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Stable Eyes rewarding the faithful
Saturday, December 27th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Even if Stables Eyes goes the rest of the meet without winning a race, she won’t owe her backers a thing.
In her last two appearances, the Tim Clevenger owned, trained and driven mare has reported to the winner’s circle at 13-1 and most recently at 35-1, and she’ll try to pull off the hat trick in Sunday’s feature.
The 6-year-old Million Dollar Cam mare did the majority of the heavy lifting herself two weeks ago when she captured the Distaff Open II, then worked out a perfect trip with Clevenger in last week’s tour and rallied up the rail for that $72 surprise against one mare and five boys.
There is something for every type of handicapper in Sunday’s headliner. Class players are likely to line up behind Rusty Shipp, who has had the thankless task of squaring off against the streaking St Lads Lotto at the top level in his two appearances since shipping in from Pennsylvania for Ray Burt.
In addition to Stable Eyes, those who like the sharp horse on the upswing angle will be embracing Bit Player, who has worked his way up from the lowest claiming level and will be gunning for his fourth straight tally for trainer Patricia Minnella and pilot Luke Plano.
Fans are reminded that are four wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the 10-cent Jackpot 6; the 20-cent Pick 4; and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nightcap.
By the way, last Sunday when there were mandatory payouts, the Jackpot 6 returned $2,106 for 10 cents. A 10-cent parlay on the same six horses would have been worth $87. Talk about value.
Contentious cast set for Sunday main event
Sunday’s feature brings out an interesting field of pacers, with class-dropping Rusty Skipp; the streaking Bit Player and the sharp mare Stable Eyes among the major players.
First post for the Sunday Watch and Wager LLC card is 4:40 p.m. and there will be 10 races on the program. The feature is set as the eighth contest on the evening.
Rusty Skipp is getting some serious class relief in this spot after chasing home St Lads Lotto at the Open level in his two starts since coming in from Pocono Downs. Ray Burt conditions the son of Dragon Again for Roslyn Delgaudio and Williams Hernandez will handle the lines.
Rusty Skipp comes into this assignment just shy of the $200,000 earnings plateau with a 1:51 4/5 mark that was established last season at Dover Downs. He has six victories from 36 starts this year and will appreciate the easier company after knocking heads with the best on the grounds in his first two outings here.
Bit Player is seeking for his fourth straight trip to the winner’s circle while once again climbing the class ladder for Emilio Cisneros and trainer Patricia Minella. His last three scores have come with Luke Plano at the helm while taking the measure of $3,000 and $4,000 claimers, with a 1:53 flat lifetime-best tour two weeks ago.
Stable Eyes is looking for a hat trick after having posted upsets at 13-1 and 35-1 in her last two trips to the post for owner/driver/trainer Tim Clevenger. The 6-year-old Millon Dollar Cam mare was a 1:53 2/5 victress earlier this year at Hoosier Park.
Rounding out the field are Love Live Laugh with Tim Maier; County Jewel, who will have the services of Dave Sigel; Laissez Moi Passer; Mattox’s Spencer with James Guagliardo; and No Gin, who gives the Burt barn two looks at the outcome with James Kennedy in the bike.