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Pompano Beach, FL...May 24, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park concluded its 2013-2014 season on Saturday night with a strong 11 race program highlighted by a trio of feature events, including two late closing finals. The first feature was the $8,000 Late Closing Final of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Claiming Trot and that went, in an upset, to the 13 year-old warhorse Speedy Samadhi, driven by John Campagnuolo for owner trainer Earlon Eugley in 1:58.3.. Making his 248 lifetime start, Speedy Samadhi, the rugged son of Pine Chip, off at 14 to 1, somehow found a small seam of opportunity turning for home to slingshot widest of all in the lane to snare victory from Herecopmesthechief (Dein Spriggs) with Whispur (Leon Cable) third in this action packed event. Muscles To Spare recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Pacific Cyclone picked up the nickel in the octet. When the gate sprang open, Now Virginia and Roger Goldstein left alertly for the lead along with VT's Gold Key, handled by Maurice Brooks, Jr. with the latter assuming control at the opening marker in a snappy :27.4 with Speedy Samadhi tucked in third and Peaceful Prince fourth on the outside and grinding forward. Pacific Cyclone was content to hug the pylons around the second turn with an impatient Whispur sent on a double bubble binge halfway through the mile in :58 followed by Herecomesthechief. On the backside, Whispur surged up to take command and opened up some daylight past the third station in 1:28.3 with Herecomesthechief On The Attack with Speedy Samadhi still locked up and looking for that seam of hope. Turning for home, Whispur was all out and couldn't stall Herecomesthechief who surged on by but couldn't hold off Speedy Samadhi who, somehow, shook loose to close widest of all for the win. In a post race interview, driver John Campagnuolo said, "I was very fortunate to wend my way out as the leaders began to tire and Speedy (Samadhi) acted like be was the pebble inside a slingshot and, 'zing,' he was on his way." Driver Dein Spriggs (Herecomesthechief) aded, "I thought I had a chance to hit the wire first but, man, that horse of John's was very impressive tonight. Both Campagnuolo and Spriggs commended the Pompano race office and management for "carding our events on a regular basis so we could continue our mission to help worthwhile charitable causes. The Club has donated in excess of $125,000 from driver's fees on their races. For Speedy Samadhi, it was his 59th lifetime victory with his lifetime earnings vaulting over the $250,000 mark--$251,033 to be precise. As sixth choice among the punters, Speedy Samadhi paid $31.20 to win while the exacta, with the 16 to 1 outsider Herecomesthechief second, paid $493.80. With Whispur third, the 2-7-4 trifecta came back $1,605.20. The $8,000 Late Closing Final for Condition Claiming Fillies and Mares went to the 3 to 5 favorite Goldstar Rockette, handled by Mickey McNichol for owner-trainer Louis Ginesi. The four year-old daughter of Rock On led at every station, carding panels of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before sealing the deal with a :29 finale to stop the timer in 1:55.1. I C U Misty, handled by Dave Ingraham and the longest proposition in the sextet at 19 to 1, finished second, 3 3/4 lengths away while the garden sitting Racin For Gold (Andy Santeramo) finished third. Regal Magic and Foxy Ginger also earned awards. For Goldstar Rockette, the win sent her 2014 scorecard to 5-3-2 in 13 starts, good for $17,824 this year--almost three times the amount she earned last season in 17 starts. She's now banked $27,999 lifetime. She paid $3.20 to win. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Pace, S S G Stables Cartoonist, driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Jim McDonald, ground out a game, first over, photo finish win in 1:52.4, nailing the pacesetting Flight Exec (Kevin Wallis) in the final strides for the victory measuring a neck. Who's Your Maddy (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Rick's Sign picked up the fourth place award. Avantage was fifth in the quintette. For Cartoonist, a consistent four year-old son of Modern Art, it was his fifth win of the year in 18 starts, sending his 2014 bankroll to $36,760, by far his most successful season of his young career. As second choice on the tote-board, Cartoonist paid $8.80 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 21, 2014...Tug River Dylan, handled by Dave Ingraham, wore down pacesetting Illusionsndreams, driven by Andy Santeramo turning for home and went on to score a victory measuring 1 1/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night. Andover America, with Tom Sells handling the lines, rallied in the lane to get up for a dead-heat with Illusionsndreams for second with Lugar and Celebrity Legacy completing the quintette. The victory by the eight year-old son of Cr Commando extended his winner's streak to three for owner-trainer Bob Dutilly and pushed his seasonal bounty to $33,315, just a shade off of "Dylan's" earnings for all of 2013. He's banked $131,771 lifetime. It was Illusionsndreams cutting all of the panels in this one, stopping the timer at :29 for the opener with subsequent panels of :58.1 and 1:27 with Celebrity Legacy in the garden spot half way through the mile and Tug River Dylan next but on the move three-eights out to put pressure on the leader at station number three. In the lane, Tug River forged to the lead with the issue never in doubt from the eighth pole on home. In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "...he's such a handy thing. You can send him...you can rate him...he can brush hard and quickly and Bob (Dutilly) has him very sharp right now. With Sells' horse (Andover America) and Simard's horse (Lugar) not leaving, it left me in a great, close-up spot. Heck, if those two had left, I would have been that much further out of it early, so it worked out great!" As second choice in the betting, Tug River Dylan paid $7.20 to win. Kevin Wallis scored a grand slam on the card, including the $7,500 final of Isle Casino Racing's Late Closing Final for Claiming Pacers with Knight Of My Life. This six year-old son of Life Sign, owned and trained by Linda Wallis, wired his foes on fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before sealing the issue with a :28 second final quarter--his margin of victory two lengths over stablemate Your My Boy Blue, driven by Mickey McNichol. Dynamic Rayzer (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third with Black Magic Racing's duo of Wake and Kennairemachmagic finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the field of six. For Knight of My Life, it was his six win in 14 starts this year, good for earnings of $16,180, this after earning the grand sum of $78 during his five start campaign last year. As the overwhelming 1 to 20 favorite, Knight Of My Life paid $2.10 to win. Wallis' other winners on the program were Take Heart ($4.80) in the $6,000 Open 3 Trot for owner-trainer Linda Wallis, Undercover Bro ($3.80) in the $7,000 Open 2 Trot trainer