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Pompano Beach, FL...January 29, 2017...For the 10th time in 11 starts since returning to Pompano Park, Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, has taken top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's top pace--the $12,000 Open Handicap. With temperatures in the cool 50's and the track rated sloppy, the seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended scored a hard-earned half-length victory over Uncmprmising Z Tam, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. with Respectable Dream, with Rick Plano in the bike, third, a length away. Drachan Hanover finished fourth in the classy quartet after a backside binge from the back of the pack to push his nose in front past the third station. With the scratch of Bluehourpower, Panocchio was, as usual, sent winging when the gate sprang and took a clear lead around the opening turn, reaching the initial quarter in :27.2. After a second quarter breather that left Panocchio with a 1½ length advantage halfway through the mile in :56.3, the leader was forced to pick up the pace as Drachan Hanover brushed up strongly with a :27.1 panel of his own to poke a nostril in front at the third station in 1:24.3. In the lane, Panocchio responded and put Drachan Hanover away, only to have attacks develop from both sides as Uncmprmising Z Tam slipped through along the inside with Respectable Dream charging on the other side. But Panocchio, again, as usual, was up to the task on the strength of his :27.3 finale to score his fourth straight win. After the event, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "This horse always does his best---gives his best. The track was a couple of seconds off with all the rain today and this was no cakewalk and I think MacDonald's horse (Drachan Hanover) stuck his nose in front around the final bend. "The great thing about Panocchio is that you don't have to get after him as he knows what to do himself when a horse comes along side. He digs in himself. "It doesn't matter if he misses a week because Jimmy (trainer Mattison) doesn't train him hard--usually only around 2:30. But every time this horse steps on the track to go behind the gate, he's all business. Jim and (wife) Vicki are just great." Co-owned by Jim Mattison, along with Emile Johnson, Panocchio is now four-for-four this semester, good for $24,000 and, now with 52 lifetime wins (31 at Pompano Park), the grand gelding now has a career bankroll of $421,368 to go along with his track record performance at Pompano of 1:48.3. As the 1 to 10 favorite, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win. In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, First Of Itskind, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, scored in 1:52 for his first Pompano Park win in three tries. Heart Felt was second for Bryce Fenn, three parts-of-a-length away, while Rockntouch closed stoutly along the inside to finish third, just a nostril or two further back. Fritzie Pick Up Man finished fourth while Cadillac Phil, prominent all the way in the garden spot, picked up the nickel. First Of Itskind, a six year-old altered son of Western Terror, started from post eight and won an early war with Cadillac Phil and Heart Felt, taking command at the opening station in :27.1 and then wiring subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.2 before holding off his main two challengers with a :28.3 finale. Trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, First Of Itskind won for the 17th time in his career stretching 94 starts to send his lifetime earnings to $175,501. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, First Of Itskind returned $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot the feature. The classy sextet includes the 31 time winner My Revenuer, a winner of four of his last five starts in this class, She's All In, with 28 lifetime victories and Bad Angel, looking for a repeat win in this class, among others. Post time is set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 15, 2017...For the ninth time in 10 tries since his return to harness racing at Pompano Park, Panocchio won the top pace on Sunday night (January 15)--the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, handled again by Wally Hennessey and assigned the outside post in his quintet, zoomed out of the gate into the lead before yielding to Drachan Hanover (John MacDonald) at the opener in :26.3. A stride of two later, Panocchio brushed up to regain the top spot and carded subsequent panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1 before a :28 finale sealed the deal by 1 ¾ lengths over the late charging Bluehourpower (Corey Braden). Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) finished another neck back in third while Fritzie Pic Up Man garnered fourth money. Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. After the event, Hennessey, once again, had high praise for Panocchio saying, "Jim (trainer Mattison) and his wife, Vicki, keep this horse in such great condition week after week. It's just amazing that he can keep sharp for this extended period of time...just amazing. "He just does what he has to do to win. Being 'handicapped' with the outside post when it's the five post actually helps this horse as he is ready to go when the gate springs. "He got to the top easily enough and, when MacDonald came at me, I thought it best to let him go and retake, hoping that I wouldn't get in a war with him since his horse missed last week. "When we got to the half in a reasonable (:55.1), we didn't really have any threats on the backside, although I did give him one tap to keep him interested. When we hit the third quarter in 1:24.1, I was confident he could get home." In keeping his 2017 record unblemished--now 3-for-3--Panocchio sent his seasonal bounty to $18,000 and $415,368 career-wise with 51 wins, including the track record at Pompano in 1:48.3 for Emile Johnson, Jr., who co-owns with trainer Jim Mattison. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Mystic Desire, handled by Aaron Byron, stopped the clock in 1:50.4 to score his initial win of the year in just two starts. The classy nine year-old son of Real Desire used that coveted five post to push the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and scorched panels of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:22 before stepping home in :28.4 to seal the issue over the late charging Respectable Dream (Rick Plano) with First Of Itskind (Tom Jackson) a stout closing third after trailing throughout the first five-eighths of the journey. The Optimist finished fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. Trained by Don Campbell for owner Tony Maione, Mystic Desire won for the 39th time in his stories career with his earnings vaulting to $843,851. As the 6 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Mystic Desire paid $4.60 to win. Also, Wally Hennessey was honored as the leading driver during the 2015-2016 season. Hennessey claimed the title with 224 driving wins during the 126 night racing season. Hennessey also leads this year's driving colony at Pompano Park with 122 wins over the first 52 nights of the 2016-2017 season. Racing continues on Monday night with My Revenuer seeking his fourth straight win in the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot. The nine year-old gelded son of Revenue S will have Brad Kramer in the bike for owner-trainer Tom Petri. The million dollar quintet of eight year-olds and up are responsible 150 lifetime wins. The Monday card also features a Pick-6 carryover of $1,113 and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 Pool. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 8, 2017...The grand pacer Panocchio earned his 50th lifetime win on Sunday night (January 8) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace, conquering his five harness racing  rivals at in 1:52.1. Driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, the seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, beginning from the outside six post on a coolish night--61o--in South Florida, took command around the opening turn and went on to post fractions of :27; :56 and 1;23.4 before a :28.2 finale left Fritzie Pic Up Man, handled by Tom Jackson, three-parts-of-a-length back in second at the wire. Bluehourpower, teamed up with Ricky Macomber, Jr., finished third after a backside binge from fourth that put him a threatening second around the final turn before faltering a bit late. Whogoesfirst used a ground saving journey to finish fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. After the event, driver Hennessey related, "Well, it was kinda cool tonight--not as cool as Chicago or New York--but, cool, nonetheless for Florida. I wanted to get him to the top tonight to try and control the pace and we got a nice breather in that second quarter and that helped a lot. "On the backside, Ricky's horse (Bluehourpower) was pacing strong so Panocchio, on his own, picked up the pace and held him at bay and, in the lane, he was on his own all the way home. "Considering the cool temperature, he did just fine!" In garnering his 50th career victory in 110 lifetime starts, Panocchio sent his bankroll to $409,368--$12,000 of that in the first eight days of this new year. The brilliant pacer has won 28 of his 41 career starts at Pompano Park and currently holds the track record of 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio enriched his multitude of backers with a win mutual of $2.40. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Legal Spike, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner and driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The six year-old altered son of Third Straight, a $5,000 claim some three months ago, has steadily moved up the ladder since, and, on this night, used two moves to score in 1:52.2, his margin of victory 1½ lengths over the late charging Mystic Desire, driven by Aaron Byron. Abreathofreshart was third for Wally Hennessey while Rockntouch finished fourth. Secretsoftheknight, last half way through the mile, rallied to pick up the nickel in the field of nine. Legal Spike, leaving from post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to take command early with Pop Cop (post 7) and Ideal Fashion (post 8) both on the prowl with the latter taking the field to the opener in a hot :27 with Pop Cop next and Legal Spike third--but not for long. Three-eighths into the mile, Legal Spike was back on top, posting subsequent panels of :55 and 1:23.3 before his :28.4 sprint home sealed the deal. Legal Spike won for the 13th time career-wise to send his lifetime bankroll to $113,987--$25,200 of that since the Hoosier Park claim on October 13. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Legal Spike paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with the $12,000 Open Trot with Cashahallic installed as the 3 to 1 morning line choice in the field of nine. The nine year-old Richie Silverman trainee comes into the action looking to add to his lifetime bankroll of $336,765. Aaron Byron is expected in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 1, 2017...The grand harness racing gelding Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, celebrated his seventh birthday with his 49th lifetime win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio stopped the timer in 1:51.2 in defeating a against a stellar sextet with combined career earnings of more than $2.5 million. The son of No Pan Intended, off as the second choice at 4 to 5, pinned a 1¾ length defeat on the late charging 18 to 1 chance Bluehourpower, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. with Duc Dorleans, teamed up with Pompano newcomer Stephane Brosseau and off at 13 to 1, third, 2¼ lengths away. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Drachan Hanover, with John MacDonald handling the lines, finished fourth after cutting initial panels of :26.1, :55.2 and 1:23.1. Whogoesfirst (Kevin Wallis) used the rail for a ground saving mile to pick up the nickel while Abreathofreshart completed the rundown. At the outset, Panocchio, leaving from the coveted post five, pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way to assume the early lead while Drachan Hanover, leaving from post 6, began a grind forward that put him on top midway around the opening turn. Duc Dorleans, on the engine early as well, nestled into the third spot with Whogoesfirst, Abreathofreshart and Bluehourpower next. Giving plenty of respect to the leader, positions remained unchanged until mid-backstretch when Bluehourpower began his march forward from seven lengths away but gnawing away slowly. Meanwhile, just after Drachan Hanover reached that third station, Panocchio abruptly left his cozy garden spot and engaged the leader in war, taking command turning for home and then holding off Bluehourpower as Macomber's charge was pacing the fastest final panel of the group--:27.2--but still almost two lengths away at the finish. After the race, Hennessey related, "this horse does nothing but amaze me. He had a very tough trip in his last start and Jimmy (trainer Mattison) gave him a week off. "It seems, whenever he gets a week off, he comes back better than ever. He took a week off in early November and he came back and won. He had to take another week off in late November and he came back and won. "Then, after that tough trip last start, he took a week off and, tonight, he was as sharp as ever. "Jim and (wife) Vicki do a fantastic job with him and this horse pays them back with his great performances on the racetrack." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Mattison, Panocchio now sports a 49-20-9 scorecard in 109 starts and, with this win, vaults over the $400,000 in career bounty--$403,368 to be precise. Panocchio rewarded his many backers with a $3.80 win mutual. Racing continues on Monday night with Tater Twister looking to extend his winning streak to three in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The seven year-old gelded son of ABC Garland, trained by Mike Murphy for owners Imogene Rhule, Geneva Stewart and Barbara Murphy, comes off his best season as he won almost $60,000 in 2016. Mike Simons is expected back in the sulky back of Tater Twister, installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite against Railee Workable, Diamond Dagger, She's All In, Serendipitious and Gold Savage. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool awaiting covering races 6 through 9. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2016...Godiva Seelster, again superbly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a photo finish defeat on arch-rival Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.2. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was third, 2¼ lengths away while Arodasi finished fourth. All Charged Up picked up the nickel in the classy quintet. In an event where, once the early dust settled, positions remained unchanged for the final 7/8s of the mile, it was Godiva Seelster, leaving from post 4, and Safe From Terror, beginning from post 5, in a fierce war early on with Hennessey bursting off of the Hummer's wings and Safe From Terror matching her stride for stride. Realizing that Godiva Seelster was in an unrelenting mood, Safe From Terror backed off in the pocket with OK Heavenly, leaving from the rail, third, Arodasi next and All Charged Up serving as the caboose. With an opening panel of :27.2 and no imminent threat developing, Godiva Seelster lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.2 and then began picking up the pace midway on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:26.2 From there, the race was on! Godiva Seelster was on her way home in a splendid :27 and, while Safe From Terror was gnawing away at Godiva Seelster's, not even her :26.4 finale could push her nose in front. The final margin was a head on the wire as Godiva Seelster won for the 14th time this semester, equaling her total of last year. The grand soon-to-be seven year-old daughter of Camluck, traineed by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, now sports a scorecard of 39-30-18 in 111 career starts, good for $344,025--$124,308 as she wraps up her 2016 season. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "this has become quite a rivalry between two great mares. "Tonight, I drew one slot inside of her and that was the difference. Once we got going, I didn't think it would be prudent to yield because, if Bryce (driver Fenn) got the jump on me with his mare, then I would have had to go a tick faster in the lane and, since these two mares are so close in talent, I just wanted to try and control the situation. The middle half breather helped a lot and I thought we had a :27 closer in the bag--and we did!" With Godiva Seelster as the even money second choice--Safe From Terror was 3 to 5--the win mutual was $4.20. The Open 2 pace for the ladies went to Metro Glide, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, hitting the wire in 1:53.1. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan finished off her most successful season with her ninth win in 30 starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $45,130. The pacesetting Art Frenzy, driven by Wally Hennessey, was second, two lengths back, after posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3. Jets Are On (Kevin Wallis) was third while Memumsnotnice and Winbak Heavenly picked up minor awards in the field of nine. Metro Glide, trained by Richard Lareau for the J P Houle Stable, was the 3 to 1 second choice on the board and paid $8.80 to win. Finally, the Open 2 Trot worth $8,500, went to the Florida bred Railee Workable, handled by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.2, just a tick off his lifetime mark achieved just last month. The four year-old son of Basil, trained by Mark Friedman for Andre Bousquet and Equi Herbs, pulled half way through the mile and marched up first over, collaring the leader, Commentary (Aaron Byron), around the final bend and then went on to score a win measuring 3¾ lengths over Uriel (John Mac Donald) with Commentary holding on for third. Swan Handicap finished fourth while Without Me As picked up the final award. The win was the 10th lifetime for Railee Workable in only 31 career starts, pushing his bounty to $96,103. Off at 2 to 1, Railee Workable paid $6,00 to win and closed out the Pick-5 with a 50 cent winning ticket worth $3,596.70. Racing continues on New Year's Eve with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 26, 2016...Drachan Hanover, with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey aboard, captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Monday night, stopping the tele-timer in 1:50.3   The four year-old son of Jereme's Jet, trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, used Pompano Park's coveted five post to zip into an early lead before carding panels of :26.2 and :56 prior to wiring together subsequent quarters of :27.3 and :26.4 to score a one length decision over Legal Spike (Richard Macomber, Jr.) with Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) third, 4 1/2 lengths away.   Duc Dorleans finished fourth while Mystic Desire picked up the minor award in the field of seven after a ground saving journey.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "I thought he was well within himself last week in winning the open for three and four year-olds in 1:50.1.   "Tonight, I had to use him a bit leaving but when we got over to the half in :56, I was very confident that he could carry it all the way tonight.   "Again, he was well within himself tonight, as well, and his :26.4 final quarter was all on his own."   In garnering his fifth win of the year in 23 starts, Drachan Hanover pushed his seasonal earnings to $49,325. Lifetime, the soon-to-be five year-old has 12 wins in 51 starts with $343,977 in bounty to go along with his 1:50.1 mark taken in his Pompano Park debut last week.   Off as the 2 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.80 to his multitude of followers.   In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, handled by Wally Hennessey for the S & P Racing Stables and Luanne Case, took advantage of some hot early panels and rallied late to score in 1:52.3.   The eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, dropping down a notch from the top class to the same class he whipped three starts back, used a :28.3 finale to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Ideal Fashion (Dave Ingraham) with Respectable Dream (Aaron Byron) next. Heart Felt, prominent for the first half mile, finished fourth while the pacesetting Uncmprmising Z Tam held on for the nickel in the septet.   It was Heart Felt away with alacrity and taking the field around the opening turn before yielding to Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) at the opener in a hot :27.   Macomber kept his charge on top through a half in :55.1 before meeting up with Aloneinspades around the final turn and past the third station in 1:23.3.   Meanwhile, the field began ganging up on the leader as they straightened away and, fanning widest of all, Whogoesfirst began gnawing away, finally edging by inside the 16th pole.   The Luanna Case trainee won for the fourth time this year and 28th time career-wise, sending his lifetime bankroll to $451,478--$61,458 this semester.   As the 9 to 2 third choice in the tote-board, Whogoesfirst paid $11.20 to win.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with the headliner being the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. In that event, Tater Twister looks to repeat with Serendipitious, God Savage, Diamond Dagger, She's All In and Explosive Muscles all capable of pulling off an upset in a very well balanced field.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

The grand mare Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, led from first long stride to last in scoring a handy victory over a classy quartet of harness racing ladies in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night. The six year-old daughter of Camluck stopped the tele-timer in 1:50.4, equaling her lifetime best record, off of panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.1. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, gave futile chase in the lane to finish second, 1¼ lengths away while Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, finished third. OK Heavenly was fourth in a field shortened to a quartet with the scratch of invader Barynya A. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Godiva Seelster, leaving from post three, seemed to push the wings away with a front stepping blitz that put her in the lead, literally, in the first step with All Charged Up, beginning from the inside, settling in the garden spot with OK Heavenly next and arch-rival Safe From Terror away last and four lengths away from Godiva. With positions unchanged half way through the mile, Godiva Seelster thwarted an thoughts of a potential challenge by brushing a backside quarter in :27.2 while stretching her lead to two lengths over All Charged Up with Safe From Terror trying to mount a challenge but still three lengths away as they turned for home. From there, it was a :27.3 sprint home that sealed the deal-the grand mare's 13th win of the season. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "There's really not too much to be said that hasn't been said already. She's just a remarkable mare, just as nice as she can be in the stable and as professional as she can be on the track. "I took a chance leaving out of there tonight because that's what Godiva wanted to do. "You know, these are top mares here and to get the jump on them was important. That All Charged Up is really sharp now and I was a bit concerned about her. And Bryce's mare (Safe From Terror), who pinned us a couple of times, when she didn't leave with me, I got a nice jump on her. "These mares are all within a second or two of each other and I know how tough it is to close a four or five length gap when were all about the same in talent." Trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster has missed but one single check in her last 100 starts dating back four seasons and now shows lifetime bounty of $335,775 on the strength of a lifetime scorecard of 109-38-29-18. She's banked $116,058 this semester-her most successful thus far in her career. As the slight 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.80 to win. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey, pulled off a minor upset in Pompano Park's $8,500 trotting feature for harness racing mares on Monday night (December 12), covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:54.2. A recent purchase by Paul and Patricia O'Neil and now in the Hennessey Stable, Serendipitious, a five year-old daughter of Majestic Son, won a fierce early battle with the 1 to 2 favorite, She's All In (Rick Plano) and proceeded on through panels of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before her :29.1 sprint home left her untouched throughout the lane. Her margin of victory was 1¾ lengths over She's All In with Pinky The Intern (John Mac Donald) third, four lengths away. Bad Angel finished fourth while Oceana finished fifth in this quintet--her journey marred by a break before the start. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "we found out that this mare was for sale and we liked her at lot. After this mile we really like her a lot. "She went the best trip of her life tonight. I drove her the last couple of times and she was handy and professional. "I really was intent on taking the lead here to try and control the pace and I was hoping that the quick opening quarter didn't take too much out of her. She never let go of the bit at any time and I am very well please with her tonight." Serendipitious won for the seventh time this year in 32 starts pushing her 2016 bounty to $47,582. Lifetime, she banked $123,704. Her 1:54.2 clocking easily eclipsed her former best of 1:57.1 over Batavia's half-miler last August. Although Serendipitious was the morning line favorite at 6 to 5, she went off as the second choice at 2 to 1 when the bell rang and returned $6.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Prairie Fortune the early favorite to repeat in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Explosive Muscles, Tater Twister, Commentary and Sooo Handsome complete the classy field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

The "unbelievable" Panocchio stretched his harness racing winning streak to six at Pompano Park on Sunday night after being forced to change his usual front stepping tactics in a come from behind win for Wally Hennessey in 1:50.2.   The six year-old son of No Pan Intended, starting from the outside eight post, had to come from near the back of the pack as more than half of the field went in search of the top spot early, resulting in an opening quarter of :25.1, tied for the fastest opening panel in Pompano park history.   It was the New Zealand bred invader Alta Jerome N, driven by John Mac Donald, that eventually made the top spot from post six with Sing For Me George, post five, (Kevin Wallis) settling in the pocket right behind the blazing leader.   Meanwhile, Panocchio was seventh and close to 10 lengths back early and remained in that spot while the half was sizzled in :53.2. On the backside, Panocchio was out and following live cover third over as the field began to tighten up. At the third station, timed in 1;21.1, Alta Jerome was still in front Duc Dorleans (Rick Plano) right along-side, Sing For Me George bottled up in third Blue Hour Power next and Panocchio widest of all.   In the lane, Duc Dorleans took command but was no match for the late charging Panocchio, who mowed by in mid-stretch and drew clear late.   In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Well, this was something! This was something! This horse just does unbelievable things. Of course, we couldn't use our usual tactics because they threw the (kitchen) sink as us early with all the leavers. I had no choice but to take back and, when you spot a field as great as this 10 lengths, it is very tough to overcome. Of course, the speed out of the gate helped up and you know that was unsustainable but, still, to do what he did tonight was 'unbelievable.'   "Again, kudos to Jim (trainer Mattison) and Vicki (his wife) because they keep this horse so sharp. I really don't get how they do it!"   For Panocchio, owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., it was his 12th win of the year in 25 starts, matching his win total of last season. He now has 48 lifetime wins in 107 starts and $395,928 in career bounty--$105,161 this year.   As second choice at 8 to 5, Panocchio paid $5.40 to win, his highest win payoff during this six race winning streak.   In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, No Bad Dreams, driven by Dave Ingraham, lowered his mark to 1:50 with a gritty win over pacesetting Pop Cop (John Mac Donald). Cadillac Phil (Wally Hennessey) finished third while Winyard Hanover, going an "even-steven" mile, finished fourth. Grande Seelster picked up the minor award in the field of nine.   It was Pop Cop who pushed the starting gate wings out of the way and that one blazed an opening quarter in :26.1. followed by a half in :54.2.   Meanwhile, No Bad Dreams, sixth and unhurried early on, was out and grinding under the line the first time reaching fourth at the midway point. On the backside, No Bad Dreams kept gnawing away and was just a tad more than a length away at the third station timed in 1:22.   In the lane, No Bad Dreams and Pop Cop got in a slugfest with to the wire with No Bad Dreams edging to the fore in the final stages.   After the race, Ingraham said, "he's just one of those horses that keeps grinding away and grinding away. Tonight, he was very sharp and very determined. He must have paced his last three-quarters in 1:22 or so to get it done tonight. Kinda shows you how great a job Marc (trainer Aubin) still does.   Owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams, a five year-old son of Dream Away, won for the fourth time this year with his seasonal earnings now at $36,885. He's banked just short of $100,000 lifetime--$99,697 to be precise.   Off as the 2 to 1 second choice, No Bad Dreams paid $6.80 to win.   In the Open Pace for three and four year-olds, Rockntouch, handled by Mickey McNichol, put his main rival, Alone In Spades, in the pocket and then went on to score a gate-to-wire win in 1:51.4.   The four year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, trained by McNichol for Salvatore Promuto and the Fred Monteleone Stable, carded fractions of :27.4, :55.1 and 1;23.3 before a :28.1 sprint home held Alone in Spades (Kevin Wallis) safe by three-parts-of-a-length.   Conman's Dream (Corey Braden) finished third while Musashi finished fourth. Owosso Flash picked up the nickel in the field shortened to six with a pair of scratches.   For Rockntouch, it was his 10th win of the year in 35 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $60,534 and $106,420 lifetime.   As the 1 to 2 favorite, Rockntouch paid $3.00 to his multitude of followers.   In an $8,500 conditioned event for pacers, the Northfield Park invader, Mystic Desire, driven by Aaron Byron, scored in 1:50.1. This eight year-old son of Real Desire was unhurried early as Respectable Dream (John Mac Donald) and Steelhead Hanover (Mike Simons) played "musical chairs" early through hot fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:21.1 before going on a stretch binge that left him 3½ lengths to the good of Respectable Dream with Team Captain (Kevin Wallis) next. Steelhead Hanover finished fourth while Cartoonist picked up the minors.   Trained by Mark Winacott for owner Tony Malone, the classy Mystic Desire won for the 10th time this year to send his lifetime bankroll to $835,151--$49,242 this semester.   Off at 6 to 1 as fourth choice, Mystic Desire paid $14.00 to win.   In yet another noteworthy performance, Dynamite Dude, a relatively recent arrival in North America from "down under," got his first pari-mutuel win in the U.S.A. by scoring a 1:51 win for Mike Simons.   The eight year-old altered son of The Wrath of Pan, owned by Albert Abdala III along with trainer-driver Simons, smartly stayed off the sizzling early pace of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.1 before wending his way widest of all in the lane to get by the two dueling favorites--pacesetting Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) and pocket-sitting Del Rio Seelster (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-quarters of a length.   Coming into the event with a U.S. mark of 1:57.4 in a Pocono Downs qualifier back in late June, Dynamite Dude came into this $10,000 claiming event with a 16-0-0-4 scorecard since his arrival and posted his 22nd lifetime win--21 of those, of course, Down Under. He's banked $169,141 lifetime--only $8,065 so far in North America.   