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Beckhams Z Tam is the type of horse that likes to have fun. But when it comes time to work, the colt is all business. And after watching Beckhams Z Tam take care of business in his most recent start, his harness racing connections are ready to send the Indiana-bred pacer on a business trip --- to the Pepsi North America Cup at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. Beckhams Z Tam was among 25 horses entered in the North America Cup, which is for 3-year-old pacers and features a C$1 million final on June 17. The 25 horses were divided into three eliminations, to be contested Saturday, with the top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot advancing to the final. The connections of elimination winners earn the right to select their post position for the final. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for Saturday's card. Beckhams Z Tam is in the second of the three North America Cup eliminations. The division also includes returning Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville and Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight. Beckhams Z Tam will start from post three with driver Ricky Macomber Jr., who is making his first appearance in the North America Cup. Jamie Macomber, Ricky's wife, trains Beckhams Z Tam, who is 4-for-4 this year but will be stepping up in competition at Mohawk. All of the colt's wins have been against conditioned-level horses at Hoosier Park, but Beckhams Z Tam's most recent triumph in 1:51 is tied for the 12th fastest win time of the season by a 3-year-old pacer. The victory followed a nearly one-month layoff because of sickness. Following the win, the Macombers consulted with owner Bill Matz of Z Tam Stables and Beckhams Z Tam's former trainer Wilbur Eash regarding the trip to the North America Cup. "Ricky said when he came off the track after his last start that he thought we should enter him," Jamie Macomber said. "I asked Mr. Matz what he was leaning toward and he said he was always game to take a shot. We have nothing to lose. He's not going to miss any racing in Indiana if we're fortunate enough to be up there for two weeks. "Wilbur said all along this is a nice colt. When it came to staking him this winter, we all talked and came up with a little schedule for him. Wilbur made a comment earlier this season that he'd been waiting on a horse like this for 40 years. Wilbur knew he was special." Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling trainer Ron Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses, from the 61-year-old Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "He's a really nice colt," Macomber said. "Unfortunately he hasn't faced the competition that the others we're racing against have faced. So far he's done everything we've asked of him." Last year, Beckhams Z Tam was winless in six races, but finished second on three occasions. Two of his runner-up finishes came in $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Macomber was able to bring the horse along slowly this year because he fit in low-level conditioned races. The horse romped in his four victories, with no margin of triumph less than 1-1/2 lengths. "He's matured a lot," Macomber said. "Ricky likes him and has confidence in him, so that's a good thing. "Off the track, I love his personality. He's always happy. In the barn he acts like a good horse; he rests a lot, he eats well and he loves to play. He's a ham. He's always got his head out the gate when he's awake. On the track, he's fun and playful when we first go out, but when it's time to go to work he gets down to business. There's really nothing to dislike about him." Beckhams Z Tam is a son of stallion Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm. His second dam is Modern Bobbi, who is the mother of last season's Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male pacing champion On The Virg. Interestingly, On The Virg and Beckhams Z Tam finished 1-2 in one of the $75,000 finals at Hoosier last year. In addition to being staked to the North America Cup, Beckhams Z Tam is eligible to the Breeders Crown, which will be held at Hoosier Park in October, as well as the Jenna's Beach Boy and Monument Circle stakes. Beckhams Z Tam hopes to follow in the hoof prints of Indiana-bred horses that have enjoyed success on the Grand Circuit in recent years, including the past two Horse of the Year Award winners, Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "They've really stepped up a lot in the last few years, so that's very encouraging," Macomber said. "It's fun to think we could possibly have a good one on our hands." For more information on the Pepsi North America Cup and all the festivities, visit www.NorthAmericaCup.com Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination 1 (Race 3) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Lawrencetown Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 2 – Ideal Wheel – American Ideal - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Western Hill – Western Ideal - Doug McNair 4 – Downbytheseaside – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 5 – Some Attitude – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 6 – Eddard Hanover – Dragon Again - Matt Kakaley 7 – Sports Column – Sportswriter - Chris Christoforou 8 – Stealth Bomber – Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller Elimination 2 (Race 8) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Arsenal Seelster – Artistic Fella - Jonathan Drury 2 – Huntsville – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick 3 – Beckhams Z Tam – Always A Virgin - Richard Macomber 4 – Classic Pro – Shadow Play - Trevor Henry 5 – Ozone Blue Chip – Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick 6 – Normandy Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Beyond Delight – Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion 8 – Miso Fast – Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley 9 – Richard Hill – Mach Three - Doug McNair Elimination 3 (Race 9) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Mac's Jackpot – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 2 – Hurricane Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Filibuster Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 4 – Mc Mach – Mach Three - Paul MacDonell 5 – Darling's Dragon – Dragon Again - Donald Dupont 6 – Ocean Colony – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Fear The Dragon – Dragon Again - David Miller 8 – Streakavana – Big Jim - Sylvain Filion Ken Weingartner

