by Al Cimaglia
December 20, 2020
Pompano Park has a big 13-race card set to roll tonight with the headliners being 2-year-olds in Florida Breeders Stakes action. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a very low 12% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Jagger Rocks (9/5)-Hasn't faced the same level of competition as #3 but did look very sharp in recording a win last week. Should be a main player even with the bump up in what appears to be a 2-horse race.
3-War-N-Munn (2-1)-Has been using Lasix for the last 5 starts but hasn't been able to seal the deal. May switch things up and settle into the pocket behind #2 and rally down the lane to take a picture.
1-Dash Of Danger (15-1)-Looking for a price and this 7-year-old may finally be acclimated to south Florida. Does have the gate speed to protect the rail and could get sucked around and surprise at long odds.
2-Mac Anover (15-1)-Same game plan with Mac as #1, has early speed to be forwardly placed and could get a great trip. Will swing against the one dropper #7, the tepid program chalk, who doesn't have big gate speed.
3-Mc Mach (4-1)-Steps-up after winning 3 of last 4, with only loss coming from post 10. The start of this affair should be fun to watch and may signal who takes a picture. Plano will probably want the top, that has worked in recent wins.
8-Mach West (7/2)-The post draw could pose a problem and Hennessey will probably leave for a close-up seat. May need to duck and rally late. Using because the pace should be hot, and this could set-up nicely for this 4-year-old if put into striking range.
1-Brandon Hanover (2-1)-Form has been dull and post draws haven't helped but now finds a soft spot. Hennessey takes the lines and should be a solid threat with a decent trip.
5-Kotare Yael N (7-1)-Stepped down last week and was rimmed the mile but grinded it out to just miss by a neck. Now is pushed up in class and should offer a better price, so will respect chances versus this group.
6-ER Room (5-1)-Raced well in first Pompano start but didn't get the best of trips. Now meets a beatable field and Smith could blast out to take control.
2-Rocksapatriot (9/2)-Fits at this class and from this post Ingraham can work a favorable journey. Looks like a trip out candidate and should be in striking range if #6 throws a dud.
6-Rockin Mercedes (9/5)-Comes off 2 nice qualifiers but hasn't raced since 9/4. Pet Rock 5-year-old lands in a spot to shine and should take a picture if comes off the bench with a decent effort. Makes its Pomp debut and has 152.4 mark at DD on the 5/8's. Was facing better at HoP and has 9 wins in 18 starts this year.
Race 6) 2,3
Race 7) 1,2,3,8
Race 8) 1,5,6
Race 9) 2,6
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
Check me out on Twitter!