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Cal Expo: Mr Varsity gets class relief in main event
Mr Varsity gets class relief in main event
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
After having to cancel last week due to heavy smoke from the Paradise fire, racing is set to resume at Cal Expo Friday night with Mr Varsity heading the $4,800 pacing feature from the outside slot. 
First post for the nine-race Watch and Wager LLC program is 7:10 p.m.
Mr Varsity is a 4-year-old son of Roll With Joe who is owned by Nikki Hudson and Dave Haness and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. His first start at the meet came at the Open level and he had to settle for a third-place check after sitting a pocket trip as the 7-5 choice.
Mr Varsity was a winner this year at Hoosier Park and sports a 1:50 mark that was established last season at the Meadowlands. He should be very much at home in this conditioned affair, but the No. 9 post will certainly make things more challenging.
The Plano barn will also be represented by Why Ask Why in the headliner with Chip Lackey guiding. The gelding has eight victories on his card from 35 trips to the post this season, including a lifetime best-equaling 1:53 2/5 tour here early in the year.
He was last seen taking bows following a victory on September 21 at Hawthorne where he lit up the board at 46-1 after getting up by a neck that evening. The missed time is the biggest question mark with this pacer.
Cantholdmebackmack looms a major player with a race under his belt and a positive switch from the 9 post to the No. 3 slot for this assignment. Jessie Pacheco owns and trains and Steve Wiseman will once again be doing the honors. Completing the field are General Time, Almost Cut My Hair, Bettor in The Bank, Mister Hat, Crusin For You and Swagsasaururex. 

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