Ranger doubles up in Pompano features
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Ranger, 49, started off the evening lead from start to finish with I Can Only Imagine ($2.60) in the first race $16,000 Open Pace. Cutting fractions of :28.1, :56.2 and 1:25, I Can Only Imagine kicked in a final quarter mile in :27.2 to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:52.2.
The pocket-sitting Monet C C (Anthony Napolitano) was second with McRyan Michael (Joe Pavia Jr.) third.
It was the fifth win in 10 starts this year for I Can Only Imagine. The 7-year-old stallion by Cole Muffler is trained by Tom Harmer and is owned by Michael Polansky of
Ranger then returned to the winner’s circle in the seventh race $12,000 pace with
Closing from fifth place to finish second was JJ’s Gazette (Dan Clements) with Star Role (Anthony Napolitano) third. It was the third straight win for Cape Karuna, a 6-year-old gelding by Cape Crusader, trained and co-owned by Peter Blood with Rick Berks and Roger Slobody.
Ranger ended the night with three victories on the program. (Pompano Park)