by Al Cimaglia
February 27, 2022
Tonight, Pompano Park has an 8-race program scheduled. The popular 0.50 Pick 4 starts 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.
6-Rebellious (9/2)-This race features two 8-year-olds who have made dozens of trips to the PPk winner's circle. This Deter's trainee took control in last and sizzled the 3/4's in 122.4. Looking for an encore but loses Wally to #7.
7-Priarie Panther (5/2)-Winner of 5 straight has captured 32 of 53 starts in south Florida and should be battling the one above to the wire.
1-Ohio Prince (5/2)-Will respect connections despite the 1-10 record at the Pomp. There isn't a true standout in this field. Willing to rely on Miller to provide a sharp steer and to get into striking range.
2-A Good Chance A (2-1)-This 11-year-old should like the company but will need the right set-up to cash the top check. Holliday will look to get on the engine, and if he steals a quarter it could be picture time.
6-Stening A (12-1)-Taking a swing this barn is heating up and the fractions will be lively. The price should be right and if Stalbaum finds a live cover flow an upset could be in the cards.
1-Another Daily Copy (5-1)-Nine-year-old is in good form and willing to use from the rail. Has enough speed to stay near the lead and looks like a trip-out candidate at a fair price.
5-My House (7-1)-Lost all chance in last after breaking stride and that habit is an issue. But has the speed to beat this crew and drew well. Could surprise if Shetler works a smooth trip.
6-Double Metal (3-1)-Smoked the field on 11-21 in a 149.4 mile and then had 2 more starts. Was put away after a win on 12-5 and now returns. Comes off 2 decent qualifiers and the winner of 6 out of 10 at the Pomp is the one to beat if ready to bring a top try off the bench.
1-Movie Star (9/2)-Beat a couple from this field in last as Hennessey landed in the pocket and made the most of an efficient trip. The same script could work here.
9-Stonebridge Rocks (3-1)-Winner of 2 straight moves up again and best to not overlook. Has the gate speed to be forwardly placed and the Plano barn keeps rolling along.
10-Payne For Pres (5/2)-Has beaten this kind without having the lead off the gate. This post makes it more difficult, but Miller could follow #1, and could end up with a decent early seat.
0.50 Pick 4
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