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Royal Max, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., justified the 4 to 5 tote-board confidence of the betting crowd by scoring a handy 1:54.1 harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The lightly raced five year-old gelded son of RC Royalty, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Albert Crawford, brushed up strongly from his seven post to take command prior to the hot :26.4 opener then proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.2 in route to a victory measuring 2¾ lengths over the late surging Winding Hill, handled by John MacDonald. She's All In, prominent in the garden spot all the way, wound up third for Rick Plano while Sailer Eddie finished fourth, nine lengths away from the winner. My Revenuer, assigned the outside post off of two straight wins in the company, rallied to pick up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver George Napolitano related, "Ya know, he was really good last week off of only one qualifier and I told Chris (trainer Oakes) that he's got an Open trotter here. He was roughed up last week and held together well in the lane so I thought he'd be even better tonight.and he was! Once he got to the lead, he was all business all the way. Chris has done an excellent job in getting him back to the races after he was injured last spring." Trainer Chris Oakes added, "When I got 'Max,' he had some problems so I really took my time in getting him healthy again. It's one of Mr. Crawford's favorites so a lot of TLC went in to getting him ready to race again. He's five now but only has 28 lifetime starts-including tonight-so he's got the fresh legs to keep going a while." Of those aforementioned 28 starts, Royal Max has won nine times with his lifetime bounty with this win now at $153,200. Royal Max rewarded his investors with a dividend of $3.80. In the $10,000 co-featured trot, Lucid Thoughts, driven by trainer John MacDonald for the J P Stables, scored an upset win in near gate to wire fashion in 1:55.1--the winning margin two lengths over Goldstar Classic, handled by Wally Hennessey. Explosive Muscles, under the tutelage of Rick Plano, finished third while Diamond Dagger finished fourth. MacKenzie's Star picked up the nickel over Majestic Won with the 2 to 5 favorite, Escuela, never "fired" this night and finished seventh and last. Lucid Thoughts, a 1:55.1 winner last week coming from off the pace, used different tactics this night as the eight year-old son of Cash Hall blasted out of the gate and out-dueled Goldstar Classic around the initial turn to take control and carve out panels of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:26 before coasting home untouched in :29.1. Not only did Lucid Thoughts score a repeat win, it was his 26th success in 165 career starts to send his lifetime bounty to $255,750. As fourth choice on the tote-board at 10 to 1, Lucid Thoughts paid $23.80 to win. Racing resumes Wednesday night with a 10 race program scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

A Weekend and Goldstar Raider were victorious in their respective divisions in the 2nd leg of the Midnite Hardy Late Closer on Monday night at Pompano Park while Zorgwijk Impact picked up a repeat harness racing win in the popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot. A Weekend started the week off with a tote-board bang, scoring at odds of 36 to 1 for driver Steve Condren, who was in the sulky for owner-trainer Percy Jones. The seven year-old altered son of I Am A Fool took advantage of a hot early pace while cozily placed in third, pulled turning for home and rolled by the field to score in 1:53.4 and pin a defeat measuring 1¼ lengths on St Pete Star (Tom Jackson) with Cascata (Dave Ingraham) rallying late to be third. Mystical Valentine, locked up much of the mile, finished fourth while Bold Willie finished fifth in the sextet after cutting panels of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.1. The win was the initial one of the season for A Weekend and 10th lifetime with the victory-his second biggest payday career-wise-sending his lifetime earnings to $46,075. A Weekend rewarded his faithful with a $74.00 win mutual. Goldstar Raider made his 100th lifetime start a winning one for owner-trainer-driver Tom Jackson. This seven year-old Florida bred son of Rock On used the rail to perfection as he left with alacrity, yielded briefly, retook command after an initial panel of :27.2 and led the rest of the way, clocking fractions of :56.4 and 1:24.3 before sprinting home unscathed in :28.3 to hit the wire a 2½ length winner in 1:53.1. Beach Blast (Kevin Wallis) rallied to be second while A Fool For Mark (Dave Ingraham) finished third. Fly Away was fourth in the field of six while Mr Right Now picked up the nickel. Goldstar Raider won for the 27th time in his career spanning a "century" in starts to send his career bounty to $158,203. As the 2 to 1 second choice on the board, Goldstar Raider paid $6.20 to his many backers. In the "Over The Hill Gang" trot for nine year-olds and up, Zorgwijk Impact, handled this night by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat victory as he easily took care of his foes by using the draw (post one) to perfection in the event. This 11 year-old son of Armbro Ricochet, owned and trained by Jack Sheehan, scored the win measuring 2¾ lengths over Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) with Savthelstdancforme (Steve Condren) third. Tug River Dylan finished fourth while On The Tab , last halfway through the mile, rallied for fifth. Zorgwijk Impact was away alertly as Illusionsndreams blasted out of the gate from mid-track-post five-to take the field through an opening panel of :28.2. That's exactly when Hennessey sent Zorgwijk Impact to the front to stay, posting subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before gliding home untouched in 1:56.3 In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "I remember having driven this horse a season or two ago and he always showed me he had heart. He's 11 now and still has that same heart. I don't think he's lost a step over the years. He's the definition a racehorse-gives all he's got." In making his 273rd lifetime start, Zorgwijk Impact won for the 44th time and sent his career bounty to $353,659. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, he paid $4.60 to won. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a very competitive octet of trotters set to go in the $15,000 Open Handicap. My Revenuer, going for his third straight in this top company will, once again, have Brad Kramer handling his lines but starts from the outside post with Sailer Eddie, Uriel, She's All In, the invader Pocket Trip, Cashahallic, Winding Hill and Royal Max providing the competition. Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Dein Spriggs has, literally, won the right to represent the Florida Amateur Driving Club and the U.S.A. as Pompano Park gets set to host the harness racing Isle International Amateur Series on March 12 and 13 at the South Florida five-eighths mile oval. Spriggs will join Johann Preining, Jr. (Austria), Ivan Serik (Russia), Nils Olav Holm (Norway), Andrea Fazekas (Hungary), Enrico Columbo (Italy), Jauma Bassa (Spain), Tapio Hoikka (Finland), Michael Holmer (Denmark), Michael Gutsche (Germany) and Danny Blakemore (New Zealand) in the extravaganza with a trio of races each night featuring 11 horse fields. Spriggs, who has 412 career driving victories, has been involved in harness racing for some 40 years and enjoyed his best year ever as a driver in 2015, earning a career high $94,480 in purses on the strength of 27 wins in 82 starts and a "batting average" of .469. He earned the right to represent the Florida Amateur Driving Club during a lengthy competition among members of the F.A.D.C. Upon learning of his selection, Spriggs said, "This is one of the greatest honors of my life in this sport, representing our club. "I am sure the competition will be spirited and the great thing about this is that many charities will benefit as we get to showcase our great sport throughout the world." Indeed, the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be donating over $7,000 to charities on behalf of the visiting drivers. Since their inception, the Club has donated over $150,000 to worthwhile charities and causes. Adding spice to the International event is the news that the voice of harness racing, Roger Huston, will be providing the race calls for the two day extravaganza. Huston, who was Pompano Park's track announcer from 1967 to 1975, has called races at 134 venues, including tracks in Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Wales. by John Berry          

