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Pompano Beach, FL...August 27, 2020...Pompano Park is readying for its 57th season of world class harness racing, which is scheduled to begin its 2020-2021 season. The 126 night season is set to begin on November 8, 2020 with the finale on May 19, 2021. According to Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt, there will be free stall rent for all competing racehorses. Stall rent for yearlings and two year-olds will be $250 per month. Applications will be available through Race Secretary Joe Zambito ( beginning September 1 and stall availability, subject to acceptance, is on a first-come first-served basis. Prewitt relayed unbridled enthusiasm for the upcoming meeting saying, “We have been getting a very high number of inquiries for the season and we expect to be completely full as we get close to post time!” The talented 37 year-old Prewitt was elevated to his new post by Senior Vice President of Racing for Caesar’s Entertainment Joe Morris, who oversees the racing operations at all racing establishments under the new “CZR” banner. In looking forward to the upcoming season at Pompano Park, Morris related, “We have in place a very strong team at our tracks and there is a new aura of enthusiasm for the track.” Pompano Park has a rich history for world class harness racing since its initial season back in 1964. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL – A crowd of more than 100 harness racing horsemen and women met outside the race paddock at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday morning and heard the positive news they were hoping for. No eviction from the backstretch for horse people and their horses. “What ever you have heard or read over the past few days is to be forgotten,” Said Joe Pennacchio of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. “We have nothing but good news today.” Pennacchio then introduced Joe Morris, the new Vice-President of Racing for Eldorado Casinos that owns Pompano Park. Morris, a Standardbred owner and breeder and former trainer, was hired just three weeks ago by Eldorado. He is well known by many of the horsemen at Pompano Park and received a loud applause before he spoke. “There is no eviction notice,” Morris started out stating. “We have to look out for each other. We will not evict any horses or people. We will not be throwing out anyone in the dorms. If we (Eldorado) need to help feed people in the backstretch, we will do it. If a trainer can’t afford feed or hay for their horses, we will help them. If a horseman has the opportunity to ship and race at another track and can’t afford it, we will help them. “We don’t know how long this coronavirus will keep us shut down,” Morris said. “We don’t know if we will be able to race this meet right now, but we are already meeting and planning for the race meet next season. “We are also looking into your health insurance,” Morris added. “We will not allow anyone in the backstretch to go without health insurance at a time like this. In today’s world you have to have health insurance and if need be, we will help fund it. We have to look out after each other. “Things are hard enough nowadays,” Morris explained. “And we do not want you to have to worry about going anywhere until you are ready and we want you all to know that we are here to help you.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL - All trainers, caretakers and their harness racing horses in the backstretch at Eldorado's Isle Pompano Park racetrack have been told that they must vacate the premises by March 31, 2020.   The notices were sent out to the horsemen and women at Pompano Park late Thursday morning. The flyers posted in the backstretch state: "Closure Notice....For the safety and security of all, the backstretch will be closing March 31. All dorms and barns need to be vacated by March 31."   "This is just outrageous, dangerous, and just plane disappointing" said Dein Spriggs, President of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. "The horse people in the backstretch and their horses at Pompano Park should remain stabled right where they are. The backstretch is the safest place for them right now.   "There is almost no place for the trainers to go with their horses and caretakers. Many caretakers live almost year-round in the dorms. Now they want them to move. Where are they supposed to live? This is just so wrong for Eldorado to do this.   "We would like to work things out," Spriggs explained, "But was told by Troy Buswell the Isle Casino general manager at 10:41 AM that Pompano Park was terminating the race meet."   Currently, there are approximately 50 caretakers that live on the backstretch of the track and approximately 650 horses that are stabled on the grounds.   The racetrack was conducting fan-less live racing on Wednesday and now have canceled live racing indefinitely at Pompano Park while Gulfstream Park is still holding their races without any fans.   "Eldorado's eviction of the horses and horse people from the backstretch, along the ceasing of racing, will cause serious financial hardships to the Industry, as well as the safety and welfare of the horsemen and horses," said Spriggs.   by Steve Wolf, for the FSBOA    