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2017...Wild Wanda, overlooked in the wagering at 7 to 1, sprung a mild harness racing upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, edging by a game Godiva Seelster, the 6 to 5 second choice, with a :27.2 final panel to score in 1:51.4, a seasonal mark. Goldstar Rockette, the longest proposition in the field at 62 to 1, finished third, just a length away while Pertty Music was fourth. The late charging OK Heavenly picked up the nickel as the even money favorite, Gweneeee J, finished sixth in the classy septet. At the outset, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. sent Wild Wanda out quickly from her post four with Godiva Seelster on the engine from post six for Wally Hennessey. Hennessey had Godiva in front midway around the opening turn and took the field through an opening quarter in :27 with Wanda next, Goldstar Rockette (John MacDonald) third--positions that would remain unchanged through a moderately rated half of :57. On the backside, Hennessey let Godiva Seelster have her way and she was on her way through a :27.1 third panel trying to shake loose from the field. But she couldn't. Turning for home, Wild Wanda left the comfort of her pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, finally sticking her nose in front a sixteenth from home and on to victory by a half length. In the post-race interview, Macomber related, "well, we got a perfect trip tonight. Wally rated his mare beautifully and, when we got to the half so soft, I wasn't that confident that we could get to her--after all, she's one heckuva mare, herself. "But my mare responded. She's a gutsy thing, especially when she gets a trip like tonight. She must've paced her last half in :54.3 or so. "I'm proud of her. She raced very well tonight...and so did Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster). "It certainly wasn't a case of her giving up. It was just a case of us getting that pocket trip!" For Wild Wanda, trained by Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, it was her third win in five starts this year, sending her earnings to $18,510. Lifetime, Wild Wanda has a 26-23-6 scorecard in 85 career starts, good for $342,625. As the third choice in the wagering, Wild Wanda returned $17.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the highly anticipated Italian-American Amateur Series beginning and continuing on Sunday. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. CANADIAN HITS SUPER HI-5 AT POMPANO FOR $107,247 Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale was hit on Tuesday night, February 14, when the only winning  ticket with the 4-5-10-3-1 purchased in Canada worth $107,247.64 ($81,978 U.S. Funds). College Major, an eight year-old gelded son of Art Major, came from dead last at the stretch call to post a one length win for Matt Romano at odds of 42-1--his first win of the season for owner-trainer Jason Mac Dougall. Surge Seelster, the 2 to 1 second choice, finished second for Corey Braden, while River Valley and Kevin Wallis teamed up to be third at odds of 8 to 1. The 3 to 2 favorite, Thumpem, finished fourth while McGreat closed out the Super Hi-5 finale ticket with a fifth place finish at 61 to 1. The unidentified bettor paid $64.80 for the ticket on the 20 cent based wager, which proved to be the highest payoff of the season at Pompano Park. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 1, 2017...Wild Wanda, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, won a wild finish in Pompano Park's $11,000 harness racing mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night, holding off Pertty Music (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a scant head in 1:52.1. Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey), closed fastest of all in the race--:27.2--to finish third just a half-length away after being last much of the mile. OK Heavenly finished fourth, 1¼ lengths away while Metro Glide finished a late-charging fifth, just two lengths back in the tightly knitted field of six. At the outset, it was a wild scramble for supremacy as Wild Wanda outdueled Yes You Can before yielding to Pertty Music just a few strides past the :27.1 opener. Around turn two, Macomber pulled on his mare's right line and she was quickly up to regain control past the half in :56. The pace quickened on the backside with Wild Wanda pacing her third quarter in :27.3 to reach the third station in 1:23.3 with Pertty Music now edging a closer second, Yes You Can two lengths further back. In the lane, Wild Wanda was put to the test as Pertty Music began gnawing away with Jets Are On finally finding her way off the pylons and sweeping up on the outside. In that aforementioned wild finish, Wild Wanda found the wire first with Pertty Music just a head away. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. remarked, "I was a little worried when we hit the final turn because, last week, she really didn't finish her mile like she usually does and the three-quarters was in that same time--1:23.3. "This week, she dug in a little better and held off George's (Napolitano) mare (Pertty Music). They both raced well and Wally's mare (Jets Are On) came flying, too." Trained by Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, the six year-old daughter of Palone Ranger won for the 25th time during her career, sending her lifetime bounty to $335,995--$11,880 in her three starts so far in 2017. As the slight favorite at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Wild Wanda returned a $4.60 mutuel to her faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with a memorial event honoring the late, great horseman, Frank O'Mara. O'Mara recently passed away at the age of 84 after a grand career that included such stars as Nite Shirt, Timely's Best Man, Keystone Accent and Mystic Park. The O'Mara Memorial is carded as the second race on the Saturday night program. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 22, 2017...Rocky's Z Tam, fresh off a 1:50.4 winning effort in conditioned company a week ago, stepped up to the top Pompano Park Open ranks and promptly won that, as well, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 for harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll took home the major share of the $12,000 purse in pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck over the pacesetting Respectable Dream, handled by Rick Plano. Bluehourpower, also from the Macomber Stable and driven by Corey Braden, finished third, 2½ lengths away while Fritzie Pic Up Man finished fourth. Mystic Desire picked up the nickel in the quintet. It was a "picture perfect" journey for Rocky's Z Tam, who left alertly from the rail, allowing Respectable Dream to take command around the initial turn and on to a quarter in a hot :26.2. At this juncture, Fritzie Pic Up Man was third followed by Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire. On the backside after a half in :55, both Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire tilted to the outside but a :27.3 third panel left those two unable to dent significantly into the leader's margin of 1½ length past that third station in 1:22.3. Turning for home, Macomber left the coziness of his pocket and Rocky's Z Tam began gnawing away at the leader, gaining an ever-so-slight advantage just a couple of strides from the wire. After the race, Macomber said, "well, we sure got a 'picture perfect' journey, didn't we? Those first and third quarters were pretty good and we were just drafting along. Once we straightened away, I tilted him (Rocky's Z Tam) out and he kept grinding until he got it done. "It was a very nice mile for him...and me, too!" Trained by Jamie Macomber for the Z Tam Stables, Rocky's Z Tam won for the second time in four starts this semester, pushing his earnings this young season to $11,570. Lifetime, Rocky's Z Tam has bounty of $116,521. Even money on the tote-board, Rocky's Z Tam paid $4.20 to win. The same Macomber, Macomber, Z Tam Stables tandem also teamed up to score in the $10,000 Open 2 Pace with Uncmprmising Z Tam, as this four year-old altered son of Shadyshark Hanover made a quarter move to the top and, off that :26.2 opener, carded panels of :55.1 and 1:23 in route to a 1:51.3 win. Trained by Jamie Macomber and with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike for the Z Tam Stables, Uncmprmising Z Tam scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the late surging First of Itskind (Tom Jackson). Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) finished third, just a nostril further back while He's A Lock finished a fast closing (:27.3) fourth. The Optimist picked up the final award in the field of eight. The winner now has nine lifetime wins and $242,563 on his career card. Off at even money, Uncmprmising ZTam paid $4.00 to his multitude of backers. Monday's Pompano program features the ever-popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot with the tough nine year-old gelding My Revenuer after his fifth straight win for owner-trainer Tom Petri. Brad Kramer is expected in the sulky back of My Revenuer, who has been installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite. Among the competitors this week is She's All In, the eight year-old mare who has been competitive in Open company over this season. Owner-trainer Rick Plano will be in the sulky back of the gutsy daughter of Revenue S. Monday's card also features a carryover in the track's Pick-6 of $4,412. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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

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

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2016 - Freshman trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Wednesday, October 5. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Jesse V staged a valiant stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo for win in 1:58.2 and notch his third consecutive harness racing victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, Jesse V was away a worrisome seventh while a host of others left for early position. Herbies Wild Child was hustled off the gate by driver Rick Farrington to get the first call in :27.4 but Rick Plano also had Swan Chase out and firing. Swan Chase reached command at the half in :58 but things continued to be eventful on the front end as Darrell Wright had Striking Warrior on an assignment to the front approaching the final turn. Swan Chase continued to call the shots at third station in 1:28 but the rest of the field was steadily closing in. Don Harmon had My Uncle Cuz well placed second-over and he ranged up to engage the leader as the field straightened away for home. My Uncle Cuz was able to put a nose in front of a tiring Swan Chase but his biggest challenge was coming from behind him. Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard found late racing room up the passing lane but Macomber Jr. tipped Jesse V to the outside and the gelding surged to the wire to prevail in a tight photo. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush held on for third. As the post time favorite, Jesse V returned $5.20 for the victory. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the third win of his young career from twelve starts, incidentally all three of his career victories have been in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now amassed $155,000 for his connections. With the win, Jesse V solidified his spot in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 6 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 31, 2016 - After seven career starts, Jesse V made his first trip to the winner's circle in style as he captured the featured harness racing  event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Jesse V held off all challengers to win by a head and establish a new lifetime mark of 1:57.4 in the process. Starting from post seven in the field of ten, Macomber Jr. sent Jesse V away from the gate to the front but he would have to work for position as Time To Travel and Jason Dillander also left alertly for early position. Jesse V ranged up to take the lead just past the first station in :28 while Nutravictory benefitted from a pocket trip with Mr Powers and Doug Rideout content to follow along in third. Jesse V set the tempo of :58.3 and 1:28.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon were the first to apply pressure to the outside while Jesse Stone and Trace Tetrick were well placed second over. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and Jesse V responded gamely with a :29 final quarter to hold off all challenges and find the wire first. Time To Travel rallied nicely for second while Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington finished third. Sent off at odds of 7-2, Jesse V returned $11.00 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Mark P'Pool, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the first win of his young career from eight starts. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now bankrolled $72,600 for his connections. The stakes action for the evening kicked off with a 28-1 upset by Ideal Jesse and James Yoder in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:58.4, Ideal Jesse got up in the final strides of the mile to notch his second career victory and a new lifetime mark. Owned by James and Jesse Yoder, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Ideal Secret is trained by Verlin Yoder. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1 with a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2016 - Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 29. Using a near gate to wire performance, the harness racing five-year-old mare held off her rivals in the long Hoosier Park stretch to find the wire first in 1:51.1. Wild Wanda left alertly from the gate but so did a host of others in the field. Ubettorbeturlife and John DeLong were gunning for early position but it was White Metro and Jason Dillander who would get the first call through the opening panel in :27. Their lead would be short lived as Wild Wanda continued to press on to the front and eventually reached command just before the half in :55.4. White Metro was content to sit in the pocket while Stable Eyes and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow. Wild Wanda continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1 but the rest of the field was closing in. As the field turned for home, Stable Eyes had reached the leader's wheel and the rest of the field started to fan out across the track. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and she found another gear. Using a :27 final quarter, Wild Wanda cruised to the wire under a hand drive to finish two lengths in front of Ubettorbeturlife. Stable Eyes held on gamely for third. As the post time favorite, Wild Wanda returned $5.20 at the betting window. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda notched her sixth win from 20 seasonal outings and 19th lifetime victory. Owned by L. Rheinheimer, D. & J. Rheinheimer, and M. Rheinheimer, the 5-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger-Viking South Coast is in the midst of her best season to date as she sent her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Wild Wanda has now amassed $257, 825 in purse earnings lifetime. The victory was also one of three wins on the evening's 14-race card for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Macomber Jr. teamed up with trainer Ron Burke to find the winner's circle with Speed Trap and Call For Justice earlier in the evening. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 30 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

Three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 and the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Matrix of Luck, the Hoosier state's two-year-old pacing colt champion, returned to his winnings ways to score in 1:50.3, the fastest division of the evening. With Mike Peterson at the lines, Matrix of Luck protected his rail position and was sent away from the gate firing through an opening panel in :27. Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Tyler Smith grabbed a pocket seat while Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander were next in line third. Matrix of Luck went uncontested through splits of :55.1 and 1:23.1 but saved his best for last. As the field turned for home, Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to commit to the outer flow and taking aim at the leader. Mgsperkg Bluegrass tipped from the pocket but Matrix of Luck was too strong. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Matrix of Luck finished four lengths to the good over Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Uncmprmsing Z Tam. Owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher, Matrix of Luck scored the first win of his three-year-old season from two starts and eighth lifetime win. Trained by Roger Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid also established a new lifetime mark with the win. In the next division, Bourbon Chase recorded his first stakes victory to remain perfect in three starts this season, scoring tonight in 1:51.2. Driven and trained by Dan Shetler, Bourbon Chase made his game winning move down the backside and used a :27.2 final quarter to secure the win over Shocking Image and Trace Tetrick. The homebred son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty was unraced at two but has won all three of his lifetime outings at three. Owned by Dan Shelter and Kristin Shetler, Bourbon Chase has now earned $20,500 lifetime. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a gritty, front-running effort to take the third split of the stakes action in 1:51.2. It was the second consecutive victory for the Ron Burke trainee who also established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and P. Collura, Ville Valo has now won three of seven seasonal starts while bankrolling $22,310 in 2016. The gelded son of Real Desire-Pleasantville has now won six of 17 career outings. Each of the divisional winners from the three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for June 4 at Hoosier Park. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 31 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. Emily Gaskin

Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 13. Racing from off the pace this week, the five-year-old harness racing mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and established a new lifetime best in the process for the second consecutive week. Wild Wanda was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while American Girl and Trace Tetrick came away firing. American Girl reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :25.3 while White Metro and Jason Dillander left just enough to grab a pocket seat. American Girl dictated middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:23 while the rest of the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. American Girl looked strong on the front turning for home but would have her work cut out for her as the rest of the field closed in. White Metro was the first to take aim at the pace setter but was unable to make up on any ground on the leader. Macomber Jr. tipped Wild Wanda to the outside and just when it looked like she was running out of race track, she found another gear. American Girl dug in gamely on the inside but it was Wild Wanda who found the wire first by a neck. White Metro maintained her position to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Wild Wanda returned $3.60 at the betting window. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda notched her third win from 13 seasonal outings and 17th lifetime victory. Owned by L. Rheinheimer, D. & J. Rheinheimer, and M. Rheinheimer, the daughter of Palone Ranger-Viking South Coast has earned $204,375 lifetime. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 14 with a 13-race card. 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his third consecutive win this season in the $21,000 Invitational Pace, the eighth race on the card. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

Hannelore Hanover and Solar Sister notched Grand Circuit victories on closing day of the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet on Sunday (May 8).   The pair of $100,000 races were highlights of the 88th and final program of Miami Valley's third season, its most successful to date with huge increases above 20% in both average handle and total purses.   Hannelore Hanover kept her 2016 season perfect in her fifth start by wiring a classy field of North America's best older trotting mares in 1:52.3, a new track record for 4-year-old female squaregaiters. Despite facing a full field with lifetime earnings north of $4 million in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff, the winning daughter of Indiana sire Swan For All was dispatched as a prohibitive favorite, and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. guided her accordingly. Speeding off the wings of the starting gate, Hannelore Hanover and Macomber stopped the first-quarter beam in :27.1 and never looked back through subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3. At the head of the lane, it looked briefly as if the taxing fractions might doom the Ron Burke trainees fate, but when Macomber asked for a bit more Hannelore Hanover responded with a :29 flat final panel to seal a 1-3/4 length victory.   Charmed Life (Jody Jamieso) gave futile chase to finish second, while Daylon Miracle (Daniel Dube) raced gamely to finish just a quarter-length further back in third.   Hannelore Hanover increased her career bankroll to $405,324 with her 14th win in 26 lifetime starts. She is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino.   Solar Sister had to survive a lengthy judge's inquiry before being named the official upset winner of the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for the continent's top pacing mares. Although it appeared that Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair may have forced at least one other horse wider when they vacated the pylons down the backstretch, the judges ultimately decided that the confusion was caused by a tiring frontrunner (Lady Shadow) who was simultaneously drifting into the outer flow.   The winner left with alacrity to drop in behind Lady Shadow (Aaron Merriman) before the :26.2 quarter, then enjoyed a pocket ride through a :55.2 half before pulling going to the three quarter station. Solar Sister was first-over in second when the field sped past that 1:22.3 marker, then emerged victorious following a thrilling stretch drive that resulted in a three-horse photo finish in 1:51.2. Favorite Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube), who won the inaugural Noble Memorial in 2014 and still holds the distaff track record, was parked much of the mile and finished just a head behind, with Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) third across the wire, just another head behind in her first seasonal start.   