Sacramento, CA – Reagan Blue Chip and Bunkerhill Phil, both punctual winning favorites in last week’s elimination heats, head the cast for Sunday night’s (Dec. 3) $16,200 Will Meyers Memorial Pace at Cal Expo.
There will be nine races decided under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:55 p.m.
Reagan Blue Chip will be shooting for his third straight wins in as many starts at the meet for trainer Nathalie Tremblay, who also co-owns the pacer along with Dave Kuri, and James Kennedy will once again be at the controls.
The 6-year-old son of American Ideal scored a 7-1 upset on opening night off a live cover journey, then was a very game first-over victor in his elimination heat last week.
Reagan Blue Chip will be eyeing his 14th snapshot from 87 starts with $148,315 in his account and a 1:51 mark that was established three years ago.
Bunkerhill Phil was the 6-5 choice in his heat and after being parked to the lead by the quarter took complete control of the race to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths for his owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo.
He has prevailed in 27 of his 106 trips to the post with $207,733 in earnings and a 1:52.4 mark that was established earlier this year at Running Aces.
Completing the field are Impressive Art, Bunkerhill Bill, Bettor’s Promise, Rocknscience, Miki’s Magic Ride, Cenelta Firedragon, He Grins Again, and Frewil Dakota Sven.
Race honors memory of Will Meyers
Sunday’s feature is named for Will Meyers, a steward in California for 40 years including at Cal Expo, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 69 of pulmonary fibrosis.
Prior to becoming a steward in 1984, Meyers worked as a racing official at such tracks as Del Mar and Fresno.
“He had a great passion for the fairs,” said fellow steward Grant Baker in a Daily Racing Form article. “He was a good listener with a wealth of knowledge from his years. He had vast experience being in so many situations.”
“He was all about fairness,” steward Luis Jauregui said. “For horsemen and everything, he wanted to apply the rules. He had a horsemen’s background.”