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Pompano Beach, FL - April 13, 2021 - Rebellious, superbly handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the timer in 1:51.1. The grand seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three led every long stride of his mile, posting fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.1 along the way, in garnering his 45th career win vaulting his bounty to $352,006 for Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner. Ideal Feeling (Kevin Wallis), closed fastest of all to be second, less than a length away, with Lyons Night Hawk next. Wes Delight and Skip To My Lou earned the minors in the classy sextet. REBELLIOUS REPLAY   It was a classic from start to finish as Hennessey sent his charge to the front, out-footing Lyons Night Hawk and La Rockin Sampson early and leaving Wes Delight, Skip To My Lou and Ideal Feeling, seeking his third straight Open win, well back of the leader. Positions remained unchanged much of the way as only Skip To My Lou tried to dent the leader's lead on the backside with Ideal Feeling second over but still last, 5 1/4 lengths away. As driver Hennessey explained, "There are a lot of factors in any race from post positions to pace and one horse might seem better than another. If, say, one is better than another on a particular night, the questions is 'how much better?' Kevin's (Wallis) horse might have been five lengths better but six lengths back so that's the difference right there--post positions and the start. "He was Rebellious tonight and determined and Mike's (trainer Deters) expertise as a horseman and his caretaker's dedication certainly came through. I just handled the lines!" With this fourth win of the season in eight starts, Rebellious sent his 2021 bankroll to $28,050 and rewarded his faithful with a $4.40 mutuel as the 6 to 5 choice. The $10,000 Open II Pace went to War-N-Munn, driven by Kevin Wallis. The eight year-old altered son of Stonebridge Regal used a "Hail Mary" pass three-eighths into the mile--the pass being from third to first in, roughly, 50 yards to secure the lead and hold on late for the neck triumph over the pocket-sitting Darling's Dragon (Donald Dupont) with a very fast closing Saulsbrook Deputy (Ken Holliday) third, 1 1/4 lengths away. Agedchedar Hanover was fourth while Kinnder Jackson picked up the nickel. Unlike last week when War-N-Munn led start to finish in a conditioned event, he tried to use these same tactics on this night but with three other "leavers" was forced to take back early as, first, Darling's Dragon and, then, Agedchedar Hanover got in an early war as Kinnder Jackson also decided to relent and tuck in fourth. After a hot opener of :26.1, Wallis sent War-N-Munn on that "Hail Mary" pass and did secure the lead prior to the half in a sizzling :54.1. He then used a :27.4 backside panel to reach the third station in 1:22 and held gamely late for the win--his second straight and 30th lifetime win. Also trained and owned by Wallis, War-N-Munn now has $375,184 in career bounty. As fourth choice in the betting at 5 to 1, War-N-Munn paid $12.40 to win. Though Hennessey and Wallis took the feature events, the driving star of the night was Joe Chindano, Jr., who hit a grand-slam while getting to the winner's circle with Rural Art ($7.00), Don't Chip Me ($3.20), Endeavors Pride ($12.20) and Neptune ($16.00). Racing continues on Tuesday with mares in the spotlight in the $11,500 Open Pace. That event is carded as the sixth race and kicks off the Pick-4 with a $20,000 guaranteed pool with ann industry low 12% takeout. There is also a $13,222.65 carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 24, 2021...Prairie Westerngal and In Secret were victorious at Pompano Park as the South Florida famed five-eighths mile harness racing oval presented twin $11,000 features on Tuesday (March 23). Prairie Westerngal, a five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, was driven to victory by Wally Hennessey in the Mares Open Handicap Pace and toured the mile in 1:53, defeating the late charging Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) by three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third, two lengths away, while Evas Sports Czech and Ask Me Ifi Care completed the quintet. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her usual sprinting alacrity from her outside post to take immediate command and zip an opening quarter of :26.2 Ask Me Ifi I Care second, Crisp Mane third, Evas Sports Czech fourth and Casie's Believer trailing. With no immediate threats looming, Hennessey gave a relaxed Prairie Westerngal a breather and got to the half in :56.1. The pace did pick up on the backside as Crisp Mane made a bid from third and got within a length of the leader at the third station in 1:24.1. In the lane, Prairie Westerngal drew clear once again as only Casie's Believer was able to do any serious denting through an official final panel of :28.4. PRAIRIE WESTERNGAL REPLAY   After the race, Hennessey lamented, "She sure knows how to push the gate out of her way. She's really sharp right now and Mike (trainer Deters) has her razor sharp. She is a very determined mare." Trainer Mike Deters co-owns the mare with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing and now sports a 3-3-1 scorecard in 10 starts this semester, good for $27,950. She's banked $171,903 lifetimne. As the 4 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $3.60 to win. Roughly 25 minutes later, Deters completed the training sweep of the early Daily Double as Burn Notice, driven by Braxton Boyd, put on a gritty performance in scoring a photo finish win in the $10,000 Open II Trot. The six year-old gelded son of Cayenne Turbo marched up from first over on the backside to engage the leader around the final bend, took charge once straightened away and held off Stick With Me Kid (Wally Hennessey) by a head. Favored Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) finished third after making a miscue early in the mile and dropped back to last half way through. The Lionking AS was fourth while Joey Pro picked up the final award in the septet. BURN NOTICE REPLAY   Owned by WHR Trust, Burn Notice earned his second straight win and third of the year in sending his 2021 bounty to $117,390. As fourth choice in the betting at 9 to 1, Burn Notice paid $21.60 to win to complete the $39.00 early daily double. In the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, In Secret, with David Miller in her sulky, scored a handy win in 1:54, her winning margin 1½ lengths over Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) with BJ Lorado (Braxton Boyd), the longest proposition on the board, third. Northern Skyway and Serenity Cruise also earned awards in the field of six. In Secret, away in good order fourth, made a quarter move after the :27.2 opener and went on to post numbers of :56.2 and 1:25 before remaining unscathed during her :29 second closer. Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, In secret, a nine year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, won for the 44th time during an illustrious career which boasts earnings of $881,628. Hardly a "secret" to the bettors, In Secret paid $2.80 to win. IN SECRET REPLAY   In the $10,000 Open II Pace for Mares, Tempus Seelster, confidently driven by John MacDonald, enjoyed a slight dip in class to score a handy win in 1:52.3. The eight year-old daughter of Big Jim took command a stride or two past the :27.4 opening marker and proceeded on hitting beams of :56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale to score by almost three lengths over the late charging Beach Journey (David Miller). She'sgotitgoingon (Don Harmon), the roan mare making her first start in over a month, finished third, just a lip off second, while Image Of A Dream, the early leader, finished fourth. Persistent Bettor picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Rob Rittof for Dandy Farms Racing and the FT Racing Stable, Tempus Seelster won of the third time this year and 39th career-wise to send her lifetime earnings to $338,021. Off at 1 to 2, Tempus Seelster paid $3.00 to win. Also of note, one of the new budding stars in the Rick Plano Stable, Flagman, extended his winning streak to three since his arrival earlier this month with a 1:55.3 win as he stepped up the ladder once more to Open III company. The four year-old gelded son of Guccio trotted his final 3/4s in 1:25.4 coming from well off the pace to score by a widening two lengths. Rick Plano, who recently reached the $20,000,000 milestone in training bounty to go along with over $30,000,000 in the driving ranks, also trains Guccio for Maryann Plano. Plano ois also approaching yet another milestone as he edges closer to 4,000 lifetime training wins. Driver David Miller had another grand slam on the program, driving Penn ($3.60), Beach Forecast ($2.40) and Roll With Angel ($2.60) to popular victories in addition to the aforementioned In Secret. Racing continues on Thursday night with a $15,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 offering (with an industry low 12% takeout) and a Super Hi-5 jackpot approaching $100,000--$98,428.71 to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Hightstown, NJ – When trainer Mike Deters purchased harness racing pacer Hesa Kingslayer N last year, he was told the gelding might be a diamond in the rough. Initially, the emphasis was on rough. In his first couple trips to the racetrack, the horse was a bit hot to handle. But after several equipment changes, Deters has been left with a gem. The 8-year-old Hesa Kingslayer N raced only 29 times Down Under, winning 13. Since arriving in the U.S., he has won five of 14 starts and hit the board a total of 11 times while earning $89,425. This past Monday (March 15), Hesa Kingslayer N won his opening-round division of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. In the second leg on March 22, he is 9-2 on the morning line in the fourth of four divisions. Let It Ride N, unbeaten in seven U.S. starts, is the 2-1 favorite followed by This Is The Plan at 3-1. “It looks like he drew what might be the toughest division,” Deters said. “But if he’s going to get anywhere in the series, he’s going to have to beat these horses sooner or later anyway, so it’s all good. Hopefully, we work out a nice trip and he’s pacing at the wire.” In his first Borgata start, Hesa Kingslayer N and driver Jim Marohn Jr. got a second-over trip before a three-wide move from fourth place heading into the final turn. Finishing with a rush has become the gelding’s signature style; only once has he been closer than fourth at three-quarters in any of his Stateside races. “He’s never very close,” said Deters, who owns Hesa Kingslayer N with Joel Warner. “He went a couple of unbelievable trips at (Harrah’s Hoosier Park) where he was in another ZIP code at the half and ended up being very competitive. He has a tremendous finishing kick.” Hesa Kingslayer N is the first horse Deters has ever started in the Borgata series, which was formerly the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The six-week series concludes April 19 with a $150,000-added final and $75,000 guaranteed consolation. “It’s a very tough series and I’ve never had a horse that was a really good half-mile-track horse,” Deters said. “It seems that all the horses that come from New Zealand and Australia are very good small-track horses. “As long as we make the final, I’ll be very happy. In reality, if we make the consolation, it’s a good thing. He’s a nice little horse and we have the opportunity to race for pretty good money every week. I just hope he shows up.” Deters does not plan to race Hesa Kingslayer N in all of the preliminary rounds of the series. Horses receive 25 points for entering and additional points based on their finish, with 50 points going to the winner, 25 to second, 12 to third, eight to fourth, and five to fifth. “Win, lose, or draw, he will not race every week,” Deters said. “I don’t know when it will be, but we’re definitely going to give him a week off and freshen him up. Hopefully, we’ll have our best foot forward later, hopefully, for either the consolation or the final.” In addition to the Borgata, Hesa Kingslayer N is staked to Grand Circuit events at The Meadowlands and Hoosier Park. “If he’s good enough, he’s staked where he can do well,” Deters said. “I’m very happy we got him. The agent that we bought him from said he might be a diamond in the rough. We got lucky. I’m super happy.” Other first-round Borgata winners were Let It Ride N, Lyons Steel, San Domino A, and Leonidas A. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) Monday at Yonkers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2021...Rebellious and In Secret shared the spotlight with harness racing wins in their respective Open Handicap events at Pompano Park on Monday (February 22). Rebellious, again handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, scored in the $11,000 feature for the pacers in 1:51.4, using a :27.1 finale to hold Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons), safe by a length on the wire. Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) was third, 2 ½ lengths away after an evenly rated effort while Skip To My Lou finished fourth. Ideal Feeling picked up the nickel after a first up backside bid reaching third around the final bend. Rebellious, a seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, took charge around the opening turn and set fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 along the way to score his third win in four 2021 starts and 44th success in a career that has seen his lifetime bounty vault to $340,206 with this win.   In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey lamented, "Mike (trainer Deters) has him razor sharp. He's a great horse and, when I got to the half in :56.3, I felt really confident since he went to the half in :55 and a piece last week and won. It was just another typical, great performance for him." In echoing Hennessey, trainer Deters said, "I thought he raced awesome tonight. He's got great gate speed and coasted to the front pretty easily. That breather in the second quarter helped--you know Wally has a stopwatch in his head--and sprinted the last half!" As the slight favorite at even money on the board (Skip To My Lou was 6 to 5). Rebellious paid $4.20 to his multitude of faithful. In Secret took top honors in the companion $11,500 Open Handicap Trot as driver David Miller took this nine year-old altered son of Deweycheatumnhowe to the front an eighth into the mile and posted times of $27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.3, sealing the issue with a final :28.4 panel to hold off the very fast closing Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) by a neck in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting 13 year-old Cantab Lindy (Jon MacDonald) and Gemologist (Andy Santeramo) tied for third with My Uncle Cuz picking up the minor award in the classy septet.   Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, In Secret sent his lifetime bankroll roaring to $873,253 with the win--the 43rd of his career. Off at 3 to 5, In Secret paid $3.20 to win. Other notable performances on Monday included a $10,000 Open II Pace win by Sgt Papa Daddy in 1:52.1 and a 1:55.4 score for BJ Lorado in the companion $10,000 Open II Trot. Sgt Papa Daddy ($13.40) eked out a photo finish win by a neck for John MacDonald over the favorite Stone Hanover (Peter Wrenn) to send his lifetime victory total to 36 and earnings to $263,998. The seven year-old gelded son of Rockin Image is trained by Brandy Wine for the J P Stables. The millionaire pacer with 100 lifetime wins Southwind Amazon (Braxton Boyd) was a fast closing third in this event while Real Peace and Unlikeanyother were next in the octet. BJ Lorado's late lunge right on the wire earned him the nose decision for David Miller over EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Simply Volo (Wally Hennessey), who led much of the way, was third in this "bang-bang" finish. Keegan Ho and Tech Titan were next. BJ Lorado, a seven year-old gelding by Bo W, has 26 career wins and earnings of $181,433. He's trained by Marc Major for Michael and Diane Norcross. He paid $10.20 to win. Also, La Rockin Sampson, a recent claim for $20,000 and now in the stable of Ken Holliday, scored his second straight win in the $10,000 ($20,000-$30,000) Claiming Handicap--he was in for $27,000--by scoring a near gate-to-wire win in 1:52. Trained by Holliday, who co-owns with Todd Liebman and Allan Alkes, La Rockin Sampson, a five year-old gelding by Rockin Image, was off at 6 to 1--the same as he was last week--and paid $14.20 to win. The identical event for trotters went to Timon AS--his second straight win--in 1:54.2. Confidentally handled by Peter Wrenn, this five year-old son of Lionhunter roared from last half way through the mile, went on a double-bubble binge 3/8ths from home and went on to score a length-and-a-half decision over the pacesetting Boinganator (Kevin Wallis) with Cartier Zette (Mike Simons) third. Impactor and Mister Muscle followed in the septet. Trained by Melanie Wrenn for owner Michael Guest, Timon AS earned his 18th career success in 50 career starts to send his lifetime earnings to $93,010. Surprisingly, Timon AS, who won last week at 3 to 5 in this same class, was off at 9 to 5 this time around and paid $5.60. Another noteworthy performance was that of track record holder Panocchio, who reached the winner's circle for the 73rd time during his illustrious career. The now 11 year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended scored in 1:52.3 for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Jim Mattison, co-owner with wife Vicki and Emile Johnson. It was the 47th success for Panocchio over Pompano's five-eighths mile oval. The slight favorite at 6 to 5, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. The comeback for the near million dollar winner Funknwaffles ($965,624 coming in) continued on Monday night as this now seven year-old gelded son of American Ideal scored in 1:51 for David Miller in a gritty mile going first up on the backside and squeaking by a game Lyons Night Hawk (John MacDonald) by a neck. Trained by Tony Alagna, making his first start ever at Pompano Park, Funknwaffles is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and paid $3.20 to win. Finally, Millennial, driven by Joe Chindano, Jr., won the Super Hi-5 finale at 38 to1 and keyed a 1-4-3-7-2 combo that lead to a $100,453.86 payday bonanza for one fortunate member of the "Send-It-In" army. Handle for the night, once again, eclipsed the million dollar mark with $1,064,366 wagered on the 12 race program. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,710 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which begins in race 6. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 17...In an event that took a photo finish camera to separate five mares within a neck of each other at the wire, Prairie Westerngal, driven by Wally Hennessey, emerged victorious in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open I-II Handicap on Tuesday night (February 16), covering the mile in 1:52.3. The win gave trainer Mike Deters his second feature win in, roughly, 24 hours as his Rebellious took top honors in the similar event for the boys on Monday night. The official margin was a "head" at the wire with the fast closing Take Abit Of Life (Mike Simons) second and Crisp Mane (David Miller), Tempus Seelster and Ask Me Ifi Care next--all separated by noses. As the wings folded, Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) was sent out in full flight and roared through an opening panel in 26.4. Maintaining her lead at the half in :56.1, Ask Me Ifi Care was beginning to feel the heat through a :27.2 third panel by She'sgotitgoingon with Prairie Westerngal sitting chilly in the garden spot and Crisp Mane second over and two lengths away. In the lane, there was a quintet of mares fanned across the track with Prairie Westerngal finding a seam and knifing on through when given room to roam. In a post-race interview, trainer Deters remarked about this five year-old daughter of Western Ideal saying, "You know, she raced very well a week ago in finishing fifth with very strong pace at the end. I was hoping for a bit of class relief because she hadn't dented the top three in the top class in her last few starts. But the race was written as an Open I-II so she had to stay where she had been racing. "She got shuffled a bit last week so I was thinking 'let's not get stuck and shuffled again.' I casually mentioned that to Wally--as if I really needed to--and Wally said, 'I'll take care of everything!' "I was very proud of her as this is a highly competitive group of mares and it was a great finish!" Hennessey also had a word remarking, "She gave a good hint the week before and she really responded well when we got clear at mid-stretch." Hall of Famer Hennessey continued, "I'll tell you who also deserves kudos--the track crew! Danny Roberts and his guys did some amazing work in getting the racetrack after that huge storm that hit before the races. It was an absolute miracle what he did. And, by the time we went to the gate, the track was as good as if the sun was shining!" For Prairie Westerngal, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, this was her initial win of 2021 and 14th lifetime, sending her lifetime bankroll to $152,653. Off as the 7 to 2 second choice, Prairie Westerngal paid $9.00 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday with another guaranteed pool on the popular Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $44,612. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2020...Harness racing trainer Mike Deters and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to take the twin features on Sunday night at Pompano Park. Prairie Panther and Rebellious were the two stars that shined on this night with the former taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace and Rebellious scoring in the companion $10,000 Open II event. Prairie Panther, trained by Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, is a six year-old Florida bred altered son of Royal Millennium and showed his true grit with a 1:51 score, going first up backside bid denting a :27.3 panel to draw on even terms with the leader at the top of the lane and on to a 2 3/4 length win over Kinnder Jackson (Mike Simons) with Ideal Feeling (Dave Ingraham) third. Bell I No and Lyons Night Hawk, starting saddled with the two outside posts, rallying to pick up the final two awards. The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Panther and, once again, spoiled the chances of Southwind Amazon to record an historic 100th lifetime win. Southwind eventually finished eighth. Indeed, it was Southwind Amazon (MIke Micallef) who was intent on controlling the festivities by blasting off the wings from his four post to put Kinnder Jackson, post five, in the garden spot through :26.2 sizzler to open the contest with a :55.1 half to follow. Meanwhile, Hennessey had Prairie Panther in fourth for the first half before tilting to the outside on the backstretch uncovered to begin his assault and moving alongside the leader at the third station in 1:22.4. "He just has this great tenacity