Seeing Eye Single captures Pompano Open

Pompano beach, FL — Seeing Eye Single, making his first start after a two month vacation, blasted home with a :27.1 final quarter to take top honors in Pompano Park’s $14,200 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (Jan. 2) in 1:50.1.

Seeing Eye Single, driven by David Miller, came back after a two month vacation to win Pompano Park’s top pace on Sunday night. Jessica Hallett photo.

The 7-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, with David Miller in the bike, was a relaxed fourth in the early stages as the even-money favorite Actor Hanover (Kevin Wallis) zipped through panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.1. Seeing Eye Single worked his way out around the final bend and exploded with pace in the lane to score the half-length triumph. Alluneedisfaith N (Braxten Boyd) was third, followed by Maxdaddy Blue Chip and When You Dance.

David Miller was actually surprised at Seeing Eye Single’s performance.

“He surprised the heck out of me. You know, he trained back nicely and he qualified super after his couple of months of freshening up, but given who he was in with tonight, I didn’t think that he could win or go that much of a mile.

“I hardly chirped to him around that final turn and he did this all on his own. He was really flying late, as you saw.”

Trained by Devan Miller for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable, the classy pacer sent his lifetime earnings to $533,332 with his 26th career win. Off as second choice at 9-5, Seeing Eye Single paid $5.60 to win.

The $12,600 Open II Pace went to Prairie Panther, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin.

The 8-year-old altered son of Royel Millennium, off the wicked early pace as “musical chairs” was in progress through hot fractions of :26.3 and 54.3, went on the prowl with 7/16ths to go and wore down his foes in the final strides to hit the wire in 1:50.3. Agedchedar Hanover was second with Real Peace next. Peter Dalt was fourth while Scootnroll, last halfway through, finished fifth.

When the wings folded, Agedchedar Hanover left with alacrity with Real Peace protecting the rail and My House searching for the lead. At the opening station, My House had a short lead but was rank and racing wide, allowing Agedchedar Hanover to regain the top spot, but not for long.

Three-eighths in, Real Peace surged to the front and led the field through three-quarters in 1:22.2. Turning for home, Real Peace was fighting with Prairie Panther gnawing away, but racing in the three or four path as Agedchedar Hanover found a seam as these three battled to the line. Prairie Panther’s win measured a half-length over Agedchedar Hanover with Real Peace another neck back.

The win was number 48 in Prairie Panther’s storied career, vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $469,300. Off as fourth choice at 5-1, Prairie Panther paid $12.80 to his faithful.

The $11,000 Open III Pace went to Warrawee Veloce for David Miller. Owned and trained by Ivar Hyngstrom, the 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere got picture perfect handling in the garden spot to roll by a stubborn Hot Art (Rick Plano) to win in 1:50.4. Art Scene (Hennessey), closing fastest of all, finished third while Bay Meadows and Panocchio followed in the field of six.

The win was number nine for Warrawee Veloce and the time was a new lifetime mark. At 6-5 on the toteboard, the winner paid $4.60.

Also of note, driver Andy Santeramo, making his first start after shoulder surgery several months ago, reached the winner’s circle with Dustin Ingraham’s Movie Star, scoring as the longest price on the board (27-1), keying a $1,249.30 Pick-5 payoff for 50 cents.

Racing continues on Monday with a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 featuring an industry low 12 percent takeout and a carryover in the track’s Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.

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