Pompano Beach, FL...October 18, 2014...Cartoonist upset the applecart in Pompano Park's top Open Pace on Saturday night while the Mike Deters Stable grabbed the spotlight in three of the four $12,000 finals of the Sunshine State Stakes for Florida breds. Cartoonist, the slick four year-old son of Modern Art, trained by Jim McDonald for the S S G Stables, got a picture perfect drive from Bruce Ranger to score in 1:51.3, a lifetime best clocking. Garnering his 11th career win--all at Pompano Park--Cartoonist left alertly before snuggling in back of the highly regarded Fancyfreeshark, driven by Mike Micallef, as the latter clicked off panels of :27.2, :56 and 1:24. Turning for home, Cartoonist left the cozy pocket, took command a few strides into the lane and held off the tenacious late surge of Northern Companion and driver Dan Clements to score by a neck. Fancyfreeshark did finish third. Freeneasy Hanover finished fourth while T's Electric, pacing the fastest panel of the group but unable to pass a horse in the lane, picked up the nickel. Cartoonist won for the sixth time this year and his share of the $9,500 purse pushed his career bounty to 76,230--$49,300 of that this season. In a post race interview, Ranger said that, "he raced super tonight. Of course, it helped that that other monster (Prairie Jaguar) wasn't in there...but let's just say that Cartoonist was a 'willing participant' this time around." As third choice in the betting, Cartoonist paid $19.40 to win. While the Deters Stable was disappointed that Prairie Jaguar was on the sidelines this night, their "grief" soon turned to "glee." Four $12,000 Sunshine State Stakes Finals were also held on the card with the Mike Deters Stable annexing three of these events with Tough Issue, Owosso Flash and Prairie Fortune and Geronimo Fame capturing the other. The first Deters Stable success was with Tough Issue, owned by the Verderame Stable along with Brenda Komers, in the first of three non-wagering affairs. This altered three year-old son of Tough Sir had been chasing Gold Star Kenny P home in the first three Sunshine State Stakes preps but the tables were turned this time around with Bruce Ranger in the bike. Tough Issue led at every pole, carving put panels of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:27.3 before sprinting home in :28.2 to see the five length win over Gold Star Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) with Warlock and Bob Roberts teaming up for third in the trio. Tough Issue, last year's Super Night Champion, earned just his second win of the year in 16 starts to send his yearly bounty to $17,506 and a shade over $73,000 lifetime. Deters, himself, was in the bike for the winning wire-to-wire score in 1:58 with Owosso Flash, a juvenile son of Royal Millennium. Owned by Laurie Lee Poulin along with Deters, Owosso Flash lolly-gagged over to the half in 1:01.1 and vaulted home in :56.4 to score an oh-so-easy win measuring 3 1/4 lengths over Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Drake (Bob Roberts). Dustin and Stutz also picked up awards in the sextet. The still "green" two year-old was making only his third lifetime start and stopped the timer in a lifetime best effort. Deters third win was on the betting card with Prairie Fortune, also owned by Poulin and Deters. With Mike, once again, in the bike, this two year-old daughter of Arapa Victory made a huge brush beginning just short of the opening quarter and rolled up to take the lead half way through the mile before striding home confidently in front by 3 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best performance of 1:59-:29. She's now one-for-two lifetime. In a post race interview, Deters said, "She's got speed and it might have been my fault that she made that miscue in her last start. This time, I decided I'd let her settle down a bit and give her a chance to do things on her own terms." Railee Workable, the favorite with Mickey McNichol in the bike, was second while RJ's Iron Man, handled by Bob Williams, Jr., was next. Victory Park finished fourth while Harrison, though "distanced, " earned the final award in the field of nine. Prairie Fortune, second choice on the board, paid $7.00 to win. The other division--off the card--went to Amante Stables' Geronimo Fame, driven by Bruce Ranger. This "Famously" bred colt--yes, he is by "Famously," wire his other three foes with panels of :28.4, :59.4 and 1:29.1 before turning on the after-burners and romping home in :28.4 to pin a four length 1:58 defeat on last year's Super Night champion, Showing Off (Bob Roberts). Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) finished third while Gator On Patrol finished fourth and last. The win--Geronimo Fame's ninth lifetime--sent his earnings to $56,323. With the remaining Monday's in October moved to the April, 2015 calendar, racing continues next Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. post time. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 17, 2014...Pompano Park has revised its harness racing schedule, eliminating the remaining Monday dates in October--the 20th and 27th--and adding those two racing programs to its April schedule. The change was made due to a short term insufficient supply of race horses, an occurrance which is expected to be remedied with the arrival of several stables within the next two to three weeks. The track is still committed to race its full 126 day meeting along with measures to "make racing grow" in South Florida. The track also announced that TVG will begin coverage from the track on November 3. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, Florida.....Andover America sent his lifetime earnings to $775,890 on the strength of his 55th lifetime victory on Wednesday night at Pompano Park while Brandy, Gold Star Dynasty, Markie and Limelight were crowned the champions in their respective finals of the FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes. Andover America, the nine year-old son of Andover Hall, driven by Bruce Ranger, took the $10,000 Open trot and led every step of his mile, stopping the timer in 1:57 after lolly-gagging to an opening half mile in :59. Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover America pinned a defeat measuring three-parts-of-a-length on another veteran warrior, Gale Warning, handled by Mike Micallef. Glittering Muscles and Bryce Fenn teamed up for show honors while Whispur and Tug River Dylan picked up the final two awards in the sextet. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "When Adenium went up in the air leaving, I thought it best to try and put my horse on the lead to stay out of trouble and control the pace...if possible. When I was able to rate him to that :59 half, I really felt confortable that a horse of his caliber could take it the rest of the way. He was sprinting pretty strongly the rest of the way and he proved he can still go a final quarter in :28 and change when the conditions are as they were tonight." The win was Andover America's fifth of the year in a relatively light campaign encompassing just 14 starts. He's banked $35,650 this year. In the first of four $12,000 finals of the FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes held--the first two of which were non-betting affairs--Brandy, driven by Dan Clements, scored a win in the two year-old filly trot with a gate to wire win in 2:04.4-:29.4, holding Livy M, handled by Tom Sells, safe by a length after a stretch long duel. Zendaya, driven by Bob Roberts, finished third with Diamond White fourth in the quartet. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, Brandy now sports a 2-2-0 scorecard in four starts and $9,896 in earnings. This division is turning out to be quite a rivalry as Livy M also sports a 2-2-0 record in her four starts with each pinning two defeats on the other. The second non-betting event--this for juvenile pacing fillies--went to Gold Star Dynasty, in tow for Walter Ross, Jr. This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, owned and trained by Tom Audley, used a tenacious :27.3 finale to collar pace-setting Paxxie and Bruce Ranger, in the final stride, the official margin a head. Davita and Bob Roberts rallied to be third with Arties Diamond Girl fourth and Prairie Princess picking up the "nickel." The mile was clocked in 1:59.3--a new lifetime mark--and pushed the filly's earnings to $9,262 in just four starts. The first of two Sunshine State Stakes on the card went to Jay Sears' Markie--but not before some heart throbs thrown in with her hoof beats. The daughter of Proud Bushy, handled by Bob Roberts for trainer Kim Sears, went up in the air at the start as the 1 to 20 favorite and spotted the field nearly 20 lengths...but, once settled down, she circled her field to take the lead into turn two and went on to score a 3 3/4 length win over Trotting JC Poss, driven by Tom Sells, in 2:02.1. After the race, trainer Kim Sears said, "What can I tell you...she's a BRAT!!! She's fast, yes, but she's got a mind of her own. My heart is still beating a thousand beats a minute after that!" Markie, last year's two year-old champion in her class, remains undefeated in four starts this year. She's banked $69,050 lifetime--$11,350 this year with the big Florida stakes season ahead. Finally, in the three year-old final for sophomore pacing fillies, Limelight, handled by Tom Sells for trainer Rosie Huff, overcame the nine post and her eight opponents to score a one length victory in 1:55.4. Taking the lead three-eighths into the mile, Limelight cut panels of :57 and 1:26.3, scoring her tenacious victory over Marion (Mike Micallef), J D Eleven Bells (Aaron Byron) and the late charging Voluminous. The victory was worth $6,000 to the Beauty in the Bridle Racing Stable, sending her bounty to $26,895 this year, and $2.40 to those who risked $2 on the Cracking Light filly's nose. Racing continues on Saturday night with additional Sunshine State Stakes Finals. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 11, 2014...Once again, the "Jaguar" mauled his harness racing rivals at Pompano Park on Saturday night. Prairie Jaguar, the splendid six year-old Florida bred son of Spy Hard, used his domineering gate speed to take the lead in the very first stride, proceeded to gnaw his way through panels of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.3 and went on to score a handy win measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Aaron Byron in Pompano Park's top $10,000 Open Pace. The final time was, once again, 1:50.3, the exact same time as last week's victory. There were a lot of "once agains" in this event. Once again, Northern Companion, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, chased the winner home. And, once again, Cartoonist, third last week, repeated that performance this week, 5 1/4 lengths away for Bruce Ranger. Hurricane Howard, along for the ride as part of an entry with the "Jaguar," was fourth with Mr. Dennis picking up the nickel in the sextet. Owned by Laurie Lee Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Jaguar won for the 20th time during his splendid career--15 of those victories at Pompano Park. "Jaguar" is the only horse in Pompano Park history to record five winning miles in 1:50 or faster--his mark being 1:49. In a post race interview, driver Byron said, "Mr. Deters has this horses absolutely razor sharp right now. He really seems to love the surroundings here. It's like he has a real determination to put on a great show for his fans here. He just keeps going and going...amazing!" Northern Companion's trainer, Howard Klohr, also had some very complimentary words for the winner. "He's (Prairie Jaguar) just a monster right now. I think I have a pretty solid pacer in Northern Companion here and it's like I'm caught between the devil and the deep blue sea! "My horse loves to race off the pace but it's tough to plan a strategy against Prairie Jaguar. "If I don't leave from this post (five), then I'm six lengths off the pace of a horse that can pace a last half in :54 and a piece...and it's tough to make up territory in that scenario. "If I leave, like I did the last couple of times, a horse can get demoralized when you find yourself gapped while pacing an opener in :26 and a piece." Klohr, indeed, has a point! For the winner, he's now banked $85,405 for the year and $142,627 lifetime. Prairie Jaguar paid $2.80 to win this time around. In the "Open 2" Pace, Freeneasy Hanover came from well off the pace to collar 3 to 5 favorite, T's Electric, to score in 1:53.4 for Bruce Ranger. The six year-old son of Western Ideal, trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile, won for the 21st time during his career--five of those triumphs this year--to send his lifetime bounty to $187,090. After the event, Ranger said, "This horse gave me a bit of a hint last week. He just couldn't make up that much ground on a :55.4 final half. The pace was a bit quicker this time around (:56.1 opening half) and it worked out to his advantage because he can go a bit when given some racetrack." Racing continues at Pompano Park on Wednesday nigth with the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
Pompano Beach, FL...October 10, 2014...In sport, home field advantage plays a key role in an individual or team success. There are three combatants entered in Pompano Park's top Open pace on Saturday night hoping that the "home field advantage" tilts their way. Prairie Jaguar, fresh off of a splendid 1:50.3 opening night win, is the morning line favorite off of that impressive effort for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns the Florida bred along with Laurie Poulin. Aaron Byron is expected back in the bike of the six year-old. The son of Spy Hard has 19 lifetime wins--14 of those at Pompano Park. He's also the author of five miles in 1:50 or faster over the slick five-eighths mile oval, the most in the track's history. On the other hand, Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion, known as "Buddy" around the barn, has 28 of his 36 lifetime successes over the South Florida track...but he has never beaten "Jaguar," although he's chased him home a few times this year. Trainer Howard Klohr has employed the red-hot Mike Micallef to handle the lines back of Northern Companion. One other combatant in the field, Cartoonist, third to the top two aforementioned horses last week, has 10 lifetime wins--all at Pompano Park. Owned by the S S G Stables of "McWicked" fame, Cartoonist is trained by Jim McDonald and has listed Bruce Ranger to drive this four year-old son of Modern Art, who put in a credible performance last week in his first start back after a brief summer vacation. The other entrants in the Saturday Night Special are Hurricane Howard, Who's Your Maddy and Mr. Dennis. Hurricane Howard, now seven and a former "4" claimer, has risen to the Open ranks and has 34 lifetime victories--21 of those at Pompano Park. The Florida bred, owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters, steps up to the top Open off of a gate-to-wire 1:54 victory for Tom Sells. Veteran Sells gave Hurricane Howard a masterful drive last week by rating his charge to a :58.1 half and then sprinting home in :55.4 to crush an Open 2 field. He's coupled with Prairie Jaguar in the wagering for Saturday night. Who's Your Maddy, owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing along with Dan MacIsaac, only has nine lifetime wins but the last six have been at Pompano Park. This five year-old is best known for his ability to pace final quarters faster than :27 and makes his first start at Pompano after a five week hiatus. Trying to play "spoiler" in the field is Mr Dennis, a five year-old son of Dragon Again making his initial start at Pompano Park. A winner of $205,540 lifetime, Mr Dennis is the property of the J L Benson Stables and will have the driving services of trainer Joe Sanzeri. Post time is 7:30 p.m. with the feature carded as the third race on the card. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 8, 2014...Two brilliant, but aging, veteran trotters--Andover America and Gale Warning--proved their merit on Wednesday night by taking their respective "Open" events at Pompano Park. In the $10,000 top open event, Andover America, now nine, earned his 54th lifetime victory with a splendid 1:57.2 win for driver Bruce Ranger, easily scoring a win measuring 3 1/4 lengths over Illusionsndreams, handled by Mickey McNichol. Adenium, with Aaron Byron in the bike, finished third after a brush from fourth to second on the backside and then out-brushed in the lane. Tug River Dylan finished fourth with Lugar, on top early before making a miscue just short of the opening panel, picking up the last check in the quintette. After the :28.3 opening quarter, Ranger put his charge on "cruise control," wiring three straight subsequent panels of :29.3 to seal the deal. In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Yes, he's got a bit of age on him now...and, yes, he might be a step or two slower, but he sure knows how to get the job done. He's just a grand campaigner. I would have rather had the garden journey back of Lugar but, when he jumped, I kind of inherited the lead and it worked out nicely." Trained by Stewart Nemiro for McTrade Enterprises, Andover America now banked $770,890 during his illustrious career. Sent off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Andover America paid $3.40 to win. The grand warrior Gale Warning, now 11, was driven by Mike Micallef and wore down the pacesetting Whisper, driven by Frank Davis, around the final turn to score a 3 3/4 length victory in 1:56.4. Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third while Kascara Rosa was fourth under the line. While Gale Warning win was never in doubt once they turned for home, the judges detected a pylon violation by Whispur and that one was set back to fifth before the result was made official. After the race, Micallef said, "This is just an amazing trotter. He seems to be very good after a short layoff and we got a great journey tonight. I had thought about making a quarter move but the leader looked like he was a bit headstrong so I ducked back In The Pocket and waited as long as I could. My horse "told" me when he wanted to go...and go he did!" Gale Warning, owned by trainer Rod Lorenzo along with restauranteur Ciro Gentile, won for the 63rd time during his sterling career, now showing earnings of $644,447. Gale Warning paid $10.40 to win. Finally, in the top open event for fillies and mares, Winbak Heavenly, driven by Tom Sells, used a :27.3 final sprint to collar pacesetting Mach Me Not (Bruce Ranger) by a neck at the end of a 1:54 mile. Keystone Christa finished third for Bryce Fenn with Mamajons Bluegrass fourth and MIss Sparta picking up the nickel. Winbak Heavenly, a four year-old daughter of American Ideal trained by Mike Deters for owner Barbara Jensen, was fourth early as Keystone Christa took the field to the opening quarter in :28 before the favorite Mach Me Not took over and posted panels of :57.1 and 1:25.4. Out with 5/16ths remaining, Winbak Heavenly used her brilliant rally to score in the final few yards. Second choice in the betting, Winbak Heavenly paid $4.40 to win. Racing resumes Saturday night at Pompano Park with a 7:30 post time.Prairie Jaguar and Northern Companion will, once again, duel for supremacy in the feature. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 4, 2014...Prairie Jaguar, the author of the most 1:50 miles in Pompano Park history, returned home to his favorite track and crushed his foes with a startling 1:50.3 performance as Pompano Park opened its 2014-2015 season on Saturday night. The Florida bred six year-old son of Spy Hard, driven by 25 year-old Aaron Byron, brushed to the front from his outside six post around the first turn, demoralized the competition with a :26 opener and went on to score a win measuring 4 1/4 lengths over Northern Companion (Mike Micallef). Cartoonist (Bruce Ranger) finished third with T's Electric, Damon Blue Chip and I Do Hanover completing the sextet. It was the ninth win in 27 starts for "Jaguar," pushing his 2014 bounty to $80,405 and $137,627 lifetime. In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "This was the first time I have ever driven this horse and Mr. Deters told me that he likes to 'rock and roll' early. After that quick opening quarter, I tried to rate him a little but he just grabbed on the further I got into the mile. After that :54.1 half, he really told me he wanted to go, so that 3/4 time of (1):21.3 was not too much of a surprise. I just let him coast on home after that!" Pompano's kickoff also featured eight different class for Sunshine State Stakes eligibles. The most notable performers in those events were Showing Off, Goldstar Kenny P, Owosso Flash, Livy M, Markie, Paxxie, Railee Workable and Limelight. Showing Off kept his perfect record in tact in 2014--now three-for-three--with a sharp 2:01.4 win for Bob Roberts, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears along with Richard and Sandra Dunmire. Livy M, owned and trained by James Martin, was a photo finish winner over Brandy in a nip and tuck battle all the way down Pompano's stretch, the margin a slender nose for Tom Sells. Goldstar Kenny P, who chased both Warlock and Tough Issue home in seven tries last year, rose to the top of the three year-old class with a very smartly rated with Mickey McNichol in the bike. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, "Kenny" wired his two competitors, sealing the deal with a last half in :59.1 in a 2:00.2 performance. After the event, driver McNichol said, "The colt has a mark of (1):57 but we got away with a little something this time around, so I took a hold as long as there were no imminent threats. He was solid tonight." Owosso Flash, also owned by Poulin and Deters, looked awesome in gaining his first lifetime win. "Flash," a two year-old by Royal Millennium, made a quarter move to the front and was never threatened thereafter, stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Last year's two year old filly champion in the trotting division, Markie, looks like she means business in repeating as champion this year, too. The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, crushed her foes again wirth a 2:01 win measuring 13 3/4 lengths. She's now three-for-three this year. The two year-old Six Of Diamonds filly, Paxxie, was next in the spotlight and she wore down a stubborn Gold Star Dynasty with a :28.1 finale in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Bruce Ranger was in the bike for owners Warren and Joan Harp. Railee Workable then extended his winning streak to two with a gate to wire win in 2:04--:29.3 for Mickey McNichol. This son of Basil is trained by Louis Ginesi for Fred Morosini and Ken Fritz. Finally, Limelight, owned by Beauty in the Bridle Racing Stable, picked up her Third Straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action with a very sharp win in 1:56.1. Tom Sells was in the bike for trainer Rosie Huff. Other "Open" winners on the card were Hurricane Howard (Sells) and Bold Willie (Bryce Fenn). Hurricane Howard won the Open "2" for by lolly-gagging to a :58.1 and then sealing the issue with a final four furlongs in :55.4. This seven year-old Florida bred son of Mannart Howard is owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters. And while the "fireworks" at the track were in the form of flashes of lightning, The Open "3" provided some pari-mutuel fireworks as Bold Willie lit up the tote-board with a $93.00 mutuel in the finale, keying a dime superfecta payoff of $1,022.78. Racing resumes Wednesday night with a new 7:30 post time remaining in effect. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...October 3, 2014...Pompano Park begins its second half century of racing on Saturday night, October 4, with eight Sunshine State Stakes events and three Open events highlighting the action. The top Open event features Prairie Jaguar, the only horse to record five wins in 1:50 or faster on Pompano's five-eighths mile oval, including two wins in 1:49. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, the six year-old altered son of Spy Hard has banked over $75,000 this season and will have the driving services of newcomer Aaron Byron. Byron, 25, comes into the action with 1,330 lifetime wins--165 of those so far this year. "Jaguar" has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and is coupled with T's Electric, fresh off of a 1:52.4 win at Tioga downs featuring his last half in :54.3. Tom Sells will handle T's Electric. Also in the field is Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza. "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has amassed 36 lifetime wins and $223,272 in lifetime bounty, including a mark of 1:50.3 recorded at Pompano last season. Freshened up after a two month vacation, Northern Companion comes into the action off of a handy qualifying win in 1:56.1. Mike Micallef will take this six year-old to Pompano Park's Hummer Starting Gate. Damon Blue Chip, I Do Hanover and Cartoonist complete the talented field. The Sunshine State Stakes covers Florida bred two and three year-olds, all of which are seeking a coveted spot on the FSBOA's $400,000 (est.) Super Night in late November, The pari-mutuel portion of the 13 race program kicks off with the class of three year-old trotting fillies. Jay Sears' Markie, last year's two year-old champion, has been dominant this far in her sophomore class, scoring victories in her only two starts this year--both measuring 20 or more lengths--with her last win in a lifetime best 2:00.1. Bob Roberts will be in the bike for trainer Kim Sears. Markie has been labeled the 4 to 5 morning line favorite in her event. Beauty in the Bridle Stable's Limelight will tangle with eight others in her division for three year-old pacing fillies. The talented daughter of Cracking Light comes to Pompano Park off of a pair of dominant wins in Sunshine State Stakes action at Sunshine Meadows. Tom Sells will handle the filly's lines for trainer Rosie Huff. In the two year-old events for trotting colts and geldings, Railee Workable and Victory Park have been locking horns with each scoring a win against the other at the recently concluded two session affair at Sunshine Meadows. Joining the fray this time around is first time starter Prairie Fortune, coming off a very sharp qualifying event at Tioga Downs, where he was, literally, nosed out in 2:02. Railee Workable, a son of Basil, is trained by Lou Ginesi for owners Ken Fritz and Fred Morosini and will have Mickey