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CHESTER, PA - Prairie Panther, who made his 2019 debut in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) a successful one last week at Pocono, has been installed a 7-2 morning line favorite in a very competitive field of eight in a $30,000 GNOS event for fast-class pacers on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. A ten-time winner already this year, the Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther shows recent victories at Tioga, The Meadowlands, and Pocono, last week coming from far back to win in 1:50. Tyler Buter, with whom he took his 1:48.2 mark two starts ago, is listed to drive from post one for trainer Mike Deters, co-owner-breeder with Laurie Poulin. The Big Jim gelding Tiger Thompson N, the leader in this GNOS division's pointstandings and only 1½ length behind Prairie Panther last week at Pocono, returns to the track where he won in GNOS competition on May 12. Andrew McCarthy will be a fresh pair of hands behind Tiger Thompson N, beginning from post six for trainer Joshua Parker. Donttellmeagain, late-season conqueror of McWicked during that one's Horse of the Year campaign last fall, finished third behind Tiger Thompson N when that horse won in the GNOS here, and like that day he is burdened with the outside post eight on Sunday. The red-hot team of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. are the braintrust behind Donttellmeagain, a Dragon Again gelding who will be making his first start in 2½ months. Others in the field, listed from innermost post position excluding the above three, are Our Max Phactor N (driver George Napolitano Jr.), Slick Tony (Anthony Morgan), Sicily (Victor Kirby), Mach N Cheese (Simon Allard), and Lyons Steel (George Brennan). The horses earn points according to their order of finish, with the top pointwinners in the weekly-scheduled spring/summer competition eligible for their $100,000 GNOS Championship at 1¼ miles at Pocono on Monday, September 9. Sunday's GNOS pace is race seven on Philly's 14-race card, with first post set for 12:40 p.m. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther worked out a second-over trip from second-last, then pounced on the leaders through the lane to record a 1:50 victory in a $30,000 event in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for fast-class pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Marcus Miller followed the cover of Proper One with the winner as favored Western Fame, who had taken the lead after a :26 opener, posted middle splits of :54.4 and 1:22. When the first-over faltered on the turn, Miller swung Prairie Panther wide, and he finished in overdrive to defeat Scott Rocks, who had utilized the Pocono Pike, by a half-length, with Western Fame third and series pointleader Tiger Thompson N fourth. Michael Deters, co-owner with Laurie Lee Poulin, trains the winner of more than half (31 for 61) of his lifetime starts. This was the first seasonal GNOS outing for Prairie Panther, but the points he won tonight, combined with a couple more high finishes before the GNOS prelims end the weekend of September 1, could get him a ranking high enough to qualify for the $100,000 GNOS divisional Championship at 1¼ miles here on Monday, September 9. Benji's Best ran his winning streak to three, and stopped Atta Boy Dan's at five, in grinding past the pacesetting favorite while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:50 in the $20,000 claiming handicap pace. The Roll With Joe gelding stepped up to the top local claiming level here and was a 1¼ length winner for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Daniel Maier, the latter co-owner with Ameer Najor. After being claimed three straight races, Benji's Best will remain with Team Maier/Najor another week. Though defeated on Saturday, Atta Boy Dan retained his popularity at the claiming box, being taken for $40,000 for his eighth straight start, for a track record $40,000 the ninth time during the meet, and bought for a tag in eleven of his twelve starts since coming in from The Meadows. He now goes to the barn of trainer Antonia Storer for the third time this meet. Rock The Town, who finished third in the co-feature and who had been claimed for $40,000 in his last six races, gets to stay with trainer Pierre Paradis and owner Karen Taylor another week. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Always Be Miki fastest harness racing horse in history 1:46  26.1  -  52:2  -  1:19.4  -  1:46   LEXINGTON, KY-- Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at The Red Mile in an all-time record mile of 1:46.   Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch.   A five-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and paid $2.10 to win.   "It's a moment I'm never going to forget," Jimmy Takter said. "You don't get horses like this for long, and it's definitely emotional to be around him. I can't wait to see him as a stallion. His personality and everything about him will be well-received through the sport. He's not the easiest horse because he had a lot of injuries, but what this horse overcame every single day nobody else did.   "He has the Breeders Crown and TVG Final; those are the only two races left for him."   "I really thought the three-quarters was maybe a little too slow," David Miller said. "But like I've said: he's an incredible horse and does incredible things. I couldn't be happier with him."   Always Be Miki - World Record     Circling by Frost Damage Blues and Lady Shadow as they battled around the far turn, Praire Sweetheart advanced to the front and defeated her older rivals to win the $112,500 Allerage Farms Filly & Mare Pace in 1:49.1.   Lady Shadow set the pace, going fractions of :26.4 and :54.4 before receiving pressure from Frost Damage Blues, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two matched strides through a 1:22.2 third-quarter before Frost Damage Blues took the top. Lady Shadow retreated at the pylons while Prairie Sweetheart moved three wide, powering by Frost Damage Blues at the eighth pole. Prairie Sweetheart finished in front of Bedroomconfessions and Venus Delight, who stormed down the center of the track to finish second and third respectively.   Prairie Sweetheart, a three-year-old filly by Royal Millennium out of the Masterman mare Taylors Lady, remained undefeated in 12 starts with her lifetime-best win. She has earned $155,024 for owner Let It Ride Stables Inc. and trainer Ross Croghan. Driven by Matt Kakaley, she paid $14.80 to win.   We recently purchased her," Ross Croghan said. "I got a call from a friend of mine up at Pocono, and he said 'I just saw a filly that looked fantastic.' I watched the replay, and I had to agree with him, so I watched her again the next week, and the next week, and I just thought this filly has something special.   "We actually purchased her the day before I was going to leave for the [Little Brown] Jug. I was going to be away for a month and I didn't want to be away from her for that amount of time, so I brought her with me.   "We gave her a qualifier here last week just to see how she was and Matty [Kakaley] said she was super and that there were two seconds up her sleeve if he ever wanted to use it," Croghan also said. "I spoke to the owners, and they're both here enjoying the week in Lexington, so they opted to pop up with the supplement and watch the race, and it worked out in our favor."   Prairie Sweetheart     Flanagan Memory fanned off cover and trotted down the center of the track to take the $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:51.2.   Jl Cruze was sent to the lead, clearing early race-leader Muscial Rhythm through a :27.2 opening quarter. After a :55 half, Jl Cruze braced the challenge of Obrigado into the far turn. They were stride for stride after a :21.4 third-quarter before Jl Cruze reemerged to the lead. Crazy Wow, tracking Obrigado from second over, edged three wide and trotted by Jl Cruze to take the lead before Flanagan Memory and Brian Sears rushed down the course to grab command. Crazy Wow took second, while Jl Cruze held third.   A six-year-old horse by Kadabra out of the Yankee Glide mare Classy Stacy, Flanagan Memory won his 18th race in 65 tries, compiling $1,163,070 for owners Liette Flanagan and trainer Rene Dion. He paid $5.00 to win.   "I was real happy to be third over," Brian Sears said. "I was just hoping Mark [MacDonald on Obrigado] went out a little bit and didn't wait too long for Ake [Svanstedt on Centurion Atm] to make a decision. This horse loves to finish up in the last quarter, so we were in a good position."   "He has gotten better and better through the years. I was fortunate to drive him a year ago and win the [John] Cashman at the Meadowlands. He was a little disappointing in Canada a couple of weeks ago [in the Maple Leaf Trot], but I'm glad we're going in on a positive note; we have the International Trot coming up."   Flanagan Memory     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 29, 2015...The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida bred Standardbreds with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of harness racing two and three year-olds at Pompano Park.   Here is a recap of those events:   Gold Star Briana Wins $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot   Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive victory--this one in 2:00.3.   The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey and scored by 2¼ lengths over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) that cut fractions of :29.4, :59.4 and 1:30.1 before submitting to the winner turning for home. All Star Fame (Dan Clements) finished third while Trottime Fool was fourth. Mitzie picked up the nickel in the quintet. The win sent Gold Star Briana's earnings to $61,538 to go along with her mark of 1:58.2.   Rexamillion Destroys Foes in $53,300 Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot   Rexamillion led every step of his journey in scoring a scintillating win measuring 13¾ lengths. The altered son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire, along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, sprinted away from his foes past the opening quarter of :29.2 and continued to stretch his lead throughout the rest of the journey, clocking subsequent fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2 before stopping the timer in 1:59.2, a new lifetime mark. Bob Roberts was in the sulky for the win--Rexamillion's fifth straight.   Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) was second while Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) finished third, 19½ lengths away. Fifty Fifty Ninety was next with Proud Joe T fifth, his chances foiled by miscues throughout the mile.    Rexamillion now sports a 5-1-1 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, good for earnings of $58,481.   Gleneagles Stretches Winning Streak to Six in $53,600 Juvenile Colt Pace   Gleneagles, the splendid two year-old Mysticism colt, got picture perfect rating from Wally Hennessey to capture the $53,600 Florida Breeders Stake for pacing colts and geldings in 1:55.   Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, Gleneagles was on the engine from the get-go from his outside six post to force main rival Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) in the "garden spot" and carded fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in 27.3 to score a handy win measuring 1¼ lengths over Conman's Dream, the latter now a "bridesmaid" to Gleneagles in their last five meetings. R Chism (Mike Micallef) finished third, 4½ lengths back while ICU Diamond T and Danza picked up the minors.   In garnering his sixth consecutive victory at Pompano Park, Gleneagles, with sweeps of the Sunshine State Stake Final, the Stallion Stake and the Aylor Memorial to go along with this Breeders Stake win, now has a bankroll of $71,848. As the 1 to 5 favorite kicking off the pari-mutuel program, Gleneagles paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers.   Prairie Fortune Toys With Foes in $56,100 Sophomore Colt/Gelding Trot   Prairie Fortune, off at 1 to 20 in his last four pari-mutuel starts, justified the confidence of his followers this night by scoring a decisive win in the $56,100 Breeders Stakes Final for three year-old colts and geldings.   Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters, Prairie Fortune, an outstanding gelded son of Arapa Victory, lolly-gagged out of the gate from his rail post position before tilting to the outside from last three-eighths into the mile and surging into the lead three-eighths from home and on to a victory measuring 5¼ lengths over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol).   Harrison (Wally Hennessey) was third--25 lengths away--with Victory Park and RJ's Iron Man fourth and fifth, respectively, after being doomed by miscues during the mile.   The mile was timed in 1:57.1, far off his record of 1:53.4, but excellent enough to add $28,050 to his coffers, bringing his seasonal bounty to $98,833 and $111,280 lifetime.   Prairie Sweetheart Cruises to Victory in $54,600 Two Year-Old Filly Pace   Prairie Sweetheart, an undefeated six-for-six coming into this Super Night Breeders Stake Final, left the winner's circle seven-for-seven with a handy nine length win in the $54,600 two year-old filly pace.   Owned by John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, Mike was in the bike as this daughter of Royal Millennium led every step of her journey, carving panels of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.3 before drawing away late on the strength of her :28.3 finale. Caitlin's Romance (Rick Plano), suffering from a bobble before the start, rallied courageously from last to finish a clear second while Diamond Lily (Mike Micallef), in the garden spot much of the way, finished third. Gold Star Lovebug was fourth while Gold Star Mysti finished fifth in the field of six.   Prairie Sweetheart now has earnings of $63,274 as her career blossoms forward to go along with a track record tying 1:53.3 mark for juvenile pacing fillies. The overwhelming favorite 1 to 20 odds, Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win.   Zendaya Pulls Off the Upset in $54,700 Three Year-Old Filly Trot   Zendaya picked the perfect night to break her maiden as this three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy pulled off the mild 6 to 1 upset in the $54,700 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, Zendaya was driven to victory by Bob Roberts, giving him his second Super Night victory.   Run Around Sue S (Kevin Wallis) was second at 27 to 1, a head back of the winner after taking a narrow lead right before the wire with Livy M (Wally Hennessey) third as the 1 to 10 favorite.   Run Around Sue showed the best gate speed and took command early as Zendaya left alertly, as well, with Livy M away third but on the move from that cozy spot early to take command at the :30.1 opener. Livy M continued to cut mile--1:00.1 and 1:31--and led by 1½ lengths turning for home but was unable to withstand the closing kicks of the top pair, with Zendaya closing quickest of all to nail the win in the final stride in 2:01.1. In breaking her maiden, Zendaya sent her earnings for the season to $37,186 on the strength of this, her biggest payday career-wise. Second choice in the betting, Zendaya rewarded her faithful with a $15.00 mutuel.   Owosso Flash Gives Deters Third Stake Win With New Mark of 1:52.2   Owosso Flash gave trainer-driver Mike Deters his third Super Night win in the $54,200 Breeders Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:52.2. This son of Royal Millennium made a brilliant move just short of the opening quarter--:28.1--and went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2 before his :28 finale left no doubt late--the margin 2½ lengths over Caesar's Forum and six lengths over Drake. Gold Star Roger and Stutz completed the quintet.   