Columbus, Minnesota – The opening night (Sunday May 15) harness racing card at Running Aces is highlighted by two groups of talented trotters, and the return of pick-all place betting.
The $16,500 sixth race drew an 8-box field for the Open Handicap, with nearly $1.7 million in prize money and 188 wins among the contenders.
Mandeville (#7) is the 3-1 morning line pick with Luke Plano driving for Gerald Longo. Mandeville has won 47 career races and seven of ten starts this year. Plano has been on the bike for the last 7 Cal-Expo wins. The 10 year old gelding by majestic son took a career mark of 1:54 at the Running Aces in 2020 and tied that on Feb. 27 in Sacramento.
Mind Yown Business arrives from Pennsylvania for coach Brady Jenson where he won 2 lengths in 1:54 at The Meadows two starts back he was listed as the second choice 4-1 and will have Dean Magee in the sulky and post post eight. Go Byem (#6) is another East Coast invader in the field, and he has 37 career wins and over $350,000 in earnings. He will have the services of driver Nick Roland for coach Jose Castillo, and he was installed as the third pick on the starting line at 5-1.
The $13,000 Open II Handicap Trot will close out the eighth race opening night card and has also attracted a very talented field that collectively claim earnings of over $1 million from 129 group wins. .
Silverhill Volo won 33 and earned the morning line favorite at 3-1. He has finished in the top three in 10 of 11 outings this year for owner-trainer-rider James Lackey and will start from position seven.
Bordogna is the 7-2 second pick from post six with Rick Magee on the bike for coach Justin Anfinson.
Bordogna is making just his second start this year after winning 7 of 25 outings last season and has won 28 races in 65 career starts. Resita (#3) is the 5-1 third pick in the open field, he’s another Pennsylvania forward for coach Brady Jenson and will be piloted by Brandon Jenson. Resita has only one win so far this year but picked up six wins last season and visited the winner’s circle 25 times in his career.
Running Aces remains the only harness racing track in the country to offer choice betting. The single bet was added last season and has been popular with many players who enjoy the amount of action you can get on one ticket due to the low base bet amount of just 20 cents.
Betting begins in the first race each night and covers a maximum of ten races. Pick four bets have gained huge popularity throughout the sport and they are also a popular bet at Running Aces. There are two Pick-4 deals each night, with the final Pick-4 always being the last 4 races on the schedule, with a guaranteed pool of $3,000.
The Sunday opening night card begins at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) and also features “Family Night” activities and specials. Running Aces will feature live races every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. “The Trout-Air Fishing Experience” at Running Aces is also open every race night. For a full schedule of events and promotions during the racing season, visit the track’s website here.
By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces