by Al Cimaglia
February 26, 2019
Tonight, Pompano Park has an 8-race card scheduled to start at 7:20 EST. The increasingly popular 0.50 Pick 4 sequence begins in Race 5, it has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout and it will be my focus.
Last night in south Florida the drivers with the hottest hands were Mike Simons and Rick Plano, both with two wins. The leading conditioner on the card was John Hallett with two pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Wesley Hanover-Simons choice over #3 appears to be most consistent of this group and the one to beat.
3-Stormont Dundas-From the inside should stay close and can use one brush to sweep by at 10-1 in the ML.
6-Passionate Miss-Broke in last, before then bet hard but didn't delivered, could make amends at a square price.
3-JL Joe-3rd start for new barn and was coming off a rest. Knows how to win, returns quickly and is worth a swing.
4-Casey Hanover-Camera shy, makes 5th start for new barn and last was better. Draws well and was Simons pick.
7-Totally True-Hennessey sticks and comes off a better effort, fits with this group and best to respect.
1-Tourist Attraction-Bred to be a stakes horse, was handled carefully but in 2nd start off bench that may change.
3-Celebrity Liberty-Comes off a nice qualifier and worth using in a wide-open affair.
4-Brandywine Battle-2-1 chalk is 0-23, but despite being so camera-shy best to not leave out versus this crew.
1-Expo-Comes off a nice effort from post 7 and now move inside, has been getting better and looks like a player.
6-Majestic Fire-Big try from the 9 hole to finish 2nd, ML chalk does look the part.
10-Foundonabeach-11-time winner in'18 hasn't been same, will need some luck but can take a picture with a trip.
0.50 Pick 4
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