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Columbus, MN - Harness Racing Driver Dean Magee, affectionately known as "Bobcat", had a very big night at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 31). He got the winning started immediately in race one on the program, guiding seven year old gelding pacer Barbosa ($11.20) to a new lifetime mark in 1:52.3 for trainer Gerald Longo. Magee was back in the winner's circle in race 3 with 2 year old trotting gelding MD Magic ($15.00), picking up his second lifetime win in 3 starts for trainer Nick Roland in a new mark of 2:03.1 Magee was again right back in the winner's circle after race four, steering 2 year old pacer Do Da Stanky Leg ($4.40) to his first lifetime win in 2:01 for trainer Gordon Graham in the Minnesota-Sired "B" division. Then, Dean wasted no time returning for another win picture, as he steered 5 year old pacing mare Wizzel Stix ($7.80) to a new lifetime mark in 1:53.4 for trainer Rick Bertrand. Next, he completed the natural Hat-Trick in a big way in race 6, by guiding another 2 year old pacer to victory in the Minnesota-Sired events, he teamed up with filly Windmeupnwatchmego, a daughter of Wind Me Up to win the $10,200 "A" division. They shattered the track record for 2 year old filly pacers, by gunning down odds-on favorite Burning Blaze in the lane to post a 1:54.1 mile and lower the record by 1 and 2/5 seconds while closing eight lengths with an impressive final quarter of 28.1. Windmeupnwatchmego ($9.00) is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. Also of significant note, the top 5 placings in the 8 horse field all went to the progeny of sire Wind Me Up. After a good third-place performance in the featured Winner's-Over Pace with Kiss On The Lips, Dean drove Mighty Fine Hi Ho ($8.00) to victory in race 8 on the program, to complete the 6-pack of wins after steering the 12 year old pacer to two wins in a row for trainer Edwin Quevedo. Two races later, in the $6,800 nightcap conditioned pace Dean topped the night off with yet another win, for his seventh score on the program, when he piloted Place At The Beach to her fifth win in her last 6 starts, and her 40th lifetime score. The razor sharp 8 year old Minnesota-Sired mare by Place to Be, is owned by Peg Hoffman and trained by Gerald Longo. Amazingly, Place At The Beach ($5.80) was only the second race favorite out of the seven wins on the program for Dean Magee. The big night catapulted Magee from fifth in the driver standings all the way to second. Dean is no stranger to success: in a prolific driving career that has spanned 4 decades, the 54 year old Wisconsin native has made 4,660 trips to the winner's circle, and posted 14,431 top-3 finishes in 41,444 calls to the post. He has piloted the winners of over $29 million, and steered such memorable horses as Yankee Cruiser, guiding him to a historic victory in the 2003 North America Cup for the Pinske stables of Minnesota. Also featured on the Tuesday evening program was the aforementioned $11,000 Winner's-Over Pace, with Whatitdo Babyboo ($8.20) not only repeating to top the Open mares tonight, but also besting the boys this week as well and establishing a new lifetime mark (1:53.1) in her second straight win for Van Oterloo Stables and trainer Gordon Graham, who had 3 wins on the night. Whatitdo Babyboo was driven to victory by Rick Magee. Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Saturday, August 4 with first post at 6:00 pm CDT, and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $7,631.84. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 29) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured 3 year old Minnesota-Sired trotters in action, with two divisions of the sophomore square-gaiters. The $8,500 colts & geldings division went to Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who has absolutely dominated the 3 year old trotting scene in Minnesota this year, the Money Talks gelding out of the Overcomer mare Bring it over has now won 7 races in 11 trips to the gate, with 6 consecutive wins. Bringoverthemoney ($2.20) is trained by Brian Detgen for owner Jasmine Horvat, and was bred by Katrina Horvat. He seems to get better and better with every win, and has just lowered his lifetime mark to 1:57 with the 6 ¼ length victory on Sunday. Bringoverthemoney appears to be poised to continue to roll through the next six or seven weeks and looks well on his way to the Minnesota Championship races on September 15. The $8,500 fillies division of the 3 year old trot went to Dekker, the dominant filly of 2018, she is a daughter of Braggart and is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Caffeine Freak. Dekker (Rick Magee) was bred by AL-Mar Farms and is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Jesse, Eric and Ben De Long. Dekker picked up her third win in a row while lowering her lifetime best by two full seconds, to 1:58.2 for her sixth win of the season in 8 starts. The $10,000 Winners-Over pace went to Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) who had a rough, overland trip in the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA final last week, and bounced back with a very impressive gate-to-wire dominating win tonight in 1:51.4 with a strong final stanza of 27.3. Bettor's Promise is a 7 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight, he is trained by Jessie Pacheco for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and he now sport's 7 wins in 24 starts this year with $38,122 in the bank. THe 7 year old Revenue gelding Margin Call trotted up a storm from the back of the pack in the $5,600 conditioned trot to pick up his second win of the season in 1:58 for trainer/driver Rick Magee. Margin Call ($16.20) turned in the fastest trotting final quarter of the night with his 28.4 signature closing kick. He is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice and was bred by Paretti Farms. The victory on Sunday pushed his career earnings to $72,059 with 16 career wins and 41 top 3 performances from 76 starts. Rick Magee led the night off with a sweep of the first three races on the program, while Mooney Svendsen also picked up a Hat-Trick and James Yoder and Gerald Longo both picked up doubles on the card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday evening (July 31) with a carryover of $6,413.29 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

