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Pompano Beach, FL...December 10, 2019...In a "see-saw" finish right to the wire, the USA Amateur team eked out a narrow harness racing victory over the visiting Italian team at Pompano Park on Monday night in the annual friendship series between the two countries. The final tally was 100 to 86 with Ron Cusimano reaching the winners circle with Everyone' Talkin to give the USA the narrow win. With USA taking a 53-40 edge on opening night, the Italian visitors struck first on Monday night when Italy's Daniele Orsini gave a "heads-up" drive to Kelly Walkers' Stables Thisisshe, pushing the Italians into the point lead with one race to go. Thisisshe completed her one mile journey in 1:57.4. In the finale, Cusimano sent Everyone's Talkin, who he co-owns, right to the front from his mid-pack post and proceeded to wire his foes in 1:55.4. The Jake Huff trainee carded panels of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26 along the way to earn his 25th career win. Both winning drivers were gracious in he winners circle with Cusimano applauding his main rival for the "fantastic drive" he gave to Thisisshe an Orsini thanking Dein Spriggs and Joe Pennacchio for their "grand hospitality" during their stay. Spriggs added, "This is what our sport can do for the community and beyond in the form of promoting our industry and, at the same time, be of benefit for so many worthwhile charitable organizations." The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $200,000 to charities benefiting everything from Make-A-Wish and Animal Rescue Organizations to finding a cure or cancer. Racing continues Tuesday with a Pick-6 carryover and a blossoming Super Hi-5 jackpot of $4,731. Post time is et for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club              

Pompano Beach, FL...December 9, 2019...The USA-Italian Amateur Competition took center stage at Pompano Park on Sunday night with the USA team edging out the Italians in the first of their two night-four event harness racing series. The 53-40 edge came as Gary Barbere, driving his own Andriy Fortna, and Dein Spriggs, handling his new addition High Blue, won their respective events. Andriy Fortuna, a 12 year-old gelded son of S J's Photo, got picture perfect handling by Barbere to score a 1;56.4 win over Sheer Flex (Daniele Orsini) and Savin Rock (Pier D'Angelo) with Cheeky Little Minx (Alessandro Manfredi) and Toss Cartwright Leon Cable) also in the top five. The winner paid $3.20 to his multitude of faithful. High Blue led every step of hi journey--also clocked in 1:56.4--as this nine year-old altered son of Majestic Son earned his 40th career win and first for new owner Spriggs. Tymal Tullo (Tony Dinges) was second, two lengths away, with Legend Field (Pier D'Angelo) next over Photo Master (Daniel Orsini) and Santini (Steve Oldford). A the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, High Blue paid $3.40 to win. Said Spriggs after the event, "This is a very wonderful competition between two countries that love their trotting events. They have many, many talented horsemen and horsewomen over there and it's wonderful that the come over to be in this highly competitive--but friendly--competition. "And one other thing...the two trainers deserve special recognition, as well, as Odell (Thompson, trainer of Andriy Fortuna) and Allen Saul (trainer of High Blue) have each been around horses for over a half century and they still have the magic touch to train winners. They are both amazing!" Father Time couldn't dent the spirit of winning for several other "oldsters" competing on the Sunday card. Track record holder Panocchio, now nine, scored his 68th career win (44th at Pompano Park) with a near gate-to-wire score in 1:51.4 for Wall Hennessey. Making his 199th career start, Panocchio carded number of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24.1 before a :27.3 final sealed the deal by two lengths over the pocket sitting War-N-Munn (Kevin Wallis) with Always Glorious (Dave Ingraham) third. America Chrome, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Bass Player picked up the nickel. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns wit Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio, the splendid son of No Pan Intended, has banked $621,538 to go along with his Pompano track record of 1:48.3 set four seasons ago. Panocchio returned $4.00 as the even-money chalk. Father Time has yet to catch up to Prescotts Hope, either, as this nine year-old made a quarter move o the top and went on to score in 1:51, a seasonal best for trainer-driver Rick Plano. Also a son of No Pan Intended, the winner, after a :26.3 opener, went on to put up fractions of :55 and 1:22.3 before coasting home in :28.2. After the race, Plano simply said, "He's a pretty good pony!" Prescotts Hope, owned by Nikki Hudson and Maryann Plano, now has banked $341,298. Off as third choice at 7 to 2, the winner paid $9.20. Also of note, yet another nine year-old captured the Super Hi-5 finale as Late Night Joke, dismissed at 18 to 1, nailed the pacesetting Mcjagersonthemove to win in 1:50.4 The gelded son of Western Terror, handled by MIke Simons, was away in mid-pack as Mcjagersonthemove, with Fern Paquet, Jr. in his bike, absolutely sizzled through panels of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:21.3. From six lengths out of it turning for home, Late Night Joke began gnawing away and caught the still-game leader right on the wire. Favored Feelin Lika Winner (Wally Hennessey) was third. Trained by Rob Rittof for Dandy Farms and the Ft Racing Stable, Late Night Joke rewarded his followers with a $39.60 mutual a sent hi career bounty to $380,002. Racing continues on Monday night with the grand final of the USA-Italian Amateur Competition with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club            

Pompano Beach, FL…December 3, 2019…Word comes that Italy is planning to invade the United States—specifically Pompano Park—on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, December 9 in an amateur series featuring many of the best amateur drivers in the sport. The American contingent will be headed by last year’s Amateur Driver of the Year, Steve Oldford, and complimented by the appearances of Dein Spriggs and Joe Pennacchio, among others. Team Italy will feature Gian Luca De Venti, Daniele Orsini, Pier D’Angelo, Alessandro Manfredi. Gian Luca De Venti, a native of Palermo, Italy, is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Pompano Park, having won here with the trotter Bad I Am in a 2018 performance. Daniele Orsini, from San Casciano, has competed with regularity in the States and, over the past two seasons, has been “on the board” in seven of 11 starts, many at Pompano Park. Pier D’Angelo, from Naples, also has participated in South Florida with his last appearance being in 2016. Alessandro Manfredi will be making his U.S.A. debut in Pompano’s second race on Sunday night. The American contingent features Spriggs, who has won 471 races, tops among all U.S.A. amateur drivers competing in the event. Pennacchio and Oldford, have reached the winner’s circle 183 and 161 times, respectively. Speaking of the event, Spriggs said, “No doubt that this will be a highly competitive—but friendly—event with the winner owning the bragging rights until we meet again. The main thing is that all of us do our part in showing how harness racing can benefit so many worthwhile charities and organizations that need help to keep doing their great work. “We want our sport to reach out to our communities, cities and the world with our good will. That’s what we are all about!” by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Pompano Beach, FL...December 2, 2019...Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday (December 1) with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top tharness racing wo and three year-olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand three year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace for the boys. A complete wrap follows: $55,325 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) The splendid Six of Diamonds filly Natasha took home the top prize for driver Wally Hennessey, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53. Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Natasha survived the outside post and a sizzling opening panel of :26.2 before subsequent fractions of :57 and 1:24.3 precluded a :28.2 finale to hit the wire two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar (Peter Wrenn) with Prairie Westerngal (Kevin Wallis) next. Caleb's Diamond T, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Rockin Ellie picked up the final award in this classy septet of fillies. Said Hennessey after the race, "I have always said this filly is a 'freak' and she really proved her merit tonight after facing tough rivals like this, the outside post and a trying first quarter." Natasha Is now 7-for-7 this semester with her career earnings vaulting to $129,956. Interesting to note that the first three finishers all had drivers with more than 10,000 wins each with the total number of driving wins for all seven drivers totaled 46,502. $52,075 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a race where the final chart looked like a "tic-tac-toe" board with all the "x's," Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, rallied from a miscue of his own on the backstretch to win in a lifetime best 2:01.2. The son of Proud Bushy, trained by KIm Sears for owners Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, came from 10 lengths out of it around the final bend to, first, collar the leading Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) and, then, hold off the surging Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the latter with Prairie Romeo next. Prairie Tornado and YD Dream Machine completed the order of finish. As the wings folded, Prairie Romeo used his inside post to perfection and roared through an opening panel of :28.1 while building a five length lead over YD Dream Machine. That's when things began to get interesting as YD Dream Machine made a miscue bothering Prairie Gold Mine with Rhinestone Cowboy taking up the chase in second but four lengths away halfway through in :59 with Prairie Tornado improving his position two spots to third. On the backside, Rhinestone Cowboy made a break and found himself 10 lengths away around the final bend. But, after regaining his composure, Rhinestone Cowboy kept churning along, collaring the leader at mid-stretch and then holding off a furious late surge by Prairie Gold Mine. A smiling Micallef said after the race, "This proves the old adage 'you never give up!' When he made that jump on the backside, I thought we were out of the ballgame but you never know. He caught pretty quickly and raced very well after that...and that's what really counted here." Rhinestone Cowboy now has a 2-2-3 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $444,481. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) Laurie Lee, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every long stride of her mile to score a handy win in 1:56.4--this after carving up panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.3 along the way. The daughter of Royel Millennium hit the line 3 1/2 lengths clear over the pocket-sitting Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) with Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) next. Alil Touch Of Pink and Gold Star Igotdis followed. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee, named after one of the more prominent breeders in Florida, scored her fourth win of the year in nine starts, pushing her earnings just under the $50,000 plateau--$49,975 to be precise. $51,540 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Prairie Delight, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetter until the final bend before tilting out and overtaking the leader turning for home and on to a 3 1/4 length score in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald, who co-owns with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, this daughter of Shibboleth Hanover allowed Callin On Sunday, handled by Mike Simons, cut the mustard through panels of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.2 before swooping by to the handy score--her sixth of the year in seven starts. Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) was next while Proud Money and Brasen Bo completed the field. Prairie Delight now sports earnings of $54,091. $50,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING GELDINGS (NB) Pacing Pretty Stables' Damien Hall, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Jim McDonald, led gate-to-wire to keep his 2019 season unblemished--now six-for-six--with a lifetime best 1:58 performance. This altered son of Cash Hall, once again, led at every pole through panels of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:284 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal over Savin Park (MIke Micallef), Prairie Gem (Peter Wrenn) was next, followed by McGoldrick. Damien Hall shows all "1's" in his 30 charted points of call and has banked $53,024 lifetime--$42,631 this semester. $49,250 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, used her individual final half in :57.4 to squeak by a stubborn Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) in 2:00.4. Pocket-sitting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) finished third in this trio. The winner, a daughter of Proud Bushy, was away last allowing Kerry B the advantage of carding soft panels of :30.2 and 1:02.2. On the backside, the pace quickened as Proud Sophie tilted out and began gnawing forward, drawing on even terms with Kerry B around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:31.2. From there, it was a war all the way home as Proud Sophie edged by once they straightened away and gutted out the game win on the wire. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, Proud Sophie has never been worse than second in her 12 lifetime starts (seven wins) and now sports bounty of $108,740. $49,380 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a war that lasted just about the entire mile, Hurrikaanekingjames, with Carl Garofalo in his sulky, held off the furious late binge of Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:53.4, a new lifetime best. Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) was third in this trio. At the outset, both Hurrikanekingjames and Repeal Or Replace went in search of the lead and, at the opener in :27.1, the latter stuck his head in front but was forced back in the pocked as he couldn't clear. On they flew through fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 with Hurrikanekingjames now encountered by Repeal Or Replace turning for home. They went tooth and nail right to the wire with Hurricanekingjames surviving the onslaught to prevail by a half length. John McDermott, Jr. trains the son of So Surreal for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno with the winner now showing earnings of $103,780. Driver Carl Garofalo, by the way, drove in six races since Pompano Park opened one month ago and has won all six! $54,090 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, stalked the pacesetting Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) and went on to score a handy win in 1:53.4 over the late charging Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder). JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) was third over Mister Marvalous while Gold Star Hefner earned the minor award in a field scratched down to five. Zaza Boy and Mister Marvalous went warring as the gate sprung clear with the latter taking command just short of the opener in a hot :26.2. Hennessey then got a bit of a breather as he reached the half in :56.3. On the backside, the pace began to quicken with Mister Marvalous still in front past the third station in 1:25.1 with Zaza Boy now looming boldly along side. Once they straightened away, Zaza Boy opened daylight and was never in danger as Gold Star Yoder closed with sharp pace to finish 1 1/2 lengths away. Micallef had high praise for the winner saying, "Michile and Rod (Lorenzo) have had him sharp for a good, long time and he was become very handy to handle--not headstrong. I think the fact that he's learned to relax has helped his game immensely." Rod Lorenzo owns Zaza Boy in partnership with Souren Hovsepian. The sophomore gelded son of Rockingcam now has $68,530 in 2019 and $93,707 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Zaza Boy paid $6.20 to win. Driver Wally Hennessey had a six-pack on Super Night while Kim Sears had a grand slam on the training side of the ledger. Racing continues Monday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 27, 2019...Literally 1/1000th of a second decided the winner of Pompano Park's harness racing feature trot on Tuesday night as Muscles For Life, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out the photo finish win over The Lionking AS, with Kevin Wallis in the bike. Both trotters were timed in 1:53.4 with Muscles For Life timed exactly in 1:53.807 and Thelionking AS clocked in 1:53.808 according to the American Teletimer photo watch. Joey Pro was third for Corey Braden, four lengths away, while Railee Workable and Stache earned the final awards in the field of nine. At the outset, both The Lionking AS (post 5) and Muscles For Life (post 9) went in search of the lead with the latter out-muscling the former to a :27.4 opener. Once on top, Hennessey was able to rate a second quarter, reaching the half in :57.4. On the backside, the pace quickened noticeably with Muscles For Life and The Lionking AS remaining one-two past the third bend in 1:25.4 Turning for home, the two grand trotters went on an all out war to the finish with Muscles For Life still fighting hard and The Lionking AS gnawing away right to the wire. Lamenting about the event, Hennessey said, "It was a classic dog fight, wasn't it? My horse trotted his last half in :56, so I know he wasn't quitting an Kevin' horse was as game as they come. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure if he got me or not...it was that close!" Muscles For Life is a six year-old son of Muscle Mass trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jarold Hawks with the win being his 13th of the year vaulting his 2019 bankroll over the $100,000 plateau--$101,930 to be precise. Lifetime, Muscles For Life has won 25 of his 75 career starts, good for $290,590. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Muscles For Life paid $2.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Wednesday with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot not standing at $22,635.12. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...November 25, 2019...The FSBOA sponsored  harness racing stakes honoring the memory of two giants of Florida--Dr. Melvyn Aylor and Tom Audley--were held on Sunday night with the highlight being the grand filly Natasha extending her winning streak to 14, ironically achieved over the past 14 months, in the Audley Memorial for three year-old pacing fillies. The splendid three year-old daughter of Six Of Diamonds overcame her toughest competition to date, being bothered early on and the outside nine post to out-game a very game Prairie Cougar in 1:54.3 Wally Hennessey was in the bike for owner Jay Sears and trainer Kim Sears for the win while Peter Wrenn was in the Mike Deters sulky back of Prairie Cougar in a classic duel between two drivers that have combined wins totaling well over 20,000 in their respective great careers. Favored Prairie Western Gal, with Kevin Wallis (also more than 10,000 driving wins) handling her lines, was next followed by Caleb's Diamond T and Lime Twist in the field of nine. At the outset, Natasha, usually early footed, was forced to avoid the confusion early with a couple of breakers and the lively footed Prairie Westerngal on her scooter early, posting an opener of :27.2. Prairie Cougar, leaving from post eight, was also grinding forward and she took command three-eighths in and rolled to the half in :57.2. On the backside, Natasha began gnawing away from five lengths away and hooked up with Prairie Westerngal as both reached the third station in 1:26.2. From there, it was a fight to the finish with neither willing to give an inch until Natasha earning the photo finish nod. After the event, Hennessey remarked, "this was not an easy trip for her. She had to overcome lots of situations and she, again, proved her merit. She is some filly!" Natasha is now 6-for-6 this semester and sports a 16-14-0-1 scorecard with the win nudging her over the $100,000 mark in career earnings--$102,344 to be precise. Off as second choice in the betting at 3 to 2, Natasha paid $5.00 to win. Here are the other stakes results from Sunday night at the Pomp. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLTS/GELDING PACE Mr. Marvalous, last year's two year-old champion, earned his first win of the year in five starts by taking top honors in the Audley for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. An altered son of Delmarvalous, trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, got picture perfect handling by Wally Hennessey to score in a lifetime best 1:54.4 over the fast closing JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn). Zaza Boy (Mike Micallef) was third followed by Gold Star Yoder and Gold Star Hefner. The winner, away with his usual alacrity, yielded to Zaza Boy early, letting the latter post all the panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.4 before finding a seam turning for home and mowing down the leader by mid-stretch and then handily holding off the "Boomerang" in deep stretch. Mr. Marvalous now is 8-for-17 lifetime with earnings of $58,502. He paid $5.00 to win as second choice in the betting. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT it was a "stroll in the park"--Pompano Park--for Damien Hall as this three year-old gelded son of Cash Hall coasted through fractions of :30.1, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before an effortless :30.3 finale left him 23 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Savin Park, with John Campagnuolo in the bike, Prairie Gem (Mike Deters) was third in this trio after suffering some miscues through the mile. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Pacing Pretty Stable, Damien Hall kept his 2019 record unscathed in winning his fifth straight win, sending his bankroll career-wise to $27,651. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham driving, annihilated her former race record of 2:02.4 with a 1:58.1 win for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman. The Kim Sears trainee defeated Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) with pacesetting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) third. Proud Sophie, a daughter of Proud Bushy, away in good order, found the garden spot early as Crown Bushy put up lively numbers of :28.3 and :58.4. Three-eighths from home, Proud Sophie zipped to the lead and went by the third station in 1:28 as Kerry B took up the chase. In the lane, Proud Sophie and Kerry B went to war with the latter gnawing away but falling just a bit shy at the wire. The lightly raced Proud Sophie now had six wins and five seconds in 11 career starts with earnings of $84,128. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Laurie Lee, trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay and Richard Dunmire, scorched the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 1:56.3, reducing her former mark by 2 3/5 seconds. Wally Hennessey was in the juvenile's sulky as she led every long stride of her journey, carding panels of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2 along the way. Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) was second after enjoying a trip in the garden spot all the way, while Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) was next. Gold Star Igotdis and Alil Touch of Pink completed the field. The daughter of Royal Millennium took home the major share of the $15,000 purse, sending her earnings to $23,725 in eight starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Rhinestone Cowboy, with Mike Micallef in the sulky, took top honors in the Aylor Memorial two year-old colt/gelding trot with a maiden win in 2:02.2. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, Rhinestone Cowboy was perfectly mannered in his conquest of the previously undefeated Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) and Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham). YD Dream Machine and Prairie Tornado completed the order of finish. A son of Proud Bushy, Rhinestone Cowboy earned his maiden win after several attempts chasing Prairie Gold Mine. In a post race interview, the clever Micallef began with a riddle of his own, "what's the difference between the letters 'n' and 't?' Answer: maNNers, maTTers! And that was the difference today. My colt kept his cool and kept his mind on the business of trotting while the others suffered some mishaps along the way. "He's got talent and rarely makes a break and that's very beneficial in these two year-old events!" The maiden win sent the Cowboy's earnings to $18,454. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Prairie Delight avenged her only loss by out-gaming the pacesetter Callin On Sunday by a head in a lifetime best 2:03.3. Wally Hennessey was subbing in the bike for trainer Jim McDonald and, for the initial time in six starts, was reserved off the early pace as Callin On Sunday (Mike Simons) out up the number of :30.2, 1:01.4 and 1:32.1 before Prairie Delight wore down the leader right at the wire. Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol) was third while Whitney Annette was next in this quartet. A daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, Prairie Delight is owned by trainer McDonald along with wife, Dona, and Bill Bigler. The win vaulted Prairie Delight's earnings over the $27,000 mark in her six starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/EGLDING PACE Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Carl Garofalo, had all he could handle in scoring his fifth straight win in Florida stakes company with a hard-earned 1:54.4 lifetime mark win over a stubborn Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo). Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) completed the order in this one. Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surreal, let Repeal and Replace do all the heavy lifting while putting up numbers of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.2 before hooking up with him in a memorable duel throughout the entire stretch. In keeping his fall driving record perfect at 5-for-5, Garofalo said, "It sure wasn't a cakewalk--that's for sure. Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Repeal Or Replace) gave my horse all he could handle." With the win, Hurrikanekingjames earnings moved to $74,152 to go along with his new lifetime mark. Combining his three Sunday night stakes wins, Hennessey wound up with seven wins for the night--four more on the betting card. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot now standing $20,237.13. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park an the FSBOA            

