FSBOA Super Night on tap Saturday at Pompano
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Headlining the championship night program is the 2-year-old pacing filly Alice Springs, who has rolled through the first 10 races of her career unbeaten. The Tom Harmer-trained filly enters Super Night as the only horse still eligible for the $100,000 bonus offered by the FSBOA and Pompano Park to any 2 year old that sweeps all four of the Florida Sire Stakes finals.
Alice Springs has already captured the $36,775 Florida Stallion Stakes final and the $14,000 Sunshine State Stakes final, and in her most recent appearance the daughter of N Aboriginal triumphed in the $24,150 Florida Sale Stakes while stopping the timer in 1:56.3.
While Alice Springs figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $74,425 Florida Breeders Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies, the $66,771 juvenile filly trotting final features a trio of girls that can seemingly contend for the title in Baileysirishdream, Indigo Swirl, and Discreet Encounter.
Baileysirishdream spent her summer campaigning in New York, where the daughter of Matchem Hanover posted two impressive victories, taking the $86,500 Kindergarten Classic Series final in 1:59.3, and scoring in a $14,000 leg of that same series in 1:58.1, which is the fastest mile trotted by a 2-year-old filly in the history of Tioga Downs.
Baileysirishdream has triumphed in each of her two Florida appearances, including a rousing 27 1/4-length romp in her Oct. 17 elimination, but has drawn post nine for Saturday’s final, which may leave the door open for another filly to jump up and claim the top prize.
Indigo Swirl and Discreet Encounter have been familiar foes throughout the season, with the former visiting the Pompano Park winner’s circle on six occasions, and the latter having her picture taken five times during her career.
Earlier this season, Indigo Swirl prevailed in a $23,750 division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, while Discreet Encounter was the heroine of both the $16,450 Florida Sale Stakes and the $14,000 Sunshine State Stakes final.
Both fillies are looking to recover from disappointing efforts in their respective Florida Breeders Stakes eliminations, as Indigo Swirl checked in a distant second to Baileysirishdream, while Discreet Encounter crossed the wire fourth when beaten two lengths by Happy Bee, who also returns for the final.
Sody’s Moonshine has been the class of the juvenile pacing division at Pompano Park, and comes to his $82,500 Florida Breeders Stakes final with 10 wins from 11 starts, including a triumph in a division of the $19,225 Florida Sale Stakes in his most recent outing.
A defeat at the hands of Napoleon Dynahorse in the $14,000 Sunshine State Stakes final on Oct. 6 may have exposed some vulnerability in the previously invincible Sody’s Moonshine, who must face that rival again on Saturday, along with Alligator Alley, whose winning mile in 1:54 on Sept. 22 is the fastest by a 2 year old at Pompano this year.
The juvenile colt and gelding trotting division in South Florida has been a veritable playground for Southern Rain, who has visited the winner’s circle in eight of 10 outings, and enters Saturday’s $75,438 final off a 9 3/4-length triumph in the $25,000 Florida Sale Stakes on Oct. 10.
In his last two starts, Southern Rain has prevailed by a combined 16 ½ lengths, and the son of Wewering appears to be entering the Florida Breeders Stakes final in peak form.
Trot Monster is the lone horse to defeat Southern Rain, having accomplished that feat in consecutive starts on July 25 and Aug. 1, which included a victory in the $35,075 Florida Stallion Stakes. The son of Wewering is looking to rebound from a second-place performance in last week\'s elimination. (Pompano Park)