by Al Cimaglia
February 23, 2018
Cal Expo starts the weekend with an eleven-race card. The feature rolls in Race 4, an Open II Pace with a $4,200 purse. The 0.20 Pick 4 sequence begins in Race 8 and has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a 16% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Mint To Cruise-Blistered a 55.1 back half to win by 10, similar effort should be good for an encore.
3-Justabitcrazy-Looks like main threat if #1 has an off night. The #9 might have more speed but post hurts.
1-Full Moon Rising-Can do best work up close and from this post can trip out at a square price.
5-Vow To Win-Used hard and faded in last now Wiseman steers. Camera shy but so are others.
6-Stylemaster-Plano's choice over #2-#5, has been in the hunt since coming back from an extended break.
7-Mattador D-Last start was best effort in quite some time, will use versus this crew.
1-Get Decked-Drops to lowest level since coming to Cali, should like the company.
2-Best Dream Seeker-Old timer has some back class but it's way back. Will respect but don't agree with the 3/2 ML.
4-Dark Prince-1 win in last 23 but at this level with the right trip could pop at a nice price.
2-Storming D Odds-Broke in last but still won, now 2nd time Lasix and could be sharper if minds manners.
4-Lilmessinaround-Slower starter does roll late but needs to be in better striking range, worth a swing at 12-1 in ML.
5-Hes A Navajo-Racing well and may finally close the deal, needs to be respected.
6-He Grins Again-Has been facing tougher and is a major threat versus this crew. Gets a new pilot as Goulet steers.
0.20 Pick 4
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