Sacramento, CA — Velocity McSweets made it two in a row at Cal Expo, winning Tuesday’s (March 31) fillies-and-mares open pace by a half-length over Alwaysalittlemore in 1:53.1.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Velocity McSweets and driver James Kennedy left from post six and sat second behind Alwaysalittlemore through three successive quarters of :28.1 before kicking home in the stretch for the victory. Dancingonthesand finished third.
Velocity McSweets is a 5-year-old daughter of McArdle out of Playful Sweetheart. She has won two of three races this season, including the fillies-and-mares open pace in her previous start, for owner/trainer Jennifer Sabot. For her career, the mare has won 18 of 69 races and $178,047.
The win was one of two for Kennedy on the 10-race card. He also won with 4-year-old gelding Hi Ho Julio at odds of 33-1 in the sixth race conditioned pace, helping ignite $1 payouts of $1,654.10 for the trifecta and $5,708.40 for the superfecta.
Joining Kennedy with driving doubles were Luke Plano, Nick Roland, and Braxten Boyd.
Plano is the leading driver at Cal Expo, with 73 wins. Roland is second with 55, followed by Kennedy with 53.
The $50,000 guaranteed Pick-4, races seven through 10, produced a pool of $92,228 and $1 payout of $414.10. Winning horses in the Pick-4 were Velocity McSweets (No. 6), Vicious Aloicious (2), Senga Nitro (1), and Sweet One (5).
For Tuesday’s complete Cal Expo results click here.