Day At The Track

Glad to Meet Ya earns first trophy

05:27 AM 13 Apr 2018 NZST
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Luke Plano
Luke Plano
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After playing a supporting role in the first three stakes dances at Cal Expo for the sophomore pacing fillies, including breaks in the first pair, Glad to Meet Ya was the star of last Saturday night's harness racing get-together with a six and a half-length romp with Luke Plano.

Sent off the 4-1 second choice behind the 1-5 Goturnumber, who had crushed her rivals in the previous two Sire Stakes, Glad to Meet Ya is a Disco Devil homebred who goes about her business Billie Schwartz and co-owner/trainer Junior Wilkinson.

This group will get another chance to settle the score in a couple of weeks, with the four big clashes having seen three different winners, with Brigitte Bordeaux having accounted for the first one back on March 10.

Last Saturday night was also a big one for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and trainer Lino Pacheco as they made three trips to the winner's circle.

They started off the hat trick with Bettor's Promise in the co-featured Open II Pace to kick off the program, then added victories with another Bettor's Delight offspring in Bettor Lady in the seventh stanza and also had Lincoln posing for snapshots following the evening's penultimate 10th affair.

Speaking of landing in the charmed enclosure, the trotter Manley Stanley made it five wins from the last six appearances for owner/trainer Lisa Capioso and pilot Rene Goulet with a facile tally.

Manley Stanley, who has been known to accompany Lisa to her day job as teacher, was on his best behavior for this go-around after making a rare early miscue in his previous start and missing by a nose.

Trio of Opens get the marquee treatment

Three Open races are featured on Saturday night's program at Cal Expo with Pridecrest, I'm An Athlete and Delightfully Wild heading the Open Trot, Open Pace and Distaff Open, respectively.

There will be 10 races decided under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:40 p.m.

Pridecrest is a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall who races for Heather Matthews with Luke Plano reining and training. He has won seven of his eight starts at this meet, with four of them coming from the demanding No. 10 post position.

Pridecrest established a new track record in his first start at the meet on November 3, going coast-to-coast while posting a 1:53 2/5 clocking. He followed that with five more straight scores, the last four from the 10 slot.

The Matthews colorbearer tasted defeat for the first time here on March 3, when he was beaten a neck by Talkin Tootsie, then got his revenge at most recent asking as he waltzed home by almost six lengths while making every pole a winning one from the outside slot in a field of five. He has the 10 post this weekend.

I'm An Athlete, who has rattled off back-to-back victories at the head of the class, including a life-time best 1:51 mile at most recent asking, looks to keep the momentum going in the Open Pace.

An 8-year-old son of Art Major out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Female Champs, I'm An Athlete carries the banner of Ronald Rettig-Zucchi with Jessie Pacheco doing the training and James Kennedy in his usual spot in the sulky.

The hard-hitting veteran has posed for pictures following five of his 10 starts on the year after capturing 7 of his 30 trips to the post last season. He will do his work from the outside post in the field of seven.

By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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