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Thanks to Thomas H. Hicks, treasurer and national director of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), who this past week hand delivered the remaining trophies to their respective award winners. Due to Covid-19 the annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame dinner was cancelled last year and could not be held this year, and the chapter members decided to go to the racetrack, training centers and breeding farms to deliver the awards in person. This past week, Thomas H. Hicks, with his wife/photographer Kathleen, traveled first to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village and presented Frank “The Elder” Antonacci with his Hall of Fame induction trophy. Then it was off to Pompano Park, where the Hicks presented long time horse owner, breeder and amateur driver Laurie Poulin with her Hall of Fame induction trophy. The final stop of the week was again at Pompano Park. Tom Hicks made the last presentation to Kim Sears at her training center and breeding farm. Kim was presented with the William Popfinger Award for her excellence in training young pacers. The members of the Florida Chapter of USHWA appreciate the above and beyond efforts by Thomas H Hicks traveling to deliver the awards in person. By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA

Tay Tay M (Renaldo Morales III) wins the featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 Pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 17) at Tioga Downs. HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :56.4, 1:24.2) Tay Tay M ($20.60), who is trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, rode in the pocket all the way to the stretch. She would go to the front and hold off the late charge by second place finisher, Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Northern Daily (Wally Hennesey) was third best. Tay Tay M is a 5-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. It was her third win this season. She now has 11 career victories. Mike Merton had three winners on the night. He got the wins with Lotus Seelster ($15.40), Gold Star Mysti ($9.30), and Marvelous Jet ($7.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 18) with an eight race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 5, 2018...Pompano Park's Sunday night racing program was filled with several highlights with a rare walkover in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes and Lucan Hanover scoring a sharp win in the Open Handicap pacing feature. Kicking off the festivities, Proud Sophie, the only entrant in the $24,425 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, toured the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 2:03.3 for Jay Sears. Trained by Kim Sears for Dr. David Fishman, who co-owns with Jay, the daughter of Proud Bushy carded panels of :31, 1:02.2 and 1:33.3 along the way with the walkover win sending her earnings to $32,980. In the 28,800 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings, Prairie Shibby, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, used a rousing rally in deep stretch to get up for the win in 2:01.1 for Wally Hennessey--a maiden victory for the Mike Deters trainee. Owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, the youngster defeated stable-mate Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, by a half length. Prairie Arrow, yet another stable-mate of the top two finishers, finished third with Mike in the bike. Coming in with $2,735 in his two previous lifetime starts, Prairie Shibby went back to his stall in the Deters Stable with earnings of $18,575. The $28,750 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings went to Zaza Boy, an altered son of Rockingcam. Trained by Michile Lorenzo for Souren Hovsepian and Rod Lorenzo, Zaza Boy also picked up his maiden win timed in 1:57.3. Mike Simons handled the lines back of the winner, scoring by 2 1/4 lengths over the pace-setter JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) with Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder) third. Zaza Boy now has $18,492 in his four career starts. On the betting card, Natasha, the brilliant Six Of Diamonds filly trained by Kim Sears for husband-owner Jay, justified her 1 to 10 backing with a handy win--6 3/4 lengths--in 1:54.4, just one tick off her Vernon Downs mark. Wally Hennessey was in her sulky for the decisive win, keeping her scorecard unblemished in five starts at Pompano Park. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was second while Lime Twist (Mike Simons) finished third. With this Stallion Stake worth $32,000, Natasha now has 6-0-1 scorecard in eight starts, with the win more than doubling her earnings coming in and now standing at $31,725. She paid $2.20 to win. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, Lucan Hanover, the game eight year-old gelded son of Western Ideal, used a :27.3 finale to hit the wire in 1:51.2 for Greg Merton, two-and-a-half lengths better this night than track record holder Panocchio, with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Speed Trap (MIke Simons) won a three horse photo for show honors over Pan Street USA and A Cool Card. Owned by Vogel&Wags Nags Stable along with Pine Hill Racing and trainer Jack Rice, Lucan Hanover vaulted his career earnings to $1,157,471--$66,075 this year. Off at 11 to 10, Lucan Hanover paid $4.20 to win. Two other miles of note were the performances of Mc Mach and Windsun Gotham. Mc Mach, handled by trainer Rick Plano for Maryann Plano and Jan and Mindy Findling Repko, wired his foes in a lifetime best 1:50.4, sawing off panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.1 along the way. The four year-old son of Mach Three knocked off two-fifth off his previous mark at Hoosier Park. Windsun Gotham, driven by Wally Hennessey, got up in the final stride to nail Casimir Quasimodo (Andy Shetler) in 1:51.1, also a new lifetime mark. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 has a carryover of$7,610.58 going into Monday's racing program. Post time is set for 7:20 P.M.  by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…October 30, 2017…The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes were contested at Pompano Park in four non-wagering classes for two year-olds on Sunday with new life marks produced in three of the four $12,000 harness racing finals—all trained by Kim Sears. Jay and Kim Sears’ Proud Bushy trotting filly Jennifer took the opener for John MacDonald, stopping the timer in 2:03.4, lowering her previous mark by over five seconds. Jennifer was sent to the front when the gate folded and marched through an opener of :31 before yielding to a rank I Rhoda Daley (Wally Hennessy), who raced very wide while taking command half way through the mile in 1:01.2. Approaching the third station clocked in 1:32.1, I Rhoda Daley again raced very wide allowing Jennifer to scoot on through to take command on achieve the win measuring 1 ¾ lengths. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was third and last in this event. The $6,600 windfall pushed Jennifer’s earnings to $10,993 in her six starts with the bulk of the lucrative Florida Stakes season just ahead. Wally Hennessey was in the bike for the juvenile trotting mile for colts and geldings and another Proud Bushy offspring, Brian, also owned by Jay and (trainer)Kim Sears, scored a gate-to-wire win in 2:02.4, lowering his previous mark of 2:06.3. Clocking panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3, Brian, named after Jay’s Hall of Fame son, scored by 1½ lengths over Prairie Eclipse (Mike Deters) with Treasure Quest (Tom Lehmann) next. Jiro Dangerous and Captain Thomas completed the order of finish in this quintet. Brian added $6,000 to his earnings, pushing his bounty to $9,592 in his six career starts. The $12,000 filly pace went to Krinda, giving Kim Sears her training triple and Wally Hennessey a driving double. This daughter of Six of Diamonds, owned by Jay Sears, eclipsed her former mark of 1:58.2 with a wire-to-wire win in 1:57.3--:58--:29. Krinda’s opening panels were :29.1 and :59.3 along the way with her margin 4½ lengths over Diamond Eyes (Bryce Fenn) with Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) third. Starcasim finished fourth while Prairie Stars picked up the nickel in the sextet of youngsters. Krinda now has bounty of $10,312 off of her 6-3-1-0 scorecard. The two year-old pace for the colts and geldings went to Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism in 1:57.4. Wally Hennessey was in the sulky for the Mike Deters trainee, who was away fourth but rushed up to take command at the opening marker of :29. From there, “Diablo” sliced through panels of :59.2 and 1:28.1 before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal by 1 ¾ over Jay Jay (MacDonald) with Silver Wings (Corey Braden) next after a mild bid around the final bend. Dontblevmejuswatch was a distant fourth while Mister Special T picked up the final award. Gold Star Diablo, already the owner of a 1:55.3 mark at Mohawk, has banked $14,630 in his first six trips back of the mobile starting gate. Pompano Park’s $10,000 Winners Over Pace went, in an upset, to Bestinthebusiness, driven by trainer James Yoder for Brett Boyd Racing. The nine year-old gelded son of Another Mile, went a brave first over journey and, in a cavalry charge to the wire, eked out a photo finish decision over E R Melvin (Rick Plano) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol, third. The time was 1:52.2 The 1 to 5 favorite, Sing For Me George, was fourth after a stinging opening quarter of :26.2 and subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:23.3. In a post-race interview, driver James Yoder said, “He’s a tough horse that is very handy and not afraid to go first up on any competition. “They were all right there at the finish so there is a lot of racing luck that plays into things and, tonight, we were the lucky ones.” In garnering his sixth win of the year in 14 starts, Bestinthebusiness sent his seasonal bounty to $33,696. Lifetime, Bestinthebusiness has won 40 times with earnings of $383,400 to go along with his four year-old mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk. The winner was second choice in the betting and returned $9.60 to win. In other action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club had two events on the card and Dein Spriggs swept both—the first with Extracurricular and the second with Garlandsandpearls. Extracurricular, an 11 year-old gelded son of Revenue S trained by Nick Surick for RBH Ventures, won for the 39th time during his career measuring 256 starts, stopping the timer in 2:00.1. Out-dueling Zorwijk Impact (Joe Pennacchio) and New Scent (Teddy Bowman) around the opening turn, Extracurricular had 3 ¾ lengths to spare over Zorwijk Impact and 5 ¾ over New Scent on the line. Extracurricular has banked $369,556 during his career. Off at 1 to 2, the winner paid $3.00. Garlandsandpearls, 5 to 2 in the morning line, wore down Crazy Ponda (Jamie Marra) in the final stages to score by a half-length in 1:58.3 and return $14.20 to his faithful. Groovey Kid (John Campaagnuolo) finished third over Geronimo Fame with the 1 to 5 favorite, Its Complicated, fifth after a very difficult journey. Racing continues on Monday and Tuesday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL…November 22, 2015…Pompano Park hosted four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for two year-olds with Gold Star Brianna, Rexamillion and Prairie Sweetheart taking the three non-wagering events and Gleneagles annexing the harness racing event on the pari-mutuel program. Gold Star Briana took the Aylor for the trotting fillies in 1:58.4—Wally Hennessey guiding the daughter of Basil to a 4½ length victory over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont), that cut serious panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.4 before succumbing to the winner turning for home. Trottine Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) was third, 26 ½ lengths away, while Mitzie and All Star Fame were next in the quintet, the latter doomed by a miscue at the start. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, Gold Star Briana has an unblemished record—six-for-six—thus far in her career, good for earnings of $34,638. Rexamillion, a gelded son of Proud Bushy owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, was a wire-to-wire winner for Bob Roberts, leading every step of the mile off of panels of :31.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 before stopping the tele-timer in 2:01.4 for his fourth straight win. His winning margin was 2¼ lengths over Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) next. Savin Rock finished fourth while Proud Joe T picked up the nickel. Rexamillion now sports a 4-1-1 scorecard in six lifetime starts with earnings of $31,831. The final non-wagering Aylor Memorial for pacing fillies went to Prairie Sweetheart for trainer driver Mike Deters, who co-owns along with John Spindler and Laurie Poulin. This daughter of Royal Millennium, now undefeated in six lifetime starts, covered her mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3, pinning yet another defeat on another daughter of Royal Millennium, Caitlin’s Romance (Rick Plano) with Gold Star Love Bug (Walter Ross, Jr.) next. Diamond Lily was fourth and Gold Star Mysti fifth in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Sweetheart now boasts earnings of $35,974. With the victory, driver Mike Deters improved on his lofty .889 UDRS coming in—that figure now approaching .900 based on a 13-4-0 record in 17 drives this fall semester. After the race, Deters had nothing but praise for his filly saying, “she’s been well within herself every start—even tonight with that 1:53.3 mile.. I’m kinda blessed to have a filly like this in the barn. But let’s not take anything away from Bob’s (trainer Barker) filly (Caitlin’s Romance). She’s a very excellent filly, as well.” Caitlin’s Romance has chased Prairie Sweetheart home in five straight events. The final Melvyn Aylor Memorial event was held on the betting card and, for the second straight week, Gleneagles, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, eked out a narrow photo finish win over arch rival Conman’s Dream (Jason Mac Dougall)—this time in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark. This son of Mysticism, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, zipped out of the gate from the outside seven post and carded panels of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3 before a :28 finale held off Conman’s Dream—barely—the official margin a head. R Chism (Ed Hensley) was third while ICU Diamond T was fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the final award in the field of seven. Gleneagles now has a 5-1-2 scorecard in 10 starts with earnings of $45,048. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Gleneagles paid $2.60 to win. Many of these same combatants will be in action as the F.S.B.O.A. presents Super Night at Pompano Park next Sunday night. Also on Sunday night, the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace was contested with Bandolito making his South Florida debut a winning one for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for owner-trainer Jenny Bier. This outstanding five year-old son of Ponder earned his 10th win of the year in near gate-towire fashion, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Starting from the outside post seven, Bandolito looped his way into the lead midway around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before reporting home a winner by an unthreatened 1¼ lengths over Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) with Play It Again Sam (Dan Clements) just another nose back in third. Lyons Johnny, bottled up in the lane with nowhere to go, finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N closed to pick up the final award in the septet. The win was the 24th lifetime for Bandolito in just 57 starts, sending his career bounty to $423,110--$141,275 of that this year. As the even money tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid $4.20 to his many followers. The Florida Amateur Driving Club held two events on the Sunday night program with Celtic Merchant and Good Friend winding up in the winner’s circle. Celtic Merchant, the 12 year-old warrior with 40 lifetime wins and $334,502 in bounty coming into the action, made it 41 with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.2 for Mitch “Sky” Walker, by far his seasonal best time. This 4 to 5 chance cut fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:26 before finishing three lengths clear of the 77 to 1 shot Starbux Eden (Jeff Schaefer) with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) next. Owner and trained by Steve Oldford, Celtic Merchant paid $3.80 to win. Good Friend, with owner-trainer Tony Dinges in the bike, took top honors in the 4th race Pentafecta event, covering his mile in 1:59.3 and paying $15.00 to his faithful. The win was the nine year-old’s first success of the season and broke a dry spell of 29 races dating back to his last trip to the winner’s circle on November 19 of last year at Dayton. The win sent this nine year-old’s lifetime bounty to $334,134. Rel Cash Clown (Sky Walker) finished second while Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) finished third. Good Feeling and Vari Forgetful were next, significant because not one single ticket was sold on the 1-4-5-10-3 Pentafecta necessitating a carryover into Monday night’s fourth race Pentafecta of $2,785 and a guaranteed pool of $7,500. Post time for Monday night’s card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Pompano Beach, FL...October 19, 2015...On a Sunday night with several intervals of heavy showers, nothing could dampen the enthusiam of the occasion as the ladies--both human and equine--were in the spotlight at Pompano Park as the harness racing track put the spotlight on the race against breast cancer. Briefly, two mares--Escuela and Oho Diamond finished 1-2 in the Open Handicap Trot, trainer Kim Sears reached a milestone in lifetime training wins and the Florida Amateur Driving Club paid tribute to all women with a sizable donation to the Go For The Greens Foundation, in their relentless journey to help conquer breast cancer. Now, the details... Escuela, which in Spanish means school, took his adversaries to class with a sharp 1:57.2 win for Ed Hensley over a track dulled by heavy intermittent showers throughout the program. The five year-old ABC Garland mare made a "double-bubble" surge from seventh around the final turn and went on to nail track record holding mare Oho Diamond (Mike Micallef) in the final sixteenth to score by a half length. Cashahallic (Aaron Byron) finished third while the pacersetting Verdi finished next. Elin picked up the nickel in the field of nine. With Verdi and Back To Peace vying for early supremacy, Escuela (post five) took back at the start and was seventh in the early going with Oho Diamond leaving and looking and winding up in sixth as Verdi waltzed down to the quarter in :30. The pace did quicken thereafter with Verdi getting to the half in :58.4 and trying to protect his lead past three- quarters in 1:28.1. Meanwhile, Oho Diamond was out by turn two and chugging forward with Escuella now third over and on that three-wide bing around the final bend. In the lane, Oho Diamond stuck a head in front but couldn't quite hold off the surging Escuela, who covered the final panel the fastest of all--:28.3--to nail the win, her seventh of the year. Owned by Ashleigh and Ed Hensley and trained by Ashleigh, Escuela is enjoying her best year with $64,750 in bounty. After the event, driver Hensley said, "My mare went a big mile, considering that the track was a bit dull from all of the rain...and we got by a very tough mare in that Oho Diamond. Pretty great that the two mares beat the boys tonight on a night where we honored the ladies!" Escuela, the 7 to 5 second choice, paid $4.80 to win. Another leading lady in harness racing, Kim Sears, reached a milestone of her own on ladies night when Rexamillion, co-owned by Kim along with husband Jay and Richard Dunmire, too top tonors in the F.S.B.O.A. Sunshine Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings. This altered son of Proud Bushy earned a maiden win in 2:02.2 giving Kim her 500th career training victory. This event was one of three non-betting events contested prior to the betting card with Gold Star Briana and Livy M annexing the others. Gold Star Brianna, a two year-old daughter of Basil trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, lowered her mark by more than four seconds by scoring in 1:59.1 for Wally Hennessey, keeping her record an unblemished three-for-three, although one of those wins came by "DQ." Livy M, meanwhile, took top honors in the division for three year-old trotting fillies with an ever-so-easy win for Hennessey in 2:01.4. This daughter of Proud Bushy, owned by the consortium of trainer Mike Deters, Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Don Fritz, kept her record spotless in Sunshine State Stakes competition with her third consecutive success. It was Deters' 899th career success as a trainer...soon to become 900. Yes, Deters got that 900th training win--and a driving win, too--on the card when Prairie Fortune, owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, pulled away in the lane to score a resounding win measuring 10 3/4 lengths in 1:57.4, dodging heavy raindrops to get the job done over Victory Park (Kevin Wallis) and Saturn (Bob Roberts). Prairie Fortune, a three year-old son of Arapa Victory, also kept his record in this Sunshine State Stakes competition clean--now three-for-three--with the three wins being by 15 1/2 lengths, 9 3/4 and, this night, 10 3/4 lengths. As the overwhelming 1 to 20 favorite, Prairie Fortune paid $2.10 or, as fan Gary Andrews lamented, "still more than I get from the bank!" In the Open Pace, Lyons Johnny, handled by trainer Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, got a picture perfect drive to edge by Audrey's Dream (Ed Hensley) to score in 1:52.2 over the track labeled "good" after yet another bout with the weatherman. Out with alacrity to claim the early lead, MIcallef yielded for the pocket trip three-eighths into the mile, found some room turning for home and urged his charge on by late in the mile. Raji-s Blue Line (Hennessey) was third with the late charging Northern Companion fourth. Sir Jake's Z Tam, first up around the final bend, got the final check in the octet. That win, by the way, was the 26th lifetime for Lyons Johnny, a seven year-old son of Mach Three, and sent his lifetime bounty to $269,544--$32,695 this year on a scorecard of 13-4-4-0. Lyons Johnny returned $5.80 as second choice on the board. Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club continued their charitable efforts by presenting the Go For The Greens Foundation a "healthy" donation for their on-going efforts in the fight against breast cancer. With the drivers all possessing pink whips and wearing pink armbands--beautifully made by horse owner Heddy Nelson--Dein Spriggs won the F.A.D.C. event with his own Zeitgeist ($7.60). After that event, all of the amateur drivers converged in the winner's circle to honor Mary Wallace, a breast cancer survivor. Though Spriggs has over 400 races during his career, he said, "None of our drivers will be satisfied until we win the race to eradicate all kinds of cancer and our driving club is very honored and committed to be a part of that race." Pompano Park's next racing program is Tuesday night with Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster renewing their rivalry in the Open Pace for Mares. There is also a Super Hi-5 carryover of over $2,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 3, 2014...With TVG expanding Pompano Park's visibility on Monday night, the south Florida oval hosted four classes--three off the betting card--of the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes along with their weekly top Open event for mares. The first non-wagering affair, the $23,500 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, went to the Proud Bushy lass Brandy, surviving challenges on both sides of her girth to score a narrow win over Zendaya (Bob Roberts) and Livy M (Tom Sells) in 2:04.1, a lifetime best performance. Owned by Jay and Kim Sears and trained by Kim, the youngster showed solid determination as her challengers surrounded her late in the mile to score by a head to push her