Day At The Track
Search Results
81 to 96 of 244

COLUMBUS, MN. - For the second consecutive week Lady's Art captured the Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Running Aces besting a full field of nine for a $12,000 purse. Harness racing reinsman Steve Wiseman, who also trains the five-year-old Art Major mare, was content to sit in the pocket throughout until tipping to the outside with a sixteenth of a mile left and collaring pacesetting Country Jewel (Nick Roland) by a neck in the final few strides. New Manhattan (Jason Ryan) finished third.   The 1:52.2 clocking was just one-fifth of a second slower than her track record setting performance a week earlier. Owned by Kenneth Seastrom and James Kouretas, Lady's Art now boasts 15 career victories and $113,709 in earnings.   That's Mara (Kim Pluta) was impressive winning a $7500 condition race in 1:53.1 on the undercard. The upset winner, who paid $40.40, was 2-1/2 lengths better than Love Live Laugh (Tim Maier) and Free Girl (Rick Magee). It was the tenth career triumph for the five-year-old daughter of Lis Mara who is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC Stable and conditioned by George Reider.   Gregg Keidel  

COLUMBUS, MN. - A newcomer trotted into Minnesota on Wednesday night and quickly gained everyone's attention with a 1:56.4 triumph in Running Aces' $9000 Open Trot.   Trot Fudge Sundae, a four-year-old daughter of American Native who had been toiling at both Balmoral Park and Hoosier Park, was the only mare in the distinguished field of classy squaregaiters, and she quickly showed her heels to the field of geldings who watched her sweep from fourth in the early going to a three-quarter length victory over Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) and Franky Provolone (Jason Ryan).   New trainer Rick Magee was also the sulky-sitter for the winner's 19th career win in just 42 starts, increasing her earnings to $313,517 for partners James Bafia, Eugene White and the Dirk Simpson Stable, who got an immediate reward for sensing a change of scenery to Minnesota would do the mare some good.   It was one of two victories on the program for Magee, who also guided KDK Bellagio to a narrow neck victory over Sgt Charlie (Ryan) and Emery Vern (Tim Maier). It was the fourth consecutive win for the 12-year-old gelding owned by K C Carvalho and trained by Tim Brown, the last three in $4500 claiming company.   The most thrilling race of the night came in the nightcap, however, when a full field of nine $3500 claimers finished within four lengths at the wire, eight of them within 2-1/4 lengths. The photo finish camera determined that Haroun Hanover (Ryan) had edged Johnny Walker (Rob Dinning) and Hiho Legacy (Wiseman) to complete a $196.20 trifecta.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - The first leg of the summer-long Minnesota-sired two-year-old pace program was highlighted on Wednesday night at Running Aces with Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) winning the initial $13,000 race in 1:58.3.   Owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, the son of Relentless Yankee sat third or fourth throughout the majority of the mile before exploding with a final :28.3 panel to down Queen of Denial (Nick Roland) and Gooch's Hot Rod (Tim Maier).   It was the very first money start of the winner's career with just a 2:01.2 qualifier previously under his belt. Toatsmygoats paid $5.80 to win as the second choice of the betting public.   An $8000 Open Trot was also presented with Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) winning for the third time in four tries since arriving at Running Aces from California. Bette Calice's standout 11-year-old gelding beat Natural Forces (Kim Pluta) and Franky Provolone (Maier) for his 48th career victory.   Driver-trainer Tim Roach also enjoyed a monster night when all three of the horses entered from his stable found the winner's circle. Captiva Bounty scored in 1:55.4 to win a non-winners of two races conditioned claiming pace; Dr Lon beat a full field of $3500 claimers in 1:54.1; and Gogetembrady sped to a second straight triumph, this time in 1:53.4, to capture a $5500 conditioned pace.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman enjoyed a stellar night at Running Aces on Saturday establishing a track record in the very first race and copping three other races before the ten-race program concluded.   Wiseman quarter-moved Lady's Art to the front in the $8500 Fillies and Mares Open pace and never looked back, establishing a 1:52.1 track record for mares of any age in the program lidlifter. Wiseman also trains the five-year-old daughter of Art Major who is owned by Kenneth Seastrom and James Kouretas.   Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) and Keystone Christa (Jason Ryan) were next to cross the finish line, but were no competition on this night for Lady's Art, who paid $8.00 as the second choice.   Wiseman's other winners were Yanklet Hanover and Gravelsinmytravel, both owned by Van Otterloo Stables and trained by Dave Flinn; and Blazin With Pride, who triumphed in the nightcap for owner CC Racing LLC and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Reinsman Nick Roland also had a memorable evening as he inched closed to the coveted 1,000 wins milestone with three trips to the winner's circle, bringing his lifetime total to 997. Included in the 31-year-old driver's scores was an upset win in the $13,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old pace with the filly Dakota Law from his stable.   The daughter of Hot Pans picked a good spot to break her pari-mutuel maiden for owner Curtis Alan Vos as he watched her duck to the inside passing lane at the top of the stretch and pass FF Big Show (Ryan) and Maby Bonkey (Rob Dinning) in the final strides.   Roland also won a $4500 distaff conditioned pace with Two Cam, owned by Brenda McDonald and conditioned by Jeff Ryan, when she also zoomed up the inside to best Ha Jung (Ryan) and Shes Astreos (Lemoyne Svendsen); and Fox Valley   Yavonne, who copped a $5000 conditioned trot in 1:56.3 for owner Dr. Patrick Graham and trainer Brett Ballinger. JC Who Dini (Wiseman) and No Recess (Brandon Jenson) banked the place and show money.   Running Aces presents an 11-race program on Sunday night (June 22) including an $8500 Open pace and a pair of $6500 divisions of Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots. Post time is 6 pm (CST).   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - Del Rio Seelster successfully made the move from the top claiming ranks to the open ranks on Sunday by capturing the $8500 Open Pace in 1:52.1.   Driver Tim Maier, the leader at the meet after the first two weeks, had the winner positioned fourth at the halfway point--just as he did last week in a $12,500 claimer--then paced the quickest final quarter in the race to win by a head over Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) and R Gauwitz Hanover (Kim Pluta). Del Rio Seelster is owned and trained by Maier's son Daniel.   A pair of $6500 Minnesota-sired three-year-old trots were presented earlier on the program with repeat winners in both splits. The fillies division went to Al-Mar Pizzazz (Tim Maier) in 2:01.1 to best Country Cheerio (Adam Hauser) and CD's SOS (Nick Roland). Owned by trainer Ulf Holm-Johansen and partner Vernon Devine, the black filly ran her record to a perfect three-for-three in 2014 despite a scary moment when she bobbled at the head of the stretch but lost ground and recovered quickly to maintain the advantage.   Chewy Dunkerton (Roland) is the dominant force in the colts and geldings division thus far by virtue of his three-for-three win record in this young season. Trainer Jesse DeLong's son Ben owns the black gelding who was last year's freshman champion among Minnesota-sired horses. A huge throng of Father's Day fans turned out for the 11-race card.   From the Running Aces Press Box

