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Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2017...The nine year-old Revenue S gelding My Revenuer proved he's not so "Over-The-Hill" as he captured his fourth straight win in Pompano Park's "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot for harness racing eight year-olds and up. Driven by Brad Kramer for owner-trainer Tom Petri, My Revenuer wired together three identical panels of :28.4 to kick things off before a closing panel of :29 sealed the deal as he crossed the line in 1:55.2, pinning a 4¼ length defeat on the late charging 13 year-old gelding Rush N Supreme, handled by Mitchell "Sky" Walker. Ramzan, with Andy Santeramo controlling the lines, was third after a brief first up bid on the backside while PC's Wildcard, prominent through the mile, wound up fourth and last in the quartet. After the race, the soft-spoken Kramer said, "talk about a gamer, this one is all gamer. The first time I drove him this meet he had the nine post and made a break leaving but he recovered to get a check, so he showed me something that night. "Since then, he's been very sharp winning four of his last five--now five of this last six after tonight. "Ya know, he can really cover some ground from off the pace but, last week, I wanted to get him in the game early from an outside post and he proved to me that he can race any way. "Tonight, in the short field, and since Tom (trainer Petri) has him so sharp, I thought I'd get him to the top and he was solid all the way, never let up a step until it was all over!" "The only thing I would like to change on him is the owner...because I'd like to own him. He's a great old bird." My Revenuer won for the 31st time during his career spanning 180 starts pushing his lifetime bounty to $237,059. Off officially at 1 to 10, My Revenuer paid $2.20 to win. The win for Kramer, incidentally, pushed his lifetime total to 7,983--only 17 away from the coveted 8,000 milestone. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Tater Twister seeking his fourth consecutive win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Despite being assigned the outside seven post, Tater Twister has been installed as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Mike Simons, handling the lines for trainer Mike Murphy. Pompano Park will also offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which carries a minimal takeout of 12%. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 15, 2017...For the ninth time in 10 tries since his return to harness racing at Pompano Park, Panocchio won the top pace on Sunday night (January 15)--the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, handled again by Wally Hennessey and assigned the outside post in his quintet, zoomed out of the gate into the lead before yielding to Drachan Hanover (John MacDonald) at the opener in :26.3. A stride of two later, Panocchio brushed up to regain the top spot and carded subsequent panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1 before a :28 finale sealed the deal by 1 ¾ lengths over the late charging Bluehourpower (Corey Braden). Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) finished another neck back in third while Fritzie Pic Up Man garnered fourth money. Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. After the event, Hennessey, once again, had high praise for Panocchio saying, "Jim (trainer Mattison) and his wife, Vicki, keep this horse in such great condition week after week. It's just amazing that he can keep sharp for this extended period of time...just amazing. "He just does what he has to do to win. Being 'handicapped' with the outside post when it's the five post actually helps this horse as he is ready to go when the gate springs. "He got to the top easily enough and, when MacDonald came at me, I thought it best to let him go and retake, hoping that I wouldn't get in a war with him since his horse missed last week. "When we got to the half in a reasonable (:55.1), we didn't really have any threats on the backside, although I did give him one tap to keep him interested. When we hit the third quarter in 1:24.1, I was confident he could get home." In keeping his 2017 record unblemished--now 3-for-3--Panocchio sent his seasonal bounty to $18,000 and $415,368 career-wise with 51 wins, including the track record at Pompano in 1:48.3 for Emile Johnson, Jr., who co-owns with trainer Jim Mattison. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Mystic Desire, handled by Aaron Byron, stopped the clock in 1:50.4 to score his initial win of the year in just two starts. The classy nine year-old son of Real Desire used that coveted five post to push the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and scorched panels of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:22 before stepping home in :28.4 to seal the issue over the late charging Respectable Dream (Rick Plano) with First Of Itskind (Tom Jackson) a stout closing third after trailing throughout the first five-eighths of the journey. The Optimist finished fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. Trained by Don Campbell for owner Tony Maione, Mystic Desire won for the 39th time in his stories career with his earnings vaulting to $843,851. As the 6 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Mystic Desire paid $4.60 to win. Also, Wally Hennessey was honored as the leading driver during the 2015-2016 season. Hennessey claimed the title with 224 driving wins during the 126 night racing season. Hennessey also leads this year's driving colony at Pompano Park with 122 wins over the first 52 nights of the 2016-2017 season. Racing continues on Monday night with My Revenuer seeking his fourth straight win in the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot. The nine year-old gelded son of Revenue S will have Brad Kramer in the bike for owner-trainer Tom Petri. The million dollar quintet of eight year-olds and up are responsible 150 lifetime wins. The Monday card also features a Pick-6 carryover of $1,113 and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 Pool. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL - .January 11, 2017...Well, it sure didn't take long for Ricky Macomber, Jr. to begin working on his next 3,000 wins. Macomber guided the six year-old Palone Ranger mare Wild Wanda to a handy 1:52 victory to kick off her 2017 season on Wednesday night (January 11), scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over the pocket sitting OK Heavenly, handled by Kevin Wallis. Jets Are On, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished third while Metro Glide was fourth. Arodasi finished fifth in the quintet in a race where positions, once established around turn one, were unchanged the rest of the way. Coming to the post off of a 1:53.2 win in a qualifying event on New Year's Eve day, Wild Wanda was sent right to the front from her coveted post five and led at every pole, clocking panels of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:25 before a :27 sprint home sealed the sealed the issue--handily. After the race, Macomber gave high praise to Wild Wanda saying that, "all the credit goes to her tonight. "We had the perfect post and she (Wild Wanda) responded with her usual sharp gate speed and that, pretty much, was the story. "The fractions suited her just fine tonight and, when we got to the final bend in 1:25, I was very confident she had a :27 final quarter in reserve." Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda is owned by Mary Jo Rheinheimer along with the Dojea Stables and now has 24 career wins in 82 starts, good for $329,615 in bounty--this after her best season ever in 2016, earning $166,400 on the strength of a 9-11-3 scorecard in 29 starts. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Wild Wanda paid $2.40 to win. Ricky didn't stop there. He won the next three races with Miss Mady ($4.60), Sweet Bet ($9.60) and Bittersweet Best ($3.60), respectively, giving Ricky his "grand slam" and then capped off the evening back of Ahlbback Yankee ($2.80) in the finale for his fifth win. Miss Mady, also trained by Jamie Macomber, won in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:52.2, equaling her lifetime best performance. The four year-old Brother Lost Soul mare is owned by Ricky Macomber, Jr. along with Ed Hauck, Jr. and James Stonecipher. Sweet Bet, a recent claim now trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, also won wire-to-wire, scoring in 1:52.3--this rugged nine year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight winning for the 38th time during her career stretching 207 starts. Bittersweet Best, owned by the Eleven Star Stables, gave Jamie Macomber her training "hat trick" as this eight year-old daughter of Pro Bono Best also led first long stride to last in scoring by 3 ¾ lengths in 1:53.3 for her 22nd career win. Ahlbback Yankee then gave Jamie Macomber her training "grand slam" and provided husband Ricky with that fifth win on the eight race program. The nine year-old daughter of Electric Yankee sweetened the pot further as Jamie Macomber owns this mare, who gained the lead past the opening :28.1 marker and the coasted along through panels of :56.3 and 1:26.1 before holding on to score by a head in 1:55.2. In the "oooops" department, in our congratulatory remarks about Macomber's 3,000th win last night, it was incorrectly stated that Ricky and Jamie Macomber have two sons. The Macomber's have a son, Nate, 4, and a daughter, Aubrey, 2. We regret the error. Racing continues on Saturday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 10, 2017...Richard Macomber, Jr., scored his milestone 3,000th harness racing driving victory on Tuesday night (January 10) at Pompano Park.   The 46 year-old Macomber did it in style as he got his milestone victory with Ruddy Rusty in Pompano Park's 8th race, that seven year-old chestnut son of SJ's Caviar stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.4   Trained by Ricky's wife, Jamie, Ruddy Rusty, owned by Kelly Ford of Campbell Hall, N.Y., clocked panels of :28, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before romping home unscathed with a nine length win.   A native of Buffalo, N.Y., "Ricky" grew up in Florida and followed his famous father, Richard Macomber, Sr., in the sport and, after 10 qualifying starts in 1996, began his career in earnest in 1997, winning the first of his 43 wins in his rookie season with Light Source at Hoosier Park on May 17 of that year.   His first of three stakes wins that year came two weeks later as that same pacer, Light Source, won the $25,000 Late Closer at Hoosier Park.   He would wind up that season with purse earnings of $407,921.   His first million dollar season came in 2003 when he drove 152 winners while piling up $1,012,580 in earnings.   In 2007, Macomber won 257 races and almost $1.8 million in purses, including a victory in the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes two year-old filly pace with the Joe Seekman trained Beachy Girl.   After a successful 2008 season where he garnered another $1.68 million in purses for his owners, the talented Macomber caught the eye of Ron Burke and Ricky won several stakes in 2009 with the likes of High Speed Life, Joe Cat and Miss Sweetness, to name a few.   He concluded that season with 310 wins and almost $2.8 million in purse earnings.   