Pompano Beach, FL --- Tickets are still available at the door for tonight’s Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Tickets are $75 per person and late registration can also be made by phone (954) 654-3757. Cocktail party starts at 6:00 pm followed by awards dinner at 7:30 pm. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. The other Florida award winners are: JODY DANCER – Delvin Miller award TOM AUDLEY – William Popfinger award KIM SEARS – Stanley Dancer award MICHELLE HALLETT – Frances Dodge Van Lennep award Victoria Howard/Peter Roccasano – R.D. Ricketts award ED HENSLEY – Peter Haughton award ROB WYRE – Dan Gawlas Good Guy award JOE HARVILLA – Lifetime Achievement award PAM SENCLAIR – Caretaker of the Year award In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award, which goes to Kim and Jay Sears. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their Driver of the Year award to John Campagnuolo. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA
Last week was not great. Just had three of eight winners with one minor exacta and trifecta payoff. We have handicapped the feature races at five different tracks for Saturday. They are the Meadowlands, Yonkers, Woodbine, Pompano and Miami Valley. Good Luck! $28,000 N/W $25,000 last 6 starts Pace Woodbine 2nd race – Without Apprentice Hanover in the field, I look for Wazzup Wazzup to return to his winning ways. He has been second or third to Apprentice in his last five starts and nearly beat him two starts back in a neck loss. Looms to be the best in this short field and should be able to work out some live cover to score from. Use Cool Rock and Top Gear in exotic plays. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – After taking nearly three weeks off, Northern Companion returns to the racing wars well rested and should be ready for action. No Prairie Jaguar to compete with in here so I look for Northern Companion to be at his best. He has won three of his last four starts but it won’t be a cakewalk tonight. Use Premier and Cruizin K C in exotic plays. $53,200 Final Charles Singer Memorial Trot Meadowlands 6th race – She is a perfect four for four this year and the aptly named Perfect Alliance should remain perfect after this race. She has beaten everyone in this field already and keeps lowering her lifetime mark while winning from either on or off the pace. Adds to her bankroll again tonight in the final. Use the entry of time To Quit/You Rock My World and Cajole Hanover in exotic plays. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race - Despite morning line odds and having to start from the far outside in post eight, Clear Vision is clearly the class of the field and more than likely needed first start back for Ron Burke Stable. Won nearly $600,000 last year racing against the best in the country so I see him fit and ready to pop in this tough field. Use Fat Man’s Alley and Pan From Nantucket in exotic plays. $24,000 W/O $25,000 last 6 starts Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – Currently on a three-race winning streak, Glass Prince is my top choice in here. He may be moving up in class for this event but as long as he gets live cover I think he can handle hike with success. He can’t leave nor is any good racing first-over but Eric Carlson seems to have him going well right now. Use P H Supercam and Montana Pablo A in exotics. $60,500 Final Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series Meadowlands 11th race – First decent test for some nice three-year-olds tonight. I am going with National Debt. He is the talk of the town these days and after winning Meadowlands debut very easily two weeks ago he could be the real thing. He is undefeated in five lifetime starts and should stay that way as long as he minds his manners as he is still a youngster but with some awesome speed. Use Capital Account and Dinner At The Met in exotic plays. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Miami Valley Raceway 12th race – There is a reason that Master Of Desire was handicapped with the far outside post nine tonight. He has won this class the last two starts at the new track and likes the oval. Does not show any early speed but once he does get to the front he usually does not get caught. Use Royal Outlook and Lookinforadventure in exotic plays.
