The top event of the Saturday evening, June 16 harness racing program in South Florida was the $8,500 purse Isle Mile Open Handicap Pace. Bruce Ranger guided Neptune Blue Chip through fractions of 27.1, 56.1, and 1:24.2 enroute to a comfortable 1:52.1 victory over the pocket-sitting Bolero Topgun driven by Andy Santeramo.
Northern Companion tried his customary first over brush in the final half and settled for third for driver Robert Hoffman. Jim McDonald trains Neptune Blue Chip, a 4 year old-Ms Pro Steinam gelding, for Ciro Gentile of Boca Raton, FL and Twenty Four Carrot Stable of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In the weekly trotting event for the Florida Amateur Driving Club, Leon Cable executed a 32-1 upset in front end fashion with Whiteland Will in 2:01.1. Cable also owns and trains the 13 year old-Windswept Pleasure gelding who racked up his 40th career win.
Florida Stakes Set To Begin
When racing resumes at Pompano on Wednesday, June 20, the season begins for the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association. The three year old fillies on both gaits will be turning to the gate to kick off The Sunshine State Stakes for purses of just over $6,000.
Through July 28, live harness racing programs turn to the gate at 7:05 p.m. Eastern every Wednesday and Saturday night at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing. Free race night live streaming, handicapping selections by Hall Of Famer John Berry, and much more is available in the 'racing' tab at www.theislepompanopark.com
Neptune Blue Chip