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Harness racing trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday (June 15) Reider sent out 5 horses - with two of them carded together in one race. The night's results charts show four wins and one second for the Reider brigade. Four races, four wins and a second, he could not possibly do better than that without a dead heat - his horses finished one-two in race three, separated by just a length. The amazing night started out in race one, when Steve Wiseman piloted Reider's 5 year old Hot Pans gelded pacer Zachariahs Honor ($9.20) to a half-length victory for his seventh win of the year. Next, in Race 3, Reider sent out the winner Cruising For You ($9.20, Mooney Svendsen) and the runner-up He Grins Again (Steve Wiseman). Dontcloseyoureyes ($31.00, Gerald Longo) was the next Reider winner, in race five, scoring her first win of the season and upsetting the field at 14-1. Finally, George sent out Walker Meister in Race #6 while the public had finally jumped on the Reider bandwagon - sending him off as the 8-5 favorite. Walker Meister responded by turning in a dazzling performance - sweeping the field around the far turn and pulling away to a 5½ length romp for his fourth win of the year and completing a perfect night of racing for George Reider. Cruising For You is owned by Juan Pacheco, all of the others mentioned are owned by George Reider. Reider is a Running Aces mainstay every summer and he is a well respected horseman. The four wins on Saturday bring him into the current list of top five trainers by wins in 2019. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Getter Queen Flush came calling when it counted last week to capture the Alan Kirschnbaum Pace with James Kennedy joining forces with the 7-year-old harness racing mare. Getter Queen Flush was shuffled at the midway point, but ignited when the question was asked by Kennedy to prevail by a half-length while proving a punctual 2-1 favorite. The bay miss carries the banner of Richard Thomas, Dave and Rick Haness and trainer George Reider, with the victory being a special one for all concerned as the race was named after the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the CHHA who died in 2012. "Getter Queen Flush has been a gem of consistency ever since I claimed her in Minnesota for $6,000," said Reider. "I was so happy for the connections. "She was a little nervous when she didn't have too much room in the stretch, but James did a nice job shaking free and getting up in time. "It was very gratifying to win the Alan Kirschenbaum, since he was a good friend of mine. We played golf every chance we got when he came up to Sacramento and he was a great guy - funny and smart, not to mention a pretty good golfer "I like to think he was smiling down at us during the race."   Capitol Hill heads cast in Distaff Pace Capitol Hill, coming off back-to-back victories at the head of the class, looks to keep the momentum going in Saturday night's featured $6,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Watch and Wager LLC will present an 11-race program on Saturday with things getting underway at 6:10. The headliner goes as the third contest on the evening. An 8-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover from the No Pan Intended mare Champale Blue Chip, Capitol Hill races for George McChrystal and Kathie Plested with Plested training and Steve Wiseman at the controls. For her recent success, the bay miss has been assigned the No. 10 post position in the field of five, which should make things a bit more interesting. On March 1, Capitol Hill made every pole a winning one in the clash at this level, holding a clear advantage from the outset and then holding safe by three-quarters of a length over Bettor Lady. In her most recent appearance on March 9, the hard-knocking performer played cat-and-mouse with Bettor Lady on the front end and proved best by a half-length with Mooney Svendsen at the controls. Completing the field are Dancingonthesand, who gives the Plested barn two looks at the outcome and has Svendsen guiding; a pair from the Luke Plano barn in Magnifique with his trainer at the helm and Legio X Equestris with Ryan Grundy; and last week's Alan Kirschenbaum victress Getter Queen Flush, to be handled by James Kennedy.   Mark Ratzky Cal Expo Harness

The $10,000 Alan Kirshenbaum Pace for fillies and mares; a $6,500 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing males and a $5,500 Open II Trot are the featured attractions on Friday night's Cal Expo harness racing program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with a first post of 6:10 p.m., and there will also be two other California Sire Stakes decided as non-betting events prior to the regular card. Blue Note figures to have her share of backers in the Kirschenbaum, as she exits Open and Open II company in her last three trips to the post for owner/trainer Rick Cisco. A 14-year-old daughter of Little Steven, a top performer and sire for Kirschenbaum, Blue Note recorded her most recent victory in a conditioned event on February 23 and has been mixing it up with the likes of Capitol Hill and Bettor Lady in her last few trips appearances. Taking