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Pompano Beach, FL...January 28, 2015..Harness racing driver Rick Plano has driven over 6,500 winners during his illustrious career of 43 years but Wednesday night at Pompano Park was a first for Rick as he drove Orator to an 83 to 1 upset victory in the $13,000 final of the Sea Eagle Late Closer.   This five year-old son of Tell All, owned by trainer Casandra Uppal along with Rebecca Uppal, stormed home from eighth around the final turn to nail the victory in a three way photo finish in 1:53.3--the official margin of victory just 1/100th of a second.   Rock N Go, in his first start for new owner-trainer-driver Shawn McDonough, finished second after taking a "nostril" lead a step from the wire while Oakmont, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines was third, just a neck from the victory after leading much of the way and posting panels of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3.   Who Dey finished fourth while Tivoli Hanover grabbed the last nickel.   In a post race interview, driver Rick Plano said, "With the outside nine post, I thought that we were in a tough spot because all of these horses are fairly equal in ability and, when you have to spot them several lengths at the start, it's a tough task to be that much better than the rest once we all straighten away after the start. The hot fractions, of course, helped but, around the final bend, I was just hoping to get something out of it. He was pacing pretty hard down the lane and, that, plus the speed coming back a bit, enabled us to get it done. In my 43 years on the racetrack, I don't think I have ever had a winner pay 83 to 1. Pretty amazing, especially since he was second in his only two starts this year."   The win for Orator was his 16th lifetime and sent his career bounty to $62,210.   The win mutuel was $169.60 keying a 20 cent superfecta payoff of $3,061.80.   Also on the mid-week card were two divisions of the Pop-Up Series for claiming pacers as well as the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot.   The latter event went to Dukester, also handled by trainer-driver Rick Plano for Allyn Jones and Maryann Plano.   This eight year-old son of Duke Of York got a picture perfect drive, leaving and then yielding for a garden journey as Coco Lindy and Wally Hennessey cut the panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27. As they turned for home, Dukester left the coziness of his pocket and wore down Coco Lindy with a :28.3 finale, stopping the timer in 1:55.4 for his initial success of the year and 21st lifetime-the official margin being a nose. He's banked $245,690 career-wise.   Nithinbutanallstar rallied to finish third for Mark O'Mara while Highland Yankee and Bloodstockshalltab picked up the remaining marbles in the field of nine. Favored It's Payday Friday suffered a miscue at the start, rallied a bit mid-mile but eventually finished seventh.   After the race, driver Plano related, "I didn't see too much in the way of leavers inside of us leaving, so I decided I'd let him trot a little early. He made the top easily and then I though it would be best not to get into a war with Wally's (Hennessey) horse (Coco Lindy) so I decided to take the trip. It worked out OK...barely!"   Dukester paid $9.40 as the third choice on the board.   The Pop-Up Series for claimers on the lowest rung of the ladder went in two divisions with No Shenanigans and Yankee Flyer taking their respective divisions.   No Shenanigans handled by Kevin Wallis for Erin and Leonard Poger, brushed up on the backside to take command and then held on for dear life to score by a nose in 1:54.2 over Dynamic Rayzer (Dave Ingraham) with the fast closing Fox Valley Griffin just a neck back for Joe Sanzeri. Jackets Required and Drinkability also earned awards in the sextet.   No Shenanigans now has 31 lifetime wins and $145,424 lifetime. Second choice at 8 to 5, he paid $5.40 to win.   Yankee Flyer, part of the five horse field (after a scratch) where all entrants had morning line odds of 3 to 1, took command shortly after a :28.2 opener for Wally Hennessey and proceeded to carve out panels of :57.3 and 1:26.3 before holding off Make You Famous (Bruce Ranger) by a half length in 1:56.3. Alastair Hanover (Jason Dillander) was third with Wake and Cracker Diamond completing the field.   The first four entrants in the field were less than a length apart at the wire with the top to bottom odds being 3 to 1, 5 to 2, 6 to 5, 10 to 1 and 7 to 2.   The winner, owned and trained by Ken Sweetland, Jr., went off at 5 to 2 and paid an even $7.00 to win.   Finally, the Super Hi-5 had only two winning consolation tickets--each worth $2,791.42--with the carryover to Saturday's program over $87,000.   Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 27, 2015...First stop Wednesday morning--the hardware store to get some lightbulbs for Pompano Park's harness racing tote board. Dave Ingraham is buying! Three of Ingraham's charges lit up the Pompano tote board and nighttime sky on Tuesday, each scoring at better than 40 to 1 odds with one, Wesley's Fortune, emerging a winner at better than 60 to 1. Ingraham's memorable night began in the third race when Rocinante came from dead last around the final turn to score in 1:55. Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Richard Knight, this son of Rocknroll Hanover, now eight, scored his initial win of the year and 24th lifetime to send his lifetime bounty to $198,377 and reward his faithful with a mutuel of $86.40 as the longest proposition in the field of seven--though he was coming off a race where he had a second tier post and enjoying a class drop this time around. Ingraham's second bomb came with Bob Dutilly's Tug River Dylan in a conditioned-optional claiming trot. Making his first start of the new year, Ingraham laid off a hot early pace and then sent his charge rocking home to nail a photo finish victory in 1:57.2 at odds almost identical to his first winner. Paying $86.20, Tug River Dylan won for the 25th time in his career to send his lifetime earnings to $138,081. Ingraham completed his "hat trick" with Dorothy Zarza's Wesleys Fortune, this 10 year-old following live cover the final 3/8ths of a mile to squeak by late at odds of 64 to 1. He paid $130.80 to win and keyed a $9,052 tirfecta and a 20 cent superfecta payoff of $3,599.26. After that event, trainer Howard Klohr joked, "I didn't bet one single dime of him but, now, you'll have to excuse me...I have to go to the window and try and bet $2 on the replay! In other Pompan o action on Tuesday night, the second leg of the "Better Late Than Never" pace for condition claimers was held with Henry Blue Chip and Indigo Artist the winners in their respective divisions. Maryann Plano's Henry Blue Chip, a four year-old son of Art Major driven by Rick Plano, held on gamely to score a narrow decision over the late surging Directly Related and Dan Clements in 1:55.4.for his second success of the year in four starts. Smithers finished third for Jason Dillander while Total Proof and Justice My Way also picked up minor awards. Indigo Artist, with Ed Hensley handling the lines, repeated his win of a week ago, stopping the clock in 1:54.4 for a decision measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Son Day, driven by Kevin Wallis. New Rock To Roll and John Macdonald teamed up for show honors with Big Better Best and Tough Issue getting the minors. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "he (Indigo Artist) seemed like he wanted to race tonight so I made--rather HE made--that quarter move and was strong right to the wire. Indigo Artist. a six year-old son of Arturo, is trained by Rod Grady for owner Percy Jones. The "Fair Start" Late Closer second leg went to Tom Petri's Nomad, driven by Rick Plano. Making his first start for the new owner, Plano sent this four year-old son of Swan For All on a quarter move to the top and never looked back, scoring the 1:57.4 victory over Railee Kwik, driven by Bruce Ranger. Gray N Cloudy was third for Dave Ingraham with Luvnuisfun fourth. Ilari got the nickel. Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had several winners with the carryover to Wednesday's card at $81,704.54. Post time for the midweek card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - What is believed to a first in horse racing history, Pompano Park's third race on Wednesday night has listed all of the entrants the same odds in the morning line. John Berry, who handles that chore, explained, "When I looked at all of the past performance lines and visited the replays, there was hardly an inch of separation among these combatants, so I made them all 7 to 2." He further explained, "There are six of them in there, so, if an equal amount of money was wagered on each horse, they'd pay $9.60 to win--or 7 to 2 odds." That race is the opening leg of the Pop-Up Series for claiming pacers that have not been third or better in their last three starts with all starts being in a the same claiming class. "Those odds represent the 'par value' in a field of six," Berry said. "Had there been seven in there, the 'par value' would go up to 9 to 2 and so on with the addition of each additional entrant." According to Berry, the morning line may be one of the most misunderstood things in the program. "The morning line is meant to be a barometer or opinion of one person on what a horse will be at 'off' time--not necessarily an opinion on which horse will win. There is no right or wrong because it's the combined opinions of the racing fans with their wagering dollars that, of course, eventually set the odds. The only thing in which I am interested is making a valid morning line. There is a lot of mathematics involved to have a viable morning line--one that is possible to achieve on a tote-board. "If it's not possible on the tote-board, it's not a valid morning line. It takes time, yes, but, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing correctly." Besides the Pop-Up Series on Wednesday night, Pompano Park will feature an Open Handicap Trot featuring Its Payday Friday and Coco Lindy, both seeking repeat wins in the top class. The $13,000 Final of the Sea Eagle Late Closer is also on tap along with a guaranteed Pick 4 pool of $7,500. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2015...Harness racing fillies and mares were in the spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night with Pertty Music scoring a repeat win in the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares and Saint Patty's Doll taking the photo finish victory in the similar feature event for trotters.   Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, took command shortly after the Hummer Starting Gate sprung and went on post panels of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.3 en route to a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over P L Hula, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:52.4.   Winbak Heavenly and Peter Wrenn teamed up for third while De Vins Girl and Keystone Christa picked up the final two awards in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley spoke of his journey in a single word, "Awesome!"   He then continued, "Actually, it was a very good effort on a chilly (60 degree) night (for South Florida). Yes, we had the outside post but she can sprint an opener in :27 pretty handily. Nothing developed until we reached the final turn and, then, when I saw Kevin's (Wallis') mare (Keystone Christa) brushing, I just chirped once and my mare never was in danger after that.   For Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, it was her 2nd success of the young year and 16th lifetime, sending her career bounty to $228,022.   AS the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $3.40 to win.   Saint Patty's Doll, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jake "300" Huff and Stable 45, used similar tactics to take down the victory in the companion event for the distaff trotters, holding off the futile late surge of Trot Fudge Sundae and driver Dave Ingraham by a neck in 1:57.   