by Al Cimaglia
February 1, 2021
Pompano Park has a big 13 race card scheduled for tonight and my focus will be on the 0.50 Early Pick 4. That sequence starts in Race 6, it has a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a low 12% takeout.
The drivers with the hottest hands on Sunday were Wally Hennessey and Dave Ingraham with two winners each. All nine races were won by different trainers.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Feelin Lika Winner (6-1)-This veteran was Miller's choice over #5 and has taken 9 pictures in 43 starts here. Uppal trainee gets some needed class relief and may have met a beatable field.
7-Caviart Reagan (9/5)-Steps up after taking a picture after getting bet down to 0.10 on a $1. This is a better group, but Hennessey returns, and he will look to get the top and not look back. Will be tough if finds a soft quarter but doesn't offer any value and this is probably not a layup.
5-Make A Statement A (2/1)-This looks like a 2-horse race but not sure if this 9-year-old can get top honors if not leading at the top of the lane. Deserves respect and the Beckwith barn has won at a 28% clip over the last 30 days. Did miss a start but the rest may have been needed.
6-Unlikeanyother (9/5)-Winner of 4 straight is versatile and could win on the engine or coming off cover. Miller has choices and winner of 4 of 7 in south Florida could be a smooth trip away from its 5th consecutive picture.
1-Windemere Ryan (7/2)-Was driven aggessively in last and just missed. Miller is back between the pipes and he could work a cozy trip here. Does step up but fits with this crew.
3-Hysteria (4-1)-This 5-year-old has raced only 5 times since 6-22-20 and this will be the 5th start since 1-4. Seems to be rounding into form and went the 2nd half in .54 last week. Makes 4th try on Lasix, gets a positive driver change and could be sitting on a big try.
5-Captain Velocity (5/2)-Blasted out with a 26.1 opening quarter and did fade down the lane. Gets some post relief and could get the top without using as much gas.
5-Poof Daddy (9-1)-Drops again after being used hard early and the trip took its toll. Might be able to get the pocket behind the program chalk and trip out for a picture at a big price.
6-Sand Sniper (5-1)-Miller's choice as he sticks with the Uppal barn again and they are overdue to post some wins. 5-year-old has speed and put in a flat line in last. That start was with Miller and he could be more aggressive tonight.
8-Well Done Son (1/1)-Did win 2 straight with the addition of Lasix before stepping up and fits well with this crew. But has missed 2 weeks and starts outside so will look to others as well.
Race 6) 2,7
Race 7) 5,6
Race 8) 1,3,5
Race 9) 5,6,8
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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