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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  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan 28, 2020...In politics, Super Tuesday is March 3 when more than a dozen States hold their presidential primaries. In harness racing, "Super Tuesday" is tonight when Pompano Park will be the site for the two largest guaranteed pools in track history. To kick things off, the track's Pick-5 will feature a $30,000 guaranteed pool as a result of a $7,146 carryover from Monday night. That "Send It In" special begins in race 1, courtesy of the Joe Sanzeri driven Shez In Orbit lighting up the tote-board at 30 to 1, sandwiched in between the four other winners pegged at 2/1, 1/2, 7/2 and 5/1. Next, the Pick-6 pool, beginning in race 3, features a $75,000 guaranteed pool--the result of a carryover of $31,977. That sequence, too, was started with Shez In Orbit, followed by winners at 7/2, 5/1. 8/5, 7/5 and 6/1. All of this comes on the heels of a track record handle in the Pick-4 pool on Monday of $121,452, which paid a lucrative $692.35 for the 50 cent ticket with the four winners off at 5/1, 8/5, 7/5 and 6/1. The evening wraps up with the Super Hi-5 finale, with a jackpot of $93,047.64 for a single winning ticket. Post time for Super Tuesday at Pompano Park is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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