Pompano Beach, FL...December 20, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander. Lyons Johnny kicked off the festivities with a splendid win in 1:50.1 for Ed Hensley, pinning a defeat measuring just short of three lengths on his stablemate E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron. Don't Tell Rusty, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, was third while Cadillac Phil finished fourth. The final award in the sextet went to I Do Hanover. Trained by Pete "Sonny" Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny was sent right to the top from his post five but got in an early war with E Z Noah, with the latter taking over just short of the scorching opening quarter in :26. The two stablemates remained one-two through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 with Lyons Johnny out of his cozy pocket turning for home and using a very sharp :27.2 finale to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "yes, we were burning some rubber in that opening quarter but this turned out to be pretty much an identical trip that I had last week. Only difference was that E Z Noah cut it this time instead of Prairie Jaguar, right behind me this time. He's so handy and responded immediately when I asked. Pete (trainer Pellegrino) has him razor sharp right now." The victory was number seven on the year for Lyons Johnny, a six year-old son of Mach Three, and pushed his 2014 bounty to $74,040. He's banked $233,899 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite on the tote-board, Lyons Johnny returned $3.00 to win. Three events later, Jason Dillander, who had been out of action due to a May 9 accident at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturday night--and in a big way. Dillander piloted Philip Coleman's Cruizin K C to a sharp win in a conditioned event, sweeping four and five wide on the backstretch to circle the field and go to a 1:53 victory. After the race, Dillander said, "It was good to get back out there...and GREAT to win! This horse has a big motor when he's right...and he was right tonight." Cruizin K C, also a six year-old son of Mach Three, earned his third win of the year and 17th lifetime success to send his career bounty to $130,333. Also on Saturday night, the backstretch toy drive concluded with a 50-50 drawing with the winner, Rick Berks, taking home the grand prize of $1,000 and promptly donating it back to give a head start to the 2015 drive. Carol Macomber and Sue Blood spearheaded the drive--as they have for many years--enabling 120 children to have a happy holiday season. Racing continues Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with high class claimers going postward on Sunday night and a $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 on tap for Monday and Tuesday. The Monday card also features fillies and mares in the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace, an event where Just A Bee, fresh off of a brilliant 1:51 win, looks to make it two in a row for driver-trainer Mike Micallef. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
Last weekend ended up on a winning note with a $1 profit on the nine races selected. It's never a bad weekend when you can show a profit. We will try to do it again this Saturday night. Good Luck! $14,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 1st race SATURDAY - The Peter Pellegrino entry of LYONS JOHNNY/E Z NOAH looms too tough against this short field. Poor Prairie Jaguar keeps cutting mean miles for someone else to win from, losing last three starts by a nose and neck. Both Lyons Johnny and E Z Noah have won their last starts and one of them is likely to get the dream trip behind Prairie Jaguar to win off of. Use Prairie Jaguar and Cadillac Phil in exotic plays. $10,000 Pace NW last 5 Pompano Park 3rd race SATURDAY - With a drop in class from the Open Pace, RAJI'S BLUE LINE may just be able to make the most of once again drawing a good inside post. Last week he could do nothing from the rail and gets a driver change to Ed Hensley, who has been the hottest driver at Pompano this meet. Prior lines show he should be able to win in here. Use Rage N Ryan and That'll Be The Rei in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap The Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY - This is going to be a great race. Top performers going head and head for a good purse. I am taking a shot in here that ODDS ON EQUULEUS, despite being off for two months is ready to pop in first starts back. He was decent in qualifying race and was very sharp when given a good rest but faces some formidable foes in here. Use Wake Up Peter and Handsome Henry K in exotic plays. $27,000 Trot NW $27,000 last 5 starts Woodbine 6th race SATURDAY - Whomever this marewins this close match-up will pay a good price, even the favorite. I am going with INTENSE AMERICA as this mare, one of only two taking on male rivals, is on a roll with two straight wins and thus I feel she can handle the hike in class. She has shown in her last two starts that she can win from either on or off the pace and get a slim call. Use Nowucit Nowudon't and Zeus Lightning in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace B-1 Horses & Geldings The Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY - Another well