scorecard to 3-2-0 in just five lifetime starts--her earnings now $22,821. In the second event off the card for three year-old trotting colts and geldings, the Wewering gelding Showing Off did just that for driver Bob Roberts in scoring a win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, his winning margin measured at 11 1/4 lengths over Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) with Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) next and Gator On Patrol (Bob Williams, Jr.) finishing fourth in the quartet. But that story was far from complete. Though the lines show "1's" at every pole, Showing Off actually inherited the top spot when Geronimo Fame made a miscue shortly before the opener. The latter then regained his composure and rallied to be second, but the judges saw an incident at the top of the lane and, when the official results were posted. Midnight Michael was moved up a notch, as was Gator On Patrol with Geronimo placed to the back. For Showing Off, though, it was his fourth success in just five starts this semester, vaulting his earnings to $21,342 for the year and $67,724 lifetime. for owners Richard and Sandra Dunmire, who own along with Jay Sears. That win completed a "double" for trainer Kim Sears...but she wasn't quite finished just yet. The final event off the card was won by Jay Sears' Markie, also trained by Kim Sears, giving her the "hat trick." This three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy was fifth (and last) early on but, once in the lane for the first time, rushed up to take the lead three-eighths into the mile and went on to romp home a winner by 11 1/2 lengths for Bob Roberts. While her mile was clocked in 2:00.4, it was not quite a lifetime mark--that being 2:00.1 at Sunshine Meadows--but it extended her unblemished record in 2014 to five. She's also won eight straight going back to when she took home the two year-old Florida bred crown. Markie now has $81,800 in lifetime bounty--$24,100 of that this season. Last Match T (Rob Hoffman) was second while Gold Star Ginger (Wally Ross, Jr.) was next. Trotting JC Poss was fourth with Super Luna picking up the nickel in the quintet. On the card were two divisions of the $30,500 Stallion Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings and there were minor upsets in both. In the opener, the solid gaited Railee Workable, owned by Fred Morosini along with Ken Fritz, stayed out of trouble by taking command just past the opening panel and went on to score a handy eight length win for Mickey McNichol in 2:02.2. This youngster is by Basil, trained by Lou Ginesi, and now sports a scorecard of 3-1-0 in four starts, good for $14,464. Trotting Miduhyo and Donald Dupont teamed up for place honors while Gold Star Kevin, with Wally Ross, Jr. in the bike, third. Carter was fourth in the mile while Prairie Fortune, 3 to 5 on the board, made a very early miscue and was well back the entire route. Second choice in the wagering, Railee Workable paid $4.40 to win. The second division for the two year-old colts and geldings went to Victory Park, an altered son of Arapa Victory, driven by Bruce Ranger, who tracked the favorite RJ's Iron Man (Bob Williams, Jr.) to nail the latter in the final strides for the win in 2:04.3, a new lifetime mark. Harrison (Mickey McNichol) finished third while Saturn was moved up a notch to fourth, as was BJ's Tebow to fifth, this after Rocco Dangerous decided to pace most of his mile. Second choice on the board at 2 to 1 (Iron Man was 3 to 5), the backers of Victory Park were rewarded with a $6.20 mutuel while owners Barbara Turcotte, Victoria Howard, Peter Roccasano and Ron Ruggles were rewarded with the winner's share of the $15,500 purse, sending his earnings to $11,222 in his four career starts. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Pace for the distaffers, Mach Me Not, handled by Dan Clements, got the jump on favored Winbak Heavenly mid-way around the final turn to score a handy win measuring 2 3/4 lengths. The pacesetting Bombilla Hanover, cutting panels of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 finished third in the mile, which was clocked in 1:54. The tough eight year-old Mach Three mare, owned by the S S G Stables won for the fifth time this year--26th lifetime--to send her career bankroll closer to the $300,000 mark--$289,612 to be exact. After the event, driver Dan Clements had high praise for the mare and her trainer. "Jim (trainer McDonald) really has had her sharp the last several starts since she arrived at Pompano Park. She had been second her last four starts but really racing tough. You know, some times when you ask your horse to get, either they have it or they don't. Tonight, I asked her and she just about said, 'Yeah, I am ready to rock and roll for you'...and she did just that. She just exploded with pace when I asked!" As fourth choice in her quintet of mares, Mach Me Not paid $15.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 3, 2014...Pompano Park begins its second half century of racing on Saturday night, October 4, with eight Sunshine State Stakes events and three Open events highlighting the action. The top Open event features Prairie Jaguar, the only horse to record five wins in 1:50 or faster on Pompano's five-eighths mile oval, including two wins in 1:49. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, the six year-old altered son of Spy Hard has banked over $75,000 this season and will have the driving services of newcomer Aaron Byron. Byron, 25, comes into the action with 1,330 lifetime wins--165 of those so far this year. "Jaguar" has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and is coupled with T's Electric, fresh off of a 1:52.4 win at Tioga downs featuring his last half in :54.3. Tom Sells will handle T's Electric. Also in the field is Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza. "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has amassed 36 lifetime wins and $223,272 in lifetime bounty, including a mark of 1:50.3 recorded at Pompano last season. Freshened up after a two month vacation, Northern Companion comes into the action off of a handy qualifying win in 1:56.1. Mike Micallef will take this six year-old to Pompano Park's Hummer Starting Gate. Damon Blue Chip, I Do Hanover and Cartoonist complete the talented field. The Sunshine State Stakes covers Florida bred two and three year-olds, all of which are seeking a coveted spot on the FSBOA's $400,000 (est.) Super Night in late November, The pari-mutuel portion of the 13 race program kicks off with the class of three year-old trotting fillies. Jay Sears' Markie, last year's two year-old champion, has been dominant this far in her sophomore class, scoring victories in her only two starts this year--both measuring 20 or more lengths--with her last win in a lifetime best 2:00.1. Bob Roberts will be in the bike for trainer Kim Sears. Markie has been labeled the 4 to 5 morning line favorite in her event. Beauty in the Bridle Stable's Limelight will tangle with eight others in her division for three year-old pacing fillies. The talented daughter of Cracking Light comes to Pompano Park off of a pair of dominant wins in Sunshine State Stakes action at Sunshine Meadows. Tom Sells will handle the filly's lines for trainer Rosie Huff. In the two year-old events for trotting colts and geldings, Railee Workable and Victory Park have been locking horns with each scoring a win against the other at the recently concluded two session affair at Sunshine Meadows. Joining the fray this time around is first time starter Prairie Fortune, coming off a very sharp qualifying event at Tioga Downs, where he was, literally, nosed out in 2:02. Railee Workable, a son of Basil, is trained by Lou Ginesi for owners Ken Fritz and Fred Morosini and will have Mickey McNichol in the bike. Victory Park is owned by the consortium of Turcotte, Howard, Roccasano and Ruggles and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky for trainer Mel Turcotte. Two year-old pacing fillies will also take the spotlight on opening night with Paxxie and Gold Star Dynasty renewing their rivalry. Paxxie, the sharp looking Six Of Diamonds lass owned by trainer Warren Harp along with Joan Harp, beat Gold Star Dynasty by a neck the first time around at Sunshine Meadows in stakes action with Warren in the bike. The next week, "Dynasty," also a Six Of Diamond filly, owned by trainer Tom Audley, turned the tables on Paxxie, scoring the neck decision over her main rival in a lifetime best 2:01.1 for Walter Ross, Jr. Paxxie is listed at 8 to 5 while Gold Star Dynasty is tabbed at 9 to 5 on the morning line. Amante Standardbreds' Caesar's Forum, trained by Marc Aubin, appears to have the upper hand in his division for juvenile pacing colts and geldings. The talented son of Six Of Diamonds is, thus far, sports a perfect two-for-two scorecard to go along with a lifetime best 2:00.3--:58.3 performance at Sunshine Meadows. Bruce Ranger will take Caesar's Jackpot post-ward in his Sunshine Stakes event. Pompano will offer the popular .20 cent superfecta on all races with the highly anticipated Super Hi-5 expected to be added to the racing programs in the very near future. Post time for the pari-mutuel program is 7:30 while four non-betting Sunshine State Stakes events get underway at 6:15 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