In 2010, Macomber won another $2.8 million in purses--the highlight being in the Indiana Pacing Derby with the grand pacer Won The West.   Dream Kid and Go On BB were among the campaigners that led Macomber to yet another $2.8 million year in 2011 while the next year, 2012, trainers Alvin Miller, John Merkel and Joe Seekman--besides Burke--benefitted from the driving services of Ricky Macomber, Jr.   In 2013, Rose Run Parker provided the stakes power by winning a $200,000 ISS Gold event. The Wilber Eash trained Bluehourpower did the same in his $200,000 Gold Final.   The next year, Ricky reined the Burke trained Rose Run Parker to several ISS wins, including the $200,000 final.   In 2015, the grand trotting filly Hannalore Hanover enjoyed the services of Ricky Macomber as she won the $220,000 ISS Super event that semester and that success carried over to the 2016 season as she won the MV Distaff at Miami Valley.   Macomber finished that 2016 season with 206 wins and more than $2.6 million in purse earnings, pushing Ricky over the $30,000,000 mark in purses and leaving him just seven wins shy of 3,000.   Macomber credits his father, Richard Macomber, Sr., with his success, along with the many owners and trainers that have given him the opportunity to succeed.   "Dad taught me so much," he said. "He never took a shortcut when it came to taking care of horses or training them. Had it not been for him, I know that I would not have had the success that we are blessed with today.   "My mom, Carol, was always encouraging me, too...every step of the way. My dad is not here with us but I am so happy that mom was here to witness this milestone.   "I am also blessed to have a wonderful and very talented wife, Jamie, and two great sons, Aubrey and Nate--a wonderful family that keep me motivated to do the best I can do every minute of every day!"   By the way, there were many celebrants enjoying Macomber's milestone win--the mutual being $4.40.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 9, 2017...Diamond Dagger, driven by Jason Dillander for harness racing trainer Mark O'Mara, scored a decisive win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Trot on Monday night (January 9). The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland hit the wire in a lifetime best 1:54.4--her only other 1:54.4 winning mile over the larger Hoosier Park oval--to win by three-parts-of-a-length over Massive Lightning, with Mickey McNichol in the bike. Swan Handicap, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., finished third, 7¼ lengths away, while Cashahallic finished a half-length further back in fourth. Railee Workable picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Diamond Dagger ditched her normal strategy of coming off the pace as Dillander sent her out with alacrity from post six in search of the lead. After She's All In, teamed with Rick Plano, marched by the opener in :28.2, Diamond Dagger took command a few strides before the line the first time and took the field past the half in :56.3. On the backside, McNichol sent Massive Lightning from fourth and sprinted up to within a length of the winner past the third station in 1:26. In the lane, Diamond Dagger was never in danger as she used a sharp :28.4 finale to seal the deal. After the race, driver Jason Dillander said, "You know, I usually don't get very emotional about things but, let me tell you, I had goose bumps crossing the wire tonight." Dillander's emotions were caused by the recent passing of Frank O'Mara, as Diamond Dagger is trained by Frank's son, Mark, who co-owns the mare with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker. Jason continued, "I've had the pleasure of driving this mare before and she really prefers being off the pace but, tonight, I thought I'd try and get her into the ballgame a bit earlier. "It was like she knew tonight was special--and it certainly was. "This win is dedicated to Frank O'Mara, one of the great horsemen of this era or any era." For Diamond Dagger, it was her 14th career win in 76 lifetime starts, pushing her career bounty over the $150,000 mark--$153,612 to be precise. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Diamond Dagger paid $7.60 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover awaiting along with a Pick-4 guaranteed pool of $10,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 8, 2017...The grand pacer Panocchio earned his 50th lifetime win on Sunday night (January 8) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace, conquering his five harness racing  rivals at in 1:52.1. Driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, the seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, beginning from the outside six post on a coolish night--61o--in South Florida, took command around the opening turn and went on to post fractions of :27; :56 and 1;23.4 before a :28.2 finale left Fritzie Pic Up Man, handled by Tom Jackson, three-parts-of-a-length back in second at the wire. Bluehourpower, teamed up with Ricky Macomber, Jr., finished third after a backside binge from fourth that put him a threatening second around the final turn before faltering a bit late. Whogoesfirst used a ground saving journey to finish fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. After the event, driver Hennessey related, "Well, it was kinda cool tonight--not as cool as Chicago or New York--but, cool, nonetheless for Florida. I wanted to get him to the top tonight to try and control the pace and we got a nice breather in that second quarter and that helped a lot. "On the backside, Ricky's horse (Bluehourpower) was pacing strong so Panocchio, on his own, picked up the pace and held him at bay and, in the lane, he was on his own all the way home. "Considering the cool temperature, he did just fine!" In garnering his 50th career victory in 110 lifetime starts, Panocchio sent his bankroll to $409,368--$12,000 of that in the first eight days of this new year. The brilliant pacer has won 28 of his 41 career starts at Pompano Park and currently holds the track record of 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio enriched his multitude of backers with a win mutual of $2.40. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Legal Spike, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner and driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The six year-old altered son of Third Straight, a $5,000 claim some three months ago, has steadily moved up the ladder since, and, on this night, used two moves to score in 1:52.2, his margin of victory 1½ lengths over the late charging Mystic Desire, driven by Aaron Byron. Abreathofreshart was third for Wally Hennessey while Rockntouch finished fourth. Secretsoftheknight, last half way through the mile, rallied to pick up the nickel in the field of nine. Legal Spike, leaving from post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to take command early with Pop Cop (post 7) and Ideal Fashion (post 8) both on the prowl with the latter taking the field to the opener in a hot :27 with Pop Cop next and Legal Spike third--but not for long. Three-eighths into the mile, Legal Spike was back on top, posting subsequent panels of :55 and 1:23.3 before his :28.4 sprint home sealed the deal. Legal Spike won for the 13th time career-wise to send his lifetime bankroll to $113,987--$25,200 of that since the Hoosier Park claim on October 13. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Legal Spike paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with the $12,000 Open Trot with Cashahallic installed as the 3 to 1 morning line choice in the field of nine. The nine year-old Richie Silverman trainee comes into the action looking to add to his lifetime bankroll of $336,765. Aaron Byron is expected in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 7, 2017...Pompano Park will offer their largest harness racing Pick-4 guaranteed pool on Sunday night--$20,000.   Gabe Prewitt, Director of Racing at the South Florida five-eighths mile oval, said, "Due to strong patron support on this wager, we have decided to offer the $20,000 guarantee on our Pick-4 on Sunday night programs for the foreseeable future.   "This guarantee, along with the industry low 12% takeout should be well received and we are optimistic that this, along with our competitive racing programs, will build on our success."   The Pick-4 is just one of the "better for the bettor" options offered on the wagering buffet at Pompano Park--the others being the Pick-5, Pick-6, Super Hi-5, Pentafecta fourth and a pair of daily double events to go along with exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering.   Post time for Sunday's card is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL - January 4, 2017...In a pulsating finish, OK Heavenly, driven by Kevin Wallis, eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park's mid-week feature, the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Angela Coleman for Mark Winship and the Dandy Farms, got up in the final stride to nail the pacesetting Metro Glide, handled by Tom Jackson, by a scant nose in 1:52.2. Miss Mady, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. handling the lines, was third, just a neck off the winner in the three-way thriller. Arodasi was fourth in a field scratched down to this quartet with the scratch of Drea's Good Powow. At the outset, Miss Mady blasted off the wings into an early lead but yielded to Metro Glide at the opener in :27.4. Just past that initial marker, Wallis thought about making a quarter move but, after tilting out, ducked back in and was content to stay in third past the half in :56. With the pace quickening on the backside, OK Heavenly left her cozy pocket in third and began gnawing forward, but she was unable to really put that much of a dent on the leader as a :27.3 third panel brought Metro Glide past the third station in 1:23.3. In the lane, OK Heavenly continued to chew away on the leader, with Miss Mady finding her second wind and also gaining with the trio of mares hitting the wire together and the photo finish camera determining the winner. In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "I was thinking of making a quarter move to the front but thought better of it as the leader looked pretty intent on the front end of things. On the backside, I thought I'd better get going but I wasn't too confident when we didn't gain much during that third quarter. "She got there, though, but, to tell the truth, I wasn't sure about it at the wire." The win was OK Heavenly's 14th lifetime and vaulted her over the $150,000 in career bounty-now $154,827 to be precise. As the 2 to 5 tote-board favorite, OK Heavenly paid $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL. - January 3, 2017...Baseball has its "Old Timers Day." Bowling has its professional senior category. The Old Timers Hockey Challenge is legendary. At Pompano Park, it's the "Over-The-Hill Gang" event for trotters eight years-old and up that has become a very popular event here in South Florida. On Tuesday night, the sixth edition of the "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot was contested with a full field of nine and, the only mare in the field, M T Ur Pockets, started her 10 year-old campaign with a gutsy win over her male counterparts, stopping the timer in 1:56. Trainer Mike Simons, part owner of the grand mare with Albert Abdala III, was in the bike