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Svendsen Sets Sights On No. 2,700 At Cal Expo
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - by Mark Ratzky, Publicity -- Cal Expo

Lemoyne SvendsenLemoyne Svendsen comes into Friday’s (February 24) program at Cal Expo just win one shy of the 2,700-victory plateau, and among his drives will be the hard-hitting Majestic Lass in Friday’s $3,600 main event for pacing distaffers.
 
Majestic Lass and Sleigh Belle are both returning to distaff-only competition after chasing home the streaking Double Dakota last weekend.  Sleigh Belle finished fourth in that affair while Majestic Lass picked up the fifth place money, and both should be much more at home under these conditions.
 
Sleigh Belle is a 6-year-old daughter of Artsplace who is owned by Jessie Pacheco, takes her lessons from Liberio Pacheco and will have Scott Cisco at the controls.  The bay miss posted back-to-back wins with this kind on February 3 and 10, stalking in the first of the those scores and then making every pole a winning one in the latter with Cisco at the helm on both occasions. 
 
Majestic Lass was a 14-time winner from her 38 trips to the post last year and has a first, a second and two thirds from her seven attempts this season.  George Reider conditions the 6-year-old Art Major mare and co-owns with Rick and Marlene Thomas.
 
Majestic Lass recorded her 2012 score on January 13, going coast-to-coast that night and holding by a nose with Luke Plano in the sulky.  She sports a 1:55 mark that was established here two years ago.
 
Rounding out the field are Blue Note; Scooter Babe with Gene Vallandingham;  Bewareofthisaffair for James Kennedy  and Frankly Scarlett, who has the services of Steve Wiseman and the outside slot.  A 15-race card is on tap, with the headliner set as the second event on the evening.
 
 
Late Pick 4 Guarantee Increases Begin At Cal Expo
 
If you’re looking for value for your wagering dollar, be sure to check out the Pick 4’s at Cal Expo.
 
In addition to both Pick 4’s at Cal Expo continuing to offer a reduced 15 percent takeout rate (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee), beginning this week the Late Pick 4’s on Friday (February 24) and Saturday (February 25) will come with an increased $15,000-guaranteed gross pool.   
 
Also starting this weekend, the Friday Late Pick 4 will offer a 0% takeout on all winning wagers made on track or at Twinspires.com, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.
 
Author and handicapper Barry Meadow offers the following advice when it comes to playing the popular wager.
 
“You’re not going to get value if you use nothing but the obvious horses,” Meadow relates.  “I use the rule of 8 - each ticket should have only those combinations where the ranked betting positions add up to more than 8.
 
“For instance, if you use the two favorites (ranked 1 and 1), the other leg choices need to add up to more than 6 (e.g. a second choice with a horse who is no better than fifth choice, a third choice with a horse who is no better than fourth betting choice, etc.).
 
“You can’t play tickets that have nothing but favorites and second choices, or you won’t get the inherent bonus value this bet offers since these obvious numbers are overused in the Pick 4.”
 
Of course, playing the wager at the reduced 15 percent takeout rate is another way to maximize your edge, and again that goes for all Pick 4s offered here at Cal Expo on Friday and Saturday nights.  Good racing!
 
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (February 24) & Saturday (February 25) at 6:00 p.m. (PST).  On every live card, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m.   On Friday, Cal Expo offers Happy Hour from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on which Beer; Well Drinks & Wine are offered at $4 each, while a Burger with fries is offered at $5.