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Pompano Beach, FL - More than 125 horsemen and women were in attendance Friday night at the 26th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Dinner held at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa in Pompano Beach. The highlight of the evening was the inductions into the Florida Hall of Fame. Entering were horsemen Mark Friedman and Dan Hennessey and horse's Rock On and Royel Millennium. Hosted by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, there were also special human awards given out for the 2016 season and presentations were also made to the Horse of the Year by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the Florida Amateur Driving Club. Hall of Fame inductee Mark Friedman has been in harness racing for more than five decades as an owner, breeder, trainer and driver. His Polo Stables has had many top Florida-bred champions, none better than the top pacing mare, Bling, p,1:51, a career winner of more than $610,000. "To have worked most of my life in harness racing and now receiving this award is a highlight of my career and I thank everyone who has helped me along the way," Friedman said. Hall of Fame inductee Dan Hennessey, who is nearing his 1,000th career training win and $6 million in earnings, closed out 2016 with a UDRS of .420 despite nearly going blind two years ago. His brother, Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey, summed it up well in his introduction. "I don't think we ever could have had our stable going steady for forty plus years if not for Dan," Hennessey said. He is the one who always held the fort down between Pompano and Saratoga year after year. Many of you don't know that he holds a world record as the only trainer ever to use same driver on nearly every single horse he ever trained, and that was me!" Taking home the most hardware on the evening and it was a good thing she came to the dinner with her pickup truck, was Owner-Breeder Laurie Poulin. In addition to her horse, Royel Millennium, being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Laurie was named Breeder of the Year for the second straight time and also received the Dana Irving Award for the second straight year. Poulin also received four Horse of the Year Crystal Awards for her stables Prairie Panther, Prairie Sweetheart, Prairie Jaguar and Prairie Fortune. All of the horses were bred by Poulin and co-owned and trained by Mike Deters. FLORIDA USHWA AWARD WINNERS Hall of Fame - Mark Friedman Hall of Fame - Dan Hennessey Hall of Fame - Rock On Hall of Fame - Royel Millennium Delvin Miller Award - Fred Morosini Dana Iriving Award - Laurie Poulin R.D. Ricketts Award - Kevin Kelly Stanley Dancer Award - Sergio Corona Lifetime Achievement - Leon Cable Dan Gawlas Award - John Berry Bill Popfinger Award - Mike Deters & Maggie Audley France Dodge Van Lennep Award - Marianne Audley Allen J. Finkelson Award - Gabe Prewitt Caretaker of the Year - Gary McQuaid FSBOA CRYSTAL AWARD WINNERS 2YO Pacing Filly - Gold Star Aurora 2YO Pacing Colt - Prairie Panther 2YO Trotting Filly - Atlantic Crest 2YO Trotting Colt - I'm Done 3YO Pacing Filly - Prairie Sweetheart 3YO Pacing Colt - R Chism 3YO Trotting Filly - Gold Star Briana 3YO Trotting Colt - Rexamillion Older Pacing Mare - Goldstar Rockette Older Pacing Horse - Prairie Jaguar Older Trotting Mare - Selena Older Trotting Horse - Prairie Fortune 2016 Breeder of the Year - Laurie Poulin 2016 Florida Amateur Driver of the Year - Tony Dinges From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees and the annual award winners for the 2016 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association's 26th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa in Pompano Beach. Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are veteran breeder, owner and trainer, Mark Freidman of Delray Beach and trainer Dan Hennessey of Coconut Creek, the older brother of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Also, being inducted into the Hall of Fame are two stallions whose foals have been dominant in the Florida Sire Stakes Program, pacing stallion Rock On and the pacing stallion and racehorse, Royel Millennium. Rock On is owned by Gold Star Farm, Marianne, Maggie and the late Tom Audley of Bell. Royel Millennium is owned by Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. For the first time in the history of the Florida Chapter of USHWA, there was a tie for the William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers, and this year the organization will present awards to trainers Mike Deters of Coconut Creek and to Maggie Audley of Bell. For Deters it is the third straight year he has won this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, goes to trainer/driver Sergio Corona of Delray Beach. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to longtime owner/breeder and popular horseman, Fred Morosini. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Marianne Audley of Gold Star Farm. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizes an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year is Gabe Prewitt, Director of Racing at the Isle Pompano Park. The R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, goes to Kevin Kelly of Tamarac. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2016 goes for the second straight year to Laurie Poulin. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Hall of Fame Communicator John Berry of Pompano Beach. The Florida USHWA Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime Pompano Park blacksmith and amateur driver Leon Cable. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year's winner is Gary McQuaid of Pompano Beach, who has worked many years for trainers Jay & Kim Sears. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter's awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2 and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2016 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972-5400, rosie@floridaharnessracing.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter USHWA  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 20, 2016...Four Melvyn Aylor Memorial events, honoring the memory of the late, great Florida harness racing horseman, were contested at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 20.) Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther established new lifetime marks with their winning efforts, Famous C recovered from an early miscue to win hers and I'm Done held on for dear life at the end of his mile to eke out the close victory. Kicking things off were three non-wagering events and, in the first one, I'm Done, driven by John Mac Donald, took home the major share of the $14,550 purse for the two year-old trotting colts and geldings. The gelded son of Toro Bravo won an early war with arch-rival Azzaro (Wally Hennessey), opened up a long lead of a dozen lengths or so as the latter made a miscue early on and then held on for dear life at the end of the mile clocked in 2:06.4 after panels of :30.3, 1:01.3 and 1:33.1. Trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, I'm Done now sports a 4-4-0 scorecard in eight starts, good for bounty of $37,278. Arch-rival Azzaro has the same 4-4-0 record in eight starts and $29,707 in earnings with the championship final round next week likely to determine the Horse of the Year in that juvenile division. Next. Famous C was in the spotlight in the non-wagering Aylor Memorial for two year-old trotting fillies after she recovered from an early miscue to take command shortly after the :31.1 opener and then on to victory in 2:01. Handled by Wally Hennessey, this daughter of Famously pinned a 6½ length defeat on Bonnie Blue Banker (Rob Hoffman) with Prairie Pixie (John Mac Donald next and Miss Olivia Irene fourth in this quartet. After the race, Hennessey declared, "what really helped was that kind of tepid opening quarter. That allowed me to get back in the ballgame and, once I made the lead, she was solid." Trained by Dan Hennessey for Amante Standardbreds, Famous C won for the third time this semester in seven starts pushing her bankroll to $21,884. The third and final non-wagering Aylor Memorial event was for two year-old pacing fillies and, in a cavalry charge to the wire, Gold Star Aurora, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., just did hold off challenges from both sides of the fence to score by a head over Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) with Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald) another head away in third. PF Silver Classic and Golden Diamond completed the rundown in this quintet. Leading at poles timed in :28.4, :59 and 1:28.2, Gold Star Aurora used a :28.2 finale to withstand the serious pressure at the end of the journey. In a post-race interview, Walter Ross, Jr. said, "My gosh, they were surrounding me on both sides but my filly dug in deep. She's got heart, I'll say that-a big heart!" Trained by Maggie Audley for owner Marianne Audley, this daughter of Rock On won for the sixth time in seven career trips post-ward to send her 2016 earnings to $33,652. The Aylor for two year-old pacing colts and geldings kicked off the betting card and Prairie Panther, co-owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, remained undefeated in six Pompano Park starts with a near gate-to-wore score in 1:55.1, a new lifetime mark. Mike was in the bike as this gelded son of Royal Millennium carded panels of :27.4, :58 and 1:27 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale. Gold Star Bugsy was second, 2¼ lengths back, while Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) finished third. Moon Doggie was fourth while Gold Star Spider picked up the nickel in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Panther sent his earnings to $34,555 with the win and rewarded his multitude of followers with a $2.20 mutuel as the 1 to 10 favorite. In Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace, Panocchio, again handled by Wally Hennessey, scored his fourth straight win since his fall arrival in South Florida, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 on a "coolish" night. The amazing six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended took command around the initial turn and went on to card panels of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23 before holding off the late surge of Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) by three-part-of-a-length. Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol), pacing the fastest final quarter of all in this quintet (:27.4), finished third, a length away, with No Bad Dreams fourth and Duc Dorleans fifth in a field separated by only 2¼ lengths on the line. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said about Panocchio. Just Xerox a copy of what was written about him last time and use that! "He's just a great horse that does everything asked of him. Jim (trainer Mattison) doesn't do too much with him training but when he hits the track and goes back of the gate, he's all business." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Mattison, Panocchio now shows a 23-10-7-2 scorecard, good for $93,161. Lifetime, Panocchio has $383,928 in earnings on the strength of 46 wins in 105 career starts. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio returned a $2.60 mutuel. Racing continues on Monday night as Pompano Park moves to a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with post time set at 7:20 p.m. By John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 30, 2016...Pompano Park closes out its successful 2015-2016 meeting on Tuesday night (May 31) with a mandatory payout on its Super Hi-5 finale along with two Open Handicap events.   The Super Hi-5, conducted on the eighth and final race of the pari-mutuel card, has a carryover of $28,537.55 going into the event, which is sure to balloon into a very appetizing 20 cent based wager with a very competitive field of eight going behind the Hummer Starting Gate.   Immediately proceeding that event, in races six and seven, are the $10,000 Open Handicap events--the first one being for pacing mares followed by the trotters.   Goldstar Rockette takes a two race winning skein into the event for mares and will have Kevin Wallis in the sulky for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi.   The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On has won seven times this semester and his only $87 short of leaping over the $100,000 mark in career bounty.   Her main competition may well come from the 11 year-old mare Shortest Distance, with Mickey McNichol in the bike for owner Byron Pineda and trainer Leopold Sawyers.   This rugged Park Place mar has won an astounding 91 times during her career, good for over $470,000 in earnings.   Real Nice Girl, Della Bea, Repeat Please and Sue's Night Out complete the talented field.   In the companion trotting feature, Sailer Eddie and Pittsburgh Hanover knock hooves once again--this after these two have claimed a win apiece in their recent pair of outings.   Pittsburgh Hanover, trained by Doug Miller for owner Carter Duer, edged by Sailer Eddie in the final stride or two in their last meeting while Sailer eddie took top honors the week prior.   Piyysburgh Hanover will have the driving servives of Walter Ross, Jr., while Sailer Eddie Eddie will have owner-trainer Kevin Wallis in his sulky.   Not to be dismissed is Gold Savage, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables.   This six year-old scored a handy two length win for Mickey McNichol in Open company one week ago and will have McNichol in the bike again on closing night.   Caviart Griffin and Political Foe complete that seventh race roster.   Post time for Tuesday night remains at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

"Gold" was the theme at Pompano Park on Tuesday night as Goldstar Rockette and Gold Savage shared the harness racing limelight, capturing their respective $10,000 Open Pacing and Trotting events. Goldstar Rockette, the Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On, scored a well-earned win for Kevin Wallis in 1:54.3, pinning a two length defeat on Shortest Distance, handled by Mickey McNichol, with Drea's Good Powow next, after putting on an eye-opening backside brush that brought her along-side the leader heading into the final turn. Sue's Your Daddy and Sue's Night Out completed the order of finish in the quintet. Goldstar Rockette, leaving from post five, briefly engaged Shortest Distance for supremacy early then proceeded to post opening panels of :27.4 and a rated :57.4 half. That's when Drea's Good Powow, last early on, put on that aforementioned brush to draw on even terms with Goldstar Rockette heading into the final turn with "Rockette" turning back the challenge with a :27.4 backside blast of her own, reaching the third station in 1:25.3. In the lane, Goldstar Rockette was unrelenting, keeping Drea's Good Powow at bay and holding off Shortest Distance, who edged through along the pylons to garner the place award. After the event, driver Wallis related, "Lou (trainer Ginesi) has this mare very sharp now. When Dave's (Ingraham) mare brushed up, my mare just let out a notch on her own to try and thwart her. "I'll tell you, this mare knows how to race. She can leave, she knows how to relax, she brushes on her own and she's mighty tough right now." Owned by trainer Lou Ginesi, Goldstar Rockette won for the seventh time this year, sending her yearly bounty to $36,062. She's just $87 shy of $100,000 lifetime. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $2.40 to win. Gold Savage, strategically handled by Mickey McNichol, played "musical chairs" with the favorite, Go Jesse Go, driven by Kevin Wallis, before taking command after a :27.3 opener and then posting subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.3 to score a handy two length win over Go Jesse Go in 1:55.4. Political Foe, with Joe Sanzeri in the bike, finished third, just a lip or two further back, while Skyway Pippen, far back early, rallied to be fourth. Kegler Hanover picked up the nickel in the septet. At the outset, both Gold Savage (post three) and Go Jesse Go (post six) left with alacrity with Gold Savage yielding-but not for long. Just a few long strides later, Gold Savage brushed up to take command with the top pair separated from Political Foe by some five or six lengths early on. Except for the shouting, it was all over as McNichol kept his charge safely in front the rest of the journey, prompting him to say, in a post-race interview, "I love driving for Mark (trainer Friedman) because his horses are always ready to perform well. "This trotter gives a good account of himself week after week and he was sharp as a tack tonight-very willing!" In pushing his 2016 scorecard to 3-4-1 in 18 starts, Gold Savage now has $22,220 on his card for the season and $121,343 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Gold Savage paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL.Tuesday, May 17, 2016.Goldstar Rockette, driven by Kevin Wallis for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi, turned back a ferocious bid by Sue's Night Out, handled by Wally Hennessey, to win a photo finish decision in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (May 17). The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On, took command from Sue's Night Out past the :27.1 opening panel, set warm fractions of :55.4 and 1:25 and repelled the stretch long challenge to score by a head in 1:53.2. Always Dee One was third, 5 ¼ lengths away, with Sue's Your Daddy next, another neck back. Ashley's Desire picked up the minor award, though last in the field of five. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis remarked, "When I drove her last week, I found a close up spot in third and couldn't quite reach. "This week, since she's been so sharp lately, I thought maybe she'd be OK on the lead. "It wasn't that easy making the top but she was very game-extremely game-tonight and fought very hard all the way home." For Goldstar Rockette, it was her sixth win of the year in 18 starts, vaulting her seasonal bankroll to $31,062. Career-wise, the mare has bounty of $94,913. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $4.00 to win. In the co-featured Petar Saric Memorial Trot, Pittsburgh Hanover driven by Matt Romano for trainer Doug Miller and owner (the late) William Weaver III, pulled off a minor upset, collaring the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sailer Eddie (Kevin Wallis), right on the wire. The official margin on the line was a head with Gold Savage salvaging third, six lengths away for Mickey McNichol. Political Foe finished fourth while Seeking Steven picked up the nickel in the compact quintet. At the outset, Romano sent Pittsburgh Hanover away with alacrity to force Seeking Steven to accept the garden pocket seat with Sailer Eddie, leaving from the outside post five, next and finding a seat in third-but not for long. After that :27.1 opener, Sailer Eddie forged up to take the lead three-eighths into the mile and proceeded to take the field half way home in :56.1. On the backside, positions remained unchanged with Romano leaving the coziness of the pocket with Pittsburgh Hanover just prior to the third station in 1:25.4 to engage Sailer Eddie in war the rest of the mile. It was nip and tuck all the way home with Pittsburgh Hanover up in the final stride, stopping the timer in 1:55.3 over a track rated "good" after having been dulled by on-and-off rain. In a post-race interview, driver Romano related, "last week when I drove him, it was kind of a similar situation, but I was somewhat closer this time when we left the pocket and brushed up. "We were out-brushed late last week but, being a bit closer this time, was probably the difference. "He's a lightly raced five year-old and he's very sharp right now. Gotta give credit to Doug (trainer Miller) for getting him this good." Never worse than second this year, Pittsburgh Hanover pushed his 2016 scorecard to 5-3-0 in eight starts, good for $21,780. Lifetime, the altered son of Yankee Glide now has seven wins in 18 starts and $38,460. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Pittsburgh Hanover paid $6.80 to win. The Petar Saric Memorial, by the way, honors the memory of the champion Croatian driver, whose sons, Zoran and Srdan, have competed at Pompano Park. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Park hosted the $12,000 final of the Midnite Hardy Late Closing Series on Monday night and Goldstar Raider took top harness racing honors, covering the mile in 1:53.1 under the direction of John MacDonald. The seven year-old son of Rock On pinned a defeat measuring a half-length on A Weekend with Steve Condren driving while Cascata finished third for Wally Hennessey. St Pete Star finished fourth in the mile while Van Gundy Hanover picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Goldstar Raider, hot property lately off of claims the past three weeks, was on the engine from the get-go with A Weekend with these settling in one-two early with Fly Away next and St Pete Star, beginning from the outside post nine, wending his way into fourth through an opening panel in :27.1. Under the line the first time, St Pete Star was on the move and forging forward leaving Goldstar Raider on the lead halfway through in :56.1 with A Weekend and St Pete Star in a virtual dead-heat for second followed by Cascata, following live cover. Goldstar Raider used a :28.1 third panel to thwart any impending threats through 3/4s in 1:24.2 with A Weekend and St Pete Star still noses apart next and Cascata now fanning widest of all. In the lane, Goldstar Raider was on his way home with a :28.4 finale to hit the wire a half-length up on the late charging A Weekend. Not only did Goldstar Raider win for the third straight week, it was the third week in a row he won in 1:53.1. Yet another streak was extended after the event as Goldstar Raider was claimed for the fourth straight week. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "well, when I looked at the form, I saw that he (Goldstar Raider) had been up close to the pace in his last two wins, so, I said to myself, 'why fool around with success?' "I put him on the lead and, when we got to the half, I thought, 'hmmmm,' he can get home from here through :56.1. "He did just that. Another big effort!" Trained this night by Marty Fine for the Team Fine Racing, Inc., Goldstar Raider won for the fourth time in six starts this semester with his 2016 bounty now at $16,220. Lifetime, Goldstar Raider has a 27-19-19 scorecard in 101 career starts and a bankroll of $164,203. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Goldstar Raider paid $4.20 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with yet another popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot with a field of seven with combined earnings well over $3 million going post-ward. On the pari-mutuel side of the ledger, with Monday's Pick-4 unsolved, there is a carryover of $9,143 into the Tuesday program and a guarantee of a $30,000 pool for the Pick-4 covering races six through nine. Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