for the 1 ½ length score over the nine year-old Undercover Bro, handled by Tom Jackson. Ramzan, the "youngster" in the field at eight years-old, rallied for third, 2 ½ lengths away while Lexis D J finished fourth. R G Rocket overcame the outside nine post to pick up the nickel. The daughter of Hard Rock N Roll, beginning from post two, was away in good order third as Benns Score Keeper and Adenium played musical chairs through opening fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 with Undercover Bro, fourth early on, on the attack past that half way point with M T Ur Pockets catching the live cover. With a picked up three-quarters in 1:26, Undercover Bro stuck his nose in front but was immediately confronted by M T Ur Pockets, using a :29.4 finale to score the win-her 34th career triumph. In a post-race interview, Simons compared his 10 year-old mare with a good bottle wine saying, "she just seems to get better with age. "She just loves what she does and can brush with the good ones. She's just a tough mare that loves when she has room to roam on the racetrack!" Coming off her best season on the track in 2016 with earnings of $50,013, M T Ur Pockets now has career bounty totaling $233,625. As the 3 to 1 third choice in the wagering, M T Ur Pockets paid $8.80 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a quintet of mares going post-ward in the $11,000 Open. OK Heavenly, who has been knocking hooves with Godiva Seelster and Safe From Terror-both absent this week-has been installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite with Kevin Wallis down to drive. Metro Glide, Arodasi, Miss Mady and Drea's Good Powow completed the talented field. There is also a carryover of $1,200 in the track's Pick-6, covering races 3 through 8. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 2, 2017...Tater Twister stretched his winning streak to three at Pompano Park on Monday night (January 2), stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.2 for driver Mike Simons in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The seven year-old gelded son of ABC Garland took clear command two strides past the first eighth mile and went on to post hot fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:24 in route to a five length win over She's All In, driven by Rick Plano. Diamond Dagger, with Jason Dillander in the bike, rallied from last in this talented quintet to finish third, 5 ½ lengths away, while Railee Workable finished fourth. Serendipitious picked up the nickel in a field shortened by the scratch of Gold Savage. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons, the author of 3,678 career wins, related, "I've driven a lot of horses over the years and this one is as fast a trotter as I have ever sat behind. "Even with a :26.4 opener, I had no concerns as he was doing it all on his own with no urging on my part. "He just loves racing, he loves competing and he's just an enthusiastic racehorse. "Mike (trainer Murphy) loves him and I certainly can see why. He's just a joy to drive and I am glad to be the one in the bike. He makes me look good!" Trainer by Murphy for Imogene Rhule, Geneva Stewart and Barbara Murphy, Tater Twister begins his 2017 campaign on the heels of his best season ever, winning nine times in 40 starts, good for $59,582. The win tonight--his 17th lifetime--vaulted his career bankroll to $118,761. As the 2 to 5 favorite, Tater Twister paid $2.80 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Write That Down, stepping up a notch after a win to close out 2016 in Open 3 company. The six year-old altered son of Crazed, driven by John Mac Donald, came from well out of it to score in a lifetime best 1:54.3 over Swan Handicap (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with Explosive Muscles (Dave Ingraham) third. Cashahallic finished fourth in the mile while Uriel picked up the minor award. It was Commentary blasting off the wings to take an early lead, guiding the field through an opener of :27.1 before yielding to Swan Handicap, that four year-old sprinting past the half in :55.3 before feeling the heat from the favorite, Cashahallic, around the final turn. With three-quarters in a hot 1:24.4, Swan Handicap and Cashahallic got into a heated battle with Explosive Muscles giving chase on the outside and Write That Down swinging widest of all and collaring the leaders inside the sixteenth pole on the strength of his :29.1 finale. The win evened Write That Down's scorecard at 14-14-14 in 70 starts, pushing his lifetime bounty to $105,732. Trained by Jason Robinson for Taylormade Race Horses and Two Hands Racing, Write That Down was fifth choice on the board at 7 to 1 and returned $17.00 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a competitive 10 race program highlighted by a $10,000 guarantee on the track's Pick-4 event, covering races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2017...The grand harness racing gelding Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, celebrated his seventh birthday with his 49th lifetime win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio stopped the timer in 1:51.2 in defeating a against a stellar sextet with combined career earnings of more than $2.5 million. The son of No Pan Intended, off as the second choice at 4 to 5, pinned a 1¾ length defeat on the late charging 18 to 1 chance Bluehourpower, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. with Duc Dorleans, teamed up with Pompano newcomer Stephane Brosseau and off at 13 to 1, third, 2¼ lengths away. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Drachan Hanover, with John MacDonald handling the lines, finished fourth after cutting initial panels of :26.1, :55.2 and 1:23.1. Whogoesfirst (Kevin Wallis) used the rail for a ground saving mile to pick up the nickel while Abreathofreshart completed the rundown. At the outset, Panocchio, leaving from the coveted post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to assume the early lead while Drachan Hanover, leaving from post 6, began a grind forward that put him on top midway around the opening turn. Duc Dorleans, on the engine early as well, nestled into the third spot with Whogoesfirst, Abreathofreshart and Bluehourpower next. Giving plenty of respect to the leader, positions remained unchanged until mid-backstretch when Bluehourpower began his march forward from seven lengths away but gnawing away slowly. Meanwhile, just after Drachan Hanover reached that third station, Panocchio abruptly left his cozy garden spot and engaged the leader in war, taking command turning for home and then holding off Bluehourpower as Macomber's charge was pacing the fastest final panel of the group--:27.2--but still almost two lengths away at the finish. After the race, Hennessey related, "this horse does nothing but amaze me. He had a very tough trip in his last start and Jimmy (trainer Mattison) gave him a week off. "It seems, whenever he gets a week off, he comes back better than ever. He took a week off in early November and he came back and won. He had to take another week off in late November and he came back and won. "Then, after that tough trip last start, he took a week off and, tonight, he was as sharp as ever. "Jim and (wife) Vicki do a fantastic job with him and this horse pays them back with his great performances on the racetrack." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Mattison, Panocchio now sports a 49-20-9 scorecard in 109 starts and, with this win, vaults over the $400,000 in career bounty--$403,368 to be precise. Panocchio rewarded his many backers with a $3.80 win mutual. Racing continues on Monday night with Tater Twister looking to extend his winning streak to three in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The seven year-old gelded son of ABC Garland, trained by Mike Murphy for owners Imogene Rhule, Geneva Stewart and Barbara Murphy, comes off his best season as he won almost $60,000 in 2016. Mike Simons is expected back in the sulky back of Tater Twister, installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite against Railee Workable, Diamond Dagger, She's All In, Serendipitious and Gold Savage. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool awaiting covering races 6 through 9. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2016...Godiva Seelster, again superbly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a photo finish defeat on arch-rival Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.2. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was third, 2¼ lengths away while Arodasi finished fourth. All Charged Up picked up the nickel in the classy quintet. In an event where, once the early dust settled, positions remained unchanged for the final 7/8s of the mile, it was Godiva Seelster, leaving from post 4, and Safe From Terror, beginning from post 5, in a fierce war early on with Hennessey bursting off of the Hummer's wings and Safe From Terror matching her stride for stride. Realizing that Godiva Seelster was in an unrelenting mood, Safe From Terror backed off in the pocket with OK Heavenly, leaving from the rail, third, Arodasi next and All Charged Up serving as the caboose. With an opening panel of :27.2 and no imminent threat developing, Godiva Seelster lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.2 and then began picking up the pace midway on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:26.2 From there, the race was on! Godiva Seelster was on her way home in a splendid :27 and, while Safe From Terror was gnawing away at Godiva Seelster's, not even her :26.4 finale could push her nose in front. The final margin was a head on the wire as Godiva Seelster won for the 14th time this semester, equaling her total of last year. The grand soon-to-be seven year-old daughter of Camluck, traineed by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, now sports a scorecard of 39-30-18 in 111 career starts, good for $344,025--$124,308 as she wraps up her 2016 season. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "this has become quite a rivalry between two great mares. "Tonight, I drew one slot inside of her and that was the difference. Once we got going, I didn't think it would be prudent to yield because, if Bryce (driver Fenn) got the jump on me with his mare, then I would have had to go a tick faster in the lane and, since these two mares are so close in talent, I just wanted to try and control the situation. The middle half breather helped a lot and I thought we had a :27 closer in the bag--and we did!" With Godiva Seelster as the even money second choice--Safe From Terror was 3 to 5--the win mutual was $4.20. The Open 2 pace for the ladies went to Metro Glide, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, hitting the wire in 1:53.1. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan finished off her most successful season with her ninth win in 30 starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $45,130. The pacesetting Art Frenzy, driven by Wally Hennessey, was second, two lengths back, after posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3. Jets Are On (Kevin Wallis) was third while Memumsnotnice and Winbak Heavenly picked up minor awards in the field of nine. Metro Glide, trained by Richard Lareau for the J P Houle Stable, was the 3 to 1 second choice on the board and paid $8.80 to win. Finally, the Open 2 Trot worth $8,500, went to the Florida bred Railee Workable, handled by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.2, just a tick off his lifetime mark achieved just last month. The four year-old son of Basil, trained by Mark Friedman for Andre Bousquet and Equi Herbs, pulled half way through the mile and marched up first over, collaring the leader, Commentary (Aaron Byron), around the final bend and then went on to score a win measuring 3¾ lengths over Uriel (John Mac Donald) with Commentary holding on for third. Swan Handicap finished fourth while Without Me As picked up the final award. The win was the 10th lifetime for Railee Workable in only 31 career starts, pushing his bounty to $96,103. Off at 2 to 1, Railee Workable paid $6,00 to win and closed out the Pick-5 with a 50 cent winning ticket worth $3,596.70. Racing continues on New Year's Eve with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 27, 2016...Tater Twister, with Mike Simons handling the six year-old gelding's lines, scored a repeat harness racing win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night (December 27), stopping the clock in 1:54.3. The son of ABC Garland pinned a defeat measuring 2¼ lengths on Gold Savage (Kevin Wallis) with She's All In (Rick Plano) just a nose further back in third. Explosive Muscles finished fourth in the mile while Diamond Dagger picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. Simons sent Tater Twister right to the front, out-dueling She's All In around the opening turn and taking the field through an opener of :27.2. At this point, Gold Savage was third while Explosive Muscles was next. Serendipitious, away cautiously after a miscue last week, was fifth with Diamond Dagger sixth and last. With positions stagnant during the :29 second quarter, the Simons-Tater Twister team felt no pressure with nary a threat even developing on the backside as a :28.4 third panel triggered the third timer in 1:25.1. In the lane, Tater Twister was on his own through a :29.2 finale, stopping the tele-timer in the aforementioned 1:54.3, easily holding off Gold Savage. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons related, "I really didn't see too much early speed in here tonight, so I decided to let him rock and roll early. Once we got to the front, he was nice and relaxed and, when we got to the half a bit cheaper than last week, I thought he'd have a chance to bring it home again. "Mike (trainer Murphy) really has him sharp now and I know this horse has a whirlwind of talent. He digs down deep every time." Owned by Imogene Rhule along with Geneva Stewart and Barbara Murphy, Tater Twister won for the ninth time in 40 starts, sending his seasonal bankroll to $59,582. Lifetime, Tater Twister has bounty of $112,761 to go along with a mark of 1:53.3, achieved at Pompano Park just last month. As the 8 to 5 second choice in the wagering, Tater Twister returned $5.40 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a quintet of pacing mares set to do battle in the $11,000 Open Pace for the ladies. Safe From Terror, a handy winner in 1:51.3 in last week's top event for pacing mares, once again meets up with arch-rival Godiva Seelster. All Charged Up, Arodasi and OK Heavenly complete the very talented group with combined career earnings of $1,733,432. The Wednesday program also continues to offer the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 on races six through nine. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...December 27, 2016...Pompano Park has announced that the Pick-4 guarantee for their harness racing programs conducted Sundays through Wednesdays has spiked to $10,000. Gabe Prewitt, Director of racing operations, said the increased guarantee is "as a result of strong support our patrons have shown for our nightly Pick-4 pool. "With an industry low 12% takeout, this is, no doubt, 'better for the bettor' and, hopefully, will have a positive impact on our sport and our loyal patrons." Pompano Park is currently on a five night per weeks schedule--Saturday through Wednesday--offering an exciting buffet on their wagering menu including the Pick-5, Pick-6, Pentafecta, Super Hi-5, early and late daily doubles, trifectas and superfectas. Post time remains at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 26, 2016...Drachan Hanover, with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey aboard, captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Monday night, stopping the tele-timer in 1:50.3   The four year-old son of Jereme's Jet, trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, used Pompano Park's coveted five post to zip into an early lead before carding panels of :26.2 and :56 prior to wiring together subsequent quarters of :27.3 and :26.4 to score a one length decision over Legal Spike (Richard Macomber, Jr.) with Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) third, 4 1/2 lengths away.   Duc Dorleans finished fourth while Mystic Desire picked up the minor award in the field of seven after a ground saving journey.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "I thought he was well within himself last week in winning the open for three and four year-olds in 1:50.1.   "Tonight, I had to use him a bit leaving but when we got over to the half in :56, I was very confident that he could carry it all the way tonight.   "Again, he was well within himself tonight, as well, and his :26.4 final quarter was all on his own."   In garnering his fifth win of the year in 23 starts, Drachan Hanover pushed his seasonal earnings to $49,325. Lifetime, the soon-to-be five year-old has 12 wins in 51 starts with $343,977 in bounty to go along with his 1:50.1 mark taken in his Pompano Park debut last week.   