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Thursday Racing Returns At Cal Expo
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

The trotting and pacing action at Cal Expo expands to three days a week with Thursday night (October 20) returning to the schedule.  The feature goes as the second event on the nine-race card with Franks Best and Putoneonnetformom heading the cast in the $4,500 Winners-over Trot.
 
Franks Best is gunning for a hat trick for breeder/owner/trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Lemoyne Svendsen.  The 4-year-old son of Armbro Scribe is a multiple stakes winner of $106,000 with a 1:57.4 career standard that was established over this track earlier in the season and is going in razor-sharp form.
 
This meeting has seen the hard-hitting trotter reporting to the winner’s circle following three of his four appearances.  He rallied with live cover to hang a head decision on Putoneonnetformom on September 23, then came back two weeks ago to prove a game, first-over winner over that same rival by three-quarters of a length as the 4-5 public choice.
 
Putoneonnetformom is a 7-year-old Trot For Joy homebred who goes about his business for Jeff, Gerald and Diana Cimini with Rocky Stidham the conditioner and James Kennedy guiding from the one-hole.  He is gunning for his fourth win at the session from six trips to the post.  Completing the field are Carpathian Hooray, Giles L S Hanover and Aston Boko.
 
 
Rick Kuebler's Name Back On The Cal Expo Program
 
Rick KueblerDuring a career that spanned four decades, Rick Kuebler became a mainstay in California harness racing and established himself as one of the most popular pilots on the circuit.  He recorded 4,284 victories in the sulky and banked over $19 million before hanging up the helmet and whip.
 
Now the 57-year-old Kuebler is back as an owner, with the 4-year-old trotter Carpathian Hooray carrying his banner with Matias Ruiz handling the training duties.  He is scheduled to make his second start since coming in from Pocono in Thursday’s (October 20) featured second race at Cal Expo and has Rich Wojcio handling the lines. 
 
“I thought I’d just have a little fun as an owner,” Rick explained.  “Lou Pena raced this trotter for me back East five times and he won twice, but he was having trouble getting in the classes, so we brought him out here.  He’ll improve now that he has a local race under his belt.”
 
Kuebler has always been a budding writer and producer, and has begun to realize that ambition since retiring from the game.
 
“I’ve been producing some local television commercials for my brother-in-law with an eye for doing a feature film someday,” he explained. 
           
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Saturday night (October 22) will find the opening leg of The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series, which is being sponsored by Lou Pena and some of his owners.  Between their generosity and the driver fees, a total of $7,000 beyond the purse monies will go to the Foundation.
 
Two separate pacing events, one for the males and one for the mares, will be held over the next three Saturdays. The first two legs are going for $3,000, while a $10,000 pot will be waiting at the end of the two November 5 finales.
 
The first leg of the series will get underway with the pacers sporting $3,000 base claiming prices, while they will have $4,500 claiming tags on the second week.  The top eight purse earners from those first two legs will compete in each of the respective $10,000 finales and there will be no claiming in that affair.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo On Thursday, (October 20) at 5:30 p.m. (PDT), and continues on Friday (October 21) & Saturday (October 22) is 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 offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on Saturdays for both Pick 4’s.  In addition, the late Pick 4 will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool and there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made on track or at Twinspires.com.