Just A Bee, splendidly handled by Mike Micallef, buzzed out of the gate in a hurry and never looked back while stinging her six rivals with a 1:51.3 mile in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, carding panels of :27, :56.1and 1:24, put the stinger in for good with a :27.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2½ lengths on Godiva Seelster, with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Southwind Trini was third for Brad Kramer while Art Frenzy finished fourth. Sandysgoldenhour picked up the minor award in the talented field of seven. For the winner, trained by Micallef for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, it was her initial victory of the year in four starts and 41st success lifetime, sending her career bounty to $286,231--$165,015 of that since the owners claimed her for $12,000 in early September of 2014. In finishing second, Godiva Seelster, making her first start back after a two month vacation, extended her streak of getting purse money to 73 races-the last time missing a purse check being September 9, 2012. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "the last few starts I kind of floated her out and looked for a good spot early. Tonight, when the gate sprung, my mare knew I meant business by giving her a couple of reminders leaving. We were lucky enough to get a bit of a breather in the second quarter and, then, on the backside, I knew SHE meant business as I didn't ask her anything and she was off to a :55.2 final half. She's been very good to us!" As the 9 to 5 second choice, Just A Bee paid $5.80 to win. In the $10,000 co-feature for the ladies, Ed Hensley's Pertty Music also used gate-to-wire tactics to hit the wire first in 1:52.3-her winning margin one length over Deuces For Charity, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with De Vins Girl and George Napolitano, Jr. teaming up to be third. Shortest Distance actually lived up to her name by taking the shortest distance around to be fourth while Drea's Good Powow finished fifth in the sextet. Fractions for the winner were :27.1, :55.2 and 1:23.4 with a :28.4 finale capping the mile and prompting driver Hensley to say, "she was a stride away from winning from off the pace last week so I thought I'd like to try and control the situation tonight. It worked out well and she was pretty tough in the lane when it counted." For Pertty Music, a six year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet trained by Ashleigh Hensley, it was her first win of the year in five tries and 21st success lifetime with her career bounty leaping to $280,849 with the victory. As the 3 to 2 second choice, Pertty Music rewarded her faithful with a $5.00 win mutual. Racing continues Saturday night with a 10 race program with first post set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 2, 2016...My Revenuer, again handled by Brad Kramer, scored his second straight harness racing victory in Pompano Park's Open Trot, this one with an enhanced purse of $15,000. The eight year-old altered son of Revenue S used identical tactics as in last week's win, lolly-gagging at the back of the pack early before beginning his jaunt forward around turn two and grinding forward until the job was done-inside the sixteenth pole-stopping the timer in 1:54. Royal Max, making his Pompano Park debut, finished second, three-parts-of-a-length away for George Napolitano, Jr., while Winding Hill finished third for John MacDonald, almost four lengths away. Cashahallic, last halfway through the mile, finished fourth and She's All In picked up the nickel in talented sextet of trotters. At the outset, it was Uriel leaving with alacrity from the outside post to take command early with She's All In settling in the garden spot and Royal Max third on the outside and gunning for the top spot and reaching the lead after an opening panel of :27.1. Royal Max continued to lead the way past the half in :56 and still enjoyed the top spot-although seeing pressure from Winding Hill-past the third station in 1:24.1. Meanwhile, My Revenuer was following Winding Hill and, turning for home, was in full throttle as he collared the leaders in deep stretch. After the event, driver Brad Kramer said, "this was another dream trip for this horse. He was very sharp in last week's win and maybe even a bit sharper this week as the half was a bit slower than last week but the mile a couple of ticks faster. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the 24th time in his career to send his lifetime bounty to $198,827. My Revenuer rewarded his faithful with a $7.60 mutuel as second choice in the betting. In the $10,000 co-featured trot, Escuela, handled by Ed Hensley, returned to her form of late last season by circling up from far back halfway through the mile to score a photo finish win over favorite Sailer Eddie, driven by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.3. Lexxis D J, prominent the entire route for Steve Condren, finished third while Diamond Dagger and Mckenzie's Star earned the minors. It was Sailer Eddie cutting the fractions of :27.4; :57.1 and 1:26.4 as Escuela dawdled back in seventh through the opening two panels before marching forward on the backside and tilting three wide around the final turn to get into contention turning for home. From there, as Hensley put it, "she just kept grinding forward until she got it done." He added, "She was good last week, too, but was going so fast she made a break turning for home. She was perfect tonight!" Owned by the Hensleys-trainer Ashley and driver Ed-Escuela, a six year-old daughter of ABC Garland, earned her first win of the year and 23rd lifetime to send her career earnings to $173,226. As fourth choice in the win pool at 5 to 1, Escuela paid $13.60. Other noteworthy trotting miles on Tuesday night were recorded by Lucid Thoughts and Lugar. Lucid Thoughts pushed his lifetime bounty over the $250,000 with a 1:55.1 win for trainer-driver John MacDonald-the eight year-old, owned by the J P Stables, winning for the 25th time during a career spanning 164 starts. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Lucid Thoughts paid $3.20 to win. Gold Savage finished second for Mickey McNichol while Selena picked up the show honors for Kevin Wallis. Highland Yankee and Crazy About NY also picked up monetary awards in the field of eight. Lugar, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, picked up career win number 29 with a very sharp win in 1:56 for driver Mickey McNichol. Making a confident quarter move to the front, Lugar easily repelled Shawnee Magic (Tom Jackson) and Skyway Pippen (Dave Ingraham) to score by two lengths, sending his career bankroll to $227,466. Benns Score Keeper finished fourth while Nomad finished fifth in the field of nine. Lugar returned a mutual of $5.20 as second choice in the field. OPEN MARES PACING SERIES DRAWS 15 AT POMPANO Pompano Park’s Late Closing Pacing Series for mares gets underway on February 13 with a total of 15 nominations for the four race series which concludes with an $75,000 (est.) final on March 5. Among the entrants are Velocity Vespa, Just A Bee, Godiva Seelster, Show Runner, Totally Rusty, Sensational Gabby A and Fancy Desire. Velocity Vespa, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, is on a roll with five consecutive victories—the last three in the top Open class for mares here. A winner of $190,487, this six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 taken earlier this year at Pompano Park. Just A Bee, a 15 race winner in 2015, has a 1:50.3 race record at Pompano and has earned $157,515 of her lifetime total of $278,731 since being claimed back in September of 2014 for $12,000. Mike Micallef trains Just A Bee, a daughter of Mr Feelgood, for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath. The amazing Godiva Seelster is just beginning her 2016 season after a short vacation and looks to continue her streak of earning purse checks, now standing at 72 races over the past three seasons. Owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, the Dan Hennessey trained six year-old daughter of Camluck has a mark of 1:50.4 at Pompano Park and $219,717 in earnings. Show Runner, a six year-old daughter of Little Steven, is a newcomer to Pompano Park with lifetime earnings of $280,330 to go along with a Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. A winner of 41 of 78 lifetime starts, Show Runner is trained by Mike Watson for A Piece of the Action LLC. Totally Rusty, also new to the Pompano Park scene, is a four year-old daughter of Rusty’s For Real owned by the Let It Ride Stables along with Dana Parham. Although lightly raced, Totally Rusty has a 14-2-1 scorecard in 24 career starts and $302,404 in bounty to go along with a three year-old mark of 1:50.3. Sensational Gabby A is, thus far, the richest performer of the nominees with $717,093 in earnings--$688,893 of that on foreign soil. Owned by Allard Racing along with Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, this eight year-old daughter of Yankee Sensation is trained by Rene Allard and sports a 1:52.2 mark over the Yonkers Raceway half mile oval shortly after arriving in the United States last summer. Fancy Desire, also from the Allard Stable, is a five year-old daughter of Real Desire and owns a 1:49 mark at Pocono Downs. She has a bankroll of $463,810 thus far in her career measuring 55 starts. Classic Carpet, Limelight, Lucy’s Pearl, Mach It A Par, Sandysgoldenhour, Strut My Stuff and Wild Wanda complete the very talented nominees. The Isle Casino Late Closing Series for Mares gets underway on February 13 and continues on February 20 and February 27—each leg guaranteed with a purse of $12,500—with the March 5 final featuring an estimated purse of $75,000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 1, 2016...Cascata and Goldstar Raider were victorious in their respective divisions in the opening leg of the harness racing Midnite Hardy Late Closing Series at Pompano Park on Monday night. Cascata, an eight year-old gelded son of American Ideal, was last half way through the mile but rallied late with a :29 finale to nail the photo finish win in 1:52.2 for Dave Ingraham, subbing this night for owner-trainer-son Dustin Ingraham. Cascata's winning margin was a neck over Van Gundy Hanover (Rick Plano) with Bold Willie, cutting panels of :27; :55.1 and 1:22.3, third, just a nostril back in the picture. Mr Right Now was fourth after being prominent in the garden spot all the way while Mystical Valentine picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He's just a rugged war horse. He's got a lot of starts under his girth-almost 200" -actually 191-"so I don't use him too hard early hoping for a lively pace. We got it tonight going three-quarters in (1):22 and a piece and he picked up the marbles at the end. It was an ideal trip for him." Cascata now has 33 wins in his 191 career starts with earnings of $155,239. It was the initial victory for owner-trainer Dustin Ingraham since he claimed Cascata at the end of last year. As the longest chance in his field at 8 to 1, Cascata paid $19.00 to win. The second division went to Goldstar Raider, with Brad Kramer in the bike, scoring in his debut for new owner-trainer Mike Sweeney after a claim last week. This seven year-old gelded son of Rock On scored in a three horse photo-his winning margin a neck-over Beach Blast, who, in turn was a nose better than St Pete Star with the mile timed in 1:53.1. Fly Away, cutting sizzling panels of :26.1; :55.3 and 1:23.2, finished fourth while A Weekend was fifth in the field of seven. In winning for the 26th time in 99 lifetime starts, Goldstar Raider pushed his career bounty to $154,953. As the 3 to 1 third choice, Goldstar Raider paid $8.20 to win. Tuesday night's program features a pair of carryovers since both the fourth race Pentafecta and the Pick-5 went unscathed. The Pentafecta fourth for Tuesday's card has a carryover of $2,198 and has a guaranteed pool of $10,000 while the Pick-5, with its $3,948 carryover, has a $20,000 guaranteed pool.   40K POMPANO PICK-4 GUARANTEE FOR TUESDAY; SUPER HI-5 C/O OVER $75,000   With the 55 to 1 outsider Ashley's Desire capturing the Pompano Park finale on Monday night, the track's Pick-4 event went unsolved on Monday night with the $9,978 carryover the catalyst for a $40,000 Pick-4 guarantee on Tuesday night. The Pick-4 covers races six through nine.   Thus, the Tuesday night program in South Florida will feature a Pick-5 guarantee of $20,000 and a Pentafecta fourth race guaranteed pool of $10,000 to go along with the lucrative Pick-4 guarantee.   Also the Super Hi-5 finale jackpot now stands at $75,733 going into the Tuesday night program.   Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL.January 31, 2016 - Arthur Blue Chip, driven byharness racing driver Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1. Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Brees Creek picked up the nickel in the field of seven. In a confident move, Hennessey sent Arthur Blue Chip winging out of the gate, putting Johnny Grippa in the garden spot with Four Socks, longest shot in the field at nearly 40 to 1. With an opening quarter in :27.1, Arthur Blue Chip strolled over to the half in :55.3 with a :27.2 third panel thwarting any developing threats. In the lane, Johnny Grippa angled out and Arthur Blue Chip drifted out a tad allowing Four Socks clear sailing along the pylons into second but the outcome was never in doubt. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "Doc Moore (trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore) has him razor sharp-I mean razor sharp. Out in :27.1 and home in :27.1, why I hardly even spoke to him during the mile. "And this group was no pushover, either, with a few of 'em owning sub-1:50 marks. "I wanted to put my horse on the front end because I know how much Dave's (Ingraham) horse likes the front end and didn't want to give him a chance to get away with soft fractions, especially having confidence that my horse could go a good mile tonight." Dr. Ian Moore shares ownership in Arthur Blue Chip with R G McGroup and Serge Savard, with their five year-old son of Shadow Play equaling his lifetime best mile with the win-his second of the year in four starts and 12th lifetime in only 29 starts. The victory, incidentally vaulted Arthur Blue Chip's lifetime bounty over the $500,000--$503,742 to be precise. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers. Bandolito lit up the tele-timer in the $11,000 Open 3 Pace with a near wire-to-wire win for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:49.4, this after scorching panels of :26, :53.1 and 1:20.3 along the way. Next Thing Smoke'n closed fast to finished second for Rick Plano while Maddysonofagun finished third with John MacDonald in the bike. Danishdujour finished fourth while Southern Winds picked up the minor award in the octet. Bandolito, a six year-old son of Ponder owned and trained by Jenny Bier, won for the 25th time during his splendid career to send his lifetime bounty to $434,535 to go along with a splendid mark of 1:48. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid a $2.60 dividend to his many investors. After the race, the soft spoken Napolitano simply said, "He was on his game tonight!" The $12,000 Open 2 Pace went to Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in 1:51.4 Trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, Northern Companion was dead last in his octet around the final turn but swept up widest of all on the strength to a :27.3 final panel to nail the win in the final stride-the official margin being a head. Whogoesfirst, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished second in the photo while Martial Bliss finished third for Aaron Byron, three-parts-of-a-length away. Teranadawn finished fourth while pacesetting Danger Hi Joltage finished fifth. In this action packed mile, there were several lead changes with Whogoesfirst away quickest of all and taking the field through an opening panel of :26.3 before yielding to Danger Hi Joltage, escorting the field half way through in :56.1. On the backside, Heart Felt rushed up from fifth to stick his nose in front past the third station in 1:23.1 with Danger Hi Joltage fighting to reclaim the top spot turning for home before Whogoesfirst rallied to stick his head in front in deep stretch, only to be nailed by Northern Companion on the wire. For Northern Companion, an eight year-old altered son of Cambest, it was his 46th lifetime win-38 of those at Pompano Park-with his career earnings edging closer to $300,000--$297,282 to be exact. Off at 10 to 1, Northern Companion paid $23.00-only the fourth time he's been double-digit odd in winning. In the popular "Over The Hill Gang" Series, featuring nine year-olds and up, a field of seven with combined earnings of well over $2 million and 236 lifetime wins went post-ward and it was the 11 year-old Zorgwijk Impact, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Jack Sheehan, home first in a lifetime equaling best effort of 1:54.2. Leading at every pole through panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.1, Zorgwijk Impact, a son of Armbro Ricochet, strolled home lengthening his margin to 7½ lengths at the wire over On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) with I'll Tell You What third. Go Jesse Go was fourth over Mad Cow Lisa, picking up the final award in thee septet. Zorgwijk Impact now has 43 lifetime wins in his career stretching 272 starts, good for earnings of $350,409. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Zorgwijk Impact paid $3.80 to win. Other notable performances on the Sunday program in South Florida were carded by Grande Seelster in the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Officernagentleman in the $8,800 pace for $15,000 claimers, King Royalty in a conditioned event and Thebestofjoel, also in a conditioned event. Grande Seelster ($17.60) brushed up on the backside from fourth to score a photo finish victory over Fall Toy and Buddha Blue Chip in 1:51.1 for Kevin Wallis. Owned by Enos Van Stanhope III along with trainer Tony Dinges, Grande Seelster won for the 26th time career-wise to send his bounty to $232,411. Officernagentleman ($4.80) won his fourth straight, this time for Joe Pavia, Jr., who was in the sulky for trainer Paul Holzman and the J L Benson Stables-the time of 1:50.3 being a new lifetime mark. Fritzie Pic Up Man was next in the mile followed by Hopiesdragininthedo. Officernagentleman pushed his career bounty to $286,349 with the win-his 29th career-wise. King Royalty ($10.80) lowered his mark to 1:51 by getting picture perfect handling from trainer Matt Romano in pinning a photo finish defeat on Real Catch with Aloneinspades next. Owned by C & F Associates, King Royalty now has a career bankroll of $156,601. Finally, Thebestofjoel ($2.60), handled by George Napolitano, Jr., enjoyed his class drop this night and scored a gate to wire win 1:51.1 off of hot panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. Trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, Thebestofjoel now has $375,416 in lifetime earnings to go along with his 32 career wins. Racing continues on Monday night with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL.January 27, 2016.Velocity Vespa survived a "roughed up" opening quarter and went on to win the $12,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace in 1:53 over a sloppy Pompano Park harness racing oval on Wednesday night. The six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., dug in late to hold off the pocket sitting Mach It A Par, handled by Dan Clements, by a neck with Classic Carpet and Wally Hennessey teaming up for show honors. Just A Bee finished fourth after moving to the flank of Velocity Vespa around the final turn while Art Frenzy picked up the minor award in the field of seven. At the outset, Mach It A Par showed alacrity leaving with Just A Bee alongside and Velocity Vespa also joining the fray from her outside post and "double bubbled" through much of a sizzling opening quarter in :26.3. Finally making the top, Napolitano lulled the rest of the field through a :30.2 second panel-a breather that put Velocity Vespa at the half in :57. On the backside, Just A Bee left her spot in third and charged up strongly as the pace quickened with "Vespa" reaching the third station in 1:25. In the lane, Just A Bee drifted out a bit allowing Mach It a Par a clear path to the leader and, while gaining a bit late, fell a neck short at the wire as Velocity Vespa notched the victory-her fifth straight here at Pompano. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "This was not an easy trip. That first quarter was very tough and we were fortunate that we got to take a breath or two during the second quarter. "Of course, a lot of credit has to go to (trainer) Chris Oakes, who keeps this mare sharp-and was sharp as a tack tonight." Owned by Susan Oakes, Velocity Vespa continues her 2016 perfect at four-for-four and, now, with 26 wins in 101 lifetime starts, has $190,487 in career bounty. As the 1 to 2 choice, Velocity Vespa paid $3.00 to win. The Open 2 Pace for the ladies went to Southwind Trini, handled by Brad Kramer, in 1:52.4, her winning margin a scant nose over Pertty Music, driven by Travis Cullen. Limelight, teamed up with Rick Plano, was third, 2 ¾ lengths away, while De Vins Girl finished fourth. Shortest Distance picked up the nickel in the quintet. Southwind Trini was on the engine from the get-go from her outside post five, taking the lead from De Vins Girl around the opening turn and carding fractions of :27.3, :57 through the opening half. Just a stride or two prior to that second station, Cullen moved Pertty Music out and she brushed up strongly on the backside gnawing away at the leader past the next station in 1:24.3. In the lane, Southwind Trini and Pertty Music hooked up in a classic duel to the wire with a photo necessary to determine the winner. Trained by Rob Harmon for Karma Racing, Inc., Southwind Trini, an eight year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, won for the 32nd time during her career, sending her lifetime bounty close to $400,000--$394.527 to be precise. As the 8 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Southwind Trini paid $5.40 to win. Finally, Deuces For Charity, claimed just a week ago for $10,000 won a conditioned event for mares in 1:51.4, easily a lifetime best. This five year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce, co-owned by James Stonecipher along with trainer Jamie Macomber, was driven to victory by Ricky Macomber, Jr and, as the even money favorite, paid $4.00 to win and set up a carryover for Saturday's Super Hi-5 of $61,570.16. Racing continues on Saturday night with first race post at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Legislators, don't sign off on the Seminole Compact until you uncouple "decoupling." I beg you: Demand that whoever sold the governor and his team on the financial benefit to Florida of including decoupling in the first place be required to prove it. It certainly wasn't the Seminoles. Nothing in black-and-white shows the Tribe gets a thing from allowing racetracks to eliminate live racing in favor of slots and simulcasting.  