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The $9,600 Robert Staats for pacing fillies and harness racing mares and a pair of Open II events are the main attractions on Saturday night's program at Cal Expo. First post for the 14-race card is 4:50 p.m. The Staats occupies the fourth race slot on the evening, while the Open II Pace goes as the second and the Open II Distaff Pace is the eighth on the program. On the wagering front, there is a $4,400 carryover in the 20-cent Hi Five on the twelfth race with a $20,000-guaranteed gross pool. There are also three wagers offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, with the latter featuring a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. Looking at the Open II Pace, Proof went a long mile last week in his California debut and finished well back as the even-money favorite with stablemate Allmyx'sliventexas taking the bow. With the race under his belt and a cleaner trip, he could easily make amends this weekend. Like Allmyx'sliventexas, Proof races for Wayne and Rodney Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Nick Roland has the assignment. He is closing in on $500,000 in earnings with a 1:48 1/5 career standard that was set two years ago at Pocono Downs. Following a sensational qualifier here on December 11 in which he waltzed home with 17 lengths to spare in a 1:52 4/5 tour, Proof had the No. 9 slot in his first start since early October and ended up hung the mile and tired. Hoo Nien A looms large for his owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo and should appreciate getting away from Allmyx'sliventexas for this go-around. The dark-hued 9-year-old has $190,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 4/5 mark and completed the exacta in last week's Open while coming from last. Delightfully Wild Reaches new plateau Hats off to the 8-year-old pacing mare Delightfully Wild, who reached the $200,000 mark in earnings with her upset victory in last Sunday night's opener. The daughter of Bettor's Delight races for Richard Morita and David Yamada with Jessie Pacheco the conditioner and Cordarius Stewart was in the sulky. Stewart guided Delightfully Wild more like the favorite than a 15-1 shot, brushing to command at the half and taking complete control of the mile from that point, reporting to the wire with three and a half-lengths to spare. It was the 36th lifetime snapshot for the mare, who sports a 1:51 1/5 lifetime standard that was established three years ago over the five-eighths Pocono Downs oval. "David and I got Delightfully Wild out of the Delaware sale at the end of her 3-year-old campaign," Morita related. "She showed some speed but was erratic and definitely had a mind of her own. "Lino and Jessie (Pacheco) turned her into a nice race mare and she's proven to be tough on both the five-eighths and mile tracks, but I think her best game as five-eighths if you look at her overall record at Running Aces and her lifetime mark in Pennsylvania. "We look forward to racing her for another couple of years and then expect she will make someone a special broodmare at some point. Those Bettor's Delight mares have been very good producers and seem to be in demand. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Allmyxsliventexas, perfect in three starts at this harness racing meet since coming back from Chicago, looks to keep the streak going in Sunday night's featured $7,200 Open Pace. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with first post set for 4:55 p.m. and the main event will go as the eighth event on the evening. A now 8-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's, Allmyxsliventexas carries the banner of Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson the conditioner. He has been assigned the outside post in the field of 10, which also includes his highly-regarded barnmate Proof, who will leave just to his inside in the No. 9 slot. The Knittel colorbearer comes into this assignment with 42 wins from his 136 starts, $245,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 lifetime standard that was established over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park layout. Allmyxsliventexas last suited up two weeks ago in the Dave Goldshmidt Pace and proved to be a punctual 4-5 favorite with Nick Roland at the helm. He made two moves to the lead at the half, took control of things from that point and came to the wire with two and three-quarter lengths to spare. Completing the field, from the rail out: Mystery Dragon, Royale Big Guy, Ponda's Prospect, Blue Star Maverick, Buddy's Hope, Pecorino, Dependlebury A and Hoo Nien A. Ariel Alvarez making his mark One of the new names on the program belongs to Ariel Alvarez, a 