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Some Praise For Lady From Glad At Cal Expo
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

When She Is So Glad upset last weekend’s distaff feature at 21-1 at Cal Expo, it was yet another feather in the cap of her dam Glad Dor, who has been the gift that keeps on giving since she was retired to the breeding shed by Jim Wilkinson Jr. and partners.
 
A New Zealand-bred, Glad Dor had won two races in her native country when she came to these shores and joined the Wilkinson barn in 2001.  She captured five of her 13 stateside appearances, including a sparkling 1:53.3 score over this track as a sophomore, and has produced a steady stream of swift performers since taking on the role of mother.
 
“We were rolling at the time and bought her from New Zealand for $25,000,” Wilkinson related.  “She was very talented, as you can see by that 1:53 and change mile she went here, but by the next year she kind of flipped out mentally and we decided to retire her.”
 
Glad Dor has had six pacers get to the races, and five of them have been stakes winners.  Her first two were sons of Power Of Art, with I Am So Glad sporting earnings of $182,000 and a 1:52.3 mark, while Voucher Destroyer has a 1:54.3 career standard.
 
Her next to the wars was the Tulane distaffer Wooski, a stakes victress with $64,000 in the bank and a 1:54.1 mark; while two more Power Of Arts followed in Glad To Be Back with $120,000 and a 1:51.4 lifetime best and the aforementioned She Is So Glad, who has a 1:55 tour on the resume.  Glad To Be Here, a victorious son of The Panderosa, is her most recent starter.
 
“She’s been very good to us so far, and we’re hoping the best is still to come,” Wilkinson said.  “She pretty much stamps all of them the same, because they are big and powerful, just like her.  The other thing they have in common is extreme speed.”
 
Wilkinson thinks Glad Dor’s 2-year-old Glad It’s Over is going to be something special, as that one has been displaying all the right signs, as he gets ready for his debut.  Unfortunately, last year she dropped a foal by Real Desire that has since died, and the partners decided to give her a season off before returning her to the breeding shed.
 
 
Lily's Hi Ho Risks Winning Streak At Cal Expo
 
Lily’s Hi Ho, who has rattled off eight straight wins at Cal Expo, including a sweep of the recent Denali series, puts the winning skein on the line in Friday night’s (February 25) $3,200 headliner for the pacers.
 
A 4-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheels, Lily’s Hi Ho is owned and trained by Bob Johnson and as usual has Lemoyne Svendsen at the controls.  He closed out last season with a pair of victories and is six-for-six in 2011 while proving to be a gem of consistency.
 
The dark-hued performer was actually the second choice behind Friday night rival Hi Ho Steverino in the first leg of the Denali on January 28, overcoming the demanding No. 9 post to rally from far back for the two-length score.
 
In the second leg, Lily’s Hi Ho had a much better post and was able to work out a golden two-hole journey, getting up by three-quarters of a length over his archrival that evening.  In the finale two weeks ago, the Johnson color-bearer did the stalk-and-pounce for Svendsen and drew off by four lengths while shaving a tick off his career standard with the 1:54.1 final clocking.
 
Hi Ho Steverino started out this year with three straight victories in impressive style, but has had to settle for runner-up finishes in his last four appearances.  Rod Knittel owns and bred this son of Hi Ho Silverheels, Rick Plano trains and Luke Plano will have the assignment.
 
His most recent victory came on January 21, when he crushed his foes in coast-to-coast fashion with a lifetime-best 1:53.1 tour.  He was then second behind Lily’s Hi Ho in all three legs of the aforementioned Denali, and came back last week to miss by a length to Stanza under these conditions.
 
Rounding out the field are Coal Younger, who gives the Plano barn two looks at the outcome with his trainer guiding from the rail; Arch Nemeses, to be handled by James Kennedy; Double Dakota from the George Reider shedrow; Mighty Fine Hi Ho for Tim Maier; and Explosive Strike with Leon Smith.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (February 24) and continues through Saturday (February 26).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PST).  Post-time on Friday (February 25) & 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 TwinSpires.com or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.