Nichols, N.Y. -- Despite sitting last a quarter mile from home, Drea's Good Powow had enough late pace to circle her six harness racing rivals in Friday (June 24) evening's $11,000 Mares Open Handicap at Tioga Downs. Trainer-driver James Hysell wanted no part of the early pace with the 6-year-old daughter of Squaw's Fella, settling second from last as Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Four Hour Nap (Jim Meittinis) alternated on the lead through early splits of :26.4 and :56.2. As Four Hour Nap faced intensifying pressure from K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) Hysell moved Drea's Good Powow fourth-over from the rear of the field. Drea's Good Powow swung five-wide off the far turn, circling the entire group in the final 150 yards as the pacesetting pair dueled into defeat. Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) finished second from a perfect second-over trip, while lukewarm 5-2 favorite Shutthefrontdoor (Dan Clements) stayed on for third from third-over. Patricia Connor owns Drea's Good Powow, now a 17-time winner. Trainer Shane Arsenault scored a hat trick on the nine-race card, accounting for victories from Mittnage a Trois ($3.70, Scott Coulter, 1:55.4), Artiawitchtoyou ($5.30, Brandon Arsenault, 1:54.2), and Crazy Blue ($6.00, Coulter, 1:58.1). The 50Â¢ Pick 5 evaded the Friday players, chiefly due to a 20-1 upset from Vacation Day (Tyler Freese) in the sequence. The carryover mounts to $700.78 for Saturday's Pick 5. Post time for the first of 10 races on Saturday's Tioga card is 6:30 p.m. Eastern. by James WItherite, Tioga Downs
Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow, driven by Dave Ingraham for new trainer James Hysell, stepped up a notch to Open 2 company this week and captured Pompano Park's $8,500 top pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night, scoring a sharp win in 1:53.2. The Florida bred six year-old daughter of Squaw's Fella led at every pole, clocking panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before a :28.3 finale sealed the deal measuring a length over Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) with Sue's Your Daddy (Wally Hennessey) third, two lengths away. Always Dee One finished fourth and Ashley's Desire, pacing the fastest final quarter in her sextet this night, picked up the nickel. Drea's Good Powow "pushed" the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start, settled into the top spot heading into the opening turn and was never threatened thereafter for her second consecutive victory and fourth of the year in 17 starts. The sharp mare now has 2016 bounty of $23,206 and $110,197 career-wise. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "She's a pretty handy mare and had the five post last week and wired her field. This week, it was kind of the same story. She "pushed" the starting gate out of her way at the start and that was that. She's very sharp right now." As the 4 to 5 tote-board choice, Drea's Good Powow paid $3.60 to win. In Pompano Park's trotting feature, Sailer Eddie. stepping down to an amiable conditioned-claiming event, scored a virtual gate-to-wire win for owner-trainer-driver Kevin Wallis in 1:55.2 The gelded six year-old son of Cantab Hall, racked up fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26.3 before striding home in :28.4 to win over Pittsburgh Hanover (Matt Romano) with Seeking Steven (Wally Hennessey) third. Gold Savage and Caviart Griffin completed the order of finish in the talented quintet. The winner had things his own way for much of the journey, only needing to repel the threat of Pittsburgh Hanover, who did stick his nose in front turning for home, but came up a length away at the wire. The winning effort evened Sailer Eddie's scorecard for the season at 3-3-3 in 17 starts, good for $30,236 this year and $317,481 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sailer Eddie rewarded his faithful with a $3.40 win mutual. Racing continues on Sunday night with first post scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL...May 14, 2014...Tug River Dylan, Cascata and Drea's Good Powow, all driven by Dave Ingraham, took top honors at Pompano Park as the Isle Casino Racing hosted a trio of harness racing feature events on Wednesday night. Tug River Dylan, stepping up a notch to the top Open class after a gate to wire win a week ago in Open 2 company, inherited his win, benefitting from a pylon violation in the lane by Andover America to advance a notch after finishing a neck back of the winner in 1:56. As mentioned, Dave Ingraham was in the bike back of the eight year-old son of Cr Commando, who used different tactics this time around, coming from last, seven lengths out of it early on, to grind away and reach within a photo finish of Andover America, handled by catch-driver Mickey McNichol, before the judges over-turned that finish after review. After Tug River Dylan and Andover America, Permanent Joy (Kevin Wallis) was next, followed by Lugar with Illusionsndreams fifth in the quintet. Lugar, driven by Tom Sells, blasted out of the gate and took the field through an opening panel of :27.4 with Illusionsndreams next followed by Permanent Joy, Andover America and Tug River Dylan. With a lap to go, Andover America was out and rolling with Tug River Dylan catching his live cover and, halfway through the mile in :57.3, Lugar was feeling the heat from Andover America with Tug River Dylan just outside of Illusionsndreams. On the backside, Andover America took charge and reached the third station in 1:26 and turned for home with a 1 1/2 length lead. Tug River Dylan was gaining in deep stretch but Andover America was able