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CalExpo: Sire Stakes Featured On Closing Night
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Sire Stakes featured on closing night
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
 
A quartet of California Sire Stakes for the 3 and 4-year-old pacers and will be showcased on closing night of the Watch and Wager LLC harness meet Saturday, with first post for the 12-race card set for 6:15 p.m.
 
The team of owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and driver Mooney Svendsen should be tough in both the stakes for the males, with Army Of One heading the 3-year-old contest and Allymx’sliventexas strictly the one to beat in the event for the 4-year-olds.
 
A Hi Ho Silverheels’ homebred, Army Of One has accounted for five of the six added-money contests for this group. Allmyx’sliventexas has dominated his division all season, establishing his lifetime mark of 1:51 4/5 while romping home by double digits in the February 4 stakes clash.
 
In last week’s score, Army Of One changed his tactics from front-end performances to coming from last in the compact cast for Svendsen and prevailing in the final strides with the 1:56 3/5 clocking, a second off the career standard he set in the February 25 Sire Stakes.
 
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Final figures at this Watch and Wager LLC meet will be encouraging all the way around, including an average nightly handle of over $802,000, representing a 4.5 percent increase over the previous meet.
 
Field size also went up from 7.6 starters per race to 7.9, while there will have been 666 races run here this season compared to 612 at the last session.
 
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This being closing night of the meet, there will be mandatory payouts in all wagers. Harness racing is scheduled to return to Cal Expo on Saturday, October 2
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