Pompano Sunday Pickin’ from John Berry

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February 9th, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

RACE ONE (DOUBLE – 4-1, 4-4, 4-6, 7-1, 7-4, 7-6 / PICK-5 - 4,7 w 1,4,6 w 3,5 w 1,2,4 w 3)

7-CHEEKY LITTLE MINX…used a backside blitz to take command and then on to victory. Steps up slightly but compares!

4-OVERNIGHT SHIPPER…very fast but loses composure sometimes. Who wins the war? The driver or the horse? Threat.

5-BODY DOUBLE…had some gate speed in last and “even-steven” after that. Could be on the engine from coveted post.


4-McWICKED…Remember when he won the Hempt in 1:47.3 with a last half in :52.3??? Looks to turn the clock back!

1-FIRST OF ITSKIND…been getting better and finally drew well. Could get a garden journey & hit high on the ticket.

6-PANOCCHIO…Yes, he’s the champion, no doubt but new arrival on the scene could prove to be very stiff competition.

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

3-SOUTHERN WINDS…gets some class relief after grinding away the entire route in a huge effort. Cover flow trip prevails.

5-MUSASHI…steps up a after backside blitz to the front & drawing away in 1:51.3—18.1 seconds faster than previous mile.

1-HOPIESDRAGNINTHEDO…got shuffled a bit in last before wending way out and closing with very stout pace. Drew well.

RACE FOUR (PENTAFECTA - 1,2,4 w 1,2,4 w 1,2,4 w 5,7 w ALL)

2-CADILLAC PHIL…gets a bit of class relief after competing against tougher crowd. Loved :27 backside move in prior one.

1-E R MELVIN…in new hands for this. Was sent on a double-bubble binge 5/16s out with solid pace right to the wire.

4-ROCK N ROW…recent form has been very solid. Got picture perfect journey in last but just couldn’t quite get there.

5-TONY CHEESECAKE…missed a couple of weeks (sick) but back on track after handily whipping “15’s.” Might need race.

7-DRAGON FEVER…loves to be in thick of things from the get-go. Will be on the choo-choo train when Hummer leaves.


3-HAVE A PARODI…paced middle half in :54.4 wending way into contention and passed a few late in the lane. Edge here.

1-SECRETSOFTHEKNIGHT…got away well from 2nd tier post in last and made very early move & hung out to dry after.

4-CABRERA…steps up couple notches, yes, but recent form is much improved and compares well with rest of the field.

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

1-STIRLING CADILLAC…drew well and now back down to a spot where he won couple starts back. Should enjoy cozy trip.

3-KINGSLEY B…almost won at 50 to 1 in last with huge effort but out-kicked in late stages by two others off quick pace.

2-EY COWBOY…sat chilly for good part of the journey in last then closed with alacrity late. Look for cover flow journey.


5-OFFICERNAGENTLEMAN…gets class relief for the 3rd straight start. Stayed off hot pace in last & showed pace last half.

1-SOUTHWIND WHISKI…post hindered in last as he lolly-gagged back first 5/8s then showed good pace double-bubbled.

8-BILLABONG BEACH…post hinders here but in a bit easier and did show :27.4 backside pace. Out following cover last lap.


5-ROAD UNTRAVELED…in too deep in last & post destroyed chances, too. Will be on the motor-bike from coveted post 5.

4-PISTOPACKINPIPER…steps up couple of notches after brilliant mile in last—surviving despite wicked panels early on.

2-REGALANTHROPIST…hot property lately and loves the front end of the action—but steps way up for big test this time.


3-B EVAS LUCKY LAD…been extremely hot property lately but recent form is just too sharp to overlook. Leaves & yields.

7-DYNAMITE DUDE…doesn’t win often but had some trouble in last fighting “I-95” traffic during rush hour. Can rock late.

2-SIR GLOBALOP Z TAM…has huge brushing power when in the mood. Probably getting an aggressive drive this time.

RACE TEN (DOUBLE - 1-1, 1-2, 5-1, 5-2)

5-GRANDE SEELSTER…has been known to come up with amazing performances. Didn’t like “off” track last. Leaving here!

1-BLUEHOURPOWER…missed a couple of weeks but usually comes back nice and ready after layoff. Big threat in this one.

6-KING OF THE CROP…put in huge effort in difficult conditions in last, grinding forward a long way from outside post.

RACE ELEVEN (SUPER HI-5 - 1 w 2,4,6,7 w 2,4,6,7 w 2,4,6,7 w ALL)

1-DEL RIO SEELSTER…back up to “10’s” again after an amazing performance surviving being hung out to brutal half.

2-McMARVEL…actually raced big mile in last after being hung out to dry like wet laundry in last. Drew well. Prominent!

6-ALWAYS A TIGER…back to former “home” & steps up a notch. Showed some nice pace while double-bubbled in last.

7-ARSENAL…was grabbed up in no time when in for “6” last time. Has sizzling gate speed & will be on the engine here.

4-TERANADAWN…back down to where he won a few starts ago from off the pace. Is versatile sort. Leaving & yielding.


Written by John Berry