Pompano Beach, FL...March 5, 2014...Pure Barre, the only mare in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, took top honors on Wednesday after getting picture perfect rating from driver Mickey McNichol. The six year-old daughter of Classic Photo, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, scored by three parts of a length over the late surging Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Mark O'Mara. Photo King and Rick Plano, skimmed the pylons the entire route to finish third while My Revenuer, trotting the fastest final panel in thee field--:27.4--finished fourth, edging out Andover America for the nickel in the field of six. Pure Barre was on the engine early, assuming command from Andover America midway through the first turn and took the field to the quarter in :28. With no challenges during the next panel, McNichol lolly-gagged through the second quarter in :30 and, still, no challenges materialized until the final turn when Andover America left the pocket but could no closer than 3/4s of a length away through a third quarter in :28.2. Turning for home, favored Jolene's Pinehonker tilted out widest of all with Photo King on the inside but Purse Barre sprinted home in :28.1 to seal the deal. In a post race interview, McNichol said, "...anytime this mare gets away with a half in :58, you know she is going to be tough...and she was tough tonight. She's a very game thing and can finish a mile as good as she starts a mile. Tonight kind of proved that point." For Pure Barre, it was her fourth victory in six starts this year, sending her earnings to $25,280. The win also sent her lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--now at $204,145. As second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5, Pure Barre returned $5.20. The Open 2 Trot went to Ed Hensley's Jesses Jo, who, after losing his second over cover on the backside due to a breaker in front of him, made a monster brush to the lead during a :28.1 third quarter--his :27.2--and scored in 1:55.1. The seven year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse won for the second time this year--and 20th lifetime--to send his career bankroll to $225,918. Iron Will (Simon Allard) finished second two lengths away while Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third. Dream Lake and Blushing Hanover also picked up checks in the field of eight. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Jessesjo paid $5.00 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...March 3, 2014...George Napolitano, Jr. recently reached yet another milestone in his auspicious career by winning his 6,000th race, a feat which puts him in the top 60 among drivers that have competed in the two century history of the sport. The Smithtown, N.Y. native reached the lofty plateau with Lily's Hi Ho on February 22, competing out of the Peter Pellegrino Stable. As successful as his career has become, "Nap," now 47, began his career quite late at the age of 26 and in a very inauspicious manner--his first 21 drives in qualifying events at Pompano Park in 1992. His first pari-mutuel victory came on January 28, 1993 with the pacer Wrapped--at 13 to 1--in 1:58.2. He went on to post 41 victories in his first year of competition, accounting for purses of $86,537. It been, pretty much, an uphill climb reaching new plateaus of success each year as the old century ended and the new one began. During the initial seven years of the new millennium, George established himself as one of the premier trainers in the sport, recording four straight years with a "batting" average over .400--the pinnacle coming in 2006 at .459. Shortly thereafter, "Nap" concentrated on catch-driving, a skill which has put in high demand. In 2010, he won 746 races, tops in North America, and followed that with victory totals of 541, 644 and, last year, 551 to vault himself within range of 6,000 wins, that plateau reached on February 22. George now has amassed close to $50,000,000 in purse earnings for owners, an amazing statistic since he rarely gets the opportunity to compete in the "big money" purses--$100,000 and over. His success has come, mostly, in "overnight" races, so it's more than apropos that he reached number 6,000 with a mare competing in an overnight event with a claiming tag of $6,000, plus allowances, of course. Of his success, George is very low-key simply saying, "I'm happy to get number 6,000...but, now, there's the bugle and it's time to go after number 6,001--and beyond!" by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUE. March 3, 2014 – Pompano Park racing fans were treated to a unique live interview in the winner’s circle when visiting guest, Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R racetrack, located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, spoke with track publicist John Berry. See video file : http://youtu.be/Naj0-dry5HU. Trudel spoke about how the horsemen had formed the Quebec Jockey Club and took over Hippodrome 3R from bankruptcy and within two years has revamped the racing program that will feature a 50% increase in purses in 2014. He talked about the area the track is located, between Montreal and Quebec City, how the track is now one of the fastest half mile ovals in the sport and spoke about the tracks renewal of the Prix D’Ete race on September 21. With a purse of $200,000 it will be the richest pacing event for four-year-olds in North America this year and reminded horsemen that the first nomination payment must be made by March 15. After the interview, Trudel was taken on a ride to view the first race from the Hummer H2 starting gate at Pompano Park, which he said was amazing. “It had such a clear view of the field,” Trudel said. “And being a Hummer you know that it will travel well through any rain, mud or snow. It was very impressive but I was also told it was not good at gas mileage, I think maybe 9 miles per gallon he joked. Trudel then toured the racetrack and the casino which he said was also very impressive. Submitted by the Quebec Jockey Club
Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2014...Angels Delight, given a brilliantly rated drive by Jason Dillander, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap on Sunday night. The four year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, trained by Jim Mc Donald for owner Joe Pennacchio, pinned a wire-to-wire half length defeat on De Vins Girl, driven by Rick Plano, with the even money toteboard favorite, Arodasi, third, a length and a quarter away, in 1:52.4. Fiesta Camcun and Fashion Ruffles rounded out the quintette. Angels Delight showed her usual early speed from post four and Dillander had her on the lead a few steps out of the gate with De Vins Girl, leaving from the outside post, settling in the garden spot through an opener of :27.4. It was right then, with all parties content in their places, that Dillander rated Angels Delight and lolly-gagged through a :29.3 second panel, reaching the half in :57.2 with a comfortable length and a half lead. On the backside, Arodasi charged from fifth up to second during the official :28.2 quarter--hers being :27.2--but Angels Delight sprinted home in :27, holding off the late charging De Vins Girl with Arodasi next after pacing her final half mile in :54.2. In a post race interview, driver Dillander summed up the event with one single word, "Perfect!" Trainer Mc Donald had high praise for both the mare and the pilot saying, "She's been very solid her last nine starts..either first or second in all of them--and I felt confident that, if she could get a good rated trip, she's be tough. Jason did a magnificent job tonight. So, we'll split the kudos 50-50!" Angels Delight now has a 3-4-0 scorecard in her seven starts this year and $25,000 in bounty. She's banked $89,486 lifetime. As third choice in the betting, Angels Delight paid $7.40 to win. RANGER MOVES ON IN DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP Pompano Park's $20,000 Driver's Challenge continued on Sunday night with the first of three semi-finals and Bruce Ranger emerged victorious over Rick Plano on the strength of two wins, a second and a fifth in the four race competition. The final tally was 28 to 8. Ranger now moves to the March 15 finals and will face the winner of the Simon Allard-Kevin Wallis match-up on Monday and the winner of the Jason Dillander-Mickey McNichol pairing on March 10. The Monday festivities include an additional perk with a second straight carryover in Pompano Park's popular Pick 5 wager. Post time for tomorrow night's card is 7:05 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - Sunday night (March 2) will begin the second round of action in Pompano Park's $20,000 Driver's Invitational Tournament, where the meet's two leading drivers, Bruce Ranger and Rick Plano, will go head to head to lock up the first spot in the March 15 finals. To recap opening round action see below: February 9th: Rick Plano defeated David Ingraham 21 - 14 February 10th: Bruce Ranger defeated John Macdonald 24 - 13 February 16th: Simon Allard defeated Joe Pavia 33 - 17 February 17th: Kevin Wallis defeated Ricky Macomber Jr. 35 - 12 February 23rd: Jason Dillander defeated Ed Hensley 31 - 26 February 24th: Mickey McNichol defeated Wally Hennessey 29 - 27 What was once a field of 12, has now been narrowed to six with the following matchups moving forward: Sunday, March 2nd - Rick Plano vs. Bruce Ranger Monday, March 3rd - Simon Allard vs. Kevin Wallis Monday, March 10th - Jason Dillander vs. Mickey McNichol The three winners will move on to compete in a 3-way showdown on Saturday March 15th, where the winning driver will receive $8,000, with $4,000 going to the second place finisher, and $2,000 to third place. Participating drivers compete in four races per night in head to head match-ups, with each driver selecting their mount first in two events and second in the other two. The last three standing will compete in a 