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Pompano Beach, FL...May 23, 2015...Johnny Grippa teamed up with harness racing driver Bruce Ranger to score a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in Pompano Park's $8,500 "Winner's Over" handicap pace on Saturday night in 1:51.4. The seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark led at every junction in the mile, clocking fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3 before exploding home in :26.1 to pin the defeat on stablemate Hillybilly, handled by Ben McNeil, with Northern Companion, with Tom Sells handling the lines, third. Shamderock and Who's Your Maddy picked up the final awards in the quintet. At the outset, Johnny Grippa was sent right to the front from his advantageous post five with Northern Companion, one slot in, also on the engine early and settling in the garden spot with Shamderock, Who's Your Maddy and Hillybilly completing the order through the early going and over to the half. On the backside, driver McNeil sent Hillybilly winging from the back of the pack and, with no interruptions, brushed up into second around the final turn. In the lane, Johnny Grippa was doing some serious brushing of his own, scorching the last panel to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger, having just celebrated lifetime win number 8,888 just last Wednesday, smiled and said, "Well, that's the first of my 'next' 8,888." He continued, "This is just a hard hitting, solid performer. He loves to be in the thick of the action from the get-go and the five post here is the perfect spot to do so. He was sharp last week finishing second and he was sharp again tonight with the 'soft' fractions helping him the middle half of the mile." Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Johnny Grippa won for the fifth time this year in 18 starts, good for $40,600 so far in 2015. Lifetime, Johnny Grippa now owns 42 wins with career earnings of $194,170. As the 1 to 5 chalk on the tote-board, Johnny Grippa paid $2.40 to win. Also of interest on the Saturday night card was the winning debut of Bring On The Beach, a three year-old full brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere, Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Mardon Stables, Paradox Farm and Dan MacIssac, Bring On The Beach scored for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.4, holding off the late surging pair of Marion and Motorcity Pawnstar in the process. Bring On The Beach was away cautiously in this, his first career outing before brushing from third around the opening turn and taking the lead right at the first marker in :29. He then proceeded through panels of :57.4 and 1:26 before holding on to score by three-parts-of-a-length on the strength of his :28.4 finale. Unraced at two--sans a Mohawk qualifier in which he made a miscue early--Bring On The Beach came into the action off of a 1:56.4 qualifying win three weeks ago. After the win, Hennessey said, "He's a nice colt, no doubt about that...but he's got about 40 lengths to make up to catch his brother...$3,000,000, too. He's got some talent. I hope he goes half as far as his brother!" As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bring On The Beach paid $3.80 to win to his many followers. Racing continues on Wednesday night with first post tabbed at 7:30 p.m. Correction: In our last report, it was erroniously stated that the handle for last Wednesday's program was a record $1,381,817. While the single race handle of $1,299,038 proved to be a record, the aforementioned total handle was not a record as $1,435,549 was wagered on Isle of Capri night in 2003 and $1,403,907 was the total handle on Isle of Capril night in 2000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 20, 2015...Maybe driver Wally Hennessey had an inkling that the Super Hi-5 mandatory payout event, held Wednesday night at Pompano Park, might just get the headlines over the duet of co-feature "Winners Over" events. Not taking any chances, Wally swept all three! With the "must go" Super Hi-5 jackpot swelling over the past 40 programs going into the mid-week program, an astounding amount well over $1,000,000 pushed the total pool to $1,247,507, sending the Wednesday handle at the track to $1,381,817, an all-time record covering the 51 year history of the track. After Hennessey guided Brianna Bennett's American Gold to victory in that finale, 2,114 astute handicappers were in line to cash in to the tune of $501.86 for each 20 cent investment covering the 6-5-8-9-11 combo featuring the two co-favorites finishing one-two and two of the three other "single digit" performers finishing three-four. It was quite a night for the Hennessey's--driver Wally and trainer Dan--and owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil as the Hennessey-O'Neil connection captured both featured "Winner's Over" events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (May 20). First, in the $8,500 "Winner's Over" pace for mares, Godiva Seelster, back in action after a week's vacation, stretched her amazing streak of "in the money" starts to 54 with a handy 1:52.2 win measuring 2 3/4 lengths over Senorita Santanna (Kevin Wallis) with Winbak Heavenly (Matt Romano) next. Just Fine and Cheap N Easy picked up minor awards in the sextet. Godiva Seelster has not missed a single purse check covering all of her starts as a three year-old, four year-old and, now, as a five year-old. The daughter of Camluck engaged in a brief early battle lasting all of an eighth of a mile before taking command from Senorita Santanna and then strolling through panels of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before sealing the deal with a :27.1 finale for her fifth win of the year in eight starts. She has been second in her other trio of trips back of the gate. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I know I have said this before, but, it's true. This mare knows how to take care of herself in the stable area or on the racetrack. She's just such a handy thing. She is amazing the way she has remained this sharp for so long...very rare, especially among mares. I asked her early for some speed and she made the lead around the turn and, when we turned for home, I didn't have to asked her for anything. She just knew what to do on her own!" Trained by Dan Hennessey for the aforementioned owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster sent her seasonal bounty to $33,250 and $141,092 lifetime. Even money on the tote-board, Godiva Seelster paid $4.20 to her many followers. In the companion, $8,500 "Winner's Over" handicap trot, Verdi, also trained by Dan and driven by brother Wally for the O'Neil's, scored a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in a lifetime best 1:54.3. Gold Savage (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished second with My Revenuer (Robbie Hoffman) next. Dream Lake finished fourth while On The Tab picked up the nickel in the septet. Verdi, a four year-old son of Kadabra, left alertly--but cautiously--from his outside seven post, grinding forward and reaching the lead 3/8s into the mile after a :27.4 opener by Gold Savage. Once on top, Verdi clipped off subsequent fractions of :57 and 1:25.2 and never had an anxious moment thereafter, striding home in :29.1 for his new mark. After that event, Hennessey grinned, "It's been quite a night, especially for the O'Neil's. I'm very happy for them! This horse has really come into his own this season. He can leave...he can brush...he's handy...he's solid...and I love the fact that he digs in every step of the mile. I hope he can keep going!" Verdi now is officially seven-for-nine this year, good for $26,205 in seasonal earnings. He's banked $130,804 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 "chalk," Verdi paid $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with a fresh start to the Super Hi-5. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL - The stage is set for what is likely the most highly anticipated $4,000 claiming race in the history of harness racing. It will be the 10th and final race on Wednesday night (May 20) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park, with a $202,965 carryover into the 20-Cent Super Hi-Five, featuring a mandatory payout. Estimated post time is 10:40 p.m. The tenth race will feature a group of 11 pacers, with numbers 10 & 11 starting from the second tier. Both 'Also Eligibiles' (12 & 13) have been officially scratched. The large field and competitive nature of the group could yield a large return to patrons involved in the Hi-Five wager. It will be the largest pool in the 51-year history of the South Florida harness track, with estimates ranging all over the board for a total pool figure. The Isle Casino Pompano Park has assembled a team of some of the brightest handicappers from all across the sport to provide their insight into the race, their opinions can be found by clicking here. Free PP's are being offered to racing fans for Race 10 courtesy of Trackmaster and the United States Trotting Association, and can be found by clicking here. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through June 27th, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt for Isle Casino Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 16, 2015...No Bad Dreams, driven by Wally Hennessey, proved to be a nightmare for his harness racing competition on Saturday night as the four year-old son of Dream Away led at every pole in scoring a lifetime equalling best 1:50.3. Johnny Grippa, in the garden spot all the way, finished second for Bruce Ranger while Who's Your Maddy, teaming up with Robbie Hoffman, finished third. Hillybilly was fourth in the mile while Canadian Touch finished fifth, only to be disqualified after causing interference to Cartoonist, eventually awarded the minor award in the sextet. Carding fractions :26.4; :54.4 and 1:22.4 along the way, No Bad Dreams sealed the issue with a :27.4 finale prompting driver Wally Hennessey to say, upon reaching the winner's circle, "Marc (trainer Aubin) has this horse razor sharp right now...I mean RAZOR sharp!" He's very handy, you know, like last week, when he won from off the pace and, this week, on the motor. I decided to leave with him because I didn't want to spot the field six lengths as the start. You never want to do that with a talented field like this. So, I though I'd go looking for a spot...and I found one...on the lead! He raced giant." Trained by 81 year-young Marc Aubin for Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams won for the fifth time in only seven starts this semester, good for $19,050, soundly surpassing his earnings for all of the 2014 season consisting of 20 starts. As second choice in the wagering, No Bad Dreams paid $5.80 to his faithful. Pompano Park's mandatory Super Hi-5 payout is all set for Wednesday night as the 2-5-3-4-7 combo on Saturday night returned $377.58 for a 20 cent investment sending the carryover to $202,965 and setting up a mid-week pool that could grow to $400,000 or more. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday program and features an 11 horse field going post-ward in the Super Hi-5 10th race. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Artful Impulse and Count Speed reined supreme in their respective co-featured events at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Wednesday night. Artful Impulse, off at 9 to 1 and patiently handled by Andy Santeramo, kicked things off in the $8,500 "Winners Over Handicap" for pacing mares by shocking the 1 to 20 favorite, Senorita Santanna, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.4. Winbak Heavenly, with Tom Sells in the bike, finished third while the only other starter in the event, Mach Me Not, finished fourth. Cheap N Easy was a late scratch in the opener, reducing the field to four. As the Hummer wings opened, Artful Impulse and Senorita Santanna left together and engaged in a duel for the first eighth before "Impulse" yielded to the "Senorita," the latter taking the field to an opening quarter in :26.4 with Winbak Heavenly content to stay in third and Mach Me Not already about five lengths away as the trailer. Positions remained stagnant through a half in :56.2 with Senorita Santanna picking up the pace a bit on the backside. reaching the third station in 1:24.4 and with a clear lead turning for home. Once they straightened away, Artful Impulse left the coziness of her pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, drawing on even terms a sixteenth out and edging to the lead near the wire--the winning margin a half length. In a post race interview, driver Andy Santeramo said, "Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) said she had gate speed and I figured the only way I had a chance of upsetting Wally's (Hennessey) mare (Senorita Santanna) was to leave with mine and try to take a little sting out of her early. " "I thought Wally got away from us a little bit on the far turn but my mare responded very nicely when it counted. She must've come her last quarter under :28--(actually :27.4). Big mile." For Artful Impulse, a four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing, it was her third win of the year in 17 starts, good for $22,900 this semester. She's banked $113,145 lifetime. As third choice in the betting, Artful Impulse returned $20.20 to win. Count Speed never had an anxious moment as Wally Hennessey guided this six year-old Majestic Son gelding to a