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Crazy About Pat, handled this night by harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr., scored a handy two length win in Pompano Park’s $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The six year-old gelded son of Crazed stopped the tele-timer in 1:53.4 in scoring his first win in just two starts this year and 24th career win. Coco Lindy, the early pacesetter, finished second in the mile but was disqualified and placed sixth (and last) due to an extended break from the top of the stretch through the wire enabling Natural Herbie to earn the place honors for Verlin Yoder while Midnite Craze, driven by Ivan Davies, was moved up a notch into third. Diamond Dagger and Pocket Trip earned the minors. Indeed, it was Coco Lindy alert leaving and taking the field through an opener in :27.2 with Crazy About Pat, away in good order fourth and on the motor early, taking the lead after three-eighths of a mile. With a half in :56.2 and three quarters in 1:24.4, Crazy About Pat was on a mission to protect his lead as they turned for home with Coco Lindy leaving the coziness of the pocket to challenge. But Coco Lindy made that miscue at the top of the lane and galloped all the way home, leaving Crazy About Pat unscathed the rest of his journey. After the race, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, “Mr. Kelley (trainer Paul) said he’d be good tonight and he was more than good. He was great. Looks like he likes trotting in 1:53.4 since he did that in winning his qualifier a couple of weeks ago and was second to that Wind Of The North in his first start timed in 1:53.4. That’s not a bad time to be stuck on!” Owned by the Patricia Stable, Crazy About Pat now has a lifetime bankroll of $609,919. As the even-money favorite, Crazy About Pat returned a $4.00 mutuel. In the $11,000 Open 2 Trot, She’s All In, bred, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, scored a handy win in 1:54.2, just one tick off of her lifetime mark. The seven year-old daughter of Revenue S pinned a defeat measuring 1 ¼ lengths on the late charging My Revenuer, handled by John Cummings, Jr. Jesse’s Promise, with Jason Dillander in the bike, finished third, 1 ½ lengths off the winner while Goldstar Classic was fourth. Buddy Hally picked up the nickel in the septet. It was She’s All In alertly leaving from Pompano Park’s coveted post five and taking the field through an opener in :27.3 before yielding to the aggressive Jesse’s Promise, who rushed up into the lead three-eighths into the mile and proceeded on through a half in :56.4 with the third station reached in a picked up 1:24.4 with She’s All In still sitting chilly in the pocket and Buddy Hally making a mild bid on the outside. In the lane, Jesse’s Promise tried to protect her lead but She’s All In had that one measured in mid-stretch and rolled on by, easily holding off My Revenuer, closing fastest of all but no threat to the winner. In a post-race interview, driver Plano said, “she (She’s All In) had just a perfect journey and, when I let have the racetrack in the lane, she was all business! She has been very good to me and always gives it all she’s got. I am very proud of this mare.” She’s All In won for the second time in 10 starts this year and her 2-4-3 scorecard has resulted in 2016 earnings of $28,949. She banked $245,508 lifetime with 26 career wins in 161 lifetime starts. As the even money tote-board favorite, She’s All In paid $4.20 to win. Also on Tuesday night, Avivas Winner, a five year-old altered son of Credit winner trained by John Podres for the Scheigert Racing Stable, wired a sharp field of trotters in 1:54.2, a new lifetime mark. Wally Hennessey, edging ever-so-close to 9,000 lifetime wins, was in the bike for the win, just his second of the 2016 season—the first one just last week when he won in 1:55.3, a lifetime best at that time. Avivas Winner now has banked $69,456 in 62 career starts, seven of which have been winning efforts. He paid $7.40 to win. Racing continues of Wednesday night with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Melanie Plourde and Sabrina Clevenger each had milestone wins on Sunday night at Pompano Park as the South Florida oval celebrated St. Valentine’s with two harness racing events featuring the ladies. The first St. Valentine’s Day event—The Sweetheart Trot—went to Back To Peace, handled by Melanie Plourde for owner-trainer Shane Arsenault. Plourde sent Back To Peace, a seven year-old altered son of Angus Hall, right to the front and posted fractions of :30, :59 and 1:29 before a :29.1 sprint home sealed the deal measuring ¾ of a  length over Well Connected Kid, driven by Maria Howard. Magic Cheque, with Brooke Nickells in the sulky, rallied with a :28.4 closing panel to be third, just a nose back of Well Connected Kid. M C Felix was fourth while Jailhouse Lawyer finished fifth in the field scratched down to a field of eight. The win for Plourde was her 174th lifetime but the very first on U.S. soil as all of her other wins were at Canadian tracks. Back To Peace won for the initial time in 2016 in six starts and now has eight wins in 120 lifetime journeys to the starting gate, good for $117,775 in career bounty. As the 9 to 5 second choice, Back To Peace paid $5.80 to win. In the Sweetheart Pace, Sabrina Clevenger, driving Normandy Invasion, wasted no time blasting from the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate with her 1 to 5 tote-board favorite as this six year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere zipped through panels of :28.2, :55.4 and 1:25 before gliding home a 10 length winner in 1:55.2 over Jet Er Done, handled by Anne Turenne, with Val’s Way and Melanie Plourde teaming up to be third. Winning Solution finished fourth while Master Of Puppets picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Owned by Yves Sarrazin along with Allard Racing, this Rene Allard trainee earned his first win of the season in four starts after having been absent from the racing wars for a year-and-a-half. Coming into the action with five lifetime wins and a mark of 1:48.4, Normandy Invasion, now with lifetime earnings of $134,744, was promptly claimed out of the event for $4,000. The many $2 investors on Normandy Invasion’s nose were rewarded with a dividend of $2.60. For Sabrina Clevenger, this was also a milestone win—this being her first at Pompano Park. Meanwhile, the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace featured a stellar field with combined earnings of over $3 million and, at the wire, it went to Bluehourpower, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., to keep his 2016 scorecard perfect—now at four-for-four. The five year-old gelded son of Sand Shooter made a very sharp and confident quarter move brushing by Bandolito after a :27.4 opener from 2 ½ lengths out of it during a second panel officially timed in :26.4 and then posting fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1 before stopping the timer in 1:51, his margin a half length over Arthur Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) with Bandolito (George Napolitano, Jr.) third, 2 ½ lengths away. Panocchio rallied to finish fourth after beginning from the outside post while Duc Dorleans was fifth in the field scratched down to seven. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, “I was confident that he’d be good off of his short rest. He trained back very well and all I had to do was give him a couple of soft reminders in the lane. “This was a pretty good group of pacers assembled here tonight so I was very proud of his performance.” Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower now has lifetime earnings of $536,881. As a very slight 2 to 1 favorite in this evenly matched field, Bluehourpower paid $6.20 to win. The $12,500 Open 2 Pace went to Dedi’s Dragon, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., in 1:51.2. Johnny Grippa, handled by Dan Clements, finished second after battling the entire route through panels of :26.3, 54.4 and 1:23.1—finishing a length away at the line. Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third while Four Socks rallied stoutly in the lane to be fourth. Maddysonofagun picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Dedi’s Dragon, fourth early on, brushed up strongly on the backside to engage Johnny Grippa in battle, finally forcing that one into submission in deep stretch. Owned by John McGill, along with Brian Carsey and the J L Benson Stable, Dedi’s Dragon, trained by Paul Holzman, won for the 19th time in 97 career starts with this win pushing his lifetime bounty over the $750,000 plateau--$755,706 to be precise. The 2 to 1 second choice returned $6.20 to win. Also on Sunday night, the $12,100 conditioned pace went, in an upset, to Bunkerhill Bill, handled by Mike Micallef for owner-trainer Gene Miller. This five year-old son of Voracious Hanover, a winner in his last start at even-money, successfully jumped up a couple of notches in class to score a 1:52.2 win at 25 to 1 odds this time around, using a late burst to collar the pacesetting Mister Virgin (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a neck with Teranadawn (Kevin Wallis) just another nose back in third. Heart Felt, prominent the entire route, finished fourth while KR’s Power Surge finished fifth in the field of 10. Bunkerhill Bill won for the 16th time during his career measuring 71 starts to push his earnings over the “century” mark--$100,816, to be precise. A mutual of $53.60 awaited those who has a $2 win ticket on Bunkerhill Bill. Racing continues on Monday night with first post scheduled at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl.January 17, 2016.Bluehourpower scored a three-peat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, covering the mile in 1:50.3 for Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, pinned what turned out to be a handy defeat measuring 1¾ lengths on Arthur Blue Chip, with Wally Hennessey driving. Whogoesfirst, saving ground all the way, finished third for Kevin Wallis while Northern Companion, also hugging the inside portion of the track the entire route, finished fourth. Bandolito finished fifth in the sextet after being prominent throughout the mile. At the outset, it was a cavalry charge out of the gate as Bandolito, Arthur Blue Chip, Whogoesfirst and Bluehourpower were all out alertly with Bandolito taking command first before yielding to Arthur Blue Chip who, in turn, yielded to Bluehourpower shortly after the :26.3 opener. With the pace only relenting slightly through a :54.3 half, Bandolito was out and rolling first up on the backside and got within a length of the leader at the third station in 1:22.1. In the lane, driver Macomber "spoke" to his charge and he actually extended his lead to the wire in a very brave effort. After the event, Macomber said, "I was really looking to find a spot mid-pack but, when nothing developed, that left me no choice but to go for the top spot-the way we did last week. He's a handy horse so nothing bothers him. He does anything asked of him. He's sharp right now and he's very brave." In keeping his 2016 record perfect-now three-for-three-Bluehourpower won for the fifth time in six starts since his South Florida arrival and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $527,381 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:50.2. As the 3 to 2 second choice on the tote-board, Bluehourpower paid $5.00 to his many $2 followers. The $11,000 Open 2 Pace went to Dont Tell Rusty, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the sulky. This seven year-old altered son of Tell All, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, took command after a brief early battle and put together panels of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before fending off the late surge of KR's Power Surge (Dave Ingraham) to score by a neck in 1:51.1. Maddysonofagun finished third, a length away, for John MacDonald while Cee Pee Panic finished fourth. King Royalty picked up the minors in the field of six. Dont Tell Rusty won for the initial time in just three starts in 2016 and sent his career bounty to $189,101. As the 4 to 5 talk of the tote-board, Dont Tell Rusty paid $3.60 to win. The $10,000 conditioned (nw $6,001 last five starts) pace resulted in an all-out war to the wire with Next Thing Smoke'n eking out a narrow victory for Rick Plano over Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., in 1:52.1. Mister Virgin was third for Ed Hensley while Taranadawn finished fourth after cutting fractions of :26; :55.1 and 1:23.4. Blueridge Dancer rallied from last turning for home to finish fifth. Next Thing Smoke'n, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter trained by Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Michael Guest, slipped through along the inside to garner his 16th lifetime victory, sending his career bounty to $212,120. The 3 to 1 third choice in the win pool rewarded his $2 investors with an $8.00 mutuel. Finally, the "Over The Hill Gang" competition for trotters nine year of age or older continued on Sunday night with Celtic Merchant, the elder statesperson of his group of senior citizens at 13, a wire-to-wire winner in 1:55.4 off of panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26. The altered son of Angus Hall, owned and trained by Steve Oldford, was driven to victory by Rick Plano, the elder statesman of drivers in this event at 64. The favorite, Mandabra, driven by Dan Clements, finished second, 1¾ lengths back, while the only mare in the field, Mad Cow Lisa, with Dave Ingraham driving, finished third. On The Tab was fourth with Adenium picking up the nickel in the field of nine. In garnering his 43rd lifetime win in 210 career starts, Celtic Merchant's winning time was his fastest since taking his lifetime mark of 1:54.4 at Pocono Downs back in early 2013 and third fastest lifetime. Celtic Merchant now has banked $348,106 during his career stretching back to 2006. As the 6 to 1 second choice, Celtic Merchant paid $15.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a nine race card with first post at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL. January 10, 2016.Bluehourpower, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., again took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's feature $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the clock in 1:51. The five year-old altered son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, was in a battle early with Lyons Johnny (Mike Micallef) before assuming control shortly after a :27.2 opener. From there, Bluehourpower went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.1 before sprinting home in :27.4, capping a :54.4 final half. The winner's margin of victory stretched to 2¾ lengths at the wire over Lyons Johnny with Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham) finishing third after a ground saving journey. Whogoesfirst, brushing up on the backside to draw alongside the leader at the third station, finished fourth while Martial Bliss, last turning for home, picked up the minor award in the septet. For Bluehourpower, it not only was a repeat win, but his fourth win in five starts since arriving at Pompano Park, pushing his lifetime bankroll to $523,131 on the strength of a career scorecard reading 21-10-14 in 70 starts. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, "I wasn't about to let the field get a seven length jump on me at the start so I had no choice but to leave and go looking for a close up spot. "When none developed, I had no choice but to go for the gusto and try and get to the top. The second quarter helped a lot (:28.4) and, on the backside, we were 'off to the races.' "He's very sharp right now. We just hope he stays like this for a while. These horses aren't machines, you know!" As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Bluehourpower paid $2.40 to his multitude of followers. The $10,500 claiming pace for horses in for a tag of $30,000 went to Johnny Grippa, superbly handled by Dan Clements. This five year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark trained by Jacques Dupont for Mc Trade Enterprises, led from first lengthy stride to last in scoring a handy victory measuring 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.2, carding panels of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.2 along the way. Teranadawn, giving chase all the way under the direction of Kevin Wallis, finished second while KR's Power Surge, teamed up with Dave Ingraham, next. King Royalty, saving ground all the way, finished fourth while Cee Pee Panic picked up the final award in the field of seven. The win was number 45 in the 118 race career of Johnny Grippa, sending his lifetime bounty to $214.015. As the 9 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Johnny Grippa paid $5.60 to win. In the $9,500 claiming ($20,000) pace, Maddysonofagun, handled by John MacDonald for trainer Jake Huff and owner James F. Brown, split rivals in deep stretch to pull off an upset win in a lifetime best 1:51.2. The six year-old grey son of Modern Art was last in his sextet as Danger Hi Joltage sizzled panels of :26.1, :55 and 1:22.4 before yielding, first, to the pocket-sitting Mr Massimo (Wally Hennessey) in midstretch and, finally, to Maddysonofagun, splitting rivals late to upset the applecart at better than 12 to 1. Debestleaderever (Rick Plano) rallied to be third while Danger Hi Joltage finished fourth with Lifeimitatesart picking up the nickel. The win, Maddysonofagun's 15th lifetime, pushed his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark--$154,428 to be exact-as he rewarded his faithful with a $27.40 mutuel. Once again, Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank carded the popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot featuring one nine year-old, seven 10 year-olds, an 11 year-old and a 13 year-old with these 10 warriors accounting for almost 1,800 starts, 313 wins and over $3.1 million in purse earnings during their respective careers and, at the wire, it was Mandabra, the 10 year-old altered son of Kadabra scoring a handy win in 1:57.1 for owner-driver Dan Clements, this despite having to overcome an early miscue at the start. Mandabra scored his 2 1/4 length win over the late charging Yankee Manny (Brad Kramer) with Celtic Merchant (Rick Plano) third after surging to the fore around the final turn. On The Tab rallied from far back to finish fourth while M C Felix earned the nickel in the bulky field of 10. Trained by Renaldo Morales III, Mandabra, a recent claim by Clements, earned his second straight win in this "Over The Hill Gang" company and sent his lifetime bounty to $326,295. As 7 to 2 second choice, Mandabra paid $9.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a nine race card programmed to start at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 4, 2016...Bluehourpower, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, overcame a very difficult first over journey to score an extremely close victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night at the rain soaked South Florida harness racing oval. The now five year-old gelded son of Sand Shooter stopped the tele-timer in 1:51.2 with the official margin of victory being a nose--and a very slender one at that-over Arthur Blue Chip, teamed up with Wally Hennessey. Lyons Johnny, with MIke Micallef handling the lines, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away and a whisker better than Bandolito, Cadillac Phil picked up the final award in the very talented million dollar field. The "official" timer had Bluehourpower and Arthur Blue Chip 1/100th of a second apart at the wire. At the outset, the four "outside" horses all went searching for the lead with Bandolito (post six) sweeping up fastest of all and overtaking Cadillac Phil (post five) in the early stages with Arthur Blue Chip finding his best stride early and going up from the outside post eight to get into the fray and Bluehourpower settling into fourth through an opening panel in :26.4. Shortly thereafter, Arthur Blue Chip forged to the front and took the field half way home in :56 with Bandolito in the cozy pocket, Cadillac Phil next and Bluehourpower fourth but beginning his jaunt forward going first up. The pace intensified on the backside with Arthur Blue Chip opening up a notch or two during his :27.2 third panel and Bluehourpower denting the leader's margin with a :26.3 blast of his own and moving along side Arthur Blue Chip at the third station in 1:23.2. In the lane, it was a classic battle right down to the last long stride with the photo showing Bluehourpower a "whisker winner." In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber related, "my horse is relentless. He keeps grinding and grinding and grinding until he runs out of racetrack. At the wire, Wally and I looked at each other and we kind of hiked out shoulders and said to each other, 'I don't know, do you?' "Both horses raced very well and very gamely." Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower kicked off his new season with his 20th lifetime win--his share of the purse sending his lifetime bounty to $517,131. As third choice in the betting, Bluehourpower paid $8.80 to win. In the $11,000 claiming pace for $30,000 claimers, Johnny Grippa, catch-driven by Dave Ingraham, scored a near wire-to-wire win in 1:51.4 over the rain soaked Pompano oval, clocking panels of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23.2 along the route to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Teranadawn (Kevin Wallis), enjoying a garden journey throughout but unable to dent the winner in the lane. Mr. Massino (Wally Hennessey) finished third while King Royalty and Dont Tell Rusty picked up the minors in the sextet. This eight year-old altered son of Cam's Card Shark, trained by Jacques Dupont for McTrade Enterprises, continued to pay dividends to his new owners (he was claimed one month ago for $20,000) in scoring his 44th lifetime victory to send his career bounty to $208,765. Off at 5 to 1, Johnny Grippa rewarded his faithful with a $12.60 mutuel. Race Secretary Greg DeFrank also carded an "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot featuring a field of 10 year-olds and up with these seven warriors having,, collectively, over 1,200 lifetime starts and close to $2,000,000 in lifetime bounty. On the wire, there was a four horse blanket finish with Mandabra (Dan Clements) sweeping up late to score by 3/4 of-a-length over Celtic Merchant (Brad Kramer). Savethelstdancforme (Ed Hensley) finished third over Rush N Supreme while Smokin Debra picked up the nickel. Finally, Danger Hi Joltage (Wally Hennessey) scored his third straight win for the Harmon Racing Stable and trainer Rob Harmon, stopping the clock in 1:52.4 over the "good" track while Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion, scored his 45th lifetime victory by winning a conditioned optional claiming event in 1:53. Dave Ingraham drove the winner for trainer Howard Klohr. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $5,454.98. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 27, 2015…Pompano Park hosted the $17,700 final of the Powerline Late Closing event for $15,000 claiming pacers on Sunday night and Long Term eked out a photo finish decision in 1:52 for harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. over Trevor Win For Us (Kevin Wallis) with J M Jet Set (Wally Hennessey) third. Oh My Joepa finished fourth while Aloneinspades picked up the minor award in the field of eight. As the wings folded, Trevor Win For Us was on the engine along with Four Starzzz Z with J M Jet Set away in good order third but on the move early and hustling up to take the lead right at the opening station in a hot :26.4. Trevor Win For Us, though, was not content in the pocket and reclaimed the lead three-eighths into the mile, knifing his way to a half in :55. It was at this juncture that Long Term tilted out looking for cover and he found it as Four Starzzz Z left the pocket in third and began to trudge forward. When Four Starzzz Z stalled, Long Term was forced to go on a double bubble move as the leader hit the third station in 1:23.4. In the lane, the war to the wire developed between Trevor Win For Us and Long Term with the latter eking to the front just a couple of strides from the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. related, “this wasn’t the easiest of trips. I thought I had worked out a nice second over trip but when Jason’s (Dillander) horse (Four Starzzz Z) quit going forward, I had to go wide around him and that didn’t help. “My horse can rev it up pretty good when it counts and he must’ve come home under :28 (officially :27.3) to get there. Long Term is trained by Jamie Macomber who added, “I wanted this horse for so long and when Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank wrote those Late Closing events, I ‘really’ wanted him, so I have to thank Greg for putting these events together so these horses can make some very good money!” Jamie trains Long Term, a five year-old altered son of Jenna’s Beach Boy, for James