Always Be Lucy blasted from the gate but faced an immediate challenge from McPansy (Don Harmon) who took the front and registered the first quarter in :27.4 before yielding the lead back to Always Be Lucy.   Last Flight In N launched an attack at the 3/8 mark and swept to the front while clearing before the half in :56 seconds. Last Flight In N remained on the lead past three-quarters in 1:24.3 and kept the front until the head of the lane as there were several rivals swarming in.   Pull The Shade and Always Be Lucy were attacking into the stretch but Amasa Arion tipped widest of all for the drive and was loaded with pace, surging past them all to register a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:53.2 over Always Be Lucy, Pull The Shade and McPansy.   Amasa Arion ($6.20) is a 5 year old daughter of Western Thorn and is owned by Kristy Casagranda and also trained by Rick Magee. The win today was the second in just 3 starts on the year for Amasa Arion, and pushed her career bankroll to $93,449.   The Horses & Geldings Open also had two clear favorites in the wagering as Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) was 6-5 as the top choice from post eight over Indiana invader Rockin Speed (Jared Seekman) who was 2-1 from post nine. Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) garnered luke-warm support as the third choice at 6-1.   When the gate released the field it was Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright) who had the most early speed while Rockin Speed left from the far outside and was parked through the :27 opening quarter before making the front near the 3/8 mile juncture.   Royale Big Guy was the next to try for the front and hounded the leader through the middle and late stages (:56.1, 1:23.4).   As they turned for home Royale Big Guy drew on even terms with Rockin Speed but horses were closing from both sides and Heza Real Diamond tipped wide with a strong brush to take a deep stretch lead while Stuckey Dote and Top Notch both closed fast on the inside. Heza Real Diamond paced strong to the wire and checked in a 3/4 length winner over Stuckey Dote, Top Notch and Rockin Speed in 1:51.4.   Heza Real Diamond ($4.60) has now won seven of eleven starts in 2020 and has recorded sixteen career victories, today's score edged the 4 year old gelded son of Allamerican Native over the century mark in lifetime earnings - to $100,150. The winner is owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.   Multiple race winners today included drivers Lemoyne 'Mooney' Svendsen, Dean Magee, and Pat Berry, each with two wins. Gerald Longo picked up two training wins on the Tuesday card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $6,135.44.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Sunday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces hosted a nice field of seven for the $6,700 upper-level conditioned trot which was carded as the feature of the day.    My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was the talk of the tote-board (1-1) while dropping from the $10,000 Open Handicap last out, while Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) was jumping up in class after a sharp win in his last outing, and was also well regarded in the win pool at 8-5.    Track Record holder Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) offered lots of value at 7-2 and was fastest off the gate, leading for 7/8 of a mile while taking heavy pressure from Muscle Ave who was looming first-over from the three-eighths marker on. My Uncle Cuz secured the garden seat throughout and emerged with trot in mid-stretch to convert the perfect trip into a half length victory in 1:55.4 over Pridecrest. It's A Horse (Darrell Wright) closed sharply to pick up third money over a Muscle Ave.    My Uncle Cuz ($4.20) is a 6 year old son of Abc Garland and is owned by Krista Harmon and also trained by Don Harmon. It was the first win of the year for the winner of $316,079.    Twilight Tinker (Nick Roland, $3.00) rolled to a new lifetime mark (1:58.4) on Sunday, while racking up her third impressive win in a row, coming from well out of it early to sweep the field and deliver as the heavy favorite.    Drivers Nick Roland, Mooney Svendsen, Pat Berry and Don Harmon all registered two winners on the day, while trainer Jessica Johnson scored two wins. Ariel Alvarez picked up his first career training win when his pacer ER Michael (Pat Berry) posted a 2-1/4 length score in 1:54.1.    Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $5,130.26.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - Running Aces hosted a special Friday afternoon card of harness racing on July 3, featuring a full field of 9 starters for the $6,000 Open for sophomore pacers.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland) drew post position eight on the gate and was hammered down in the wagering to 3-5 likely based on his recent win in the Minnesota-Sired A pace on June 27 (1:57.1), while Night Delight (Dean Magee) was well supported at 7-2 from post nine and Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) garnered lukewarm support at 5-1 from post three. Bunkerhill Phil came into the race off of two solid second place finishes to start his 2020 campaign, while he earned 10 wins from 13 races last year as the Champion two year old male pacer in Minnesota.   Night Delight fired fastest from the gate from the far outside draw and easily cleared for command, leading the field all the way into the far turn (:27.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4) before facing strong pressure from Bunkerhill Phil who launched a first-over attack just before the half mile.   Bunkerhill Phil cleared the lead turning for home and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrel Wright) advanced from the outside cover position while heavy favorite It's A Marcs World was blocked behind the tiring pace-setter. Once clear - It's A Marcs World angled back into the open stretch and flew to the wire - but ran out of racetrack as Bunkerhill Phil had gotten home a winner by a head in a sharp mile and new career mark of 1:55.3. Nothinbutagoodtime was a game third.   Bunkerhill Phil ($12.00) now has 11 career wins and has banked $78,424, he is a gelded son of Vlos out of the Keystone Raider mare River Bend Raider, owned trained by Gene Miller who is also the breeder.   It was another stellar day at the track for all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland, who won four of eight races on the day and completed two milestones - in race one he registered his 1,700th career driving win and in race two he recorded his 800th Running Aces driving win.   Driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen also reorded a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday July 5, with first post at 1 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $4,096.69.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces          

Columbus, MN - One of the featured harness racing events on the Tuesday afternoon program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Mares Open Pace, with a talented field of eight distaffers going into battle.   The talk of the tote-board (6-5) was Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) who drew post seven and was up in class after a decisive win in conditioned company last out. Last Flight In (Chris Scicluna) was well supported at the windows (2-1) from post eight and Always Be Lucy (Nick Roland) took some action as well and was sent off at 7-2 from post four.   Amasa Arion blasted fastest from the gate and took immediate control while registering a very fast early pace in :26.4 with Always Be Lucy leaving fast and easing into the pocket in front of Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) and Last Flight In.   Rick Magee slowed things down just a bit in the next panel to turn in a half mile in :55 seconds while keeping the field lined up behind his mare. There were no challengers for Amasa Arion as they rounded for home and stopped the timer in 1:23 with a 2 length cushion, but as they turned into the lane Always Be Lucy was inching closer in the pocket.   In deep stretch it was Always Be Lucy ($9.40) pacing strongest to the wire, just enough so to get up right on the line by a neck over Amasa Arion in 1:52., establishing a new lifetime mark. Last Flight In was home third over Pull The Shade who took fourth. The winner is a five years old daughter of Always A Virgin, owned by Karma Racing Inc. and trained by Don Harmon. Tuesday's victory was career win number fourteen and boosted her earnings to $97,486.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings was also a featured event on Tuesday, and saw heavy-favorite and part of an entry (with Hoo Nien A) Keep On Rocking A (Pat Berry, $2.40) score for the second straight week in the top pace, leading every step and fighting gamely through the lane to keep a neck in front of Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) at the wire in a sharp 1:51.2 mile. It was the fifth win from 8 starts in 2020 for Keep On Rocking A, who is owned and trained by Chris Scicluna and now has career earnings of $248,742.   Other impressive winners on Tuesday included last year's three year old Minnesota-Sired pacing colt of the year SB Bodacious (Rick Magee, $8.20) who powered to the front early and never looked back to score a one-length tally in 1:52.4, while perennial top Minnesota aged pacer Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee, $2.80) picked up his first Aces win of 2020 in 1:52.4 as well. Haulin'Oats (Nick Roland, $3.60) became the first horse to win three races this year at Running Aces - with his third consecutive dominating performance, stopping the timer today in 1:55.1.   Rick Magee led all drivers at Running Aces on Tuesday, with 3 wins, while Nick Roland scored a double. On the training side both Rick Bertrand and Don Harmon had two winners on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a special Friday card on July 3 at 1:00 pm (CDT). There is no live racing on Saturday July 4. Friday's program will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $3,509.87.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Sunday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured a very nice field to contest the top trot of the week, the $10,000 Open Handicap. Magic MVP (Pat Berry) was the 2-1 favorite coming into today's feature off of a sharp Aces debut while nearly taking the field gate-to-wire last week to just get beat a neck at the wire in 1:55.4 by Mandeville (Nick Roland).    Mandeville was second choice today at 5/2 from post nine, and Bordogna (Rick Magee) took some action at the windows at just over 3-1 from post 8 while moving up in class after his big track-record smashing performance last week.    Banker Volo (Brian Detgen) left alertly from post 5 for a short-lived early lead before Berry rolled by with Magic MVP to cut the fractions and Magee also left alertly with Bordogna to find a tuck in third. The quarter flashed up in :27.3 and Berry stepped on the brakes to steal a second panel in just :30 seconds. Bordogna was activated into attack mode and set sail on a first-over grind just past the half mile marker, while My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) picked up the live cover.    