OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 26, 2008) Lynne M. Scace is fast out of the starting gate for Tampa Bay Downs’ 83rd season of racing. Scace, who was leading trainer at the Oldsmar oval in the 2003-2004 race meet, has accrued five wins as of December 26 from ten attempts, and is currently the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs. One of her wins came with her homebred On the Vineyard, a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.

Scace didn’t always know she was going to be a top Thoroughbred trainer: before she started her life at the track, Scace worked as a hair dresser. It was a twist of fate that a needy friend brought her to the backside. Her friend, who worked as a hot walker at Mountain Park in Pownal, Vermont, needed a ride to work after her car had broken down. Scace agreed and made the 30-mile trip with her friend only to be told to “sit in the car and wait.” When her friend needed another ride a few days later, Scace, who owned saddle horses and competed in gymkhanas while growing up, agreed but arrived at the track with a different attitude.

“I saw there was no sense in just sitting there,” the 53-year-old trainer said. “So, I started walking hots and mucking out stalls. I never liked being inside all day as a hairdresser anyway.”

Scace applied for and received her trainer’s license while still a teenager and saddled her first winner in the late 1960s at Narragansett Park. As her career took off, she expanded her interests to include the sixty acre Double-S Farm in Ocala, which she operates with Ray Stifano. Scace purchased the farm nine years ago, and has bred horses that have competed successfully in the Northeast and Florida; including Roman Candles, who campaigned well in the 2006-2007 Tampa Bay Downs stakes program.

While Scace is hesitant to pick a favorite horse in her barn, she names her most memorable event at Tampa Bay Downs as a tie between her wins with homebred Roman Candles in The Pelican Stakes and the Florida Cup Sprint in the 2007 Tampa Bay Downs race meet, and her win in the 2006 Minaret Stakes with Platinum Perfect, a horse she had sold.

Finish Lines… Juan C. Leyva booted home three winners on today’s card; the jockey’s first victory came aboard La Tarzana, a two-year-old Florida-bred Suave Prospect filly under the colors of owner-trainer Jorge Navarro. Leyva scored his second trip to the Winners’ Circle with Granache, a Halo’s Image filly under the care of Peter Wasiluk for owner Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds. Leyva rounded out his hat trick on Mr. and Mrs. Guilherme Bombonato’s Zip Trick. The three-year-old filly is a Florida-bred daughter of City Zip trained by Max Ubide.