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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ppk5/8 - Jaavos Boy Surpasses A Quarter of a Million

The weekly edition of the $12,000 purse Open Handicap Trot turned to the gate on the mid-week card with Scorpion Moon sent off as the favorite after last week's impressive tally in 1:54. This week, however, Jaavos Boy turned the tables on Scorpion Moon to convert a pocket trip to victory with Keystone Thomas in rein to Bruce Ranger following in for the place position. The tempo setting Scorpion Moon driven by Joe Pavia Jr. had to settle for third.

On February 8, Jaavos Boy battled twice with Scorpion Moon but could never make the lead. This time out, David Ingraham plugged Jaavos Boy smartly into the pocket in the opening eighth and he stayed there through the fractions of 27.3, 56.4, and 1:25.2. Turning for home, Jaavos Boy vacated his cozy trip position to brush by and freeze the clock in 1:54.2 for his 23rd career win. Barry Probber trains the 6 year old S J's Photo-Hayworth Hanover gelding for the Probber-Morse Stable of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The trotter's lifetime earnings now stand at $253,923.

The major upset of the mid-week program was executed by trainer-driver Gaston Lareau, as he kept LM Dash For Cash well back of a fast tempo in the $6,000 claiming set by Foreign Soil in rein to Wally Hennessey. The 4 year old Million Dollar Cam-Tenteen pacer was changed from a kan't see back to a blind bridle and dropped from the $7,500 pricetag level for this test, and he easily cruised by Foreign Soil in the stretch to earn a life's mark of 1:54.4 for owner Mandy Lareau of Pompano Beach, FL. L M Dash For Cash was off at 28-1 to return $59.60 for a $2 win ticket and lead to yet another big payout in the track's popular Pick-4 wager of more than $2,600.

Gaston Lareau upset the applecart with 28-1 longshot L M Dash For Cash ($59.60 for the $2 win ticket) in the $6,000 claiming pace on Wednesday, February 15 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. (Skip Smith Photo)
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