The first race at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Tuesday evening featured an appearance by the highest priced horse to step on the track so far in 2012 - but he did not come up a winner.
The maiden pace event turned into a head to head match up of a $45,000 yearling, The Dragon, against a rival that was haltered for $82,000, Bet On The Law. In the end, it was The Dragon prevailing in a front end effort with Rick Schaut in the bike in 1:54.4. The Dragon Again-Dream Of Mimi three year old colt is trained by Elizabeth Schaut for SSG Stables of North Boston, NY. Originally named Aha Moment, The Dragon was sold as hip 120 at Lexington in 2010. Bet On The Law, a three year old Bettor's Delight-Outlawed Beauty gelding, was brought out of the pocket early on the final turn by Joe Pavia Jr. but lost all chance when making a break turning into the stretch in his lifetime racing debut.
In spite of the setback, Bet On The Law currently holds the distinction as the most expensive horse to race to Pompano this year as the returning three year olds for 2012 start to make their way back to the races at the South Florida plant. At $82,000, Bet On The Law edges out a pair of former claimers as the most expensive horse to race at Pompano so far this year. Blue Boy, owned by Ian Fromowitz of Richmond Hill, ON (a $75,000 claim at Yonkers in 2010) and Big Bam Ray owned by Rene Allard (in an optional $80,000 claimer on the Toronto circuit in 2010) had been the highest priced racing stock at Pompano this year before the Feburary 7 appearance by Bet On The Law.