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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2014 -- Dave Palone, the "winningest" driver in North American harness racing history, padded his total considerably Monday at The Meadows when he won eight races -- including the feature -- on the 15-race card. Palone collected a pair of victories for his brother, trainer Mike Palone, and three for trainer Ron Burke. He also earned one place finish and two thirds in his 14 assignments. While a great day for Palone, it wasn't his biggest. That occurred April 21, 2008 at The Meadows when he piloted 11 winners. That's the record for most wins on a single program, a mark Palone shares with Bruce Ranger, Roger Hammer, J.D. Perrin and George Napolitano, Jr. In the feature, an $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Continual Velocity was used hard twice in the mile but still was the strongest in the lane as she scored in a swift 1:50.3, a tick off the track record for older pacing mares. Continual Velocity left from post 7 and found a spot fourth at the pylons but soon was out again first over. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity wore down the leader, Certified Ideal, and held off Do Me Honor in the Lightning Lane by 1-1/4 lengths. Certified Ideal saved show. Burke conditions Continual Velocity, who boosted her career bankroll to $481,775, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Pompano Beach, FL – Harness driver Bruce Ranger was taken by ambulance to North Broward Medical Center after injuring his back in a three-horse harness racing accident at the Isle Pompano Park Monday evening. Three drivers were unseated from their horses, Bruce Ranger, Bryce Fenn and David Ingraham, but only Ranger needed to be taken to the hospital, both Fenn and Ingraham were OK as were the three horses involved in the accident. The third race pace for a purse of $6,000 saw the field racing Indian-style as they started to come by the grandstand the first time after the opening quarter mile. It was then that driver Bryce Fenn’s horse, Mini Shark, struck the wheel of Buddy’s Hope in front of him and fell to the track. Driver Tom Sells was able to move around the fallen horse while driving Mach It Paidin with minimal interference, but Bruce Ranger, driving Diamond Dude, was unable to avoid racing into the fallen horse and driver. Ranger was catapulted from his race bike and fell on his back as driver David Ingraham also ran into the pile with his horse, Forward Bliss and was unseated. Ranger, 55, is the all time winningest driver in the history of Pompano Park with 8,732 wins. It was reported that he was not unconscious and he was complaining of back pain after the accident. Ranger has had severe accidents in the past, including a broken back. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL...May 10, 2014...Flight Exec and Keystone Wallace proved to be the stars at Pompano Park on Saturday night as the former won the $10,000 Open Pace and the latter took top honors in the $8,500 final of the Isle-Pompano Park Late Closer for three and four year old trotters. Flight Exec was handled by Kevin Wallis and this altered son of Western Ideal carved all the panels--:27, :55 and 1:23--en route to a two length victory over the late charging Cartoonist (Dave Ingraham) in 1:51.3. Neptune Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger), in the garden spot all the way around, finished third with Avantage fourth and Rick's Sign completing the quintet across the line. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I raced him off the pace last week against Panocchio but he really seems to like the front end of things so I sent him tonight and he felt strong the entire route. The half was a bit faster that I would have liked but Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Rick's Sign) seems to be able to go a long way uncovered so I thought I should keep on going. When we got to the three-quarters, I was concerned about Bruce's horse (Neptune Blue Chip) because he had a perfect trip and Dave's (Cartoonist) because he can get home pretty quickly. All in all, it worked out great for us." For Flight Exec, owned and trained by Linda Wallis, the win was worth $5,000 to send his lifetime bounty to $137,395. The fans that plunked $2 on Flight Exec's nose received $6.00 as the second choice on the tote-board. In the $8,500 final of Isle-Pompano Park Late Closer contested for three and four year-old trotters (NW2), Keystone Wallace, off at 6 to 1 and superbly handled by Mickey McNichol, eked out a photo finish win over the 1 to 2 favorite Dominum Deo, driven by Bruce Ranger, in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:58. Megamass, the longest proposition on the board at 12 to 1, finished third after cutting panels of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28 for Dave Ingraham while Total Freedom finished fourth. I'm A Pop Star picked up the nickel in the sextet. McNichol sent Keystone Wallace right to the front when the gate opened, only to yield a few strides later to Megamass with I'm A Pop Star hustling up into the fray for Richard Simard followed by Dominum Deo. On the backside, I'm A Pop Star was the first to pull as the pace quickened during that third quarter and Dominum Deo picked up "Pop Star's" cover but was forced into a double bubble move around the final turn as his "live" cover stalled. Turning for home, Keystone Wallace left the coziness of the pocket, put away Megamass in short order but had to dig in late to hold off the surging Dominum Deo. The winning margin was officially a "neck." In a post race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "I figured that the two of us (Keystone Wallace and Megamass) would be leaving as we sat one-two last week. All I wanted to do was be close enough to get a decent check as Bruce's horse (Dominum Deo) was really the one to beat. Turning for home, I was confident we would be at least second and 'hoping' that we could stall off Bruce. His horse had the tougher trip...but that's racing luck and it just happened to be on our side tonight." Owned and trained by Doug Miller, Keystone Wallace won for the third time during his career and this payday--his second largest--sent his lifetime bounty to $23,260. As third choice in the wagering, Keystone Wallace paid $14.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 7, 2014...Andover America, the ultra-game nine year-old Andover Hall gelding, returned from a two month vacation Wednesday night at Pompano Park and promptly took top honors in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Owned by Mc Trade Enterprises and trained by Stewart Nemiro, Andover America was driven by Bruce Ranger and stopped the clock in 1:57 in defeating Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) by a neck. Permanent Joy (Dave Ingraham) was third followed by Lugar and Cathy's Princess, who went off at 1 to 2 on the board on the strength of three straight impressive wins, all wire-to-wire with "1's" at every call during those events.   Indeed, it was Cathy's Princess who left quickest of all from the coveted five post cutting panels of :28, :57 and 1:27.1 with Illusionsndreams in the garden spot and Andover America third.   Around the final turn, Santeramo left the pocket and quickly disposed of Cathy's Princess by the top of the lane with Andover America now in hot pursuit.   These two--Illusionsndreams and Andover America fought tooth and nail to the wire with the latter edging by in the final few strides.   Ranger, himself, was surprised by the win saying, "I really though he needed a tightener coming into the race but he's just a great horse and knows how to win."   Indeed, he does.   The victory was the 53rd in his grand career--third this year--and vaulted his lifetime earnings over the $760,000 mark, currently at $761,540.   Ranger continued, "...some horses have that great quality of knowing how to win. They just have a will...a desire...to win and seem to know where the wire is. He's got a little age on him now but he still maintains that great will to win. It's what champions are made of, I guess!"   The $7,500 Open "2" Trot went to Tug River Dylan, driven by Dave Ingraham.   This eight year-old son of Cr Commando wired his competition in 1:55, carving fractions of :27.4; :56.3 and 1:25 along the way in pinning a 2 1/4 length defeat on Celebrity Legacy (Bruce Ranger) with Northern Inferno (Andy Santeramo) third. Glittering Muscles and Adenium picked up the final two awards in the field of nine.   Owned and trained by Bob Dutilly, Tug River Dylan won for the fourth time this year in 17 starts pushing his seasonal bounty to $23,315. He has banked $121,771 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:53.3 achieved just a few starts back at Pompano Park.   After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "you know, there's this old joke about the driver who asked his trainer if a horse could leave and the trainer said, 'I don't know, I've only had him a couple of years!' Same story here, I looked at the program and decided to try something different and leave with him. He was very strong leaving and kept it up the whole route. It was a great mile for him!"   As thee slight favorite at 7 to 5 on the tote-board, Tug River Dylan paid $4.80 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...May 3, 2014...Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, ran his winning streak to four on Saturday night with this grand slam win coming in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., the four year old son of No Pan Intended stopped the timer in 1:51.4 over a track labeled as good after earlier heavy rains. Fractions were :26.3, :56.1 and 1:24 with the margin measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Cartoonist (Dave Ingraham) with Flight Exec (Kevin Wallis) rallying for third. Neptune Blue Chip was next with Canadian Touch, prominent early on, picking up the nickel in the quintet.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger summed it up in two words--"smooth sailing.   "Yes, he had missed a week," Ranger said, "but Jimmy (trainer Mattison) and Vicki (Jim's wife) keep this horse sharp just by the great care they give him. I knew he'd be ready and, indeed, he was ready to fire as soon as the gate opened. Once we got that little breather during the second quarter, I just let him ramble on from there and his last half of :55 and a piece (actually :55.3) took care of things."   Not only did Panocchio remain undefeated this year with his fourth straight win, it was his 12 success in only 29 lifetime starts, good for $67,625--$18,750 already this year just in the past month.   As the 2 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win.   