Day At The Track

Cal Expo main event Friday

05:20 PM 14 Nov 2019 NZDT
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Opening night harness racing victor Gorgeous For Real and the classy returnee Allmyx'sliveintexas head the cast for Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness..

Racing will now be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings and first post for Friday's nine-race card will be 6:40 p.m.

Allmyx'sliveintexas and Gorgeous For Real have been assigned the outside two posts in the field of six and figure to attract a majority of the betting action. The former is a son of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson training and Mooney Svendsen at the controls.

He spent the summer at Hoosier Park, where he set a new lifetime mark of 1:50 3/5, and comes into this assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings plateau.

Gorgeous For Real proved a punctual 1-5 favorite on the opening night card and will leave from just inside his main rival with Chip Lackey guiding. He is owned by the partnership of Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson training.

Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the $8,900 Bill Conlin Pace will hold the spotlight with last week's elimination heat winners Rue Hanover and California Rock among the major players.

California Rock proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as he brushed to the lead past the quarter and was never seriously threatened thereafter in his score, while Rue Hanover was sent off the 8-5 second choice in her elimination and came home by two and a half-lengths after withstanding a strong challenge on the final turn while carving out the fractions.

George Reider eyeing charmed enclosure

Trainer George Reider is back at Cal Expo after what he describes as a nice summer up in Minnesota and is looking forward to making his share of winner's circle appearances.

"Every year I try to bring some new horses back to California and you should see three or four coming out of the barn," he related.

Saturday's Bill Conlin Pace will find Reider sending out the 3-year-old mare Brooklyn Moonshine, who was fourth in one of last week's elimination heats while making her Golden State debut.

She competes for George and longtime clients Dave, Rob and Kimberly Haness, while the conditioner is also looking forward to sending out performers for two other stalwarts of his barn in Rick and Marlene Thomas.

Tiyaga has qualified for Reider and could make some noise, according to the trainer. "I had him here last year and it just took him some time to mature."

George is also looking forward to a promising yearling filly whose brother is the multiple Sire Stakes winner Pride of the Sierra. That, as they say, is the stuff dreams are made of.

"A safe and fulfilling meet," is George's hope for the session.

By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

 

 

 

 

 

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