And the state? We gain a whole lot less from decoupling than you've been led to believe. A whole lot less. And what we lose is beyond comprehension. The only parties who stand to profit handsomely are the mostly out-of-state casino owners who could ultimately sell the tracks to developers and operate their slot-parlor-only properties with a handful of minimum-wage employees. They would then be free to rake off increased profits from their parlor operations and send them to Wall Street or junk bond holders. For that, you would sabotage an economic engine like horse racing, in a state that treasures its green space, works to preserve its rural family heritage and has invested ... how many millions is it? ... to create new business? I know I said a lot of this last week, but that was before I knew as much as I do now. And trust me, decoupling looks even gloomier for Florida the more carefully I look. No more racinos. Just casinos with simulcasting.  "I've heard them say at Pompano Park they're losing $6 million to $8 million by racing horses," said George Birkhold, a fifth generation Florida horseman and treasurer of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association.  "I'm telling you, that can't be true." Sarasota-based Birkhold, who maintains a stable of about 20 horses, told me, "Through our negotiations, stable fees alone are structured to be equal to the cost of maintaining the facility. We're paying them $1 million stall rent, and $4 million a year goes to the state. Even the purse comes out of our pocket." He said Pompano Park owners have spent the last seven or eight years preparing for slots-only, trying to run everybody off. They let the facility, particularly the grandstand, slide into disrepair. "It's not even to the level of what we have at some county fairs." Said Birkhold, "Maybe it's just been a long comedy of errors. But none of these losses they claim show in any of their company reports. "We need to ask them to prove we're costing them or anyone else money. Show us. Show the Legislature. Show the people of Florida." Horse racing falls under the state Division of Pari-Mutuel Racing -- a tax-collection-only agency. It collects money upfront, at the "handle" and is not otherwise vested in the intricacies of harness racing, he explained. "All you have to do is look at the Marion County horse racing economic impact study from 2015," he said. "In Marion alone, we're talking $2.6 billion and 19,000 jobs. What happens to all those people and jobs when races dwindle,  when little by little -- but faster than anyone can imagine -- horse breeders and owners stop coming to Florida because they can't race their horses? In fact, it's already happening. Horsemen are afraid of the future here. They know what's going on here. We're seeing a 12 percent to 15 percent breeding drop this year." Decoupling proponents talk about the real estate value of selling tracks to developers. But, said Birkhold, "we've got 300 horse farms all over this state. That's a lot of real estate right there -- and it's green and it's good and it's working for Florida." Birkhold explained how the horse racing economic boost happens. "This morning I met with a man who came in from California with his own horses. He brought in 14 people. So that's money he brought in from another state which he's spending here.  It's a trickle-down thing. They rent a car, a hotel room, they buy gas, eat in local restaurants. They also buy services from our farms." Ron Smith, president of the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, echoed the same confidence in horse racing's powerful economic impact.  "We have a meet coming up at Hialeah," Smith told me. "We've got about 1,000 horses to run. Think of the economic impact -- studies tell us, for every horse out of the gate, it affects seven Floridians' jobs. That's not counting the truck dealerships or the trailers or gas stations, motels and so forth. " How is it that Florida racing found itself in this predicament when other states -- notably Oklahoma, Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland -- are breaking their backs to beef up the value and attraction of their horse racing industries -- in essence, steal business from Florida? "Tracks were told in order to get a gaming permit, they had to race horses for two consecutive years," Smith said. "But what they did is bend the rules. They decoupled right off the bat. Instead of obeying the law as it was intended, they scheduled a couple of races the first December, then a couple of races the next December. They said that qualified them for a permit, it was two years in a row. Look at Gretna." Now, he said, Gretna wants to run a couple of horses up and down a straight track and call it "barrel racing" or "flag drop" and they're home free. "I've seen greed in my time, and I've seen people trying to get around a rule. But this is plain wrong," Smith insisted. "When you're in horse racing, you're in horse racing. How is it we're not being protected by our government? How is it our value isn't recognized by the governor and the Legislature?" Smith said Florida actually could build a bigger, even more lucrative horse racing industry if it tried.  "This could be the quarter horse capital of the world. We've got the weather, we've got the expertise and the history. Horse owners like to come here. But right now they're scared. And so am I. "We race for 40 days at Hialeah, one of the most beautiful and historic race tracks in this country. But for the other 325 days of the year we're fighting with somebody to make sure that keeps happening." Right now, without decoupling -- while live racing is going on -- a percentage of a pari-mutuel casino's profit goes to the state. If a casino doesn't have to race live horses, the casino gets to keep all the money, and out of state it goes. Please, legislators, educate yourselves on horse racing and the graceful Florida lifestyle it supports. Look at the facts and study the figures before you write it off. This may be the most important action you take in the 2016 session. By Nancy Smith