and heart," said Hennessey, "and, once he puts his mind to it, he doesn't quit until it's all done!" The win sent Prairie Panther's 2020 bounty to $57,863. Lifetime, he's won 41 of his 95 career starts, good for $389,980. Off at 9 to 5 on the tote-board, Prairie Panther paid $5.60 to win. Prairie Panther That $10,000 Open II Pace went to Rebellious for Hennessey in 1:51, as well, scoring by a neck over a game Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Solo Story (Braxton Boyd), closing fastest of all for third, 2¼ lengths away. The early leader Mac Anover was fourth while Agedchedar Hanover picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Beginning from the outside nine post, Rebellious left cautiously as Mac Anover (post 8) zipped off the wings into an early lead with Skip To My Lou on the move early as well with these two nostrils apart at the hot :29.1 opener--Rebellious finding a spot in sixth at this spot. With Skip To My Lou and Mac Anover one-two at the half in :55.1, Rebellious was out and gnawing away fifth and on a serious binge of his own, denting an official :27.2 thrid panel with a :26.4 split of his own, drawing on even terms with the leader as they straightened away for the drive to the wire and edging away slowly in deep stretch for the narrow win. After the race, Hennessey related, "this wasn't the easiest trip for the horse as Chindano's horse (Skip To My Lou) was very game tonight, especially after put up a :26 and change number early. But Rebellious is a pretty darn game performer himself and he proved that again tonight. Trained by Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, this son of Mach Three won for the eighth time this year in 23 starts, good for $51,570 in bounty. Lifetime, the six year-old has won 41 times and earned $323,956 to go along with his 1:49 mark at Tioga Downs last year. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Rebellious paid $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Rebellious Tote-board fireworks followed in the very next race as Dash Of Danger, driven by Kyle Husted, eked out a narrow win to complete the Pick-5 with that 3-8-3-9-1 combination returning $14,650.50 for the 50 cent ducat. Racing continues on Monday with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the track's popular Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $23,575.18 .Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park                           John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com    

YONKERS, N.Y. – When New Zealand-bred harness racing pacers Mighty Santana and Hesa Kingslayer arrived in Mike Deters’ stable this summer, the former fit the mold of a typical Deters trainee: a great big, strapping, good-looking horse. Then there was the latter. Take a walk through Deters stable and he might stand out to you. “Hesa Kingslayer is quite well-built, but not very big,” Deters said. “I was actually kind of nervous about it. I said, ‘oh boy, we could be in trouble here.’ ”  By Christian Cullen out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Millwood Manhattan, Hesa Kingslayer raced for the first time as a 4-year-old, finishing third in a NZ$10,700 maiden for Greg and Nina Hope at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club May 4, 2018. Hesa Kingslayer then won two straight races Timaru and Invcargill. He won his first Metro race Aug. 17, 2018, but never rose to the free for all ranks in New Zealand. Hesa Kingslayer went to Australia in mid-2019 and continued to improve. He won nine of 14 starts on the continent, including three wins at Gloucester Park. His final Down Under start came May 22, 2020. “We bought him from an agent named Frank Rinaldi. He said this horse could be a diamond in the rough. He said he would need work, but he thought he could be helped and he might be a very good horse,” Deters said. “My partner, Joel Warner, and I took a shot on him. I watched a bunch of his races and he had a big motor. That’s what intrigued us about him.”  Mighty Santana after winning the Gore Cup in New Zealand (Bruce Stewart Photo) Both Mighty Santana and Hesa Kingslayer were cleared to the United States Aug. 3, 2020. Deters gave the horses all the time they needed. “We got him the first week of August and I turned him out for a few weeks and we started a slow grind to get him ready,” Deters said. “These are actually the first horses I’ve imported myself, and the agent recommended that if you give them some time, you’re far better off. And that’s what we did.” Before starting serious work with Hesa Kingslayer, a few kinks needed to be worked out. The gelding had bad feet that needed correcting. He had also lost significant weight on his long journey.  “He is a really nice horse to be around, nice horse to work around,” Deters said. “We were able to do some corrective shoeing on him and take care of his stomach and turn him into a really nice horse.” Hesa Kingslayer qualified at Hoosier Park Oct. 7. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Hesa Kingslayer gunned straight to the lead and peeled away by 3 3/4-lengths to win in 1:54.1 with a :27.2 final quarter. He hasn’t seen the front end since, and probably won’t for some time. “We knew he was very, very fast, but could be a little hot. We had a game plan that leaving with this horse is probably not a good idea,” Deters said. “Trace Tetrick qualified him and said he was pretty warm. I train him by himself. He’s fine by himself, but when he saw the starting gate, he activated.” Hesa Kingslayer finished eighth in his first Stateside pari-mutuel start Oct. 17 with Peter Wrenn in the bike. Then, he finished second at 41-1 in his next start Oct. 23, pacing home with a :25.4 final quarter under Tim Tetrick’s encouragement. “My brother-in-law dove him his first start and he was hot, hot, hot, hot and he was able to duck him,” Deters said. “Then Tim Tetrick drove him the next week and he said, ‘I wouldn’t leave with this horse for a year.’ We’ve been ducking him and he always thunders home. No matter where he’s at, he’s charging at the wire. That will be the game plan for a while.” Hesa Kingslayer won his next two races, a $16,500 second division of the open pace at Hoosier Park Nov. 6 and the $18,000 open Nov. 13, in which he took a lifetime mark of 1:50.1. In his final Hoosier Park start in the open pace Nov. 20, Hesa Kingslayer utilized a :25.1 final quarter to come from 15 1/4 lengths behind to nab second. While the rest of Deters’ stable shipped to Florida for the winter following the Hoosier Park meet, Hesa Kingslayer and Mighty Santana went to Chris Freck at White Birch Farm for a Yonkers campaign.  “The purse money is one thing. A lot of those Australian and New Zealand horses are better in cooler weather. And I have a couple other open pacers at Pompano and you can only have so many of them at one location or it doesn’t work out. I think it was potentially a good move. At least the little horse is adapting to Yonkers quite well,” Deters said. Hesa Kingslayer made his Yonkers debut in the $30,000 open handicap pace Dec. 5. In that start, driver Jim Marohn, Jr. took Hesa Kingslayer back into fifth early and watched as Tookadiveoffdipper, Hot Deuce, Rock Diamonds, and Western Fame all vied for the lead. With those four still charging three-wide to the quarter and covered only 2 lengths through a :26.3 opening panel, Hesa Kingslayer bided his time. Tookadiveoffdipper parked Western Fame through a half-mile in :54.1. While San Domino slid out of sixth to join the flow third-over, Marohn stuck to the pylons with Hesa Kingslayer. Up the backstretch, San Domino tipped three-wide and confronted the pacesetters, who had dueled each other into defeat. While San Domino struck the lead with a quarter-mile to race, Hesa Kingslayer was mired in traffic and shuffled to last. Hesa Kingslayer finally had open road at the midway point of the final turn with just over a furlong left to race. He circled everyone but San Domino, who had scampered away by 4 1/2 lengths.  “I thought he raced tremendous,” Deters said. “I would have liked to see him out third-over, I think he would have had an opportunity to win, but that’s a two-second call by the driver and he sat in and did what he had to do. When he finally shook free, he was pacing at the wire. I know he didn’t really come a better last quarter than anybody else in the race, but he went from zero in mid-turn and he shifted three-high and was really pacing at the wire. I was very, very happy with his performance.” Hesa Kingslayer drew post position four in the Saturday night (Dec. 19) open handicap pace in what will be just the 37th start in the 7-year-old’s career. Marohn will drive again and the pair are 6-1 on the morning line.  Their rivals include San Domino, last week’s winner who will start from the outside post again, and Ostro Hanover, who will start from post seven after winning this open Dec. 5 and finishing second in the $125,000 Invitational Pace for Borgata Series Eligibles Nov. 28.  The field also includes Hudson Phil, who was second to Ostro Hanover in this open Dec. 5, and Speed Man, who upset this open at 35-1 Nov. 21. Rock Diamonds, Bronx Seelster, and Raukapuka Ruler complete the lineup for the final pacing feature of the year at Yonkers. “I hope there’s action on the front. I don’t think there will be action like there was last week because that had to surprise everybody to see them going that kind of half,” Deters said. “I would like to see a fast tempo and see my horse coming second- or third-over and hopefully he’s charging at the wire.” First post time Saturday night is 7:12 p.m. Racing continues at Yonkers Monday (Dec. 21) and Tuesday (Dec. 22), closing night. The proposed racing schedule for January 2021 would see live harness racing return Jan. 11 and continue on a Monday – Wednesday schedule with first post time at 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Pompano Beach, FL...November 14, 2020...With Tropical Storm Eta finally out of the way, Pompano Park opens its 2020-2021 season on Sunday, November 15 with a million dollar field featured in the Open Handicap Pace. The stellar field of nine features three sub-1:50 performers, including Ideal Feeling, who took his 1:48.4 mark at The Meadowlands this season, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, the author of a 1:49.1 lifetime mark and Bass Player, who owns a lifetime best mile of 1:49.3. But the morning line shows Mach West as the 2 to 1 morning line choice, as this four year-old gelded son of Mach Three comes off a sharp performance at Hoosier Park in his most recent start, finishing a fast closing second with a splendid :26.1 final panel. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Jerald Hawks, Mach West will have the driving services of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey and will leave from post five. Ideal Feeling, a five year-old son of American Ideal, is a new arrival in the Peter Blood Stable and has a career bankroll of $256,193. He's owned by Rick Berks. Maxdaddy Blue Chip is the richest performer in the field with $343,297 going in with this rugged eight year-old gelded son of Sportswriter now trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing. Maxdaddy Blue Chip will have the driving services of Mike Simons and will leave from post three. Bass Player, a six year-old gelded prodigy of Sportsmaster, is trained by Rob Rittof and will have Tyler Smith in his sulky on Sunday night. Kotare Yael, Mac Anover, Caviart Reagan, Bunkerhill Phil and Loud Splash complete the field. Post time for the opener is 7:20 with the popular Pick-4 (12% takeout) in play with a newly added Late Pick-3 added to the wagering menu. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Miss Flora (Corey Braden) takes the featured $11,000 open trot on closing night (September 21) at Tioga Downs. Beguin Dugoutier F (FernPaquet Jr.) was first to the first quarter in :27.2. Prarie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) took over and led to the half in :55.4. Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) was next to the front leading to three-quarters in 1:25.0. BJ Lorado (Michael Merton) had the lead at the top of the stretch. Miss Flora ($17.20), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault, blew right by to win in 1:54.4. Beguin Dugoutier F finished second. BJ Lorado was third best. Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 28 career victories. Aaron Byron drove four winners on closing night. He combined for three of those wins with trainer Jeff Byron. They got wins with Big Bad Bill (17.40), Neat ($6.60), and Andreios Kardia ($17.40). His other win came with Jett Star ($3.10). Wally Hennessey is top driver of 2019 with 136 wins. Mike Merton was second best with 77 trips to the winner's circle. Mike Simons (54), Jim Taggart Jr. (44), and Fern Paquet Jr. (43), round out the top five.                                                                                                     --Fred Brown photo Mike Deters wins the training title with 42 victories. Joe Skowyra was second with 37 tallies. Patti Harmon used 34 wins to be third. Rick Dane Jr. (28) was fourth with Gary Messenger (27) was fifth best. Prairie Fortune is top trotter with six wins in 13 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin. Top pacer honors went to Americanprimetime with five wins in 12 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old horse by American Ideal is owned by Rock And Roll Stable Inc, and trained by Rick Dane Jr. Truth And Liberty is the top mare pacer with nine wins in 15 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old mare by Total Truth is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Mike Simons Kim Wahila wins the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback in the horseplay car giveaway. Tioga Downs wants to thank all horsemen and fans on a very successful season. Fireworks followed the last night of racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Gigi From Fiji easily captures the $11,000 fillies & mares open 1 at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 30). K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Gigi From Fiji ($4.10) took control as they went by the stands for the first time. She led to the half in :55.2 and to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Gigi From Fiji, driven by Wally Hennessey, is owned by trainer Mike Deters along with L Barnett, J Warner, and J Spindler, found another gear as they reached the stretch. She would win going away with a seasonal best time of 1:51.1. Persistent Better (Jim Meittinis) came up to finish second. K J's Caroline was third best. Gigi From Fiji is a 5-year-old mare by Ponder. It was her eighth win this season. She now owns 17 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. His other wins came with Check Mach ($3.10), Odds On Cheddar ($5.10), and Tap Tap Tap ($4.90). Hennessey has a commanding lead for the 2019 top driver at Tioga Downs. With just eight live racing dates left he has 112 wins. Last year's drivers champion Mike Merton is second with 66 tallies. Mike Simons is in third with 40 wins. Fern Paquet Jr is fourth with 33 trips to the winner's circle. The trainers title is still wide open. Mike Deters leads with 36 victories. Joe Skowyra is right on his heels with 34 wins. Patti Harmon is in third with 30 triumphs so far this season. Rick Dane Jr (27) and Jim McDonald (23) round out the top five. There will be no live racing on Saturday (August 31) due to the Smash Mouth concert. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (September 1) with an 11 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com . by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther worked out a second-over trip from second-last, then pounced on the leaders through the lane to record a 1:50 victory in a $30,000 event in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for fast-class pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Marcus Miller followed the cover of Proper One with the winner as favored Western Fame, who had taken the lead after a :26 opener, posted middle splits of :54.4 and 1:22. When the first-over faltered on the turn, Miller swung Prairie Panther wide, and he finished in overdrive to defeat Scott Rocks, who had utilized the Pocono Pike, by a half-length, with Western Fame third and series pointleader Tiger Thompson N fourth. Michael Deters, co-owner with Laurie Lee Poulin, trains the winner of more than half (31 for 61) of his lifetime starts. This was the first seasonal GNOS outing for Prairie Panther, but the points he won tonight, combined with a couple more high finishes before the GNOS prelims end the weekend of September 1, could get him a ranking high enough to qualify for the $100,000 GNOS divisional Championship at 1¼ miles here on Monday, September 9. Benji's Best ran his winning streak to three, and stopped Atta Boy Dan's at five, in grinding past the pacesetting favorite while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:50 in the $20,000 claiming handicap pace. The Roll With Joe gelding stepped up to the top local claiming level here and was a 1¼ length winner for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Daniel Maier, the latter co-owner with Ameer Najor. After being claimed three straight races, Benji's Best will remain with Team Maier/Najor another week. Though defeated on Saturday, Atta Boy Dan retained his popularity at the claiming box, being taken for $40,000 for his eighth straight start, for a track record $40,000 the ninth time during the meet, and bought for a tag in eleven of his twelve starts since coming in from The Meadows. He now goes to the barn of trainer Antonia Storer for the third time this meet. Rock The Town, who finished third in the co-feature and who had been claimed for $40,000 in his last six races, gets to stay with trainer Pierre Paradis and owner Karen Taylor another week. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) takes the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs harness racing on Sunday (May 5). Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) went to the lead from his outside post and put up all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.0). Prairie Panther ($5.70), who is owned bu Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters) road in the pocket seat the whole way.  He went first-over at the top of the stretch and wore down second place finisher Americanprimetime to win in 1:51.1. Finishing third was Owosso Flash (Fern Paquet Jr.) Priarie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium.  He is now four for seven in 2019.  It was career victory number 25. Buter had a driving triple on the day.  His other wins came with Seel The Deal N ($8.40) and Race Me Villa ($5.80). Father and son, Mike Simons and Shawn Simons each had a win on the card.  Mike took All About Rusty ($13.40) to the winner's circle.  Shawn got his win with Wildcat Hilton ($3.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 11) with a post time at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 26, 2018...Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line. The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie. Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning drives in the events with drivers Jim Meittinis and Mike Simons taking one each. Here is a recap of the Breeders Stake festivities in South Florida. $49,200 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Kerry B, a slick looking daughter of Muscle Mass, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay, took command early on from post one and wired together panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3 before sealing the issue with a :30 finale to hit the wire in 2:01.3, scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over another Sears trainee, Proud Sophie. Crown Bushy suffered from a miscue early and finished third in the trio. The win was number five on the season for Kerry B and pushed her seasonal bounty to $49,447 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 2:00.4. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Prairie Gem, a sharp looking gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, took this event in a lifetime best 1:59.2 for Jim Meittinis, who was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Fritz Racing, Laurie Poulin and Fred Morosini. Prairie Gem was away alertly from his post two and led every step of the event through fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3, hitting the line three-parts-of-a-length to the good of another Deters trainee--Prairie Shibby. Yet another entrant on the Deters roster was third, that being Prairie Arrow. Damian Hall and Savin Park completed the roster. The winner now sports a scorecard of 4-1-0 in his five career starts, good for $49,150. $51,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Jennifer, driven by Mike Simons, used her rail post position to perfection, out-rushing arch-rival I Rhoda Daley at the start to prevail by a length over that opponent in 2:00.1, off panels of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Jay Sears, earned her second win of the year in only five starts. Ms Katie B and Cookie were next in this quartet of fillies. For Jennifer, who was second to I Rhoda Daley in the 2017 edition of Super Night, it pushed her career bankroll to $83,928 on the strength of a scorecard reading 4-7-2 in 14 lifetime starts. $49,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Captain Thomas, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, got a picture perfect journey by staking Dangerous Mood through panels of 29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before leaving his cozy pocket to waltz by in the lane and on to a seven length score in a lifetime best 1:58.3 performance. Dangerous Mood did finish second over Brian, who completed the order of finish. The altered son of Proud Bushy, last year's Super Night Champion in his two year-old class, defended his crown this year for his sixth win of the year in nine starts, good for $53,187 this year and $86,063 lifetime. $53,100 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (non-betting) Krinda, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way at the start and carded panels of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26 before pulling away from her foes turning for home, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.2.. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, left Prairie Easter in her wake with Starcasim next after her backside binge brought her close to the saddle pad of the winner around the final bend. Diamond Eyes and Prairie Foolish were next in this quintet. The win--Krinda's ninth lifetime in only 15 starts--pushed her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,186, to be precise. $53,900 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Gold Star Diablo, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Mike Deters and owner Dan Clements, lived up to his 1 to 20 betting popularity by scoring a handy 1:55.1 win over Jay Jay with Mister Special T third. Gold Star Flick and Silver Wings also earned minor awards in this sextet of sophomores. Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made a quarter move (:28.2) to the front and wired together subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:26.3 before an effortless :28.3 finale sealed the issue in this Super Night win--his sixth straight this fall season at Pompano Park. In defending the crown he won as a Super Night champion last year, Gold Star Diablo sent his 2018 bounty to $120,426--$58,396 this semester. He paid $2.10 to his multitude of backers. $53,700 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Mister Marvalous, a gelded juvenile son of Delmarvalous, gamely held off the serious late charge of longshot (44 to 1) JB's Boomerang, to score by a neck in 1:55.4. Driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mr. Marvalous took charge early and posted fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before his :29 finale was just good enough to hold off JB's Boomerang, who, himself blazed a final panel in :28. Prairie Midnight, in the cozy pocked all the way, finished third over Gold Star Yoder, who made a serious bid around the final bend, and Zaza Boy. In stretching his winning skein to six in an unscathed fall season in South Florida, Mister Marvalous sent his earnings vaulting over the $50,000 mark by $657. He, too, paid $2.10 to win. $55,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Natasha, a brilliant looking daughter of Six Of Diamonds, survived being roughed up during a bang-bang opening quarter--:27.1--and went on to score 4 3/4 length win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.1, a lifetime best performance. Given all she could handle in an early three-wide tussle for the front, Natasha went on to card fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before a :28.3 final locked up her championship performance. Prairie Westerngal was second with Caleb's Diamond T third. Prairie Cougar finished fourth over Rockin Ellie, who paced a middle half in :56.4 to draw within a length of the leader around the final turn. For Natasha, trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, it was her seventh straight win during this fall stakes season, sending her bounty to $67,875 to go along with her new lifetime mark. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Reflecting on his big night, a humble Walter Hennessey remarked, "Credit should go to the people behind the scenes that make this possible--the caretakers, trainers--you know, they are the one's who work from the darkness before the sun comes up to the darkness at midnight. All I do is try and do the best with the talent they have given me...and I've only got a couple of minutes to do it!" In other pari-mutuel action, with Rick Plano in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, stayed off the hot early pace set by, first, Panocchio (:26.) and, then, by Uncmprmising Z Tam, (:55 and 1:22.4) before unleashing a huge rally late to collar Panocchio (Hennessey) and Dakota Jack (Simons) to score in 1:51.1 in the $10,000 Open I Pace. The four year-old gelded son of Royal Millennium, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, won for the seventh time this year to send his bounty to $68,500. Lifetime, Prairie Panther has 21 wins in 41 starts, good for 186,007. Uncmprmising Z Tam did finish fourth while Here Comes William completed the two million dollar field. The winner, off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, paid $17.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot Carryover of $27,904 awaiting. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2018...Pompano Park's "Send It In" Sunday featured several stakes events, an upset win in the Open Handicap Pace and Florida Hall of Fame horseman Mike Deters achieving two milestones. Deters, who has overcome a mountain of health issues, reached the top of the mountain on Sunday Night, reaching, for the first time, 100 training wins for the year and $1,000,000 in purse earnings. Deters milestones came in the same race--the fifth--as Gold Star Diablo, trained by Deters for owner Dan Clements took the Tom Audley Memorial Pace for three year-olds, scoring in 1:54.1. The victory, Gold Star Diablo's fifth straight, was the 100th training success for Deters in a career stretching back to the early 1980's and, ironically, vaulted him over the $1,000,000 for the first time in his career. Deters reflected on the double milestone saying, "I'm not really one for words, you know, but I couldn't and wouldn't have achieved these milestones without great owners and outstanding help. That's why we call ourselves 'Team Deters.' "And, of course, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife and son, who put up with me having to be away for six months of the year. Without their support, I certainly would not have achieved these milestones. "I always try and get the most out of the potential given me and, this year, that potential of our stables came through. There is a lot of luck in this business--both good and bad--and the good luck certainly outweighed the bad luck this season. I am truly blessed." Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, used a :28.1 closing panel to score over another Deters trainee, Prairie Easter, with Mike, himself, in the bike. Starcasim. handled by Joe Sanzeri, finished third with Jay Jay and Prairie Foolish next in the field of six. Gold Star Diablo paid $3.20 to win. The Tom Audley Memorial for sophomore trotters went to Captain Thomas, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:59.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, trounced his rivals by 11 1/2 lengths in scoring his fifth win in seven starts. I Rhoda Daley (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second over Jennifer (Mike Simons). Ms. Katie B and Brian completed the roster in that event. The Melvyn Aylor Memorial Events for two year-olds were also held on Sunday night with Proud Sophie, Prairie Gem, Mister Marvalous and Natasha all getting pictures taken in the winner's circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took her $14,000 division for fillies, scoring in 2:06.3 over Crown Bushy (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Kerry B (Wally Hennessey), sending her earnings over the $40,000 in this non-wagering event. Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, used a :59.1 final half to easily handle Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) and Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) in 2:02.3. Prairie Arrow and McGoldrick were next in that quintet. Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, led gate-to-wire for his third win in four career starts. Mister Marvalous, a gelded son of Delmarvalous, justified his 1 to 2 tote-board odds with a seemingly effortless win in a lifetime best 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey, his margin 3 3/4 lengths over Zaza Boy (John MacDonald) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) with Gold Star Yoder and JB's Boomerang also fetting checks in this $16,000 event. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous won his fifth straight at Pompano Park to send his earnings to$23,807. Natasha, the gifted daughter of Six Of Diamonds driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and Jay Sears, made a sharp quarter move to the top after a :27.1 opener by Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) and proceeded through panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before a :28.1 finale sealed the issue. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed ny Priaire Cougar and Caleb's Diamond T in the field of six. Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Finally, in a highly anticipated duel between track record holder Panocchio and arch-rival Rebellious, neither wound up in the winner's circle as Dakota Jack, smartly handled by Mike Simons, out-sprinted both of them to the wire with a :26.4 closing kick to score by a half-length in 1:52. Panocchio (Hennessey) did finish second over Rebellious (Meittinis). Here Comes William was fourth with Prairie Panther fifth in this classy sextet. The five year-old son of Duneside Perch, trained by Jim Brinson for A Piece Of The Action stable, found a seam turning for home, swept widest of all and mowed down his rivals in deep stretch for the win. After the event, driver Simons said, "when you are in with great horses like that (Panocchio and Rebellious, among others), you just hope for the best. I tried to save ground throughout with my post position (1) and just hoped for the best. When we turned for home, we found a little room and he really was full of pace in the late stages of the mile. Trey (trainer Jim Brinson) said he was very sharp last week when he won but, against these, I was a bit surprised. Off as fourth choice at 15 to 1, Dakota Jack paid $33.40 to win. Racing continues Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover which has ballooned to $20,896. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2018...Rebellious, drive by Jim Meittinis for co-owner and trainer Mike Deters, used one of his patented closing kicks to take the $10,000 Open Handicap at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 11). Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, edged closer to two career milestones with the win--the first being his first 100 win training season and the second edging ever-so-close to his first million dollar season as a trainer. Rebellious stopped the timer in 1:51.4, sailing by pacesetter Lucan Hanover (Greg Merton) at mid-stretch with a :27 closer, leaving Lucan Hanover two lengths away at the wire. Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) was third, another length away, with Speed Trap and Caviart Reagan also picking up so bounty in the classy field of six. When the wings folded, Here Comes William and Lucan Hanover got into an early way with the latter squeaking by right at the speedy opener timed in :27. After a half in :56, Speed Trap left his cozy spot in third with Rebellious following his live cover. After the third station timed in 1:24.2, Rebellious fanned widest of all turning for home and vaulted to the front at mid-stretch with winning driver Jim Meittinis lamenting, "This horse has some kinda motor. I mean his brush is devastating when he gets into gear. I love him. I love his attitude--he has a winning attitude." The four year-old gelded son of Mach Three now has 15 wins in 30 starts this year, good for $120,056, to go along with his 1:50.3 Tioga mark. Off at 3 to 5 on the board, Rebellious paid >3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Monday with post-time set for 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $13,347 for the Monday card. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 6, 2018...Gold Star Diablo, driven by Wally Hennessey, extended his Pompano Park winning streak to four on Monday night with a handy 1:55.1 in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for harness racing three year-olds. The gifted son of Mysticism was used early and then pressured until the top of the stretch before striding away from his rivals to a 2 3/4 length victory over s game Mister Special T, handled by Mike Simons. Jay Jay, with Dave Ingraham in his sulky, rallied for third ahead of Silver Wings, who pressed the pace early, and Gold Star Flick, who picked up the minor award. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo's share of the $31,000 purse spiked his career bounty to $90,476--$28,446 this semester. It was a bang-bang start in the event with Silver Wings leaving with alacrity then quickly joined by Gold Star Diablo with Mister Special T three wide. At the opening station in :28.2, Gold Star Diablo assumed command from Silver Wings with Mister Special T still on the attack and Silver Wings pressing the pace along the inside. Gold Star Diablo and MIster Special T raced toe-to-toe past the half in :56.4 with the pace non-relenting by the thiord station in 1:26. In the lane, Gold Star Diablo edged away from Mister Special T to record the win--his 11th lifetime in only 20 starts. Said Hennessey after the event, "Sometimes you just have to trust your horse that he can take a punch and Gold Star Diablo took a few of them on Monday night. He raced giant--a credit to trainer Mike Deters and his staff." Off as the 1 to 20 favorite, Gold Star Diablo returned $2.10 to win. Other Stallion Stake winners were Krinda, Jennifer and Dangerous Mood. Krinda, a splendid daughter of Six Of Diamonds, led gate-to-wire in scoring a 1:56.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the $30,650 event for sophomore pacing fillies. Justifying her 3 to 5 tote-board status, Krinda led at every pole, carding panels of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before a :27.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Easter, handled by Mike Deters, with Priaire Foolish, with Jim Meittinis handling the lines, next. Starcasim and Diamond Eyes completed the roster. Hennessey remarked after the event, "We were fortunate to get a very nice second quarter breather. When we got to the half, I was pretty confident we could get home. She didn't disappoint me." Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Krinda earned her third win of the year in five starts, good for $25,637 this year and $76,976 career-wise. Krinda paid $3.40 to win. Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, earned her first win of the year in three starts in the non-wagering $28,500 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, hitting the wire in a lifetime best 1:59.2, annihilating her former mark of 2:03.4. Driven by Mike Simons for owners Kim and Jay Sears, Jennifer burst off the wins at the start and carded panels of :30.3, 1:00 and 1:29.3 before hitting the line 3 1/2 lengths ahead of I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey. I Rhoda Daley, looking to extend her winning skein at Pompano Park to five, made a slight miscue leaving but made a recovery to earn the place honors. Cookie, with Jay Sears in her sulky, finished third over Ms Katie B. Finally, Dangerous Mood, trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, wired his foes a lifetime best 1:58.2.in the $27,000 Stallion Stake for colts and geldings, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths for Dave Ingraham. Captain Thomas, threatened the eventual winner at mid-stretch but made a miscue to lose all change at victory. Brian was a distant third for Mike Deters. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, who took a 2:01.1 mark last year at Pompano, scored his first win of the year in five starts with his win and sent his earnings this year to $20,550. That event, too, was a non-wagering event. In the $10,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares, the invader Bucklegirl Bobette, driven by Wally Hennessey, made her first start in six weeks a winning one, scurrying around the Pompano oval in 1:53.3. Taking the lead off the wings before yielding, the five year-old daughter of Duneside Perch made a second bold move heading into the second turn and went on to pin a 1 1/4 length defeat on Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons. Watts Was I Drinkin, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Galarine finished fourth. Little Joke was next in the classy sextet. Trained by Rob Rittof for owner Hart Walker, Bucklegirl Bobette score her 10th win of the year in 23 starts, good for $67,338. She's banked 180,348 career-wise. Off at 2 to 5, Bucklegirl Bobette returned $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. and a carry-over in the Super Hi-5 of $8,819.32. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

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