by Al Cimaglia
March 2, 2021
Tonight, Pompano Park brings a 10-race card with the 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. That sequence has a $20,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Last night, Rick Plano led the drivers with three wins. The top conditioners, with two trips to the winner's circle were Rick Plano and Michael Deters.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Tempus Seelster (4-1)-Gets a new pilot after sizzling the back half in 54.3 on 2-16 to miss by a neck on a sloppy track. Gets post relief after leaving from post 7 and was 10 lengths behind at the 1st call. MacDonald should work a better trip and it's best to respect.
5-Prairie Westerngal (5/2)-Looked a bit rough in last and didn't fly off the gate in typical fashion. It could be time for a rest as maybe some aches and pains have set in. Or, it could be looking bumpy on the track may had something to do with a late shoe change before the race. I'll lean towards going back to the barn for a shoe change that mattered most.
6-Crisp Mane (3-1)-Like #4 just missed in last on a sloppy track. It should be noted the off-track record for this mare is only 1 for 11. Draws better than in the last couple of starts and has been too consistent to leave off the ticket.
2-Stick With Me Kid (8-1)-Did take a picture at this level on 2-15 and could take advantage of this post draw. Does its best work racing near the top of the stack and that can happen here. Could get the jump on the program chalks and trip out at a nice price.
6-Boinganator (5/2)-Wallis steers his own, #8 and Hennessey takes the lines. Fits well with this group and did win at this level on 2-1. Morning line chalk is in sharp form so it's best to not overlook.
8-The Lionking As (6-1)-Beat Open II company on 1-11 from post 7 but was able to cross over and get on the engine. Deserves respect on the drop but not sure getting the top will be as easy tonight. Should offer a square price and will need a sharp steer.
5-Arrhythmogenic (7-1)-Draws well, has been facing better and may leave and find a close-up seat. So will use and look for some juice to punch up the Pick 4 payout.
6-Landry Seelster (2-1)-This mare could be on the point or in the pocket after the first turn. Didn't finish off the last mile but may not have seen Miller coming up the pylons to take top honors.
7-Don't Chip Me (5/2)-Chip finished 2nd five straight times and didn't record a win on Lasix but that all ended with a score on 2-23. Miller found a way to make this mare more determined as he kept her off the lead, saved ground and used one strong brush to surge past at the wire. That same script could play out tonight.
2-Lady Driver (9/2)-Drops in for a tag and gets a new pilot who has had success in the past. Hennessey returns, he could be aggressive and get the top. If this mare gets too much respect and walks to the half it could be time for the 1st win of 2021.
4-Wild Nite Tina (3-1)-Tina needs a trip and may challenge #2 for the top. If the first quarter isn't too taxing Chindano may have enough horse left to seal the deal. Seven-year-old likes the Pomp hitting the board in 7 of 10 starts with 3 pictures.
0.50 Pick 4
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