Day At The Track

Bill Conlin Pace in Cal Expo spotlight

10:16 AM 05 Dec 2020 NZDT
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Mark Ratzky publicity - Cal Expo Harness
Mark Ratzky publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Its Pointless and Cut A Rug, impressive winners of last week's eliminations, head the harness racing field for Saturday night's $9,100 Bill Conlin Pace.

Watch and Wager LLC will present 11 races with first post set for 4:55 p.m.

Its Pointless puts his unbeaten record in the line and figures to have his share of supporters in the main event for owner Mark Anderson, trainer Gordie Graham and regular pilot James Kennedy.'

The 3-year-old homebred son of Kent's On Nuke dominated the California Sire Stakes during the spring, capturing all four of his outings in facile fashion. He was making his first start since March when he suited up for last week's Conlin elimination and made 3-2 look like a gift with an 8 ½-length decision in a lifetime-best 1:55 2/5 performance.

Cut A Rug captured the other elimination and looms the main rival. The 3-year-old son of Mystery Chase carried the banner of Quentin and Kimberly Schneider with Quentin the conditioner and Luke Plano back in the sulky.

Cut A Rug left hard last week for the lead and settled in the pocket down the backside, then responded when asked in the lane to overhaul 2-5 favorite Sherwood when push came to shove in a 1:56 mile.

The latter will give the Anderson/Graham connection two strong looks at the outcome as Sherwood looks to avenge last week's runner-up finish after being an ultra-game winner on opening night. Completing the field are Get My Good Side, Glen, Bizys Beatle, Night Delight, Hi Ho Julio, How You Remind Me and Sneak Peak Hanover.

Allmyx'sliventexas gets another local snapshot

If you're keeping track, last week's coast-to-coast 1:51 4/5 score in the Open Pace was No. 40 from 134 starts for Allmyx'sliventexas as he continues to roll along for owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Nick Roland.

When asked if the 7-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's is one of his all-time favorites, veteran Johnson responded, "I've had lots of good ones, and he's right up there."

Allmyx'sliventexas has put over $235,000 in his bank account and recorded his lifetime standard of 1:50 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park two years ago.

"His secret is that he goes about his business every day, he takes care of himself, and he's had an excellent groom in Jose Herrera who has been with him since day one," his mentor related.

"He's been awfully sharp since he's come back from Chicago and he just loves this track. Even though he's won a lot of races on the front end, he's even better when he has a target."

Johnson tipped that we may soon see another very nice pacer carrying the Knittel banner in the form of Proof, a recent purchase from back East.

"He's got a 1:48 mark at Harrah's Philly and he raced on the Grand Circuit at 2 and 3," Bob noted. "He should be ready to go in a few weeks."

By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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