Pompano Wednesday Pickin’ from John Berry

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Chantal Variot

March 27th, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


RACE ONE (DOUBLE –  4-4. 4-5 / PICK-5 -      4 w 4,5 w 2 w 1,3 w 1,8)

4-ROCKIN DESIRE…giving strong hints lately with sharp closing punch. Would like to see a bubble far turn.

7-ROYAL J…outside post, yes, but that may be blessing. Has strong brush & no option but to follow live cover.

3-GALLEY WENCH…will be forwardly placed throughout journey. Expect her to leave & yield for garden trip.

RACE TWO                                              

5-DANDY’S DUDUDIDUDU...nice hint in last with sharp backside brush—28.3. If mile in :56 & piece-a winner,

4-SPORTS FIRST LADY…pulled 5/16s out and showed some good pace to the wire in improved effort. On tkt.

3-GOLD STAR LOVEBUG…tried new strategy in last & that backfired. Likes to be off-the-pace much better.

RACE THREE (PICK-6  -   2 w 1,3 w 1,8 w 7,8,9 w 1,5 w 4,7)

2-CELEBRITY LOVER…sat chilly as winner carved out some impressive panels. Looked sharp through the lane.

7-LEGEND FIELD…doesn’t win often but always seems to try hard. Follows live cover & danger off hot panels.

4-PHOENICIAN…not much on paper but did show :28.2 backside quarter. Could “make” ticket on best mile.


3-SUGAR CRUSH…seems to be in a bit softer here. Can rattle some  cages big time when they turn for home.

1-SUE’S YOUR DADDY…drops down, drew well and should be tightened up by now. Good combo to improve.

4-HEATHER…has been driven conservatively last few starts but showing good final panels. A bubble here??

6-NITTY GRITTY…not much on paper these days but did show a bit of pace backside. Cover flow journey.

9-SPORTS EXPERT…actually a decent performance in last holding well after :27 opener. Will be on the engine.


1-BISTRO…was in tough spot last but did trot middle half in :58. Has early speed & rail improves 10 lengths.

8-CELEBRITY LAMPERT…may have been put in top spot if had drawn decently. Was grinding on the backside.

3-SAINT PATTY’S DOLL…rugged mare just needs to turn the clock back a notch to be competitive with these.

RACE SIX (PICK-4 – 7,8,9 w 1,5 w 4,7 w 2,3,5,8)

9-GODIVA SEELSTER…grand mare assigned outside but has enough gate speed to overcome. Still the queen!

7-GOLDSTAR ROCKETTE…will be rocketing out of the gate here. Was very gutsy in last week’s mile. Threat.

8-OK HEAVENLY…kept grinding away until getting job done in the final stride. Looks like off the pace here.


1-EMPTY GESTURE…in very rare form these days. Drew well and should be comfortably close throughout.

5-ASHLEY’S DESIRE…gets in on A.E. tag. Not much on paper but paced backside quarter in :27.3. Hinting.

4-SINSPIRATIONAL…back on track after couple months off & showed very stout pace when free in the lane.


7-OK HEARTBEAT…giving subtle hints in recent. Showed very strong pace on backside--:27.2. Flies off over.

4-SKEEBALL…sat chilly much of the mile in last & came home with strong—but non-threatening—pace late.

2-SCIROCCO MILEY KAY…very sharp mile in last setting lifetime mark. Look for another quarter move here.


5-ALABAMASHAKEY…was in a very tough spot in last but did show good pace backside--:26.4. Giving edge.

8-SEW PSYCHED…only knock here is that she drew outside. Can turn on the afterburners when it counts.

3-MISS DOLLAR MAM…one thing is guaranteed…at the quarter, she’ll be 2nd by 1 ¼. Very sharp these days.

RACE TEN (LATE DOUBLE -  4-3, 4-8, 5-3, 5-8)

5-CELEBRiTY LAMBO…lightly raced 5 year-old needed start badly. Class relief here. Trotted mid-1/2 in :57.3.

4-TOWNLINE MOMMA…giving hints lately. Liked the backside first up grind in last. Compares very well here.

8-HOLY HALIBUT…loved the qually WITH hobbles. Last 3/4s in 1:28.3. Will be on the choo-choo train here.

RACE ELEVEN (SUPER HI-5 –     3,8 w 3,8 w 1,4,5,6 ALL THE WAY)

3-HILLBILLY KID…nothing on paper these days but finally showed a bubble in last pacing 3d quarter in :28.1.

8-TALKTOMECOURAGE…veteran has some pep in his step. Pace on backside quarter was decent. Post hurts.

4-MY ROBERTO…tried cutting the mustard in last two but was out-brushed late in both. Still, can be on tkt.

1-STRONSKI…makes 199th lifetime start. Has the rail and just need a more aggressive drive to be in the hunt.

5-STURGEON SEELSTER…makes 200th career start. Doesn’t win often but can rev it up in lane when in mood.


John Berry