Panocchio's victory, by the way, was one of five on the night for Ranger, who also piloted Directly Related ($2.60), Dominum Deo ($3.20), Hyperion Hanover ($2.60) and Kennairnmachmagic ($3.60) to the winner's circle.   Hyperion Hanover, the 11 year-old warrior owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54.3, scoring a win measuring just short of a length inn the $6,000 Open "3" over McGreat (Dave Ingraham) with Tom Paine (Bryce Fenn) third.   The victory was the 51st in Hyperion Hanover's illustrious career, sending his lifetime bounty to $1,166,089 covering 261 starts.   In the $7,500 Open "2" Pace, Elizabeth Zimmerman's Avantage, driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Michel Plouffe, also was a gate-to-wire winner, scoring a 1:53.1 win measuring a length over the fast closing Who's Your Maddy (Kevin Wallis). Shamderock (Bruce Ranger) was third after looming boldly first over around the final turn.   Third choice on the tote-board, Avantage paid $9.80 to win in picking up his third win of the year--and second in a row--sending his lifetime bounty to $218,296.   by John berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 30, 2014...Illusionsndreams stepped on Pompano Park's five-eighths mile "field of dreams" on Wednesday night and handily disposed of six rivals in a seasonal best 1:54.3 for driver-trainer Andy Santeramo.   The eight year-old altered son of Kadabra, co-owned by Santeramo along with Steve Maietta, burst out of the gate to an early lead and yielded three-eighths into the mile before reclaiming command three-eighths from home to score by three lengths over the 8 to 5 favorite Celebrity Legacy (Bruce Ranger). Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third with Adenium next and Tug River Dylan picking up the nickel in the septet.   Clocking an opening panel of :27.2, Illusionsndreams seemed a bit headstrong early before allowing Northern Inferno to assume command and take the field half way home in :56. Midway on the backstretch, Santeramo sent his charge out and winging in a second move and, in just a few long strides, took command and opened daylight on the field past 3/4s in 1:25.3. From there it was a cakewalk home as Illusionsndreams was well in hand during the :29 finale, easily holding off the late rallying Celebrity Legacy, who trotted the fastest final quarter in the race--:28.3--but was no threat to the winner.   In a post race interview, Santeramo said, "...last week, we were chewed up pretty good going :26 and a piece from the seven post before we could take the lead and, after that, we didn't have any offense on the backstretch. This time, we had a great post and we were able to get the lead easily. It made a big difference tonight. Illusions felt strong the entire way and when I asked him on the backside, he really responded. He was well within himself to the wire."   For Illusionsndreams, it was his third success of the year--and 25th lifetime--to send his seasonal bank bankroll to $15,245 and $315,467 lifetime.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 26, 2014...Cartoonist, given a "picture perfect" drive by Kevin Wallis, easily took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night. The four year-old gelded son of Modern Art stopped the timer in 1:53 after posting front end fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:25.4 along the way--his winning margin just short of three lengths over Rick's Sign, driven by Andy Santeramo. Neptune Blue Chip finished third for Bruce Ranger while McGreat and Shamderock completed the quintet. It was the fourth win in 14 starts for Cartoonist, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $25,560, just a shade below what he earned the entire full season of 2013. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Since the five post is so advantageous here, I thought it would be good to use this horse's good gate speed and try and control the pace. We got a nice breather during the second quarter so I feelt rather comfortable he could carry his speed the rest of the way...and he did." Indeed, the :55.2 final half mile sealed the deal for the S S G Stables of North Boston, N.Y. Trainer Jim McDonald added, "He's developed into a very solid racehorse over time and he sure is reliable for a :27 and a piece final quarter. He's very consistent and I am hoping the best is yet to come." In somewhat of a betting oddity, the order of finish was exactly as the public predicted with the winner, off at 1 to 2, returning $3.00, the 7 to 2 second choice finishing second, followed by Neptune Blue Chip (6 to 1), McGreat (8.50 to 1) and Shamderock (8.90 to 1). by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 19, 2014...Panocchio kept his perfect seasonal record in tact by scoring his third straight win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by trained Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, was driven by Bruce Ranger and stopped the timer in 1:53, scoring by a head over the late charging Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey). Cartoonist (Kevin Wallis), finished third, 2 3/4 lengths away, while Rick's Sign finished fourth. Yankees In Six completed the quintet.   