Pompano Beach, FL --- Don't Spank Me, craftily handled by Bruce Ranger, captured the $10,000 final of the Sunshine State Stake for 3-year-old fillies, scoring a gate-to-wire win in 1:54.4 on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at Pompano Park.
The Capital Request filly, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, grabbed the racetrack as the gate opened and wired together fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:26.3 and pinned a 3-1/4 length defeat on arch-rival Tashia (Stephane Lareau). Dandee Diamond (Wally Ross, Jr.) finished third while Track Girl and I Spy A Gator also earned checks in the field of six.
The win extended her winning streak to three and pushed her lifetime bounty to $52,687.
After the race, Ranger said, "This filly showed her merit last week with a lifetime best performance of 1:54, so, when I was able to rate her to the half in :58 and a piece, I was very confident from there. She's just a consistently solid filly and continues to get better and better. Wayne (trainer Carter) has done a very nice job with her."
Don't Spank Me, off at odds of 1-20, returned $2.10 across the board.
In other Sunshine Stakes action, Mustang Sally, driven by Stephane Lareau, used a ferocious close to nail the 3-5 toteboard favorite, Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol), in the last two strides to capture the fourth leg of the 2-year-old filly pace in 2:00.2.
Sandalonia had made a sharp and confident quarter move to the top, repelled a backside bid from ICU Charlie T and sprinted clear in mid-stretch but couldn't hold off the winner, who paced her final panel in :29.1 for her maiden win in five lifetime starts. Sandalonia did hold on for second over the fast closing Voluminous, handled by Mel Turcotte. ICU Charlie T was fourth while the early leader, Marion, picked up the nickel.
Owned by Jay Sears and trained by Kim Sears, Mustang Sally, a daughter of Tough Sir, paid $10 to win as the third choice in the betting.
In a second division for the 2-year-old fillies -- held as a non-wagering event -- J D Eleven Bells, driven by Rick Plano, was an easy gate-to-wire winner over Heather (Stephane Lareau) and La Regina (Bryce Fenn) in 1:58.2.
The daughter of Eleven A M, trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joe Martinelli, Sr., carded panels of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1 before reporting home a 5-3/4 length winner. Her scorecard now reads 3-0-3 in seven starts.
In the featured trot, the Polo Stables' Lugar, handled by Kevin Wallis for trainer Mark Friedman, used the draw to perfection to take top honors in 1:57.3, holding off the late kicking She's All In, driven by Rick Plano, to score by a neck. Gale Warning (Andy Santeramo) was a fast closing third while I Love New York and Mr McRail also earned checks in the field of nine.
Lugar discouraged early challengers with his usual sharp early foot, taking the field to a :28.4 opener. The 5-year-old son of Famously then lollygagged over to the half in :59.1. As things heated up on the backside, Lugar first repelled the challenge of Jon Win with a :29.1 third panel and duplicated that time in the final panel to hold on for the win -- his ninth of the year.
Lugar's lifetime bounty now stands at $140,523 -- $60,626 this season.