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About 5 or 6 years ago, Cathy Dessert was pretty new to the Harness Racing game, having just started her foray into the sulky sport, by purchasing shares in a couple of fractional ownership horses at Running Aces. She, along with her husband Bill, quickly caught the bug and jumped head-first into full fledged standardbred ownership, while enlisting the services of one of the top local horsemen - Nick Roland as their trainer and driver. Around that time, she had a chance encounter with a very cool authentic Dan Patch-era High-Wheel Sulky, on display, at (of all places) the local Thoroughbred track Canterbury Park. She recalls that her immediate thought was, what on earth is this magnificent piece of Harness Racing history doing at a facility dedicated to flats racing, as both Thoroughbred and Quarter horses call the Shakopee, Minnesota track home each May through September. Old display at Canterbury Certainly she was not the first Harness Racing enthusiast to spy the historic "bike" there and think it strange. Even I, myself noticed it there not long after her encounter, and also thought to myself, this really, really belongs at Running Aces, where we celebrate the great Dan Patch with a full weekend of activities each year, including a big signature race. I knew that when Canterbury first opened in the 1980's they had a Harness meet, and even after they closed and reopened again later they did offer a few days a year of Standardbred racing. But It has now been sixteen years since a trotter or pacer has competed on the one mile track. For Cathy, the encounter remained in the back of her mind. Years passed, and Cathy and Bill became more and more invested in Harness Racing, both financially and emotionally. They advanced from claimers to private sales - to auctions and into breeding in the fast growing Minnesota-Sired program. They won their first Championship race in 2018 and took year-end divisional honors with the same horse, two year old trotting filly Twilight Tinker. Also in 2018, Cathy became a board member for Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc., which is the Harness Horsemen's association in the state of Minnesota. It was through her involvement in the MHRI board that she would soon have an opportunity to find out more about the Dan Patch-era sulky on display at Canterbury. While participating in routine Racing Industry events, she had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Randy Sampson, President and CEO of Canterbury Park. She admits that it took her a good while before getting up the courage to approach Mr. Sampson to ask about the Sulky. Around the beginning of this year she indeed did speak to him, and asked to whom did it (The Sulky) belong and he replied that it was his. She expressed her surprise to see it on display at the Thoroughbred track, and Mr. Sampson explained that Harness Racing was once a part of the track's activities, and that the city of Savage, where the great Dan Patch lived for most of his life was very close by. Cathy expressed that since Harness Racing was now long gone from there and had a new Minnesota home at Running Aces, it would be wonderful if there were any way to move it there. She asked if she could buy it, and move it to Running Aces. Mr. Sampson shared with her what he had paid for it, and that if he sold it he would want to get that amount back, but he would need time to decide if he wanted to sell it at all. After a short time, Mr. Sampson provided the answer that Cathy had been hoping for, and so much more, he would not only sell the historic Sulky, but he would also donate the proceeds to a local horse racing charity foundation that was recently created by Ben Blum and Taro Ito at Running Aces. That charity is The North Metro Racehorse and Community foundation, which has a goal of creating a facility than can serve as a rehabilitation location for racehorses, assist in transitioning horses from the racetrack to retirement, and offer programs that educate the local public about horse racing and all of its benefits. Another goal of the foundation will be to offer additional stall space and overflow space for the racetrack, As well as providing other local community programs with support and assistance. Cathy and Bill Dessert bought the historic antique sulky, turned over ownership to MHRI, and then immediately spoke with Taro Ito, President and CEO of Running Aces to be sure that he would welcome the piece of history to be displayed at his track. Of course, Mr. Ito was overjoyed with the idea, and so happy that such an important symbol of Harness Racing's past would now have a home at one of the country's newest and most respected Harness facilities. Cathy now had the sulky, she had the place for it at it's new Harness Racing home, but she needed a way to get it from Shakopee to Running Aces in Columbus, which is about a 60 mile trip. She knew just who to call, A.J. !!! A.J. is Alyssa Joy Fetterly, who is one of those types of people you always want to have around, always at the ready to help out fellow horsemen in any way possible. Aside from helping to supply local horsemen with everything from feed to tack and equiptment, A.J. can be found helping on the backside at Running Aces in the barns or in the paddock. Upon hearing the request for help with the Dan Patch Sulky, she was eager to jump in, hook up a trailer and hit the road, and she fully enjoyed the experience. She summed up the day by posting this: "What did you do today? Cathy Dessert and I moved a piece of history." On Wednesday, May 22, the historic Dan Patch-era 1904 Sulky made the pilgrimage from Canterbury to Running Aces. Wheeling it to trailer outside Canterbury Park It would have been fitting if it had been lead there on the highway by the starting gate car or something equally as symbolic. But the sense of history was not lost on any of the participants in this great story. The semi-newbie to Harness Racing who fell in love with the sport and then the sulky; immediately in both cases - Cathy Dessert - who was choked up and teary eyed throughout the pilgrimage and even while discussing the significance with me afterwards. Track Superintendent and Starter John Betts - who was instrumental in helping to get it placed in it's new home, Arriving at entrance to Running Aces The previous owner of the piece - Randy Sampson, who realized that the significance of the Sulky itself was bigger than one person, and The Running Aces CEO - Taro Ito - who not only welcomed it with open arms, but insisted it get displayed in the most prominent place possible - at the Grand entrance of Running Aces, not only home to Harness Racing - but now Harness Racing history.