Keystone Thomas continues to win at Pompano
January 05, 2012
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The Wednesday card at Pompano Park featured the first Open Handicap Trot of 2012 and Keystone Thomas gave no clue that his 2011 successes will be curtailed anytime soon.
Jaavos Boy, in rein to David Ingraham, was trying to repeat his heroics of Dec. 28 with another front-end try which lasted into the stretch after a third-quarter battle with Pembrook Street to the final turn in 1:25.4. Keystone Thomas had been lurking in the pocket since the early strides and Bruce Ranger had to swing his charge up three wide turning for home to find racing room and the wire first in 1:55.1.
Jaavos Boy persisted for second and the pylon skimming Senator Hall with Anthony Napolitano in tow closed for third.
Stewart Nemiro of the Ranger Stable trains Keystone Thomas for Fred Monteleone Stable of Pompano Beach. The Revenue S-Yankee Taboo gelding, now 6 years old, earned $112,836 racing exclusively in Florida last year and his lifetime earnings now stand at more than $233,000.
One of the more interesting equine rehab stories of the 2011-2012 season at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is the journey along the comeback trail for veteran trotter San Remo Kosmos.
The SJ's Photo-Sissy De gelding hadn't raced since February of 2009 prior to landing in the Pompano backstretch in the barn of Peter Pellegrino for the ownership of the Baron Stable of Horsham, Pa. The 28-time career winner of over $614,000 took his life's mark of 1:52.3 at the Meadowlands in July of 2007 just before a close third place finish in that year's Nat Ray Memorial.
Originally developed along the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit and Sire Stakes trail by Todd Schadel, Roger Hammer, and Rod Bolon, San Remo Kosmos would also race with the continent's best from 2007 into 2009 from the care of Mark Silva, Ben Wallace, and Jimmy Takter.
On Wednesday, San Remo Kosmos followed in for a solid runner-up finish in a $5,700 conditioned trot with Ranger in the bike. His 104th career start followed a pair of third-place finishes and two qualifiers on the comeback trail at Pompano. (Pompano)