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Pompano Beach, FL...March 28, 2015...Northern Companion, off at 26 to 1, scored the upset victory in Pompano Park's $15,400 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night, covering the mile in 1:51.2. The seven year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr and driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dorothy Zarza, stormed home from sixth at the top of the stretch to score a win measuring three-quarters of a length over P L Hellcat with Dan Clements handling the lines. Panocchio, making his initial start of the 2015 campaign, finished third for Bruce Ranger, but was disqualified for a pylon violation and set back to eighth, allowing Duc Dorleans, to move up one notch to third after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23. Cruizin K C was also moved up a spot to fourth after putting heavy pressure on the leader around the final turn. Do Wop Hanover, also making his 2015 debut was also moved up a spot to catch the nickel. The field was cut to nine with the scratch of Remissionofsins. In a post race interview, Driver Dave Ingraham lamented, "My horse (Northern Companion) can really turn it on late, especially off of some hot fractions. Actually, when Remissionofsins was scratched, I thought that might hurt us a little bit because that one can really sizzle early and possibly set things up for closers. But it all worked out for us and I am thrilled for Howie (trainer Klohr) and, especially, Dotty (owner Zarza). For Northern Companion, it was his third success of the year in seven starts, sending his 2015 bounty to $18,088. He's banked $257,185 lifetime. His win payoff of $54.80 was, by far, the largest in his 40 lifetime victories. In Pompano's $10,000 Open "2" Pace, Steelhead Hanover, again confidently handled by trainer Joe Pavia, Jr., scored another handy victory in "carbon copy" fashion from last week's open lengths win. The six year-old son of Bettor's Delight, scoring last week in 1:49.2 by 4 3/4 lengths, hit the wire 5 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:50 on this night, after carving out front end panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:22.1 along the way. Cadillac Phil and Mike Micallef teamed up for place honors while Cartoonist, in the garden spot all the way with Wally Hennessey, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away. Twin B Speedo finished fourth while Prairie Jaguar picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Joe Pavia, Jr. said, "It was, pretty much, a carbon copy of last week's win. He's very sharp now and, again, when we hit the backside, he just went into another gear, I really didn't realize that he was going that much during that third quarter--:26.3--but he did the same thing last week, too. He's just doing it so comfortably. He's amazing!" Owned by the consortium of Steven Held, AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Joseph Barbera, Steelhead Hanover is now 2 for 3 this year and 18 for 70 lifetime with $494,270 in career bounty to go along with a mark of 1:48.3 last year at Pocono Downs. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Steelhead Hanover paid $2.40 to win. Multiple Carryovers Fuel Big Sunday Night at Pompano Gold Star Spike (Aaron Byron) rallied from last to get his nose up on the wire in Saturday night’s 5th race, returning $129.60 for the win and keying a $2,631 exacta.  The longshot was part of the Pick 4 and Pick 5, ensuring carryovers in both wagers into the Sunday night card.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 features a carryover of $1,842 into Sunday night, with track officials placing a $7,500 guarantee on the total pool.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on Races 2 – 6.  The 50-Cent Pick 4 will begin with a $2,662 carryover on Sunday, with track officials placing a $15,000 guarantee on the total pool.  The Pick 4 is a nightly wager featured on Races 5 – 8.  Longshot Northern Companion (David Ingraham), returned a healthy $54.80 to take Saturday night’s finale, but there were two winning tickets out on the Jackpot Hi-Five with the 20-cent consolation returning $1,626.66.  The Jackpot Hi-Five carryover into Sunday night is up to $73,551.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a four night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.  by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl...March 27, 2015...With Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 $70,000 carryover into Saturday's harness racing program gaining significant momentum, the track has added additional "fuel to the fire" by carding the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace as the event host for Saturday's Hi-5. A stellar field of 10 will face the Hummer Starting Gate, including newcomers Doo Wop Hanover (5/2) and Panocchio (9/2), both expected to attract significant interest at the mutual windows. Doo Wop Hanover, a $257,000 winner with a 1:49 mark in his 2014 three year-old campaign and a very fast closing fourth to McWicked in the Breeders Crown in his final start last season, makes his four year-old debut for trainer Peter Blood, who co-owns along with Rick Berks. Mickey McNichol, who handled "Doo Wop" in his 1:50.4 qualifying win last week, will be in the bike and begins from post eight. This son of Rocknroll Hanover is sandwiched between Panocchio, a 1:49.3 winner in his last start at Pompano to close out last year's campaign, and Duc Dorleans, bringing a four race winning streak in Open competition to the table. About Doo Wop Hanover, trainer Peter Blood said, "I'm not too crazy about having drawn the eight post in a bulky field like this, but Doo Wop showed he was tight with that qualifier last week and he can really do some rattling in the lane, so we hope for the best in this, his first start back." Panocchio will have the services of Bruce Ranger in the bike while Duc Dorleans, sporting a mark of 1:49 at Pompano Park, will have regular driver Donald Dupont handling the five year-old's lines. Ranger thinks the event will be an all out war...especially early. "If the weather cooperates, I think we'll see some very fast fractions--some real barnburners--especially early," he said. "Last week, the opener was :25.4, so I wouldn't be surprised if the half was :53 and change and I don't think it would be prudent to mix it up too much with the leader at that point. That could set up for a track record threatening mile." Pompano Park's track record is 1:48.4. While these aforementioned stars have lightning gate speed, their main competition may come from yet another blossoming star, Remissionofsins (7/2), a side-wheeler that can bolt out of the gate with the best of them, as evidenced by his :25.4 opener last week in the Open, only to be nailed in the final stride or two of a 1:50.2 mile. Kevin Wallis will be in the bike back of Remissionofsins for the "Saturday night special." Wallis said, "This is the first time that I will have driven this horse but I understand he does have some 'hellish' (keeping with the 'sins' theme) early. Off his recent performances, he should be competitive in the field." The field also boasts Cruizin K C (post one, 15/1), Freeneasy Hanover (20/1), Northern Companion (15/1), E Z Noah (10/1), P L Hellcat (8/1) and