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Pompano Beach, FL...April 21, 2017...With the Super Hi-5 carryover now close to $90,000, Gabe Prewitt, Director of Harness Racing at Pompano Park, has set Sunday, April 30 for the mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 pool, should that offering not be hit either Sunday, April 23, Monday, April 24 or Tuesday, April 25.   Prewitt remarked, "With our meeting winding down now, we thought it be prudent to offer the mandatory payout in the new few days, rather than wait until the end of May."   Should the Super Hi-5 continue to be unscathed for the next three racing programs, Prewitt expects the carryover to be around the $100,000 mark by April 30.   "Who knows where it will wind up," Prewitt said, "but it should be a nice bonanza for our faithful players."   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, April 18, 2017...In a classic "fistfight to the finish," as described by harness racing announcer Gabe Prewitt, Machin Marley eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (April 18). Driven by Wally Hennessey, Machin Marley, squeaked by a tenacious Goldstar Rockette, handled by Kevin Wallis, right at the wire, after a stretch long duel that was determined by a "head" with the mile clocked in 1:53.1. Miss Dollar Mam, with John MacDonald in the bike, was a fast closing third, only a half-length away, while Metro Glide, almost 10 lengths away at the opening quarter, finished fourth. Sue's Night Out picked up the nickel in the classy septet of ladies. At the outset, Miss Dollar Mam, Machin Marley and Goldstar Rockette all had their sights on the lead with Machin Marley wrestling command around turn one with Miss Dollar Mam yielding and Goldstar Rockette taken back to third--but not for long. Just past the quick :27 opener, Wallis send Goldstar Rockette on the prowl and, after a tussle with Machin Marley, took change and blazed over to the half in :54.4. On the backside, Machin Marley's nose was literally all over Wallis' helmet and, heading into the final bend, Hennessey tilted out of the pocket, pulled along-side of the leader at the third station in 1:25.1, and the classic battle began. Neither mare gave an inch during the :28 finale and the decision came right on the wire with Machin Marley getting the nod in the photo. After the event, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Let me tell you, this mare has some moxie. Last week when I drove her, she was on the lead, looked in the eye around the final bend, and fought hard every step to the wire to win. "Tonight, she looked the leader in the eye and fought all the way home. She's quite a gutsy mare." Trained by John Mungillo, who co-owns with Thatsideofthefence LLC, Machin Marley won for the fourth time in 16 starts this season to push her earnings to $20,370. Lifetime, this five year-old daughter of Mach Three, now has bounty of $80,692. The final time of 1:53.1 equaled her lifetime best, set in her last victory just one week ago. As second choice in the wagering at 5 to 1, Machin Marley paid $12.20 to win. In other Tuesday night action, Spilling The Beans, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in the $7,000 Open 3 Pace for mares by scorching the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 1:51.3 off of front end panels of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:23. The five year-old daughter of Camluck scored a 2½ victory at the expense of Excelerated Speed (Mickey McNichol) with Scirocco Miley Kay, in the garden spot all the way, next, 3¾ lengths back of the winner. Shady's Art was fourth while Layer Cake picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Trained by Dan Morrissey for owner George Robinson, Spilling The Beans annihilated her former mark of 1:53.4 set in her 2017 debut at Pompano Park two starts ago. With the win--her 14th lifetime in 667 starts--Spilling The Beans sent her career bankroll over the $55,000 plateau--$55,508 to be precise. As the 3 to 2 public choice, she paid $5.00 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night at Pompano Park with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 17, 2017...Boli, perfectly handled by harness racing driver  Wally Hennessey, captured Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in 1:54.4. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra stalked Tater Twister, with Jim Meittinis handling his lines, through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26 before leaving the coziness of his pocket turning for home and using a :28.3 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Prairie Fortune, driven by Mike Deters, making his first appearance in the sulky since November 27, 2016 after battling serious health issues. Tater Twister did finish third while Sailer Eddie finished fourth after a mild backside bid. Commentary finished fifth in the quintet. After the race, Hennessey had high praise for his trotter saying, "Sometimes, Boli can be a real handful to drive but, tonight, he was a perfect gentleman every step of the way. He seemed relaxed throughout the mile and, when I showed him the open road turning for home, he responded beautifully. "Even going back to the winner's circle, he seemed nice and relaxed for a change." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli won for the third time this semester to vault his 2017 earnings to $20,280. Lifetime, Boli has 18 wins in 55 starts with bounty of $157,474 to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:54.2 earned in his last win two starts back. Off as the 1 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $2.40 to his multitude of followers. The $8,000 Open 2 Trot went to Diamond Dagger, expertly driven by Walter Ross, Jr. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland took command a right at the :28 opener and went on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before strolling home in :29.2 to score a handy win in 1:54.4--her margin 1 ¼ lengths over the late charging Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) with Dog Gone Lucky (Mickey McNichol) next, a half-length further back. My Revenuer finished fourth while McKenzie's Star picked up the nickel in the septet. The always subdued Ross, Jr., summed up the win succinctly by saying, "She went a nice mile. That's about it!" Trained by Mark O'Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, Diamond Dagger won for the third straight week while earning her fifth win of the year in 14 starts, sending her seasonal bankroll to $29,735. Career-wise, Diamond Dagger has an 18-8-22 scorecard in 88 starts with earnings at $175,907. As third choice in the betting, Diamond Dagger paid $11.20 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action on Monday night in two events, padding their total contributions to charity, now close to $185,000, and Dein Spriggs took both, not only as the driver, but as the owner, as well. Dein took the first with A Crown For Lindy--the 11 year-old warrior winning for the 55th time during his career spanning 208 starts. The gelded son of Cantab Hall won for the fifth time this semester, pushing his seasonal earnings to $16,579 and $419,438 lifetime. Spriggs completed his double by scoring with his Garlandsandpearls in a lifetime best 1:56.3. The six year-old altered son of Futile Qwest wired his foes for his sixth win of the year in 14 starts to send his 2017 earnings to $18,755 and $59,501 lifetime. While both were 2 to 1 favorites in the morning line, neither went off as the favorite in their respective races--A Crown For Lindy paying $7.60 as the second choice on the board and Garlandsandpearls returning $6.20 as second choice, as well. Veteran Allen Saul trained both of the trotters for Spriggs. After each event, members of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, along with several other "professional" drivers at the track, made charitable gifts to two organizations--"A Second Go" and "Go For The Greens." "A Second Go" was established to raise money for services provided to have a second go at life through therapy and nutritional support, among other things, for cancer patients transitioning from "fighter to survivor." "A Second Go" was represented by founder Kelly Sudell, on the road to recovery after a successful bone marrow transplant to stop her leukemia in its tracks. Melinda West represented "Go For The Greens," an organization that fosters, among other things, a healthier planet with a business strategy through the sport of golf. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in the spotlight as the Florida bred Goldstar Rockette, a 10 time winner last semester, looks for her first win of the year in the $8,500 Open 2 Pace. Alabama Shakey, Miss Dollar Mam, Metro Glide, Machin Marley, Jets Are On and Sue's Night Out complete the nifty and well-matched septet. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9, in cooperation with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, April 16, 2016...Sing For Me George, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, scoring a gate-to-wire harness racing win in 1:50.4.   The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, rocketed through an opening quarter in :26.2 and then went on to card panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before a :27.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 3¼ lengths over the only mare in the field, OK Heavenly, handled by Wally Hennessey. Maxdaddy Blue Chip, with Mickey McNichol in the bike, rallied for third, just a neck further back while Rock On Moe, last in the sextet for the majority of the mile, finished fourth. Heart Felt was fifth after a mild first over bid on the backside while Arsenal, prominent in the garden spot for the first five-eighths of the mile, finished sixth.   In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "The key was the start and having the five post helped tremendously because that post has won around 25% of the races here.   "I thought that if I could make the top early, I'd have a chance to control the race and my horse (Sing For Me George) like to get into it early.   "The opening quarter probably dissuaded anyone from an early challenge so I was able to grab a hold a bit through the half and really not too much developed on the backside.   "I chirped at him once at the top of the lane and he responded like a good horse does.   "He went a heckuva mile."   Coming into the action with nary a win in seven starts but with a pair of seconds and five third place finishes, Sing For Me George earned his initial win of the season for trainer Paul Bernardo, who trains for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr.   Sing For Me George now has 23 career wins in 129 lifetime starts and $433,636 to go along with his mark of 1:50.2 as a five year-old at The Meadowlands.   Off as one of the 8 to 5 co-favorites, Sing For Me George paid $5.20 to win.   In other Easter night action, the 12 year-old trotting warrior I'll Tell You What, also driven by Kevin Wallis, scored the 61st win of his storied career measuring 298 starts when he wired his seven foes in a conditioned trot in 1:56.   The gelded son of Lockkeeper clicked off panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.3 before coasting home unscathed in :30.2 to win by 6¾.   Trained by Deb Clayton for owner Janet Mathely, I'll Tell You What now owns a 61-55-57 scorecard and earnings of $423,540 to go along with his 1:53.2 mark set seven seasons ago over the 1¼ mile Colonial Downs oval.   I'll Tell You What paid $3.40 to win.   Yet another altered son of Lockkeeper, PC's Alleyway, scored for Wallis to kick off the Easter night festivities, also winning a conditioned trot.   This four year-old, trained by Mike Sweeney, who co-owns with Jeff Lemmer, held on to win in 1:57.4 for his 2nd consecutive win and ninth score lifetime to send his career bounty to $71,637 in 48 starts.   Off at 1 to 2, PC's Alleyway paid $3.00 to his multitude of followers.   Racing continues on Monday night with the $10,000 Open Trot being the feature.   In that event, Boli is listed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite as that five year-old gelded son of Kadabra looks to bounce back from a fourth place finish in last week's event after starting from the outside seven post and never able to join the fray. Wally Hennessey is expected back in the sulky back of Boli.   Commentary, Pocket Trip, Tater Twister, Sailer Eddie and Prairie Fortune complete the talented sextet.   Monday's Pick-4 pool is guaranteed at $10,000 as part of the U.S.T.A. Strategic Wagering Program.   There is also a carryover in the track's Pick-6, conducted on races 3 through 8.   Pompano Parks Super Hi-5 finale has a carryover going into Monday night of $78,904.