Dillander's Indy-Florida commute still paying off
July 09, 2011
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He was less than 48 hours removed from winning the $24,000 Mares Open at Indiana's Hoosier Park on Thursday evening with Ultimate Velocity, but it was business as usual for the long-distance road warrior catch-driver Jason Dillander on Saturday night at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Building on his first campaign at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing, Dillander continued his race bike duty pattern of the past two months for long distance commuting from Indiana to Florida. The former Chicago circuit regular brought home three winners on the Saturday night card at Pompano.
Dillander was again hired to pilot Rockincam in the $14,000 weekly top class feature. Racing from off the pace this time out, the 4-year-old Cambest-Migraine son rocketed to the front nearing the :56 half and stepped away from the field to stop the clock in 1:50.4 over Four Starz Bling with Wally Hennessey in tow and Sugar's Pride, driven by Walter Ross Jr. It was the second straight week of domination in the event for Rockincam, trained by Warren Harp for Stephen Farrell of Ocala, FL.
Dillander completed his hat trick in short order thereafter with 3-year-old gelding Scirocco Andy in a $5,000 purse conditioned test and with Prince Rocco in a $6,100 purse conditioned trot. The $11,000 purse top trot went to Keystone Thomas in rein to Stephane Bardier in 1:55.1 and the other winners-over pacing co-feature went to Paper Luck in 1:53.4 with Richie Simard in the bike for a 19-1 upset. (the Isle Pompano Park)