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Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, used an electrifying charge from the pocket turning for home and scored a 1:54.1 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (January 15). The rugged seven year-old daughter of Ponder now has 10 wins in 20 starts since returning from injury several months ago. This time, All Charged Up charged past the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., to score by a length. Islay, driven by Joe Sanzeri, was third, 2 3/4 lengths away while Sue's Night Out and Machin Marley completed the classy quintet. As the Silver Bullet starting gate left the station, All Charged Up, leaving from post four, showed her usual surge leaving before yielding around the initial turn to Wild Wanda, starting from post five. The latter took the field through an opening panel of :28 and, with no threats initially looming, lolly-gagged over to the half in :58. Speed-wise, things began to heat up on the backside as Wild Wanda sped her third panel in :28.1 but still unable to shake away from All Charged Up, second and on the helmet around that final bend. Turning for home, All Charged Up left the coziness of her pocket and used that electrifying charge and surged to the front once they straightened away. In a post race interview, driver John MacDonald, who also trains the "gallant" mare for J P Stables, remarked, "She's just a gallant mare and she has come back better than ever since her injury, which kept her out of action for many months. "Tonight, she got a great trip. I was a bit concerned seeing that Ricky's (Macomber) got to the half rather cheaply, but my mare seemed to be ready anytime I asked her." The victory--the 33rd in All Charged Up's career measuring 121 starts, sent her lifetime bankroll to $283,332 to go along with her 1:51.2 mark at Vernon Downs a couple of seasons back. Second choice on the board, All Charged Up paid $7.40 to win. In other Pompano action on Monday night, Galarina, an $8,000 claim just weeks ago, took the $7,500 condition/optional $20,000 claiming event for Andy Santeramo in 1:54.3, dodging raindrops all the way. This seven year-old daughter of Dali took command from the get-go, yielded--briefly--regained control three-eighths into the mile, was headed at mid-stretch, and came back in the final few yards to score a narrow over another daughter of Dali, Northern Dail, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. Major Master Piece, driven by John MacDonald, was third with Embassy Seelster next. River Rising, last throughout much of the mile, closed fastest of all on the sloppy track to pick up the nickel in the field of six. Galarina, an 11 race winner last semester, kept her record for 2018 perfect at 2-for-2 and now has career bounty of $131,101. Trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Thomas Santeramo, Galarina was off as third choice in the betting at 5 to 1 and paid $12.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the Italian-American Friendship Challenge on tap in a weekend competition featuring visiting Italian drivers Roberto Giannoni, Daniele Orsini, Giorgio Sandi and Gian Luca De Venta. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Saturday is at a season high and over $83,000. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...Monday, Jan 15...Drachan Hanover, driven by Wally Hennessey, sent his harness racing foes packing on Sunday night at Pompano Park as the six year-old son of Jereme's Jet scored a handy 2 1/2 length win in 1:52 in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pointsman, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the bike, used his rail post position to perfection to chase the winner all the way around to finish second while Winyard Hanover handled by John MacDonald, was next. Hollywood Sign rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fourth while Fritzie Pic Up Man picked up the nickel in the classy septet after a brief bid on the backside. Drachan Hanover pushed the Silver Bullet starting gate out of the way at the start, taking command from long stride number one and zipped to the opening quarter in :27.1. After a rated half in :56.2, Drachan Hanover thwarted any threatening ideas from his foes with a :27.1 backside blitz and then sealed the deal with a :28.2 closer. Related Hennessey after the race, "He (Drachan Hanover) came ready to race tonight! He was super alert leaving and, after that first quarter, took good care of himself going to the half. On the backside, I gave him one quick chirp and he was on his way again. Marcel (trainer Barrieau) had him sharp as a tack and he showed that tonight." The win was Drachan Hanover's 19th during his career measuring 79 starts with his earnings vaulting over the $400,000--$400,635 to be precise. Trained by Marcel Bartrieau for owners Kenneth Rankin and Lloyd Maclean, Drachan Hanover was off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board and returned $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. The $9,500 Open II pace went to Team Captain, driven by Andy Santeramo. This six year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark, making his 100th career start, scored in 1:53.1 after an extraordinarily brave journey--his margin 2 1/4 lengths over Respectable Dream, driven by Rick Plano. Uncle Reimus, last early on, rallied for third for Wally Hennessey while Blueberry Heaven and Indy Ingot were next, earning minor awards in the field of eight. Santeramo had high praise for Team Captain saying, "From the outside post, I went looking but there was lots happening up front but I was lucky to find a spot mid-pack. He went a heckuva quarter on the backstretch, didn't he? And he just kept on going to the wire." Trained by Mickey McNichol for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Team Captainearened his 16th lifetime win to send his career bounty to $157,951. Off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, Team Captain paid $17.40 to win. In other action, Doo Wop Hanover, driven by Tony Kerwood, used a first over, backside blitz to take command on the final bend and then sprinted home to score a 1:52.4 win in a conditioned event. The now seven year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, pushed his lifetime earnings to $773,964 with the win--only $12,235 of that over the past two seasons as his comeback continues. Monday night's Pompano program features the continuing rivalry between All Charged Up and Wild Wanda. Islay, Machin Marley and Sue's Night Out look to play spoilers in the classy quintet, which kicks off the program. On the wagering side, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover has ballooned to $83,877. Kick-off time is set for 7:20 p.m. John Berry    

Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLE) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. According to Zacks, “Isle of Capri Casinos is a developer, owner and operator of branded gaming and related lodging and entertainment facilities in growing markets in the United States. The company wholly or partially owns and operates gaming facilities under the name Isle of Capri. In addition, the company wholly owns and operates a pari-mutuel harness racing facility and owns interests in and operates gaming activities aboard a cruise ship based. “ Several other analysts also recently commented on the stock. Gabelli raised shares of Isle of Capri Casinos from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 2nd. Macquarie downgraded shares of Isle of Capri Casinos from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, September 21st. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Isle of Capri Casinos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 20th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded shares of Isle of Capri Casinos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 30th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Isle of Capri Casinos has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.33. Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE) traded down 0.61% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $24.38. The company has a 50 day moving average of $23.14 and a 200 day moving average of $20.28. The company has a market cap of $1.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.30 and a beta of 1.56. Isle of Capri Casinos has a 52 week low of $10.62 and a 52 week high of $24.79. Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, December 1st. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.07. Isle of Capri Casinos had a net margin of 7.02% and a return on equity of 62.06%. The firm had revenue of $198.60 million for the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.19 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Isle of Capri Casinos will post $1.21 earnings per share for the current year. Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Isle of Capri Casinos during the second quarter worth about $536,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Isle of Capri Casinos by 0.8% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 388,082 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,110,000 after buying an additional 2,954 shares during the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its stake in shares of Isle of Capri Casinos by 0.5% in the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 64,046 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,173,000 after buying an additional 288 shares during the last quarter. Alambic Investment Management L.P. increased its stake in shares of Isle of Capri Casinos by 10.8% in the second quarter. Alambic Investment Management L.P. now owns 31,748 shares of the company’s stock worth $582,000 after buying an additional 3,100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Oxford Asset Management bought a new stake in shares of Isle of Capri Casinos during the second quarter worth about $524,000. 55.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors. Isle of Capri Casinos Company Profile Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc is a developer, owner and operator of branded gaming facilities and related dining, lodging and entertainment facilities in regional markets in the United States. The Company owns or operates over 10 gaming and entertainment facilities in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE) For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com Donald Glover Reprinted with Permission of The Bangalore Weekly

Pompano Beach, FL...January 11, 2018...Driver Dewayne Minor was in the bike for the major upset in Pompano Park's $11,000 feature trot for the mares on Tuesday night as Celebrity Artemis pulled off the 15 to 1 harness racing upset. The seven year-old daughter of Andover Hall covered the standard distance in 1:56.1 over a racetrack continually pelted by rain throughout the night. Her winning margin was a half length over the late charging JS Foxy Lady, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with the 4 to 5 favorite, Skyway Priss, third for Peter Wrenn after cutting the mustard for most of the mile. She's All In, prominent in the garden spot most of the way, wound up fourth while Modern Mercury picked up the final award in her sextet. At the outset, She's All In (Rick Plano) left alertly from her inside post and led for much of the opening panel, yielding to Skyway Priss just before the opening marked, reached in :28.2. From there, Skyway Priss put up a half in :57.3 with She's All In sitting chilly, JS Foxy Lady next and Celebrity Artemis fourth, but on the move first up with three-eighths to go.   Reaching the third station in 1:26.3, Skyway Priss was firm on the lead but, once they straightened away, Celebrity Artemis kept gnawing away, taking command at the 16th pole and holding off JS Foxy Lady in the final strides.   After the race, driver Dewayne related, "This is a mare that was involved in the fire last year and she was out for some time. Besides the smoke, she had the hair on her back singed off and it still hasn't grown back too much. Maybe we should start a 'Hair Club for Horses!"   "She's quite a gutsy mare to come back from all she's gone through and I thought she might have as good a chance as any in there since she has been racing well lately.   "I was very proud of her performance! Good for her!"   Trained by Sam Stathis for Celebrity Farms, kicked off her 2018 campaign with her 10th lifetime win, pushing her career bankroll to $75,904.   