Give Me This Dance Headlines Sire Stakes

Harness racing at Cal Expo

Give Me This Dance, an impressive winner of both starts at this meet since arriving from Minnesota, heads the cast for Friday night’s featured $15,000 California Sire Stakes for  three-year-old pacing fillies at Cal Expo.

Watch and Wager LLC will present 10 races and first post is set for 6:45 p.m. The main events include an Open Pace featuring Dancin Lance and a Distaff Open Pace headed by Rockin With Lou.

Give Me This Dance is a homebred daughter of Wind Me Up who carries the banner of Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and is reined and trained by Nick Roland. Sent off the solid favourite in both her appearances this season, she has not disappointed her many backers with solid victories, lowering her lifetime mark to 1:56.2 with last week’s score.

Wind Meup To Life was an impressive victress in the most stakes clash of the season for the division, while Cenalta Flash captured the initial big-money gathering for the division. 

Wind Meup To Life is a daughter of Wind Me Up who goes about her business for Edward Gutin, is conditioned by Richard Bertrand and will once again have Cordarius Stewart at the controls. She made her debut two weeks ago in Sire Stakes competition and raced to 3-5 favouritism that night as she tracked, attacked turning for home and went on to a 5-1/4-length romp with Stewart. She was a strong runner-up to Give Me This Dance in a conditioned event last week.

Cenalta Flash races for Gordon, Helen and Myrna Empey with Gordon the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen at the controls. She was a facile winner of the initial stakes dance of the season on February 20.

Completing the field are Toot and Anotherblazinwoman.

Chase The Gold continues to sizzle

As if rattling off nine straight victories isn’t good enough, Chase The Gold went out and paced the fastest mile of the meeting last Sunday night while earning his third Sire Stakes trophy in a sparkling 1:51 performance.

The Qks Racing-owned, Quentin Schneider-trained four-year-old took complete control of things at the half for James Kennedy and then smoked home for the 4-3/4-length victory.

On the same program, Kennedy was also at the controls behind River Lassena for her impressive victory in the Alan Kirschenbaum Pace. The daughter of Riverboat King goes about his business for owner Mark Anderson and trainer Gordie Graham.

Meanwhile, Tink And Tiger continues to make the most of his final year of racing, as the 14-year-old pacer has posed for pictures after six of his 10 appearances this year and three of his last four.

A son of Art Major out of the Western Hanover mare For My Mom, Tink And Tiger is owned and trained by Rick Bertrand and has found an excellent partner in Nick Roland. While he may be racing at the lower level these nights, he’s been getting the job done like an Invite pacer, including last week’s mile when he was parked the journey and still waltzed home with 3-1/4 lengths to spare in a 1:55.2 mile.

For the record, it was win No. 45 from 344 lifetime outings for Tink And Tiger, who turned in a 1:49.4 lifetime-best tour nine years ago at Balmoral Park, and last week’s tally pushed his bank account to just shy of $340,000.

(Cal Expo)