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If Carol's Z Tam's performance at Dayton three weeks ago was something of an audition, her appearance in Saturday's (Oct. 20) Breeders Crown eliminations for older female pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono could be considered her callback. Now she will look to land a spot in the big show. Carol's Z Tam, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables, competes in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for the pacing mares at Pocono. Brian Sears, who leads all active drivers in Breeders Crown wins with 27, will be in the sulky. Sears also was in the bike on Sept. 28 when Carol's Z Tam won the open handicap for fillies and mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Dayton, like Pocono, is a five-eighths-mile track. It was only the second time Carol's Z Tam raced on a track smaller than seven-eighths in her 58-race career. "I took her to Dayton and she seemed to like it; she had some confidence over there and Brian got along with her over there," Macomber said. "She's been training sharp the last month. I think this is her favorite time of year because this is when she got sharp last year too. That also helped make the decision (to enter the Breeders Crown)." Four-year-old Carol's Z Tam, by Always A Virgin out of Electric Sparkle, has won 15 races in her career and earned $362,994. She was an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last year and also competed in the Breeders Crown, which was held at Macomber's home track, Hoosier Park. Carol's Z Tam, whose family includes Breeders Crown champ Lis Mara, finished fourth in her elimination and fifth in the final. Five-year-old Pure Country is the defending Breeders Crown Mare Pace champion and will try to become the first repeat winner since Shelliscape in 2013 and 2014. She also would join Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon as the only pacers to ever win three Crowns. Pure Country's other previous trophy came at age 2. Pure Country is also in the first elimination, as is the event's other previous Breeders Crown champion, 5-year-old Call Me Queen Be. She won her title in 2016 at the age of 3. Carol's Z Tam's best win time this year, 1:49 at Hoosier Park, is among the fastest of the season among pacing mares. Only Shartin N and Caviart Ally, who are both in the second Breeders Crown elimination, have been faster. "Hopefully we're going to get a good trip and have some pace on the end of it, which is what my mare likes to do," Macomber said. "She likes to come home that last sixteenth of a mile, eighth of a mile." Shartin N, a 5-year-old who is the richest female pacer this season, has won 16 of 21 races this year and earned $820,861. She was a $31,250 supplemental entry. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $250,000 final. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for posts one through five. Macomber, who shared the training title at Hoosier Park last year with Jeff Cullipher and trails Cullipher by three victories this season, won a Breeders Crown last year with pacer Beckhams Z Tam. The now 4-year-old stallion won this year's Prix d'Ete, which is restricted to 4-year-olds, but will sit out this year's Breeders Crown. "That's such a huge jump from (age) 3 to 4," Macomber said. "It's difficult going up against McWicked (the year's richest Standardbred with $1.17 million) and all those top older horses. We're looking for him to come back bigger and better as a 5-year-old." Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono and features a card made up entirely of Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and older horses. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

ANDERSON, IN -September 20, 2018- For many years, the name Jamie Macomber has been synonymous with some of Indiana's greatest race horses. An incredible stint as an assistant trainer to the sport's all time leading harness racing trainer, Ron Burke, saw Macomber guiding some of Indiana's most accomplished champions, such as the program's first millionaire, Go On BB, as well as reigning horse of the year, Hannelore Hanover, through the early stages of her career. Macomber has since started her own stable and again finds herself in the position of running a stable loaded with some of Indiana's hardest hitting champions such as Carol's Z Tam, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Wild Wanda and Rockinbeach. As the Hoosier state prepares for one of its biggest nights of the season on Friday, September 21, Macomber will send out four horses from her stable but it is her Breeders Crown champion, Beckhams Z Tam, who has taken her to new heights. Facing eight other rivals, Beckhams Z Tam has drawn post seven in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby which has been carded as the eleventh race on the evening's 14-race card. "He's awesome," Macomber says with a smile, speaking about her star pupil. "He makes you laugh and smile constantly. He wants to play all of the time, sometimes even all of the way to the track, but when I turn him the right way, he is all business." With lifetime purse earnings of $674,861, the son of Always A Virgin-Saras Lucky Charm has won 13 of 38 lifetime starts. While he has earned over $100,000 this season, the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion's four-year-old campaign has been a bit of a challenge for his trainer and has not gone according to plan. "It's been a bit disappointing," Macomber said, "We missed the first leg of the Graduate, so we missed the final, we have also struggled getting his (Beckhams Z Tam) blood right all year." However, Beckhams Z Tam has been trending in the right direction following the addition of lasix earlier this season with a 1:49:0 victory against invite competition on a very muddy Hoosier Park surface on August 3rd and a victory north of the border in the $152,000 Prix D Ete. While the year has been challenging, Macomber remains optimistic. "We are hopeful it will all work out; hopefully he peaks at the right time," Macomber continued. "He's staked to a number of open events later in the season so we will take it start by start." Assuming Beckhams Z Tam continues his upward trend, it is possible to see him in many more Grand Circuit events including The Dayton Pacing Derby at Dayton Raceway, The Allerage at The Red Mile as well as a trip to Pocono Downs this October and attempt to repeat in the Breeders Crown. The idea of winning some of the sport's most prestigious races is a "dream" for Macomber, though her modest nature makes her more excited for Beckhams Z Tam's owners, Wilbur Eash and the Z Tam Stables LLC. In fact, Wilbur Eash is part of what makes Beckhams Z Tam so special for Macomber. Eash, who trained Beckhams Z Tam until retiring from training last spring, may have handed the lines over to Macomber but still remains actively involved in the decision making. "Wilbur knew he had something special and still entrusted me to take over training him," Macomber noted. "Professionally I could lump all of the great horses I've been a part of together, but