by Al Cimaglia
October 31, 2021
Pompano Park has an 11-race card ready to go with the 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a low 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Villiam (5-1)-Raced a solid back half last week and now moves in a few spots and that could help the cause. Chindano has enough gate speed to work with to come away with a close-up seat. This 4-year-old likes to take pictures and has 6 wins in 17 PPk starts. Could be sitting on a big try and should offer a fair price.
4-Actor Hanover (5-1)-Ships in from PcD, likes to race close to the top of the stack and has the gate speed to get there. This will be the 1st race at PPk but is no stranger to smaller ovals and could be a player versus this crew.
6-WarraweeVeloce (3-1)-Took a picture last week versus this kind in its Pompano debut. Hennessey worked a smooth trip but that was from the 2 hole. Did pace in 151.4 and was off a month so deserves respect but may need to work harder with this post draw.
2-Forbidden Song (7/2)-Amateur driver race and those are always a pleasure to handicap, but this 6-year-old has been cashing checks versus better company. Draws inside and hopefully will be in striking range at the top of the stretch.
4-Absolut Uncertenty (9/2)-Walker is one of the better drivers in the race but this 6-year-old is camera shy, 1-21 this year. But hit the board in 6 of 12 at the Pomp with 1 picture and will take a swing in a toss-up race.
6-Explosive Motion (9/2)-Has been facing better at Harrington and comes off an even race in the 1st try at the Pomp to finish 2nd. Looking for a stronger effort in the 3rd start for the Mungillo barn.
3-Red Dirt Rocknroll (7/2)-Drew off by over 5 lengths in its Pompano debut and now steps-up. The Lareau barn is off to a hot start and Hennessey will likely have the pedal down and look to control the pace.
7-Khun Ratha A (9-1)-Got on the engine last week in its 1st PPk start and faded down the lane versus better. Should benefit from a race over the track. Could leave, land in the pocket behind #3 and look to fly by down the lane.
2-Terlingua (3-1)-Veteran is coming close to the end of his racing career and has hit the board in 28 of 61 starts at PPk with 9 wins. Makes the 2nd local start and drops in for only a $4,500 tag so benefits with this post and a top effort could be coming.
3-Freaky Flyer (9/5)-Broke 5th starting from the rail in last but Hennessey was able to work a trip to be in striking range at the top of the lane. Same script could play out here and encore could be in the cards.
Race 6) 1,4,6
Race 7) 2,4,6
Race 8) 3,7
Race 9) 2,3
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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