Pompano Beach, FL....Pompano Park has previously announced that the track will be in action on Sunday, March 15. Due to the Covid-19 Cirus (Coronavirus), Pompano Park is limiting access to the barn area and paddock through Gate-5 to essential personnel only. This includes licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, veterinarians, farriers (blacksmiths) and Tack and Feed Supply vendors. Horse transportation vehicles arriving from out-of-State MUST contact the race office for entry approval prior to arrival at Pompano Park. We are looking to provide a safe, secure environment free from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Individuals deemed high risk--or any individual arriving from high risk areas--will be required to be quarantined for a period of 14 days prior to entry to the barn area or paddock. As mentioned in a prior release, non-essential personnel and owners will not be allowed in the paddock, however, the grandstand and simulcasting areas will be open. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2020...On a historical Sunday evening at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey captured the "Masters of the Mile" title by besting seven of the greatest drivers in harness racing history.   In the four race competition, with points structured similarly to purse structure payments, Hennessey scored 113 points to edge out Bruce Ranger (79), David Miller (68), Tony Morgan (60), Peter Wrenn (41), Tim Tetrick (26), Dave Palone (22) and Kevin Wallis (19).   Hennessey opened the competition by taking the first half of the early Daily Double, guiding the five year-old Pet Rock horse Oberlin to an 11 to 1 win in 1:54.1.   Starting from the outside eight post, Hennessey found little choice but to take back at the start and was 10 lengths back as Too Much Duncan (Wrenn) took the field to the opener in :27. Shortly thereafter, Dave Miller sent Danze to the top, tripping the timer at the half in :55.3.   On the backside, Dave Palone brushed Hugh Hefner to the front and that one took the field through the third station in 1:24.2 with Hennessey's charge now sixth, fourth lengths off the top. Once they straightened away, Oberlin got in high gear and rolled on by, holding off R Gauwitz Hanover (Tony Morgan) safe by a half length in 1:54.2.   Too Much Duncan was third over Danza and Hug Hefner.   Oberlin, trained by Gaston Lareau for owner Richard Lareau, paid $24.20.   In the second leg, Hennessey scored his second win, guiding Marianne Ayers-McNichol's Rockntouch to a gate-to-wire win breaking the beams in :27, :56 and 1:24.2 before touching the wire in 1:53.1.   This eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven repelled serious bids around the final bend and through the lane to score by a half length over Itsnoproblemman (Ranger) with Byby Landon (Tetrick) another neck back in third. Stick With Cramer and Harry Terror were next in the octet.   Off at even money on the tote-board, Rock N Touch paid $4.20 to win and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark with this win--his 38th career-wise.   In the third leg, Bruce Ranger had Always Glorious in high gear from the get-go, clocking sizzlers of :26.2, :53.2 and 1:21.3 while opening up a double-digit lead turning for home before coasting to a 1:52 win over the late charging Keystone Steam (Morgan) and V Power (Wallis) with Classic Gent and Fritzie Pic Up Man rounding out the top five.   Trained by Rick Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Ernest Durse, Always Glorious, a five year-old altered son of Always A Virgin, scored by 8 3/4 lengths and paid $7.20 to win.   Going in to the finale, the competition for the top prize was whittled down to three with only Hennessey, Ranger and Morgan in the hunt for the "Masters of the MIle" title.   In an event that saw several lead changes throughout the mile journey, it was the David Miller driven Outkast Blue Chip who rallied in deep stretch to score the 1 1/2 length win over Rocknbeach (Wrenn) with Hennessey next with Pointsman to seal the crown.   Brigadier Bronski was fourth while Gibbs was next in this classy octet.   Trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle Racing Stable, Outkast Blue Chip, paid $19.80 as fourth choice to vault over the $250,000 plateau in lifetime bounty.   Though the "Masters of the MIle" had completed, the action was far from over as Ranger hopped on the bike back of the track record holder Panocchio and put on an exceptionally game performance in squeaking by the favored American Hustle (Bruce Fenn) in 1:52.1.   