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Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 30, 2015...Escuela, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, stretched her harness racing winning streak to three with a sharp 1:54.2 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by the Hensleys--Ed and trainer Ashleigh--overcame the handicap of the outside seven post and six rivals to score her 11th win of the year and 21st lifetime, sending her seasonal bounty to $85,270. She now has career earnings of $162,726. Rainbow Gold was second for Steve Condren while I'll Tell You What, driven by Brad Kramer, finished third. She's All In was fourth while Uriel picked up the final check in the septet. With five lead changes in the mile, it was She's All In leaving with alacrity and taking command early with Sailer Eddie also showing speed from the get-go, with the latter taking command at the opener in :27.3. Right at that opening marker, Uriel was on the move from third and brushed to the lead around turn two and took the field to the half in :56. On the backside, Rainbow Gold, out and driving into the second turn, brushed by Uriel midway around the final turn with three-quarters on the board in 1:25.4. But Escuela, who wended her way into fifth early on, drafted along with that live cover following Rainbow Gold and exploded by turning for home and drew away to score by 3¾ lengths. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "She's got some motor, doesn't she? When I set her down for the drive, she just exploded with another of her knockout punches and that was that! She's feelin' pretty good right now so we have to enjoy this while we got it. Believe me when I tell you that times like this don't last forever, so we gotta be thankful!" As the even money tote-board favorite, Escuela paid $4.20 to win. Also on Monday night, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey was honored after the third race for achieving a milestone of $60,000,000 in purses for the many owners that have benefitted from his driving skills over the past four decades. Hennessey, once again, is closing in on 200 wins for the year, a plateau he has accomplished in 26 different seasons--his career total now approaching 8,900. He celebrated the occasion by sweeping the early daily double, first, driving Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi to a popular win in the Monday night opener and, following that, a wire-to-wire win with Goldstar Classic, owned by Tim Rzepka, Kevin Kelly, Joseph Connors and Vincent Giorlando--both winners trained by Dan Hennessey. Racing continues Tuesday night with first post for the 11 race program at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 29, 2015...The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida bred Standardbreds with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of harness racing two and three year-olds at Pompano Park.   Here is a recap of those events:   Gold Star Briana Wins $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot   Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive victory--this one in 2:00.3.   The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey and scored by 2¼ lengths over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) that cut fractions of :29.4, :59.4 and 1:30.1 before submitting to the winner turning for home. All Star Fame (Dan Clements) finished third while Trottime Fool was fourth. Mitzie picked up the nickel in the quintet. The win sent Gold Star Briana's earnings to $61,538 to go along with her mark of 1:58.2.   Rexamillion Destroys Foes in $53,300 Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot   Rexamillion led every step of his journey in scoring a scintillating win measuring 13¾ lengths. The altered son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire, along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, sprinted away from his foes past the opening quarter of :29.2 and continued to stretch his lead throughout the rest of the journey, clocking subsequent fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2 before stopping the timer in 1:59.2, a new lifetime mark. Bob Roberts was in the sulky for the win--Rexamillion's fifth straight.   Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) was second while Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) finished third, 19½ lengths away. Fifty Fifty Ninety was next with Proud Joe T fifth, his chances foiled by miscues throughout the mile.    Rexamillion now sports a 5-1-1 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, good for earnings of $58,481.   Gleneagles Stretches Winning Streak to Six in $53,600 Juvenile Colt Pace   Gleneagles, the splendid two year-old Mysticism colt, got picture perfect rating from Wally Hennessey to capture the $53,600 Florida Breeders Stake for pacing colts and geldings in 1:55.   Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, Gleneagles was on the engine from the get-go from his outside six post to force main rival Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) in the "garden spot" and carded fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in 27.3 to score a handy win measuring 1¼ lengths over Conman's Dream, the latter now a "bridesmaid" to Gleneagles in their last five meetings. R Chism (Mike Micallef) finished third, 4½ lengths back while ICU Diamond T and Danza picked up the minors.   In garnering his sixth consecutive victory at Pompano Park, Gleneagles, with sweeps of the Sunshine State Stake Final, the Stallion Stake and the Aylor Memorial to go along with this Breeders Stake win, now has a bankroll of $71,848. As the 1 to 5 favorite kicking off the pari-mutuel program, Gleneagles paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers.   Prairie Fortune Toys With Foes in $56,100 Sophomore Colt/Gelding Trot   Prairie Fortune, off at 1 to 20 in his last four pari-mutuel starts, justified the confidence of his followers this night by scoring a decisive win in the $56,100 Breeders Stakes Final for three year-old colts and geldings.   Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters, Prairie Fortune, an outstanding gelded son of Arapa Victory, lolly-gagged out of the gate from his rail post position before tilting to the outside from last three-eighths into the mile and surging into the lead three-eighths from home and on to a victory measuring 5¼ lengths over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol).   Harrison (Wally Hennessey) was third--25 lengths away--with Victory Park and RJ's Iron Man fourth and fifth, respectively, after being doomed by miscues during the mile.   The mile was timed in 1:57.1, far off his record of 1:53.4, but excellent enough to add $28,050 to his coffers, bringing his seasonal bounty to $98,833 and $111,280 lifetime.   Prairie Sweetheart Cruises to Victory in $54,600 Two Year-Old Filly Pace   Prairie Sweetheart, an undefeated six-for-six coming into this Super Night Breeders Stake Final, left the winner's circle seven-for-seven with a handy nine length win in the $54,600 two year-old filly pace.   Owned by John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, Mike was in the bike as this daughter of Royal Millennium led every step of her journey, carving panels of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.3 before drawing away late on the strength of her :28.3 finale. Caitlin's Romance (Rick Plano), suffering from a bobble before the start, rallied courageously from last to finish a clear second while Diamond Lily (Mike Micallef), in the garden spot much of the way, finished third. Gold Star Lovebug was fourth while Gold Star Mysti finished fifth in the field of six.   Prairie Sweetheart now has earnings of $63,274 as her career blossoms forward to go along with a track record tying 1:53.3 mark for juvenile pacing fillies. The overwhelming favorite 1 to 20 odds, Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win.   Zendaya Pulls Off the Upset in $54,700 Three Year-Old Filly Trot   Zendaya picked the perfect night to break her maiden as this three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy pulled off the mild 6 to 1 upset in the $54,700 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, Zendaya was driven to victory by Bob Roberts, giving him his second Super Night victory.   