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Cal Expo to honor memory of Pulse on Saturday

April 07, 2011
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Cal Expo has named Saturday night’s eighth race for Pulse, the popular 13-year-old pacer who died last week. Pulse died from injuries suffered when he was attempting to breed at Shannon Machovec’s Second Chance Farm in Elk Grove, Calif.
 
“It was tragic, and we’re still trying to recover from the shock,” said Machovec. “Gretchen Smith gave me Pulse for a riding horse, and I thought he deserved the chance to be a stallion. We had five mares lined up, and this was his first one.”
 
A son of Life Sign, Pulse won 59 of his 281 starts, banking $468,000 and sporting a 1:51 lifetime mark that was established at Mohawk. He is best remembered for starting his career at Cal Expo with 10 straight victories for owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Rick Plano.
 
During that streak, he became the fastest 2 year old in Cal Expo history with a 1:54.1 tour, a mark that still stands.
 
“I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Pulse,” Plano said. “He won 10 in a row to start his career and he was probably the best horse I’ve ever driven.”

Plano will attempt to win the race named for the late pacer with two trainees in Most Happy Lavros and Star Time Kid. (Cal Expo)

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