Relentless Dancer has made a trio of appearances in the charmed enclosure for owner/trainer Ashlee Sluggett at this meet, showing an affinity for the oval.
“Having your horse go out there and do well makes all the hard work worth it,” Sluggett related recently.
The 31-year-old native of Alberta, Canada, has been around horses most of her life, but it wasn’t until she was 19 that she got involved with the trotters and pacers. “I heard they were building a new racetrack near where I lived and I went to check it out,” she explained.
“It turned out to be Alberta Downs. That’s when I met Jamie Grey and went to work with him, learning about harness racing from the ground up.”
Ashlee then spent nine years with Ryan Grundy, including a couple of stints here at Cal Expo. She also worked with Kim and Quentin Schneider last season before venturing to New York to be part of the Blake MacIntosh barn.
“That’s when I decided it was time to take out my license and I came back to California with six horses,” she related. “The plan has always been to go back to New York after this meet ends and rejoin Blake’s barn.”
A reminder there are three wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate – the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, with the latter sporting a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool.