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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 under the sires stakes tab.   By Robin Clements California Standardbred Sires Stakes Committee

They say cancer has no friends, but in the case of Steve Wiseman that is not the case. Longtime California horseman Steve Wiseman has just been diagnosed with cancer. To say that the Cal Expo horsemen were devastated to hear this news is an understatement. With the horse community being as tight as it is, the news spread across the country and into Canada in one day with horsemen rallying to support Steve and his wife of 20 years, Kathie Plested. Steve, Kathie and their daughter Tyler run the largest stable in California during the winter and at Running Aces in Minnesota during the summer. Stevie as he is known to many has touched the hearts of horsemen wherever he goes. He is one of the "Good Guys". Whether to help a family ship a groom home who just passed away, to a shipper, away from home offering a Christmas dinner. Or rallying to help support a trainer who lost everything to a barn fire to a driver who was in a bad accident. Stevie has opened his heart to many. One of the top drivers and respected horsemen in California and Minnesota for many years, will now be racing one of the toughest races of his life. But with family and the hundreds of friends behind him with the love and support he can win this race. The California horsemen at Cal Expo this weekend will be sporting the Wiseman colors of Blue, yellow and white to show support and stand behind their beloved horseman and friend. We at Cal Expo ask the horsemen and fans to stand with us to show support by wearing his colors this weekend. Megan Beauchamp has graciously offered to sell T shirts via Facebook with the motto Wiseman Strong, Whatever It Takes logo with all proceeds going to the Wiseman family to help with the medical costs. Wrist bands are also being sold on Facebook in order to help the family as well. A Go fund me account has also been set up and anyone wanting to donate can go to: By Robin Clements        

The California Harness Horsemen’s Association had their annual harness racing awards meeting Sunday January 26th at Cal Expo in Sacramento, along with the USTA’s district 3 annual meeting as well. Jim Perez, executive director hosted the annual event with updates to the CHHA. Eileen Brodbar was welcomed to the board of directors replacing long time director Rick Thomas. Dante Jay was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Stephen Chambers. Dante Jay a little trotter by Dante Hanover out of Talvez , owned by Desomer Stables Inc. and Fritz Haug was the only Cal Bred to ever win the prestigious American Trotting Classic in 1981 at Hollywood Park race track. A longshot but crowd favorite, Dante Jay, not only won the final but also both legs of the event beating the heavy eastern invaders like Final Score and Crown’s Star. Steve Desomer had noticed something about Dante Jay, an unraced 4 year old. He quickly made a trade with Ruby Bailey, the breeder for a cheap claimer in Herm’s Barry. But getting Jay to the races was no easy task for Steve as the little horse also was very temperamental. After 1½ yrs, Desomer frustrated at this point decided to try Jay on the pace. Again, Jay wasn’t having it and after burning in the hopples, Steve came back, took them off and headed back to the track and trained Dante Jay in 2:07 on the trot! The rest was history. Dante Jay went on to earn $306,160 and took a mark of 1:59 at Hollywood Park. Dante Jay started 150 times in his career picking up 47 wins, 19 seconds and 11 thirds. Racing his last race at Fairmont Park at the age of 10, Dante Jay was retired and given to Tom Tetrick for his kids, Tim and Trace as a pet and riding horse where he lived until his passing. Also on the CHHA agenda was the divisional stakes winners in their respected classes. Donna Newman, CSSSC Administrator, passed out the 3 year old awards to: 3 year old pacing colt, Daa Trumpster. Owned by Mark Anderson 3 year old pacing filly, Mean Sister of Lodi, owned by Mary Harris and Pierre Girard. 3 year old Trotter, Remembering Bob also owned by Pierre Girard and Mary Harris. Pacing Stallion of the year went to Pierre Girard and Mary Harris for Another Mile while Pierre and Mary also picked up the trotting stallion award for Eager Seelster. Leading sire stakes trainer also went to Pierre Girard while Luke Plano picked up the award for leading sire stakes driver. The CHHA board of directors voted Allmyx’sliventexas as the CHHA horse of the year for the second year in a row. Robin Clements California Harness Horsemen's Association

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 under the sires stakes tab. by Robin Clements, for the California Sire Stakes

