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COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver-trainer Craig Banks put Silence Son on the engine in Wednesday night's $9000 Open Trot at Running Aces and the strategy worked great as owner Hinshaw Homestead Farms' stalwart wired the field in 1:55.3.    In the process he became the fastest four-year-old gelding and etched his name in the local record books for the second time.  About a year ago Silence Son set the three-year-old gelding track record in 1:56.3 with Banks aboard.   It was just the ninth seasonal start for the winner and second win, first in Open company.  Sent off at 6-1 odds, Silence Son beat Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Shelby County (Rocky Stidham).   Earlier in the program, Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) pulled a mild upset in an $8000 two-year-old Minnesota-sired Class A event.  It was the fourth straight victory for the filly owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn. She just nosed out Delco Voracious, who had won a $29,600 Hanover Stake in Chicago for the trainer-driver combination of father Jesse De Long and son John De Long, in 1:56.2.  Cyber Cowboy (Tim Maier) rounded out the trifecta for owner Margaret Epp.   The $5500 Class B two-year-old race was captured by Wounded Warrior (Ryan Lems), who romped by open lengths in 1:58.4 over Ksmewithurizclosed (Magee) and Im A Tinker Too (James Yoder).  The colt is owned by Mark Mintun.   All Minnesota-sired horses are anticipating the State Championship program on August 31, which will feature eleven state-bred races for $20,000 each on the season's closing night.   Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Owner Jesse De Long's She's A Foxie Lady (driver John De Long) chopped a full second off the Running Aces track record for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday night to capture a $13,500 race restricted to state-bred freshmen trotters.  The daughter of Sos Lunar Eclipse, trained when in Minnesota by Justin Anfinson, stormed home in 2:00.2 to lower the record that was set earlier this summer by Babygetyershineon.  Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Al-Mar Passion (Rick Magee) were both within a length at the wire in the record-setting mile. A pair of $9000 Open Paces were also contested on the program with familiar names coming up winners.  In the horses and geldings split it was Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) resuming his winning ways after a pair of near misses in the weekly feature race.  It was the 39th career win for Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan's prize possession who is trained by Bob Lems.  He will be the likely favorite in his division when all the best Minnesota-sired horses line up for eleven $20,000 state championship races on August 31.  Ya U Betcha (Gerry Longo), another Minnesota-sired gelding, finished second with Six Gun (Wiseman) rounding out the trifecta. In the distaff feature, the outstanding three-year-old filly Show Runner beat the best older mares racing in Minnesota for the fifth time since moving up to the open ranks eight starts ago.  The daughter of Little Steven now boasts 11 seasonal triumphs and over $60,000 in 2013 earnings.  She is trained and driven by Tim Maier and owned by his wife Denise in partnership with Eileen Brodbar.  The winner overcame the assigned outside post to beat Still Electric (De Long) by a head with Cheese Plumper (Rick Magee) third. Racing resumes Wednesday night with just ten programs remaining in the Running Aces season. Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman captured four races on the Sunday night program at Running Aces, moving him into fifth place in the local dash standings and leaving him just 13 wins short of the coveted 2,000 triumphs plateau. Two of Wiseman's victories came behind horses from his own barn.  Silver Spir used the passing lane to nip Somecam (Gerry Longo) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in a conditioned-claiming event for a $6000 purse.  It was the fifth seasonal win for owner Maureen Pittaro's four-year-old who now has $21,000 in 2013 earnings.   Hiho Legacy swept from eighth to first in the final quarter-mile to best a field of $3500 claimers.  It was the second straight win for owner Paul Welence's gelding who bested Funny Guy (Don Sherman) and Big Guy Two Win (Lemoyne Svendsen). Wiseman also won for vacationing fellow California trainer Tim Maier, guiding Dani California in a bottom trot, clocked in 1:58.3 to top Viking Mia (Svendsen) and Jessie Ann (James Yoder).  Son Jason Maier owns the mare who has notched three wins in her last four starts. Eternal Overdrive gave Wiseman his other win in a $3000 claimer timed in 1:54.4.  Tim Brown trains the winner for lessee Brandon Bragg.  Western So (Evan Coblentz) was a fast-closing second with Kennan's Jerry (Rocky Stidham) getting the show dough. There are eleven nights remaining in the 2013 season at Running Aces, so Wiseman needs to average just over one win a night to reach the milestone in his career while at his summer home in Minnesota. Gregg Keidel

