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Championships Headline Special Saturday Card At Cal-Expo
Thursday, December 18, 2008 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal-Expo

The 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be in the Cal-Expo spotlight Saturday night (December 20) with four $25,000 Championship events headlining an excellent program.
 
The best rivalry would appear to be between Stars and Sites and Meringue in the trotting colt division, as they have dominated the big-money events.
 
Stars and Sites races for Jack Coffey and Traci Camilli with Bruce Clarke doing the driving and training and has six trophies on his mantle.  He earned the most recent two weeks ago after carving out all the fractions and holding safe by a head over his pocket-sitting arch-rival that evening.
 
Meringue is a son of Jonathan Lobell who carries the Dawn Evango banner with Hans Rynningen the conditioner and Luke Plano handling the lines.  He dropped a nose decision to Stars and Sites in the November 8 Sire Stakes, prevailed by a length and half in the next major dance, then just missed two weeks ago.
 
Themaninthewindow is the big gun among the pacing colts for owner Erica Plano, trainer Rick Plano and pilot Luke Plano.  He comes into this assignment with eight wins from his 31 lifetime appearances, including a half-dozen stakes tallies and a 1:54 mark that was established at Vernon Downs in New York during the summer.
 
In the most recent stakes get-together on December 6, Themaninthewindow was sent off the 1-2 favorite and did not disappoint his many backers.  He stalked early, made his move on the final bend, then got home by a neck over a tenacious Rod’s Famous Ribs.  The latter has been his most immediate victim in the last two added-money affairs.
 
Team Plano is also going to be tough in the sophomore pacing Championship with My Fanny carrying the stable banner.  The Cr Fandango homebred has over $110,000 in her bank account and set her 1:55 mark earlier this year at Harrah’s Chester.  She was punctual favorite in the last Sire Stakes two weeks ago.
 
Smooth Jazz had been the dominating force in the filly trotting ranks for Tim and Denise Maier until two weeks ago, when she suffered her first career loss in her 13th trip to the post.  It was Gilbert Herrera’s Sad Parting who picked up the first stakes tally of her career in that race while establishing a 1:59.2 mark in the process.
 
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In addition to the four stakes races, Saturday night’s program will feature free admission, cash prizes, a free early Pick-4 ticket, dollar hot dogs and drinks, a T-shirt giveaway, and a special retirement party for the soon to be 15-year-old trotter River City Storm.