She's So Glad and Betty Elizabeth will attempt to continue sweeps at Cal Expo in Friday night’s two $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old fillies, while Cherry Tree Nicole is the one to beat in the $7,700 finale of the Turkey Trot. There is also a $3,539 carryover in the Pick 5. The 50-cent minimum wager is conducted on the fifth through ninth races on the evening and the pool is estimated to be $12,500 when all is said and done.
Looking at the Sire Stakes for the pacing distaffers, She Is So Glad is a homebred daughter of Power Of Art who competes for Jim Wilkinson Jr., Hans Karge, Billie Schwartz and Jay Rosenberg with Wilkinson the trainer and Rich Wojcio handling the lines. She has won four of her six appearances on the year and is seeking her third straight stakes tally.
The first added-money score came on Oct. 29 in a romping six-length decision in a sparkling 1:55 flat. She just missed with a strong rally in a conditioned event at next asking, then was a handy victress in the most recent stakes clash two weeks ago.
Betty Elizabeth is a Panama Hanover offspring, who is owned, trained and was bred by Lisa Pilcher and will once again be guided by Steve Wiseman. She closed out the spring with an impressive stakes score and has started off this meet with a pair of solid decisions at the head of the sophomore filly trotting class.
Cherry Tree Nicole, who has posed for pictures following five of her last eight trips to the post and holds the aces in the Turkey Trot finale. A 4-year-old daughter of British Sterling, Cherry Tree Nicole carries the banner of Denise Maier and Alan Kirschenbaum with Tim Maier doing the driving and training. She is gunning for her ninth win on the season, has $52,000 in her account and set her 1:58.3 career standard in last week’s Turkey Trot elimination.
Coming off a romping victory on Nov. 11, the bay mare was sent off the 4-5 chalk in last week’s assignment and did not disappoint her many backers. Maier let her lag early, as is her custom, began to pick up momentum when swinging wide on the final bend, then came home sharply to get the job done by a length a half while shaving two ticks off her mark in the process. (Cal Expo)