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Monday, April 10, 2017...Sooo Handsome, getting a picture perfect, confident drive by breeder, owner, trainer Rick Plano, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, stopping the timer in a career equaling best of 1:54.1. The four year-old altered son of Cash Hall, leaving from the coveted five post, sprinted a bit when the gate sprung open and settled in the garden spot back of Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, as the latter clocked panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:24.4. Turning for home, Sooo Handsome vacated his cozy pocket and went on to score a victory measuring 4¼ lengths over Tater Twister. My Revenuer, with Bryce Fenn in bike, finished third, eight lengths away, while Boli, unable to find a decent spot early, skimmed the pylons in the lane and finished fourth. Chocolate Xplosion picked up the nickel in the field of seven. In a post-race interview, driver Rick Plano said, "I had the perfect post (5) to leave out of there as two of the other three speed horses were outside of me, so I thought that Mike's (Simon) horse would be on the bit from the (post) three early as he always is. "Of course, you never know what is going to happen when the gate opens but, tonight, things worked out as I had hoped. "The fractions were pretty solid and, when we straightened away in the lane, I chirped at him once and he did the rest. "He's gotten to be a pretty reliable performer lately and I'm especially proud of him as I bred the mare, Simply Royal, to Cash Hall and the result was this horse, Cash Hall." So Handsome pushed his 2017 scorecard to 4-5-1 in 14 starts, good for bounty totaling $33,200, more than he earned all of last season in 23 starts ($31,180). As the 3 to 2 favorite, Sooo Handsome paid $5.00 to win. The $8,000 Open 2 Cliff Dvorkin Happy Birthday Trot went to Commentary, driven by Mike Simons, in gate-to-wire fashion, in 1:55.2. The five year-old son of Conway Hall led at every junction, carding panels of :28.2, :56.2 and 1:25.2 before strolling home in :30 to hold off the late charging McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.). Serendipitious (Wally Hennessey) finished third while She's All In was fourth. Genius At Work picked up the final award in the septet. Trained by Jim Mc Donald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile, Commentary won for the second time this semester in eight starts and now has earnings for the year of $12,765. Lifetime, Commentary now owns 11 wins in 66 starts with his earnings vaulting to $145,065. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Commentary paid $6.00 to win and closed out a 50 cent Pick-6 sequence returning $6,778.15 to three fortunate ticket holders. Also on Monday night, the Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action and Joe Pennacchio, warming up for next month's Italian-American Amateur competition in Italy, drove his own Zorgwijk Impact to a photo finish victory in 1:58.4. It was the first win of the season for the 12 year-old gelded son of Armbro Ricochet and 51st of his career measuring 314 starts, sending his lifetime bankroll to $385,991. Trained by Jim Mc Donald, Zorgwijk Impact was sixth choice on the tote-board and rewarded his backers with a mutual of $20.00. The Italian-American Amateur competition will take place in May in Naples and Tuscany with Pennacchio joining Scott Woogen, Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs for the festivities. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $10,000 Pick-4 guaranteed pool as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Also of note in the "better for the bettor" department, is the carryover for the track's Super Hi-5 finale on Tuesday, which now stands at a lofty $70,371.53. To claim the Super Hi-5 jackpot, there must be only one single 20 cent ticket with the winning combination for the first five in the official order of finish. If there are multiple ticks sold on the winning combination, 50 percent of the net Super Hi-5 pool is shared among the winner's with the remainder going into the next racing night's carryover. Post time for the Tuesday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 9, 2017...Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a decisive two length win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the harness racing tele-timer in 1:52.1. The five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven pinned the defeat on the pacesetting Arsenal, handled by John MacDonald, with Sing For Me George, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, third after dawdling near the back of the pack for most of the journey. Pointsman was fourth after applying first-over pressure on the leader from turn two through turn three while E R Melvin picked up the minor award in the classy octet of side-wheelers. At the outset, Arsenal blasted off the wings into the early lead with Winyard Hanover settling in the garden spot while St Lads Lotto was away in good order the rail through an opening panel of :27.1. Three-eighths in, things started heating up as Pointsman pulled from fifth with Rockntouch catching his live cover and, half-way through the mile in :56, Pointsman was just a length away with Winyard Hanover sitting chilly in third and Rockntouch second over and E R Melvin third over. The pace quickened on the backside and, when Arsenal hit the third station in 1:24, Pointsman was looking him in the eye with Rockntouch surging on a double-bubble binge that swept him to the lead once they straightened away and widening his advantage to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol related, "Well, in every race, there is an element of skill and an element of good luck. "Dave (Ingraham) pulled fairly early and I was lucky enough to get a very good journey behind his horse (Pointsman). I kind of drafted along behind him and, around the final turn, I gave my horse room to roam and he was his usual strong self. "Rockntouch made me look good tonight, so I was just a passenger on a very good horse." Owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable, Rockntouch notched his fourth win of the year in 13 starts, good for $25,775. Lifetime, Rockntouch has banked $132,195 to go along with his mark of 1:51.2 set earlier this year at Pompano Park. As fourth choice in the betting, Rockntouch paid $14.80 to win. Speaking of "good luck," McNichol also drove the pacer Good Luck to a 29 to 1 upset victory in a conditioned event the race prior sparking a Pick-6 carryover of $7,281 going into Monday night's program. Trotters will be in the spotlight on Monday as Boli looks for a repeat win in the $10,000 Open Handicap. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey.   PICK-6 CARRYOVER OF $7,281 FOR MONDAY NIGHT POMPANO CARD With Pompano Park's Pick-6 unsolved on Sunday night, the carryover for the Monday night Pick-6 is a healthy $7,281. Gabe Prewitt, Director of Racing at the South Florida oval, related, "Usually, we're bragging about our weather here in Pompano Beach but, on Monday night, it's the weather and the carryovers that make Pompano Park 'better for the bettor.' on Monday night." The Pick-6 is conducted on races 3 through 8. Yet another healthy carryover is on the Super Hi-5 finale, which now stands at $62,573.79. That wager challenges a player to select the first five finishers in order with the entire jackpot claimed when there is only one 20 cent ticket sold on the winning combination. In the event of multiple winners, half of that night's betting pool is shared by those winners with the remaining half rolling over and added to the next night's carryover. Sunday night's 7-5-6-1-8 winning combination had multiple winners with each receiving $613.94 for their 20 cent ticket. Post time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

After three exciting divisions in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series at Pompano Park on April 3rd harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow moved on to Freehold Raceway on Saturday, April 8 for a contest in the daylight and when that race was completed Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff emerged victorious with The Franchise in a time of 2:02.1. The executive recruiter took advantage of the pole position and hustled his trotter to the lead and they were comfortable in front as the quarter mile timer flashed :29.3. Surprisingly there were two horses in the six-horse field that were hung on the limb and Hechkoff played them like a fisherman plays a big snare keeping them at bay and never letting either gain command. First-over was BL Class Act and driver "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco with whom Hechkoff played hardball from the get-go. Despite starting from the two-hole Sisco's charge never saw the pylons and went a gutsy mile finishing in the exact time as the winner when three trotters crossed the finish line just heads apart. Unfortunately for Sisco and his trotter they were relegated to a third place finish. Brad "Quality Control" Rathbone and Northern Obsession, who were enjoying a two-hole journey, rallied in the passing lane but fell a head short of the winner although a head better than BL Class Act. "If I didn't keep Sisco's trotter on the limb I wouldn't have won the race," Hechkoff reasoned after the mile. "Even though BL Class Act never saw the pylons my horse (The Franchise) had all he could do to keep him at bay. I had no other choice." The first three finishers in the contest were each clocked in the identical time of 2:02 and fourth place finisher Landonfitz (Dave "Steady As" Yarock) was just two ticks behind the winner. The Franchise, owned by Hechkoff's RBH Ventures and trained by Kyle Spagnola, paid $8.20 for win. For Hechkoff, his victory was his 91st of his amateur career which began in 2000 and his second of the 2017 season. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2017...Sue's Night Out, driven by Wally Hennessey, avoided early trouble past the opening quarter and went on to score a two length win in 1:53.3 in Pompano Park's $9,000 Open 2 Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night, April 5. The five year-old daughter of A Stud Named Sue pinned the defeat on Purple N Gold, handled by John MacDonald with Goldstar Rockette, with Mickey McNichol in her bike, next, 2¾ lengths back of the winner. Machin Marley finished fourth, another neck back, but a nose better than Miss Dollar Man, who picked up the nickel in the sextet. At the outset, Purple N Gold used her rail post position to perfection and sprinted to an early lead as Machin Marley (Kevin Wallis) and Sue's Night Out were both contesting that same position with Alabama Shakey next. With the dust not quite settled, Wallis ducked back to the inside at the opening panel in :26.3 with Machin Marley, leaving Alabama Shakey on a break in tight quarters and ducking off the course. Hennessey continued on, going three-wide briefly to avoid the traffic, and sent Sue's Night Out to the front three-eighths in to the mile. With a second quarter breather, Hennessey guided Sue's Night Out to a :56.1 half and continued unchallenged past the third station in 1:25 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Sometimes luck has to be on your side and, win, lose or draw, luck was on my side tonight. "With that mad scramble early, I was pretty lucky to avoid the mishap at the quarter and I had no choice but to keep going with my mare because there was no spot for her to tuck in. "We got to the half comfortably and she was strong after that--didn't give an inch to the wire." Owned and trained by Mike Sweeney, Sue's Night Out notched her fourth win of the season to send her 2017 bounty to $21,400. Lifetime, Sue's Night Out has banked $127,032 on the strength of a 16-26-14 scorecard in 56 starts. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Sue's Night Out paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with an 11 race card highlighted by the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. The well matched octet features Sing For Me George looking for his first win of the season after being very competitive against the top pacers on the grounds in South Florida. Kevin Wallis is expected to be in the sulky back of the eight year-old trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Pompano Park is also offering a $20,000 guarantee of the Pick-4, contested on races six through nine, as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...April 2, 2017...Drachan Hanover, given perfect rating by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 2), stopping the tele-timer in 1:51.2. The five year-old son of Jereme's Jet out-rushed Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) when the wings folded and went on to post panels of :26.4 and a well-rated :56.1 before livening up the pace on the backside with a third panel in :28.2 and sealing the issue with a :26.4 finale. Heart Felt did finish second while Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) finished third. Pointsman was next in the mile while Alta Jerome picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of pacers. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey remarked, "This is a very classy racehorse and he showed that tonight. He's very smart, too. "He was all business leaving out of the gate and then had the sense enough to relax during the second quarter. Once we reached the half in soft time (:56.1), I felt very confident that he could get home. "He really accelerated midway on the backside and he was full of race in the lane. "He won in a bit faster time last week but I thought he may have even been a bit sharper tonight with that final quarter." Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners by Llyod Maclean along with Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover won for the fourth time this year to send his earnings to $30,440 in 10 starts. Lifetime, Drachan Hanover has earned $374,417 to go along with a 1:50.1 mark in South Florida. Off at 1 to 2, Drachan paid $3.00 to his multitude of backers. Drachan Hanover The $8,000 Open 2 Pace went to Rockntouch, under the direction of driver Mickey McNichol. This five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven got picture perfect handling from McNichol by stalking Winyard Hanover (John MacDonald) through fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before using his customary burst home-in this case :27.3-to score by 1¼ over that that paacesetter with St Lads Lotto (Wally Hennessey) third, two lengths away. Fritzie Pic Up Man, last for the first five-eighths of the journey, rallied for fourth while Rock N Row finished fifth after a mild first-over backside bid. Rockntouch won for the third time this year to push his 2017 earnings to $20,775. Lifetime, Rockntouch, owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable, has banked $127,195 on the strength of a 16-10-9 in 69 starts to go along with a Pompano Park mark of 1:51.2. Off at 6 to 5, Rockntouch returned $4.60 to win. In other Sunday night action, American Hustle, the lightly raced three year-old American Ideal colt, stretched his winning streak to four for Kevin Wallis on Sunday night, overcoming the outside eight post to score in 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark. Coming into the 2017 season with one win on his card and a qualifying mark of 2:00.4 as a two year-old with meager earnings of $1,368, American Hustle now has produced new lifetime marks in each of his five wins this semester, lowering his 1:55.1 mark, set in his seasonal debut six weeks ago, to the aforementioned 1:51.3 on Sunday night. Owned and trained by Bryan Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario, Canada, American Hustle now has earnings of $14,656 while steadily moving up the ladder. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, American Hustle paid $3.60 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Monday night with Sailer Eddie looking to extend his winning streak to three in the featured $10,000 Open Handicap for Trotters. Sooo Handsome, just a nose away from Sailer Eddie last week, is also in to go along with Boli, Tater Twister, Dog Gone Lucky and Prairie Fortune, returning to the racing wars after a week off. Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program on races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, March 28, 2017...She's All In, driven by Rick Plano, scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Handicap Trot for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (March 28), stopping the clock in 1:55.4. The eight year-old daughter of Revenue S won an early tussle with Serendipitious, handled by Wally Hennessey, and Celebrity Artemis, with Marcello Spano handling her lines, and went on to score a handy win in 1:55.4 off of panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26.3. Serendipitious, in the pocket the entire journey, finish a length away in second while McKenzie's Star and Fern Paquet, Jr. teamed up for show honors over Celebrity Artemis. The 4 to 5 favorite, Diamond Dagger, made a miscue leaving and was distanced the entire mile. In a post-race interview, driver Rick Plano, who also owns and trains She's All In, remarked, "With the five post winning about a quarter of the races here, I decided to put her in gear from the get-go as she likes to be in the thick of things early. "We made the lead fairly easily and, when we got to the half kinda cheap (:57.1), I was pretty confident that she could carry her speed all the way home. "You know, I bred this mare and, as I said last week after her win, she's been very good to me. "She gives me everything she's got on the racetrack and I wish I had a hundred more like her!" She's All In now sports a 3-2-1 scorecard in 13 starts this year, good for $20,635. Lifetime, the gallant mare has 31 wins in a career spanning 209 starts with $314,293 on her card. As the 7 to 5 second choice in her quintet, She's All In paid $4.80 to win. Mike Simons held the hot driving hands on Tuesday night, driving five winners on the nine race card. Simons won with Nower Power ($31.80), Big Valley Speed ($4.80), M T Ur Pockets ($4.00), A Weekend ($5.60) and Tater Twister ($5.40). Racing continues on Wednesday night with pacing mares in the spotlight. A full field of nine will be going to the Hummer Starting Gate in the $11,000 Open Handicap with Godiva Seelster the early favorite--2 to 1--despite being assigned the outside post. There is a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the track's Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...March 27, 2017...Sailer Eddie, driven by harness racing owner-trainer Kevin Wallis, barely held off the late charging Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the bike, to escape with a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (March 27). The official margin was a "nose" at the conclusion of the 1:54 journey with Boli and driver Wally Hennessey teaming up for show honors, 2¾ lengths away. Celebrity Maserati, trotting an even mile throughout, finished fourth while Explosive Muscles picked up the nickel in a field scratched down to six. At the outset, Sailer Eddie, leaving from Pompano Park's coveted post five, left with his usual alacrity and zipped into an early lead as Sooo Handsome, starting from post four, also showed some speed off the gate and settled in the garden spot. Explosive Muscles, Celebrity Maserati, Boli and Winding Hill completed the order through an opening quarter in :27.3 with positions unchanged past the half in :56.2 and three quarters in 1:25. Turning for home, Sailer Eddie cut the corner trying to protect his lead while Sooo Handsome left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away. The wire came just in time for Sailer Eddie and a stride too late for Sooo Handsome as the photo finish camera separated the pair by a whisker. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, "What helped tonight was the scratch that put us in the five post, a spot where it's beneficial to leave. "My horse likes to race in front. Just about all of the wins I have had with him have been on the front end and, when he's on, he can be pretty tough. "This is the fastest he's gone in quite some time and I am proud of his performance tonight." In garnering his fourth win of the year in eight starts, this seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall pushed his seasonal earnings to $20,910 and $360,351 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 third choice, Sailer Eddie paid $6.40 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Noble Anthony, driven by Mike Simons, by a nose over the feisty long-shot Commentary (John MacDonald) in 1:55.4. Massive Lightning (Mickey McNichol) finished a fast closing third, less than a length away, while Kabu and Pocket Trip picked up the final awards in the octet. The winner, a seven year-old gelded son of Andover Hall, survived a first over trip the entire last lap to get up in the last stride over the pace-setting Commentary, who had carved well rated fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.3 before succumbing in the last stride. Noble Anthony is also trained by Simons and co-owns with Albert Abdala III. The win was the fourth of the year for Noble Anthony to push his 2017 bankroll to $19,525 and $120,255 lifetime. As the even money favorite on the tote-board, Noble Anthony paid $4.20 to win. In other Monday night action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club went to the starting gate in two divisions with The Budster and JLS Too Hot Taj, both owned by Oldford Racing and driven by Steve Oldford, winning their respective events. The Budster, a rugged 12 year-old altered son of Broadway Hall, took advantage of an early miscue by the 2 to 5 favorite, A Crown For Lindy, and went on to score a near gate-to-wire win in 1:58.4. The winner scored a 2¼ length victory over Chip Chip Page (Tony Dinges) with Flaming Yankee ("Touchdown" Teddy Bowman) another half-length back in third. Tymal Recap finished fourth while Frenchman finished fifth. The Budster won for the 45th time in his career stretching 229 starts, vaulting his career bankroll to $651,476. As second choice, The Budster paid $8.80 to win. JLS Too Hot Taj, took command after a brief tussle with Garlandsandpearls (Dein Spriggs) to score a gritty win in a career best 1:56.2--that winning margin a head with B Cor Thomas (Billy Muggleston) third, just a half-length away. This five year-old daughter of Pilgrims Taj won for the fourth time this semester in 11 starts, pushing her bounty to $13,271. Career-wise, this Mike Deters trainee has $63,798 on her card with 10 wins. As the slight even-money favorite on the tote-board, JLS Too Hot Taj paid $4.20 to win. The Amateur Club pushed their donations well over the $180,000 plateau with a sizable contribution to Equine Assisted Therapies, an organization that specializes in Therapeutic Riding, Hippothearpy, Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Psychotherapy, including a Wounded Warrior program. Molly Murphy, Executive Director of the Organization, was on hand in the winner's circle to accept the donation. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in the spotlight in the $8,500 Open Trot. This classy sextet features McKenzie's Star, Serendipitious, Bad Angel, Diamond Dagger, Celebrity Artemis and She's All In, the latter seeking a repeat victory. The track will also offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9, as well as a carryover of $33,732.89 on the Super Hi-5 finale. That entire Super Hi-5 jackpot can only be claimed when there is only one ticket sold on the winning combination. Multiple winners share 50% of that night's pool with the balance added to the existing carryover. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, March 26, 2017...Drachan Hanover, confidently handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, scored a handy 1:51 win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (March 26.) The five year-old son of Jereme's Jet, leaving from the coveted post five, darted off the Hummer's wings into an early lead, yielded at the hot :26.1 opening station to Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis), re-took a few long strides later and carved subsequent panels of :54.3 and 1;23.2 before an effortless :27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 3½ lengths over Pointsman (Rick Plano) with Sing For Me George another nose back in third. King Of The Crop, last for much of his journey in this classy quintet, finished fourth while Rockntouch picked up the nickel, five lengths off the winner. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "last week when I drove him, he had missed a week and was just a little short at the end. "Tonight, he felt determined behind the gate and I let him do what he does best--and that's go! "The pace was pretty hot but he felt strong the entire way. The half in :54 and a piece didn't scare me at all because, when this horse is right, he can handle that. "He was all on his own down the lane." Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover pushed his 2017 scorecard to 3-1-0 in nine starts, good for $25,400. Career-wise, Drachan Hanover now has 15 win in 60 lifetime starts and $369,417 in bounty. As the 1 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.40 to his multitude of faithful. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Heart Felt, driven by Bryce Fenn, also in 1:51. This six year-old gelded son of Well Said was sent on a mission as the wings folded and thwarted all challenges with sizzling panels of :26, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before a :28.3 waltz home capped the mile. Heart Felt now has three wins in 11 starts this year and bounty of $22,635. Lifetime, Heart Felt now has $129,355 in earnings to go along with a record of 1:50.4, also achieved at Pompano Park. Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Heart Felt, off at 6 to 5, returned $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a septet of trotters mixing it up in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Boli will be looking for a repeat win in that event but must overcome the outside seven post to do so. Boli will have the driving services of Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey and is listed as the 3 to 1 second choice on the morning line. The 5 to 2 morning line favorite is Sooo Handsome, leaving from post five for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano. This four year-old has three wins and four seconds in 11 starts this semester and comes off a solid second in last week's Open trot. My Revenuer, Explosive Muscles, Winding Hill, Celebrity Maserati and Sailer Eddie complete a very talented and well-balanced field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2016...OK Heavenly, driven by Kevin Wallis won a long stretch battle with Goldstar Rockette, handled by Mickey McNichol, to earn a photo finish decision in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (March 22). The official margin was a "head" at the end of the 1:51.3 journey with Gweneeee J, with Jim Meittinis handling her lines next, 5¾ lengths away. Machin Marley, last in the sextet turning for home, rallied for fourth while Miss Dollar Mam fifth after being prominent in the early stages. The favored Jets Are On failed to turn on her afterburners this night and finished sixth. As the Hummer's wings folded, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from post five, blasted off those wings along with Miss Dollar Mam, beginning from post six with "Rockette" intent on the lead through an opening panel in a sizzling :26.4 with Miss Dollar Mam her usual 1¼ lengths away, a spot and distance where she's occupied in 12 of her past 13 starts. With the half in :55.4, things began to heat up on the backside as OK Heavenly marched up first over to engage Goldstar Rockette in war with these two nostrils apart past the third station in 1:23.4. In the lane, Goldstar Rockette took the turn for home snugly and opened up a bit on her main foe but OK Heavenly kept gnawing away, gaining the slight advantage crossing the wire. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis related, "Well, that was quite something. My mare must have paced her last half around :55 or so to get it done. "It certainly wasn't a question of Mickey's mare (Goldstar Rockette) relenting as she kept going right to the line, too. It was just a classic fight to the finish that could have gone either way." For OK Heavenly, a five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, it was her fourth win of the season in 11 starts good for $29,775. Lifetime, she classy mare has 17 wins in 76 starts with career bounty of $179,102. Trained by Angela Coleman for owners Mark Winship and Dandy Farms, OK Heavenly was second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5 and returned $5.40 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with a sharp million dollar quintet going post-ward in the $12,000 Open Pace. Drachan Hanover will match strides with Rockntouch, Pointsman, King Of The Crop and Sing For Me George in that event, carded as the second race on the 11 race program. In the "better for the bettor" department, Sunday's Pick-4 pool has been guaranteed at $20,000. The Pick-4 will be conducted on races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2017...She's All In, with breeder-owner-trainer in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for Mares on Tuesday night, covering her one mile journey in 1:54.3. The gutsy eight year-old daughter of Revenue S out-dueled Modern Mercury, handled by Peter Wrenn, to score by 1¼ lengths. M T Ur Pockets, driven by Mike Simons and at the back of the pack around the final bend, closed with ferocity to finish third, two lengths away, Serendipity finished fourth after taking command at the opening quarter while Celebrity Artemis picked up the nickel in the classy octet of ladies. At the outset, She's All In (post 3), Bad Angel (post 5) and Serendipitious (post 6) all had their site on the top spot with Bad Angel sprinting to the front around the first turn before yielding to Serendipitious at the :27.1 opening panel. She's All In continued a cozy third at this point as Celebrity Artemis was next with Modern Mercury on the move past the half in :56. On the backside, Serendipitious continued to show the way as Modern Mercury took up the chase to reach second, Bad Angel content to sit tight in third with She's All In wending her way out and sprinting widest of all turning for home. At mid-stretch, Modern Mercury stuck her head in front but She's All was in overdrive and sprinted on by in the final 16th for the victory--her second of the season in 12 starts, sending her seasonal bounty to $16,385. After the race, driver Plano said, Having bred this mare and raised her, she's very special to me and very good to me over the years. "She tries so hard every start and likes to be in the thick of the fight from start to finish. "She's a warrior, no doubt about that." The win was number 30 in a career stretching 208 starts, good for $310,043. Off as the 6th choice in the field at 16 to 1, She's All rewarded her faithful with a $34.00 win mutuel--the largest win payoff in her career, her previous highest win payoff being $28.60 at Hoosier Park on August 28, 2015. Pompano Park's Pick-6, with a record carryover of $16,997 going in, had a final pool total over $52,000 on Tuesday night with the 1-6-3-6-3-6 returning $11,708.05 for the 50 cent ticket. There were four tickets out on the winning combination. Racing continues on Wednesday night with mares in the spotlight in the $10,000 Open Pace. Jets Are On is