Janis Clements, a longtime Sacramento, CA resident and mother to California based trainer, Robin Clements, passed away at age 89 on August 13th 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Born in North Dakota, Janis and her family moved to Newton Iowa after losing their farm in the Great Depression. Her grandfather, an immigrant from Germany had built several homes for his children one of which Janis and her family lived. Being a city girl at heart, Janis moved to Oakland California with an aunt and became a model for hand and foot wear. During this time she met her future husband Ray Caldwell, where the young couple then moved to Sacramento and had two sons, Larry and Michael. Being too young as Janis would later say, the couple divorced amicably. At this time Janis went to work at McClellan AFB where she then met her next husband Dr. Robert Clements a prominent orthodontist in Sacramento. There they had their only daughter, Robin. Again divorced, Janis never married again. While still working at McClellan AFB, Janis met Milton Ludwig and the two hit it off instantly. After a 35 year relationship, sadly Milton passed away in 2015. In 1978, Janis went to work for Lloyd Arnold and Golden Bear Racing part time in the gift shop during the races. Janis quickly was a hit with the little gift shop and after a few years Lloyd helped Janis get into the SEIU union for para  mutual clerks selling tickets at Golden Bear. Once retired from McClellan, Janis went full time as a clerk where she worked many of the California tracks for almost 20 years. Also a horse owner in the early 1980’s, Janis would frequent Cal Expo to watch her daughter’s horses race, one horse in particular was Franky Provolone who was Janis’ favorite. In lieu of flowers etc. donations can be made with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. By Robin Clements, for the CHHA

