Day At The Track

Another photo session for The Evictor

10:06 AM 16 Mar 2018 NZDT
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The Evictor changed tactics last week to post a coast-to-coast harness racing score with William Hernandez at Cal Expo, pushing his lifetime earnings past the $522,000 plateau.

The 10-year-old trotting son of Valley Victory is owned and trained by Gordie Graham and was posing for pictures for the third time this season from nine trips to the post.

"This horse raced against some of the best trotters in the country and has a lot of back class," Graham related.

"Having said that, when I got him about four years ago he was in pretty bad shape and the first thing I did was to give him eight months to rehab. It was a slow process with a lot of ice."

Graham explained that he prefers to race his horses from off the pace, especially the ones like The Evictor who have issues, but Hernandez called an audible in last week's outing that saw the trotter setting all the pace on the way to a nearly five-length score.

"When he saw the speed horse Windsun Galaxie make a break and not many horses on the gate, he made the decision to send," Gordie noted. "The horse showed his class."

His owner/trainer explained that keeping The Evictor in race shape is a challenge. "With all his issues, there's a lot of tubbing and rubbing, but it's all that more rewarding when he goes a mile like he did last week. He absolutely loves to race."

Allymx'sliventexas gets the marquee treatment

Allymx'sliventexas, coming off a sensational mile at the head of the class where he was parked the mile and still gutted out a 1:50 4/5 score, gets the top billing in Saturday night's featured $6,000 Open Pace.

There will be 12 races presented by Watch and Wager LLC with a first post of 6:10 p.m. and the main event is scheduled as the fourth contest on the evening.

A 5-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun, Allymx'sliventexas races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Mooney Svendsen in his usual spot in the bike. He has been assigned the outside post in the field of six.

Allmymx'sliventexas went over the $100,000 earnings plateau with last week's tally and established a new lifetime mark with the 1:50 4/5 clocking. Sent off the 7-5 choice in that affair, he was parked the mile from the No 8 post, but refused to give up and prevailed by a neck over pace-setting Bettor's Promise.

The latter is a 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight who goes about his business for Richard Morita and David Yamata, takes his lessons from Lino Pachecho and has Chip Lackey at the controls.

Third in the Glen Holt Memorial on March 3, he carved out all the fractions in last week's clash at the top rung and battled it out gamely to come up just short as a 10-1 shot. He has three wins here this season, including a 1:52 lifetime-best performance last month.

Rounding out the field are One And Only, who gives the Lino Pacheco barn two looks at the outcome; the Luke Plano-trained Eastender; the Jessie Pacheco-conditioned I'm An Athlete; and Some Playa from the Jen Sabot barn.

By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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