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This meet has been a homecoming of sorts for David Shell's California-bred Legio X Equestris and she has turned in some big efforts while racing with the top distaff pacers on the grounds. The 5-year-old harness racing daughter of Roll With Joe, who was a 1:52 flat victress at Pocono last year, dominated conditioned rivals here in 1:53 2/5 last month for Luke Plano, and is coming off back-to-back solid tries in the Filly and Mare Open. "She'd been racing in Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and David wanted to bring her home for the winter," said Plano. "Even though I was racing her for the first time at this meet, I trained her a bit as a 2-year-old before she made her first start." Plano admits it's been a bit of a rollercoaster return to California for Legio X Equestris, she has shown her ability more often than not. "When she came out, she shipped from New York to Indiana, then on to here, and I don't think we realized how much it had taken out of here. There were also a few health issues along the way, but now everything seems to be fine." In last week's top dance for the distaff set, Legio X Equestris brushed to the lead at half for Luke, putting up solid fractions of :55 3/5 and 1:23 4/5 before being overpowered in the late stages by Dancingonthesand. "I'll tell you one thing about this mare - she loves to play the hard way," Plano added.   Dancingonthesand, Silverlode among top players An Open Trot that sees the return of Silverlode and an extremely contentious Filly and Mare Open Pace are the main attractions on Cal Expo's Saturday night program. Watch and Wager LLC presents 11 races with first post at 6:15 p.m. Silverlode is a 10-year-old daughter of British Sterling out of the Website mare Charlotte's Web who comes into this assignment with $243,000 in earnings and a 1:54 3/5 mark that was established last season. The hard-hitting mare, who is owned by Medinah Racing and Kathie Plested, with Plested training and Steve Wiseman in the sulky, has posed for pictures following four of her seven trips to the post in 2019. She suits up this weekend riding a three-race winning streak while making her first start since March 16, when she crushed her rivals by four a half-lengths as the prohibitive 2-5 favorite while doing her work from the No. 10 slot, which will again be the case this time around. Looking at the Distaff Open, Dancingonthesand is a 4-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance who goes about her business for Alan Cooper and Kathie Plested with Plested training and Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. The bay miss has returned to greet her connections in the winner's circle following six of eight appearances this season and shaved a second and two fifths off her lifetime record with last week's sparkling 1:53 score. Sent off at 9-2 from her outside post in the field of seven, Dancingonthesand was unhurried in the early stages following strong fractions, swung off cover into the drive and went on to the length and a half decision.   By Mark Ratzky Cal Expo Harness

Following start No. 244 in Friday night's fourth race, Nutmegs Desire will begin a new career as a broodmare, but not before Cal Expo gives her a special sendoff. The 11-year-old daughter of Real Desire comes into Friday's final harness racing assignment with 55 wins, 42 seconds and 30 thirds, $241,614 in her bank account and a 1:53 1/5 career standard that was set six years ago. Nutmegs Desire goes about her business for Don and Barbara Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Tyler Wiseman with Kathie Plested conditioning and Steve Wiseman back at the controls. In last week's tour, the hard-knocking pacer sat the pocket early for Wiseman, responded when the question was asked in the stretch and proved clearly best for her fifth snapshot from 11 starts on the season. Nutmegs Desire is scheduled to be make her special appearance on Friday following the running of the second race and everyone is invited to come down and join in the ceremony. "We like the idea of bringing Nutmeg down to the Winner's Circle before her race," said co-owner Chambers. "Mostly we're doing it this way because after she races, she's pretty full of herself and will not be very interested in standing still for a picture with a group. "We intend to make the ceremony short and sweet, so Nutmeg can get back to the paddock and get dressed for her final race." Nutmegs Desire will be presented with a new blanket and her owners will also be giving a check to the California Standardbred Rescue Fund representing last week's earnings from her victory. Said Barbara Arnstine, "As much as we love and appreciate Nutmeg, this isn't just about her. It's a small chance to educate the public about harness horses - their sociability, their love for their 'jobs' and their longevity, which leads to another career in many cases." Plans call for Nutmegs Desire to join Ricky Schneider's broodmare band in Alberta following Friday night's curtain call and she will be bred to Vertical Horizon. An 11-race card is on tap Friday evening under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. Low takeout wagers offer great value   There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 50-cent Pick 5 on the first five races of the evening and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 comes with a $30,000-guaratnteed gross pool on Fridays and a $40,000 guarantee on Saturdays. To give you some idea of how sweet the reduced takeout can be, last Saturday night's 50-cent Pick 5 returned $2,381 for each winning ticket. Using the old takeout, the payoff would have been $2,126, a difference of $255 for each ducket.   By Mark Ratzky Cal Expo Harness  

The 10-year-old trotting mare Silverlode and Steve Wiseman have made quite the pair over the last couple of months, teaming to win three of their last five starts at the head of the harness racing class. Included among those victories is romping score in the Joe Lighthill Trot on February 23, with the 2:57 2/5 clocking for the mile and a half journey resulting in a new North American record for the elongated distance over a mile track. Silverlode was bred by Steve and Vickie Desomer and earned a good chunk of her $242,000 bank account while racing for them. She now goes about her business for Medinah Racing and Kathie Plested with Kathie and Wiseman calling the shots since late last year when she returned from the Midwest. "This mare and Kathie and I have a lot of history, because we were working for Steve and Vickie when she was racing at 2 and 3," Wiseman noted. "The Desomers always thought she had a lot of talent, and she's matured with age and is a real professional." Silverlode has completely dominated her opposition in the last two top dances for the trotting set, following her score in the Lighthill with a nearly six-length romp in the most ecent Open Trot two weeks ago. On both occasions, she has settled early, made a brush to the lead midway and taken complete control of things from that point. "That's really her preferred style and it's worked out perfectly in the last two starts." Silverlode will be suiting up once again in Saturday night's featured fifth race."The plan is to race her a few more times and then take her back to Running Aces for the summer," Wiseman said. Jim Grundy Memorial, Open Pace head card A very contentious $6,500 Open Pace and the $4,500 Jim Grundy Memorial for pacing fillies and mares get the marquee treatment Friday evening at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 6:10 p.m., and there will also be three California Sire Stakes to be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular program. A solid case can made for each of the half-dozen performers in the Open Pace. Blue Star Maverick is a 6-year-old son of As Promised who is owned by Lorne Duffield, takes his lessons from Kathie Plested and will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. He accounted for the Shelly Goudreau Final on February 23, was runner-up in the Open Pace two weeks ago and then prevailed by a head in a blanket finish in the most recent top dance for the division last week. Eastender and Bettor In The Bank dead-heated for second in that affair. The former is owned by Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson with Luke Plano reining and training, while Bettor In The Bank carries the banner of Debra McCarthy, hails from the Gordie Graham shedrow and has James Kennedy back at the controls. Eastender captured a conditioned race on February 22, then came right back to post a 23-1 upset in the Open Pace the following week. He sat a tracking trip for Plano to the stretch last week, took the lead at the midway point of the drive and just failed to last that evening. Bettor In The Bank came flying to be right in that tight finish last week and has used his strong closing kick to account for half of his 10 trips to the post this season. He won back-to-back Open Paces last month and has found himself with too much work to do in the stretch in his last two appearances. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

The Minnesota Harness Racing Night of Champions program was conducted at Running Aces on Saturday night (Sept. 15), with eleven championship races going for a record $362,500 in purses, with an additional $15,200 in overnights for a total of $377,700 and the richest harness racing card in state history.   Among the Championship contenders was Boom Boom Shaboom, a 7 year old pacing mare by General Aidid who was making her final career start before retirement to become a broodmare. Boom Boom Shaboom had become a fan favorite over the last few years, campaigning in races all the way up to the top level at Running Aces with many appearances in the Mares Open Pace during the past two seasons.   She drew post six for the $20,000 Aged Pacing Mares Championship, coming in fresh off a sharp winning effort (1:54.2) in a mares conditioned pace last out. Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson seized the opportunity to grab the lead right off the gate- surging to command in the first few strides.   