Pompano Beach, FL...April 25, 2015...E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron, unhurried early through blazing fractions, roared home in :27.1 to post an upset harness racing win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. The six year-old gelded son of Western Terror, trained by Shawn Glassmeyer for owner Baron Racing Stable, stopped the timer in 1:50 for his first success of the season in seven starts, drawing clear by two lengths over Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.) and Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger), the latter duo finishing in a dead-heat for second. Three Of Clubs, making his initial appearance this season, was just a nose back in fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel in the field of nine. It was Three Of Clubs with gate speed at the start with Steelhead Hanover, beginning from post nine, on the attack early and taking charge just short of the opener in :26.2 with Johnny Grippa next and E Z Noah a relaxed fourth. Positions remained unchanged through the :54.4 half with E Z Noah on the move midway up the backside. With the hot pace continuing through 3/4s in 1:22.1, Steelhead Hanover continued to show the way but, a sixteenth out, E Z Noah had him measured and strolled on by, with Johnny Gripps and Three Of Clubs battling for place honors with with Steelhead. The photo showed Steelhead Hanover and Johnny Gripps tied and Three Of Clubs a nostril back. In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "Shawn (Trainer Glassmeyer) told me that the horse has a ton of talent and that he thought he'd been on the improve. I thought I might be in a little deep with him but I was hoping for a hot pace with the thought of picking up the pieces if they went 3/4s in, say, (1):22. He was full of pace in the lane when it counted." EZ Noah now has 20 lifetime victories and career bounty of $411,774. As fifth choice on the tote-board, E Z Noah paid $20.60 to his faithful followers. In the $7,000 pace for $15,000 claimers, Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Bruce Ranger, went back to his "old" strategy and used alacrity out of the gate and broke the beams at :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23 before sprinting home in :27.4 to report home in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Though Neptune Blue Chip has had the majority of his wins leading up to this night on or near the front end--20 of 24--he has been racing off the pace in recent events but, on Saturday night, he was on the engine as the gate sprung and, as driver Bruce Ranger said, "he brushed the whole mile." The seven year-old altered son of American Ideal, trained by Jim Mc Donald for Ciro Gentile and Twenty Four Carrot Racing, pinned the wire-to-wire defeat on pocket sitting M G Home Run (Kevin Wallis), 1 1/4 lengths away. Cascata (Dave Ingraham) finished third while Oakmont and Acton Onelasttime picked up the final two awards. Neptune Blue Chip won for the 25th time in his career measuring 116 starts, sending his lifetime bounty to $160,497. As the 8 to 5 favorite, Neptune Blue Chip paid $5.20 to win. In another Saturday night highlight, longtime sports writer Murray Janoff, one of the original founders of the United States Harness Writers Association, was honored on the eve of his 100th birthday. Family and friends, including New York newspaper columnists Dave and Debbie Little, former driver Lucien Fontaine and Harnesslink editor Steve Wolf, joined the sports icon in the winner's circle to pay a well deserved tribute for his coverage of harness racing, as well as pro football, basketball, baseball, track and field and tennis. During his distinguished career spanning eight decades, he has covered some of sport's most prestigious events, including many Super Bowl events, World Series', N.B.A. Playoffs and, of course, many harness racing feature races. Janoff, an astute handicapper, even selected the winner of his race, Beignet ($4.40) and after the race was presented with a "P.H.D." (Professional Handicapping Degree), as well. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, even with 19 to 1 chance Milliondollartouch taking the finale, saw s16 astute handicapper having the 6-4-7-5-3 combination with the 20 cent ticket returning $636.36. The carryover for Monday night's program is $165,950.91. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 22, 2015...Increditable, fresh off trotting the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history one week ago in the Open--1:53.1--proved that his victory was no fluke as he led every step of this week's $10,000 Open Handicap event (April 22) before stopping the harness racing tele-timer in 1:55.2. Trained by Norm Dessureaut for owner Denis Goyette, this six year-old altered son of Credit Winner was, once again, handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, pushing the Hummer Gate our of his way at the bell and clocking panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27 before a romp home in :28.2 left him unscathed the entire route. Its Payday Friday, back in action after a brief two week vacation, finished second for Dan Clements while R G Rocket, making a first up bid entering the backside and just a length away turning for home, was third for Dave Ingraham. Jailhouse Jessica and Highland Yankee completed the classy quintet, respectively. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Norm (trainer Dessureault) has him just so sharp right now that he hardly needed any reminders tonight. He seemed to be just coasting along the whole mile." In achieving his fidth win of the year in 14 starts, Increditable sent his seasonal bankroll to $34,665 and $148,164 lifetime. Of at 1 to 2 on the tote-board, Increditable paid $3.00 to win. In the $8,000 co-featured Open (2) Trot, Wayne Laviolette's Ramzan, given a splendid drive by Joe Pavia, Jr., eked out a narrow decision in a three horse photo over the late surging Gold Savage (Dan Clements) and My Revenuer (Tom Sells) in a lifetime equalling best 1:55.2--the winning margin a neck over the two others in the picture. Beginning from the outside nine post, Pavia sent Ramzan leaving and looking before settling in fourth back of the favorite Goldstar Classic, Gold Savage and Keystone Wyatt. With Goldstar Classic (Wally Hennessey) getting rated through panels of :28 and :57.2, Ramzan tilted out right at that second marker and began putting the tourniquet on the leader, reaching his saddle-pad at the third station in 1:26 before wearing that one down in the lane and then holding off Gold Savage and My Revenuer with On The Tab a late surging fourth and Goldstar Classic fifth in the octet. The win was a milestone one for Ramzan as this victory--his fifth of the year in 10 starts--sent the six year-old son of Kadabra's earnings past the century mark--$101,702 to be precise. He's banked $25,300 this season. Off as the fifth choice in the wagering, Ramzan paid $22.00 to his faithful, kicking off the track's Pick-4, with a pool of $38,449, the second largest in history at Pompano Park. In the next event, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi, also beginning from post nine, extended his winning streak to three with a sharp 1:56 victory for Wally Hennessey. his margin 2 1/2 lengths over Naughty Not Nice (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Iain'tnomomaluke (Kevin Wallis) third. Verdi, a four year-old and also a son of Kadabra, was sent winging from the get-go, taking the lead just a couple of strides past the :28.4 opener and going on to post subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:27--the only minimal threat coming from Naughty Not Nice around the final turn--before sealing the issue with a :29 finale. Trained by Dan Hennessey, Verdi, himself, is a perfect six-for-six but, officially, his scorecard reads five-for-six after a disqualification negated the win in his third start. Verdi was 4 to 5 at the bell and paid $3.80 to win. Another favorite, Corner A Virgin, driven by Dan Clements, took the third leg of the Pick-4, holding off Abreathofreshart (Kevin Wallis) in a stirring stretch duel with a nostril separating the two at the wire in 1:53.2. The Renaldo Morales III trained four year-old son of Always A Virgin led at every pole during fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:26 before needing every ounce of his :27.2 finale to claim the win, only his second of the season in 13 starts. At 3 to 5 on the board, Corner A Virgin paid $3.40 to win. The Pick-4 finale was won by Wishin Iwas Fishin, scoring for Clements in a lifetime best 1:55.4, besting his previous plateau by more than a second. Owned by John Wasco, along with trainer Chet Poole, Jr., Wishin Iwas Fishin left, yielded and then sat patiently in the garden spot before tilting out turning for home to score the handy win--his second of the year and 10th lifetime. Off at 7 to 2, Wishin Iwas Fishin returned a mutuel of $9.00 and set up a Pick-4 payoff of $452.30. In the very next event, Clements completed a natural "hat trick" by guiding his own Oho Diamond to an easy win in a condition trot in a lifetime best 1:54.4. The lightly raced daughter of Ken Warkentin, fresh off a lifetime best 1:55.1 performance in her last start, eclipsed that mark handily, taking command just short of the :27.3 opener and then reeling off panels of :57 and 1:26.3 before leaving no doubt in the minds of her 3 to 5 backers with a final quarter of :28.1. Oho Diamond is also trained by Renaldo Morales III, giving him a training double for the night and capping a Pompano Park season for both he and Clements where his UTRS was over .530 in 75 starts. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, Tom Bigler's Oil Magnet, driven by Aaron Byron, rallied to nail the favorite, American Gold, in the final strides to set up a 3-7-2-1-8 combo worth $146.94 for the 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program is over $155,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano patrons were unable to solve a difficult Pick 4 sequence on Monday evening in South Florida, which has a resulted in a hefty $6,260 carryover into the Wednesday night card. Track officials have placed a $25,000 guarantee on the total pool. The Pick 4 is a nightly wager covering races 5 - 8, featuring a 50-cent minimum and only a 12% takeout. The Jackpot Hi-Five continues to gain steam as well, with the carryover up to a record $150,058. The carryover narrowly escaped the Monday night festivities, with only two winning tickets out despite the four heavy favorites finishing first, second, fourth, and fifth. River Rising (Dave Ingraham) finished third in the finale at odds of 97-1. The 20-cent consolation payout was worth $2,684. The final Monday night card of the season will be offered this Monday (April 27) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park, with live racing continuing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through closing day, June 27th. First post each evening is 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt for Isle Casino Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, Fl...April 20, 2015...Lucy's Pearl, fresh off of a seasonal best 1:51.4 win in conditioned company one week ago and stepping up to the top harness racing class this night, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares in 1:52.1 on Monday (April 20). Confidently handled by Wally Hennessey, the four year-old daughter of Well Said, owned by Elizabeth Novak along with trainer Ron Gurfein, darted first out of the gate and then yielded--briefly--at the opening station in :27.3. She then retook command just a few long strides later and controlled the proceedings the rest of the journey, clocking fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:52.1 over a track dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. All Charged Up, driven by Kevin Wallis, finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back while Limelight and Dave Ingraham teamed up to be third. The early pacesetter, Senorita Santanna, did finish fourth with Mach Me Not rallying from last turning for home to pick up the final award in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Hennessey related, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she raced giant from off the pace for Steve (Condren) last week. Ronnie (trainer Gurfein) said, 'don't be afraid to put her on the lead...she's won half her races that way.' So, I thought, 'let me leave a little with her.' "When Joe's (Pavia) mare (Senorita Santanna) went by, I thought it would be a good idea to re-take and try to control the pace. She went a big mile on this track, which may have been a tick or two off because of the weather." For Lucy's Pearl, it was her second win in only four starts this year--13th win lifetime--and sent the classy mare's career earnings to $191,986. Her step up in class didn't seem to bother the wagering public, who sent sent her off as the 7 to 5 choice providing a $4.80 mutuel. One race later, Fashion Ruffles, driven by Dave Ingraham, pulled off an 18 to 1 upset in the co-featured pace for mares, scoring in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Pacific Date, with Aaron Byron aboard, was second, a half length away, with Cheap N Easy and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for show honors. Sinspirational and Artful Impulse annexed the final two awards in the field of nine. Fashion Ruffles, a seven year-old daughter of Village Jolt, owned by Patricia Connor along with trainer Kelly Case, was biding her time early as there were several lead changes during hot panels of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:22.4 with Fiesta Camcun, Sinspirational, Artful Impulse and, finally, Pacific Date mixing it up big time. Turning for home, Pacific Date, on a three wide binge, stuck her head in front with Sinspirational between horses and Artful Impulse still battling on the inside. But Fashion Ruffles, on a double-bubble surge of her own around the final bend, had the most at the end, scoring the narrow victory--her second of the year in six starts. Her winning time was two full seconds better than her previous mark and sent her lifetime earnings over the century mark--$103,177 to be exact. She rewarded her followers with a $38.20 mutuel and her win was the key component is the Pick-5 payout of $2,446.25 for a 50 cent investment. In Monday night's trotting feature, Renaldo Morales III piloted Ted Berry's Teezer Bree to his first win of the year in 1:56.4, significant inasmuch as the track's Pick-4 was unscathed, setting up a $25,000 guarantee for Wednesday night's Pick-4. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the winning 20 cent combination of 5-1-7-3-4 produced two winning tickets, each paying $2,684.38, pushing the carryover into the mid-week program into record territory--vaulting over $150,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 18, 2015...In a three way calvary charge to the wire, Duc Dorleans edged out Panocchio and Cruizin K C in a seasonal best 1:50.3 performance for harness racing trainer-driver Donald Dupont at Pompano Park on Saturday night (April 18). The five year-old altered son of Shanghai Phil, forced to abandon his usual front stepping style, came from sixth halfway through the mile, fanned widest of all turning for home and just did nail the victory in the final stride. Panocchio's nose was, indeed, a "nose" short this time around with Cruizin K C just a neck off the winner after pushing his nose in front around the final turn at odds of 45 to 1. Neptune, pacing the fastest final panel in the field, finished fourth, just three parts of a length away, with Steelhead Hanover picking up the nickel in the field of nine. At the outset, Steelhead Hanover, with Joe Pavia, Jr. driving, left with his usual alacrity to take the field to the opener in:26.3 with Panocchio and Bruce Ranger on the attack and taking over shortly after that initial quarter. Panocchio took the field halfway home in :54.3 but, on the backside, Mark O'Mara had Cruizin K C cruising in high gear and his individual backside quarter of :26.4 enabled him to stick his nose in front at the third station, timed in 1:22.1. In the lane, these two dueled ferociously, only to be joined by Duc Dorleans a sixteenth out with the trio hitting the wire together. In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "With all of the action early on both inside and outside, I didn't think it would be prudent to get in a battle early, so, this time, I took back...not something I really wanted to do. "I wanted to follow Mark O'Mara (Cruizin K C) when he pulled but his horse can really brush hard and it was hard for me to keep up with him brushing like that. When we turned for home, I just went widest of all and hoped we could get there. "He is a very game and handy horse and he proved his merit again tonight." In achieving his sixth win of the year in 12 starts, Duc Dorleans pushed his 2015 bounty to $49,858 and $450,654 lifetime for owners Gestion Levesque 2005 Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans, Inc. As fourth choice on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans paid $13.00 to win. Pompano Park also hosted opening round action in the C.K.G. Billings Series, an event held at many North American tracks honoring the memory of Billings, owner of the sport's first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon, in 1903. When the "Official" signs were posted, Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oldford came off with the victories in their respective events. Pennacchio took the Billings pace with Terrys Star Dragon, wiring his competition with a 1:55.2 performance, the winning margin 3 1/2 lengths over Fox Valley Christo (Anthony Verruso) with Flashy (Hannah Miller) rallying from last turning for home to get third. Master Of Puppets (Steve Oldford) was fourth while Clive Hanover (John Campagnuolo) picked up the final award. Pennacchio, who had 145 wins going into tonight's action, picked up his fourth lifetime victory back of a "sidewheeler" and first back of a pacer since July of 2012, giving Terrys Star Dragon perfect rating--:28.3, :58.1 and 1:26.1--en route to a 1:55.2 win on behalf of owners Fred Morosini and Mike Deters. It was the pacer's third straight win and 50th triumph lifetime, sending the 10 year-old's career bounty to $479,614. Pennacchio summed up his win by saying, "It was pretty un-eventful. I did just what this horse likes to do. I followed HIS orders tonight...and it worked out great for both of us. He made ME look good!" Terrys Star Dragon paid $3.20 to win. Oldford got his 101st lifetime victory with his own Insider Access, this five year-old getting his initial win of the year, this victory--only his fifth lifetime--in 1:58.3 Northern Inferno (Robert Krivelin) finished second over Victors Cowboy Joe (Dein Spriggs) with Maggies Bed (Peter Gerry) fourth and Super Duke (John Campagnuolo) recovering from an early miscue to finish fifth. After the event, Oldford said, "It was a dream trip tonight. We got away in good order (third) and then got fortunate to find some room when Dein's (Spriggs) horse (Victors Cowboy Joe) rushed up on the backside. I found some room once he settled in back of the leader and wore 'em down in the lane." Insider Access paid $9.00 as the third choice and sent his career earnings to $112,616. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the 2-4-6-5-8 winning combination paid a $213.84 dividend for the 20 cent investment, sending the carryover to Monday's program close to $145,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2015...Increditable turned in an incredible performance at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (April15) and trotted the second fastest mile in harness racing tracks history--1:53.1. Driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Denis Goyette and trainer Norm Dessureault, the six year-old gelded son of Credit Winner led at every pole, clocking fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:24.1 along the way, and hit the wire seven lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey), with M C Felix (Aaron Byron) just another nose back in third. R G Rocket finished fourth in the field of nine with the 4 to 5 favorite, Jailhouse Jessica, picking up the nickel. Indeed, it was Increditable darting out with alacrity from post five and into the early advantage with Highland Yankee using the rail to perfection to get away in the garden spot. As Ya'll Like it, also leaving for an advantageous early spot, never found one and was third but outside and grinding forward with M C Felix next and Jailhouse Jessica away in good order fifth and off the hot early pace. Meanwhile, second choice, Nothinbutanallstar was at the back of the pack after an early miscue. On the backside, Increditable just kept plugging along on the lead, holding off a stubborn As Ya'll Like It with Highland Yankee chilly on the inside and Jailhouse Jessica now on a double bubble move about 2 1/2 lengths back. In the lane, Increditable began widening his margin in a lifetime best performance, knocking off a full second off of his previous best. In a post race interview, the soft-spoken driver Kevin Wallis said, "You know, the five post seems to be very good off the gate here so I sent him