A pair of elimination heats for the Bill Vallandingham Memorial headed by Nebble Hanover and a $7,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace featuring Rockin With Lou are the main attractions on Sunday night’s card at Cal Expo.
Watch and Wager will present 10 races with things getting underway at 4:55 p.m. The Filly and Mare Open goes as the fifth event and the Vallandingham eliminations are the fourth and seventh contests on the program.
Nebble Hanover suits up in the first of the two Vallandingham eliminations for her owner, trainer and driver Chip Lackey and looms large after posting a sparkling victory on opening night.
Sent off the 3-5 choice in the Filly and Mare Open, Lackey was parked to the lead at the quarter, withstood a strong challenge from Rockin With Lou turning for home and prevailed by two lengths in handy fashion
Rockin With Lou was no match for that rival on opening night, but finished well clear of the rest of the field and looks like strictly the one to beat in the co-featured Distaff Open.
A 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Ram Rocker, she is owned, trained and driven by Gerry Longo. She comes into this weekend’s assignment with 30 wins from her 87 starts, a 1:52 3/5 mark that was set here last year and equaled this season and $241,000 in earnings.
Set to square off against Rockin With Lou, who leaves from the outside post in the field of seven, are Delightfully Wild, Biggiessecondshot, Marys Pretty Girl, Sierra Mystique, River Lassena and Brooklyn Moonshine.