Duc Dorleans, smartly handled by Wally Hennessey, won Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (December 4), stopping the timer in a season's best 1:50.1. (He also had a 1:50.1 win over the larger Mohawk seven-eighths oval.) The six year-old son of Shanghai Phil scored by 1 1/4 lengths over the late charging Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) third, 2 1/4 lengths away. Abreathofreshart was fourth while Pop Cop, prominent much of the way, earned the minor award in the septet. At the outset, Pop Cop, leaving from the rail, and Here Come William, post five, got into a very heated war ear;y with Pop Cop refusing to yield through an opener in :25.4. At this stage, Duc Dorleans (post six) was also on the prowl as the Hummer Starting Gate sped away but smartly took a seat in third, three lengths off the sizzling pace. With a half in :53.4, positions remained unchanged but, on the backside, Hennessey sent Duc Dorleans sprinting forward and to a short lead around the final turn and past the third station in 1:21.3. In the lane, Duc Dorleans edged past the stubborn Pop Cop, drew clear at mid-stretch and then held off the five wide surge of Sing For Me George, who was dead last turning for home. In the winner's circle, Hennessey said, "being outside of those two that were in a dig-fight early was a blessing because they opened up some daylight, allowing me to tuck in third. "Yes, he does like the front end, but I wasn't about to get into a war that I wasn't going to be able to win. When I asked him on the backstretch, he responded like the good horse he is. It was a good team effort this time around." Trained by Jacques Dupont for Gestion Levesque 2005, Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans, Duc Dorleans now boasts $616,270 in career earnings--$66,168 this year. As the even money proposition on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans returned a mutuel of $4.00. In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, survived some early sizzling fraction on the front end--:26.1, :54.2 and 1:23--to take top honors in 1:51.2, holding off the late surge along the pylons by Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) to hit the line a half-length to the good. No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) used a menacing brush on the backside during the third quarter--moving from seventh to second--to finish third, a length away. Major Deagan, far back early, paced the fastest final panel of all--:27.2--to finish a fast closing fourth while Winyard Hanover, prominent most of the way, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "I really didn't want to go :54 and a piece to the half...but the horse sure did. Then I thought that he might not have that much left in the tank late, so this was a surprisingly good mile." Whogoesfirst, an eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, won for the third time this year and 27th time career-wise to send his lifetime bounty to $446,478--$56,458 this year. The winner, owned by the S&P Racing Stable along with trainer Luanne Case, was second choice on the tote-board and returned $9.20 to win. In the $8,500 Condition/Claiming ($20,000) pace, Blue Hour Power, driven by Ricky Macomber, survived a rugged beginning before taking command after a :27.2 opener, and posted subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before sealing the issue with a :27.2 sprint home to score in 1:51.1. Trained by Jamie Macomber for Wilber Eash, Blue Hour Power, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter, pinned a 3½ length defeat on Respectable Dream (John Mac Donald) with The Best of Joel (Kevin Wallis) a ground saving third, 5¼ lengths away. Grande Seelster, prominent early while looping the field for the early lead form post nine, was fourth while Owosso Flash finished fifth in the field of nine. Blue Hour Power won for the 10th time this semester, pushing his seasonal bounty to $94,980 and $606,111 lifetime. Off as the 2 to 5 favorite on a drop down in class, Blue Hour Power paid $2.80 to win. In the better for the bettor department, one fortunate player cashed in on a 20 cent Pentafecta ticket worth $6,303.92 when amateur driver Billy Muggleston steered B Cor Thomas ($18.80) to upset victory in the second of two events for the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The nine year-old altered son of Mutineer scored in a lifetime best 1:56.2 for his fourth win of the year. Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker), off at 5 to 1, finished second, favored Czech It Out (Fred Cohen) 3 to 2 on the tote-board, was third and JLs Too Hot Taj, 64 to 1, was fourth and Holiday Spirit, 19 to 1, completed the Pentafecta bonanza order of finish. The winner is owned and trained by Fannie Saul-Beaulieu and the win pushed his seasonal bounty to $23,219, his best season ever. The other amateur event went to Total Freedom with Dein Spriggs in the bike. This six year-old daughter of Crazed, owned and trained by Leopold Sawyers, used a :28.2 kick home to get by a stubborn Global Power (Mitchell Walker) by three-parts-of-a-length in 2:00 for her fourth win of the year. New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) overcame the outside nine post to finish third while Blueridge Empire and Act Of Valor picked up the final two awards. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, had another huge night, scoring five wins on the 10 race program. Racing continues of Monday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2016...Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, proved that last week's victory over Godiva Seelster was no fluke as she rallied bravely in the lane to post a 1¼ length victory in 1:51 over Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (November 30). It was her third straight win in the top class. All Charged Up (John Mac Donald), desperately trying to find racing room in the lane, did so, but too late, and finished a fast closing third, just a neck back of Godiva Seelster. Art Frenzy, in a ground-saving "even-steven" effort, finished fourth while Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the septet. A classy four year-old daughter of Western Terror, Safe From Terror, starting from the outside post (7), was in a fierce battle leaving the gate as Godiva Seelster, leaving from the 6 post, and All Charged Up, beginning from post 3, also set their sights on the lead with Godiva Seelster gaining the top a few strides before the sharp :26.3 opener with All Charged Up finally relenting and Safe From Terror wrestled back into third. With a half in :55.2, Godiva Seelster maintained her advantage on the backside, trying to thwart any challengers with a third quarter in :27.2 and reaching the third station in 1:22.4 with All Charged Up a locked up second and Safe From Terror alongside. At the stretch call, Godiva Seelster maintained her 1½ length lead but the relentless Safe From Terror kept gnawing away, taking the lead late and drawing clear. In a post-race interview, the normally quiet Bryce Fenn related, "Well, my mare has been very sharp the past few weeks as Lu (trainer Luanna Beeson) has done just a remarkable job with her--and the whole stable, I might add. "I left out of there along with Wally's great mare (Godiva Seelster) and there was really a heckuva battle going on early and I had to make a decision on to stay in pursuit or take back. "Well, I decided to take back and I really didn't know if that was going to work out, especially on the backside and around the final bend as we really weren't gaining much. "She dug in late, though, and this was a real solid group she handled tonight." For Safe From Terror, it was her 12th win of the season, sending her 2016 bankroll to $156,635 for the Wichester Baye Acres. Lifetime, Safe From Terror now has $640,257 in earnings with a 24-8-12 scorecard in 67 starts. As second choice at 7 to 2 on the tote-board, Safe From Terror paid $9.80 to win. The ever popular "Over-The-Hill-Gang" trot was also contested on Wednesday night and Adenium, the 10 year-old senior citizen of his group, scored his third straight win, this one with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. This gelded son of Revenue S, owned and trained by Dale Gilmour, led every stride of his mile, clocking panels of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before stopping the clock in 1:55.2. Southwind Voltage (Mike Simons) finished second, three lengths away, while Through The Night (John Mac Donald) was third. R G Rocket and Barbies Korvette earned the minors in the octet. After the event, trainer Gilmour said, "well, he's feelin' pretty frisky these days and he finished the mile the best he has in his last several starts. "I guess I have to buy him some more bananas for his performance. He loves his bananas!" The win was the 30th in Adenium's career stretching 192 starts. He's banked $231,782 lifetime--$27,200 this year. As the 4 to 5 chalk, Adenium paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with a strong 10 race program featuring a $2,000,000 field of pacers in the $12,000 Open pace. The $610,000 winner Duc Dorleans seeks his second straight win after a 1:50.2 score last week. He'll face the likes of Pop Cop, He's A Lock, Rockntouch, Abreathofreshart, Here Comes William and Sing For Me George. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2016...She's All In, driven by Rick Plano, redeemed herself from self-destructing in her last start by taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Trot for Mares on Tuesday night (November 29). The seven year-old daughter of Revenue S, owned and trained by Plano, himself, zipped off the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate to secure the top spot early on before yielding to Serendipitious (Wally Hennessey) and then out-sprinted that one to the wire to score in 1:54.3, the margin 2 1/4 lengths on the wire off of panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.3. Diamond Dagger (Jason Dillander) went a brave mile outside the last lap and finished third, just a neck back of Serendipitious. The Meadows invader Pinky The Intern went an "even-steven" mile in her debut to finish fourth while Bad Angel, beginning her journey from the outside nine post, rallied for fifth. After the race, Plano said, "She's a rugged mare, alright, but, sometimes, mares can be a little rambunctious ata times and, last week, I guess she was just in a bad frame of mind. "That was a shame, too, because we had the five post last week, too. "This week, she was all business. She was a 'good girl' this week." In winning for the fourth time this semester, the iron mare now shows a 4-11-8 scorecard in a busy 42 starts, good for bounty of $72,514. She has banked $289,073 lifetime. Off as the even money favorite on the tote-board, She's All In returned $4.20 to her multitude of backers. Finally, there was nary a winning ticket in the Super Hi-5 finale on Tuesday, vaulting the carryover to $5,206.36 for the Wednesday night card, which is scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 27, 2016...Pompano Park hosted the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night $430,000 Breeders Stakes for Florida bred harness racing two and three year-olds on Sunday night (November 27). Here is a recap of the stakes events: $50,750 Breeders Stakes Final for 2 Year-Old Trotting Colts and Geldings With the only two entrants in this non-wagering event, I'm Done and Azzaro, renewing their rivalry with the Florida championship on the line, it was I'm Done, driven by John Mac Donald, who whipped his arch-rival, handled by Wally Hennessey, with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.4, a new lifetime mark. With each of these finalists coming into the action with identical 4-4-0 scorecards in eight starts, it was I'm Done electing to leave from his outside post (2) and, after a very brief tussle with Azzaro, secured the lead, opening up a three length advantage past the :29.3 opener. Azzaro really dent the leader's margin through subsequent panels of :59.4 and 1:30 and then was left 5¼ back at the wire as I'm Done came home in :28.4 to soundly secure the win--and the championship. In a post-race interview, Mac Donald had nothing but praise for the winner saying, "he's just a solid gaited youngster that gets better and better every start." Trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, I'm Done, a gelded son of Toro Bravo, now shows earnings of $70,265 in his nine starts. $53,250 Breeders Stakes Final for 2 Year-Old Trotting Fillies In this second of two non-wagering events, Atlantic Crest, superbly handled by owner-trainer Sergio Corona, took top honors, annihilating her four opponents in an eased up 1:58--her winning margin measured at 16¾ lengths over Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) with Bonnie Blue Banker finishing third, but placed back one notch to fourth after interfering with Famous C, who was moved up that notch to third. Miss Olivia Irene, rough-gaited the entire mile, earned the nickel. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Atlantic Crest was away cautiously before securing the lead around the initial turn. By the opening station in :28.4, this daughter of Crest widened her margin through the straightaway the first time, opening up what turned out to be an insurmountable lead past the half in :56.4 with Bonnie Blue Banker (Rob Hoffman) second and Famous C (Wally Hennessey) next but on the move before being bothered midway up the backside. Past the three-quarters in 1:27, Atlantic Crest looked home free with a double-digit lead and coasted to the wire, widening that lead with every stride. After the race, the subdued Corona was all smiles as he simply stated that he was "very happy!" With the victory, her fifth in eight lifetime starts, Atlantic Crest more than doubled her earnings, which now stand at $51,724. $54,100 Breeders Stake Final for 2 Year-Old Pacing Fillies Gold Star Aurora, driven by Wally Ross, Jr. and off at 1 to 10 to begin the pari-mutuel program, dug in late to hold off the late surging Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) in a lifetime best performance, stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald), in the garden spot throughout much of the mile, finished third with PF Silver Classic next. Golden Diamond picked up the minors in the quintet. In a mad scramble leaving the gate, Gold Star Aurora seemed intent on grabbing the racetrack, securing the top spot around the first turn and carded an opening quarter in :28. With no challenges developing, Ross rated his filly through subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.2 and then was on a :28.2 sprint home, but still in danger late as Tay Tay M was on a :27.4 sprint of her own to miss by a neck. In winning for the seventh time in eight tries, driver Ross said, "I'm just thankful to be driving a filly as nice as this one. Maggie Audley has done a great job in taking over the stable due to Tom's (trainer Audley) passing. She's just done remarkable. I am so happy for her and her mom, Marianne, who owns her. With the win, Gold Star Aurora, a daughter of Rock On, sent her bounty to $60,702--$55,287 over the past four weeks. She paid $2.20 to her multitude of backers. $55,400 Breeders Stake for Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Last year's Breeders Crown champion, Prairie Sweeheart, came back to defend her crown and had no problem doing so, scoring a nine length win for Matt Kakaley in 1:52.3--:55.4--:27.3. This outstanding daughter Royal Millennium not only defended her crown, but remained undefeated during her career--now 14-for-14. Leading every stride of her journey, Prairie Sweetheart pinned the lengthy defeat on Gold Star Mysti (Walter Ross, Jr.) with Diamond Lily (Wally Hennessey) third, some dozen lengths away. Yule Love It was fourth in her sextet of fillies with Gold Star Lovebug picking up the nickel. Now owned by the Let It Ride Stables, Prairie Sweetheart has a bit more than two lengths on the field after an opener of :28.4, widened it to four halfway through in :56.4 and then stretched it to eight lengths around the final turn before that :27.3 burst home sealed the deal. Driver Kakaley succinctly summed it up when he simply said, "She's just a great filly. That's about al there is to it!" Off at a nickel-to-a-dollar, Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win. $54,270 Breeders Stake for Two Year-Old Pacing Colts and Geldings Prairie Panther, the brilliant altered son of Royal Millennium, remained undefeated since his Pompano Park arrival in early October, scoring his seventh straight win--this one in 1:56.2 for driver Mike Deters. Off at 1 to 10, Prairie Panther scored by 1¼ lengths over a game Gold Star Bugsy (Wally Hennessey), who had his sights on the winner's circle at mid-stretch but was out-brushed in the final stages. Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) paced the fastest final panel of all in this event--:27.4--and finished third, 1¾ lengths back. Moon Doggie was fourth while Gold Star Spider picked up the final check in the quintet. Prairie Panther logged well rated panels of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before Deters sent his change homeward bound and on to a :28 finale. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Panther now has earnings of $61,690 prompting co-owner Poulin to say, "we had a Jaguar and now a Panther. Maybe they'll have company with a 'Cougar' next season." Prairie Panther paid $2.10 to win. $54,150 Florida Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Trotting Fillies Gold Star Briana, attempting to keep her career record unblemished, did so--but not without some anxious moments in the early stages of her journey. Extending her undefeated skein to 16, the daughter of Basil eventually hit the wire in 1:57.1 for Wally Hennessey. She was 16¾ lengths better than All Star Fame (Kevin Wallis). I'm for Sale Finished third but was disqualified for a pylon violation and placed fifth, allowing Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) to move up a notch, as well as Trottime Fool, who was moved up to fourth. At the outset, Trotting Missmissy showed her usual gait speed off the gate to take command early and guide the field down to an opening quarter in :29.1. At this point, Gold Star Briana was on the prowl but taking the turn very wide while appearing to be a bit rough-gaited. Once on top, though, Briana sped through a second quarter in :28.1 to reach the half in :57.2 while enjoying a 1½ length lead over Trotting Missmissy. On the backside, Gold Star Briana began to prove her superiority by opening up a six length lead past the third station in 1:26.4. From there, she just coasted home to her ever-so-easy score. After the race, Hennessey asked, "anybody got a blood pressure tablet on them? She gave me a few palpitations early but, once she settled down, she was sharp, as usual. I'll tell ya, those fillies can act up sometimes. I had my hands full early, that's for sure." Gold Star Briana now sports a lifetime bankroll of $123,063 for owner Kevin Kelly--$61,525 this semester. The Dan Hennessey paid $2.10 to win. $56,650 Florida Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Trotting Colts and Geldings Last year's two year-old champion, Rexamillion, successfully defended his crown with a sharp win against his sophomore classmates, easily handling his seven foes with a 1:59.4 score for Wally Hennessey. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay Sears and trainer-wife Kim, was four lengths up on Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham) with Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) third. Fifty Fifty Ninety recovered from a backside miscue to finish fourth while Proud Joe T picked up the nickel. As usual, Hennessey guided Rexamillion away carefully and, once away in good order, engaged Last Chance Fame in a battle for supremacy early, taking command around the opening turn and then clocked an opening panel of :29.4 with Last Chance Fame going off-stride and Savin Rock taking up the chase. Rexamillion's lead was two lengths half way through the mile, clocked in 1:00.4, with that lead stretching to five through a third panel of :29.1. After reporting to that third station in 1;30, Rexamillion closed the door on his opponents with a :29.4 finale with the late charging Thundercrest closing quickest of all, but no threat to Rexamillion. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "this horse was a bit slow in returning to his two year-old form but he really came around the last month or so. He drifted out in the lane but he was just doing things his own way." The victory sent Rexamillion's scorecard for the year to 3-4-0 in nine starts, pushing his seasonal bankroll to $53,066. He's banked $111,547 lifetime. As the 1 to 10 favorite, Rexamillion returned $2.220 to win. $55,100 Florida Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Pacing Colts and Geldings R Chism used the exact same strategy he used one week ago in a "tune-up" for tonight's race and went on to score a very sharp 1:53.3 win for Dave Ingraham, who was in the bike for owners Jay and Kim Sears. Gleneagles (Wally Hennessey) was second, 1¾ lengths away, while Conman's Dream (Corey Braden) third. Danza finished fourth while ICU Diamond T was fifth in the sextet of sophomore pacing colts and geldings. R Chism, a gelded son of Six Of Diamonds left alertly before allowing Gleneagles (Wally Hennessey) to take command and post splits of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2 with Conman's Dream third throughout the race. In the lane, just as he did last week, R Chism bided his time waiting for a seam towards the pylons and, when he found it, took full advantage, darting on through for the easy score. Ingraham said, "this was almost a carbon copy of the race last Monday. He really was good that night and he was very good tonight...very willing when asked." With the win, R Chism almost doubled his lifetime earnings coming in ($28,130)--the paycheck on this Super Night being $27,550. As the slight 6 to 5 favorite, R Chism paid $4.40 to win, the longest price of all of the Super Night winners. Finally, Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, scored his fifth win in a row since his arrival, scoring in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. The brave six year-old son of No Pan Intended, looked for the lead early on from the eight post, couldn't find it, found a cozy spot in third--for a short while--and then brushed up to take command past the opening quarter in :27.3 with a head-strong Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) second. With a host of challengers trying to gang up on Panocchio the last half mile, he was just relentless in victory, scoring by a length over the late charging No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) pacing the fastest final quarter in the field, third. Here Comes William was fourth after being prominent all the way while Sing Foe me George, begging for room in the lane, finished fifth in the octet of classy pacers. Panocchio is now 11 for 23 in the win column this year for Emile Johnson, Jr., who co-owns with trainer Jim Mattison. His 2016 bounty now reads $99,161 and $389,928 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $3.80 to win. Though Super Night was laced with a majority of winning odds-on favorites, the evening closed out with one lucky patron winning $19,502.68 with a winning 20 cent ticket on the Super Hi-5. Racing continues on Monday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL. - On Sunday night, November 27, Pompano Park will play host to the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (F.S.B.O.A.) Super Night, featuring over $430,000 in purse money for Florida bred harness racing two and three year-olds. This annual extravaganza features the best State bred Standardbreds and, this year, features two horses that have unblemished racing careers ”Prairie Sweetheart and Gold Star Briana. Prairie Sweetheart, now undefeated in 13 career starts, looks for her second Super Night championship in the $55,400 Breeders Stake, as she waltzed to victory as a two year-old last season. She recently returned to Pompano Park after defeating grand circuit stock at Lexington's Red Mile in 1:49.1, a lifetime best performance, and then trounced her rivals in South Florida by 12½ lengths. In that event, Prairie Sweetheart went off at a nickel-to-a-dollar in the betting with every other rival over 100 to 1. This daughter of Royal Millennium was recently purchased by the Let It Ride Stables but remains in the care of trainer Mike Deters, who trained the filly in last year's championship season. Gold Star Briana took top honors in her class of two year-old trotting fillies in 2015, capping her season with a Breeders Stake win on Super Night. She now looks for a repeat performance in this year''s $54,150 event. This year, the daughter of Basil is a perfect eight-for-eight with five of those wins taken here at Pompano Park in F.S.B.O.A. stakes events. Last Monday night, Gold Star Briana faced some male counterparts in an overnight event to keep "tight" for Sunday's Super Night event and annihilated her foes by 6½ lengths in 1:56.2. a lifetime best performance. After that event, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "she really turned on the afterburners around that final turn and we just hope she can do the same on Sunday night. But you cannot take anything for granted in this sport. Over confidence will kill you every time." Briana is trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly. Her main competition is expected to come from Trotting Missmissy, owned and trained by Donald Dupont. This daughter of Trotting Intruder has been a bridesmaid to Gold Star Brianna on four occasions this fall season. The $56,650 Breeders Stake final for three year-old trotting colts and geldings features Rexamillion, Thundercrest and Proud Joe T, all winners during the fall stakes season in South Florida. Proud Joe T drew "first blood" with wins at Sunshine Meadows and Pompano Park while Thundercrest roared to the head of the class shortly thereafter. Finally, last year's champion, Rexamillion, found his best stride and earned his first two wins of the year in his last two starts. Waiting to take advantage of any miscues are Fifty Fifty Ninety and Savin Rock, both stakes placed during this season. The $55,100 Breeders Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings seemed to feature a budding rivalry between last year's champion, Gleneagles, and Conman's Dream, victorious in his last two starts against the reigning champ in stakes action. Conman's Dream, owned and trained by Jason Mac Dougall, chased Gleneagles all of last season but, recently, Conman's Dream has turned the tables on his arch-rival with a pair of wins. But on Monday night, in a "tune-up" for Super Night, up popped R Chism to join the fray with a 21 to 1 upset win in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:53.1. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, R Chism destroyed his former best winning mile by almost two seconds. The two year-old divisions, with the exception of one, appear to be wide open. In the colt/gelding trot, a budding rivalry has developed as both Azzaro and I'm Done both sport records of 4-4-0 in their respective eight lifetime starts. In their most recent meeting in the Melvyn Aylor Memorial, I'm Done was victorious but almost let a 10 length lead slip away as he held on for dear life late to win by a neck over the late charging Azzaro, who rallied bravely after a miscue around the opening turn. Each will be seeking the major share of a $50,750 purse. The $53,250 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting fillies features last week's Melvyn Aylor Memorial winner, Famous C, recovering after a miscue early in that event and spotting the field several lengths. But that field of youngsters did not include Atlantic Crest, a filly that has put a substantial amount of daylight between she and her foes during this Florida stakes season. This daughter of Crest, owned, trained and driven by Sergio Corona, has a winning race mark of 1:57.4, almost three seconds faster than her main rival, Famous C. These two will be joined by a trio of other fillies, including Bonnie Blue Banker, the only other stakes winner in the group having won a Sunshine State Stake at 64 to 1 odds to kick off the racing season at Pompano Park last October 2. The $54,100 Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing fillies features Gold Star Aurora, a winner of six of seven career starts, blemished only by a miscue early in her fourth start. This daughter of Rock On is trained by "rookie" trainer Maggie Audley, who sports a "batting average" of .532 coming into Super Night. Owned by Marianne Audley, Gold Star Aurora won the Aylor Memorial for her class, repelling challenges from both sides in the final stages to prevail. In the $54,270 Breeders Stake for juvenile pacing colts and geldings, Prairie Panther will attempt to extend his winning streak to seven. This son of Royal Millennium, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, has enjoyed plenty of "daylight" between he and his foes during his winning streak and, most recently, took top honors in the Melvyn Aylor Memorial, hitting the wire in 1:55.1, a new lifetime best. Also on the Sunday program is the Open Handicap Pace with Pinocchio, undefeated in his four fall starts at Pompano Park, assigned the outside eight post in a $2,000,000 field. Sing For Me George is also in to go, as is Blue Hour Power, making his initial fall debut at Pompano Park. Finally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 Jackpot finale has a carryover awaiting of $14,638.61 on Sunday, as well as Pick-6 carryover. Post time for the pari-mutuel program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the F.S.B.O.A.
