Sacramento, CA — The Luke Plano-trained duo of Magnifique and Legio X Equestris should have a big say in Saturday night’s (March 23) main event at Cal-Expo, a $6,000 Open II contest for pacing fillies and mares.
The headliner will go as the 10th contest on an 11-race program under the Watch and Wager LLC banner. Things will get underway at 6:10 p.m.
Plano will be guiding Magnifique, who is owned by Nikki Hudson and will leave from the outside post in the field of seven, while Legio X Equestris is campaigned by David Shell and will have the services of Ryan Grundy from post two.
Magnifique is an 8-year-old daughter of Tell All who is coming off a runner-up effort behind favorite Bettor Lady under these same conditions last week after making a strong move by the quarter and showing the way to deep stretch.
She recorded her most recent victory in a conditioned affair on March 1, riding live cover to a 3-1/4 length tally, and has come back with a third-place finish behind Capitol Hill in the March 9 Open and last week’s second-place effort.
Legio X Equestris is a 5-year-old Roll With Joe mare who is coming off an eye-catching 1:53.3 score last week and looks ready to climb right back up the class ladder. She was a 1:52 victress at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last season.
Rounding out the field are Delightfully Wild from the Lino Pacheco barn; the Kathie Plested-trained pair of Totally Racy and Outragesoudelightn; Along Came Jane from the Jessie Pacheco stable; and the Gerry Longo reined-and-trained Rush And A Brush.
A reminder there are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate – the 50-cent Pick 5 on the first five events and the 20-cent Pick 4.
The Pick-4 comes attached with a $30,000 guaranteed gross pool on Fridays and a $40,000 guarantee on Saturdays.