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Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2018...Pompano Park's "Send It In" Sunday featured several stakes events, an upset win in the Open Handicap Pace and Florida Hall of Fame horseman Mike Deters achieving two milestones. Deters, who has overcome a mountain of health issues, reached the top of the mountain on Sunday Night, reaching, for the first time, 100 training wins for the year and $1,000,000 in purse earnings. Deters milestones came in the same race--the fifth--as Gold Star Diablo, trained by Deters for owner Dan Clements took the Tom Audley Memorial Pace for three year-olds, scoring in 1:54.1. The victory, Gold Star Diablo's fifth straight, was the 100th training success for Deters in a career stretching back to the early 1980's and, ironically, vaulted him over the $1,000,000 for the first time in his career. Deters reflected on the double milestone saying, "I'm not really one for words, you know, but I couldn't and wouldn't have achieved these milestones without great owners and outstanding help. That's why we call ourselves 'Team Deters.' "And, of course, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife and son, who put up with me having to be away for six months of the year. Without their support, I certainly would not have achieved these milestones. "I always try and get the most out of the potential given me and, this year, that potential of our stables came through. There is a lot of luck in this business--both good and bad--and the good luck certainly outweighed the bad luck this season. I am truly blessed." Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, used a :28.1 closing panel to score over another Deters trainee, Prairie Easter, with Mike, himself, in the bike. Starcasim. handled by Joe Sanzeri, finished third with Jay Jay and Prairie Foolish next in the field of six. Gold Star Diablo paid $3.20 to win. The Tom Audley Memorial for sophomore trotters went to Captain Thomas, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:59.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, trounced his rivals by 11 1/2 lengths in scoring his fifth win in seven starts. I Rhoda Daley (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second over Jennifer (Mike Simons). Ms. Katie B and Brian completed the roster in that event. The Melvyn Aylor Memorial Events for two year-olds were also held on Sunday night with Proud Sophie, Prairie Gem, Mister Marvalous and Natasha all getting pictures taken in the winner's circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took her $14,000 division for fillies, scoring in 2:06.3 over Crown Bushy (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Kerry B (Wally Hennessey), sending her earnings over the $40,000 in this non-wagering event. Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, used a :59.1 final half to easily handle Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) and Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) in 2:02.3. Prairie Arrow and McGoldrick were next in that quintet. Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, led gate-to-wire for his third win in four career starts. Mister Marvalous, a gelded son of Delmarvalous, justified his 1 to 2 tote-board odds with a seemingly effortless win in a lifetime best 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey, his margin 3 3/4 lengths over Zaza Boy (John MacDonald) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) with Gold Star Yoder and JB's Boomerang also fetting checks in this $16,000 event. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous won his fifth straight at Pompano Park to send his earnings to$23,807. Natasha, the gifted daughter of Six Of Diamonds driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and Jay Sears, made a sharp quarter move to the top after a :27.1 opener by Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) and proceeded through panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before a :28.1 finale sealed the issue. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed ny Priaire Cougar and Caleb's Diamond T in the field of six. Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Finally, in a highly anticipated duel between track record holder Panocchio and arch-rival Rebellious, neither wound up in the winner's circle as Dakota Jack, smartly handled by Mike Simons, out-sprinted both of them to the wire with a :26.4 closing kick to score by a half-length in 1:52. Panocchio (Hennessey) did finish second over Rebellious (Meittinis). Here Comes William was fourth with Prairie Panther fifth in this classy sextet. The five year-old son of Duneside Perch, trained by Jim Brinson for A Piece Of The Action stable, found a seam turning for home, swept widest of all and mowed down his rivals in deep stretch for the win. After the event, driver Simons said, "when you are in with great horses like that (Panocchio and Rebellious, among others), you just hope for the best. I tried to save ground throughout with my post position (1) and just hoped for the best. When we turned for home, we found a little room and he really was full of pace in the late stages of the mile. Trey (trainer Jim Brinson) said he was very sharp last week when he won but, against these, I was a bit surprised. Off as fourth choice at 15 to 1, Dakota Jack paid $33.40 to win. Racing continues Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover which has ballooned to $20,896. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Associations held their 24th annual Hall of Fame awards banquet Friday evening with a crowd of nearly 200 present at the Pompano Beach Elks Club. 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, were owner, breeder, trainer, Tom Audley of Bell, owner/breeders Anthony Amante & Christine Garrity of Amante Standardbreds of Delray Beach and owner/trainer Lou Rapone of Pompano Beach. Also being inducted on the equine side into the Hall of Fame was Amante Standardbred’s great Florida-sired pacer, Hearty Fellow. He raced only at Pompano Park his entire career, nine straight years with 50 wins and earnings of over $380,000. The evening featured a superb job by national Hall of Fame Communicator, John Berry, who the crowds interest with his witty introduction of all the award winners and he also was the auctioneer for the live auction where all of the money was donated to the Florida USHWA Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Fund, the The Aime Choquette Sunshine Fund and the Lester & Eunice Vance Scholarship Fund. Other awards presented by the Florida USHWA Chapter included 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, went to former harness racing driving great Lucien Fontaine of Margate. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, went to trainer Lou Ginesi of Deerfield Beach and the co-presenter of the award was Stanley’s wife, Jody Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers went to trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek and there to help present the award was none other than Bill “Hollywood” Popfinger.   The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, went to Carol Macomber of Fort Lauderdale. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizing an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year was Victoria Howard of Boca Raton. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, went to Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2014 was presented to Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park went to Canadian Aaron Byron of Canada who is now one of the leading drivers at Pompano this season. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, went to Dr. Marah Lee of Lauderdale By-The-Sea. The Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to longtime owner Heddy Nelson of Tamarac. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award, which is presented to one of the 12 monthly Caretakers selected during the race season in 2014 went to Donna Richards. The award goes 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. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations were made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2, 3 and older state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2014 season. The annual FSBOA Breeder of the Year Award went for the fifth time to Kim and Jay Sears and the Florida Amateur Driving Club also present their year-end Driver of the Year award which went to Ted “Touchdown” Bowman. The divisions FSBOA Crystal Awards went to the following horses: 2YO Pacing Filly – Gold Star Dynasty 2YO Trotting Filly – Brandy 2YO Pacing Colt – Owosso Flash 2YO Trotting Colt – Railee Workable 3YO Pacing Filly – Limelight 3YO Trotting Filly – Markie 3YO Pacing Colt – Gold Star Kenny P 3YO Trotting Colt – Showing Off Older Pacing Mare – Don’t Spank Me Older Trotting Mare – Tyree’s Teasure Older Pacing Horse – Prairie Jaguar Older Trotting Horse - Lugar By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the award winners for the 2014 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 24th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Elks Lodge 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 owner, breeder, trainer, Tom Audley of Bell, owner/breeders Anthony Amante & Christine Garrity of Amante Standardbreds of Delray Beach and owner/trainer Lou Rapone of Pompano Beach. Also being inducted on the equine side into the Hall of Fame is Amante Standardbred’s great Florida-sired pacer, Hearty Fellow. He raced only at Pompano Park his entire career, nine straight years with 50 career victories and earnings of over $380,000. 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 former harness racing driver Lucien Fontaine of Margate. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, goes for the second time to trainer Lou Ginesi of Deerfield Beach. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers goes to trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Carol Macomber of Fort Lauderdale. 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 Victoria Howard of Boca Raton. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2014 are Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to Aaron Byron of Canada who is now one of the leading drivers at Pompano this season. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Dr. Marah Lee of Lauderdale By-The-Sea. The Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime owner Heddy Nelson of Tamarac. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be 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 honoree will be announced shortly. 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 2014 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $65 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, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 5, 2014...With two classes of the FSBOA Stallion Stakes highlighting the midweek card at Pompano Park, Gold Star Dynasty was in the "limelight" after a lifetime best 1:56.3 performance in the two year-old filly pace while the filly Limelight was creating a "dynasty" of her own in winning the distaff event for pacing sophomores. Gold Star Dynasty, the splendid Six Of Diamonds filly owned and trained by Tom Audley (and family), pushed her lifetime earnings to $22,262 in just five starts with a very sharp wire-to-wire win in the $26,000 Stallion Stakes for Wally Ross, Jr. for her third lifetime win. Taking the lead at the outset from her outside post six, Ross rated the filly to perfection, clocking fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before sending the lass sprinting home in :27.4, stopping the tele-timer in the aforementioned 1:56.3, annihilating her previous mark by three full seconds. The highly regarded Paxxie, handled by Bruce Ranger, was second, 6 ½ lengths away, while Davita and Bob Roberts teamed up for show honors. Arties Diamond Gal was fourth with Creamsicle picking up the nickel. After the race, driver Wally Ross, Jr. said, "this filly likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go...not necessarily on top, but close. Tonight, I thought it best to get her into it early from the outside. She really seemed to relish being on the lead the entire route tonight. I was just a passenger." Even money on the tote-board, Gold Star Dynasty was second choice in the betting--Paxxie was 4 to 5--and paid $4.20 to her faithful. In the $28,500 Stallion Stakes for the three year-old fillies, Beauty In The Bridle Stable's Limelight, deftly handled by Tom Sells, made a quarter move to the top and, after a :28.3 opener, clocked subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27 before turning on her after-burners with the filly striding home in :28.3 to stop the timer in 1:55.3, her margin of victory 1 ¼ lengths over Marion, driven by Matt Romano. Limelight has created somewhat of a "dynasty" in her own right, having swept her four legs of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes to go along with her victory on this night. Voluminous, handled by Bruce Ranger, was next. ICU Charlie T was fourth in the mile while Gold Star Jessica picked up the final award in the field of nine. After the race, driver Tom Sells related, "she's a very nice filly...very handy. She is very well mannered and proved that tonight when there was a recall that kept all of 'em on the track for several extra minutes. I made that quarter move to stay out of trouble and she did the rest...all on her own." Trained by Rosie Huff, Limelight won for the seventh time in 11 starts this year, good for $41,145. She's banked $56,274 lifetime. Favored at 1 to 2 on the board, Limelight paid $3.00 to win. Finally, Andover America, the still splendid nine year-old son of Andover Hall, won for the fourth consecutive time in Pompano Park's $10,000 top Open trotting event for Bruce Ranger. Owned by McTrade Enterprises, Andover America led at every marker clocking panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to score a rather handy victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Count Speed, in the garden spot for Wally Hennessey the entire route, finished second with Baby Boy Grin third for Kevin Wallis. The Kept Man and Majestic Won picked up the final two awards in the septet. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, "you know, I keep saying that Andover may be a step slower than when he was last season--age does that, you know--but he sprinted out of the gate like a youngster tonight...and all on his own. I thought a quick opening quarter like that (:27.4) might leave him a little wanting at the end but he really felt like he wanted to go on and on." For Andover America, it was his seventh triumph of the year, sending his seasonal earnings to $45,650. He has now banked $785,890 in his career on the strength of a 57-32-18 scorecard in 152 lifetime starts. Despite coming into the action with the winning streak, Andover America was allowed to go off at 3 to 1 and returned $8.20 to win as the second choice. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 4, 2014...Prairie Jaguar, the author of the most 1:50 miles in Pompano Park history, returned home to his favorite track and crushed his foes with a startling 1:50.3 performance as Pompano Park opened its 2014-2015 season on Saturday night.   The Florida bred six year-old son of Spy Hard, driven by 25 year-old Aaron Byron, brushed to the front from his outside six post around the first turn, demoralized the competition with a :26 opener and went on to score a win measuring 4 1/4 lengths over Northern Companion (Mike Micallef). Cartoonist (Bruce Ranger) finished third with T's Electric, Damon Blue Chip and I Do Hanover completing the sextet.   It was the ninth win in 27 starts for "Jaguar," pushing his 2014 bounty to $80,405 and $137,627 lifetime.   In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "This was the first time I have ever driven this horse and Mr. Deters told me that he likes to 'rock and roll' early. After that quick opening quarter, I tried to rate him a little but he just grabbed on the further I got into the mile. After that :54.1 half, he really told me he wanted to go, so that 3/4 time of (1):21.3 was not too much of a surprise. I just let him coast on home after that!"   Pompano's kickoff also featured eight different class for Sunshine State Stakes eligibles.   The most notable performers in those events were Showing Off, Goldstar Kenny P, Owosso Flash, Livy M, Markie, Paxxie, Railee Workable and Limelight.   Showing Off kept his perfect record in tact in 2014--now three-for-three--with a sharp 2:01.4 win for Bob Roberts, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears along with Richard and Sandra Dunmire.   Livy M, owned and trained by James Martin, was a photo finish winner over Brandy in a nip and tuck battle all the way down Pompano's stretch, the margin a slender nose for Tom Sells.   Goldstar Kenny P, who chased both Warlock and Tough Issue home in seven tries last year, rose to the top of the three year-old class with a very smartly rated with Mickey McNichol in the bike. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, "Kenny" wired his two competitors, sealing the deal with a last half in :59.1 in a 2:00.2 performance.   After the event, driver McNichol said, "The colt has a mark of (1):57 but we got away with a little something this time around, so I took a hold as long as there were no imminent threats. He was solid tonight."   Owosso Flash, also owned by Poulin and Deters, looked awesome in gaining his first lifetime win. "Flash," a two year-old by Royal Millennium, made a quarter move to the front and was never threatened thereafter, stopping the clock in 1:58.3.   Last year's two year old filly champion in the trotting division, Markie, looks like she means business in repeating as champion this year, too. The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, crushed her foes again wirth a 2:01 win measuring 13 3/4 lengths. She's now three-for-three this year.   The two year-old Six Of Diamonds filly, Paxxie, was next in the spotlight and she wore down a stubborn Gold Star Dynasty with a :28.1 finale in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Bruce Ranger was in the bike for owners Warren and Joan Harp.   Railee Workable then extended his winning streak to two with a gate to wire win in 2:04--:29.3 for Mickey McNichol. This son of Basil is trained by Louis Ginesi for Fred Morosini and Ken Fritz.   Finally, Limelight, owned by Beauty in the Bridle Racing Stable, picked up her Third Straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action with a very sharp win in 1:56.1. Tom Sells was in the bike for trainer Rosie Huff.   Other "Open" winners on the card were Hurricane Howard (Sells) and Bold Willie (Bryce Fenn).   Hurricane Howard won the Open "2" for by lolly-gagging to a :58.1 and then sealing the issue with a final four furlongs in :55.4. This seven year-old Florida bred son of Mannart Howard is owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters.   And while the "fireworks" at the track were in the form of flashes of lightning, The Open "3" provided some pari-mutuel fireworks as Bold Willie lit up the tote-board with a $93.00 mutuel in the finale, keying a dime superfecta payoff of $1,022.78.   Racing resumes Wednesday night with a new 7:30 post time remaining in effect.     by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 3, 2014...Pompano Park begins its second half century of racing on Saturday night, October 4, with eight Sunshine State Stakes events and three Open events highlighting the action. The top Open event features Prairie Jaguar, the only horse to record five wins in 1:50 or faster on Pompano's five-eighths mile oval, including two wins in 1:49. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, the six year-old altered son of Spy Hard has banked over $75,000 this season and will have the driving services of newcomer Aaron Byron. Byron, 25, comes into the action with 1,330 lifetime wins--165 of those so far this year. "Jaguar" has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and is coupled with T's Electric, fresh off of a 1:52.4 win at Tioga downs featuring his last half in :54.3. Tom Sells will handle T's Electric. Also in the field is Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza. "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has amassed 36 lifetime wins and $223,272 in lifetime bounty, including a mark of 1:50.3 recorded at Pompano last season. Freshened up after a two month vacation, Northern Companion comes into the action off of a handy qualifying win in 1:56.1. Mike Micallef will take this six year-old to Pompano Park's Hummer Starting Gate. Damon Blue Chip, I Do Hanover and Cartoonist complete the talented field. The Sunshine State Stakes covers Florida bred two and three year-olds, all of which are seeking a coveted spot on the FSBOA's $400,000 (est.) Super Night in late November, The pari-mutuel portion of the 13 race program kicks off with the class of three year-old trotting fillies. Jay Sears' Markie, last year's two year-old champion, has been dominant this far in her sophomore class, scoring victories in her only two starts this year--both measuring 20 or more lengths--with her last win in a lifetime best 2:00.1. Bob Roberts will be in the bike for trainer Kim Sears. Markie has been labeled the 4 to 5 morning line favorite in her event. Beauty in the Bridle Stable's Limelight will tangle with eight others in her division for three year-old pacing fillies. The talented daughter of Cracking Light comes to Pompano Park off of a pair of dominant wins in Sunshine State Stakes action at Sunshine Meadows. Tom Sells will handle the filly's lines for trainer Rosie Huff. In the two year-old events for trotting colts and geldings, Railee Workable and Victory Park have been locking horns with each scoring a win against the other at the recently concluded two session affair at Sunshine Meadows. Joining the fray this time around is first time starter Prairie Fortune, coming off a very sharp qualifying event at Tioga Downs, where he was, literally, nosed out in 2:02. Railee Workable, a son of Basil, is trained by Lou Ginesi for owners Ken Fritz and Fred Morosini and will have Mickey McNichol in the bike. Victory Park is owned by the consortium of Turcotte, Howard, Roccasano and Ruggles and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky for trainer Mel Turcotte. Two year-old pacing fillies will also take the spotlight on opening night with Paxxie and Gold Star Dynasty renewing their rivalry. Paxxie, the sharp looking Six Of Diamonds lass owned by trainer Warren Harp along with Joan Harp, beat Gold Star Dynasty by a neck the first time around at Sunshine Meadows in stakes action with Warren in the bike. The next week, "Dynasty," also a Six Of Diamond filly, owned by trainer Tom Audley, turned the tables on Paxxie, scoring the neck decision over her main rival in a lifetime best 2:01.1 for Walter Ross, Jr. Paxxie is listed at 8 to 5 while Gold Star Dynasty is tabbed at 9 to 5 on the morning line. Amante Standardbreds' Caesar's Forum, trained by Marc Aubin, appears to have the upper hand in his division for juvenile pacing colts and geldings. The talented son of Six Of Diamonds is, thus far, sports a perfect two-for-two scorecard to go along with a lifetime best 2:00.3--:58.3 performance at Sunshine Meadows. Bruce Ranger will take Caesar's Jackpot post-ward in his Sunshine Stakes event. Pompano will offer the popular .20 cent superfecta on all races with the highly anticipated Super Hi-5 expected to be added to the racing programs in the very near future. Post time for the pari-mutuel program is 7:30 while four non-betting Sunshine State Stakes events get underway at 6:15 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Harness racing is coming to Delray Beach, Florida this Saturday with the $25,000 Sunshine Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The races will be held at the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village on Route 7/441 beginning at 11:00 am. There is free admission and parking, arts and crafts and equine product vendors, food trucks, pony rides and other activities for children. There is also a special celebrity harness race featuring Florida State senators Maria Sachs, Joseph Abruzzo, Mazda professional car racing sensation Tristan Nunez and TV12 Sports Director Matt Lincoln. They will compete in a one mile race in double-seating jogging carts with a trainer. On the one mile racetrack there will be eight Sunshine Stakes events. Featured will be the 2014 debut of Markie, a three-year-old trotting filly who last year won seven of her eleven starts for owner/breeders Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. Markie is sired by Proud Bushy and last season earned $57,700 while dominating her class and closed out the 2013 season with three straight wins. Other standouts include Tom Audley’s Gold Star Jessica, a $46,000 winner who heads the three-year-old pacing filly ranks and Tough Issue, a three-year-old pacing gelding that has won $64,000 for trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek. All four of the two-year-old races for trotters and pacers feature first time starters. The last time there was racing at Sunshine Meadows was back in 1998. Everyone is reminded to bring their lawn chairs as there is no seating at Sunshine Meadows. In the event of a rain cancellation the races will be moved to Sunday. The second leg of the series will also be held at Sunshine Meadows on Saturday, September 20. The Sunshine Stakes are sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. For more information call 561-414-3512 or 954-654-3757. From Sunshine Beach Equestrian Center

The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association presented its April, 2014 Caretaker of the Month award to Louis Ginesi Wednesday evening at the Isle Pompano Park. He and and wife Erin Ginesi developed, along with regular teamster Mickey Mc Nichol, the young pacing mare Goldstar Rockette to an impressive month's performance. Now owned by Ginesi, after purchase in June 2013 from breeder Tom Audley, the four year-old daughter of Rock On-Tony's Silveraider-Keystone Raider has emerged recently with three wins and a second in April. She scored in a lifetime record 1:54.4f at Pompano Park on April 23 and now shows a slate of 4-3-2 in 12 starts this year, good for earnings of $13,824. Ginesi (shown below with Erin and USHWA presenters), credits the turnaround of Goldstar Rockette to patience, maturity, excellent farrier and veterinarian work and the special driving skills of veteran Mickey Mc Nichol. The connections of pensioner Tweedle Dum said in interview that they look forward to another ten years of racing success for their pacing mare. That could happen as the maternal family is one of aged pacing success. Dam Tony's Silveraider took her 1:55.2f mark at age seven and earned $114,166. Her other offspring include Goldstar Raider 5, 1:52.2f for $109,178 and recent winner Gold Star Kenny P 3, 1:57f. Ginesi was presented by the Florida Chapter with a plaque and a check for $100. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Florida USHWA  

