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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...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...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  

Pompano Beach, FL...September 26, 2013...Pompano Park is set to kick off their 50th anniversary pari-mutuel season on Saturday, October 5. John Yinger, Director of Racing, said that this season will feature new wagering options for the fans, as well as several new faces stiffening the competition, a new lighting system and a bump in purses. "We are going to offer a Pick-5 wager to kick things off on the wagering side--this to go along with our popular Pick-3 and Pick-4 bets. Of course, we'll have our usual wide array of other wagers on the menu, too," he said. Some of the new stables expected to heighten the level of competition include those of Jim Hardy, Chris Lems, Dave Stratton, Bruce Clarke, Jimmy Whittemore and Greg Wright. Yinger continued, "With our returning stables of great horsemen like Mike Deters, Wally Hennessey, Jim McDonald, Bruce Ranger, Joe Pavia, Jr. and Rick Plano, just to name a few, the racing will, no doubt, be at it's highest plateau in our 50 year history and we hope the harness community of fans will take notice. "We expect that the addition of Sunday racing, beginning in mid-November, will also get some serious notice from the fans." Pompano will also host a non-wagering program this Saturday, September 28, featuring Florida breds in Sunshine State Stakes competition. The Saturday matinee program has a post time of 11:30 and features many two year-olds beginning their racing careers. Also, the three year-old divisions have drawn some very powerful performers including a renewed rivalry between last season's top two juvenile pacing colt performers, Goldstar Thumper and Hillybilly. Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On, was bred and is owned and trained by Tom Audley. "Thumper" was last year's champion in his division, pinning a narrow defeat on arch-rival Hillybilly. He will be making his initial start of the year and will have the driving services of Bob Williams, Jr. Hillybilly, a son of N Aboriginal trained by Marc Aubin for breeder and owner Amanta Standardbreds, is already the author of a 1:52.1 mark this year and will have Bruce Ranger in the bike. The sophomore pacing event for the fillies pits two exceptionally talented fillies against each other--Seven Arias and Tashia. Seven Arias, trained by Mark Friedman for owner by Laura Newbery, was last season's champ, winning the crown of Super Night at Pompano with a splendid 1:55 mile for then trainer-driver Deshawn Minor. She has had but three starts this semester and has a 0-1-2 scorecard but comes into the action off of a sharp 1:58-:58 qualifying win over a track labeled as "good" after drenching rains. Tashia, owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, is on a roll, having secured five straight wins coming into this action. After a winless 2012 season, Tashia has won eight times this year with her last win in a lifetime best 1:55. Stall allocations for the 2013-2014 season have also been announced and are available at the following web site: www.pompano-park.isleofcapricasinos.com.  Click on the "racing" tab, then go to "horsemen" and stall allocations are posted at the top. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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

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