by Al Cimaglia
January 26, 2019
There is a strong 11-race card set to roll tonight at Cal Expo. The feature comes in Race 6, the Robert Gordon Final with a purse of $9,800. The signature bet is the 0.20 Pick 4 which has a $40,000 guaranteed pool. That sequence starts in Race 8 and will be my focus.
On Friday at Cal Expo Steve Wiseman was the pilot with the hottest hands steering home four winners. Trainer Kathy Plested took top honors with four trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Magnifique-Hard-knocking mare will need best, but Plano has options from this post and should be a square price.
6-Capitol Hill-Will toss last, had excuses and was off 2 weeks, could be sitting on a big try.
7-Brighten Your Life-ML chalk took the long way around and then broke in last start, should be heard from tonight.
8-Mispanderosajones-Raced big from the 5-hole to win, post makes the price but may have trouble if speed is holding.
1-Place At The Beach-Usually in the hunt, from here could stay live and trip out. Will shoot against ML chalk #4.
5-Moonshinenmonkeys-Steps up after a win but this field isn't out of reach and might be overlooked at the windows.
7-Chilma-Moved up in last but track was off, is 0-9 on a wet surface. Tonight could be different at 8-1 in the ML.
8-Cenalta Cougar-Beat some of these on 1-4 and then faced better. Will needs a trip but will use and is also 8-1.
1-Whatchamacallum-Beaten favorite went the last 1/2 in 56.2, dull pace hurt on an off-track, best to respect.
3-Coz And Effect-Takes a good drop and this is a spot to shine for program favorite.
3-Lumberjack Willie-9/5 ML chalk caught the right bunch in last and scored, will respect but like others more.
6-Walker Meister-Fits and last was better than line looks. Needs a trip but Kennedy sticks and that should help.
7-Cenalta Eclipse-Put in a flat line and was better. Now makes 2nd start for Clements, will use at 6-1 in the ML.
0.20 Pick 4
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