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Racing Returns Saturday, October 24




Barbarian headlines Lloyd Arnold Pace

Barbarian, who has captured five of the last six top dances here, heads the cast for Saturday night’s featured $10,000 Lloyd Arnold Pace.

There will be 11 races presented under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC and the card will get underway at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a pair of California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers decided before the regular program.

Barbarian is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Righteous Renee who races for owner Robert Orr, takes his lessons from Sparky Clarke and will once again be guided by Luke Plano from the cozy rail slot in the field of seven.

He had a four-race winning streak snapped by I’m An Athlete two back, carving out all the fractions in that affair before being collared right on the money. He was very game in his previous four scores, including one from the demanding No. 10 post, putting his class and versatility on display in the process.

Barbarian returned to his winning ways in last week’s Open, as he sat back early and then exploded when asked in the stretch to be up by three-quarters of a length over Jazzmanian Devil in a sharp 1:52 1/5 tour, which is three ticks off his lifetime standard.

I’m An Athlete is a 7-year-old son of Art Major out of the Cam’s Card Shark mare Female Champs who is owned by Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, is trained by Lino Pacheco and will have the services of James Kennedy. He upset Barbarian two back in a strong performance over a track labeled good.

Rounding out the field for the Arnold are Bettor’s Promise with Tony Succarotte; Allymx’sliventexas, Mooney Svendsen; Anderlecht, who gives the Clarke barn two looks at the outcome; Jazzmanian Devil with Steve Wiseman; and the second Pacheco trainee in Pancetta, who will do his work from the outside post.