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Harness racing trainer Jim Mc Donald held the hot hand at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 17), sweeping both features en route to hitting the "grand slam" with four winners on the program.   While Mach Me Not and Dominum Deo won their respective $9,500 pacing and trotting Winner's Over events, it was Mc Donald, himself, getting the festivities underway by piloting Pacing Pretty Stables four year-old Looney ($3.00) to a come from behind win in a lifetime best 1:58.2.   Two races later, the nine year-old Mach Three mare Mach Me Not, trained by Mc Donald for the S S G Stables and driven by Bruce Ranger, nailed her stablemate, Artful Impulse (Andy Santeramo) in the last two strides to score a narrow win--a half length--in 1:53.1 for her second win in a row and 34th lifetime in 201 starts.   Surging to the lead early before yielding to her stablemate, Mach Me Not, though drifting wide in the lane, managed to get up in the late stages on the strength of a :27.2 finale.   Goldstar Rockette (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished third in the mile while Real Nice Girl and Lady Ideal completed the quintet of talented mares.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "She left like a rocket-ship but then Andy (Santeramo) took his mare (Artful Impulse) and put her on the lead so I did get a good trip back of her. When I pulled turning for home, I guess I must've pulled on the right line a little too hard because she was drifting out pretty good in the lane. But it all worked out at the wire."   Mach Me Not paid $2.40 for her popular win.   The very next event, Santeramo got a bit of revenge on Ranger when he guided The Muscler, also trained by Mc Donald for lessee Carl Mc Donald, to a nose victory in 1:57.1, edging out Gray N Cloudy (Ranger) in the very last stride.   The Muscler won for the fifth time this semester, good for a seasonal bankroll of $19,250. He paid $7.20 to win.   Mc Donald achieved his "grand slam" the very next race when Ranger guided Dominum Deo to a photo finish win over Illusionsndreams (Santeramo) in a lifetime best 1:54.4--that win coming in the Winner's Over feature for trotters.   This four year-old son of Donato Hanover, last halfway through the mile, found some room turning for home and mowed down the competition with a :56 final half complimented by a :28.2 finale.   Dominum Deo, now with four wins for the year, sent his earnings to $20,845 for 2015 and $69,980 lifetime.   Gold Savage (McNichol), prominent all the way, finished third while Tug River Dylan and My Revenuer completed the first five in the sextet.   Dominum Deo, second choice on the board at 9 to 5, paid $5.60 to win.   Racing continues Saturday night with a 7:30 post time scheduled for the eight race program.   John Berry 

Pompano Beach, FL...June 13, 2015...No Bad Dreams, given a picture perfect drive by Bruce Ranger, gave his harness racing competition a nightmare of sorts on Saturday night at Pompano Park, virtually wiring a classy field in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace in 1:52.1.   The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, earned his seventh win of the year in 11 starts, defeating Raji's Blue Line, handled by Ben McNeil, by a half length.   Northern Companion and driver Tom Sells teamed up to be third while Who's Your Maddy finished fourth. G P S Legacy made a miscue early on and picked up the nickel in the quintet.   No Bad Dreams, leaving from the advantageous five post, zipped out of the gate and joined Raji's Blue Line around the first turn with No Bad Dreams assuming the lead shortly thereafter and clocking an opening panel of :27.2.   With positions remaining stagnant through the next quarter, Ranger was able to rate his charge through a :29.4 panel, reaching the half in :57.1. On the backside, Ranger chirped once to No Bad Dreams and he was off on a :27.4 tangent and then sealed the deal with a :27.1 finale.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, Ben's horse (Raji's Blue Line) cut some hellish fractions so I was hoping he wouldn't try that again and opt for a two hold trip. Once I got to the half in :57 and change, I felt very confident that No Bad Dreams could go all the way from there. He's a very nice horse...VERY nice!"   In winning for the 10th time career-wise, No Bad Dreams pushed his lifetime earnings to $43,962--$29,310 this year in only 11 starts.   As the 2 to 5 favorite, No Bad Dreams rewarded his many followers with a $2.80 mutuel.   That win, incidentally, proved to be a "double" for trainer Aubin and the Boddie's, as their Abreathofreshart captured the opener on the Saturday card in a conditioned pace in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella also wired his foes, using a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths on Histoire Eternelle, handled by Dan Harvey. Zavan was third for Andy Santeramo after applying some pressure on the leader around the final turn.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Abreathofreshart paid $3.40 to win.   The track also hosted the Chris Valkanoff Memorial Pace, honoring one of the most respected owners at the track who passed away some months ago.   Ranger also won that one, too, guiding Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile's Freeneasy Hanover to his 25th lifetime win--2nd this year--in 1:51.2.   The Jim Mc Donald trainee, a seven year-old son of Western Ideal, also was a gate to wire winner, clocking panels of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1 along the way for the win measuring nearly four lengths.   He, too, was the overwhelming favorite--1 to 5 on the board--and returned $2.60 to win.   After the event, the vast number of friends and family gathered in the winner's circle celebrating Mr. Valkanoff's life.   Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...June 10, 2015...Mach Me Not and Mc Tiny's Hope shared the spotlight at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 10), each reaching the winner's circle in their respective co-featured harness racing events.   Mach Me Not, the rugged nine year-old daughter of Mach Three, turned the tables on her stablemate, Artful Impulse, in the $9,000 "Winner's Over" pace for the mares, using a quarter move to the top after Artful Impulse, zipped out of the gate from her outside post to take the field through an opener of :27.4.   With Bruce Ranger handling the lines for trainer Jim Mc Donald and the S S G Stables, Mach Me Not, once reaching the top spot, proceeded to clock panels of :57.3 and 1:25.3 before using a :28.3 finale to hold her stablemate, driven by Andy Santeramo, safe by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1.   Real NIce Girl finished third for Joe Sanzeri while Keystone Christa finished fourth after a menacing backside brush brought her to the flank of Mach Me Not turning for home. Goldstar Rockette finished fifth in the quintet.   After the event, driver Bruce Ranger remarked, "Last week, this mare was full of pace the entire last lap, grinding forward from the back to finish third. In this shorter field, I thought it might be prudent to try and control things, just hoping that Andy (Santeramo) would yield to me so his mare would get the garden trip. It worked out well."   Mach Me Not won for the sixth time in 21 starts, sending her 2015 bankroll to $40,024. She's banked $336,046 lifetime on the strength of 33 career wins to go along with a mark of 1:51.1.   As the very slight favorite at 4 to 5, Mach Me Not paid $3.60 to win.   Despite rain showers in the area, along with some lightning bolts and thunder claps, Mc Tiny's Hope, the only mare in the "Winner's Over" trot, showed impeccable manners in extending her victory streak to three with a 1:55 performance for Ben Mc Neil.   