Day At The Track

I'm An Athlete, Allmyx'sliventexas clash

10:18 AM 30 Mar 2018 NZDT
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An Open Pace featuring I'm An Athlete and Allmyx'sliventexas and a Filly and Mare Open Pace that brings out Delightfully Wild and Directing Traffic that head the harness racing marquee on Saturday night at Cal Expo.

I'm An Athlete and Allymx'sliventexas put on quite a show at the head of the class last week and get another chance to settle the score in the co-feature while leaving from the No. 6 and 7 outside post positions, respectively.

I'm An Athlete is an 8-year-old son of Art Major who carries the banner of Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, is trained by Jessie Pacheco and will once again have James Kennedy giving directions. He has four wins from nine starts on the year with a 1:51 1/5 lifetime standard.

After some tough trips from difficult posts in his previous two miles, I'm An Athlete returned to his winning ways last week. He was able to leave into a pocket trip behind the odds-on Allymx'sliventexas, tracked that one to the drive and was up by a nose in a 1:52 mile.

Allymx'sliventexas is a 5-year-old homebred who competes for Wayne and Rod Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and has main man Mooney Svendsen back at the controls.

The hard-hitting performer had three straight victories going into last week's Open, including a head-heat in the Glen Holt Memorial and a career-best 1:50 4/5 mile in his next outing despite being parked the mile that evening.

In last week's clash, the Knittel colorbearer shot right to the front for Svendsen, opened a lengthy lead at midstretch but could not quite hold off the pocket-sitting I'm An Athlete in another strong outing.

Veteran mare Silverlode continues good fight

Silverlode added another victory to her resume last weekend as she dead-heated with Silverhill Volo in an Open II Trot, pushing her lifetime bankroll near the $175,000 mark.

A 9-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling who races for Steve and Vickie Desomer and has been handled of late by Steve Wiseman, Silverlode is out of the top racemare and producer Charlotte's Web.

The latter has had a very impressive group of performers on the racetrack. In addition to divisional leader Silverlode, she has had divisional leaders in Placer and Cadet; the takes-winning Kiss The Girls and a promising pair in Pay Dirt and Shudabinaclaudius.

Charlotte's Web, who celebrated her 16th birthday this year, is a daughter of Website who was a multiple stakes winner as a 2-year-old and was retired in the midst of her sophomore campaign.

There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4.

The Pick 4 comes with a $50,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays.

Last Saturday night's Pick 4 returned a nifty $1,922 for each correct 20-cent ticket and would have paid $1,716 using the regular takeout. That's $206 bonus for each ducket.

By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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