Jenson was able to control the affair with moderate and well-rated fractions (:28.2, :58.1 and 1:27) while saving enough in the tank to sprint home in :28 and seal the victory over fast-closing rivals Swinging Again (James Yoder) and Place'n First (Steve Wiseman) with a half-length margin of victory.   The 1:55 Championship win was career tally number 36 for Boom Boom Shaboom ($24.60) and rounded her final career purse tally up to $132,520 for owners Brian and Kim Larson of Canton, South Dakota. Timothy Lems was the winning breeder.   Burning Blaze turned in a dazzling gate-to-wire performance in the $40,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Championship Pace from post three with driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky. Burning Blaze was never in doubt and was well in hand through a moderate early pace of :28.1 and :58.3, but turned on the turbo charge for a third panel in :28.2 and a blazing final quarter in :27.1, giving his rivals little chance to catch him.   His :55.3 final half was the fastest of the night, and secured the victory by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.1 for his seventh win in nine career trips to the gate and a new lifetime mark. He also established a new track record for 2 year old gelding pacers, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:54.3.    The impressive son of Wind Me Up is owned by his breeders Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte along with Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. Rounding out the top three were Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) and SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) Burning Blaze ($2.10) was a heavy 1-9 favorite.   Dream Chasin became a back-to-back Champion by capturing the $35,000 3 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace in 1:55 flat with Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. Roland sent Dream Chasin quickly off the gate from the outside nine post and swept right to the lead, controlled the pace and was never in doubt with a one length victory over deep-closer Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Dream Chasin ($33.00) was the 2 year old champion pacer last season, also with Roland in the bike. The big win tonight was number six on the season and ninth career tally for the son of Fancy Schmancy who has now bankrolled $81,415 for Owners and Breeders Michelle and Gregory Budach. The winning trainer is also Greg Budach.   Full-Sisters Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee) and Al Mar Bon Bon (James Yoder) finished one-two and were separated by just a whisker at the line in the $25,000 Aged Trot Championship. The two daughters of Sos Lunar Eclipse out of Golden Victory by Valley Victor hit the line together in 1:56.3 and the photo finish camera was barely able to split the pair.   Al Mar Reba Babe ($6.40) got the victory by the slimmest of margins for her third win in eighteen starts this year and eleventh career tally, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $105,619 for owner/trainer Richard Davis. Al Mar Bon Bon is owned by Cara Hauser and trained by Alexia Kehl.   The other Championship winners were as follows:   $27,500 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Twilight Tinker (Rick Magee) for owner Cathy Dessert, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:04.1 $35,000 3 Year Old Colt Trot, Bekkums Royal Duty (Dean Magee) for owner Sarah Bekkum, trainer David Ginter, time 1:59 $40,000 2 Year Old Colt Trot, MD Magic (Dean Magee) for owner Set The Pace Racing, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:00 $40,000 2 Year Old Filly Pace, Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for owner Richard Davelaar, trainer Gordon Graham, time 1:57.2 $35,000 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:58.3 $35,000 3 Year Old Filly Pace, I'm On A Terror (James Yoder) Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:55 $20,000 Aged Horses & Geldings Pace, Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) for owner Merlin Van Oterloo, trainer Brett Ballinger, time 1:53.2   Driver Dean Magee had four Championship wins on the program, with James (J.D.) Yoder picking up two Championships and three wins overall.   Trainer Justin Anfinson had three Championship wins, with Nick Roland picking up two Championships on the night. Driver Steve Wiseman and his wife Trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman were crowned as the 2018 Leading Driver and Leading Trainer at Running Aces.   Wiseman picked up two wins on the closing night program to bring his final win tally to an impressive 105, his best Running Aces season to date. He had a final advantage of 16 wins over Dean Magee who was very impressive in the last six weeks of the meet pulling to within 7 or 8 wins of the lead with about three weeks to go.   Magee landed at an impressive 89 wins for the season. Kathleen was well ahead of all trainers throughout the season and pulled away from the field in the final month of racing, picking up one win on closing night for an impressive total of 68 wins for the meet, 33 wins ahead of both Gerald Longo and Justin Anfinson.   