In garnering his sixth win of the year, Owosso Flash, sent his seasonal bounty to $59,844 and $113,394 lifetime to go along with his new mark. Owosso Flash is owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer driver Deters. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Owosso Flash paid $2.80 to win.   The victory, incidentally, was not only a "hat trick" for Deters in the bike, it sent his UDRS over the .900 mark with a 16-4-0 scorecard in 20 starts in the sulky this meeting.   Davita Pulls Off Minor Upset in $55,550 Three Year-Old Filly Pace   Davita, a "bridesmaid" to Gold Star Dynasty in her last three starts, finally got the job done on Super Night by taking top honors in the $55,550 Breeders Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears, was handled by Corey Braden and stalked the favorite, Gold Star Dynasty (Aaron Byron), after relinquishing an early lead to her foe at the opening panel in a hot :27.4. With Gold Star Dynasty hitting subsequent markers in :57 and 1:27, Davita left her cozy pocket and wore down Gold Star Dynasty at the sixteenth pole and then held off the late surging Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) to win by a length. Gold Star Dynasty did finish third, two lengths away, while Gold Star Sonata finished fourth. Gold Star Charming picked up the final award in the sextet of fillies.   For Davita, it was her third win of the year in eight starts and sent her yearly bounty soaring from $17,922 to $45,697. She's banked $59,221 lifetime. She paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting.   Racing continues of Monday night with a pentafecta carryover from Super Night guaranteeing a pool of $7,500. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…November 22, 2015…Pompano Park hosted four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for two year-olds with Gold Star Brianna, Rexamillion and Prairie Sweetheart taking the three non-wagering events and Gleneagles annexing the harness racing event on the pari-mutuel program. Gold Star Briana took the Aylor for the trotting fillies in 1:58.4—Wally Hennessey guiding the daughter of Basil to a 4½ length victory over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont), that cut serious panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.4 before succumbing to the winner turning for home. Trottine Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) was third, 26 ½ lengths away, while Mitzie and All Star Fame were next in the quintet, the latter doomed by a miscue at the start. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, Gold Star Briana has an unblemished record—six-for-six—thus far in her career, good for earnings of $34,638. Rexamillion, a gelded son of Proud Bushy owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, was a wire-to-wire winner for Bob Roberts, leading every step of the mile off of panels of :31.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 before stopping the tele-timer in 2:01.4 for his fourth straight win. His winning margin was 2¼ lengths over Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) next. Savin Rock finished fourth while Proud Joe T picked up the nickel. Rexamillion now sports a 4-1-1 scorecard in six lifetime starts with earnings of $31,831. The final non-wagering Aylor Memorial for pacing fillies went to Prairie Sweetheart for trainer driver Mike Deters, who co-owns along with John Spindler and Laurie Poulin. This daughter of Royal Millennium, now undefeated in six lifetime starts, covered her mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3, pinning yet another defeat on another daughter of Royal Millennium, Caitlin’s Romance (Rick Plano) with Gold Star Love Bug (Walter Ross, Jr.) next. Diamond Lily was fourth and Gold Star Mysti fifth in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Sweetheart now boasts earnings of $35,974. With the victory, driver Mike Deters improved on his lofty .889 UDRS coming in—that figure now approaching .900 based on a 13-4-0 record in 17 drives this fall semester. After the race, Deters had nothing but praise for his filly saying, “she’s been well within herself every start—even tonight with that 1:53.3 mile.. I’m kinda blessed to have a filly like this in the barn. But let’s not take anything away from Bob’s (trainer Barker) filly (Caitlin’s Romance). She’s a very excellent filly, as well.” Caitlin’s Romance has chased Prairie Sweetheart home in five straight events. The final Melvyn Aylor Memorial event was held on the betting card and, for the second straight week, Gleneagles, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, eked out a narrow photo finish win over arch rival Conman’s Dream (Jason Mac Dougall)—this time in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark. This son of Mysticism, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, zipped out of the gate from the outside seven post and carded panels of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3 before a :28 finale held off Conman’s Dream—barely—the official margin a head. R Chism (Ed Hensley) was third while ICU Diamond T was fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the final award in the field of seven. Gleneagles now has a 5-1-2 scorecard in 10 starts with earnings of $45,048. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Gleneagles paid $2.60 to win. Many of these same combatants will be in action as the F.S.B.O.A. presents Super Night at Pompano Park next Sunday night. Also on Sunday night, the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace was contested with Bandolito making his South Florida debut a winning one for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for owner-trainer Jenny Bier. This outstanding five year-old son of Ponder earned his 10th win of the year in near gate-towire fashion, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Starting from the outside post seven, Bandolito looped his way into the lead midway around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before reporting home a winner by an unthreatened 1¼ lengths over Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) with Play It Again Sam (Dan Clements) just another nose back in third. Lyons Johnny, bottled up in the lane with nowhere to go, finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N closed to pick up the final award in the septet. The win was the 24th lifetime for Bandolito in just 57 starts, sending his career bounty to $423,110--$141,275 of that this year. As the even money tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid $4.20 to his many followers. The Florida Amateur Driving Club held two events on the Sunday night program with Celtic Merchant and Good Friend winding up in the winner’s circle. Celtic Merchant, the 12 year-old warrior with 40 lifetime wins and $334,502 in bounty coming into the action, made it 41 with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.2 for Mitch “Sky” Walker, by far his seasonal best time. This 4 to 5 chance cut fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:26 before finishing three lengths clear of the 77 to 1 shot Starbux Eden (Jeff Schaefer) with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) next. Owner and trained by Steve Oldford, Celtic Merchant paid $3.80 to win. Good Friend, with owner-trainer Tony Dinges in the bike, took top honors in the 4th race Pentafecta event, covering his mile in 1:59.3 and paying $15.00 to his faithful. The win was the nine year-old’s first success of the season and broke a dry spell of 29 races dating back to his last trip to the winner’s circle on November 19 of last year at Dayton. The win sent this nine year-old’s lifetime bounty to $334,134. Rel Cash Clown (Sky Walker) finished second while Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) finished third. Good Feeling and Vari Forgetful were next, significant because not one single ticket was sold on the 1-4-5-10-3 Pentafecta necessitating a carryover into Monday night’s fourth race Pentafecta of $2,785 and a guaranteed pool of $7,500. Post time for Monday night’s card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 10, 2015...Drake, handled by veteran harness racing driver Bob Roberts, pulled off the major upset as Pompano Park hosted four lucrative F.S.B.O.A Stallion Stakes--three non-wagering events--on Tuesday night. Drake pinned the three length defeat on Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with Caesar's Forum (Wally Hennessey) third. Stutz and Gold Star Roger completed that quintet. Prairie Sweetheart, Gleneagles and Gold Star Dynasty also annexed victories in their respective classes. Drake, a three year-old son of Six Of Diamonds, was seeking a maiden win after 19 career starts--13 of those this semester--and appeared in "over his head" in this $30,950 non-wagering event with both Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum in the fray, the latter pair dominating this class for sophomore pacing colts and geldings thus far in the season. But a surprise was lurking in this event--a surprise timed in 1:54.1. Indeed, it was Caesar's Forum, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, using his inside post to perfection with Owosso Flash right behind through an opening quarter in a tepid :29.2. That's when the fireworks began in earnest with Owosso Flash leaving the cozy pocket to engage the leader in battle. A :26.2 second panel left this pair literally nostrils apart at the :55.4 half with Drake now a dozen lengths away followed by Stutz and Gold Star Roger. The feverish pace continued on the backside with the top pair battling tooth and nail through a :54.2 middle half, reaching the third station in 1:23.4. Literally 20 lengths out of it three-eighths out, Drake began to gnaw into the lead and, when the "plugs" came out around the final turn, Roberts literally spoke to his charge and he answered back with a devastating rally that left the field in his wake. After the event, driver Roberts related, "you know, last week I told Kim (trainer Sears) that Drake was really starting to find his stride and he might have been closer had it not been for some road trouble. "This time, I knew I was going to get away third and when they battled for so long, I thought I just might get to them this time. "I like to talk to my horses when I drive them and, when I popped the plugs, I said, 'ok, boy, time to show 'em what your made of!" Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, Drake more than doubled his lifetime earnings in his first 19 starts, now standing at $28,675. In the $29,950 Stallion Stake for the juvenile pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, the splendid daughter of Royal Millennium owned by John Spindler, along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, kept her career unblemished--now five-for-five--with a lifetime best 1:54.2 performance with trainer Mike in the bike. Prairie Sweetheart sent her lifetime earnings to $27,764 after taking command from Caitlin's Romance at the :28.2 opener and then on to fractions of :57.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Caitlin's Romance, second to Prairie Sweetheart in the last trio of Sunshine State Stakes, was second again, this time for Rick Plano. Diamond Lily, handled by Mike Micallef, was third with Gold Star Mysti and Trottime Sparks also earning purse checks in the field of six. In the $29,250 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings, Gleneagles, after a brief, early tussle with Conman's Dream, held on gamely with a :28 finale to score by a neck in 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey over Conman's Dream and Jason Mac Dougall. R Chism finished third for Mike Micallef while ICU Diamond T finished fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the nickel in the sextet. Gleneagles, a son of Mysticism owned by the Pinhook Stable, earned his fourth straight win to send his juvenile earnings to $37,198. The $32,550 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing fillies was held on the betting card and Gold Star Dynasty continued her dynasty over her class with a lifetime best performance 1:55 performance for driver Aaron Byron. Trained by Mike Deters for Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing, Gold Star Dynasty took command from Davita (Corey Braden) right at the opening marker in :28 and went on to post fractions of :57 and 1:26.1 before her :28.4 closer sealed the deal over Davita with Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) third. Gold Star Sonata finished fourth while stablemate Gold Star Charming finished fifth in the field of six. Gold Star Dynasty now has a 7-4-1-0 scorecard this year, good for $27,287. She's banked $70,324 lifetime in just 14 starts. She paid a 10% dividend ($2.20) to her multitude of backers. In the $10,000 Open Handicap for mares, Mach It A Par, deftly handled by owner Dan Clements, used a perfect garden journey to roll past the 2 to 5 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey), a sixteenth out to win in 1:52.1, her margin 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) finished third in her Pompano Park debut while Jets Are On and Winbak Heavenly picked up the final two awards in the field of seven. The winner, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was away alertly from her inside post as Winbak Heavenly and Godiva Seelster decided to play a bit of hard ball early with Godiva three wide for much of the opening panel (:27) before assuming control shortly thereafter. With a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24, Godiva cut the corner turning for home but simply couldn't fend off the pocket sitting Mach Me Not in deep stretch, although she did extend her streak of earning purse money to 71 starts encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, now, five year-old seasons. Mach It A Par, meanwhile, won for the 11th time this season, good for $75,847, by far her most successful season of campaigning. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three now has lifetime bounty of $112,749. As second choice in the betting, Mach It A Par paid $7.20 to win. Pompano Park now continues on a three night-a-week schedule (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) with post time 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...October 28, 2015...If Tuesday night is any indication of what mid-season will be like at Pompano Park, this harness racing season will be a "doozie!"   With the season just a few days old, there were highlights galore on this eighth racing night with Godiva Seelster and Owosso Flash in the equine spotlight with Mike Deters and Aaron Byron also earning well deserved accolades, as well.   Kicking things off, four $12,000 finals of the F.S.B.O.A. Sunshine State Stakes were contested--all non-wagering--with Owosso Flash, Gleneagles, Gold Star Dynasty and Prairie Sweetheart taking home the blankets in their respective divisions.   Owosso Flash, handled by trainer Mike Deters, and Caesar's Forum (Wally Hennessey) put on a show for the ages with an epic battle lasting the final three-quarters of the mile with Owosso Flash up in the final stride to win by less than an inch in 1:54.3.   With Caesar's Forum coming into the action on a three race win streak over Owosso Flash (each win wire-to-wire), Deters wasn't about to let that happen again...at least not without a fight.   At the outset, Caesar's Forum used the rail to perfection, out-sprinting "Flash" through an opening panel in :28.4. Just a couple of strides prior to that tepid opener, Deters left the coziness of the pocket...and the duel was on.   Through a :26..2 second quarter (:55.1) and a :54.3 middle half (1:23.2) and all the way to the wire, Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum fought tooth and nail, might and main, hammer and tongs, heart and soul, right to the wire, leaving all witnesses gasping for breath themselves.   