Homeracing

Pompano Park caps weekend harness action

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Ted Black

January 13th, 2020

On the same evening in which the four teams that will advance to the National Football League conference championship games were determined, Pompano Park in southern Florida hosted a competitive card of overnight races that offered harness racing enthusiasts a reprieve from the pigskin menu.

In the opening race on the Sunday card at Pompano Park, Music Is Art (Ken Holliday) easily lived up to his role as the 1-9 favorite in a non-winners of $4,800 last four starts/optional $15,000 claiming event for pacers. A six-year-old Art Major stallion trained by Peter Blood, Music Is Art benefited from a second over journey down the backside then drew clear in the lane to a three-length score in 1:53.1. It was his first win in two starts this year and he now owns a 19-13-7 slate and nearly $250,000 banked from 84 career tries.

Then two races later in the first part of a split, non-winners of $3,775 last four starts/optional $10,000 claiming event, Outkast Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) overcame an extended, first over journey to forge a mild 2-1 upset. A six-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding trained by Jake Huff, Outkast Blue Chip recorded his second win of the New Year and he now owns a 15-10-10 slate and over $240,000 banked from 91 career outings. He won a non-winners of $1,500 last four starts class by five lengths in 1:52.2 one week earlier and now fits the non-winners of $6,500 last four starts class.

Speaking of the non-winners of $6,500 last four starts/optional $20,000 claiming event which immediately followed, Always Glorious (John MacDonald) benefited from a pocket trip through the first three calls behind 4-5 choice McJagersonthemove (Hennessey) then angled out at the head of the lane, surged to command then outlasted the late surge of Doo Wop Hanover (Holliday) to score by a length in 1:52.1.

A five-year-old Always A Virgin gelding trained by Rick Plano, Always Glorious notched his first win in two starts this year and now owns a 9-10-7 slate and over $65,000 banked from 76 career tries. Doo Wop Hanover finished second in his seasonal debut for owner-trainer Peter Blood and the classy eight-year-old now owns a 26-16-19 slate and nearly $865,000 banked from 129 career outings. McJagersonthemove faded in the lane and saw his three-race win streak come to a halt in his first outing for trainer Mario Dessureault.

Two races later in the other half of the split, non-winners of $3,775 last four starts/optional $10,000 claiming class for pacers, Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) benefited from a pocket trip behind even-money choice Fritzie Pic Up Man (Hennessey) through the first three calls then angled out at the head of the lane and overhauled the leader for a length score in 1:53. An eight-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding trained by Mickey McNichol, Dee's Rocketman posted his first win in two starts this year and now owns a 23-24-16 slate and nearly $215,000 banked from 127 career outings.

Then two races later in the featured, $9,500 Open II Handicap for older pacers, Mc Mach (Rick Plano) notched his second win of the New Year when he brushed to command from even-money, co-favorite Panocchio (Hennessey) before the half in 55.3, maintained a clear lead down the backside and by three-quarters in 1:23.3 then edged clear from the co-choice for a two-length score in 1:51.1. A six-year-old Mach Three gelding owned and trained by Plano, Mc Mach easily handled the double class hike for his second straight tally and he now owns an 18-10-11 slate and $185,000 banked from 96 career outings and joined the short list of two-time winners in 2020.
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