One of the feature events of the Saturday night harness racing program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Winners-over Pace, with a very well matched feild of 6.   Last week's Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways (Dean Magee) drew post two in the field, with Dan Patch runner-up Firedrake (Brian Detgen) also in the field from the outside 6 post.   Stuckey Dote, last weeks MN Preferred Pace winner, fired fast from the gate from post five, along with Firedrake surging from the outside spot. Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) accelerated around the opening turn and Firedrake dropped into the pocket spot as they completed the 27.0 quarter.   Nine Ways got away third but quickly brushed to the lead before the 3/8 pole and controlled the middle fractions in :54.4 and 1:23 before facing heavy pressure from To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) around the final turn.   As the field turned for home they were stacking up five across the racetrack, with Pancetta (James Yoder) and Firedrake widest of all, four heads were battling across the finish line but Stuckey Dote would find room in the passing lane to be the fastest one to the wire, a head in front of To The Limit and the others in 1:51.2 for two wins in a row.   Stuckey Dote ($6.40) is a 5 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover who now sport's 26 lifetime wins and $225,160 in earnings for owner/breeder Merlin Van Oterloo, The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger.   The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Saturday night, with the usual suspects of top trotters lining up in a 5 horse affair. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate, posting the quarter fraction in 27.4, before yielding to rival Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) near the 3/8 marker.   Pridecrest maintained command past the middle checkpoints (:57 and 1:25.3) with no pressure. Banker Volo sat patiently in the pocket and did angle out for the stretch drive, but Pridecrest had plenty in the tank and he trotted strong to the wire, posting a 1 1/4 length tally over Banker Volo, with Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing sharply for third in the 1:54.4 mile. The victory for the Katleen Plested trainee was number 8 on the season for Pridecrest ($4.20) in 15 starts, and pushed his career earnings to $226,739 for owner Christopher Schick.   Also on Staurday night, the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing event went to post, with a full field of 9 going to battle. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) and Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) battled for the early lead, before Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) made a sweeping rush to the front in the action-packed contest.   The race set up for closers and race favorite Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) relished in the early speed battle (27.2, 55.3 and 1:23.4) and responded late with a big rally from the back of the pack, to sweep by the field and post a half-length win over fast-closing Giggle Monster (Dean Magee). The 1:53 victory was win number 3 on the season for Myskillspaydabills ($3.60) and registered a new lifetime mark for the Voracious Hanover gelding, trained by Rick Magee for the Van Oterloo Stables.   Driver multiples dominated the Saturday card, with Steve Wiseman picking up another four-win night, Rick Magee turning in a Hat-Trick, and James Yoder scoring a double. Trainer Kathleen Plested also had a big night, with 3 winners.   Live Racing continues on a three-nights per week schedule through September 15, with live action on Tuesdays (7:00 pm CDT) and Saturdays and Sundays (6:00 pm CDT).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Harness racing drivers Nick Roland and Rick Magee each reached career milestones at Running Aces Sunday as Roland scored his 1,500th career win and Magree won his 1,000th career victory. Nick Roland scored his 1,500th win  when he piloted Sing N Sandi to her maiden victory (1:58.2) in race 11 on the program on Sunday,  Roland is the all-time leading driver at Running Aces, having made 725 or more trips to the local winner’s circle since the track opened in 2008.  He has been the track’s leading dash winner four times. Nick is also the track’s all-time leading money winner. Nick’ driving career started back in 1998, and he had his best year with wins and U.D.R.S. in 2012 with 140 victories and a very impressive batting average of (.432). Nick’s best year with purse earnings so far was 2017, with $685,077. In addition to his 1,500 plus victories, Roland has picked up 1,233 seconds and 1,032 thirds for a total of 3,775 top 3 finishes in 7,046 trips to the gate, an impressive average of over 50 percent in the top three. One of the top horses that Nick has campaigned as both a driver and trainer is Firedrake, a winner of 22 of 52 lifetime starts and winner of the 2017 Dan Patch FFA pace at Running Aces, and runner up this year, after just missing the repeat championship by a neck in 1:51.1 on Sunday (July 22). Along with catch-driving, Nick trains a stable of around 15 horses with