Raji's Blue Line (15/1), starting from the second tier 10 post. Raji's Blue Line will have the driving services of Mike Micallef who said, "I realize that there are a few horses in there that might be a step or two better than mine but, the last time I checked, 'Raji' couldn't read the tele-time on the infield board, so I am hoping to catch some live cover off of a lively half." Post time for Pompano's Saturday night program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 25, 2015...Lester Raber's Nothinbutanallstar, superbly driven by trainer Mark O'Mara, wore down a game Winemaster Hanover, handled by Bruce Ranger, to take top honors in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Trot on Wednesday (March 25) in a lifetime best 1:53.2. The winning margin was a half-length with Flyhawk El Durado rallying for third, 2 1/4 lengths away. High Blue, prominent in the garden spot for the first three-quarters, finished fourth while R G Rocket finished fifth to get the final award. Beginning from the outside post in this talented sextet, O'Mara appeared to take back at the start but, just a few strides into the mile event, decided to send his "All-Star" searching for a spot a bit closer to the front and was parked out through an opening panel of :27.3 as Winemaster Hanover opened a 2 1/4 length advantage over High Blue with Nothinbutanallstar now able to settle comfortably in third ahead of Flyhawk El Durado through a half in :56.1. On the backside, Winemaster Hanover looked to accelerate a bit and opened a lead measuring close to three lengths leaving High Blue in his wake and Nothinbutanallstar edging to the outside past the third station in 1:24.1. Turning for home, Winemaster was looking to establish a new lifetime mark but, instead, Nothinbutanallstar wore him down late to establish a new career best of his own. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara had high praise for his four year-old saying, "Early on, it looked like there was so much going on that I thought I'd take back...but when the horse next to me (Coco Lindy), who usually likes to be well placed early, didn't leave, I decided I'd try and find a closer spot. We were outside a little longer than I would have liked, but my horse can grind forward a long way. He sure did that tonight. He's a pretty special trotter, I'll say!" Winning for the fourth time in seven starts this year, Nothinbutanallstar, a son of Allstar Hall, pushed his seasonal bounty just short of $30,000--$29,930 to be exact. He's banked $213,214 lifetime. As the 7 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win. Also of note on the Pompano mid-week card was the win by No Bad Dreams in a conditioned event for three and four year-old pacers. This four year-old son of Dream Away, owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, stormed home in :27.4 to score in a lifetime best 1:52.4 in this, his initial start of the 2015 campaign. No Bad Dreams was driven to victory by trainer Marc Aubin, now 81 years of age. Aubin also picked up a training victory as Kevin Wallis drove the Aubin trained Abreathoffreshart to a three length maiden win in 1:55.2. The amazing Marc Aubin now has 3,367 career driving victories and has won events in seven different decades beginning in 1959 with the trotter Hal McPherson at Quebec's Connaught Park. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover vaulted over the $70,000 mark for Saturday's program as Wednesday night's 5-1-9-2-3 combo had several winners each receiving $195.24 for their 20 cent investment. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 and features a $2.5 million dollar field going postward in the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace--the Super Hi-5 finale. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...March 23, 2015...Just A Bee extended her winning streak to five in the $12,000 Open Pace for Mares on Monday (March 23) at Pompano Park as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood wore down a very game and stubborn Godiva Seelster to score a measured neck victory in 1:51.1. Driven by trainer Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee won for the seventh time in nine starts this season, pushing her seasonal bounty to $46,750 and $196,416 lifetime. She's banked $75,200 since she was claimed for $12,000 last September covering 17 starts--11 of which were wins. At the outset, Godiva Seelster, handled by Wally Hennessey, zipped out of the gate to an early lead, yielding to Senorita Santanna, with Aaron Byron handling the lines with the Senorita sizzling an opening panel in :26.2 with Godiva in the garden spot, Mach It A Par with Dan Clements third and Just A Bee next. Three-eighths out, Godiva Seelster left the cozy pocket and sprinted by Senorita Santanna as Just A Bee took up the chase, as well. A picked up three quarters in 1;22.3 left Godiva Seelster with a clear lead with Just A Bee in pursuit and Mach It a Par also getting into the fray but, at midstretch, Just A Bee pulled on even terms with Godiva Seelster and edged on by in the final yards. After the race, driver Mike Micallef said, "What can I say? She (Just a Bee) is just very sharp right now. We have to enjoy the ride while we can because this business isn't all roses every start. Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) was very game tonight. She endured a heckuva opening panel and still was tough as nails at the end. And Dan's mare (Mach It A Par) was sharp, as well. Like I said, we enjoy these times when we can." As the overhwelming 1 to 5 favorite, Just A Bee returned $2.60 to win. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 event attracted strong play on Monday night with the 4-6-10-2-1 20 cent consolation paying $1,636.74. The carryover going into Wednesday's program now stands at over $66,000. John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, cleverly driven by Bruce Ranger, used a :28.4 breakout finale to sprint clear from her foes and score a handy harness racing victory measuring 3 3/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for mares on Sunday night (March 22).   Mc Tiny's Hope and Ben Mc Neil, early trailers in the field of six, teamed up for place honors while As Ya'll Like It, with Sam Stathis aboard, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while the early leader, Blushing Hanover, picked up the final award.   Indeed, it was Blushing Hanover showing her usual alacrity out of the gate to take the lead at the outset with Saint Patty's Doll and As Y'all Like It next, followed by Jailhouse Jessica, nestling into fourth early.   After a quarter in a sharp :27.3, Ranger left nothing to chance and brushed up strongly to take command around turn two and get to the half in :57.   At this juncture, driver Sam Stathis had As Ya'll Like It in high gear and, on the backside, put some serious pressure on Jailhouse Jessica into the final turn.   But Jailhouse Jessica responded and sprinted clear past the third station in 1:26 before that aforementioned :28.4 final panel sealed her escape from the rest of her foes.   After the race, Ranger said, "She's just such a handy mare...doesn't matter if she's on the lead or off the pace. When she gets going, she REALLY gets going. She sprinted down the stretch the first time and kind of repeated that same kind of sprint down the stretch the second time down to the wire. That's her second mile under (1):55. She's sharp right now."   