by Al Cimaglia
February 28, 2022
The Monday night feature at Pompano Park will roll in Race 6, an Open Trot with a $14,200 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 also starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Flagman (5/2)-Comes off a big effort versus Open II company from post 9. Started way back but trotted the back half in 55.2 and now steps up. Plano has a post edge on tougher foes and should be aggressive in this spot.
6-Four Wheelin (4-1)-Has hit the board in 5 of 7 at the Pomp with 2 wins. Comes off the worst finish in a long time and has missed a start. Looking for a rebound as this was Hennessey's choice over #5 and has shown well at this class.
2-Crooked Creek (7/2)-Dropped back at the start from post 1 last week and rallied sharply to bag a nice win. Bumps up to face Open II company but fits and the Bambrick barn has won 21% of its starts over the past 30 days.
7-Soo Handsome (7/2)-Won in the Open class a couple of weeks ago and now faces Open II company. Could be leaving, and if Plano doesn't land on the point he should be in striking range at the top of the lane.
2-Odds On Osiris (5/2)-Dropped to this class in last and missed by a neck from post 9. Camera shy 5-year-old is only 3 for 28 going back to 2021 but should be in the hunt here.
4-Dakota Jack (5/1)-Claimed for $20k in last and goes to the Wayne Oke stable which hasn't had a start over the last 365 days. Eight-year-old does good work at the Pomp and Miller sticks. Will take a swing the barn debut will be a winning one.
7-Warrawee Veloce (7/2)-Has been close in the last 3 starts and is a threat with a live cover flow. Looking for a lively pace and a sharp steer.
2-Anchors Away (9/5)-Not feeling great about the short price morning line but this will be the 1st time with an inside post draw at this class. Will toss last from the 7-hole coming off a scratch and look for a big try tonight.
7-Blue Devil (3-1)-Has been competitive in all 3 starts for the new connections. Short field should help, and Jones might look to leave as there isn't much gate speed in this field. Has hit the board in all 3 starts at the Pomp with 1 win.
0.50 Pick 4
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