by Al Cimaglia
January 10, 2021
Tonight at Pompano Park there is a $24,046 carryover for the 0.50 Pick 5 which begins in Race 1. The sequence has another $150,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-What a Hunk (3-1)-Steps-up but does get Hennessey tonight and a 2-hole trip could be in the cards.
3-General Jackson (9-1)-The General tries hard but will need a few breaks and the right trip to take a picture. It's best to not overlook, because could end up on the point in control of the mile.
8-Susie's Sister (3/2)-This is a solid threat but starts slowly and broke in last. The 8-hole is also cause to pause because will likely have to grind its way around. Hard to leave out versus this group and hoping for the right trip. But doesn't offer any value at the morning line price.
2-Uknow What To Do (5/2)-Dunn drives and trains this Muscle Mass 7-year-old who might be the fastest of this crew. Comes off a nice effort but is 1-23 at the Pomp. In context that isn't so bad, no one has more than 1 win here and 5 from this field are winless in south Florida.
3-Fleet Cessna (9-1) -This amateur pilot has been in only 14 races but is in a spot to get sucked around. Has shown decent speed for this field while racing at Nfld. Has had excuses in PPk races and now gets a decent post draw.
4-Windsun Hugo (3-1)-The pilot has only 60 drives under his belt but this 9-year-old can leave and had 4-wins in 2020. That is the top tick in this field for last year. Looks like the one to beat with a decent steer.
6-Noble Prize (8-1)-Usual pilot left the gate in last and that isn't the typical course of action. Faded to finish 4th but the effort was better and could offer a decent price.
2-Ey Cowboy (6-1)-Step-up but there aren't any monsters in here and Hennessey takes a seat. Should be on the lead in or in the pocket and could offer a fair price.
4-Villiam (7/2)-Only 1-21 in 2020 but should be forwardly placed for Team Chindano and recent form has been good. Has hit the board in 3 of 4 PPk starts and has taken 1 picture. Looks like a player and chances go up with some quick fractions.
5-Rockin M ((7/5)-Has been cashing checks versus better and should enjoy the company. This guy has plenty of speed but seems like a follower. Needs to be on the ticket but can't fully trust.
3-Plus One (2-1)-0-7 at the Pomp but drops to a comfortable level and has had some very quick miles on the 5/8's at Plainridge. Should be able to take control early on and cash the biggest check as long as the journey is smooth.
5-Ripped Up (7/2)-This is another Amateur Driver event and will stick with the program chalks here. This mare came off cover to win 2 starts back and can be posing with a similar effort this evening. Trainer steers and could make the most of the post draw.
7-Piercewave Hanover (1-1)-Joins the Beckwith barn after racing at the Big M and on the east coast. Has been facing better and has a lifetime mark at Plainridge of 153. Idle since 12/18 so trusting barn will have ready for a top effort. If King can provide a decent steer it could be time to notch a rare win. Makes 1st PPk start from an outside post for a provisional driver, so this could be an interesting mile.
Race 1) 2,3,8
Race 2) 2,3,4,6
Race 3) 2,4,5
Race 4) 3
Race 5) 5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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