Away third from the rail as American Hustle put up numbers of :27.1 and :56.1, Ranger sent the now 10 year-old Panocchio on a backstretch binge, severely denting an official :27.2 third panel to stick his head in front past that third station in 1:23.4.   It was war all the way home as these two traded punches right to the wire with Panocchio earning the nod by a neck. Caviart Reagan, closing fastest of all, finished third for Dave Ingraham, followed by Neptune and Windsun Gotham.   Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with his wife, Vicki, and Emile Johnson, Panocchio earned his 70th career win to send his lifetime earnings to $638,538. He paid $11.20 to win.   Hennessey then completed his epic night by winning both ends of the late Daily Double, scoring with Rub Of The Green in 1:51.4 and Bass Player in 1:52.3, completing his grand slam.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win, as well.   Oldford's Mego Moss took the opening leg of the competition, giving his 11 year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall a picture perfect drive, zipping his warrior out of the cozy pocket with 5/16s remaining and on to an insurmountable lead before coasting to the wire in 1:57, a seasonal best.   It was the 36th career win for Mego Moss, who has banked $409,482 during his career of 205 starts. UKnow What To Do, with Jmaes Dunn in his sulky, was next, followed by High Blue, driven by Captain David Miller.   Mego Moss paid $17.60 to his faithful.   About 22 minutes later, RonCusimano sent Everyone's Talkin off the wings in a hurry and scored a wire-to-wore win in 1:57.1, carving out panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.3 along the way.   Santini (Oldford) was next followed by the Jamie Marra driven Glide in The Wind.   Cusimano co-owns this Jake Huff trainee with the consortium of Angelillo, Tanzer and Sirianos.   The nine year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover won for the 28th time in his career, sending his bounty to $$285,918.   As the even-money chalk, Everyone's Talkin paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers.   With but one point separating the two teams going into the finale, Oldford took care of business, again driving one of his own, Smart Flight, on a wire-to-wire mission landing him a scant head up at the wire in 1:58.1.   War Cry Hall was second for Leon Cable while Skyway Jaguar, driven by Ron Cusimano, was a fasts closing third.   As second choice on the board, Smart Flight paid $8.20 to win.   After the "Official" sign was posted, the festivities continued in the winner's circle as Tetrick and Miller were in the winner's circle to present $4,000 checks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Said Oldford in the winner's circle, "David and Timmy have been so valuable in making his a yearly tradition and, in doing so, this shows what harness racing can do for the community and far beyond."   MIller explained that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very close to his heart and said, "it's really wonderful that this wonderful organization can fulfill the dreams of children in need. It's a wonderful feeling that our sport can have such a positive influence in our society today!"   Tetrick, similarly, sung the praises of New Vocations, which as helped thousands of horses find new homes after their racing careers are over. He lamented, "A good example of their wonderful work hits right here as Hurricane Howard and Just Like Lloyd, both that have raced here at Pompano Park, have found new homes after their career in racing."   The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated well over $200,000 to charitable causes since their inception--over $50,000 over the past five years alone.   As Spriggs said, "This is only possible due to the generosity of our members who donated all of their earnings from driving so we can have a positive impact in our society through our grand sport!"   Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $6,337.60, a Pick-6 carryover of $1,255.56 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to $44,948.86. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Coral Springs, FL – The Isle Pompano Park is the place to be this Sunday if you ever wanted to see many of the winningest drivers in the sport go head-to-head in tournament action. Seven of the eight drivers each has more than 10,000 career wins. Dave Palone, with an astonishing 19,114 wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). It’s a homecoming of sorts for Bruce Ranger, the former winningest driver in the history of Pompano Park. He has not driven at Pompano in nearly five years, only returning to racing in New England just over a year ago. He and Hennessey both have numerous driving titles at Pompano, as do Kevin Wallis and Peter Wrenn. The eight drivers will compete against each other in four tournament races, the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th races. There will be live interviews with the drivers during the race program. Credit is due to Pompano Park Director of Racing Operations, Stacy Cahill, for coming up with the concept and race secretary Joe Zambito for putting together a great card of racing. There is also the Pro-Am Tournament in races 2, 3 and 4 when the pros, Dave Miller and Tim Tetrick go against the South Florida Amateur Driving Club members. Who will win the tournaments on Sunday? Your guess is as good as this reporter as when you have so many world class performers in each race, it can be anyone’s to win. I am leaning towards Wally Hennessey and Bruce Ranger. First race post time is 7:20 pm Sunday. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL — Pompano Park will host two major harness racing events on Sunday (March 1) as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths-mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is more than 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in purse money. Dave Palone, with 19,114 career wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). For the members of Pompano Park’s “Send It In Army,” these “Masters of the Mile” will be a part of the early daily double, the final leg of the Pick-5, the start of the Pick-4 and an Open 2 pace. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will be hosts of the Pro-Am with both competing as captains in three other events featuring many of the top amateur drivers, which has become an annual tradition here at Pompano Park benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations. Those trio of events encompass the second half of the early daily double, the kick-off of the Pick-6 and the fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the blockbuster card is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2020...Belgium, lolly-gagging near the back of the pack after opening night, rallied under the direction of harness racing driver Piet Van Pollaert to capture the coveted World Cup Amateur Championship title, which wrapped up on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The 37 year-old from Lokeren, Belgium piloted two winners on the final night to eke out a "photo finish" victory over Italy, represented by Andrea Sallustio. Hungary, represented by Andrea Fazekas, finished third, The USA finished fourth in the competition, followed by Canada and Switzerland (in a dead-heat), Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina and Denmark.   Van Pollaert, making his first appearance in the U.S., finished dead last in the first of three races on Monday night before knocking on the door finishing second in his two other drives.   He kicked off the Tuesday night festivities with a sharp wire-to-wire win with the 11 year-old mare Young American, trained by Jennifer Petrelli, who co-owns with Raynor Marsland, Jr.   Carving up smart fractions of :29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:31, Van Polllaert sent the gallant mare home on a :28.4 romp to score by 2 1/4 lengths, returning $5.80 to win.   While that win moved the Belgian up in the standings, he only had one drive left in the competition--with yet another mare from the Jennifer Petrelli Stable, Sun Belle Slippery.   Using the same tactics as in the first race, Van Pallaert sent this six year-old daughter of Relentless Yankee right to the front from her outside post and she sizzled an opening panel of :26.4. After a rated second panel bringing the pair to the half in :57.3, Sun Belle Slippery repelled a strong bid around the final bend and another in deep stretch to score the "relentless" win by a half length in 1:55.1.   Coming off a lifetime best 1:52.3 performance the week before, Sun Belle Slippery , third choice in the wagering, returned a generous $9.80 mutuel.   The competition was extremely evenly matched as Van Pollaert won two of the eight races and Sallustio won a pair, as well, Barbara Aesbischer (Switzerland) Joe Pennacchio (USA), David Drew (Canada) and Andrea Fazekas (Hungary) also won races during the competition.   Organizers Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs were ecstatic with the competition, citing the competitive nature of each of the eight events and the camaraderie of everyone who came over from so many part of the world.   "This is what our sport is all about," said Oldford, "providing an atmosphere of peace, warmth and good will."   Mission accomplished!   