A cast of nine accomplished female drivers will be on the track for a race on each gait on the 2012 Valentine's program on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
In the Sweetheart Pace, scheduled as the 4th race on the program, Diane Long
has drawn the assignment with 3-1 early favorite Thaacaretheeso. Long, a
resident of Summerfield, FL is a career winner of 144 races in the bike. In the
Sweetheart Trot, scheduled as the 6th race on the program, Luanna Beeson will
partner 3-1 morning line choice K M Sweet Dreams. Beeson, a Ft. Lauderdale resident,
is seeking her first career driving win in the event.
By far the best known driver in the events is Kelly Case of Pompano Beach, as
her 770 career driving wins is more than the rest of her eight rivals combined.
She is also the only competitor with more than $1 million in career purse
earnings in the drivers' seat. In addition to Case, Long, and Beeson, the
cast includes Whitney Goodblood of Vernon, NY and Florida based drivers Laurie
Poulin, Gro Former, Anne Schlichtig, Mary Birkhold, Miriam Toland. Purses for
the 2012 Sweetheart Pace and Sweetheart Trot at Pompano have been increased
from the usual $3,000 level to $5,500 and the two special dashes will accompany
trackside promotions and games with a Valentine's theme hosted by trackside
reporter Gigi Diaz.