her on this weekend are Wizzel Stix and La Madawna De Rosa from the Richard Bertrand barn; the Nate Sobey-trained Burn My Villa; The Richard Schneider-trained pair of Lookslikewemadeit and Nightraintovegas; the Kathie Plested-conditioned Fancy Little Girl; and Getter Queen Flush, who takes her lessons from George Reider. Looking at the Open II Trot, Its A Horse gets the call as he escapes the long shadow of the streaking Silverlode in this contest for owner Ray Alan Miller, trainer Marco Rios and regular pilot Gerry Longo. The 6-year-old son of Full Count has three victories to his credit this year at the Open level, including a lifetime-best 1:56 15/ score on January 18 while doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post position that night. Low takeout wagers; Single 6 carryover There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 50-cent Pick 5 on the first five races of the evening and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 comes with a $30,000-guaratnteed gross pool on Fridays and a $40,000 guarantee on Saturdays. Coming into Friday, there is also a $13,467 carryover in the 10-cent Single 6, so there is plenty of value to be had on the card,   By Mark Ratzky, Cal Expo Harness

Walker Meister has been a steady performer over the last few seasons, making his share of winner's circle appearances for trainer George Reider, who co-owns the 7-year-old pacer with Dave, Rob and Kim Haness. A 1:52 2/5 victor last season at Running Aces, Walker Meister added another W to the resume last weekend over a sloppy track, proving a punctual favorite after making what proved to be the winning move to the lead by the half for James Kennedy. "I bought Walker Meister three years ago in Minnesota in partnership with Dave, Rob and Kim," Reider noted. "It took a little while, and he's always had some soundness issues, but he's turned into a nice little racehorse. He enjoys racing and I enjoy racing him. I hope I can find another one like him in Minnesota this year." Walker Meister is set to suit up in Saturday evening's ninth race, where he will depart from the No. 4 post in the field of nine with Kennedy back at the controls. Marvin Shapiro Final, Distaff Open on tap Outlawintriguedbyu, a coast-to-coast winner last weekend, gets the top billing in Saturday night's $8,400 Marvin Shapiro Final for pacing fillies and mares, while Capitol Hill and Brighten Your Life get a rematch in the co-featured Distaff Open Pace. An 11-race card is scheduled under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 6:10 p.m. Looking ahead to Saturday, an Open Pace, an Open Trot and a trio of Sire Stakes will be featured. Outlawintriguedbyu is a 5-year-old daughter of Blue Burner who competes for Benvenga Racing LLC and Azarik Sivatjian, is conditioned by Kathie Plested and will once again have Steve Wiseman at the controls. In last week's Shapiro Prep, the dark-hued miss was sent off the 5-2 second choice and made every pole a winning one over the sloppy going, reporting to the wire with two lengths over stablemate Chilma. The latter was the mild favorite in that contest and put in a real nice finish to complete the exacta. This Plested trainee is owned by Larry and Carol Parlin and has Mooney Svendsen once again doing the honors. Completing the field are Lookslikewemadit, If You Say So, Rockinroundheaven, Hi Fidelity, Cenalta Cougar, Sweet One; and La Diva De Rosa. In the Filly and Mare Open Pace, Brighten Your Life will look to snap a string of six straight runner-up finishes for owner/driver/trainer Nathan Sobey while Capitol Hill will gun for a repeat at the top rung for trainer Plested and co-owner George McChrystal with Mooney Svendsen guiding. A reminder there are two wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5 which is decided on the first five races, and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 which comes with a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool on Fridays and $40,000 on Saturdays. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

George Reider appears to have a nice prospect for the upcoming California Sire Stakes in the harness racing gelding Prideofthesierras, who put it all together last weekend in his fourth start with Steve Wiseman in the sulky. A son of Little Steven out of the Personal Power mare Brooklets Kia, Prideofthesierras was bred by Rick and Marlene Thomas and they co-own along with Reider and Dave and Rob Haness. George had tipped in a column back in December that he felt this was a promising youngster, and nothing this pacer has done in the interim has made him change his opinion. "He's the second offspring from the mare, who also had Feeling Fancy Free, and it really is two different tales," Reider noted. "She is very small and very high strung, but he's big and strong with a very nice demeanor. He trained down so nice we've had high hopes all along." Now it's time for Prideofthesierras to get serious, as the first round of Sire Stakes action for the class of 2015 is upon us. "We've got 12 weeks for the six stakes races, and I'm very excited for the connections," George said. "As far as plans for the summer go, we'll see how he progresses toward the end of the meet and go from there." As usual, Reider is quick to point out that a trainer is only as good as his help, with Juan and Chicky being singled out for their excellent work behind the scenes. Pacing fillies and mares command the spotlight An excellent $6,600 Distaff Open Pace serves as the main event at Cal Expo Saturday night with a very contentious cast of nine set to face the starter. There are 11 races on tap and the Watch and Wager LLC card gets under way at 6:10 p.m. The headliner will be the eighth event of the evening. Last week's Filly and Mare Open turned out to be a thriller, with Delightfully Wild getting home by a nose over Blue Note, with that pair a length and three-quarters ahead of Shesamysterytome at the wire. Delightfully Wild is a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight who races for Richard Morita and David Yamada, is conditioned by Lino Pacheco and will have James Kennedy back at the controls while leaving from the No. 7 slot. In last week's clash, the bay miss relaxed early, came first over at the half, continued on gamely in the lane and wore down pace-setting Blue Note by a nose in a 1:54 4/5 tour. It was her third win from seven starts on the year. Blue Note is going in razor-sharp form for owner/trainer Rick Cisco and will have the services of Luke Plano. She has won three of her last seven starts, including a victory in the Alan Kirschenbaum Final on February 2. She has been runner-up in the other four efforts, including that narrow setback at most recent asking. Completing the field are Capitol Hill, Shark Festival, Poorlittlerichgirl, Sparkin Your Fire, Getter Queen Flush, Shesamysterytome and Melodies That Rock. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

George Reider admits his barn "hasn't been lighting them up so far" at this Cal Expo harness racing meeting, but he's optimistic that things are headed in the right direction. "We had a good meet this summer at Running Aces," Reider noted. "At the end of that meet we purchased a few horses and now it's just been a case of getting to know them." One pacer in the barn that George is really pinning his hopes of is a 2-year-old who answers to the name of Pride of the Sierra. "I think he's going to be a real nice colt. We'll be qualifying him in a few weeks." Meanwhile, the Reider barn of 14 is starting to warm up and you can look for him to bemaking his share of winner's circle appearances in the near future and through the end of this session in the spring. George also mentioned that he's very pleased that his good friends Nick Roland, Jessica Johnson and Terry Kaufman are among the new connections competing here at Cal Expo "They've really added to our races and I'm so glad to see them competing here." Pair of Opens sit atop the marquee A $6,600 Open Pace featuring Jazzmanian Devil and Firedrake and a $5,500 Distaff Open Pace headed by Sparkin Your Fire and Capitol Hill are the main events on Friday night's Cal Expo program. Jazzmanian Devil is a 6-year-old son of Sand Shooter from the Artsplace mare Artbeat who is owned by William Condon, takes her lessons from Kathie Plested and will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. The long-fused performer looped the field to prevail at 6-1 in the November 4 Open, had to settle for the show money at this level the following week, then got back to his winning ways at most recent asking as he came home in a sizzling :26 flat to get the job done by a neck. Firedrake also has two Open victories to his credit at this meeting for Set The Pace Racing LLC and driver/trainer Nick Roland. The Dragon Again gelding has posed for snapshots following 11 of his 20 starts on the year with a 1:51 2/5 lifetime standard that was recorded at Running Aces over the summer. Firedrake accounted for the October 28 top dance despite a tough trip from the demanding No. 10 post and also captured the November Open as the 3-5 favorite, but has had to settle for a third and fifth behind Jazzmanian Devil in the other two contests for the top pacers on the grounds. Looking at the Filly and Mare Open, Sparkin Your Fire carries the banner of Peg Hoffman with Gerry Longo the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. She got a nice prep race in her local debut in the November 25 distaff Open, then stormed home to prevail at 9-2 in the most recent clash at the top level for the pacing fillies and mares while taking the measure of favored Capitol Hill. The latter mare won three of her four outings at this Open level between November 4 and November 25 and had to settle for second in the most recent clash after being hard used on the front end. George McChrystal and Kathie Plested own, Plested is the trainer and Steve Wiseman will be in the sulky. There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate, affording players the chance to gets some real value. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is decided on the first five races of the evening; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which covers the penultimate four contests on the program. The Pick 4 comes with a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Nobody likes a forced retirement, but the rules of the game say Frankthebank will be making his final start in Friday night's 13th race as the harness racing pacer officially turns 15 years old on Sunday. A son of Sportsmaster out of the Incredible Finale mare Go Go Coco, Frankthebank has made 443 starts in his career, with $470,000 in his bank account and a 1:51 mark that was established five years ago. Frankthebank is owned by Rick and Marlene Thomas and will be sent out for the final time in his racing career by longtime conditioner George Reider. Luke Plano will be in the sulky. Reider has trained Frankthebank for 125 of his trips to the post, and that includes 11 wins, 23 seconds and 17 third-place finishes. Bernie Wolin had the most starts with the pacer, sending him out for 191 starts. "It's going to be a sad day when he leaves for his retirement, like saying goodbye to a good friend and a good buddy," Reider said. "We've traveled a lot of places together and I'm pretty sure he's going to miss being at the barn. Hopefully he'll adjust to his new life quickly. "Frankthebank is the definition of an iron horse, especially when you think of all the places he's been and all the different barns. As we're getting close to the end of his career, it makes me kind of sad." Instead of giving Frankthebank a gold watch, George has something more practical in mind for the pacer. "On the first day of 2017, he'll be eating a 25-pound of carrots - just not all at the same time. I'll ration them. "When he heads to his home just outside of Yosemite Valley, I'll have the fondest memories of my boy." Cal Expo salutes Frankthebank and wishes him the best in his retirement! Pair of Carryovers, Goudreau Prep on tap A $10,140 carryover in the Pick 5, a $1,523 carryover in the Pick 6 and the prep for next week's Shelly Goudreau Final are among the main attractions on Friday night's Cal Expo program. The card is conducted under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 5:55 p.m. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent bet encompassing the first five races on the card and comes with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. The 20-cent Pick 4 also comes with the 16 percent takeout rate and is decided on the four penultimate races of the evening, while the Pick 6 is a 50-cent wager. The Goudreau Prep has lured a full and contentious cast. Eastender figures to be one of the major players in the line-up for driver/trainer Luke Plano and owners Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson. A 5-year-old son of Cheyenne Rei, Eastender was runner-up and a close third in his first two starts after coming in from Hoosier Park, then put it all together at most recent asking while posting a two and a quarter-length score as the 1-5 favorite. Total Classic is a Ron Rettig-Zucchi-owned, James Kennedy reined-and-trained performer who fits well in the Goudreau. He scored a 14-1 upset here on December 3 and was hard used in his last start before checking in fourth in a tight finish. There will be no Saturday racing this week, with a special Sunday program that will have a first post of 4:45 p.m. The trotters and pacers will return to the regular Friday and Saturday night schedule next week. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

When the sharp Genuine Desire lines up for Saturday night's harness racing Bill Conlin Final, he'll be gunning for his fourth win from his last six trips to the post, including two of his last three over this layout. The sophomore son of Real Desire is owned by Rick and Marlene Thomas and George Reider, is conditioned by Reider and will be handled by David Siegel. Genuine Desire started his recent streak with a 43-1 shocker in his Hawthorne finale last month with Tim Curtain at the controls and has recorded his last two tallies after being re-united with Siegel. In last week's Conlin Prep over a sloppy track, the pair made a power move to the top on the final bend and went on to a two and a half-length decision that sets them up perfectly for this assignment. "I am glad I finally got the opportunity to get back behind Genuine Desire after his venture back to Illinois," Siegel related after last week's score. "Going by his record and speed ratings, there is little doubt he likes the going at Cal-Expo better. "He is very handy and can be driven as the situation dictates, on the front, off the pace, and has the ability to two-move if needed. "He fits the Conlin field well and hopefully we can get the right trip and get the job done for his supportive owners Rick and Marlene. I fully expect George will have him prepared for the challenge." Marie Hill Pace brings out distaffers The Marie Hill Pace, a $4,400 Open II event for fillies and mares, heads the 13-race card Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting. First post is 6:10 p.m. Lady's Art, for driver/trainer Chip Lackey; and the Robin Clements-trained, David Siegel-driven Windsun T Bird have been assigned the outside posts in the field of seven. The race is named for the memory of Marie Catherine Hill, a Canadian who fell in love with harness racing as a young girl and became an important author of books about participants in the sport. She passed away on November 22 at the age of 85 in Merlin, Ore., near