Pompano Beach, FL...November 23, 2016...Safe From Terror and Tater Twister both sprung upset harness racing victories in their respective Open events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (November 23). Safe From Terror, given picture perfect handling by Bryce Fenn, prevented Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) from streaking to her sixth straight win in the $10,000 Mares Open Pace by using a spectacular :26.3 closing panel to edge by her main rival, stopping the clock in 1:53.1-her winning margin a half-length. Pertty Music (Rick Plano) put in an improved effort to be third after a first up backside bid while Goldstar Rockette finished fourth. Arodasi picked up the minor award in the field of seven. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette (post 4), Safe From Terror (post 6) and Godiva Seelester (post 7) all showed gate speed with Goldstar Rockette yielding to Safe From Terror around turn one and the latter then yielding to Godiva Seelster who took the field through an opener in 27.1. A :30.1 second quarter breather left the top three positions unchanged with the half on the board in :57.2. On the backside, Pertty Music charged up first over and got within a length of Godiva Seelster past the third station in 1:26.2 with Safe From Terror sitting chilly turning for home. In the lane, Godiva Seelster was sprinting and on her way home in :26.4 but Safe From Terror edged out of her cozy pocket to challenge and, eventually, got by on the strength of her aforementioned final quarter of :26.3. In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "last week, when she won, she was very good. This week, she was awesome. This wasn't a question of Wally's mare giving up. His mare had to pace her last quarter in :26.4 or so. This was just a case of my mare getting a great trip and you know she's got talent because she got '6 and change' on her card ($630,257) going in." Safe From Terror, a four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, won for the 11th time this year and 23rd time career wise. Her lifetime bankroll swelled to $635,257 with the win--$151,635 this year. As third choice at 9 to 2 on the tote-board, Safe From Terror p[aid $11.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, Tater Twister, driven by Mike Simons and stepping up in class after a 1:54.4 wire-to-wire win last week, led gate-to-wire this week, as well, and stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.3 off of fractions of :28, :56 and 1:24.3. This six year-old altered son of ABC Garland, trained by Mike Murphy for Barbara Murphy, Geneva Stewart and Imogene Rhule, pinned a 1½ defeat on the 4 to 5 favorite, the late charging Prairie Fortune (John Mac Donald) with Boli (Wally Hennessey) next. Explosive Muscles was fourth in the septet while Undercover Bro picked up the nickel. The win pushed Tater Twister's scorecard for the year to 7-3-6 in 35 starts, good for $42,457. He's banked $95,636 lifetime. Fifth choice in the betting and off at 14 to 1, Tater Twister returned $31.20 to his fortunate followers. Finally, the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" event for trotters eight years-old and up returned to the Pompano Park scene and the banana eating 10 year-old Adenium, handled by Wally Hennessey for owner-trainer Dale Gilmour, led every step of his mile to score in 1:55.4, posting his second straight win and sixth of the year. A gelded son of Revenue S, Adenium held favored R G Rocket (Aaron Byron) at bay in the final stages to win by three-parts-of-a-length. The fast closing Barbies Korvett (Rick Plano) was third while Vacation Day and B Cor Thomas were fourth and fifth, respectively. Adenium returned $10.00 as the second choice on the board. Racing continues on Sunday night with well over $430,000 in purses up for grabs as Pompano Park plays host to the F.S.B.O.A.'s Super Night, featuring Florida best two and three year-olds. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park Organization.
Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2016...Bad Angel got picture perfect handling from Hall of Fame haqrness racing driver Wally Hennessey to capture the first open trot strictly mares on Tuesday night (November 22) at Pompano Park. The seven year-old daughter of Valley Victor enjoyed a cozy garden journey, tilting out once they straightened away in the lane, and collared the leading Driving Miss Crazy (John Mac Donald) in the final 16th to win by a length in a lifetime best 1:54.4. Driving Miss Crazy was second followed by McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.), she 3½ lengths away. Social Delight was fourth while Jailhouse Jessica picked up the nickel in the field of nine. The even money favorite, She's All In, made a miscue prior to the start to lose all chance. At the outset, Hennessey sent Bad Angel, leaving from post six, blasting off the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate, assuming control around the first turn with Driving Miss Crazy, starting from post eight, on the prowl early and taking command just short of the :28.1 opener. Once on top, Driving Miss Crazy posted subsequent panels of :57 and 1:25.3 with Bad Angel's nose breathing down Mac Donald's helmet. Hennessey continued to sit chilly with Bad Angel throughout the final bend and only left the cozy pocket once they straightened away completely, wearing down the leader late. In a post-race interview, Hennessey remarked, "well, being in with the mares and no boys helped and, when Rick's trotter (She's All In) made a break early, well, that changed the complexion of the race right there. "I really wasn't planning on leaving with her but, like I said, Rick's mare made that break so I thought I'd take a chance. "Once we got cover, I was pretty confident that we'd be, at least, close at the end but she really felt like she wanted to go tonight as her nose was right on the helmet around the final turn. "I didn't have to ask her for much in the lane. She did it all on her own." Owned and trained by George Coblentz, Bad Angel won for the eighth time this semester, sending her seasonal bounty to $47,615, clearly her best season on the racetrack. Prior to 2016, Bad Angel's best season earnings-wise was in 2013, when she won $12,740, establishing a "Q" mark of 1:59. Off of a very fast closing third place finish in a conditioned event last week, Bad Angel was sent off as the 7 to 1 fourth choice in the betting, returning $17.80 to win. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park's Thanksgiving eve racing program features a carryover in the Pentaafecta fourth $4,666 going in. There is also a $564 carryover in the Pick-6, as well. Post time for the Wednesday program--the first mid-week program of the season--is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 20, 2016...Four Melvyn Aylor Memorial events, honoring the memory of the late, great Florida harness racing horseman, were contested at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 20.) Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther established new lifetime marks with their winning efforts, Famous C recovered from an early miscue to win hers and I'm Done held on for dear life at the end of his mile to eke out the close victory. Kicking things off were three non-wagering events and, in the first one, I'm Done, driven by John Mac Donald, took home the major share of the $14,550 purse for the two year-old trotting colts and geldings. The gelded son of Toro Bravo won an early war with arch-rival Azzaro (Wally Hennessey), opened up a long lead of a dozen lengths or so as the latter made a miscue early on and then held on for dear life at the end of the mile clocked in 2:06.4 after panels of :30.3, 1:01.3 and 1:33.1. Trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, I'm Done now sports a 4-4-0 scorecard in eight starts, good for bounty of $37,278. Arch-rival Azzaro has the same 4-4-0 record in eight starts and $29,707 in earnings with the championship final round next week likely to determine the Horse of the Year in that juvenile division. Next. Famous C was in the spotlight in the non-wagering Aylor Memorial for two year-old trotting fillies after she recovered from an early miscue to take command shortly after the :31.1 opener and then on to victory in 2:01. Handled by Wally Hennessey, this daughter of Famously pinned a 6½ length defeat on Bonnie Blue Banker (Rob Hoffman) with Prairie Pixie (John Mac Donald next and Miss Olivia Irene fourth in this quartet. After the race, Hennessey declared, "what really helped was that kind of tepid opening quarter. That allowed me to get back in the ballgame and, once I made the lead, she was solid." Trained by Dan Hennessey for Amante Standardbreds, Famous C won for the third time this semester in seven starts pushing her bankroll to $21,884. The third and final non-wagering Aylor Memorial event was for two year-old pacing fillies