by Al Cimaglia
February 23, 2020
Tonight, the Pompano Park 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout and it will be my focus. Last week was very formful at the south Florida oval and we will see how the payouts look over the coming days.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-War-N-Munn (5-1)-Winner of 2-straight is no slouch and has the speed to beat #6 with the right trip. Will probably need to catch a break but could get the top or 2-hole without much strain.
6-Rebellious (2-1)-Winner of 5 in a row has won at different distances and has been as good as advertised. If dialed on high it will likely be the 6th straight picture in 7-starts this meet.
1-Byby Landon (4-1)-Freehold shipper makes 1st ever PPk start but likes to race on the engine and there isn't much gate speed in this field. Did race on 2/8 and might be able to beat this field without a race over the track.
5-Itsnoproblemman (4-1)-Paced the back half in 56.1 last time but couldn't close on the leader. Could race close to the top here and be in the hunt near the wire. Simons takes a spin and he could be more aggressive.
7-Alway'syourway (2-1)-Hennessey's choice over the 1,5 and 6 deserves some respect but current form doesn't stand way above this field and will need a good steer from this post.
1-Dragon N Kickin (3-1)-8-year-old is a new arrival from Ohio and was Hennessey's choice over the 7. Tough to leave out from the rail as Wally should keep in play but will likely offer no value.
2-Freak On A Leash (10-1)-Only 1-15 at the Pomp but this race feels like there could be a price. This is a spot to trip out and pop at good odds.
3-R Gauwitz Hanover (5-1)-Finally draws inside and Ingraham steers for the 1st time this meet. Put the 11-year-old in the mix with live cover and an honest pace.
5-Sir Bradford (4-1)-Beat four from ths field in last start and did benefit from a nice trip. Could follow the same script here, likes the track and Simon is back in the bike.
3-William McWiskers (5-1)-Was cashing checks on the East Coast this fall. Qualifier was good and now makes 1st start since 9/29. 4-year-old should like the company, has won 4 of 12 lifetime starts and has hit the board 4 other times.
4-Perkins (3-1)-Hennessey returns and has taken pictures the last 2-times he has steered. Gets post relief and looks like a major player. Should be bet hard and will use but hope for others.
7-JD's Noah (6-1)-Tried a new strategy as an odds-on chalk in last and faded late after getting on the engine. Gets a new set a hands as Wallis takes a seat and could pop at square price if he works a smooth trip.
8-Garrett's Guide (7-1)-Game horse who could leave and get a nice tuck. Will need the trip to work but has been trying hard and the price should be right.
Race 6) 2,6
Race 7) 1,5,7
Race 8) 1,2,3,5
Race 9) 3,4,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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