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CalExpo: Pancetta, Bettermeboy get the job done
Pancetta, Bettermeboy get the job done
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
The team of owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and leading driver Luke Plano book-ended last Friday’s program here, taking the opener with Pancetta and the nitecap with Bettormeboy.
“Those were nice wins for each horse,” Morita related. “Pancetta is really coming around now, after very limited starts over the past two seasons.  Luke knows him best, and when Pancetta is right, he can race with any of them. 
“Leno Pacheco has done such a good job getting Pancetta sound, and with each completed start, he is getting stronger.   The best is yet to come this summer, we hope. We are going to race him at Hawthorne for the start of summer, and see how it goes from there.  He is superior on the turns, so a smaller track might be his ultimate destination.”
Bettormeboy completed the double last week, proving a punctual 6-5 favorite after attacking the leader first over on the final bend and gamely prevailing by a neck.
“He found his game again, not coincidentally, when reunited with Luke for that latest race,” his co-owner noted. “He was really sharp a little earlier in the meet, but tailed off a bit. We gave him a few easier starts, and he seems to be coming back on. That race was actually much more like an Open III event or something, with the likes of V Mack and Ragin's Flight in there.
“All of the horses that Dave and I own will be headed to Chicago to race at Hawthorne.  They have a lot of conditioned races there, including a late-closer for our fast improving mare, Delightfully Wild.  Chip Lackey thought she might be a good fit there, so she will head there this week to prepare for opening week, with the others to follow.
“Cal Expo is our home track, and we want to support them as much as possible through the end of the racing meet.”

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