handy win--his fifth in a row--over stablemate Verdi, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., in 1:54.4 in the $8,500 "Winners Over" Handicap Trot. My Revenuer, with Tom Sells in the bike, used his typical late rally to finish third while Jailhouse Jessica finished fourth. Adenium picked up the nickel in the sextet. It was Count Speed flashing his usual alacrity as the gate sprung and, after a brief battle with Adenium, took command and led through opening panels of :28 and :57.3. Just short of that second marker, Jailhouse Jessica, fifth early on, began her sprint forward as did Verdi, away last in the early going but now following "Jessica's" live cover. With the pace beginning to pick up three-eighths out, Count Speed maintained a clear lead with Jailhouse Jessica a bit more than a length away, Adenium holding the third spot near the pylons and Verdi fanning widest of all through three-quarters in 1:26.2. In the lane, Hennessey sat confidently as Count Speed gave him a :28.2 sprint to the wire, stopping the clock in that aforementioned 1:54.4. After the race, Hennessey said, "this horse is very sharp right now...super sharp." "He just seems to do what he has to do to get to the wire first." "I was a little surprised to see his stablemate (Verdi) charging into second as he was stepping up to the big time for the first time." Both Count Speed and Verdi are trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. Count Speed now owns a 5-0-1 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $21,470. He's won 24 times during his career with a bankroll of $219,870. As the "talk of the tote-board" at 3 to 5, Count Speed returned $3.20 to his many faithful. Finally, in Wednesday's Super Hi-5, the 5-6-8-4-7 winning combo produced 22 winning 20 cent tickets pushing the carryover for Saturday night over $197,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...May 9, 2015...No Bad Dreams, handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, avoided trouble around the final turn and went on to post a two length win over E Z Noah (Matt Romano) in Pompano Park's feature $8,500 "Winner's Over" Pace on Saturday night (May 9). Cartoonist (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished a courageous third after being knocked off his feet momentarily around that final turn while Who's Your Maddy, also suffering the same fate around turn three, re-composed and finished fourth while Johnny Grippa picked up the nickel, this, too, after suffering some interference around the final bend. The mile was clocked in 1:50.3, a new lifetime mark for the winner.   It was Canadian Touch, off at 9 to 2 on the board with Kevin Wallis driving, showing the most alacrity when the gate opened, taking the field to the opener in a red-hot :26 with Johnny Grippa, 4 to 1, (Bruce Ranger) third and E Z Noah, off at 2 to 5 with Matt Romano in the bike, next.   Approaching turn two, E Z Noah was out and beginning to apply some pressure on Canadian Touch with the half clocked in :55.4.   On the backside, things really began heating up again and a :26.3 third panel left Canadian Touch on top in 1:22.2 with E Z Noah still applying the tourniquet with Johnny Grippa still in the garden spot and No Bad Dreams second over and 2 1/2 lengths away.   Just past that third station, Canadian Touch made a nasty break with only E Z Noah and No Bad Dreams escaping the fray.   In the lane, E Z Noah surged to a short-lived lead but No Bad Dreams bursted on by on leaving E Z Noah in his wake.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "This was a case of just being in the right place at the right time. I followed some live cover and when the leader made that break, I shifted wide and that was that. I had driven this horse last week and he did have some pace around the final turn and to the wire. They just went a little too much at the end for him to dent any further...but he did have good pace. He probably came home under :28 tonight (he did--:27.4.) so he's turning out to be a good one."   For No Bad Dreams, a four year-old son of Dream Away, it was his fourth win in six starts this season, sending his 2015 bounty to $14,550, surpassing his earnings of last season encompassing 20 starts.   Trained by Mark Aubin for owners Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams rewarded his followers with a $21.80 mutuel.   Another noteworthy performance was turned in by the seven year-old Northern Companion as this son of Cambest relished his class relief this night and recorded his 41st lifetime win--this one for Tom Sells, who handled the lines for trainer Howard Klohr and owner Dorothy Zarza.   Known for his ferocious stretch brushes, Sells took no chances with this 1 to 5 favorite, leading at every pole--:27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.1--before a :28 sprint home sealed the issue in 1:53.1.   Northern Companion won for the fourth time this semester, sending his seasonal bounty to $21,580. He's banked $260,915 career-wise.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 featured several winners receiving $61.14 for their 20 cent investment on the 1-4-2-3-5 combo on Saturday night, sending the carryover for Wednesday's program to $192,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL - Introduced earlier this winter, the 20-Cent Jackpot Hi-Five has remained popular with Pompano Park patrons during a successful 2014-15 harness racing season. One lucky fan ponied up $7.20 to take down a record payout of $146,288.30 on February 15th, while only two nights later a 20-cent 'quickpick' netted another fan a $6,588.86 score. However, for nearly three months now, the trail has gone cold. There have been several occasions where the carryover has narrowly escaped, with only two or three winning tickets out amongst the faithful. The result is an eye-popping $190,965 carryover heading into Saturday (May 9) night's finale. The Isle Casino Pompano Park is pleased to announce a 'mandatory payout' date of Wednesday, May 20, assuming the carryover survives the preceding race cards on May 9, May 13, and May 16. Ordinarily a fan must hold the one unique winning ticket to take down the Hi-Five jackpot, but 100% of the net pool will be paid out on May 20regardless of the amount of winning tickets. The carryover is expected to be north of $200,000 heading into the 'mandatory payout' card, which would already make it the largest pool in the 51-year history of the racetrack before a single new dollar is wagered in. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through June 27. First post each evening is 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt for Isle Casino Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 6, 2015...Senorita Santanna, a bridesmaid to Godiva Seelster in their last two encounters, finally conquered her nemisis on Wednesday night (May 6) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares, stopping the clock in 1:53.4.   