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Cal Expo Race Honors Memory Of Classy Pulse
Thursday, April 7, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Cal Expo has named Saturday night’s (April 9) eighth race for Pulse, the popular 13-year-old pacer who passed away last week.
Pulse died from injuries suffered when he was attempting to breed at Shannon Machovec’s Second Chance Farm in Elk Grove.
“It was tragic, and we’re still trying to recover from the shock,” said Machovec.
“Gretchen Smith gave me Pulse for a riding horse, and I thought he deserved the chance to be a stallion.  We had five mares lined up, and this was his first one.”
A son of Life Sign, Pulse won 59 of his 281 starts, banking $468,000 and sporting a 1:51 lifetime mark that was established at Mohawk.  He is best remembered for starting his career here at Cal Expo with 10 straight victories for owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Rick Plano.
During that streak, he became the fastest 2-year-old in Cal Expo history with a 1:54.1 tour, a mark that still stands.
“I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Pulse,” Plano said.  “He won 10 in a row to start his career and he was probably the best horse I’ve ever driven.”
With Spring having arrived and the hopeful end to rainy windy weather, fans wagering on Cal Expo should take note that until further notice, horses with post-position ten are back to lining up behind the starting-gate, with their nose on the gate, on the far outside.
 Next weekend will see the two-day East-West Amateur Driver Challenge, with locals Chris Hernandez, Rick Bertrand, David Siegel and Robert Stepien taking on the invading squad of Laura Mac Namara, Simeon Hunsdon, Jamie Marra and Steve Oldford.
Sire Stakes, Pulse Memorial On Tap Saturday Night At Cal Expo
A pair of $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts headed by Shamderock, Im So Sulky and Final Chapter, and the Pulse Memorial Pace share the spotlight at Cal Expo on Saturday evening (April 9).
The Pulse Memorial is the eighth event on the program, with the two stakes races going as non-betting events prior to the regular card.  Rick Plano, who reined and trained Pulse when he set his track record here as a 2-year-old in 1999, will attempt to win the race named for the late pacer with two trainees in Most Happy Lavros and Star Time Kid.
Plano should also have a strong say in the pacing stakes with Shamderock, a homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of D&E Racing Inc with his conditioner in the sulky.  He was untouchable last year in the added-money events, closing out his brilliant campaign with a six and three-quarter romp in the November 20 Championship over sloppy going.
The bay performer had a return effort in the slop two weeks ago, then looked super drilling a conditioned field last time over a fast track with Rich Wojcio handling the lines.  He was reserved early, attacked turning for home and went on to an eye-catching four length score while lowering his career standard to 1:55.1 in the process.
Vickie Desomer conditions the other three member of the cast in Precious Few, who will be handled by Steve Desomer; Spoons with Steve Wiseman; and Millions, who has Lemoyne Svendsen at the helm.
Im So Sulky accounted for the first three stakes dances last year for the young trotting colts, making every pole a winner in convincing fashion, but made a costly break in the Championship and was unable to continue his domination.  Alan Anderson owns and trains the Armbro Variable offspring with Steve Wiseman guiding.
Final Chapter was second to Im So Sulky in those first three Sire Stakes before getting the job done in the aforementioned Championship.  The Team Desomer homebred has been impressive recording back-to-back victories this year and looms large with Steve Desomer at the controls.  Lodi Nickolus rounds out the field.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (April 7) and continues through Saturday (April 9).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:35 p.m. (PDT).  Post-time on Friday (April 8) & Saturday is 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 with the Late Pick-4 now having a $15,000 gross guaranteed pool.  Additionally, 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.