Prairie Jaguar's 1:50 win sets Pompano record
December 28, 2014
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The "dare" was "catch me if you can!" They didn't! Prairie Jaguar capped off an unbelievable 2014 season on Saturday night with a powerful win in 1:50 for driver Peter Wrenn. The 6-year-old son of Spy Hard, owned by Laurie Lee Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, virtually wired the competition Saturday night (Dec. 27), scoring his sixth victory at Pompano Park in 1:50 or faster--the most of any horse in the track's history.
This was textbook. Leaving from post four in his septet, Prairie Jaguar rocketed out of the gate and, after a brief tussle with Fancyfreesharp (Bruce Ranger) and his stablemate E Z Noah (Aaron Byron), won the battle to the opening quarter timed in :26.1. The pace hardly softened during the next two markers with the "Jaguar" at the half in :53.4 and three-quarters in 1:21 with E Z Noah second and Fancyfreeshark next.
Though That'll Be The Rei (Mike Micallef) tried to apply some pressure the final three-eighths of a mile brushing from fourth, his valiant effort fell a length-and-a-half short when the final time of 1:50 popped up on the board. Fancyfreeshark did finish third while Cadillac Phil wound up fourth. Northern Companion managed to pick up the final check.
In a post race interview, Wrenn said, "they say the jaguar is one of the fastest animals on earth. This "Jaguar" proved that tonight. He was absolutely awesome tonight. He was all-to-willing leaving the gate and showed the determination of a great horse when the competition started to close in. He did it all by his lonesome tonight...I was just a passenger."
The win was the 11th of the year in a busy season covering 37 starts pushing his yearly bounty to $106,105--his most successful season ever.
As the 5 to 2 third choice to That'll Be The Rei (2.10 to 1) and the Fancyfreeshark-E Z Noah entry (2.20 to 1) in the betting, Prairie Jaguar paid $7.40 to his many $2 followers.
Racing continues at Pompano Park Sunday night with a $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 with that guarantee ballooning to $10,000 for the Monday and Tuesday programs. (By John Berry for Pompano Park)
Also, the Super Hi-5 went unscathed again on Saturday night and now sports a carry forward of well over $12,000 going into the Sunday night program.
Post time is 7:30 p.m.