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Shoot The Works Continues To Double Down At Cal Expo
Friday, January 20, 2012 - by Scott Ehrlich, Publicity – Cal Expo

Matias Ruiz was happy when his pacer Shoot The Works made a dozen winner’s circle appearances in 2009, and that was upgraded to ecstatic when the son of Hi Ho Silverheels garnered 18 snapshots last season.
 
Obviously not content with those figures, Shoot The Works comes into Saturday night’s (January 21) action at Cal Expo riding a six-race winning streak as he looks to pick up his third victory in as many weeks of January.
 
With the exception of one call at the quarter where he was sitting second, Shoot The Works and Luke Plano have been coast-to-coast victors during this recent winning skein, including last weekend’s tally where the 7-year-old moved up in class to face some conditioned rivals and made it look easy at even-money.
 
”When I first got him, he had a lot of problems, and one of the keys is that he doesn’t exactly train hard during the week,” owner/trainer Ruiz noted. “When it comes time to race, though, he’s ready to go.”
 
Things won’t be easy for Shoot The Works on Saturday, as he faces a salty group of sellers and goes from the cozy rail post last week to the outside for this go-around. In his current form, however, it’s hard to against this guy.
 
Meanwhile, One And Only suits up a bit earlier on the card in the featured Winner’s-Over Pace. The good new is that the son of Bettor’s Delight won’t have to face Cycle Power, who showed the way home in last week’s Lloyd Arnold Memorial while One And Only checked in second.
 
The bad news, however, is the fact that the razor-sharp mare Haggin Oaks is in the line-up after missing last week’s action. It’s a bit like jumping out of the frying pan into the fryer for One And Only, who took the measure of a softer group two back before earning the exacta completion at this top rung at most recent asking. Jim Lackey will once again handle the lines.
“I remember Mike Lachance talking about Bettor’s Delight and he said he was the complete package,” Lackey noted. “I would describe One And Only the same way. I don’t know if he’ll ever be anywhere near as fast as his sire, but he’s an absolute joy to drive and tries hard each and every time.”
 
Winners-Over Pace Lures Haggin Oaks On Saturday At Cal Expo

Haggin Oaks, coming off two straight wins over the boys at the top rung, gets the marquee treatment at Cal Expo in Saturday night’s (January 21) $4,500 Winners-over Pace. She will once again do her work from the assigned outside post with trainer James Kennedy in the sulky.
 
A 6-year-old homebred daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels, Haggin Oaks carries the banner of Shari Burns, Ferris Funk and Gerald Cimini. She is looking to add to a $91,000 bankroll and sports a 1:53.2 lifetime standard that was established here last season.
 
The Kennedy trainee sat a pocket journey when prevailing in the December 31 clash at this top level, then took matters into her own hands two weeks ago when she made every pole a winning one. She will be dangerous no matter how things settle in the opening stages.
 
Marlin Hanover is looking to make amends after settling for minor prizes in his last three starts as the public choice. Prior to that, he had rattled off three wins from four starts to close out his 2011 campaign in style, including his 1:54 mark.
 
The 5-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight races for Richard Morita and David Yamada, takes his lessons from Liberio Pacheco and has Luke Plano once again at the helm. He set all the pace last time, was engaged with an eighth of a mile to go and weakened to fourth behind the fast-finishing Cycle Power, beaten only a neck for the runner-up spot.
 
Pacheco will also send out One And Only, who will have the services of Jim Lackey on Saturday night. The field is completed by Amigo De Garcia for driver/trainer Steve Wiseman and Glad To Be Back, who is up in class in search of another victory while departing from the cozy one-hole for trainer Jim Wilkinson Jr. and pilot Rich Wojcio.
 
Cal Expo News

In an effort to provide fuller fields for the its fans, Cal Expo has received approval from the California Horse Racing Board to delete one scheduled racing day from the calendar. Cal Expo will not be racing next Thursday, January 26.
 
The Cal Expo schedule for next week will be Friday & Saturday, (January 27 & 28). Post-time is 6:00 p.m. (PST).
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (January 20) & Saturday (January 21) night at 6:00 p.m. (PST). On Friday, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m. Also 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 now offers a reduced 15 percent takeout rate on all Pick 4’s (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  In addition, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool. On Saturday night, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at Twinspires.com.