emotionally? I hold Beckham different than the rest." With Friday night's $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby showdown looming large, Macomber remains excited and positive. With her husband Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Beckhams Z Tam has been listed at 20-1 on the morning line. "As long as he races well, I'm happy," Macomber noted. "It's a privilege to have a horse like him and I am excited to race him again on the big stage in front of the hometown crowd." The field for the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby: 1. Split The House Dr: Scott Zeron 2. Western Fame Dr: Andrew McCarthy 3. Mcwicked Dr: David Miller 4. Donttellmeagain Dr: Tim Tetrick 5. Filibuster Hanover Dr: Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 6. Lazarus N Dr: Yannick Gingras 7. Beckhams Z Tam Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 8. Dealt A Winner Dr: Andy Miller 9. All Bets Off Dr: Matt Kakaley With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will be a part of a standout card that includes the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, and the $120,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. By Jacob Rheinheimer, Race Marketing Intern at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -  In just his fourth start of the season, freshman pacer Ollie's Ztam cinched a victory in the third leg of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Thursday, August 23. With Sam Widger in the bike, Ollie's Ztam coasted across the wire in 1:51:1, lowering his lifetime mark by almost two seconds. Before the wings of the gate folded, the race looked like it belonged to Outloud, who was sent off as the 3/5 post time favorite and driver Peter Wrenn sent him to the front accordingly. Outloud reached the first quarter in :27:2 and was closely followed by Melanie's Tedy and Trace Tetrick in the pocket. By the time Outloud reached the half in :56:4, Ollie's Ztam wanted his turn on the front and made his game winning move, quickly reaching the front as the field approached the final turn. Ollie's Ztam maintained his position through the three-quarters in 1:23 and began to put his talent on display. Employing a :27.3 final quarter, Ollie's Ztam left his competitors behind finishing four and a half lengths in front. Pure Rock and John DeLong came charging hard to finish second while Tellmeaboutit and Dale Hiteman also closed well for third. Ollie's Ztam paid $7.60 for his betting backers. "He's good gaited and he's got great speed," owner Wilbur Eash noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "He's been good since he's been down here at Hoosier Park but he was still a little immature. I said about a month ago, though; we might have a surprise on our hands." Ollie's Ztam, son of Tellitlikeitis and Gens Z Tam, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won three of four lifetime starts. This win brings Ollie's Ztam's lifetime purse earnings to $55,500 for owners Wilbur H. Eash and Z Tam Stables LLC. Ollie's Ztam is expected to remain in Indiana for the remainder of the sires stakes season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 24 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time the horse ever raced on a half mile track, it was the first-time driver Ricky Macomber ever came to Quebec, the same goes for the trainer, his wife Jamie Macomber. None of these new situations hampered 9-1 Beckhams Z Tam, who scored an upset victory in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The tenth race harness racing feature saw Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philip Roy) go to the early lead with stablemate Eddard Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place. But on the move on the outside from the start was driver Trevor Henry with Blood Line and as they could not find a place to duck in, they went after Filibuster Hanover to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Ricky Macomber was then able to slip out and came up second-over behind Blood Line with Beckhams Z Tam and Western Joe (Doug McNair) was third-over on the outside as the field sped to the half mile marker in :54.1. Then things got a little crazy in the backstretch as Macomber moved Beckhams Z Tam three-wide and was not only able to clear by Blood Line, but also pass by Filibuster Hanover to take the lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2. As they started down the stretch, 15-1 American Wiggle and driver Guy Gagnon were able to close in on Beckhams Z Tam, but it was too little too late as the winner scored by one and one-half lengths in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover was third. "When we found room and got into second-over position going to the half mile," Said driver Ricky Macomber. "I felt pretty confident, I knew we could make that big move in the backstretch." Beckhams Z Tam is a four-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin. This was his second win of the season for trainer Jamie Macomber and the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. He paid $21.10 to win. "After we got second over position," Macomber explained. "I waited until the backside and then flipped three-deep and continued on going. "My wife had more confidence in racing him on a half mile track than I did." Macomber admitted. "Now after the race I feel pretty good about it." "He (Beckhams Z Tam) made the ship so well from Indiana to Quebec," trainer Jamie Macomber said. "He has eaten all his food, drank more water than I have ever seen him do and that made me feel confident and that he was in good shape. "I did warm him up pretty hard," Macomber added. "I was really mad with myself for doing it, but he responded well. I also need to thank Ron Burke, as he was the one last winter who convinced me to enter Beckhams Z Tam in the Prix D'Ete." In the third race, the colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Play Jet Ray was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite for driver Guy Gagnon and the son of Shadow Play raced like it. Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) shot to the lead from post five, but just as he cleared to the lead, out came Gagnon with Play Jet Ray, taking command at the quarter mile in :28. He then held the field at bay, cutting fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 before cruising home to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Kinnder Jackson was second with D Gs Onceuponatime (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the sixth win this year for Play Jet Ray, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and is owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and paid just $2.10 to win. In the ninth race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series it was Lit De Rose and catch-driver Trevor Henry going wire-to-wire against their nine rivals. Starting from post two, Henry beat out All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) to the early lead, a costing speed duel in :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. Once settled in, Lit De Rose cut the mile to the half