by Al Cimaglia
November 17, 2019
The feature at Pompano Park rolls in Race 8, an Open II Pace with a $9,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 5, it has a $10,000 guaranteed pool with a low 12% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Beatrice (3-1)-Amateur driver's race starts the sequence and this mare comes off a break. Fits better here and now the trainer steers which may help her stay trotting.
5-Phoenician (4-1)-Won last time in second start off a break with a nice trip. Could be a player again and best to not overlook.
6-Verdi D Em (7/2)-Improved in second start for Hennessey and second time hoppled. Looking for upswing to continue but must mind manners.
7-Miss Flora (4-1)-Raced here in Open II company and looks to be a major player versus this crew with a decent trip.
1-Imagineuwithoutme (5/2)-Plano trainee came off the bench in fine form. Now draws the rail which shouldn't hurt and could be dialed on high in third start back.
3-Mach West (7/5)-Hennessey's choice over #6 and #8 deserves some respect but is a 3-year-old taking on older. Using but will shoot against.
4-Rockntouch (9/2)-Drops, gets post relief and likes the Pomp. Barn has been doing well and should be in the hunt.
7-Mcjagersonthemove (15-1)-Raced big on 11-4 with a sizzling win on the engine, then stepped-up and was hung-out from the 9-hole. Looks like a live price shot as there isn't much gate speed inside.
2-Sporty Redhot (5-1)-Sharp effort from the 8-hole last week. Loses Hennessey but Fern is familiar and should be in the hunt.
3-Feelin Lika Winner (1-1)-ML chalk did have a 1:52.4 mile at PPk earlier this year and should get a trip from this post. There are a couple of concerns...Is just 3-17 here and HoP invader hasn't raced since 10-25.
1-War-N-Munn (7-1)-Should be on the lead or in the two hole at the 1/4 pole and could get sucked around. Has good speed and might be able to hang in and surprise at a price.
8-Rebellious (7/5)-Consistent 5-year-old was doing some good work at the Big M and likes to win in general. Also, has won 10 of 23 at the Pomp. Likes to race near the top so is a major player with a fast start.
Race 5) 3,5,6,7
Race 6) 1,3,4,7
Race 7) 2,3
Race 8) 1,8
Total Ticket Cost) $32 for $0.50
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