The first race of the Monday evening (April 2) program at Pompano featured 3 year olds making their first lifetime starts, but none of them came up a winner in the maiden trot event.
Cutting the mile was Occupy Wall Street, in rein to Jan Johnson. The Muscles Yankee-My Girl Hall filly was a $35,000 yearling item at Harrisburg in 2010, and she was caught at the wire by double-digit longshot Sleigh Bells Ring, driven by Richie Simard. Thening win time was 2:01 for the 4-year-old daughter of Famously-Celebrity Descent trained by Mark Friedman for owner Victoria Friedman of Boca Raton, FL.
Finishing fifth in the same event was Mississippi Beauty with Walter Ross Jr. behind the 3-year-old filly for Willow Oak Ranch of Rogersville, TN. The most anticipated starter in the race, The Aviator, went offstride in his lifetime racing debut and finished eighth. The Aviator is owned by SSG Stables of of North Boston, NY and the 3-year-old Striking Sahbra-Ten Queens gelding was hammered down for $100,000 as hip 371 at the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale.
The Isle Mile 1 Mares Handicap Pace was the top event on the Monday evening program for an $8,000 purse at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Princessofdarkness, in rein to Pompano's hottest driver of the past two months, Dan Clements, dominated from the front end in 1:53.1 over Eyewitness Account, with Wally Hennessey up, and Miss Sparta, driven by Gaston Lareau.
Jim Mattison trains the 5-year-old daughter of The Panderson-Mattintosh for Leola and Gil Pochesci of Leominster, ME and co-owner Vicki Mattison of Pompano Beach. It was the first win in three starts this year for Princessofdarkness, now a career winner of $149,395.
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