This seven year-old daughter of CR Excalibur, trained by Jack Mc Neil for Ellen Mc Neil, zipped to the lead from her outside five post and broke her first three light beams in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home an easy winner on the strength of a :29.2 finale while dodging raindrops all the way home.   Dominum Deo finished second for Bruce Ranger while My Revenuer was next in the quintet. Gold Savage, close up the entire route, finished fourth while On The Tab picked up the nickel.   In a post race interview, the soft-spoken Ben Mc Neil said, "What can I say? She's just very good right now and I certainly wasn't going to fool around changing tactics since she's won the other two in this streak the same way!"   In earning her sixth win of the year in 21 starts, Mc Tiny's Hope sent her bankroll to $44,496 this semester, vaulting her over the $150,000 lifetime--$153,270 to be exact. This was her 27th lifetime victory to go along with her Meadowlands mark of 1:53.3.   As the 1 to 5 post time favorite, Mc Tiny's Hope paid $2.40 to win.   Ranger and Mc Neil were the two driving stars on the program with the Ranger winning three on the card, including the early Daily Double and young Ben Mc Neil sweeping both halves of the late Daily Double.   Racing continues on Saturday with Northern Companion looking to extend his winning streak while Raji's Blue Line, No Bad Dreams, Who's Your Maddy and G P S Legacy seek to knock last week's winner off his perch as current king of the hill."   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 27, 2015...Godiva Seelster, catch-driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (April 27). The five year-old daughter of Camluck repeated her victory of a week ago by conquering five rivals in 1:53.2 over a track rated "sloppy," dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. The victory, her fourth of the year in six starts, pushed the ultra-consistent mare's streak of not missing a purse check to 52, encompassing her entire seasons as a three year-old, four year-old and, thus far, five year-old. Assigned post seven off of last start's winning performance, Godiva Seelster actually started from post six with a scratch in the event and was away sharply and grinding forward as Senorita Santanna, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr., forged to the lead and took the field to the opening panel in :28 before yielding to Godiva just a stride or two later. Once positions were established after the opener with Fashion Ruffles (Dave Ingraham) third, De Vins Girl fourth, Mach Me Not next and Limelight trailing, they remained that way the rest of the journey with the half in :56.4 and three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2 with no challenger able to dent the leader's margin on the "off" track. In the lane, Senorita Santanna left her cozy pocket and got within a half length of Godiva, but no closer, with the :28 finale leaving the final margin carded just that way--a half length. In a post race interview, catch-driver Mickey McNichol said, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she is really something! Wally (regular driver Hennessey) said that she's been sharp 'forever' and that she knows how to take care of herself and rate herself during a mile. So, all I did was let her do her own thing. She's a very determined mare...a pleasure to drive." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster now has banked $26,500 since resuming her career five weeks ago with career earnings of $135,342 to go along with her 1:51.1 mark in her last start. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 to win. In the Open 2 Pace for Mares, Artful Impulse, ditched her "on the engine" strategy of recent starts and took advantage of a fierce early duel between Pacific Date and Cheap N Easy before circling those two on the backstretch three-eighths out and went on to score a win in 1:53.3. The four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, catch-driven this night by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jim Mc Donald and the Twenty Four Carrot Racing, left alertly enough but yielded early and remained off the pace during hot panels of :27.2 and :54.4 before her backstretch blitz put her on top to stay prior to the third station clocked in 1:24. Drea's Good Powow (Dave Ingraham) finished second, a length away, with Real Nice Girl (Matt Romano) third. Pacific Date did hold on for fourth while Fiesta Camcun rallied to pick up the nickel. Artful Impulse earned only her second win of the season--sixth lifetime--and sent her 2015 bounty to $17,700. She recently went over the $100,000 in lifetime earnings with her total now at $107,945. She returned a $6.40 mutuel to her faithful. A trio of carryovers add flavor to the Wednesday program at Pompano Park. The Pick-5--not to be confused with the Super Hi-5--went unscathed on Monday night with a carryover over into the Wednesday mid-week program of $1,733.30. Director of Racing Brett Revington has set a guarantee of $7,500 for the Wednesday night Pick-5. The Pick-4 also went untouched and the carryover of $4,984 has produced a guarantee of $25,000 for the mid-week extravaganza. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 had a 5-2-1-8-4 combo that produced seven winners on Monday night, each receiving $1,325.36 for their 20 cent investment. sending the carryover to the Wednesday night card vaulting over the $175,000, a new record for the track. Post time for the Wednesday card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 11, 2015...In an epic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, edged by a game Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) in the final strides to post a 1:50 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (April 11). Neptune (Aaron Byron) rallied late to finish third while favored Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.) faltered and finished fourth after, once again, cutting sizzling panels similar to in his last two victories of 1:49.2 and 1:50. Northern Companion picked up the nickel in the sextet over Canadian Touch. When the gate sprung, Canadian Touch, handled by Mike Micallef, left with alacrity and briefly engaged Steelhead Hanover in a battle for the top spot early with the latter taking command right at the opener in :26.1. Meanwhile, Duc Dorleans, leaving in search of a cozy close-up spot, found one in third with Panocchio, from the outside post, settling in fourth in front of Neptune and Northern Companion. Positions remained somewhat stagnant through the lively half in :54.3 but, on the backside, Steelhead Hanover began to feel the heat with Duc Dorleans moving along side and Pancchio following live cover through three-quarters in 1:22.1. In the lane, Duc Dorleans took charge with Panocchio fanning widest of all and, finally, wearing down the "Duc" near the wire--the margin a half length. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "With so much speed leaving inside of where we started, it just didn't make sense for me to get in a war early, so I kinda just floated out of there looking for a good spot in front of the two (Neptune and Northern Companion) that don't seem to want to be in the thick of it early. I was lucky to find a spot ahead of those two around the first turn...I certainly didn't want to be six or seven lengths behind early. When Don (Dupont) pulled going first up with his horse (Duc Dorleans), I just followed him and just tilted out further in the lane. We were both going some at the end...mine just a little more than his. That was the difference. Both of our horses capable of sub-1:50. Again, I have to give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) because they do such an incredible job with this horse. They have taught him well...He's very well behaved and does everything asked of him." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with Jim Mattison, Panocchio, a five year-old son of No Pan Intended, now is two-for-three this semester and 26 for 56 lifetime with career earnings of $186,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. The Florida Amateur Driving Club, having donated over $140,000 to worthwhile organizations since their inception, played host to thesmartride.org on Saturday night, an organization dedicated to supply funding to agencies assisting those affected with HIV. Thesmartride.org has a yearly bicycle event from Miami to Key West--165 miles--that has raised over $6.4 million in its 12 year history. This year's event is held in November with 100% of all funding going to the organization, which thrives on bicycle participants and volunteers. Ranger, by the way, also had two other winners on the card, the first with the $20,000 claiming pacer Johnny Grippa, this seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark stitching together equal halves of :55.2 to record a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mc Trade Enterprises, and the other with The Three Gees Stable's First Impression, slipping through along the pylons late to earn his 41st lifetime win, this one for trainer Gary Mc Donald. First Impression's win came in Pompano Park's finale, the Super Hi-5 with 41 astute handicapper cashing in on the 4-5-2-1-3 combo paying $138.82 for their 20 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Monday night's card now has vaulted to $130,503. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, pulled off a minor harness racing upset (9 to 5) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Easter Sunday Open Trot for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse took advantage of an early miscue by the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Frau Blucher to score a handy win measuring 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. As Ya'll Like It, driven by Sam Stathis, finished second after cutting the early panels in the while Frau Blucher, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, rallied after her bobble leaving and finished third. Blushing Hanover and Oaklea Sydney completed the order of finish in the quintet. Jailhouse Jessica, a $6,000 claim in mid-January, has now banked $33,800 in her eight starts for her new owner, Karma Racing, under the training guidance of Dale Gilmour. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the field on their own, Frau Blucher made that aforementioned bobble with As Ya'll Like It away with alacrity and taking the field to the opener in :28 with Blushing Hanover in the garden spot and Jailhouse Jessica settling into third ahead of Oaklea Sydney and Frau. Three-eighths into the mile, Frau Blucher had caught the field and, after the :56.1 half, was on the move from the back of the pack. But Jailhouse Jessica already had the jump on that one, brushing from third three-eighths out and into the lead past the third station in 1:26.1 with As Ya'll like it second and Frau Blucher now third, two lengths away. From there, a :28.3 final panel sealed the deal with As Ya'll Like, still game to wire, second and Frau Blucher next. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Dale's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) has been very sharp in recent weeks but when you are facing a stakes winning million dollar winner" (Frau Blucher has banked $947,992 coming in) "you just hope for the best...ya know she's got a mark three seconds faster than (Jailhouse) Jessica. So, when she made that bobble leaving, it certainly helped our cause, no doubt about that. I must say that Dale has done a remarkable job with Jailhouse Jessica." Jailhouse Jessica now has lifetime earnings of $93,845 with more than one-third of that earned since the claim just a few weeks back. She rewarded her follower with a generous $5.80 mutuel. Driver Sam Stathis, by the way, came back in a later event to score his very first lifetime driving win with Celebrity Artemis, a four year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Celebrity Farms, in a NW 2 trot. Leaving from the rail, Celebrity Artemis was given sharp handling, thwarting any threats early with a :28.3 opener and then getting excellent rated guidance through panels of :58 and 1:28 before holding off the late surging Mountain Top, with Wally Hennessey, with a :29.1 closer. The mile of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime best for the winner. In the $10,000 claiming ($20,000-$25,000) pace, JJ's Doughnut, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, found room late along the pylons to score a half length win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This eight year-old son of Yankee Cam was involved early with Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger) slicing through hot panels of :26, :54 and 1:22 with Canadian Touch (Matt Romano) joining the fray into the far turn. In the lane, Canadian Touch pushed his neck in front, only to be nailed by JJ's Doughnut near the wire. Canadian Touch did finish second with Johnny Grippa third. Raji's Blue Line rallied from last to finish fourth while Acton Onelasttime, the recent $4,000 claim now competing successfully in this class, getting the nickel. JJ's Doughnut, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, won for the seventh time this season and now has $37,364 on his card to go along with his new mark. JJ's Doughnut paid $4.40 to win as the favorite. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the iron horse A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for son-owner-trainer Dustin, rallied to score his 43rd lifetime win--4th this year--in 1:52 keying a 1-4-3-10-9 combo worth $3,676.84 for a 20 cent investment. The carryover for Monday's Super Hi-5 is now over $105,000. Post time for the Monday 10 race program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2015...In a classic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, held on to score a narrow decision in Pompano Park's $13,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night--ironically, by a "nose!" The five year-old altered son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, scored his first win of the season in his second start, pinning the narrow defeat on Duc Dorleans and Donald Dupont in 1:50.4. Neptune, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, was a fast closing third, a length away, while E Z Noah finished fourth in his second start of the 2015 seaosn. Northern Companion, last in the early stages of the event, rallied for fifth in the septet. At the outset, Duc Dorleans, leaving from post four, was on the engine along with Panocchio, post six, with the latter reaching the top spot prior to the opening panel in a sharp :26.2. A well rated :29.1 breather in quarter two brought Panocchio half way through the mile in :55.3 but Ranger revved up Panocchio on the backside as E Z Noah began his sprint, moving to the saddle pad of the leader around the final bend with three-quarters on the board in 1:23. In the lane, Panocchio did sprint clear of E Z Noah, allowing Duc Dorleans some room to roan late and the "Duc" began gnawing into Panocchio's lead, these two hitting the wire in "it could go either way" finish. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "Man, I didn't know who got it! Yes, my horse went a great mile, especially considering it was only his second start...but so did Duc Dorleans. When (John) MacDonald's horse (E Z Noah) made his bid, we had already began revving up because Panocchio can brush hard a long way--well, tonight he came home in :55.1. He kinda brushed the whole mile! Gotta give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) who are so wonderfully patient with their horses. Their care is impeccable and always give the driver an opportunity to win!" The victory was the 25th lifetime for Panocchio in only 55 lifetime starts, sending his career bankroll to $181,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. As 9 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $5.60 to his faithful followers. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 event, Hurricane Howard was a gate to wire winner in a new lifetime best effort of 1:51.2 for Tom Sells keying a $1,386.06 payoff for the 20 cent consolation ticket. With four tickets out on the 5-6-4-10-1 combo, the carryover for Pompano's special Easter Sunday program is edging close to $100,000--$98,024 to be exact. Post time is 7:30 for the Easter program. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

