by Al Cimaglia
December 12, 2021
Pompano Park begins the week with a 12-race card. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Rocks Stormyd (2-1)-Was showing fine form but was derailed by a sloppy track and an outside post draw in last. Back in with those he recently handled. Boyd should be able to work a good trip from here. Will single hoping for big try and a dry track.
1-Song Cycle Senese (15-1)-Beat $10K claimers, was claimed and now steps up. But the win came in a quick 152.2 mile on a sloppy track. Has enough gate speed to race close to the top and could trip out at a price.
3-Brilliant Strike N (5/2)-Has been a 1/2 length short in the last 2 and now is back in the Plano barn. This will be the 4th local start and figures to be in the hunt again.
4-Real Peace (3-1)-Has done good work at Plainridge versus higher-end talent and should fit well with this crew. Also likes the Pomp hitting the board in 9 of 15 with 3 wins. The sticking point is if the 6-year-old will be ready to battle in the 1st local start with the last race coming on 11-18.
7-Captain Malicious (6-1)-Comes off the best start since being scratched sick on 11-7. Paced the back half in 55.1 and this race could set-up for a closer. Might be overlooked at the windows.
1-Hot Art (2-1)-Beat this kind in last at 2/5 for his 2nd straight picture. Likes to get on the engine and not look back. Has the gate speed to protect the rail. Looks good for another at a slim price.
6-Mac Anover (8-1)-McArdle 7-year-old has big gate speed and could get a close-up seat. If the morning line choice falters MacDonald could be in striking range at a juicy price.
2-Prairie Panther (9/2)-Has just missed in the Open II class and now faces straight Open company. Not usually a very reliable angle but will respect chances. This veteran knows his way to the PPk winner's circle blindfolded, and should offer a solid price.
4-Actor Hanover (4-1)-Team Wallis entry has missed by a head in the last 2 starts. Looks like a player in a contentious affair.
5-Maxdaddy Blue Chip (5/2)-Plano will have the pedal down from the start and has the speed to beat this bunch with a smooth trip.
6-My House (4-1)-Hoosier invader came out on top last week which wasn't a surprise. But never thought the trip would be from the back of the pack. Rolled home in 54.1 with a .27 last quarter. Shetler has options but could try the same plan again.
Race 6) 1
Race 7) 1,3,4,7
Race 8) 1,6
Race 9) 2,4,5,6
Total Ticket Cost) $16 for $0.50
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