the residence of her daughter, Irene, after a brief illness. Born Aug. 12, 1931, in Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, Ms. Hill attended her first harness race at the half-mile track at St. Stephen, New Brunswick, when she was 11 years old. At 13 she wrote her first article for The Canadian Sportsman, a few paragraphs titled "Watchim on the Trot," which was about the trotting track record holder at St. Stephen. The story led to other articles for The Canadian Sportsman's Christmas editions. She also wrote for The Horseman And Fair World, Hoof Beats, The Harness Horse, and Trot magazines. Ms. Hill became one of harness racing's most prolific historians, writing six books including: Single G: The Horse That Time Forgot; Adios: The Big Daddy of Harness Racing; Gentleman Joe-The Story of Harness Driver Joe O'Brien; Mr. Harness Racing-the Story of Delvin Miller; and The Horseman from Alberton. In 1959 Ms. Hill moved to California, where she worked as an accountant and office manager for construction companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Her interest in harness racing, its horses and people, never waned. During the 1970s and early 1980s she bred, owned and raced horses in California, Kentucky and Indiana. Ms. Hill became acquainted with Delvin Miller by mail when he responded to an advertisement she had run in The Horseman And Fair World in which she had asked for historical information about Single G. Miller responded, as was his habit, and thus began a lifelong friendship. Miller subsequently asked Ms. Hill to write his biography and she delightedly agreed to the project. In 1992, when Adios was inducted into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame, Ms. Hill accepted the award at Miller's request. In 1984, Ms. Hill nominated B C Count to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The horse's subsequent election, which came in 1998 following a 14-year campaign on her part, brought her great satisfaction. In 2005 Ms. Hill was honored with the Harness Racing Museum's Pinnacle Award and in 2007 she was inducted into the Communicators' Hall of Fame. In addition to harness racing, Ms. Hill's hobbies included the Civil War and watching the New York Yankees. She loved her family, friends, animals, her Catholic faith, and was a devoted mother and daughter. In addition to her daughter, Irene (Stephen), Ms. Hill is survived by her cousin, Sheila Hurley and friend, Arlene Matheson, both of whom she called sisters; the Walker family, Hill and O'Connor cousins; and many more cousins. Ms. Hill was an avid supporter and former board member of the Stable of Memories at The Red Mile and memorial contributions may be sent to Stable of Memories, P.O. Box 11073, Lexington, KY 40512-1073, or to Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, P.O. Box 15368, San Francisco, CA 94115-0368, or to any animal shelter or rescue. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

After settling for second in the first California Sire Stakes for her division two weeks ago, Little Emma looks to correct that oversight in Saturday night's second big-money dance for the harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies at Cal Expo. A homebred daughter of Little Steven, Little Emma races for the partnership of breeders Rick and Marlene Thomas, Dave and Rob Haness and George Reider, with Reider doing the training. She comes off a sharp conditioned victory last weekend in the first teaming with Luke Plano that should set her up perfectly for Saturday's main event. "She's got the right name, that's for sure," said Reider. "She's very little, just like her dam, who was a hard-trying New Zealand mare that I trained for awhile for the Thomas family. "She was a feisty little thing to break, and even though she's little, she has a lot of power and spunk. She's still learning, but she's definitely getting better with each start. It's interesting when you train down a baby and see the characteristics of the mother come through like they do with this filly." George added that while both Little Emma and her dam Elegant Emma were feisty on the racetrack, they were both complete sweethearts around the barn. "I'm happy for all the connections as far as how things have gone to this point, and I also want to give credit to Alex Alaga at Hawthorne Ranch, who does a breat job and brings them back looking fantastic. "As far as the spring goes, it's going to be exciting to see how much more she can progress. If I could ask for one thing, it would be that gets just a little taller," Reider added with a smile. Sophomore Sire Stakes get marquee treatment A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers head the Saturday program, with Allmyx'sliveintexas and Midnight Adventure leading the colt division, while Little Emma and Moonstone Beach square off in the filly contest. There will be a 12-race card on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a first post of 6:15 p.m. The colt stakes will go as the third event on the evening, while the filly stakes will be contested as a non-betting race prior to the regular program. Looking at the stakes for the males, Allmyx'sliveintexas won the initial stakes for this