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack proudly presents the 2019 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, with a $50,000 (gtd.) final to be raced on Sunday, July 21, 2019 during the track's Dan Patch weekend. Elimination Races will be held for $15,000 each, on Sunday, July 14. Should Elimination races not be necessary, a $15,000 Dan Patch Preview will be held on 7/14 as the prep for the Final. Nomination forms are now available under the Horsemen's Resources tab on the Running Aces website: RunAces.com The Nomination fee is $500.00 and is payable to Running Aces and due by Monday, June 17, 2019. Nomination forms should be hand delivered to Nancy Byrge, Race Secretary, or mailed to: Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack Attn: Race Secretary - BARN A 15201 Running Aces Blvd., Columbus, MN 55025-9467.   From Darin Gagne  for Running Aces          

Columbus, MN -Despite heavy participation in the Hi-5 wagering pools on Sunday night (May 19), nobody was able to solve the High-5 with all top 5 numbers correct. Longshot winners in both of the final two races triggered a double- carryover for tonight's card. A robust $8,049.09 will be added to the High-5 pool in Race #7 tonight, a $4,600 condition pace for fillies and mares. Exsqueeze Me (Steve Wiseman) has been installed as the 5/2 morning line choice from post 9, coming off a victory right here at Running Aces on opening night. Post time for the Tuesday opener is 7:00 pm (CT) and approximate post time for Race #7 is 9:15 pm (CT).   Darin Gagne For Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The first Sunday card of the 2019 Harness Racing season featured a $15,000 Open Trot event, with a strong field of contenders. Silverlode was making her Running Aces return after a stellar campaign in northern California at Cal Expo over the winter and spring. Banker Volo was making his Running Aces return and just second start of the year, after a winter campaign in western Pennsylvania at The Meadows. Those two were the talk of the tote-board and rightfully so, as they also dominated the action on the track. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) struck the front first, with a burst right off the wings of the gate to challenge the inside entry Doug's Hobby Horse (Rick Bertrand) and take the lead at the quarter in 29.2, while Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) floated away third from her outside eight post, and advanced to challenge and take over the front near the 3/8 marker. The fractions were tepid for the top class trotters as they hit the half in just 1 minute flat and also completed a middle half of one minute flat (1:30). Silverlode faced mild pressure near the 5/8 when Al Mar Reba Babe was advancing first-over on the outside, but was never in jeopardy. Turning for home Silverlode had taken a clear two-length margin and had full benefit of the soft fractions, kicking home in 29.1 to check in 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Banker Volo, with Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) picking up the pieces for third. Silverlode ($3.20) is a 10 year old mare by British Sterling and is trained by Kathleen Plested, who co-owns with Medinah Racing. She now has 6 wins in a row and 7 victories in just 10 starts in 2019, and She recently surpassed the quarter-million mark in career earnings and now sport's a tally of $258,072. Four year old pacer Just B Talking ($84.40) became the biggest priced winner of the meet so far in Race seven on the card for Owner-Trainer-Driver Gerald Longo, with an impressive tally on the front end in 1:58.2 to light up the board at more than 41-1, triggering a carryover in the Hi-5 wager. And when 6 year old pacer Buzz Light (Nick Roland) turned in a sharp looking win at 11-1 ($24.20) in the finale in 1:58, that helped to trigger a double-carryover of $8,049.09 for the High Five Wager on Tuesday Night (5/21). Drivers Nick Roland, and Dean Magee both picked up driving doubles on the Sunday program. Post time on Tuesday night (5/21) is 7:00 pm CT.   By Darin Gagne For Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN -The Opening night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the $14,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings and promised to be a good contest. Stuckey Dote was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite having just turned in a career best winning mile at El Dorado Scioto Downs in 1:50.3. Stuckey Dote got in gear early with a sweeping move into the first turn to establish the lead over Firedrake (Brian Detgen) who got away quickly from post 6, and secured the pocket through a 27.2 opener. Driver Rick Magee settled his charge down nicely on the front and registered a 30 second breather in the second panel. From there they weathered a good challenge from King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) through the final half mile, and the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Firedrake saving ground and closing late to make it close for the place spot. Stuckey Dote paced home strong to register a 3 ¼ length tally over King of The Crop and Firedrake in 1:54.1 for his 30th career win from 90 starts. The winning trainer is Brett Ballinger and winning owner is Merlin Van Oterloo. Longshots dominated the middle part of the Opening-night program, with Brushin Albert (Dean Magee) registering a 16-1 upset in the third contest, paying a $34.20 mutuel. Race four was won by Cenalta Cougar ($44.80) with driver Tim Maier, who would go on to lead the night with 3 wins. The longshot trail continued in Race 5 when Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) scored at just under 10-1 for a $21.60 payout. Stuckey Dote delivered in the featured seventh as the favorite, and Tim Maier completed both halves of the late double while favored in both events (Fox Valley Nemitz, paying $3.80, and Crystal Hotspur paying $5.20) Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday, May 19 with first post at 6:00 pm CT.   Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN -Sixteen races have been carded for opening weekend of the 2019 Minnesota Harness Racing season at Running Aces, highlighted by the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday and the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Sunday. The Saturday feature will see the return of top pacers Stuckey Dote and Firedrake as headliners. Stuckey Dote, who recently lowered his lifetime mark with a 1:50.3 score at Scioto, is the 6-5 morning line choice from his assigned 7 post, and veteran Rick Magee will be at the controls for trainer Brett Ballinger. Firedrake, who was the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace winner in 2017, and close runner up last season, starts from post six for trainer Nick Roland and looks for his first win of the year. Brian Detgen has the drive on Firedrake. Sunday's card is headlined by the Open Trot and the return of Silverlode to the Minnesota oval. The now 10 year old trotting mare is fresh off a stellar meet in northern California, where she dominated the Open ranks, including a North American record on February 23, when she trotted a mile and a half in 2:57.2 Steve Wiseman will steer Silverlode, as usual, for wife Kathleen Plested. Silverlode looks to carry on with a five race win streak and has just surpassed the $250,000 mark in career spoils. Silverlode will square off against a good field of trotters, including fellow track record holder Banker Volo (Nick Roland) and former track record holder Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee). Driver Steve Wiseman is back and ready to defend his driving title from the past two seasons, and he's looking for a track record 3 titles in a row. Running Aces all-time leading driver Nick Roland will be back in full force looking to pick up his fourth title, and top veterans Rick Magee, and Dean Magee will be among the leaders, and Minnesota Hall-of-Famer Lemoyne "Mooney Svendsen" is back and fresh off a fantastic season at Cal Expo where he was just nosed out at the finish for the title. Trainer Kathie Plested is also back with a powerhouse stable to defend her leading trainer title, and is looking for her third consecutive Aces' trophy and her fifth consecutive title on the California-Minnesota Circuit. Saturday night will offer local fans some great beer and wine specials, as Running Aces' popular " Keep it Local Night " is back to spotlight local breweries and wineries with free sampling and prize drawings, as well as free Live Music after the races every Saturday. Sunday's are family day at Running Aces, with free trout-pond fishing for kids, coloring contests plus drawings and contests for the adults and so much more. Tuesday's very popular " Dollar Night " promotion is back as well, offering fans tremendous value and a fun and extremely affordable night out. All of our popular exotic wagers from last season are back, with at least two 50 cent pick-3 offerings each night, plus early and late 50 cent pick-4 wagers, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and the extremely popular 50 cent Hi-5 wagers on each of the last two races of the night. The 50 cent late Daily Double is also back and starts in the second to the last race. Live Racing spans 53 nights this summer at Running Aces, Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, September 14. Post times are 6 pm (CT) on weekends and 7 pm (CT) on Tuesdays.   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN -The Stall Allocations for the Running Aces 2019 Live meet have now been posted on the RunAces.com website under the Horsemen Resources tab, and can be accessed here by clicking the following link:   http://runaces.com/sites/default/files/stall_allocation_040619.pdf   Please note that this is the first posting of the 2019 allocations and may be subject to minor adjustments.   Questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of Race Secretary Nancy Byrge or Racing Manager Ben Blum.   Running Aces staff and management is excited to welcome back all of our returning horsemen and to also welcome a few new faces to our racing family as well as we get set to kick off our 12th season of Live Harness Racing.   It's an exciting time at Running Aces as we continue to grow, with construction well underway on our Hotel adjacent to the Casino and Racetrack at the top of the stretch. Construction is also in full swing to reconfigure our track apron area which will have a brand new look and flow for this season, and will see more changes later on in an effort to enhance the guest experience and offer more options and better hospitality.   Our 2019 season will also offer record purses, with the largest purse package in the track's history up for grabs over the 52 night season.   The Stable area and track will open on Saturday, May 4. The 2019 season will kick off on Saturday, May 18, with racing 3 nights per week through September 14.   The first session of Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm, and entries will be due by 10:00 am on Friday May 10. For the early stages of the meet, qualifiers will be offered on both Tuesdays and Saturdays, as in recent years.   There is a change in the training schedule for 2019: The track will be closed on Wednesdays and will be open on Thursdays.   There is also a change to the draw schedule for 2019 as well, with a double draw taking place on Thursdays for the Saturday and Sunday cards, with driver selections/changes due immediately after the draw is published. The draw for Tuesday cards remains on Saturdays. The box closes at 10 am on draw days.   We thank everyone for their interest in participating in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing everyone very soon.     By Darin Gagne' For Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

