Aracache Hanover was the first millionaire pacer to appear in the $12,000 purse Open Handicap Pace since Big Bad John eight weeks ago when the March 10th harness racing edition turned to the starting gate at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Although he gave a robust effort from the front end after an assigned post eight outside start, Aracache Hanover was caught in the closing strides and had to settle for the runner-up position in his 2012 racing debut.
Bruce Ranger had Aracache Hanover sailing through fractions of 26.3, 55.4, and 1:24.2 and finally put away the first over move of Drive All Night in rein to Anthony Napolitano by mid-stretch. Lurking in the pocket the whole mile was Forty Carrots, and when just enough open road could be negotiated by driver Wally Hennessey at the edge of the toteboard Forty Carrots responded with a powerful brush just like last week to take down the top prize. Rick's Sign with Fern Paquet Jr. came through traffic to earn the show position.
Forty Carrots has suddenly developed a big reputation for a lethal late brush in South Florida. The-Mathamomics 5 year old pacer has now won half of his ten starts this year to increase his lifetime bankroll to $226,570. Forty Carrots races at Pompano from the Kim and Jay Sears stable for owners Richard Clair of Stafford, VA and Lance Gordon of Clinton, NY.
In the Open-II Pace for an $8,500 purse, Appley Ever After followed up a 1:51 life's mark of last week in a $10,000 claimer to repeat on the class rise to score in 1:51.2. Anthony Napolitano was in the bike to guide the 5 year old-Sandy Apple gelding to the front end tally over the pocket-sitting Red Star Paylater with Dan Clements in tow and Hay Goodlooking driven by Rick Plano. Mike Watson co-owns and trains Appley Ever After, with Richard Noel of Livonia, MI holding the other ownership share.
It was another Mike Watson trained starter, Spartan Justice, that won the $7,300 purse Open III Pace in a life's mark of 1:51.2 with Dan Clements in the bike for owner Michael Kallen of West Bloomfield, MI. In the $12,000 purse Mares Open Handicap Pace, Best Around survived a :54 opening half to win again in 1:51.1 with Jason Dillander in the bike. Paul Holzman trains Best Around for Joel Benson Stables of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bryan's Ideal driven by Dan Clements was second and Nillabomb partnered by Wally Hennessey was third.
Appley Ever After
Pavia Shut Out On Saturday Card
Although he drove in all but of a pair of the ten races on Saturday night, Joe Pavia Jr. did not find the winner's circle. He remains three wins away from the 5,000 lifetime driving win milestone. Pavia is slated for four drives on the Monday evening, March 12 program.