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Columbus, MN - Running Aces is getting set to close out the 2018 harness racing season with its annual Night of Champions program on Saturday, September 15. For the 2018 Night of Champions program Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor. There will be 11 Championship races with total purses of $395,000 and also offering two $15,000 Open events to cap off the richest program of harness racing in Minnesota history. First post on the betting card is 6:00 pm central, and the program will feature mandatory payouts in all pools, including the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, which is estimated to start out at near $50,000 so long as it carries through to closing night. Running Aces is also happy to announce thatthey are bringing back NAHUpicks.com for a live broadcast of the entire Night of Champions program, with Rod Allums, Jr. and Ray Cotolo joining Track Announcer Darin Gagne on the live set, and Mike Pribozie joining the program remotely. Also appearing is Ken Terpenning from Harness Racing Replays coming out to join the broadcast team and help to provide the best possible coverage of the action with interviews, in-depth analysis and behind the scenes information about some of the Championship contenders. The night will be filled with prize drawings, beat the announcer promo's, and other creative ways for fans to win RA, Xpress Bet, and other harness racing swag prizes including Tee-Shirts, hats and more, and winning Drivers will toss out Tee-Shirts from the winner's circle after each race as well. Guest will also have a chance to win Dining Certificates, Hockey tickets, and Betting Vouchers with amounts from $20 all the way up to grand prizes of $50 and $100. Live music from Jake Nelson will also cap off the night's festivities, along with local vendor Tin Whiskers Brewing Company of Saint Paul, MN on-site with free samples and a chance to win a prize package. House-Smoked Pulled Pork sandwiches will be on special, and the Trout-Air Tavern restaurant will feature a special racing Buffet. There will also be $4 and $5 specials on beer, wine and cocktails from Tin Whiskers and other local vendors available throughout the evening. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Sept. 4) harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired Trot event, with a full field of 9 contenders. MD Magic (Dean Magee) was looking for his 6th straight win in this division, and was sent off as the 4-5 choice. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) had been runner up 5 times so far this season and was heavily backed as well at 8-5. Z Machine (James Yoder) was fastest off the gate and led the field through the early quarter in :29.1 before MD Magic cleared from post 9, and controlled the fractions through the middle stages. MD Magic was holding sway past the half in 1:00 and three-quarters in 1:30.3, but Dewey's Machine had advanced from fourth to drop into the pocket around the final turn. As they rounded for home, Dewey's Machine was ready to engage the leader and the result was a thrilling stretch battle between the top 2 two year old trotters this season, with Dewey's Machine getting up in the final strides to take the victory by ¾ length in 2:00.3 on the sloppy track surface. The victory was win number three in 9 career starts for the gelded son of Ice Machine, out of the Deweycheatumnhowe mare Dewey's Splendour. Dewey's Machine ($5.40) is owned and trained by Justin Anfinson. Gold Star Mysti posted another dominating performance at Running Aces with a gate-to-wire win in the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace. From post 5, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) fired fastest of all to establish command, with Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) also leaving sharply from post six to secure the pocket, and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman) was away sharply as well to sit just off the pace in third. The lineup remained the same through fractions of :27.2, :57.2, and 1:26.2 before Totally Racy launched a rally to the outside from third, but Gold Star Mysti ($2.60) had plenty in the tank and kicked home in :28 flat for a two length score over Totally Racy and Kiss On The Lips in 1:54.2. The victory on Tuesday was win number six on the season in twelve starts for the 5 year old daughter of Mysticism, owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Maggie Audley. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) took top honors in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Filly Pace for her first lifetime win. The daughter of Fancy Schmancy was impressive with a sharp wire-to-wire win in 2:00. Trinitysfancyfilly ($2.80) is owned by Sarah Solheid and trainer/driver Brian Detgen. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) turned in another dominating win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace leading right from the word go and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:56.4 mile on the sloppy surface for his sixth career win in eight starts for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin. Burning Blaze ($2.10) is trained by Justin Anfinson. Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with four wins, while Rick Magee turned in a Hat-Trick and Lemoyne Svendsen completed a double on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces this Saturday night (Sept. 8) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and two Carryovers; The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 Carryover is $35,189.98 and the 50 cent Hi-5 Carryover is $2,255,52. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (Sept. 2) harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings, and trainer Gene Miller sent out two of the six contenders in the field. Whatchyastarinat and Bestinthebusiness would deliver the one-two punch for Miller to cap off a pretty good week for the stable.   Whatchyastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest from the gate and had early command at the blistering :26.2 quarter clocking, with race favorite Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) applying the heavy pressure from the outside and then taking over the front end through the middle stages.   Holdingallthecards led past the :55.4 half and the 1:24.1 three-quarters but was being hounded by Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) who was pouring it on from the first-over position.   As they straightened for home, Whatchyastarinat joined the battle at the inside for a three-way charge to the wire, with Whatchyastarinat surging fastest of all to the line for a half-length tally over his stablemate Bestinthebusiness in a lifetime best mile of 1:51.3 with Holdingallthecards home third by one length in a game effort.   Whatchyastarinat ($7.00) is a 6 year old Minnesota-Sired son of Up Front Brad, owned by Wolfswinkel Pacers, he now sports 19 career wins and $104,623 in career earnings. The Miller trained exacta combination of 5-2 paid $35.00.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) picked up his 9th win of the season in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old boys Trot, with a solid 2 1/2 length victory over SB Fine And Dandy (Tim Maier) and Bragginade (Dean Magee).   Bringoverthemoney ($2.60) is owned by Jasmine Horvat and trained by Brian Detgen. The impressive son of Money Talks is certain to be the favorite in this division on Night of Champions on September 15.   Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) broke through for her first Running Aces win in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly Trot with a front-running score from post six, she was never in doubt in a solid 1:59.2 career best performance.   The daughter of Braggart had been runner up in this division five times this season, but was finallly able to find her way to the winner's circle tonight for owners Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces three nights per week through September 15. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager now has a carryover of $32,959.05 for this coming Tuesday night (Sept. 4) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The featured Harness Racing event on Saturday night (Sept. 1) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it proved to be another exciting rendition with four current track record holders amongst the field of six contenders.   Banker Volo (Rick Magee) showed his customary early speed to take firm control early, and post a 27.2 opening quarter with the mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) getting away in the pocket and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) getting away in third.   Banker Volo maintained honest fractions with a middle-half in 58 seconds and Pridecrest launched his first-over attack just past the half. Banker Volo still had command as they turned in for home but the challenges were coming on all sides, with Pridecrest bearing down just outside the leader, Silverlode ducking to the inside, and Ideal Jesse joining the frey on the far outside.   When the dust settled at the wire, Pridecrest ($3.60) had prevailed with another impressive effort and his second straight win in 1:54.3, and third straight overall. Leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman conditions the 6 year old Angus hall prodigy who has now won 5 of his last 6 races for owner Christopher Schick.   Giggle Monster was back in the spotlight on Saturday, turning in his biggest win of the season while capturing the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Pace in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.4 with Dean Magee at the lines.   Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) had the early speed in the affair through a :57 opening half. Giggle Monster got rolling from fifth with a quick sweep to the leader down the backside and took control around the final turn with an impressive turn of foot.   Here Comes Teddy (Brian Detgen) closed well for second but Giggle Monster was 2 lengths ahead at the wire for his third win in 13 starts on the year for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen was the leader on the night with three wins, while Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both picked up doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 jackpot Carryover has grown to $31,010.39 for Sunday night (Sept. 2) and the 50 cent Hi-5 wager also offers a carryover of $3,420.87.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 28) harness racing program at Running Aces played host to the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Trot event, and it would feature another impressive performance from MD Magic, who posted his fifth consecutive win in this division. The gelded son of Braggart has now won six of his seven career starts while bankrolling $42,300 for is owners Set The Pace Racing and trainer Nick Roland. This week, MD Magic ($2.40) floated away from the gate in fifth from post five, as a host of others fired out for the front. Driver Dean Magee got MD Magic out and moving near the half mile pole, and he continued to advance, dropping into the pocket behind Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) around the final turn and powering by the leader in the stretch to draw clear for a two length tally in 2:01.1. The $11,000 Mares Open Pace went to Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) in another gutsy front-running performance for