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Pompano Beach, FL...January 13, 2021...While Cult Icon took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall-of-famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies. Wally Hennessey and David Miller shared the spotlight as Happy Heart, handled by Hennessey, and Glenferrie Blade. with Miller in her sulky, hit the wire with no separation. Both mares are trained by Melissa Beckwith with Happy Heart owned by Thomas Mc Tygue and Glenferrie Blade owned by Mark Beckwith. At the outset, these two were involved in a three horse duel for the top spot as Evas Sports Czech, handled by Walter La Freniere, Jr., joined Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade in that early scuffle. At the :27.1 opener, Happy Heart made the top with Glenferrie Blade pressing on to take charge shortly thereafter, taking the field to a half in :56. On the backside. Odds On Cheddar, outside every step thus far, reached third while Northern Swift was on a double-bubble binge from last, reaching second around the final turn with Glenferrie Blade patiently waiting for some room to roam turning for home after the 1:24.4 three-quarters. In the lane, Happy Heart fought on gamely but drifted out slightly allowing Glenferrie to shoot on through along the pylons and get up for the tie in the last stride. Evas Sports Czech did finish third while Northern Swift and Big Bad baby were next in the octet. Happy Heart, Glenferrie Blade A Both Hall of Famers had something to say about the rare event with Miller saying, "you know, I thought I might have gotten there but it was too close to call. Mark (Beckwith) said his mare likes the front end so I tried to put her there but when Wally (Hennessey) retook, I thought a two-hole trip wouldn't be so bad, after all. I guess my patience paid off and was happy to share the winner's circle in the win." Hennessey said, "I didn't know...I was hoping we held on but wasn't sure. Dave's (Miller) mare is a lot bigger than mine, so I didn't know. Happy Heart might be a smaller horse but she has a very big heart!" Happy Heart is an eight year-old daughter of Woodstock and achieved her 30th lifetime win, sending her career bounty to $43,889 while Glenferrie Blade, the Aussie bred, is the 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three. She got her 23rd career victory with her career earnings vaulting to $266,296. In sharing the win pool, both mares paid $2.10 to win. A few minutes earlier, Cult Icon, with Hennessey at her controls, put in a gritty performance, scoring in 1:51.4 in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares after taking charge just after the :27.1 opener and carding subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 along the way. Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second, 1 3/4 lengths away, while favored Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third. Another Beach Day and Image Of A Dream also picked up checks in the classy sextet. Cult Icon, a six year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is trained by Trent Stohler, who trains for the Stable. She now has 20 lifetime wins and earnings of $278,407. As third choice in the betting, Cult Icon paid $8.80 to win. Cult Icon Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $93,236.75. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2020...Harness racing trainer Mike Deters and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to take the twin features on Sunday night at Pompano Park. Prairie Panther and Rebellious were the two stars that shined on this night with the former taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace and Rebellious scoring in the companion $10,000 Open II event. Prairie Panther, trained by Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, is a six year-old Florida bred altered son of Royal Millennium and showed his true grit with a 1:51 score, going first up backside bid denting a :27.3 panel to draw on even terms with the leader at the top of the lane and on to a 2 3/4 length win over Kinnder Jackson (Mike Simons) with Ideal Feeling (Dave Ingraham) third. Bell I No and Lyons Night Hawk, starting saddled with the two outside posts, rallying to pick up the final two awards. The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Panther and, once again, spoiled the chances of Southwind Amazon to record an historic 100th lifetime win. Southwind eventually finished eighth. Indeed, it was Southwind Amazon (MIke Micallef) who was intent on controlling the festivities by blasting off the wings from his four post to put Kinnder Jackson, post five, in the garden spot through :26.2 sizzler to open the contest with a :55.1 half to follow. Meanwhile, Hennessey had Prairie Panther in fourth for the first half before tilting to the outside on the backstretch uncovered to begin his assault and moving alongside the leader at the third station in 1:22.4. "He just has this great tenacity and heart," said Hennessey, "and, once he puts his mind to it, he doesn't quit until it's all done!" The win sent Prairie Panther's 2020 bounty to $57,863. Lifetime, he's won 41 of his 95 career starts, good for $389,980. Off at 9 to 5 on the tote-board, Prairie Panther paid $5.60 to win. Prairie Panther That $10,000 Open II Pace went to Rebellious for Hennessey in 1:51, as well, scoring by a neck over a game Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Solo Story (Braxton Boyd), closing fastest of all for third, 2¼ lengths away. The early leader Mac Anover was fourth while Agedchedar Hanover picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Beginning from the outside nine post, Rebellious left cautiously as Mac Anover (post 8) zipped off the wings into an early lead with Skip To My Lou on the move early as well with these two nostrils apart at the hot :29.1 opener--Rebellious finding a spot in sixth at this spot. With Skip To My Lou and Mac Anover one-two at the half in :55.1, Rebellious was out and gnawing away fifth and on a serious binge of his own, denting an official :27.2 thrid panel with a :26.4 split of his own, drawing on even terms with the leader as they straightened away for the drive to the wire and edging away slowly in deep stretch for the narrow win. After the race, Hennessey related, "this wasn't the easiest trip for the horse as Chindano's horse (Skip To My Lou) was very game tonight, especially after put up a :26 and change number early. But Rebellious is a pretty darn game performer himself and he proved that again tonight. Trained by Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, this son of Mach Three won for the eighth time this year in 23 starts, good for $51,570 in bounty. Lifetime, the six year-old has won 41 times and earned $323,956 to go along with his 1:49 mark at Tioga Downs last year. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Rebellious paid $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Rebellious Tote-board fireworks followed in the very next race as Dash Of Danger, driven by Kyle Husted, eked out a narrow win to complete the Pick-5 with that 3-8-3-9-1 combination returning $14,650.50 for the 50 cent ducat. Racing continues on Monday with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the track's popular Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $23,575.18 .Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park                           John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2020...Muscles For Life, the brilliant seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a hard-earned 1:54.2 win for harness racing driver Wally Hennessey in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (December 21) holding the fast closing Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) at bay at the wire in 1:54.2. The winning margin was a half length earning Muscles For Life his third win in four fall starts this semester in South Florida. Sooo Handsome finished fourth while Bucketlist Hanover picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. Muscles For Life was forced to draw one of the two outside posts in this field and Hennessey was forced to change strategy here as there was plenty of speed off the wings, especially from BJ Lorado, who zipped an opening panel in :26.3 and half in :55.4 with The Lionking AS in the garden spot, Sooo Handsome third and Muscles for Life, who left from post seven but found a spot in fourth around the opening turn with Explosivebreakaway, leaving from post eight, finding a nice spot right behind Muscles For Life. Around turn two, Hennessey tilted his charge outside and, once they straightened away on the backside, Muscles For Life motored sup strongly to take charge past the third station in 1:24.3 with Explosivebreakaway now looming a length away. In the lane, Muscles For Life held firm enough in the final stages for the win, his seventh of the year in 17 starts for trainer Steve Oldford, who conditions the trotter for owner Jerold Hawks. The win sent his 2020 earnings to $54,630 and $345,220 career-wise. Reflecting on the win, driver Hennessey said, "We seemed to be going pretty good leaving so I decided to try and find a spot a bit closer up because I knew it would take too much out of him to press the quick pace. He was nice and relaxed once we found the good spot and, when I asked him, he responded big time. He's a very impressive racehorse!" Off as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of faithful. Muscles For Life The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Mighty Surf with Mike Simons in his sulky for the win. The brave six year-old daughter of Prayer I Am, trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle RacingStable, got up in the final stride to nail Burn Notice (Peter Wrenn) right on the wire in 1:56. Keegan Ho (Rick Plano) rallied to be third while the early leader, Kellie's MVP, finished fourth. Dragin The Wagon grabbed the nickel in the full field of 10. For Mighty Surf, it was her fifth win of the year in 27 starts, vaulting her bankroll for 2020 to $44,037 and $240,872 lifetime. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Mighty Surf paid $12.20 to win. Mighty Surf Racing continues on Tuesday with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 24, 2020…Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a harness racing win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. The margin of victory was a scant nose over the late charging invader Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber) with Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike MIcallef) closing fastest of all to be third, less than a length away.   Another Beach Day and Tempus Seelster picked up the final two awards in the classy septet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal left from post 4 with alacrity as Ask Me Ifi Care used her rail post to snuggle right behind and Crisp Mane (post 6) finding an early seat in third before leaving that spot and surging to the lead just short of the opener in :27, leaving Prairie Westerngal in the garden spot…but not for long as Hennessey put his mare right back to the top and carded a healthy half of :55.2 with Crisp Man 1 ¼ lengths away, Ask Me Ifi Care 2 ½ back and Tempus Seelster on the move from last early to fourth.  On the backside, Prairie Westerngal began to feel the heat as Tempus Seelster moved to within a length past the third station in 1:23.4. Turning for home, Crisp Man found some room to roam and began gnawing away, especially in the final sixteenth, and just missed all the marbles in that photo. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, “She raced her heart out tonight and the wire came just in time. Last week, she was in the garden spot all the way before she put in her rally to win. This was a more difficult trip but she felt so strong that I thought she’d be good on the front. She showed me her mettle tonight.” Trainer Mike Deters echoed Hennessey’s comments saying, “I thought she raced super, especially considering the she had to fight off Rob’s (Rittof) mare (Tempus Seelster) and Ricky’s (Macomber) mare (Crisp Mane) but she dug in. The addition of Lasix has improved her greatly. She always had tremendous gate speed and the Lasix has enabled her to finish her races much stronger. As we all know, there’s no lap money in this sport…they only pay at the wire!” The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Westerngal in 17 starts, pushing her 2020 bounty to $31,831 and $125,813 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $4.