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Fridays 15-race program is headed by the Stuart A. Wiener Memorial Pace; a California Sire Stakes featuring Show Runner and two divisions of the second leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series. First post is 5:20 p.m. (PDT). The Stuart A. Wiener Memorial is named for the man who has raced trotters and pacers with his wife Wendi since 1990. They were married for 42 years and he passed away on Dec. 5 from a heart infection at the age of 65. He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer, her husband Jon and a 10-year-old grandson Nathan. He was CFO at Health Science College in Henderson, Nevada and enjoyed his work, but it was his love of horses that really showed through, Wendi said. Our first horse was Shot N, who we had with Ross Croghan, and he is still on the farm. Stu loved everything about the game, including the betting, and a perfect union was made. For many years, the Wieners have raced their horses with trainer Nathalie Tremblay, including their favorite pacer Bewareofthisaffair. Stuarts name did appear on some of the horses along with Wendis brother Alan Kraslow, but most of the performers raced under her name. Stu loved going to Sacramento and hanging out with the horses. We both loved Nathalie and Dave (Kuri) and we have all been together so long that its not as much a business as it is family. He even had the chance to jog a horse by himself once, and he never stopped talking about it. Stu really loved the horses and proof is that we have seven retired here on the farm. Life was always interesting, especially on race night when we went to Dish Network to watch every race. The last few months Stu actually felt good and was even back to golf, but who knew. I keep telling people that we need to celebrate Stus life. Even with all the health problems he had in the last several years, he had a pretty fantastic life. It was the horses that actually lifted him at the worst times. Contentious field set for Invitational Trot A well-matched field is set for Fridays $5,000 Invitational Trot, with last weeks upset winner K D Amazin Spirit taking on the stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway and the hard-knocking Axle. K D Amazin Spirit is a 7-year-old son of Thadrow out of the Monterey Judge mare K D Charm who is owned, trained and was bred by Keith Willey and will have xxxx at the controls. He comes into this assignment with $104,000 in his account and a 1:54 2/5 mark that was established here earlier this season. He had no shown much in his first three starts since returning from Running Aces, where he closed out that campaign with a win, but he certainly returned to top form in last weeks clash at the head of the class. Plano motored him right to the top, he set the fractions without a challenge and came home with nearly four lengths to spare at nearly 16-1 that evening. Franks Best was runner-up in that affair as the 2-1 choice and figures to once again get plenty of support. The Bob Johnson owned, trained and bred 6-year-old has $185,000 in the bank, a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on the mantle and has posed for pictures following three of his last six trips to the post here with Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. Inside Broadway is a half-brother to Franks Best and gives Johnson another strong look at the outcome. The 4-year-ood Broadway Hall offspring rattled off three straight wins between November 9 and December 6 and has been burdened with the outside posts in his last two appearances, including the demanding No. 10 slot on December 13. James Kennedy will again be in the sulky. Axle is a Michigan-bred son of Hard Rock who figures right in the thick of things with his best mile. He dead-heated for the win in a conditioned contest on November 22, but has had to settle for minor awards in the interim while doing his work at this top rung. George Reider trains and David Siegel drives and they co-own the performer with Robert Thronson and Greg Robinson. BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND, THERE WILL BE A $10,000 GUARANTED POOL FOR THE PICK 5 ON BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE CONTINUES TO BE $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Mark Ratzky                        

Two divisions of the opening leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series and an Open Trot featuring stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway get the marquee treatment Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:55 p.m. The action continues Saturday evening with the finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series and a filly/mare Invitational Pace holding the spotlight. Franks Best and Inside Broadway are not only both owned, bred and trained by Bob Johnson, but are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. Franks Best is a 6-year-old by Armbro Scribe, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old with Broadway Hall being the sire. Franks Best comes into this assignment with $184,000 in his bank account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was established at Running Aces last year. He has posed for snapshots following three of his last five appearances at this meet, romping home by five and a half-lengths at most recent asking with regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. Inside Broadway had his win streak snapped last time when asked to do his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. He had rattled off three straight impressive victories coming into that mile with James Kennedy at the controls, including a dead-heat with his half-brother in the November 29 Invitational. Axle is looking to make amends after finishing second as the 3-5 favorite in that last clash at the head of the division. The 4-year-old son of Hard Rock is conditioned by George Reider, who also co-owns with driver Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. He has a victory and two runner-up finishes from his last three trips to the post here. Looking at the two divisions of the Budahn, High Dollar comes into the series having posed for pictures following three of his last four starts for owner Kent Fox and driver/trainer Tim Maier. Silverlode is also a nice fit under these conditions with a race under the belt for Vickie and Steve Desomer. BEGINNING THIS WEEK, THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE HAS BEEN RAISED TO $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Just Plum Lucky sports caring connections While Just Plum Lucky has been a little too comfortable with the minor placings over the last couple of seasons, with 20 runner-up finishes to go with her seven victories, Richard and Marlene Thomas homebred comes to play each and every week and does sport two snapshots at the meeting. Trained by George Reider and handled by the 20-year-old phenom Tyler Smith in her last two appearances, the dark-hued daughter of Power Of Art was unable to match strides with Lust in the lane but did keep to her task to complete the exacta as the public choice at most recent asking. Shes a gem consistency, but she is the bridesmaid an awful lot, Reider said. If l was going to have a family horse, she fits the bill. Rick to Marlene really like her, and it shows since they lost the horse once and claimed her back.. She definitely has her share of problems, but my assistant trainer Kim Hines knows her like a book it and really takes care of her and we love having her in the barn. Reider was around during the Western Harness Racing days at Hollywood Park and like many people is saddened by the closing of that track, even though they havent had the trotters and pacers there for decades. I have so many memories, George said. I got the chance to watch Niatross and I was really impressed by Direct Scooter. Steve Desomer also had a little trotter named Dante Jay who was so much fun to watch week in and week out. Watching Shelly Goudreau drive was something, and hearing Robin Burns call those races was really special. There was so much excitement in the stands with the big crowds and movie stars, and thats the way I like to remember Hollywood Park. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness  