COLUMBUS, MN. - The third time was a charm for Natural Forces as he became the third different trotter to win the weekly open feature in as many weeks on Wednesday night.   The five-year-old Lockkeeper gelding, owned by ECS Racing LLC and Kevin St. Charles, was third in his first Minnesota start, second last week despite an early break in stride, and sailed to a 1:56.1 score in his third fray against the best trotters at the meet. Kim Pluta was the sulky sitter for trainer Ronald Merritt.   Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) finished two lengths back in his first open company competition this season with Northern Inferno (Rick Magee) edging Glittering Muscles (Nick Roland) for third. Quiet Charmer (Jason Ryan) picked up the final paycheck in the seven-horse field.   The 1:56.1 clocking was just three-fifths of a second off Natural Forces lifetime best taken at The Red Mile. The ECS Racing homebred has now won 33 times in 89 career starts and boasts a bankroll north of $260,000.   Seven different drivers and eight different trainers won races on the eight-race program. Rick Magee scored the lone driving double on the card.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

COLUMBUS, MN. - Threestepstoheaven, the longest shot on the board at 16-1, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night.   The eight-year-old Rambaran gelding, trained and driven by the meet's second leading reinsman Jason Ryan, bested Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) and Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:52.2.   The longshot winner was last in the field of six until the top of the stretch when he swung four-wide and exploded past the others with a :28.3 final panel. Threestepstoheaven paid $34.40 to win.   Quickest mile of the evening, however, belonged to Del Rio Seelster who won a $7,500 race mixing non-winners of $5,000 last five starts with $12,500 claimers in 1:52.1. With leading driver Tim Maier guiding his son Daniel's six-year-old son of Western Maverick, the pair downed R Gauwitz Hanover (Kim Pluta) and Mystical Valentine (Ryan) with a brush from fourth to first in the third panel and a closing :27.3 panel to seal the deal.   Maier visited the winner's circle four times on Sunday while Ryan managed three triumphs and Nick Roland scored a double.   A pair of $6,500 Minnesota-sired races for trotters were also featured. Chewy Dunkerton (Roland) won the colts and geldings split with a 2:01.2 clocking to beat TURB (Ryan) and Al Mar Passion (Rick Magee). The fillies division was captured by Al Mar Pizzazz (Maier) over Majestic Lady Jo (Brett Ballinger) and Montana Eclipse (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:59.3. Benjamin DeLong owns Chewy Dunkerton and the partnership of Ulf Holm-Johansen and Vernon Devine own Al-Mar Pizzazz.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