As fourth choice on the tote-board at 15 to 1, Celebrity Artemis rewarded her faithful with a $33.40 mutual.   The win was one of two for Minor, was he also won with the 24 to 1 chance Celebrity Apollo to complete the early daily double at Pompano.   Also trained by Stathis for Celebrity Farms, Celebrity Apollo, described as a "green four year-old" by driver Dewayne Minor, broke his maiden with a 1:59.4 score, hitting the board for the first time in 13 career starts.   "He's just learning," said Minor, "and I think he does have potential. He went a very good journey in his race and showed a will to win late. Hopefully, he'll keep improving!"   Off at 24 to 1, Celebrity Apollo paid $51.40 to win.   Racing continues on Saturday night with a trio of carryovers sparking the festivities.   The card kicks off with a Pick-5 carryover of $6.949 and the Super Hi-5 carryover has swelled to $73,761. There is also a carryover in the Pick-6.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 8, 2018...Sing For Me George, getting picturesque handling from Mickey McNichol, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (January 7) as the 10 race program produced a season high handle of $754,675. The aging nine year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, tuned out his seven rivals with a 1:52.3 performance, silencing the fast closing Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Dave Ingraham, by a length with Drachan Hanover, teamed up with Wally Hennessey, third, another half length back. Hollywood Sign finished fourth after an even performance while Bestinthebusiness picked up the nickel in the classy septet. At the outset, Sing For Me George left from coveted post five and surged right to the front but yielded to Drachan Hanover just short of the opening marker reached in :27.2. From there, Sing For Me George enjoyed the pocket trip as Drachan Hanover reached the half in :55.4, as opposed to last week when he won off of an initial half in :57. On the backside, things began to heat up as Bestinthebusiness made his bid while McNichol sat chilly in the pocket on the helmet of the leader. Turning for home, McNichol tilted Sing For Me George out and he gnawed his way to the front, easily hold off the late surging Fritzie Pic Up Man at the wire. In a post race interview, McNIchol related, "Sing For Me George has a huge heart...a huge will to win. It's not like he doesn't have his aches and pains--all athletes have their aches and pains after competing at the highest level--but he sure has that winning attitude." McNIchol trains Sing For Me George for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Kicking off his 2018 season, Sing For Me George won for the 28th time in his career measuring 156 starts, sending his lifetime bankroll to $483,371. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sing For Me George paid $4.60 to win. The $9,500 Open II Pace went to Winyard Hanover, fresh off his world record performance as the fastest performer for a five-eighths mile distance over a five-eighths mile oval. The eight year-old altered son of Cam's Card Shark, driven by Wally Hennessey, took charge from his first long stride and continued unscathed to the wire with a 1:54.1 mile--out in :57.3 and home in :56.3. A nine time winner in 2017, Winyard Hanover won for the 26th time career-wise, sending his bankroll swelling to $221,875. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, Winyard Hanover was 9 to 5 at the bell and returned $5.60 to win. With handle for the Sunday night extravaganza a season high, the momentum is expected to continue on Monday night with a trio of carryovers sprinkled throughout the program. The Pick-5, which starts with the first race, has a carryover of $6,254, resulting in a $20,000 guarantee for that pool on Monday night. The Pick-6 has a carryover of $1,098 while the Super High-5 carryover has ballooned to $66,515. Monday night post time is set at 7:20 p.m.  $6,255 Pick 5 Carryover, $20,000G Pool for Pompano Monday Although two horses were covered heading into the final leg of the 50-cent Pick 5 on Sunday at Pompano, no one had the 8-1 second choice, River Sport, with the mild upsetter creating a $6,255 carryover into Monday night’s card.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an ‘instant guarantee’ of $20,000 on the total pool Monday night.  The Pick 5 begins in race one.  Fans will also enjoy a single-night carryover of $1,098 in the 50-cent Pick 6 beginning on Race 3, and a $66,515 carryover into the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-Five featured on the finale.  Sunday night’s all sources handle eclipsed the three-quarter million mark for the first time this season, with a total of $754,675 wagered on the 10-race program.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Saturday through Wednesday.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 4, 2018...Prairie Fortune and Skyway Priss took top harness racing honors in their respective $11,000 trotting features at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (January 3). With the west wind howling as temperatures dipped to their lowest point of the season--mid-50's--Skyway Priss began the mid-week festivities as she cooled off her rivals with a strong late surge to score for John MacDonald in 1:56.3. The 10 year-old daughter of Cincinnati Kid used a late surge to score by three-parts-of-a-length over Vicki All, with J. D. Yoder driving. JS Foxy Lady was third for Ricky Macomber, Jr. while Modern Mercury finished fourth after a serious challenge turning for home. Bad Angel picked up the nickel in the sextet of classy females. At the outset, Skyway Priss, leaving from the outside post six, was sent winging and took command from She's All In right at the opening station in :27.4. Shortly after, the 6 to 5 favorite Vicki All surged to the front and took the field halfway through the mile in :57.3. On the backside, JS Foxy Lady was in full throttle and she surged to the lead past the third station in 1:26.4 as Modern Mercury was also charging leaving Skyway Prill locked up in fourth and in search of room to roam. In the lane, she found that seam and surged on through to seal the victory. Said MacDonald after the race, "She (Skyway Priss) is a very handy mare and she'll do anything you ask. We were kinda looped on the backside but we got lucky to find a bit of room in the stretch and she responded. "It sure was cold out there with the wind howling so it was a very game performance for her. "Going in, trainer John Mungillo said, 'Just do the best you can with her. She's up to the top class, so I don't know if she can win, but, whatever happens, it's better than being in Buffalo where it's zero and there is a foot of snow that has to be shoveled!" Shyway Priss, who won 10 times last year, kicked off her 2018 campaign by going over the $400,000 in career bounty. With 45 lifetime wins, Skyway Priss now boasts earnings of $404,446 to go along with her 1:55.3 mark at Dover Downs set six years ago. AS the 2 to 1 second choice, Skyway Priss paid $6.40 to win. Prairie Fortune, the "machine-like" six year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory, conquered his five rivals and the blustery winds to score for Jim Meittinis in 1:56 after using a backside blitz to take command to put the issue to rest around the final bend. Sooo Handsome finished second for Rick Plano, two lengths away, while Uncle Hanover rallied for third under the direction of Dave Ingraham. Rockn Stien, prominent early, was fourth while Bobs Hope picked up the minor award in the field of six. Prairie Fortune, leaving from post five, was his usual relaxed self leaving but did get away fifth as Security Guard made a miscue due to some equipment issues and trained the field as Sooo Handsome took charge and led the field through an opening quarter in :28.3. Inheriting an even closer spot three-eighths into the mile, Prairie Fortune was out and driving into turn two as Sooo Handsome reached the half in :58.1. During the official :27.2 backside quarter, Prairie Fortune surged to the fore and opened up a daylight lead past the third station in 1:25.3. From there, it was a cakewalk home for the two length score leaving driver Meittinis to remark, "He (Prairie Fortune) was really on his game tonight and, when I chirped at him just once, he was off to the races. Not much else I can say. He was just awesome despite the sharp wind and cold. Trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Fortune won for the 38th time in his career measuring 86 starts with his lifetime earnings blossoming to $293,540. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Prairie Fortune returned $3.60 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with a trio of carryovers highlighting the card. The track's Pentafecta fourth has a carryover of $3,743, the Pick-6 features a carryover of $4,295 and the Super Hi-5 finale has exploded to $55,137. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2018...Wild Wanda, perfectly rated by Ricky Macomber, Jr., tamed her harness racing foes with a 1:52.4 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Sunday night. The gallant seven year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, drawing a post one slot inside of her main rival, All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, used that draw to her advantage as she left with alacrity this night then yielded briefly to the latter before reclaiming the top spot with a sharp quarter move. The winning margin was a half length at the line with Sue's Night Out, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, third after a ground saving journey from her inside post position. Northern Dali was fourth while Machin Marley rounded out the order of finish after a brief backside bid. As the Silver Bullet left the station, Wild Wanda, in a change of strategy from last week's debut when she was two lengths off the gate at the start, was out very alertly as All Charged Up also surged up from the opening bell into an early lead. Not content with the garden seat, Wild Wanda was out and driving just short of the tepid :28 opening panel and into the lead, taking the field through a half in :56.2. An identical :56.2 final half was in the cards and, after the third station was reached in 1:24.2, Wild Wanda was on her way home with a :28.2 finale with All Charged Up surging late but the issue was never in doubt. Trainer Jamie Macomber had high praise for the mare reflecting, "She does have a high turn of speed leaving but, unlike last week where we were outside of All Charged Up, we drew inside and that changed the whole picture of the race." Driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. echoed her sentiments saying, "I sent her tonight because I didn't want to spot John's great mare (All Charged Up) four or five lengths because she is awfully tough on the front end. But so is my mare!" Owned by Mary Jo Rheinheimer along with the Dojea Stables, Wild Wanda kicked off her 2018 with the win after a 2017 campaign which saw her win $102,250. She now has career earnings of $431,865 to go along with her Hoosier Park mark of 1:50.2. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Wild Wanda paid $3.40 to win. Racing continues Tuesday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover that has ballooned to $46,698. Post time is 7:20. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2018...Drachan Hanover, masterfully handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's New Year's Eve harness racing featured $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday (December 31), stopping the timer in 1:52.   The then five year-old gelded son of Jereme's Jet--now six years of age with the new year--led at every station in scoring a neck victory over Sing For Me George, driven by John MacDonald. Sir Mammo, with Ricky Macomber in the bike, was third, three lengths away, after dawdling at the back of his quintet and, subsequently, closing fastest of all.   Fritzie Pic Up Man was fourth while Dee's Rocket Man picked up the nickel.   At the outset, Drachan Hanover, leaving from post two, won a brief early battle with Sing For Me George, post three, and took the field through an opening panel in :27. Hennessey then was able to give his charge a :30 breather in the second quarter, reaching the half in :57. Drachan Hanover's third quarter sprint of :27.1 thwarted any serious backside challenge with his :27.4 finale sealing the issue.   