Orlandos Express has been under the care of James Kennedy for less than two months, but this could be the start of something big as the 3-year-old continues his march toward next weeks Bob Gordon Series final. The Frank Nevarez-homebred son of Wicked Island only made it to the post one time last year and didnt get to the races again this season until November 15, but hes doing his best to make up for lost time. Hes won two conditioned events, finished second to divisional powerhouse A Stitch In Time in a Sire Stakes and then captured his section of last weeks opening leg of the Gordon. Sent off at a juicy 9-1 in the latter affair, he sat a stalking trip for Kennedy until the stretch, then unleashed a :27 3/5 final quarter to prevail by a half-length over favored Party Cove. Hes a nice one who doesnt do a thing wrong, Kennedy related. When I first got him, I learned quite a bit right away by going some trips and you could tell that he had a lot of potential. Orlandos Express came from well back to win his first two outings for Kennedy, then was far from disgraced finishing a distant second behind the very talented A Stitch In Time in his initial stakes foray. Last weeks Gordon opener fit snugly into the schedule and he responded by getting the job done while lowering his mark to 1:56 4/5 that evening. There arent any more stakes for him until January, so this series is perfect, his mentor noted. Hes definitely getting better and better with each start, and hes shown that he really likes to finish his races. Hell have more experience when he goes up against A Stitch In Time again. Kennedy is having a tremendous meet, with extremely high batting averages as both a driver and a trainer. Its been a joy to have the opportunity to drive and train such nice horses, he added. Bob Gordon Series, Invitational Pace head card The second leg of the Bob Gordon Pacing series, featuring last weeks opening leg winners After Alimony and Orlandos Express; and an Invitational Pace headline Saturday nights 14-race program at Cal Expo. After Alimony will be one of six Gene Vallandingham trainees in this weekends penultimate leg of the Bob Gordon. A 3-year-old daughter of Lis Mara out of the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Lucerne, she carries the A Piece Of the Action LLC banner. After Alimony sat a pocket trip to handle conditioned foes two weeks ago at 5-1 odds, then was sent off at 4-1 in last weeks division of the opening leg of the Gordon and proceeded to make every pole a winning one with Vallandingham in the sulky. Vallandingham will once again handle After Alimony in the second division and Party Cove in the first section. Orlandos Express is a lightly-raced 3-year-old homebred son of Wicked Island who races for Frank Nevarez and is reined and trained by James Kennedy. He won his first two starts in November, finished second to the outstanding A Stitch In Time in a December 6 Sire Stakes and then did the track-and-attack to perfection to take his Gordon division while lowering his mark to 1:56 4/5 in the process. Looking at the Invitational Pace, Stueben Jumpinjack is going in sharp form at the moment for trainer Gretchen Smith, who co-owns the 5-year-old son of Pacific Fella with Maureen Pittaro. He will appreciate getting away from Pancetta, who has headed East after two dominating Invite victories here. Stueben Jumpinjack, who will be handled by Tyler Smith, captured four of his five starts between November 2 and November 30, with those scores coming in optional claiming events. He has made his last two appearances at this top level, registering a second and a third behind the aforementioned Pancetta. Completing the field are Its Getting Hairy with Tim Maier; One And Only, Luke Plano; Phantom Dan for James Kennedy; Somethinginthewind with Gene Vallandingham; Emery Vern and Mobil Big John, who both hail from the George Anthrop barn and leave from the inside posts. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness        

 Owner/trainer Bette Jean Calice admits that the 10-year-old trotter Sharpshootennorris is as much a pet as a member of her stable, which raises the question of how many pets can you buy for $8,000 and three years later theyve put over $85,000 in the bank? Thats the scenario with Sharpshootennorris, who looks to add to his $422,000 in overall earnings when he suits up in Friday nights headliner for Bette Jean and regular pilot Steve Wiseman. He originally raced for my niece and was an Open trotter back then, Calice said. He lost a step and ended up in claimers and was taken by someone for $8,000. He raced for them for awhile, and then when they dropped him back in for $8,000, I claimed him. Sharpshootennorris banked $40,000 that first year for Calice and turned in a 1:55 3/5 mile at Pompano, adding another $45,000 to that total over the last two seasons. He currently makes up the entire barn for Calice, who considers herself to be semi-retired at this point. Hes very special, she noted. He hears me coming even before I get around the side of the barn. When were jogging, he can still act a little like a baby and jump up and down when something unusual happens, but when it comes time to race hes all business out there. The 10-year-old trotter dead-heated for a conditioned victory on November 22 and has spent his last three starts chasing home Bob Johnsons dynamic duo of Franks Best and Inside Broadway in the Invitational ranks. He figures to appreciate the class relief for Fridays assignment and looms large with Wiseman guiding. Bette Jean explained that its been some 30 years since she raced here in Sacramento, spending the majority of her time in Florida and Indiana during the interim. The timing seemed right, and Im looking to spend the summer in Oregon when this meet is over. Im having a great time. Apparently, so is Sharpshootennorris. Trotting main event lures contentious cast Sharpshootennorris, who has been knocking heads with the likes of Franks Best and Inside Broadway of late; and Hellogottagobuybye, fresh from a smart victory, are among the major players in Friday nights trotting headliner. A 13- race card is on tap, with the feature set as the fourth on the evening and first post is 5:55 p.m. The action continues Saturday night with two divisions of the second leg of the Bob Gordon Series and an Invitational Pace as the marquee events. Getting back to Fridays Trot, Sharpshootennorris has made his last three appearances at the Invite level, chasing home powerhouse stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway in those ventures. He figures to be much more at home with Fridays crew. A 10-year-old Canadian-bred son of Earl, he is owned and trained by Bette Jean Calice with Steve Wiseman in his usual position in the sulky. He comes into this assignment with $422,000 in his account and a 1:54 mark that was established three years ago. Since dead-heating with Axle in a conditioned contest on November 22, he has been in very tough while coming away with a third and two fourth-place finishes. Hellogottagobuhbye looked good getting the job done last week in his second start at the meet and looms large right back. Owned by Daniel Maier and conditioned by father Tim, Tyler Smith will handle the lines after using a second-over trip to victory. The son of Dream Vacation sports a 1:54 2/5 mark from last season at Pocono Downs. Silverlode figures to be a solid factor for Team Desomer. The 4-year-old daughter of British Sterling is a Sire Stakes victress and made every pole a winning one to capture the Joe Lighthill Series finale on November 22. Veteran Steve Desomer is in the sulky. Sky Keeper looks for back-to-back for owner Barry Farber and driver/trainer James Kennedy. He has clicked in three of his five outings here since coming in from New York and was a 1:58 victor at Balmoral Park last year. Completing the field are K D Amazin Spirit, Bloomfieldcantfly, Donna Letsgo and Rich Dessert. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

