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Cal Expo: Distaff Open brings out well-matched field
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Distaff Open brings out well-matched field
 
An evenly-matched field of eight pacing fillies and mares will do battle in Friday night’s featured $6,600 Open, with Shesamystertome seeking a repeat score at the head of the class.
 
The main event will go as the 7th contest on an 11-race card under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m.
 
Shesamysterytome is a 3-year-old daughter of Mystery Chase who carries the banner of Ashley Sluggett and Trevor Williams and is trained and driven by Ryan Grundy. She has prevailed in three of her four starts at this session since coming in from Canada.
 
After capturing a pair of conditioned events in her first two outings at this meet, she finished second behind Capitol Hill in her next try. Suiting up from the rail in last week’s top clash for this group, Shesamystertome made what proved to be the winning brush to the lead past the quarter and went on to a length and a quarter score while rewarding her backers to the tune of $20.40.
 
 
 
Capitol Hill had to settle for a fourth as the mild favorite in that affair, but has several Open scores at this stand. George McChrystal and Kathie Plested own, Plested trains and Steve Wiseman will once again be at the controls.
 
Sparkin Your Fire accounted for back-to-back top dances earlier this month and figures right in the thick of things. Gerry Longo trains for Peg Hoffman with Mooney Svendsen in the bike and this mare set a lifetime mark of 1:54 with her December 1 decision here.
 
Rounding out the field are Smash, Windsong Lindsey, Delightfully Wild, Rush And A Brush and If You Say So.
 
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There are two wagers that are offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is decided on the first five races on the evening; and the 20-cent Pick 4, on the penultimate four races. The Pick 4 comes with a guaranteed gross pool of $30,000.
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