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Pompano Beach, FL...April 19, 2018...On the heels of a very successful Pro-Am event with Tim Tetrick and David Miller, the Florida Amateur Driving Club has secured the services of harness racing Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey and Dave Ingraham for a now highly anticipated Pro-Am event on Sunday, April 22. Hennessey and Ingraham are "one-two" in the wins category at Pompano Park this meet and will be hosting the event as the FADC edges closer to the $200,000 mark in charitable donations. The first of two events features a full field of trotters with combined earnings of over $1.7 million, which will be led by Cashahallic ($394,062), who, ironically, will be driven by Wall Hennessey. Hennessey will have team support from amateur drivers Robert Krivelin, Dein Spriggs, Joe Pennacchio and John Campagnuolo Ingraham will pilot Bad I Am in the event and has Leon Cable, Tony Dinges, Billy Muggleston and Steve Oldford on his roster. That event will also have a $5,752 superfecta carryover going in and kicks off a Pick-5 with a carryover of $6,403 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The final Pro-Am event will be conducted on the pentafecta fourth race, featuring a full field of 10 with combined career earnings of over $2.5 million with The Budster the richest of the group at $665,905. Hennessey will be in the bike back of Its Payday Friday in that event and has Joe Pennacchio, James Quinn, Roger Goldstein and Dein Spriggs on his team roster while Ingraham will drive Royal Hawaii with Steve Oldford, Ron Cusimano, Jamie Marra and Billy Muggleston completing his team. In announcing the event, FADC President Spriggs said, "Just as Tim Tetrick and Dave Miller did, Wally (Hennessey) and Dave (Ingraham) were eager participants in this to show just what our sport can do for worthy causes, as we have done for so many years. We can't thank them enough for competing in this event!" Sunday's program also features a classy field in the Open Pace as a $3,000,000 field has been assembled including Doo Wop Hanover ($792,919), Duc Dorleans ($657,789), Arsenal ($500,396) and Sing For Me George ($494,826). Post time for the Sunday program is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 18, 2018...Uncle Hanover, handled by Andy Santeramo, captured the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:55.1. In a brave performance, the six year-old gelded son of Muscle Hill held off the furious late charge of Prairie Fortune, driven by Jim Meittinis, by a head with Midnite Craze, teamed up with Ivan Davies, next, 4 1/4 lengths away. Boli finished fourth after pressuring the leader the middle three-eighths of the journey while Thundercrest picked up the minor award in the field of 10. As the wings folded, Uncle Hanover was sent out in search of the lead with Midnite Craze moving along side around the opening bend--the latter taking command at the opener in a hot :27...but not for long. Not content with the pocket, Santeramo sent Uncle Hanover right back to the front as Midnite Craze yielded, only to feel the heat from Boli, who made a bold double-bubble move around the second turn heading over to the half, which was clocked in :57.3 On the backside, Uncle Hanover and Boli engaged in all-out war with the two racing as a team past the third station in 1:26.2. Once they straightened away, Uncle Hanover began edging away from Boli but the threat from Prairie Fortune became more evident with every stride as that one kept gnawing away with his own final quarter in :28.1. On the wire, it took a photo finish to determine the winner with Uncle Hanover earning his third win of the semester in 13 starts and in a seasonal best time. After the race, driver Santeramo related, "Barry (trainer Probber) has him sharp now--I mean razor sharp. He was very good in his last start over a somewhat off track so I expected good things from him tonight. I was disappointed, that's for sure." Owned by Probber-Morse Racing along with the Unity Stable, Uncle Hanover sent his 2018 bounty to $27,264 and now has a career bankroll of just under $150,000--$149,901 to e precise. As the 2 to 1 favorite, Uncle Hanover paid $6.20 to win. In a racing rarity in the event, a mother, father and son all competed in the event as Kelly Case, Dave Ingraham and their son, Dustin Ingraham, all participated with mom Case finishing highest among the three. In the $9,600 conditioned-$25,000 optional claiming trot, M T Stables Fleetwood Hall, driven by Jim Hysell for trainer Miriam Toland, eked out a photo finish win in 1:57 over Jack Rules, with Andy Santeramo in his bike. Security Guard, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Miss Flora and Railee Workable picked up the final awards in the field scratched down to nine. In winning for the first time in only three starts this year, the eight year-old altered son of Deweycheatemnhowe now has 19 career wins and $91,944 In bounty. Off as the fifth choice at 18 to 1, Fleetwood Hall paid $38.40 to win and keyed a 20 cent Pentafecta payoff of $7,052.14. Racing resumes on Sunday night with a Pick-5 carryover of $6,403 spawning a $25,000 guarantee. Also, there is a superfecta carryover of $5,752 going into Sunday's first race superfecta. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2018...Rock On Moe, deftly handled byharness racing trainer / driver Dan Daley, conquered six worthy opponents and the elements to score a 1:52.3 win in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 15). The 10 year-old Rocknroll Hanover warrior, despite the adverse weather conditions of heavy rain and wind, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 in holding off the late surging Panocchio and Wally Hennessey by a neck. Dee's Rocketman, driven by Andy Santeramo, finished third while Doo Wop Hanover, actually closing fastest of all in the late stages, finished fourth while Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. At the outset, there were several leavers both inside and outside of Rock On Moe (post 5) with driver Dan Daley sending his charge out looking and finding a spot mid-pack as Hollywood Sign A (post 7) surged through the sloppy going and out-sprinting Panocchio (post 4) through an opening panel in a sizzler--:26.1--with Doo Wop Hanover (post 3), in somewhat of a surprise, showing some gate speed and winding up in third in front of Rock On Moe. With a half in :56.2, things began to heat up again on the backside as Daley sent Rock On Moe first up, denting an official third panel of :27.2 and reaching the saddle-pad of the leader past the third station in 1:23.4 with Panocchio in a bind with no where to go. Once they straightened away, Rock On Moe took command with authority and opened up a two length lead before Panocchio found a seam and began closing in--the latter's rally falling a neck short on the wire. In a post race interview, trainer-driver Daley related, "He's just a classy, good 'ol horse that tries every time he goes behind the gate. The sloppy conditions didn't bother him--nothing does. He's won several times on off tracks so I wasn't concerned about that at all. He's not afraid to go first up, either. As I said, he's just a rugged racehorse and, after he raced so good last week, I was looking forward to tonight. He performed right up to expectations!" Owned by Jirl LLc, Rock On Moe won for the 39th time during his career stretching 185 starts, good for $641,870--$11,250 this semester in his first three starts of 2018. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Rock On Moe paid $12.80 to win. In the "better for the bettor" department, the Rock On Moe win enabled one fortunate player to cash a 50 cent Pick-6 ticket to the tune of $18,263,80. Also, the track's Super Hi-5 finale was hit when one unique ticket was sold on the 9-7-6-10-5 combination--that 20 cent ticket worth $9,650.38. Racing continues of Monday night with first post scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 11, 2018...Born To Thrive and Second Sister took top harness racing honors in their respective $15,000 trotting features at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (April 10). Born To Thrive, the five year-old gelded son of Swan For All, stopped the timer in 1:55.1 for Rick Plano over a track labeled "good" after heavy afternoon rains pelted Pompano Park. The late surging Uncle Hanover, handled by Andy Santeramo, was second, three-parts-of-a-length away. Boli, with Wally Hennessey with his lines, finished third after a trip in the garden spot much of the way. Thundercrest finished fourth in an "even-steven" mile while Prairie Fortune overcame a miscue at the start to finish fifth in the classy octet. At the outset, Midnite Craze blasted off the wings from his assigned outside eight post and proceeded through fractions of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:26 with Boli in the cozy pocket and Uncle Hanover next. Three-eighths into the mile, Born To Thrive began gnawing his way forward from sixth, reaching fourth half way through the mile. On the backside, Born To Thrive kept applying the pressure, taking command around the final bend and opening up a two length margin once they straightened away. Subsequently, the issue was never in doubt as Born To Thrive sped through a :29 finale to score the win. After the race, Plano said, "When Born To Thrive is on his game, he's as good as any. He's just a docile, friendly horse that will follow you around even without a lead shank. He's that calm. "I bought him for 'peanuts' as a three year-old and he paid immediate dividends. I remember I bought him on a Saturday, picked him up on a Sunday, trained him on a Monday, qualified him on a Wednesday, entered him in a (Indiana) Sire Stakes that afternoon and he won the following Saturday, making him eligible to the Final, which he won!" In gathering his seventh win of the year in 12 starts, Born To Thrive sent his 2018 bankroll to $40,450 and $236,788 lifetime. Owned by Maryann Plano along with John Campagnuolo and Victor Contento, Born To Thrive was sent off as third choice at 5 to 1 and paid $13.00 to win. Second Sister, the sleek looking six year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, was a gate-to-wire winner for Jim Meittinis, hitting the wire in 1:55.3. Carding panels of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25.4 along the way, Second Sister easily held off Miss Flora, driven by John MacDonald by two lengths on the strength of her :29.4 final panel over the sticky surface. Diamond Dagger, with Dave Ingraham in her sulky, rallied from eighth and last to finish third. CW Raisenette finished fourth while Modern Mercury picked up the nickel in the field of eight. In a post-race interview, driver Meittinis said, "She (Second Sister) has been really good the last several starts and so I thought, since I had a great post here (five), that I'd leave out of there and either lead the way or get a nice trip. Mike (trainer Deters) has her sharp and competitive right now, so it worked out well for us. Owned by Jerold Hawks, Second Sister sent her 2018 scorecard to 3-1-3 in 11 starts, good for $31,750 this semester. Lifetime, she's banked $395,049. Sent to the gate as the even money favorite, Second Sister paid $4.00 to her multitude of backers. Racing continues on Sunday night with a $3,000,000 field going post-ward in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace. Miso Fast will seek his second straight win of the season but will have to overcome the outside post against his older rivals, including Hollywood Sign A, Dee's Rocketman, Rock On Moe, track record holder Panocchio, Doo Wop Hanover, Drachan Hanover and Fritzie Pic Up Man. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL... April 9, 2018...Miso Fast, driven by Bryce Fenn, lived up to his name at Pompano Park on Sunday night (April 8) as the four year-old made his harness racing seasonal debut a winning one, conquering a select field of older horses. The four year-old son of Roll With Joe stopped the timer in 1:50.3 after taking command at the opening station in a rapid :26.2 and then proceeding through panels of :55.3 and 1:23 before an effortless :27.3 finale sealed the deal by three-parts-of-a-length.   Among his victims this night were the late charging Rock On Moe, handled by Dan Daley, Dee's Rocketman, driven by Andy Santeramo, and track record holder Panocchio, who was fourth, less than two lengths away. Doo Wop Hanover picked up the nickel in the classy sextet comprised of the winners of over $3,000,000.   Driver Fenn sent his charge flying off the wings while taking command with a strong brush that, literally, lasted the entire mile.   Trainer Luanna Beeson was ecstatic with the win relating, "He had been off for a few months after facing some of the better three year-olds last season and he qualified a couple of times and looked sharp in both of those. But you never know what to expect racing against seasoned veterans like these, so I am very pleased with his mile. Bryce (driver Fenn) did his usual great job with him. The only thing I told him was to 'drive him like he owned him.' He did just that.   