his longtime girlfriend Jessica Johnson. For driver Rick Magee he steered Bringoverthemoney to his fourth win in a row to pick up his 1,000th career driving victory in race 1 on Sunday (July 15). Rick is currently second in all time statistics at Running Aces, and he has picked up 558 of his career wins right here at the Minnesota oval. Rick started his driving career in 2002, but it really took off when Running Aces opened in 2008. His best year so far with wins was 2009 with 139, and his best year both in U.D.R.S. and purses was 2016 with an average of .372 and earnings of $531,179. Rick has campaigned many good horses over the years at Running Aces, and currently trains a stable of around a dozen horses with his longtime girlfriend Mikaela Del Giudice, their roster currently includes standout pacers Stevensville, and Hawk's Red Chief, both of them competing at the highest level this season, and both also competing in the 2018 Dan Patch FFA. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 22) Harness Racing Program at Running Aces featured the Signature Race of the 2018 season, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final.   The top 5 finishers from each of the two July 8 eliminations lined up for battle with 9 noses on the gate and one trailer in the second tier. The 10-horse field was deep with talent of both the equine and human variety, and the excitement in the air was palpable for the Richest Harness Race to date in the great state of Minnesota.   Immediately as the gate sped away from the field it was clear that this would be no ordinary race, as Nine Ways, whom had established himself as a deep closer in his two local starts, was charging fastest off all towards the front for Driver Sam Widger, and they took command quickly.   Fan favorite Firedrake (Nick Roland) was fast from the inside to secure the coveted pocket position, and it was race-on as the rest of the field scrambled for position going five-in and five-out past the quarter in :26.4.   Then Hawk's Red Chief and I'm An Athlete hooked weels around the opening turn, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) had fired from the seven post and was caught first-over, with Trashytonguetalker in the second-over slot (from post 10) as they passed the half in :54.1.   Bettors Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) had also left from post 9 and was third-over heading to the 5/8 pole, Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) vacated the fourth over spot to try a three-wide backside sweep, and Hawks Red Chief (Brian Detgen) was out and moving from last, while To The Limit was at the pylons in mid-field and I'm An Athlete (James Kennedy) was toward the back of the pack as well as Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder), who saved ground throughout.   Rounding the final bend, Nine Ways was keeping Trashytonguetalker at bay, with Firedrake a close pocket third.   The three-quarters marker flashed a time of 1:22.2 and the outer flow began to deteriorate as they turned-in and straightened for home, with I'm An Athlete and Nuclear Dragon making contact in the lane.   Nine Ways was holding firm with a sixteenth to go, but Firedrake exploded from the pocket, and To The Limit closed toward the pylons. For a split second, it appeared that Firedrake may be able to get by the longtime leader, but Nine Ways was determined and fought to the wire, keeping a neck in front and denying last year's Dan Patch FFA champion Firedrake from repeating for two straight titles.   To The Limit was a strong third, and the only mare in the field, Gold Star Mysti, who was tenth in the early stages, checked home a solid fourth. Trashytonguetalker picked up the final check after I'm An Athlete was disqualified for causing interference to Nuclear Dragon.   The final time of 1:51.1 for Nine Ways registered a new Track Record for 4 year old pacing geldings, eclipsing the 1:51.2 record set last September 3rd by runner-up Firedrake.   Nine Ways is a Maryland-bred, by Delmarvalous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts, bred by Winbak Farm. Nine Ways ($11.40) is owned by Antonia Storer of lebanon, Ohio and trained by Denise Maier. He now shows 4 wins in 21 starts this season, and has boosted his career bankroll to $126,441.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 24) with an 11 race program kicking off at 7:00 pm CDT, and featuring two carryover pools: $3,652.57 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and $1,873.72 in the 50 cent Hi-5 in Race 10.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (July 21) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured two big races for Minnesota Sired or Owned horses. he $25,000 Trot event was dominated by Doug's Hobby Horse, a 6 year old mare by Claudius Augustus who is owned by Rick Bertrand and Doug Flores. Driver Lemoyne Svendsen wasted little time with Doug's Hobby Horse, firing quickly from post six in the nine horse affair, to engage in an early battle with French Eclipse (James Kennedy) for the lead, but Doug's Hobby horse had the most speed and cleared for the front, with outsider Majestic Lady Jo (Steve Wiseman) getting away sharply to drop into the pocket spot. Doug's Hobby Horse ($8.20) was never in doubt, as she maintained a solid lead throughout and coasted home a two length winner in 1:56.4 with a 29.1 final stanza. The winner now shows 6 wins in 23 starts and earnings of $35,718 for the season. Al Mar Bon Bon (Brian Detgen) closed well for second, and Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) was a solid third. The $25,000 MN Preferred Pace event went to heavily favored Stuckey Dote, a 5 year old gelding by Voracious Hanover who made a pilgrimage back to Running Aces for this event after spending the last two seasons racing primarily