Mooney Svendsen savors stakes double
Thursday, April 17th, 2015 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Last Sunday night was a good one for Mooney Svendsen as he guided Zoeys Delight to her first Sire Stakes victory, then came back less than an hour later to pick up another stakes score with Avila Beach.
Both fillies hail from the Bob Johnson barn and they were pulling off minor upsets in the process. Zoeys Delight was getting the advantage on powerful stablemate Sandy’s Delight for the first time in the trotting event, while Wayne and Rod Knittel’s homebred Avila Beach prevailed in a very contentious pacing affair while returning $15 to her backers.
“Zoeys Delight has been coming around since adding Lasix,” Svendsen related. “She just hadn’t been able to get close to Sandy’s Song and wasn’t coming up with that pop. This time I noticed something different around the middle of the last turn, and when I wheeled her out she marched right by.” More ---
Real Attitude rolling for his new connections
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
When Lino Pacheco saw Real Attitude surface in a $3,000 claimer last month, he dipped in and took the pacer for client Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, and the result has been three trips to the winner’s circle from four appearances in the new barn.
Real Attitude is a 12-year-old son of Real Artist with over $400,000 on his card and a 1:51 1/5 mark, and he continues to do good work under Pacheco’s direction. Last week’s score came with $5,000 company and he proved a punctual favorite in a 1:54 1/5 tour with Tim Maier at the controls.
“I like the older horses with back class,” Lino related when asked about the claim. “I was very happy when I got him back to the barn after the claim and he’s been very game in his races.”
After two impressive scores right off the bat under his new banner, including a first-over 1:53 2/5 tally on March 29, Real Attitude stepped up to face Open II rivals on April 4 and couldn’t match strides with a red-hot Hoboken Hanover that evening. More ---
CHHA and Watch and Wager agree to purse increase
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
The California Harness Horsemans Association and Watch and Wager LLC have agreed to a 10 percent across the board purse increase effective this Saturday April 18th.
The trotters and pacers are in action at Cal Expo on Saturday and Sunday nights, with Saturday’s post now changing to 6:55 p.m. and Sunday racing getting underway at 5 p.m. Closing night of the current meeting is Sunday May 3rd.
“We want to thank all our horseman who put on a great show and made the meet successful this season" said Chris Schick General Manager of Watch and Wager LLC. " We recognize that horseman have plenty of options this time of year, and want to reward those that remain to meets end".
Watch and Wager LLC has recently exercised two option years with Cal Expo. Current plans call for the fall meeting to begin in late October.