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Pompano Beach, FL...October 19, 2017...Harness racing driver Wally Hennessey had quite a night at Pompano Park on Wednesday (October 18) as the Hall of Fame driver scored six wins, including the featured trot with Boli, who scored a repeat win in 1:56. Boli, a five year-old gelded son of Kadabra trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, had to dodge some raindrops along the way, as well as the late charging Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis), to win by a length over his arch-rival with Zoraze (Fern Paquet, Jr.) next, 2 1/4 lengths away. My Revenuer and BJAnthony picked up the final awards in the classy octet. Boli, leaving from the outside eight post, was well placed early finding a spot in third back of Winemaster Hanover (Brady Galliers) and Uncle Hanover (Andy Santeramo) through panels of :28 and :57.3. Once they straightened away for the backstretch journey, Hennessey sent Boli on the prowl and took command with three-eighths remaining and repelling the final bend threat of Zoraze (1:26.4) and, finally, the late surging Prairie Fortune. After the race, Hennessey related, "he's very sharp right now. I had my eye on the lead leaving but Galliers' horse (Winemaster Hanover) was winging a bit and the rail horse (Uncle Hanover) was aggressive leaving so, when I had the opportunity to duck in nice and close, I did. I asked my horse on the backside and he responded, just like he always seems to do." For Boli, it was his 10th win of the semester and 25th career victory, sending his lifetime bankroll to $214,164--$76,970 this year. As the 4 to 5 favorite, Boli paid $3.80 to win. Hennessey also won with Lickcreek Francis ($3.20), Metro Glide ($5.40), Groovey Kid ($3.80), Railee Workable ($2.80) and Azzaro in a non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes event held prior to the betting card. One event that Hennessey did not win was with the 1 to 10 favorite Hoosier Hawk, who was pressured hard early before running out of steam late enabling the 73 to 1 chance Trottin Kayla to earn a maiden win in 1:59.3. Jim Meittinis drove the winner for trainer Chet Poole, Jr., who conditions the three year-old trotting filly for Haucks Racing Stable. She paid $149.20, $48.40 and $34.80 across the board and keyed a winning trifecta payoff of $10,119, the largest of the young meeting. That payoff was eclipsed four races later when A Wish For Wings ($16.20), handled by Rick Plano, scored a near-gate-to-wire win in 1:54.2 over a track drenched by heavy rain just minutes before. Owned by trainer Edgar Clarke, A Wish For Wings scored by 2 1/4 lengths over Stirling Electra (Andy Santeramo, 39 to 1) and Caitlin's Romance (Bryce Fenn, 38 to 1) to key a trifecta payoff of $11,689.60. The 20 cent Superfecta in that same race paid $3,452.96. The aforementioned Azzaro grabbed his division of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, scoring in a lifetime best 2:00.4 over arch-rival I'm Done (Jim McDonald). These two have faced each other 13 times with Azzaro now sporting a 7-6-0 scorecard compared to the I'm Done record of 6-7-0. The gelded son of Proud Bushy is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay. The three other Sunshine State Stake events highlighting the three year-olds were won by Atlantic Crest, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther. Atlantic Crest, a winner last week in this division for three year-old trotting fillies by 13 lengths, scored by 13 3/4 on Wednesday, hitting the line in 1:58.2 for owner-trainer-driver Sergio Corona. Among her mid-week victims this time around were Prairie Pixie ((Meittinis) and Famous C (Hennessey). Gold Star Aurora took top honors in the three-year-old filly pace, cruising to a wire-to-wire win for Walter Ross, Jr. in 1:56.4, carving out panels of :27.4, :582.2 and 1:28.4 before a :28 finale sealed the deal by 2 1/2 lengths over Prairie Cowgirl (Meittinis) and Bella Pat (Corey Braden). Trained by Maggie Audley for Marianne Audley, Gold Star Aurora, a daughter of Rock On, kept her 2017 record perfect at 3-for-3. Lifetime, she is 10-for-11 in the win column with bounty of $65,549. Prairie Panther, a gelded son of Royel Millennium owned by trainer Mike Deters along with Laurie Poulin, made a brave quarter move (:28.3) to the top for Jim Meittinis and then went on to post panels of :56.2 and 1:26.2 before zipping on home in :28 to score by four lengths over Fabiano (Hennessey) with Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) third. The 1:54.3 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Racing continues on Sunday night with four non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes and a strong pari-mutuel program with first post set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for the FSBOA and Pompano Park        

Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, made a triumphant return to Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 8) by withstanding a late surge by Sing For Me George (John MacDonald) to score a photo finish harness racing victory in 1:50.2. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended was on the prowl early, securing the lead from Sing For Me George after a tough :26.2 tussle during the opening panel and then carved out subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 before hold off that rival with a :28 finale, winning by a neck. Frankie’s Dragon (Corey Braden) rallied to finish third while Bestinthebusiness finished fourth after a first-over backside bid that brought him alongside Panocchio around the final bend. Team Captain picked up the minor award in the classy septet. After the event, Hennessey remarked, “What can I say? He’s just a gutsy individual that seems to love this track and knows where the wire is. “He was pushed some to gain the top and I was hoping the opening quarter didn’t take any sting out of him but he seems to know how to take care of himself and nothing really bothers him.” Trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnaon, Jr., said, “He’s a pretty amazing horse, I’ll say. He doesn’t train hard—usually a mile in 2:20 or 2:30 when does train—but he becomes a racehorse when he sees the starting gate.” Panocchio now has 55 lifetime wins—33 of them at Pompano Park—in 133 career starts, good for $468,393 to go along with his 1:48.3 track record over South Florida’s five-eighth mile oval. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park’s co-feature went to Rockntouch, getting a picture perfect drive from Mickey McNichol. This five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven left alertly and then let Heart Felt cut the mustard with fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:23.2 before leaving the cozy pocket turning for home to go by Heart Felt and then hold off Major Starlight (Hennessey) and St Lads Lotto (Brady Galliers) to score by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51.4. Heart Felt did finish fourth over Decent Sawyer in the field of seven. Rockntouch now has a 6-5-4 scorecard in 30 starts, good for yearly bounty of $48,605. The winner is owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable. Monteleone passed away just days earlier prompting driver Mickey McNichol to look skyward and say, “That win was for you, Mr. Fred. Rockntouch was off at 7 to 2 and paid $9.20 to win. The third leg of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine Stake Stakes for two year-olds was also contested in four non-wagering events with I Rhoda Daley, Dangerous Mood, Prairie Easter and Gold Star Diablo winning their respective events. I Rhoda Daley, a daughter of Desperado Don handled by owner-trainer Jason MacDougall, kept her record unblemished—now three-for-three—with a lifetime best 2:07.2 performance at the expense of Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) and Jennifer (Jay Sears) with a gate-to-wire performance in the Sunshine State Stake for trotting fillies. Dangerous Mood, driven by Wally Hennessey for the Smiley Farm, also scored in wire-to-wire fashion as this Jim McDonald trainee carved out panels of :30, 1:00.3 and 1:31.1 before a :30 sprint home left him four lengths clear of Brian (Jay Sears) with Captain Thomas (John Campagnuolo) next in this event for trotting colts and geldings. The 2:01.1 performance by this gelded son of Proud Bushy was a new life mark for Dangerous Mood, who is now two-for-two lifetime. Prairie Easter took her division for pacing fillies by getting revenge on last week’s winner Krinda in 1:58.2—28.2. This daughter of Royel Millennium was driven by Corey Braden for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler. Prairie Easter cut impressive panels of :30.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 along the way and was two lengths clear of Krinda (Bryce Fenn) on the wire. Six Line Lily (Hennessey) was third. Finally, Gold Star Diablo, many, many lengths off the gate at the start, made a double-bubble backside binge and went on to score an impressive 1:58.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the colt-gelding pace. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, this impressive gelded son of Mysticism score by 1¼ lengths over Silver Wings (Corey Braden), who cut panels of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 along the way. Jay Jay (Jay Sears) finished third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues on Wednesday night with three year-olds in the spotlight. Finally, Pompano Park’s Super Hi-5 was solved on Sunday night with the 9-3-2-6-7 combination returning $6,067.30 for a 20 cent ticket. The Super Hi-5 is offered on Pompano Park’s final race every racing night. Wednesday night’s program features Godiva Seelster in the Mares Open Pace and the highly anticipated rematch between Prairie Fortune and Boli in the Open Trot Godiva Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Camluck, owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, seeks her second straight for trainer Dan Hennessey and driver Wally Hennessey. Among her opponents are All Charged Up and Goldstar Rockette. Prairie Fortune and Boli were a nose apart in last week’s encounter and have been assigned outside posts in Wednesday’s encounter. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Large crowd greets John Campbell and Wally Hennessey at World Harness Racing book launch John Campbell and Wally Hennessey two superstars in the world of harness racing were on hand Wednesday for the launch of the book World Harness Racing. It all took place at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, Canada. Hosted by the book’s managing editor Jerry McCabe and Red Shores marketing manager, Lee Drake, the launch featured strong presentations by Campbell, Hennessey, and Robert Mitchell, the minister responsible for harness racing on the Island while the book was taking shape. A long line-up of people waited to purchase the book with Hennessey and Campbell and two of the co-authors signing books for a long stretch. No one went home disappointed or empty handed. For more information on the book go to retromedia.ca .

Godiva Seelster has been one of the top harness racing mares both at Pompano Park and at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the past few seasons. While always consistent and productive, the Dan Hennessey-trained distaffer hasn't necessarily been at her best since returning to the Spa in April. The seven year old had recorded just one victory in her eight local starts this year before going off as the 1-5 betting favorite in Friday night's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time putting the speedy mare on the engine and after flying through a first quarter in 26.4, Godiva Seelster got a second quarter in thirty seconds before pacing a back half of 55.4. The talented mare stopped the timer in 1:52.3 to record her fourth victory of the season and 43rd in 126 lifetime starts. So Nice (Jim Devaux) won the place photo with Tataria (Mark Beckwith) in the six-horse feature. While she doesn't own as high of a win percentage this season as she had in years past, Godiva Seelster has hit the board 11 of 15 seasonal starts and may be primed for a big summer at the Spa. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Big N Bad (Badlands Hanover) toughed out a first over journey to score in the Saturday night harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Buzzy Sholty-trained pacer wound up moving to the outside of longshot leader Race Me Rocky (Phil Fluet) heading to the half in the $13,000 Open. Big N Bad fought gamely in a third quarter that was paced in 27.2 before wearing down the leader. After surging into command, Big N Bad was met with the challenge of the favored Givenupdreaming (Frank Coppola Jr) before holding off that bid and stopping the timer in 1:51.3 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Givenupdreaming came up second best while Stevensville (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Big N Bad, who was piloted to the win by Wally Hennessey, paid $19.