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open II Pace for the ladies, Casie’s Believer, driven by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr., slipped through along the pylons in the final yards to nail the leading Image Of A Dream to take top honors in 1:53.4. Take A Bit Of Life (Tyler Smith) was third while Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor finished 4th and 5th, while Talk Show Chica picked up the minors in the field of 10. As the wings folded, there was heavy action as Casie’s Believer, Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor all left alertly with Image Of A Dream next but on the move shortly after the first eighth and on a mission for the lead. After an opener in a hot :27, Image Of A Dream was moving forward and secured the lead halfway through in :55.2. After reaching the third station in 1:24.3, Image Of A Dream continued to lead as Casie’s Believer, sitting fourth and chilly turning for home, found room on the inside to push her head in front right at the wire. This five-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar won for the fourth time in 22 starts this semester to improve her bounty to $26,779. As the third choice in the betting at 5 to 1, Casie’s Believer paid $12.60 to win. Once again, there were several handsome payouts on the Tuesday program with the highlights being a $4,273.15 for a 50 cent Pick-4 winning ducat and a $22,040.44 payday for the 20 cent winning ticket on the Super Hi-5. Driver Wally Hennessey had a consecutive trio of winners on Tuesday, winning the first three races with the aforementioned Prairie Westerngal, Cradiac Fashion ($7.20) and Chart Topper ($3.00) while Joe Chindano, Jr. had a consecutive driving double in races eight and nine with R E's Shabla ($9.00) following Casie's Believer to the winner's circle. Wednesday night’s action includes a Pick-6 carryover with the Thanksgiving Eve program beginning at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 16, 2020...Muscles For Life, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 16) stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, starting from post seven, took charge a few long strides after the wings opened and carded splits of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before an effortless :28.1 finale over a sloppy racing oval to report home 1 1/2 lengths clear of Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano), who raced a very credible mile after being bothered a bit around the first turn by a breaker. Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) rallied for show honors, also after avoiding that first turn incident. Celebrity Miracle and Beguin Dugoutier got the last two awards in the field of nine, both benefitting from the judges placings. Muscles For Life earned his 30th career win on this night, vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $332,700. He's trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks and returned $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. After the event, Hennessey lamented, "He really qualified handily last week getting ready after a little 'R and R' and he's such a handy horse that likes to join the action from the get-go. He was sharp and just went on under no strain whatsoever." Four non-wagering divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds were contested on Monday night with Hurrikanekingjames, Rhinestone Cowboy, Laurie Lee and Callin On Sunday reported to the winner's circle. Hurrikanekingjames took advantage of the misfortune of his competition in scoring a "Secretariat" like 48 ¾ length win in the pace for sophomore colts and gelding. The son of So Surreal led from gate-to-wire and posted fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 with a :28.3 finale stopping the timer in 1:56.1. Trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, the "King" earned his 11th lifetime score--fourth this year--to send his career bankroll to $128,065. Goldstar Bunniholly, bothered at the beginning of the mile, finished second for Corey Braden while Repeal Or Replace, handled by Rick Plano, was third after losing his composure around the first turn and again on turn three. Shuldahadahunemoon completed the order of finish. Rhinestone Cowboy took top honors in his event for the sophomore trotting geldings as this son of Proud Bushy was perfectly mannered through panels of ::30.2, 1:02 and 1:32.2 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal in a lifetime best 2:00.4 for Mike Micallef, who handled the lines for trainer and co-owner Kim Sears, in partnership with John Campagnuolo. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) was next after a mile in the garden spot, while Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) rallied for Show honors over YD Dream Machine. The win kept the "Cowboy's" record perfect for the year--two-for-two--and send his career scorecard to 4-3-2 in nine starts. In the filly pace, Laurie Lee, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, fought off a very courageous Gold Star Igotdis to prevail by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:56.4, just one tick off her mark. The daughter of Royel Millennium used the rail post to perfection in sprinting out alertly when the wings folded to secure the top spot as arch-rival Gold Star Igotdis made a miscue to drop some 10 lengths back. With Alil Touch of Pink now in the cozy two spot, Laurie Lee put up panels of :30.1 and :59.4, allowing Gold Star Igotdis to close the gap in third, less than four lengths away. On the backside, Gold Star Igotdis began a :27.4 blast and stuck her neck in front at the third station in 1:28.1. These two raced side-by-side through the lane with Laurie Lee finally prevailing at the wire. Trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee has wins in her only two starts of the year in seeking to defend her crown as a sophomore, as she did last season at age two. Finally, in the filly trot featuring only a duo, Callin On Sunday led every step of her mile in scoring handy 2:01 victory for Mike Simons over Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol). Callin On Sunday, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover owned and trained by George Coblentz, earned her second straight win and carded fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29.3 along the way. The lightly raced filly now has a scorecard of 2-2-1 in just six starts, good for $24,346. On the wagering side of the ledger, there were, again, some noteworthy payouts as the 20 cent fourth race pentafecta returned $7,995.46 and the 50 cent pick-5 paid a generous $2,062--even with the first three events won by horses sent off at 4 to 5, 2 to 5 and 8 to 5. It was Burn Notice, off at 39 to 1, that triggered the generous payoffs in those two wagering items on the menu. Burn Notice was also involved in the Pick-6 sequel with that 5-3-3-4-5-7 combo returning $3,490.00 for the 50 cent ticket. Tuesday's Pompano program is a true extravaganza--14 races--with first post of 7:20 p.m., capped by a Super Hi-5 carry-over of $5,062.26. by John Berry, for Pompano Park                  

