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Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2017...Pertty Music, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for the harness racing ladies on Wednesday night (March 1). The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet led at every pole, clocking panels of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by 1¼ lengths over Goldstar Rockette, driven by John MacDonald. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in her sulky, was next, 5¼ lengths away while Misssomebeach Blue, making her season debut, finished fourth. Astarisontheway picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, both Goldstar Rockette and Pertty Music pushed the wings out of the way in a battle for early superiority with the latter taking charge around turn one. Three-eighths of a mile in, Jets Are On, fourth early, made a bid that turned out to be premature as she moved to within a length of the leader half way through the mile. By turn three, that move took its toll as Goldstar Rockette regained her cozy position while sitting chilly. At the top of the lane, Goldstar Rockette was tipped out, but was unable to dent the winner's margin through the lane. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr., said, "With the five post here winning at 24 or 25 percent, it was the perfect post to use her early speed. She got to the top very comfortably and kind of sprinted the whole mile pretty evenly. She won on her own." For Pertty Music, owned by Souren Hovsepian along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, it was her fourth success in seven starts this year sending her 2017 bounty to $24,670. Lifetime, she has 29 wins and $358,164 on her card to go along with a 1:50.2 mark at Pompano Park three seasons ago. While the owners were enriched to the tune of $5,500 for the win, the two dollar "punters" had to settle for a win mutual of $2.80. The $8,500 Open 2 Pace for the Mares went to Sweet Bet, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. This nine year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, who was in for a $6,000 tag less than two months ago, has steadily moved up the ladder and the victory tonight in Open 2 company was her largest payday since November 5, 2014 at Pocono Downs. Making a quarter move to the top at that first station in :27.2, Sweet Bet rolled through subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:24.2 before striding home powerfully in :27.4 to hit the wire in 1:52.1, a seasonal best and just a tick off her lifetime mark set three years prior. Miss Dollar Mam, driven by John MacDonald and leaving from the outside post, settled into the garden spot after yielding the lead to the winner, finished second while Single Me, handled by Jim Meittinis, the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, was next, 5½ back of the winner. Better Out West was next with Metro Glide picking up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, Sweet Bet now has won six of her eight starts this year, good for earnings of $23,750. Lifetime, she has visited the winner's circle on 42 occasions and now boasts $262,692. She paid $4.80 as the second choice on the board. Also of note on the Wednesday night card, the four year-old mare Alabamashakey, with Mike Simons in the bike for trainer Rob Rittof and owner Mark De Vience, stretched her winning streak to six with a sharp 1:53 win--a new lifetime best. The four year-old daughter of American Ideal was away in good order from the rail and then made a move just past the :27.4 opener and then went on to saw through panels of :56 and 1:24.2 before a final quarter of :28.3 sealed the issue. Winless last season in five starts, Alabamashakey, a winner of a mere $1,545 last season, now has $17,450 to go along with her winning streak this season. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Alabamashakey paid $7.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the Pro-Am Challenge featuring Tim Tetrick and David Miller, who have selected their teams for the Saturday show-down. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2017...Pertty Music, superbly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., pulled off a mild upset in the $11,000 Open Pace for the harness racing Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, first, got by the heavily favored Wild Wanda (Richard Macomber, Jr.) and, then, held off the late surging Metro Glide (Tom Jackson) and Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) to score by a half-length. Wild Wanda finished fourth after cutting panels of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.3 while OK Heavenly, in the garden spot back of Wild Wanda throughout most of the journey, picked up the nickel in the sextet, though less than two lengths away at the finish. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. remarked, "this is the first time I drove this mare. Rod (trainer Lorenzo) said she was good last week but stepping up, so I really didn't know what to expect. "I was reluctant to pull on Ricky's (Macomber) mare (Wild Wanda) as she looked the best on paper and I felt that the pace was quickening, so I decided to sit a bit longer that normal. "When we turned for home, I asked and she answered. "She's got some class to her, this mare does, so I wasn't that surprised when she responded the way she did!" Trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, Pertty Music won for the 27th time during her career with her lifetime bankroll surging over the $340,000 plateau--$343,244 to be exact. As third choice in the wagering, Pertty Music paid $11.80 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with an eight race program highlighted by the continuing heated battle among many of the nation's leading amateur drivers. Of particular interest is the third race on Saturday featuring the Florida Amateur Driving Club as the eight starters have combined lifetime earnings of $2,855,350 and 247 career victories. The $406,000 winner A Crown For Lindy, has been installed as the morning line favorite in that event and will have Dein Spriggs in the sulky, himself a winner of 425 races. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Ed Hensley's Pertty Music, deftly handled by Kevin Wallis, held off arch rival Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef, in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (March 22). Trained by Rod Lorenzo in Hensley's absence, the six year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, led at every juncture of the mile, clocking hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:22.4 in route to a 1:50.4 win measuring a length on the line with All Charged Up, teamed with John MacDonald, third, 3 1/4 lengths away. Jets Are On and Southwind Trini shared the final two checks as finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the talented septet of ladies. This was a classic Wallis drive as he sent Pertty Music launching from the get-go from post five battling, briefly, with All Charged Up around the opening turn to take command. Just A Bee, also on the engine from her outside post, was able to wend her way into third early. Zipping along at a very lively pace, Wallis thwarted any serious challenges with Pertty Music until she marched into the final turn when Just A Bee left the coziness of her pocket and began her attack with 2 1/2 lengths to make up. That was just not to "bee" this night. Closing her mile with a :28 finale, Pertty Music hit the wire a length in front as Just A Bee's :27.4 rally fell short by that aforementioned margin. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis, now just 15 wins away from 10,000, related, "To tell you the truth, the outcome of this race may have been decided at the draw a few days earlier when Mike's (Micallef) mare was assigned the outside post and we drew the six and eventually drew one post in from that with the scratch of Joe's (Pavis) mare, (Arodasi). "Pertty Music had been racing very well lately and I figured that if I could get a jump on her, I might have the upper hand this week. That's why I kept going with her all the way--to thwart any threats during the race. "When two mares that are, pretty much, equal in ability, getting a jump of a length or two is very important so I had no choice but try and get that length or two at the start because I knew Mike's mare would be leaving in there as well." For Pertty Music, officially off at 11 to 10 odds compared to Just A Bee's 9 to 10, it was her second win of the season and 22nd lifetime, sending her career bankroll just short of $300,000--$299,874 to be precise. She paid $4.20 to win. On the Hennessey watch to 9,000 North American wins, Wally won five races on Tuesday night and is now only 11 wins away from that plateau--not including his handful of wins overseas. Hennessey won with Sue's Your Daddy ($6.80), Mad Cow Lisa in the Over The Hill Gang Trot ($7.40), Big Package ($5.20), Sinspirational ($4.60) and Woman Of Terror ($7.60), in the Super Hi-5 finale. Incidentally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 had multiple winner's again on Tuesday night with the carryover piercing $100,000--now standing at $100,736.35 going into the Saturday program. Two other carryovers will highlight the Saturday card as well as the Pentafecta Fourth and Pick-5 were both unsolved on Tuesday night. The Pentafecta Fourth will have a carryover of $6,194 going in with the Pick-5 sporting a carryover of $5,568. Post time for the Saturday night program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

Pompano Beach, FL...June 27, 2015...Raji's Blue Line, handled by harness racing driver Andy Santeramo, dug in late to score a courageous win in Pompano Park's $9,000 Winner's Over feature pace on Saturday night (June 27). The seven year-old son of Artsplace, owned by Souren Hovsepian along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, had to survive four separate incidents during the mile before stopping the timer in 1:51.2. Abreathofreshart (Wally Ross, Jr.) was second in the mile while Northern Companion (Tom Sells) finished third. Who's Your Maddy and Histoire Eternelle were next in the sextet while Freeneasy Hanover was doomed at the start after a miscue leaving. When the gate sprung, Histoire Eternelle (Post 5) was on the engine along with Raji's Blue Line (Post 6) with the former battling the latter through a demanding opener of :26.3 before Raji's Blue Line took over a few strides later. That was the first incident. Incident number two was that there was not much of a let-up going to the half, with the mid-mile timed in a harsh :54.4 with Histoire Eternelle not in the garden spot...but not for long. Heading to turn three, Histoire Eternelle was out moving and putting the pressure on the leader past the third station in 1:23.1. In the lane, Raji's Blue Line put away the challenge of Histoire Eternelle but Abreathofreshart found some room in the lane to close in on the leader during the final stages of the mile--that was incident number four. But Raji's Blue Line was up to the task and responded with a :28.1 finale to hit the wire a half length to the good. In a post race interview, driver Andy Santeramo said, "They threw everything but the kitchen sink at him tonight but he just kept digging and digging all the way home. He was very brave tonight." In achieving his fourth win of the year in 22 starts, Raji's Blue Line sent his seasonal bounty to $41,166 and $215,866 lifetime to go along with a Pompano Park mark of 1:51. Pompano Park returns on October 4, 2015 with a 126 day meeting. Complete details of exact dates will be forthcoming in future press releases. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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