Off as the 2 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.80 to his multitude of followers.   In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, handled by Wally Hennessey for the S & P Racing Stables and Luanne Case, took advantage of some hot early panels and rallied late to score in 1:52.3.   The eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, dropping down a notch from the top class to the same class he whipped three starts back, used a :28.3 finale to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Ideal Fashion (Dave Ingraham) with Respectable Dream (Aaron Byron) next. Heart Felt, prominent for the first half mile, finished fourth while the pacesetting Uncmprmising Z Tam held on for the nickel in the septet.   It was Heart Felt away with alacrity and taking the field around the opening turn before yielding to Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) at the opener in a hot :27.   Macomber kept his charge on top through a half in :55.1 before meeting up with Aloneinspades around the final turn and past the third station in 1:23.3.   Meanwhile, the field began ganging up on the leader as they straightened away and, fanning widest of all, Whogoesfirst began gnawing away, finally edging by inside the 16th pole.   The Luanna Case trainee won for the fourth time this year and 28th time career-wise, sending his lifetime bankroll to $451,478--$61,458 this semester.   As the 9 to 2 third choice in the tote-board, Whogoesfirst paid $11.20 to win.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with the headliner being the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. In that event, Tater Twister looks to repeat with Serendipitious, God Savage, Diamond Dagger, She's All In and Explosive Muscles all capable of pulling off an upset in a very well balanced field.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2016....Safe From Terror, receiving perfect handling from Bryce Fenn, scored a gate-to-wire win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday, hitting the wire in 1:51.3.   The four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, pinned a two length defeat on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, finished third, 4 1/2 lengths away while OK Heavenly was a length further back in fourth. Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies.   At the outset, Safe From Terror, leaving from the vaunted post number 5, "pushed the Hummer out of the way" at the start and carded an opening panel of :27 with All Charged Up settling in the garden spot, Drea's Good Powow, leaving from the rail, next and Godiva Seelster, starting from the outside post six, also showing a bit of early speed but forced to duck in fourth as Safe From Terror seemed on a terror early in securing the lead.   Positions remained unchanged through a half in :55.2 when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl and reaching second, a length away, around the final turn reached in 1:23.3.   In the lane, Safe From Terror actually widened her advantage through the lane on the strength of her :28 finale, the fastest of all in the event.   In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "Ya Know what the difference was tonight? It was the draw a couple of days ago.   "Last week, she had the three and I had the four and she got the jump on me.   "This week, I drew one slot inside of her and got the jump on her. She felt very strong tonight and almost pushed the Hummer out of the way herself. These mares are both great and when one gets a jump on the other, that's usually the key.   "I am certainly not going to gain a couple of lengths on her in the lane when she is in front and I don't expect that she'll be gaining a couple of lengths on me if I get the jump.   "That was really the story tonight."   In winning, Safe From Terror won for the 13th time this year in 35 starts, good for $163,455. Lifetime, the four year-old has a 25-8-13 scorecard in 69 starts with career bounty of $647,077 to go along with her 1:50.3 mark at Scioto Downs.   Both Safe From Terror and Godiva Seelster went off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board with Safe From Terror the ever-so-slight favorite. She returned $3.80 to win.   The Open 2 Pace for the ladies went to Arodasi, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, out-dueling a game Art Frenzy, driven by Mike Simons, by a neck in 1:52.3.   Metro Glide, handled by Dave Ingraham, rallied from seventh and last turning for home to earn show honors while Memumsnotnice was fourth. Winbak Heavenly earned the final award.   Trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for Peter Shank, the AGC Stables and his own Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, Arodasi, a seven year-old and also a daughter of Western Terror (as is Safe From Terror), earned her third win of the year in only 12 starts sending her career earnings to $376,891.   Even money on the board, Arodasi paid $4.00 to win.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club was also in action on Wednesday night in two races with Jamie Marra guiding Mario Dessureault's Pop My Buttons ($5.20) to a 1:57.3 win in the first one and Joe Pennacchio scoring a photo finish decision in the second event with Zorgwijk Impact ($7.20) in 1:59.1. It was Zorgwijk's 49 career victory in that warrior's 303rd lifetime start.   The club has donated well over $170,000 to worthwhile charities since their inception and also has a spirited "driver of the year" award. As of this night, Dein Spriggs owns a "short lead" in the standings over Marra.   Racing continues next Monday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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