matched group in here. I like return winners and thus am going with ROCKIN WIZARD. He has won his last two starts with impressive scores at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers, coming from off the pace and also wiring the field. And with him drawing the rail he should be game right to the finish wire again. Use Tye Seelster and Dedi's Dragon in exotic plays. $34,000 Pace Preferred Handicap Woodbine 7th race SATURDAY - I kept reviewing this race, trying to find a reason to not pick MODERN LEGEND. Despite being the class of the field and having drawn the far outside post ten I am worried about his time off from racing and if he could be sharp enough in here to overcome outside post. Looking at the rest of the field I really could not find someone who would beat Modern Legend provided he is back in shape and sharp from his last outing, which was not great. But I couldn't find anyone I felt can beat him. Use Machal Jordan and Nickle Bad in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace 3YO Handicap The Meadowlands 8th race SATURDAY - With a two month rest and some strong qualifying wins coming into this race I really like WINDS OF CHANGE. Hails from the Linda Toscano Stable and looks to be ready for a strong effort despite going against some strong competition. This horse is fresh and should be strong to the wire. Use National Debt and Gold Rocks in exotic plays.
Pompano Beach, FL...December 17, 2014...Its Payday Friday paid an extra holiday dividend to his backers by capturing the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday night. The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements led at every pole, stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:54. Dukester was second for Rick Plano, 1 1/2 lengths away, while Buddy Hally, driven by Peter Wrenn, finished third. Baby Boy Grin finished fourth and Jolene's Pinehonker finished fifth as the field was reduced to a quintet with the scratch of Andover America. Beginning from post five, Its Payday Friday meant business from the word "go" as he zipped out of the gate and took the field to the opening quarter in :27.4 with Buddy Hally, using the rail post with perfection, in the garden spot with Baby Boy Grin next. Positions remained stagnant through a half in :56.4 with virtually no pressure on the leader as he stepped up the pace during a :28.2 third panel, reaching the third station in 1:25.1. Turning for home, Its Payday Friday was on cruise control, easily holding off the late charging Dukester. In a post race interview, owner-driver Dan Clements said, He (Its Payday Friday) has been racing very tough lately, trotting around (1):55 every start. Renaldo ( trainer Morales) has been excellent with our entire stable and the way this horse raced tonight is an example of that. I was a bit surprised at the time because he seemed to do this so easily tonight...surprised but extremely pleased. I tried putting him on the lead because the last three times he has won has been on the front end. He just never seems to quit." The win pushed Its Payday Friday's scorecard at Pompano this fall to 4-3-0 in seven starts and this win--his eighth of the year--pushed his seasonal earnings to $61,091 and $179,258 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Its Payday Friday returned an early holiday dividend of $3.60. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2014...Saint Patty's Doll, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors at Pompano Park on Tuesday night as the south Florida track put on its initial Open trotting event strictly for the mares. The five year old daughter of Conway Hall stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:55.1, pinning a defeat measuring 1 1/4 lengths on the late charging Trot Fudge Sundae, handled by Tom Sells. M T Ur Pockets and Ed Hensley teamed up for show honors while Blushing Hanover was fourth in the septet. She's All In picked up the minors. Trained by Jake "300" Huff for Stable 45, Saint Patty's Doll lefty alertly from post five but was looped by Blushing Hanover, starting from the outside post seven, in a battle for early supremacy. While Blushing won that early war, Saint Patty's Doll was out again and vying for the top spot as the opener was caught in :27.1. Once on top, Saint Patty's Doll was able to work out a second quarter breather, reaching the half in :56.4. On the backside with things beginning to heat up, Saint Patty's Doll was able to step it up a notch herself, thwarting a bid by M T Ur Pockets as they reached the third station in 1:25.4 with Blushing Hanover still third and Trot Fudge Sundae second over with She's All In now shuffled with no place to go in fifth. In the lane, Saint Patty's Doll edged away from M T Ur Pockets and only had to hold off the late surging Trot Fudge Sundae, which she did with a :29.3 finale. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Jake (trainer Huff) said that this mare had been very sharp up north and had just been claimed up there. He said she seemed to be very handy and likes to be in the thick of it. She showed gate speed when I drove her in a qualifier here and chased a good one home in :28. There didn't seem to be too much early speed in here so I thought I'd give her a chance to prove herself right off the bat She did, too!. Obviously, Jake had done a great job with her in the short time he's had her." The win was number nine on the year for Saint Patty's Doll, pushing her seasonal earnings to $$69,886--her best season ever thus far in her career. She's banked $125,910 lifetime. As the 8 to 5 tote-board choice, Saint Patty's Doll paid $5.20 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...December 15, 2014...Just A Bee, off at 7 to 2 as the third choice on the tote-board, returned to the racing wars after a week off and used a big backstretch blitz on her rivals and went on to score a two length win in 1:51 for driver Mike Micallef in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares. The six year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, earned her ninth win of the year at the expense of 17 to 1 long-shot De Vins Girl, handled by Rick Plano. McFlirty, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., the early leader then the victim of the "Meadowlands Shuffle," shook loose in the lane to finish third while Godiva Seelster finished fourth. The 6 to 5 favorite, Pertty Music, finished fifth in the quintet after leading during the middle portions of the mile. As Pompano Park's Hummer Starting Gate sprung open, McFlirty darted out for the early lead with Just A Bee away alertly as well and settling in the garden spot early. Ed Hensley's Pertty Music was a step or two back leaving but on the move early, reaching the top past the opening quarter in :26.3. Pertty Music continued on the front end through a :55 half but, 3/8ths out, Just A Bee was on her aforementioned blitz and she claimed the lead in short order prior to the third station clocked in 1:23 with De Vins Girl on the chase. In the lane, Just A Bee left no doubt as she coasted home an easy winner. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "with so much early speed evident in the race, I really didn't know what was going to happen early but I took a chance and left, hoping to get some cover...after all, all of these mares are capable of going (1):50 and a piece. Pertty Music probably was stung a bit getting to the top so, midway on the backside, I took my shot with my mare (Just A Bee) and she really responded big time tonight. When we reached the top, I was confident that she could go on from there...and she did!" The victory pushed her earnings for the year to $60,345. She's now banked $142,666 lifetime. She returned $9.80 to her faithful $2 followers. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...December 13, 2014...In an epic finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a "nostril" decision over Prairie Jaguar, handled by Peter Wrenn, in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. Don't Tell Rusty and Kevin Wallis teamed to be third, three lengths away, while Fancyfreeshark finished fourth. Cadillac Phil picked up the nickel in the octet. Stopping the tele-timer in 1:49.1, a new lifetime mark, the six year-old son of Mach Three, beginning officially from post seven (after the scratch of Northern Companion), was away alertly following Prairie Jaguar (post five) as the latter blazed through an opening panel in :26. Lyons Johnny's nose never left the helmet of Wrenn through a lively half in :54.2 and sizzling three quarters in 1:21.3. Just a stride or two after that, Lyons Johnny left his pocket and pulled along side Prairie Jaguar turning for home, From there, it was tooth and nail all the way home with neither giving an inch through a :27.3 finale. When the judges looked long and hard at the photo, it showed Lyons Johnny in from by the slimmest of margins. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "Now THAT was some finish. These two were going all that they could go. It wasn't a case of one of these horses relenting...it seemed that both had the will to win this. This time, it was me...This time, I was the lucky one, but you can't take anything away from Prairie Jaguar, he was as awesome as my horse, especially cutting the whole way." Trained by Peter Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny won for the sixth time this year in 35 starts and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $68,040 with this, his first sub-1:50 performance. He's now earned $227,899 lifetime. A well respected 9 to 5 on the tote-board with stablemate Fancyfreeshark, Lyons Johnny paid $5.80 to win to his $2 backers. Earlier in the evening, The Florida Amateur Drivers Club made another sizable donation to Go For The Greens, an organization which assists breast cancer survivors with medical bill assistance. Diane Sears and Cindy Chace represented Go For The Greens while members of the Florida Amateur Drivers Club joined them in the winner's circle for the check presentation. Realizing that Breast Cancer Awareness Month had passed, the consensus of the Drivers Club was "it is never too late to help a cause as worthy as this!" by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the award winners for the 2014 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 24th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Pompano Beach. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are owner, breeder, trainer, Tom Audley of Bell, owner/breeders Anthony Amante & Christine Garrity of Amante Standardbreds of Delray Beach and owner/trainer Lou Rapone of Pompano Beach. Also being inducted on the equine side into the Hall of Fame is Amante Standardbred’s great Florida-sired pacer, Hearty Fellow. He raced only at Pompano Park his entire career, nine straight years with 50 career victories and earnings of over $380,000. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to former harness racing driver Lucien Fontaine of Margate. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, goes for the second time to trainer Lou Ginesi of Deerfield Beach. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers goes to trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Carol Macomber of Fort Lauderdale. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizes an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year is Victoria Howard of Boca Raton. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2014 are Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to Aaron Byron of Canada who is now one of the leading drivers at Pompano this season. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Dr. Marah Lee of Lauderdale By-The-Sea. The Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime owner Heddy Nelson of Tamarac. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year’s honoree will be announced shortly. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2 and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2014 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $65 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, email@example.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, firstname.lastname@example.org. From the Florida Chapter USHWA
We did not fare that well last weekend with my selections but we shall move forward. First time since back in April that there are no stakes races in our handicapping column. Will just make my job a little harder but hopefully financially rewarding. Good Luck! $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 2nd race SATURDAY - Thought I had it nailed down last week but Daylon Magician folded late in the stretch. So this week I am going to go with CHARMED LIFE. He made a terrific three-wide move and closed well in the stretch to beat this group and I think he can do it again. Use Daylon Magician and Charlie Is A Joker in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Despite burning up a lot of win tickets in his last two starts, I still like BEACH MEMORIES in here. I think with a good inside post and showing good gate speed he can work out a perfect cover trip and with that will win against this field. Use BJ's Guy and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $26,000 Pace WO $25,000 last 6 Yonkers Raceway 8th race SATURDAY - While he may have finished off the board in his last two outings, MICKEY HANOVER drops and should be able to pop from the rail. Something wasn't right last week and hopefully they got him good to go in here at a price. Use Orillia Joe and Santanna One in exotic plays. $12,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 7th race SATURDAY - Lately it has been PRAIRIE JAGUAR cutting the mile for someone else to win off of. But each week he is game to the wire, losing both in photo finishes. I think that Wrenn can rate him better in here and hold on all the way. Use Cadillac Phil and Duc Dorleans in exotic plays. $27,000 Pace NW $28,000 last 5 Woodbine Racetrack 10th race SATURDAY - Four return winners and three others hit the board last week. Makes for a very competitive race so as long as you can pick the winner you will get a nice return. I am going with CAMAES FELLOW. Won last week with ease and is actually dropping down in class for this race. Loves the front end and has won three of last five starts that way. Use Nickle Bag and Calgary Seelster in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap The Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY - Having won and lost here the last two starts by a head and nose, I have to come back with SPEED AGAIN. Shows he can do first-over or on the front end and can work his way up front so outside post should not hinder his efforts. He missed by a head last week from farer out than he is in here. Use Wake Up Peter and Shooter's Dream in exotic plays. $46,000 Trot Open Handicap 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 1st race SUNDAY - Great way to start off the morning with 12-horse extra distance trot. The action is always interesting with a different winner every week. This week I am going with DW's NY YANK. He is the class of the field having won the one mile Open last week and has won in extra distance mile earlier. Tough enough to grind it out if necessary. Use Sevruga and Crazy About Pat in exotic plays. $28,000 Trot NW $25,000 last 6 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 3rd race SUNDAY - Pick the winner in here and you will make money for sure. Tough field going extra distance is tough to handicap. I ended up going with HOORAYFORVACATION. Having the rail is good and with his front end speed he can take a shot at wiring the field or getting great cover. He was no factor from post 11 last week and prior he had won two of his three starts. Use Stir Me Up and Bentley Karan in exotic plays.