25-year-old native of Sacramento who took out his training license this past summer in Minnesota. "I've pretty much been around the horses my whole life because of my mom and dad," Alvarez related. "I guess I was about 19 when I made up my mind that this is what I wanted to do." After spending some time taking care of a horse for his mother, Ariel ended up working for Tim Brown for a year, and then spent two years with Quentin, Kimberly and Ricky Schneider. Following a stint in Indiana, Alvarez joined the Steve Wiseman and Kathy Plested barn to continue his education. By this past summer at Running Aces, he was ready to go out on his own and got to the winner's circle with his fourth starter, a pacer named E R Michael. "I learned so much from each and every one of the people I worked for," Ariel said. "I really want to thank them." There are currently eight performers in the Alvarez barn, with Cal's Hope rating the first stall and Lakota Law occupying the favorite's role. *** A reminder that there are two wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, with the latter sporting a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Silverhill Volo, riding a three-race winning streak for harness racing owner/driver/trainer Chip Lackey, heads the cast for Saturday night's $7,900 Open Trot. A 14-race Cal Expo program is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with things getting underway at 4:55 p.m. Silverhill Volo is a 10-year-old son of Muscle Hill from the Yankee Glide mare Silver Springs who is going at concert pitch for Lackey. He comes into this race with $164,000 in his account and a 1:55 1/5 career mark. After capturing an Open III and an Open, Silverhill Volo was last seen two weeks ago in the Joe Lighthill Trot and made every pole a winning one as the 3-2 second choice that evening. At the wire, he had a length on track record-holder Pridecrest with even-money choice Mandeville checking in third after encountering some traffic issues. Pridecrest put in a big first-over effort in the Lighthill and was very game to the line in his first start since September, while Mandeville will be gunning for some revenge after having to settle for a second and a third behind Silverhill Volo in his two appearances at this meeting Looking ahead to Sunday's 12-race card, Allmyxsliventexas and his highly-regarded barnmate Proof headline the featured $7,200 Open Pace while leaving the from the outside two posts in the 10-horse line-up. Lukes Cowboy relocates the charmed circle Lukes Cowboy has earned his $144,000 bankroll the old-fashioned way, as evidenced by his victory in last Saturday night's opening race. The now 8-year-old son of Brandon's Cowboy goes about his business for trainer George Reider, who co-owns the pacer along with longtime clients Dave and Rob Haness. In last week's score with Nick Roland handling the lines, Lukes Cowboy did the track-and-attack to perfection to be up by a head while racing with $4,000 company, giving him his seventh snapshot on the year. "I claimed the horse in Minnesota," Reider explained. "Edwin Quevedo had taken a couple from me, so I just wanted to get even. He's a kind horse, he does hit his knees, but he tries every time and he's turned out to be a good check earner." Roland has now prevailed in two of his last three teamings with Lukes Cowboy, having guided him to victory in his Running Aces finale in early October and finished second with the veteran two weeks ago. A reminder that the trotters and pacers are now in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, and there are three wagers offered each evening that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the Pick 4, the latter coming with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Major Al-mar, fresh from posting a 9-1 upset last week, figures to get more respect at the windows this time around as he heads the field for Saturday night's harness racing featured $5,500 conditioned Trot. Watch and Wager LLC will present 14 races with first post set for 4:55 p.m. The main event is set as the fifth on the program. A 4-year-old son of Money Talks out of the Andover Hall mare Vestal Hanover, Major Al-mar is owned by Vikki Pfeilsticker and Amy Fichtner, hails from the Rick Bertrand shedrow and will once again have Cordarius Stewart giving directions. Stewart was guiding the sidewheeler for the first time since they joined forces at Oak Grove in Kentucky back in November. After having to settle for a couple of minor awards in his first four appearances at this meet, Major Al-mar put it all together last time and rewarded his backers at a nice price. Leaving from the outside post in the field of seven, he was parked to the lead at the quarter, withstood