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Cattle Baron, Shoot The Works Smile For Camera At Cal Expo
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity – Cal Expo

Last week saw Cattle Baron make a winning local debut at Cal Expo for Wendi Weiner and Nathalie Tremblay, while a race earlier on that card it was Shoot The Works posing for yet another snapshot with Matias Ruiz.
 
Cattle Baron is a sophomore pacer who was coming off a runner-up finish at Assiniboia Downs in Canada last month and was picking up his first lifetime decision.  With Steve Wiseman in the sulky, he came from next-to-last to prevail by a length in his initial Cal Expo foray.
 
“We got him from Annie Chappell in Alberta,” Wendi explained.  “He’s a nice-looking horse with lots of chrome, so he definitely stands out.  He’s only a 3-year-old, so we’re hoping for great times ahead.”
 
Speaking of winners, there aren’t too many who do it better than the Matias Ruiz owned-and-trained 6-year-old pacer Shoot The Works.  A 12-time victor from 31 trips to the post last season, last week saw the son of Hi Ho Silverwheels getting the job done for the 10th time from 22 outing this year.
 
Going from the No. 8 post to the on-hole for that assignment, Shoot The Works brushed to command at the half for regular pilot Luke Plano and took complete control of things from that point.  He waltzed home with two and three-quarter lengths to spare and the 1:53.4 clocking was just a tick off his lifetime standard.
 
“He was on the farm when he was offered to me last September,” Ruiz related.  “I needed horses and took a chance.  I had him for about two months before I ever started him.  I knew he ability, but he also had his problems.”
 
Shoot The Works will attempt another score in Thursday evening’s eighth race, while Cattle Baron tries to keep his California record perfect when he suits up in the night’s sixth event.  Encores, anyone?
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (June 16) and continues through closing night Saturday (June 18).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PDT).  Post-time on Friday (June 17) & 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.