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Northfield, Ohio--After a successful winter season participating in amateur harness racing events at Pompano Park in Florida Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford made his seasonal Billings debut in late April at Miami Valley Raceway where his charge was an also-ran but tonight, May 13, at Northfield Park, the talented tail-setter scored his seventh seasonal triumph when he guided Mego Moss to a gate to wire 1:59.3 triumph turning back eight others to score 1:59.3 triumph over a track rated good. After starting from the pole position Oldford and Mega Moss were challenged Super Rock, driven by Brian "BJ" Miller, and they were one-two past the first stanza in a swift :28. But Miller found a spot behind Mega Moss which took the pressure off Oldford as he led the was by the halfway point in 1:00.1/ At that point Emanuel "Manny" Miller and Dd's Comet were in hot pursuit. However, Oldford's veteran trotter was up to the task and kept Dd's Comet at bay. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for home Mega Moss put away his challengers and began to open daylight on the field. In mid-stretch , 65-1 shot, Song In My Heart, driven by "Tiny Tim" Miller, took aim at Oldford but ole Mega Moss was up to that challenge and cruised home 3-1/4 length winner. Song In My Heart headed-out Moon Tan and driver "Lightweight Larry" Ferrari for second money. Meanwhile, the 3-10 betting favorite, Annie's Rocketman, with Gregg :Fast Greggy" Keidel aboard, lumbered home in fourth place. "My horse is a grand ole campaigner and loves to race and he's a real pleasure to drive,"said Oldford, who was recently named the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year. Mega Moss, a 10 year old altered son of Amigo Hall, owned by Oldford Racing, returned $11.60 for win.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Goshen, NY -- The Florida Amateur Driving Association designated April 14 at Pompano Park as the Harness Horse Hall of Fame and Museum night by donating $2,000 to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in the “Cradle of the Trotter” Goshen, NY. On hand in South Florida to receive the “big check” presentation from the amateur drivers club and Pompano’s John Berry was Museum president Larry DeVan and trustee David McDuffee. During the special race card, four divisions were held with two each won by veteran amateur driver and former USHWA and Harness Racing Museum Amateur Driver of the year, Dein Spriggs and successful newcomer reinsman, Roy Dinges. In fact, Dein Spriggs won the first two races on the card, taking the Daily Double with his own Security Guard in the first, a Prayer I Am 5-year-old who posted a :28.2 final quarter off a two-hole trip, winning the mile in 1:57.3f.  The second race featured a gate-to-wire, nose victory by Fire In My Heart, which completed a $36.80 daily double payout. The following two Florida Amateur events were carded as races five and six, which were both won by Roy Dinges.  The first was captured by the heavy favorite Thundercrest who went to the top and never looked back.  The second saw Power And Faith overcome post 6 while being parked to the quarter in :28.2, to cruise home in 1:58.3f for Dinges. These races are part of the Amateur Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame series created by Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs to raise money and awareness for the Museum.  The series continues on Hambletonian weekend at the Meadowlands, then moves to upstate New York at Goshen Historic Track during Grand Circuit week.  The schedule then continues on to Lexington’s famed Red Mile, with a grand finale at the Delaware (OH) County Fair on Little Brown Jug day for the final.   Chris Tully

Pompano Beach, FL…May 6, 2019…Buoyed by mandatory payouts on several events, Pompano Park closed out its 2018-2019 season with a strong Saturday harness racing finale with wagering topping $1.3 million.   The wagering highlight of the program came in the final race as the Super Hi-5, with its carryover of over $127,000, attracted over $256,000 in new wagers, vaulting that total pool to over $383,000.   While the program was dotted with several long-priced winners, chalk players were rewarded in the Super Hi-5 with favorites finishing one-two, resulting in over 8,700 winning tickets sold on the winning 6-5-2-7-1 combination returning $38.58 for the 20 cent investment.   Wally Hennessey led all drivers in wins with 359 while Mike Simons, Dave Ingraham, Rick Plano and John MacDonald rounded out the top five. Gaston Lareau led all trainers with 60 visits to the winner’s circle, edging Jim McDonald and Kim Sears in that department. Plano and MacDonald finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the trainers standings.   