by Al Cimaglia
January 4, 2021
Pompano Park comes out swinging in 2021 with a $30,000 guaranteed pool in both the Early and Late 0.50 Pick 4. My focus will be on the Late Pick 4 sequence which starts in Race 10 and has a very low 12% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Loud Splash (3-1)-Drops to the softest spot this meet and with this post can be put in play early. MacDonald should be aggressive here and a 2-hole trip could be in the cards. This 5-year-old can bring a nice brush down the lane.
5-Feelin Lika Winner (5-1)-Wasn't Hennessey's choice and that's usually a red flag. But will use instead of the #6 who was 1-17 last year. Has been fading down the lane, but might be overlooked at the windows and could seal the deal this time.
7-Captain Velocity (7-1)-Shetler could be blasting out as the Captain went a 26.1 opening quarter last week. Might get the top without using quite as much gas, which helps chances at a nice price.
8-Dash Of Danger (7/2)-Steps-up after capturing an overdue win by exploding late in the mile. Will need a trip at this level but this race could set-up nicely for a repeat. Looks like a major player if pace is brisk and that seems probable.
6-Muscles For Life (8/5)-The reason to not single #7 is because Hennessey is the pilot. Most likely, the best chance for a win is to get the top and look to slow things down. It's a 2-horse race but Muscles needs to get a favorable trip to beat Caviar.
7-Dg's Caviar (5/2)-Winner of 4 straight at this class went off as big overlay in last. There is no chance of getting almost
4-1 this time. But anything close to the last effort will probably mean another trip to the winner's circle unless #6 can lock it down for about 3/8's of a mile.
1-Rub Ofthe Green N (9/2)-Makes 4th start since arriving from Ohio and didn't do much so far. But this looks like the softest field it has seen in south Florida. MacDonald steers and it could be time for an aggressive drive.
2-Brandon Hanover (5/2)-Beaten odds on chalk was used a couple of times in last and faded badly down the lane. Probably will be bet hard again but best to not dismiss. There isn't much gate speed except for the outside pair. So, if Hennessey can easily get the top, he might be able to put this field to sleep.
4-B Like Cruiser (2-1)-Drops to a spot to shine but is trip dependent and will need an honest pace. Ingraham needs to be aware and not start rolling too late.
1-Ev's Girl (8-1)-Bumps up after leaving from the 7-hole and getting a very efficient trip. This won't be as easy but still should be able to get a close-up seat. Looks to be worth a swing. Using instead of the program chalk who steps-up and has post 8.
4-Cantab Lindy (5-1)-Just missed in 1st race since 9/25 and stayed inside versus Open III company. Trainer owns, now bumps up a notch and will take that as a positive. MacDonald sticks and should be tighter. Has hit the board in 15 of 18 Pomp starts with 8 wins.
5-Sooo Handsome (5-1)-Did pass foes down the lane last week but started from post 7 and raced from the back of the pack. One of these days Plano may leave and not look back. Maybe that's the script tonight and should be a fair price.
6-My Uncle Cuz (9/2)-Blasted out an got on the engine in 1st Pompano start and came up a half-length short. Barn has won 2 of 8 in past 30 days and best to respect off of the last sharp effort.
Race 10) 2,5,7,8
Race 11) 6,7
Race 12) 1,2,4
Race 13) 1,4,5,6
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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