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Horse wins Florida bonus

October 23, 2005

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I've Got The Power was able to win the $56,686 Florida Breeders Stakes Final for 2-year-old pacing colts at Pompano Park Saturday and lay claim to a $100,000 bonus for sweeping all four Florida Sire Stakes events.

Pompano Park featured eight stakes races and more than $500,000 in purses Saturday for its third annual Super Night program. The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and Pompano Park sponsor the $100,000 bonus.

Driven by Wally Hennessey, I've Got The Power posted his eighth straight win and 10th victory in 11 lifetime starts this year with a one-length triumph in a lifetime best mile clocking of 1:53.2. The Keisers Oberman Stables and Rod Lorenzo of Boca Raton own I've Got The Power, who was bred by Ron and Leah Schaefer.

"We changed a lot of things on this colt from his last start and he got a lot better," Lorenzo said. "I think the switch to leather hobbles was the main thing that helped him. By the way he went tonight we kinda got things right."

I Am Nasty, the 2-year-old pacing filly who was also eligible for the $100,000 bonus, failed to share in it when she did not win her $65,057 final, losing by 2 1/2 lengths to rival Flirty Feathers ($6.20) in 1:55.2.

Driven by Mickey McNichol, Flirty Feather left right out of the gate to take command with O Glory Be (Daryl Bier) in the pocket seat past the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Goldstar Bonaire (Bruce Ranger) was flushed out first-over after the half mile in :57.4 because I Am Nasty (Wally Hennessey) started her move on the outside.

After the three-quarters in 1:25.4, McNichol held the field at bay with Flirty Feathers and had little trouble holding off I Am Nasty in the stretch. Goldstar Bonaire was third.

Sired by Signed N Sealed, trained by George Harp Jr. and bred and owned by Sandy Irving and Shirley Harp of Pompano Beach, it was the second straight win for Flirty Feathers and her seventh win in nine lifetime starts. Both of I Am Nasty's losses this year came to Flirty Feathers.

"If she (I Am Nasty) had come after us early I would have let her go," McNichol said. "But she never came and my filly was best suited to be on the front end tonight."

The $63,019 final for 2-year-old trotting fillies saw J P Sage ($3.40) and driver Bruce Ranger take the lead after the opening quarter mile in :30.2. from Ikenikeniken (Walter Ross Jr.) and lead the rest of the race. She won by 2 3/4 lengths in 2:01.2.

It was J P Sage's 7th win in 10 career starts for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns the roan daughter of Basil with Robert Powell. Be Be Bonita (Marc Aubin) was second with Ikenikeniken third.

The $63,732 final for 2-year-old trotting colts saw Admiral Nemo ($3.00) win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.2 for his 7th win in 11 lifetime starts.

Sired by Crown Can, Admiral Nemo went to the early lead for driver Bruce Ranger but had to give way to a persistant Excalibur MC (Mel Turcotte), who fought to get to the lead to the opening quarter mile in :29 and then cleared to the lead before the half in :58.4.

But that lead proved to be short lived as Ranger came right back with Admiral Nemo in the backstretch to take the lead for good before the three-quarters in 1:28.3 and then trotted home an easy winner over Famous Mark (Wally Hennessey).

Robert La Case of Rochester, NH owns Admiral Nemo, who is trained by Warren Harp.

Other winners were Dunlear Court in the $53,997 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies, scoring in 1:55.3; Crown Candie, who was injuried early this season and winless in 13 starts, upset the field in the $54,115 final for 3-year-old trotting fillies, scoring in 2:01; Railee Possible captured the $61,232 final for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.2; and Florida Boy won the $62,132 event for 3-year-old pacing colts nad geldings in 1:53.1.--By Steve Wolf/Pompano Park
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