Magic MVP picked up the tempo in the third split (:28.1) for a 1:25.4 clocking while still 2 lengths clear of the rest, but as they neared the homestretch Bordogna turned up the pressure and forged to even terms. The final sixteenth mile was a ding-dong battle between those two and Bordogna kicked home just a bit faster to score a hard-fought win by a neck in 1:55.1, remaining undefeated in 5 starts in 2020.    Bordogna ($8.60) is a 4 year old stallion by Trixton out of the Credit Winner mare Lima Playmate, he is owned by Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer, and trained by Justin Anfinson.    The Sunday card also featured three divisions of the 3 Year old Minnesota-Sired trotters. The 'A' grouping vied for a purse of $11,500 with Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) scoring a 13-1 upset ($28.20) in a career best 2:00.3 for trainer Jessica Johnson and Set The Pace Racing LLC. The 'B' split went for $6,900 and was dominated by race-favorite Musclestobragon (Don Harmon, $4.40) for trainer Justin Anfinson and owners Jesse and Ben De Long in 2:01.2 - the same winning connections scored in the $4,600 'C' division with huge favorite Double My Decker (Pat Berry, $2.20) along with additional owner Eric De Long, that mile was also trotted in 2:01.2.    Nick Roland and Don Harmon each turned in a driving triple on Sunday, while Rick Magee picked up a double. On the training side Justin Anfinson led the day with 3 winners and Jessica Johnson picked up a double.    Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, June 30 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $2,601.19.      Darin Gagne

The Saturday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces featured a grand slam performance from all time track leader Nick Roland, who picked up four wins, two seconds and three thirds from eleven trips to the gate, and is quickly approaching his 800th victory at the Minnesota track, no other driver has won more than 600 races here.   The card was also highlighted by two divisions of the sophomore Minnesota-Sired pacers - with seven contenders facing the gate for the 'A' division and vying for a purse of $13,800 and eight contenders lining up for the 'B' grouping with $9,200 at stake.   Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) left alertly from post seven to take the early lead in the 'A' split, with race favorite It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland) yielding for the pocket from post six. Bunkerhill Phil posted very moderate fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:29 and led to the cusp of the stretch before Roland exploded from the pocket with It's A Marcs World and drew away by three lengths in 1:57.1 for his first pari-mutuel win and career best mile, with a sharp final stanza of :27.4.   The gelded son of Marced Card is out of the Life Sign mare Life's Image and is owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson. The smart money poured in on the winner, as he was bet down to even money odds ($4.00) from a lofty morning line of 10-1, while second choice Bunkerhill Phil held second and was well clear of Get My Good Side (Steve Wiseman) who showed in third.   Nothinbutagoodtime (Dean Magee, $21.20) pulled the upset in the 'B' division with an impressive rally from last-to-first to capture his first lifetime win in 1:58. Thegreatestislove (Nick Roland) led most of the way and held a game second, while race-favorite Catchmeinadream (Rick Magee) checked in third. Nothinbutagoodtime is a son of It's That Time and is out of the Cam's Cardshark mare Sweet Repeat. The winning owner is Van Otterloo Stables and the winning trainer is Gordon Graham.   Drivers Rick Magee and Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen each completed a double on the card, and trainers Edwin Quevedo and Jessica Johnson also picked up doubles on the afternoon.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, June 28 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a pair of carryover pools: $1,986.77 for the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, and $1,010.65 for the 50 cent Hi-5.   Darin Gagne                                                  

Driver Steve Wiseman made headlines from Running Aces last week when he made his return to the sulky in a couple of qualifying races after undergoing chemotherapy treatments over the last several months. He last drove in harness races in early February at Cal Expo before getting a very serious stage 4 cancer diagnosis.   Wiseman immediately vowed that he would fight as hard as he possibly could, and do whatever it takes to beat the disease. He has undergone aggressive treatments since the diagnosis, and in fact just returned from a three day trip home to Sacramento for another round of chemo. He got back to Minnesota on Friday night and drove Greekona to a fifth place finish on Sunday.   He stepped up his workload for the Tuesday afternoon (June 23) program and steered Pedigree Blue Chip to a solid second place finish in race two on the day. Two races later in the fourth - he piloted Queenace Blue Chip to a very good second - beaten only a half length as the race favorite. Later on in the card he guided 9-1 longshot Platinum Time to a fifth while beaten less than 3 lengths.   Just two races after that "The Magician" made the magic happen. Wiseman sent 28-1 longshot Timetplaythegame right to the front from post 8 and wired the field with a sharp looking 3 length score in 1:54.4 in race ten. It was the third win of the year for Timetplaythegame ($58.80), a 7 year old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, owned and trained by his wife, Kathie Plested, and also owned by Mark Benvenga. Wiseman was greeted by cheers and applause on his ride back to the winner's circle, and when he pulled off of the track and into the paddock area, he encountered an emotional embrace by good friend and fellow reinsman Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen. Hearts and emotions soared high today after race ten at Running Aces.   