in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Brosseau came back out after the leaders again at the top of the stretch. But Henry was able to find a little speed from Lit De Rose, who held off All You Can Dream to win by a half length in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy (Louis Philippe Roy) was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Leader Bayama and her second win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $5.00 to win. Track Notes: Driver Louis Philippe Roy was in his usual prime form and led all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. Live racing resumes at H3R Tuesday night with five trotting stakes events. There will be three divisions of the third round of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old's and two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Post time Tuesday evening is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 25, 2018-The Hoosier state's three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 25 to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Each colt was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 1 at Hoosier Park. In the opening division, Rockinbeach utilized a ground saving trip to hand Always A Prince his first loss of the season. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rockinbeach used a :26.1 final quarter and the inside passing lane to track down the pace-setting Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick late in the lane to score in 1:50.2. With the win, the Jamie Macomber trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best in the process. The biggest upset of the night came in the very next division when Real Peace and Mike Oosting staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:53.2. Around The Horn LD and Trace Tetrick did much of the heavy lifting on the front and as the field turned for home, Real Peace found another gear and kicked home in :27.1 to get the win. Trained by Mike Brink, the three-year-old gelded son of Real Desire-Peace notched his first win of the season from three starts and sixth lifetime victory from 15 outings. Shnitzledosomethin looked every the bit the part of a 3-5 favorite as he used a gate to wire effort to score his first victory of the season, in his first outing, in 1:51.1. Driven by regular pilot Peter Wrenn, Shnitzledosomethin left aggressively from post two to dictate fractions of :28.4, :56.3, and 1:23.4 before cruising home to a two length victory. Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand bankrolled $355,337 throughout his two-year-old campaign, including a second place finish in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for two-year-old pacing colts. In the final division of the night, Jeopardy and John DeLong turned a pocket trip into a 1:51.2 score. Romantic Interest and Trace Tetrick set splits of :26.1, :54.4, and 1:23.4 before feeling pressure from the rest of the field. Jeopardy found a :27.1 final quarter to surge past his rivals by nearly two lengths. Trained by Erv Miller, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Gottagetoutmore recorded his first win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark with the victory. It was also one of four wins on the evening's 13-race card for driver John DeLong. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 26 with three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies. Saturday's 11-race card will also feature a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool with $5,338.30 in carryover money. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

After spending the better part of the past four years at home in Indiana, returning Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam is ready to step out for what trainer Jamie Macomber hopes is the first of numerous road trips this season. Beckhams Z Tam will leave Indiana for only the second time in his life when he visits Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday for the $150,000 Commodore Barry Invitational for older male pacers. Beckhams Z Tam's only previous road trip came last year for his elimination of the North America Cup in Ontario, where he finished ninth. Following that race, Beckhams Z Tam hit the board in 14 consecutive starts, winning seven, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers on his home turf at Hoosier Park. Overall in 2017, Beckhams Z Tam won 11 of 20 races, was top three a total of 18 times, and earned $512,545. This year, the 4-year-old stallion is ready to give the Grand Circuit a try on a regular basis. "We're going to give it a shot," said Macomber, who trains Beckhams Z Tam for owner Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables. "As long as he seems to be OK with the traveling and racing at the high-competition level, then we'll continue on the stakes season. You always wonder how they're going to handle the travel and the hard races every week, but for some reason, it doesn't concern me with Beckham. I think he will handle it fine. "He's a relaxed horse, so as long as I don't change his schedule too much -- he likes to eat breakfast and then go back to sleep, take a nap, and then get up to do his work -- I think he will be OK. I don't plan on changing much, except where he sleeps at night." The Commodore Barry Invitational, named in honor of American Revolution hero Commodore John Barry, a native of Ireland who lived in Philadelphia and was the first commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy, is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Betsy Ross for older female pacers and Maxie Lee for older trotters. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Beckhams Z Tam heads to the Commodore Barry off a second-place finish in his seasonal debut in the May 11 Invitational at Hoosier Park. He will start the Commodore Barry from post No. 1 in a field that includes Confederation Cup winner Filibuster Hanover (unbeaten in three races this year) and two horses with more than $2 million in career earnings, Mach It So and McWicked. "I would have liked a couple more starts, but we're happy with the one start that we did have," said Macomber, who turns over the driving lines to her husband, Ricky. "He didn't get a lot bigger (over the winter). He filled out some, but not a lot. His personality is still awesome. If anything, he is just a little bit more mature." Macomber hopes that maturity helps Beckhams Z Tam make the transition to racing against older foes in stakes competition. Beckhams Z Tam, a son of Always A Virgin out of Sara's Lucky Charm, has won 11 of 27 lifetime starts and earned $565,494. "When he's racing he's all business," Macomber said. "He's not been raced a lot, so hopefully he's got plenty of good miles left in him." Following is the Commodore Barry Invitational field with listed drivers and trainers. 