Day At The Track

Spotlight on Dave Goldschmidt Pace

06:24 AM 11 Dec 2020 NZDT
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Allmyx’sliventexas, who has rattled off two impressive harness racing victories since returning from Chicago, has top billing in Friday night’s $10,000 Dave Goldschmidt Free-For-All Pace.

Watch and Wager LLC will present xxx races with first post set for 4:55. The main event goes as the eighth event on the card.

A 7-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel’s from the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun, Allmyx’sliventexas carries the banner of Wayne and Rodney Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Nick Roland at the controls.

He comes into this assignment with 41 wins from his 135 starts, a 1:50 mark that was set two years ago at Hoosier Park and a bankroll of $240,000.

Allmyx’sliventexas has put his class and his versatility on display in his two scores at this meet, going coast-to-coast in the November 27 score and then coming back the next week to get the job done from off the pace in first-over fashion while doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post.

The Knittel colorbearer will leave from the No. 6 slot for the Goldschmidt and will be challenged by Bngs Express, Impressive Art, I’m An Athlete, Dependlebury A, Hoo Nien A, Pecorino and Ponda’s Prospect.

Looking ahead to Saturday night, the $10,000 Joe Lighthill Trot will hold center stage with Silvehill Volo eying his third straight trip to the winner’s circle for owner/driver/trainer Chip Lackey.

 

Races honor memory of Lighthill, Goldschmidt

Friday’s Dave Goldschmidt Pace and Saturday’s Joe Lighthill Trot are named for two important members of the California harness racing community.

Joe Lighthill was an outstanding driver/trainer who was a mainstay in the Golden State for decades and passed away at the age of 78 in 2006.

Lighthill, who began his career in the mid-1940s, drove 2,272 winners for purse earnings just shy of $7 million and reined and/or trained some of the top performers of their generation.

Included in that illustrious list were Meadow Skipper, Countess Adios, Tender Loving Care, Hickory Pride, Peter Lobell, Try Scotch and BC Count. Joe Lighthill was one of the greats, not just in California, but across the nation.

Dave Goldschmidt, who had an extensive resume in the sport from the frontside, passed away in July of 2018 at the age of 62.

Goldschmidt attending the University of Denver where he was a sportswriter on the newspaper, but after hearing about the new Race Track Management Program at the University of Arizona, had knew he had to transfer to that school and was in the first graduating class.

Dave was racing secretary at Los Alamitos and Cal Expo and co-racing secretary at Bay Meadows; assistant racetrack manager at Hollywood Park and a founder, president and major financial backer of the Premier Harness Meet at Los Alamitos in the 1990s.

 

By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

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