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Johnson Horses Eye Sire Stakes At Cal Expo
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Tim Maier

Tim Maier guides Little Anna Mae in Friday evening's Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Cal Expo.

Trainer Bob Johnson believes in safety in numbers when it comes to Friday night’s (May 11) Sire Stakes at Cal Expo for the sophomore pacing fillies, with two of his representatives suiting up for the contest.
 
Twentyone Guns is a homebred carrying the banner of Wayne and Rod Knittel, while La Madawna De Rosa is the pride of joy of her owner/breeder Cindy Tupper.
 
Twentyone Guns is seeking her second stakes trophy, with her big-money score coming in the first stakes gathering of this season last month.


 
Friday Sire Stakes Bring Out Top Distaffers
 
A pair of $12,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old fillies headline the Cal Expo Friday night (May 11) action, with Diva Las Vegas getting the marquee treatment in the pacing event while Silverlode eyes another big-money score in the trotting end.
 
Diva Las Vegas is a 3-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheel’s and the Little Steven mare Prettylittlerebel, who is owned by Denise Maier and Wayne Knittel, is conditioned by Maier and will have Steve Wiseman handling the lines.  She is seeking her third stakes tally.
 
Sent off the 3-5 favorite in the most recent big-money dance two weeks ago, Diva Las Vegas did not disappoint her many backers.  Wiseman had her in a stalking position through the opening half, attacked the leader turning for home and then drew off through the stretch.  She came her final quarter in :27.3 en route to setting a new career standard with the 1:56.3 final clocking.
 
Stable-mate Little Anna Mae earned the runner-up honors that night and gives the Maier barn another big look at the outcome.  The homebred daughter of Little Steven carries the banner of her trainer, Eileen Brodbar and Alan Kirschenbaum, with Tim Maier handling the lines.
 
Little Anna Mae earned her graduation papers in her first start of the season on March 23, waltzing home with four lengths to spare in a 1:58.1 performance with Maier.  She was fourth in the first stakes match-up of 2012 and came home nicely to complete the exacta behind her barn-mate in that last stakes get-together.
 
Completing the field are Drawing Dead with Luke Plano; Twentyone Guns, to be guided by Scott Cisco; On The Way Home for James Kennedy; La Madawna De Rosa with Lemoyne Svendsen.  Meanwhile, Silverlode faces just one rival in California Crush in the trotting stakes, which goes as a non-betting affair.
 
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Our apologies to Roy Moorefield, who was inadvertently left out of last week’s article on the outstanding racehorse and stallion Hi Ho Silverheel’s.  Roy purchased the son of Walton Hanover for $1,865 as a yearling and he went on to win over $1.2 million with a 1:49.4 mark while campaigning for Moorefield and trainer Milan Smith.
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (May 11) & Saturday (May 12) 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.
 
Cal Expo currently offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on all Pick 4’s.  Additionally, all Late Pick 4’s now come with an increased $20,000-guaranteed gross pool.  Also, the Friday Late Pick 4 will offer a 0% takeout on all winning wagers made on track or at Twinspires.com, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.