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Reider Takes Chance On Improving Filly At Cal Expo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Poor House is making her first start at Cal Expo for George Reider in Friday night’s (April 22) Sire Stakes after being purchased privately earlier in the week by Reider and partners Dave Haness and Rick and Marlene Thomas.

Although still seeking her first win after 13 trips to the post, Poor House was a fast-closing third in the first stakes clash of the season two weeks ago, beaten only a couple of lengths, and came back to finish second in a conditioned affair behind 50-1 Little Santamonica at most recent asking for Steve Hyman.

“Steve was heading back East, and he asked me if I wanted to buy this filly,” Reider explained.  “She’s improving, the division is pretty wide open at the moment, and there are still seven stakes races left.  I talked it over with Dave, Rick and Marlene, and we decided to take a shot.”

Poor House was 61-1 when the sophomore pacing fillies got together for that last stakes clash and still figures to be a price this weekend, but off her last two outings she’ll certainly get more tote respect than she got that evening.  James Kennedy will be at the controls. 

“I got my first chance to train her on Tuesday and she went real well,” Reider said.  “It didn’t really figure into buying her, but I’ve had her full brother Check Raisin for a few weeks now and he won for us last week.”

Reider would love nothing better than to be posing for pictures with another offspring of Little Steven and Claim Check on Friday, this time for a $15,000 pot.
Filly Sire Stakes Heads Friday Cal Expo Program
 A pair of $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old fillies top the marquee Friday evening (April 22), with Whip And A Prayer getting top billing in the pacing event, while Claim Jumper has her sights on another trophy in the trotting contest.

Whip And A Prayer is a homebred daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Card Shark mare Kc Carey who is owned by Frank Nevarez, takes her lessons from Gordie Graham and as usual has Rich Wojcio giving directions.

The diminutive performer accounted for one of the four stakes gatherings for the division last season, then put on a powerful finish to capture the first big-money race of 2011 two weeks ago.  Sent off at 7-1 in that affair, Whip And A Prayer was well back early, but exploded when set down for the drive to win going away by a length and a half in a lifetime-best 1:58.1 tour.

Hi Fidelity and Racetrack Diva are looking to get back to winning stakes after finishing fifth and sixth, respectively that evening.  Racetrack Diva registered two stakes scores last year, including the $20,0000 Championship in the slop in November, while Hi Fidelity snagged one Sire Stakes last season.

Hi Fidelity is a homebred who carries the banner of Wayne Knittel and Laurette Odney with Rick Plano reining and training, while Racetrack Diva is owned by Robert Bacon and Denise Maier with Tim Maier conditioning and Steve Wiseman in the sulky.

Rounding out the field are Dine N Wine with Steve Desomer; Feetdontfailmenow and Luke Plano; Poor House, to be guided by James Kennedy; Poorlittlerichgirl, giving Tim Maier two looks at the outcome; and Moximum, who has the outside slot with Lemoyne Svendsen guiding.

Looking at the trot, Claim Jumper is the leader of the division after taking down two stakes events last year and romping home by nearly double digits with this group two weeks ago.  Steve Desomer guides the Armbro Variable homebred as she looks for her fourth win from five appearances as a sophomore.

Thatssomebracciola also earned two Sire Stakes victories last year, but lost all chance in the first clash of 2011 when she broke at the start and lost contact.  She returned to win a conditioned event last week and could turn the tables here with a mistake-free mile for owner/driver/trainer Rick Plano.  The non-betting event also brings out Dancergirl with Jim Lackey; Chaxie and Luke Plano; Eggwhiteinmybeer with Tim Maier; and Dancewiththedevil, who has Steve Wiseman handling the lines.

Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (April 21) and continues through Saturday (April 23).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PDT).  Post-time on Friday (April 22) & Saturday is 6:00 p.m.  This Thursday night and for the following two Thursdays, Cal Expo offers the Late Pick-4 with a $10,000 guaranteed pool.  The wager will be conducted on races six through nine. Further, the takeout for the Late Pick-4 will be lowered to 15 percent, as it will also be on the Early Pick-4.  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.