Two divisions of the first leg of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series; an Invitational Pace headed by Pancetta and a distaff Invitational featuring Show Runner and Haggin Oaks are the main events on Saturday nights 14-race program at Cal Expo. Pancetta made a triumphant return to California last week for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pachecho and pilot Luke Plano. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in his first start since November 9 at Yonkers, he made a bold brush to the lead at the half and went on to a four-length decision in a snappy 1:52 2/5 final clocking. The 4-year-old son of No Pan Intended and the Life Sign mare Gingerbread Square is now just $7,000 shy of reaching the $200,000 earnings plateau and established his 1:51 1/5 standard earlier this season over the five-eighths Pocono Downs oval. He has been assigned the testing No. 10 post position. Leaving from the from the first six slots are Its Getting Hairy (Tim Maier); One And Only (Chip Lackey); Somethinginthewind (Gene Vallandingham); Stueben Jumpinjack (James Kennedy); Mobil Big John (Tyler Smith) and Emery Vern (Dave Siegel). The Bob Gordon Series will go as the third and fifth races on the card and the Gene Vallandingham barn is well represented with three performers in the first division and a pair in the second. He will guide After Alimony in the first and Party Cove in the other section. Looking at the distaff Invite, Show Runner is a daughter of Little Steven and the Tylers Mark mare Peace Runner who comes into this assignment with four straight wins and 18 snapshots overall from here 34 trips to the post. Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar own with Tim Maier reigning and training. A 1:52 3/5 victress this summer at Running Aces, Show Runner is fresh from two Sire Stakes score, an Invitational victory and a dominating Open performance. Sent off the 1-9 chalk in last weeks stakes gathering, she made every pole a winning one while showing the way home by a length over arch-rival and pocket-sitting Strings. No matter how things shake out early, shell be tough right back. Mark Ratzky  

Tyler Smith, who this summer at age 20 became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 victories, is scheduled to drive here at Cal Expo for at least the next couple of months beginning Friday night. Smith, who will turn 21 in January, was the leading driver at the recently-concluded Hooiser Park meeting in Indiana and is currently plying his trade on a Monday-through-Thursday night basis over the half-mile Northfield Park oval in Ohio. That leaves his weekends free to catch a plane to California and try some Cal Expo action. I was driving for Bob Johnson this summer and he suggested I look into it, Smith related. After talking with (General Manager) Chris Schick I was very encouraged and excited about the opportunity. I actually prefer driving over a mile track. On a half-mile, post position can be a big handicap and you almost always have to be moving. I like the chance to be patient and think a little more out there. Smith has been making headlines for quite some time. When he was 12 he became the youngest to win a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Likely to victory in 1:59 1/5 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. Smith began his career in 2009 and earned the Peter Haughton Memorial Award, which is bestowed to up-and-coming stars in the business. He recorded victory No.1,000 at Hoosier in August, eclipsing the record of Doug McNair who had notched his two weeks shy of his 21st birthday. Capturing the recent Hoosier Park crown was especially gratifying for the young pilot. I never dreamed of winning that meet going in, but everything came together perfectly and I was fortunate to be driving first call for some top barns. Invitational Trot, Sire Stakes head the program An Invitational Trot that finds Inside Broadway eyeing his fourth straight victory and a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters headed by Freedombird share the spotlight at Cal Expo Friday night. In an effort to even out the playing field a bit in the Invite Trot, racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned Inside Broadway the demanding No. 10 post position for this go-around, with his four rivals filling out the inside spots. Inside Broadway is going in razor-sharp form at the moment for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson and regular pilot James Kennedy. The 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall eyes the hat trick this weekend and has been putting his class and versatility on display during the streak. His first two decisions were on the front end, including a dead-heat with his half-brother Franks Best who will again be among his rivals. Kennedy changed tactics with Inside Broadway for the most recent score, as they sat a stalking trip before coming first-over for a two and a half-length victory. He set his mark last season with a 1:55 3/5 tour at Harrahs Philadelphia. Taking him on are his stablemate and half-brother Franks Best, who will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions; Axle with Dave Siegel guiding; Sharpshootennorris, to be handled by Steve Wiseman; and K D Amazin Spirit, who leaves from the cozy inside slot with Tim Maier in the sulky. Freedombird holds the aces in the Sire Stakes, which will go as a non-betting event prior to the regular program. The son of Panama Hanover is out of the popular mare Kimmie Girl and races for Melissa Erzene, trainer Gordie Graham and driver Luke Plano. Rounding out the field are Lightning Of Lodi, Tour Guide, More Tequila and Jewel Of Lodi. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