a strong bid on the final bend and early stretch and gamely re-rallied to prevail by a head. Flameon and Mshindi, who were second and third, respectively, in that affair are back in the cast and will obviously have a big say in the outcome. Mshindi was sent off the 1-2 choice that night and was only beaten a half-length for the whole thing. Taking on this trio are Jesse's Student, Glenferrie Dreamer, MD Magic, Bringthegold and Teachmehowtotry. Mandatory payouts, reduced takeout wagers spice action Saturday being the closing night of the first portion of the 2020-21 Watch and Wager LLC meeting, there will be mandatory payouts in all wagers on the program. Great value can be found as there are three wagers offered each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4. A reminder that beginning next week, Cal Expo will be switching to a Saturday and Sunday night schedule. Congratulations to Best Dream Seeker, who ended up on the right end of the photo with Nick Roland in last Saturday night's first race, giving the veteran his 44th lifetime victory from 454 starts. The pacing son of Cambest takes his lessons from Rick Bertrand, who co-owns along with Vikki Pfeilsticker and Amy Fichtner and has had the hard-hitting performer for the last two and a half years. Because he turns 15 years old next week, Best Dream Seeker will face mandatory retirement, but will remain at the Bertrand barn to assist joggers and help with teaching the babies. Best Dream Seeker will suit up one more time in Saturday night's fourth race before calling it a career. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

The California Horse Racing Board has approved the request from Watch and Wager LLC, operator of Cal Expo, to switch Friday to Sunday evening effective the first of the year. Sunday evening post time will be 4:55 Pacific. "With the total closure of the California brick and mortar network, we think Sunday will better position ourselves for National exposure given the current situation in California," said General Manager Chris Schick.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

The $8,700 Annette Funicello/Glen Holt Final and the $10,000 Joe Alto Filly and Mare Pace are the main attractions on Saturday night's Cal Expo harness racing program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with things getting underway at 4:50 p.m. Jennie Ann and Gitchie Girl accounted for last week's two Funicello/Holt eliminations with James Kennedy at the controls for both distaffers. Jennie Ann got her victory through the disqualification of River Lassena, who had a pylon violation. A 3-year-old daughter of Lettherockbegin, Jennie Ann was an easy winner of her local debut on December 4 and then set all the fractions in last week's tour before being overhauled, eventually awarded the tally by the stewards. Gitchie Girl was a 16-1 upsetter in her mile after suffering a break in her previous mile. She goes about her business for Benvenga Racing and Kathie Plested with Plested the conditioner and figures to get more respect at the windows this time around. River Lassena will be looking for some revenge from the cozy rail slot, while completing the field are Sporty Fox, Le Montrachet, D Vigilante, Hf's Super Filly, Tropical Fruit, Prom Queen and Danzig To Dharma. Looking at the Joe Alto, Velocity Sweets would appear to hold the aces after sweeping by the leaders as the 1-5 choice in last week's top dance for the filly and mare pacers. Jennifer Sabot owns and trains the 5-year-old daughter of McArdie and James Kennedy will once again do the honors. Taking her on are Mary's Pretty Girl, Bertha Vanation, Brighten Your Life and Karefree Kara. Joe Alto remembered: Saturday's co-feature is named for Joe Alto, the announcer here at Cal Expo for many years, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 78. Joe Alto plied his trade as a track announcer for 40 years. He started at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs in native New York, then came west and handled the duties at Hollywood Park, Los Alamitos and Cal Expo. He was also golden gloves boxer in his younger days and an accomplished salsa dancer. Joe called both harness horses and thoroughbreds here in Sacramento, and was known for such signature calls "You better take a look at" and "They're coming home now!" Trackman Marty Bridges also considered Joe a good friend. "He was a one-of-a-kind announcer and one of the sweetest people I've ever met, on or off the racetrack." There will be mandatory payouts in all wagers Saturday night at Cal Expo, as the first portion of the 2020/2021 meeting comes to end. The trotters and pacers will return to action next Saturday, December, 26, with Saturday and Sunday programs beginning the following week. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Friday night’s harness racing program will find a $5,500 conditioned trot and an $8,296 carryover in the 20-cent early Pick 5 holding the spotlight. First post for the 12-race Watch and Wager LLC card is 4:50 p.m. The early Pick 5 is conducted on the first five events of the evening and there will be a $30,000 guaranteed gross pool. The 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4 all come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. Free past performances for the Friday program are available at Looking at Friday’s main event, Mshindi is exiting a fourth-place finish in last week’s Joe Lighthill Trot behind Silverhill Volo and looms a tough customer with Luke Plano handling the Bruce Nickells colorbearer for trainer Tim Clevenger. Mshindi will leave from the No. 2 slot in the field of seven and will have Teachmehowtotory on his inside, while the outside challengers will be Flameon, Bringthegold, Glenferrie Dreamer, Jesse’s Student and Major Al-Mar. On Saturday evening, the Annette Funicello/Glen Holt Final and the Joe Alto Filly and Mare Pace will be the main attractions.   Best Dream Seeker ready for social security When the calendar turns to January 1, Best Dream Seeker becomes 15 years old for official purposes and will have completed the racing portion of his career.  The pacing son of Cambest comes into this weekend having made 453 starts, with 43 wins, 63 seconds and 68 thirds. He has nearly $490,000 in his bank account and sports a 1:51 4/5 mark that was set back when George W. Bush was still our President. “He’s a nice horse to be around and work with,” said trainer Rick Bertrand, who co-owns the veteran with Vikki Pfeilsticker and Amy Fichtner and has had him for the last two and a half years. “He’ll remain in the barn for the winter to help pony the tough horses who don’t jog very well. He’ll also be useful to help train the babies and teach them to race before being turned out for the summer.” Bertrand has done his homework as far as Best Dream Seeker is concerned, noting that he’s raced at 23 different track and posed for pictures at 15 of those venues. He also pointed out that the veteran pacer has had 27 different trainers and 88 different drivers, winning for 26 of those pilots. “I’d have to say over the years he’s been handled by just about every top driver in the country,” his mentor added. Cal Expo wishes a long and happy retirement to Best Dream Seeker. Please note there will be mandatory payouts on all wagers Saturday. The second half of the meet will get underway on Saturday, December 26.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Watch and LLC, operator of Cal Expo harness, is pleased to announce their broadcast upgrade to High Definition beginning Friday, December 18. "The upgrade will ultimately include features such as shutter, car and paddock camera shots,” said Chris Schick, General Manager at Cal Expo harness. "We would publicly like to thank or partners Pegasus Communications, TVG, Roberts Television and the California Exposition and State Fair for help and cooperation with this fan friendly upgrade" Cal Expo can now be found on RTN channel 9732.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Jake Cutting has literally flown off the gate at this harness racing meeting with the equivalent of at :26 and change opening quarter, scoring with 17 of his first 51 drives. The Calgary native has displayed the cool of someone far beyond his 19 years and is making quite an impression. “My mom and dad, my aunt and uncle, my sister and her boyfriend and my grandparents on my mom’s side have all been involved with the sport,” Cutting related. “From as far back as I can remember, this is what I wanted to do.” One of Jake’s fondest memories came when Jim Marino won the Alberta Super Final for his parents. “I was about 9 or 10 at the time and it was quite a thrill.” In addition to leading the driver standings, Cutting also has a stable of his own and has been making steady trips to the winner’s circle with those proteges. “I’ve got nine right now, and 10 would be about perfect.” In his brief career, Jake has competed over half-mile, seven-eighths and mile tracks, with his preference being the latter, which is the case here at Cal Expo. “It’s easier to trip out on a mile track, and you can drive each individual horse accordingly,” he noted. As far as competition, Cutting said he would love to participate in each and every race, and his strong performance through the first few weeks has certainly garnered the attention of horsemen in terms of securing drives. “I’ve been fortunate to drive with a lot of very experienced drivers,” he noted. “I always take advice and I’ve been able to learn a lot in a short time.” Oh, to be 19 again.   