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Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2020...Ask Me Ifi Care. bravely and confidently handled by harness racing driver Mike Micallef, scored a game repeat win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday (December 15, stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The sharp five year-old daughter of Manhardt, who swept wide off live cover in winning last week's top event for mares, secured her repeat win by going first up in a brave move this time around, edging by the leading and stubborn Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) closed stoutly to finish third, just a nose back of Prairie Westerngal. Image of a Dream finished fourth while Tempus Seelster earned the minors in the classy field of six. As the outset, Prairie Westerngal pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way and zipped into a quick open lead aroound the initial turn. After a hot opening quarter in :26.4, Big Thong was in the garden spot with Tempus Seelster next and Ask Me Ifi Care fourth. Heading into turn two, Micallef tilted his mare to the outside and began gnawing away. After a :55.4 half, Ask Me Ifi Care reached second three-eighths from home and alongside the leader around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:23.3. Shortly after straightening away, Ask Me If I Care stuck her head in front and began edging away ever so slowly in the final stages. In a post-race interview, Micallef said, "This was not the easiest of trips going first up but my mare is sharp and she is confident in her own ability...and she showed that tonight. I certainly wouldn't want to go first up against mares like this every week, but, tonight, she really shined and I am very proud of her!" Micallef co-owns Ask Me Ifi Care with Geoff Howles and earned her sixth win of the year in 28 starts, good for $50,610 in bounty. Lifetime, she had $259,340 on her card to go along with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2. Despite her convincing win last week, Ask Me Ifi Care was sent off as the third choice in the wagering and paid $9.00 to win. Ask Me Ifi The $10,000 Open II Pace featuring a septet of mares went to Cult Icon, driven by Kevin Wallis. This five year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight led at every pole, clocking fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.3 in holding off the determined late challenges of the pocket-sitting Come Get The Cash (John MacDonald) and the late-charging Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) in 1:52. The winning margin for Cult Icon was a neck over Come Get The Cash while Casie's Believer, closing fastest of all, was three-parts-of-a-length off the winner at the wire. Northern Dali finished fourth while Western Stepp picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Trent Stohler for the Trent Stohler Stable, the win was number six on the year for Colt Icon, sending her 2020 bounty to $56,570 and $272,332 lifetime. As the slight 2 to 1 favorite, Cult Icon paid $6.00 to win. Colt Icon Also on Tuesday night, the racing program concluded with fireworks--tote-board fireworks--as the 14 to 1 shot Post Time Terror took the finale for Dave Ingraham keying a 10-1-3-2-6 Super Hi-5 payoff of $16,803.94 for that 20 cent ducat. With the 73 to 1 outsider Singalongwithbing second and 16 to 1 chance Major Maid third, the trifecta paid $4,958.80. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool (12% takeout) as the pari-mutuel highlight. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 15, 2020...DG'S Caviar extended his winning streak at Pompano Park to three on Monday (December 14) with a sharp performance for harness racing driver Andy Shetler. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar hit the wire in 1:53.2, despite the fact he started from the outside six post and was three-wide until reaching the lead three-eighths into the mile. The winning margin was a measured neck over Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) with Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) third, 2¼ lengths away. Keegan Ho finished fourth while The Lionking AS picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. After the race, driver-trainer Andy Shetler said, "He sure is a tough customer. This is his favorite track. He just has that will to win and he can dig forward pretty much forever. The night he made that break early, he just seemed to have that attitude that he wasn't going to give up until the job was done. Tonight, he was just fantastic!" Bred and owned by Daniel Graber, DG's Caviar won for the fifth time in 20 starts this season vaulting his earnings to $35,430 and $112,325 lifetime. The winning time was just one-fifth of a second off of his 1:53.1 mark over the larger Hoosier Park oval. Off as second choice at 8 to 5, DG's Caviar paid $5.40 to win. DG's Caviar The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Born To Thrive, with Rick Plano in his sulky. The seven year-old gelded son of Swan For All went grinding forward from almost 11 lengths back early to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pacesetting Bucketlist Hanover, driven by Kevin Wallis. The French bred Beguin Dugoutier, in the garden spot most of the way, finished third while Kellie's MVP and Lightfootedlegend were next in the octet. Bucketlist Hanover, leaving from the coveted five post, took charge immediately off the wings and posted fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 with Born To Thrive gnawing away by trotting his final 3/4s in 1:24.2, collaring the leader inside the sixteenth pole and on to the victory--his sixth of the year in 24 starts. Plano also trains the brave trotter for owners John Campagnuolo and Maryann Plano, who now has 39 career wins and $409,192 in earnings--$44,369 this semester. Off at 2 to 5 in the wagering, Born To Thrive paid $2.80 to his multitude of followers. Born To Thrive Also of note on the Monday program was the performance of BJ Lorado in the $8,000 conditioned trot. This six year-old son of Bo W got picture perfect handling from Andy Santeramo to score in a lifetime best 1:53.2, knocking a full second off his previous best performance. Trained by Marc Major for Diane and Michael Norcross, BJ Lorado earned his 24th career victory, sending his lifetime bounty to $168.333. Off at 10 to 1, BJ Lorado returned $22.40 to win. BJ Lorado Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the track's popular Pick-4, featuring a 12% takeout, and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to well over $11,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 14, 2020...Bell I No, driven by John MacDonald for harness racing trainer Tee Wine and the Jemaxpo Racing Stable, spoiled Southwind Amazon's quest for a 100th career victory by scoring a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (December 13). The eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, who has made a habit of scoring many of his wins on the front end, was "forced" to grab the garden seat this time around, collaring the favored Southwind Amazon (Tyler Smith) at mid-stretch and then holding off the challenge of the 25 to 1 outsider, Kinnder Jackson (MIke Simons) to score by a head in 1:50.2. Southwind Amazon did finish third, three-parts-of-a-length away, while Lyons Night Hawk and Seeing Eye Single picked up the final two awards in the classy octet. At the outset, Southwind Amazon (post 2) and Bell I No (post 4) got in a bit of a war with Amazon stuffing Bell I No in the pocket an eighth into the mile. With an opening panel in :26.4 and half in :55.3, these two remained one-two until Ideal Feeling applied some moderate pressure at the third station in 1:22.4. In the lane, Southwind Amazon put that threat away but Bell I No, rallied when finding a seam to take charge a sixteenth out, holding off the fastest closing Kinnder Jackson by ahead. After the race, trainer Tee Wine said, "I know John (MacDonald) wanted to control things like he did a couple of weeks ago when he wired in 1:49.3 (the fastest mile of the meeting) but, sometimes, things don't work out they way you plan." MacDonald echoed the trainers sentiments when he said, "I know he's won most of his races on the front end recently but it was obvious that Tyler (Smith's) horse wasn't going to give it up, so I took the pocket and it worked out just fine!" For Bell I No For Bell I No, making his 150th career start, it was his 32 career win to push his lifetime bounty to $372,505 to go along with his mark of 1:48.4 this season at