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A Special Win For Lackey At Cal Expo
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

A Special Win For Lackey At Cal Expo
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo
 
Last Thursday night’s (November 10) fifth race was more than just a $3,400 trotting event, and driver Jim Lackey was thrilled to go out there and win the Stan Bergstein Memorial Trot with D Man for owner Maurice Sigmon and trainer Larry Hastings.
 
In hindsight, the 4-year-old trotter was a steal at 4-1, making every pole a winning one in the affair after coming out of back-to-back efforts where he chased home the top trotters on the grounds in Putoneonnetformom and Franks Best.
 
"He's a good little horse that raced good, “ Lackey noted.  “It was special and an honor to win the Stan Bergstein Memorial, given that Stan was one of the greatest ambassadors that our sport has ever had and someone who truly gave his heart and soul to harness racing.”
 
The victory with D Man was No. 3,245 in Chip’s career with nearly $14.5 million in earnings.  The 59-year-old pilot has been a mainstay in the California ranks for nearly four decades and you won’t find a nicer individual on any backstretch.
 
Lackey was asked what has changed the most during his tenure as a harness driver.
 
“You have to remember that when I started out at Hollywood Park, many of the drivers were in their 40s, 50s and 60s, guys like Jack and Bobby Williams, Joe O’Brien and Jim Dennis.
 
“In those days, driving with finesse and working out a trip were a lot more important.  Now it’s a much more aggressive style of driving, always moving, especially when you have the best horse.  I really saw this when I back East, and it’s very true on the smaller tracks.”
 
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Putoneonnetformom, Franks Best Do Battle On Thursday At Cal Expo
 
James KennedyThe best rivalry on the grounds will be renewed at Cal Expo Thursday night (November 17) when Putoneonnetformom and Franks Best clash in the $4,500 trotting headliner.  From their last seven meetings, Franks Best has come away with four wins with Putoneonnetformom completed the exacta, while the latter has prevailed in three of those clashes with Franks Best settling for the second spot.
 
Putoneonnetformom is looking to even the score while making it three straight decisions over his arch rival.  The 7-year-old is owned and was bred by Jeff, Gerald and Diana Cimini with Rocky Stidham the conditioner and James Kennedy doing the honors.
 
Two back, the dark-hued trotter sat the pocket for a half, attacked turning for home and got there by a neck over Franks Best.  In their most recent meeting, Putoneonnetformom made every pole a winning one to prevail by a head and lowered his career standard to 1:57.2 in the process.
 
Franks Best is a 4-year-old homebred son of Armbro Scribe who is owned and trained by Bob Johnson with Lemoyne Svendsen once again doing the honors.  He set his mark of 1:57.1 when he won here on October 20, and has subsequently missed to his nemeses by a neck and a head in his last two trips to the post.
 
Completing the field are D Man, who leaves from the rail slot with Jim Lackey guiding; Shelby County, to be handled by Tony Succarotte; and Giles LS Hanover, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. The feature will go as the second on a 10-race card.
 
A reminder that next week will find an abbreviated schedule, with programs on Friday and Saturday, but no racing on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24. The regular three-night schedule will resume on Thursday, December 1 and continues through December 18.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (November 17) at 5:30 p.m. (PST) and continues on Friday (November 18) & Saturday (November 19) 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.
 
Cal Expo now offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on all Pick 4’s (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  In addition, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool.  On Saturday night, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at Twinspires.com.