A $7,200 Open Pace headed by arch-rivals Heza Real Diamond and Allmyx’sliventexas and a contentious $6,700 Open Distaff Pace are atop the marquee Friday evening at Cal Expo.
There will be 11 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m.
The Open Pace will find Heza Real Diamond leaving from the assigned 10 post in the field of eight, with Allmyx’sliventexas doing his work from just inside that rival in the No. 9 slot.
Heza Real Diamond has posed for pictures following four of his last six trips to the post, with two of those victories coming at this Open level. The 4-year-old is owned by Orlando Nevarez, takes his lessons from Edwin Quevedo and has Nick Roland steering.
In the last Open two weeks ago, Heza Real Diamond also left from the No. 10 slot and Allymx’sliventexas departed just inside him. The former was parked to the top at the quarter, took complete control of the race from that point and went on to a two and a quarter length score.
Allymx’sliventexas was runner-up that evening after prevailing in two of the previous three Open events. The 7-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel’s races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Mooney Svendsen in his usual spot in the sulky.
The hard-hitting performer comes into this assignment with 36 wins from his 117 trips to the post, has deposited $212,000 in his bank account and set his 1:50 lifetime standard two years ago at Hoosier Park.