6-race contest on Saturday March 15th, with each getting to choose their mounts first in two of the six events. Drivers receive points for a top five finish with 10 points for a win, 7 points for second, 5 points for third, 3 points for fourth, and 1 point for a fifth place finish. Sunday night (March 2) also features a $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool beginning in Race 5, and a 50-Cent Pick 5 carryover of $1,066 which kicks off in the first race. Live racing continues at Isle Casino Pompano Park every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening with a first post of 7:05 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2014...Maryann Plano's Premier, trained and driven by husband Rick Plano, pulled off a 19 to 1 shocker at Pompano Park on Saturday night, scoring a photo finish victory in the $10,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1. The 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cruizin K C, driven by Mark O'Mara, was a neck back of the winner with the late charging Electric Lad and Jason Dillander teaming up for third at 37 to 1. McGreat finished fourth in the mile with Legal Dream, making his 2014 debut, fifth after a menacing move on the backside. Premier, the seven year-old altered son of Artsplace, primarily known for his successes in gate-to-wire fashion, again used his blistering early speed to take command as the gate's wings folded but, this time around, got some cover after a :27.2 opener as McGreat, driven by Kevin Wallis, took command shortly after that initial quarter and took the field through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.4. During that third quarter with McGreat on top by a length and a half, Premier was cozily biding his time in the garden with Legal Dream On The Attack on the outside and Who's Your Maddy making a double-bubble move briefly putting Cruizin K C in a blindswitch and Electric Lad hugging the pylons in fifth. Turning for home, McGreat drifted out a bit allowing Premier the room he needed to rally with Cruizin K C widest of all and Electric Lad pinching on through the inside. In a dramatic finish, Premier, though now surrounded by challengers, eked out the narrow decision for his third win in seven starts this year--his bankroll now at $20,990 this year and $147,633 lifetime. It was his 31st lifetime win in his 99th career start. In a post race interview, driver Rick Plano said, "We got a great journey tonight, especially getting cover through some demanding fractions. He's a game one, alright. He tries every step of the mile. The only thing I am disappointed about is that I didn't bet $10 on him myself!" Not many patrons did as Premier was the second longest shot on the board and returned $40.80 to win, keying a trifecta that paid $1,002.00 for a $2 investment. With that result, Sunday night's Pick-5 begins with a carry-over, thus adding yet another dimension to the highly anticipated match between Bruce Ranger and Rick Plano in the second round of the $20,000 Championship Drivers Challenge. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2014...Veteran driver-trainer Jim Mc Donald, who recently celebrated his 1,000th career training win, joined the 1,000 win driving club by guiding Etruscan Hanover to victory in a lifetime best 1:55.4 performance on Monday night at Pompano Park. The Newfoundland, Canada native, generally known for his excellence in training standardbreds, came to Florida in the mid-1970's with so little capital that he slept in a hand pitched tent on the grass adjoining Miami International Airport. Since then, he has established himself as one of the finest horsemen in the sport, having developed many Stakes and Free-For-All competitors that have banked close to $5,000,000 for his owners. Though Mc Donald rarely makes an appearance in the sulky these days, Etruscan Hanover vaulted him into the 1,000 club with victories in his last three outings. "He's just a young, talented trotter that, I think, has his best days ahead of him," Mc Donald said. "He's a pleasure to drive and I'll pass along the credit to the horse, as I have just been a passenger during his winning streak." Though a longtime participant in the sport, Mc Donald had one of his best training years in 2013, sending out 72 winners in 447 starts, good for $411,542 in earnings to go along with a very respectable "batting" average of .297. So far this young season, Mc Donald is winning races at nearly a 20% clip--15 for 76--and has a .600 UDRS in the bike with Etruscan Hanover the major factor for that lofty number. As a driver, Mc Donald has amassed almost $3,000,000 in purses but, these days, prefers to leave the vast majority driving chores to the top drivers on the grounds. "The driving colony down here at Pompano is exceptional, so I am at a point that I'd much rather 'leave the driving to them.' "Yeah, some asked me about working on the next 1,000 wins," said McDonald. In a sport that, in many cases, is based on