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Doubleontherocks and Its Pointless, leaders in their respective harness racing divisions, look to add to their impressive resumes in a pair of California Sire Stakes that headline the Sunday night menu at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner and the program will get underway at 4:55 p.m. The Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old colts and geldings will be decided as a non-betting race prior to the regular card. Doubleontherocks has accounted for two of three Sire Stakes held for the sophomore pacing fillies with Rockin The Dragon prevailing in the other. The former is a Lettherockbegin homebred who carries the banner of Nikki Hudson with husband Luke Plano reining and training, while Rock The Dragon is owned and was bred by Mark Anderson with Gordie Graham training and will once again have Jake Cutting doing the honors. Doubleontherocks has been able to work out pocket journeys in her February 20 and March 20 stakes scores, on both occasions coming away at the end from Rockin The Dragon. In the March 6 stakes gathering, it was Rockin The Dragon and Cutting who got the two-hole trip, and she streaked away in the late stages to prevail over her arch-rival by four lengths that night. Rounding out the cast are a pair of Bob Johnson trainees in Cookiesncream and Shewentthataway and the Marcos Rios-conditioned Witch Hunter. Meanwhile, Its Pointless has been untouchable when doing his work versus his 4-year-old peers in the two big-money get-togethers for that group. The Kent's On Nuke homebred races for Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will again have Tony Kerwood giving directions. Taking him on are White Knuckle Ride, Good To Be Glad and Itsonlymakebelieve. Surprisingly Sweet, Part Time on to new pastures Owner Scott Ehrlich has given us an update on two of his popular performers, as Surprisingly Sweet is about to have her first baby and Part Time has retired to Minnesota to live out his days in comfort. Surprisingly Sweet, who captured some big races over this layout, is due to drop a filly or colt by Wind Me Up any day now, and Scott has names for either scenario. "If it's a filly, I have already had her name approved by the USTA and it would be Secreharriet, named after my mom. "If it turns out to be a boy, he'll be named Farrington after my harness hero and mentor Bob Farrington." As for Part Time, who is best remembered around these parts for capturing an Open Pace over current kingpin Allmyx'sliventexas, he had a 2020 that would make for a great soap opera storyline. "It started last July at Running Aces when he overheated badly during a race," Ehrlich recalled. "And he was pulled up near the wire while wanting to fall down. Thanks to the combined heroics of outrider Tyler Wiseman, his driver Mooney Svendsen, the starter John Betts and his wife Sandy, they were able to get him safely to the paddock." It was just 10 days later that Part Time was unable to swallow his feed and was having trouble breathing, which sent him to the clinic and an emergency tracheotomy. Part Time was eventually returned to California to prepare for this Cal Expo meet, but was unable to recreate his previous success here. "After talking to his trainer Kathie Plested, as well as his drivers Gerry Longo and Mooney Svendsen who both said he had no kick and East Coast vet John Kokinos," Ehrich explained. "I made the decision to retire him to his forever home in Minnesota." Part Time was claimed for $4,000 at Pompano Park and banked nearly $45,000 for Ehrlich while going through his paces for Plested and the late Steve Wiseman. "He deserves the retirement," Scott added. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Lodi Phillip and Winihavetime, both coming off back-to-back harness racing stakes scores, get the marquee treatment in the two California Sire Stakes at Cal Expo Harness Saturday evening for the 3-year-old males and the 4-year-old distaffers, respectively. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with first post set for 5:20 p.m. Lodi Phillip, a powerful winner of the last two clashes for the sophomore male division, looks to continue his dominance. He is a homebred son of Another Mile out of the Live Or Die mare Tawney Reserve N who races for Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, hails from the Greig Watson barn and will have Luke Plano back at the controls. After having a troubled trip and losing his chance in the first stakes clash back on February 21, Lodi Phillip has had no such issues in the last two big-money forays while posting decisive decisions on both occasions. Sent off at 70 cents on the dollar in the most recent stakes gathering two weeks ago, he made a power brush to command past the quarter and took complete control of things from that point, reporting to the wire with three and a half lengths to spare. Taking him on are Chase The Gold, Im A Magic Man, SD Watch Me Now, Allthundadownunda, Believe In Dragons and Arnie's