by Al Cimaglia
February 16, 2020
Pompano Park starts the week with an 8-race card. The 0.50 Pick 4 rolls in Race 5, it has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Jimmy Be Good (8-1)-With this post draw it makes sense to look toward Jimmy to spice up the Pick 4. Does his best work racing near the top of the stack and this is a spot to trip out.
6-Alway'syourway (3-1)-Hennessey's choice over the #5 and #8 was an 11-time winner in 2019 but has only 2 wins in 15 starts at the Pomp.
7-Rockntouch (4-1)-Some will discount the chances of this McNichol trainee as he couldn't close the deal in last 2 starts. But set very fast fractions in last and may not need to go to the half in 54.4 tonight. Start will be key and best to respect.
1-LA Rockin Sampson (8-1)-Has the gate speed to be on the engine or in the 2-hole and take advantage of a beneficial trip to score at a nice price.
3-Fernado (12-1)-Santeramo's choice will need a good steer but at 12-1 is worth a swing in a race where the chalk is outside and doesn't always have great gate speed.
5-Spanish Art (6-1)-If there is a battle for the lead, and the pace is sizzling MacDonald should be rolling late. This barn has been hot and 6-year-old has the speed to be in the mix with this crew.
6-Feelin Lika Winner (2-1)-Hennessey got the lead and slammed on the brakes in last. If Wally is able to go to the half in 56.2 and to the 3/4's in 124.4 he probably wins again. I'm thinking it won't be so easy tonight.
1-Rub ofthe Green N (3-1)-Steps-up after drawing off in 152.1 and that effort would be tough to beat for this field. From the rail it should be all systems go, and looks like a major player.
8-American Chrome (4-1)-Has the gate speed to be put in play early and came up with a good effort last week after a sick scratch. Post is a challenge but drops to a favorable level and should be in the hunt with a good steer.
2-Jeremes General (9-1)-Facing better but has been the post time chalk in last 3 and from the 2-hole could get a cozy trip. Knows how to win, in this field only #9 banked more money last year.
6-Warr-N-Munn (5-1)-Steps-up after 2 sharp wins and has a ton of gate speed to get a good early seat. Wallis owns-trains and drives and we will see how long this guy can stay on top of his game.
9-Rebellious (3-1)-Winner of 5 straight will likely be bet hard again but may not get the top without a battle. Using but will shoot against.
Race 5) 2,6,7
Race 6) 1,3,5,6
Race 7) 1,8
Race 8) 2,6,9
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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