by Al Cimaglia
February 15, 2019
The Friday night feature at Cal Expo rolls in Race 5, an Open Pace with a $6,500 purse. The popular 0.20 Pick 4 with a $30,000 guaranteed pool and 16% takeout begins in Race 8, it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-To The Limit-Svendsen's choice drops out of Opens and is in a good spot to compete for 3rd win in last 5 starts.
3-Pancetta-Nice effort in 2nd start off the bench, looks like 2nd program chalk is primed for a big effort.
5-I’m An Athlete-ML favorite woke up on a drop and pop last week and fits here in a competitive affair.
1-Cenalta Glory-Skimmed the rail for a nice win and now faces similar, came the last 1/2 in 57.3, will use again.
3-Damoricdalesino-Got on the engine and went too fast, Sobey will look to ration speed this time.
4-Brigitte Bordeaux-4-year-old mare has been sharp in last 3, looks like a player once again.
2-Whatchamacallum-Took 2018 off, this is the 5th start after an improved effort in last, best to respect.
3-Deweydiddonegood-Only 1-32 at CalX but Longo trainee has been used aggressively in last 2 on a sloppy track.
5-Winonefordoug-Steps down a couple of levels, and should be better, camera shy but should be in play versus these.
6-Ulysses Blue Chip-Another dropper looking to pose, Wiseman sticks and thinking a dry track will help.
1-Uringoodhands-Drops after drawing off as odd-on favorite in the slop, Kennedy's choice fits and can repeat.
2-Blue Star Jet-Has raced well in last 2 on an off-track, could trip out and pop at a price for Team Goulet.
6-Twomickeytrip-Using Longo trainee instead of ML chalk #4, drops and could surprise at a square price.
Race 8) 2,3,5
Race 9) 1,3,4
Race 10) 2,3,5,6
Race 11) 1,2,6
Total Ticket Cost) $21.60 for $0.20
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