Pompano Saturday Pickin’ from John Berry

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March 1st, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017


RACE ONE (DOUBLE – 1-2, 1-5, 1-6, 5-2, 5-5, 5-6 / PICK-5 –  1,5 w 2,5,6 w 1,3,7 w 2,6 w 1,3,5)      

5-A CROWN FOR LINDY…warrior has perfect post to try wiring act. Compares very well with other foes here.

1-WIRE ME CASH…been battling much tougher in recent. Drew rail and should be cozily close throughout mile.

8-GARLANDSANDPEARLS…outside post does hinder a bit with early speed inside but can’t argue with form.

RACE TWO                                              

5-SKAD’S WINNER…was given sharp handling in last to take command 3/8ths in and just did hold on at wire.

6-NEW SCENT…kind of an “even-steven” mile in last. Versatile sort could be on engine looking for good spot.

2-CHIP CHIP PAGE…was menacing the leader around final turn before jumping it off. Can upset the applecart.

RACE THREE (PICK-6 - 1,3,7 w 2,6 w 1,3,5 w 5 w 3,4,5,6 w 3)

7-CREAMPUFF MACDADDY…loves to join the fray from the get-go & has the speed to bottom out the field here.

3-B COR TTHOMAS…shook loose at the top of the lane in last and was one stride away from winning. Threat.

1-LUKAS HALL…in new hands for this. Shows he can easily trot in the 1:56-:57 range—good enough to win.

RACE FOUR (PENTAFECTA - (Box) 2,3,5,6,7)

2-BIG BAD ET…makes 3 year-old debut after successful season on fair circuit. Qualified safely in very fast mile.

6-ROLL WITH FAITH…filly in pari-mutuel debut after very sharp qualifying effort showing speed both ends.

7-LINCOLNS LEGEND…will be on the choo-choo train leaving. Just needs to add a bit more punch at the end.

3-MACHOS ECHO…qualifier showed filly has some solid pace—just not quite ready for :27.4 closer. Good, tho.

5-CRUISENINSTRIDE…showed some promise early on in 2 year-old season. Makes debut after OK qualifier.

RACE FIVE (PICK-4 - 1,2,3,5 w 5 w 3,4,5,6 w 3)

1-MATCH POINT…got garden journey in last, pulled in the lane and needed just one more stride to get it done.

3-DELI-CRAZE…not much on paper but finally gave a slight hint in last showing backside trot--:29.2. Fits well.

5-SAVIN ROCK…seems to give good effort in all starts. Can grind forward a bit and will try to catch live cover.


5-AMERICAN HUSTLE…left in last & found good spot, pulled—briefly—5/16s in and ducked back in. On engine.

3-J BLACK…giving some hints lately. Showed sharp pace on backside--:28.3--& had pace right to the finish.

1-ROCKIN ROGER…youngster makes 2017 debut after decent qualifier BUT didn’t handle final turn that well.

RACE SEVEN (DOUBLE –  3-3, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3)

6-THUNDERCREST…gets back in a class he handled three starts back from an outside post. Can brush by late.

5-JAILHOUSE LAWYER…pulled turn 2 in last while moving forward but backside panel too stiff to dent. Fits.

3-TWO DAYS FINALE…cut the early panels but was out-brushed on backside but still held well in the stretch.

RACE EIGHT (SUPER HI-5  - 3 w 4 w 6,7,9 w 6,7,9 w ALL)    

3-JADE MOUNTAIN…missed a couple of weeks but is very dangerous off the pace. Can throttle it up in the lane.

4-BEST DREAM SEEKER…sat in the garden spot all the way but mile in 1:52 & change a bit too tough to handle.

7-FAST BILL…only time he seems to leave when he draws 5 post. Expect off the pace with usual closing kick.

9-BLUE FIN…warrior will be on the choo-choo train when Hummer leaves the station. Will be a factor in here.

6-AVANTAGE…former Open pacer did show some solid pace backside--:28.1. Best would be 2nd over journey.

  1. S. ARSENAULT (127); G. BARBERE (56); T. BASISTA (7); L. BEESON (2); T. BOWMAN (73); M. BROOKS, JR. (493);
  2. L. CABLE (427); J. CAMPAGNUOLO (51); F. COHEN (185); R. CUSIMANO (235); T. DINGES (20);
  3. TOM EICHAS (10); P. GERRY (81); D. GLASSER (32); R. GOLDSTEIN (7); R. KRIVELIN (203); J. MACOMBER (18);
  4. J. MARRA (58); B. MUGGLESTON (92); S. OLDFORD (120); J. PENNACCHIO (157); L. POULIN (63);
  5. A. SAUL (527)J. SCHAEFER (74); D. SPRIGGS (426); A. VERRUSO (65); M. WALKER (115); D. WHITTEMORE (116)
Written by John Berry