Run Around Sue S (Kevin Wallis) was second at 27 to 1, a head back of the winner after taking a narrow lead right before the wire with Livy M (Wally Hennessey) third as the 1 to 10 favorite.   Run Around Sue showed the best gate speed and took command early as Zendaya left alertly, as well, with Livy M away third but on the move from that cozy spot early to take command at the :30.1 opener. Livy M continued to cut mile--1:00.1 and 1:31--and led by 1½ lengths turning for home but was unable to withstand the closing kicks of the top pair, with Zendaya closing quickest of all to nail the win in the final stride in 2:01.1. In breaking her maiden, Zendaya sent her earnings for the season to $37,186 on the strength of this, her biggest payday career-wise. Second choice in the betting, Zendaya rewarded her faithful with a $15.00 mutuel.   Owosso Flash Gives Deters Third Stake Win With New Mark of 1:52.2   Owosso Flash gave trainer-driver Mike Deters his third Super Night win in the $54,200 Breeders Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:52.2. This son of Royal Millennium made a brilliant move just short of the opening quarter--:28.1--and went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2 before his :28 finale left no doubt late--the margin 2½ lengths over Caesar's Forum and six lengths over Drake. Gold Star Roger and Stutz completed the quintet.   In garnering his sixth win of the year, Owosso Flash, sent his seasonal bounty to $59,844 and $113,394 lifetime to go along with his new mark. Owosso Flash is owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer driver Deters. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Owosso Flash paid $2.80 to win.   The victory, incidentally, was not only a "hat trick" for Deters in the bike, it sent his UDRS over the .900 mark with a 16-4-0 scorecard in 20 starts in the sulky this meeting.   Davita Pulls Off Minor Upset in $55,550 Three Year-Old Filly Pace   Davita, a "bridesmaid" to Gold Star Dynasty in her last three starts, finally got the job done on Super Night by taking top honors in the $55,550 Breeders Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears, was handled by Corey Braden and stalked the favorite, Gold Star Dynasty (Aaron Byron), after relinquishing an early lead to her foe at the opening panel in a hot :27.4. With Gold Star Dynasty hitting subsequent markers in :57 and 1:27, Davita left her cozy pocket and wore down Gold Star Dynasty at the sixteenth pole and then held off the late surging Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) to win by a length. Gold Star Dynasty did finish third, two lengths away, while Gold Star Sonata finished fourth. Gold Star Charming picked up the final award in the sextet of fillies.   For Davita, it was her third win of the year in eight starts and sent her yearly bounty soaring from $17,922 to $45,697. She's banked $59,221 lifetime. She paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting.   Racing continues of Monday night with a pentafecta carryover from Super Night guaranteeing a pool of $7,500. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 28, 2015...Panocchio, the grand five year-old son of No Pan Intended, stretched his winning streak to four on Saturday night at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:49.4 for harness racing driver Dan Clements.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio beat a very classy field numbering six by skimming the pylons turning for home and pushing past the stubborn Bandolito (Kevin Wallis) to score by one length. Alexa's Jackpot (Steve Condren) finished third, four lengths away while Lyons Johnny finished fourth, Archetto Hanover picked up the nickel.   At the outset, it was Bandolito, leaving from post five bursting off the Hummer Starting Gate and into the lead with Panocchio, beginning out post further out, on the move and wending his way into second around the opening turn with Alexa's Jackpot next during a hot opener of :26.2.   With the pace remaining "red-hot," positions remained stagnant as Bandolito reached the half in a stunning :53.4.   On the backside, the field began to tighten up with Alexa's Jackpot going first up and moving to within a length of Bandolito with Panocchio now seeking some room to roam as they reached the third station in 1:21.3.   Turning for home, Bandolito drifted out a tad allowing Panocchio to skim the pylons and into the lead a sixteenth out and on to victory.   After the event, both the driver and trainer were extolling the virtues of each other with driver Clements lamenting, "As I have mentioned before, what an honor and thrill to drive a horse like this. He's just so handy and (trainer) Jim Mattison does just an outstanding job in keeping him race-ready--even after a week or two off."   Mattison then remarked, "You know that these are very classy horses in here...and to start from the outside makes it even more remarkable. That said, it's one thing top have the horse power and it's another to have a driver like Dan (Clements) who handles him to perfection."   Panocchio now sports a 12-6-2 scorecard in 29 starts, good for $116,122 this semester and $290,767 lifetime to go along with 36 career victories and his 1:48.3 mark.   Ironically, Panocchio, that set the track record of 1:48.3 two starts back, has been the favorite in only one of his four winning starts at Pompano Park and, this night, he was the second choice at 7 to 5 as Bandolito wound up 4 to 5 on the tote board.   Pompano Park racing resumes on Sunday night with the track presenting the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night consisting of eight events with total purses over $540,000.   Super night will also honor the late Dr. Melvyn Aylor, who passed away due to a tragic accident six years ago.   The track also will be featuring a Pick-4 carryover and a guaranteed pool of $10,000.   Pari-mutuel post time is 7:30 p.m. for Super Night with two Super Night events scheduled as non-wagering races beginning at 6:00 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 28, 2015...Pompano Park, enjoying a very "quick out of the gate start" for their 2015-16 harness racing season, is featuring a very "steep" Open pace on Saturday night along with a carryover of close to $10,000 in their Super Hi-5 finale followed by Super Night Sunday, with that card offering well over $450,000 in purses.   For Saturday starters, Pompano is offering their traditional Open Pace, featuring a sextet with lifetime earnings well over $2 million, as well as many sub-1:50 performances.   Panocchio, the new all-age track record with a scintillating 1:48.3 performance on November 8, has been assigned the outside six post in the field and has been made the 2 to 1 morning line favorite, having been undefeated in his three fall starts in South Florida.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Dan Clements is expected back in the bike on Saturday night looking to push Panocchio's win total to 12 this year and 36 lifetime. He's banked $110,622 this semester to push his lifetime bounty to $285,267.   Bandolito, the author of the fastest mile in this talented group--1:48 set last year--also has a 1:48.1 mile to his credit this year and comes off a win in his Pompano fall debut, having covered the oval in 1:51.4 last week.   Bandolito, leaving from post five and the 5 to 2 second choice, also has a mile to his credit in 1:48.2, featuring a final half in :52.1, said to be the fastest final four furlongs in history.   Owner-trainer Jenny Bier has, once again, hired Kevin Wallis to drive Bandolito, who comes into the action with $423,110 in lifetime bounty.   The richest performer in the field, Duc Dorleans, has won $550,102 career-wise to go along with a mark of 1:48.4 and begins his one mile journey from post four for Donald Dupont, who handled the lines for trainer Jacques Dupont. He has been listed as 4 to 1 on the morning line.   Also getting much deserved respect is number three, Alexa's Jackpot, trained by Marty Fine, listed at 7 to 2.   In three Pompano Park starts, Alexa's Jackpot has chased Panocchio home every start and cut the mustard in Panocchio's track record performance.   