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Friday, Saturday Programs Ring Out Year At Cal Expo 7
Thursday, December 29, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

This week will find the trotters and pacers in action on Friday (December 30) and Saturday night (December 31), with the Saturday New Year’s Eve card getting underway at 5 p.m.
 
Looking at Friday’s program, the featured trot is a $3,000 affair that finds Style Element bringing consistent resent form to the fray and getting the slightest of calls.  The 5-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall and the Yankee Glide mare Now From Then is owned and trained by Bob Johnson with Lemoyne Svendsen once again handling the lines.
 
From her last four trips to the post, Style Element has come away with a win, two seconds and a third-place finish while doing all her work at this same level.  The victory came on December 1, as she played the role of stalker for the half, came calling at mid-stretch and was up for the length tally as a 6-1 shot that evening.
 
In her most recent try, the Johnson performer finished with interest to dead-heat for the place money with the odds-on Thatsomebracciola, while 12-1 K D Amazin Spirit was taking bows at double digits following the mile.
 
Aston Boko should be a major player with a mistake-free mile for Marco Rios and pilot Rich Wojcio, while Betty Elizabeth is a multiple stakes-winner who is owned, trained and was bred by Lisa Wilson-Caposio with Tony Succarotte at the controls.
 
Rounding out the field are Eggwhite Inmy Beer; Chaxie; The Goose, to be handled by Scott Cisco; Carpathian Hooray with Jim Lackey; Exquisite Gem, who will have Dave Siegel guiding; Connie’s Lady with James Kennedy; and K D Nicol, who leaves from the second tier with Keith Willey.
 
Mares Make It Twice As Nice For Clements
 
Robin Clements’ one-two punch of Taxi Dancer and Tutiming Gal come into the final week of 2011 in razor-sharp form, having captured three of their last four combined starts.
 
Tutiming Gal will be gunning for a hat trick to close out the year, while Taxi Dancer is fresh from a win and a game second and will be eyeing her 12th snapshot on the season.  Once again, they will have Steve Wiseman giving directions.
 
“Both of these mares have been racing well lately and it helps that Steve gets along so nicely with them,” Robin said.  “Taxi Dancer loves this time of year and she has made amends from racing in the recent amateur series, as she just seemed to run into a lot of bad luck.  Now the luck seems to have swung the other way.”
 
Both Taxi Dancer and Tutiming Gal race off the Desomer farm and are constant companions.
 
“Tutiming Gal is a temperamental mare and doesn’t seem to like people too much, but she loves Taxi Dancer and if they’re separated they go ballistic and start hollering for each other until they get together again.”
 
Clements related a recent incident that backed up that statement.
 
“Taxi Dancer was taken to the blacksmith one day and Tutiming Gal got so upset she actually broke out of her stall to go look for her.  Luckily, she was caught by one of the grooms and the small patch of grass helped to contain her in the barn area.
 
“Tutiming Gal also has a habit of trying to buffalo the driver on the final turn by wanting to cheat and get lazy, but Steve knows how to handle her and those last two wins have been a real nice birthday present.”
 
For Robin, seeing this pair go out and do their thing on a weekly basis is something special.
 
“I get a real kick out of these mares and it was really something when they won on the same night a few weeks ago.  It’s my passion for the horses that keeps me in the game of harness racing.”
 
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ALAN ANDERSON PASSES AWAY
 
Cal Expo is sad to report the passing of trainer Alan Anderson, who succumbed to complications from cancer on Tuesday morning (December 27) in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was just 48.
 
Mr. Anderson is survived by his daughter Gena, 21, and son Jonny, 14.  He is also survived by four brothers, Kevin, Mark, Jon and Drew, who are all harness trainers; and sisters Sonja, Renee and Dana.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (December 30) at 6:00 p.m. (PST) & Saturday (December 31) with a special New Year’s Eve post-time of 5:00 p.m.  On Friday, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m.   Also 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.  

Cal Expo now offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on all Pick 4’s (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  In addition, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool.  On Saturday night, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at Twinspires.com.