Pompano Beach, FL...November 28, 2013...In a field oozing in depth and class, Pure Barre, making her Pompano Park fall debut, eked out a brave 1:56.2 win in the $10,000 Open 1 Trot forin a three horse photo.
The five year-old daughter ofand the only distaff resident in the field, made a gutsy quarter move to the lead and held off the serious late charges of both Jessesjo ( ) and Andover America ( ) to score by a neck.
Lugar was fourth while Illusionsndreams earned the minor award in the field of nine.
For Pure Barre, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, it was her eight success of the year and pushed her seasonal bounty to $85,405.
After the race, McNichol said, "You know, when I was looking over the program and looking at the competition, I said, 'hey, this is a pretty heavily stacked field ($2.6 million in combined earnings) and they had all been racing pretty good lately,' so I was just out there to get as much as I could for Tom (trainer-owner Gonsalves).
"She felt very strong leaving and seemed like she wanted to roll so I gave her the chance and she just did this all on her own."
The field not only consisted of trotters with aggregate lifetime earnings of $2.6 million, but drivers with 42,000 lifetime wins and $225,000,000 in earnings for their owners.
As fifth choice in the wagering, Pure Barre was off at 10 to 1 on the board and returned $23.60 to her $2 backers.
In the $9,000 Open 2 Trot, She's All In, owned, trained and driven by, found some room along the pylons in deep stretch to score a half length victory over HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) in 1:55.3.
Surface Tension () finished third with Adenium and Blushing Hanover also earning checks.
She's All In, a consistent daughter of, now has a scorecard reading 8-14-2 in 38 starts, good for $72,645 in 2013 earnings. She paid $10.60 as the third choice in the win pool.
In a post race interview, Plano said, "She's just a tough, tough mare. You know, there's a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck in this sport and I was lucky enough to find some room inside. I don't think I touched her once in the lane. She did this all by herself."
Finally, in the $8,400 Open 3 Trot, Hauck Racing Stables CJ's Rascal, handled by, went up to take the lead right at the :28 opener and led the rest of the way, scoring a handy 1:56 win over pocket-sitting Spring Goal ( ) with Dream Lake ( ) third.
Thekeptman finished fourth while Zuerest, overcoming a second tier post and miscue early, picked up the "nickel."
For CJ's Rascal, a six year-old altered son of CJ's Secret, it was his fifth win of the year pushing his 2013 earnings to $54,306. As the 3 to 5 public choice, CJ's Rascal paid $3.20 to win.
On Saturday night, November 30, the track will host the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night, featuring over $425,000 in purses. A free t-shirt giveaway is also on tap while supplies last.
Pompano Park also announced that, beginning Sunday, December 1, in cooperation with the USTA's strategic wagering program, the track will offer a guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 pool on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday programs.
by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park