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Cal Expo: Double the pleasure for Jessie Pacheco
Double the pleasure for Jessie Pacheco
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Trainer Jessie Pacheco had a night to remember last Saturday, as he sent out the winners of the Lonnie Beck Final and the Open Pace, with those horses returning $55 and $28, respectively.
Cantholdmebackmack got the ball rolling in the Beck Final with William Hernandez at the controls. He looped the field to be up by a half-length in a 1:53 1/5 tour of the Cal Expo oval.
A couple of hours later, the Pacheco-trained I’m An Athlete was posing for pictures after his upset score in the Open Pace with James Kennedy at the helm, igniting when it counted to win going away by a length and a half in a 1:52 3/5 mile.
Cantholdmebackmack is owned and trained by Pacheco and was returning to the sharp form that saw him capturing an opening leg of the Shelly Goudreau earlier in the meet, while I’m An Athlete has been a major player around these parts for several years while carrying the banner of Ronald Rettig-Zucchi.
Hernandez, by the way, added another lighting up of the toteboard a bit later in the evening when he posted a $52 score with Lucky Jewel in a conditioned affair for trainer Junior Wilkinson.
That kind of thing will definitely make you the delight of the longshot players.
The guaranteed gross pool for the 20-cent Pick 4 has now been raised to $40,000. Both the Pick 4 and the 50-cent Pick 5 here at Cal Expo offer a reduced 16 percent takeout rate.

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