Pompano Beach, FL…Saturday night is shaping up to be a “Super Night” at Pompano Park with the $422,000 FSBOA sponsored Breeders Stakes on tap along with a strong supporting card featuring some of the best pacers ever to grace the south Florida oval. The marquee’ event could very well feature one of the most dominant Florida bred horses in history—Markie—who is undefeated in five starts this year in her class of sophomore trotting fillies. Owned by Jay Sears, Markie has annihilated her foes this semester, winning by margins ranging from 3¾ lengths to 23 lengths with four of her five wins measured in double digits. Markie will be attempting to stretch her winning streak to nine, going back to last season when she was the champion of her two year-old division, sealing the issue on Super Night 2013 at Pompano. Trainer Kim Sears has taken nothing for granted saying, “so far, things have gone her way but she is very high spirited…maybe you could even say she’s a brat. But once she gets going, she REALLY gets going. We just hope she behaves on her big night.” Waiting in the wings “just in case” will be Trotting JC Poss, second to Markie on four occasions this season. Owned and trained by Steve Stabile, Trotting JC Poss was also the “bridesmaid” to Markie on Super Night last year. So overwhelming has been Markie that her Super night event with a purse of $53,000 has drawn only four other challengers and has been scheduled as the third of three non-wagering events kicking off the card. Vying for supremacy in the division for two year-old pacing colts and geldings is Owosso Flash, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters. Owosso Flash, named in honor of longtime owner John Spindler of Owosso, Michigan, has an unblemished record at Pompano Park, having won two Sunshine State Stakes then complimenting that with a victory in the Stallion Stakes and coming into Super night off of a spectacular 1:54.4 performance in the Melvyn Aylor Memorial, this despite fierce winds and a blinding rainstorm. Two starts ago, the “green” youngster took a right hand turn towards the paddock just after the start but driver Mike Deters was able to get the colt composed and, once settled down, this son of Royel Millennium gobbled up a 15 length deficit and went on to score a victory in 1:58.1—last half :57. Gold Star Roger and Caesar’s Forum appear to have made the best case to upset “Flash” should he prove to be a “flash in the pan.” But trainer Mike Deters doesn’t think Owosso Flash is a “flash in the pan,” saying, “He’s a very fast horse that is just learning his trade. I really think highly of him and hope he lives up to my expectations.” The race for supremacy in the division for sophomore pacing colts and geldings has been a toss-up for the past two seasons between Tough Issue, Gold Star Kenny P and Warlock. Last season, Tough Issue and Warlock fought bravely to the “wire” with Tough Issue emerging the Super Night champ. This semester, Gold Star Kenny P has joined the fray and even rose to the top of the class after three straight Sunshine State Stakes victories over Tough Issue. But, when the lucrative Sunshine final came along, Tough Issue rose to the occasion, pinning a five length defeat on Kenny. In the Stallion Stakes, Tough Issue, again, took top honors. Warlock has been third in all of these encounters and looks to rebound on Super Night. In the race for honors in the sophomore pacing division for fillies, the “limelight” currently belongs to “Limelight,” whose record remains unscathed in her five FSBOA stakes events. Owned by Beauty in the Bridle Racing, trainer Rosie Huff has high praise for Limelight saying, “She has been very good against her class, yes, but this group has loads of talent, so I just hope her good fortune continues.” Marion, Voluminous and J D Eleven Bells are just a few just waiting in the wings should opportunity present itself but Limelight is the 5 to 2 morning favorite. In the juvenile class for trotting colts and geldings, the highly spirited Prairie Fortune—6 to 5 on the morning line—appears to have the upper hoof, having scored a remarkable 2:00 win in the Aylor Stake a week ago despite the difficult weather conditions. Trainer-driver Mike Deters recently said, “He does have a high turn of speed but, having said that, it’s a challenge for him to keep his mind on business. When he’s good, no doubt he’s VERY good.” Railee Workable and Victory Park are among those that have chased Prairie Fortune home—though several lengths away. In the race for the Super Night crown in the pacing filly division for two year-olds, Gold Star Dynasty and Paxxie have proven to be at the top of the class with “Dynasty” having the slightest edge based on her game 1:56 victory for Peter Wrenn last Saturday night in the Aylor Memorial. Three other Breeders Stakes events complete the FSBOA festivities with the supporting card featuring Hippomania III—the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace—carded as the nine race on the program. With the recent 1:49 winner Duc Dorleans out this week, Prairie Jaguar, second last week, and Panocchio, third in that same outing, renewing a spirited rivalry along with a quintet of others, including new arrivals Lyons Johnny, E Z Noah and Red Scooter. That’ll Be The Rei and Audreys Dream complete the talented million dollar field in which five of the participants own marks of 1:50 or faster with the other two just a tick or two away. Pari-mutuel post time is 7:30 p.m. with the trio of FSBOA Super Night