by Al Cimaglia
January 12, 2021
Pompano Park has a 10-race card ready to go tonight. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $20,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Dads Filly (12-1)-The break in last is cause for pause but will take a swing at this price. This isn't a group of All-Stars and this mare did have 5 wins in 2020 which was more than anyone except #6 who had 9. This is the spot to get sucked around and surprise. Also has 8 wins and 8 second place finishes at the Pomp in 28 starts.
6-New Number Who Dis (3-1)-This gal was driven by the trainer-owner until tonight as Dave Miller takes a spin. Recent form is form is so-so but has faced better. My guess is the public will be betting like the race is already over but is difficult to leave out.
7-Even Louder (2-1)-Here is the camera-shy morning line chalk who makes 2nd start since a sick scratch. Likes to leave and has decent gate speed but there will be 2 or 3 others trying the same. Has the speed to beat this crew but needs a smooth trip.
1-Northern Dali (10-1)-Beat Open II company on 12/1 and 12/22 and this field doesn't appear any tougher. Not sure if the rail helps but 10-year-old does know how to pose and with a decent trip could do so again.
2-Rockin Serena (5/2)-Takes a good step-up in class after wiring the field in last. Has won 11 times in 39 starts and has come 2nd or 3rd in 18 races at the Pomp with a 151.1 mark. Has raced itself into shape since arriving in December and best to respect.
3-Bellacache (5-1)-Has been in the hunt with a fair post draw as is the case tonight. Needs to be forwardly placed and use one move to roll by. This mare cashes a lot of checks and has the speed to win here with the right trip.
6-Come Get The Cash (9/2)-Usually does best work when forwardly placed and has been facing better. MacDonald could blast out to get a close-up seat. If that plan works out, chances for a picture at a square price go up.
2-Casie's Believer (5-1)-Comes off a nice effort versus Open mares last week. Should be able to get the top or the 2-hole and could offer a square price.
3-Crisp Mane (3-1)-Ohio shipper is 0-6 at PPk but has hit the board 5 times. Gets a positive driver change with Miller taking the lines and has a post edge on some tough foes.
4-Happy Heart (3/2)-Winner of 3 straight steps-up and was Hennessey's choice. This 8-year-old had only 6 starts last year, this will be the 2nd in 2021 and is on a roll. Will use but not a fan of the short price and will lean toward #6.
6-Glennferrie Blade A (5/2)-Miller's choice drops from Open company and recorded 2 wins in previous starts versus $15K claimers. Can get it done on the engine or off cover, looks like a major player.
0.50 Pick 4
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