Silverhill Volo heads Joe Lighthill Trot Silverhill Volo, fresh from back-to-back tallies at the head of the class, leads the field for Saturday’s featured $10,000 Joe Lighthill Trot. The headliner will go as the fifth contest on an 11-race card and things get underway at 4:55 p.m. under the Watch and Wager LLC banner. Chip Lackey, reins, trains and owns Silverhill Volo, a 9-year-old son of Muscle Hill who will gunning for his 27th career snapshot from 138 appearances. He has a 1:55 1/5 career standard and is looking to add to a $160,000 career account. He was 6-1 when he captured the November 27 Open, withstanding a strong bid up front on the final turn before drawing away late. Off at even-money in his last tour, Silverhill Volo was parked to the lead by the quarter, took complete control from that and went on to a three-length decision for Lackey. Mandevillie was runner-up to Silverhill Volo in last week’s Open and will be looking for some revenge this weekend for his owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo. He lands the rail with Silverhill Volo just to his outside in the cast of seven. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding has posed for pictures following 8 of his 20 trips to the post this season, the most recent coming at Oak Grove in early November. He is looking to add to a $266,000 lifetime bankroll. Pridecrest turned in a sharp qualifying win last weekend and has gone many strong races over this layout in the past. He helps make things very interesting for trainer Kathy  Plested. Completing the field are Bringthgold, Major Al-Mar, Jesse’s Student and Mshindi.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

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

Its Pointless and Cut A Rug, impressive winners of last week's eliminations, head the harness racing field for Saturday night's $9,100 Bill Conlin Pace. Watch and Wager LLC will present 11 races with first post set for 4:55 p.m. Its Pointless puts his unbeaten record in the line and figures to have his share of supporters in the main event for owner Mark Anderson, trainer Gordie Graham and regular pilot James Kennedy.' The 3-year-old homebred son of Kent's On Nuke dominated the California Sire Stakes during the spring, capturing all four of his outings in facile fashion. He was making his first start since March when he suited up for last week's Conlin elimination and made 3-2 look like a gift with an 8 ½-length decision in a lifetime-best 1:55 2/5 performance. Cut A Rug captured the other elimination and looms the main rival. The 3-year-old son of Mystery Chase carried the banner of Quentin and Kimberly Schneider with Quentin the conditioner and Luke Plano back in the sulky. Cut A Rug left hard last week for the lead and settled in the pocket down the backside, then responded when asked in the lane to overhaul 2-5 favorite Sherwood when push came to shove in a 1:56 mile. The latter will give the Anderson/Graham connection two strong looks at the outcome as Sherwood looks to avenge last week's runner-up finish after being an ultra-game winner on opening night. Completing the field are Get My Good Side, Glen, Bizys Beatle, Night Delight, Hi Ho Julio, How You Remind Me and Sneak Peak Hanover. Allmyx'sliventexas gets another local snapshot If you're keeping track, last week's coast-to-coast 1:51 4/5 score in the Open Pace was No. 40 from 134 starts for Allmyx'sliventexas as he continues to roll along for owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Nick Roland. When asked if the 7-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's is one of his all-time favorites, veteran Johnson responded, "I've had lots of good ones, and he's right up there." Allmyx'sliventexas has put over $235,000 in his bank account and recorded his lifetime standard of 1:50 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park two years ago. "His secret is that he goes about his business every day, he takes care of himself, and he's had an excellent groom in Jose Herrera who has been with him since day one," his mentor related. "He's been awfully sharp since he's come back from Chicago and he just loves this track. Even though he's won a lot of races on the front end, he's even better when he has a target." Johnson tipped that we may soon see another very nice pacer carrying the Knittel banner in the form of Proof, a recent purchase from back East. "He's got a 1:48 mark at Harrah's Philly and he raced on the Grand Circuit at 2 and 3," Bob noted. "He should be ready to go in a few weeks." By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Trainer Robert Corbin appears to have a strong