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Dabestleaderever (Cambest) scored in the harness racing $10,000 Perfect 10 Mini Series "final" on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dolores Basilone trainee made his local debut last week while coming off back to back strong starts at Monticello Raceway. Following a third place finish in the lone leg of the Mini Series, Dabestleaderever drew post two on Saturday for a race that would see sizzling first half fractions.  The "final" of the series for claimers at the $7,500 level or lower saw the fastest winner from last week set blistering fractions early. Partner (Stephane Bouchard) was pointed out to the early lead and got to the top in a 26.3 first quarter. Despite a bit of a second quarter back down which led to a half in 56.1, Partner was softened enough that he tired late. Palm's Beach (Dan Cappello Jr), the other winner from the Mini Series last week, was the race's favorite on Saturday night and he wound up first over on Partner. Palm's Beach was followed up by Dabestleaderever who surged into the lead in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:54.3 for his second win of the season. Palm's Beach held on for second while longshot Auckland Flyer (Billy Dobson) came on for third. Partner had to settle for fourth. Dabestleaderever paid $7.80 to win and started an exacta and triple that came back $32.60 and $794, respectively. Dabestleaderever was driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Pompano Beach, FL...March 12, 2017...First Of Itskind, handled by Mike Simons, took full advantage of a sizzling :25.4 opening panel by the favored Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) and wore that one down in the final stages to score a repeat harness racing  win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (March 12.) The winner's margin was 1¼ lengths at the end of the 1:50.4 mile with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) third, 3¾ lengths away. Bluehourpower was fourth while Buddha Blue Chip picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. At the outset, Sing For Me George, off as 3 to 5, zipped off the wings and blazed through the first quarter in that aforementioned :25.4. While a :29.3 breather left Sing For Me George in front half way through the mile in :55.2, First Of Itskind, away fourth, was on the move and able to sprint to within 2½ lengths of the leader. On the backside, First Of Itskind kept grinding forward, denting a :27.2 third panel and moving within 1½ lengths of the leader turning for home. In the lane, First Of Itskind, kept gnawing away, finally getting to the front a sixteenth from home and widening the margin to the line. After the race, driver Mike Simons related, "I remember driving this horse a couple of years ago and, if I recall, the track was very heavy that day and he had an outside post, so he didn't do too well. "Jason (trainer Robinson) said he was very strong in winning his last start and can brush pretty good. "He certainly did that tonight because he just had real good determination and didn't give up, even though he was out pretty much the entire last lap. "He went a very courageous mile." Trained by Robinson for owner Robert Main, First Of Itskind, a six year-old gelded son of Western Terror, pushed his 2017 scorecard to 3-1-2 in seven starts, good for $22,140. Lifetime, First Of Itskind won for the 19th time in 98 starts and now shows a career bankroll of $188,941. Off as the 8 to 5 second choice, First Of Itskind paid $5.20 to his faithful. In other action, Northern Companion, a winning fixture here at Pompano Park over the past several seasons, reached a milestone on Sunday night by winning for the 50th time during his brilliant career. The now nine year-old gelded son of Cambest, purchased for $8,500 from an Ohio sale back in 2011, Northern Companion has been a resident of the Howard Klohr Stable since then and has 40 of his 50 wins at Pompano Park. Sunday night's win, in a conditioned event was his first of the year in two starts and pushed his career bounty to $327,238. He raced this night under the banner of the Delray Duo Stable and returned $19.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Sunday Pick-5 carryover of $5,264 spawning a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Monday Pick-5 kicks off with race one. The track is also offering a $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-4, conducted on races 5 through 8. Pompano Park's Pick-6 also went unscathed on Sunday night and has a carryover of $3,661 going into the Monday program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Northern Companion, handled by harness racing driver Dave Ingraham, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 22), scoring a photo finish victory over Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) and Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) in 1:51.4. The eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, brushed up first over on the backside to engage the leading Here Comes William around the final turn, edged by turning for home and then held off the furious late bid of Rockntouch to score by a head. Here Comes William was a half-length off the winner while Abreathofreshart and Goldstar Raider had to be content with the minors this night. The victory by Northern Companion was all the more impressive because Here Comes William was able to put up "soft" fractions of :27.4 and :56.4 while Northern Companion was forced to join the fray through an officially timed third quarter of :27.4 with his individual effort being right around :27. A :27.1 finale by Northern Companion sealed the deal with his individual effort showed he paced his final half in :54.1 and last three-quarters in 1:22.4. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham related with a question, "Want to know the definition of a racehorse? Northern Companion is that definition. "He just tries so hard every time he races. He likes to brush and he's tough as nails when it counts. "He went a huge mile tonight, but that's nothing new for him!" In winning for the 48th time career-wise, Northern Companion won for the 39th time at Pompano Park. His 4-1-2 scorecard this semester in 15 starts brings his earnings to $27,109. Lifetime, he's banked $311,451. As the slight favorite at 3 to 2, Northern Companion paid $5.00 to his multitude of faithful. The Florida Amateur Driving Club was represented in two events on Sunday night with PC's Wildcard, the popular winner in the opener for Joe Pennacchio while Yakekty Hanover took the nightcap for Fred Cohen. PC's Wildcard, a seven year-old altered son of Sand Chaser, got picture perfect rating from Pennacchio, holding off the late surging Magic Cheque (Leon Cable) by a half-length in 1:59. Thekeptman (Fred Cohen) was third, 3¼ lengths away while Columbia Lion and Engagedatlexington completed the order of finish in the quintet. Pennacchio sent PC's Wildcard right to the front from his coveted post five and carded panels of :29.1 and 1:00.3 before stepping up the tempo on the backside thwarting any serious bids past the third station in 1:30. Off those panels, PC's Wildcard had plenty left and closed the mile with a :29 finale. Trained by Mike Sweeney for owner Jeff Lemmer, PC's Wildcard won for only the second time this year-26th time career-wise-to send his yearly bankroll to an "aces and eights" $11,188. Lifetime, the gelding has $97,157. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, PC's Wildcard paid $3.40 to win. Pennacchio, by the way, now has 153 amateur driving wins. Yakekty Hanover, handled this night by trainer Fred Cohen for owner Brian Calvert, was forced to achieve his victory from the outside six post in his event, taking on Showing Off (John Campagnuolo, post 5) through a lively opener of :28.2 before assuming control right at that opening marker. From there, the five year-old daughter of Andover Hall carded fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.3 in route to a final time of 1:58.2, a seasonal best, over Showing Off with Zeitgeist (Dein Spriggs) third. Sky Crest and Total Freedom finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the sextet. Yakekty Hanover won for the second time this year in eight starts with the win sending his career bounty over the $50,000 mark--$52,148 to be precise. The winner paid $5.60 as the second choice and gave driver Fred Cohen his 184th career driving win. Also of note on the Sunday night card, the 10 year-old warrior A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dustin Ingraham, scored his 50th career win. The gelded son of Western Ideal toughed out a game first-over win in 1:53.4 to reach the milestone in his 246th lifetime start. A Fool For Mark, who sports a mark of 1:49.3 over the Vernon Downs oval, has banked $212,419. As the 4 to 1 third choice, A Fool For Mark paid $10.00 to win. Racing resumes Tuesday night with first post set at 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park

Northern Companion, driven by Dave Ingraham, surviving a first over journey the final 7/16s of the mile, wore down the leader a 16th out and then held off a surging Heart Felt, handled by Walter Ross, Jr., to take top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Pace on Sunday night (May 8). The official margin was a half-length in 1:52.3 with Sir Globalop Z Tam, teamed up with Andy Santeramo, third. Abreathofreshart finished fourth after a quarter move from fourth to the top with Thebestofjoel picking up the nickel in the compact quintet. At the outset, Sir Globalop Z Tam was away alertly from post three, as was Heart Felt from post five forcing Northern Companion, sandwiched in between these two with post four, to take back to last. At the :27.3 opener, Heart Felt had made the top with Sir Globalop Z Tam next and Thebestofjoel third with Abreathofreshart on the move from fourth and forging to the top 3/8s into the mile. Shortly after the lively half in :55.1, Ingraham began his first over jaunt with Northern Companion, pacing his individual third panel in :27.2, to draw alongside the leading Abreathofreshart past the third station in 1:23.4 with Heart Felt widest of all and charging hard. In the lane, Northern Companion gutted on by the leader and held off Heart Felt in a brave finish. After the event, driver Ingraham said, "I was toying with the idea of leaving with him (Northern Companion) but that idea went down the drain when both horses around me were revved up and ready to go, so I had no choice but to take him back to last hoping for some lively numbers. "Once we straightened away on the backside, I let him roll and he was brushing hard on his own for the next quarter. "In the lane, we got by Wally (Hennessey with Abreathofreshart) but I was a little worried about the other Wally (Ross, Jr. with Heart Felt) who was charging hard. "He got there, though! He was brave tonight." Trained by Howard Klohr for Dorothy Zarza, this eight year-old son of Cambest won for the third time this semester in 13 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $21,634. Lifetime, Northern Companion has won 47 times-38 of them at Pompano Park-with career bounty of $305,976. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Northern Companion paid$4.20 to win. The $7,500 Open 2 Pace went to Rockntouch, superbly handled by Mickey McNichol. This four year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, got a picture perfect drive from McNichol, stalking the favored Goldstar Raider, driven by Wally Hennessey, through panels of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before tilting out turning for home and wearing down the leader with a :27.3 finale, stopping the timer in 1:52.2, a new lifetime mark. The margin at the wire was a "head," with I'm A Gift (Donald Dupont) third, 4½ lengths away. Freeneasy Hanover and Mach It Paiden earned the minors in the field of five. For the Odell Thompson trained Rockntouch, it was his fifth win of the year in 11 starts, good for seasonal bounty of $18,124 for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable. Lifetime, Rockntouch now has earnings of $64.010. As third choice in the betting, Rockntouch returned $8.00 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club, having recently sent their charitable contributions from their member-driver earnings over the $170,000 plateau, was in action on Sunday night and two veterans-one of the equine kind and the other a long-time horseman-teamed up to score a handy win in 1:58.3. Gimme The Loot, an 11 year-old altered son of Credit Winner, was a gate-to-wire winner this night, clicking off panels of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.3 in route to a 1:58.3 score for veteran driver Leon Cable, who now has 423 lifetime wins, having driven his first winner back in 1979. Gimme The Loot, owned and trained by Alessandro Spano, hit the board for the very first time in 2016, scoring the win measuring 1¾ lengths over Yakekty Hanover, handled by Fred Cohen, with Zeitgeist, driven by Dein Spriggs, third. Showing Off finished fourth in the sextet of trotters followed by Total Freedom. In achieving Gimme The Loot's 26th career victory, driver Leon Cable said, "Heck, he hadn't been doing very well trying to come off the pace so, tonight, with the rail, I thought I'd try him on the engine. "I know he has won several races before that way, so I had nothing to lose by trying to wake him up. "He woke up alright!" As the 9 to 5 second choice, Gimme The Loot returned $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in action in the featured Open Handicap Pace. With five of the six entrants coming off victories in their last starts, the competitive field features the return of Goldstar Rockette, a winner in a lifetime best 1:52.2 in her most recent event. Kevin Wallis is expected to be in the bike for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi and is listed as the 9 to 5 morning line choice. Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow, a wire-to-wire winner in her last race in 1:52.4 will have driver Dave Ingraham in the bike for new trainer James Hysell and is 5 to 2 on the early line. Post Time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL.January 31, 2016 - Arthur Blue Chip, driven byharness racing driver Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1. Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Brees Creek picked up the nickel in the field of seven. In a confident move, Hennessey sent Arthur Blue Chip winging out of the gate, putting Johnny Grippa in the garden spot with Four Socks, longest shot in the field at nearly 40 to 1. With an opening quarter in :27.1, Arthur Blue Chip strolled over to the half in :55.3 with a :27.2 third panel thwarting any developing threats. In the lane, Johnny Grippa angled out and Arthur Blue Chip drifted out a tad allowing Four Socks clear sailing along the pylons into second but the outcome was never in doubt. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "Doc Moore (trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore) has him razor sharp-I mean razor sharp. Out in :27.1 and home in :27.1, why I hardly even spoke to him during the mile. "And this group was no pushover, either, with a few of 'em owning sub-1:50 marks. "I wanted to put my horse on the front end because I know how much Dave's (Ingraham) horse likes the front end and didn't want to give him a chance to get away with soft fractions, especially having confidence that my horse could go a good mile tonight." Dr. Ian Moore shares ownership in Arthur Blue Chip with R G McGroup and Serge Savard, with their five year-old son of Shadow Play equaling his lifetime best mile with the win-his second of the year in four starts and 12th lifetime in only 29 starts. The victory, incidentally vaulted Arthur Blue Chip's lifetime bounty over the $500,000--$503,742 to be precise. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers. Bandolito lit up the tele-timer in the $11,000 Open 3 Pace with a near wire-to-wire win for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:49.4, this after scorching panels of :26, :53.1 and 1:20.3 along the way. Next Thing Smoke'n closed fast to finished second for Rick Plano while Maddysonofagun finished third with John MacDonald in the bike. Danishdujour finished fourth while Southern Winds picked up the minor award in the octet. Bandolito, a six year-old son of Ponder owned and trained by Jenny Bier, won for the 25th time during his splendid career to send his lifetime bounty to $434,535 to go along with a splendid mark of 1:48. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid a $2.60 dividend to his many investors. After the race, the soft spoken Napolitano simply said, "He was on his game tonight!" The $12,000 Open 2 Pace went to Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in 1:51.4 Trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, Northern Companion was dead last in his octet around the final turn but swept up widest of all on the strength to a :27.3 final panel to nail the win in the final stride-the official margin being a head. Whogoesfirst, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished second in the photo while Martial Bliss finished third for Aaron Byron, three-parts-of-a-length away. Teranadawn finished fourth while pacesetting Danger Hi Joltage finished fifth. In this action packed mile, there were several lead changes with Whogoesfirst away quickest of all and taking the field through an opening panel of :26.3 before yielding to Danger Hi Joltage, escorting the field half way through in :56.1. On the backside, Heart Felt rushed up from fifth to stick his nose in front past the third station in 1:23.1 with Danger Hi Joltage fighting to reclaim the top spot turning for home before Whogoesfirst rallied to stick his head in front in deep stretch, only to be nailed by Northern Companion on the wire. For Northern Companion, an eight year-old altered son of Cambest, it was his 46th lifetime win-38 of those at Pompano Park-with his career earnings edging closer to $300,000--$297,282 to be exact. Off at 10 to 1, Northern Companion paid $23.00-only the fourth time he's been double-digit odd in winning. In the popular "Over The Hill Gang" Series, featuring nine year-olds and up, a field of seven with combined earnings of well over $2 million and 236 lifetime wins went post-ward and it was the 11 year-old Zorgwijk Impact, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Jack Sheehan, home first in a lifetime equaling best effort of 1:54.2. Leading at every pole through panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.1, Zorgwijk Impact, a son of Armbro Ricochet, strolled home lengthening his margin to 7½ lengths at the wire over On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) with I'll Tell You What third. Go Jesse Go was fourth over Mad Cow Lisa, picking up the final award in thee septet. Zorgwijk Impact now has 43 lifetime wins in his career stretching 272 starts, good for earnings of $350,409. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Zorgwijk Impact paid $3.80 to win. Other notable performances on the Sunday program in South Florida were carded by Grande Seelster in the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Officernagentleman in the $8,800 pace for $15,000 claimers, King Royalty in a conditioned event and Thebestofjoel, also in a conditioned event. Grande Seelster ($17.60) brushed up on the backside from fourth to score a photo finish victory over Fall Toy and Buddha Blue Chip in 1:51.1 for Kevin Wallis. Owned by Enos Van Stanhope III along with trainer Tony Dinges, Grande Seelster won for the 26th time career-wise to send his bounty to $232,411. Officernagentleman ($4.80) won his fourth straight, this time for Joe Pavia, Jr., who was in the sulky for trainer Paul Holzman and the J L Benson Stables-the time of 1:50.3 being a new lifetime mark. Fritzie Pic Up Man was next in the mile followed by Hopiesdragininthedo. Officernagentleman pushed his career bounty to $286,349 with the win-his 29th career-wise. King Royalty ($10.80) lowered his mark to 1:51 by getting picture perfect handling from trainer Matt Romano in pinning a photo finish defeat on Real Catch with Aloneinspades next. Owned by C & F Associates, King Royalty now has a career bankroll of $156,601. Finally, Thebestofjoel ($2.60), handled by George Napolitano, Jr., enjoyed his class drop this night and scored a gate to wire win 1:51.1 off of hot panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. Trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, Thebestofjoel now has $375,416 in lifetime earnings to go along with his 32 career wins. Racing continues on Monday night with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Paul and Patricia O'Neil's ultra consistent mare, Godiva Seelster, given perfect "middle-half" rating by Wally Hennessey, used a :27.1 finale to hold Just A Bee (Mike Micallef) safe in 1:53 in the $10,000 Open pace for mares at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Tuesday night.    The winning margin was a half length and stretched the mare's streak of getting purse checks to 67 over a three year span.   The five year-old daughter of Cambest won for the 11th time this semester in 21 starts to push her lifetime bankroll over the $200,000 mark--$$201,592 to be exact.   Togetherforever (Ed Hensley) finished third--five lengths away--while Mach It A Par and Jets Are On picked up the final awards in the octet.   Sprinting as the gate opened, Godiva Seelster took command immediately from her seven post and Just A Bee, leaving from the outside eight post, left right along with her and settled into thee garden spot before the first turn.   After a :27 opener, Godiva Seelster rambled to the half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :27.1 to secure the victory.   After the win, driver Hennessey remarked, "I've said this before...this is a mare who knows how to take care of herself and it's amazing she has stayed sharp for so long. She is amazing, no doubt about that!"   Trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 as the tote-board 3 to 5 favorite.   Hennessey had another huge night after his opening night winning spree numbering seven--six of those in a row. On Tuesday, he had five more victories, including a natural "hat trick" on races five, six and seven.   Besides Godiva Seelster, Hennessey won the non-betting Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacers with Caesar's Forum, upsetting the highly vaunted Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with a wire-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.   Trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds, the son of Six Of Diamonds left alertly from the rail and avoided confusion in the first turn when Drake made a miscue which scattered the field early on.   Again, superb rating--:29, :58.3 and 1:27--made the difference as Owosso Flash closed fastest of all but ran out of racetrack late.   Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Fonzie finished fourth. Stutz was awarded the nickel.   The win pushed Caesar's Forum's earnings $36,144 with the bulk of the Florida Stakes season looming ahead.   Hennessey's other wins were with Mach The Kasbah ($9.20) and The Muscler ($9.20), providing the "cookie" part of the Oreo sandwiched around Godiva Seelster.   The claimer No Shenanigans ($4.80) capped the Hennessey night, with his victory total at 12 after the first two programs.   Hennessey shared the spotlight with trainer driver Mike Deters, who hopped in the bike to handle a pair of two year-olds making their respective debuts in the other Sunshine State Stakes.   Deters guided Jason Mac Dougall's Conman's Dream, a son of Best Connection, to a sparkling 2:00.4-:27.4 win over Danza (Corey Braden) and R Chism (Mike Micallef). ICU Diamond T and Gold Star Peter also earned their initial paychecks in that event.   He followed that a few minutes later by piloting Prairie Sweetheart to a convincing 1:58.1--56.2-:28 victory in the companion Sunshine State Stake for the juvenile fillies. Diamond Lily (Micallef) finished second over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte).   Goldstar Lovebug and Jaycie Jaycie also earned their first paychecks, as well.   On the pari-mutuel program, Davita, aided by the scratches of her two main rivals, scored a win measuring nearly 10 lengths for Corey Braden in 1:56.2.   Gold Star Sonata (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second followed by Gold Star Charming (Mickey Mc Nichol). Arties Diamond Gal picked up the remaining award in the quartet.   Davita, off at 1 to 20, paid the minimum $2.10 to win.   Racing resumes on Sunday night with Open pacers and Open trotters expected to be in the limelight with a growing carryover in the popular Super Hi-5 beginning to gather interest.   John Berry 

Party Hangover Two gave owner Kathie Plested and her partners quite a thrill winning the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Saturday night, her fourth consecutive score in the class. "My husband (trainer-driver Steve Wiseman) got me a nice piece of jewelry for my birthday," Plested related, "but having your horse win an Open on your birthday is like icing on the cake!" Despite sitting out a week after her first three Open triumphs and being assigned the outside post upon her return, Party Hangover Two cruised home a 1:54.2 winner by a scant nose over Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) and Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland). It was just the tenth career victory for the four-year-old Party At Artsplace mare from only 37 lifetime starts. Native's Revenge (Lemoyne Svendsen) captured a $6500 Open II for males with a gate-to-wire score in 1:53.1 over Art Genta (Steve Wiseman) and Major Hottie (Kim Pluta). Bob Johnson trains the five-year-old son of Allamerican Native for Harold Actkinson. It was the seventh win of the year for Native's Revenge, four at Cal-Expo and three at Running Aces. Quickest mile of the night was turned in by Mattox's Spencer (Nick Roland) who stunned a field of conditioned pacers in 1:51.3 for lessee and trainer Patricia Minnella. A ten-year-old son of Cambest, the winner missed his entire nine-year-old season but has returned to the races in 2015 and posted six wins in 26 starts, half of those victories in Minnesota. In his distinguished career, Mattox's Spencer has won 29 times in 179 tries and earned $235,856. A pair of Minnesota-sired three-year-old races were also presented with Gooch's Hod Rod (Dean Magee) upsetting the $6600 'A' division; and Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) copping the $4400 'B' split. Both winning miles were clocked in 1:55.4. Gregg Keidel

Cambest Kisser used rail control on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside to kiss his five opponents goodnight in the Race 11 feature. The eight-year-old Cambest gelding was blasted off the wings by trainer, driver Jason Hughes laying down all the numbers (28.2, 58.1, 1:28) and held on by a quarter of a length for a 1:57.1 score. Donald and Steven Mac Rae of Vernon Bridge share the ownership on the winner of 29 races lifetime. Machinthesand was a closing second while Oh To Be Me was third. The win gave 'The Blue Knight' a driving and training on the card, he kicked off the card with the two-year-old Mister Big colt Howmacsliberty. A very impressive two-year-old winner in race 5 was the son of Shadow Play, Instant Shadow, pacing to a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3. Owned by the Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, the Sifroi Melanson trainee gave leading driver Gilles Barrieau his first of two victories on the night. Kenny Murphy also enjoyed a driving double on the card, scoring with Jays Little Spark and Tammysmist. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday, Post time is 7 p.m. Bo Ford  

Trainer Anthony De Francesco III had four training wins on the Wednesday afternoon (July 1) card at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia. The first of which came when Joseph Laino's ER Room (Yannick Gingras) survived a :26.2 opening quarter to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Cambest won for the thirteenth time in his career. It was his third win of the season, setting a lifetime's best 1:52 in the process. He paid $4.20. Six races later, Louis A. and Louis M. Di Tullio's Red Carpet Dude (Dave Miller) scored the upset victory ($57.20) The six-year-old son of Camluck tracked live cover up the backstretch, establishing prime position for his final push, which ended in a two length victory, and a 1:53.1 clocking. It was his first win for De Francesco III, who is also part owner. Once again the Di Tullio's reached the winner's circle, this time with six-year-old gelded pacer Special Blend (Eric Abbatiello). The son of The Panderosa drafted in the pocket spot after leading the first quarter-mile. He was able to punch through the passing lane for his eleventh career victory out of ninety-nine career starts. It was his first win of the season, paying $33.00 to win. Just two races later, in the live finale, Dante Scattolini Sr.'s Sonny McDreamee overcame post eight to score the upset win. The ten-year-old trotting gelding by Angus Hall went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57.4. It was his twenty-second win out of one hundred and sixty lifetime starts, and his first win in the De Francesco barn. He paid $21.40 to win. There was no winner in the pick four. The carryover for Thursday afternoon is $1,935.43. Post time is 12:40 PM, with the pick four getting underway in race seven. Mike Bozich

Roland N Rock, fresh off an impressive 1:53.2 qualifier at Running Aces harness racing track in Minnesota, is headed east to take on the "big boys." The sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover's next scheduled start is the Landmark Stake on July 4th followed by The Meadowlands Pace eliminations the next weekend. Lightly staked at two, owners Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Iowa, have their pride and joy staked to many of North America's marquee three-year-old events. Roland N Rock was undefeated in 14 two-year-old starts, including a dozen wins on the Iowa fair circuit. He did, however, also win the Review Stake at Springfield, Illinois in 1:51.2 and the American-National at Balmoral in 1:52.2. He has prepped for his trip east with another three Iowa fair victories in addition to the quick qualifier at Running Aces' highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. "We waited a lifetime for a horse this good," related Duane Roland, who owns the horse with his wife Connie." "We went to the Harrisburg sale during the dispersal of Perretti pacing broodmares and plucked his mother Hack's Chip (by Cambest) out for $6000." "She was in foal to Rocknroll Hanover and this colt was the resultant foal. We've turned down some generous offers because this is a dream come true for us." "We want to see how far the dream takes us!" "I've driven him in all his Iowa fair wins, but we're hoping to get John Campbell when we come east," Roland related." "I've honed on him pretty good leading up to this qualifier and we're really excited to see how he stacks up against the best ones out there." Gregg Keidel Director of Racing - Running Aces

Pompano Beach, FL...June 6, 2015...A sizzling victory by Northern Companion and the contesting of the Spanish-American Friendship competition highlighted the Pompano Park Saturday night harness racing card with the icing on the cake coming in the finale when a 20 cent Super Hi-5 ticket was cashed to the tune of over $6,400.00.   Northern Companion, Dorothy Zarza's splendid seven year-old son of Cambest, took advantage of a "suicidal" pace before picking up the pieces in the lane to score a handy win in 1:51 for driver Tom Sells.   A game Raji's Blue Line (Ben Mc Neil) finished second with Who's Your Maddy third, over the 3 to 5 favorite No Bad Dreams. The early leader, Histoire Eternelle, finished fifth in the quintet after hitting the opening marker on top in :27.   Shortly thereafter, Raji's Blue Line made a quarter move to the top with a battle shaping up between that one and No Bad Dreams (Marc Aubin) with that pair reaching the half in :54.2. On the backstretch, Raji's Blue Line kept up his sizzling pace, reaching the third station in 1:22.1 with No Bad Dreams settling in the pocket back of the leader and Who's Your Maddy now on a first over bid.   Following "Maddy's" live cover was Northern Companion as this Howard Klohr trainee swept widest of all turning for home and easily mowed by his competition on the strength of his :28 finale.   In a post race interview, driver Tom Sells said, "While they were in that war up front, I was just kind of licking my chops because this is just how this horse likes it--a very fast pace up front. There wasn't really much to do turning for home...Northern Companion did that all by himself!"   For Northern Companion, it was his 43rd lifetime win, pushing his career earnings to $272,572. He's six-for-17 this semester, good for $33,475. The 1:51 clocking was a seasonal best and two-fifths off his lifetime best.   As 3 to 2 second choice, Northern Companion paid $5.00 to his faithful followers.   The Spanish-North American competition featured four of the best amateur drivers from Spain and nine from the Florida contingent of the Florida Amateur Driving Club in a three race extravaganza that proved to be hotly contested.   The first event went to Spanish driver Jaume Riera, who guided the 12 year-old trotter Good Feeling to a 1:58.3 win over fellow countryman Agustin Pou, who drove Pacific Cyclone. Favored Zeitgeist, with Dein Spriggs handling the lines, finished third while the only female in the competition, Luanna Beeson, finished a fast closing fourth with her own Total Freedom. Spanish driver Miquel Capo finished fifth with Sir Cypress Bend.   Riera was on the prowl for the lead as the gate opened and assumed command shortly after the :28.3 opener and carded fractions of :59.1 and 1:29.1 along the way.   Good Feeling is no stranger to the winner's circle--this being the warrior's 49th lifetime win, good for career bounty of $453,952. Good Feeling is trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs.   Good Feeling paid $9.60 to win.   The second Span-Am event went to the four year-old Leonardo, trained and driven by Leon Cable for owner Anthony Chiniara.   With the action very hot during the early going, Cable sent his charge on a double-bubble binge on the backside, taking the lead in upper stretch and holding off the spirited late surge between horses by Touchdown Teddy Bowman's Explosive Muscles to score by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:59.1 for his initial win of the year in 20 starts.   Lukie Duke finished third for Jamie Marra while The Muscler and Super Duke picked up the final two awards.   Off at 9 to 1, Leonardo paid, in hindsight, $20.20 to win.   The Span-Am Pace went to Allamericanextra, driven by Joe Pennacchio, in 1:54.2.   This nine year-old son of Astreos, owned and trained by Donna Riedel, went an ultra-game mile, sitting on the outside of Angle Of Attack (Agustin Pou) through hot fractions of :27.2 and :55.3 before pushing his head in front around the final turn and on to a handy victory measuring 5 1/4 lengths in 1:54.2, equalling a seasonal best. Despite being parked throughout the mile, Allamericanextra paced a final quarter in :29.2, easily the fastest in the event, and pinned the defeat on Master Of Puppets (Jaume Riera) with Progresive Hanover teaming up with Dein Spriggs to be third.   It was the pacers 40th lifetime victory and sent his lifetime bounty over the $250,000 mark.   Angle of Attack did hold on for fourth while Blended Whiskey picked up the nickel.   After the event, driver Pennacchio expressed his surprise by saying, "You know, I don't get to drive many pacers and I really thought that, being hung out that long, that the trip might take its toll. He really did this all on his own. This pacer made me look good tonight.   The winner paid $30.40 to win and was just one of the components necessitating a Pick-5 carryover going into next Wednesday's program.   Bruce Ranger and Mickey McNichol both had driving doubles on the card with McNichol's win in the last race with the favored Four Starz Kyle keying a 20 cent Super Hi-5 payoff of $6,491.32 to the one unique holder cashing in on the 6-7-3-1-4 combo.   Post time for the Wednesday program is 7:30 with $1.00 fan appreciation nights beginning on Wednesday and continuing through the end of the season on June 27. Pompano Park's Lone Wolf Cafe', located on the grandstand apron, will offer $1.00 hot dogs, cheeseburger sliders, chips, soft drinks and more to all fans at the track from 6:30 p.m. to the end of the racing program.   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...May 9, 2015...No Bad Dreams, handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, avoided trouble around the final turn and went on to post a two length win over E Z Noah (Matt Romano) in Pompano Park's feature $8,500 "Winner's Over" Pace on Saturday night (May 9). Cartoonist (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished a courageous third after being knocked off his feet momentarily around that final turn while Who's Your Maddy, also suffering the same fate around turn three, re-composed and finished fourth while Johnny Grippa picked up the nickel, this, too, after suffering some interference around the final bend. The mile was clocked in 1:50.3, a new lifetime mark for the winner.   It was Canadian Touch, off at 9 to 2 on the board with Kevin Wallis driving, showing the most alacrity when the gate opened, taking the field to the opener in a red-hot :26 with Johnny Grippa, 4 to 1, (Bruce Ranger) third and E Z Noah, off at 2 to 5 with Matt Romano in the bike, next.   Approaching turn two, E Z Noah was out and beginning to apply some pressure on Canadian Touch with the half clocked in :55.4.   On the backside, things really began heating up again and a :26.3 third panel left Canadian Touch on top in 1:22.2 with E Z Noah still applying the tourniquet with Johnny Grippa still in the garden spot and No Bad Dreams second over and 2 1/2 lengths away.   Just past that third station, Canadian Touch made a nasty break with only E Z Noah and No Bad Dreams escaping the fray.   In the lane, E Z Noah surged to a short-lived lead but No Bad Dreams bursted on by on leaving E Z Noah in his wake.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "This was a case of just being in the right place at the right time. I followed some live cover and when the leader made that break, I shifted wide and that was that. I had driven this horse last week and he did have some pace around the final turn and to the wire. They just went a little too much at the end for him to dent any further...but he did have good pace. He probably came home under :28 tonight (he did--:27.4.) so he's turning out to be a good one."   For No Bad Dreams, a four year-old son of Dream Away, it was his fourth win in six starts this season, sending his 2015 bounty to $14,550, surpassing his earnings of last season encompassing 20 starts.   Trained by Mark Aubin for owners Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams rewarded his followers with a $21.80 mutuel.   Another noteworthy performance was turned in by the seven year-old Northern Companion as this son of Cambest relished his class relief this night and recorded his 41st lifetime win--this one for Tom Sells, who handled the lines for trainer Howard Klohr and owner Dorothy Zarza.   Known for his ferocious stretch brushes, Sells took no chances with this 1 to 5 favorite, leading at every pole--:27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.1--before a :28 sprint home sealed the issue in 1:53.1.   Northern Companion won for the fourth time this semester, sending his seasonal bounty to $21,580. He's banked $260,915 career-wise.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 featured several winners receiving $61.14 for their 20 cent investment on the 1-4-2-3-5 combo on Saturday night, sending the carryover for Wednesday's program to $192,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 28, 2015...Northern Companion, off at 26 to 1, scored the upset victory in Pompano Park's $15,400 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night, covering the mile in 1:51.2. The seven year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr and driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dorothy Zarza, stormed home from sixth at the top of the stretch to score a win measuring three-quarters of a length over P L Hellcat with Dan Clements handling the lines. Panocchio, making his initial start of the 2015 campaign, finished third for Bruce Ranger, but was disqualified for a pylon violation and set back to eighth, allowing Duc Dorleans, to move up one notch to third after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23. Cruizin K C was also moved up a spot to fourth after putting heavy pressure on the leader around the final turn. Do Wop Hanover, also making his 2015 debut was also moved up a spot to catch the nickel. The field was cut to nine with the scratch of Remissionofsins. In a post race interview, Driver Dave Ingraham lamented, "My horse (Northern Companion) can really turn it on late, especially off of some hot fractions. Actually, when Remissionofsins was scratched, I thought that might hurt us a little bit because that one can really sizzle early and possibly set things up for closers. But it all worked out for us and I am thrilled for Howie (trainer Klohr) and, especially, Dotty (owner Zarza). For Northern Companion, it was his third success of the year in seven starts, sending his 2015 bounty to $18,088. He's banked $257,185 lifetime. His win payoff of $54.80 was, by far, the largest in his 40 lifetime victories. In Pompano's $10,000 Open "2" Pace, Steelhead Hanover, again confidently handled by trainer Joe Pavia, Jr., scored another handy victory in "carbon copy" fashion from last week's open lengths win. The six year-old son of Bettor's Delight, scoring last week in 1:49.2 by 4 3/4 lengths, hit the wire 5 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:50 on this night, after carving out front end panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:22.1 along the way. Cadillac Phil and Mike Micallef teamed up for place honors while Cartoonist, in the garden spot all the way with Wally Hennessey, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away. Twin B Speedo finished fourth while Prairie Jaguar picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Joe Pavia, Jr. said, "It was, pretty much, a carbon copy of last week's win. He's very sharp now and, again, when we hit the backside, he just went into another gear, I really didn't realize that he was going that much during that third quarter--:26.3--but he did the same thing last week, too. He's just doing it so comfortably. He's amazing!" Owned by the consortium of Steven Held, AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Joseph Barbera, Steelhead Hanover is now 2 for 3 this year and 18 for 70 lifetime with $494,270 in career bounty to go along with a mark of 1:48.3 last year at Pocono Downs. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Steelhead Hanover paid $2.40 to win. Multiple Carryovers Fuel Big Sunday Night at Pompano Gold Star Spike (Aaron Byron) rallied from last to get his nose up on the wire in Saturday night’s 5th race, returning $129.60 for the win and keying a $2,631 exacta.  The longshot was part of the Pick 4 and Pick 5, ensuring carryovers in both wagers into the Sunday night card.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 features a carryover of $1,842 into Sunday night, with track officials placing a $7,500 guarantee on the total pool.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on Races 2 – 6.  The 50-Cent Pick 4 will begin with a $2,662 carryover on Sunday, with track officials placing a $15,000 guarantee on the total pool.  The Pick 4 is a nightly wager featured on Races 5 – 8.  Longshot Northern Companion (David Ingraham), returned a healthy $54.80 to take Saturday night’s finale, but there were two winning tickets out on the Jackpot Hi-Five with the 20-cent consolation returning $1,626.66.  The Jackpot Hi-Five carryover into Sunday night is up to $73,551.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a four night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.  by John Berry for Pompano Park

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the newly-announced official name of the northeast Pennsylvania oval known in the industry as Pocono Downs, kicked off its 50th anniversary year of harness racing on Saturday night, with three $15,000 divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing male pacers all going against the form as far as the race winners.   The biggest upset was produced in the first division, with Shadow Margeaux (Larry Stalbaum), who had three third-place finishes in this series last year, benefitting from an overcooked pace over the "good" surface to rally from last at the stretch call and tally in 1:52.4. The Shadow Play gelding, trained by many-time Downs champion Steve Salerno for himself, Bruce Potter, and Edward Bardowski, paid $77.00 to win as the longest shot on the board - with second-longest shot Kolt Power second and third-longest shot Red Pine third.   The second Weiss cut saw the second choice win, but it was a $15.60 second choice, as the Well Said gelding Mojito Hanover (Marcus Miller) was a pocket rocket in a 1:53.1 tally, with the 2-5 Burke Stable entry settling for a 3-5 finish. Jim Campbell harnesses "Mojito" for Fred and Shirley Schwartz, Onda Racing Stable LLC, and Shore Thing Stables LLC.   