Quarantini and Handsome Harvey, impressive winners of last week’s eliminations, head the cast for Friday night’s $13,700 Donald Arnstine Pace.
Watch and Wager LLC will present a 10-race card getting underway at 6:45 p.m with an Open Pace and a Distaff Open Pace sharing center stage.
Quarantini is a 3-year-old son of Huntsville who is owned by the partnership of Smolich, Wood, Hunsucker and Ballard, takes his lessons from Nathalie Tremblay and will once again be guided by Chip Lackey.
The dark-hued performer was runner-up in his California debut on opening week after coming in from Hoosier Park, then looked every bit the part of a 1-9 shot in his Arnstine division as he withstood a strong challenge for command on the final bend and went on to a four and three-quarter length score in 1:54 3/5.
Handsome Harvey was likewise impressive in his elimination heat while coming in from Minnesota for Dave Haness and driver/trainer Luke Plano. He was able to work out a pocket journey and then exploded in the lane to win going away and would appear to be the main rival for Quarantini on Friday.
Completing the cast are Cenalta Firedragon, Tin Can Timmy, SB Prince Archie, Spoken For, Ideal Poppy, Devil’s Brother and Ivar.
The Open Pace will find Dancin Lance seeking his third win at the meet while doing his work from the assigned outside post in the field of seven, while Rockin With Lou gets top billing in the Filly and Mare Open for owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo.