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

A $7,200 Open Pace headed by arch-rivals Heza Real Diamond and Allmyx'sliventexas and a contentious $6,700 Open Distaff Pace are atop the marquee Friday evening at Cal Expo. There will be 11 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The Open Pace will find Heza Real Diamond leaving from the assigned 10 post in the field of eight, with Allmyx'sliventexas doing his work from just inside that rival in the No. 9 slot. Heza Real Diamond has posed for pictures following four of his last six trips to the post, with two of those victories coming at this Open level. The 4-year-old is owned by Orlando Nevarez, takes his lessons from Edwin Quevedo and has Nick Roland steering. In the last Open two weeks ago, Heza Real Diamond also left from the No. 10 slot and Allymx'sliventexas departed just inside him. The former was parked to the top at the quarter, took complete control of the race from that point and went on to a two and a quarter length score. Allymx'sliventexas was runner-up that evening after prevailing in two of the previous three Open events. The 7-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Mooney Svendsen in his usual spot in the sulky. The hard-hitting performer comes into this assignment with 36 wins from his 117 trips to the post, has deposited $212,000 in his bank account and set his 1:50 lifetime standard two years ago at Hoosier Park. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Allmyx'sliventexas and Heza Real Diamond, who have been putting on some great battles at the head of the class, get another chance to settle the score in Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness.. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The headliner goes as the fourth contest on the evening with Allmyx'sliventexas leaving from the No. 9 slot and Heza Real Diamond from the 10 post in the field of six. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 7-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who is owned and was bred by Wayne and Rod Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and once again has Mooney Svendsen giving directions. The hard-hitting bay performer comes into this assignment with 36 wins from his 116 trips to the post with over $210,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 flat career standard that was established two years ago at Hoosier Park. Allmyx'sliventexas has posed for pictures following three of the last four top dances for the division, including last week when he sat the pocket behind Heza Real Diamond and was up by a nostril in a 1:50 2/5 tour. Heza Real Diamond is having a great meet with three snapshots from the last half-dozen starts for owner Orlando Nevarez and trainer Edwin Quevedo and Nick Roland will have a return assignment in the sulky. The Nevarez colorbearer has traded decisions with Allmyx'sliventexas in his last two starts, and on both occasions the horse who sat the two-hole behind the pacesetter has surged to get the victory in the final strides. Mr. Varsity, Part Time, King Of The Crop and Fox Valley Hoss complete the field. Key Word sparks low takeout wager There are two wagers here offered each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and 20-cent Pick 4 - and taking a look at last Saturday's Pick 5 is a good example of the value added. Despite the sequence featuring winners that were 6-5, 7-5 and a pair of 2-1 shots, you toss in an 11-1 shot to kick off the proceedings and there is a nice $134 payoff for each correct 20-cent investment. Key Word was the catalyst in the evening's opener for veteran owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo, as the 9-year-old pacer did the perfect track-and-attack from a cozy rail draw to pick up his first snapshot of the season. In the night's third race it was Allmyx'sliventexas for the Knittel/Johnson/Svendsen team returning to his winning ways in the Open Pace, hanging a nose decision on arch-rival Heza Real Diamond after being collared by that rival in their previous meeting. That was followed by another dynamite performance by Alwaysalittle more in the Filly and Mare Open as this gal seems to have really found her stride for owners Maria Alvarez and Terrence Smith, trainer Edwin Hernandez and pilot Luke Plano. The Pick 5 was rounded out by Bunkerhill Bill's virtual coast-to-coast tally in the Shelly Goudreau Final. The 9-year-old Michigan-bred goes about his business for the Haness Family and co-owner/trainer George Reider and has found a great partner in driver Dean Magee. By the way, the Pick 4 comes with a $40,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 pool on Fridays. Jump right in, the water's fine. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness      

