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Pompano Beach, FL...January 8, 2017...The grand pacer Panocchio earned his 50th lifetime win on Sunday night (January 8) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace, conquering his five harness racing  rivals at in 1:52.1. Driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, the seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, beginning from the outside six post on a coolish night--61o--in South Florida, took command around the opening turn and went on to post fractions of :27; :56 and 1;23.4 before a :28.2 finale left Fritzie Pic Up Man, handled by Tom Jackson, three-parts-of-a-length back in second at the wire. Bluehourpower, teamed up with Ricky Macomber, Jr., finished third after a backside binge from fourth that put him a threatening second around the final turn before faltering a bit late. Whogoesfirst used a ground saving journey to finish fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. After the event, driver Hennessey related, "Well, it was kinda cool tonight--not as cool as Chicago or New York--but, cool, nonetheless for Florida. I wanted to get him to the top tonight to try and control the pace and we got a nice breather in that second quarter and that helped a lot. "On the backside, Ricky's horse (Bluehourpower) was pacing strong so Panocchio, on his own, picked up the pace and held him at bay and, in the lane, he was on his own all the way home. "Considering the cool temperature, he did just fine!" In garnering his 50th career victory in 110 lifetime starts, Panocchio sent his bankroll to $409,368--$12,000 of that in the first eight days of this new year. The brilliant pacer has won 28 of his 41 career starts at Pompano Park and currently holds the track record of 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio enriched his multitude of backers with a win mutual of $2.40. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Legal Spike, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner and driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The six year-old altered son of Third Straight, a $5,000 claim some three months ago, has steadily moved up the ladder since, and, on this night, used two moves to score in 1:52.2, his margin of victory 1½ lengths over the late charging Mystic Desire, driven by Aaron Byron. Abreathofreshart was third for Wally Hennessey while Rockntouch finished fourth. Secretsoftheknight, last half way through the mile, rallied to pick up the nickel in the field of nine. Legal Spike, leaving from post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to take command early with Pop Cop (post 7) and Ideal Fashion (post 8) both on the prowl with the latter taking the field to the opener in a hot :27 with Pop Cop next and Legal Spike third--but not for long. Three-eighths into the mile, Legal Spike was back on top, posting subsequent panels of :55 and 1:23.3 before his :28.4 sprint home sealed the deal. Legal Spike won for the 13th time career-wise to send his lifetime bankroll to $113,987--$25,200 of that since the Hoosier Park claim on October 13. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Legal Spike paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with the $12,000 Open Trot with Cashahallic installed as the 3 to 1 morning line choice in the field of nine. The nine year-old Richie Silverman trainee comes into the action looking to add to his lifetime bankroll of $336,765. Aaron Byron is expected in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2017...The grand harness racing gelding Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, celebrated his seventh birthday with his 49th lifetime win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio stopped the timer in 1:51.2 in defeating a against a stellar sextet with combined career earnings of more than $2.5 million. The son of No Pan Intended, off as the second choice at 4 to 5, pinned a 1¾ length defeat on the late charging 18 to 1 chance Bluehourpower, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. with Duc Dorleans, teamed up with Pompano newcomer Stephane Brosseau and off at 13 to 1, third, 2¼ lengths away. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Drachan Hanover, with John MacDonald handling the lines, finished fourth after cutting initial panels of :26.1, :55.2 and 1:23.1. Whogoesfirst (Kevin Wallis) used the rail for a ground saving mile to pick up the nickel while Abreathofreshart completed the rundown. At the outset, Panocchio, leaving from the coveted post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to assume the early lead while Drachan Hanover, leaving from post 6, began a grind forward that put him on top midway around the opening turn. Duc Dorleans, on the engine early as well, nestled into the third spot with Whogoesfirst, Abreathofreshart and Bluehourpower next. Giving plenty of respect to the leader, positions remained unchanged until mid-backstretch when Bluehourpower began his march forward from seven lengths away but gnawing away slowly. Meanwhile, just after Drachan Hanover reached that third station, Panocchio abruptly left his cozy garden spot and engaged the leader in war, taking command turning for home and then holding off Bluehourpower as Macomber's charge was pacing the fastest final panel of the group--:27.2--but still almost two lengths away at the finish. After the race, Hennessey related, "this horse does nothing but amaze me. He had a very tough trip in his last start and Jimmy (trainer Mattison) gave him a week off. "It seems, whenever he gets a week off, he comes back better than ever. He took a week off in early November and he came back and won. He had to take another week off in late November and he came back and won. "Then, after that tough trip last start, he took a week off and, tonight, he was as sharp as ever. "Jim and (wife) Vicki do a fantastic job with him and this horse pays them back with his great performances on the racetrack." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Mattison, Panocchio now sports a 49-20-9 scorecard in 109 starts and, with this win, vaults over the $400,000 in career bounty--$403,368 to be precise. Panocchio rewarded his many backers with a $3.80 win mutual. Racing continues on Monday night with Tater Twister looking to extend his winning streak to three in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The seven year-old gelded son of ABC Garland, trained by Mike Murphy for owners Imogene Rhule, Geneva Stewart and Barbara Murphy, comes off his best season as he won almost $60,000 in 2016. Mike Simons is expected back in the sulky back of Tater Twister, installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite against Railee Workable, Diamond Dagger, She's All In, Serendipitious and Gold Savage. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool awaiting covering races 6 through 9. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

The "unbelievable" Panocchio stretched his harness racing winning streak to six at Pompano Park on Sunday night after being forced to change his usual front stepping tactics in a come from behind win for Wally Hennessey in 1:50.2.   The six year-old son of No Pan Intended, starting from the outside eight post, had to come from near the back of the pack as more than half of the field went in search of the top spot early, resulting in an opening quarter of :25.1, tied for the fastest opening panel in Pompano park history.   It was the New Zealand bred invader Alta Jerome N, driven by John Mac Donald, that eventually made the top spot from post six with Sing For Me George, post five, (Kevin Wallis) settling in the pocket right behind the blazing leader.   Meanwhile, Panocchio was seventh and close to 10 lengths back early and remained in that spot while the half was sizzled in :53.2. On the backside, Panocchio was out and following live cover third over as the field began to tighten up. At the third station, timed in 1;21.1, Alta Jerome was still in front Duc Dorleans (Rick Plano) right along-side, Sing For Me George bottled up in third Blue Hour Power next and Panocchio widest of all.   In the lane, Duc Dorleans took command but was no match for the late charging Panocchio, who mowed by in mid-stretch and drew clear late.   In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Well, this was something! This was something! This horse just does unbelievable things. Of course, we couldn't use our usual tactics because they threw the (kitchen) sink as us early with all the leavers. I had no choice but to take back and, when you spot a field as great as this 10 lengths, it is very tough to overcome. Of course, the speed out of the gate helped up and you know that was unsustainable but, still, to do what he did tonight was 'unbelievable.'   "Again, kudos to Jim (trainer Mattison) and Vicki (his wife) because they keep this horse so sharp. I really don't get how they do it!"   For Panocchio, owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., it was his 12th win of the year in 25 starts, matching his win total of last season. He now has 48 lifetime wins in 107 starts and $395,928 in career bounty--$105,161 this year.   As second choice at 8 to 5, Panocchio paid $5.40 to win, his highest win payoff during this six race winning streak.   In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, No Bad Dreams, driven by Dave Ingraham, lowered his mark to 1:50 with a gritty win over pacesetting Pop Cop (John Mac Donald). Cadillac Phil (Wally Hennessey) finished third while Winyard Hanover, going an "even-steven" mile, finished fourth. Grande Seelster picked up the minor award in the field of nine.   It was Pop Cop who pushed the starting gate wings out of the way and that one blazed an opening quarter in :26.1. followed by a half in :54.2.   Meanwhile, No Bad Dreams, sixth and unhurried early on, was out and grinding under the line the first time reaching fourth at the midway point. On the backside, No Bad Dreams kept gnawing away and was just a tad more than a length away at the third station timed in 1:22.   In the lane, No Bad Dreams and Pop Cop got in a slugfest with to the wire with No Bad Dreams edging to the fore in the final stages.   After the race, Ingraham said, "he's just one of those horses that keeps grinding away and grinding away. Tonight, he was very sharp and very determined. He must have paced his last three-quarters in 1:22 or so to get it done tonight. Kinda shows you how great a job Marc (trainer Aubin) still does.   Owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams, a five year-old son of Dream Away, won for the fourth time this year with his seasonal earnings now at $36,885. He's banked just short of $100,000 lifetime--$99,697 to be precise.   Off as the 2 to 1 second choice, No Bad Dreams paid $6.80 to win.   In the Open Pace for three and four year-olds, Rockntouch, handled by Mickey McNichol, put his main rival, Alone In Spades, in the pocket and then went on to score a gate-to-wire win in 1:51.4.   