McNichol in the bike. Victory Park is owned by the consortium of Turcotte, Howard, Roccasano and Ruggles and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky for trainer Mel Turcotte. Two year-old pacing fillies will also take the spotlight on opening night with Paxxie and Gold Star Dynasty renewing their rivalry. Paxxie, the sharp looking Six Of Diamonds lass owned by trainer Warren Harp along with Joan Harp, beat Gold Star Dynasty by a neck the first time around at Sunshine Meadows in stakes action with Warren in the bike. The next week, "Dynasty," also a Six Of Diamond filly, owned by trainer Tom Audley, turned the tables on Paxxie, scoring the neck decision over her main rival in a lifetime best 2:01.1 for Walter Ross, Jr. Paxxie is listed at 8 to 5 while Gold Star Dynasty is tabbed at 9 to 5 on the morning line. Amante Standardbreds' Caesar's Forum, trained by Marc Aubin, appears to have the upper hand in his division for juvenile pacing colts and geldings. The talented son of Six Of Diamonds is, thus far, sports a perfect two-for-two scorecard to go along with a lifetime best 2:00.3--:58.3 performance at Sunshine Meadows. Bruce Ranger will take Caesar's Jackpot post-ward in his Sunshine Stakes event. Pompano will offer the popular .20 cent superfecta on all races with the highly anticipated Super Hi-5 expected to be added to the racing programs in the very near future. Post time for the pari-mutuel program is 7:30 while four non-betting Sunshine State Stakes events get underway at 6:15 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
The Isle Pompano Park drew its first card of the new season Wednesday and came up with ten races to kick off the start of its 51st season of harness racing on Saturday. And with the start of the meet there will be plenty of familiar faces along with some new folks and the return of some popular trainers and drivers from the past. Bruce Ranger, the tracks all-time winningest driver (8,734 career, over 6,000 at Pompano) said he is more than ready to get back to racing despite still recovering from a broken back in an accident at the track last spring. “I have been taking it very slowly,” Ranger said Saturday at the qualifying races. “And it is working out. The first day I drove I was hurting the next morning but now after working some in the mornings and driving at the Sunshine Meadows fairs the last two weeks, I am pretty much ready to go.” The 126-day meet starts out with just two nights a week (Saturday and Wednesday) and then picks up Mondays later in the season, then Tuesdays and in the height of the snowbird season this winter, adds Sundays to the mix and will go five nights a week. The meet goes through the end of June and first race post time has been pushed up to 7:30 pm. Brett Revington, the new Director of Racing, said, "During our peak season, we expect to offer an average of $75,000 in purses per night, including a stretch of four weeks from mid-January to mid-February where we race five nights per week.” Revington said that starting opening night we will see some familiar and new faces at Pompano Park. “Dan Clements has come back,” Revington said, “And he will be driving opening night along with newcomer Aaron Byron and Bryce Fenn has returned too. We also will have trainers Chris Oakes, Sheldon Rose and Marcel Barrieau. Other new faces will be Jason Robinson, Mike Murphy, Mike Micallef and Gary Hayes from Indiana. We will have a great mix of drivers and trainers here.” There is a new agreement with TVG to showcase the Pompano races, a raise in purses to an estimated $75,000 a night, $8.2 million total and some new wagering options too. There will be a Superfecta in every race with a new $.20 cent minimum, the Pick 4 pool will have only a 12% takeout and for the first time, Pompano will offer the “hot topic” wager in racing, a “Hi-5” on the final race of the night on each program. "We look forward to our upcoming season with a renewed enthusiasm based on our new wagering options, invigorating promotions and a bulging stall application list featuring new stables and a waiting list,” Revington said. “It should be the most competitive season we have ever had!" The action gets underway right on opening night with the third leg of the Sunshine Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. In the $10,000 Open Pace feature, the fastest horse in the history of Pompano Park, Prairie Jaguar, takes on one of the winningest horses, Northern Companion, in the fourth race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
Pompano Beach, FL...Sept. 25, 2014...Pompano Park's 2014-2015 season gets underway on Saturday, October 4 with a purse boost, new post time, a new buffet of wagering options and an added perk of an agreement with TVG to showcase the racing. The 126 day meeting will feature a 7:30 p.m. post time and an estimated purse structure of $8.2 million through next year's closing date of June 27th. Brett Revington, Director of Racing, said, "During our peak season, we expect to offer an average of $75,000 in purses per night, including a stretch of four weeks from mid-January to mid-February where we race five nights per week." The wagering menu will include the popular superfecta on every race with a new 20 cent minimum, enabling our patrons both north and south of the border to participate in a wagering