Harness racing pacer Allmyx'sliventexas, who returned to his winning ways last week, heads the cast in Friday night's featured $7,200 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness. A 12-race card is on tap under the Wager and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The main event goes as the ninth race of the evening. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 7-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who is owned by Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Mooney Svendsen in his usual position in the sulky. They depart from the outside slot in the field of eight. The hard-hitting California-bred comes into this assignment with 35 wins from his 114 appearances, $206,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 mark that was established two years ago at Hoosier Park. Allmyx'sliventexas started the meet with a string of impressive victories, but was then upset as the heavy favorite in the December 14 Dave Goldschmidt and suffered two more setbacks before returning to his winning ways in last week's clash at the top level. Sent off the 9-5 second choice in that affair, the Knittel colorbearer left from his outside post into a stalking position, attacked on the final bend and went on to a two-length score in a 1:52 1/5 tour. Taking him on Friday are Part Time with Gerry Longo; King Of The Crop, Steve Wiseman; Almost Cut My Hair, Chip Lackey; Senga Nitro for Braxten Boyd; Merced Magic, Dave Magee; Mr. Varsity with Luke Plano; and Heza Real Diamond, who leave from the rail with Nick Roland at the helm. Low Takeout wagers Offer true value There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 on the first five events and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 now comes with a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. To see the true value these bets offer, you need go to only to last Friday night's Pick 5 that kicked off proceedings and that $1,504 return for every correct 20-cent investment. The middle three winners were 6-5 Cenalta Gory, 9-5 Brighten Your Life and 8-5 Hagginatthebeach, with the sequence being completed by Fire Dance, who returned $12 to her backers. The catalyst, of course, was the first race victory by Lodi Eat My Dust, who posted a $66 surprise while giving owner/trainer/driver Pierre Girard his initial victory of the meeting. The 4-year-old homebred, co-owned by Mary Harris, had been failing to menace over off tracks, but got fast footing for this assignment and rode a second-over trip to the length decision. Be sure to take a long look at both the Pick 4 and Pick 5 each night, with that added bonus of the reduced 16 percent takeout and the chance to make a nice score by stringing together the winning sequence. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The $9,900 Robert Staats for harness racing pacing fillies and mares, headed by Rue Hanover; and the rescheduled $10,000 Dave Goldschmidt Free-for-All Pace featuring Allmyx'sliventexas are the main events on Saturday night's Cal Expo Harness program. There will be 12 races presented under the Wager and Wager LLC banner with things getting underway at 6:10 p.m. The Staats is the fifth race and the Goldschmidt will be the sixth contest and there will be mandatory payouts on all wagers. Allmyx'sliventexas, who has rattled off three straight impressive victories to kick off this meet, looks to keep the streak going as the heavy favorite in the Dave Goldschmidt Free-for-All. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 6-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun who is owned and was bred by Wayne and Rod Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and will once again have Mooney Svendsen. The hard-hitting bay performer is just shy of the $200,000 mark in career earnings and recorded his lifetime mark of 1:50 last season over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park oval. After leaving from the assigned No. 10 post in last week's Open Pace, Allmyx'sliventexas will do his work from the No. 4 slot in the field of six, Sent off the 1-2 choice in his last appearance despite the post handicap, Svendsen took an early tuck with the Knittel colorbearer before brushing to command before the half over the sloppy going. The issue was never in doubt thereafter, as Allmyx'sliventexas came home with two and three-quarter lengths to spare. Completing the Goldschmidt field are Almost Cut My Hair with Luke Plano; Bettor In The Bank, James Kennedy; Bestinthebusiness for Braxten Boyd; King Of The Crop with Steve Wiseman; and Part Time, who leaves from the outside with Nick Roland. The Robert Staats looks wide open with Rue Hanover getting the slender edge for owners Chip Lackey and Kenneth Seastrom with Lackey doing the driving and