The second leg of the Florida Sunshine Stakes with more than $25,000 in purses, will take place Saturday at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach. There is free admission and parking. First race post time is 11:00 am for the eight race program for Florida-sired two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There is one division for each gait and gender. The series is hosted by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to spotlight the top Florida-sired Standardbreds. Victory Park, who won his maiden start last week, drew the rail in the first race for two-year-old colt trotters. He will once again be driven by Bruce Ranger. The first race had a full field of nine colts going behind the Hummer starting gate. Markie, who is on a four-race winning streak for trainer Kim Sears, heads the fifth race trot for three-year-old fillies and drew post five. The daughter of Proud Bushy romped last week at Sunshine Meadows, winning by 20 open lengths in 2:02.1, which was the fastest mile on the race program. She will again be driven by Bob Roberts, who had a driving triple last week. There will be vendors and food trucks at the event. The Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village is located on the west side of 441/SR 7 between Atlantic Avenue and Clint Moore Road. For more information call 561-281-7659. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center

Harness racing driver Bruce Ranger made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle with a victory in one of the eight $25,000 Florida Sunshine Stakes held at the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Florida Saturday morning. It was back on May 12 in the third race at the Isle Pompano Park, Ranger was involved in a three-horse accident and was catapulted from his race bike and landed on his bank, fracturing several vertebrae in his spine. Ranger, 55, is the all-time winningest driver in the history of the Isle Pompano Park with 8,733 career wins. With no surgery, Ranger had been wearing a brace since the accident and took it off just last week after four months of healing and therapy. “I jogged my first horse since the accident this week at Pompano Park,” Ranger said, “And it felt good enough to give me the incentive to try a just a couple of races today. My friend Mel Turcotte had a heart attack two weeks ago and I wanted to help him out and drive his two horses.” In the fourth race $3,300 division of the Sunshine Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and gelding, Ranger was aboard Ron Turcotte’s Victory Park in his maiden debut and the son of Arapa Victory was able to lead from start to finish for Ranger, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.2 over the one mile oval. “It felt really good to sit in a race bike again,” Ranger admitted, “But we will see how I feel come tomorrow morning. This was a great first mile and Mel’s looks to have a nice colt. He was smooth going and has a nice gait. Two drives for me was just fine today. I think I will be ready to try a few more next week here.” Ranger said he was waiting to jog horses until his new safety vest with added back protection had arrived. Victory Park is co-owned by Barbara Turcotte, Vickie Howard, Pete Roccasano and Ron Ruggles. The fastest mile on the program was registered by Markie and driver Bob Roberts in the fifth race $3,400 three-year-old filly trot. They sped away from the field right at the start, leading by as many as ten lengths by the half mile and went on to win by 20 open lengths in 2:02.1. It was the first start of the year for the daughter of Proud Bushy, who was bred and is owned by Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen and trained by Kim Sears. Trotting JC Poss (Tom Sells) was second with Gold Star Ginger (Walter Ross, Jr.) third. It was one of three winners on the day for Bob Roberts. Other divisional winners were Paxxie (Warren Harp) in 2:05 in the $2,950 2yo filly pace; Caesar’s Forum (Marc Aubin) in 2:03.4 in the $2,800 2yo colt pace; Brandy (Bob Roberts) in 2:09.3 in the $2,950 2yo filly trot; Showing Off (Bob Roberts) in the $2,900 3yo colt trot, Limelight (Tom Sells) in the $3,500 3yo filly pace and Gold Star Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) in the $3,000 3yo colt pace in 2:03.3. “Considering all the rain we had Friday and again early this morning,” Ranger said, “The track crew at Sunshine Meadows did an outstanding job. Their racing surface was in super shape for today. I got to meet both the track super Brandon Mills and his assistant Scott Miller and told what a great job they did in preparing this place for the races.” There were also two “celebrity” races in double-seater jogging carts held during the program. In the closest finish of any race on the day, Florida State Senator Maria Sachs barely beat Senator Joseph Abruzzo by a slim nose in the first event. The second race saw professional Mazda car race driver, Tristan Nunez, age 18, defeat his mother/manager Diane Nunez by three opens lengths. “What an exciting race that was,” Senator Sachs said, “I have been riding horses all my life but this was something new and exhilarating, especially coming to the finish and beating Joe. This was a victory for all women!” “I started out driving go-carts,” said professional car race driver Tristan Nunez,” and then two years ago when I was 16, I was hired by Mazda to drive for them even before I got my regular driver’s license, but this was something totally different and a great experience. These horses has such raw power and strength and speed. I really liked it and want to do it again.” The $25,000 second leg of the Sunshine Stakes will take place next Saturday, September 20 at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center in Delray starting at 11:00 am with free admission and parking. The Sunshine Stakes are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center

