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Pompano Beach, FL...November 26, 2014...Its Payday Friday. Well, It usually is but that was changed to Wednesday for owner Dan Clements as he piloted his own four year-old Its Payday Friday to victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. Stepping up to the top class after two straight victories in "non-winners" events, this son of Kadabra took command right at the :28.1 opening marker and then posted following fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 before holding off the furious late rally of Andover America (Bruce Ranger) to win by a neck in a lifetime best 1:55 performance. Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis), seeking his Third Straight win, had to settle for third, 1 1/2 lengths away. She's All In was fourth while Count Speed picked up the "nickel" in the multi-million dollar septet. In a post race interview, driver Dan Clements said, "we both love this track...and, "by both," I mean this horse and this driver. He hasn't been worse than second in his five starts here and we're both happy as a lark here. And, I might add, the trainer, Renaldo Morales III, loves it, too. This horse seems to like to be in the thick of things so, since he's won on the front his last two starts, I thought, 'why tinker with success.' He sure dug in late and beat a very talented field." Indeed he did. Coming into the action, the collective earnings of the starters in this field was over $2.5 million with Its Payday Friday the second lowest at $165,258. "When you are facing a field as talented as this," Clements said, "it's always in the back of your mind whether you're in over your head. Its Payday Friday answered that tonight." The victory was the seventh of the year for the winner, pushing his 2014 earnings to $52,091 to go along with his new lifetime mark. As second choice on the tote-board, Its Payday Friday paid a dividend to his believers on this Wednesday night of $5.20 for their $2 investment. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2014...Just A Bee, just a neck away from a 1:51 mark last week, stopped the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:50.3 on Monday night in Pompano Park's Open Pace for Mares. The six year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, trained and driven by Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff and Greg Heath, took command at the opening panel in :27 and proceeded to wire subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.2 before sprinting home in :27.1 to report home a two length winner. Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) did finish second with Arodasi (Joe Pavia, Jr.) third some 6 1/4 lengths away after making a backside bid that brought her to Just A Bee's saddle pad around the final bend. Winbak Heavenly finished fourth in the mile while Time To Celebrate picked up the final award in the field of eight. At the outset, Godiva Seelster looped the field from her post five to sweep into the lead prior to the first turn with Winbak Heavenly closing the gap for the early trip in the garden spot. That move forced Micallef's hand early and he sent Just A Bee on to the top spot--a position he would never relinquish the rest of the journey. In a post race interview, Micallef said, "she has been racing very well of late and just did miss last week. The time surprised me a bit but, remember, the weather conditions tonight were conducive to a fast mile--warm and very humid...much easier on a horse's respiratory system when it's humid like this. I'm proud of her. She was awesome!" For Just A Bee, whose mark coming in was 1:52.2, it was her eighth win in 27 starts, pushing her 2014 earnings to $51,345. She's banked $133,666 lifetime. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2014...In the aftermath of Saturday night's card featuring Doc Dorleans spectacular 1:49 performance and five Aylor Stakes events, racing fan Gary Andrews asked, "What is Pompano Park going to do for an encore on Monday?" Director of Racing Brett Revington has the answer..."two things," he said. "First, we have our Pick-5 with a $7,500 guaranteed pool on Monday night. Second, we have a million dollar field of mares going to the gate in our excellent Open for the mares." Monday night's hefty guaranteed pool was assured when 45 to 1 shot Major Stone lit up the tote board in Saturday night's final leg of that Pick-5. As for the grand field of mares, Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster appear to be the ones to beat as Pertty Music, Ed Hensley's outstanding mare, is taking a week off after her 1:51 win last week. Hensley, though, will be represented by Time To Celebrate, fresh off of a splendid 1:51.3 win in her own right and now stepping up to the top class. Just A Bee, trained and driven by Mike Micallef, was just a photo finish away from a 1:51 mark in Pertty Music's win and Godiva Seelster, from the powerful Hennessey Stable, cut all the fractions in last week's event, finishing third, less than a length away. Of Just A Bee's performance last week, trainer Mike Micallef said, "this mare is becoming a very pleasant surprise to me. She didn't win last week, but I thought it was her best performance ever and I am hoping her blossoming talent continues." Also in the sterling field is Arodasi, representing the Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable. Arodasi is the leading money winner of the group this year at $102,900 and also owns the fastest lifetime mark--1:50.1. Mach Me Not, Winbak Heavenly and Always As Fast complete the talented field. Post time for the Monday night card is 7:30 with the Pick-5, along with the $7,500 guaranteed pool, beginning with the second race on the program. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2014...With howling easterly winds and driving rains pelting south Florida on Saturday night, Duc Dorleans paced the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history and the Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for two year-olds were contested at Pompano Park.   