Pompano Beach, FL....For a trotter that had won 57 races during an illustrious career while banking $789,190--the richest in the field--and with Pompano Park's leading driver, Bruce Ranger in the bike, Andover America certainly didn't get any respect at the mutuel windows on Wednesday night. The nine year-old incredible son of Andover Hall overcame the outside nine post to capture Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot...at odds of 28 to 1. Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover Hall used a late rally to score a photo finish win measuring a neck over Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) with the early pacesetter and 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Buddy Hally (Peter Wrenn), third. Adenium finished fourth while Thekeptman picked up the final award. The time was 1:54.4. As the gate opened, Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) left alertly vying for the top spot, only to be joined by Buddy Hally with Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) also interested in joining the fray. After a :27.3 opener, the dust hadn't settled and Buddy Hally, finally clearing the lead, continued to be pressed by Baby Boy Grin through the half, timed in :56.2. On the backside, Its Payday Friday brushed up to challenge and stuck his head in front at the third station, timed in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Adenium had moved into a second over position while Andover America had improved to a third over spot and fifth, three lengths off the lead. In the lane, Its Payday Friday and Buddy Hally fought tooth and nail only to be joined by Andover America at the sixteenth pole with Andover gaining the lead in the final strides. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I wasn't about to join that wild party up front early. I had no choice but to take back. There were a couple of breakers in there early so I was able to get away a couple of lengths closer than I would have had they stayed straight. That may have been the difference. My horse (Andover America) is just a grand horse...trying every step of the mile." Asked if he was surprised at the long odds, Ranger said, "Really? Gee, we were assigned one of the three outside posts so we must've gotten some respect in the racing office!" Not only did Andover America win for the 57th time, it was the highest pari-mutuel win payoff ($59.80) in his grand career, eclipsing a $56.40 win payoff at Mohawk on August 20, 2012. With a 2014 scorecard of 8-5-0 in 19 starts, Andover America has banked $54,950 for the year and $795,190 lifetime. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - The popular 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five wager was introduced a couple of weeks ago at Pompano Park to give fans a shot at a potential 'home run' payoff, and that is exactly what happened for one lucky patron on Tuesday evening (December 9). Oddly enough, the wide open finale was won by the 5-2 betting favorite, Taylor B Swift (Bruce Ranger), who parlayed a perfect second over journey to sweep past her rivals for the victory. The Super Hi-Five order of finish with off odds are shown below: Taylor B Swift (5-2)Miss Sand Cruiser (4-1)Leihla Seelster (25-1)Bedrock Motel (3-1)Fox Valley Twist (46-1) Despite three of the betting favorites in the top four, there was one 'unique' winner when the dust settled who collected a whopping $10,889.10 for the 20-cent combination. The Jackpot Hi-Five will start anew on Wednesday evening. Live racing continues on a five night per week schedule, with a 7:30 p.m. post on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings. The Pick 4 features a $5,000 guarantee on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. by Gabe Prewitt, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - A trio of carryovers, and a trio of guaranteed pools will greet patrons on Monday evening at Pompano Park. The harness racing action will get started early, with a $2,352 Superfecta carryover in the opener and a $1,582 50-cent Pick 5 carryover beginning in Race 2. Track officials have guaranteed both pools at $7,500. The 50-cent Pick 4 will begin as usual with Race 5, featuring a $5,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 4 features the $5,000 guarantee on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five eluded fans in Saturday night's finale, with 62-1 longshot Mach It Paiden (Dave Ingraham) getting up in the final strides. One unique ticket would have taken down the entire jackpot, but with no winners the Monday night finale will feature a $5,559 carryover. Live racing is now on a 5-night per week schedule at Pompano Park, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings. by Gabe Prewitt, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL…Monday, December 8, 2014…McFlirty, perfectly driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Monday night by winning the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares. The eight year-old daughter of McArdle, trained by Jamie Rucker for owner James Stonecipher, scored in 1:51.4, “rudely” interrupting the three race winning streak of Pertty Music, driven by Ed Hensley, off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting. Winbak Heavenly, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, was third, four lengths away while Mach Me Not finished