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Ransom, Bragg Smile For Camera At Cal Expo
Friday, March 2, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Terence Ransom and Brandon Bragg are two of the more interesting owners on the Cal Expo grounds and both will be going for repeat trips to the winner’s circle Saturday night (March 3) with Looking At You and Double Dakota, respectively.
Looking At You is an 8-year-old mare that is conditioned by Lester Smith and once again has Steve Wiseman giving directions, while Double Dakota is looking to make it five victories from his last six appearances for Bragg and co-owner KC Carvalho.
Terence Ransom is a 45-year-old Ohio native who was a professional basketball player in Europe and a coach for 11 years before retiring.  Originally exposed to the game by his stepfather Holsey Rucker as a teenager, he kept in touch with the sport during his basketball days and then got back into it when spending some time with George Teague three years ago.
“I came to California to be near my two children and made my way out to Cal Expo,” Terence explained.  “One night I found myself talking to Marco Rios, who invited me to come to his barn the next morning.  It turned out to be much more than one day and I got a lot of hands-on experience with Marco.
“As far as Lester Smith is concerned, he’s been a second father to me, and you’re going to learn quite a bit just being around Steve Wiseman on a daily basis.  It’s been a great time with this mare and it’s really a team effort.”
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old Brandon Bragg is hoping for another snapshot with win machine Double Dakota.  Bragg started coming to the track with Carvalho some three years ago when he started working for him.
“To be honest, at first I didn’t have much interest, but then I saved up some to money to buy in for 10 percent on a horse and I really started to like it.”
It was Double Dakota who gave Brandon his first winner.
“He won that night even though he had a broken head pole,” he explained.  “It was then that I realized winning a race as an owner is the ultimate high.”
Frankly Scarlett, Sleigh Belle Clash On Saturday At Cal Expo
Frankly Scarlett and Sleigh Belle, who put on quite a show last week with the former getting the nod by a head, get a rematch in Saturday night’s (March 3) $3,600 main event at Cal Expo.
The optional claiming event is for fillies and mares and the likely favorites will be taken on by Bewareofthisaffair, Blue Note and Majestic Lass.  The headliner goes as the second on a 15-race program.
Frankly Scarlett was a 10-time victress from her 32 attempts last season and has one picture from just two trips to the post this year.  Robert Bacon owns the 8-year-old daughter of Little Steven with Steve Wiseman doing the driving and training.
In last week’s effort, the bay miss sat mid-pack before coming out first over to make her bid to the final bend.  Frankly Scarlett responded when Wiseman asked the question in the stretch and was up in the final stride for the 1:55.4 score.
Sleigh Belle is looking for some revenge after ending up on the wrong end of that photo last weekend.  The  Artsplace mare races for Jessie Pacheco with Liberio Pacheco the conditioner and Scott Cisco guiding.  She won back-to-back at this level on February 3 and 10, was fourth at next asking and then lost a heartbreaker last time after carving out all the fractions.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (March 2) & Saturday (March 3) at 6:00 p.m. (PST).  On every live card, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m.   On Friday, Cal Expo offers Happy Hour from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on which Beer; Well Drinks & Wine are offered at $4 each, while a Burger with fries is offered at $5.
For the second week in a row, the guarantee on the Friday and Saturday night Late Pick 4’s has been increased, as they will now feature $20,000 guaranteed gross pools.
All Pick 4’s here at Cal Expo come with a reduced 15 percent takeout rate. On Friday nights, there is a 0% percent takeout on winning wagers made on track or at, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.