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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Distaff Sire Stakes Atop The Friday Marquee At Cal Expo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

The third round of $15,000 Sire Stakes action for the 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies holds the spotlight at Cal Expo on Friday night (November 4), with Littlest Mermaid heading the cast for the pacing distaffers, while Vari Forgetful looks to continue her dominance in the trotting event.

Littlest Mermaid is a daughter of Little Steven and the Precious Bunny mare Jethica Tandy who is owned and was bred by Alan Kirschenbaum, takes her lessons from Denise Maier and will have Luke Plano at the controls.  She was runner-up in the first big-money dance for the division on October 7, then picked up her initial trophy two weeks ago in a solid 1:58.1 performance.

Trainer GEORGE REIDER sends out Marlene's Angel
 in Friday night's Sire Stakes for pacing fillies at Cal Expo.

Rounding out the field are Twentyone Guns with Lemoyne Svendsen; Marlene’s Angel, to be guided by James Kennedy; Diva Las Vegas with Jason Maier; Little Anna Mae, Scott Cisco; and Pismo Beach, with Bruce Clarke in the sulky from the outside slot.

Vari Forgetful has won both the Sire Stakes for the young trotting fillies while facing only one rival in Silverlode in those two miles. Jack Coffey owns and bred this daughter of Armbro Variable with Bob Johnson the conditioner and Bruce Clarke handling the lines.  She will be challenged again by Silverlode for Team Desomer with Steve Desomer giving directions.


Saturday night (November 5) will find the two $10,000 finals of the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series, which is sponsored by Lou Pena and some of his owners and also includes a donation from George Brennan.  Spanish Rosey, Incredible Gambler and Just Plum Lucky loom large in the distaff event, while Rude Awakening, Sterling Chris and Serious Art are major players in the contest for the males.

There will be a 500 T-shirt giveaway on track to commemorate the event and free TrackMaster past performances and analysis for the Saturday card will be available at and on the this website.

Free TrackMaster Cal Expo past performances and analysis for this Saturday’s program will be available at and at

Live racing resumes at Cal Expo On Thursday, (November 3) at 5:30 p.m. (PDT), and continues on Friday (November 4) & Saturday (November 5) is at 6:00 p.m.  On Thursday and every live card, Cal Expo offers free admission, as well as free preferred & general parking after 4:30 p.m.  Also on Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cal Expo offers a complete Lasagna dinner, which includes salad and bread, for just $3.00.  Additionally on Thursday, beer & wine can be purchased for $3.00 each as well.

Cal Expo, in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee, will offer the Thursday Pick 4's with a 15% takeout and a $10,000 Guarantee on the Late Pick 4.  On Saturdays, Cal Expo will continue to offer a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on both Pick 4’s.  In addition, the late Pick 4 will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool with a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made on track or at