The win was the fourth of the year for Jailhouse Jessica, a five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, sending her seasonal bankroll to $27,813, all but $285 of that earned since trainer Dale Gilmour claimed her for the Karma Racing Stable in mid-January.   Off at a dime-to-a-dollar on the tote-board, Jailhouse Jessica paid $2.20 to win.   In other action, Acton Onelasttime, claimed for $4,000 by Kevin Wallis just a month ago, won for the third time in four starts since that claim--this time in 1:51.4--and was promptly claimed for $15,000 by Shawn Glassmeyer.   Acton Onelasttime took a mark of 1:51.3 in his first start for Wallis, also in a "4" claimer, followed that with a resounding win in 1:52.2 in a "12,5" claimer and followed that with a sharp second place finish in a "20" claimer, timed in 1:50.4.   Heavily backed in this event by the bettors, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.40 to win.   Red Hot Yankee was also claimed in the event as the record breaking season for claims continues at the track.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again went uncovered on Sunday night with the 1-6-7-ALL-ALL 20 cent ticket worth $850.38 and the carryover to Monday night's program now over $57,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2015...While Neptune took top honors in Pompano Park's top Open Pace on Saturday night, he had to share the spotlight with Steelhead Hanover, who tripped the final timer in 1:49.2, a time equalled or eclipsed on only six other occasions in Pompano Park history. Neptune, dismissed as the fourth choice in a sextet of Open pacers, pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Saturday night, stopping the timer with a lifetime best 1:50.2 performance for driver Aaron Byron.   The six year-old son of Riverboat King, trained by Dale Gilmour for owner Sue Chindano, dawdled near the back of the pack early on as favored Remissionofsins, handled by Bruce Ranger, sizzled panels of :25.4, :54.1 and 1;21.3 before seccumbing to the late onslaught of the winner, pacing the fastest final panel of all--:27.4--to eke out the photo finish win measuring a head. Remissionofsins did finish second.   Cadillac Phil, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, closed from last around the final turn to finish third while Fancyfreeshark was fourth. Heart Felt, prominent throughout the mile in the garden spot, picked up the nickel, 2 1/2 lengths away, while Prairie Jaguar, forced to go about an extra 20 yards while outside all the way, finished sixth, pacing his mile in 1:51.   In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron related, "Neptune really had no room to roam in his last couple of starts, until it was too late late to do much damage. Tonight, it was kind of the same story, but, this time, we were able to find some room and he responded...big time! The fractions were very hot tonight and that helped his cause as we know he can pace a final quarter under :27."   Trainer Dale Gilmour chimed in as well saying, "This horse isn't very large in stature but he has a tremendous heart and seems to love his surroundings. He only had a handful of starts on tracks larger than a half mile (7) before coming here and he was able to pace final quarters in :27 at Yonkers, so I was always hopeful he could perform well and very happy he was able to strut his stuff here."   Off at 6 to 1, Neptune paid $14.40 to win with this, his initial triumph of the year--23rd lifetime and first on a track larger than a half mile--to send his career earnings to $207,956.   Steelhead Hanover, competing in a $9,400 conditioned pace, made a shambles of his event zipping out of the gate for driver-trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. as it sprung open and carding fractions of :27, :54.4 and 1:21.1 en route to his 1:49.2 performance, reaching the wire 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the pocket sitting Cartoonist (Wally Hennessey) with One Lucky Dragon (Matt Romano) third. Smile A Little and Damon BLue Chip completed the initial five in the field of nine.   Owned by the consortium of Held, the AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Barbera, Steelhead Hanover, a six year-old son of Bettor's Delight was making just his second start of the year and, although he does own a 1:48.3 mark at Pocono Downs, Pavia was surprised at the outcome.   "I thought he'd be better tonight on the drop down in class," he said, "but I was very surprised at the time. He did this whole thing by himself. After I sent him, he just rambled on all on his own. He was absolutely outstanding tonight...and he did it easily, too!"   While the time might have been a surprise to Pavia, the outcome was not...to the bettor's, anyhow. Steelhead Hanover was 1 to 5 on the board and paid $2.60 to win.   That win, incidentally, was the pacer's 17th lifetime in 69 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings to $489,458.   A $10,000 co-feature for $20,000-$25,000 claiming pacers went to Johnny Grippa, driven by Bruce Ranger in 1:51.3.   In an event cut to just a field of three with two pre-race scratches, Johnny Grippa, trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, wired his two opponents off of fractions of :28, :55.4 and 1:24.1 before a :27.2 sprint home sealed the deal by a length over the favorite JJ's Doughnut (Kevin Wallis). Machinist (Jason Dillander) finished third in the trio.   The winner, a seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, won for the 40th time during his career--third time this season--to send his lifetime bankroll to $177,395.   As 8 to 5 second choice, Johnny Grippa paid $5.40 to win.   Yet another $10,000 co-feature--this one a conditioned event for pacers--went to Northern Companion, driven by Dave Ingraham, coming from well of the pace and pacing his final half in :54 to roll by late to score a 1:52.1 decision measuring three-quarters-of-a-length over Don't Tell Rusty (Dan Clements) with T's Electric (Jason Dillander) third. Hillybilly rallied from eight and last to finish fourth while Who's Your Maddy finished fifth.   The victory for the Howard Klohr trained/Dorothy Zarza owned seven year-old son of Cambest was his 2nd of the year in just six starts and 39th triumph lifetime, sending his lifetime bounty just a few dollars shy of $250,000.   Northern Companion was second choice in the betting and paid $10.60 to win.   Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club had two events on the Saturday night program with Dein Spriggs taking the opener with Zeitgeist and Four Starz Credit and driver Jamie Marra teaming up for the victory in the second.   In the case of Spriggs win, it was the ninth straight week that Amateur Driver Spriggs has reached the winner's circle in an FADC event.   After that event, the club made a large donation to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in honoring the memory of popular Pompano Park farrier Robert Rochealue, who lost his battle with brain cancer several weeks ago.   The club now has surpassed the $140,000 in charitable donations.   