by Al Cimaglia
March 9, 2019
Cal Expo rolls with an 11-race card tonight. The feature comes in Race 4, the Gary Budahn Pace for fillies and mares with a $10,000 purse. The 0.20 Pick 4 starts in Race 8, it has a $40,000 guaranteed pool with a low 16% takeout. It's a competitive sequence in which I will be looking to beat some of the program favorites.
The driver with the hottest hands on Friday night was James Kennedy with five trips to the winner's circle. The top conditioner was Richard Schneider with two pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Surprisingly Sweet-Off 3 weeks but likes to win and drops, major player if tight enough.
4-Getter Queen Flush-Another who is at the right level to best work, should be forwardly placed throughout.
5-Totally Racy-5th start since some time-off, this could be the spot for an aggressive drive.
6-Along Came jane-Comes off a win and steps-up but has been racing well, will respect chances for an encore.
1-Johnny Gun-Likes to race up-close, rail will help. Will discount recent starts on off-track, where record is 1-19.
2-Cenalta Eclipse-Looking for an overdue win, last was better and it's now or never.
8-Camita B And E-Trip horse could pop at a price versus this soft bunch, if Grundy can find some live cover.
2-Imma Tank-Last was dull, but with a best effort can pass horses late. Taking a swing to beat #4-8/5 ML chalk.
4-Mystery Dragon-Wiseman between the pipes and that's a positive, a few could leave, and a quick pace helps cause.
7-Walker Meister-Interesting play with Plano, start will be key, if gets a favorable journey could win at a square price.
6-Fly Away-Gets some past relief and should get a good early seat, may get a pocket trip and sweep by late.
7-Who Dat Love-Winner of 3 of 4 has a big brush and should be rolling down the lane.
Race 8) 3,4,5,6
Race 9) 1,2,8
Race 10) 2,4,7
Race 11) 6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $14.40 for $0.20
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