by Al Cimaglia
December 8, 2019
Tonight, Pompano Park offers a $20,000 guaranteed pool for the 0.50 Pick 4. The sequence starts in Race 5, it has a very low 12% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Panocchio (8/5)-Just missed in last as an odds-on chalk and will be heavily bet tonight. Bumps up a notch and is a threat at this class too but offers no value.
6-American Chrome (10-1)-Makes 3rd start for new barn that has been going well and has a positive driver change. May offer a nice price and could land on the engine or in the 2-hole, best to not overlook.
8-Music Is Art (3-1)-Raced well at this class in first PPk start but now draws outside. Speedy and should be tighter tonight, using but needs live cover.
2-Man Of Mine (6-1)-Last week #5 got rolling early and set a fast pace, and there was no catching the leader. Did race the last half in 56.1 and now makes 4th start at the Pomp. Looking for better and could trip out from this post.
5-Mach West (1-1)-Made it look easy in last and will likely be an odds-on favorite here and many will single. Best to respect but 3-year-old isn't the most consistent.
4-American Hustle (8-1)-Even effort in 1st PPk start but loves this track and is (13-26) lifetime here. Makes 2nd start after being off since 10/12 and will hope the trip isn't kind to #7.
7-Prairie Panther (3/2)-Drew off by 3 1/2 versus many of these in 1st start off the bench. This is another PPk vet who does great work here (20-27). Looks solid as long as the trip isn't an issue.
3-Late Night Joke (8-1)-Drops to a better level but needs to avoid a slow start. Is trip dependent and might be overlooked. Pace could be hot and if so chances for a late rally go up.
6-Mikado Blue Chip (12-1)-Drops in 2nd local start and has the gate speed to end up in the 2-hole behind #7.
7-Feelin Lika Winner (9/5)-Steps-up after just missing from the 8-hole and Hennessey sticks. Was used hard in the 1st half and couldn't rally in the last quarter. 9-year-old knows how to win and could be a popular single but will need a top effort versus this crew.
Race 5) 5,6,8
Race 6) 2,5
Race 7) 4,7
Race 8) 3,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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