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Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, superbly handled by Kevin Wallis, scored his second consecutive victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday night. The nine year-old pacing bred trotter, trained by Norm Dessureault for owners Geoff and Mary Howles, stopped the clock in 1:55.1, pinning a three length defeat on She's All In (Rick Plano) with Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) third. Favored Andover America finished fourth while Gale Warning earned the minors in the sextet. An anticipated speed duel for early supremacy was won by Andover America, who swept up to take command from his outside post as they hit the first turn with She's All In second and Baby Boy Grin forced to tuck in the third spot. Positions remained stagnant through opening panels of :27.3 and :57.3 nut, three-eighths out, Wallis sent Baby Boy Blue out and driving and, though the third quarter was officially clocked in :28.3, "Baby Boy" easily took command at that third station and sprinted clear from there. She's All In closed on the inside to Count Speed showed his best stride on the far outside to finish 2-3 in the mile. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis, said, "this horse does like the front end but, with the others leaving both on the inside and outside, I thought it be prudent to settle in third while I had the opportunity. He responded very well when I asked him midway on the backstretch and he he was strong all the way to the wire." For Baby Boy Blue, it was his 10th win of the year inn 30 starts and sent his seasonal bounty to $77,297. The victory--his 36th lifetime--sent his lifetime bounty just $101 short of the half million dollar mark--$499,899. As second choice on the board at 7 to 5, Baby Bly Blue paid $4.80 to win to his faithful followers. Racing resumes on Saturday night with Panocchio, Duc Dorleans and Prairie Jaguar renewing their rivalry in Hippomania II. Also, the Melvyn Aylor Stakes for Florida breds will be contested in five separate events. Post time for the pari-mutuel program remains at 7:30 p.m. with four of the five Aylor Stakes off the betting card beginning at 6:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 17, 2014...Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, scored a repeat victory on Monday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for mares. The four year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet scored in 1:51, a new lifetime mark, considering her other winning 1:51 performance was accomplished over the larger 7/8ths mile oval at Hoosier Park. Leaving from the outside post in this classy "million dollar" field, Pertty Music, once again, showed very sharp gate speed but had to settle for a seat in third early as Godiva Seelster, starting one post in from Pertty Music, left with alacrity as well for Wally Hennessey and took the field to an opening quarter in a snappy :27.1 with Just A Bee, with Mike Micallef in the bike, in the garden spot. Just short of the opener, Bombilla Hanover was on the move forward and applied the tourniquet half way through the mile in :56 with Just A Bee a patient third and Pertty Music underway from fourth. Three-eighths out, Hensley sent Pretty Music on a double move around Bombilla and moved a half length away from Godiva Seelster with the third station clocked in 1:23.2. In the lane, a stubborn Godiva Seelster and the ultra game Pertty Music were going at it tooth and nail and, a sixteenth out, were joined by Just A Bee with Pertty Music and Just A Bee stopping the timer in 1:51 and Godiva less than a "tick" away. In a post race interview, driver Hensley said, "this was a much tougher trip than last week and my mare needed every bit of her own toughness to win tonight. The other two were very worthy opponents and it could have gone any way. And Joe's (Pavia) mare (Arodasi) must've paced her last half under :55. So we'll be keeping an eye out for her, too. It's a very competitive and classy group down here...nip and tuck all the way." For Pertty Music, it was her sixth win of the year in 25 starts, pushing her 2014 bounty to $58,230. The win also vaulted her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$203,647 to be exact. Off as the 2 to 1 second choice on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $6.20 to her faithful. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Baby Boy Grin and Andover America expected to vie for favoritism in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 15, 2014...In a "barber-pole 5-4-3-2-1" finish with the betting public spot on with their wagers, Panocchio, 1 to 2 on the board, won Saturday night's highly anticipated Hippomania Pace in 1:50 for Bruce Ranger.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr. led at every pole in pinning a 1 1/2 length decision over now arch-rival Duc Dorleans (2 to 1 in the betting), with Donald Dupont in the sulky.   Prairie Jaguar (6 to 1) finished third in the mile for Aaron Byron with Northern Companion (18 to 1) next and Mr Dennis (21 to 1) picking up the nickel in the sterling quintet, just as the betting public predicted at the mutuel windows.   At the outset, Panocchio, who was expected to be tested leaving the gate from his outside post, actually took command rather easily and "kind of" dampened the enthusiasm of his foes with a :26.3 opener with Prairie Jaguar settling into the garden spot with Mr Dennis third and Northern Companion fourth leaving Duc Dorleans at the back of the select field.   Heading into turn two, Duc Dorleans was out and driving but Panocchio was able to get a :28.4 beather under his girth, reaching the half in :55.2--tepid for the group.   On the backside with Duc Dorleans now into full throttle, Ranger stepped on the pedal as well and the "Duc's" individual backside panel of :26.1 could do no better than reach Panocchio's saddle pad with the three quarters clipped in 1:22.1.   