just to get into it early. Once I got around Sam's (Stathis) horse (As Ya'll Like It), he brushed to the front easily and never looked back. This horse is hard trying and he was at his very best tonight. I was just hoping to get a good check for the owner (Denis Goyette) and Norm (trainer Dessureault) but, with the two big guns out of it, it turned out a bit better than I expected." Increditable won for the fourth time in 13 starts this year, sending his seasonal earnings to $29,665. He's banked $143,164 career-wise. Off as the fourth choice at 10 to 1, Increditable paid $22.80 to his faithful, keying a 20 cent superfecta payoff of $2,567.50 with Highland Yankee (29 to 1), M C Felix (93 to 1) and R G Rocket (6 to 1) underneath. One race earlier, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Count Speed, deftly handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer-brother Dan, used to moves early to score in a lifetime equalling best 1:54.1 over Wishin Iwas Fishin (Dan Clements) with Surface Tension (Dan Daley) next. Iain'tnomomaluke and Typical New Yorker in the field. Count Speed, a six year-old son of Majestic Son, was out alertly from his post six and into the early lead before yielding--briefly--to Surface Tension before reclaiming a few steps after the :27.4 opener andd then on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:25 before a :29.1 sprint to the wire sealed the deal. The victory was the first of the year in but two starts for Count Speed and enabled him to reach a pair of milestones--his 20th career win and a vault over the $200,000 in career earnings--$202,120 to be precise. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, once again, had mutliple winners for the 20 cent exotic, each receiving $169.06 for their 4-8-5-6-2 combo. The carryover to Saturday's card now stands at $141,848.66, just short of the record $146,288.30. The C. K. G. Billings North American Series also kicks off at Pompano Park on Saturday night with two divisions--one a pace--featuring many of the leading amateur drivers in the sport including Ted Bowman, John Campagnuolo, Peter Gerry, Robert Krivelin, Hannah Miller, Steve Oldford, Joe Pennacchio, Dein Spriggs, Anthony Verruso and Matt Zuccarello. The track also will have their Open Handicap Pace pitting Panocchio, Duc Dorleans and Steelhead Hanover against Prairie Jaguar, Cruizin K C, Canadian Touch, Dont Tell Rusty, Neptune and Northern Companion. Post timee is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 15, 2015...A huge Super Hi-5 carryover jackpot, currently over $135,000, the kickoff of the famed Billings Series and a "million dollar field" in Saturday night's Open Handicap Pace highlight the week at South Florida's Pompano Park. The popular Super Hi-5, now untapped since mid-February, is a nightly final race event featuring a 20 cent minimum wager with one unique winning ticket necessary to take doen the entire pool. In the case of multiple tickets on the winning combination, 50% of the net pool is shared by those winners with the other half going forward to the carryover for the next racing program. Director of Racing Brett Revington said, "With the average 20 cent consolation payoff close to $600.00, our players have been rewarded with some hefty 'dividends' for their investment. No doubt it has been one of the more popular offerings here at the track...and getting even more popular with each passing night. It's very exciting." The C. K. G. Billings North American Tour begins on Saturday with two divisions--one a pace--going behind the Hummer Starting Gate. Pompano Billings regulars Dein Spriggs, Joe Pennacchio, John Campagnuolo, Teddy Bowman and Steve Oldford are set to do battle with Billings "invaders" Peter Gerry, Matt Zuccarello, Anthony Verruso, Robert Krivelin and Hannah Miller in these two special events. The 23 year-old Ms. Miller has 12 wins in 33 lifetime starts and comes off a 2014 season where she had a "batting average" of .648 with a 6-2-2 scorecard in 12 starts. This year, she has already won races at Monticello Raceway, Freehold and The Meadowlands. Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings, by the way, was a very wealthy industrialist and noted horseman who was able to retire in 1901 at the age of 40. He went on to own some of the nation's most notable trotters and pacers, including the great Lou Dillon, the first trotting horse in history to trot a mile in 2:00. Billings passed away in 1937 after having moved to Santa Barbara, California where many of the streets are named in honor of the champions he owned. Pompano's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace has lured a field of nine with four of the contestants owning sub-150 marks and the other five just a tick or two away. Panocchio looks to stretch him winning streak to three after his 1:50 winning performance of one week ago. Bruce Ranger will be back in the bike for trainer Jim Mattison from post nine. Duc Dorleans, a close second to Panocchio in his last two starts, has drawn post position eight for Donald Dupont and looks for his sixth win of the campaign. Prairie Jaguar, Cruizin K C, Canadian Touch, Dont Tell Rusty, Neptune, Northern Companion and Steelhead Hanover complete the very talented field. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series kicks off its 34rd season at Pompano Park on Sat., April 18 followed by a contest at Northfield Park on Thurs. April 23. Then, almost weekly, there will be races for amateur harness racing drivers at various racetracks in the United States and Canada through late November. Again the Billings will be run under the auspices of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association. The series which began in the early 1980's is considered the Grand Circuit of Amateur Racing. Known for its constant traveling sideshow over the years some of the best amateur drivers in North America compete, or have competed, in it. And because of the success of the Billings Series it has spawned various local amateur driving organizations. "We are again going this year with the five separate series format. We believe it was well received by members new and old last year so we thought it a good idea to give it another whirl," said Billings Series president Tony "the Capo" Verruso . Verruso is referring to having five divisions of short series instead of having a seven-month year-long event. "The Eastern Regional and the Midwest Regional will each have two short series and there will also be a Travel Series. And each will have a series ending finale," Verruso added. "On the whole, participation was definitely up last racing season and we did also get some new quality members. Our goal this year is to continue that trend and we hope the new slot money being infused into Ohio will go a long way to rebuilding that driving base for us." Obviously, the eastern division will encompass racetracks in the east while the western division will feature races at tracks in the Midwest. There will be a travel division with events in both East and Midwest and a few racetracks in Canada will host Billings events thus making the Billings a true international amateur Series. "The beauty of this format will allow everyone to race in any division. However, the points earned in each division will be calculated in that division only," Verruso explained. "And the European Point System will again be used to tally each participant's points." Again there will be Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals at the end of the season and they will take place at Harrah's Philadelphia on November 22. As usual, only drivers can be nominated to the Billings Series; horses have to meet the certain series criteria. A complete listing of conditions and nominating costs can be had by contacting Verruso at email@example.com or Billings Series VP, Steve Oldford at firstname.lastname@example.org. One can also get pertinent information on the Delvin Miller Harness Driving Series on the USTA website under amateur racing. But remember, nominations by mail close on April 18. However, late nominations can always be made but at an additional cost. John Manzi for the Billings Series
