Pompano Beach, FL...December 12, 2013...Andover America finally reached the winner's circle at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the eight year-old, brushing from fifth halfway through the mile to the lead around the final turn, scored a handy two length win forin 1:54 in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot.
Jesses Jo, driven by, finished second while Keystone Thomas, piloted by , Jr., wound up third.
She's All In and Pure Barre picked up the final two awards in the field of nine.
The winner, a classy son of, with 48 lifetime wins and $730,240 coming into the action, was unhurried early on as Keystone Thomas took the field to the opener in :28.2, soon to be replaced on the front end by Jesses Jo, who was hard pressed to make the top off of a :27.3 second panel which placed him at the half in :56.
That's when Andover America was sent throttling by Ranger and he took the lead with authority around the final turn and put the field away turning for home.
In a post race interview, Ranger said, "You know, a lot depends on how the race goes...whether the pace will be soft or hot, you, know, things like that. Tonight, the pace was very hot, especially that second quarter and, when we hit the backside, I thought, 'now's the time!' He responded very well and that was that. He went a great mile."
Owned by Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover America was the 9 to 5 tote board favorite and returned $5.80 to his $2 backers.
The Open 2 Trot went to Deb Clayton's I'll Tell You What, driven by Dave Ingraham. This eight year-old son of, also coming in to the action with 48 lifetime victories, went a brave first-over journey to collar pacesetting Blushing Hanover ( ) in deep stretch to win by a half length in 1:55.1. HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) was a fast closing third while Surface, trotting the fastest final panel in the field (:28.3) finished fourth. Dutchess Seelster picked up the nickel in the nine horse field.
I'll Tell You What was third choice on the board and returned $9.20 to win.
The Open 3 Trot went to the vastly improved Sun Island, who used a stout brush on the backside from sixth to surge into the lead around the final turn and score in a lifetime best 1:55. His previous best was 1:55.3 achieved as a three year-old there years back.
Shelby County () finished second with Thekeptman ( ) third. Pacesetting Gale Warning was fourth while the favorite, Spring Goal, finished fifth.
As fourth choice in the pool, Sun Island paid $10.00 to win.
Kathy Bove of the Paul Bernardo Stables tonight received the October Florida USHWA "Caretaker of the Month" award for her work with the successful two year-old pacing filly J D Eleven Bell's (2f Eleven AM-Cherry Bomb-Cambest). Responding to the tender loving care of Ms. Bove, this filly earned $21,009 in her freshman season, taking a record of 1:57.1f at Pompano Park. The multiple stakes winner posted a 4-2-4 slate in 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Berry Stables and owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr. of Staten Island, NY the Bernardo trainee is one of a handful of US foals of Eleven AM (Falcon Seelster-Imustbedreamin-Royal Command C), a career winner of $513,884 with 34 victories and a record of 4, 1:51f taken in 2006 and equaled the following season. Eleven AM earned over $251,000 as a freshman in 2004. He was exported to Argentina in 2010 and has successful offspring racing at the Buenos Aires standardbred racing venue.
by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park