For both husband Steve, and wife Kathleen it was back-to-back Championships at Running Aces. Daughter Tyler Wiseman was also in the Winner's Circle to help celebrate the fantastic season for the Wiseman stable.   The $100,000 Guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 wager on closing night marked a record for the largest guarantee in track history, and produced the largest gross pool in the history of our Pick-5, and also contributed to the best Saturday handle in the history of the track.   Running Aces management wishes to thank all of it's loyal fans, staff, and horsemen for another successful and record setting season. Special thanks go out to Xpressbet for the Night of Champions promotional sponsorship, as well as and Harness Racing Replays for season long partnerships as well.   Simulcast Racing is offered year round at Running Aces as well as Casino action 365 days a year. Check our website for news and upcoming events. Information about the next/upcoming season of Live Racing is typically posted around February or March of each year.   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 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 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 $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 (June 30) harness racing program at Running Aces was filled with impressive performances and fast miles, but the $11,000 featured Open Handicap Trotters stole the show, with a thrilling contest and a sparkling new Track record mile.   The razor sharp mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired fast from her outside post 6, with the super Stallion Banker Volo (Rick Magee) surging fast from the next door spot, and these two squared off early.   Magee yielded to let Silverlode cut the speedy fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled away in pylon position third. Silverlode held the field at bay, until Banker Volo angled to the outside just before turning for home. Banker Volo and Silverlode were in deep battle as they straightened out for the stretch drive.    Pridecrest began his own attack along the inside, and Silverlode could not fend off the barrage from both sides. It was down to Banker Volo and Pridecrest with 100 yards to go,   Pridecrest took a slight advantage along the inside, and Banker Volo tried again with a desperate lunge right on the line. It would not be enough, as Pridecrest had gotten his nose to the wire first, by the slimmest of margins.   The teletimer read 1:53.4, to record the fastest trotting mile in the history of Minnesota and Running Aces. The previous record (1:54.1) had been established almost exactly 1 year ago by Banker Volo.   Pridecrest is a super-talented 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall out of the Westgate Crown mare Spilled Milk, he now has 24 career wins and earnings of $214,779. Pridecrest ($6.20) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by Leading Trainer Kathleen Plested.   Also on the Saturday program, Dream Chasin completed a 3-race win streak by capturing the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace class-A, in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3 with driver Nick Roland aboard for owners Michelle and Gregory Budach.   Dream Chasin ($4.20) dominated the affair from gate-to-wire. The $6,800 class-B division went to Frewil Dakota Sven ($2.80), who picked up his first win of the season with a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 for trainer/driver Brady Jenson and owners Brian and Kim Larson.   Driver Steve Wiseman had another big night, winning half the races on the card with his grand-slam. Wiseman also completed the sweep of the late Pick-3.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday, July 1, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT with a $7,500 Guarantee in the 50 cent late Pick-4 wager, and The Dan Patch FFA eliminations are just one week away, on Sunday, July 8.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening Harness Racing program at Running Aces played host to the weekly feature, the male Open Pacers. This week's edition saw 6 geldings line up to vie for an $11,000 purse.   Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) was the talk of the tote board, returning with an extra weeks rest after his solid gate-to-wire score in this event on May 27, and looking to extend a three-race win streak. To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) was the clear second choice in the wagering, fresh off a win in this top level last week.   Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) was fastest off the wings of the gate and took an immediate lead, with Hawk's Red Chief sending from the outside to find the pocket. Dean Magee and Holdingallthecards controlled the fractions, posting a blistering opening stanza of 26.1 and a half in 54.1 before begining to tire near the three-quarter pole (1:23.2).   Rick Magee had pulled Hawk's Red Chief from the pocket at the 5/8 marker and was pressing by the leader as they rounded for home, with To The Limit picking up the perfect drafting cover and tipping three-wide into the lane.   