Pompano Beach, Fl...April 13, 2015...About the same time that the sun was setting in Pompano Beach on Monday night--7:43--our version of Lady Godiva, known here as Godiva Seelster, was pacing her way into the sunset with an easy win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing Mares. This five year-old daughter of Camluck, making two moves early in the mile, secured command for good just after the :27 opening panel and then waltzed over to the half in :56 before picking up the pace during a :28.2 third panel and then cementing the deal with a :26.4 finale--hitting the line in 1:51.1, a lifetime best performance. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster was driven to victory by Wally Hennessey, scoring by 4 3/4 lengths over Senorita Santanna (Aaron Byron) with All Charged Up (Kevin Wallis) third, five lengths away. Mach Me Not finished fourth in the quintet with Glow Stick picking up the nickel. Not only did Godiva Seelster win for the third time this semester in five starts, it stretched her streak of starts earning purse money to 51, encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, thus far, five year-old. The crowning touch of this mile was the fact that Godiva Seelster's final sprint to the wire marked the first time she has ever paced a final quarter as fast as :26.4. In a post race interview, Hennessey said, "She's an amazing mare...that's all there is to it. She knows how to take care of herself and she's just a well mannered, hard hitting, ultra-consistent and dependable racehorse as you'd ever want to drive...just amazing." Though 1 to 9 on the tote-board, Godiva Seelster, in reality, was 1 to 20 and returned $2.10 to win. Her career scorecard now reads 14-13-14 in 60 lifetime starts, good for $130,342 in career bounty, $125,714 during her "in the money" streak. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were multiple winning tickets on the 20 cent 4-2-5-7-1 combination, sending the carryover to the Wednesday program to $136,776. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 11, 2015...In an epic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, edged by a game Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) in the final strides to post a 1:50 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (April 11). Neptune (Aaron Byron) rallied late to finish third while favored Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.) faltered and finished fourth after, once again, cutting sizzling panels similar to in his last two victories of 1:49.2 and 1:50. Northern Companion picked up the nickel in the sextet over Canadian Touch. When the gate sprung, Canadian Touch, handled by Mike Micallef, left with alacrity and briefly engaged Steelhead Hanover in a battle for the top spot early with the latter taking command right at the opener in :26.1. Meanwhile, Duc Dorleans, leaving in search of a cozy close-up spot, found one in third with Panocchio, from the outside post, settling in fourth in front of Neptune and Northern Companion. Positions remained somewhat stagnant through the lively half in :54.3 but, on the backside, Steelhead Hanover began to feel the heat with Duc Dorleans moving along side and Pancchio following live cover through three-quarters in 1:22.1. In the lane, Duc Dorleans took charge with Panocchio fanning widest of all and, finally, wearing down the "Duc" near the wire--the margin a half length. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "With so much speed leaving inside of where we started, it just didn't make sense for me to get in a war early, so I kinda just floated out of there looking for a good spot in front of the two (Neptune and Northern Companion) that don't seem to want to be in the thick of it early. I was lucky to find a spot ahead of those two around the first turn...I certainly didn't want to be six or seven lengths behind early. When Don (Dupont) pulled going first up with his horse (Duc Dorleans), I just followed him and just tilted out further in the lane. We were both going some at the end...mine just a little more than his. That was the difference. Both of our horses capable of sub-1:50. Again, I have to give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) because they do such an incredible job with this horse. They have taught him well...He's very well behaved and does everything asked of him." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with Jim Mattison, Panocchio, a five year-old son of No Pan Intended, now is two-for-three this semester and 26 for 56 lifetime with career earnings of $186,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. The Florida Amateur Driving Club, having donated over $140,000 to worthwhile organizations since their inception, played host to thesmartride.org on Saturday night, an organization dedicated to supply funding to agencies assisting those affected with HIV. Thesmartride.org has a yearly bicycle event from Miami to Key West--165 miles--that has raised over $6.4 million in its 12 year history. This year's event is held in November with 100% of all funding going to the organization, which thrives on bicycle participants and volunteers. Ranger, by the way, also had two other winners on the card, the first with the $20,000 claiming pacer Johnny Grippa, this seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark stitching together equal halves of :55.2 to record a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mc Trade Enterprises, and the other with The Three Gees Stable's First Impression, slipping through along the pylons late to earn his 41st lifetime win, this one for trainer Gary Mc Donald. First Impression's win came in Pompano Park's finale, the Super Hi-5 with 41 astute handicapper cashing in on the 4-5-2-1-3 combo paying $138.82 for their 20 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Monday night's card now has vaulted to $130,503. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 9, 2015...Flyhawk El Durado, perfectly handled by harness racing driver Steve Condren, took top honors in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (April 8) completing his journey in 1:54.2 for his initial win of the season in four starts. The four year-old son of Conway Hall, trained by Dale Gilmour for owner Martin Scharf, made a sharp quarter (:29) move to the top and then proceeded to stitch together subsequent quarters of :28.2, :28.4 and :28.1 to score a handy win over R G Rocket and Dave Ingraham--the winning margin just short of two lengths. My Revenuer, with Tom Sells in the bike, rallied for third while the early leader, Highland Yankee, finished fourth. Increditable picked up the nickel in the quintet. Indeed, it was Highland Yankee and Increditable battling for the early supremacy with Flyhawk El Durado away in good order third but on the move just a step or two shy of the opening panel and then grinding through the rest of the journey, only having to deal with R G Rocket, brushing from fifth on the backside to move within a length of "El Durado" around the final bend before stretching the lead turning for home. In a post race interview, driver Steve Condren related, "This trotter drives like an El Dorado automobile. I started him off in second gear then put him in overdrive around the first turn and then cruise control thereafter. You know, he gave a hint last week showing some good stout trot late, so I thought he'd be very good tonight...and he didn't disappoint." Achieving his first win of the year in four starts--and 13th win in only 28 lifetime starts--Flyhawk El Durado now has banked $621,352 career-wise to go along with a mark of 1:52.4 over the Vernon Downs seven-eighths mile oval. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Flyhawk El Durado paid $2.40 to his many followers. While Flyhawk El Durado took the spotlight in the opener, it was driver Wally Hennessey who fulfilled the starring role the rest of the program while achieving a grand slam of the card. Hall of Famer Hennessey took the third race with Willie's Guitar in a lifetime best 1:53 for owner Liz Schaut--the driving assignment arranged as regular pilot Rick Schaut is busy recuperating from a training accident just days earlier. Win number two for Wally was with Dale Gilmour's classy trotter Adenium, scoring a gate-to-wire win in 1:55.4, a seasonal best for the nine year-old. About 20 minutes later, Hennessey guided the claiming pacer to a wire-to-wire score in 1:54.3 for owners Fred Morosini and Mike Deters. The grand slam was achieved the very next race with the trotter Goldstar Classic, trained by brother Dan Hennessey for the consortium of Rzepka, Kelly, Connors and Giorlando. Goldstar Classic, a five year-old son of Classic Photo, took the lead out of the gate and put together fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26.2 before rolling home a handy winner in a lifetime best 1:55.3. POMPANO SUPER HI-5 CARRYOVER PIERCES $125,000 Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover pierced the $125,000 mark when 10 skilled handicapper cashed in on the 7-9-4-1-3 combination to the tune of $843.02 on Wednesday night. The carryover going into Saturday night's 10 race card is $125,000.09. To take the entire pool, the winner must have the only ticket on the winning combination. Multiple winners split the net pool on a 50-50 basis with the remaining half filtered into the following night's Super Hi-5 pool. Post time for the Saturday night card is 7:30 with the feature Open Handicap Pace pitting last week's winner, Panocchio, against Duc Dorleans--these two just a nose apart on the wire last week. Steelhead Hanover may have something to "neigh" about things as he comes off two impressive wins at Pompano, the fastest in 1:49.2. Northern Companion, Neptune and Canadian Touch complete the million dollar field, which is carded at the first half of the late daily double with the Suoer Hi-5 immediately following. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Just A Bee survived an early speed duel with Godiva Seelster and went on to score a narrow win over her newest harness racing arch-rival on Monday night (April 6) at Pompano Park. Handled by trainer Mike Micallef, the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, was involved in a speed duel through a good portion of an opening panel of :26.4 while seeking command from her outside five post in her quintet. Once on top, the "Queen Bee" carded fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.3 to set up her final panel of :27.2 to stop the clock in 1:51, holding Godiva Seelster and Wally Hennessey at bay by a half length. Mach Me Not, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, last around the final turn, was third while Senorita Santanna finished fourth over De Vins Girl in a "barber pole" finish reading top down on the program page 5-4-3-2-1. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "Wally's (Hennessey) mare gave my mare all she could handle both early and late in the mile. The difference between our mares can probably be measured in inches, not lengths. The way both of 'em are right now, you can flip a coin on who will win...it's that close. "I am very proud of Just A Bee because she has given us everything she's got since we claimed her (for $12,000) last fall. She's just amazing. "But Godiva Seelster is incredibly talented, as well. I don't think she's missed a paycheck during her last three seasons...just amazing!" Indeed, Godiva Seelster just recorded her 50th straight start getting checks, dating back to 2013. But, this night, the Queen Bee reigned supreme. Owned by Anita Micallef, along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee picked up her eighth win in 11 starts this year, good for bounty of $55,875. She also achieved another milestone by going over the $200,000 in career earnings--$205,541 to be exact. As the 1 to 2 tote-board favorite, Just A Bee paid $3.00 to her multitude of backers. Regarding Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were 180 winning 20 cent ticket holders with the 6-3-10-2-4 combination, each receiving $61.96, pushing the carryover for Wednesday night's racing program to $116,569.75. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.
Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, pulled off a minor harness racing upset (9 to 5) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Easter Sunday Open Trot for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse took advantage of an early miscue by the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Frau Blucher to score a handy win measuring 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. As Ya'll Like It, driven by Sam Stathis, finished second after cutting the early panels in the while Frau Blucher, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, rallied after her bobble leaving and finished third. Blushing Hanover and Oaklea Sydney completed the order of finish in the quintet. Jailhouse Jessica, a $6,000 claim in mid-January, has now banked $33,800 in her eight starts for her new owner, Karma Racing, under the training guidance of Dale Gilmour. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the field on their own, Frau Blucher made that aforementioned bobble with As Ya'll Like It away with alacrity and taking the field to the opener in :28 with Blushing Hanover in the garden spot and Jailhouse Jessica settling into third ahead of Oaklea Sydney and Frau. Three-eighths into the mile, Frau Blucher had caught the field and, after the :56.1 half, was on the move from the back of the pack. But Jailhouse Jessica already had the jump on that one, brushing from third three-eighths out and into the lead past the third station in 1:26.1 with As Ya'll like it second and Frau Blucher now third, two lengths away. From there, a :28.3 final panel sealed the deal with As Ya'll Like, still game to wire, second and Frau Blucher next. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Dale's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) has been very sharp in recent weeks but when you are facing a stakes winning million dollar winner" (Frau Blucher has banked $947,992 coming in) "you just hope for the best...ya know she's got a mark three seconds faster than (Jailhouse) Jessica. So, when she made that bobble leaving, it certainly helped our cause, no doubt about that. I must say that Dale has done a remarkable job with Jailhouse Jessica." Jailhouse Jessica now has lifetime earnings of $93,845 with more than one-third of that earned since the claim just a few weeks back. She rewarded her follower with a generous $5.80 mutuel. Driver Sam Stathis, by the way, came back in a later event to score his very first lifetime driving win with Celebrity Artemis, a four year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Celebrity Farms, in a NW 2 trot. Leaving from the rail, Celebrity Artemis was given sharp handling, thwarting any threats early with a :28.3 opener and then getting excellent rated guidance through panels of :58 and 1:28 before holding off the late surging Mountain Top, with Wally Hennessey, with a :29.1 closer. The mile of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime best for the winner. In the $10,000 claiming ($20,000-$25,000) pace, JJ's Doughnut, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, found room late along the pylons to score a half length win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This eight year-old son of Yankee Cam was involved early with Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger) slicing through hot panels of :26, :54 and 1:22 with Canadian Touch (Matt Romano) joining the fray into the far turn. In the lane, Canadian Touch pushed his neck in front, only to be nailed by JJ's Doughnut near the wire. Canadian Touch did finish second with Johnny Grippa third. Raji's Blue Line rallied from last to finish fourth while Acton Onelasttime, the recent $4,000 claim now competing successfully in this class, getting the nickel. JJ's Doughnut, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, won for the seventh time this season and now has $37,364 on his card to go along with his new mark. JJ's Doughnut paid $4.40 to win as the favorite. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the iron horse A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for son-owner-trainer Dustin, rallied to score his 43rd lifetime win--4th this year--in 1:52 keying a 1-4-3-10-9 combo worth $3,676.84 for a 20 cent investment. The carryover for Monday's Super Hi-5 is now over $105,000. Post time for the Monday 10 race program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2015...In a classic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, held on to score a narrow decision in Pompano Park's $13,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night--ironically, by a "nose!" The five year-old altered son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, scored his first win of the season in his second start, pinning the narrow defeat on Duc Dorleans and Donald Dupont in 1:50.4. Neptune, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, was a fast closing third, a length away, while E Z Noah finished fourth in his second start of the 2015 seaosn. Northern Companion, last in the early stages of the event, rallied for fifth in the septet. At the outset, Duc Dorleans, leaving from post four, was on the engine along with Panocchio, post six, with the latter reaching the top spot prior to the opening panel in a sharp :26.2. A well rated :29.1 breather in quarter two brought Panocchio half way through the mile in :55.3 but Ranger revved up Panocchio on the backside as E Z Noah began his sprint, moving to the saddle pad of the leader around the final bend with three-quarters on the board in 1:23. In the lane, Panocchio did sprint clear of E Z Noah, allowing Duc Dorleans some room to roan late and the "Duc" began gnawing into Panocchio's lead, these two hitting the wire in "it could go either way" finish. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "Man, I didn't know who got it! Yes, my horse went a great mile, especially considering it was only his second start...but so did Duc Dorleans. When (John) MacDonald's horse (E Z Noah) made his bid, we had already began revving up because Panocchio can brush hard a long way--well, tonight he came home in :55.1. He kinda brushed the whole mile! Gotta give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) who are so wonderfully patient with their horses. Their care is impeccable and always give the driver an opportunity to win!" The victory was the 25th lifetime for Panocchio in only 55 lifetime starts, sending his career bankroll to $181,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. As 9 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $5.60 to his faithful followers. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 event, Hurricane Howard was a gate to wire winner in a new lifetime best effort of 1:51.2 for Tom Sells keying a $1,386.06 payoff for the 20 cent consolation ticket. With four tickets out on the 5-6-4-10-1 combo, the carryover for Pompano's special Easter Sunday program is edging close to $100,000--$98,024 to be exact. Post time is 7:30 for the Easter program. by John Berry for Pompano Park.