COLUMBUS, MN. - Blazing Fury and trainer-driver Rick Magee turned a two-hole trip into a length-and-a-half victory Saturday night when they split horses in the stretch to win the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:55.2 at Running Aces.   It was the first local start of the season for the eight-year-old daughter of Minnesota sire Relentless Yankee. It was the 41st career victory for Blazing Fury, thirteenth at Running Aces, and pushed her past the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for the homebred owned by Van Otterloo Stables. Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) and Lady's Art (Steve Wiseman) were next to cross the wire.   Earlier on the program driver Rob Dinning, a newcomer to Running Aces in 2014, enjoyed a back-to-back-to-back triple. The 31-year-old reinsman scored a huge victory with Bunkerhill Bill in a $13,000 event restricted to Minnesota-sired sophomore pacers. Owned and trained by Gene Miller, the winner lowered his lifetime best by over three seconds with the impressive 1:53.3 triumph.   Dinning's other winners were Maby Bonkey, who captured a $3000 non-winners pace in 1:56.4; and Turbulance Force, who topped a field of condition-claiming trotters in 2:00.1.   Racing resumes on Sunday night with an 11-race card beginning at 6:00 p.m. (CST).   From the Running Aces Press Box  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Despite torrential rains during the last half of the first Saturday night card of the season at Running Aces, some quick miles resulted in the co-featured pacing events for fillies and mares. In the $9000 mares open it was Keystone Christa (Nick Roland) edging Lady's Art (Steve Wiseman) by a short head in 1:56 over the sloppy surface. Nocturnal Rose (Tim Maier) got the show dough.   The five-year-old Mach Three lass, making her initial Minnesota start after a successful winter season at Pompano Park, sat patiently in third along the pylons until the head of the stretch then found room between horses to engage in a fiesty winning stretch drive. It was the fourth win of the season for Keystone Christa, who is owned by Lee Cullen and is being conditioned in Minnesota by Bev Kingston.   The co-featured $7800 Class A event for state-sired three-year-olds went to the outstanding filly Delco Voracious (Nick Roland) in impressive gate-to-wire fashion. It was the seventh win in just nine lifetime starts for the daughter of Voracious Hanover who also won two-year-old filly honors for owner-trainer Jesse DeLong. FF Big Show (Jason Ryan) finished four-and-a-half lengths back in second with Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) third to cross the wire.   Racing resumes on Sunday night (June 1) with a ten race program featuring a $9500 Open Pace and two $6500 divisions of Minnesota-sired trots. Post time is 6:00 PM (CST).   From the Running Aces Media Department

COLUMBUS, MN. - A warm night, a fast track and an enthusiastic crowd all welcomed live commercial harness racing back to Minnesota on Wednesday night as Running Aces Harness Park presented its firstof 54 programs in 2014.   Barbazon upset a field of talented squaregaiters in the $8,500 Open Trot by leaving alertly, yielding to sit the pocket for most of the mile, then angling out in deep stretch to win by a head in 1:56.4 at 13-1 odds.   It was the ninth on-the-board finish in the last ten starts for the eight-year-old gelding owned by Timothy Hall and driven by newcomer Rob Dinning. Although he appeared to be moving up in class after racing in mid-range claimers at Northfield Park, Miami Valley Raceway, Hazel Park and Hoosier Park in recent months, the razor sharp son of Wilson Wyoming was able to best favorites Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) and Natural Forces (Kim Pluta) who finished second and third while racing respectably in their own right.   Driver-trainer Tim Maier enjoyed a huge opening night at Running Aces with three trips to the winner's circle, all with charges from his own stable. One of Minnesota's perennial leading conditioners, Maier's trio of wins started with his wife Denise's Sinimatic, who broke his maiden in 1:58.1. The next race Tim guided Terror Time, who impressed in his initial Running Aces season in 2013, to an eye-popping 1:53.2 score in a $3500 claiming pace for owner Robin Clements. The veteran horseman capped of his triple by capturing the finale with Emery Vern, also owned by his wife, in 1:55.3.   Jason Ryan notched a driving and training double with claiming pacers Sgt. Charlie (1:56.2) and Haroun Hanover (1:54.3). Racing resumes on a four-nights-a-week schedule every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday night throughout the summer.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

