Robin Clements sent four performers to Running Aces this summer, eventually selling two and retiring the other pair, and now starts off this meet with a new quartet under her direction.

“I claimed Crusin For You for $10,000 in Minnesota because he’s a hard-knocking little horse who seems to do well both at Running Aces and Cal Expo,” Clements related.

A familiar name in the barn is Shock N Awe, who has been with trainer Bruce Clarke for many years back east. “I just happened to call him and say I was looking for a mare to race at Cal Expo and he had her for sale. She was a barn favorite of Bruce’s wife Megan, so they were a little fussy about her going to someone they knew would take good care of her.”

Using an on-line auction site called On Gait, Robin was able to find a mare named Plain Old Jane who she felt would be a good addition to the barn. “I went into her past history and noticed she seemed to like the bigger track, having taken her 1:53 1/5 mark at The Meadowlands as a 3-year-old.”

Looking for a gelding to round out the shedrow proved to be a more difficult task for Clements. “I didn’t really see anything worth claiming until I found Marced Magic,” she noted.

“He had been racing at Yonkers. I reached out to a friend of mine who owns a full brother and he loved the horse and told me to check out the history. Being an Iowa-bred, he fits into the DHA program and I was able to buy him because they were dissolving a partnership.”

Robin added she was pleased with the way each pacer qualified last weekend and is looking forward to finding out more about her new proteges on the opening night program