by Al Cimaglia
October 24, 2021
Tonight, the "Winter Capital of Harness Racing", Pompano Park begins a 100-day meet which runs through April 17. As someone who has seen too many harness tracks close, I don't like writing this will be the final meet for the South Florida track which opened in 1964.
My focus this evening will be the 0.50 Pick 4 which begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with an industry low 12% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Captain Malicious (7-1)-Makes the 3rd start for Wallis who also steers and has the gate speed to be on the point or in the pocket throughout. Has hit the board in 4 of 9 at PPk with 2 wins. Should be forwardly placed without using up much gas and that could lead to upsetting the chalk at a nice price.
6-Double Metal (6/5)-Betting Line colt has been doing good work on smaller ovals out East. Faces older here but this was Hennessey's choice and he recently sat behind #5 for a winning effort. Will be a tiny price, should be a major player and has the gate speed to be put in play early.
1-Agedchedar Hanover(2-1)-Winner of 2 straight always seems to be in the hunt but has only won 2 of 22 at the Pomp. Hennessey's choice will be bet hard and best to respect. Could be content to sit in the pocket and doesn't need to be on the engine to win.
4-Villiam (5-1)-If this 4-year-old is dialed on high Chindano may look to leave and get on the point. But could win coming off cover if the pace is lively. Enjoys the Pomp, has hit the board in 13 of 16 here with 6 wins and should offer a fair price.
1-Spirit Shadow (5/2)-Lareau trainee doesn't win often but Hennessey can get the best out of this 8-year-old. Tough to leave off the ticket, shouldn't have an issue racing on the engine and has the right pilot to steal a quarter.
3-Team Captain (3-1)-Comes off a win in Virginia on a sloppy track and has 22 wins in 114 races in South Florida. Can win coming off cover if Braden provides a sharp steer.
1-Casie's Believer (5/2)-This mare is searching for an overdue win but does try hard and should fit well with this crew. Could yield the point to the morning line choice, then enjoy a 2-hole ride and try to sweep by down the lane.
6-Jagger Rocks (1-1)-Has been facing tougher company on the East coast and now makes the 1st start in the Blood barn. Hennessey will take the lines and will likely be an odds-on choice. Has hit the board in 10 of 18 here with 4 wins. The only drawback might be the last start was back on 10-2 and there should be a few others looking to leave.
Race 6) 3,6
Race 7) 1,4
Race 8) 1,3
Race 9) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) = $8 for $0.50
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