two in a row. Kiss On The Lips fired fast from her outside six post and was quickly in command, Bettor Lady (Steve Wiseman) mounted a strong first-over attack through the final half mile but Kiss On The Lips remained resilient and battled right down to the wire, keeping a head in front to stop the clock in 1:54.4 for her seventh win of the year. Kiss On The Lips ($6.40) is an 8 year old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, and she is having the best season of her career, with 22 top-3 performances in 33 starts and $62,944 in the bank for owner Peg Hoffman and trainer Gerald Longo. Burning Blaze (Steve Wiseman) delivered another impressive performance in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings pace with a 2 ½ length tally in 1:56.2 for his fifth win in seven starts for trainer Justin Anfinson, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) also dominated once again in the $8,500 filly division with a gate-to-wire score off of soft fractions in 1:59 for her fifth win in seven career starts for trainer Gordon Graham. Dean Magee dominated the card with 6 wins, for his sixth consecutive Tuesday program with at least 4 wins. Steve Wiseman and James Yoder each completed driving doubles as well. Live Racing continues 3 nights per week at Running Aces, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT on both Saturdays and Sundays, and first post at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays. The program on Saturday, September 1 will feature a carryover of $29,853.38 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday (Aug 26) harness racing program at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota-Sired or Owned Preferred/Open Trot with a talented field of 8.   Pridecrest was the talk of the tote board and did not disappoint his backers, turning in a gutsy performance. The 6 year old Angus Hall Stallion floated away from his assigned outside post with early speed but there were several others who wanted the front.   Whatevershesgot (Tim Maier) had the early lead but Tamarind (Ryan Anderson) quickly swept by, and was immediately confronted by Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) who took a short stint on the front before Pridecrest made his way to the leading position near the half mile.   After establishing command, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled in and took full control and was never in doubt, drawing away in the final.   The $9,000 3 Year Old open Trot went to SB Fine And Dandy (Tim Maier) who pulled the upset with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the leaders and get up by a head over favorites Dance Hall Bouncer (JD Yoder) and Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in 1:58.1.   The victory for SB Fine And Dandy ($21.20) was win number three on the season for the gelding by Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   MR Ranger (JD Yoder) delivered another very impressive performance in a $6,600 conditioned pace with a front-running victory in 1:51.4 for a new lifetime mark and four wins in a row. MR Ranger ($3.20) is a 4 year old gelding by Palone Ranger, owned by Brett Boyd Racing and trained by Gene Miller.   Prodigal (Rick Magee) turned in a career best victory in the $9,000 upper-condition level pace with a patient drive and a sweeping move through the inside to get to the wire first by a length in 1:51.2 over favorite Holdingallthecards (Brian Detgen). Prodigal ($26.40) is a 7 year old gelding by Four Starzz Shark and is owned and trained by Mark Anderson.   Live Racing continues three nights per week, with post times at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays, and 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is currently at $26,012.29.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Saturday night, (Aug 25) at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota Sired or Owned Preferred Pace, and local fan favorite Firedrake stole the show with a furious charge to the wire to capture his fifth win of the season, and secure his second Running Aces major event victory.   Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was the slight betting choice from post seven and fired right out of the gate to engage Firedrake (Brian Detgen) for the lead. Firedrake had plenty of early speed from post one, but yielded for the pocket trip and Stuckey Dote settled on top after a 26.2 opening stanza.   BestintheBusiness (James Yoder) was attacking first-over past the 55.1 half mile, with Cantholdmebackmack (Ryan Anderson) launching from the second over position to sweep three-wide down the backside.   Stuckey Dote was holding sway past the 1:23.3 clocking at three-quarters, but Firedrake was right there in the pocket, and Whatchastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) was now a new 3-wide challenger as they turned for home. Firedrake powered through the inside lane in deep stretch to claim victory over the field, with Stuckey Dote holding second over Whatchastarinat and Bestinthebusiness.   The final winning margin was 3/4 of a length in a 1:52 mile for Firedrake ($6.20) establishing a new seasonal mark. The always impressive 5 year old son of Dragon Again now sports 23 career wins and has boosted his seasonal earnings to $67,370 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland.   Getter Queen Flush pulled a mild upset over Place At The Beach in the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace, with a gradual advancing move from the back of the pack, driver James Yoder was able to take aim at the leader and race favorite Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) near mid-stretch and powered by for a half-length tally in 1:54.3.   