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Pompano Beach, FL., April 8, 2019…The “semi-retired” Mickey McNichol hopped back in the harness racing sulky for a rare appearance on Sunday night and promptly guided Lets Roll to victory in Pompano Park’s $11,000 featured Open Pace.   McNichol all but retired from the driving scene late last semester after a star-studded career that included wins in many of harness racing’s most prestigious events.   Still very active as a trainer delegating the driving chores to the “younger” set, McNichol was asked by trainer Jake Huff to take the lines back of Lets Roll off of a winning qualifying effort of 1:53.3.   “Jake asked me to handle him (Lets Roll),” lamented the now 70 year-old, “and I said I would, knowing, of course, that he’s a very nice horse—versatile and fast—great traits in any racehorse.”   Facing a very talented field, including track record holder, Panocchio, McNichol sent Lets Roll right to the front from post five, out-hustled Panocchio (post 1) when the wings closed up and clocked fractions of :27.1, :54.4 and 1:22.3 before a :29.1 stroll home stopped the timer at 1:51.4, leaving Panocchio (Wally Hennessey) two lengths away with Harry Terror (Dave Ingraham), Mc Mach and Windsun Gotham rounding out the top five in the classy septet.   “He did it all on his own tonight,” McNichol said. “I never had to ask him for anything, he just felt that strong all the way.”   For McNichol, it was his 4,759 th career win benefitting owners to the tune of almost $45,000,000.   For Lets Roll, a four year-old son of Roll With Joe, it was his fourth win of the year in seven starts, pushing his 2019 bankroll to $19,890 for owners Rosie Huff, Beauty Bridle Racing and Our Three Sons Stable. Lifetime, Lets Roll has a 10-4-2 scorecard in only 27 starts with $71,355 in earnings to go along with his recent Pompano Park mark of 1:51.1.   Trainer Jake Huff had high praise for his “track-team,” saying, “I have had this horse since he was a baby, broke him and always thought highly of him. And, of course, I have always thought very highly of Mickey, who proved he can still compete with the younger set after all these years. They made a great ‘track team’ tonight, that’s for sure.”   As third choice in the betting, Lets Roll paid $8.20 to win.   In other Sunday night happenings at the South Florida oval, The Florida Amateur Driving Club had four events on the card with Dein Spriggs, Joe Pennacchio, Ron Cusimano and Nick Coblentz each visiting the winner’s circle.   Spriggs kick off the early Daily Double by steering his own Gespacho ($14.20) to a narrow win in 1:59 after the 11 year-old gelded son of Holy Guacamolie opened up a huge lead while clocking blazing panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:27.   Alfredo Dream (Jeff Schaefer) was a fast closing second over Lucid Thoughts (Den St. Pierre).   Trained by Allen Saul, Gespacho won for the 40 th time in a career measuring 192 starts.   Next, Cheeky Little Minx ($6.00), with outgoing FSBOA President Joe Pennacchio in her sully, scored a gate-to-wire win in 1:59.3, after parking FSBOA’s incoming President, Dein Spriggs, in a fierce duel lasting into the final bend.   Geronimo Fame (John Campagnuolo) was second while S J Better Days (Ron Cusimano) was next.   Jim McDonald trains Cheeky Little Minx for the Joe P Racing Stable.   Next, Everyone’s Talkin ($4.80), driven by Ron Cusimano, made a sharp quarter move to the front and led the rest of the way in winning in 1:57.2 over Little Big Rigs (Brian Calvert) and Security Guard (Dein Spriggs).   Everyone’s Talkin, a recent claim by former owners Carlo Angelillo, Henry Tanzer, Erika Sirianos and Ron Cusimano, returned to the training care of Jake Huff for the win, his fifth of the year and 23 rd lifetime.   Finally, Fair Glider $45.60), given exceptional rating by Nick Coblentz, led every stride of his one mile journey to score and easy win measuring 7 ¼ lengths over favored You Cant Habit (Carl Garofalo) in 1:58.1. Keystone Orion (Leon Cable) was third.   The F.A.D.C., having donated over $200,000 to charity since their inception, added to that total on Sunday night with a generous donation to Bit-by-Bit, an organization that serves special needs of children and veterans using horses as therapy.   Racing continues on Monday with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover now at $86,029.   Post time is 7:20 p.m.     Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 1, 2019...No kidding! Caviart Reagan upset the applecart in Pompano Park's Sunday night harness racing feature while Panocchio won for the 42nd time over South Florida's five-eighths mile oval--one of five wins for leading driver Wally Hennessey. Caviart Reagan, owned and trained by Jim McDonald, was driven to victory by Dave Ingraham, who escaped trouble when the leader, the 4 to 5 favorite Brigadierbronski A, suddenly made a miscue around the final bend on the lead. As Brigadierbronski's pilot, Wally Hennessey, searched for clearance to avoid further situations developing, Ingraham took the pylon route on through and opened up a daylight lead, eventually scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4, a seasonal best time. Second choice American Hustle, with Bryce Fenn in his sulky, rallied to finish second while Mc Mach, handled by Rick Plano, finished third after suffering a bit of interference trying to avoid the breaker. Windsun Gotham finished fourth while Brigadierbronski managed to pick up the minor award in the classy quintet. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "well, it was just one of those things. When Wally's horse went up in the air, I was lucky enough to find some room inside and saving that ground was the difference. The five year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight now has a 3-2-3 scorecard in 13 starts, good for $19,460 for the year and $152,480 lifetime. Off as fourth choice at 8 to 1, Caviart Reagan paid $19.60 to his faithful. Hennessey, though, was not silenced on the Sunday program, competing in five other races on the program and winning all five, including a conditioned event with the track record holder, Panocchio. This gallant nine year-old altered son of No Pan intended took command after a demanding opening panel of :26.4 and led every stride thereafter to score in 1:52.1 for his second win of the year and 65th of his illustrious career--42 of those at Pompano Park. Spirit Shadow, handled by Andy Santeramo, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths away, while Pointsman, driven by Jim Meittinis, was next. Major Starlight and Impressive Art picked up the final awards in the sextet. Panocchio now has banked $580,628 to go along with his track record of 1:48.3 at Pompano Park achiened four seasons ago. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.60 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 finale sporting a carryover of $75,242.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 26, 2019…Pompano Park’s Super Hi-5 carryover has swelled to well over $50,000 going into the Tuesday, March 26 harness racing program. The popular 20 cent based wager has produced some very hefty payoff during this season and, with the carryover now at $52,748.05, the jackpot could balloon to well over $60,000 on Tuesday night. In order to capture the jackpot, there must be only one single 20 cent winning ticket combination featuring the first five finishers in the event, which is carded as the final race on each racing program. The Tuesday Super Hi-5 finale feature a “million dollar” field of trotters going behind the Brownlee Starting Gate with the nine starters showing career earnings $1,477,862—the richest of which is the gallant mare Diamond Dagger, trained by Mark O’Mara for owner Melvin Schmucker. The seven year-old daughter of ABC Garland has a career bankroll of $314,534 on the strength of 35 career wins. About the race, track handicapper John Berry said, “What makes this event so interesting is that 2 to 1 morning line favorite has the outside nine post, a post that has proven successful only 7.5% of the time. It’s definitely a race where the entire jackpot could go with that single winning ticket combination.” That 2 to 1 morning line favorite is, indeed, Diamond Dagger, who has the fastest mark in the field—1:53—achieved at Pompano Park. Jason Dillander is expected back of Diamond Dagger on Tuesday night. According to the morning line, her main competition is expected to come from Lexis Rocky, an eight year-old son of Amigo Hall. Owned and trained by Jim McDonald, Lexis Rocky takes a dip in class this week and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey, the track’s leading driver who has won an astounding 299 races during the current Pompano Park meeting. Post time for the Tuesday program is set for 7:20 p.m. Click here for the program pages for Tuesday From the Pompano Park Publicity Department

Pompano Beach, FL…March 11, 2019…American Hustle, with Scott Zeron in his sulky for harness racing owner-trainer Brian Lawrence, skimmed the pylons in the final yards to post a nose decision over pacesetting Brigadierbronski A, handled by Mike Simons, in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. The five year-old son of American Ideal left alertly from the five post, yielded to the early rushing Brigadierbronski A (post six) around the opening bend and stalked that one through panels of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before finding a narrow seam when straightened away to close in :27.1 to nail the win on the wire in 1:51.4. Four Socks, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished third in an “even-steven” effort, 2½ lengths away, while McMach finished fourth, just another nose back. Harry Terror picked up the final award in the classy sextet after his mild bid approaching the final bend. For American Hustle, it was his fourth success in this young year in seven starts, good for $22,000, which sent his career bankroll to $135,563 to go along with his Woodbine mark of 1:50 with a lifetime scorecard of 18-10-4 in 48 starts. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, American Hustle paid $3.40 to his many faithful. Also on the card, the grand track record holder, Panocchio, returned to the winner’s circle for the initial time in 2019 when he scored in 1:51.3 for Wally Hennessey. Panocchio was used hard early to gain the top spot at the :26.4 opener and went on to post fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before a :27.4 finale sealed the deal over a stubborn New World Order A, with Aaron Byron in the bike. Stick With Cramer, driven by Andy Santeramo, was next, followed by Kotare Yael N and Mikado Blue Chip in the septet. After that event, Hennessey remarked, “what can I say…this horse has been performing at a high level for years and years. Not many can do that these days after putting the type of performances he put in week after week. Jimmy and Vicki (Mattison) do such a tremendous job in keeping him tip-top condition. He’s just amazing. For Panocchio, the still game nine year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, it was his 64th career win in 176 starts—41 of those wins at Pompano Park—to vault his career bankroll to $576,778 for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr. Panocchio paid $3.20 to win. Panocchio Also on the Sunday night card, on the heels of another successful Miller-Tetrick Pro-Am Challenge one week prior, the Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action in four events with drivers Carl Garofalo, Sam Stathis, Mario Dessureault and Nick Coblents all reaching the coveted winners circle. Garofalo guided You Cant Habit ($4.20), the John McDermott trained-Jonathan Klee Racing owned  five year-old  to a sharp score in 1:57.1 while Stathis was in the bike for Alessandro Spano’s Chocolate Explosion ($11.60), stopping the clock in 1:57.2. Mario Dessureault steered his own Miss Flora ($3.80) from last to first in a 1:59.1 performance while Coblentz guided Don Brainard’s Fair Glider ($27.00) to a photo finish win in 1:58.1. It was Coblentz’ first pari-mutuel win since July 9, 2012 with Bad Angel at Ocean Downs. Racing continues on Monday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 4, 2019...The Pompano Park tote-board practically exploded on Sunday night as a mandatory payout in the track's Super Hi-5 and the Miller-Tetrick Annual Pro-Am harness racing event took center stage. Handle was $1.36 million, including a record pool in the Super Hi-5 in excess of $385,000, sending that total pool with the carryover soaring over the $540,000 plateau. Though the prohibitive 1 to 10 favorite, Prairie Panther, was an easy winner in the Super Hi-5 finale, there were 247 winning tickets sold on the winning 7-4-6-3-10 combo, each work a handsome $1,926.34 for each 20 cent ducat. The annual Miller-Tetrick Pro-Am Challenge was contested at the South Florida oval with the David Miller team edging the Tim Tetrick team, 122 to 84, in the four race event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations, each receiving a $5,000 donation from the Florida Amateur Driving Club, sending their total donations over $210,000 since their inception. Tetrick started the festivities when he reached the winner's circle with Alessandro Spano's Chocolate Xplosion in 1:56.3, a seasonal best time, over the pacesetting Gespacho (Dein Spriggs) and Undercover Bro (David Miller). The second Pro-Am event went to the longest proposition on the tote-board, Hoss Cartwright, in 1:59.1, Off at 79 to 1, the son of Muscles Yankee provided his faithful with a "Bonanza" payoff of $161.20. Owner-trainer Leon Cable was in the eight year-old's sulky, which resulted in a $1,621.40 exacta payoff, as well as a trifecta worth $12,908.20. The 20 cent superfecta came back at $7,368.84. Lodi Bank Robber (Carl Garofalo) and My Cousin Vinnie (Tony Dinges) were next in the event. About 20 minutes later, Alfredo Dream was a photo finish winner for Jeff Schaefer--his first win since January of 2017--at 68 to 1, igniting a win payoff of $139.20 and a 20 cent pentafecta worth $8,564.18. Donna Gilson-Eferstein is the owner-trainer of this son of Infinitif. Global Inspiration (Dave Miller) and Shadow Copy (Ron Cusimano) were two-three in that mile, clocked in :59. The finale went to Keystone Blade, handled by Sky Walker in 1:56, over Fire in My Heart (John Mungillo) and Security Guard (Dein Spriggs). As the favorite, Keystone Blade, owned by the Walker Stable and trained by Walker, returned $5.20 to win. After the event, both Tetrick and Miller had high praise for the Florida Amateur Driving Club and the Pro-Am event, Tetrick lamenting, "This gives us a chance to give a bit of