Silverhill Volo, Pridecrest head Friday’s Open Trot

Silverhill Volo and Pridrest, who have accounted for the last two clashes at the head of the class, get another chance to settle the score in Friday night’s featured $8,800 Open Trot.

The Watch and Wager LLC program has a first post set for 6:45 p.m. and the main event goes as the fourth event on the card.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s program, the Steve Wiseman Final and the DHA Filly and Mare Free-for-All Pace will share the spotlight.

Unfiltered looks like the one to beat in the Wiseman after accounting for five of his seven appearances at this meet, including a sharp coast-to-coast score last week for trainer Quentin Schneider and pilot James Kennedy.

The Filly and mare FFA will find Divine Art seeking her sixteenth straight victory. The distaffer rattled off a dozen wins in a row in her native Canada before venturing down for her new owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo and has added three more snapshots to her resume.

Moving up to the Open ranks for her most recent tour, Divine Art left to the top for Longo, was covered up on the backside, then had the needed response when room developed along the rail at midstretch to come through for a three-quarters of a length decision.

Alexia Kehl making most of California invasion

Trainer Alexia Kehl is making a nice impression in her first season here at Cal Expo, including a training double on last Sunday night’s card with the 4-year-old pacing mare Bekkums Fancy Star and the 7-year-old trotting gelding Dylan The Great.

Both were handled by Brad Irvine, with Bekkums Fancy Star picking up her third snapshot at this meet while Dylan The Great accounted for the featured trot on the program while making his second appearance since coming in from Pocono Downs.

Bekkums Fancy Star started off the meet with a pair of scores in handy fashion, added a second in the Funicello/Holt Final and then returned to her winning ways last weekend with a bold late move.

Dylan The Great was ready for his best work a bit later on the program in the trotting headliner after facing the best in the grounds the previous week in the Open while making his first start since mid-November.

Irvine stalked early with the son of Break The Bank K, came first over to wrest command from favored Rock Party and continued strongly the length of the drive to hold safe over the hard-knocking veteran Mandeville.

Kehl, a 32-year-old Wisconsin native, has always had a love of horses but it was only about 14 years ago that she found herself in the world of horse racing while working as a groom for Dave Magee at the then new Running Aces in Minnesota.

She hung her own shingle beginning in 2011 and has steadily built a nice reputation, including conditioning fan favorite Goody Two Shoes and seeing her first Minnesota-bred 2-year-old trotter earn championship honors.

Steve Wiseman Final heads Sunday program

Unfiltered, a winner of five of his seven appearances at this meet, heads the cast for Sunday night’s $15,500 Steve Wiseman Final for the pacers.

Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with first post set for 4:55 p.m..

The co-feature on the evening is the DHA Filly and Mare Free-for-All Pace, with the Wiseman going as the sixth race and the FFA set as the seventh contest on the evening.

Unfiltered is 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin out of the Dontgetinmyway mare Miss Millie who goes about his business for Qks Racing, is conditioned by Quentin Schneider and will Mooney Svendsen in the sulky.

He comes into this weekend’s assignment having posed for pictures following 17 of his 34 trips to the post and sports a 1:52 1/5 career standard that established here in his first start at this meet back in mid-November.

Unfiltered followed that huge mile with three more victories, then had to settle for a third and a fourth-place finish in his next two outings while carving out the fractions on both occasion.

The Schneider trainee returned to his winning ways in last week’s tour, making every pole a winning with Kennedy while going off as the co-favorite with Quarantini, who checked in third in that affair.

Set to face him are Down It for Elson Miller; Firenado with Brad Irvine; Quarantini, Chip Lackey and Cartiere with Shawn Thayer guiding from the outside post.

Divine Art puts 15-race win streak on the line

Divine Art, who has rattled off 15 wins in a row, looks to continue her winning ways as she heads the marquee in Sunday night’s $12,500 DHA Filly and Mare Free-for-All Pace..

Divine Art is a 4-year-old daughter of Outrageious Art who is owned, trained and driven by Gerry Longo and recorded the first 12 victories of her streak in her native Canada, the most recent in mid-December at Centurey Downs.

She was then purchased privately by Longo and has been equally impressive in a trio of outings since arriving at Cal Expo while steadily climbing up the class ladder, beginning with conditioned scores before moving up to the Distaff Open for her last appearance two weeks ago.

Sent off the 1-2 choice in that affair, Divine Art was sent to the top by Longo, then was covered up past the quarter and played the role of stalker to the stretch. When room developed along the rail, she had the needed response and went on to a three-quarters of a length tally.

Taking her on Sunday are Prom Queen, Blue Star Mystic, Senga Nightmare, Park With Me Nancy, Give Me This Dance and Pure Addition.


Next week will find the trotters and pacers in action on Friday and Saturday night, with no racing on Super Bowl Sunday.