Gregg McNair trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three for David Willmot and Clay Homer. She now sports 11 career triumphs and $681,387 in earnings.   A pair of $20,000 Opens were also contested on the getaway matinee card.   Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) topped Penn (Josh Sutton) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) in the trotting feature, clocked in 1:55.. It was the sixth win in a dozen 2016 starts for the 7-year-old son of Kadabra, who is owned by CC Racing LLC and trained by Tyler George.   Addys Way (Dan Noble) emerged from a stride-for-stride stretch duel with Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the top local pacing mares event in 1:52.1. OK Hallelujah (Jason Brewer) collected the show dough. Perkins Racing Stable LLC owns Addys Way, an 8-year-old Cambest mare, also trained by Noble. She now has an impressive 47 victories from 189 starts and is nearing $400,000 in bank deposits.   Gregg Keidel    

On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week. Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50.2 over a sloppy rated track. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Freaky Feet Pete dictated first half fractions of :27.1 :55.2 while Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip. With the heavy betting favorite calling the shots on the front, the rest of the field remained in single file line down the backside. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow but Freaky Feet Pete began to inch away from the field with every stride. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display as the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Freaky Feet Pete cruised to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick finishing six and a half lengths in front of Fearless Diablo. SF Donttellonme and Joey Casagranda used a late closing kick to round out the trifecta. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 26th career victory from 29 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,136,724 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. In much the same fashion on the trotting side of things, Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:52.4 over a track rated good. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third behind Churita and Trace Tetrick who reached the first quarter mark in :28. Macomber Jr. gave Hannelore Hanover the green light down the backside and the Ron Burke trainee easily reached the front to dictate middle fractions of :57 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover was two lengths in front of her next closest competitor and used a :28 final panel to coast home three lengths to the good. Churita maintained her position to finish second while Rever Ever rallied nicely to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $3.20 at the betting window. The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated in four starts in 2016. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $345,324 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 3 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 22, 2016-Hannelore Hanover extended her winning streak to two at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after a decisive win in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, on Friday, April 22. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover has now gone back-to back at the top level with her 1:53 victory and remains undefeated in three starts in 2016. With combined lifetime earnings of over $3.4 million, the talented field of eight was comprised of multiple stakes winners and former Indiana Sires Stakes champions. Hannelore Hanover, Indiana's reigning three-year-old trotting filly of the year, was one of four mares in the field and started from the outside post 8. Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Hannelore Hanover away from the gate firing. She would have to work for her position as Trace Tetrick also sent Churita away aggressively from post four. Hannelore Hanover reached the front and dictated fractions first half fractions of :27.1 and :57.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Churita benefitted from a pocket trip while Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder were next in line in third. Hannelore Hanover looked strong on the front and continued to call the shots down the backside through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. Il Mago and Jason Dillander were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over with Allie Labrook and Dan Shetler in tow. Hannelore Hanover was able to put away Il Mago before turning for home with an ever-increasing lead. Churita tipped from the pocket but Hannelore Hanover wasn't finished. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Hannelore Hanover kicked home under a hand drive from Macomber Jr. to win by two lengths over Churita. Allie Labrook staged a big rally late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. As the publics' second choice, Hannelore Hanover returned $6.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 11th win from 24 seasonal outings. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $334,824 lifetime. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 24 with a 14-race card highlighted by the highly anticipated return of Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in race 11. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Saturday's live racing card will be followed by a free performance by The Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2016...Pompano Park has added a second Pick-4 wager beginning with the Sunday (April 17) program and continuing throughout the remainder of the season.   