Clements moves to lead in Pompano standings
May 16, 2012
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With a reset of the stats page at the start ofthis month for the spring/summer session at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, it's already a virtual certainty that Dan Clements and Bruce Ranger will dominate the driving colony in South Florida for the final 10 weeks of the meet.
Only two weeks into the current meet, Clements has surged to the top of the drivers' standings by winning with more than a third of his mounts. On Wednesday he notched his 19th and 20th winners of the meet with trotting mare Wildfire in the $8,500 Open Handicap Trot and with promising Florida-bred 3-year-old colt pacer Gold Star Spike. Pompano's perennial leading driver, Ranger, is a close second and only two wins behind.
The 48-year-old Clements has competed seasonally in Florida and his native Ontario for several decades. This Saturday night with at least seven scheduled appearances,Clements will become the first driver to surpass $60,000 in purse earnings in just the first three weeks of the spring/summer meet.
Trotting specialist trainer Gaston Glaude had a night to remember on Wednesday as a pair of high producing mares from his barn turned in stellar winning efforts.
Leading the Glaude Stable charge was Ornellaia Dream with a final half field-circling effort to earn a life's mark of 1:56 in the $7,500 Isle Mile-2 Open Trot. Glaude is also the owner of the Fortuna Winner-Ornellaia 7-year-old mare. She's won seven of 17 starts this year to push her life's bankroll to more than $107,000.
Just two races later, Glaude's Feel L A was a commanding front end winner in a $6,500 conditioned trotting test in 1:56.2. The 9-year-old mare by Feel Like A Winner from Keystone Nocturne is returning to the form of 2011 which saw her win more than half of her 26 starts and step to a speed mark of 1:54.4. Feel L A will increase her career earnings to more than $190,000 with her next purse check. (Pompano)