While Modern Mercury and Born To Thrive shared the Wednesday night spotlight with victories in their respective $11,000 Open trotting events, they played ‘second fiddle’ to Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, as one unique ticket had the correct 7-3-5-9-6 combo worth $282,244.66.
Purchased through Xpressbet, the as yet unidentified winner had the 9-2 chance, BJ Lorado, with Andy Santeramo driving, on top with Deepwell (22-1) second, Savin Rock (77-1) third, Deli Craze (5-1) fourth and Juts Like Bud (30-1) fifth.
The even-money favourite, Cowboy Hall, made an early miscue to set things in motion for the record Pompano Park payoff.
Those who may have caught the other exotic offerings in the race were handsomely rewarded, as well, as the trifecta returned $4,615.00, and the 20-cent Superfecta paid $8,239.36.
On the racetrack, the Rob Harmon-trained and John Campagnuolo-owned Modern Mercury ($3.40) scored a repeat win in her race. Driver Wally Hennessey sent the five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover straight to the front and recorded fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before her :29.3 finale sealed the deal in 1:54.4.
Born To Thrive ($3.40), patiently driven by Rick Plano, took the feature for the male counterparts with a very sharp come-from-behind performance in 1:54.2. He trotted his last three quarters in 1:24.4 to score by one and three-quarter lengths over a quick-closing Prairie Fortune (driven by Jim Meittinis). Boli (Wally Hennessey) was next after having carved the panels in :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.1.
Pompano racing will continue on Saturday night with the Miller-Tetrick Pro-Am Challenge, a five-race extravaganza which will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.
Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.
(With files from Pompano Park)