Pompano Beach, FL --- Bruce Ranger won 13 races during the Saturday (Sept. 5) matinee card at Pompano Park to set a North American record for most wins in one day at one track.
Ranger’s heroics came during the 20-race matinee marathon featuring Florida-breds in the Sunshine State Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds.
Ranger kicked off the festivities by scoring a sharp 2:00.2 victory in a division of the 2-year-old filly pace with the Tom Audley trained Isle Of View Too, a daughter of Macadream. Audley co-owns the filly with Randy Laffer and Ellen Huxley Laffer. She’s now two-for-two lifetime and already sports a Lexington mark of 1:55.4.
Ranger also took another division of that same class with the first time starter Help Me Howard, a daughter of Mannart Howard. In a perfectly rated mile, the filly lollygagged through panels of :32.2, 1:03.1 and 1:34 before unleashing a :28.2 final panel to score a handy win in 2:02.2. The filly is owned by the consortium of Rodney Lorenzo, William Hancock, Jr., Troy Dobbins and the Pomtambo Stable and is trained by Michile Lorenzo.
The Polo Stables' Natural Beauty, also making her racing debut, scored for Ranger in the juvenile filly trot, repelling a late bid from Jeanie Marie (Warren Harp) to score by a half-length in 2:04.3.
Ranger’s fourth win on the card came in a division of the 2-year-old colt/gelding pace when Goldstar Vincenzo, a gelded son of Rock On, scored in wire-to-wire fashion in 2:02.2. The winner is owned by The Fishman Stables along with trainer Tom Audley.
Ranger also won two other divisions of that same class with sons of Mannart Howard -- Diamond Howard and Red Hot Howard -- both trained by Michile Lorenzo. Diamond Howard, owned by the trainer along with Souren Hovsepian, wired his competition in 2:02.3 while Red Hot Howard came from well off the pace and used a :28 final panel to score in 1:59. Red Hot Howard is also co-owned by Michile Lorenzo in partnership with Scott Hargreaves.
In the 2-year-old colt/gelding trot, the “Famously” bred colt Be Famous -- yes, he is by Famously -- got the picture perfect garden trip before romping to victory for Ranger in 2:07.4. Be Famous is owned by Amante Standardbreds and trained by Mel Turcotte.
The 3-year-olds took center stage for virtually the back half of the program and the 2008 filly trotting champion, Pearl Of Capri, scored a game 2:01.3 win for Ranger in making her 3-year-old debut. Owned by F & I Racing and trained by Veral Bowman, Ranger took his “Pearl” to the front from the outside post and set comfortable fractions before sprinting home in :29 to seal the deal. It was the filly’s 11th straight win dating back, of course, to last year.
In the other division for the sophomore trotting fillies, BK’s Luv romped for Ranger in 2:05.3, annihilating the competition with a win measuring a tad over 11 lengths. This daughter of Anything’s Possible is trained by Mike Deters for owner Frederick Morosini.
Ranger’s 10th win on the program came in the 3-year-old filly pace with the Polo Stables' Bling, a daughter of Scoot Outa Reach. When Ranger took the lines from trainer Mark Friedman, he rated the talented filly through an opening half in 1:00 before letting her sprint home in :58.1 to score a handy win measuring 5-1/4 lengths.
Wins 11 and 12 came in separate divisions of the 3-year-old colt pace with R I P Spanky and Storming Howard, respectively. R I P Spanky, owned and trained by Rosie Huff, used a :57.2 final half on the front end to score in 1:57.2 while Storming Howard used a two-move mile to score in 1:56.4 with the margin of victory just short of nine lengths. The latter is trained by Michile Lorenzo for Rod Lorenzo, William Hancock, Jr., Ciro Gentile and the Pomtambo Stable.
Ranger’s record 13th win came in the final race when he drove Goldstar Rosie to a hard fought victory in the 3-year-old filly pace. The daughter of Rock On earned her first win of the year for the Fishman Stables, who co-own the filly with trainer Tom Audley.
Of his record feat, Ranger said, "Well, a lot of it was luck…after all, a lot of the regular drivers like Hennessey and Clements weren’t here yet and I was lucky enough to pick up the drives on these ‘live’ mounts."
Tom Sells won three races on the matinee program (with Tabatha, Cracker Hound and Stiletto Jake) while Bob Roberts (Pocohontas Fame), Terry McIntyre (Cracker Cana), Mickey McNichol (Make Mine A Double) and Dave Ingraham (Be Lachek) also reached the winner’s circle.