Stonecipher, who co-owns with driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The victory was the third in the past four starts for Long Term and fifth success of the year in 34 starts with the winner’s share of this Late Closer--$8,850.00—being the biggest payday in Long Term’s racing career measuring 82 starts. He’s banked $38,225 this year and $82,483 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, Long Term paid $5.40 to win. In the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Danger Hi Joltage, opening many eyes last week in a mid-class ($10,000) claiming event with a wire-to-wire performance in a lifetime best 1:50.2, proved that mile was no fluke as he made the successful jump to $20,000 claiming ranks with a near gate-to-wire win in 1:51.4 for Wally Hennessey. The six year-old altered son of Village Jolt won a brief tussle with Hurricane Howard (Aaron Byron) and Abominable Snowman (Kevin Wallis) around the opening turn and went on to post panels of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before using a :28.1 finale to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Abominable Snowman with Glammit (Joe Pavia, Jr.) rallying for show honors, 4 ¾ lengths away. Arts On Fire finished fourth while Hurricane Howard managed to hold on for the nickel. Trained by Rob Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable, Danger Hi Joltage won for the seventh time this semester, sending his 2015 bounty to $43,963. As second choice in the betting, Danger Hi Joltage paid $4.80 to win. Also on the Sunday card, Boli, the well-bred three year-old son of Kadabra, used a lethal closing kick to score a photo finish victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4 in a conditioned trot. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Boli looked to be in a precarious spot several lengths away turning for home but turned on the afterburners in the lane to score by a neck over Striking Ivy, handled by Kevin Wallis. Janet finished third for Aaron Byron while Miss B’ville J and Stemilt Touch garnered the final two awards in the field of nine. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli earned his fifth win of the season in 17 starts to send his 2015 bankroll to $40,386. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli paid $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday with trotting fillies and mares in the spotlight in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 23, 2015…Wild Wanda, perfectly handled by Ricky Macomber, scored a repeat harness racing victory—though hard earned—in Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for Fillies and Mares on Wednesday night (December 23), stopping the clock in 1:51.3. The four year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, trained by Jamie Macomber for the Rheinheimer clan—Larry, Douglas, Jeanie and Mary Jo—scored by a half-length over a stubborn Precocious Beauty, driven by Aaron Byron. Just A Bee, making her first start after a seven week hiatus, finished third for Mike Micallef, just a length away. Classic Carpet and Jets Are On picked up the remaining rewards in the field of six. At the outset, Just A Bee and Classic Carpet dueled for early supremacy with the former putting the latter in the pocket through an opener of :27.2 with Precocious Beauty also in the early mix but finding a spot in third in front of Wild Wanda. Right at that first marker, Macomber tilted Wild Wanda out and on the move and, with a few “reminders” took the lead and marched over to the half in :55.3. Once they straightened away for their journey up the backside, Precocious Beauty was out of fourth and on a mission forward, moving alongside Wild Wanda at the next station in 1:24. In the lane, these two fought it out with Wild Wanda proving her superiority with a :27.3 closer. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber said, “I wanted to make that early move and try to take control of the situation. Was I worried about Aaron’s (Byron) mare (Precocious Beauty) coming at me? The answer is ‘yes, I was!’ Anytime you have a mare that is as classy as she is (she has won $829,254 coming in) you worry. But my mare is very good now and fought hard all the way down the lane. “Mike’s (Micallef) mare (Just A Bee) went a very good mile for her first start back, so it’s a very deep field of fillies and mares here.” The win pushed Wild Wanda’s scorecard to 5-7-2 in 21 starts, good for earnings of $88,088 this year and $157,715 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Wild Wanda paid $4.60 to win. Pompano also featured the finals of three Late Closing events on the Christmas Eve eve card—the $12,250 Interloper trot for $8,000 claimers, the $11,100 Sea Eagle pace for $6,000 claimers and the $10,100 Optimist pace for $4,000 claimers. The Interloper final went to Landonfitz, handled by Aaron Byron, who co-owns with Paul Kelly. Landonfitz had a winning margin of 1 ¾ lengths over the pacesetting Celtic Merchant, driven by Brad Kramer, with Witty’s Winner third, 4 ½ lengths away. Browner Shuttle finished fourth while Princess Crown, last in the field of eight most of the journey, rallied for fifth. Landonfitz, a five year-old gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse, trained by Mark Winacott, showed speed leaving from mid-pack to settle in third back of Celtic Merchant (Brad Kramer) and Frenchmen (Mike Micallef) through early panels of :28 and :57. On the backside, Landonfitz took up the chase, settled in behind Celtic Merchant around the final bend and wore that one down midway through the lane for his fourth success of the year in 21 starts. His $6,125 payday was the largest of Landonfitz’ career measuring 82 starts and sent his lifetime bounty to $70,997--$29,160 of that this year. The Sea Eagle, named after Pompano Park’s first winner on February 4, 1964, went to the Florida bred Goldstar Raider, driven by John MacDonald for trainer Gary Mc Donald and The Three Gees Stable. This six year-old altered son of Rock On went a brave first over journey to score by three-part-of-a-length over Geared To Win (Andy Santeramo) in 1:53.4. My Buddy Mason, taking command just after the hot :26.4 opening panel and carding subsequent fractions of :55 and 1:24, finished third for Dave Ingraham, just a nose back of Geared To Win. On The Green closed fastest of all to be fourth while Mixed Media finished fifth in the field of nine. Goldstar Raider was away in good order and fourth before tilting out on turn two and churning forward, moving into second around the final bend and getting by the stubborn My Buddy Mason and then holding off Geared To Win on the far outside. The win was Goldstar Raider’s 10th of the year, sending his earnings to $33,892 and $147,383 lifetime. As the 8 to 5 public choice, Goldstar Raider paid $5.20 to his faithful. The Optimist went to the Heddy Nelson owned-Sandy Hollon trained W F N, named after one of the great, late Florida horsemen, William Faye Nelson. This seven year-old gelded son of Relentless Yankee, driven by Kevin Wallis, zipped out of the gate from Pompano’s coveted number five post to take the field through a demanding opening quarter in :26.2 before relenting to Flak Jacket (Wally Hennessey). The latter sizzled past the half in :54.3, before W F N reclaimed the top spot with three-eighths to go and romped from there, posting a 1:23.2 clocking for three-quarters before stopping the final timer in 1:53.1. Dr. Flamingo, with Aaron Byron driving, rallied for second, 4 ½ lengths away, with the favorite, Clive Hanover, handled by Mike Micallef, next. Dynamic Rayzer rallied for fourth while Flak Jacket saved the nickel. In winning for the fourth time in 29 starts this year, W F N enjoyed the biggest payday of his racing career spanning 127 starts--$5,050—to send his seasonal earnings to $23,918 and $73,863 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, W F N paid $10.20 to his faithful. Also on Wednesday, Pompano Park paid tribute to the late Buddy Regan on the anniversary of his 79th birthday with a memorial held after the second race. Regan, who recently passed away, established himself as one of the premier trainers, especially during the 1970’s when he trained the winners of over $1,000,000 for ten consecutive years. Among those in attendance were Lucien Fontaine, Mike Santa Maria, Myron Bell, Bobby Heil, Red Falhaber, Joe Faraldo, Esther Balenzano and Jerry Glantz, who