For Getter Queen Flush ($13.00) it was her seventh triumph of the season in 32 starts, and pushed her 2018 bankroll to $33,348 for owner/trainer George Reider along with Richard Thomas and Theresa Paul.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager now has a carryover of $24,334.50 for Sunday night (Aug 26) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 21) harness racing card at Running Aces played host to the weekly $12,000 Mares Open Pace, with a solid field of seven distaffers lining up for battle. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) was looking for 3 in a row, and was sent off as the 6-5 favorite from post seven. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) was well supported at 7/2 and was one of the fastest off the gate, hooking up in an early battle with Capitol Hill (Steve Wiseman). Kiss On The Lips took control past the quarter, and then immediately faced the pressure of Gold Star Mysti who had floated off the gate to be fourth on the outside around the opening turn. From there, these two Mares battled neck and neck and nose to nose, as they have done on so many occasions here at Running Aces. Kiss On The Lips maintained the slightest advantage throughout the epic battle, and held off a fierce late lunge at the wire to hold Gold star Mysti at bay and register a half-length victory in 1:53.3 for the fastest mile of the night. Whatitdo Babyboo (Rick Magee) closed from the back of the pack to pick up the pieces in third. Kiss On The Lips ($9.20) is in the midst of her career best year, with 6 wins to her credit and $57,444 in the bank for the season after completing her 35th lifetime victory. She is owned by Peg Hoffman and trained by Gerald Longo. MD Magic continues to dominate the 2 year old trotting scene in Minnesota in 2018, as he picked up his fourth consecutive score in the $14,000 event on Tuesday. Driver Dean Magee sent him right to the front from post four in an abbreviated field, and was never in doubt, drawing away from the field with every stride and registering a 5 ¾ length win in a new lifetime mark of 2:00.1. MD Magic ($2.40) is a gelding by Braggart out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trained by Nick Roland. Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) dominated, as expected, in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Pace for colts & geldings, with a solid gate-to-wire tally in 1:56.4 for his fourth career win in 6 starts. Burning Blaze ($2.40) is a gelding by Wind Me Up, owned by Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and he is conditioned by Justin Anfinson. Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) was another dominant winner on Tuesday night, delivering as the 1-9 overwhelming choice in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old filly Pace. The ultra-impressive filly by Wind Me Up took off right out of the gate from post four and rallied past Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) to take the lead near the quarter, and the race was over from there, as Windmeupnwatchmego ($2.10) widened with every call and poured it on in the lane to get home 8 ¾ lengths ahead of the rest in 1:56.2 for her fourth win in six career starts. She is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces, with first post at 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays, and first post at 6:00 pm CDT on both Saturdays and Sundays. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $22,113.10 for Saturday night, August 25. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces    

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (Aug. 18) featured harness racing event at Running Aces was the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings, with a talented field of seven facing the starter for weekly top honors. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was sent off as the 7-5 favorite from post six, but was not a factor on this night. Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) was last week's winner and was looking to repeat as 3-1 second choice from post three, he fired quickly from the gate to snag the lead away from Firedrake (Brian Detgen) who had charged to the front from post five. After establishing command just before the 27.4 quarter, Holdingallthecards held firm control of affairs with a moderate 57.2 middle half, keeping just enough in the tank to fend off a stretch rally by Firedrake. Holdingallthecards ($8.60) held sway with a half-length tally in 1:52.3 over Firedrake, and Whatchastarinat (James Yoder), for his fourth win in 22 starts this season. The winner is owned by William and Richard Mc Intyre and is trained by Denise Maier. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year old Pace went to Dream Chasin ($25.00), who picked up his fifth win of the year in 13 starts with a 1:55.4 score from gate to wire with Williams Hernandez in the bike. The impressive son of Fancy Schmancy has now banked $27,465 this season for owners/breeders Greg and Michelle Budach. Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) picked up her seventh win in her last nine starts by capturing the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace in 1:55.3 for her eleventh triumph of the year. The Minnesota-Bred 8 year old by Place To Be has now won 42 career races and $163,618, and paid $3.80 as the favorite. She is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by Gerald Longo. Dean Magee posted another big night with four wins on the Saturday program, as he continues to be the hottest hitting driver over the last few weeks, climbing from fifth in the standings to a very strong second in that time period. Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday (Aug 19) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT, and a carryover of $18,547.05 in the Pick-5 Jackpot wager. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces          

