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Johnson Pair Fancied In Friday Featured Trot At Cal Expo
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Giles L S Hanover, who has been doing his recent work against tougher company; and Dudis Angel, fresh from a decisive victory at this level, square off in Friday night’s (September 16) $3,400 trotting feature at Cal Expo.
Both Giles L S Hanover and Dudis Angel hail from the Bob Johnson barn.  He owns Dudis Angel and the mare will have Lemoyne Svendsen in the sulky from the No. 3 slot, while Giles L S Hanover is owned by Johnson and Marty Garey and he will be guided by Steve Wiseman from the outside post.
A 6-year-old son of S J’s Photo, Giles L S Hanover has had to settle for a fourth and a fifth-place finish in his two appearances at this meet, but he’s been knocking heads with the likes of Alpine Hawk, Franks Best and Putoneonnetformom and figures to appreciate the dip in class for Friday’s assignment.  He is looking for his sixth win on the season from 25 trips to the post and sports a 1:58.1 mark from last year.
Dudis Angel is a Canadian-bred daughter of King Conch who has turned in big efforts under these conditions in her two tries at this session.  She was third at long odds two weeks ago, then worked out a perfect two-hole journey with Svendsen in the most recent tour and prevailed by a length and a quarter as the 9-5 favorite.
D Man was his most immediate victim in that affair after carving out all the fractions and gets a return match here.  The Armbro Tropicana gelding carries the banner of Maurice Sigmon with Larry Hastings calling the shots and Scott Cisco the pilot.  He gets a nice post switch to the rail and helps make things very interesting.
Completing the cast are Twice The Ruckus, who is always dangerous with his top mile and has James Kennedy in the bike; two members of the Keith Willey barn in K D Amazin Spirit, who will have his owner/trainer steering and K D Nicol with Tom Parris at the helm; and Noble Way, to be handled by Luke Plano.  A 14-race card is on tap, with the main event set as the fourth on the evening.
Svendsen Is Back On The Scene At Cal Expo
Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen is back at Cal Expo after spending the summer in his home state of Minnesota and is looking forward to driving some nice horses, many of which happen to hail from the Bob Johnson barn.
“I’ve been here for 12 years now, and this is where I consider home to be,” said Svendsen.  “My wife Jodi, who is doing well in her fight with breast cancer, and my son are with me.”
Svendsen comes into this weekend with exactly 2,600 driving victories.  During the local break following the spring session, he headed to Minnesota and Running Aces Racetrack with the intention of spending a working vacation in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it turned out to be a little more on the vacation side than originally planned.
“I was only back there four days when they had the state government shutdown,” he explained.  “That was on the first of July, and there wasn’t any racing for three weeks.  It was pretty bleak, because the horsemen had no idea when it was going to start up again.”
The upside was that Mooney, who is from a town called Albert Lea, was able to spend more time with his family, including his brother and sister.  Eventually, Running Aces did start up again and he made his share of winning circle appearances before getting back to Sacramento for last week’s action.
Running Aces is a five-eighths oval, while Svendsen is returning to the mile track at Cal Expo.  Does he have a preference when it comes to the size of the layout over which he competes?
“I like them both, as long as there’s some money waiting at the finish line,” he replied.
Cal Expo is now offering a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on Saturday 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
Saturday night’s (September 17) out-of-state action will feature a simulcast program from Balmoral Park in Illinois.  Cal Expo will be taking races 5 through 14 on this outstanding card, with the first simulcast set for 6:18 Pacific Time.  There is a 15K guarantee on the Pick Five starting with race 5; a 25K guarantee on the Pick Four starting on race 10; and a 25K guarantee on the Hi-Five on race 14.
The trotters and pacers will be in action on Friday and Saturday nights until October 6, when the schedule expands to Thursday, Friday and Saturday programs.  Post-time on Friday (September 16) & Saturday (September 17) 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.