Pompano Beach, FL --- Up Tempo captured the $13,100 final of the Battleground Late Closer for claiming trotters at Pompano Park on Sunday night (Dec. 1) by conquering eight rivals and a sloppy racetrack pelted by several hours of rain.
Owned by Maryann Plano and driven by her husband Rick, the 8-year-old altered son of Boy Band caught some live cover going around turn two, was blind-switched going into the final bend and only found room along the pylons in deep stretch to secure a photo finish victory -- the official margin being a head.
Muscles To Spare (Billy Muggleston) finished second after forging to the lead at the third station with Mailman Bob (Matt Romano) just a neck off the winner at the end of the 1:57.4 mile. Browner Shuttle, the even money favorite, finished fourth while Senator Hall picked up the final award in the field of nine.
Hope Reins Supreme (Fern Paquet, Jr.) won an early battle for the lead, stuffing Senator Hall (Wally Hennessey) in the pocket past the quick :27.4 opener. Muscles To Spare was away in good order from his rail post and pulled going into the second turn and began his grind toward the leader, giving Up Tempo some live cover halfway through the mile in :57.3.
As Muscles To Spare pulled on even terms with Hope Reins Supreme, Up Tempo was in pursuit but blind-switched as Mailman Bob made a double bubble move into the far turn and past three-quarters in 1:27.4.
They were stacked three across the track turning for home with Up Tempo still searching for some room and the patient Plano found it a sixteenth out to secure the close victory on the inside.
In a post race interview, Plano said, "With the track a couple of seconds off, it probably was a good place to be -- out in the two or three path with the track draining in, but, when I got blind-switched, I had to go somewhere and it just happened to be inside instead of outside. The trotter did this all on his own tonight, I never touched him in the lane one single time."
For Up Tempo, it was his sixth win of the year in 25 starts and 32nd success lifetime, sending his career bounty just a shade under $280,000. As the 3-1 second choice, Up Tempo paid $8.00 to win.
In the $10,000 Open for fillies and mares, the 3-year-old Woman Of Terror, catch-driven by Ed Hensley, made a bold rush from dead last in her octet halfway through the mile, swept to the lead around the final turn and went on to score a victory measuring 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2 as the 7-2 third choice on the tote.
Loretta (Ricky Macomber, Jr.), the longest proposition on the board at 24-1, finished second while Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) completed the trifecta. Love You Bye was fourth and Kayla's Dream picked up the final marble.
Love You Bye and Godiva Seelster battled for supremacy early with Love You Bye taking command at the :27.4 quarter and continuing to lead through fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4.
At that point, Woman Of Terror was on her speed binge and had control of things turning for home with no worries thereafter.
Woman Of Terror has won all three of her Pompano starts this fall with this victory being the first in this top company. This daughter of Western Terror, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Steve Elliott, earned her sixth win of the year in 16 starts to send her bankroll in 2013 to $52,624. Woman Of Terror paid $9.60 to win and keyed a superfecta paying $938.08 for a dime.