Northbrook Ron, who lost a heartbreaker in last week’s top dance, looms the one to beat in Friday night’s featured Open Pace at Cal Expo.
Watch and Wager LLC will present nine races beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the main event scheduled as the seventh race.
The third race of the evening will honor the memory of owner/driver/trainer Hank MacDougall.
Northbrook Ron is a 7-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance who is owned by Nathalie Tremblay and will once again have Luke Plano giving directions. He has captured 25 of his 144 starts and set his lifetime mark of 1:52 1/5 over this track earlier this year.
He will appreciate getting away from Mystery Dragon, who has beaten him in both his starts at this meet, including last week’s Open where he sat a pocket trip and just missed in a 1:55 1/5 mile.
Completing the field are Stening A, Maui, Alilthundadownunda, Trey Rockette, Major Offense, Hoo Nien and A Major Omen.