In the “batting average” (UDRS) department, Hennessey finished first at .522, competing in 920 races while achieving that lofty score. Pompano Park, in cooperation with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association also presented its trainer incentive awards program with Gaston Lareau, John MacDonald, Dan Hennessey and Marie Schaefer taking the top prizes in their respective divisions.   Pari-mutuel racing resumes in early November with Florida bred two and three year-olds beginning their season in October in non-wagering events.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 5, 2019...It didn't take long for the aftershock from the Kentucky Derby "earthquake" to travel the 1,050 miles to Pompano Park as the South Florida harness racing track wrapped up its 2018-2019 racing season. While Dave Ingraham was the driving star with a "grand slam" of wins, the first aftershock came in the opening race as the Kelly Case owned and trained Kegler Hanover took the first of three amateur driving events in 1:58.1, as the longest proposition on the tote-board at 27 to 1. John Mungillo was in the bike as this nine year-old altered son of Crazed enjoyed patient handling and got up in the final strides to nail Security Guard (Dein Spriggs) right on the money. Fast Glider (Philippe Trudeau) was another nose back in the photo finish. The win was number 30 in the career of Kegler Hanover, now sporting $233,907 in career earnings. He paid $56.60 to win. About 19 minutes later, Corey Braden was in the bike as Hayden's Little Man, off at 25 to 1, came from last around the final bend to charge by all in the lane and stop the timer in 1:55. Haydens Little Man, the seven year-old gelded son of American Ideal, scored by 1 1/4 lengths over Jay Bees Grin N (Dave ingraham) with Norm At Work (Mike MIcallef) third, returning $53.80 to win, completing the early daily double worth $434.90. Trained by Dan Gassien for the Jemaxpo Racing Stable, Haydens Little Man pushed his 2019 scorecard to 4-2-2in 17 starts, good for $21,924 this semester and $130,031 career-wise. In the very next race, Lugar, now 11 years-of-age, turned the clock a few years as he wired his foes in 1:59.4 in the second Amateur event on the card. The win came at the expense of the late charging Deli-Craze (Ron Cisomano) and Groovey Kid (John Campagnuolo with the winner going off at 33 to 1 and returning $68.80 to his faithful. Said owner-trainer Leon Cable after the event, "Lugar turned the clock back a few years. He loves to get in the action early and this time he raced like he did some years ago. He got his memory back, that's for sure!" Making his 201st career start, Lugar won for the 33rd time, launching his lifetime earnings over the $250,000 mare--$251,057 to be precise. After that event, there were zero dollars still "alive" in the Pick-5, which wound up paying a healthy $511.35 for just three of five winners. The three $11,000 Open co-features went to Northern Dail in the mares open pace, Beer Dad on the trot, Caviart Reagan on the pace--all driven by Dave Ingraham. Northern Dali closed fastest of her five rivals to score in 1:55.2, capping the come-from-behind win with a :28.1 finale. The apcesetting Rock N Roll Rosie (Wally Hennessey) was second with the pocket sitting Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) next. Northern Dali, owned by the JP Houle Stables and trained by Gaston Lareau, paid $6.20 to her many faithful. Beer Dad, leaving from the outside eight post, had no trouble gaining the top spot and carved out panels of :27.2, :56 and 1:24.1 before a stroll home stopped the timer in 1:54.3 for Dave Ingraham. Owned and trained by George Coblentz, Beer Dad a five year-old son of Tequila Spur, sent his scorecard to 6-8-1 in 18 starts, sending his seasonal earnings to $50,985. Among his victims were Boli (Wally Hennessey) and the late charging Stache (Alessandro Spano). Beer Dad--4 to 5 on the tote-board--returned $3.80 to win. Minutes later, Ingraham was back in the bike steering Caviart Reagan to a photo finish win over the favored Rubofthegreen N (Wally Hennessey) in 1:52.2. The early leader, Team Captain, handled by Mickey McNichol, was next. In a very game performance, Caviart Reagan a five year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, made a bid first up move on the backside, denting a picked up pace, and edged by Rubofthegreen N in the final stride or two. Owned and Trained by Jim McDonald, Caviart Reagan won for the fourth time