by Al Cimaglia
May 2, 2021
Pompano Park enters its final night of the meet with a 13-race card. Due to a $23,759 carryover the Pick 5 pool is guaranteed at $100,000 and there will be a mandatory payout. My focus will be on that sequence which starts in Race 1.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-MIttnage A Trois (5-1)-Will need a trip, doesn't have much gate speed and is only 1-17 this year. But this is a suspect group and is in a spot to get a decent trip to find some live cover. Posted a win 3 back and did beat 3 from this field that day.
4-O'Sundland (5-1)-Couldn't get a worse trip today than last week when was basically parked the mile. Does have some gate speed to be forwardly placed and drops to a better spot to cash the top check.
6-Buddha Beach (7-1)-This 3-year-old was the pick of Wallis and was knocked out of last with broken equipment. Before that took a picture, and then had a few excuses in the next two tries. Should be worth a swing at the program odds.
9-Bionic (3-1)-Won last as the odds-on chalk now steps-up and loses Boyd as Ingraham steers. Double Digit Dave has awoken the last couple of weeks and if he does his part this Always B Miki three-year-old has a shot for an encore. Raced the back half in 56.4 and seems to have more to give.
4-TT Conway (5/2)-Wallis chose this 7-year-old, who is the morning line chalk over the #8. Should be forwardly placed, can roll a quick back-half and should relish the company.
6-Invincible (4-1)-Here is another who drops and the Paver barn has won 4 of 8 starts in the last 30 days. Meittinis needs to get a good seat and then use one big move down the lane. Trip dependent 7-year-old has been trying hard.
7-Iam What I Am (9-1)-Has good speed and can come off cover to win but needs to be handled carefully behind the gate. Should offer a nice price and could surprise if minds manners.
1-Pick Six (9/2)-Likes to get on the engine and this post draw will help chances plus faces a beatable group. If Wengerd steals a quarter it could be picture time.
3-Hard Rock Hulk (3-1)-Has the gate speed to get on the engine or a pocket ride behind #1. Wallis can work either trip into the 2nd straight win for this 4-year-old.
5-Manceiver (5/2)-Comes off a sharp score with a 54.4 opening half on the engine and now steps-up but best to respect. Will need to be dialed on high again and almost everyone in this field is facing better.
7-ER Room (5-1)-Wallis takes over from Hennessey who usually fires this 12-year-old up to blast out and take control. Expecting a similar script to be followed and could upset if gets the lead without burning up much gas.
1-Play To The Crowd (6-1)-Comes off a decent effort in last and was claimed. Joins the Kreiser barn again and had success for him in the past. Did win the 1st start for that stable off a claim on 4-5 and it's best to not overlook tonight.
4-Rock N Roll Rosie (8/5)-Has faced tougher fields and drops to a spot to shine. Ingraham could leave and get the point or drop into the 2-hole. Either trip could result in the 3rd win in 18 starts this year.
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