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Pompano Beach, FL.January 31, 2016 - Arthur Blue Chip, driven byharness racing driver Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1. Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Brees Creek picked up the nickel in the field of seven. In a confident move, Hennessey sent Arthur Blue Chip winging out of the gate, putting Johnny Grippa in the garden spot with Four Socks, longest shot in the field at nearly 40 to 1. With an opening quarter in :27.1, Arthur Blue Chip strolled over to the half in :55.3 with a :27.2 third panel thwarting any developing threats. In the lane, Johnny Grippa angled out and Arthur Blue Chip drifted out a tad allowing Four Socks clear sailing along the pylons into second but the outcome was never in doubt. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "Doc Moore (trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore) has him razor sharp-I mean razor sharp. Out in :27.1 and home in :27.1, why I hardly even spoke to him during the mile. "And this group was no pushover, either, with a few of 'em owning sub-1:50 marks. "I wanted to put my horse on the front end because I know how much Dave's (Ingraham) horse likes the front end and didn't want to give him a chance to get away with soft fractions, especially having confidence that my horse could go a good mile tonight." Dr. Ian Moore shares ownership in Arthur Blue Chip with R G McGroup and Serge Savard, with their five year-old son of Shadow Play equaling his lifetime best mile with the win-his second of the year in four starts and 12th lifetime in only 29 starts. The victory, incidentally vaulted Arthur Blue Chip's lifetime bounty over the $500,000--$503,742 to be precise. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers. Bandolito lit up the tele-timer in the $11,000 Open 3 Pace with a near wire-to-wire win for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:49.4, this after scorching panels of :26, :53.1 and 1:20.3 along the way. Next Thing Smoke'n closed fast to finished second for Rick Plano while Maddysonofagun finished third with John MacDonald in the bike. Danishdujour finished fourth while Southern Winds picked up the minor award in the octet. Bandolito, a six year-old son of Ponder owned and trained by Jenny Bier, won for the 25th time during his splendid career to send his lifetime bounty to $434,535 to go along with a splendid mark of 1:48. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid a $2.60 dividend to his many investors. After the race, the soft spoken Napolitano simply said, "He was on his game tonight!" The $12,000 Open 2 Pace went to Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in 1:51.4 Trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, Northern Companion was dead last in his octet around the final turn but swept up widest of all on the strength to a :27.3 final panel to nail the win in the final stride-the official margin being a head. Whogoesfirst, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished second in the photo while Martial Bliss finished third for Aaron Byron, three-parts-of-a-length away. Teranadawn finished fourth while pacesetting Danger Hi Joltage finished fifth. In this action packed mile, there were several lead changes with Whogoesfirst away quickest of all and taking the field through an opening panel of :26.3 before yielding to Danger Hi Joltage, escorting the field half way through in :56.1. On the backside, Heart Felt rushed up from fifth to stick his nose in front past the third station in 1:23.1 with Danger Hi Joltage fighting to reclaim the top spot turning for home before Whogoesfirst rallied to stick his head in front in deep stretch, only to be nailed by Northern Companion on the wire. For Northern Companion, an eight year-old altered son of Cambest, it was his 46th lifetime win-38 of those at Pompano Park-with his career earnings edging closer to $300,000--$297,282 to be exact. Off at 10 to 1, Northern Companion paid $23.00-only the fourth time he's been double-digit odd in winning. In the popular "Over The Hill Gang" Series, featuring nine year-olds and up, a field of seven with combined earnings of well over $2 million and 236 lifetime wins went post-ward and it was the 11 year-old Zorgwijk Impact, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Jack Sheehan, home first in a lifetime equaling best effort of 1:54.2. Leading at every pole through panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.1, Zorgwijk Impact, a son of Armbro Ricochet, strolled home lengthening his margin to 7½ lengths at the wire over On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) with I'll Tell You What third. Go Jesse Go was fourth over Mad Cow Lisa, picking up the final award in thee septet. Zorgwijk Impact now has 43 lifetime wins in his career stretching 272 starts, good for earnings of $350,409. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Zorgwijk Impact paid $3.80 to win. Other notable performances on the Sunday program in South Florida were carded by Grande Seelster in the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Officernagentleman in the $8,800 pace for $15,000 claimers, King Royalty in a conditioned event and Thebestofjoel, also in a conditioned event. Grande Seelster ($17.60) brushed up on the backside from fourth to score a photo finish victory over Fall Toy and Buddha Blue Chip in 1:51.1 for Kevin Wallis. Owned by Enos Van Stanhope III along with trainer Tony Dinges, Grande Seelster won for the 26th time career-wise to send his bounty to $232,411. Officernagentleman ($4.80) won his fourth straight, this time for Joe Pavia, Jr., who was in the sulky for trainer Paul Holzman and the J L Benson Stables-the time of 1:50.3 being a new lifetime mark. Fritzie Pic Up Man was next in the mile followed by Hopiesdragininthedo. Officernagentleman pushed his career bounty to $286,349 with the win-his 29th career-wise. King Royalty ($10.80) lowered his mark to 1:51 by getting picture perfect handling from trainer Matt Romano in pinning a photo finish defeat on Real Catch with Aloneinspades next. Owned by C & F Associates, King Royalty now has a career bankroll of $156,601. Finally, Thebestofjoel ($2.60), handled by George Napolitano, Jr., enjoyed his class drop this night and scored a gate to wire win 1:51.1 off of hot panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. Trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, Thebestofjoel now has $375,416 in lifetime earnings to go along with his 32 career wins. Racing continues on Monday night with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 31, 2015...Just A Bee, exquisitely handled by Mike Micallef, stung her rivals at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (December 30), regaining her status as the Queen Bee with a sterling harness racing performance in 1:50.4. The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, trained by Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff and Greg Heath, led from first long stride to last, clocking panels of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.1 before her 27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 1 3/4 lengths over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Precocious Beauty, handled by Doug McNair. Safe From Terror, with Matt Romano in the bike, finished third while Classic Carpet, prominent early, finished fourth. