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Jessalilpeace, Laredos Goose Hold Saturday Cal Expo Spotlight
Friday, August 26, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Jessalilpeace, who closed out the last meet with five straight victories; and Laredos Goose, who finished that stand by sweeping the Get Away Amateur series, look to pick up where they left off in Saturday night’s (August 27) starter allowance main event at Cal Expo.
 
Jessalilpeace is an 8-year-old Little Steven offspring who carries the banner of Osmin Carrera, is conditioned by Dario Solares and will once again be piloted by Luke Plano.  They most certainly didn’t want to see that meet end for this pacer back in June, as he had a five-race win streak in tow when the break arrived.
 
The bay performer had only clicked twice in his first 22 appearances on the season, but got very hot near the end of May and was unbeatable at the $2,500 level.  He used a strong closing kick to get the job done in the first four scores during the streak, then left little doubt in the meet finale on June 17 as Plano brushed to the front on the backside that evening and went on to a six and a half-length romp as the 2-5 favorite.
 
Laredos Goose was likewise seen posing for lots of pictures here in June, as he made the Get Away Amateur series his personal playground and dominated the event.  Another 8-year-old, he is owned by Dave and Rob Haness and George Reider with Reider doing the training.
 
The son of Laredo Spur took the first leg of the Get Away by five lengths with Nick Casale guiding, then posted a 10-length romp the following week as Amada Fraser had the assignment.  Fraser was also in the sulky when Laredos Goose went to the post as the 1-9 choice in the June 18 finale, making the winning move at the half and once again waltzing home by five lengths.
 
Rounding out the line-up are My Real Love and Quick On My Feet from the Bob Johnson shedrow; Western Hurricane with James Kennedy; Macs Derrick T for Steve Wiseman; Devilish Donnie; LS Orchardwinner with Scott Cisco; and Double Dakota.
 
Ailene's Prince Returns To The Wars At Cal Expo
It’s time to get back to work for Kennedy Lindsey’s trotter Ailene’s Prince, who suits up in Saturday’s (August 27) seventh race at Cal Expo after getting a nice tightener with an easy qualifying score last week.
 
The 7-year-old son of New Age Hanover is a fan favorite, having gone over the $100,000 earnings plateau last season while returning to greet Kennedy in the winner’s circle following four of his 16 appearances this year.  There was never an anxious moment in the aforementioned qualifier, as he brushed to the front at the half and took complete control of things from that point.
 
While Ailene’s Prince has won his fair share and sports a 1:57.3 mark over this layout, his mentor notes that he can be a handful on the racetrack.
 
“He’s a tough horse to drive, because of his temperament, and there are a lot of little things that you can’t do with him.  For example, if you get him locked in and double him up, he’ll usually make a break.”
 
Ailene’s Prince rattled off three straight tallies to kick off the month of May, then was lackluster in his next trio before closing out the meet with a coast-to-coaster in June.  It will be interesting to see how he performs off the bench in this assignment.
 
Lindsey related that his performers spent their summer vacation at the Mary Harris farm.
 
“The first thing we did was to give them 30 days off, then they starting getting ready over the half-mile track out there,” Kennedy said.  “We got them all trained down before we came back here, so hopefully that gives us a little bit of an edge over some of the others.”
 
Director of Racing David Elliott relates that several improvements will greet both the fans and horsemen on opening night.
 
“We have a new tote board face with new LEC indicators and new signage, new finish line poles and new racetrack lamps with 470 having been replaced.
 
“We had 175 horses qualify last week, and we’re hopeful the two-day a week schedule for the first six weeks produces a product with a large average field size.  This will create more wagering opportunities for our players.”
 
Live racing starts back up at Cal Expo on Friday (August 26) and continues on Saturday (August 27).  Post-times are 6:00 p.m. (PDT).  On Friday & Saturday, Cal Expo offers free admission, as well as free preferred & general parking after 4:30 p.m.  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.