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Columbus, MN - The harness racing condition sheets for opening week have been posted by the Running Aces racing office. They are available on the U.S.T.A. website and are also available in the race office building near the M.H.R.I. office.   All trainers are reminded that all paperwork must be submitted to MRC before entry to race. All trainers and drivers (including ship-in -only stables) must have current, completed Racing Applications on file with Director of Racing Steve Carpenito.   The live racing season kicks off with opening night on Sunday (May 16) with first post at 6:05 pm central time. Racing will be offered on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings all summer long, and the 56 day meeting will close on Saturday, September 18. There are three special racing cards on the schedule: Monday (July 5), Friday (September 17) and Saturday (September 18) and there is no Live Racing on Sunday (July 4).   There will be a special Qualifying session on Wednesday (May 12) at 11:30 am; enter by 9:00 am on Tuesday (May 11).   The first regular draw will take place on Wednesday (May 12) with box closing at 9:00 am for Sunday's opening night card.   Racing Questions should be directed to Steve Carpenito (scarpenito@runaces.com)   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The 2021 live harness racing season is fast approaching at Running Aces, and the first session of qualifying races (for Friday, May 7) has been drawn and posted. The 2021 Draw schedule has also been published by the Racing Office: The box will close at 9:00 am sharp on draw days, which will be Monday for Thursday, Wednesday for Sunday and Thursday for Tuesday. Driver Changes and Scratch deadline is 9:00 am sharp on the morning following the draw. The Racing Office is open at 7:30 am on draw days, and will close 1 hour after the draw is posted. The race office will also be open from 8:00 am to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, and will be open from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Race Nights. Qualifiers will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:20 pm before the Live Racing cards. Entries for qualifiers are due by 9:00 am the day before. There is an additional special qualifying session on Wednesday (May 12) at 11:30 am, with entries for that session due on Tuesday (May 11) at 9:00 am. Entries may be made using the U.S.T.A. online entry system, or by calling the main Race Office number (651) 925-4575. Questions about the 2021 Live Racing season should be directed to Director of Racing Steve Carpenito (scarpenito@runaces.com). By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - The deadline for harness racing applications is fast approaching for those interested in participating in the 2021 live racing season at Running Aces. Completed applications for stalls and/or ship-in privileges are due on or before Monday, March 15.   All trainers are reminded that applications must be completely filled out and signed for stall requests and for ship-in privileges. Trailer rental requests or trailer pad requests can be indicated on the Stall Application forms and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.   The projected date for Stall Allocations to be published is Tuesday (April 6). The barn area will open for the season on Sunday (May 2) at 8:00 am, and the first session of qualifiers will be held on Friday (May 7). The 14th season of Live Racing begins on Sunday, May 16 and runs through Saturday, September 18 for 55 racing days with all post times at 6:05 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.   Special race dates for 2021 include Monday, July 5 (in place of July 4) and closing weekend/Seasons Championships will be contested with special cards on Friday and Saturday (September 17, 18).   Stall applications and general rules can be found on the Running Aces website (www.RunAces.com) under the Racing/Horsemen Resources tabs.   The application can also be accessed via the following link: Click here.   Signed, completed applications should be submitted via email to Racing Director Steve Carpenito at: Steve.Carpenito@runaces.com   Please reach out to Steve with any questions or concerns about applications for stalls, ship-in privileges, trailer/pad rentals or general questions.