Pompano Beach, FL --- Don’t Spank Me pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday by scoring a decisive win in a lifetime best 1:54 for Bruce Ranger in the Florida Sunshine State Stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
The daughter of Capital Request, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, went right to the front and clocked opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4 before thwarting the bid of the 3-10 favorite Tashia, handled by Stephane Lareau, with a :27.3 third panel and romping home in :28.3 to seal the deal.
Tashia did finish second while Dandee Diamond finished third for Wally Ross, Jr. I C U Misty and Track Girl picked up minor awards in the field of seven.
In winning her Pompano Park debut this season, Don’t Spank Me stopped the seven race winning streak of Tashia.
In a post-race interview, Ranger said, “Wayne (trainer Carter) said the filly is quite handy and can leave if asked. She was completely well within herself the entire mile and beat a very tough filly in Tashia in the process.”
The ultra-consistent Don’t Spank Me now has a 4-3-3 scorecard in 12 starts this year, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $47,788. As second choice in the betting, Don’t Spank Me returned $6.40 to win.
Pompano’s featured winner’s over trot went, also in a mild upset, to My Man, handled by Stephane Lareau for trainer Noreen Paulin and owner Claude Baril.
The 5-year-old son of Malabar Man, stepping up in class after a win last week, was well back early as Lugar, driven by Tom Sells, cut fractions of :27.4 and :57.
On the backside, Lareau, still sixth, began to close an eight length gap, following Spring Goal (Rick Plano) as that one began his bid from fifth halfway through the mile.
Turning for home after the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Spring Goal was surging and edged by Lugar a sixteenth out but My Man, widest of all, nailed Spring Goal right on the money with Lugar third in a three horse picture.
The victory was My Man’s sixth of the year, sending his 2013 bounty to $35,425.
Other notable performances on the mid-week card included J D Eleven Bells in the Sunshine State Stakes event for juvenile fillies and the 10-year-old Gale Warning.
J D Eleven Bells, handled by Rick Plano, overcame a second tier post to score an easy win in a lifetime best 1:57.1, defeating La Regina (Ranger) by five lengths. Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) rallied to finish third over Heather (Lareau). Marion picked up the nickel.
It ws the second win in six lifetime starts for J D Eleven Bells, a daughter of Eleven A M trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr.
Gale Warning won for the 58th time during his splendid career, scoring a gate-to-wire win for Andy Santeramo in 1:57.1. Gale Warning, owned by Ciro Gentile along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, now has lifetime earnings of $614,665.