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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sophomore Filly Sire Stakes Hold Friday Night Spotlight At Cal Expo

Two $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing and trotting distaffers are on tap at Cal Expo on Friday evening (November 25), with Dine N Wine and Flea Flicker seeking trophy encores in very contentious fields.

Dine N Wine looms large in the pacing event after posting a decisive victory in the most recent stakes gathering two weeks ago.  The Desomer Stables homebred daughter of Power Of Art and the New Zealand mare Bordeaux Franco is conditioned by Vickie Desomer and will be guided by Steve Wiseman.

In the last Sire Stakes for this group on November 11, the Desomer color-bearer was sent off the 7-2 second choice.  She made an eye-catching move at the half to take command on the final bend, then extended her advantage to the stretch en route to a three and a quarter-length score in that affair.

RICH WOJCIO guides Flea
Flicker and Whip And A
Prayer in Friday's
 Sire Stakes at Cal Expo.
Meanwhile, Flea Flicker is fresh from picking up her initial stakes victory two weeks ago for owner/breeder/trainer Mark Anderson and pilot Rich Wojcio.  A daughter of Armbro Variable and the popular Valleymeister mare Benn’s Fire, Flea Flicker sat the pocket in that stakes decision and then overpowered pace-setting Claim Jumper to prevail by two lengths.

This week will find an abbreviated schedule, with programs on Friday (November 25) and Saturday (November 26) at 6:00 p.m. (PST), but no racing on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24.  The regular three-night schedule will resume on Thursday, December 1 and continues through December 18.  On Friday and every live card, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m.   Also on Friday, Cal Expo offers Happy Hour between 6:00-8:30 p.m., where $2 Beer, $2 Wine & $2 Buffalo Wings an order is offered.

Cal Expo now offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on all Pick 4’s (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  In addition, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool.  On Saturday night, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at