by Al Cimaglia
April 27, 2021
Pompano Park has a concise 8-race card ready to go this evening. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 5. 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.
1-Impacter (7-1)-In a race where only #7 shows a win at this level this Pavia trainee could offer a big price and the qualifier was fine. Hasn't raced since 2-22 and then was scratched twice. This 7-year-old has consistently cashed checks versus tougher and could surprise if ready to battle.
6-Creekside Pete (6-1)-Has been trying hard and could be the key to the race. Has the gate speed to get the top and could surprise if Ingraham can do a good job rating the mile.
7-Mighty Surf (7/2)-This is the only mare in the field and the only entry that shows a win at this class, which came back on 12-21. Does have 4 wins in 15 PPk starts but recent form has been dull. Hennessey will take the lines and he has a way of working an advantageous trip.
4-Enzio (3-1)-The entire field is new to the straight Open classification but this 5-year-old was an impressive winner in the Open II Handicap on 4-20 at a solid at 8-1. It should be noted he trotted the back half in 56.2 to defeat the 2 below and 2 others from this group.
5-Stick With Me Kid (8/5)-Beaten odds-on chalk has Hennessey back in the bike and will offer little value. Usually is in the hunt, so it is hard to leave off the ticket. Will likely leave and will need to be better than last week.
6-The Lionking As (5/2)-Could leave like last time and get the top in front of #5 but had no answer for Enzio down the lane. Probably will follow the same script but try to steal a quarter or two.
2-Brilliant Bob (7-1)-This 4-year-old is very camera shy going 1-39 over the past 2 years. Will consider for a pocket trip as #8 could leave to get the point. The last start was better, this field is soft and will take a swing for a solid price with this post draw.
7-Fist Fighter (6-1)-The last three starts have been good and has hit the board in 4 of 9 at the Pomp with 2 wins. Ingraham is back for his 2nd straight steer and if he puts this 4-year-old in range soon enough good things could happen.
8-Beguin Degoutier (3-1)-This 10-year-old has fallen on hard times in 2021 and has only 1 win in 15 starts. The 8-hole won't help chances but this is a suspect group and has cashed checks versus better. Wallis needs to provide a sharp steer.
4-E Z Noah (5/2)-Takes a meaningful drop, the trainer hands the lines to Hennessey and moves inside from post 9.
Will likely leave, look to control the pace and could be bet down.
8-Fritzie Pic Up Man (15-1)-This 10-year-old dropped in last, was bet and got on the engine but faded down the lane. That was not his usual type of trip, usually comes off cover and is in a spot to find a live flow at a big price.
9-Rocksapatriot (3-1)-Makes its 3rd start at this level and just missed in last 2, before that was facing better. Has the speed to beat this bunch but will likely need an honest pace. Should be in the hunt and this post helps the price.
0.50 Pick 4
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