Gaston Lareau and the JP Houle Stable and Scirocco Sarah ($9.40), who broke her maiden for trainer Peter Blood, who co-owns with Lew Whitaker. by John Berry, for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL...May 17, 2014...Flight Exec, Who's Your Maddy and Nearly Uncle captured the trio of feature events highlighting the Saturday night card at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Flight Exec, driven by Kevin Wallis for owner-trainer-wife Linda Wallis, took honors in the $10,000 Open. This five year-old son of Western Ideal garnered his second straight success in the top company and third win of the year. A strategic quarter move to the top was the key to victory and, after a :28.1 opener, Flight Exec proceeded on to post "soft" fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 en route to a two length win in 1:53.3 over Neptune Blue Chip (Andy Santeramo) and Cartoonist (Dave Ingraham) with Shamderock fourth and Avantage picking up the nickel in the five horse affair. Said Wallis after the event, "Whenever you can get a horse the caliber of Flight Exec on the front end of things to a half in :57, your chances are always pretty decent. Dave's (Ingraham) horse (Cartoonist) was brushing strongly on the backside but, when my horse heard him, he kinda pricked his ears back and put it in another gear. He was sharp tonight." Flight Exec now has three wins in five starts since his return to the racing wars just a month ago and the win pushed his lifetime bounty to $142,395--$17,358 this year in but seven starts. As the overwhelming favorite at 2 to 5, Flight Exec paid $2.80 to win. The $7,500 Open 2 Pace went to Who's Your Maddy, also superbly handled by Kevin Wallis. The five year-old son of Artiscape was away in good order--third in his quintette--but made a sharp move prior to the opening panel and securing the top spot just past that pole in :28.4. After lolly-gagging to the half in :58.4 and strolling even a tad slower than that on the backside, Who's Your Maddy met a strong challenge from Melvyn (Mickey McNichol), brushing from last to take a short lead past the third station in 1:29.1. Turning for home, Who's Your Maddy understandably had tons left in the tank and fought back sprinting home in :27.3--last eighth :13.1--to score the win measuring three-parts of a length over a very game Melvyn with millionaire pacer Hyperion Hanover (Andy Santeramo) third in the mile timed in 1:56.4. Maxine's Menace and Casey's Lil Harry completed the run-down. For Who's Your Maddy, trained by Jim McDonald for Dan MacIsaac and Twenty Four Carrot Racing, it was his third success of the year in 17 starts, sending his 2014 bankroll to $23,925 and $118,319 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 public choice, Who's Your Maddy paid $3.80 to win. The $8,500 Final of the Isle Casino Racing Late Closer for Claiming Trotters went to Nearly Uncle for Mickey McNichol in 1:59. Owned and trained by Ted Berry, Nearly Uncle was the longest proposition on the tote-board in his quartette at 9 to 2 and scored a decisive win measuring 4 3/4 lengths over the late charging Anton K (Dave Ingraham). Miss Janine (Kevin Wallis) was third while Majestic Valley finished fourth. The winner was well off the pace as the even money favorite, Miss Janine, sizzled opening panels of :28 and :56.1 with Majestic Valley, Nearly Uncle and Anton K strung out behind.. On the backside, Miss Janine began to feel the effects of her hard labor and the field began closing in with Majestic Valley leaving the pocked at the third station timed in 1:27.2 with Nearly Uncle double-bubbled and charging. Turning for home, Nearly Uncle swept into the lead with authority and widened the advantage to the wire with Anton K edging past Miss Janine a couple of strides from the line for the second spot. In a post race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "In a four horse field, I really thought that the fractions would be a lot slower, but the :56.1 half kind of played right into my horse's hands--I mean hooves. When the speed came back to us, he just went on by pretty easily." It was only the second win of the year for Nearly Uncle and biggest payday since an Open win at Saratoga in August of 2012. He now has $130,851 lifetime--$9,943 this year. He paid $11.40 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 7, 2014...Andover America, the ultra-game nine year-old Andover Hall gelding, returned from a two month vacation Wednesday night at Pompano Park and promptly took top honors in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Owned by Mc Trade Enterprises and trained by Stewart Nemiro, Andover America was driven by Bruce Ranger and stopped the clock in 1:57 in defeating Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) by a neck. Permanent Joy (Dave Ingraham) was third followed by Lugar and Cathy's Princess, who went off at 1 to 2 on the board on the strength of three straight impressive wins, all wire-to-wire with "1's" at every call during those events.   Indeed, it was Cathy's Princess who left quickest of all from the coveted five post cutting panels of :28, :57 and 1:27.1 with Illusionsndreams in the garden spot and Andover America third.   Around the final turn, Santeramo left the pocket and quickly disposed of Cathy's Princess by the top of the lane with Andover America now in hot pursuit.   These two--Illusionsndreams and Andover America fought tooth and nail to the wire with the latter edging by in the final few strides.   Ranger, himself, was surprised by the win saying, "I really though he needed a tightener coming into the race but he's just a great horse and knows how to win."   Indeed, he does.   The victory was the 53rd in his grand career--third this year--and vaulted his lifetime earnings over the $760,000 mark, currently at $761,540.   Ranger continued, "...some horses have that great quality of knowing how to win. They just have a will...a desire...to win and seem to know where the wire is. He's got a little age on him now but he still maintains that great will to win. It's what champions are made of, I guess!"   The $7,500 Open "2" Trot went to Tug River Dylan, driven by Dave Ingraham.   This eight year-old son of Cr Commando wired his competition in 1:55, carving fractions of :27.4; :56.3 and 1:25 along the way in pinning a 2 1/4 length defeat on Celebrity Legacy (Bruce Ranger) with Northern Inferno (Andy Santeramo) third. Glittering Muscles and Adenium picked up the final two awards in the field of nine.   Owned and trained by Bob Dutilly, Tug River Dylan won for the fourth time this year in 17 starts pushing his seasonal bounty to $23,315. He has banked $121,771 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:53.3 achieved just a few starts back at Pompano Park.   After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "you know, there's this old joke about the driver who asked his trainer if a horse could leave and the trainer said, 'I don't know, I've only had him a couple of years!' Same story here, I looked at the program and decided to try something different and leave with him. He was very strong leaving and kept it up the whole route. It was a great mile for him!"   