Pompano Beach, FL...March 25, 2015...Lester Raber's Nothinbutanallstar, superbly driven by trainer Mark O'Mara, wore down a game Winemaster Hanover, handled by Bruce Ranger, to take top honors in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Trot on Wednesday (March 25) in a lifetime best 1:53.2. The winning margin was a half-length with Flyhawk El Durado rallying for third, 2 1/4 lengths away. High Blue, prominent in the garden spot for the first three-quarters, finished fourth while R G Rocket finished fifth to get the final award. Beginning from the outside post in this talented sextet, O'Mara appeared to take back at the start but, just a few strides into the mile event, decided to send his "All-Star" searching for a spot a bit closer to the front and was parked out through an opening panel of :27.3 as Winemaster Hanover opened a 2 1/4 length advantage over High Blue with Nothinbutanallstar now able to settle comfortably in third ahead of Flyhawk El Durado through a half in :56.1. On the backside, Winemaster Hanover looked to accelerate a bit and opened a lead measuring close to three lengths leaving High Blue in his wake and Nothinbutanallstar edging to the outside past the third station in 1:24.1. Turning for home, Winemaster was looking to establish a new lifetime mark but, instead, Nothinbutanallstar wore him down late to establish a new career best of his own. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara had high praise for his four year-old saying, "Early on, it looked like there was so much going on that I thought I'd take back...but when the horse next to me (Coco Lindy), who usually likes to be well placed early, didn't leave, I decided I'd try and find a closer spot. We were outside a little longer than I would have liked, but my horse can grind forward a long way. He sure did that tonight. He's a pretty special trotter, I'll say!" Winning for the fourth time in seven starts this year, Nothinbutanallstar, a son of Allstar Hall, pushed his seasonal bounty just short of $30,000--$29,930 to be exact. He's banked $213,214 lifetime. As the 7 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win. Also of note on the Pompano mid-week card was the win by No Bad Dreams in a conditioned event for three and four year-old pacers. This four year-old son of Dream Away, owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, stormed home in :27.4 to score in a lifetime best 1:52.4 in this, his initial start of the 2015 campaign. No Bad Dreams was driven to victory by trainer Marc Aubin, now 81 years of age. Aubin also picked up a training victory as Kevin Wallis drove the Aubin trained Abreathoffreshart to a three length maiden win in 1:55.2. The amazing Marc Aubin now has 3,367 career driving victories and has won events in seven different decades beginning in 1959 with the trotter Hal McPherson at Quebec's Connaught Park. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover vaulted over the $70,000 mark for Saturday's program as Wednesday night's 5-1-9-2-3 combo had several winners each receiving $195.24 for their 20 cent investment. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 and features a $2.5 million dollar field going postward in the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace--the Super Hi-5 finale. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, cleverly driven by Bruce Ranger, used a :28.4 breakout finale to sprint clear from her foes and score a handy harness racing victory measuring 3 3/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for mares on Sunday night (March 22).   Mc Tiny's Hope and Ben Mc Neil, early trailers in the field of six, teamed up for place honors while As Ya'll Like It, with Sam Stathis aboard, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while the early leader, Blushing Hanover, picked up the final award.   Indeed, it was Blushing Hanover showing her usual alacrity out of the gate to take the lead at the outset with Saint Patty's Doll and As Y'all Like It next, followed by Jailhouse Jessica, nestling into fourth early.   After a quarter in a sharp :27.3, Ranger left nothing to chance and brushed up strongly to take command around turn two and get to the half in :57.   At this juncture, driver Sam Stathis had As Ya'll Like It in high gear and, on the backside, put some serious pressure on Jailhouse Jessica into the final turn.   But Jailhouse Jessica responded and sprinted clear past the third station in 1:26 before that aforementioned :28.4 final panel sealed her escape from the rest of her foes.   After the race, Ranger said, "She's just such a handy mare...doesn't matter if she's on the lead or off the pace. When she gets going, she REALLY gets going. She sprinted down the stretch the first time and kind of repeated that same kind of sprint down the stretch the second time down to the wire. That's her second mile under (1):55. She's sharp right now."   The win was the fourth of the year for Jailhouse Jessica, a five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, sending her seasonal bankroll to $27,813, all but $285 of that earned since trainer Dale Gilmour claimed her for the Karma Racing Stable in mid-January.   Off at a dime-to-a-dollar on the tote-board, Jailhouse Jessica paid $2.20 to win.   In other action, Acton Onelasttime, claimed for $4,000 by Kevin Wallis just a month ago, won for the third time in four starts since that claim--this time in 1:51.4--and was promptly claimed for $15,000 by Shawn Glassmeyer.   Acton Onelasttime took a mark of 1:51.3 in his first start for Wallis, also in a "4" claimer, followed that with a resounding win in 1:52.2 in a "12,5" claimer and followed that with a sharp second place finish in a "20" claimer, timed in 1:50.4.   Heavily backed in this event by the bettors, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.40 to win.   Red Hot Yankee was also claimed in the event as the record breaking season for claims continues at the track.