Pompano Beach, FL...February 16, 2014...Simon Allard built up a 20 to 7 halftime lead and went on to score an impressive 33 to 19 victory over Joe Pavia, Jr. in the third pairing of Pompano Park's $20,000 Championship Driving Series on Sunday night.   Allard, known as the "French Phenom" around the five-eighths oval, built an early 10-zip lead in the very first quarter of the event, scoring with Ted Berry's seven year-old Nearly Uncle in 1:56.4, equalling the gelding's lifetime mark set two seasons ago. It was not only "Uncle's" first win of the year, it was his first win since August, 24, 2012 covering 21 number of starts. Meanwhile, Pavia's choice, Suzelle Hanover finished eighth after a very brief bid on the backside and into the final turn.   The "Phenom" returned two races later in the second leg and won with the five year-old mare Quail in a lifetime best 1:54.2--her initial win of the year and first since October 24, 2012 covering 29 starts. Pavia did finish second in that event, making the halftime score the aforementioned 20 to 7. In that event, Quail took advantage of an anxious Stardom Seeker covering the opening quarter in :27, then yielding before searching for the lead once again halfway through the mile in :54.3. Quail then began trudging forward from sixth, made a "double-bubble" move heading into the far turn, and collared Pavia's charge at mid-stretch to earn the win for the Fishman Stables, who co-own along with Jay and Kim Sears.   In the third heat of competition, Allard scored another "touchdown" by steering Pat Connor's Fashion Ruffles to her first win of the year in 1:54.3, equalling her lifetime best first achieved last season. This six year-old is trained by Kelly Case. In that event, Pavia got a head start on Allard by sending the favored R U Ideal to the lead on the backside, opening up a five length advantage during a third panel of :27.2. That lead began to melt around the final turn as Fashion Ruffles kept gnawing away, collaring Pavia's charge soon after they turned for home. R U Ideal finished third (back of Machs Delicacy) and earned five points.   That was the clincher in the competition with one race to go.   In the finale, Allard's Kissmatt tried for the clean sweep by cutting panels of :28.3,:58.1 and 1:26.3 but Bruce Ranger, handling Go Go Patty Jo for Diane Hellen, used his picture perfect journey and went on the score a photo finish win over Pavia's choice, YS Goldstar, by a head in 1:55. Five Stars Queen was third in that event with Kissmitt winding up fourth.   Final Score: Allard 33-Pavia 19.   Allard will meet the winner of Monday night's match-up of Ricky Macomber, Jr. vs. Kevin Wallis.   The competition continues through mid-March with the winner earning $8,000 in the $20,000 Championship Series.   Post time for Monday's card remains at 7:05 p.m.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced that the 2013 Caretaker of the Year award winner is Pam Senclair. She is being awarded for her work in the development of three Florida Stakes winners. She will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Ms. Senclair, working in the Jay and Kim Sears Stable, helped develop the successful performance of Markie (Proud Bushy-R Markie’s Angel-Corleone), the two year-old trotting filly that earned $57,000 with a slate of 11 starts, seven wins and two second place finishes and a record of 2,2:01.2f. She also looked after Showing Off (Wewering-Walhalla-Garland Lobell), the two year-old trotting gelding the earned $46,382 and a mark of 2,2:01.3f. This colt was eight times first and second in 11 starts. Pam also added her stamp to the three year-old pacing filly Tashia (Six Of Diamonds-Armbro Robin-Cam Fella). This filly raced tough during the entire racing season, earning $68,631 with a record of p,3,1:54.1f. She started 36 times and reached the winners’ circle 11 times. The Caretaker of the Year was chosen from the ten different caretakers who were honored each month during the 2013 season at Pompano Park by the Florida USHWA Chapter. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400,, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, By Thomas H. Hicks for the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2013 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to Jody Dancer of Pompano Beach, the wife of the late Hall of Famer, Stanley Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing an outstanding juvenile pacer goes to Tom Audley of Bell, a previous winner of this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of trotters, goes for the second time to Kim Sears of Osteen. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Michele Hallett of Margate. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Victoria Howard and her step-father, Peter Roccasano, of Boca Raton  and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2013 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to transplanted Californian Ed Hensley, a leading reinsman at west coast venues, Hoosier Park and now in Florida. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Isle Pompano Park Vice President and General Manager Rob Wyre and the Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Isle Pompano Park chef Joe Harvella. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who over his or her career has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year’s honoree will be announced shortly. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400,, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, From the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2013...Pompano Park was host for the $427,300 F.S.B.O.A. Championship Series for Florida Bred two and three year-olds on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Here is a recap of those events. TOUGH ISSUE TAKES $50,300 2YO COLT PACE Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors in the (non-wagering) $50,300 Florida Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a handy victory measuring 3 ¼ lengths in1:56.3. Owned by Brenda Komers along and the Verderame Stable and trained by Mike Deters, the gelded son of Tough Sir registered his fifth win of the year in 12 starts by wiring together panels of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.3 before sealing the issue with a final quarter in :28. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was second with Warlock (Wally Hennessey), expected to be the chief competition to the winner, third in the trio after making a miscue leaving. The victory pushed Tough Issue's earnings to $55,745. SHOWING OFF REDEEMS HIMSELF IN JUVENILE COLT TROT Showing Off and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to win the $51,600 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.3 win in the second of two non-wagering events at Pompano Park. The son of Wewering, owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears, still hospitalized but recuperating from a training mishap a few weeks back, was away cautiously as Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) carved up early panels of :31 and 1:01.1 with Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) in pursuit. On the backside, Hennessey asked the gelding to roll and roll he did, brushing up from third and using a :29.2 third panel to take command with authority before easily striding home a 2 ½ length winner of Geronimo Fame. Gator On Patrol did finish third while Midnight Michael picked up the minors in the quartet. Showing Off now has a 5-3-0 scorecard in 11 starts, good for earnings of $46,382. After the race, Hennessey said, " know, these two year-olds are still learning and haven't become the 'push-button' racehorses yet--you know, he made a break leaving in his last start. So, I let this one settle in early before 'pushing the button' on the backside. He responded great." MARKIE TAKES $55,200 2YO FILLY TROT Jay Sears' filly Markie, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears, captured the $55,200 Breeders Stake Final by romping home a winner by over Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo) in 2:02. The daughter of Proud Bushy--3 to 5 on the tote-board--was away gingerly avoiding trouble early as two combatants went off stride leaving. Fifth at the opening :30.2 quarter, Markie was out and going three-eighths into the mile, reaching fourth half way through the mile timed in 1:02.1. On the backside, Markie surged from five lengths out of it to a commanding lead of 3 ½ by the third station in 1:31.1. From there, it was a cakewalk as the filly crossed the line 3 ¼ to the good of Trotting JC Poss with Famous Halle (Bruce Ranger) third. Blame Bushy recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Goldstar Ginger picked up the nickel in the septet. For Markie, it was her seventh win of the year in 11 starts and pushed her bounty to $57,700. She paid $3.20 to win. TASHIA A PHOTO FINISH WINNER IN $55,400 3YO FILLY PACE Jay Sears picked up yet another Breeders Stake crown when his free-legged filly Tashia, driven by Stephane Lareau, eked out a photo finish victory--a literal whisker--over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Don't Spank Me (Bruce Ranger) in the $55,400 Breeders Stakes Final in 1:54.1. Full of Fame (Joe Pavia, Jr.) finished third after making a bold first-over bid around the final turn. Delray Princess and Track Girl pick up the final awards. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds was last in her field after opening fractions of :27.1 and :57 half way through the mile, wended her way into contention on the backside, fanned four wide turning for home after 3/4s in 1:25.3 and just did nail the pacesetting Don't Spank me in the final stride. After the race, driver Stephane Lareau said, ...this filly is as tough a filly as you'll find on the racetrack. After they took the pants (hobbles) off of her, she became a racehorse and I think the difference tonight was Kim (trainer Sears) giving her a qualifying start a week ago just to keep her tight. The other filly (Don't Spank Me) hadn't been out since early in the month and that just may have been the difference." For Tashia, it was her 11th win of the year, pushing her seasonal bounty to $67,351. As third choice in the betting pool, Tashia paid $14.20 to win. TYREE'S TREASURE TAKES 3YO FILLY TROT The lightly raced Tyree's Treasure, a bridesmaid in her last two outings, finally became the "bride" in winning her $52,800 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies in a lifetime best performance 1:59.3. The daughter of Famously, off as the 8 to 5 second choice, led every step of her mile for Bruce Ranger, pinning a 2 ½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express (Rick Plano). Hollys Diamond was third--18 ¼ lengths away--while Piper Pfeiffer and Sweet Loreley completed the quintet. "It was a pretty handy win for her this time around," said Bruce Ranger. "She always has good gate speed but tonight she had a very good kick coming home. Mark (trainer Friedman) did a great job getting her ready for this and a whole bunch of credit goes to him." Friedman, indeed, made a few rigging changes to the filly to make her more comfortable and she responded bravely late in her mile to insure the win--her eight lifetime in only 13 starts. She's banked $94,554 lifetime--$39,729 this year for owners the Polo Stable and Hollie Proesel. Tyree's Treasure paid $5.40 to her $2 backers. HILLYBILLY CAPTURES 3YO CROWN Amante Standardbreds' Hillybilly claimed the Breeders Stake crown for three year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a convincing 1:53.4 three length win in the $53,800 final. The son of N Aboriginal, handled by Bruce Ranger, was sent off as the 3 to 5 public choice and defeated Quincy (Bryce Fenn) with 31 to 1 outsider Jose Lightning (Kevin Wallis) third. Goldstar Thumper finished fourth after cutting panels of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:26.2. Wingull picked up the final award in the field of six. Hillybilly left alertly, taking a garden seat back of Goldstar Thumper, and left the cozy pocket around the final turn and easily took command at the head of the stretch and drew off in the lane for his ninth win of the year in 22 starts. After the race, Ranger said, "...he's such a handy horse. He can leave...he can close...he's just a pleasure to handle. Last week, when he made a rare break, he just kind of outpaced himself. Tonight, he was well within himself all the way. The victory pushed Hillybilly's lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,434--and enriched his $2 backers to the tune of $3.20. GOLDSTAR JESSICA TAKES 2YO FINAL Goldstar Jessica, handled by Kevin Wallis, proved her maiden win of a week ago was no fluke as she waltzed off with the top prize in the $53,700 Breeders Stake Final for juvenile pacing fillies in 1:56.1. This daughter of Rock On left alertly and was away third as Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) and Voluminous (Mel Turcotte) battled violently through panels of :28.3 and :57.4. On the backside, J D Eleven Bell's (Rick Plano) surged from fourth into the lead past 3/4s in 1:27.2. All the while, "Jessica" was searching for room and, at the top of the lane, found some and roared on by on the strength of her :28.2 finale. Sandalonia gamely held on for second over the late charging Limelight (Ed Hensley). J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano). Heather picked up the final award in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Goldstar Jessica was the 7 to 5 public choice and returned $4.80 to win. For Mr. Audley, though, the win was worth $26,850 and vaulted the filly's earnings from $14,735 to $41,585. RAILEE KWIK TAKES 3YO TROT FOR THE COLTS Railee Kwik, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, got a picture perfect drive from Bruce Ranger to win the $54,800 Breeders Stake final. The son of Basil, in the garden spot from the word "go," picked up the pieces after Sky Crest (Stephane Lareau) set hot fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 and held off the late surging Goucher (Bryce Fenn) to win by a neck in 1:59.3. Tim T (Tom Sells) was third with Sky Crest fourth. Proud Expression recovered from an early miscue to pick up the final award. After the race, driver Ranger said, "They were going hot the first part--hotter than normal for these--and I thought I'd better try and get a jump on them turning for home. Bryce's horse (Goucher) was flying late so I had to get into my guy a little bit at the end...but he held on." The win nearly doubled Railee Kwik's earnings for the year--$28,483 coming in and $55,883 going out. It was Ranger's third Breeders Stake win of the night. CRUIZIN K C TAKES OPEN IN 1:50.1. Mark O'Mara's Cruizin K C earned a hard fought 1:50.1 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night. The five year-old eked out a narrow decision over Lyon's Johnny (Wally Hennessey) and took a new lifetime mark in the process. The son of Mach Three earned his ninth win of the year and sent his seasonal bounty to $83,933. Red Hot Yankee was third for Ed Hensley while Panocchio, who took the lead after a :26.4 quarter and proceeded to put up number of :54 and 1:21.4 finished fourth. B N Bad picked up the nickel. Cruizin K C, second choice in the betting, paid $7.40 to win. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 29, 2013...Pompano Park plays host to F.S.B.O.A.'s Super Night this Saturday night with over $425,000 up for grabs in the eight race championship series. The festivities kick off with two non-betting events beginning with the $50,300 Breeders Stake Final for the two year-old pacing colts and geldings. Tough Issue and Warlock will be among the combatants locking horns in their see-saw battle for supremacy--each having won three bouts in their last six head-to-head confrontations. Owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue is trained by Mike Deters and will have the driving services of Bruce Ranger. Warlock is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay Sears and will have Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey in the bike. The $51,600 Breeders Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings is next with Geronimo Fame and Showing Off among the starters. Geronimo Fame, sporting a 3-1-2 scorecard in eight lifetime starts is owned by Amante Standardbreds and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky. Showing Off, with four wins in his 10 starts is owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears. Wally Hennessey is also expected to drive for trainer Kim Sears. The pari-mutuel program begins with the $55,200 final for two year-old trotting fillies and finds Markie in the favorite role, also owned by Jay Sears with Hennessey at the controls. This daughter of Proud Bushy in on a bit of a roll having won the Stallion Stake and The Melvyn Aylor Memorial in her last two starts. Her main competition may be the Mather's Lavec lass Trotting J C Poss, with Andy Santeramo driving for trainer Steve Stabile. The filly has a 2-3-2 scorecard in her seven lifetime starts and has been the bridesmaid to Markie in her last two starts. Three year-old fillies take the spotlight next in the $55,400 final with Don't Spank Me and Tashia locking horns once again. Don't Spank Me, a daughter of Capital Request has won all three of her "PPk" starts, the fastest in a lifetime best 1:53.4 in her last start on November 6. She's owned by Wayne and Jean Carter and will be driven by Bruce Ranger. Tashia, the free-legged filly owned by Jay Sears, was winless last year as a two year-old but has 10 wins this season, including a 1:55 performance in