Harry Landy, who had such a good time in his first trip to Cal Expo last weekend, including a victory with Albion at the head of the pacing class, has decided to stay for another week.
The 20-year-old Landy has been plying his trade at Freehold in New Jersey for the last two years and has more than 100 wins under his belt. When he guided Albion to victory in last Saturday’s (Feb. 18) main event, the 1:52.4 clocking was the swiftest of the meeting. “Coming out here has been very enjoyable,” Landy related. “I got to see Cal Expo, which is a really nice facility. In a business like harness racing there are a lot of components to being a driver, but the true key one is opportunity.
“I’m thankful to the trainers out there who put me up. Albion was definitely a huge thrill. The track here is pretty flat with the surface being good on the horse’s feet but not as compressed as the Meadowlands, so it’s a bit slower of a mile. That makes Albion’s back half in :54 even more impressive.”
With Freehold being a half-mile track, Landy welcomes the chance to see some action on a mile layout. “When I do drive a mile track back East, I’m normally only getting behind horses who are 10-1 and up, and much of the time I’m just sitting on the rail and hoping to get a share.
“To come out here and get the opportunity to drive horses that really fit the class of the race will give me a lot more experience in driving the bigger track.” After competing here last weekend, Landy headed south to visit Los Angeles for the first time. “There are a few reasons I’m staying another week,” he related. “Now that I’ve been to LA, I wanted to see the north and go skiing in Tahoe.”
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (Feb. 24) and Saturday (Feb. 25) at 6 p.m. (PST). (Cal Expo)