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Harness racing trainer Kennedy Lindsey compares his 5-year-old trotting mare Kickinitwithkohler to a locomotive when saying, "She doesn't have any gate speed, but she just keeps on building and building up as the races goes on and then comes at the end." The Illinois-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze races for Tonight's The Night and has been under Lindsey's care since he purchased her two years ago. She's earned over $40,000 in the interim and will be doing her work for the second straight time in the Open ranks on Friday at Cal Expo while racing against a familiar rival in Silverlode. "She's got a big heart," Lindsey related. "Let's just say her heart is bigger than her talent at this point. But don't get me wrong, if she ever learned to trot straight, she'd really be something." With James Kennedy at the controls, Kickinitwithkohler recorded back-to-back conditioned scores in February, on both occasions coming from well back to win going away. She is coming off a pair of thirds at the head of the class versus the aforementioned Silverlode and in between those two miles was the runner-up behind Lodi Dorian Blues in a solid March 3 contest. "If they go quick early, you know she's going to be pretty far back," her mentor noted. "But you also know she's going to be coming at the end." Open Trot brings out streaking Silverlode Silverlode, who has rattled off four straight wins at the head of the class with the last pair coming from the demanding No. 10 slot, once again has that assigned post as she heads the cast for Friday night's featured Open Trot. Watch and Wager LLC will present a 12-race program with a first post of 6:15 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. There will also be a California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds to be decided as a non-betting race prior to the regular card. Silverlode is an 8-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling out of the Website mare Charlotte's Web who is owned by Desomer Stables Inc, trained by Vickie Desomer and will have Luke Plano handling the lines. Silverlode comes into this assignment with $155,000 in earnings and a 1:55 1/5 mark that was established over this track last season. She is undefeated this year with Plano handling the lines on each of those occasions. The Desomer colorbearer left into a pocket journey in the January 13 Open and overpowered favored arch-rival Flameon that evening. She has been odds-on in her last three outings without that foe in the line-up and has not disappointed her many backers. Silverlode looped the field to prevail by four and a half-lengths on February 11, then captured the February 24 Open while doing her work from this assigned No. 10 post position in game fashion. She changed tactics last week and made every pole a winning one, putting her versatility on display from the tough slot. Completing the cast are Agrestores Comet with Mooney Svendsen; Fort Valley As, David Siegel; Kickinitwithkohler, James Kennedy; and Lodi Dorian Blues, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Swift Cougar is off to a great start at this Cal Expo meet for harness racing trainer Kennedy Lindsey, as the trotting mare has won two of her three starts, and would probably be three-for-three if not for an early miscue in her lone setback. A 4-year-old daughter of Armbro Tropicana, Swift Cougar carries the banner of Mary Harris and Stephen Grollnek and has been handled in each of her California starts by Mooney Svendsen. She romped home at 3-1 in her local debut, made a break at the start in her next try over a sloppy track at next asking and had to settle for second, then made amends back on firm going last weekend in coast-to-coast fashion as the 4-5 favorite. "I was impressed when I raced against her this summer in Illinois," Lindsey related when asked about the trotter. "I wanted to buy her, but she had been promised to the Amish, so I ended up buying her from them. "The first start here was strong, then she was a little fussy at the start in the second one over an off track, but she caught on after that one and went a big mile to get second. Her win the other night was awfully strong and Mooney says she drives like a Cadillac. "It's kind of funny, because when she trains she can be a real handful, but when it comes time to race it's a different story. I expect big things from her, and right now we're just working on keeping her quiet and working up the ladder. We've got our fingers crossed." Swift Cougar will get tested in class in her next assignment, suiting up in Friday night's Gary Budahn Prep, and it will be interesting to see if she can keep the momentum going. Gary Budahn Prep brings out full field A contentious field is set to line up for Friday night's Gary Budahn Prep with Talkin