Pompano Beach, FL — The FSBOA highly anticipated and lucrative Florida stakes program got underway at Pompano Park on Saturday (Oct. 24) and the non-wagering nine-race program took a page from baseball’s World Series with a multitude of doubles, triples and even a grand slam to kick off the festivities.
The grand slam belonged to Wally Hennessey, who had four wins on the program, while Mike Simons had the triple. Trainers Rod Lorenzo, Kim Sears and George Coblentz had training doubles. Laurie Poulin also had a grand slam in the breeder category.
And despite the stiff winds and sporadic rain showers, there were several noteworthy performances on the nine race program.
Below is a recap of the action.
2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT
Prairie Virtue (Shibboleth Hanover-Iftheresanyjustice), driven by Mike Simons, won an all-out war with Ifnotmwho (Hennessey), earning a maiden victory in 2:03.3– the margin a scant neck featuring a :28.3 final panel by the winner.
it was a “back and forth” tug of war as Ifnotmewho left the gate early, yielded at the opener to the eventual winner, who, herself, yielded three-eighths into the mile. Around the final bend, Prairie Virtue left the cozy pocket to engage in war through the lane and eked by at the wire.
West Haven (John Campagnuolo) was third in the mile while Bob’s Legacy (Nicholas Coblentz) was next. Ciao Bella (Sergio Corona) was placed fifth to pick up the final award.
Bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with Mary Martin, Prairie Virtue is trained by Lisa Martin.
2 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT
Simons swept the “early daily double” of sorts by guiding Coblentz’s Shulda Hada Drink (Shibboleth Hanover-Seminole Wind) to a 17-length win in 2:01.2 in an impressive first start to kick off his racing career.
Also by Shibboleth Hanover, the gelding was out-sprinted at the opening by IInotnowhen (Hennessey) and was content to let that one cut the mustard into the final bend before sweeping by as the leader made a miscue.
From there, Shulda Hada Drink widened his margin to the wire. Jo Jo Jet (Alessandro Spano) was second with Ifnotnowwhen third.
Seeking Matthew and Prairie Lazuli picked up the final awards.
The winner is trained by George Coblentz and was also bred by Laurie Poulin.
2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE
Sheza Terror (Hennessey) was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:59.3, highlighted by a :28.4 finale after cutting panels of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4.
The daughter of Western Terror earned her second-lifetime score in six starts to pin a two-length win on Ms Rodeo Drive (Dave Ingraham) with Gator Babe (Simons) next. Sparkyfareyouwell (Bryce Fenn) and Prairie Cheetah (Corey Braden) completed the order of finish.
Trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, Sheza Terror picked up her second lifetime in–the first being at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The winning owners also have bragging rights as the breeders.
2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE (2nd Division)
Prairie Sweetness (Hennessey) handling her lines, made her first appearance a winning won, carving up fractions of:30.4, 1:01 and 1:31.2 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed a photo-finish win over a game KKs Dream Girl (Braden) in 2:00.
The juvenile daughter of Royel Millennium was confronted once turning for home and the pair raced side-by-side all the way home in the slugfest.
Rocks Stormyd (Marshall Makin) was third followed by Princess Royal (Simons) and Prairie Dutchess (Ingraham).
The winner was bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with trainer Mike Deters.
2-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE
Mister David C (Hennessey), scored a hat trick, winning with yet another son of Royel Millennium, stopping the timer in 1:59.4 in his maiden victory.
Away in good order third early, Mister David C (Royel Milennium-Ginger Or Mary Ann) made a quarter move to the front, repelled a bid from Lucky Ramsey (Fern Paquet, Jr.) around the final bend and through the lane, to score by a neck.
Theflyingrock (Simons), bothered at the start, was, indeed, flying at the end of the mile to finish third just a length away.
The early leader Buddha Beach (Ingraham) was fourth while Hey Don’t Tell Me picked up the final award.
Also bred by Lauren Poulin, Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnam Farm.
3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT
Callin On Sunday (Simons), yet another offspring of Shibboleth Hanover, proved that manners matters by scoring a wire-to-wire win in 1:59.2–her first career victory.
Leading every step of her mile, Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, carved up panels of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:29.1 before coasting home in 30.1 for the score measuring 26 lengths.
Prairie Delight, who made a miscue halfway through the mile, was second while Brasen Bo (Mickey Mc Nichol) went up in the air at the start to complete the order of finish.
Nick Coblentz bred the winner.
3 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT
Last year’s Super Night Champion, Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef), took advantage of a miscue by the leader turning for home and went on to a two-length victory in a lifetime best 2:01.2, this in the inaugural start of his 2020 campaign.
The gelded son of Proud Bushy was away in good order and sat in the garden spot throughout the journey before inheriting the lead when Prairie Gold Mine (Hennessey) made a miscue once straightened away.
Prairie Romeo (Braden) rallied for second while YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) finished third in the quartet.
The winner is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with John Campagnuolo. Bred by Kathy Bove, Rhinestone Cowboy now has a lifetime card reading 8-3-2-3, good for over $46,000 and change.
3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE
Laurie Lee (Hennessey), last year’s Super Night winner in her juvenile class, kicked off her sophomore year with a sharp 1:58.2 win
This daughter of Royel Millenium stalked the pacesetting Gold Star Igotdis (Braden) through fractions of :30.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 before forging to the lead when the leader went up in the air turning for home.
Her :28.2 finale held off the fast closing Molly McGator (Simons) by a length with Alil Touch Of Pink (Ingraham) next. Gold Star I Gotdis did pick up the final award in the quartet.
Bred By Jay Sears, Laurie Lee, named after top breeder Laurie Lee Poulin, is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire.
Laurie Lee now has a bankroll of $51,875.
3-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE
Surviving an interference call halfway through the mile, Hurrikanekingjames (Carl Garofalo), a son of So Surreal, posted a handy 1:56.4 win measuring 5-1/2 lengths.
A $100,000 plus winner last season at two, Hurrikanekingjames earned his 10th career win–third this semester–opening daylight on the backside and coasting home uninterrupted with a :29.3. final panel.
Prairie Valentine (Ingraham) was second followed by Goldstar Buniholly Braden).
Repeal or Replace, who lead through the opening half, made a miscue right there and would up fourth over Shudahadahunemoon.
The winner gave Rod Lorenzo a training double and sent the sophomore’s earnings to
$142,065 for Jonathan Kell Racing, Kuhen Racing and Geroge Viern0. Hurrikanekingjames was bred by Our Horse Cents Stable.
Sunshine State Stakes racing continues next Saturday (Oct. 31), with post time at Noon.