by Al Cimaglia
January 1, 2022
Cal Expo kicks off 2022 with a 9-race card. The betting headliner of the evening starts in Race 6, the 0.20 Pick 4. The sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool with a 16% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
7-Gorgeous For Real (8/5)-Drew off at 1/5 with a 57.2 back half against this kind. This is the basement class so anything could happen but will be tough to beat with the same effort.
8-Dashboard (4-1)-Put in a flat line last week and was Kennedy's choice over #5. This 10-year-old can dial it up on occasion and has not been in this cheap all meet.
1-Witch Hunter (3-1)-The 1-29 record in 2021 can be cause for pause. But drops plus could be in a spot to get sucked around and use one nice brush down the lane. Using in an up-for-grabs affair and will hope is ignored at the windows.
5-Time For T (7/2)-Comes off an even effort in a needed start after a Judges scratch. Plano sticks and the last trip wasn't the best. Maybe tonight the journey will be smoother and will show improvement in the 4th start for the Schneider barn.
6-Infinite Horizon (15-1)-Will toss last off a sick scratch and gets a positive driver change with Husted taking the lines. Could take a picture if races back to its 11-26 effort.
9-Outlawnothnbutsmrt (4-1)-Couldn't seal the deal at this level going off at 1/5 last week. This will be the 2nd start on Lasix and the post draw will make it a challenge. But has the speed to down this crew and the price should be a lot better.
5-Bettor's Promise (1-1)-Husted's choice over #4 drops again looking for an overdue win. The only picture last year came at Hawthorne in 152.2 on 9-10. This pilot drove him the following start and maybe this will be a wake-up call.
6-Skyway Raider (3-1)-Can't completely trust the morning line choice. Grundy could land in the pocket behind #5 and make the most of an efficient trip.
2-Shes A Showstopper (5-1)-Has hit the board in 3 of 4 CalX starts and has taken 1 picture. Raced well last week following breaking stride at the start. Stewart is back in the bike and should be forwardly placed throughout.
3-Jennie Ann (7/2)-Makes the 3rd start at the meet and gets some class relief. Does good work at CalX (21-5-4-5) and Kennedy should be out and rolling. Could lane on the point and not look back.
6-Oneida Blue Chip (5/2)-Banked over $50k on smaller ovals last year but is 0-3 at CalX. Plested trainee should like the company and might be sitting on a big try.
0.20 Pick 4
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