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2013 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield 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 two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. 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 Jody Dancer of Pompano Beach, the wife of the late Hall of Famer, Stanley Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing an outstanding juvenile pacer goes to Tom Audley of Bell, a previous winner of this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of trotters, goes for the second time to Kim Sears of Osteen. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Michele Hallett of Margate. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Victoria Howard and her step-father, Peter Roccasano, of Boca Raton  and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2013 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to transplanted Californian Ed Hensley, a leading reinsman at west coast venues, Hoosier Park and now in Florida. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Isle Pompano Park Vice President and General Manager Rob Wyre and the Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Isle Pompano Park chef Joe Harvella. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be 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 honoree will be announced shortly. 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 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 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, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2013...Pompano Park was host for the $427,300 F.S.B.O.A. Championship Series for Florida Bred two and three year-olds on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Here is a recap of those events. TOUGH ISSUE TAKES $50,300 2YO COLT PACE Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors in the (non-wagering) $50,300 Florida Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a handy victory measuring 3 ¼ lengths in1:56.3. Owned by Brenda Komers along and the Verderame Stable and trained by Mike Deters, the gelded son of Tough Sir registered his fifth win of the year in 12 starts by wiring together panels of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.3 before sealing the issue with a final quarter in :28. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was second with Warlock (Wally Hennessey), expected to be the chief competition to the winner, third in the trio after making a miscue leaving. The victory pushed Tough Issue's earnings to $55,745. SHOWING OFF REDEEMS HIMSELF IN JUVENILE COLT TROT Showing Off and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to win the $51,600 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.3 win in the second of two non-wagering events at Pompano Park. The son of Wewering, owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears, still hospitalized but recuperating from a training mishap a few weeks back, was away cautiously as Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) carved up early panels of :31 and 1:01.1 with Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) in pursuit. On the backside, Hennessey asked the gelding to roll and roll he did, brushing up from third and using a :29.2 third panel to take command with authority before easily striding home a 2 ½ length winner of Geronimo Fame. Gator On Patrol did finish third while Midnight Michael picked up the minors in the quartet. Showing Off now has a 5-3-0 scorecard in 11 starts, good for earnings of $46,382. After the race, Hennessey said, "...you know, these two year-olds are still learning and haven't become the 'push-button' racehorses yet--you know, he made a break leaving in his last start. So, I let this one settle in early before 'pushing the button' on the backside. He responded great." MARKIE TAKES $55,200 2YO FILLY TROT Jay Sears' filly Markie, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears, captured the $55,200 Breeders Stake Final by romping home a winner by over Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo) in 2:02. The daughter of Proud Bushy--3 to 5 on the tote-board--was away gingerly avoiding trouble early as two combatants went off stride leaving. Fifth at the opening :30.2 quarter, Markie was out and going three-eighths into the mile, reaching fourth half way through the mile timed in 1:02.1. On the backside, Markie surged from five lengths out of it to a commanding lead of 3 ½ by the third station in 1:31.1. From there, it was a cakewalk as the filly crossed the line 3 ¼ to the good of Trotting JC Poss with Famous Halle (Bruce Ranger) third. Blame Bushy recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Goldstar Ginger picked up the nickel in the septet. For Markie, it was her seventh win of the year in 11 starts and pushed her bounty to $57,700. She paid $3.20 to win. TASHIA A PHOTO FINISH WINNER IN $55,400 3YO FILLY PACE Jay Sears picked up yet another Breeders Stake crown when his free-legged filly Tashia, driven by Stephane Lareau, eked out a photo finish victory--a literal whisker--over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Don't Spank Me (Bruce Ranger) in the $55,400 Breeders Stakes Final in 1:54.1. Full of Fame (Joe Pavia, Jr.) finished third after making a bold first-over bid around the final turn. Delray Princess and Track Girl pick up the final awards. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds was last in her field after opening fractions of :27.1 and :57 half way through the mile, wended her way into contention on the backside, fanned four wide turning for home after 3/4s in 1:25.3 and just did nail the pacesetting Don't Spank me in the final stride. After the race, driver Stephane Lareau said, ...this filly is as tough a filly as you'll find on the racetrack. After they took the pants (hobbles) off of her, she became a racehorse and I think the difference tonight was Kim (trainer Sears) giving her a qualifying start a week ago just to keep her tight. The other filly (Don't Spank Me) hadn't been out since early in the month and that just may have been the difference." For Tashia, it was her 11th win of the year, pushing her seasonal bounty to $67,351. As third choice in the betting pool, Tashia paid $14.20 to win. TYREE'S TREASURE TAKES 3YO FILLY TROT The lightly raced Tyree's Treasure, a bridesmaid in her last two outings, finally became the "bride" in winning her $52,800 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies in a lifetime best performance 1:59.3. The daughter of Famously, off as the 8 to 5 second choice, led every step of her mile for Bruce Ranger, pinning a 2 ½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express (Rick Plano). Hollys Diamond was third--18 ¼ lengths away--while Piper Pfeiffer and Sweet Loreley completed the quintet. "It was a pretty handy win for her this time around," said Bruce Ranger. "She always has good gate speed but tonight she had a very good kick coming home. Mark (trainer Friedman) did a great job getting her ready for this and a whole bunch of credit goes to him." Friedman, indeed, made a few rigging changes to the filly to make her more comfortable and she responded bravely late in her mile to insure the win--her eight lifetime in only 13 starts. She's banked $94,554 lifetime--$39,729 this year for owners the Polo Stable and Hollie Proesel. Tyree's Treasure paid $5.40 to her $2 backers. HILLYBILLY CAPTURES 3YO CROWN Amante Standardbreds' Hillybilly claimed the Breeders Stake crown for three year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a convincing 1:53.4 three length win in the $53,800 final. The son of N Aboriginal, handled by Bruce Ranger, was sent off as the 3 to 5 public choice and defeated Quincy (Bryce Fenn) with 31 to 1 outsider Jose Lightning (Kevin Wallis) third. Goldstar Thumper finished fourth after cutting panels