Veteran Canadian driver Steve Condren will handle the lines back of Alexa's Jackpot, coming into the event with $273,991 to go along with a mark of 1:49.3.   Lyon's Johnny, bottled up all the way home in its last start, leaves from post two with trainer Mike Micallef back in the bike Saturday night.   Lyons Johnny, too, owns a sub-1:50 mark--1:49.1--and has $273,424 in lifetime earnings. He opened his Pompano fall season with a pair of wins in Open company.   Archetto Hanover, leaving from the rail, has yet to gain a 1:50 winning mile to his credit, however, he ran out of racetrack while finishing a fast closing second in 1:50.2 at The Meadows some weeks ago.   Ed Hensley will be in the sulky for trainer Doug Hinkin.   In Saturday's finale, the Super Hi-5 has a carryover within a "whisker" of $10,000 with a very competitive field of claiming pacers assembled by Race Secretary Greg DeFrank.   Sunday, the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presents its annual Super Night, featuring eight Florida Breeders Stakes finals for two and three year-olds worth a total of $435,850.   The $53,800 two year-old filly trot features Gold Star Briana, that filly attempting to keep her lifetime record unblemished annex her seventh win. Owned by Kevin Kelly, Wally Hennessey will drive for trainer Dan Hennessey in an event that takes place prior to the pari-mutuel program.   The $53,300 event for juvenile trotting colts and geldings features Rexamillion, coming into the action after sweeping the Sunshine State Stakes, Stallion Stake and Aylor Memorial.   This, too, is a non-wagering event with Bob Roberts expected in the bike for trainer Kim Sears.   On the pari-mutuel program, the $53,600 Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings pits Gleneagles and Conman's Dream against each other in this sextet.   Gleneagles has had the upper hand in their last four outings, however, Conman's Dream has been gnawing away at Gleneagles, just a neck back in his last encounter.   Wally Hennessey will drive Gleneagles while Conman's Dream will be handled by Jason Mac Dougall.   The $56,100 event for trotting colts and geldings features the outstanding Prairie Fortune, that has swept through the competition unscathed and unthreatened in five Pompano fall starts. Trainer Mike Deters will drive looking to do the "next to impossible" feat of improving on his already .895 UDRS covering 17 starts.   Deters will return to the bike the very next race when he guides the unbeaten Prairie Sweetheart in the $54,600 Breeders Final for the two year-old pacing fillies.   Prairie Sweetheart is six-for-six with a track record tying 1:53.3 performance in her last start.   He main opponent appears to be the Bob Barker trained Caitlin's Romance, that has chased the "Sweetheart" home in her past five starts.   The Deters trained Livy M, also unbeaten in five Pompano Stakes starts, is scheduled to go in the $54,700 event for sophomore trotting fillies. Livy M has a string of open lengths wins in this competition for Wally Hennessey, who is expected to sit in the sulky back of the filly on Sunday night.   The three year-old event worth $54,200 for three year-old pacing colts and geldings features a field of six, including three "break-away" sophomores--Owosso Flash, Caesar's Forum and Drake.   While Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum have put on some of the most exciting duels in recent memory, it was Drake who picked up the pieces to break his maiden with a 1:54.1 winning effort in his last start--the Stallion Stake--after Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum got into a middle half war--:54.2--leaving the door open for the upset.   Owosso Flash will be driven by trainer Deters while Caesar's Forum will have Wally Hennessey in the bike. Drake will have the driving services of veteran Bob Roberts.   The $55,550 Breeders Stake for three year-old fillies caps the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night festivities with Gold Star Dynasty--also trained by Mike Deters--looking to put the finishing touches by completing the fall sweep of Stakes events. Aaron Byron is expected to handle the lines.   Post time for Super Night Sunday is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2015...Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey, eked out a narrow decision over the late charging Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park. The winning was was a scant nose when the timer stopped at 1:53.4 with Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) third, 2 1/4 lengths away while Cam Funny was fourth. Stucklikeglue, making her Pompano Park debut, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. At the outset, Cam Funny, Classic Carpet and Godiva Seelster were all on the engine early with the latter taking command after an opening quarter mile tussle in :27.3. Positions remained virtually unchanged through a :57 half with an outer flow developing with Mach Me Not, Mach It A Par and Stucklikeglue all in the outer tier but, as yet, not putting any pressure on the leader and she reached the third station in 1:26 with Classic Carpet still in the pocket, Mach Me Not third on the outside and Cam Funny still skimming the pylons. In the lane, Godiva was valiantly trying to protect her diminishing lead with Classic Carpet now gaining with every stride. At the wire, it took a photo to decide the issue with Godiva earning the narrow nod. After the race, Hennessey said, "She was very game tonight...maybe not quite 100%, but still very game, very determined. I kept her out last week when she didn't quite seem herself, so she might have been a little bit short tonight. Tonight she showed her gameness and determination. She is just amazing." Not only did Godiva Seelster win for the 14th time this season, the daughter of Camluck won for the 25th time during her splendid ongoing career now showing $219,717 in bounty for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. She also extended her streak of earning purse checks to 72 encompassing her entire seasons as a three year-old, four year-old and, now, five year-old. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 to win. The victory, incidentally, was one of four on the evening for Hennessey, who also scored with Jets Are On ($3.80), Landonfitz ($4.20) and Goldstar Classic ($4.00). Hennessey now has 59 victories in the first 20 days of Pompano Park's meet. Racing add Saturday's to its racing schedule beginning this coming Saturday with Super Night following on Sunday night. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Bery, for the Isle Pompano Park  

Cashahallic, knocking at the door in this top class the last two weeks, finally broke that door down on Monday night and won the $10,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park in 1:55. The seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall, owned and trained by Richard Silverman, got a picture perfect drive from Aaron Byron as he made a quarter move to the top and led the rest of the journey, pinning a 1 ½ length defeat on Pounce Hanover (Ed Hensley) with Uriel (Kevin Wallis) another nose back in third. Shes All In and Ill Tell You What picked up the minors in the septet. As the gate sprung, Pounce Hanover left with alacrity along with Cashahallic with Count Speed into the fray early, only to lose his composure at the opening marker in :28.1. Shortly after, Byron sent Cashahallic pouncing to the front himself and clocked fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4, feeling only minimal pressure from Uriel around the final bend. In the lane, Cashahallic was never in danger, strutting home a handy winner in 1:55. In a post-race interview, driver Byron said, this horse has been giving hints the last couple of starts and I thought I'd try him on the front end this week since he won that way a few starts ago. He's handy so he brushed to the top easily and that was that. For Cashahallic, it was his sixth success of the year in 30 starts, pushing his seasonal bounty to $57,773. He banked $284,820 lifetime to go along with his Meadowlands mark of 1:54. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cashahallic paid $3.80 to his many backers John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL…November 22, 2015…Pompano Park hosted four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for two year-olds with Gold Star Brianna, Rexamillion and Prairie Sweetheart taking the three non-wagering events and Gleneagles annexing the harness racing event on the pari-mutuel program. Gold Star Briana took the Aylor for the trotting fillies in 1:58.4—Wally Hennessey guiding the daughter of Basil to a 4½ length victory over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont), that cut serious panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.4 before succumbing to the winner turning for home. Trottine Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) was third, 26 ½ lengths away, while Mitzie and All Star Fame were next in the quintet, the latter doomed by a miscue at the start. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, Gold Star Briana has an unblemished record—six-for-six—thus far in her career, good for earnings of $34,638. Rexamillion, a gelded son of Proud Bushy owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, was a wire-to-wire winner for Bob Roberts, leading every step of the mile off of panels of :31.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 before stopping the tele-timer in 2:01.4 for his fourth straight win. His winning margin was 2¼ lengths over Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) next. Savin Rock finished fourth while Proud Joe T picked up the nickel. Rexamillion now sports a 4-1-1 scorecard in six lifetime starts with earnings of $31,831. The final non-wagering Aylor Memorial for pacing fillies went to Prairie Sweetheart for trainer driver Mike Deters, who co-owns along with John Spindler and Laurie Poulin. This daughter of Royal Millennium, now undefeated in six lifetime starts, covered her mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3, pinning yet another defeat on another daughter of Royal Millennium, Caitlin’s Romance (Rick Plano) with Gold Star Love Bug (Walter Ross, Jr.) next. Diamond Lily was fourth and Gold Star Mysti fifth in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Sweetheart now boasts earnings of $35,974. With the victory, driver Mike Deters improved on his lofty .889 UDRS coming in—that figure now approaching .900 based on a 13-4-0 record in 17 drives this fall semester. After the race, Deters had nothing but praise for his filly saying, “she’s been well within herself every start—even tonight with that 1:53.3 mile.. I’m kinda blessed to have a filly like this in the barn. But let’s not take anything away from Bob’s (trainer Barker) filly (Caitlin’s Romance). She’s a very excellent filly, as well.” Caitlin’s Romance has chased Prairie Sweetheart home in five straight events. The final Melvyn Aylor Memorial event was held on the betting card and, for the second straight week, Gleneagles, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, eked out a narrow photo finish win over arch rival Conman’s Dream (Jason Mac Dougall)—this time in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark. This son of Mysticism, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, zipped out of the gate from the outside seven post and carded panels of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3 before a :28 finale held off Conman’s Dream—barely—the official margin a head. R Chism (Ed Hensley) was third while ICU Diamond T was fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the final award in the field of seven. Gleneagles now has a 5-1-2 scorecard in 10 starts with earnings of $45,048. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Gleneagles paid $2.60 to win. Many of these same combatants will be in action as the F.S.B.O.A. presents Super Night at Pompano Park next Sunday night. Also on Sunday night, the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace was contested with Bandolito making his South Florida debut a winning one for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for owner-trainer Jenny Bier. This outstanding five year-old son of Ponder earned his 10th win of the year in near gate-towire fashion, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Starting from the outside post seven, Bandolito looped his way into the lead midway around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before reporting home a winner by an unthreatened 1¼ lengths over Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) with Play It Again Sam (Dan Clements) just another nose back in third. Lyons Johnny, bottled up in the lane with nowhere to go, finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N closed to pick up the final award in the septet. The win was the 24th lifetime for Bandolito in just 57 starts, sending his career bounty to $423,110--$141,275 of that this year. As the even money tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid $4.20 to his many followers. The Florida Amateur Driving Club held two events on the Sunday night program with Celtic Merchant and Good Friend winding up in the winner’s circle. Celtic Merchant, the 12 year-old warrior with 40 lifetime wins and $334,502 in bounty coming into the action, made it 41 with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.2 for Mitch “Sky” Walker, by far his seasonal best time. This 4 to 5 chance cut fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:26 before finishing three lengths clear of the 77 to 1 shot Starbux Eden (Jeff Schaefer) with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) next. Owner and trained by Steve Oldford, Celtic Merchant paid $3.80 to win. Good Friend, with owner-trainer Tony Dinges in the bike, took top honors in the 4th race Pentafecta event, covering his mile in 1:59.3 and paying $15.00 to his faithful. The win was the nine year-old’s first success of the season and broke a dry spell of 29 races dating back to his last trip to the winner’s circle on November 19 of last year at Dayton. The win sent this nine year-old’s lifetime bounty to $334,134. Rel Cash Clown (Sky Walker) finished second while Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) finished third. Good Feeling and Vari Forgetful were next, significant because not one single ticket was sold on the 1-4-5-10-3 Pentafecta necessitating a carryover into Monday night’s fourth race Pentafecta of $2,785 and a guaranteed pool of $7,500. Post time for Monday night’s card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Pompano Beach, FL…November 21, 2015…Four divisions of the $63,000 Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds and the outstanding pacer Bandolito headline a strong 12 race Sunday night harness rcing program at Pompano Park.   The four Aylor events—three of which are non-betting—feature Gold Star Briana in the trotting filly event, Rexamillion in the colt/gelding trot, Prairie Sweetheart in the event for pacing fillies and Gleneagles in the event for pacing colts and geldings, all of which have been dominant since the beginning of the Florida Stakes season.   Gold Star Briana, a daughter of Basil trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, is a perfect five-for-five in her young career, although one of those wins was by disqualification. She’s looking to add to her current earnings of $26,938 in this event worth $15,400. Wally Hennessey is expected in the bike back of the youngster.   Rexamillion is on a bit of a roll on his own with three straight wins. This altered son of Proud Bushy comes off of a solid win in the $28,950 Stallion Stake and seeks the major share of his $15,400 event for driver Bob Roberts, who will, once again, be in the bike for trainer Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire.   Prairie Sweetheart, owned by Laurie Poulin and John Spindler along with trainer Mike Deters, is also a perfect five-for-five this year with earnings of $27,724. This daughter of Royal Millennium seeks to add to that total in her $16,500 event.   On the card as the second race is the Aylor division for the juvenile pacing colts and geldings. While Gleneagles is a perfect four-for-four since arriving at Pompano Park, two of those events were photo finishes, including the last one when Conman’s Dream got within a neck of the winner in 1:55.3.   Gleneagles is a son of Mysticism trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stables. Thus far, he’s banked $37,198 and looks to add to that total in this event worth $15,700.   