Panocchio flashed his usual early speed from his outside--but advantageous--five post and quickly took command from Freeneasy Hanover with his stablemate, Cartoonist, next through opening panel of :27.1. With the half in a tepid :56.1, positions remained stagnant with Yankees In Six the only one out and driving, moving from the back of the pack to third during a :28 third quarter but still three lengths away.   Turning for home, Panocchio, with a strong headwind in his face, stayed true to the wire, holding off the pocket-sitting Freeneasy Hanover in a photo to keep his record perfect.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "This horse is just a solid campaigner--a little lazy but, nonetheless, a horse that gives all he's got when he's on the racetrack. Wally's horse (Freeneasy Hanover) was great, too, but Panocchio has that habit of digging in when it counts most. And, again, I have to give credit to Jim (trainer Mattison) who has been such a great trainer for so long."   Trainer Mattison gave all the praise to his wife, Vicki, by saying, "She's the one who gives the horse such tender loving care. Heck, the horse only jogs lightly when he's racing...and I can't get him to go faster than (2):14 or (2):15 when he does train. Vicki loves this horse and, I think, he races so well because he's so happy around her. Believe me, it makes a difference!"   For Panocchio, the win was his 11th lifetime in just 28 starts, good for career earnings of $62,625--$13,750 of that this year in his three starts.   Off at 1 to 10, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win.   The co-feature $8,000 Open went, in an upset, to the 23 to 1 outsider Shamderock, driven by Stephane Lareau in 1:53.4.. This six year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheels, trained by Mike Hardy for owners Mark and Phyllis Liebowitz, roared down the lane to score by a half length over Hyperion Hanover (Bruce Ranger). Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third but was "dq'd" after an incident just past the opening quarter allowing the 2 to 5 favorite, Canadian Touch (Kevin Wallis) to be moved up a notch to third after scorching an opener in :25.4 before carding subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.1, leaving little defense from the closers in the late stages. Dojea Maidscaptor finished fourth.   Shamderock earned his third win of the year in 15 starts--28th win lifetime-to send his 2014 earnings to $15,141. Lifetime he's banked $190,596.   Shamderock paid $48.60 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2014...Lugar, the ultra-consistent Florida bred son of Famously, scored a brave win at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:54.3 for Bruce Ranger in the $10,000 Open Trot. Trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, Lugar was a gate-to-wire winner, pinning a defeat measuring 1 1/2 lengths on My Revenuer (Bryce Fenn) with Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol) third. HP Forte, making his first start back after a two month vacation, rallied late to finish fourth while Adenium picked up the nickel in the field of six. Not only did Lugar picked up win number four this season in start number 14, he sent his lifetime scorecard to 22-22-22 in 106 starts, sending his career bankroll to $173,519--$24,776 of that this year. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger expressed his satisfaction with the performance saying, "I've gotten to know this horse pretty well over the past month and a half. He's such a relaxed horse--he was actually sleeping before the race tonight--and, even though he was pushed to that punishing opening quarter, it was his own will, and not my urging, that got him there that quickly. We managed to get a little bit of a breather in the second quarter but Bryce's horse (My Revenuer) applied some heat around that final bend and that's when Lugar--again, on his own--reached down for more. When he swished his tail at me a sixteenth out, he told me we had it. And I have got to give credit to Mark (trainer Friedman) who does an incredible job with him. No wonder he's batting .460." As the 6 to 5 public choice on the tote-board, Lugar paid $4.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - (Scarborough, Maine) - Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner's circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13). Born and raised on the historic Norton Farm of Falmouth, Maine, the up-and-comer hails from the family lineage which includes noted drivers Loring Norton, Bruce Ranger, Chuck Connors, and his dad, Michael Graffam. Nick Graffam, driving his own pacer, Smardi Shuttle, secured the second-over journey just prior to the half then tipped his charge three wide off the final turn before drawing clear to the wire. The duo lit the board at 60-1 odds, returning $141.40 to win. Not to be outdone, Nick's father, Mike Graffam, secured a win of his own later in the program, steering Deuces N Eights down victory lane; the elder Graffam, being greeted by his protégé in the winner's circle. In other news, top-rated driver, Drew Campbell, continued on his torrid streak spinning a grand slam performance from the nine-race card and cementing his status at the top of the leader's board. Sunday's program was highlighted by the Standardbred Retirement Ceremony, which was rescheduled from last December, and featured seven racehorses who went into mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Live racing resumes Friday, April 18th; post time for Fridays and Saturdays reverts to the traditional time of 4 pm; with the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...April 13, 2014...Panocchio, confidently handled by Bruce Ranger, took top honors in Pompano Park's "Saturday Night Special," scoring a handy win in 1:51.4.