non-betting events beginning at 6:35 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With two classes of the FSBOA Stallion Stakes highlighting the midweek card at Pompano Park, Gold Star Dynasty was in the "limelight" after a lifetime best 1:56.3 performance in the two year-old filly pace while the filly Limelight was creating a "dynasty" of her own in winning the distaff event for pacing sophomores. Gold Star Dynasty, the splendid Six Of Diamonds filly owned and trained by Tom Audley (and family), pushed her lifetime earnings to $22,262 in just five starts with a very sharp wire-to-wire win in the $26,000 Stallion Stakes for Wally Ross, Jr. for her third lifetime win. Taking the lead at the outset from her outside post six, Ross rated the filly to perfection, clocking fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before sending the lass sprinting home in :27.4, stopping the tele-timer in the aforementioned 1:56.3, annihilating her previous mark by three full seconds. The highly regarded Paxxie, handled by Bruce Ranger, was second, 6 Â½ lengths away, while Davita and Bob Roberts teamed up for show honors. Arties Diamond Gal was fourth with Creamsicle picking up the nickel. After the race, driver Wally Ross, Jr. said, "this filly likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go...not necessarily on top, but close. Tonight, I thought it best to get her into it early from the outside. She really seemed to relish being on the lead the entire route tonight. I was just a passenger." Even money on the tote-board, Gold Star Dynasty was second choice in the betting--Paxxie was 4 to 5--and paid $4.20 to her faithful. In the $28,500 Stallion Stakes for the three year-old fillies, Beauty In The Bridle Stable's Limelight, deftly handled by Tom Sells, made a quarter move to the top and, after a :28.3 opener, clocked subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27 before turning on her after-burners with the filly striding home in :28.3 to stop the timer in 1:55.3, her margin of victory 1 Â¼ lengths over Marion, driven by Matt Romano. Limelight has created somewhat of a "dynasty" in her own right, having swept her four legs of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes to go along with her victory on this night. Voluminous, handled by Bruce Ranger, was next. ICU Charlie T was fourth in the mile while Gold Star Jessica picked up the final award in the field of nine. After the race, driver Tom Sells related, "she's a very nice filly...very handy. She is very well mannered and proved that tonight when there was a recall that kept all of 'em on the track for several extra minutes. I made that quarter move to stay out of trouble and she did the rest...all on her own." Trained by Rosie Huff, Limelight won for the seventh time in 11 starts this year, good for $41,145. She's banked $56,274 lifetime. Favored at 1 to 2 on the board, Limelight paid $3.00 to win. Finally, Andover America, the still splendid nine year-old son of Andover Hall, won for the fourth consecutive time in Pompano Park's $10,000 top Open trotting event for Bruce Ranger. Owned by McTrade Enterprises, Andover America led at every marker clocking panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to score a rather handy victory measuring 1 Â¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Count Speed, in the garden spot for Wally Hennessey the entire route, finished second with Baby Boy Grin third for Kevin Wallis. The Kept Man and Majestic Won picked up the final two awards in the septet. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, "you know, I keep saying that Andover may be a step slower than when he was last season--age does that, you know--but he sprinted out of the gate like a youngster tonight...and all on his own. I thought a quick opening quarter like that (:27.4) might leave him a little wanting at the end but he really felt like he wanted to go on and on." For Andover America, it was his seventh triumph of the year, sending his seasonal earnings to $45,650. He has now banked $785,890 in his career on the strength of a 57-32-18 scorecard in 152 lifetime starts. Despite coming into the action with the winning streak, Andover America was allowed to go off at 3 to 1 and returned $8.20 to win as the second choice. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL....Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) have signed a letter of intent outlining terms of a three-year deal, pending execution by both parties of a final definitive agreement. Pursuant to the letter of intent, the agreement would be effective immediately and extend through the 2016-2017 racing season. The definitive agreement would also extend Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park's current season of 126 racing days through June 27, 2015. According to Brett Revington, Isle's director of racing, "Under the terms outlined in the letter of intent, projections indicate that purses should average $75,000 per racing program during the peak of the season--January through March--with total purses estimated at $8.5 million representing a nearly 20% increase over purses from last season." Revington added, "We expect TVG to begin racing coverage at the Isle on Mondays beginning November 3, with additional coverage at three days per week during the peak season. The proposed new agreement gives both Isle and FSBOA the opportunity to make harness racing the best it can be here in South Florida," Additionally as part of the proposed new agreement, a new marketing committee consisting of parties from both the Isle and FSBOA will be formed to attract new racing patrons and enhance the racing experience for guests. To view the Isle racing schedule please visit our website at www.theislepompanopark.com and click on the racing tab or call the Isle direct at 954.972.2000. From the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park
