Chha LogoLogo


Interested in a bit of California Harness Racing History? - Click Here

It's The Thrill Of Victory For Magnusson At Cal Expo
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

From her native Sweden, to Italy, to a stopover in Florida, Linda Magnusson has found a home in Sacramento at Cal Expo.  She is an outrider by day and a harness horse owner by night, with nine performers currently carrying her banner.
“My dad was a trainer back home in Sweden, and eventually I went to Italy and spent some time there,” Magnusson explained.  “After I met Carl and Rod Allen, they offered me the chance to come to the United States for the first time.”
That was in 2000, and after spending six months with the Allen’s in Florida, Linda met Dr. Harvey Stein at a horse sale and came to California that summer to work for him.  She’s been here ever since.
“It was interesting when I first came to the United States, because we only have trotters in Sweden and it was the first time I was ever around any pacers.  After I’d been here in California for a time, I started working for Rocky Stidham and got to be around some real nice horses like Eaton Road Kill, Rowdy Somolli and Nad.  learned a lot working at his barn.”
It was three years ago that Linda first got her name on the program as an owner with a pacer named Heart of Hearts, and fast-forward to 2011 and you’ll find a slew of winner’s circle photos in the scrapbook.  And her favorite among those pictures?
“That would be Winning Star,” she responded.  “I took care of him for some time before I ever owned him and we had quite a bond.  You couldn’t ask for more from a racehorse.  As far as winning a race goes, especially with a horse like him, it doesn’t get any better.”
Linda, who goes back to Sweden for a visit every once in a while, points out that the trotters are a major sports attraction in that country, much more than the thoroughbreds.
“Harness racing is probably the third most popular sport in the country behind hockey and soccer.  They love their trotters in Sweden.”
Ivegotwhatuneed Attempts The Hat Trick At Cal Expo
Ivegotwhatuneed, fresh from back-to-back wins while pushing his career account over the $250,000 mark, looks to keep the momentum going in Saturday night’s (February 5) $4,500 pacing headliner at Cal Expo.
An 8-year-old son of Givemewhatineed out of the Big Towner mare Maudlin Hanover, Ivegotwhatuneed is owned by Bob Johnson and Marty Garey, takes his lessons from Johnson and will once again have Lemoyne Svendsen giving directions.  He established his 1:52 lifetime standard two years ago.
The dark-hued performer has put his class and versatility on display in his last two scores.  He came from off the pace to get the job done two weeks ago, then was used for early position last week, came first-over to attack Grandpa Stevie for command turning for home and overpowered that rival to prevail by two and a quarter lengths with Svendsen.
Grandpa Stevie is a 9-year-old son of Little Steven who is owned by David Siegel, Greg Robinson and Robert Thronson, is conditioned by Matias Ruiz and will have Siegel at the controls.  He has just shy of $130,000 in the bank while sporting a 1:52.2 mark from three years ago.
Grandpa Stevie took the measure of a softer group on January 13, parlaying a pocket trip into a two-length score while coming home in :27 flat for Scott Cisco.  He had pace-setting duties in last week’s outing, and while no match for Ivegotwhatuneed in the late stages, he did easily hold off the rest for the exacta completion.
Cycle Power is looking to make amends after being the beaten favorite at this level in his last two starts.  Nathalie Tremblay owns and trains with Steve Wiseman handling the lines and this pacer scored an eye-catching win three back while lowering his mark to 1:52.3 in the process.  The cast is completed by Most Happy Lavros; Haggin Oaks; Red Star Ruffles and Deep Red.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (February 3) and continues through Saturday (February 5).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PST).  Post-Time on Friday (February 4) & Saturday 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. 
On Saturdays, Cal Expo offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on both the Early & Late Pick-4 wagers with both Pick-4’s having a $10,000 gross guaranteed pool.  Additionally, on Saturdays, for winning wagers made on the Late Pick 4 online at or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.