Pompano Wednesday Pickin’ from John Berry

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January 18th, 2017

Wednesday, January  18, 2017

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

2-YULE LOVE IT…pulled turn 2 in last & marched up strongly backside & held very firm through speedy finale.

4-DIAMOND LILY…had great gate speed in last, sat drafted in the pocket all the way to the wire. Good form.

5-STONEBRIDGE MEDUSA…kind of an “even-steven” effort in last but can rattle some cages off cover late.


4-LICKCREEK FRANCIS…let leader get too much of a jump early. Can really rattle cages when it counts. Edge!

5-SEAFOOD PATTY…mare zipped out of the gate and got great rating to score handily. Coveted post! Leaves.

2-BRYNN BEAUTIFUL…was at the back of her quintet all the way last week. Should be 3 lengths closer up.

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

3-OK HEARTBEAT…paced 3d quarter in :28 giving strong hint. Stays put in same class while winner moved up!

5-WALK TWO MOONS…In very sharp form now and going for grand slam. Will be on the bullet train leaving.

4-RIVER RISING…a threat off last where she paced her last half in :55.3 grinding forward gaining to the wire.

RACE FOUR (PENTAFECTA – 4,5 w 4,5 w 3,6,7 w 3,6,7 w ALL)

4-OK HEAVENLY…chased monster in last capped by a final panel in :27. Deserves the edge against this group.

5-MISS MADY…recent form is sharp. Does step up a notch but has 4 of last 5—last one equaling best ever.

3-SOUTHWIND TRINI…steps up after decent performance in Open 3—just couldn’t dent quick backside panel.

7-METRO GLIDE…probably going to be forced to leave from this post to try and join the fray. Can rock late.

6-JETS ARE ON…seemed to be drafted along against tough winner in last. Going to have to work harder here.

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

1-MY SWEET MANDY…tried backside move in last & dented quick panel—hers :28. In a very amiable situation.

2-ANDRO MADY…been out & trying hard in recent. Drew well and could be on the choo-choo train after 40th.

4-DAVITA…mare seems to have drawn in an enviable environment. Hint: Lifetime mark was on the engine!!


4-SWEET BET…has two wired wins so far this year and stays put in same class. Race back to last should do.

5-MACHIN MARLEY…got picture perfect journey in last but winner’s :27.4 finale too much to handle. On tkt.

1-MACH THIS WAY…fought hard two starts back before faltering late. Last “even-steven.” Rail keeps close.

RACE SEVEN (DOUBLE – 5-1, 5-4)

5-MISS DOLLAR MAM…blasted off wings in last & cut sharp panels but out-brushed late. Does damage here.

4-SHADYS ART…pulled turn two in last but soft half hampered chances during :56.1 finale. Can brush hard.

1-GOLD STAR SONATA…had some nice gate speed in last and was getting to the winner late—ran outta track.


4-SUE’S NIGHT OUT…not much on paper these days but tightened up on her :55.4 final half. Upsets on best.

1-SEW PSYCHED…gave hint two starts back, dipped a notch and popped. Rail should keep cozily close in here.

6-HEART MAJOR…great effort 2 starts back showing :26.4 backside speed. Perfect trip in last but no threat.

5-ASTARISONTHEWAY…steps up two notches after extremely sharp performance in last—fighting to the wire!

3-EMBASSY SEELSTER…steps up three notches after winning last in 1:53.4. Somewhat competitive in Open 3.


Written by John Berry