COLUMBUS, MN. - Horses from nine different states have descended on Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota to kick off the 54-program live harness meet on Wednesday (May 28) night. Highlight of the initial card is an $8500 Open Trot featuring horses that made their last starts at Hoosier Park in Indiana, CalExpo in California, Scioto Downs in Ohio and a fair in Humboldt, Iowa.   Sharpshootennorris has been installed the 5-2 morning line favorite for trainer-driver Steve Wiseman. The 11-year-old gelding has won 45 times and earned $438,892 in his lengthy career. The pride and joy of owner Bette Jean Calice,   Sharpshootennorris enters his first fray in Minnesota off two straight wins at CalExpo. Natural Forces (Kim Pluta), a recent open class winner at Hazel Park, is expected to offer stiff competition as is Axle (Lemoyne Svendsen), Barbazon (Rob Dinning), No Recess (Brandon Jenson) and Quiet Charmer (Jason Ryan).   Running Aces will present programs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday night through August 30.   From the Running Aces Marketing Department

A $5,600 Open 2 Pace is the featured attraction Saturday night, as the curtain falls on the winter/spring Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. We want to thank the horsemen and the fans for their support, said General Manager Chris Schick. "We look forward to returning in October for our third year of racing and are planning to implement some exciting new things, including a Jackpot Pick Six. Im An Athlete gets top billing in the main event. The 4-year-old son of Art Major is owned by Ronald Retting-Zucchi with Gretchen Smith the conditioner and Tim Maier handling the lines. The hard-hitting gelding has posed for pictures following four of his 18 appearances on the season. His most recent victory came in an Open 3 event on April 11, where he prevailed by two and a quarter lengths with Patrick Galbraith at the controls and lowered his lifetime mark to 1:53 2/5 in the process. Since that outing, Im An Athlete has had to settle for a second and a pair of thirds, including a show finish behind Shax in last weeks Open Handicap Pace. He should be very much at home in this line-up. Taking him on are Ladys Art with Chip Lackey Lifetime Louie, David Siegel; Gold Duece for Gene Vallandingham; Scarboro Hanover; Silver Spir, Sean Smithpeters; Split Ticket, Mooney Svendsen; Oompa Loompa; Laissez Moi Passer, Williams Hernandez; and Ideal Smile, Steve Wiseman. A 13-race card is on tap with first post set for 5::45 p.m. with the feature going as the seventh event on the evening. Axle taking his show on the road Axle finished up this meet strongly for trainer George Reider, handling a conditioned field two weeks ago and then just missing to Sharpshootennorris in the Open Trot at most recent asking. Hes going to Running Aces in Minnesota along with 11 of his barnmates, Reider said. Thats where we claimed him last year and he won his first start for us back there. He really seems to like that track, because its five-eighths with a different surface. While assistant trainer Kim Hines was on site last year at Running Aces, George explained that he will be joining her for this summers assault. Ive decided to come along this year and hopefully well have a good meet. In the meantime, Reider reports that he will have plenty of performers remaining in California and they will be eyeing the return of racing here in October. Ive leaving a half-dozen 2-year-olds and some race horses at the farm here, and Ill be back in August to resume their training schedule. Im really looking to forward to coming back and getting them ready for the next meet. As this is closing night, which means there will be a mandatory payout in all wagers. A remember there is a reduced 16 percent takeout rate on the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick 4 and the 10-cent Hi=-Five on the nightcap! by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The multiple stakes-winning harness racing mare Haggin Oaks, who posed for pictures following 35 of her 116 starts while banking over $165,000, has been retired and will get to work on being a mother next season. The 8-year-old is by Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Incredible Finale mare Ladyladybemylady and set her mark of 1:52 3/5 last year in New York over the five-eighths Tioga Downs oval. Haggin Oaks was campaigned by Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Jerry Cimini and was trained early in her career by Lester Smith before James Kennedy took over the duties, as well as being her regular pilot. We call her Liza, because her original name was Cherry Tree Liza, Shari related. She was bred by the late Alan Kirschenbaum and he decided to re-name all the yearlings that year after golf courses, which is how Haggin Oaks came about. Burns pointed out that in their 20-plus year friendship, Jerry Cimini and her husband Ferris had always wanted to campaign a horse together and couldnt have found a better performer for the partnership. Liza was the last yearling left that year. She was a difficult 2 and 3-year-old and it took a lot of love and patience to make her a racehorse. I want to thank Jason Landers for keeping her feet in such great shape and that was not easy. Lester Smith also did a great job and has always been a big supporter of our farm. Of course, when James took out his trainers license, she was his first winner. For me, seeing the joy in my husbands face and hearing the joy in Jerrys conversations about this mare made it all worthwhile. Its not too often someone gets the chance to own such a nice Cal-bred making well over $100,000 in California and we will now give her the life she deserves on the farm where she was born and raised. Hopefully she will produce a few more winners for Ferris and Jerry. Shari also noted the strong bond between Haggin Oaks and her driver/trainer Kennedy. After the race, the first thing James does when he gets out of the sulky is to walk up to her head and give her a big hug. On just about every occasion, she earned it. Sharpshootennorris headlines Open Trot Sharpshootennorris, an impressive winner of two of his last three appearances at the top rung, looks to keep the momentum going in Friday nights featured $5,000 Open Trot. He will do his work from the assigned No.10 post position. An 11-year-old Canandian-bred son of Earl, Sharpshoootennorris carries the banner of Bette Jean Calice with Steve Wiseman doing the driving and training. He is looking to add to a $436,000 bank account with a 1:54 career standard that was established five years ago. The hard-hitting veteran sat a pocket trip for Wiseman when he got the job done in the March 29 Open, was runner-up when coming from last in his next mile and then returned to his winning ways at most recent asking as he took the field coast-to-coast by two and a quarter lengths. Franky Provolone was his nearest rival in that affair and has gone some big miles over this layout for owner Robin Clements and trainer Vickie Desomer and Mooney Svendsen has the call. Axle took the measure of a softer group last week over a sloppy track and has to be respected as he goes for owner/trainer George Reider and driver David Siegel. Mark Ratzky

