Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park opens its 48th season of live harness racing on Wednesday night, September 19 with a 7:05 PM (EST) post time.
Since opening in 1964, the south Florida oval has been the winter home to hundreds of prominent racing stables from throughout the United States and Canada including those of dozens of the sport's most notable Hall of Fame trainers.
The 2012-13 live racing schedule includes 140 programs from mid-September through the end of June.
Programs will be conducted on Wednesday and Saturday nights for the first three weeks with Mondays being added beginning October 8. From November 20 through April 6 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park will race four nights a week (except Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day) with the addition of Tuesday evenings.
The balance of April and the month of May will revert to a three-nights-a-week schedule with the season wrapping up in June with programs two nights each week.
Well over 100 stables with approximately 700 horses have already been allotted stalls on the grounds for the upcoming season. A limited number of stalls are still available and interested trainers are welcome to download a stall application from the track's website: www.theislepompanopark.com.
In addition, over 300 racehorses are expected to ship-in from nearby south Florida training centers and farms.
"We are pleased to be welcoming back a high percentage of our top stables from recent years," exclaimed John Yinger, Director of Racing Operations, "and are happy a few stables we haven't seen in a while are also returning as well as some brand new faces."
The opening night program features ten betting races including three divisions of fourth leg Florida Sunshine Series action. Another five Sunshine Series events will be raced as non-betting events beginning at 6:20 PM Wednesday night.
The fifth race features the return of Matcan to action after a 10-1/2 month layoff. The talented three-year-old trotting colt won nine of ten as a freshman banking $76,670, but has missed his entire sophomore season until now.
The 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of nine state-breds is owned by Fred Monteleone, trained by Stewart Nemiro and will be driven by perennial leading driver Bruce Ranger.
Racing calendars, condition sheets, handicapping analysis and other pertinent information can be found under the "racing" tab at: www.theislepompanopark.com.