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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (June 19)  harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open Handicap for pacing mares, with a talented field of 6 facing the starter. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) have dominated the top distaff level both recently, and last season as well. Gold Star Mysti was the pubics' overwhelming choice tonight, and the public was right on target. Kiss On The Lips and Roland fired first and fastest from the wings of the gate, but Gold Star Mysti and Yoder were not far behind and quickly surged along-side their rival to take the lead at the quarter pole in 27.4. After establishing her spot at the front of the field, Gold Star Mysti kept to task by pacing a strong 28.0 second panel and serving notice to the field that she was all business. The 5 year old daughter of Mysticism maintained her 1 ½ length advantage as she led the field past three-quarters in 1:24 with Kiss On The Lips holding the pocket position. As the top-level mares rounded for home it was clear that there would be nobody catching Mysti tonight - she kicked home in 27.4 to complete an impressive mile in 1:51.4 for her second win of the season, in just her third start, the final margin was 3¾ lengths. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is trained by Maggie Audley for Gold Star Farm. Kiss On The Lips completed the popular exacta combination ($4.60) and Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) was home in third. Gold Star Mysti has been nominated to the Dan Patch FFA pace in July where she will take on the boys in the premier race of the season. Driver Steve Wiseman "The Magician" posted another Grand-Slam of four winners on the Tuesday card, while Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Dean "Bobcat" Magee both completed driving doubles. Live Racing returns at Running Aces on Saturday, June 23 with the first race at 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

The Father's Day Sunday (June 17) Harness Racing program at Running Aces got off to a soggy start, and saw a one and a half hour delay that forced the cancellation of race one. Heavy rains pelted the track surface on multiple occasions during the hour before scheduled post time, and forced the track maintenance crew to go into beast mode in order to facilitate the evening's racing program. A large holiday crowd waited patiently for the track to be restored to safe conditions, and once the racing began, the action did not disappoint. The first event of the night went to Scramble Camp ($2.40), who posted an impressive sweeping victory from the back of the pack to blast by his rivals in the lane and win by 4 lengths in 1:58.2 with driver Mooney Svendsen. The eye-opening win came in the $8,800 three-year old open trot, and Scramble Camp now remains undefeated in 4 starts in 2018. He is a gelding by Weight Lifter and is owned by Daniel and Jeralene Roland. As a testament to the hard work of the track crew, the 7 year old gelding pacer Prodigal ($8.20) posted an impressive 1:52.4 lifetime best victory in the third contest of the night, with driver James Yoder for owner/trainer Mark Anderson. That victory coming in a $6,800 conditioned event. The $20,000 Running Aces Featured Pace was the drawing card on the night, and it indeed drew a field of talented pacers. Hawk's Red Chief (Dean Magee) was the post time favorite at 8-5, fresh off a near miss by a neck in his last start. Second wagering choice Stevensville (5-2) fired fastest from the gate with Rick Magee to take an early lead from the other fast leaver Firedrake who was also (5-2). Nick Roland yielded with Firedrake to sit the pocket, while Stevensville posted the early fractions of 26.3 and 56.1. In the second half, Bestinthebusiness got rolling as driver James Yoder sent him first-over and on the attack, he grinded along-side the front runner Stevensville down the backstretch, and was able to stick a neck in front at three-quarters in 1:23.3. From there, the 10 year old gelding by Another Mile stayed ultra-game, fighting off strong late rallies from a pair of longshots to post a one length tally in 1:52.2 over To The Limit (Tim Brown) and Make It Big (Steve Wiseman), with Hawk's Red Chief and Firedrake completing the top 5. Bestinthebusiness ($14.00) is owned by Brett Boyd Racing, Inc. and trained by Gene Miller. The talented pacer has very impressive career numbers with 43 lifetime wins and 103 top 3 finishes, while bankrolling $410,330. Winning driver James Yoder completed a Hat-Trick on the program with the feature-race tally. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen also completed a Hat-Trick on the program. By Darin Gagne', Running Aces Track Announcer          

Columbus, MN - The $20,000 Running Aces featured trot was the top-billed event on the Saturday night (June 16) Minnesota Harness Racing card, and it would turn out to be another thrilling and record setting contest. Overall Track Record holder Banker Volo (Brian Detgen), flew off the gate from post 8 to establish command, with Silverlode following suit from post seven to drop into the pocket. Banker Volo posted a fast early quarter mile of 27.3, and led through the middle panels of 57.1 and 1:26.0 before facing a strong challenge from Ideal Jesse (James Yoder), with Silverlode saving ground along the pylons in third. As they straightened for home, Banker Volo was facing challenges from all sides, and could not hold off the late challengers, fastest of all was Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) who utilized the passing lane to her advantage to sweep by the field to score by one length in 1:54.3 and establish an impressive new track record for aged trotting