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Preparations have begun for the 2021 live Harness Racing season at Running Aces and the excitement is starting to build for the approaching meet, which will mark the fourteenth year of racing operations at the Minnesota oval. The new season will also usher in a new face at the helm of the racing side at Running Aces, as Steve Carpenito was selected this winter to be the new Director of Racing for the track. Steve brings a wealth of Harness Racing knowledge and experience with several decades under his belt serving in many different capacities throughout the industry, and his new role in Minnesota will include oversight of all aspects of the Live Racing, Simulcasting and Mutuels departments as well as taking the helm of the Race office. Steve got the opportunity to familiarize himself with Running Aces last summer, while serving in the Judges booth during the 2020 season. The racing dates for 2021 were recently approved and finalized by the Minnesota Racing Commission and offer a couple of changes to the Running Aces schedule, including a return to the more popular evening post times, after having raced afternoon programs for the first time in 2020 - a change for last year that was largely due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time ever, Live Racing will be offered on Thursdays, which will replace Saturdays in the weekly schedule - with the expectation being that our racing product will enjoy better national exposure in the Thursday slot versus the overcrowded racing market on Saturday evenings. Sunday evenings will remain in place and offer the popular opportunity for family/weekend trips to the track for local race fans, and the always popular Tuesday evening cards return as well. The upcoming season will offer the most race days ever at Running Aces, with 55 cards of racing that will span from May 16 through September 18. Another change for 2021 is a new post time of 6:05 pm for all race days, which is a departure from 7:00 post times on Tuesdays that stood as the norm for many years. The Running Aces team feels that a consistent post time for all race days is much easier for fans to rely on when planning trips to the track or planning to watch and play Running Aces from out of state. There are a few exceptions to the Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday schedule: No Live Racing on July 4 (Sunday) - replaced by a special Live Racing day on July 5 (Monday). During closing week there will be no Live Racing on September 16 (Thursday) - replaced by a special Live Racing day on September 17 (Friday) as part of our 2-night closing weekend that culminates on September 18 (Saturday) and features the traditional Minnesota Night of Champions festivities. Pre-season Qualifying races have been scheduled for Friday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 12 with post time at 11:30 am for both days. During the live season, Qualifiers will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays before the Live Racing cards. There will also be two special morning Qualifying sessions offered in June to accommodate two year olds as they begin their freshman campaigns. Horsemen are invited to visit the Running Aces website (www.runaces.com) to download the 2021 stall applications, which are now available and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.runaces.com/sites/default/files/ra_2021_stallapplication_form_final.pdf Interested parties should fill out the applications completely and return them promptly to Steve Carpenito, Director of Racing. The deadline for stall applications is Monday, March 15. Feel free to reach out to Steve with any questions you may have about joining us for the upcoming racing season in Minnesota. He may be reached via email at scarpenito@runaces.com By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (November 18, 2020) - The Minnesota Racing Commission has received 2021 live race day requests from Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino, Hotel, and Racetrack. Canterbury Park is requesting 65 days of a live mixed meet of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing beginning May 18, 2021 and concluding September 16, 2021. Each day's program will include between eight and fourteen races with normal race days of Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with an estimated $14 million in purses being offered throughout the meet, returning the track to pre COVID-19 purse levels. Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack is requesting 55 days of live Standardbred harness racing from May 16, 2021 to September 18, 2021. Each day's program will include between eight and twelve races. Post times will be at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through September 14. There will be no racing on Sunday, July 4, but a special program will be conducted on Monday, July 5. The Minnesota Night of Champions special programs will be conducted on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18. The Minnesota Racing Commission will hold a public hearing for these requests on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:45 p.m. via virtual teleconference meeting. Information about this meeting and all meetings are available on the commission's meetings webpage. The Minnesota Racing Commission will consider these requests at its December Full Commission Meeting, also via teleconference meeting, which will begin immediately following the Public Hearing at 4 p.m. All persons wishing to comment may do so in writing, and comments must be received by Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at: Minnesota Racing Commission 1100 Canterbury Rd. Suite 100 Shakopee, MN 55379 or via email to: colleen.marquardt@state.mn.us. From the Minnesota Racing Commission  

