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California Sires Stakes Championship for Freshmen Horses Contested
Sunday, December 20, 2009- by Scott Ehrlich, Publicity -- Cal-Expo

Prior to the races, four $25,000 California Sires Stakes Championship finals were held for freshmen horses.

In the first of the four divisions, this for the filly trotters, Betty Elizabeth and driver Gene Vallandingham obtained the lead an eighth of a mile past the start from post-four in the field of four and cut out fractions of :31, 1:02.1, 1:33.1 before scoring by 1-3/4-lengths while hardly urged. Bred, owned, and trained by Lisa Pilcher, the filly covered the mile in 2:03.2, a lifetime mark and her third in-a-row. Acapulco Gold (Rocky Stidham) tracked the winner, but was no-match while finishing in second, and Jewel Heist (Steve Desomer) finished 13-1/2-lengths farther back, in third.

In second division action for the colt & gelding trotters, Franks Best and driver Lemoyne Svendsen left from post-position three in the field of six and after being three-wide for a sixteenth of a mile, obtained the lead after an eighth of a mile.

Opening up the lead past the five-eighths mile pole after cutting out fractions of :30.1 and 1:02.3, the gelding tripped the timer at the three-quarter mile station, timed in 1:33.

Drawing away at the seven-eighths mile marker at the same time the pocket sitting Online Charger (Bruce Clarke) made a place costing break, Franks Best now had an insurmountable lead as he'd cruise to an eleven-length victory. Bred, owned, and trained by Bob Johnson, Franks Best won for the fourth time in six career starts, stopping the timer at 2:02.1. Big Baller (Steve Desomer) inherited the place honors, and Proxy (Tim Maier) inherited the show spot, some 15-1/4-lengths farther back.

In the third division, this for the filly pacers, So Relentless saved her best for last.

Coming away in the pocket from post-two in the field of six for driver Gilbert Herrera, the filly gapped two-lengths in the first-turn into a :30.4 first-quarter.

Back on at the three-eighths mile pole into a 1:02 first-half, the filly once again was two-lengths off the pace-setting One Hot Tamale (Rick Plano), this time past the five-eighths mile marker into a 1:32.1 three-quarters.

With the field now in the stretch, Herrera turned his charge loose up the inside and So Relentless responded by being in full gear to the seven-eighths mile pole, was flying even more with a sixteenth of a mile left, and went on to win easily by 1-1/2-lengths. Owned by J J J Stables in partnership with Alan Anderson, the Gordie Graham trained filly won in 1:59.4. One Hot Tamale had to settle for second, and Upncoming Prospect (Bruce Clarke) finished 2-3/4-lengths farther back, in third.

The final division was for the colt & gelding pacers, on which Power Broker turned it on at the right time.

Coming away in third position from post-two in the field of four for driver Steve Desomer, the gelding gapped an expanding two-lengths at the five-eighths mile station when Dancing Barry (Rick Plano), who had cut out fractions of :29 and :59.4, opened up.

Now gapping 2-3/4-lengths midway through the final-turn, as well as at the three-quarter mile pole, timed in 1:29.4, it "appeared" that Power Broker's chances of winning weren't good.

Moving up the inside to the seven-eighths mile marker, Desomer went to strong urging with less than an eighth of a mile to go and the youngster caught fire at mid-stretch and flew in deep-stretch to get up at the wire despite having not raced since November 21.

Bred and owned by The Desomer Stables, and trained by Vickie Desomer, Power Broker won by a head, in 1:58.3, thus establishing a lifetime mark. Dancing Barry had to settle for second, and Art Deco (Etienne Desomer) finished another length back, in third.