Stueben Jumpinjack continues to do solid work at this meeting for Gretchen Smith, as the Pacific Fella gelding has now posed for pictures following four of his last five trips to the post with James Kennedy giving directions on each occasion. The water gets a quite a bit deeper for the 5-year-old this weekend, as he steps up to the Invitational ranks. Looking to deny the sharp pacer are such heavyweights as It's Getting Hairy and One And Only and well-regarded invaders Pancetta and Somethinginthewind. Stueben Jumpinjack is owned in partnership by Smith and Maureen Pittaro and has been money in the bank when competing for a claiming tag at this session. He used his patented track-and-attack method to prove a punctual favorite last weekend and has earned a ticket to the rarified air of the Invite for this week's go-around. "Stueben is an awesome animal," Smith related. "We bought him at a sale last November He had two starts for us, one being a win, before he tore a suspensory. We turned him out and gave him almost six months to heal. We brought him back slowly and it has paid off." Smith makes it clear that co-owner Pittaro is the secret weapon in this winning equation. "Maureen has been a partner with me on a few horses over the past several years. She comes to the barn every single day and feeds Stu carrots and swears that is the secret to his success. It's all in the carrots and love. "She truly loves her horses and coming to visit them. Stueben has to be one of the easiest horses to work with I have ever had in my barn, from the stall all the way to track. He's just a pleasure to be around." It's Getting Hairy faces solid invaders in headliner Saturday's Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo finds the razor-sharp It's Getting Hairy taking on a couple of classy invaders in Pancetta and Somethinginthewind in the featured Invitational Pace. A 14-race program is on tap and first post is 5:35 Pacific Time. Since running into serious traffic problems and losing all chance in his local debut, It's Getting Hairy has posted three straight impressive victories for Tim and Denise Maier. The 4-year-old son of Relentless Yankee was haltered from a $6,000 claimer in August at Running Aces and set his 1:52 3/5 mark 10 days later over that track. He is looking for his 10th win on the year from 22 appearances. It's Getting Hairy came from last to prove a powerful winner in a conditioned affair on November 2, was scratched from his next scheduled outing and then got to the job done at the top rung two weeks ago. Sitting next-to-last until the final bend, he swung out to take aim on the leaders turning for home and rolled by for the two and a quarter-length score. Leaving from the outside slot in a field of six for his most recent appearance, the dark-hued performer sat last early, made a big move to the stretch and won going away by a length and a half while stopping the timer in 1:53 3/5 that evening. He is obviously very sharp at the moment. One And Only took advantage of the absence of It's Getting Hairy last weekend and picked up his first win of the meeting for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco.. He was runner-up behind his main rival in his previous two appearances and the 5-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has a number of big miles over this layout on his resume. Chip Lackey takes over the lines. Pancetta and Somethinginthewind are the new faces in the cast and should be given plenty of respect. Pancetta has posed for snapshots following 15 of 51 outings with a 1:51 2/5 mark and over $190,000 in earnings, while Somethinginthewind has clicked in 10 of his 51 starts, including a lifetime-best 1:51 1/5 tour. Luke Plano will drive Pancetta, while Gene Vallandingham will guide his trainee Somethinginthewind. Rounding out the cast are Stueben Jumpinjack with James Kennedy and Giant Sculpture, to be guided by Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness      

Not only did Bob Johnson own, train and breed last weeks Invitational Trot dead-heat winners Franks Best and Inside Broadway, but these two top performers are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. They square off again Friday night. Inside Edition was an Open mare with a 1:57 2/5 mark at 4, but she developed an ankle infection which ended her career, Johnson related. She was retired at the Desomer Farm and bred to Armbro Scribe. The resulting foal was Franks Best, who was an absolute terror in Sire Stakes competition in his younger days and has continued his winning ways under Johnsons direction. He suits up Friday evening with $181,000 in his account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was set last season over the Running Aces oval. Inside Edition was eventually sent back to Pennsylvania, and thats where she was bred to Broadway Hall two years later, Bob said. Inside Broadway won a few stakes in Pennsylvania and took his mark of 1:55 3/5. Both trotters competed this summer in Indiana and have been putting on a pretty good show for barn bragging rights through the first couple of months of this meeting. That last race was a real thrill, Johnson explained. To have these two horses dead-heat in an Invitational is a great feeling, especially having bred for both of them. Three bet specials each night A reminder that are there are three bets offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick 4 and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nightcap. To give you a better idea what this means in terms of dollars, the three payoffs on the November 15 card were $5,973 for the Pick 5; the Pick 4 clocked in at $1,954 and the Hi-Five returned $1,422. Using normal takeout rates, the Pick 5 would have dropped to $5,332 for a difference of $641 to each winner; the Pick 4 would have paid $1,744, meaning each ticket would have been worth $210 less; and the Hi-Five would have come in at $1,269, a difference of $153 for each winning combination. Sire Stakes, Invitational Trot get marquee treatment A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old fillies matching Show Runner and Strings and an Invitational Trot featuring last weeks dead-heating half-brothers Franks Best and Inside Broadway headline the Friday night action at Cal Expo. Show Runner is a daughter of Little Steven out of the Tylers Mark mare Peace Runner who is owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar with Tim Maier reining and training. She comes into this assignment with 16 wins from her 30 starts on the season, $88,000 in earnings and a 1:52 3/5 mark that was set this season at Running Aces. The bay miss has rattled off three straight impressive victories at this meet. She waltzed home by nearly four lengths in the Open on November 15; proved a punctual 1-2 choice in the most recent Sire Stakes clash two weeks ago and then absolutely crushed her rivals at the most recent asking in the Louis GG Perego Memorial under Maiers direction. Strings was second to Show Runner in that last stakes clash and once again looms the main rival for owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Mooney Svendsen. The Hi Ho Silverheels offspring picked up her seventh win on the year in a conditioned affair last week and will attempt to turn the tables on the divisions top gun. Looking at the Invite Trot, Franks Best and Inside Broadway are owned, trained and were bred by Bob Johnson. Franks Best is a 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old by Broadway Hall out of that fine mare. Mooney Svendsen guides Franks Best and James Kennedy handles Inside Broadway. Franks Best has a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle with $181,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard that was established last season at Running Aces. He sports three victories from six appearances at this session, including that dead-heat for the top position with his barnmate at most recent asking. Inside Broadway has posed for pictures following three of his last four trips to the post under Kennedys guidance and the Johnson performer is looking to add to a $65,000 account. He was a 1:55 3/5 victor at Harrahs Philadelphia last season and figures to be up close and personal from the outset. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness              

A racing oddity occurred in Friday nights co-featured Invitational Trot at Cal Expo Friday night, as half-brothers Franks Best and Inside Broadway dead-heated for the victory. Both are owned and trained by Bob Johnson and won in 1:59.3. Franks Best is a 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old by Broadway Hall out of that fine mare. Mooney Svendsen handled Franks Best while James Kennedy was in the sulky behind Inside Broadway.. Franks Best has a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle with $181,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard that was established last season at Running Aces. He sports three victories from six appearances at this session. Inside Broadway has posed for pictures following three of his last four trips to the post at the current stand and the Johnson performer was a 1:55 3/5 victor at Harrahs Philadelphia last season.   By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

