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Dani California breaks maiden in Cal Sire Stakes elim

November 01, 2008

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Getting your first career win going for a purse of $15,000 is exactly what Dani California did  Friday night at Cal-Expo.


Two-year-old filly trotters were featured on Halloween night in a California Sire Stakes, during  which Dani California pulled away from her fellow freshman. Leaving from post position five in the field of eight for trainer Tim Maier, Dani California would tuck in third an eighth of a mile after the start into a :30 first-quarter mile.


Remaining in the three hole through a half-mile time of 1:01.1, Maier would move his lass to the outside just past the five-eighths mile pole, while now racing first-over.


\"She felt comfortable the whole way and at the five-eighths I felt it was time to make my move,\" said Maier.  \"When I pulled her she was strong.\"


Rushing up on the rim with authority to the three-quarter mile pole, timed in 1:31.3, Dani California would soon take over the lead with 3-16ths of a mile to go.  Now being urged, the young lady would respond by gradually opening up the lead while giving her foes no chance to catch her.


\"She trotted willingly all the way through the lane,\" stated Maier.


Owned by Denise Maier in partnership with breeder Alan Kirschenbaum, Dani California would win ($18.60) by four lengths, in 2:01.1, thus establishing a lifetime mark.  The pace-setting Sheila\'s Dream (Rick Plano) finished in second, and Firewall (Rich Wojcio) finished well, but another 1-1/2-lengths farther back, in third.


\"It was a very good effort and we\'re very happy,\" finished Maier.


In a $7,500 Open 1 Handicap trot raced over a track listed as \"good,\" Fox Harbor would win easily for the second straight start.


Owned by Larry Keethe and John Darrah, the Lou Pena trained gelding would score ($6.40) by 2 1/4-lengths for regular pilot Gilbert Herrera, in 1:59.1.  Girlie Tough (Rick Plano) was a good second, and Hitchiker (Etienne Desomer) finished 4 1/4 lengths farther back in third.


Filly & Mare Open ll Handicap pacers went at it for a purse of $6,500 over a fast track, on which Reno Rose (Jim Lackey) pushed her career earnings just over $100,000.


Owned by Ron Mansfield and Joshua Schoeneman, and trained by Jim Wilkinson Jr., the four year old would win ($20.40) by two lengths, stopping the timer at 1:54.4, thus equaling a lifetime best.  Cat Burgler (Etienne Desomer) was placed second, and Nikoleta (James Kennedy) was placed third.  My Fanny (Luke Plano) finished second, but was disqualified and placed seventh for interference to Little Bit Country (Steve Hyman) while on a brief break just past the half-mile pole.


A field of 12 two-year-old filly pacers battled it out for the top 10 spots in a $6,000 California Sire Stakes elimination for the November 7 final, in which Make Me Late scored nicely for Jim Lackey.


Owned by trainer Mark Anderson, Make Me Late would win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:55.4, thereby establishing a lifetime mark.  Moonlight Madam (Bruce Clarke) finished in second, and Silver Bloom (Rick Plano) finished another 3 1/2 lengths farther back, in third.


Also qualifying for next weeks Sire Stakes final were You Go Shirl; Little Kiera; Mystically Mine; Artilda; Haggin Oaks; Mid Night Flyer, and Castle Oaks. (Cal Expo)

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