by Al Cimaglia
February 4, 2022
Cal Expo starts the weekend with a 9-race card. The popular 0.20 Pick 4 is set to roll in Race 6. The sequence has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a 16% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Uniquerock (5-1)-One move sort needs a trip from this post to sit inside and look to shake loose late. Fits with this bunch and Lackey should put in play.
3-Devils Brother (3-1)-Barn has been cold and will toss the last dull try. Usual pilot Kennedy returns, he has been red-hot and could work an efficient trip. Does its best work racing near the top of the stack and could drop in right behind the program chalk #5.
8-SD Watch Me Now (4-1)-Makes the 2nd start of the meet and this time Roland steers his trainee. Drops into a comfortable spot and should be tough to beat with a top effort.
2-Ivy B Poison (7/2)-This will be the 3rd start at CalX and comes off a bumpy trip. This is Kennedy's choice over #7 and should be in the hunt with a smooth journey.
4-Kiss On The Lips (7/5)-Longo won't be driving his pupil tonight as Plano grabs the lines over #1 and will use that angle. Was raced hard from the 8 hole in last and faded after getting the top. Looking for a better steer and a better outcome.
4-Villa For Rent (8/5)-Was used off the gate into the opening quarter to get on the point last week and couldn't hold the lead. Did pace hard to the wire and will look for a better trip here at a small price.
6-Western Devil (2-1)-Came out of the same race as the one above and stayed inside but was locked in down the lane. Replay watchers will be betting and did have a valid excuse. But will be a short price and not sure the troubled trip cost a picture.
7-Fox Valley Triton (5-1)-Here is another out of the same race that was used hard off the gate. Did rally down the lane but then hung. Should be in the hunt with a smooth trip.
1-Almost Cut My Hair (8-1)-Takes a meaningful drop and gets post relief. Lackey should be able to get into striking range by the top of the lane. Can bring one good move and the price should be right.
3-Some Playa (3-1)-This veteran also takes a good drop and has had excuses in the last 2 starts. Plano should be out and rolling and looks to be a player with a sharp steer.
5-Outlaw Blue By You (5/2)-Hasn't won since last year but this could be the night. Drops to the lowest level of the meet and may finally have found a beatable field for team Kennedy.
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