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Ranger doubles up in Pompano features

March 22, 2009

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Driver Bruce Ranger was able to capture both feature races at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.


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 Loudonville, N.Y.


Ranger then returned to the winner’s circle in the seventh race $12,000 pace with Cape Karuna ($10.20). Coming from off the pace, Ranger was able to closed with a burst of speed from fourth place at the top of the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53.3.


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)

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