this semester, sending his 2019 earnings to $29,790. As second choice, Caviart Reagan paid $6.20. Ingraham also won with Hairway To Heaven ($13.80) to a sharp win in 1:56.1 in the fourth race pentafecta for owner-trainer Stacey Laviolette. Chalk players did get revenge of sorts in the Super Hi-5 finale as the favored Jimi Wind Ricks, driven by Wally Hennessey, edged out second choice Sea Rocky Roll (Joe Sanzeri setting up a 20 cent Super Hi-5 payoff of $38.35. With a carryover of $127,000 going in, the final pool total was well over $300,000 with over 8,700 tickets on the winning combination. Wally Hennessey, with a pair of wins on the closing program, led all drivers with 359 wins and wound up with a UDRS (batting average) over .500, starting in over 900 races this season. During the final program, Racing Secretary Joe Frasier, along with FSBOA President Dein Spriggs, presented checks to the incentive award winners in four categories with Gaston Lareau taking top honors in the 12+ category with 59 wins, earning $25,000 in the program sponsored by the Isle and the FSBOA. John MacDonald received $16,000 as winner in the 6-11 category. Dan Hennessey received $8,000 in taking top honors in the 2 to 5 class while Marie Schaefer was the beneficiary in the "single" stable category. Peri-mutuel racing continues in early November with Florida bred stakes events scheduled as non-wagering events in October. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...May 3, 2019...Pompano Park will feature a trio of lucrative carryover plus awards to the leading trainers as the South Florida oval closes out its 2018-2019 racing season with a blockbuster 13 race harness racing program. The grand Super Hi-5 Finale features a carryover of $127,976.45 with a field of 10 programmed to start in a wide open affair. Leading driver Wally Hennessey will handle the morning line favorite, Jimi Wind Ricks, listed at 8 to 5. The six year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven will enjoy a steep drop in class as Hennessey tries to add to his record breaking win total of 357 during the first 125 racing programs. "It has been an unbelievable season," said Hennessey, "and I hope to put the finishing touches on it with a win in the finale. That would be the icing on the cake." The Pick-4 has a carryover of $13,219 and change and covers races six through nine. The track has also added a second Pick-4 beginning with race 10. The Pick-6, beginning in race three, also sports a carryover of $3,153. After the third race, Pompano Park will honor four trainers who won in their respective categories in the track's Incentive Program, rewarding those trainers that have competed from "start to finish" during the season. Gaston Lareau, John MacDonald, Dan Hennessey and Jeff Schaefer took top honors in their respective divisions as the track and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association co-sponsored the lucrative event with prizes totaling over $50,000. Lareau had 59 wins during the meet, edging Jim McDonald (51) and Kim Sears (49) for top honors in the "12 plus" stable category. MacDonald took top honors with 41 wins in the "6-11" category while Dan Hennessey was victorious in the "2-5" list. Said Wally Hennessey about brother Dan's win, "I am so proud of Dan. He found near blindness all season long, showed up every day to take care of the atable and he did a miraculous job." Dan Hennessey had a 31-17-12 scorecard while sending 109 horses behind the starting gate, good for a UTRS of .408. Jeff Schaefer took top honors in the "one-horse-open sleigh" division. Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, as mentioned, was leading driver with 357 wins, far out-distancing Mike Simons (96) and Dave Ingraham (88) and was able to maintain a UDRS of over .500 in spite of driving over 900 races during the season. Pari-mutuel racing resumes in early November with Florida bred stakes action beginning in October with non-wagering legs leading up to the lucrative Super Night. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL - The curtain will close on the 56th racing season at Pompano Park on Saturday, May 4, with a thirteen race harness racing program getting underway at 7:20 p.m. Racing fans will be able to enjoy a few closing night carryovers: Race 3 - $3,154 50c Pick 6 (Mandatory Payout) Race 6 - $13,129 50c Pick 4 ($30,000G Pool in conjunction with USTA Strategic Wagering Program) Race 13 - $127,976 20c Jackpot Hi Five (Mandatory Payout) A special late Pick 4 has been added to the card covering races 10-13. Live racing is slated to return to the South Florida oval in early November.              