training. Two races back, Rue Hanover was a convincing winner of the Bill Conlin Final on November 16, doing the stalk-and-pounce to perfection for Lackey as the second choice in the wagering. Thats How It Goes is coming off a 20-1 upset in the Annette Funicello two weeks ago and figures to get more respect at the windows this time around. The Mr. Saratoga mare is owned and tried by Richard Schneider with James Kennedy once again doing the honors. The remainder of the field finds Tabbat Morey with Rene Goulet; Lakota Law, Braxten Boyd; Bertha Vanation for Nick Roland; Red N Hotallover, John Roberts; Flash Me Baby with Luke Plano; Casey N Grinegan, Jacob Cutting; and Sand and Rocks, to be guided by Tony Succarotte Mandatory payout for all wagers Saturday There will be mandatory payouts on all wagers Saturday night, including the two low takeout bets that are offered here each night. The two reduced 16 percent takeout wagers are the 20-cent Pick 5, which is conducted on the first five races on each program; and the 20-cent Pick 4, the latter featuring a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Allmyx'sliventexas and Gorgeous For Real head the harness racing cast in Saturday night's featured $7,200 Don Ratchford Pace at Cal Expo Harness.. Watch and Wager LLC will present 10 races with first post set for 6:40 p.m. and the main event goes as the fifth on the program. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 6-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who is owned and was bred by Rod and Wayne Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and will have Mooney Svendsen back at the controls. In last week's Open Pace, he was sent off the 6-5 second choice while leaving from the outside post and blasted away from the barrier to make virtually every pole a winning one in a 1:53 2/5 performance. It was the 32nd lifetime victory for Allymyx'sliventexas and he is now just shy of the $200,000 earnings mark with a 1:50 flat lifetime standard that was established last year at Hoosier Park. Gorgeous For Real put in a good late move in that top dance last weekend, but had to settle for the exacta completion as the odds-on choice. The 5-year-old goes about his business for the partnership of Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson training and Luke Plano in the sulky. A winner of 19 of his 88 appearances, Gorgeous For Real romped here opening night and established his 1:50 3/5 career standard this summer in Indiana. Completing the field are Marced Magic, Bestinthebusiness, Part Time, Coz and Effect and Cowboys Dirtyboots. Race honors memory of Don Ratchford Saturday's feature race is named for Don Ratchford, the respected horseman who passed away in August at the age of 75. Born in Nova Scotia, Don originally came to the United States in 1962 with Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien and quickly established himself as a valuable asset to the success of the O'Brien stable. Ratchford also worked with such top horseman as Bob Farrington, Jim Dennis, Jack Williams, Bob Williams and Harold Merriam which, he said, "Contributed to whatever success I achieved because of what I learned from them." Not only was he very successful as a trainer/driver, Don was a partner and operator of Highland Farm, a breeding and training facility under his care from 1980 to 1994. Among Ratchford's most successful performers were Armbro Guest, Hilarious Brew, Timeron Hanover, Karen's Rowdy One, A Little Bit Rowdy and Karen's Magic One. Said trainer Barry Abrams, "He was very important to me, because I learned to be horsemen from Don and never would have been a trainer without him. "He was an outstanding horseman. Give him a sore horse and he would change the shoeing and rub those legs, the way he learned from Joe O'Brien, and get amazing results." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Opening night harness racing victor Gorgeous For Real and the classy returnee Allmyx'sliveintexas head the cast for Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness.. Racing will now be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings and first post for Friday's nine-race card will be 6:40 p.m. Allmyx'sliveintexas and Gorgeous For Real have been assigned the outside two posts in the field of six and figure to attract a majority of the betting action. The former is a son of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson training and Mooney Svendsen at the controls. He spent the summer at Hoosier Park, where he set a new lifetime mark of 1:50 3/5, and comes into this assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings plateau. Gorgeous For Real proved a punctual 1-5 favorite on the opening night card and will leave from just inside his main rival with Chip Lackey guiding. He is owned by the partnership of Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson training. Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the $8,900 Bill Conlin Pace will hold the spotlight with last week's elimination heat winners Rue Hanover and California Rock among the major players. California Rock proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as he brushed to the lead past the quarter and was never seriously threatened thereafter in his score, while Rue Hanover was sent off the 8-5 second choice in her elimination and came home by two and a half-lengths after withstanding a strong challenge on the final turn while carving out the fractions. George Reider eyeing charmed enclosure Trainer George Reider is back at Cal Expo after what he describes as a nice summer up in Minnesota and is looking forward to making his share of winner's circle appearances. "Every year I try to bring some new horses back to California and you should see three or four coming out of the barn," he related. Saturday's Bill Conlin Pace will find Reider sending out the 3-year-old mare Brooklyn Moonshine, who was fourth in one of last week's elimination heats while making her Golden State debut. She competes for George and longtime clients Dave, Rob and Kimberly Haness, while the conditioner is also looking forward to sending out performers for two other stalwarts of his barn in Rick and Marlene Thomas. Tiyaga has qualified for Reider and could make some noise, according to the trainer. "I had him here last year and it just took him some time to mature." George is also looking forward to a promising yearling filly whose brother is the multiple Sire Stakes winner Pride of the Sierra. That, as they say, is the stuff dreams are made of. "A safe and fulfilling meet," is George's hope for the session. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness          

The California Harness Horsemen's Association is proud to announce that Robin Burns and the late pacer Hi Ho Silverheels will be inducted into the California Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday. "What a terrific honor," said Burns. "To be mentioned in the same breath as Joe O'Brien, Pres Jenuine, Jim Dennis and the other members is really beyond comprehension. "I can't thank enough the members of the selection committee for their unanimous vote." A native of Niagara Falls, NY, Robin attended the University of Miami (Fla.) and The Columbia School of Broadcasting. Burns first came to the attention of California fans as the announcer at Hollywood Park and also handled those duties at Los Alamitos and here at Cal Expo. He has also been the voice at harness tracks The Meadowlands, Freestate Raceway, Rosecroft Raceway, Louisville Downs, The Red Mile and Midwest Harness. His thoroughbred announcing has seen him calling the races at Laurel Park, Pimlico and currently Presque Isle. Burns estimates he has called over 80,000 races, including several broadcast on ESPN and CBS, including the Breeder's Crown, Maryland Million and Washington D.C. International. Robin's extensive resume has seen him serve as director of racing, director of simulcasting, consultant to the Macau Trotting Club, steward, starter, morning line maker and simulcast host. He helped launch the TVG Network while serving as director of traffic and simulcasting and as on-air host and analyst. His other television credits include hosting Racing from The Meadowlands on the Madison Square Garden Network; Winning at Rosecroft on Home Team Sports in Washington, D.C. and Harness Hoofbeats on Channel 9 in Los Angeles. In addition, Robin has lent his voice to the Hollywood movies "On the Right Track" and "Little Miss Marker". Robin Burns Also being inducted this year into the Hall of Fame this week is the late pacer Hi Ho Silverheels. Hi Ho Silverheels was a brilliant racehorse, earning just shy of $1.2 million with a 1:49 4/5 mark, and also proved to be one of the more influential harness racing stallions in the history of California breeding. A member of the class of 1991, Hi Ho Silverheels was by Walton Hanover out of the Abercrombie mare Armbro Caprice. "He wasn't bred in California, but he was foaled here and he's the best we've ever produced," said Wayne Knittel, who stood the stallion. In his racing days, Hi Ho Silverheels was scintillating to watch. Rick Kuebler drove him in all his California starts and was also at the controls when he competed in the Dan Patch at Indiana Downs. "He was the most gifted equine athlete I ever sat behind," Kuebler stated. "He had the unique combination of high speed and the capability to carry it. He routinely paced miles in 1:51 and change at Los Alamitos and I felt that on a good day he would break the 1:50 barrier. "There was a period in his career where you could have matched him up against the nine other best horses in the world and he would have been the odds-on favorite. He was that impressive." Robert Staats Final, Open Pace headline Lickcreek Speedway looms the overwhelming favorite in Saturday night's $9,600 Robert Staats Final, while Icy Blue Scooter gets top billing in the in the co-featured $7,000 Open Pace. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races and the action gets underway at 6:10 p.m with the Staats going as the sixth event and Open Pace occupying the eighth race slot on the evening. Lickcreek Speedway was sent off the 3-5 chalk in last week's Robert Staats Prep and made it look like a belated Xmas gift as she romped home by four and a half-lengths over the sloppy track. A 4-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter, the bay mare goes about her business for owner Jennifer Scarberry with James Kennedy reining and training. Her other victory at the meeting came in the Annette Funicello Prep in late November. Taking her on Saturday, from the rail out: Dancer's Fancy with Dean Magee; Glad to Meet Ya, Luke Plano; Lookslikewemadeit, Steve Wiseman; Damoricdalesno, Nathan Sobey; and Brigitte Bordeaux, who will be guided by Mooney Svendsen. Icy Blue Scooter is coming off a pair of dominating Open Pace scores for driver/trainer Nathan Sobey, who also co-owns the 6-year-old son of Blue Burner with Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy. Sent off the 8-5 chalk in last week's top dance, Icy Blue Scooter came first over at the half, engaged the leader into the lane and then came home smartly in :27 1/5 to seal the deal by two and a quarter-lengths with Sobey at the helm. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 7). Love Live Laugh ($9.90) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:25.2, 1:53.1) Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, the race was still close after three-quarters but when she drove down the stretch she turned it into a laugh-er. Calbay (Dan Harvey) was a distant second. Jaclyn Hanover was third best. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her eighth win of the season and career victory number 35. Jimmy Whittemore drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Hanrahan ($4.80) and Lets Go Get Em ($14.40). Namje (Gates Brunet) captures the trot feature ($6,000). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went right to the front and controlled the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.1). Namje ($5.80) was third after three-quarters. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:56.3. Deak's Cici Barr (Truman Gale) finished second. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third best. Namje is a 3-year-old gelding by Lucky Chucky. He won for the seventh time this season and his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (September 16). Love Live Laugh (Hi Ho Silverheel's) would go gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions :28.0, :57.2, 1:24.3, 1:53.0. Owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, the 7 year-old mare would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald). Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) was third. Love Live Laugh ($7.70) won her fourth race of the season and got career victory number 26. It was Deja Vu for John MacDonald. He won six races last yesterday and six more tonight. He got wins tonight with Steuben Magic Ride ($30.20), Silver Arrow ($2.10), Major Starlight ($4.40), Machmemackie ($2.80), On The Big Swing ($2.70), and A Fool For Mark ($3.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 21) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

The Sunday night May 28 Running Aces harness racing card featured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace with a talented field of 9 squaring off, and it was AllmyX’sLiveNTexas who stole the show. Driven confidently by Mooney Svendsen for trainer Bob Johnson, the duo posted a sharp front-running score in 1:51.4, just one tick off of the track record for 4 year old pacing geldings. Sent hard from post six, the impressive son of Hi Ho Silverheels battled to clear the lead past the opening quarter mile (26.4), then repelled a strong challenge from race favorite SF Donttellonme (J. Casagranda) through the middle fractions of the race (55.4, 1:22.3) and had enough left in the tank to hold the rest of the field at bay and pick up his 6th win in 16 starts this year. Easy Again (R. Magee) picked up second, with SF Donttellonme home in third. With tonight’s triumph AllmyX’sLiveNTexas expanded his seasonal bankroll to $28,778 for owners Wayne & Rodney Knittel. The $10,000 Open Trot was also part of the Sunday card, and it would be the return of Banker Volo to the Running Aces winner’s circle, a familiar place for this talented 8 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide who was runner up in this event last week and was making just his 2nd start of the year. Driver Luke Plano guided Banker Volo out to an easy lead from post 5 and was never in doubt, controlling the affair and strolling through moderate fractions of 28.2, 58.4 and 1:27.1 before coasting home in 29.3 to hold off Leave Your Mark (N. Roland) by ¾ of a length in 1:56.4. Banker Volo is owned by Daniel Roland and trained by Jenni King. The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters also squared off this evening, with a full gate of 10 contestants. Imapixieatmidnight (N. Roland) set all the fractions in the affair, but was gunned down late by pocket-sitter Al Mar Foxyeclipse (Joe Casagranda), with Al Mar Money Glide (T. Maier) home in 3rd in the 2:02.1 mile. Tonight’s win was the 3rd lifetime tally for Al Mar Foxyeclipse in 18 starts, and boosted his bankroll to $22,910 for owner Mark Holtan with Joel Mc Danel doing the conditioning. Drivers Nick Roland, Steve Wiseman, and Mooney Svendsen all picked up driving doubles on the program. Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Tuesday, May 30 with a first post of 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Army Of One and Western Devil, who have dominated the division this season, go at it once again in Saturday night's harness racing featured $6,500 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing males. An 11-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a California Sire Stakes for the sophomore fillies to be decided as a non-betting affair prior to the regular card. Army Of One is a homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's and the Artsplace mare Aftermatch who races for Wayne and Rod Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and will as usual have Mooney Svendsen guiding. The Knittel performer accounted for the first four Sire Stakes of the season in impressive fashion on the frond end, but had to settle for second in the most recent big-money clash on April 8 as Western Devil overpowered him in the final stages that evening. The latter is a Power Of Art homebred who races for Frank Nevarez, is conditioned by Edwin Quevedo and has Luke Plano giving directions. After checking in second behind arch-rival Army Of One in the three of the first four stakes gathering, he was able to turn the table in that last one while coming home smartly. Taking them on are Muscle Beach, who also hails from the Johnson barn and will have Steve Wiseman in the sulky; and Firstdibbs, who will have the services of James Kennedy. Next week will feature the final two nights of the current meet, with programs slated for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Harness racing is scheduled to return to Cal Expo in late October Arnold, Bergstein lived up to the billing Last week's Stan Bergstein Trot and Lloyd Arnold Pace showcased some top performers, with Zoraze scoring a decisive win in the former while I'm An Athlete hung a nose decision on favored Barbarian in the Arnold. Despite not having seen evening action since January 13, Zoraze was certainly ready to rock and roll in the Bergstein off a pair of qualifiers for the team of owner Jamie Marra, trainer Sparky Clarke and pilot Luke Plano. Zoraze left into a perfect pocket trip from his No. 2 slot, took command on the final bend and then left the field in his dust once straightened for home in a 1:56 peformance. At the wire, it was some three and three-quarter lengths back to the hard-hitting mare My Little Susie, with favored Flameon checking in third. The Clarke/Plano team looked poised to pull off the Bergstein/Arnold double with Barbarian the following night, or at least that's what the public thought as they sent Robert Orr colorbearer off at 40 cents on the dollar. I'm An Athlete had other ideas, however, as the Lino Pacheco trainee proved ultra game on the front-end for James Kennedy and prevailed by a nose over Barbarian in a 1:53 2/5 tour. It was the fourth victory in the last five starts for the 7-year-old son of Art Major, who carries the banner of Ronald Rettig-Zucchi and pushed his career bankroll close to the $140,000 mark with that decision. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

