by Al Cimaglia
April 12, 2022
Pompano Park has an 11-race card ready to roll and the 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 9. 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.
5-Phoenician (9/5)-This is Hennessey's choice over #6 and should be driven aggressively from the word "go". Doesn't win much these days but this looks like a fine spot for the 2nd picture this year. Drew off by over 8 lengths the last time Wally was between the pipes.
5-Danzon Hanover (7-1)-Recent form was dull but raced better when bumped up to this level and Plano took a seat. Will look for the upswing to continue and could drop in for a pocket ride behind #6.
6-Ethan (2-1)-This gal is in fine form, Chindano usually gives her a chance to win and has hit the board in 8 of 11 here. Could land on the point and not look back for consecutive wins.
1-Gold Star Igotdis (2-1)-Has issues with slow starts but at this level Braden can get a decent early seat. The pace could be lively and that should help the cause for this mare.
6-Casie's Believer (7/2)-Had an issue with a hoof last week and was scratched. The connections should have this game mare in top shape and will look for a big try.
3-Queen Me Again (2-1)-In this race both morning line chalks are winless this year, but nothing looks as good. MacDonald should race near the top versus a suspect bunch.
4-Heavenly Evelyn (5/2)-Gets some needed post relief and has enough gate speed to get on the engine. If Fenn provides a sharp steer this mare could break a 0 for 22 dry spell going back to last year.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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