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 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 hard-hitting 12-year-old trotter Franky Provolone is making his final start in Friday night's fourth race and it's sure to be a bittersweet experience for his harness racing owner/trainer Robin Clements. "Franky has been a fan favorite here at Cal Expo and Running Aces for many years, but he's starting to tell me that it's time to retire," Robin noted at entry time. "After this last race he'll be sent to a friend of mine, Janet Scott and her two kids Carol and Cody in Wilton, where he will retire with another standardbred named Continental for company. "Franky has been good to me and he owes me nothing. It's my position that he deserves to be retired to a home where he will be safe and forever loved." For the record, Franky Provolone comes into this weekend's assignment with 297 starts on his card, sporting 53 wins, 68 seconds and 62 thirds, with $254,000 in his bank account and a 1:55 4/5 mark that was established five years ago. By Armbro Scribe out of the Donerail mare Simply Royal, he was bred on the Desomer Farm in Wilton and was originally owned and raced by Rick Plano. "I acquired Franky at the age of 5 in April of 2012 out of a claimer for $3,750," Clements said. "I raced him one more time here at Cal Expo and then sent him to Running Aces in Minnesota with Steve Wiseman and Kathie Plested." After racing once in a $4,500 claimer at Running Aces, Wiseman was approached about selling the trotter, but Robin didn't want to do that at the time. "We then put him in a $6,000 claimer that didn't fill," the story continued. "The only other class was the Open Trot in which he finished a strong third, and from that point on we knew we had an Open trotter." Franky Provolone went on to win 15 races that year while earning over $55,000 and was voted CHHA 2012 Horse of the Year for his accomplishments. "In 2017 and 2018, Franky was enrolled in the Summer Fling Racing League at Running Aces where fans can purchase a piece of a horse for the summer meet," she added. And how does Robin Clements sum up this popular performer who will attending his last dance this weekend? "He is a very sweet horse with a kind soul who gave 110 percent on the track every time he raced." You can't ask for more than that. Au Revoir, Open Trot command spotlight The Au Revoir Invite, which will be the final start for the popular trotter Franky Provolone; and an Open Trot featuring Its a Horse are the main events on Friday night's Cal Expo program. There will be 12 contests on the card, which is presented by Watch and Wager LLC, and things get underway at 6:10 p.m. The Au Revoir, in addition to being Franky Provolone's final start, is unique in that it will match a pair of trotters against four pacers, with Franks Best being the other trotter going up against pacers Nevermissabeat, McCedes, Bos So Hot and Whatchamacallum. The co-featured Open Trot will find Its a Horse gunning for this fourth straight victory while leaving from the assigned No. 10 post position in the field of seven. He is a 6-year-old son of Full Count who is owned by Ray Alan Miller, is trained by Marco Rios and will once again be handled by Gerry Longo. The Ohio-bred trotter made his local debut on December 28 and posted a facile five and a quarter length score at odds of 9-1 in an Open II affair, then moved up to the top level and did an encore from well off the pace while again motoring away in the final stages. Its A Horse cut it much closer in the most recent clash at the head of the trotting class, coming from far back at the top of the lane to collar pace-setting Silverhill Volo by a half-length. The latter performer has been runner-up in the last two top dances and accounted for the December 15 Open while rewarding his many backers as the 1-2 choice. Chip Lackey owns, trains and drives the 8-year-old son of Muscle Hill. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Windsun T Bird is still going strong as her 11th birthday approaches, with the pacing mare getting her meet off to a nice start with a 7-1 upset last Friday night at Cal Expo for harness racing owner/trainer Robin Clements and pilot Nick Roland. "Miss T Bird, as we call her, had been in quite a few tough races with a few being track record breaking at Aces, so I knew she needed a good break," Clements related. "I gave her a month off when she returned and she really took advantage of her rest. "When I started her back she felt like her old self, very strong and happy. I was actually amazed how well she was training back. I decided that I would qualify her, but with the rain predicted I decided to race her instead and give her that one race to tighten up." Robin originally put David Siegel up, but as he had a horse in the race, she found a very able replacement in Nick Roland, who is making a very nice impression in his first Cal Expo invasion. "Nick never drove T Bird before, but had raced against her the last few years at Aces and was familiar with her style," Robin said. "When they sitting fifth during the race I didn't expect much out of her, but when he pulled her past the five-eighths pole and she had her momentum going, I knew we had a chance to win. "Nick did a great job and gave her a perfect trip. I like that Nick always liked the mare and that makes for a great combination when a driver has respect for your horse." Clements added, "Maria Alvarez has done a great job grooming Miss T Bird and had taken care of her at Running Aces while she worked for Timmy and Denise Maier, and Jack Olsen who helps me train has done a great job as well with my horses. It was definitely a team effort. "Windsun T Bird is a gutsy mare who puts everything she has on the track, its all business with her, yet she is such a pleasure to work with and around and is our barn greeter so it's no surprise she is one of the favorites in the barn." Pair of Opens, Horowitz Eliminations set A $6,600 Open Pace for fillies and mares that features a contentious cast of nine; a $5,500 Open Pace that rematches Firedrake and Jazzmanian Devil and two elimination heats for the Alan Horowitz Memorial get the spotlight on Friday night at Cal Expo. There will be 11 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with another 11 contests set for Saturday evening. First post each night is 6:10 p.m. Jazzmanian Devil is a 6-year-old son of Sand Shooter who carries the banner of William Condo with Kathie Plested training and Mooney Svendsen again handling the lines. After getting a solid qualifier under his belt two weeks ago, Jazzmanian Devil was dismissed at 6-1 in last week's Open Pace. Last of the half-dozen turning for home, he exploded for Svensen once straightened for home and got the job done by a half-length in a 1:54 flat tour. Firedrake was the 4-5 choice in that contest but had to settle for a close third. He was a game winner on opening week from the tough No. 10 post, as he was hard used for position, tracked to the drive and dug in when it counted for the score. A 4-year-old son of Dragon Again from the Artsplace mare Everything's Easy, he races for Set The Pace Racing LLC with Nick Roland doing the driving and training. He was a 1:51 2/5 victor at Running Aces in early September. Completing the field are Senga Nitro, Baylor Out and Ragin's Flight. There are two wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is conducted on the first five races, and the 20-cent Pick 4, which covers the penultimate four races on the evening and comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

