by Al Cimaglia
April 6, 2021
Tonight, Pompano Park has an 11-race card ready to go 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.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Ey Cowboy (2-1)-This 8-year-old left to get position for a close-up trip and was a winner at this class in last. Same script could lead to the same outcome at a small price.
7-Guys In The Band (9/2)-Sweet Lou 4-year-old has had trouble making two starts in a row without a scratch in between. Pompano record is 1-15, 2021 record is 1-10 but Hennessey steers for the 1st time and faces easier so will use in a suspect field.
8-Sporty Mercedes (9/2)-Here's another who wins about as often as leaves change colors but has the gate speed to be forwardly placed. Also, comes off the 2 best finishes in months.
6-Muscles For Life (6/5)-Got the perfect 2-hole trip in last to take a picture after being scratched sick. Should be on the engine or in the pocket again and is a big threat at a short price.
7-Toy's For You (5/2)-Winner of 3 straight beat the Open I kind last time coming off cover. In great form and could down the morning line choice as long as Hennessey isn't able to walk a quarter or two.
3-Iam What I Am (3-1)-Drops into a lower condition and this was the pick of Wallis over the 1/6. Hasn't had any breaking issues in the last 5 and could be put in play early on with this post draw.
4-Brilliant Bob (9/2)-Has been cashing checks versus tougher but has trouble passing foes down the lane. This is a beatable field and should offer a square price for a barn that has been rolling along.
6-She Matters (3-1)-The case could be made to dismiss but over the past 2 years this mare has won more races than anyone in the field. Hennessey takes a spin as Wallis picked #3, and he could leave, squeeze into the 2-hole and trip out.
5-Entranced (7/5)-Was used hard until the half and then couldn't catch #7 who was a well-meant winner. Beaten chalk will need best to win and may not offer any value. But will respect chances in the 3rd start for the Kreiser barn.
7-Pittsburgh Hanover (5/2)-Got a nice steer to overtake #5 and then sped away in the last 3/8's to score a sharp win. Has won 9 of 26 at the Pomp and the Poole barn is batting 27% over the last 30 days. Looks like a must use at anything close to the morning line price.
0.50 Pick 4
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