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Field set for the Isle of Capri Series Final
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - by Seven Wolf, senior director of marketing and communications, Pompano Park

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Pompano Beach, FL --- Luckyisasluckydoes was the lone repeat winner at Pompano Park ON Saturday in the second round of the $300,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series, and the longshots Thunder Bay and Dee Magic Man won the other two divisions.

Luckyisasluckydoes (Lap Time Photo)
 Luckeyisasluckydoes and driver Bruce Ranger do it again with a 1:513 victory in the second round of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series Saturday at Pompano Park
After his two impressive wins in the series, Luckyisasluckydoes is now the favorite to win the $160,000 Isle of Capri Series Final next Saturday. Also on the card will be the $80,000 Mack Lobell Trotting Series Final and the $50,000 Red Bow Tie Invitational pace for Florida-breds.

The ninth race, third division of the Isle of Capri saw a classic battle begin early when Hipeka A (George Napolitano, Jr.) literally pushed the starting gate when the word “Go” was given and shot to the early lead. Luckyisasluckydoes and driver Bruce Ranger, moved from the rail into second place.

But by the opening quarter mile, timed in :274, Ranger moved out with Luckyisasluckydoes and reclaimed the lead -- for good. They went to the half-mile in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:242 while He Wants It All (Tony Morgan) ground it out first-over and Image Of Dawn (Wally Hennessey) grabbed cover while racing second-over.

But no one could catch up to Luckyisasluckydoes ($4.20, $2.40, $2.10) and he went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:513. Hipeka A ($3.00, $2.20) finished second and He Wants It All ($2.10) finished third.

Owned by John Fodera, Clifford Siegel, and Herbert Siegel of New York, Luckyisasluckydoes, a 5-year-old gelding by Camluck, posted his second straight win and his third victory of the year for trainer Mark Harder.

“I just hope he (Luckyisasluckydoes) stays healthy for the final next week,” Ranger said. “This horse has such great ability, either on or off the pace.”

Thunder Bay (Lap Time Photo)
Thunder Bay (3) just holds off Corporate Rrraider (5) to win by a neck in the first division of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series at Pompano Park Saturday in 1:53
Thunder Bay, an 11-1 longshot, upset the field when he won the $25,000, fifth race, first division of the Isle of Capri Series and paid $25.40, $8.40, and $6.20. Trained and driven by Michael MacDonald, Thunder Bay won by a neck over Corporate Rrraider ($4.60, $5.40) and General Mattarthur ($7.60) in 1:53.

It was the second win this year for Thunder Bay, a 7-year-old gelding by Presidential Ball owned by Martin Scharf of Lawrence, N.Y.

The race started and Corporate Rrraider (Peter Wrenn) shot to an early lead from post position five and The Globe, the race favorite, and driver Wally Hennessey grabbed the two hole spot after they left from the rail. But after the opening quarter-mile, reached in :273, Hennessey quarter-moved with The Globe and took command of the race.

The Globe then led to the half-mile in :554, but at the three-quarters, reached in 1:241, The Globe began to fade and Thunder Bay and Michael MacDonald came out from third and flushed Wrenn and Corporate Rrraider to provide first-over cover.

It was then a two horse race to the finish and Thunder Bay edged Corporate Rrraider at the wire. The Globe finished a distant seventh and was later reported to have a respiratory problem.

“He’s just a very, very good old horse,” MacDonald said of Thunder Bay. “I hope we can do this well next week in the final.”

“I’m not sure what happened with him,” Hennessey said of The Globe. “He started off the race well and then just about shut down by the three-quarters. I really hope he will be okay if he makes it to the final next week.”

Dee Magic Man (Lap Time Photo_

Lap Time Photos

Dee Magic Man (6) fends off Fox Valley Devious (7) in winning a second round division of the Isle of Capri Pace Saturday at Pompano Park in 1:533

The seventh race, second division of the Isle Of Capri Series saw another upset take place when Dee Magic Man ($17.60, $8.00, $5.00) and driver Richard Macomber, Jr. held-off a tenacious Fox Valley Devious ($6.60, $5.20) and won win by three-quarters of a length in 1:533.

Little I Do N (David Ingraham) scooted to an early lead after leaving from the rail and got to the opening quarter-mile in :271. Quality Of Life, the 6-5 favorite for driver Bruce Ranger, then ground his way to the front, but was challenged immediately by Fox Valley Devious and driver Tony Morgan, who were three-wide at the quarter pole.

Morgan was able to get Fox Valley Devious to the front after the half-mile pole was reached in :553, but they were then pressured on the backstretch by Dee Magic Man. Passing the three-quarter mile mark in 1:243, Quality Of Life called it quits and Dee Magic Man put pressure on Fox Valley Devious as they raced down the stretch, and just pulled away and earned the victory after a neck-and-neck battle. Glors Boy ($10.80) was able to close and finished third for driver Mickey McNichol.

“The early speed helped my horse a lot,” said Macomber of Dee Magic Man. “I had to use him hard the last half-mile, and that horse of Tony Morgan’s kept digging-in but we finally took him at the finish.”

Trained by Joe Wojtowicz and owned by Anthony Amante, Christine Garrity and Carol and Joe Wojtowicz of Florida, it was the first win in just two starts this year for Dee Magic Man, a 5-year-old gelding by Magical Mike. Last week Dee Magic Man was third in the opening round of Isle of Capri.

The starters in the $160,000 Isle of Capri Final, to be raced on Saturday, February 28, have been determined; the post position draw will take place this coming Wednesday morning, along with those for the the Mack Lobell Trot Final and the Red Bow Tie Invitational Pace for Florida-breds. The Globe and Fox Valley Devious are tied with 25 points and must draw to see who will get in the final and who will become also eligible number one in the event of a scratch. He Wants It All will be the second also eligible horse.

The following horses will race in the final: Luckyisasluckydoes; Hipeka A; Dee Magic Man; Thunder Bay; Quality Of Life; Corporate Rrraider; Image Of Dawn; Little I Do N; The Globe; and Fox Valley Devious.

Driver Tony Morgan, who made his Pompano Park debut on Saturday, hopes to be back if either Fox Valley Devious or He Wants It All makes it to the Isle Final.

Morgan ended the night with one win, three second place finishes, and one third place finish in his nine drives on the program.


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