May I please ask to have my voice included in those offering memories of Sudbury Downs if indeed, Saturday evening witnesses the final live harness racing program in track history. This would be a very sad, tragic, and unnecessary development if it transpires due to the changes to gaming in Ontario everyone is now well aware of.
The 2011-2012 South Florida live harness racing campaign which began last September 21 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is now complete. The meet's final program on Saturday, July 28 delivered a full measure of excitement with the spectacle of a rare match race and a very significant driver milestone going into the record books.
One of harness racing's great and rare spectacles, a match-race, has been carded for Saturday evening, July 28,as ahighlight of the closing program of the 2011-2012 meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
When the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John came to Florida last December and broke the harness racing three year old colt pace track record set at 1:51.2 by Beach Towel more than 21 years earlier, it was widely thought that the category record of 1:51.1 would stand for a long time to come.
After the two preliminary harness racing legs of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stakes in July, there was very little separating the 3-year-old filly pace division's arch rivals Quail and Gold Star Gidget.
It looks the Kim and Jay Sears Stable has developed another harness racing standout in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) stakes series. In the 2012 debut for the State-bred 2 year old pacing colts and geldings in the $4,785 purse Sunshine Stakes, Diamond Master was flawless in capturing his first lifetime start.
It was a beautiful evening in South Florida dominated by a promising group of 2 year old State-bred prospects hitting the track for their first career starts on Wednesday, July 11 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Harness racing urses ranged from $4,500 to $6,000 in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Sunshine State Stakes.
After gaining a reputation as Florida's most promising but enigmatic trotter of 2012, Trents Ringer finally found his confidence and fulfilled his harness racing potential in the Saturday evening, July 7 start of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stakes for a $7,000 purse at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The 3 year old pacing filly that looked unbeatable in Florida's State-bred harness racing program for 2012 has been defeated for the first time this year by her own kind.
The 3 year old colt and gelding trot division of the 2012 Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) continued to produce upsets as a highlight of the Saturday evening, June 30 harness racing program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The leading driver in the 48 year history of harness racing in South Florida, Bruce Ranger has done it again.
Yet another important equine based cause in South Florida has become a recipient of the generosity and charitable spirit of the harness racing 'Florida Amateur Driving Club' (FADC).
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.
The top event of the Saturday evening, June 16 harness racing program in South Florida was the $8,500 purse Isle Mile Open Handicap Pace. Bruce Ranger guided Neptune Blue Chip through fractions of 27.1, 56.1, and 1:24.2 enroute to a comfortable 1:52.1 victory over the pocket-sitting Bolero Topgun driven by Andy Santeramo.
It's been an eventful eight months in Florida for Bombilla Hanover. The 4 year old pacing mare and her groom, Sue Blood, were honored in a trackside ceremony on Saturday evening, June 16 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park with the Horse And Groom Of The Month Awards for May from the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association.
Jim McDonald surged to the lead by sending out a pair of winners on the Wednesday evening, June 13 harness racing program, but the Summer Meet contest for top trainer will be tight right down to the finish on July 28 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.