hand in Friday night’s $20,000 Alan Horowitz Memorial, as he sends out two of last week’s three elimination winners in E R Vincent and Skyway Raider. An 11-race program is on tap Friday under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a first post of 4:55 p.m. Looking at the Horowitz, E R Vincent was a handy winner of his heat last week while touring the mile in 1:54 flat with Mooney Svendsen in the sulky, while Skyway Raider went two ticks faster in his tour a bit later in the evening with Phil Knox giving directions. E R Vincent is a 6-year-old son of He’s Gorgeous who races for Corbin Stables Inc and is looking for his second snapshot from his last five trips to the post. The first of those scores came on October 10 at Hoosier Park, then he made his Cal Expo debut a winning in the first elimination for this event last week. Stablemate Skyway Raider carries the banner of Cavalho Stables and is a 4-year-old son of Arache Hanover who is gunning for his sixth victory of the season from 18 trips to the post. He went coast-to-coast in his first-ever Cal Expo mile with Knox and looms large right back. Cruisin For You accounted for the other elimination last week for owner Troshu Racing, trainer Ariel Alvarez and pilot Jacob Cutting. The 8-year-old set his 1:53 3/5 mark over this layout last season and has 31 trips to the charmed circle from his 189 lifetime appearances. Completing the field are, McLegend, Wild Again, Buff’s Image, Man Of Mine, Impressive Art, Western Devil and Lukes Cowboy.   $69,912 Single 6 carryover; low takeout wagers on tap Players have plenty to aim for Friday night with a $69,912 carryover in the 10-cemt Single 6 and three wagers that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. The lower takeout bets are the 20-cent early and late Pick 4 and the 20-cent Pick 5, all offering great value. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday night’s Bill Conlin Final shapes up as interesting handicapping puzzle with several questions to be answered. How good is Its Pointless? Can Cut A Rug work out another pocket journey? Will Sherwood get his revenge after being collared at 2-5 last week? Its Pointless steamrolled over his opposition in a quartet of Sire Stakes here earlier in the year, then did the stalk and pounce to perfection for James Kennedy while capturing his elimination heat in a sparkling return last week. Meanwhile, the other elimination saw Sherwood dispatched at 40 cents on the dollar, but he had to be happy with an exacta completion as Cut A Rug was upset minded and left hard into an eventual two-hole trip that resulted in a length score with Luke Plano doing the honors. Something has to give Saturday night, and starter calls for the pacers.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Harness racing driver Luke Plano, who has his share of leading driver trophies on the mantle, is back for another Cal Expo Harness stand and is looking forward to making his share of winner's circle appearances. To that end, he was posing for pictures after the first race on opening night and added another tally before the program had finished. "I spent the summer at Hoosier Park, and that's one of the toughest places to race right now," Luke related. "That first quarter and last quarter are always fast and position is so important." In addition to competing in the sulky here, Plano has 10 performers under his care, including a quality pacer named Ponda's Prospect, who was scheduled to suit up in Friday's Open versus Allmyx'sliventexas. "He was racing in Chicago with Casey Leonard and hopefully he'll fit well here." While racing in Indiana this summer, Luke would sometimes find himself driving against his 68-year-old father Rick, who was once a California mainstay and still holds three track records here. "Dad's doing well," Luke noted. "Driving against him is nothing new, because I've been doing it ever since I started out." By the way, Luke has two course standards to his name, including the fastest trotting mile ever at Cal Expo when he guided Pridescrest to a 1:53 2/5 victory three years ago. Distaff Open, Bill Conlin eliminations highlighted A $7,200 Filly and Mare Open Pace and two eliminations for the Bill Conlin Pace get the marquee treatment Saturday evening at Cal Expo. Harness racing has returned to this oval with Friday and Saturday night action and there will be an 11-race program Saturday with first post set for 4:55 p.m. Looking at the Filly/Mare Open, Velocity Mcsweets will certainly be one of the major players for the Jennifer Sabot shedrow. The hard-hitting distaffer prepped for this contest last weekend, checking in second behind the classy Allmyx'sliventexas in a 1:56 3/5 qualifier which should have her