and, in a cavalry charge to the wire, Gold Star Aurora, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., just did hold off challenges from both sides of the fence to score by a head over Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) with Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald) another head away in third. PF Silver Classic and Golden Diamond completed the rundown in this quintet. Leading at poles timed in :28.4, :59 and 1:28.2, Gold Star Aurora used a :28.2 finale to withstand the serious pressure at the end of the journey. In a post-race interview, Walter Ross, Jr. said, "My gosh, they were surrounding me on both sides but my filly dug in deep. She's got heart, I'll say that-a big heart!" Trained by Maggie Audley for owner Marianne Audley, this daughter of Rock On won for the sixth time in seven career trips post-ward to send her 2016 earnings to $33,652. The Aylor for two year-old pacing colts and geldings kicked off the betting card and Prairie Panther, co-owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, remained undefeated in six Pompano Park starts with a near gate-to-wore score in 1:55.1, a new lifetime mark. Mike was in the bike as this gelded son of Royal Millennium carded panels of :27.4, :58 and 1:27 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale. Gold Star Bugsy was second, 2¼ lengths back, while Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) finished third. Moon Doggie was fourth while Gold Star Spider picked up the nickel in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Panther sent his earnings to $34,555 with the win and rewarded his multitude of followers with a $2.20 mutuel as the 1 to 10 favorite. In Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace, Panocchio, again handled by Wally Hennessey, scored his fourth straight win since his fall arrival in South Florida, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 on a "coolish" night. The amazing six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended took command around the initial turn and went on to card panels of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23 before holding off the late surge of Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) by three-part-of-a-length. Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol), pacing the fastest final quarter of all in this quintet (:27.4), finished third, a length away, with No Bad Dreams fourth and Duc Dorleans fifth in a field separated by only 2¼ lengths on the line. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said about Panocchio. Just Xerox a copy of what was written about him last time and use that! "He's just a great horse that does everything asked of him. Jim (trainer Mattison) doesn't do too much with him training but when he hits the track and goes back of the gate, he's all business." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Mattison, Panocchio now shows a 23-10-7-2 scorecard, good for $93,161. Lifetime, Panocchio has $383,928 in earnings on the strength of 46 wins in 105 career starts. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio returned a $2.60 mutuel. Racing continues on Monday night as Pompano Park moves to a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with post time set at 7:20 p.m. By John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL…November 16, 2016…Two year-old Florida breds will be in the harness racing spotlight as Pompano Park presents four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored stakes events honoring the memory of the late Melvyn Aylor. Aylor died in 2009 as the result of a training accident suffered earlier in that year. He was a highly revered veterinarian with strong ties to Florida’s racing scene as a breeder, owner, trainer and driver. The Aylor Memorial for two year-old trotting colts and geldings renews the arch-rivalry of Azzaro and I’m Done, the only two combatants entered in this event with a purse of $14,450. I’m Done, now trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, edged by his arch-rival in their last meeting and now sports a 3-4-0 scorecard in seven starts, good for $27,821. Azzaro, owned by Jay Sears along with trainer-wife Kim Sears, has a slight edge in victories against Azzaro and his 4-3-0 record shows $24,615 in bounty. The $14,800 Aylor for juvenile trotting fillies features a quartet, including Famous C and Prairie Pixie. Famous C,, trained by Dan Hennessey for Amante Standardbreds, has a pair of wins in her first season at the races and has chased Atlantic Crest—not eligible to this stake event—across the wire in her last two starts. Prairie Pixie, never worse than third in her brief career measuring five starts, is owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. The $16,650 Aylor for two year-old pacing fillies sports a quintet with Gold Star Aurora, Prairie Cowgirl and Tay Tay M the likely contenders for the Aylor crown. Gold Star Aurora, owned by Marianne Audley and trained by daughter Maggie, has but one single blemish on her card and, with five wins in six starts, sports the healthiest bankroll of the quintet with $25,327. Prairie Cowgirl, owned by the aforementioned Poulin and trainer Deters, along with John Spindler, got within a neck of Gold Star Aurora in her last start and shows a 2-2-1 card in her five starts worth $12,939. Tay Tay M, still a maiden after seven starts but with five seconds and two thirds, is developing a reputation for her eye-opening punch at the end of her miles. These aforementioned events will take place as non-wagering events staged beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 10 race pari-mutuel program begins with the $16,450 Aylor for pacing colts and geldings and features the outstanding Prairie Panther, coming into this event undefeated in five starts at Pompano Park against these same classmates. This “panther” is owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters and sports a record of 1:56.2, accomplished in his last start. Among his competitors are Gold Star Bugsy and Maybe Ned, both second and third, respectively, the last two starts against Prairie Panther. All of these events are sponsored by the F.S.B.O.A. and lead up to their “super night” scheduled for November 27 featuring two and three year-old Florida breds with total purses expected to exceed $400,000. Also on Sunday night, Panocchio, undefeated in his first three Pompano Park this fall, returns to the scene after a week of respite from the racing wars. The six year-old altered son of No Pan Intended has 45 lifetime wins and $378,928 on his card and seeks to make it a “grand slam” on Sunday against No Bad Dreams, Here Comes William, Duc Dorleans and Rockntouch. Finally, there will be something better for the bettor as there are three carryovers on the program, including a $2,258 carryover on the Pentafecta fourth race and Super Hi-5 carryover of $5,557 in the finale. There is also a carryover in the Pick-6, as well. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for the F.S.B.O.A. and Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL…November 15…Safe From Terror, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Tuesday night (November 15), scoring a handy win in 1:52.1. The four year-old daughter of Western Terror registered her first win of the fall season in South Florida—her 10th of the year—at the expense of Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis), the margin being 1 ¾ lengths at the wire. Pertty Music (John Mac Donald) finished third in a ground saving journey while Southwind Trini finished fourth after a first up bid on the backside. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from the outside post, blasted off the wings searching for the top spot with Safe From Terror, leaving from post five, actually followed her live cover around the first turn before assuming control a few strides shy of the opening :27.4 quarter. Once on top, Fenn gave Safe From Terror perfect rating, reaching the half in :56.3 and then repelling the moderate first over threat from Southwind Trini as the third station was reached in a picked up 1:24.1. In the lane, Safe From Terror continued to inch away from her foes on the strength of a :28 finale. In a post-race interview, Fenn declared, “When I saw the horse outside (Goldstar Rockette) was revved up, I decided not to get in a war with her but, rather, follow her and have the option of getting to the top or dropping in right behind her, if necessary. “Fortunately, we made the top rather easily and that breather in the second quarter really helped. “She’s a great mare, no doubt about that—she’s got ‘six and a quarter on her card—and she’s been giving hints right along, especially the last couple of starts.” Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Safe From Terror sent her 2016 scorecard to 10-5-5 in 31 starts, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $146,635 and $630,257 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Safe From Terror paid $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the lucrative Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for Florida breds and Open pacers in action coupled with a $2,258 carryover in Pompano Park’s Pentafecta fourth and yet another carryover in the Pick-6. Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 14...Prairie Fortune, handled by John Mac Donald, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 14), wearing down a very stubborn harness racing arch-rival Boli (Wally Hennessey) in mid-stretch for a one length victory in 1:55.2. Explosive Muscles (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third while DC Flashback trotted the fastest final panel of all to finish fourth. She's All In, prominent throughout in the garden spot, wound up picking up the nickel in the sextet, separated by less than three lengths at the line. As the wings folded, Seeking Steven and She's All In both showed early speed with Boli, beginning from the outside post six, on the prowl as well. At the timer popped up with a :28 opening panel, Boli had wrestled the lead away from She's All In with Seeking Steven third, DC Flashback fourth, Explosive Muscles next and Prairie Fortune the "caboose," seven lengths off the lead but on the move around the second turn and reaching fourth with Boli notching a half time of :57.2. On the backside, Prairie Fortune kept grinding forward, eventually reaching the saddle pad of Boli once they reached the third station in 1:26. In the lane, the two arch-rivals battled with Prairie Fortune taking command a sixteenth out and drawing clear at the line. In a post-race interview, driver John Mac Donald said, "this was a bit easier trip than his last race when I had to use him leaving a bit and then going first up on the backside. "This week, since there seemed to be a bit of early speed in the race, I let him relax early because he can grind forward an awful long way. "He just seems to put in a good performance week after week after week. Tonight he put in what I call a stellar performance." Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Fortune, a four year-old son of Arapa Victory, won for the 10th time this year in 24 starts, good for $76,165. Lifetime, the Florida bred has 25 wins in 46 career starts with a bankroll of $189,445. As the 4 to 5 post-time favorite, Prairie Fortune returned $3.60 to win. In other Pompano Park news, when Kegler Hanover took the fifth race for Dave Ingraham at 20 to 1, the Pick-5 was left un-scathed and the Tuesday night Pick-5 has a carryover of $1,800 and a guaranteed pool of $7,500. First post is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL…November 13, 2016…Sing For Me George, driven by Kevin Wallis, took advantage of the absence of track record Panocchio and scored a solid harness racing victory in Pompano Park’s Open Pace, stopping the timer in 1:50.4, a seasonal best. The seven year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight pinned a 1¼ length defeat on the late charging Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) with No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) just a neck further back in third. Buddha Blue Chip and Winyard Hanover completed the order of finish in this classy quintet. At the outset, Buddha Blue Chip and No Bad Dreams both left the gate with alacrity with Sing For Me George seeming to be a bit lackadaisical leaving with driver Kevin Wallis giving him a few “reminders” to finally join the fray around the opening turn and assume control. After an opener in a snappy :26.3, Sing For Me George yielded to No Bad Dream and took the field halfway through the mile in a sizzling :53.4 with Sing For Me George sitting chilly, Winyard Hanover brushing up into contention and Here Come George second over. With three quarters clocked in 1:22.2, No Bad Dreams turned for home with the lead with Winyard Hanover to his outside, Here Comes William fanning widest of all and Sing For Me George begging for racing room—which he found and responded to a few more Wallis “reminders” mid-stretch to win. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis remarked, “he was a little lazy leaving tonight so I had to give him a couple of ‘reminders,’ shall we say. “He was probably a couple of lengths off the gate at the start so he had to do some catching up early to get in the game. “The pace was quick and Dave’s (driver Ingraham) horse was on the bit so I had to yield and hope for the best. “When we straightened away, all I could do was hope the inside path would open up and, when it did, Sing For Me George did his thing. “The ground saving trip was the key here.” Trained by Paul Bernardo for Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Sing For Me George won for the fourth time this semester to send his seasonal bankroll to $35,191. He’s banked $406,916 career-wise. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sing For Me George paid $3.60 to win. The Open 2 Pace went to Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, in 1:52.3, this four year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven eking out a photo finish win measuring a scant nose over the late-charging Abreathofreshart (Wally Hennessey). Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) was a very fast closing third followed by the pacesetter, Major Deagan, who cut panels of :26.1, :55.2 and 1:23.4 along the way. Dee’s Rocketman picked up the nickel in the septet. Changing tactics, McNichol sent Rockntouch out alertly and sat in the garden spot all the way, tilting out at the head of the lane and just holding off Abreathofreshart on the wire. McNichol also trains Rockntouch for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable. The gelding now sports a 9-4-4 scorecard in 31 starts with his 2016 earnings vaulting over the $50,000 mark--$52,204 to be precise—to go along with his Pompano mark of 1:51.3. Rockntouch was the public choice at 8 to 5 and paid $5.20 to win. Also worthy of note was the driving double by amateur driver Dein Spriggs, who swept both Florida Amateur Driving Club events on Pompano Park’s Sunday night program. Spriggs kicked off his double by scoring with A Crown For Lindy, trained by Mark Winacott for owner Don Campbell. The 10 year-old Cantab Hall veteran gelding overcame the nine post position when Spriggs sent his charge surging at the start to find a cozy spot in third before finding room to roam on the inside as they turned for home, eventually scoring by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:58.3. It was the gelding’s 47th lifetime win—11th this year—in 192 career starts, good for $396,163. He’s banked $45,397 this year. As 2 to 1 second choice, A Crown For Lindy paid $6.20 to win. Spriggs came back to win the other amateur with the 17 to 1 chance, Skyway Pippen, that five year-old altered son of Swan For All collaring the leader in the final yards to score in a season’s best 1:57.4. Trained by Howard Klohr for Dorothy Zarza and Delray Duo LLC, Skyway Pippen won for only the second time this season in 38 starts to send his 2016 earnings to $24,230 and $59,170 lifetime. Skyway Pippen paid $37.20 to win. Spriggs now has 420 lifetime wins. Racing continues on Monday night with Boli looking for his third straight win in the Open Handicap Trot. The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, will have the driving services of the track’s leading driver, Wally Hennessey and has been made 9 to 5 in the morning line. Prairie Fortune, 8 to 5 in the morning line, returns to the racing wars after a week off and will be driven by the track’s second leading driver, John Mac Donald, who will be in bike for co-owner Laurie Poulin and trainer, co-owner Mike Deters. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.
Pompano Beach, FL...November 8, 2016...Goldstar Briana and Prairie Sweetheart kept their harness racing career records unblemished with victories in their respective three year-old classes of the F.S.B.O.A. Stallion Stakes at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (November 8). Conman's Dream and Rexamillion also were victorious in their sophomore Stallion Stakes competition. The election night evening kicked off with a non-wagering affair for trotting fillies and Kevin Kelly's Gold Star Briana, trained by Dan Hennessey and driven by Wally Hennessey, had her hands full early but eventually went on to score a 6½ length win in 1:58.2-:28.3 over Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) with All Star Fame (Kevin Wallis) third. Trottime Fool and I'm For Sale completed the quintet going for $28,175. As the gate folded, Trotting Missmissy took advantage of her rail post position to take the field through an opening quarter in :29.4 with Briana out and looking to make a quarter move to the top. But the headstrong leader wouldn't relent and Gold Star Briana took back and remained second past the half in :59.1. Heading into the final turn, Gold Star Briana was out and on the prowl once again and moved on even terms with the leader past the third station in 1:29.4. In the lane, Gold Star Briana proved her superiority with a :28.3 sprint home to seal the deal. This daughter of Basil now is seven-for-seven this year--just as she was last year as a two year-old--with her career bankroll swelling to $93,988. After the event, driver Hennessey said, "this filly proved her merit tonight. You know, it's tough to start a filly up then shut her down and then try to rev her up again. That's what I had to do tonight when the leader seemed intent on the lead. "When I pulled into the final turn, she responded perfectly and then went on. Like I said, she proved her merit tonight." Prairie Sweetheart's event in the $29,825 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing fillies was, from the bettor's point of view, unusual, to say the least, as this sweetheart was a nickel-to-a-dollar in the betting with her other five opponents all 99 to 1 on the tote-board. The daughter of Royal Millennium, a recent purchase by the Let It Ride Stables, was driven to a near gate-to-wire 1:54.1 win by Matt Kakaley and trumped her rivals with a victory measuring 12½ lengths off of front end panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:25.4. Diamond Lily (Wally Hennessey), 108-1 in the betting as second choice finished second, with Yule Love It (Dave Ingraham), who was officially 307 to 1, third. Gold Star Lovebug (267 to 1) garnered fourth while Caitlin's Romance (304 to 1) picked up the nickel in the sextet. Gold Star Mysti (130 to 1) completed this sextet of fillies. With the victory, Prairie Sweetheart kept her lifetime record perfect--now 13-for-13--with her sixth win this semester. Back in the hands of trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Sweetheart recently took a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 over Lexington's Red Mile and, with this win, sent her career earnings to $169,936--$106,662 this year. After that event, driver Matt Kakaley, who got his first pari-mutuel win at Pompano Park back in 2006 as an 18 year-old--he now has 3,689--said, "what can I say? She's just a great filly. That about sums it up as best as I can." Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win. In the $28,900 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing colts and geldings, Conman's Dream, again driven by Corey Braden, scored a gritty 1:55 win--his winning margin a head over Gleneagles (Wally Hennessey). R Chism (Fern Paquet, Jr.) was third while ICU Diamond T and Danza earned the final two awards in the sextet. In that one, Gleneagles left aggressively from the coveted five post with Conman's Dream away alertly before making a quarter move to the top. After that :27.4 opener, Conman's Dream went on to post fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 with his gritty :29 finale just holding off the surging Gleneagles at the wire. After that event, owner-trainer Jason Mac Dougall related, "Man, I'm glad that is over with. Last week, Corey (driver Braden) tipped him out turning for home and he was full of pace. "Tonight, he had to do a lot more work on the lead. I don't get along with this horse too well so that's why I have my friend Corey drive. He gets along with him much better." As the 11 to 10 second choice, Conman's Dream, a son of Best Connection, paid $4.20 to win and sent his lifetime earnings to $56,395--$25,552 this semester. The $29,500 Stallion Stake for three year-old trotting colts and geldings completed the stakes action for the evening and it was last year's champion, Rexamillion, again returning to championship form with a very handy win for Wally Hennessey in 1:59.2. The son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears, led every stride of his mile, clocking fractions of :29.4, 1:00.3 and 1:29.3 along the way. Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) finished second, 7¼ lengths away, while Proud Joe T (Rob Hoffman) finished a neck further back third. Fifty Fifty Ninety was fourth while Last Chance Fame pick up the minor award in the field of six. After the event, Hennessey remarked, "I didn't think he was quite himself his first few starts but he was back to his championship self the last two and tonight was great as he finished the mile like he did last year at this time." Rexamillion now has a career bankroll of $82,222--$20,750 his latest two starts. As the 2 to 5 favorite, Rexamillion paid $2.80 to his multitude of backers. In the Open Pace for Mares, Godiva Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey, streaked to her fifth straight victory since her arrival at Pompano Park by scoring a verdict measuring a neck in 1:52.4--:55.4--:27.3. The outstanding six year-old daughter of Camluck, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, led at every pole and held the pocket sitting, late surging Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) safe at the wire. Safe From Terror (Bryce Fenn) finished third while Yes You Can and Artiawitchtoyou earned the final two awards in the field of six. For Godiva Seelster, who has, in her five starts since her return to Pompano Park, all "1's" on her 25 points of call over those starts here, it was her 11th win of the season--36th lifetime--and sent her seasonal bounty over the $100,000 this semester--$100,058 to be precise. The grand mare now has earnings of $319,775 lifetime. Once again, Hennessey echoed similar comments as he has in her prior wins, saying, "She does this all on her own. I hardly have to ask her to do anything. She's cool, calm and collected in the barn and all business when she hits the racetrack." As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $2.60 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night as the schedule expands to three nights per week--soon to be four--with a current Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programs set to start at 7:20 p.m. A $9,304 Super Hi-5 carryover is the wagering highlight on Sunday night. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Despite having been "saddled" with the outside post, Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors for the second consecutive week in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 7). The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, grinded his way to the front right at the opening station in :29 and continued on un-threatened through subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1 before completing his mile as he pleased in :30.1 to hit the wire in 1:57.2. Seeking Steven, also trained by Dan Hennessey, in the garden spot the entire route, finished second 1½ lengths away for John Mac Donald while D C Flashback, teamed up with Aaron Byron was third after trotting the fastest final panel in the race. The late charging She's All In was fourth while Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in a field shortened to eight with a scratch. After the event, Hennessey related, "Boli has done some amazing things here at Pompano, so nothing really surprises me about his performances. Tonight, with the outside post, I wasn't about to take back and spot the field seven or eight lengths because these are all worthy opponents and you just can't do that when we're all matched up like this. So, I sent him on the prowl early either looking for the lead or a close up spot if anything opened up. "Once he made the front, he kind of put a damper on the others with a quicker second quarter and he really was never threatened after that. He did it all on his own tonight." The win was number 10 of the year for Boli sending his 2016 bounty to $73,842 and $133,494 lifetime in only 46 starts--15 of which are wins. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with two outstanding distaff pacers seeking to extend their respective winning streaks. In the $29,825 Stallion Stake for Florida bred three year-old pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, undefeated in her career measuring 12 starts, seeks her sixth straight win of this semester by taking on a talented field including Gold Star Mysti, who is four-for-five this season. A recent purchase of the Let It Ride Stables, Prairie Sweetheart has returned to trainer Mike Deters for this engagement and will have the driving services of Matt Kakaley. Prairie Sweetheart has been installed as the 1 to 2 morning line favorite. In Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, Godiva Seelster, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, looks to extend her winning skein to five and has been assigned the outside post six. This daughter of Camluck has a career scorecard of 35-27-18 in 104 starts and has missed but one check in her last four seasons on the racetrack. Wally Hennessey will be back in the bike back of Godiva Seelster, who has been made the 7 to 5 morning line favorite. Tuesday's program features a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover--the latter ballooning to over $8,000. Post time is set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Pompano Park hosted the lucrative F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Stallion Stakes on Sunday night (November 6) at Pompano Park with I'm Done, Atlantic Crest, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther taking top harness racing honors in their respective classes and the grand pacer Panocchio notching his third straight win in the Open Handicap pace. I'm Done, the two year-old son of Toro Brave and a new arrival in the Jim McDonald Stable, took the $25,725 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings--a non-wagering event--by reeling in arch-rival Azzaro in mid-stretch to score in a lifetime best 2:01.3--:59.4--:29 for John Mac Donald, who was in the sulky for owner Troy Basista. In this match race of sorts--there were only two starters--the gelding let Azzaro (Wally Hennessey) cut fractions of :29.4 and 1:01.4 before pulling prior to the third station clocked in 1:32.3 and wearing down his opponent in the lane to score by 1 1/2 lengths in annihilating his former mark of 2:04.2. After the race, trainer Jim McDonald had high praise for both horse and driver saying, "This is just a well-mannered youngster and John (driver Mac Donald) pulled him a bit earlier than in his recent starts where he had been sitting second. Mac Donald retorted, "I had noticed that he had been pulled turning for home in his most recent races and just couldn't quite get there so tonight I said to myself, 'what the heck, I have nothing to lose by pulling a little earlier. After all, the worst I was going to be was second. But the horse was very strong in the lane--determined, I would day." Now with a 3-4-0 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, I'm Done now has earnings of $27,821. The second non-wagering Stallion Stake was for two year-old trotting fillies and featured a purse of $27,225 and it was Sergio Corona's Atlantic Crest, a daughter of Crest, that cruised to a handy victory in 1:59.1. The youngster led every long stride of her mile and went on score a victory measuring 4 3/4 lengths off of well rated panels of :30.