After the judges looked at the photo, blowing it up in the process, Owosso Flash had hit the wire first in 1:54.3.   After the event, driver Mike Deters said, "the only way that I was going to win was to take it to Caesar's Forum early...after all, he wired me the previous three times and, when two horses are that close in talent, its tough to dent a :27 final quarter. Heck, Owosso Flash paced in :26.4 home last week and couldn't get there, so I had to take the chance.   It paid off.   The son of Royal Millennium, owned by Deters along with Laurie Lee Poulin, now has a 15-5-5-2 scorecard to go along with a Tioga mark of 1:52.3. He's banked $25,007 this year and $78,557 lifetime with plenty of Florida Stakes action ahead in November.   By the way, Drake (Bob Roberts) closed fastest of all to finish third, ahead of Stutz and Gold Star Roger.   "Flash's" full sister, Prairie Sweetheart, took top honors in her class for two year-old pacing fillies, making a sharp early move on Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte) to post fractions :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27.1 before sprinting home in :28.3 to score a 5 1/4 length win over Caitlin's Romance in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark.   Again, co-owner Mike Deters was in the bike on behalf of Laurie Poulin and John Spindler.   Diamond Lily was next in the field while two "Gold Star's--Lovebug and Mysti--also earned checks in the field of eight.   Prairie Sweetheart remains undefeated after four lifetime starts.   In the final for three year-old fillies, Gold Star Dynasty, a daughter of Six of Diamonds, handily took top honors for Aaron Byron, wiring her foes in 1:56.4.   Owned by Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing and trained by, you guessed it, Mike Deters, Gold Star Dynasty extended her winning streak to three with the win measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Davita (Corey Braden).    Two more Gold Star fillies--Sonata (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Charming--finished next while Creamsicle earned the final award in the sextet.   Gleneagles won the Sunshine State Stake final for juvenile pacing colts and geldings, fashioning a :28 finale to score for Wally Hennessey in 1:55, a new lifetime mark.   Owned by the Pinhook Stable and trained by Jim Mc Donald, this son of Mysticism scored by 2 1/4 lengths in extending his winning streak to three.    Conman's Dream finished second for Jason Mac Dougall while R Chism (Mike Micallef) was next. Danza and ICU Diamond T picked up the minors in the field of six.   The mares Open was expected to be a slugfest between Godiva Seelster and Just A Bee...and it was!   With these two exceptional mares assigned the outside posts--Just A Bee 6 and Godiva Seelster 7--both were forced to abandon their usual "early foot" tactics when Artful Impulse and Winbak Heavenly both left the gate with alacrity with the latter taking command early and posting panels of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.   While both Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster did show some gate speed, they didn't get into the early fray but, rather, settled into third and fourth, respectively, in the early going.   On the backside, Just A Bee went first up with Godiva following her live cover. Turning for home, Just A Bee had ground her way to the front with Godiva outside of her and gaining. At the wire, the two could barely be separated, literally a lip being the difference in 1:51.2.   IM Gracies finished third, followed by Artful Impulse and Jets Are On in the field of seven.    In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "Well, I've been in two epic battles tonight--lost one and won one! That's racing. This is, as I've said before, a mare that does this all on her own. She has determination...and she was determined tonight."   Owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil and trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva Seelster won of the 13th time this year, good for $103,375.   The performance also kept her streak alive--70 consecutive races getting a piece of the purse stretching back to the beginning of the 2013 season.   Godiva Seelster was favored on the tote board  at 4 to 5 and paid $3.80 to win.   Driver Aaron Byron scored a grand slam on Tuesday night, not only scoring with Gold Star Dynasty in the Sunshine State Stakes Final, but also reaching the winner's circle with Richard Silverman's three year-old trotter Janet ($8.40) in 1:57, Shane Arsenault's Ton Of Luck ($3.40) in 1:54 and Big Valley Speed ($5.00) in 1:57.1--the latter owned by Lawrence Barnett, John Spindler, Fred Morosini and trainer Mike Deters.   Deters wound up with a training grand slam of his own and sports an early UTRS of well over .550. Also of note, while it seems difficult to improve on a UDRS rating .879, Deters did that, too, scoring two more wins for a scorecard of 13-10-3-0--around .900!!   Racing continues on Sunday night with the best trotters and pacers on the grounds expected to compete in their respective Open events.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

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