With Gary Seibel taking a week off for a family obligation, Cal Expo is pleased to have Frank Mirahmadi handling the announcing duties on Friday and Saturday. Mirahmadi, who began his career at Hollywood Park in 1992, just wrapped up another season as the voice of the prestigious Oaklawn Park meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and will once again be calling the action on the Northern California fair circuit this summer. Frank is also well known as a TVG racing analyst, for his appearances in several racing movies and his spot-on impressions of personalities both in and out of racing. "I started going to harness races at Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos in the 80's when I was in high school." he noted. "We had a blast and I still remember many of the horses. "My favorite was Courageous Red. He was so talented and very consistent. I always bet on him and was frequently rewarded." It may surprise some people that Mirahmadi will actually be calling his first harness race Friday evening. "I attempted to call one harness race, at a fair in Michigan," Mirahmadi said, "from the infield in the voice of Marv Albert back in 1999. This will be my debut as I can't really even consider that an official call. "It's definitely going to be a challenge. My top priority is to never use the words run or running in my calls. Im really looking forward to it and was very happy to get the call from management." Sophomore Sire Stakes get marquee treatment A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes featuring Brewski in the pacing event and Placer in the trotting affair headline the Friday night Cal Expo program that gets under way at 6:15 p.m. Brewski is a homebred daughter of Little Steven and the Tulane mare Wooski who races for Billie Schwartz and trainer Junior Wilkinson with Chip Lackey at the controls. She picked up her first stakes trophy two weeks ago when she made every pole a winning one while equalling her mark with the 1:57 3/5 clocking. De Valeria was runner-up in that affair is another offspring of Little Steven and is a multiple stakes victress for owner Eugene Afentoulis and driver/trainer Steve Wiseman. Her most recent added-money decision came on February 28 over a sloppy track with former trainer Luke Plano in the sulky. Js Littlerockstar rattled off back-to-back Sire Stakes tallies in March, but made a break as the 3-5 choice in that last gathering on April 11. James Kennedy owns, trains, drives and bred the bay filly. She will be looking to return to her best form while back with her peers. Placer is a homebred son of Panama Hanover who carries the banner of Desomer Racing Stables Inc. with Steve Desomer in his usual place in the bike. He has accounted for four of the last six Sire Stakes for the division, including two weeks ago when he hung a neck decision on Snuff N Bear as the even-money favorite. The latter is a New Age Hanover colt who is owned and was bred by Mary Harris, takes his lessons from Kennedy Lindsey and will be guided by James Kennedy. He was a dominating winner of the February 28 get-together for this group and has just missed in the last two stakes clashes behind Ahh Panama and Placer. The racing continues Saturday evening with a Sire Stakes contest for the 3-year-old pacing colts that rematches the most recent trophy earner Laissez Moi Passer with previous stakes victors King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Nestled in Cottonwood, California is Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue, a facility devoted to horses and people. The farm is operated by Jeannie Womack and her daughter Tiffany. "We rescue and rehabilitate horses, so they can rescue and rehabilitate the people who need them the most, related Jeannie, who for several years was a groom for the Steve and Vickie Desomer barn. "Horse therapy teaches people to challenge their bodies and minds to help them make their dreams of a happy and health life possible for themselves. Jeannie explained that standardbreds work best for the program because they do anything and everything that is asked of them. Harmony Haven is a non-profit organization and has been in operation for six years and growing, according to Womack. Its all about leaving your mark or hoofprint and helping others to have a better life just because you were part of theirs. Among the well-known harness performers currently at Harmony Haven is Linear, the dam of last years 3-year-old pacing colt champion Bit Player. Linear is very valuable to our program because she is our main vaulting mare, Jeannie continued. She is also Tiffanys main riding horse when we are pleasure riding. Among the other former harness performers on the grounds are Tricky Deal, whose offspring include Wastin Time and Cordealia; and the recently-retired Yiannoulas Boy, who is easily recognizable to Cal Expo racing fans. For more information, please go to www.harmonyhaven.wordpress.com One And Only eyes another Open Pace One And Only, who has rattled off back-to-back impressive victories at the head of the class; and stablemate Pancetta, who is set to over the $200,000 earnings plateau and has gone a number of big races over this layout, head the cast for Saturday nights $5,000 Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 12-race card is scheduled with first post at 6:15 p.m. Racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned One And Only the demanding No. 10 post position for this go-around, while Pancetta moves inside his barnmate while doing his work from the No. 4 slot this weekend. One And Only is a 6-year-old son of Bettors Delight who carries the banner of Richard Morita and David Yamada with Lino Pacheco the conditioner and Chip Lackey handlng the lines. He is looking for his eighth win from 12 starts on the year and recently pushed his bank account into six figures. The Pacheco trainee earned a 1:51 2/5 career standard when he captured the April 5 Open with Lackey, then came right back the following week to do an encore. In that latter mile, he showed the way to the half, got a strong challenge from co-favorite Pancetta, but re-rallied gamely in the stretch to prevail by a length and a quarter. Pancetta also races for the Morita/Yamada/Pacheco combination with Steve Wiseman at the helm. He was a 1:51 1/5 winner last season over the five-eighths Pocono Downs oval and should be rounding to his best form now as he makes his fourth appearance after being away from the wars for over three months. Taking on this dynamic duo are Im An Athlete for trainer Gretchen Smith with Tim Maier in the bike; and a pair from the George Anthrop barn in Docs Zippy with Patrick Galbraith and Mobil Big John, who leaves from the cozy rail slot with Dave Siegel handling the lines. A reminder there are three wagers here with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick 4 with a $20,000 guaranteed gross pool on Friday and a $25,000 guarantee on Saturday; and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the finale. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness        

