by Al Cimaglia
March 9, 2021
There is a 10-race card scheduled at Pompano Park with the 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 6. The sequence has a $20,000 guaranteed pool with 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
On Monday, Wally Hennessey was the top driver on the card with two pictures and all 10 races were won by different trainers. No closers connected as every winner was on the lead or near it at the top of the stretch.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-American Arrow (7/2)-Comes off a win but now steps-up and hasn't had success at this level. But drawing the rail could make a difference this time. Hennessey should put this gal in play early on and best to not overlook.
2-Sunrise Hanover (7-1)-This mare has hit the board in 6 of 9 Pomp starts with 3 wins. Cashed a 2nd place check in last and it was a good effort considering there was 3 weeks between starts. Simons could work a smooth trip from here and should offer a square price.
3-Don't Chip Me (7/2)-Simply put Chip doesn't like to win but versus this crew it is difficult to leave off the ticket and she gets needed post relief. My view is Miller could end up in the pocket and use one move down the lane to take a picture like on 2-23.
2-Deli-Craze (7-1)-Eight-year-old has faced better and has won at a higher level this year at PPk. Slow starts are often costly but could get a decent early seat from this post. Does need the right trip but the price should be worth the risk.
4-Jumpinthejailhouse (7/2)-This is Miller's choice over the #5 and the program chalk #7, which is a bit curious. There isn't much form in the field and this 9-year-old makes its 1st PPk start. Taking a swing Miller knows best as he was the pilot for the 3-1 qualifier. The 5 and 7 don't do much for me and this is a scattered bunch.
3-Prairie Westerngal (2-1)-Got the top when bumped up to this level last week and was caught near the wire after getting on the engine. Now starts inside of #6, last week's winner and other tough foes. Maybe that could be the difference tonight.
4-Crisp Mane (5/2)-Raced okay in last but lacked a strong finish. Returns in 7-days instead of 2 weeks and should be ready for a big try.
5-Luckey Artist A (3-1)-Paced the back half in 54.4 but that wasn't enough. Doesn't leave from post 7 this time and should be in striking range at the top of the lane.
7-Lady Driver (3/2)-The one knock is the Pompano record of only 1 win in 10 starts but has hit the board in 4 other races. This looks like a beatable field and Hennessey is back aboard. Blasted out in the last start to a 26.3 opening quarter and couldn't gain ground down the lane. Should be able to get the top and may not need to go to the half in 55.3. Could be tough to beat with more reasonable fractions.
0.50 Pick 4
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