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again went uncovered on Sunday night with the 1-6-7-ALL-ALL 20 cent ticket worth $850.38 and the carryover to Monday night's program now over $57,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 7, 2015...Duc Dorleans conquered eight tough rivals, the nine post and an "off" track on Saturday night and extended his harness racing winning streak to four for Donald Dupont in Pompano Park's $14,000 Open Handicap Pace. The five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, once again, was given an early tussle by Fancyfreeshark, handled by Bruce Ranger, through an opening quarter of :27.4 but, once on top, had things fully under control through subsequent panels of :56 and 1:24.4 before streaking home in :27.1 to seal the deal measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the Fancyfreeshark with Neptune, driven by Aaron Byron, rallying for third after pacing the fastest final quarter in the race--:26.3. Cadillac Phil finished fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "Yes, we had the outside post but the trip tonight was a bit easier than last week because we didn't have any incidents around the opening like last week, when there was a breaker early. Once we got to the top and the half was in :56, I was confident he could carry it all the way." Owned by Gestion C Levesque along with Les Ecuries Orleans of Quebec, Canada, Duc Dorleans won for the fifth time in eight starts this year to boost his 2015 bankroll to $36,260. He has now won 22 of 66 lifetime starts and $438,056 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1;49. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Duc Dorleans paid $4.60 to win. Two other Pompano Park "favorites" were in action on Saturday night and each came out on top in their respective events. Phil Coleman's Cruizin K C made his 2015 debut after a two month vacation and made his patented three wide surge around the final turn to circle the field and win in 1:52.4 for Mike Micallef. The seven year-old son of Mach Three was his usual relaxed self early on but paced his final 3/4s in 1:23.4 to score by 1 1/4 lengths over the late closing One Lucky Dragon, handled by Matt Romano with pacesetting Always N The Money, driven by Peter Wrenn. third. Four Socks and Hillybilly also picked up checks in the field of nine. Cruizin K C now has $135,333 in career bounty and paid $5.60 to win as the favorite. Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, came from well off the pace to gobble up his rivals in the lane to score a 1:53 win in the Super Hi-5 finale. Handled by Dave Ingraham, Northern Companion unleashed another one of his eye-opening sprints to the wire to score handily over Hands Off Frank (Aaron Byron) with G P S Legacy (Kevin Wallis) next. Histoire Eternelle and McGreat completed the Super Hi-5 order of finish, good for a consolation payoff of $295.83 for the 20 cent ticket. The carryover going into Sunday's racing card is now over $22,000. Also, the Florida Amateur Driving Club made another of their charitable contributions on Saturday night--this one to Bit-By-Bit, an organization specialization in Therapeutic Riding for those who have suffered from disabilities. Irag War Veteran Steve Ligeikis accepted the award on behalf of Bit-By-Bit, with Viet Nam veterans and Amateur Drivers Billy Muggleston and Joe Pennacchio making the presentation along with several other drivers. Finally, Heather Vitale paid a visit to Pompano Park on Saturday night and even called the second race on the program. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2015... Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, scored a repeat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's top ($12,000) Open trot for mares on Sunday night (March 1). The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, claimed just six weeks ago for $7,200 and now known for her devastating stretch surges, used different tactics this night in wiring her competition in 1:55.3. She's All In, driven by Rick Plano rallied for second, 3 1/2 lengths away, while Little Bitty Lies, with Lewayne Miller in the sulky, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll, prominent as the gate opened, finished fourth while Barbies Korvette picked up the final award in the sextet. Trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, Inc., Jailhouse Jessica took command right after the bell rang and clocked fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:27.1 before effortlessly strolling home in :28.3 to seal the issue. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, " There didn't seem to be much happening when the gate opened and I sure didn't want to take a chance of being last if the fractions turned out to be soft, so I sent her and she made the top rather easily. The fractions turned out to be right for her and she had plenty left in the lane." "Jessica" now has three wins and a second in five starts since her "claim to fame" and $18,498 of her $18,813 have come in those five starts. She has also taken a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in the process, that set one week ago, also in the main event for trotting mares. She's banked $78,845 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 public choice, Jailhouse Jessica paid $3.60 to win. Also on the card was the $10,000 pace for $20,000-$25,000 claimers and JJ's Doughnut extended his winning skein to four with a decisive win measuring 1 3/4 lengths for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:51.2, equalling his lifetime best. The eight year-old son of Yankee Cam, hot property on claims in his last three starts, left alertly from his outside seven post and tucked in fourth--briefly--before making a sharp move just past the opening quarter of :27.3 to the top and going on to break subsequent beams of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before rocking home in :27.3 to score over Remissionofsins, handled by Peter Wrenn. Premier and Rick Plano teamed up for show honors while One Lucky Dream finished a neck better than Machinist for fourth in the septet. The only real battle for supremacy here was early on as Machinist and Remissiionofsins both vied for the top spot with the latter achieving the top a step past the opener before yielding to the winner shortly thereafter. After the race, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, This one is sharp--razor sharp--right now and this mile was almost the identical journey I had with him last week. You can drive a horse like this with confidence and he justified that confidence tonight." As the 4 to 5 favorite, JJ's Doughnut paid $3.80 to win...and was, once again, for the fourth straight week, claimed, this time for a tag of $24,000. (Remissionofsins was also claimed out of the event as claiming continues at a record pace at the south Florida oval.) Owned coming in to this race by Susan Oakes and trained by Chris Oakes, JJ's Doughnut won for the sixth time in nine 2015 starts, good for $28,164. He has banked $149,153 lifetime. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...February 11, 2015...Nothinbutanallstar, craftily driven by Mark O'Mara, was up in the very last stride to eke out a harness racing photo finish win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   The four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall defeated Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, by the narrowest of noses in 1:55 with Coco Lindy and Wally Hennessey teaming up for third, just a head away from victory.   Dukester was fourth while Increditable picked up the nickel in the quintet.   Also trained by O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, O'Mara was content to let Nothinbutanallstar, the even money favorite, trail the field as Its Payday Friday cut the mustard with fractions of :28 and :57 with Coco Lindy in the garden spot and Dukester next.   Less than three-eighths out, Dukester was out and driving from third with Nothinbutanallstar following the live cover flow and just two lengths out of it by the third station in 1:26.2.   In the lane, Its Payday Friday put away the challenge of Dukester but the duo of Nothinbutanallstar and Coco Lindy continued ganging up on the leader.   As they hit the wire, the photo finish camera determined that Nothinbutanallstar did get by Its Payday Friday but Coco Lindy didn't and had to settle for show honors.   Pure Barre was scratched from the event and O'Mara said that may have played a role in the victory.   "We only got this by a nose", O'Mara said, "in fact, I wasn't sure we won at all, but that scratch put us a length closer at the start so maybe that was the difference. He's a game racehorse and gives his all every time he goes to the gate. He just doesn't give up!"   The victory was the second of the year in just three starts and sent his lifetime bankroll to $197,464 on the strength of a lifetime scorecard of 13-11-7 in just 35 starts.   Nthinbutanallstar paid $4.00 to win.   Two divisions of the Optimist Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward on the midweek card, as well, and Acton Onelasttime and Allamericanextra proved victorious in their respective events.   Acton Onelasttime, driven by Bruce Ranger took the lead just past the :28.2 opener and went on to post panels of :57 and 1:25.3 en route to a 1:54.3 win over Midwest Hanover (Ed Hensley). Elkhorn Damian (Aaron Byron) had some traffic issues in the lane and had to settle for third with American Gold and Yankee Flyer also earning minor awards.   Trained by Tony Dinges for owner Paul Richardson, Acton Onelasttime, a six year-old son of Rambaran, won for the 25th time during his career measuring 87 lifetime starts. He's banked $76,368 and, on this night, paid $4.00 as the even money favorite.   Allamericanextra pulled off a 14 to 1 upset for Aaron Byron in his division, storming from sixth turning for home to score a victory measuring three-quarters of a length in 1:55.   W F N (Mickey McNichol) finished second while there was a dead-heat for third between Matt's Delivery (Kevin Wallis) and Goldstar Raider (JOe Pavia, Jr. Haverford Hanover finished fifth in the septet.   Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, Allamerican Extra, a rugged nine year-old son of Asteros, rewarded his faithful with a mutuel of $31.40 and sent his lifetime bounty to $241,071, He now has won 37 times during a career spanning 220 starts.   With yet another healthy consolation payoff of $913.76 for a 20 cent investment in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the carry-over going into Saturday night's card has exploded to some $130,000.   Post time for the Saturday Night Special events program is 7:30 with many of the sport's best female performers competing in the Valentines Day "Sweetheart Pace."   John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2015...Harness racing fillies and mares were in the spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night with Pertty Music scoring a repeat win in the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares and Saint Patty's Doll taking the photo finish victory in the similar feature event for trotters.   Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, took command shortly after the Hummer Starting Gate sprung and went on post panels of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.3 en route to a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over P L Hula, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:52.4.   Winbak Heavenly and Peter Wrenn teamed up for third while De Vins Girl and Keystone Christa picked up the final two awards in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley spoke of his journey in a single word, "Awesome!"   He then continued, "Actually, it was a very good effort on a chilly (60 degree) night (for South Florida). Yes, we had the outside post but she can sprint an opener in :27 pretty handily. Nothing developed until we reached the final turn and, then, when I saw Kevin's (Wallis') mare (Keystone Christa) brushing, I just chirped once and my mare never was in danger after that.   For Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, it was her 2nd success of the young year and 16th lifetime, sending her career bounty to $228,022.   AS the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $3.40 to win.   Saint Patty's Doll, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jake "300" Huff and Stable 45, used similar tactics to take down the victory in the companion event for the distaff trotters, holding off the futile late surge of Trot Fudge Sundae and driver Dave Ingraham by a neck in 1:57.   Escrow Blue Chip, trotting the fastest final panel of the seven mares in the event, rallied from last turning for home to finish third, just a half length off the winner for Rick Plano. Blushing Hanover, prominent early on, finished fourth while the favorite, McTiny's Hope, finished fifth.   After the event, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "Last week, she gave me a good hint with a solid effort after showing a willingness to leave out of there, so, this week, I just let her do her own thing out of the gate. She got to the top pretty easily (:28.2) and then she relaxed and got to the half cheap (:58.2). She heard some competition on the backside so she picked it up on her own and seemed to put away Dave's (Ingraham) mare (Trot Fudge Sundae) around the final bend but I had to remind her a couple of times late. I was glad to see the wire."   Saint Patty's Doll, a six year-old daughter of Conway Hall and a nine time winner last year, won for the initial time in 2015 for her 16th lifetime win, sending her lifetime bankroll to $136,335.   As the 4 to 1 third choice on the board, Saint Patty's Doll paid $10.40 to win.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2014...Saint Patty's Doll, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors at Pompano Park on Tuesday night as the south Florida track put on its initial Open trotting event strictly for the mares. The five year old daughter of Conway Hall stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:55.1, pinning a defeat measuring 1 1/4 lengths on the late charging Trot Fudge Sundae, handled by Tom Sells. M T Ur Pockets and Ed Hensley teamed up for show honors while Blushing Hanover was fourth in the septet. She's All In picked up the minors. Trained by Jake "300" Huff for Stable 45, Saint Patty's Doll lefty alertly from post five but was looped by Blushing Hanover, starting from the outside post seven, in a battle for early supremacy. While Blushing won that early war, Saint Patty's Doll was out again and vying for the top spot as the opener was caught in :27.1. Once on top, Saint Patty's Doll was able to work out a second quarter breather, reaching the half in :56.4. On the backside with things beginning to heat up, Saint Patty's Doll was able to step it up a notch herself, thwarting a bid by M T Ur Pockets as they reached the third station in 1:25.4 with Blushing Hanover still third and Trot Fudge Sundae second over with She's All In now shuffled with no place to go in fifth. In the lane, Saint Patty's Doll edged away from M T Ur Pockets and only had to hold off the late surging Trot Fudge Sundae, which she did with a :29.3 finale. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Jake (trainer Huff) said that this mare had been very sharp up north and had just been claimed up there. He said she seemed to be very handy and likes to be in the thick of it. She showed gate speed when I drove her in a qualifier here and chased a good one home in :28. There didn't seem to be too much early speed in here so I thought I'd give her a chance to prove herself right off the bat She did, too!. Obviously, Jake had done a great job with her in the short time he's had her." The win was number nine on the year for Saint Patty's Doll, pushing her seasonal earnings to $$69,886--her best season ever thus far in her career. She's banked $125,910 lifetime. As the 8 to 5 tote-board choice, Saint Patty's Doll paid $5.20 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL....For a trotter that had won 57 races during an illustrious career while banking $789,190--the richest in the field--and with Pompano Park's leading driver, Bruce Ranger in the bike, Andover America certainly didn't get any respect at the mutuel windows on Wednesday night. The nine year-old incredible son of Andover Hall overcame the outside nine post to capture Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot...at odds of 28 to 1. Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover Hall used a late rally to score a photo finish win measuring a neck over Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) with the early pacesetter and 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Buddy Hally (Peter Wrenn), third. Adenium finished fourth while Thekeptman picked up the final award. The time was 1:54.4. As the gate opened, Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) left alertly vying for the top spot, only to be joined by Buddy Hally with Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) also interested in joining the fray. After a :27.3 opener, the dust hadn't settled and Buddy Hally, finally clearing the lead, continued to be pressed by Baby Boy Grin through the half, timed in :56.2. On the backside, Its Payday Friday brushed up to challenge and stuck his head in front at the third station, timed in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Adenium had moved into a second over position while Andover America had improved to a third over spot and fifth, three lengths off the lead. In the lane, Its Payday Friday and Buddy Hally fought tooth and nail only to be joined by Andover America at the sixteenth pole with Andover gaining the lead in the final strides. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I wasn't about to join that wild party up front early. I had no choice but to take back. There were a couple of breakers in there early so I was able to get away a couple of lengths closer than I would have had they stayed straight. That may have been the difference. My horse (Andover America) is just a grand horse...trying every step of the mile." Asked if he was surprised at the long odds, Ranger said, "Really? Gee, we were assigned one of the three outside posts so we must've gotten some respect in the racing office!" Not only did Andover America win for the 57th time, it was the highest pari-mutuel win payoff ($59.80) in his grand career, eclipsing a $56.40 win payoff at Mohawk on August 20, 2012. With a 2014 scorecard of 8-5-0 in 19 starts, Andover America has banked $54,950 for the year and $795,190 lifetime. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 29, 2014...The $479,000 Super Night extravaganza at Pompano Park featured the finest Florida bred trotters and pacers in training and their performances most certainly lived up to expectations as many established new lifetime marks.   A full recap of the action begins here.   $52,500 Breeders Stakes 2YO Filly Trot   Brandy, superbly handled by Dan Clements, made a brave quarter move to the front and coasted the rest of the way in scoring a 3 3/4 length win over the early leader, Zendaya (Bob Roberts), with Livy M (Tom Sells) third in the mile, a superb effort after spotting the field over 25 lengths after a miscue at the start and trotting her last 3/4s in 1:28.4. Brandy's win was in 2:02.4, a new lifetime mark for this daughter of Proud Bushy.   Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, Brandy was the overwhelming 1 to 5 tote-board favorite and returned $2.40 to her loyal followers, a mere pittance compared to the winner's share of the purse--$26,250.   After the race, driver Dan Clements said, "I made that early move just to stay out of trouble. The filly seems to like being in the thick of things from the get-go and Kim (trainer Sears) has her very solid on her feet. I was very confident off of her previous performances that she would do well."   The victory was the fourth in a row for Brandy and sent her seasonal bounty to $56,171 in just seven starts.   Run Around Sue S and Diamond White picked up minor awards in the field of six.   $54,000 Breeders Stake 2YO Colt Trot   Railee Workable took full advantage of a miscue at the start by the 1 to 10 favorite Prairie Fortune and went on to score a wire-to-wire win for Mickey McNichol in a lifetime best 2:01 performance. His winning margin of three lengths was recorded over R J's Iron Man (Aaron Byron) with Victory Park (Bruce Ranger) third.   The son of Basil now has five wins in seven starts--his only two losses coming at the hands of Prairie Fortune.   In a post race interview, driver McNichol said, "I kind of thought that we all had to beat Mike's (Deters) horse (Prairie Fortune because he seems to be clearly the best when he minds his manners. Tonight, he got unlucky and we got very lucky and my horse is very handy. I wasn't afraid to send him because he's won from the nine post before and can trot a hundred miles. It was a nice win to get."   Trained by Louie Ginesi for Owners Fred Morosini along with Ken Fritz, the win pushed Railee Workable's earnings to $46,464 in eight starts and prompted owner Morosini to this response, "There is rarely a high in life as having a win of this magnitude in harness racing. Everyone should feel the elation that I feel right this moment. It is indescribable."   Saturn finished fourth in the mile while Gold Star Kevin picked up the nickel.   As second choice in the wagering, Railee Workable paid $14.80 to win.   $52,500 Breeders Stake 2YO Filly Pace   This was the culmination of the highly spirited rivalry between the two best Florida bred two year-old pacing fillies--Gold Star Dynasty and Paxxie--with "Dynasty" having a 4-2-0 scorecard in her six lifetime starts and Paxxie sporting a 2-4-0 tab in her six outings.   Their respective pilots, Bruce Ranger and Peter Wrenn, had amassed over 18,000 lifetime victories and they clearly had the best two fillies of their 2014 class.   At the end of and epic mile, the draw and the drive determining the outcome with Paxxie, driven by Bruce Ranger leaving from post five, pinning the defeat on Gold Star Dynasty, handled by Peter Wrenn, leaving from post 6.   In a pre-race interview, Ranger hinted that he probably would be on the bullet train with Paxxie saying, "I know she (Gold Star Dynasty) is going to be winging and I know I'm not going to catch her if she dictates the terms. I think I'm lucky to have drawn one spot in from her."   Ranger proved spot on.   Sending Paxxie directly to the front, Ranger "discouraged" his main rival from making the top in the very first eighth of a mile, stuffing that one In The Pocket right behind. After a :28.4 opener, Paxxie was able to lolly-gag through a 1:01.1 middle half before sprinting home in :27 straight to hit the wire in 1:57, 1 1/2 lengths to the good of Gold Star Dynasty. Davita (Bob Roberts) third in all of her five lifetime starts against the top pair, was third again this night followed by Arties Diamond Gal and Creamsicle in the field of six.   After the event, an elated Ranger said, "What did I tell ya...what did I tell ya!!!   That was all that needed to be said.   Owned by Joan Harp along with trainer Warren Harp, Paxxie, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds, sent her lifetime bounty to $43,847.   As 2 to 1 second choice in the betting to Gold Star Dynasty (1 to 5), Paxxie returned $6.40 to her faithful.   $52,500 Breeders Stakes 2YO Colt Pace   Owosso Flash justified his 1 to 20 favoritism with a handy win for co-owner, trainer, driver Mike Deters, stopping the clock in 1:56.1 to complete a five race sweep in FSBOA's stakes season.   Caesar's Forum (Bruce Ranger) was second 2 1/2 lengths away while Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross, Jr.) was next. Drake and Stutz also picked up awards in the six horse field.   