Sooo Handsome is sooo sharp in Pompano win
April 11, 2017
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Sooo Handsome, getting a picture perfect, confident drive by breeder, owner, trainer Rick Plano, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday, stopping the timer in a career equaling best of 1:54.1.
The 4-year-old altered son of Cash Hall, leaving from the coveted five post, sprinted a bit when the gate sprung open and settled in the garden spot back of Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, as the latter clocked panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:24.4. Turning for home, Sooo Handsome vacated his cozy pocket and went on to score a victory measuring 4 ¼ lengths over Tater Twister. My Revenuer, with Bryce Fenn in bike, finished third, eight lengths away, while Boli, unable to find a decent spot early, skimmed the pylons in the lane and finished fourth.
In a post-race interview, driver Plano said, "I had the perfect post (5) to leave out of there as two of the other three speed horses were outside of me, so I thought that Mike's (Simon) horse would be on the bit from the (post) three early as he always is. Of course, you never know what is going to happen when the gate opens but, tonight, things worked out as I had hoped.
"The fractions were pretty solid and, when we straightened away in the lane, I chirped at him once and he did the rest. He's gotten to be a pretty reliable performer lately and I'm especially proud of him as I bred the mare, Simply Royal, to Cash Hall and the result was this horse, Cash Hall."
So Handsome pushed his 2017 scorecard to 4-5-1 in 14 starts, good for bounty totaling $33,200, more than he earned all of last season in 23 starts ($31,180).
As the 3-2 favorite, Sooo Handsome paid $5 to win.
The $8,000 Open 2 Cliff Dvorkin Happy Birthday Trot went to Commentary, driven by Mike Simons, in gate-to-wire fashion, in 1:55.2.
The 5-year-old son of Conway Hall led at every junction, carding panels of :28.2, :56.2 and 1:25.2 before strolling home in :30 to hold off the late charging McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet Jr.).
Serendipitious (Wally Hennessey) finished third while She's All In was fourth. Genius At Work picked up the final award in the septet.
Trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile, Commentary won for the second time this semester in eight starts and now has earnings for the year of $12,765.
Lifetime, Commentary now owns 11 wins in 66 starts with his earnings vaulting to $145,065.
As the 2-1 second choice, Commentary paid $6 to win and closed out a 50-cent Pick-6 sequence returning $6,778.15 to three fortunate ticket holders.
Also on Monday night, the Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action and Joe Pennacchio, warming up for next month's Italian-American Amateur competition in Italy, drove his own Zorgwijk Impact to a photo finish victory in 1:58.4.
It was the first win of the season for the 12-year-old gelded son of Armbro Ricochet and 51st of his career measuring 314 starts, sending his lifetime bankroll to $385,991.
Trained by Jim McDonald, Zorgwijk Impact was sixth choice on the toteboard and rewarded his backers with a mutual of $20. (Pompano Park)