Columbus, MN – The opening night harness racing card on Sunday (May 15) at Running Aces will be highlighted by two talented groups of trotters, and the return of the place pick-all wager.
The $16,500 featured sixth race drew a field of eight square-gaiters for the Open Handicap, with nearly $1.7 million in earnings and 188 wins amongst the contenders.
Mandeville (#7) is the 3-1 morning line choice with Luke Plano driving for Gerald Longo. Mandeville has won 47 career races and seven of 10 starts this year. Plano has been in the bike for those last seven victories at Cal-Expo. The 10-year-old gelding by Majestic Son took a career mark of 1:54 at Running Aces in 2020, and equaled that clocking on February 27 in Sacramento.
Mind Yown Business ships in from Pennsylvania for trainer Brady Jenson where he was a two-length winner in 1:54 at The Meadows two starts back, he has been listed as the 4-1 second choice and will have Dean Magee in the sulky and post position eight.
Go Byem (#6) is another east coast invader in the field and he boasts 37 career wins and over $350,000 in earnings. He will have the services of driver Nick Roland for trainer Jose Castillo, and he has been installed as the third choice on the early line at 5-1.
The $13,000 Open II Handicap Trot will close out the opening night card in race eight, and also drew a very talented field that collectively boasts earnings of over $1 million from 129 wins in the group.
Silverhill Volo has won 33 of those and has earned the distinction of morning line favorite at 3-1. He has finished in the top three in 10 of 11 outings this year for owner-trainer-driver James Lackey and will start from post seven.
Bordogna is the 7-2 second choice from post six with Rick Magee in the bike for trainer Justin Anfinson. Bordogna is making just his second start this year after winning seven of 25 outings last season and has won 28 races from 65 career starts.
Resita (#3) is the 5-1 third choice in the wide open field, he is another Pennsylvania shipper for trainer Brady Jenson and will be piloted by Brandon Jenson. Resita shows just one win so far this year, but posted six wins last season and has visited the winner’s circle 25 times in his career.
Running Aces remains the only harness racing track in the country to offer a place pick-all wager. The unique bet was added last season and has been popular with many players who enjoy the amount of action you can get on a ticket due to the low base wager amount of just 20 cents. The bet starts in race one each night and covers a maximum of 10 races. Pick-4 wagers have gained tremendous popularity all across the sport and they are also a popular bet at Running Aces. There are two Pick-4 offerings each night, with the late Pick-4, which is always the last four races on the program, carrying a $3,000 guaranteed pool.
The Sunday opening night card kicks off at 7 p.m. (CDT) and also features “Family Night” activities and specials. Running Aces will offer live racing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. “The Trout-Air Fishing Experience” at Running Aces is also open every racing night. For a full schedule of events and promotions during the racing season, visit the track website: www.RunAces.com.