Four of these events were off the betting card with only the pacing fillies on the wagering program kicking off the early daily double. First, though, the epic journey of Duc Dorleans... This four year-old son of Shanghai Phil, superbly handled by Dionald Dupont, wore down a stubborn Prairie Jaguar (Peter Wrenn) to stop the tele-timer officially in 1:48.97, the second fastest mile in the 51 year history of Pompano Park and just 14/100 of a second back of Delivered From Zin's track record of 1:48.83. Panocchio (Bruce Ranger), looking for his fifth straight win, was denied this night and finished third while Audrey's Dream was fourth. Rage N Ryan picked up the final award in the field of seven. Prairie Jaguar cut all the panels--:26.2, :53.4 and 1:21.1 in keeping his two main foes--Duc Dorleans and Panocchio--second and third, respectively--through those sizzlers. Turning for home, Dupont left the pocket with the "Duc" and began gnawing in on Jaguar's lead, just nailing that one in the final couple of strides. It was the third sub-1:50 performance for Duc Dorleans--his mark coming in 1:49.2 at Mohawk--and, ironically, the very first sub-1:50 drive for driver Dupont, who has been in harness racing for 46 years! After the race, driver Dupont said, "the only way to describe the journey was 'it was a dream journey.' I thought I had to leave here and try to get close up. You're never going to beat this caliber of field if you have to come from many lengths off the pace. And you must give credit to Prairie Jaguar. He is unbelievable. To pace a mile like that in these conditions is amazing." Owned by Gestion C. Levesque 2005 along with Les Ecuries Dorleans, Duc Dorleans won for the fifth time this year in 23 starts, pushing his 2014 earnings to $106,554. The victory--lifetime number 17--vaulted his career earnings over the $400,000 mark by $356. As third choice in the betting, Duc Dorleans paid $7.00 to win. Now, on to the Aylor Memorial events... Prairie Fortune, Owosso Flash and Saturn put in dominating performances while while Brandy and Gold Star Dynasty showed determination in their respective winning efforts. Prairie Fortune, a sharp looking juvenile by Arapa Victory, took an immediate lead when the gate opened and widened his advantage with every stride before being eased up late to score a 2:00-:29.3 win for trainer-driver Mike Deters in the first division of the $10,000 Aylor for two year-old trotting colts and geldings. Owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Fortune's win was measured at 13 1/2 lengths over Railee Workable (Mickey McNichol) with Victory Park (Bruce Ranger) third. R.J.'s Iron Man and Carter were next in the quintet. It was the third win in five lifetime starts for Prairie Fortune, sending the youngster's earnings to $14,447. After the event, driver Deters said, "there's no doubt that he's a fast racehorse...he just has to keep his head on his shoulders. He did that tonight very well, especially in light of the weather conditions and driving rain." The Deters-Poulin combo completed a "daily double" of sorts--both were non-betting events--in the $14,000 Aylor for the two year-old pacing colts and geldings when their Owosso Flash made a quarter move to the top and went on to conquer the elements and a quartet of opponents in a lifetime best 1:54.4. This son of Royal Millennium scored by 11 1/2 lengths over Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross) with Caesar's Forum (Bruce Ranger) third. Drake (4th) and Stutz (5th) picked up the minors. Now four-for-five lifetime, Owosso Flash vaulted his bankroll to $27,300 with the win and bested his previous mark by 3 1/5 seconds. In a post race interview, driver Deters related, "he's still green...and he has a habit of doing a few crazy things but tonight he got those out of his system in the post parade instead of in a race like last start." The colt took Deters into the grassy infield going to the starting gate. Deters then related, "I think he could be a good one...I hope so, anyhow." Saturn took his division of the $10,000 Aylor two year-old colt/gelding trot with a 10 1/4 maiden win in 2:06.4 for Bob Roberts. This son of Proud Bushy, owned by Jay and Kim Sears, was in the garden spot until the final turn when he moved along side the leading Harrison (Mickey McNichol) and easily took command before widening his lead and hitting the wiree 10 1/4 lengths to the good. Trotting Miduhyo (Don Dupont) was third with Rocco Dangerous and Gold Star Kevin next in the field of five. Now showing a scorecard of 6-1-0-0, Saturn boosted his bounty to $6,956 with the win. The $14,200 Aylor for two year-old trotting fillies went to Brandy, giving Jay and Kim Sears a "daily double" of sorts, as well. This daughter of Proud Bushy won her third consecutive event in the lucrative FSBOA Stakes events by scoring a gate to wire win for Dan Clements in 2:07 to send her lifetime bankroll to $29,921 in just six lifetime starts. Her winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths over Palm City Slick (Bryce Fenn) with Run Around Sue S (Gaston Lareau) third and Little Misty May next in the quartet. But before that event was made official, the judges, after reviewing the event, determined that Palm City Slick gained an unfair advantage going inside some pylons in the lane and "Sue" was moved up a notch. On the card, Gold Star Dynasty and Paxxie renewed their rivalry in the $15,300 Aylor for two year-old pacing fillies and, indeed, it was Gold Star Dynasty pinning a Third Straight defeat on Paxxie in 1:56. Taking the lead after a brief early tussle, "Dynasty," a daughter of Six Of Diamonds and a recent purchase by the consortium of Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing, used a :27.4 finale to win for Peter Wrenn with Paxxie (Bruce Ranger) a length away. Davita (Bob Roberts) was third while Gold Star Sonata finished fourth. Gold Star Charming picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Peter Wrenn said, "this appears to be a very nice filly...and the conditions were not the best tonight with the driving rain and wind but she was really rocking and rolling in the lane...a very game performance. I'm very pleased. It's a good omen for Super Night coming up next week." Gold Star Dynasty now has a 4-2-0 scorecard in her six lifetime starts, good for $29,912. Off at odds 1 to 20 and creating a minus show pool, Gold Star Dynasty paid $2.10 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 21, 2014...Panocchio, Doc Dorleans and Prairie Jaguar renew their spirited rivalry along with four other worthy opponents as Pompano Park hosts Hippomania II on Saturday night. The card is further complimented with five separate stakes events in the Melvyn Aylor Memorial, honoring the memory of the Florida breeder, trainer, owner and highly respected veterinarian who tragically lost his life due to an unfortunate accident back in 2009. Panocchio looks to solidify his supremacy in the Hippomania II event on the strength of four straight