by Al Cimaglia
January 31, 2022
Tonight, Pompano Park has a 12-race program with a 7:20 EST first post. The card has two 0.50 Pick 4 sequences both with $15,000 guaranteed pools. My focus will be on the Late Pick 4 which starts in Race 9.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Shane Adam (10-1)-Hasn't been able to seal the deal at the Pomp going 0-8 but should be in the mix with this post draw. Will take a swing Paquet will have in play at the top of the lane and make the most of the post edge over main foes.
6-Island Beach Boy (8/5)-Winner in 3 of the last 4 starts fits well with this crew. Has the gate speed to get the top and Hennessey knows how to walk a quarter. Will likely be a smaller price than the morning line but difficult to leave off the ticket.
7-Feelin American (4-1)-This 7-year-old takes a good step-up after easily winning in 151.3. The start will be key and if Plano can get on the point or in the pocket behind #6 without draining the tank chances for a picture improve in a big way.
5-Beach Forecast (2-1)-Winner of 3 in a row will probably be pennies on the dollar as Hennessey looks to get the top and then back down the pace. If that plan works, it could be picture time again. Best to respect but probably not going as easy.
8-Odds On Pick Six (4-1)-Drops after racing well from post 7 and rolling the back half in .56 to finish a close 2nd. This will be the 4th start on Lasix and is still looking for an overdue win. Comes off the best try of the meet and looks like a main threat if Wrenn does his part.
1-Enzio (7/2)-Drops and gets Miller for the 1st time which is a ++ driver's change. This is Miller's choice over #3 who is the tepid program chalk. Doesn't have big gate speed but has the pilot in place to work an effective trip.
5-Crossfit Mouse (9/2)-Hasn't done much since coming to town and this will be the softest spot of the meet. Willing to use at a solid price in a race without a standout.
7-Groovey Kid (4-1)-Lots of miles on this veteran but has been racing well and can come out on top with a big try. Hennessey could muscle his way to the top and take control.
3-Hurrikanekingcarlo (8-1)-Will look for some prices in a race without much form. Boyd could leave from this spot, get sucked around and surprise with one move down the lane. This was Boyd's pick over the 1 and 9.
5-Sir Shuffel (6-1)-Shows some ability to pass foes in the stretch and Miller steers from a favorable post. Versus this suspect crew there are reasons to use at a solid price.
8-Jadensmagicsteel (7/2)-Probably needs to be on the lead at the top of the lane to win and even from the 8-hole that is a possibility. The post makes the price and there isn't much gate speed in the field.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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