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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Razor-Sharp Pacer, Sire Stakes In Spotlight At Cal Expo

A $3,400 pacing event that finds Hi Ho Hi Ho gunning for his fourth straight win and two $15,000 California Sire Stakes events for the 3-year-old trotting and pacing males are on tap at Cal Expo Saturday night (November 12).

Hi Ho Hi Ho is a 6-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheels and the Spicy Charlie mare Nicols Doll who is owned by Lisa Ehrlich and Bob Johnson, with Johnson the conditioner and Lemoyne Svendsen handling the lines.  He is attempting to win for the sixth time in his last seven trips to the post.

Sent off at 70 cents on the dollar in last week’s appearance, the bay performer worked his way to the lead at the half, took complete control of things from that point and came home with two and a quarter lengths to spare over Western So, who will again be among his rivals on Saturday.

Both Sire Stakes will go as non-betting events prior the regular card.  Shamderock is looking to remain unbeaten in big-money competition with his peers in the pacing event, while Im So Sulky seeks a big-money encore in the contest for the trotters.

Steve Wiseman
Shamderock has made a clean sweep of the nine Sire Stakes events decided for his division, with $92,000 in his bank account and a 1:52 mark that was established this summer at Vernon Downs.  He races for his breeders D&E Racing Inc. with Luke Plano driving and training. I n the trotting end, I’m So Sulky is looking for back-to-back stakes decisions for his owner/breeder/trainer Alan Anderson and pilot Steve Wiseman.

Beginning this week, all Pick 4’s on Thursday (in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee), Friday and Saturday nights will feature a reduced 15 percent takeout rate, with the Late Pick on each of these programs coming with a $10,000-guaranteed gross pool.  In addition, on Saturday nights there will be a 0% takeout rate on the Late Pick 4 for winning wagers made on track or at

Live racing resumes at Cal Expo On Thursday, (November 10) at 5:30 p.m. (PST), and continues on Friday (November 11) & Saturday (November 12) 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.