The Meadowlands. He's racked up 10 wins this semester and $105,584 earnings. Off as the third choice at 5 to 1, Bell I No paid $13.40 to win. The $10,000 Open II pace went to Real Peace, with Ricky Macomber, Jr., in his sulky. The five year-old altered son of Real Desire made two moves in the mile to score a handy win in 1:52--the winning margin 1 3/4 lengths over Mach West (Wally Hennessey) with Caviart Reagan (Kevin Wallis) next. Plus One and Dash Of Danger picked up the minors in the field of eight. Real Peace, trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, left from the coveted five post to take charge early, yielded at the opening :27 panel, and re-claimed the top spot and coasted through fractions of :56 and a picked-up 1:23.4 before a :28.1 coast home sealed the issue. Real Peace won for the fifth time in 25 starts and sent his 2020 earnings to $53,163 and $213,283 lifetime. Real Peace The entire Sunday night program produced several photo finishes with the closest in the third race in which all the six starters were clocked in 1:53.3 with that nod going to Whatchyastarinat, driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Gene Miller and the Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc. stable. Whatchyastarinat was also making his 150th career start which now includes 27 wins and $230,064 in bounty. Whatchyastarinat Racing continues Monday with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool (12% takeout) and a Super Hi-5 jackpot finale at $9,500. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, Florida, December 8, 2020…In a mild upset, Ask Me Ifi Care, handled by Mike Micalleff, collared the favored Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) a sixteenth from home to take top harness racing honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Pompano Park on Tuesday night. The mile was clocked in 1:53.1 with the winning margin three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.,) was third, 2 ¼ lengths away with Casie’s Believer fourth and Big Thong fifth in the full field of 10. The event was action packed start-to-finish as Prairie Westerngal, off at 9 t0 5, zipped of the wings from her outside nine post into a quick early lead, only to be joined by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) as they reached the opening pole in a hot :26.2 with Big Thong (Ken Holliday) third. Prairie Westerngal was able to repel that challenge of Another Beach Day but Tempus Seelster made a double-bubble bid 3/8ths in to join the leader at the half in :55. On the backside, Prairie Westerngal and Tempus Seelster remained one-two past the third station  in 1:23.3 but others were starting close in with Big Thong benefitting from a rail journey, Crisp Mare making a three-wide move and Ask Me Ifi Care on a move from ninth with a four wide binge turning for home. In the lane, Prairie Westerngal sprinted clear by a length-and-a-half but the early fractions began to take their toll and Ask Me IFi Care rolled by late. For this five year-old daughter of Manhardt, it was her fifth win in 27 starts, pushing her 2020 earnings to $45,110 and $$318,621 lifetime. In a post-race interview, Micallef, who trains and co-owns with Geoff Howles, remarked “You know, going in I was just hoping to get a good piece of this but they were going pretty good up front and, when I gave my mare some room to roam, she had plenty of gas left in the tank and she got it done. She always gives her all and, tonight, everything worked out in her favor with the early fractions being pretty hot." As fourth choice in the wagering, Ask Me Ifi Care returned $14.40 to her faithful. Trainer Jake Huff was the star of the night in the trainer category, sending three horses behind the starting with all reaching the winner’s circle. Huff kicked off his “trifecta” with Billie Blue in the second race as Ron Cusimano was in that six year-old mare’s bike for owner Beauty Bridle Racing Stable in a Florida Amateur Driving event. About 21 minutes later, Wally Hennessey was in the sulky as the four year-old Sportswriter mare Lady Driver, who Huff trains for Our Three Sons Stable and wife Rosie Huff, scored in a conditioned event for fillies and mares. Huff completed his “hat trick” when Mike Simons guided Take Abit Of Life to victory in yet another event for the fillies and mares. Take Abit Of Life is also owned by Our Three Sons Stable and Rosie Huff. Wally Hennessey hit a grand slam on the Tuesday program as he scored with Lusty Delight ($17.40) in the opener, Lady Driver ($5.40) in the third race, Regil Electron ($2.20) in the eighth and Gigi From Fiji ($3.40) in the 10th. In the “better for the bettor” department, despite the 6 to 5 favorite, Wartech, winning the fourth race pentafecta or owner-driver Gary Barbere, the 20 cent combination of 1-7-3-5-10 paid $10,040.24. Trained by veteran Odell Thompson, Wartech, a 10 year-old gelded son of High Tech, won for the 30th time in his long career stretching 202 starts. As explosive as that was, the tote-board fireworks continued in the Super Hi-5 finale when Dogfight, driven by Ken Holliday for trainer Jennifer Sansone and owner Valda Sillman, scored at 19 to 1 to key a 1-6-9-7-2 combination paying $24,844.80 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a $15,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, featuring a 12% takeout. There is also Pick-6 carryover of $2,592. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 7, 2020…DG's Caviar, last week's winner of Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot and dismissed at 7 to 1 odds in this week's similar event, scored a repeat harness racing win for Andy Shetler in 1:55. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar overcame the eight post to whip a stellar $2 million field and reward trainer Shetler and owner Daniel Graber with his second consecutive triumph in the top trot. The faithful who plunked $2 to win on him were also rewarded with a juicy $16.60 mutuel. A pair of Rick Plano students--Sooo Handsome, driven by Plano, and Keegan Ho, with Dave Ingraham--were next in the mile while the 4 to 5 favorite Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) couldn't over come the outside nine post and finished fourth. The 7 to 5 second choice, It's A Herbie picked up the nickel in the classy field of nine. As the wings folded, It's A Herbie (Verlin Yoder), Kellie's MVP (Jim Meittinis) and DG's Caviar all went vying for the top spot with It's A Herbie getting over to the opening panel in :28.2 before relenting to DG's Caviar heading into turn two. Meanwhile, Muscles For Life went trudging forward and reached fourth halfway through in :57.1. On the backside, DG's Caviar began to feel some pressure from It's A Herbie as they reached the third station in a picked up 1:25.2. In the lane, DG's Caviar thwarted the challenge of It's A Herbie and handily held the late charging Sooo Handsome to score by 2 1/2 lengths. Keegan Ho was another half-length back in third as the timer read 1:55 for the journey. DG's Caviar now has four wins in 19 starts, good for $29,930 and $106,825 lifetime. The $10,000 Open II trot went to Celebrity Miracle, handled by Ken Holliday, in 1:55.1. This four year-old altered son of Celebrity Maserati left from his coveted five post to find the garden spot as EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) cut panels of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4. In the lane, Celebrity Maserati found a seam and rolled to a one length win over Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) with Ev's Girl holding on for third over Chav Hanover and Bucketlist Hanover in the full field of 10. The victory was number nine in 26 starts this year for the winner, who now has 2020 earnings of $47,440 for Jennifer Sansone, who trains for Celebrity Farms. Off as fourth choice at 12 to 1, Celebrity Maserati paid $27.40 to win. Also on Monday, the FSBOA sponsored Tom Audley Memorial Stakes for three year-olds, honoring one of the most revered Hall of Fame horsemen in Florida, were held with Callin On Sunday, Rhinestone Cowboy, Gold Star Igotdis and Hurrikanekingjames winning their respective classes. Callin On Sunday won the first of three non-wagering events by wiring his two foes in the $7,200 Audley Memorial for trotting fillies in 2:00.4 for Mike Simons. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover carded panels of :29.2, :59 and 1:28.4 before coasting home a 7 ¾ length win over Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) with Prairie Delight rounding out the competing trio. Trained by George Coblentz for Nick Coblentz, Callin On Sunday is undefeated in five starts this semester with $28,341 in her six weeks of racing wars. Lifetime, she’s banked $48,6656 in just nine career starts. In the Audley for sophomore trotters featuring a quartet of geldings, Rhinestone Cowboy, with Mike Micallef handling his lines, led at every pole in scoring a 1:59 lifetime best win for trainer Kim Sears, who co-owns with John Campagnuolo. The son of Proud Bushy carded fractions of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4 before using a :29.1 finale to repel Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) by a half-length. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) recovered from an early miscue to finish third while YD Dream Machine picked up the last check. For Rhinestone Cowboy, it was his third win in five 2020 starts sending his earnings to $15,652 for the season and $60,143 lifetime. In the $7,800 Audley Memorial for pacing fillies, it was Gold Star Igotdid, with Corey Braden in her sulky, getting superb handling to win in 1:56. The daughter of Rock On got in a brief war early with Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) before relenting and enjoying a cozy trip in the garden spot through fractions of :228.3, :59 and 1:27.4 before tilting out once they straightened away and used a :28 finale to put six lengths of distance on Laurie Lee at the wire. Alil Touch OfPink was third in this trio of fillies. Ironically, Gold Star Igotdis is trained by Maggie Audley, daughter of the late Tom Audley with the beneficiary of the purse being the Gold Star Farm. The win sent the winner’s score card to 5-4-0 in 11 starts, good for $33,821 and $61,574 lifetime. Gold Star Farm spokesperson Maryann Audley lamented, “All credit goes to (daughter-trainer) Maggie and Corey (driver Braden) because they have figured out her quirks! It was really something to see her be able to relax a bit and be content in the pocket and then rocket home. It was unbelievable and unforgettable.” Finally, the Audley Memorial for colts and geldings was contested on the betting card and, as advertised, Hurrikanekingjames, off at 1 to 20 odds, had nary an anxious moment in scoring a 3 ¼ length win for Carl Garofalo in 1:52.4, this after sawing through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24. Repeal and Replace (Rick Plano) was in the garden spot all the way and did finish second while Prairie Valentino (Dave Ingraham) was next. Goldstar Buniholly and Shuldahadahunemoon completed the quintet. Trained by John Mc Dermott for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surrreal, kept his perfect record at Pompano intact at four-for-four with his seasonal earnings now at $36,984 and $138,295 career-wise. Racing continues on Tuesday night with free programs available on the isle casino racing website. The carryover jackpot on the tracks popular Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $18,645.77. There will also be a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 wager, which begins in race six. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 6, 2020…Seeing Eye Single, handled by harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr., held off the furious late charge of Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) to score a nose decision in Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. Bell I No (John Macdonald)  finished third while Maxthe monors daddy Blue Chip wound up fourth. Loud Splash picked up the minors in the classy octet. The mile was clocked in 1:51 with the official timer showing Seeing Eye Single at 1:51.045 with Prairie Panther at 1:51.047—the winning margin being 2/1000ths of a second. At the outset, Bell I No and Seeing Eye Single both flashed speed off the wings with Seeing Eye Single wrestling command at the opening panel in :26.4. These two remained one-two past the half in ::55.3 with Prairie Panther joining the fray on the backside reaching second past the third station in 1:23.2. In the lane, Seeing Eye Single and Prairie Panther were in all-out war as they hit the wire together. For Seeing Eye Single, it was win number six on the season in 23 starts with his earnings vaulting to $44,226 in 2020 and $440,302 lifetime. Now trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, Seeing Eye Single was the slight second choice in the betting and paid $6.20. In the $10,000 Open II Pace, Lyons Night Hawk, with Kevin Wallis in his bike, led every long stride of his 1:50.4 mile to score a handy two length win over Real Peace (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with When You Dance (John MacDonald) next. The four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou carded panels :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23 in earning his fifth win of the year in 18 starts, sending his 2020 bounty to $38,280. He's banked 270,968 lifetime. Joe Pavia, Jr. trains the youngster for listed owner Lon Frocione. Mach West and Bass Player also earned checks in the full field of 10. In other Sunday night action, the Florida racing world honored the memory of Hall of Fame horseman Melvyn Aylor, a noted veterinarian, breeder, owner, trainer and driver who tragically lost his life in an accident 11 years and one week ago, with four classes of the FSBOA sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds. Victorious in their respective classes were Mister David C, Shulda Hada Drink, Prairie Sweetness and Ifnotmewho. Mister David C, a gelded son of Royel Millennium, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to out-muscle a game Hey Don’t Tell Me (Mike Micallef) by a length in the $14,700  event for the juvenile pacing geldings, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. Lucky Ramsey (Kevin Wallis) was third while Buddha Beach completed the quartet. It was Mister David C who took charge a few strides off the wings with Lucky Ramsey away well in the garden spot with Hey Don’t Tell Me next…but not for long. Mike Micallef sent Hey Don’t Tell Me on a mission to the top ahortly after the :28.3 opener and led through subsequent panels of :58.3 and 1:27.2. Juts past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket with Mister David C, pulled on even terms once straightened away and edged clear near the wire. The win—a non-wagering event—sent Mister David C’s scorecard to 3-1-1 in five starts, good for $26,595 for the first six weeks of his racing career. Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnan Woof Farm. On the pari-mutuel card, Shulda Hada Drink, with Mike Simons handling the lines, kicked off the early Daily Double with a resounding win measuring 48 ¾ lengths as his four opponents all made miscues during the mile in the $15,000 Aylor for trotting colts and geldings . The gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover cruised around the five-eighths oval in 2:01, clocking panels of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.3 along the way. Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) finished second while Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona) was a distant third over Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli. Trained by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink was off at a dime-to-a-dollar and paid $2.20 to win. Two year-old pacing fillies were next in the spotlight in the $18,000 Aylor for pacing fillies and, in a slight upset, Prairie Sweetness, driven by Kevin Wallis, caught the favored KK’s Dream Girl (Corey Braden) to score by a nose in 1:55.4, a new lifetime best. Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) was next followed by Sparkyfareyouwlll and Ms. Rodeo Drive in the field scratched down to seven. Prairie Sweetness and KK’s Dream traded barbs from the outset as the former left with alacrity only to yield to the latter at the opener in a swift :27.2. KK’s Dream Girl and Prairie Sweetness remained one-two with only Sheza Terror making a mild bid around the final bend. Straightening away, KK’s Dream Girl had a bit of daylight until the 16th pole when Prairie Sweetness came charging late, nailing the win in the finalstride. Prairie Sweetness is trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and the win was the third in five career starts, vaulting her bounty to $24,036. After the event, Deters lamented, “She sure raced super tonight. I made a bridle change and I think that helped. I’m very proud of her. I really didn’t think we could beat the Audley filly (KK’s Dream Girl) but Kevin (Wallis) worked out a great trip and she paced home very strong!” As the 5 to 2 second choice, Prairie Sweetness paid $7.40 to win. The $16,300 Aylor Memorial for trotting fillies went to Ifnotmewho, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines. The daughter of Credit Winner got picture perfect handling to edge by the 3 to 5 favorite Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) to score by a half length in a lifetime best 1:58.2. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was third while Prairie Trinket and West Haven picked up the final awards in the septet. At the outset, both Prairie Virtue (post 6) and Ifnotmewho (post 7) went after the lead with Prairie Virtue out sprinting Ifnotmewho, who ducked in cozily right behind. These two fronted the field through panels of :29, :59.4 and 1:29. Turning for home, Hennessey left his cozy surroundings and waltzed on by at mid-stretch. Trained by Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer, Ifnotmewho pushed her earnings to $45,103 off of a scorecard reading 3-3-2 in 11 starts. As the 7 to 5 second choice, Ifnotmewho returned $4.80. Racing continues Monday with post time set for 7:20 p.m. with free programs available on the Isle Casino Racing website and a bumped up Pick-4 guaranteed pool of $15,000. Also, the Super Hi-5 finale now boasts a carryover approaching $17,000.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 2, 2020…Prairie Westerngal and Northern Dali shared the harness racing spotlight as Pompano Park hosted twin Open events for mares on Tuesday (December 1). Prairie Westerngal  the sharp four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, stretched her winning streak to three at Pompano Park this fall with a two-move 1:53.4 win for Wally Hennessey, who was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was a fast closing second, though three lengths away, while Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) finished third. The late charging Tempus Seelster was fourth with the early leader, Another Beach Day, picked up the nickel in this classy octet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal used Pompano Park’s “winningest” post (5) to zip off the wings and take an early lead, only to be out-kicked by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) at the :27.2 opener—but not for long. Hennessey immediately forged back to the front and was allowed a breather to reach the half in :57.2. A :27.3 backwside panel deterred any real threats as Prairie Westerngal reached the third station in 1:25 with a handy :28.4 finale sealing the deal. After the race, Hennessey remarked, “Mike (trainer Deters) has her very sharp now and she does anything asked of her. She knows how to relax and she knows how to sprint and she showed both qualities in her race tonight.” For Prairie Wrsterngal, it was her seventh win in 18 starts with her 2020 earnings now at $37,581. Lifetime, she has banked $131,563 to go along with her 1:52.1 mark set just a week ago. AS the 3 to 2 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $5.00 to win. In the companion $10,000 Open II event, Northern Dali, dismissed on the tote board to the tune of 33 to 1, used a ground saving journey to score a “lip” decision in 1:53.4 for Fern Paquet, Jr., who was in the bike for owner-trainer Gaston Lareau. Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) was second in the photo with the winning margin just 1/100th of a second with Northern Dali timed in 1:53.86 and Image Of A Dream clocked in 1:53.87.   Cult Icon (John DeLong) was just a neck back in the picture, with her nose on the wire in 1:53.93. The action was hot start to finish as Persistent Bettor (Wally Hennessey), Image Of A Dream and Cult Icon all went in search of the top spot with Image Of A Dream taking charge just after the :sharp :27.1 opener, only to yield to Cult Icon a few strides later. Halfway through in :56, Persistent Bettor was on the move again from third to apply the pressure and Image Of A Dream sitting chilly along the inside. Meanwhile, Northern Dali was saving all the ground and stayed flush against the pylons as Image Of A Dream tilted out and Cult Icon drifted out. The three fanned across the track all the way home with the photo finish camera determining the winner. For Northern Dali, the now eight year-old daughter of Dali, it was her 51st career win—fourth this year—sending her lifetime bounty to $345,664. The faithful who bet $2 on Northern Dali were rewarded with a $69.60 stipend, which is the second highest win price ever for a Northern Dali win—the only other higher being a $70.00 win price at Saratoga on July 15, 2016. In the “better for the bettor” department, Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unsolved on Tuesday and, as a result of a carryover of $11,965, the track will offer a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool on Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. The Pick-4 Guarantees on Sunday through Wednesday racing programs will be bumped up to $15,000 beginning Sunday, December 6. Free programs will be continued to be available on the Pompano Park Racing website through the end of the year.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 1, 2020…Pompano Park’s Pick-5 offering went unsolved on Tuesday and the carryover of $11,965 has resulted in a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool for Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. Also, the Guaranteed Pools for the track’s Pick-4 have been bumped up to $15,000 for the programs raced Sunday through Wednesday. The track now offers racing five nights per week—Sunday through Thursday—with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Free programs will be continued to be offered through December on the Pompano Park Racing website.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 30, 2020…The FSBOA Stallion Stakes featuring $97,500 in purses were contested on Monday at Pompano Park with harness racing three year-olds in the limelight this time around and the top awards went to Gold Star Igotdis, Prairie Gold Mine, Callin On Sunday and Prairie Valentino in their respective classes. Gold Star Igotdis, handled by Corey Braden, took top honors in her class for pacing fillies with a sharp 1:55.3 win over her main rival, Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) with Alil Touch of Pink completing the roster in this $25,000 event. Gold Star Igotdis, a daughter of Rock On, left the gate with alacrity, as did Laurie Lee, with the former forcing the latter to duck in the pocket through an opening quarter of :28.3. Braden then allowed his filly to amble over to the half in a leisurely :59.1. On the backside, Braden decided to thwart any ideas from her main challenger by picking up the pace with a :28.3 panel and reached the third station in 1:27.4. From there, a :27.4 finale sealed the deal measuring just short of three lengths. The sent the filly’s scorecard to 4-4-0 in 10 starts, good for $28,531 this season and $57,284 lifetime in only 17 starts. Prairie Gold Mine showed his determination with a sharp win in his $25,500 event for trotting geldings with a brave 1:59 lifetime best performance for Wally Hennessey over a track labeled “good” while dampened by some heavy rain showers. The gelded son of Diamond Goal had the outside post in this quartet but easily burst to the front a few long strides out and put up numbers of :30, 1:00.4 and 1:30 before a :29 sprint home left him 2 ½ lengths clear of Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef), who looked the leader in the eye turning for home. Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) finished third over YD Dream Machine. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine  now has banked $64,920 lifetime in just 14 career starts over two seasons--$22,740 of that this season. In the $25,000 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, Callin On Sunday, with Mike Simons in her sulky, cruised around the Pompano Park oval in 2:00 to score a handy 3 ¾ length win over Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) with Prairie Delight third in this trio of trotters. A daughter of Siibboleth Hanover, Callin On Sunday is traineed by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz and kept her 2020 record unblemished with her fourth win. Her lifetime earnings are now $44,696 in just eightt career starts. The $22,000 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacers featured just two geldings with Prairie Valentino, unraced at age two, breaking his maiden in his fourth lifetime start as a sophomore, leading gate-to-wire in 2:03.3 off panels of :30.3, 1:02.4 and 1:33.2 for Dave Ingraham. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, the altered son of Royel Millennium earned $14,300 in scoring a 2 ¾ length win over Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons). Said trainer Deters after the win, “He’s sure come a long way since his first start when he paced in 2:12 and change and was beaten 70 some-odd lengths!” On the pari-mutuel card, DG’s Caviar, handled by Andy Shetler, made a remarkable recovery after a miscue at the opening quarter (:29) to win the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:56. Fresh off a qualifying win in 1:54 without trotting hobbles, the 7 to 5 favorite, sans the pants tonight, as well, spotted the leaders several length before regaining his composure and began gnawing away. As Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) traded places up top, the half was clocked in :58 as DG’s Caviar moved into third and then second around the final bend. With 3/4s in 1:26.3 over the track still labeled “good,” The Lionking AS seemed to hold DG’s Caviar at bay…until the 16th pole, when DG’s Caviar took charge and edged clear to a 1 ¾ length win. Also trained by Andy Shetler for Daniel Graber, the four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar scored his third win of the year in 18 starts, good for 2020 bounty of $24,180. The win also created a milestone for the trotter as his career earnings vaulted over the $100,000 mark--$101,075 to be precise. The winning  mutual was $4.80 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Tuesday with fillies and mares in the spotlight in an Open Handicap Pace. Prairie Westerngal will look to extend her winning streak to three as she leaves from the coveted five post with Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters. Listed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite, the four year-old daughter of Western Ideal will try to conquer seven foes, including an Indiana invader Eyespywithmylileyen, who will have John DeLong in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2020...The FSBOA sponsored Florida Stallion Stakes for two year-olds highlighted the Sunday harness racing festivities at Pompano Park contested in four divisions with KK's Dream Girl, Prairie Virtue, Mister David C and Shulda Hada Drink were victorious in their respective classes and taking their major shares of $102,000 in purses. But after the completion of those events, the fireworks continued with a pair of Open pacing events and a 1:49.3 performance by the invader Bell I No in a conditioned event with optional claimers. First, here's a recap of the Stallion Stakes events. KK's Dream Girl, who suffered a broken hobble and had to be pulled up in last week's Sunshine State Stakes Final, redeemed herself on Sunday night with a lifetime best performance of 1:54.4--leading every long stride of her mile off panels of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.1 and finishing 2½ lengths up at the wire. The beautiful roan daughter of Mysticism was handled by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley and the Gold Star Farm as this 2 to 1 second choice put the highly regarded 2 to 5 favorite, Prairie Sweetness Kevin Wallis), in the garden spot much of the way, never threatening the winner. Sparkyfareyouwe (Bryce Fenn), saving ground all the way around, rallied to finish third. Dice Dice Baby finished fourth while Rocks Stormyd picked up the final check in the quintet after a mild threat three-eighths into the mile. After the mile, a humble Corey Braden remarked, "Well, she kept her pants (hobbles) on tonight and she had a pretty easy journey. I decided to not take any chances and put her on the front since we drew inside of Kevin's (Wallis) filly, (Prairie) Sweetness. It worked out well and I am very happy for Maggie (trainer Audley), who works so hard on her horses. Paying $6.00 to her many faithful, KK's Dream Girl, earning $13,500 of the $27,000 purse, sent her career bankroll to $16,425 for the first five weeks of her racing career. KK's Dream Girl The $27,500 Stallion Stakes for trotting fillies went, as advertised, to the 1 to 20 favorite, Prairie Virtue, driven by Mike Simons. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover took charge a few strides after the wings opened and had daylight at every pole, clocking panels of :29.1, :59 and 1:29.1 before an effortless :29.3 finale took her to the line 1¾ lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano). Prairie Trinket (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third, 7¼ lengths away and a neck better than West Haven. Prairie Ginger picked up the nickel in the field of six. Prairie Virtue is trained by Lisa Martin for Mary Martin and Laurie Poulin and this win, her second lifetime in five starts, sent her bounty to $19,675 since beginning her career about two months ago. With a multitude of backers, she paid $2,10 to win. Prairie Virtue In the $22,000 Stallion Stakes for pacing geldings, Mister David C, the son of Royal Millennium, was driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Tony Dinges and owners Fred Grant and the Birnam Wood Farm and let Theflyingrock (Mike Simons) cut panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before his individual :28.2 finale was more than enough to score a handy 5½ length win in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.2 in this match race of sorts with only two starters. Now with a scorecard of 2-1-1 in four career starts, Mister David enjoyed a payday of $14,300 of the $22,000 purse to send his bounty to $18,510. The $25,500 Stallion Stakes attracted a quartet consisting of three geldings and one colt and it was the gelding Shulda Hada Drink winning his third race in four starts, surviving a nasty miscue at the start, spotting his foes several lengths. But driver Mike Simons got his charge composed and went on to score a 2:02.1 win measuring 1½ lengths over Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona) with Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli way, way back at the end of the mile. After the race, driver Simons commented, "Believe me, I held my breath for a few seconds when he skipped but he calmed down and put in a nice rally after that. Indeed he did. Away last after the miscue, Shulda Hada Drink reached third on the outside at the opening station in :31.3, was a length away from the leader Seeking Matthew half way througb in 1:01.1, stuck his head in front past the third station in 1:31 and drew off in the final stages. Trained by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink has banked $22,897 since his racing career began five weeks ago. Bell I No, the eight year-old invader from the north, scorched the Pompano oval in 1:49.3 for John MacDonald--the fastest mile of the meeting. The altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven, trained by Tee Wine for the Jemaxpo Racing Stables, sprinted off the wings from his outside post, took command a few strides prior to the opening eighth, and recorded sizzlers of :27, :54.3 and 1:22 with a :27.3 finale sealing the issue by 6½ lengths over the pocket sitting Hot Art (Rick Plano) with Rockntouch (Wally Hennessey) next over Perkins and Autotune Hanover in the septet. For Bell I No, it was his ninth win of the season in 26 starts, good for $105,454 this semester and $365,375 lifetime. He paid $3.80 as the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite. Bell I No About 25 minutes later, Loud Splash, also driven by John MacDonald for trainer Tee Wine, took top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the tele-timer in 1:50. This four year-old son of Thinking Out Loud, got picture perfect handling in stalking Mach West (Wally Hennessey) through panels of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.2 before leaving the coziness of his pocket to roll by late on the strength of his :27.2 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was third followed by Maxdaddy Blue Chip. Plus One got the minors in the classy sextet. Loud Splash, owned by Samuel Abdoo, took a new lifetime mark with the win and sent his 2020 earnings to $55,476 and $97,651 career-wise. Lightly regarded in the wagering as fifth choice, Loud Splash paid $19.80 to win. Loud Splash That win, by the way, gave trainer Tee Wine and driver John MacDonald a consecutive triple on the card as When You Dance won in 1:52.2 immediately prior to Bell I No and Loud Splash. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Seeing Eye Single, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. This five year-old gelded son of Dragon Again scored a handy three length win in 1:50.4 for trainer Devan Miller and owners Burke Racing Stable and Purnel & Libby LLC. Caviart Reagan (Wally Hennessey) was second while Mac Anover (Kevin Wallis) was next. Dash Of Danger and Rock On Moe got the last two checks in the field of nine. Seeing Eye Single vaulted his lifetime bankroll of $434,552 and paid $7.40 to win. Seeing Eye Single Finally, Pompano Park's Pick-6, with three chalks, a 5 to 2 shot and an 8 to 1 outsider in the mix, paid $3,172.95 for the 50 cent ticket. Racing resumes Monday night as the track moves to a five day schedule--Sunday through Thursday--with a million dollar field going to the gate in the Open Handicap Trot. The finals of the Florida Stallion Stakes will also be contested in four non-wagering events. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…November 24, 2020…Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a harness racing win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. The margin of victory was a scant nose over the late charging invader Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber) with Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike MIcallef) closing fastest of all to be third, less than a length away.   Another Beach Day and Tempus Seelster picked up the final two awards in the classy septet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal left from post 4 with alacrity as Ask Me Ifi Care used her rail post to snuggle right behind and Crisp Mane (post 6) finding an early seat in third before leaving that spot and surging to the lead just short of the opener in :27, leaving Prairie Westerngal in the garden spot…but not for long as Hennessey put his mare right back to the top and carded a healthy half of :55.2 with Crisp Man 1 ¼ lengths away, Ask Me Ifi Care 2 ½ back and Tempus Seelster on the move from last early to fourth.  On the backside, Prairie Westerngal began to feel the heat as Tempus Seelster moved to within a length past the third station in 1:23.4. Turning for home, Crisp Man found some room to roam and began gnawing away, especially in the final sixteenth, and just missed all the marbles in that photo. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, “She raced her heart out tonight and the wire came just in time. Last week, she was in the garden spot all the way before she put in her rally to win. This was a more difficult trip but she felt so strong that I thought she’d be good on the front. She showed me her mettle tonight.” Trainer Mike Deters echoed Hennessey’s comments saying, “I thought she raced super, especially considering the she had to fight off Rob’s (Rittof) mare (Tempus Seelster) and Ricky’s (Macomber) mare (Crisp Mane) but she dug in. The addition of Lasix has improved her greatly. She always had tremendous gate speed and the Lasix has enabled her to finish her races much stronger. As we all know, there’s no lap money in this sport…they only pay at the wire!” The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Westerngal in 17 starts, pushing her 2020 bounty to $31,831 and $125,813 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $4.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open II Pace for the ladies, Casie’s Believer, driven by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr., slipped through along the pylons in the final yards to nail the leading Image Of A Dream to take top honors in 1:53.4. Take A Bit Of Life (Tyler Smith) was third while Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor finished 4th and 5th, while Talk Show Chica picked up the minors in the field of 10. As the wings folded, there was heavy action as Casie’s Believer, Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor all left alertly with Image Of A Dream next but on the move shortly after the first eighth and on a mission for the lead. After an opener in a hot :27, Image Of A Dream was moving forward and secured the lead halfway through in :55.2. After reaching the third station in 1:24.3, Image Of A Dream continued to lead as Casie’s Believer, sitting fourth and chilly turning for home, found room on the inside to push her head in front right at the wire. This five-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar won for the fourth time in 22 starts this semester to improve her bounty to $26,779. As the third choice in the betting at 5 to 1, Casie’s Believer paid $12.60 to win. Once again, there were several handsome payouts on the Tuesday program with the highlights being a $4,273.15 for a 50 cent Pick-4 winning ducat and a $22,040.44 payday for the 20 cent winning ticket on the Super Hi-5. Driver Wally Hennessey had a consecutive trio of winners on Tuesday, winning the first three races with the aforementioned Prairie Westerngal, Cradiac Fashion ($7.20) and Chart Topper ($3.00) while Joe Chindano, Jr. had a consecutive driving double in races eight and nine with R E's Shabla ($9.00) following Casie's Believer to the winner's circle. Wednesday night’s action includes a Pick-6 carryover with the Thanksgiving Eve program beginning at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 23, 2020…Muscles For Life, the rugged seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a repeat harness racing win at Pompano Park on Monday night, taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Assigned the outside post seven in his talented septet, Muscles For Life was on the prowl early, taking command at the :27.4 opener and carving out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before his :28.4 finale held Explosive Breakaway (Tom Jackson) at bay by a half length. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) was third, followed by It’s A Herbie and Sooo Handsome. Trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks, Muscle For Life earned his sixth win of the year in 15 starts to send his 2020 bankroll to $47,960. Lifetime, he has won 31 times in 90 starts, good for $338,550. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of backers. The $10,000 Open II Trot went to EV’s Girl, handled by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr. The four year-old daughter of Crazed led just about every step of her journey, clocking panels of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.2, in repelling any challenge, to report home in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark. Boxing Gloves (Wally Hennessey) threw a punch or two on the backside but was 1/34 lengths away at the finish. Chav Hanover (Mike Micallef was next) followed by Mighty Surf and the 3 to 5 favorite, Compelling. The win—Ev’s Girl’s 10th lifetime—pushed her career earnings to $165,556. Also on Monday, the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes concluded with three year-olds in the spotlight for four (non-wagering) $12,000 Finals. Callin On Sunday, Prairie Gold Mine, Gold Star Igotdis and Hurrikanekingjames claimed the crowns in their respective divisions. Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, took command right off the wings for driver Mike Simons and was never threatened in posting a 2:00.2 win off of panels of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover capturing her division for trotting fillies to keep her 2020 record unblemished at 3-for-3. Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) was next while Priaire Delight completed the order of finish for this trio. Callin On Sunday now has banked $30,946  in her brief career measuring seven starts over two seasons. The sophomore trot for the boys featured four geldings and Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey, earned his first win of the 2020 season in seven starts with a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, eclipsing his two year-old mark by 1 1/5 seconds. The altered son of Diamond Goal took his three competitors through fractions of :30.2, 1:01 and 1:30.3, repelling a mild bid from runner-up Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) to score by 2 ¼ lengths. YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) was third followed by Rhinestone Cowboy, who made a miscue at the third station  to lose all chance. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine vaulted his earnings to $50,868 with the win. In the Sunshine State Stake for the pacing fillies, Gold Star Igotdis, the sharp daughter of Rock On, was perfectly mannered throughout her one mile journey and scored a wire-to-wire 1:57. Win for Corey Braden. Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) was second, 7 ½ lengths back, while Alil Touch Of Pink completed the order. Trained by Maggie Audley for the Gold Star Farm, Gold Star Igotdis gave a hint in last week’s mile, pacing her last 3/4s in 1:25.2 after a miscue early and just did miss all the marbles. She was perfect throughout  to send her career bankroll to $43,534. The final Sunshine State Stake for pacing colts and geldings went to the classy Hurrikanekingjames, beautifully handled by Carl Garofalo. This son of So Surreal, trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, led every long stride in scoring the 1:55 decision off of panels of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2. Hurrikanekingjames is a perfect 3-for-3 at Pompano Park this fall with this win launching his career bankroll to $134,245. In other action, the tote-board lit up like the Fourth-of-July fireworks as Jeff Schaefer drove Kelly Walker Stables Absolute Uncertainly to a 1:57.3 win in Florida Amateur Driving competition. Off from the inside one post at the longest odds on the tote-board—78 to 1—the five year-old son of Muscle Mass used the rail to perfection in out-dueling one competitor as the wings folded and another half way through to draw clear. The winner  paid $159.20 to win keying a 1-9 exacta payoff of $1,515.40 and a 1-9-3 trifecta bonanza of $6,714.40. Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night and a carry-over of nearly $8,000 has resulted in a $30,000 Guarantee for Tuesday night’s Pick-5, which begins in race one. Post time set set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2020...Ideal Feeling, superbly handled byharness racing driver Dave Ingraham, held off the determined late charge from Mach West to score a narrow repeat win in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night in 1:50.4, the identical time of last week's win. The five-year-old son of American Ideal left with alacrity from his outside post (seven with a scratch) and swept into the lead with Mach West (post four with Wally Hennessey)) finding the garden spot early through panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:22.3. In the lane, Ideal Feeling, drifting out slightly, then used a :28.1 finale to hold off Mach West's charge along the pylons. The winning margin was a neck with Loud Splash (John MacDonald) third, two lengths away.   Dash Of Danger paced an "even-steven" mile to be fourth while Lets Roll, who put in a mild challenge around the final bend, picked up the minor award in the field reduced to seven with the scratch of Real Peace. Trained by Peter Blood for owner Rick Berks, Ideal Feeling earned his seventh win of the year in 21 starts to send his 2020 bounty to $70,688 and $267,693 lifetime to go along with his 1:48.4 Meadowlands mark this season. In a post-race interview, trainer Peter Blood related, "You know, he's just the nicest horse to be around, handy, great personality and can be handled with two fingers! He is the true definition of a 'race horse.' He likes off the pace better but, with the outside post, he had to be sent forward at the start tonight, just like last week. He's earned a week off after these two trips, that's for sure." Sent off as the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Ideal Feeling paid $3.40 to win. The Open II Pace went to Joe Chindano, Jr's Skip To My Lou, who roared home in :27.2 to score a repeat win in1:51.4 over Plus One (Wally Hennessey) with Brandon Hanover (Tyler Smith) rounding out the top three. Mac Anover and La Rockin Sampson earned the minors in the sharp septet. Skip To My Lou is a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou and this win was his fourth of the year in 14 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $24,571 and $107,701 lifetime. He paid $2.60 as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite. In other action, four $12,000 divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes Finals for two year-olds were contested on Sunday night--two of these non-betting events--with Ifnotmewho and Prairie Sweetness capturing those on the pari-mutuel card with Shulda Hada Drink and Theflyingrock taking top honors in the non-wagering races. Ifnotmewho, a daughter of Credit Winner, earned her second straight win in the filly trot with a courageous late surge near the wire to score in 1:59 for Wally Hennessey--the margin a half-length over Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) with Caio Bella (Alessandro Spano) third, 3 ¾ lengths away. West Haven and Prairie Trinket earned the final two awards in the field of seven. It was, indeed, Caio Bella, who blasted off the wings to take the field through panels of :29.1 and 1:00. On the backside, with three-eighths to go, Prairie Virtue left her cozy pocked to take command with Ifnotmewho following and settling back in right behind as they straightened away for the drive home. At mid-stretch, Ifnotmewho began gnawing away and got heir just in time. Hennessey also trains the filly for owner Herman Brewer with the win sending her scorecard to 2-3-2 in nine starts, good for $36,953. As the 1 to 2 favorite, Ifnotmewho returned $3.00 to her multitude of backers. Prairie Sweetness, involved in photo finishes is her first two career starts, got the nod in this her third trip back of the starting gate for Kevin Wallis in the filly pace, by edging past favored Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) at the wire to score in 1:56.4, lowering her lifetime best by 3 1/5 seconds. Ms Rodeo Drive (Dave Ingraham) overcame the outside post to garner third while Gator babe was next. Rocks StormyD earned the final check in the octet. At the outset, KD's Dream Girl, Sheza Terror and Prairie Sweetness were one-two-three off the wings but prior to the opening panel in :28.4, KD's Dream Girl suffered a broken hobble hanger and was forced to pull out allowing Sheza Terror to inherit the top spot with Prairie Sweetness on her tail. Prairie Sweetness, a daughter of Royel Millennium wound up stalking the leader the rest of the way through fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.3 and just did squeak by in the very last stride on the strength of her :28 finale. With a scorecard reading 2-0-1 in just three starts, Prairie Sweetheart has banked $8,286 in her first month on the racetrack. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Sweetness paid $6.00 as second choice in the betting. Shulda Hada Drink, took top honors in the juvenile trot featuring colts and geldings as this altered son of Shibboleth Hanover took a new lifetime mark with a near gate-to-wire romp in 1:58.2 in just his third lifetime start. Driven by Mike Simons for trainer George Coblentz and owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink posted numbers of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to eclipse his former mark in his only other win by three full seconds. Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) was second, 9 ¼ lengths away, while the pocket-sitting Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona), finished third over Jo Jo Jet, who completed the quartet. Thefly6ingrock, also driven by Mike Simons, a winner last week in 1:54.2, proved that mile was no fluke as he blazed through panels of :27, :54.3 and 1:23 before hold on late to score by 1¼ lengths in 1:53.1, of course a new career best. The very fast closing Hey Don't Tell Me (Mike Micallef) was second while Mister David C was next in the quintet. Buddha Beach and Lucky Ramsey completed that roster. Theflyingrock, a gelded son of Rockingcam, is trained by Wayne Carter, who co-owns with Jean Carter. Finally, there were several notable performances in the driver category on Sunday night with top honors going to Rick Plano, who scored a consecutive driving triple in the Late Pick-3. Plano started things off with a ninth race win with Rockin Machine ($21.20), took the 10th with Imagineuwithoutme ($7.40) and the finale with McMach ($4.00) to reward the Pick-3 Send It In Army with a $168.40 payday for the 50 cent ducat. Plano trains all three, as well, and gave wife Maryann an owners triple as sole owner of Rockin Machine and Imagineuwithoutme and part owner of McMach with Jan and Mindy Findling Repko. Wally Hennessey also had a driving triple with Ifnotmewho ($3.00), Caviart Reagan ($3.60) and Sand Sniper $9.40). Mike Simons also hit the winner's circle three times as he swept both ends of the non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes with the aformentioned Shulda Hada Drink and Theflyingrock and got the triple with How Are Yee John ($4.60). Racing resumes Monday night with a post time scheduled for 7:20 p.m and the Super Hi-5 finale carry-over ballooning to $9,678.26. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 21, 2020...Ideal Feeling, a courageous harness racing winner in Pompano Park's Opening Night feature last week, looks to repeat in Sunday's Open Handicap Pace at South Florida's famed five-eighths mile oval. The five year-old son of American Ideal, trained by Peter Blood for owner Rick Berks, survived the outside nine post and a very taxing :26.1 opening panel to gamely hold on for a nose victory in 1:50.4 over the fast closing Maxdaddy Blue Chip with Mach West less than a length away at the end. Once again, Dave Ingraham is expected to be back in Ideal Feeling's bike and is actually the co-third choice in the morning line at 5 to 1 starting from the outside 8 post. Morning line favoritism has been assigned to Mach West, who loomed boldly in the lane in last week's event to just miss by three-parts-of-a-length. Wally Hennessey will drive Mach West for the Mike Deters trainee owned by Jerold Hawks. Maxdaddy Blue Chip, 9 to 2 in the morning line, was just a lip away last Sunday and paced his final 3/4s in 1:23 for Mike Simons. This eight year-old gelded son of Sportswriter is trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing. The Hoosier Park invader Dash Of Danger, who has been known to be able to turn on the "afterburners" in the stretch is the co-third choice at 5 to 1 and will have trainer Kyle Husted in the sulky for Amy Cruise and David Brigham. Other first time invaders are Real Peace and Let's Roll while Bunkerhill Phill and Loud Splash complete the very talented and competitive octet. Sunshine State Stakes action continues on Sunday night, as well, as four divisions for the two year-olds (two off the betting card) will also be contested. On the betting card, Ifnotmewho and Prairie Virtue will renew their rivalry in filly trot while Sheza Terror, KK's Dream Girl and Prairie Sweetness, all involved in a photo finish last time out, will lock horns again in the filly pace. On the "better for the bettor" ledger, Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 (12% takeout), which begins on race six, as well as thee Late Pick-3 on the final trio of races. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2020...Despite Tropical Storm Eta causing Pompano Park to delay its opening by one week, the famed South Florida track has enjoyed an auspicious opening week with pari-mutuel handle up over 100% from the corresponding opening dates last season. On Tuesday night, $725,612 was wagered on the program--a record November handle for Pompano Park. Reflecting on the strong beginning, Director Gabe Prewitt reflected, "It was just a great opening week in South Florida. Our racing product was tremendous and very competitive and we thank the horsemen and women for enthusiastically filling the entry box. And, of course, we also thank our players that constitute the 'Send It In Army' for their support. "We are getting in more stables every day as we march towards a five-night-a-week schedule beginning in December. "With our roster of drivers and trainers including Hall Of Fame members to young up-and-coming future stars, it's been a great start and we look forward to presenting a great racing product night-after-night here in the warmth of South Florida. Pompano Park continues to offer a wide variety of wagering options on their menu, including the newly added Pick-3 offered on the final trio of races on each racing program. Besides win-place-show betting, Pompano Park offers an early daily double, exactas, trifectas, superfectas, a Pick-4, Pick-5 and Pick-6, capping off each night's festivities with a late daily double and Super Hi-5. The Pick-4 offers an industry low 12% takeout. Nightly post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 17, 2020...Fillies and mares took center stage Tuesday night at Pompano Park and, when all the stone dust settled, Tempus Seelster and Prairie Westerngal were the ones crowned the harness racing queens in their respective Open events as the track offered twin features. Tempus Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Big Jim, came roaring back into action after a two month vacation to score a 1:54 win for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for trainer Rob Rittof and owners Dandy Farms Racing and the FT Racing Stable. Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) rallied for second (at 54 to 1 odds) while Persistent Bettor (Mike Simons) next. Gold Star Mysti and Prairie Cougar were next in the septet with Western Stepp and Big Thong completing the order of finish. Tempus Seelster, who had the outside seven post in her field, was, indeed, forced to take back to last early as Big Thong (Dewayne Minor) leaving from post six, pushed the starting gate wings out of the way to take a quick early three length lead over Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden), post five, settling right behind through an opener of :27.2. With the leader moving into the second turn on her way to the half in :55.4, Tempus Seelster was already on the move from the back of the pack into fourth giving live cover to Another Beach Day. By the time they reached the final bend in 1:25, Tempus Seelster had wrestled the lead from Big Thong and edged away to a 1½ length, only to be threatened by the late charging Another Beach Day. At the wire, the photo finish camera showed Tempus Seelster the winner by a head.   In a post-race interview, trainer Rob Rittof lamented, "She's just a wonderful, happy, very tough and determined mare. She used to be on one line and, some time ago, Leon Cable suggested and gave me a bit that might help the situation. That and a couple of head poles and she's been just an unbelievable mare. So, a lot of credit goes to Leon!" The win was the 11th of the season for Tempus Seelster in 22 starts, good for bounty of $76,175. Lifetime, the grand mare has a scorecard of 36-27-20 in149 starts and $311,606 to show for it to go along with a mark of 1:50.1. As the 3 to 2 favorite, the winner returned $5.00 to her many faithful. Prairie Westerngal, a four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to edge past Ask Me Ifi Care once they straightened away to win by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.2. Jazzy Image (Kevin Wallis) closed with alacrity to finish third just another nose back while Northern Dali was next. Talk Show Chica picked up the final award in the octet. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, Prairie Westerngal blasted off the wings into an early lead before yielding to Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) just a stride past the 27.3 opener. These two remained 1-2 through panels of :56.4 and a picked up 1:25.1. Just past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, securing the top spot once straightened away for the drive home. It was the fifth win of the season of Prairie Westerngal in 16 starts with her earnings moving up to $26,081 for the semester and $120,063 lifetime. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal returned $4.40 to win. In the "odds and ends" category, payoffs continued to be appetizingly high at Pompano Park as evidenced by the fourth race pentafecta and the Pick-5. Even with a 1 to 5 favorite, Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) winning the fourth race pentafecta and the third and fourth choices on the ticket, the 20 cent pentafecta ducat paid $865.78. The Pick-5, featuring three of the winners off at 6 to 5, 1 to 5 and 1 to 2, returned $1,284.90 for the 50 cent investment. Yet another bonanza payoff was created when two of Pompano Park's youngest drivers--both 20 years-old--finished one-two in a conditioned trotting event. Trottin For Cash, with Braxten Boyd in that three year-old's sulky, off at 5 to 1, and Savin Park, handled by Jack Killeen, almost 60 to 1 on the board, combined for--and set up--a "Lexington, Kentucky" (8-5-9) $2 trifecta payoff of $6,880. Going one step further, the 20 cent 8-5-9-1 superfecta paid $6,428.40. Finally, when Bryce Fenn steered Louie Ginesi's Hard Rock Hulk ($25.00) to his maiden victory on the Tuesday card, the track's Pick-6 resulted in a 5-of-6 payoff resulting in a carryover of $1,711 going into Sunday night's Pick-6, which begins in race three. Racing continues on Sunday, November 22 as the track moves to a four day racing week--Sunday through Wednesday--with free programs available on line through the month of November (islepompanopark.com). Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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