It was the fourth win in five lifetime starts for Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On who was bred and is owned by Tom Audley. Only a place finish in his first pari-mutuel start has kept the talented colt from being undefeated. Ross sat in the pocket until the three-quarter mile marker before cruising to a 1-1/2 length score over the runner-up Hillbilly (Mickey McNichol) in the stretch. Jose Lightning (Tom Sells) finished third, but some 21 lengths off the winner's 1:55.4 clocking.
In the co-featured weekly $8500 Open Handicap pace, Northern Companion (Rob Hoffman) ran his streak of one-two finishes to eight straight with a mild upset of Monet C C (Dave Ingraham) and Neptune Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger), in 1:54.2. Owner Dorothy Zarza's pride and joy now has four wins and four second place finishes in his last eight trips to post.
Racing will resume at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Monday night with a stellar program featuring a pair of $12,500 Sunshine Stakes Finals for sophomore trotters (separate colt and filly races) plus a $20,050 Florida Sales Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies and the $20,150 tandem event for first year trotting colts and geldings. Post time will be at 7:05 p.m., eastern.