It's that time of year when an increasing number of promising harness racing three year old trotters are hitting the track at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park to lay the foundation for their 2012 campaign.
Two more prime examples were winners on the Monday, April 9 program at the South Florida venue.
Copain Du Haras, a-Shimette colt, stepped to a life's mark of 1:58.1 with Dan Clements in the bike for the front end romp over NW3 company. Jean Beaulieu does the training for Haras De L'Estrie of Dunham, Quebec.
Copain Du Haras was hammered down for $50,000 at the 2010 Lexington Select Sale as hip 147. In this event, promising Ontario Sires Stakes filly Kylie Hall was delayed in traffic and brushed in for the runner-up spot with Doug Brown in tow over Puss In Boots and driver Dan Daley.
Ontario snowbird horseman Wayne Henry uncovered a 3 year old prospect from his operation in the first race of the Monday evening program in Mint Kiss, a well meant upset winner over Winky's Volo in 2:00.4 in a NW1 trotting event. Mint Kiss, a 3 year old filly by-Peppermint Kissed, started in 2011 in the New York Sires Stakes and was a $20,000 purchase by Shelley Henry of Arthur, ON from the 2010 Harrisburg Sale.
She was able to edge past the Walter Ross Jr. driven Winky's Volo (-Winky's Trophy), a $70,000 yearling purchase from the Lexington Selected Sale of 2010 owned by Willow Oak Ranch of Rogersville, TN.
The Isle Mile 1 Mares Open Handicap Pace highighted the Monday evening program for an $8,000 purse with Eyewitness Account taking a pocket trip to victory in 1:54.2 for owner and driver Wally Hennessey of Coconut Creek, FL. Dan Hennessey trains the-Unchained Speed 5 year old mare.
Miss Sparta, in rein to Gaston Lareau, weaved through stretch traffic to finish a hard closing second. Nillabomb, with the 32nd driving partner of her career in Doug Brown at the lines, did the front end road work and persisted for third.
FIREWORKS, EARLY POST TIME FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 14
This Saturday, April 14, there's a special early post time of 7:05 p.m. accompanied by the trackside Miami Gourment Food Trucks, trackside deejay Summer party, and a fireworks show after the races.
The current meet concludes on July 28. In April and May post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing. Next week, there is no live racing on Monday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 18. In June and July, live cards will be held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
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