by Al Cimaglia
April 5, 2021
The feature at Pompano Park rolls in Race 9, an Open Handicap with an $11,000 purse. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $20,000 guaranteed pool with a 12% takeout, and it will be my focus.
The leading drivers on the Sunday night card were Wally Hennessey and Kevin Wallis with two wins. The top trainer was Leon Cable with two pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Beyond The View (2-1)-Chances for a win last time went up in smoke after working hard into a 54.4 opening half. This journey should be smoother and probably won't need to pace in 152 to win.
3-Maddelle (3-1)-Drops to a much better level and also gets needed post relief. Boyd can work an effective trip and be within striking range at the top of the lane.
4-Play To The Crowd (5-1)-First start off the claim and returns to the Kreiser barn where this mare had success in the past. Should be a player at this condition if returns to the same form as before the claim.
6-Windemere Ryan (7/2)-Looking to beat #5 the 9/5 choice and not sure this guy will go off a low as 7/2. My take is there will be some value and this 4-year-old has faced better. Boyd will need to provide a sharp steer and looking for him to leave to get an up-close seat. If that happens the speed is there to beat this field.
8-Captain Malicious (5-1)-Wallis trainee is only 1-20 since last year but will swing for a price and leave the two morning line favorites off the ticket. Has the gate speed to get the pocket behind the chalk and look to roll by late.
1-Intoview (7/2)-A winning record of 1-35 in 20-21 isn't inspiring but is worth using at this class if not all in on #6. This was the level of last win on 3-18 and that came from post 7.
2-Rocklindarock (4-1)-Did pace the 2nd half last week in 56.4 and should be in play at the top of the lane. The fractions could be lively with the morning line choice likely to blast out. Will need the right trip but should be a square price.
6-Cenaltafirecracker (7/5)-Winner of 4 of last 6 at this level and finished 2nd in the other two starts. If Hennessey gets the top without much strain it could be picture time again.
2-Villiam (9/2)-Steps-up after a sharp win at 2/5 in 150.3. This won't be as easy and chances for a picture depend on how easily Hennessey can get on the engine with #6. There is a chance this 4-year-old could get a great trip and upset.
3-Lets Roll (5-1)-Similar to #2 as could get a cozy trip, and has the gate speed to get the pocket behind the chalk. Looks like a price worthy of a swing.
6-Rebellious (2-1)-Did miss a start and could be bet down off the morning line but it's difficult to ignore. Hennessey will probably leave to get the top but could win coming off cover. Short field shouldn't hurt chances.
Race 6) 2,3,4
Race 7) 6,8
Race 8) 1,2,6
Race 9) 2,3,6
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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