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Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2020...Despite Tropical Storm Eta causing Pompano Park to delay its opening by one week, the famed South Florida track has enjoyed an auspicious opening week with pari-mutuel handle up over 100% from the corresponding opening dates last season. On Tuesday night, $725,612 was wagered on the program--a record November handle for Pompano Park. Reflecting on the strong beginning, Director Gabe Prewitt reflected, "It was just a great opening week in South Florida. Our racing product was tremendous and very competitive and we thank the horsemen and women for enthusiastically filling the entry box. And, of course, we also thank our players that constitute the 'Send It In Army' for their support. "We are getting in more stables every day as we march towards a five-night-a-week schedule beginning in December. "With our roster of drivers and trainers including Hall Of Fame members to young up-and-coming future stars, it's been a great start and we look forward to presenting a great racing product night-after-night here in the warmth of South Florida. Pompano Park continues to offer a wide variety of wagering options on their menu, including the newly added Pick-3 offered on the final trio of races on each racing program. Besides win-place-show betting, Pompano Park offers an early daily double, exactas, trifectas, superfectas, a Pick-4, Pick-5 and Pick-6, capping off each night's festivities with a late daily double and Super Hi-5. The Pick-4 offers an industry low 12% takeout. Nightly post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 17, 2020...Fillies and mares took center stage Tuesday night at Pompano Park and, when all the stone dust settled, Tempus Seelster and Prairie Westerngal were the ones crowned the harness racing queens in their respective Open events as the track offered twin features. Tempus Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Big Jim, came roaring back into action after a two month vacation to score a 1:54 win for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for trainer Rob Rittof and owners Dandy Farms Racing and the FT Racing Stable. Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) rallied for second (at 54 to 1 odds) while Persistent Bettor (Mike Simons) next. Gold Star Mysti and Prairie Cougar were next in the septet with Western Stepp and Big Thong completing the order of finish. Tempus Seelster, who had the outside seven post in her field, was, indeed, forced to take back to last early as Big Thong (Dewayne Minor) leaving from post six, pushed the starting gate wings out of the way to take a quick early three length lead over Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden), post five, settling right behind through an opener of :27.2. With the leader moving into the second turn on her way to the half in :55.4, Tempus Seelster was already on the move from the back of the pack into fourth giving live cover to Another Beach Day. By the time they reached the final bend in 1:25, Tempus Seelster had wrestled the lead from Big Thong and edged away to a 1½ length, only to be threatened by the late charging Another Beach Day. At the wire, the photo finish camera showed Tempus Seelster the winner by a head.   In a post-race interview, trainer Rob Rittof lamented, "She's just a wonderful, happy, very tough and determined mare. She used to be on one line and, some time ago, Leon Cable suggested and gave me a bit that might help the situation. That and a couple of head poles and she's been just an unbelievable mare. So, a lot of credit goes to Leon!" The win was the 11th of the season for Tempus Seelster in 22 starts, good for bounty of $76,175. Lifetime, the grand mare has a scorecard of 36-27-20 in149 starts and $311,606 to show for it to go along with a mark of 1:50.1. As the 3 to 2 favorite, the winner returned $5.00 to her many faithful. Prairie Westerngal, a four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to edge past Ask Me Ifi Care once they straightened away to win by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.2. Jazzy Image (Kevin Wallis) closed with alacrity to finish third just another nose back while Northern Dali was next. Talk Show Chica picked up the final award in the octet. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, Prairie Westerngal blasted off the wings into an early lead before yielding to Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) just a stride past the 27.3 opener. These two remained 1-2 through panels of :56.4 and a picked up 1:25.1. Just past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, securing the top spot once straightened away for the drive home. It was the fifth win of the season of Prairie Westerngal in 16 starts with her earnings moving up to $26,081 for the semester and $120,063 lifetime. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal returned $4.40 to win. In the "odds and ends" category, payoffs continued to be appetizingly high at Pompano Park as evidenced by the fourth race pentafecta and the Pick-5. Even with a 1 to 5 favorite, Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) winning the fourth race pentafecta and the third and fourth choices on the ticket, the 20 cent pentafecta ducat paid $865.78. The Pick-5, featuring three of the winners off at 6 to 5, 1 to 5 and 1 to 2, returned $1,284.90 for the 50 cent investment. Yet another bonanza payoff was created when two of Pompano Park's youngest drivers--both 20 years-old--finished one-two in a conditioned trotting event. Trottin For Cash, with Braxten Boyd in that three year-old's sulky, off at 5 to 1, and Savin Park, handled by Jack Killeen, almost 60 to 1 on the board, combined for--and set up--a "Lexington, Kentucky" (8-5-9) $2 trifecta payoff of $6,880. Going one step further, the 20 cent 8-5-9-1 superfecta paid $6,428.40. Finally, when Bryce Fenn steered Louie Ginesi's Hard Rock Hulk ($25.00) to his maiden victory on the Tuesday card, the track's Pick-6 resulted in a 5-of-6 payoff resulting in a carryover of $1,711 going into Sunday night's Pick-6, which begins in race three. Racing continues on Sunday, November 22 as the track moves to a four day racing week--Sunday through Wednesday--with free programs available on line through the month of November (islepompanopark.com). Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 16, 2020...Muscles For Life, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 16) stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, starting from post seven, took charge a few long strides after the wings opened and carded splits of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before an effortless :28.1 finale over a sloppy racing oval to report home 1 1/2 lengths clear of Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano), who raced a very credible mile after being bothered a bit around the first turn by a breaker. Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) rallied for show honors, also after avoiding that first turn incident. Celebrity Miracle and Beguin Dugoutier got the last two awards in the field of nine, both benefitting from the judges placings. Muscles For Life earned his 30th career win on this night, vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $332,700. He's trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks and returned $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. After the event, Hennessey lamented, "He really qualified handily last week getting ready after a little 'R and R' and he's such a handy horse that likes to join the action from the get-go. He was sharp and just went on under no strain whatsoever." Four non-wagering divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds were contested on Monday night with Hurrikanekingjames, Rhinestone Cowboy, Laurie Lee and Callin On Sunday reported to the winner's circle. Hurrikanekingjames took advantage of the misfortune of his competition in scoring a "Secretariat" like 48 ¾ length win in the pace for sophomore colts and gelding. The son of So Surreal led from gate-to-wire and posted fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 with a :28.3 finale stopping the timer in 1:56.1. Trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, the "King" earned his 11th lifetime score--fourth this year--to send his career bankroll to $128,065. Goldstar Bunniholly, bothered at the beginning of the mile, finished second for Corey Braden while Repeal Or Replace, handled by Rick Plano, was third after losing his composure around the first turn and again on turn three. Shuldahadahunemoon completed the order of finish. Rhinestone Cowboy took top honors in his event for the sophomore trotting geldings as this son of Proud Bushy was perfectly mannered through panels of ::30.2, 1:02 and 1:32.2 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal in a lifetime best 2:00.4 for Mike Micallef, who handled the lines for trainer and co-owner Kim Sears, in partnership with John Campagnuolo. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) was next after a mile in the garden spot, while Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) rallied for Show honors over YD Dream Machine. The win kept the "Cowboy's" record perfect for the year--two-for-two--and send his career scorecard to 4-3-2 in nine starts. In the filly pace, Laurie Lee, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, fought off a very courageous Gold Star Igotdis to prevail by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:56.4, just one tick off her mark. The daughter of Royel Millennium used the rail post to perfection in sprinting out alertly when the wings folded to secure the top spot as arch-rival Gold Star Igotdis made a miscue to drop some 10 lengths back. With Alil Touch of Pink now in the cozy