Pompano Beach, FL --- Goldstar Thumper and Warlock took top honors in their respective Stallion Stakes at Pompano Park on Saturday night (Nov. 9) while Lyons Johnny roared home a seven length winner in the $10,000 winners over pace.
First, the FSBOA Stallion Stakes were contested in the two non-wagering events prior to the betting card and in the $20,000 opener for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Warlock, handled by Wally Hennessey, took the lead right out of the blocks, carved up panels of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:31.1 and sealed the issue with a :28 finale, stopping the clock in 1:59.1.
Trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, now recovering from a serious training accident last week, Warlock pinned the 3-1/2 length defeat on arch-rival Tough Issue (Tom Sells) with Gold Star Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) completing the trio in the field.
For Warlock, an altered son of Six Of Diamonds, it was his fourth win in eight lifetime starts, sending his earnings to $21,351.
|Goldstar Thumper paid immediate dividends with a Stallion Stakes win at Pompano Park on Saturday night.|
In the $22,000 event for the 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Goldstar Thumper, the newest acquisition of the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, paid immediate dividends when he got a picture perfect drive from Rick Plano to score by a length over the fast closing Quincy (Bryce Fenn) in 1:54.2. Hillybilly (Wally Hennessey), who cut the fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26.4, finished third while Jose Lightning completed the quartet of sophomores.
In a post race interview, driver Plano said, "Dick (new trainer Macomber) asked me if I'd drive the colt since I drove him in his last start a couple of weeks ago. He raced darn good going first up but just couldn't crack into that :28 final quarter. I knew he had some gate speed so I left out of there and found the garden spot back of Wally's horse (Hillybilly). When I asked him around the final bend, he responded like a good horse does. He probably paced his last quarter in :27.2 or so (he did)."
For Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On, it was his very first win of the year in six starts and sent his 2013 bounty to $15,940.
In the winners over pacing feature on the betting card, Lyons Johnny, driven by Wally Hennessey, roared from third on the backside to the lead and went on to score a resounding seven length win over No Monkeys Allowed (Kevin Wallis) in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. He missed a 1:51 mark last week by a head.
Neptune Blue Chip finished third while Hurrikane Scotty J and Oozie's Bad Boy picked up the final two awards in the field of seven. B N Bad, cutting sharp fractions of :27 and :55, wound up sixth.
Owned by trainer Shane Arsenault, Lyons Johnny won for the 15th time in his career and sent his lifetime earnings to $153,659 -- $29,741 this year. The 5-year-old son of Mach Three was the public's choice on the toteboard and paid $4.20 to win.