In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "When you have as classy a horse as this one is, and you can get him to the half in :57, you have to like your chances. Drachan (Hanover) is a (1):50 pacer, you know, He was good all the way around tonight!"   Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover won for the sixth time in 26 starts to close out his 2017 campaign with $49,838. Career-wise, Drachan Hanover has $393,815 on his card to go along with a Pompano Park mark of 1:50.1.   As the 6 to 5 tote-board choice, Drachan Hanover paid $4.40 to win.   Though Hennessey won the feature sending his 2017 win total to 335, the driving star of the night was Dave Ingraham who scored a grand slam on the card, including a consecutive triple to close out the track's Pick-5, which went unscathed on Sunday night.   Ingraham took the third race with St Lads Lotto ($23.60), followed in the next race with Spirit Shadow ($14.60), who won his fourth in a row, and then completed his "trifecta" of sports with Major Starlight ($6.00), who won his third in a row.   Ingraham then capped off the "slam" by taking the final race of 2017 with Mikado Blue Chip ($5.40).   Pompano Park kicks off 2018 with fireworks in the form of several carryovers spicing up the "better for the bettor" program.   The track's Pick-5 has a carryover of $4,456 going into the Monday card, the fourth race pentafecta offers a carryover of $6,108.57, the Pick-6 carryover stands at $1,676, and the Super Hi-5 fianle offers a carryover of $39,710.   Post time for the January 1 extravaganza is 7:20 p.m.   Large Carryovers to Ring in New Year at Pompano Monday   The front half of the New Year’s Eve program was laced with upsets at Pompano Park, leaving a wake of carryovers for the first program of 2018 to be held on Monday night.  The action will get started early, as the 50-cent Pick 5 features a $4,457 carryover into the first race.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, have added an ‘instant guarantee’ of $20,000 for the total Pick 5 pool on Monday night.  The pentafecta features a 20-cent minimum and is held on the fourth race of each program, where patrons must select the top five finishers in order.  There were no winning tickets on Sunday night, leaving a $6,109 carryover for the Monday pentafecta, which is slated as a wide-open 10-horse field. Fans will also enjoy a $1,676 carryover in the 50-cent Pick 6 beginning in Race 3, and a $39,710 carryover into the jackpot hi-five for the 8th and final race.  As usual, the 50-cent Pick 4 will feature an industry low takeout of only 12% beginning in Race 5, and offer a $7,500 guaranteed pool.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Saturday through Wednesday.    by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 29, 2017...Winyard Hanaover, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, set the world record for a five-eighths mile dash on a five-eighths mile track by scorching the South Florida harness racing oval Pompano Park in 1:08. The seven year-old gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark, leaving from the track’s coveted five post, sizzled panels of :27 and :54.3 before a 13.2 final eighth mile sealed the victory and the world record.  Winyard won by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths over Sucrose Hanover, driven by John MacDonald, with Rebel Jet and Fern Paquet, Jr. teaming up for third. Mach Power and Kirktons Credit were next in the speedy sextet. At the outset, Winyard Hanover left from his “center-of-the-track” post to take charge heading into the initial turn and hardly had time to take a breath as he widened his margin throughout the journey. Said pilot Wally Hennessey after the race, “he was sizzling all the way tonight. It’s kind of advantageous leaving from a the center of the track in a situation like that where there’s not a heck of a lot of distance to the first turn.  “I though, ‘it’s now or never in a sprint like, so I sent him. I know he’s done that before in a mile race, so I wasn’t at all concerned about sending him hard. He’s a very good horse and can handle it. “To tell you the truth, I thought he was going more at the end of the mile.”  Winyard Hanover eclipsed the former record of 1:08.1 by Anais Kicker at The Meadows back in 2009 with Dave Palone in the bike. Owned by trainer Deters along with Joel Warner, Winyard Hanover won for the ninth time this semester in 32 starts to complete his 2017 campaign with earnings of $42,831. Lifetime, Winyard Hanover has banked $217,125 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:51 set earlier this year. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Winyard Hanover paid $3.80 to win Racing continues on Saturday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover standing at $32,011.59. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2017...Driver Peter Wrenn captured both co-featured trotting events on Wednesday night (December 27) at Pompano Park, scoring, first, with Diamond Dagger in the $11,000 Open for harness racing mares and, then, with Rockn Stien in the similar Open for the boys. Diamond Dagger kicked off the mid-week festivities with a handy win in 1:55.3, despite the fact that she was outside looking in for most of her journey. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland scored by a length-and-a-quarter over Modern Mercury, handled by Wally Hennessey. Bad Angel, saving ground all the way for John MacDonald, closed fastest of all to finish third, just a neck further back. She's All In, the early leader, finished fourth while Celebrity Artemis completed the order of finish in this classy quintet. Diamond Dagger was away unhurried from her outside post but began her grind forward just past the opening panel in :27.4 as She's All In led the way, only to yield to Celebrity Artemis three-eighths into the mile. At the :56.2 half, Diamond Dagger was gnawing away first up and, just short of the third station clocked in 1:25.2, stuck her head in front and only had to thwart the bid Modern Mercury, who enjoyed a second over trip back of the winner. After the race, driver Peter Wrenn remarked, "she sure isn't afraid to swallow air, is she? She went another of her great trips and, I have to say, Mark (trainer O'Mara) does a wonderful job keeping her consistently sharp. It might end on the racetrack but it begins at the barn!" O'Mara co-owns the gallant mare along with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker and this win--her 13th of the season in 37 starts--closes out her 2017 campaign with $88,010 and $$234,182 lifetime to go along with her Pompano Park mark of 1:53.2. Off at 1 to 10, Diamond Dagger paid $2.20 to her multitude of backers. Rockn Stien, the talented five year-old gelded son of Valley Victor, turned things around on Wednesday night with a gate-to-wire win for Wrenn in 1:55.1, holding off the late surging Prairie Fortune, handled by Jim Mettinis, by a half length. Sooo Handsome was third for Rick Plano after a ground saving journey while Uncle Hanover and Zoraze picked up the minor awards in the field of six. Rockn Stien left with alacrity from the five post and zipped into an early lead, taking the field through fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:26.3 before the :28.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Fortune. The latter, who was away, as usual, last in his group for the first half mile, followed the live cover of Katch Kanna on the backside, tried his patented sweeping move turning for home and gained smartly until the final stages when he was unable to gain any further. In a post-race interview, driver Wrenn said, "He (Rockn Stien) just wasn't himself in his last two or three starts, so we gave him a week off to freshen him up. "He's handy enough to win on or off the pace, so, since he was feeling good again, I sent him and the fractions were to his liking." Trained by Melanie Wrenn for the M T Pockets Stable and Wrenn Racing, Rockn Stien pushed his scorecard to 9-4-1 in 30 starts, good for $75,680. Lifetime, Rockn Stien has banked $221,545. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Rockn Stien paid $5.40 to win. Racing continues with a special Thursday night program featuring the "Dash for the Cash," a five-eighths mile event carded as the third race. Thursday night's carryovers include $5,348 for the Pick-6 and $28,642 for the Super Hi-5. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 27, 2017...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, took home top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (December 26), covering the distance in 1:53.3. The six year-old daughter of Ponder got picture perfect handling in scoring the half length decision over Northern Dali, catch-driven by Rick Plano. Wild Wands, making her seasonal Debut at Pompano Park, finished a very fast closing third, just a length off the winner. Sue's Night Out finished fourth while Galarina picked up the nickel in the classy octet. At the outset, All Charged Up, leaving from post seven, left with alacrity and took command at the first quarter from Galarina (Andy Santeramo) in :27.2--but not for long. Just past that opening station, Galarina forged back to the front with All Charged Up on the helmet of the leader through subsequent fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.4. At this stage, Galarina continued to show the way with pressure being applied by Machin Marley on the outside with All Charged Up chilly along the pylons patiently awaiting for a seam and Wild Wands, last early, on a double-bubble binge which took her flying four wide and just a couple of lengths away. Once they straightened away, All Charged Up did find that seam , charged up to take command from Galarina before holding Northern Dali and Wild Wanda safe on the wire. In a post race interview, trainer-driver John MacDonald related, "She got another great trip tonight. When Ricky's (Macomber) mare (Wild Wanda from post 8) didn't leave, that helped my cause a lot because I knew I'd be seven or eight lengths up on her early--and that turned out to be the difference. "My mare likes to race off the helmet anyhow and, once Andy (Santeramo) re-took, I got that helmet trip. "All Charged Up has been through a lot since she was injured and had to go through several months of rehab to try and make it back to the track. Not only did she make it back, she's seems better than ever now." Owned by J P Stables, All Charged Up won for the ninth time in 18 seasonal starts to push be 2017 earnings to $51,660. The win also vaulted her career bankroll over the $275,000 plateau--$275,082 to be precise. As the lukewarm 8 to 5 favorite, All Charged Up paid $5.40 to her many faithful. MacDonald also won three other events on the card giving him a grand slam on the Tuesday night card. Major Master Piece ($3.80), Always A Tiger ($8.80) and Iced Out ($14.40) also reached the winner's circle for MacDonald sending his yearly total to 306. Racing continues of Wednesday Night with a special Thursday night card also on the agenda. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 swelled over the $25,000 on Tuesday night--$25.082.20 to be precise. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2017...Diamond Dagger and Prairie Fortune were victorious in the respective co-featured trotting events on Wednesday night (December 20) but Skyway Pippen turned In the fastest performance on the mid-week Pompano Park harness racing extravaganza. Diamond Dagger, the splendid five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, had her hooves full throughout her journey and won by a scant nose in 1:55 over a tough and determined Vicki All, handled by J. D. Yoder. Skyway Priss, with John MacDonald in her sulky, finished third while Modern Mercury and She's All In picked up the minor awards in the classy sextet. At the outset, there was a scramble for early supremacy as She's All In and Vicki All got in a heated was with the former taking charge at the :27.2 opener before yielding to the latter shortly thereafter. Three-eighths into the mile, Diamond Dagger, away last and some eight lengths in arrears, began her grind forward and when Vicki All reached the halfway point in :57.1, Diamond Dagger was third, quickly moved alongside She's All In and then. on the backside, gnawed her way to a short lead over Vicki All past the third station in 1:26. These two raced as a team down the lane with Vicki All actually doing a gnawing herself in the final yards to necessitate the photo. After the race, driver Peter Wrenn remarked, "Mark's (O'Mara) mare can grind forward a long way. The air doesn't bother her at all. Once we straightened away the first time, she kinda told me she wanted to go and that's when we started going forward. She was very determined on the backside and wanted to get by J. D's (Yoder) mare (Vicki All). We were both going all we could go late and, to tell you the truth, I thought I was beat at the wire. Both mares raced very game!" Trained by Mark O'Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, Diamond Dagger won for the 12th time in 36 starts this year, good for $82,510. She now has banked $228,682 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:53.2 at Pompano Park earlier this year. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Diamond Dagger paid $2.60 to win. Prairie Fortune, like Diamond Dagger, came from last early to garner his win--the 10th of his 2017 season--as this grand son of Arapa Victory stopped the tele-timer in 1:55.1 for Jim Meittinis, his winning margin 1 3/4 lengths over the late-charging Katch Kanna, driven by Wally Hennessey. Sooo Handsome was third for Rick Plano while My Revenuer recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth. Uncle Hanover, prominent early, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. There was a mad scramble early as Uncle Hanover went in search for the lead along with Pocket Trip--the latter double-bubbled at the opening marker in :27.3. Pocket Trip continued to lead through subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.2 with pressure from Stemilt Touch on the outside while Uncle Hanover sat chilly in the pocket with Prairie Fortune second over and set for his devastating brush which carried him into the lead turning for home--his :29.2 closer easily sealing the deal. Driver Jim Meittinis had high praise for his trotter saying, "We had no choice but to get away where we did and, once we got to the backside, he starting bringing me forward and getting ready for what he's capable of doing. "When I tipped him wide, he just swallowed them up. He was awesome tonight...just awesome. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Paurie Poulin, Prairie Fortune sent his 2017 bankroll to $80,745 and $285,290 lifetime . AS the 2 to 1 favorite, Prairie Fortune returned $6.20 to win. Though Diamond Dagger and Prairie Fortune won the "feature" events, it was Skyway Pippen, patiently handled by Joe Sanzeri, that trotted the fastest mile of the night--1:54.4--a new lifetime mark, by far. The six year-old altered son of Swan For All, trained by Howard Klohr for the Delray Duo, stalked the pace-setting Prayer Session (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through sizzling panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.1 before tilting out turning for home and streaking by for a 1 3/4 length decision. Holiday Spirit (JIm Hysell) was third in the mile followed by the favored Noble Anthony and Chipps Star in the field of nine. Trainer Howard Klohr was surprised by his horse's performance saying, "Wow! Now that was something! This business has plenty of surprises and tonight was a big one for me. "I was kidding Sanzeri (driver Joe) about it and told him that we really don't advocate speeding on the premises here...just amazing!" Skyway Pippen won for the fifth time this year in 31 starts, sending his bounty to $25,128. His previous best winning performance was 1:56.1 over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. As third choice in the betting, Skyway Pippen paid $12.00 to his faithful. Racing continues on Saturday with a Pick-6 carryover awaiting along with a Super Hi-5 finale carryover of $18,029. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...December 19, 2017...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, eked out a narrow decision in Pompano Park's enhanced $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing fillies and mares on Monday night (December 18), stopping the timer in 1:52.4. The courageous six year-old daughter of Ponder pinned the defeat on the highly vaunted Rockin Serene, handled by Peter Wrenn, with Embassy Seelster, with Fern Paquet, Jr., handling her lines, third. Galarina and Sue's Night Out completed the roster in the classy quintet of ladies. All Charged Up, off as the 6 to 1 second choice, left the Silver Bullet starting gate with alacrity from her post four, as did Rock Serena, leaving from her outside post five and off as the official 1 to 20 favorite. Rockin Serena blazed through an opening panel of :26.4 to take command and led through subsequent fractions of :56 and 1:24.4 with All Charged Up patient while in the garden spot. Turning for home, All Charged Up found a narrow seam to leave the coziness of her pocket and began gnawing away, taking a short lead once they straightened away. These two fought tooth and nail to the wire with Rockin Serena gnawing right back in the final stages--her late rally falling a head short at the line. After the race, driver John MacDonald related, "The difference tonight was the trip she got. Peter's (Wrenn) filly did the heavy lifting early with that fast opening quarter but, I'll tell ya, "she was coming back to us at the end of the mile. She might have gotten us if the track was a bit longer! "My mare raced as good as she can, especially being off a couple of weeks. But, she's gritty...she's tough!" Owned by J P Stables, All Charged Up won for the eighth time in only 17 starts this year, sending her 2017 bounty to $46,160. Lifetime, the grand mare has $269,582 on her card to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 1:51.2. All Charged Up paid $14.40 to her faithful. Racing continues of Tuesday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $12,375 awaiting. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 18, 2017...Sir Mammo, patiently handled by harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, pulled off a 19 to 1 upset win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (December 17).   The five year-old gelded son of Sand Shooter used a blistering late charge to edge by the 1 to 10 favorite, Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.2, in the final two strides of the mile.   