Pompano Beach, FL — Agedchedar Hanover, getting picture perfect handling from John MacDonald, used a garden journey and a :27.3 kick home to score a well-earned win in Pompano Park’s $14,200 Open Pace on Sunday night (April 10).
The 6-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar squeaked by a game Rebellious (Wally Hennessey) to hit the wire in 1:51.1, a lifetime best clocking. The margin was a half-length with Villiam (Joe Chindano Jr.) just another neck back in third. The slight favorite, Seeing Eye Single, finished fourth while Beach Forecast picked up the nickel in the classy septet.
At the outset, Agedchedar Hanover zipped off the wings into an early lead before yielding to Rebellious at the :27.1 opener. Villiam was away in good order third early with Beach Forecast and Scootnroll following to complete the top five early.
Three-eighths into the mile, both Seeing Eye Single and Scootnroll tilted to the outside, so while the top three remained unchanged halfway through in :55.4, Seeing Eye Single had reached fourth with Scootnroll trying to catch the live cover flow.
On the backside, the pace accelerated and a :27.3 third quarter provided little opportunity for significant gain back of the leading Rebellious with Agedchedar Hanover now itching to leave the coziness of the pocket.
In the lane, while Rebellious was not about to quit the fight, Agedchedar Hanover had the race long benefit of the pocket and squeaked on at the 16th pole.
Said a humble John MacDonald after the race, “I just did the steering and Jim’s (trainer McDonald) horse did the rest. You know, this horse does have some great speed leaving so I was hoping to leave and, hopefully, yield for the trip. That’s exactly what happened. Sometimes your plans work out and sometimes they don’t. Tonight, they worked out. Jim, of course, always has his horses ready to go when they’re put in the box. This one always performs well and tonight was no exception.”
Owned by Dona McDonald, Agedchedar Hanover pushed his 2022 scorecard to 3-3-2 in 13 starts to send his yearly earnings to $35,258 and $178,224 lifetime to go along with his new personal best record. Off as fourth choice at 6-1, Agedchedar Hanover paid $14.40 to win.
Racing continues on Monday night with a trio of carryovers, including a $58,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-5, reflecting a carryover of $8,182. The guaranteed pool represents the 58 years that the track has been in operation since its opening in 1964. There is also a Pick-6 carryover of $4,938.10 and another in the Super Hi-5 finale of $2,885.31. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with the Pick-5 beginning in the first race.