After a brief hiatus, the 10-year-old trotter Franky Provolone entered the winner's circle last weekend while returning $25 to his harness racing backers in the process. The veteran sidewheeler is owned and trained by Robin Clements and was given a perfect trip by Mooney Svendsen from the cozy rail start, igniting when it counted to post a two-length score over the sloppy going. "I figured Franky would run well, but I wasn't expecting to beat (4-5) Cadet as we were going up in class," Clements related after the win. "The race fell his way and Mooney gave him the perfect drive." The win pushed the son of Armbro Scribe over the $212,000 earnings plateau and he established his lifetime standard of 1:55 4/5 three years ago. "He's my all-time favorite horse and a pleasure to be around and work with," Robin noted. "He's got a great personality and is such a happy horse. Yet he does have a little playful side to him when he takes a nip at you and then looks the other way, as if to say I didn't do that." It's horses like Franky Provolone that make harness racing so much fun to follow, as they go out there each and every week and give everything they have. Here's hoping this guy makes a lot more trips to the winner's circle before he calls it a career. By the way, his upset last Friday night sparked some pretty nice payoffs in addition to this $25 win mutuel. The exacta paid $123 for a buck, the trifecta came back $85 for a mere 20-cent investment and the superfecta payout was $120 for each winning 10-cent ticket. Sire Stakes, Open II Pace headline card A California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old trotters featuring My Little Susie and an Open II Pace that brings out Jazzmanian Devil and Why Ask Why are the highlights on Friday night's program at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races presented by Watch and Wager LLC, with first post set for xxx. The Sire Stales goes as the third event, while the Open II Pace occupies the eighth-race slot. My Little Susie is clearly the one to beat in the Sire Stakes as this mare has dominated both big-money events for the division decided this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Claudius Augustus is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC, is conditioned by Gene Vallandingham and will have Mooney Svendsen at the controls. The bay miss was a seven and a half-length victress in the initial Sire Stakes for his group on May 3, then played the role of stalker in the most recent clash on March 3 and drew off in the stretch by three and three-quarter lengths. No matter how things shake out early, she figures to be tough once again. Taking her on are Lodi Bank Robber for Pierre Girard; Breezani, Chip Lackey; Yes She Will, who will have the services of William Hernandez; and Delta Breezeoflodi with Luke Plano at the helm. In the co-featured Open II Pace, Why Ask Why is a 7-year-old son of No Pan Intended who carries the banner of Windy City Farm with Chip Lackey doing the driving and training. He was a sharp runner-up to Barbarian in the March 17 Open and will be looking for his third win on the year from a dozen trips to the post. Completing the field are Jazzmanian Devil, Bettormeboy, Anderlecht, Buddy's Hope and Rusty Carter. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

With a recent legislative bill passed, The California Sires Stakes harness racing committee has approved pacing stallion owners from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine and Alberta, Canada to register their stallions to the Calif. Stakes program, starting with the 2017 breeding season. To be eligible for the 2017 breeding season, Pacing stallions must be nominated to the California Sires Stakes program by the extended date of 4/1/17. To obtain a registration form, you can go to , or contact Donna Newman at  916-919-7469. Again, this is for pacing stallions only from the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin and Alberta,Canada. By Robin Clements  

Window Wiper turned in a solid effort in her first start for Robin Clements and David Siegel, checking in a close third in the harness racing Filly and Mare Open after sitting a tracking journey. The 7-year-old daughter of Island Fantasy was claimed from her prior effort here and co-owners Clements and Siegel are looking forward to some good things with their new acquisition. "I had watched Window Wiper when she had been in the $6,000 claimers earlier and raced against Windsun T Bird and almost claimed her a month ago," trainer Clements related. "I loved how she was so versatile and could leave a first quarter and how she had a huge kick coming home. "I had previously lost a few horses either claimed or sold, and needed to replace them. I had talked to Dave and asked if he wanted to partner up with me as he is a great owner and we had just sold Every Day Hanover and Brandon's Colt had been claimed earlier from us. Dave loved the mare as well, so we claimed her." Window Wiper finished third the night she was red-tagged as the 3-2 favorite after having some traffic troubles, then followed with the nice try at the Open level in her initial try for the new connections. "She has a few issues and is a bull of a mare and needs to learn a few manners, but that will come in time. She is a big and beautiful mare and should fit well with my barn." Silverlode gets top billing in Open Trot Silverlode has been assigned the demanding No. 10 post position as she heads the cast for Friday night's featured $6,600 Open Trot. Silverlode is going in razor-sharp form for Steve and Vickie Desomer, and it will be interesting to see how driver Luke Plano navigates the extremely outside slot as the mare looks to continue her winning ways. Thirteen races will be presented by Watch and Wager LLC with a first post of 5:55 p.m. and there will also be a California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters going as a non-betting event prior to the regular card. Looking at the co-featured Open III Pace, Sandestin Hanover gets the nod. The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Little Bapa LLC, is conditioned by George Reider and like Silverlode will be guided by Plano. A 1:50 2/5 winner at a 4-year-old. Sandestin Hanover had one victory last season, a 1:52 4/5 score that was recorded at Philadelphia Park. He closed out his 2016 campaign by making his California debut in an Open II contest at this meeting on December 3, where he was no factor. The Little Bapa representative subsequently turned in a sharp qualifier on February 4 to get his new year rolling, then followed that tuner by finishing fifth at the Open level while chasing home China King in a tough February 10 contest. Ideal Art comes into this assignment having captured two of his last three outings and may very well handle the step up in class. The American Ideal gelding is owned by Kathleen Plested, Benvenga Racing LLC and Tyler Wiseman with Plested training and Steve Wiseman handling the lines. Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness        