One And Only is in receipt of a little class relief in Saturday night’s co-feature, getting away from the razor-sharp It’s Getting Hairy, and could very well be posing for pictures for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and trainer Lino Pacheco. The 5-year-old son of Bettors Delight has gone a number of big miles over this layout during his career, but his career standard came in August during a Vernon Downs invasion when he stopped the timer in a snappy 1:52 4/5 under Luke Planos direction. We bought Only and Only at the Meadowlands sale in January 2011, Morita related. He had tried to qualify twice at Freehold, but made breaks in both starts. We figured Steve Elliott was a top trainer back east, so he was brought along the right way and one of those not destined for stakes. Just the kind of horse my partner Dave and I could take a chance on. One And Only had spent his entire racing career in California up until the end of the last meet, when Morita and Yamada decided the time was right to hit the road with the gelding. We hooked up with Luke, who had done well driving the horse and was headed to Running Aces. Luke's dad, Rick, was the one who was at the sale and did the inspection of One and Only and made the winning bid. One And Only got sick at Aces and just raced okay. Luke wanted to try Vernon Downs, so we went for the ride. In August, he found a field to his liking, and Luke gave him a winning drive, stopping the timer in a lifetime best of 1.52 4/5. Right before he left Vernon, we were coming strong first over in a fast mile, and I think he would have been right there. Unfortunately, he made an uncharacteristic break when clearing the leader in a mile that went 1.51 flat. One And Only was given a few weeks off following his return to California, and according to his co-owner enjoyed being home and in the care of Pacheco. He has recorded two seconds and a third in his three trips to the post at this meet and gets away from one of his main rivals in Its Getting Hairy for this weekends assignment. We have been bringing him back slowly, Morita noted. I thought his last mile was a very good one on a track where front speed was not holding at all and he was meeting a very sharp horse in Its Getting Hairy. A Stitch In Time solid Sire Stakes favorite Saturdays Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo features a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers with A Stitch In Time looming the overwhelming favorite in that affair. A 14-race card is on tap Saturday evening, with the Sire Stakes going as the ninth on the program. The co-feature is an Open 2 Pace with Phantom Dan and One And Only among the major players and it will be the third race on the card. A Stitch In Time is a homebred son of Kents On Nuke out of the Power Of Art mare Sheza Gimmie Girl who is owned by Mark Anderson, conditioned by Gordie Graham and will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. He is looking for his 11th win from 16 career trips to the post. The dark-hued performer set his lifetime standard of 1:53 3/5 last month at Fraser Downs, and suited up for the first Sire Stakes here for the division two weeks ago having captured four of his previous five outings. Sent off at 1-5 in that affair, he sat a tracking trip for Svendsen for a half, brushed to a clear advantage on the final bend and went on to a 10-length romp. Bit Player was along for second that night while no threat to A Stitch In Time. The Desomer Stable homebred son of Moxie is a multiple stakes winner with a 1:55 standard that was set here earlier in the season and Steve Wiseman will handle the lines for trainer Vickie Desomer. Completing the field are Orlandos Express with James Lackey at the controls; Hi Ho Disguise, to be handled by Dave Siegel; Me Tarzan with James Kennedy; and Kablooie, who leaves from the outside with Luke Plano at the helm. Looking at the Open 2 Pace, One And Only has completed the exacta behind Its Getting Hairy in his last two miles and should appreciate getting away from the razor-sharp performer. The Richard Morita and David Yamada colorbearer is conditioned by Lino Pacheco with Luke Plano guiding and established his 1:52 4/5 mark this summer at Vernon Downs. Phantom Dan should be the main rival for driver/trainer James Kennedy.   By Mark Ratzky,for Cal Expo Harness  

Horsemen across the country and Canada are coming to the aid of Anthony Coletta, who was seriously injured on November 17 in an accident at Harrah's Philadelphia racetrack, and Cal Expo is no exception. Steve Wiseman and Robin Clements have spearheaded local fundraising efforts for Coletta, who suffered critical head trauma along with a broken pelvis, hip and elbow. This will be the second weekend they will be raising money to help with the costs associated with his care and recovery. "I met Anthony at Plainridge in 2007," Wiseman related. "At the time he had just taken out his license and I did some driving for him. Over the years, we've become good friends and when I found out about this accident and his condition, I went to Robin and asked her if we could put together something to help." Steve was among the drivers who donated all of his driving fees last weekend, something which has been taking place at many harness tracks in the last two weeks. Anthony Coletta's good friend and fellow trainer Anthony Defransesco is coordinating these efforts. "Anthony has sent out wristbands that we will be selling this week for $5 each," Wiseman noted. "They will be available on both the backside and the frontside and hopefully we'll have a nice check to send from Cal Expo at the end of the week." CHHA horsemen's representative Robin Clements added, "When Steve told me about Anthony and wanting to help, I never blinked an eye. This was a tragic accident to a fellow horseman and driver with a bright future. We don't race for a lot out in California, but one thing about the horsemen out here, their hearts are huge! So when I started going around about the fundraiser everyone dug into their pockets! We all wish Anthony a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with him during this critical time." Watch and Wager LLC General Manager Chris Schick said, "It's great to see the harness industry rally for one of their own, and Cal Expo is happy to play even a small role in that effort." Pair of Invitationals, Sire Stakes headline program The Louis GG Perego Memorial Pace featuring Haggin Oaks and Show Runner; an Invitational Trot headed by Inside Broadway and Frank's Best and a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters are on tap at Cal Expo Friday night. Haggin Oaks and Show Runner are both going in razor-sharp form and drew for the assigned No. 7 and 8 posts the for the Perego Memorial. Haggin Oaks has accounted for three of her four appearances at the meet, with her only setback coming when she had a tough trip from the demanding 10 post two weeks ago and had to settle for second. James Kennedy reins and trains the mare for Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini. Show Runner is eying the hat trick Friday while gunning for her 16th win on the season from 30 outings for owners Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar and driver/trainer Tim Maier. The 3-year-old daughter of Little Steven was a 1:52 3/5 victress at Running Aces this summer and is coming off a handy Sire Stakes last week over her peers. Rounding out the field are Lady's Art, to be handled by Chip Lackey; Cammi Place with Mooney Svendsen at the controls; and Sea Bug, who leaves from the cozy rail slot with Luke Plano guiding. Looking at the Invite Trot, Inside Broadway has accounted for two of the last three clashes at the head of the class for the division for owner/breeder/trainer Bob Johnson and pilot James Kennedy. He did the track and attack to get the job done on October 26, then took matters into his own hands at most recent asking with a game coast-to-coast decision. Frank's Best gives the Johnson barn another strong look at the outcome with Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. The 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe comes into this assignment with a slew of stakes trophies on his mantle and $180,000 in earnings and has captured two of his five appearances at this meeting. Axle, K D Amazin Spirit, Silverlode and Sharpshootnnorris complete the cast. The Sire Stakes will go as a non-betting event prior to the regular program and they will line up this way: Jewel Of Lodi (Chip Lackey); Lightning Of Lodi (Pierre Girard); Tour Guide (Steve Desomer); Freedombird (Luke Plano) and More Tequila (James Kennedy).   By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

