Pompano Beach, FL --- Cartoonist, given a "picture perfect" drive by Kevin Wallis, easily took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night.
Dee Leftwich photo Cartoonist, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in Pompano Park's top pace on Saturday night in 1:53.
It was the fourth win in 14 starts for Cartoonist, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $25,560, just a shade below what he earned the entire full season of 2013.
In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Since the five post is so advantageous here, I thought it would be good to use this horse's good gate speed and try and control the pace. We got a nice breather during the second quarter so I felt rather comfortable he could carry his speed the rest of the way...and he did."
Indeed, the :55.2 final half-mile sealed the deal for the S S G Stables of North Boston, N.Y.
Trainer Jim McDonald added, "He's developed into a very solid racehorse over time and he sure is reliable for a :27 and a piece final quarter. He's very consistent and I am hoping the best is yet to come."
In somewhat of a betting oddity, the order of finish was exactly as the public predicted with the winner, off at 1-2, returning $3.00, the 7-2 second choice finishing second, followed by Neptune Blue Chip (6-1), McGreat (8.50-1) and Shamderock (8.90-1).