by Al Cimaglia
January 26, 2021
The feature at Pompano Park rolls in Race 7, a fillies and mares Open Handicap with an $11,500 purse. 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.
Wally Hennessey was off his drives on Monday and that will be the case for tonight as well. That could make things interesting as Wally gets a ton of respect and can squeeze the last ounce of effort out of his mounts.
Last night, Mike Simons and David Miller led the drivers with three trips to the winner's circle. Jake Huff was the top conditioner with three wins.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Dads Filly (4-1)-Gets some needed class relief and this will be the 2nd time Miller is in the bike. Won at this level in
November as well as December and should be a player versus this crew.
5-JK Kissentell (4-1)-Five-year-old mare steps up but comes off her best effort in months and will look for upswing to continue. This is a suspect group, so should be forwardly placed and with a good trip could cash the top check.
6-American Arrow (5-1)-Followed #5 last week and fell short of winning by a neck, which was the best effort in a while. Will this mare improve off that race? Worth a swing at the morning line price and usual pilot returns tonight.
4-Crisp Mane (2-1)-Beat straight Open company in last, Miller should blast out and look for a seat near the top of the stack. This gal is consistent and taking another picture would not be a surprise.
6-She'sgotitgoingon (5-1)-Comes off an even effort last week but was off since 12-29 and then was scratched sick. Posted a win at this class on 12-29 and could be sitting on a big try at a square price.
8-Lucky Artist A (6-1) -Just missed in 1st start at the Pomp but was off since 1-2 and was driven conservatively. The start will be key as others will be leaving but this mare has some gate speed. Will look for a better price and use the Artist but leave the 2nd program chalk #7 off the ticket.
4-Don't Chip Me (7/2) -Just missed last week after starting from the rail. Got on the engine to and was nipped by a neck. Back in at the same class and last try was after a sick scratch. Is only 1 for the last 23 but this is 2nd time Lasix and last effort was much better so will use right back.
5-Mach Me Onemore (5/2)-Hasn't taken a picture in 7 tries at the Pomp but comes off 2 good efforts at this class. Not sure who will get the drive as Hennessey is off but can't leave out. Gets a much better post, started in the 2nd tier in last and best to respect.
1-Sue's Night Out (5-1)-Might make the most of starting inside the main players. Team Miller could have this veteran mare sitting on a big try. Missed a week before last start, did put in a flat line and should offer a fair price.
6-Happy Heart (8/5)-The Beckwith barn has two entries in here (6-8) and this was Hennessey's choice. Was edged out by #8 in last, new pilot should be out and rolling as soon as the wings open. Looks like a major player.
0.50 Pick 4
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