in Ohio. Stuckey Dote was Champion 3 year old pacer here in 2016, and is no stranger to the local winner's circle. From post three in the nine horse contest, Driver Nick Roland floated his charge away in third position, and got rolling just past the fast 26.4 quarter pole clocking. Stuckey Dote swept right to the front and controlled things from there, well in command of the field as they completed the half in 55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the lane, a late challenge came from Swagasaurusrex (Gerald Longo) but Stuckey Dote ($3.00) was able to fend off that rival by a neck in 1:52.2 for his sixth win of the season for owner Merlin Van Oterloo and trainer Brett Ballinger. Early race leader Make It Big (Steve Wiseman) was a game third, and Whatchyastarinat (James Kennedy) closed sharply for fourth money. Sunday (July 22) at Running Aces features the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Final, sponsored by Watch and Wager. Post time for the 10 race program is 6:00 pm CDT and also offers a $10,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4 wager, which kicks off in the featured event in race 7. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The post positions have been drawn and the field of ten is set for battle in the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace Final this Sunday (July 22) at Running Aces. The $50,000 Race will be the richest Standardbred event to date in Minnesota, with the total purse for the series hitting $95,000 this year. This season's Dan Patch FFA has drawn horses from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, and the field for Sunday's final is deep with pacing talent. Drivers are also coming from far and wide to participate in the historic event, with one of Indiana's top reinsmen Sam Widger making the trip to Minnesota, along with James Kennedy from California and Kyle Husted from Chicago's Hawthorne Racecourse. Last year's winner in this event, Firedrake, has drawn the rail, and morning line favorite Trashytonguetalker, who equaled the track's fastest mile ever in his elimination race on July 8, has drawn post position ten (in the second tier). The Dan Patch FFA Final is race seven on the Sunday night program, and kicks off the Late Pick-4 wager, which sport's a $10,000 guaranteed pool. Below is a look at the field: 1. Firedrake, Nick Roland (6-1) 2. To The Limit, Steve Wiseman, (8-1) 3. Nuclear Dragon, Kyle Husted, (3-1) 4. Hawk's Red Chief, Brian Detgen, (6-1) 5. I'm An Athlete, James Kennedy, (10-1) 6. Nine Ways, Sam Widger, (9-2) 7. Stevensville, Rick Magee, (7-1) 8. Gold Star Mysti, James Yoder, (12-1) 9. Bettor's Promise, Lemoyne Svendsen, (15-1) 10. Trashytonguetalker, Dean Magee, (9-5) by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces         

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (July 17) Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares $12,000 Open Handicap Pace, and Delightfully Wild remained razor sharp by delivering a gate-to-wire winning performance in 1:53.4 for her 10th victory of the season. Delightfully Wild was sent off as race favorite, as part of a 2 horse entry and she drew the outside seven post in the talented field of 7 distaffers. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen sent her charging hard from the gate, engaging in an early battle with last week's winner Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland). Delightfully Wild was able to establish command quickly and remained on top throughout the fractions of 27.1 and 57.2 before facing strong pressure from her stablemate Bettor Lady (Dean Magee) as they rounded the final bend and registered 1:26.2 at the ¾ pole. Delightfully Wild still had command turning in, but Kiss On The Lips was ready to pounce from the pocket, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) had followed the outer flow and tipped three-wide coming for home, she took a split-second lead with 70 yards to the wire but Delightfully Wild would not relent and Kiss On The Lips was surging along the inside. It was a 3 horse battle to the line, and Delightfully Wild ($4.60) kept her neck in front at the wire, with Kiss On The Lips checking in second, just in front of Whatitdo Babyboo. The winner is a 5 year old by Bettor's Delight, owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco. The two year olds invaded the track on Tuesday night at Running Aces, kicking things off with Burning Blaze delivering on his promise showed in two sharp qualifying wins. The impressive gelding by Wind Me Up turned in an eye opening gate to wire tally in 1:57.3, in his $8,500 Minnesota-Sired event, checking in over 6 lengths ahead of his rivals. Burning Blaze ($2.40) is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and is trained by Justin Anfinson. MD Magic ($9.80) converted a pocket trip into a debut victory in the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, trotting home in 30.2 to stop the timer in 2:04 for trainer/driver Nick Roland and owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC. MD Magic is a gelding by Braggart. Lone Pine Shuzy (James Yoder) was a very sharp second, after setting the fractions. WindmeupNwatchmego (Dean Magee) closed from off the pace, posting a sharp 28.0 final quarter to capture the win in the $8,500 Two year old filly pace, in 1:59.4, with Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) posting a strong second, beaten just a half-length. The winning filly is by Wind Me Up and is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. This coming weekend at Running Aces is Dan Patch weekend, with The Dan Patch Historical Society on-site on Saturday, July 21, and also featuring a Horse & Driver bobble-head giveaway and Live Music. Saturday's featured races are the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota Preferred Pace. Sunday (July 22) is a huge day for Minnesota Harness Racing, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Final and also featuring a Live broadcast by and a day full of fan giveaways with a Grand Prize of a Trip for Two to the 2018 Hambletonian Stakes at The Meadowlands. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 15) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview Pace, with 7 of the Top 10 horses from the Dan Patch eliminations having dropped in the box for the preview event.   Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) was slight favorite in the wagering as the 9-5 choice, with Stevensville (Rick Magee) close behind at 2-1, and Nine Ways also getting plenty of support at 5/2. Stevensville and Firedrake (Nick Roland) were fastest off the gate, and Stevensville established early command from post 5, and checked the field in at the quarter in :27.1.   Nuclear Dragon had floated away fourth from the outseide 7 post, but launched an early first-over attack to be second on the outside at the 56.2 halfway point. Longshot Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) followed Nuclear Dragon into the two-path, and Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) picked up the cover and was advancing in the third-over position, while Nine Ways also joined the outer flow and the field tightened up down the backstretch.   Nuclear Dragon began to apply heavy pressure to Stevensville as they turned, and was able to forge past the longtime leader just before the 1:23.2 three-quarters checkpoint. Bettors promise was able to drop down into the pocket rounding for home, and tipped from there to engage the leader in deep stretch, but Nuclear Dragon had more fire in his belly and remained game to the wire, holding his rivals at bay by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4 for his fourth win of the season.   Bettor's Promise spiced up the results at 34-1 in second, with Nine Ways completing the Trifecta and Firedrake was home in fourth. Nuclear Dragon ($5.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Nuclear Breeze, out of the Dragon Again mare My Dragon Flys, the winner of $224,148 is owned by Richard Mishkin and trained by Jeff Johnson, Jr.   The $11,000 Open Trot event was also a top feature on Sunday, with 6 talented square-gaiters facing the starter for weekly top honors.   Another Breath (Kyle Husted) was the talk of the tote-board, being sent off as the even money choice after a strong second placing in his local debut last week. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was also highly regarded at 2-1 and he fired fastest of all from his outside six post and relegated the rest of the field at least 2 lengths back through the moderate fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:26.3.   Longshot Doug's Hobby Horse (Nick Roland) had the pocket trip, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) sitting third before tipping first-over past the 5/8 marker. Another Breath had jumped it off at the start, and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) had made a break behind the gate. Pridecrest dropped into the pocket in front of a gapping Doug's Hobby Horse and waited for the stretch drive.   Banker Volo was still trotting strong as they straightened but Pridecrest vacated the pocket and had plenty of trot, sweeping by his rival in the final 50 yards to score a 1 1/4 length tally in 1:55.1 for Leading trainer Kathie Plested, and owner Christopher Schick. Silverlode made an impressive recovery to pick up third money.   The 7 year old Angus Hall gelding Pridecrest now sports 7 wins in 14 starts this year, 25 lifetime wins and $221,239 in career earnings. He paid $10.00 for every $2.00 win wager.   Saturday night (July 14) featured the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and it was a thrilling contest with horses stacked up three and four wide charging for home, when the dust settled it was Here Comes Teddy and driver Brian Detgen sweeping by the field on the far outside to take the victory by 3/4 of a length in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.   Here Comes Teddy ($47.40) was dismissed in the wagering at 22-1 and pulled off the upset with a strong final panel of :28. Here Comes Teddy is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, owned by Aimes Racing and trained by Justin Anfinson. Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) was second and Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee), who set the pace, was home in third.   The Tuesday night (July 17) program at Running Aces will feature a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the 50 cent Late Pick-4, and a carryover in th 20 cent pick-5 of $1,289.85. Next weekend (July 21-22) is Dan Patch weekend at Running Aces, with the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Pace on Saturday, along with a Horse and Driver Bobblehead giveaway, and then on Sunday it's the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (Sponsored by Watch and Wager).   Also on Sunday, One Lucky fan at Running Aces will win a trip for 2 to the 2018 Hambletonian.