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Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2018...Florida’s premier standardbred trotting sire, Famously, has died at the age of 24, it was reported by Christine Garrity of Amante Standardbreds. A stakes winner of $150,893 on the racetrack to go along with his mark of 1:55.1, Famously was a son of Royal Prestige with his heritage tracing back through the great Speedy Crown and Speedy Scot. He began his stallion career in 2002 and his sons and daughters enriched many owners as stakes winners and bonus winners through the F.S.B.O.A. lucrative breeding program. Among his credits are Famous Mark, 1:53.2 ($543,784); Lugar, 1:54.3 ($234,991); Jeanie Marie, 1:56.3 ($204,668) and countless others that impacted the stakes program at Pompano Park. His prodigy have earned well in excess of $3,000,000. Ms. Garrity, in paying homage to the Amante Standardbred premier stallion, related, “You know, as a small child, my favorite books were the great series by Walter Farley entitled ‘The Black Stallion.’ Well, I considered Famously my black stallion. He was the pride of our farm--the mascot of our farm. ” Famously will be laid to rest in the paddock in which he resided since 2002.  by John Berry  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2014...Lugar, the ultra-consistent Florida bred son of Famously, scored a brave win at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:54.3 for Bruce Ranger in the $10,000 Open Trot. Trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, Lugar was a gate-to-wire winner, pinning a defeat measuring 1 1/2 lengths on My Revenuer (Bryce Fenn) with Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol) third. HP Forte, making his first start back after a two month vacation, rallied late to finish fourth while Adenium picked up the nickel in the field of six. Not only did Lugar picked up win number four this season in start number 14, he sent his lifetime scorecard to 22-22-22 in 106 starts, sending his career bankroll to $173,519--$24,776 of that this year. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger expressed his satisfaction with the performance saying, "I've gotten to know this horse pretty well over the past month and a half. He's such a relaxed horse--he was actually sleeping before the race tonight--and, even though he was pushed to that punishing opening quarter, it was his own will, and not my urging, that got him there that quickly. We managed to get a little bit of a breather in the second quarter but Bryce's horse (My Revenuer) applied some heat around that final bend and that's when Lugar--again, on his own--reached down for more. When he swished his tail at me a sixteenth out, he told me we had it. And I have got to give credit to Mark (trainer Friedman) who does an incredible job with him. No wonder he's batting .460." As the 6 to 5 public choice on the tote-board, Lugar paid $4.60 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 23, 2013…The Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds was contested at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Tough Issue, Geronimo Fame, Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prize in their respective divisions. Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took the $18,400 non-betting opener for the pacing colts and geldings in a lifetime best 1:56.2, knocking almost three seconds off his previous best winning time. Trained by Mike Deters for Brenda Komers and the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue, a gelded son of Tough Sir, took the lead immediately in his trio and clocked an opening panel in a sharp :27.2, thwarting any early challengers, before reaching the half in :57. Heading into the final turn, Warlock (Wally Hennessey) left the pocket and began his bid which brought him alongside the leader turning for home…but a costly miscue at that point left him a baker's dozen lengths behind at the wire. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was prominent early but finished well back--29 1/2 lengths--at the end of the mile. For Tough Issue, it was a bit of revenge after having finished second to his chief nemesis--Warlock--in three of his last four starts. His scorecard now reads 4-3-1 in 11 starts, good for earnings of $25,565 heading into Super Night next Saturday. In the $19,050 juvenile event for the trotting colts and geldings, Geronimo Fame, handled by Bruce Ranger for Amante Standardbreds, wore down a stubborn Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) in deep stretch to score a half length triumph in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) and Showing Off (Wally Hennessey) both made early miscues and were never in the hunt in the quartet. The "Famously" bred colt (yes, he is by Famously), was away in good order from his outside four post and let Gator On Patrol carve out panels of :31.3, 1:01.4 and 1:31.4 before using his :29.2 finale to earn his third lifetime win in eight starts. He's banked a tad over $21,000 thus far. The two year-old filly events were contested on the pari-mutuel card with Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prizes. Gold Star Jessica, a daughter of Rock On, took the $21,300 pace for Kevin Wallis, breaking her maiden with a splendid 1:55.4 three length win over Heather (Wally Hennessey) with J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano) next. Voluminous and Sandalonia picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Gold Star Jessica left alertly before allowing Heather to take the lead at the quarter timed in :28. The latter was forced to carve subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.3 as Voluminous kept the pressure on throughout. Turning for home, Jessica found some room and easily romped by the leader and drew off at the end of the mile. The win was worth $10,650 to owner Audley--pushing her 2013 bounty to $14,735--and $10.20 to those who had a $2 ticket on the tote's fourth choice on the board. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis kept it short and sweet. "We had a great trip…and it was a great time for her to break her maiden!" In the filly trot, Markie, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay Sears, used a :29.3 finale to wear down the pace-setting Trotting J C Poss to score by 1 1/4 lengths. This daughter of Proud Bushy, starting from the outside seven post, avoided trouble leaving and settled into third early as Trotting J C Poss and Famous Halle were one-two through fractions of :292, 1:00.4 and 1:31.3. Less than three-eighths out, Hennessey left the pocket and began to wear down the leaders, collaring Trotting J C Poss a sixteenth out and drawing clear late. Gold Star Ginger and Blame Bushy picked up minor awards in the septet. Garnering her sixth win of the year in 10 starts, Markie sent her 2013 earnings to $30,100. As the 8 to 5 choice on the board, she paid $5.20 to win. In other action, Thebestofjoel, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, grabbed command of the racetrack from his first stride out of the gate and wired together panels of :27.2, :28.2, :27.2 and 27.2 to score in a brilliant 1:50.3--his margin of victory over Northern Companion (Rob Hoffman) 1 3/4 lengths with Cruizin K C (Mark O'Mara) third. Yankees In Six finished fourth while Rocknroll Special picked up the "nickel." For this five year-old son of Cammibest, it was his fourth win of the year, pushing his seasonal bounty to $57,262 and $206,107 lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "This horse is very adaptable. He can race anyway and, when I didn't see too much throttling early, I decided to give it a go. I was kind of surprised that he was up to this kind of effort because he'd been off a couple of weeks…but he just kept on going!" Finally, The Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to Club 101, an organization that helps the needy in numerous ways. After Joe Pennacchio won the Amateur event with JP Houle Stables Miss Janine, Bruce Ranger and Dein Spriggs joined many of the amateur drivers in the winner's circle to help make the presentation. The Club is expected to feed more than 300 people over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Florida Amateur Drivers Club has donated over $125,000 to charitable causes over their existence. John Berry  

