by Al Cimaglia
March 16, 2021
The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 6 and it will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence has a low 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
David Miller had a big Monday night steering home six winners, and every race was won by a different trainer.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-In Secret (5/2)-Willing to excuse last, couldn't rally into a soft fractions Miller could get the top or be no worse than 2nd behind #7. Either way this looks a main player.
5-Toy's For You (4-1)-Five-time winner in seven starts this year has been quite a turn-around story. Winner of 3 straight steps-up to face his sternest test. But it's probably best to respect chances, Plano could roll by late.
7-Muscles For Life (2-1)-Eight-year-old will likely be out and winging seeking to get on the engine. If that happens and Hennessey steals a quarter like he did last week it could be picture time again. Using, but this could be more difficult than last time.
3-Creekside Pete (9/2)-Pete strung 2 wins together, one at this class and a notch up, then switched barns. The last 2 efforts have been even and now drops to the level of recent success. This race could set-up nicely for an in the pocket or on the point trip.
7-Burn Notice (6-1)-Here is the wild card that should offer a square price. Drops and if Boyd can work a stalking trip there might be enough pace to roll by and end up in the winner's circle.
8-Simply Volo (5/2)-A case could be made to leave Volo out off the ticket and it's not likely he could win coming from well off the pace. But there isn't a lot of gate speed in the field and Hennessey could muscle his way into the 2-hole behind #3.
2-Take Abit Of Life (7/2)-Steps-up but has the speed to compete here and looks like a player if close to the lead at the top of the lane. With this post draw Wallis should be able to work the right trip.
3-Crisp Mane (2-1)-Has been in the hunt versus Open company and should be handled aggressively at this class. My take is Miller will either be first or in the pocket turning for home and is a threat for top honors.
5-Prairie Westerngal (8/5)-Should be bet hard and won't offer any value. But Hennessey often finds a way to get the top or to squeeze into a nice seat. Has hit the board in 19 of 22 starts with 6 wins at the Pomp and could cash the biggest check with a top effort.
3-Image Of A Dream (4-1)-Gets post relief and has won here versus Open company back in January. This won't be easy but can pop at a solid price. Plano will need to find live cover and be in striking range around the last turn.
6-Evas Sports Czech (3-1)-This mare seems to have some versatility. She could leave to get the top or duck and pull to sweep by like on 3-2. This is the 3rd start for Holliday and with a clean trip it could be the 2nd picture since joining that barn.
0.50 Pick 4
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