two spot, Laurie Lee put up panels of :30.1 and :59.4, allowing Gold Star Igotdis to close the gap in third, less than four lengths away. On the backside, Gold Star Igotdis began a :27.4 blast and stuck her neck in front at the third station in 1:28.1. These two raced side-by-side through the lane with Laurie Lee finally prevailing at the wire. Trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee has wins in her only two starts of the year in seeking to defend her crown as a sophomore, as she did last season at age two. Finally, in the filly trot featuring only a duo, Callin On Sunday led every step of her mile in scoring handy 2:01 victory for Mike Simons over Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol). Callin On Sunday, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover owned and trained by George Coblentz, earned her second straight win and carded fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29.3 along the way. The lightly raced filly now has a scorecard of 2-2-1 in just six starts, good for $24,346. On the wagering side of the ledger, there were, again, some noteworthy payouts as the 20 cent fourth race pentafecta returned $7,995.46 and the 50 cent pick-5 paid a generous $2,062--even with the first three events won by horses sent off at 4 to 5, 2 to 5 and 8 to 5. It was Burn Notice, off at 39 to 1, that triggered the generous payoffs in those two wagering items on the menu. Burn Notice was also involved in the Pick-6 sequel with that 5-3-3-4-5-7 combo returning $3,490.00 for the 50 cent ticket. Tuesday's Pompano program is a true extravaganza--14 races--with first post of 7:20 p.m., capped by a Super Hi-5 carry-over of $5,062.26. by John Berry, for Pompano Park                  

POMPANO BEACH, FL...November 15, 2020...With Tropical Storm Eta all gone, Pompano Park finally opened their 2020-2021 season on Sunday night with a very competitive 13 race pari-mutuel program. The extravaganza featured a million dollar field in the Open Handicap Pace and went to Ideal Feeling, scoring a hard earned victory in 1:50.4 for Dave Ingraham, who was in the bike for trainer Peter Blood and owner Rick Berks. The late-charging Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Mike Simons) was a nose away in second with Mach West (Wally Hennessey) third, less than a length away. Ideal Feeling, a rugged five year-old son of American Ideal, began his one mile journey from the outside nine post and went grinding towards the front...but it took a very demanding :26.1 opener to get there. There was hardly a breather from there on as fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2 followed. Confronted by Mach West on the final bend, the pair raced as a team most of the way home with Maxdaddy Blue Chip surging in the final stages to miss by that nose in the photo.   For Ideal Feeling, it was his sixth win of the year in 20 starts, pushing his career bounty to $261,943--$64,938 this semester. The winner paid $5.00 to win. Also highlighting the opening night festivities were the two year-olds in the third leg Sunshine State Stakes, sponsored by the FSBOA. Two divisions were non-betting events with Theflyingrock putting on a sparkling performance for trainer Mike Simons in the colt/gelding pace, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 in just his second purse start. The gelded son of Rockingcam sped an opening panel in :28.1, repelling a bid by Mister David C (Wally Hennessey), and then went on to post fractions of :58.1 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :27.3 to seal the deal by 3 ½ lengths over that rival. Buddha Beach (Dave Ingraham) rallied late for third while Lucky Ramsey completed the quartet. The winner is owned by Marie Marsh, who also bred the youngster. Commenting on the splendid performance, a humble Mike Simons said, "This was teamworkat its finest. Rick Marsh trained him down and turned him over to me a few weeks ago, Herb Gorens, the caretaker, has done a wonderful job, so, to put it in perspective, I was just along for the ride." The second non-wagering event was featured trotting colts and geldings and was awarded to Ifnotnowwhen, driven by Wally Hennessey, placed first when Seeking Matthew, the photo finish winner by a scant nose, went inside the pylons on to the victory, only to be "DQ'd" after the judges review. It was a classic war as both hit the wire in 2:01.3 off of fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1. As the wings folded, Seeking Matthew, handled by Sergio Corona, darted out for the lead as Ifnotnowwhen secured the garden spot. These two remained one-two just prior to the final bend as Hennessey left the cozy pocket to engage the leader in war. At the top of the lane, the pair were joined by Shuda Hada Drink (Mike Simons) and they were three across the track until mid-stretch when the latter made a miscue to eventually finish third. Jo Jo Art was next in the field of four. Ifnotnowwhen, an altered son of Muscle Massive, is trained by Hennessey for Herman Brewer. On the betting care were the two year-old filly trot and the two year-old filly pace. The juvenile trot went to Ifnotmewho ($4.00), a daughter of Credit Winner, handled by Wally Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer. Ifnotmewho edged past a stubborn Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) in the final few yards to hit the wire in 1:58.4, a new lifetime best in this her ninth career start. Her previous best was 2:03.2 in a Vernon Downs qualifier. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was next followed by Prairie Trinket and West Haven in the field of six. The winner left alertly, yielded after the first eighth and let Prairie Virtue take the field through panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:30.1, at which time Prairie Virtue appeared to get away from Ifnotmewho. But, turning for home, the two engaged in war through that :28.3 finale. The win gave a "triple-double" of sorts to driver-trainer Hennessey and owner Herman Brewer, as they were awarded that earlier win with Ifnotnowwhen. The two year-old filly pace went, in an upset, to KK's Dream Girl ($11.00), driven by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley and the Gold Star Farm. The roan Mysticism filly edged by the 2 to 5 favorite, Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) near the wire to sore the photo finish win that measured a head. Prairie Sweetness (Kevin Wallis) finished in the same photo a head further back to just miss all the marbles and be third. Ms Rodeo Drive and Gator Babe picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. KK's Dream Girl, just a neck back in her first career start in these Sunshine State Stakes three weeks ago, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 after Sheza Terror, hard pressed to take command from Prairie Sweetness at the :28.1 opener, wrestled through subsequent panels of :59.2 and 1:28. In the lane, the three fanned across the track with the magnificent looking roan filly earning the win. On the wagering side of the ledger, despite no winner comprising the Pick-5 being no more than 9 to 2, the 50 cent ticket paid $1,732.75. The Pick-5 comprises the first five races on each racing program. Monday's 10 race program features a "million dollar field" in the Open Handicap Trot with Lightfooted Leegend, BJ Lorado, Beguin Dugoutier, Muscles For Life and Explosive Breakaway all seeking repeat wins. Explosivebreakaway is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite and will have Tom Jackson in the bike for trainer Fred Grant, who co-owns with Janice Rubin and Murray Brown. On the wagering menu, there Is a carryover in the fourth race pentafecta of $1,655 as Sunday night's "Big-P" went unsolved. There is also a carry-over in the track's Pick-6 for Monday night, as well as the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. NOTES AND QUOTES: Wally Hennessey got off to an excellent start in defending his dash winning crown by piloting four winners (one early non-betting) while John MacDonald had a triple on the card. Braxten Boyd, the 20 year-old new-comer to South Florida, earned his first win here by steering Stellar BB to a photo finish win. Skip To My Lou, a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, eclipsed the $100,000 milestone with a win for Joe Chindano, Jr. Big N Bad's 57th career win in the seventh race sent that 10 year-old warrior over the $750,000 mark in career bounty. Another 10 year-old, Cool Like Fire, is approaching a double milestone with his 48th career win, sending his bankroll to $398,860. Yet a third 10 year-old, Feelin Lika Winner, capped off the card with his win in the finale--his 37th lifetime win--vaulting his bankroll to $$533,426. Finally, trainer Maggie Audley, reflecting on the win by KK's Dream Girl, said, "We're just very thankful for the effort on behalf of our filly. She's still very green but Corey (Braden) has done outstanding work with her and she's starting to learn her trade...and enjoying it!" by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 15, 2020...As a special welcome to our racing fans, Pompano Park will be offering free racing programs during the month of November. The free programs are available on the islepompanopark.com website with a link to the "Free Online Live Racing Program." Besides their generous wagering menu featuring early and late Daily Doubles, Exactas, Trifectas, Superfectas, a Pick-4 (with a 12% takeout), a Pick-5, a Super Hi-5 and a Pick-6, the track has also added a Late Pick-3, covering the final three races on each program. The season kicks off Sunday, November 15 with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

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