late July. Stephane Lareau will handle the filly's lines. Tea Party Express and Tyree's Treasure are the logical favorites in the $52,800 final for sophomore trotting fillies. Tea Party Express is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite off of two straight wins for Rick Plano, who has been in the bike for trainer Mel Turcotte. She's owned by the consortium of Barbara Turcotte, Vickie Howard and Pete Roccasano. Tyree's Treasure, with a 12-7-3-0 history in her career, has been second to Tea Party in her last two events for owners Hollie Proesel and the Polo Stable. Trainer Mark Friedman has hired Bruce Ranger for the Super Night drive. The $53,800 finale for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings is next with Goldstar Thumper, Hillybilly and Quincy all vying for favoritism. Hillybilly, owned by Amante Standardbreds, is trained by Stewart Nemiro and is listed as a narrow 8 to 5 morning line favorite with Bruce Ranger driving over Goldstar Thumper, the latter a new arrival in the Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi Stable and 9 to 5 on the early line. "Thumper" is trained by Jamie Rucker and will have the services of Ricky Macomber, Jr. Not to be ignored is Quincy, who has 12 wins this year for the Marc Aubin Stable. Bryce Fenn is expected to drive the youngster from the rail. The $53,700 for the two year-old pacing fillies is a wide open affair with at least a half dozen viable contenders going to the Hummer Starting Gate. Goldstar Jessica, who picked a great time to break her maiden last week in the Aylor Memorial, is the 5 to 2 early choice for owner-trainer Tom Audley, who has passed along the driving assignment again to Kevin Wallis. J D Eleven Bell's has been ultra-consistent in her first season of racing wars showing a 4-2-4 record in 10 starts for owner Joe Martinelli, Sr. Rick Plano will be in the bike for trainer Paul Bernardo. Heather, Limelight, Voluminous and Sandalonia will all get their share of backers, as well. Tim T looks to rebound in the $54,800 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old trotting colts and geldings. The altered son of Basil has been a disappointment in his last two outings but sports the fastest lifetime mark of all entrants--1:56.3. Tom Sells will drive for trainer Mike Deters and the consortium of owners inclusing Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Mike Prendergast. The main competition may come from Joe Pennacchio's Railee Kwik who has been no worse than second in his last seven starts for trainer Jim McDonald. Railee Kwik will have Bruce Ranger handling his lines. Post time for the non-wagering early events is 6:35 with a 7:05 post intact for the 12 race pari-mutuel card. Free T-Shirts will be distributed while supplies last. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 23, 2013…The Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds was contested at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Tough Issue, Geronimo Fame, Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prize in their respective divisions. Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took the $18,400 non-betting opener for the pacing colts and geldings in a lifetime best 1:56.2, knocking almost three seconds off his previous best winning time. Trained by Mike Deters for Brenda Komers and the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue, a gelded son of Tough Sir, took the lead immediately in his trio and clocked an opening panel in a sharp :27.2, thwarting any early challengers, before reaching the half in :57. Heading into the final turn, Warlock (Wally Hennessey) left the pocket and began his bid which brought him alongside the leader turning for home…but a costly miscue at that point left him a baker's dozen lengths behind at the wire. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was prominent early but finished well back--29 1/2 lengths--at the end of the mile. For Tough Issue, it was a bit of revenge after having finished second to his chief nemesis--Warlock--in three of his last four starts. His scorecard now reads 4-3-1 in 11 starts, good for earnings of $25,565 heading into Super Night next Saturday. In the $19,050 juvenile event for the trotting colts and geldings, Geronimo Fame, handled by Bruce Ranger for Amante Standardbreds, wore down a stubborn Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) in deep stretch to score a half length triumph in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) and Showing Off (Wally Hennessey) both made early miscues and were never in the hunt in the quartet. The "Famously" bred colt (yes, he is by Famously), was away in good order from his outside four post and let Gator On Patrol carve out panels of :31.3, 1:01.4 and 1:31.4 before using his :29.2 finale to earn his third lifetime win in eight starts. He's banked a tad over $21,000 thus far. The two year-old filly events were contested on the pari-mutuel card with Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prizes. Gold Star Jessica, a daughter of Rock On, took the $21,300 pace for Kevin Wallis, breaking her maiden with a splendid 1:55.4 three length win over Heather (Wally Hennessey) with J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano) next. Voluminous and Sandalonia picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Gold Star Jessica left alertly before allowing Heather to take the lead at the quarter timed in :28. The latter was forced to carve subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.3 as Voluminous kept the pressure on throughout. Turning for home, Jessica found some room and easily romped by the leader and drew off at the end of the mile. The win was worth $10,650 to owner Audley--pushing her 2013 bounty to $14,735--and $10.20 to those who had a $2 ticket on the tote's fourth choice on the board. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis kept it short and sweet. "We had a great trip…and it was a great time for her to break her maiden!" In the filly trot, Markie, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay Sears, used a :29.3 finale to wear down the pace-setting Trotting J C Poss to score by 1 1/4 lengths. This daughter of Proud Bushy, starting from the outside seven post, avoided trouble leaving and settled into third early as Trotting J C Poss and Famous Halle were one-two through fractions of :292, 1:00.4 and 1:31.3. Less than three-eighths out, Hennessey left the pocket and began to wear down the leaders, collaring Trotting J C Poss a sixteenth out and drawing clear late. Gold Star Ginger and Blame Bushy picked up minor awards in the septet. Garnering her sixth win of the year in 10 starts, Markie sent her 2013 earnings to $30,100. As the 8 to 5 choice on the board, she paid $5.20 to win. In other action, Thebestofjoel, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, grabbed command of the racetrack from his first stride out of the gate and wired together panels of :27.2, :28.2, :27.2 and 27.2 to score in a brilliant 1:50.3--his margin of victory over Northern Companion (Rob Hoffman) 1 3/4 lengths with Cruizin K C (Mark O'Mara) third. Yankees In Six finished fourth while Rocknroll Special picked up the "nickel." For this five year-old son of Cammibest, it was his fourth win of the year, pushing his seasonal bounty to $57,262 and $206,107 lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "This horse is very adaptable. He can race anyway and, when I didn't see too much throttling early, I decided to give it a go. I was kind of surprised that he was up to this kind of effort because he'd been off a couple of weeks…but he just kept on going!" Finally, The Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to Club 101, an organization that helps the needy in numerous ways. After Joe Pennacchio won the Amateur event with JP Houle Stables Miss Janine, Bruce Ranger and Dein Spriggs joined many of the amateur drivers in the winner's circle to help make the presentation. The Club is expected to feed more than 300 people over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Florida Amateur Drivers Club has donated over $125,000 to charitable causes over their existence. John Berry  

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