by Al Cimaglia
January 18, 2021
Pompano Park has 13 races ready to roll with the Early 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. The sequence has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Keegan Ho (7/2)-Beaten chalk was parked into a 28.3 second quarter and was beaten by a well-meant winner who got a smooth steer. Back in at the same class and could make amends with a better journey.
7-Susie's Sister (2-1)-Draws outside and steps-up but does come off an impressive win drawing off by 7 lengths. This looks like a 2-horse race and may have to grind it out, but best to respect connections.
2-Bradon Hanover (9/2)-Needs a good steer to get the job done at this level and has the pilot to do so. This was Miller's choice over the 3/9. Should be forwardly placed and could benefit from a fast pace but might be over bet.
6-Make A Statement A (6/5)-Program favorite deserves that status and Hennessey should be on the engine or in the 2-hole soon after the word-Go.
7-Unlikeanyother (7/2)-Normally not my play to use a winner of 2 straight who takes a big step up. But this Pet Rock five-year-old made me pause. Last 2 wins were done easily, with solid fractions and has the gate speed to land in a good seat.
6-Darty (9/5)-Comes off a sharp win, was used a couple of times and powered by down the lane. This is a bump up but should be able to handle this crew with a similar effort.
7-Muscle Star (7/2)-Using over #5 who is coming off a sick scratch and hasn't raced since 12/28. There are risks involved here, does break stride every now and then. This is the 1st start for new barn and will rely on the Beckwith-Hennessey connection to help keep him trotting. Using under the assumption the price will be better than the morning line.
1-Lightfootedlegend (2-1)-Has struggled at this level and is only 1 for 12 at the Pomp. But from the rail Hennessey could get the top or the 2 hole without using much gas. Will respect chances but will look to others with more value.
3-Sooo Handsome (3-1)-This veteran know his way to the winner's circle in south Florida. But did run into a tough winner in last. Got the pocket ride but the Lion King As snuck in a 29.1 third quarter and that was enough to seal the deal. That was the first time Plano left in a while and will look for another aggressive drive.
5-Billie Blue (8-1)-If the pace is hot this mare can catch the boys and roll by down the lane. Came off a win and stepped up to this class but raced from the back as the 2 chalks left. Regular pilot Mike Simmons is back tonight and will look for him to get a better seat and come off cover at a price.
Race 6) 3,7
Race 7) 2,6,7
Race 8) 6,7
Race 9) 1,3,5
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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