chance, Jimmy Mac says, "not a chance...not a chance!!" by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2014...Jolene's Pinehonker, photoed out of a 1:54.2 lifetime mark one week ago, got that lifetime mark on Wednesday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Pinetucky, trained and driven by Mark O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, wore down the pacesetting Andover America, handled by Bruce Ranger, in the final sixteenth of the mile to score by a half length in the aforementioned time of 1:54.2. Photo King teamed up with Jason Dillander to finish third while My Revenuer rallied to finish fourth. Blushing Hanover, prominent early in the mile, picked up the nickel in the field of eight. Jolene's Pinehonker was away in good order from post six and nestled into fourth around the first turn as Andover America took command early from the seven post and carved out panels of :27.4 and :57 as Blushing Hanover was content to enjoy a garden journey with Mymomsablizzard next. Around turn two Jolene's Pinehonker was out and grinding from fourth, reaching second just a length away during a :28 second stanza reaching the third station in 1:25. Andover America and Jolene's Pinehonker put on a classic stretch duel with "Pinehonker" edging to the front in the final few strides for his 17th lifetime success and third this year. He's banked $337,245 in just 54 lifetime starts. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara said, "...he gave a good hint last week showing strength at both ends of the mile and, tonight, he showed courage in surviving that first over trip on the backside during that quick quarter and then digging in when it counted." As second choice in the betting, Jolene's Pinehonker paid $6.40 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL --- A Mixed Horse Sale will be held at Pompano Park Racetrack in the paddock on March 14 at 11 a.m., sponsored by Reliant Equine International, Inc./Jim Brown & Dean Beachy and Associates AU2992. If you would like to put a horse in the sale, the deadline is March 5. Sale contracts are available online at www.myfsboa.com. Quality race horses have been consigned plus 2-year-olds in training that are eligible for Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana stakes. We will also be selling new and used horse equipment, jog carts, horse trailer, etc. If you have any horse related equipment to sell, contact Jim Brown at 954.263.1999. by Rosie Huff for the FSBOA
Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Park is pleased to announce the addition of an on-site World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier to be held on Saturday, March 15, where the top two finishers will not only earn cash prizes, but also a seat into the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship to be held April 19th at The Meadowlands. The contest will cost $99 to enter, $60 of which will be used for the contestants wagering card for the night, with the remaining $39 going towards the prize pool which will be paid out to the top four finishers. Entries will be taken up until the night of the event, but entries paid prior to Saturday, March 8th (11:30 p.m.), will automatically be entered into an early-bird drawing for six $50 cash vouchers given out prior to the March 15th live racing program. Contestants will be limited to four entries per person. The seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship are valued at $800, roundtrip airfare and two night accommodations will also be provided to the winners. The payouts for the contest are as follows: 1st place - 45% of the entry pool, plus seat, airfare, and accommodations to the $60,000 WHHC Championship to be held at The Meadowlands on April 19th. 2nd place - 25% of the entry pool, plus seat, airfare, and accommodations to the $60,000 WHHC Championship to be held at The Meadowlands on April 19th. 3rd place - 20% of the entry pool 4th place - 10% of the entry pool The entire Pompano Park live card will be used as part of the contest, where contestants must choose exactly six races to bet a minimum of $10 to win, place, or win and place. There are no mandatory races. "We are excited to be hosting a qualifier this year for our fans, and look forward to sending two representatives from Pompano Park to compete in the 'World Series' of harness handicapping contests, the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 19th at The Meadowlands," said Dave Crupi, Racebook Manager at Isle Casino Pompano Park Racing. For full rules or further questions please contact Dave Crupi at email@example.com or by calling (954) 633-6529. Live racing continues at Pompano Park every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening with a first post of 7:05 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt, for Isle Pompano Park