Tricky Deal N , the little harness racing mare who changed so many lives passed away last Friday night at the age of 26. Sired by Tricky Dick N, out of the Lumber Dream mare, Rainbow Dream, Tricky Deal went on to race taking a mark of 1:58.1f and earning $15,430. After her racing career she then went to the breeding shed where she foaled 5 foals all who made it to the races including Wastin Time p 1:55.2m $179,948 a divisional sires stakes champion and Cordealia p 1:55.4m $51,270 a multiple stakes winner. After Tricky had her last foal she developed mastitis and it was agreed to retire her from the broodmare life. Tricky Deal N was then given to Jeannie Womack and Tiffany Broun of Harmon Haven Theraputic riding and horse rescue, where Tricky showed her incredible talent as a therapy horse for special needs people. A little mare with a love of people, Tricky helped many people with special needs and changed their lives forever. One such case, a non verbal autistic boy who after working and riding Tricky learned to say his only words “ Walk On”. Another notable achievement was when Skyla, Tiffany’s 5 yr old daughter wanted to help raise money for the rescue center in a ride a thon, where she asked people to donate $2.02 for each ride where Tricky participated. Another case where an elderly lady who came to ride Tricky to help rehab after a stroke. Little did anyone know when Tricky was imported to America how she would change the lives of so many people and special needs people one ride at a time. Tricky passed away while sleeping under her favorite oak tree. By Robin Clements California Harness Horsemens Association.

