by Al Cimaglia
March 28, 2022
Pompano Park has an 8-race program set for this evening. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins 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.
3-The Lion King As (6-1)-Has trouble sealing the deal at this level but draws well and this isn't a deep field of Open class picture takers. Looks worthy of a swing at the program price.
4-Keystone Apache (9/2)-My thinking is Macdonald will leave and look to get the pocket behind #5. If my hunch plays out this 7-year-old could make the most of a sweet trip and could be overlooked at the windows.
5-Max (5/2)-Winner of 2 straight should be out and rolling with Miller. If lands on the point without draining the tank it could be picture time again.
6-John Mac (6-1)-Came 2nd by a head to a tough winner and was claimed in last. Bumps up, has the gate speed to get a close-up seat and could reward new connections at 1st asking.
7-Drunkenonaplane (4-1)-Steps-up a few levels after drawing off in a 151.4 mile and was Hennssey's choice over the 4/8. Does well racing near the top of the stack and that script could play out here.
2-Freaky Flyer (7/5)-Got a perfect steer in last and just got up in time to nip #8 at 3/2. Hennessey got the pocket ride and used that edge down the lane. It would be no surprise if the same plan happens tonight.
8-JK Nowornever (4-1)-Lands outside and Wallis should be leaving off the gate. Comes back in 5 days and even though the post draw doesn't help, still looks a main threat to the program chalk.
1-Cratier Zette (5-1)-Broke 2 back and seemed to be handled cautiously last week. Looking for a more aggressive steer in the 3rd straight start from post 1.
7-Joey Pro (5-1)-Even money chalk comes off a disappointing effort against better to finish a beaten 3rd. Hennessey landed in the 2-hole but the 2nd/3rd quarters went in 58.4 and when pulled couldn't clear a well rated winner. Drops to a better level and could be ready to make amends.
0.50 Pick 4
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