POMPANO BEACH, FL...November 15, 2020...With Tropical Storm Eta all gone, Pompano Park finally opened their 2020-2021 season on Sunday night with a very competitive 13 race pari-mutuel program. The extravaganza featured a million dollar field in the Open Handicap Pace and went to Ideal Feeling, scoring a hard earned victory in 1:50.4 for Dave Ingraham, who was in the bike for trainer Peter Blood and owner Rick Berks. The late-charging Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Mike Simons) was a nose away in second with Mach West (Wally Hennessey) third, less than a length away. Ideal Feeling, a rugged five year-old son of American Ideal, began his one mile journey from the outside nine post and went grinding towards the front...but it took a very demanding :26.1 opener to get there. There was hardly a breather from there on as fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2 followed. Confronted by Mach West on the final bend, the pair raced as a team most of the way home with Maxdaddy Blue Chip surging in the final stages to miss by that nose in the photo.   For Ideal Feeling, it was his sixth win of the year in 20 starts, pushing his career bounty to $261,943--$64,938 this semester. The winner paid $5.00 to win. Also highlighting the opening night festivities were the two year-olds in the third leg Sunshine State Stakes, sponsored by the FSBOA. Two divisions were non-betting events with Theflyingrock putting on a sparkling performance for trainer Mike Simons in the colt/gelding pace, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 in just his second purse start. The gelded son of Rockingcam sped an opening panel in :28.1, repelling a bid by Mister David C (Wally Hennessey), and then went on to post fractions of :58.1 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :27.3 to seal the deal by 3 ½ lengths over that rival. Buddha Beach (Dave Ingraham) rallied late for third while Lucky Ramsey completed the quartet. The winner is owned by Marie Marsh, who also bred the youngster. Commenting on the splendid performance, a humble Mike Simons said, "This was teamworkat its finest. Rick Marsh trained him down and turned him over to me a few weeks ago, Herb Gorens, the caretaker, has done a wonderful job, so, to put it in perspective, I was just along for the ride." The second non-wagering event was featured trotting colts and geldings and was awarded to Ifnotnowwhen, driven by Wally Hennessey, placed first when Seeking Matthew, the photo finish winner by a scant nose, went inside the pylons on to the victory, only to be "DQ'd" after the judges review. It was a classic war as both hit the wire in 2:01.3 off of fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1. As the wings folded, Seeking Matthew, handled by Sergio Corona, darted out for the lead as Ifnotnowwhen secured the garden spot. These two remained one-two just prior to the final bend as Hennessey left the cozy pocket to engage the leader in war. At the top of the lane, the pair were joined by Shuda Hada Drink (Mike Simons) and they were three across the track until mid-stretch when the latter made a miscue to eventually finish third. Jo Jo Art was next in the field of four. Ifnotnowwhen, an altered son of Muscle Massive, is trained by Hennessey for Herman Brewer. On the betting care were the two year-old filly trot and the two year-old filly pace. The juvenile trot went to Ifnotmewho ($4.00), a daughter of Credit Winner, handled by Wally Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer. Ifnotmewho edged past a stubborn Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) in the final few yards to hit the wire in 1:58.4, a new lifetime best in this her ninth career start. Her previous best was 2:03.2 in a Vernon Downs qualifier. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was next followed by Prairie Trinket and West Haven in the field of six. The winner left alertly, yielded after the first eighth and let Prairie Virtue take the field through panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:30.1, at which time Prairie Virtue appeared to get away from Ifnotmewho. But, turning for home, the two engaged in war through that :28.3 finale. The win gave a "triple-double" of sorts to driver-trainer Hennessey and owner Herman Brewer, as they were awarded that earlier win with Ifnotnowwhen. The two year-old filly pace went, in an upset, to KK's Dream Girl ($11.00), driven by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley and the Gold Star Farm. The roan Mysticism filly edged by the 2 to 5 favorite, Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) near the wire to sore the photo finish win that measured a head. Prairie Sweetness (Kevin Wallis) finished in the same photo a head further back to just miss all the marbles and be third. Ms Rodeo Drive and Gator Babe picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. KK's Dream Girl, just a neck back in her first career start in these Sunshine State Stakes three weeks ago, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 after Sheza Terror, hard pressed to take command from Prairie Sweetness at the :28.1 opener, wrestled through subsequent panels of :59.2 and 1:28. In the lane, the three fanned across the track with the magnificent looking roan filly earning the win. On the wagering side of the ledger, despite no winner comprising the Pick-5 being no more than 9 to 2, the 50 cent ticket paid $1,732.75. The Pick-5 comprises the first five races on each racing program. Monday's 10 race program features a "million dollar field" in the Open Handicap Trot with Lightfooted Leegend, BJ Lorado, Beguin Dugoutier, Muscles For Life and Explosive Breakaway all seeking repeat wins. Explosivebreakaway is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite and will have Tom Jackson in the bike for trainer Fred Grant, who co-owns with Janice Rubin and Murray Brown. On the wagering menu, there Is a carryover in the fourth race pentafecta of $1,655 as Sunday night's "Big-P" went unsolved. There is also a carry-over in the track's Pick-6 for Monday night, as well as the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. NOTES AND QUOTES: Wally Hennessey got off to an excellent start in defending his dash winning crown by piloting four winners (one early non-betting) while John MacDonald had a triple on the card. Braxten Boyd, the 20 year-old new-comer to South Florida, earned his first win here by steering Stellar BB to a photo finish win. Skip To My Lou, a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, eclipsed the $100,000 milestone with a win for Joe Chindano, Jr. Big N Bad's 57th career win in the seventh race sent that 10 year-old warrior over the $750,000 mark in career bounty. Another 10 year-old, Cool Like Fire, is approaching a double milestone with his 48th career win, sending his bankroll to $398,860. Yet a third 10 year-old, Feelin Lika Winner, capped off the card with his win in the finale--his 37th lifetime win--vaulting his bankroll to $$533,426. Finally, trainer Maggie Audley, reflecting on the win by KK's Dream Girl, said, "We're just very thankful for the effort on behalf of our filly. She's still very green but Corey (Braden) has done outstanding work with her and she's starting to learn her trade...and enjoying it!" by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Red Shores Racetracks & Casinos of Prince Edward Island is partnering with Canada's harness racing publisher, Retromedia Publishing, to offer harness racing fans a special promotion. Race fans can now pre-order the book Wally Driven to Win, written by award-winning author Gary McDougall, by going to and purchasing the book. By adding the promo code redshores1 they will automatically be entered into a draw for a $1,000 Red Shores wagering voucher, to be held live on the Red Shores Race Day Broadcast December 19, 2020 (which can be seen at ) The book is about Wally Hennessey, who now has well over 10,000 driving wins to his credit. It will be released by the summer of 2021. Through the generosity of Wally Hennessey, a growing group of charities, chosen by the book development team, will benefit from this promotion by receiving a complimentary book and eligibility to the $1,000 draw. Lee Drake, manager of racing, brands and broadcast at Red Shores, came on board early for this joint venture. "We could see the benefits of drawing new harness racing fans to our live racing broadcasts, engaging regular fans to the excitement around this, the benefits to a local publisher who supports the harness racing industry, as well a host of charities. We're excited to be involved in this project." For more information, go to From Red Shores Racetracks & Casinos

Leading harness racing driver, Wally Hennessey drives the winners of both $6,000 co-features at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5). Tay Tay M ($3.20) takes the featured fillies & mares pace. Tay Tay M charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. She would slow things down with a :29.2 second quarter hitting the half in :56.4. Persistent Better (Bruce Aldrich) was the first to make a move going first-over from third getting to within a length as Tay Tay M took them to three-quarters in 1:24.4. As they made the turn for home Gigi From Figi (Mike Merton) made a three-wide bid but Tay Tay M found another gear down the stretch cruising to an easy win in 1:53.3. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished second with Grant Me This (Jim Meittinis) taking third.   Tay Tay M is a 6-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. She is owned by Richard Dunmire and trainer Kim Sears. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She now has 18 career victories. Prairie Fortune ($4.90) dominates the featured trot. Prairie Fortune forged to the front but Choochoocharlie (Phil Fluet) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Prairie Fortune would re-take the top spot with a circuit to go. He was first to the half in :57.4. Clarion Hall (Mike Merton) came first-up and challenged from second. Prairie Fortune led to three-quarters in 1:26.3. As they went around the final turn, Prairie Fortune started to skip away. As they reached the stretch it would be a battle for second. Prairie Fortune breezed to the win in 1:55.3. Clarion Hall held on for second. Uncle Hanover (Corey Braden) finished third.   Prairie Fortune is an 8-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He is owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 62 career victories. Mike Merton drove four winners on the card. He got his wins with Post Time Terror ($18.20), Queen Me Again ($16.00), Quick Deal ($3.20), and Runhappy Ten ($3.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (September 6) with a 10-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Harness racing drivers Wally Hennessey and Mike Merton continued their dominance at Tioga Downs with five driving wins a piece on Saturday (August 29). Among his five wins, Hennessy captured the $6,500 featured fillies & mares' pace with Tay Tay M ($5.00). In the feature, Tay Tay M charged right out to the front from her outside post and led to the first quarter in :27.2. She probably won the race by slowing things down using a :30.2 second quarter as she hit the half first in :57.4. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) came first-up to challenge as they reached the backstretch and harassed Tay Tay M all the way to three-quarters. Tay Tay M was the first to get there in 1:25.4. As they made the turn for home Tay Tay M was too strong down the stretch and she won it easily in 1:54.1. Gold Star Mysti had to settle for second with Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) coming up to finish third.   