fourth. Kayla’s Dream picked up the minor award in the field of six. It was McFlirty first away as the wings folded with Pertty Music, slightly off the gate at the start before revving up, on to take command at the opening panel in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged with Pertty Music comfortably in front after a moderate half in :56.1. The pace began to quicken on the backside with Hensley seemingly after his mare a bit through a :28 third quarter. It was a few strides later that Macomber left the coziness of the pocket with McFlirty, pulling on even terms at mid-stretch and edging clear by three parts of a length at the wire. In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber said, “I thought my mare would be better this week, especially after getting a good tightener in her first start here last week. She can leave a little so I gave her a chance to get into the action early on knowing that Eddie’s mare (Pertty Music) would probably like to have the front end. The trip was perfect…nice and cozy.” When asked if he was surprised to get by an overwhelming favorite, he said, “We’ve beaten his mare before in Indiana, so I wasn’t overly surprised—but very pleased! She raced great.” Earning her 40th lifetime victory, McFlirty pushed her 2014 scorecard to 6-2-1 in just 16 starts, pushing her seasonal earnings to $60,680. She’s backed $448,196 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:49.3. As second choice in the betting, McFlirty paid $8.80 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL --- E Z Noah, coming into Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace with the highest seasonal earnings of the sextet, took top honors by wiring a talented field on Saturday (Dec. 6) night in 1:51.2. Strategically and superbly handled by Aaron Byron, this 5-year-old son of Western Terrorled at every marker in scoring a half-length triumph over stablemate Lyons Johnny, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike. The 1-2 favorite, Duc Dorleans, fresh off his lifetime best winning performance of 1:49, finished third for Donald Dupont while Dont Tell Rusty finished fourth. Red Scooter picked up the nickel. E Z Noah blasted out of the Hummer Starting Gate from post five and stuffed Duc Dorleans, beginning from post six, in the pocket with Lyons Johnny settling in third through an opening panel of :26.2. That's when Byron's strategic handling played the key role in the win. Strolling over to the half in a "soft" :55.4, E Z Noah began his journey up the backside with a 1-1/2 length lead over Duc Orleans with Lyons Johnny now out and driving--the two stablemates literally noses apart at the third station in 1:23.4. Turning for home, the "mates" continued their battle with E Z Noah edging a few steps further to the good in the late stages on the strength of a :27.3 finale. In a postrace interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "I think the key was that second quarter. "Noah" has a mark of :49 and a piece over a 5/8ths mile track (1:49.3 at Pocono) so I knew he had some steam left after that softer second quarter. It was fun seeing Joe (Pavia) come alongside with the stablemate (Lyons Johnny) and I thought it would be a foot race between us to the wire." Trained by Peter Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA, E Z Noah pushed his lifetime bounty to just a shade under $400,000 lifetime--$397,752. He's banked $113,367 this year with an 8-7-3 scorecard in a busy season of 38 starts. Though E Z Noah's win was billed as the top event of the superb Saturday night card, there were three other performances timed faster than the Open. Dan Clements piloted his own P L Hellcat to a new life mark of 1:50.3 in the opening event, Cadillac Phil, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr. for owner trainer Luca Derrico, scored in 1:50.2 in the Open 2 pace and Wrenn Racing's Always In The Money stopped the clock in a lifetime best 1:51.1 for Peter Wrenn. Also, there were some fireworks on the tote-board in the last race as Mach It Paiden, off at 62-1, scored for Dave Ingraham in a lifetime best 1:52.2--his previous mark being 1:57. That set the stage for a superfecta refund, as well as a healthy carry-over for Pompano Park's new Super Hi-5, which now moves into a new high carry-over for Monday night's racing program. Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Last weekend we came up a little short, losing -$5.60 on the 12 races. But that's in the past and we have a strong weekend of racing ahead of us. Headlining the weekend is Sunday's Progress Pace Final at Dover Downs. Sadly, only six are in the final but it's still a very strong field with McWicked and JK Endofanera heading the lineup. We also travel to Yonkers, Meadowlands, Woodbine, Saratoga and Pompano Park. Good Luck! $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Last week McErlean was the tough horse, going first-over giving Beach Memories great cover and holding him off to the finish. If McErlean can repeat that effort it can beat them all again. Use Beach Memories and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap Meadowlands Racetrack 6th SATURDAY - Looks like this race will be another slugfest between last week's winner Speed Again and Golden Receiver. I think with a start under his belt