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Cyrano de Pacer Earns A Trophy At Cal Expo
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

George Reider reports that the 3-year-old pacer Looks Don’t Count didn’t get that name by accident, but appearances aside he can now officially be called a stakes winner after capturing the first added-money contest of the season for his division last weekend.
The homebred son of Little Steven, who is out of the Denali mare The Beast’s Beauty, races for Reider and Rick and Marlene Thomas and rode a garden trip to his first trophy presentation with James Kennedy handling the lines.
It was the second win in five starts for the pacer.  His 1:57 final clocking was a tick slower than the 1:56.4 mile he recorded when earning his graduation papers back on March 23.
As far as the moniker goes, Reider explained how it came to be.
“He was given that name because when he was born he had a big Roman nose.  He’s grown into it quite nicely, though.”
The bay gelding is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner Just Plum Lucky, who also campaigned for the Thomas/Reider team.
“As far as looks go, they couldn’t be more different,” George related.  “Just Plum Lucky is on the small side and he’s on the very large size.  They do have one thing in common and that’s speed, which is something all good horses need.
“Looks Don’t Count is just like a big kid and everything is still a game to him.  He’s very green but getting more professional with every start.  James has done a great job driving and I couldn’t be more proud of all the connections.  This is so much fun, I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.”
Putoneonnetformom Attempts An Encore On Friday At Cal Expo
James KennedyPutoneonnetformom, who posted a romping score last week when several of his rivals made miscues, gets the marquee treatment at Cal Expo in Friday night’s (April 20) featured $4,500 Winners-over Trot.
An 8-year-old homebred son of the popular Trot For Joy out of the Armbro Goal mare Light The Lamp, Putoneonnetformom campaigns for Jeff, Gerald and Diana Cimini with Rocky Stidham training and James Kennedy in his usual spot in the sulky.  They will do their work from the assigned outside post.
On the season, the hard-hitting veteran has returned to greet his connections in the winner’s circle after four of his 11 appearances, with a like number of runner-up finishes and three thirds.  He has $140,000 in the bank and set his 1:57.2 career standard over the Cal Expo layout last year.
Putoneonnetformom followed Franks Best home in four straight outings between February 25 and April 6, but with that one headed east, he was a punctual 3-5 favorite in last week’s trip to the post.  He buzzed right to the front for Kennedy, widened the advantage to a dozen lengths on the final bend and came home with nine and a quarter to spare over the “good” racetrack.
He will be joined in the cast by stable-mate Shelby County, who is owned and was bred by Ben Kenney with trainer Stidham handling the reins.  The 5-year-old Chip Chip Hooray mare lost all chance with an early break last week, but has four scores to her credit this season, including a 1:57.1 lifetime-best tour.
Shelby County recorded her most recent tally on March 16, making every pole a winning one that evening over a sloppy racetrack.  She’s gone off-stride in her last two starts, but a mistake-free mile obviously makes her a major player with this group.
Completing the field are Meringue, who will have the services of Luke Plano; Broadway Victory for owner/driver/trainer John McKeon; and Giles L S Hanover with Steve Wiseman giving directions.
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (April 20) & Saturday (April 21) 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, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.