Day At The Track

Toteboard fireworks as Pompano closes

04:59 AM 06 May 2019 NZST
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Pompano Beach, FL...May 5, 2019...It didn't take long for the aftershock from the Kentucky Derby "earthquake" to travel the 1,050 miles to Pompano Park as the South Florida harness racing track wrapped up its 2018-2019 racing season.

While Dave Ingraham was the driving star with a "grand slam" of wins, the first aftershock came in the opening race as the Kelly Case owned and trained Kegler Hanover took the first of three amateur driving events in 1:58.1, as the longest proposition on the tote-board at 27 to 1.

John Mungillo was in the bike as this nine year-old altered son of Crazed enjoyed patient handling and got up in the final strides to nail Security Guard (Dein Spriggs) right on the money. Fast Glider (Philippe Trudeau) was another nose back in the photo finish.

The win was number 30 in the career of Kegler Hanover, now sporting $233,907 in career earnings.

He paid $56.60 to win.

About 19 minutes later, Corey Braden was in the bike as Hayden's Little Man, off at 25 to 1, came from last around the final bend to charge by all in the lane and stop the timer in 1:55.

Haydens Little Man, the seven year-old gelded son of American Ideal, scored by 1 1/4 lengths over Jay Bees Grin N (Dave ingraham) with Norm At Work (Mike MIcallef) third, returning $53.80 to win, completing the early daily double worth $434.90.

Trained by Dan Gassien for the Jemaxpo Racing Stable, Haydens Little Man pushed his 2019 scorecard to 4-2-2in 17 starts, good for $21,924 this semester and $130,031 career-wise.

In the very next race, Lugar, now 11 years-of-age, turned the clock a few years as he wired his foes in 1:59.4 in the second Amateur event on the card. The win came at the expense of the late charging Deli-Craze (Ron Cisomano) and Groovey Kid (John Campagnuolo with the winner going off at 33 to 1 and returning $68.80 to his faithful.

Said owner-trainer Leon Cable after the event, "Lugar turned the clock back a few years. He loves to get in the action early and this time he raced like he did some years ago. He got his memory back, that's for sure!"

Making his 201st career start, Lugar won for the 33rd time, launching his lifetime earnings over the $250,000 mare--$251,057 to be precise.

After that event, there were zero dollars still "alive" in the Pick-5, which wound up paying a healthy $511.35 for just three of five winners.

The three $11,000 Open co-features went to Northern Dail in the mares open pace, Beer Dad on the trot, Caviart Reagan on the pace--all driven by Dave Ingraham.

Northern Dali closed fastest of her five rivals to score in 1:55.2, capping the come-from-behind win with a :28.1 finale. The apcesetting Rock N Roll Rosie (Wally Hennessey) was second with the pocket sitting Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) next.

Northern Dali, owned by the JP Houle Stables and trained by Gaston Lareau, paid $6.20 to her many faithful.

Beer Dad, leaving from the outside eight post, had no trouble gaining the top spot and carved out panels of :27.2, :56 and 1:24.1 before a stroll home stopped the timer in 1:54.3 for Dave Ingraham. Owned and trained by George Coblentz, Beer Dad a five year-old son of Tequila Spur, sent his scorecard to 6-8-1 in 18 starts, sending his seasonal earnings to $50,985.

Among his victims were Boli (Wally Hennessey) and the late charging Stache (Alessandro Spano).

Beer Dad--4 to 5 on the tote-board--returned $3.80 to win.

Minutes later, Ingraham was back in the bike steering Caviart Reagan to a photo finish win over the favored Rubofthegreen N (Wally Hennessey) in 1:52.2.

The early leader, Team Captain, handled by Mickey McNichol, was next.

In a very game performance, Caviart Reagan a five year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, made a bid first up move on the backside, denting a picked up pace, and edged by Rubofthegreen N in the final stride or two.

Owned and Trained by Jim McDonald, Caviart Reagan won for the fourth time this semester, sending his 2019 earnings to $29,790. As second choice, Caviart Reagan paid $6.20.

Ingraham also won with Hairway To Heaven ($13.80) to a sharp win in 1:56.1 in the fourth race pentafecta for owner-trainer Stacey Laviolette.

Chalk players did get revenge of sorts in the Super Hi-5 finale as the favored Jimi Wind Ricks, driven by Wally Hennessey, edged out second choice Sea Rocky Roll (Joe Sanzeri setting up a 20 cent Super Hi-5 payoff of $38.35. With a carryover of $127,000 going in, the final pool total was well over $300,000 with over 8,700 tickets on the winning combination.

Wally Hennessey, with a pair of wins on the closing program, led all drivers with 359 wins and wound up with a UDRS (batting average) over .500, starting in over 900 races this season.

During the final program, Racing Secretary Joe Frasier, along with FSBOA President Dein Spriggs, presented checks to the incentive award winners in four categories with Gaston Lareau taking top honors in the 12+ category with 59 wins, earning $25,000 in the program sponsored by the Isle and the FSBOA. John MacDonald received $16,000 as winner in the 6-11 category. Dan Hennessey received $8,000 in taking top honors in the 2 to 5 class while Marie Schaefer was the beneficiary in the "single" stable category.

Peri-mutuel racing continues in early November with Florida bred stakes events scheduled as non-wagering events in October.

by John Berry for Pompano Park




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