With Mother Nature cooperating and no rain for the second straight week, the Sunshine Stakes for Florida sired Standardbreds went off without a hitch Saturday at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Florida. There were eight stakes races for two and and three-year-old trotters and pacers with purses totaling more than $25,000. The race are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. The track was rated good with a one-second allowance because of rain during the early morning hours. The thriller of the day happened in the $3,500 seven race pace for three-year-old fillies as Limelight stole the spotlight for driver Tom Sells with a 1:57.1 victory. That mile was the fastest of the two days of fair racing. Heather and driver Bob Roberts were caught three-wide to the opening quarter mile in :28.3 as Lightlight also had to go on the outside when Voluminous (Bruce Ranger) made a break. Heather then led the field to the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27. It was then that Sells came after the lead with Limelight and they tore aware from the rest of the field to win by four open lengths. It was the fourth win this year for the Cracking Light daughter, who trained by Rosie Huff for the Beauty Bridle Racing Stable of South Amboy, NJ. Markie made it an impressive two for two in 2014 with her second straight win in the $3,300 three-year-old filly trot. Driven by Bob Roberts, Markie was parked to the early lead and just like last week, she pulled away from everyone and went on to win by 23 lengths in 2:00.1. It was the daughter of Proud Bushy’s fifth straight win for Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen, FL, who also bred the filly. Other winners on the program were Railee Workable (Mickey McNichol) in the $3,450 2yo colt trot in 2:03.3; Livy M (Tom Sells) captured the $3,150 2yo filly trot in 2:07.3 and Gold Star Dynasty (Walter Ross, Jr.) took the $3,200 2yo filly pace in 2:01.1. The $2,500 pace for 2yo colts was captured by Caesar’s Forum (Bruce Ranger) in 2:00.3; the $2,900 3yo colt trot was won by Showing Off (Bob Roberts) in 2:01 and the second fastest mile on the card saw Gold Star Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) win the $2,800 3yo colt pace in 1:59.3. The Sunshine Stakes now move on to the third leg at the Isle Pompano Park on their opening night, Saturday, October 4. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village
The second leg of the Florida Sunshine Stakes with more than $25,000 in purses, will take place Saturday at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach. There is free admission and parking. First race post time is 11:00 am for the eight race program for Florida-sired two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There is one division for each gait and gender. The series is hosted by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to spotlight the top Florida-sired Standardbreds. Victory Park, who won his maiden start last week, drew the rail in the first race for two-year-old colt trotters. He will once again be driven by Bruce Ranger. The first race had a full field of nine colts going behind the Hummer starting gate. Markie, who is on a four-race winning streak for trainer Kim Sears, heads the fifth race trot for three-year-old fillies and drew post five. The daughter of Proud Bushy romped last week at Sunshine Meadows, winning by 20 open lengths in 2:02.1, which was the fastest mile on the race program. She will again be driven by Bob Roberts, who had a driving triple last week. There will be vendors and food trucks at the event. The Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village is located on the west side of 441/SR 7 between Atlantic Avenue and Clint Moore Road. For more information call 561-281-7659. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center
Harness racing is coming to Delray Beach, Florida this Saturday with the $25,000 Sunshine Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The races will be held at the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village on Route 7/441 beginning at 11:00 am. There is free admission and parking, arts and crafts and equine product vendors, food trucks, pony rides and other activities for children. There is also a special celebrity harness race featuring Florida State senators Maria Sachs, Joseph Abruzzo, Mazda professional car racing sensation Tristan Nunez and TV12 Sports Director Matt Lincoln. They will compete in a one mile race in double-seating jogging carts with a trainer. On the one mile racetrack there will be eight Sunshine Stakes events. Featured will be the 2014 debut of Markie, a three-year-old trotting filly who last year won seven of her eleven starts for owner/breeders Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. Markie is sired by Proud Bushy and last season earned $57,700 while dominating her class and closed out the 2013 season with three straight wins. Other standouts include Tom Audley’s Gold Star Jessica, a $46,000 winner who heads the three-year-old pacing filly ranks and Tough Issue, a three-year-old pacing gelding that has won $64,000 for trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek. All four of the two-year-old races for trotters and pacers feature first time starters. The last time there was racing at Sunshine Meadows was back in 1998. Everyone is reminded to bring their lawn chairs as there is no seating at Sunshine Meadows. In the event of a rain cancellation the races will be moved to Sunday. The second leg of the series will also be held at Sunshine Meadows on Saturday, September 20. The Sunshine Stakes are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. For more information call 561-414-3512 or 954-654-3757. From Sunshine Beach Equestrian Center