victories in the class--the last a lifetime best 1:50 performance. Bruce Ranger is expected back in the bike back of this grand four year-old son of No Pan Intended. About the big event, Ranger said, "He (Panocchio) is such a handy horse to drive--two fingers does it. I've sent him (to the front) the past few times because it's difficult to spot competition of this caliber seven or eight lengths at the start and expect to win. We'll see what kind of opportunities present themselves when the gate springs on Saturday." Duc Dorleans, one of four performers in the field with sub-1:50 marks, gave futile chase in his last effort, pacing his final half in :54.1 to finish second for Donald Dupont. Trainer-driver Dupont recently said, "'Duc' does have some gate speed but he is probably best known for his closing kick. He's paced a final quarter under :26 on a bigger track. It's a tough decision on whether to leave or not, especially with a horse like Prairie Jaguar starting with a post inside of ours." Speaking of Prairie Jaguar, this Florida bred son of Spy Hard is the only horse in Pompano Park history to record five victories in 1:50 or faster--his mark being 1:49 on two occasions. Veteran driver Peter Wrenn is expected to be in the sulky for the journey on Saturday evening. Northern Companion, Rage N Ryan, Audrey's Dream and Freeneasy Hanover round out the septet scheduled to go to the post in race nine on the 11 race pari-mutuel card. The Melvyn Aylor Memorial events feature some of Florida's finest two year-olds and carry a total of $63,500 in purses. Of particular interest are two budding rivalries, the first for the two year-old pacing colts and geldings and the second showcasing the juvenile pacing fillies. The event for the boys pits Owosso Flash, thus far the leader of the class, against Gold Star Kevin and Caesar's Forum. Owosso Flash is undefeated in three starts at Pompano Park and, in an amazing performance in his last start, took an "unscheduled right turn" early spotting the field some 15 lengths before being "righted" by driver Mike Deters being sent on to score a decisive win in 1:58.1. Gold Star Roger gave chase in that event and finished a game second while Caesar's Forum, third in his last two outings to "Flash," looks to be rounding into top form as the FSBOA stakes season reaches a peak. The filly event features Gold Star Dynasty and Paxxie locking hooves for the sixth time this stakes season. Both of these fillies have not been worse than second in their respective careers covering five starts with "Dynasty" holding a three to two edge in wins. That event kicks off the pari-mutuel card and is scheduled as the first half of the early daily double. Also enhancing the betting card is the introduction of the Super Hi 5, as well as carryovers in both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 pools. The Super Hi 5 requires the selection of the first five official finishers in order and features the unique aspect that there must be a single winner to take the entire pool. If two or more persons are successful in selecting the "Hi-5," there would be a 50% pool distribution shared by those persons with the remainder of the pool carried over to the next program or programs until a single winner emerges. Director of Racing Brett Revington is excited about the new wager saying "Our guests are always looking for new, exciting and potentially lucrative opportunities. After all, the casino is continually freshened up the floor with new, exciting gaming devices and racing needs to take a page from that and freshen up the wagering opportunities to make them appealing to our patrons. "We are hoping that this produces more interest in our product line and what we have to offer here at Pompano Park. "The carryovers in both our Pick-5 and Pick-4 events should also bolster interest in the Saturday card, especially the Pick-4 with that friendly 12% takeout." Post time remains at 7:30 for the pari-mutuel program on Saturday night with four of the Aylor Memorial Stakes raced as non-wagering events beginning at 6:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, superbly handled by Kevin Wallis, scored his second consecutive victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday night. The nine year-old pacing bred trotter, trained by Norm Dessureault for owners Geoff and Mary Howles, stopped the clock in 1:55.1, pinning a three length defeat on She's All In (Rick Plano) with Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) third. Favored Andover America finished fourth while Gale Warning earned the minors in the sextet. An anticipated speed duel for early supremacy was won by Andover America, who swept up to take command from his outside post as they hit the first turn with She's All In second and Baby Boy Grin forced to tuck in the third spot. Positions remained stagnant through opening panels of :27.3 and :57.3 nut, three-eighths out, Wallis sent Baby Boy Blue out and driving and, though the third quarter was officially clocked in :28.3, "Baby Boy" easily took command at that third station and sprinted clear from there. She's All In closed on the inside to Count Speed showed his best stride on the far outside to finish 2-3 in the mile. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis, said, "this horse does like the front end but, with the others leaving both on the inside and outside, I thought it be prudent to settle in third while I had the opportunity. He responded very well when I asked him midway on the backstretch and he he was strong all the way to the wire." For Baby Boy Blue, it was his 10th win of the year inn 30 starts and sent his seasonal bounty to $77,297. The victory--his 36th lifetime--sent his lifetime bounty just $101 short of the half million dollar mark--$499,899. As second choice on the board at 7 to 5, Baby Bly Blue paid $4.80 to win to his faithful followers. Racing resumes on Saturday night with Panocchio, Duc Dorleans and Prairie Jaguar renewing their rivalry in Hippomania II. Also, the Melvyn Aylor Stakes for Florida breds will be contested in five separate events. Post time for the pari-mutuel program remains at 7:30 p.m. with four of the five Aylor Stakes off the betting card beginning at 6:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 17, 2014...Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, scored a repeat victory on Monday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for mares. The four year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet scored in 1:51, a new lifetime mark, considering her other winning 1:51 performance was accomplished over the larger 7/8ths mile oval at Hoosier Park. Leaving from the outside post in this classy "million dollar" field, Pertty Music, once again, showed very sharp gate speed but had to settle for a seat in third early as Godiva Seelster, starting one post in from Pertty Music, left with alacrity as well for Wally Hennessey and took the field to an opening quarter in a snappy :27.1 with Just A Bee, with Mike Micallef in the bike, in the garden spot. Just short of the opener, Bombilla Hanover was on the move forward and applied the tourniquet half way through the mile in :56 with Just A Bee a patient third and Pertty Music underway from fourth. Three-eighths out, Hensley sent Pretty Music on a double move around Bombilla and moved a half length away from Godiva Seelster with the third station clocked in 1:23.2. In the lane, a stubborn Godiva Seelster and the ultra game Pertty Music were going at it tooth and nail and, a sixteenth out, were joined by Just A Bee with Pertty Music and Just A Bee stopping the timer in 1:51 and Godiva less than a "tick" away. In a post race interview, driver Hensley said, "this was a much tougher trip than last week and my mare needed every bit of her own toughness to win tonight. The other two were very worthy opponents and it could have gone any way. And Joe's (Pavia) mare (Arodasi) must've paced her last half under :55. So we'll be keeping an eye out for her, too. It's a very competitive and classy group down here...nip and tuck all the way." For Pertty Music, it was her sixth win of the year in 25 starts, pushing her 2014 bounty to $58,230. The win also vaulted her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$203,647 to be exact. Off as the 2 to 1 second choice on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $6.20 to her faithful. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Baby Boy Grin and Andover America expected to vie for favoritism in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 15, 2014...In a "barber-pole 5-4-3-2-1" finish with the betting public spot on with their wagers, Panocchio, 1 to 2 on the board, won Saturday night's highly anticipated Hippomania Pace in 1:50 for Bruce Ranger.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr. led at every pole in pinning a 1 1/2 length decision over now arch-rival Duc Dorleans (2 to 1 in the betting), with Donald Dupont in the sulky.   Prairie Jaguar (6 to 1) finished third in the mile for Aaron Byron with Northern Companion (18 to 1) next and Mr Dennis (21 to 1) picking up the nickel in the sterling quintet, just as the betting public predicted at the mutuel windows.   At the outset, Panocchio, who was expected to be tested leaving the gate from his outside post, actually took command rather easily and "kind of" dampened the enthusiasm of his foes with a :26.3 opener with Prairie Jaguar settling into the garden spot with Mr Dennis third and Northern Companion fourth leaving Duc Dorleans at the back of the select field.   Heading into turn two, Duc Dorleans was out and driving but Panocchio was able to get a :28.4 beather under his girth, reaching the half in :55.2--tepid for the group.   On the backside with Duc Dorleans now into full throttle, Ranger stepped on the pedal as well and the "Duc's" individual backside panel of :26.1 could do no better than reach Panocchio's saddle pad with the three quarters clipped in 1:22.1.   In the lane, Panocchio actually edged clear from his main rival and stopped the clock in 1:50.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "the Mattison's--Jim and Vicki--have kept this athlete--and he is an athlete in every sense of the word--in tip-top form and he beat some very formidable foes tonight...and in a new lifetime mark, too. I think that first quarter 'kind of' was the key because he did get the lead rather easily. It was quite a mile for him."   Panocchio not only has won four straight, he has won seven of his last eight outings to push his seasonal earnings to $118,570 on the strength of 15 wins in 26 starts this year. He's banked $167,445 lifetime with 23 wins in 51 starts.   Panocchio paid $3.00 to win.   Also on Saturday night, the C. K. G. Billings Amateur event was held over the south Florida five-eighths mile oval and Sand Wyndham, driven by Anthony Verruso reported home a 3 1/4 length winner over Master Begonia, with John Campagnuolo in the sulky.   Collect Call overcame the outside nine post with a heady drive by Mike Mitchell to finish third while the luke-warm favorite, Railee Kwik and Joe Pennacchio teamed up to finish fourth. Miriam Toland's Fleetwood Hall closed from last halfway through the mile to pick up the final award in the field of nine.   Sand Wyndham, a nine year-old son of Pegasus Spur owned by Yves Deschambault along with trainer Marc Major, dawdled in sixth early on but was out and driving around the second bend and swept to the lead during the third panel and widened his margin through the stretch.   After the event, a jubilant Verruso said, "Marc (trainer Major) said that this horse gave a good hint of things to come in his last race and that he should be competitive. He was more than competitive tonight--and in a formidable field, too."   Sand Wyndham came into the action as the richest performer in the field--$509,519--in 193 starts complimented with 33 wins and a 1:53.2 mark.   Trainer Marc Major said, "He (Sand Wyndham) might not be the same horse he was at his peak but, when he's classified right, he is very competitive. Anthony did a great job driving him tonight."   Amateur driver Verruso now has 53 lifetime victories--five this year in 35 starts.   Pompano Park's Pick-5 wager went unscathed for the second consecutive night and a healthy carry-over of $2,500 may prove to be a catalyst for Monday night's racing program.   Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, FL...November 13, 2014...There are dozens of "manias" that are part of society with Beatlemania and Wrestlemania among them. Then there is "hippomania," a passion for horses. On Saturday night, Pompano Park will host the "Hippomania" Pace, one of the most highly anticipated matchups in Pompano Park history. The field features a quintet of the best pacers ever to set foot on Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval--in alphabetical order, Duc Orleans, Mr Dennis, Northern Companion, Panocchio and Prairie Jaguar. Four of the five are seeking repeat victories while the "other," Prairie Jaguar, comes off a second place effort but is the only horse in Pompano history to record five winning efforts in 1:50 or faster. "It should be a 'barn-burner,'" said Mike Deters, trainer of Prairie Jaguar. "Here you have five exceptionally talented horses, each capable of threatening our track record under ideal circumstances. It's an honor to be included in this group." Indeed. Duc Orleans, the author of 16 lifetime victories, two of which have been clocked in 1:49.2, has been known to pace a final quarter under :26 seconds. Trained and driven by Donald Dupont for owner Gestion Levesque, the "Duc" grinded out a final half in :54.4 to pin a defeat on Prairie Jaguar in last week's encounter to push his lifetime bankroll close to $400,000. The soft-spoken Dupont humbly said, "He sure has come a long way from his first win up in Quebec--2:05." Prairie Jaguar, of course, is having a banner year, having earned over $90,000 for owners Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters. This Florida bred son of Spy Hard has three sub-1:50 wins--the fastest being 1:49, accomplished on two occasions here at Pompano Park. Trainer Deters has enlisted Aaron Byron to take the lines back of the "Jaguar," seeking his 11th win of the year. Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, is on a roll, having won the last two Open events in which he has competed at Pompano Park. The four year-old son of Panocchio has won six of his last seven starts and has seasonal earnings of $113,570 to go along with 14 wins this year. Not only does he have a 1:50.4 mark here at Pompano, Panocchio also has a splendid 1:51.3 mark over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Bruce Ranger will be back in the bike back of Panocchio and said, "this is one of the handiest horses I have ever driven...two fingers, he's that handy and he's very sharp right now." Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion looks to have "home field advantage" in the select field. Trained by Howard Klohr, "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has won 29 of his 37 career successes at Pompano Park. With a mark of 1:50.3, Northern Companion is well known for his explosive brushes and is capable of picking up the pieces off of an anticipated hot early pace. Dave Ingraham will be in the bike back of Northern Companion. The "unknown" quantity in the field is Mr Dennis, owned by the J L Benson Stables and trained by Joe Sanzeri. Having been competitive in recent Open events here at Pompano, this five year-old son of Dragon Again utilized a class dip in his last outing and, after taking command past a blazing :26.1 opener, went on to carve out amazing panels of :53.2 and 1:21.1 to score an open lengths win for Mike Micallef in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Mr Dennis has the rail in the Hippomania pace and could very well dictate the pace. The Hippomania pace gets an excellent Saturday evening card started as the first race on the program. Also on tap is the C. K. G. Billings event for amateur drivers. Billings, a wealthy industrialist and noted horseman, invested much of his time and fortune promoting the standardbred horse and its amateur participants. One of the great horses he owned was Lou Dillon, the first trotter ever to cover a mile in 2:00, that being in 1903. The Billings series was founded in 1981 and serves as a platform for amateur drivers to showcase the sport of harness racing at participating tracks throughout North America. Pompano Park's Saturday program is further enhanced by a Pick-5 carryover (covering races 2 through 6) and a Pick-4 with a patron friendly 12% takeout encompassing races 5 through 8.) Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 12, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, the pacing bred "trotting machine," took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night. Completing his jouney in 1:55.2, the nine year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, was driven by Kevin Wallis and pinned a one length defeat on the late charging She's All In, handled by Rick Plano. The early pacesetter, Increditable, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, finished third in a strong effort while Trot Fudge Sundae finished fourth. Gale Warning picked up the final award in the septet after a backside brush that put him at the winner's flank around the final bend. Starting from the outside post seven, Baby Boy Grin chruned up to take the lead right at the opening marker, clocked in :27.3. After reaching the lead, "Baby Boy" put up honest fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting clear turning for home and then holding off the stout challenge of the classy mare She's All In. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I was really proud of him tonight. You know he has raced mainly on half mile tracks throughout his career--oh, he's started a few times on larger tracks but not many--and last week was the first time he raced here. I thought I'd send him tonight because he seems to like being on the lead. He fought for the lead tonight and, once he got there, he was grabbing on all the way." For Baby Boy Grin, trained by Norm Dessureault for Geoff and Mary Howles, it was his 35th lifetime success, nine of which are this year. He has now banked $494,899 lifetime--$72,297 this season. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 10, 2014...Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley made her first career start at Pompano Park a winning one when she found a seam in the lane and stormed home in :28.1 to stop the tele-timer in 1:51.3. The four year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet won for the 12th time during her career but this was her success over a five-eighths mile oval--her other successes coming over 1/2, 7/8 and mile tracks both south and north of the border. Her margin of victory this night was a length over a very gritty Godiva Seelster, who lead every step of the journey for Wally Hennessey...except the final few. Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef, also put in a game performance, pressuring the leader most of the final lap but falling 1 1/4 lengths short at the line. Elleofnxample was fourth while favorite Arodasi picked up the nickel in the octet. When starter Adam Brownlee sent the fielding on their way, both Godiva Seelster and Pertty Music showed gate speed with Godiva reaching the opening station in :27.3 before reaching the half in :56.3. At that juncture, Just A Bee was already putting on the pressure and these two battled through a third panel of :26.3, reaching the 3/4s in 1:23.1. Meanwhile, Pertty Music was just biding her time and patiently waiting for a seam to loosen up front turning for home. When the first stitch came apart, Hensley sent his charge flying and she was able to collar the leaders and go on to victory. After the event, driver Hensley said, "She's shown she has a great kick, especially on a large track so I wasn't sure about how she's handle a slightly smaller oval, having come from the larger one in Indiana. I haven't had her all that long but she's proving to me that she can go with the top ones." The victory was the fifth of the year in 24 starts for Pertty Music, pushing her seasonal bounty to $53,230. She's banked $198,647 lifetime and owns a splendid mark of 1:51 accomplished over the seven-eighths surface at Hoosier Park. Off at 7 to 2 as second choice in the betting, Pertty Music paid $9.40 to her backers. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL....The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) sponsored Stallion Stakes continued at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Owosso Flash taking the $25,000 event for two year-old pacing colts and geldings and Tough Issue grabbing top honors in the $22,500 event for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Owosso Flash, deftly handled by Mike Deters, survived a very rocky beginning and went on to score a 1 1/4 length decision over Gold Star Roger, driven by Wally Ross, Jr., in 1:58.1. Caesar's Forum teamed up with Bruce Ranger to finish third with Drake fourth. Dustin picked up the nickel in the sextet. As the gate sprung, both Drake and Stutz were vying for supremacy early with Dustin away in good order, as well. Around the first turn--at the first yellow (eighth) pole--Owosso Flash shied away and took a right turn toward the paddock, spotting the field some 15 lengths. Deters gathered him up, calmed him down and began trudging forward after a :30 opener by Drake. Stutz then quickly took over and marched over top the half in 1:01.1 with Drake in the garden spot and "Flash" motoring forward in third and on his way toward the top, a spot he reached heading into the far turn. With a "picked up" 3/4 time of 1:29.3, Owosso Flash turned for home with the lead and repelled the mid-stretch threat of Gold Star Roger to score his third consecutive win against his classmates. In a post race interview, Deters said, "this colt is very green--fast, but green--and, yes, he took a right turn shying away from that first pole. He showed he can pace a little tonight. He probably paced his last 7/8s around 1:40 or so." Owosso Flash, formerly named Prairie Sam's Son, was renamed in honor of horse owner John Spindler of Owosso, Michigan, who took Mike Deters under his wing when Deters' father passed away at a young age. "It's just a little tribute to a gentleman I considered to be a father to me," said Deters, "and I have, to this day, great admiration for him--an admiration that cannot be put in sufficient words." With the win--his third lifetime in four starts, this son of Royal Millennium pushed his earnings to $20,300 with the most lucrative of the Florida Stakes season entering its richest stages. Laurie Poulin owns Owosso Flash along with Deters. Tough Issue, also trained by Deters but driven this night by Bruce Ranger, took the Stallion Stake for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings by edging past a stubborn Gold Star Kenny P, handled by Mickey McNichol, in 1:57.2. Owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue, a son of Tough Sir, waged all out war with Gold Star Kenny during an opening quarter blistered in :26.4 before yielding to that one and inheriting the garden journey the rest of the way before tilting out turning for home and wearing down "Kenny" midway down the lane. Warlock was third in the trio. After the mile, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "well, we lost the battle (an opening panel in :26.4) but eventually won the war at the end...and that's what counts. For Tough Issue, it was only his third win of the year in 18 starts but this win came at the right time and sent the gelding's 2014 bounty to $30,101 and $85,846 lifetime. Both of these events were off the betting card. On the card was the $10,000 Open Pace and that went to the 1 to 2 betting favorite Duc Dorleans, trained and driven by Donald Dupont for Gestion C Levesque. Away fourth in the field of seven, Duc Dorleans let Prairie Jaguar, handled by Aaron Byron, open up a long lead off of hot fractions of :26.2 and :54.3. On the backside, "Duc" began chewing into "Jaguar's" lead, moved along side at junction number three timed in 1:22 and edged by the stubborn Prairie Jaguar to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.3. Raji's Blue Line and Mike Micallef teamed up to be third while Cartoonist was fourth. Audrey's Dream picked up the minors. After the race, driver Dupont said, "my horse is very classy and he can churn a long, long way. I wasn't too worried that Prairie Jaguar had that big lead because I know my horse has closed miles with some very fast quarters--like :26! He was very sharp tonight." The winner, a four year-old son of Shanghai Phil, gave Dupont his first driving win since a victory at Grand River Raceway in September of 2010. Duc Dorleans now has 16 wins in 52 lifetime starts, good for $392,856--$99,054 this season on the strength of a 4-7-1 scorecard in 21 starts. The winner paid $3.00 to his backers. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With two classes of the FSBOA Stallion Stakes highlighting the midweek card at Pompano Park, Gold Star Dynasty was in the "limelight" after a lifetime best 1:56.3 performance in the two year-old filly pace while the filly Limelight was creating a "dynasty" of her own in winning the distaff event for pacing sophomores. Gold Star Dynasty, the splendid Six Of Diamonds filly owned and trained by Tom Audley (and family), pushed her lifetime earnings to $22,262 in just five starts with a very sharp wire-to-wire win in the $26,000 Stallion Stakes for Wally Ross, Jr. for her third lifetime win. Taking the lead at the outset from her outside post six, Ross rated the filly to perfection, clocking fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before sending the lass sprinting home in :27.4, stopping the tele-timer in the aforementioned 1:56.3, annihilating her previous mark by three full seconds. The highly regarded Paxxie, handled by Bruce Ranger, was second, 6 ½ lengths away, while Davita