Army. Winihavethetime is a homebred daughter of Kent's On Nuke who is owned by Mark Anderson, comes from the Gordie Graham shedrow and will once again have Mooney Svendsen at the controls. In the first two stakes clashes at the meet for this group she has sat a stalking trip to the stretch and come home strongly to win going away. Her 1:56 1/5 victory in the most recent added-money contest established a new career standard for the Anderson charge. Set to challenge her are Prom Queen, Debit Or Credit, Akanay, Le Montrachet and Sierra Mystic. Johnny Ringo racking up the wins Johnny Ringo is on quite a roll for Nathalie Tremblay and Gretchen Smith, rattling off four wins from his last six starts with Jake Cutting at the controls while missing by just a nose after tough trips. The 4-year-old son of Rockin Image had to go wide around stalled cover turning for home in hist most recent foray, but made a huge move into the drive and prevailed by a length over favored Its Pointless. "We bought the horse off the website Ongait.com back in July," trainer Tremblay related after last weekend's score. "He was a young horse with lots of conditions who was showing pace at Hoosier." Nathalie and Gretchen got Johnny Ringo ready at Smith's ranch and he's enjoying an excellent 2021 at Cal Expo, with his most recent 1:53 4/5 mile shaving a tick off his lifetime standard. "He's got lots of talent, but he's still green and learning what it's all about," Tremblay noted. "When he comes off the track, he doesn't even seem tired. "Another good thing is that he can stay in that class because he hasn't earned that much money." Once this meet is over, plans call for Johnny Ringo to ship to Chicago for the Hawthorne meet. "He seems to do best over a bigger track, so that's the plan for the summer," his mentor explained. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

A $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old harness racing pacing males and a $7,400 Open Trot featuring Mandeville, Pridecrest and Silverhill Volo will be front and center at Cal Expo Sunday evening. There will be 13 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:50 p.m. Lodi Phillip looms large in the stakes clash. He is a homebred son of Another Mile who goes about his business for Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, is conditioned by Greig Watson and has Luke Plano at the controls from the middle of the seven-horse cast. Sent off the even-money choice in the first stakes gathering for this group on February 21, he had serious traffic trouble along the rail through the stretch and lost his chance. With Plano guiding in the most recent big-money event two weeks ago, he went right to the front and made every pole a winner with a length and a half to spare at the wire. Believe In Dragons had to be happy with a second-place finish that night after prevailing the first Sire Stakes with a game performance. He is a is a son of Custard The Dragon who races for Lorne Duffield and Rodney Hennessey, takes his lessons from Quentin Schneider and will once again have the services of Cordarius Stewart. After getting a nice prep in a qualifier on February 14, Believe In Dragons made his seasonal debut a week later in the first stakes clash of the year for this group. He was dispatched as the 8-5 second choice while doing his work from the rail slot. Stewart sat a chilly third with Believe In Dragons through the early stages, then came first-over to press the issue and dug in gamely through the drive to prevail by a head over a fast-closing Im A Magic Man. The latter is a Mystician homebred who carries the banner of Richard Schneider, hails from the Ariel Alvarez barn and has Jake Cutting back in the sulky. He got going late from the middle of the track to just miss in his debut. Rounding out the field are Chase The Gold, Arnie's Army, Allthundadownunda and SD Watch Me Now. Pancetta on the verge of a milestone With his victory last weekend, the 12-year-old pacer Pancetta is just shy of reaching the $500,000 plateau, earned by winning 39 of his 175 starts with a 1:51 1/5 mark that was established at Pocono Downs. "He's like the little engine that could," related Richard Morita, who co-owns Pancetta with longtime racing partner David Yamada. The veteran is conditioned by Jessie Pacheco and was guided by Luke Plano. "If you look at him, he's so small you would never think he'd be the warrior racehorse he's been," Morita continued. "Dave and I bought him late in his 3-year-old year, hoping to have a nice horse and he's far exceeded our expectations." Among Pancetta's accomplishments are a victory in the Sagamore Series at Yonkers as well as multiple Open victories over that half-mile New York oval. "He's always been best on a small track because he can pace around the turns as fast as on the straights," David noted. "The tough racing has taken a bit of a toll on him physically, but he has such a big heart. He keeps bouncing back because he loves the racing and we've really enjoyed the ride." Yamada did note, however, that Pancetta's racing days may be coming to an end, with a new career on the horizon. "We hope to be able to stand him as a stud in California, producing future Pancetta's to thrill the crowd. His sire No Pan Intended is a half-brother to Bettor's Delight, so we think he has a future in the breeding shed." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

