In honor of The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series kick-off, I am going to be daring and attempt to select the winners of the four divisions of the race. Not only are Cal-Expo races somewhat challenging, you are dealing with Amateur drivers, many who have few starts at the track. Most of the drivers have not driven these horses in the past so it makes for a challenging situation.
Just in case you are wondering what The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation is, you may check out their website. The Foundation was established at the University of California at Davis by the Sordi family and the foundation is part of Department of Neurological Surgery. Since the foundation is part of the University of California, all donations are used for research; none of the funds are used for administrative fees. You may donate to the program by visiting their donation page for information.
One thing I have learned is you don't try to select favorites as there are so many variables, especially with drivers. Some amateur drivers are good, but with the exception of Trackmaster President David Siegel, many of these drivers have fewer than ten starts this year. So as much as you want to consider the driver, the best thing to do is select the horse and hope the driver doesn't make any mistakes.
Anyway, whether it is courageous or stupidity, here are my selections for these four races.
Saturday, Cal-Expo - A (P) after a driver's name indicates a provisional driver.
8th Pace - $3,000; The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series - $3,000 claiming C&G
3 - My Real Love (Obert (P), 8-1)
1 - Rude Awakening (Siegel, 2-1)
2 - Hanover D G N (Boyce, 5-2)
5 - Devlish Donnie (Rios (P), 9-2)
10h Pace - $3,000; The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series - $3,000 claiming F&M
3 - Taxi Dancer (Fraser (P), 5-2)
2 - Ogs Si Bon (Siegel, 7-2)
8 - Just Plum Lucky (Rios (P), 6-1)
1 - Pip's Jenny G (Boyce, 9-2)
12th Pace - $3,000; The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series - $3,000 claiming F&M
5 - Cherry Tree Blue (Dunneback, 6-1)
7 - Incredible Gambler (Fraser (P), 3-1)
2 - Tutiming Gal (Siegel, 2-1)
4 - Barona Hickory (Stephen (P), 7-2)
13th Pace - $3,000; The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series - $3,000 claiming C&G
8 - Quick On My Feet (Isbell (P), 6-1)
5 - Serious Art (Siegel, 5-2)
2 - Wrangler Reward (Fraser (P), 9-2)
6 - Komoda's Fantasy (Boyce, 8-5)