Pompano Beach, FL...May 14, 2014...Tug River Dylan, Cascata and Drea's Good Powow, all driven by Dave Ingraham, took top honors at Pompano Park as the Isle Casino Racing hosted a trio of harness racing feature events on Wednesday night. Tug River Dylan, stepping up a notch to the top Open class after a gate to wire win a week ago in Open 2 company, inherited his win, benefitting from a pylon violation in the lane by Andover America to advance a notch after finishing a neck back of the winner in 1:56. As mentioned, Dave Ingraham was in the bike back of the eight year-old son of Cr Commando, who used different tactics this time around, coming from last, seven lengths out of it early on, to grind away and reach within a photo finish of Andover America, handled by catch-driver Mickey McNichol, before the judges over-turned that finish after review. After Tug River Dylan and Andover America, Permanent Joy (Kevin Wallis) was next, followed by Lugar with Illusionsndreams fifth in the quintet. Lugar, driven by Tom Sells, blasted out of the gate and took the field through an opening panel of :27.4 with Illusionsndreams next followed by Permanent Joy, Andover America and Tug River Dylan. With a lap to go, Andover America was out and rolling with Tug River Dylan catching his live cover and, halfway through the mile in :57.3, Lugar was feeling the heat from Andover America with Tug River Dylan just outside of Illusionsndreams. On the backside, Andover America took charge and reached the third station in 1:26 and turned for home with a 1 1/2 length lead. Tug River Dylan was gaining in deep stretch but Andover America was able to hang on to cross the wire first, only to have his 54th lifetime victory denied when the judges found that Andover America went inside three pylons in the stretch. Instead, Tug River Dylan, owned and trained by Bpb Dutilly, earned his 23rd lifetime success--fifth this year--to send his lifetime bounty to $126,771. As second choice on the tote-board, the winner paid $5.80 to his $2 backers. In Isle's Late Closer for pacers (Non-Winners $350 Per Start or $7,500 in 2014 as of March 22), Cascata turned back his arch rival in the series, Bridge Jumper, to eke out a narrow victory for Ingraham in 1:54.3 and claim the major share of that $8,500 prize. The six year-old son of American Ideal fought tooth and nail down the Pompano stretch to score by a neck over Bridge Jumper (Kevin Wallis) with Growly Gus (Tom Sells) next almost seven lengths away. Stiletto Jake and Fox Valley Sly completed the quintet. For Cascata, trained by Michel Plouffe for owner Elizabeth Zimmerman, it was his fourth win of the year in 19 starts, sending his seasonal bankroll to $19,376 and $90,240 career-wise. As second choice in the betting, Cascata paid $5.40 to win. Ingraham completed his personal trifecta in Isle's $8,500 Late Closer for pacers (Non-Winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races as of March 22) as Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow survived a tough first over journey to, first, collar the pace-setting Tough Issue (Tom Sells) and then hold off Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) by three parts of a length in 1:56. This four year-old daughter of Squaw's Fella, un-raced at two and three, won for the third time during her first season of racing wars and this, her biggest payday, sent her seasonal and lifetime earnings to $16,053. Said Ingraham after the race, "...she's a tough little bugger. She can grind and grind and grind and never quits. I think she's got her best days ahead of her...great attitude on the track and can really open year eyes in the lane. She was impressive tonight. Again, as second choice in the betting--as were all three of Ingraham's feature winners--Dreas Good Powow paid $7.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Seven Arias and driver Deshawn Minor captured the $12,500 championship final of the Florida Sunshine Stakes harness racing series for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday night (October 10) at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, besting Dona (Tom Lehman) and Don't Spank Me (Kevin Wallis) in 1:56.3.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
A sudden tropical downpour just before post time delayed by a few minutes the start of the Monday evening, May 28 harness racing program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The many harness racing trainers with considerable length of tenure in South Florida will tell you it isn't very hard to send out three straight horses that don't win, and they'll tell you it's exponentially more difficult to win three in row. Rosie Huff has accomplished the rare feat of winning three in a row from her barn on the backstretch at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Although the opening harness racing event of the 2012 Sires Stakes program for Florida bred trotters and pacers doesn't start for another six weeks, there's been a noteworthy change in connections for three year old colt pacer Keemosabe.
FL-sired harness racing performers can win at any level, just look at Bling, Famous Mark and many others that have exceptional lifetime earnings and durability. Be here on November 6 for the FSBOA Yearling and Mixed Sale featuring 43 FL-sired yearlings, the day after FL Breeders Stake Super Night.
One might describe today's Sunshine State Stakes Leg #4 harness racing action as dazzling, glittering and famously undefeated!
A charitable cheque presentation and fast miles on the track highlighted the closing night of the 2010-2011 harness racing season under typically sultry South Florida conditions on Saturday evening, July 30 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The 2011 July installment of the Sunshine State Stakes at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is proving to be a showcase of emerging standout performers from the Tom Audley and Kim Sears harness racing stables.