The final tally for the Magician was 4 races, 1 win, 2 seconds and a fifth. Not too shabby at all for any driver, but a spectacular day for a guy that is dealing with the drain and side effects of chemotherapy treatments. He is a beast, he is committed to doing whatever it takes, he is #WisemanStrong and he is indeed the resident "Magician" at Running Aces. Doctors report that he is responding remarkably to the treatments, and has seen a drastic reduction in tumors at each scan. The #WisemanStrong community continues to pray for his full recovery, and marvel at each and every small miracle in his journey. Steve is one of the good guys, and today was a good day for a very good guy.     By Darin Gagné   for Running Aces Casino Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on the Tuesday afternoon (June 22) program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings, which went to post with a talent filled field of seven. The slight favorite in the field was Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) who fired fastest off the gate  from post six and quickly took control.    Keep On Rocking A (Pat Berry) left alertly as well from the outside post seven, and easily secured the pocket position, with Nine Ways (Tim Maier) settling away third and Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) dropping in fourth. The early pace was moderate (:27.4, :56.3) before Roland asked for more from Heza Real Diamond, throwing down a :27 flat third panel while taking heavy pressure from Keep On Rocking A who vacated the pocket.    Berry took the lead with Keep On Rocking A as they straightened for home and paced strong to the wire, while Royale Big Guy shook free late to secure a clear second over Heza Real Diamond.   The winning margin was two lengths for Keep On Rocking A ($4.80), an 8 year old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover who is owned and trained by Chris Scicluna of Cranberry, NJ. The final time was 1:52 flat. This is the first season at Running Aces for both Berry and Scicluna, each of whom turned in a driving double on the card. Scicluna drove his other part of the owner entry in the Open (Major Pocket A) to pick up the pieces in fourth. Today's victory was career win number 25 for Keep On Rocking A, who has now earned $243,742 lifetime.    She'sgotitgoingon ($3.20) dominated the $10,000 Mares Open Pace event, with a confident steer from owner/trainer/driver Don Harmon. The 4 year old daughter of Tellitlikeitis yielded the lead, then took control just past the quarter and was never in doubt from there while scoring a 1-1/4 length tally in 1:54.4 on season's debut. She is also owned by Krista Harmon. My Kiwi N (Chris Scicluna) was home second, and Juslikeaqueen (Tim Maier) secured third.    Defending Aces champion driver Dean Magee led the Tuesday card with three winners, all of them for trainer Williams Hernandez - Coz And Effect (1:53.4, $21.60), I'm An Athlete (1:52.4, $3.80) and Future Delight (1:54.3, $25.20). Trainer Rick Bertrand also sent out two winners on the card - Night Girl (Kyle Husted, $18.80) and Haulin' Oats (Nick Roland, $2.80).   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, June 27 with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and a carryover of $1,404.73 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5.        By Darin Gagné for Running Aces Casino Hotel & Racetrack

The Sunday afternoon (June 21) program at Running Aces was highlighted by a sensational mile from the talented trotter Bordogna (Trixton-Lima Playmate) who dazzled the crowd with a dominant harness racing performance from gate-to-wire.   Driver Rick Magee sent his charge immediately from the gate to the lead, and opened up by two lengths over a talent filled group, posting a fast quarter in :27.2 before relaxing the tempo a bit in the second split (:29.3) to register a half mile in :57 flat. Magee then asked for just a bit more from Bordogna in the third panel to keep a strong 2 length margin around the far turn while hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1 with no pressure at all. Magee sat chilly in the bike as Bordogna floated through the lane in :29.1 to become the fastest 4 year old trotting stallion ever at Running Aces, with a final time of 1:54.2, shattering the previous mark of 1:56 (Ideal Jesse).   It was the second consecutive record-setting mile for Bordogna, who set a state and track record (1:59.1) at Rice Lake, Wisconsin on June 6, during the "Minnesota early race meet" there.   Bordogna ($4.00) is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer, and he is now undefeated in 4 starts in 2020, while also recording a new lifetime mark with today's 2-3/4 length victory over My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon).   Cathy Dessert also had another impressive winner on the card, when her six year old pacer Buzz Light (Nick Roland $5.20) swept through the open stretch to win as the favorite in 1:54.3. Buzz Light is trained by Jessica Johnson.   Nick Roland led the program with his second consecutive hat-trick performance, after he also picked up three wins on Saturday's season opener. He now has the early lead in the driver's race (6) over Rick Magee (3). Brady Jenson picked up a driving double on the Sunday card as well.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, June 23 with a very nice eleven race program which gets underway at 1:00 pm (CDT).   Darin Gagne                                                

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