Pompano Beach, FL...May 24, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park concluded its 2013-2014 season on Saturday night with a strong 11 race program highlighted by a trio of feature events, including two late closing finals. The first feature was the $8,000 Late Closing Final of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Claiming Trot and that went, in an upset, to the 13 year-old warhorse Speedy Samadhi, driven by John Campagnuolo for owner trainer Earlon Eugley in 1:58.3.. Making his 248 lifetime start, Speedy Samadhi, the rugged son of Pine Chip, off at 14 to 1, somehow found a small seam of opportunity turning for home to slingshot widest of all in the lane to snare victory from Herecopmesthechief (Dein Spriggs) with Whispur (Leon Cable) third in this action packed event. Muscles To Spare recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Pacific Cyclone picked up the nickel in the octet. When the gate sprang open, Now Virginia and Roger Goldstein left alertly for the lead along with VT's Gold Key, handled by Maurice Brooks, Jr. with the latter assuming control at the opening marker in a snappy :27.4 with Speedy Samadhi tucked in third and Peaceful Prince fourth on the outside and grinding forward. Pacific Cyclone was content to hug the pylons around the second turn with an impatient Whispur sent on a double bubble binge halfway through the mile in :58 followed by Herecomesthechief. On the backside, Whispur surged up to take command and opened up some daylight past the third station in 1:28.3 with Herecomesthechief On The Attack with Speedy Samadhi still locked up and looking for that seam of hope. Turning for home, Whispur was all out and couldn't stall Herecomesthechief who surged on by but couldn't hold off Speedy Samadhi who, somehow, shook loose to close widest of all for the win. In a post race interview, driver John Campagnuolo said, "I was very fortunate to wend my way out as the leaders began to tire and Speedy (Samadhi) acted like be was the pebble inside a slingshot and, 'zing,' he was on his way." Driver Dein Spriggs (Herecomesthechief) aded, "I thought I had a chance to hit the wire first but, man, that horse of John's was very impressive tonight. Both Campagnuolo and Spriggs commended the Pompano race office and management for "carding our events on a regular basis so we could continue our mission to help worthwhile charitable causes. The Club has donated in excess of $125,000 from driver's fees on their races. For Speedy Samadhi, it was his 59th lifetime victory with his lifetime earnings vaulting over the $250,000 mark--$251,033 to be precise. As sixth choice among the punters, Speedy Samadhi paid $31.20 to win while the exacta, with the 16 to 1 outsider Herecomesthechief second, paid $493.80. With Whispur third, the 2-7-4 trifecta came back $1,605.20. The $8,000 Late Closing Final for Condition Claiming Fillies and Mares went to the 3 to 5 favorite Goldstar Rockette, handled by Mickey McNichol for owner-trainer Louis Ginesi. The four year-old daughter of Rock On led at every station, carding panels of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before sealing the deal with a :29 finale to stop the timer in 1:55.1. I C U Misty, handled by Dave Ingraham and the longest proposition in the sextet at 19 to 1, finished second, 3 3/4 lengths away while the garden sitting Racin For Gold (Andy Santeramo) finished third. Regal Magic and Foxy Ginger also earned awards. For Goldstar Rockette, the win sent her 2014 scorecard to 5-3-2 in 13 starts, good for $17,824 this year--almost three times the amount she earned last season in 17 starts. She's now banked $27,999 lifetime. She paid $3.20 to win. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Pace, S S G Stables Cartoonist, driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Jim McDonald, ground out a game, first over, photo finish win in 1:52.4, nailing the pacesetting Flight Exec (Kevin Wallis) in the final strides for the victory measuring a neck. Who's Your Maddy (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Rick's Sign picked up the fourth place award. Avantage was fifth in the quintette. For Cartoonist, a consistent four year-old son of Modern Art, it was his fifth win of the year in 18 starts, sending his 2014 bankroll to $36,760, by far his most successful season of his young career. As second choice on the tote-board, Cartoonist paid $8.80 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...January 15, 2014...Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Jason Dillander, used a ferocious stretch rally to score a repeat victory in pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night. The five year-old gelded son of Pinetucky, trained by Mark O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, appeared hopelessly out of contention for the top spot turning for home but unleashed an eye-opening sprint in the final eighth (:13) to nail pacesetting Andover America (Bruce Ranger) near the wire to score by a half length in 1:55. HP Forte, driven by Mark O'Mara, stablemate of the winner but uncoupled in the betting due to separate ownership, finished a fast closing third, three parts of a length away while Blomkvist, prominent in the garden spot through panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3, finished fourth. She's All In was fifth and earned the final award in the field of eight. Driver Jason Dillander, in a post race interview, said, ""Never in a million years did I think I was going to catch Bruce's horse (Andover America) turning for home. I really thought that the cover I was following wasn't drafting me close enough but, when I gave my trotter racetrack, he absolutely exploded with trot. It was pretty unbelievable, that close of his was!" For Jolene's Pinehonker, it was his second win of the year in three starts and 16th success lifetime in only 