In the lane, Panocchio actually edged clear from his main rival and stopped the clock in 1:50.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "the Mattison's--Jim and Vicki--have kept this athlete--and he is an athlete in every sense of the word--in tip-top form and he beat some very formidable foes tonight...and in a new lifetime mark, too. I think that first quarter 'kind of' was the key because he did get the lead rather easily. It was quite a mile for him."   Panocchio not only has won four straight, he has won seven of his last eight outings to push his seasonal earnings to $118,570 on the strength of 15 wins in 26 starts this year. He's banked $167,445 lifetime with 23 wins in 51 starts.   Panocchio paid $3.00 to win.   Also on Saturday night, the C. K. G. Billings Amateur event was held over the south Florida five-eighths mile oval and Sand Wyndham, driven by Anthony Verruso reported home a 3 1/4 length winner over Master Begonia, with John Campagnuolo in the sulky.   Collect Call overcame the outside nine post with a heady drive by Mike Mitchell to finish third while the luke-warm favorite, Railee Kwik and Joe Pennacchio teamed up to finish fourth. Miriam Toland's Fleetwood Hall closed from last halfway through the mile to pick up the final award in the field of nine.   Sand Wyndham, a nine year-old son of Pegasus Spur owned by Yves Deschambault along with trainer Marc Major, dawdled in sixth early on but was out and driving around the second bend and swept to the lead during the third panel and widened his margin through the stretch.   After the event, a jubilant Verruso said, "Marc (trainer Major) said that this horse gave a good hint of things to come in his last race and that he should be competitive. He was more than competitive tonight--and in a formidable field, too."   Sand Wyndham came into the action as the richest performer in the field--$509,519--in 193 starts complimented with 33 wins and a 1:53.2 mark.   Trainer Marc Major said, "He (Sand Wyndham) might not be the same horse he was at his peak but, when he's classified right, he is very competitive. Anthony did a great job driving him tonight."   Amateur driver Verruso now has 53 lifetime victories--five this year in 35 starts.   Pompano Park's Pick-5 wager went unscathed for the second consecutive night and a healthy carry-over of $2,500 may prove to be a catalyst for Monday night's racing program.   Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, FL...November 13, 2014...There are dozens of "manias" that are part of society with Beatlemania and Wrestlemania among them. Then there is "hippomania," a passion for horses. On Saturday night, Pompano Park will host the "Hippomania" Pace, one of the most highly anticipated matchups in Pompano Park history. The field features a quintet of the best pacers ever to set foot on Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval--in alphabetical order, Duc Orleans, Mr Dennis, Northern Companion, Panocchio and Prairie Jaguar. Four of the five are seeking repeat victories while the "other," Prairie Jaguar, comes off a second place effort but is the only horse in Pompano history to record five winning efforts in 1:50 or faster. "It should be a 'barn-burner,'" said Mike Deters, trainer of Prairie Jaguar. "Here you have five exceptionally talented horses, each capable of threatening our track record under ideal circumstances. It's an honor to be included in this group." Indeed. Duc Orleans, the author of 16 lifetime victories, two of which have been clocked in 1:49.2, has been known to pace a final quarter under :26 seconds. Trained and driven by Donald Dupont for owner Gestion Levesque, the "Duc" grinded out a final half in :54.4 to pin a defeat on Prairie Jaguar in last week's encounter to push his lifetime bankroll close to $400,000. The soft-spoken Dupont humbly said, "He sure has come a long way from his first win up in Quebec--2:05." Prairie Jaguar, of course, is having a banner year, having earned over $90,000 for owners Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters. This Florida bred son of Spy Hard has three sub-1:50 wins--the fastest being 1:49, accomplished on two occasions here at Pompano Park. Trainer Deters has enlisted Aaron Byron to take the lines back of the "Jaguar," seeking his 11th win of the year. Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, is on a roll, having won the last two Open events in which he has competed at Pompano Park. The four year-old son of Panocchio has won six of his last seven starts and has seasonal earnings of $113,570 to go along with 14 wins this year. Not only does he have a 1:50.4 mark here at Pompano, Panocchio also has a splendid 1:51.3 mark over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Bruce Ranger will be back in the bike back of Panocchio and said, "this is one of the handiest horses I have ever driven...two fingers, he's that handy and he's very sharp right now." Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion looks to have "home field advantage" in the select field. Trained by Howard Klohr, "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has won 29 of his 37 career successes at Pompano Park. With a mark of 1:50.3, Northern Companion is well known for his explosive brushes and is capable of picking up the pieces off of an anticipated hot early pace. Dave Ingraham will be in the bike back of Northern Companion. The "unknown" quantity in the field is Mr Dennis, owned by the J L Benson Stables and trained by Joe Sanzeri. Having been competitive in recent Open events here at Pompano, this five year-old son of Dragon Again utilized a class dip in his last outing and, after taking command past a blazing :26.1 opener, went on to carve out amazing panels of :53.2 and 1:21.1 to score an open lengths win for Mike Micallef in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Mr Dennis has the rail in the Hippomania pace and could very well dictate the pace. The Hippomania pace gets an excellent Saturday evening card started as the first race on the program. Also on tap is the C. K. G. Billings event for amateur drivers. Billings, a wealthy industrialist and noted horseman, invested much of his time and fortune promoting the standardbred horse and its amateur participants. One of the great horses he owned was Lou Dillon, the first trotter ever to cover a mile in 2:00, that being in 1903. The Billings series was founded in 1981 and serves as a platform for amateur drivers to showcase the sport of harness racing at participating tracks throughout North America. Pompano Park's Saturday program is further enhanced by a Pick-5 carryover (covering races 2 through 6) and a Pick-4 with a patron friendly 12% takeout encompassing races 5 through 8.) Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 12, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, the pacing bred "trotting machine," took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night. Completing his jouney in 1:55.2, the nine year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, was driven by Kevin Wallis and pinned a one length defeat on the late charging She's All In, handled by Rick Plano. The early pacesetter, Increditable, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, finished third in a strong effort while Trot Fudge Sundae finished fourth. Gale Warning picked up the final award in the septet after a backside brush that put him at the winner's flank around the final bend. Starting from the outside post seven, Baby Boy Grin chruned up to take the lead right at the opening marker, clocked in :27.3. After reaching the lead, "Baby Boy" put up honest fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting clear turning for home and then holding off the stout challenge of the classy mare She's All In. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I was really proud of him tonight. You know he has raced mainly on half mile tracks throughout his career--oh, he's started a few times on larger tracks but not many--and last week was the first time he raced here. I thought I'd send him tonight because he seems to like being on the lead. He fought for the lead tonight and, once he got there, he was grabbing on all the way." For Baby Boy Grin, trained by Norm Dessureault for Geoff and Mary Howles, it was his 35th lifetime success, nine of which are this year. He has now banked $494,899 lifetime--$72,297 this season. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 10, 2014...Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley made her first career start at Pompano Park a winning one when she found a seam in the lane and stormed home in :28.1 to stop the tele-timer in 1:51.3. The four year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet won for the 12th time during her career but this was her success over a five-eighths mile oval--her other successes coming over 1/2, 7/8 and mile tracks both south and north of the border. Her margin of victory this night was a length over a very gritty Godiva Seelster, who lead every step of the journey for Wally Hennessey...except the final few. Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef, also put in a game performance, pressuring the leader most of the final lap but falling 1 1/4 lengths short at the line. Elleofnxample was fourth while favorite Arodasi picked up the nickel in the octet. When starter Adam Brownlee sent the fielding on their way, both Godiva Seelster and Pertty Music showed gate speed with Godiva reaching the opening station in :27.3 before reaching the half in :56.3. At that juncture, Just A Bee was already putting on the pressure and these two battled through a third panel of :26.3, reaching the 3/4s in 1:23.1. Meanwhile, Pertty Music was just biding her time and patiently waiting for a seam to loosen up front turning for home. When the first stitch came apart, Hensley sent his charge flying and she was able to collar the leaders and go on to victory. After the event, driver Hensley said, "She's shown she has a great kick, especially on a large track so I wasn't sure about how she's handle a slightly smaller oval, having come from the larger one in Indiana. I haven't had her all that long but she's proving to me that she can go with the top ones." The victory was the fifth of the year in 24 starts for Pertty Music, pushing her seasonal bounty to $53,230. She's banked $198,647 lifetime and owns a splendid mark of 1:51 accomplished over the seven-eighths surface at Hoosier Park. Off at 7 to 2 as second choice in the betting, Pertty Music paid $9.40 to her backers. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL....The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) sponsored Stallion Stakes continued at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Owosso Flash taking the $25,000 event for two year-old pacing colts and geldings and Tough Issue grabbing top honors in the $22,500 event for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Owosso Flash, deftly handled by Mike Deters, survived a very rocky beginning and went on to score a 1 1/4 length decision over Gold Star Roger, driven by Wally Ross, Jr., in 1:58.1. Caesar's Forum teamed up with Bruce Ranger to finish third with Drake fourth. Dustin picked up the nickel in the sextet. As the gate sprung, both Drake and Stutz were vying for supremacy early with Dustin away in good order, as well. Around the first turn--at the first yellow (eighth) pole--Owosso Flash shied away and took a right turn toward the paddock, spotting the field some 15 lengths. Deters gathered him up, calmed him down and began trudging forward after a :30 opener by Drake. Stutz then quickly took over and marched over top the half in 1:01.1 with Drake in the garden spot and "Flash" motoring forward in third and on his way toward the top, a spot he reached heading into the far turn. With a "picked up" 3/4 time of 1:29.3, Owosso