Owosso Flash, the highly spirited son of Royal Millennium has given Deters and co-owner Laurie Poulin some anxious moments during his brief career--having taken a right hand turn during a race two starts ago and taking Deters into the infield prior to the start of last week's encounter--but he was perfect this night.   Away safely in fourth, Owosso Flash made a quarter (:30.1) move to the top and proceeded to pace his last 3/4s in 1:25.1 in hand to earn the major share--$26,250--of the purse.   "He was very solid tonight," Deters said, "and what makes the night even more special is that John Spindler, for whom Owosso Flash in named, is here to enjoy the night with us." Spindler, indeed, from Owosso, Michigan, served as Deters surrogate father when Mike's dad passed away at an early age.   The win pushed just about doubled Owosso Flash's earnings, which now stand at $53,550.   $53,000 Breeders Stakes 3YO Filly Trot   Markie completely sealed her divisional honors on Super Night by scoring a 10 1/4 victory for Bob Roberts in the $53,000 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night.   Stretching her unblemished record this year to six and extending her winning streak to nine going back to last season, the remarkable daughter of Proud Bushy scored the win measuring in double digits--the fifth time she has done so this season.   The time of 1:57.4 completely obliterated her old mark of 2:00.1 and came at the hooves of Trotting JC Poss (Rick Plano) with Last Match T (Rob Hoffman) third. Gold Star Ginger was fourth with Super Luna picking up the nickel.   Trotting JC Poss took command immediately and put up honest panels of :29.2 and :59.1 with Markie almost 10 lengths away in the early stages.   Half way through the mile, Roberts tipped Markie out and she gobbled up her rivals quickly one-by-one until reaching the top at the third station and coasting home from there on the strength of a :28.4 finale.   In a post race interview, driver Bob Roberts said, "she is a highly spirited filly--Kim calls her a brat sometimes--and she was nice and relaxed tonight. I just let her do her thing. She sure is special!"   Markie, owned by Jay Sears and trained by his wife, Kim, now is 13 for 17 lifetime with earnings of $108,300--$50,600 of that this season.   $51,500 Breeders Stakes 3YO Colt Trot   Showing Off, driven by Bob Roberts, was put to the most severe test of his career and responded gamely with a :28.2 closing quarter to hold off Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) in the $51,500 FSBOA Breeders Stake Final for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Midnight Michael and Gator On Patrol were next in the quartet.   The son of Wewering led gate to wire in scoring the victory measuring a neck after carving up fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:29.2 before hitting the wire in 1:57.2, eclipsing his old mark by 3 1/5 seconds.   After the race, driver Roberts said, "he's always been competitive in his class and he likes to be in the thick of the action. The night Geronimo Fame beat us, we couldn't make the top so, since we drew inside of that one, I had to leave and let him do what he does best."   Owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears, Showing Off won for the fifth time in six starts this semester, sending his earnings to $49,667. The Kim Sears trainee now has $96,049 in lifetime bounty.   $55,500 Breeders Stakes 3YO Filly Pace   Indeed, the limelight was on Limelight after this splendid daughter of Cracking Light rolled by her "sorority sisters" in the $55,500 Breeders Stake Final.   With veteran Tom Sells handling the fillies lines, Limelight took advantage of some "suicidal" fractions early and rolled up on the outside in mid-stretch to collar arch-rival Voluminous (Bruce Ranger) to score by a length in 1:56.   J D Eleven Bells (Aaron Byron) finished third after taking a short lead in the lane. Sandalonia, dead last in the field on nine early on, closed with ferocity to finish fourth while ICU Charlie T, cutting panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:25.2 was able to hold on for the final award.   In a post race interview, driver Tom Sells said, "My filly likes to be up close but there were a few hot ones leaving both inside and outside, so I was kinda forced to grab a hold. On the backside, I knew Bruce (Ranger with Voluminous) was behind me and, when he pulled, I had to make a quick decision--to go or let Bruce go and follow him. It was my lucky guess to follow him. They were going pretty good up front so I thought that would help...and it did!"   Owned by Beauty in the Bridle Racing Stable and trained by Rosie Huff, Limelight won for the eighth time this year in 12 starts to send her bulging bankroll this year to $68,895.   As the 7 to 5 favorite among the large crowd, Limelight paid $4.80 to win.   $50,500 Breeders Stakes 3YO Colt Pace   Gold Star Kenny P, superbly handled by Mickey McNichol, scored a wire-to-wire win in the $50,500 Breeders Stakes Final by holding off Tough Issue (Bruce Ranger) with a :27.2 final panel to score in 1:58.1. Warlock, third in all of his five starts this year, finished third this night, as well.   Owned and trained by Tom Audley,Gold Star Kenny P, a son of Rock On, used his inside post to perfection to discourage any other competitor thoughts to gain the top spot...at least early on.   Rambling down to the quarter in :29.3, McNichol was able to lolly-gag through subsequent panels of 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 before the aforementioned sprint home.   "When you have a short field like this, "McNichol said, "you almost have to try and control the pace. I've seen this so many times from fair races with short fields to the Little Brown Jug race-offs...you have to try and control things. That's what I tried to do and it worked. Make no mistake, Tough Issue is a very tough competitor and the draw a few days ago did me a big favor tonight."   Gold Star Kenny P won for the sixth time this year, sending his 2014 earnings to $49,865. He's banked a tad over $70,000 lifetime.   Pannocchio in 1:49.3 Open Pace   Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, and Prairie Jaguar, handled by Peter Wrenn, were involved in a memorable stretch duel on Saturday night with Panocchio winning the tooth and nail battle to score by a neck in a lifetime best 1:49.3 performance in the $12,000 Open Pace   Lyons Johnny (Wally Hennessey) finished third in the event while stablemate E Z Noah finished fourth. That'll Be The Rei picked up the final award.   With E Z Noah and Prairie Jaguar in an early battle for the top spot, the quarter was in a hot :26.1 before "Jaguar" took over. From there, he posted panels of :54 and 1:21.2 with Panocchio On The Attack from the final turn and engaging Prairie Jaguar in an all out war to the wire.   "In a post race interview, Ranger said, "now that was an epic journey. It could have gone either way. Panocchio is unbelievable...but so is Prairie Jaguar. I guess Panocchio had the longer nose this time around--and that's the truth!"   Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, won for the 16th time this year, sending his earnings to $125,770 to go along with that new mark.   Even money on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $4.20 to win.   Finally, the Florida Amateur Drivers Club pushed their charitable contributions over the $135,000 mark by presenting a $1,000 check to Vinceremos Therapeutic Centers, an organization that aids those from 18 months to their 70's who have been "saddled" with debilitating diseases from stroke to multiple sclerosis, as well as autism, with equine programs including Hippotherapy.   Dein Spriggs won this Super Night event with Royalty On High.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

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