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Strong Numbers At Cal Expo

Published: May 4, 2017 4:42 pm ET

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Officials with Cal Expo have released some estimated wagering data from the track’s current meet – which will wrap up this Saturday, May 6 – and it indicates that handicappers have been interested in the track’s offerings.

A release from Cal Expo states that final figures from the ‘Watch and Wager LLC’ meet will be encouraging all the way around, including an average nightly handle of over $802,000, which represents a 4.5 per cent increase over the previous meet.

Field size also went up from 7.6 starters per race to 7.9, while there will have been 666 races run at Cal Expo this season compared to 612 at the last session.

A quartet of California Sire Stakes for the three and four-year-old pacers will be showcased on closing night. First post for the 12-race card is set for 6:15 p.m.

The team of owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and driver Mooney Svendsen should be tough in both the stakes for the males, with Army Of One heading the three-year-old contest and Allymxsliventexas strictly the one to beat in the event for the four-year-olds.

A Hi Ho Silverheels homebred, Army Of One has accounted for five of the six added-money contests for this group. Allmyxsliventexas has dominated his division all season, establishing his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 while romping home by double digits in the February 4 stakes clash.

In last week’s score, Army Of One changed his tactics from front-end performances to coming from last in the compact cast for Svendsen and prevailing in the final strides with the 1:56.3 clocking, a second off the career standard he set in the February 25 sire stakes.

(With files from Cal Expo)

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