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $81.50 and $373.50, respectively. Hennessey, who won the driving title at Pompano Park in Florida this year, has made a big impact upon returning to the Spa. The Hall of Famer piloted five winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Boli (Kadabra) was one of the trotting stars at the Isle of Pompano Park in Florida this season for harness racing trainer Dan Hennessey. The five year old trotter returned to Saratoga earlier this month and finished second and third in his two tries in the local Open Trot but was a beaten favorite both times. On Sunday afternoon, Boli was once again the public's top choice and driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time moving the talented high-stepper to the outside in the early going. The 6-5 favorite toughed it out first over, grinding the leader into submission before drawing away late to prevail in 1:56. The victory was the seventh in thirteen seasonal tries for Boli who scored ten wins in 2016. Black Broadway (Chris Long) followed the winner's cover and wound up winning a photo for place with Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the $17,120 Open paid $22.40 and $96, respectively. The feature victory was one of two on the card for conditioner Dan Hennessey and one of three driving scores on the day for Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Settlemoir (Western Ideal) went coast to coast in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In his local debut last week, the Rene Allard-trained Settlemoir finished second in the $12,500 Winners Over and subsequently was the 8-5 betting favorite this week as he looked to wire the feature field. Wally Hennessey sat behind the four year old pacer as he clicked off a first quarter of 27 seconds flat. Following an effective breather in quarter two that led to a half in 56.3, Settlemoir wound up having just enough left to hold off the late bid by pocket-sitter Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who had to settle for second. Bet You (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Settlemoir, who stopped the timer in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season, prevailed in just his second start following the claim by Allard at Yonkers in May. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee first post set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Pompano Beach, FL...May 14, 2017...Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 14). The six year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin, took command around the opening turn and went on to post a 3½ length victory over stablemate St Lads Lotto, handled by Gaston Lareau, in 1:51.3. Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the sulky and in the garden spot much of the mile, finished third four lengths away, while Goldstar Raider picked up the final award in the field shortened to four with the late scratch of Heart Felt. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "With a horse like Arsenal in there, you expect a hot pace early and I was kind of surprised that I was able to out-brush him early and I was surprised again when he didn't make a quarter move on me. "I got away with a very reasonable half and, with no threats on the backside, he was all on his own the rest of the way." Trained by Gaston Lareau for the JP Houle Stable, Fritzie Pic Up Man scored his fifth win of the year in 19 starts, good for earnings of $36,945. Lifetime, the classy gelding has 22 wins in 95 career starts and bounty of $178,907. As the 1 to 5 favorite, Fritzie Pic Up Man paid $2.40 to win. Fritzie Pic Up Man In the $6,500 Open 2 Pace, Stirling Cadillac, driven by Bryce Fenn, scored his third straight victory, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The six year-old altered son of Bettor's Delight, 3 to 1 in the morning line, escaped at 11 to 1 while wiring together fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.4 while pinning a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length on Prince Pinang (Tony Kerwood) with Cartoonist (Walter Ross, Jr.), closing fastest of all, third, 1¾ lengths away. Needles and Pins finished fourth while Surge Seelster picked up the nickel in the septet. After the race, driver Bryce Fenn said, "We had the outside post but he seemed determined to leave at the start and, when a horse feels that strong, I didn't want to take him back. "I even had a chance to set in the pocket early but he didn't want any part of it, so I let him to what he wanted. "Chet (trainer Poole) has him razor sharp right now. He handled like a 'Cadillac' tonight." Co-owned by trainer Chet Poole, Jr. along with John Wasco, Stirling Cadillac won for the sixth time in 12 starts with his 2017 bounty vaulting to $20,220. The winner paid $25.40 and enabled a Pick-5 carryover of $3,157 going into the Wednesday program. In other Sunday night action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club event went to A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas. This 11 year-old gelded Cantab Hall warrior scored his 57th lifetime win and gave driver Eichas, who drives very sparingly these days, his first win since November 30, 2007, when he drove Swiss Laux to victory at Pompano Park. The winning time of 1:57 is a season's best for A Crown For Lindy and the fastest winning mile for the driver. A Crown For Lindy earned his seventh win in 16 starts this semester when Eichas sent his charge on a double-bubble bid three-eighths from home and went on to score a victory measuring 4¾ lengths over Thekeptman (Fred Cohen) with Revrac Harbour (John Campagnuolo) third. Zorgwijk Impact finished fourth while the early leader, New Scent, picked up the minor award. The win for A Crown For Lindy was especially important as half of the horse's earnings are earmarked for the charity Equine Assisted Therapy, courtesy of owner Dein Spriggs. Allen Saul trains the gelding for Spriggs and the win pushed his career bankroll to $424,548. Off at 4 to 5, A Crown For Lindy paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday with a highly competitive card with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 7, 2017...In a classic harness racing "fist fight to the finish," Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out a photo finish victory over a very game Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. The official margin of victory was a head at the end of the 1:50.3 mile with Goldstar Raider and Kevin Wallis teaming up for third, five lengths off the winner. St Lads Lotto was fourth while the favored Heart Felt picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of pacers. At the outset, Arsenal, leaving from post five, left with his usual alacrity to take command with Thebestofjoel, leaving from post one, in close pursuit as Fritzie Pic Up Man wended his way carefully into third in front of Goldstar Raider. The opening quarter was in a hot :26.3 with the first four positions remaining stagnant through a half in :54.4. On the backside, Hennessey pulled the trigger on Fritzie Pic Up Man and he quickly engaged Arsenal in war and pushed his head in front past the third station in 1:22.2. In the lane, these two pulled away from the field and fought tooth and nail right to the wire with the photo finish camera needed to separate the two at the wire. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "Well, that was something. Neither of us gave an inch in the lane. "Turning for home, I thought I had the advantage but Dave's (Ingraham) horse (Arsenal) still had a lot of fight in him and it was touch and go right to the line." Trained by Gaston Lareau for JP Houle Stables, Fritzie Pic Up Man, a six year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin, won for the fourth time in 18 starts this year, sending his seasonal bankroll to $31,945. Career-wise, Fritzie Pic Up Man has 21 wins in 94 starts for bounty of $173,907 to go along with a 1:50 over the Harrah's Philadelphia oval. As the second choice in the wagering at 2 to 1, Fritzie Pic Up Man paid $6.80 to win. Besides the feature, Hennessey won four other races as he piloted Skeeball ($2.60), Silver Spir ($10.80), Trillionair ($12.80) and Beignet ($2.80) to the winner's circle, bringing his victory total for the last three racing programs to 18. Dave Ingraham won three on the Sunday night card as he drove Deli-Craze ($10.60), A Fool For Mark ($5.20) and Needles And Pins ($12.60) to victory. Hennessey and Ingraham accounted for the final eight wins on the Sunday program. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a pair of features on tap as Keystone Bodacious headlines the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot and Sue's Night Out looks for a repeat in the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares. First post is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, May 2, 2017...Despite a "trifecta" of hurdles, including heavy rains, a 40 minute delay because of a fire alarm, and a bank of lights going out on turn one, Pompano Park presented an excellent racing program that, when all was said and done, was dominated by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey.   Hennessey won eight of the 10 races on the Tuesday night card, including both feature events and, for the first time in track history, a sweep of the track's Pick-6.   Hennessey won the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares with Mike Sweeney's Sue's Night Out and, a little more than an hour later, took top honors back of Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Boli.   Sandwiched around and between these events were wins with Andro Madi ($6.80) to kick off the early daily double, All Star Fame ($5.80), to start the Pick-6, Majestic Won ($3.40), Nomad ($7.20), the appropriatly named One Tough Nut, a ridgeling, ($2.20) to complete the Pick-6, and Brown Titan ($3.80), to cap the late daily double.   Sue's Night Out, a five year-old daughter of A Stud Named Sue, was a game 2 1/4 length winner over the pace-setting Goldstar Rockette (Jim Meittinis) in 1:54.3 over a track rated sloppy as heavy rains continued throughout the night.   Spilling The Beans (Kevin Wallis), last for the first three-quarters of the mile, rallied for third while Miss Dollar Man finished fourth and Machin Marley picked up the minor award in the octet.   Sue's Night Out was away sixth in her field early and, as Hennessey sensed the pace slowing during the second quarter, moved his mare into contention half-way through the mile and then engaged the leader Goldstar Rockette in war on the backside after opening panels of :27.2 and :57.4.   As the pace picked up on the backside, Sue's Night Out dug in and pulled on even terms with the leader at the third station timed in 1:26.1.   Once they straightened away, Sue's Night Out took command with authority and cruised on home through a :28.2 finale to seal the deal prompting Hennessey to say, "I could sense the pace was slowing during the second quarter so I decided to make the move to try and draw closer.   "On the backside, we were rolling pretty good and she was still digging in around the final turn.   "To tell the truth, it may have been a blessing to be on the outside because the train was draining inward.   "Once we straightened away, she went straight and true to the wire. It was a very sharp performance."   Owned and trained by Mike Sweeney, Sue's Night Out won for the fifth time this semester, sending her earnings to $27,242 and $132,874 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:51.3 at Pompano Park earlier this year.   As second choice in the betting at 3 to 1, Sue's Night Out paid $8.60 to win.   Boli, on the other hand, had to perform yet another one of his miracle miles to capture the $10,000 Open Trot.   The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, assigned the outside nine post, had to use an eye-opening final 16th of the journey to score by a head in 1:55.4--nailing Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) on the money.   McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.) was third, 2 1/2 lengths away and a nose better than Commentary. Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in the field of nine.   Hennessey marveled at Boli's performance saying, "I know I said this before, but horses just don't do what he did tonight in the final stages of the mile.   "Last year, he made a break at the start one race, spotted the field 25 lengths or so, and did the same thing to win.   "Tonight, he reminded me of that mile, although he didn't make a break this time, he sure motored up the last 16th.   "Horses just don't do that!"   In extending his winning streak to three, Boli won for the fifth time in nine starts this year, sending his earnings vaulting over the $30,000 mark--$30,010 to be precise. Lifetime, Boli has 20 wins in only 57 starts, good for $167,474.   Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli returned $3.80 to win.   Though the odds are astronomical that one driver win all legs of a Pick-6, The "Hennessey Pick-6" returned $45.50 for the 50 cent ticket.   The win, incidentally, left trainer Dan Hennessey with 999 career training wins as he battles for the training crown at Pompano Park this year with only eight programs remaining.   