1. Beckhams Z Tam, Ricky Macomber Jr., Jamie Macomber; 2. Western Joe, Scott Zeron, Christopher Choate; 3. Heaven Rocks A, David Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. Filibuster Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Rockeyed Optimist, Brett Miller, Jake Leamon; 6. Rodeo Romeo, Andy McCarthy, Chris Ryder; 7. McWicked, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 8. Mach It So, George Napolitano Jr., Jeff Bamond Jr. For Sunday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2018...Rocky's Z Tam and Hollywood Sign A took the opening legs of the Fred Monteleone Memorial Series at Pompano Park, each covering the abbreviated distance of five-eighths of a mile in 1:08.2. Moneteone, a long time patron of the sport who bred and owned many notable horses, passed away last October after a lengthy battle with cancer. Rocky's Z Tam, the six year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll, went a game first over journey for driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. to score by a neck over the pace-setting Drachan Hanover, handled by Wally Hennessey. Lyons Johnny closed stoutly for John MacDonald to finish third, just a half length away, while the favorite, Dee's Rocket Man, finished fourth. Fritzie Pic Up Man, last and far back early from his outside post, actually closed fastest of all to pick up the nickel in the classy field of seven. The early fractions of :27 and :54.3 were put up by Drachan Hanover with Rocky's Z Tam away fourth but on a first over binge engaging the leader in war around the final bend. These two raced as a team all the way home with Lyons Johnny joining the fray in deep stretch. On the line, Rocky's Z Tam, an 18 to 1 proposition, got the nod, scoring his second win of the year in seven starts. In a post race interview, trainer Jamie Macomber was proud of the pacers performance relaying, "He (Rocky's Z Tam) had been giving hints in his recent races, so I was expecting him to be competitive tonight. Ricky (husband Macomber) drove him with confidence and the horse raced with confidence. He kept digging right to the wire...very happy!" Owned by Z Tam Stables LLC, Rocky's Z Tam won for the 14th time in 99 career starts with the major share of the $12,000 purse sending his lifetime bounty to $162,196 to go along with his Hoosier Park mark of 1:50.1. Off as fifth choice, Rocky's Z Tam paid $38.20 to win. Hollywood Sign A, the nine year-old gelded Aussie bred son of Life Sign, was given very smart handling by owner-trainer Matt Krueger to pin a one length defeat on track record holder Panocchio--the latter making his 2018 debut for trainer Jim Mattison and driver Wally Hennessey. Uncmprmising Z Tam, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., was third, threr lengths back, while Sing For Me George and Doo Wop Hanover earned the minors in the sharp octet. At the bell, Hollywood Sign A, leaving from post seven, left smartly with Panocchio (post 8) in hot pursuit with the latter taking command through an opening panel of :27.1. Panocchio continued to lead through a half in :55.1 and seemed to have things under control. Straightening away for the drive home, Hollywood Sign A tilted out of his cozy pocket and began gnawing away until taking command a sixteenth from the wire. Hollywood Sign, with Matt Krueger in his bike              -Skip Smith Photo Second in his last four outings, Hollywood Sign A picked up his first win of the year in seven starts, vaulting his seasonal bounty to $17,385. Lifetime, it was win number 29 in 145 starts, good for $217,293. Off as the 2 to 1 second choice, Hollywood Sign A paid $6.20 to win. The Fred Monteleone Memorial Series continues with the next leg being at one mile and the $30,000 final slated for 1 1/4 miles. The $10,000 Open II pace went to American Hustle, smartly handled by Bryce Fenn. This four year-old son of American Ideal wired his opposition by stringing together panels of :26.2, 55.3 and 1:23.4 before a :27.3 finale held The Onlyest One, with George Napolitano, Jr. handling the line,  at bay by a half length in a lifetime best 1:51.2 Pointsman, driven by Rick Plano, was third while Bestinthebusiness and No Bad Dreams also picked up checks in the field of six. It was the 10th career win in only 22 career starts for owner-trainer Brian Lawrence. Third choice at 5 to 1, American Hustle paid $12.40 to win Racing continues on Monday night with a Pick-5 carryover of $10,556.70 igniting a $40,000 guarantee. The Pick-5 begins on Race 1. The Super Hi-5 Jackpot is also at record territory with a carryover of $251,878.96 going into the Monday program. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2018...Wild Wanda, perfectly rated by Ricky Macomber, Jr., tamed her harness racing foes with a 1:52.4 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Sunday night. The gallant seven year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, drawing a post one slot inside of her main rival, All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, used that draw to her advantage as she left with alacrity this night then yielded briefly to the latter before reclaiming the top spot with a sharp quarter move. The winning margin was a half length at the line with Sue's Night Out, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, third after a ground saving journey from her inside post position. Northern Dali was fourth while Machin Marley rounded out the order of finish after a brief backside bid. As the Silver Bullet left the station, Wild Wanda, in a change of strategy from last week's debut when she was two lengths off the gate at the start, was out very alertly as All Charged Up also surged up from the opening bell into an early lead. Not content with the garden seat, Wild Wanda was out and driving just short of the tepid :28 opening panel and into the lead, taking the field through a half in :56.2. An identical :56.2 final half was in the cards and, after the third station was reached in 1:24.2, Wild Wanda was on her way home with a :28.2 finale with All Charged Up surging late but the issue was never in doubt. Trainer Jamie Macomber had high praise for the mare reflecting, "She does have a high turn of speed leaving but, unlike last week where we were outside of All Charged Up, we drew inside and that changed the whole picture of the race." Driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. echoed her sentiments saying, "I sent her tonight because I didn't want to spot John's great mare (All Charged Up) four or five lengths because she is awfully tough on the front end. But so is my mare!" Owned by Mary Jo Rheinheimer along with the Dojea Stables, Wild Wanda kicked off her 2018 with the win after a 2017 campaign which saw her win $102,250. She now has career earnings of $431,865 to go along with her Hoosier Park mark of 1:50.2. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Wild Wanda paid $3.40 to win. Racing continues Tuesday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover that has ballooned to $46,698. Post time is 7:20. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