Pompano Park’s Open Handicap Pace features Bandolito. The outstanding five year-old son of Ponder is the author of 23 lifetime victories in just 57 lifetime starts—eight of those wins under 1:50. Though he has a mark of 1:48, many racing aficionados believe his most astonishing performance was a victory in 1:48.2 featuring a final half mile in an amazing :52.1 accomplished last season.   But with $418,110 in lifetime bounty, Bandolito, owned and trained by Jenny Bier, is not the richest performer in this multi-million dollar field of seven. That honor belongs to Duc Dorleans, the five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, having amassed $547,602 thus far in his career.   Bandolito will have the driving services of Kevin Wallis while Duc Dorleans will have Donald Dupont handling the lines.   Archetto Hanover, Lyons Johnny, Next Thing Smoke’N, Hurricane Howard and Play It Again Sam complete the very talented field.   Post time for the Sunday program is 7:30 with a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4 sequence encompassing races six through nine.   The track’s finale features a Super Hi-5 event with a carryover of $4,694.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 17, 2015…S S G Stables’ Mach Me Not, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mc Donald, took top honors in Pompano Park’s feature for the mares on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. This rugged nine year-old daughter of Mach Three won for the 37th time during her lengthy career now stretching 209 starts and sent her lifetime bounty over the $350,000 mark--$352,492 to be precise. The victory on this night—her 10th of the year in 30 starts—was especially impressive as she was on the outside for the first five-eighths of the mile grinding towards the top spot, finally reaching the lead with three-eighths remaining and never threatened thereafter. Her winning margin was a length over Skyway Dusty (Aaron Byron) who led through panels of :27.1 and :55.4 before being out-brushed on the backside by the winner, who got to the third station in 1:24.1. Im Gracies Wigwam (Ed Hensley) was third, 1 ½ lengths away, while All Charged Up and Fiesta Camcun were next in the field of 10. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey remarked, “She’s a tough mare all right. She has a tendency to drift out in the lane but she just keeps digging in until she passes the wire. Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) has her very sharp again and she handled the competition very well tonight with the class jump.” Mach Me Not was sent post-ward as the 7 to 5 favorite and was one of three favorites to hit the winner’s circle in the track’s 50 cent Pick-5 event which paid a handsome $3,888.80 to the eight winning ticket holders of the 9-5-5-6-5 combination. The featured conditioned trot went to Janet, a sophomore daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, for Aaron Byron in a lifetime best 1:56 performance. Trained by owner Richie Silverman, Janet won for the second consecutive time in her class but returned a very generous $26.00 to her faithful after returning $9.60 last week in this very same class—the difference being post position eight this week as opposed to number four a week ago. Still, Janet was able to assume control three-eighths into the mile from Luck Is All I Need (Wally Hennessey) and lead the rest of the way. American Superman (Andy Santeramo) finished third while Zoraze was fourth with El Diablo Rojo picking up the nickel. Janet’s scorecard now reads 5-2-4 in 19 starts this semester, good for $21,516. Racing continues on Sunday at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 16, 2015...Escuela scored a repeat win in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, driven by Ed Hensley and dead last early on, used her patented devastating closing punch to score by a length over She’s All In, handled by Rick Plano with Cashahallic and Aaron Byron teaming up for third and just another neck back in the mile timed in 1:55.2. Rainbow Gold was fourth while Pounce Hanover picked up the nickel in the “million dollar” octet. As the Hummer wings opened, She’s All In darted out from post five into a quick early lead with Pounce Hanover settling in the garden spot and Highland Yankee third followed by Count Speed, Uriel, Cashahallic, Rainbow Gold and, finally, Escuela, about nine lengths away at the :27.4 opener. Under the wire the first time, the action heated up as an outer tier developed with Uriel going first up, Cashahallic following the live cover and Escuela wending her way into contention third over (but still sixth) through a half in a softened up :58.2. On the backside, Uriel brushed up to take command with Cashahallic now second at the third station in 1:26.3. Meanwhile, Escuela was charging into contention and swinging widest of all turning for home with her “Holly Holm” punch (: 28.1) more than enough to score the repeat win. After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, “last week, it was the ‘Rousey’ punch that did it. This week, it was the ‘Holly Holm kick’ that got us to the winner’s circle. (Note: It was Holm that knocked out Rousey over the weekend in their UFC Championship fight). “She’s really good now so we enjoy the times when she’s good because it’s not always this way in this business. We have ‘ups and downs’ and we’re just thankful for these times!” Owned by the Hensleys—Ed and Ashleigh—Escuela earned her 10th win of the year in 31 starts to send her seasonal bounty to $79,770 and $157,226 lifetime. She paid $7.00 to win as the second choice in the betting. Also of note on the card, trainer Mark Friedman and driver Mickey Mc NIchol teamed up for a “daily double” of their own when Mc Nichol piloted both Lugar ($9.60) and Gold Savage ($10.00) home first for the Polo Stables. In the night’s third race, Lugar, the “Famously” bred Florida product (yes, he is by Famously), scored a repeat gate-to-wire victory in 1:56.3 over Imminent Response and Sailer Eddie, sending his lifetime scorecard to 27-27-27 in 146 career starts. This consistent seven year-old has a 4-4-4 record this season in 28 starts, good for $33,472. The Mc Nichol-Friedman team struck again a few races later when Gold Savage made a sharp quarter move to the front in a driving rainstorm to score in 1:56.4 to send his lifetime bounty within a whisker or two of $100,000--$98,573 to be exact. This five year-old son of Keystone Savage earned his fourth win of the year and 18th lifetime in 1:56.4, pinning a handy defeat on the fast closing Elin (Rob Hoffman) with Eagle Scout (Dennis Duford) third. Yet another highlight on the card was the performance of Back To Peace ($29.60) in the high class claiming trot. This six year-old son of Angus Hall took a lifetime mark of 1:55.3 this night and repelled the strong threat of Bambino Hall to score a near wire-to-wire win for Steve Condren, making a rare appearance here in South Florida. Saint Patty’s Doll was third, almost six lengths away. That victory, incidentally, was the final leg of Pompano Park’s Pick-5 with nary a single ticket sold on the 4-1-4-6-1 combo and creating a carryover of $8,320 and a guaranteed pool of $30,000 for the Tuesday night program. Post time for the Tuesday opener is 7:30 p.m. with that $30,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool beginning in the first race. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 15, 2015…Panocchio, off at a dime to a dollar in the betting, did not disappoint as this magnificent five year-old son of No Pan Intended scored a “three-peat” win at Pompano Park on Sunday night, stopping the timer in 1:50.4 for driver Dan Clements. Fresh off of a track record 1:48.3 performance one week ago, Panocchio was forced to pace an opening panel in :26.1 while taking the top spot away from Alexa’s Jackpot, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr. Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third at this juncture with Lyons Johnny next and Next Thing Smoke’n fifth in the quintet. Positions remained unchanged with Panocchio able to negotiate a “breather” of :28.2 during quarter number two, reaching the half in :54.3. On the backside with no immediate threats developing, Clements was able to keep his charge relaxed and reached the third station in 1:23.3 while enjoying a comfortable lead of 1 ¼ lengths over Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny a neck further back in third. Turning for home, Clements lifted the lines on Panocchio and he was off on a :27.1 tangent to hit the wire in the aforementioned 1:50.4—three-parts-of-alength better than Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny next, 5 ¼ lengths away. Whogoesfirst finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N was forced to pull up on the backside due to broken equipment. In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements lamented, “You know, it is such a pleasure and such an honor to drive a horse like this. I am so grateful to have this opportunity. The Mattison’s—Jim and Vicki—have developed an exceptional talent and their dedication has paid off for them. “Yes, I am happy to be a small part of his success but I am very happy for them. “I’ve been in this business a long time and this is the fastest horse I have ever driven. Indeed, I have been blessed!” Panocchio, owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., now sports a scorecard of 11-6-2 in 28 starts, good for $110,622 in seasonal bounty. Lifetime, Panocchio has $285,265 on his card. Sandwiched around the Sunday night feature, were two divisions of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot with a 27 to 1 bomb, Rel Cash Clown, taking the opener and P L Humanity annexing the finale for the FADC. Rel Cash Clown, driven this night by Mitch “Sky” Walker for trainer Mr. Marty Cooper and owner Andrea Siegel, won for the first time in nearly 18 months covering 36 starts, stopping the timer in 2:00.1 and rewarding his faithful with a mutual of $57.80. The fast closing What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) finished second while Leonardo (Leon Cable) was next. Good Feeling was fourth while the 2 to 5 favorite, Vari Forgetful, picked up the nickel. That win, incidentally, set up a tote-board popping $1,630.80 early daily double payoff when Aloneinspades and Wally Hennessey teamed up to score a 39 to 1 upset over the 1 to 5 favorite Rockntouch (Dan Clements) in 1:53.2 in the second half of the double. Real Temptation (Kevin Wallis) finished third while I’m A Gift and Bob’s Ideal picked up the final awards in the field of nine. In the final Florida Amateur Driving Club event, Dennis Whittemore guided his own P L Humanity ($7.40) to a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:58.1, the winning margin almost three lengths over the 4 to 5 favorite, Zeitgeist (Dein Spriggs), with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) well back in third. Victors Cowboy Joe and Good Friend finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the field of nine. That result, by the way, was the final leg of the Pick-5 and, with nary a bettor able to negotiate an unblemished ticket, a carryover of $2,486 goes over into the next night’s Pick-5—the “guaranteed” pool for the Monday night Pick-5 set at $7,500. Pompano Park’s “undercard” feature went to Hurricane Howard, the Florida bred eight year-old son of Mannart Howard winning his fourth in a row. Leading every step of the route, Hurricane Howard clocked hot panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal over All Steinam (Mike Micallef) with Respectable Dream (Aaron Byron) third. Blueridge Dancer and Abreathofreshart picked up the minors. Owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters, Hurricane Howard was driven to victory by Rick Plano in 1:51.3, just one tick off of his lifetime mark. The victory for Hurricane was his 41st lifetime in 199 starts sending his career bounty to $206,194--$33,295 this season on the strength of a 6-3-4 scorecard in 26 starts. As second choice in the wagering, HurrIcane Howard paid $8.40. Post time for the Monday program is 7:30 with the Pick-5—and its guaranteed $7,500 pool—beginning with the first race. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 14, 2015...Panocchio, fresh off of a 1:48.3 track record performance at Pompano Park last Sunday, looks to defend his title in the featured $10,000 Open Handicap Pace this Sunday.   The five year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., will, once again, have Dan Clements in the sulky as this lifetime winner of $280,267 seeks his 35th career victory and 11th of this current semester.   Trainer Mattison is in awe of his star performer reflecting, "He's just an amazing horse that keeps throwing pleasant surprises our way. He sure keeps a smile on our faces," the "our" referring to wife Vicki, who "is the one who keeps him happy!"   Panocchio's task will not be an easy one as Alexa's Jackpot, the mighty fine son of Million Dollar Cam from the Marty Fine Stable, is back in to go after setting up Panocchio's new mark by cutting fractions of :26.4; :54 and 1:21.3 before finishing a strong second to the winner last week. Joe Pavia, Jr. will be back in the bike back of Alexa's Jackpot.   Also in the field is Duc Dorleans, making his return to Pompano Park. This son of Shanghai Phil, now five, is trained by Jacques Dupont and have Donald Dupont in the bike for this encounter.   Duc Dorleans is the richest performer in the field with $547,602 to go along with a 1:48.4 mark at Mohawk. The "Duc" also owns a 1:49 mark here at Pompano.   Whogoesfirst, Lyons Johnny and Next Thing Smoke'n complete the talented million dollar field.   Also on the Sunday program is the highly anticipated appearance of the leading driver up in the Canadian Maritime Provinces, Gilles Barrieau.   Barrieau, a native of St. John, New Brunswick, has won well over 4,000 races during his start-studded career with 151 of those this year in only 440 starts, which translates into a UDRS "batting average" of .510.   Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey calls Barrieau the "Ty Cobb" of harness racing explaining, "you know, Ty Cobb was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and batted over .400 on several occasions.   "Barrieau bats over .400 just about every year, too. In fact, I don't think he's been under .400 for the past 10 years."   Hennessey is correct.   Since 2005, Gilles Barrieau has "batted" over the magic .400 mark every year with a full season high of .495 in 2006, based on his 217-114-94 scorecard in 629 starts.   Barrieau is down to drive three races on Sunday night--the 9th, 10th and 12th races.   In the ninth, Barrieau will handle the lines back of Electric Albert for Gary Mc Donald, listed at 8 to 1 in the morning line and coming off of a win at Rideau Carleton in his last start.   In the 10th, trainer Mc Donald has entrusted the line to Barrieau back of F Twenty Two, also making a debut at Pompano Park and also 8 to 1 in the morning line.   Ib Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, Barrieau will handle Scotty Mach N--again for trainer Mc Donald--coming off a win at Rideau Carleton, as well. Stepping up in class after that success, Scotty Mach N is listed as a 15 to 1 chance in Pompano Park's morning line for the 12th.   