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Six Sits Just Fine At Cal Expo With Scott Cisco
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

The stars aligned at Cal Expo for Scott Cisco last Saturday night (March 19), even though it was hard to see them through all the clouds and rain.
 
Cisco and his equine companions combined for six wins over the sloppy going, the first career six-bagger for the 32-year-old pilot.  He started the hot streak with a pair from the Marco Rios barn, clicking with Bullet Tooth Tony ($6) in the fifth and coming back in the next contest with Awesome Deal for an $18 return.
 
Scott made his next trip to the charmed enclosure in the ninth race by guiding Pip’s Jenny G to a $16 score for Dario Solares and then crushed the field by six and a half lengths with favored Red Star Wild One for the Liberio Pacheco shedrow in the 11th event on the evening.
 
He completed the outstanding evening by sweeping the last two races on the Saturday card with Hell N Damnation at $8 for Amanda Fraser and the nightcap with LS Orchardwinner for David Merrick, putting an exclamation point on a memorable night with that $15 upset. 
 
“I’ve had a four-win night before, but this was my first with six,” related Cisco.  “There are some nights when you can’t do anything right, and this happened to be one of those where I couldn’t do anything wrong.
 
“Everything just came together, and the most important thing was the fact these trainers had their horses ready and they were able to handle the sloppy conditions.  It just worked out perfectly.”
 
Scott was asked if there were any secrets to driving trotters and pacers over the off going.
 
“Every track is different, and so is every field, so you really have to take it race by race,” he said.  “It did seem like the track wasn’t favoring speed, so I did the best I could to have my horses coming from off the pace.”
 
 
Saturday Main Event At Cal Expo Brings Out Ivegotwhatuneed
 
Ivegotwhatuneed, fresh from a powerful win over a sloppy racetrack last week, aims for his sixth snapshot on the season in the $4,500 pacing event that headlines the Saturday action (March 26) at Cal Expo.
 
An 8-year-old son of Givemewhatineed, Ivegotwhatuneed comes into this weekend with $265,000 in his bank account and a 1:52 career standard that was established two years ago.  Bob Johnson owns and trains and Lemoyne Svendsen will be in the sulky.
 
The dark-hued pacer is gunning for three straight in this spot.  Two weeks ago he parlayed a pocket trip into a hard-earned head win over stable-mate Lily’s Hi Ho with Rick Plano at the helm, then last week had no trouble with the off going and posted a three and a quarter-length romp with Svendsen doing the honors.
 
Western So completed the exacta in that affair and has made a rapid rise up the class ladder this year.  The David Merrick trainee was competing with $4,000 sellers as recently as mid-February, but is now doing his work at the head of the class.  The Western Hanover offspring carries the banner of Jaymes Latch and Lillian Merrick and registered his most recent tally on March 5 while turning in an eye-catching 1:52.4 mile.
 
Haggin Oaks is a 6-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels who races for Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini with James Kennedy doing the driving and training.  A multiple stakes victress, she established her 1:54 mark when she parlayed a pocket journey into a handy three-length score last month, blazing a :27 final quarter in the process.
 
Red Star Ruffles is the other mare in the line-up and packs a strong punch in the drive.  Robley Johnson owns and trains the Canadian-bred with Sue Boyce guiding from the outside slot.  She will be hoping for some help up front to help set the table for her closing charge.
 
The field is completed by Cycle Power from the Nathalie Tremblay shedrow with Steve Wiseman handling the lines; and Split Ticket, who has Luke Plano in the bike and has gone a number of huge tours over this oval.  There are 14 races on tap Saturday with the featured pace going as the third on the program.
 
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 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 Saturday, Cal Expo offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on both the Early & Late Pick-4 wagers with the Late Pick-4 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.