and Bob Roberts teamed up for show honors. Arties Diamond Gal was fourth with Creamsicle picking up the nickel. After the race, driver Wally Ross, Jr. said, "this filly likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go...not necessarily on top, but close. Tonight, I thought it best to get her into it early from the outside. She really seemed to relish being on the lead the entire route tonight. I was just a passenger." Even money on the tote-board, Gold Star Dynasty was second choice in the betting--Paxxie was 4 to 5--and paid $4.20 to her faithful. In the $28,500 Stallion Stakes for the three year-old fillies, Beauty In The Bridle Stable's Limelight, deftly handled by Tom Sells, made a quarter move to the top and, after a :28.3 opener, clocked subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27 before turning on her after-burners with the filly striding home in :28.3 to stop the timer in 1:55.3, her margin of victory 1 ¼ lengths over Marion, driven by Matt Romano. Limelight has created somewhat of a "dynasty" in her own right, having swept her four legs of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes to go along with her victory on this night. Voluminous, handled by Bruce Ranger, was next. ICU Charlie T was fourth in the mile while Gold Star Jessica picked up the final award in the field of nine. After the race, driver Tom Sells related, "she's a very nice filly...very handy. She is very well mannered and proved that tonight when there was a recall that kept all of 'em on the track for several extra minutes. I made that quarter move to stay out of trouble and she did the rest...all on her own." Trained by Rosie Huff, Limelight won for the seventh time in 11 starts this year, good for $41,145. She's banked $56,274 lifetime. Favored at 1 to 2 on the board, Limelight paid $3.00 to win. Finally, Andover America, the still splendid nine year-old son of Andover Hall, won for the fourth consecutive time in Pompano Park's $10,000 top Open trotting event for Bruce Ranger. Owned by McTrade Enterprises, Andover America led at every marker clocking panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to score a rather handy victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Count Speed, in the garden spot for Wally Hennessey the entire route, finished second with Baby Boy Grin third for Kevin Wallis. The Kept Man and Majestic Won picked up the final two awards in the septet. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, "you know, I keep saying that Andover may be a step slower than when he was last season--age does that, you know--but he sprinted out of the gate like a youngster tonight...and all on his own. I thought a quick opening quarter like that (:27.4) might leave him a little wanting at the end but he really felt like he wanted to go on and on." For Andover America, it was his seventh triumph of the year, sending his seasonal earnings to $45,650. He has now banked $785,890 in his career on the strength of a 57-32-18 scorecard in 152 lifetime starts. Despite coming into the action with the winning streak, Andover America was allowed to go off at 3 to 1 and returned $8.20 to win as the second choice. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With year-end harness racing opportunities in the waning stages as northern tracks go into their winter hiatus, Pompano Park is gearing up for the prime of their season with Late Closing events and other "Condition" events stretching from January through their closing in late June. Brett Revington, Director of Racing, said the new implementations, along with industry wide coverage from TVG, could propel Pompano Park to new plateaus of success for the horsemen and the fans. "First off," Revington said, "with the added spark from TVG among other things, we expect to offer purse increases in all classes by mid-December with these increases in effect at least through the prime of our season." Revington expects the top Opens to race for $15,000, an increase of 50% from current levels. He added, "I also expect that we will have 'Open 2' events which will also have high class claimers--up to $30,000--going for around $12,000." Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank is putting the final touches on Late Closers for claimers ranging from $6,000 to $30,000 to be contested in January and February with other condition series in the planning stages for March and April. Revington continued, "We'll also have some lucrative events for horsemen that intend to stay with us the entire route. "With the mixed sale on tap in Harrisburg, we know that owners might be anxious to get some of their investment back...especially during the beautiful winters here with our 75 degree breezes gently bathing us from the ocean." Pompano Park's 126 night racing season continues through June 27, 2015 with the prime time of the season featuring racing five nights per week. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 3, 2014...With TVG expanding Pompano Park's visibility on Monday night, the south Florida oval hosted four classes--three off the betting card--of the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes along with their weekly top Open event for mares. The first non-wagering affair, the $23,500 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, went to the Proud Bushy lass Brandy, surviving challenges on both sides of her girth to score a narrow win over Zendaya (Bob Roberts) and Livy M (Tom Sells) in 2:04.1, a lifetime best performance. Owned by Jay and Kim Sears and trained by Kim, the youngster showed solid determination as her challengers surrounded her late in the mile to score by a head to push her scorecard to 3-2-0 in just five lifetime starts--her earnings now $22,821. In the second event off the card for three year-old trotting colts and geldings, the Wewering gelding Showing Off did just that for driver Bob Roberts in scoring a win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, his winning margin measured at 11 1/4 lengths over Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) with Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) next and Gator On Patrol (Bob Williams, Jr.) finishing fourth in the quartet. But that story was far from complete. Though the lines show "1's" at every pole, Showing Off actually inherited the top spot when Geronimo Fame made a miscue shortly before the opener. The latter then regained his composure and rallied to be second, but the judges saw an incident at the top of the lane and, when the official results were