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Cycle Power tough to beat

May 21, 2010
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In a very rare appearance on the front, Cycle Power showed his versatility.

Conditioned-claiming pacers were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night (May 20), on which Cycle Power repeated.

Prior to starting from post-position one in the field of seven, driver Steve Wiseman knew that a closer from post-one wasn't necessarily a plus.

"I figured from the one-hole that I'd change tactics a little bit and try something different by leaving and putting him on the front," stated Wiseman.  "If someone left into me - - then I'd quarter-move because I not only wanted to see how he'd be - - and I figured he' be alright - - but I also didn't want to get away third or fourth and then have to be first-over again like last week."

Chased past the start to secure the pocket once yielding to the eighth, Wiseman moved his charge frontward just before the field had traveled 3-16ths of a mile.

"Well, the pace was slow, but I wanted to whack it out."

Getting the lead just past the quarter-mile pole, timed in :29.4, the four year-old, while reaching the half-mile juncture, timed in :59.2, appeared to pace an easy second-quarter despite the split going faster than the opening panel.

"I wanted him to go on a little bit in the second quarter and keep the pace honest, and he felt good doing it."

Under wheel-disc urging to the final-turn and chased after and getting his earplugs popped at the five-eighths mile marker, Wiseman reminded us why.

"Like I said before, he's a big lazy horse.  So I got after him and yelled at him and pulled the earplugs and he responded real good and grabbed right on to me."

Continuing to be chased after through a three-quarters, timed in 1:28.2, the gelding opened up in the upper-stretch under pretty strong urging, then when looking home free, Wiseman didn't urge as strongly.  From nowhere, however, came a charging Thedeadliestcatch (Jim Lackey).

"The horse I was most concerned about was Thedeadliestcatch because I know he has a wicked last quarter.  I was just trying to get as much real-estate as I could, but I kind of let up a little sooner than I should have and probably should have kept after him a little more.  But I figured I had enough real-estate on him that he couldn't catch me - - but you never take a chance with a horse like that that can fly home."

Holding safe as the wire came up, the Nathalie Tremblay owned & trained pacer, in winning his fourth in the last five outings, won ($3.60) by 1-1/4-lengths, in 1:55.3.  Thedeadliestcatch belatedly came on while roaring with pace to finish in second, and Got No Troubles (John Chappell) finished another 1-3/4-lengths farther back, in third.

"It was a very good race for him considering that was the first time he has been on the front here in California.  He finished good and was very good and strong," finished Wiseman.
 
Live racing continues at Cal-Expo on Friday (May 21) at 5:55 p.m. (PDT) and on Saturday (May 22) at 5:35 p.m.  On Friday, Cal-Expo offers Happy Hour between 6:00-8:00 p.m., where $1 Beer, $2 Wine & $3 Buffalo Wings an order is offered.  Also on Friday, a carryover of $4,830.28 will be added into the Super High-5 (Race 10) pool.  Total estimated pool is $15,000. (Cal Expo)
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