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 Â¼ 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 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 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 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 (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 Â½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express (Rick Plano). 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 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
Pompano Beach, FL...October 22, 2013...Tim T, driven by Tom Sells, and Tea Party Express, catch-driven by Rick Plano, took their respective divisions of the $10,000 Sunshine State Stake Finals at Pompano Park on Monday night. Tim T, a three year old gelded son of Basil, narrowly escaped with his win, decided by a diminishing head over the late surging Railee Kwik (Bruce Ranger) in 1:57.3 in the Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Sky Crest (Plano) was third in the mile after pressing the issue early while Goucher (Wally Ross, Jr.) and Without Hesitation (Dan Harvey) picked up the final two awards in the septet. At the outset, Sky Crest blazed out of the gate and took command from his six post heading into the first turn. Tim T, meanwhile, was away in good order and third early before driver Sells decided to try and dictate the terms as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite. He was hard pressed to make the top during the :27.4 opener and clocked subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1, opening a three length lead as they turned for home. At this point, Railee Kwik wended his way to the far outside and was gnawing away at the leader, just missing at the end of the mile. Trained by Mike Deters for the consortium of Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Mike Prendergast, Tim T won for the third straight time and eighth win lifetime, sending his career bounty to $53,971. Piper Pfeiffer (Mickey McNichol) was third--17 1/2 lengths away--while Holly’s Diamond (Jay Sears) was fourth. Sweet Loreley (Kevin Wallis) picked up the nickel. Catch driven by Rick Plano for trainer Mel Turcotte, Tea Party Express, a daughter of Feel Like A Winner, was away third as Tyree’s Treasure marched to the front from the get-go and clocked panels of :28.4 and :59.2. On the backside, Tea Party Express made her move three-eighths out and rollled by the favorite at the top of the lane and drew off from there. In a post race interview, Plano said, “Mel asked me to handle the filly for him and, of course, I said ‘yes,’ expecting to get some sort of check for him. When I asked her on the backside, she really responded and I was pretty surprised she went by that other filly (Tyree’s Treasure) so easily. I don’t think she had ever trotted 2:00 before, so it was great to see that final time...great for the owners.” Tea Party Express is owned by Barbara Turcotte, Vickie Howard and Pete Roccasano. It was her second win of the year--fifth lifetime--and sent her lifetime earnings to $43,291. As second choice in the betting, Tea Party Express paid $12.60. Other Sunshine State Stakes action contested was the fourth leg for two year-old trotters. In the filly division, Andy Santeramo guided Steve Stabile’s Trotting JC Poss to victory in a lifetime best 2:05, besting Famous Halle (Ranger) and Trotting Gisele (Rob Hoffman) by a length. Markie (Jay Sears), some 30 lengths out of it after a miscue early, rallied to finish fourth while a headstrong Prairie Sunrise (Tom Sells) earned the minor award. Trotting JC Poss, a daughter of Mathers Lavec, now has a 2-1-1 scorecard in just four lifetime starts. In the colt/gelding division, Geronimo Fame, driven by Bruce Ranger, got up in the very last stride to score in 2:04.1, using a final panels in :29.3 to nail the victory on the wire. Showing Off (Jay Sears) was second while the pacesetting Gator On Patrol (Sells) was third. It was the maiden win for this son of Famously, trained by Stewart Nemiro for Amante Standardbreds. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 20, 2013...Millionaire pacer Hyperion Hanover, driven by Stephane Lareau, upset the applecart on Saturday night at Pompano Park with an upset 19 to 1 victory in the featured winner’s over pace. The senior citizen in the field at 10 years old, Hyperion Hanover sat in the cozy pocket behind pacesetting B N Bad, handled by Bruce Ranger, through panels of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1 before leaving the garden spot turning for home and edging by B N Bad, off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, in the final stages to win by a half length in 1:52.4. Oh My Joepa (Tom Sells) finished third, Neptune Blue Chip (Andy Santeramo) was fourth while Hurrikane Scotty J (Matt Romano) picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, Lareau said, “C’etait un voyage de reve. C’etait aussi simple que ca!,” meaning "It was a dream journey. It was as simple as that." Lareau went on to say, “This is a very classy horse. You don’t win a million dollars on the track if you don’t have some sort of class and he still has it--even at this age. Pretty amazing!” Trained by Jim McDonald for the S S G Stables, Hyperion Hanover, who sports a 1:49.1 mark to go along with his millionaire status, now has seven wins this year and 47 lifetime. The win was added $5,000 to the pacer’s bankroll, now at $1,147,121, and $41.20 to any backers who plunked $2 on his nose. Lareau’s victory came in the eighth race on the card--the first half of the late daily double--significant because, in the very next event, Lareau complete the daily double sweep with a win back of Diamond Master, that $2 DD payoff being $587.00. by John Berry for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL…October 17, 2014…Don’t Spank Me pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday by scoring a decisive win in a lifetime best 1:54 for Bruce Ranger in the Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Capital Request, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, went right to the front and clocked opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4 before thwarting the bid of the 3 to 10 favorite, Tashia, handled by Stephane Lareau, with a :27.3 third panel and romping home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Tashia did finish second while Dandee Diamond finished third for Wally Ross, Jr. I C U Misty and Track Girl picked up minor awards in the field of seevn. In winning her Pompano Park debut this season, Don’t Spank Me stopped the seven race winning streak of Tashia. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, “Wayne (trainer Carter) said the filly is quite handy and can leave if asked. She was completely well within herself the entire mile and beat a very tough filly in Tashia in the process.” The ultra-consistent Don’t Spank Me now has a 4-3-3 scorecard in 12 starts this year, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $47,788. As second choice in the betting, Don’t Spank Me returned $6.40 to win. Pompano’s featured “winner’s over” trot went, also in a mild upset, to My Man, handled by Stephane Lareau for trainer Noreen Paulin and owner Claude Baril. The five year-old son of Malabar Man, stepping up in class after a win last week, was well back early as Lugar, driven by Tom Sells, cut fractions of :27.4 and :57. On the backside, Lareau, still sixth, began to close an eight length gap. following Spring Goal (Rick Plano) as that one began his bid from fifth halfway through the mile. Turning for home after three quarter in 1:26.2, Spring Goal was surging and edged by Lugar a sixteenth out but My Man, widest of all, nailed Spring Goal right on the money with Lugar third in a three horse picture. The victory was My Man’s sixth of the year, sending his 2013 bounty to $35,425. Other notable performances on the mid-week card included J D Eleven Bells in the Sunshine State Stakes event for juvenile fillies and the 10 year-old Gale Warning. J D Eleven Bells, handled by Rick Plano overcame a second tier post to score an easy win in a lifetime best 1:57.1, defeating La Regina (Ranger) by five lengths. Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) rallied to finish third over Heather (Lareau). Marion picked up the nickel. It ws the second win in six lifetime starts for J D Eleven Bells, a daughter of Eleven A M trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Gale Warning won for the 58th time during his splendid career, scoring a gate to wire win for Andy Santeramo in 1:57.1. Gale Warning, owned by Ciro Gentile along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, now has lifetime earnings of $614,665. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 12, 2013...B N Bad, who was scorched badly last week vying for the lead during a :26.1 opening panel (at 1 to 10 odds), scorched his competition on Saturday night with a gate to wire win for Bruce Ranger in 1:52.3. Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, the six year-old son of Soho left like a rocket from his mid-pack four post and easily took command around the first turn and proceeded to clock comfortable panels of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale to hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Andy Santeramo. Quincy, stepping up to the "big time" for the first time, rallied for third for Bryce Fenn while Fine Fine Fine and Oh My Joepa picked up the remaining scraps. Last week's winner, Avantage, never got in the hunt this night and finished sixth with Hyperion Hanover completing the septet. In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, it was his first start back in a month and that first quarter really did him in. Tonight, he was very sharp leaving and the rated second quarter breather really helped him. This horse can easily go opening halves in :55, so when we got half way through in :56 and a piece, I felt very confident he could take it all the way...and he did!" It was the sixth win in 22 starts this year for B N Bad, pushing his 2013 bounty just short of $80,000 and $335,648 lifetime. The Pompano co-feature went to Hillybilly, who brushed home in :28 flat to put his field away with a 1:52.1 mile, equalling his lifetime mark. Driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Marc Aubin and Amante Standardbreds, the three year-old son of N Aboriginal scored his seventh win of the year in 17 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings past $70,000. Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) overcame the outside eight post to finish second while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third after taking an ever-so-slight lead turning for home. Freeneasy Hanover and Maxine's Menace earned the final two checks in the field of eight. Driver Bruce Ranger had three wins on the card while trainer Pete Pellegrino had three training wins on the program. In other action, the Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to The Charlie House, a safe haven for disadvantaged youths, this after John Campagnuolo snick through the pylons to win the F.A.D.C. Trot with Lucky Hit in 2:00.4 over McKelvie and Joe Pennacchio. BK's Luv, driven by Laurie Poulin, finished third. The Club had donated over $125,000 of charitable causes since its inception. John Berry
Pompano Beach, FL - October 10, 2013…Lugar captured the feature trot on Wednesday night at Pompano Park while driver Stephane Lareau was the driving star on the strength of a “grand slam” performance. The Florida bred Lugar, handled by Tom Sells for trainer Mark Friedman and the Polo Stables, inherited the lead on the backstretch when favored She’s All In, driven by Rick Plano, made a costly miscue, and went on to score a handy 1:59 triumph over Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo), off at 37 to 1 and Indiana Hall (Bryce Fenn) off at 154 to 1. Jon Win and I Love New York picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. Lugar, usually on the engine early, showed his sharp early foot again and was in the garden seat through opening panels of :28.4 and :58.4 as She’s All In was seemingly gliding along on a comfortable length-and-a-half lead. Three-eighths out, She’s All In jumped allowing Lugar to seize command heading into the far turn and coasting home to the wire. It was the eighth win in 25 starts for Lugar this season and vaulted his 2013 bounty to $54,426, his best season ever to go along with his mark of 1:55. In a post race interview, Sells said, “…sometimes, luck plays a role in the outcome of a race and tonight was one of those nights. Rick’s (Plano) mare rarely makes a break and it was being in the right place at the right time that helped us tonight. Lugar is a very nice horse, though, and Mark (trainer Friedman) has done a really nice job with him having him ready for this first start back in over two months.” The driving star of the night was Stephane Lareau, who drove four winners on the program. Lareau began his festive night with a gate to wire win with Diane Hellen’s Fiesta Camcun in 1:54.1, roared from way back in the lane to get his second win with Marcel Ouimet’s My Friend Justin in 1:59.1, got his third win with a gate-to-wire performance with Claude Baril’s My Man in 1:58 and completed his “grand slam” performance with Reverie Devictoire, owned by Jamie Marra Racing, in 1:57.4. by John Berry for the Isle Pompano Park
Millionaire pacer Hyperion Hanover, the "senior citizen" in Pompano Park's winners over feature pace on Saturday night, cruised to a handy three length win for harness racing driver Andy Santeramo.
Hyperion Hanover, again the senior citizen in his field, took top harness racing honors for the second straight week in the feature 'winners over' pace at Pompano Park on Saturday night.
Hyperion Hanover, the only sub-1:50 performer in the 'winners over' feature at Pompano Park on Saturday night and the winner of more purse money than all of the other starters combined, was sent off as the longest tote-board proposition in the event and proved to be an upset harness racing winner in 1:51.3.