ANDERSON — Race day starts at 6 a.m. for harness racing trainer Jamie Macomber.  This Saturday was no different, though the nerves and adrenaline were a bit higher as she prepared her horses to race in the final day of harness racing's premier competition, the Breeders Crown. “You have done all you can do this week, so now we just make sure they are ready to race,” Macomber said. Walking through the stall ahead of the night of races, Macomber, a Fishers resident who stays in Anderson throughout racing season, couldn’t express what it feels like to see a horse she’s trained compete against the best in the world. “You know it’s a feeling I can’t explain,” she said. “It’s an awesome feeling, fun, proud to be here.” Alas, she later learned she had to scratch Crescent Fashion, her horse entered in the first Breeders Crown event of the evening. It meant she could focus her attention on Beckhams Z Tam, who was competing in the 11th race of the day. Harness racing is a family affair for Macomber, who grew up in the sport. She’s married to driver Ricky Macomber, who’s won nearly 3,200 races and earned $33 million in purses. Though she grew up around the sport, Macomber didn’t plan to follow the family legacy, and instead earned a marketing degree from Ohio University. But after trainer Ron Burke asked her to take care of a couple horses, she hopped back into the saddle. This is Macomber’s first year with her own stable, but she’s won more than 110 races and $1.5 million in purses, battling with trainer Jeff Cullipher for leading trainer at Hoosier Park. She splits duties with her husband, arriving at the track early and usually heading home for a quick lunch and a nap, when she can swing it, before heading back to Hoosier Park to watch her husband and her horses compete. It’s the competition that’s kept the 38-year-old in the stables throughout most of her life. “They are all here to win,” she said gesturing to the other horses and drivers. And there’s no right or wrong way to do it.” For Macomber, building a bond with all of her horses is what helps her to stay successful. “The bond is more like a parent and a child, but they can’t talk to you, so you have got to read them,” she said. “I often say: 'I don’t have two kids, I have 32 kids.'” Despite the early mornings slogging through rain and mud, days spent in cramped barns and the ever-present need to perform at her best — Macomber wouldn’t have it any other way. “We love what we do,” she said. “It’s a family, and it’s our family.” By Christopher Stephens The Herald Bulletin Reprinted with permission of The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. - Beckhams Z Tam out-dueled 3-5 favorite Downbytheseaside down the stretch to win Saturday night's $527,500 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers by one-quarter length in 1:51.1, and in the process, touched off an emotional celebration at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was third. Beckhams Z Tam, the third Indiana-bred of the night to capture a Breeders Crown, has spent nearly his entire career racing at Hoosier Park. He was driven by Ricky Macomber Jr. and is trained by his wife, Jamie, who is a former assistant to trainer Ron Burke. The colt is owned by Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables. It was the first Breeders Crown win for all. Jamie Macomber greeted her husband with a hug and kiss as he returned to the winner's circle with Beckhams Z Tam. A large crowd gathered in and around the winner's circle and shouted words of congratulations to the connections. "I never dreamed anything like this," a teary-eyed Jamie Macomber said as she made her way to the trophy presentation. "This is his home track. Turning for home, I knew he was the winner. I don't know what to say. My husband did it. It's amazing." All but three of Beckhams Z Tam's career races have come at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was the early leader, taking the field to the opening quarter in :26.2. Downbytheseaside claimed the lead prior to the half, reached in :56, and remained on top when he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Beckhams Z Tam was fourth at three-quarters, following the first-over cover of Mac's Jackpot, before surging three wide and making his way to the front. Downbytheseaside remained within striking distance, but was unable to get closer than the final margin. "That horse that was first up, I was a little worried that he wouldn't be able to carry me around the last turn, and I was more concerned about that half being in 56 flat," said Ricky Macomber. "It was a little slow, but he overcame it." Macomber pumped his fist as he crossed the finish line. "I was thrilled," he said. "Just a big weight lifted off my shoulders." Jamie Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses such as Beckhams Z Tam, from Wilbur Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "I couldn't have had a better team to prep me for this," said Jamie Macomber. "Ron Burke is an amazing man and my parents are awesome." Beckhams Z Tam has won 11 of 19 races this year and earned $500,295. For his career, the son of Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm, has won 11 of 25 races and $547,994. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Beckhams Z Tam paid $11.20 to win. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2016 - When the Breeders Crown kicks off Friday night, October 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Indiana's harness racing breeding program will be represented by 10 entries in the 12 championship races. Two of those Indiana-sired starters hail from a partnership that was formed just last winter when trainer Jamie Macomber was connected with Z Tam Stables through Hoosier horseman Wilbur Eash. Now, the connections of sophomore pacers Beckham Z Tam and Carol's Z Tam are hoping dreams can come true this weekend. "It's an honor. You dream your whole life," said Bill Matz, the man behind the New York-based Z Tam Stables LLC. "I won the Canadian Pacing Derby in 2004 and my partner and I always talked about, if there was any race you wanted to win, what would it be? And it was a Breeders Crown race. That was always our dream." Previously Matz had one shot at the Breeders Crown, finishing third with Forensic Z Tam in the 2007 final for sophomore pacing colts. He was ecstatic to hit the board at The Meadowlands, but 10 years later he is just as excited to have two entrants in the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown. Eash had managed many of his Indiana-based horses, but with the veteran training looking to slow down, he recommended entrusting the stable to Macomber. "I've been with Wilbur probably 15 years now," Matz explained. "He called me and asked if I would mind if we shift the stable over to Jamie. She had been working for the Burke Stable, and if she was going out on her own, I wanted to be a part of that." The partnership paid dividends two weeks ago during Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals at Hoosier Park. Carol's Z Tam, driven by Macomber's husband, Ricky, captured the $220,000 final for three-year-old filly pacers, stopping the clock in 1:52 after starting from the nine hole. Beckhams Z Tam would come up just short in the $220,000 final for sophomore pacing colts, finishing second. Those performances launched both horses into the Breeders Crown, and last weekend they both turned in surprising