mares, and just one-fifth of a second off of the overall track trotting mark of 1:54.2 held by Banker Volo. Ideal Jesse completed a very impressive effort to get second, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) rallied past Banker Volo for third money. Silverlode ($10.00) is a 9 year old mare by British Sterling, and out of the productive mare Charlotte's Web (Website). Tonight's impressive victory completed three wins in a row for Silverlode, and secured lifetime win number 39, while pushing her career purse earnings to $202,187. She is currently under lease to Emilio Cisneros, from the Desomer Stables, and she is trained by Richard Bertrand. One Lucky patron solved the 20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot wager to collect $8,382.04, and a pair of longshots in the final two races spurred a carryover in both the Pick-3 and Pick-4 wagers for Sunday night, June 17. Driver Steve Wiseman picked up three wins on the evening, while Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen completed a driving double. Tomorrow's program features a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the Late Pick-4 wager, and is headlined by the $20,000 Running Aces Featured Pace. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Nomination entries are due on Monday, June 18 for the signature event of the Running Aces season, the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace – Presented by Watch & Wager. Eliminations will be held on Sunday, July 8, for $15,000 each. The top 5 finishers in each elimination race will advance to the Preview and the Final. The Dan Patch Preview will be raced Sunday, July 15 for $15,000, and the $50,000 Final will be raced on Sunday, July 22. Total purses offered for the Dan Patch FFA, including eliminations, is $95,000. Nomination Fee for the Dan Patch is $500 and is due along with the nomination forms either turned in to the Race office or postmarked by the deadline date. For more information, please contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge at 651.925.4532 or by email at by Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (June12) Harness Racing card at Running Aces was loaded with exciting races and close finishes. One of the most exciting stretch duels came in the $10,000 upper-level claiming pace ($12,500 tags), when Cantholdmebackmack ($5.40) and driver Nick Roland rallied from the back of the pack to engage in a battle with race leader Bet Together (James Yoder) in the homestretch.   Bet Together had posted the early fractions of 27.0 and 56.1 before losing the lead to a strong challenge from 31-1 outsider Cenalta Power (Tim Maier) near the three-quarters. Bet Together dug down deep and reclaimed the lead turning for home, but then faced another strong challenge from eventual winner Cantholdmebackmack, who rallied past late to post a ¾ length tally in 1:53.1 for a two race win streak.   The talented 8 year old gelding by Relentless Yankee is owned and trained by Jessie Pacheco. Goody Two Socks (Rick Magee) was home third.   The $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was another epic battle between the two top mares Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland). Kiss On The Lips and Nick Roland worked hard in the first quarter to establish the lead from the outside post in 27.1 and was in control at the half mile post in 57.3 but faced a tremendous challenge from Gold Star Mysti throughout the final half mile. Those two mares traded noses on the lead every step from there to the wire, with Kiss On The Lips prevailing by a head at the line. A Judges inquiry determined that Kiss On The Lips bore out in the deep stretch into the path of Gold Star Mysti, just enough to warrant a disqualification for interference. The order was reversed and Gold Star Mysti was declared the official winner for her first win of the season, the final time was 1:53.3. The winning mare is owned by Gold Star Farm, and trained by James Yoder. Driver Nick Roland led the program with three wins, while Rick Magee and James Yoder both posted driving doubles.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager continues to build and now stands at $7,333.63 for Saturday night, June 16. This weekend's feature races will each go for $20,000 with the Running Aces Trot on Saturday, and The Running Aces Pace on Sunday.   There are lots of activities for Father's Day at the track, including a chance to win a fishing trip, and a bottle opener giveaway along with Live music and other family themed activities. Post Time on both Saturday and Sunday is 6:00 pm CDT.   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

Columbus, MN - Running Aces Casino & Racetrack played host to an action-packed Saturday of both Live Harness Racing, and Triple-Crown flat racing coverage. A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness history unfold in the Belmont Stakes, and then take in the fantastic live local harness action. Moments after Justify etched his name in the annuls of greatness, seven three year old pacers lined up for the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired boys division at Running Aces. Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) established the early lead before public choice Giggle Monster (Dean Magee) made a big move in the middle part of the race, to take command and lead the charge into the final turn. Three-year old pacers were stacked up across the track as they straightened for the wire, with Here Comes Teddy (Gerald Longo) posting a solid effort and Frewil Dakota Sven (Brady Jenson) making a sharp bid for the money as well, the field swarmed in on Giggle Monster who waived the white flag after pacing a 27.3 third-panel. Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee) was fastest of all with a sweeping stretch rally to pass the field and stop the timer at 1:55.2 for a lifetime best mile.  It was his third win in just 6 career starts. Myskillspaydabills ($10.40) is by Voracious Hanover and is owned by Van Oterloo Stables and also trained by Rick Magee. This week's edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was a repeat performance by Silverlode, who re-enforced her track record performance from last week by trotting another 1:55.1 mile in gate-to-wire fashion with driver Lemoyne ("Mooney") Svendsen in the bike. Banker Volo trotted fast from the outside seven post to take the early lead before Svendsen sent his mare up and around right at the quarter pole. Silverlode would never look back from there, with Banker Volo (Nick Roland) posting a strong second with a pocket-pulling challenge in the lane, and Al Mar Reba Babe (Gerald Longo) closing along the pylons for a strong third place showing, fresh off of her own track-record equaling win last Tuesday night. Silverlode now has 5 wins in 15 starts this year, and she now has career earnings of $191,587. Silverlode is currently leased to Emilio Cisneros and trained by Rick Bertrand, and she hails from the Desomer Stables. I'm On A Terror and driver Rick Magee paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 to capture the win in the $8,500 fillies division of the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace. After finding an early pocket position, Magee sat comfortably with his filly, behind an early battle for the lead that saw longshot Sing N Sandi (Nick Roland) on the front early, before Miss Sassy Pants took control at the half mile juncture. Heavy favorite Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) pounced on the leaders just past the half, and opened up two lengths on her rivals. Magee then activated his filly to engage the leader as they turned for home, and I'm On A Terror ($9.60) obliged her driver with a strong stretch rally, to pace by Peekaboo Tattoo and post a 1½ length win for her ninth lifetime score in 17 starts. The winner is by Fancy Schmansy and is owned by Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, with Justin Anfinson handling the training. Driver Rick Magee led on Saturday with three wins on the program. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4,413.72 for Sunday, June 10. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Columbus, MN-  Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is pleased to announce a number of featured events coming up in the months of June and July. Father’s Day weekend will offer some fantastic racing, as we present the “$20,000 Running Aces Featured Trot” on Saturday, June 16 which is an Open Event, and will feature the best local trotters along with any challengers that would like to take a shot at the impressive purse. On Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, the best local pacers will be ready to take on any challengers in the “$20,000 Running Aces Featured Pace” (also an Open event). Entries for both of these races are due in the race office by 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. In July, as part of our Dan Patch weekend featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final, we are happy to present two more exciting and lucrative races: The $25,000 Minnesota Preffered Pace and The $25,000 Minnesota Preffered Trot, to be raced on Saturday, July 21. Entries for these races are due in the race office by 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (These two races give preference to Minnesota Sired or Minnesota owned horses, but are open to any horses should there be less than 9 MN entries in either race.) Running Aces continues to strive to present quality racing on a day in, day out basis, and present exciting featured events throughout the season, which runs through September 15. For more information about these events, or for general information, please contact the race office at 651.925.4532, or e-mail Race Secretary Nancy Byrge at by Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

Nominations are due on Monday, June 18 for Running Aces’ signature event of the season, The Dan Patch FFA pacing series that will be held in July. The series will start with eliminations on Sunday, July 8 (if necessary) going for $15,000 each. The Top 4 finishers in each elimination, along with the fastest 5th place finisher will advance to the $15,000 Dan Patch preview on Sunday, July 15 and the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA final on Sunday, July 22*. The total purse for the series, including eliminations is $95,000. (*The other 5th place finisher in eliminations will become Also Eligible) Nomination forms, along with nomination fee of $500 are due in the race office or postmarked by June 18, 2018. Supplemental entries will be allowed up until 10 am on Thursday, July 5, for $3,000. Nomination forms are available on the Running Aces website:, under the tab “horsemen resources”. Please return forms and payment to Nancy Byrge, Race Secretary, or mail to: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack ATTN: Race Office – 15201 Running Aces Blvd. Columbus, MN 55205 Questions or for more information call Nancy at 651.925.4532 or email: by Darin' Gagne, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN – Another track mark was recorded on the Tuesday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces, when 6 year old trotting mare Al Mar Reba Babe turned in a career best performance in 1:55.1 circling the field and drawing away to win by 11 ¾  lengths to equal the brand new track record that was set on Saturday night, June 2 by Silverlode. Gerald Longo was the winning pilot for tonight’s record mile, for