Delray Beach, FL – What does two Florida State Senators, a professional car race driver and a Television Sports Director all have in common? And no, this is not a bad joke! All four of these professionals will be casting aside their normal vocations and become harness horse drivers on Saturday, September 13 at the inaugural Sunshine Stakes at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village off Route 441/SR7 in Delray Beach, Florida. State Senators Joseph Abruzzo (D) Palm Beach and Marie Sachs (D) Palm Beach/Broward counties, local professional car race driver Tristan Nunez and Palm Beach TV 12’s Sports Director, Matt Lincoln, will all compete in a one mile harness horse race as part of the festivities at Sunshine Meadows. Nunez will also be bringing his Mazda Prototype Lites racecar that will be on display. In addition to the celebrity race, there will be more than $50,000 in stakes races held at the training facility on September 13 and 20th. The races are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and are for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. In addition to the celebrity race and the Sunshine Stakes events, it will be a free country fair atmosphere at Sunshine Meadows. Everyone is invited to come out and bring your lawn chairs (there is only grass seating). First race post time is 11:00 am. Rain date is the next day (Sunday). There will be free admission and parking, food trucks, vendor booths (free for 501C3 charities), arts and crafts, equine displays, pony rides and a children’s fun zone. “We wanted to show our community what a great facility we have,” said Brandon Mills, general manager at Sunshine Meadows. “And what better way than a real country fair with horse racing, displays, children’s events and now a great local celebrity race. People don’t know that we have nearly 200 acres hidden away here right off route 441 that is home to more than 600 harness racing and equestrian horses, many of whom are world champions. I hope that everyone will come out and have some fun.” Any vendors or 501C3 charity groups interested in being part of the two Sunshine Stakes days should contact Scott Miller at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village by either calling 561.281.7659 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.sunshinemeadows.info. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village
Delray Beach, FL -- Harness racing “county fair style” is coming to Palm Beach County in Florida this September as the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach will host two days of Sunshine Stakes racing on their one mile racetrack. The elite equine training facility has reached an agreement with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) to hold races for two and three-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers on Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, September 20. Rain dates will be on the following Sunday. “We are very excited that Sunshine Meadows has agreed to host the two days of stakes races,” said FSBOA executive director Joe Pennacchio. “We estimate that there will be in excess of $50,000 in purse money over the two days of racing. It will be exciting as the management team at Sunshine Meadows is committed to making the two race days a county fair type atmosphere centered on the live racing.” Post time each day for the racing is set at 11:00 am. It is estimated that there will be from 10 to 11 races on each program. “We are very excited about hosting these races,” said Brandon Mills, general manager at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village. “It is an opportunity to show our great facility to the general public and to have a fun community event for everyone to attend.” There will be free parking and admission for the races. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as there is no grandstand or seating, only beautifully manicured lawns to watch from. In addition to the Sunshine Stakes races there will be an exhibition race with Racing Under Saddle (RUS), the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be participating and a local media celebrity race will take place each race day. Parents and grandparents can bring the children as there will be pony rides, face painting and other children activities plus plenty of food vendors, arts and crafts and equine product displays. “We are working to make this a very special event,” Mills said. “Something that people can look forward to attending every year. So many people drive by and see our signs on 441 but never think to come on in and check us out. We have a great facility here and want to show it off.” The Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village features a one mile racetrack, a five-eighths mile training track and a half mile Euro strip. The facility has 18 barns that can house more than 650 horses, numerous show and jump rings and turnout paddocks. The facility is the winter home to world-renowned Standardbred trainers Jonas Czernyson, Chuck Sylvester and Frank Antonacci. World class trotters Maven, Spider Blue Chip and D’Orsay trained all winter at Sunshine Meadows. Also stabled at Sunshine Meadows are many riding horse trainers for English, Western and Dressage, who have shown successfully world-wide. Any vendors wanting to reserve rental space during the two days of Sunshine Stakes racing, businesses wishing to advertise in the race program, sponsor races or host sponsorships can contact the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village by calling 562-281-7659 or emailing email@example.com. Their website is www.sunshinemeadows441.com. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village
Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced that the 2013 Caretaker of the Year award winner is Pam Senclair. She is being awarded for her work in the development of three Florida Stakes winners. She will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Ms. Senclair, working in the Jay and Kim Sears Stable, helped develop the successful performance of Markie (Proud Bushy-R Markie’s Angel-Corleone), the two year-old trotting filly that earned $57,000 with a slate of 11 starts, seven wins and two second place finishes and a record of 2,2:01.2f. She also looked after Showing Off (Wewering-Walhalla-Garland Lobell), the two year-old trotting gelding the earned $46,382 and a mark of 2,2:01.3f. This colt was eight times first and second in 11 starts. Pam also added her stamp to the three year-old pacing filly Tashia (Six Of Diamonds-Armbro Robin-Cam Fella). This filly raced tough during the entire racing season, earning $68,631 with a record of p,3,1:54.1f. She started 36 times and reached the winners’ circle 11 times. The Caretaker of the Year was chosen from the ten different caretakers who were honored each month during the 2013 season at Pompano Park by the Florida USHWA Chapter. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, email@example.com. By Thomas H. Hicks for the Florida Chapter of USHWA
Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2013 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to Jody Dancer of Pompano Beach, the wife of the late Hall of Famer, Stanley Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing an outstanding juvenile pacer goes to Tom Audley of Bell, a previous winner of this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of trotters, goes for the second time to Kim Sears of Osteen. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Michele Hallett of Margate. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Victoria Howard and her step-father, Peter Roccasano, of Boca Raton and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2013 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to transplanted Californian Ed Hensley, a leading reinsman at west coast venues, Hoosier Park and now in Florida. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Isle Pompano Park Vice President and General Manager Rob Wyre and the Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Isle Pompano Park chef Joe Harvella. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who over his or her career has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year’s honoree will be announced shortly. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, email@example.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA
Pompano Beach, FL – Thomas H. Hicks of Pompano Beach was recently elected as the new president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Hicks, a prominent owner and breeder of Standardbreds for more than 40 years had been a member of USHWA for the past four years. He covers the Monte America racing under saddle series for the trade websites and magazines and also writes daily for Harnesslink.com, covering the European harness racing scene. Hicks has traveled extensively to Europe and has viewed the Prix d’Amerique classic race in Vincennes, Paris numerous times. He has also visited and raced at many of the tracks throughout North America. He is the managing partner of Renaissance Partners, LLC of Pompano Beach and is the former executive director of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. The new Vice President of the Florida USHWA Chapter is Fred Segal. Re-elected to their positions were Kathleen Dempsey as Director/Secretary and John Berry as Treasurer. The Chapter is beginning preparations for their annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner that will take place on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubetree Hilton Hotel in Deerfield Beach, FL. By Steve Wolf for the Florida Chapter of USHWA
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...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
Fred Segal, President of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2013 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards.
Fred Segal, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the harness racing award winners for the 2012 season.
The day long tropical rain in South Florida which stopped just before post time didn't dampen the spirit of the three year old fillies on both gaits as the Sunshine State Stakes kicked off on Wednesday, June 20, at Florida's harness racing headquarters - The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.