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the talented sextet. At the outset, Just A Bee seemed to, literally, push the starting gate out of her way from her outside post seven and immediately too command, stuffing Classic Carper in the pocket with Safe From Terror, Sandysgoldenhour and Jets Are On next with that aforementioned favorite, Precocious Beauty, away sixth and last, some seven lengths back early. With the dust then settled, positions remained the same until turn two when Precocious Beauty began her jaunt forward, sprinting her third quarter in :27 to wend her way into contention about a length away turning for home. In the lane, with both mares sprinting, Just A Bee never relented and was never in danger to the wire. After the event, driver Mike Micallef said, "my mare raced good in her first start back last week and felt very strong warming up on the track--relaxed but ready, I would say. When she grabbed on behind the gate, I thought 'we're going for the gusto tonight' and she burst out of the gate. "That probably was the difference because that put some distance between us and Doug's (McNair) mare (Precocious Beauty). She, too, of course, is one heckuva mare but maybe not seven or eight lengths better so the start I thought might be the key." Since being claimed in September of 2014 for $12,000, Just A Bee has won 19 times for Micallef, good for $153,735--$125,285 this year. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Just A Bee returned $7.60 to her faithful. Also of note, the 10 year-old Park Place mare Shortest Distance used the shortest distance to victory on Wednesday night by skimming the pylons late in the lane to score her 90th career victory--this one in 1:53.3. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Byron Pineda, Shortest Distance was handled by Wally Hennessey and garnered her 12th win of the year in 31 starts. She took her lifetime mark of 1:53 just one week ago. Shortest Distance has lifetime bounty of $457,340--$57.294 of that banked this year as the 2015 season comes to an end. Racing continues on Saturday night with Pompano Park's five night a week schedule--Saturday through Wednesday--currently in effect with a 7:30 post time. John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 20, 2015…Pompano Park hosted a trio of harness racing features on Sunday night with Arthur Blue Chip taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, Dont Tell Rusty annexing the $10,500 event for $30,000 claiming pacers and Trevor Win For Us scoring in the second leg of the Late Closing Powerline Pace. Arthur Blue Chip went a very game first-over journey to post a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who co-owns with Serge Savard and the R G McGroup Ltd. The four year-old son of Shadow Play made amends for his rare miscue in his Pompano Park debut a week ago to post the 1 ½ length decision over the late charging Bluehourpower, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with Alexa’s Jackpot, teaming up with John MacDonald for show honors. Caddillac Phil finished fourth while KR’s Power Surge picked up the minor award in a field scratched down to six. At the outset, the trio of Alexa’s Jackpot, Cadillac Phil and Arthur Blue Chip were all vying for the lead with Next Thing Smoke’n also in the mix with Hennessey deciding to stay out of the early war and find a spot in fourth ahead of Bluehourpower. With Alexa’s Jackpot and Cadillac Phil trading punches early, it was the former leading at the :26.3 quarter for a few strides before Cadillac Phil took over, only to relinquish the lead again to Alexa’s Jackpot past the half in :54.2. Once the dust settled there, Arthur Blue Chip left his cozy pocket in fourth and trudged up first over, reaching the saddle pad of the leader past three quarters in 1:22.2. From there, Arthur Blue Chip forged to the front and easily held off Bluehourpower, in turn, a neck better than Alexa’s Jackpot and a neck and a nose better than Cadillac Phil. After the event, driver Hennessey said, “You know, he’s a very good one. He had been tackling some of the tigers in recent races up north like Always B Miki and Foiled Again. He made that break leaving last week but was smooth as silk tonight. “I left a bit with him tonight but it was pretty hectic up front so I decided to stay out of that fray and take that seat in fourth. You know, when we are out there on the track, we have to make decisions. Some are right and some are not so right. I was fortunate to make the right one here. He’s quite a horse and he proved it this night.” The win was the fourth of the year for Arthur Blue Chip in 14 starts, good for bounty of $92,705 this season and $483,617 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 second choice on the board, Arthur Blue Chip paid $4.60 to win. The $10,000 pace featuring a $30,000 claiming tag for all entrants went to Dont Tell Rusty, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:51.4. The six year-old son of Tell All, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, won by a half-length over the late charging Johnny Grippa (Kevin Wallis) with Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) third. King Royalty finished fourth while Dabestleaderever finished fifth to claim the minors in the field of nine. Don’t Tell Rusty was on the engine from the get-go from post eight, grabbing the lead after a hard fought opening quarter in :27. Once on top, though, there was no breather during the next quarter with “Rusty” taking the field through a demanding half in :54.3. On the backside, only mild threats developed as King Royalty made a first over bid but never getting by Thebestofjoel turning for home. In the lane, Don’t Tell Rusty, though drifting out a lane or two, held off the late surge on the inside by Johnny Grippa to prevail. Don’t Tell Rusty, having his best season ever career-wise, posted his 12th success of the year to push his seasonal bounty to $91,690. He’s banked $183,051 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Don’t Tell Rusty rewarded his backers with a $3.20 mutuel. The second leg of the Powerline Pace for claiming horses and geldings