Pompano Beach, Fl...April 1, 2015...Lester Raber's Nothinbutanallstar, deftly driven by harness racing trainer Mark O'Mara, justified the public's 3 to 5 confidence on the tote by scoring a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (April 1) in 1:54. Holy Halibut, driven by Matt Romano finished second while Flyhawk El Durado, with Steve Condren in the bike, was third. Winemaster Hanover finished fourth after slicing through panels of :27; :56.2 and 1;24 and Its Payday Friday picked up the final award in the quintet. Nothinbutanallstar, a four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall, was unhurried early and almost nine lengths back after the hot opener and took up the chase on the backside following live cover, tilted out wide turning for home and, first, wore down the leader and, then, after taking command, held off the late surge of Hold Halibut to score by three parts of a length. Flyhawk El Durado also showed stout late trot in the mile for the aforementioned show spot, just a length away. After the event, the always humble O'Mara summed up the win by saying, "He gave his usual strong performance. All I did was drive him to give him an opportunity to win!" Nothinbutanallstar is now five for seven this year with $35,930 on his card. He's 16 for 40 lifetime, good for $219,214. He's missed but two checks during his career. He paid $3.20 to win. Trainer-driver O'Mara doubled up two events later by squeaking by in the final stride to score a photo finish victory with DC Flashback in 1:57.2. This five year-old son of Pinetucky, owned by George Mc Chrystal along with Mark Kremen, also rallied from off the pace, nailing the win over On The Tab (Bruce Ranger) and Go Jesse Go (Mickey McNichol) in a three horse photo--the winning margin a nose. Ex King finished fourth after cutting most of the fractions while Escrow Blue Chip, prominent throughout the mile, finished fifth. DC Flashback won for only the second time this semester--nine win lifetime--to push his career bankroll to $72,530. As third choice in the field of nine, DC Flashback paid $12.40 to his faithful. The $10,000 Open "2" Trot went to R G Rocket, trained by Mario Dessureault for the Jamie Marra Racing, LLC., in a lifetime best 1:54.3. Dave Ingraham was in the sulky for the win measuring 2 1/4 lengths over My Revenuer (Tom Sells) with the Florida bred Lugar (Bruce Ranger) third. Tug River Dylan finished fourth while Mc Tiny's Hope picked up the nickel after assuming command from Lugar at the opener in :27.3 and then getting over to the half in :57. On the backside, R G Rocket began his rally from fourth and forged to the front past 3/4s in 1:25.2 and coasted to the wire in :29.1 for the new lifetime mark. R G Rocket, a seven year-old son of Cincinnati Kid, earned his second success of the year--22nd lifetime--to push his 2015 bounty to $22,745. He's banked $208,854 lifdetime. As the even money choice, R G Rocket paid $4.00 to his many followers. Yet another $10,000 conditioned trot went to Highland Yankee, superbly handled and rated by Bruce Ranger, in 1:56.4, over Gold Savage (Dan Clements) with Ramzan (Joe Pavia, Jr.) third. Dream Lake rallied for fourth while I'll Tell You What finished fifth in the septet after a first over jaunt that pushed him into second around the final bend. Making his first start off of a David Linker claim last week, Highland Yankee, trained by Dale Gilmour this night, shot out of the gate with his usual alactrity and, unlike last week where he was "chewed up and spit out" while parked every step, made the top easily and clocked a :28.2 opener. Ranger then rated his charge through a :30.3 second quarter and, as Ranger said after the race, "That was the ballgame" as this six year-old son of Muscles Yankee sprinted home in :57.4 to seal the deal handily. Highland Yankee is now three for nine in the win column this year with $21,385 in earnings. He's banked $268,578 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:55 Highland Yankee paid $5.80 to win.. Also of note on the mid-week program, Iain'tnomomaluke (Bruce Ranger), making his 99th career start and first for Karma Racing off of a claim last week, rallied late to pin a one length defeat on pacesetting Hold On Tightly to score in 1:56.1. Dojea Adventure (Joe Sanzeri) rallied for third over Bit O Victory with Imahinkyconchman, ninth turning for home, rallying for the final check in the 10 horse field. Thw win was the fourth of the year for the winner, a seven year-old son of Dream Vacation, now trained by Dale Gilmour, and 13th lifetime. He has now banked $23,031 for the year and $130,465 lifetime. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 on Wednesday night, Bruce Ranger won with Allamericanextra (for his fourth win of the night) keying a 2-8-3-5-1 20 cent consolation payoff of $140.22 to 51 skillful handicappers. The Super Hi-5 carryover going into Saturday's program has vaulted to $92,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...March 30, 2015...Godiva Seelster, the mare that gave Just A Bee all she could handle last week before succumbing in the final few strides, turned the tables on the "Queen Bee" on Monday night at Pompano Park and scored a narrow win in a lifetime best performance of 1:51.2 for harness racing driver Wally Hennessey. The five year-old daughter of Camluck, trained by Wally's brother, Dan, for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, took command just a few steps after the gate opened and carved out fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before courageously coming home in :28.1 to score by a neck over Just A Bee and driver Mike Micallef. Mach Me Not, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, was a stout closing third while Mach It a Par, prominent from the get-go, finished fourth. Senorita Santanna pick up the final award in the sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "This mare (Godiva Seelster) is about as consistent as they come. She always gives a good performance. This was her third start back after a couple of months off and she was sharp coming back...didn't lose one step. She dug in tonight and, after that :27.3 backside quarter, I was just hoping for the best. She was a determined winner. But Mike's mare (Just A Bee) went a great trip on her own, too. She's mighty tough!." In defeat, Micallef spoke highly of Godiva Seelster saying, "Just A Bee raced a great mile, no doubt about that, but Wally's mare was extremely sharp and deserves the accolades...she earned them tonight. I look forward to a rematch--and I am sure he does, too!" Godiva Seelster now has a 2-1-0 scorecard in her three starts, good for $13,500 in bounty. She has $122,342 in lifetime earnings. As the 9 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Godiva Seelster paid $5.60 to win. The $9,500 Open "2" pace for mares went to De Vins Girl, this eight year-old daughter of Red River Hanover, scoring a virtual gate to wire win for Matt Romano in 1:53.2 for owner-trainer Luca Derrico. Fiesta Camcun, with Kevin Wallis handling the mare's lines, finished second with Glow Stick, driven by Dave Ingraham, next, after putting a scare into the winner around the final turn and through mid-stretch. Oceans Motion finished fourth while Jump Start picked up the nickel in the quintet. De Vins Girl tussled--briefly--with Fiesta Camcun, handled by Kevin Wallis, before taking command and carding panels of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25 before sealing the issue with that :28.2 sprint home for her second success of the year in 12 starts, good for 2015 bounty of $23,750. She's now banked close to $300,000 lifetime--$299,785 to be exact. Though known for her explosive closing kick, De Vins Girl, has 11 wins over the past two seasons in 50 starts with eight of those wins in virtual wire-to-wire fashion. As the 4 to 5 favorite, De Vins Girl paid $3.60 to win. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 created eight winning tickets on the 2-7-8-10-1 combo with the 20 cent ticket worth $692, pushing the carryover to Wednesday night program over $85,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for the mid-week card. by John Berry for Pompano Park