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Cartoonist gets ‘picture perfect’ drive to win at Pompano
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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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. 

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Cartoonist, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in Pompano Park's top pace on Saturday night in 1:53. 
The 4-year-old gelded son of Modern Art stopped the timer in 1:53 after posting front-end fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:25.4 along the way--his winning margin just short of three lengths over Rick's Sign, driven by Andy Santeramo. Neptune Blue Chip finished third for Bruce Ranger while McGreat and Shamderock completed the quintet. 

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).

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