A Weekend and Goldstar Raider were victorious in their respective divisions in the 2nd leg of the Midnite Hardy Late Closer on Monday night at Pompano Park while Zorgwijk Impact picked up a repeat harness racing win in the popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot. A Weekend started the week off with a tote-board bang, scoring at odds of 36 to 1 for driver Steve Condren, who was in the sulky for owner-trainer Percy Jones. The seven year-old altered son of I Am A Fool took advantage of a hot early pace while cozily placed in third, pulled turning for home and rolled by the field to score in 1:53.4 and pin a defeat measuring 1¼ lengths on St Pete Star (Tom Jackson) with Cascata (Dave Ingraham) rallying late to be third. Mystical Valentine, locked up much of the mile, finished fourth while Bold Willie finished fifth in the sextet after cutting panels of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.1. The win was the initial one of the season for A Weekend and 10th lifetime with the victory-his second biggest payday career-wise-sending his lifetime earnings to $46,075. A Weekend rewarded his faithful with a $74.00 win mutual. Goldstar Raider made his 100th lifetime start a winning one for owner-trainer-driver Tom Jackson. This seven year-old Florida bred son of Rock On used the rail to perfection as he left with alacrity, yielded briefly, retook command after an initial panel of :27.2 and led the rest of the way, clocking fractions of :56.4 and 1:24.3 before sprinting home unscathed in :28.3 to hit the wire a 2½ length winner in 1:53.1. Beach Blast (Kevin Wallis) rallied to be second while A Fool For Mark (Dave Ingraham) finished third. Fly Away was fourth in the field of six while Mr Right Now picked up the nickel. Goldstar Raider won for the 27th time in his career spanning a "century" in starts to send his career bounty to $158,203. As the 2 to 1 second choice on the board, Goldstar Raider paid $6.20 to his many backers. In the "Over The Hill Gang" trot for nine year-olds and up, Zorgwijk Impact, handled this night by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat victory as he easily took care of his foes by using the draw (post one) to perfection in the event. This 11 year-old son of Armbro Ricochet, owned and trained by Jack Sheehan, scored the win measuring 2¾ lengths over Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) with Savthelstdancforme (Steve Condren) third. Tug River Dylan finished fourth while On The Tab , last halfway through the mile, rallied for fifth. Zorgwijk Impact was away alertly as Illusionsndreams blasted out of the gate from mid-track-post five-to take the field through an opening panel of :28.2. That's exactly when Hennessey sent Zorgwijk Impact to the front to stay, posting subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before gliding home untouched in 1:56.3 In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "I remember having driven this horse a season or two ago and he always showed me he had heart. He's 11 now and still has that same heart. I don't think he's lost a step over the years. He's the definition a racehorse-gives all he's got." In making his 273rd lifetime start, Zorgwijk Impact won for the 44th time and sent his career bounty to $353,659. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, he paid $4.60 to won. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a very competitive octet of trotters set to go in the $15,000 Open Handicap. My Revenuer, going for his third straight in this top company will, once again, have Brad Kramer handling his lines but starts from the outside post with Sailer Eddie, Uriel, She's All In, the invader Pocket Trip, Cashahallic, Winding Hill and Royal Max providing the competition. Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Charlottetown PE- At 10-years-old, veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie has put together one of his best seasons to date. He'll head into the Saturday night feature at Red Shores' Charlottetown looking to extend his win streak to three. It's been a banner year for 'Willie', earlier this season on his own stomping grounds of Red Shores' Summerside he picked up his 50th lifetime victory, on that very same day the winner of just shy of $ 80,000 of Maritime money lifetime picked up a brand new speed badge of 1:55.4. He finished second in his next outing and has since picked up two straight victories. Owned by Bob and Brenda MacInnis, Summerside, the son of Drop Off has seemed to have found new life with driver Walter Cheverie. Since June 30, 2013, Cheverie has driven 'Willie' 13 times, returning him back to the winner circle nine times and only missing the top two twice. This season the duo have not missed the top two once, including five of his six victories. Bob MacInnis does the training from Post 3. He will have to face against Maritime free-for-all pacer Red Rock On Saturday night. Electing not to make the trek to Fredericton for the Jennie and Joe Chippin, the four-year-old son of The Panderosa has drawn Post 6 for owners Donald, Bryan and Steven MacRae along with Melissa Trainor. The third place finisher in this years Governor's Plate is trained and driven by Jason Hughes. Another rock, Shock The Rock will also look to extend his win streak to three, he is a back-to-back winner in 1:56 and change for driver Corey MacPherson. Blair Macleod trains for his daughter Bethany. He has drawn the outside Post 7. The back-up trotters are in town Saturday night in Race 6. J K Queen (Post 2) and Cheveire will look to double up after getting up in the final strides to win by a nose in 2:02.3. Co-owned by Norman Clarey and trainer Joe Smallwood, she will look to price the field when she makes her way in behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate for a claiming price of $4,800. J K Queen will have to do battle with Abundaspin again this week. The 14-year-old laid down all the fractions last week before finishing second to J K Queen. The winner of 77 races lifetime has drawn the outside Post 7 for trainer - driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic. The annual Billings Driving Challenge is in town on Saturday night at Red Shores Charlottetown, six drivers from around North America plus two Maritime drivers in Hillard Graves and Todd Walsh will line up behind the gate in Race 5 and 7. The 13-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Say It Again Sam look to return to winning ways Summerside PE- After rhyming off 10 straight victories on red dirt, Say It Again Sam will look to get back on the winning track after suffering two consecutive losses. He will face five other rivals in the featured Race 9 at Red Shores' Summerside on Sunday. The three-year-old Well Said gelding made the move to the Jason Hughes stable in May, working his way up the class ladder, he picked up 10 consecutive victories before falling to defeat during Old Home Week. Now racing with older horses he will look to get back on track. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, he has drawn post 6. If he wants to get back to the winner circle he will have to fight off last weeks winner Carrera Angel from Post 5. Converting off a perfect pocket ride last week, Carrera Angel made it a tight finish winning by a quarter-of-length in 1:57.2 for Owner, trainer and driver Rocky Schurman. The field lines up with Lucky Encounter (Post 1), Blissful Bro (Post 2), Van Zant ( Post 3) and Cambest Kisser (Post 4). Race 7 will see eight line up behind the gate to contest for the Peter Coughlin Memorial. Acton O So Royal has been installed as the morning line choice from Post 2. Owned and trained by Wayne Pike, the five-year-old Royal Mattjesty stallion was a second place finisher in his first start off of a qualifier. Veteran Brian MacPhee will do the driving. Sunday's Post time is 1 p.m. and will play host to the Billings Driver Challenge as well. The eight drivers will contest in races 3 and 5. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 23, 2014-- Even-money favorite Frankie's Dragon (Brian Sears, $4) went from first-up to first home Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned inside his seven rivals, Frankie's Dragon had plenty to peruse early as Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell), Rock On Moe (Larry Stalbaum) and Sapphire City (Dan Dube) all has designs on the lead. Dream Out Loud N won that early battle, paying :26.4 opening quarter-mile price for the privilege. Sapphire City, three-holed from post position No. 8, took a shot with a second move, but Dream Out Loud N was not in a giving mood and sent Sapphire City back from whence he came. After a 55-second intermission, Frankie's Dragon was out from fourth, methodically moving at the leader toward a 1:23 three-quarters. Russley Rascal N (George Brennan) tried it from second-over as Dream Out Loud N and Frankie's Dragon was nostril to nostril into the lane. Frankie's Dragon did eventually wear down his foe, winning by a half-length in 1:51.1. Big N Bad (Jordan Stratton) closed stoutly for third, with Russley Rascal N and Rock On Moe settling for the minor moolah. For "Frankie," a 5-year-old son of Dragon Again trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner Joe Martinelli Sr., it was his fifth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $146. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 16, 2014-Odds-on favorite Mach it So (Brian Sears, $2.70) delivered on a short promise Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away into a gaping three-hole from post position No. 4, Mach it So saw Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) lead through intervals of :26.4 and 56 seconds flat. Mach it So--back here for the first time since a dreaded eight-hole in late April's final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series--went after the leader toward a 1:23.4 three-quarters, but the leader wasn't ready to give up the ghost. Mach it So did finally wear down his foe mid-lane, edging away by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:51.2. Dream Out Loud N held second, with Rock On Moe (Larry Stalbaum), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Life Up Front (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For Mach it So, 4-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his sixth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $8.50, with the triple returning $55. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

