Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2013...Pompano Park was host for the $427,300 F.S.B.O.A. Championship Series for Florida Bred two and three year-olds on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Here is a recap of those events.
TOUGH ISSUE TAKES $50,300 2YO COLT PACE
Tough Issue, driven by, took top honors in the (non-wagering) $50,300 Florida Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a handy victory measuring 3 Â¼ lengths in1:56.3.
Owned by Brenda Komers along and the Verderame Stable and trained by, the gelded son of Tough Sir registered his fifth win of the year in 12 starts by wiring together panels of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.3 before sealing the issue with a final quarter in :28.
Goldstar Kenny P () was second with Warlock ( ), expected to be the chief competition to the winner, third in the trio after making a miscue leaving.
The victory pushed Tough Issue's earnings to $55,745.
SHOWING OFF REDEEMS HIMSELF IN JUVENILE COLT TROT
Showing Off and driverteamed up to win the $51,600 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.3 win in the second of two non-wagering events at Pompano Park.
The son of Wewering, owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with, still hospitalized but recuperating from a training mishap a few weeks back, was away cautiously as Gator On Patrol ( ) carved up early panels of :31 and 1:01.1 with Geronimo Fame ( ) in pursuit. On the backside, Hennessey asked the gelding to roll and roll he did, brushing up from third and using a :29.2 third panel to take command with authority before easily striding home a 2 Â½ length winner of Geronimo Fame. Gator On Patrol did finish third while Midnight Michael picked up the minors in the quartet.
Showing Off now has a 5-3-0 scorecard in 11 starts, good for earnings of $46,382.
After the race, Hennessey said, "...you know, these two year-olds are still learning and haven't become the 'push-button' racehorses yet--you know, he made a break leaving in his last start. So, I let this one settle in early before 'pushing the button' on the backside. He responded great."
MARKIE TAKES $55,200 2YO FILLY TROT
' filly Markie, handled by for trainer , captured the $55,200 Breeders Stake Final by romping home a winner by over Trotting JC Poss ( ) in 2:02.
The daughter of Proud Bushy--3 to 5 on the tote-board--was away gingerly avoiding trouble early as two combatants went off stride leaving. Fifth at the opening :30.2 quarter, Markie was out and going three-eighths into the mile, reaching fourth half way through the mile timed in 1:02.1.
On the backside, Markie surged from five lengths out of it to a commanding lead of 3 Â½ by the third station in 1:31.1. From there, it was a cakewalk as the filly crossed the line 3 Â¼ to the good of Trotting JC Poss with Famous Halle () third.
Blame Bushy recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Goldstar Ginger picked up the nickel in the septet.
For Markie, it was her seventh win of the year in 11 starts and pushed her bounty to $57,700.
She paid $3.20 to win.
TASHIA A PHOTO FINISH WINNER IN $55,400 3YO FILLY PACE
picked up yet another Breeders Stake crown when his free-legged filly Tashia, driven by , eked out a photo finish victory--a literal whisker--over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Don't Spank Me ( ) in the $55,400 Breeders Stakes Final in 1:54.1. Full of Fame ( , Jr.) finished third after making a bold first-over bid around the final turn. Delray Princess and Track Girl pick up the final awards.
The daughter ofwas last in her field after opening fractions of :27.1 and :57 half way through the mile, wended her way into contention on the backside, fanned four wide turning for home after 3/4s in 1:25.3 and just did nail the pacesetting Don't Spank me in the final stride.
After the race, driversaid, ...this filly is as tough a filly as you'll find on the racetrack. After they took the pants (hobbles) off of her, she became a racehorse and I think the difference tonight was Kim (trainer Sears) giving her a qualifying start a week ago just to keep her tight. The other filly (Don't Spank Me) hadn't been out since early in the month and that just may have been the difference."
For Tashia, it was her 11th win of the year, pushing her seasonal bounty to $67,351.
As third choice in the betting pool, Tashia paid $14.20 to win.
TYREE'S TREASURE TAKES 3YO FILLY TROT
The lightly raced Tyree's Treasure, a bridesmaid in her last two outings, finally became the "bride" in winning her $52,800 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies in a lifetime best performance 1:59.3.