Robin Clements was a frequent visitor to the winner's circle last Saturday, sending out Cheryls Surprise, Quality Sport and Serious Art for victories on the Cal Expo opening-night harness racing program. Quality Sport and Serious Art both carry the banner of Ron and Tammy Wells, while Cheryls Surprise goes about her business for Benvenga Racing LLC, Tyler Wiseman and Kathie Plested. All three pacers had been campaigning at Running Aces in Minnesota, with Mooney Svendsen guiding Cheryls Surprise and Serious Art, while Quality Sport prevailed with Nick Roland in the sulky. "Serious Art came back from Aces, where he had done well with the bottom claimers," Clements related. "He's more effective on a mile track with a longer stretch as he's more of a grinder. "Quality Sport had a lot of bad luck back there this summer. He's now back healthy and was very sharp in that race. I was happy that both horses were able to get a win on opening night for Ron and Tammy." Cheryls Surprise got the hat trick started by going coast-to-coast for Svendsen while returning $21.40 to her backers. "She was purchased this past spring here by Mark, Tyler and Kathie, knowing she could race at Aces and had raced there before," Robin noted. "She had a decent meet in Minnesota in the upper filly and mare conditions and she's a rugged and tough mare, yet a diva in the barn. The crew did a great job for opening night and it showed in the results." Trotting, Pacing Opens head the marquee A pair of $6,600 Open Handicaps headline the Saturday night program at Cal Expo, with Flameon getting top billing in the trotting event and Just Bettor looming a major player in the pacing contest. A 14-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. There will two more weeks of Saturday-only racing, with the schedule expanding to Friday and Saturday cards beginning on November 11. Flameon has been assigned the outside post in the field of seven for the Open Trot and comes into this assignment having captured nine of his 17 starts on the year. He is owned by Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will have Chip Lackey at the controls. The 6-year-old son of Angus Hall set his career mark of 1:55 3/5 over this track last season and spent the past summer at Running Aces in Minnesota, where he did his work successfully at the head of the class. He posted a nice qualifying victory last weekend with Lackey guiding. Just Bettor is a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight who campaigns for A Piece of the Action LLC with Gene Vallandingham the conditioner and will have Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. The gelding has won 21 of 122 lifetime appearances with $266,000 in his account and a 1:50 3/5 standard that was established over the five-eighths Dover Downs course two years ago. He posted a sharp 1:54 3/5 win over conditioned company last week and will be facing tougher now from the outside slot. ***** Saturday's action will include a simulcast of the complete Breeders Crown program from The Meadowlands. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Last week saw Franky Provolone getting the job done and going over the $200,000 earnings plateau in the process, putting a big smiile on the face of owner/trainer Robin Clements. The 9-year-old trotting son of Armbro Scribe had come up wanting in his previous few starts, but was all business last weekend as he did the track-and-attack to perfection for Steve Wiseman and posted a two and three-quarter lengths decision over favored pacesetter Bellini Martini. "Steve had driven Franky the week before and commented that he didn't seem that good, even behind the gate," Clements related. "We actually had a spot reserved for him on Steve's van for Minnesota, but after that race we both agreed that maybe Franky needed to skip Minnesota and take the summer off." As a result, Robin decided to train Franky Provolone a little harder than she normally would and felt fortunate that Wiseman was available to once again handle the veteran trotter last weekend. "He asked me if he should duck Franky off the gate and I stated laughing," Clements explained. "I asked if him if I had ever told him how to drive this horse, and he answered no." Steve and Robin did figure that the rail mare Tour Guide was going to leave away from there as she normally does, leaving Franky Provolone in a good tracking position if he left a bit from his No. 6 post. It worked out nicely. "Steve always gets along with Franky and drove him perfect the other night, and even though he won and looked like his old self, he's still going to get the summer off and will go down to my friend Jennifer Sperry's farm in Patterson." Knittel homebreds head sophomore Sire Stakes The combination of owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and driver Mooney Svendsen will attempt to continue their domination of the 3-year-old pacing Sire Stakes ranks on Saturday night with Allmyx'sliventexas and Moonstone Beach. A 12-race card is scheduled with first post set for 6:25 p.m. The $10,000 Sire Stakes for colts will go as the fifth event on the evening, while the $10,000 contest for fillies will be a non-betting affair prior to the regular card. Allmyx'sliventexas is a son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun who has won six of 10 starts, including victories in the opening leg of the Lonnie Beck Series and all five Sire Stakes decided for the division. The bay performer was 10 cents on the dollar when this group suited up most recently two weeks ago and did not disappoint his many backers. Racing over a sloppy track, he went right to the front for Svendsen and reported to the wire with five and a half-lengths to spare. Taking him on are Rock of Ages with Mike Jarvis; One More Chance, Luke Plano; Mathachusetts with Steve Wiseman; and Midnight Adventure, who has the services of James Kennedy. Like her stablemate, Moonstone Beach has captured all five stakes trophies for the sophomore distaffers. This Knittel homebred is by Crisis Situation out of the Beach Towel mare Bj's Beach Fire and is gunning for her seventh win from eight trips to the post. In the last stakes clash two weeks ago, Moonstone Beach romped home by five and three-quarter lengths for Svendsen over the sloppy going. Plain Awesome and Little Emma will once again face her on Saturday. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

