by Al Cimaglia
December 27, 2020
The Sunday night feature at Pompano Park rolls in Race 7, an Open Handicap with an $11,500 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 6. That 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.
1-Brandon Hanover (8/5)-Steps-up after a 26.3 opening quarter to get on the engine and drew off by more than 3 lengths. Fits with this crew and Hennessey will look to follow a similar script.
3-Unlikeanyother (3-1)-Beckworth trainee makes 3rd Pomp start and appears to have the best chance of knocking off the chalk. Had been facing better and has the gate speed to take a pocket ride and trip out for a picture.
4-Southwind Amazon (9/2)-Got the top in last, then blistered a 53.2 half and faded. Draws well and could get a good seat without emptying the tank. Micallef steers for the 1st time and could surprise with a sharp steer.
6-Prairie Panther (7/2)-Hoosier invader makes 2nd start at the Pomp this meet. Needs the right trip and should be there at the wire. Has won an impressive 23 of 31 PPk starts.
8-Bell I No (6-1)-Makes 5th start of the meet and won his debut and every other start since. If that sequence continues it's picture time again. MacDonald has options, has gate speed but can stalk and rally late. Best to not overlook.
9-Lyons Night Hawk (5-1)-Post makes the price and will respect connections. Wallis may look to duck and come off cover. There is gate speed inside so the steer is key and could be overlooked at the windows.
4-Rural Art (1-1)-Nine-year-old is shooting for 5th straight win, the last 2 coming at the Pomp. Hennessey will look to get the top and wire this field. That strategy can trigger another win as an odd-on choice.
7-Xpert Bayama (7/2)-Knocked out of last after an interference break while facing #4. MacDonald left and did get the pocket before breaking stride. That script could be followed again and best to respect chances. Getting the 2-hole behind the chalk could result in the perfect trip and the 2nd win this year.
3-Live Lucky (4-1)-Has been using good gate speed to get a cozy trip and is in sharp form. Winner of 2 of last 3 could be in line for another trip out win.
6-Oreo Dream Xtreme (2-1)-Finished 3rd in 1st start at the meet and then had a tough trip from the 10-hole. Looks like a player and will probably be bet down.
7-Peter Dalt (7/2)-Peter is only 2 for 49 covering 2019-2020, that's a concern. But makes 3rd start since arriving from HoP and last was an improvement. Macomber may blast out and try to set the pace. Could be one soft quarter away from 1st PPk picture.
Race 6) 1,3
Race 7) 4,6,8,9
Race 8) 4,7
Race 9) 3,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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