Columbus, MN - Running Aces closed out it's 2020 harness racing season with a nine race program on Sunday (October 4). Driver Chris Scicluna picked up four wins on the day, including three out of the four top featured events of the day.   Scicluna drove Natalie Zabrzenski's pacing mare Free Radical ($2.40) to a romping 5 length victory in the $13,500 Minnesota-Sired Consolation in 1:56.1 to complete three in a row for the 6 year old daughter of Hot Pans.   Two races later, Scicluna steered his own star pacer Hoo Nien A ($5.00) to a 1-3/4 length score in the $9,500 horses and geldings Open Handicap pace in 1:53.3 to complete a fantastic Running Aces campaign for the 9 year old gelded son of Always A Virgin.   In the very next race, Scicluna's top pacing mare My Kiwi Lady N ($4.80) was driven to victory by Jacob Cutting in the $9,500 mares Open Handicap pace to complete a stellar summer campaign for the 7 year old daughter of Art Major.   The very next race, Scicluna was back in the sulky and steered Cruisin For You ($44.40) to an upset win as the longest shot on the board in a $6,000 claiming pace for owner/trainer Ariel Alvarez.   Final tally on the day for Scicluna was three driving wins and two wins as owner/trainer.   Drivers Nick Roland and Braxten Boyd each registered doubles on the program and trainer George Reider also had two winners on the closing day card.   Nick Roland picked up the hardware as the 2020 Leading Driver for his fourth local driving title, and Jessica Johnson was awarded as the 2020 Leading Trainer for her first such title.   The mandatory payout Pick-5 wager picked up over $39,000 in new action to add to the $20,435 in carryover money. Twelve lucky players were able to solve the closing day Pick-5 puzzle to split the money. Each 20 cent ticket returned $4,211.72.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces          

Columbus, MN - The historic Day of Champions Harness Racing program at Running Aces is in the books and Twilight Tinker stole the show when she became the first to ever win three straight Championship crowns. Stuckey Dote also made history by picking up his fourth career Minnesota Championship crown.   $540,000 in purses were featured, becoming the richest single day of Harness Racing in track history, and in Minnesota history as well.   A capacity crowd wagered the highest on-track total of the season as 100 of the best Minnesota-Sired trotters and pacers battled it out on the track in twelve divisional Championship races that each carried a purse of $45,000.   Twilight Tinker (Nick Roland, $3.60) completed her historic three-peat in the older trotting mares division, with a 2-1/4 length score in 1:57.3 over Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) and Al Mar Bon Bon (Brady Jenson). Owner Cathy Dessert would go on to win another Championship later in the card, while Nick Roland picked up a Champions Day record of five wins on the card, and trainer Jessica Johnson went on to score four wins on the day.       It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) delivered another huge performance to capture the sophomore male pacing Championship in 1:55.2 over Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright). It was three wins in a row and nine wins on the season for It's A Marcs World.   Stuckey Dote (Darrell Wright, 3.20) delivered as the favorite in the older male pacing Championship in 1:54, becoming the first horse to ever win four Minnesota Championships. Stuckey Dote dug in gamely late in the mile, holding off SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) and Marktentwentyseven (Brady Jenson) for his thirty-ninth career win. Stuckey Dote has now earned $394,919.   It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, $2.10) rolled to her twelfth win of the season in 1:54.4 to capture the sophomore filly pacing Championship over Scarlett Ruby (Dean Magee) and Huftalookatdatfany (Mooney Svendsen). Rick Magee would go on to win three on the day.   Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland, $2.20) completed seven wins in a row to capture the freshman male trotting Championship in 2:02.2 over Ice Titan (Mooney Svendsen) and Oh Danny Boy (Darrell Wright). The winner is a gelded son of the late Running Aces star trotter Banker Volo.   The other Championship winners were:   The Royal Queen (Rick Magee, $4.60) in 2:01.1 in the freshman filly trot for trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lone Star Tap (Brandon Jenson, $44.40) in 1:59.1 in the sophomore male trot, also trained by Brandon Jenson.   Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.20) in 1:58 in the freshman male pace for trainer Brady Jenson.   Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland, $7.40) in 1:58 in the freshman filly trot for trainer Jessica Johnson.   Bringoverthemoney (Brady Jenson, $14.80) in 1:59.1 in the older male trot for trainer Katie Horvat.   Bertha Vanation (Nick Roland, $8.20) in 1:56.1 in the older mares pace for trainer Jessica Johnson.   Breeders Glen Sauder and John Hendricks had two winners on the Champions day program.   Live Racing continues on Sunday (October 4) which will close out the 2020 racing season at Running Aces. Post Time is at 1:00 pm CDT and there are nine races on the final day program. Mandatory payouts will be in effect for all wagering pools, including the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot, which will start out the day with $20,435 in carryover money.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

There will be mandatory payouts in all pools on the Sunday (October 4) program at Running Aces as the Minnesota oval will be hosting its final card of racing for the 2020 season. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager has a carryover of $20,435.02 heading into the mandatory payout program. Post time for closing day is 1:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces   

Columbus, MN - There are 101 horses carded across twelve Championship divisions for the upcoming Day of Champions harness racing program on Saturday (October 3) at Running Aces, and among all of those hopefuls, there are three contenders that will be trying to achieve a rare feat - three have a chance to pick up their third straight Championship crown.   The aforementioned trio are all Mares.   Twilight Tinker is the early favorite (2-1) in the $45,000 aged trotting mares division. The daughter of Braggart is now four, and won as a freshman in 2018 and as a sophomore in 2019, and has had a very good four year old campaign with five wins from thirteen outings so far, and a career mark of 1:57.2 taken this August. She has a total of eleven career wins and $69,969 to her credit for owner Cathy Dessert and trainer Jessica Johnson. Driver Nick Roland will be at the controls in Saturday's race where she will start from post three.   Al Mar Reba Babe is a close second choice (5-2) in the same division as Twilight Tinker, and starts from post one with regular driver Gerald Longo. She is an 8 year old daughter of SOS Lunar Eclipse and is owned and trained by Richard Davis. Al Mar Reba Babe won the aged Mares division in both 2018 and 2019 while taking a 1:56.4 career mark in last year's Championship race. She has won 16 races and $155,225 to date.   Windmeupnwatchmego is the 2-1 favorite in the $45,000 aged pacing mares Championship and will start from post three with regular driver Dean Magee in the bike for owner/breeder Richard Davelaar and trainer Gordon Graham. The now four year old is a daughter of Wind Me Up. She won her division's Championship race as a freshman in 2018 and again as a sophomore in 2019 and has won fifteen races and $122,923 to date, taking a 1:53.3 career mark at Running Aces last summer.   The Day of Champions card is packed with some very good races, with no shortage of possible standouts - including Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland 2-1) from post one in the $45,000 freshman colts & geldings trot(Race Two), Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, 6-5) from post seven in the $45,000 freshman boys pace in Race Six, It's Pacific Time (Rick Magee, 6-5) from post three in the $45,000 sophomore filly pace in Race 8 and It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, 6-5) in the $45,000 sophomore colts and geldings pace (Race 9). Both the $45,000 Aged horses and geldings trot division (Race 10) and the $45,000 Aged mares pacing division (Race 11) appear to be very wide-open contests. There are twelve races on the card, with purses totaling $540,000.   Post Time for the Day of Champions program is 1:00 pm CDT, and features a carryover pool for the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $18,673.66.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces                                                      