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach,  FL — In a spirited and highly competitive first round of the World Cup Amateur Driving Championship, Spain emerged with the lead — although precarious — without winning any of the four Monday night (Feb. 24) harness racing contests. Spain’s Miquel Vich Capo finished second, fifth and third in his trio of drives and his consistently high finishes garnered him enough points to top the leaderboard for the time being. With four more events scheduled for the final night on Tuesday, Switzerland, represented by Barbara Aebischer, is second while there are three countries tied for third — USA, New Zealand and Belgium — all within striking distance to take home the crown. Canada and Italy are also still in the hunt. Aebischer opened the ceremonies with a sterling win in the first event by giving a superb drive back of Tech Titan, trained by Dan McCartney for owner Lee Clarke. The 7-year-old gelded son of Muscle Hill was making his first start over Pompano Park’s five-eighths-mile oval and Aebischer bided her time as Cashahallic, driven by the USA’s Joe Pennacchio, carved up the panels and led until the field straightened away for the wire. Both Mego Moss (Warren Rich, New Zealand) and Kaffir Kemp (Lukas Svedin, Sweden) loomed boldly but neither could collar the leader as both Tech Titan and Citi Z Tam (Miquel Vich Capo, Spain) were closing stoutly. At the wire, Tech Titan had a 2-1/4 length margin over Citi Z Tam and returned $7.40 as the second choice in the betting. The mile was clocked in 1:58.2. The second event went to Italy’s Andrea Sallustio, who gave the Chet Poole Jr. trained, Johanna Calvert owned Little Big Rigs a “heads-up drive” to score in 1:59.2. Off at a generous 19-1, Little Big Rigs, a 6-year-old altered son of Big Rigs, showed solid speed off the wings from the outside post to settle up into fourth early before sitting chilly the rest of the way before accelerating late in the lane to score by a length for his first win of the year. Legend Field, with Belgium’s Piet Van Pollaert in his bike, got a garden journey, took command in the stretch but was out-kicked late by the winner. Skyway Jaguar, also trained by Poole and owned by Johanna Calvert, made a miscue or two early, spotted the field many lengths but closed fastest of all to finish third for Leonardo Agusti of Argentina. The winner paid $40.80. The USA’s Joe Pennacchio hit the winner’s circle in the next race, giving trainer Wally Hennessey’s Glide In The Wind a picture perfect drive to score in 1:57.2. It was the initial win of the year for the 5-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide prompting one happy fan to say, “Who needs Wally Hennessey when you can get Joe Pennacchio in the bike!” Pembroke Yoyo cut the mustard for Piet Van Pollaert and finished second over Fleet Cessna, with Andrea Fazekas, representing Hungary, in the sulky. Glide In The Wind rewarded his many faithful with a $4.20 mutuel. The final Monday night event went Canada’s way as Jurgen Hanover, driven by David Drew, came from dead last turning for home to score by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3. This race turned out to be the most competitive of the night as there were four in and four out the entire route with the action on the backstretch reminiscent of the Prix d’Amerique in Europe. Drew had no choice but to bide his time through it all as he started from the outside post and was forced to take back as the others scrambled for superiority. In deep stretch, Jurgen Hanover, without much urging, rolled on by to score his 25th career win and fourth this semester in only five starts. Trained by Gaston Lareau for the JP Houle Stables, Jurgen Hanover paid $10.00 as the third choice. The World Cup Amateur Championship continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover and a ballooning Super Hi -5 Jackpot now standing at $32,217. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

The 20th edition of the World Cup for amateur harness racing drivers will be held next week at Florida's Pompano Park and U.S. representative Joe Pennacchio will be aiming to make history. No American has ever won the event, which this year brings together participants from 12 countries from around the globe. "I'm honored to race under the U.S. flag and represent our country," Pennacchio said. "It's very exciting to be doing it, and it would be an incredible treat to be able to win. We're going to try to get it done. But I know all the other drivers are very capable. I'll just see how the races unfold and do the best I can to be in a good position. We'll see how it shakes out." Pennacchio, a retired CEO who spent most of his career in department store retailing, has won 186 races in his career and was the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Amateur Driver of the Year in 2018. Pennacchio won 15 of 67 races that season. His victory total was one shy of his career high. In addition to driving, Pennacchio has enjoyed success as an owner, most notably with 2004 Breeders Crown winner Yankee Slide. He is the past president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, a director of the U.S. Trotting Association, and a member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The club is hosting the World Cup. "I've driven internationally quite a bit and many of those drivers have multiple hundreds of wins over