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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

Ranger and McDonald are leading driver and trainer again

Pompano Beach, FL...July 17, 2013...While thick cloud cover and another deluge of heavy rain prevented the stars from shining brightly over Pompano Park on Wednesday night, trainer Don Glowacki and driver Mickey McNichol provided the star power on the racetrack by teaming up for a “hat trick”--three wins--on the mid-week card. Dutchess Seelster, Brewing Master and Howie’s Heart, all trained by Don and driven by Mickey, reached the winner’s circle, giving trainer Glowacki his very first nightly trifecta of wins. McNichol, with 4,521 lifetime wins, has, of course, had many. John Campagnuolo’s Dutchess Seelster, a seven year-old daughter of Duke Of York and the only lady in the field of trotters, won for the second straight week in the $8,800 feature using gate-to-wire tactics to score a handy win in 1:56.4 over the track labeled “good.” After sprinting to the top and carding an opening round of :28.2 to discourage any threats, the McNichol rated the Dutchess through a second panel of :30.2. She turned on the after-burners on the backside and brushed home a length and a half to the good over the pocket-sitting Tug River Dylan (Walter Ross, Jr.). Celebrity Legacy was third for Bruce Ranger while Sir Tyson and Good Luck Penny took the final two awards in the field of six. The victory was the third this year in 17 starts for the brave mare and 23rd lifetime, sending her career bounty to $237,069. As the overwhelming favorite, Dutchess Seelster paid $2.80 to win. Brewing Master, also owned by Campagnuolo, got things started for team Glowacki by winning under the picture perfect drive by McNichol, leaving from the six post for the lead and then yielding to the 3 to 5 favorite Famous Hall (Ranger) and stalking that one before edging on by inside the sixteenth pole for his very first win of the year in 18 starts. Aqua Lindy (Lou Ginesi) was third. Giving a serious hint in his prior start, Brewing Master was the 3 to 1 second choice and returned $8.00. Howie’s Heart, owned by Don and wife Jeanette, looked hopelessly out of it turning for home but McNichol found a seam in deep stretch to nail that victory in the very last stride in 1:56.4 for his fourth success of the year. Daughtry Hanover (Joe Sanzeri) and Change Your Luck (Gaston Lareau) were next in the photo.   Bruce Ranger also had three wins on the card, scoring with Railee Kwik, Shallow Hal and Allen The Optomist. Railee Kwik, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, used a final half of :59 to score a wire-to-wire win in 1:59.2 in an event for Sunshine Stake eligibles. It was not only his second lifetime win, it lowered his mark by almost eight second, his previous mark being 2:07.1 at age two. Shallow Hal, owned by Marissa Tyler and trained by Frank Petrelli, also earned a new lifetime mark, scoring for Ranger in 1:58 and knocking more than two second off his previous best. Finally, Tom Artandi’s Allen The Optomist gave Bruce win number three on the card holding on to score by a head over a very fast closing Mustabeenadreamer (Tom Sells) in 1:56. Kennairnmachmagic (Greg Luther) was third with Angry Dwarf placed fourth in a superfecta event that paid $1,043.40...for a dime! by John Berry  

Harness racing trainer Frank Petrelli arrived in October from Florida with the pacer Memphis Mobster in tow, and it's proven to be a good move.

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