The four year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, trained by McNichol for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable, carded fractions of :27.4, :55.1 and 1;23.3 before a :28.1 sprint home held Alone in Spades (Kevin Wallis) safe by three-parts-of-a-length.   Conman's Dream (Corey Braden) finished third while Musashi finished fourth. Owosso Flash picked up the nickel in the field shortened to six with a pair of scratches.   For Rockntouch, it was his 10th win of the year in 35 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $60,534 and $106,420 lifetime.   As the 1 to 2 favorite, Rockntouch paid $3.00 to his multitude of followers.   In an $8,500 conditioned event for pacers, the Northfield Park invader, Mystic Desire, driven by Aaron Byron, scored in 1:50.1. This eight year-old son of Real Desire was unhurried early as Respectable Dream (John Mac Donald) and Steelhead Hanover (Mike Simons) played "musical chairs" early through hot fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:21.1 before going on a stretch binge that left him 3½ lengths to the good of Respectable Dream with Team Captain (Kevin Wallis) next. Steelhead Hanover finished fourth while Cartoonist picked up the minors.   Trained by Mark Winacott for owner Tony Malone, the classy Mystic Desire won for the 10th time this year to send his lifetime bankroll to $835,151--$49,242 this semester.   Off at 6 to 1 as fourth choice, Mystic Desire paid $14.00 to win.   In yet another noteworthy performance, Dynamite Dude, a relatively recent arrival in North America from "down under," got his first pari-mutuel win in the U.S.A. by scoring a 1:51 win for Mike Simons.   The eight year-old altered son of The Wrath of Pan, owned by Albert Abdala III along with trainer-driver Simons, smartly stayed off the sizzling early pace of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.1 before wending his way widest of all in the lane to get by the two dueling favorites--pacesetting Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) and pocket-sitting Del Rio Seelster (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-quarters of a length.   Coming into the event with a U.S. mark of 1:57.4 in a Pocono Downs qualifier back in late June, Dynamite Dude came into this $10,000 claiming event with a 16-0-0-4 scorecard since his arrival and posted his 22nd lifetime win--21 of those, of course, Down Under. He's banked $169,141 lifetime--only $8,065 so far in North America.   Dismissed at 10 to 1 in the betting, Dynamite Dude returned $22.40 to win.   Racing continues on Monday night with the Open Trot for mares the headliner.   Post time is 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 20, 2016...Track record holder Panocchio, who scorched the Pompano Park oval in 1:48.3 last semester, makes his fall debut at South Florida's Winter Capital of Harness Racing in Sunday night's Open Pace. The six year-old outstanding son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, comes into the action with 42 lifetime wins--half of those at Pompano Park--and $364,928 in career bounty. So far this season, Panocchio has a 6-7-2 scorecard in 19 starts and comes into the action off of two winning qualifying events after a short vacation prompting trainer Mattison to say, "Ya know, he races tough every start and I thought it would be good to give him a few weeks off--he deserves it. "His two qualifiers were fine and Wally (driver Hennessey) just let him do his stress on him and all on his own. "He doesn't like to train much. In fact, a good training mile for him in 2:30! "He's been so good to us and part of that, I hope, is that we are good to him, too. My wife Vicki treats him like part of the family--which he is!" The Sunday program also feature the finals of the Sunshine State Stakes, featuring the top two and three year-old Florida bred standardbreds. In the final for the sophomore trotting fillies, Kevin Kelly's Goldstar Brianna takes her unblemished record--12-for-12--into the event. The daughter of Basil set a lifetime mark in her last of 1:57.3, despite the fact that the track was termed sloppy as heavy rains pelted the oval. Dan Hennessey trains the filly and brother Wally Hennessey is expected in the bike. Sunday post time is set at 7:20 with three carryovers highlighting the card, the largest being over $3,000 in Pompano Park's Pentafecta fourth race. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Campanile (No Pan Intended) made her return to the harness racing winner's circle on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino-trained mare came into the Fillies and Mares Open with eight wins on the year but the classy distaffer had gone winless since mid-May in the local feature. Campanile got the pocket ride in the $15,000 Open behind the race's favorite Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) and reeled that rival in in the final strides. Campanile stopped the timer in 1:53.2 while pulling off a mild upset at odds of 9-2. Bye Bye Michelle was the runner up and completed an exacta that returned $26.80 while the triple with longshot Hipnumberone (Jim Devaux) third paid $187.50. For Campanile, it was the sixth win in the local feature this season. The seven year old mare was piloted to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Back to back harness racing 'Pacer of the Year' at Saratoga Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored his second victory of the year in the local Open