by Al Cimaglia
April 24, 2022
Tonight, Cal Expo has 9 races ready to roll with the 0.20 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. That sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool with a 16% takeout. The card begins with the 0.20 Pick 5 which also has a 16% takeout. The pools have been good for this sequence, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Urgointohearmeroar (5-1)-Has been starting slowly and took the long way around in last. Did pace home in 56.1 but couldn't hit the board. Beaten chalk may reward backers this time at a better price.
4-Hay Hay Alright (2-1)-Has cashed checks versus better but not loving the short price morning line. Will respect but needs a good steer to come out on top.
6-Marced Magic (5/2)-Faded down the lane last week after being driven aggressively to get on the engine which isn't the usual plan. Svendsen sticks on this beaten odds-on chalk and will look for a big try.
2-Brooklynsville (4-1)-Sophomore filly makes its 4th start for the Roland barn. Has shown some ability to pass down the lane and this might be the time for more assertive handling.
4-Datsyukian Deke (9/5)-Was used early on from the 7-hole and faded down the lane. Stewart might be able to work a smooth trip in the 2nd start of the season.
5-Allmyx'sliventexas (6/5)-Won last week versus the NW4000-L5. That was the 3rd consecutive win when dropped to that class and is back in versus the same tonight.
3-Gunny Wilson (7/5)-Wilson is 0-56 at CalX but he should top the two trotters (1/2) and the other pacers (5/6). Recent form has been better than most in here so will use in case the one below finds a way to lose.
4-Native's Best Bet (6/5)-Not sure anyone deserves to be 6/5 in this field, but this looks like the one to beat. Kennedy should get into striking range and come off cover down the lane.
6-Some Playa (8-1)-Will look for a price and Plano has some the gate speed to get a close-up seat. Could get sucked around and surprise.
7-Impressive Art (2-1)-Doesn't win often but will overlook the 1-16 record this year because this is a soft spot. Has raced well in 4 of the last 6 and should have his way with this group if the trip is smooth.
0.20 Pick 5
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