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...October 15, 2013...Fiesta Camcun and Tim T were the stars at their respective gaits on Monday night as Pompano Park extended their racing schedule to three nights per week. Fiesta Camcun, trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Diane Hellen, was given a picture perfect drive by Stephane Lareau and roared by pacesetting Bombilla Hanover, driven by Bruce Ranger, to score by three parts of a length in 1:53.1 in the pacing feature for the mares. It was the 10th win of the year for the seven year-old daughter of Camotion, sending her yearly bounty to $66,672 and over $215,000 lifetime. Young American was third for Bryce Fenn while To Tell The Truth and Diamond Amber were next in the quintet of mares. In a post race interview, Lareau said, ...this is a very handy mare. She can leave, knows how to yield and relax and, when you ask her for her best, she always gives it. Tonight, we got a very cozy journey and got by a very tough mare in Bombilla Hanover...and she (Bombilla) was making her first start off of a qualifier, so she raced giant, too." As the 1 to 2 tote-board favorite, Fiesta Camcun paid $3.00 to win. The trotting star of the night was Tim T, who, for the second consecutive week, established a new lifetime mark, this time in the F.S.B.O.A. Sunshine State Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. This three year-old altered son of Basil, trained by Mike Deters for the consortium of Morosini, Fritz and Prendergast, led at every pole for driver Tom Sells to score by four lengths in 1:56.3. Railee Kwik (Ranger) was second while Sky Crest (Rick Plano) finished third. Rex and Without Hesitation picked up the rest of the marbles. The lightly raced Tim T--he has but 10 starts this year and 18 lifetime--earned his third victory in 2013 and pushed his career bounty to $48,971. In the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting fillies, Tyree's Treasure, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Mark Friedman, had an easy time of it, using a :29.4 final panel en route to a handy 2:01.4 win--her Third Straight. This daughter of Famously sat composed in the garden spot as Piper Pfeiffer (Mickey McNichol) cut fractions of :29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:32 before leaving the garden around turn three and cruising to the wire, defeating Tea Party Express (Mel Turcotte) by better than four lengths. Piper Pfeiffer did finish third. Holly's Diamond and Sweet Loreley earned the minor awards. Owned by Hollie Proesel along with the Polo Stables, Tyree's Treasure won for the seventh time in only 10 lifetime starts sending her lifetime bankroll just a shade under $60,000. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Sept. 28, 2013...Tashia, the splendid three year-old Six Of Diamonds filly, extended her winning streak to six on Saturday as the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association hosted the first fall stakes program at Pompano Park. The non-wagering matinee featured two and three year olds in an 11 race extravaganza over the fast five-eighths mile oval under the 86 degree warmth of the fall Florida sunshine. Tashia, handled by Stephane Lareau for owners Jay and Kim Sears, went a brave first up journey to collar the feisty filly Seven Arias, driven by Bruce Ranger, in the final strides of the mile timed in 1:56.1. I Spy A Gator, with Bob Roberts in the bike, was third followed by Tamala and Goldstar Rockette--the latter two switched in the official order of finish when all was said and done. Tashia, winless last year as a two year-old, has now won nine times in 2013, good for $27,000 and change this year and just three dollars short of $40,000 lifetime. The free-legged filly was away fourth as Seven Arias opened the festivities with a :29.2 quarter before dittoing that time during the second panel, reaching the half in :58.4. On the backside, Tashia began to roll and, during a hot third quarter officially times in :28, pulled on even terms with Seven Arias. In the lane, these two fillies battled right sown to the line with Tashia eking by in the final stride or two. The other division for the sophomore pacing fillies went to Hollie Proesel’s Full Of Moxie, driven by Bruce Ranger for trainer Brian Pelling. The Full Of Fun filly went right to the front, was beautifully rated through fractions of :29.4 and :59.3, repelled a serious bid from Dandee Diamond (Walter Ross, Jr.) to score by a half length in 1:58.1 for her maiden win in but four lifetime starts. The latter, incidentally, made a miscue at the start falling several lengths away and raced a courageous journey thereafter in a very game effort. Track Girl was third, followed by One Fine Diamond and I.C.U. Misty. There was an upset of sorts in the Sunshine Stakes for three year-old pacing colts and geldings as Quincy, yet another offspring of Six Of Diamonds, upset his stablemate Hillybilly with driver Bruce Ranger. Both are trained by veteran Marc Aubin. Quincy, owned by the Marc Aubin Stable, assumed control right from the get-go before yielding to Hillybilly through an opening quarter in :28.1. The latter cut sensible fractions of :57.3 and 1:27 (his record is 1:52.1) but Quincy used a :27.2 final to easily go by late to score by a length and a quarter for his 10th win of the year. Wingull and Mickey McNichol teamed up for third with Goldstar Thumper and Jose Lightning getting the final awards in the field of seven. In sophomore trotting action, the fillies were led home by last year’s champion, Tyree’s Treasure, who was an easy winner in a new lifetime best of 2:01.4 for driver Bruce Ranger. The “Famously” bred filly (she IS by Famously) led every step of the mile, sealing the deal with a final panel of :29.3. Mark Friedman trains the filly for the Polo Stables and Hollie Proesel. Joe Pennacchio’s Railee Kwik, a son of Basil, pulled off an upset in the trotting division, going a brave first over journey in taking the measure of another son of Basil, Tim T, handled by Tom Sells, in a lifetime best effort of 1:58.2. Rex finished third in that mile. Proud Expression and Worthy Crown also picked up checks. In the juvenile divisions, Blame Bushy (Mickey McNichol) and Markie (Jay Sears) won in their respective trotting divisions for the fillies while Showing Off gave Jay Sears a driving double with a 2:07 effort. Two slender noses decided the two divisions for the two year-old pacing fillies. In the first, the Six Of Diamonds filly Sandalonia, handled by Mickey McNichol, first, got by the stubborn J D Eleven Bells at mid-stretch and, then, held off the furious late surge of ICU CharlieT to win by a nostril in 2:00.1 for owner Heddy Nelson and trainer Sandy Hollon, who earned her 50th lifetime training success. In the second division, Amante Standardbreds LA Regina, a daughter of N Aboriginal, snuck through along the pylons to score a nose decision over Marion (Sean McAleese) in 2:01.1. It was her maiden success in just two lifetime starts. Heather was a neck away from the winner’s circle in third. Finally, in the two year-old pacing division for the colts and geldings, Tough Issue, an altered son of Tough Sir., led gate to wire in 1:59.3--:28.3 for Tom Sells. Trained by Mike Deters, Tough Issue is owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable. John Berry  