performances, each in their own unique way. Friday night Carol's Z Tam punched her ticket to the $500,000 final by way of a fourth place performance. While she didn't reach the winner's circle, the Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle filly drew attention with a lightning-fast last quarter, blazing home in 26 seconds flat. The performance came after she started from the nine hole, the fifth straight week she had lined up in one of the two outside posts. "How many times do you see anybody go a :26 flat last quarter, no less a three year old filly? I was impressed," Matz said. "Carol's been a big surprise. I always knew she was a nice filly, but a couple of those miles, when she went in 51 and a piece, it shocked the hell out of me. I never expected her to be this good." With seven wins in 21 seasonal starts, a mark of 1:51.3 and $224,592 in earnings, it was hard not to give Carol's Z Tam a chance to compete against the best. To reach the final, all the filly had to do was finish ahead of one horse in the elimination. Macomber believed in her filly, but she was apprehensive beforehand. "Realistically, she only had to beat one horse. Out of the nine hole, that was our only goal, to beat one horse and get into the final and then hopefully draw better for the final," Macomber said of her charge. "It's her home track and her last quarter is always her best quarter. With that said, her race was the most nervous I have ever been for a race in my life." Carol's Z Tam has drawn post six in the final, slated as Race 9 Friday evening. Competing on her home track, the filly is 15-1 on the morning line. While the filly dazzled with her strong kick to the wire, Beckhams Z Tam impressed last Saturday night, October 21, with the way he handled road trouble on the way to racing third in his Breeders Crown elimination. The son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm and Ricky Macomber managed to avoid the breaking Art Scene in the last turn before unleashing his own :26 final panel to secure his place in the final. "The worst thing that could have happened to him was that horse breaking in front of him. Beckham doesn't handle anything very well that happens in front of him. I may have slammed my phone down in front of me and just thought the worst was coming," admitted the trainer. "When he recovered and just paced his heart out in the stretch I almost cried. It proved to me that he's matured a lot and it gives me a lot to look forward to with this colt." Beckhams Z Tam has been one of the top pacing colts in Indiana all summer, evidenced by his 10 wins in 18 starts and $236,545 in seasonal earnings. With Fear The Dragon and Filibuster Hanover failing to advance out of the elimination and into Saturday's $527,500 final, it could be the perfect opportunity for the colt to shine. He has drawn post five and is 12-1 in the morning line. "Now, to me, it's kind of an open race. These others have been pacing (1):48 all year in tough races and shipping all around. We've been at Hoosier Park all year," Matz offered. "We just have to go 100 yards to get to the racetrack; these guys have traveled 600 miles and have been beat up all year. I'm hoping that will be a big advantage." Regardless of the outcome this weekend, the partnership is off to a magical start. Macomber's stable is atop the Hoosier Park standings, and she hopes for a good showing this weekend in the harness racing's crowning weekend. "I just cannot thank Wilbur and Bill enough for having this much faith in me to give me such quality horses when the Breeders Crown was in our back yard," she said. "I can't express to them my appreciation for them, and it's been an unbelievable season working with them and these horses." The Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events with purses valued at $6 million, is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park. The 2017 Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park will be raced over two nights on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. First post for both nights will be 6:00 p.m. EDT. All Breeders Crown updates can be found here.   By: James Platz, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2017 - Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. made a clean sweep of the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 7. With a final time of 1:50.3, Beckhams Z Tam notched his third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and became the sport's newest $100,000 earner after the victory. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Beckhams Z Tam was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had Meadowbrook Tiger pointed to the front from post six to get the first call through a snappy opening panel in :25.4. Limited Edition and Todd Warren benefitted from a pocket trip while Dave and Dennis and Brandon Bates were next in line, third. Macomber Jr. gave Beckhams Z Tam the go-ahead and he quickly marched to the front to grab command just before the half in :54.2. Unable to wait any longer, Trace Tetrick also gave Rock N Tony the green light down the backside and he began his long first-over journey to the front. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1, Rock N Tony was able to reach the leader's wheel as the field tightened and turned for home. Rock N Tony began to feel the long first-over mile just as Beckhams Z Tam found another gear. Utilizing a :28.2 final quarter, Beckhams Z Tam kicked home to win by a two and a half lengths over Rock N Tony. Meadowbrook Tiger held on for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Beckhams Z Tam returned $4.80 to his supporters at the betting windows. Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Jamie Macomber, Beckhams Z Tam recorded his seventh victory from eight seasonal starts and seventh lifetime win from 14 outings. The 1:50.3 clocking established a new lifetime mark for the three-year-old son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm. Owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC, Beckhams Z Tam pushed his lifetime bankroll to $115,861 with the victory. Beckhams Z Tam Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 8 with a 12-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 4, 2017 - Crescent Fashion, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, scored in impressive fashion in his Hoosier Park Racing & Casino debut as he shattered a four-year-old track record for harness racing older trotting horses in a conditioned trotting event on Tuesday, July 4. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, Crescent Fashion scored his first win of the season and also established a new lifetime best in the process. The previous track record of 1:52.3 was established by Uncle Peter and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Centaur Trotting Classic. The time also marked the third track record that has been equaled or lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval in 2017. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite from post three in the talented field of nine, Crescent Fashion was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Shawnee Valley and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call and led the field through the opening panel in :27.1. Macomber Jr. gave Crescent Fashion the green light down the backside and he quickly grabbed command just before the half in :56.2. Crescent Fashion continued to call the shots through the third panel in 1:24.2 while the rest of the field was struggling to stay within striking distance. As the field turned for home, Crescent Fashion looked strong on the front. Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were closing strong on the outside but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile. Utilizing a :27.4 final panel, Crescent Fashion coasted on to the wire and finished a length and three-quarters in front of Bridge To Jesse's. Shawnee Valley held on gamely for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Crescent Fashion returned $3.40 to his backers at the betting windows. "I was very impressed with his effort tonight," trainer Jamie Macomber noted. "We were expecting a solid performance but not a track record performance. He has been nothing but class since arriving in Indiana and is a pleasure to have in our barn. I look forward to racing him again." Trained by Hoosier Park's current leading trainer, Jamie Macomber, Crescent Fashion notched the first win from six seasonal starts and his ninth lifetime victory from 38 outings. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Fashion Feline has now amassed $456,196 lifetime for owners Let It Ride Stables, Mr. D. Parham, and T. Grossman. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, July 5 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

Beckhams Z Tam is the type of horse that likes to have fun. But when it comes time to work, the colt is all business. And after watching Beckhams Z Tam take care of business in his most recent start, his harness racing connections are ready to send the Indiana-bred pacer on a business trip --- to the Pepsi North America Cup at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. Beckhams Z Tam was among 25 horses entered in the North America Cup, which is for 3-year-old pacers and features a C$1 million final on June 17. The 25 horses were divided into three eliminations, to be contested Saturday, with the top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot advancing to the final. The connections of elimination winners earn the right to select their post position for the final. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for Saturday's card. Beckhams Z Tam is in the second of the three North America Cup eliminations. The division also includes returning Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville and Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight. Beckhams Z Tam will start from post three with driver Ricky Macomber Jr., who is making his first appearance in the North America Cup. Jamie Macomber, Ricky's wife, trains Beckhams Z Tam, who is 4-for-4 this year but will be stepping up in competition at Mohawk. All of the colt's wins have been against conditioned-level horses at Hoosier Park, but Beckhams Z Tam's most recent triumph in 1:51 is tied for the 12th fastest win time of the season by a 3-year-old pacer. The victory followed a nearly one-month layoff because of sickness. Following the win, the Macombers consulted with owner Bill Matz of Z Tam Stables and Beckhams Z Tam's former trainer Wilbur Eash regarding the trip to the North America Cup. "Ricky said when he came off the track after his last start that he thought we should enter him," Jamie Macomber said. "I asked Mr. Matz what he was leaning toward and he said he was always game to take a shot. We have nothing to lose. He's not going to miss any racing in Indiana if we're fortunate enough to be up there for two weeks. "Wilbur said all along this is a nice colt. When it came to staking him this winter, we all talked and came up with a little schedule for him. Wilbur made a comment earlier this season that he'd been waiting on a horse like this for 40 years. Wilbur knew he was special." Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling trainer Ron Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses, from the 61-year-old Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "He's a really nice colt," Macomber said. "Unfortunately he hasn't faced the competition that the others we're racing against have faced. So far he's done everything we've asked of him." Last year, Beckhams Z Tam was winless in six races, but finished second on three occasions. Two of his runner-up finishes came in $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Macomber was able to bring the horse along slowly this year because he fit in low-level conditioned races. The horse romped in his four victories, with no margin of triumph less than 1-1/2 lengths. "He's matured a lot," Macomber said. "Ricky likes him and has confidence in him, so that's a good thing. "Off the track, I love his personality. He's always happy. In the barn he acts like a good horse; he rests a lot, he eats well and he loves to play. He's a ham. He's always got his head out the gate when he's awake. On the track, he's fun and playful when we first go out, but when it's time to go to work he gets down to business. There's really nothing to dislike about him." Beckhams Z Tam is a son of stallion Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm. His second dam is Modern Bobbi, who is the mother of last season's Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male pacing champion On The Virg. Interestingly, On The Virg and Beckhams Z Tam finished 1-2 in one of the $75,000 finals at Hoosier last year. In addition to being staked to the North America Cup, Beckhams Z Tam is eligible to the Breeders Crown, which will be held at Hoosier Park in October, as well as the Jenna's Beach Boy and Monument Circle stakes. Beckhams Z Tam hopes to follow in the hoof prints of Indiana-bred horses that have enjoyed success on the Grand Circuit in recent years, including the past two Horse of the Year Award winners, Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "They've really stepped up a lot in the last few years, so that's very encouraging," Macomber said. "It's fun to think we could possibly have a good one on our hands." For more information on the Pepsi North America Cup and all the festivities, visit www.NorthAmericaCup.com Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination 1 (Race 3) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Lawrencetown Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 2 – Ideal Wheel – American Ideal - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Western Hill – Western Ideal - Doug McNair 4 – Downbytheseaside – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 5 – Some Attitude – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 6 – Eddard Hanover – Dragon Again - Matt Kakaley 7 – Sports Column – Sportswriter - Chris Christoforou 8 – Stealth Bomber – Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller Elimination 2 (Race 8) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Arsenal