Day At The Track

No Bad Dreams a Nightmare for Competition

02:09 PM 14 Jun 2015 NZST
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family of Chris Valkanoff No Bad Dreams
Driver Bruce Ranger joined the many friends and family of Chris Valkanoff as the track honored the memory of one of Pompano Park's most successful owner's who passed away recently
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No Bad Dreams, driven by Bruce Ranger, captured Pompano Park's Winner's Over Pace on Saturday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1.
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Pompano Beach, FL...June 13, 2015...No Bad Dreams, given a picture perfect drive by Bruce Ranger, gave his harness racing competition a nightmare of sorts on Saturday night at Pompano Park, virtually wiring a classy field in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace in 1:52.1.
 
The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, earned his seventh win of the year in 11 starts, defeating Raji's Blue Line, handled by Ben McNeil, by a half length.
 
Northern Companion and driver Tom Sells teamed up to be third while Who's Your Maddy finished fourth. G P S Legacy made a miscue early on and picked up the nickel in the quintet.
 
No Bad Dreams, leaving from the advantageous five post, zipped out of the gate and joined Raji's Blue Line around the first turn with No Bad Dreams assuming the lead shortly thereafter and clocking an opening panel of :27.2.
 
With positions remaining stagnant through the next quarter, Ranger was able to rate his charge through a :29.4 panel, reaching the half in :57.1. On the backside, Ranger chirped once to No Bad Dreams and he was off on a :27.4 tangent and then sealed the deal with a :27.1 finale.
 
In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, Ben's horse (Raji's Blue Line) cut some hellish fractions so I was hoping he wouldn't try that again and opt for a two hold trip. Once I got to the half in :57 and change, I felt very confident that No Bad Dreams could go all the way from there. He's a very nice horse...VERY nice!"
 
In winning for the 10th time career-wise, No Bad Dreams pushed his lifetime earnings to $43,962--$29,310 this year in only 11 starts.
 
As the 2 to 5 favorite, No Bad Dreams rewarded his many followers with a $2.80 mutuel.
 
That win, incidentally, proved to be a "double" for trainer Aubin and the Boddie's, as their Abreathofreshart captured the opener on the Saturday card in a conditioned pace in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella also wired his foes, using a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths on Histoire Eternelle, handled by Dan Harvey. Zavan was third for Andy Santeramo after applying some pressure on the leader around the final turn.
 
As the 3 to 5 favorite, Abreathofreshart paid $3.40 to win.
 
The track also hosted the Chris Valkanoff Memorial Pace, honoring one of the most respected owners at the track who passed away some months ago.
 
Ranger also won that one, too, guiding Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile's Freeneasy Hanover to his 25th lifetime win--2nd this year--in 1:51.2.
 
The Jim Mc Donald trainee, a seven year-old son of Western Ideal, also was a gate to wire winner, clocking panels of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1 along the way for the win measuring nearly four lengths.
 
He, too, was the overwhelming favorite--1 to 5 on the board--and returned $2.60 to win.
 
After the event, the vast number of friends and family gathered in the winner's circle celebrating Mr. Valkanoff's life.
 
Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.
 
by John Berry for Pompano Park
 
 
 
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