Escrow Blue Chip, trotting the fastest final panel of the seven mares in the event, rallied from last turning for home to finish third, just a half length off the winner for Rick Plano. Blushing Hanover, prominent early on, finished fourth while the favorite, McTiny's Hope, finished fifth.   After the event, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "Last week, she gave me a good hint with a solid effort after showing a willingness to leave out of there, so, this week, I just let her do her own thing out of the gate. She got to the top pretty easily (:28.2) and then she relaxed and got to the half cheap (:58.2). She heard some competition on the backside so she picked it up on her own and seemed to put away Dave's (Ingraham) mare (Trot Fudge Sundae) around the final bend but I had to remind her a couple of times late. I was glad to see the wire."   Saint Patty's Doll, a six year-old daughter of Conway Hall and a nine time winner last year, won for the initial time in 2015 for her 16th lifetime win, sending her lifetime bankroll to $136,335.   As the 4 to 1 third choice on the board, Saint Patty's Doll paid $10.40 to win.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2015...Iain'tnomomaluke, driven by Wally Hennessey, bravely fought off the late surge of Barbies Korvette, driven by Ed Hensley, to take top honors in the harness racing $15,000 final of the Interloper Late Closing Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night. Amen Amen finished third for Peter Wrenn while Wishiniwasfishin was next. Skyway Glider picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Iain'tnomomaluke, a seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation, hot property off claims the last two weeks, gave new owners, Beauty In The Bridle Stable, immediate returns on their investment, holding on for a photo finish victory measuring a neck in 1:56.4 for his second victory of the year in three starts, good for $11,850. He's banked $119,284 lifetime. When the gate opened, Iain'tnomomaluke got into a war with Wishiniwasfishin, which he won, taking command just short of the :27.4 opener. A second quarter breather of :30 seemed to help the cause with no serious threats developing until just past the third station, timed in 1:27.1. In the lane, Barbies Korvette, away seventh early, was on a double-bubble binge and third at the top of the lane and gnawing in on the leader. But "Momaluke" was determined late and held on for the score. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I had driven this horse before for Marc (trainer Aubin) and Irwin (trainer Lubar) and he seemed to like being in the hunt from the get-go, so I sent him and he was good despite the cool temperatures tonight." Trained by Jake "222" Huff, Iain'tnomomaluke was sent off as the 3 to 2 public choice and returned $5.00 to his faithful followers. Once again, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager produced multiple winners--each receiving over $303 for a 20 cent investment--sending the carry-over for Monday night's programs close to $70,000. Post time for Monday remains at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompanp Beach, FL...January 24, 2015...That'll Be The Rei, driven by harness racing driver Mike Micallef, and Don't Tell Rusty, handled by Kevin Wallis were inseparable at the wire in Pompano Park's $13,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday Night.   The pair hit the wire together in 1:51.1 after That'll Be The Rei cut all of the fractions--:26.2, :54.3 and 1:22--before drifting out just enough in the lane to allow Don't Tell Rusty to sneak through along the pylons late foe the tie ballgame.   Fancyfreeshark, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, finished third while stablemate Lyons Johnny wound up fourth. Pontiac Luck picked up the nickel in sextet.   Each combatant in the "DH" won for the initial time in 2015 with That'll Be The Rei, a five year-old son of Cheyenne Rei, winning for the 29th time in 51 lifetime starts and Don't Tell Rusty, a six year-old by Tell All, achieving his 11th success in 78 career trips back of the starting gate.   In a post race interview, Micallef said, " With a lot of the early speed outside in here, I thought it best to try and go down the road since his only win here gate to wire a few starts back. He has good gate speed and I really didn't think anybody would try and tackle an opener in :26 and change. He hadn't been out in a couple of weeks so he might have been just a trifle short late in the mile but he raced very well. I w as very pleased with his performance tonight."   The other dead-heat participant, Kevin Wallis, related, "This is the first time I sent him on early...only because he drew well here and I was hoping to get a nice trip after yielding. I knew he was capable of a good final quarter and, when we found some room on the inside, well, he responded nicely. He's just a good, solid racehorse and he might have been a but tighter than some of the others that had missed a week or two.."   That'll Be The Rei, also trained by Micallef for owner Dan Courtemanche, pushed his lifetime bounty to $249,477 while Don't Tell Rusty, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, sent his lifetime bankroll to just shy of $100,000--$99,636 to be exact.   That'll Be The Rei, off at 6 to 1, returned a dead-heat price of $7.80 while Don't Tell Rusty, 16 to 1 on the board, paid $16.00 to his $2 backers.   The co-feature event, the $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap went to Johnny Grippa, driven by Joe Sanzeri.   This seven year-old altered son of Cam's Card Shark took full advantage of a miscue in the lane by the 1 to 2 favorite, Canadian Touch, to take command and then hold off the furious late surge of Always N The Money, with Peter Wrenn driving, to score by a neck in 1:52.2. Ahead Of The Curve and Joe Pavia, Jr. was eventually awarded third while T's Electric was moved up a notch to fourth. Canadian Touch, third under the wire, was placed fifth due to his aforementioned miscue.   