by Al Cimaglia
January 26, 2020
Pompano Park has a 10-race card to kick-off the week. The 0.50 Pick 4 will be my focus. That sequence starts in Race 6 and has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Fritzie Pic Up Man (2-1)-Steps-up but finally draws inside and that might be the edge to take 1st picture of this year. Hennessey's choice has won 20 of 101 starts at the Pomp.
4-Team Captain (6-1)-Drops, gets post relief and a positive driver change. Needs the right trip and does best work when racing near the top of the stack. Wallis can put into striking range and win at a square price.
3-Late Night Joke (5-1)-10-year-old is trip dependent but can fly late. A quick pace could be in the cards, so this race might set-up nicely for this veteran.
6-Surge Seelster (15-1)-Steps-up after an overdue win and will need a top effort here. Has shown the ability to stay in the hunt with this kind before. Braden could work a trip and surprise at long odds.
7-Doo Wop Hanover (3-1)-Beaten favorite drops and loses Holiday to the #1 but Santeramo has steered in the past. Makes 3rd start since an injured scratch and is back at the same class as last win.
3-Maybe Ned (9-1)-Only 1 win in 22 starts so that's an issue but tried a different tactic in last outing. Took the lead and stayed on the engine until the last call in a quick mile. That's a pattern that can lead to a nice price, using here.
5-Garrett's Guide (4-1)-Made a rare break at the start which probably cost the win. Best to not overlook winner of 4 of last 6 starts.
7-Perkins (3-1)-Camera shy but has raced well and now makes 4th start since arriving from Canada. Hennessey can work a trip and should put in play early on.
3-Jeremes General (4-1)-10-year-old knows how to win and gets the post edge over the ML chalk. Should have enough gate speed to catch a 2-hole ride behind #8.
8-Mcjagersonthemove (3-1)-Drops in for the optional claiming tag and faces others who are a notch below. Cruised home in last in 151.4, has the speed and now needs a favorable trip. Major player was Hennessey's choice over 2,7 and 9.
0.50 Pick 4