"The mood here is a positive one," said Jay Sears, executive director of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. "They've done a lot here to the barn area, the racetrack is all finished, and with the anticipation of the full-card simulcasts, horsemen seem to be coming back."
Racing secretary Mark Lowe said last week that he expects to have 1,000 horses on the grounds come Friday's opening, and will have approximately 1,700 horses by the first of the year.
While the stables of Stanley Dancer, Tom Haughton, Bill Robinson and Continental won't be at Pompano until after the Breeders Crown in October, Lowe said the barns will be filled with several stables that have wintered at the track in the past. Those include Gordon Norris (40 horses), Bill Andrews (25), Terry Kerr and Marc Aubin.