Johnny Grippa won for the 38th time during his career measuring 97 starts and now has $164,770 on his card--$18,325 of that since being claimed by Sanzeri along with Russ Guardino.   Off at 5 to 1, Johnny Grippa paid $13.60 to win.   Late Closing events also highlighted the Saturday night card with The Baron Lancer and Murdock Hanover spotlighting claiming pacers and The Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closer for claiming trotters.   The Baron Lancer, with a bulky field of 11 going to the gate, went to Coopers Beach, driven by Jason Dillander for owner-trainer Shawn Glassmeyer.   This six year-old son of Western Ideal survived a torturous opening half of :53.4 and actually pulled away from the field in the lane to score a sharp four length win in 1:52.   Milliondollartouch (27 to 1) finished second for Dan Clements while Attack Modes Billy (47 to 1) with Ed Hensley was third.   Coopers Beach, second choice at 5 to 2, paid $7.60 to win.   The two divisions of the Murdock Hanover went to In Mint Condition (Mike Micallef) and Officernagentleman (Matt Romano.   In Mint Condition, owned by Lew and Kathleen Whitaker, made a sharp quarter move to the top and just did hold off Ring Leader, charging through on the pylons, and Fearless Chip, on the outside, to score in 1:52.1 as the 3 to 2 favorite.   After the event, Micallef joked, "I guess I was the cream in the middle of the Oreo cookie in that one!"   In Mint Condition won for the 24th time in his career to send his lifetime bankroll to $149,563.   Officernagentleman, trained and driven by Matt Romano for C & F Associates, also hung on for dear life in scoring a head decision over the late charging Red Hot Yankee and Rick Plano in 1:52.2 for his 20th lifetime win. Bold Willie and Dan Clements teamed up for third.   Even money on the tote-board, Officernagentleman paid $4.20 to win.   Finally, two divisions of The Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closer went behind the Hummer Starting Gate and South Jersey Hey and Royalty On High proved victorious in their respective events.   South Jersey Hey gave amateur driver Steve Oldford his 99th lifetime victory by rallying in the lane to score a 2:01.2 decision over American Empress, driven by Jamie Marra with Whosover and Don Glowacki teaming up for show honors.   The winner paid $5.00 as the public choice.   Royalty On High, driven by Dein Spriggs, took advantage of some hot fractions early--for the class--and then snuck through along the inside to light up the tote-board with a $49.00 mutuel in scoring a 2 1/2 length win over L F Topaz and Billy Muggleston in 2:01.1. VT's Gold Key was third for Leon Cable.   Pompano's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Saturday night and the carry-over for Sunday's program is well in excess of $60,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Its Payday Friday completely justified the public's confidence of sending the five year-old off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting by scoring a resounding 4 1/4 length victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 harness racing Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The altered son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements, took command just a stride or two prior to the :27.2 opener and then wired panels of :57 and 1:26 before sprinting home in :28 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:54.   Dukester and Rick Plano teamed up for plane honors while Buddy Hally, with Stephen Byron handling the lines, finished third, five lengths away.   The very early leader, Adenium, finished fourth while Highland Yankee finished fifth in the quintet.   In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements gave a lot of credit to the track crew saying, "This racetrack was absolutely perfect tonight--not too hard...not too deep...just perfect. Kudos to them! As far as the trip went, well, as you can see here in the winner's circle, the earplugs are still in so I don't know how much more he would have gone had I pulled them. He was really awesome tonight!"   Its Payday Friday is on quite a roll having six wins and five seconds in 11 starts since arriving at Pompano Park in late October.   This victory pushed his lifetime bounty just shy of $200,000--$198,888 to be exact.   The companion $11,000 Open Trot went to M C Felix, a recent claim by owner Neal Oksenberg. Trained and driven by Aaron Byron, M C Felix took command at the quarter and wired his foes the rest of the way, stopping the timer in 1:55 for his 36th lifetime success. This nine year-old son of A J's Tycoon now has $348,229 on his card.   The second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward in two divisions--Sea Eagle the winner of the very first race contest at Pompano Park on February 4, 1964--with Deep Finesse and First Impression staking a claim to the final scheduled for January 28.   Deep Finesse, a nine year-old son of Western Paradise, came from well off the pace negotiating his final three-quarters in 1:24.2 to score the victory measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Jason Dillander. Terrorizer, with Ed Hensley in the bike, was second while Four Starz Kyle finished third for Rick Plano. Elkhorn Damian and Tumblin' Dice, the early pacesetter, also picked up minor awards, fourth and fifth, respectively.   Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Deep Finesse won for the 33rd time in his career--the hard hitting claimer now at $231,835 in career bounty.   As second choice on the board at 9 to 5, Deep Finesse paid $5.60 to win.   First Impression, driven by Aaron Byron, made his 200th lifetime start a memorable one with a sharp 1:53.1 win in the second division of the Sea Eagle Late Closer, taking the lead right at the opening marker of :27.3 and carding fractions of :56 and 1:25 before a sprint home in :28.1 sealed the deal measuring a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths over Tivolii Hanover, handled by Jason Dillander. Who Dey finished third for Mickey McNichol while Unrecognized Saint finished fourth. Memory In Motion picked up the final award in the field of six--three 10 year-olds and three 11 year-olds!   Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, First Impression won for the 39th time in his career, sending his lifetime bankroll to $352,288.   As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, First Impression paid $5.40 to his faithful.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Wednesday night setting up a record carryover exceeding $60,000 for Saturday night's program.   Finally, The Florida Amateur Driving Club boosted their charitable donations past the $135,000 mark with a contribution to the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. The CHHA, with more than 1,000 members world-wide, was represented by Chaplain Lee Alphen. A large group of horsemen and women, including Dan Clements, Bruce Ranger, Diane Hellen and young Tom Wine, Mike Hardy, Pete Pellegrino, Jason Dillander and Allen Saul, were in the winner's circle to make the presentation.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Late Closing events continued at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with Indigo Artist and Kabu drawing first blood in their respective events. Indigo Artist, driven by Ed Hensley for trainer Rod Grady, took the first leg of the "Better Late Than Ever" Conditioned Claiming for pacers by scoring in a lifetime best 1:54.4, holding off the late determined bid by Son Day (Mickey McNichol) by a neck. Total Proof (Dave Ingraham) finished third while Directly Related and Progresive Hanover garnered the final two awards in the field of 10. It was a game of "musical chairs" early as Indigo Artist and Son Day traded places on the front end with the former leaving and yielding just past the opener in :27.4 and then retaking the lead halfway through the mile in :56.1. These two remained one-two past the third station in 1:25.1 as Indigo Artist sprinted clear at mid-stretch before holding on for the determined win as Son Day began gnawing away at the leader late. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "He's not a world champion but he's a gamer and, when he's classified right, he's gonna be competitive. He was sharp tonight and I was pleased that he was able to stay in there to the wire. I don't think he's too used to two moves in a mile." Owned by Percy Jones, Indigo Artist, a six year-old son of Arturo, was the 5 to 2 second choice on the tote-board and paid $7.00 to win. Kabu, driven by Jason Dillander for owner Trent Stohler, made his initial appearance at Pompano Park a winning one in the first leg of the "Fair Start" Late Closer for Conditioned Claiming trotters. This four year-old son of Valley Victor, making his first start of the year after a two month hiatus, rolled home quickest of all to score a handy three length win in 1:56.4--a lifetime best--over Princess Crown (Peter Wrenn) with favored Tyrone Showstopper (Dan Clements) third. Insider Access rallied from 10th in the bulky field of 11 to garner fourth while Luvnuisfun picked up the nickel. In that event, it was Muscle Massacre who was on the engine from the get-go to carve out lively panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before going up in the air shortly thereafter to lose all chance. After the race, driver Jason Dillander said, "I certainly didn't want to send him in his first start back so the hot fractions helped tremendously. When we found a bit of room, he responded nicely. He seems pretty handy." As second choice on the board, Kabu paid $7.20 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with the Open Handicap Trot, the second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing event and a near $60,000 Super Hi-5 jackpot the highlights. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2015...Pompano Park presented a pair of Open harness racing events for mares on Monday night with Pure Barre extending her winning skein to three for Mickey McNichol in the trot and Pertty Music returning to her winning ways for Ed Hensley in the pace.   Pure Barre, Tom Gonsalves' outstanding seven year-old daughter of Classic Photo, overcame the outside seven post and a pair of stout challenges during the mile to score what turned out to be a handy victory in 1:54.4 on the coolish night (68 degrees), pinning a 3 1/2 length defeat on Saint Patty's Doll, with Bruce Ranger in the bike. Black Swan, handled by Dan Clements, finished third while Reverie Devictoire and M T Ur Pockets picked up the minor awards.   As the gate opened, McNichol sent Pure Barre winging and out-rushed Saint Patty's Doll to the opening marker timed in :27. Unlike last week, when Pure Barre saw only one minimal threat develop around the final bend, much earlier threats developed this time around as Trot Fudge Sundae (Dave Ingraham) rushed up along side the leader half way through the mile clocked in :56.4. As Trot Fudge Sundae's bid disappeared on the backside, M T Ur Pockets (Ed Hensley) went on a double-bubble binge to reach the saddle pad of Pure Barre at the third station, clocked in 1:25.2.   In the lane, Pure Barre put away that challenge and easily pulled away from Saint Patty's Doll for the handy win, one tick faster than last week's triumph.   In a post race interview--if one can call it that--driver Mickey McNichol said, "It was a nice trip!"   The victory kept Pure Barre's record perfect this year--two-for-two--and sent her lifetime bounty to $226,645 on the strength of her 22nd lifetime win.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Pure Barre paid $3.20 to her faithful.   Pertty Music got a picture perfect journey from owner-trainer Ed Hensley to score a resounding victory measuring just over five lengths in 1:52--this after sitting cozily in the pocket and letting McFlirty and Ricky Macomber, Jr. cut all the fractions--:27, 55.4 and 1:24.   The late charging De Vins Girl, driven by Rick Plano, rallied from far back to finish second while McFlirty held on for third. Wind River Cat finished fourth in the mile while Mach Me Not picked up the nickel in the field of nine.   Just A Bee, coming in to the action on a four race winning streak, could not overcome the handicap of the outside nine post and finished off the board this night.