In the absence of a trophy race at Caymanas Park today, the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over a mile takes the spotlight on the nine-race programme. Seven starters have been declared, including top contenders MIRACLE STAR, ROYAL VIBES, RAGING PROSPECT and BOLD AVIATOR. The Wayne DaCosta-trained ROYAL VIBES will have lots of supporters in this not-too-hot overnight field, having been a model of consistency even though failing to win a race in the last six months. The five-year-old son of Royal Minister-November Lace is ideally suited to a mile and is fit enough to land a blow under his in-form rider, Robert Halledeen. However, the fact that ROYAL VIBES finished behind RAGING PROSPECT the last two times they met says a lot for the chances of the 6-year-old gelding RAGING PROSPECT, from the stables of Patrick Lynch. RAGING PROSPECT, who beat the very useful MILITARY MOVE over this trip back in April, caught the eye when finishing two lengths second to PRINCESS SHINE over 2000 metres on September 5, a race in which he had the then favourite ROYAL VIBES behind in third, BOLD AVIATOR (fourth), MIRACLE STAR (sixth) and BLACK THORN (seventh). All renew rivalry today, but with RAGING PROSPECT coming down 4.0kg in the scales by virtue of the 4.0kg claiming allowance of promising apprentice Odean Edwards, he’s definitely the pick of the weights, with only 50.0kg. Blessed with good pace and in good nick for this race, RAGING PROSPECT should win at the expense of the Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR and ROYAL VIBES. Other firm fancies on the card are MY COMPANION in the third race for maiden two-year-olds, BATTLE SONG in the fourth, AUNT HILDA in the fifth and LONG RUNNING TRAIN over recent winner ROYAL ASSAULT in the seventh race over the straight.
Six-time champ Kenny Bernstein is back, this time in black. He’ll be driving a Funny Car sponsored by Monster energy drink and Lucas Oil as Brandon continues to campaign the dragster. It will mark the first time father and son have competed together as pros, although they shared a historic moment of being the first father-son duo to win at the same national event, in 2001 at Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein, one of only two men to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car, retired following the 2002 season. An injury to Brandon in 2003 put him back on the circuit for the balance of the season, but he has served as only a car owner since. There was talk in 2005 he might return, but nothing bore fruit. Bernstein’s driving days appeared over until Budweiser and Monster struck an agreement late last year that put him back behind the wheel. POMONA – For the past three years, the competitive fire deep within a retired Kenny Bernstein continued to burn, and not very quietly at times. “He definitely told me many times he missed the competition,” said Brandon Bernstein, Kenny’s son, who replaced him behind the wheel of the Budweiser Top Fuel dragster. “You could see it in his mannerisms and his facial expressions. “It was the right place, right time program,” said Bernstein on the eve of the season-opening Winternationals at Fairplex. “But I’ll tell you, the thing I enjoy the most is the driving, the competition.” It has not been an easy road for the 62-year-old from Lake Forest. In four months, he put a team together,but trying to catch up to technology was quite the other. “We shake, rattled and did everything but roll, including losing a few battles with the race track cones,” Bernstein said of the testing. “The shake was so severe it was blinding.” Bernstein, crew chief Ray Alley and his assistant, Johnny West, were perplexed as they tried to get the Funny Car down the track. Then, 14-time Funny Car champion John Force stepped in and brought along his brain trust, mainly crew chiefs Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderely and John Medlen. email@example.com (909) 386-2844 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It didn’t appear he was having fun. He was kind of bored at the track.” Beginning today at Pomona Raceway, boredom will be replaced by all the elements faced by a driver in the NHRA Powerade series.