Pompano Beach, FL - Despite the 20-cent minimum and the heavy favorites finishing first and third, the Pentafecta wager went unsolved on Monday (Jan 25) at Pompano Park, resulting in a $2,988 carryover into Tuesday evening's fourth race.   The fourth race will feature a competitive field of ten trotters, and track officials have placed an 'instant guarantee' of $10,000 on the total pool. In addition to the Pentafecta, fans will also enjoy great wagering opportunities with the customary $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 beginning in race six, and the Jackpot Hi-Five carryover of $51,203 featured in the eleventh race finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a five-night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. Pompano Park Management  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2016...In an evenly matched septet featuring a pair of 5 to 2 chances on the harness racing tote-board and two others at 3 to 1, it was a 19 to 1 outsider-My Revenuer-that upset the applecart in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old gelded son of Revenue S, handled this night by Brad Kramer, avoided trouble around the final turn by ducking inside of two "breakers" and closed fastest of all to nail the victory in a photo finish, stopping the timer in 1:54.3. She's All In, with Rick Plano in the bike, was second while Uriel, teamed up with George Napolitano, Jr., finished third after cutting panels of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:25 along the way. Sailer Eddie finished fourth while Cashahallic finished fifth after vying for the lead through those fast two opening fractions. When the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, She's All In was away with alacrity with Uriel also away in good order but intent on the lead as Cashahallic was charging up from his outside post. As the battle ensued up front throughout that opening half between Uriel and Cashahallic, She's All In was content in third with Sailer Eddie fourth. On the backside, Escuela went brushing up followed by Winding Hill-the slight favorite. At the third station in 1:25, Escuela moved to within a length of the leader but made a miscue, bothering Winding Hill in the process. That's when Kramer ducked to the inside of the breakers before steering My Revenuer widest of all in the lane, nailing the win in the final few yards. In a post-race interview, driver Brad Kramer said, "I thought I might have a chance off that :55.3 half because My Revenuer doesn't like to leave all that well and likes that kind of pace. "When Travis' mare (Escuela) made that break, it took MacDonald's horse (Winding Hill) out of it and I luckily ducked inside to avoid all of that and even save some ground, too. Turning for home, he seemed locked and loaded and motored down the lane pretty good! "He went a big, big mile." Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the initial time in 2016 and 23rd time career-wise sending his lifetime bounty to $191,327. The victory was also worth $41.20 to those who invested $2 on the winner. As if a 19 to 1 chance was not "long" enough, the 20 to 1 outsider Ex King, driven by trainer Rick Plano, came from far back to take top honors in the $9,500 co-feature trot, completing the one mile journey in a lifetime best 1:55. The six year-old altered son of CR Excalibur, owned by Colene Lameyer, won for the second time this year in four starts with this 14th win lifetime sending his career bounty to $186,574. Pointe Of Inquiry, handled by Wayne Henry, was a neck back in second after taking a very short lead late while Goldstar Classic, driven by Wally Hennessey, was just another nose back in the three horse photo. Lexis D J, taking the lead after a :27.3 opener, finished fourth after carding subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Griffin finished fifth in the octet. After the race, driver Rick Plano related, "You know, early in this horse's career, he loved the front end but, ever since I have had him, he likes to be off the pace. Only one time did I ever put him on the lead and he won off a half in :59 and a piece. "Now, he likes to relax early and can almost sense a quick pace. "He got one tonight and he rolled home like he always does." Ex King rewarded his faithful with a $43.60 mutuel. Racing continues on Wednesday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 24, 2016...The weather was, indeed, chilly in South Florida on Sunday night-50o-but harness racing driver George Napolitano, Jr. continued his hot hand at Pompano Park by scoring his 7,500th career victory in the $10,000 claiming ($30,000) pace with Danger Hi Joltage. Trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, the seven year-old gelded son of Village Jolt scored a handy win measuring two lengths in 1:52.1-his second straight victory after being claimed for $20,000 two weeks ago. KR's Power Surge (Dave Ingraham) finished second while King Royalty (Matt Romano) was third over Danish Dujour and Thebestofjoel. Don't Tell Rusty, prominent around the opening turn, made a miscue to lose all chance. The win, carded off fractions of :26.4, :56.1 and 1:24.1 was the 34th lifetime for Danger Hi Joltage, sending his career bankroll to $193,191. After the event, a reflective George Napolitano, Jr. said, "You know, it's pretty neat to get my 7,500th win here because here at Pompano Park is where I started. "I got my first qualifying win here back in late 1992 and my first pari-mutuel win here in 1993. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have been given. "I guess I'm not one for saying I've been blessed too much but, really, I have been blessed that owners and trainers have recognized my ability and I am thankful for that." Though Napolitano has been in the business for almost 25 years, more than 4,000 of his wins have come just since 2010. There were a multitude of Napolitano faithful in that event who also celebrated as they were rewarded with a $4.20 win mutual. Meanwhile, Pompano Park's main event-the $13,000 Open Pace-went to the favored Arthur Blue Chip, driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, himself the author of over 8,900 career wins. Arthur Blue Chip, the five year-old son of Shadow Play, eked out a narrow photo finish victory in 1:51.3 over Johnny Grippa (Dan Clements) with Lyons Johnny (Mike Micallef) third, a length away, in a separate photo over Bandolito, the latter cutting panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.1. Invader Brees Creek rallied for the nickel in his Pompano Park debut. At the outset, Johnny Grippa and Bandolito were quickest out of the gate with Arthur Blue also showing early speed to land a comfortable spot in third. Positions remained that way until midway on the backstretch when Arthur Blue Chip pulled and went gnawing after Bandolito's lead, reaching alongside turning for home and edging clear only to be threatened by Johnny Grippa, finding clear sailing along the pylons late to just miss by a neck. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "Doc Moore (Trainer Ian Moore) has done a fantastic job with this horse. He's lightly raced, made a lot of money at two and then had a situation where he had to be nursed back to health and missed the better part of two seasons. "Now that he's back, he's as tough as ever. First up trips don't bother him one bit. He seems to know that 'it's time to go to work' when he goes first up. "He went a great mile tonight-but that's not surprising for him." In making only his 28th lifetime start, Arthur Blue Chip, owned by Moore along with the R G McGroup and Serge Savard, posted his 11th career victory sending his bounty to $496,242. Off as the 1 to 5 tote-board choice, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to win. In the $9,000 claiming ($20,000) pace, George Napolitano, Jr. picked up lifetime win number 7,501 as he guided the 2 to 5 favorite, Mr. Massimo, to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:52.1 over Grande Seelster (Wally Hennessey) and Trevor Win For Us (Tom Jackson) with All Steinem fourth and Glammit fifth in the quintet. Mr Massimo, a 10 year-old son of Astreos trained by Chris Oakes for owner Kathleen Febbraro-Napolitano, won for the 29th time in his career stretching 118 starts with a lifetime bankroll of $444,901. As the 