Horowitz, Williams Finals at Cal Expo SundayJanuary 21, 2023,
Sacramento, CA – The $30,000 Alan Horowitz Final featuring Ideal One A and Villa For Rent and the $15,800 Jack Williams Final headed by Princessofthedawn share the spotlight on Sunday night’s (Jan. 22) Cal Expo program.
There will be 12 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:55 p.m.
Ideal One A accounted for the second leg of the Horowitz on Dec. 26 and goes about his business for owner William Neumeister and trainer Bob Johnson with Shawn Thayer at the controls.
A 12-year-old Australian bred, Ideal One went coast-to-coast in his Horowitz leg score and was making his 25th trip to the winner’s circle from 165 lifetime starts with more than $161,000 in the bank. He has a 1:52.4 mark that was established at Scioto Downs two years ago.
Villa For Rent also accounted for a Horowitz leg on Dec. 18 and looms large with the scratch of Nebble Hanover from this cast.
Racing for owners Benvenga Racing and Robin Gostovich, he takes his lessons from Kathie Plested and will once again have the services of Mooney Svendsen for Sunday’s assignment.
Villa For Rent was a game winner in last month’s score after being used early to the lead and then shuffled midway before coming home smartly for the decision.
Rounding out the field are Rockinscience, Flying Officer, Prom Queen, Some Playa, Pecorino, Rockin Jimmy Brown and Impressive Art.
Looking at the Williams, Princessofthedawn is a 4-year-old daughter of Mystician who arrived here from her native Canada winless in 10 starts but has been unbeaten and untested in her four solid appearances over this layout.
Owned by Tamara Wainscott and Rick Cisco, trained by Cisco and guided once again by Rene Goulet, she is looking to parlay a Dec. 26 victory in the Funicello/Holt Final to Sunday’s Wilson finale.
In that last score, Princessofhedawn left to find an early pocket, was back to the lead down the backside and took complete control of the Funicello/Holt, reporting home with 3-3/4 lengths to spare over the sloppy track.
Salary would appear to be an excellent fit in this cast for owner/trainer Kelly Crump and pilot Brad Irvine. She started off this meet with a solid tally in November and has been meeting some tough customers since with a trio of exacta completions and a place finish in the last four.
Completing the cast, from the rail out, are Ain’t She Special, Bekkums Fancy Star, Hf Flower, Sierra Mystique, Snoah and Muffin Top.
The Open Pace finds Dancin Lance and Major Attribute in a rematch, while the Filly and Mare Open Pace will find Divine Art stepping up in class while seeking her 15th straight victory for owner/driver trainer Gerry Longo.
Cal Expo welcomes leading Western Canada pilot Brandon Campbell, who will be coming down Sunday to drive for trainer Travis Ellis in the Alan Horowitz and Jack Williams Finals. Brandon will guide Flying Officer in the Horowitz and sits behind HF Flower in the Williams.
The 39-year-old Campbell ended 2022 as the first driver with a C$2 million season competing exclusively in Western Canada.