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Pridecrest is taking Cal Expo by storm

Everybody should get a call as good as the one Luke Plano got from owner Mark Hinshaw last month.

“He said he was looking for a winter home for his trotter Pridecrest and asked if I was interested,” Plano related. “I’d seen him race a little at Hawthorne and didn’t waste any time saying yes.”

All Pridecrest has done in two starts at Cal Expo is win back-to-back Open Trots by a combined 16 lengths, including a track-record 1:53 2/5 tour of the Sacramento oval two weeks ago.

“He’s a big strong horse with a tremendous gait and he doesn’t waste any action,” Plano explained. “Going into that first start here he had that solid resume and had trained well, but I can’t say I was expecting a mile like that one.

“He was pretty aggressive that night and was setting some strong fractions, but I wasn’t sure how he was going to be in the stretch, and it turned out he was super.”

Pridecrest wheeled back in last week’s top dance for the trotters and was equally impressive getting the job done from the outside post in a field of nine. He was first-over to command going to the final bend and went on to another romp at 40 cents on the dollar.

“I wanted to see if he would be manageable and he was, although we did get stuck behind some poor cover for a bit there. Once again, he was very strong in the stretch and very impressive.”