Sharpshootennorris, fresh from a pair of big efforts at the top level; and Franks Best, who has gone several huge miles over this layout during his career, head the cast for Friday evenings featured Open Trot at Cal Expo. A 13-race Watch and Wager LLC card is on tap with first post set for 6:15 p.m. The Open Trot will go as the second event on the evening with a field of five facing starter Bill Vallandingham. Hellogottagobuhbye has dominated the Open Trotters the last two weeks, but with that one out of the line-up, Sharpshootennorris figures to have more than his share of backers in the main event. Sharpshootennorris completed the exacta last week and a was a solid 12-1 upsetter in his previous outing in the March 29 Open. The 11-year-old son of Earl is owned by Bette Jean Calice with Steve Wiseman reining and training and is looking to add to a $434,000 bankroll in Fridays headliner. Franks Best comes into this assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings mark for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson and regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. While he is looking for his first victory of the season after 11 outings, he does have six runner-up finishes and finished right with Sharpshootennorris last weekend. Rounding out the field are Franky Provolone with James Kennedy at the controls; Axle, to be guided by David Siegel; and Rich Dessert from the rail with Tim Maier at the helm. Looking ahead to Saturdays program, One And Only will be seeking for his third straight victory at the head of the class in the Open Pace for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and driver Chip Lackey. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

81 to 96 of 244