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2019...The FSBOA Stallion Stakes for three year-olds highlighted the Monday harness racing program as non-wagering events at Pompano Park with over $120,000 up for grabs in the four events. Trainer Kim Sears had a "hat trick" with all three of her entrants reaching the winner's circle while Michile Lorenzo completed the training sweep for the ladies in the finale. Here is a recap of the festivities: $26,325 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES Proud Sophie used the draw--the rail--to perfection as driver Dave Ingraham sent this daughter of Proud Bushy right to the front and clocked panels of :31.3, 1:02.3 and 1:33.2 before a sharp :29.3 finale sealed the deal over Crown Bushy, driven by Bryce Fenn. The 2:03 clocking was just a tick off of her lifetime best, achieved just last week. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, the lightly raced sophomore now sports a 5-5-0 scorecard in her to lifetime starts, good for $80,223--$24,783 this semester in her thre starts. $29,050 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTING COLTS/GELDINGS Savin Park, the gelded son of Proud Bushy, took advantage of his two rivals making miscues early and went on to romp through a mile in 2:02 for Wally Hennessey, in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner John Campagnuolo. Prairie Gem (Mike Deters) and McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) followed Savin Park across the line. Carving up fractions of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:30.2, Savin Park coasted home in this maiden win to send his career bankroll to $29,745. Said Hennessey after the event, "I had only driven him one other time prior to this and he did nicely minding his manners and had some solid early speed and a decent late kick while chasing a pretty good one. This is one time where good manners paid off!" $34,425 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Owner Jay Sears' Natasha, facing her toughest opponent yet, stretched her winning streak to 13 over the past two seasons with a lifetime best 1:53.2 performance for Wally Hennessey. Trained by Kim Sears--giving her the training hat trick--Natasha out-sprinted her toughest rival yet, Prairie Cougar, and carded times of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4 along the way before sprinting home in :27.3 to hit the line two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar, driven by Kevin Wallis. Lime Twist (Mike Simons) closed stoutly to finish third over Goldstar Stormie and Rockin Ellie. Hennessy had high praise for Natasha saying, "I told you, she is a freak. She is so handy and so willing...just a pleasure to drive." Natasha, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds, now is a perfect five-for-five this year with earnings of $29,970. Lifetime, Natasha has banked $97,845 in just 15 starts. $31,475 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, completed the trainer sweep for the ladies as this Michile Lorenzo trainee was given picture perfect handling by Mike Micallef to score in 1:55. The talented gelded son of Rockincam was sent whistling off the wings and proceeded to march through panels of :29, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before a lively :27.1 finale completed the journey with two lengths to spare over JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn). Gold Star Yoder (Dustin Ingraham) was next, followed by Gold Star Hefner and O'Brockoli. After the race, driver Micallef said, "This horse used to be so headstrong but there were aa few rigging changes to calm him down. I never asked him really for anything until midway around the final turn and then the (ear) plug came out, I whistled once and he took off." Zaza Boy now has a scorecard that reads 4-2-4 in 15 starts with $40,477 in the bank. Lifetime, he's right at $90,394 for owners Souren Hovsepian and Rod Lorenzo. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick 6 Carryover of $2,285.63 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot ballooning to $3,833.10. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA  

Pompano Beach, FL ...November 11, 2019...The FSBOA sponsored Florida Sttallion Stakes highlighted the Sunday harness racing program at Pompano Park on Sunday night with those festivities punctuated by presentations to Rick Plano and Fern Paquet, Jr. for their recent milestones achieved. The lucrative Stallion Stakes--with over $100,000 on the line--were non-betting events for the two year-olds with Prairie Gold Mine and Gold Star Igotdis extending their respective winning streaks, Brasen Bo pulling off a mild upset and Shuldahadahunemoon waltzing around the oval in a rare walkover. Prairie Gold Mine, a sharp looking gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, kept his career unbeaten streak in tact by winning his fourth straight, this one is the $30,400 Stallion Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings. Owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fritz Racing, Fred Morosini and trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Gold Mine, driven by Wally Hennessey, blasted his way from fourth on the backstretch with a powerful burst to move on even terms with Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef) and barely out-gamed the latter in a duel to the wire. The winning margin was 3/4s of a length and it took a new lifetime mark of 2:01.4 to get it done. YD Dream Machine (Jim Meittinis) was third over Prairie Tornado and Prairie Romeo. After the event, Hennessey remarked, "Well, it sure turned out to be a dogfight. All of these horses are getting a little more seasoned now and getting to know how to race. Mike's (Micallef) horse had some serious fight in his belly and he was right with me all the way home. But my horse is learning more, too, so the other Mike (Deters) has done a great job in teaching him!" Prairie Gold Mine now has banked $25,500 in his four career starts. Gold Star Igotdis, again handled by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley, unleashed a final half in :57.3 to score a narrow win in 1:58.4 over the late charging Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) in the $30,125 Stallion Stake for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Rock On, owned by the Gold Star Farm, fourth in the early going as Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) sliced through panels of 29.4, 1:00.2 and 1:30.1, tilted to the outside on the backstretch, pulled on even terms with the leader around the final turn and held off the surging Laurie. Pocahontas Cam did finish third over Prairie Fashion and Alil Touch of Pink. Not only was her performance a new lifetime mark, it pushed her scorecard to 5-3-0-0, good for bounty of $23,928. Driver Corey Braden remarked, "All you have to do is ask her and off she goes, There's no stopping her. She is developing into quite a nice filly!" Tom Casey's Brasen Bo pulled off a mild upset in the $30,125 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies as this daughter of Shibboleth Hanover was given picture perfect handling by Mickey McNichol to score in a career best 2:06.1. Owner-trainer Casey put trotting hobbles on his filly for the first time and she was perfectly mannered throughout her journey as Prairie Delight (Jim McDonald) plowed through fractions of :31.3, 1:02.3 and 1:34.1 with Callin On Sunday (Mike Simons) in the garden spot after recovering from a brief miscue early. Once they