A two-ply Burke force got some measure of revenge in the third division, but Victory At Last (Matt Kakaley), who held off the first-over YS Lotus in 1:52.4, was in an entry that was not the favorite - he paid $4.00 to win, while YS Lotus was 3-5. Victory At Last, an altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale, is owned by the leading combine in the sport, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The Weiss Series will feature pacing females and trotting males in first division action on Tuesday, while trotting fillies will be in the spotlight Wednesday, as Pocono opens on a three-night-a-week schedule. The top competitors after four preliminary legs come back for a $30,000 divisional Championship.   The feature for overnight horses, a $22,000 pace, rang true to form as the Cambest gelding Blatantly Best (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.80) rallied from second-over to be clear late in 1:51.3. Larry Remmen trains the winner for owner Bradley Grant.   However, Shadow Margeaux was the first of many longshots to report home first on Saturday - races 11-13 consecutively saw One More Miracle ($41.40), Salevster Stallion ($34.40) and Feels Like Magic N ($48.40) handsomely reward their scattered backers.   George Napolitano Jr., going for his fourth straight dash driving title and record ninth local crown, guided home four winners on the opener, with Matt Kakaley, the last horseman other than "George Nap" to be on top here (2011), had three. Two-time defending North American dash champion Ron Wrenn Jr., in his first-ever night of racing at Pocono, had a respectable 10-1-3-1-.300 sulky tally, despite being named on only one horse at the time of the draw.   Jerry Connors

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 28, 2015- Dan Dube (that's right, him again) shamelessly hogged Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory with Michael's Power ($6.80) and eight-hole assigned Not Afraid ($3). It was Michael's Power winning the $35,000 Open Pace in 1:53.4. Making the first lead from post position No 4, he gave it up to 13-10 favorite Dapper Dude (Brian Sears). That one led through intervals of :28.4, :57.3 and 1:26.1. In a rare event where all eight starters were off three weeks (weather), Dapper Dude owned and a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, company was coming to his immediate inside. Ducking to the passing lane was Michael's Power, who went by a stubborn leader late. The final margin was a head, with third going to a cone-skimming Sapphire City (Eric Carlson). Mach's Beach Boy and McErlean (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Michael's Power, a homebred 6-year-old Cambest gelding owned/bred by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $75. The weekly marquee trot, handicapped in all eight starting venues and with a similar $35,000 pot, saw a predictable result. Apparently, they can't widen the starting gate to create enough of an impost for Not Afraid. Settling in an early sixth, the 1-2 choice saw Awesome Valley (George Brennan) take his shot (:28.2, :58.4) before Not Afraid took up the chase. The two were engaged in and out of a 1:27.2 three-quarters. Not Afraid eventually dismissed his rival off the final turn, then widened to win by a length-and-a-half in 1:56 Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) and Backstreet Hanover (Buter) showed up late to grab second and third, respectively, with Awesome Valley and Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) grabbing the final pay envelopes. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old SJ'S Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his third consecutive win and fifth in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $38.60. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note that the next two "French" Sunday matinees are March 8 and 15, with post times TBA as of this writing. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Dabestleaderever ran his win streak to five on Saturday night at Miami Valley capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:53, despite 14 degree temperatures and wind gusts reaching 40 miles an hour. Although the winner has raced for three different owners and trainers during his current win streak, one constant has been driver Dan Noble in the sulky for all five scores. With last week's winner Mykindachip scratched from the field, Dabestleaderever and Ice Scraper inherited the favorite's roles and didn't disappoint. They sped to the quarter pole in :26.4 with Ice Scraper finally crossing to the pylons for reinsman Josh Sutton. The duo stayed that way, with the others struggling to keep up, through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.4. The winner pulled briefly on the pacesetter with over a quarter mile to go, but retreated back to the pylons and waited until the homestretch for one final gallant try. It proved to be the right strategy as Dabestleaderever stuck a nose in front of Ice Scraper in the final stride. Speed Trap (Chris Page) was best of the rest to grab the show spot. A Piece Of The Action Stable LLC plucked the eight-year-old Cambest gelding from a $20,000 claiming event a week ago and got an instant $8250 dividend with the win. George Anthrop is the current trainer of the horse that has also been in the Jim Ellison and Virgil Morgan Jr. stables during the impressive win streak. The first leg of the Sovereign Warrior Series for pacers who are non-winners of $1200 per start in 2014-15 was also presented on Saturday night. The first $9000 split was won by ER Zach Attach (Tyler Smith) in an upset over Why Don't U Say (Chris Page) and Tough Chip (Dan Noble) in 1:55. Trent Stohler trains and co-owns the winner with partners Benjamin and Tim Graber. Dispatched at 32-1 odds, ER Zach Attack paid $66 to win with the $2 exacta in the race returning $293.20. Lucky Crusader (Josh Sutton) captured the second $9000 division in 1:55.1, besting Ideal Race (Chris Page) and Ally-Con (Greg Grismore). Alex Adam trains and co-owns the winner with William Rodosky Jr. As the 8-5 favorite Lucky Crusader paid $5.40 and was the top half of a $27.20 exacta. Racing resumes Sunday at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. A special President's Day matinee program will also be presented on Monday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

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