their careers," Pennacchio said. "They tend to drive a lot more over the course of the year than we do. But our amateur series in the United States has grown incredibly in the last five to 10 years. There are more races than any one person could want to go to at this point. The opportunities are all over the place. "We have a great club in Florida. We race three or four times every weekend. The only problem for me is I'm old. I wish I was 30 years younger. I've got more behind me than I've got in front of me. So, it's even more special for me (to drive in the World Cup) because I don't know if I would get another opportunity to do something like this." The World Cup consists of eight races, with each driver getting five starts. The first four races are Monday (Feb. 24) and the final four are Tuesday (Feb. 25). Argentina's Leonardo Agusti is the defending World Cup champion. Agusti has won more than 1,300 races in his career, which began in 1966. He has raced in the U.S. on several occasions and owns a win at Pompano Park, which he picked up in 2008. The remaining drivers in the event are Switzerland's Barbara Aebischer, Spain's Miquel Vich Capo, Canada's David Drew, Hungary's Andrea Fazekas, Denmark's Lars Munk, Belgium's Piet Van Pollaert, New Zealand's Warren Rich, Austria's Thomas Royer, Italy's Andrea Sallustio, and Sweden's Lukas Svedin. Fazekas also has a win at Pompano Park, which came in 2016. Two years later, she picked up a victory at Monticello Raceway. She and Agusti are the only non-North American drivers with wins in the States. Fazekas has won nearly 180 races since beginning her career in 2003. "It will be amazing to return to this track (Pompano)," Fazekas wrote via Facebook Messenger. "Having won there before brings me confidence. I'm looking forward to the World Cup and will try to do my best. I believe in myself and cross my fingers for good horses. "I enjoy the excitement of racing," she added. "Driving new horses, getting to know them; it's always a good experience." The drivers will arrive in Florida on Saturday and be treated to a number of excursions, including a trip to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village and boat tour of Fort Lauderdale. "Steve (Oldford) and Dein (Spriggs) have done a remarkable job putting together a great program," Pennacchio said. "People are going to have the opportunity to be busy every minute of the day. They're going to take them all over the place." He then added with a laugh, "Maybe they can get them really tired and I can win." Pennacchio, who drew posts eight and two on Monday and posts three, five, and three on Tuesday, knows it will not be that easy. "When you go on the racetrack it's incredibly competitive," Pennacchio said. "When you come off the racetrack everybody is friends and we laugh about it. We'll have a great time. We'll have a greater time if we win, but we'll have a great time no matter what." For the program pages for the Monday races in the competition, click here. For the program pages for the Tuesday races in the competition click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Pompano Beach, FL...February 16, 2020...Due to a power outage, racing at Pompano Park has been cancelled for Sunday. Racing is expected to resume on Monday, February 17. From Pompano Park Media Relations  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 11, 2020...Harness racing driver Joe Pennacchio will be representing the United States in the World Amateur Cup 2020, which will be held at Pompano Park beginning February 22.   Pennacchio earned the honor to represent the U.S.A. on Monday night at the South Florida oval by piloting the Walter La Freniere, Jr. trainee B R Flying Dali to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Owned by William H. Mc Elvain, Jr., the eight year-old son of Dali covered his mile in 1:55.4, just getting up over the Dein Spriggs driven Firewater Jake.   It was a rare win for Pennacchio--not in numbers, per se, but for the fact that he was making a rare appearance back driving a pacer.   Pennacchio has been a stalwart member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club for many years and all starts for that club are for trotters.   "Yes," Pennacchio lamented, "it's rare that any of our amateur drivers get behind a pacer, so this win was extra special, to say the least."   Pennacchio now has 186 career wins with his first one dating back to 1995 at Delaware, Ohio with Fox Valley Trump.   He has competed with regularity on the European circuit and was USHWA Amateur Driver of the Year in 2019.   In last night's event, Pennacchio was competing against a stellar group of amateur drivers including four others who won USHWA's Amateur Driver of the Year Award--Steve Oldford, Robert Krivelin, Dein Spriggs and Hannah Miller, all of whom have represented the U.S. in world competition.   Pennacchio hopes to become the first driver from the U.S. to win the elite competition saying, "I am sure that this will be a highly competitive event with the best of the best vying for supremacy. I just hope to compete safely and honorably for our country."   by John Berry            