listed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey. OK Heavenly (7-2), Miss Dollar Man (7-2), Goldstar Rockette (9-2), Gweneeee J (6-1) and Machin Marley (12-1) complete the field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…March 20, 2017…Boli, driven to perfection by Wally Hennessey, in the garden spot for much of the journey, found a seam along the pylons turning for home and went on to score an upset harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (March 20). The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting Sooo Handsome, handled by Rick Plano, stopping the tele-times in 1:55. Prairie Fortune, the 1 to 2 favorite with John MacDonald in his sulky, finished third, 2 3/4 lengths off the winner, while Explosive Muscles finished fourth. Dog Gone Lucky, making his south Florida debut, eaened the minor award in the classy sextet. At the outset, Boli pushed the wings out of the way into an early lead but, right at the opening marker in :28.1, relinquished the top spot to Sooo Handsome with Explosive Muscles third and Dog Gone Lucky fourth. Massive Lightning was fifth at this point with Prairie Fortune trailing but able to improve one spot as Massive Lightning made a miscue. Sooo Handsome was able to get away with a soft half in :58 with Boli sitting chilly on the backside as Prairie Fortune brushed alongside at the third station timed in a picked-up 1:26.2. Turning for home, Sooo Handsome drifted out a bit allowing Boli to charge on through along the pylons and secure the win on the strength of his :28.2 finale. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "Boli  has always been capable in this class  and he really needed his first two starts here to tighten up. "His first start, I kept him off the pace and, last week, I tried him on the front where likes to be but he just wasn't quite tight enough to go all the way. "Tonight, I left with him again thinking he would be ready for a good effort but, when Rick's (Plano) horse (Sooo Handsome) came along, I wasn't about to get in a war and decided to sit chilly and sit second. "I don't think Rick's horse is used to the front ell that much so it was kind of a blessing to be sitting second all the way. "Turning for home, I found some room on the inside and Boli was willing tonight and the shortest distance home was the right path tonight." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli won for the initial time in three starts this season. Boli now has 16 lifetime wins in 51 career starts with $145,234 in lifetime earnings to go along with a 1:54,4 mark over the Saratoga half mile oval. As third choice in the betting at 6 to 1, Boli paid $15.80 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Sailer Eddie, driven by owner-trainer Kevin Wallis. The seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall earned his third win of the year in seven starts by stopping the timer in 1:54.3—his fastest winning performance since December 29, 2015. My Revenuer, driven by Bryce Fenn, finished a length away after taking the lead turning for home, while Fleetwood Hall was third for Rick Plano. Tater Twister, a stubborn and un-relenting leader through panels of :27.1, :56 and 1:25.2, finished fourth while Caviart Griffin picked up the final award in the field of six. Sailer Eddie, leaving from post five, attempted to out-hustle Tater Twister off the gate but was unable to do so and had to settle for the garden spot mid-way around the opening turn. Heading into the final bend, Sailer Eddie sat chilly as My Revenuer rushed up alongside the leader past the third station. As they turned for home, Sailer Eddie found some room and was sent widest of all to mow down the leader in the final stages for his 20th lifetime victory, sending his career bankroll of $355,351. As the 4 to 1 third choice, Sailer Eddie paid $10.20 to win. In other Monday action at Pompano Park, driver Michel Heijnen, a native of Hiluersum, Holland, won his first race on U.S. soil by driving first time starter Imheretotakeover to a 2:01.1 victory in a conditioned trotting event. Heijnen drove the Chuck Sylvester trained three year-old son of Donato Hanover to a victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths after a sharp drive by stalking the leader turning for home and using a :29 finale to score the win. Sylvester co-owns the colt with Amy Lynn Stoltzfus, the M T Pockets Stables and MR Racing, Inc. Off as the slight even money favorite, Imheretotakeover paid $4.20 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night trotting mares in the spotlight in the $8,500 Open Handicap with Serendipitious in search of her third straight win. This six year-old daughter of Majestic Son will have Pompano Park’s leading driver, Wally Hennessey, handling her lines and is listed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow and stands at $21,392.46 going into the Tuesday night program. The track is also featuring a $10,000 guarantees pool in the Pick-4, contested on races 6 through 9. Post time is set for 7:20 by John Berry for Pompano Park     Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, was an upset winner in Pompano Park's top trot on Monday night 

Pompano Beach, FL...March 20, 2017...Pompano Park offers a very competitive nine race program on Monday night with a pair of carryovers headlining in the "better for the bettor" department. The track's Pick-6 has a very healthy carryover of $7,210. The Pick-6, which is a 50 cent based wager, is conducted on races 3 through 8 and features a low takeout of 15%. If no ticket is sold on the winning combination, a consolation payout is offered to those ticket holders of the next highest number of winners, whether it be three, four or five of six. The Super Hi-5 finale is growing rapidly, as well, as that carryover now stands at $18,488.60. To claim the jackpot, a unique ticket must be sold on the winning combination. Should there be multiple winners, 50% of the night's net handle is shared among the winners with the remaining 50% added to the carryover for the next night's program. The Super Hi-5 is a 20 cent based wager. Pompano Park is also offering a $10,000 guaranteed pool on its Pick-4 on Monday night, conducted on races 6 through 9. That wager offers an industry low 12% takeout. Post time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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