One of the biggest races  on the Swedish calendar, the Swedish Trav Derby for 4YOs, will be held this Sunday at Jagersro for a purse of nearly 4,000,000SEK. It is a 2640m event, and the best of Sweden’s 4YO crop raced in six heats last week at Jagersro, with the top two from each heat going into the final. Sons of Viking Kronos have won this race twice  and he will be vying to join only four stallions to have sired three winners of the race Bulwark, Locomotive, Scotch Nibs and Count’s Pride. Viking Kronos is represented by the royally bred gelding Viking America, one of local training legend Lutfi  Kogjini’s three representatives and will be driven by Jorma Kontio and who won his heat, the equal fastest, which was his seventh race victory.  He has won 7 races worth 541,000SEK and has a best time of 1.11.8 (1.55.3). Kolgjini who retired his only winner, 2010 champion Joke Face, only last week  will be aboard Mosaique Face, a son of Classic Photo and a winner of 6 minor races and 856,000SEK. But Kolgjini’s best chance though is Group I winner  El Mago Pellini, a Chocolatier colt, and another heat winner who will be driven by big race specialist Johnny Takter, the brother of American super trainer Jimmy. El Mago Pellini has won 9 races and 1.77 million SEK, has best time of 1.11.7 (1.55) and won the prestigious Konung Gustav V’s Pokal this season. Former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who also had a stellar European racing career after his importation to Sweden (including a second place in the Monte Classic Prix du Cornulier when he was seven which may be a key to his success in Sweden) has two entries in the race both of them heat winners Molle CD (Daniel Reden with his second derby entry who has 9 minor wins) and  Stefan Melander’s Increased Workload, a heat winner,  who is driven by Orjan Kihlstrom in his seventeenth derby.  One of a trio of representatives of Stefan Melander, from Solvalla, who surprisingly has never won this race,  Increased Workload will be one of the favourites having won 10 races and 1.7 million SEK. He has a record of 1.11.8 (1.55.3) and was fourth in last year’s Trav-Kriterium.  Kihlstrom has won the big race twice, one of them,  famously, was with Swedish-bred From Above who also has two entries in the race, both trained by Per Lennartson -  Mellby Apollo (8wins, 815,000SEK)  and outsider Harvey Tornado (5 wins, 304,000SEK). The past two winners of the race have been by French sires in Pato (Orlando Vici) and Beau Mec (Jag de Bellouet). This year there are only three French sires represented, with Orlando Vici again having a good chance with one of the favoured runners, Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok who is off the 2 post and in the hands of champion Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop. He has won 4 races and just over 1 million SEK and has a record of 1.12.3 and was one of the two fastest heat winners. Another well-fancied runner is likely to be Standout, a son of Ganymede, the winner of last season’s E 3 Final    and another Melander runner. He starts from post 11, and no derby winner has started from this spot. He has  8 race victories which have earned a tick over 2 million SEK. The other French stallion, dual Prix D’Amerique winner Offshore Dream is represented by Offshore Man, one of four geldings in the race and likely to be the outsider in the race having just 3 wins and only 345,000SEK in earnings. He will be driven by Torbjörn Jansson for Solvalla trainer  Ulrika Wällstedt.             Quid Pro Quo was another heat winner and he starts off the 5 position in the hands of Erik Adielson for  for  Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath. The group one winner of the  Prix Orsi Mangelli, one of Italy’s big races, Quid Pro Quo is also the winner of the Sprintermasteren Final in his 11 race victories which have earned him 3.6 million SEK so far. The final entry is Ken Warkentin gelding Perfect Power  who will be driven by his trainer Peter Untersteiner of Halmstadt. One of the outsiders in the race, he has won three races and 623,400kr. SVENSKT TRAVDERBY  Jägersro 2640m, Nat Group I 4YOs 4,000,000SEK 1         El Mago Pellini   (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition)   Dr:  Johnny Taker   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini           2        Porthos Amok  (4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok)     Dr:  Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan Melander              3         Molle C.D.  (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million)     Tr/Dr:   Daniel Redén      4         Increased Workload  (4h Scarlet Knight - My Darling)     Dr:  Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander           5         Quid Pro Quo    (4h Yankee Glide – Hostage)     Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth         6         Offshore Man  (4g Offshore Dream – Ladymint)     Dr:  Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Ulrika Wällstedt             7         Mosaique Face  (4h Classic Photo - Iona Lb)  Tr/Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              8          Perfect Power   (4g Ken Werkentin - Enjoy My Face)     Tr/Dr:  Peter Untersteiner              9         Viking America   (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)     Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini        10         Mellby Apollo   (4g From Above - Mellby Rubin )   Tr/Dr:  Per Lennartsson                 11         Standout  (4h Ganymede - Ebony D.K. )   Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Stefan Melander              12         Harvey Tornado    (4h From Above - Beringa Queen)   Hanover   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Per Lennartsson       By Dave Sanders  