Tay Tay M is a 6-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. She is owned by Richard Dunmire and trainer Kim Sears. It was her fourth win this season. She now has 17 career victories, Hennessey got his other wins with Prairie Midnight ($16.20), Weekend Atnannies ($3.40), Odds On Cheddar ($2.10), and Verdi D Em ($4.30). Merton got his five wins with Redemptionbluechip ($3.80), Real Lucky N ($2.70), Quick Deal ($10.00), Clarion Hall ($3.40), and A wish For Wings ($13.80). Rob Harmon trained three winners on the day and leads all trainers with 38 wins. Gaston Lareau is second with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 27 tallies. Mike Deters (25) and Jim McDonald (24) round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 30). The 13-race card features the $104,400 New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Wally Hennessey drove five harness racing winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Fernado at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 15). In the feature, Catcha Lefty A (Mike Merton) jumped out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.3. He used a :30 second quarter to hit the half first in :57.3. As they headed for three-quarters Fernado ($7.40) popped out of the pocket and forced the hard charging How Are Yee John (Shawn Simons) to go three-wide as Catcha Lefty A still had a slight lead hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. They were three across the track as they made the turn for home. Second place finisher Catcha Lefty A dug in but could not hold off the late charge by Fernado, who won in 1:54.0. Mac Anover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) came flying late to finish third.   Fernado is a 6-year-old gelding by Delmarvalous. He is owned and trained by Jim McDonald. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 20 career victories. Hennessey got his other wins with Agedchedar Hanover ($5.80), Burn Notice ($7.30), Prairie Fortune ($5.60), and Standing Respect ($10.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 16). They welcome the Grand Circuit as the 13 race card features the $133,000 Joie D Vie, $129,000 Artiscape, $229,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot, and the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Wally Hennessey reached seventh heaven on the five-eighths mile oval at Nichols, NY called Tioga Downs. He romped with seven harness racing winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Fernado on Sunday (August 2). In the feature, Catcha Lefty A (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Fernado ($4.00) came first-over from fourth and scurried past Catcha Lefty A as they went by the stands for the first time. Fernado led to the half in :56.0. The first to make a move was Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) going down the backstretch. He sputtered first-over and forced a three-wide move by Red Dirt Rocknroll (Renaldo Morales) as Fernado led to three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made to the turn for home Red Dirt Rocknroll moved into second and came charging at Fernado. Fernado dug in and held on to win in 1:53.2. Red Dirt Rocknroll had to settle for second place money. Jet Blue Miracle finished third. Fernado is a 6-year-old gelding by Delmarvalous. He is owned and trained by Jim McDonald. It was win number six of 2020. He now owns 19 career victories. Hennessey other wins came with Jurgen Hanover ($4.20), Money Earned ($3.60), Rock Star Melinda ($3.60), Court's N Session ($6.00), Mach West ($5.80). It was fitting his seventh win came with Mister Marvalous ($8.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 8) starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Wally Hennessey drives five winners including Prairie Cougar in the featured $8,000 fillies & mares open handicap at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 24). Prairie Cougar ($5.30) battled Tay Tay M (Jim Taggart Jr.) out of the gate. Prairie Cougar went on by and led to the first quarter in :27.0. She would slow down the pace using a :30.1 second quarter as she hit the half first in :57.1. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) was the first to make a move going first-over. She stalled on the outside with The Charging Moa N (Mike Merton) caught behind second-over. Prairie Cougar led to three-quarters in1:24.1. As they made the turn for home Tay Tay M found room to pop out of the pocket with The Charging Moa forced to go three-wide to chase the top two. Prairie Cougar dug in and held on to win in 1:52.3. Tay Tay M settled for second. The Charging Moa N was third.   Prairie Cougar is a 4-year-old mare by Royel Millennium. She is owned by Laurie Poulin, Barbara Jenssen, and trainer Mike Deters. It was her fourth win in six starts this season. She now has 11 career wins. Hennessey's other wins came with Money Earned ($2.10), Princess Holly N ($14.80), Maddelle ($3.30), and Freak On A Leash ($7.00). Gaston Lareau trained four winners on the card and leads all trainers with 26 wins so far this season at Tioga. Rob Harmon trained two winners on the card and is second with 24 trips to the winner's circle. Joe Skowyra is third with 17 tallies. Jim McDonald (16) and Mike Deters (15) round out the top 5. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13-race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 4 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Defending harness racing driving dash champion Wally Hennessy, once again put on a show at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 10) with six wins including a victory with Prairie Cougar in the $8,000 fillies & mares open handicap. Persistant Bettor (Bruce Aldrich) was the first to lead in the feature. Prairie Cougar ($6.60) forged to the front before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. She would use us a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half first in :57.0. Charging Moa N (Mike Merton) came first-over down the back stretch and actually took a slight lead to three-quarters in 1:23.4. Prairie Cougar battled back and reclaimed the lead to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. Charging Moa N had to settle for second. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished third.   Prairie Cougar is a 4-year-old mare by Royal Millennium. Owned by Laurie Poulin, Barbara Jensen, and trainer Mike Deters, she won for the third time this season. She now has 10 career victories. Hennessey's other wins came with Odds On Cheddar ($3.60), Ey Cowboy ($21.80), Big Bill Breeze ($3.00), Money Earned ($4.70), and Mister Marvalous ($5.10). NYSS action on Sunday Tioga Down welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing fillies on Sunday (July 12). In the $59,000 first division Rapunzel Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett) looks to be the one to beat.  Trained by Tom Fanning, she is looking for her first win as a 3-year-old.  The filly by American Ideal has three career victories. Hen Party (Andrew McCarthy) and Alleyesonme As (Jim Morrill Jr.) should be the chief rivals.  Hen Party (Roll With Joe) is trained by Tony Alagna.  She has one win this season and four career wins with earnings of almost $200,000.  Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip) was second in a NYSS race at Yonkers in her only start this season.  Trained by Annette Lorentzon, she has six wins in eight career starts. So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) and Eye Popping (Marcus Miller) look to be the top contenders in the $59,000 second division.  Both are coming off NYSS wins at Yonkers.  Jennifer Bongiorno trains So Rude (So Surreal).  She has four career wins and has $135,000 in the bank.   Eye Popping (So Surreal) was winless as a freshman.  Trained by Scott DiDomenico she has won her last two races. The 11 race card starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs 