of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:26.2. Wingull picked up the final award in the field of six. Hillybilly left alertly, taking a garden seat back of Goldstar Thumper, and left the cozy pocket around the final turn and easily took command at the head of the stretch and drew off in the lane for his ninth win of the year in 22 starts. After the race, Ranger said, "...he's such a handy horse. He can leave...he can close...he's just a pleasure to handle. Last week, when he made a rare break, he just kind of outpaced himself. Tonight, he was well within himself all the way. The victory pushed Hillybilly's lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,434--and enriched his $2 backers to the tune of $3.20. GOLDSTAR JESSICA TAKES 2YO FINAL Goldstar Jessica, handled by Kevin Wallis, proved her maiden win of a week ago was no fluke as she waltzed off with the top prize in the $53,700 Breeders Stake Final for juvenile pacing fillies in 1:56.1. This daughter of Rock On left alertly and was away third as Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) and Voluminous (Mel Turcotte) battled violently through panels of :28.3 and :57.4. On the backside, J D Eleven Bell's (Rick Plano) surged from fourth into the lead past 3/4s in 1:27.2. All the while, "Jessica" was searching for room and, at the top of the lane, found some and roared on by on the strength of her :28.2 finale. Sandalonia gamely held on for second over the late charging Limelight (Ed Hensley). J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano). Heather picked up the final award in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Goldstar Jessica was the 7 to 5 public choice and returned $4.80 to win. For Mr. Audley, though, the win was worth $26,850 and vaulted the filly's earnings from $14,735 to $41,585. RAILEE KWIK TAKES 3YO TROT FOR THE COLTS Railee Kwik, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, got a picture perfect drive from Bruce Ranger to win the $54,800 Breeders Stake final. The son of Basil, in the garden spot from the word "go," picked up the pieces after Sky Crest (Stephane Lareau) set hot fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 and held off the late surging Goucher (Bryce Fenn) to win by a neck in 1:59.3. Tim T (Tom Sells) was third with Sky Crest fourth. Proud Expression recovered from an early miscue to pick up the final award. After the race, driver Ranger said, "They were going hot the first part--hotter than normal for these--and I thought I'd better try and get a jump on them turning for home. Bryce's horse (Goucher) was flying late so I had to get into my guy a little bit at the end...but he held on." The win nearly doubled Railee Kwik's earnings for the year--$28,483 coming in and $55,883 going out. It was Ranger's third Breeders Stake win of the night. CRUIZIN K C TAKES OPEN IN 1:50.1. Mark O'Mara's Cruizin K C earned a hard fought 1:50.1 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night. The five year-old eked out a narrow decision over Lyon's Johnny (Wally Hennessey) and took a new lifetime mark in the process. The son of Mach Three earned his ninth win of the year and sent his seasonal bounty to $83,933. Red Hot Yankee was third for Ed Hensley while Panocchio, who took the lead after a :26.4 quarter and proceeded to put up number of :54 and 1:21.4 finished fourth. B N Bad picked up the nickel. Cruizin K C, second choice in the betting, paid $7.40 to win. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 29, 2013...Pompano Park plays host to F.S.B.O.A.'s Super Night this Saturday night with over $425,000 up for grabs in the eight race championship series. The festivities kick off with two non-betting events beginning with the $50,300 Breeders Stake Final for the two year-old pacing colts and geldings. Tough Issue and Warlock will be among the combatants locking horns in their see-saw battle for supremacy--each having won three bouts in their last six head-to-head confrontations. Owned by Brenda Komers along with the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue is trained by Mike Deters and will have the driving services of Bruce Ranger. Warlock is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay Sears and will have Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey in the bike. The $51,600 Breeders Stake for juvenile trotting colts and geldings is next with Geronimo Fame and Showing Off among the starters. Geronimo Fame, sporting a 3-1-2 scorecard in eight lifetime starts is owned by Amante Standardbreds and will have Bruce Ranger in the sulky. Showing Off, with four wins in his 10 starts is owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears. Wally Hennessey is also expected to drive for trainer Kim Sears. The pari-mutuel program begins with the $55,200 final for two year-old trotting fillies and finds Markie in the favorite role, also owned by Jay Sears with Hennessey at the controls. This daughter of Proud Bushy in on a bit of a roll having won the Stallion Stake and The Melvyn Aylor Memorial in her last two starts. Her main competition may be the Mather's Lavec lass Trotting J C Poss, with Andy Santeramo driving for trainer Steve Stabile. The filly has a 2-3-2 scorecard in her seven lifetime starts and has been the bridesmaid to Markie in her last two starts. Three year-old fillies take the spotlight next in the $55,400 final with Don't Spank Me and Tashia locking horns once again. Don't Spank Me, a daughter of Capital Request has won all three of her "PPk" starts, the fastest in a lifetime best 1:53.4 in her last start on November 6. She's owned by Wayne and Jean Carter and will be driven by Bruce Ranger. Tashia, the free-legged filly owned by Jay Sears, was winless last year as a two year-old but has 10 wins this season, including a 1:55 performance in late July. Stephane Lareau will handle the filly's lines. Tea Party Express and Tyree's Treasure are the logical favorites in the $52,800 final for sophomore trotting fillies. Tea Party Express is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite off of two straight wins for Rick Plano, who has been in the bike for trainer Mel Turcotte. She's owned by the consortium of Barbara Turcotte, Vickie Howard and Pete Roccasano. Tyree's Treasure, with a 12-7-3-0 history in her career, has been second to Tea Party in her last two events for owners Hollie Proesel and the Polo Stable. Trainer Mark Friedman has hired Bruce Ranger for the Super Night drive. The $53,800 finale for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings is next with Goldstar Thumper, Hillybilly and Quincy all vying for favoritism. Hillybilly, owned by Amante Standardbreds, is trained by Stewart Nemiro and is listed as a narrow 8 to 5 morning line favorite with Bruce Ranger driving over Goldstar Thumper, the latter a new arrival in the Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi Stable and 9 to 5 on the early line. "Thumper" is trained by Jamie Rucker and will have the services of Ricky Macomber, Jr. Not to be ignored is Quincy, who has 12 wins this year for the Marc Aubin