by Al Cimaglia
November 30, 2020
Pompano Park has an 8-race card set to go with the feature kicking off the action, an Open Handicap Trot with an $11,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 5. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Last night, the driver with the hottest hands was John MacDonald with three wins. In turn the leading trainer on the card was Tee Wine who also made three trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Stormy Dude (5-1)-This is 3rd start off the bench. Broke stride and then had a big try last week. Camera shy 6-year-old is only 2-22 over the last 2 years but deserves respect in this spot.
3-Bjanthony (20-1)-Took the long way around in last but kept coming. Shouldn't be close to 20-1 but could offer a nice price and old-timer can be in the hunt.
4-Purpose Blue Chip (6/5)-Lightly raced 5-year-old deserves favoritism but is no bargain at this price. Hard to leave out but needs to be better than last start.
5-Katkin And Coke (5/2)-This is one Plano trainee that didn't come off the bench on fire. Does fit with this group and has 4 wins in 17 starts here. Was bet hard in last and might be ready for a better effort.
2-Boli (3/2)-Drops after 2 even tries but 8-year-old was off since 9/12. Hennessey owns, trains, and drives, and might be bet down again. Could be ready for a winning effort and has taken 39 pictures in 88 races at the Pomp.
6-Miss Flora (12-1)-Eight-year-old mare still likes to compete. Took the long way around in both local starts with the trainer aboard. Macomber takes the lines and will use at a price. Has won 9 of 56 at PPk and did bank over $64,000 in 2019.
1-Jack Rules (6-1)-With this post draw it's probably best to not overlook. Does step-up but winning right back could be a reality at a square price.
2-Dragin The Wagon (6-1)-Beaten chalk also steps-up but gets some needed post relief. Should get the top or the 2 hole and 10-year-old could win for the 9th time in 24 tries at PPk.
5-Keegan Ho (5-1)-Plano trainee is looking for 3rd straight. Does also step-up but so do 5 of the 8 in this field. Made it look easy in last and draws the same post here.
3-Stop Resistin (3-1)-Broke in 1st start at the Pomp and then was tightened up nicely at the same class last week and cashed a 3rd place check. Could be sitting on a big try but keep in mind was just claimed for $10k at PcD on 10/18.
6-Bucketlist Hanover (5/2)-Steps-up after a gate to wire win from post 7. Makes 3rd start on Lasix and this guy can stay good for a while. Does like the track, winning 12 of 43 starts in south Florida.
7-Judge Ken (5-1)-The Tee Wine barn was red-hot last night, and this 4-year-old drops to a more comfortable level.
Race 5) 2,3,4,5
Race 6) 2,6
Race 7) 1,2,5
Race 8) 3,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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