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Pompano Beach, FL...August 22, 2016...This is a final reminder that stall applications for the upcoming Pompano Park harness racing season are due by Friday, August 25.   The 126 night session begins October 2 and will feature 15 lucrative "Late-Closing" events, including three with purses estimated to exceed $100,000, those being for Open Pacers, Open Trotters and Open Pacing Fillies and Mares.   Total purses for the late closing events are estimated at $680,000 with all events having two legs and a final.   Information on these late-closing events can be found on the isle website, including dates and nominating fees.   In addition to the late-closing events, Pompano Park will also offer "Pop-Up" events featuring a "quick" leg and a race-off featuring an enhanced purse.   These "Pop-Up" events are carded when there is an abundance of horses in certain overnight classes with the likelihood that multiple divisions will result. There are no nominating fees to these events.   For stall applications, late-closing information and other information, go to the following website: (Click on the "Racing" tab.)   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...August 17, 2016...With the Pompano Park harness racing season just six weeks away, the Florida Amateur Driving Club and its members are revving up early.   Since its inception, the F.A.D.C. has donated over $170,000 to worthwhile causes as their membership donates all driving earnings to fund these organizations.   Though there is no racing currently at Pompano Park, the driving club refuses to sit idle in their charitable giving.   Under the leadership of President Dein Spriggs, the F.A.D.C. is partnering with the Go for the Greens Foundation in saluting a breast cancer survivor that needs financial assistance.   This year's recipient is Tampa, Florida resident Nancy Hernandez, who is a breast cancer survivor and working on creating empowerment programs for women.   Ms. Hernandez has also helped coordinate a "Breast Cancer Walk" with her church and has been active in hosting workshops on this important subject.   She will receive her award at the upcoming Go for the Greens conference in September in Orlando, Florida.   Cindy Chase, co-founder of Go for the Greens, said, "it really great that the Florida Amateur Drivers continually step up to the '18th green' to help us reach continual new plateaus of success. They certainly have been a godsend to our cause."   F.A.D.C. President Spriggs echoed those thoughts by saying,"Though we aren't racing right at this very moment, our club deems it important to try and help worthwhile causes year around and the Go for the Greens organization fights one of the most important issues in our world today.   "This contribution actually originated from the Isle International Series, which we hosted last season in which many foreign drivers participated.   "Yes, we are Florida based, but our goodwill has stretched far beyond our borders--something of which we are very proud."   by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Pompano Beach, FL...July 28, 2016...Pompano Park begins its 2016-2017 harness racing season on October 2 and stall applications are now available on-line and are due by August 25, 2016.   The 126 night session will, once again, feature 15 lucrative "Late-Closing" events, including three with purses estimated to exceed $100,000, those being for Open Pacers, Open Trotters and Open Pacing Fillies and Mares.   Total purses for the late closing events are estimated at $680,000 with all events having two legs and a final.   Information on these late-closing events can be found on the isle website, including dates and nominating fees.   In addition to the late-closing events, Pompano Park will also offer "Pop-Up" events featuring a "quick" leg and a race-off featuring an enhanced purse.   These "Pop-Up" events are carded when there is an abundance of horses in certain overnight classes with the likelihood that multiple divisions will result. There are no nominating fees to these events.   For stall applications, late-closing information and other information, go to the following website: (Click on the "Racing" tab.)   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...June 1, 2016...Pompano Park closed out its highly successful 2015-2016 harness racing meeting on Tuesday night (May 31) as the 20 cent Super Hi-5, with a carryover of $28,537 going in, attracted over $271,000 in new wagers, sending that final pool total over the $300,000 mark. With Sweet Bet, the even-money tote-board favorite taking the finale, and the only other "single digit" odds horses finishing "2-3-4," the 20 cent payoff amounted to $122.20 with over 2,000 winning tickets in line to collect. On the racing front, Goldstar Rockette and Sailer Eddie took top honors in their respective $10,000 feature pacing and trotting events. Goldstar Rockette, given picture perfect rating by Kevin Wallis, led first long stride to last in the pace, scoring a handy 1:55.1 win measuring 1 1/4 lengths over Della Bea, handled by Dave Ingraham, Real Nice Girl, in the garden spot all the way, finished third for Joe Sanzeri while Sue's Night Out and Shortest Distance complete the order of finish in the quintet. The fractions were :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.4 before a :28.2 finale sealed the deal, prompting driver Kevin Wallis to relate, "With the scratch in there, instead of post six, we moved into that coveted post five and she made the lead very easily and the middle half mile was rather soft with no one coming. "Louie (trainer Ginesi) has her very sharp these days, so that made my job that much easier. She's tough right now, no doubt about it!" The six year-old Florida bred daughter of Rock On won for the third consecutive week and eighth time for the year, sending her seasonal bounty to $41,062, her most lucrative season ever. The win also vaulted her lifetime bounty over the $100,000 plateau--$104,913 to be precise--for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi. As the 1 to 20 favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $2.10. About 23 minutes later, Wallis guided his own Sailer Eddie to a similar wire-to-wire win in the trot, hitting the wire first off of fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26.3 before a :29 final panel closed out that event in 1:55.3 with 1 1/2 lengths to spare over the late-charging Pittsburgh Hanover, driven by Wally Ross, Jr.. Political Foe, with Joe Sanzeri handling the lines, finished third after putting in a mild threat around the final bend. Caviart Griffin finished fourth while Gold Savage picked up the nickel in the field after a difficult journey early. In a post-race interview, Wallis said, "he's pretty tough when the fractions go his way. That second quarter breather helped his cause and I was pretty confident when we got to the half in :57 and a piece. Sailer Eddie, a consistent six year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, sent his 2016 scorecard to 4-4-3 in 19 starts, good for earnings of 37,236 this semester and $324,481 career-wise. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Sailer Eddie returned $3.40 to his multitude of followers. Wally Hennessey wound up as the leading driver of the 126 night meeting with 224 wins while Kevin Wallis finished next with 151 trips to the charmed circle. Aaron Byron, John MacDonald and Rick Plano rounded out the top five in the standings based on wins. The leading driver, based on winning percentage of wins with 100 drives or more, was George Napolitano, Jr., who had 43 wins in 120 starts, a rate over 35%. The training title went to Paul Holzman, with 49 winners in 168 starts. Mike Deters and Dale Gilmour finished in a "dead-heat" for second with 43 victories while Dan Hennessey and Jim McDonald completed the top five. Holzman also won the percentage title with trainers competing in 100 or more races, finishing with a winning percentage of 29. The 2016-2017 126 night meeting begins October 2. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 30, 2016...Pompano Park closes out its successful 2015-2016 meeting on Tuesday night (May 31) with a mandatory payout on its Super Hi-5 finale along with two Open Handicap events.   The Super Hi-5, conducted on the eighth and final race of the pari-mutuel card, has a carryover of $28,537.55 going into the event, which is sure to balloon into a very appetizing 20 cent based wager with a very competitive field of eight going behind the Hummer Starting Gate.   Immediately proceeding that event, in races six and seven, are the $10,000 Open Handicap events--the first one being for pacing mares followed by the trotters.   Goldstar Rockette takes a two race winning skein into the event for mares and will have Kevin Wallis in the sulky for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi.   The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On has won seven times this semester and his only $87 short of leaping over the $100,000 mark in career bounty.   Her main competition may well come from the 11 year-old mare Shortest Distance, with Mickey McNichol in the bike for owner Byron Pineda and trainer Leopold Sawyers.   This rugged Park Place mar has won an astounding 91 times during her career, good for over $470,000 in earnings.   Real Nice Girl, Della Bea, Repeat Please and Sue's Night Out complete the talented field.   In the companion trotting feature, Sailer Eddie and Pittsburgh Hanover knock hooves once again--this after these two have claimed a win apiece in their recent pair of outings.   Pittsburgh Hanover, trained by Doug Miller for owner Carter Duer, edged by Sailer Eddie in the final stride or two in their last meeting while Sailer eddie took top honors the week prior.   Piyysburgh Hanover will have the driving servives of Walter Ross, Jr., while Sailer Eddie Eddie will have owner-trainer Kevin Wallis in his sulky.   Not to be dismissed is Gold Savage, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables.   This six year-old scored a handy two length win for Mickey McNichol in Open company one week ago and will have McNichol in the bike again on closing night.   Caviart Griffin and Political Foe complete that seventh race roster.   Post time for Tuesday night remains at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...May 29, 2016...Rockntouch, given a superb drive by Mickey McNichol, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 29), stopping the timer in 1:51.3. The four year old altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven, pinned a 1 3/4 length defeat on new arch-rival Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike. I'm A Gift, handled by Kevin Wallis, finished third while Abreathofreshart and Here Comes William completed the classy quintet of pacers. At the outset, there was a three way battle for supremacy with Here Comes William, Abreathofreshart and Rockntouch all vying for the lead with the latter finally gaining the top spot right at the opening marker of :27.2. From there, McNichol guided Rockntouch through panels of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before a :27.4 finale sealed the deal over a late-charging Northern Companion, who was content to trail through the first three-quarters of the mile, before his double-bubble binge began gnawing in on the leader--a binge that came up only second best this night. In a post race interview, driver McNichol related, "You know, last week, he (Northern Companion) got the jump on me on the backside and I didn't really find room to roam until it was too late. "This week, I thought to myself, 'if I get a jump on him,' it might just work out. "Both horses (Rockntouch and Northern Companion) are pretty equal right at this time so, that being the case, I figured if I got a couple lengths jump on him this time, I might be able to get my horse home this time. "If he's a couple of lengths better and I have three or four on him early, I'm gonna get home in front. "That's exactly what happened." Trained by veteran Odell Thompson for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable, Rockntoucch won for the seventh time this semester, sending his 2016 bounty to $30,374. The time was a lifetime best for the gelding, as well. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Rockntouch paid $6.00 to win. The driving star of the night was Kevin Wallis, who swept the final four races on the card, completing his natural grand slam with his own Teranadawn in a seven horse photo finish. Wallis' other winners were Mike's Powerhouse (1:53.2), Country Fresh (1:55.2) and Machmemackie, also owned by Wallis, in 1:53.2. In Florida Amateur Driving Club action, Jamie Marra and John Campagnuolo came up with victories back their respective mounts, Engagedatlexington and Showing Off. Engagedatlexington, scored in 1:58.2, giving Marra his milestone 50th lifetime win and Campagnuolo guided Showing Off to a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.3 for his 51st lifetime driving win. Pompano Park's 2015-2016 season concludes on Tuesday night, May 31, with an eight race program featuring a mandatory Super Hi-5 payout in the eight race finale. The carryover going into the race is $28,537.55 with that final pool expected to balloon significantly by the eight race post time. Post time for the opener is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