owner/trainer Richard Davis. Al Mar Reba Babe ($6.80) has now won 9 races and $76,667. The $12.000 Mares Open Handicap Pace featured a very talented field of seven distaffers, and turned out to be a familiar matchup between two top pacing mares from the local 2017 season, as Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) found themselves trading blows throughout the contest. Kiss On The Lips was the early leader, with Gold Star Mysti surging past just before the quarter pole, things remained that way until the top of the lane, where Kiss On The Lips and Roland immediately pounced from the pocket, making for a thrilling stretch-drive with the latter prevailing by a half-length at the wire in 1:53.4. Kiss On The Lips ($4.60) is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by Gerald Longo, she has now won 4 of 21 starts this year, and now has 33 lifetime wins and $195,648 in the bank. Driver Steve Wiseman remained white-hot on Tuesday, following up his 5-win performance on Sunday with another Grand Slam of Four on the night, followed by Nick Roland who completed a Hat-Trick, and James (J.D.) Yoder who turned in a driving double. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 wager now has a carryover of $3,817.32 for this coming Saturday, June 9. Live Racing is conducted 3 nights a week on Tuesday, Saturday and Sundays. 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 saturday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces was highlighted by the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot with 7 very talented square-gaiters going in to battle for top honors.   Banker Volo was back in action, fresh off his victory in the top trot a week ago, and Pridecrest was on the scene to try once again for his first visit to the Aces winner's circle.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) was sent off as the 4-5 choice from post 6. Silverlode (Mooney Svendsen) left from post five for the second consecutive week, after just-missing against Banker Volo at the wire in 1:55.1 last out.   Banker Volo (Nick Roland) had the outside 7 post assignment, but waisted no time in finding the front of the field, sprinting right to the lead with a 27.3 opening quarter and leading the charge through the middle fractions of 57.3 and 1:26.3 while facing strong opposition from Pridecrest during the third panel.   Banker Volo lost the lead to Pridecrest just at the cusp of the home-stretch, but Mooney Svendsen was angling to the outside with Silverlode after saving ground throughout. Silverlode exploded with trot in the lane, and easily powered by Pridecrest, who had to settle for second after a valiant effort.   Silverlode found the wire in 1:55.1 to etch her name in the Running Aces history books as the fastest Aged Trotting Mare in track history, shattering the previous mark of 1:56 (Majestic Lady Jo - 2016).   Her final margin of victory tonight was 1 1/2 lengths over Pridecrest, with longshot Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) home third at 17-1. Silverlode ($13.60) is a 9 year old by British Sterling, and she is out of the prolific mare Charlotte's Web. She was bred by Desomer Stables of California, and she is currently leased by Emilio Cisneros, and trained by Rick Bertrand.   This talented mare now has 37 lifetime wins and has earned $186,987.   Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen had a banner night this evening, as the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame member piloted a total of 4 winners on the 8 race program.   Aside from his record-setting steer on Silverlode, Mooney also guided his own trainee My friskie Boy ($3.60) to a new lifetime mark in 1:53.3, Scramble Camp ($3.40) also to a new lifetime mark in 1:58.2 for trainer Jenni King, and One Small Favor ($5.40) in 1:57.1 for trainer Mark Anderson.   Running Aces offers Live Racing every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evening, visit our website at for a complete schedule of events, promotions and for complete handicapping resources.   By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

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  

Columbus, MN - The featured race on the Sunday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace with a very talented field of 7 facing the starter. Firedrake was looking to defend his position as the top pacer on the grounds, after his easy win in last week's Open event. There were new shooters at the party this night, looking to take their shot at the top dog. One of the most prominent challengers looked to be Hawk's Red Chief, fresh off of back-to-back fast wins at Cleveland's Northfield Park, and now racing out of the Rick Magee barn. Also making seasonal debuts in Minnesota were Pancetta, Bettor In The Bank and BestInTheBusiness. Rounding out the deeply talented field were Lil Orphan Elmer and To The Limit. Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) was fastest from the gate and established a strong lead within the first few steps, despite an early challenge from BestInTheBusiness (James Yoder). After the quick opening panel of 26.3, BestInTheBusiness relented to the pocket and would eventually find himself shuffled back in the stretch. Longshot To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) gave the most chase to the leader, with a strong challenge down the backstretch to take over second, while local favorite Firedrake had been hopelessly blocked-in until the mid-stretch. Meanwhile Hawk's Red chief continued to roll (55.1 and 1:23.4) and posted a 28.4 final quarter to maintain a 1 length margin at the wire in 1:52.3. To The Limit at 40-1 held second, and Firedrake (Nick Roland) was closing strong in third position. The win tonight made it three in a row for Hawk's