Day At The Track

Ranger advances in Pompano’s Driver’s Challenge

07:27 AM 12 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Bruce Ranger defeated John MacDonald Sunday in Driver's Challenge
Photo by Skip Smith

Pompano Beach, FL – Bruce Ranger, Pompano Park’s all time winningest harness racing driver had little trouble defeating John MacDonald in the opening round of the $20,000 Driver's Invitational Challenge Monday.

The series, similar to that of March Madness in basketball, pits two drivers every Sunday and Monday against each other in four select races. The drivers get to choose the horses they drive alternately in the four competition races. On Sunday night, Rick Plano defeated David Ingraham and now Plano and Ranger will go head and head on Sunday, March 2.

Ranger started off with second place finish to MacDonald’s fourth place in the third race. The second division (4th race) saw Ranger finish off the board while MacDonald was fourth again. But then in the seventh race third division Ranger began to pull away with a decisive five and one-quarter length triumph with Credit Balance as MacDonald tried to keep it close finishing second.

But in the ninth race final division, Ranger sealed the victory with a second place finish as MacDonald finished off the board. Final tally was Ranger 24 points and MacDonald 13 points.

The next match-ups take place this Sunday with Joe Pavia, Jr. taking on Simon Allard and next Monday Ricky Macomber, Jr. takes on Kevin Wallis.

The $20,000 Driver's Invitational 'March Madness' style tournament continues on Sunday and Monday nights until mid-March. The overall winner of the competition will receive $8,000 and each drive will earn some bucks depending where they finish overall.

By Steve Wolf, for

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