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. Famous C (Wally Hennessey) finished second while Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) was next. Bonnie Blue Banker and Miss Olivia Irene completed the order of finish in this quintet. The win was the fourth straight for Atlantic Crest prompting driver-trainer-owner Sergio Corona to say, "She's kind of a small filly with a big motor. She has come a long way since the first time she saw a racetrack. I am very proud of her." Atlantic Crest now has a juvenile bankroll of $25,099 in her brief--but blossoming--career. On the pari-mutuel card, the $27,825 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing fillies went to the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Gold Star Aurora, driven by Walter Ross, Jr. This daughter of Rock On hung on for dear life while drifting out late but eked out the photo finish victory--a neck--over Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald) with Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) third. PF Silver Classic and Golden Diamond earned the minors in this quintet. Trained by Maggie Audley for owner Marianne Audley, Gold Star Aurora has but one single blemish on her scorecard with her 6-5-0-1 record good for $25,327. When asked if she was concerned in the late stages of her filly's mile, Maggie, who sports a UTRS over .500 during her brief career as a trainer, said, "Of course, I am concerned every time one of my horses steps on to a racetrack! These are my babies--my children! I love them!" The winner paid $2.60 to her multitude of followers. The final Stallion Stake,for two year-old pacing colts and geldings and worth $29,175, went to the 1 to 10 betting favorite Prairie Panther, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters. The gelded son of Royal Millennium stretched his winning skein to five with a handy 1:56.2 win, a new lifetime mark. Prairie Panther took command at the opening station in :28 and went on to post subsequent panels of :58 and 1:28 before sprinting home in :28.2 to score by 2 1/2 lengths over Gold Star Bugsy (Wally Hennessey) with Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) next. Moon Doggie finished fourth while Gold Star Spider picked up the nickel in the talented octet of Florida bred two year-old pacers. After the event, Deters said, "Laurie (co-owner-breeder Poulin) has bred some very good ones here in Florida and this one is no exception. He's very talented and we just hope he keeps rolling along through Super Night at the end of the month." Prairie Panther paid $2.20 to win. Pompano Park also featured an Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night and it was Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, remaining undefeated since his Pompano Park arrival three starts ago. The amazing six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended took command an eighth into the mile and clocked fractions of :26.3, :54.4 and 1:23.3 before a :27.3 sprint home sealed the deal measuring a half length over Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham), serving as the caboose for the first five-eighths of the journey, rallying for third. Buddha Blue Chip finished fourth while Secretsoftheknight earned the final award in the classy septet. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr., along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio won for the ninth time in 22 starts this semester, pushing his seasonal bounty to $88,161 and $378,928 lifetime. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "Jim (trainer Mattison) has him extremely sharp right now and he was on the gate and ready for the fight when the wings opened. He had to go a little to get to the top the first eighth or so but, once there, he was solid the rest of the way. As I said before, the care that Jim and (wife0 Vicki give this horse--and all their horses--shines right through when they step on the track!" As the 2 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park's racing schedule now expands to three nights per week--Sunday, Monday and Tuesday--with 50 cent Pick-5 wagers and 20 cent superfectas now on the betting buffet. Scheduled post time remains at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...November 2, 2016...Rick Plano won half of the races on Pompano Park's 12 race harness racing program and Wally Hennessey hit yet another "grand slam" with four wins, including both feature events on Tuesday night (November 1), That left only the "scraps" left on the table for drivers Brad Kramer and Sean McAleese with the win by the latter responsible for a rare superfecta carryover and a slew of other carryovers for the upcoming Sunday night program. Plano's "touchdown" also included a "grand slam" of his own on the training side as trainers Dan Hennessey and Dale Gilmour also had multiples. Plano's first win was with the Maryann Plano and Michael Guest owned Stache ($2.60), that four year-old son of Andover Hall stopping the timer in 1:56.2 in a condition trot. His second win came in the pentafecta fourth when Dale Gilmour's Sweet Bet ($4.20) scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3--her 36th lifetime victory. Win number three was with Karma Racing's Metro Glide ($5.00), trained by Gilmour. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan used a backside blitz from fourth to sweep into the lead and on to victory in 1:54.2. Plano then earned his fourth win of the night with his own Sooo Handsome ($3.80), sooo very game in scoring his win from the nine post in 1:58.3. His fifth win came in the first half of the late daily double when Colene Lameyer's Ex King ($10.60), trained by Plano, came from far back to score in a condition trotting event in 1:58.1. Plano completed his "touchdown" run by sweeping the late double with Lookharryimwinning ($4.80), owned by Ms. Plano and Ethan Schlau, in 1:56. Hennessey, meanwhile, got his initial win of the night with Arthur Mergenhagen's Seeking Steven ($4.60), that four year-old son of Muscle Mass stepping up to Open 2 class and winning his second straight in 1:56.1. The first of Pompano Park's dual features was next on the Hennessey agenda and, despite having the outside post, it was the grand mare Godiva Seelster ($2.80) that led at every pole through panels of :27.1,:56.4 and 1:24 to score an undisturbed win in 1:52.2 for her fourth straight fall win in Pompano Park's top pace for mares. Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) leaving from post six and in the garden spot all the way after an early yield, finished second while Safe From Terror (Bryce Fenn) was next. Southwind Trini and Memumsnotnice were four-five, respectively, in the octet. In a post race interview, Hennessey had high praise for the six year-old daughter of Camluck saying, "Nothing bothers this mare. She takes care of herself, she trains the way she wants to train and, when she goes behind the gate, she's all business. She's a rare commodity. You hardly know she's in the barn!" Owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil and trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva earned her 10th win of the year and 35th lifetime in 104 starts. She has banked $95,058 this year and $315,775 career-wise. One race later, Boli ($8.60), also owned by the O'Neil's and trained by Dan Hennessey, overcame the second tier 10 post to score a narrow victory in the Open trot over She's All In (Plano) with Prairie Fortune (John Mac Donald) third. McKenzie's Star and Sailer Eddie earned the minors in that one. Boli followed Sailer Eddie (post one) and wound up fifth early on as Swishnflick blasted off the wings to take on She's All In (post five) early and taake the field through lively early panels of :27.1 and :55.3 with Sailer Eddie third and Prairie Fortune (post nine) wending his way into fourth. Just short of the second station, Prairie Fortune was out and rolling, surging to the front past the next marker in 1:24.4 with Boli now on the attack and She's All In also on the prowl after a brief shuffle. In the lane, Boli wore down Prairie Fortune and appeared to think his work was done at the sixteenth pole as She's All In cam surging late. "With Plano screaming, "I think I gotcha" and Hennessey retorting "I don't think so," the two hit the wire together as both broke out in laughter at the wire, a scenario captured to perfection by track photographer Skip Smith. After the judges looked at the photo, it was found that, indeed, Boli had his neck up at the wire. Afterwards, Hennessey said, "Boli can get a little lazy once he gets the lead. He thinks his work is done. He'll keep digging and digging until he gets to the lead but, once he's there, he thinks he's done. Rick (Plano) thought he had me and we laughed about it at the wire." Boli, a four year-old son of Kadabra, sent his 2016 scorecard to 9-6-2 in 22 starts, good for $68,842 this semester and $128,494 lifetime. Hennessey completed his "grand slam" a race later by guiding Byron Pineda's Ontheclock Hanover ($10.20) to a win in 1:54.1--the Rita Polese trained seven year-old son of American Ideal sending his career bankroll close to $250,000. A rare superfecta carryover occurred in the third race as Yagot Class, superbly handled by Sean McAleese, overcame the nine post with a wire-to-wire win in a condition trot--lighting up the tote-board with a $71.60 mutuel. That win was the first of the year in 10 starts for Yagot Class and provided bettors with a number of carryovers leading to next Sunday's program. The Sunday night card has a scheduled post time of 7:20 p.m. and features carryovers in the Pentafecta 4th, the Pick-5 (covering races one through five) and the Pick-6 (encompassing races three through eight). The program concludes with the Super Hi-5 finale with a carryover of $5,090.49. by John Berry for Pompano Park