Spilling The Beans captures Pompano Open
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Spilling The Beans, who took a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in Open 3 competition at Pompano Park last week, stepped up a notch to claim the top prize in the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night, leading every step of the mile clocked in 1:52.3.
Handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, the five year-old daughter of Camluck posted panels of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 1 ½ lengths over the late charging Metro Glide, driven by Tony Kerwood. Miss Dollar Mam and John MacDonald teamed up to be third, two lengths away, while the photo finish camera couldn't separate Sue's Night Out and Goldstar Rockette, who tied for fourth in the septet.
After the event, driver Kevin Wallis related, "She was sharp last week and just as sharp this time around, too.
"She was alert leaving and the quick opening quarter probably deterred any other horse from an early move, so I was able to gather her up in the second quarter to give her a slight breather.
"On the backside, she kind of picked up the pace herself when she heard another horse coming (Sue's Night Out) but, once we cut the corner turning for home, she drew clear.
"I did give her a couple of taps mid-stretch to keep her mind on business and she was strong right to the end."
Trained by Dan Morrissey for owner George Robinson, Spilling The Beans won for the third time in only five starts this semester, good for $11,975.
Lifetime, the mare has 15 wins in 68 career starts with her bounty vaulting over the $60,000 plateau--$60,258 to be precise.
As the even money choice on the tote-board, Spilling The Beans returned $4.00 to her multitude of followers.
Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was conquered on Tuesday night, one program before the mandatory payout was scheduled.
One lucky patron had the only 20 cent winning ticket on the 1-2-3-10-9 combination, good for $110,680.24.
Racing continues on Sunday night as the South Florida track moves to a two night per week schedule with next week's schedule featuring programs on Sunday and Tuesday followed by a Sunday and Wednesday schedule for the remainder of the meet, which concludes May 31.
Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.--By John Berry/Pompano Park