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Pompano Beach, FL...November 13, 2017...Panocchio, the brilliant seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, conquered a trio of harness racing obstacles in scoring his 35th lifetime win at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 12) in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. The obstacles he brushed aside were: 1) a strong million dollar field of competitors; 2) the outside nice post and 3) near monsoon conditions enveloping the track and, at the wire, driver Wally Hennessey had a 2 3/4 length margin over his nearest competitor in 1:51.4. E R Melvyn, handled by Rick Plano, finished second while Rockntouch, teamed with Mickey McNichol, was third. Bestinthebusiness and Team Captain picked up the minor awards in the field of nine. At the outset, Panocchio was away near the back of the pack but rushed up quickly thereafter to find himself third over--but sixth--at the opening quarter as Drachan Hanover and Rockntouch battled through that :27 marker with Team Captain third and Barbarian fourth on the outside and hung out to dry. Drachan Hanover and Rockntouch were one-two past the half in a hot :55 over the sloppy racing oval with Barbarian next and ready to call it a night. That's when Hennessey sent Panocchio on his devastating double-bubble brush that took him right to the front during the next eighth mile, followed by a similar move by E R Melvyn from seventh. By the time they reached the third station in 1:23.4, Panocchio owned a daylight lead over E R Melvyn that kept widening right to the wire. After the race, Hennessey related, "What a horse. What a pleasure to drive. You known Jimmy (trainer Mattison) doesn't go too much with him in training miles--maybe a trip in 2:20 or 2:30--but, when he sees the (starting) gate, he's all business. "I wasn't that anxious leaving with him tonight because a bunch of them were leaving, so I went looking for a decent spot and there was none around so my only choice was to follow some cover and hope it took us far enough along. On the backside, I sent him on one of your 'double-bubble' moves and he responded like-WOW! "He amazes me every start." Panocchio now has a 57-27-12 scorecard in 136 career starts, good for lifetime bounty of $480.643, including his 35 wins here at Pompano Park, one of which is his track record 1:48.3 performance here. For this season, Panocchio has nine wins in 28 starts and earnings of $83,225 for trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Panocchio paid $5.00 to win. Hennessey also captured the $10,000 co-feature with Duc Dorleans, who scored a very sharp decision in 1:52 over Major Starlight (Dave Ingraham) with Dee's Rocket Man (Fern Paquet, Jr.) a sharp closing third. Skip Jive was fourth in the field of nine while Sumthintallnstrong picked up the nickel. Duc Dorleans, a seven year-old altered son of Shanghai Phil, took command at the opening quarter in :27 and proceeded to wire together subsequent fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2 before his :28.3 kick home was more than enough to get the job done--the margin 3 3/4 lengths. Trained by Jacques Dupont for Les Ecuries Dorleans, Inc., Duc Dorleand won for the third time this semester in 18 starts and set a seasonal best time with the win. Career-wise, Duc Dorleans has 39 wins and $642,689 to go along with his Mohawk mark of 1:48.4. Third choice at 7 to 2, Duc Dorleans paid $9.20 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 finale jackpot swelling with a carry-over of $7,794. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 8, 2017...Pompano Park's Tuesday harness racing program featured the redemption of Boli in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot while Prairie Panther sizzled in one of the four FSBOA Stallion Stakes event--the other winners being Atlantic Crest, I'm Done and Tay Tay M. Boli, looking for redemption after a costly miscue in last week's Open, got it big time with a very sharp 1:55.1 win for Wally Hennessey over arch-rival Prairie Fortune, driven by Jim Meittinis. Railee Workable, with Andy Santeramo handling the lines, finished third while Zoraze, who cut the mustard most of the way, wound up fourth. Born To Thrive picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. As usual, Boli left with alacrity from his outside post six to take command a single stride off the wings with Railee Workable away in good order with Zoraze (Fern Paquet, Jr.) next but on the attack early, taking command right at the opening station in :27.3. Slicing through fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4, Zoraze cut the corner turning for home with Boli now free and clear to take his swing at the leader straightening away. Meanwhile, Prairie Fortune, away last and some nine lengths away early on, began churning away during the last lap, trotting his last 3/4s in 1:25.4 to finish second, a half-length away. Said Hennessey after the win, "I really don't know what happened to cause his break last week, but he sure seemed anxious to redeem himself tonight. I was kind of surprised with Fern's (Paquet) quarter move and it was a good one because I was caught a little off guard. But the trip behind him was just fine and Boli is such a handy thing that he'll do anything I ask. I really didn't have to ask much tonight--maybe a tap or two in the lane--but he was very good." The win was the 11th of the year for Boli and sent his seasonal bounty to $81,970 for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. Lifetime, the Dan Hennessey trainee has a 26-11-12 scorecard in 72 career starts, good for $219,164. AS the even-money tote-board favorite, Boli returned $4.20 to his many faithful. Prairie Panther was one of four winners in the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for three year-olds with over $100,000 up for grabs--three of which were non-wagering events. Under the direction of driver Jim Meittinis, this gelded son of Royel Millennium took command at the :27.3 opener and posted subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27.3 before a sparking :27 finale closed the door on a game Maybe Ned, handled by Bryce Fenn. Fifth Son, with Corey Braden in his sulky, finished third while two "Gold Star" entrants--Spider and Bugsy--were next in the sextet. The final time of 1:54.3 equaled his lifetime best. Trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Panther stretched his winning streak to six with the win and his share of the $28,175 purse vaulted his lifetime bounty to $90,257. Sergio Corona's Atlantic Crest expanded her winning skein to five with yet another gate-to-wire performance, stopping the timer in 1:59 in the $26,625 event for three year-old trotting fillies. The sophomore daughter of Crest easily held off the late-surging Prairie Pixie (Jim Meittinis) by 3 1/2 lengths after posting fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 along the way. Famous C (Wally Hennessey) was third while Sparkling Comet and Bonnie Blue Banker completed the roster. It, too, was a non-wagering event but the win sent Atlantic Crest's lifetime bounty over $100,000--$102,387 to be precise. The heavyweight rivalry between I'm Done and Azzaro continued in the $24,025 Stallion Stakes for three year-old trotting colts and geldings and, after this 16th round between the two, the score has evened up at eight rounds apiece as I'm Done scored a handy win for John MacDonald in 2:02.3--:29.3. Last year's Super Night champ, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, put up number of :30.1, 1:02.1 and 1:33 along the way. I'm Done now has banked over $96,000 during his 16 race career showing eight wins and eight seconds on the card--the exact same numbers as his arch-rival. The fourth and final Stallion Stakes--this one for three year-old pacing fillies--was on the pari-mutuel card and Tay Tay M, a "bridesmaid" all of last year as a two year-old, made her sophomore debut at Pompano Park a winning one as this daughter of Six Of Diamonds got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to edge by a stubborn Gold Star Aurora (Walter Ross, Jr.) by a length in 1:55.1. Gold Star Aurora took command at the outset and posted number of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:27.2 but her :28 finale was just a bit short of Tay Tay M's :27.3 finale. Prairie Cowgril (Jim Meittinis) was third while Bella Pat and Golden Diamond also picked up minor awards in the sextet. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Tay Tay M returned $4.00 to win and her share of the $26,125 purse sent her lifetime bankroll to $66,683 with the win--her fourth lifetime. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2017...It was quite a night for young harness racing trainer Maggie Audley on Monday night as Gold Star Mysti, a graduate of the Florida stakes program over the past two seasons, earned her "Summa Cum Laude" honors as a four year-old at Pompano Park with a thrilling 1:52.4 win for her 23 year-old driver, James Yoder. And less than a half hour later, the Audley-Yoder combo teamed up again for a win with Gator Boy--his first win in almost four years. Gold Star Mysti, a daughter of Mysticism, earned the closest of decisions over the late-charging A Wish For Wings, driven by Rick Plano, the margin a scant nose, with the pocket sitting Sterling Electra, with John MacDonald in the bike, third, two lengths away. Goldstar Rockette was fourth after emerging with the lead at the opening marker in :27 before taking the field through subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.1. Mysti, leaving from the outside post nine, was hustled away from the gate along with several others and settled in mid-pack around the opening turn. On the backside, she rushed up first over, engaged Goldstar Rockette in battle around the final bend, took command straightening away for home and just did hold on. Trainer Maggie Audley was ecstatic with "Mysti's" win remarking, "It was her first start here off of a qualifier and I didn't know what to expect since she hadn't seen pari-mutuel competition since September. I was really pleased with her performance but it sure was a close one. "I told Edgar (trainer Clarke of A Wish For Wings) that I was lucky that his mare didn't sneeze at the wire!" As the 2 to 1 favorite, Gold Star Mysti paid $6.00 to win. Roughly 16 minutes later, the six year-old Gator Boy went behind the Hummer Starting Gate in a non-winners of two pari-mutuel races event and roared by his competition in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2 for his first win since December 4, 2013 at Balmoral Park. The gelded son of Duneside Perch trained by Maggie for Dale Witcher II of Tatum, Texas, left with a bit of alacrity as driver Yoder searched for a decent spot, found one in fourth as the early fractions were hot--:28.2 and :56.4--and then sat chilly past the third station in 1:25.4 then fanned widest of all in the lane for the win measuring 1 1/4 lengths over Bro Hanover (Mickey McNichol) with Danza (Ray Vizzi) third after looming boldly turning for home. Come On Red was fourth whilethe 2 to 5 favorite, Decent Sawyer, picked up the nickel in the octet. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for Gator Boy with trainer Maggie Audley saying, "We met Mr. Witcher (owner) when he bought a broodmare from us out of the Delaware sale the February after dad (Tom) passed. "We kept in contact and, in conversation, we learned about Gator Boy, who was a large two year-old that had a lot of heart and tried hard but had a lot of soreness issues. "Instead of pushing him as a three year-old, Mr. Witcher decided to bring him back home to Texas, fatten him up and work on his soreness issues. "In order to earn his keep, Gator Boy started racing on the 'under saddle' circuit in Texas and Louisiana where they race under saddle with hobbles on a quarter-mile straightaway--usually only two at a time. "Earlier this year, Mr. Witcher thought that Gator Boy deserved another chance, so, about five months ago, he brought Gator Boy to us and he came along well so we decided that he was worth the investment to get him back to the races. "He hadn't won in several years (almost four) and he's still learning how to get around the turns, but he has a great attitude and he is happy doing his job." Gator Boy's mark, prior to his Monday night win, was in a Springfield qualifier as a two year-old--1:56.2 Gator Boy was 7 to 2 in the morning line but went off as the 8 to 1 third choice and returned $18.00 to his faithful. Trainer Maggie Audley, by the way, whose stable consists of mostly Florida bred stakes horses, now has a .481 UTRS average, after a 2016 year where she batted over .500. As she says, "I learned by lessons well because my dad taught me well!" Racing continues at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with over $100,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA Stallion Stakes continues. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...November 6, 2017...Baseball season ended last Wednesday night when Houston took the final game of the World Series but, Sunday night harness racing at Pompano Park, it felt like the season was still going strong. When the festivities concluded, the records showed a grand slam, two triples and three doubles on the line-up card. The grand slam was recorded by Wally Hennessey in the four divisions of the (non-wagering) $104,275 FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for two year-olds as the Hall of Fame driver swept them all, first with I Rhoda Daley, followed by Brian, Krinda and Gold Star Diablo. I Rhoda Daley, a daughter of Desperado Don owned by Lee Clarke along with trainer Jason MacDougall, took the $25,200 division for trotting fillies in 2:03.2. Making a sharp quarter (:31.2) move to the front, I Rhoda Daley then proceeded on through panels of 1:01.1 and 1:32.2 before an effortless :31 finale left her 17 3/4 lengths ahead of Jennifer (John MacDonald) with Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) third. The 2:03.2 clocking was a new lifetime mark for I Rhoda Daley, who began her racing career only six weeks ago with a win in 2:14. This win, her fifth in seven lifetime starts, pushed her bounty to $24,546, with the most lucrative portion of the Florida Stakes program just ahead. Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears' Brian, named after Jay's Hall of Fame son, wired his competition for Hennessey in the $26,125 class for trotting colts and geldings, clicking off panels of :31.1, 1:03.1 and 1:34 before a :30.3 closer was more than enough to hold Treasure Quest (Tom Lehmann) safe by 4 3/4 lengths. Prairie Eclipse (Mike Deters) recovered from a miscue before the half to finish third while Jiro Dangerous and Captain Thomas picked up the minor awards completing the roster. Brian now has a 3-2-1 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $22,655. Krinda, a daughter of Six of Diamonds trained by Kim Sears for husband-owner Jay, annexed her $26,650 division for pacing fillies as she blasted off the wings at the start and sliced through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.2 before a :28.4 closer sealed the deal by a widening 6 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:57.1. Left in her wake were Prairie Easter (Corey Braden) and Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) with Diamond Eyes and Prairie Folish next in this quintet. In winning for the fourth time in seven career starts, Krinda vaulted her earnings to $23,637. Hennessey completed his grand slam with Gold Star Diablo in the $26,300 class for the juvenile pacing colts and geldings. The gelded son of Mysticism, trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, was unhurried off the gate before making an explosive move to the top past the :28 opener and, once on top, cut the mustard the rest of the--:56.4 and 1:26--before the :28.3 closer stopped the clock in 1:54.3, a career best. His margin of victory measured 5 1/4 lengths over Silver Wings (Corey Braden) with Jay Jay (John MacDonald third. MIster Special T was fourth, followed by Dontblevmejuswatch picking up the nickel in this quintet. The win was the fourth straight for Gold Star Diablo with his earnings now totaling $27,880 based on a 7-5-0-0 scorecard. On the pari-mutuel program, Barbarian, given picture perfect handling by Rick Plano, squeaked by the vaunted Panocchio (Hennessey) in the final few yards to post a 1:51.1 win in the Open Handicap Pace. Rockntouch (Mickey McNIchol) finished third with Team Captain and Sing For Me George earning minor awards in the classy sextet. At the outset, Barbarian (post 5) pushed the starting gate's wings out of his way along with Panocchio with an opening quarter duel leaving the latter in front in :26.2. After a half in :55.1 and the next station reached in 1:24, Barbarian left the coziness of his pocket and dueled Panocchio right to the wire with the outcome decided in a photo finish. After the race, driver Rick Plano said, "This was a question of having the slightly better trip of these two, that's all there is to it. Wally cut it and we were drafted along. His horse certainly didn't quit--he came his last quarter in around :27, too, but we just got the better trip tonight." For Barbarian, a six year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, it was his ninth win of the season in 28 starts, good for earnings of $49,560. He's banked $158,111 to go along with his new lifetime mark established in this mile for owner Robert Orr and trainer Edgar Clarke. As third choice in the "Senditin" betting crowd, Barbarian paid $9.20. Plano had two other wins on the card, the first with Jamaican Cowboy ($4.20) in a claiming pace and the other with E R Melvyn ($4.20 ok) in a condition-optional claiming event. E R Melvyn, by the way covered his mile in 1:51.4, a seasonal best. Plano had to share the spotlight with driver John MacDonald, who also had a triple--and a consecutive one, at that! MacDonald hit the winner's circle with All Steinam ($3.80), followed by J Black ($3.60) and, finally, Dragon Fever ($2.60). "Johnny Mac" was also credited with two training wins, as was Paul Bernardo and Kim Sears. Racing continues on Monday night with first post pegged at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL...November 1, 2017...The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes finals were contested at Pompano Park on Tuesday (October 31) with four classes of harness racing three year-olds seeking a share of $48,000 in purses. When all was said and done, Atlantic Crest, Azzaro, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther all claimed the top awards in their respective $12,000 events. Atlantic Crest kicked the festivities off with yet another gate-to-wire win--her fourth straight--for owner-driver-trainer Sergio Corona in the sophomore filly trot. The daughter of Crest wired together early fractions of :30 and :59.4 before picking up the pace on the backside (1:28.2) and the strolling home in :29.2 to hit the wire in 1:57.4--her margin 1 1/2 lengths over a gallant Famous C (Wally Hennessey) with Prairie Pixie (Jim Meittinis) just another neck back in third. Sparkling Comet and Bonnie Blue Banker completed the order of finish. Atlantic Crest, last year's champion in her juvenile division, now has 14 wins in 31 career starts with earnings of $89,074 to go along with a 1:55.2 mark at Plainridge Racecourse. Next, the "15th round" of the rivalry between Azzaro and I'm Done was contested and, after they slugged it out in the lane, Azzaro emerged victorious in yet another decision decided by the photo finish camera in the sophomore trot for the colts and geldings. The gelded son of Proud Bushy trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Jay Sears, was driven by Wally Hennessey with a neck separating the pair at the wire in 2:01, after the two traded light jabs through panels of :31.1 and 1:02.4 before the slugfest began 5/16s from home. After reaching the third station in 1:32.3, both were on their way home with a :28.2 finale, trading punches right to the wire. I'm Done was driven by John MacDonald. "It was quite something," said Hennessey after the event. "It's become quite a tussle between these two and it looks like it's going down to the wire this year, too." Azzaro now has the 8-to-7 edge in wins over I'm Done in their 15 rounds, good for $60,724 in career bounty. I'm Done, last year's champion by virtue of his Super Night win, has the edge in earnings with $79,746 career-wise. The three year-old filly pace went to Gold Star Aurora, handled by Walter Ross, Jr. for trainer Maggie Audley and owner Marianne Audley. The Rock On lass won the early tussle with Prairie Cowgirl (Jim Meittinis) and was well rated through panels of ::28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.2 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1, a new lifetime mark. Said the soft-spoken driver, Walter Ross, Jr., "She went a very nice mile, so let's give all the credit to her!" Gold Star Aurora is now 4-for-5 this semester and 11 -for-13 lifetime with career bounty of $72,354. While those first three events were non-wagering ones, the Sunshine State Stakes for the three year-old colts and geldings was held on the pari-mutuel card and Prairie Panther, driven by Jim Meittinis, home free in 1:55.3. Trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, the gelded son of Royal Millennium made a sharp quarter move to the front after the opener in :27.4 and then went on to slice through subsequent fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2 before putting away a serious challenge on the backside through the final turn to score by a handy 2 3/4 lengths over Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) with Gold Star Spider (Walter Ross, Jr.) third. Gold Star Bugsy and Fifth Son picked up the minor awards in the field of nine. After the event, Meittinis said, "Wally's (Hennessey) horse (Fabiano) made a big move on the backstretch and he may have put a nose in front of us along the way, but (Prairie" Panther is a fighter and doesn't like it when another horse gets along side of him. He fights back! Prairie Panther swept through his four Sunshine State Stake legs before sweeping to victory in this final, sending his 2017 scorecard to 5-1-0 in nine starts. Lifetime, he's 12 for 17 with earnings of $76,170. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Prairie Panther paid $2.60 to his many faithful. Finally, the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Born To Thrive, driven by trainer Rick Plano in 1:56.1. The four year-old gelded son of Swan For All knifed between horses in the final yards to pin a photo finish defeat on BJAnthony (Mickey McNichol) by a neck after the latter was bothered a bit in deep stretch when the highly regarded favorite, Boli, made a miscue. Zoraze (Corey Braden) finished a fast closing third, a length away, with Iholdon fourth after cutting the mustard through panels of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Railee Workable, originally sixth, was moved up a notch to earn the final award. Born To Thrive won for the fifth time in 24 starts to send his seasonal earnings to $48,830 for owners Maryann Plano, Victor Contento and John Campagnuolo. He paid $5.20 as second choice in the wagering. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post scheduled at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2017...All Charged Up, catch-driven by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's pacing feature for mares on Monday night, covering the standard distance in 1:54.3. The six year-old daughter of Ponder, trained by John MacDonald for his JP Stables, took command at the :27.3 opening marker and then produced a well rated second panel of :29.4 before two straight :28.3 subsequent quarters led to the final clocking--her final margin on the line a half length over the late charging Goldstar Rockette (Bryce Fenn). Red Hot Hill (Andy Santeramo) finished third while A Wish For Wings closed fastest of all to finish fourth. Dee's Golden Joy picked up the nickel in the sextet over Stirling Electra, who loomed boldly around the final bend before faltering in the lane. In a post-race interview, catch-driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "This is the first time I drove this mare but I know how tough she is because she beat my great mare (Godiva Seelster) the last time we were together in a race a couple of weeks ago. "This mare (All charged Up) is tough as nails and she dug in late, as she always does. She's a quality mare, all right." All Charged Up now is 6-for-14 this year, good for earnings of $35,660. The win, incidentally, was the fourth straight for All Charged Up, who now has 29 career wins in 114 starts with earnings of $259,082 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 1:51.2. Off at 1 to 5 on the Pompano tote-board, All Charged Up paid $2.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the finals of the Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds. Sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, each of the four final for sophomore Florida breds carries a purse of $12,000. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL…October 30, 2017…The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes were contested at Pompano Park in four non-wagering classes for two year-olds on Sunday with new life marks produced in three of the four $12,000 harness racing finals—all trained by Kim Sears. Jay and Kim Sears’ Proud Bushy trotting filly Jennifer took the opener for John MacDonald, stopping the timer in 2:03.4, lowering her previous mark by over five seconds. Jennifer was sent to the front when the gate folded and marched through an opener of :31 before yielding to a rank I Rhoda Daley (Wally Hennessy), who raced very wide while taking command half way through the mile in 1:01.2. Approaching the third station clocked in 1:32.1, I Rhoda Daley again raced very wide allowing Jennifer to scoot on through to take command on achieve the win measuring 1 ¾ lengths. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was third and last in this event. The $6,600 windfall pushed Jennifer’s earnings to $10,993 in her six starts with the bulk of the lucrative Florida Stakes season just ahead. Wally Hennessey was in the bike for the juvenile trotting mile for colts and geldings and another Proud Bushy offspring, Brian, also owned by Jay and (trainer)Kim Sears, scored a gate-to-wire win in 2:02.4, lowering his previous mark of 2:06.3. Clocking panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3, Brian, named after Jay’s Hall of Fame son, scored by 1½ lengths over Prairie Eclipse (Mike Deters) with Treasure Quest (Tom Lehmann) next. Jiro Dangerous and Captain Thomas completed the order of finish in this quintet. Brian added $6,000 to his earnings, pushing his bounty to $9,592 in his six career starts. The $12,000 filly pace went to Krinda, giving Kim Sears her training triple and Wally Hennessey a driving double. This daughter of Six of Diamonds, owned by Jay Sears, eclipsed her former mark of 1:58.2 with a wire-to-wire win in 1:57.3--:58--:29. Krinda’s opening panels were :29.1 and :59.3 along the way with her margin 4½ lengths over Diamond Eyes (Bryce Fenn) with Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) third. Starcasim finished fourth while Prairie Stars picked up the nickel in the sextet of youngsters. Krinda now has bounty of $10,312 off of her 6-3-1-0 scorecard. The two year-old pace for the colts and geldings went to Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism in 1:57.4. Wally Hennessey was in the sulky for the Mike Deters trainee, who was away fourth but rushed up to take command at the opening marker of :29. From there, “Diablo” sliced through panels of :59.2 and 1:28.1 before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal by 1 ¾ over Jay Jay (MacDonald) with Silver Wings (Corey Braden) next after a mild bid around the final bend. Dontblevmejuswatch was a distant fourth while Mister Special T picked up the final award. Gold Star Diablo, already the owner of a 1:55.3 mark at Mohawk, has banked $14,630 in his first six trips back of the mobile starting gate. Pompano Park’s $10,000 Winners Over Pace went, in an upset, to Bestinthebusiness, driven by trainer James Yoder for Brett Boyd Racing. The nine year-old gelded son of Another Mile, went a brave first over journey and, in a cavalry charge to the wire, eked out a photo finish decision over E R Melvin (Rick Plano) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol, third. The time was 1:52.2 The 1 to 5 favorite, Sing For Me George, was fourth after a stinging opening quarter of :26.2 and subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:23.3. In a post-race interview, driver James Yoder said, “He’s a tough horse that is very handy and not afraid to go first up on any competition. “They were all right there at the finish so there is a lot of racing luck that plays into things and, tonight, we were the lucky ones.” In garnering his sixth win of the year in 14 starts, Bestinthebusiness sent his seasonal bounty to $33,696. Lifetime, Bestinthebusiness has won 40 times with earnings of $383,400 to go along with his four year-old mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk. The winner was second choice in the betting and returned $9.60 to win. In other action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club had two events on the card and Dein Spriggs swept both—the first with Extracurricular and the second with Garlandsandpearls. Extracurricular, an 11 year-old gelded son of Revenue S trained by Nick Surick for RBH Ventures, won for the 39th time during his career measuring 256 starts, stopping the timer in 2:00.1. Out-dueling Zorwijk Impact (Joe Pennacchio) and New Scent (Teddy Bowman) around the opening turn, Extracurricular had 3 ¾ lengths to spare over Zorwijk Impact and 5 ¾ over New Scent on the line. Extracurricular has banked $369,556 during his career. Off at 1 to 2, the winner paid $3.00. Garlandsandpearls, 5 to 2 in the morning line, wore down Crazy Ponda (Jamie Marra) in the final stages to score by a half-length in 1:58.3 and return $14.20 to his faithful. Groovey Kid (John Campaagnuolo) finished third over Geronimo Fame with the 1 to 5 favorite, Its Complicated, fifth after a very difficult journey. Racing continues on Monday and Tuesday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...October 26, 2017...Zoraze took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's feature trot on Wednesday night while Atlantic Crest and Prairie Panther were dominant in their victories in their respective divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes held prior to the pari-mutuel card. Zoraze, a five year-old gelded son of Crazed, won an early battle for supremacy by taking command right at the opening station in :28 and then went on to post fractions of :57.1 and 1:25.3 before a "stroll-in-the-park" home stopped the timer in 1:55.3. Fern Paquet, Jr. was in the sulky for the win measuring 3 1/2 lengths over Born To Thrive, driven by Rick Plano. Kabu, with Jim Maittinis in the bike, was next while BJ Anthony and My Revenuer also picked up awards in the bulky field of 10. After the race, driver Paquet related, "This horse does have some gate speed and I thought it best to try and use it in a field as large as this. He's got a mark of (1):54, so he's capable of a big mile. "Once we got to the half in :57 and a piece and straightened away on the backside, he really grabbed a hold and upped his game and we opened up some good daylight on some pretty good horses. Edgar (trainer Clarke) has him sharp right now and he showed that sharpness tonight!" Trained by the aforementioned Edgar Clarke for Jamie Marra Racing, Zoraze won for the fifth time this semester, vaulting his seasonal bankroll to $37,069. Career-wise, Zoraze has banked $126,534 to go along with his Tioga Downs mark of 1:54. As second choice in the wagering, Zoraze returned $11.60 to win. As mentioned, prior to the betting card, the fifth legs of the Sunshine State Stakes were held for the three year-olds and, to kick things off, Sergio Corona's outstanding daughter of Crest, Atlantic Crest, again dominated her foes with a gate-to-wire 1:59 win. This filly scored a dominant win of 7 1/4 lengths over Prairie Pixie (Jim Meittinis) with Famous C, Sparkling Comet and Bonnie Blue Banker well back with Famous C placed back a notch to fourth for an extended miscue in the stretch. Atlantic Crest now has captured her three appearances in these Sunshine State Stakes event by 13, 13 3/4 and 7 1/4 lengths, respectively and looks to repeat her championship season of 2016 as Super Night approaches at Pompano Park in late November. Prairie Panther, the sophomore altered son of Royel Millennium, won his fourth straight in Sunshine State Stakes competition by making a sharp quarter move (28.1) to the top for Jim Meittinis and then went on to post well rated panels of :57.3 and 1:27.4 before a :28.3 finale sealed the deal in 1:56.2 by 2 1/4 over Fabiano (Wally Hennessey) with Gold Star Spider (Walter Ross, Jr.) next in the Stake for three year-old pacing colts and geldings. Gold Star Bugsy and Travis completed the order of finish. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Panther is now 11-for-15 lifetime with a bankroll of over $70,000 with the lucrative portion of the Florida stakes season just ahead. The other division for pacing colts and geldings went to Maybe Ned in wire-to-wire fashion for trainer Bryce Fenn. This gelded son of Royel Millennium posted panels of :28.3 and :59.1 before a :28 sprint down the backside thwarted any challengers and a :29.1 final held off the late charging Fifth Son (Corey Braden) by a half=length. Moon Doggie (Hennessey) finished third while Heavens Boy and Kingwiththeaxe completed the roster. Owned by Marah Lee, Maybe Ned scored his third win in 20 starts this year with the reliable pacer having missed only one purse check in his 31 race career. In other Sunshine State Stakes action, Prairie Cowgirl, driven by Jim Meittinis, finally conquered her main opponent, Gold Star Aurora, by holding off the latter's determined late bid by a neck in 1:59.2. The daughter of Royel Millennium was cleverly handled, slicing through fractions of :28, 59.4 and 1:30.1 before a :29.1 closer held Gold Star Aurora (Walter Ross, Jr.) by a neck. Bella Pat (Corey Braden) was next followed by Golden Diamond and Gold Dust Darling in the sextet of fillies. Prairie Cowgirl now has a 4-3-3 scorecard in 10 starts and has never been worse than third in her 17 lifetime starts for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler. Finally, the rough and tumble, back and forth rivalry between I'm Done and Azzaro took place in "round 14" on Wednesday night with I'm Done, driven by John MacDonald, winning a "lip" decision over Azzaro (Hennessey) in 2:00.3. I'm Done, a gelded son of Toro Brave, took the top honors this night after a stirring stretch duel that took the photo finish camera to decide the outcome. Trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, I'm Done, last year's Super Night champion, now has a 7-7-0 scorecard in 14 starts--the exact same as Azzaro. Racing continues on Sunday with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $7,741 highlighting the pari-mutuel action. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...October 23, 2017...Panocchio, again handled by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat harness racing win in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, holding off the determined late surge of Sing For Me George (John Mac Donald) by a head in 1:51.2. The brilliant seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, co-owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., carved out all the panels, slicing through the opener in :27 before adding :55.2 and 1:23.4 to the mix before sealing the deal with a :27.3 finale. Frankies Dragon (Corey Braden) finished third while Bestinthebusiness and Rockntouch also earned checks in the classy sextet. In a post-race interview, Hennessey remarked, "What can I say that hasn't been said already? He's just as game as they come and as handy as they come. Johnny's (MacDonald) horse (Sing For Me George) is very sharp now, too, and he was rolling late but Panocchio seems to know where the wire is and he kept on going until it was over." Panocchio now has 56 career wins in 134 starts with 34 of those victories at Pompano Park, including his 1:48.3 track record. For this semester, Panocchio has a 8-6-3 scorecard in 26 starts, good for $75.525, pushing his lifetime bankroll to $472.843. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.40 to win. Silver Wings was one of the four two year-old winners in the FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes on Sunday night, conducted as non-wagering events prior to the pari-mutuel card. Diamond Eyes, Captain Thomas and I Rhoda Daley were the other juvenile winners. Silver Wings, a son of Rock On, took top honors in the colt-gelding pace with Corey Braden handling the lines, in a lifetime best 1:58.4. Co-owned by trainer Veral Bowman along with Craig Schmidt, Silver Wings won the early battle for supremacy over Jay Jay (John MacDonald) and then sliced through panels of :29.1, 1:00.4 and 1:30.1 before silencing his foes with a :28.3 closer to score by 4 1/2 lengths over Jay Jay with Dontblevmejuswatch (Wally Hennessey) and Mister Special T completing the official order of finish. Diamond Eyes, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds trained by Kim Sears for owner Penny Kelley, got picture perfect handling from Bryce Fenn to score in a lifetime best 2:01.4--:59.1--:29.1 performance in the two year-old filly pace. This youngster left alertly and battled with Krinda before allowing that one to take command at the opening station in :30.4. Krinda actually opened up a three length advantage around the final turn but Diamond Eyes began gnawing away, taking command once they straightened away and then holding off Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) by a length. Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) was a fast closing third with Krinda fourth. Six Line Lily picked up the minor award. Captain Thomas, a maiden coming into the action, led every step of his mile, going on to score a 5 1/4 length win for John MacDonald in the two year-old trot for colts and geldings. This gelded son of Proud Bushy put up numbers of :29.4, 1:00.2 and 1:30.2 before a stroll home stopped the timer in 2:02.1. Trained by Kim Sears for owner John Campagnuolo, Captain Thomas left Brian (Wally Hennessey), Prairie Eclipse (Meittinis), Jiro Dangerous and Treasure Quest in his wake. Finally, the Sunshine State Stake for juvenile trotting fillies went to I Rhoda Daley for Wally Hennessey in a lifetime best 2:04.1. It was about one month ago that this daughter of Desperado Don won her first lifetime start in 2:14. She is now 4-for-5 lifetime for trainer Jason MacDougall, who co-owns with Lee Clarke. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Sunshine State Stakes action continuing for three year-old Florida breds in five non-wagering events beginning at 5:30 with a full 10 race pari-mutuel card following at 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 Finale on Wednesday night features a carryover of $5,507. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA            

Pompano Beach, FL...October 19, 2017...Harness racing driver Wally Hennessey had quite a night at Pompano Park on Wednesday (October 18) as the Hall of Fame driver scored six wins, including the featured trot with Boli, who scored a repeat win in 1:56. Boli, a five year-old gelded son of Kadabra trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, had to dodge some raindrops along the way, as well as the late charging Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis), to win by a length over his arch-rival with Zoraze (Fern Paquet, Jr.) next, 2 1/4 lengths away. My Revenuer and BJAnthony picked up the final awards in the classy octet. Boli, leaving from the outside eight post, was well placed early finding a spot in third back of Winemaster Hanover (Brady Galliers) and Uncle Hanover (Andy Santeramo) through panels of :28 and :57.3. Once they straightened away for the backstretch journey, Hennessey sent Boli on the prowl and took command with three-eighths remaining and repelling the final bend threat of Zoraze (1:26.4) and, finally, the late surging Prairie Fortune. After the race, Hennessey related, "he's very sharp right now. I had my eye on the lead leaving but Galliers' horse (Winemaster Hanover) was winging a bit and the rail horse (Uncle Hanover) was aggressive leaving so, when I had the opportunity to duck in nice and close, I did. I asked my horse on the backside and he responded, just like he always seems to do." For Boli, it was his 10th win of the semester and 25th career victory, sending his lifetime bankroll to $214,164--$76,970 this year. As the 4 to 5 favorite, Boli paid $3.80 to win. Hennessey also won with Lickcreek Francis ($3.20), Metro Glide ($5.40), Groovey Kid ($3.80), Railee Workable ($2.80) and Azzaro in a non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes event held prior to the betting card. One event that Hennessey did not win was with the 1 to 10 favorite Hoosier Hawk, who was pressured hard early before running out of steam late enabling the 73 to 1 chance Trottin Kayla to earn a maiden win in 1:59.3. Jim Meittinis drove the winner for trainer Chet Poole, Jr., who conditions the three year-old trotting filly for Haucks Racing Stable. She paid $149.20, $48.40 and $34.80 across the board and keyed a winning trifecta payoff of $10,119, the largest of the young meeting. That payoff was eclipsed four races later when A Wish For Wings ($16.20), handled by Rick Plano, scored a near-gate-to-wire win in 1:54.2 over a track drenched by heavy rain just minutes before. Owned by trainer Edgar Clarke, A Wish For Wings scored by 2 1/4 lengths over Stirling Electra (Andy Santeramo, 39 to 1) and Caitlin's Romance (Bryce Fenn, 38 to 1) to key a trifecta payoff of $11,689.60. The 20 cent Superfecta in that same race paid $3,452.96. The aforementioned Azzaro grabbed his division of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, scoring in a lifetime best 2:00.4 over arch-rival I'm Done (Jim McDonald). These two have faced each other 13 times with Azzaro now sporting a 7-6-0 scorecard compared to the I'm Done record of 6-7-0. The gelded son of Proud Bushy is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay. The three other Sunshine State Stake events highlighting the three year-olds were won by Atlantic Crest, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther. Atlantic Crest, a winner last week in this division for three year-old trotting fillies by 13 lengths, scored by 13 3/4 on Wednesday, hitting the line in 1:58.2 for owner-trainer-driver Sergio Corona. Among her mid-week victims this time around were Prairie Pixie ((Meittinis) and Famous C (Hennessey). Gold Star Aurora took top honors in the three-year-old filly pace, cruising to a wire-to-wire win for Walter Ross, Jr. in 1:56.4, carving out panels of :27.4, :582.2 and 1:28.4 before a :28 finale sealed the deal by 2 1/2 lengths over Prairie Cowgirl (Meittinis) and Bella Pat (Corey Braden). Trained by Maggie Audley for Marianne Audley, Gold Star Aurora, a daughter of Rock On, kept her 2017 record perfect at 3-for-3. Lifetime, she is 10-for-11 in the win column with bounty of $65,549. Prairie Panther, a gelded son of Royel Millennium owned by trainer Mike Deters along with Laurie Poulin, made a brave quarter move (:28.3) to the top for Jim Meittinis and then went on to post panels of :56.2 and 1:26.2 before zipping on home in :28 to score by four lengths over Fabiano (Hennessey) with Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) third. The 1:54.3 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Racing continues on Sunday night with four non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes and a strong pari-mutuel program with first post set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for the FSBOA and Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL…October 16, 2017…In an era where Brian Sears gets many of the harness racing headlines, father Jay Sears proved that, at 76 years of age, he can still compete with the best of them. The elder Sears won two of the four non-wagering FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes events for two year-olds at Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 15) while finishing third in the other two events. Sears was in the winner’s circle right off the bat as he guided Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, to her maiden win in 2:09.1, after leading every step of the mile and holding on for dear life at the end to hold off the previously undefeated I Rhoda Daley (Jason MacDougall) by a nose. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was third. Co-owned by Jay along with trainer-wife Kim, Jennifer had a pair of seconds and a third prior to the maiden win on Sunday night. Said Sears after the win, “She’s named after my daughter, so it was especially nice to win with her. I kinda gunned her out of there early and she opened up a pretty sizable lead and then trotted a decent final quarter to hold on.” Sears also won the pacing filly Diamond Eyes, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds. Trained by Kim Sears for owner Penny Kelley, Diamond Eyes found a good early spot in the garden seat as Six Line Lily (Wally Hennessey) set up early panels of :31.1 and 1:02.3. Heading into the final bend, Diamond Eyes went on the attack to engage in a war with the pair at the third station in 1:32.4 as these two slugged it out until the 16th pole when Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) joined the fray. At the wire, Diamond Eyes proved the winner by a neck over Starcasim with Six Line Lily next in 2:03.2. It was also the maiden win for Diamond Eyes in her career measuring three starts prompting Sears to remark, “She’s getting better now but we’ve got some deep competition in that division, including another one I own, Krinda, who mad a break early on.” Krinda has two wins in four starts, including her miscue, with a mark of 1:58.2. “Mike (trainer Deters) has a serious filly in there, too, Prairie Easter,” said Sears, “with a (1):58.2 mark and she was scratched so we were kinda lucky here to win. A little luck never hurts in this business.” Sears has a .431 UDRS with a 4-3-6 scorecard in 16 starts thus far in the young Pompano Park stakes season. The other two Sunshine State Stakes events were won by Dangerous Mood and Silver Wings. Dangerous Mood, a two year-old gelded son of Proud Bushy, kept his record unblemished for Wally Hennessey as he scored his third straight win—this time in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, Dangerous Mood has never relinquished the top spot in any of his three performances thus far in his career. “So far, so good,” replied trainer McDonald. “so we’re just hoping he keeps going. His first winning mile (2:02.3) was quite a surprise and his second win (2:01.1) was terrific. He seems to have good manners and, along with speed, is a good combination. Just hoping he keeps improving as we go forward.” Dangerous Mood won by four lengths over Prairie Eclipse (Jim Meittinis) with Brian (Jay Sears) next. Silver Wings, a son of Rock On, looked very impressive in scoring a wire-to-wire win for Corey Braden in 1:59.4—58.3--:29. Trained by Veral Bowman, who co-owns with Craig Schmidt, Silver Wings carved out panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:30.4 along the way to score by 7 ¼ lengths over Mister Special T (Rob Hoffman) with Jay Jay (Sears) third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues of Wednesday night with four non-wagering events for the three year-olds. Post time for the early events is 5:30 p.m. with the pari-mutuel program scheduled to get under way at 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for the FSBOA

Pompano Beach, FL…October 12, 2017…All Charged Up and Boli took their respective Open events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (October 11) but they had to share the harness racing spotlight with Walter Ross, Jr., who made yet another triumphant return to the sulky after being sidelined by a personal issue. The Junior Ross scored with Marianne Audley’s Gold Star Aurora, a talented three year-old daughter of Rock On, in 1:58.2--:27.1, pinning a four length win on Prairie Cowgirl (Jim Meittinis) with Golden Diamond (James Hysell) next in a non-wagering Sunshine State Stake for sophomore pacing fillies. It was Walter’s first time back in the race bike since late May as he coped with the passing of his daughter. This was not the first time that he has come back from adversity. Several years ago, after a debilitating illness almost took his life, he fought back to score a win in his return to the racing wars several months later. Trainer Maggie Audley was ecstatic after Gold Star Aurora’s win saying, “I am happy for this win with ‘Aurora,’ but I am even happier for Junior. He’s such a grand horseman and gentleman. He’s just an amazing man and I am so proud of him winning his first race back.” For Gold Star Aurora, last year’s Super Night champion in her class for two year-old pacing fillies, the victory kept her 2017 season perfect at two-for-two with her career earnings now at $63,936 with a lifetime scorecard now 8-1-0 in nine starts. Other sophomore Sunshine State Stakes winners prior to the betting card were  Atlantic Crest, I’m Done and Prairie Panther. Atlantic Crest, owned, trained and driven by Sergio Corona, blasted out from the wings of the starting gate and posted fractions of :29.3, :58.3 and 1:28 before an effortless :29 sprint home stopped the timer at 1:57.4—her margin being 13 lengths over Prairie Pixie (Meittinis) with Famous C (Wally Hennessey) third. Atlantic Crest, a daughter of Crest, pushed her career earnings close to $80,000 with the win--$79,924 to be precise—with her 11th lifetime win in 28 starts. I’m Done, a gelded son of Toro Bravo trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, evened the score with arch-rival Azzaro, scoring a well rated 2:02--:28.1 win for John MacDonald. Azzaro (Wally Hennessey) gave futile chase to no avail in the lane after I’m Done posted front end fractions of :31, 1:02.3 and 1:33.4. I’m Done and Azzaro now have faced each other 12 times in a rivalry that dates back to last season and each now has a 6-6-0 scorecard. I’m Done now has earnings of $73,748 with the win. Prairie Panther, a gelded son of Royel Millennium owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, scored his second straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action with a very sharp 1:56.3--:27.3 win for Jim Meittinis. Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) was second while Fabiano (Hennessey) finished third after poking his head in front around the final turn. Prairie Panther bulked his career earnings up to $67,070 in 14 starts, nine of which are wins. In the Open Pace for mares, All Charged Up, with John MacDonald in the bike, pulled off a minor upset as this six year-old daughter of Ponder rallied once they straightened away for home and collared the 1 to 10 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:52.2 Owned by J P Stables, All Charged Up left sharply from her six post and took command at the :27 opener, only to yield to Godiva Seelster shortly thereafter. During the second panel, Fern Paquet, Jr. sent Embassy Seelster on the prowl and she raced alongside the leader through a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the lane, All Charged Up found the seam and rallied to take command a sixteenth from home. “She’s a rugged thing,” related driver John MacDonald referring to All Charged Up but so is Wally’s great mare (Godiva Seelster). We just were lucky enough to draft along and that was the difference.” All Charged Up won for the fifth time this year in 13 starts, good for $30,660. Lifetime, the mare has chalked up 28 wins in 114 starts with this win vaulting her bounty over the $250,000 plateau--$254,082 to be exact. Goldstar Rockette (Fenn) finished third while Embassy Seelster and Isley picked up the minor awards. All Charged Up, the 7 to 2 second choice, paid $9.40 to win. The Open Handicap Trot went to Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey. This five year-old gelded son of Kadabra overcame the eight post and bolted right to the front, posting fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27 before sprinting through some raindrops coming home in :28.4 to score a handy 4¼ length win over Winemaster Hanover (Brady Galliers) with Zoraze (Paquet, Jr.) third. Prairie Fortune did trot the fastest final panel of this group (:28.2) but couldn’t overcome the outside nine post and finished fourth. Explosive Drama picked up the nickel.. Trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli won for the ninth time this semester in 21 starts, good for $72,470. Lifetime, Boli has two dozen wins in 69 starts and a bankroll of $209,664. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing resumes Sunday night with a trio of carry-overs highlighting the “better for the bettor” action. The Pick-6 has a carryover of $347, the Super Hi-5 finale has a hold-over of $1,490.57 and, since the final race Superfecta on Wednesday night was left unscathed, there is a carryover of $3,098 going into the first race Superfecta on Sunday night. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, made a triumphant return to Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 8) by withstanding a late surge by Sing For Me George (John MacDonald) to score a photo finish harness racing victory in 1:50.2. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended was on the prowl early, securing the lead from Sing For Me George after a tough :26.2 tussle during the opening panel and then carved out subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 before hold off that rival with a :28 finale, winning by a neck. Frankie’s Dragon (Corey Braden) rallied to finish third while Bestinthebusiness finished fourth after a first-over backside bid that brought him alongside Panocchio around the final bend. Team Captain picked up the minor award in the classy septet. After the event, Hennessey remarked, “What can I say? He’s just a gutsy individual that seems to love this track and knows where the wire is. “He was pushed some to gain the top and I was hoping the opening quarter didn’t take any sting out of him but he seems to know how to take care of himself and nothing really bothers him.” Trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnaon, Jr., said, “He’s a pretty amazing horse, I’ll say. He doesn’t train hard—usually a mile in 2:20 or 2:30 when does train—but he becomes a racehorse when he sees the starting gate.” Panocchio now has 55 lifetime wins—33 of them at Pompano Park—in 133 career starts, good for $468,393 to go along with his 1:48.3 track record over South Florida’s five-eighth mile oval. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park’s co-feature went to Rockntouch, getting a picture perfect drive from Mickey McNichol. This five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven left alertly and then let Heart Felt cut the mustard with fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:23.2 before leaving the cozy pocket turning for home to go by Heart Felt and then hold off Major Starlight (Hennessey) and St Lads Lotto (Brady Galliers) to score by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51.4. Heart Felt did finish fourth over Decent Sawyer in the field of seven. Rockntouch now has a 6-5-4 scorecard in 30 starts, good for yearly bounty of $48,605. The winner is owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable. Monteleone passed away just days earlier prompting driver Mickey McNichol to look skyward and say, “That win was for you, Mr. Fred. Rockntouch was off at 7 to 2 and paid $9.20 to win. The third leg of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine Stake Stakes for two year-olds was also contested in four non-wagering events with I Rhoda Daley, Dangerous Mood, Prairie Easter and Gold Star Diablo winning their respective events. I Rhoda Daley, a daughter of Desperado Don handled by owner-trainer Jason MacDougall, kept her record unblemished—now three-for-three—with a lifetime best 2:07.2 performance at the expense of Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) and Jennifer (Jay Sears) with a gate-to-wire performance in the Sunshine State Stake for trotting fillies. Dangerous Mood, driven by Wally Hennessey for the Smiley Farm, also scored in wire-to-wire fashion as this Jim McDonald trainee carved out panels of :30, 1:00.3 and 1:31.1 before a :30 sprint home left him four lengths clear of Brian (Jay Sears) with Captain Thomas (John Campagnuolo) next in this event for trotting colts and geldings. The 2:01.1 performance by this gelded son of Proud Bushy was a new life mark for Dangerous Mood, who is now two-for-two lifetime. Prairie Easter took her division for pacing fillies by getting revenge on last week’s winner Krinda in 1:58.2—28.2. This daughter of Royel Millennium was driven by Corey Braden for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler. Prairie Easter cut impressive panels of :30.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 along the way and was two lengths clear of Krinda (Bryce Fenn) on the wire. Six Line Lily (Hennessey) was third. Finally, Gold Star Diablo, many, many lengths off the gate at the start, made a double-bubble backside binge and went on to score an impressive 1:58.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the colt-gelding pace. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, this impressive gelded son of Mysticism score by 1¼ lengths over Silver Wings (Corey Braden), who cut panels of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 along the way. Jay Jay (Jay Sears) finished third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues on Wednesday night with three year-olds in the spotlight. Finally, Pompano Park’s Super Hi-5 was solved on Sunday night with the 9-3-2-6-7 combination returning $6,067.30 for a 20 cent ticket. The Super Hi-5 is offered on Pompano Park’s final race every racing night. Wednesday night’s program features Godiva Seelster in the Mares Open Pace and the highly anticipated rematch between Prairie Fortune and Boli in the Open Trot Godiva Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Camluck, owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, seeks her second straight for trainer Dan Hennessey and driver Wally Hennessey. Among her opponents are All Charged Up and Goldstar Rockette. Prairie Fortune and Boli were a nose apart in last week’s encounter and have been assigned outside posts in Wednesday’s encounter. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 7, 2017...Harness racing track record holder Panocchio headlines a strong Pompano program on Sunday night (October 8) as the seven year-old altered son of No Pan Intended returns to the scene of his 1:48.3 track mark. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio headlines the Open 1 Pace against Sing For Me George and Toatsmygoats, one-two in last week's open on opening night. Panocchio has banked $463,643 coming into the action on the strength of 54 wins in 132 career starts with 32 of those victories achieved over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. Says trainer Jim Mattison, "He's quite an amazing horse. He usually trains no faster than 2:20 or 2:30 when we do train him but, when we put the sulky on him and hit hits the track and sees the (starting) gate, he's a different horse. "I trained him the other day in the rain and he was almost saying to me, 'I don't want any part of this. Get me back home! "At the barn he's just a pleasure to be around. He loves kids and he'll put his head on your shoulder--just a pleasure!" Panocchio will have the driving services of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey, who is off to his usual quick start at the track with 13 wins in his first 25 drives and a UDRS of .640. He will leave from post four in his very talented field. Sing For Me George, post two, got a heady drive from John MacDonald to score in last week's Open Pace. This eight year-old son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joe Martinella, Sr., overcame the outside eight post with a bold early move to secure a garden journey, leaving the coziness of his pocket in the lane and wearing down Toatsmygoats (Brady Galliers) in the final stages of the mile. Toatsmygoats will leave from post three on Sunday night with the sharp invader Bestinthebusiness (post one), Frankie's Dragon (5), Fritzie Pic Up Man (6) and Team Captain (7) rounding out the talented field with combined earnings of well over $2 million. The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes will also be contested as the Florida Bred two year-olds take the spotlight in four non-wagering events beginning at 6:00 p.m. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:20 with Super Hi-5 carryover of close to $3,000 offered on the final race. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

WALES, UK - Last December, five lucky drivers from the UK and Ireland were given the opportunity to travel to Florida to compete in an amateur driving series against five US reinsmen. Now these five US drivers will be making the trip to Wales to see if they can reign supreme on British soil. Those standing in their way are recent Musselburgh final winning driver Richard Haythornthwaite, Wales & West specialist Jaimie Davies, father and son combination Patrick and Lee Morris and Irish contender Chris O'Reilly. These British and Irish contenders proved that we have some great talent having won the series in Pompano Park. The races will take place at both Tir Prince and Tanycastell and are set to be hotly contested events with the Americans hoping they can take home the bragging rights and the 'locals' looking to stand their ground on home turf. Tir Prince racing manager Eric Witherspoon spoke of his excitement towards having such a memorable race at the North Wales venue, "We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event and look forward to seeing the guest drivers put their skills to the test in what looks a very competitive race. May the best driver win!" Here's a closer look at the 10 drivers who will be hoping they can land the spoils. Team America Ron Cuismano followed in his father's footsteps and began training and driving in the late 1980s. He was a regular driver throughout the 90s winning several New York Sire Stake races and Florida Breeders Stakes. He left the harness racing business altogether in 1999, but continued to follow harness racing. After 17 years away from the business he had the chance to join the Florida amateur drivers club an opportunity which would allow him to give back to the sport that he loves. Tony Dinges is a full time trainer and currently trains 25 horses at Tioga Downs. He got involved with harness racing as a child through his grandfather. His career highlight to date is training Tarver Hanover, a horse he also owned to win over $850,000. He has also been lucky enough to have a runner in the 2011 running of the world famous Hambletonian. Dein Spriggs is a real estate consultant who became involved in harness racing through his father William Spriggs and both he and his brother Steve have followed in their father's footsteps. Dein was USA Amateur Driver of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 and has had the opportunity to drive in American, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain and is no stranger to winning on international soil. He lists winning the 2005 CKG Gold Cup as his career highlight as he was able to share the experience with parents, daughter and brother. Jeff Schaefer is a full-time farrier and splits his time between Pomano Park in Florida in the winter and Tioga Downs in New York in the summer. He has had the opportunity to shoe a few champions like Horse of the Year in the USA and Canada Burning Point and Corleon Cosmos. He has been training harness horses since the age of 7 with his parents and started driving at 16 where he finished 2nd in the Junior Driving Championship. Jeff has already experienced harness racing in the UK and may have an advantage over his fellow countrymen having drove on the grass at Almeley last year. Dennis Whittemore has been around Standardbreds his whole life and started driving in the late 70's. He has owned horses since he can remember and it is a real family affair with his father, son and daughter all involved in the sport. Since taking up driving in 1977 he has won 117 races and over $167,000 in prize money. His most successful year came in 1982 where he won 18 starts and placed in 53 others. Team UK & Ireland Richard