The fire alarm caused a delay of approximately 40 minutes between races eight and nine and the response from the Pompano Fire and Rescue team consisting of several trucks was quick, indeed, about the same time as Boli's winning mile--1:55.4.   Racing continues on Sunday night with a Sunday and Wednesday schedule in tact for the remainder of the season.   Post time remains at 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, April 23, 2017...Panocchio, returning to the racing wars after a two month layoff because of sickness, showed his gameness by defeating a classy octet of harness racing pacers in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night (April 23). The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, again handled by Wally Hennessey, overcame the outside post and an onslaught of challengers in the final stages to win by a scant nose over the late surging Heart Felt, driven by Bryce Fenn, with Rock On Moe, with Dan Daley in the bike, closing fastest of all to fall a half-length short. Here Comes William, pacing an "even-steven" mile, was fourth while St Lads Lotto, dead last at the stretch call, rallied to pick up the nickel. At the outset, Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, blasted off the wings to take command while Panocchio, taking a chance to find a spot close up early, found one in second with Here Comes William third and Fritzie Pic Up Man next. With an opening quarter in a hot :26.2 on a track rated "good" after being deluged with prolonged afternoon rain, Rockntouch sizzled over to the half in :54.3 with Panocchio almost two lengths away and Fritzie Pic Up Man on the move and drawing up to within a length of the leader past the third station in 1:22.4. Fritzie Pic Up Man finally wrestled the lead away from Rockntouch turning for home while Hennessey was finally able to weasel his way out of the pocket and give chase, taking command shortly after they straightened away. But the issue was far from being settled as both Heart Felt and Rock On Moe were closing in. On the wire, the photo finish camera showed that Panocchio's nose was, indeed, long enough to secure the victory, his fifth of the year in only six starts. After the race, Hennessey said, "there are no words that adequately describe this horse. He is just amazing. "He's been off for more than two months because he just wasn't feeling up to par and he only had a couple of qualifiers coming in. "But, he's done that kind of thing before and he goes just where he has to go to win. "The track was off a second or two and it was a tiring track but he went another amazing mile. Jim (trainer Mattison) can be proud of his performance tonight." Panocchio now has 53 lifetime wins--31 at Pompano Park in 47 starts--with a lifetime bankroll of $430,468 to go along with a track record mark of 1:48.3 at Pompano Park, as well. Trainer Mattison co-owns Panocchio with Emile Johnson, Jr. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Panocchio paid $5.00 to win. In other Sunday action, Music Is Art, a son of Art Major who won his sophomore debut in 1:53.4 at Pompano Park on April 11, stepped up a notch and won his second in a row, this time in 1:54.1 for driver Anthony Kerwood. Trainer by Peter Blood, who co-owns with Rick Berks, Music Is Art stalked the 2 to 5 favorite, Regalanthropist (Wally Hennessey) through panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before leaving his cozy pocket around the final bend and using a :27.4 finale to score a handy 2½ length win over Artistic Cruiser (Matt Romano) with Ball Don't Lie (Kevin Wallis) third over Regalanthropist. EY Cowboy picked up the minor award in the sextet. Music Is Art, who won $38,108 in only seven starts last year at two, earned his fourth lifetime win to send his career bankroll to $43,408. As the 3 to 2 second choice, Music Is Art paid $5.00 to win. Racing continues of Monday night with Boli looking to score a repeat win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. This five year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, has been installed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey. Looking to upset the applecart on Monday night are Commentary (6 to 1), M T Ur Pockets (7 to 1), Diamond Dagger (7 to 2), Keystone Bodacious (4 to 1), Sailer Eddie (9 to 1) and Tater Twister (8 to 1). The track's Super Hi-5 continues Monday and Tuesday night with a mandatory payout scheduled for Sunday, April 30 should no one be able to capture the entire pool with a single 20 cent winning ticket. The carryover for the Super Hi-5 has ballooned to around $90,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 17, 2017...Boli, perfectly handled by harness racing driver  Wally Hennessey, captured Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in 1:54.4. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra stalked Tater Twister, with Jim Meittinis handling his lines, through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26 before leaving the coziness of his pocket turning for home and using a :28.3 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Prairie Fortune, driven by Mike Deters, making his first appearance in the sulky since November 27, 2016 after battling serious health issues. Tater Twister did finish third while Sailer Eddie finished fourth after a mild backside bid. Commentary finished fifth in the quintet. After the race, Hennessey had high praise for his trotter saying, "Sometimes, Boli can be a real handful to drive but, tonight, he was a perfect gentleman every step of the way. He seemed relaxed throughout the mile and, when I showed him the open road turning for home, he responded beautifully. "Even going back to the winner's circle, he seemed nice and relaxed for a change." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli won for the third time this semester to vault his 2017 earnings to $20,280. Lifetime, Boli has 18 wins in 55 starts with bounty of $157,474 to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:54.2 earned in his last win two starts back. Off as the 1 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $2.40 to his multitude of followers. The $8,000 Open 2 Trot went to Diamond Dagger, expertly driven by Walter Ross, Jr. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland took command a right at the :28 opener and went on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before strolling home in :29.2 to score a handy win in 1:54.4--her margin 1 ¼ lengths over the late charging Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) with Dog Gone Lucky (Mickey McNichol) next, a half-length further back. My Revenuer finished fourth while McKenzie's Star picked up the nickel in the septet. The always subdued Ross, Jr., summed up the win succinctly by saying, "She went a nice mile. That's about it!" Trained by Mark O'Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, Diamond Dagger won for the third straight week while earning her fifth win of the year in 14 starts, sending her seasonal bankroll to $29,735. Career-wise, Diamond Dagger has an 18-8-22 scorecard in 88 starts with earnings at $175,907. As third choice in the betting, Diamond Dagger paid $11.20 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action on Monday night in two events, padding their total contributions to charity, now close to $185,000, and Dein Spriggs took both, not only as the driver, but as the owner, as well. Dein took the first with A Crown For Lindy--the 11 year-old warrior winning for the 55th time during his career spanning 208 starts. The gelded son of Cantab Hall won for the fifth time this semester, pushing his seasonal earnings to $16,579 and $419,438 lifetime. Spriggs completed his double by scoring with his Garlandsandpearls in a lifetime best 1:56.3. The six year-old altered son of Futile Qwest wired his foes for his sixth win of the year in 14 starts to send his 2017 earnings to $18,755 and $59,501 lifetime. While both were 2 to 1 favorites in the morning line, neither went off as the favorite in their respective races--A Crown For Lindy paying $7.60 as the second choice on the board and Garlandsandpearls returning $6.20 as second choice, as well. Veteran Allen Saul trained both of the trotters for Spriggs. After each event, members of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, along with several other "professional" drivers at the track, made charitable gifts to two organizations--"A Second Go" and "Go For The Greens." "A Second Go" was established to raise money for services provided to have a second go at life through therapy and nutritional support, among other things, for cancer patients transitioning from "fighter to survivor." "A Second Go" was represented by founder Kelly Sudell, on the road to recovery after a successful bone marrow transplant to stop her leukemia in its tracks. Melinda West represented "Go For The Greens," an organization that fosters, among other things, a healthier planet with a business strategy through the sport of golf. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in the spotlight as the Florida bred Goldstar Rockette, a 10 time winner last semester, looks for her first win of the year in the $8,500 Open 2 Pace. Alabama Shakey, Miss Dollar Mam, Metro Glide, Machin Marley, Jets Are On and Sue's Night Out complete the nifty and well-matched septet. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9, in cooperation with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Monday, April 3, 2017...Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetting Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.4 and edged by that one late to score a half-length harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, tripping the timer in 1:54.2, a new lifetime mark. Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the sulky, finished third, 3½ lengths away while Sailer Eddie finished fourth. Dog Gone Lucky, sluggish leaving the gate from the rail, picked up the nickel in the sextet after Prairie Fortune made a miscue on the backside. The five year-old altered son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, earned his second win of the year in five starts and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $150,000 plateau-now $151,674-with his 17th career win in 53 starts. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey related, "He got a very good journey tonight. Mike's trotter (Tater Twister) was a tough opponent and he did most of the work cutting the fractions and my horse just got the better trip here. "Boli is a pretty amazing horse who gives all he's got every start. He's very versatile and that's a great trait in a racehorse because it gives you more options to win." As the 8 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $5.40 to win. Also on Monday night, three divisions of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Challenge were contested, honoring the memory of the noted industrialist and horseman and the owner of the sport's first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon, who accomplished that feat in 1903. A Crown For Lindy, driven by Dein Spriggs won the opener, Garlandsandpearls, also teaming up with Spriggs, took round two and Best Dream Seeker, with Joe Pennacchio in the bike won the finale. Spriggs kicked off the festivities with a handy win back of his own A Crown For Lindy, the 11 year-old son of Cantab Hall. Trained by Allen Saul, the classy gelding won for the 54th time in a career stretching 206 starts, stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.1. New Scent, with Joe Faraldo in the sulky, finished second while Flaming Yankee finished third for "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman after taking command early and slicing through panels of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:28 before being confronted around the final turn and succumbing to the winner. Chip Chip Page (Tony Dinges) finished fourth while Frenchmen (Billy Muggleston) picked up the minor award. A Crown For Lindy now has lifetime earnings of $416,834 and enriched his multitude of followers with a $3.00 win payoff as the 1 to 2 favorite. Spriggs doubled his pleasure with Garlandsandpearls, which he also owns, by guiding that six year-old son of Futile Qwest to a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3, after putting up all the numbers--:28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4. Garlandsandpearls stretched his lead to 3½ lengths on the line with Irish Scotch (Shane Arsenault) second after a first over backside binge from fifth. JLS Too Hot Taj (Steve Oldford) finished third while Mad Cow Lisa (Hannah Miller) survived a very difficult journey from the outside post nine to finish a very respectable fourth. B Cor Thomas (Billy Muggleston) picked up the final award in the field of nine. Garlandsandpearls won for the fifth time this semester and his 5-2-3 scorecard in 13 starts now shows earnings of $16,005. Also trained by Alan Saul, Garlandsandpearls returned $6.60 as the second choice in the wagering. The driving double for Spriggs sent his career total to 431 wins. The final Billings event-a rare pace-went to Best Dream Seeker for driver Joe Pennacchio. Owned and trained by Stanley Whittemore, this 11 year-old gelded son of Cambest won for the 30th time in a career encompassing 297 starts. Best Dream Seeker was third in the early stages of his mile as A Weekend (Joe Faraldo) cut panels of :27.2, :58 and 1:26.1 as Dr. Flamingo (Hannah Miller) sat in the garden spot through those fractions. Around the final turn. Pennacchio tilted his charge to the outside and began gnawing away at the leader, gaining the lead at mid-stretch and drawing clear late. Dr. Flamingo edged by A Weekend to be second. Hillcrest Bigdaddy (Peter Gerry) finished fourth while P L Dangerous (Bob Davis) finished fifth. For Best Dream Seeker, whose mark is 1:51.4 taken back in 2008 at Lexington's Red Mile, the win pushed his career bounty to $412,621. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Best Dream Seeker paid $3.80 to win. While the win was number 158 in Pennacchio's amateur driving career, it was only win number six back of a pacer, as the vast majority of his drives are with trotters. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, contested on races 6 through 9, as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 2, 2017...Drachan Hanover, given perfect rating by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 2), stopping the tele-timer in 1:51.2. The five year-old son of Jereme's Jet out-rushed Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) when the wings folded and went on to post panels of :26.4 and a well-rated :56.1 before livening up the pace on the backside with a third panel in :28.2 and sealing the issue with a :26.4 finale. Heart Felt did finish second while Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) finished third. Pointsman was next in the mile while Alta Jerome picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of pacers. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey remarked, "This is a very classy racehorse and he showed that tonight. He's very smart, too. "He was all business leaving out of the gate and then had the sense enough to relax during the second quarter. Once we reached the half in soft time (:56.1), I felt very confident that he could get home. "He really accelerated midway on the backside and he was full of race in the lane. "He won in a bit faster time last week but I thought he may have even been a bit sharper tonight with that final quarter." Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners by Llyod Maclean along with Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover won for the fourth time this year to send his earnings to $30,440 in 10 starts. Lifetime, Drachan Hanover has earned $374,417 to go along with a 1:50.1 mark in South Florida. Off at 1 to 2, Drachan paid $3.00 to his multitude of backers. Drachan Hanover The $8,000 Open 2 Pace went to Rockntouch, under the direction of driver Mickey McNichol. This five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven got picture perfect handling from McNichol by stalking Winyard Hanover (John MacDonald) through fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before using his customary burst home-in this case :27.3-to score by 1¼ over that that paacesetter with St Lads Lotto (Wally Hennessey) third, two lengths away. Fritzie Pic Up Man, last for the first five-eighths of the journey, rallied for fourth while Rock N Row finished fifth after a mild first-over backside bid. Rockntouch won for the third time this year to push his 2017 earnings to $20,775. Lifetime, Rockntouch, owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable, has banked $127,195 on the strength of a 16-10-9 in 69 starts to go along with a Pompano Park mark of 1:51.2. Off at 6 to 5, Rockntouch returned $4.60 to win. In other Sunday night action, American Hustle, the lightly raced three year-old American Ideal colt, stretched his winning streak to four for Kevin Wallis on Sunday night, overcoming the outside eight post to score in 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark. Coming into the 2017 season with one win on his card and a qualifying mark of 2:00.4 as a two year-old with meager earnings of $1,368, American Hustle now has produced new lifetime marks in each of his five wins this semester, lowering his 1:55.1 mark, set in his seasonal debut six weeks ago, to the aforementioned 1:51.3 on Sunday night. Owned and trained by Bryan Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario, Canada, American Hustle now has earnings of $14,656 while steadily moving up the ladder. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, American Hustle paid $3.60 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Monday night with Sailer Eddie looking to extend his winning streak to three in the featured $10,000 Open Handicap for Trotters. Sooo Handsome, just a nose away from Sailer Eddie last week, is also in to go along with Boli, Tater Twister, Dog Gone Lucky and Prairie Fortune, returning to the racing wars after a week off. Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program on races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, March 26, 2017...Drachan Hanover, confidently handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, scored a handy 1:51 win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (March 26.) The five year-old son of Jereme's Jet, leaving from the coveted post five, darted off the Hummer's wings into an early lead, yielded at the hot :26.1 opening station to Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis), re-took a few long strides later and carved subsequent panels of :54.3 and 1;23.2 before an effortless :27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 3½ lengths over Pointsman (Rick Plano) with Sing For Me George another nose back in third. King Of The Crop, last for much of his journey in this classy quintet, finished fourth while Rockntouch picked up the nickel, five lengths off the winner. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "last week when I drove him, he had missed a week and was just a little short at the end. "Tonight, he felt determined behind the gate and I let him do what he does best--and that's go! "The pace was pretty hot but he felt strong the entire way. The half in :54 and a piece didn't scare me at all because, when this horse is right, he can handle that. "He was all on his own down the lane." Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover pushed his 2017 scorecard to 3-1-0 in nine starts, good for $25,400. Career-wise, Drachan Hanover now has 15 win in 60 lifetime starts and $369,417 in bounty. As the 1 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.40 to his multitude of faithful. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Heart Felt, driven by Bryce Fenn, also in 1:51. This six year-old gelded son of Well Said was sent on a mission as the wings folded and thwarted all challenges with sizzling panels of :26, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before a :28.3 waltz home capped the mile. Heart Felt now has three wins in 11 starts this year and bounty of $22,635. Lifetime, Heart Felt now has $129,355 in earnings to go along with a record of 1:50.4, also achieved at Pompano Park. Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Heart Felt, off at 6 to 5, returned $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a septet of trotters mixing it up in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Boli will be looking for a repeat win in that event but must overcome the outside seven post to do so. Boli will have the driving services of Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey and is listed as the 3 to 1 second choice on the morning line. The 5 to 2 morning line favorite is Sooo Handsome, leaving from post five for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano. This four year-old has three wins and four seconds in 11 starts this semester and comes off a solid second in last week's Open trot. My Revenuer, Explosive Muscles, Winding Hill, Celebrity Maserati and Sailer Eddie complete a very talented and well-balanced field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…March 20, 2017…Boli, driven to perfection by Wally Hennessey, in the garden spot for much of the journey, found a seam along the pylons turning for home and went on to score an upset harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (March 20). The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting Sooo Handsome, handled by Rick Plano, stopping the tele-times in 1:55. Prairie Fortune, the 1 to 2 favorite with John MacDonald in his sulky, finished third, 2 3/4 lengths off the winner, while Explosive Muscles finished fourth. Dog Gone Lucky, making his south Florida debut, eaened the minor award in the classy sextet. At the outset, Boli pushed the wings out of the way into an early lead but, right at the opening marker in :28.1, relinquished the top spot to Sooo Handsome with Explosive Muscles third and Dog Gone Lucky fourth. Massive Lightning was fifth at this point with Prairie Fortune trailing but able to improve one spot as Massive Lightning made a miscue. Sooo Handsome was able to get away with a soft half in :58 with Boli sitting chilly on the backside as Prairie Fortune brushed alongside at the third station timed in a picked-up 1:26.2. Turning for home, Sooo Handsome drifted out a bit allowing Boli to charge on through along the pylons and secure the win on the strength of his :28.2 finale. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "Boli  has always been capable in this class  and he really needed his first two starts here to tighten up. "His first start, I kept him off the pace and, last week, I tried him on the front where likes to be but he just wasn't quite tight enough to go all the way. "Tonight, I left with him again thinking he would be ready for a good effort but, when Rick's (Plano) horse (Sooo Handsome) came along, I wasn't about to get in a war and decided to sit chilly and sit second. "I don't think Rick's horse is used to the front ell that much so it was kind of a blessing to be sitting second all the way. "Turning for home, I found some room on the inside and Boli was willing tonight and the shortest distance home was the right path tonight." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli won for the initial time in three starts this season. Boli now has 16 lifetime wins in 51 career starts with $145,234 in lifetime earnings to go along with a 1:54,4 mark over the Saratoga half mile oval. As third choice in the betting at 6 to 1, Boli paid $15.80 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Sailer Eddie, driven by owner-trainer Kevin Wallis. The seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall earned his third win of the year in seven starts by stopping the timer in 1:54.3—his fastest winning performance since December 29, 2015. My Revenuer, driven by Bryce Fenn, finished a length away after taking the lead turning for home, while Fleetwood Hall was third for Rick Plano. Tater Twister, a stubborn and un-relenting leader through panels of :27.1, :56 and 1:25.2, finished fourth while Caviart Griffin picked up the final award in the field of six. Sailer Eddie, leaving from post five, attempted to out-hustle Tater Twister off the gate but was unable to do so and had to settle for the garden spot mid-way around the opening turn. Heading into the final bend, Sailer Eddie sat chilly as My Revenuer rushed up alongside the leader past the third station. As they turned for home, Sailer Eddie found some room and was sent widest of all to mow down the leader in the final stages for his 20th lifetime victory, sending his career bankroll of $355,351. As the 4 to 1 third choice, Sailer Eddie paid $10.20 to win. In other Monday action at Pompano Park, driver Michel Heijnen, a native of Hiluersum, Holland, won his first race on U.S. soil by driving first time starter Imheretotakeover to a 2:01.1 victory in a conditioned trotting event. Heijnen drove the Chuck Sylvester trained three year-old son of Donato Hanover to a victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths after a sharp drive by stalking the leader turning for home and using a :29 finale to score the win. Sylvester co-owns the colt with Amy Lynn Stoltzfus, the M T Pockets Stables and MR Racing, Inc. Off as the slight even money favorite, Imheretotakeover paid $4.20 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night trotting mares in the spotlight in the $8,500 Open Handicap with Serendipitious in search of her third straight win. This six year-old daughter of Majestic Son will have Pompano Park’s leading driver, Wally Hennessey, handling her lines and is listed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow and stands at $21,392.46 going into the Tuesday night program. The track is also featuring a $10,000 guarantees pool in the Pick-4, contested on races 6 through 9. Post time is set for 7:20 by John Berry for Pompano Park     Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, was an upset winner in Pompano Park's top trot on Monday night 

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