As thee slight favorite at 7 to 5 on the tote-board, Tug River Dylan paid $4.80 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 30, 2014...Illusionsndreams stepped on Pompano Park's five-eighths mile "field of dreams" on Wednesday night and handily disposed of six rivals in a seasonal best 1:54.3 for driver-trainer Andy Santeramo.   The eight year-old altered son of Kadabra, co-owned by Santeramo along with Steve Maietta, burst out of the gate to an early lead and yielded three-eighths into the mile before reclaiming command three-eighths from home to score by three lengths over the 8 to 5 favorite Celebrity Legacy (Bruce Ranger). Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third with Adenium next and Tug River Dylan picking up the nickel in the septet.   Clocking an opening panel of :27.2, Illusionsndreams seemed a bit headstrong early before allowing Northern Inferno to assume command and take the field half way home in :56. Midway on the backstretch, Santeramo sent his charge out and winging in a second move and, in just a few long strides, took command and opened daylight on the field past 3/4s in 1:25.3. From there it was a cakewalk home as Illusionsndreams was well in hand during the :29 finale, easily holding off the late rallying Celebrity Legacy, who trotted the fastest final quarter in the race--:28.3--but was no threat to the winner.   In a post race interview, Santeramo said, "...last week, we were chewed up pretty good going :26 and a piece from the seven post before we could take the lead and, after that, we didn't have any offense on the backstretch. This time, we had a great post and we were able to get the lead easily. It made a big difference tonight. Illusions felt strong the entire way and when I asked him on the backside, he really responded. He was well within himself to the wire."   For Illusionsndreams, it was his third success of the year--and 25th lifetime--to send his seasonal bank bankroll to $15,245 and $315,467 lifetime.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 26, 2014...Cartoonist, given a "picture perfect" drive by Kevin Wallis, easily took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night. The four year-old gelded son of Modern Art stopped the timer in 1:53 after posting front end fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:25.4 along the way--his winning margin just short of three lengths over Rick's Sign, driven by Andy Santeramo. Neptune Blue Chip finished third for Bruce Ranger while McGreat and Shamderock completed the quintet. It was the fourth win in 14 starts for Cartoonist, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $25,560, just a shade below what he earned the entire full season of 2013. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Since the five post is so advantageous here, I thought it would be good to use this horse's good gate speed and try and control the pace. We got a nice breather during the second quarter so I feelt rather comfortable he could carry his speed the rest of the way...and he did." Indeed, the :55.2 final half mile sealed the deal for the S S G Stables of North Boston, N.Y. Trainer Jim McDonald added, "He's developed into a very solid racehorse over time and he sure is reliable for a :27 and a piece final quarter. He's very consistent and I am hoping the best is yet to come." In somewhat of a betting oddity, the order of finish was exactly as the public predicted with the winner, off at 1 to 2, returning $3.00, the 7 to 2 second choice finishing second, followed by Neptune Blue Chip (6 to 1), McGreat (8.50 to 1) and Shamderock (8.90 to 1). by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 2, 2013...Pure Barre, the only mare in the field, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on New Year's night, kicking off the new year with a splendid 1:54 lifetime equalling best performance.   The six year-old daughter of Classic Photo, handled by Mickey McNichol for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves, took command after a very brief tussle for supremacy early and wired together panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.3 en route to her three length triumph over the late charging Jolenes Pinehonker (Mark O'Mara). Keystone Thomas, prominent throughout the mile, finished third for Joe Pavia, Jr. while Jessesjo and Mr. Web Page earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Favored Andover America, off at 8 to 5 on the board, couldn't overcome the handicap of his outside post and finished sixth.   After a nine win campaign last year and $93,405 in earnings, Pure Barre won for the 16th time in her career, only feeling pressure around the final turn when Jesses Jo and driver Ed Hensley brushed alongside and actually into a narrow lead. That lead, though, was short-lived as Pure Barre fought back to reclaim the top spot at the top of the lane, widening her advantage to the wire.   After the race, McNichol said, "...she's been racing good right along and she won a couple of times recently on the front so I decided I'd try that strategy again...and it worked. I tried to rate her a bit after getting to the top and that second quarter breather of :29 and change really helped her. She's a classy mare and Tom (trainer Gonsalves) always has done a good job with her."   As second choice in the betting, Pure Barre paid $5.80 to win.   The Open 2 Trot went to HP Forte, driven by Mark O'Mara.   The nine year-old son of Muscles Yankee, sent off as the 4 to 5 tote board favorite, had a picture perfect journey, tilting to the far outside from third turning for home and mowing down the pacesetting Blomqvist (Bruce Ranger) to score by two lengths in 1:54.1, a new lifetime best.   Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) was third while She's All In and B C Lulu completed the top five in the field of nine.   Owned by Mel Schmucker along with Paul Johnson and trainer-driver O'Mara, HP Forte won for the 12th time in his career.   He paid $3.80 to win.   The Open 3 Trot went to Dale Gilmour's Adenium with Matt Romano in the sulky.   The eight year-old altered son of Revenue S got a picture perfect journey and just did get by the favorite, I Love New York (Jason Dillander), to score by a neck in 1:55.   Spring Goal (Rick Plano) rallied for third while Gale Warning finished fourth. House Money picked up the nickel in the nine horse field.   Adenium won for the 15th time in his career to send his lifetime bounty close to $150,000 and returned $7.60 to win as second choice on the board.   Finally, in the Open 4 Trot, Steve Stabile's Thekeptman, driven by Andy Santeramo, used a late rally to edge by Surface Tension in the final few strides to score a neck decision in 1:56, a lifetime best performance.   The eight year-old gelded son of S J's Photo, a $53,066 winner last season, kicked off the new year by sending his career earnings to $148,994 with this win, his 12th lifetime.   Blushing Hanover (McNichol) was third in the mile followed by Undercover Bro and Mr McRail.   As second choice in the betting, Thekeptman returned $7.20 to his followers.   Racing resumes Saturday night with a 7:05 post time with the feature race the Open Handicap Pace.   