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