to hang on to cross the wire first, only to have his 54th lifetime victory denied when the judges found that Andover America went inside three pylons in the stretch. Instead, Tug River Dylan, owned and trained by Bpb Dutilly, earned his 23rd lifetime success--fifth this year--to send his lifetime bounty to $126,771. As second choice on the tote-board, the winner paid $5.80 to his $2 backers. In Isle's Late Closer for pacers (Non-Winners $350 Per Start or $7,500 in 2014 as of March 22), Cascata turned back his arch rival in the series, Bridge Jumper, to eke out a narrow victory for Ingraham in 1:54.3 and claim the major share of that $8,500 prize. The six year-old son of American Ideal fought tooth and nail down the Pompano stretch to score by a neck over Bridge Jumper (Kevin Wallis) with Growly Gus (Tom Sells) next almost seven lengths away. Stiletto Jake and Fox Valley Sly completed the quintet. For Cascata, trained by Michel Plouffe for owner Elizabeth Zimmerman, it was his fourth win of the year in 19 starts, sending his seasonal bankroll to $19,376 and $90,240 career-wise. As second choice in the betting, Cascata paid $5.40 to win. Ingraham completed his personal trifecta in Isle's $8,500 Late Closer for pacers (Non-Winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races as of March 22) as Pat Connor's Drea's Good Powow survived a tough first over journey to, first, collar the pace-setting Tough Issue (Tom Sells) and then hold off Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) by three parts of a length in 1:56. This four year-old daughter of Squaw's Fella, un-raced at two and three, won for the third time during her first season of racing wars and this, her biggest payday, sent her seasonal and lifetime earnings to $16,053. Said Ingraham after the race, "...she's a tough little bugger. She can grind and grind and grind and never quits. I think she's got her best days ahead of her...great attitude on the track and can really open year eyes in the lane. She was impressive tonight. Again, as second choice in the betting--as were all three of Ingraham's feature winners--Dreas Good Powow paid $7.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Seven Arias and driver Deshawn Minor captured the $12,500 championship final of the Florida Sunshine Stakes harness racing series for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday night (October 10) at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, besting Dona (Tom Lehman) and Don't Spank Me (Kevin Wallis) in 1:56.3.
When the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John came to Florida last December and broke the harness racing three year old colt pace track record set at 1:51.2 by Beach Towel more than 21 years earlier, it was widely thought that the category record of 1:51.1 would stand for a long time to come.
It looks the Kim and Jay Sears Stable has developed another harness racing standout in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) stakes series. In the 2012 debut for the State-bred 2 year old pacing colts and geldings in the $4,785 purse Sunshine Stakes, Diamond Master was flawless in capturing his first lifetime start.
After gaining a reputation as Florida's most promising but enigmatic trotter of 2012, Trents Ringer finally found his confidence and fulfilled his harness racing potential in the Saturday evening, July 7 start of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stakes for a $7,000 purse at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The 3 year old colt and gelding trot division of the 2012 Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) continued to produce upsets as a highlight of the Saturday evening, June 30 harness racing program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Yet another important equine based cause in South Florida has become a recipient of the generosity and charitable spirit of the harness racing 'Florida Amateur Driving Club' (FADC).
A sudden tropical downpour just before post time delayed by a few minutes the start of the Monday evening, May 28 harness racing program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The many harness racing trainers with considerable length of tenure in South Florida will tell you it isn't very hard to send out three straight horses that don't win, and they'll tell you it's exponentially more difficult to win three in row. Rosie Huff has accomplished the rare feat of winning three in a row from her barn on the backstretch at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Although the opening harness racing event of the 2012 Sires Stakes program for Florida bred trotters and pacers doesn't start for another six weeks, there's been a noteworthy change in connections for three year old colt pacer Keemosabe.
FL-sired harness racing performers can win at any level, just look at Bling, Famous Mark and many others that have exceptional lifetime earnings and durability. Be here on November 6 for the FSBOA Yearling and Mixed Sale featuring 43 FL-sired yearlings, the day after FL Breeders Stake Super Night.
One might describe today's Sunshine State Stakes Leg #4 harness racing action as dazzling, glittering and famously undefeated!
A charitable cheque presentation and fast miles on the track highlighted the closing night of the 2010-2011 harness racing season under typically sultry South Florida conditions on Saturday evening, July 30 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
The 2011 July installment of the Sunshine State Stakes at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is proving to be a showcase of emerging standout performers from the Tom Audley and Kim Sears harness racing stables.