Sunday Post Time is 7:30 with a $10,000 Guarantee in place for the track's Pick-4, covering races six through nine.   by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 10, 2015...Drake, handled by veteran harness racing driver Bob Roberts, pulled off the major upset as Pompano Park hosted four lucrative F.S.B.O.A Stallion Stakes--three non-wagering events--on Tuesday night. Drake pinned the three length defeat on Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with Caesar's Forum (Wally Hennessey) third. Stutz and Gold Star Roger completed that quintet. Prairie Sweetheart, Gleneagles and Gold Star Dynasty also annexed victories in their respective classes. Drake, a three year-old son of Six Of Diamonds, was seeking a maiden win after 19 career starts--13 of those this semester--and appeared in "over his head" in this $30,950 non-wagering event with both Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum in the fray, the latter pair dominating this class for sophomore pacing colts and geldings thus far in the season. But a surprise was lurking in this event--a surprise timed in 1:54.1. Indeed, it was Caesar's Forum, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, using his inside post to perfection with Owosso Flash right behind through an opening quarter in a tepid :29.2. That's when the fireworks began in earnest with Owosso Flash leaving the cozy pocket to engage the leader in battle. A :26.2 second panel left this pair literally nostrils apart at the :55.4 half with Drake now a dozen lengths away followed by Stutz and Gold Star Roger. The feverish pace continued on the backside with the top pair battling tooth and nail through a :54.2 middle half, reaching the third station in 1:23.4. Literally 20 lengths out of it three-eighths out, Drake began to gnaw into the lead and, when the "plugs" came out around the final turn, Roberts literally spoke to his charge and he answered back with a devastating rally that left the field in his wake. After the event, driver Roberts related, "you know, last week I told Kim (trainer Sears) that Drake was really starting to find his stride and he might have been closer had it not been for some road trouble. "This time, I knew I was going to get away third and when they battled for so long, I thought I just might get to them this time. "I like to talk to my horses when I drive them and, when I popped the plugs, I said, 'ok, boy, time to show 'em what your made of!" Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, Drake more than doubled his lifetime earnings in his first 19 starts, now standing at $28,675. In the $29,950 Stallion Stake for the juvenile pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, the splendid daughter of Royal Millennium owned by John Spindler, along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, kept her career unblemished--now five-for-five--with a lifetime best 1:54.2 performance with trainer Mike in the bike. Prairie Sweetheart sent her lifetime earnings to $27,764 after taking command from Caitlin's Romance at the :28.2 opener and then on to fractions of :57.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Caitlin's Romance, second to Prairie Sweetheart in the last trio of Sunshine State Stakes, was second again, this time for Rick Plano. Diamond Lily, handled by Mike Micallef, was third with Gold Star Mysti and Trottime Sparks also earning purse checks in the field of six. In the $29,250 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings, Gleneagles, after a brief, early tussle with Conman's Dream, held on gamely with a :28 finale to score by a neck in 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey over Conman's Dream and Jason Mac Dougall. R Chism finished third for Mike Micallef while ICU Diamond T finished fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the nickel in the sextet. Gleneagles, a son of Mysticism owned by the Pinhook Stable, earned his fourth straight win to send his juvenile earnings to $37,198. The $32,550 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing fillies was held on the betting card and Gold Star Dynasty continued her dynasty over her class with a lifetime best performance 1:55 performance for driver Aaron Byron. Trained by Mike Deters for Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing, Gold Star Dynasty took command from Davita (Corey Braden) right at the opening marker in :28 and went on to post fractions of :57 and 1:26.1 before her :28.4 closer sealed the deal over Davita with Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) third. Gold Star Sonata finished fourth while stablemate Gold Star Charming finished fifth in the field of six. Gold Star Dynasty now has a 7-4-1-0 scorecard this year, good for $27,287. She's banked $70,324 lifetime in just 14 starts. She paid a 10% dividend ($2.20) to her multitude of backers. In the $10,000 Open Handicap for mares, Mach It A Par, deftly handled by owner Dan Clements, used a perfect garden journey to roll past the 2 to 5 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey), a sixteenth out to win in 1:52.1, her margin 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) finished third in her Pompano Park debut while Jets Are On and Winbak Heavenly picked up the final two awards in the field of seven. The winner, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was away alertly from her inside post as Winbak Heavenly and Godiva Seelster decided to play a bit of hard ball early with Godiva three wide for much of the opening panel (:27) before assuming control shortly thereafter. With a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24, Godiva cut the corner turning for home but simply couldn't fend off the pocket sitting Mach Me Not in deep stretch, although she did extend her streak of earning purse money to 71 starts encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, now, five year-old seasons. Mach It A Par, meanwhile, won for the 11th time this season, good for $75,847, by far her most successful season of campaigning. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three now has lifetime bounty of $112,749. As second choice in the betting, Mach It A Par paid $7.20 to win. Pompano Park now continues on a three night-a-week schedule (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) with post time 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, Florida…November 10, 2015…With the beginning of Pompano Park’s harness racing Late-Closer Season fast approaching, a reminder that the following nomination fees are due November 15 as outlined below: Event #6    Claiming Pace $15,000      Nomination ($400) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st  Leg     Sunday, Dec. 13       Purse $9,000 G 2nd  Leg    Sunday, Dec. 20       Purse $9,000 G Final         Sunday, Dec. 27      Purse $10,500 A  (Est. $17,500)   Event #7    Claiming Trot $15,000       Nomination ($400) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st Leg    Tuesday, Dec. 8        Purse $9,000 G 2nd  Leg   Tuesday, Dec. 15     Purse $9,000 G Final        Wed., Dec. 23          Purse $10,500 A (Est. $17,500)   Event #13   Claiming Trot $8,000       Nomination ($250) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st Leg     Wed. Dec. 9              Purse $6,500 G 2nd Leg    Wed. Dec. 16            Purse $6,500 G Final        Wed. Dec. 23            Purse $8,500 A (Est. $14,000)   Event #14   Claiming Pace $6,000      Nomination ($200) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st  Leg     Monday, Dec. 7        Purse $5,500 G 2nd  Leg    Monday, Dec. 14      Purse $5,500 G Final         Wed., Dec. 23            Purse $7,500A (Est. $12,000)   Event #17 Claiming Pace $4,000     Nomination ($200) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st  Leg      Wed., Dec. 9             Purse $4,500 G 2nd Leg      Wed., Dec. 16           Purse $4,500 G Final          Wed., Dec. 23           Purse $6,500 A (Est. $12,000)   Event #18 Claiming Trot $5,000      Nomination ($200) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st  Leg       Sat. Dec. 19              Purse $5,000 G 2nd Leg       Sat. Dec. 26              Purse $5,000 G Final           Sat. Jan. 2                 Purse $7,500 A (Est. $12,000)   Event #19 Filly & Mare $4,000 Claiming Pace  Nom. ($200) due Nov. 15, 2015 1st Leg        Mon., Dec 7             Purse $4,500 G 2nd Leg       Mon., Dec 14           Purse $4,500 G Final           Mon., Dec 21           Purse $6,500 A (Est. $12,000) All payments should be made payable to PPI, Inc. and sent to: Race Secretary Greg De Frank Racing Office, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park 1800 SW Third Street Pompano Beach, FL. 33069

Pompano Beach, FL…November 9, 2015…Pompano Park ushered in its first Monday night of harness racing racing this fall season with Escuela capturing the Open Trot for Ed Hensley in 1:55. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by Hensley along with trainer-wife Ashleigh Hensley, came from eight lengths out of it early on to score by three-parts-of-a-length over Cashahallic, handled by Aaron Byron with Uriel, teamed up with Kevin Wallis, third, one length away after cutting the fractions. Elin was fourth in the mile while Pounce Hanover grabbed the final nickel over Verdi. The favorite, Count Speed, on the engine and in the lead early, suffered a broken hobble just short of the opening marker and finished last. At the outset, it was, indeed, Count Speed motoring out from the Hummer Starting Gate to take command with Uriel along side, Cashahallic away in good order and Pounce Hanover next. Just short of the :27.2 opener, Count Speed’s hobble snapped sending that one on a break with Uriel then inheriting the lead measuring three lengths and leaving Cashahallic second and Pounce Hanover third with Escuela still near the back of the pack and some six lengths from the top through a half in a tepid :57.3. On the backside, Hensley brushed Escuela up and, during an official :28.4 third panel, dented that by more than five lengths, reaching the flank of the leader as they touched the third timer in 1:26.2. From there, Escuela dug in and drilled her way by Uriel, holding off Cashahallic with a :28.2 finale. In a post race interview, Hensley said, “She’s a heckuva mare all right. She has a big motor and can go a long way when she’s got some room to roam. “I was a bit worried when the leader took that second quarter breather but, heck, she came from way out of it a few weeks ago when the opening quarter was only :30, so when I tipped her out on the backside, she really felt strong and ready to rumble. Maybe she’s becoming the Ronda Rousey of race mares…she’s that tough!” Escuela won for the ninth time this season in 30 starts to send her 2015 earnings to $74,270. The win also pushed her career bankroll over the $150,000 mark-- $152,226 to be exact. As second choice in the wagering, Escuela paid $6.20 to win. Two other 1:55 trotting miles were recorded on the Monday card as Lugar ($7.00) and She’s All In ($6.20) also stopped the clock in that time in their respective winning efforts. Lugar, the Florida bred seven year-old trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, used a :26.4 third panel to repel any developing threats and went on to score by a length in a wire-to-wire seasonal best effort for Mickey Mc Nichol over Princess Crown (Wally Hennessey) with Dominum Deo (Jim Mc Donald) third. Favored My Revenuer finished fourth after a very mild backside bid while Master Host earned the final award in the field of seven in this conditioned event. Lugar’s victory was his 26th lifetime and sent his career bounty to $213,466. She’s All In, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, made her Pompano Park fall debut a winning one in the Open 2 trot with her 1:55 score over Rainbow Gold (Dennis Duford), that winning margin 1 ¼ lengths. Gold Savage (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished third after cutting the mustard with Super Duke and Highland Yankee next in the septet. This six year-old mare came from well out of it halfway through the mile to score her 24th lifetime win. She has banked $211,354 during her career. Other happenings around Pompano Park’s five-eighths mile oval concerned the Pick-5 and Pentafecta events. With no bettor able to select the winning combinations in either of these offerings, the track now has a carryover in both going into Tuesday night’s program. The Pick-5, covering races one through five, offers a carryover of $1,982 and a $7,500 guaranteed pool while the fourth race Pentafecta has a carryover of $2,085. Florida Stallion Stakes action continues on Tuesday night with four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored events for two and three year-old pacers. The much anticipated rematch of Owosso Flash and Caesar’s Forum takes place as a non-wagering event scheduled for 6:20 p.m. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park   

Pompano Beach, Florida…November 8, 2015…Panocchio, the splendid five year-old son of No Pan Intended, paced the fastest mile in the 51 year history of Pompano Park on Sunday night, overcoming the outside post and six rivals to score in 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio was, once again, driven by Dan Clements, who sent his charge winging out of the gate along with Alexa’s Jackpot (Joe Pavia, Jr.), settling in second through hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:21.3. Turning for home, Panocchio left the coziness of the pocket and, in mid-stretch, rocketed on by to score by 1 ¾ over Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny (Mike Micallef) third the entire route. Northern Companion, individually timed in 1:50 flat (maybe a shade faster), could do no better than fourth while Audrey’s Dream finished fifth in the septet.  After the race, driver Dan Clements said, “Geez, when this horse gets behind the gate, he’s all business. He just sailed out of the gate and we were fortunate to find a nice cozy spot early since nobody really wanted to get into a heated shoving match that early.  “When we turned for home, he just exploded with pace…I mean EXPLODED!  “He’s just a remarkable racehorse.” For Panocchio, it was his 10th win of the year in 27 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $105,622. Lifetime, he has won 34 of 80 starts, good for $280,267 to go along with his new lifetime mark and track record. The F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Stallion Stakes for Florida Bred trotters were contested in four separate divisions for two and three year-olds on Sunday night with Prairie Fortune, Livy M, Rexamillion and Gold Star Briana annexing victories in their respective classes. Prairie Fortune, coming off of a sweep in Sunshine Stakes competition, easily took the $32.675 Stallion event for sophomore trotting colts and geldings by romping to a victory measuring 6 ¾ lengths in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin. With a quarter move to the top after a :28.3 opener, this three year-old son of Arapa Victory went on to clock panels of :58 and 1:28 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol) with Harrison (Wally Hennessey) next, almost 15 lengths away. RJ’s Iron Man and Victory Park completed the quintet with the winner’s share of the $32,675 purse sending Prairie Fortune’s seasonal bounty to $70,784. He’s banked $85,231 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs. The driving win for Deters also sent his UDRS number over .900, based on a 14-11-3-0 scorecard. The Stallion Stake for three year-old trotting fillies, worth $30,750, went to Livy M, also trained by Deters and driven this night by regular pilot Wally Hennessey.   Owned by the consortium of Deters, Fred Morosino, Ken Fritz and Don Fritz, this daughter of Proud Bushy coasted to a wire-to-wire 4 ½ length win in 1:59, pinning the defeat on Zendaya (Bob Roberts) with Palm City Slick (Ed Hensley) next. Run Around Sue S completed the quartet. Livy M now has lifetime earnings of $52,000--$34,911 this year in 10 starts. Rexamillion, took top honors in his $28,950 Stallion Stake for Bob Roberts. Aborting his usual front stepping tactics, Rexamillion let Proud Joe T (Rob Hoffman) cut the mustard with fractions of :30, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4 before sweeping up from third into the final turn and collaring the leader shortly after turning for home and then on to a handy 2 ½ length victory in 2:02.2. Proud Joe T was second with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) third. Trottime Splendor was fourth while Savin Rock picked up the nickel in the quintet, Owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, this son of Proud Bushy won for the third consecutive time and now sports a scorecard of 5-3-1-1, good for $24,131 with yet another month of Florida Stakes season ahead. The final Stallion Stake, this one worth $28,950 for juvenile trotting fillies, went to Kevin Kelly’s Gold Star Briana, trained by Dan Hennessey and driven by brother Wally. This daughter of Basil kept her perfect record in tact—now five-for-five—with a resounding win measuring 13 lengths over All Star Fame (Dan Clements) with Trottime Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) third. Mitzie finished fourth while Trotting Missmissy finished fifth, doomed after a miscue at the start. Gold Star Briana’a time was 1:58.2—a new lifetime best—and sent her earnings to $26,938. Stallion Stakes action continues on Tuesday night with four divisions for the Florida bred two and three year-old pacers in the spotlight.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

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