Fritzie Pic Up Man, with Mike Simons in his sulky, finished third after a serious bid around the final bend while Sing For Me George, last most of the journey, rallied to finish fourth while Rockntouch picked up the nickel. Drachan Hanover, prominent early, finished last in this classy sextet.   At the outset, both Rockntouch and Drachan were in full flight early with the former in the lead at the :27.1 opener, Drachan in the garden spot and Panocchio third on the outside and on the prowl for the lead.   Three-eighths in, Rockntouch secured the top spot and waltzed over to the half in :55.4 and then repelled the pressurized bid from Fritzie Pic Up Man, who sprinted from fifth half way through to the Panocchio's saddle pad as the pair raced past the third station in 1:24.1.   At this stage, Sir Mammo, was second over and fanned widest of all turning for home with his 27.4 finale able to squeak by Panocchio on the line.   The winner is trained by Jamie Macomber for the La Bella Vita Stables and, after the event stated, "Well, you never expect to get by a horse of Panocchio's caliber but, tonight, we just got a dream trip. It's a simple as that. I think Sir Mammo likes the smaller sized track here at Pompano. He has raced great in all of his starts here--better than in Indiana over the larger track."   The win was the seventh of the season in 37 starts for Sir Mammo with this victory vaulting his 2017 bankroll to $61,390. Lifetime, Sir Mammo has $145,193 on his ledger to go along with a 1:51 mark at Hoosier Park.   Racing continues on Monday night with a pentafecta carryover of $5,050.50 awaiting. The Super Hi-5 carryover has ballooned to $10,286 for the Monday card.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2017...Pompano Park is putting the finishing touches on an "across the board" purse increase which has begun with Saturday night's harness racing events. In announcing the increase, General Manager Troy Buswell remarked, "Although times are tough for the racing industry in general this time of year with the holidays and all, we feel it's time to reward the loyalty of our horsemen. We are hoping this trend will be able to continue over the coming weeks. Buswell also hinted that a unique "racing incentive program" is also in the late stages of development to benefit horsemen racing at South Florida's slick five-eighths mile oval. "After huddling with Stacy Cahill (Director of Racing) and Joe Frasure (Racing Secretary), we have come up with a unique plan and we are aiming for a February kickoff of our incentive program, which will further benefit racing participants here," he said. On January 14, the track will honor the Hennessey brothers--Wally and Dan--as the leading driver and trainer, respectively, for the 2016-2017 racing season. It's the first time in Pompano Park's history that a brother combo has taken these prestigious crowns at Pompano. Dan Hennessey had 49 training wins during the meeting, led by the powerful "one-two" punch of the open pacing mare Godiva Seelster and open trotter Boli, both owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil. Stakes winners Gold Star Briana and Famous C were also prominent winners trained by Dan Hennessey. Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey won an amazing 265 races during the 2016-2017 season at Pompano, including the aforementioned horses trained by brother Dan. Walter certainly hasn't slowed up this season, either, and is far out-distancing his nearest rival in the drivers standings for the current season. With 9,566 career wins benefitting owners to the tune of over $64 million dollars, Hennessey currently has 325 wins for the season competing at Pompano and other venues in the northeast. His current "batting average" is .413 and he is just a dozen wins away from his best season ever--that being last season when he tallied 337 victories. Racing continues on a five night per week schedule--Saturday through Wednesday with post time each night set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...December 14, 2017...The gritty and consistent Boli, again handled by harness racing Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The determined five year-old gelded son of Kadabra returned to the winner's circle for the 13th time this season with the clocking equaling his lifetime best mark established during Pompano Park's winter-spring meeting. Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano found a seam late to finish second three-parts-of-a-length away while Stemilt Touch, with John MacDonald in his bike, next after a garden journey most of the way. Prairie Fortune rallied from last turning for home to finish fourth while Bob's Hope picked up the nickel after a serious challenge heading into the final bend. Favored Rockn stein never was a factor and finish last in the octet. At the outset, Stemilt Touch, fresh off a lifetime best 1:54.1 performance the week prior, left with alacrity to take the early lead, only yielding to Boli right at the opening station in :28. Once on top, Boli took the field halfway home in :57.1 with an identical :57.1 final half awaiting the competition. Onto the final bend, Andy Santeramo sent Bob's Hope to engage the leader but Boli grudgingly held off his challenge in the lane and then withstood Sooo Handsome's belated bid. Said Hennessey after the race, "I can't say enough about this horse. To remain at the top of his game week after week after week is amazing. "He might not win every week, but he sure gives his all every start. Tonight, when Andy's (Santeramo) trotter (Bob's Hope) looked him in the eye, he looked right back at him! Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli now has a 13-5-5 scorecard in 28 starts, good for $97,470. Lifetime, Boli has amassed $234,664 with 28 career wins in 76 starts. Off as the 2 to 1 second choice, Boli paid $6.80 to win. Pompano Park's racing schedule expands to five nights per week--Saturday through Wednesday--through early March with post time remaining at 7:20 p.m. This initial Saturday program features three carryovers--the Pick-5 ($2,920), the Pick-6 ($655) and the Super Hi-5 ($6,923). by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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