Pace on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacing star moved out to the early lead in a fast 27.1 in the $15,000 feature over a track labeled "good." Panocchio didn't get much of a breather in fact he was confronted by and passed by Yonkers invader Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson) approaching the half mile pole. After that rival tired, Panocchio swung to the outside but had the daunting task of trying to reel in JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) who had taken over the lead heading to three quarters. JK Panache and Panocchio then engaged in a sensational stretch drive which resulted in Panocchio getting up to win in 1:52.2. JK Panache had to settle for second for the second consecutive week while longshot All Steinam (Shawn Gray) came on for third. It was the sixth victory on the year for Panocchio who spent the winter and spring competing at Pompano Park in Florida. Panocchio, the race's 3-5 favorite, led an exacta and triple that paid $11.80 and $89, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) has been named Saratoga's Pacer of the Year in each of the last two harness racing seasons. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacing star made his return from Pompano Park in May and had yet to secure a victory in the local Open Pace in 2016 before Saturday night. In the latest installment of the $15,000 Open, Panocchio was the 9-5 betting favorite and after leaving to get away third, wound up first over on rival BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Panocchio got the best of the race's frontrunner before coming on to win in 1:52 for his first local victory of the year. Gerry Mattison piloted Panocchio who bested runner up JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) by a half length while BJ's Guy earned the show spot. Panocchio, who had four victories in the Pompano Open to his credit when he made his return to the Spa for the summer, paid $5.70 to win in Saturday's score. The exacta returned $17.20 while the triple came back $44. Panocchio is owned by his trainer Jimmy Mattison in conjunction with Emile Johnson Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) continued her dominance of the Friday harness racing features at Saratoga. The Chris Marino trainee prevailed for the third consecutive week in the feature for fillies and mares as she overcame her assigned outside post position to make the early lead, a lead she would never relinquish. Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to her eighth victory of the year and fifth at the Spa in '16. Campanile held off the late challenge of her co-favorite Bettorhaveanother (Bettor's Delight) to score in 2:00.2 in the 1 1/16 mile Open for distaff pacers. Longshot Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Beckwith) came on to finish third in the $15,000 feature. Campanile paid $6.30 to win as the race's 2-1 co-favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $22.20 and $111.50, respectively. Campanile is owned by Mike Casalino, Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The second round of the Princess Series highlighted harness racing action Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.  Following a scratch, a group of 11 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in a pair of $20,000 second leg divisions. Leg one winner American Curves skipped the second round, which opened the door for two new winners. In the first division, Noone To Depend On scored a 16-1 upset victory in a flashy 1:51.4 for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Party In Rome, the 5-2 second choice, cut out fractions of :28 and :56.4 before Lay Lady Lay, the heavy 1-5 favourite, came out from fourth to challenge first up entering the final turn. The top two choices waged war to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, while Noone To Depend On and Jamieson sat patiently in third. In the stretch, Party In Rome put away Lay Lady Lay, but Noone To Depend On clearly had more energy than the roughed up leader and cruised by to score a 3 ¾ lengths victory. Party In Rome held on for second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Noone To Depend On was winless in three attempts this season entering Friday's Princess Series leg. All three of her previous starts were in the Blossom Series. Noone To Depend On now has three victories in 21 career starts and $66,980 earned for owners Carl and Brandy Jamieson. The sophomore pacing filly established a new career-mark with her 1:51.4 victory and paid $34.90 to win. Noone To Depend SodwanaBay prevailed in a stretch battle with Divas Image to win the second division in 1:53.4 at odds of 14-1. Driven by Rick Zeron, SodwanaBay left from post two and got away second. Sports Expert and driver Doug McNair found the front and went uncontested through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, SodwanaBay came off the pylons from second and Divas Image followed from third to blow by the leader. The two fillies slugged it out to the wire with Sodwana Bay holding off her rival by a neck for the win. Danish N Coffee finished third. Trained by Eric Adams, SodwanaBay now has two victories in eight starts this season. The sophomore pacing filly is a daughter of the late No Pan Intended, who passed away Friday. SodwanaBay, who was winless in six starts as a rookie, now has a new career-mark and earnings of $30,960 for owners Millar Farms. She paid $31.