by Al Cimaglia
March 14, 2022
Pompano Park has a compact 8-race card set to go tonight. 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.
3-Bend In The River (5-1)-Claimed by Holiday and then stepped-up to face the $25k claimers. Raced evenly to finish 5th and may have been aiming for this spot. Could offer a solid price and should be forwardly placed.
4-Simply Volo (5/2)-Broke as 3/5 chalk from the 7-hole when facing this class. Like others, is not a proven winner versus this kind, but should be a threat if minds manners.
6-Aboslut Uncertenty (9/2)-Drops into a spot for a picture. Hennessey sticks, draws inside and there isn't a standout in this field.
3-Odds On Pick Six (9/5)-Odds-on chalk finished 2nd in a quick 151.4 mile and could look to get the top off the gate. Has missed a start but figuring team Wrenn will have this 4-year-old dialed on high.
6-Dakota Jack (10-1)-Drops in the 3rd start for the Oke barn and the last effort was an improvement. Rolled the back half in 55.3 and could win at a price if there is a lively pace. Has hit the board in 20 of 40 at the Pomp with 8 wins.
7-Noahs Mill (6-1)-Miller is back for the 2nd consecutive steer. Bumps up, could be a solid price and did pace the 2nd half in 54.4 last time. Should have enough gate speed to get a good early seat and then look to sweep by down the lane.
4-Four Wheelin (2-1)-Drops out of straight Open company and that could make a significant difference. Should be a player but Hennessey will need to work the right trip.
6-Max (9/2)-Also drops out of Opens but is 0-8 at the Pomp. Willing to use at a fair price and has the gate speed to race near the top of the stack. Miller is in the bike and may have found a beatable field.
3-Susie's Sister (6-1)-Taking a swing with this price shot who has hit the board in 11 of 13 south Florida starts. Drops into a more comfortable spot in the 2nd start off the bench.
5-Gemologist (2-1)-Has been cashing checks versus better and draws well so Santeramo should be in control shortly after the start. The price should be small and does look like the one to beat.
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