Shesureissomething, who has finished second to Rockin With Lou in four straight appearances, gets away from that juggernaut Friday night (Feb. 25) and looms the solid choice in the featured $6,500 Filly and Mare Open Pace.
There will be nine races conducted under the Watch and Wager LLC banner Friday evening with first post at 6:45 p.m.
Shesureissomething is a five-year-old daughter of So Surreal out of the Park Place mare Nancy Irene. She is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte, takes her lessons from Rick Bertrand and will once again have Cordarius Stewart at the controls.
In the first three of her consecutive exacta completions behind Rockin With Lou, Shesureissomething did her work in first-over fashion with her arch-rival on her back and was unable to hold that one safe in the drive.
Last week, she made two moves to the lead in the stretch, battled it out gamely but once again was unable to match the streaking Rockin With Lou when that one came calling. A repeat of any of those efforts is going to make her very tough in this line-up.
Taking her on Friday, from the rail out: Changing Colors with Mooney Svendsen; Alwaysalittlemore for Luke Plano; Kiss On The Lips with Rene Goulet; and Prom Queen with James Kennedy in the sulky.
The co-feature is a $5,300 conditioned pace that features several performers dropping out of last week’s Open won by A Major Omen. Among the major players are Frewil Dakota Sven, Rockinscience and Captain Terminator in this very contentious affair.
Mel Mullet savours first career score
There are some things you will never forget, and for Mel Mullet one of those will be the sixth race at Cal Expo on February 12 when he guided Dance Traveler to a 16-1 upset and earned his first career driving victory.
“I’ve never had a feeling like that before in my life,” said the 27-year-old Mullet, who was greeted with the usual soaking from his fellow drivers following the score.
“He was the longest shot on the board and I just took him back and hoped to get a trip,” related Mullet. “I followed a couple of horses to the stretch, swung him out and he gave me a real nice finish.”
The Wisconsin native was exposed to the trotters and pacers from as far back as he can remember courtesy of his father Noah, who raced them back home.
“I always knew it was something I wanted to do, and I got a great education working with Chris Frendzel back home and Quentin Schneider here and at Running Aces.”
Mullet got his “P” license last July in Minnesota and was making his 15th trip to the post at this meet when he connected with the Schneider-trained Dance Traveler two weeks ago.
A reminder there are three races offered at Cal Expo each night with a reduced 16 per cent takeout rate – the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the Pick 4, with the latter featuring a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool on Fridays and a $25,000 guarantee on Sundays.