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Pompano Beach, FL...January 27, 2020...A monster Monday is shaping up at Pompano Park as two large carryovers and a bulging Super Hi-5 jackpot highlight the harness racing program for the "Send It In" Army. The track's Pick-6 went unsolved on Sunday night resulting in a $12,711 carryover and a $30,000 guarantee of that wager covering races three through eight. Even more lucrative is the $75,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 covering races six through nine. That guarantee is the result of a carryover of $25,987 as that popular wagering feature also went unscathed on the program. Closing out the Monday festivities is the Super Hi-5 finale, which has ballooned to $90,857. Post time is set for 7:20. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan. 22, 2020...With the Pompano Park Pick-5 unable to be solved on Tuesday night, the carryover to the Wednesday harness racing program is $12,884 with the result being a lofty $60,000 guaranteed pool on the mid-week card. The Pick-5 is contested beginning with race one with post time set for 7:20 p.m. for the 10 race program, which is highlighted by the $10,000 Open I Trot. That event features the "BIG-3" at Pompano Park--Prairie Fortune, The Lionking AS and Born To Thrive, along with Buckeyeonbroadway, Perfect Chapter AS and Keegan Ho. Prairie Fortune comes off a 1:53 performance in his last start, a track record for aged trotters. The track's Super Hi-5 finale also features a jackpot which has vaulted to near $80,000--$78,395 to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 26...With an $8,575 Pick-5 carryover from Monday, Pompano Park will have a $40,000 Guarantee on their harness racing Pick-5 wager on Thursday night. The Pick-5 covers races one through five. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. There is also a carryover in the track's fourth race pentafecta of $7,398. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 18, 2019...With a carryover of almost $16,000 in Pompano Park's Pick-4 going into the Tuesday night program, a $75,000 guaranteed pool and an industry low 12% takeout, interest spanned throughout North America with a record pool of $102,666 being the final total for the track's "Send It In" feature wager. When all was said and done, 18 winning 50 cent tickets were tallied, each returning $5,422.55. The sequence started in the fifth race when Ken Holliday piloted Roll With Faith to the winner's circle, rewarding his faithful with a $6.20 mutuel. Serious attrition followed when veteran Dave Ingraham steered Rock N Roll Rosie to a 13 to 1 upset win, returning $28.60. In the third leg, Ask Me Ifi Care, with Mike Micallef in her sulky. won an all-out war down the stretch to win, paying 13.40 as the third choice in the betting. The grand finale was won by Demi Ivey for Wally Hennessey, resulting in a $7.20 payoff and the lucrative payday for those 18 fortunate survivors. A $2 win parlay would have returned $2,203.20, not taking into consideration what the large win wager ($562) would have had on the last win pool. Wednesday's program features a Super Hi-5 jackpot that has grown to well over $8,000 to anyone with the single winning ticket. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. By John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 17, 2019...The only thing hotter than the South Florida weather on Tuesday night will be a $75,000 guaranteed pool for Pompano Park's Pick-4. With four harness racing chalks shut out in Monday's Pick-4, there were no winning tickets on the 1-1-1-5 combination resulting is a carryover of $15,934.89 going into the Tuesday program. Tuesday's Pick-4 will be contested on races five through eight. Also of note, the Super Hi-5 carryover for Tuesday has ballooned to $6,483.73 and will be held in race eight. Monday's program featured the start of the "Pop-Up" series featuring a sprint in the opening leg with two divisions with the top 10 invited to the lengthy 1 1/4 mile finale. Ideal Candidate and Quick Art were victorious in their respective divisions on Monday with the former scoring in 1:09.1 in his five-eighths dash and the latter hitting the wire in 1:09.2. Ideal Candidate, a 13 year-old gelded war horse from the Mike Murphy stable, got picture perfect handling from Bryce Fenn to score his 69th career victory in 368 lifetime starts. Now owned by Laura Searway, the win pushed his career bounty to $412,530. He paid a handsome $21.60 to win. Quick Art, driven by Rick Plano for trainer John MacDonald, made his Pompano Park fall debut a winning one by using the draw (post one) as his wire-to-wire strategy in winning his event. Owned by George Tackley and Wendy Storrier, this seven year-old gelding won for the 31st time career-wise to vault his bankroll to $254,633. Off at 14 to 1, Quick Art paid $30,00 to his faithful. Post time for the Tuesday festivities is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

The duo got the job done in 1:50.3 after an eye-opening backside blast that sent Rebellious from fourth to the lead in ‘the blink of an eye.’ The five-year-old gelded son of Mach Three earned his 13th win of the year (and 32nd lifetime) and capped the mile with a :26.3 final quarter. He defeated American Hustle and driver Kevin Wallis by one and a half lengths. Ideal Feeling and driver Rick Plano finished third. Panocchio and Rocksapatriot earned the final awards in the classy sextet. As the wings folded, American Hustle hustled his way to the front and took the field to the opener in :27.1 and maintained the lead half way through in :55.3. With three eighths of a mile to go, driver Wally Hennessey sent Rebellious winging forward and, in just a few seconds, forged his way to the front and on to the win. “I’ve been in this business a long time and, without question, this horse can pace as fast as any I have ever driven for an eighth of a mile,” Hennessey said after the race. “And to think he came home in :26.3 after that...just fantastic.” Owned by trainer Deters along with Joel Warner, Rebellious has banked $112,545 this season and $267,386 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, Rebellious paid $6.20 to win. Hennessey was also in the bike for two other speedy winners--Feelin Lika Winner and Mcjagersonthemove. Prior to the pari-mutuel program, a large throng of drivers, trainers, owners and fans gathered in the winner's circle to honour the memory of Veral Robert Bowman, a longtime horseman who was respected as a “great horseman and greater man," as Jim McDonald remembered. Bowman's wife of 59 years, Patsy, and sons Ted and Mike were among those attending the festivities. Pompano racing will continue on Monday night. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 9, 2019...The USA-Italian Amateur Competition took center stage at Pompano Park on Sunday night with the USA team edging out the Italians in the first of their two night-four event harness racing series. The 53-40 edge came as Gary Barbere, driving his own Andriy Fortna, and Dein Spriggs, handling his new addition High Blue, won their respective events. Andriy Fortuna, a 12 year-old gelded son of S J's Photo, got picture perfect handling by Barbere to score a 1;56.4 win over Sheer Flex (Daniele Orsini) and Savin Rock (Pier D'Angelo) with Cheeky Little Minx (Alessandro Manfredi) and Toss Cartwright Leon Cable) also in the top five. The winner paid $3.20 to his multitude of faithful. High Blue led every step of hi journey--also clocked in 1:56.4--as this nine year-old altered son of Majestic Son earned his 40th career win and first for new owner Spriggs. Tymal Tullo (Tony Dinges) was second, two lengths away, with Legend Field (Pier D'Angelo) next over Photo Master (Daniel Orsini) and Santini (Steve Oldford). A the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, High Blue paid $3.40 to win. Said Spriggs after the event, "This is a very wonderful competition between two countries that love their trotting events. They have many, many talented horsemen and horsewomen over there and it's wonderful that the come over to be in this highly competitive--but friendly--competition. "And one other thing...the two trainers deserve special recognition, as well, as Odell (Thompson, trainer of Andriy Fortuna) and Allen Saul (trainer of High Blue) have each been around horses for over a half century and they still have the magic touch to train winners. They are both amazing!" Father Time couldn't dent the spirit of winning for several other "oldsters" competing on the Sunday card. Track record holder Panocchio, now nine, scored his 68th career win (44th at Pompano Park) with a near gate-to-wire score in 1:51.4 for Wall Hennessey. Making his 199th career start, Panocchio carded number of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24.1 before a :27.3 final sealed the deal by two lengths over the pocket sitting War-N-Munn (Kevin Wallis) with Always Glorious (Dave Ingraham) third. America Chrome, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Bass Player picked up the nickel. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns wit Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio, the splendid son of No Pan Intended, has banked $621,538 to go along with his Pompano track record of 1:48.3 set four seasons ago. Panocchio returned $4.00 as the even-money chalk. Father Time has yet to catch up to Prescotts Hope, either, as this nine year-old made a quarter move o the top and went on to score in 1:51, a seasonal best for trainer-driver Rick Plano. Also a son of No Pan Intended, the winner, after a :26.3 opener, went on to put up fractions of :55 and 1:22.3 before coasting home in :28.2. After the race, Plano simply said, "He's a pretty good pony!" Prescotts Hope, owned by Nikki Hudson and Maryann Plano, now has banked $341,298. Off as third choice at 7 to 2, the winner paid $9.20. Also of note, yet another nine year-old captured the Super Hi-5 finale as Late Night Joke, dismissed at 18 to 1, nailed the pacesetting Mcjagersonthemove to win in 1:50.4 The gelded son of Western Terror, handled by MIke Simons, was away in mid-pack as Mcjagersonthemove, with Fern Paquet, Jr. in his bike, absolutely sizzled through panels of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:21.3. From six lengths out of it turning for home, Late Night Joke began gnawing away and caught the still-game leader right on the wire. Favored Feelin Lika Winner (Wally Hennessey) was third. Trained by Rob Rittof for Dandy Farms and the Ft Racing Stable, Late Night Joke rewarded his followers with a $39.60 mutual a sent hi career bounty to $380,002. Racing continues on Monday night with the grand final of the USA-Italian Amateur Competition with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club            

Pompano Beach, FL...December 2, 2019...Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday (December 1) with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top tharness racing wo and three year-olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand three year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace for the boys. A complete wrap follows: $55,325 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) The splendid Six of Diamonds filly Natasha took home the top prize for driver Wally Hennessey, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53. Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Natasha survived the outside post and a sizzling opening panel of :26.2 before subsequent fractions of :57 and 1:24.3 precluded a :28.2 finale to hit the wire two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar (Peter Wrenn) with Prairie Westerngal (Kevin Wallis) next. Caleb's Diamond T, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Rockin Ellie picked up the final award in this classy septet of fillies. Said Hennessey after the race, "I have always said this filly is a 'freak' and she really proved her merit tonight after facing tough rivals like this, the outside post and a trying first quarter." Natasha Is now 7-for-7 this semester with her career earnings vaulting to $129,956. Interesting to note that the first three finishers all had drivers with more than 10,000 wins each with the total number of driving wins for all seven drivers totaled 46,502. $52,075 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a race where the final chart looked like a "tic-tac-toe" board with all the "x's," Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, rallied from a miscue of his own on the backstretch to win in a lifetime best 2:01.2. The son of Proud Bushy, trained by KIm Sears for owners Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, came from 10 lengths out of it around the final bend to, first, collar the leading Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) and, then, hold off the surging Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the latter with Prairie Romeo next. Prairie Tornado and YD Dream Machine completed the order of finish. As the wings folded, Prairie Romeo used his inside post to perfection and roared through an opening panel of :28.1 while building a five length lead over YD Dream Machine. That's when things began to get interesting as YD Dream Machine made a miscue bothering Prairie Gold Mine with Rhinestone Cowboy taking up the chase in second but four lengths away halfway through in :59 with Prairie Tornado improving his position two spots to third. On the backside, Rhinestone Cowboy made a break and found himself 10 lengths away around the final bend. But, after regaining his composure, Rhinestone Cowboy kept churning along, collaring the leader at mid-stretch and then holding off a furious late surge by Prairie Gold Mine. A smiling Micallef said after the race, "This proves the old adage 'you never give up!' When he made that jump on the backside, I thought we were out of the ballgame but you never know. He caught pretty quickly and raced very well after that...and that's what really counted here." Rhinestone Cowboy now has a 2-2-3 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $444,481. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) Laurie Lee, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every long stride of her mile to score a handy win in 1:56.4--this after carving up panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.3 along the way. The daughter of Royel Millennium hit the line 3 1/2 lengths clear over the pocket-sitting Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) with Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) next. Alil Touch Of Pink and Gold Star Igotdis followed. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee, named after one of the more prominent breeders in Florida, scored her fourth win of the year in nine starts, pushing her earnings just under the $50,000 plateau--$49,975 to be precise. $51,540 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Prairie Delight, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetter until the final bend before tilting out and overtaking the leader turning for home and on to a 3 1/4 length score in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald, who co-owns with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, this daughter of Shibboleth Hanover allowed Callin On Sunday, handled by Mike Simons, cut the mustard through panels of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.2 before swooping by to the handy score--her sixth of the year in seven starts. Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) was next while Proud Money and Brasen Bo completed the field. Prairie Delight now sports earnings of $54,091. $50,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING GELDINGS (NB) Pacing Pretty Stables' Damien Hall, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Jim McDonald, led gate-to-wire to keep his 2019 season unblemished--now six-for-six--with a lifetime best 1:58 performance. This altered son of Cash Hall, once again, led at every pole through panels of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:284 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal over Savin Park (MIke Micallef), Prairie Gem (Peter Wrenn) was next, followed by McGoldrick. Damien Hall shows all "1's" in his 30 charted points of call and has banked $53,024 lifetime--$42,631 this semester. $49,250 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, used her individual final half in :57.4 to squeak by a stubborn Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) in 2:00.4. Pocket-sitting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) finished third in this trio. The winner, a daughter of Proud Bushy, was away last allowing Kerry B the advantage of carding soft panels of :30.2 and 1:02.2. On the backside, the pace quickened as Proud Sophie tilted out and began gnawing forward, drawing on even terms with Kerry B around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:31.2. From there, it was a war all the way home as Proud Sophie edged by once they straightened away and gutted out the game win on the wire. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, Proud Sophie has never been worse than second in her 12 lifetime starts (seven wins) and now sports bounty of $108,740. $49,380 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a war that lasted just about the entire mile, Hurrikaanekingjames, with Carl Garofalo in his sulky, held off the furious late binge of Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:53.4, a new lifetime best. Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) was third in this trio. At the outset, both Hurrikanekingjames and Repeal Or Replace went in search of the lead and, at the opener in :27.1, the latter stuck his head in front but was forced back in the pocked as he couldn't clear. On they flew through fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 with Hurrikanekingjames now encountered by Repeal Or Replace turning for home. They went tooth and nail right to the wire with Hurricanekingjames surviving the onslaught to prevail by a half length. John McDermott, Jr. trains the son of So Surreal for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno with the winner now showing earnings of $103,780. Driver Carl Garofalo, by the way, drove in six races since Pompano Park opened one month ago and has won all six! $54,090 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, stalked the pacesetting Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) and went on to score a handy win in 1:53.4 over the late charging Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder). JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) was third over Mister Marvalous while Gold Star Hefner earned the minor award in a field scratched down to five. Zaza Boy and Mister Marvalous went warring as the gate sprung clear with the latter taking command just short of the opener in a hot :26.2. Hennessey then got a bit of a breather as he reached the half in :56.3. On the backside, the pace began to quicken with Mister Marvalous still in front past the third station in 1:25.1 with Zaza Boy now looming boldly along side. Once they straightened away, Zaza Boy opened daylight and was never in danger as Gold Star Yoder closed with sharp pace to finish 1 1/2 lengths away. Micallef had high praise for the winner saying, "Michile and Rod (Lorenzo) have had him sharp for a good, long time and he was become very handy to handle--not headstrong. I think the fact that he's learned to relax has helped his game immensely." Rod Lorenzo owns Zaza Boy in partnership with Souren Hovsepian. The sophomore gelded son of Rockingcam now has $68,530 in 2019 and $93,707 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Zaza Boy paid $6.20 to win. Driver Wally Hennessey had a six-pack on Super Night while Kim Sears had a grand slam on the training side of the ledger. Racing continues Monday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 27, 2019...Literally 1/1000th of a second decided the winner of Pompano Park's harness racing feature trot on Tuesday night as Muscles For Life, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out the photo finish win over The Lionking AS, with Kevin Wallis in the bike. Both trotters were timed in 1:53.4 with Muscles For Life timed exactly in 1:53.807 and Thelionking AS clocked in 1:53.808 according to the American Teletimer photo watch. Joey Pro was third for Corey Braden, four lengths away, while Railee Workable and Stache earned the final awards in the field of nine. At the outset, both The Lionking AS (post 5) and Muscles For Life (post 9) went in search of the lead with the latter out-muscling the former to a :27.4 opener. Once on top, Hennessey was able to rate a second quarter, reaching the half in :57.4. On the backside, the pace quickened noticeably with Muscles For Life and The Lionking AS remaining one-two past the third bend in 1:25.4 Turning for home, the two grand trotters went on an all out war to the finish with Muscles For Life still fighting hard and The Lionking AS gnawing away right to the wire. Lamenting about the event, Hennessey said, "It was a classic dog fight, wasn't it? My horse trotted his last half in :56, so I know he wasn't quitting an Kevin' horse was as game as they come. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure if he got me or not...it was that close!" Muscles For Life is a six year-old son of Muscle Mass trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jarold Hawks with the win being his 13th of the year vaulting his 2019 bankroll over the $100,000 plateau--$101,930 to be precise. Lifetime, Muscles For Life has won 25 of his 75 career starts, good for $290,590. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Muscles For Life paid $2.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Wednesday with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot not standing at $22,635.12. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...November 25, 2019...The FSBOA sponsored  harness racing stakes honoring the memory of two giants of Florida--Dr. Melvyn Aylor and Tom Audley--were held on Sunday night with the highlight being the grand filly Natasha extending her winning streak to 14, ironically achieved over the past 14 months, in the Audley Memorial for three year-old pacing fillies. The splendid three year-old daughter of Six Of Diamonds overcame her toughest competition to date, being bothered early on and the outside nine post to out-game a very game Prairie Cougar in 1:54.3 Wally Hennessey was in the bike for owner Jay Sears and trainer Kim Sears for the win while Peter Wrenn was in the Mike Deters sulky back of Prairie Cougar in a classic duel between two drivers that have combined wins totaling well over 20,000 in their respective great careers. Favored Prairie Western Gal, with Kevin Wallis (also more than 10,000 driving wins) handling her lines, was next followed by Caleb's Diamond T and Lime Twist in the field of nine. At the outset, Natasha, usually early footed, was forced to avoid the confusion early with a couple of breakers and the lively footed Prairie Westerngal on her scooter early, posting an opener of :27.2. Prairie Cougar, leaving from post eight, was also grinding forward and she took command three-eighths in and rolled to the half in :57.2. On the backside, Natasha began gnawing away from five lengths away and hooked up with Prairie Westerngal as both reached the third station in 1:26.2. From there, it was a fight to the finish with neither willing to give an inch until Natasha earning the photo finish nod. After the event, Hennessey remarked, "this was not an easy trip for her. She had to overcome lots of situations and she, again, proved her merit. She is some filly!" Natasha is now 6-for-6 this semester and sports a 16-14-0-1 scorecard with the win nudging her over the $100,000 mark in career earnings--$102,344 to be precise. Off as second choice in the betting at 3 to 2, Natasha paid $5.00 to win. Here are the other stakes results from Sunday night at the Pomp. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLTS/GELDING PACE Mr. Marvalous, last year's two year-old champion, earned his first win of the year in five starts by taking top honors in the Audley for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. An altered son of Delmarvalous, trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, got picture perfect handling by Wally Hennessey to score in a lifetime best 1:54.4 over the fast closing JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn). Zaza Boy (Mike Micallef) was third followed by Gold Star Yoder and Gold Star Hefner. The winner, away with his usual alacrity, yielded to Zaza Boy early, letting the latter post all the panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.4 before finding a seam turning for home and mowing down the leader by mid-stretch and then handily holding off the "Boomerang" in deep stretch. Mr. Marvalous now is 8-for-17 lifetime with earnings of $58,502. He paid $5.00 to win as second choice in the betting. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT it was a "stroll in the park"--Pompano Park--for Damien Hall as this three year-old gelded son of Cash Hall coasted through fractions of :30.1, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before an effortless :30.3 finale left him 23 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Savin Park, with John Campagnuolo in the bike, Prairie Gem (Mike Deters) was third in this trio after suffering some miscues through the mile. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Pacing Pretty Stable, Damien Hall kept his 2019 record unscathed in winning his fifth straight win, sending his bankroll career-wise to $27,651. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham driving, annihilated her former race record of 2:02.4 with a 1:58.1 win for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman. The Kim Sears trainee defeated Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) with pacesetting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) third. Proud Sophie, a daughter of Proud Bushy, away in good order, found the garden spot early as Crown Bushy put up lively numbers of :28.3 and :58.4. Three-eighths from home, Proud Sophie zipped to the lead and went by the third station in 1:28 as Kerry B took up the chase. In the lane, Proud Sophie and Kerry B went to war with the latter gnawing away but falling just a bit shy at the wire. The lightly raced Proud Sophie now had six wins and five seconds in 11 career starts with earnings of $84,128. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Laurie Lee, trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay and Richard Dunmire, scorched the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 1:56.3, reducing her former mark by 2 3/5 seconds. Wally Hennessey was in the juvenile's sulky as she led every long stride of her journey, carding panels of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2 along the way. Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) was second after enjoying a trip in the garden spot all the way, while Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) was next. Gold Star Igotdis and Alil Touch of Pink completed the field. The daughter of Royal Millennium took home the major share of the $15,000 purse, sending her earnings to $23,725 in eight starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Rhinestone Cowboy, with Mike Micallef in the sulky, took top honors in the Aylor Memorial two year-old colt/gelding trot with a maiden win in 2:02.2. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, Rhinestone Cowboy was perfectly mannered in his conquest of the previously undefeated Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) and Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham). YD Dream Machine and Prairie Tornado completed the order of finish. A son of Proud Bushy, Rhinestone Cowboy earned his maiden win after several attempts chasing Prairie Gold Mine. In a post race interview, the clever Micallef began with a riddle of his own, "what's the difference between the letters 'n' and 't?' Answer: maNNers, maTTers! And that was the difference today. My colt kept his cool and kept his mind on the business of trotting while the others suffered some mishaps along the way. "He's got talent and rarely makes a break and that's very beneficial in these two year-old events!" The maiden win sent the Cowboy's earnings to $18,454. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Prairie Delight avenged her only loss by out-gaming the pacesetter Callin On Sunday by a head in a lifetime best 2:03.3. Wally Hennessey was subbing in the bike for trainer Jim McDonald and, for the initial time in six starts, was reserved off the early pace as Callin On Sunday (Mike Simons) out up the number of :30.2, 1:01.4 and 1:32.1 before Prairie Delight wore down the leader right at the wire. Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol) was third while Whitney Annette was next in this quartet. A daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, Prairie Delight is owned by trainer McDonald along with wife, Dona, and Bill Bigler. The win vaulted Prairie Delight's earnings over the $27,000 mark in her six starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/EGLDING PACE Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Carl Garofalo, had all he could handle in scoring his fifth straight win in Florida stakes company with a hard-earned 1:54.4 lifetime mark win over a stubborn Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo). Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) completed the order in this one. Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surreal, let Repeal and Replace do all the heavy lifting while putting up numbers of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.2 before hooking up with him in a memorable duel throughout the entire stretch. In keeping his fall driving record perfect at 5-for-5, Garofalo said, "It sure wasn't a cakewalk--that's for sure. Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Repeal Or Replace) gave my horse all he could handle." With the win, Hurrikanekingjames earnings moved to $74,152 to go along with his new lifetime mark. Combining his three Sunday night stakes wins, Hennessey wound up with seven wins for the night--four more on the betting card. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot now standing $20,237.13. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park an the FSBOA            

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2019...The FSBOA Stallion Stakes for three year-olds highlighted the Monday harness racing program as non-wagering events at Pompano Park with over $120,000 up for grabs in the four events. Trainer Kim Sears had a "hat trick" with all three of her entrants reaching the winner's circle while Michile Lorenzo completed the training sweep for the ladies in the finale. Here is a recap of the festivities: $26,325 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES Proud Sophie used the draw--the rail--to perfection as driver Dave Ingraham sent this daughter of Proud Bushy right to the front and clocked panels of :31.3, 1:02.3 and 1:33.2 before a sharp :29.3 finale sealed the deal over Crown Bushy, driven by Bryce Fenn. The 2:03 clocking was just a tick off of her lifetime best, achieved just last week. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, the lightly raced sophomore now sports a 5-5-0 scorecard in her to lifetime starts, good for $80,223--$24,783 this semester in her thre starts. $29,050 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTING COLTS/GELDINGS Savin Park, the gelded son of Proud Bushy, took advantage of his two rivals making miscues early and went on to romp through a mile in 2:02 for Wally Hennessey, in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner John Campagnuolo. Prairie Gem (Mike Deters) and McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) followed Savin Park across the line. Carving up fractions of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:30.2, Savin Park coasted home in this maiden win to send his career bankroll to $29,745. Said Hennessey after the event, "I had only driven him one other time prior to this and he did nicely minding his manners and had some solid early speed and a decent late kick while chasing a pretty good one. This is one time where good manners paid off!" $34,425 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Owner Jay Sears' Natasha, facing her toughest opponent yet, stretched her winning streak to 13 over the past two seasons with a lifetime best 1:53.2 performance for Wally Hennessey. Trained by Kim Sears--giving her the training hat trick--Natasha out-sprinted her toughest rival yet, Prairie Cougar, and carded times of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4 along the way before sprinting home in :27.3 to hit the line two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar, driven by Kevin Wallis. Lime Twist (Mike Simons) closed stoutly to finish third over Goldstar Stormie and Rockin Ellie. Hennessy had high praise for Natasha saying, "I told you, she is a freak. She is so handy and so willing...just a pleasure to drive." Natasha, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds, now is a perfect five-for-five this year with earnings of $29,970. Lifetime, Natasha has banked $97,845 in just 15 starts. $31,475 STALLION STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, completed the trainer sweep for the ladies as this Michile Lorenzo trainee was given picture perfect handling by Mike Micallef to score in 1:55. The talented gelded son of Rockincam was sent whistling off the wings and proceeded to march through panels of :29, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before a lively :27.1 finale completed the journey with two lengths to spare over JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn). Gold Star Yoder (Dustin Ingraham) was next, followed by Gold Star Hefner and O'Brockoli. After the race, driver Micallef said, "This horse used to be so headstrong but there were aa few rigging changes to calm him down. I never asked him really for anything until midway around the final turn and then the (ear) plug came out, I whistled once and he took off." Zaza Boy now has a scorecard that reads 4-2-4 in 15 starts with $40,477 in the bank. Lifetime, he's right at $90,394 for owners Souren Hovsepian and Rod Lorenzo. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick 6 Carryover of $2,285.63 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot ballooning to $3,833.10. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA  

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 6, 2019...An oddity of sorts happened at Pompano Park on Tuesday night during the nine race harness racing program as three of the leading drivers all scored "Hat Tricks" accounting for the entire program. The three, Rick Plano, Dave Ingraham and Wally Hennessey, came into the action with a combined total of almost 25,000 career wins--24,866 to be precise--and each tacked on three more on this night. Plano, who pierced the 7,000 milestone the night before, was the star with a "'Hat Trick" of training wins, as well, scoring with Keegan Ho ($2.40), Born To Thrive ($6.60) and Sooo Handsome ($2.80) Keegan Ho scored in 1:55.4 for this 30th career score--4th this semester--for Mindy and Jan Repko, who co-own with the trainer-driver. Born To Thrive hit the wire in 1:54.4 for his 32nd lifetime score and seventh this year, pushing his life earnings to $354,923. Maryann Plano, Victor Contento and John Campagnuolo share ownership in this six year-old son of Swan For All. Sooo Handsome completed Plano's "triple-triple" with a 1:55.1 win for owner Maryann Plano. Ingraham licked off the early double by giving Charles Branthoover's Stormont Park ($5.00) a picture perfect drive for trainer Bob Lippiatt in 1:57.1 for his first win of the year in 31 starts. He then piloted George Coblentz' trotter Canale Hanover to a win in 1:57.4, his first win of the year in 23 starts. Canale Hanover rewarded his faithful with a $9.60 mutual. Ingraham then picked up his third win of the night with his son's Alway'syourway ($4.00) in 1:55.3. Trained by Dustin Ingraham, it was win number 10 of the season for the six year-old son of Always A Virgin. Hennessey completed the second half od the early daily double with a gate-to-wire win with Up The Alley ($2.60) for trainer John Mungillo, who co-owns with Tommy Eichas. About 19 minutes later, Hennessey was in the winner's circle again with Jim and Vicki Mattison's Sundown Showdown, who won for only the second time in his 23 race career. He hit the wire in a lifetime best 1:56 and paid $8.40 to win. Hennessey then completed his trifecta of wins with Indian Creek Kyla ($3.20), trained by Mike Murphy for Geneva Steward, Ann Pugsley and Barbara Murphy.. Racing continues on Sunday night with FSBOA Stakes action and a highly competitive nice race pari-mutuel program with first post set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2019...Rick Plano and Fern Paquet, Jr. achieved important harness racing milestones at Pompano Park on Monday night with Plano scoring his 7,000th career victory, just 20 minutes after Paquet notched his 3,000th win. Plano, who has been involved in harness racing for five decades, reached the winners circle with the three year-old filly Hypnotic Racer, who was facing an older group of mares . The daughter of Hypnotic Blue Chip scored in 1:55.2 despite starting from the outside eight post and being forced to grind forward the entire last lap. "It was like she, herself, wanted to get this milestone win for me," said Plano after the event. She was in a good spot class-wise, although the draw (post eight) didn't do us any favors against these more seasoned mares." Plano continued, "there are a lot of factors that contributed to the success I have had...after all, you have to have a strong cast of people on your team. That's starts with my wife, Manyann, who has stuck with me through thick and thin. I have had some great owners, too, like the Repkos (Jan and Mindy) and John Campagnuolo, just to name a couple. "It definitely is a team effort and I have been fortunate to have wonderful help. Right now, I'm lucky enough to have Candy Ramirez, Domingo Alvarez and Maria Howard watching the store and their dedication has kept me in the ball game." Hypnotic Race, by the way, is owned by Maryann Plano and got her fourth win of the year in 26 starts pushing her 2019 bounty to $27,737. As third choice on the tote-board, Hypnotic Racer paid $9.20 to win. Plano is one of the few trainer-drivers in the sport with a combined total of over 10,000 wins as a driver (7,000) and trainer (3,872), accounting for over $50,000,000 in purses for his owners. Paquet achieved his milestone win with the rugged mare Northern Dali, who conquered a solid group of distaffers in 1:52.3. This seven year-old daughter of Dali made a bold quarter move and, after a hard fought task into the second turn, took charge before using a :28.3 finale to seal the issue. Trained by Gaston Lareau for th JP Houle Stable, Northern Dali is just short of $300,000 lifetime ith the win--$299,660 to be precise. At 3 to 5 on the board, Northern Dali paid $3.20 to win. Paquet then went to work on the next 3,000 in the very next race with the 11 to 1 outsider Mcjagersonthemove, who bottomed out his competitors with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3. Also on the Monday program were four $12,000 finals of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds with Proud Sophie, Damien Hall and Natasha winning their non-wagering events and Zaza Boy rebounding this week and scoring to kick off the early daily double. Proud Sophie, a daughter of Proud Bushy driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Kim Sears, stalked Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) through fractions of :31.2, 1:03 and 1:33,4 before leaving her cozy pocket and using a :28.4 finale herself to score in 2:02.2, a new lifetime mark. Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) completed this trifecta of trotting fillies. Proud Sophie, making only her second starts this year and ninth lifetime, sent her career bounty leaping to $63,112 for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman. Pacing Pretty Stables Damien Hall, once again handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim McDonald, was, again perfectly mannered to keep his scorecard unblemished at 4-for-4 with a 2:00.1 score in the sophomore trot for geldings, hitting the wire some 20 lengths better than Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) with McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) next. In winning, Damien Hall swept through the Sunshine State Stakes unscathed with four straight wins. The gelded son of Cash Hall now has $23,636 lifetime in his nine starts. In the filly pace, Natasha stretched her winning streak to 12 since last year with a solid 1:53.4 triumph over Rockin Ellie (Bryce Fenn) and Goldstar Stormie (Corey Braden). The sharp daughter of Six Of Diamonds took command three-eighths into the mile for driver Wally Hennessey after Goldstar Stormie hit the first marker in :27.4 From there, Natasha plowed through panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using her :28 final kick home to score by 2 3/4 lengths. Trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay, Natasha now has career bounty of $80,632. Finally on the betting card to kick off the daily double, Zaza Boy, switching tactics this time around, closed with authority to conquer his five rivals in 1:53.3, a new life mark, in the three year-old pace for the boys. Mike Micallef was in the bike for the 3 1/2 length win over JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) with Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) third. Zaza Boy left the gate with his usual alacrity and took the field to the opening station in :28.1 befpre things heated up during the second panel with JB's Boomerang and Mister Marvalous in a heated argument through a half in :56.2. Boomerang cleared on the backside as Zaza Boy bided his time in third before circling up widest of all in the lane and on to victory. Zaza Boy is trained by Michile Lorenzo for Rod Lorenzo and Souren Hovsepain. Racing continues Tuesday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. By John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 4, 2019...Heavy weather dampened the racetrack in South Florida on Sunday night--but the weather couldn't dampen an excellent opening night of harness racing at Pompano Park. With winds swirling and downpours continuing throughout the opening night festivities, track record holder Panocchio stole the show, winning his 67th career race--his 43rd win at Pompano Park. The now nine year old conquered stiff competition and a track rated "sloppy" to score the win in 1:52.2--the fastest mile of the night. Handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio out-punched favorite War-N-Munn, handled by Kevin Wallis, and proceeded through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:24 before a :28.2 finale shut the door by a half length over War-N-Munn. Hot Art, with Rick Plano in the bike, finished third while Fritzie Pick Up Man and Harry Terror earned the finals awards in the classy field. Panocchio, the brilliant and rugged son of No Pan Intended, now has a lifetime scorecard of 67-48-18 in 195 starts, good for $613,388--$49,050 this semester--to go along with his track record mark of 1:48.3 set in 2015. Panocchio was second choice in the wagering and returned $6.40 to win. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "This is one amazing horse. He has such a great attitude and desire to win and, yes, he might have lost a step from his track record days, but he has a rare fight that makes him very special." Minutes before, Mattison sent his other stable star, Century Endeavor, to the gate and he proceeded to win in 1:53 for Wally Hennessey in a wire-to-wire effort featuring panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4 before slamming on a very stubborn Skyful of Lighters, with Dave Ingraham in his bike. Four Socks, in the garden spot most of the way, was third for Kevin Wallis while Sporty Redhot and Pointsman finished four-five in that mile. Century Endeavor is a four year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, co-owned by the trainer Mattison, along with Emile Johnson, Jr. and Vicki Mattison. The win was the 10th of the year for Century Endeavor and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $84,895 and $133,097 lifetime. At 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Century Endeavor paid $3.20 to his multitude of backers. Also on the card were four $12,000 finals of the Sunshine State Stakes for two year-olds with Hurricanekingjames, Prairie Delight, Gold Star Igotdis and Prairie Gold Mine reaching the winner's circle. Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Carl Garofalo, brought back memories of the great thoroughbred, Secretariat, as this son of So Surreal scored a win in the slop measuring an astounding 82 1/2 lengths over Shuldahadahunemoon (Nick Coblentz), who, obviously, didn't like the g""ooo"ing. Owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno, Hurricanekingjames swept through the three legs and final of this series like a hurricane in stretching his winning streak to four. MIchile Lorenzo trains the colt, who now has a bankroll exceeding $65,000 this year. Prairie Delight, with trainer Jim McDonald in her sulky, took top honors in the juvenile trot for the fillies, extending her winning streak to four to remain perfect in her young career. Proud Money Wally Hennessey was second while Whitney Annette, handled by Dave Ingraham was third. The early leader, Brasen Bo, was first off the wings but made a miscue three-eighths into the mile dashing her chances for an upset. Trainer McDonald owns Prairie Delight, a young daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, along with wife Dona and Bill Bigler. Both of the aforementioned events were off the betting card. On the card, Gold Star Igotdis, a daughter of Rock On, driven by Corey Braden, proved that last week's win was no fluke as she came from last in her quintet through the opening half-mile and paced her final half in :58 to pull off a 4 to 1 upset in 1:59 over the 1 to 5 favorite Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey).Pocahontas Cam, handled by MIke Micallef, was third over Prairie Fashion and A Lil Touch of Pink. After the race, a humble Braden said, "Maggie (trainer Audley) said she's got a lot of talent and she's full of pep and vigor. Boy, was she right. When I moved her on the backside, she just vaulted me around the rest of the way. Very impressive!" Second choice in the betting, Gold Star Igotdis paid $10,00 to win and lowered her lifetime mark by two seconds, despite the sloppy going. Finally, Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, cruised around the oval in a lifetime best 2:02.4--her margin of victory 1 1/2 lengths over Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) with Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef). YD Dream Machine and Prairie Tornado completed the order of finish. Prairie Gold Mine is now three-for-three for Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and Fred Morosini. Off officially at 1 to 20, Prairie Gold Mine paid $2.10 to win. Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $945.53 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot of 563.07. Post time is 7:20 p.m.  by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA        

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2019...Pompano Park opens its 126 night 2019-2020 harness racing season on Sunday, November 3, with track record holder Panocchio in action and driver Rick Plano just one win away from a milestone--his 7,000th career driving win. The gallant nine year-old Panocchio now has 66 career wins with 42 of those victories achieved over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio, now nine, still has that same will to win since his very first trip to the Pompano winner's circle six years ago. Mattison said, "He may have lost a step of two on the track but he sure hasn't lost a desire to win. Vicky (Jim's wife) takes such tender loving care of him and, really, he's our boy! "He sure loves this track and he loves the warm weather and I don't think there will ever be another one like him for us." Panocchio has drawn post six on Sunday night and Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey will be in his sulky. He's listed as second choice at 5 to 2 on the morning line behind the new arrival to Pompano Park, War-N-Munn, owned trained and driven by Kevin Wallis and listed at 9 to 5 in the program. Hennessey and Wallis both have over 10,000 career driving wins in their respective driving careers. Rick Plano comes into the action with 6,999 career driving win and is one of an elite group of trainer-drivers who have combined wins in both categories totaling over 10,000 with over $50,000,000 in purse earnings. Said Plano about his success spanning five decades, "It's been a great ride and I hope I can get 1,000 more. I have been lucky enough to have a great wife of 42 years and some exceptional help that have been dedicated to the health of our horses. I just hope that good health will allow me to continue competitively for years to come." Prior to the pari-mutuel card, a pair of $12,000 FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes finals will be contested. A pair of winning streaks are on the line in those events as Hurrikanekingjames and Prairie Delight will attempt to stretch their skeins to four straight. Post time for the nine race program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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