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, pinned a defeat measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Premier (Rick Plano) with Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey) third. Rick's Sign crossed the wire fourth but was placed sixth and last after an incident halfway through the mile allowing Cartoonist to moved up a notch to fourth and Yankees In Six to earn the nickel.   Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, came out firing as the wings opened and engaged Premier in a "guns blazing" duel through an opening panel in :26.2.   Panocchio then yielded--for all of two strides--with Ranger firing a second set of bullets to reclaim the lead and taking the field halfway home in :55.   On the backside, Cartoonist and Yankees In Six both pulled from the back of the pack forcing the hand of Rick's Sign, who bullied his way out in front of these two to pull within a length of Panocchio at the third station in 1:24.   In the lane, Panocchio edged clear by a length and a half with Premier giving futile chase and Freeneasy Hanover taking the short way home on the inside to garner the show honors.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "This horse has come back just perfectly. Last week, he was great in his 2014 debut. This week, he might have been even a little better. He was very sharp leaving and very strong in the lane. He's fresh and eager and I can't say enough great things about Jimmy (trainer Mattison) on how he's brought this horse back this year."   For Panocchio, the win, of course, kept his seasonal scorecard unblemished--two for two--and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $57,625 on the strength of 10 win in only 27 lifetime starts.   As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...April 9, 2014...Jolene's Pinehonker, who made an untimely miscue turning for home last week, redeemed himself on Wednesday night with a sharp 1:56.1 win for Mark O'Mara in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old son of Pinetucky, owned by Lester Raber, edged passed a game Lugar, driven by Bruce Ranger, in mid-stretch to score by a length. My Revenuer, handled by Bryce Fenn, closed fastest of all to finish third, followed by Spring Goal and Permanent Joy, who picked up the final awards in the field of eight. With the well regarded Count Speed making a costly bobble at the start from the outside eight post, Jolene's Pinehonker "kind of half left" from the seven slot looking for--and securing--a mid-pack spot around the first turn as Lugar forged to the lead and clocked panels of :28, and :56.1. As that mid-mile time went up on the board, O'Mara sent Jolene's Pinehonker from fourth and On The Attack, charging alongside Lugar past the third station in 1:26.4 and, finally, wearing that one down once they straightened away for home. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara said, "I was surprised that Wally's horse (Count Speed) made that break so I kind of half left to look for a closer spot to the leaders and, fortunately, I found a real nice spot in fourth. Around that second turn, I thought I'd better get going and the 'Pinehonker' responded with some solid trot on the backstretch. He felt real strong turning for home--much more solid than last week--and he was good to the wire. He gave me a very good effort." For Jolene's Pinehonker, it was his fifth win of the year in 13 starts, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $36,600. The win--his 19th lifetime--also pushed his career earnings to $351,445. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2014...Panocchio, making his 2014 debut here at Pompano Park on Saturday night, scored a gate to wire victory in 1:52 for Bruce Ranger. The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, put up panels of :27, :56.3 and 1:23.4 en route to the win, which measured a half length over Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey) with Yankees In Six (Matt Romano) third. Cartoonist, last turning for home, paced the fastest final quarter in the race--:27.3--to finish fourth while Rick's Sign, who made a threatening move around the final turn to pull along side the leader, picked up the nickel in the sextet, 2 1/2 lengths back. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I drove him last year when he took his mark here at Pompano (1:50.4), so I knew he was a very nice horse and I had had driven him in a couple of qualifiers for Jim (Mattison) the past couple of weeks and he seemed very strong, especially the last one when he paced in (1):54 and a piece with a last quarter in :27 and change. Jim said, 'I don't have to tell you how to drive him...you know what he likes,' so it looked like he was anxious to get the show on the road so I sent him. On the backside, when he heard the other horse coming, he grabbed on and got down to business. He performed great, especially for his first start." Panocchio, who was lightly raced at two--winless in six starts--won eight times in 19 starts last year and earned $37,516. The win on Saturday night pushed his lifetime bounty over the $50,000 mark, now at $53,125. As a slight 9 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $5.