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "She has been racing good over the past month but this is a very talented group of mares in the open here and it is very tough to win week after week. Tonight, we had the luck of the draw on our side so, when the gate opened, my mare just kind of followed it out and we were lucky to get a garden trip when Ricky's (Macomber) mare (McFlirty) took the top spot. When I asked her turning for home, she just exploded with pace. She was very sharp tonight."   Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, now has 15 lifetime wins in 65 career starts, good for $221,522.   As the even money favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $4.20 to win.   Finally, with the 3 to 5 favorite Senorita Santanna scoring a resounding 1:52.1 victory in the night's finale, there were several winning consolation tickets worth $174.18 for a 20 cent investment in the Super Hi-5 event meaning the carryover to the Tuesday night program for that event is close to $60,000, again, a track record.   Post time for the Tuesday night card is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2015...Imahonkyconchman and Iain'tnomomaluke each scored handy victories on Sunday night as Pompano Park presented second round action in the Interloper Late Closing Series for claiming trotters.   Imahonkyconchman, owned and trained by George Napolitano, now a spry 90 years young, got the picture perfect drive from Dan Clements to score a 1:56.4 decision measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Skyway Glider, handled by Norm Dessureault with Nomad, teamed up with Rick Plano, third. The favorite Pilgrims All In finished fourth after cutting all the panels--:28, :57.2 and 1:27.1. What About Brian picked up the final award in the field of seven.   Clements sent Imahonkyconchman, a nine year-old altered son of Conchnito, away alertly when the gate sprang open and neatly settled In The Pocket back of Pilgrims All In until tipping out for the drive home.   "It was a great journey," Clements stated after the race. "He may not be a world champion but he sure gives his all every start. He's been knocking at the door the last three or four starts (actually four) and tonight he just responded perfectly when asked. I'm happy for George--he's quite a guy!"   For Imahonkyconchman, it was his first victory of the new year in three starts--24th lifetime victory--and sent his lifetime earnings edging just shy of $100,000--$99,048 to be exact.   As fifth choice in the win pool, Imahonkyconchman paid $17.40 to win.   Iain'tnomomaluke's victory also measured 1 3/4 lengths with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for 81 year-old trainer Marc Aubin. Owned by Amante Standardbreds, this seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation took command shortly after the start and clocked fractions of :28.3; :58.2 and 1:27 before sprinting home virtually unchallenged in :29.3 to stop the clock in 1:56.3 for his 10th lifetime success in 90 lifetime starts. He's banked $111,784 lifetime.   Amen Amen, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, chased the winner the entire route to finish second while Wishin Iwas Fishin driven by Jason Dillander, rallied for third. Dreamnwillie and Soxy's Kid picked up the other rewards in the septet.   In a post race interview, driver Hennessey said, "last week when I drove him, he didn't seem to like the going. The track was fast tonight and he was very sharp."   As 5 to 2 second choice among the punters, Iain'tnomomaluke paid $7.60 to win.   Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Sunday night--the consolation paying a healthy $823.22 for a 20 cent bet--sending the carryover to Monday night's card close to $50,000, an all-time record for the track.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL - Despite three heavy betting favorites in the sequence, fans were unable to solve the 50-cent Pick 5 on Saturday evening at Pompano Park, leaving a carryover of $1,885 into the Sunday night card. Track officials have placed an 'instant guarantee' of $5,000 on the Sunday night pool. Fans should also note that the Pick 4 continues to feature a $7,500 guaranteed pool on every live race night throughout the month of January, with the exception of Saturday evenings. The Pick 4 also has just a 50-cent minimum, and features a reduced takeout of only 12%. Many winning tickets were out on the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five on Saturday evening, as the five favorites made up the winning combination. The carryover has soared to $47,368 into Sunday night. The second race on Sunday evening will go as the 'Mary Davis Memorial Mile,' named in honor of the longtime 'Top of the Park' matre d who passed away last month. Mary was loved by both patrons and co-workers during her long stint with Pompano Park, and everyone is invited to come out and be a part of the winner's circle presentation. Live racing returns to a five night per week schedule over the next several weeks at the Isle Casino Pompano Park, with live racing every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening. First post each night is 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 17, 2015...Canadian Touch, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., easily wired his competition on Saturday night at Pompano Park, taking the $12,000 feature for $20,000-$25,000 claimers in 1:50.2. In winning for the fifth time in his last six starts, the six year-old son of Camotion equalled his lifetime best performance--first established on December 27 of last year and duplicated one week later on January 3. Owned by Susan Oakes and trained by Chris Oakes after being claimed just one week ago, Canadian Touch began paying dividends immediately off of front end panels of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23 before pulling away from a stubborn Johnny Grippa, handled by Joe Sanzeri, by 2 3/4 lengths at the wire. Always In The Money, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, finished