Cruizin K C, leased, trained and driven by Mark O'Mara, paced his final half mile in 54.3, circling the field and "cruizin” to victory in Pompano Park's Open Pace on Saturday night in 1:52.3.
The 5-year-old son of Mach Three scored the win, measuring two lengths over Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) with Village Jackson (Kevin Wallis) third. Avantage and Mcsocks picked up the final two checks in the field limited to seven with the scratch of Bestnotlie Hanover.
It was Oozie's Bad Boy out of the gate quickest before yielding to 6-5 favorite McSocks at the opening panel in :27.3. The latter had relatively soft fractions of :56.4 and 1:25 while on top but felt the heat from, first, Village Jackson around turn three and, then, Cruizin K C, who zipped on by at the top of the lane and the game was over.
For Cruizin K C, it was his second straight win and fourth success in his past five starts pushing his seasonal bankroll to $16,410. The lightly raced gelding—he has only 23 lifetime starts—has won just a smidgen over $40,000 during his blossoming career.
In a post-race interview, O'Mara said: "when we got this horse, he actually had to be de-programmed. When his career started all he knew how to do was go as fast as he could for as long as he could. Finally, he broke down and the vet told us we should give him six months off.
"Dad (veteran horseman Frank O'Mara) took the horse under his care and, in just days, he responded to dad's care and, we did a lot of work with him behind the gate so he'd learn to relax. In just a few weeks, we were off to the races. Now the horse has learned to relax. In fact, that's all he wants to do is relax. He has some motor so, when I give him some racetrack, he revs up his motor on his own and goes.”
In other Saturday night action, Bet On The Law, handled by Joe Pavia Jr., eked out a narrow win in a conditioned event for his second straight win.
The 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, owned by the consortium of Steven Held, Joseph Barbera, AGC Stables and Dijo Racing, withstood a furious late challenge by McGreat, driven by Dave Ingraham, to win by a neck at the end of a mile clocked in 1:51.3. (Pompano)