went to Trevor Win For Us, handled by Rick Plano, in a photo over Oh My Joepa (Aaron Byron) with Aloneinspades (Kevin Wallis) third. Maddyssonofagun was fourth while Dirty Devil picked up the nickel in the sextet. When the Hummer wings folded, Oh My Joepa was urged to the front with Aloneinspades to his inside and Trevor Win For Us using his inside post to close the gap to get the garden journey. After a pair of :28 quarters, Lyons Josephjnr, the favorite, launched his bid but came up empty this night as Oh My Joepa reached station number three in 1:25. Right then, Trevor Win For Us left the pocket and engaged Oh My Joepa in a stretch long battle, prevailing by a neck at the wire in 1:53.1. After the event, driver Plano kidded, “The drive made all the difference in the world tonight! “Actually, the luck of the draw was on our side because, once we closed the hole, we got just a perfect trip back of Byron (Oh My Joepa). Once we left the pocket, it was tooth and nail all the way down the lane. Neither of us really gave an inch and it could have gone either way. OK, the driver AND the draw won it for us—along with the talent of the horse, of course!” Trained by Jake Huff for his wife and owner Rosie Huff, Trevor Win For Us, a recent addition to the stable, won for the third time in 2015, sending his seasonal bounty to $40,700. The eight year-old of Cheyenne Rei now has amassed $222,244 in lifetime bounty to go along with his 1:50.1 mark. As third choice in the win pool, Trevor Win For Us paid $12.60 to his faithful. Racing continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on this holiday week with post time at 7:30 on Monday and Tuesday and 7:00 on Wednesday when the track offers 14 pre-holiday races. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 30, 2015...Escuela, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, stretched her harness racing winning streak to three with a sharp 1:54.2 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by the Hensleys--Ed and trainer Ashleigh--overcame the handicap of the outside seven post and six rivals to score her 11th win of the year and 21st lifetime, sending her seasonal bounty to $85,270. She now has career earnings of $162,726. Rainbow Gold was second for Steve Condren while I'll Tell You What, driven by Brad Kramer, finished third. She's All In was fourth while Uriel picked up the final check in the septet. With five lead changes in the mile, it was She's All In leaving with alacrity and taking command early with Sailer Eddie also showing speed from the get-go, with the latter taking command at the opener in :27.3. Right at that opening marker, Uriel was on the move from third and brushed to the lead around turn two and took the field to the half in :56. On the backside, Rainbow Gold, out and driving into the second turn, brushed by Uriel midway around the final turn with three-quarters on the board in 1:25.4. But Escuela, who wended her way into fifth early on, drafted along with that live cover following Rainbow Gold and exploded by turning for home and drew away to score by 3¾ lengths. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "She's got some motor, doesn't she? When I set her down for the drive, she just exploded with another of her knockout punches and that was that! She's feelin' pretty good right now so we have to enjoy this while we got it. Believe me when I tell you that times like this don't last forever, so we gotta be thankful!" As the even money tote-board favorite, Escuela paid $4.20 to win. Also on Monday night, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey was honored after the third race for achieving a milestone of $60,000,000 in purses for the many owners that have benefitted from his driving skills over the past four decades. Hennessey, once again, is closing in on 200 wins for the year, a plateau he has accomplished in 26 different seasons--his career total now approaching 8,900. He celebrated the occasion by sweeping the early daily double, first, driving Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi to a popular win in the Monday night opener and, following that, a wire-to-wire win with Goldstar Classic, owned by Tim Rzepka, Kevin Kelly, Joseph Connors and Vincent Giorlando--both winners trained by Dan Hennessey. Racing continues Tuesday night with first post for the 11 race program at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2015...Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey, eked out a narrow decision over the late charging Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park. The winning was was a scant nose when the timer stopped at 1:53.4 with Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) third, 2 1/4 lengths away while Cam Funny was fourth. Stucklikeglue, making her Pompano Park debut, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. At the outset, Cam Funny, Classic Carpet and Godiva Seelster were all on the engine early with the latter taking command after an opening quarter mile tussle in :27.3. Positions remained virtually unchanged through a :57 half with an outer flow developing with Mach Me Not, Mach It A Par and Stucklikeglue all in the outer tier but, as yet, not putting any pressure on the leader and she reached the third station in 1:26 with Classic Carpet still in the pocket, Mach Me Not third on the outside and Cam Funny still skimming the pylons. In the lane, Godiva was valiantly trying to protect her diminishing lead with Classic Carpet now gaining with every stride. At the wire, it took a photo to decide the issue with Godiva earning the narrow nod. After the race, Hennessey said, "She was very game tonight...maybe not quite 100%, but still very game, very determined. I kept her out last week when she didn't quite seem herself, so she might have been a little bit short tonight. Tonight she showed her gameness and determination. She is just amazing." Not only did Godiva Seelster win for the 14th time this season, the daughter of Camluck won for the 25th time during her splendid ongoing career now showing $219,717 in bounty for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. She also extended her streak of earning purse checks to 72 encompassing her entire seasons as a three year-old, four year-old and, now, five year-old. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 to win. The victory, incidentally, was one of four on the evening for Hennessey, who also scored with Jets Are On ($3.80), Landonfitz ($4.20) and Goldstar Classic ($4.00). Hennessey now has 59 victories in the first 20 days of Pompano Park's meet. Racing add Saturday's to its racing schedule beginning this coming Saturday with Super Night following on Sunday night. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Bery, for the Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…November 22, 2015…Pompano Park hosted four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for two year-olds with Gold Star Brianna, Rexamillion and Prairie Sweetheart taking the three non-wagering events and Gleneagles annexing the harness racing event on the pari-mutuel program. Gold Star Briana took the Aylor for the trotting fillies in 1:58.4—Wally Hennessey guiding the daughter of Basil to a 4½ length victory over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont), that cut serious panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.4 before succumbing to the winner turning for home. Trottine Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) was third, 26 ½ lengths away, while Mitzie and All Star Fame were next in the quintet, the latter doomed by a miscue at the start. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, Gold Star Briana has an unblemished record—six-for-six—thus far in her career, good for earnings of $34,638. Rexamillion, a gelded son of Proud Bushy owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, was a wire-to-wire winner for Bob Roberts, leading every step of the mile off of panels of :31.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 before stopping the tele-timer in 2:01.4 for his fourth straight win. His winning margin was 2¼ lengths over Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) next. Savin Rock finished fourth while Proud Joe T picked up the nickel. Rexamillion now sports a 4-1-1 scorecard in six lifetime starts with earnings of $31,831. The final non-wagering Aylor Memorial for pacing fillies went to Prairie Sweetheart for trainer driver Mike Deters, who co-owns along with John Spindler and Laurie Poulin. This daughter of Royal Millennium, now undefeated in six lifetime starts, covered her mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3, pinning yet another defeat on another daughter of Royal Millennium, Caitlin’s Romance (Rick Plano) with Gold Star Love Bug (Walter Ross, Jr.) next. Diamond Lily was fourth and Gold Star Mysti fifth in the sextet of youngsters. Prairie Sweetheart now boasts earnings of $35,974. With the victory, driver Mike Deters improved on his lofty .889 UDRS coming in—that figure now approaching .900 based on a 13-4-0 record in 17 drives this fall semester. After the race, Deters had nothing but praise for his filly saying, “she’s been well within herself every start—even tonight with that 1:53.3 mile.. I’m kinda blessed to have a filly like this in the barn. But let’s not take anything away from Bob’s (trainer Barker) filly (Caitlin’s Romance). She’s a very excellent filly, as well.” Caitlin’s Romance has chased Prairie Sweetheart home in five straight events. The final Melvyn Aylor Memorial event was held on the betting card and, for the second straight week, Gleneagles, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, eked out a narrow photo finish win over arch rival Conman’s Dream (Jason Mac Dougall)—this time in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark. This son of Mysticism, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, zipped out of the gate from the outside seven post and carded panels of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3 before a :28 finale held off Conman’s Dream—barely—the official margin a head. R Chism (Ed Hensley) was third while ICU Diamond T was fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the final award in the field of seven. Gleneagles now has a 5-1-2 scorecard in 10 starts with earnings of $45,048. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Gleneagles paid $2.60 to win. Many of these same combatants will be in action as the F.S.B.O.A. presents Super Night at Pompano Park next Sunday night. Also on Sunday night, the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace was contested with Bandolito making his South Florida debut a winning one for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for owner-trainer Jenny Bier. This outstanding five year-old son of Ponder earned his 10th win of the year in near gate-towire fashion, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Starting from the outside post seven, Bandolito looped his way into the lead midway around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before reporting home a winner by an unthreatened 1¼ lengths over Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) with Play It Again Sam (Dan Clements) just another nose back in third. Lyons Johnny, bottled up in the lane with nowhere to go, finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N closed to pick up the final award in the septet. The win was the 24th lifetime for Bandolito in just 57 starts, sending his career bounty to $423,110--$141,275 of that this year. As the even money tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid $4.20 to his many followers. The Florida Amateur Driving Club held two events on the Sunday night program with Celtic Merchant and Good Friend winding up in the winner’s circle. Celtic Merchant, the 12 year-old warrior with 40 lifetime wins and $334,502 in bounty coming into the action, made it 41 with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58.2 for Mitch “Sky” Walker, by far his seasonal best time. This 4 to 5 chance cut fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:26 before finishing three lengths clear of the 77 to 1 shot Starbux Eden (Jeff Schaefer) with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) next. Owner and trained by Steve Oldford, Celtic Merchant paid $3.80 to win. Good Friend, with owner-trainer Tony Dinges in the bike, took top honors in the 4th race Pentafecta event, covering his mile in 1:59.3 and paying $15.00 to his faithful. The win was the nine year-old’s first success of the season and broke a dry spell of 29 races dating back to his last trip to the winner’s circle on November 19 of last year at Dayton. The win sent this nine year-old’s lifetime bounty to $334,134. Rel Cash Clown (Sky Walker) finished second while Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) finished third. Good Feeling and Vari Forgetful were next, significant because not one single ticket was sold on the 1-4-5-10-3 Pentafecta necessitating a carryover into Monday night’s fourth race Pentafecta of $2,785 and a guaranteed pool of $7,500. Post time for Monday night’s card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Pompano Beach, FL…November 17, 2015…S S G Stables’ Mach Me Not, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mc Donald, took top honors in Pompano Park’s feature for the mares on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. This rugged nine year-old daughter of Mach Three won for the 37th time during her lengthy career now stretching 209 starts and sent her lifetime bounty over the $350,000 mark--$352,492 to be precise. The victory on this night—her 10th of the year in 30 starts—was especially impressive as she was on the outside for the first five-eighths of the mile grinding towards the top spot, finally reaching the lead with three-eighths remaining and never threatened thereafter. Her winning margin was a length over Skyway Dusty (Aaron Byron) who led through panels of :27.1 and :55.4 before being out-brushed on the backside by the winner, who got to the third station in 1:24.1. Im Gracies Wigwam (Ed Hensley) was third, 1 ½ lengths away, while All Charged Up and Fiesta Camcun were next in the field of 10. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey remarked, “She’s a tough mare all right. She has a tendency to drift out in the lane but she just keeps digging in until she passes the wire. Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) has her very sharp again and she handled the competition very well tonight with the class jump.” Mach Me Not was sent post-ward as the 7 to 5 favorite and was one of three favorites to hit the winner’s circle in the track’s 50 cent Pick-5 event which paid a handsome $3,888.80 to the eight winning ticket holders of the 9-5-5-6-5 combination. The featured conditioned trot went to Janet, a sophomore daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, for Aaron Byron in a lifetime best 1:56 performance. Trained by owner Richie Silverman, Janet won for the second consecutive time in her class but returned a very generous $26.00 to her faithful after returning $9.60 last week in this very same class—the difference being post position eight this week as opposed to number four a week ago. Still, Janet was able to assume control three-eighths into the mile from Luck Is All I Need (Wally Hennessey) and lead the rest of the way. American Superman (Andy Santeramo) finished third while Zoraze was fourth with El Diablo Rojo picking up the nickel. Janet’s scorecard now reads 5-2-4 in 19 starts this semester, good for $21,516. Racing continues on Sunday at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, Florida…November 8, 2015…Panocchio, the splendid five year-old son of No Pan Intended, paced the fastest mile in the 51 year history of Pompano Park on Sunday night, overcoming the outside post and six rivals to score in 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio was, once again, driven by Dan Clements, who sent his charge winging out of the gate along with Alexa’s Jackpot (Joe Pavia, Jr.), settling in second through hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:21.3. Turning for home, Panocchio left the coziness of the pocket and, in mid-stretch, rocketed on by to score by 1 ¾ over Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny (Mike Micallef) third the entire route. Northern Companion, individually timed in 1:50 flat (maybe a shade faster), could do no better than fourth while Audrey’s Dream finished fifth in the septet.  After the race, driver Dan Clements said, “Geez, when this horse gets behind the gate, he’s all business. He just sailed out of the gate and we were fortunate to find a nice cozy spot early since nobody really wanted to get into a heated shoving match that early.  “When we turned for home, he just exploded with pace…I mean EXPLODED!  “He’s just a remarkable racehorse.” For Panocchio, it was his 10th win of the year in 27 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $105,622. Lifetime, he has won 34 of 80 starts, good for $280,267 to go along with his new lifetime mark and track record. The F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Stallion Stakes for Florida Bred trotters were contested in four separate divisions for two and three year-olds on Sunday night with Prairie Fortune, Livy M, Rexamillion and Gold Star Briana annexing victories in their respective classes. Prairie Fortune, coming off of a sweep in Sunshine Stakes competition, easily took the $32.675 Stallion event for sophomore trotting colts and geldings by romping to a victory measuring 6 ¾ lengths in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin. With a quarter move to the top after a :28.3 opener, this three year-old son of Arapa Victory went on to clock panels of :58 and 1:28 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol) with Harrison (Wally Hennessey) next, almost 15 lengths away. RJ’s Iron Man and Victory Park completed the quintet with the winner’s share of the $32,675 purse sending Prairie Fortune’s seasonal bounty to $70,784. He’s banked $85,231 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs. The driving win for Deters also sent his UDRS number over .900, based on a 14-11-3-0 scorecard. The Stallion Stake for three year-old trotting fillies, worth $30,750, went to Livy M, also trained by Deters and driven this night by regular pilot Wally Hennessey.   Owned by the consortium of Deters, Fred Morosino, Ken Fritz and Don Fritz, this daughter of Proud Bushy coasted to a wire-to-wire 4 ½ length win in 1:59, pinning the defeat on Zendaya (Bob Roberts) with Palm City Slick (Ed Hensley) next. Run Around Sue S completed the quartet. Livy M now has lifetime earnings of $52,000--$34,911 this year in 10 starts. Rexamillion, took top honors in his $28,950 Stallion Stake for Bob Roberts. Aborting his usual front stepping tactics, Rexamillion let Proud Joe T (Rob Hoffman) cut the mustard with fractions of :30, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4 before sweeping up from third into the final turn and collaring the leader shortly after turning for home and then on to a handy 2 ½ length victory in 2:02.2. Proud Joe T was second with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) third. Trottime Splendor was fourth while Savin Rock picked up the nickel in the quintet, Owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, this son of Proud Bushy won for the third consecutive time and now sports a scorecard of 5-3-1-1, good for $24,131 with yet another month of Florida Stakes season ahead. The final Stallion Stake, this one worth $28,950 for juvenile trotting fillies, went to Kevin Kelly’s Gold Star Briana, trained by Dan Hennessey and driven by brother Wally. This daughter of Basil kept her perfect record in tact—now five-for-five—with a resounding win measuring 13 lengths over All Star Fame (Dan Clements) with Trottime Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) third. Mitzie finished fourth while Trotting Missmissy finished fifth, doomed after a miscue at the start. Gold Star Briana’a time was 1:58.2—a new lifetime best—and sent her earnings to $26,938. Stallion Stakes action continues on Tuesday night with four divisions for the Florida bred two and three year-old pacers in the spotlight.