Reminder to all horsemen that completed Stall Applications for the 2019 harness racing meet are due in one week. Due date for completed Applications is Friday, March 15, and stall allocations will be posted in early April. The stable area and track will open on Saturday, May 4. The Live Racing meet starts on Saturday, May 18 and runs through Saturday, September 14.   2019 will feature the richest purse package for both overnights and Minnesota restricted races in track history.   You can access the 2019 Stall Applications by clicking this link.   For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Ben Blum (651) 925-4514 or via email at bblum@runaces.com.   Race Secretary Nancy Byrge can be reached via email at nbyrge@runaces.com.   By Darin Gagne For Running Aces Casino Hotel & Racetrack

Columbus, MN - Stall Applications are now available on the Running Aces website (RunAces.com) or click in the following link: http://runaces.com/sites/default/files/stall_application_2019.pdf   Completed Applications are due by March 15 and Stall Allocations will be posted on Thursday, April 4.   The Running Aces backside and Stable area will open in Saturday, May 4 for move in and the track will be open for training on May 4 as well.   The 2019 Running Aces live season spans from Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, September 14.   Among the changes for horsemen for 2019 include a change to the training schedule, shifting to a Wednesday dark day for the track (by popular demand) and also of note, horsemen should be advised that overnight races will require a minimum of 7 sperate betting interest entries in order to be carded.   Any questions about Stall Applications and any interested parties may contact Ben Blum via email at BBlum@RunAces.com or (651) 925-4514. You may also contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge via email at NByrge@RunAces.com.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) is accepting proposals for the contractual position of harness racing judge for Running Aces' live harness racing meet May 18 through September 14, 2019. The approximate term of service would be May 1 through September 30. Join an experienced board of judges in a racing jurisdiction dedicated to integrity, protection of the racehorse, and to provide the racing public with an exemplary racing product. Five day work week, with three nights of live racing per week. Contact Patty Sifferle at the MRC at 651-925-3956 or Patricia.M.Sifferle@state.mn.us to request a copy of the required submission package, which includes MRC requirements and instructions for submission. Priority consideration will be given to proposals received by February 15. The Minnesota Racing Commission regulates racing and card playing at the state's horse tracks, ensuring that it is conducted with integrity and in the public interest. The Commission also promotes the breeding of race horses in order to stimulate agriculture and agribusiness. For information, see www.mrc.state.mn.us. Joe Scurto  

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is proud to announce the Live harness Racing dates for 2019, which have recently been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission.   The 2019 Season will consist of 52 racing nights spanning 19 weeks from May 18 to September 14.   Running Aces will kick off it's Twelfth Season of Live Racing on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and it will offer 3 nights a week of live action throughout the summer, culminating with Night of Champions on Saturday, September 14, 2019. As in recent years, post times will be 7:00 p.m. central on Tuesdays and 6:00 p.m. central on Saturdays and Sundays.   Stall Applications will be made available on the Running Aces website (RunAces.com) beginning on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and completed applications will be due by Friday, March 15.   Stall Allocations will be announced/posted on Thursday, April 4, and the Stable area and backside will open for the season on Saturday, May 4.   Running Aces is currently in the midst of an exciting period of growth and improvements to it's already celebrated facilities, as construction is underway on a 116-room Hotel adjacent to the Track and Casino. Groundbreaking took place on Thursday, November 21 and the Hotel is scheduled to open in early December of 2019. As we get closer to the start of the 2019 Season, we will release details about our schedule of featured races, as well as general conditions for the meet and a schedule of Live Racing promotions. Stay tuned to our website for periodic updates.   By Darin Gagne' for Running Aces        

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 NAHUpicks.com 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 RunAces.com 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 program is set for the richest night of harness racing in Minnesota history on Saturday (9/15) and Running Aces fans are also excited for the record setting $100,000 Guarantee on the 20 cent Pick-5 wager that will cap off the Night of Champions program.   The Pick-5 race sequence (Races 8 through 12) is packed with full fields and super competitive entires. The Pick 5 starts out with $41,769.84 in carryover money with $100,000 guaranteed and a Mandatory Payout.   Xpressbet, which is a promotional sponsor of the Night of Champions program, is offering 10x points on all Running Aces races to it's ADW customers on Saturday.   Free Trackmaster past performance pages for the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 can be found on the USTA website as well as the Running Aces website at RunAces.com.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Running Aces is happy to announce a $100,000 Guaranteed Pool for the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager on the closing night (Sept. 15) program, in cooperation with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program. The carryover pool coming in to the Saturday card for the Pick-5 is $41,769.84. This is the highest Guaranteed pool in track history and adds to the richest program of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. Total purses on the program will exceed $400,000. For The 2018 Night of Champions program, Running Aces has partnered with Xpressbet as a promotional sponsor, and the record-setting racing program on Saturday will also feature drawings and giveaways from both Xpressbet and Running Aces. There is also a carryover of $1,355.86 for the 50 cent early Pick-4 wager, and there will be Mandatory Payouts in all pools on Saturday night. In addition to the great Championship Live Racing program, there will be Live Music, and food and drink specials offered as well. Post time for the first betting race will be 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, with the top two pacing mares of the season squaring off one last time in the final week of the 2018 meet. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) charged fastest from the gate from post five to open up the mile in :27 flat, with Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) floating away from the gate with speed as well and sweeping to the lead just before the three-eighths pole. Gold Star Mysti led comfortably from there and posted a half in :55.4 and three-quarter time of 1:24.4 before kicking home with a strong final stanza of :28.2 to maintain a solid 1 ½ length margin at the wire in 1:53.1 over Kiss On The Lips and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman). Gold Star Mysti ($2.80) now has seven wins in thirteen trips to the gate this season, while bankrolling $52,250 for owners Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. Pridecrest is also wrapping up his Aces season in style, rolling to his fourth straight win while capturing the $11,000 featured trot. After floating away in the outside flow from post six, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) watched Windsun Galaxie (Dean Magee) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) engage in early battle for the lead before sweeping by just past the 3/8 marker. Pridercrest was well in hand from there and delivered as the big favorite for his twelfth win in 20 starts this year, with a 2 ½ length score over Ideal Jesse and Let's Be Honest (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:55.3. Pridecrest ($2.10) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover has swelled to $41,769.84 for this coming Saturday night (Sept. 15) and there is also a carryover in the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager of $1,355.86 for the "Night of Champions Program" on Saturday. Total purses will approach $400,000 making it the richest night of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. The evening will also offer fans plenty of chances to win Hats, Tee Shirts, Betting Vouchers and other prizes, as well as a Live Broadcast of the card with NAHUpicks.com and Live Music from Jake Nelson. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - One of the featured events on the Sunday night (Sept. 9) Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot, with seven sophomores lining up for the final prep race before the upcoming Night of Champions on Saturday, September 15. Rock on Ruby (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest off the gate and grabbed early command from her outside post seven, and Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) quickly got rolling from post five to challenge for the lead, and they were battling for the front past the :29.2 quarter. Mimi Marguerite cleared to the front at the 3/8 juncture and trotted comfortably from there, posting a half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.1 with Rock on Ruby stalking in the pocket. As they turned for home Rock on Ruby came after the leader, but Mimi Marguerite remained strong and held sway to the wire for her second straight win, stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for a new lifetime mark. Rock on Ruby was ¾ length back in second and longshot The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) posted a good effort for third. Mimi Marguerite ($2.60) is owned by Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long and trained by Justin Anfinson. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) dominated the $4,250 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old boys trot non-wagering event with a gate-to-wire tally in 1:59.2 for his tenth win in sixteen starts this season. The impressive son of Money Talks is the early favorite for the $35,000 Championship race on Saturday, September 15. Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Tuesday, September 11with first post at 6:00 pm CDT. There are several carryovers for the Tuesday card ... The 50 cent Early Pick-4 carryover is $1,634.86, the 50 cent Early Pick-3 carryover is $1,131.87, the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 carryover is $39,285.25 and the 50 cent Hi-5 carryover is $1,703.07. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

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