Flash turned for home with the lead and repelled the mid-stretch threat of Gold Star Roger to score his third consecutive win against his classmates. In a post race interview, Deters said, "this colt is very green--fast, but green--and, yes, he took a right turn shying away from that first pole. He showed he can pace a little tonight. He probably paced his last 7/8s around 1:40 or so." Owosso Flash, formerly named Prairie Sam's Son, was renamed in honor of horse owner John Spindler of Owosso, Michigan, who took Mike Deters under his wing when Deters' father passed away at a young age. "It's just a little tribute to a gentleman I considered to be a father to me," said Deters, "and I have, to this day, great admiration for him--an admiration that cannot be put in sufficient words." With the win--his third lifetime in four starts, this son of Royal Millennium pushed his earnings to $20,300 with the most lucrative of the Florida Stakes season entering its richest stages. Laurie Poulin owns Owosso Flash along with Deters. Tough Issue, also trained by Deters but driven this night by Bruce Ranger, took the Stallion Stake for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings by edging past a stubborn Gold Star Kenny P, handled by Mickey McNichol, in 1:57.2. Owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue, a son of Tough Sir, waged all out war with Gold Star Kenny during an opening quarter blistered in :26.4 before yielding to that one and inheriting the garden journey the rest of the way before tilting out turning for home and wearing down "Kenny" midway down the lane. Warlock was third in the trio. After the mile, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "well, we lost the battle (an opening panel in :26.4) but eventually won the war at the end...and that's what counts. For Tough Issue, it was only his third win of the year in 18 starts but this win came at the right time and sent the gelding's 2014 bounty to $30,101 and $85,846 lifetime. Both of these events were off the betting card. On the card was the $10,000 Open Pace and that went to the 1 to 2 betting favorite Duc Dorleans, trained and driven by Donald Dupont for Gestion C Levesque. Away fourth in the field of seven, Duc Dorleans let Prairie Jaguar, handled by Aaron Byron, open up a long lead off of hot fractions of :26.2 and :54.3. On the backside, "Duc" began chewing into "Jaguar's" lead, moved along side at junction number three timed in 1:22 and edged by the stubborn Prairie Jaguar to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.3. Raji's Blue Line and Mike Micallef teamed up to be third while Cartoonist was fourth. Audrey's Dream picked up the minors. After the race, driver Dupont said, "my horse is very classy and he can churn a long, long way. I wasn't too worried that Prairie Jaguar had that big lead because I know my horse has closed miles with some very fast quarters--like :26! He was very sharp tonight." The winner, a four year-old son of Shanghai Phil, gave Dupont his first driving win since a victory at Grand River Raceway in September of 2010. Duc Dorleans now has 16 wins in 52 lifetime starts, good for $392,856--$99,054 this season on the strength of a 4-7-1 scorecard in 21 starts. The winner paid $3.00 to his backers. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With two classes of the FSBOA Stallion Stakes highlighting the midweek card at Pompano Park, Gold Star Dynasty was in the "limelight" after a lifetime best 1:56.3 performance in the two year-old filly pace while the filly Limelight was creating a "dynasty" of her own in winning the distaff event for pacing sophomores. Gold Star Dynasty, the splendid Six Of Diamonds filly owned and trained by Tom Audley (and family), pushed her lifetime earnings to $22,262 in just five starts with a very sharp wire-to-wire win in the $26,000 Stallion Stakes for Wally Ross, Jr. for her third lifetime win. Taking the lead at the outset from her outside post six, Ross rated the filly to perfection, clocking fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before sending the lass sprinting home in :27.4, stopping the tele-timer in the aforementioned 1:56.3, annihilating her previous mark by three full seconds. The highly regarded Paxxie, handled by Bruce Ranger, was second, 6 ½ lengths away, while Davita and Bob Roberts teamed up for show honors. Arties Diamond Gal was fourth with Creamsicle picking up the nickel. After the race, driver Wally Ross, Jr. said, "this filly likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go...not necessarily on top, but close. Tonight, I thought it best to get her into it early from the outside. She really seemed to relish being on the lead the entire route tonight. I was just a passenger." Even money on the tote-board, Gold Star Dynasty was second choice in the betting--Paxxie was 4 to 5--and paid $4.20 to her faithful. In the $28,500 Stallion Stakes for the three year-old fillies, Beauty In The Bridle Stable's Limelight, deftly handled by Tom Sells, made a quarter move to the top and, after a :28.3 opener, clocked subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27 before turning on her after-burners with the filly striding home in :28.3 to stop the timer in 1:55.3, her margin of victory 1 ¼ lengths over Marion, driven by Matt Romano. Limelight has created somewhat of a "dynasty" in her own right, having swept her four legs of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes to go along with her victory on this night. Voluminous, handled by Bruce Ranger, was next. ICU Charlie T was fourth in the mile while Gold Star Jessica picked up the final award in the field of nine. After the race, driver Tom Sells related, "she's a very nice filly...very handy. She is very well mannered and proved that tonight when there was a recall that kept all of 'em on the track for several extra minutes. I made that quarter move to stay out of trouble and she did the rest...all on her own." Trained by Rosie Huff, Limelight won for the seventh time in 11 starts this year, good for $41,145. She's banked $56,274 lifetime. Favored at 1 to 2 on the board, Limelight paid $3.00 to win. Finally, Andover America, the still splendid nine year-old son of Andover Hall, won for the fourth consecutive time in Pompano Park's $10,000 top Open trotting event for Bruce Ranger. Owned by McTrade Enterprises, Andover America led at every marker clocking panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to score a rather handy victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Count Speed, in the garden spot for Wally Hennessey the entire route, finished second with Baby Boy Grin third for Kevin Wallis. The Kept Man and Majestic Won picked up the final two awards in the septet. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, "you know, I keep saying that Andover may be a step slower than when he was last season--age does that, you know--but he sprinted out of the gate like a youngster tonight...and all on his own. I thought a quick opening quarter like that (:27.4) might leave him a little wanting at the end but he really felt like he wanted to go on and on." For Andover America, it was his seventh triumph of the year, sending his seasonal earnings to $45,650. He has now banked $785,890 in his career on the strength of a 57-32-18 scorecard in 152 lifetime starts. Despite coming into the action with the winning streak, Andover America was allowed to go off at 3 to 1 and returned $8.20 to win as the second choice. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With year-end harness racing opportunities in the waning stages as northern tracks go into their winter hiatus, Pompano Park is gearing up for the prime of their season with Late Closing events and other "Condition" events stretching from January through their closing in late June. Brett Revington, Director of Racing, said the new implementations, along with industry wide coverage from TVG, could propel Pompano Park to new plateaus of success for the horsemen and the fans. "First off," Revington said, "with the added spark from TVG among other things, we expect to offer purse increases in all classes by mid-December with these increases in effect at least through the prime of our season." Revington expects the top Opens to race for $15,000, an increase of 50% from current levels. He added, "I also expect that we will have 'Open 2' events which will also have high class claimers--up to $30,000--going for around $12,000." Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank is putting the final touches on Late Closers for claimers ranging from $6,000 to $30,000 to be contested in January and February with other condition series in the planning stages for March and April. Revington continued, "We'll also have some lucrative events for horsemen that intend to stay with us the entire route. "With the mixed sale on tap in Harrisburg, we know that owners might be anxious to get some of their investment back...especially during the beautiful winters here with our 75 degree breezes gently bathing us from the ocean." Pompano Park's 126 night racing season continues through June 27, 2015 with the prime time of the season featuring racing five nights per week. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 3, 2014...With TVG expanding Pompano Park's visibility on Monday night, the south Florida oval hosted four classes--three off the betting card--of the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes along with their weekly top Open event for mares. The first non-wagering affair, the $23,500 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, went to the Proud Bushy lass Brandy, surviving challenges on both sides of her girth to score a narrow win over Zendaya (Bob Roberts) and Livy M (Tom Sells) in 2:04.1, a lifetime best performance. Owned by Jay and Kim Sears and trained by Kim, the youngster showed solid determination as her challengers surrounded her late in the mile to score by a head to push her scorecard to 3-2-0 in just five lifetime starts--her earnings now $22,821. In the second event off the card for three year-old trotting colts and geldings, the Wewering gelding Showing Off did just that for driver Bob Roberts in scoring a win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, his winning margin measured at 11 1/4 lengths over Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) with Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) next and Gator On Patrol (Bob Williams, Jr.) finishing fourth in the quartet. But that story was far from complete. Though the lines show "1's" at every pole, Showing Off actually inherited the top spot when Geronimo Fame made a miscue shortly before the opener. The latter then regained his composure and rallied to be second, but the judges saw an incident at the top of the lane and, when the official results were posted. Midnight Michael was moved up a notch, as was Gator On Patrol with Geronimo placed to the back. For Showing Off, though, it was his fourth success in just five starts this semester, vaulting his earnings to $21,342 for the year and $67,724 lifetime. for owners Richard and Sandra Dunmire, who own along with Jay Sears. That win completed a "double" for trainer Kim Sears...but she wasn't quite finished just yet. The final event off the card was won by Jay Sears' Markie, also trained by Kim Sears, giving her the "hat trick." This three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy was fifth (and last) early on but, once in the lane for the first time, rushed up to take the lead three-eighths into the mile and went on to romp home a winner by 11 1/2 lengths for Bob Roberts. While her mile was clocked in 2:00.4, it was not quite a lifetime mark--that being 2:00.1 at Sunshine Meadows--but it extended her unblemished record in 2014 to five. She's also won eight straight going back to when she took home the two year-old Florida bred