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Tuesday evening (Aug 14) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 2 Year Old Pace Class "A". It was billed as yet another matchup of the two dominant 2 year old pacers of the season, Burning Blaze and Windmeupnwatchmego. The former was sent off as the public choice at 4-5, while the latter was also heavily backed at 6-5. Despite the outside 8-post Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) was fastest of all from the gate and was able to cross and clear in front of Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) who left quickly from post two. They settled into those positions after a quick :27.3 quarter, and positions remained status quo for 7/8 of the mile, through a very moderate middle half (:57 and 1:27) until Burning Blaze powered from the pocket in the lane, and was able to sweep by in the final 50 yards to secure a ¾ length victory in 1:55.2 as they sprinted home in :28.1. The victory tonight was win number three in five starts for Burning Blaze, who had just missed by a neck last out and was second a length two starts back in what was a track record 1:54.1 mile for the filly Windmeupnwatchmego. Burning Blaze ($3.80) is a gelding by Wind Me Up, and is owned by Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and trained by Justin Anfinson. MD Magic (Dean Magee) picked up his third win in a row in the $14,000 3 Year Old Minnesota-Sired Trot, converting a pocket trip to sweep by front-runner Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) in the homestretch and post a new lifetime mark by 1 ¾ lengths in 2:00.4. MD Magic ($5.00), a son of Braggart, now has 4 wins in 5 lifetime starts and has earned $28,300 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and Trainer Nick Roland. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) delivered another sharp winning performance as the heavy 1-5 choice in the $11,000 Mares Open Pace event, for two wins in a row. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) had the early lead after sprinting away from post two, and Gold star Mysti was parked and pressing on past the :28.2 quarter, before establishing the lead at the 3/8 pole. From there Gold Star Mysti was never in doubt, keeping her rivals at bay the rest of the way and arriving home 1¼ lengths ahead of Kiss On The Lips and a fast closing Whatitdo Babyboo in 1:53.4 for her second straight win. She is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley. Live Racing continues three nights a week at Running Aces, with post times at 6:00 pm CDT on Saturdays and Sundays, and 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays. This Saturday night (Aug 18) will feature a carryover of $17,563.27 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - On the Sunday (August 12) harness racing program at Running Aces, Gold Star Yoder became the first 2 year old stud pacer to win at the track, establishing a track record of 1:57 in his very first lifetime start.   The freshman son of Mysticism had show tremendous ability in training miles and was very impressive in his qualifying race on August 7, finishing second while pacing a final half mile in :55.3.   The 1:57 record mile is likely to be lowered quite soon by this youngster who appears to be brimming with talent. The betting public had recognized his abilities as well, sending him off as the 2-5 choice. Gold Star Yoder ($2.80), affectionately named for his part-owner and Trainer/Driver James (JD) Yoder, is also owned by Gold Star Farm.   The Yoder barn turned in yet another track record on Sunday night, when their 4 year old stud trotter Ideal Jesse (JD Yoder) turned in another impressive gate-to-wire win and stopped the clock at 1:56 to lower his very own record that he set just 8 days prior (1:56.1 on August 4).   Ideal Jesse ($3.80) is by Jailhouse Jesse, and is owned by Cheyenne Ray (Yoder). Ideal Jesse also owns the track record for 3 year old colt trotters (1:56.1), the victory on Sunday was career win number 10.   The two track record miles were part of a Grand-Slam for James Yoder, his second four-win night this week.   SB Fine And Dandy (JD Yoder) pulled the upset in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired geldings trot, by converting a pocket trip into his third career win in a lifetime best 1:57.2.   The victory by a neck would snap a six-race winning streak for the heavy favorite Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who had led every step of the way, until the final step. The victory pushes seasonal earnings to $15,744 for SB Fine And Dandy ($24.20), a son of Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Dekker (Rick Magee) delivered her 4th consecutive win as she continues to dominate the 3 year old Filly Division of the Minnesota-Sired trotting events.   Sent off at 1-9 as part of an entry with stablemate and runner-up Mimi Marguerite, Dekker has now won 7 of her last 8 races. Tonight's tally was a 3 1/2 length romp in a career best time of 1:58.1. Dekker ($2.20) is owned by Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The 50 cent late Pick-4 wager paid $4,469.45 on Sunday night, and the 20 cent Pick-5 went un-solved. The Pick-5 carryover now stands at $13,890.15 for Tuesday night (Aug 14) along with a carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,991.44. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Ace