June 2, 2020 -- COSA TV returns to the Facebook Live platform again on Wednesday night with Hall of Fame harness racing driver Wally Hennessey and one of Canada's top trainers, Tony O'Sullivan, joining as special guests. Hennessey was to appear on an earlier broadcast from his home in South Florida but was a late scratch due to internet issues that hit his neighborhood that night. The Prince Edward Island native has since relocated to his summer base in Tioga, New York, and was in the midst of another incredible season before the onset of COVID-19. O'Sullivan is a New Zealand native who moved to the United States in the mid-90's before eventually finding his way to Canada and opening up his own public stable in 2004. Since then, he has consistently been one of the nation's leading conditioners and his been a fixture both locally and on the Grand Circuit. The pair will join host Greg Blanchard on the broadcast which starts at 7:30 p.m. The show can be seen on both the COSA Facebook channel and on the Standardbred Canada website.   Greg Blanchard

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2020...On a historical Sunday evening at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey captured the "Masters of the Mile" title by besting seven of the greatest drivers in harness racing history.   In the four race competition, with points structured similarly to purse structure payments, Hennessey scored 113 points to edge out Bruce Ranger (79), David Miller (68), Tony Morgan (60), Peter Wrenn (41), Tim Tetrick (26), Dave Palone (22) and Kevin Wallis (19).   Hennessey opened the competition by taking the first half of the early Daily Double, guiding the five year-old Pet Rock horse Oberlin to an 11 to 1 win in 1:54.1.   Starting from the outside eight post, Hennessey found little choice but to take back at the start and was 10 lengths back as Too Much Duncan (Wrenn) took the field to the opener in :27. Shortly thereafter, Dave Miller sent Danze to the top, tripping the timer at the half in :55.3.   On the backside, Dave Palone brushed Hugh Hefner to the front and that one took the field through the third station in 1:24.2 with Hennessey's charge now sixth, fourth lengths off the top. Once they straightened away, Oberlin got in high gear and rolled on by, holding off R Gauwitz Hanover (Tony Morgan) safe by a half length in 1:54.2.   Too Much Duncan was third over Danza and Hug Hefner.   Oberlin, trained by Gaston Lareau for owner Richard Lareau, paid $24.20.   In the second leg, Hennessey scored his second win, guiding Marianne Ayers-McNichol's Rockntouch to a gate-to-wire win breaking the beams in :27, :56 and 1:24.2 before touching the wire in 1:53.1.   This eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven repelled serious bids around the final bend and through the lane to score by a half length over Itsnoproblemman (Ranger) with Byby Landon (Tetrick) another neck back in third. Stick With Cramer and Harry Terror were next in the octet.   Off at even money on the tote-board, Rock N Touch paid $4.20 to win and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark with this win--his 38th career-wise.   In the third leg, Bruce Ranger had Always Glorious in high gear from the get-go, clocking sizzlers of :26.2, :53.2 and 1:21.3 while opening up a double-digit lead turning for home before coasting to a 1:52 win over the late charging Keystone Steam (Morgan) and V Power (Wallis) with Classic Gent and Fritzie Pic Up Man rounding out the top five.   Trained by Rick Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Ernest Durse, Always Glorious, a five year-old altered son of Always A Virgin, scored by 8 3/4 lengths and paid $7.20 to win.   Going in to the finale, the competition for the top prize was whittled down to three with only Hennessey, Ranger and Morgan in the hunt for the "Masters of the MIle" title.   In an event that saw several lead changes throughout the mile journey, it was the David Miller driven Outkast Blue Chip who rallied in deep stretch to score the 1 1/2 length win over Rocknbeach (Wrenn) with Hennessey next with Pointsman to seal the crown.   Brigadier Bronski was fourth while Gibbs was next in this classy octet.   Trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle Racing Stable, Outkast Blue Chip, paid $19.80 as fourth choice to vault over the $250,000 plateau in lifetime bounty.   Though the "Masters of the MIle" had completed, the action was far from over as Ranger hopped on the bike back of the track record holder Panocchio and put on an exceptionally game performance in squeaking by the favored American Hustle (Bruce Fenn) in 1:52.1.   Away third from the rail as American Hustle put up numbers of :27.1 and :56.1, Ranger sent the now 10 year-old Panocchio on a backstretch binge, severely denting an official :27.2 third panel to stick his head in front past that third station in 1:23.4.   It was war all the way home as these two traded punches right to the wire with Panocchio earning the nod by a neck. Caviart Reagan, closing fastest of all, finished third for Dave Ingraham, followed by Neptune and Windsun Gotham.   Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with his wife, Vicki, and Emile Johnson, Panocchio earned his 70th career win to send his lifetime earnings to $638,538. He paid $11.20 to win.   Hennessey then completed his epic night by winning both ends of the late Daily Double, scoring with Rub Of The Green in 1:51.4 and Bass Player in 1:52.3, completing his grand slam.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win, as well.   