by Al Cimaglia
November 7, 2021
Tonight, Pompano Park has a compact 8-race card scheduled. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 5. 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-CC Big Boy Sam (7/2)-Raced big last week versus this kind, needed to go 1st over and was game to the wire. Starts from the same post and Chindano might be able to work a pocket ride and seal the deal down the lane.
2-Terlinga (7/2)-Going to leave the 6/5 program favorite with Hennessey off the ticket and hope the trip doesn't set up perfectly like in last. Willing to give this 14-year-old beaten chalk another chance. Was driven aggressively to get the top but it took its toll down the lane. This time Boyd may work a different trip and use one big move later in the mile.
4-Sports Teen (3-1)-Going with 2 Pocono invaders in this leg. This was Hennessey's choice over the 6 & 7. The Tee Wine entry has hit the board in 17 of 31 with 10 wins. Should have enough gate speed to get the point and this pilot knows how to sleepwalk a quarter.
8-Actor Hanover (4-1)-Hasn't done as well at PcD but should be a player here if Wallis works a decent trip. The advantage over #4 is this 5-year-old has a race over the track and won at this class. Also, has good gate speed so it should be an interesting start.
1-Spirit Shadow (3-1)-Rallied with a .55 last half versus better but was too far back off the gate. Should be a player versus this crew and drawing the rail won't hurt.
5-Rockin Mercedes (3-1)-Ships in from Hoosier after qualifying there on 10-30. Has shown the ability to win at first asking off the bench. Does have a 153.4 mark here in 2020 and this race doesn't have a standout.
1-O'Sundland (9/2)-Left from the 4 hole in last, got the top and then was in the pocket but faded down the lane. That was the 1st Pompano race this year and was off a month before that start. Wallis sticks and could get a pocket ride behind the odd-on chalk. If the trip is smooth this 11-year-old should be tighter tonight and could surprise.
6-Harry Terror (3/2)-Hennessey takes the lines after a couple of local starts versus better. This could be a drop and pop situation but can't completely trust at a tiny price.
Race 5) 1,2
Race 6) 4,8
Race 7) 1,5
Race 8) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) $8 for $0.50
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