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Pompano Beach, FL...January 3, 2015...Good Feeling, catch-driven this Saturday night (January 2) by Joe Pennacchio, took top harness racing honors in the $10,900 Final of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closer event at Pompano Park. The gallant 13 year-old gelded son of Fill V won for the 53rd time during his long career measuring 292 starts, stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.2--his winning margin 2 1/4 lengths over the pacesetting Mystical Shopper, handled by Leon Cable. Zeitgeist and driver Dein Spriggs teamed up to be third after starting from the outside post while Good Friend finished fourth over Tymal Recap, picking up the nickel in the field scratched down to eight. At the outset, it was Mystical Shopper (post 2), the even money tote-board favorite, dashing out for the early lead along with Good Feeling (post 3) settling in the garden spot with Rel Cash Clown (Tommy Santeramo) surging up quickly from post seven and Zeitgeist and driver Dein Spriggs (outside) also showing early foot leaving and wending their way into the third and fourth spots, respectively. With Mystical Shopper cutting honest fractions for this class of $5,000 claimers--:28.2, :58 and 1:27.2--positions remained relatively stagnant with only Rel Cash Clown and Play Fair, on a double-bubble backside binge out and denting the leaders edge--but only briefly. In the lane, Mystical Shopper cut the corner but Good Feeling was out of his cozy pocket and easily wore down the leader at mid-stretch, stretching his lead to the wire. In a post race interview, Pennacchio, who had 151 Amateur wins coming in at 22 different racing venues, said, We got a picture perfect journey. I was driving a classy, hard hitting warrior that had almost a half million (dollars) on his card and that's not done sitting in the stall. "It was a dream journey. I left with him because he seems to like to be in the action early and he found me a seat behind the leader. He took me for a nice ride tonight. All I did was steer!" Ironically, the share of this win--$5,450--was the largest for Good Feeling in exactly three years (January 2, 2013) when he won a $15,000 claiming event at Dover Downs. He also won on January 4, 2012 in a $20,000 claiming event at Dover, prompting Pennacchio to add, "what can I say, he's old enough to celebrate the new year in style!" Trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs, Good Feeling now has a scorecard of 52-47-47 in 292 lifetime starts, good for $471,094. As the fifth choice on the tote-board, Good Feeling rewarded his faithful with a $20.80 mutuel and capped a Pick-5 where not a single ticket was sold on the 2-2-5-6-4 combination, necessitating a carryover to the Sunday night card and a guaranteed pool of $10,000. By the way, after this Late Closing Final was made "official," the contingent of Florida Amateur Driving Club members gathered to give a sizable donation to the Smart Ride Organization in their efforts to find a cure for and eradicate the HIV virus. Dr. Marah Lee, a horse owner and prominent physician in the field of HIV, was on hand in the winner's circle to accept the donation, which pushed the F.A.D.C. donations over the $150,000 plateau. Also on Saturday night, when Behindcloseddoors took the evening's seventh race at better than 90 to 1 odds, it set the stage for a large carryover in the track's Pick-4 offering and, with no winners surfacing after its completion, a large carryover is in place with a $30,000 Pick-4 guarantee for the Sunday night card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Multiple Carryovers, Guaranteed Pools, for Sunday Pompano Several upsetters were featured on Saturday night (Jan 2) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park, leaving both the 50-cent Pick 5 and 50-cent Pick 4 unscathed.  The 50-cent Pick 5 will feature a $1,980 carryover into Sunday night (Jan 3), with track officials placing an ‘instant guarantee’ of $10,000 on the total Pick 5 pool.  The Pick 5 is a nightly wager covering races 1 – 5.  The 50-cent Pick 4 will offer it’s very first carryover of the season, with a healthy $4,973 awaiting fans on Sunday evening.  Track officials have placed an ‘instant guarantee’ of $30,000 on the total Pick 4 pool.  The Pick 4 is a nightly wager covering races 6 – 9, and features an industry low takeout of only 12%.   Last but not least, a competitive 10-horse event in the finale (Race 11) will offer a $3,437 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a five night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening.      by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 26, 2015…Zeitgeist, handled by harness racing owner Dein Spriggs, claimed the second leg of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closing Event at Pompano Park on Saturday night (December 26), stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.4. The eight year-old gelded son of S J’s Caviar, trained by Allen Saul, came from well off the pace to post the victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths over stablemate Good Feeling, also owned by Spriggs, catch-driven this night by John Campagnuolo. Tymal Recap, far back early on, got up for third with Jeff Schaefer in the bike while Play Fair, handled by Hannah Miller from the second tier 10 post, next. The pacesetting Rel Cash Clown finished fifth for Tommy Santeramo after taking the lead past the opening panel and leading until they turned for home. It was Leonardo on the engine when the gate opened with Leon Cable steering that one through an opening quarter in :28 before yielding to Rel Cash Clown, breaking the half mile beam in a hot :56.4. On the backside, Good Feeling, away comfortably in third, marched up first over to engage the leader as the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Zeitgeist, meanwhile, got the perfect second over journey and got wended