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Ivegotwhatuneed, Haggin Oaks Do Battle On Saturday At Cal Expo
Friday, September 23, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Ivegotwhatuneed, a dominating winner at the head of the class in his most recent appearance; and Haggin Oaks, the classy mare who has turned in two solid efforts since returning to the wars, get top billing in Saturday night’s Cal Expo $4,500 feature for the pacers.
 
An 8-year-old son of Givemewhatineed out of the Big Towner mare Maudlin Hanover, Ivegotwhatuneed is owned by Bob Johnson and Marty Garey, takes his lessons from Johnson and will have Lemoyne Svendsen giving directions.  He comes into this assignment with $279,000 in his account and a 1:52 mark that was established two years ago.
 
The dark-hued veteran was a smashing winner opening week with Rich Wojcio in the sulky, had to settle for a non-threatening fourth at odds-on behind Haggin Oaks in his next try, then turned the tables on that rival in the last clash at this top rung.  Ivegotwhatuneed stalked for a half with Svendsen, attacked turning for home and won by two and three-quarter lengths in a 1:54 flat performance.
 
Haggin Oaks is a multiple stakes winner by Hi Ho Silverheels who goes about her business for Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini with James Kennedy doing the driving and training.  She is looking to add to a $79,000 bankroll and recorded her 1:53.2 mark here earlier this season.
 
Making her first start since June in the September 10 gathering, she was able to work out a pocket journey with Kennedy and came home smartly for a four-length tally.  Off at 4-5 for the last outing, she put in a good late move for second, but the winner had fled the scene at mid-stretch and there was no catching him.  Completing the line-up are Living It Up, At Last, Stanza, Myra’s Hiho and Cycle Power.
 
 
Clements, Taxi Dancer Continue Winning Ways At Cal Expo
 
For those who like to keep track, Taxi Dancer’s victory last week at Cal Expo was her second straight and she has now captured 35 of her 186 career trips to the posts, with 23 seconds and 24 thirds thrown in for good measure.
 
The pride and joy of her owner Robin Clements, the 7-year-old daughter of Givemewhatineed has been a mainstay at Cal Expo for several seasons while making a steady stream of visits to the charmed enclosure.  In her last two scores, she has come from well off the pace to win going away with Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen giving directions.
 
“It seems like every year about this time she goes on one of these little winning streaks,” Robin said.  “Mooney has done a great job with her and they just seem to get along well.  We’ve also learned that she’s developed a little trademark when she wins, giving us a very sly and quick nip in the winner’s circle to remind us who we are dealing with.”
 
At the end of the spring meet, Taxi Dancer was experiencing breathing problems which seemed to be affecting her racing, and this prompted Clements to take the mare to Dr. Audrey Clifton.
 
“Dr. Clifton scoped her and found she was shutting off her air, causing her to panic during the race.  She needed throat surgery, and we were fortunate to have Dr. Tom Yarbouro, one of the top surgeons around, and he did the surgery during the break.”
 
Taxi Dancer was then given time off to rest and heal, and appeared to come back strong.
 
“After her qualifier, I slacked off her conditioning a bit and it showed in her first two starts at the meet,” Robin related.  “Steve Desomer watched her race and suggested that she needed a couple of hard workouts to strengthen her up again.  Since then she’s won two in a row.”
 
The dark-hued pacing mare races off the Desomer Farm, along with her constant companion Tutiming Gal.
 
“I’m very thankful to Steve and Vickie that they let me keep them at the farm and the two mares are a great team.  When one races, the other comes to the track to keep them company, otherwise they stress out too much.
 
“Taxi certainly has her quirks, like digging a hole in her stall that seems to go to China, tying up if she gets nervous or going off her feed, but it really helps that she can race off the farm.  She’s definitely the farm Diva and she knows it, and I do the best I can to work around everything and make her happy.  She also has quite a fan base on the backstretch, and people are always asking me how she’s doing and wishing her good luck in her races.”
 
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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.
 
The trotters and pacers will be in action at Cal Expo 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.