by Al Cimaglia
March 21, 2022
There are 8-races scheduled on the Monday night card at Pompano Park. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 5. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Max (2-1)-Beat the Open II kind in last and wasn't really threatened. Hasn't sealed the deal at this class but has been consistently in the hunt at the wire. This looks like a field that can be beaten if #6 isn't dialed on high.
6-Flagman (5/2)-The Plano barn is clicking at 29% over the past 30 days and this Guccio 5-year-old has won 2 straight. Has the gate speed to get on the point and should be looking to wire this crew again.
2-Susie's Sister (5/2)-Steps-up after wiring the field last week. This will be a test but likes the Pomp hitting the board in 12 of 14 with 6 wins. Miller should be racing near the top of the stack throughout.
5-Blue Devil (4-1)-Raced well in last from the 9-hole following a scratch. Winner of >$110,000 as a 3-year-old is a player and should offer a fair price.
7-Muskingum (12-1)-Had a big try from the 7 post two back and finished 2nd at 17-1. Then lost all chance by breaking at the start on a sloppy track. Will take a swing at this price that Chindano has this mare in striking range turning for the wire.
1-Enzio (5-1)-Fits with these and Macdonald returns, and he steered in this 6-year-old's last win. Could get the top and not look back.
2-Star Track Hanover (5/2)-Hennessey steers and he was in in charge for the last win at this class on 1-31. Risky to leave out but recent form has been dull and might be over bet.
5-Sooo Handsome (3-1)-Gets some needed post relief and if the fractions are quick this veteran should be passing foes down the lane. Team Plano keeps rolling so best to respect.
2-Steel Reserve (5-1)-Needs a trip and may finally get one with Hennessey in the bike. Using in an open affair.
4-J-S Jasper (5/2)-The Pavia barn has been hot winning 4 of 10 starts over the last 30 days. The qualifier on 3-15 was fine and this will be the 1st start since 12-28. Has won 3 of 4 at the Pomp and will rely on a big try coming off the bench.
9-BJ Lorado (9-1)-The post makes the price as this 8-year-old drops to a soft spot. Has the gate speed to get the top and could surprise if Jones works a good steer.
0.50 Pick 4
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