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Cal Expo: Contention runs deep in pair of Opens
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Contention runs deep in pair of Opens
 
A $6,600 Open Pace and a $5,500 Filly and Mare Open Pace are the main events on Saturday night’s 12-race card at Cal Expo.
 
First post for the Watch and Wager LLC program is 6:10 p.m.
 
The Open Pace has lured a field of eight and racing secretary Robin Schadt had I’m An Athlete, Bettor’s Promise and Gorgeous for Real draw for the outside three posts and they will leave the starting gate in that order.
 
Last week’s clash at the top rung saw Bettor’s Promise posting a 10-1 upset for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and pilot Chip Lackey while doing his work from the rail.
 
Bettor’s Promise brushed to command before the half, withstood a strong challenge in the lane and came away for a length and half score in a lifetime-best 1:52 flat performance that evening.
 
I’m An Athlete came into that event having won back-to-back Opens, but found himself with too work to do from the assigned No. 10 post that night. He has a much better draw this time around and looms large for owner Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, trainer Jessie Pacheco and driver James Kennedy.
 
Looking at the co-featured Distaff Open, the Kathie Plested-trained pair of Boozier Bruiser and Capitol Hill have been assigned the outside slots in the field of seven with Steve Wiseman and Mooney Svendsen guiding, respectively. 
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