ready to rock and roll with James Kennedy guiding from the outside post in the field of seven. Looking to keep her from the winner's circle Saturday are Marys Pretty Girl with Phil Knox; Bettor Lady, Mooney Svendsen; Brighten Your Life for Jacob Cutting; Royal Mistress, Kevin Anderson; Bertha Vanation, Nick Roland; and Delightfully Wild with Luke Plano in the sulky. The main even will be decided as the sixth race on the card, while the Conlin eliminations occupy the fifth and eighth-race slots on the evening. Sherwood is eyeing a curtain call in the first Conlin division after scoring as the chalk on opening night and leaves from the outside slot, while Bobs Time is likewise looking to keep his record perfect at the meet from the outside post in the other elimination. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness        

An Open Pace and three eliminations for the Alan Horowitz Pace share the harness racing spotlight at Cal Expo on Friday night. The trotters and pacers are now in action every Friday and Saturday evening for a 44-day session, with 11 races this Friday and a first post of 4:55 p.m. The Open brings out the popular Allmyx'sliventexas, who has gone many sensational miles over this layout in his career for his owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel and trainer Bob Johnson. He will be handled by Nick Roland. A 7-year-old son of Hi Hi Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun, he has a lifetime mark of 1:50 that was established two years ago over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park oval. Allmyx'sliventexas got nice and tight for Friday's assignment with a sharp qualifier last weekend with Roland handling the lines. He blasted right to the front, carved out all the fractions and then came home in style by nearly five lengths in 1:56 3/5. Taking him on Friday are Dependlebury, Bngs Express, Ponda's Prospect, Super Pac Hanover and Gorgeous For Real. The Open goes as the fourth race on the card, while the Alan Horowitz eliminations occupy the first, eighth and tenth-race slots on the program. There is also an Open III Trot going as the third that features invading Mshindi for driver/trainer Tim Clevenger. $63,764 Single 6 carryover, reduced takeout wagers featured A $63,764 carryover in the Single 6 and a reduced 16% takeout rate on three of the most popular wagers on the card help spice up the action on Friday night. The 20-cent early Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 as usual will feature the lower takeout, and this season Cal Expo has added the reduced 16 percent takeout rate to the 20-cent Pick 4 as well. Meanwhile, this weekend will find Alan Horowitz and Bill Conlin remembered with series events named in their honor. Alan Horowitz was a major force in California harness racing over the last several decades and a member of the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Hall of Fame who passed away in 2017 at age 72. A $63,764 carryover in the Single 6 and a reduced 16% takeout rate on three of the most popular wagers on the card help spice up the action on Friday night. The 20-cent early Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 as usual will feature the lower takeout, and this season Cal Expo has added the reduced 16 percent takeout rate to the 20-cent Pick 4 as well. Horowitz, who wore many hats in the business, started out as a partner with longtime friends Donald and Barbara Arnstine and Steve Desomer with a $25,000 claimer named Quaker Byrd. Quaker Byrd won his first race for the partners and Alan was hooked. Moving on, Alan would eventually become a board member and president of CHHA. In 1994, Alan was instrumental in bringing harness racing back to Cal Expo in the form of Capitol Racing and was also its successful general manager. He was serving as the Executive Secretary of the CHHA at the time of his retirement in 2013 and continued to stay in touch with the sport that he loved so much. Bill Conlin was the longtime sportswriter, editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee who passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. With great wit, he covered sports (and more) for six decades, first at the Sacramento Union and then at the Sacramento Bee. He was a daily presence in the Bee's sports section until his retirement in 1985 By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