The added Pick-4 wagering option will encompass races two through five and compliments the already existing Pick-4 which covers races six through nine.   The track also has a Pentafecta (4th) on each program to go along with the Super Hi-5 finale.   The new Pick-4 addition will also feature a low 12% takeout, making it one of the most attractive wagering options in pari-mutuel racing.   Also on Sunday's 11 race extravaganza, an Open Handicap Pace and the return of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Competition will highlight the program.   The $775,000 winner Dedi's Dragon will be in action in the Open Handicap Pace against a strong competitive field including Alexa's Jackpot, Energy Shakes, St Lads Lotto, Prairie Jaguar and Northern Companion.   Ricky Macomber, Jr. is expected to be back in the sulky for trainer Paul Holzman after a strong third place finish against the highly vaunted Panocchio last week. This six year-old is the 8 to 5 morning line favorite.   Alexa's Jackpot is 5 to 2 on the early line off of a strong second place finish to Steelhead Hanover last week. The Marty Fine trainee will have John MacDonald in the bike.   The Billings competition, named in honor of the great sportsman Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings, owner of Lou Dillon, the first two minute trotter in harness racing history, features a rare pacing event, kicking off the early daily double and Pick-5, to go along with the traditional trot, which will be contested in the Pentafecta fourth race.   Pompano Park now has a three day per week schedule--Sunday,Monday and Tuesday--throughout the rest of April with Sunday and Tuesday on the calendar throughout May.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

In a classic battle to the wire, Dedi's Dragon, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., pushed his nose in front a few strides from the wire and upset Panocchio, with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey in the bike, in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 3). The official margin was a neck at the line with Steelhead Hanover, teamed up with Joe Pavia, Jr., third, 3¾ lengths away. Rock On Moe finished fourth while Northern Companion was fifth in the talented sextet featuring four sub-1:50 performers and the winners of $2,617,467 coming in to the event. At the outset, Steelhead Hanover, Dedi's Dragon and Panocchio all were on the bullet train with Dedi's Dragon assuming control a few strides before the opening panel clocked in :27. Shortly thereafter, Panocchio muscled his way to the front and reached the half in :55. The top three positions remained unchanged on the backside with Panocchio still in command past the third station in 1:23.4 with Dedi's Dragon and Steelhead Hanover next in line. Turning for home, Panocchio was trying desperately to protect his lead with Dedi's Dragon gnawing into the diminishing margin with every stride and finally eking by just a few strides from the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. related, "First, Paul (trainer Holzman) has this horse very sharp. He raced great the last couple of times I sat behind him and was close in each. "I left with him because I couldn't afford to spot Panocchio that many lengths at the start. I figured that if I could work out a trip behind him, I would have a chance. "Both horses raced gamely tonight and I think the trip was the deciding factor." Trained by Paul Holzman for John McGill, Brian Carsey and the J L Benson Stables, Dedi's Dragon, a six year-old son of Dragon Again, won for the second time in 12 starts this year. It was his 20th win lifetime sending his career bankroll to $773,801--$28,417 this semester. As the 7 to 5 second choice, Dedi's Dragon paid $4.80 to win. The Open 2 Pace went to Buddha Blue Chip, deftly handled by Mike Micallef, pinning a photo finish decision on Four Socks, driven by John Cummings, Jr., with Bunkerhill Bill third for Kevin Wallis, a length away in a mile clocked in 1:52.2. Mister Virgin finished fourth while Thebestofjoel, seventh and last with three-eighths remaining, rallying to pick up the nickel. As the Hummer closed its wings, Four Socks left with alacrity along with Buddha Blue Chip, protecting his rail post position, and Mister Virgin, surging up from the outside post with Four Socks gaining the advantage around the first turn. Just prior to the :27 opener, Mister Virgin wended his way into second with Buddha Blue Chip next but on the move and surging to the front under the line the first time. With the half in a well rated :56.2, Micallef had to quicken the pace a bit as Mister Virgin began a first over backside bid and, when the third station was reached in 1:24.3, Mister Virgin was but a length away from Four Socks as Buddha Blue Chip looked for a seam. In the lane, Buddha Blue Chip drifted out a lane allowing Four Socks a clear path but the latter ran out of racetrack as Buddha Blue Chip, on the strength of a :27.4 finale, held off the challenger by a neck. After the event, driver Micallef said, "when the dust settled early, I decided to send 'Buddha' thinking that the leader might just be looking for a breather during the (2nd) quarter. "It worked out well with the half in a reasonable clip and he still had enough steam left in the lane." Owned by the Baron Racing Stable, the five year-old altered son of Art Major earned his third win of the year in 13 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $25,885. He's won $153,734 lifetime to go along with his 1:49.1 Pocono mark. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Buddha Blue Chip paid $5.20 to win. Racing continues on Monday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

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