10YO MT Ur Pockets kicks off season with win
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At Pompano Park, it’s the "Over-The-Hill Gang" event for trotters eight years-old and up that has become a very popular event here in South Florida.
On Tuesday night, the sixth edition of the "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot was contested with a full field of nine and, the only mare in the field, M T Ur Pockets, started her 10 year-old campaign with a gutsy win over her male counterparts, stopping the timer in 1:56.
Trainer Mike Simons, part owner of the grand mare with Albert Abdala III, was in the bike for the 1 ½ length score over the nine year-old Undercover Bro, handled by Tom Jackson.
Ramzan, the "youngster" in the field at eight years-old, rallied for third, 2 ½ lengths away while Lexis D J finished fourth. R G Rocket overcame the outside nine post to pick up the nickel.
The daughter of Hard Rock N Roll, beginning from post two, was away in good order third as Benns Score Keeper and Adenium played musical chairs through opening fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 with Undercover Bro, fourth early on, on the attack past that half way point with M T Ur Pockets catching the live cover.
With a picked up three-quarters in 1:26, Undercover Bro stuck his nose in front but was immediately confronted by M T Ur Pockets, using a :29.4 finale to score the win—her 34th career triumph.
In a post-race interview, Simons compared his 10 year-old mare with a good bottle wine saying, "she just seems to get better with age.
"She just loves what she does and can brush with the good ones. She’s just a tough mare that loves when she has room to roam on the racetrack!"
Coming off her best season on the track in 2016 with earnings of $50,013, M T Ur Pockets now has career bounty totaling $233,625.
As the 3 to 1 third choice in the wagering, M T Ur Pockets paid $8.80 to win.
Racing continues on Wednesday night with a quintet of mares going post-ward in the $11,000 Open.
OK Heavenly, who has been knocking hooves with Godiva Seelster and Safe From Terror—both absent this week—has been installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite with Kevin Wallis down to drive. Metro Glide, Arodasi, Miss Mady and Drea’s Good Powow complete the talented field.
There is also a carryover of $1,200 in the track’s Pick-6, covering races 3 through 8. Post time is 7:20 p.m. (Pompano Park)