posted. Midnight Michael was moved up a notch, as was Gator On Patrol with Geronimo placed to the back. For Showing Off, though, it was his fourth success in just five starts this semester, vaulting his earnings to $21,342 for the year and $67,724 lifetime. for owners Richard and Sandra Dunmire, who own along with Jay Sears. That win completed a "double" for trainer Kim Sears...but she wasn't quite finished just yet. The final event off the card was won by Jay Sears' Markie, also trained by Kim Sears, giving her the "hat trick." This three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy was fifth (and last) early on but, once in the lane for the first time, rushed up to take the lead three-eighths into the mile and went on to romp home a winner by 11 1/2 lengths for Bob Roberts. While her mile was clocked in 2:00.4, it was not quite a lifetime mark--that being 2:00.1 at Sunshine Meadows--but it extended her unblemished record in 2014 to five. She's also won eight straight going back to when she took home the two year-old Florida bred crown. Markie now has $81,800 in lifetime bounty--$24,100 of that this season. Last Match T (Rob Hoffman) was second while Gold Star Ginger (Wally Ross, Jr.) was next. Trotting JC Poss was fourth with Super Luna picking up the nickel in the quintet. On the card were two divisions of the $30,500 Stallion Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings and there were minor upsets in both. In the opener, the solid gaited Railee Workable, owned by Fred Morosini along with Ken Fritz, stayed out of trouble by taking command just past the opening panel and went on to score a handy eight length win for Mickey McNichol in 2:02.2. This youngster is by Basil, trained by Lou Ginesi, and now sports a scorecard of 3-1-0 in four starts, good for $14,464. Trotting Miduhyo and Donald Dupont teamed up for place honors while Gold Star Kevin, with Wally Ross, Jr. in the bike, third. Carter was fourth in the mile while Prairie Fortune, 3 to 5 on the board, made a very early miscue and was well back the entire route. Second choice in the wagering, Railee Workable paid $4.40 to win. The second division for the two year-old colts and geldings went to Victory Park, an altered son of Arapa Victory, driven by Bruce Ranger, who tracked the favorite RJ's Iron Man (Bob Williams, Jr.) to nail the latter in the final strides for the win in 2:04.3, a new lifetime mark. Harrison (Mickey McNichol) finished third while Saturn was moved up a notch to fourth, as was BJ's Tebow to fifth, this after Rocco Dangerous decided to pace most of his mile. Second choice on the board at 2 to 1 (Iron Man was 3 to 5), the backers of Victory Park were rewarded with a $6.20 mutuel while owners Barbara Turcotte, Victoria Howard, Peter Roccasano and Ron Ruggles were rewarded with the winner's share of the $15,500 purse, sending his earnings to $11,222 in his four career starts. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Pace for the distaffers, Mach Me Not, handled by Dan Clements, got the jump on favored Winbak Heavenly mid-way around the final turn to score a handy win measuring 2 3/4 lengths. The pacesetting Bombilla Hanover, cutting panels of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 finished third in the mile, which was clocked in 1:54. The tough eight year-old Mach Three mare, owned by the S S G Stables won for the fifth time this year--26th lifetime--to send her career bankroll closer to the $300,000 mark--$289,612 to be exact. After the event, driver Dan Clements had high praise for the mare and her trainer. "Jim (trainer McDonald) really has had her sharp the last several starts since she arrived at Pompano Park. She had been second her last four starts but really racing tough. You know, some times when you ask your horse to get, either they have it or they don't. Tonight, I asked her and she just about said, 'Yeah, I am ready to rock and roll for you'...and she did just that. She just exploded with pace when I asked!" As fourth choice in her quintet of mares, Mach Me Not paid $15.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 3, 3014…A “trifecta” of excellent events highlight the Monday card at Pompano Park. TVG begins coverage at South Florida’s famed oval with expansive coverage on tap as the track moves closer to its prime mid-winter dates. Director of Racing Brett Revington sees TVG as a great stepping stone for the track saying, “The TVG network is regarded as one of the very best in the industry and it’s an honor and privilege to be part of their excellence in covering the sport. “We have excellent, competitive racing here and their coverage will help in ‘spreading the gospel’ about our racing product.” Revington continued, “No pun intended…but we are ‘revved’ up about this new and exciting partnership.” Proof of that comes in the form of five stakes events being contested on Monday night. The FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes sports $103,500 on the line in five separate divisions featuring Florida’s best two and three year-olds. In the $23,500 event for two year-old trotting fillies, Livy M and Brandy will, once again, renew what has become an intense rivalry with each filly having beaten the other in two of their four lifetime starts. In the $24,000 Stallion Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Showing Off had been the dominant factor…until Geronimo Fame came into the picture and pinned a four length defeat on him in his last start.    A purse of $25,500 is on the line for the three year-old trotting fillies with the undefeated Markie—four-for-four this season—looking to extend her current winning streak to eight going back to her 2013 championship season. The $30,500 Stallion Stakes for two year-old trotting colts and geldings features two divisions with Prairie Fortune and Railee Workable, renewing their newly formed rivalry in the first and RJ’s Iron Man looking to repeat his impressive win of last week in the second. Finally, Pompano Park, in cooperation with the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program, will offer a guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 pool on tonight’s program. That wager is further enhanced with a patron friendly 12% takeout. Revington added that, “…it’s important to include our patrons in improving our product here in South Florida, so I really like the fact that we are able to reduce the takeout on this wagering opportunity.” Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

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