pay-back to a sport that has been so great to us. As I have said many times, our horses are athletes that give us their all during their career and New Vocation is a wonderful organization that provides great homes and environments for them when their racing days are over. I salute the Florida Amateur Driving Club for all the great work they do." Miller chimed in saying, "It's just great that the Florida Amateur Driving Club provides us an avenue to give back. In the case of Make-A-Wish, if our efforts make even one wish come true, it's well worth it." Miller, by the way, was flown in for the event by Dr. Ian Moore, who escorted Miller to and from the event so he could participate. Several dignitaries were in attendance for the festivities including representatives from Make-A-Wish, New Vocations, Chris Tully and the U.S.T.A.'s Mike Tanner. The $10,000 Open Handicap Pace went to Lets Roll, as this four year-old son of Roll With Joe, made a bold backside brush to the top, before going on to a length win for Mike Simons in 1:51,1, a new lifetime mark. Owned by Rosie Huff along with the Beauty Bridle Stable and the Our Three Sons Stable, Lets Roll pinned thee defeat on Brigadierbronski A (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) and American Hustle (Scott Zeron). McMach recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Andereios Hustle picked up the final awards.  $10,686 Pick 5 Carryover, $40kG Pool for Pompano Monday Fresh off a Sunday night card which established an all-time handle record of $1,367,165 at Pompano Park, there will be a $10,686 carryover in the 50-cent Pick 5 on Monday (March 4) evening.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program, have added an ‘instant guarantee’ of $40,000 to the total pool on Monday.  Free past performances for the entire card can be found at handicapping.ustrotting.com.  Fans will also enjoy a single night carryover of $1,705 in the 50-cent Pick 6 beginning in race three, and a $15,000 guaranteed Pick 4 that begins in race five.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday.  by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Florida, Friday, March 1, 2019...Pompano Park is readying for a "Super, Send-It-In" Blockbuster 12 race harness racing card on Sunday night as the South Florida track will feature a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 along with the Miller-Tetrick Team Challenge. The 20 cent based Super Hi-5 wager now sports a carryover "well north of $150,000" said track announcer Gabe Prewitt and, "could grow to well over $500,000."   In addition, superstars Tim Tetrick and David Miller will don their silks in the annual Miller-Tetrick Team Challenge, a four race event featuring the top amateur drivers in Florida with proceeds going to charity--in Miller's case the Make-A-Wish Foundation and, in Tetrick's case, New Vocations.   "Make-A-Wish has fulfilled so many dreams for children in the past," David lamented, "and it's really a pleasure to have an opportunity to make even more dreams come true through harness racing and this Challenge. I look forward to this every year!"   Tetrick echoed Miller's thoughts by saying, "I am so pleased to be able to be in this challenge because it gives me an opportunity to lend a hand to my chosen charity, New Vocations, which is a Racehorse Adoption Organization. After all, our horses work so hard for us during their careers and we most certainly shouldn't forget them after their racing days are over. New Vocations makes sure that these horses get good homes forever."   The Miller-Tetrick Challenge will take place on races one, three, four and six on Sunday night.   The track is also adding a special second Pick-4 on the Sunday program with the first one covering races five through eight and the special encompassing races nine through 12.   Post time for the Super Sunday, Send-It-In program is 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL - Track officials are pleased to announce that there will be a mandatory payout in the jackpot Super Hi-Five at Pompano Park on Sunday (March 3), if the carryover is not taken down with a unique ticketholder over the next few racing nights. The Jackpot Hi-Five carryover currently stands at $142,185 heading into Tuesday (Feb 26), and is expected to climb well over $160,000 heading into Sunday night's twelfth race, with three programs remaining prior to Sunday. The jackpot Super Hi-Five is a nightly wager on the final race of the program which features a 20-cent minimum wager. The blockbuster twelve race card will also feature a change in the wagering menu, as the popular $30,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be offered on races 5 - 8. A late Pick 4 will be added to the card covering races 9 - 12. Both wagers will offer an industry low takeout of only twelve percent.   Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 pm every Sunday through Thursday.

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2019...Two "Minors" played a "major" role on the Thursday Valentine's Day harness racing program at Pompano Park. Brothers Dewayne and Deshawn Minor each won a race on the card with the latter proving to be the unsung hero after the completion of his event. First, older brother Dewayne guided the four year-old mare Surreal Syrah to a photo finish victory for owner-trainer Edgar "Sparky" Clarke in 1:57, eking the nose victory after an ultra game performance over the late charging Worth Considering (Mike Simons) in 1:57. JJ Brenlin (Andy Shetler) finished a fast closing third. It was the first win of the year in five starts for the daughter of So Surreal and just one tick off of her lifetime best.Off at even-money on the tote board, Surreal Syrah paid $4.20 to win. Three races later, Deshawn was in the bike for a near gate-to-wire score with the Florida bred Danza, owned by Marc Cialon and a relatively new arrival in his Deshawn Minor Stable. Minor used different tactics this night sending the six year-old gelded son of Six Of Diamonds right to the front, proceeding to carve out comfortable panels of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.3 before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal over Soccer Hanover (Drew Campbell) and Gold Star Spike (Mike Simons) for his initial win of the season in three starts. Off as fourth choice at 6 to 1, Danza paid $15.40 to his faithful. Deshawn's heroics developed after he crossed the wire after Soccer Hanover's line broke and tragedy awaited before Minor corralled his rival and guided him to safety. "It was pretty hairy for a spell," said Deshawn. "Drew was screaming, 'my line is broken, my line is broken.' I yelled back, I got your back, brother. Stay cool," as the two horses moved side-by-side after the wire." After guiding Drew's horse to safety, Deshawn reflected, "You know, you never know what is going to happen in a race. In a split second, things can go south and we have to make split second decisions to try and avoid anything serious. Thank goodness I was able to help a fellow horseman. "Winning is nice, that's for sure, and this was even better since this probably was the first time that we brothers won a race on the same racing program, but helping in a situation like this is even more special. All in all, it was a pretty special Valentine's Day." by John Berry, for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...January 28, 2019...Amateur harness racing drivers Tony Dinges, Steve Oldford and Sky Walker were the driving stars as The Florida Amateur Driving Club edged their Italian visitors in a two night, four race competition that concluded on Sunday night at Pompano Park. The Italian amateurs--from Clubs Venti and Tuscany--were lead by Giancarlo Moretti, who also landed in the Pompano Park winner's circle during the heated--but friendly, competition. Dinges got things rolling for the American contingent when he piloted Lee Clarke's Phoenician to the Thursday night opener, scoring in 1:58.1 over Power and Faith, handled by Tuscany Club amateur Daniele Orsini and Global Power, with the Florida Amateur Driving Club's Sky Walker in the bike. Moretti, from Club Venti, who has tasted victory in the U.S. before, then guided Dein Spriggs' Security Guard to a come-from-behind win in 1:59.3 to even the score in round one. Florida's Joe Pennachio was next with Cheeky Little Minx while Roberto Giannoni was third with Jelectric. On Sunday night, with tornado warnings abundant and record rainfall drenching Pompano Park, Steve Oldford gave the Americans the edge by piloting Oldford Racing's Kaffir Kemp to a near wire-to-wire win from the eight post in 1:59.2, holding off Majestic Mystic, handled by Joe Pennacchio by a half length. Fair Glider, with Daniele Orsini in his sulky, wasa fast closing third. The win sent Kaffer Kemp's earnings over the $200,000 mark lifetime and rewarded his backers with a win mutuel of $190.00, keying a trifecta payoff of $4,992.80. Sealing the deal for the Americans was Sky Walker with his own Keystone Blade, who overcame the sloppy going and the eight post to score in 1:56.4 over Everyone's Talkin, driven by Ron Cusimano. Shadow Copy, with Roberto Giannoni in the bike representing Club Tuscany, was third. The final tally showed the FADC-USA Amateurs with 91 points, the Tuscany Club with 65 and Club Venti with 48. After the competition, Amateur driver Joe Pennacchio remarked, "This competition has been so well received in both the USA and Italy and shows the strong ties that have developed between our two countries via our grand sport. We all take the competition very seriously but the friendships that we have developed have been just unbelievable." Italian spokesperson Alessandro Spano echoed Pennacchio's comments by saying, "Despite somewhat of a language barrier, these visitors from Italy have come to treasure the friendships that have developed and their is no doubt that both countries will be eager to continue the competition for many years to come." In other action, Andreios Kardia, the eight year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover trained by Jeff Byron for owner Ina Madill, got a perfect second over journey for Aaron Byron to score in the $10,000 feature in 1:53 for his first win of the season in three starts and 35th of his career. The win sent his career earnings to $344,741. Track Record $28,503 Pick 5 Carryover at Pompano Monday   Fans could never quite recover after 94-1 upsetter Kaffir Kemp (Steve Oldford) kicked off the Sunday card at Pompano, resulting in a rare double-carryover of $23,503 in the 50-cent Pick 5.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'instant guarantee' of $80,000 on the total Pick 5 pool on Monday night.     The Pick 5 is a nightly wagered featured on the first race of every card.    Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.  There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 2). Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   By John Berry for Pompano Park                

Pompano Beach, FL - The chance to make a Pick 6 score on Monday night (Jan 21) at Pompano Park didn't last long for harness racing patrons, as there were no live tickets remaining only two legs in after Rollingndiamonds ($136.80) and Jelectric ($17.60) pulled off upsets.   The sequence would go on to return $941 for those that selected five of six, but the lion's share, $9,533, moves forward into a carryover for Tuesday (Jan 22) beginning in race three.   Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'instant guarantee' of $25,000 on the total pool Tuesday night.   Free past performances can be found at handicapping.ustrotting.com. The Pick 6 is a nightly wager beginning on race three, with a low fifteen percent takeout and a fifty-cent minimum. If no one selects six of six, a 25% consolation is paid to those who have the most winners, while 75% of the pool moves into a carryover for the next racing program. The fourth race pentafecta also went unsolved on Monday night, leaving a $4,449 carryover into Tuesday night's fourth race. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 2).      

Pompano Beach, FL - Due to the overwhelming support from harness racing patrons in the nightly Pick 4, track officials, in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program, have increased the nightly guarantees across the board in the Pompano Pick 4.   The wager features a 50-cent minimum and the lowest takeout in North America at only twelve percent. The updated Pick 4 guarantee schedule is as follows: Sunday - $30,000 Monday - $15,000 Tuesday - $15,000 Wednesday - $15,000 Thursday - $15,000 Live racing continues at Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday. There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 2). Gabe Prewitt

Pompano Beach, FL - The "celebrities" are at Eldorado Pompano Park this season, both on and the off the harness racing track. Celebrity Stallone recently qualified this past Tuesday at Pompano Park and low and behold in the race paddock and then on the track apron was Dante Stallone, the younger half-brother of world-renowned Hollywood star, Sylvester Stallone. It was announced by owner Sam Stathis of Celebrity Farms, NY, that Dante Stallone has purchased a share and is now a part-owner of the Father Patrick colt, Celebrity Stallone. Stathis is also Dante Stallone's business manager. "I have known Dante for a number of years," said Stathis. "And always promised him one day I would name a good colt after him and his family and that day has come. Dante wants to learn more about harness racing so I sold him a share of the horse." Dante Stallone, 21, is attending Florida State University and studying towards a bachelor of science degree in biological science. He also works in his spare time as an actor, producer and screenwriter. "Before being introduced to the world of harness racing," Stallone said. "The only experience I had with the sport was what I saw on TV. Getting licensed and now owning my own horse legitimizes my interests. It still seems so surreal." After getting his owners license, Stallone was treated to a ride in the starting gate to watch a qualifying race. All Standardbred horses must trot or pace in a certain standard of time in order to be qualified to race at the track. "This was my first time at the racetrack," Stallone said. "And what a blast it was. I had the best seat in the house to view my first race while riding in the starting gate." Celebrity Stallone did very well as the two-year-old finished third and was race timed in 2:00.4. "From what I observed," Stallone said. "Celebrity Stallone has major promise on the track. After gaining some more experience I believe he'll be a force to be reckoned with." Stallone said it was nearly a perfect night at the races. "The track was beautiful, the Eldorado casino was fantastic, and the restaurant superb," Stallone added. "We ate at Farradday's Steakhouse after the qualifying races and what great food and service. Also, I got my first taste of the thrill of horse gambling, losing $50 dollars on a shady tip!" Stallone, who is on Christmas break from college, will be in south Florida for a month and Sam Stathis said his education into harness racing will be fast and furious. "Already