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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guaranteed Pools, Reduced Takeout Make For Real Value In Cal Expo Pick 4's

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

The Thursday program (December 1) at Cal Expo will feature an Early Pick 4 with a $4,588 carryover that will lead into a $20,000 guaranteed gross pool, while the Late Pick 4 will come with a $10,000 guaranteed gross pool.  The Early Pick 4 covers the second through fifth races on the card, while the second sequence encompasses the sixth through ninth events on the evening.

In addition, every Pick 4 at Cal Expo now comes with a reduced 15 percent takeout (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee).  In addition, all Late Pick 4’s will come with a $10,000-guaranteed pool.  On Saturday night, there will be a 0% takeout on successful Late Pick 4 tickets made at Cal Expo or at

The feature goes as the opener on the card with Franks Best and Putoneonnetformom continuing the best rivalry on the grounds in the $4,500 Winners-over Trot.  From their last seven clashes at the head of the class, Franks Best has captured four and Putoneonnetformom has posed for pictures following the other trio.

A 4-year-old son of Armbro Scribe, Franks Best is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson with Lemoyne Svendsen in his usual position on the sulky.  He comes into this assignment with $114,000 in his account.  From his 25 trips to the post this year, he has come away with eight wins and five seconds.   He established his 1:57.1 standard when he sat the pocket and proved best on October 20, then missed by a neck to his arch-rival a week later while coming from last.

Franks Best returned to his winning ways in their most recent clash two weeks ago.  Sent off the even-money choice in that affair, he shot right to the front for Svendsen and carved out all the fractions without pressure.  He had little trouble holding off the pocket-sitting Putoneonnetformom while prevailing by two and three-quarter lengths and equaling that 1:57.1 mark.

James Kennedy
Putoneonnetformom is a 7-year-old Trot For Joy offspring who is owned and was bred by Jeff, Gerald and Diana Cimini with Rocky Stidham the conditioner and James Kennedy doing the honors.  His bankroll stands at $122,000 and he sports a 1:57.2 mark that was set two starts back.  Shelby County, Giles L S Hanover and Jess Or No complete the cast.