The combination of owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Mooney Svendsen are well represented on Saturday's harness racing program at Cal Expo with Allmyx'sliventexas in the Open Pace and Army Of One heading the Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts. Allymx'sliventexas is a 4-year-old by Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun who has dominated his Sire Stakes rival this season, including a sizzling 1:51 4/5 romp by 11 lengths in the February 4 big money dance for the division. Army Of One is another Hi Ho Silverheel's for this team who has been the big man on campus in the previous four Sire Stakes decided for the 3-year-old pacing males. He is definitely following in his stablemate's footsteps in that regard. Allymyx'sliventexas really turned some heads in that aforementioned February stakes win where he blew the doors off his rivals in front-end fashion and established his lifetime standard in the process. "Usually when I let him roll he relaxes perfectly and I can drive him with two fingers," Svendsen related, "but that night he was like a rocket. I grabbed that bit and did all I could to just hold on. He was unbelievable." Allmyx'sliventexas has also proven himself with Open company this season, and has the advantage of the rail draw for Saturday's re-match with the red-hot Barbarian. Meanwhile, Army Of One will look to add another trophy to his case in the Sire Stakes. "He's got potential," Svendsen noted. "He might turn out to be just as good as Allmyx'sliventexas." Pair of Open Pacing events head card An Open Pace featuring the streaking Barbarian and a DistaffOpen that brings out Shark Festival and Hare To Eternity are the highlights on Saturday evening's program at Cal Expo. Twelve races are on tap under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC with a first post of 6:15 p.m. There will also be a pair of California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers going as non-betting events prior to the regular card. In the Open Pace, Barbarian is fresh from four straight victories at the head of the class, with the most recent coming from the demanding No. 10 post. He will leave from the outside slot in a field of five this weekend. Barbarian is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Righteous Renee who races for owner Robert Orr, takes his lessons from Sparky Clarke and will once again have the services of Luke Plano. The hard-hitting pacer has been unbeatable in his those last four appearances, and in the process has been putting his versatility in full display. He went coast-to-coast in the first three of those scores, then came from last at most recent asking when asked to his work from this No. 10 post assignment. Doc's Deal is an 8-year-old son of Sportsmaster out of the Broadway Express mare Crystal Trip who is owned by Windy City Farm and is reined and trained by Chip Lackey. He recorded his most recent victory at the Open III level on February 24, coming from well back to be up by a half-length that evening. He has a second, a third and a fourth-place finish in the interim. Completing the field are Allymx'sliventexas with Mooney Svendsen guiding from the cozy rail slot; I'm An Athlete, James Kennedy; and Buddy's Hope, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Saturday night's Keith Willey Memorial Trot is named for the popular horseman who passed away last September at the age of 81 following a three-month battle with cancer. Willey resided in Sacramento County for 43 years, 26 of which were spent in Herald. He served as a full-time military officer in the California National Guard from 1953 until his retirement in 1992, reaching the rank of Colonel. He also served as air defense commander and comptroller with the California State Military Department. One of his true loves was harness racing and he was a driver, trainer, owner and breeder while an extremely popular member of the fraternity. He was recalled as "A self-taught computer guru, photographer, pilot, lover of old country music, a Mr. Fix-it and a cowboy at heart who liked challenges." Keith was survived by his wife Deborah and son Kenneth, plus numerous dogs, cats and horses. Nathalie Tremblay said, "Keith was a great friend and business partner for both me and my dad Nicol. We used to love to go his farm in the summer and train over his half-mile track. "Keith loved every animal that was born and raised on his farm, and there was always a place for them." As far as performers go, Nathalie remembers a special place in Willey's heart for the trotter KD Justice. "Both Keith and my dad won with him. I also remember a time when KD Justice broke Keith's leg, and he didn't even realize it at the time!" Jim Perez said, "Keith always supported California harness racing. He was on the Sire Stakes board of directors for many years and always loved his Cal-breds. He was a big part of the Sire Stakes program and is truly missed." Keith Willey Memorial, Sire Stakes headline The Keith Willey Memorial Trot featuring Flameon and a pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers are the main events on Saturday night's program at Cal Expo. There will be 11 races on tap with first post