by Al Cimaglia
December 5, 2021
Pompano Park has a 12-race card set to go tonight and it features two Pick 4 sequences with $15,000 guaranteed pools. My focus will be on the Late Pick 4 which starts in Race 9 and has a low 12% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-My House (9-1)-Here is the wild card and should offer a solid price. Hoosier Park invader fits with this group and can leave as fast as the gate car. Doesn't show a small oval start but have to think the connections aren't afraid of the turns. Could get the top and not look back.
5-Actor Hanover (5/2)-Here is another with good gate speed and if #4 isn't on his toes this Wallis trainee should be no worse than in the pocket after the 1st turn. Might get the jump on #6 in a contentious affair.
6-Maxdaddy Blue Chip (2-1)-Plano trainee is also in from Indiana and has raced well in all 3 Pomp starts. Should be following the same plan as in last, get on the engine and make every call a winning one. The 2 above could be thinking the same so the start will be key in an interesting race.
2-Brilliant Strike N (3-1)-Was claimed from Plano for $10K on 11-14 and in the next start returned to the same barn off a $15K claim. Back in tonight at the same $15K tag and should be dialed on high to cash the biggest check.
5-Racksmach N (5/2)-This was Hennessey's choice over the #3 and #4. Takes a needed drop in the 4th PPk start and may make its 1st trip to the winner's circle. Won't offer much value but should be racing close to the top throughout.
2-Panocchio (3-1)-Old timer moves up after getting on the point, stealing the 2nd quarter, and cruising home in 151.4. Fits with this crew and Chindano will be looking to work the same trip here. This veteran can stay good for another picture.
6-Rocksapatriot (5-1)-Gets needed class and post relief plus this race could set-up nicely for the 6-year-old. Ingraham should be rolling late, and the fractions could be lively. Has finished in the money in 19 of 35 Pompano starts and has bagged 5 wins.
3-Hard Rock Hulk (4-1)-Raced well versus better in last. This 4-year-old knows how to win and does its best work on a 5/8's oval. The pace could be hot, and Wallis can work a nice trip to be in range to close fastest of all.
5-Hot Art (3-1)-Winner in 2 of the last 3 starts hasn't been able to close the deal versus $20K claimers. But draws well and this field isn't very deep, so best to respect.
9-Mac Anover (7-1)-The post makes the price and has enough gate speed to race near the top of the stack. The two above may leave but with a sharp steer a picture versus this field isn't out of the question.
Race 9) 4,5,6
Race 10) 2,5
Race 11) 2,6
Race 12) 3,5,9
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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