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Ivegotwhatuneed, Stanza Get Top Saturday Billing At Cal Expo
Friday, September 9, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Ivegotwhatuneed and Stanza, both coming off powerful victories here, are the main rivals in Saturday night’s (September 10) $4,500 Cal Expo pacing headliner.  Got The Giggles, Haggin Oaks, Western So and Yiannoulas Boy will leave from their inside.
 
Ivegotwhatuneed is an 8-year-old by Givemewhatineed who is owned and trained by Bob Johnson and will have Lemoyne Svendsen at the helm.  He comes into this weekend with $277,000 in his bank account and a 1:52 mark that was established two years ago.  He has clicked in nine of his 19 appearances this season.
 
The dark-hued pacer finished up the spring session with a strong tally and picked up right where he left off here on opening night two weeks ago.  With Rich Wojcio at the helm that night, the Johnson representative sat a tracking trip to the lane, then exploded in the final eighth to win going away by three and a quarter lengths as the 3-2 second choice in the wagering.
 
Stanza checked in traffic and made a break while sitting in the pocket in that mile and lost his chance, then came back last week to romp home for owner Mark Benvenga and driver/trainer Steve Wiseman.  It was the fourth snapshot on the year for the Power Of Art offspring, with his 1:53.2 career standard coming last season.
 
Stanza left from his inside post for position last time, stalked Western So to the stretch and then easily overpowered that rival and first-over Myra’s Hiho to prevail by three and three-quarter lengths.  A repeat of that effort would certainly make him a tough customer right back.
 
 
A Winner, By Any Other Name At Cal Expo
 
A Girl Named Fred has been getting her share of attention at this current Cal Expo meeting, and not just for that unusual name.  The 3-year-old pacing filly has left little doubt in either of her two victories, doing the stalk-and-pounce to perfection with Steve Wiseman at the controls.
 
Gary Pond owns and bred this daughter of Cammibest, the second to the races for his top mare Medora Hanover.  She didn’t make her first appearance until this summer, but she’s certainly making up for lost time with three straight victories dating back to June and the end of the spring session.
 
“I bought Medora Hanover out of the Meadows sale as a yearling and she won $124,000 for us,” Pond related.  “Her first foal was Drama Princess, and she’s also by Cammibest and raced in some stakes races back East.  A Girl Named Fred is a lot like her mother, because they were both a little slow to mature, so she didn’t get start until this spring.  She’s also like Medora Hanover in that she does her best when she can sit back early and finish.”
 
The bay miss has done just that in her two appearances since racing returned here.  It was two and three-quarter lengths back to the nearest rival on opening week, then she overcame the No. 8 post to prove a punctual even-money favorite at most recent asking with Wiseman.
 
“She spent the summer with us at the farm and then she shipped back up here the day before the qualifier,” Pond said.  “She got what she needed out of the qualifier, and both of her races have been solid.  The fields may have been a little on the soft side, but we’ll take any wins we can get and then move up one class at a time.”
 
Of course, a discussion about A Girl Named Fred wouldn’t be complete with asking about the name. “Around our place, any animal that doesn’t have a name is called Fred,” Gary explained.  “I’ve been threatening to name a racehorse Fred for a long time, and when this one came along it looked like it might be my last, so this is what we can up with.”  Mystery solved.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (September 9) & Saturday (September 10) at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).  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.  On Saturday, its Dollar Night, on which hot-dogs; beer, soda, and wine will be sold for one dollar from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Cal Expo is now offering a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on Saturdays for both Pick 4’s.  In addition, the late Pick 4 will come with a $15,000-guaranteed pool and there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made on track or at Twinspires.com.