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Desomer Filly Back to Stake Her Claim at Cal Expo
March 17, 2011 --- by Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo

Claim Jumper, who captured two of the four stakes races decided last year for the filly trotters, gets back to work this Saturday (March 19) at Cal Expo in a conditioned event as she prepares for the next round of big-money events for the division next month.

The Desomer Stables homebred is by Armbro Variable out of the Hunter’s Star mare One To Top and had the distinction of carving out all the fractions in those aforementioned stakes races last season, winning two in a romp and narrowly missing to Thatssomebracciola in the other pair. Etienne Desomer was her pilot on each occasion.

Saturday’s appearance will be her first since November, and trainer Vickie Desomer is cautiously optimistic about Claim Jumper’s chances of continuing at or near the head of her class when the Sire Stakes resume in mid-April.

“Claim Jumper spent her time off turned out with Dancinwiththedevil at our farm,” Vickie related. “She’s been training with Dancin and seems to be doing well to date.”
Desomer points out that while this filly was a quick learner and was a major force in those early stakes races, some of her rivals have had time to catch up and it could be tougher when they line up behind the gate this year.

“It appears that there will be a bit more competition,” she said. “We’ll just keep our fingers crossed that she trots at least as well as she did last season as a 2-year-old. We’re certainly looking forward to those stakes races.”

TEAM JOHNSON TAKES ON HAGGIN OAKS IN CAL EXPO FEATURE

Ivegotwhatuneed and Lily’s Hi Ho, who both reside at the Bob Johnson barn and are fresh from a one-two finish in last week’s meeting at the head of the class; and Haggin Oaks, who is coming off back-to-back impressive scores, are among the major players in Saturday evening’s (March 19) $4,500 main event at Cal Expo.

In their most recent clash, it was Ivegotwhatuneed posing for pictures after prevailing by a head over his stablemate. An 8-year-old son of Givemewhatineed out of the Big Towner mare Maudlin Hanover, he went over the $261,000 earnings plateau with that score and sports a 1:52 mark from two years ago.

Ivegotwhatuneed, who is owned by his trainer and Marty Garey and will once again have Rick Plano giving directions, was able to leave smartly into a pocket journey last week behind favored Split Ticket. He dug in gamely when the question was asked in the stretch, ending up on the right end of the photo over the fast-closing Lily’s Hi Ho.

The latter is owned and trained by Johnson and Mooney Svendsen will be in his usual spot in the sulky. This 4-year-old Hi Ho Silverwheels offspring rattled off nine straight victories, including a sweep of the Denali series, before having to settle for fourth and second-place finishes in his last pair.

The dark-hued pacer established his lifetime standard of 1:54 1/5 when he captured the final leg of the Denali on February, then added another tally the next week as the 1-5 choice. He lost a hearbreaker to his barnmate last week, just missing after coming home in a sparkling :26 3/5 final quarter in that affair.

Haggin Oaks is a 6-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Incredible Finale mare Ladyladybemylady who carries the banner of Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini. The dark-hued distaffer, who has multiple stakes trophies on her mantle, established a new mark of 1:54 when she parlayed a pocket trip into a handy three-length score three weeks ago, blazing a :27 flat final quarter in the process for Kennedy.

Rounding out the field are Cycle Power, who departs from the rail for trainer Nathalie Tremblay and pilot Steve Wiseman; Red Star Ruffles for Robley Johnson with Sue Boyce at the helm; and Western So for conditioner David Merrick and driver Scott Cisco.


Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (March 17) and continues through Saturday (March 19). Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PST). Post-time on Friday (March 18) & 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.

On Saturdays, Cal Expo offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on both the Early & Late Pick-4 with the Late Pick-4 having a $10,000 gross guaranteed pool. Additionally, for winning wagers made on the Late Pick-4 online at TwinSpires.com or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.