since layoff, Golden Receiver should be able to hold Speed Again off this time around. Use Speed Again and Aslan in exotic plays. $12,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 9th race SATURDAY - Program reads that Duc Dorleans should be able to take this field with ease. Last time out he just got up in 1:49 in one of the fastest miles in track history. Draws in against less in short field and should score again. Use Don't Tell Rusty and That'll Be The Rei in exotic plays. $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 10th race SATURDAY - With $1.7 million in career earnings, Daylon Magician is truly the class of the field and after popping last week at Woodbine in 1:53.1 I think his back class will shine once again in here. Use Charmed Life and Riveting Rosie in exotic plays. $44,000 Trot Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 5th race SUNDAY - Back to plain old mile racing so to me that says that back class will come through and that means DW's NY Yank should be able to prevail. He is usually very consistent and likes to win. Use Crazy About Pat and Dancehall Mistress in exotic plays. $17,000 Trot Open Handicap Saratoga Raceway 7th race SUNDAY - Slugfest has been the local favorite here and is on a two-race win streak that will come to an end today. Banco Solo invades for trainer Rene Allard and ships in off a 1:53.4 score at Pocono Downs. Any effort close to that in here should make him a winner. Use Slugfest and Traverse Seelster in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace DSBF Final 2YO Colts Dover Downs 8th race SUNDAY - Very competitive field here but even starting from the outside in post eight, Remember Me VK looms very tough to beat. Late bloomer is super sharp in just four starts and has blazing untapped speed. Use Sonofa Sizzle and Smoking Joey in exotic plays. $301,560 Progress Pace Final 3YO Colts Dover Downs 10th race SUNDAY - Short field but power packed. McWicked is the hot horse and off his last two wins looks ready to take another as he looks to wrap-up the season and a possible Dan Patch award with a win in here. Use JK Endofanera and Big Boy Dreams in exotic plays.
Pompano Beach, FL...December 4, 2014...With winter "officially" set to start on the calendar in just a couple of weeks and "unofficially" here already in much of the country, Pompano Park has announced that they have approximately 60 stalls available as their 2014-2015 season moves into high gear. Brett Revington, Director of Racing, said that there are a number of very positive things happening at the south Florida oval. "First," he said, "we have just had a purse increase in all classes with a second one just around the corner. Second, we have 18 late closing events for claimers ranging from $25,000 tags down to $4,000. They each have two legs and a final and, beginning in January, will provide excellent racing opportunities for all classes of claiming horses." Revington went on to say, "the unique thing about these events is the added perk that, if a horse wins the two legs and the final for the same connections, there is a bonus further enhancing the event." For information and nomination forms to Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park's Late Closing events, go to our website and click under the tab entitled "Horsemen." Nominations are due no later than Friday, January 2, 2015. Revington expects an excellent response to these lucrative events saying, "These late closers are potentially worth $225,000 to horsemen, and," he continued with a smile, "the long range weather forecast from now through April is sunny and warm with highs in the mid-to-upper 70's and lows in the mid-60's!" Pompano Park will also bring back the $5,000 guarantee for their popular Pick-4 wager beginning Monday, December 8. Currently on a four day-a-week racing schedule, the track will be expanding to a five day-a-week schedule with Sundays being added beginning with the December 14 program. For stall availability information, call Stall Superintendent Joe Frasure at 954-633-6476. Post time on all racing nights will remain at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - Tuesday nights had been missing from the racing calendar in South Florida for a couple of seasons, but fans responded with a flurry with it's return to the schedule. Over $460,000 was wagered on the 10-race card, with $8,872 of that coming in the nightly 50-Cent Pick 5 which featured a $1,592 carryover going in. The sequence produced no real surprises, and returned $250.35 for the 50-cent combination after Verdi ($2.10) and driver Wally Hennessey captured the final leg. The 20-Cent Jackpot Hi-Five carryover survived another card, now up to $3,815 heading into Wednesday night's action. In order to win the entire jackpot, there must be one 'unique' winning ticket. If there are multiple winning tickets, 50% of the pool is paid out and the other 50% is added to the carryover. There were three winning tickets out on Tuesday night, producing a $573.78 return for the 20-cent combination. Live racing action continues on Wednesday night with a first post of 7:30 p.m. Pompano Park now offers live racing four nights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings. Sunday night racing returns on December 14th. by Gabe Prewitt, for Isle Pompano Park