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Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Championship Night At Cal-Expo
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal-Expo

Saturday night’s (November 29) action will find four $25,000 2-year-old Championship events, and several of the divisional leaderships are up for grabs.  Among the pacing colts, Glad To Be Back gets the top billing by virtue of having captured two of the three Sire Stakes.
 
The Jim Wilkinson Jr. trainee romped home in the initial big-money gathering on October 18 with regular pilot Rich Wojcio - - then tired over a sloppy track two weeks later.  Glad To Be Back returned to his winning ways in the most recent stakes dance, going coast-to-coast by five lengths in a new mark of 1:54.3 that evening.
 
Looking at the pacing fillies, Silver Bloom has the top ranking at the moment after finishing third in the first stakes and then taking down the last pair in impressive fashion for trainer “Sparky” Clarke and driver Rick Plano.  Wayne Knittel’s Hi Ho Silverheel’s homebred came from off the pace for her first trophy, then used front-end tactics to prevail two weeks ago.
 
Among the trotting colts, Try This dominated proceedings in the first two big-money clashes for Gilbert Herrera, but it was the Bruce Clarke trained-and-driven Credit Score who was able to mind his manners last time and posted a head decision over his arch-rival.
 
Three different performers have posed for snapshots following the filly trotting contests.  It was Firewall who crushed the opposition in the first one, while Dani California was an easy winner in the October 31 second round of stakes action.  Most recently, it was George Reider and Maurice Sigmon’s Sheila’s Dream who did the track-and-attack to perfection to land in the circle.