straightened away, Brasen Bo began gnawing away at the leader, getting by in the final yards for the win measuring a neck. Whitney Annette and Proud Money were next in the quintet. Finally, Shuldahadahunemoon, with Dustin Ingraham in the sulky, strolled around the Pompano Park oval in a walkover to earn $24,175 for owner Nick Coblentz.in the two year-old pace for the boys or, in this case, the boy! The George Coblentz trainee broke his maiden in the easiest of ways by taking his time through fractions of :33.1, 1:05.2 and 1:37 before hitting the line in 2:08.3. Shuldahadahunemoon now has banked $32,050 in his five trips behind the starting gate. After the second race, Race Secretary Joe Frasure, Jr. joined Rick Plano and Fern Paquet, Jr., in the winner's circle in honor of their respective milestones reached last week, Plano won his 7,000th career race while Paquet reached the 3,000 plateau just minutes apart last Monday night. Both drivers reflected on their family ties with Rick mentioning wife, Maryann, his son, Luke, who has well over 3,000 career wins in his own right and Fern paying tribute to his father, Fern, Sr. who was a leading driver at Pompano Park some five decades past. Driving honors went to Mike Simons on Sunday night as he had a "hat trick" on the card, including back-to-back wins with Oberlin (placed first at 42 to 1) and Late Night Joke (7 to 1) in the track's Pick-5. With nary a single ticket sold on the winning combination of 6-2-1-6-1, a carryover of $5,639 makes a "better for the bettor" scenario with a $20,000 guaranteed pool for Monday night's Pick-4. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2019...Rick Plano and Fern Paquet, Jr. achieved important harness racing milestones at Pompano Park on Monday night with Plano scoring his 7,000th career victory, just 20 minutes after Paquet notched his 3,000th win. Plano, who has been involved in harness racing for five decades, reached the winners circle with the three year-old filly Hypnotic Racer, who was facing an older group of mares . The daughter of Hypnotic Blue Chip scored in 1:55.2 despite starting from the outside eight post and being forced to grind forward the entire last lap. "It was like she, herself, wanted to get this milestone win for me," said Plano after the event. She was in a good spot class-wise, although the draw (post eight) didn't do us any favors against these more seasoned mares." Plano continued, "there are a lot of factors that contributed to the success I have had...after all, you have to have a strong cast of people on your team. That's starts with my wife, Manyann, who has stuck with me through thick and thin. I have had some great owners, too, like the Repkos (Jan and Mindy) and John Campagnuolo, just to name a couple. "It definitely is a team effort and I have been fortunate to have wonderful help. Right now, I'm lucky enough to have Candy Ramirez, Domingo Alvarez and Maria Howard watching the store and their dedication has kept me in the ball game." Hypnotic Race, by the way, is owned by Maryann Plano and got her fourth win of the year in 26 starts pushing her 2019 bounty to $27,737. As third choice on the tote-board, Hypnotic Racer paid $9.20 to win. Plano is one of the few trainer-drivers in the sport with a combined total of over 10,000 wins as a driver (7,000) and trainer (3,872), accounting for over $50,000,000 in purses for his owners. Paquet achieved his milestone win with the rugged mare Northern Dali, who conquered a solid group of distaffers in 1:52.3. This seven year-old daughter of Dali made a bold quarter move and, after a hard fought task into the second turn, took charge before using a :28.3 finale to seal the issue. Trained by Gaston Lareau for th JP Houle Stable, Northern Dali is just short of $300,000 lifetime ith the win--$299,660 to be precise. At 3 to 5 on the board, Northern Dali paid $3.20 to win. Paquet then went to work on the next 3,000 in the very next race with the 11 to 1 outsider Mcjagersonthemove, who bottomed out his competitors with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3. Also on the Monday program were four $12,000 finals of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds with Proud Sophie, Damien Hall and Natasha winning their non-wagering events and Zaza Boy rebounding this week and scoring to kick off the early daily double. Proud Sophie, a daughter of Proud Bushy driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Kim Sears, stalked Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) through fractions of :31.2, 1:03 and 1:33,4 before leaving her cozy pocket and using a :28.4 finale herself to score in 2:02.2, a new lifetime mark. Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) completed this trifecta of trotting fillies. Proud Sophie, making only her second starts this year and ninth lifetime, sent her career bounty leaping to $63,112 for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman. Pacing Pretty Stables Damien Hall, once again handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim McDonald, was, again perfectly mannered to keep his scorecard unblemished at 4-for-4 with a 2:00.1 score in the sophomore trot for geldings, hitting the wire some 20 lengths better than Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) with McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) next. In winning, Damien Hall swept through the Sunshine State Stakes unscathed with four straight wins. The gelded son of Cash Hall now has $23,636 lifetime in his nine starts. In the filly pace, Natasha stretched her winning streak to 12 since last year with a solid 1:53.4 triumph over Rockin Ellie (Bryce Fenn) and Goldstar Stormie (Corey Braden). The sharp daughter of Six Of Diamonds took command three-eighths into the mile for driver Wally Hennessey after Goldstar Stormie hit the first marker in :27.4 From there, Natasha plowed through panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using her :28 final kick home to score by 2 3/4 lengths. Trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay, Natasha now has career bounty of $80,632. Finally on the betting card to kick off the daily double, Zaza Boy, switching tactics this time around, closed with authority to conquer his five rivals in 1:53.3, a new life mark, in the three year-old pace for the boys. Mike Micallef was in the bike for the 3 1/2 length win over JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) with Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) third. Zaza Boy left the gate with his usual alacrity and took the field to the opening station in :28.1 befpre things heated up during the second panel with JB's Boomerang and Mister Marvalous in a heated argument through a half in :56.2. Boomerang cleared on the backside as Zaza Boy bided his time in third before circling up widest of all in the lane and on to victory. Zaza Boy is trained by Michile Lorenzo for Rod Lorenzo and Souren Hovsepain. Racing continues Tuesday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. By John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 4, 2019...Heavy weather dampened the racetrack in South Florida on Sunday night--but the weather couldn't dampen an excellent opening night of harness racing at Pompano Park. With winds swirling and downpours continuing throughout the opening night festivities, track record holder Panocchio stole the show, winning his 67th career race--his 43rd win at Pompano Park. The now nine year old conquered stiff competition and a track rated "sloppy" to score the win in 1:52.2--the fastest mile of the night. Handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio out-punched favorite War-N-Munn, handled by Kevin Wallis, and proceeded through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:24 before a :28.2 finale shut the door by a half length over War-N-Munn. Hot Art, with Rick Plano in the bike, finished third while Fritzie Pick Up Man and Harry Terror earned the finals awards in the classy field. Panocchio, the brilliant and rugged son of No Pan Intended, now has a lifetime scorecard of 67-48-18 in 195 starts, good for $613,388--$49,050 this semester--to go along with his track record mark of 1:48.3 set in 2015. Panocchio was second choice in the wagering and returned $6.40 to win. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "This is one amazing horse. He has such a great attitude and desire to win and, yes, he might have lost a step from his track record days, but he has a rare fight that makes him very special." Minutes before, Mattison sent his other stable star, Century Endeavor, to the gate and he proceeded to win in 1:53 for Wally Hennessey in a wire-to-wire effort featuring panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4 before slamming on a very stubborn Skyful of Lighters, with Dave Ingraham in his bike. Four Socks, in the garden spot most of the way, was third for Kevin Wallis while Sporty Redhot and Pointsman finished four-five in that mile. Century Endeavor is a four year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, co-owned by the trainer Mattison, along with Emile Johnson, Jr. and Vicki Mattison. The win was the 10th of the year for Century Endeavor and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $84,895 and $133,097 lifetime. At 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Century Endeavor paid $3.20 to his multitude of backers. Also on the card were four $12,000 finals of the Sunshine State Stakes for two year-olds with Hurricanekingjames, Prairie Delight, Gold Star Igotdis and Prairie Gold Mine reaching the winner's circle. Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Carl Garofalo, brought back memories of the great thoroughbred, Secretariat, as this son of So Surreal scored a win in the slop measuring an astounding 82 1/2 lengths over Shuldahadahunemoon (Nick Coblentz), who, obviously, didn't like the g""ooo"ing. Owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno, Hurricanekingjames swept through the three legs and final of this series like a hurricane in stretching his winning streak to four. MIchile Lorenzo trains the colt, who now has a bankroll exceeding $65,000 this year. Prairie Delight, with trainer Jim McDonald in her sulky, took top honors in the juvenile trot for the fillies, extending her winning streak to four to remain perfect in her young career. Proud Money Wally Hennessey was second while Whitney Annette, handled by Dave Ingraham was third. The early leader, Brasen Bo, was first off the wings but made a miscue three-eighths into the mile dashing her chances for an upset. Trainer McDonald owns Prairie Delight, a young daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, along with wife Dona and Bill Bigler. Both of the aforementioned events were off the betting card. On the card, Gold Star Igotdis, a daughter of Rock On, driven by Corey Braden, proved that last week's win was no fluke as she came from last in her quintet through the opening half-mile and paced her final half in :58 to pull off a 4 to 1 upset in 1:59 over the 1 to 5 favorite Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey).Pocahontas Cam, handled by MIke Micallef, was third over Prairie Fashion and A Lil Touch of Pink. After the race, a humble Braden said, "Maggie (trainer Audley) said she's got a lot of talent and she's full of pep and vigor. Boy, was she right. When I moved her on the backside, she just vaulted me around the rest of the way. Very impressive!" Second choice in the betting, Gold Star Igotdis paid $10,00 to win and lowered her lifetime mark by two seconds, despite the sloppy going. Finally, Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, cruised around the oval in a lifetime best 2:02.4--her margin of victory 1 1/2 lengths over Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) with Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef). YD Dream Machine and Prairie Tornado completed the order of finish. Prairie Gold Mine is now three-for-three for Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and Fred Morosini. Off officially at 1 to 20, Prairie Gold Mine paid $2.10 to win. Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $945.53 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot of 563.07. Post time is 7:20 p.m.  by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA        

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2019...Pompano Park opens its 126 night 2019-2020 harness racing season on Sunday, November 3, with track record holder Panocchio in action and driver Rick Plano just one win away from a milestone--his 7,000th career driving win. The gallant nine year-old Panocchio now has 66 career wins with 42 of those victories achieved over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio, now nine, still has that same will to win since his very first trip to the Pompano winner's circle six years ago. Mattison said, "He may have lost a step of two on the track but he sure hasn't lost a desire to win. Vicky (Jim's wife) takes such tender loving care of him and, really, he's our boy! "He sure loves this track and he loves the warm weather and I don't think there will ever be another one like him for us." Panocchio has drawn post six on Sunday night and Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey will be in his sulky. He's listed as second choice at 5 to 2 on the morning line behind the new arrival to Pompano Park, War-N-Munn, owned trained and driven by Kevin Wallis and listed at 9 to 5 in the program. Hennessey and Wallis both have over 10,000 career driving wins in their respective driving careers. Rick Plano comes into the action with 6,999 career driving win and is one of an elite group of trainer-drivers who have combined wins in both categories totaling over 10,000 with over $50,000,000 in purse earnings. Said Plano about his success spanning five decades, "It's been a great ride and I hope I can get 1,000 more. I have been lucky enough to have a great wife of 42 years and some exceptional help that have been dedicated to the health of our horses. I just hope that good health will allow me to continue competitively for years to come." Prior to the pari-mutuel card, a pair of $12,000 FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes finals will be contested. A pair of winning streaks are on the line in those events as Hurrikanekingjames and Prairie Delight will attempt to stretch their skeins to four straight. Post time for the nine race program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 26, 2019...Amid intermittent sprinkles and strong winds, the outstanding Six of Diamonds filly Natasha extended her winning streak to 11 dating back over the last 13 months with a handy 1:56 win over a Pompano Park track labeled “good” dulled a bit by the aforementioned rain. The win came during the eight race Sunshine State Stakes for Florida eligible two and three year-old sponsored by the FSBOA--Natasha’s win in the division for three year-old pacing fillies. Handled again by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears, Natasha brushed to the lead around the opening bend and carded fractions of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:27 before a final panel of :29 sealed the deal over a game Gold Star Stormie (Corey Braden) with Lime Twist (Mike Micallef) a late charging third. The win pushed Natasha’s career bounty close to $75,000 with the bulk of the lucrative Florida stakes season looming ahead in the next few weeks. In admiring the talent of Natasha, Hennessey related, “She does everything right. She knows how to leave and, when she make the top, she knows how to relax and she knows how to fight when the competition starts to throw their punches.” It was one of four wins for Hennessey on the non-betting stakes program with the Hall of Fame driver also scoring with Prairie Gold Mine in the two year-old trot for the boys, Kerry B in the sophomore filly trot and Damien Hall in the three year-old trot featuring a quartet of geldings. Hennessey’s scorecard reads 13-4-2 in his 20 starts during this early stakes season. Here is a recap of the Saturday third leg action of the Sunshine State Stakes: TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT--PRAIRIE DELIGHT Prairie Delight kept her lifetime record unblemished with her third straight career victory, scoring for trainer-driver Jim McDonald in a lifetime best 2:06.1. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover survived a skittish moment while making a quarter move to the top and went on to sore a win measuring a neck over the late surging Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol). Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) finished third in her quintet, well back of the top two. After the event, driver McDonald explained, “when I made that move for the lead around Mickey’s filly, my filly shied away from Mickey’s whip and she went way wide. She kept her composure, though, made the lead and dug in late. She gave me all she had and that’s all I expect from my young horses.” Co-owned by McDonald along with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, Prairie Delight is yet another strong youngster bred by Laurie Poulin. TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--PRAIRIE GOLD MINE Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey, extended his unbeaten streak to two with a solid 2:04.3 win--his margin two lengths over Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) with Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef) third after recovering from an early miscue. Prairie Gold Mine, a gelded son of Diamond Goal, took charge early on and carved out fractions of :31.1, 1:03.3 and 1:34.3 before holding off a brief bid from the runner-up with a :30 closer. Prairie Gold Mine is co-owned by breeder Laurie Poulin along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE--GOLD STAR IGOTDIS Gold Star Igotdis, gave driver Walter Ross, Jr. all he could handle during a vastly improved 2:01 win, featuring an individual :58.2 final half by the winner, including a :28.3 finale. The young lass by Rock On was away third allowing Pocahontas Cam (Mike Micallef) to set the pace of :30, 1:02 and 1:31.4 with Alil Touch of Pink in the garden spot before she tilted out with 5/16ths remaining, wearing down the leader in the final 16th and drawing away late while racing in the center of the track. Trained by Maggie Audley for the Gold Star Farm, it was the first success in three life starts for Gold Star Igotdis prompting trainer Audley to remark, “We absolutely couldn’t have done this without the great horsemanship of Wally Ross, Jr. “He always said this filly had some potential and, after her first two starts, we were beginning to have our doubts but Wally said ‘I’m tellin’ ya, she’s gonna be all right. Let’s just let her get over her growing pains and she’s gonna be a real good filly! “Like I said, ‘we couldn’t have done this without Wally. He is just a great horseman!” Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) finished third in this quartet of fillies. TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE--HURRIKANE KINGJAMES Hurrikanekingjames, driven this time around by Carl Garofalo, controlled the festivities from his rail post position and led every stride of his mile, hitting the wire in 2:00.2. This son of So Surreal, trained by Michile Lorenzo for the Jonathan Klee Stable, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno, sawed through panels 30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:30.3 before a :29.4 jaunt home sealed the affair easily over Shuldahadahunemoon (Nick Coblentz) by 10 3/4 lengths. This two year-old races like a seasoned veteran with 4-0-2 scorecard in 12 lifetime starts and earnings approaching $59,000 to go along with a sharp Saratoga mark of 1:55.1. THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT-KERRY B Kerry B proved, once again, that she loves her Florida surroundings as this daughter of Muscle Mass toured Pompano Park’s “good” oval in 2:04.1, dodging raindrops along the way. Handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay Sears, Kerry B had an open lead all the way around while posting panels of :30.3, 1:02.2 and 1:33.1 before coasting home to hit the line in 2:04. Proud Sophie (Dave Ingraham) was second, a nose better than Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn)--both 7 1/2 lengths away. Kerry B is perfect at Pompano this fall semester with her lifetime earnings around $58,000. THREE YEARA-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--DAMIAN HALL Damien Hall, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim McDonald and the Pacing Pretty Stable, cruised around the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 2:00.1, a new lifetime mark. The altered son of Cash Hall, using the rail post position to perfection, churned through panels of :29.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 before shutting the door on his opposition with a sharp :28.4 finale. McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) tried to stay with the leader but made a miscue in the lane and finished 10 3/4 lengths away. Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) was third in the quartet. The win kept Daamian Hall’s record unblemished this year at 3-for-3 and left McDonald’s training scorecard during this early stakes season at a perfect 5-for-5. THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE--NATASHA Natasha pushed her winning streak to 11 stretching back to September 15, 2018 with a sharp 1:56 performance for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears, The outstanding daughter of Six of Diamonds took charge from Gold Star Stormie shortly after the start and put up numbers of :27.4, a well rated :58.2 and a picked up 1:27 before stretching her lead with every stride during a :29 final quarter. Gold Star Stormie (Corey Braden) did finish second while Lime Twist (Mike Micallef) was a very fast closing third. Natasha, last year’s Super Night champion in her juvenile division for pacing fillies, now is undefeated in three starts this year with her lifetime bounty approaching $75,000. Said Hennessey after the win, “What can I say that hasn’t been said already. She does this all on her own...like a guy in the cockpit on automatic pilot.” THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE--JB’S BOOMERANG JB’S Boomerang, a gelded son of Royel Millennium, finally got his first lifetime win with a furious closing kick to win in 1:57 for driver-trainer Bryce Fenn. After just missing last week, JB’s Boomerand rallied way wide at the top of the lane as the field stretched four across the track in the final 16th and just did nose out Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey), who found his best stride late while saving ground along the pylons. The official margin was a neck. Gold Star Hefner (Corey Braden) was hung out to dry like wet laundry through panels of : 29.4, :59.3 and 1:28, actually stuck his nose in front just yards from the wire, and finished a very game third. Bryce is part-owner of the winner along with Marah Lee and, after the race, said, “well, we finally got there. He’s been racing so well--as have the others--and today was no different. He always gives his all and, today, that proved to be enough. It’s a very well matched division.” Pompano Park’s pari-mutuel season begins next Sunday, November 3. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 19, 2019...Sunshine State Stakes continued at Pompano Park on Saturday with Wally Hennessey winning five of his seven harness racing drives during the eight non-wagering events for two and three year-olds.   The Hall of Famer started his win rampage with the first time starter Prairie Gold Mine in the two year-old trot for colts and geldings and then continued his winning ways with Laurie Lee in the juvenile filly pace, Kerry B in the three year-old filly trot, Damien Hall in the sophomore trot for the three geldings entered and the outstanding Natasha in the three year-old filly pace.    Mike Micallef had a driving double on the card with Hurrikanekingjames in the two year-old event for colts and geldings and Zaza Boy winning a thriller in the pace consisting of a sextet of soph geldings. Jim McDonald kept his winning streak in the bike going with a win back of Prairie Delight in the trot for two year-old fillies.   On the training side of the ledger, Kim Sears had a triple, Jim McDonald and Michile Lorenzo had training doubles and Mike Deters returned to the Pomp with a training win, as well.   Here is a recap of the Saturday action.   TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT--PRAIRIE DELIGHT   Prairie Delight, a two year-old daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, led every stride of her mile from her outside post and scored a handy win for co-owner-trainer-driver Jim McDonald in 2:07.3. Proud Money (Wally Hennessey) was 4 1/2 lengths away in second as the winner built an insurmountable lead through panels of :31.2, 1:03.3 and 1:35.1 before coasting home unscathed. Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol) rallied to be second. Prairie Delight is undefeated in her two lifetime starts.   McDonald owns in partnership with Dona McDonald and Bill Bigler.   TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--PRAIRIE GOLD MINE   Prairie Gold Mine, making his first purse start after two qualifying events up north, made a quarter move to the top and went on to score a handy three length win for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for owners Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters.   Carving out panels of 32.3, 1:04.2 and 1:35.3, this gelded son of Diamond Goal sprinted his final quarter in :29.4 to seal the deal over Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef) with Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) next in the field of six.   After the event, Hennessey remarked, “he’s got a lot of speed alright and he could be a big factor if he minds his manners along the way. He was very sharp, especially once he got to the front!”   TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE--LAURIE LEE   Laurie Lee, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky driving for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, scored a two length win over the late charging Pocahontas Cam (Mike Micallef) with Alil Touch of Pink (Marc Major) next, 4 1/4 lengths away.    The daughter of Royel MIllennium showed speed leaving from post four, took the field through a :29.1 opener and loafed to a 1:01.1 half before beginning her half-mile sprint home with a :29.2 third panel and :28.3 final, hitting the wire in 1:59.1.   It was her second consecutive win in Sunshine State Stakes action prompting Hennessey to briefly remark, “Pretty impressive...she might just be the real deal going down the line!”   TWO YEAR-OLD COLT-GELDING PACE--HURRIKANEKINGJAMES   In a similar situation to last week, Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Mike Micallef, coasted around the Pompano Park oval in an effortless 2:00 off of fractions of :31, 1:01 and 1:30.2.   The son of So Surreal, trained by Michile Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investments and George Vierno, took advantage of rail post position in this “match race” or sorts and led at every pole, scoring a win measuring close to 10 lengths over Shuldahadahunemoon (Nick Cobelntz).   The “seasoned” Hurrikanekingjames now has three wins in 11 starts as a juvenile with earnings of over $56,000.   THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT--KERRY B   Kerry B, confidently handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner -husband Jay, scored a handy win over her only opponent, Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) in the three year-old filly trot, stopping the timer in 2:01. The daughter of Muscle Mass, drawing the “outside” post in her event, allowed Crown Bushy to take advantage of the draw early before making a quarter (:30.2) to the top and posting subsequent panels of 1:01 and 1:31.1 before striding home in :29.2, reporting to the wire by 1 1/4 lengths.   Obviously enjoying her Pompano Park surroundings, Kerry B pushed her bankroll to $56,067 mark--$47,095 of that earned in South Florida.   THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--DAMIEN HALL   Pacing Pretty Stable’s Damien Hall took top honors in the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting geldings with a gate-to-wire win in 2:00.2--a new lifetime mark--for Wally Hennessey, in the bike this week for trainer Jim McDonald.   The sophomore son of Cash Hall out-brushed his rivals from his outside post and posted fractions of :29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4 before a :28.3 final sprint home left him 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the much improved McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) with Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) completing the order.   It was the second straight win for Damien Hall, who scored with McDonald in the sulky last week. In explaining the switch to Hennessey this time around, McDonald said, “It’s simple logic. Wally cannot beat me if he’s on my horse!”   THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY PAVE--NATASHA   Natasha, described as a “freak” by driver Wally Hennessey, extended her winning streak to 11 stretching back to last season with a very handy 1:56 win for the Kim Sears trainee.   Owned by Jay Sears, the daughter of Six of Diamonds let Gold Star Stormie (Walter Ross, Jr.) take the field through an opener of :28.1 before a sharp and confident quarter move to the top precluded subsequent panels of :57.3 and 1:27.2 before charging home in :28.3 to seal the deal over Gold Star Stormie and Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham).   After the opening panel, the only minor challenge came from Lime Twist, who brushed up on the backside to engage the leader around the final bend.   After the event, driver Hennessey remarked, “She s a ‘freak. That’s all there is to it. She just knows and does what she’s supposed to do...and without much effort.”   THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE--ZAZA BOY   Zaza Boy, driven by Mike Micallef, eked out a nostril decision over the late charging JB’s Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) in a lifetime best 1:54.4.   The altered son of Rockincam, trainer by Michile Lorenzo for owners Souren Hovsepian and Rod Lorenzo lowered his mark of 1:56.1 established last week, fending off the :27.4 closing kick of JB’s Boomerang prompting driver Micallef to say, “It was nip and tuck all the way home. Zaza (Boy) kept fighting all the way and, to tell you the truth, I didn’t know if he got there or not...but he fought all the way!”   Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) was third over O’Brockoli and Gold Star Yoder in the talented sextet.   Zaza Boy led gate-to-wire (as he did last week) and carded panels of ;27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1 and needed every ounce of his :28.3 finale to win it.   Sunshine State Stakes action continues with the third leg next Saturday with post time set for 11:00 a.m. after qualifiers.   by John Berry for the FSBOA and Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…August 12, 2019…Longtime Standardbred trainer-driver Donald G. Ratchford, 75, passed away on August 8 in Sacramento, CA. Born in Nova Scotia, October 27, 1943, Ratchford, affectionately known as Jerry, came to the United States in 1962 with Hall of Famer Joe O’Brien and quickly established himself as a valuable asset to the success of the O’Brien Stable. In his “post-O’Brien years,” he worked with top horsemen Jim Dennis, Jack Williams, Bob Williams and Herold Merriam which, he said, “contributed to whatever success I achieved because I learned from all of them. “While O’Brien didn’t have any lame horses,” he remembered, “Farrington worked with a lot of claimers and was a ‘leg’ man. Like I said, I learned from all of them.” His involvement in racing included success as a trainer-driver and farm manager. Indeed, he was a partner and operator of the Highland Farm, a breeding and training facility under his care from 1980 to 1994. Among Jerry’s success stories were J B Lucas, Armbro Guest, Hilarious Brew and Timeron Hanover, Karen’s Rowdy One, A Little Bit Rowdy and Karen’s Magic One. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Anita, son Jeff (Sandee), daughter Jaime, five grandchildren, Sienna, Marisa, Logan, Never and Benjamin, brothers Russell, Roy and Joe, and sisters Donna and Yvonne Perry. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike, his parents, Donald and Adeline, two brothers Gus and Harold, and two sisters Catherine Ratchford and Judy Hanson. A memorial service will be held August 29 at the Sierra View Mortuary, 6201 Fair Oaks, Carmichael, CA 95864 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. by John Berry, for the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...August 10, 2019...Joe Kroll, one of the highly respected and likable horseman in harness racing, passed away on August 8 at the age of 61. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 17, 1957, Joe had a long an storied career in harness racing since moving to Florida with his wife, Shawna, in 1983. While he did have success with Florida Stakes winners, including Indigo Swirl, J S Victory and Goucher, Joe played a huge roll in the success of big name stables and trainers such as Continental Farms and Team Nordin. His first notable success was with the world champion Tarport Frenzy, which solidified his reputation as a dedicated trainer with patience, passion and gentle hand that calmed even those horses that could be difficult to train. After his horse, Indigo Swirl, won a Florida Sunshine Stakes event in 2007, he was asked if he felt winning the major share of a lucrative event like that was like winning the lottery. In his typical and humble style, he said, "I won the lottery the day I met my wife!" Joe spent the last eight years working with Jim McDonald with that trainer paying homage to Joe Kroll by lamenting, "Time might be important on the racetrack but, around the barn, time was never important to Joe. In other words, he worked until he was satisfied that every horse in his care was satisfied to his high standards. "A typical example of that was, over the past two winters, he played a big role in the care and training of the great McWicked, last year's Horse of the Year. He, truly, was one of the great ambassadors of harness racing and contributed to the success of many great horses and horsemen. Besides his wife, Shawna, survivors include his sister, Susan Sichko (frank(, his brother, Mike (Denise), nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to help defray medical costs can do so through Zelle using phone number 561-577-4596. by John Berry for the FSBOA  

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