"Gold" was the theme at Pompano Park on Tuesday night as Goldstar Rockette and Gold Savage shared the harness racing limelight, capturing their respective $10,000 Open Pacing and Trotting events. Goldstar Rockette, the Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On, scored a well-earned win for Kevin Wallis in 1:54.3, pinning a two length defeat on Shortest Distance, handled by Mickey McNichol, with Drea's Good Powow next, after putting on an eye-opening backside brush that brought her along-side the leader heading into the final turn. Sue's Your Daddy and Sue's Night Out completed the order of finish in the quintet. Goldstar Rockette, leaving from post five, briefly engaged Shortest Distance for supremacy early then proceeded to post opening panels of :27.4 and a rated :57.4 half. That's when Drea's Good Powow, last early on, put on that aforementioned brush to draw on even terms with Goldstar Rockette heading into the final turn with "Rockette" turning back the challenge with a :27.4 backside blast of her own, reaching the third station in 1:25.3. In the lane, Goldstar Rockette was unrelenting, keeping Drea's Good Powow at bay and holding off Shortest Distance, who edged through along the pylons to garner the place award. After the event, driver Wallis related, "Lou (trainer Ginesi) has this mare very sharp now. When Dave's (Ingraham) mare brushed up, my mare just let out a notch on her own to try and thwart her. "I'll tell you, this mare knows how to race. She can leave, she knows how to relax, she brushes on her own and she's mighty tough right now." Owned by trainer Lou Ginesi, Goldstar Rockette won for the seventh time this year, sending her yearly bounty to $36,062. She's just $87 shy of $100,000 lifetime. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $2.40 to win. Gold Savage, strategically handled by Mickey McNichol, played "musical chairs" with the favorite, Go Jesse Go, driven by Kevin Wallis, before taking command after a :27.3 opener and then posting subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.3 to score a handy two length win over Go Jesse Go in 1:55.4. Political Foe, with Joe Sanzeri in the bike, finished third, just a lip or two further back, while Skyway Pippen, far back early, rallied to be fourth. Kegler Hanover picked up the nickel in the septet. At the outset, both Gold Savage (post three) and Go Jesse Go (post six) left with alacrity with Gold Savage yielding-but not for long. Just a few long strides later, Gold Savage brushed up to take command with the top pair separated from Political Foe by some five or six lengths early on. Except for the shouting, it was all over as McNichol kept his charge safely in front the rest of the journey, prompting him to say, in a post-race interview, "I love driving for Mark (trainer Friedman) because his horses are always ready to perform well. "This trotter gives a good account of himself week after week and he was sharp as a tack tonight-very willing!" In pushing his 2016 scorecard to 3-4-1 in 18 starts, Gold Savage now has $22,220 on his card for the season and $121,343 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Gold Savage paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Northern Companion, handled by harness racing driver Dave Ingraham, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 22), scoring a photo finish victory over Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) and Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) in 1:51.4. The eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, brushed up first over on the backside to engage the leading Here Comes William around the final turn, edged by turning for home and then held off the furious late bid of Rockntouch to score by a head. Here Comes William was a half-length off the winner while Abreathofreshart and Goldstar Raider had to be content with the minors this night. The victory by Northern Companion was all the more impressive because Here Comes William was able to put up "soft" fractions of :27.4 and :56.4 while Northern Companion was forced to join the fray through an officially timed third quarter of :27.4 with his individual effort being right around :27. A :27.1 finale by Northern Companion sealed the deal with his individual effort showed he paced his final half in :54.1 and last three-quarters in 1:22.4. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham related with a question, "Want to know the definition of a racehorse? Northern Companion is that definition. "He just tries so hard every time he races. He likes to brush and he's tough as nails when it counts. "He went a huge mile tonight, but that's nothing new for him!" In winning for the 48th time career-wise, Northern Companion won for the 39th time at Pompano Park. His 4-1-2 scorecard this semester in 15 starts brings his earnings to $27,109. Lifetime, he's banked $311,451. As the slight favorite at 3 to 2, Northern Companion paid $5.00 to his multitude of faithful. The Florida Amateur Driving Club was represented in two events on Sunday night with PC's Wildcard, the popular winner in the opener for Joe Pennacchio while Yakekty Hanover took the nightcap for Fred Cohen. PC's Wildcard, a seven year-old altered son of Sand Chaser, got picture perfect rating from Pennacchio, holding off the late surging Magic Cheque (Leon Cable) by a half-length in 1:59. Thekeptman (Fred Cohen) was third, 3¼ lengths away while Columbia Lion and Engagedatlexington completed the order of finish in the quintet. Pennacchio sent PC's Wildcard right to the front from his coveted post five and carded panels of :29.1 and 1:00.3 before stepping up the tempo on the backside thwarting any serious bids past the third station in 1:30. Off those panels, PC's Wildcard had plenty left and closed the mile with a :29 finale. Trained by Mike Sweeney for owner Jeff Lemmer, PC's Wildcard won for only the second time this year-26th time career-wise-to send his yearly bankroll to an "aces and eights" $11,188. Lifetime, the gelding has $97,157. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, PC's Wildcard paid $3.40 to win. Pennacchio, by the way, now has 153 amateur driving wins. Yakekty Hanover, handled this night by trainer Fred Cohen for owner Brian Calvert, was forced to achieve his victory from the outside six post in his event, taking on Showing Off (John Campagnuolo, post 5) through a lively opener of :28.2 before assuming control right at that opening marker. From there, the five year-old daughter of Andover Hall carded fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.3 in route to a final time of 1:58.2, a seasonal best, over Showing Off with Zeitgeist (Dein Spriggs) third. Sky Crest and Total Freedom finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the sextet. Yakekty Hanover won for the second time this year in eight starts with the win sending his career bounty over the $50,000 mark--$52,148 to be precise. The winner paid $5.60 as the second choice and gave driver Fred Cohen his 184th career driving win. Also of note on the Sunday night card, the 10 year-old warrior A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dustin Ingraham, scored his 50th career win. The gelded son of Western Ideal toughed out a game first-over win in 1:53.4 to reach the milestone in his 246th lifetime start. A Fool For Mark, who sports a mark of 1:49.3 over the Vernon Downs oval, has banked $212,419. As the 4 to 1 third choice, A Fool For Mark paid $10.00 to win. Racing resumes Tuesday night with first post set at 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) made her harness racing return to the Spa a winning one on Friday night. The Dan Hennessey-trained mare competed at a high level this winter and spring at Pompano Park in Florida and handled the adjustment back to the north with ease as she scored in the $15,000 Open Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Godiva Seelster left quickly and wound up sitting the pocket to the race's favorite in the 1 1/16 mile Friday feature. After three quarters went in a quick 1:25, the leader tired when confronted by longshot My Spring Fling (Jim Devaux). Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey found clearance around the final turn and snuck Godiva Seelster off the pylons and she charged hard to get by My Spring Fling and secure her third victory of the year. My Spring Fling, who was dismissed at odds of 50-1, finished a strong second while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to earn the show spot. Godiva Seelster, who is owned by Paul and Patti O'neil of Saratoga Springs, stopped the timer in 2:00.2 for the 1 1/16 miles. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Pompano Beach, FL.Tuesday, May 17, 2016.Goldstar Rockette, driven by Kevin Wallis for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi, turned back a ferocious bid by Sue's Night Out, handled by Wally Hennessey, to win a photo finish decision in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (May 17). The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On, took command from Sue's Night Out past the :27.1 opening panel, set warm fractions of :55.4 and 1:25 and repelled the stretch long challenge to score by a head in 1:53.2. Always Dee One was third, 5 ¼ lengths away, with Sue's Your Daddy next, another neck back. Ashley's Desire picked up the minor award, though last in the field of five. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis remarked, "When I drove her last week, I found a close up spot in third and couldn't quite reach. "This week, since she's been so sharp lately, I thought maybe she'd be OK on the lead. "It wasn't that easy making the top but she was very game-extremely game-tonight and fought very hard all the way home." For Goldstar Rockette, it was her sixth win of the year in 18 starts, vaulting her seasonal bankroll to $31,062. Career-wise, the mare has bounty of $94,913. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $4.00 to win. In the co-featured Petar Saric Memorial Trot, Pittsburgh Hanover driven by Matt Romano for trainer Doug Miller and owner (the late) William Weaver III, pulled off a minor upset, collaring the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sailer Eddie (Kevin Wallis), right on the wire. The official margin on the line was a head with Gold Savage salvaging third, six lengths away for Mickey McNichol. Political Foe finished fourth while Seeking Steven picked up the nickel in the compact quintet. At the outset, Romano sent Pittsburgh Hanover away with alacrity to force Seeking Steven to accept the garden pocket seat with Sailer Eddie, leaving from the outside post five, next and finding a seat in third-but not for long. After that :27.1 opener, Sailer Eddie forged up to take the lead three-eighths into the mile and proceeded to take the field half way home in :56.1. On the backside, positions remained unchanged with Romano leaving the coziness of the pocket with Pittsburgh Hanover just prior to the third station in 1:25.4 to engage Sailer Eddie in war the rest of the mile. It was nip and tuck all the way home with Pittsburgh Hanover up in the final stride, stopping the timer in 1:55.3 over a track rated "good" after having been dulled by on-and-off rain. In a post-race interview, driver Romano related, "last week when I drove him, it was kind of a similar situation, but I was somewhat closer this time when we left the pocket and brushed up. "We were out-brushed late last week but, being a bit closer this time, was probably the difference. "He's a lightly raced five year-old and he's very sharp right now. Gotta give credit to Doug (trainer Miller) for getting him this good." Never worse than second this year, Pittsburgh Hanover pushed his 2016 scorecard to 5-3-0 in eight starts, good for $21,780. Lifetime, the altered son of Yankee Glide now has seven wins in 18 starts and $38,460. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Pittsburgh Hanover paid $6.80 to win. The Petar Saric Memorial, by the way, honors the memory of the champion Croatian driver, whose sons, Zoran and Srdan, have competed at Pompano Park. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, used a furious stretch drive to nail Here Comes William, handled by Donald Dupont, right on the wire to take Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Handicap Pace on the Sunday harness racing night, covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:52. Trained by Odell Thompson for the Fred Monteleone Stable and Salvatore Promuto, this four year-old altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven was the beneficiary of suicidal early fractions--:26 and :54.3-to score by a head. Goldstar Raider with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, finished third, just a neck off the winner while Abreathofreshart, last until mid-stretch, finished fourth, 1¼ lengths away. Northern Companion, prominent the entire mile, finished fifth in the field of nine. Providing the early fireworks was Heartfelt (Walter Rodd, Jr.) who blasted out of the gate from post position eight to engage Sir Globalop Z Tam (Andy Santeramo) in a fist fight through that aforementioned hot opener of :26. Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham), on the prowl early from the outside post nine, eventually settled in third while Here Comes William, also looking for an up-close spot, wended his way into fourth. As Heart Felt continued to blaze around the oval to the :54.3 half, Northern Companion was on the move again with Here Comes William following the live cover and Goldstar Raider now third over with Rockntouch anxiously following into the outer flow, as well. With three quarters in 1:22.4, Northern Companion surged on even terms with Heart Felt with Here Comes William charging three deep, Goldstar Raider fanning further out and Rockntouch widest of all in a cavalry charge to the wire. After the event, driver Mickey McNichol related, "Sometimes things just go your way and tonight it did just that. I wasn't going to get mixed up in that early scuffle because I would have taken a chance of being hung out to dry. "Of course, the hot pace helped. When I saw :54.3 at the half, I was just following some live cover. I was still fourth over but much closer as the field tightened up turning for home. "My horse found his bets stride when it counted and that was that." For Rockntouch, it was his second in in a row and sixth this year in 12 starts, good for $22,874. Lifetime, the four year-old has $68,760 on his scorecard to go along with his new lifetime mark. As third choice in the wagering pool at 5 to 1, Rockntouch paid $12.00 to win. In the co-featured $8,500 Pop Up Series race-off, Scofanman, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., closed from sixth and last at mid-stretch to score by a half-length over One Eyed Alley Cat (Dave Ingraham) in 1:53 for his initial win of the year. Onlythetuffsurvive (Kevin Wallis) finished third, 1¾ lengths back, while Well To Do and Fly Away picked up the final two awards in the sextet. Again, the pace was extremely hot as Wild Bill M took command just a step or two shy of the :26.2 opening panel and continued on through subsequent splits of :54.1 and 1:23 with Onlythetuffsurvive on the attack turning for home and One Eyed Alley Cat also surging. But not even these two could stall the rally of Scofanman, who closed fastest of all to gain the victory. Trained by Veral Bowman for the consortium of Arnold Merola, Kathleen Merola and Robert Barnello, the victory prompted trainer Bowman to say, "Well, he sure picked a good time to win his first race of the year! "He's been knocking at the door the last few weeks, so it didn't surprise me that he raced so well tonight. Wally (driver Ross, Jr.) drove him nicely, too." Off as the 5 to 1 third choice in his sextet, Scofanman returned $12.40 to win. Yet another highlight on the Sunday night card was in the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot as Gimme The Loot ($5.80), driven by Leon Cable, scored a repeat win in 1:59.2, holding off the determined late bid of Zeitgeist (Dein Spriggs) to win by a head. Magic Cheque (Joe Pennacchio) finished third while Chaplin Hall finished fourth. Total Freedom picked up the nickel. After the event, the Club made a generous donation to "A Second Go," a charitable organization founded less than one year ago helping cancer patients make the transition from "fighter" to "survivor." The charitable organization, founded by cancer survivor Kelly Sudell, 28, arranges for therapeutic sessions, spa services, nutritional and yoga sessions enhancing the lives of these survivors. The F.A.D.C. presented a check to Kelly, vaulting their contributions over the $170,000 plateau. Racing continues Tuesday night at Pompano Park with post time listed at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow, driven by Dave Ingraham for new trainer James Hysell, stepped up a notch to Open 2 company this week and captured Pompano Park's $8,500 top pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night, scoring a sharp win in 1:53.2. The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Squaw's Fella led at every pole, clocking panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before a :28.3 finale sealed the deal measuring a length over Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) with Sue's Your Daddy (Wally Hennessey) third, two lengths away. Always Dee One finished fourth and Ashley's Desire, pacing the fastest final quarter in her sextet this night, picked up the nickel. Drea's Good Powow "pushed" the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start, settled into the top spot heading into the opening turn and was never threatened thereafter for her second consecutive victory and fourth of the year in 17 starts. The sharp mare now has 2016 bounty of $23,206 and $110,197 career-wise. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "She's a pretty handy mare and had the five post last week and wired her field. This week, it was kind of the same story. She "pushed" the starting gate out of her way at the start and that was that. She's very sharp right now." As the 4 to 5 tote-board choice, Drea's Good Powow paid $3.60 to win. In Pompano Park's trotting feature, Sailer Eddie. stepping down to an amiable conditioned-claiming event, scored a virtual gate-to-wire win for owner-trainer-driver Kevin Wallis in 1:55.2 The gelded six year-old son of Cantab Hall, racked up fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26.3 before striding home in :28.4 to win over Pittsburgh Hanover (Matt Romano) with Seeking Steven (Wally Hennessey) third. Gold Savage and Caviart Griffin completed the order of finish in the talented quintet. The winner had things his own way for much of the journey, only needing to repel the threat of Pittsburgh Hanover, who did stick his nose in front turning for home, but came up a length away at the wire. The winning effort evened Sailer Eddie's scorecard for the season at 3-3-3 in 17 starts, good for $30,236 this year and $317,481 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sailer Eddie rewarded his faithful with a $3.40 win mutual. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park                          

Northern Companion, driven by Dave Ingraham, surviving a first over journey the final 7/16s of the mile, wore down the leader a 16th out and then held off a surging Heart Felt, handled by Walter Ross, Jr., to take top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Pace on Sunday night (May 8). The official margin was a half-length in 1:52.3 with Sir Globalop Z Tam, teamed up with Andy Santeramo, third. Abreathofreshart finished fourth after a quarter move from fourth to the top with Thebestofjoel picking up the nickel in the compact quintet. At the outset, Sir Globalop Z Tam was away alertly from post three, as was Heart Felt from post five forcing Northern Companion, sandwiched in between these two with post four, to take back to last. At the :27.3 opener, Heart Felt had made the top with Sir Globalop Z Tam next and Thebestofjoel third with Abreathofreshart on the move from fourth and forging to the top 3/8s into the mile. Shortly after the lively half in :55.1, Ingraham began his first over jaunt with Northern Companion, pacing his individual third panel in :27.2, to draw alongside the leading Abreathofreshart past the third station in 1:23.4 with Heart Felt widest of all and charging hard. In the lane, Northern Companion gutted on by the leader and held off Heart Felt in a brave finish. After the event, driver Ingraham said, "I was toying with the idea of leaving with him (Northern Companion) but that idea went down the drain when both horses around me were revved up and ready to go, so I had no choice but to take him back to last hoping for some lively numbers. "Once we straightened away on the backside, I let him roll and he was brushing hard on his own for the next quarter. "In the lane, we got by Wally (Hennessey with Abreathofreshart) but I was a little worried about the other Wally (Ross, Jr. with Heart Felt) who was charging hard. "He got there, though! He was brave tonight." Trained by Howard Klohr for Dorothy Zarza, this eight year-old son of Cambest won for the third time this semester in 13 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $21,634. Lifetime, Northern Companion has won 47 times-38 of them at Pompano Park-with career bounty of $305,976. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Northern Companion paid$4.20 to win. The $7,500 Open 2 Pace went to Rockntouch, superbly handled by Mickey McNichol. This four year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, got a picture perfect drive from McNichol, stalking the favored Goldstar Raider, driven by Wally Hennessey, through panels of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before tilting out turning for home and wearing down the leader with a :27.3 finale, stopping the timer in 1:52.2, a new lifetime mark. The margin at the wire was a "head," with I'm A Gift (Donald Dupont) third, 4½ lengths away. Freeneasy Hanover and Mach It Paiden earned the minors in the field of five. For the Odell Thompson trained Rockntouch, it was his fifth win of the year in 11 starts, good for seasonal bounty of $18,124 for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable. Lifetime, Rockntouch now has earnings of $64.010. As third choice in the betting, Rockntouch returned $8.00 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club, having recently sent their charitable contributions from their member-driver earnings over the $170,000 plateau, was in action on Sunday night and two veterans-one of the equine kind and the other a long-time horseman-teamed up to score a handy win in 1:58.3. Gimme The Loot, an 11 year-old altered son of Credit Winner, was a gate-to-wire winner this night, clicking off panels of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.3 in route to a 1:58.3 score for veteran driver Leon Cable, who now has 423 lifetime wins, having driven his first winner back in 1979. Gimme The Loot, owned and trained by Alessandro Spano, hit the board for the very first time in 2016, scoring the win measuring 1¾ lengths over Yakekty Hanover, handled by Fred Cohen, with Zeitgeist, driven by Dein Spriggs, third. Showing Off finished fourth in the sextet of trotters followed by Total Freedom. In achieving Gimme The Loot's 26th career victory, driver Leon Cable said, "Heck, he hadn't been doing very well trying to come off the pace so, tonight, with the rail, I thought I'd try him on the engine. "I know he has won several races before that way, so I had nothing to lose by trying to wake him up. "He woke up alright!" As the 9 to 5 second choice, Gimme The Loot returned $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in action in the featured Open Handicap Pace. With five of the six entrants coming off victories in their last starts, the competitive field features the return of Goldstar Rockette, a winner in a lifetime best 1:52.2 in her most recent event. Kevin Wallis is expected to be in the bike for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi and is listed as the 9 to 5 morning line choice. Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow, a wire-to-wire winner in her last race in 1:52.4 will have driver Dave Ingraham in the bike for new trainer James Hysell and is 5 to 2 on the early line. Post Time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Limelight, smartly handled by "Mr. 10,000," Kevin Wallis, overcame a very tough beginning to wind up in the "limelight" in Pompano Park's Open Pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (May 3). The five year-old Florida bred daughter of Cracking Light, trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty in the Bridle Racing Stable, closed with tenacity to pin a defeat measuring three-parts-of-a-length on Heart Major, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the sulky. De Valeria finished a fast closing third, one length off the winner, for John MacDonald while Sue's Night Out finished fourth. Artful Impulse, prominent much of the mile, picked up the nickel in the compact field of six. As the Hummer left the station, Limelight left with verve from post five, as did both Heart Major, leaving from post one, and Artful Impulse, from post four. That early scuffle left Limelight double-bubbled for much of the opening quarter with Artful Impulse able to emerge with the lead at the opening panel in a hot :26.4 and Limelight finding a spot right behind with an anxious Heart Major next, but on the move. Three-eighths into the mile, Heart Major gained the top spot as Artful Impulse willingly yielded for the garden journey with Limelight now third past the half in a lively :54.4. Positions remained stagnant for the top three during a :28 third panel with Limelight leaving the pocket from third turning for home and beginning to gnaw in on the leader. A sixteenth out, Limelight breezed on by Heart Major and held off De Valeria with the mile in 1:53.2. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis remarked, "Well, we got there but it sure wasn't the easiest of trips. "We were three wide for the first quarter and I was lucky enough to find a spot close up. She really didn't take the opening turn all that well and that did concerned me. "She took the final turn a lot tighter and I think the fast early fractions took something out of the leader and we were able to get by. "She raced very tough considering the trip she had tonight." For Limelight, it was her third win in 15 tries and pushed her seasonal bankroll to $19,695. Lifetime, the gutsy mare has 16 lifetime wins adding up to $143,839. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Limelight paid $3.80 to win. The secondary feature for the mares went to Drea's Good Powow for Dave Ingraham in a seasonal best clocking of 1:52.4. This six year-old Florida bred daughter of Squaw's Fella, known for her stout closing punch, changed tactics this night by going "down the road" in posting fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.4 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by 1¼ lengths over Hot Chica Boomba (John MacDonald) with Della Bea (Wally Hennessey) third. In a post-race interview, a jovial Dave Ingraham said, "Pat (owner Pat Connor) said I should put a GPS system on the sulky to help me steer her in the right direction. "Down the road she went tonight in a very strong effort." Trained by Kelly Case for Pat Connor, Drea's Good Powow now has a 3-2-2 scorecard in 16 starts and $18,956 in bounty. It was the 15th career win for Drea's Good Powow, who now has a career bankroll of $105,947. As the 4 to 5 favorite, the winning mutual was $3.80. Also of note on Tuesday night, owner-trainer Mark Winacott's Pacific Date, handled by Wally Hennessey, scored her 11th win of the year--tops in North America--in a claiming event for mares. The eight year-old daughter of Panspacificflight scored a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:54.3, pushing her 2016 earnings to $27,534 and $234,039 lifetime. Off officially at a nickel to a dollar, Pacific Date returned $2.10 across the board. Live racing continues on a two night per week--Sunday and Tuesday--schedule at Pompano Park throughout the month of May with wagering on the Kentucky Derby available at the track on Friday and Saturday. Post time for the live Sunday card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Southwind Amazon, superbly handled by harness racing driver John MacDonald, used Pompano Park's coveted five post (22.7% wins this season) to score a well rated 1:51 gate-to-wire victory in the $8,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 1). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck bolted out of the gate from the outside post in his quintet, drove over to the inside around the initial turn and proceeded to post fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.4 before a sprint home in :27.1 sealed the deal measuring one length over the pocket-sitting Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey with Dedi's Dragon, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike, third. Abrethofreshart was fourth while Heart Felt picked up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "This is the first time I had sat back of this horse and, when I looked at his lines, I thought that I might be able to leave and yield, just like Micallef handled him last week. "But once we got to the top, he was going so easily that he just didn't seem to want to yield to anything so we just kept going on. "He really had things his own way and, when we got to the three-quarters kinda cheap off of some of his recent races, I was pretty confident he'd get home. "He did! He was very good tonight." Trained by Paul Holzman for Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon won for the seventh time in 14 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $43,194. Lifetime, the talented pacer has earnings of $259,062 with 24 wins in 80 starts to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:49.2. Second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5, Southwind Amazon returned $5.40 to win. The Holzman-MacDonald tandem struck again in the $7,200 Open 2 Pace with Rick's Sign, scoring his seventh consecutive win, in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best performance set five seasons ago. The now 11 year-old gelded son of Life Sign, trained by Holzman for owner Mary Holzman, saw MacDonald taking the 3 to 5 favorite to the outside in a first over bid from fourth after opening panels of :26.4 and :54.3 and sweeping to the fore past the third station in 1:22.4 and under wraps late while striding home in :27.4 to score by a length. Sir Jack, handled by Matt Romano, finished second while Northern Companion, beginning from the second tier, was third. Rockntouch finished fourth after being shuffled to seventh on the backside while Freeneasy Hanover picked up the nickel. After that race, MacDonald simple stated, "He's amazing! That's all there is to it!" Rick's Sign now has a scorecard this season of 8-2-1 in 14 starts, good for $29,574-more than he won all of last season in 38 starts. The veteran now has 67 lifetime wins and career earnings of $427,795. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote, Rick's Sign paid $3.40 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club series continued on Sunday night in two divisions with Lady Deda D, teamed up with Jamie Marra, taking the first division and Super Duke scoring in the second for owner John Campagnuolo. Lady Deda D, back in action after missing the entire seasons of 2014 and 2015, recorded her second win of the season in seven starts by scoring a handy three length win in 1:58.3 over Yakekty Hanover (Fred Cohen) with Rose Run Nolan (Mary Birkhold) third, 4¼ lengths off the winner. Rel Cash Clown and M C Felix rounded out the top five in the nine horse field. Trained by Louis Ginesi for owner Colene Lameyer, this eight year-old daughter of Prise Speed won for the 29th time in 87 career starts to send her lifetime bounty to $148,454 to go along with her Pompano mark of 1:54.4, set as a five year-old. Off as fifth choice at 8 to 1, Lady Deda D paid $19.60 to win. Super Duke, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner-driver Campagnuolo, took command turning for home and used a :29.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2¾ lengths on Thirtyeightspecial, driven by Leon Cable in 1:58.1. Engagedatlexington, overcoming a second tier post, was third for Jamie Marra. Columbia Lion, the leader through panels of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2, finished fourth and Vacation Day, outside every step, was fifth. Super Duke, a six year-old altered son of Duke Of York, earned his second win of the year-13th lifetime-to send his career bankroll to $134,366. The Florida Amateur Driving Club pushed their charitable donations close to $170,000 with a generous donation to "Hopes, Dreams and Horses," an organization that has rescued dozens of horses as well as the lives of many hundreds of children and adults with special needs. The organization also received a mini jog cart prompting founder Sue Copeland to remark, "The Florida Amateur Driving Club has just helped us to continue to help a wide variety of individuals with special needs, including at-risk youth, veterans, senior citizens those with health issues including both physical and mental health. "Their generosity has helped us be a positive impact on youngsters as young as three and seniors in their 70's. "There are no adequate words to describe out thanks." Racing continues on Tuesday night many of the top mares in action in the Open, among the combatants Heart Major, Artful Impulse and Limelight. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Boli, the four year-old talented son of Kadabra, stepped up to Open company on Tuesday night (April 26) at Pompano Park and scored his fifth consecutive harness racing victory, this one in a seasonal best clocking of 1:55.1. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli was driven by Wally Hennessey and pinned a half-length defeat on the late charging Cashahallic, with Matt Romano in the bike. Sailer Eddie finished third for Kevin Wallis after cutting much of the mile while Nothinbutanallstar and Majestic Won earned the minors in the field of six. Using his usual tactics, Boli lolly-gagged a length off the gate at the start but wended his way into fourth by the time Sailer Eddie hit the opener in a sharp :27.1 with Cashahallic second and Nothinbutanallstar, showing a bit of early foot from the outside post, landing in third. Positions remained stagnant through the half in a well rated :57.2 with Boli now out and churning forward on the backside, reaching within a neck of Sailer Eddie through a "picked-up" three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the lane, Boli muscled his way to the front and, given just a couple of reminders late, held off Cashahallic in the drive to the finish. After the race, Hennessey said, "After that unbelievable performance last week, I didn't know what really to expect tonight but he seemed very relaxed leaving and so I went looking for a spot seeing that the inside horses didn't seem all that interested early. "I found that good spot in fourth and sensed a slower pace going over to the half and that's why I pulled around that second turn. "On the backside, the pace 'picked-up' but my horse likes that sort of thing and likes to dig in, so that didn't bother him at all. "In the lane, I just gave him a couple of subtle reminders and that was that. It was another good performance for him." In winning his fifth straight, Boli sent his seasonal bankroll to $19,762 and $79,314 on the strength of his 10th win in only 30 career starts. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli returned $2.80 to win. The $9,500 Open 2 for pacing mares went to Goldstar Rockette, handled by Corey Braden for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi. This Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On blasted out from the Hummer Starting Gate into a quick early lead, yielded to Cheap N Easy, driven by John MacDonald, short of the blistering :26.4 opener, reclaimed three-eighths into the mile, and went on to post subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:24.1 before striding home in :28.1 to record a lifetime best clocking of 1:52.2-her margin just short of three lengths over Cheap N Easy. Artful Impulse was third for Wally Hennessey while De Valeria finished fourth. Limelight picked up the nickel in the septet. Goldstar Rockette won for the fifth time in 16 starts this semester to send her 2016 bounty to $24,187. She now has 17 lifetime wins and career earnings of $88,038. Though her recent miles don't indicate early speed, Goldstar Rockette has won 13 of her 17 lifetime wins on the engine. As the even money favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $4.00 to win. Racing continues on a two night-a-week schedule-Sundays and Tuesdays-throughout the month on May with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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