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Ornellaia Dream Keeping Top Form

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Published: May 23, 2012 9:23 pm ET

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From humble beginnings with many of the foundation races in her career tracing to Ontario's Rideau Carleton Raceway, Ornellaia Dream is now the prime force to be reckoned with in the top trotting class at Pompano Park.

In the $7,500 Isle Mile Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday’s program, Ornellaia Dream abandoned her usual hard-closing style. Driver Walter Ross, Jr. had the seven-year-old Quebec-bred daughter of Fortuna Winner-Ornellaia slicing through swirling winds and fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 before stopping the clock in 1:56.4. The dominant effort followed her life's mark performance of 1:56 last week for owner-trainer Gaston Glaude of Pompano Beach, FL.

L M Canon earned the place prize when benefitting from a second-over steer by Dan Clements and a furious late brush came up about a length short. My Revenuer in rein to Bruce Ranger stayed around for third after being designated to race in the first over slot.

Ornellaia Dream is in the midst of one of her best career seasons, with 8 wins in 18 starts. Her career earnings have surpassed $110,000 and the May 23 conquest at Pompano was her 25th career win.

A $6,500 conditioned trot on the mid-week program also went to an entrant sent out by a French Canadian import trainer, Jean Beaulieu.

En Controle settled into third spot for the opening half and was then wheeled to the lead approaching the three-quarters after putting away the 3-5 favourite Super Lotto in rein to Tom Sells. The eight-year-old Self Possessed-Nutty Butty ridgling competes for Haras De L Estrie of Dunham, QC and went the rest of the way to win with daylight over Good Luck Penny with Jim McDonald in tow with Super Lotto holding third. En Controle is now a career winner of over $161,000.

(Pompano Park)

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