Pompano Park's 20 cent Super Hi-5 had nine winning tickets out on the 8-1-10-4-2 combination paying $183.40 each sending the carryover to the Sunday night program over $55,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 18, 2015...Its Payday Friday paid early dividends this Wednesday night with a splendid 1:54.1 harness racing victory for owner-driver Dan Clements in Pompano Park's featured $12,500 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was sent away carefully by Clements before brushing up strongly around turn one to take command and control the proceedings off of panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.1 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale, holding off the pocket sitting Winermaster Hanover (Bruce Ranger) and the late surges of Dukester (Rick Plano) and Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Flyhawk El Dorado picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dan Clements related, "I wanted to be cautious leaving just to make sure he was solid and, when we got away OK from the gate, I let him trot...and trot he did! He is handy and can do it any way but I thought I'd be better off leaving, especially from this advantageous post here." Its Payday Friday won for the third time this season in eight starts to send his seasonal earnings to $28,750 and $211,388 lifetime. As second choice on the board, Its Payday Friday returned $5.00 to his faithful.. In the $10,000 co-feature trot, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey guided the five year-old gelding High Blue to the largest payday in his career with a victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4, destroying his former mark of 1:57.4 accomplished over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, High Blue zipped out of the gate from post five through a seemingly suicidal opening quarter of :26.3 and then proceeded to carve out panels of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home in :29.1 to score by a length over Ramzan (Matt Romano) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third--that 2-3 order subsequently reversed as Ramzan went up in the air near the wire. CJ's Rascal was fourth while Majestic Won finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "You know, when I qualified him about a month ago, I zipped him out of there and he won wire-to-wire in (1):59 and a piece but he came home pretty well in that one. I raced him off the pace in his first two starts back with the first one against that Dukester, who won in (1):54 and change and the one last week we got shuffled a bit but he still had good trot late in the mile. So, I decided to send him tonight and he was revved up early--that opener was all him. He just didn't want to let anyone by. He kind of surprised me by his staying power at the end. It was a heckuva mile for him!" Sired by Majestic Son, High Blue won for the initial time this season to send his seasonal earnings to $6,550 in four starts and lifetime bounty to $64,307. Not only was this High Blue's largest career payday, as the fourth choice among the punters, High Blue Paid $13.40 to win--the largest win mutuel payout of his 10 lifetime successes. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were two tickets that had the 2-1-8-3-7 combo, each receiving $2,736.20 for their 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program has vaulted over $54,000. Also interesting to note is the fact that, since the inception of the Super Hi-5 at Pompano Park, the average consolation payoff has soared to slightly over $500.00. Post time for the Saturday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m. John Berry reporting for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 16, 2015...Mach It A Par made it two in a row at Pompano Park on Monday night, eking out a very narrow decision in the $10,000 top pace for harness racing mares. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three, driven by owner Dan Clements, upset the heavily favored Pertty Music, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:52.4, the official margin being a nose. Mach Me Not, teaming up with Wally Hennessey, finished a very fast closing third after pacing the fastest final panel of her quintet--:27--while just a half length off the winner. Always Dee One was fourth, five lengths away, while De Vins Girl finished fifth. Mach It A Par, off as second choice at 3 to 1, was away alertly but relented to the 1 to 2 favorite, Pertty Music, around the opening turn as the latter took the field to the initial quarter in a very mild :28.1 with Always Dee One third, Mach Me Not next and De Vins Girl acting as the caboose with positions remaining stagnant through a soft half of :57.1. Heading into the final turn, Mach Me Not pulled from fourth forcing the hand of Mach It A Par, who darted out of the pocket with lightning speed, overtaking Pertty Music in a flash and opening up a daylight lead thundering for home after a three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2. In the lane, Mach It A Par began drifting out forcing Hensley to make a decision on whether to go outside or inside and he chose the latter route to try and gnaw in on the leader--the re-rally falling short by that aforementioned nose. In a post race interview, driver Dan Clements said, "This mare does have very sharp speed and can turn it on in a heartbeat...like she did tonight when I asked her around the final turn. She can catch 'em flat-footed. She was drifting out in the lane and still paced her last quarter in :27.1 or so. To tell you the truth, I didn't know if we won or not as Eddie's mare (Pertty Music) kind of got in another gear late herself." Trained by Renaldo Morales III for Clements, Mach It A Par won for the second time to go along with a second and two thirds in five starts with seasonal bounty of $15,200. The win also pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $50,000 in just 22 lifetime starts--$52,102 to be exact. Trainer Morales, by the way, now sports a lofty UTRS over .570 for the meet with a scorecard of 22-15-4 in 55 starts. Mach It A Par paid $8.20 to win. Another highlight on the card was the performance of the 13 year-old trotter Bit O Victory, achieving his 50th lifetime victory on Monday night with a 1:56 score in an $8,000 claiming event. Making a sharp quarter move for Kevin Wallis after the :28 opener, this altered son of Mr. Vic carved out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.2 en route to a 4 1/2 length victory over Nomad (Rick Plano) with Thirtyeightspecial (Mark O'Mara) third. Now owned by Denis Goyette along with trainer Norm Dessureault, Bit O Victory has recorded victories at six different tracks throughout North America and for six different trainers and 10 different drivers in a career measuring 12 seasons and 263 lifetime starts. He took his 1:55 mark last year as a 12 year-old and now has lifetime bounty of $408,372. Off as the 9 to 5 favorite this night, Bit O Victory paid $5.80 to win. In the Monday night edition of the Super Hi-5, the 20 cent wager again produced multiple winners with the carryover for Wednesday's card now well over $45,000. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...March 15, 2015...She's All In, driven by harness racing owner-trainer Rick Plano, pulled off a mild (7 to 1) upset in the $12,000 Open Trot for mares on Sunday night at Pompano Park.   