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - and Running Aces are pleased to announce that we will be giving away a trip for two to the 2018 Hambletonian Stakes at The New Meadowlands Racetrack. The harness racing trip, (valued at $1,500) will be the grand prize as part of the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Final night at Running Aces, on Sunday, July 22. The trip package includes round trip airfare, a two night hotel stay, transportation and admission to the event. The grand prize will be awarded as a social media contest with patrons entering by posting a photo to Facebook or Twitter live from the Dan Patch night at Running Aces, and tagging NAHUpicks and Running Aces. All submitted posts will go into a random drawing for the Grand Prize. In addition to the grand prize, there will be four "Second" prizes, each being a $50 Hambletonian Wager. The drawings for the $50 Hambletonian bets will be open to everyone, both on and off track, and will also be tied to social media participation. Two of the winners will be randomly selected from all fans that share the NAHU Live broadcast to their Facebook or Twitter page, and two winners will be randomly drawn from fans that participate and win in a "Pick an Exacta" contest on Harness Racing Replays on Facebook, during Dan Patch FFA night. Another top prize will be a Hambletonian duffle bag, jam-packed with Harness racing swag of all kinds, which will also be awarded via social media participation, and open to all. That's not all, on-track there will be losing ticket drawings for Swag Bags, T-Shirts, Hats, betting vouchers and much more, plus T-shirt tosses and other prize opportunities. Swag Bag prizes will include random varieties of items from NAHUpicks, Running Aces, The Hambletonian, The Meadowlands and more. Prize sponsors include NAHU, Running Aces, Hickory Lane Farms, Team Orange Crush, Minnesota Harness Racing Inc., The Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands Racetrack. No purchase necessary to win prizes, all rights reserved by the venues and sponsors. NAHUpicks will be broadcasting Live from Running Aces all night, on the track video feed as well as on the website. First post on Sunday, July 22 will be 6:00 pm CDT, with a $10,000 Guaranteed pool in the 50 cent Late Pick-4 wager. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening program of Harness Racing at Running Aces featured the $12,000 Mares Open Pace, with a talented field of 7 facing the starter. Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) was last week's winner in this event, and was sent off as the even money choice while coupled in the wagering with Bettor Lady (Dean Magee). Delightfully Wild set sail from the six post to establish command early, with Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) also firing from post five. Those two mares remained in the top two positions throughout, as they peeled off fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:24.1. Turning for home, Nick Roland guided Kiss On The Lips into the inside passing lane and the two mares battled all the way to the wire, stopping the clock in 1:52.2 with Kiss On The Lips ($7.80) a neck in front of Delightfully Wild, with her stablemate Bettor Lady closing well to pick up third money. Kiss On The Lips now has 5 wins in 26 starts this season, and has bankrolled $41,054 for owner Peg Hoffman and trainer Gerald Longo. Hard Cold Cash completed a four race win streak on Tuesday with another strong performance, in the $10,000 Winners-over Pace, sweeping to the lead just past the quarter pole and holding the field at bay to score by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:53.3 with Dean Magee aboard for trainer Denise Maier and owner Antonia Storer. Driver Nick Roland led the Tuesday program with 3 wins for a Hat-Trick, with Mooney Svendsen and James Yoder both completing doubles. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4,735.56 and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,223.60 when Live Racing returns on Saturday night (July 14). The racing program on Sunday (July 15) will feature the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview pace, and also play host to "Public Safety night", with emergency vehicle demonstrations as well as special discounts for Public Safety workers. Post Time on both Saturday and Sunday is 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces        

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 8) card at Running Aces was a fantastic program of action packed harness racing, and was headlined by the Eliminations for the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace, with both of those races producing absolute thrillers.   Each division of the elims went for $15,000, and the top 5 finishers advanced to the Dan Patch Preview (July 15) and The $50,000 Final (July 22).   Trashytonguetalker was the talk of the tote-board in his division, and he did not disappoint his backers, delivering a gutsy and stellar performance from post seven.   Driver Dean Magee fired the 6 year old Art's Chip progeny right off the wings of the gate, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) was away fast from post three for the pocket position, and Bestinthebusiness (Gerald Longo) was on the attack from post six. Bestinthebusiness tried with all his might to sweep past the leader, but the Bobcat would have no part of that, keeping Trashytonguetalker rolling, and delivering his rival a parking ticket.   The early battle resulted in blistering fractions of 26.1 and 53.4 before Bestinthebusiness began to retreat. Stevensville began to take closer order and take aim at the leader as they rounded for home, and passed the 3/4 pole in 1:22, but Trashytonguetalker remained game and would not relent, posting a solid 1/2 length tally and stopping the timer at 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever recorded at Running Aces (Six Gun, Jason Ryan, 2013).   Stevensville was a strong second and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) had saved ground throughout to be a clear third in the record mile. Trashytonguetalker ($3.60) is owned by Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher Schick, and locally trained by Brett ballinger. The remaining qualifiers in the field were Gold Star Mysti (4th) and I'm An Athlete (5th).   