Pair of pacing Opens at Cal Expo Friday

Sacramento, CA — An $8,000 Open Pace featuring A Major Omen and a $7,500 Filly and Mare Open Pace headed by stablemates Lucky Lil Lady and Prom Queen get the marquee treatment Friday night (Nov. 24) at Cal Expo.

Eight races are on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:45 p.m.

A Major Omen has been assigned the outside post in the Open Pace with owner/trainer Gerry Longo at the controls. The 7-year-old son of Art Major comes into this assignment having posed for pictures following 39 of his 145 lifetime trips to the post with $411,876 in his bank account and a 1:49.2 career standard that was established three years ago at The Meadowlands.

He will be joined in the cast by barnmate Hoo Nien A with James Kennedy guiding; Northbrook Ron, Luke Plano; Alilthundadownunda for Nick Roland; Allmyx’sliventexas with Mooney Svendsen; Itsonlyrocknroll A, Winter Asher-Stalbaum; and Mystery Dragon with Jake Cutting at the controls.

Last week’s Distaff Open saw Lucky Lil Lady and Prom Queen finishing one-two for owner Robin Clements and trainer Quentin Schneider. Jessie Pacheco and James Kennedy will once again handle the pair, respectively.

Lucky Lil Lady showed the way early in that mile, gave up command past the half to her stablemate and then gamely rallied to get the job done by a head that evening in a strong mile for both performers.

Rounding out the field are Give Me This Dance, Crazy Cute, Eyes Don’t Lie and Divine Art.

Clements’ charges pull off a clean sweep

Last week’s Filly and Mare Open Pace proved to be a good one for owner Robin Clements, with Lucky Lil Lady and Prom Queen giving her a 1-2 finish.

Both distaffers take their lessons from Quentin Schneider with Jessie Pacheco guiding Lucky Lil Lady while James Kennedy was in the bike behind Prom Queen.

“I purchased Lucky Lil Lady from Indiana last year because she wasn’t Indiana staked and and I was hoping there was a possible Open in her future here at Cal Expo,” Clements related.

“Lily had been racing really well at Running Aces and when the meet was over she wouldn’t be shipping for a few more weeks and I had her turned out at Harlan Nolt’s place in Wisconsin. She had a good turn out and shipped here extremely fresh.

“Both Lily and Prom Queen qualified really well and when Jake Cutting took another mare in the race, Quentin and I wanted a driver who would listen and decided on Jessie Pacheco.

“Jessie did a great job and when Prom Queen pulled before the half that worried me a bit, especially when both girls started to open up in a :27.2 third quarter. Lily showed her class by digging in for the win.”

“Needless to say, I was extremely happy with them finishing 1-2 in the race.”

Robin made sure to credit what she has tabbed Team QKS — Kim and Quentin Schneider, Aaron Lehman and Ed Snider — for their excellent work with these two mares.

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