With the implementation of the 10 p.m. California curfew beginning Saturday, the adjusted harness racing post time at Cal Expo Harness is now 4:35 p.m.   Players will have something immediate to shoot at when Cal Expo kicks off their meeting Saturday, with a $9,819 carryover in the Hi Five and a $61,678 carryover in the Single 6. Cal Expo Harness has also added a third low-takeout wager to their menu from last season. In addition to the reduced 16 percent takeout rates on the 20-cent Pick 4 and early 20-cent Pick 5, the 20-cent Late Pick 5 will now also feature that value 16 percent takeout rate. The Pick 4 also comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. James Kennedy will be back to defend his driving title from the previous stand, where he edged out Mooney Svendsen with 101 trips to the charmed enclosure, giving him a half-dozen more than veteran Svendsen. Luke Plano has several driving titles to his credit and also figures to make his share of winner circle appearances this season. In the training ranks, the Kathie Plested barn ran away with the crown at the last meet with Gordie Graham, Bob Johnson and Leon Smith also getting plenty of snapshots. Curtain goes up on Cal Expo harness meet   The trotters and pacers return to Cal Expo Saturday night under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a 12-race card that finds a pair of $5,000 Open III contests commanding the spotlight. Racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the 44-day session and with the implementation of the 10 p.m. California curfew beginning Saturday, first post will now be 4:35 p.m.  The Open III event for pacing fillies and mares looks like a good spot for the hard-knocking disaffer Delightfully Wild, who has gone a number of big races over this course in her career. Delightfully Wild is a 7-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight who carries the banner of Richard Morita and David Yamada and sports a 1:51 1/5 career standard that was established two years ago at Pocono Downs.She has plenty of back class in her corner. The Jessie Pacheco trainee comes out of the fastest of eight qualifiers that were held here last Sunday afternoon, finishing third behind Pecorino in a solid 1:55 3/5 mile with Luke Plano in the sulky. Taking her on, from the rail to the outside, are Getter Queen Flush, Relentless Dancer, Nightgirl, Brooklyn Moonshine, La Diva De Rosa, Royal Mistress and Bertha Vanation. Looking at the co-featured Open III Trot, Silverhill Volo is among the solid players in that affair and will be challenged by Teachmehowtotry, Glenferries Dreamer, Bringthegold, Major Al-Mar, Md Magic and Twilight Tinker. The Trot will go as the second race on the night, while the Distaff event will occupy the fifth race spot on the program. by Mark Ratsky, for Cal Expo Harness

LARKSPUR, CA. (November 20, 2020)--The board of Webis, the Group specializing in pool wagering and the operators of WatchandWager Cal Expo, the Californian harness track, is pleased to announce that its Advanced Deposit Wagering ("ADW") business, LLC ("WatchandWager") received its two-year license approval from the California Horse Racing Board ("CHRB") on November 19, 2020. The two-year ADW license renewal from the CHRB is for the years 2021-2022, and it allows WatchandWager to continue to accept online pari-mutuel wagers from residents of California on its range of global content. The license renewal from the CHRB is strategically important to the company, not only for its access to the biggest population in the United States and one of the largest economies in the world, but also for the potential of offering sports betting to California residents when the state legislature passes this into law. As shareholders are aware, the license sits alongside our long-term lease of the Cal Expo racetrack, adding an important physical, as well as on-line, presence in the state. In addition to the California license renewal, WatchandWager executives have also renewed, or are in the process of license renewals, in Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington. The company does not foresee any expected issues that would delay or prevent them from being approved. Ed Comins, President of WatchandWager, commented: "We are pleased to receive this key license renewal from the California Horse Racing Board for WatchandWager. We believe that the tax, revenue, and jobs generated from this license will have an important benefit to the state of California, especially in light of the economic difficulties caused by the California wildfires and the COVID-19 virus. With this important license and our physical presence at Cal Expo in Sacramento, we believe that the passage of legalized sports betting will result in even more new jobs, duties, and tax revenue to the state. WatchandWager stands ready to be an active partner in supporting not only the state's racing and gaming industry, but also supporting the recovery of the state as a whole." From Watchand atchandWager is available at:  

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