by Al Cimaglia
December 21, 2020
Tonight, Pompano Park has a concise 9-race card set to go. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Mighty Surf (4-1)-Didn't have success at this level earlier in the meet but is in better form now. Simons did choose over the 3/9 and the Huff barn has been rolling, so using at a square price.
7-Keegan Ho (5-1)-Not including the program chalk #2 and will use this Plano trainee who won at this class on 11-30 at 6/5. Since then, has been competing in the Open Handicap with another pilot. Can take a picture tonight with a smooth journey.
2-Creekside Pete (4-1)-Ships in from the Meadows and was facing tougher company. Last raced on 12/8 and will use in Pompano debut.
3-BJ Anthony (4-1)-Fits with this crew and Hennessey is back in the bike. Will toss the last 2 with amateur drivers and will look for a more aggressive steer.
6-Chocouture (9/2)-Form has been dull but has faced better. There was a gap between last 2 starts but now returns in 7 days and should like the company.
7-Timon As (3-1)-Another who drops, was facing straight $15K claimers and does come off a break in stride. Has won 3 of 9 starts at PPk and should be a player if minds manners.
1-Serenity Cruise (2-1)-Beaten chalk could land in the post time favorite role again. Got on the engine and was in overdrive and then faded down the lane. Makes 5th PPk start and is looking for 1st picture. Should be a player at short odds.
2-Celebrity Miracle (7/2)-Beat the Open II kind on 12/7 at a nice price. Main issue is the breaking problem that has occurred in 3 of last 5 races. Winner of 9 in 27 this year and has 6 pictures at the Pomp, can beat this crew if stays on stride.
4-Jack Rules (6-1)-Has done good work at this class. Could beat the two above and the rest if is put in play early. Should offer a solid price and 6-year-old has won 19 of 74 in south Florida.
5-Jaded Dream (5/2)-Deserves to be on the ticket but is looking for 1st Pomp win in 5 starts this meet. Needs the right trip and did close nicely in last. Comes off the best recent effort and will look for upswing to continue.
6-Dads Filly (7-1)-Has been trying hard versus $7500 claimers and now drops. Has the gate speed to be put in play early and is well worth a swing at the morning line price.
10-Play To The Crowd (9/5)-Comes off a win as an odds-on favorite at this same class. Hennessey has won many from this post, but he will need to provide a good steer to do it tonight. There isn't much gate speed on the rail so may duck and make an early move.
Race 6) 5,7
Race 7) 2,3,6,7
Race 8) 1,2,4
Race 9) 5,6,10
Total Ticket Cost) $36 $0.50
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