Haythornthwaite is a carpenter by trade who got involved with harness racing through his parents Alan and Teresa Haythornthwaite and the sport is very much in the family's blood. Richard is a regular at several tracks around the UK and has become the main driver for a number of owners. He has had some very high-profile winners and he names his success in the Vincent Delaney Memorial on Tyrion Hanover as his career highlight to date. Chris O'Reilly, another carpenter, started his affiliation with the sport as a young 13-year-old competing in saddle races. He then left the sport for several years and is perhaps the least experienced of the group as he only trains and drives his own horses. However, this did not affect him during the competition in America and he gave a flawless drive to win on his first ever attempt at driving a trotter, an experience which he states will be very hard to match. Jaimie Davies is one of the most utilised drivers on the Wales & West harness racing circuit and is the third generation of his family to become a driver. Although he only has one of his own in training he picks up outside drives every week and has become the go-to man for several trainers. Jaimie, who works on his family farm, was thrilled with his opportunity to travel to Florida and experience harness racing at its highest level. Patrick Morris, a shop fitter by trade, has been involved in harness racing for a number of years and got into the sport through his father. His partnership with Meadowbranch Josh provided him with some his most notable winners including heat and final at Tanycastell, a heat of the Big Guns Series at Appleby, a heat of the Crock of Gold and several Free For Alls including two 1.57 miles. Patrick enjoyed his experience in America so much that if the opportunity arose he would move there in an instant. Lee Morris is a full-time farrier. He is the main organiser of the event and was delighted to get the opportunity to drive at Pompano Park and although he didn't get a winner the experience of getting to drive around such an impressive track could only be described as "awesome" and an absolute highlight of his career. Lee however is no stranger to the winners enclosure and has won high profile races at Ceredigion with Lyons Stallone, Musselburgh with Blue Top Gun and a heat of the Crock of Gold with Meadowbranch Josh. With the first race scheduled for Tuesday night being an ultra-competitive event, excitement is building towards a great series. Good luck to all competitors and a huge congratulations to those who have worked tirelessly to make the event happen. From everyone in the UK and Ireland we hope the five USA drivers thoroughly enjoy the experience. We hope that this competition can increase in size and stature in the future to become one of the highlights of the UK harness racing season. by Kayleigh Evans      

"Gotta get to the paddock. What did the paddock schedule say? Let me read it again...okay, I have to be in the paddock with the horse at 6:20 p.m., that's in ten minutes. The horse is ready, he's in the stall for one last time before we head up to the paddock. "Alright, paddock time...fourth race, number...I forgot the number. Alright, I am the four horse...number is on...buckets are filled with water, wait...where's the sponge? Oh, there it is. Warming up in 15 minutes...jog cart is here...does this horse wear a tongue tie to warm-up? Race time. We race in..."attention horsemen, 5 minutes, 5 minutes to post"...oh no, where's the bike?! on, tongue tie on, driver on, post parade out. Going to the gate at two-to-one, got a trip following the favorite...what is going on? He finished up the track, last quarter 32 seconds. I need to call the vet to see what's going on with him." A horse race functions like a car. There's many parts that make it work. Even though the buyer only sees the car and the crowds only see the horse and driver, there's a complex web of parts that work behind the scenes to move the car and keep it running as there are many people and factors that contribute to getting a horse to the races. These factors work like cogs, where each piece moves the next and if one piece stops working, nothing will function properly. There's many articles showcasing owners and trainers, drivers and horses; however, there's a key factor amidst the rest, one that maintains the health of the animal and is vital in its journey to the track, but is invisible to the spotlight. This piece doesn't work for the spotlight or for the winning title, this piece works for the sole purpose of the horse: the veterinarian. A veterinarian is the first person called when an animal is acting out of the ordinary. When a horse finishes up the track, takes a bad step, stops eating, or anything abnormal to its typical behavior, trainers call the vet first. The veterinarian is here now at my barn. It's almost eight o'clock. The horse just raced and the vet is already here. Her husband has a horse in the sixth race but she's here at my barn looking after my horse. She's scoping the horse and it's coming up with a flipped palette...explains the unfortunate events of the race. My daughter is beside me, it's her horse. The vet is explaining what a flipped palette is to my daughter, she wants to be a veterinarian, too. "A flipped palette is when the tissues in the airway constrict so much as to block the airway, preventing the horse from getting proper airflow throughout the race," Doctor Michelle MacDougall explains to her while allowing her to observe through the scope. Doctor MacDougall reassures my daughter that the condition is treatable and the horse will be fine. Besides treating the animal, veterinarians need to treat the trainers, too. While focusing on what the horse has going on and what the horse needs, the vet has to account for the hovering and concerned "parents". Doctor Michelle MacDougall has been a veterinarian for large animals for nine years, since she graduated veterinary college in 2008. She has centered her focus on large animals, only working with small animals as a volunteer and for very small amounts of time. She refers to her four-legged patients as "little babies". "They are all my little babies and they are all my favorite. I don't have a single best case and all my patients are special, it wouldn't be fair to pick just one," states Doc MacDougall. I, myself, have been that same little girl, as have many horsemen across many racetracks. I have found myself concerned about my favorite horse but comforted by Michelle's words and teaching. She has shown me the inside of a scope on multiple occasions for my own horses and had even taken me on as a student for the summer of 2015. Throughout that summer, I had my heart set on becoming a veterinarian, I was intrigued by the knowledge Michelle had given me. She had shown me behind the scenes of her life, the ropes of becoming and actually being a vet. I spent the summer as her assistant and learned a wealth of information. However, and unfortunately, I have come to find that I do not have what it takes to follow in Michelle's footsteps. Michelle deals with the toughest parts of this business and of being a veterinarian. "The hardest part is not being able to help the horse. Despite examinations, blood work, diagnostics, and all the hopes and prayers, there are going to be some times that I simply cannot help the horse. Those are the hard times," says Michelle. Personally, I found that Michelle is strong, she is able to compose herself in these times, not for herself but for the sake of the trainer. On the other hand, amidst the tough times are seemingly small joys that have an enormous impact. "The best part of being a vet is being able to wake up every day and go to work doing something that I truly love to do, "Michelle says. "The best times come with watching a horse make its way to the racetrack after a long treatment or watching a foal come into the world." Michelle has experienced it all and has played a vital role in each event. In a nutshell, Michelle was born and raised in Maine. She became hooked on the outdoors as her daycare was a dairy farm that became a produce farm (Frugal Farmers) where she learned an honest day's work. She had an extensive career training and competing horses locally and regionally through high school and undergraduate school. She went to undergraduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Michelle MacDougall graduated veterinary school nine years ago from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada. "I can't remember the exact moment when I decided to become a veterinarian and I can't remember wanting to do anything else," Michelle says. "Growing up I wanted to become a professional equestrian for the Olympics or World Games, but at the same time, I didn't have the 'horsepower' for that and so my mind was always set on becoming a veterinarian." Around the age of five or six years old, Michelle said she was introduced to a retired Standardbred named Kimberly Blaze. During Michelle's first ever horse show, her pony to be ridden came up lame and so Kimberly Blaze had to step in and save the day. Although Michelle had never ridden the mare before, she says Kimberly hauled her around the ring like a champ, earning her a ribbon in every class and reining Michelle in for a long-term passion for horses. Ever since that first show with Kimberly, Michelle has ridden many Standardbreds and "each one is unique in its own way." Michelle claims. She had already fallen in love with horses from the show ring but had a newfound excitement when she later came across harness racing while working in Maine for a Standardbred veterinarian. "I was introduced to this business in Maine," Michelle explained, "and there was no looking back. It was a new level of competition and excitement for me. They are just marvelous animals and simply love being a part of the sport. "I have a huge competitive spirit and I just love helping a horse become stronger and better for their owners and trainers. I watch almost every race that my clients participate in. I love to see my patients excel on the racetrack," Doc MacDougall stated. While working in Maine, Michelle had also met Jason MacDougall. He was one of the clients at the clinic she worked at when she graduated from vet school. He is a profession harness racing driver and trainer of 27 years. He has trained horses with Michelle for nearly ten years. "Michelle is a good vet and she loves animals, it's simple as that. For me, Michelle holds me together. She started our breeding farm and she started this new way of running our stable. Our horses are now our pets. All of our horses have a home for life with us," Jason says, "Michelle keeps me balanced and level-headed." Michelle has certainly had a reputable career working with horses. She has been a riding/driving instructor at Photo Finish Farm in Buxton, Maine. She has also been self-employed as a riding/driving instructor, as well as pleasure horse trainer for the past 25 years. Competitively, Michelle has competed in Eventing, Dressage, Gymkhana, Pleasure Driving, Competitive Driving, Distance Riding, Drill Team, Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and public demonstrations. She has represented Maine and SPHO Maine in competitive events as well including the USCTA Trials in Gladstone, NJ, the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA and again, in Columbus, OH. She still continues to ride and compete. Every year, she takes a weekend to compete with a currently racing Standardbred in the SPHO National Show to showcase how versatile a Standardbred can be. "Michelle is one of my closest friends, said Tioga Downs caretaker, Tabitha Teresczuk. "We travel together to the National Show each year and she's always there for me. Whether we are out riding, driving to our next show, or in the barn at the racetrack, I always have her to talk to." Michelle began competing in the RUS program in Maine where the horsemen held a small circuit. The circuit followed the horsemen's own rules, with no governing body and no purse money, but with "the greatest fun in the world." These RUS races had 'gentlemen's starts' where each member of the race starts off equally without the use of a starting car, breaking horses, men and women riders, trotters and pacers. The race was for the fun of the horsemen and spectators, as an exhibition race. Later, the RUS race made its way to Tioga Downs as a USTA sanctioned race. Michelle earned a RUS license and qualified her mount, One More Lap. She was ecstatic as her previous RUS races had been on fair tracks with retired older horses and now, it was on the lightning fast Tioga Downs surface abroad fit and healthy racehorses. Qualifying One More Lap became more than her first USTA RUS race, but her most memorable moment in the division. After crossing the finish line, Michelle began to pull the horse up. However, the rhythm of the movement wasn't there, the horse and Michelle pulling opposite ways and so, Michelle landed on her head. "There was a bit of fuzziness for a while but not to worry," Michelle told everyone. "I came through the experience undaunted and rode the mare the next week to a spectacular second place finish." The next RUS race Michelle competed in was on Current Image at Colonial Downs. "What a difference racing Tioga Downs and Colonial Downs," Michelle explained. "From the top of the stretch at Colonial Downs, the finish line looked like it was simply never going to come. But it was just as exciting. Except I missed the start, oops." As a rider, Michelle has many achievements and awards. "As many people know, showing horses awards the rider with a ribbon. It is neither money nor fame, it is a silly little colored ribbon," Michelle says. "But, to us riders, that ribbon is so very important. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to fill rooms with my ribbons, trophies, plaques, blankets, pictures, and more. "However, the best awards are the memories," Michelle added. "The time shared with the horse; the long hours schooling the moves; the cleaning, packing, grooming; the re-cleaning, repacking, regrooming; the anxiety and nerves; and finally, the achievement. "The physical awards are wonderful, but the memories are the best," Michelle said. "Good friends, good horses, great times. There's not much better than." Michelle has been featured in books, magazines, and multiple published articles in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She helped edit and compose a Veterinary section in a book, "Retraining the Harness Racehorse" by Robyn Cuffey and Maryanne Donovan-Wright. She serves on the board of "Futures for Standardbreds" which helps place Standardbreds in good homes when their racing careers are finished. She also participates as a member in numerous other Standardbred related groups. As a horsewoman, Michelle assists her husband with the MacDougall Racing Stable whenever she gets a free moment. She has also helped her husband start a small Standardbred breeding operation based out of Florida. The breeding operation began out of availability, as Michelle puts it. "My husband has been involved in the business for over 30 years. But he did it like a man...not a woman...he never got attached." Once Michelle entered the picture, horses became pets rather than a business commodity. Selling horses became heartbreaking and nearly impossible to follow through. Thus, the breeding farm began. Most of their breeding stock is from horses that Jason had previously raced. They were all well bred horses, but were finished in their racing careers. The first mating pair produced Conman's Dream. "He's not a world beater," Michelle said. "but he was successful in his two and three-year-old Florida Stakes career and should make a decent overnight horse. He has a home for life!" Michelle's favorite horse throughout her life was a horse named Monte Carlo. He was her first horse, a Standardbred. "Together we ruled the world!" Michelle said. Her current favorite riding horse is College Major, her mount for the National SPHO Horse Show. Her favorite racing horse is Conman's Dream, her "homebred" and first foal. "There will be none more special than the first born!" As a veterinarian, Michelle began as an assistant at Blackstrap Hill Veterinary Clinic in Cumberland Center, Maine. After she graduated from vet school, she became an associate of the practice. Later, she branched out on her own creating her own business, Michelle MacDougall, DVM. Currently, Michelle works for herself as an equine veterinarian at Tioga Downs during the spring and summer months and at Pompano Park during the fall and winter months. In the spring of 2011, Michelle and Jason moved their stable from Maine to New York upon Jason's judgement of a better fit racetrack, at Tioga Downs. At the end of that meet, their stable was then moved to Colonial Downs in Virginia for the fall. The move to Florida was on a recommendation by fellow horsemen. They suggested trying a training center in Florida for the winter. In that winter of 2011, they moved to Reveille Farms in Astor, Florida. In 2012, they purchased their first Florida home and began the breeding program. "Now we have oranges on our license plates!" Michelle said, "We get to have Florida winter weather and New York summer weather, it's beautiful all year long. It's perfect!" Michelle's days and nights are filled with work. "I do not take days off, I do not take vacations." She works seven days a week, for most hours of the day. "I do vet work until vet work is done, I assist my husband with the stable, and then once I am home, I continue with records, billing and paperwork. I easily put 16-18-hour days, seven days a week. It's not a job for the light-hearted but I love what I do. "My clients are very understanding that when the races are going on, I will be assisting my husband's stable," Michelle added. "I also make a point of watching every race that I can, so when I am not helping in the paddock, I am sitting somewhere watching the monitors. I like to be able to see the horses at speed as well as examine them up close, and being in the paddock and watching races lets me do this. "My clients seem to appreciate this and they are very willing to schedule examinations or treatments before or after the races." Michelle starts her day early in the morning with a list of clients already written up. However, that same list becomes longer and longer throughout the day. She deals with everything from emergencies in the barnyard to last minute Coggins, which actually seem like emergencies to frantic trainers. "Michelle is dependable. She's always available when we need her. She maintains professionalism and is reasonable in every aspect. Michelle is considerate of both the trainer and the horse," said trainers Mario and Desi Dessureault. Michelle is able to compartmentalize between her personal and professional lives. "I try to treat all my horses with the utmost respect." Michelle explained. "I try to treat all patients as if they are the next world champion. I definitely try not to take anything for granted," One of Michelle's long term professional goals is to open up her own surgical facility. "I very much enjoy surgery and figured as I get older," Michelle said. "The hours I currently keep might start to catch up to me. It is not out of the question, but I currently do not have anything in place. "As far as I am concerned, I am quite happy to continue practicing within the barn areas of the racetrack. I think I have the ability to help the horses, I enjoy what I do and I can manage the hours. For now, I am content to stay as I am, but that is not ruling out a future in surgery." Although Michelle hasn't built upon her surgical dream, she has greatly impacted her current practice with the creation of a new treatment. It's called the DABS and it is a soft tissue internal blister. The procedure has helped many race horses overcome potentially career ending injuries such as bowed tendons, suspensory's, and other lower limb soft tissues by using their own blood properties in the treatment. Trainers from across the country have traveled to Tioga Downs and Florida to have the procedure done. Driver and trainer Nick Surick said "Following the advice of an owner, I sent over one of my horses to Michelle for the procedure. Although I was hesitant, I was also sure that without it, the horse would need to be turned out with a chance of not racing again. After Michelle's procedure, I have had great success and she has done other horses in my barn as well." From Coggins testing to career saving treatments and everything in between, veterinarian Michelle MacDougall has done at all, all the while tending to the trainers and horses simultaneously. She has become very well-known and has had a remarkable background working with horses in such a short period of time. There is certainly more to come. Alright, it's one week later, Michelle treated the horse for the flipped palette and I followed her advice to-a-T. We have the four hole in the fifth race and our odds seemed to skyrocket after last week's start. The horse is on the track, everything seems to be going well. Last quarter 28 seconds and change, good. Thanks to Doc MacDougall this horse is back to its normal self. I have to remember to thank her later. Thank you to Doctor Michelle MacDougall and all veterinarians for everything you do, from all horsemen, owners and trainers, and horses. by Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 18, lives in Margate, Florida and will be attending Nova Southeastern University this fall. She is the daughter of Pompano Park/Tioga Downs owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.  

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