The six year-old daughter of Revenue S enjoyed a picture perfect garden journey before tipping out at thr head of the lane, wearing down the leader Blushing Hanover and then holding off the late surging Jailhouse Jessica, driven by Bruce Ranger, to score by a length-and-a-half.   Mc Tiny's Hope rallied for third for Ben Mc Neil while Blushing Hanover finished fourth, just a nose ahead of Trot Fudge Sundae in the septet.   At the outset, the 34-1 outside Blushing Hanover, handled by Mickey Mc Nichol, was away alertly along with She's All In, the latter ducking in right behind the leader and continuing that way through panels of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:26.3 with Saint Patty's Doll third at that station, Trot Fudge Sundae next but stalled a bit through that picked up third quarter, Sweet As Music double-bubbled, Mc Tiny's Hope next with nowhere to go and Jailhouse Jessica looking for some room to roam.   Turning for home, She's All In left the coziness of the pocket, surged on by and held safe late.   After the event, driver Rick Plano said, "She had started to give hints the last couple of starts and, tonight, everything jelled for her. Bruce's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) must've had some road trouble because I expected her to be there...and she was, just a little late! My mare was good tonight but luck was on our side, too, that's for sure."   She's All In won for the second time this season--22nd lifetime--to send her seasonal bounty to $17,735 and $177,519 lifetime.   As fifth choice in the wagering, She's All In paid $16.80 to win.   In the $10,000 "Pop-Up" Final, Ed Hensley's Speed Hanover turned the tables on last week's winner, Dream Lake, and wired the latter along with six others with a lifetime best 1:55 performance--his margin 1 3/4 lengths at the wire.   Oaklea Sydney was third, 11 lengths away, with BSMaximummoondream fourth and Famous Legs overcoming the outside eight post in picking up the nickel.   At the outset, both Dream Lake (Matt Romano) and Speed Hanover left with alacrity to vie for early supremacy with Speed Hanover gaining the top around turn one and traveling to an opening panel in :27.3. Once on top, Hensley's charge lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.4 and, deterring any backside threats, picked up the pace with a :28.4 third panel keeping Dream Lake still in the garden spot with no other challengers within three lengths.   In the lane, Speed Hanover, on his own, picked up the pace a tick or two even faster, completing his mile in :28.2 for the handy score.   In a post race interview, Hensley said, "I just got him (by claim) about a month ago and I figured he was a solid trotter that could always go in (1):56 and a piece. This mile pleasantly surprised me...as I didn't think he was going at a (1):55 rate--he was doing it so easily."   For this eight year-old son of Cantab Hall, it was his initial victory of the year in nine starts, sending his seasonal earnings to $10,829. He's banked $218,934 lifetime with his prior mark being 1:56.4 over the Saratoga half miler two seasons back.   As the even money tote-board favorite, Speed Hanover paid $4.00 to win.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the 10-7-8-1-3 combo produced eight winning 20 cent tickets sending the carryover to Monday's Hi-=5 finale close to $44,000.   Post time for the Monday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry reporting for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…March 14, 2015…P L Hellcat, Dan Clements’ splendid four year-old son of Mach Three, known for his tremendous brushing power, brushed  the entire mile on Saturday night in taking top honors in Pompano Park’s top pacing feature—the $13,500 Open. Trained by Renaldo Morales, III, P L Hellcat led at every pole--:27.1, :56.1 and 1:23—in route to a victory measuring a length over the fast closing Raji’s Blue Line (Mike Micallef) in 1:51.1. Neptune (Aaron Byron) finished third while Cadillac Phil, showing early speed before being shuffled on the backside, rallied quickest of all--:27.3—to finish fourth. Heart Felt, prominent throughout the mile, finished fifth in the septet. After the race, driver Dan Clements said, “I left out of there expecting to get a two-hole journey but it didn’t work out that way at all. We got some pretty serious pressure on the backside--:26.4—but he was up to the task. He does have some kinda brush…but, tonight, he brushed the whole mile! He was very good. I am proud of him!” The lightly raced four year-old, P L Hellcat now sports a report card of 3-2-0 in six starts and $24,630 for the year. He’s banked $124,304 lifetime in only 27 career starts. Even money on the tote-board, P L Hellcat returned $4.20 to his many faithful followers. In the $10,000 event for $20,000-$25,000 claiming pacers, Remissionofsins, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., was an impressive virtual gate-to-wire winner, scoring in a lifetime best 1:50.2—this after cutting fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:23.1 along the way. The seven year-old son of Final Cheers, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, stretched his winning skein to two after last week’s lifetime best effort of 1:50.4. Actononelasttime, a $4,000 claim less than a month ago and in for $20,000 this night, finished second for Kevin Wallis while Machinest rallied for Jason Dillander to finish third. Zavan was fourth in the mile while JJ’s Doughnut, last turning for home, finished fifth and was promptly claimed for the sixth time this year—this time for $25,000. In a post race chat, driver George Napolitano summed up the journey on Remissionofsins in a succinct manner saying, “He’s just very good right now!” Remissionofsins now shows a consistent 2-5-2 scorecard in 11 starts, good for $26,660 for the season and $133,796 lifetime. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Remissionofsins paid $2.40 to win. Also on the card, Pompano Park champion Prairie Jaguar returned to his winning ways with a splendid wire-to-wire win for Peter Wrenn in 1:51.1 in a $10,000 conditioned event for pacers. The now seven year-old son of Spy Hard cut opening panels of :27 and :55.2 before sprinting through a sizzling third quarter of :26.4 to dispel any threats as the pocket sitting Hillybilly (Bruce Ranger) and Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham), eventually second and third, respectively, in the mile, were not about to gain any ground during that backside binge—the winning margin being two lengths. Prairie Jaguar now has 22 lifetime wins and $168,827 lifetime. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Jaguar is the only horse in Pompano Park history with six wins in 1:50 or faster—his mark being 1:49. Prairie Jaguar paid $3.20 to win. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, Histoire Eternelle, handled by Peter Wrenn, was the winner in a lifetime best mile 1:51.3, significant because the victory enabled track announcer Gabe Prewitt to sweep the card--handicapping all nine winners on top. The Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Saturday night--the 20 cent consolation of 5-3-4-2-6 paying $85.10--pushing the carryover for Sunday night's card over the $37,500  mark. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...March 11, 2015...Trotters highlighted the midweek harness racing card at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (March 11) with Nothinbutanallstar taking top honors in the $13,500 Open Handicap but having to share the spotlight with Highland Yankee in the $10,000 Open (2) Trot and the 57 to 1 outsider Ex King in a $9,400 supporting feature. Nothinbutanallstar, a four year-old son of Allstar Hall trained and driver by Mark O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, got a picture perfect journey to score in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.1 to send his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$205,964 to be exact. Dukester teamed up with Rick Plano to finish second after desperately searching for room after being shuffled on the backside. Holy Halibut, prominent early, finished third while the favored Bloodstockshalltab finished fourth, closing from last to do so. It was an action packed mile with Coco Lindy (Wally Hennessey) cutting the first two panels of :26.3 and :56.1 with Winemaster Hanover (Bruce Ranger) on the attack with Nothinbutanallstar following the live cover. Reaching the third station in 1"25, Winemaster Hanover stuck his nose in front with Nothinbutanallstar looming boldly and edging by in deep stretch and holding off the late charging Dukester with Holy Halibut on through between horses to pick up the show honors. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara kept it "short and sweet," saying, ""Well, short and sweet, we had a very nice trip following live cover. Not much more to the story than that. When I tipped him wide, he responded just as I had hoped he would. He's quite a racehorse!" Fourth choice in the betting, Nothinbutanallstar returned $11.60 to his faithful followers. Highland Yankee, the six year-old son of Muscles Yankee, used similar tactics as in his last start in stretching his winning streak to two with a 1:57.3 virtual gate to wire win for Ed Hensley. Using a 1:00 middle half breather after a :28.3 opener, Highland Yankee sprinted home in :29 straight to hold the fast closing Increditable (Kevin Wallis) safe by a half length. Favored Lugar (Bruce Ranger), in the garden spot all the way, finished third while CJ's Rascal rallied for fourth. High Blue picked up the final award in the field of nine. Trained by Dale Gilmour for owner David Lewis Linker, Highland Yankee won for the second time this year in seven starts to send his 2015 bankroll to $16,385. He's socked away $263,578 lifetime. As second choice on the board, Highland Yankee paid $8.80 to win. It was "bombs away" in the $9,400 conditioned trot as Verrazano Stables' Ex King, handled by Dan Daley, upset the applecart as the longest chance on the tote-board--57 to 1--keying a 50 cent trifecta payoff of $13,650. This five year-old son of CR Excaliber overcame the second tier post to work out a perfect second over journey through fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26.2, sweeping three wide turning for home and sealing the issue with a :28.3 finale to score in a lifetime best 1:55.2--his margin three lengths over the pacesetting Hobson's Choice (Ed Hensley). The late charging Master Host (Jason Dillander)was third while On The Tab, prominent early on, was fourth with DC Flashback finished fifth after a backside bid that put pressure on the leader around the final turn. Ex King won for the initial time in 2015 to send his semseter earnings to $10,965. His lifetime bounty now stands at $160,292. Ex King returned $117.60 to win, by far the largest winning mutuel of his career, surpassing the $23.20 win mutuel at Batavia early in his career. Finally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover for Saturday's card is upwards of $35,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry reporting for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl...March 9, 2015...As Pompano Park harness racing fan Gary Andrews lamented, "They could have just shown the replay from last week!" Gary was speaking of Just A Bee's win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (March 9) as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood extended her winning streak to four with a 1:51.4 win for trainer-driver Mike Micallef in an almost identical manner as last week's win. With only a quartet going behind the Hummer Starting Gate this night with a late scratch, Just A Bee left just outside of main rival Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., tracking that one all the way through panels of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2 before tilting out turning for home and rolling on by in mid-stretch to score by three-parts-of-a-length with the "Senorita" easily second best. Always Dee One teamed up with Rick Plano to be third, eight lengths away, over Pertty Music, making her first start back after a four week absence. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "You know, she's just very sharp right now. They (horses) aren't machines so we have to enjoy these times when they occur. The trip was almost identical as last week's as we sat behind George (Napolitano) the entire way. When we turned for home, I asked her and she responded. But don't take anything away from (Senorita) Santanna, she is one heckuva mare--tough as nails!" Owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee now sports a 6-1-0 scorecard in eight starts, good for $40,750 so far this young season. Since her claim for $12,000 last September in Indiana, Just A Bee has won 10 times in 17 starts, earned $68,200 and taken a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. As the 1 to 5 betting favorite, Just A Bee returned $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 Open "2" Pace for mares went to Mach Me Not, deftly handled by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.3. Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the S S G Stables, this nine year-old daughter of Mach Three was away fifth early on in the action-packed mile as Wind River Cat (Kevin Wallis) and Keystone Christa (Aaron Byron) barbed for early supremacy with the latter on top at the opener in :27.2--but not for long. Mach Me Not made a quarter move from fifth to the lead down the straightaway the first time, only to be out-brushed around turn two as Glam Cam (Walter Ross, Jr.) sprinted up to take control just a couple of strides past the :56 half. Glam Cam and Mach Me Not continued one-two past the third station in 1:23.3 with Keystone Christa making yet another bid on the outside, Wind River Cat skimming the pylons with the 1 to 5 favorite, Arodasi (Joe Pavia, Jr.), yet to fire. In the lane, Mach Me Not took dead aim on Glam Cam and, though drifting out, sprinted clear to a win measuring 3 1/2 lengths over Glam Cam. Wind River Cat was third under the wire but set back a notch with a pylon violation moving Arodasi up to third. Glow Stick picked up the nickel. Mach Me Not achieved her 30th lifetime victory, pushing her career bounty to $315,262--$19,240 this season on the strength of three wins in nine starts. As the 3 to 1 second choice on the tote-board, Mach Me Not Paid $8.80 to her many faithful. The featured $12,000 Open Trot for mares went to Mc Tiny's Hope, smartly handled by Ben Mc