Pompano Beach, FL — Casimir Richie P made his 2019 debut a successful one at Pompano Park on Sunday night (April 14), as the 4-year-old son of Astronomical got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to score in 1:51.2 in the $13,000 Open Pace.
His winning margin was three-parts of a length over the pacesetting American Hustle, driven by Bryce Fenn, who sliced through panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.4 before being out-kicked in the final yards by Casimir Richie P, who was in the garden seat all the way after zooming off the wings at the start before yielding around the opening bend. Century Endeaver, with Cory Braden in the bike, was next after closing quickest of all — :27.1 — once they straightened away for the drive home. Caviart Reagan and Prairie Panther picked up the final two awards in the classy sextet.
In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey lamented, “Doc (Ian) Moore said he’s trained really well coming up to this race, qualified superbly and is ready to be driven aggressively, even though it’s his first start.”
“This wasn’t a case of Bryce’s horse quitting — he was very game — it was just that we had the trip and squeaked on by.”
Dr. Moore co-owns the winner along with Michael Goldberg with the win inflating his career earnings to $118,191 with the victory. Off at 4-5 on the toteboard, Casimir Richie P paid $3.60 to his multitude of faithful.
In other action, Rebellious, known for his ability to turn on the afterburners at the end of his miles, did so in a five-eighths-mile “Dash for the Cash” event, scoring for Jim Meittinis in 1:08.1 after a brave first over journey. This 5-year-old altered son of Mach Three wore down the favored Four Socks (Hennessey) after fractions of :27.2 and :55.2, pacing his final eighth mile in :12.3 to earn the one length victory. Beach Pro (Aaron Byron) finished third over Panocchio and Dinky Dune in the quintet.
Rebellious is trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, and earned his second win of the semester in eight starts to send his 2019 bankroll to $18,600. Lifetime, Rebellious has earnings of $173,441. Off as the second choice at 5-2, Rebellious paid $7.00 to win.
In an oddity of sorts, driver Roy Dinges had a driving double on the card with his first winner, Thundercrest, off at odds of 1-10 and his next winner, Power And Faith, off at 10-1.
Dinges drove the heavily favored Thundercrest ($2.20) to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:59, scoring over Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) and Kegler Hanover (Leon Cable) to earn his third win of the year in 16 starts. Power And Faith ($22.60) went a courageous journey in scoring in 1:58.3, after fighting back the challenge of Smart Flight (Steve Oldford) around the final turn and Stardust Memories (Leon Cable) in deep stretch to earn the nod over the latter. Smart Flight did manage to finish third. Power And Faith is trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard.
Both events were part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club festivities featuring four events.
Security Guard ($11.60) and Fire In My Heart ($2.60) won the other two divisions — both driven by Dein Spriggs, who swept the early Daily Double ($36.80).
The FADC capped off the festivities with donations to “Go For The Green,” an organization empowered by women in their quest to fight breast cancer, and the Hall of Fame and Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. The club has donated well over $200,000 to worthy causes since their inception.
Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover bursting through the $100,000 barrier ($101,403.12 to be precise). Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.