Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Pompano Park hosted the lucrative F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Stallion Stakes on Sunday night (November 6) at Pompano Park with I'm Done, Atlantic Crest, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther taking top harness racing honors in their respective classes and the grand pacer Panocchio notching his third straight win in the Open Handicap pace. I'm Done, the two year-old son of Toro Brave and a new arrival in the Jim McDonald Stable, took the $25,725 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings--a non-wagering event--by reeling in arch-rival Azzaro in mid-stretch to score in a lifetime best 2:01.3--:59.4--:29 for John Mac Donald, who was in the sulky for owner Troy Basista. In this match race of sorts--there were only two starters--the gelding let Azzaro (Wally Hennessey) cut fractions of :29.4 and 1:01.4 before pulling prior to the third station clocked in 1:32.3 and wearing down his opponent in the lane to score by 1 1/2 lengths in annihilating his former mark of 2:04.2. After the race, trainer Jim McDonald had high praise for both horse and driver saying, "This is just a well-mannered youngster and John (driver Mac Donald) pulled him a bit earlier than in his recent starts where he had been sitting second. Mac Donald retorted, "I had noticed that he had been pulled turning for home in his most recent races and just couldn't quite get there so tonight I said to myself, 'what the heck, I have nothing to lose by pulling a little earlier. After all, the worst I was going to be was second. But the horse was very strong in the lane--determined, I would day." Now with a 3-4-0 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, I'm Done now has earnings of $27,821. The second non-wagering Stallion Stake was for two year-old trotting fillies and featured a purse of $27,225 and it was Sergio Corona's Atlantic Crest, a daughter of Crest, that cruised to a handy victory in 1:59.1. The youngster led every long stride of her mile and went on score a victory measuring 4 3/4 lengths off of well rated panels of :30.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. Famous C (Wally Hennessey) finished second while Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) was next. Bonnie Blue Banker and Miss Olivia Irene completed the order of finish in this quintet. The win was the fourth straight for Atlantic Crest prompting driver-trainer-owner Sergio Corona to say, "She's kind of a small filly with a big motor. She has come a long way since the first time she saw a racetrack. I am very proud of her." Atlantic Crest now has a juvenile bankroll of $25,099 in her brief--but blossoming--career. On the pari-mutuel card, the $27,825 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing fillies went to the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Gold Star Aurora, driven by Walter Ross, Jr. This daughter of Rock On hung on for dear life while drifting out late but eked out the photo finish victory--a neck--over Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald) with Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) third. PF Silver Classic and Golden Diamond earned the minors in this quintet. Trained by Maggie Audley for owner Marianne Audley, Gold Star Aurora has but one single blemish on her scorecard with her 6-5-0-1 record good for $25,327. When asked if she was concerned in the late stages of her filly's mile, Maggie, who sports a UTRS over .500 during her brief career as a trainer, said, "Of course, I am concerned every time one of my horses steps on to a racetrack! These are my babies--my children! I love them!" The winner paid $2.60 to her multitude of followers. The final Stallion Stake,for two year-old pacing colts and geldings and worth $29,175, went to the 1 to 10 betting favorite Prairie Panther, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters. The gelded son of Royal Millennium stretched his winning skein to five with a handy 1:56.2 win, a new lifetime mark. Prairie Panther took command at the opening station in :28 and went on to post subsequent panels of :58 and 1:28 before sprinting home in :28.2 to score by 2 1/2 lengths over Gold Star Bugsy (Wally Hennessey) with Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) next. Moon Doggie finished fourth while Gold Star Spider picked up the nickel in the talented octet of Florida bred two year-old pacers. After the event, Deters said, "Laurie (co-owner-breeder Poulin) has bred some very good ones here in Florida and this one is no exception. He's very talented and we just hope he keeps rolling along through Super Night at the end of the month." Prairie Panther paid $2.20 to win. Pompano Park also featured an Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night and it was Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, remaining undefeated since his Pompano Park arrival three starts ago. The amazing six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended took command an eighth into the mile and clocked fractions of :26.3, :54.4 and 1:23.3 before a :27.3 sprint home sealed the deal measuring a half length over Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham), serving as the caboose for the first five-eighths of the journey, rallying for third. Buddha Blue Chip finished fourth while Secretsoftheknight earned the final award in the classy septet. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr., along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio won for the ninth time in 22 starts this semester, pushing his seasonal bounty to $88,161 and $378,928 lifetime. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "Jim (trainer Mattison) has him extremely sharp right now and he was on the gate and ready for the fight when the wings opened. He had to go a little to get to the top the first eighth or so but, once there, he was solid the rest of the way. As I said before, the care that Jim and (wife0 Vicki give this horse--and all their horses--shines right through when they step on the track!" As the 2 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park's racing schedule now expands to three nights per week--Sunday, Monday and Tuesday--with 50 cent Pick-5 wagers and 20 cent superfectas now on the betting buffet. Scheduled post time remains at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Harness Horsemen International will hold their Annual Meetings and Awards Luncheon beginning Sunday, March 1 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida. The featured speaker will be Dr. Mary Robinson of the University Of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA. Registration starts at 2 pm on Sunday, followed by a welcome reception at 5:30 pm, with General Sessions to begin daily on March 2, 3, and 4. In addition, HHI Committees will meet on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss pertinent industry issues and concerns. As well, harness racing's Gene Oldford, Jerry Knappenberger and Derick Giwner will be feted with HHI's most prestigious awards for 2014 at the HHI Awards Luncheon on March 4. HHI Past President Oldford is being honored as the 2014 Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Knappenberger, the former GM of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will be awarded the 2014 HHI Appreciation Award; while Giwner, harness racing editor of the Daily Racing Form, is the 2014 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner. The HHI Annual Meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday, March 5. HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations. For information on HHI: For information on this release: Harness Horsemen International Kimberly Rinker 319 High St. Suite 2 (708) 557-2790 Burlington, NJ 08016 Trotrink@aol.com (609) 747-1000 @Trotrink Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations www.harnesslink.com
Harness racing champions in all eight juvenile divisions were crowned Saturday night at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in Florida Breeders Stakes finals each carrying over $50,000 purses.
Day long rains in South Florida raising havoc with the track lighting system the Monday evening, October 17 program had to be cancelled at the Winter Capital Of Harness Racing. Action will resume with a 12 race card on Wednesday, October 19, at 7:05 p.m. Eastern.
FSBOA wrapped up the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes tonight with the $28,500 harness racing 2-year-old pacing colt division, won impressively by Goldstar Raider in 1:54f, final quarter :28.1.
She turned to the gate for the biggest purse of her young harness racing career and two year old pacing filly Cracker Coffee came through with flying colors again in the $31,400 Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stallion Stakes on the Wednesday, October 12 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
It was a most familiar sight at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the first Monday (October 10) harness racing card of the new meet as Bruce Ranger was in the bike for both championship trotting finals of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stallion Stakes.
Two year old trotting filly Seeking Jeanie is giving her harness racing owner and breeder the time of his life. "Wow, this has been a long time coming since I'll soon be marking 40 years in the business" Arthur Mergenhagen of Williston, FL commented in a live TV winner's circle interview after his prized filly romped in the $33,564 Florida Stallion Stake for two year old state-bred trotting fillies.
The performance by harness racing two year old pacing filly Black Diamond Girl on Friday evening at The Isle Pompano Park was more than enough to keep her trainer Kim Sears excited the prospects for a run at the six figure bonus offered by the Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association (FSBOA).
Both Pearl Of Capri and Whosgoinwhostayin each face their respective third challenge towards a $100,000 bonus payoff Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park. Both horses compete in $14,350 divisions of the Florida Sale Stakes for two-year-old trotters Wednesday.
Undefeated two-year-old trotter, Whosgoinwhosstayin, posted his sixth straight victory Saturday with a nine and one-half length romp at Pompano Park Harness Track. The track held 14 non-wagering Florida Sire Stakes races Saturday for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in preparation for the September 12 opening night for pari-mutuel wagering.
Storming Howard scored his maiden victory in winning a $23,963 division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings Saturday at Pompano Park Harness Track by four and one-quarter lengths.
Undefeated Gold Star Rosie posted her fourth straight win with a nine-length romp in the $23,625 Florida Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies at Pompano Park on Friday.
There is more than $135,000 in stakes events Wednesday at the isle casino & racing at pompano park headed by two $40,000 divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotters.
Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey visited the Pompano Park winner’s circle seven times on Saturday’s $576,057 Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Super Night program.
Pompano Park, which begins its 44th season of live racing on Friday, September 4, will host a stakes-laden opening night program featuring nine fourth-leg divisions of the Sunshine State Stakes, six of which will be contested as non-wagering events beginning at 6:15 p.m.