by Al Cimaglia
December 3, 2021
Cal Expo has a compact 9-race program ready to go tonight. The 0.20 Pick 4 starts in Race 6. the sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Bobs Time (8-1)-Qualifier was good with the trainer between the pipes. Should be in the mix if minds manners and has won 4 of 12 at CalX.
5-Fast Track (9/5)-Won its 2nd start off the bench last week and now bumps up in class. Roland worked a nice trip but was used a couple of times in last. Fits but price will be small and has only 1 win 28 starts over the last 2 years.
7-Dream Chasin (3-1)-This will be the 3rd start of the meet and the 3rd lifetime start at CalX. Has been facing tougher and loses Plano as he steers #2 from his barn. Svendsen should get a good seat and be in striking range turning for the money.
1-Chase The Gold (9/2)-Comes off a nice win versus this kind last week and should be in line for another good trip. Probably won't be 12-1 but could take another picture.
2-Ivar (9/2)-Like the one above this another from the Schneider barn who won last, and it was the 1st start on Lasix. Could look to get on the point as in last and make every call a winning one.
8-Believe In Dragons (4-1)-This is 3rd Schneider entry and has had 2 nice starts after being off since May. The post helps the price and will take a swing Plano provides a sharp steer. Best to not overlook, may close fastest of all.
3-Delightfully Wild (6-1)-This 8-year-old came out ready, posted an easy win and now moves up. Should be a solid price and has done well at CalX. Posted a 152.2 mark in the summer and has won 26 of 72 starts here.
5-Go Away N Play (6-1)-Has a win and a close 2nd place finish in 2 CalX races this meet. The last start was at this level and almost popped at 43-1, won't be that price here but should provide value.
6-River Lassena (4-1)-Came off the bench, raced inside and then was blocked down the lane. Not sure the tough trip cost a win but figures to be a player tonight.
1-Dark Horse Wine (12-1)-This is a soft group, and this mare drops. Appears more competitive than most and is worth a swing at this price.
5-Skyway Raider (9/5)-Comes off an even 1st local start. Had been facing better at HoP and Haw but is only 1-23 this year. Should like the company but probably won't offer any value.
Race 6) 4,5,7
Race 7) 1,2,8
Race 8) 3,5,6
Race 9) 1,5
Total Ticket Cost) $10.80 for $0.20
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