The California Harness Horsemen’s association held their annual meeting Sunday April 3rd at Cal Expo where divisional sires stakes champions were crowned and the husband and wife team, Tim and Denise Maier were inducted into the harness racing California Hall of Fame. Jim Perez, executive director for CHHA emceed the event and announced that current board directors, Bob Johnson, Robin Clements and Steve Wiseman would retain their seats on the board. CHHA president David Neumeister also spoke about the current changes to the workman’s comp, increased purses of 20 % for the current meet, increase in handle and the positive outlook for racing in our state. Tim and Denise Maier were inducted into the hall of fame for their contribution to the sport spanning over 35 years. Tim a native of Michigan moved to California in the early 80’s while Denise comes from a family spanning 5 generations of harness horsemen. Team Maier has collected several driver and trainer honors while either training, breeding and conditioning many sires stakes champions over the years. Partnered with the late Alan Kirschenbaum, Team Maier conditioned horses like Little Steven p,5, 1:49.4m $579,833  British Sterling T,7, 1:56.2m $232,714 and Show Runner p,4, 1:50.3f $319,705 . Sires stakes divisional champions were also announced with personalized halters awarded to: Cadet: 3 year old trotting colt, owned by Desomer Stables Sandy’s Song: 3 year old trotting filly, owned by Henry Weisneck and Bob Johnson Speak English: 3 year old pacing filly, owned by Frank Neverez Uringoodhands: 3 year old pacing colt, owned by Mark Anderson The CHHA horse of the year was awarded to Sandy’s Song out of the stakes champion mare Ahh Saundra by Claudius Augustus. Owned by Robert Johnson and Henry Weisneck. California stallion awards were given to the stallions who’s progeny achieved the best in the sires stakes. Pacing Stallion: Little Steven, owned by Shari Burns Trotting stallion: Claudius Augustus, owned by Debra Budahn Leading stakes trainer went to Bob Johnson while Mooney Svendsen received the leading stakes driver award. By Robin Clements: CHHA  

There was a very popular exacta here last weekend, in more ways than one, when fan favorites Franky Provolone and Franks Best crossed the line in that order to the delight of the harness racing chalkplayers. Both are newly-turned 9-year-old sons of Armbro Scribe who are known for making more than share of winners circle appearances around these parts and as a result are very popular with the fans. Franky Provolone is the pride and joy of owner/trainer Robin Clements and with his victory under Luke Planos direction he pushed his career bank account to just shy of $193,000. He set his mark of 1:55 4/5 in 2014 during one of his Running Aces invasions. Meanhile, Franks Best is a multiple Sire Stakes hero who is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and had regular pilot Mooney Svendsen at the controls for his runner-up effort. He has $232,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 career standard. The win by Franky Provolone was especially sweet for Clements, as the trotters heart went into atrilia fibrillation this summer in Minnesota, which in laymans terms means he had an erratic heartbeat. This was his fifth start on the comeback trail and his first trip to the winners circle, as Plano guided him to a perfect second-over trip behind Franks Best and then overpowered that rival for the length and a quarter score as the 1-2 favorite. As is usually the case, Franks Best was game in defeat as he did the heavy lifting in first-over for fashion under main man Svendsen and certainly didnt give up without a fight in what turned out be a very entertaining mile. Jessesjo gets top billing in featured Trot Jessesjo, who has been chasing home El Azteca and stablemate Flameon at the top level of late, gets some class relief and looms the one to beat in Sunday nights $4,400 Open III Trot. A 12-race card is on tap and things get underway at 4:55 p.m. The co-feature on the evening is a $4,400 Open III Pace that brings out the likes of BBs Harley, Quality Sport and Bettormeboy. Getting back to the Trot, Jessesjo is a 9-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse who is owned by Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will as usual have the services of Chip Lackey while leaving from the outside post in the field of five. Jessesjo recorded back-to-back victories here on November 29 and December 5, on both occasions making every pole a winning one with Lackey at the controls. Since those scores, he has turned in a pair of third-place finishes behind El Azteca and Flameon at the Open I level and lost his chance on December 20 with an early break. Its Not Over was fourth in last weeks top dance for the trotting set and will also appreciate getting away from the two big guns of the division. The son of Panama Hanover carries the banner of trainer Bob Johnson and Ed Actkinson and Mooney Svendsen has the return assignment from the No. 3 slot. Completing the field are Northern Stormont for driver/trainer Steve Wiseman; Big Baller, who takes his lessons from George Reider and will be guided by David Siegel; and the Lino Pacheco-trained Windsun Galaxie, who leaves from the rail with James Kennedy in the sulky. In the co-featured Pace, BBs Harley, Bettormeboy and Quality Sport were assigned the outside slots and figure to play tough after knocking heads with tougher competition through much of this meeting. Im An Athlete, Willey Bite and Stable Eyes round out the cast. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo

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