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Television Star wins at Cal-Expo

April 09, 2010
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A class drop to his last winning level successfully offset Television Star having to race against the style he prefers.

Conditioned pacers were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night (April 8); on which Television Star gave his foes no chance after getting his own way.

In advance of starting from post-two in the field of a half-dozen, trainer Rick Plano had positive and negative thoughts.

"He was dropping down in class and I thought he was the best," stated Plano.  "But I was worried that I might have to be on the lead - - which is where he doesn't want to be."

Coming away in the pocket as horses dropped into post-position order, Plano was left with no choice other than to call an audible after an eighth of a mile.

"I was forced to go to the front because they were going slow and I didn't like that I had to be on the lead, but I was going to go as slow as I could,"

Making the lead after the quarter, timed in :30.1, Plano was feeling more upbeat at the half-mile marker, timed in 1:01.4.

"I felt better at the half because I went a very easy :31.3 second-quarter - - even though it was against the wind a little."

Giving his pacer some line urging at and past the half-mile juncture, Plano had good reason.

"He was going pretty darn slow so I got after him because we were walking and I wanted to get the pace going at some point."

Urged again past the five-eighths mile station, Plano was merely confirming what his horse already knew he was going to have to do.

"He heard Cycle Power (Steve Wiseman) coming first-over and started pacing on."

Letting out a notch on his charge midway through the final-turn, Plano had no reason not to be optimistic while on top by one-length at the three-quarter mile pole, timed in a soft 1:31.3.

"He was pacing pretty strong at that point and I thought he was going to get home."

Drifting out a harmless path at the head of the stretch, the gelding stretched his lead to 1-3/4-lengths with an eighth of a mile to go.

"Halfway down the stretch he was pacing pretty fast and I figured with the caliber of horse that he is that they weren't going to catch him from anywhere behind me - - especially when you're coming home in :27.2."

Now under some urging in the final sixteenth of a mile when Red Star Ruffles (Sue Boyce) was closing, the four year-old went on and wasn't going to be caught.  Bred and owned by the partnership of Alan Kirschenbaum & Sheldon Perry, Television Power won ($3.80) by 1-1/4-lengths, in 1:59.  Red Star Ruffles was a good second, and Cycle Power finished another quarter of one-length farther back, in third.

"It was a good race for him because he won," finished Plano. (Cal-Expo)

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