The other $15,000 Elimination division went to Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who turned in a dramatic stretch rally to sweep by all of his rivals in the lane for an impressive tally in 1:51.3.   The early pace was dramatic as well, with a 3-wide battle for the early lead as Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged away from the gate from post three, with Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) immediately engaging from the rail position and Bettor's Promise (James Kennedy) joining the frey as they headed for the quarter.   They were still 3-high as they passed the marker in 26.1. Firedrake was able to wiggle his way into the pocket as Bettor's Promise remained parked and pressing on, with Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) chiming in as they rounded for the half, they were still two and three wide in 54.1. Hawk's Red Chief was ultra game and continued to maintain his command down the backstretch and as they continued to assert strong pressure around the final turn.   They passed the 3/4 juncture in 1:22.3 and the 3-wide battle began to sizzle once again, as Nine Ways had thrown his hat into the ring on the outside. Nuclear Dragon was surging past the leader and Firedrake was finding room at the inside, but Nine Ways was fastest of all to the wire, drawing away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 over Nuclear Dragon and Firedrake. Hawk's Red Chief was home 4th and Bettor's Promise secured 5th to advance to the final.   Nine Ways ($33.60) is a 4 year old gelded son of Delmarvalous, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Sunday night, and was another thrilling contest. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) both left sharply from the two outside posts and Silverlode won the early battle, as they passed the quarter in 27.3.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made a sweeping move to the front at the 3/8 pole, and Another Breath immediately launched a first-over attack on the new leader, as they traded blows past the half in :56. Pridecrest maintained the advantage dow the back lane, with Banker Volo tipping second-over as they headed into the final turn and hit the 3/4 mark in 1:25.2.   Rounding for home, the pressure was finally taking its toll on Pridecrest, as Another Breath took a slight advantage, but Banker Volo was trotting strong on the outside and would sweep by for a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:55 over Another Breath, and a fast closing Ideal Jesse (James Yoder).    Tonight's tally was win number four on the season and 35th career tally for Banker Volo ($10.20), who is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King.   Dean Magee turned in a very impressive night, with 5 victories on the card, including a sweep of the Dan Patch eliminations, and Rick Magee picked up a hat-trick of 3 winners as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4126.97 and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,531.61 for Tuesday night (July 10), with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Saturday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by an impressive performance from Giggle Monster, who swept the field from last to first with a breathtaking stretch rally to score his second win of the season in a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 with a very strong final panel of 27.3 in the $8,800 3 year old Open Pace.   Giggle Monster ($24.60) was a dominant freshman Minnesota pacer last season, with 7 wins and two seconds in 9 starts. The now 3 year old son of Wind Me Up is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte, Driven by Dean Magee and trained by Justin Anfinson.   Tinhorn Creek (Lemoyne Svendsen) picked up top honors in the $9,000 Claiming Handicap pace with an impressive dominating performance from post six, Tinhorn Creek ($6.20) faced an early battle with Barbosa (Nick Roland) but was able to sweep by that rival to establish command just before the quarter mile, and from there he was never in doubt.   Barbosa held second in the impressive 1:52 mile, with Art Genta (Steve Wiseman) checking in third. Tinhorn Creek is owned by Medinah Racing and trained by current leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Drivers Brady Jenson, James Yoder and Dean Magee all completed doubles on the Saturday night card.   The Sunday (July 8) program features 12 races headlined by the Dan Patch FFA eliminations as 14 pacers will battle to advance in the $95,000 Series. There are several carryovers for Sunday as well, early Pick 3 carryover $360.06, early Pick 4 $669.86, and Jackpot Pick 5 $2,779.14. There is a Guaranteed Pool for the Late Pick 4 wager of $7,500.00. First Post is 6:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN – A Total of 17 pacers were nominated to the 2018 Dan Patch FFA at Running Aces, and 14 of the nominees have entered into the elimination races, which will highlight the racing card on Sunday evening, July 8. Each elimination race carries a purse of $15,000 and the top 5 finishers in each elimination will advance to the Dan Patch Preview on Sunday, July 15 and the $50,000 Final on Sunday, July 22. Below is a look at the lineup for the elimination races: Race 8   7/8/18  $15,000 Dan Patch FFA elimination-1st division Hawks Red Chief            Rick Magee                      7-1 Make It Big                      Steve Wiseman             20-1 Firedrake                         Nick Roland                      9-2 Roland N Rock                Duane Roland                  2-1 Nine Ways                       Dean Magee                    7-1 Bettor’s Promise             James Kennedy              12-1 Nuclear Dragon               Kyle Husted                     9-5 Race 9   7/8/18  $15,000 Dan Patch FFA elimination-2nd division I’m An Athlete           James Kennedy              20-1 To The Limit               Steve Wiseman                5-1 Stevensville                Rick Magee                       5-1 Elusive Image             Mark Mintun                    7-2 Gold Star Mysti          James Yoder                     7-2 Bestinthebusiness     Gerald Longo                  12-1 Trashytonguetalker   Dean Magee                     2-1 By Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (July 3) card of Harness Racing at Running Aces was loaded with exciting and competitive races, and the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was no exception.   