Pompano Beach, FL...May 1, 2019...Fleetwood Hall, perfectly and confidently handled by harness racing driver Ed Hysell, stepped up the ladder to the top class at Pompano Park and promptly disposed of his six worthy foes in a lifetime best 1:54.3 in the $13,000 Open I Trot on Tuesday night. Trained by Miriam Toland, this nine year-old gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe was near the back of the pack early before starting to gnaw away with a lap to go. From that point, he swept widest of all when straightened away and used a :28.4 finale to score by three lengths over the pacesetting Beer Dad, driven by Dave Ingraham. William Star, with Wally Hennessey in his sulky, finished third, almost seven lengths away, while Joey Pro and Thundercrest picked up the final two awards in the classy septet. It was William Star who, first, blasted off the wings into an early lead, yielding to Beer Dad before the :27.4 opener. Beer Dad owned the lead through a :56.4 half and sprinted clear by 2 1/2 lengths through the third station in 1:25.2 with Fleetwood Hall on the prowl. Once they turned for home, all it took was one chirp from Hysell and Fleetwood Hall did the rest all on his own in completing his lifetime best performance. Said Hysell after the event, Miriam (trainer Toland) takes such tender loving care of Fleetwood (Hall) and it sure shows when he's on the racetrack. She jogs him and then, just about every day, gives him the pleasure of going on the aquaciser treadmill and, yes, he's nine, but racing like a young three year-old. What a job she's done! "She has him in such great shape--and I have so much confidence in him--that I told her before the race, 'if I'm within three lengths of them turning for home, I'll have you in the winner's circle!" Fleetwood Hall now has a 4-3-0-0 scorecard this season, good for earnings of $16,600. Lifetime, the gallent gelding has 29 wins and $138,818 in bounty. Off as the third choice in the betting, Fleetwood Hall paid $14.40 to win. By the way In terms of "batting average" among trainers with 10 or more starts, Ms. Toland, with her one-horse stable, is the leader with a UTRS of a lofty .667. Racing continues of Saturday night with a blockbuster 13 race program, highlighted by three carryovers with mandatory payoffs on the Pick-6, Pick-4 and Super Hi-5. The Pick-6 carryover has a carryover of $3,153.58, The Pick-4 is worth $13,219.37 going in to Saturday's finale and the Super Hi-5 carryover is a lofty $127,976.45 with that pool expected to peak at well over $200,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 30,2019...On the heels of Wally Hennessey's touchdown and extra point on Pompano Park's Sunday night harness racing program, driver Mike Micallef turned the page to the hockey mode as the talented driver score a hat trick--three wins--on the Monday night card. To kick things off, Micallef guided I'm Very Special to a maiden win for the John Mungillo trained daughter of American Ideal. Melvyn Colby owns the three year-old. Unraced at two, I'm Very Special scored in 1:57.3 in her fourth lifetime start, capping the mile with a :28.3 finale after a quarter move to the top. Said Micallef after the win, "John (trainer Mungillo) just got her and I was just fortunate that he asked my to drive her. She's a nice filly. I left with her in her first start for him and found a good early spot, but she was in against a very tough winner (Rock N Zeus). This week, she drew much better and she left alertly and I decided to send her on that early move. She didn't disappoint me, that's for sure!" As third choice in the betting, I'm Very Special paid $7.20 to win, which came at the expense of Uschil Hanover (Walter La Freniere, Jr.) and Worth Considering (Dewayne Minor). Next, Micallif guided the 32 to 1 outsider, Keystone Christa ($67.40) to a half length victory over Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) in 1:54.1, a seasonal best performance. Stonebridge Pearl (Dave Ingraham) rounded out the top three as McCovery Cove (N) and the 1 to 5 favorite, Sweet Bet, got in a war that took them half way through the mile in :55. Micallef related, "That was just a case of being in the garden spot, that's all. Sometimes, things work out and sometimes they don't. They worked out great for me as we were just biding our time behind the battle up front." Keystone Christa, a 