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Hi-Five carryover spices Friday Cal Expo action
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 - Mark Ratzky, publicity- Cal Expo Harness

Friday’s Watch and Wager LLC card at Cal Expo features some great opportunities for the players, including an $8,275 carryover with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool in the 10-cent Hi Five. There is a reduced 16 percent takeout rate on that wager, the 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4.
 
The Hi-Five is conducted on the 14th race finale with that guaranteed pool; the Pick 5 starts with the third race and the Pick 4 is made up of the last four races on the evening. First post for the 14-race card is 5:45 p.m.
 
Last Saturday’s Hi-Five saw Only In Lodi going coast-to-coast at 39-1 with Chip Lackey in the sulky and that trotter was followed home closely by the 27-1 Winsome Kelly with Pierre Girard, who also trained the winner. Rounding out the pentefecta were the 3-5 Cherry Tree Nicole, Hi Tech Tony and Hillcrest Romeo, with that combination resulting in no winning tickets and the $8,275 carryover.
 
To get a better idea just how much that reduced 16 percent takeout rate means in terms of dollars, the three payoffs on last Friday night’s program provide an excellent illustration. The Pick 5 paid a whopping $5,973; the Pick 4 clocked in at $1,954 and the Hi-Five returned $1,422.
 
Using normal takeout rates, the Pick 5 would have dropped to $5,332 for a difference of $641 to each winner; the Pick 4 would have paid $1,744, meaning each ticket would have been worth $210 less; and the Hi-Five last Friday would have come in at $1,269, a difference of $153 for each winning combination.
 
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Racing lost a great racemare and producer with the passing of Ms Avondale this week. A hard knocking invitational mare by Beach Towel out of the New Zealand mare Kiwi River N, Ms. Avondale took a mark of 1:52 1/5 at this track, shattering the course record for sophomore pacing fillies with a standard that still stands today.
 
Retired to the breeding shed, Ms Avondale proved her value as a broodmare, producing such top performers as California Dream (1.51 4/5, $160,108); Jersey Dream (1:52, $110,427) and Dream of New York (1:52.2/5, $61,199). California Dream also broke the track record over this layout at 3, and he and Ms Avondale are the only mother-son combination to currently hold track records at Cal Expo.
 
Joe Lighthill finale, Sire Stakes on tap
 
The $10,800 finale of the Joe Lighthill Trotting series finds likely favorite Silverlode squaring off against last week’s upset winner Hooray Katie and the solid Tim Maier-trained pair of High Dollar and Portfolio; while Show Runner and Strings head the cast for the $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at Cal Expo.
 
The 14-race program also features a $4,500 Open Distaff Pace and Haggin Oaks will be looking to get back on the winning track in that affair after having her winning streak snapped last week while doing her work from the demanding No. 10 post position.
 
Looking at the Lighthill final, Silverlode is a 4-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling and the Website mare Charlotte’s Web who carries the banner of Desomer Stables Inc with Vickie Desomer the conditioner and Steve Desomer at the controls. She comes into this assignment having posed following three of her 10 appearances on the year with another three runner-up finishes.
 
The bay miss was a romping seven-length winner of her division of the opening leg, with the 1:58 final clocking establishing a new mark. Silverlode had to work quite a bit harder to get the job done in last week’s penultimate Lighthill leg, making every pole a winning one while holding safe by a half-length over High Dollar.
 
The latter trotter will give the Tim Maier barn two big looks at the outcome. High Dollar has narrowly missed in the first two legs and will have the services of her trainer, while Portfolio was just nailed on the money last week by Hooray Katie in his division and Daniel Maier will be in the sulky.
 
Hooray Katie is 4-year-old daughter of Chip Chip Hooray who races for William Neumeister, takes her lessons from Bob Johnson and will once again be guided by Mooney Svendsen. She came rolling late to be up time over Portfolio last week at 13-1 while earning her first victory of the year.
 
Show Runner is looking to add another trophy to her mantle in the Sire Stakes. The daughter of Little Steven races for Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar with Tim Maier reining and training and she is fresh from a powerful victory in last week’s Distaff Open. She has $80,000 in the bank and a 1:52 3/5 mark that was set at Running Aces in August.