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Franks Best Is Back On The Beam At Cal Expo
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Bob Johnson ran out of trophy space a long time ago with Franks Best, the 5-year-old son of Armbro Scribe and the American Winner mare Inside Edition he owns, trains and also bred.
 
Having dominated his peers in Sire Stakes at Cal Expo, now that those races have finished he has been continuing in sharp fashion while mixing it with older rivals.  Last year saw Franks Best landing in the charmed enclosure following nine of his 27 outings, including his 1:57 lifetime standard.
 
Up until a couple of weeks ago, however, his 2012 campaign was on the disappointing side.  A drop from the top ranks earned him a nice confidence builder on February 3, then he returned to the top level last week and came rolling late to just miss to a free-wheeling Shelby County in a 1:57.1 affair.
 
“He got off his game at the start of the year, and I think he just got a little muscle sore,” Johnson explained.  “We did a little vet work on him, and then when he got some class relief it really helped a lot.”
 
In the most recent clash for the best trotters on the grounds, Franks Best was sent off the 5-2 second choice with regular pilot Lemoyne Svendsen and sat a pocket journey behind the mare Shelby County.  That rival didn’t get much pressure, opened up nearly two lengths in the stretch and then held by a neck over the Johnson representative.
 
“He went another good race,” his mentor noted.  “Hopefully he will stay good and we can have some fun with him.” 

Franks Best, Alpine Hawk Hook Up On Friday At Cal Expo
 
RichFranks Best, who just missed to Shelby County at the Winners-over level last week; and Alpine Hawk, who got back on the winning track at most recent asking, head the cast at Cal Expo for Friday night’s (February 17) $3,800 trotting headliner.
 
A 5-year-old son of Armbro Scribe, Franks Best is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and as usual will have Lemoyne Svendsen handling the lines.  He comes into this assignment with $119,000 in earnings and established his 1:57 career standard here last season.
 
The Johnson representative, who has a slew of stakes trophies to his credit, finished up his 2011 campaign in style while getting the snapshot following nine of his 27 appearances.  He was disappointing in his first few tries this year, but returned to his winning ways when dropped to this league two weeks ago.
 
Unhurried early in that affair, he came out second over at the half, attacked to the stretch and won going away by two and three-quarter lengths.  In last week’s top dance for the trotting set, he sat the pocket behind the mare Shelby County and closed the gap late to miss by a neck.
 
Alpine Hawk is a hard-hitting 11-year-old by Movie Mogul who races for Jim Winske, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and has Rich Wojcio in the sulky.  He has a $164,000 account and his 1:56.4 mark was set four years ago.
 
The veteran accounted for half of his 16 starts last season and has three trips to the winner’s circle from five appearances in 2012.  He has shown his versatility during the course of these decisions, proving he can get the job done on the engine, from a tracking spot or from the back of the pack if tactics dictate.
 
Carpathian Hooray, Giles L S Hanover, Meringue, Aston Boko and Twice The Ruckus complete the field.
 
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Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (February 17) & Saturday (February 18) 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 (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  This Friday & Saturday night, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool.  Additionally, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at Twinspires.com.
 
In addition to both Pick 4’s at Cal Expo continuing to offer a reduced 15 percent takeout rate, beginning February 24, the Late Pick 4’s on Friday and Saturday will come with an increased $15,000-guaranteed gross pool.
 
Also starting that weekend, 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.