Tootsie, Big Baller and Swift Cougar among the major players. There will be 12 races on tap Friday with a first post of 5:55 p.m. and the main event goes as the sixth event on the evening. The co-feature is a $4,400 Open II event for pacing fillies and mares headed by Window Wiper. Talkin Tootsie is a 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall who is owned by the partnership of Garey, Wieseneck and Johnson with Bob Johnson the conditioner. She has prevailed in her five of her nine starts and looks to have a very bright future. Big Baller is a 10-year-old son of Panama Hanover out of the Rowdy Yankee mare Charming Spirit who races for the partnership of Siegel, Robinson, Thronson and Reider with George Reider the conditioner and co-owner David Siegel in the sulky. The veteran made his 2017 debut a winning one last weekend, as he got a perfect pocket journey under Siegel's direction and came home smartly for the length and three-quarters tally. The 1:57 1/5 final clocking shaved a full second and a fifth off his previous lifetime standard. Swift Cougar is a 4-year-old mare who has accounted for two of her three starts since relocating from Illinois for owners Mary Harris and Stephen Grollnek and trainer Kennedy Lindsey. She gets tested for class with this assignment. Completing the field are Delta Breezeoflodi, Drink At Last Call, Tour Guide, Hatfield and McCoy, Katie Mouse, Lodi Bank Robber and Franky Provolone. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Last week's initial Friday night harness racing program at Cal Expo was a good one for trainer Kennedy Lindsey, who ended up posing for pictures with the pacer Whatchamacallum and the trotter Katie Mouse. Both performers were making it two straight wins, with Whatchamacallum proving his 46-1 shocker the previous week was no fluke, while Katie Mouse was the 6-5 choice after recording a 9-1 upset in her prior appearance. "My entire barn got a little sick when we got back from Chicago," noted Lindsey. "I knew they were all going to be at least a week behind everybody else." Whatchamacallum is 5-year-old who carries the banner of Patricia Stevens and has been guided in his last two tallies by James Kennedy. He has been up close and personal in both those miles and won clearly on both occasions. "I was surprised as anybody when he won that first race, because I thought he would need another start," his mentor noted. "He set a new mark that night, and then he came back and set another one last time after getting roughed up on the first turn." Katie Mouse has done the track-and-attack to perfection for veteran Chip Lackey in her last two trips to the post and like Whatchamacallum, spent the summer at Hawthorne Park. "She kept racing first over in Chicago, and that's not the way she likes to be driven," Lindsey said. "She wants to sit in and come for the stretch, which is what she's done in her last two here. I thought she was the one to beat. "Our other horse in that race (Shez So Sassy) gets kind of hard to control when she makes the front and I had a feeling she was going to be in trouble when she was racing up there." Annette Funicello Final atop the marquee The $8,200 Annette Funicello Final for pacing fillies and mares is the main attraction on Friday night's card at Cal Expo, with The Bearded Lady looming the one to beat after posting a dominating score last weekend. There are 12 races on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a 6:10 first post for both the Friday and Saturday programs. The Bearded Lady is a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three out of the Jate Lobell mare Madam Christie who is owned by Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will once again have the services of James Kennedy. In last week's Funicello prep, The Bearded Lady sat last for a half, began to pick up momentum on the final bend and then stormed home to draw of to a three and one-half length victory as the 3-2 favorite. Lining up against her on Friday are Rodeo Blues with Andy Arsenault; Wisecrack, William Hernandez; Queenofhot, Mark Kennedy; Wizzel Stix with Steve Wiseman at the helm; Slick Fall, Tony Succarotte; and Pa's Corn Squeezin, to be guided by Luke Plano. **** The 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, which both come with a reduced 16 percent takeout, continue to pay well here with a nice bonus for the winners courtesy of that lower rate. Last Saturday night's Pick 5 returned $3,104, while the using the regular takeout it would have been $2,771, a difference of $331 per winning 50-cent ticket. The Pick 4 on the program was good for $5,321 for the 20-cent investment, with a $4,750 return with the regular take for an increase of a cool $571 for each ticket holder. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

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