Florida Super Night on tap Saturday at Pompano
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Freshman trotting colts go postward next with Tim T (Tom Sells) getting the slight 9-5 morning line nod over 2-1 Proud Expression (Mel Turcotte). Each of the colts bring a record of four wins and one place finish in recent stakes activity into the $57,800 final. The partnership of Frederick Morosini, Kenneth Fritz and Michael Prendergast own Tim T; while the hopes of owners Victoria Howard, Pete Roccasano and Mel Turcotte will be riding with Proud Expression.
The 2-year-old pacing colts will race for a $54,700 championship purse with Thomas Audley's Goldstar Thumper (Walter Ross Jr.) installed as the 4-5 morning line choice over Amante Standardbreds' Hillybilly (Kevin Wallis) who is listed at 8-5. The projected favorite has a 3-2 edge over the projected runner-up in head-to-head competition during the stakes season.
Sophomore pacing fillies will vie for $54,800 in a deep field of talented distaffers headed by Jay and Kim Sears' Quail (Bruce Ranger), who got oddsmaker John Berry's nod at 2-1. Prairie Lee (Tom Sells) is expected to get similar patron action off of her 5-2 morning line, while Diamond Amber (Kevin Wallis) and Gold Star Gidget (Walter Ross Jr.) may get considerable considerationafter starting at 7-2 and 4-1, respectively. All four of these top-rated pacing fillies are multiple stakes winners in the Florida stakes program.
Second-year trotting fillies will be presented next with an enticing $56,600 championship purse being offered. Selena (Bruce Ranger) will seek her sixth consecutive stakes win in the contest, but did have an uncharacteristic dull tune-up in a conditioned prep race a week ago. The DCLD Stable stalwart is deserving of the 6-5 morning line favoritism, however, as she has dominated the division throughout the year. Pinch Of Thyme (Kevin Wallis) is the second choice at 9-5 based on three consecutive runner-up finishes to Selena.
Freshman pacing fillies will line up for a $57,400 championship with six of the eight contestants entering the race off in the money stakes finishes. Dona (Bruce Ranger), owned by Tom Lehmann, is the 8-5 favorite over 9-5 Seven Arias (Deshawn Minor), 4-1 Don't Spank Me (Kevin Wallis) and 5-1 I Spy A Gator (Tom Sells). The two favorites each have five Florida-bred stakes wins in their budding careers, while the third and fourth choices have both earned more than $20,000 in limited first-year engagements.
The Florida Breeders Stakes extravaganza will be capped off by the3-year-old trotting colts, who will chase a $54,400 purse. Matcan (Bruce Ranger) will undoubtedly be an overwhelming favorite when he goes for his 15th win in 16 lifetime starts. The pride of the Fred Monteleone Stable, the son of Matchem Hanover has already earned more than $100,000 racing exclusively in Florida during his first two seasons. Only Trent's Ringer and High Speed in the balance of the field have won Florida stakes events due to Matcan's domination of this division over two years.