by Al Cimaglia
February 9, 2019
Cal Expo has an 11-race card scheduled with the main event coming in Race 8, the Marvin Shapiro Final with an $8,400 purse. The headliner from a betting standpoint is the 0.20 Pick 4 which also begins in Race 8. That sequence has a $40,000 guaranteed pool with a 16% takeout, and it will be my focus.
The drivers with the hottest hands last night at Cal Expo were James Kennedy and Lemoyne Svendsen with two wins each. On the 10-race card no trainer had more than one trip to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Swagasaurusrex-Needs a trip and can get one from here, best to respect at this level.
7-Fly Away-Often close but doesn't seal the deal, using versus this crew.
8-Imma Tank-Has had excuses, doesn't show a win on an off-track, can score at a square price with a dry strip.
9-Mortgage My Villa-Should like the company, can grind way around and chances go up with a quick pace.
5-Scary Harry-Wary of a judges scratch after a break but this guy has won before under a similar set-up.
7-Mr Varsity-Trip dependent but usually tries hard for Team Plano and best to not overlook.
8-Justabitcrazy-9-time winner in '18 fits versus this group. Post adds to the price and can pop at a nice odds.
4-Silent Rescue-Likes to race close to the lead and should have no trouble getting that trip, drops to a level to shine.
7-Coz And Effect-1st time in the Kennedy barn and they have been hot, plus gets a positive driver change.
9-Hi Ho's Little Rev-Failed as an odds on favorite but has never won on an off-track. Can make amends at a better price.
1-Cowboys Dirtyboots-Having a good year and from this spot could trip out to win for the 3rd time in 2019.
3-Who Dat Love-Form has been dull but looking for a wake-up as now Svendsen is between the pipes for Johnson.
7-Musician-Not much gate speed inside so Lackey could blast out, price shot can compete at this class with a trip.
Race 8) 1,7,8,9
Race 9) 5,7,8
Race 10) 4,7,9
Race 11) 1,3,7
Total Ticket Cost) $21.60 for $0.20
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