It may have said 27-1 on the board, but Incredible Gambler looked more like an odds-on favorite last week as she took aim on the leaders at the head of the stretch and won going away with Dave Siegel in the sulky. She attempts an encore in Saturday night's 10th race. Incredible Gambler, a 7-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot, currently carries the banner of Clint Lugar and hails from the Lino Pacheco barn. Making her first start since late August at Vernon Downs and sporting a qualifier with the comment "under wraps", she was ready to rock and roll off the bench. While Siegel was merely the passenger for the latest victory, he has a successful history with Incredible Gambler that also includes posing for pictures as the owner of this hard-hitting distaffer. "I claimed her back in April of last year," Siegel explained. "I owned her for a little over a year, though she was claimed a couple of times in between. Matias Ruiz trained her and she was about as reliable a performer as there can be. "I have won with her 11 times, and I think except for one race where she broke, she got a check in something like 25 consecutive races. Clint purchased her from me at the end of the last meet and she raced very well in Minnesota for Luke Plano, but did not seem to like the track at Vernon Downs as much as she does the Cal Expo oval." Incredible Gambler, who went over the $90,000 earnings plateau with her most recent appearance for Team Lugar/Pacheco/Siegel, can pretty much get the job done from any position in the race, but does have a preference. " While she can race any which way, she likes coming off the pace the best, so with our shorter fields and wide turns, she is really well suited for Sacramento," Siegel said. " I was really excited when Clint asked me to drive her, especially when we have some really good drivers here. I guess he saw how I had done with her and gave me the nod. " She qualified super, and I was just hoping for a good, off the pace trip with her in her first outing after the trip west. But the front went fast enough, and she was her old self coming from the back. It's really nice to be reunited and I hope I can continue to do well with her." It's Getting Hairy, Phantom Dan square off Saturday night's 13-race program is headed by an Open Pace that finds It's Getting Hairy and Phantom Dan in a rematch, with the former going from the outside while Phantom Dan gets some serious relief as he moves from the demanding 10 slot to the No. 5 post for this assignment. Since running into serious traffic problems and losing all chance in his local debut, It's Getting Hairy has posted back-to-back impressive victories for Tim and Denise Maier. The 4-year-old son of Relentless Yankee was haltered from a $6,000 claimer in August at Running Aces and set his 1:52 3/5 mark 10 days later over that track. He is looking for his ninth win on the year from 21 appearances. It's Getting Hairy came from last to prove a powerful winner in a conditioned affair on November 2, was scratched from his next scheduled outing and then got to the job done at the top rung in his most recent tour. Sitting next-to-last until the final bend, he swung out to take aim on the leaders turning for home and rolled by for the two and a quarter-length score. Phantom Dan kicked off the meet with three straight victories, but could not overcome the assigned 10 post last time and faltered. James Kennedy drives, trains and co-owns the 5-year-old son of Little Steven with Jennifer Burns and he could easily rebound now that he isn't doing his work from that testing slot. The bay performer was unbeatable here between October 26 and November 9, with the last two scores coming at this Open level. In fact, he was not beaten to a pole in those outings, twice hitting the wire in 1:54 2/5 twice and clocking a 1:55 mile in the other. His 1:53 1/5 lifetime standard was established over this layout earlier in the season. One And Only has been knocking on the door with two seconds and a third since returning from Vernon Downs in New York, where he set his 1:52 4/5 mark this summer. Richard Morita and David Yamada own, Lino Pacheco trains and Luke Plano will once again handle the lines. Completing the field are Giant Sculpture, who has the cozy rail slot with trainer Gene Vallandingham in the sulky; the Gretchen Smith-trained Steuben Jumpnjack, to be guided by Steve Wiseman; and Split Ticket, who gives the Pacheco barn two looks at the outcome with Chip Lackey at the controls. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

If you're a regular fan of Cal Expo racing, watching Cherry Tree Nicole roll by the leaders in the stretch like she did last weekend is nothing new. The 7-year-old daughter of British Sterling was winning for 15th time from 29 appearances on the season, already topping the dozen photos she posed for last year. When she suits up Saturday night for Tim and Denise Maier, she will be seeking victory No. 55 from 160 trips to the post and she has definitely earned her $127,000 bankroll the old-fashioned way. "She doesn't like to be rushed, but she certainly knows where the wire is," driver/trainer Tim Maier related. "I don't believe Denise and I have ever raced a horse who won 30 races in two years, but she's on track to do it." Cherry Tree Nicole is out of the Cumin mare Yankee Reflection, who raced for the late Nicol Tremblay. "Alan Kirschenbaum named this one as a tribute to Nicol," Tim said. "In the past, we've taken her with us to Running Aces, but she doesn't like the smaller track so this summer we just kept her here and gave her a break." Tim and Denise also raced her sire British Sterling, who passed away recently and has been represented by some nice performers from limited opportunities. "I purchased him in Florida as a 4-year-old for Alan, because at the time he was looking for a trotter to drive in the amateur races. He turned out to be a very nice performer, and his strength was the fact he was good-gaited, honest and a big finisher." That sounds a lot like his daughter Cherry Tree Nicole, who will strut her stuff in the final race on Saturday. Not only does she do Tim and Denise proud, but the late Nicol Tremblay and Alan Kirschenbaum as well. A REMINDER THERE ARE THREE WAGERS EACH NIGHT WITH A REDUCED 16 PERCENT TAKEOUT RATE. THEY ARE THE 50-CENT PICK FIVE THAT BEGINS ON THE THIRD RACE; THE 20-CENT PICK 4 ON THE FINAL FOUR RACES; AND THE 10-CENT HI-FIVE ON THE NIGHTCAP. Sire Stakes, Open Pace hold the spotlight A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers with A Stitch In Time looming the solid choice and an Open Pace that finds Phantom Dan eyeing his fourth straight trip to the charmed enclosure are the main events on the Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo Saturday night. A 13- race program is on tap, with the Open Pace set as the second contest on the evening while the Sire Stakes follows as the third race on the card. First post is set for 5:55 p.m. A Stitch In Time looms large in the Sire Stakes as the son of Kent's On Nuke comes into the assignment with nine victories from 14 starts and a 1:53 3/5 mark. He will be challenged by Hi Ho Disguise, Bit Player, Kablooie and Me Tarzan. In an effort to level out the playing field a bit in the Open Pace, racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned Phantom Dan the demanding No. 10 post position for this week's gathering at the head of the class. This will mean he will have quite a bit of separation at the start between himself and his four rivals. Phantom Dan is a 5-year-old son of Little Steven who hasn't been beaten to any of the poles in his last three trips to the post. James Kennedy owns, trains and drives this razor-sharp performer who has posted two of his scores in 1:54 2/5 and another in 1:55 flat while never looking like a loser in any of those outings. Off as the prohibitive 1-2 choice in his most recent appearance, Phantom Dan never looked like a loser as Kennedy buzzed him off the gate to command and he was able to moderate the fractions to his liking, coming home with a length and a quarter over Giant Sculpture that night. The latter was making his California debut for A Piece Of The Action LLC and driver/trainer Gene Vallandingham and has every right to make a move forward with a local effort under his belt. The son of Village Jolt was a 1:52 1/5 winner at Balmoral earlier this season. One And Only has gone a series of powerful miles over this layout and will appreciate having his main rival marooned in that outside slot. Lino Pacheco conditions the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight offspring for Richard Morita and David Yamada with Luke Plano once again handling the lines. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

