by Al Cimaglia
November 29, 2020
Pompano Park has a 9-race card scheduled for this evening with the headliners being 2-year-old fillies in the Florida Stallion Stakes. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool with a low 12% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Gibbs (3-1)-This is the 3rd start back for this veteran and now Hennessey takes the lines. Drops to a spot to shine and 12-year-old may take 1st picture since July.
4-When You Dance (8/5)-Morning line chalk was holding its own in Kentucky and now makes PPk debut. Has raced in 51 and change on the 5/8's and looks like a threat if doesn't need a start at the track.
7-Captain Malicious (7/2)-Steps-up after getting on the engine and not looking back. Has the gate speed to get the top here and it's best to respect chances for a repeat.
3-Rockntouch (2-1)-Tried to wire the field last week and that didn't work as an odds-on favorite. Hennessey sticks and maybe tactics will change back and will look to come off cover.
5-Grand Galop Semalu (15-1)-Closed nicely in last with a 55.4 back half but the pace was tepid. Looks worth a swing because this time the pace should be lively and Ingraham could come off cover with a better outcome.
7-Bell I No (9/5)-Ships in from Phl and has banked >$102k this year but has not raced since 11/8. Does have good gate speed to be forwardly placed but has only raced at the Pomp once and didn't hit the board. Should be a player if ready for a top effort and will probably be bet hard.
4-Maxdaddy Blue Chip (4-1)-This will be the 3rd start at the PPk and might be ready to bring a big try. Has been racing from well off the pace and could be ready for a more aggressive drive.
7-Mach West (3-1)-Has had trouble beating Ideal Feeling in last 2 starts but that's not an issue tonight. Hennessey should find a way to get a close-up seat and may have found a beatable field.
7-Caviart Regan (8/5)-Steps-up after getting to the point by the half from post 10 and then cruised home at 4/5. Hennessey should be able to work a trip and appears to be a player versus this crew.
8-Dash Of Danger (5-1)-Had an even effort in an Open Handicap and was off for 3 weeks before that start. Just missed beating the $30k at HoP and should fit with these. Doesn't show a start at the Pomp but have to believe barn knows the smaller oval won't be an issue.
Race 6) 3,4,7
Race 7) 3,5,7
Race 8) 4,7
Race 9) 7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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