These two geldings would battle all the way to the wire in a thrilling finish that would take a photo to decide. In the end, it was To The Limit ($5.60) and Wiseman with a neck up at the line in 1:51.1, for 2 wins in a row for the 6 year old son od Panspacificflight who is in absolutely razor-sharp form.   The winner is owned by Alan Cooper and trained by Kathie Plested, and he has now won 29 races in his 128 career starts.   The $17,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year oldtrotting events were also featured on sunday, with 7 fillies going for $8,500 and 7 boys also competing for $8,500.   The filly division was a repeat performance from Dekker (Nick Roland) as she turned in a wire-to-wire romp in 2:00.3 for a lifetime best mile, and Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) drew away from his rivals to post a solid win in 2:00.2 for his own new lifetime mark. Dekker ($4.00) is trained by Justin Anfinson and Bringoverthemoney ($5.20) is trained by Brian Detgen.   This coming Tuesday night (June 12) features a nice 11 race program, with a $5,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4, and a carryover of $5,854.66 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5. Post Time is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

The Sunday Harness Racing program at Running Aces was jam-packed with impressive performances, but perhaps the most impressive showing of the evening did not come from one of the trotters or pacers, but rather from the meet's current leading driver Steve Wiseman, who dominated the card with 5 wins, 1 second, 1 third and 1 fourth in his 8 trips to the starting gate on the nine race program.   Wiseman got things started early in the card with a sharp looking win with Western Fortune ($3.80) in race two, powering to the front from post 5 and keeping to task to post a 1-length tally in 1:54.3 for trainer Tim Brown. He was right back in the winner's circle after race 3 with Coastal Treasure, who benefitted from a quick-thinking brush from the pocket by Wiseman just before the 3/8 pole, which would prove to be the winning move. Coastal Treasure ($9.80) held gamely to win by a neck in 1:55 for trainer Kathie Plested. After a solid third place finish with 8-1 shot Stonecold Stunner in the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings trot, Wiseman "The Magician" was right back to his winning ways in race 5 aboard Feeling Fancy Free ($7.00) in the maiden pace, guiding that 5 year old mare to her first lifetime win (2:00.2) in 29 starts for trainer Marco Rios.   Next, Wiseman piloted Frenchkissmebaby to a good second in the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trotting event. Defending Aces driving champion Wiseman had a race off before returning to the track for the late daily-double. Race 8 was the featured $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses & geldings, and Wiseman stole the show in that contest as well, with a fantastic drive aboard To The Limit, Wiseman was patient through contested early fractions, got into the outer flow past the 5/8 juncture, and angled to the passing lane turning for home to burst through the inside and register a 1-length victory while drawing away in 1:52.3. To The Limit ($7.00) is owned by Alan Cooper and trained by Kathie Plested, and the speedy 6 year old gelding by Panspacificflight now has 2 wins in seven starts this year.   The nightcap was up next, and Wiseman was listed on the race-favorite Lincoln, whom he had piloted to two consecutive wins already and the duo was looking to remain an undefeated 3 for 3 on the Aces season in tonight's contest. After getting away third, Wiseman quarter-pulled Lincoln ($2.80) and swept to the front of the field before the second turn, and they dominated the proceedings from there, getting home first in 1:54.1 to complete the 3 race win-streak and the Wiseman Late-Double. Lincoln is owned by Robin Clements, and trained by Denise Maier, and he now has 7 wins in 20 races this year.   Running Aces offers Live Racing every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday night. Tuesday night June 5 features a $5,000 guarantee in the 50 cent Late Pick-4 wager, and a $2,910 carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager. Visit our website for complete information, upcoming events, promotions and handicapping tools, including a free program download for every Tuesday night's races.   By Darin Gagne', Running Aces Track Announcer

