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Sharp Trotters Get The Friday Marquee Treatment At Cal Expo
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Putoneonnetformom, an impressive upset winner off the bench; and Alpine Hawk and Franks Best, his two most immediate victims that evening, get a rematch in Friday night’s (September 23) Cal Expo $4,500 headliner for the trotters.
 
A 7-year-old homebred son of Trot For Joy, Putoneonnetformom races for Jeff, Gerald and Diana Cimini and takes his lessons from Rocky Stidham.  Making his first start since June two weeks ago at this top level while spotting his main rivals a start at this meet, the Cimini color-bearer tracked patiently for James Kennedy, then ignited when the question was asked to win going away by a length and three-quarters.
 
Alpine Hawk had to settle for the runner-up award for the second straight time.  The 10-year-old is owned by Jim Winske, is conditioned by Gordie Graham and will again have Rich Wojcio giving directions.  He has clicked in five of his 12 appearances this season, has earned over $150,000 and has a 1:56.4 mark on his card.
 
He just missed catching Franks Best after the one had opened up a long lead in the stretch two back, then sat the pocket behind him in the most recent gathering.  Alpine Hawk was no match for Putoneonnetformom while easily overpowering Franks Best for the exacta completion.
 
Franks Best is a multiple stakes winner who is owned and trained by Bob Johnson with Lemoyne Svendsen handling the lines from the outside slot.  He was a coast-to coast victor two back and his top effort always makes him dangerous.  Completing the field are Twice The Ruckus and Giles L S Hanover.
 
Twice The Ruckus, Betty Elizabeth Come Through At Cal Expo
 
Last week at Cal Expo was a good one for the trotters Twice The Ruckus and Betty Elizabeth, as the former posted a smart victory despite an early break, while Betty Elizabeth was a solid runner-up on the same program in her second appearance following a lengthy vacation.
 
Things didn’t look too promising for Twice The Ruckus at the outset when he spotted some tough customers a head start, but James Kennedy was able to gather the trotter and he responded with a nice win.  While that wasn’t the game plan, trainer George Reider is pretty sure he knows the reason for the miscue.
 
“I bought Ruckus a new bridle and the head check was stretched, and that was the reason for the break,” he explained.  “James did a real good job getting him back on stride, and it all worked out in the end.”
 
Twice The Ruckus is a workmanlike 7-year-old son of Ilooklikemymom who carries the banner of Reider and Dave and Rob Haness.
 
“I bought him off my good friend Ray (Maurice) Sigmon and when I did, I asked another good friend Dave Haness if he wanted in and he said yes.  We’ve had him for about two years now and he pays for himself and is fun to race.
 
“His groom Hanne Bainter really likes him and takes good care of him.  Coming off a two-month layoff, it always takes him a few starts to get tight, and this was his third back.  Races like that last one are always exciting and what I love about this sport.  It never gets boring.”
 
Meanwhile, a bit later on that same program Betty Elizabeth made her second start since December for owner/trainer/breeder Lisa Wilson and the multiple stakes victress checked in second behind odds-on Imagine The Cause in a solid effort.
 
When doing her work at the end of 2010, the Panama Hanover offspring was dominating her Sire Stakes rivals, establishing herself as the queen of the sophomore trotting fillies and pushing her career bank account to nearly $85,000 in the process.
 
“Betty’s front feet had extensive heel bruises,” Lisa related when asked about the lengthy layoff.  “It required tubing, different shoes and all the extra care involved.  Once she recovered, I was hospitalized and by then the end of the last meeting was approaching.  I decided both she and I could use some time to recover and regroup.”  
 
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Cal Expo is now offering a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on Saturday for both Pick 4’s. In addition, the late Pick 4 will come with a $15,000-guaranteed pool and there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made on track or at Twinspires.com.
 
The trotters and pacers will be in action on Friday and Saturday nights until October 6, when the schedule expands to Thursday, Friday and Saturday programs.  Post-time on Friday (September 23) & Saturday (September 24) at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).  On Friday, Cal Expo offers Happy Hour between 6:00-8:30 p.m., where $2 Beer, $2 Wine & $2 Buffalo Wings an order is offered.  On Saturday, its Dollar Night, on which hot-dogs; beer, soda, and wine will be sold for one dollar from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.