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Arch Nemeses Comes Through At Cal Expo For Nat & Wendi
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity – Cal Expo

Arch Nemeses got an easier assignment last week after facing the best on the grounds in his previous mile, and if you want to see the epitome of a horse who is laying his body down, watch a replay of that performance.
The 5-year-old son of Artiscape is conditioned by Nathalie Tremblay, who co-owns with Wendi Wiener.  In the aforementioned mile, Steve Wiseman got a :27 and small change final quarter from the pacer to arrive at the line by a head over favored Hi Ho Steverino while going off the second choice in the wagering.
Last year might have been of a frustrating one for Arch Nemeses, with just two victories while checking in second or third on 15 occasions, but that recent tally already has him equal with last season’s total as he does his impression of a bulldog once the serious racing begins.
“We bought Archie from KC Carvalho when Tom and Jill Wine had him,” related Wendi, who is probably the biggest booster a horse of any breed could ever hope to have for an owner. 
“Nat and I both love him.  He has the absolute best personality, does nothing wrong and is a complete joy to be around.  When we talked awhile after the races, she was giving him his treats back at the barn and he was loving it.”
Weiner feels the horses at the Tremblay barn get that extra TLC, and it translates to their manner.
“The one thing about her barn, the horses are loved and a bit spoiled, which is the way it should be.  You really have to love the horses that give their all, and Archie is one that does.”
Friday (March 25) night will find the Jim Grundy Hall of Fame Remembrance Trot, named for the California Hall of Famer who passed away two years ago.  The razor-sharp Alpine Hawk heads the field.
Looked ahead to next month, the first round of Sire Stakes action for the 3-year-old trotters and pacers will begin on April 8, while the following weekend will find the renewal of the East/West Amateur Driver Challenge.
The line-up for the Challenge finds Billings invaders Laura Mac Namara, Simeon Hunsdon, Steve Oldford and Jamie Marra taking on the local contingent of Sue Boyce, Robert Stepien, Rich Bertrand and David Siegel.
Berkshire Gets The Thursday Marquee Treatment
Berkshire, who has been mixing up with the likes of Alpine Hawk, Franks Best and Big Baller, gets some class relief and looms the one to beat at Cal Expo in Thursday night’s (March 24) $3,400 main event for the trotting set.
A 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Revenue S, Berkshire carries the banner of Ron Lingle, with Frank Petrelli the conditioner, and Steve Wiseman in his usual spot in the sulky.  A six-time winner from 26 starts last year, he is seeking his first win from nine appearances this season.
As mentioned earlier, Berkshire’s last five outings have been against tougher rivals, most recently resulting in back-to-back fourth place finishes.  He needed the March 10 event as he had missed a few starts, while he was first-over in last week’s gathering at the head of the trotting class and weakened behind Franks Best that evening.  He should be very much at home with this group.
Rompaway Brandon will be attempting two straight trips to the charmed enclosure for owner Linda Magnusson and driver/trainer Tim Maier.  The Yankee Ryder offspring set his lifetime standard of 1:56 flat over this layout last year and is a tough customer when he keeps his mind on trotting.
The bay performer had his work cut out two back from an outside post while chasing home Broadway Victory, then changed tactics to set the fractions last week and was an impressive two length winner with Maier.  His versatility will help the cause and he should be a factor no matter how things shake out early.
Completing the field are Aston Boko, who has the rail with Rich Wojcio guiding; Putoneonnetformom, to be handled by Luke Plano; Giles LS Hanover and Lemoyne Svendsen; BK’s Stiff for Jim Covemaker; and Foxy Lady De Vie, who goes from the outside slot and gives trainer Petrelli two looks at the outcome.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (March 24) and continues through Saturday (March 26).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PDT).  Post-time on Friday (March 25) & 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 or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.