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Keeping Track Of Ivegotwhatuneed At Cal Expo
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

It’s been all or nothing of late for Ivegotwhatuneed, as the 8-year-old pacer closed out 2010 at Cal Expo with a 22-1 upset, rolled a pair of 6’s in his first two starts of this year and then returned to the circle with a 10-1 score last weekend.
The dark-hued pacer will attempt to change the pattern when he leaves from the cozy one-hole in Saturday night’s (January 29) headliner.  Bob Johnson conditions and co-owns the son of Givemewhatineed with Marty Gary while Lemoyne Svendsen will be in his usual spot in the sulky.
“He isn’t really built like his father, who was stocky and powerful,” noted Johnson, who had Givemewhatineed during many of his championship years.  “The problem with this horse is his feet.  They’re bad and he has to wear a bar shoe, which makes things real tough when there isn’t some kind of a cushion on the track.”
A closer look at Ivegotwhatuneed’s past performances reveals off the board finishes in his last three tries contested over sloppy or good tracks, with two wins from his last trio over fast ovals.  It’s obvious he’s a different horse when he isn’t dealing with the elements.
Johnson relates he wasn’t as surprised as most when the pacer registered his $46 score on New Year’s Eve, getting the job done in first-over fashion while looking more like an odds-on chance that night.
“He was dropping in class and also getting back to a firm track, and his last few lines looked pretty bad because of the sloppy tracks.”
No threat in his next pair, Ivegotwhatuneed was back to getting his picture taken at 10-1 last week after a perfect second-over trip which found him nailing a game Haggin Oaks by a head after that mare had led him up.
“Mooney gave him a great drive that night and it made the difference,” Johnson said.
Ivegotwhatuneed is back with the same solid group on Saturday and will likely get more respect at the windows this time around, with the inside draw giving his mentor a little added confidence.
“Having the one-hole with him is a plus, because it means he doesn’t have to be used early and can just settle in during the opening stages.”
Can this pacer change the recent pattern and make it two in a row?  Stay tuned. 
Contentious Pacing Event Heads Saturday Marquee At Cal Expo
Ivegotwhatuneed, up in the final stride at this level last week; Haggin Oaks, a game first-over runner-up that night; and Cycle Power, the beaten 3-5 choice in that affair, get a rematch in Saturday night’s (January 29) $4,500 headliner at Cal Expo.
Ivegotwhatuneed is an 8-year-old son of Givemewhatineed out of the Big Towner mare Maudlin Hanover who is owned by Bob Johnson and Marty Garey, takes his lessons from Johnson and once again has Lemoyne Svendsen giving direction from the cozy one-hole.
The dark-hued performer was a 22-1 upsetter on December 31 in an impressive mile, had to settle for minor awards in his next two tries, then got back to a fast track for last week’s assignment.  He was able to work out a second-over trip behind Haggin Oaks, then nailed that one on the money in a 1:54.3 mile to get back to his winning ways.
Haggin Oaks is a 5-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels and along with Red Star Ruffles will represent the distaffers in this contest.  James Kennedy reins and trains for Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini and a repeat of her most recent try will make her very dangerous as she did all the heavy lifting while first-over and just missed.
Cycle Power races for owner/trainer Nathalie Tremblay with Steve Wiseman at the controls.  Two weeks ago, the 5-year-old Cambest offspring posted a dominating seventh and a quarter-length romp in a lifetime-best 1:52.3 clocking, then carved out the fractions last week at odds-on and weakened to fourth.  He’ll be a threat no matter where things settle in the early stages.
Red Star Ruffles dead-heated with Cycle Power in that last outing while coming from far off the pace.  Robley Johnson owns and trains with Sue Boyce in the bike and this mare flew home in a sparkling :26.2 to get the job done on January 8.  With some help up front, she could easily get back to the charmed enclosure in this contentious field.
Rounding out the cast are Deep Red with trainer Rocky Stidham at the helm; Grandpa Stevie, who is conditioned by Matias Ruiz and will have the services of Scott Cisco; and Most Happy Lavros, who does his work from the outside slot with conditioner Rick Plano giving directions.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Thursday (January 27) and continues through Saturday (January 29).  Post-time on Thursday is 5:30 p.m. (PST).  Post-Time on Friday (January 28) & 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 or on track at Cal Expo, a bonus payout of 17.65 percent of the gross Late Pick 4 mutuel payoff will be paid.