third while Ahead Of The Curve finished fourth. No Monkeys Allowed picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "It's great to be back in the warmth of South Florida and it's great to be able to handle a pacer like this one. He impressed me tonight by going a hot opener (26.4) and then under :55 home (:54.4.). That's pacing some!" Canadian Touch earned his 27th lifetime win to send his career bounty to $115,604--$14,250 already in just three starts this year after earning $60,185 last year--his best ever. Showing 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Canadian Touch paid $2.60 to win. Pompano Park also hosted two divisions of the Late Closer for the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot with South Jersey Hey and Explosive Muscles winning their respective divisions. South Jersey Hey, owned by Oldford Racing LLC, was driven to victory by trainer Steve Oldford and came from well back in the field to score an explosive win measuring 4 1/4 lengths over American Empress with Jamie Marra handling the lines. Pacific Cyclone, with Jeff Schaefer in the bike, finished third while Royalty On High and Whosover earned the final two checks in the field of seven. The winner paid $4.40 to his faithful. Speaking of "explosive," Explosive Muscles, given a picture perfect drive by Ted Bowman, scored a handy win measuring 1 3/4 lengths over pacesetting Prairie Big John, with Dennis Whittemore driving, in 1:58.3. L F Topaz and Billy Muggleston teamed up to be third while Jam and Jelly finished fourth. Marion Good To Go picked up the minors. Bowman sent Explosive Muscles out sharply to gain the top spot early before yielding to Prairie Big Joh and letting that one carve all of the panels before tilting out turning for home and rollin on by. Trained by veteran Veral Bowman, Explosive Muscles paid $3.60 to win. Another highlight on the Saturday program were the appearances of authors Victoria Howard and Billy Haughton, Jr. for a book signing for their recently published book about Roosevelt Raceway. An enthusiastic crowd greeted the authors along with legendary driver Lucien Fontaine with a near sell out of book inventory. The book has shot up to number three on the best seller list at Amazon.com for horse books. Carry-overs highlight the Sunday night program with carryovers in the Pick-5 and the Super High-5--the latter carryover now well over $45,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for the Sunday program. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 14, 2015...Coco Lindy earned a narrow photo finish decision as Pompano Park presented a highly competitive Open Handicap Trot along with the opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer for claiming pacers, which was contested in two divisions. Coco Lindy, an eight year-old altered son of Cantab Hall owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph, just did get up in the final stride to pin the "nose" decision in 1:54.3 over the pacesetting Its Payday Friday with Adenium third, three lengths away, in a virtual repeat of when these three hooked up in their last encounter on December 30. Dukester and Majestic Won earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Coco Lindy played musical chairs early on with Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, with "Lindy" taking command as the gate sprung open before yielding to Its Payday Friday at the opening marker, timed in :27.3. Adenium, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, settled into third at this point with Dukester, M C Felix, Buddy Hally and Majestic Won following. Positions remained stagnant among the first five through a half in :57.2 and, except for a bit of outside flow on the backside, the top two, Its Payday Friday and Coco Lindy, began separating from the remaining competition turning for home. With the three-quarters timed in 1:26, Its Payday Friday dug in desperately to try and protect the lead but Coco Lindy kept gnawing away and just did get by in the very last stride. In a post race interview, driver Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey said, "This is one game trotter. He's just relentless. I know he likes the top spot but, the last two times I drove him, Dan's (Clements) horse (Its Payday Friday) drew outside of us and I had to make a choice of whether to get into an all-out war or yield and get a garden trip. I'm glad I chose the latter--even though it gave me heart palpitations both times." Trained by Frank Antonacci, the lightly raced eight year-old Coco Lindy won for the 30th time in only 77 lifetime starts to push his career bounty to $398,680. Even money on the tote-board, Coco Lindy paid $4.00 to win. The opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer--an event named in honor of the first Pompano Park winner on February 4, 1964--was contested in two divisions with the opening rounds going to Oakmont and Rock N Go. Oakmont, a recent purchase by trainer Dan McCartney and driven this night by Ed Hensley, made a quarter (:28.1) move to the front and carved remaining fractions of :56.3 and 1:25 before sealing a decision measuring three lengths on the strength of a :28.2 finale. Orator and Mike Micallef teamed up to be second while Casino Captor, driven by Joe Sanzeri, rallied from last half way through the mile to earn show honors. Four Starz Kyle and Deep Finesse also earned checks in the septet. Oakmont, an eight year-old son of I Am A Fool, earned his 25th lifetime victory to send his lifetime bankroll to $207,700. As 8 to 5 second choice in the betting, Oakmont paid $5.40 to win. Rock N Go, trained and driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Leona Morrissey, stretched his current winning skein to five with the win timed in 1:53--his margin of victory three-parts-of-a-length over Final Curtain (Bruce Ranger) with Who Dey (Mickey McNichol) third. Tivoli Hanover and Fox Valley Christo finished 4-5, respectively, in the field of eight. This five year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, took command shortly after the :27 opener and rolled on through panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before coming home in :29.1 to seal the issue. As the 3 to 5 choice, Rock N Go paid $3.20 to win. Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going in to Saturday night's program now approaching $44,000. Post time for Saturday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 12, 2015...Pure Barre and Just A Bee extended their winning streaks on Monday night as Pompano Park hosted a pair of Open events for mares--one for trotters and the other, of course, for pacers.   The grand mare Pure Barre, making her 100th lifetime start, overcame the outside nine post to score a near gate-to-wire win for Mickey McNichol in 1:55 for her 21st lifetime win.   Owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, the now seven year-old daughter of Classic Photo, secured the lead around the opening turn and clocked panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale to score by 2 3/4 lengths over the late charging McTiny's Hope, driven by Ben McNeil. M T Ur Pockets, well back early, finished third for Ed Hensley while Trot Fudge Sundae, a stout challenger around the final turn, was fourth. She's All In rallied to get the nickel.   In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "Yes, we had the nine post but this mare is very handy out of the gate and likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go. There didn't seem to be that much early speed in there, so I just let her do her own thing. She knows how to throttle and she knows how to relax--something she did in the second quarter. There was a bit of a challenge around that final turn but she was well in hand all the way home."   Pure Barre, with only nine starts under her girth last year--her scorecard reading 5-3-0 with $34,280--made her initial start of this new year just as she ended last season--with a win--to send her lifetime bounty to $220,145.   As second choice in the wagering, Pure Barre paid $7.00 to her faithful.   Just A Bee, known as the "Queen Bee" in this top class for mares off of three straight winning performances, justified her even money backing on the tote-board by making it a "hambone"--four-in-a-row--as she, too, was a near wire-to-wire winner for Mike Micallef. Her 1:51 triumph was measured as 3/4 of a length over McFlirty, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Mach It A Par, longest prop on the board at 48 to 1, finished third for Dan Clements while P L Hula and Pertty Music earned the last two awards.   Starting from the outside post in her septet of mares, Just A Bee was on the fly from the get-go, stinging her way to the top spot around the first turn and buzzing through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before zipping home in :27.4.   The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, won for the 27th time during her blossoming career, sending her lifetime earnings to $162,416.   After the event, driver Mike Micallef said, "when the gate opened, I really didn't know if we were going for the top spot or somewhere close up. She's very handy and has an attitude kinda like, 'just tell me what you want me to do and I'll do it!' Were riding the crest right now, so we have to enjoy this while we can. These other mares are very good, too, so each week is an adventure. Just A Bee is just very sharp now. Who knows how long this will last."   Just A Bee returned $4.00 to win.   Once again the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Monday night--the consolation paid $1,437.46--so the carry-over to Wednesday's program is close to $40,000.   Post time for the mid-week 11 race card is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park        

Mary Davis, who was the maître d at the Top of the Park Restaurant and an employee at the Isle Pompano Park, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. She was 67. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mary had come to the United States nearly 25 years ago and worked all that time at Pompano Park. She had been married to Pompano/Saratoga horseman, Emmett “Jeb” Davis for nearly 23 years. Cremated per her request, after this week’s services, Mary’s ashes will be taken back to Ireland. She was so well liked and known by everyone. She wore many hats in the food and beverage department and never turned down a request for help. She was honored by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association in 2008 with the Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award. There will be an “Irish Wake” hosted by her family on Thursday, January 15 at the Golf View Estates Clubhouse at 901 NW 31st street in Pompano Beach from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Everyone is invited to bid Mary farewell as she would like you to do. All who knew Mary are welcome. Then on Sunday, January 18, there will be a special memorial race in Mary’s name and everyone is invited to come out and be part of the winner’s circle presentation. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL - With only one winning favorite in Saturday night's 50-cent Pick 5, the sequence went uncovered, resulting in a healthy $4,152 carryover into the Sunday night card. Track officials have guaranteed Sunday night's total pool at $15,000. The 50-cent Pick 5 will not be the only large multi-race pool for patrons to wager into, as the Pick 4 features a $7,500 guaranteed pool as well. The Pick 4 features the $7,500 guarantee on each race night in January, with the exception of Saturday evenings. The wager features a 50-cent minimum, and a reduced takeout of only 12%. Multiple winning tickets were out on the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five again on Saturday night, propelling a $29,716 carryover into the Sunday night card. The Jackpot Hi-Five is featured in the finale of each racing program. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings with a first post of 7:30 p.m. There will be no live racing this Tuesday (Jan 13). by Gabe Prewitt, for the Isle Pompano Park

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