Owned by Winchester Baye Acres LLC, the sleek Miso Fast sent his career bankroll to $655,438 to go along with his 1:49.2 Pocono mark s achieved last year as a three year-old.   Off at even money on the tote-board, Miso Fast paid $4.20 to win.   The track also hosted three amateur events honoring the memory of the grand sportsman Cornelious Kingsley Garrison Billings, the owner of harness racing's first two minute trotter, Lou Dillon, back in 1903.   Those events--two trotting events and one pacing race--were won by Skyway Pippen, driven by Robert Krivelin, in 1:58.4, Pixie Queen, with John Campagnuolo in her sulky, in 1:59.2 and the pacer Feelin Lucky, who covered his mile for Billy Muggleston in a seasonal best 1:54.1.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale was also conquered on Sunday night as a single 20 cent ticket on the winning combination of 6-2-1-3-9 was worth $13,496.94.   Racing continues on a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday schedule throughout the month of April with post time remaining at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 3, 2018...Galarina, patiently driven by Andy Santeramo, took top honors in Pompano Park's $13,200 Open pacing feature for harness racing mares on Monday night, slipping through along the pylons late to score in 1:53. The seven year-old daughter of Dali pinned a defeat measuring a half-length on the pacesetting Freakonomica, handled by Jim Meittinis, with Roll With Faith, teamed up with Dave Ingraham, next, 1 1/4 lengths away. Strings finished fourth while Bring Me Diamonds picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. As the wings folded, Freakonomics, leaving from the outside, was on the engine along with Galarina, post five, with the former taking charge into the initial turn and the latter settling in the garden spot. Through an opener of :27.1, Meittinis was in the process of rating his charge when Dave Ingraham sent Roll With Faith up to challenge half way through in :57. On the backside, Freakonomics and Roll With Faith were in a war with Santeramo sitting chilly along the inside with Galarina, hoping for a seam once they completed three-quarters in a picked up 1:25.1. Once they straightened away, that seam--though small--opened up and Santeramo pinched on through with Galarina to hit the wire in 1:53--her official last quarter :27.3. In a post race interview, Santeramo related, "Galarina has such a great attitude. You know, mares can be a little, shall we say, unpredictable at times but she's got such a great attitude. She doesn't get rattled at anything and, when she goes behind the starting gate, she's all business. "I wasn't really sure that she could beat the caliber of mare that Freakonomics is but she probably needed a start to tighten up, so I think we were fortunate in that respect. Both of our mares sure raced good, though." Galarina earned her ninth win of the year on Monday night--tied for most in North America with Regil Tiger--in 13 starts with her earnings ballooning to $48,826, more than $10,000 more than her entire 2017 total in 40 starts. Since her claim for $8,000 last November 6, Galarina has won 13 times and banked $63,923 for the M T Pockets Stables. As for Santeramo, he is the second leading percentage driver at Pompano Park--winning at a 24% clip--and, as of this date, the leading UTRS trainer in North America this year with a "batting average" of .581. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was solved on Monday night with one 20 cent ticket having the 6-2-10-5-3 combination worth $17,338.12. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a "million dollar" field assembled in an "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot, as well as special five-eighths mile dash featuring world record holder Sooo Handsome, who will be facing Foundonabeach, Thundercrest and William Star, among others, all winners at the distance. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 2, 2018...Hollywood Sign A, the classy Australian bred Life Sign gelding, led from first long stride to last in taking Pompano Park's harness racing $15,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. Superbly handled by owner-trainer Matt Krueger, the nine year-old, beginning from coveted post five, sawed though panels of :27. :55.2 and 1:24.2 before a :27.2 sprint home held track record holder Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, safe by a half-length. The Onlyest One, with John MacDonald in his sulky, finished third, 3 3/4 lengths away while Team Captain and Drachan Hanover earned the final awards in the classy sextet. At the outset, Hollywood Sign A zipped right to the front with Panocchio, beginning one slot further out, followed and decided to grab the seat in the garden spot. These two were one-two through the journey with Team Captain making a backside brush from fifth into third around the final bend. Turning for home, Panocchio left his cozy pocket and began gnawing away at the leader but Hollywood Sign A would not be denied this night. In a post-race interview, driver Matt Krueger related, "Hollywood (Sign A) is extremely sharp right now. He's feeling good, very willing and will do anything you ask. The scratch (American Hustle-sick) put us in that great five post here and it was almost as if he wanted to push the (starting) gate out of his way. "Those fractions are comfortable for a horse of his caliber so I was pretty confident when he reached the final bend on top. "He's a happy horse with a great attitude and loves romping in the field and he's shows his appreciation by his performances on the track...a pleasure to be around!" The victory was the third of the year in 12 starts with his earnings vaulting to $37,585. Lifetime, Hollywood Sign A has 31 wins in exactly 150 starts and $237,493. As the even-money favorite, Hollywood Sign A paid $4.00 to win. The $13,200 Open II Pace went to Doo Wop Hanover, driven by Tony Kerwood. The seven year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, got up in the final stride to win in 1:51.1 over Kotare Yael N, handled by Corey Braden. Annihilator, with Matt Krueger in his bike, was third while Dakota Jack finished fourth. Lyons Johnny picked up the nickel in the sharp field of nine. Trained by Peter Blood, who co-owns with Rick Berks, Doo Wop Hanover was away mid-pick as Lyons Johnny and Fritzie Pic Up Man engaged in a :26.3 first quarter war before the latter took charge and sizzled to the half in :54.3. On the backside, Kotare Yael N zipped up from third to take charge around the final bend with Annihilator second over and Doo Wop third over past the third station in 