Dismissed at 10 to 1 in the betting, Dynamite Dude returned $22.40 to win.   Racing continues on Monday night with the Open Trot for mares the headliner.   Post time is 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Duc Dorleans, smartly handled by Wally Hennessey, won Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (December 4), stopping the timer in a season's best 1:50.1. (He also had a 1:50.1 win over the larger Mohawk seven-eighths oval.) The six year-old son of Shanghai Phil scored by 1 1/4 lengths over the late charging Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) third, 2 1/4 lengths away. Abreathofreshart was fourth while Pop Cop, prominent much of the way, earned the minor award in the septet. At the outset, Pop Cop, leaving from the rail, and Here Come William, post five, got into a very heated war ear;y with Pop Cop refusing to yield through an opener in :25.4. At this stage, Duc Dorleans (post six) was also on the prowl as the Hummer Starting Gate sped away but smartly took a seat in third, three lengths off the sizzling pace. With a half in :53.4, positions remained unchanged but, on the backside, Hennessey sent Duc Dorleans sprinting forward and to a short lead around the final turn and past the third station in 1:21.3. In the lane, Duc Dorleans edged past the stubborn Pop Cop, drew clear at mid-stretch and then held off the five wide surge of Sing For Me George, who was dead last turning for home. In the winner's circle, Hennessey said, "being outside of those two that were in a dig-fight early was a blessing because they opened up some daylight, allowing me to tuck in third. "Yes, he does like the front end, but I wasn't about to get into a war that I wasn't going to be able to win. When I asked him on the backstretch, he responded like the good horse he is. It was a good team effort this time around." Trained by Jacques Dupont for Gestion Levesque 2005, Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans, Duc Dorleans now boasts $616,270 in career earnings--$66,168 this year. As the even money proposition on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans returned a mutuel of $4.00. In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, survived some early sizzling fraction on the front end--:26.1, :54.2 and 1:23--to take top honors in 1:51.2, holding off the late surge along the pylons by Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) to hit the line a half-length to the good. No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) used a menacing brush on the backside during the third quarter--moving from seventh to second--to finish third, a length away. Major Deagan, far back early, paced the fastest final panel of all--:27.2--to finish a fast closing fourth while Winyard Hanover, prominent most of the way, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "I really didn't want to go :54 and a piece to the half...but the horse sure did. Then I thought that he might not have that much left in the tank late, so this was a surprisingly good mile." Whogoesfirst, an eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, won for the third time this year and 27th time career-wise to send his lifetime bounty to $446,478--$56,458 this year. The winner, owned by the S&P Racing Stable along with trainer Luanne Case, was second choice on the tote-board and returned $9.20 to win. In the $8,500 Condition/Claiming ($20,000) pace, Blue Hour Power, driven by Ricky Macomber, survived a rugged beginning before taking command after a :27.2 opener, and posted subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before sealing the issue with a :27.2 sprint home to score in 1:51.1. Trained by Jamie Macomber for Wilber Eash, Blue Hour Power, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter, pinned a 3½ length defeat on Respectable Dream (John Mac Donald) with The Best of Joel (Kevin Wallis) a ground saving third, 5¼ lengths away. Grande Seelster, prominent early while looping the field for the early lead form post nine, was fourth while Owosso Flash finished fifth in the field of nine. Blue Hour Power won for the 10th time this semester, pushing his seasonal bounty to $94,980 and $606,111 lifetime. Off as the 2 to 5 favorite on a drop down in class, Blue Hour Power paid $2.80 to win. In the better for the bettor department, one fortunate player cashed in on a 20 cent Pentafecta ticket worth $6,303.92 when amateur driver Billy Muggleston steered B Cor Thomas ($18.80) to upset victory in the second of two events for the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The nine year-old altered son of Mutineer scored in a lifetime best 1:56.2 for his fourth win of the year. Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker), off at 5 to 1, finished second, favored Czech It Out (Fred Cohen) 3 to 2 on the tote-board, was third and JLs Too Hot Taj, 64 to 1, was fourth and Holiday Spirit, 19 to 1, completed the Pentafecta bonanza order of finish. The winner is owned and trained by Fannie Saul-Beaulieu and the win pushed his seasonal bounty to $23,219, his best season ever. The other amateur event went to Total Freedom with Dein Spriggs in the bike. This six year-old daughter of Crazed, owned and trained by Leopold Sawyers, used a :28.2 kick home to get by a stubborn Global Power (Mitchell Walker) by three-parts-of-a-length in 2:00 for her fourth win of the year. New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) overcame the outside nine post to finish third while Blueridge Empire and Act Of Valor picked up the final two awards. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, had another huge night, scoring five wins on the 10 race program. Racing continues of Monday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2016...Bad Angel got picture perfect handling from Hall of Fame haqrness racing driver Wally Hennessey to capture the first open trot strictly mares on Tuesday night (November 22) at Pompano Park. The seven year-old daughter of Valley Victor enjoyed a cozy garden journey, tilting out once they straightened away in the lane, and collared the leading Driving Miss Crazy (John Mac Donald) in the final 16th to win by a length in a lifetime best 1:54.4. Driving Miss Crazy was second followed by McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.), she 3½ lengths away. Social Delight was fourth while Jailhouse Jessica picked up the nickel in the field of nine. The even money favorite, She's All In, made a miscue prior to the start to lose all chance. At the outset, Hennessey sent Bad Angel, leaving from post six, blasting off the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate, assuming control around the first turn with Driving Miss Crazy, starting from post eight, on the prowl early and taking command just short of the :28.1 opener. Once on top, Driving Miss Crazy posted subsequent panels of :57 and 1:25.3 with Bad Angel's nose breathing down Mac Donald's helmet. Hennessey continued to sit chilly with Bad Angel throughout the final bend and only left the cozy pocket once they straightened away completely, wearing down the leader late. In a post-race interview, Hennessey remarked, "well, being in with the mares and no boys helped and, when Rick's trotter (She's All In) made a break early, well, that changed the complexion of the race right there. "I really wasn't planning on leaving with her but, like I said, Rick's mare made that break so I thought I'd take a chance. "Once we got cover, I was pretty confident that we'd be, at least, close at the end but she really felt like she wanted to go tonight as her nose was right on the helmet around the final turn. "I didn't have to ask her for much in the lane. She did it all on her own." Owned and trained by George Coblentz, Bad Angel won for the eighth time this semester, sending her seasonal bounty to $47,615, clearly her best season on the racetrack. Prior to 2016, Bad Angel's best season earnings-wise was in 2013, when she won $12,740, establishing a "Q" mark of 1:59. Off of a very fast closing third place finish in a conditioned event last week, Bad Angel was sent off as the 7 to 1 fourth choice in the betting, returning $17.80 to win. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park's Thanksgiving eve racing program features a carryover in the Pentaafecta fourth $4,666 going in. There is also a $564 carryover in the Pick-6, as well. Post time for the Wednesday program--the first mid-week program of the season--is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Despite having been "saddled" with the outside post, Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors for the second consecutive week in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 7). The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, grinded his way to the front right at the opening station in :29 and continued on un-threatened through subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1 before completing his mile as he pleased in :30.1 to hit the wire in 1:57.2. Seeking Steven, also trained by Dan Hennessey, in the garden spot the entire route, finished second 1½ lengths away for John Mac Donald while D C Flashback, teamed up with Aaron Byron was third after trotting the fastest final panel in the race. The late charging She's All In was fourth while Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in a field shortened to eight with a scratch. After the event, Hennessey related, "Boli has done some amazing things here at Pompano, so nothing really surprises me about his performances. Tonight, with the outside post, I wasn't about to take back and spot the field seven or eight lengths because these are all worthy opponents and you just can't do that when we're all matched up like this. So, I sent him on the prowl early either looking for the lead or a close up spot if anything opened up. "Once he made the front, he kind of put a damper on the others with a quicker second quarter and he really was never threatened after that. He did it all on his own tonight." The win was number 10 of the year for Boli sending his 2016 bounty to $73,842 and $133,494 lifetime in only 46 starts--15 of which are wins. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with two outstanding distaff pacers seeking to extend their respective winning streaks. In the $29,825 Stallion Stake for Florida bred three year-old pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, undefeated in her career measuring 12 starts, seeks her sixth straight win of this semester by taking on a talented field including Gold Star Mysti, who is four-for-five this season. A recent purchase of the Let It Ride Stables, Prairie Sweetheart has returned to trainer Mike Deters for this engagement and will have the driving services of Matt Kakaley. Prairie Sweetheart has been installed as the 1 to 2 morning line favorite. In Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, Godiva Seelster, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, looks to extend her winning skein to five and has been assigned the outside post six. This daughter of Camluck has a career scorecard of 35-27-18 in 104 starts and has missed but one check in her last four seasons on the racetrack. Wally Hennessey will be back in the bike back of Godiva Seelster, who has been made the 7 to 5 morning line favorite. Tuesday's program features a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover--the latter ballooning to over $8,000. Post time is set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 2, 2016...Rick Plano won half of the races on Pompano Park's 12 race harness racing program and Wally Hennessey hit yet another "grand slam" with four wins, including both feature events on Tuesday night (November 1), That left only the "scraps" left on the table for drivers Brad Kramer and Sean McAleese with the win by the latter responsible for a rare superfecta carryover and a slew of other carryovers for the upcoming Sunday night program. Plano's "touchdown" also included a "grand slam" of his own on the training side as trainers Dan Hennessey and Dale Gilmour also had multiples. Plano's first win was with the Maryann Plano and Michael Guest owned Stache ($2.60), that four year-old son of Andover Hall stopping the timer in 1:56.2 in a condition trot. His second win came in the pentafecta fourth when Dale Gilmour's Sweet Bet ($4.20) scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3--her 36th lifetime victory. Win number three was with Karma Racing's Metro Glide ($5.00), trained by Gilmour. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan used a backside blitz from fourth to sweep into the lead and on to victory in 1:54.2. Plano then earned his fourth win of the night with his own Sooo Handsome ($3.80), sooo very game in scoring his win from the nine post in 1:58.3. His fifth win came in the first half of the late daily double when Colene Lameyer's Ex King ($10.60), trained by Plano, came from far back to score in a condition trotting event in 1:58.1. Plano completed his "touchdown" run by sweeping the late double with Lookharryimwinning ($4.80), owned by Ms. Plano and Ethan Schlau, in 1:56. Hennessey, meanwhile, got his initial win of the night with Arthur Mergenhagen's Seeking Steven ($4.60), that four year-old son of Muscle Mass stepping up to Open 2 class and winning his second straight in 1:56.1. The first of Pompano Park's dual features was next on the Hennessey agenda and, despite having the outside post, it was the grand mare Godiva Seelster ($2.80) that led at every pole through panels of :27.1,:56.4 and 1:24 to score an undisturbed win in 1:52.2 for her fourth straight fall win in Pompano Park's top pace for mares. Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) leaving from post six and in the garden spot all the way after an early yield, finished second while Safe From Terror (Bryce Fenn) was next. Southwind Trini and Memumsnotnice were four-five, respectively, in the octet. In a post race interview, Hennessey had high praise for the six year-old daughter of Camluck saying, "Nothing bothers this mare. She takes care of herself, she trains the way she wants to train and, when she goes behind the gate, she's all business. She's a rare commodity. You hardly know she's in the barn!" Owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil and trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva earned her 10th win of the year and 35th lifetime in 104 starts. She has banked $95,058 this year and $315,775 career-wise. One race later, Boli ($8.60), also owned by the O'Neil's and trained by Dan Hennessey, overcame the second tier 10 post to score a narrow victory in the Open trot over She's All In (Plano) with Prairie Fortune (John Mac Donald) third. McKenzie's Star and Sailer Eddie earned the minors in that one. Boli followed Sailer Eddie (post one) and wound up fifth early on as Swishnflick blasted off the wings to take on She's All In (post five) early and taake the field through lively early panels of :27.1 and :55.3 with Sailer Eddie third and Prairie Fortune (post nine) wending his way into fourth. Just short of the second station, Prairie Fortune was out and rolling, surging to the front past the next marker in 1:24.4 with Boli now on the attack and She's All In also on the prowl after a brief shuffle. In the lane, Boli wore down Prairie Fortune and appeared to think his work was done at the sixteenth pole as She's All In cam surging late. "With Plano screaming, "I think I gotcha" and Hennessey retorting "I don't think so," the two hit the wire together as both broke out in laughter at the wire, a scenario captured to perfection by track photographer Skip Smith. After the judges looked at the photo, it was found that, indeed, Boli had his neck up at the wire. Afterwards, Hennessey said, "Boli can get a little lazy once he gets the lead. He thinks his work is done. He'll keep digging and digging until he gets to the lead but, once he's there, he thinks he's done. Rick (Plano) thought he had me and we laughed about it at the wire." Boli, a four year-old son of Kadabra, sent his 2016 scorecard to 9-6-2 in 22 starts, good for $68,842 this semester and $128,494 lifetime. Hennessey completed his "grand slam" a race later by guiding Byron Pineda's Ontheclock Hanover ($10.20) to a win in 1:54.1--the Rita Polese trained seven year-old son of American Ideal sending his career bankroll close to $250,000. A rare superfecta carryover occurred in the third race as Yagot Class, superbly handled by Sean McAleese, overcame the nine post with a wire-to-wire win in a condition trot--lighting up the tote-board with a $71.60 mutuel. That win was the first of the year in 10 starts for Yagot Class and provided bettors with a number of carryovers leading to next Sunday's program. The Sunday night card has a scheduled post time of 7:20 p.m. and features carryovers in the Pentafecta 4th, the Pick-5 (covering races one through five) and the Pick-6 (encompassing races three through eight). The program concludes with the Super Hi-5 finale with a carryover of $5,090.49. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2016...Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, repelled the onslaught of No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) and Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) to score a repeat win in Pompano Park's top harness racing pace on Sunday night (October 30), stopping the tele-timer in 1:51.3.   The splendid six year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, won by a neck with a repelling :27.3 finale for his eighth win of the year and 44th lifetime in 103 career starts.   Though Panocchio holds the track record here at Pompano--1:48.3--and this win was no where near that clocking, this win--his 23rd at the South Florida oval--was not an easy one.   At the outset, Panocchio, assigned the outside post in his sextet, was in a war with both Sing For Me George (post five) and Winyard Hanover (post one) for early supremacy with Panocchio only able to achieve the top spot from Sing For Me George after a rugged opener of :26.2 with Winyard Hanover next.   At this point, Here Comes William, Secretsoftheknight and No Bad Dreams were next early on with positions remaining that way through a half in :54.4.   Once they straightened away for their journey up the backside, No Bad Dreams began a serious sprint from the back of the pack about six lengths away and charged up along side Panocchio around the final bend with that third station timed in 1:24.   With Sing For Me George locked and loaded turning for home, Wallis had to make a decision of whether to be patient and hope for a seam or swing widest of all and he chose the latter and this trio of pacers fanned across the track and began their sprint to the wire.   With an official final panel in :27.3, the photo finish camera had Pinocchio's nose on the line first prompting Hennessey to say, in a post race interview, "this was no cakewalk. I had no choice but to leave and get into the fray early. You just can't spot horses like this six lengths at the start because then your horse has to be six lengths and a nose better the rest of the mile.   "He's (Panocchio) just a gallant pacer that gives his all every start and, even though we were roughed up a bit during the opening quarter, this horse just digs in when he's asked.   "He beat some very good horses tonight. Sing For Me George is top flight here and No Bad Dreams went a huge trip and stayed straight right to the wire.   "I've said this before, Jimmy (trainer Mattison) and his wife (Vicki) do just an outstanding job with their horses and their performance on the racetrack speaks volumes for their hard work."   For Panocchio, the win pushed his 2016 scorecard to 8--7-2 in 21 starts, good for $83,161 and $373,928 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $3.20 to win.   Also starring on the Sunday night card was John Mac Donald, who hit a grand slam while scoring with Beach Blast ($2.80), Layer Cake ($4.00), Shootin Time ($3.00) and Hurricane Howard ($3.00).   Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover ballooning to $3,201 awaiting.   Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, Florida, October 26, 2016...The first game of baseball's World Series was held on Tuesday night (October 25) but it was Hall of Fame harness racing driver Wally Hennessey who hit the "grand slam" at Pompano Park with four winners.   One of the wins was with the grand mare Godiva Seelster as this now six year-old daughter of Camluck recorded her third straight win in Open competition for mares since arriving at South Florida's Winter Capital of Harness Racing.   Godiva Seelster led for every long stride of her mile and scored a handy win measuring 3 1/4 lengths over South Wind Trini (Brad Kramer) in 1:52.3, sealing the issue with a :27.2 finale off of panels of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.1. De Valeria (Aaron Byron), recovering from a brief miscue at the start, was third while Safe From Terror and Asset Management completed the quintet.   The win was the ninth this semester for Godiva Seelster in 22 starts--34th lifetime--and sent her seasonal bounty to $90,558 and $310,275 career-wise.   Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster now has missed only one check in her last 94 starts over the past four seasons, prompting Hennessey to say after the the event, "Ya know, she may have been 1 to 5 on the tote-board but you cannot take anything for granted in this game.   "She's just a great mare that knows how to take care of herself--both in the barn and on the racetrack. She was very sharp again and you just cherish the moment as they can become very sparse on occasion."   Godiva Seelster paid $2.60 to win.   In the Open Trot, the Florida bred Prairie Fortune, owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, second in his previous two outings since his South Florida arrival, got the job done on Tuesday night, grinding out a brave 1:55.1 win for John Mac Donald.   The four year-old altered son of Arapa Victory, came from 10 lengths out of it early on, trotted his final three-quarters in 1:24.4 to roll on by his foes in the lane to score by 1 3/4 lengths over She's All In (Rick Plano) with Boli (Wally Hennessey) third after cutting the mustard from the outside post and clocking panels of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.1. McKenzie's Star and Sailer Eddie picked up the minors in the octet.   After the event, driver John Mac Donald related, "all this horse seems to do is draw outside but he can grind a long way and that's what he did tonight--grind forward. I was lucky enough to follow some live cover the last lap and, when I tilted him three wide, he responded. He was very sharp here.   Prairie Fortune now has two dozen win in 44 lifetime starts and sports a 22-9-7-2 scorecard this year, good for earnings of $69,965. He's banked $183,245 during his career.   Prairie Fortune returned $3.60 to his faithful as the 4 to 5 favorite.   Four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Sunshine State Stakes events,. each worth $12,000 were held on Tuesday night, as well, and Gold Star Aurora, Prairie Panther and Diamond Lily won their non-wagering events and Conman's Dream took top honors in the second half of the early daily double.   Gold Star Aurora, driven by red-hot Walter Ross, Jr., sporting a UDRS close to .500 this early fall season, guided the two year-old daughter of Rock On to a hard earned 1:58.1 win in the Sunshine State Stake for juvenile pacing fillies. Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) with Prairie Cowgirl (John Mac Donald) were next with the latter cutting through panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:29.1.   PF Silver Classic was fourth while Golden Diamond earned the minor award in the quintet.   For Gold Star Aurora, it was her fourth win in five lifetime starts and she left the winner's circle with a new lifetime mark for owner Marianne Audley and trainer Maggie Audley.   Prairie Panther, a gelded two year-old son of Royal Millennium driven by co-owner trainer Mike Deters, took his Sunshine State Stake final in 1:57, using an explosive :28.2 finale to pin a 4 1/4 length defeat on Gold Star Bugsy (Wally Hennessey) with Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) next after leading through fractional times of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.   Gold Star Spider and Kingwiththeaxe were four-five in the sextet.   Prairie Panther is co-owned by Laurie Poulin, prompting her to say, in a post race interview, "Since Mike was in the bike back of the Panther, now you know that I own the half that hits the wire first!   "Seriously, since he came to Pompano, he hasn't been beaten and we are all hopeful that things stay the same as we get closer to our Super Night in late November."   Diamond Lily, a bridesmaid to Gold Star Mysti in her last trio of starts, led every step of her mile for Wally Hennessey in score a 1:58 score off of fractions of :29.3, 1:00 and 1:30.2, capping her effort with a :27.3 that let Gold Star Lovebug (Joe Sanzeri) 4 1/4 lengths away. Caitlin's Romance (Fenn) was next while Jaycie Jaycie finished fourth.   Yule Love It picked up the final award as Gold Star Mysti, undefeated in Sunshine State Stakes action coming in, made a miscue at the start to finish sixth in her field of sophomore pacing fillies.   On the card, Conman's Dream, driven by Corey Braden for owner-trainer Jason Mac Dougall, took his Sunshine State Stake division for three year-old pacing colts and geldings, exploding in the lane to score a five length win over favored Gleneagles (Hennessey) with R Chism (Fern Paquet, Jr.) third. ICU Diamond T was fourth with Danza picked up the nickel in the sextet.   Indeed, there was a war early on as Conman's Dream and Gleneagles sought supremacy early with the Conman's Dream arriving at the initial quarter on the outside in a hot :27.1. Shortly thereafter, Gleneagles reclaimed the top-spot and clocked mid-mile panels of :55.3 and 1:24.3 with R Chism on the attack and pulling on even terms with Gleneagles at that third station. That's when Conman's Dream, patiently biding his time on the inside, shifted widest of all and blew by the competition to earn his new lifetime mark--1:54.4.   After the event, trainer Jason Mac Dougall said, "I have had this horse for two years now and he seemed to be chasing Gleneagles every single time they met. Didn't matter whether he was cutting of chasing, he just didn't want to beat that horse.   "I guess you could say that we don't get along too well. We don't see eye-to-eye, so I asked by good friend, Corey (Braden) to drive him. Last week, he was real good and just did get caught at the wire (by R Chism) but this week he was very sharp.   "Corey said he was stronger at the end of the mile than he was at the beginning. I am a very happy person right now!"   As 4 to 1 third choice, Conman's Dream paid $10.40 to win.   Hennessey's other wins came with Arthur Mergenhagen's Seeking Steven ($5.80), trained by Dan Hennessey, in 1:56.1 and Amante Standardbreds' Best of Ribera ($25.60), trained by Marc Aubin.   Racing continues on Sunday night with three carryovers awaiting--in the Pick-5, Pick-6 and Super Hi-5 finale.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...October 17, 2016...On an evening where the track condition at Pompano Park shifted from fast to good to sloppy to good to sloppy during the harness racing program, Kevin Kelly's grand filly, Gold Star Brianna remained perfect for her career--now 12-for-12--highlighting the Sunday 14 race program.   Gold Star Brianna, a sophomore filly by Basil trained by Dan Hennessey, was driven by brother Wally Hennessey and toured the sloppy oval in a lifetime best 1:57.3, scoring by 6 1/4 lengths over Trotting Missmissy (Marc Major) and All Star Fame Sergio Corona with Trottime Fool and I'm For Sale completing the roster in this fifth leg of the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting fillies.   Away carefully in her event, "Brianna" stormed to the front from five lengths back once they straightened away after the :29.1 opener and proceeded to clock panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2, sealing the deal with a :29.1 finale.   The filly now has career bounty of close to $75,000 with about six weeks of the lucrative stakes season ahead.   Said Hennessey after the race, "You know, this is the first time she has faced conditions like this so I thought I'd be careful early and wait 'til we straightened away to send her. She had to have trotted :28 and a piece" (actually :28.2) to make the lead and was a perfect lady all the way. I am proud of the way she performed in those conditions!"   For the second straight week, Gold Star Brianna was 1 to 20 and returned $2.10 to win.   Also on the card was the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting colts and geldings and it was Thundercrest, a son of Crest, who scored in 2:03.4 after very crafty handling by Dustin Ingraham.   Thundercrest pinned a 1 3/4 length defeat on the late charging Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) with Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) next. Last Chance Fame and Rexamillion were four-five in the sextet.   At the outset, Thundercrest was in a brief war with Rexamilion but put the latter in the pocket before putting on the brakes and waltzing over to the opener in :32.2 and half in 1:04.   On the backside, Rexamillion left his cozy pocket but made a miscue three-eighths out and Thundercrest sprinted clear by six with a :29.3 third panel with Fifty Fifty Ninety in pursuit. Thundercrest coasted home from there prompting Dustin Ingraham to say, "I really didn't want to be on the front end but he (Thundercrest) was a bit headstrong leaving and I didn't want to shut him down early. He's still very green--he didn't race as a two year-old--and he's learning but, once I got over to the half in "4," I felt confident that he could go all the way. He not only battled the competition, he handled the elements, which just may have been the biggest competition."   Thundercrest paid $3.00 as the 1 to 2 favorite.   Two other Sunshine State Stakes events were held off the betting card highlighting two year-old trotters with Azzaro and Atlantic Crest reaching the winner's circle.   Azzaro, driven this night by Wally Hennessey for Jay and Kim Sears, led every step of his mile, pinning a half length defeat on I'm Done (Tom Lehmann) by a half length in 2:04--:29 off fractions of :30.3, 1:02.4 and 1:35.   The Proud Bushy colt now has a 5-3-2-0 career scorecard against "arch-rival" I'm Done, whose record is 5-2-3-0.   After the event, Hennessey said, "I guess it's become quite a rivalry between these two and both seem to have equal talent."   The second non-wagering event was contested in a driving rainstorm and, despite the demanding conditions, Sergio Corona's Atlantic Crest was a gate to wire winner in a lifetime best 2:01.1--her victory margin almost 10 lengths over Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) with Bonnie Blue Banker (Rob Hoffman) third in the trio of juvenile fillies.   The daughter of Crest completed her journey off of fractions of :29.3, 1:00 and 1:30.3 as she notched her second straight win, improving on her previous best winning mile of 2:01.4.   In Pompano Park's Open I Handicap Pace, Sing For Me George picked up his third straight win--this one in 1:52.4--after exploding in the final sixteenth to score by 3 1/4 lengths over All Steinam (John Mac Donald). Winyard Hanover (Brad Kramer) was next after a rugged first over journey where he stuck his head in front at mid-stretch.   Team Captain and Safe Harbor earned the minors in the sextet.   Trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Sing For Me George was driven by Kevin Wallis and left with alacrity to take an early lead before yielding to All Steinam prior to the :28 opening panel.   After a :57.1 half, Winyard Hanover went first up on the backside to engage All Steinam in war, reaching the third station in a picked up 1:25, leaving Sing For Me George bottled up in third.   In the lane, Wallis found a seam, swung widest of all and blew by with a :27.3 finale of his own.   Sing For Me George, a seven year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, was winless in 16 starts before coming to Pompano Park but won an Open 3 event--handily--in 1:53.1 and then an Open 2 event in 1:53.2 before stepping up to the top rung of the ladder.   Sing For Me George now has a lifetime bankroll of $396,086.   As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sing For Me George paid $3.80 to win.   Finally, in the Super Hi-5 finale, one lucky patron had the 7-4-1-8-5 winning combo, which paid $10,286.62 for the 20 cent investment.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with Open trotters in the spotlight.   Post time is set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park.

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