Oldford's Mego Moss took the opening leg of the competition, giving his 11 year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall a picture perfect drive, zipping his warrior out of the cozy pocket with 5/16s remaining and on to an insurmountable lead before coasting to the wire in 1:57, a seasonal best.   It was the 36th career win for Mego Moss, who has banked $409,482 during his career of 205 starts. UKnow What To Do, with Jmaes Dunn in his sulky, was next, followed by High Blue, driven by Captain David Miller.   Mego Moss paid $17.60 to his faithful.   About 22 minutes later, RonCusimano sent Everyone's Talkin off the wings in a hurry and scored a wire-to-wore win in 1:57.1, carving out panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.3 along the way.   Santini (Oldford) was next followed by the Jamie Marra driven Glide in The Wind.   Cusimano co-owns this Jake Huff trainee with the consortium of Angelillo, Tanzer and Sirianos.   The nine year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover won for the 28th time in his career, sending his bounty to $$285,918.   As the even-money chalk, Everyone's Talkin paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers.   With but one point separating the two teams going into the finale, Oldford took care of business, again driving one of his own, Smart Flight, on a wire-to-wire mission landing him a scant head up at the wire in 1:58.1.   War Cry Hall was second for Leon Cable while Skyway Jaguar, driven by Ron Cusimano, was a fasts closing third.   As second choice on the board, Smart Flight paid $8.20 to win.   After the "Official" sign was posted, the festivities continued in the winner's circle as Tetrick and Miller were in the winner's circle to present $4,000 checks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Said Oldford in the winner's circle, "David and Timmy have been so valuable in making his a yearly tradition and, in doing so, this shows what harness racing can do for the community and far beyond."   MIller explained that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very close to his heart and said, "it's really wonderful that this wonderful organization can fulfill the dreams of children in need. It's a wonderful feeling that our sport can have such a positive influence in our society today!"   Tetrick, similarly, sung the praises of New Vocations, which as helped thousands of horses find new homes after their racing careers are over. He lamented, "A good example of their wonderful work hits right here as Hurricane Howard and Just Like Lloyd, both that have raced here at Pompano Park, have found new homes after their career in racing."   The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated well over $200,000 to charitable causes since their inception--over $50,000 over the past five years alone.   As Spriggs said, "This is only possible due to the generosity of our members who donated all of their earnings from driving so we can have a positive impact in our society through our grand sport!"   Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $6,337.60, a Pick-6 carryover of $1,255.56 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to $44,948.86. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Charlottetown, P.E.I. -The 2019 harness racing season is coming to a close all across North America and the greatest driver to leave Charlottetown will lead the continent for driving percentage. Wally Hennessey, who grew up on Euston Street, has 420 wins from 1,307 starts in New York and Florida in 2019, giving him a remarkable .457 driving average. The 63-year-old has been a top name in the sport for decades and this year’s numbers put him tops in all of the U.S. and Canada for driving percentage for reinsman with more than 500 starts. That list for the continent also consists of a trio of regulars at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). Saint John, N.B., native Gilles Barrieau, who races on P.E.I., is sixth with a .401 Universal Driving Rating System (UDRS) mark, winning 151 races from 636 drives. Warren Grove resident David Dowling is in ninth place with 154 wins from 657 starts (.379 UDRS) while Winsloe’s Marc Campbell is 10th with 178 wins from 740 starts (.377 UDRS). Having four of the top 10 spots reserved for drivers with ties to Charlottetown harness racing is an incredible accomplishment for Island racing. On the horse side, So Much More is the winningest Island-bred horse with the Ontario-sired daughter of Big Jim in 18th place amongst all horses in North America for dash wins with 15 victories. Bred by Doug MacPhee of New Haven and campaigned on P.E.I. by Tom Weatherbie before being sold to Ontario interests at the start of the season, So Much More was a top contender in the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this year as a three-year-old. She added another feather to her cap recently by beating the $30,000 fillies and mares preferred class at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.3 with Kingston native James MacDonald in the bike. Also tied for 18th on the list of top dash-winning horses is a pair of horses from the Wood family’s Woodmere Farms in Marshfield. Woodmere Oleksiak could move up in the rankings tonight at The Meadowlands in New Jersey with her final start of the calendar year. A champion filly on the East Coast from the Earl Watts stable, Woodmere Oleksiak has won her last four starts in New Jersey, including wins in 1:53.3 and 1:54.4 at The Meadowlands. Woodmere Rondevous is in a similar spot with a start pending tonight as the son of Articulator will look to add to his 15 wins from 45 starts this season, all at Monticello Raceway in New York. Oceanview Magnum, from William Roloson’s standardbred nursery in Belfast, also has 15 wins this year with his latest in the $14,000 claiming ranks at Woodbine in 1:54.2. The top Island-bred trotter for wins is Gettin Messi, bred by William Andrew of Meridian Farms in Milton, then raced on the Island by Blayne White and Len (Barney) McGuigan. The 14-time winner this season set a Maritime record of 1:58.3 this summer at the CDP and was a recent winner at Yonkers Raceway in New York in a new lifetime best of 1:56.1. P.E.I. Scene Live racing continues Tuesday at the CDP with a special New Year’s Eve program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. By Nicholas Oakes  Reprinted with permission of

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