Prairie Jaguar, a 1:49 winner last week, looks to defend his new crown but will have to overcome the handicap of the outside eight post.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...December 12, 2013...Andover America finally reached the winner's circle at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the eight year-old, brushing from fifth halfway through the mile to the lead around the final turn, scored a handy two length win for Bruce Ranger in 1:54 in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot.   Jesses Jo, driven by Ed Hensley, finished second while Keystone Thomas, piloted by Joe Pavia, Jr., wound up third.   She's All In and Pure Barre picked up the final two awards in the field of nine.   The winner, a classy son of Andover Hall, with 48 lifetime wins and $730,240 coming into the action, was unhurried early on as Keystone Thomas took the field to the opener in :28.2, soon to be replaced on the front end by Jesses Jo, who was hard pressed to make the top off of a :27.3 second panel which placed him at the half in :56.   That's when Andover America was sent throttling by Ranger and he took the lead with authority around the final turn and put the field away turning for home.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "You know, a lot depends on how the race goes...whether the pace will be soft or hot, you, know, things like that. Tonight, the pace was very hot, especially that second quarter and, when we hit the backside, I thought, 'now's the time!' He responded very well and that was that. He went a great mile."   Owned by Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover America was the 9 to 5 tote board favorite and returned $5.80 to his $2 backers.   The Open 2 Trot went to Deb Clayton's I'll Tell You What, driven by Dave Ingraham. This eight year-old son of Lockkeeper, also coming in to the action with 48 lifetime victories, went a brave first-over journey to collar pacesetting Blushing Hanover (Kevin Wallis) in deep stretch to win by a half length in 1:55.1. HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) was a fast closing third while Surface, trotting the fastest final panel in the field (:28.3) finished fourth. Dutchess Seelster picked up the nickel in the nine horse field.   I'll Tell You What was third choice on the board and returned $9.20 to win.   The Open 3 Trot went to the vastly improved Sun Island, who used a stout brush on the backside from sixth to surge into the lead around the final turn and score in a lifetime best 1:55. His previous best was 1:55.3 achieved as a three year-old there years back.   Bruce Ranger handled the winner for owner Gene Kirsch to send his lifetime bounty to $145,338--only $9,830 over the past two seasons.   Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) finished second with Thekeptman (Andy Santeramo) third. Pacesetting Gale Warning was fourth while the favorite, Spring Goal, finished fifth.   As fourth choice in the pool, Sun Island paid $10.00 to win.   Kathy Bove of the Paul Bernardo Stables tonight received the October Florida USHWA "Caretaker of the Month" award for her work with the successful two year-old pacing filly J D Eleven Bell's (2f Eleven AM-Cherry Bomb-Cambest). Responding to the tender loving care of Ms. Bove, this filly earned $21,009 in her freshman season, taking a record of 1:57.1f at Pompano Park. The multiple stakes winner posted a 4-2-4 slate in 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Berry Stables and owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr. of Staten Island, NY the Bernardo trainee is one of a handful of US foals of Eleven AM (Falcon Seelster-Imustbedreamin-Royal Command C), a career winner of $513,884 with 34 victories and a record of 4, 1:51f taken in 2006 and equaled the following season. Eleven AM earned over $251,000 as a freshman in 2004. He was exported to Argentina in 2010 and has successful offspring racing at the Buenos Aires standardbred racing venue.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...December 4, 2013...GT Miss Royal captured the $12,500 Final of the Success Cameo Late Closer at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.3.   The 10 year-old daughter of Pilgrims Punch was driven to her half length victory by Jason Dillander, who was in the bike for trainer Fred Cohen and owner Ryan Bellamy.   To Tell The Truth, handled by Rick Plano, finished second while Tip N Go was third for Wally Hennessey. Slickety Split and Foxy Ginger earned the final two awards.   It was Tip N Go that was on the bullet train first and she took the field to the quarter in a sharp :26.4 with To Tell The Truth and Harlem Rockturne, also showing gate speed from post eight, next in line. Plano then made a quarter move to the top and took the field halfway through the mile in :56.1 with Powdered Donut On The Attack and Tip N Go enjoying a garden journey in third.   As they straightened away for the backstretch tour, GT Miss Royal was on the move from fifth but was forced into a three wide move as her cover faltered. To Tell The Truth used her muscle to take the field past 3/4s in 1:24.1 and actually forced GT Miss Royal back towards the inside turning for home.   In mid-stretch, it looked like To Tell The Truth was home free but GT Miss Royal exploded by in the final yards to reach the winner's for the 30th time in her career--but only the third time this year.   After the race, Dillander said, "I thought we were pretty much going for the minors when we turned for home but she got a second wind and blew by late. She gave me a good hint in her last start when she finished second but I really didn't think we were going to catch the leader, especially after that three wide move around the final turn."   GT MIss Royal was second choice in the wagering--narrowly--and paid $11.40 to win.   In the $10,000 Open Trot Pure Barre, handled by Kevin Wallis, took the top honors, hitting the wire in a new lifetime mark of 1:54. The 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Andover America, was second for Bruce Ranger while She's All in and Rick Plano teamed up for show honors. Lugar was fourth in the mile while Illusionsndreams picked up the nickel.   Pure Barre, a five year-old daughter of Classic Photo went up to take the lead past the quick :27 opener and led, virtually, the rest of the way, clocking fractions of :56 and 1:24.3, although she was headed for a few steps past the third station in 1:24.3 by I'll Tell You What, who eventually finished sixth.   After repelling that bid, she actually drew off at the end of the mile, scoring by 1 3/4 lengths. Pure Barre's win was the ninth of the year for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves and sent her 2013 bounty to $90,405.   She paid $11.60 as the third choice on the board.   The Open 2 Trot went to CJ's Rascal, owned by Hauck's Racing Stable.   The six year-old altered son of CJ's Secret, stepped up a notch after a win in Open 3 company a week ago to score in 1:56.1 over HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) and Mr Joe Sixpack (Kevin Wallis). Permanent Joy and Surface Tension rounded out the top five in the field of eight.   CJ's Rascal won for the sixth time this year to send his 2013 bounty to $58,488.   The Open 3 Trot proved to be the first half of a "natural double" for trainer Don Glowacki as thee game seven year-old mare Dutchess Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey, held on for dear life to score a nose decision over B C Lulu and Rock Plano in 1:55. Thekeptman and Andy Santeramo were also in the photograph and only a neck away from the winner's circle.   Owned by John Campagnuolo, Dutchess Seelster won for the 25th time in her career--fifth this year--to send her lifetime earnings to $247,463.   She paid $7.40 to win.   Glowacki completed his feat when Robert Law's Seton Hall, driven by Rick Plano, scored in a lifetime equalling best effort of 1:52.3 for his 54th lifetime win in 340 starts. He's banked $322,408 lifetime.   Seton Hall accomplished his victory despite starting from the nine post in the $4,000 claiming event and paid $41.20 to win.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

