by Al Cimaglia
May 1, 2022
It is closing night at Cal Expo and that means mandatory payouts in all pools. The 0.20 Pick 4 starts in Race 5. 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.
4-Allmyx'sliventexas (7/5)-Threw a clunker in last but this is a soft bunch except for #6. Don't see the need to be used hard off the gate and should bounce back with a big try.
6-Chase The Gold (9/5)-Has cashed 2nd place checks in the last 2 after winning 9 straight. Could start a new steak if brings his best effort tonight.
3-Imma Tank (6-1)-Drops to spot to shine and should offer a solid price. Stewart needs to work a smooth trip and keep the 9-year-old near the top of the stack.
5-Albergo Hanover (2-1)-Program chalk drops in search of the 1st win of the year (0-10). Lackey should have his own pupil rolling hard down the stretch.
5-Bunkerhill Bill (9/2)-Faded down the lane when bumped up to this class last week. Draws well, beat 2 from this field in last and the price should be right to take a swing.
6-Cowboy Dirtyboots (6-1)-Has had excuses in the last few and will need a good steer here. This barn has been cold but will look for a price again and play against the program chalk #1.
1-Raider Rose (8/5)-Comes off a nice win, took control early on and didn't look back. Loses Plano but Grundy should have this mare forwardly placed throughout.
4-Snoah (9/2)-Steps-up off a sharp win and takes on some older foes but was Svendsen's choice over #6. Will look for another top effort from this Johnson trainee and best to not overlook.
0.20 Pick 4
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