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Racing Returns Saturday, October 24
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Saturday Feature

Cenalta Call Girl continues to roll

Cenalta Call Girl is in the midst of a love affair with Cal Expo, having won five of her eight starts at this track since arriving from Canada with Rene Goulet.

Goulet owns the 4-year-old homebred filly along with Helen and Myrna Empey and she’ll be looking for her third late-closer victory at the session in Saturday’s Marvin Shapiro Pace, having already accounted for the Annette Funicello and Robert Staats finales.

The bay mare prefers to save her best for last, and that was in evidence in her elimination heat last week as she was double digits back in the early going, began to pick up momentum for Goulet turning for home and was up by a half-length to prove a punctual favorite in a lifetime-best 1:55 1/5 tour.

Rene returned to Cal Expo from his native Canada in October along with his partner Glenda Smith after having been away from Sacramento for some 18 years, and the performances of Cenalta Call Girl have certainly been among the highlights at the meet.

“The people here are nice and friendly,” he noted. “It’s also nice to get away from that cold and snow.”

While Goulet cut his teeth on half-mile tracks in the Great White North, he has also done his share of driving on five-eighths and mile tracks.

“I actually prefer a mile track like the one here at Cal Expo, because I like to let my horses sit and finish.”

Cenalta Call Girl has been doing just that, and she’ll try to add another feature race to her resume this weekend in the Shapiro.