Pompano Beach, FL — George Napolitano Sr., 96, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday (Nov. 7) after enjoying a life with horses for three-quarters of a century. At the age of 12 and 13, he, along with his father, Joseph, broke mustangs as wagon pulling horses used for the delivery of fruits and vegetables. Married at the age of 17, George soon thereafter served his country in World War II and, upon returning from active duty, resumed his love affair with the horse community, becoming a Standardbred trainer in the mid-1950s at Roosevelt Raceway. The patriarch of one the most successful racing families in Florida became interested in owning racehorses in the late 1950s when he and wife, Carmela, bought Flying Scotchman at a Yonkers sale. He was a member of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the United States Trotting Association. He was inducted into the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2012. George is preceded in death by his loving wife of 76 years, Carmela; and his only son, Joseph. He is survived by his four daughters, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 1400 S. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068 at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 12). From the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association

Pompano Beach, FL...November 10, 2020...Due to the electrical malfunction resulting from Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park is forced to cancel the harness racing program for Tuesday (November 10). Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt said, "the extensive damage caused by the storm and subsequent electrical malfunction cannot be remedied for today. We have exhausted all options and we our confident our generators will be in place for our regularly scheduled Sunday racing program." There will be a double draw on Thursday for Sunday (November 15) and Monday (November 16) with all entries due by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12. Qualifying events are scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. and any horsemen wishing to qualify a horse are advised to contact the racing office. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

The live harness racing card at Pompano Park was canceled for Monday night. The cancelation occured because of a power outage that took out the track lighting system. Pompano Park was to open Sunday night for its 57th season of harness racing, but had to cancel due to Tropical Storm Eta. It is hopeful that live harness racing will take place Tuesday evening. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...November 9, 2020...After Pompano Park's scheduled season kickoff was cancelled for Sunday due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park's Director of Racing, Gabe Prewitt, has announced that Monday is a "go" as the track begins its 57th season. Highlighting the 11 race pari-mutuel program is the Open Handicap Trot featuring a full field of 10, including the Sooo Handsome, The Lionking AS, Explosivebreakaway and Beguin Dugoutier. So Handsome, a seven year-old gelded son of Cash Hall, has 41 career wins to go along with a 1:52.4 mark at Hoosier Park. Trainer Rick Plano will be in the bike for Maryann Plano and will begin his journey from post 3. The Lionking AS and Explosivebreakaway are on the cusp of an earnings milestone with a win while Beguin Dugoutier will be just $2 shy of $200,000 in career bounty if he can reach the winner's circle. Prior to the wagering card, the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes will be contested for three year-olds in four non-betting events. Highlighting those events are two 2019 Super Night Champions at Pompano Park, Laurie Lee and Rhinestone Cowboy. Laurie Lee, a daughter of Royel Millennium, will face three rivals in the filly pace for trainer Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire. Wally Hennessey will be in her sulky, Rhinestone Cowboy, an altered son of Proud Bushy, is also trained by Kim Sears as co-owner with John Campagnuolo. Mike Micallef will sit behind the "Cowboy." In addition to the already wide selection of wagering options, the track is also offering a Late Pick-3 covering races 9 through 11. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with the non-wagering events to be held at 6:00 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL - November 8, 2020,,,Due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park has been forced to cancel its opening night harness racing program on Sunday, November 8. As the track of the storm progresses, a determination about the racing program scheduled for Monday, November 9, will be made when appropriate. South Florida is in the cone of the storm, which is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain with winds approaching hurricane force. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 6, 2020…Pompano Park kicks off its 57th harness racing season on Sunday (November 8) with track record holder Panocchio and Sunshine State Stakes action highlighting the lofty 11 race program. Panocchio, the rugged son of No Pan Intended, now 10 years old, set his track record five seasons ago and has amassed 72 career wins—45 of those at Pompano Park—and $649,596 in earnings for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with wife Vicki Mattison and Emile Johnson, Jr. Reflecting on Panocchio’s success, trainer Jim Mattison said, “He (Panocchio) sure has been a blessing to us. There will never be another one like him, that’s for sure.” Panocchio will not have an easy task on opening night as three of his competitors have sub-1:50 miles under their girths, including Bass Player (1:49.3), Maxdaddy B,ue Chip (1:49.1) and B Like Cruiser (1:49), the latter having set his career mark just two starts back. Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey will be back of Panocchio on Sunday night. The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes will also be contested on Sunday with two year-olds in action. Sheza Terror, a daughter of Western Terror trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, already owns a mark of 1:55 and comes off a wire-to-wire 1:59.3--:28.4 tally in her Pompano Park debut in a non-wagering event  Hennessey is expected to be in her sulky, as well, with the main competition expected to come from Prairie Sweetness and KK’s Dream Girl. That event kicks off Pompano Park’s Pick-6 wager. Another juvenile event features trotting fillies and kicks off the late Daily Double in South Florida. Prairie Virtue should get plenty of attention off of a game 2:03.3 performance in her maiden win, highlighted by a :28.3 finale. Ifnotmewho and Ciao Bella appear to be the main threats to Prairie Virtue, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, trained by Lisa Martin for Mary Martin and Laurie Poulin. There are two non-wagering Sunshine State Stake events, as well, with Mith Mister David C and Shuda Hada Drink looking for repeat wins. Besides their usual wide array of wagering features offered, Pompano Park has added a late Pick-3 to their menu, offered on the final three races of the program. Post time for the opener is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2020...Due to torrential rain and deteriorating track conditions in South Florida, the second leg of the Sunshine State Stakes and qualifiers have been cancelled for Saturday, October 31. There will be no makeup date for the Sunshine State Stakes with all purse money distributed. Qualifiers will be held Monday at 11 a.m. and will be drawn on Sunday at 9 a.m. NOTE: YOU MUST RE-ENTER! Pari-mutuel racing begins Sunday, November 8 with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA  

Pompano Beach, FL - The FSBOA highly anticipated and lucrative Florida stakes program got underway at Pompano Park on Saturday and the nonwagering nine race program took a page from baseball’s World Series with a multitude of doubles, triples and even a grand slam to kick off the festivities. The grand slam belonged to Wally Hennessey, who had four wins on the program, while Mike Simons had the triple. Trainers Rod Lorenzo, Kim Sears and George Coblentz had training doubles. Laurie Poulin also had a grand slam in the breeder category. And despite the stiff winds and sporadic rain showers, there were several noteworthy performances on the nine race program. Below is a recap of the action. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Prairie Virtue, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, driven by Mike Simons, won an all-out war with Ifnotmwho, handled by Wally Hennessey, earning a maiden victory in 2:02.3-- the margin a scant neck featuring a :28.3 final panel by the winner. it was a “back and forth” tug of war as Ifnotmewho left the gate early, yielded at the opener to the eventual winner, who, herself, yielded three-eighths into the mile. Around the final bend, Prairie Virtue left he cozy pocket to engage in war through the lane and eked by at the wire. West Haven (John Campagnuolo) was third in the mile while Bob’s Legacy was next. Ciao Bella was placed fifth to pick up the final award. Bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with Mary Martin, Prairie Virtue is trained by Lisa Martin. 2 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Driver Mike Simons swept the “early daily double” of sorts by guiding Nick Coblentz’ Shulda Hada Drink to a 17 length win in 2:01.2 in an impressive first start to kick off his racing career. Also by Shibboleth Hanover, the gelding was out-sprinted at the opening by IInotnowhen (Wally Hennessey) and was content to let that one cut the mustard into the final bend before sweeping by as the leader made a miscue. From there, Shulda Hada Drink widened his margin to the wire. Jo Jo Jet (Alessandro Spano) was second with Ifnotnowwhen third.. Seeking Matthew and Prairie Lazuli picked up the final awards. The winner is trained by George Coblentz and was also bred by Laurie Poulin. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Sheza Terror, with Wally Hennessey in her bike, was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:59.3, highlighted by a :28.4 finale after cutting panels of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4. The daughter of Western Terror earned her second lifetime score in six starts to pin a two length win on Ms Rodeo Drive (Dave Ingraham) with Gator Babe (Mike Simons) next. Sparkyfareyouwell and Prairie Cheetah completed the order of finish. Trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, Sheza Terror picked up her second lifetime in--the first being at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The winning owners also have bragging rights as the breeders. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE (2nd Division) Prairie Sweetness, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, made her first appearance a winning won, carving up fractions of:30.4, 1:01 and 1:31.2 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed a photo finish win over a game KKs Dream Girl (Corey Braden) in 2:00. The juvenile daughter of Royel Millennium was confronted once turning for home and the pair raced side-by-side all the way home in the slugfest. Rocks Stormyd (Marshall Makin) was third followed by Princess Royal and Prairie Dutchess. The winner was bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with trainer Mike Deters. 2 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE Mister David C, gave Wally Hennessey his consecutive triple, scoring with yet another son of Royel Millennium, stopping the timer in 1:59.4 in his maiden victory. Away in good order third early, Mister David C made a quarter move to the front, repelled a bid from Lucky Ramsey (Fern Paquet, Jr.) around the final bend and through the lane, to score by a neck. Theflyingrock (Mike Simons), bothered at the start, was, indeed, flying at the end of the mile to finish third just a length away. The early leader Buddha Beach was fourth while Hey Don’t Tell Me pickedd up the final award. Also bred by Lauren Poulin, Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnam Farm. 3 YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Callin On Sunday, yet another offspring of Shibboleth Hanover, proved that manners matters by scoring a wire-to-wire win for Mike Simons in 1:59.2--her first career victory. Leading every step of her mile, Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, carved up panels of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:29.1 before coasting home in 30.1 for the score measuring 26 lengths. Prairie Delight, who made a miscue halfway through the mile, was second while Brasen Bo went up in the air at the start to complete the order of sinish. Nick Coblentz bred the winner. 3 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Last year’s Super Night Champion, Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, took advantage of a miscue by the leader turning for home and went on to a two length victory in a lifetime best 2:01.2, this in his inaugural start of his 2020 campaign. The gelded son of Proud Bushy was away in good order and sat in the garden spot throughout the journey before inheriting the lead when Prairie Gold Mine made a miscue once straightened away. Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) rallied for second while YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) finished third in the quartet. The winner is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with John Campagnuolo. Bred by Kathy Bove, Rhinestone Cowboy now has a lifetime card reading 8-3-2-3, good for over $46,000 and change. 3 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Laurie Lee, last year’s Super Night winner in her juvenile class, kicked off her sophomore year with a sharp 1:58.2 win for Wally Hennessey, completing his grand slam performance in the sulky. This daughter of Royel Millenium stalked the pacesetting Gold Star Igotdis through fractions of :30.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 before forging to the lead when the leader went up in the air turning for home. Her :28.2 finale held off the fast closing Molly McGator (Mike Simons) by a length with Alil Touch Of Pink next. Gold Star I Gotdis did pick up the final award in the quartet. Bred By Jay Sears, Laurie Lee, named after top breeder Laurie Lee Poulin, is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire. Laurie Lee now has a bankroll of $51,875. 3 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE Surviving an interference call halfway through the mile, Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surreal, posted a handy 1:56.4 win measuring 5 1/2 lengths for Carl Garofalo. A $100,000 plus winner last season at two, Hurrikanekingjames earned his 10th career win--third this semester--opening daylight on the backside and coasting home uninterrupted with a :29.3. final panel. Prairie Valentine (Dave Ingraham) was second followed by Goldstar Buniholly (Corey Braden). Repeal or Replace, who lead through the opening half, made a miscue right there and would up fourth over Shudahadahunemoon. The winner gave Rod Lorenzo a training double and sent the sophomore’s earnings to $142,065 for Jonathan Kell Racing, Kuhen Racing and Geroge Viern0. Hurrikanekingjames was bred by Our Horse Cents Stable. Sunshine State Stakes racing continues next Saturday, October 31, with post time at 12 Noon. by John Berry, for the FSBOA

