"Jaguar" wins 9th straight; headed for Meadowlands

04:41 PM 16 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Prairie Jaguar posted his ninth straight win at Pompano Park
Photo by Dee Leftwich
Simon Allard with family and friends for check presentation on winning Driving Championship
Photo by Dee Leftwich

Pompano Beach, FL – Prairie Jaguar made his last harness racing start at Pompano Park Saturday night and he finished his stint in south Florida by scoring his ninth straight victory. He is now heading for the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey where he will compete in the upcoming Whata Baron Series.

A perfect five for five in 2014 plus four straight wins to close out the 2013 season, Prairie Jaguar was voted the January Horse of the Month on a USTA poll and rightly so. His four winning miles in 1:50 or faster at Pompano Park was the most ever by any Standardbred in the track's fifty year history. 

On Saturday night he started from post six in the first race $10,000 Open Pace and shot right to the lead for regular pilot Jason Dillander and never looked back. Cutting fractions of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:22.3, Prairie Jaguar held the field at bay and went on in the stretch to win with ease by two and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. Northern Companion (David Ingraham) was second with Cruizin K C (Mark O’Mara) third.

A Florida-bred six-year-old gelded son of Spy Hard from the Arturo mare, Cal Lady, Prairie Jaguar is trained and co-owned by Mike Deters of Coconut Creek and Laurie Lee Poulin of Okeechobee.

“This was his last start at Pompano,” Deters said. “He is heading out the middle of next week. He will be stabled at Pocono Downs and he may make one start there before we go in the Whata Baron Series at the Meadowlands on April 5.

“I think he will do very well up north,” Deters explained, “Here at Pompano he could only race every other week and he really needs to race every week to get into peak form. I am hopeful we will see him improve some more with a steady racing schedule.”

While Pompano Park will be racing this Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish came early to wagering fans on Saturday who ventured on Shamerock in the second race pace. Driven by Simon Allard, Shamderock moved to the lead right after the half mile marker and pulled away from the field to win by four open lengths at odds of 10-1 and he paid $23.20 to win.

ALLARD EKES OUT DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY
 
In other Saturday night action, Pompano Park held the finals of its $20,000 Championship Drivers Series and Simon Allard eked out a narrow victory, earning 20 points on the strength of 1st, 4th and 2nd place finishes in the three events comprising the final.
 
Bruce Ranger, who was shut out in the first of the three events, finished with two straight wins to also earn 20 points but, based on overall point total for the entire three round event, was denied in this "photo finish."
 
Jason Dillander, with two second place finishes in the first two events, was shut out in the third and final event and finished with 14 points.
 
Allard earned $8,000 for his efforts while Ranger took home $4,000 and Dlllander earned $2,000.
 
The win also meant a $500 stipend for Steve Bock, who bested 121 other players competing in the championship contest which began in early February.
 
On a more somber note, the game pacing warrior Seton Hall had to be euthanized after shattering a pastern during the fifth race on the Saturday program.
 
The 13 year-old son of Blissful Hall was making his 362nd lifetime start, which included 55 wins and lifetime bounty of $327,248.
 
Trainer Don Glowacki described Seton Hall as one of the best athletes has ever been around. Last season, Seton Hall had four wins, 10 seconds and six thirds with one of his wins in 1:52.3, equalling his lifetime best performance.

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com with files from Pompano Park

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