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three, is conditioned by Mr. Bev Kingston for owner Lee Cullen, with the win being her 28 lifetime, sending her career bankroll to $170,457. About 19 minutes later, Micallef completed his consecutive "hat trick" by steering Ask Me Ifi Care to a handy win in 1:53.4. Owned by Anita MIcallef along with Libby Myers, the four year-old daughter of Manhardt led every long stride of her mile, clocking panels of :28.1, :57 and 1:25.3 with that :28.1 finale sealing the issue over Rock N Roll Rosie (Wally Hennessey) and Gold Star Mysti (John MacDonald). The win extended the mare's winning streak to four, after a throat operation a few weeks ago. Said Micallef, "She wasn't quite finishing her miles and, when we checked on why, we discovered the problem and had it surgically fixed. If they cannot breathe, they can't win. Well, she cane breathe now and she's show that this month!" Ask Me Ifi Care paid $3.20 to her multitude of faithful. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the jackpot Super Hi-5 finale now sporting a carryover of $125,463.31. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 29, 2019... With the 2019 NFL Football Draft in the sports headlines, Hall of Fame harness racing driver Wally Hennessey scored a touchdown of his own on Sunday night at Pompano Park...and added the extra point, as well, as he won seven races on the eight race program--missing the sweep by a neck. Hennessey won with his own Boli ($2.40) in the opener as the Dan Hennessey trainee scored in 1:57.3 to kick off the Hennessey-Ingraham Pro-Am Challenge, an event benefiting three major charities in a four race competition pitting team Hennessey against Team Ingraham, captained by Dave Ingraham. He completed his early daily double sweep by guiding Race Me Rocky ($2.20) to a handy win in 1:55.1. Race Me Rocky is trained by John Mungillo for owner Delmis Esquival. Next, Hennessey guided the Donna Gilson-Eferstein owned and trained Alfredo Dream ($4.80) to a handy near gate-to-wire win in 1:59 in the second leg of the Amateur Challenge. Hennessey's streak was interrupted in the fourth race when "double-digit" Dave Ingraham rallied Team Captain to a 30 to 1 upset win over Hennessey's Harry Terror in a photo finish timed in 1:53.4. Team Captain is trained by Mickey McNichol for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. In the fifth race, Hennessey was back in the winner's circle with Don Brainard's FIre In My Heart ($2.80), trained by George Coblentz. with that mile clocked in a lifetime best 1:55.2. About 22 minutes later, Hennessey was back in the winner's circle with the aptly named Golden Tate ($3.60), as pilot Hennessey sent this nine year-old receiver on a sprint that lasted right to the goal line in 1:56.1. Golden Tate is trained by Norman Dessureault, who co-owns with Steve Stabile--Norman celebrating his birthday about 2 1/2 hours early! Hennessey then scored the "TD" with Rub Ofthe Green (N) ($3.40), who scorched the Pompano oval in 1:52, a seasonal best. The eight year-old is trained by Luc Loyer for Ciro Gentile and Larry Tucker. With the "six point" touchdown on the board, Hennessey then went for the extra point and got it with Big Bad Bill ($2.60), who scored for the Pacing Pretty Stable, trained by Jim McDonald. Reflecting on his momentous night, the humble Hennessey said, "Yes, it was a great night but you have to give credit to all the trainers and caretakers that get 'em ready to race and take such great care of them. It all starts with them!" Hennessey's heroics helped his team defeat Team Ingraham (68 to 47) in the 2019 edition of the Hennessey-Ingraham Amateur Challenge, featuring those two captains and the best amateur drivers at Pompano in a four race competition. Following the final race of that event, a large throng was in the winner's circle as presentations and donations were made to the Christian Harness Horsemen's Associaation, Rockin' T Horse Rescue and Tomorrow's Rainbow. The C.H.H.A. has been a driving force in the harness racing industry since 1983 and provides emotional support for those in need. They also have a scholarship program benefitting many young people. Rockin' T Horse Rescue--Ingraham's beneficiary--gives a safe haven to injured and retired horses in need of medical and spiritual support. As Ingraham said, "horses give us everything they've got on the racetrack and it's great to have places like Rockin' T to help restore their spirit in times of need." Tomorrow's Rainbow uses horses to provide emotional support for trauma victims as young as three years-old and, as Hennessey related, "For those that have suffered tragedy in their lives, founder Abby Mosher stepped up to the plate and formed this rainbow to give hope and support to those that really are in need. They are just fantastic!" The donations sent the F.A.D.C. donations well over the $200,000 since their inception. Racing continues Monday and Tuesday with the season winding up on Saturday, May 4. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Pompano Beach, FL...April 26, 2019...Wally Hennessey and Dave Ingraham, two of harness racing's super stars with over 17,500 wins between them, will team up with many of the best amateur drivers in the sport as Pompano Park presents the 2019 edition of the Hennessey-Ingraham Challenge benefiting a trio of worthy causes. The four race competition, to be held Sunday, will benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association, Rockin' T Horse Rescue and Tomorrow's Rainbow.   The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association, established in 1983, serves the harness racing industry and provides support for those in need of prayer and healing. They also have a scholarship program that has aided many young people over the years.   Florida Amateur Driving Club's Dein Spriggs said, "The C.H.H.A. has done so much good over the years and Chaplain Lee Alphen is a 'godsend' in her own right. It's an honor to help them continue their work for those participating in our grand sport and in need of their uplifting ways.   Rockin' T Equine Rescue, based in Maine, helps former race horses by creating a "haven of peace, support and security" helping horses heal from even the deepest of wounds.   Said Dave Ingraham, "You know, these horses give us so much in their careers on the racetrack and it's amazing to see the transformation after one is injured getting them back to a healthy status.   "The folks at Rockin' T really do miracles in restoring a horse's health and spirit. It's a great sanctuary and I am sp pleased to be able to lend support to their future success."   Dave Ingraham (with Kelly Case)   Hennessey's charity is Tomorrow's Rainbow, providing free grief support groups for children as young as three years who have suffered emotional wounds, incorporating horse interactions and therapeutic play areas with peer support.   In selecting his beneficiary for Sunday's event, Hennessey related, "I feel so fortunate that I am able to help further the grand work of Tomorrow's Rainbow. Our children are our future and, when trauma occurs, it's places like Tomorrow's Rainbow that help heal wounds and protect that child's future."   The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donations exceeding $200,000 since their inception.   Post time for Sunday's extravaganza at Pompano Park is 7:20 p.m. with the Super Hi-5 carryover ballooning to well over $120,000.   by John Berry for Pompano Park and The Florida Amateur Driving Club  

Hightstown, NJ — McWicked, who was the 2018 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, returned to the track Tuesday (April 23) for his first harness racing qualifier of the season. The 8-year-old pacing stallion and driver Wally Hennessey cruised around the five-eighths-mile oval at Pompano Park in 1:51.2, winning by 7-3/4 lengths over 3-year-old filly Prescient Beauty. McWicked, trained during the racing season by Casie Coleman, has spent the off season with Jim McDonald. “It looks like he went well,” said Coleman, who is based in Canada. “He’s leaving Saturday and coming back to me. I’ll probably qualify him again, but I’ll wait until I get him in the barn to decide what’s next.” Honored for last season’s 7-year-old campaign, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year. He led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. For the season, McWicked won 12 of 19 races, capping his campaign with a five-race win streak, and hit the board a total of 17 times. He is owned by Ed James’ SSG Stables. Prescient Beauty, who closed last season with a win in the Three Diamonds, also was qualifying for the first time, as was her Kentucky Sire Stakes champion stablemate Beautyonthebeach. Prescient Beauty was timed in 1:53 in her qualifier while Beautyonthebeach won her qualifier in 1:54. Both 3-year-old fillies were driven by Doug McNair and are trained by Gregg McNair. Jim Avritt Sr. bred and owns both horses.