International speedcar racing will celebrate eighty years with a vintage speedway rally at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track tomorrow (Saturday, July 27th). ‘In 1933, Los Angeles’ Loyola High School Stadium officially “gave birth” to the motorsport (also known as “midget car” racing), which is characterised by very small race cars with a very high power-to-weight ratio typically using four-cylinder engines,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender told Harnesslink. ‘Tomorrow – some eighty years later – Vintage Speedcar Association members will mark the occasion with a rally of their own on the 800 metre Condell Park trotting track, which will feature original and restored midgets dating back to December 1969 and earlier, as well as classic “roll cage” midgets which back date to June 1983 and earlier,’ said Ms Lavender, who is also a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia. ‘First introduced into Australia at Melbourne’s Olympic Park on Saturday, December 15th, 1934 – and, later, Famously driven by triple Formula One world champion Sir John Arthur (“Sir Jack”) Brabham AO OBE in his early years – speedcars typically have 300 to 400 horsepower, weigh about 450 kilograms and are intended to be driven for races of relatively short distances – usually, from four to forty kilometres,’ she said. ‘The cars’ small size coupled with their high power make speedcar racing one of the most dangerous motorsports, it has been argued – and, for this reason, more “modern” midgets from the 1970s and 1980s onwards are fully equipped with “roll cages” and other safety devices,’ Ms Lavender added. The 80th Anniversary Speedcar Rally will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th, 2013.   by Andrew Ho

