Western Devil gets his trophy
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
After having to settle for minor awards in the first four Sire Stakes races for the 3-year-old pacing colts this season, Western Devil got his chance to shine last weekend and picked up his initial added-money score.
Able to work out a perfect trip behind the aforementioned Army Of One, Western Devil ignited when the question was asked by Luke Plano to overpower that rival by a length and a half while shaving four ticks off his career standard with the 1:55 3/5 final clocking
A homebred so of Power Of Art out of the Incredible Finale mare Credible Preciosa, Western Devil races for Frank Nevarez and is put through his paces by Edwin Quevedo. Plano has been his pilot for the last three appearances.
“I started training for Mr. Nevarez at this meet and I’ve got six horses for him right now,” Edwin noted after Western Devil’s victory. “It was nice to get a stakes win with this colt for him.
“Luke knows him now and they make a good team. He gave him a great drive to get a pocket trip and then he had a nice kick in the stretch.”
Quevedo noted that Western Ideal is wise beyond his years and that’s part of what makes him such a solid performer. “He’s the smartest baby I’ve ever had and acts like an older horse. On top of that, he tries hard and gives his best.”
You can’t ask for more than that.
Pace lures Eastender, Why Ask Why
Why Ask Why, who has been doing all his recent work at the Open level; and Eastender, coming off a smashing victory, figure to get much of the attention in the headline Pace at Cal Expo on Saturday night.
There will be 12 races presented by Watch and Wager LLC with post time set for 6:15 p.m. The feature will be decided as the third contest on the evening.
Why Ask Why is a 7-year-old son of No Pan Intended who carries the banner of Windy City Farm with Chip Lackey reining and training. He has spent the majority of this season at the top level, taking on the likes of Barbarian and Anderlecht, and should appreciate the class relief this weekend.
He has registered two victories here this season and comes into Saturday’s assignment with a 1:52 2/5 lifetime mark that was established as a 5-year-old.
Eastender suits up after posting a lifetime-best 1:53 2/5 score in his most recent trip to the post two weeks ago. The 6-year-old races for Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson with Luke Plano driving and training.
In that March 31 tally, Eastender was sent off the 9-5 choice and did not disappoint his backers. He made a powerful move to command at the half, then continued on strongly to prevail by two and a quarter lengths while coming a sharp :27 flat final quarter in the process.
Taking them on are Bettor’s Promise and One And Only, who both hail from the Lino Pacheco barn; and Manhattan Benny, who will be sent out by George Reider.