The fields are drawn for a historic harness racing program at Running Aces on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Twelve divisional championship races, each carrying a purse of $45,000, have been drawn for a total of $540,000 in purses on the day. This program will also be the richest single day of Standardbred racing in Minnesota history.   The Day of Champions program on Saturday features the best Minnesota-Sired trotters and pacers in each division by age, sex and gait. Many divisions also will offer Consolation races which will go on Sunday afternoon and feature a purse of $13,500 each.   This weekend's racing will bring the curtain down on the 2020 Running Aces season. Post Time for both Saturday and Sunday is 1:00 pm CDT. Sunday's program will feature mandatory payouts in all pools, including the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager, which currently sport's a carryover of $18,673.66 heading into closing weekend.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - Nineteen year old harness racing driver Jacob Cutting scored his first ever Grand Slam on the Wednesday afternoon (September 30) program at Running Aces, his four wins included the feature race and covered half of the days card.   Cutting steered the 6-5 second choice in the wagering Justlikehim to a neck victory in a thrilling three-way battle to the wire in 1:56.4 over race favorite Mandeville (Nick Roland) and Magic Mvp (Chris Scicluna) in the featured $7,500 Open Handicap Trot. It was two wins in a row for Justlikehim ($4.60). The winner is owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.       Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen, $3.60) scored an 11-1/4 length romp in a $3,700 conditioned trot for owner Christopher Schick and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman, stopping the timer in 1:56.4 for his fifth win of the season, and fortieth career tally.   Villa For Rent ($3.20) wired the field in a $3,800 claiming/condition pace in 1:57.1 for three wins in a row, and completed a double on the day for both Mooney Svendsen and Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Trainer Edwin Quevedo scored three wins on the program to move into second place in the Leading Trainer standings with just two more race cards to go for the 2020 Running Aces season.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $18,673.66. There will be a mandatory payout in all pools on Sunday, October 4. Post Time for both closing weekend cards is 1:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace with a field of seven talented distaffers lining up behind the gate.  The wagering favorites in the contest were the three New Zealand imports - My Kiwi Lady N was hammered down to 1-5 late and the Jose Cervantes owner entry of Motu Moonbeam N and Quite A Delight N were sent off as the clear second choice at 5-2.    My Kiwi Lady N (Chris Scicluna) worked hard from the outside post to get to the front before the timer flashed up :28 seconds for the opening quarter. Quite A Delight N (Dean Magee) surged past to take over the lead before the :57.2 half mile and fended off pressure from Alwaysalittlemore (Mooney Svendsen) all the way down the backside and around the far turn.    As they straightened for home the other two New Zealand imports were bearing down from both sides on the leader and the kiwi trio hit the line together in a thrilling photo finish.    When the dust cleared it was Motu Moonbeam N (Braxten Boyd, $7.80) who had rallied from last to first to get up right on the money. The top three were all separated by just a neck in 1:54.3.        The winner is an 8 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight, trained by Edward Hernandez. Today's feature win was the sixth tally of the season and twenty-fifth career score for the winner of $460,115.    Driver Rick Magee led the Tuesday program with three winners and Owner/Trainer Mark Anderson had two winners on the card.    The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,908.84.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4. Post Time is 1:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - One of the standout performances of the Sunday afternoon (September 27) harness racing program at Running Aces was turned in by sophomore trotting filly SB Madam Secretary with driver Darrell Wright.   The impressive display of determination came in the $9,200 "B" division of the Minnesota-Sired trot. SB Madam Secretary was the heavy favorite from the outside six post and left alertly in search of the lead. SD Eliminator and driver Brian Detgen were fast away from post one and a big battle ensued - with SB Madam Secretary parked out through the opening half mile (:28.2, :58) before retreating to drop in third.   SD Eliminator continued to command the field and led all the way into mid stretch but SB Madam Secretary ($2.60) dug down deep launch another rally in the late stages, trotting past the leader to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:59.1 for her fourth win if the season and sixth career tally.   SD Eliminator was a clear second and Al Mar Spicey Talk (Brady Jenson) picked up third.       The winning filly is by Tom Ridge and is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   The $13,800 "A" division went to Hearduwhispermynam (Rick Magee, $2.80) who posted another sharp win in 1:57.4 for three in a row and six wins on the season. Susie's Sister (Brady Jenson) posted a big mile and was just a neck back in second and Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) checked in third.   The winner is a gelded son of Braggart owned and trained by Jenni King.   Shesureissomething (Nick Roland, $2.40) advanced to five wins in a row with another dominating performance in a $4,000 conditioned pace. Her mile in 1:54.3 was the fastest of the day. The very impressive 3 year old So Surreal filly is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trained by Justin Anfinson.   Driver Jacob Cutting led the Sunday program with two winners.   The Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,025.29.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Ace

