Day At The Track

Jailer "locks up" another Cal Expo trotting victory

05:58 AM 02 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Rick Bertrand trains, drives and co-owns Jailer

After suffering through a tough trip in his previous mile, the trotter Jailer returned to his winning ways last week for driver/trainer Rick Bertrand and now has two tallies from four trips to the post since coming in from Hoosier Park.

The son of Jailhouse Jesse is owned by Bertrand and Doug Flores and appears to have found a nice home in California. Last weeks mile saw him leaving sweetly into the pocket, an attack came past the half and at the wire he had two lengths on his nearest rival.

Doug and I purchased Jailer from Ken Booher and Chuck Taylor in Michigan, Bertrand related. Ken really liked him and said he is a really nice horse and probably wouldn't even sell him, but at this time in his life he only wants one horse and they had just bought a 2-year-old.

Well, Ken was right Hes a nice horse all the way around, in the barn or jogging and even driving him. My partner Doug is from California and retired a few years ago from a hobby shop that was owned by he and his wife Lorraine.

Doug Flores always enjoyed coming out to watch the races at Cal Expo and it was some years ago that Rick asked him if he wanted to go 50-50 on a horse. By now weve owned a couple dozen horses, including one Doug had a chance to rename Winonefordoug

Weve bred our mare C Miracle Mary, who has a Cal-bred 2-year-old and weanling and they also have Doug in their names.

As for Jailer, he is set to start next in Sundays Dr. Gary Budahn Trot. I know this horse has become one of Dougs favorites, Bertrand added.

Sire Stakes, Open Pace hold the spotlight

King Of The Crop looks to add another trophy to his display case when he heads the cast in Saturday nights $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the newly-turned 4-year-old pacing males, while St Lads Lottto eyes his seventh straight victory in the co-featured Open Pace.

There will be 11 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner Saturday evening and the action gets underway at 6:40 p.m.. A reminder that the trotters and pacers are now competing three nights a week, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday programs.

King Of The Crop is a homebred son of Little Steven out of the Real; Artist mare Romance Me who races for Frank Nevarez, is conditioned by Gordie Graham and will have Bruce Clarke in the sulky.

King Of The Crop has accounted for the last two added-money events decided for this division, capturing the April 26 gathering that finished up the last meet and then proving a punctual even-money favorite in the initial stakes decided at this stand on November 29.

In that mile, the Nevarez colorbearer was a game, first-over winner with the 1:55 1/5 clocking being two ticks off the mark he established here at the last session. He returned to take down a conditioned affair at next asking and then finished fourth in his most recent trip to the post.

Looking at the Open Pace, St Lads Lotto is a son of Stonebridge Regal who races for Ferne and Jack Frydman and he established his lifetime standard of 1:52 last year in his native Canada at Mohawk Raceway. Steve Wiseman, who has guided him in his last five tallies, once again gets the call from trainer Mark Winacott.

The dark-hued performer started his winning streak when capturing an optional seller on November 9 and has been steadily working his way up the ladder in the process, with the last four scores coming at the Open level. He has used his patented late charge to take down the last five, with a half-length margin over China King two weeks ago and hanging a head decision on that foe at most recent asking.

By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness




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