Pompano Beach, FL...July 25, 2013...Lugar, handled by Tom Sells, easily captured Pompano Park's $8,800 winners over trot on Wednesday night in 1:55.2. Famously bred--yes, he is by the noted Florida sire, Famously--the five year-old, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, took the lead from stride number one, thwarted any early challenges with a :27 opener, carded mid-mile panels of :56.4 and 1:25.2 and cruised home with the win measuring 4 1/4 lengths. In a photo for minor honors, Rompaway Brandon (Bryce Fenn) edged out Tug River Dylan (Walter Ross, Jr.) and even-money tote-board favorite Dutchess Seelster (Mickey McNichol). Celebrity Legacy picked up the "nickel." In a post race interview, Sells said, "Mark (trainer Friedman) thought he'd be a bit better this time around. Last week, he seemed to lose interest while in the three hole, so I decided to let him do what he does best--race on the front end. He sure was good tonight. I don't know how he does it, but Mark sure knows how to get them Florida breds to the top of their game..." Lugar now has banked $49,426 this year--his best season ever--and $129,323 lifetime. As third choice in the betting, Lugar paid $9.40 to those who invested $2 on his nose. The win was one of three on the card for Sells, who took the opener for Sunshine Stake trotting eligibles with Jim Langley's Worthy Crown, pulling off a 13-1 upset in the process, and a claiming event for trotters with the Tom Bigler trained and Peggy Faurot owned Pembroke Big Bo. Langley, on the other hand, completed a "bookends" training double when Stephane Lareau guided his own Kaa Dee Elmo to victory in the finale. Bruce Ranger also shared the spotlight by scoring a natural "hat trick" on races four, five and six. Bruce took the fourth with Good Luck Penny for trainer Jim McDonald and the Pacing Pretty Stable, the fifth with Stewart Nemiro's Base Camp, and the sixth with Dessert Princess, trained by McDonald for Carolyn Smiley and John Menges. Pompano Park closes out the meet on Saturday night with a 12 race program. Post time is 7:05 p.m. by John Berry  

Lugar, superbly handled by harness racing driver Kevin Wallis, took top honors for the third straight week in Pompano Park's featured winners over trot on Wednesday night.

McGreat and Hillybilly shared the harness racing spotlight at Pompano Park on Saturday night, each winning their respective events in 1:52.1.

Lugar, who had been involved in four photo finish decisions this year-all of which he lost - picked a great time to, finally, win one ...and he picked a perfect time to do it. The five year-old son of Famously took top honors in Pompano Park's Open I Trot on Wednesday night, eking out a very narrow win in a lifetime best 1:55 for harness racing driver Bruce Ranger.

Tonight was a 'once in an owner/breeders life time' night at Isle Casino Pompano Park for Florida breeders Lynn and Hollie Proesel - Hollie Proesel owned standardbred mares, and their all Florida-bred harness racing performers too.

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