Neil. This seven year-old daughter of CR Excellence, trained by Jack Mc Neil for owner Ellen Mc Neil, began from the outside post seven and picked up live cover the entire final lap and then stormed home fastest of all to score a photo finish decision over My Heidi (Jason Dillander), weaving on through between horses late, and the fast closing She's All In (Rick Plano). M T Ur Pockets finished fourth after a mild bid three-eighths out and Blushing Hanover picked up the final award in the septet. Favored Trot Fudge Sundae made a miscue around the first turn in tight quarters. Fifth choice in the betting, Mc Tiny's Hope paid $16.40 to win with, this, her 23rd lifetime success, sending her career bounty to $132.230--$23,456 this season on the strength of a 2-3-0 scorecard in 10 starts. Also on the card was the $10,500 Final of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closer featuring pacing mares. As expected, Taylor B Good, a dominant winner in the first two claiming legs of this event, completed the sweep, scoring a four length win for Rick Plano in 1:54.2 over Viewish (George Napolitano, Jr.) with Flying Topless (Aaron Byron) third. Five Stars Queen and Moon Is On Fire took home the minors in the field of eight. Hot property lately off of claims her last three starts, Taylor B Good, off at 1 to 5 on the board, was relaxed in fifth early as Five Stars Queen took the field to the opener in :28.1, only to be replaced on the front end by Newsmaker, reaching the half in :56.3. Taylor B Good, meanwhile, was out following cover just after three-eighths of a mile, followed that cover until three-eights out, then went on a brief double-bubble mission, assuming command around the final turn and lengthening her advantage to the wire. Reclaimed last week by trainer Bernie Wolin for wife Hilda Wolin, Taylor B Good enjoyed the third biggest payday of her career measuring 88 starts, sending her lifetime bankroll to $89,718--$12,745 this year, $10,750 of that over the past two weeks in this late closing series. Taylor B Good paid $2.60 to win. The second leg of the "Over The Hill Gang" pace for 10 year-olds and up was contested with eight warriors with over $2 million in lifetime earnings on the strength of over 300 lifetime wins. Once again, it was the heavy favorite Shark Dressed Man, off at 1 to 2, holding on to score a 1:54 win for Rick Plano, his winning margin a diminishing half length over Oil Magnet (Mike Micallef) with Dr Flamingo (Aaron Byron) also in the photo. Clive Hanover was fourth with Allamerican Major next in the octet. Shark Dressed Man, an 11 year-old gelded son of Shark St Partners, won for the 48th time during his career measuring 205 starts and sent his earnings to $329,569--$5,235 of that for owner Ernest Durse after his claim in mid-January. Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Monday night with the 20 cent consolation of 7-3-6-1-4 paying $37.16, sending the carryover to Wednesday night's card surging over $30,000. Post time is 7:30 for the Wednesday card. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2015... Remissionofsins, knocking at the door with second place finishes in his last three starts, finally got through to the pearly gates of the Pompano Park  winner's circle on Sunday night, scoring a handy harness racing victory for George Napolitano, Jr. in a lifetime best performance. The seven year-old altered son of Final Cheers stopped the clock in 1:50.4 in the $10,000 pace for $20,000-$25,000 claimers, one tick faster than his former mark set two seasons back. Though starting from the outside post eight in his classy octet, Remission was sent winging as the gate opened, assuming the lead from Premier (Rick Plano) just a step or two prior to the blazing opener of :26.2 and went on to post subsequent panels of :55 and 1:23.1 before setting sail on a :27.3 journey home to hit the wire 2 1/2 lengths to the good of Premier with Fearless Chip (Aaron Byron) third. Zavan and Dont Tell Rusty were next. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. lamented, "This is a hard hitting racehorse with great gate speed. He showed that from the nine post a couple of starts back and, since this was his first start off of a fresh claim last week, I thought I'd send him, too, since he seems to like to get into the action early. I certainly couldn't afford to spot these good horses eight lengths at the start. I thought the opening quarter might take some sting out of him but he proved he was worth the claim...that's for sure!" In, this, his first start for new owner Susan Oakes and trainer Chris Oakes, Remissionofsins won for the initial time this season with this share of the purse sending his 2015 earnings to $21,660 on the strength of a 1-5-2 scorecard in 10 starts. He's banked $128,796 lifetime. As second choice on the tote-board, Remissionofsins paid $6.20 to win. The co-featured $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers went to Red Hot Yankee, justifying his re-claim one week ago by former owners Melvin Fink and Cliff Grundy. Trained by Paul Holzman and driven this night by George Napolitano, Jr., Red Hot Yankee annihilated his competition with a seasonal best time of 1:51.1, scoring by eight lengths over Electric Albert (Aaron Byron) with Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) third. Major Stone, off the gate at the start, rallied for fourth while Fly'n With Royalty finished fifth in the sextet after making an attempt for the top during the second quarter that proved fatal for his chance to win. Red Hot Yankee, an 11 year-old son of Artsplace, won for the third time in nine starts this semester, pushing his 2015 earnings to $24,756. He's banked $259,014 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite, Red Hot Yankee paid $3.00 to his many faithful. The featured trot on Sunday night--the $7,700 Pop-Up conditioned event--went to C&F Associates Dream Lake, superbly handled by Matt Romano. The seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation was given picture perfect rating through fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:28 before holding his foes at bay with a :28.4 finale to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pocket sitting Speed Hanover (Ed Hensley) in 1:56.4. Bsmaximummoondream (Dave Ingraham) was third while Rose Run Nolan finished fourth. Famous Legs picked up the nickel in the bulky field of 10. Dream Lake won for the third time in nine starts--15th win lifetime--to send his seasonal bounty to $14,200. He's banked $161,371 lifetime. Second choice at 8 to 5 in the win betting, Dream Lake paid $5.40 to win. Pompano Park's popular Pick-5 wager, conducted on races two through six, went unscathed on Sunday night and a $12,500 guarantee has been put in effect for Monday night's Pick-5 pool. In Pompano Park's finale on Sunday night, four of the leading drivers in all of harness racing--Bruce Ranger, Wally Hennessey, Kevin Wallis and George Napolitano, Jr., coming into the action with a combined lifetime win total of 34,031--finished 1-2-3-4 in the track's Super Hi-5...and nobody could even get past the top three with the 5-7-2-ALL-ALL combo paying over $1,400 for a 20 cent ticket. The Super Hi-5 event now has been left untouched for several programs and that carryover has vaulted to over $24,000 going