A $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing fillies and a $6,200 Open Pace headed by Allmyx'sliventexas are the main attractions on Saturday night's Cal Expo harness racing program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 13 races with things getting underway at 4:50 p.m. Rockin the Dragon is one of the major players in the Sire Stakes. She by Custard The Dragon out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Shes Just Rockin, is owned by Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham shedrow and will again have Jacob Cutting in the sulky. Sent off at 7-1 in the most recent stakes clash two weeks ago, Rockin The Dragon left into a pocket trip, brushed to command into the stretch and went on to a four-length decision over odds-on choice Doubleontherocks. The latter is a homebred daughter of Lettherockbegin out of the Camystic mare Double L Fab who is owned and was bred by Nikki Hudson and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. In the first stakes clash for this division on February 20 while being sent off the 7-5 second choice, Doubleontherocks left into a pocket trip behind Cookiesncream, was up to that that one away at midstretch and went on to a two and a quarter lengths score. Cookiesncream has had to settle for a show finish in the first two Sire Stakes at this meet. She was a sharp winner here on February 5 for her owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, conditioner Bob Johnson and pilot Nick Roland and has the rail for this assignment. Completing the field are Witch Hunter for trainer Marco Rios with Cordarius Stewart in the bike; and Shewentthataway, who gives trainer Johnson a second look with Mooney Svendsen at the controls. Sophomores continue to sort themselves out The 3-year-old pacers will get another chance at some big money this weekend with a pair of $15,000 California Sire Stakes up for grabs. There have been two big-money dances each for both the boys and the girls, resulting in four different winners, and it will be interesting to see how they shake out this weekend as the divisions are in search of a clear-cut leader. As things have worked out, both winners of the filly stakes have prevailed from the pocket, as Doubleontherocks got the job done from the two-hole in the first one and then had pace-setting duties in the last clash and was overhauled by the stalking Rockin The Dragon that evening. Doubleontherocks is a homebred daughter of Lettherockbegin who is owned and was bred by Nikki Hudson and is reined and trained by husband Luke Plano. "I claimed her dam and it turned out she had some issues," Luke related. "I thought she would make a good broodmare and we bred her to a Minnesota sire. "We got her ready last year in Indiana and Minnesota and she had one start at Running Aces, then we backed off and pointed for these races." So far, so good on that front with one trophy and a runner-up finish in the first two Sire Stakes, and it's time for take three this weekend. Meanwhile, it's been Believe In Dragons and Lodi Phillip in the two stakes gatherings for the colts and geldings. The former was a game first-over victor in the initial battle on February 21, while Lodi Phillip avenged a troubled trip in that affair to post a coast-to-coast decision in the most recent divisional get-together two weeks ago. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The $10,000 Alan Kirschenbaum Pace featuring Bertha Vanation and River Lassena and a pair of $7,000 California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old harness racing pacers are the highlights on Saturday night's Cal Expo program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 13 races and things get underway at 4:50 p.m. The Kirschenbaum is for pacing fillies and mares and Bertha Vanation has been facing the best distaffers on the grounds and should appreciate getting away from some of the big guns, while River Lassena has won five of her last six starts and obviously looms large again. Bertha Vanation is a 6-year-old daughter of Voracious Hanover who is owned by Cathy Dessert and is reined and trained by Nick Roland. She has captured 20 of her 83 starts with $146,000 in her account and a 1:53 2/5 mark that was set here in January. The bay miss began the year with back-to-back scores in the Open, sitting stalking trips on both occasions and pouncing in the stretch to get the job done. She shaved two ticks off her lifetime standard with the second of those tallies. River Lassena has been on a tear here of late for owner Mark Anderson, trainer Gordie Graham and pilot Tony Kerwood, handling softer company