The daughter of, off as the 8 to 5 second choice, led every step of her mile for , pinning a 2 Â½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express ( ). Hollys Diamond was third--18 Â¼ lengths away--while Piper Pfeiffer and Sweet Loreley completed the quintet.
"It was a pretty handy win for her this time around," said. "She always has good gate speed but tonight she had a very good kick coming home. Mark (trainer Friedman) did a great job getting her ready for this and a whole bunch of credit goes to him."
Friedman, indeed, made a few rigging changes to the filly to make her more comfortable and she responded bravely late in her mile to insure the win--her eight lifetime in only 13 starts.
She's banked $94,554 lifetime--$39,729 this year for owners the Polo Stable and Hollie Proesel.
Tyree's Treasure paid $5.40 to her $2 backers.
HILLYBILLY CAPTURES 3YO CROWN
Amante Standardbreds' Hillybilly claimed the Breeders Stake crown for three year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a convincing 1:53.4 three length win in the $53,800 final.
The son of, handled by , was sent off as the 3 to 5 public choice and defeated Quincy (Bryce Fenn) with 31 to 1 outsider Jose Lightning ( ) third. Goldstar Thumper finished fourth after cutting panels of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:26.2. Wingull picked up the final award in the field of six.
Hillybilly left alertly, taking a garden seat back of Goldstar Thumper, and left the cozy pocket around the final turn and easily took command at the head of the stretch and drew off in the lane for his ninth win of the year in 22 starts.
After the race, Ranger said, "...he's such a handy horse. He can leave...he can close...he's just a pleasure to handle. Last week, when he made a rare break, he just kind of outpaced himself.
Tonight, he was well within himself all the way.
The victory pushed Hillybilly's lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,434--and enriched his $2 backers to the tune of $3.20.
GOLDSTAR JESSICA TAKES 2YO FINAL
Goldstar Jessica, handled by, proved her maiden win of a week ago was no fluke as she waltzed off with the top prize in the $53,700 Breeders Stake Final for juvenile pacing fillies in 1:56.1.
This daughter ofleft alertly and was away third as Sandalonia ( ) and Voluminous (Mel Turcotte) battled violently through panels of :28.3 and :57.4. On the backside, J D Eleven Bell's ( ) surged from fourth into the lead past 3/4s in 1:27.2. All the while, "Jessica" was searching for room and, at the top of the lane, found some and roared on by on the strength of her :28.2 finale.
Sandalonia gamely held on for second over the late charging Limelight (). J D Eleven Bells ( ). Heather picked up the final award in the field of nine.
Owned and trained by, Goldstar Jessica was the 7 to 5 public choice and returned $4.80 to win. For Mr. Audley, though, the win was worth $26,850 and vaulted the filly's earnings from $14,735 to $41,585.
RAILEE KWIK TAKES 3YO TROT FOR THE COLTS
Railee Kwik, trained byfor owner , got a picture perfect drive from to win the $54,800 Breeders Stake final.
The son of Basil, in the garden spot from the word "go," picked up the pieces after Sky Crest () set hot fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 and held off the late surging Goucher (Bryce Fenn) to win by a neck in 1:59.3. Tim T ( ) was third with Sky Crest fourth. Proud Expression recovered from an early miscue to pick up the final award.
After the race, driver Ranger said, "They were going hot the first part--hotter than normal for these--and I thought I'd better try and get a jump on them turning for home. Bryce's horse (Goucher) was flying late so I had to get into my guy a little bit at the end...but he held on."
The win nearly doubled Railee Kwik's earnings for the year--$28,483 coming in and $55,883 going out.
It was Ranger's third Breeders Stake win of the night.
CRUIZIN K C TAKES OPEN IN 1:50.1.
Mark O'Mara's Cruizin K C earned a hard fought 1:50.1 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night.
The five year-old eked out a narrow decision over Lyon's Johnny () and took a new lifetime mark in the process.
The son ofearned his ninth win of the year and sent his seasonal bounty to $83,933.
Red Hot Yankee was third forwhile Panocchio, who took the lead after a :26.4 quarter and proceeded to put up number of :54 and 1:21.4 finished fourth.
B N Bad picked up the nickel.
Cruizin K C, second choice in the betting, paid $7.40 to win.
by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park