Pompano Tuesday Pickin’ from John Berry

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Chantal Variot

February 3rd, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2016


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

4-IRISH SCOTCH...dips a notch in class after showing some backside trot denting quick panel. Clean mile could upset here.

5-CAVIART GRIFFIN...in a trifle easier this time around. Sat chilly much of last mile but did show strong trot deep stretch.

1-TWIN B SPIKE MAN...on a bit of a roll lately with 2 straight wins. Steps up but can grind a long way off 2nd over trip.

RACE TWO                                              

4-WALTZACROSSTHEWIRE...pulled on backside in last and dented very fast 3rd panel--his :27.1. Can upset applecart here.

6-PLAYBOOK...warrior likes winning--38 of ‘em lifetime. Could be on the engine from this spot dictating the terms. Threat.

3-McMARVEL...recent form is sharp. Got perfect trip in last but winner was a bit too tough to handle on front end. On tkt.

RACE THREE (PICK-6 - 1,6 w 2,3 w 2 w 4 w 2,8,9 w 3,4,5,6)

1-EXPLOSIVE MUSCLES...like for couple reasons: 1) facing a bit easier; 2) drew nicely; 3) can grind a long way. Compares!

6-UNITALIANO BI...went up in the air early in last to lose all chance. Probably gonna be on the choo-choo leaving here.

7-PC’S WILDCARD...out-sprinted rail horse early to gain good spot then chased tough winner all the way around. Leaves.

RACE FOUR (PENTAFECTA - 2,3 w 2,3 w 6,7,9 w 6,7,9 w ALL)

3-ENERGY SHAKES...gets fifth class relief in last 6 starts. Did show some good pace backside in last. Should be prominent.

2-PRINCE PINANG...takes double-dip in class here. Was out and trying turn 2 but tough to dent :27.3 panel. Better spot.

6-SPECKLED DOOR...showing improvement lately and tightening up after long vacation to get healthy. Is really quite fast.

9-THUMPEM...has outside post, yes, but possesses sharp early speed to overcome. Warrior can “crushem” on occasion.

7-CABRERA...giving much better performances last couple starts. Actually stuck nose in front mid-stretch. Out-brushed.


2-GERONIMO FAME...doesn’t win often but certainly giving hints of better things to come. Fits very well with this crowd.

4-CULINARY DELIGHT...not much on paper these days but was in tough situation traffic-wise in last. Will be sitting chilly.

3-CELEBRITY LAMPERT...finally drew a little better after giving some subtle hints showing late trot in last couple starts.

RACE SIX (PICK-4 - 4 w 2,8,9 w 3,4,5,6 w 3,5,8)

4-IM AN ART MAJOR...looks like problems may be solved. Went huge mile in last pulling half way through and grinding!!

6-WHOS IN THE MIST...makes 100th lifetime start. Loved the double-bubble move in last denting fast 3rd panel. Threat.

8-CARLOS MITTANNA...probably on the engine to join the fray early, as he usually does. Handy winner in last & good form.


8-BLUENOSE GAL...wasn’t able to use typical gate speed in last. Things could be different this time. Leaves, garden trip.

2-FLASHY LADY...changed strategy in last and was used taking command past the opener. Out-kicked final sixteenth.

9-UPTO A DREAM...won from outside nine post this season. Look for early speed to join the fray from no-man’s land.


6-ROCKN STIEN...recent purchase looks to be a good one. Versatile sort has many options to reach the winner’s circle.

5-MASSIVE LIGHTNING...charged up first over on backside in last and wore down the leader in very sharp mile. Threat.

4-PRAIRIE FORTUNE...Florida bred LOVES winning and qualified very handily trotting final 3/4s in 1:25.4. Gnaws away!


5-NEEDLES AND PINS...pulled backside but 3d panel was too stiff to do much damage (his :27.4) Looking for home run.

8-JAMAICAN COWBOY...was out and going after half but unable to crack very fast backside panel. Will be rallying wide.

3-CARMENS BEST...got the perfect trip in last and just missed all the marbles in solid effort. In very sharp form right now.

RACE  TEN (DOUBLE - 2-7, 2-8, 6-7, 6-8)

2-GROOVEY KID...becoming tough as nails lately. Looking solid on the track and, when given room to roam, can really fly.

6-SWAN HANDICAP...all races since arrival have been sharp. Looks to follow live cover entire last lap. Needs lively pace.

1-GOLD SAVAGE...been solid in top class. Has gate speed and the rail--a formidable combination. Right there with these.

RACE ELEVEN (SUPER HI-5 - 7,8 w 7,8 w 1,2,5 w 1,2,5 w ALL)

7-SOUTHWIND WHISKI...not much on paper these days but forgiving last in the slop. Gets in on NW last 5 allowed 10%.

8-DEL RIO SEELSTER...can really turn on the afterburners when in the mood. Last was formidable, especially backside.

2-SHAMDEROCK...was used hard early in last and held firm until mid-stretch. Looking for off-the-pace mile in here.

1-SURGE SEELSTER...tried backside m”oo”ve in last and did dent :28 quarter in the slop--slightly. Rail helps this time.

5-McGREAT...been trying hard but not been able to crack the winner’s circle. Still, should be competitive off recent starts.