2 to 5 public choice, Mr. Massimo paid a $2.80 dividend to his many $2 investors. Finally, in the "Over The Hill Gang" trot for nine year-olds and up, Celtic Merchant, the senior citizen of the group at 13 years-old, scored a repeat win for Rick Plano, this one is 1:57.4. The gelded son of Angus Hall, owned and trained by Steve Oldford, was away, as usual, alertly before being out-brushed early through a :28.4 opener. Shortly thereafter, Celtic Merchant sprinted to the top spot again-this time for good -as he carded panels of :58.3 and 1:27.2 before repelling the late surging Savthelstdancforme (Steve Condren) by half length. On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) rallied for third while Adenium finished fourth in a photo over the favored Mandabra. Celtic Merchant, making only his 14th start over the past two seasons due to injury, now sports a lifetime scorecard of 44-36-24 in 211 starts, good for $351,356. As 5 to 2 second choice, Celtic Merchant paid $7.20. Racing continues Monday night with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 23, 2016...With the Florida Amateur Driving Club taking center stage on Saturday night, harness racing driver Roger Goldstein, known particularly for his training prowess, got his first win since 1980 when he guided the 10 year-old trotter Smokin Dabra to victory in the first of two F.A.D.C. events at Pompano Park. Smokin Dabra, an altered son of Kadabra owned by the Unity Stable along with Probber Morse Racing, won for the 25th time during a career measuring 116 starts, pinning a half-length defeat on the pacesetting Global Power (Mitchell "Sky" Walker) in 2:00.3. Insider Access (Steve Oldford) finished third, four lengths away, with the favorite, Witty's Winner, fourth. Italian Stallion recovered from an early miscue to pick up the nickel in the field of eight. Goldstein gave Smokin Dabra a picture perfect drive as he followed Global Power (post five) out of the gate with Smokin Dabra (post six) and gave his charge a patient drive in the garden spot through fractions of :29.1, 1:01.2 and 1:30.1 before tilting out as they turned for home and wearing the leader down inside the 1/16th pole. After the event, a jubilant Goldstein remembered, "Yes, that was my first win since I drove F W Nancy to a win at Monticello Raceway back in 1980. "With the wind blowing so hard, I thought it be best to stay covered up as long as possible. It worked! "It's great to be back in the winner's circle. I just hope I don't have to wait another 36 years to do it again." Smokin Dabra won for the first time since a Pocono Downs victory on April 23, 2014-exactly 21 months ago-and sent his lifetime bounty to $241,005. As fourth choice at 9 to 1 in the betting, Smokin Dabra paid $20.40 to win. The second F.A.D.C. event went to Groovey Kid, driven by owner John Campagnuolo in 2:00.3. This five year-old Cincinnati Kid gelding overcame a second tier post and 10 other rivals to post a 3¾ length win over Starbux Eden (Jamie Marra) while What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) finished third. The pacesetting PC's Wildcard finished fourth and Vari Forgetful rallied to finish fifth. Trained by Dan Hennessey, the busy Groovey Kid, making his 51st start since the beginning of 2015, won for the 12th time in 89 career starts vaulting his earnings to $84,010. As second choice at 7 to 2, Groovey Kid paid $9.20 to win and proved to be the catalyst to a pair of carryovers (for the Pentafecta and Pick-5) and guarantees for the Sunday night program. Also on Saturday night, Andover America, sidelined for several months due to injury, finally made it back to the winner's circle, scoring a wire-to-wire photo finish victory for Kevin Wallis in 1:58.1. The 11 year-old warrior by Andover Hall, trained by Jacques Dupont for Mc Trade Enterprises, earned his 59th lifetime victory to send his career bounty to $798,410. As the popular even-money choice, Andover America paid $4.20 to win. One other note, after the final F.A.D.C event, a group of Club members gathered in the winner's circle to make a contribution to Tomorrow's Rainbow, an organization whose mission is to provide grieving children, teens and families an emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through guidance, education and support. The F.A.D.C. now has donated well over $150,000 to charity since their inception. A tricky Pick 5 sequence on Saturday (Jan 23) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park resulted in no winning tickets. Ironically, it was likely 15-1 upsetter, Are You In (John Cummings Jr.), who sent everyone out after winning the third race. The end result was a $1,981 carryover into Sunday evening, with track officials placing an 'instant guarantee' of $10,000 on Sunday's total pool. The Pick 5 is a nightly wager covering races 1 - 5, featuring a 50-cent minimum. The nightly Pentafecta wager was also unsolved, resulting in a $1,180 carryover into Sunday's fourth race. The Pentafecta is a nightly wager in race four featuring a 20-cent minimum, where fans must select the top five finishers in order. Sunday night's Pentafecta will feature an 'instant guarantee' of $7,500 on the total pool. The 50-Cent Pick 4 remains popular, featuring a reduced 12% takeout and covering races 6 - 9 nightly. The Sunday night pool features a guarantee of $10,000. The Jackpot Hi-Five featured multiple winning tickets once again on Saturday, with the carryover up to $45,103 into Sunday night's tenth race finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a five-night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, Fl...January 20, 2016...Velocity Vespa, withstanding severe pressure throughout much of her journey, extended her winning skein to four on Wednesday night at Pompano Park, taking top harness racing honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares in 1:51.1 for George Napolitano, Jr. The six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes was in an early war before taking command through a blazing :26 opening panel and then had to face pressure, first, from Safe From Terror (Matt Romano) through a :54.1 half and, then, from Pertty Music (Ed Hensley) binging three deep on the backstretch before the third station (1:22.2). In the lane, Velocity Vespa began edging clear from these two and only had to hold off the ground-saving Classic Carpet (Wally Hennessey), which she did by a length. Art Frenzy rallied off of the hot fractions to finish third while Safe From Terror did finish fourth with Pertty Music picking up the nickel in the million dollar sextet of mares. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "Geez, they threw everything but the kitchen sink at her tonight. We had to go some to get to the top and then she had to face the pressure most of the rest of the way. But she was up to the task. Obviously, Chris (trainer Oakes) has her very sharp right now. She beat a very talented group tonight." In keeping her 2016 record a perfect three-for-three, Velocity Vespa won for the 25th time in this, her 100th career start, sending her lifetime bounty to $183,487. Off at a dime to a dollar, Velocity Vespa paid $2.20 to her multitude of backers. In the Open 2 Pace for Mares, Arodasi, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr., used a backside blitz from third to overtake the favorite De Vins Girl (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then go on to post a win measuring 2 1/4 lengths over that one in 1:52.2. Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) rallied for third over Limelight and Skyway Dusty, fourth and fifth, respectively. It was De Vins Girl away alertly to quickly take control and post opening splits of :27.2 and :56.1 with Keystone Christa in the garden spot and Arodasi next. Right at that second station, Pavia revved up Arodasi and she paced an individually timed third quarter in :27 to catch her rivals flat-hooved while opening up a daylight lead past that third station in 1:23.3, after which she was on cruise control through a :28.4 finale. Owned by Peter Shank along with the AGC Stables and the Joe Pavia, Jr. Stables, Arodasi won for the initial time this season and 29 time career-wise, vaulting her earnings to $366,466. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Arodasi paid a $6.40 dividend on all $2 investments. Racing continues on Saturday night with a nine race card scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2016...Dennis Whittemore's Winding Hill stepped up to the top rung on Pompano Park's harness racing ladder and blasted his way to victory in the $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night (January 19). The five year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Whittemore, used similar strategy as in last week's win in conditioned company to romp home a five length winner in 1:55.1 over She's All In (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Brad Kramer) rallying late for show honors. Rainbow Gold finished fourth after slicing through opening panels of :28 and :58.1 on this coolish 54 degree evening while Diamond Dagger picked up the minor award in the octet. At the outset, it was She's All In showing speed off of the gate from post six along with Rainbow Gold from post eight with these two battling early on for supremacy with Sailer Eddie third and Winding Hill next. Around the second turn just a few strides from the mid-mile pole, "Nap" was out and driving with Winding Hill and, with almost the identical devastating brush that was used in last week's win, swept by his foes with an individually timed third panel of :27.2, hitting that third beam in 1:26, and then continued to widen his advantage to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "Dennis (owner-trainer Whittemore) told me that he could trot a little if he gets some room to roam and, when I pulled him around that second turn, I said to myself, 'well, Dennis isn't kiddin' about this one' and away he went. I hardly chirped to him and he was off!" Whittemore added, "I have only had him a short time. I bought him at the sale. You know, my son Jimmy gave him his mark of 1:55 when he drove him up at Vernon, so I thought I'd take a chance with him when he wound up at the sale. He's a nice horse," In gathering his 13th lifetime win in 50 career starts, Winding Hill sent his lifetime bounty to $112,210--$11,500 of that in just three starts this young semester. As the 7 to 5 public choice, Winding Hill paid $4.80 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a talented "million dollar" sextet of mares going post-ward in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace. Velocity Vespa, fresh off two identical wins in 1:50.4, will have George Napolitano, Jr. in her sulky as she tangles with Safe From Terror, Jinxy's Delight, Art Frenzy, Pertty Music and Classic Carpet. Post time is 7:30 for the mid-week program. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl.January 17, 2016.Bluehourpower scored a three-peat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, covering the mile in 1:50.3 for Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, pinned what turned out to be a handy defeat measuring 1¾ lengths on Arthur Blue Chip, with Wally Hennessey driving. Whogoesfirst, saving ground all the way, finished third for Kevin Wallis while Northern Companion, also hugging the inside portion of the track the entire route, finished fourth. Bandolito finished fifth in the sextet after being prominent throughout the mile. At the outset, it was a cavalry charge out of the gate as Bandolito, Arthur Blue Chip, Whogoesfirst and Bluehourpower were all out alertly with Bandolito taking command first before yielding to Arthur Blue Chip who, in turn, yielded to Bluehourpower shortly after the :26.3 opener. With the pace only relenting slightly through a :54.3 half, Bandolito was out and rolling first up on the backside and got within a length of the leader at the third station in 1:22.1. In the lane, driver Macomber "spoke" to his charge and he actually extended his lead to the wire in a very brave effort. After the event, Macomber said, "I was really looking to find a spot mid-pack but, when nothing developed, that left me no choice but to go for the top spot-the way we did last week. He's a handy horse so nothing bothers him. He does anything asked of him. He's sharp right now and he's very brave." In keeping his 2016 record perfect-now three-for-three-Bluehourpower won for the fifth time in six starts since his South Florida arrival and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $527,381 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:50.2. As the 3 to 2 second choice on the tote-board, Bluehourpower paid $5.00 to his many $2 followers. The $11,000 Open 2 Pace went to Dont Tell Rusty, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the sulky. This seven year-old altered son of Tell All, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, took command after a brief early battle and put together panels of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before fending off the late surge of KR's Power Surge (Dave Ingraham) to score by a neck in 1:51.1. Maddysonofagun finished third, a length away, for John MacDonald while Cee Pee Panic finished fourth. King Royalty picked up the minors in the field of six. Dont Tell Rusty won for the initial time in just three starts in 2016 and sent his career bounty to $189,101. As the 4 to 5 talk of the tote-board, Dont Tell Rusty paid $3.60 to win. The $10,000 conditioned (nw $6,001 last five starts) pace resulted in an all-out war to the wire with Next Thing Smoke'n eking out a narrow victory for Rick Plano over Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., in 1:52.1. Mister Virgin was third for Ed Hensley while Taranadawn finished fourth after cutting fractions of :26; :55.1 and 1:23.4. Blueridge Dancer rallied from last turning for home to finish fifth. Next Thing Smoke'n, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter trained by Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Michael Guest, slipped through along the inside to garner his 16th lifetime victory, sending his career bounty to $212,120. The 3 to 1 third choice in the win pool rewarded his $2 investors with an $8.00 mutuel. Finally, the "Over The Hill Gang" competition for trotters nine year of age or older continued on Sunday night with Celtic Merchant, the elder statesperson of his group of senior citizens at 13, a wire-to-wire winner in 1:55.4 off of panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26. The altered son of Angus Hall, owned and trained by Steve Oldford, was driven to victory by Rick Plano, the elder statesman of drivers in this event at 64. The favorite, Mandabra, driven by Dan Clements, finished second, 1¾ lengths back, while the only mare in the field, Mad Cow Lisa, with Dave Ingraham driving, finished third. On The Tab was fourth with Adenium picking up the nickel in the field of nine. In garnering his 43rd lifetime win in 210 career starts, Celtic Merchant's winning time was his fastest since taking his lifetime mark of 1:54.4 at Pocono Downs back in early 2013 and third fastest lifetime. Celtic Merchant now has banked $348,106 during his career stretching back to 2006. As the 6 to 1 second choice, Celtic Merchant paid $15.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a nine race card with first post at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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