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Allen reunites and wins with Glam Cam

May 10, 2011
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It turned out to be a happy reunion for well known 55-year-old horseman Rod Allen with pacing mare Glam Cam on the Tuesday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Allen developed Glam Cam, a 5-year-old pacing mare, before a private sale in March to Arthur Mergenhagen of Williston, FL.
 
Now racing from the Dan Hennessey barn in an $8,000 purse conditioned test for pacing mares, Allen teamed up to drive the mare and made all the right moves in the final half. She responded and won in 1:53.2, equaling her lifetime mark. The daughter of Camotion was bred by Carl and Rod Allen Stable of Ocala.
 
This was Allen's first driving win in the bike in 2011 for the career winner of almost $11 million in the bike who is perhaps best known as the regular driving pilot of champion trotter CR Kay Suzie.
 
Although the season has already started for wildfires in the Florida Everglades to the west of The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, there's been an equine Wildfire on the racetrack that has been much more pleasing to the eye. The 4-year-old trotting mare Wildfire has made the first two legs of the new Appraisal Trotting Series her personal showcase. She lowered her lifetime mark for a second straight week on Tuesday night.
 
Dan Clements was in the bike to execute the thrilling come from behind victory. Ultimate Control, in rein to Wally Hennessey was again designated to cut the mile and posted lively fractions of :28, :57.4, and 1:27.1 while holding off the first over challenge of Rebel Windsong in rein to Martin Morel. Wildfire sat well back in the pack and swept up three wide in the final turn and was able to haul down Ultimate Control and pocket sitting Judith in rein to Richard Simard when the wire arrived in 1:57.2.
 
Wildfire, by Famously-Giant Wonder, is trained by Joe Kroll for owner-breeder Robert Reichard of Winter Park, FL. She's enjoying a career best year with 7 wins in 16 trips to the gate in 2011.
 
In the other $6,000 purse 2nd leg division of the Appraisal Trotting Series a major upset occured as 1-5 favorite Conceivable Motion in rein to Tom Sells unexpectedly tired in the stretch after controlling the race to the three quarter pole in 1:28.3. Getting by in the stretch were 8-1 offering Lugar with Richie Simard in the bike and 51-1 longshot Prairie Treasure partnered by Ray Vizzi.
 
Lugar was a two time winner last year in the Florida Breeders Fall Series. The three year old gelding by Famously-Chili Vanilli is trained by Mark Friedman for his Polo Stables of Boca Raton, FL. The championship final of The Appraisal Series will be staged next week. (The Isle Pompano)
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