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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Drivers and Trainers Seeking Warmth and Success at Cal-Expo

With a little over two weeks before the kick-off of the 2012 Fall Meet at Cal-Expo, seven horsemen have decided to make the trek to the the Golden State to take advantage of the realtive warmth and increased purses and late closing opportunities Watch and Wager is bringing to their inaugaral meet.  The horsemen who have or will be making Sacramento home for the late fall-early winter are George Anthrop, Bruce Clarke, Evan Coblentz, Mike Eaton, Dan Gassien, Jennifer Sabot, and Richard Schneider.

George Anthrop ships in from the recently concluded Colonial Downs meet where he was the 5th leading trainer, credited with 9 wins out of 75 starts.  For the year, Anthrop has a 0.324 UTRS with 46 training wins out of 207 starts earning $90,680 for the season.  Career-wise, he has 615 lifetime victories with total purse earnings of $1,959,906.

Driver/Trainer Bruce Clarke, who has been at Cal-Expo for the sires stakes has decided to come in from the East Coast and take up residence at Cal-Expo full time after earning $84,012 this year with a limited number of starts.  Career-wise, Clarke has earned almost $3.5 million training and 2,803 driving victories with $11.5 million in purses won in the bike.

Evan Coblentz is another driver/trainer who has decided to make the trip west from Colonial Downs where he was the 9th leading trainer with 7 victories from 57 starters and a UTR of 0.306.  Five of those victories came as a driver at Colonial Downs where he was the fifteenth leading driver with a UDR of 0.281. 

Michael Eaton, a familiar face in New England racing is having a successful meet at Plainridge Racecourse, where Eaton is currently the 2nd leading dash winning trainer with 38 victories out of 186 starts, earning a UTR of 0.363 and $89,031 during the meet.  As a driver, Eaton is the 3rd leading reinsman with 78 winners out of 429 starts, sporting a UDR of 0.339, earning $213,659 in purses as a driver.

Dan Gassien comes down from Ontario, Canada to give Cal-Expo a chance this season with his most recent training start coming at Kawartha Downs.  Gassien has four training victories this year with limited opportunity and with the current uncertainty in Ontaro, Gassien is hoping for some success as well as warmth this coming meet.

In her first full year of training, Jennifer Sabot has been impressive on the East Coast with a 0.358 UTR with 30 training victories out of 128 opportunities, earning $383,014 in purse money.  At Yonkers Raceway, Sabot has 22 winners out of 90 starters earning a UTR of 0.367 as well as bagging 3 winners out of 12 starters at Freehold with a UTR of 0.398. 

While not from the East Coast, Richard Schneider comes down from Alberta, Canada to take in the relative warm weather California provides this time of the year.  Earlier this year, Schneider was the second leading trainer at Northlands Park with 13 victories out of 107 starts.  A trainer of 359 career victories and over $1.7 million in purses, Schneider also has driven 178 career victories with over $737,000 in purse earnings. 

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