FSBOA wrapped up the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes tonight with the $28,500 harness racing 2-year-old pacing colt division, won impressively by Goldstar Raider in 1:54f, final quarter :28.1.
Thegelding is bred, owned and trained by Tom Audley and was reined by Mike Micallef. Goldstar Raider executed a strong brush to the front past the half and steadily widened his lead to nearly five lengths at the wire.
ier in the week Cracker Coffee ( ) kept her Florida Bonus hopes alive with a tight 1:55.4f score in the $31,400 edition for 2-year-old filly pacers, scoring by a diminishing head over two other fillies Diamond Amber and Quail. Cracker Coffee is owned by Phillip Peavyhouse, bred by Russell Peavyhouse, trained by Kim Sears and was driven by Wally Hennessey.
The trotters showed their skills on Monday with Matcan winning the $30,000 2-year-old colt trot, as the favorite, in 2:03f for Fred Monteleone Stables and the driver/trainer combination of Bruce Ranger and Stewart Nemiro. The Matchem Hanover colt was bred by Thomas Tallman. The highly competitive 2-year-old trotting fillies battled for $31,400 and produced an upset winner as the Basil filly Pinch Of Thyme scored in 2:02f for Bruce Ranger and trainer Mel Turcotte. This one is owned by Fred Morosini, no stranger to the Florida stakes winners circle, and was bred by Robert Williams Jr. and Amelia Williams.
The survivors of the Florida stakes wars are back at the start next week as the Sale Stakes for 2-year-olds will be contested each racing night, the trotters on Monday and the pacers on Wednesday and Saturday.
Remember November 5th Florida Breeders Super Night and the annual FSBOA Sale on November 6th at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Thomas H. Hicks