by Al Cimaglia
December 23, 2019
There is a pre-holiday 10-race card set to go at Pompano Park this evening. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 6 and it has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence has an industry low 12% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Jazzy Image (3-1)-Drops to a spot to shine after doing respectable work versus Open I company. Looks to have a big shot at this class with an inside post.
6-Galarina (8-1)-Hennessey may leave with #5 the ML chalk and that could lead to a lively pace. A win at this level would be no surprise. With fast fractions and good cover, it could happen at a price.
1-Gold Star Mysti (5-1)-Versatile mare is in good form and fits well versus this crew. Looks like a player and could be a square price.
5-Persistent Bettor (9/5)-10-time winner is always in the hunt at this level. Gets a very good post and figures to be a major player and should be bet hard again.
6-Cult Icon (5-1)-Small track specialist has been off since 11/23 but qualifier was very good. Stohler barn has been rolling, so best to not overlook.
2-Quick Art (9/2)-Impressive win at 5/8's of a mile on the engine after a sick scratch. May look to take control again and could work a slower quarter into another gutsy win at the longer distance.
3-Rockin Away (9/2)-Runner-up as an even money chalk in the shorter distance leg last week. Could get a 2-hole trip behind #2 and turn the tables.
5-Ideal Candidate (9/2)-The Candidate seems to carry his speed down the lane better than many of these and the added distance could be a plus.
1-Ru Ready To Rock (2-1)-Will include because if old timer is going to win it's probably in a spot like this. But is 0-7 at the Pomp and offers no value with Hennessey from the rail.
3-IRA Chief (4-1)-Makes 2nd start for new barn and expecting more tonight in a regular distance race. Draws well and should like the company.
4-Team Captain (9/2)-This guy has had excuses since coming to south Florida but shouldn't have any this time. Simons can get a close-up seat and a nice trip, so it could be picture time.
Race 6) 2,6
Race 7) 1,5,6
Race 8) 2,3,5
Race 9) 1,3,4
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
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