into Monday night's card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 7, 2015...Duc Dorleans conquered eight tough rivals, the nine post and an "off" track on Saturday night and extended his harness racing winning streak to four for Donald Dupont in Pompano Park's $14,000 Open Handicap Pace. The five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, once again, was given an early tussle by Fancyfreeshark, handled by Bruce Ranger, through an opening quarter of :27.4 but, once on top, had things fully under control through subsequent panels of :56 and 1:24.4 before streaking home in :27.1 to seal the deal measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the Fancyfreeshark with Neptune, driven by Aaron Byron, rallying for third after pacing the fastest final quarter in the race--:26.3. Cadillac Phil finished fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "Yes, we had the outside post but the trip tonight was a bit easier than last week because we didn't have any incidents around the opening like last week, when there was a breaker early. Once we got to the top and the half was in :56, I was confident he could carry it all the way." Owned by Gestion C Levesque along with Les Ecuries Orleans of Quebec, Canada, Duc Dorleans won for the fifth time in eight starts this year to boost his 2015 bankroll to $36,260. He has now won 22 of 66 lifetime starts and $438,056 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1;49. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Duc Dorleans paid $4.60 to win. Two other Pompano Park "favorites" were in action on Saturday night and each came out on top in their respective events. Phil Coleman's Cruizin K C made his 2015 debut after a two month vacation and made his patented three wide surge around the final turn to circle the field and win in 1:52.4 for Mike Micallef. The seven year-old son of Mach Three was his usual relaxed self early on but paced his final 3/4s in 1:23.4 to score by 1 1/4 lengths over the late closing One Lucky Dragon, handled by Matt Romano with pacesetting Always N The Money, driven by Peter Wrenn. third. Four Socks and Hillybilly also picked up checks in the field of nine. Cruizin K C now has $135,333 in career bounty and paid $5.60 to win as the favorite. Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, came from well off the pace to gobble up his rivals in the lane to score a 1:53 win in the Super Hi-5 finale. Handled by Dave Ingraham, Northern Companion unleashed another one of his eye-opening sprints to the wire to score handily over Hands Off Frank (Aaron Byron) with G P S Legacy (Kevin Wallis) next. Histoire Eternelle and McGreat completed the Super Hi-5 order of finish, good for a consolation payoff of $295.83 for the 20 cent ticket. The carryover going into Sunday's racing card is now over $22,000. Also, the Florida Amateur Driving Club made another of their charitable contributions on Saturday night--this one to Bit-By-Bit, an organization specialization in Therapeutic Riding for those who have suffered from disabilities. Irag War Veteran Steve Ligeikis accepted the award on behalf of Bit-By-Bit, with Viet Nam veterans and Amateur Drivers Billy Muggleston and Joe Pennacchio making the presentation along with several other drivers. Finally, Heather Vitale paid a visit to Pompano Park on Saturday night and even called the second race on the program. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 4, 2015..."Holy Mackerel!" Holy Halibut, a seven year-old son of Holy Guacamolie, easily took top honors in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday (March 4) at Pompano Park.   Driven by Matt Romano for owner-trainer Luca Derrico, Holy Halibut never had an anxious moment during his journey once he reached the top around the opening turn and went on to clock panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 en route to a handy win in 1:55.3. The winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over Winemaster Hanover (Dave Ingraham) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third. The family team of father Stephen Byron and son Aaron Byron was next with Buddy Hally and Adenium, respectively, in the quintet.   In a post race interview, driver Matt Romano said, "Luca (trainer Derrico) had given this one some time off and he was keeping him fit by swimming him. He was pretty decent in his first start last week and didn't give an inch in a quick final quarter, so I was confident he'd be good tonight."   The bettors were confident, too, sending Holy Halibut off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board for a $2.80 win payoff.   Holy Halibut now has 28 lifetime wins in 93 starts, good for $333,749 to go along with his 1:51.3 mark set last season.   The co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot went to Dukester, benefitting from a bit of class relief from the top company to score a win measuring 2 1/4 lengths for Rick Plano in a seasonal best 1:54.2, just one tick off of his lifetime best.   This eight year-old son of Duke Of York was third--tho badly gapped--during the stages as Lugar (Bruce Ranger) took the field to the opening marker in :27.3 before Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) made his quarter move to the top reaching the half in :56.   Three-eighths out, Plano sent Dukester rolling and, in a matter of a few long strides, moved on even terms with the leader and then strode off in the moonset for the handy score.   Lugar re-rallied late to finish second while Baby Boy Grin finished third. Tug River Dylan and High Blue picked up the minor awards in the field of seven.   Owned by MaryAnn Plano along with Allyn Jones, Dukester won for the second time this season to send his 2015 bankroll to $20,573. Lifetime, Dukester has 22 wins and $255,098 in bounty to go along with his 1:54.1 mark.   As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Dukester paid $2.60 to win.   With the top four betting choices in the top five in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5--an 80 to 1 chance was second--the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going into Saturday's card vaulting over the $20,000 mark. The 2-10-4-5-1 consolation on Wednesday night paid a handsome $1,097.30 for the 20 cent ticket.   Post time for the Saturday night special is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - Carryovers and guaranteed pools will highlight the Wednesday night harness racing action at the Isle Casino Pompano Park. Fans were unable to come up with the winning Pick 5 combination on Monday (March 2), leaving a $3,562 carryover into Wednesday night. Track officials have guaranteed the Wednesday night pool at $15,000. The 50-Cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on Races 2 - 6. The Pick 4 continues to feature a $7,500 guaranteed pool every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday night in the month of March. The 20-Cent Jackpot Hi-Five has featured multiple winners over the last several racing cards, with the carryover soaring to $16,996 into the Wednesday night finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park four nights per week, with a first post of 7:30 every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening. Gabe Prewitt

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