Running Aces to open backstretch June 1

Columbus, MN — Stall allocations for the 2020 season at Running Aces were posted Wednesday (April 29) and we continue to work with MHRI to develop our full schedule of races for regulatory review and approval.

We are committed to opening the backstretch at 8 a.m. on June 1 for the first phase of the 2020 season at Running Aces. This year, we will open the backstretch in two phases. Those who are assigned trailers at Running Aces or are in need of stabling for their horses are welcome to join us during the initial phase. Phase two, for the remainder of trainers allocated stalls at Running Aces, will open June 8 at 8 a.m.

Running Aces will offer four qualifying days beginning with phase 1 horses June 10 at 11 a.m.

A full schedule of races will be posted, pending regulatory approval, once a schedule has been finalized with MHRI.

Please confirm your intentions and date of arrival with Ben Blum prior to making shipping arrangements as well as sending stall rosters to

The purpose of a phased opening is to allow for a period of self-isolation and social distancing and learning new safety protocols for those traveling from great distance working in close proximity on the backstretch at Running Aces. As an additional measure of the safety and welfare of those working at Running Aces, we have hired Trisha Stobbs, Health and Safety Compliance Administrator, to develop and manage risk mitigation and safety practices for our horse people, track employees, and MRC staff.

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