group on February 13 over Midnight Adventure, who was the 4-5 favorite that evening. The former is a homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who races for Wayne and Rod Knittel, is conditioned by Bob Johnson and will once again have Mooney Svendsen guiding. Sent off the 9-5 second choice in that first Sire Stakes, Allmyx'sliveintexas was used early for the lead by Svendsen, was covered up on the backside, then came with a nice kick in the stretch to win going away by a length and a half in a sharp 1:54 3/5 performance. Midnight Adventure is a son of Kent's On Nuke who is owned and was bred by Mark Anderson and Debra McCarthy, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and has James Kennedy back at the controls. He accounted for the Lonnie Beck Series finale on January 30. Moonstone Beach captured the first stakes get-together for the sophomore pacing fillies for the team of owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Mooney Svendsen. She rallied with cover that night and proved a punctual 3-5 choice. Little Emma was her most immediate victim in that mile, but came back to win a conditioned event last weekend in a solid come-from-behind effort. George Reider trains the Little Steven offspring and co-owns along with her breeders Rick and Marlene Thomas and Dave and Rob Haness and Luke Plano guides. Plain Awesome completes the cast with James Kennedy in the sulky. By Mark Ratzky

Frankthebank hasnt been around forever, it just seems that way. Last week the pacing son of Sportsmaster celebrated his 14th birthday, which means this will be his final year of harness racing, and judging by his performance in the finale of the Shelly Goudreau Final he appears to be set to make the most of it. Frankthebank is owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas and conditioned by George Reider. They actually lost the veteran via the claim box on December 5, but reached right back in the next week and he returned to the cozy confines of the Reider barn. Frankthebanks bank account coming into 2015 was just shy of $455,000 and he established his career standard of 1:51 flat five years ago while turning in a 1:54 3/5 tally at Running Aces during the summer. He finished second in the Goudreau Prep while coming from last that evening to conclude last years campaign, then was sent off at nearly 12-1 in last weeks final. James Kennedy was aggressive from the gate and made the top, then Frankthebank was covered up by odds-on favorite Real Attitude on the backside. The Thomas colorbearer dug in gamely and once again finished second, beaten a half-length by the late heroics of Sheer Desire in that event. He may not reach the half-million dollar mark before hes forced to social security, but it certainly wont be for lack of trying. A reminder that there are two wagers that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $30,000-guaranteed pool on Saturdays and $25,000-guaranteed on Sundays. Jazzmanian Devil eyes repeat in Open Pace Jazzmanian Devil and One And Only, first and second in last weeks battle at the head of the class, top the cast for Sunday nights featured $6,600 Open I Pace. A 12-race card is on tap at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting with first post set for 4:55 p.m. The headliner goes as the eighth event on the evening. Jazzmanian Devil is a 5-year-old Indiana-bred son of Sand Shooter who carries the banner of William Condon, hails from the Steve Wiseman shedrow and will once again have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. Sent off at 8-1 in last weeks clash at the top rung, Jazzmanian Devil sat in a tracking position for Svendsen until the stretch, ignited when the question was asked and prevailed by a head over One And Only while coming a snappy :26 3/5 final quarter. One And Only comes into Sundays assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings plateau for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada and trainer Lino Pacheco. He established his 1:51 2/5 mark two years ago and will have the services of James Kennedy this weekend. A winner of back-to-back races to close out his 2015 campaign, One And Only moved back up to the Open I level for his most recent outing and lost a heartbreaker after a game, first-over effort with Kennedy in the sulky. Rounding out the field are Bettors Promise, who will give trainer Pacheco two looks at the outcome; Surprisingly Sweet, a second entrant for Wiseman; the Luke Plano-conditioned Rikybrnthegaragdwn; Endeavors King from the Gene Vallandingham barn; and Stable Eyes for Tim Clevenger. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

