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TV Ghost Does His Disappearing Act To Perfection At Cal Expo
Thursday, January 21, 2011 – by Mark Ratzky, Publicity – Cal Expo

Steve Wiseman isn’t the Lone Ranger and TV Ghost isn’t Silver, but they put on quite a show on the front end last weekend.
No doubt helped by the early miscue of favored Bobby Baccala, Nathalie Tremblay’s 5-year-old trotter opened up an amazing 15-length lead while ripping off a half in :57 flat, actually increased that advantage to 19 lengths by the three-quarters and then came to the wire with a half-dozen to spare for his second victory in his last three starts.

Because of his flashy style and that spooky name and color, TV Ghost is one of those performers that is hard to miss. He’s certainly found a home here at Cal Expo since coming in from Ohio in November, with the two victories and three runner-up finishes from his five California appearances.

“I was looking for a trotter at the Delaware sale and got outbid on about 10 or so before he came along,” Tremblay related. “He was big, so I thought he’d appreciate moving to a mile track, and he was eligible for non-winners of one, so he fit the conditions.”

TV Ghost has shown the way to deep stretch in all five of his local tries, twice taking them the distance for Wiseman. And what his trainer thinking last week when he put up that sparkling half-mile fraction?

“I was saying to myself, where is the rest of the field,” Nathalie explained. “I was just hoping he could keep going. Steve says you just can’t hold him, so it’s best to let him roll out there. I realize he hasn’t really been finishing like he should in his races, but it turns out he’s a bad bleeder. I’m working on getting that fixed, and in the meantime, he’s pretty much paid for himself already.”

Of course, the biggest win of the week for the Tremblay/Wiseman combination came in last Saturday night’s main event, where they joined forces with Cycle Power to crush the field by seven lengths-plus in a sizzling 1:52 3/5 tour. The clocking shaved a cool second and a tick off the 5-year-old pacer’s lifetime standard.

Both performers are back in action Saturday night, as TV Ghost steps up in class in the evening’s fifth race, while Cycle Power eyes a repeat in the featured seventh on the program.

Cycle Power, fresh from a career effort in a sparkling 1:52 3/5; and Red Star Ruffles, his most immediate victim at 4-5 that evening, head the cast for Saturday night’s $4,500 main event.

Cycle Power will be one of five males in the feature for the combination of owner/trainer Nathalie Tremblay and driver Steve Wiseman, with Red Star Ruffles being joined by Haggin Oaks and Biggest Big Bertha as the distaff representatives.

A 5-year-old son of Cambest and the Life Sign mare Life’s Cycle, Cycle Power is coming off a sizzling performance at this level. Sent off at 6-1 in that affair, he zipped to the front for Wiseman from the outside post and took complete control of things. A nearly four-length advantage widened to seven and a quarter at the finish and the clocking shaved four ticks off his previous mark.

Red Star Ruffles is looking for revenge Saturday night and this Canadian-bred mare is owned and trained by Robley Johnson with Sue Boyce in her usual spot in the sulky. A 1:53 4/5 winner here last season, two weeks ago she looped the field and was up by a head over Haggin Oaks while coming an eye-catching :26 2/5 final quarter.

Off the strength of that tally she was 90 cents on the dollar for last week’s gathering, but had little chance from last with Cycle Power going such a monster race on the engine. She rallied for the distant place spot, just getting up over Haggin Oaks for the exacta completion.

Haggin Oaks is a daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini with James Kennedy reining and training. A multiple stakes winner with a 1:54 3/5 standard, she figures to be in a good striking position with an inside post for this affair. The cast is completed by Biggest Big Bertha, with Luke Plano; Ivegotwhatuneed for Mooney Svendsen; Most Happy Lavros and Rick Plano; Deep Red for Rocky Stidham; and Nicota with Tim Maier.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (January 20) and continues through Saturday (January 22).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PST).  Post-time on Friday (January 23) and Saturday 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. 
On Saturdays, Cal Expo offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on both the Early & Late Pick-4 wagers with both Pick-4’s having a $10,000 gross guaranteed pool.  Additionally, on Saturdays, for winning wagers made on the Late Pick 4 online at or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.