   COLUMBUS, MN. - Rich Dessert ran his impressive 2013 Running Aces resume to nine wins and one second in ten tries on Wednesday night by winning the $9000 Open Trot in 1:56.1. The clocking lowered his own local standard for four-year-old geldings by one-fifth of a second.  The Minnesota-sired son of Rich Boy just edged Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) and Silence Son (Craig Banks) for driver-trainer Tim Maier and his wife Denise, the owner. Driver John De Long scored a hat trick on the evening with wins behind conditioned trotter Abe's Little Blacky and pacers I'm Blue Too and Irish Raider. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Rick Magee won two races for himself and two for the Van Otterloo Racing Stable on Tuesday night at Running Aces. In the process he surged to a relatively comfortable lead in what has been a very competitive driver's standings in 2013.   With 39 of the 53-night meet now completed, Magee has 46 wins.  He is followed by Jason Ryan and Nick Roland, each with 40, John DeLong with 35, Luke Plano 33, and Steve Wiseman, Tim Maier and Lemoyne Svendsen--all with 31.   Magee, a 35-year-old reinsman from Wisconsin, was the dash champion at Running Aces in 2009--the second year of the new Minnesota track's existence--and thus seeks his second title.  His uncle, Dean Magee, is the only two-time driving champion in the six years of live racing at Running Aces, winning in years three and four.    Al-Mar Passion won a two-year-old Open trot in 2:01 to commence Magee's big night.  He owns the freshman son of Abra who won for the fourth time in seven starts.  He also reached the winner's circle with his own Red Star Fiona in a $4500 claiming event for fillies and mares, although the mare was claimed from the race clocked in 1:56.    The popular local standout Chewy Baca and the ultra-consistent pacing mare Blazing Fury accounted for Magee's other two scores.  For Chewy Baca, the quick 1:52.2 tally in a $7000 conditioned event was his fourth on the season and 17th lifetime from 54 starts.  Following a rainstorm, Blazing Fury gave Magee his fourth and final score winning a $5000 race for females in 1:55.4.  It was the 37th win in an illustrious career for the Van Otterloo Stable's seven-year-old Minnesota-sired stalwart.  David Flinn trains both Chewy Baca and Blazing Fury while racing in Minnesota. by Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Tim Maier was the star of the show at Running Aces on Saturday night with victories in half of the eight races. Despite all his success, he suffered a major disappointment when he fell from his inflatable bouncing pony in the track's promotional Humbletonian race and finished last. Maier's four wins came with a pair of pacers from his own stable and a pair of trotters trained by David Wackford. The four-bagger started in the first race when the 59-year-old teamster guided Tempus Flight to a 1:59 maiden trot victory with Tempus Fugit. The four-year-old Andover Hall gelding had been second on eight occasions in his 16-race career, but had never won one until now for Wackford and his wife Sandi. Three races later Maier and the Wackfords returned to the winner's circle with Scorpius, a five-year-old mare notching her fifth trotting victory in 49 career starts with a 1:59.2 effort. Despite making a brief break on the backstretch, Maier urged his Love Live Laugh to a maiden pacing triumph in 1:59. It was the first pari-mutuel start ever for the three-year-old Hi Ho Silverheels filly owned by Tim's wife Denise and son Jason. After four consecutive runnerup finishes, Little Anna Mae got Maier his fourth victory winning an event for female $3500 claimers in 1:56.4. The four-year-old Little Steven mare increased her lifetime bankroll to over $50,000 for owners Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar. "As much fun as it is to win four races in a night," said Maier, "I still would have liked to have done better in the hilarious promotional Humbletonian race. Congratulations to Stevie (Wiseman) but I was planning on walking away with the $1,000,000 (bounced) check if I hadn't fallen off ol' Phony Pony. I was laying there in the middle of the stretch thinking about that commercial-I've fallen and I can't get up!"  