The final edition of Breakfast With The Babies for the 2014 season began with Hambletonian favorite Father Patrick getting in some prep work in advance of next Saturday's big dance. His performance did nothing to encourage any Hambo fence-riders that may have been considering buying a $15,000 ticket to that dance. Yannick Gingras gave him a tour of the oval in 1:52 flat, back half in :54.4, last quarter :26.2 about as easy as it could be done. It looks like "All systems go" for team Father Patrick. Last year's champion three year old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife made her return to the races this morning in winning fashion for owners Richard and Joanne Young. She has been nursed back to the races by trainer Chris Ryder after her season ending injury last fall and she looked sound and happy in her 2014 debut. Driver Tim Tetrick settled the mare in third through a slow 57.2 half, moved her on the last turn to a stretch lead then flashed her grit by refusing to yield to the late challenge of Bakersfield with a 27.1 close to the 1:53.2 mile. A pair of Meadowlands Pace finalists teed it up in the last race of the day and Lyonssomewhere got the best of JK Endofanera here by sprinting home in 26.2 on the end of a 1:51.1 mile. Trainer Jimmy Takter put the speedy colt on the lead through friendly fractions and had enough to rebuff JK Endofanera's close. So far as the freshmen, Habitat, a speedy Conway Hall colt that had made a pair of breaks in NYSS action recently, impressed with an effortless 1:55.3 / 27.1 win with Yannick Gingras aboard. Ron Burke trains colt for himself and partners Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable. The group paid $50,000 for Habitat at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Trond Smedshammer won a couple this morning, the first with a nice Yankee Glide out of Calchips Finisher named Finish Line. He sat a pocket to first timer Sugarmakesmecrazy and Ake Svanstedt, nailing that one in the final strides of the 1:58.1 / 28.1 mile.He was a $50,000 Lexington buy for Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze. Trond came right back with the Andover Hall x Chez Belle filly Chezando, closing ground into a 28.4 final quarter for the 2:00.4 score. She cost Purple Haze and Michael Parisi $70,000 at Lexington last fall. The last of the baby trots fittingly saw Jimmy Takter win in 2:00.1 with French Laundry, a good Muscles Yankee colt who won a NJSS event in 1:56 a few weeks ago. He just held off the impressive closing rush of the $175,000 Cantab Hall colt Colbert who was making his very first start for Svanstedt. Pacers came around in the tenth race and ASAP Hanover won for the third time in morning trials, this one in 1:52.4 with Tim Tetrick driving. Linda Toscano trains the $150,000 Lexington sale colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Allamerican Coed for John Mehlenbacher. He has impressed and improved in each of his three outings. This time Tetrick put him on the lead and sprinted home in 26.4 in hand. Penji Hanover paced home hard to be second. Trainer Tony Alagna had a good day beginning with the eleventh where a pair of his pacing fillies went to the wire together with Cashaway tracking down Martinique in the final strides to get the 1:54.1 win. Cashaway was second in the recently contested NJSS final for Tim Tetrick, who drove the Western Ideal x CPA $105,000 Lexington sale grad today for owners Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Artspeak got some work in this morning, leading all the way and drawing off late in 1:53.2 over the pocket sitting Stover. The winner also hails from the Alagna barn with Scott Zeron doing the driving for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick). Racing manager Myron Bell bought the Western Ideal colt from The Art Museum for $100,000 in Lexington on their behalf and it certainly looks as though they've got a good one here. A Plus completed the Alagna natural hat trick by winning in 1:54.1 / 27.3 with Zeron aboard. She's an American Ideal filly out of the Brittany broodmare Has An Attitude that Tony bought for himself with partners In The Gym, Massey and Sbrocco for $60,000 in Kentucky. Better Said was a good second here with a late move for Toscano and Tetrick. Ed Hart's nice Cam's card Shark colt Dealt A Winner prevented an Alagna-slam when he held safe over Tony's closing Rock On The Hill in 1:54.2 for Brian Sears. Jeff Snyder owns the winner, a $35,000 Harrisburg bargain buy last fall. Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening with the John Cashman Memorial eliminations headlining the thirteen race card. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

A Winner's Over $25,000 Lifetime was the featured event on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The betting public slightly favored the Ron Burke entrant Ultimate Beachboy (7-5) who started from post 3. At the start, it was co-second favorites Word Power and Heston Blue Chip firing out for the lead, while the race favorite took back to settle in fifth. Heston Blue Chip finally cleared the lead from post 8, but only after a taxing 25.4 opening quarter. The pace slowed, with a :29 second quarter, only to pick up again when Ultimate Beachboy emerged on the scene first over. Heston Blue Chip maintained the lead however, and turned into the stretch one length clear. Pocket sitter Word Power and long shot Rock On Moe made advances up the inside, but it was Heston Blue Chip holding on, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Rock On Moe settled for second, while Word Power finished third. Heston Blue Chip is owned by Ken Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and was one of five driving wins on the day for Tim Tetrick. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($6, Victor Kirby) reset his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. It also established a new national season's mark for 4-year-old pacers on a half-mile racetrack. Sent for the lead from post position seven, the Village Jolt gelding made the lead in 26.3 seconds, before cruising to the half-mile in 55.0 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. "Jolt" kept pocket-sitting Getitoffyourchest at bay for a one-length score. Rock On Moe was third. It was the 11th win of the year for Just A Jolt, who padded his seasonal earnings to more than $124,000. Driver Jon Roberts had three wins on the program. George Dennis, Allan Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Another beautiful Friday morning for babies and qualifiers at The Meadowlands with the 2 year old trotters opening the card and some of the top pacers and trotters in the sport churning up the track in qualfying races. Takter won the first two, opening with the Muscle Hill x Unbelievable colt Falk On Hill S winning in 2:01 last quarter in 29 with Jimmy driving. The colt was bred in Sweden by Goran Falk who has retained ownership and imported to the US over the winter. Nunkeri, from the first crop of Lucky Chucky, was a good second beaten just a half length with Morcredit Blue Chip third. Takter sent the $300,000 Muscle Hill x Cressida Hanover colt Canepa Hanover out with purpose in the second race. Yannick Gingras put him on the lead through the half in a minute then stepped on the gas resulting in long powerful strides from the colt around the bend in a 27.4 third panel, finishing 18 lengths in front in 1:56.1. He is owned by the partnership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brixton Medical and Al Libfeld. Ake Svanstedt cut the mile and won the third with another Muscle Hill colt, this one a $60,000 Harrisburg yearling from Cream Puff (she by Pine Chip and this colt bore a likeness to that champion in appearance) named Stonebridge Force. He set a leisurely tempo through a 1:33.4 three quarters then sprinted home in 27.2 when engaged by Uncle Lasse resulting in a 2:01.1 mile in his first start. Sarrasso Inc and Laseur, Inc share ownership. Pacing fillies came along next and a pair of really nice Rock N Roll Heaven fillies were out strutting their stuff. Heaven On Earth, trained for Triple D Stables by Scott Di Domenico and driven by Tim Tetrick won a stretch duel with Hollyrocker in 1:56.4 / 27.2. She was a bargain $10,000 purchase at Lexington. A few races later, Zip Code Envy won her third qualifier straight for the Takter Gingras combo, this time it was from off the pace in 1:56.1, last quarter in 27.1. Sawyer was second and American Truth third. She cost $27,000 in Kentucky last fall. Tony Alagna sent out a couple of nice colts this morning, the first is a homebred Rocknroll colt from Cosmo Blue Chip for British client Tom Hill named Rock On The Hill who scored a 1:56.3 / 26.4 front end win with Tim Tetrick aboard. He looked sharp in his second appearance holding off Manny In Sports through a rousing stretch drive. Tony came right back with Artspeak, a Western Ideal from The Art Museum who brought a winning bid of $100,000 from Brittany, Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Stables at Lexington to win in 1:56.2 with a 26.4 closing quarter with Scott Zeron driving. Royalty For Life had another go this morning and looked stronger this time, leading all the way to win in 1:53.2 home in 27.2 for David Miller. His sights are set on next Saturday's $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity for trainer George Ducharme and owners Al Ross, Ray Campbell, Jr & Paul Fontaine. Bee A Magician was next in a workout with the same goal in mind and she sure made a case for racing the colts next week. She cut the mile and won off by herself in 1:53.1 with a 26.3 close under no encouragement from Brian Sears. A mini-Meadowlands Pace was next in qualifier eleven and JK Endofanera made a statement that he is clearly the horse to beat heading into next week's eliminations. He strolled along on an easy lead through three quarters in 1:25 then jetted home in 26 flat to win by a couple in 1:51- with Sears motionless in the bike. Lyonssomewhere could not gain from the pocket, National Debt was improved over recent with a good stretch run for third. Shebestingin wrapped the day up with a 1:51 / 26.3 gate to wire win with Sandbetweenurtoes tagging along nicely. For full results of these baby races click here. Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15 with the opening round of New Jersey two year old sires stakes and the elimination round of the popular Miss Hot To Trot pageant. Horsemen are reminded of the traffic issues surrounding the complex this evening and the suggested route is to take Patterson Plank Road to gain entry. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

HARRINGTON, Del. - Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo's Dancin Yankee ($3, Ross Wolfenden) broke the track record for aged pacing stallions Monday with a 1:50.3 win in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion left alertly from post six and found an early seat in third behind pacesetter Rock On Moe and pocket sitter Teresa's Beach. Rock On Moe marched to the opening quarter in 27.3, half-mile in 56.2 seconds while Dancin Yankee mounted his attack first-over and started to edge clear of Rock On Moe to the three-quarters station in 1:23.1. Wolfenden was just a passenger in the stretch as Dancin Yankee drew clear by open lengths in the stretch. Rock On Moe held on for second over Teresa's Beach. Dancin Yankee is trained by Josh Green. The win established a new record for aged pacing stallions, formerly held by Keystone Rodeo (1:51) in 2006, one of the longest standing records at Harrington. Dancin Yankee has been battling with some of the sport's top free-for-all pacers in recent weeks in the Molson Cup at Western Fair (Canada), and George Morton Levy Memorial at Yonkers Raceway (NY). Earlier on the program, Bob Shahan's Shopping With Art ($2.60, Allan Davis) improved to 3-for-3 in 2014 with a 1:52.3 front-end triumph. Trained by his owner, the 6-year-old Shopping With Art registered his 11th win in just 17 lifetime starts. Driver Montrell Teague had three wins on the program. Victor Kirby had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

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