Day At The Track

Cowboy Cold, Young American in co-features

01:58 PM 05 Dec 2015 NZDT
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Frank Petrelli
Frank Petrelli
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An Open II Pace for fillies and mares featuring Young American and an Open III Pace headed by Cowboy Cold share the spotlight at Cal Expo on Sunday night. There will be 12 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a 5 p.m. first post.

Young American comes into the distaff feature having captured three of her last four starts. A 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal, she is owned by Jennifer Petrelli and Raynor Marsland, hails from Marissa Tyler and will once again be guided by Frank Petrelli while leaving from the outside slot in the field of nine.

Her first two decisions came in conditioned company on November 7 and 22, with the latter score resulting in a 1:53 1/5 final clocking that equaled the mark she established two years ago.

Young American stepped up to this Open II level for last weeks assignment and was able to continue her winning ways as the 3-1 second choice. Petrelli sat back with the mare for the opening half, made a powerful move on the final bend and prevailed by a length and a half over favored Winsun T Bird, who will again be among her rivals.

Cowboy Cold is getting relief in the Open III for the males and should have his share of supporters. A son of Cheyenne Rei, he goes about his business for Kc C Carvalho with Luke Plano reining and training.

Cowboy Cold, who set his lifetime standard of 1:52 2/5 this summer at Running Aces, started off the meet here with a powerful coast-to-coast score on October 24 while taking the measure of the top pacers on the grounds.

The Plano trainee has had his problems in three subsequent starts, but this drop in class could do wonders for his outlook as he returns after having skipped a week. He leaves from the No. 7 post in a field of nine.

Pick 4 and Pick 5 offer great wagering value

If youre looking for a little extra bang for your buck, check out the 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4 at Cal Expo, which both come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate.

The Pick 5 is always on the first five races of the evening and this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout, while the 20-cent Pick 4 is made up of the final four races and comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool.

A good example of the value offered by these low takeout wagers would be last Saturday nights Pick 5, which saw the favorites having a tough time of things. As a result, the Pick 5 returned a juicy $12,023 for half a buck.

Had the payoff been calculated with the normal takeout rate for that wager, the return would still have been nice at $10,734.60, but thats a difference of nearly $1,300.

The key to this bonanza came in the second race of the night courtesy of the 11-year-old gelding Rays Rayzer, who is owned and trained by Edwin Quevado and had the services of Tony Succarotte.

By far the longest shot in the field at 22-1 off a couple of less than stellar efforts, Rays Rayzer dug down for some of that back class in the stretch and flew home to prevail by a length and a half.

Putting that winner together with Shake Your Cancan at 7-1, At Last at 3-1, Real Attitude at 6-5 (second choice) and Young American at 3-1 resulted in the very nice payday. Jump right into that Pick 4 and Pick 5 pool here at Cal Expo, the water is fine.

By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

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