Stable. Bryce Fenn is expected to drive the youngster from the rail. The $53,700 for the two year-old pacing fillies is a wide open affair with at least a half dozen viable contenders going to the Hummer Starting Gate. Goldstar Jessica, who picked a great time to break her maiden last week in the Aylor Memorial, is the 5 to 2 early choice for owner-trainer Tom Audley, who has passed along the driving assignment again to Kevin Wallis. J D Eleven Bell's has been ultra-consistent in her first season of racing wars showing a 4-2-4 record in 10 starts for owner Joe Martinelli, Sr. Rick Plano will be in the bike for trainer Paul Bernardo. Heather, Limelight, Voluminous and Sandalonia will all get their share of backers, as well. Tim T looks to rebound in the $54,800 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old trotting colts and geldings. The altered son of Basil has been a disappointment in his last two outings but sports the fastest lifetime mark of all entrants--1:56.3. Tom Sells will drive for trainer Mike Deters and the consortium of owners inclusing Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Mike Prendergast. The main competition may come from Joe Pennacchio's Railee Kwik who has been no worse than second in his last seven starts for trainer Jim McDonald. Railee Kwik will have Bruce Ranger handling his lines. Post time for the non-wagering early events is 6:35 with a 7:05 post intact for the 12 race pari-mutuel card. Free T-Shirts will be distributed while supplies last. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 23, 2013…The Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds was contested at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Tough Issue, Geronimo Fame, Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prize in their respective divisions. Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took the $18,400 non-betting opener for the pacing colts and geldings in a lifetime best 1:56.2, knocking almost three seconds off his previous best winning time. Trained by Mike Deters for Brenda Komers and the Verderame Stable, Tough Issue, a gelded son of Tough Sir, took the lead immediately in his trio and clocked an opening panel in a sharp :27.2, thwarting any early challengers, before reaching the half in :57. Heading into the final turn, Warlock (Wally Hennessey) left the pocket and began his bid which brought him alongside the leader turning for home…but a costly miscue at that point left him a baker's dozen lengths behind at the wire. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was prominent early but finished well back--29 1/2 lengths--at the end of the mile. For Tough Issue, it was a bit of revenge after having finished second to his chief nemesis--Warlock--in three of his last four starts. His scorecard now reads 4-3-1 in 11 starts, good for earnings of $25,565 heading into Super Night next Saturday. In the $19,050 juvenile event for the trotting colts and geldings, Geronimo Fame, handled by Bruce Ranger for Amante Standardbreds, wore down a stubborn Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) in deep stretch to score a half length triumph in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Midnight Michael (Rob Hoffman) and Showing Off (Wally Hennessey) both made early miscues and were never in the hunt in the quartet. The "Famously" bred colt (yes, he is by Famously), was away in good order from his outside four post and let Gator On Patrol carve out panels of :31.3, 1:01.4 and 1:31.4 before using his :29.2 finale to earn his third lifetime win in eight starts. He's banked a tad over $21,000 thus far. The two year-old filly events were contested on the pari-mutuel card with Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prizes. Gold Star Jessica, a daughter of Rock On, took the $21,300 pace for Kevin Wallis, breaking her maiden with a splendid 1:55.4 three length win over Heather (Wally Hennessey) with J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano) next. Voluminous and Sandalonia picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Gold Star Jessica left alertly before allowing Heather to take the lead at the quarter timed in :28. The latter was forced to carve subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.3 as Voluminous kept the pressure on throughout. Turning for home, Jessica found some room and easily romped by the leader and drew off at the end of the mile. The win was worth $10,650 to owner Audley--pushing her 2013 bounty to $14,735--and $10.20 to those who had a $2 ticket on the tote's fourth choice on the board. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis kept it short and sweet. "We had a great trip…and it was a great time for her to break her maiden!" In the filly trot, Markie, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay Sears, used a :29.3 finale to wear down the pace-setting Trotting J C Poss to score by 1 1/4 lengths. This daughter of Proud Bushy, starting from the outside seven post, avoided trouble leaving and settled into third early as Trotting J C Poss and Famous Halle were one-two through fractions of :292, 1:00.4 and 1:31.3. Less than three-eighths out, Hennessey left the pocket and began to wear down the leaders, collaring Trotting J C Poss a sixteenth out and drawing clear late. Gold Star Ginger and Blame Bushy picked up minor awards in the septet. Garnering her sixth win of the year in 10 starts, Markie sent her 2013 earnings to $30,100. As the 8 to 5 choice on the board, she paid $5.20 to win. In other action, Thebestofjoel, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, grabbed command of the racetrack from his first stride out of the gate and wired together panels of :27.2, :28.2, :27.2 and 27.2 to score in a brilliant 1:50.3--his margin of victory over Northern Companion (Rob Hoffman) 1 3/4 lengths with Cruizin K C (Mark O'Mara) third. Yankees In Six finished fourth while Rocknroll Special picked up the "nickel." For this five year-old son of Cammibest, it was his fourth win of the year, pushing his seasonal bounty to $57,262 and $206,107 lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "This horse is very adaptable. He can race anyway and, when I didn't see too much throttling early, I decided to give it a go. I was kind of surprised that he was up to this kind of effort because he'd been off a couple of weeks…but he just kept on going!" Finally, The Florida Amateur Driver's Club made a sizable donation to Club 101, an organization that helps the needy in numerous ways. After Joe Pennacchio won the Amateur event with JP Houle Stables Miss Janine, Bruce Ranger and Dein Spriggs joined many of the amateur drivers in the winner's circle to help make the presentation. The Club is expected to feed more than 300 people over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Florida Amateur Drivers Club has donated over $125,000 to charitable causes over their existence. John Berry  

