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Invitationals set at Cal Expo
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

 Two divisions of the first leg of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series; an Invitational Pace headed by Pancetta and a distaff Invitational featuring Show Runner and Haggin Oaks are the main events on Saturday night’s 14-race program at Cal Expo.
Pancetta made a triumphant return to California last week for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pachecho and pilot Luke Plano. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in his first start since November 9 at Yonkers, he made a bold brush to the lead at the half and went on to a four-length decision in a snappy 1:52 2/5 final clocking.
The 4-year-old son of No Pan Intended and the Life Sign mare Gingerbread Square is now just $7,000 shy of reaching the $200,000 earnings plateau and established his 1:51 1/5 standard earlier this season over the five-eighths Pocono Downs oval. He has been assigned the testing No. 10 post position.
Leaving from the from the first six slots are It’s Getting Hairy (Tim Maier); One And Only (Chip Lackey); Somethinginthewind (Gene Vallandingham); Stueben Jumpinjack (James Kennedy); Mobil Big John (Tyler Smith) and Emery Vern (Dave Siegel).
The Bob Gordon Series will go as the third and fifth races on the card and the Gene Vallandingham barn is well represented with three performers in the first division and a pair in the second. He will guide After Alimony in the first and Party Cove in the other section.
Looking at the distaff Invite, Show Runner is a daughter of Little Steven and the Tyler’s Mark mare Peace Runner who comes into this assignment with four straight wins and 18 snapshots overall from here 34 trips to the post. Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar own with Tim Maier reigning and training.
A 1:52 3/5 victress this summer at Running Aces, Show Runner is fresh from two Sire Stakes score, an Invitational victory and a dominating Open performance. Sent off the 1-9 chalk in last week’s stakes gathering, she made every pole a winning one while showing the way home by a length over arch-rival and pocket-sitting Strings. No matter how things shake out early, she’ll be tough right back.