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FLorida...October 21, 2015...Amazing, "you bet!" Astounding, "absolutely!" Astonishing, "without question!" Remarkable, "positively!" Incredible, "undoubtedly!" Harness racing driver Wally Hennessey says Godiva Seelster is all of those...and more! The five year-old daughter of Camluck extended her streak of getting purse checks to 69 covering her every start since the age of three and did so with a lifetime best performance--1:50.4--over a million dollar field, including arch rival Just A Bee (third this night) and Winbak Heavenly (chasing the winner home). Mach It A Par and Jets Are On picked up the final two awards in the talented octet of mares. Annexing her 12th win of the year, Godiva Seelster left with alacrity from her post seven along with Winbak Heavenly, handled by Aaron Byron from post five, and Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef from the outside post. Just a few long strides into the mile, Godiva Seelster had already made the top spot with Winbak Heavenly content to sit in the garden spot and Just A Bee finding a spot close up in third. With an opening quarter in :27, MIcallef sensed that Hennessey would be giving a second quarter breather to Godiva and pulled just before turn two to get a closer look to the front. For Just A Bee, that "breather" was "not to bee." With Godiva Seelster reaching the half in a blistering :54.2, Micallef left Winbak Heavenly in the two hold, yielding and taking back to third as the rest of the field was somewhat gapped at that point. With a brisk pace continuing through three-quarters in 1:22.2, the field was strung out and Godiva Seelster used a :28.2 finale to hit the wire in that aforementioned 1:50.4, two-and-a-half better than Winbak Heavenly and 4 1/2 to the good of Just A Bee. In that post race interview, Hennessey echoed all of the above sentiments adding, "she's just an exceptional mare that does all of this on her own. I don't drive her...she drives me! "Actually, I really had no choice once I got to the lead. When Mike (Micallef) came out, I really couldn't afford to restrain my mare because she was so intent on staying on the bit. When they feel that strong, I don't think it's a good idea to restrain them...and she really felt strong tonight." When asked if he was worried off of a :54.2 half, Hennessey said, "Well, yes and no. You always worry when the half is that fast but, once I got over to that final turn and she was still grabbing a hold, those worries disappeared. She was terrific tonight." For Godiva Seelster, now sporting a 23-12-8-1 scorecard this season, the win sent her lifetime bounty to $207,957-- $98,125 in 2015 for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. Also of note is the fact that trainer Dan Hennessey improved on his lofty UTRS, now close to .490, with his 45th win in only 114 starts. Also, the F.S.B.O.A's Sunshine State Stakes action continued with classes competing--three off the card. The first, the two year-old colt/gelding pace, went to the Mysticism colt Gleneagles, driven by Wally Hennessey, holding on for dear life at the wire to pin the nose defeat on R Chism (Mike Micallef) with Danza (Corey Braden) next. ICU Diamond T finished four in the quartet. It was the second straight win for Gleneagles, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, in Sunshine State Stakes action. The mile was clocked in 1:58.3. The second division pitted arch rivals Caesar's Forum and Owosso Flash against each other and, for the third straight week, Amante Standardbred's Caesar's Forum, the sharp son of Six Of Diamonds, got the nod as driver Wally Hennessey lolly-gagged on the front end through three-quarters in 1:31.3 before a :27 sprint home held off Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) by a neck. Gold Star Roger (Wally Ross, Jr.) finished third while Drake and Stutz completed the quintet of three year-old pacing colts and geldings. Caesar's Forum is trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin, who now has a UTRS rating over .440 for the year. The Sunshine State Stake for the sophomore pacing fillies went to Gold Star Dynasty, driven by Aaron Byron for trainer Mike Deters. Also by Six Of Diamonds, Gold Star Dynasty cut all the fractions--:29.2, :59.4 and 1:29 before surging home in :28.3 to hit the line almost five lengths ahead of Davita (Corey Braden) with Gold Star Charming (Mickey Mc Nichol) third. Creamsicle and Arties Diamond Gal completed the field of five. The final Sunshine State Stakes was contested on the card and the two year-old pacing filly Prairie Sweetheart, trained and driven by Mike Deters, brushed from fifth around the second turn, securing command into the final turn and then on to a hand win measuring 3 1/4 lengths over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte) in 1:58.3. Diamond Lily (Micallef) finished third while Gold Star Lovebug and Trottime Sparks picked up the minors in the field of seven. Prairie Sweetheart, a daughter of Royal Millennium, is a perfect three-for-three lifetime for owners Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, who co-own with trainer Deters. Deters, by the way, now sports a lofty .642 UDRS for the year of the strength of a 27-13-6-3 scorecard. Racing continues on Sunday night featuring Open pacers and a Super Hi-5 carryover in excess of $3,400. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 14, 2015...Just A Bee, strategically handled by Mike Micallef, got a bit of revenge on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, at Pompano Park on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, eking out a narrow win in 1:52.3 after an epic harness racing battle in the Open Pace for Mares.   The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood assigned with the six post, one notch inside of Godiva Seelster, used that slight advantage, carrying it over to the race itself by forging for the lead and assuming control from Togetherforever after a quick :27 opener. Meanwhile, Godiva Seelster, normally on the engine early, was forced to take back and settle in fifth early.   After a :56.2 half, "Godiva" rolled up on the outside and, very quickly, an epic battle developed with Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster slugging it out the final three-eighths of the mile.   The two were, literally, trading noses on the lead from the far turn to the wire with Just A Bee on top at the wire in a tight photo finish.   Winbak Heavenly, with Aaron Byron in the bike, finished third, 1 3/4 lengths back with Togetherforever fourth and Mach It A Par, pacing the fastest finale in the septet, earning the nickel.   