by Al Cimaglia
February 23, 2019
The Shelly Goudreau Final with an $8,600 purse headlines the competitive 10-race card at Cal Expo. The co-feature is a trot which rolls in Race 4, the Joe Lighthill 1 1/2-mile Route with an $8,000 purse. The 0.20 Pick 4 with a $40,000 guaranteed pool and a 16% takeout begins in Race 8 and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Along Came Jane-Came the back-half in .57 but slow pace hurt, will give Kennedy's choice some respect.
5-Gran Sam-Similar to #2 but raced wide and could couldn't close fast enough, 59.1 first half hurt chances.
7-Totally Racy-Drops to the softest spot this meet, looks like a major player and may get top and not look back.
1-Urgoingtohearmeroar-Winner of 7 straight gets an inside post for a change and this is his race to lose.
2-Blue Star Maverick-If #1 has an off night, Plested-Wiseman 6-year-old looks to be in line for top honors.
1-Timetoplaythegame-Makes the 3rd start for Longo, draws well to get on the engine and pop at a square price.
3-Gd Rock My World-Recent form has been dull, but this is a drop and pop situation.
5-Gravelsinmytravel-Trip dependent but now has a chance to find the cover he needs.
7-Ragin's Flight-Faded in last but gets Plano as Wiseman chose #3. Beaten chalk may ration speed tonight.
3-Western Devil-Showed some fight in last and steps up, will consider for an encore trip to the winner's circle.
4-Uringoodhands-Inconsistent but will respect versus this group, has won 11 of 29 at CalX and is Kennedy's choice.
5-Mortgage My Villa-Even effort after a judges scratch and now drops, program chalk should be a player.
7-Who Dat Love-10-year-old has won 2 straight on an off-track, steps up but best may be good enough.
Race 8) 2,5,7
Race 9) 1,2
Race 10) 1,3,5,7
Race 11) 3,4,5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $19.20 for $0.20
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