Silverlode left little doubt in last week's opening leg of the Joe Lighthill Trotting Series, making 6-5 look like an early Christmas gift as the Desomer Stable homebred romped by seven lengths in a lifetime-best 1:58 clocking. The victory put the 4-year-old daughter of British Sterling over the $71,000 earnings plateau and she is likely to attract plenty of attention at the windows once again with veteran Steve Desomer back in the sulky as the series continues Friday night. "She's out of a divisional champion in Charlottes Web, who in turn is out of a great producing mare One To Top," trainer Vickie Desomer related. "That makes her and High Dollar, who raced in the other division last week, uncle and niece. This time they get to race against each other." What would make winning this series even sweeter for the Desomers is the fact that it is named for the legendary Joe Lighthill, who passed away in 2006. He was a mainstay in California for decades and was associated as a driver and/or trainer with such outstanding performers as Kerry Way, Countess Adios, Tender Loving Care, Hickory Pride, Peter Lobell, Try Scotch and BC Count. "Joe was the consummate horseman and a good friend," Vickie said. "Time and time again Steve and I relied on him to get our young green horses safely around the track and he always did just that. He was truly one of the greats, not just in California, but across the nation." For the record, Steve Desomer turned 77 years young in July and is still guiding winners into the charmed enclosure. He comes into this week's action with 2,607 victories from his 12,686 career trips to the post with over $10.8 million in earnings. "By the way, we're trying to be retired people," Vickie noted. "It's just not working out very well!" It's definitely performers like Silverlode that keep Vickie and Steve coming back for more, and it's easy to understand. Bob Staats final, Lighthill Series command spotlight The $10,000 finale of the Bob Staats Pacing Series for fillies and mares featuring last week's winner Rag Doll and a solid Gene Vallandingham-trained contingent; the second leg of the Joe Lighthill Trotting Series headed by Silverlode and an Open Distaff Pace that brings out Haggin Oaks share the marquee Friday night at Cal Expo. Rag Doll is a 3-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover who is owned by Larry and Carol Parlin, takes her lessons from Lino Pacheco and will once again have Chip Lackey at the controls. She has been a gem of consistency at this meet, with two victories and three runner-up finishes from her five trips to the post. Sent off at 8-1 in last week's second leg of the Staats, the bay miss proved clearly best as she was used early and then again at the half en route to a dominating three and a half-length score. The 1:55 2/5 clocking shaved three and one-fifth seconds off her mark, which was established earlier this season over the half-mile Freehold oval. Gene Vallandingham will send out four distaffers in hopes of bringing down the top prize, including first leg divisional winners After Alimony, to be guided by her conditioner; and R Journey Together with Steve Wiseman in the sulky. The barn will also send out Corona With Lime and Cypress Hill Suds while Blue Gem, Little Anna Mae and Love Live Laugh complete the field. Silverlode looks to hold the aces her division of the second leg of the Lighthill after a posting a seven-length romp as the 6-5 second choice last week. The Desomer Stable homebred daughter of British Sterling lowered her career standard to 1:58 flat in the process and will once again have Steve Desomer giving directions. Loose Cannon heads the other section and will be looking to make amends after checking in third as the odds-on favorite last week. Another British Sterling offspring, the Bob Bacon-owned gelding is reined and trained by Steve Wiseman and should be in prime stalking mode. Haggin Oaks has gone a series of big miles over this layout in the last few seasons en route to putting nearly $150,000 in her bank account for owners Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini. James Kennedy reins and trains the 7-year-old Hi Ho Silverheel's offspring who has returned from a freshening to rattle off a pair of solid victories as the odds-on favorite and will be asked to do her work from the demanding No. 10 post this weekend. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

