by Al Cimaglia
December 13, 2020
Pompano Park has an 11-race card scheduled to start the week. The popular 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6 and has a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The 0.50 Pick 5 sequence kicks-off the night and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Maxdaddy Blue Chip (5/2)-Simply has not been good enough versus Open company. But this is the Open III class and really has no excuse not to be a major threat versus this crew.
7-Mac Anover (6-1)-Using instead of the program chalk #5 who was a sick scratch and hasn't raced since 11/22. Comes off an efficient win and now steps up. Has gate speed and should be a threat with a top effort and a solid steer.
1-LA Rockin Sampson (6-1)-Drops in for a tag and so gets the rail. Could be a smart play as the 25% allowance drops off at year end and Plano can get the top from this spot. Only win here came on the engine and best to not overlook.
3-Rub Ofthe Green N (5/2)-Nfld shipper should fit well with the group and has won 5 of 14 starts at the Pomp. Smith needs to work a trip and a quick pace could help chances.
1-Watchyastarinat (9-1)-This is the 4th start of the meet and the 1st time the post draw has been kind. Appears to have enough gate speed to get a close-up seat and may win for the 1st time in 13 starts at the Pomp.
3-Rockin Machine (6-1)-Last 2 starts have been dull but this looks like a spot to trip out. Plano should be able to get a cozy trip and could land in the pocket behind the chalk, #6.
6-War-N-Munn (9/5)-Hasn't been able to seal the deal and has come up short in all 4 South Florida starts. This is not a very strong group so it's best to include. Short field should help but won't offer much value and is only 2 for 21 at PPk.
2-Regil Electron (5/2)-Made 1st start south of the border a winning and was bet down like the race was already over. Meets some new faces tonight but best to respect 3-year-olds chances for a repeat.
3-Theflyingrock (2/1)-Freshman gelding has hit the board in all 4 starts with 2 pictures. Should be tested by #2 but may prove to be a bit faster on this oval.
3-Agedchedar Hanover (9-1)-Has been inconsistent since arriving in town but draws well here and looks like a play at this price. May need some breaks to win but should be in the hunt and could spice up exotics.
4-Unlikeanyother (2-1)-Hennessey's choice as he has been leaning towards the Beckwith barn. Ships in from Stga and makes Pompano debut. Looks like a fit versus this crew but will probably be bet hard.
6-Mc Mach (6-1)-This will be a test, but my guess is Plano leaves and will provide a good steer. The 2 program chalks #4 and #1 are making their 1st PPk start. This 6-year-old has won 9 of 36 starts here and will use looking for a nice price.
Race 1) 3,7
Race 2) 1,3
Race 3) 1,3,6
Race 4) 2,3
Race 5) 3,4,6
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50