With the top class for harness racing mares depleting over the last couple of weeks, Bombilla (Bom-bee-ya) Hanover was forced to race against the boys on Saturday night.
Didn’t much matter.
The outstanding five year-old daughter of, owned by Lew Whitaker along with Rick Berks and trainer Peter Blood, was brilliant in a 1:52.2 win for Bruce Ranger, pacing her final half in :55.4 in the process.
She did get a bit of a scare from the millionaire pacer Hyperion Hanover, driven by Andy Santeramo, who skimmed the pylons down the lane to get within a neck of the mare at the line. The quick closing Avantage was third in the mile, followed by McGreat, Kommander Hawk and Freeneasy Hanover.
Ironically, Freeneasy paced the fastest final quarter of the sextet--:27.1.
Bombilla won for the 20th time in her career pushing her lifetime bounty to $154,628. She’s eight for 13 this year with $32,250 on her card.
The quickest Saturday night mile was 1:52.1 accomplished by the Florida bred Hurricane Howard, handled by Tom Sells.
With two scratches in the event, Hurricane Howard benefitted from the most popular post at the track—5—and left like a rocket to wire together fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:23 before romping home in :29.1 over a track classified “good” after a deluge that included dangerous lightning forced a delay earlier in the card.
Hurricane Howard is owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters.
The star of the Monday night program was also Bombilla Hanover, again handled by Bruce Ranger.
Making a quarter move to the top, she wired together halves of :56.1, and romped home a comfortable winner by a length and three-quarters in 1:52.2.
Other kudos on the card went to Ranger and Dave Ingraham, each recording three wins.
Owner-Trainer Dave Myrick scored a training double on Monday night with the Florida breds Goldy Cann and Brielle T.
“Goldie” scored for Walter Ross, Jr. in 2:01, equaling her lifetime mark, while Brielle T was piloted to victory by Bruce Ranger in 1:58.3, a new lifetime best for the five year-old daughter of Wewering. The last time Myrick had a training double was on October 12, 2001 with Soccer Sweetie and Bacon Hill Mike at Pompano Park.
On Wednesday night, the “Winners Over” trot went to Tug River Dylan, patiently handled by Walter Ross, Jr.
The seven year-old son of CR Commando left alertly from his outside (5) post, settled into the garden spot letting Andover America cut some soft panels of :28.1 and :59.3, stayed put on the backside as My Revenuer applied the pressure around the final turn, and then snuck through on the inside down the lane to score a handy win in 1:57.
My Revenuer did finish second with Andover America, Celebrity Legacy and Lugar completing the proceedings.
The latter made a miscue at the start—only the sixth in his career.
Fastest mile of the night was provided by the “4” claimer Unique Sign, handled by Kevin Wallis.
The five year-old lowered his lifetime mark to 1:53—one and 2/5ths seconds better than his previous best—and was promptly claimed for the third time in his last four starts.
It was the fourth win of the year for “Dylan” and sent his yearly bounty over $20,000—about eight times what he earned last season for owner-trainer Bob Dutilly.
by John BERRY