friendly environment. Pompano Park's Pick-4 pool will feature an amiable 12% takeout with that wager further enhanced with a $5,000 guarantee beginning November 3rd, continuing through the peak of the season. The track is also offering--for the first time--a "Hi-5" betting option on the final race of all programs. The "Hi-5" requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order. Revington expects "keen" interest in this new offering. He said, "There must be one unique winner to take down the entire pool. If there are multiple winners, they would share in 50% of the net pool with the other 50% carried over from program to program until there is a single winner. This new wager could very well provide some exciting times here." The TVG agreement also should prove to be a big boost for Pompano Park, which has hosted world class harness racing since 1964. Revington continued, "We look forward to our upcoming season with a renewed enthusiasm based on our new wagering options, invigorating promotions and a bulging stall application list featuring new stables and a waiting list. It should be the most competitive season we have ever had!" The initial draw for the October 4 opener is Wednesday, October 1. The entry box closes at 9:00 a.m.. For more information, please visit the track website: http://pompano-park.isleofcapricasinos.com. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (September 2, 2014) - Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is gearing up to start the 2014-2015 winter harness racing season with an opening date of October 4 and opened its backstretch to horsemen on Labor Day Monday. Known as the "Winter Capital of Harness Racing," Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park has been the home of world-class Standardbred racing since 1964, providing a picturesque South Florida destination for top-ranked trotters and pacers, as well as award-winning trainers and drivers. With an average temperature of 77 degrees in the winter and sunny, clear blue skies, Isle Casino Pompano Park has had no cancellations in the last 2 ½ years. "It looks like another great season of competitive racing, said Wyre. "Many of the top stables have made plans to ship down. As a result stalls are filling up fast with almost 700 booked for the season". The last day to get an application in was Friday, August 29, but applications will continue to be accepted on availability. To register please visit our website. Navigate to the racing tab, the stall application can be found under "horsemen." Questions regarding the stable application should be directed to Joe Frasure in the race office at 954.972.2000 ext. 6476. Or mail or fax the application as noted below. Mail: Fax: Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park 954-975-3296 Attn: Race Office 1800 SW 3rd St. Pompano Beach, FL 33069 by Jill Alexander, for Isle Casinos
Coral Springs, FL – It has been revealed to Harnesslink.com that the Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park has hired Brett Revington as the new Director of Racing. Revington hails from Prince Edward Island in Canada where he was the former Racing Manager for Red Shores, which runs both Charlottetown Driving Park and Summerside Raceway. His duties there also included being the cage and count manager and overseeing the facility and maintenance. Prior to working at Red Shores, Revington was the Assistant Race Manager at Western Fair Raceway and for six years was the Stakes Manager at Woodbine Entertainment Group. He is also a licensed Associate Judge and worked for the Ontario Racing Commission where he was responsible for rule enforcement and hearing adjudication. Revington was voted as a Director of the Atlantic Region to the Standardbred Canada Board, serving for four years. A 1997 graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Revington also attended Fanshawe College with accreditation in their Canadian Securities Course. Before working full time in the Standardbred industry after graduation, Revington traveled overseas to manage a Domino’s Pizza chain in Dublin, Ireland. Revington will begin his new duties immediately. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great new newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This past week’s newsletter contains the following feature stories: Will Pompano Park be sold any time soon? – All the talk in the financial sections of world-wide news sites last week was that the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. was on the market to be sold. Modern Art Pedigree/Review – Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the very good racehorse and stallion Modern Art p,3,1:50.2m ($1,055,233). Please don’t try and interview Ake Svanstedt - We really hope for the future that interviewers at the racetrack will not try and get Ake Svanstedt to do interviews unless you have his assistant trainer Bjorn “Bernie” Noren to assist. We need to support more Monte racing! - Last year was a breakout season for Monte racing in North America. More and more tracks held exhibition events and Monte racing has really grown. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
