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Racing at the 77th Sonoma County Fair begins this afternoon and in the fourth event, a horse born and raised in Santa Rosa will be one of the favorites to win.
Jack Jack Jack's local roots go deep. His owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeMeo, raised him at their farm on Occidental Road and he's trained by Santa Rosa resident Steve Specht.
Now a 3-year-old, Jack Jack Jack will be making his fifth start today. He's finished third once and also has a fourth place finish on his resume.
There's reason to believe the gelding will improve today. He's adding blinkers which usually keep a horse from looking around.
In his last race (July 7 at Pleasanton), he took himself back leaving the gate and never rallied. He was favored in the betting but was beaten 10 lengths and finished in front of only three horses.
"He's going to show more speed this time," Jack DeMeo, a local attorney and honorary director of the fair board, said.
"He didn't try last time. This time, the blinkers will keep his mind on business. We're expecting a much-improved effort."
Jockey Frank Alvarado has the return call aboard Jack Jack Jack.