were joined in the winner’s circle by Jim McDonald, Gregg McNair, Wally Hennessey, Kevin Wallis, Bob Connor and many other family and friends. To top things off, Santa Claus made his appearance at Pompano Park, handing out sweets and treats to the many youngsters attending the races on Wednesday night. Racing continues on Saturday night with a special appearance by USHWA’s Amateur Driver of the Year, Hannah Miller, who is scheduled to drive in two events. Post time returns to 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 15, 2015 - Harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. continued his successful comeback after a short “surgical” absence from the racing wars when he guided Wild Wanda to a two length win in Pompano Park’s $12,100 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday night. The four year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, trained by Jamie Macomber and owned by the Rheinheimer’s—Larry, Douglas, Jeanie and Mary Jo—completed her journey in 1:51, a lifetime best, after securing the lead after a hot :26.4 and then on to even hotter fractions of :54.1 and 1:22 en route to the handy win over Classic Carpet, driven by Mike Micallef, with Pertty Music and Ed Hensley teaming up for show honors. Sandysgoldenhour finished fourth while Art Frenzy picked up the minors in the bulky field of 10. Wild Wanda won for the fourth time in 20 starts this year sending her seasonal earnings to $82,338 and $151,965 lifetime. In observing the new lifetime mark time of 1:51, Macomber said, “Maybe we should rename her ‘Freaky Feet Wanda,” referring owner Mary Jo’s ownership interest in the great Freaky Feet Pete. “She went a very huge mile and had something left at the end despite the demanding pace.” As the fourth choice in the betting pool, Wild Wanda paid $15.00 to win. Also on Tuesday night, Pompano Park’s lucrative Late Closer action continued with the second leg of the Interloper for claiming trotters and the Optimist for claiming pacing geldings, contested in two divisions. The Interloper went to the classy 12 year-old warrior Celtic Merchant, handled this night by Brad Kramer for owner-trainer Steve Oldford. This altered son of Angus Hall led every step of the mile, clocking fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3 before safely sealing the issue with a :29.4 finale, stopping the tele-timer in 1:56.2, his fastest winning performance in over two-and-a-half years and the 42nd career victory in his storied career. Browner Shuttle finished a fast closing second for Ed Hensley while Gimme The Loot, teamed up with Marcello Spano, finished third. Princess Crown finished fourth and a mild bid around the final turn and Witty’s Winner finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post-race interview, trainer Steve Oldford gave high praise for his trotter saying, “you know, this horse has been awful good to me. I won the Billings Gold Cup with him and he’s got just an amazing heart. “He suffered an injury some months back so we nursed him back to health and, yes, he’s 12, but he’s come back like a four year-old. “We usually give him three days off—he’s had over 200 starts—and then we jog him over the soft track at Sunshine Meadows before he sees the (starting) gate. “Brad (driver Kramer) handled him perfectly, too.” In this abbreviated 2015 season, Celtic Merchant now sports a 5-2-1 scorecard in nine starts with $17,334 in earnings. He’s banked $339,752 lifetime to go along with his 10 year-old mark of 1:54.4. As the 7 to 5 favorite, Celtic Merchant paid $4.80 to win. The first division of the Optimist went to Ashley Johnson’s Cherokee Ranger, scoring for Dave Ingraham in 1:53. This four year-old son of Palone Ranger, trained by Dustin “300” Ingraham, stretched his winning streak to four, pinning a two length defeat on Clive Hanover, handled by Mike Micallef. W F N, shuffled to last around the final turn, rallied for third with Kevin Wallis in the bike. The early leader, Dr. Flamingo, finished fourth while Flak Jacket finished fifth in the sextet to pick up the nickel. Cherokee Ranger was actually last early but brushed up strongly after a :27.1 opener and wended his way into contention—third halfway through the mile clocked in :56.4—before surging to the lead three-eighths out, passing the third station in 1:24, and then sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale for his 10th win of the year, good for seasonal bounty of $28,653. The second division went to the favorite, Lightning Legs, handled by co-owner Ed Hensley for co-owner and trainer Ashleigh Hensley. This six year-old son of Peruvian Hanover, won for only the second time this semester by covering the mile in 1:55, a seasonal best. Mountain Air, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, finished second, 1 ¼ lengths back, while Dynamic Rayzer finished third for Dave Ingraham. Star Chaser, prominent early, finished fourth and All American Major was next in the septet. At the outset, both Lightning Legs (post six) and Dynamic Rayzer (post seven) left with alacrity with the latter winner the early war through an opener of :27.2 before relinquishing the top spot to Lightning Legs, making a second move to control the festivities through a well rated second panel, reaching the half in :57. On the backside, Lightning Legs began to feel the heat as Star Chaser made a first up bid, reaching the saddle pad of the leader at the third station in 1:25.3 In the lane, Lightning Legs put away that challenge and held off the late surging Mountain Air to score the win. Lightning Legs now has nine lifetime wins and $34,489 with this win worth $2,250 being the richest payday in his career. He paid $4.40 to win. Finally on Tuesday night, the fourth race pentafecta combination of 6-2-8-1-10 was left unscathed and a carryover of $6,004 awaits in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:30 p.m. as the track moves into their five-night-per-week schedule of Saturday through Wednesday. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 13, 2015 - Harness racing driver Ricky Macomber Jr., made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle on Sunday night by guiding Bluehourpower to a photo finish victory in 1:50.3 in Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 45 year-old Macomber, out of action since late October after undergoing surgery, guided Wilber Eash’s four year-old son of Sand Shooter to a neck victory over Dont Tell Rusty, driven by Ed Hensley.  Cadillac Phil, making his Pompano Park debut after a five week hiatus from the racing wars, finished third, 1¼ lengths away, for Matt Romano with K-Rock fourth. Next Thing Smoke’n picked up the minors in the sextet. This event turned out to be Pompano Park’s version of this year’s Little Brown Jug as an intense battle developed from the get-go as K-Rock and Dont Tell Rusty battled for supremacy through an opening quarter in a hot :26.3 with “Rusty” finally taking charge and guiding the field half way through the mile in :54.3. On the backstretch, Macomber tipped Bluehourpower to the outside from fifth and made a bold first up bid and reached the leader past the third station in 1:23. Once they straightened away, Dont Tell Rusty appeared to put Bluehourpower away, opening up a length advantage at mid-stretch but Bluehourpower put in his version of the “Wiggle It Jiggleit” Little Brown Jug rally and kept digging, thrusting his neck in front right at the wire. After the race, the soft spoken Macomber said, “That was pretty amazing. He’s a very game horse that tries every step when asked. And, believe me, I asked him for all he had in the stretch…and he gave it to me! I really though I was beat when we straightened away.” Trained by Jamie Macomber, Bluehourpower won for the eighth time this season to push his seasonal bounty to $85,607 to go along with his 1:50.2 mark set just last week. Bluehourpower now has banked $508,256 during his three seasons on the racetrack. Off as the 2 to 5 favorite, Bluehourpower paid $2.80 to win. About 19 minutes later, Macomber was in the winner’s circle again after guiding Long Term, a five year-old son of Jenna’s Beach Boy he owns with James Stonecipher, to a 1:52.4 victory in the $10,000 opening leg of the Powerline Late Closing event for claiming pacers. In an “all-out war to the wire,” Long Term came from dead last half way through to snare the victory in 1:52.4. The winning margin was a neck over Lifeimitatesart (Gilles Barrieau) with the pacesetting J M Jet Set (Wally Hennessey) just a nose further back in third. Lyons Josephjnr finished fourth while Histoire Eternelle picked up the nickel in an event where the first eight finishers were covered by a 2¾ length blanket. Once again, Jamie Macomber trained the winner, now with four successes this semester and earnings of $28,235. This was the biggest “score” in the pacers career—the winner’s share being $5,000--now with $72,493 in lifetime bounty covering 80 starts. As fifth choice in the wagering pool, Long Term paid $18.80 to win and keyed a 20 cent pentafecta payoff of $4933.28 for the winning 6-9-7-1-10 combination. Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank put together the first event in several years for $30,000 claiming pacers and that $10,000 event went to Dan McCartney’s KR’s Power Surge, driven by Dave Ingraham in 1:52. The winning margin was a half-length over Glammit (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) third, a length away. Favored Johnny Grippa was fourth after cutting the mustard through panels of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23.3. Winyard Hanover, last in the octet turning for home, finished fifth. The winner, a five year-old son of Village Jolt, was away sixth before tilting out into the second turn and making a first over move on the backside, reaching the leader’s side around the final turn. In the lane, KR’s Power Surge forced Johnny Grippa into submission and then held Glammit, finding a seam late, at bay at the wire. KR’s Power surge, enjoying his best season of his career, won for the ninth time in 2015, sending his seasonal earnings to $89,899 and $134,295 lifetime. Off at 5 to 1, KR’s Power Surge rewarded his faithful with a $12.40 mutuel. Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unscathed on Sunday night and now has a $10,000 guarantee for Monday night’s card—the carryover being $2,522. Post time for the Monday night 12 race program is 7:30. by John Berry for Pompano Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 14, 2015 - In an action-packed harness racing undercard leading up to the 22nd edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the fillies were the first to strut their stuff in the first two editions of the four $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Friday, August 14 and each post time favorite certainly relished the spotlight. Nora Rockwell, whose owner and trainer, Marlin Fry was a bundle of nerves prior to the contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies, proved the public was spot on and Fry had no cause for concern as she would let no other rival put their nose down first on the wire. She captured her event in 1:51.0, which ties her lifetime mark and was the public's overwhelming choice at 4-5. White Metro, the second selection at 2-1 came away on top and led the field through the first quarter in :26.4, but Yannick Gingras, who picked up the drive this evening, confidently sent Nora Rockwell straight to the lead. She paced a half in a strong :54.3, with Rockin Good breathing down her neck and hit the three quarter pole in 1.21.3. At the top of the lane the favorite dispensed of that lass, but faced another challenge in Mystical Treasure. Throughout the length of the strength Mystical Treasure attempted with every stride to overhaul the leader, but Nora Rockwell refused to be denied as she tripped the timer by a very long head, with Mystical Treasure annexing second place and White Metro in the show slot. The daughter of Palone Ranger and the V P Finance mare, Norma Rockwell, paid $2.40 to win, now sports a resume of 31-13-9-2 and has collected purse money collected of nearly $250,000. "I knew there was no way I wanted to behind that horse and although I have not driven her before I was confident from the program lines, as well as how she felt, I had the horse to do it," Gingras said. "She paced through some fast fractions, but she felt great right until the finish line. I am very thankful for the drive. I'm not here at Hoosier Park very often, but whenever you get the opportunity to drive a horse like this in a $75,000 race you are thrilled to have it. She definitely is a very nice filly and it was a pleasure to drive her." After the scratch earlier in the day of what would have been the heavy favorite in Churita, the 3-year-old final for trotting fillies definitely left the door wide open for any member in nine horse field to rise to claim the crown. The wagering public decided to cast their lot with the Ron Burke conditioned Hannelore Hanover who was sent to the gate as the 1-5 favorite. It was Diamond Dagger, however, at 10-1 that took the field through the first panel in :28.0 and the half in :57.0. Midway to the three quarter pole the rest of the fillies decided to give chase with Jesse's Promise the biggest threat. After three quarters in 1:26.0, Hannelore Hanover made her bid and it was a demolishing one. The filly, steered by Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver in Ricky Macomber, trotted by the rest of her colleagues like they were standing still and continued to pour it on all through the homestretch. The duo stopped the clock in 1:55.0, which is a new lifetime standard for the daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare All Society. Jesse's Promise and Diamond Dagger were second and third. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 to win and is the property of Burke Stable, Weaver and Bruscemi, William Haas Jr. and Frank Baldachino. With her third victory of the season, the filly now possesses a career record of 16-4-8-2 and a bankroll of roughly $165,000. "We only started her twice as a 2-year-old because she was sore and we think she had a cranky attitude because of it," Jamie Rucker, Burke's assistant trainer, said. "Also, we knew she was a nice filly and we would just bring her back this year. You have to be patient with her and let her do what she wants to do out there. Did she see how she totally changes her stride while she's racing? For the first half (mile) she is kind of choppy but she knows when it is time to go and she shifts into gear. Then she adjusts and is perfectly gaited. We are very pleased with her and think she is improving at the right time." Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 15. With an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m., Saturday's 14-race card will feature the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old divisions. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kimberly French

A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14. Featuring the largest purse in the 21-year-history of the event, ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. The 2015 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. and be supported by an all-star undercard includes Indiana Sires Stakes and overnight series action. The 2015 Dan Patch field boasts combined career purse earnings over $17 million and includes five millionaires and two World Champions. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, with $7.09 million in career purse earnings, headlines the ten horses entered in this year's Dan Patch Stakes and will play the role of morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 from post two. The 11-year-old World Champion pacer will make first appearance in the race, and third Hoosier Park start, with regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke has enlisted Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, Ricky Macomber Jr., who visited the Dan Patch winner's circle in 2000 and 2002, to drive Bettor's Edge from post nine. Bettor's Edge and Macomber Jr. finished second in the 2014 edition of the Dan Patch to stablemate Sweet Lou in a track record setting mile of 1:47.2. Joining Foiled Again and Bettor's Edge from the Burke Stable on Friday will be Limelight Beach from post seven, All Bets Off from post eight, and Clear Vision from the trailing post position ten. JK Endofanera will join the stellar cast of entrants and be a main contender for the 2015 Dan Patch title from the coveted rail position. With over $1.5 million in career earnings, the Jimmy Takter trainee has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning line second choice. Brett Miller has been listed to drive both JK Endofanera and World Champion Clear Vision. The 2015 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:   1. JK Endofanera Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: Brett Miller 3-1 2. Foiled Again Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Yannick Gingras 5-2 3. Lyonssomewhere Tr: Julie Miller Dr: Andy Miller 8-1 4. Captive Audience Tr: Douglas Berkeley Dr: Andrew McCarthy 20-1 5. Duc Dorleans Tr: Jacques Dupont Dr: Peter Wrenn 15-1 6. Let's Drink On It Tr: Joe Seekman Dr: Travis Seekman 20-1 7. Limelight Beach Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ed Hensley 12-1 8. All Bets Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley 6-1 9. Bettor's Edge Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 10-1 10. Clear Vision Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Brett Miller 4-1 Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available as part of the Strategic Wagering Program for the Dan Patch race. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:44 p.m. A 10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool will also be available to racing fans on Friday's 14-race card. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (EST). Hoosier Park's most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil. Hoosier Park's event is named after the early 1900's racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch born in Oxford, Indiana. Now, 100 years after his birth, the great pacer is still remembered every year at Hoosier Park with this signature race. Since its inception in 1994, the Dan Patch Stakes has drawn the very best older pacers in North America. Previous Dan Patch winners include World Champions and harness racing greats like Pacific Fella, Jenna's Beach Boy, Maltese Artist, Won The West, Mister Big, and Sweet Lou. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes finals, sending the purse money to be distributed throughout the evening over the $800,000 mark. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 4, 2015 - 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 4. 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. Kicking things off for the evening, Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker sat patiently along the rail in fourth through fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 set by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder before making a move. Using a :27.4 final panel, Rose Run Parker set his sights on the wire and wore down Lady Blitz late in the lane. Ed Hensley and Bloodstockshalltab staged a late rally but had to settle for second place honors. Escuela and Jason Dillander rallied nicely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 to his backers. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in 2015 from three starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy pushed his lifetime bankroll over the $600,000 mark for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. On the pacing side of things, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory with a final time of 1:51.4 in the $21,000 Invitational pace. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Night Pro dictated fractions of :27.1, and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Let's Drink On It and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow as they began their first-over bid approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3, Night Pro began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Night Pro cruised home with a :27.1 final quarter to finish two lengths in front of Let's Drink On It. Latest Desire and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta ticket. As the public's choice, Night Pro returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "This is going to be a great summer with this group of horses," Peter Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "My horse has had a few starts and he's really sharp right now. He did that tonight just like it was a training mile. He was well within himself at the wire and did everything like he was supposed to. He's a great, great horse." Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. With the win, the five-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel pushed his career earnings to $473, 512. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 7 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Photos: 1) Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. score their second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. 2) Night Pro and Peter Wrenn a decisive winner in the featured pace at Hoosier Park. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

Pompano Beach, FL…Monday, December 8, 2014…McFlirty, perfectly driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Monday night by winning the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares. The eight year-old daughter of McArdle, trained by Jamie Rucker for owner James Stonecipher, scored in 1:51.4, “rudely” interrupting the three race winning streak of Pertty Music, driven by Ed Hensley, off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting. Winbak Heavenly, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, was third, four lengths away while Mach Me Not finished fourth. Kayla’s Dream picked up the minor award in the field of six. It was McFlirty first away as the wings folded with Pertty Music, slightly off the gate at the start before revving up, on to take command at the opening panel in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged with Pertty Music comfortably in front after a moderate half in :56.1. The pace began to quicken on the backside with Hensley seemingly after his mare a bit through a :28 third quarter. It was a few strides later that Macomber left the coziness of the pocket with McFlirty, pulling on even terms at mid-stretch and edging clear by three parts of a length at the wire. In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber said, “I thought my mare would be better this week, especially after getting a good tightener in her first start here last week. She can leave a little so I gave her a chance to get into the action early on knowing that Eddie’s mare (Pertty Music) would probably like to have the front end. The trip was perfect…nice and cozy.” When asked if he was surprised to get by an overwhelming favorite, he said, “We’ve beaten his mare before in Indiana, so I wasn’t overly surprised—but very pleased! She raced great.” Earning her 40th lifetime victory, McFlirty pushed her 2014 scorecard to 6-2-1 in just 16 starts, pushing her seasonal earnings to $60,680. She’s backed $448,196 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:49.3. As second choice in the betting, McFlirty paid $8.80 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

ANDERSON, Ind.  - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 24 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke who stole the show with five winners on the 14-race card. Teaming up with drivers Matt Kakaley and Ricky Macomber Jr., the Burke stable found the winner's circle four times in stakes action and ended the evening with a victory in the Invitational Pace. Sayitall BB kicked off the stakes action for Burke as she was able to turn a pocket-trip into a 1:51.4 score in her $35,650 split of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Kakaley sent the sophomore pacing filly away from the gate to grab a pocket seat behind Skippin By and Trace Tetrick who carved out fractions of :26.1, :54.3, and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat. Sayitall BB was given the green light around the final turn and the sophomore filly used a :27.4 final panel to finish three-parts of a length in front of Skippin By. Fresh off her win in the Cinderella Stakes at Maywood Park, Sayitall BB has now won eight of 13 seasonal outings. With a seven-race win streak on the line, Rose Run Parker delivered as the heavy betting favorite in his $37,150 division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a final time of 1:53.4. With regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Rose Run Parker made his customary move down the backside and was in control around the three-quarter mark. As the field turned for home, Rose Run Parker put his talent on display and he trotted away from the field to win by five lengths. The 1:53.4 mark was a new track record at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for three-year-old trotting geldings and a new lifetime best for Rose Run Parker. JK Endofanera looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as he cruised home a winner in 1:49.4 in the first $30,000 division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With driver Matt Kakaley in the sulky, JK Endofanera made his winning move down the backside and never looked back. The son of Art Major-Presidential Lady powered away from the field with a :27.4 final quarter to win by eight lengths over his stablemate At Press Time and Ricky Macomber Jr. JK Endofanera was prepping for the $250,000 Monument Circle Pace slated for Friday, October 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Burke team found the winner's circle once again, but this time it was with the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, Limelight Beach who stopped the timer in 1:50.3 in the third split of the $30,000 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Kakaley wasted no time as he sent Limelight Beach away from the gate firing from post five. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear rattled off fractions of :26.1, :55.1, and 1:23.3 before using a :27 final panel to coast home a winner by two lengths. Limelight Beach has now won four of 17 seasonal outings and pushed his 2014 bankroll to $539,118. The Burke-Kakaley duo notched their final victory of the night after Bettor's Edge used a near gate-to-wire effort to score in the $22,000 Invitational pace in 1:49.4. The five-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Spring Wind was able to hold off a late charge from Mykindachip and Ed Hensley late in the lane to score his seventh of the season. The stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 25 as the 14-race card will feature the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Each of the four divisions carries an estimated purse of $75,000. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 11, 2014—The three-year-old divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action took center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 11 as they played host to the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The Hoosier state’s top sophomore competitors were out in full force and did not disappoint in each of the four divisions.   The stakes action kicked off with the sophomore trotting fillies and it was Hall Pass Helen and driver Trace Tetrick who emerged victorious in the $75,000 final. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Hall Pass Helen was able to find late racing room deep in the stretch to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive Indiana Sires Stakes Final victory for the daughter of Justice Hall -Rompaway Olympia and fourth win of the season from 15 outings. Trained by Kelly Goodwin, Hall Pass Helen sent her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win for her connections of T. Halstead, K. Goodwin, T. Hathaway, and Chestnut Acres. Hall Pass Helen has now won four of 23 lifetime outings. Tetrick found the winner’s circle once more in the very next division of the stakes action with Color’s A Virgin taking home top honors in the $75,000 three-year-old pacing filly final. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color capped off a near perfect stakes season as she scored in 1:52. After being out nearly every step of the mile, Color’s A Virgin used a :26.1 final panel to find the wire six lengths in front of her stablemate Candy’s A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Trained by Brian Brown, Color’s A Virgin scored her third victory in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season and 15th lifetime victory from 23 outings. The 2014 Jugette winner has now amassed $284,372 in 2014 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. kept their winning streak in-tact as they scored their fifth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Rose Run Parker stopped the timer in 1:54.1, just a fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker notched his 11th victory of his sophomore campaign from 13 outings. The victory pushed his career earnings to $437,250 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. In the final division of the stakes action on the night, Bluehourpower was able to overcome a taxing trip to return to his winning ways and score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. With driver Sam Widger at the lines, Bluehourpower held off a late charge from If I Lose and Trace Tetrick to stop the timer in 1:51. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won seven of 15 seasonal outings while amassing $172,925 in 2014. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour notched his 11th lifetime victory from 26 starts. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 18 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 14 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 27, 2014 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, September 27 and it was Lewayne Miller who stole the show. After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller accumulated a total of 83 points in the final round to win the grand prize, a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In its' inaugural edition, the 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another, not once, but twice in a five-race challenge throughout the season. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize of the first challenge. With the points from round one carrying over to round two, Miller led the group of ten drivers into the final round and earned one win, one second, one third, and two ninth place finishes in the five races of the challenge to take make a clean sweep of both rounds in the Champion Driver Series. "I was nervous all day," Miller, seemingly still in shock, noted in the winner's circle. "I tried to forget about it and keep my nerves down. I felt good about my horses coming into tonight so I knew if I had a little luck I had a good shot but I tried not to think about it. I showed up tonight and just tried to do the best I could." After a ninth and a third place finish in the first two races of the challenge respectively, Miller found the winner's circle in the third race of the challenge and scored 15 points with Starven Darven at 7-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Miller found late racing room and Starven Darven used a :27.2 final quarter to coast home a winner in 1:52.4. With a ninth place finish behind The Flight Rose in the fourth race of the challenge, Miller accumulated two more points but still held the lead by a narrow margin with 74 points heading into the final race. Ross Leonard was a close second with 67 points and Sam Widger just behind him in third with 62 points. Heading into the final race of the challenge, it appeared to be anyone's game. Miller secured the keys to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a second place finish in the final race, earning nine more points, behind VC Scooter for trainer Grant Wilfong. Dismissed at odds of 10-1, VC Scooter rallied late in the lane to get up for second place honors behind Rocknroll Special and Ricky Macomber Jr. "That is definitely the happiest I've ever been to finish second," Miller noted after the race. "After talking with the trainer before the race, I knew he (VC Scooter) would be good, I didn't want to get buried or locked in so I made sure I had him out when we turned for home." After the dust settled, Miller led all drivers with 83 points, Leonard finished second with 73 while Sam Widger and Brad Hanners tied for third place with 65 points. "This is a really big deal," Miller continued. "A few years ago I was just a fan watching all these guys drive. To win this challenge against this group of drivers and here at Hoosier Park is a really big deal for me. This was my first driver's challenge I've ever been in and to win a car like this, it's a really big deal." As the youngest driver in the group of ten, Miller is now a proud new owner of a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In just his second full season as a driver, Miller has recorded 335 career victories and is on track to record his best season to date in the bike in 2014. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 30 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

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