by Al Cimaglia
December 29, 2020
Tonight, Pompano Park makes history by guaranteeing a $100,000 Pick 5 pool for the first time. There is a $19,215 carryover in the Pick 5 and that sequence starts in Race 1. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6, it has a $15,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Lyra (3-1)-This mare has faced Open company at Batavia Downs and tuned up against the $10K claimers here on 12/22. Has the gate speed to get the pocket behind #8 and take her chances down the lane.
8-Happy Heart (7/5)-Has been in fine form in all 3 PPk starts and comes off a gate to wire win in last. Draws poorly but Hennessey should light this mare up when the wings fold and try to make every call a winning one.
5-Aberdeen Seelster (7-1)-Makes 2nd start off a 12/15 claim for the Lareau barn. Has been consistently cashing checks but hasn't taken a picture in a long time. Will swing for a price, looking for a stalking trip and a rally down the lane.
6-Sue's Night Out (7/2)-Claimed in last and came 2nd to tonight's 3/2 program favorite. Hennessey could look to get on the engine with the big chalk and Sue may benefit from the pocket trip.
8-Glenferrie Blade A (3/2)-Just got up versus this kind in last as the even money favorite. Should be right there at the wire with a decent trip.
2-Come Get The Cash (6-1)-Just missed in last 2 starts and now bumps up a notch but should benefit from this post. Looks like a player in 4th start of the meet.
6-Ask Me Ifi Care (6-1)-Winner in 2 of last 3 at this class, now could offer a better price and should benefit from a lively pace. If Micallef can find some live cover, chances for success go up.
7-Prairie Westerngal (5/2)-Beat half this field in last start and may have to work harder to get a good early seat. Has won 4 of 6 at the Pomp this year and finished 2nd in the other 2 starts. Looks like a major player again at a short price.
1-Lady Driver (5/2)-Will toss last from the 8-hole and now Hennessey returns. Should be on the engine or in the pocket. The Huff barn is batting 27% winners in the last 30 days. This mare is a threat and should be bet hard.
6-New Number Who Dis (12-1)-This gal has won 9 of 36 in 2020 and has 5 wins in 17 starts at the Pomp. Needs the right trip and there could be a few leavers. Has a shot to surprise if pace is hot and if put into striking range by the 3/4 pole.
8-Rockin Serena (3-1)-Has come 1st or 2nd in 22 of 37 Pompano starts and has the gate speed to be put in play early. The Wrenn barn is going well and her pilot knows how to work a trip for this 6-year-old.
Race 6) 4,8
Race 7) 5,6,8
Race 8) 2,6,7
Race 9) 1,6,8
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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