A pair of veteran trotters sent out owner and trainer Tracy Brainard overwhelmed the competition on the Wednesday evening, January 26 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
"I knew it was a good night but I didn't even realize both Fancy Shot and Lord Burghley had tied their life's marks until I got back to the winner's circle after the 8th race" Brainard said. "Not all of them in my barn here at Pompano have come into form right now but at least these two trotters have" she added.
Fancy Shot was making his debut for Brainard and the 9 year old Angus Hall-Fancy Fancy Fancy gelding was priced at $20,000. Fancy Shot was a front end winner in 1:54, and five races later Lord Burghley added to the Brainard barn's celebrations with a front end score in 1:54.2 in the weekly $12,000 purse top trot. Lord Burghley, a 10 year old Armbro Invasion-Lady Of Substance gelding held off the pocket sitter P C Moonshine in rein to Anthony Napolitano. Sun Island with David Ingraham followed in for third.
"Fancy Shot I knew quite a bit about, I'd watched him at The Meadowlands and I knew of his quirky history of sometimes pulling himself up. I claimed him last week for $19,000 because I still think he's worth the risk in that price range. Lord Burghley I'd raced in the top class at Saratoga late last year and he doesn't have to be on the front end but Wally (Hennessey) wanted them both out there tonight and I couldn't ask for much more. It's always great to come home to Pompano since I'm originally from near here at DeLeon Springs, Florida. I have to go up to the northern home base at Vernon, New York this weekend to tend to some things and I'm not looking forward to facing winter" Brainard explained. "It'll be tough to leave home here in Florida on March 1st to go up there for most of 2011 but this is proving to be a great winter vacation anyway."
Henry stable hot this week
Although his primary focus at this time of year is getting two and three year olds ready for a Spring return to Ontario, horseman Wayne Henry of Arthur, ON has run the table with all three of his Pompano starters in the last two programs.
On the Tuesday card Henry sent out four year old trotting mare Daylon Mission to victory in the weekly Florida Amateur Driving Club event with Laurie Lee Poulin in the bike. On the same program, he was in the driver's seat himself to team rapidly developing four year old pacing mare Eyewitness Account to victory, her 4th win in 5 starts at the South Florida venue. On the Wednesday evening program, Henry counted another training and driving win with four year old trotting mare Velten Ladolcevita. (Pompano Park)