in dominating fashion as the prohibitive favorite. It will be interesting to see how she fares in this spot. Taking on this pair are Royal Mistress, Brooklyn Moonshine, Relentless Dancer, Steady Breeze, Roaring Home, Paloma Ruiz and Exsqueezeme. Meanwhile, the two Sire Stakes are headed by Winihavetime and Prom Queen in the filly section and Its Pointless among the colts and geldings. Turnabout is fair play for Lodi Phillip He had to wait two weeks, but Lodi Phillip got his opportunity to shine in last Sunday's California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing males. In the first big-money faceoff of the season for this group on March 21, Lodi Phillip was locked in along the rail and never had a chance, finishing fifth behind Believe In Dragons that evening. There were no such issues last weekend, however, as Luke Plano guided the Another Mile homebred right to the front, took complete control of things from that point and reported home with a length and a half to spare while earning his first trophy. Lodi Phillip carries the banner of Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, takes his lessons from Greig Watson and is proof once again that revenge is a dish best served cold. *** Saturday night's Alan Kirschenbaum Pace is named for the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the California Harness Horsemen's Association who passed away in 2012. Kirschenbaum was a major factor in California as an owner, breeder and amateur driver for many years. With his stallions Little Steven and British Sterling standing at Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, he helped support the industry in California. For several years, he even waived his stallion fees to help horsemen in the Golden State breed their mares to help the horse population survive. He was also a huge supporter of the California Sire Stakes and amateur races. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness                  

A $10,000 California Sire Stakes featuring Believe In Dragons and an Open Pace that finds Allmyx'sliventexas in search of yet another victory are the highlights on Sunday night's Cal Expo card. The Sire Stakes goes as the fourth event and the Open Pace is the eighth contest on the 12-race Watch and Wager LLC card. First post is 4:50 p.m. Believe In Dragons is a son of Custard The Dragon who races for Lorne Duffield and Rodney Hennessey, takes his lessons from Quentin Schneider and will once again have the services of Cordarius Stewart. After getting a nice prep in a qualifier on February 14, Believe In Dragons made his seasonal debut a week later in the first stakes clash of the year for this group. He was dispatched as the 8-5 second choice while doing his work from the rail slot. Stewart sat a chilly third with Believe In Dragons through the early stages, then came first-over to press the issue and dug in gamely through the drive to prevail by a head over a fast-closing Im A Magic Man. The latter is a Mystician homebred who carries the banner of Richard Schneider, hails from the Ariel Alvarez barn and has Jake Cutting back in the sulky. He got going late from the middle of the track to just miss in his debut. Taking them on Sunday are Arnie's Army, So Watch Me Now, Lodi Phillip and Chase The Gold. Meanwhile, Allmyx'sliventexas is strictly the one to beat once again in the co-featured Open Pace as he leaves from the assigned No. 10 post position in the field of six for his owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and driver Nick Roland. Fear Factor gets Wendi's heart racing When Fear Factor got the job done in last Sunday's second race, Wendi Wiener admits it was like getting a jump start on her love of racing. The 6-year-old son of Always A Virgin, who is co-owned by Wendi and trainer Nathalie Tremblay, was making his first appearance on the year with Nick Roland guiding him to the two and a quarter-length score. "Since my husband Stu passed, I've just been racing our homebreds, and after Lilbitofmama retired I really though I was done," Wendi related. "It just didn't feel the same anymore. We know racing is in our blood and we just can't quit, but I felt I would." Weiner then fast forwards to just about a year ago, when she got a call from Tremblay. "Nat called and said she found a horse she thinks she can improve on. We've been partners on many horses, but at that time it felt different and I still wasn't sure." Wendi eventually gave Tremblay the green light and Fear Factor, or Joe as the pacer has been nicknamed, became part of the barn. "Nat did a hell of a job figuring him out, and that win the other night woke up my heart. I was screaming and yelling and there were tears of happiness at the wire. I honestly didn't know if I would ever get that feeling back. "I want to thank the horse, Nat, Stretchie and Nick Roland for getting me excited about racing again." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

A pair of $14,000 California Sire Stakes for the 4-year-olds and a $6,700 Filly and Mare Open Pace are the featured harness racing attractions on Saturday night's Cal Expo program. There will be 13 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:50 p.m., with one of the Sire Stakes events going as a non-betting contest prior to the regular program. The distaff Sire Stakes goes as the fourth race and Prom Queen is coming off a victory in a dead-heat last weekend and should be well backed for owners Desomer Stables, trainer Quentin Schneider and driver Nick Roland. Taking her on are Debit or Credit, Winhavetime, Akanay and Le Montrachet. Looking at the co-featured Filly and Mare Open Pace, Alwaysalittlemore and Velocity McSweets get a rematch after putting on quite a show in last week's clash at the head of the division. Alwaysalittlemore is a 7-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin out of the Cole Muffler mare Whatiftheresmore who is owned by Maria Alvarez and Terrence Smith and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. Sent off at 9-2 in last week's Distaff Open while leaving from the rail slot, Alwaysalittlemore was able to work out a pocket trip, moved to the lead at midstretch and then had enough to hold safe over the fast-closing favorite Velocity McSweets. The latter accounted for the Joe Alto Pace in December and has a pair of Open scores to her credit this season. Jennifer Sabot owns and trains the 6-year-old McArdle mare and Cordarius Stewart has the return assignment. Completing the field are Delightfully Wild with Doug Chappell; Bertha Vanation, Nick Roland; Paloma Ruiz for Jacob Cutting and Marys Pretty Girl, who leaves from the rail with Tony Kerwood. Plano guides talented distaffers  Last Saturday night was a good one for Luke Plano as he piloted four performers into the winner's circle, including Doubletherocks in the first Sire Stakes of the year for the sophomores and Alwaysalittlemore in the Filly and Mare Open Pace. Doubletherocks is a homebred daughter of Lettherockbegin who carries the banner of Nikki Hudson and is reined and trained by husband Luke. She sat the pocket behind heavily-favored Cookiesncream and streaked home for the easy decision. "I actually claimed the mare and it turned out she had some issues, but I thought she would make a good broodmare and we bred her to a Minnesota sire," Luke related. "We got her ready in Indiana and Minnesota, and she had the one start at Running Aces, but she had a heath issue and we backed off and pointed for these races. I've been very happy with her two wins here." Alwaysalittlemore is a Maria Alvarez and Terrence Smith colorbearer who was picking up her first Open score at this session while ending up on the right end of a head photo with even-money favorite Velocity McSweets. "This is a real nice mare with a great mind," her mentor noted. "She wasn't having any luck at the Meadowlands at the end of last year, so they decided to bring her back here. "We gave her some time, so she was a little bit behind these other mares, but she's come around really well and it didn't hurt to get a nice trip the other night." It will be interesting to watch both of these talented distaffers going forward, with the next round of stakes action for the 3-year-olds coming up next week. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The first California Sire Stakes of the season for the 3-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pacers is set for Sunday evening at Cal Expo Harness, with Lodi Phillip and Arnie's Army figuring to get plenty of attention in the $7,500 contest. Watch and Wager LLC will present a 12-race card and things get underway at 4:50 p.m. The Sire Stakes is scheduled as the fourth contest on the evening. Lodi Phillip is a homebred son of Another Mile who races for Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, is conditioned by Girard and will have the services of Mooney Svendsen this weekend. The dark-hued performer rattled off back-to-back scores on January 30 and February, recording a lifetime-best 1:56 clocking in the latter score. He will do his work from the middle of the five-horse cast. Arnie's Army races for his breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel with the Bob Johnson the conditioner and Luke Plano at the helm. The son of Hi Ho Silverheel's should be a nice fit with this group. Taking on this pair are the Quentin Schneider-trained pair of Believe in Dragons with Cordarius Stewart and Chase the Gold with Nick Roland, while the Ariel Alvarez-trained Im A Magic Man completes the line-up with Jacob Cutting in the sulky. A reminder 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. The latter features a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. Ashlee Sluggett enjoying the ride Relentless Dancer has made a trio of appearances in the charmed enclosure for owner/trainer Ashlee Sluggett at this meet, showing an affinity for the oval. "Having your horse go out there and do well makes all the hard work worth it," Sluggett related recently. The 31-year-old native of Alberta, Canada, has been around horses most of her life, but it wasn't until she was 19 that she got involved with the trotters and pacers. "I heard they were building a new racetrack near where I lived and I went to check it out," she explained. "It turned out to be Alberta Downs. That's when I met Jamie Grey and went to work with him, learning about harness racing from the ground up." Ashlee then spent nine years with Ryan Grundy, including a couple of stints here at Cal Expo. She also worked with Kim and Quentin Schneider last season before venturing to New York to be part of the Blake MacIntosh barn. "That's when I decided it was time to take out my license and I came back to California with six horses," she related. "The plan has always been to go back to New York after this meet ends and rejoin Blake's barn." A reminder there are three wagers offered here 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, with the latter sporting a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, for 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

The California sires stakes is still accepting yearling nominations for harness racing foals of 2019. 2019 Foals from stallions in the DHA program from the states of California, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Alberta Canada may nominate until July 1st, 2020 for a payment of $150. Payments may be made up until Dec 31st 2020 for a late payment of $300. Also sustaining payments for foals of 2018 are due July 1st, 2020 for a payment of $250. There is no extended payment date for two year olds. All payments must be postmarked by July 1st, 2020 to be eligible. To submit a payment, forms may be downloaded at our CHHA website at www.chhaonline.com under the sires stakes tab.   By Robin Clements California Standardbred Sires Stakes Committee

Heza Real Diamond, who has rattled off an impressive hat trick at the head of the class, looks to add another score to the harness racing streak as heads the field for Friday night's $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo. There will also be a $6,700 Filly and Mare Open Pace that finds a rematch between Alwaysalittlemore and the mare who upset her last week in Bertha Vanation. There will be 11 races contested under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. Heza Real Diamond is a 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native who is owned by Orlando Nevarez, takes his lessons from Edwin Quevedo and will once again have the services of Nick Roland while leaving from the assigned No. 10 post position. The hard-knocking performer has posed for pictures following five of his last six outings, with the only setback being a nose defeat at the hands of Allmyx'sliventexas, who will be among his rivals on Friday. In his most recent appearance two weeks ago, Heza Real Diamond also did his work from that demanding No. 10 slot and proved a punctual 2-5 favorite as he made two moves to the lead at the half and took complete control of things from that point. The Nevarez colorbearer had three and three quarter lengths on runner-up Bestinthebusiness that night and equaled his lifetime standard with the 1:51 1/5 clocking. In addition to Allmyx'sliventexas and Bestinthebusiness, Heza Real Diamond will line up against Queenace Blue Chip, Almost Cut My Hair and Bettor's Promise. $31,188 Single 6 carryover spices the Friday action There is a $31,188 carryover going into Friday night's 10-cent Single 6 wager, with the sequence getting underway in the fifth race. There are also two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 comes with a $40,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. To show the added value of the low takeout bets, two weeks ago there was a Pick 4 sequence that returned $1,008 for each correct 20-cent ticket. Using the old takeout, it would have returned $907, a difference of $101 for each winning prognostication. *** In addition to the 11-race program on Friday, there will be a pair of California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds going as non-betting affairs prior to the regular card. Both Its Pointless among the males and Prom Queen with the fillies have swept their respective divisions to this point and will look to continue their dominance for trainers Gordie Graham and Robin Clements, respectively. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness                