Erwin Grossman, a long time harness racing publicist in the New York metropolitan area, died Friday, June 20 at an assisted living facility in Boca Raton, FL after a long illness. He was 85. Grossman was a fixture for many years at Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways covering Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing, handicapping horses for the New York Herald Tribune. He also traveled to numerous racetracks on the east coast to cover stakes races and special events. He reported on the grand openings at Liberty Bell Park, Monticello Raceway and Pompano Park. He attended Scioto Downs in its first year of operation, making the trip to report on the great horse Adios Butler. Annually, when the racing season was over, Grossman filed training articles from Aiken, SC and Winter Haven, FL. He was one of the first journalists that would travel extensively reporting on horse racing. Along with Hall of Famer Clyde Hirt, then with Roosevelt Raceway publicity, Grossman also secured advertising for the annual United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) annual awards journal. He served as president of the New York USHWA Chapter from 1965 to 1966. He and Hall of Famer Lou Miller started a joint venture writing and publishing Trotting Times, a harness racing newspaper with entries, selections, workouts and features. He also had a stint with the NY Standardbred Owners Association writing and publishing their first house magazine, Voice. One day Grossman picked every winner at the old Jamaica race course. A $2 parlay that day would have netted a bettor $84,000. That feat earned Grossman an appearance on the “Tonight Show” when it was hosted by Steve Allen. His best long shot was when Hall of Famer Clint Hodgins drove Lite Direct to victory at Roosevelt Raceway and paid $112.80, the fifth largest win payoff in the track’s history at that time. After moving to Florida and becoming active in the Florida Chapter of USHWA, Erwin served as chapter vice-president in 2005-2006. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicator’s Corner in 2011. He was also voted the Allen J. Finkelson Award by the Florida Chapter in 2009. This award recognizes that individual who has contributed in the sport of harness racing to the promotion of the Standardbred Industry. The family has stated that at Erwin Grossman’s request there would be no burial ceremony planned. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA
Harness racing trainer Jake Huff got quite a surprise last Sunday morning for Father’s Day. It’s wasn’t a special tie or breakfast in bed from his two sons. This Sunday it was a phone call he received telling him that he was going to have two new additions to his stable by the names of Golden Receiver and Statesman N. “It was Father’s Day when I got the phone call from Gene Kurzrok (Our Horse Cents Stable),” Jake Huff said. “It came as quite a surprise and a heck of a Father’s Day gift of sorts. I’ve known the owners for many years and they said they would like to send me a couple of horses. Then when they said it was Golden Receiver and Statesman, my eyes really lit-up.” What people did not know is that Jake Huff has been working with Nina Simmons, co-owner and breeder of Golden Receiver for many years and also has had many horses for Gene Kurzrok. But because Jake races all winter in Florida at Pompano Park, the purses are not as great for top horses to race, but now that Huff is stabled for the summer at Tioga Downs, they felt a change in trainers was needed for their two horses. “I actually had Golden Receiver before Mark Harder,” Jake explained, “I had him a short time when he was a three-year-old and then they turned him over to Mark. Mark has done a superb job with him over the years. There is no animosity between us. Many trainers when they have issues with horses will turn them over to another trainer and hope they can freshen them up. “If I am successful with these two,” Jake said, “They won’t come back with me to Florida come September or October. In all likelihood they will go back to Mark. I am just grateful for the opportunity. I know the horse is getting a little long in the tooth, but he is just a couple of steps away from being with the top horses in the nation at the finish.” Now age 9, Golden Receiver is a gelded son of Village Jove and sports 60 career wins and lifetime earnings of $2,144,036 with a race record of 1:48 at age 7. Stateman N is now age 7, also a gelding by Christian Cullen, who raced most of his career down under and has 21 wins, $351,000 in earnings and a record of 1:50.3f. “It was quite a pick me up getting that call on Father’s Day,” Jake Huff said. “Hopefully this will work out well for everyone involved.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great new newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This past week’s newsletter contains the following feature stories: Horseman Greg Peck arrested at Harrah’s Philadelphia – Trainer of Muscle Hill in serious trouble. Rocknroll Hanover full stallion report/review – Read about the pro’s and con’s of this top stallion and how his foals are doing both in North America and Australasia. What is going on at Pompano Park after dismissals? – With their Director of Racing Operations released, what’s next for the south Florida harness track? Big donation from Horse Gold, Inc. for retired racehorses – Tens of thousands of dollars in equine medicine is donated. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).