Pompano Beach, FL...February 7, 2020...Pompano Park, in the midst of a successful 2019-2020 racing season, has announced that an agreement has been reached by The Isle Pompano Park and The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to conduct a 126 night racing season for the 2020-2021 season. The calendar for the season will be released at a future date. From Pompano Park/FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL...February 3, 2020...Despite the fact that Pompano Park was the only U.S. harness racing track racing on Super Bowl Sunday night with most simulcasting venues closed, as well, the South Florida "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" posted a healthy handle of $413,000, including the largest non-carryover Pick-5 pool of the season--over $21,000--a Pick-4 pool exceeding $30,000 and a Pick-6 pool in excess of $10,000. The handle achievements came in spite of the fact that several top drivers were out of action, as were many of their stable stars usually highlighting a typical Sunday night. The Pick-5, with one 9 to 1 chance sprinkled in with four other winners pegged at 4/5, 7/5, 8/5 and 3/5, paid a handsome $326.45 for the 50 cent ticket while the 50 cent Pick-4 returned $189.70 with the quartet of winners being 2/1, 5/2, 8/5 and 8/5. The Sunday fireworks also included a gigantic Pick-6 pay of $6,918.95 for 50 cents, despite the winners being 8/5, 9/1, 3/5, 2/1, 5/2 and 8/5. Racing continues at Pompano Park on Monday night with the aforementioned wagers in play along with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot which has blossomed to $102,912.43 going into that finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 3, 2020...A few seasons ago, Pompano Park made morning line history when all six harness racing entrants in a race were pegged at 7 to 2 in the morning line. The track will feature another historical morning line event on Tuesday night with the line for each race created by the drivers, themselves. Jack Killeen, Joe Chindano, Jr., Wally Hennessey, Walt La Freniere, Jr., Dave Ingraham, Rob Hoffman, Rick Plano and Andy Santeramo put their racing expertise in motion to create the morning line and, interesting to note, none of the drivers are participating in the races for which they created the morning line. Killeen, the youngest driver to participate at Pompano Park this season, kicks things off in the first legs of the Daily Double and Pick-5 installing Northern Dali and Prairie Easter as co-favorites at 2 to 1 in an Open II Pace for mares. Chindano takes over in the second race and has made Baby Maker Hanover the 2 to 1 favorite in that trot. Hall Of Famer Wally Hennessey follows in the third race and pegs Tangled Mind at 2 to 1 in this conditioned, optional claiming event. La Freniere has listed Uber Hanover as his 2 to 1 ranking in the fourth with Jimi Wind Ricks (3 to 1) and Arsenal (4 to 1) next. Dave Ingraham had the honor of making the morning line for the featured Open I pace for mares and, in a very “evenly matched” race, has Truth And Liberty listed at 2 to 1 with both Jazzy Image and Rockin Serene the co-second choices at 3 to 1. That race kicks off the Pick-4 with a $15,000 guaranteed pool. Rob Hoffman follows in the sixth race and has made the 50 race winning veteran Big N Bad the 2 to 1 morning line favorite over King Royalty (3 to 1). Rick Plano has a 2 to 1 morning line opinion on Brown Brinny in the seventh race--the first half of the late daily double. Finally, Andy Santeramo has made Rockin Away his 2 to 1 chalk in the Super Hi-5 finale, with a jackpot now over $100,000 for a single winning ticket. It’s another version of Super Tuesday at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with first post scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan 29, 2020...On the heels of a record $127,452 Pick-4 pool on Monday, Pompano Park had yet another pari-mutuel pool record in the Pick-6 on Tuesday night as that pool was barraged by the Send-It-In Army to the tune of $112,279. When all was said and done, the 5-4-4-4-2-2 sequence paid $6,682.05, an astounding total with not one of the six winners being more than 9 to 2 in the betting. The Pick-6 race winners were New Number Who Dis (Mike DeRuntz-$5.60), Bring Me Diamonds (Peter Wrenn-$10.60), Galarina (Andy Santeramo-$11.40), Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald-$9.20), Jazzy Image (Kevin Wallis-$10.40) and Jaded Dream (Michael Cushing-$5.40). The action continues at the South Florida oval on Wednesday with the Super Hi-5 finale carryover of $96,140.78. Post time is set for 7:20. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

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