Tonight the Florida Chapter of USHWA awarded Ernesto Alvarez as its January Caretaker of the Month for his fine work, in the Joe Pavia Stable, handling the red-hot open pacing mare Arodasi (5f, Western Terror-Do Me Justice-Keystone Raider). An October, 2012 purchase by Joe Pavia Jr. Stable Inc., Peter V. Shank, Joseph Barbera and AGC Stables Inc., Arodasi recorded three January wins in fillies/mares open handicap competition and took a 1:52f mark, which she lowered to 1:51.4k shortly after the award presentation. Tonight she scored with an impressive overland move from seventh to record a hard neck fought win. Mr. Alvarez received a plaque and check from the Florida Chapter for his efforts, which he mentioned on interview that the success was due to "good care and walking her a lot." Arodasi now sports career earnings of $190,311 with 13 victories. Her four 2014 victories have been worth $20,000 and she banked over $88,000 last year in 31 starts. The combination of great care and solid pedigree has made this one work. First dam Do Me Justice (3, 1:53.2f, $412,844), by the legendary iron-tough Michigan stallion Keystone Raider, is a 100% produced from eight foals, all with records of 2:00 or better and four with earnings of over $100,000. Second dam Always In Style generated 12 money winners from 13 foals including two more $400,000 plus career earners, Another Mile and Do Me Good. Here's wishing Ernesto Alvarez, Arodasi and her connections continued success in their journey toward "another mile" victory. Thomas H. Hicks and Steve Wolf
Last week was pretty poor with just one favorite winning and a minor box exacta. Springtime is just around the corner (we hope) and with that a few new series are getting underway starting this weekend. We have lots of action from Yonkers Friday and Saturday, plus the start of the Gilmour Series at the Meadowlands and Prairie Jaguar going for his 8th straight win at Pompano. Good Luck! $33,000 F&M Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – FRIDAY – One of the top mares in the country, Economy Terror, gets handicapped with post 8 once again but it did not bother her last week in beating this class with a game effort. Career winner of $1.6 million should be able to make it three straight wins. Use Ramalama and Lorrie Please in exotics. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 8th race – FRIDAY – As the only million dollar career winner in the field, Calchips Brute is overdue for his first trip to the winner’s circle this season. Class of the field will be decent odds and with good cover he may be able to upset this field. I think it will be a dogfight upfront and he can pick up the pieces at the end. Use Zooming and Backstreet Hanover in exotics. $17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 1st race – SATURDAY – New series for three-year-olds looks very interesting. Capital Account looks to be the early favorite in the series. Has two sharp wins and a decent second in three starts this year. Has poor outside but two starts back at the Meadowlands he was able to get in the flow and win with ease. Use Pierce and Superficial in exotics. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of the great pacer, Golden Receiver. Career winner of over $2 million always races his heart out and has true grit. It may be his first start back but he has every reason to fire out of the gate and beat this field. Use Easy Again and Road Untraveled in exotics. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – SATURDAY – Don’t understand why they keep allowing this horse to race. He is way too good. We’re talking about Prairie Jaguar and he is going for his eighth straight win at Pompano Park. Only allowed to race every other week but he still crushes everyone he faces. Sorry bridgejumpers, they took out place and show wagering on the race. Use Lyons Johnny and Freeneasy Hanover in exotics. .$17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 6th race – SATURDAY – There has been talk and stories that say that National Debt is the real deal and could be a pacing sensation. Still very green with just four lifetime starts but shows very good speed and is unbeaten. We will see tonight how he has adjusted from Alberta, Canada to the Meadowlands. Use Dinner At The Met and Recharge in exotics. $33,000 Open Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race – SATURDAY – Classic match-up of some tough pacers at Yonkers. Can make a case for most anyone winning in here. I am going with Pan From Nantucket. After brief rest he won in this class last out and now draws the rail. Field looks like there will be some fast early fractions which should set him up with another great trip to score from. Use Domethatagain and American Rage in exotics. $24,000 Winners Over $25,000 Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – SATURDAY – After having rough go in the top pace last week, Atta Boy Dan is dropping back down where he belongs. In this class he had been first or second in his last five starts. Should be able to go right out for the lead and never look back. Use A J Corbelli and Nob Hill High in exotics.