Friday morning I had Dante here at Olympia Palm Beach (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center)," Stathis said. "And Dante is learning how to groom horses, put on a harness and even got to take Celebrity Stallone on the racetrack in one of our Theometrics Exotic Chariots. "We are already working on a special night at Pompano Park," Stathis explained. "When both Celebrity Stallone and Celebrity Eventsy are both racing, we will be inviting newcomers from all over South Florida via networking, to come out for a night of fun, hear about fractional ownership, get to meet Dante, and learning about how great harness racing is." The event date, times and location at Eldorado Pompano Park will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.worldchariot.org. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms  

Pompano Beach, FL - On Thursday night the North American harness racing record for trotters going five-eighths of a mile was both set and tied in the Dash For The Cash Series at Eldorado Pompano Park. The North American record that was set was done so by Sam Stathis's Celebrity Eventsy ($7.00) in the third race trot, the third of three $10,000 Dash For The Cash divisions on the program. With trainer/driver Sam Stathis in the sulky, Celebrity Eventsy was able to grab the early lead away from Katch Kanna (Aaron Byron) by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Celebrity Eventsy and Stathis then held the field at bay as they led at the half mile in :55.4 and then won by one and one-half lengths in 1:10 over Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham) with Railee Workable (Bryce Fenn) third. A five-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions, the 1:10 clocking was the fastest ever by a mare going five-eighths of a mile. It was her second win this season. She is a career winner of $581,000 and is owned by Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. Earlier on the card, in the first race, second trot division of the Dash For The Cash, Bioness, with trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, also wired the field, going in a speedy 1:09. That time tied Bioness with Sooo Handsome, who set the mark in February of this year, also at Pompano Park. Bioness defeated Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) with Fleetwood Hall (James Hysell) third. It was the second straight win and seventh of the season for Bioness, a seven-year-old gelding by Sam Bourbon, who is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable of Wilkes-Barre, PA and paid $7.40 to win. There was a pacing division of the Dash For The Cash Series in the second race and that took the photo finish camera to decide the winner. Polak A and Hunter Oakes went right to the lead and sizzled to the opening quarter mile in :26.2, then cut the mile to the half in :54 and had the lead starting down the stretch. Meanwhile, Feelin Lika Winner and driver David Ingraham got away in fifth place, then moved up to third place at the top of the stretch and keeping to the inside, gained ground with every stride and nipped Polak A at the wire by a nose. Bowedfortyova (Gregory Merton) was third. The time of the mile was 1:08 as Feelin Lika Winner posted his eighth win of the year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Feelin Friskie is trained and co-owned by Casandra Uppal with Rebecca Uppal of Middletown, IN. He paid $11.20 to win. By Steve Wolf  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 3, 2018...French driver Jean Philippe Bazire was the harness racing star at Pompano Park on Sunday night (December 2) in the highly anticipated competition entitled the "France-USA Challenge." Bazire, 32, had two wins and a third in the three race competition as the French team out-slugged the home-team 101-82. The French native kicked off the festivities with a gate-to-wire win with Skyway Priss, the 10 year-old daughter of Cincinnati Kid trained by Dale Gilmour for owner "1940 LLC." It was the first win on U.S. soil for Bazire, who competed last year at Pompano Park and had a second place finish and a third place finish in his only two starts here. Said Bazire after the race, "I knew this is a classy mare with a lot of money earned at over 40 wins in her career (46 to be precise coming in to the action), and I thought if I could take the lead early, I would be competitive. Competitive she was as she clicked off fractions of :29, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal. Love Hunter, driven by Ron Cusimano, finished second with Holiday Spirit, handled by visitor Emmanuel Puniere, was third leaving France with a 37-24 lead after round one. Skyway Priss paid $6.00 to win as the second choice in the betting. Bazire then led Power and Faith, trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard, to a wire-to-wire win in 1:59, holding off a determined effort by You Cant Habit, with Carl Garofalo in the bike, by a half length. Put On The Day, driven by Tony Ciuffetelli, was third with the French contingent earning a narrow 31-30 decision for the round an overall lead of 68-54 going into the finale. Off at 18 to 1, Power and Faith