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PL Hellcat best in Pompano feature

March 15, 2015

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PL Hellcat, Dan Clements' splendid 4-year-old son of Mach Three, known for his tremendous brushing power, brushed the entire mile on Saturday night in taking top honors in Pompano Park's top pacing feature—the $13,500 Open.
Trained by Renaldo Morales, III, PL Hellcat led at every pole--:27.1, :56.1 and 1:23—in route to a victory measuring a length over the fast closing Raji's Blue Line (Mike Micallef) in 1:51.1.
Neptune (Aaron Byron) finished third while Cadillac Phil, showing early speed before being shuffled on the backside, rallied quickest of all--:27.3—to finish fourth. Heart Felt, prominent throughout the mile, finished fifth in the septet.
After the race, driver Clements said, "I left out of there expecting to get a two-hole journey but it didn't work out that way at all. We got some pretty serious pressure on the backside--:26.4—but he was up to the task. He does have some kinda brush…but, tonight, he brushed the whole mile! He was very good. I am proud of him!”

The lightly raced 4-year-old PL Hellcat now sports a report card of 3-2-0 in six starts and $24,630 for the year. He's banked $124,304 lifetime in only 27 career starts.

Even money on the toteboard, PL Hellcat returned $4.20 to his many faithful followers.
In the $10,000 event for $20,000-$25,000 claiming pacers, Remissionofsins, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., was an impressive virtual gate-to-wire winner, scoring in a lifetime best 1:50.2—this after cutting fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:23.1 along the way.

The 7-year-old son of Final Cheers, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, stretched his winning skein to two after last week's lifetime best effort of 1:50.4.

Actononelasttime, a $4,000 claim less than a month ago and in for $20,000 this night, finished second for Kevin Wallis while Machinest rallied for Jason Dillander to finish third. Zavan was fourth in the mile while JJ's Doughnut, last turning for home, finished fifth and was promptly claimed for the sixth time this year—this time for $25,000.

In a post-race chat, driver Napolitano summed up the journey on Remissionofsins in a succinct manner saying, "He's just very good right now!”

Remissionofsins now shows a consistent 2-5-2 scorecard in 11 starts, good for $26,660 for the season and $133,796 lifetime.

As the overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Remissionofsins paid $2.40 to win.
Also on the card, Pompano Park champion Prairie Jaguar returned to his winning ways with a splendid wire-to-wire win for Peter Wrenn in 1:51.1 in a $10,000 conditioned event for pacers.

The 7-year-old son of Spy Hard cut opening panels of :27 and :55.2 before sprinting through a sizzling third quarter of :26.4 to dispel any threats as the pocket sitting Hillybilly (Bruce Ranger) and Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham), eventually second and third, respectively, in the mile, were not about to gain any ground during that backside binge—the winning margin being two lengths.
Prairie Jaguar now has 22 lifetime wins and $168,827 lifetime.

Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Jaguar is the only horse in Pompano Park history with six wins in 1:50 or faster—his mark being 1:49.

Prairie Jaguar paid $3.20 to win.

In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, Histoire Eternelle, handled by Peter Wrenn, was the winner in a lifetime best mile 1:51.3, significant because the victory enabled track announcer Gabe Prewitt to sweep the card--handicapping all nine winners on top.

The Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Saturday night--the 20 cent consolation of 5-3-4-2-6 paying $85.10--pushing the carryover for Sunday night's card over the $37,500 mark. (Pompano Park)
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