Pompano Beach, FL---Mc Trade Enterprises' Andover America, driven by Bruce Ranger, reached yet another milestone in his illustrious career by winning Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot Wednesday night (Feb. 13) in 1:54.1, vaulting his lifetime earnings over the $750,000 bar.
The 9-year-old altered son of Andover Hall used the rail to perfection, tussling briefly with House Money, Mymomsablizzard and She's All In leaving the gate before yielding and then making a quarter move (27.3) to the top and carding subsequent panels of 56.3 and 1:24.1 en route to a handy win measuring three lengths.
|Dee Leftwich Photo|
|Andover America now has $752,740 in career earnings.|
Dutchess Seelster, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., gave chase on the backside from fifth and reached second around the final turn, but could improve no further to again finish as the bridesmaid while Jolenes Pinehonker, last early on, trotted his final three-quarters in 1:24.4 for Mark O'Mara to garner third, edging out Tug River Dylan and House Money--the latter two picking up the minor awards in the field of seven.
For Andover America, it was his 52nd lifetime success--second this year in six starts--to send his career earnings to $752,740.
As the 1-2 choice on the toteboard, Andover America paid $3.00 to win.
The Open 2 Trot went to Photo King, handled by Jason Dillander for owner-trainer Luca Derrico.
The 7-year-old gelded son of S J's Photo, stepping up in company for the third straight week, swept up widest of all in the stretch to pin a one-length defeat on My Revenuer (Bruce Ranger) with Lugar (Kevin Wallis) third after rallying late in the mile. Thekeptman, who took command shortly after the opening panel, finished fourth while Blushing Hanover, the early leader, picked up the nickel in the octet of trotters.
Photo King's win--his third this year and 20th lifetime--sent his career earnings to $246,811.
Third choice in the public's eye at 7-2, Photo King paid $9.60 to win.