The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, off as second choice at 5 to 2 and handled this night by Kevin Wallis, was away alertly, as usual, before yielding to Godiva Seelster, off at 1 to 5, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, around the first turn and stalking that one through fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4.   Tilting out turning for home, Senorita Santanna began gnawing away at Godiva, drawing on even terms a sixteenth out and then on to a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length.   Just Fine, longest chance on the board at 65 to 1, teamed up with Mickey McNichol to be thirdfour lengths away, while Artful Impulse finished fourth. Mach Me Not picked up the minors in the field of seven.   In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "I had driven this mare before around the first of the year and won with her a couple of times so I knew of her talent. She has early speed so she left right out and I really didn't want to get in any speed duel early with a mare with the credentials of Wally's (Hennessey) mare (Godiva Seelster). He (Hennessey) rated her well to the half so I didn't know if I would be able to get by her off that, but my mare responded very well when asked and she must have paced her final quarter under :28 (actually :27.4) to get by."   Trained by Joe Sanzeri for the J L Benson Stables, Senorita Santanna won for the fifth time in 17 starts this year, sending her seasonal bankroll to just short of $50,000--$48,170 to be precise. She's banked $160,156 lifetime.   She returned a $7.00 mutuel to her faithful.   Godiva Seelster, by the way, with her second place finish, extended her streak of earning checks to 53, covering her every start as a three year-old, four-year-old and, thus far, five year-old.   In the companion $10,000 Open Handicap for Trotters, Count Speed extended his win skein to four with a 1:55.3 win for driver Wally Hennessey.   Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, the Majestic Son six year-old did not have the easiest of journeys as he went searching for the lead early, only to be out-scooted from the get-go by, first, Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo), and, then, Gold Savage (Mickey McNichol) through an opening panel of :27.2 with Count Speed's main rival, Increditable, handled by Kevin Wallis, finding a cozy spot in fourth after starting from the outside nine post.   But Count Speed kept pressing on, taking command halfway through the mile in :56.2 with Gold Savage second, Illusionsndreams third and Increditable fourth but on the move heading into the final turn.   With the three-quarters on the board in 1:25.2, Count Speed turned for home with a lead of 1 1/2 lengths but, through the lane, no serious threats developed and Count Speed hit the wire with that same margin over the late charging Increditable with Gold Savage third and Jailhouse Jessica rallying late for fourth. Illusionsndreams did pick up the nickel in the nine horse field.   After the event, Hennessey said, "This was not an easy trip...but, when you have an outside post with what seems to be your main rival one notch out, there is no choice but to keep pressing on. It was a pretty demanding 1:25.2 three quarters for him but, I guess it was a demanding three quarters for the others near the top, as well. He's (Count Speed) in very sharp form now and that's what got him through this one tonight."   For Count Speed, it was his fourth win--all consecutive--in six starts, good for bounty of $17,220 this semester. He's banked $215,620 lifetime.   As the 5 to 2 second choice in the betting, Count Speed paid $7.20 to win.   Other notable performances on Wednesday night were put in by My Revenuer, Cheap N Easy and Looney Dune.   My Revenuer, driven by Tom Sells for owner-trainer Tom Petri, "exploded" by his rivals in the stretch to score a 4 1/4 length in the $7,500 Open 2 Trot, defeating Goldstar Classic and Wally Hennessey in a season's best 1:55.3.   Ex King and Andy Santeramo rallied to finish third while Tyrone Showstopper was fourth after cutting panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:26.3. The Muscler picked up the final award in the field of nine.   My Revenuer, a seven year-old son of Revenue S, won for the second time this season--20th win lifetime--to send his 2015 earnings to $22,821. He's banked $156,596 lifetime.   As the 2 to 1 second choice, My Revenuer paid $6.20 to win.   Cheap N Easy, a seven year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark, came into the action in her conditioned pace for mares with a mark of 1:52.2 set three season's ago at the seven-eighths Vernon Downs oval. She went into the Pompano Park winner's circle with a new mark--1:51.2--after leading at every pole--:26.4, :54.4 and 1:23--along the way.   Trained by Fred Cohen for Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy, Cheap N Easy won for the 48th time during her career to send her lifetime bounty to $239,669.   Cheap N Easy was 3 to 5 on the tote-board and returned $3.40.   Looney Dune also recorded a new lifetime mark--1:52.1--in her conditioned pace for mares.   The Bettor's Delight seven year-old, trained by Jack Mc Neil III for owner Ellen Mc Neil, was driven by Ben Mc Neil and also led throughout the proceedings, carding fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.3 before repelling the stout challenge of Taylor B Swift and driver Wally Hennessey turning for home and finishing off her opponents with her :28.3 finale.   Della Bea finished third for Bruce Ranger while DVC Kahlua Breeze and Goldstar Rcokette picked up the final two awards in the field of 10.   Second choice in the betting, Looney Dune paid $6.80 to win.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, long shot Track Girl (12 to 1) keyed a 4-1-5-3-6 winning combination paying $211.16 to 20 astute handicappers for their 20 cent investment, sending the carryover to Saturday night's program over the $190,000 mark.   The track also announced that there will be a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 on Wednesday, May 20, provided no single winner cashes in prior to then.   Saturday night post time is set at 7:30 p.m with the Super Hi-5 carded as the final race on the card.