crown. Markie now has $81,800 in lifetime bounty--$24,100 of that this season. Last Match T (Rob Hoffman) was second while Gold Star Ginger (Wally Ross, Jr.) was next. Trotting JC Poss was fourth with Super Luna picking up the nickel in the quintet. On the card were two divisions of the $30,500 Stallion Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings and there were minor upsets in both. In the opener, the solid gaited Railee Workable, owned by Fred Morosini along with Ken Fritz, stayed out of trouble by taking command just past the opening panel and went on to score a handy eight length win for Mickey McNichol in 2:02.2. This youngster is by Basil, trained by Lou Ginesi, and now sports a scorecard of 3-1-0 in four starts, good for $14,464. Trotting Miduhyo and Donald Dupont teamed up for place honors while Gold Star Kevin, with Wally Ross, Jr. in the bike, third. Carter was fourth in the mile while Prairie Fortune, 3 to 5 on the board, made a very early miscue and was well back the entire route. Second choice in the wagering, Railee Workable paid $4.40 to win. The second division for the two year-old colts and geldings went to Victory Park, an altered son of Arapa Victory, driven by Bruce Ranger, who tracked the favorite RJ's Iron Man (Bob Williams, Jr.) to nail the latter in the final strides for the win in 2:04.3, a new lifetime mark. Harrison (Mickey McNichol) finished third while Saturn was moved up a notch to fourth, as was BJ's Tebow to fifth, this after Rocco Dangerous decided to pace most of his mile. Second choice on the board at 2 to 1 (Iron Man was 3 to 5), the backers of Victory Park were rewarded with a $6.20 mutuel while owners Barbara Turcotte, Victoria Howard, Peter Roccasano and Ron Ruggles were rewarded with the winner's share of the $15,500 purse, sending his earnings to $11,222 in his four career starts. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Pace for the distaffers, Mach Me Not, handled by Dan Clements, got the jump on favored Winbak Heavenly mid-way around the final turn to score a handy win measuring 2 3/4 lengths. The pacesetting Bombilla Hanover, cutting panels of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 finished third in the mile, which was clocked in 1:54. The tough eight year-old Mach Three mare, owned by the S S G Stables won for the fifth time this year--26th lifetime--to send her career bankroll closer to the $300,000 mark--$289,612 to be exact. After the event, driver Dan Clements had high praise for the mare and her trainer. "Jim (trainer McDonald) really has had her sharp the last several starts since she arrived at Pompano Park. She had been second her last four starts but really racing tough. You know, some times when you ask your horse to get, either they have it or they don't. Tonight, I asked her and she just about said, 'Yeah, I am ready to rock and roll for you'...and she did just that. She just exploded with pace when I asked!" As fourth choice in her quintet of mares, Mach Me Not paid $15.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 3, 3014…A “trifecta” of excellent events highlight the Monday card at Pompano Park. TVG begins coverage at South Florida’s famed oval with expansive coverage on tap as the track moves closer to its prime mid-winter dates. Director of Racing Brett Revington sees TVG as a great stepping stone for the track saying, “The TVG network is regarded as one of the very best in the industry and it’s an honor and privilege to be part of their excellence in covering the sport. “We have excellent, competitive racing here and their coverage will help in ‘spreading the gospel’ about our racing product.” Revington continued, “No pun intended…but we are ‘revved’ up about this new and exciting partnership.” Proof of that comes in the form of five stakes events being contested on Monday night. The FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes sports $103,500 on the line in five separate divisions featuring Florida’s best two and three year-olds. In the $23,500 event for two year-old trotting fillies, Livy M and Brandy will, once again, renew what has become an intense rivalry with each filly having beaten the other in two of their four lifetime starts. In the $24,000 Stallion Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Showing Off had been the dominant factor…until Geronimo Fame came into the picture and pinned a four length defeat on him in his last start.    A purse of $25,500 is on the line for the three year-old trotting fillies with the undefeated Markie—four-for-four this season—looking to extend her current winning streak to eight going back to her 2013 championship season. The $30,500 Stallion Stakes for two year-old trotting colts and geldings features two divisions with Prairie Fortune and Railee Workable, renewing their newly formed rivalry in the first and RJ’s Iron Man looking to repeat his impressive win of last week in the second. Finally, Pompano Park, in cooperation with the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program, will offer a guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 pool on tonight’s program. That wager is further enhanced with a patron friendly 12% takeout. Revington added that, “…it’s important to include our patrons in improving our product here in South Florida, so I really like the fact that we are able to reduce the takeout on this wagering opportunity.” Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 1, 2014...Panocchio, again superbly handled by Bruce Ranger, eked out a narrow 1:51.1 decision over Canadian invader Duc Dorleans at Pompano Park on Saturday night. The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, led at every pole in chilly 60 degree temperatures and withstood the furious late surge of the "Duc," who also got a splendid journey from Donald Dupont--the official margin being a neck. Raji's Blue Line, with Mike Micallef in the bike, was third 2 3/4 lengths away while Northern Companion finished fourth. Hurricane Howard picked up the final award in the field of eight with Cartoonist, the highly regarded Prairie Jaguar seventh and Next Flight In completing the field. Beginning from the outside eight post, Panocchio again left sharply but, this this around, had to loop around both Prairie Jaguar and Duc Dorleans before assuming the lead around turn one and taking the field to the opening panel in:26.3. At this juncture, Duc Dorleans, who began the fray one post inside Prairie Jaguar, had secured the second spot, keeping "Jaguar" outside, a situation he was forced to endure the entire way. Through a half in :54.4 and three quarters in 1:23, Panocchio continued to enjoy a lead slightly more than a length with Duc Dorleans continuing in the garden spot and Raji's Blue Line next. Turning for home, Duc Dorleans left the cozy pocket and engaged Panocchio in a duel to the wire--a duel he lost in the photo finish. In a post race interview, driver Ranger said, "...with a talented field like this, I had no choice but to send Panocchio and try and secure the lead. If I don't, then I could find myself eight lengths out of it...and it's difficult to make up that much ground in a talented field such as this. He raced awesome again....very handy...and very game. Jim (trainer Mattison) and Vicki (Jim's wife) take great care of him and you can tell he's a very happy racehorse." For Panocchio, it was his 14th victory of the season--22nd lifetime--and sent his career bounty to $162,445--$113,570 this season. In other Pompano Park happenings on Saturday night, a whole host of horsemen and women gathered in the winner's circle after the second race to honor the 100th birthday of Aime Choquette. Choquette, the legendary trainer for Delvin Miller for many decades, was not in South Florida for the festivities but, rather, took in the proceedings from his residence in Ontario, Canada. A blanket commerating Choquette;s bithday was presented to the winning horse. The banket was sponsored by the Florida Amateur Drivers Club. Also, the Florida Chapter of U.S.H.W.A. presented their monthly caretaker of the month award to Ron Young, caretaker of Tug River Dylan, who took a new trotting mark of 1:53.3 during the final days of Pompano Park's meet last May. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2014...The newly formed rivalry between Prairie Jaguar and Panocchio continues at Pompano Park on Saturday night but a new entity in from Canada, Duc Dorleans, looks to spoil that confrontation. Last week, Panocchio, deftly handled by Bruce Ranger, put a slight dent in Prairie Jaguar's crown by scoring a 1:50.4 decision over that one to send his 2014 bounty to $113,570 for owners Emile Johnson, Jr. and trainer Jim Mattison. "Yeah," said Mattison, "he's gone from being hot headed and ornery to a very smart racehorse. I have to give my wife, Vicki, credit for that. She's the one with the magic touch. "He's had a good campaign--but tough--but he seemed to come out of last week's mile very well." Panocchio has been assigned the outside post in this week's octet and, once again, will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky and is the narrow 9 to 5 favorite in the morning line. Prairie Jaguar, the author of five winning miles in 1:50 or faster at Pompano Park, usually has lightning gate speed but, last week, he was hard pressed to make the top through a :27 opener and, after carving panels of :54.3 and 1:22.3, grudgingly succumbed to Panocchio's pocket sitting journey. This six-year-old Florida bred, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, is the 2 to 1 second choice and seeks his 11th win of the year--seven of those in South Florida. About the new rivalry, trainer Deters said, "Believe me, it's an honor to be second to a horse of Panocchio's caliber. Even on a half miler, that horse can grind and grind and grind until he gets the job done. It will be interesting!" The "new kid on the block" this week is Duc Dorleans, coming in to the action as the richest performer in the field--$385,356--along with a 1:49.2 mark of his own. Owned by the Levesque Stable, Duc Dorleans is very well known for his striking speed at the end of his miles. Trainer-driver Donald Dupont said, "Yes, this horse has been known to pace last quarters in :25 and a piece. Of course, that was on a larger track (Mohawk) so I am hoping the pace will be fast enough so he can pick up the pieces in the stretch. Of course, there are five others looking to do the same including Northern Companion, Cartoonist and Raji's Blue Line. Northern Companion is no stranger to the Pompano Park winner's circle, having won 28 of his 36 lifetime successes here in South Florida--the fastest in 1:50.3. Owned by Dorothy Zarza, "Buddy," as he's known around the barn, is trained by Howard Klohr and will have Dave Ingraham in the bike. Cartoonist, owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, won the Open two starts ago in a lifetime best performance--1:51.3--and will have Wally Hennessey handling the lines. Raji's Blue Line steps up to the "big time" after circling his competition with a final 3/4s in 1:24 to score in Pompano Park's Open 2 last week in 1:53.2. His mark, though, is 1:51. Trainer Mike Micallef will be in the bike on Saturday. Hurricane Howard, partnered in the wagering with Prairie Jaguar, and Next Flight In complete the classy field. Also noteworthy is that TVG will carry Pompano Park on their widely viewed network beginning Monday, November 3 and continue on Mondays during the month. It is expected that coverage will expand during the peak of the Pompano racing season. The "guaranteed" $5,000 Pick-4 will be featured on Mondays and Wednesdays during the month of November, this offered in partnership with the USTA Strategic Partnership Program. That particular wager is also enhanced by a "fan friendly" 12% takeout, among the lowest in the entire industry. Pompano post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 