COLUMBUS, MN. - A pair of Minnesota-sired sophomore trotting events highlighted  the Sunday night action at Running Aces.  In the $7250 division for fillies it was Rails Of Victory (Nick Roland) who managed a mild upset over Diamond Alliance (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Coffee Black (Ryan Lems) in 1:59.1.  Roland also owns the daughter of Rail Splitter who notched her fourth seasonal win in ten tries.  The victory for Roland was one of three on the night for the defending local driving champion as he also scored with Lo Hot Pancakes and Headsup Yankee.  Lo Hot Pancakes' win was a popular one as he is owned by the Bucket List Racing Stable which is comprised of numerous local shareholders who bought affordable minor shares in the first few weeks of the current summer season as part of a Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc. promotional effort.  There was a large gathering of jubilant first-time winning owners who greeted their horse in the winner's circle. Skeet Thunder (Rick Magee) also pulled a mild upset in the $7250 split for Minnesota colt and gelding trotters.  Jeff Ryan owns and trains the altered son of Sos Lunar Eclipse, who lowered his lifetime mark to 2:00.4 with the victory over Delco Eclipse (Jason Ryan) and Mnia Lightnpower (Tim Maier).  The winner now has three 2013 wins in ten tries.  All Minnesota-sired horses are vying for spots this month in the lucrative Minnesota State Championships to be held on closing day of the meet August 31.  A total of eleven state-bred races are expected with individual purses for each class set at $20,000. In addition to Nick Roland's triple, drivers Moonie Svendsen and Rick Magee also doubled on the ten-race program. Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - One of the winningest and most popular horses in Running Aces six year history returned to the winner's circle Tuesday night, but this time in an upset 1:52.1 triumph in the featured weekly $8500 Open Pace. An 11-time winner in 2012, often as a heavy favorite, Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) was dispatched at odds of 8-1 seeking his initial open class victory of 2013. He edged fellow closers Chewy Baca (Rick Magee) and Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) as odds-on front-running favorite Six Gun (Jason Ryan) faded to fourth after cutting all the fractions. The six-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding has now won 38 times in his fruitful career and banked $218,000 for owners Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan. A co-featured $9000 Fillies and Mares Open was also contested on the program with Show Runner (Tim Maier) rebounding from a pair of recent place finishes in the same race to capture the distaff feature for the third time in five weeks. The impressive filly, owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar, upset heavily favored Love This Place (DeLong), who recently arrived from Chicago, at odds of 9-2. Still Electric (Don Sherman) was within a length at the wire reached in 1:54.4. Earlier on the card, Al-Mar Passion (Magee) lowered the track standard for two-year-old trotters to 2:00.1, beating Chewy Dunkerton (Steve Wiseman) and Abra's Starlight (Roland) in a $13,500 state-restricted freshman trot. Rick Magee also owns the son of Abra who now has three wins in five seasonal starts. Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a full field of trotters going postward in the $9500 eighth race Open Trot. by Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. - The $9500 Open Trot produced a new winner for the fourth consecutive week on Wednesday night at Running Aces when Keystone Swagger (John DeLong) benefitted from a perfect pocket trip to win in 1:55.4, equaling the track record for older horses.  The standard the son of Angus Hall tied was less than two hours old as Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) had also stopped the teletimer in 1:55.4 in a $4500 conditioned trot earlier in the program. Keystone Swagger is owned by Dandy Farms and trained in Minnesota by Jim Ellison. It was just his eighth career triumph, but did increase his lifetime earnings to $212,000.  Silence Son (Craig Banks) was a game second after cutting all the fractions and favored Shelby County (Moonie Svendsen) just nipped B C Lulu (Jason Ryan) for third. With the 2013 summer meet just slightly more than half over, the driver and trainer standings at Running Aces are extremely tight and no one has emerged as a clear-cut favorite in either race.  On the drivers side, Jason Ryan and Rick Magee are deadlocked at the top with 30 victories each in 28 nights of racing.  Luke Plano has 29, Nick Roland 28, Steve Wiseman 25 and John DeLong 24. Jason Ryan had a big week to move to the top of the conditioner standings with 16 trips to the winner's circle from his stable.  Close on his heels are David Flinn and Tim Brown with 15 each, then Don Sherman, Tim Maier and Nick Roland all with 14. Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend with a 50-cent Pick Six carryover of $743.65.  Post time Saturday is 7:00 PM (CDT). Gregg Keidel

   COLUMBUS, MN. - For the second straight week trainer-driver Jason Ryan swept both the Open Pace and the Fillies and Mares Open Pace on the Tuesday night program at Running Aces.  This week the feat was doubly impressive as Six Gun, a five-year-old gray gelding owned by Anthony Artuso, set the all-age, all-time track record of 1:50.4 in the $8500 feature race.  The gate-to-wire stellar performance lowered the 1:51.2 mark established last season by Restless Yankee.  Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) and Armbro David (Tim Maier) finished second and third in the elite six-horse field. Ironically, Restless Yankee--in just his fourth start back at Running Aces this season--also won a $7000 conditioned race on the same card in 1:53, which will likely set up a grudge match between the current and former track recordholders in next Tuesday's Open. In the top distaff race Passion R Virginie held off a late challenge by Show Runner (Tim Maier) and Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) to give Ryan his impressive driver-trainer double.  The 1:53 clocking was a new lifetime best for the six-year-old mare that the 24-year-old reinsman also owns. Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a 7:00 PM (CST) post time.

In front of a large, enthusiastic crowd both Show Runner and Armbro David were repeat winners in their respective open pacing divisions on Tuesday night at Running Aces.

Wendy Haberberg's pride and joy, Ya U Bet Cha, lowered his lifetime record to 1:53.3 Sunday night capturing a $5000 conditioned event at Running Aces.

The second leg of the Richard Staley Trotting Series; the Rebecca Floyd Memorial and a pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old harness racing mares hold the spotlight at Cal Expo on Friday evening.

Dreaming Of Amy, who has captured six of her last eight appearances, gets the top billing in Thursday night's opening leg of the Richard Staley Trotting Series at Cal Expo. The race carries a $3,500 purse and will go as the eighth event on an eleven race harness racing program.

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