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday night Harness Racing program at running Aces was the $7,400 Claiming condition Pace, and it would prove to be a dominating performance for Make It Big ($3.20) who delivered a gate-to-wire dazzler from the outside 6 post.   Driver Steve Wiseman sent the talented gelding by Blue Burner right to the front and never looked back while posting fractions of 27.3, 57.2, and 1:25.1 before powering home in 28.0 to leave his rivals reeling.   The final margin at the wire was 4½ lengths over Tornado Henry (Mooney Svendsen) who improved from a three-hole trip, and Hello Sevens (Rick Magee) who also improved one position in the final quarter. Make It Big is owned by Benvenga Racing LLC, Kathie Plested and Darren Taylor, and is conditioned by Kathie Plested. Tonight's tally in a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 was career win number twelve in 70 starts for the Alberta-bred pacer.   Bet Together ($4.80) was another impressive winner on the card, as the 11 year old Bettor's Delight gelding also fired from post six and led from start to finish, stopping the clock in 1:53.3 despite very sloppy conditions with trainer James (J.D.) Yoder in the sulky for Casandra and Rebecca Uppal.   Elusive Image turned in an eye-opening performance in the $5,500 nightcap conditioned pace, with yet another gate-to-wire romp by two lengths in 1:53.1 with owner/trainer Tony Huffman driving, the 4 year old gelding by Rockin Image is also owned by June Huffman, and tonight's win was his first tally in two starts this year.   Drivers Steve Wiseman and Mooney Svendsen both turned in driving doubles on the evening's program.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager now has a carryover of $1,397.21 for Saturday night, June 2.   Post time on Saturday and Sunday evenings is 6:00 pm CDT, and Tuesday racing starts at 7:00 pm CDT.     By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Getter Queen Flush is coming off back-to-back solid efforts while joining forces with harness racing pilot Steve Wiseman for the first time, the most recent resulting in a head victory last weekend. The 6-year-old pacing daughter of Jk Royal Flush is owned by Geoge Reider, Dave and Rob Haness and Richard Thomas with Reider doing the training. She set her lifetime mark of 1:53 1/5 here in February with Mooney Svendsen in the bike. Two starts back, Getter Queen Flush ended up in a tough spot at the back of the pack early and found herself with too much to do in the lane while eventually finishing second, then had clear sailing in last week's tour and prevailed as the 3-5 favorite. "I was driving her for the first time two weeks ago and I outthought myself and got her locked in," Wiseman related. "This last mile we got a good trip and she dug in after that horse got past her nearing the wire." As for Reider, he's became a real fan of this hard-knocking performer. "There isn't anything I don't like about this mare," he noted. "She's a pleasure to be around and she tries hard every time." George also noted that Getter Queen Flush didn't know what a carrot or an apple was when she came to his barn, "But now she's a carrot and apple eating machine." She's also turned into quite a machine over the Cal Expo layout, posing for snapshots following four of her 12 races on the year. Will she add to that total in the coming weeks? Stay tuned. Eastender has top billing in featured Pace Eastender, who has been knocking heads with the top pacers on the grounds, gets some class relief and heads the field for Friday night's main event. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with first post set for 6:10 p.m. There will also be a trio of California Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old pacers and trotters decided as non-betting events prior to the regular card. A 7-year-old son of Cheyenne Rei out of the Abercrombie mare Eastside Becky, Eastender is owned by Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. Eastender will be looking for his first win on the year in his seventh trip to the post, but has been doing the majority of his work at the Open level while taking on the likes of division leaders Allymx'sliventexas and I'm An Athlete. He made nine trips to the winner's circle last season, including a lifetime-best 1:52 2/5 score over this layout and should hit very hard in Friday's softer spot. He will do his work from the No. 6 post in the field of seven. Gordie Graham will send out a solid pair in Bettor in the Bank and Prodigal and they will both have a serious say in the outcome with their top miles. Rounding out the cast are Dontdoubthelakers, who takes his lessons from Lester Smith; the Lino Pacheco-conditioned Pancetta; Julerica from the Richard Remillard shedrow; and the Rene Goulet trained-and-driven Blue Star Maverick. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces proved to be a wet and wild night for Driver Steve Wiseman, who delivered four of his charges to thie winners circle on a rain-soaked night. Wiseman had taken over the top spot on the leading drivers list during last weeks action, and has now padded that lead nicely as we enter the final 10 nights of the 2017 season. Going in to Sunday's (August 28) 11 race card, Wiseman has a 9 win lead over all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland.   One of the biggest wins for Wiseman on Saturday was with the 3 year old gelding pacer Sgt Papa Daddy (by Rockin Image), who picked up his second win in five season starts and recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:55 despite the sloppy conditions. Wiseman sat well off the hot early pace (27.2, 55.4) and rallied from 10 lengths off the lead at the half to get up at the wire and post a 1 1/2 length tally. Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) is Trained by Brett Ballinger for Owner Merlin Van Oterloo.   The Featured trot on the program was a $6,400 conditioned event, and Tame The Dice ($15.00) with Steve Wiseman, rocketed from the gate from post nine and never looked back with a convincing gate-to-wire win by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:00.2, for the 5 year old mare's 3rd win in 16 starts this year. She is owned by Chambers, Plested, Vachss and Arnstine, and is Trained by part owner Kathie Plested Wiseman.   The $6,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace went as an early non betting affair, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up another feather for her cap as she once again rallied from last to first for win number 6 in 11 starts this season, stopping the clock in 1:55 despite the track and weather conditions. The sharp filly by Voracious Hanover now has 13 wins in 20 career starts, and has earned $78,398 for owner/breeder Van Oterloo Stables, and she is trained by Brett Ballinger.   On the Trainer's side, Kathie Plested-Wiseman has taken the lead atop the trainers list, and picked up two more wins on Saturday night, to place her 5 wins ahead of Nick Roland in the battle for the trainer's title.   Live Racing continues 3 nights a week at Running Aces through Saturday, September 16. For schedules and information visit our website   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The feature on the Tuesday night (Aug. 22) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and the 4 Year old mare CW Raisinette picked up her fifth consecutive win in her first try at the top Open level. Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman got her away alertly from the rail position in the 8 horse field and secured the early pocket, then brushed to the lead at the 3/8 marker. From there CW Raisinette ($3.40) looked comfortable at every call, and benefitted from a breaking horse late in the stretch to hold on for the victory by a half-length in 1:57.4 to keep her win streak alive. The sharp trotter is trained by part owner Kathie Plested-Wiseman who shares ownership with A Piece of The Action, LLC. In the $13,000 2 Year old Minnesota-Sired Pace, Watchmeneighneigh ($3.60) scored his first lifetime win in 1:57.3 with Driver James Yoder aboard for trainer Robert Lems and owner Richard Davelaar. The impressive gelding is by Voracious Hanover. Driver Steve Wiseman led on Tuesday night with another Hat-Trick, placing him 4 wins ahead of Nick Roland currently in the top driver standings. The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot has now grown to $47,257.01 for this coming Saturday Night (Aug. 26). By Darin Gagné, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by another stellar performance from trotter CW Raisinette, who posted her 4th straight win in front running style from post 8 in a $6,400 conditioned event. Driver Steve Wiseman sent her confidently from the outside of the gate and they were never in doubt, opening up around the final turn and widening in the stretch to post a 6 length romp in a career best time of 1:56.4. CW Raisinette ($6.60) is a 4 year old mare by Claudius Augustus and is onwed by A Piece Of The Action LLC., and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($3.80) was also razor sharp tonight, sweeping from last to first yet again for her third straight triumph in the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. Steve Wiseman has been in the sulky for all 3 in the current win streak for the very talented filly by Voracious Hanover, who stopped the clock in 1:54.2 tonight for win number five in nine starts this season, it was also her 12th lifetime tally in just 18 career starts for Van Oterloo Stables and new trainer Brett Ballinger.   Bestinthebusiness ($3.60) posted a dominating win in a $4,000 conditioned pace with driver James (J.D.) Yoder in the bike for trainer Gene Miller and Owner Brett Boyd Racing, Inc. The classy 9 year old pacer by Another Mile floated away in third from post two in a 7 horse affair, then swept first-over to the lead just past the halfway point. Once the field turned for home Yoder and Bestinthebusiness turned on the afterburners to draw away from the rest by 5 1/2 lengths in a dazzling 1:51.1 mile. Tonight's eye-opening performance was the 36th lifetime victory for the winner of $359,420.   Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman both turned in driving doubles on the Saturday program, and the Leading Driver race has become very exciting over the past week, with Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman tied once again at 63 wins each with just over 1 month to go in the 2017 season.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot wager continues to grow rapidly, and now stands at $31,428.03 for the Sunday (August 13) program. There is also a carryover of $1,833.42 in the Hi-5 wager for race 10 on Sunday, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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