Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park presented its first $8500 Open Trot of the three-night old fall harness racing meet on Wednesday with Dutchess Seelster prevailing in a mild upset over My Revenuer.
The winning six-year-old mare is owned by John Campagnuolo, who is also an avid amateur driver and was in the sulky for this impressive triumph. Don Glowacki trains Dutchess Seelster, who hadn't raced since late July when she won a $6500 Isle Mile 4 event for the same connections.
Ten Florida Sunshine Stakes races were also contested Wednesday night, seven on the betting program and three presented as non-betting events prior to the regular 7:05 pm post time.
Bruce Ranger, who won a total of five races on the night, captured both divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies. He steered Dessert Princess gate-to-wire in 2:01.4 for owners Carolyn Smiley and John Manges; then used a pocket trip to the head of the lane to triumph with Selena for the DCLD Stable in 2:02.2.
Prairie Lee (Tom Sells) prevailed in the three-year-old filly pace for owners Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters in 1:55.2.
Two-year-old trotting colts took center stage next in two divisions. Sky Crest (Ranger) sat chilly through pedestrian early fractions before assuming command late in the 2:05.2 mile for owner Ahisha Marinakis in the first split. The second section went to Proud Expression in 2:03.4.
Driver Mel Turcotte put the talented freshman squaregaiter on the engine and never looked back, winning for the second straight week by a half-length or less. Turcotte also trains the winner and is co-owner with Victoria Howard and Pete Roccasano.
Two-year-old trotting fillies went postward next in a single division with the Turcotte-Howard-Roccasano stable returning to the winner's circle with Tea Party Express, who also won for the second straight week, this time in 2:04.3.
Owner Tom Lehman guided his own two-year-old pacing filly Dona to a quick 1:56.4 tally in the first of two divisions. DeShawn Minor was the sulky-sitter behind Seven Arias as she extended her Sunshine Stakes win streak to three for owner Laura Newbery.
The final pair of FSS races featured three-year-old trotting colts. Coconspirator (Mickey McNichol) used leisurely early fractions and a strong closing kick to front the first field in 2:06. The second split was won in the same frontstepping fashion by heavily favored Matcan (Ranger) in a much quicker 2:02.2.
Racing resumes at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Saturday night at 7:05 pm.
From Pompano Park Publicity Department