Pompano Beach, FL -- This Saturday night, October 6, the Isle Pompano Park opens for its 50th anniversary season of harness racing. Don’t know how happy Fred and Frances Dodge Van Lennep would be if they were still around to see what has taken place with the Taj Mahal that they built. They would have loved the casino and raved about it to everyone, but then they would have cried over what has happened to the former Winter Capital of Harness Racing. Over the years the prior owners and then the Isle never invested much more than a dime or two in keeping the building up to code and now it is in disarray. The track had opened to much fanfare back on February 4, 1964. The greatest trainers, drivers and horses in the world would winter at Pompano Park. Some 2,000 horses and 500 horsemen and women would stable there during the glory year with four tracks, an executive golf course, driving range and a beautiful track kitchen overlooking the training tracks. The Top of the Park Dining Room was exquisite with reservations and a jacket (for men) a must. They could seat well over 600 people and everyone had a great view of the track. Patten’s Place on the fifth floor was the ultimate speak easy. The Clubhouse Box seating area sold out months in advance. Now the glass planes are falling out from the sixth floor and you are limited to where you can walk on the track apron. When Niatross raced for the last time on December 27, 1980, more than 18,000 people jammed the track to see him and the right lane going north on Powerline Road was closed off and used as additional parking. People bought $2 win tickets just to save as souvenirs. Now there is just the Florida Chapter of the US Harness Writers Association’s Florida Hall of Fame picture display left to remind you of the people and horses that made the track great. The track held the Breeders Crown numerous times with world records set every season….Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Del Miller, Joe O’Brien, Bruce Nickells, Ted Taylor, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Bill Popfinger, Peter Wrenn and many other top horsemen were household names. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Gleason were weekly regulars during the track’s heydays. But that is all gone now. If you are lucky you can stand on part of the track apron and watch the races or go up to the casino and watch the horses come around the final turn but you can’t tell who was the winner unless you go inside and look on a TV. The opening night card features ten races, two of which are Florida Sunshine Stakes for three-year-olds. All-time leading driver Bruce Ranger is back along with Jim McDonald, Tom Sells, Jay & Kim Sears, Tom Audley and some new faces too. Once the major stakes season is over up north a lot more trainers and drivers will return. Plans call for a shorter season than normal with the meet ending in late May. Usually the track would have something special for the fans on opening night, maybe a baseball cap, beach towel or t-shirt giveaway. No swag this year. Track management said they will be doing something to commemorate the 50th anniversary so we will sit back and wait and see. Fred and Frances Van Lennep made their dreams come true for a harness racing Mecca in south Florida. They would be pretty upset if they could see it today. The track opens up and races live Wednesday and Saturday then add Monday’s on October 14. First race post time is 7:05 pm. Both parking and admission is free. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL...September 26, 2013...Pompano Park is set to kick off their 50th anniversary pari-mutuel season on Saturday, October 5. John Yinger, Director of Racing, said that this season will feature new wagering options for the fans, as well as several new faces stiffening the competition, a new lighting system and a bump in purses. "We are going to offer a Pick-5 wager to kick things off on the wagering side--this to go along with our popular Pick-3 and Pick-4 bets. Of course, we'll have our usual wide array of other wagers on the menu, too," he said. Some of the new stables expected to heighten the level of competition include those of Jim Hardy, Chris Lems, Dave Stratton, Bruce Clarke, Jimmy Whittemore and Greg Wright. Yinger continued, "With our returning stables of great horsemen like Mike Deters, Wally Hennessey, Jim McDonald, Bruce Ranger, Joe Pavia, Jr. and Rick Plano, just to name a few, the racing will, no doubt, be at it's highest plateau in our 50 year history and we hope the harness community of fans will take notice. "We expect that the addition of Sunday racing, beginning in mid-November, will also get some serious notice from the fans." Pompano will also host a non-wagering program this Saturday, September 28, featuring Florida breds in Sunshine State Stakes competition. The Saturday matinee program has a post time of 11:30 and features many two year-olds beginning their racing careers. Also, the three year-old divisions have drawn some very powerful performers including a renewed rivalry between last season's top two juvenile pacing colt performers, Goldstar Thumper and Hillybilly. Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On, was bred and is owned and trained by Tom Audley. "Thumper" was last year's champion in his division, pinning a narrow defeat on arch-rival Hillybilly. He will be making his initial start of the year and will have the driving services of Bob Williams, Jr. Hillybilly, a son of N Aboriginal trained by Marc Aubin for breeder and owner Amanta Standardbreds, is already the author of a 1:52.1 mark this year and will have Bruce Ranger in the bike. The sophomore pacing event for the fillies pits two exceptionally talented fillies against each other--Seven Arias and Tashia. Seven Arias, trained by Mark Friedman for owner by Laura Newbery, was last season's champ, winning the crown of Super Night at Pompano with a splendid 1:55 mile for then trainer-driver Deshawn Minor. She has had but three starts this semester and has a 0-1-2 scorecard but comes into the action off of a sharp 1:58-:58 qualifying win over a track labeled as "good" after drenching rains. Tashia, owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, is on a roll, having secured five straight wins coming into this action. After a winless 2012 season, Tashia has won eight times this year with her last win in a lifetime best 1:55. Stall allocations for the 2013-2014 season have also been announced and are available at the following web site: www.pompano-park.isleofcapricasinos.com.  Click on the "racing" tab, then go to "horsemen" and stall allocations are posted at the top. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

After the two preliminary harness racing legs of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stakes in July, there was very little separating the 3-year-old filly pace division's arch rivals Quail and Gold Star Gidget.

FSBOA congratulates tonight's $18,300 Sale Stake 2-year-old colt pace winner Goldstar Raider as the altered son of Rock On captured his third harness racing victory in eight starts.

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