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 2, 2014...Count Speed, returning to the Open trotting ranks after a pair of victories in conditioned events, easily handled his competition on Wednesday night at Pompano Park for Wally Hennessey to extend his winning streak to three. The five-year-old altered son of Majestic Son, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, took command in the sextet shortly after the wings folded and, given superb rating, wired together panels of :28.4, :58 and 1:26.1 to stop the tele-timer in 1:55, his winning margin 1 ¾ lengths over Permanent Joy (Bruce Ranger) with My Revenuer (Bryce Fenn) third and 5 ½ lengths away. Go Jesse Jo was placed fourth ahead of the 7 to 5 favorite, Jolene's Pinehonker, who was disqualified after an extended miscue through the stretch. The win was Count Speed's third of the year in five starts and 15th lifetime, sending his career bankroll to $144,398. In a post-race interview, both trainer and driver gave credit to the other for the Count Speed's recent successes. Said trainer Dan Hennessey, "This is a very difficult horse to drive. He's fast, yes, but he has a mind of his own and is hard to handle. He sure doesn't like to train and it takes a very delicate set of hands--like Wally's--to get him around the racetrack without incident. Driver Wally Hennessey put all of the praise on his brother, trainer Dan. "It's hard to keep this horse comfortable. Every little thing bothers him. If it's not this, it's that. If it's not that, it's this. Dan made a few changes over the past few weeks and it's his wisdom as a trainer that has led to Count Speed's success. It is Dan that has made this horse as good as he is right now." As second choice in the wagering, Count Speed paid $5.20 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2014...Cruizin K C, deftly handled by Mark O'Mara, edged by a stubborn Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham) turning for home and then held off the late surging Cartoonist (Bruce Ranger) to eke out a narrow win over the latter in 1:51.4 in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. Northern Companion was a clear third at the end of the mile, while Premier, pacing the fastest final quarter of the group--:27.1--finished fourth. Ideal Choice picked up the remaining minor prize in the septet.   Cruizin K C, a six year-old altered son of Mach Three, owned by Lester Raber, came from sixth mid-way through the mile and paced his final 1/2 in :54.1 to earn a neck decision for his second win of the year in six starts, sending his seasonal bankroll to $15,400 and $123,743 lifetime.   With Northern Companion using uncharacteristic strategy and on the engine from the get-go clocking opening panels of :26.2 and :56.1, Cruizin K C was forced to pace in his third quarter in :26.3 just to get into the hunt around the final turn and these two arch rivals went stride for stride past the third station in 1:24 and until mid-stretch when "K C" edged to the front, only to get a scare from the 28 to 1 outsider Cartoonist coming to the line.   In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara said, "It was tight all the way around...I mean at the wire and in the deep stretch...We rubbed iron a little bit with Bruce's horse (Cartoonist)--just incidental stuff. His horse (Cartoonist) proved he belongs. He went a big mile...but so did Cruizin. K C. When I give him racetrack, he can really gather up some steam...and he needed all of it tonight!"   As the even money favorite on the tote-board--but actually 11 to 10--Cruizin K C paid $4.20 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 13, 2014...Tom Petri's My Revenuer, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, used a new strategy to win Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The six year-old son of Revenue S tried the "wiring act" for the first time--and it worked. Clocking fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25 along the way, My Revenuer held off the late surging Photo King, driven by Jason Dillander, by a neck in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime best set just three starts ago in a come-from-behind win.   the 1 to 2 favorite, Jolene's Pinehonker, with Mark O'Mara in the bike, finished third a length away after yet another menacing move on the backside bringing him alongside the leader around the final turn.   Separation from there left Count Speed fourth and Blomqvist next in the field of six.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "...this horse is used to coming off the pace so, when I asked Tom (trainer Petri) if this horse can leave, he said that he can leave a little but has never been a wire-to-wire winner. I said, 'that may change tonight.' When Photo King left, I was a bit surprised at that, so maybe Jason (Dillander) had the same idea as I had because his horse (Photo King) likes it off the pace, too. We got a nice breather during the second quarter and I let him have racetrack on the backside to try and discourage any threats and it worked out well."   For My Revenuer, it was his third success of the year and 17th lifetime, pushing his 2014 bounty to $19,906 and $107,160 lifetime.   As second choice on the tote-board, My Revenuer paid $7.80 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

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