Fans are taking note. Just a few days into the New Year, Pompano Park is set for some exciting races this season. So what’s up? The South Florida track offers a 13-race extravaganza featuring a pair of Open Handicap events.
The home of world-class standardbred racing, Pompano Park had two $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools on Monday night, January 4, covering the first Pick 4, Races 6-9, and the late Pick 4, that featured Races 10-13. Of note, both events featured the lowest takeout in the industry at 12%.
Open Handicap events were on tap, revealing the best pacers and trotters in the region. The Open Handicap Pace kicked off Pick 6 (Races 3-8).
Highlights: an evenly matched million-dollar sextet with Prairie Panther sought to repeat off his win a week ago when he stormed from off the pace to score in 1:51. Mike Deters, co-owner of the seven-year-old son of Royal Millennium (with Laurie Poulin) was driven by Wally Hennessey.
The talent field included Lyons Night Hawk, Bell I No and Seeing Eye Single. They are all winners in the top class. Don’t discount Ideal Feeling and Kinnder Jackson who were waiting in the wings.
A clear standout was Lyons Night Hawk, trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for owner Lon Frocione. He is credited with the second-fastest mile of the meeting—1:49.4—two starts back. As for Bell I No, trained by Tee Wine, the horse has the fastest winning mile of the meeting at 1:49.3, and is running for the Jemaxpo Racing Stable.
All eyes were on the renewal of a budding rivalry at Pompano Park in the Open Handicap Trot as both DGs Cavair and Muscles For Life had been assigned the two outside posts in the star-studded field.
Of note, DGs Caviar owns a four-race winning skein coming into the race for Andy Shetler. He trains and drives for Daniel Graber, the owner. “Caviar” was the 5-2 second choice on the morning line even though he had defeated Muscles For Life handily in their last encounter.
Muscles, trained by Steve Oldford for Jerold Hawks, For Life was listed at 8-5.