by Al Cimaglia
April 21, 2018
The main event at Cal Expo tonight rolls in Race 7, the Lloyd Arnold-Free For All Pace with a $10,000 purse. Race 7 also marks the start of the 0.20 Pick 4 sequence with a $50,000 guaranteed pool and a 16% takeout.
It was a chalky Friday evening at the Big M. My Pick 4 ticket was on target in only three of four legs as the 0.50 combination of (7-7-6-9) paid $74.55.
At Cal Expo on Friday the drivers with the hottest hands were James Kennedy, Luke Plano and Steve Wiseman who all made three trips to the winner's circle. Trainer Kathleen Plested led all conditioners with two wins on the night.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Allmyx'sliventexas-Big time effort in last win and he can string a few together.
5-Bettor's Promise-Major player tonight, could be sitting on the engine or in the 2 hole.
8-I'm An Athlete-Post adds to the price and best effort could be good enough, plus Kennedy is back.
2-Nutmegs Desire-Form isn't exciting but Wiseman returns, and this is an ugly race, will consider at 7-1 in the ML.
5-Little Emma-Usually finds a way to lose and a slow pace could hurt, but best to respect versus this crew.
6-Along Came Jane-Last 2 were good efforts and Kennedy is back between the pipes and that won't hurt.
1-Oh Yeah-Almost lasted on the engine in last and now the post draw is more favorable for his style.
3-Musician-Should fall in right behind #1 and then look to out sprint to the wire, can pop at a square price.
5-Western Fortune-Took it easy after breaking in previous start, looking for a more aggressive effort from program chalk.
1-Bettor In The Bank-Drops to level of recent success, Kennedy steers and that should benefit also.
2-Blue Star Maverick-Taking a swing with 15-1 shot and hoping Goulet can find a good cover flow.
5-Mint To Cruise-Steps after a sharp win and still fits, Plano should keep in the hunt to the wire.
7-Justabitcrazy-Comes off 2 sharp efforts in fast miles, and this post should help the price.
0.20 Pick 4
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