When he guided Bloomfieldcantifly to an $18 upset last Saturday night, Chip Lackey was recording victory No. 3,400 in the sulky while adding to over $15 million in earnings in the process. The veteran pilot was back in the winners circle the following night, this time after guiding Its Not Over to a coast-to-coast score in the Open Trot for his longtime collaborator Bob Johnson. It was the second straight tally at the top rung for that performer. I drove Its Not Over a few times as a 2-year-old and won a couple of Sire Stakes, but this meet was the first time Id driven him since then, Lackey related. I know they gave him plenty of time off last year and he needed his first start here after coming back from Hoosier. Its Not Over was fourth in that outing, but has since scored back-to-back victories in the Open under Lackeys direction, on both occasions taking the measure of heavily-favored El Azteca. Watching his two wins at Hoosier, it looked like he was best when he was covered up and then could kick home. Thats the way I drove him in the first win here and he gave me a real nice brush. Chip changed tactics in the most recent gathering at the head of the trotting class, buzzing Its Not Over away from there and making every pole a winning one. He repulsed a strong first-over bid from El Azteca that night to prevail by a length and a quarter. Silence Son was off the gate to my inside, and El Azteca was off it to my outside, so with both of those horses lagging I decided to let my horse roll out of there, Lackey explained. I got a pretty easy lead, and when El Azteca came up to us and turned it into a sprint for home, I was pretty confident. Its also very special to drive this horse for the owners Rich Dryden and Debbie Budahn. My mother passed away two months ago, and they were responsible for giving her some of the best memories of the last few years. Razor-sharp performers headline Open Trot Its Not Over, fresh from back-to-back victories at the head of the class; and El Azteca, who has had to settle for second in both those events as the favorite; get another chance to settle the score in Sunday evenings featured Open Trot. An 11-race card is on tap with first post set for 4:40 p.m. The trotters and pacers are now in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, with Friday racing being added to the schedule beginning on December 26. Its Not Over is a 4-year-old Panama Hanover homebred who races for Richard Dryden and Debra Budahn, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and has Chip Lackey at the controls. A 1:55 2/5 winner at Hoosier Park in late September, he is looking for his seventh snapshot on the season from 12 trips to the post. After a needed effort on October 25 where he had to settle for fourth behind El Azteca, Its Not Over has been able to turn the tables in their last two meetings at this top level. He played the role of stalker on November 1, then took matters into his own hands and went coast-to-coast in the most recent clash and held safe by a length and a quarter. El Azteca is another Panama Hanover offspring and he is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios. James Kennedy once again has the assignment as the 5-year-old attempts to add to a $123,000 bank account while sporting a 1:54 3/5 career standard that was established in May at Hoosier Park. El Azteca was very game getting the job done in his first two starts at this meeting, was hard used early when being overtaken by Its Not Over two back and then was first-over in their latest joust and again had to settle for the exacta completion. Taking on this dynamic duo are Sharpshotennorris, who leaves from the cozy rail slot for Steve Wiseman; Franky Provolone with Bruce Clarke handling the lines; and Silence Son, who will have the services of Dave Siegel. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness
His "mark" is 1:50 and on this night, Split Ticket reminded everyone why. Closing night conditioned pacers, racing for a purse of $6,000, were featured at Cal Expo on a HOT Saturday night (June 16), on which Split Ticket won for the 39th time in his harness racing career.
Harness racing driver Jim Lackey's trip to Moscow, to represent the United States in the 25th International Harness Drivers' Championship, resulted in a second place finish -- and another suitcase full of memories.
Harness racing identity Joe Faraldo is no stranger to the winner circle. But he has not been up close and personal to it in our country's largest state. Joe appeared in five races in the 2007 version of the Challenge, and did muster a second place finish, but the glitz of the circle eluded the NY-based barrister.
Alberto Pacheco is one of the new faces in the bike at Cal Expo, as the 24-year-old attempts to make his mark in the local driving colony. Pacheco has pedigree connections to the sport, as his father Juan is an owner and his uncle Lino is one the top conditioners on the grounds.
The U.S. Trotting Association has nominated veteran California-based harness racing driver Jim Lackey to represent the USA in the 25th International Harness Drivers Championship, to be contested in Moscow on April 15.
He didn't knock his harness racing opponents out, but a win is a win and that's what Tequila On Ice got. Conditioned pacers were co-featured at Cal Expo on Friday night (December 30) for a purse of $3,000, on which Tequila On Ice made it two of his last three.
After making a dozen trips to the winner's circle from his 31 appearances last harness racing season at Cal Expo, the hard-knocking pacer Shoot The Works has 16 snapshots this year with two more chances to add to that impressive total before the big ball drops in Times Square.
One And Only, who suits up in Saturday night's (December 10) Cal Expo opener, has been good to those who have backed him in his last seven harness racing appearances. During that period he has recorded three victories while returning double figures, including a 16-1 score to kick off the sequence on October 15.
Winsom Kelly didn't get to the races at Cal Expo until earlier this year at the age of five, but he's doing his best to make up for lost time with six harness racing wins and five runner-up finishes from his 23 appearances.
Last Thursday night's (November 10) fifth race was more than just a $3,400 trotting event, and harness racing driver Jim Lackey was thrilled to go out there and win the Stan Bergstein Memorial Trot with D Man for owner Maurice Sigmon and trainer Larry Hastings.
It was only fitting that a horse named D Man won a race named in the memory of a great man. Conditioned trotters, racing for a harness racing purse of $3,400, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night (November 9), on which D Man dropped down in class to score in the Stan Bergstein Memorial.
Thursday night's (November 10) feature at Cal Expo is the Stan Bergstein Memorial, named for the legendary figure in harness racing who passed away last week at 87 at his home in Tucson. D Man should be a major player in the $3,400 trotting headliner for owner Maurice Sigmon, trainer Larry Hastings and driver Jim Lackey.
Cal Expo is sad to report the deaths of former harness racing announcer Joe Alto, 78, who died on May 26 in Buffalo, New York, and horse owner Ron Lingle, who passed away at 67 at his home in Minnesota last Saturday.
She hadn't had the services of Jim Lackey since he sat behind her for her maiden win on April 1 of 2010, now that team is two for two. Conditioned-claiming pacers, racing for a harness racing purse of $3,200, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night (May 26), on which She Is So Glad was happy when the wire came up.
Satire, who overcame some stretch trouble to make it twoharness racing wins in a row last week, faces a very contentious field in Thursday night's (April 21) $3,900 main event at Cal Expo. The race combines claiming pacers and conditioned types.