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. SodwanaBay The $57,400 Princess Series Final will take place next Saturday (May 7). Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Campanile (No Pan Intended) went coast to coast in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Chris Marino-trained mare has been the most consistent force among local distaffers over the course of the last few years and continued her winning ways in Friday's $13,000 Winners Over pace.   Campanile powered out to the lead in a first quarter of 27.2 in the 1 1/16 mile feature.   The gutsy mare dug in late and had enough left to hold off a late charge from rival Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) who wound being the runner up for the second consecutive week in the Winners Over.   Longshot Jets Are On (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot.   It was the third win in the local feature this season and the sixth on the year for Campanile who thrived out of town this winter as well.   Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to victory for owner Mike Casalino Jr.   Siegelman scored four winners on the card.   Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Dublin, Ireland - Triple Crown winner, No Pan Intended, has died after a freak accident at Oakwood Stud Friday morning. He was 16. Derek Delaney reported that the son of Pacific Fella had exercised earlier in the day as he always does and then when being led to the breeding shed, No Pan Intended had reared up, flipped over backwards and landed on his head and was dead. "It was the same routine we did with him all the time," Delaney said. "He is always feeling good, full of himself, so we exercise him in the paddock or hook him up to a jog cart and go a few miles to take some sting out of him before going to the breeding shed. It was just a freak accident, nothing more. We sent his body to the equine hospital for an autopsy." Bred by Winbak Farms of Maryland and purchased as a yearling by Robert Glazer of the Peter Pan Stables, No Pan Intended was trained by Ivan Sugg. As a two-year-old he showed speed and ability, taking a record of 1:55 and earning $115,883 in 13 starts. It was at age three that No Pan Intended crushed nearly every foe he faced. No Pan Intended became only the 10th horse in history to win the pacing Triple Crown back in 2003. As a 3-year-old he won 17 of 21 starts with earnings of $1.46 million. His Triple Crown victories came in the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger Pace. That year he also won the Breeders Crown, James B Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and the Art Rooney Pace, ending the season with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He was driven exclusively during his three-year-old season by David Miller. As a stallion, No Pan Intended has had 551 registered foals with a remarkable 424 of those foals racing and sporting combined earnings of more than $35,150,000. He was voted the 2003 Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Sired by Pacific Fella from the Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, No Pan Intended is a brother to two other world champion million dollar plus performers, Hall of Fame inductee Bettor's Delight ($2.5m) and Roll With Joe ($1.8m). "We are just sick over this," Delany said. "He was set to be the best stallion in all of Ireland and the UK with a full book this season and then in June he was to fly to Australia and stand the season there." By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

Pompano Beach, FL.April 10, 2016.Track record holder Panocchio, forced to change his usual front stepping tactics, overcame a first over journey and went on to score a victory-his 40th lifetime-in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 10). The six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, handled, once again, by Wally Hennessey, hit the wire in 1:51, holding Rockin In Heaven, making his seasonal debut, and driven by Gilles Barrieau, safe by three-parts-of-a-length. Dedi's Dragon, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. handling the lines, was third, 2 ¼ lengths away, while Southwind Amazon (Mike Micallef) finished fourth. Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) picked up the nickel in the very talented sextet. When the gate folded, all six of these combatants seemed to go for the lead with only Rockin In Heaven relenting early and dropping to the back of the pack. So, around the opening turn, Duc Dorleans and Dedi's Dragon mixed it up with Southwind Amazon double-bubbled early and Panocchio next on the outside but able to finally land in the fourth spot past a hot opener in :26.3. With Southwind Amazon pressing on, he was able to stick his nose in front past the half in :54.1. That's when Panocchio left his cozy spot and marched up first over and engaged Southwind Amazon in battle, reaching the third station in 1:22.3 with Dedi's Dragon content to sit chilly in third and Rockin In Heaven second over in fourth. In the lane, Panocchio took command with authority as Rockin In Heaven took up the chase but, with just a slight "reminder" from Hennessey, Panocchio was confidently home free in the final stages. In a post-race interview, Hennessey remarked, "You know this horse likes to be in the thick of the battle from the get-go but, tonight, that wasn't a realistic strategy since they were going so much up front. "So, I found that spot in fourth and thought that was the right thing to do at the time. "These horses