Pompano Beach, FL…Nov. 3, 2012…B N Bad and Panocchio shared the spotlight on Saturday night (Nov. 2), each scoring impressive wins in their respective events at Pompano Park. B N Bad, nailed near the wire as the favorite in his last two starts, didn't disappoint his $2 backers this time around in the $10,000 winner's over feature, scoring a decisive win measuring 2 1/4 lengths in 1:52.1--this time as the 2 to 1 second choice in the betting. The six year-old son of Soho, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Pete Pellegrino and the Baron Racing Stable, went to the top beginning with his initial stride out of the gate and led every step of the way, feeling only minimal pressure in the final turn before sprinting clear turning for home after clocking panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.3. Hurricane Scotty J and Matt Romano teamed up for the place honors while Freeneasy Hanover, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished third after being in the garden spot most of the mile. The 7 to 5 favorite, No Monkeys Allowed was fourth and never really prominent while Oh My Joepa, brushing up to challenge on the final turn, was fifth in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Ranger said, "This horse had :26 opening quarter speed so I wasn't that concerned with the quick first number and was able to rate him a bit to the half. I let him out a notch on the backside (:27.4) to try and discourage any threatening developments and he did this all on his own. It was a very solid performance…after all, he does have a mark of (1):49 and a piece. It was the seventh win of the year for B N Bad and 24th lifetime and sent his lifetime bounty to $345,648. B N Bad paid $6.20 to win. Ranger was also in the bike as the three year-old Panocchio, co-owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., scored a very game win in 1:51, holding off a very determined Lyons Johnny (Wally Hennessey) to win by a head. The son of No Pan Intended blasted out of the gate to take command early, yielded to Lyons Johnny just before the opening quarter (:26.3), reclaimed the lead a few steps later and clicked off subsequent number of :54.4 and 1:23 and still had a :28 second finale in his heart as he and Lyons Johnny raced together right down to the wire. Special Strides, driven by Rick Plano, closed stoutly to finish third, just a length away. Gentleman Friend and Hurricane Howard got the final awards in the field of nine. It was the seventh lifetime win for the youngster--all this year--and lowered his previous mark of 1:52.3 accomplished in his last start. "Pretty surprising to me," said trainer Jim Mattison after the race. "I know this horse has talent…but I really didn't know he has THIS much talent. He's been racing at Saratoga and did well up there. Maybe I have something here…who knows!" While the time may have been unexpected, the outcome certainly wasn't as the bettors made Panocchio the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite. He paid $3.80 to win. In yet another co-feature, Neptune Blue Chip, enjoying a bit of class relief, wired his competition for Andy Santeramo in 1:53. The five year-old son of American Ideal took command shortly after a brief tussle with Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) and carded number of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before cruising home to a victory measuring just short of three lengths. There was a dead-heat for second in the event with Oozie's Bad Boy and Yankees In Six (Stephane Lareau) tying for the second spot. Excel Nine and Avantage also picked up checks in the field of seven. Neptune Blue Chip earned his 19th lifetime win--fifth this year--for trainer Jim McDonald, who handles the chores for Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile. In what was deemed to be a very competitive by the bettors, Neptune Blue Chip paid $8.20 as thee third betting choice on the board. Also, driver Jimmy Whittemore, making his first appearance at Pompano Park, made it a winning one as he scored a five length win with Small Bills for owner, trainer and father Dennis Whittemore in 1:58.2. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 12, 2013...B N Bad, who was scorched badly last week vying for the lead during a :26.1 opening panel (at 1 to 10 odds), scorched his competition on Saturday night with a gate to wire win for Bruce Ranger in 1:52.3. Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, the six year-old son of Soho left like a rocket from his mid-pack four post and easily took command around the first turn and proceeded to clock comfortable panels of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale to hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Andy Santeramo. Quincy, stepping up to the "big time" for the first time, rallied for third for Bryce Fenn while Fine Fine Fine and Oh My Joepa picked up the remaining scraps. Last week's winner, Avantage, never got in the hunt this night and finished sixth with Hyperion Hanover completing the septet. In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, it was his first start back in a month and that first quarter really did him in. Tonight, he was very sharp leaving and the rated second quarter breather really helped him. This horse can easily go opening halves in :55, so when we got half way through in :56 and a piece, I felt very confident he could take it all the way...and he did!" It was the sixth win in 22 starts this year for B N Bad, pushing his 2013 bounty just short of $80,000 and $335,648 lifetime. The Pompano co-feature went to Hillybilly, who brushed home in :28 flat to put his field away with a 1:52.1 mile, equalling his lifetime mark. Driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Marc Aubin and Amante Standardbreds, the three year-old son of N Aboriginal scored his seventh win of the year in 17 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings past $70,000. Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) overcame the outside eight post to finish second while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third after taking an ever-so-slight lead turning for home. Freeneasy Hanover and Maxine's Menace earned the final two checks in the field of eight. Driver Bruce Ranger had three wins on the card while trainer Pete Pellegrino had three training wins on the program. In other action, the Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to The Charlie House, a safe haven for disadvantaged youths, this after John Campagnuolo snick through the pylons to win the F.A.D.C. Trot with Lucky Hit in 2:00.4 over McKelvie and Joe Pennacchio. BK's Luv, driven by Laurie Poulin, finished third. The Club had donated over $125,000 of charitable causes since its inception. John Berry
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Worthys Magic has joined the leading harness racing winners list in North America when Billy 'Zeke' Parker, Jr. reined the 7-year-old Cam's Magic Trick gelding to a 1:56.1 triumph at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, May 8.
Three Artist denied Haroun Hanover his 12th seasonal victory but the harness racing 5 year old Real Artist gelding had to go in 1:55.3 to do it.
Talk about consistency. How about the seasonal resumes of a pair of harness racing pacers owned by the Baron Racing Stable who were both victorious yesterday (Nov. 13) here at Monticello Raceway.
Although he has been racing in Monticello's high priced harness racing claiming events Court Jester is one of the most prolific pacers that has been competing here this season.
On the strength of two victories at Monticello Raceway in the first round of the Yanks vs. the Kiwis International Amateur Driving Championship the members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association-the Yanks- have jumped out to a point lead of 48 to 32 in the two races contested on Wednesday, September 6.
Harness racing driver Greg Merton will tell you himself that it was his lucky day when trainer Pete Pellegrino decided to race part of his huge stable at Monticello Raceway this year.
Mike Merton is en route to a harness racing career milestone and after reining All Tricked Out to a gait to wire triumph in a 1:56.3 clocking on Tuesday, May 15 at Monticello Raceway. Now he needs just 13 victories for 2000 career wins.
On Wednesday, May 9th Greg Merton's string of five consecutive hat tricks came to an end when the lanky reinsman had but two winners on that card. However, on the Thursday May 10th harness racing program Merton again reined three winners as he continues his thrust toward the top of the local leaderboard.
When Mighty M harness racing driver Greg Merton was anxiously awaiting the arrival of trainer Pete Pellegrino from Florida some wondered why. After all, Pellegrino isn't a household name around here but he is a top conditioner and his horses speak for the man's talents.
One of Ontario's top harness racing young driving talents, Doug McNair, acknowledges that things couldn't possibly have been any better in his first working visit to the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Will there ever be a live harness racing program this season at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano when trainer John McNeil III doesn't win at least one race?
Another prolonged deluge of rain cleared just in time for the resumption of live harness racing on Monday evening, October 31 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Two recent cards, including last Saturday, were cancelled as South Florida was under a weekend long flash flood advisory.
It was a most familiar sight at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the first Monday (October 10) harness racing card of the new meet as Bruce Ranger was in the bike for both championship trotting finals of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stallion Stakes.
A humid harness racing evening with the temperature well into the 80's was much to the liking of I'm Just Special as reeled off a 1:50.3 life's mark performance in the $14,000 fillies and mares Monday evening pacing feature.