Frank's Best is the type of trotter that has everybody in the race looking over their shoulders when the racing gets serious, having used his long-fused tactics to put nearly $180,000 in the bank for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson. "That's his cup of tea," driver Mooney Svendsen explained when asked about the 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe. "You give him any kind of trip to the stretch and he'll give you a :27 and change final quarter. He loves to race and he absolutely loves this track." While Franks Best had raced strictly to that wait until the stretch style in his first three starts at this meet, Svendsen decided to take a little different tact and moved much earlier with his charge in last week's clash in the Open Trot. The result was his second win at the stand, albeit in unusual fashion. "Opening week here everything worked out nicely and he looped the field and won," Mooney explained. "But then the next race we were stuck behind poor cover that only went about 10 feet and then the start after that we were forced to zig and zag and he came home in :27 2/5, but had too much to do. "The plan last week was to be aggressive if they tried to go too slow up front, and that's exactly the way it was setting up to the half. I moved him out, he hooked up with his stablemate (Inside Broadway) on the last turn and then was able to open up into the stretch and he held. He gave me a real nice burst when I popped his earplugs." Frank's Best will suit up once again with Svendsen giving directions in Saturday night's co-featured tenth race. Racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned the hard-hitting sidewheler the outside post in the field of eight, which familiar rivals as last week's tough luck runner-up Axle and barnmate Inside Broadway, both of whom have posed for snapshots at the top run at this meeting. A REMINDER THERE ARE THREE WAGERS EACH NIGHT WITH A REDUCED 16 PERCENT TAKEOUT RATE. THEY ARE THE 50-CENT PICK FIVE THAT BEGINS ON THE THIRD RACE; THE 20-CENT PICK 4 ON THE FINAL FOUR RACES; AND THE 10-CENT HI-FIVE ON THE NIGHTCAP. Phantom Dan, Frank's Best headline co-features Saturday's 12-race program at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo spotlights some of the top performers on the grounds as Phantom Dan has top billing in the Open Pace and Franks Best looms the one to beat in the Open Trot. Phantom Dan is a 5-year-old son of Little Steven out of the Precious Bunny mare Yankee Siloh who is owned by James Kennedy and Jennifer Burns and is reined and trained by Kennedy. He established his mark of 1:53 1/5 here earlier in the season and is looking to pull off a hat trick. Phantom Dan took the measure of conditioned rivals on October 26 and posted an easier-than-looks victory with Kennedy that evening. Moving up to the Open ranks while assigned the outside post proved no problem for the bay gelding at most recent asking, as he once again zipped right top and prevailed by a length and a quarter as the 3-5 favorite in that affair. One And Only was making his first appearance since a summer campaign at Vernon Downs and was a solid runner-up last week. The Bettor's Delight offspring has gone a number of big miles over this layout and will be looking to turn the tables for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, conditioner Lino Pacheco and driver Luke Plano. Franks Best is a multiple stakes winner who comes into this assignment with nearly $180,000 on his card and a 1:56 2/5 mark. He is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and Mooney Svendsen will once again handle the lines behind the 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe. The Johnson colorbearer got the job done at the head of the class on opening week, looping the field turning for home to win going away by a length and a half, then had to settle for a second and a third in his next two outings. Franks Best returned to his winning ways in the last clash among the best trotters on the grounds, making a big move by the half to the lead, opening up straightening for home and then just holding over a fast-closing Axle. The latter is a 4-year-old who was claimed for $5,000 in August at Running Aces and has recorded two sharp wins and two seconds in the interim for owners Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson, Greg Robinson and George Reider. Reider is the conditioner and co-owner Siegel will once again be at the controls. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

James Kennedy had never driven the 4-year-old trotter Inside Broadway prior to opening night here at Cal Expo, but in the ensuing three weeks they have formed a solid partnership that resulted in a win at the head of the class last weekend. Inside Broadway, who is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson, checked in fourth in his first start at this stand after making an extended first-over move at the half, then was hard-used early in his next appearance and garnered the show money. In last week's tour, the trotter flexed his muscles with Kennedy's guidance and motored away to an impressive two and a half-length score. "Bob really didn't give me any instructions for that first start," James related when asked about the October 5 outing. "I came first-over with him out of last, he gave it a good try to deep stretch and then I got the impression he was a little short. "I played it by ear for the second start and decided to leave with him. He had to be used pretty hard in that opening quarter and I was happy with the effort. It set him up nicely for last time." Sent off at 9-2 from the No. 5 post for his most recent appearance, Inside Broadway was able to take a three-hole tuck around the first turn while tracking Running Aces invader Rich Dessert. He was out to engage the leader turning for home, took a clear advantage soon after straightening for home and left little doubt in a powerful mile. "I though it would be in our best interest to leave strong and make the top, at least for a little while," Kennedy noted. "That didn't happen, but fortunately I was able to duck in and drop third. He felt really strong when I pulled him and he made the lead into the stretch. To be honest, I was surprised he won that easily. Surprised, but very happy." Will James Kennedy be pleasantly surprised again? We'll find out after Saturday night's second race where Inside Broadway leaves from the No. 4 slot in the field of six. Hoping to spoil a curtain call are Axle and Franks Best to this outside and Alpine Hawk, Rich Dessert and Sharpshootennorris to his inside. Top pacers, top trotters sharing the spotlight Inside Broadway was a game first-over winner in last week's clash at the head of the division and eyes an encore in the Open 2 Trot, while Phantom Dan and One And Only are among the leading players in the co-featured Open 2 Pace at Cal Expo Saturday night. A 13-race card is on tap with first post set at 6:10 p.m. A 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, Inside Broadway is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and will once again have James Kennedy giving directions. It had been a rather lean season for the trotter coming into last week's action, with just one victory to show from 22 trips to the post on the year, but the Johnson representative made 9-2 look like a gift. He left for third-place tuck for Kennedy, was first-over going into the final bend to put away the leader and drew off by two and a half-lengths in a 1:58 3/5 tour. Axle was a solid runner-up at 9-1 that evening and is coming off back-to-back big tries here, having taken the measure of a softer group in his previous outing. George Reider trains and co-owns the son of Hard Rock N Roll, who was claimed for $5,000 at Running Aces in August. David Siegel will be at the controls once again and he co-owns the trotter with Reider, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. Alpine Hawk is a fan favorite with many victories over this layout and has to be respected with Rich Wojcio in the sulky. He is on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings mark and was an easier-than-looks winner at this level two weeks ago. Jim Winske owns and he hails from the Gordie Graham barn. Franks Best gives the Bob Johnson barn another solid look at the outcome. A multiple stakes winner at this layout with $176,000 in the bank, he is looking to make amends after checking in third last weekend as the 9-5 choice. The son of Armbro Scribe can really roll home in the lane and always makes it interesting. The Open Pace looms a contentious affair and they will line up as follows from the rail: Thedeadliestcast for trainer Gordie Graham; In Confident for the Bob Johnson barn; Giant Sculpture for driver/trainer Gene Vallandingham; the Lino Pacheco-conditioned One And Only and Phantom Dan for pilot/conditioner James Kennedy. by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

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