Seelster – Artistic Fella - Jonathan Drury 2 – Huntsville – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick 3 – Beckhams Z Tam – Always A Virgin - Richard Macomber 4 – Classic Pro – Shadow Play - Trevor Henry 5 – Ozone Blue Chip – Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick 6 – Normandy Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Beyond Delight – Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion 8 – Miso Fast – Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley 9 – Richard Hill – Mach Three - Doug McNair Elimination 3 (Race 9) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Mac's Jackpot – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 2 – Hurricane Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Filibuster Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 4 – Mc Mach – Mach Three - Paul MacDonell 5 – Darling's Dragon – Dragon Again - Donald Dupont 6 – Ocean Colony – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Fear The Dragon – Dragon Again - David Miller 8 – Streakavana – Big Jim - Sylvain Filion Ken Weingartner

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2017...Wild Wanda, overlooked in the wagering at 7 to 1, sprung a mild harness racing upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, edging by a game Godiva Seelster, the 6 to 5 second choice, with a :27.2 final panel to score in 1:51.4, a seasonal mark. Goldstar Rockette, the longest proposition in the field at 62 to 1, finished third, just a length away while Pertty Music was fourth. The late charging OK Heavenly picked up the nickel as the even money favorite, Gweneeee J, finished sixth in the classy septet. At the outset, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. sent Wild Wanda out quickly from her post four with Godiva Seelster on the engine from post six for Wally Hennessey. Hennessey had Godiva in front midway around the opening turn and took the field through an opening quarter in :27 with Wanda next, Goldstar Rockette (John MacDonald) third--positions that would remain unchanged through a moderately rated half of :57. On the backside, Hennessey let Godiva Seelster have her way and she was on her way through a :27.1 third panel trying to shake loose from the field. But she couldn't. Turning for home, Wild Wanda left the comfort of her pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, finally sticking her nose in front a sixteenth from home and on to victory by a half length. In the post-race interview, Macomber related, "well, we got a perfect trip tonight. Wally rated his mare beautifully and, when we got to the half so soft, I wasn't that confident that we could get to her--after all, she's one heckuva mare, herself. "But my mare responded. She's a gutsy thing, especially when she gets a trip like tonight. She must've paced her last half in :54.3 or so. "I'm proud of her. She raced very well tonight...and so did Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster). "It certainly wasn't a case of her giving up. It was just a case of us getting that pocket trip!" For Wild Wanda, trained by Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, it was her third win in five starts this year, sending her earnings to $18,510. Lifetime, Wild Wanda has a 26-23-6 scorecard in 85 career starts, good for $342,625. As the third choice in the wagering, Wild Wanda returned $17.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the highly anticipated Italian-American Amateur Series beginning and continuing on Sunday. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. CANADIAN HITS SUPER HI-5 AT POMPANO FOR $107,247 Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale was hit on Tuesday night, February 14, when the only winning  ticket with the 4-5-10-3-1 purchased in Canada worth $107,247.64 ($81,978 U.S. Funds). College Major, an eight year-old gelded son of Art Major, came from dead last at the stretch call to post a one length win for Matt Romano at odds of 42-1--his first win of the season for owner-trainer Jason Mac Dougall. Surge Seelster, the 2 to 1 second choice, finished second for Corey Braden, while River Valley and Kevin Wallis teamed up to be third at odds of 8 to 1. The 3 to 2 favorite, Thumpem, finished fourth while McGreat closed out the Super Hi-5 finale ticket with a fifth place finish at 61 to 1. The unidentified bettor paid $64.80 for the ticket on the 20 cent based wager, which proved to be the highest payoff of the season at Pompano Park. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 1, 2017...Wild Wanda, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, won a wild finish in Pompano Park's $11,000 harness racing mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night, holding off Pertty Music (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a scant head in 1:52.1. Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey), closed fastest of all in the race--:27.2--to finish third just a half-length away after being last much of the mile. OK Heavenly finished fourth, 1¼ lengths away while Metro Glide finished a late-charging fifth, just two lengths back in the tightly knitted field of six. At the outset, it was a wild scramble for supremacy as Wild Wanda outdueled Yes You Can before yielding to Pertty Music just a few strides past the :27.1 opener. Around turn two, Macomber pulled on his mare's right line and she was quickly up to regain control past the half in :56. The pace quickened on the backside with Wild Wanda pacing her third quarter in :27.3 to reach the third station in 1:23.3 with Pertty Music now edging a closer second, Yes You Can two lengths further back. In the lane, Wild Wanda was put to the test as Pertty Music began gnawing away with Jets Are On finally finding her way off the pylons and sweeping up on the outside. In that aforementioned wild finish, Wild Wanda found the wire first with Pertty Music just a head away. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. remarked, "I was a little worried when we hit the final turn because, last week, she really didn't finish her mile like she usually does and the three-quarters was in that same time--1:23.3. "This week, she dug in a little better and held off George's (Napolitano) mare (Pertty Music). They both raced well and Wally's mare (Jets Are On) came flying, too." Trained by Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, the six year-old daughter of Palone Ranger won for the 25th time during her career, sending her lifetime bounty to $335,995--$11,880 in her three starts so far in 2017. As the slight favorite at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Wild Wanda returned a $4.60 mutuel to her faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with a memorial event honoring the late, great horseman, Frank O'Mara. O'Mara recently passed away at the age of 84 after a grand career that included such stars as Nite Shirt, Timely's Best Man, Keystone Accent and Mystic Park. The O'Mara Memorial is carded as the second race on the Saturday night program. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

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