49 starts sending his career bounty to $327,345. She paid $3.00 to win. Also sharing the spotlight on Wednesday were Dutchess Seelster, Keystone Thomas and Gale Warning. Dutchess Seelster, trained by Don Glowacki for owner John Campagnuolo, was driven by Wally Hennessey in the $8,500 Open 2 Trot and the eight year-old mare responded with a gate to wire win in 1:54.4, highlighted by a final panel in :27.4. The "Dutchess" now has banked $256,388, primarily on the strength of her 26 lifetime wins. It was her initial success of the new season in three starts. Keystone Thomas, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr., used similar gate-to-wire tactics to score a handy one length win in a conditioned event for the consortium of Peter and Wai Shank, the AGC Stables and the Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable. The win, Keystone Thomas' 42nd lifetime, vaulted his lifetime earnings just under $400,000. Finally, the aging warhorse Gale Warning, now 11, won for the 60th time during his illustrious career. The son of Strong Gale used a :27.2 blitz on the backstretch to take command around the final turn and went on to score a victory measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Ed Hensley in 1:57.1. Gale Warning is trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Ciro Gentile. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...December 4, 2013...GT Miss Royal captured the $12,500 Final of the Success Cameo Late Closer at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.3. The 10 year-old daughter of Pilgrims Punch was driven to her half length victory by Jason Dillander, who was in the bike for trainer Fred Cohen and owner Ryan Bellamy. To Tell The Truth, handled by Rick Plano, finished second while Tip N Go was third for Wally Hennessey. Slickety Split and Foxy Ginger earned the final two awards. It was Tip N Go that was on the bullet train first and she took the field to the quarter in a sharp :26.4 with To Tell The Truth and Harlem Rockturne, also showing gate speed from post eight, next in line. Plano then made a quarter move to the top and took the field halfway through the mile in :56.1 with Powdered Donut On The Attack and Tip N Go enjoying a garden journey in third. As they straightened away for the backstretch tour, GT Miss Royal was on the move from fifth but was forced into a three wide move as her cover faltered. To Tell The Truth used her muscle to take the field past 3/4s in 1:24.1 and actually forced GT Miss Royal back towards the inside turning for home. In mid-stretch, it looked like To Tell The Truth was home free but GT Miss Royal exploded by in the final yards to reach the winner's for the 30th time in her career--but only the third time this year. After the race, Dillander said, "I thought we were pretty much going for the minors when we turned for home but she got a second wind and blew by late. She gave me a good hint in her last start when she finished second but I really didn't think we were going to catch the leader, especially after that three wide move around the final turn." GT MIss Royal was second choice in the wagering--narrowly--and paid $11.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open Trot Pure Barre, handled by Kevin Wallis, took the top honors, hitting the wire in a new lifetime mark of 1:54. The 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Andover America, was second for Bruce Ranger while She's All in and Rick Plano teamed up for show honors. Lugar was fourth in the mile while Illusionsndreams picked up the nickel. Pure Barre, a five year-old daughter of Classic Photo went up to take the lead past the quick :27 opener and led, virtually, the rest of the way, clocking fractions of :56 and 1:24.3, although she was headed for a few steps past the third station in 1:24.3 by I'll Tell You What, who eventually finished sixth. After repelling that bid, she actually drew off at the end of the mile, scoring by 1 3/4 lengths. Pure Barre's win was the ninth of the year for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves and sent her 2013 bounty to $90,405. She paid $11.60 as the third choice on the board. The Open 2 Trot went to CJ's Rascal, owned by Hauck's Racing Stable. The six year-old altered son of CJ's Secret, stepped up a notch after a win in Open 3 company a week ago to score in 1:56.1 over HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) and Mr Joe Sixpack (Kevin Wallis). Permanent Joy and Surface Tension rounded out the top five in the field of eight. CJ's Rascal won for the sixth time this year to send his 2013 bounty to $58,488. The Open 3 Trot proved to be the first half of a "natural double" for trainer Don Glowacki as thee game seven year-old mare Dutchess Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey, held on for dear life to score a nose decision over B C Lulu and Rock Plano in 1:55. Thekeptman and Andy Santeramo were also in the photograph and only a neck away from the winner's circle. Owned by John Campagnuolo, Dutchess Seelster won for the 25th time in her career--fifth this year--to send her lifetime earnings to $247,463. She paid $7.40 to win. Glowacki completed his feat when Robert Law's Seton Hall, driven by Rick Plano, scored in a lifetime equalling best effort of 1:52.3 for his 54th lifetime win in 340 starts. He's banked $322,408 lifetime. Seton Hall accomplished his victory despite starting from the nine post in the $4,000 claiming event and paid $41.20 to win. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 12, 2013...B N Bad, who was scorched badly last week vying for the lead during a :26.1 opening panel (at 1 to 10 odds), scorched his competition on Saturday night with a gate to wire win for Bruce Ranger in 1:52.3. Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, the six year-old son of Soho left like a rocket from his mid-pack four post and easily took command around the first turn and proceeded to clock comfortable panels of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale to hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Andy Santeramo. Quincy, stepping up to the "big time" for the first time, rallied for third for Bryce Fenn while Fine Fine Fine and Oh My Joepa picked up the remaining scraps. Last week's winner, Avantage, never got in the hunt this night and finished sixth with Hyperion Hanover completing the septet. In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, it was his first start back in a month and that first quarter really did him in. Tonight, he was very sharp leaving and the rated second quarter breather really helped him. This horse can easily go opening halves in :55, so when we got half way through in :56 and a piece, I felt very confident he could take it all the way...and he did!" It was the sixth win in 22 starts this year for B N Bad, pushing his 2013 bounty just short of $80,000 and $335,648 lifetime. The Pompano co-feature went to Hillybilly, who brushed home in :28 flat to put his field away with a 1:52.1 mile, equalling his lifetime mark. Driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Marc Aubin and Amante Standardbreds, the three year-old son of N Aboriginal scored his seventh win of the year in 17 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings past $70,000. Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) overcame the outside eight post to finish second while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third after taking an ever-so-slight lead turning for home. Freeneasy Hanover and Maxine's Menace earned the final two checks in the field of eight. Driver Bruce Ranger had three wins on the card while trainer Pete Pellegrino had three training wins on the program. In other action, the Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to The Charlie House, a safe haven for disadvantaged youths, this after John Campagnuolo snick through the pylons to win the F.A.D.C. Trot with Lucky Hit in 2:00.4 over McKelvie and Joe Pennacchio. BK's Luv, driven by Laurie Poulin, finished third. The Club had donated over $125,000 of charitable causes since its inception. John Berry
Pompano Beach, FL...July 17, 2013...While thick cloud cover and another deluge of heavy rain prevented the stars from shining brightly over Pompano Park on Wednesday night, trainer Don Glowacki and driver Mickey McNichol provided the star power on the racetrack by teaming up for a “hat trick”--three wins--on the mid-week card. Dutchess Seelster, Brewing Master and Howie’s Heart, all trained by Don and driven by Mickey, reached the winner’s circle, giving trainer Glowacki his very first nightly trifecta of wins. McNichol, with 4,521 lifetime wins, has, of course, had many. John Campagnuolo’s Dutchess Seelster, a seven year-old daughter of Duke Of York and the only lady in the field of trotters, won for the second straight week in the $8,800 feature using gate-to-wire tactics to score a handy win in 1:56.4 over the track labeled “good.” After sprinting to the top and carding an opening round of :28.2 to discourage any threats, the McNichol rated the Dutchess through a second panel of :30.2. She turned on the after-burners on the backside and brushed home a length and a half to the good over the pocket-sitting Tug River Dylan (Walter Ross, Jr.). Celebrity Legacy was third for Bruce Ranger while Sir Tyson and Good Luck Penny took the final two awards in the field of six. The victory was the third this year in 17 starts for the brave mare and 23rd lifetime, sending her career bounty to $237,069. As the overwhelming favorite, Dutchess Seelster paid $2.80 to win. Brewing Master, also owned by Campagnuolo, got things started for team Glowacki by winning under the picture perfect drive by McNichol, leaving from the six post for the lead and then yielding to the 3 to 5 favorite Famous Hall (Ranger) and stalking that one before edging on by inside the sixteenth pole for his very first win of the year in 18 starts. Aqua Lindy (Lou Ginesi) was third. Giving a serious hint in his prior start, Brewing Master was the 3 to 1 second choice and returned $8.00. Howie’s Heart, owned by Don and wife Jeanette, looked hopelessly out of it turning for home but McNichol found a seam in deep stretch to nail that victory in the very last stride in 1:56.4 for his fourth success of the year. Daughtry Hanover (Joe Sanzeri) and Change Your Luck (Gaston Lareau) were next in the photo. Bruce Ranger also had three wins on the card, scoring with Railee Kwik, Shallow Hal and Allen The Optomist. Railee Kwik, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, used a final half of :59 to score a wire-to-wire win in 1:59.2 in an event for Sunshine Stake eligibles. It was not only his second lifetime win, it lowered his mark by almost eight second, his previous mark being 2:07.1 at age two. Shallow Hal, owned by Marissa Tyler and trained by Frank Petrelli, also earned a new lifetime mark, scoring for Ranger in 1:58 and knocking more than two second off his previous best. Finally, Tom Artandi’s Allen The Optomist gave Bruce win number three on the card holding on to score by a head over a very fast closing Mustabeenadreamer (Tom Sells) in 1:56. Kennairnmachmagic (Greg Luther) was third with Angry Dwarf placed fourth in a superfecta event that paid $1,043.40...for a dime! by John Berry
Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park presented its first $8500 Open Trot of the three-night old fall harness racing meet on Wednesday with Dutchess Seelster prevailing in a mild upset over My Revenuer.
Avid harness racing owner and amateur driving enthusiast John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, FL had a dream night he won't soon forget on Saturday evening, March 24 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.