1:22.4 Straightening away, Kerwood steered Doo Wop Hanover widest of all and his :27.4 finale was just enough to eke out the win. The win was the second of the year in 10 starts for Doo Wop Hanover and pushed his career earnings $790,969--$21,395 this semester. Off at 9 to 5 on the tote-board, Doo Wop Hanover paid $5.60 to win. Yet another speedy performance was put in by Spirit Shadow, driven by Wally Hennessey. This five year-old gelded son of Spirit Shadow wired his foes in 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark, after carving out fractions of :28, :56 and 1:23. Pocket sitting A Good Time To Rock (John MacDonald) was second while Surge Seelster (Corey Braden) finished third. Major Starlight and Cool Like Fire earned the minors. Spirit Shadow now has a 4-0-2 scorecard in 11 starts, good for $20,810. Trained by Eric Beach for A Piece of the Action, LLC., Spirit Shadow paid $7.20 as second choice in the wagering. In the Sunday night Pick-6, there were no tickets sold with all six winner resulting in a Monday night Pick-6 carryover of $1,295.74. Also, there was nary a single winning ticket on the track's Super Hi-5 on Sunday night with the carryover ballooning to $11,118.98 for the Monday program, when racing resumes with a scheduled post of 7:20 p.m. by John Berry fur Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 29, 2018...Midnite Craze and Vicki All took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's twin $15,000 Open Handicap Trotting features on Wednesday night with the former stopping the clock in 1:55.2 for Dave Ingraham and the latter hitting the wire in 1:56.3 for Mickey McNichol. Midnight Craze, the aggressive eight year-old gelded son of Crazed. led at every pole through fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.2 before his :29 closer was good enough to hold Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey, safe by a neck. Uncle Hanover, with Andy Santeramo in the bike, was third, 2 1/2 lengths away, while Prairie Fortune finished fourth. Favored Born To Thrive picked up the final award in the classy septet. Trained by Ivan Davies for owner G. Richard Mason, Jr., Midnite Craze won for the second time this year in only four starts, good for $16,500 this semester and $193,331 lifetime to go along with his 26 wins in 79 career starts. In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham relayed, "Midnite Craze has a tendency to be quite aggressive when he hits the track. After he won in 1:54 in early February, he was given some time off and he was his old aggressive self in his first start back after a month-and-a-half off. That race did tighten him up and we put an ear-hood on his to try and calm him down a bit and that seemed to help him in this race." Off as the fourth choice at 7 to 1, Midnite Craze paid $16.20 to win. Vicki All, a recent purchase by owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr., got picture perfect handling from new trainer and driver Mickey McNichol as this six year-old daughter of Valley Victor left alertly before yielding early and stalked Modern Mercury, driven by Wally Hennessey, through fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.1. Straightening away for home, McNichol guided his mare out of the cozy pocket, pulled on even terms at mid-stretch and then began edging away late to score by 1 1/2 lengths. Second Sister, with Jim Meittinis in her sulky, was third while Explosive Jet and favored Diamond Dagger earned the minor awards in the field of seven. After the event, McNichol said, "Mr. Martinella was looking for a good trotting filly (mare) and we found out that this one was available. She hadn't put in a bad race this year and so we thought she'd be a nice addition to the stable. She paid immediate dividends tonight. I'm very proud of how she performed." The win was the first of the year for Vicki All in eight starts, pushing her seasonal earnings to $23,275. Lifetime, Vick All has $145,561 on her card. Vicki All rewarded her faithful with a $7.80 mutual as the third choice. Wally Hennessey and Andy Santeramo, the two leading percentage drivers in terms of wins at Pompano Park, shared the limelight on Wednesday night, each piloting three winners on the program. Hennessey, winning at a 24.75 clip, won with Amora Beach ($3.20), Cashahallic ($8.00) and Duc Dorleans ($3.80)--the latter scoring in a five-eighths mile dash in 1:08.4. Santeramo, whose winning percentage is a lofty 24.25, won with Jack Rules ($12.00), No Reason At All ($21.60) and BJ Lorado ($12.80)--the latter duet combining for a $240.00 late daily double payoff. Racing continues on Sunday night with Panocchio looking to get back on the winning track in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $7,074. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...March 26, 2018...The McNichol-Santeramo team clicked again on Sunday night at Pompano Park as the McNichol trained-Santeramo driven Dee's Rocketman took the $15,000 Open I Handicap Pace at the South Florida harness racing oval with the same duo capturing the $13,200 Open II with Team Captain. Dee's Rocketman, the six year-old Rock N Roll Heaven ridgeling, stayed out of the fierce early war between American Hustle and Panocchio and then circled the field from last in the final three-eighths of the mile to score in 1:51.1. His margin was 1 1/4 lengths on the wire over a very game American Hustle, handled by Bryce Fenn, with Hollywood Sign A, with Matt Krueger in his sulky, finishing third with Drachan Hanover fourth. Panocchio could only manage the nickel in this classy quintet after the American Hustle-Panocchio duel through fractions of :27 and :55. The winner, meanwhile, bided his time at the back of the pack before launching his bid on the backside, reaching fourth around the final bend and second, just a length back, turning for home. After the race, trainer MIckey McNichol said, "he continues to be very sharp now and he's a fighter. Once you ask him, he never refuses. He's just that kind of horse. He may not win every week, but he sure gives it all." When asked if he gave driver Santeramo any instructions, McNichol said, "If I thought I had to give Andy any instructions, I would have driven him myself. He gets along with him perfectly, so why mess with success." In a retort, Santeramo said, "Believe me, Mickey has done a remarkable job. All I did was compliment him on the racetrack in 1:51 and a piece after all the work he did in an entire week! Unlike last week, when they crawled to the half, they were battling pretty good up front so I was pretty confident when I asked my horse on the backside. Owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Dee's Rocketman now has banked over the $50,000 for this season--$50,985--on the strength of a 7-1-0 scorecard in 11 starts. That total is more than double his entire bounty earned for the 2017 season. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Dee's Rocketman paid $3.80 to his multitude of faithful. Team Captain, also owned by Martinelli, annexed the $13,200 Open II Pace in 1:53.1 for team Santeramo-McNichol by saving ground all the way before slipping through along the pylons late to score a photo finish win over Annihilator (Matt Krueger) and Kotare Yael N (Corey Braden), who tied for second. Dakota Jack closed fastest of all to finish fourth while Four Socks picked up the minor award. In that event, Kotare Yael N took command at the word "go" with Team Captain away alertly through an opener of :27.4. Kotare Yael N had the brakes on during the second panel for a while and reached the half in a "leisurely" :58 with Fritzie Pic Up Man on the attack. On the backside, the war heated up with Kotare Yael N on a :27 third quarter mission to repel Fritzie Pick Up Man with Team Captain sitting chilly along the pylons. In the lane, a seam opened up and Team Captain slipped on through to earn the nod. Team Captain, a six year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark, won for the fourth time this semester in 10 starts, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $20,280. Off as the sixth choice at 7 to 1, Team Captain paid $17.40 to win. In other Sunday night happenings, when Im An Art Major (Dave Ingraham) took the final race of the program as the 3 to 1 second choice, it triggered a 1-10-2-7-6 Super Hi-5 payoff of $56,270.40 for the 20 cent ticket. Hillybilly (36 to 1) finished second while Art Again 14 to 1 was third, The catamount Kid (48 to 1) finished fourth with Respectable Dream (1 to 2) fifth. Also, a tribute was given to the game trotter Adenium, who was retired from the wars of racing after his recent victory at Pompano Park. The banana munching 12 year-old gelded son of Revenue S won 33 times during his 10 year career measuring 227 starts with more than half of his wins at the South Florida oval, including several wins in the Open Class. Owned and trained by Dale Gilmour, Adenium took a mark of 1:54.1 as a seven year-old in route to lifetime earnings of $257,405. Racing continues on Monday night with a very competitive nine race card featuring a $10,000 Guaranteed Pool in the Pick-4 covering races six through nine. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Hollywood Sign A, given a very heady drive by Matt Krueger, earned the marquee headline at Pompano Park on Sunday night, hitting the wire in 1:51.2 in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leading from first long stride to that long final one, the nine year-old Aussie bred Life Sign gelding held off the courageous effort by Dee's Rocketman, handled by Andy Santeramo, to score by three-parts-of-a-length. The Onlyest One, with John MacDonald in his sulky, finished third after a garden journey. Drachan Hanover finished fourth while Kotare Yael picked up the nickel in the talented sextet. With the advantageous five post position, Hollywood Sign A pushed the wings out of his way at the start and zipped through an opening panel of :26.4 with The Onlyest One next and Drachan Hanover third. Meanwhile, Dee's Rocketman had no choice but to let the chips fall where they may while the war was going on up front. But, there was no war during the second quarter as Krueger guided his charge through that next panel in :30.2, reaching the half in :57.1. Thinking of thwarting any challenges on the backside, Krueger sent Hollywood Sign A on his second :26.4 binge, reaching the third station in 1:24. While this was going on, Santeramo had Dee's Rocketman in high gear, as well, as Dee's Rocketman went on a :26 binge of his own and just a tad more than a length away around the final bend. In the lane, these two duked it out through a :27.2 finale with Hollywood Sign A not giving a single inch during the drive home. After the race, driver Matt Krueger lamented, "Hollywood (Sign A) has raced well every start here and tonight was no exception. As you saw, he can fly off the wings and that second quarter was a big help with nobody making a move on him. I gave him a tap on the backside (backstretch) and he went into another gear. It's tough to gain on a :54.1 final half but Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Dee's Rocketman) must've come his last half in :53 and a piece, so the post positions made a big difference here." For Hollywood Sign A, it was his second win in 10 starts this semester, good for $28,485 so far this young season. Lifetime, he's banked $228,193 for Krueger, who owns and trains the winner, as well. Off as the fourth choice in this evenly matched field, Hollywood Sign A paid $10.40. In the $13,200 Open II Pace, American Hustle, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, scored a sharp win in 1:51.2--his margin also a bit less than a length over Annihilator, driven by Wally Hennessey. The latter chased the eventual winner after yielding at the :27 opener but couldn't quite get to him through subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.1. Pointsman, handled by Rick Plano, was next, followed by Rebellious and Fritzie Pic Up Man. American Hustle now has a 2-2-0 scorecard in six starts for owner-trainer Bryan Lawrence with earnings now at $19,275 in 2018. He paid $5.40 to win. Also of note, when Andy Santeramo piloted Team Captain to a photo finish win in Sunday's fifth race in 1:52.3, it triggered a 50 cent Pick-5 payoff of $10,156.55 to the one lucky player who had the correct 1-2-1-1-5 combo. This followed a fourth race 20 cent pentafecta payoff of $7,611.42 after Ron Cusimano guided Extracurricular to a handy win in Florida Amateur Driving Club competition. Monday's program features the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares featuring Ubettorbeturlife (2-1) and All Charged Up (8-5) and Galarina (9-2), among others. The $18,000 Pop-Up Final is also carded as the nine race and features Surge Seelster (7-5) and Arsenal (7-2) in the marathon 1 1/4 mile distance. In the "better for the bettor" department, the Super Hi-5 carryover of $34,554.82 is featured in the 10th race finale. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 15, 2018...Pompano Park offered a pair of $17,000 memorial trotting events on Wednesday night honoring the memory of two harness racing longtime horsemen, Fred Cohen and Paul Bernardo. Ironically, both events, carded at the added distance of 1 1/4 miles, went to residents of the Mike Deters Stable--Second Sister and Prairie Fortune--with both driven to victory by the "Cardiac Kid," Jim Meittinis. Second Sister, a six year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, was given a picture perfect drive by Meittinis to score a win measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Vicki All, handled by J.D. Yoder with Diamond Dagger, last turning for home, rallying for third under the direction of Andy Shetler. Celebrity Artemis finished fourth while Explosive Jet picked up the minor award in the classy septet. At the outset, She's All In burst off the wings from post six for the early lead with Second Sister, leaving from post five, also leaving with alacrity to settle in the garden spot. With tepid panels of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28, Meittinis left his cozy pocket to take command on the backside the final time and, after reaching the mile marker in 1:57.3, used a :29.4. final panel to score the handy win. About 25 minutes later, Prairie Fortune, the six year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory, went behind the Hummer Starting Gate with the "Cardiac Kid" in his bike and, at the end of his 10 furlong event, found himself the victor by 1 3/4 lengths over the late charging Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey. The even-money favorite, Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) was a fast closing third but made a miscue deep in the lane and was placed last, leaving Foundonabeach third for John MacDonald and Lucid Thoughts and Zoraze picking up the minors in this octet. In that one, it was Foundonabeach first away with Zoraze a cozy second, Uncle Hanover third and Boli fourth, finding a good spot after leaving from post six. Meanwhile, Prairie Fortune dawdled near the back of the pack with Meittinis now questioning his own strategy after tepid opening panels of :29.2 and 1:00. "Yeah," Meittinis said, "when I saw the half in a minute, I thought I was in trouble." But the tempo quickly quickened with a :27.4 third panel as Robbie Hoffman sent his Overnight Shipper on a speed binge to take command. By now, Prairie Fortune was in high gear from the back and on a double-bubble binge of his own, reaching fourth, less than three lengths off the lead. Straightening away for the drive home, Prairie Fortune sprinted on by, holding off Boli, who only found racing room when it was too late to do damage to the winner. "He raced great," Meittinis continued, saying, "He (Prairie Fortune) can sprint forever and I thought the added distance would help his cause. But, like I said, I was worried about that 1:00 half. "As for Second Sister, well, there wasn't much happening leaving the gate so I thought I'd try and get her in a good spot early. It was a dream trip for her. "By the way, credit must be given to trainer Mike Deters because he always has them ready to compete at the highest level. And those caretakers he has are absolutely fantastic. Donna (Horly) takes care of Second Sister and Debbie (Gray-Gagnon) and Richard (Young) take care of Prairie Fortune and, believe me, you won't find any better." Trainer Mike Deters was especially gratified with the wins saying, "I was choked up with tears in the winner's circle with these two races. Fred (Cohen) and Paul (Bernardo) were both close friends of mine and this, indeed, is a night I will never forget. I miss them!" Summarizing, Second Sister won for the second time this year in eight attempts with her 2-1-2 scorecard good for $21,000 for owner Jerald Hawks. She's banked $384,299 lifetime. Off at 8 to 5, she paid $5.40 to win. Prairie Fortune won for the 40th time in his career in 93 starts with his earnings now standing at $311.360 for--$23,320 this semester on the strength of his 3-1-1 record in eight starts for Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin. Off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, he rewarded his faithful with a $17.00 mutual. Racing continues of a four night per week schedule--Sunday through Wednesday with the Sunday card featuring a carryover in the Super Hi-5 of $29,330.30. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 13, 2018...On the heels of a 13 to 1 longshot--Dee's Ropcketman--taking the Fred Monteleone Memorial on Sunday night at Pompano Park, yet another 13 to 1 proposition took the Monday night harness racing feature at the South Florida oval. Ubettorbeturlife, handled by Mike Simons, won the feature like any 1 to 5 shot should--by open lengths--but, instead of being 1 to 5, this seven year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight paid $28.20 to her faithful in scoring a handy win in 1:52.1 measuring 5 1/2 lengths over All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald. Galarina, with Andy Santeramo in her sulky, closed to finish third while Wild Wanda was fourth. Carol's Z Tam picked up the nickel in a very classy sextet. As the Hummer's wings folded, All Charged (post six), left with her usual alacrity to take command and sip through an opening panel of :27.1 with Wild Wanda (post five), also alert leaving, landing in the garden spot with Ubettorbeturlife (post one) a cozy third. Shortly after that opening stanza, Wild Wanda left her pocket and took command, taking the field half way home in :56.2. Three-eighths form home, Simons asked Ubettorbeturlife by tilting her to the outside and she responded with a burst that took her to the top past the third station in 1:24. From there, she widened her margin with every stride with a :28.1 finale to score the handy win. After the victory, driver Mike Simons related, "Trent (trainer Stohler) said not to be timid with her and, instead, to be aggressive. She was coming off a qualifier and, since this was the first time I drove her, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't have to ask her too much, that's for sure. One chirp and she was on her way." For Ubettorbeturlife, her 2018 consistency shows with a 4-1-2 scorecard in seven starts, good for $24,390 for the Trent Stohler Stable and Dolne Stable. Lifetime, the classy mare has banked $329,090 to go along with her Hoosier Park mark of 1:49.4. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the Dash-for-the-Cash Trot featuring world record holder Sooo Handosme, who will match strides with Prayer Session, BJAnthiny, William Star, Thundercrest and Legend Field the five-eighths mile sprint. With a large carryover of $6,224 in the Pick-5, Pompano Park is offering a $40,000 guaranteed pool on that wager, which begins with Race 1. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. $6,224 Pick 5 Carryover; $40,000G Pool for Pompano Tuesday Only one betting favorite was victorious on Monday (March 12) at Pompano Park, and a string of upsets to begin the card resulted in a $6,224 Pick 5 carryover into Tuesday night.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an ‘instant guarantee’ of $40,000 on the total pool for Tuesday night.  The 50-cent Pick 5 begins in race one.  The Tuesday card will also offer a single-night Pick 6 carryover of $759, with the Jackpot Hi-Five ballooning to over $22,000 into the nightcap.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park four nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Sunday through Wednesday.  by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 12, 2018...Dee's Rocketman, smartly driven by Andy Santeramo, pulled off a 13 to 1 upset harness racing victory in the $30,000 final of the Fred Monteleone Memorial held at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 11.)   The six year-old ridgeling son of Rock N Roll Heaven covered the extended distance in 2:21.3, pinning a defeat measuring 3 1/4 lengths on track record holder Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey. Doo Wop Hanover, with Tony Kerwood in the bike, finished third while Hollywood Sign A finished fourth. Drachan Hanover was fifth while earning the final award in the very classy octet.   The task appeared to be a steep one for Dee's Rocketman going in because, first, the draw put him in the outside post position in a field of stellar performers whose career bankrolls exceeded $3,000,000 and, second, Dee's Rocketman was the "poorest" one coming in with $143,997.   That didn't matter to the confident Santeramo, who came into the action as the second leading winning percentage driver at Pompano Park with 54 wins in 227 starts.   As he said prior to the race, "You never know, in this game, what is going to transpire on the track. When that gate opens, you have to make decisions and, with the outside post, my decision will depend on what the others do. I'm certainly not going to bang heads early with them in a longer race. So, we'll see what happens!"   From the opening bell, the action was swift as Rocky's Z Tam left alertly from the rail, Hollywood Sign was on the engine from post five and Uncomprmising Z Tam was eager leaving, as well, leaving favored Panocchio fourth--but not for long.   After an opening panel in :27.3, Panocchio went in search of the top spot and, after a half in :57.1, secured--again, but not for long.   The pace quickened on the backside as Hollywood Sign A went on a second speed binge, taking command past the third station in a picked up 1:24.4.   Through all of this, Santeramo played the waiting game early before catching live cover, first, third over, them second over around the final bend with the mile timed in 1:52.2.   Tipping three wide turning for home, Dee's Rocketman was in the highest of gears, mowing down his foes one-by-one and then drawing clear in the final stages.   After the race, Santeramo said, "Like I said, you never know what is going to happen on the track. They were all banging heads early, I caught live cover, the flow brought us into contention and, because Mickey (trainer McNichol) has this horse so sharp, he saved the best for last. When I tipped him, he responded and I thought to myself, 'it's all over.' That's how strong he felt when I tipped him. To beat a field like this is, well, it's unbelievable, because this was a very classy group."   For Dee's Rocketman, it was his sixth win in nine starts this year, good for $39,735. And, although he's still the "poorest" of his group in lifetime earnings--now at $158,997--he's the richest of the group this semester for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr.   Off as fifth choice in the wagering, Dee's Rocketman paid $29.40 to win.   The $15,000 Open II, carded at the same distance of 1 1/4 miles, went to The Onlyest One, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 2:22.3.   American Hustle, teamed up with Bryce Fenn. was second, three-parts-of-a-length away, while Rebellious, driven by Scott Zeron, was next after a sweeping move from sixth to the lead during the mid-portion of the race. Dakota Jack and Bestinthebusiness earned the minors.   Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot ballooning to $18,213.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2018...Chalk players reigned supreme at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as nine of the 10 races were won by favorites or co-favorites--one of those being A TC Queenie in the $12,500 Open Handicap Trot for the harness racing mares. A TC Queenie, the sharp five year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar, was a popular winner despite having been assigned the outside post in her classy million dollar septet. Trained and driven by Rick Schaut, who co-owns with his sister, Trish Soulsby, A TC Queenie went grinding to the front, taking command at the opening station in a swift :28. From there, she carded panels of :56.4 and 1:25.3 before holding off the late surging Vicki All, with J.D. Yoder in her bike, by three parts-of-a-length. Second Sister finished third, a length away for Jim Meittinis, while She's All In, enjoying a garden journey throughout, was fourth, two lengths away. Explosive Jet picked up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver Rick Schaut said, "You know, I'm just so proud of this filly (mare). She has just a great attitude, love to compete, and gives her all every start. To be blessed with her at my age is just unbelievable. And to have my sister as a partner, it's just very special. "We bought her as a baby and she's one of our family. I couldn't be more proud. Like I said, this is a blessing and we are so appreciative to have her. My sister was holding her 'Queenie' pillow the whole time!" Now sporting three wins in her six 2018 starts, A TC Queenie has banked $19,010 this semester and $291,776 lifetime to go along with her 1:53 mark set at Scioto Downs last season. As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, A TC Queenie paid $5.20 to win. Also on Wednesday night, Prairie Fortune earned his 39th career victory--second this year--with a very sharp win in 1:55 for Jim Meittinis. The six year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory pinned an easy victory measuring 2 1/2 lengths on Railee Workable, with Rick Plano in the bike. Skyway Pippen was third for Joe Sanzeri while pacesetting Winemaster Hanover finished fourth. Stache completed the order of finish in the quintet. Away third as Winemaster Hanover sawed off quick panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4, Prairie Fortune swept to the lead around the final bend and drew off on the strength of a :28.4. finale. The win sent Prairie Fortune's career bankroll vaulting over the $300,000 plateau--$302,860 to be precise. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Prairie Fortune paid $2.20 to his multitude of followers. As mentioned, A TC Queenie and Prairie weren't the only favorites to prevail as co-favorite Noble Anthony (Mike Simons-$5.00) took the opener while Deepwell (MIke Simons-$3.80), Bucketlist Hanover (Dave Ingraham)-$2.40), Mysharona Bluechip (MIke Simons-$2.80) Dreadpirateroberts (Wally Hennessey-$3.40) and Hot Art (Rick Plano-$3.40) were all popular winners. The lone non-favorite to hit the winner's circle was Chocolate Xplosion, handled by Alessandro Spano, who paid $10.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with Super Hi-5 Jackpot of $13,644.68 awaiting. Also, post positions have been drawn for Sunday's $30,000 Fred Monteleone Memorial Final going the added distance of 1 1/4 miles. Leg winners Rocky's Z Tam (post 1), Panocchio (3), Hollywood Sign A (5) and Dees Rocketman (8), will be vying for the crown against Drachan Hanover (2), Uncmprmising Z Tam (4), Doo Wop Hanover (6) and Sing For Me George (7). Post time for the Saturday and Sunday programs is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL...March 6, 2018...Pompano Park management has announced a 20% purse increase beginning with the racing program of Monday, March 12. This follows on the heels of a recent 10% increase announced just days ago. The increase reflects management's appreciation of horsemen and their support of the racing at South Florida's only pari-mutuel harness racing track. Racing continues through May. In other track news, post positions will be drawn tomorrow for Sunday's $30,000 Fred Monteleone Memorial Final, which is scheduled to be contested at 1 1/4 miles. The first leg was contested at five-eighths of a mile while the second leg was lengthened to the standard one mile distance. Track record holder Panocchio, Hollywood Sign A, Rocky's Z Tam and Dee's Rocketman, all winners in their respective legs of the series, are expected to return for the final.     John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 5, 2018...Dee's Rocketman and Panocchio each won photo finish decisions as the Fred Monteleone Memorial Series continued at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 4). After the five-eighths mile sprint in the opening leg of the three race series, the distance stretched to the normal mile distance in this round with both winners hitting the wire in 1:52.2 in each of these $12,000 events. Dee's Rocketman, driven by Mickey McNichol, scored his fifth win in seven 2018 starts in the opener, holding off the furious late surge of Drachan Hanover, handled by Wally Hennessey, by a head. Rocky's Z Tam, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in his sully, finished third with Lyons Johnny next. A Cool Card completed the first race roster in this quintet. At the outset, Rocky's Z Tam zipped off the wings into an early lead, taking the field through a sizzling opening panel of :26.2. Shortly thereafter, Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) made a sharp quarter move to the top and took the field half way through the mile in :55. On the backside, Dee's Rocketman, away fifth and last, began sprinting first up, reaching third and gnawing away past the third station in 1:23.3 with Drachan Hanover now in pursuit, as well. Turning for home, it turned into a sprint to the wire with Dee's Rocketman holding off Drachan Hanover on the wire. In a post-race interview, driver-trainer Mickey McNichol related, "of course, the quick pace help us a bit and my horse does his best from off the pace. He doesn't mind the open air and, when I sent him first up on the backside looking for some cover, there wasn't any--but that didn't bother him at all. He just kept on going and we held off a very good horse (Drachan Hanover) at the end of the mile." Dee's Rocketman now has banked $24,485 with his quintet of wins this young season. Lifetime, the six year-old ridgeling son of Rock N Roll Heaven has bounty of $143,747 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:50.4 for breeder-owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Off as the second choice at 3 to 1, Dee's Rocketman paid $8.80 to win. Panocchio, the track record holder at Pompano Park, was driven by Wally Hennessey and held off a very determined Doo Wop Hanover, handled by Anthony Kerwood, by a neck. Uncmprmising Z Tam, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in his bike, finished third after cutting fractions of :27.3, 56.1 and 1:24. Hollywood Sign finished fourth after appearing to lack racing room turning for home. Sing For Me George earned the minor award in the field of five. Panocchio, the now eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, was given a well deserved two month rest in mid-December and had his initial 2018 start last week in the first leg of the Monteleone Memorial--the five-eighths mile sprint--where he finished second after sawing off the panels of :27.1 and :55.1 in an event won by Hollywood Sign in 1:08.2, just off world record time. This time around, Panocchio was reserved off the early pace before going first up on the backstretch, engaging in war with the leader before pushing his nose in front mid-stretch and then holding off the surging Doo Wop Hanover. Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey   - Skip Smith Photo Trainer Jim Mattison was very happy with his charge's performance saying, "He needed the time off after a tough racing season--31 starts--and, you know, they aren't machines, so you hope for the best every time they step foot on the racetrack. I don't train him much--maybe 2:20 or 2:30--but he sure knows what to do when he gets back of the gate." Panocchio now has 59 career wins (37 at Pompano Park) in 141 starts with earnings now vaulting over the $500,000 plateau with the win--$500,143 to be precise--for trainer Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr. Off at 4 to 5, Panocchio paid $3.60 to win. The Fred Monteleone Memorial concludes next week with a purse of $30,000 awaiting in the final leg going 1 1/4 miles. Racing continues Monday night with first post set for 7:20 p.m.   John Berry for Pompano Park                

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