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (September 26) Harness Racing program at Running Aces played host to the Minnesota-Sired sophomore pacers with a total purse of $23,000.    The $11,500 filly division drew a field of seven with the Van Otterloo Stables entry of Hokey Toots (Darrell Wright) and Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) sent off as the 2-5 favorites. Scarlett Ruby (Dean Magee) was the clear second choice in the field at 7-2.    Huftalookatdatfany was fastest away and quickly established command from post three while Scarlett Ruby also left very sharply and landed in the pocket, and D Vigilante (Brian Detgen) got away in third.    The early fractions were moderate (:28.4, :59.1) before Thegreatestislove (Brady Jenson) launched a mild first-over attack during the middle stages. Huftalookatdatfany was able to rebuff the challenge and led all the way into the lane but Scarlett Ruby had picked up the perfect trip and was loaded with pace near the wire, getting up for a 1-3/4 length tally in 1:57.2 for a new career mark.    Huftalookatdatfany held second over D Vigilante.    Scarlett Ruby ($9.00) is a daughter of Fancy Schmancy, owned by Dan Lehman and also trained by Dean Magee.    The $11,500 colts and geldings division went to It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland, $2.20) for two in a row. The sharp son of Marced Card has now won eight of eleven starts this year after another 4-1/4 length romp in 1:54.4.    Bunkerhill Phil (Braxten Boyd) was second best and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) checked in third.    The $8,500 Horses and Geldings Open Handicap Pace went to Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland, $3.20) who converted a pocket trip into a 1:52.2 score by a neck over pacesetter Hoo Nien A (Chris Scicluna). Heza Real Diamond  now has eleven wins in twenty starts on the season for owner Orlando Nevarez and trainer Edwin Quevedo.    Driver Nick Roland led the Saturday program with three winners while both Jacob Cutting and Dean Magee each recorded a driving double. Trainer Jessica Johnson also had two winners on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover is now $16,005.27.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - So many things have been significantly different about the 2020 harness racing season, not only at Running Aces in Minnesota, but at so many venues across North America and likely across the world as well.   One difference this year at Running Aces that has been fun to see develop over the summer season is the leaderboard for our top ten trainers. On this year's list there are many rising stars, joining stalwart top trainers like Kathie Plested-Wiseman, Justin Anfinson, Gene Miller and Tim Maier.   Today we want to shine the spotlight on those rising stars and highlight some of their impressive accomplishments over the current racing season.   Jessica Johnson jumped out to a big early lead in the standings by posting lots of early success in both June and July. Johnson is in her first year as head trainer for Roland racing stable - she has been a key figure in the operation for many years but this is the first season that she has been listed as the trainer of record.   After her very fast start she has been able to maintain her lead in the standings all the way into the final week of the season, and currently holds a five win lead at the top with 36 wins, and is sporting an overall win percentage of 20.4% and a U.T.R.S. rating of (.354). Headliners in the Johnson barn this summer have included sophomore trotting filly Teachmehowtotory and sophomore pacing colt It's A Marcs World. Both are the current seasonal leaders in their respective divisions of the Minnesota-Sired program.   Richard Bertrand is in the midst of his best season ever both at Running Aces and overall. The Michigan native has been a regular at both Cal-Expo and Aces for many years and credits improved stock and loyal owners as key factors in helping him become one of the top trainers in Minnesota this season.   Heading into the final 6 days of the meet he is sitting second in the standings with 31 wins and has a win percentage of 13% and a rating of (.238). Top performers for Bertrand include upper condition level pacer Mystery Dragon, 4 year old pacer Haulin' Oats, and veteran 14 year old pacer Best Dream Seeker to name a few.   