by Al Cimaglia
February 22, 2021
Pompano Park has a 12-race card scheduled with the 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. The sequence has a $20,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
On Sunday night, the driver with the hottest hands was Dave Miller with three pictures. The top trainers on the card were Jennifer Giuliani, Rick Plano, and Kelly Walker with two trips to the winner's circle. As usual speed ruled as seven winners were on top turning for home. The other three picture-takers were within two lengths of the lead at the top of the stretch.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Rebellious (2-1)-Bumps up but is no stranger to this class and won versus this kind on 1-11. Winner in 19 of 37 PPk starts and should be a player in what appears to be a two-horse race.
6-Skip To My Lou (3-1)-Missed a start but after winning 3 straight was probably due for a rest and has followed that schedule before. Should be tough if dialed on high and chances go up if Hennessey can't steal a quarter. Lou will probably grind it out, short field should help.
3-Northern Skyway (5-1)-Cashed a 2nd place check at this class from post 10. Loses Hennessey to #9 but has a post edge over the program favorites. Chindano can work a trip from this post and win at a fair price.
4-Overnight Shipper (9-1)-Drops out of the Open II class and fits better here. There isn't big gate speed in this race and Hoffman could leave and get a pocket ride. Eight-year-old does know how to win and could pop at a square price.
7-Serenity Cruise (4-1)-This is the one with the most jump out of the gate and my guess is Plano leaves and gets the top. Using and playing against the two program chalks the 8/9.
1-Cruise Captain (3-1)-Not loving the 3-1 morning line, but this is soft field, and 2-15 qualifier was fine. Hennessey is back and could get the pocket behind #8 and roll by down the lane.
8-Ben Rockin (5/2)-It looks like Ben has enough gate speed to get the top. The concern is...How easy will it be to get there and usually doesn't race on the engine. But looks like a major player either on the point or in the pocket.
4-Impacter (4-1)-This 7-year-old has been an obvious use under horse, gets close but can't win. The 5-6-8 are the program chalks and will look to other options in an odd feeling affair. Maybe Miller finds a way to squeak by near the wire at a nice price.
5-Mister Muscle (5/2)-Has been off for 3 weeks and was racing like the rest could be beneficial. Hennessey gets the call and as usual and should be out and rolling for the top. If the time away helped or if Wally can steal a quarter, it could be picture time.
6-Boinganator (7/2)-Got the benefit of a DQ win for 2nd straight picture. Does miss a start but fits well with this group. Wallis should be leaving and could fall in behind #5 and get a sweet trip.
7-Captain Krupnik (25-1)-Makes 3rd start for new barn and will use looking for a big price while leaving #8 off the ticket. There could be a hectic start and not everyone leaving will be standing tall down the lane. That's the play for the Captain.
Race 6) 5,6
Race 7) 3,4,7
Race 8) 1,8
Race 9) 4,5,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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