Columbus, MN - The harness racing featured event on Saturday night (Aug 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot.   This weeks event drew a field of six of the best trotters around, with Preidecrest (Steve Wiseman) sent off as the 6-5 public choice while looking to extend a two race win streak.   Banker Volo had different ideas about who would reign supreme as the top trotter this week, and he gave notice immediately out of the gate that he was playing with his "A" game tonight. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate and took control, posting a sharp :27.3 quarter with Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) floating away into the pocket.   Banker Volo settled down nicely for a big second quarter breather (:57) before turning the flames back on for the :28.2 third panel and trotting strong in the stretch to hold off a fast closing Silverlode to remain a neck in front at the wire in 1:54.1 for a sparkling new track record for aged trotting stallions, eclipsing his own previous record time of 1:54.2 from last June.   For Banker Volo ($7.00) it was the fifth win in fifteen starts this year, and boosted his career bankroll to $396,248 for owner Jeralene Roland. Jenni King is the winning trainer.   The $9,000 Winner's-Over Pace went to Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) in dramatic fashion, with a very talented field of 6 facing the starter,   Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest from the gate from post five and Holdingallthecards got away quickly as well to secure the pocket position.   The fractions were solid, :27 and :56, and then the action began to sizzle with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) launching a strong first-over attack and creating an outer-flow, the field was stacked up three-by-three as they threw down a :26.4 third panel (1:22.4).   Bettors Promise was still fighting strong turning for home, with Holdingallthecards exploding from the pocket and Whatchastarinat (Steve Wiseman) who saved ground throughout was angling to the outside for a three-horse battle to the wire. Holdingallthecards was fastest to the line, getting up by a neck over Bettor's Promise, with Whatchastarinat a close third.   The teletimer showed 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever at Running Aces. Holdingallthecards ($21.40) is a 9 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, he is owned by William and Richard McIntyre of Wisconsin, and trained by Denise Maier.   This was his 47th career win, and pushed his career bank account to $496,025.   The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacing event went to Ridonkuloso who picked up his fifth win in ten starts this season.   The gelding son of Voracious Hanover went gate to wire with a very impressive mile in 1:54.3 to complete a two race win streak and upset the field at 7-1 in the wagering. Ridonkuloso is owned by Mathew Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday night (August 12) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $11,949.88.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The harness racing Card on Tuesday night (August 7) at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and Gold Star Mysti was the headliner in the field after a 4 race stint racing against the boys in the very tough Dan Patch FFA series and in Open winners-over company. She finally returned to the weekly distaff feature to re-claim her crown as top Open Mare at the track. Sent off as the 3-5 public choice, she did not disappoint her backers. Driver James Yoder got her away quickly from post two into the pocket behind a fast starting Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen), before sweeping to the front just past the 28.2 quarter. After establishing the lead, Gold Star Mysti looked comfortable and confident throughout. The middle half was a solid :56.2 and Gold Star Mysti kicked home strong in :27.4 to keep the field at bay, posting a solid win by ¾ length over Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) who closed well for second, and Delightfully Wild held a game third in the 1:52.3 mile. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is a 5 year old by Mysticism out of the Pacific Fella mare Just Wait Fellas, she is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley and now has 15 career wins and $109,216 on her card. The $9,000 Two year old Open Pace went to Mystical View (James Yoder), a half-sister to Gold Star Mysti, who is now undefeated in two career starts after an impressive win in 1:58.1, also for Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. After getting away fourth in the seven horse contest, Mystical View ($4.60) made a sweeping move to the lead and drew clear from her rivals at every checkpoint, posting an impressive final quarter of 28.2 and a solid three-length tally. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old pacing event went to Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for her second straight win and third win in four lifetime starts. The impressive filly by Wind Me Up turned in a gate-to-wire effort, impressively seating her top rival Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) into the pocket from the start, and fending off a late challenge from Burning Blaze at the wire. In an exciting stretch battle, the filly prevailed by neck with a fast final quarter of :27.1 to stop the timer at 1:56.1. Windmeupnwatchmego ($3.20) is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old trotting event went to MD Magic for his second straight win, lowering his mark to 2:02 with Dean Magee in the sulky for Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic ($5.40) posted a dominating effort to win by 3 ½ lengths over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman). The impressive son of Braggart now has 3 wins in 4 lifetime starts. Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder both completed the Grand-Slam on the night, with four wins each. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night, (July 11) with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a couple of nice carryovers: $10,981.13 in the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $2,780.43 in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager. by Darin Gagne' for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - Twenty year old harness racing driver Jesse Yoder picked up his first Pari-Mutuel win on Sunday night (Aug. 5) at Running Aces, steering long shot Fox Valley Ruby ($33.60) to her second win in 28 starts this season.   Jesse Yoder is the younger brother of James (J.D.) Yoder, who is in his second season as a full-time driver at the Minnesota track. Jesse picked up his very first race win just one month ago at the Cannon Falls, MN fair on the fourth of July.   He has just recently started his pari-mutuel driving career, and he found the winner's circle in just his 26th trip to the gate. His path to victory lane came with a patient drive on Fox Valley Ruby, getting her away in good order from post one to be a close third throughout, and saving ground every inch of the mile, finding room in the passing lane and surging right at the wire to get a nose in front in 1:56.   Fox Valley Ruby is an 8 year old pacing mare by Sportsmaster, and she is owned by Judith Schneiderman and also owned and trained by Lloyd Schneiderman.   Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) picked up another sharp win on Sunday, for her third straight victory and sixth win in her last 7 starts, as she held on by a neck at the wire in 1:54.1 in the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace.   Dean Magee sent her away quickly from post six in the seven horse affair, and she easily established control, posting solid fractions of 27.3, 57.3 and 1:25.3 while saving just enough in the tank to hold off a furious late charge from Cenalta Diamond (Lemoyne Svendsen).   Place At The Beach ($6.80) is an 8 year old Minnesota-Sired mare by Place To Be, she is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by Gerald Longo. She now has 10 wins in 29 starts this season, and seasonal earnings of $37,792.   Dean Magee led the Sunday program with 3 driving wins, while James (J.D.) Yoder picked up a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (Aug. 7) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $9,701.63.   photo attachment: 20 year old driver Jesse Yoder guided Fox Valley Ruby (#1) to victory along the inside for his first career Pari-Mutuel win.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Another harness racing track record was turned in on Saturday night (August 4) at Running Aces when the four-year-old trotting stallion, Ideal Jesse, trotted away from his rivals to post a huge win by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:56.1, shattering the previous mark for 4 year old stallions (2:02).   This is the second track record for Ideal Jesse, as he holds the mark for 3 year old stallions, also in 1:56.1 taken last June. In tonight's event, a $4,500 conditioned race, Ideal Jesse started from the outside post 9, and Trainer/Driver James Yoder floated him off the gate into a good position fourth along the pylons and waited there until just before the half, before launching a first-over attack.   Ideal Jesse established the lead near the 5/8 mark, and quickly opened up on the field, drawing away with every stride and trotting strong to the wire to arrive home well ahead of the rest.   The record setting victory was the second win in 13 starts this year for the son of Jailhouse Jesse who now has 11 career wins and $112,324 in the bank. Ideal Jesse ($4.40) is owned by Cheyenne Yoder.   There were two divisions of the Winner's-Over Pace on the Saturday program, each going for $10,000. In the first split, Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) turned in another ultra-impressive tally for his second-straight top level win.    From post 7, Bettor's Promise engaged in a torrid early battle for the lead with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder). when the dust cleared, Bettor's Promise had taken command through a 26.2 early stanza, and held command through the remaining fractions of :55 and 1:22.4 before facing off once again against Bestinthebusiness in the stretch.   Bettor's Promise fought gamely to the wire, to keep a neck up at the line and stop the timer in 1:51, just a tick off the overall track mark. The impressive victory tonight was win number 8 in 25 starts this year for the 7 year old Bettor's Delight gelding who now has $43,622 in the bank this season for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada. Bettor's Promise ($8.80) is trained by Jesse Pacheco.   In the other winner's-over split, Whatchastarinat (James Yoder) turned in a career best performance in 1:52 for his first win of the season in 7 races. Driver James Yoder fired him quickly off the gate from post five, with Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) also leaving fast from post seven.   After a short tussle, Holdingallthecards took command and Whatchastarinat picked up the pocket ride. That order remained until they straightened for home, with Whatchastarinat ($8.40) exploding from the pocket to edge past a very game leader, getting up to win by a half length in the end. The winner is a 6 year old gelding by Up Front Brad who now has 18 career wins.   He is trained by Gene Miller for Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces 3 nights a week, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT on weekends and 7:00 pm CDT on Tuesdays.   The card for Sunday (August 5) features several carryovers: the early pick 4 ($1,163.36), the 20 cent Pick-5 ($8,227.19) and the 50 cent Hi-5 ($651.94).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

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