by Al Cimaglia
February 12, 2019
Pompano Park has an 8-race card on tap tonight with the feature coming in Race 6, a condition pace with a $5,500 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 5, and it continues to gain popularity. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool, a low 12% takeout and will be my focus.
As often is the case Wally Hennessey was the driver with the hottest hands, but last night he made only two trips to the winner's circle. All eight races on the card were won by different trainers.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Direct Route-Will look to beat this tepid ML chalk but couldn't leave out versus this crew. LT mark is on a 5/8's at Phl.
2-Expo-Will excuse last start with a break, this is the best shot in a long time for an overdue win.
3-Undercover Bro-Another with an early miscue, but now MacDonald's back, can save ground and look to rally late.
7-Innovative Force-Is more sure-footed than others and it doesn't hurt to have Hennessey who can work a trip.
2-Rockin Desire-9-time winner in '18 is in a more comfortable spot. Could be sitting on a big try.
3-Highly Spirit-Winner of 2 out of 3 at this class will be bet very hard again, likes the engine and should get there.
4-Layer Cake-Could get the pocket behind #3, if back class shows it could be picture time.
1-De Valeria-4-race win streak was snapped, but now sheds the 8-hole. If fires best shot it should be good enough.
5-Dontcloseyoureyes-Will need to make the most of post 5, if so, Wally can get a trip and stay in the hunt.
6-Rose Run Samantha-Beat 8k claimers here in the fall. A quick pace helps, needs some breaks but best to respect.
1-Legend Field-9-year-old could get a pocket trip behind #5, will take a swing at 15-1 in the ML.
5-Deli-Craze-ML chalk takes a good drop in class and really has no excuse, but doesn't take many pictures.
9-Trotalot-Zeron needs to find a trip to be in striking range late, this isn't a strong field so will respect chances.
0.50 Pick 4
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