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Aracache Hanover second in Pompano return

March 10, 2012
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Aracache Hanover was the first millionaire pacer to appear in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace since Big Bad John eight weeks ago when the Saturday edition turned to the starting gate at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Although he gave a robust effort from the front end after an assigned post eight outside start, Aracache Hanover was caught in the closing strides and had to settle for the runner-up position in his 2012 racing debut.
 
Bruce Ranger had Aracache Hanover sailing through fractions of :26.3, :55.4, and 1:24.2 and finally put away the first-over move of Drive All Night in rein to Anthony Napolitano by mid-stretch. Lurking in the pocket the whole mile was Forty Carrots, and when just enough open road could be negotiated by driver Wally Hennesseyat the edge of the toteboard Forty Carrots responded with a powerful brush just like last week to take down the top prize. Rick's Sign with Fern Paquet Jr. came through traffic to earn the show position.
 
Forty Carrots has suddenly developed a big reputation for a lethal late brush in South Florida. The Riverboat King-Mathamomics 5-year-old pacer has now won half of his 10 starts this year to increase his lifetime bankroll to $226,570. Forty Carrots races at Pompano from the Kim and Jay Sears stable for owners Richard Clair of Stafford, Va. and Lance Gordon of Clinton, N.Y.
 
In the Open-II Pace for an $8,500 purse, Appley Ever After followed up a 1:51 life's mark of last week in a $10,000 claimer to repeat on the class rise to score in 1:51.2. Anthony Napolitano was in the bike to guide the 5-year-old Allamerican Ingot-Sandy Apple gelding to the front-end tally over the pocket-sitting Red Star Paylater with Dan Clements in tow and Hay Goodlooking driven by Rick Plano.
 
Mike Watson co-owns and trains Appley Ever After, with Richard Noel of Livonia, Mich., holding the other ownership share. It was another Watson-trained starter,Spartan Justice, that won the $7,300 Open III Pace in a life's mark of 1:51.2 with Dan Clements in the bike for owner Michael Kallen of West Bloomfield, Mich.
 
In the $12,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, Best Around survived a :54 opening half to win again in 1:51.1 with Jason Dillander in the bike. Paul Holzman trains Best Around for Joel Benson Stables of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.. Bryan's Ideal, driven by Clements, was second and Nillabomb partnered by Wally Hennessey was third. (Pompano)
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