With the Florida-bred stakes season in full swing it was the pacing fillies turn to shine at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Wednesday night.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the beach areas on the east coast of south Florida for Thursday and Friday, but it seemed like the threatening weather was arriving sooner than expected when a severe tropical rainstorm threatened to end the mid-week racing program almost before it got started.
In the end, a heavy deluge with accompanying high winds only lasted about 15 minutes between the second and third races, and after a brief, 24-minute delay the program was finished without further incident.
A compact field of five contested the $21,350 Florida Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies with Quail (Bruce Ranger) pulling a mild upset by going gate-to-wire in 1:55 to narrowly defeat Prairie Lee (Tom Sells) and Gold Star Gidget (Walter Ross, Jr.). The favored Diamond Amber paid the price for a parked-out first quarter mile in :27 and finished fourth, 2-1/2 lengths back at the wire. Jay and Kim Sears own Quail, a homebred daughter of Six Of Diamonds, who won for the 10th time over her first two years of racing and has earned more than $73,000.
The 2-year-old distaff pacers split into two divisions. Don't Spank Me (Kevin Wallis) won the first $16,138 split, which was a non-betting race, beating I Spy A Gator (Tom Sells) and ICU Misty (Walter Ross, Jr.) in 1:58.3. Wayne and Jean Carter own the daughter of Capital Request who has now earned more than $20,000 in five lifetime starts.
The second $16,638 division was captured by the heavily favored Dona (Bruce Ranger) in 1:58 over Seven Ariea (Deshawn Minor) and Tashia. James Brown conditions the Tough Sir lass whose freshman bankroll now exceeds $27,000 for owner Tom Lehmann.
The state-bred pacing colts will be featured in Stallion Stakes action on Saturday night when racing will resume at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park at 7:05 p.m., eastern. (Pompano)