by Al Cimaglia
February 20, 2022
Pompano Park begins the week with an 8-race program. The feature rolls in Race 5, an Open Pace with assigned post positions carrying a $14,200 purse. Race 5 also starts the 0.50 Pick 4. 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.
3-Maxdaddy Blue Chip (5/2)-Max worked hard off the gate in last and this time it shouldn't be as taxing. Plano should land on top or in the pocket behind #5 and make the most of the trip.
5-Priarie Panther (8/5)-Winner of 4 straight, the last 3 at this class, and should be odds-on again. The streak will end at some point but not sure it will be tonight.
6-Freaky Flyer (3/2)-Hennessey will be out and rolling for the top but has only been able to win once in the last 4 starts although bet hard. Should be a main player versus this kind but will offer no value.
7-Always Glorious (3-1)-Has been facing better and could beat this crew with a top effort but is only 2 for 44 over the past 2 years. Best to respect with this suspect field and the post helps the price.
1-Mc Mach (6-1)-This 8-year-old can still take pictures when he gets the right trip. Likes to race on the point or near the top and Plano should land there. Drops to a comfortable spot and draws well, beat this kind on 1-9.
3-Ourrythmnblues N (7-1)-This is another who should offer a nice price and did win at this level on 1-2. This should be go-time for team Macomber.
8-Actor Hanover (9/2)-Drops out of Opens and has competed well at that level. Can leave like a shot and the price should be right from this post. Will rely on Wallis doing his job and will look to connect without using Hennessey on the chalk (7).
1-The Big Muscle (5/2)-Amateur driving races are a challenge and this 10-year-old doesn't win often. But does battle and should be in the mix versus this group.
3-Sumbodygetdisfool (6-1)-Four-year-old is racing back into shape after shipping in from Haw in January. Should be forwardly placed and comes off an improved effort. Did win 9 of 31 starts in 2021.
4-Manwilling (7-1)-Finally draws well when facing a beatable group. The 0-13 record at the Pomp is cause to pause but can compete here with a decent steer.
0.50 Pick 4
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