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 Bruce Ranger, 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 ¼ lengths in1:56.3. Owned by Brenda Komers along and the Verderame Stable and trained by Mike Deters, 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 (Mickey McNichol) was second with Warlock (Wally Hennessey), 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 driver Wally Hennessey teamed 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 Jay Sears, still hospitalized but recuperating from a training mishap a few weeks back, was away cautiously as Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) carved up early panels of :31 and 1:01.1 with Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) 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 ½ 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 Jay Sears' filly Markie, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears, captured the $55,200 Breeders Stake Final by romping home a winner by over Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo) 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 ½ by the third station in 1:31.1. From there, it was a cakewalk as the filly crossed the line 3 ¼ to the good of Trotting JC Poss with Famous Halle (Bruce Ranger) 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 Jay Sears picked up yet another Breeders Stake crown when his free-legged filly Tashia, driven by Stephane Lareau, eked out a photo finish victory--a literal whisker--over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Don't Spank Me (Bruce Ranger) in the $55,400 Breeders Stakes Final in 1:54.1. Full of Fame (Joe Pavia, 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 of Six Of Diamonds was 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, driver Stephane Lareau said, ...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 Famously, off as the 8 to 5 second choice, led every step of her mile for Bruce Ranger, pinning a 2 ½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express (Rick Plano). Hollys Diamond was third--18 ¼ lengths away--while Piper Pfeiffer and Sweet Loreley completed the quintet. "It was a pretty handy win for her this time around," said Bruce Ranger. "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 N Aboriginal, handled by Bruce Ranger, was sent off as the 3 to 5 public choice and defeated Quincy (Bryce Fenn) with 31 to 1 outsider Jose Lightning (Kevin Wallis) 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 Kevin Wallis, 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 of Rock On left alertly and was away third as Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) and Voluminous (Mel Turcotte) battled violently through panels of :28.3 and :57.4. On the backside, J D Eleven Bell's (Rick Plano) 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 (Ed Hensley). J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano). Heather picked up the final award in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, 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 by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, got a picture perfect drive from Bruce Ranger 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 (Stephane Lareau) 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 (Tom Sells) 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 (Wally Hennessey) and took a new lifetime mark in the process. The son of Mach Three earned his ninth win of the year and sent his seasonal bounty to $83,933. Red Hot Yankee was third for Ed Hensley while 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    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 29, 2013...Pompano Park plays host to F.S.B.O.A.'s Super Night this Saturday night with over $425,000 up for grabs in the eight race championship series. The festivities kick off with two non-betting events beginning with the $50,300 Breeders Stake Final for the two year-old pacing colts and geldings. Tough Issue and Warlock will be among the combatants locking horns in their see-saw battle for supremacy--each having won three bouts in their last six head-to-head confrontations. Owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue is trained by Mike Deters and will have the driving services of Bruce Ranger. Warlock is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay Sears and will have Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey in the bike. The $51,600 Breeders Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings is next with Geronimo Fame and Showing Off among the starters. Geronimo Fame, sporting a 3-1-2 scorecard in eight lifetime starts is owned by Amante Standardbreds and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky. Showing Off, with four wins in his 10 starts is owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears. Wally Hennessey is also expected to drive for trainer Kim Sears. The pari-mutuel program begins with the $55,200 final for two year-old trotting fillies and finds Markie in the favorite role, also owned by Jay Sears with Hennessey at the controls. This daughter of Proud Bushy in on a bit of a roll having won the Stallion Stake and The Melvyn Aylor Memorial in her last two starts. Her main competition may be the Mather's Lavec lass Trotting J C Poss, with Andy Santeramo driving for trainer Steve Stabile. The filly has a 2-3-2 scorecard in her seven lifetime starts and has been the bridesmaid to Markie in her last two starts. Three year-old fillies take the spotlight next in the $55,400 final with Don't Spank Me and Tashia locking horns once again. Don't Spank Me, a daughter of Capital Request has won all three of her "PPk" starts, the fastest in a lifetime best 1:53.4 in her last start on November 6. She's owned by Wayne and Jean Carter and will be driven by Bruce Ranger. Tashia, the free-legged filly owned by Jay Sears, was winless last year as a two year-old but has 10 wins this season, including a 1:55 performance in late July. Stephane Lareau will handle the filly's lines. Tea Party Express and Tyree's Treasure are the logical favorites in the $52,800 final for sophomore trotting fillies. Tea Party Express is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite off of two straight wins for Rick Plano, who has been in the bike for trainer Mel Turcotte. She's owned by the consortium of Barbara Turcotte, Vickie Howard and Pete Roccasano. Tyree's Treasure, with a 12-7-3-0 history in her career, has been second to Tea Party in her last two events for owners Hollie Proesel and the Polo Stable. Trainer Mark Friedman has hired Bruce Ranger for the Super Night drive. The $53,800 finale for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings is next with Goldstar Thumper, Hillybilly and Quincy all vying for favoritism. Hillybilly, owned by Amante Standardbreds, is trained by Stewart Nemiro and is listed as a narrow 8 to 5 morning line favorite with Bruce Ranger driving over Goldstar Thumper, the latter a new arrival in the Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi Stable and 9 to 5 on the early line. "Thumper" is trained by Jamie Rucker and will have the services of Ricky Macomber, Jr. Not to be ignored is Quincy, who has 12 wins this year for the Marc Aubin Stable. Bryce Fenn is expected to drive the youngster from the rail. The $53,700 for the two year-old pacing fillies is a wide open affair with at least a half dozen viable contenders going to the Hummer Starting Gate. Goldstar Jessica, who picked a great time to break her maiden last week in the Aylor Memorial, is the 5 to 2 early choice for owner-trainer Tom Audley, who has passed along the driving assignment again to Kevin Wallis. J D Eleven Bell's has been ultra-consistent in her first season of racing wars showing a 4-2-4 record in 10 starts for owner Joe Martinelli, Sr. Rick Plano will be in the bike for trainer Paul Bernardo. Heather, Limelight, Voluminous and Sandalonia will all get their share of backers, as well. Tim T looks to rebound in the $54,800 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old trotting colts and geldings. The altered son of Basil has been a disappointment in his last two outings but sports the fastest lifetime mark of all entrants--1:56.3. Tom Sells will drive for trainer Mike Deters and the consortium of owners inclusing Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Mike Prendergast. The main competition may come from Joe Pennacchio's Railee Kwik who has been no worse than second in his last seven starts for trainer Jim McDonald. Railee Kwik will have Bruce Ranger handling his lines. Post time for the non-wagering early events is 6:35 with a 7:05 post intact for the 12 race pari-mutuel card. Free T-Shirts will be distributed while supplies last. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 20, 2013…Indiana invader Jessesjo, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Trot on Wednesday night. The six year-old altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, off as the 8 to 5 second choice on the tote-board despite being winless in six starts this year coming into the competition, went first up from fourth on the backstretch, engaged the leader, Keystone Thomas, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr., heading into the far turn and wore that one down in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:55. Mr. Mcrail (Fern Paquet, Jr.) finished a fast closing third while Lugar (Tom Sells), prominent throughout the event, finished fourth. Jolenes Pinehonker made a miscue while on the move around the far turn and wound up catching only the nickel in the quintet. In a post race interview, driver Hensley said, "Actually, I was pretty surprised at his performance tonight. He had been off a long time and was a little short in his first couple of starts back in Indiana. I let him roll a little bit on the backside and he just kept grinding forward…all the way to the wire. He actually didn't take the turn for home that well--he kind of lost a half length or so there--but he just kept grinding. I am surprised and, of course, very happy with his performance tonight." Though winless this year, Jessesjo is no stranger to the winner's circle with 17 wins lifetime coming into this action to go along with over $200,000 in lifetime bounty. Hensley continued, "He's got speed alright but, like many athletes, he has his situations. If he was a football player in the NFL, he'd probably be listed as 'questionable' before he starts…and then he goes out and performs like a champ!" Jessesjo paid $5.40 to win. in the Open 2 Trot, Illusionsndreams was given a well rated drive by Andy Santeramo to hold off the late charge of Permanent Joy (Rick Plano) by a head in 1:56.3. Jon Win (Bruce Ranger) was a fast closing third while Gale Warning and HP Forte picked up the final awards in the field of seven. Santeramo discouraged early challengers with a :28 opener before rating his seven year-old son of Kadabra to a half time of :58. As Permanent Joy made the bid on the backside, Andy stepped on the throttle and Illusionsndreams reached the third station in 1:26.4 before doggedly holding on in the final stages of the mile. Owned by Joseph Ferrara along with Steve Maietta, Illusionsndreams won for the fifth time this year in 26 starts to send his yearly bankroll to $48,486 and just a shade under $300,000 lifetime. Illusionsndreams paid $6.40 as the second choice on the board. The Open 3 Trot went to She's All In for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano. This four year-old daughter of Revenue S came from well back in the field to nail a very narrow "ns" victory in the final stride in 1:56 for her seventh win of the year--her consistent scorecard now reading 7-14-2 in 37 starts good for $68,145 this season. Surface Tension (Dan Daley) finished second in the tight photo with Thekeptman (Santeramo) third. Adenium was fourth while CJ's Rascal finished fifth after recovering from an early miscue. That win for trainer-driver Plano was the first of a consecutive "hat trick" on the card. Plano took the very next event with Maryann Plano's To Tell The Truth and capped the "three-peat" with Spring Goal, also owned by Maryann Plano. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov. 4, 2013…The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association showcased four Stallion Stake trotting events at Pompano Park on Monday night with Showing Off and Markie capturing the juvenile fisticuffs while Tea Party Express and Railee Kwik proved best in the races for the sophomores. Showing Off, catch driven by Wally Hennessey for the hospitalized Jay Sears--he suffered a training accident with a yearling on Sunday--captured the $22,500 non-wagering division for the colts and geldings with an astounding victory measuring 19 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) was second while the highly regarded Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) made a miscue turning for home while second and finished third, almost 30 lengths away. Midnight Michael and Swamp Gator completed the field of five. For Showing Off, an altered son of Wewering trained by Kim Sears and owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears, it was his fourth win in nine career starts, good for $16,478 so far. Markie, also trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, took home the major prize in the division for the two year-old fillies as driver Wally Hennessey sent the daughter of Proud Bushy to the top past the :30 opener and led the rest of way after clocking fractions of :59 and 1:30.2 en route to a 2:01.3 win measuring a length over Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo). Heavily backed Prairie Sunrise (Tom Sells)--4 to 5 on the tote-board was on the move turning for home but made a lengthy miscue down the lane, she finishing third but placed sixth after the judges review. Blame Bushy (Mickey McNichol) was elevated to third, 15 1/2 lengths back, while Faous Halle was placed fourth with Gold Star Ginger moved up a notch to catch the nickel. Markie's scorecard now reads 5-2-0 in nine starts with $19,325 in bounty. As second choice in the betting, Markie returned $7.60 to win. In the non-betting $26,500 race for the three year-old colts and geldings, Railee Kwik, perfectly handled by Bruce Ranger, topped his quintette with a sharp 1:59.2 win for Bruce Ranger. The gelded son of Basil, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, left from his outside post and followed pacesetting Tim T (Tom Sells) through fractions of :29.2, :59 and 1:29.4 before leaving his cozy pocked turning for home , collaring Tim T a few steps later and then holding off the belated late surge of Goucher (Bryce Fenn) to score by 1 1/4 lengths. Sky Crest (Rick Plano) finished third while Tim T was fourth. Without Hesitation picked up the minors. The victory was Railee Kwik's fourth this year in 12 starts and this win--the biggest of his career--sent his lifetime bankroll to $37,283. In the companion $24,000 event for the sophomore fillies, Tea Party Express, again catch driven by Rick Plano for trainer Mel Turcotte, proved her win of last week was no fluke as she rolled by Tyree's Treasure on the final turn on her way to a five length win in 2:00.1. This daughter of Feel Like A Winner, owned by Barbara Turcotte, Victoria Howard and Pete Roccasano, was away in good order and followed Tyree's Treasure (Bruce Ranger) through opening panels of :29.2 and :59.2 before brushing to the lead at the 1:30.1 third station and coasting home unchallenged. Tyree's Treasure did finish second while Holly's Diamond (Wally Hennessey) rallied for third. Sweet Loreley and Piper Pfeiffer completed the field. The victory for Tea Party Express was her third this year in 16 starts--sixth lifetime--and sent her career earnings to $55,291. She paid $3.20 as the solid public choice. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov. 3, 2012…B N Bad and Panocchio shared the spotlight on Saturday night (Nov. 2), each scoring impressive wins in their respective events at Pompano Park. B N Bad, nailed near the wire as the favorite in his last two starts, didn't disappoint his $2 backers this time around in the $10,000 winner's over feature, scoring a decisive win measuring 2 1/4 lengths in 1:52.1--this time as the 2 to 1 second choice in the betting. The six year-old son of Soho, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Pete Pellegrino and the Baron Racing Stable, went to the top beginning with his initial stride out of the gate and led every step of the way, feeling only minimal pressure in the final turn before sprinting clear turning for home after clocking panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.3. Hurricane Scotty J and Matt Romano teamed up for the place honors while Freeneasy Hanover, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished third after being in the garden spot most of the mile. The 7 to 5 favorite, No Monkeys Allowed was fourth and never really prominent while Oh My Joepa, brushing up to challenge on the final turn, was fifth in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Ranger said, "This horse had :26 opening quarter speed so I wasn't that concerned with the quick first number and was able to rate him a bit to the half. I let him out a notch on the backside (:27.4) to try and discourage any threatening developments and he did this all on his own. It was a very solid performance…after all, he does have a mark of (1):49 and a piece. It was the seventh win of the year for B N Bad and 24th lifetime and sent his lifetime bounty to $345,648. B N Bad paid $6.20 to win. Ranger was also in the bike as the three year-old Panocchio, co-owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., scored a very game win in 1:51, holding off a very determined Lyons Johnny (Wally Hennessey) to win by a head. The son of No Pan Intended blasted out of the gate to take command early, yielded to Lyons Johnny just before the opening quarter (:26.3), reclaimed the lead a few steps later and clicked off subsequent number of :54.4 and 1:23 and still had a :28 second finale in his heart as he and Lyons Johnny raced together right down to the wire. Special Strides, driven by Rick Plano, closed stoutly to finish third, just a length away. Gentleman Friend and Hurricane Howard got the final awards in the field of nine. It was the seventh lifetime win for the youngster--all this year--and lowered his previous mark of 1:52.3 accomplished in his last start. "Pretty surprising to me," said trainer Jim Mattison after the race. "I know this horse has talent…but I really didn't know he has THIS much talent. He's been racing at Saratoga and did well up there. Maybe I have something here…who knows!" While the time may have been unexpected, the outcome certainly wasn't as the bettors made Panocchio the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite. He paid $3.80 to win. In yet another co-feature, Neptune Blue Chip, enjoying a bit of class relief, wired his competition for Andy Santeramo in 1:53. The five year-old son of American Ideal took command shortly after a brief tussle with Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) and carded number of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before cruising home to a victory measuring just short of three lengths. There was a dead-heat for second in the event with Oozie's Bad Boy and Yankees In Six (Stephane Lareau) tying for the second spot. Excel Nine and Avantage also picked up checks in the field of seven. Neptune Blue Chip earned his 19th lifetime win--fifth this year--for trainer Jim McDonald, who handles the chores for Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile. In what was deemed to be a very competitive by the bettors, Neptune Blue Chip paid $8.20 as thee third betting choice on the board. Also, driver Jimmy Whittemore, making his first appearance at Pompano Park, made it a winning one as he scored a five length win with Small Bills for owner, trainer and father Dennis Whittemore in 1:58.2. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…Oct. 28, 2013…Prairie Sunrise and Geronimo Fame won their respective $10,000 divisions of the Sunshine State Stakes Finals for juvenile trotters at Pompano Park on Monday while Fiesta Camcun took top honors in the feature for the mares. In a non-wagering event for the colts and geldings, Amante Standardbreds Geronimo Fame, handled by Bruce Ranger, captured top honors in his field of five, grinding his way to the top in deep stretch to score by three parts of a length over Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) in 2:04.3. Swamp Gator (Bob Roberts) finished third while Midnight Michael and Showing Off completed the rundown. THe winner, a son of Famously trained by Stewart Nemiro, was away in good order and found a spot in third as Gator On Patrol opened up a sizable lead through panels of :32 and 1:04.1. Midway on Pompano's backstretch, that lead began to melt as Ranger tipped his colt out and began grinding slowly forward. Around turn three, Geronimo Fame was just a length and a half away, pulled along side the leader at the sixteenth pole and drew clear from there. After the race, Ranger said, "This colt does have a high turn of speed but he has to be handled a bit gingerly because he can lose his composure if he's driven too aggressively early. Tonight, I just floated him out of there, found a good spot and let him grind himself into contention on the backside. He's still learning, but he can certainly trot a good final quarter." It was the colt's second lifetime win--second straight--in only six lifetime starts. In the companion event for the fillies, Prairie Sunrise, owned by Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and trainer Mike Deters, pulled off an 18 to 1 shocker with Tom Sells in the bike, knocking off seven full seconds off of her previous best in scoring a 2:02 win measuring 3 3/4 lengths over Markie (Jay Sears) and favored Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo), among others. This daughter of Arapa Victory used a huge rally in the lane to get her second lifetime win and light up the tote-board with a $39.00 win mutuel at the same time. Her victory also caused a second straight carry-over in Pompano Park's new 50 cent Pick 5 wager. Gapped in fifth half way through the mile, Prairie Sunrise began to roll forward three-eighths out, went to the extreme outside turning for home and exploded by Markie in mid-stretch. "She does have tons of speed," driver Tom Sells said, "but she's a bit fractious--hard to handle--but she does have a lot of talent…if she can mind her manners. This was a very big effort for her." Blame Bushy and Famous Halle got the final awards in the field of nine. In the $10,000 feature for the mares, Fiesta Camcun overcame her outside post to score a decisive win for Stephane Lareau in 1:53.3, pinning a 2 1/4 length defeat on the 7 to 5 favorite Gold Star Glitter (Kevin Wallis). Up Front Lady Gray (Rick Plano) was third in the mile followed by Diamond Amber. Bombilla Hanover, putting a lengthy challenge from turn two through turn three, got the nickel. Fiesta Camcun, a seven year-old daughter of Camotion trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Diane Hellen, took the lead immediately from her outside post and carded an opening panel of :27.2 before stubbornly giving way to Gold Star Glitter. The latter carded subsequent fractions soy :55 and 1:24 with Bombilla lurking boldly at that point and Fiesta Camcun simply waiting for a bit of racing room. Turning for home, Bombilla Hanover drifted out just a tad and Fiesta Camcun found the room, left her cozy pocked and marched on by mid-stretch for the hand score, her 11th of the year, to push her seasonal bounty to $72,352. Driver Lareau, in a post race interview, said, "This mare is very handy and can leave like gangbusters. I was hoping to get some cover after using her early and when Kevin's (driver Wallis) mare made that move to the top, it set up a garden trip. The half was pretty hot (:55) and I thought I was in a very good spot. We had a similar trip a couple of weeks ago. This one worked out perfect!" As third choice in the betting, Fiesta Camcun paid $10.20 to win. Bruce Ranger had three wins on the card--two on the betting card--while Tom Sells and Kevin Wallis, the latter celebrating his birthday, had two wins apiece. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 24, 2013...Don't Spank Me, craftily handled by Bruce Ranger, captured the $10,000 Final of the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old fillies, scoring a gate to wire win in 1:54.4. The Capital Request filly, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, grabbed the racetrack as the gate opened and wired together fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:26.3 and pinned a 3 1/4 length defeat on arch-rival Tashia (Stephane Lareau). Dandee Diamond (Wally Ross, Jr.) finished third while Track Girl and I Spy A Gator also earned checks in the field of six. The win extended her winning streak to three and pushed her lifetime bounty to $52,687. After the race, Ranger said, "...this filly showed her merit last week with a lifetime best performance of 1:54, so, when I was able to rate her to the half in :58 and a piece, I was very confident from there. She's just a consistently solid filly and continues to get better and better. Wayne (trainer Carter) has done a very nice job with her." Don't Spank Me, off at odds of 1 to 20, returned $2.10 across the board. In other Sunshine Stakes action, Mustang Sally, driven by Stephane Lareau, used a ferocious close to nail the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol), in the last two strides to capture the fourth leg of the two year-old filly pace in 2:00.2. Sandalonia had made a sharp and confident quarter move to the top, repelled a backside bid from ICU Charlie T and sprinted clear in mid-stretch but couldn't hold off the winner, who paced her final panel in :29.1 for her maiden win in five lifetime starts. Sandalonia did hold on for second over the fast closing Voluminous, handled by Mel Turcotte. ICU CHarlie T was fourth while the early leader, Marion, picked up the nickel. Owned by Jay Sears and trained by Kim Sears, Mustage Sally, a daughter of Tough Sir, paid $10 to win as the third choice in the betting. In a second division for the two year-old fillies--held as a non-wagering event--J D Eleven Bells, driven by Rick Plano, was an easy gate to wire winner over Heather (Stephane Lareau) and La Regina (Bryce Fenn) in 1:58.2. The daughter of Eleven A M, trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joe Martinelli, Sr., carded panels of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1 before reporting home a 5 3/4 length winner. Her scorecard now reads 3-0-3 in seven starts. In the featured trot, the Polo Stables Lugar, handled by Kevin Wallis for trainer Mark Friedman, used the draw to perfection to take top honors in 1:57.3, holding off the late kicking She's All In, driven by Rick Plano, to score by a neck. Gale Warning (Andy Santeramo) was a fast closing third while I Love New York and Mr McRail also earned checks in the field of nine. Lugar discouraged early challengers with his usual sharp early foot, taking the field to a :28.4 opener. The five year-old son of Famously then lollygagged over to the half in :59.1. As things heated up on the backside, Lugar, first, repelled the challenge of Jon Win with a :29.1 third panel and duplicated that time in the final panel to hold on for the win--his ninth of the year. Lugar's lifetime bounty now stands at $140,523--$60,626 this season. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park

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