29, 2014...Andover America, the ultra-game warrior owned by Mc Trade Enterprises, kept his record unblemished at Pompano Park for the new season by scoring his Third Straight win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night. The nine year-old altered son of Andover Hall stopped the timer in 1:56.3 for Bruce Ranger, eking out a narrow win from the late charging Its Payday Friday, driven by Dan Clements--the winning margin a neck. Gale Warning, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, finished third while Majestic Won was next with Naughty Not Nice earning the final award in the sextet. Andover America, who had shown nothing but "1's" on his past performance lines in his first two wins, tried to repeat that strategy this night by blasting out of the gate and taking the field to the opener in :28.3. Right at that first station, driver Mike Micallef sent his own warrior, Gale Warning, on the prowl and took over the lead three-eighths into the mile and got over to the half in :57.1 and continued to lead the way past the 3/4s in 1:26.3. Turning for home, Ranger yanked on the right line, engaged Gale Warning in a duel, gamely outfought that one and then held off the furious late surge of Its Payday Friday to score in the photo finish. The latter, incidentally, made a bobble leaving and spotted the field up to 10 lengths before regaining his composure while almost pulling off the upset. In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Andover (America) is just a wonderful racehorse...a dream racehorse. Yes, he might be a step or two slower than his peak days a couple of years ago, but he sure knows how to win." When asked about whether he was worried about the late rally of Its Payday Friday, Ranger admitted, "I never saw him. When he made that jump at the start, I thought, 'well, that's one less than I have to worry about.' Let's just say the wire came at the right time. The victory sent Andover America's lifetime earnings to $780,890. At 1 to 5 on the tote-board, the winner paid $2.60 to his loyal followers. Racing continues on Saturday night with a key matchup featuring Panocchio and Prairie Jaguar. Duc Dorleans looks to spoil the party for the highly regarded aforementioned, coming into the action with the richest scorecard in the field--$385,356 to go along with a mark of 1:49.2. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL....Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) have signed a letter of intent outlining terms of a three-year deal, pending execution by both parties of a final definitive agreement.   Pursuant to the letter of intent, the agreement would be effective immediately and extend through the 2016-2017 racing season. The definitive agreement would also extend Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park's current season of 126 racing days through June 27, 2015.   According to Brett Revington, Isle's director of racing, "Under the terms outlined in the letter of intent, projections indicate that purses should average $75,000 per racing program during the peak of the season--January through March--with total purses estimated at $8.5 million representing a nearly 20% increase over purses from last season."   Revington added, "We expect TVG to begin racing coverage at the Isle on Mondays beginning November 3, with additional coverage at three days per week during the peak season. The proposed new agreement gives both Isle and FSBOA the opportunity to make harness racing the best it can be here in South Florida,"    Additionally as part of the proposed new agreement, a new marketing committee consisting of parties from both the Isle and FSBOA will be formed to attract new racing patrons and enhance the racing experience for guests.   To view the Isle racing schedule please visit our website at and click on the racing tab or call the Isle direct at 954.972.2000.   From the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 25, 2014...The New York harness racing invader Panocchio upset the highly vaunted Prairie Jaguar on Saturday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open pace. The winner, no stranger to South Florida's five-eighths mile oval, got the picture perfect handling from Bruce Ranger to pin a defeat measuring 1 1/4 lengths on Prairie Jaguar, driven by Aaron Byron. Fancyfreeshark and Mike Micallef teamed up for show honors while Cartoonist finished fourth with Northern Companion picking up the nickel. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio won for the 21st time in just 48 lifetime starts, sending his career bounty to $157,445--$108,570 this year on the strength of 13 wins in 24 starts. Though starting from the outside eight post, Panocchio actually blasted out of the gate ahead of Prairie Jaguar, vaulting to the lead in the first couple of strides and taking the field to the opening panel in :27. Prairie Jaguar, usually on the bit from the get-go, was a bit tardy this time around and only took command after the opener and rocketed over to the half in :54.3 and continued on the engine through three-quarters in 1:22.3. Just short of that third station, Panocchio left the cozy pocket and began his attack, puting his head in front turning for home and sealing the seal with a :28 finale. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger had high praise for this four year-old son of No Pan Intended, as well as both Jim and Vicki Mattison. "You can drive this horse with two fingers...he's that handy. It wasn't always that way, though, At first, he could be very headstrong and up tight and tough to handle. Jim (trainer Mattison) has done just a remarkable job with him and Vicki's--that's Jim's wife--tender loving care has paid off in spades." The large crowd on hand at Pompano Park actually made Panocchio the slight favorite--6 to 5 on the board--and he returned $4.60 to his faithful. John Berry

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