by Al Cimaglia
March 8, 2020
The Sunday night feature at Pompano Park rolls in Race 8, an Open Pace with a $10,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Bass Player (2-1)-In good form, draws well, starts for a hot barn and was Hennessey's choice. Also, comes off a win so there is a lot to like.
5-Caviart Regan (4-1)-Drops after flying down the lane against better. Looking for Ingraham to provide a more aggressive steer and be in striking range at the top of the stretch.
7-Quatrain Blue Chip (3-1)-Oakes flew off the gate and set a wicked pace, 54.4-122.3 and faded late to miss by a half of length. The #2 and #3 will likely leave so will need a more tactical trip in 2nd start off the bench.
2-Oberlin (4-1)-Moves up after an impressive win versus $12,500 claimers. Rallied from 8th at the 1/2 to win at 11-1. Hennessey's choice over #4 & #6 is a slow starter so will need good steer but this isn't a loaded field and best to respect.
3-Hot Art (3-1)-11-year-old can be tough if dialed on high and figures to be a major player. Hard to look away and should be bet hard. May try to get the lead early on and control the mile.
3-Outkast Blue Chip (5-1)-Took advantage of a quick pace and a very good steer by David Miller to pop last week. Gets a post draw edge over some tough customers. Winner of 4 out of 9 starts at the Pomp should be put in play.
4-American Hustle (4-1)-Likes to blast out and get on the engine. That looks very possible here and if can cross-over to the rail without burning a lot gas chances for success go up. The chalk may leave too but the 2-hole won't be so bad.
5-Prairie Panther (2-1)-Winner of >$144k in 2019 was rested at the end of the year after winning 3 in a row versus similar company. Wally's choice over the #1 and #2 should be the best if ready but might need a race.
1-King Corona (6-1)-Usually has trouble winning at this level but that describes this field. Looking for Wallis to make the most of the rail, could get the smoothest journey and trip out.
5-Harry Terror (2-1)-Has beaten better but not since the calendar flipped over and should be bet hard. Looks to be a player but not a single in my mind.
6-Deseronto (9-1)-Has fallen short in last 2, both from the rail and now faces better. Usually that isn't a strong reason to play but fits here, makes 3rd start for Dustin Ingraham barn and this is the 1st drive for dad Dave.
7-Mister Marvalous (8-1)-Makes 2nd consecutive start at this class and had no chance in last with a troubled trip and a wide journey. Looks like a price shot with a punchers chance and has won 9 of 23 at the Pomp.
Race 6) 2,5,7
Race 7) 2,3
Race 8) 3,4,5
Race 9) 1,5,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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