A talented field of 6 went to battle for weekly top honors. The talk of the tote-board was Whatitdo BabyBoo (Steve Wiseman), who was sent of as 3/2 favorite, after an impressive season debut 3rd last week at this top level. Second choice at 2/1 was Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland), who has already recorded two wins at the current meet, and also heavily backed was Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) at 5/2.   Nick Roland fired up Kiss On The Lips to be fast off the gate and charging hard from her outside six post, but Delightfully Wild was also pacing strong in the opening stages, and Kiss On The Lips would have to settle for the pocket. Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) floated out in fourth position on the outside but could not find a seat at the pylons, and was forced to press the pace and try to clear the leader, that resulted in a very fast 26.4 opening fraction.   The battle at the top continued for more than half a mile, (55.4 and 1:24.2) and eventually took its toll on the first-over challenger. The leader, however, appeared to get stronger as the race got longer, and widened her lead around the final bend. Whatitdo Babyboo had rallied three-wide into the final turn to take over second and Kiss On The Lips was third along the pylons.   Delightfully Wild ($7.20) paced strong in the lane to keep everyone at bay and record a solid two length tally in 1:52. She is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. tonight's victory was the 9th win in 19 starts for the 5 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight.   The $12,500 Top-Level Claiming Handicap pace ($12,500 - $15,000 tags) went to Hard Cold Cash (Dean Magee) once again for three wins in a row, the last two both in 1:52.2, and both in gate-to-wire fashion. Hard Cold Cash ($3.20) is a talented 6 year old stallion by Dali, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   Drivers Nick Roland and Lemoyne (Mooney) Svendsen both picked up driving doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot has a carryover of $2,380.42 for Saturday night (July 7). Coming up on Sunday (July 8) we will host the eliminations for the $95,000 (total) Dan Patch Free-For-All Pacing series sponsored by Watch and Wager. The top 5 finishers in each elimination will advance to the Dan Patch Preview Pace (July 15) and the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (July 22).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 1) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings, with a deeply talented field of 8 squaring off behind the gate.   Last week's winner Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged hard from the gate to an early lead, but was quickly confronted by Hawk's Red Chief(Dean Magee), with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) dropping in third and Stevensville (Rick Magee) floating away in fourth. Hawk's Red Chief had the call at the 27.1 quarter, but Stevensville got out and rolling just before the 3/8 juncture and quickly paced to the front of affairs, to register the half in 56.4.   Besinthebusiness was sent first-over and created the outer flow down the backside, with Bettor's Promise (Williams Hernandez) second-over and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the third-over position.   Stevensville was never headed after taking command, and the outer flow eventually deteriorated, providing racing room for Firedrake as they straightened for home, Firedrake powered home strong, but was unable to catch Stevensville tonight, as he paced home gamely in 28.0 to stop the timer in 1:52.2.   Stevensville is a 7 year old Stallion by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show. He is owned by Jana Lee Rucker and trained by Rick Magee. Tonight's tally was the third win of the season in 10 starts for the career winner of $526,179.   Also on Sunday night, we hosted the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters. The $10,200 class-A division went to Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in an ultra-impressive gate-to-wire score by 6 3/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:57.2 for trainer Brian Detgen and owner Jasmine Horvat.   Bringoverthemoney paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $6,800 class-B division went to SB Fine and Dandy (James Yoder) in 1:59, also a new lifetime mark. SB Fine and dandy is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Also of note on Sunday, the classy 10 year old trotting Stallion Tamarind (Gerald Longo) picked up his first win of the season in 3 starts, in a $5,600 conditioned event as he stopped the timer in 1:56.3 to record his 62nd lifetime victory and push his career earnings to $935,344. Tamarind ($2.40) is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLc and trained by Jenni King.   Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder each completed a Hat-Trick on the night, with Rick Magee turning in a driving double.   The Tuesday evening (July 2) Late Pick-4 wager is Guaranteed at $7,500.00, and the 20 cent Pick 5 wager has a carryover of $1,601.03. Post Time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

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