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Robert Staats Memorial Pace heads program On Saturday At Cal Expo
Friday, October 14, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Shamderock, who has now had two races at Cal Expo this meeting, now gets some class relief, and looks like the one to beat in Saturday night’s (October 15) Robert Staats Memorial Pace, honoring the prominent owner/breeder who passed away in August.
Shamderock is a 3-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of D&E Racing Inc with Luke Plano doing the driving and training.  He has made a clean sweep of all the stakes races decided for his division, putting $82,000 in his bank account while recording a 1:52 lifetime standard this summer at Vernon Downs.
Since returning from his New York venture, the Plano trainee has had to settle for a third and a fourth-place finish here while going off the favorite on both occasions.  With no Ivegotwhatuneed, Cycle Power or Haggins Oaks to battle and with those return efforts in tow, he appears to hold the aces in the main event.
Set to take him on from the rail out are Western So, with Tony Succarotte guiding; Coal Younger and Scott Cisco; Glad To Be Back; Myra’s Hiho; Marlin Hanover; Arch Nemeses; the in shape Hi Ho Hi Ho with Lemoyne Svendsen at the controls; and Stanza, who has Steve Wiseman in the sulky.
Race Honors Memory Of Robert Staats
Saturday night’s (October 15) feature at Cal Expo is the Robert Staats Memorial Pace, named for the prominent owner/breeder who passed away in August at the age of 69 at his home in Reno, Nevada.  In addition to his wife of 49 years, Loretta, Mr. Staats is survived by his daughter Debbi, son Greg, and grandchildren Ryan and Kaitlyn.
Along with Loretta, Robert Staats was active in the sport beginning in the early 1970s, with Bob Gordon handling the training duties for most of those years.  Upon Gordon’s passing, Rick Plano and Bob Johnson conditioned the Staats performers.
Among those outstanding color-bearers have been Stand By, the brilliant New Zealand-bred race-mare and producer; her son Moxie, a 1:49.3 performer with over $400,000 in earnings;  Nemisis, a sparkling 1:48 winner; the popular mare Reno Rose; Bells To Be Rung; and the stakes-winning BG’s Prodigy, who was named after Bob Gordon.
Stand By was the horse who put the Staats stable on the map and she was his all-time favorite.  The Down Under import had a 1:52 career standard and banked $255,000 in a brilliant career on the racetrack, then went on to be an equally outstanding broodmare.  She was inducted in the California Hall of Fame in 2010.  Stand By produced nine foals and they have earned over $1 million, with her son Moxie retired to stud at the Desomer Farm and becoming a top sire in his own right.
“Bob Staats was one of the top owners and breeders we’ve had in the sport, and was very important to California harness racing,” said racing secretary Fred Kuebler.  “He was one of the first to bring horses over from New Zealand, and Stand By turned out to be a wonderful race-mare and then broodmare.  He had a great partnership with trainer Bob Gordon that produced some outstanding racehorses over the years.”
Saturday night, October 22, will find the opening leg of The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series, sponsored by Lou Pena and some of his owners.  There will be one event for males and another for the mares, with a pair of $3,000 legs leading up to the respective $10,000 finales on November 5.
Scott & Lisa Ehrlich Welcome First Grandchild
This past Wednesday morning (October 12), Cal Expo announcer Scott Ehrlich and wife Lisa welcomed their first grandchild, Zachary, who was born in St. Louis, Mo. and weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
Zachary, daughter-in-law Hannah, and son Michael are all reportedly doing well.  Congratulations Scott and Lisa!   
Next week will find the harness action expanding to three nights, with Thursday racing being added to the schedule on October 20.  Live racing resumes on Friday (October 14) & Saturday (October 15) 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. 
A reminder that every Saturday card features a reduced 15 percent takeout rate 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