his way into striking distance past the third station in 1:28.3. In the lane, Good Feeling took command—but not for long as Zeitgeist had that one measured at mid-stretch and then drew away late. In a post-race interview, driver Dein Spriggs said, “Obviously, the quick pace helped us in a big way and, when Campy (driver John Campagnuolo) pulled on the backside, I just followed him. Zeitgeist just keeps trying all the time until he gets the job done. Doesn’t matter if it’s a 2:00 mile or a 1:58 mile, he finds a way to get there.” For Zeitgeist, it was victory number nine this year sending his seasonal bounty to $31,223 and $114,583 lifetime. Zeitgeist paid $3.00 to win as the popular 1 to 2 favorite. Spriggs, by the way, notched his 27th victory of the year in just 82 starts with his 27-14-11 scorecard tallying a lofty .465 UDRS average. The regular Florida Amateur Driving Club trot went to P L Humanity, driven by owner-trainer Dennis Whittemore. This four year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra overcame a slight bobble prior to the start to post a near gate-to-wire one length win in 1:59.2, pinning the defeat on Kickoff Hanover, with Jamie Macomber driving. Sharpshootennorris was third for Leon Cable while Certain Potential rallied for fourth under the guidance of “Touchdown” Teddy Bowman. Current Image, with Joe Pennacchio in the bike finished fifth in the field of nine. In the process, P L Humanity stretched his winning streak to two to send his 2015 earnings to $21,400. As the 9 to 5 favorite, P L Humanity paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the highlight being the $17,700 Powerline Pace for claiming horses and geldings. In that event, first leg winner Long Term (3-1) locks horns with second leg winner Trevor Win For Us (7-2) with stiff opposition expected from Oh My Joepa (4-1), Lyons Josephjnr (9-2) and J m Jet Set (6-1), among others. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 19, 2015...Zeitgeist and Mystical Shopper took top honors at Pompano Park on Saturday as Late Closing events continued at the South Florida oval--this night for the Florida Amateur Driving Club spotlighting claiming trotters. Zeitgeist. trained by Allen Saul for owner-driver Dein Spriggs, took the opening division of two with a hard earned 2:00.4 victory, holding off the determined late bid of Saintfrancis, driven by Jamie Marra, to score by a head. Good Friend finished third for Tony Dinges, five-and-a-half lengths away, nosing out Rel Cash Clown and Lucky Danish in the field of six. When the Hummer Gate sprung, Joe Pennacchio had Lucky Danish on the engine from post five, sprinting out to an open lead measuring three lengths with the rest of the field in post position order--Rel Cash Clown, Good Friend, Saint Francis, Leonardo and Zeitgeist, the favorite, last but on the move once they passed the opening panel in :30. By turn two, en route of a half in :59.3, Lucky Danish continued to lead with Rel Cash Clown still second with Good Friend remaining third and Zeitgeist going the overland route first up into fourth. On the backside, Zeitgeist continued to churn forward, reaching the saddle-pad of the leader once they clocked in at the third station in 1:30.1. Straightening away, Zeitgeist forged to the lead and only had to hold off the late surging Saint Francis, which he did in a photo. After the event, driver Dein Spriggs related, "Zeitgeist is just an honest, hard-hitting trotter that thrives in this particular class and rarely puts in a bad performance. If someone looks him in the eye, he digs in. If he looks someone in the eye, they know they're being looked at. He's just a tough racehorse." Zeitgeist, an eight year-old son of SJ's Caviar, won for the eighth time in 30 tries this season, good for $28,583 in bounty. He's banked $111,943 lifetime. Off at 4 to 5, Zeitgeist paid $3.60 to his many followers. The second division went to the three year-old filly Mystical Shopper, making her Pompano Park debut. This daughter of Swan For All, trained by John MacDonald for the JP Stables of Ontario, Canada, was driven by Leon Cable and used her rail post position to perfection, wiring together panels of :28, :57.1 and 1:28 en route to a handy 1:59 victory measuring 1¼ lengths over Play Fair, with Steve Oldford in the bike. Good Feeling and Dein Spriggs teamed up for third while Tymal Recap finished fourth. What About Brian picked up the nickel in the septet. Mystical Shopper now sports a 4-5-4 scorecard in 23 starts with earnings of $19,673 this semester. In a post-race interview, driver Cable said, "This, of course, is the first time I've sat behind her and John (trainer MacDonald) said she's pretty good on the front end, so I just let her do her own thing...pretty cut and dry!" As the 3 to 1 third choice in the betting pool, Mystical Shopper paid $8.40 to win. Racing continues on a five night a week schedule with only Thursdays and Fridays dark. The Sunday program features the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace with Bluehourpower looking for his third straight success at Pompano Park since his arrival. The four year-old son of Sand Shooter looks to add to his lifetime bounty of $508,256 for owner Wilber Eash. Ricky Macomber is expected back in the bike for this encounter. Monday's card features the final of the Success Cameo Late Closer while Tuesday's 11 race program features the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot--Auspicious Hanover seeking a repeat for owner Susan Oakes. Kevin Wallis will be in the bike. The Wednesday program is bursting with 14 races featuring a wagering buffet that includes two pentafecta races and a pair of Pick-4 events to go along with the usual Pick-5 and Super Hi-5 offerings. Post time is 7:30 for the Sunday-Monday-Tuesday programs while Wednesday's post has been moved up to 7:00 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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