paid $38.00 to win. In the final leg, the French bred Verdi D Em, driven by Malta's Omar Caucki ("Cow-Key"), a relatively new arrival in the U.S., moved down the favorite Cantab Lindy, with Brent Davis, in 1:56. In that event, Cantab Lindy, beginning from post nine, went grinding his way to the front after a swift opening panel in :27.1 with the eventual winner parked every step while the leader carded fractions of :56.3 and 1:26.2. In the lane, Verdi's D Em charged to the front at mid-stretch and on to a 2 1/2 length win, a new lifetime mark for the nine year-old gelded son of Neoh Jiel. Trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo, Verdi D Em sent his lifetime bankroll to $296,874 and rewarded his faithful with a $34.80 mutual. The final tally was 101-82 with the French team taking home the top honors and Bazire recognized as the leading driver with 38 individual points. In accepting the recognition for his achievement, Bazire said, "It's an honor to compete here in Florida, I love the hospitality and the weather. Of course, I am happy to pick up the wins here. I was so close last year, so this night will be in my memory forever." Bazire added, "I guess I got some genes from my relative Jean-Michel Bazire, who has won many top races, including the Prix d'Amerique with Moni Maker in 1999. Noted as an all-around horseman throughout the industry worldwide, Jean-Michel has 6086 career wins--472 of those as a jockey! In Pompano Park's $10,000 Open I Handicap pace, Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, put on yet another game performance as the eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended held off Casimer Richie P, with John MacDonald in the bike, and Dinky Dune, handled by Andy Shetler, by a half length in 1:51.4. Said Hennessey after the event, "He (Panocchio) might have a little age on him now (he is eight), but he hasn't lost one iota of his gameness and will to win. He is something else." Panocchio, a gelded son of No Pan Intended, now has a 63-41-12 scorecard in 166 career starts, good for $563,138 to go along with his track record at Pompano Park of 1:48.3. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 pool, a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $41,394. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2018...Pompano Park will be the host on Sunday for the biggest night of harness racing thus far at the South Florida track featuring the FSBOA sponsored Super Night events plus a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the track's Pick-4. There is also a Super Hi-5 carryover of $26,216 on Sunday night. Super Night consists of eight events for Florida bred two and three year-olds with five of these events beginning as non-wagering events at 5:15 p.m. with the remaining three kicking off the very competitive nine race pari-mutuel program. Proud Sophie and Kerry B renew their rivalry in the $49,200 Breeders Stakes for juvenile trotting fillies, while Prairie Gem, Damien Hall and Prairie Shibby, among others, will do battle in the $52,500 Stake for the two year-old trotting geldings. The $51,500 event for three year-old trotting fillies is next with I Rhoda Daley looking to repeat her championship performance as a two year-old last season. Her main threat appears to be Jennifer, who just took a new life mark just two starts back. The $49,750 sophomore trot for geldings features Captain Thomas and Dangerous Mood, both winners in Stakes competition this fall. The final non-wagering event is the $53,100 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old pacing fillies. This well matched field includes Prairie Easter, with a 1:51.2 Pocono mark coming in, and Krinda, who has a 3-2-1 scorecard in her six starts this semester. The pari-mutuel program kicks off with the $53,900 Stake for three year-old pacing colts and geldings. Gold Star Diablo, lasy year's Super Night champion as a two year-old, is undefeated at Pompano Park in his five stakes starts this fall season and is expected to be favored to extend that streak. Completing the early daily double will be the $53,700 Breeders Stake for the year year-old pacing colts and geldings Mister Marvalous and Zaza Boy matching strides in that event. The final FSBOA event is the $55,500 Breeders Stake for juvenile pacing fillies and features the outstanding Natasha, a winner of six straight at Pompano Park since the fall season began. Also entered are Prairie Westerngal and Rockin Ellie, each having chased Natasha around the South Florida five-eights mile oval during the stakes season. The highly anticipated program also features a $2,000,000 field in the Open I Handicap Pace. The million dollar winner Lucan Hanover will match strides with track record holder Panocchio and last week's winner Dakota Jack, among others. The track will have a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the Pick-4 (races 6 through 9) and a large carryover in the track's Super Hi-5 finale--now standing at $26,216. The non-wagering festivities begin at 5:15 p.m. with the pari-mutuel program scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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