Edwin Quevedo is a trainer that came onto the scene at both Cal-Expo and Running Aces about five years ago and has proven to be a solid horseman. He has steadily advanced up the rankings over the past three seasons, hitting the top five for the first time at Aces last year, followed by a close second place finish at Cal-Expo last winter and is currently a close third in the Aces standings with 29 wins and a solid winning percentage of 21.3% and a solid rating of (.326).   Quevedo is on pace to record his highest career seasonal win total to date. The star of the Quevedo barn this season is the standout Open pacer Heza Real Diamond, who has won ten of nineteen starts this year.   Williams Hernandez has followed the same Cal-Expo and Aces circuit since becoming a full-time trainer in 2016 and has also ventured to New York and New Jersey in the past couple of years. He has proven himself as a solid horseman as well and is currently among the top 10 trainers in Minnesota with 19 wins and a strike percentage of 16.2% with a (.299) rating. He is also on pace to post career best totals this year across the board. Top horses for Hernandez include Open trotter Muscle Ave and Open level pacers Paklane Jet and Prologue.   Edward Hernandez, (brother to Williams) is a relatively new trainer - in just his second year as a full time trainer, and ranks among the top trainers this summer with very impressive numbers. He leads all trainers at Running Aces in win percentage at a stunning 33.3%, and U.T.R.S. rating with a phenomenal (.511) and he has 15 wins to his credit so far at the meet. He has posted standout performances with sophomore pacer So So De Vie and 8 year old pacer PH Kenny.   Chris Scicluna made his Aces debut this season and has also posted solid numbers to rank amongst the top ten. The Australian native has racked up 19 wins in Minnesota so far and shows an impressive win percentage of 27.5% and a very strong rating of (.420). He is also on pace to post his career best seasonal win total and U.T.R.S. rating. Scicluna's top performers at Running Aces have included Open-level pacers Keep On Rocking A, Hoo Nien A and top pacing mare My Kiwi Lady N.   Ariel Alvarez is one of the newest trainers at Running Aces. The 25 year old secured his full trainers license this July and has posted very impressive early numbers. Alvarez has picked up 9 wins from his first 43 starts, with 24 top-three finishes. His win percentage so far is an impressive 20.9% and he sports a current U.T.R.S. rating of (.388). The star of the Alvarez barn has been six year old pacing mare Lakota Law, who recently won four consecutive races.   The Minnesota Harness Racing season is beginning to wind down, with just six racing days to go before the curtain call on October 4. Live Racing is conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The featured events on the Wednesday afternoon (September 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces were the freshman trotting events with two divisions going for $11,500 each.    The colts and geldings division went to heavily favored Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland, $2.20) who was never in doubt while posting a gate-to-wire score by two lengths over Oh Danny Boy and Ice Titan in 2:02.1. The victory today made it five in a row for the clear leader in this division, and likely favorite for the Minnesota Day of Champions program on October 3.    The winner is a gelded son of Banker Volo, owned by Jeralene Roland and Vickie Rush and is trained by Dan Roland.    The filly division went to Coatofmanycolors ($27.40), who rallied from well back to get up for a one length tally in 2:02.1 for her first lifetime win in just her second career start. It's So Fluffy was home in second and The Royal Queen checked in third.    The winning filly is by Tymal Templar, owned and trained by driver Jenni King.    Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting, $14.80) trotted to a new career mark of 1:54 in the $8,500 Open Handicap Trot, converting a pocket trip into a 3/4 length tally over Magic Mvp and Pridecrest. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by My Mvp, owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.    The 1:54 mile was just one-fifth of a second off of the track record.    Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with two winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman registered two winners as well.    The Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $14,916.02 for Saturday (September 26).    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.    Photo: Rush To The Bank made it five in a row on the freshman trot      By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

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