aren't machines, you know, but, now that I think of it," Hennessey smiled, "this one is pretty close to it! "He's just awesome and, again, you have to give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) because they are the ones who keep him happy and sharp." In getting that 40th win in 90 lifetime starts, Panocchio sent his 2016 scorecard to 4-3-0 in seven starts, good for earnings this semester of $40,910. He's banked $331,677 for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns along with Emile Johnson, Jr. As the 2 to 5 talk of the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.80 to his multitude of followers. The $8,500 Open 2 Pace went to Steelhead Hanover, with Joe Pavia, Jr., in 1:51.2 as this seven year-old son of Bettor's Delight made a sharp quarter (:27.1) move to the top and went on to clock fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 before sealing the issue with a :28.2 finale-his winning margin one length over Alexa's Jackpot (John MacDonald) with Mister Virgin (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) a fast closing third. Northern Companion and Prairie Jaguar were next in the field of six. Both Steelhead Hanover (post four) and Alexa's Jackpot (post five) played a bit of musical chairs early with Steelhead Hanover, first, yielding and, then, retaking, ultimately proving to be the winning strategy. Trained by Pavia for the Dijo Racing, AGC Stables, Pint Size Racing and Joseph Barbera, Steelhead Hanover earned his initial win of the season in three starts-22nd success career-wise-to send his lifetime bounty to $543,320. Off as the 3 to 1 second choice, Steelhead Hanover returned $8.20 to his faithful. Also of note on Sunday night was the performance of the 11 year-old warrior, Rick's Sign, rallying late for Ricky Macomber, Jr. in a conditioned-optional claiming event to win in 1:53 for his fourth consecutive win and 64th lifetime success in 274 career starts. Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Mary Holzman, Rick's Sign now owns a 5-2-1 scorecard in 10 starts this year, good for $19,368. Lifetime, this son of Life Sign has banked $417,589 to go along with a 1:50.3 mark at Pompano Park five seasons ago. Rick's Sign was somewhat neglected in the wagering and returned $15.00 to win. Racing continues at Pompano Park with a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday calendar throughout the remainder of the month. The May calendar features racing on Sundays and Tuesdays. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Campanile (No Pan Intended) made her return to the winner's circle in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The veteran pacing mare has been a Spa staple for the past several years and always thrives against the track's top distaffers. The Chris Marino trainee got off to a fast start in the $13,000 Winners Over pace and settled into the pocket behind last week's feature winner So Nice (Mark Beckwith). Driver Austin Siegelman moved the race's 4-5 betting favorite out to the lead after an opening quarter paced in 27.2. Campanile cruised uncontested through a half in 56.1 and three quarters in 124.4 before being met with the challenge of So Nice in the stretch. The seven year old mare was up to the task and prevailed by a length and a half covering the 1 1/16 mile in 2:00.4. So Nice was a solid second in the Friday feature while Fancy Desire (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The win was the fifth of the season for Campanile. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Almost lost in the "fog" of the Isle International Amateur Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 13) were outstanding harness racing performances by Panocchio and Southwind Amazon in their respective pacing features over the South Florida oval. Panocchio took top honors in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace by scoring a gate-to-wire win for Wally Hennessey in 1:51-his margin one length over the late charging Whogoesfirst (Dave Ingraham) and 1½ lengths over Dede's Dragon (George Napolitano, Jr.), closing fastest of all--:27.3--in the event. Heart Felt finished fourth while Bluehourpower picked up the nickel, despite a miscue at the beginning. Panocchio, the exceptional six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, left like a rocket from his outside post six and was safely into the lead just a few long strides after the Hummer Starting Gate left. The gelding then zipped an opening panel in :26.1 before Hennessey gave his charge a breather through a :29.2 second panel, reaching the half in :55.3 with Johnny Grippa in the pocket and Bluehourpower on the move outside. Through a picked up official third panel in :27.1, Bluehourpower reached the saddle pad of the leader as they reached that third station in 1:22.4. In the lane, Panocchio stretched the lead to almost two lengths at mid-stretch before Whogoesfirst and Dede's Dragon put in their late surges to edge closer but Panocchio's :28.1 closer was more than enough to preserve the victory-his second of the year in five starts. After the event, driver Wally Hennessey, quickly approaching win number 9,000 career-wise, had high praise for both horse and trainer. "This is just an honest, trying hard pacer that does everything asked of him-within reason, of course. I felt comfortable when we got to the half kinda cheap (:55.3) because I knew it would take a final half better than that to get to him. He got a great trip tonight and a lot of credit has to go to the trainer, Jimmy Mattison, who keeps him ready to go every time he sees the gate. Owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio won for the 38th time career-wise to send his bankroll to $315,927--$25,160 in just five starts this year. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $2.60 to win. The $11,000 Open 2 Pace went to Southwind Amazon, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., scorched the Pompano oval in 1:49.2, a lifetime best effort. The six year-old son of Camluck was away in good order from his post 3 as Thebestofjoel, driven by Aaron Byron, rushed up to take command through an opening quarter in a hot :26.2 with "Amazon" on the move around that opening turn and into the lead a few strides later. Carding subsequent panels of :54.3 and 1:21.4, Southwind Amazon used a :27.3 finale to scorch the field by 5½ lengths. Buddha Blue Chip (Mike Micallef) finished second while Thebestofjoel was safely third. Barbarian and Winyard Hanover also earned checks in the sharp septet. After the event, the always subdued Napolitano merely smiled and said, "He was very good tonight!" Trained by Paul Holzman for Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon now sports a 4-0-1 scorecard in nine starts, good for $23,764. He's now won 21 times in 75 lifetime starts with a career bankroll of $239,632 to go along with his new lifetime mark-his previous best being 1:50 over the lengthy Mohawk oval. Southwind Amazon paid $3.00 to his multitude of backers. Monday's program features a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $73,926.26 with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Campanile (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the feature on opening night of the 2016 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. One of the most consistent mares at the Spa in the past several years, the Chris Marino-trained Campanile moved out to the early lead in the $12,000 Friday feature which was contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16. Driver Austin Siegelman guided the seven year old mare through second and third quarters in 29 seconds before holding off a late challenge from the race's favorite Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) to win in 2:00.4. Longshot Jenna's Patriot (Jim Devaux) came charging hard to finish third. It was the fourth victory of the season for Campanile who has recorded wins at four different tracks in 2016. The 75th anniversary weekend celebration continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. There will be a t-shirt giveaway on Sunday afternoon in conjunction with the matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

TORONTO, January 29 - Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack. Betit To Getit, a six-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a four-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact. Trained by Rick Zeron, Betit To Getit entered Friday night's $30,000 Mares Preferred on a three-race win streak. The daughter of No Pan Intended had won eight of her last nine starts. Driven by Zeron, Betit To Getit got away third in the early stages, while Ms Mac N Cheese cut out an opening-quarter of :26.3. Waasmula was quickly moved from second to first entering the backstretch, which led to Zeron pulling on the right line to send his mare towards the front. After being parked by the half in :54.4, Betit To Getit cleared to the front and marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Ms Mac N Cheese came off the pylons from third and was able to power by Betit To Getit to score a neck victory in 1:52.1. Sandbetweenurtoes unleashed a strong final-quarter to edge out Betit To Getit for second. A four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner L David Ratchford. Friday's victory was her first of 2016 and 15th overall. Ms Mac N Cheese pushed her career bankroll over $400,000 with the victory. Although Betit To Getit saw her win streak snapped, the Rick Zeron trainee has now hit the board in 10 consecutive starts. Ms Mac N Cheese Earlier in the card, Per Henriksen trainee Marquis Volo scored his third consecutive victory and 10th in his last 12 starts in a Non-Winners of Three or $75,000 lifetime event. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner got away fourth, but was quickly moved to the front by driver Randy Waples. The second-quarter move was the winning move, as Marquis Volo went on to win comfortably in 1:55.4. Marquis Volo is owned by Tor Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stable Inc. The Henriksen trainee broke his maiden in his fourth career start last August and has since gone on to win 10 of 12 starts. Marquis Volo now has $91,794 in career earnings. Marquis Volo Friday night's card also featured a $114.80 winner. Lucky Cocktail and driver Anthony MacDonald were first to the line in the evening's fifth-race to score a 56/1 shocking upset. The Louie Eftimiadis trainee finished 10th in the same class a week ago, but the four-year-old daughter of Camluck was able to flip the script for the major upset. Co-favourites Badlands Delight and Frosty Delight failed to hit the board adding to the impressive payouts. A $2 Exactor with Lucky Cocktail and Big Tsunami returned $1,173.90, while the $2 Triactor rounded out by Santannas Gal paid $3,660.50. The $0.20 Superfecta paid $8,280.53. Lucky Cocktail Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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