Harnessracing.com has reported that popular horseman Walter “Red” Ross Sr. died Sunday, Oct. 18, in a South Florida hospital. He was 80.   A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Ross began his career as a trainer and driver in New England after being schooled in the sport by his grandfather, Howard Britt. Mr. Ross obtained his trainer-driver license shortly after graduating from high school and won his first race, with a horse named Jimmy Joe, at Hinsdale Raceway.   Mr. Ross raced at tracks along the East Coast before settling into a winter and then year-round routine at Pompano Park.   Mr. Ross’ most notable years on the national stakes scene came in 1975 and 1977. In ’75, Mr. Ross trained and drove Yankee Bambino, who won a heat of the Hambletonian with Yankee Bambino and battled valiantly in a three-horse race-off but finished second, beaten by a nose by Bonefish. In 1977 Mr. Ross trained and drove No No Yankee to victory in the inaugural Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands.   During the 1990s Mr. Ross was also a fixture at Rosecroft Raceway, handling horses for owner Ruth and Bill Dudley. When Rosecroft closed for the winter months, the Dudley horses were fixtures in the upper classes at Pompano, among the most notable Margie’s Tyler, Talbot A, General Aidid and Talbot Duke. In 2008, he developed the fast 2 year old Mysticism, who was bred by his wife, Pat. Mr. Ross qualified the colt impressively in 1:53.4 on June 13 at Pompano Park, which quickly brought big-money offers which resulted in a sale.   To read the rest of the story, click here.   

Columbus, OH – Harness racing owner, breeder and trainer, Gordon E. Norris, age 87, of Plymouth, formerly of Fowlerville and Pompano, Florida, passed away September 8, 2020. He was born on June 18, 1933 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; son of Charles and Thelma (nee Nelson) Norris. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1953 – 1955. Gordon was united in marriage to Diane L. Norris, they were together for 52 years until her death on April 25, 2019. Gordon was a harness horse owner, trainer, and driver his entire life.  He owned a horse farm in Fowlerville where he trained standardbred horses; his horses raced all over North America.  Gordon won numerous top trainer awards throughout the years and was inducted into both the Michigan and Florida Horse Trainer and Driver Halls of Fame. He was a member of MHHA and Florida Breeders and the USTA. Gordon retired from the horse business after a long successful career at the age of 79. Gordon had a strong faith.  He loved to read the bible and attend church services of all denominations.  His whole life revolved around horses and the bible.  A sports fan, he liked watching football and baseball.  Gordon’s greatest joy was his family, he enjoyed spending time with them on the farm barbecuing. He was protective, generous, dedicated, and took wonderful care of his family.  He led by example and taught his children to have a good work ethic.  Gordon was a kind soul and loved his family deeply. Gordon is survived by his loving children, Robin (Terry) Merriman, Denise (Pete) Benson, Thelma (Norm) Kubitskey, Kim Gorshe, Mike (Kimberly) Gorshe, and Sara Cool; his grandchildren, Jamie, Jason, Daniel, Diana, Jordan, Brendon, Kristy, Travis, and Dylan; and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his daughter Kathy Mapes, his parents, his brothers Charles Jr. and Lawrence and his sisters Lillian and Lottie. Visitation will be held Monday, September 14, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 West Dunlap, Northville.  Mr. Norris will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville, Michigan. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514. Due to the limitation of COVID 19 we are only allowed a maximum number of people inside the funeral home. You may be asked to wait before entering, we appreciate your patience.  We are asking visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.  If you are experiencing signs of cold or flu symptoms, please refrain from attending. During this difficult time, please make sure to reach out to the family by leaving your thoughts online, with a card or a phone call. From the USTA

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