This must be the best time of the year for fans of horseracing: Spring is just turning to summer, the sport of kings will spend a few weeks in the public eye during the Triple Crown races, and local tracks are opening their doors. And although Canterbury Park is the big name in Minnesota thoroughbred action, let's not forget the gripping harness race action at Running Aces Harness Park, just a 30-minute cruise up 35E. With 7 p.m. post times Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through August, and 5 p.m. starts on Sundays, there are plenty of opportunities this summer to get out and put a little money on a guy getting dragged behind a very fast horse. And even if harness racing isn't your cup of tea (or mint julep), there are plenty of card games to keep just about any gambler busy, if only while figuring out their Pai Gow hand. But before heading north for ponies and blackjack, check out RunningAces.com to get up-to-date info about jackpots, track conditions, and dinner specials. Free. Open 24 hours a day; post times 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: June 1. Continues through Aug. 28, 2010