PURE BARRE EKES OUT CLOSE DECISION AT POMPANO Pompano Beach, FL...February 19, 2014...Tom Gonsalves' Pure Barre, handled by Mickey McNichol, eked out a photo finish decision over the late charging Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Mark O'Mara, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night. Photo King, teaming up with Jason Dillander, finished third in his first start in top Open company while Andover America finished fourth. Tug River Dylan picked up the nickel in the seven horse field. The time was 1:54.2 with a last half clocked in :56.2. McNichol had Pure Barre, leaving from post six, on the engine from the get-go as Jolene's Pinehonker, starting just inside of Pure Barre flashed some uncharacteristic early early foot and battled for the first eighth mile before yielding. With an opening panel in :28, McNichol, who has driven many of the sport's top trotters over his lengthy career, showed his rating skills by lolly-gagging through a :30 second panel, reaching the half in :58. On the backside, Photo King brushed up from about four lengths out of it into a narrow lead during a brisk :28 third quarter and reached the third station in 1:26 but Pure Barre still had plenty of fight left and reclaimed the lead turning for home. In the lane, with Pure Barre drifting out just a tad, Jolene's Pinehonker found a seam and began gnawing into Pure Barre's lead...but he ran out of racetrack and fell short by a head. For Pure Barre, it was her second straight win in Open company--having won her last start on February 5th--to send her 2014 scorecard to 3-2-0 in five starts, sending her earnings this young season to $20,280. She's less than $1,000 away from $200,000 lifetime, her bounty now at $199,145. In a post race interview, driver McNichol said, ..."she certainly is a game mare but, having said that, I was sure glad to see the wire. To tell you the truth, I was surprised that Mark's horse (Jolene's Pinehonker) left out of there. That really surprised me but, once I made the top with the mare, I was just hoping I could give her a little breather. So, it worked out well." As the 9 to 5 public choice, Pure Barre paid $5.60 to win. In the winner's over co-feature trot, Tom Petri's My Revenuer crushed his foes in a lifetime best effort--1:54.2--for Bruce Ranger. As Lugar (Kevin Wallis), took the field through a :26.1 blazer, My Revenuer, the six year-old son of Revenue S, known for his prolonged brushing ability, was true to his followers as he came from nearly 10 lengths out of it early before beginning his forward journey towards the leader, reaching fourth halfway through the mile (:55.2) and continuing to grind forward, reaching Lugar's flank just short of the third station, timed in 1:25. At the top of the lane, My Revenuer opened up a two length advantage and continued widening his lead to the wire, scoring by 4 1/2 lengths over Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol). The veteran warhorse Gale Warning (Jason Dillander) was third, squeaking past House Money for the show spot. Lugar held on for the minor award in the field of eight. For My Revenuer, it was his second win of the year and sent his lifetime bounty just over the $100,000 plateau--$100,560 to be precise. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
LEBANON, OH. - Holiday Shopper (Jason Brewer) captured her second consecutive Fillies & Mares Open pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night, just nipping Aqua Artist (Chris Page) in the final stride in 1:55.1. Everymileamemory (Pat Berry got the show dough in the $9500 feature race. Owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Van Hutchison, the winning mare is trained by Jeff Brewer who is off to an impressive start at the new five-eighths mile oval. The father-son Brewer tandem also won the night's first race, a $4000 distaff claiming event with Brookletssugarland. Blind Spot Hanover (Tony Hall) won the secondary feature besting Bazooka Terror (Berry) and Sectionline Yankee (Page) in a $7000 conditioned event for mares. The 1:55.2 clocking gave the Roy Murphy Jr.-trained winner her second triumph of 2014 and 18th of her career. She is owned by Tommy Householder. A pair of conditioned claiming races also produced quick miles as Quiteaworkofart (Kayne Kauffman) topped Real Future (Page) and Shady Maple Bullet (Rod Allums Jr.) in 1:55.1. The $6500 event was for non-winners of eight races who all carried $10,000 claiming tags. A similar race for non-winners of five with $8000 claiming prices was won by Stealth Flight (Dan Noble) in 1:55.2 over Dragon Tattoo (Berry) and Say It Ain't So (Tyler Smith). A $7000 trot produced a very tight 1:57.3 photo finish with Kaffir Kemp (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) nosing out Team Zordin (Noble) and Baby Blaze (Page) who was also lapped on the winner. For trainer Terry Deters, who just returned to Ohio after racing at Pompano Park in Florida for several years, it was his second success at Miami Valley in two tries. Michael Guest owns the five-year-old triumphant trotter. In addition to Jason Brewer, Dan Noble and Kayne Kauffman also fashioned driving doubles on the 11-race program witness by a packed house in the new Miami Valley grandstand. Through the first five cards at the new venue, favorites have won 39.6% of the time despite the fact the average number of starters has exceeded eight during difficult winter weather. The average win price, however, is a very healthy $14.56 after the first 53 races as four 50-1 plus longshots have also found their way to the winner's circle. Racing resumes Sunday night (Feb. 16) with an impressive program featuring a $10,000 Open pace. Post time is always 6:30 p.m. Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway