Day At The Track

Schneider trainees singing in the rain

08:52 AM 13 Apr 2017 NZST
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There may have been a deluge here at Cal Expo last Friday night, but apparently Quentin Schneider's harness racing performers didn't mind at all.

Five members of the shedrow braved the elements on that card and the Schneider barn came away with three wins and a second on a night that seemed more fit for Noah than harness racing.

Thing got off to a fast start for Team Schneider when Tick Tick Kaboom got the job done in the opener with James Kennedy at the controls. It was the fourth victory in the last six trips to the post for the 3-year-old pacing filly and she made every pole a winning one to prove a punctual 4-5 favorite.

After Herecomesthethunder checked in second in the evening's fifth race, Smoke Eater and Glamorgal stepped up to capture the eighth and tenth races, respectively, to complete the hat track.

It was a déjà vu mile for Smoke Eater, who for the second straight week set all the fractions and held safe by a neck over a pocket-sitting Musician with Mooney Svendsen at the helm.

For Glamorgal and Kennedy, a wide rally to the stretch proved the winning formula as the mare responded gamely at crunch time to prevail by a half-length while rewarding her backers with a $14 payoff. All in all, it was a good night for Team Schneider.

Barbarian, I'm An Athlete do battle

I'm An Athlete, who has rattled off three straight wins including an upset at the head of the class; and Barbarian, his most immediate victim in that last mile, head the field for Friday night's featured Open Pace.

Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races Friday with first post set for 6:15 p.m.

I'm An Athlete is a 7-year-old son of Art Major out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Female Champs who is owned by Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, is trained by Lino Pacheco and will have the services of James Kennedy.

After capturing back-to-back conditioned events, I'm An Athlete returned to the Open ranks for his most recent assignment with Kennedy at the controls. He stalked to the lane, ignited when the question was asked and prevailed by a head over 2-5 favorite Barbarian in a 1:53 1/5 tour over a track labeled good.

Barbarian is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Righteous Renee who races for owner Robert Orr, takes his lessons from Sparky Clarke and will once again be guided by Luke Plano.

He had a four-race winning streak snapped by I'm An Athlete last time, carving out all the fractions in that affair before being collared right on the money. He was very game in his previous four scores, including one from the demanding No. 10 post, putting his class and versatility on display in the process.

Rounding out the field are Buddy's Hope, who leaves from the cozy rail slot with William Hernandez; Jazzmanian Devil, to be handled by Steve Wiseman; and Allymx'sliventexas, who will have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky.

By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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