With his victory in last Saturday nights opener, V Mack became the first six-time winner at the Cal Expo meet for harness racing trainer George Reider and pilot Luke Plano. The 4-year-old Iowa-bred son of Voracious Hanover is owned by Reider in partnership with Dave and Rob Haness and has been putting both his gameness and versatility on display during the course of the opening weeks of this stand. What a nice find this one was on the last night of racing in Minnesota, Reider explained. I split a horse transportation truck with Luke Plano coming back to California and there was one spot left on it. Nolan Van Otterloo is one of the mainstay breeders out there and told me he had V Mack for sale, so I went over to the barn to check him out. I liked what I saw and purchased him. Dave Haness was a little surprised that I bought the horse so fast, but he believes in me and I believed in the horse. V Mack won with Plano at the controls on opening night, had traffic troubles at next asking and was unable to threaten, and has since rattled off five straight victories while just missing his 1:54 4/5 mark in a couple of those scores. Luke says a horse like Mack helps in races that dont necessarily set up the way you plan. Hes just so versatile, and whenever you call on him hes there and you can use him a couple of times during a race. V Mack will make his next appearance in Saturday nights 10th race. With Plano having a horse from his barn in the line-up, veteran Gerry Longo will be at the controls this time around. Robert Gordon Final gets marquee treatment The $9,200 Robert Gordon Final for pacers holds the spotlight at Cal Expo Saturday night, with last weeks elimination winners Outlawsparkthewind and Dickies Motel heading the cast. A 13-card is on tap with a first post of 6:15. In addition to the Gordon final, there is a $5,000 Open I Pace and a $5,000 Open for pacing fillies and mares. The racing action will continue Sunday evening with a 4:45 starting time. Getting back to the Robert Gordon, Outlawsparkthewind is a 4-year-old Canadian-bred son of Blue Burner who comes into this weekends assignment having posed for pictures following four of his last five trips to the post. Hes owned by Drew Anderson, hails from the Bob Johnson barn and will be handled by William Hernandez. Outlawsparkthewind kicked off his hot streak with a tally in a elimination for the Bob Staats Pace, then finished sixth in the final after being hard-used early. Since that setback, he has rattled off three straight victories on the front end with Hernandez at the controls on each occasion. Sent off the 8-5 second choice in last weeks Gordon elimination, the Anderson colorbearer went right to the top, set the fractions without challenge and came to the wire three-quarters of a length on the pocket-sitting favorite Crusin For You while completing a 1:55 3/5 tour. Beginning with the Saturday, December 26 program, purses at Cal Expo will be raised by 10 percent across the board. Ben Kenney, Cal Expo CFO said, The purse pool was in good shape coming out of the last meet, with each live race up 19 percent over the previous season. This meet is off to a good start and the horsemen deserve this purse increase. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

Trainer George Reider got off to a fast start on opening night at Cal Expo, posing for a pair of pictures with Big Baller and V Mack, and hes looking forward to many more trips to the winners circle in the near future. Big Baller is an 8-year-old trotter who is owned by Reider along with Greg Robinson, Doc Creech and Bob Thronson, while V Mack is a 4-year-old pacer who is new to the West Coast and carries the banner of his trainer and Dave, Rob and Kimberly Haness. Dave Siegel guided Big Baller while Luke Plano did the honors behind V Mack. Big Baller is a California-bred who was a multiple Sire Stakes victor in his younger days with upwards of $270,000 in his bank account and V Mack is an Iowa-bred who appears to have found a new home if last weekends strong finish is any indication. We had a successful meet up at Running Aces, but were always glad to come back to California, Reider said. Summers are pretty good for us up in Minnesota and we always seem to replace a lot of horses and come back here with some nice stock. V Mac, Walker Meister and Outlawdangruswatrs were all good finds up there. Dave Siegel did his homework and found Big Baller out of a sale for us and I have a few more horses that are new to California that will be starting in the next few weeks. Saturday night will find the Reider barn sending out six performers, including Big Baller and V Mack, who are seeking repeat scores in the fourth and tenth races, respectively. Outlawdangruswatrs will represent the shedrow in the featured Open I Pace. Its going to be an exciting winter and heres hoping that everybody has a safe and successful meet, summed up Reider. We couldnt have said it any better, George. Cowboy Cold eyes an encore in main event Cowboy Cold, fresh from a coast-to-coast score on opening night, heads the cast for Saturday nights featured $5,000 Open I Handicap Pace. A 14-card is on tap Saturday night under the Watch and Watch LLC banner with a first post of 6:10 p.m. The main event will go as the fifth race on the evening and a field of seven will face starter Ken Fowler with Cowboy Cold assigned the outside slot. The Cal Expo racing schedule finds the trotters and pacers in action on Saturday night for the next two weeks, with Saturday and Sunday programs set for November 14 through December 27. The schedule will expand to three nights a week in January with Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening cards. Getting back to the feature, Cowboy Cold is an 8-year-old son of Cheyenne Rei who carries the banner of Kc C Carvalho with Luke Plano reining and training. He has five wins on the year from 13 trips to the post, including a lifetime-best 1:52 3/5 tour at Running Aces last month. Sent off the 9-5 choice in the opening night headliner, Cowboy Cold went right to the front for Plano and never looked like a loser. At the wire, he had three and a quarter lengths on his nearest rival in a 1:55 1/5 performance. Completing the field, from the rail out: Four Starz Louie (Frank Petrelli); Real Attitude; Endeavors King (Chip Lackey); Outlawdangruwatrs (David Siegel); Quality Sport (Steve Wiseman); and Natives Revenge (Mooney Svendsen). ****** A reminder that there are two wagers on the program that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

Silence Son made his swansong at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces  a memorable one by winning the $9600 Open Trot for the third consecutive week on Sunday night (August 30). According to owner-trainer George Reider, the six-year-old gelded son of Majestic Son is now headed to the Delaware, Ohio Blooded Horse Sale where he'll sell as part of the supplemental catalog at the end of the Monday (September 1) session. Driver Nick Roland left alertly from the assigned outside post position and coasted through front-stepping fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:26.4 before trotting home in :28.4 for the 1:55.3 victory. El Azteca (Gerry Longo) raced gamely to finish a head behind in second with Thekeptman (Luke Plano) three lengths back to garner the show dough. It was the 11th 2015 triumph in 28 tries for Silence Son, who now sports 27 career victories in 88 lifetime starts and has banked $110,829. Gregg Keidel Director of Racing      

COLUMBUS, MN. - Silence Son and Keep The Dream won their respective $8000 Opens at Running Aces on Sunday night; while the 50-cent Pick 6-offering a $5000 guaranteed pool-went unsolved due to a pair of longshot winners. When harness racing resumes at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 7) night, track officials expect that the Pick 6 pool will grow to well over $10,000. Silence Son (Nick Roland) took full advantage of a two-hole trip behind favored Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman), passing the frontrunner in deep stretch to win the Open Trot by three-quarters of a length. After comfortable fractions for the track's top trotters of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1, the winner put a finishing :28.3 on his triumphant 1:57 win. Californian George Reider both owns and trains the six-year-old son of Majestic Son who now has $88,509 in career earnings. Jailer (Rick Bertrand) got the show dough in the featured race for squaregaiters. Keep The Dream gave Roland, the leading driver at the meet, a sweep of the pair of features by copping her $8000 event for the best pacing mares in Minnesota in 1:54.4. The five-year-old Mach Three mare was placed fourth through the first two fractions of :28.1 and :58, then moved first-up through the 1:26.1 third panel to pull within a length of pacesetting Part Time Lady. With a strong :28.2 closing panel, Keep The Dream passed the leader and held off fellow closers De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Rev Me Up (Mark P'Pool) to garner her third local victory, but first in open company. The winner boosted her lifetime bounty to $125,166 for owner Dr. James Findlay of British Columbia. Tawa Road and driver Tony Succarotte pulled a major upset in the first leg of the Running Aces Pick 6 on Sunday, narrowly defeating heavily-favored Super Son Of Sandy (Lemoyne Svendsen) and returning $49 to win.   Sunday's handle of $220,098 was the best of the young 2015 summer meet at Running Aces. Bigger and better numbers are expected on Tuesday when a solid 11-race card-including the 50-cent Pick 6 with an estimated $10,000-plus pool-begins at 7 p.m. (CDT). Gregg Keidel

COLUMBUS, MN. – Silence Son and harness racing driver (Nick Roland) used a convincing third quarter brush to overtake pacesetting El Azteca (Tim Maier) and favored Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) then threw in a :29 second final panel to win the $8000 Open Trot at Running Aces on Sunday night in 1:56.1.  Franky Provolone, who had captured the weekly top trot on the first two Sundays of the 2015 meet, also overtook El Azteca to finish second in his third attempt. Silence Son is owned and trained by George Reider.  It was the sixth win this season for the six-year-old altered son of Majestic Son with the first five coming at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California.  With 22 lifetime wins in just 78 starts the winner now sports an $82,509 career bankroll. For driver Nick Roland, the win in the feature race was one of four on the program and vaulted the 32-year-old Iowa native back to the top of the dash standings after nine nights of the 53-night summer season.  Roland’s other triumphs were with Just The Way It Is (1:53.4), Hotmones (1:55.1) and Place At The Beach (1:56.1). Luke Plano scored a driving double behind Free Girl (1:56.1) and Prana (1:52.1, quickest mile of the night). Gregg Keidel Running Aces

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