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Pompano Beach, FL...April 15, 2019...Casimir Richie P, made his 2019 harness racing debut a successful one at Pompano Park on Sunday night, April 14, as four year-old son of Astronomical got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to score in 1:51.2 in the $13,000 Open Pace. His winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting American Hustle, driven by Bryce Fenn, who sliced through panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.4 before being out-kicked in the final yards by Casimir Richie P, was in the garden seat all with away after zooming off the wings at the start before yielding around the opening bend. Cenutry Endeaver, with Cory Braden, in the bike, was next, after closing quickest of all--:27.1--once they straightened away for the drive home. Caviart Reagan and Prairie Panther picked up the final two awards in the classy sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Doc (Ian) Moore said he's trained really well coming up to this race, qualified superbly and is ready to be driven aggressively, even though it's his first start." "This wasn't a case of Bryce's horse quitting--he was very game--it was just that we had the trip and squeaked on by " Dr. Moore co-owns the winner along with Michael Goldberg with the win inflating his career earnings to $118,191 with the victory. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Casimir Richie P paid $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. In other action, Rebellious, known for his ability to turn on the afterburners at the end of his miles, did so in a five-eighths mile "Dash for the Cash" event, scoring for Jim Meittinis in 1:08.1 after a brave first over journey. This five year-old altered son of Mach Three wore down the favored Four Socks (Hennessey) after fractions of :27.2 and :55.2, pacing his final eighth mile in :12.3 (a 1:40.4 mile rate) to earn the one length victory. Beach Pro (Aaron Byron) finished third over Panocchio and Dinky Dune in the quintet. Rebellious is trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, and earned his second win of the semester in eight starts to send his 2019 bankroll to $18,600. Lifetime, Rebellious has earnings of $173,441. Off as the second choice at 5 to 2, Rebellious paid $7.00 to win. In an oddity of sorts, driver Roy Dinges had a driving double on the card with his first winner, Thundercrest, off at odds of 1 to 10 and his next winner, Power and Faith, off at 10 to 1. Dinges drove the heavily favored Thundercrest ($2.20) to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:59, scoring over Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) and Kegler Hanover (Leon Cable) to earn his third win of the year in 16 starts. Power And Faith ($22.60) went a courageous journey in scoring for Roy in 1:58.3, after fighting back the challenge of Smart Flight (Steve Oldford) around the final turn and Stardust Memories (Leon Cable) in deep stretch to earn thnod over the latter. Smart Flight did manage to finish third. Power And Faith is trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard. Both events were part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club festivities featuring four events. Security Guard ($11.60) and Fire In My Heart ($2.60) won the other two divisions--both driven by Dein Spriggs, who swept the early Daily Double ($36.80). The F.A.D.C. capped off the festivities when donations to "Go For The Green," an organization empowered by women in their quest to fight breast cancer, and The Hall of Fame and Museum in Goshen, New York. The club has donated well over $200,000 to worthy causes since their inception. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover bursting through the $100,000 barrier--$101,403.12--to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

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

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

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

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

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