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Thursday, May 9, 2013

CalX1 - Thursday Barn Notes

                By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

K D Amazin Spirit will be seeking his ninth win on the year from 13 attempts in Friday night’s Open Trot, and owner/breeder/trainer Keith Willey reports he will soon be taking his act on the road.

The 7-year-old son of Thadrow was born on Willey’s farm, some 32 miles from Cal Expo, and has spent his entire life somewhere between those two points. That is all going to change when the meet ends here at the end of the month, as a 32-hour van ride is in his future.

“He’s going to Running Aces in Minnesota with Nathalie Tremblay,” Willey informed. “This will be the first time he’s ever done any traveling and the first time he’ll be racing over a five-eighths track. It should be interesting.”

K D Amazin Spirit is certainly at the top of his game right now. He is coming off arguably the most impressive mile of his career, as he blitzed an Open II group on April 27 in an eye-catching 1:54 2/5 performance with Scott Cisco at the controls. The tour not only shaved two and one-fifth seconds off his lifetime mark, but was only two ticks off Bolivar’s track record.

“He’s always been versatile as far as racing style goes, and he’s just gotten better with age,” his mentor noted. “That was a pretty impressive mile the other night and he didn’t get tired until the very end, when he started flashing his tail. I think he was looking for more.”

Willey related that he actually didn’t think K D Amazin Spirit was going to be racing that weekend, and had brought him home to the farm for some R and R. When an Open II event ended up going, it turned out to just be a two-day homecoming and he went that blistering mile to make 40 cents on the dollar look like a gift. 



K D Amazin Spirit, who is going in razor-sharp form at the moment for owner/breeder trainer Keith Willey; has been assigned the outside post and gets top billing in Friday evening’s featured $6,000 Open Trot at Cal Expo.

K D Amazin Spirit coming off a sizzling 1:54 2/5 score under Open II conditions, which obliterated his previous mark and was only two-fifths of a second off Bolivar’s track record.  Keith Wiilley owns, trains and bred the 7-year-old son of Thadrow and Scott Cisco will be back in the sulky. He is closing in on $90,000 earnings mark and is going in the sharpest form of his career.

Versatility is this trotter’s strong suit, as he has proven he can get the job done on the engine, from a stalking position or from the back of the pack if tactics dictate. In his most recent appearance on April 27, Cisco put the 2-5 choice right on the lead, he carved out the sharp fractions without challenge and came home with four and a quarter lengths to spare.

Franky Provolone has gone a series of outstanding miles over this layout and could prove to be the main rival for owner Robin Clements, trainer Vickie Desomer. The hard-hitting performer is fresh from being named the CHHA's 2012 horse of the year and was the seventh winningest trotter in the country last season with 15 wins out of 41 starts.

Stars and Glides was third in the Stan Bergstein Trot behind El Azteca and I Love New York and was runner-up to K D Amazin Spirit last weekend. Bruce Clarke reins and trains the Master Glide gelding for Jack Coffey and Trace Pole and his most recent trip to the winner’s circle came following a March 29 conditioned affair in which he proved a punctual 3-5 favorite.

Completing the field are a pair of Bob Johnson trainees in Franks Best and Inside Broadway, who leave from the inside two post positions. A 13-race card is on tap with the headliner set as the opener on the program. The action continues Saturday night with One And Only headlining the Open Pace


There are three wagers offered here at Cal Expo with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate and a carryover provision. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the $1 Pick 4 with a $20,000-guaranteed pool on Fridays and a $25,000 guarantee on Saturdays; and the 10-cent High 5 on the finale.