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...May 2, 2015...Canadian Touch, off at 10 to 1 with harness racing driver Kevin Wallis handling the lines, upset the 1 to 5 favorite, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (May 2), stopping the timer in 1:51.1. EZ Noah and Matt Romano teamed up to be third while No Bad Dreams rallied for fourth. Smile A Little picked up the minor award in the sextet. The six year-old gelded son of Camotion, trained by Fred Cohen for Ameer Najor, fresh off of a qualifier after miscues in his two previous pari-mutuel starts, returned to his former sharp form, darting out of the Hummer Starting Gate and into an early--yet brief--lead, relinquishing the top spot to Panocchio short of the :26.4 opener with E Z Noah settling into third with Northern Companion next. After the half in a confidently sharp :54.4, Panocchio owned a two length lead on the backside with Northern Companion now on a mild attack and pulling on even terms with Canadian Touch as the field reached the third station in 1:23.1. Turning for home, Panocchio attempted to protect his advantage but Canadian Touch began gnawing away, collaring Panocchio a sixteenth out and edging to the front, his official margin a half length on the wire. For Canadian Touch, it was his 30th success lifetime--5th of the year--sending his seasonal bankroll to $31,073 and $132,427 lifetime. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "This is a very fast racehorse. Sometimes, he is VERY good and sometimes, let me say, not so good! Tonight, he was very sharp...very handy. When he's on his game, he likes to be close up to the front and that's where I put him tonight. Panocchio is very tough and I wasn't sure that I was going to get to him, but Fred (trainer Cohen) had him razor sharp and he sure was on his game tonight." As third choice in the betting, Canadian Choice rewarded his faithful with a $22.40 mutuel for their $2.00 investment. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the 5-3-4-2-7 winning combination saw 30 astute handicappers cash in for $184.62 for their 20 cent investment, pushing the carryover for Wednesday's mid-week program to $186,850, a record offering for the track. Post time for Wednesday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Count Speed, off at 4 to 1 and deftly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a half-length defeat on the 1 to 10 favorite, Increditable, driven by Kevin Wallis, in Pompano Parks $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday night (April 29) in a mile clocked in 1:55. Jailhouse Jessica, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, finished third while the only other starter, Ramzan, pulled up half way through the mile and did not finish. Count Speed, a six year-old gelding by Majestic Son, began from post three and out-maneuvered Increditable, leaving from post four, as the Hummer sprung its wings and took the field to an opener timed in :27.4. At that point, Wallis pulled on Increditable's right line but Hennessey thwarted the idea of the favorite moving to the top and had to settle back behind the leader. Hennessey kept his charge on the lead through a perfectly rate half of :57.3 and, on the backside, let Count Speed change gears, keeping Increditable a length-and-a-half away and Jailhouse Jessica 2 ½ back through 3/4s in 1:26. In the lane, Increditable tried yet another rally and got within a half-length of Count Speed, but no closer as a :29 finale sealed the victory, his third in a row and 22nd lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, the difference in this race was a few days ago at the draw. "When we drew a spot inside of Increditable, I thought that, if I was on the front end, I could kind of control what was going on." "We timed the gate just right and had things our way." "He got a good rated half and he trotted a bit faster the second half than the opening half." "Lets not take anything away from Increditable, he's really sharp now, too, but, as I said, the draw made all the difference tonight," Wally said. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Count Speed sent his seasonal earnings to $12,220 in five starts and $210,620 lifetime. As second choice on the tote-board, Count Speed paid $10.80 to win in picking up the major portion of the $10,000  Owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil got a second helping of winning¬Ě as their four year-old Verdi took top honors in the $8,000 condition trot, again, for Wally Hennessey. This altered son of Kadabra conquered his seven rivals from the eight post, keeping his unofficial record for 2015 unblemished at seven. Officially, though, he is six-for-seven as his only blemish was the result of a disqualification back five starts ago. Hennessey had Verdi away alertly from his outside post and settled into fifth early as Dream Lake (Matt Romano) and Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) played tag through opening panels of :27.1 and :56.4. Heading to the half, Hennessey guided Verdi outside and began grinding towards the leaders, reaching the top spot at the third station in 1:25.2 and coasting home from there in a lifetime best 1:55.1 performance. His winning margin 4 ¼ lengths over the late surging Gold Savage (Dave Ingraham) with On The Tab (Bruce Ranger) third. My Revenuer rallied to finish fourth while Dream Lake held on for the nickel. Verdi now has career earnings of $124,429--$19,830 this semester with his faithful rewarded with a $5.20 mutuel. Also on the card, Sky Crest, making his first start since November of 2013, was an upset winner (14 to 1) in a condition trot for Kevin Wallis, ironically pinning a one length defeat on a 1 to 10 chance handled by Hennessey, Swan Yankee. Trained by Clarence Patterson for the Apollo Racing Stables, Sky Crest, a five year-old son of Crest, stalked Swan Yankee through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before wearing the latter down in the final stages and stopping the tele-timer in 1:56.1, annihilating his former mark of 2:00.4. He paid $30.60 to win. It was also the first training win for Patterson since June of 2013, when Wallis guided Points West to victory in 1:54 over a group that included Doo Wop Hanover. Pompano Park's Pick-4, with a $25,000 guarantee on Wednesday night, featured the aforementioned Verdi and Sky Crest taking the first two legs with Maid Of Silver (Matt Romano) taking the third leg returning $46.40 and Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) sewing things up with a $40.00 mutuel in the Pick-4 finale--the 8-2-6-8 combination returning $28,009.45 for a 50 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 had multiple 20 cent winners on the 2-4-1-3-5 combo sending the carryover to Saturday's program vaulting over the $180,000 mark. Post time for Saturday's card is 8:00 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - The final Monday (April 27) night card of the harness racing season proved to be a difficult one for the multi-race exotic players at the Isle Casino Pompano Park. Despite beginning with somewhat reasonable prices of 7-2, 11-1, and 5-2, there were no live tickets heading into the final leg of the Pick 4. The result is a $4,984 carryover into the Wednesday (April 29) night card, with an instant $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 4 is a nightly wager covering races 5 - 8, featuring a 50-cent minimum and a reduced takeout of only 12%. The 50-cent Pick 5 went unsolved as well, leaving a $1,773 carryover into Wednesday night. Track officials have placed a $7,500 guarantee on the Pick 5 pool. The 50-cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on races 2 - 6. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five continues to soar to new heights, with the carryover now sitting at $175,228. The jackpot has gone unscathed over the last two months, although there have been several nights where the wager featured only two winners. In order to win the entire jackpot, you must hold the one unique winning ticket. The average 20-cent nightly consolation payout over the same time period is over $600. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through June 27th. First post each evening is 7:30 p.m. Gabe Prewitt

Pompano Beach, FL...April 27, 2015...Godiva Seelster, catch-driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (April 27). The five year-old daughter of Camluck repeated her victory of a week ago by conquering five rivals in 1:53.2 over a track rated "sloppy," dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. The victory, her fourth of the year in six starts, pushed the ultra-consistent mare's streak of not missing a purse check to 52, encompassing her entire seasons as a three year-old, four year-old and, thus far, five year-old. Assigned post seven off of last start's winning performance, Godiva Seelster actually started from post six with a scratch in the event and was away sharply and grinding forward as Senorita Santanna, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr., forged to the lead and took the field to the opening panel in :28 before yielding to Godiva just a stride or two later. Once positions were established after the opener with Fashion Ruffles (Dave Ingraham) third, De Vins Girl fourth, Mach Me Not next and Limelight trailing, they remained that way the rest of the journey with the half in :56.4 and three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2 with no challenger able to dent the leader's margin on the "off" track. In the lane, Senorita Santanna left her cozy pocket and got within a half length of Godiva, but no closer, with the :28 finale leaving the final margin carded just that way--a half length. In a post race interview, catch-driver Mickey McNichol said, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she is really something! Wally (regular driver Hennessey) said that she's been sharp 'forever' and that she knows how to take care of herself and rate herself during a mile. So, all I did was let her do her own thing. She's a very determined mare...a pleasure to drive." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster now has banked $26,500 since resuming her career five weeks ago with career earnings of $135,342 to go along with her 1:51.1 mark in her last start. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 to win. In the Open 2 Pace for Mares, Artful Impulse, ditched her "on the engine" strategy of recent starts and took advantage of a fierce early duel between Pacific Date and Cheap N Easy before circling those two on the backstretch three-eighths out and went on to score a win in 1:53.3. The four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, catch-driven this night by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jim Mc Donald and the Twenty Four Carrot Racing, left alertly enough but yielded early and remained off the pace during hot panels of :27.2 and :54.4 before her backstretch blitz put her on top to stay prior to the third station clocked in 1:24. Drea's Good Powow (Dave Ingraham) finished second, a length away, with Real Nice Girl (Matt Romano) third. Pacific Date did hold on for fourth while Fiesta Camcun rallied to pick up the nickel. Artful Impulse earned only her second win of the season--sixth lifetime--and sent her 2015 bounty to $17,700. She recently went over the $100,000 in lifetime earnings with her total now at $107,945. She returned a $6.40 mutuel to her faithful. A trio of carryovers add flavor to the Wednesday program at Pompano Park. The Pick-5--not to be confused with the Super Hi-5--went unscathed on Monday night with a carryover over into the Wednesday mid-week program of $1,733.30. Director of Racing Brett Revington has set a guarantee of $7,500 for the Wednesday night Pick-5. The Pick-4 also went untouched and the carryover of $4,984 has produced a guarantee of $25,000 for the mid-week extravaganza. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 had a 5-2-1-8-4 combo that produced seven winners on Monday night, each receiving $1,325.36 for their 20 cent investment. sending the carryover to the Wednesday night card vaulting over the $175,000, a new record for the track. Post time for the Wednesday card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 25, 2015...E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron, unhurried early through blazing fractions, roared home in :27.1 to post an upset harness racing  win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. The six year-old gelded son of Western Terror, trained by Shawn Glassmeyer for owner Baron Racing Stable, stopped the timer in 1:50 for his first success of the season in seven starts, drawing clear by two lengths over Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.) and Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger), the latter duo finishing in a dead-heat for second. Three Of Clubs, making his initial appearance this season, was just a nose back in fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel in the field of nine. It was Three Of Clubs with gate speed at the start with Steelhead Hanover, beginning from post nine, on the attack early and taking charge just short of the opener in :26.2 with Johnny Grippa next and E Z Noah a relaxed fourth. Positions remained unchanged through the :54.4 half with E Z Noah on the move midway up the backside. With the hot pace continuing through 3/4s in 1:22.1, Steelhead Hanover continued to show the way but, a sixteenth out, E Z Noah had him measured and strolled on by, with Johnny Gripps and Three Of Clubs battling for place honors with with Steelhead. The photo showed Steelhead Hanover and Johnny Gripps tied and Three Of Clubs a nostril back. In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "Shawn (Trainer Glassmeyer) told me that the horse has a ton of talent and that he thought he'd been on the improve. I thought I might be in a little deep with him but I was hoping for a hot pace with the thought of picking up the pieces if they went 3/4s in, say, (1):22. He was full of pace in the lane when it counted." EZ Noah now has 20 lifetime victories and career bounty of $411,774. As fifth choice on the tote-board, E Z Noah paid $20.60 to his faithful followers. In the $7,000 pace for $15,000 claimers, Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Bruce Ranger, went back to his "old" strategy and used alacrity out of the gate and broke the beams at :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23 before sprinting home in :27.4 to report home in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Though Neptune Blue Chip has had the majority of his wins leading up to this night on or near the front end--20 of 24--he has been racing off the pace in recent events but, on Saturday night, he was on the engine as the gate sprung and, as driver Bruce Ranger said, "he brushed the whole mile." The seven year-old altered son of American Ideal, trained by Jim Mc Donald for Ciro Gentile and Twenty Four Carrot Racing, pinned the wire-to-wire defeat on pocket sitting M G Home Run (Kevin Wallis), 1 1/4 lengths away. Cascata (Dave Ingraham) finished third while Oakmont and Acton Onelasttime picked up the final two awards. Neptune Blue Chip won for the 25th time in his career measuring 116 starts, sending his lifetime bounty to $160,497. As the 8 to 5 favorite, Neptune Blue Chip paid $5.20 to win. In another Saturday night highlight, longtime sports writer Murray Janoff, one of the original founders of the United States Harness Writers Association, was honored on the eve of his 100th birthday. Family and friends, including New York newspaper columnists Dave and Debbie Little, former driver Lucien Fontaine and Harnesslink editor Steve Wolf, joined the sports icon in the winner's circle to pay a well deserved tribute for his coverage of harness racing, as well as pro football, basketball, baseball, track and field and tennis. During his distinguished career spanning eight decades, he has covered some of sport's most prestigious events, including many Super Bowl events, World Series', N.B.A. Playoffs and, of course, many harness racing feature races. Janoff, an astute handicapper, even selected the winner of his race, Beignet ($4.40) and after the race was presented with a "P.H.D." (Professional Handicapping Degree), as well. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, even with 19 to 1 chance Milliondollartouch taking the finale, saw s16 astute handicapper having the 6-4-7-5-3 combination with the 20 cent ticket returning $636.36. The carryover for Monday night's program is $165,950.91. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...April 22, 2015...Increditable, fresh off trotting the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history one week ago in the Open--1:53.1--proved that his victory was no fluke as he led every step of this week's $10,000 Open Handicap event (April 22) before stopping the harness racing tele-timer in 1:55.2. Trained by Norm Dessureaut for owner Denis Goyette, this six year-old altered son of Credit Winner was, once again, handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, pushing the Hummer Gate our of his way at the bell and clocking panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27 before a romp home in :28.2 left him unscathed the entire route. Its Payday Friday, back in action after a brief two week vacation, finished second for Dan Clements while R G Rocket, making a first up bid entering the backside and just a length away turning for home, was third for Dave Ingraham. Jailhouse Jessica and Highland Yankee completed the classy quintet, respectively. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Norm (trainer Dessureault) has him just so sharp right now that he hardly needed any reminders tonight. He seemed to be just coasting along the whole mile." In achieving his fidth win of the year in 14 starts, Increditable sent his seasonal bankroll to $34,665 and $148,164 lifetime. Of at 1 to 2 on the tote-board, Increditable paid $3.00 to win. In the $8,000 co-featured Open (2) Trot, Wayne Laviolette's Ramzan, given a splendid drive by Joe Pavia, Jr., eked out a narrow decision in a three horse photo over the late surging Gold Savage (Dan Clements) and My Revenuer (Tom Sells) in a lifetime equalling best 1:55.2--the winning margin a neck over the two others in the picture. Beginning from the outside nine post, Pavia sent Ramzan leaving and looking before settling in fourth back of the favorite Goldstar Classic, Gold Savage and Keystone Wyatt. With Goldstar Classic (Wally Hennessey) getting rated through panels of :28 and :57.2, Ramzan tilted out right at that second marker and began putting the tourniquet on the leader, reaching his saddle-pad at the third station in 1:26 before wearing that one down in the lane and then holding off Gold Savage and My Revenuer with On The Tab a late surging fourth and Goldstar Classic fifth in the octet. The win was a milestone one for Ramzan as this victory--his fifth of the year in 10 starts--sent the six year-old son of Kadabra's earnings past the century mark--$101,702 to be precise. He's banked $25,300 this season. Off as the fifth choice in the wagering, Ramzan paid $22.00 to his faithful, kicking off the track's Pick-4, with a pool of $38,449, the second largest in history at Pompano Park. In the next event, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi, also beginning from post nine, extended his winning streak to three with a sharp 1:56 victory for Wally Hennessey. his margin 2 1/2 lengths over Naughty Not Nice (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Iain'tnomomaluke (Kevin Wallis) third. Verdi, a four year-old and also a son of Kadabra, was sent winging from the get-go, taking the lead just a couple of strides past the :28.4 opener and going on to post subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:27--the only minimal threat coming from Naughty Not Nice around the final turn--before sealing the issue with a :29 finale. Trained by Dan Hennessey, Verdi, himself, is a perfect six-for-six but, officially, his scorecard reads five-for-six after a disqualification negated the win in his third start. Verdi was 4 to 5 at the bell and paid $3.80 to win. Another favorite, Corner A Virgin, driven by Dan Clements, took the third leg of the Pick-4, holding off Abreathofreshart (Kevin Wallis) in a stirring stretch duel with a nostril separating the two at the wire in 1:53.2. The Renaldo Morales III trained four year-old son of Always A Virgin led at every pole during fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:26 before needing every ounce of his :27.2 finale to claim the win, only his second of the season in 13 starts. At 3 to 5 on the board, Corner A Virgin paid $3.40 to win. The Pick-4 finale was won by Wishin Iwas Fishin, scoring for Clements in a lifetime best 1:55.4, besting his previous plateau by more than a second. Owned by John Wasco, along with trainer Chet Poole, Jr., Wishin Iwas Fishin left, yielded and then sat patiently in the garden spot before tilting out turning for home to score the handy win--his second of the year and 10th lifetime. Off at 7 to 2, Wishin Iwas Fishin returned a mutuel of $9.00 and set up a Pick-4 payoff of $452.30. In the very next event, Clements completed a natural "hat trick" by guiding his own Oho Diamond to an easy win in a condition trot in a lifetime best 1:54.4. The lightly raced daughter of Ken Warkentin, fresh off a lifetime best 1:55.1 performance in her last start, eclipsed that mark handily, taking command just short of the :27.3 opener and then reeling off panels of :57 and 1:26.3 before leaving no doubt in the minds of her 3 to 5 backers with a final quarter of :28.1. Oho Diamond is also trained by Renaldo Morales III, giving him a training double for the night and capping a Pompano Park season for both he and Clements where his UTRS was over .530 in 75 starts. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, Tom Bigler's Oil Magnet, driven by Aaron Byron, rallied to nail the favorite, American Gold, in the final strides to set up a 3-7-2-1-8 combo worth $146.94 for the 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program is over $155,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano patrons were unable to solve a difficult Pick 4 sequence on Monday evening in South Florida, which has a resulted in a hefty $6,260 carryover into the Wednesday night card. Track officials have placed a $25,000 guarantee on the total pool. The Pick 4 is a nightly wager covering races 5 - 8, featuring a 50-cent minimum and only a 12% takeout. The Jackpot Hi-Five continues to gain steam as well, with the carryover up to a record $150,058. The carryover narrowly escaped the Monday night festivities, with only two winning tickets out despite the four heavy favorites finishing first, second, fourth, and fifth. River Rising (Dave Ingraham) finished third in the finale at odds of 97-1. The 20-cent consolation payout was worth $2,684. The final Monday night card of the season will be offered this Monday (April 27) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park, with live racing continuing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through closing day, June 27th. First post each evening is 7:30 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt for Isle Casino Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl...April 20, 2015...Lucy's Pearl, fresh off of a seasonal best 1:51.4 win in conditioned company one week ago and stepping up to the top harness racing class this night, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares in 1:52.1 on Monday (April 20). Confidently handled by Wally Hennessey, the four year-old daughter of Well Said, owned by Elizabeth Novak along with trainer Ron Gurfein, darted first out of the gate and then yielded--briefly--at the opening station in :27.3. She then retook command just a few long strides later and controlled the proceedings the rest of the journey, clocking fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:52.1 over a track dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. All Charged Up, driven by Kevin Wallis, finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back while Limelight and Dave Ingraham teamed up to be third. The early pacesetter, Senorita Santanna, did finish fourth with Mach Me Not rallying from last turning for home to pick up the final award in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Hennessey related, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she raced giant from off the pace for Steve (Condren) last week. Ronnie (trainer Gurfein) said, 'don't be afraid to put her on the lead...she's won half her races that way.' So, I thought, 'let me leave a little with her.' "When Joe's (Pavia) mare (Senorita Santanna) went by, I thought it would be a good idea to re-take and try to control the pace. She went a big mile on this track, which may have been a tick or two off because of the weather." For Lucy's Pearl, it was her second win in only four starts this year--13th win lifetime--and sent the classy mare's career earnings to $191,986. Her step up in class didn't seem to bother the wagering public, who sent sent her off as the 7 to 5 choice providing a $4.80 mutuel. One race later, Fashion Ruffles, driven by Dave Ingraham, pulled off an 18 to 1 upset in the co-featured pace for mares, scoring in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Pacific Date, with Aaron Byron aboard, was second, a half length away, with Cheap N Easy and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for show honors. Sinspirational and Artful Impulse annexed the final two awards in the field of nine. Fashion Ruffles, a seven year-old daughter of Village Jolt, owned by Patricia Connor along with trainer Kelly Case, was biding her time early as there were several lead changes during hot panels of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:22.4 with Fiesta Camcun, Sinspirational, Artful Impulse and, finally, Pacific Date mixing it up big time. Turning for home, Pacific Date, on a three wide binge, stuck her head in front with Sinspirational between horses and Artful Impulse still battling on the inside. But Fashion Ruffles, on a double-bubble surge of her own around the final bend, had the most at the end, scoring the narrow victory--her second of the year in six starts. Her winning time was two full seconds better than her previous mark and sent her lifetime earnings over the century mark--$103,177 to be exact. She rewarded her followers with a $38.20 mutuel and her win was the key component is the Pick-5 payout of $2,446.25 for a 50 cent investment. In Monday night's trotting feature, Renaldo Morales III piloted Ted Berry's Teezer Bree to his first win of the year in 1:56.4, significant inasmuch as the track's Pick-4 was unscathed, setting up a $25,000 guarantee for Wednesday night's Pick-4. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the winning 20 cent combination of 5-1-7-3-4 produced two winning tickets, each paying $2,684.38, pushing the carryover into the mid-week program into record territory--vaulting over $150,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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