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California Sire Stakes, Shapiro Series highlighted
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - by Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

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Sacramento, CA --- A $10,000 California Sire Stakes headed by King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn and the second leg of the Marvin Shapiro Pacing Series are the main events at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo on Saturday night.

 

King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn, have accounted for the first two Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing males, while last week’s opening leg of the Shapiro saw Plum Crazy Baby and Itsabouttonight prevailing in the two divisions.

 

King Of The Crop is a homebred son of Little Steven who carries the banner of Frank Nevarez while being trained and driven by James Kennedy. Rikybrnthegaragdwn is by Living It Up and races for Maryann Plano with son Luke reining and training.

 

Plum Crazy Baby is a 6-year-old mare by Relentless Yankee who carries the banner of Derick Takahashi, hails from the Dario Solares barn and has Dave Siegel in the bike for a return engagement. She made two moves to the lead on the sloppy track from her outside slot and went on to a convincing 3-3/4 lengths decision.

 

Itsabouttonight is a 5-year-old daughter of Armbro Mackintosh and the Life Sign mare Churchbell Sign who is owned and trained by Gretchen Smith and will once again have Tim Maier giving directions.

 

The bay miss had actually been winless for quite some time coming into last week’s opening leg of the Shapiro, having recorded a 1:53.3 career-best mile two years ago. She had been making menacing noises in her past few starts here and put it all together last weekend.

 

Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Itsaboutttonight went right to the front from her outside slot and left little doubt over the sloppy going. She opened up over four lengths on the field on the final bend and came to the wire with 5-1/4 lengths to spare in an overpowering performance.

 

 


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