Red Chief, who is owned by Burke Racing, LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC and M L Yanek. This was career victory number 28 for the 7 year old son of I Scoot Hanover, who has now earned $297,437. Also on the program, Frenchkissmebaby (Steve Wiseman) converted a pocket trip into a new lifetime mark with her victory in 2:01.2 in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old filly trot. The daughter of Money Talks is owned by Austin Staufer and trained by Brett Ballinger. The $8,500 geldings split of the 3 year old trotters went to Bragginade, who was the 2 year old champion trotter in Minnesota last season. Bragginade (Nick Roland) is by Braggart, and he posted a sharp gate-to-wire tally tonight from post five, to take a new lifetime mark in 2:00.4. He is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Nick Roland led all drivers at Running Aces tonight, with a Grand-Slam of four winners on the card, becoming the first driver to achieve a grand slam so far this season. Steve Wiseman and Rick Magee both picked doubles as well. The .20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $910.72, and ther is a carryover in the Hi-5 wager of $1,874.00 for Race 7 on Tuesday night, May 29. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne’, for Running Aces

Columbus, MN- The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the Showdown in Columbus between reigning king of Minnesota trotting Banker Volo, and king of California trotting Pridecrest.   The masses were split right down the middle in whom they thought would take the top prize in their first matchup, in the $11,000 Open Handicap. Pridecrest took more action at the windows, going off as the ever-so-slight favorite at 4-5, over Banker Volo at 6-5. When the gate sprung open and pulled away, it was Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was charging hardest of all, quickly securing the lead.   All eyes were searching for Pridecrest at the start as well, and he was unhurried in the early stages, floating away in 5th through the early fractions of 28.2 and 58.2. Pridecrest launched a first-over attack just past the half mile pole, sprinting up to second position but never quite drawing alongside Banker Volo, who began to accelerate around the final turn. Silverlode had enjoyed a sweet pocket trip behind Banker Volo, and came charging late to make for a thrilling finish.   The crowd was aroar with support for Banker Volo and he fought gamely to the wire to secure the heartwarming victory, successfully defending his legacy as the top trotter in track history. The timer stopped at 1:55.1, with an impressive final panel of 27.4 for the winner, with Silverlode trotting home in 27.2 to come up just a head short on the line.   Banker Volo ($4.40) is now a 9 year old stallion by Yankee Glide, and he is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King, and has now won 33 races and $365,898 lifetime.   The $10,200 3 year-old Minnesota-Sired "A" pace went to Peekaboo Tattoo ($9.80), a filly by Up Front Brad who had raced only 1 time as a two year old, before campaigning in California this year, and picking up 4 wins in 12 starts there. The filly was up against a very tough competitor in Giggle Monster, the odds on favorite in the talented field. Giggle Monster (Dean Magee) made a quarter pole move to take control of affairs after a slow opening panel of 30.0, and the sharp gelding by Wind Me Up led through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:28.4 but Peekabo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) shook free from a three hole journey to gun down Giggle Monster in the final strides, getting up to win by ¾ of a length in 1:56.2 for a new lifetime mark. The winner is owned by Fabiola Quevedo and trained by Edwin Quevedo. Steve Wiseman led all drivers on Saturday with another Hat-Trick for his third consecutive night of 3 wins, while Nick Roland posted his second double in a row.   Live Racing is back at Aces on Sunday, May 27, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT. Carryover in the .20 cent Pick-5 wager is $577.67 and the .50 cent Hi-5 is $1,211.15.   By Darin Gagne' for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN- Last year, Firedrake (Nick Roland) won the featured harness racing event of the Minnesota season in 1:52.1, the $35,000 Dan Patch FFA final. Running Aces is bringing back the event for 2018, and the purse has been increased to $50,000 for the final, with $80,000 in total purse offered, should eliminations be necessary.(Without eliminations, Total Purse for the series is $65,000). Running Aces Casino & Racetrack has opened the box for nominations to the 2018 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace, which features a $50,000 final on Sunday, July 22. $15,000. Eliminations will be held on Sunday, July 8 (if necessary) and there will be a $15,000 Dan Patch Preview on Sunday, July 15 (open only to those horses nominated to the Dan Patch FFA). The Top 9 horses from eliminations will be eligible to the Preview and the Final. Nomination fee is $500.00 and nominations are due by Monday, June 18 (Must be received in race office or postmarked by this date). Supplemental entries will be accepted with a $3,000 supplemental entry fee, due on Thursday July 5. Nomination forms are available for download on our website:, Mail Checks and Nomination forms to: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack, Attn: Race Office, 15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55205-7908. For additional information, please contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge at (651) 925 - 4532, or by email: By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

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