by Al Cimaglia
January 5, 2019
Tonight, Cal Expo has a 12-race card set to roll with the feature coming in Race 7, a fillies and mares Open Pace with a $7,000 purse. The 0.20 Pick 4 with a $40,000 guaranteed pool and a 16% takeout begins in Race 8, it will be my focus. On Friday at the Big M the posted Pick 4 ticket came apart in the last leg, I will look to improve on three out of four tonight.
The drivers with the hottest hands at Cal Expo last night were James Kennedy and Nathan Sobey who each steered home four winners. Trainer Gordon Empey led the conditioners with three pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Dandy's Dududdidudu-Found a way from the rail to get a rare win, will respect chances for a repeat.
6-Nutmegs Desire-Looks to be in the hunt as twice beaten favorite can make amends tonight.
7-Rockinaroundheaven-Just missed from the 7-hole, fits again and should be tough.
9-Poorlittlerichjgirl-11-year-old is in fine form and knows how to grind it out, best to respect even from the 9 post.
1-Hi Ho Houdini-Lackey's choice over #2 is 3rd time Lasix and could step-up and win at a square price.
6-Dontdoubtthelakers-Doesn't win often but this is a more comfortable spot and Svendsen takes a seat.
9-John MD-Sobey barn has been doing well and last was better, chance for a price shot if Lasix finally takes hold.
4-Mighty Fine Hi Ho-Magee's choice over 2 others, 3-1 ML chalk should be in the hunt.
6-A Bay Bay-Check getter just missed in last, consistent old-timer deserves respect.
9-Caviart Spencer-Closed nicely off a nice trip from 10-hole to beat #6 and others, an encore could be in the cards.
6-Getter Queen Flush-Plano's choice gets some post relief and looks like a major player.
7-Along Came Jane-Drops and can beat this field at a square price with the right trip.
8-Surprisingly Sweet-Steps up off 2 straight wins, circled the field and flew late, can cope with this post.
Race 8) 1,6,7,9
Race 9) 1,6,9
Race 10) 4,6,9
Race 11) 6,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $21.60 for $0.20
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