An Open Trot headed by stablemates Inside Broadway and Franks Best and a trio of $10,000 California Sire Stakes share the marquee Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo.
A 15-race card is on tap with first post set at 5:20. The Open Trot goes as the eighth race on the evening, the Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies occupies the sixth spot while the other two stakes will be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular program.
Inside Broadway started off the new year in winning fashion by capturing the top dance for the trotting set on January 3 for her owner/breeder/trainerand regular pilot . He made a huge move down the backside to go from fifth to first and came home powerfully to seal the deal in a 1:58 flat performance.
Franks Best is also owned, trained and was bred by Johnson and is a half-brother to Inside Broadway with both being out of themare Inside Edition. An earner of over $185,000 with a 1:56 2/5 career standard, the 7-year-old has several Invite wins at the meet and will once again be guided by Mooney Svendsen.
Rounding out the field are Bet It All from the rail for; Rich Dessert with trainer in the sulky; El Azteca, to be guided by ; and Axel with Dave Siegel at the controls.
The Sire Stakes for the sophomore pacing fillies will give that group their first added-money opportunity at the meeting. Trainerwill send out an uncoupled pair in Brewski, who has the inside slot with ; and Clara Bea with at the helm. They will be challenged by Js Littlerockstar, Merlot, De Valeria and Perfect Pitch.
The other two Sire Stakes are for the trotting set. Kimmie Girls offspring Freedombird looks to add another trophy to the mantle for trainer Gordie Graham and pilotin the 4-year-old affair, while Ahh Panama is among the major players in the 3-year-old contest.
by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness