by Al Cimaglia
December 15, 2019
The Pompano Park 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 6 and it has a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence has a very low 12% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Mcjagersonthemove (8/5)-Started out very fast and kept going to a 53.4 half last week, set an unbelievable pace and was nipped at the wire. Hennessey steers tonight and if he can ration the speed a bit, it could be picture time.
5-Hot Art (7/2)-This will be the 3rd race in 11-days for #2. If he falters, Plano should have this 9-time winner in 2019 in position to sweep by.
1-Jeremes General (4-1)-Hennessey's choice is a major player versus this crew unless taking to the track is an issue. But has earned checks on the 5/8's on the east coast.
2-Skyful Of Lighters (2-1)-Drops out of Open company, draws inside and Ingraham returns, could be sitting on a big try.
2-Ideal Feeling (9/2)-HoP invader tuned-up from the 8-hole last week and now Plano takes over which is a positive driver change.
4-Panocchio (7/2)-Not Hennessey's pick but this veteran is in fine form and with a top effort is a player even with the step-up.
5-American Hustle (9/2)-Here is the key to the race. Has plenty of gate speed to get the top or force a quick pace. Knows how to win, should offer a square price and provide some pop for the Pick 4.
6-Rebellious (2-1)-Winner of 2 straight steps-up, Hennessy sticks and should be able to do good work at this class. But it's an interesting short field, using but will look to shoot against.
3-Mister Marvalous-Likes the track and could get sucked around from this post. 3-year-old will need a top effort but is talented.
5-Better Than Cash (3-1)-Should like the company and makes 2nd start on Lasix. Can take a picture tonight but must mind manners. Last start was the first since 10/24 and off that effort it's best to respect.
9-Mach West (3-1)-Here's the likely post-time chalk but the post could be an issue. Not sure a 3-peat is in the cards from this starting slot. But if Hennessey gets the top and walks it certainly could happen.
Race 6) 2,5
Race 7) 1,2
Race 8) 2,4,5,6
Race 9) 3,5,9
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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