Allmyx'sliventexas and Bestintehbusiness, who have been chasing home the razor-sharp Heza Real Diamond of late, get away from that rival and head the cast in Friday night's $5,100 Open II Pace at Cal Expo Harness. There will also be a pair of $7,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers, with Prom Queen getting top billing in the filly division, while Its Pointless is strictly the one to beat in the male section, with the latter race going as a non-betting affair prior to the regular card. There are 11 races on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 6:10 p.m. Allmyx'sliventexas comes into the Friday assignment with some impressive credentials, as the 7-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's has won 36 of his 119 starts, has $214,000 in his bank account and sports a 1:50 lifetime standard that was established two years ago at Hoosier Park. The hard-hitting veteran is owned and was bred by Wayne and Rod Knittel, he's conditioned by Bob Johnson and Mooney Svendsen will be in his usual position in the sulky. Allmyx'sliventexas recorded his most recent tally on January 25, when he sat the pocket behind the aforementioned Heza Real Diamond and nailed him right on the money in a 1:50 2/5 tour. Bestinthebusiness is in fine form at the moment with a conditioned victory and back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Open level. He campaigns for Brett Boyd Racing Inc., hails from the Leon Smith barn and has Braxten Boyd once again giving direction. Almost Cut My Hair, Part Time and Queenace Blue Chip complete the field. Prom Queen, Its Pointless look to continue dominance Prom Queen and Its Pointless cemented their positions at the head of their respective sophomore California Sire Stakes divisions with clear-cut victories in last week's second round of action and will be back seeking more trophies on Friday night. Prom Queen is a daughter of Little Steven who has captured both of her stakes dances in impressive come-from-behind style while not being favored on either occasion, while Its Pointless has dominated his male rivals while going off the solid choice in both appearances. Racing for owner/trainer Robin Clements and co-bred with Desomer Stables Inc, Prom Queen has shown a real affinity for coming home in a hurry with Nick Roland giving directions. She had four and a quarter lengths on favored Debit Or Credit in last weekend's tour while lowering her mark to 1:58 1/5 in the process. "I love this filly and she is fast," pilot Roland related after the score. "She is still green and learning to race," added Clements, "but she's getting there. She is a bit of a princess in that if you change her equipment and she doesn't like it, she will throw a tantrum." It seems the name Prom Queen fits this 3-year-old filly perfectly and it also appears as though many more winner's circle appearances are in her future. As for her male counterpart, Its Pointless just goes to the front and widens from there, with the Mark Anderson-owned, Gordie Graham-trained, James Kennedy-driven son of Kent's On Nuke currently too much for his rivals. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

A pair of $7,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and a $10,220 carryover in the 10-cent Single 6 are the highlights on Friday night's harness racing program at Cal Expo Harness, There will be 10 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:40 p.m. In addition to the Single 6 carryover, a reminder that there are two wagers offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 on the first five races and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 comes with a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays. Friday's Sire Stakes will go as the first and fifth races on the evening and there will also be a pair of $4,800 pacing events going as the co-features and occupying the second and eighth race slots. The opener is for colts and geldings and will find the Gordie Graham barn represented by Its Pointless and Itsonlymakebelieve,, while Bob Johnson will send out White Knuckle Ride and Junior Wilkinson has Good To Be Glad in the line-up. The fifth race features the distaff set and Graham also has two in that contest with Debit Or Credit and Winhavetime in the cast. Robin Clements conditions Prom Queen; Bob Johnson trains Le Montrachet and Edwin Hernandez will send out Akanay.  Drivers prove age is just a number Part Time and Fly Away were bookend winners on last Saturday's program for trainer Steve Wiseman, with Scott Ehrlich owning Part Time while Fly Away races for Ehrlich and Kathie Plested. What makes it so interesting is the fact that Part Time was guided to victory by 74-year-old Gerry Longo in the opener, while 19-year-old Jacob Cutting did the honors behind Fly Away in the finale. Part Time is a 9-year-old Illinois-bred who has an Open victory to his credit at this meet and has proven to be an excellent claim by Ehrlich, has been trained to the minute by Wiseman and Plested and has had a perfect pilot in Longo. "I sure appreciate Steve and Scott putting me up on Part Time because he's a good horse who comes home good," Longo related. "He's my kind of horse, one that can be right there when he gets the trip, and he got there for us on Saturday." As far as still doing his thing at 74, Longo said, "As long as I'm competitive and doing well, this old guy is happy to stay driving." Meanwhile, Fly Away took care of business to the tune $21 in the Saturday nitecap and this 11-year-old showed once again that he loves to sit back and blast home as he made his second trip to the winner's circle from his last three appearances. "He's a solid horse who had plenty of go with a trip like that," winning pilot Cutting stated. "I couldn't ask for any better drives from either guy," Ehrlich added. "What cracks me up is that Cutting is 8 years older than Fly Away, and Gerry is 65 years older than Part Time." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

The California Sires Stakes program is still accepting yearling nominations for foals of 2018. 2018 Foals from stallions in the DHA program from the states of California, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine and Alberta, Canada may still nominate until December 31st 2019 for $300. Payment must be postmarked by Dec 31st. To submit a payment, forms may be downloaded at our CHHA website at www.chhaonline.com under the sires stakes tab. by Robin Clements, for the California Sire Stakes

The California sires stakes nominations for foals of 2018 is due by July 1st with a payment of $150.00. Any 2018 foals of DHA stallions nominated to the harness racing program are eligible to nominate. DHA stallions from the states of California, Wisconsin, Iowa,  Minnesota, Michigan, Mine and Alberta Canada are eligible to the program. Also, California sired only foals of 2017 have a sustaining payment of $250.00 due by July 1st. Payments must be postmarked by July 1st 2019. Forms  for 2017 and 2018  foals can be downloaded from  chhaonline.com and mailed with payment to  : CSSSC   PO box 254509  Sacramento California 95865. The flyer can be seen with the schedule and conditions. By Robin Clements  

The 10-year-old trotting mare Silverlode and Steve Wiseman have made quite the pair over the last couple of months, teaming to win three of their last five starts at the head of the harness racing class. Included among those victories is romping score in the Joe Lighthill Trot on February 23, with the 2:57 2/5 clocking for the mile and a half journey resulting in a new North American record for the elongated distance over a mile track. Silverlode was bred by Steve and Vickie Desomer and earned a good chunk of her $242,000 bank account while racing for them. She now goes about her business for Medinah Racing and Kathie Plested with Kathie and Wiseman calling the shots since late last year when she returned from the Midwest. "This mare and Kathie and I have a lot of history, because we were working for Steve and Vickie when she was racing at 2 and 3," Wiseman noted. "The Desomers always thought she had a lot of talent, and she's matured with age and is a real professional." Silverlode has completely dominated her opposition in the last two top dances for the trotting set, following her score in the Lighthill with a nearly six-length romp in the most ecent Open Trot two weeks ago. On both occasions, she has settled early, made a brush to the lead midway and taken complete control of things from that point. "That's really her preferred style and it's worked out perfectly in the last two starts." Silverlode will be suiting up once again in Saturday night's featured fifth race."The plan is to race her a few more times and then take her back to Running Aces for the summer," Wiseman said. Jim Grundy Memorial, Open Pace head card A very contentious $6,500 Open Pace and the $4,500 Jim Grundy Memorial for pacing fillies and mares get the marquee treatment Friday evening at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 6:10 p.m., and there will also be three California Sire Stakes to be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular program. A solid case can made for each of the half-dozen performers in the Open Pace. Blue Star Maverick is a 6-year-old son of As Promised who is owned by Lorne Duffield, takes his lessons from Kathie Plested and will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. He accounted for the Shelly Goudreau Final on February 23, was runner-up in the Open Pace two weeks ago and then prevailed by a head in a blanket finish in the most recent top dance for the division last week. Eastender and Bettor In The Bank dead-heated for second in that affair. The former is owned by Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson with Luke Plano reining and training, while Bettor In The Bank carries the banner of Debra McCarthy, hails from the Gordie Graham shedrow and has James Kennedy back at the controls. Eastender captured a conditioned race on February 22, then came right back to post a 23-1 upset in the Open Pace the following week. He sat a tracking trip for Plano to the stretch last week, took the lead at the midway point of the drive and just failed to last that evening. Bettor In The Bank came flying to be right in that tight finish last week and has used his strong closing kick to account for half of his 10 trips to the post this season. He won back-to-back Open Paces last month and has found himself with too much work to do in the stretch in his last two appearances. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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