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The Pacer Is Living It Up At Cal Expo
Friday, April 20, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

           
Mooney SvendsenLive A Little has his work cut out as he moves up off a victory in conditioned company to the head of the class this weekend at Cal Expo, but regular pilot Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen is confident he’ll be doing some serious pacing at the end.
 
The 4-year-old Crisis Situation homebred races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson the conditioner and last week’s tally was his fifth from 14 trips to the post this season.
 
What makes Live A Little’s most recent victory so impressive is the fact that he spotted his rivals a nice head start when he made a break as the gate was rolling, but recovered to take the lead at the half and go on to a length and three-quarters decision to the relief of the chalk-players who took 90 cents on the dollar.
 
“I didn’t see anybody on the gate, so I tried to leave with him and he wasn’t sure about it,” Svendsen explained.  “Once he got it together he was solid as a rock, though.  I can’t say I was totally surprised he jumped it off, but I wanted to give it a try.
 
“The other time he made a break before the start was over a sloppy track last month.  When you have the combination of his being a little funky-gaited and the off track, it’s not going to be good.”
 
Looking over a field that includes the likes of Haggin Oaks, One And Only and Albion, Mooney realizes the Johnson performer will have to be at his very best and likely get a bit lucky as well.
 
“I’ll just try to work out some kind of a trip, because I know he can come home.”
 
 
Albion, One And Only Do Battle On Saturday At Cal Expo
 
Albion, who made a break into the stretch at most recent asking and had his winning streak snapped; and One And Only, who took advantage to post a facile victory, get a rematch in Saturday night’s (April 21) $4,500 Winners-over Pace at Cal Expo.
 
Albion is a 6-year-old son of The Panderosa who is owned by Dan Tullio, James Mascola and trainer Matias Ruiz, and will once again have Luke Plano at the controls.  He comes into this assignment with seven wins from his 14 starts on the year, is right at the $100,000 earnings plateau and sports a 1:52.2 mark.
 
The Ruiz trainee earned that career standard in his April 7 score, which capped a hat trick that began on March 24 and 31 with romping victories that saw him making what proved to be the winning move at the quarter.  He made every pole a winning one the evening he established that 1:52.2 mark, holding safe by a neck over One And Only after having a clear lead at mid-stretch.
 
Sent off at 30 cents on the dollar for his last outing, Albion was last in the compact cast at the midway point, was making his move into the lane when he made an uncharacteristic break to lose all chance.  It will be interesting to see if he can rebound this weekend.
 
One And Only is fresh from establishing his new career standard of 1:53.2 in that aforementioned April 14 affair.  The 4-year-old Bettor’s Delight offspring carries the banner of Richard Morita and David Yamada with Liberio Pacheco the conditioner and Jim Lackey in the sulky.
 
One And Only was winning for the third time on the year with Scott Cisco handling the lines.  After the miscue by Albion, he had little trouble handling Stanza and prevailed by eight and three-quarter lengths.  In the previous try, he sat the pocket behind pace-setting Albion and just missed that night after coming a flashy :26.1 final quarter with Lackey at the helm.
 
Rounding out the field are Stanza, who has Steve Wiseman guiding from the cozy one-hole; Haggin Oaks for James Kennedy; Glad To Be Back with Rick Wojcio; and Little A Little, to be handled by Lemoyne Svendsen.  A 14-race card is on tap with the headliner set as the second on the evening.
 
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 Twinspires.com, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.