set for 6:15 p.m. The Keith Willey Trot will go as the fourth race, while the Sire Stakes for pacing colts occupies the sixth-race slot and the pacing fillies stakes will be a non-betting event prior to the regular program. In the two Sire Stakes, owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel and trainer Bob Johnson will look to continue their domination with homebreds Allmyx'sliveintexas and Moonstone Beach and Mooney Svendsen will once again guide both performers. Allmyx'sliveintexas is a son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbarn mare Annie Get Your Gun who has captured five of his nine starts, including the opening leg of the Lonnie Beck Series and all four Sire Stakes decided for the sophomore pacing colts. In the most recent big-money clash for this group two weeks, Svendsen sent the 1-5 favorite right to the front and he widened in the stretch, reporting home with seven lengths to spare while missing his lifetime mark by two ticks with the 1:55 flat final clocking. Moonstone Beach has likewise dominated the 3-year-old pacing fillies for the Knittel/Johnson/Svendsen combination. She is by Crisis Situation out of the Beach Towel mare Bj's Beach Fire and has prevailed in five of her seven outings, with four of those scores resulting in stakes trophies. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Hi Ho Houdini may have gotten off to a late start, not making his first trip to the post until December, but he's certainly making up for lost time having won six of his seven starts with sights set squarely on Sunday's Sire Stakes for the harness racing 4-year-old pacing males. The son of Hi Ho Silverheel's, who races for Lujuanna Lopez, takes his lessons from Gordie Graham and is regularly piloted by Luke Plano, was an impressive winner of the first stakes dance of the season for the division a month ago and has captured the Marvin Shapiro and a conditioned event in the interim. "It's a dream come true to have a horse like this," Lopez related. "This is beyond what I could have ever hoped for with Hi Ho Houdini." Lopez , who currently has five horses, first became involved with the sport when she was rescuing horses some nine years ago and started to meet members of the harness racing community. "The more people I met, the more interested I became," she explained. Lujuanna's farm was home to the Park Place mare Holls Park Place while she was carrying Hi Ho Houdini, so she has been involved with the pacer from the very beginning. "He's quite the athlete, but he can also be very mischievous," she noted. "The day he was born, that night there was a ruckus coming from the barn and I went out with my rifle, thinking it might be a fox or a coyote. It turned out he was he was racing back and fourth and it was causing Holls Park Place to throw a fit." At the moment, the only ones who are throwing a fit are Hi Ho Houdini's rivals. Sire Stakes, pair of Opens head marquee A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old pacers featuring Hi Ho Houdini and Uringoodhands; an Open Trot headed by Northern Stormont and an Open Pace featuring I'm An Athlete head the Sunday program at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races presented by Watch and Wager LLC and the action gets under way at 5:05 p.m. The Open Pace is the third event on the evening, the Open Trot occupies the sixth-race slot and the Sire Stakes goes as the eighth race. In the first stakes dance for the 4-year-old males one month ago, Uringoodhands was the 1-5 favorite , but it was Hi Ho Houdini who prevailed while turning in a lifetime best 1:53 1/5 performance with a sparkling :26 3/5 final quarter. Uringoodhands is a Kent's On Nuke homebred who races for Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will be guided by James Kennedy. Hi Ho Houdini is another Graham trainee who represents Lujuanna Lopez with Luke Plano once again handling the lines. Since that Sire Stakes score, Hi Ho Houdini has added two more victories, including a handy decision in the Marvin Shapiro Pace two weeks ago. Sent off the 1-9 favorite in that contest, came out late on the final bend, took command early in the drive and went on to a two-length score. Suiting up for a conditioned affair last week, the sharp performer once again rewarded the chalkplayers to the tune of $4 as did the track-and-attack to perfection for Plano and won going away by two and a quarter lengths. Taking on this dynamic duo, from the rail out: Lodi Machete Man from the Pierre Girard barn; the Vickie Desomer-conditioned Musician, Sounion for Edwin Quevado; the Sal Wenceslao-trained Laissezmoipicoler and Hi Ho's Little Rev from Bob Johnson's shedrow. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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