After the event, Micallef said, ..."now THAT was something. Two great mares going at it tooth and nail like that. You know what? The difference in that race was probably determined three days before that when we were assigned one spot inside of Wally's mare. When they are that close in talent, an early advantage can go a long way. Yes, I had to use her pretty hard early to gain that advantage...but my mare is a brave one...out in :56.2 and home in :56.1."   For Just A Bee, owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, it was her 13th success of the year, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $111,160. She paid $3.60 to her faithful.   Godiva Seelster, certainly not disgraced in defeat, earned a purse check for the 68th consecutive time stretching and covering her career as a three, four and, now, five year old campaigns.   Meanwhile, Hennessey continued his hot hands with a grand slam of his own, winning with Caesar's Forum and Gleneagles in FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes action, as well as Angel Demon and Jets Are On.   Caesar's Forum, given sensational rating by Hennessey, lolly-gagged on the front end to an opening half in 1:00.2 before sprinting home in :55.1 to score a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length over arch-rival Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) in the Sunshine State Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. It was he second win in a row over this main rival for this son of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds.   Gold Star Roger finished third--8 1/2 lengths away--while Stutz and Drake picked up the minors. The event was contested off the pari-mutuel card.   Gleneagles, a two year-old son of Mysticism, earned his maiden win in his Pompano Park debut, scoring handily in 1:57 in a gate-to-wire effort over Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) and R Chism (Mike Micaallef). ICU Diamond T, prominent early, finished fourth with Danza next in the septet.   The youngster is trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable and, as the 1 to 20 overwhelming favorite, paid the minimum $2.10 to win.   Wally also scored with Angel Demon ($5.20) and Jets Are On ($11.60), bringing his victory total through the first four nights of the meeting to 22.   The other FSBOA Sunshine States, contested off the card, were won by Prairie Sweetheart and Gold Star Dynasty.   Prairie Sweetheart, co-owned by trainer Mike Deters along with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, kept her perfect record in tact with a career best 1:56.4 clocking with Mike in the bike.   The two year-old daughter of Royal Millenium is now two-for-two against her Florida bred filly competition, pinning a handy win over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte) and Gold Star Love Bug (Wally Ross, Jr.)   Diamond Lily and Prairie Pistol also earned checks in this octet of youngsters.   Gold Star Dynasty dominated the three-year-old Sunshine State Stake for the fillies, scoring a resounding win measuring a tad over five lengths in 1:57.1.   Aaron Byron was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters and owners Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing.   Gold Star Sonata (Ross, Jr.) was second with last week's winner, Davita, recovering from a miscue early, finishing third. Gold Star Charming and Arties Diamond Gal were next in the sextet of fillies.   Also starring on the Tuesday night card were the Hensleys--Ed and Ashleigh.   The pair teamed up for a grand slam as the Ashleigh trained and Ed driven Swing N Ace ($3.60), Friendsnheartbeat ($6.20), Bloodstockshalltab ($2.60) and My Hope ($7.80) all scored victories on the card. Even sweeter, the pair own all of the winners, as well.   Finally, the Super Hi-5 was hit on Tuesday--the unique 20 cent ticket worth $6,299.48.   Pompano Park's next live racing program is Sunday night with Open pacers expected to be in the spotlight.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...October 12, 2015...Godiva Seelster, the outstanding five year-old daughter of Camluck, looks for a repeat win in Tuesday's Open 1 Handicap Pace for mares at Pompano Park. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, this ultra-consistent mare got picture perfect handling by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey to secure her 11th win of the year last week--wire to wire--over the late surging Just A Bee in 1:53 to send her lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--$201,592 to be exact. She has been assigned the outside seven post in the "million dollar" field. Godiva also will be looking to extend her streak of getting purse checks, currently at 67 races encompassing her entire career as a three, four and, thus far, five year-old season. She has been made the slight 8 to 5 favorite in Pompano Park's morning line. Listed at 9 to 5 is Just a Bee, trained and driven by Mike Micallef for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath. This seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, with the fastest mark in the field at 1:50.3, has won a dozen races this semester and over $106,000. Her :27 final panel fell a half length short last week. Just A Bee will leave from post six on Tuesday night. The richest performer in the field, Mach Me Not, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the S S G Stables, looks to add to her career total of $345,046 after her three race winning streak was interrupted last week with an "off-the-board" finish in her first start back since late June. Andy Santeramo will handing the nine year-old's lines from post two. Winbak Heavenly, trained by the Mike Deters for owner Barbara Jensen, looks to climb up yet another rung on the ladder after a brilliant 1:52.4 win in Open 2 company a week ago. This five year-old daughter of American Ideal will have the driving services of Aaron Byron from post three. Cam Funny, Mach It A Par and Togetherforever complete the talented field. F.S.B.O.A Stakes action continues, as well, as four Sunshine State Stakes events will also be contested. Two developing rivalries highlight those events with Caesar's Forum and Owosso Flash locking hooves in the three year-old colt/gelding pace and Conman's Dream facing Gleneagles in the juvenile pace for the colts and geldings. Last week, Caesar's Forum, trained by Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds, took advantage of the rail post position to wire the competition in 1:55-:28 for Wally Hennessey, this after Owosso Flash suffered interference early but recovering to pace his final 3/4s under 1:25 to miss by a half length. Conman's Dream, trained by Mike Deters for owner Jason Mac Dougall, made his racing debut for Deters a winning one with a 2:00.4 triumph, highlighted by a final panel in :27.4 Gleneagles, meanwhile, has five lifetime starts under his girth and while he is winless in pari-mutuel action, he does come into the event with a "Q" mark of 1:55.1 at Pocono. A growing Super Hi-5 jackpot is also on tap in the finale, that carry over now over $4,300. Post time is 7:30. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Paul and Patricia O'Neil's ultra consistent mare, Godiva Seelster, given perfect "middle-half" rating by Wally Hennessey, used a :27.1 finale to hold Just A Bee (Mike Micallef) safe in 1:53 in the $10,000 Open pace for mares at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Tuesday night.    The winning margin was a half length and stretched the mare's streak of getting purse checks to 67 over a three year span.   The five year-old daughter of Cambest won for the 11th time this semester in 21 starts to push her lifetime bankroll over the $200,000 mark--$$201,592 to be exact.   Togetherforever (Ed Hensley) finished third--five lengths away--while Mach It A Par and Jets Are On picked up the final awards in the octet.   Sprinting as the gate opened, Godiva Seelster took command immediately from her seven post and Just A Bee, leaving from the outside eight post, left right along with her and settled into thee garden spot before the first turn.   After a :27 opener, Godiva Seelster rambled to the half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :27.1 to secure the victory.   After the win, driver Hennessey remarked, "I've said this before...this is a mare who knows how to take care of herself and it's amazing she has stayed sharp for so long. She is amazing, no doubt about that!"   Trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 as the tote-board 3 to 5 favorite.   Hennessey had another huge night after his opening night winning spree numbering seven--six of those in a row. On Tuesday, he had five more victories, including a natural "hat trick" on races five, six and seven.   Besides Godiva Seelster, Hennessey won the non-betting Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacers with Caesar's Forum, upsetting the highly vaunted Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with a wire-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.   Trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds, the son of Six Of Diamonds left alertly from the rail and avoided confusion in the first turn when Drake made a miscue which scattered the field early on.   Again, superb rating--:29, :58.3 and 1:27--made the difference as Owosso Flash closed fastest of all but ran out of racetrack late.   Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Fonzie finished fourth. Stutz was awarded the nickel.   The win pushed Caesar's Forum's earnings $36,144 with the bulk of the Florida Stakes season looming ahead.   Hennessey's other wins were with Mach The Kasbah ($9.20) and The Muscler ($9.20), providing the "cookie" part of the Oreo sandwiched around Godiva Seelster.   The claimer No Shenanigans ($4.80) capped the Hennessey night, with his victory total at 12 after the first two programs.   Hennessey shared the spotlight with trainer driver Mike Deters, who hopped in the bike to handle a pair of two year-olds making their respective debuts in the other Sunshine State Stakes.   Deters guided Jason Mac Dougall's Conman's Dream, a son of Best Connection, to a sparkling 2:00.4-:27.4 win over Danza (Corey Braden) and R Chism (Mike Micallef). ICU Diamond T and Gold Star Peter also earned their initial paychecks in that event.   He followed that a few minutes later by piloting Prairie Sweetheart to a convincing 1:58.1--56.2-:28 victory in the companion Sunshine State Stake for the juvenile fillies. Diamond Lily (Micallef) finished second over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte).   Goldstar Lovebug and Jaycie Jaycie also earned their first paychecks, as well.   On the pari-mutuel program, Davita, aided by the scratches of her two main rivals, scored a win measuring nearly 10 lengths for Corey Braden in 1:56.2.   Gold Star Sonata (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second followed by Gold Star Charming (Mickey Mc Nichol). Arties Diamond Gal picked up the remaining award in the quartet.   Davita, off at 1 to 20, paid the minimum $2.10 to win.   Racing resumes on Sunday night with Open pacers and Open trotters expected to be in the limelight with a growing carryover in the popular Super Hi-5 beginning to gather interest.   John Berry 

Pompano Park opened its 2015-2016 126 night harness racing season on Sunday night with Wally Hennessey, Oho Diamond and Audrey's Dream providing the "fireworks" on a magnificent 80 degree evening. Driver Wally Hennessey, coming into the action with 8,818 lifetime wins during his Hall of Fame career, added seven more of them on opening night, including six in a row encompassing races three through eight. Hennessey began his winning evening in the non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes for two year-old trotting fillies by guiding Kevin Kelly's Gold Star Briana, a daughter of Basil, to a handy win in 2:05.2 in her first purse start.  Two other non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes were also contested with Dave Myrick's Proud Joe T scoring for Rob Hoffman in his racing debut for juvenile colts and geldings in 2:08.1 and Prairie Fortune annihilating his foes in the sophomore event for colts and geldings in 1:57.3--this son of Arapa Victory driven by trainer and co-owner Mike Deters on behalf of co-owner Laurie Poulin. The only other Sunshine State Stakes contested was on the card with Livy M, a three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy, scoring a handy five length win for Wally Hennessey on behalf of trainer Deters, who is part of the Deters, Morosini, Fritz and Fritz consortium--the time of 2:00 being a new lifetime mark. As the overwhelming 1 to 10 favorite, Livy M paid $2.20 to her many backers and was the start of a rare consecutive streak stretching through race eight. In the next race, Hennessey guided Goldstar Classic to an upset ($47.60) win for the foursome of Rzepka, Kelly, Connors and Giorlando. Dan Hennessey trains this five year old son of Classic Photo, covering the mile in gate-to-wire fashion timed in 1:56.3.  Hennessey used the same strategy in the fifth race for trainer Bill Kapinos, when he guided Jay and Melissa Appleblatt's Tim Whiskers ($11.80) to a game win in 1:55.1. In race six, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi ($3.60) were the beneficiaries of Hennessey hot hands with a photo finish win in 1:55. Verdi took the lead right at the :28.1 opener and led the rest of the journey, scoring by a head for his 10th win of the year. In the next race--the seventh--Hennessey got the garden trip with Di It For Annie ($10.00) and scored in 1:59--the beneficiaries being Denis Goyette and co-owner-trainer Normand Dessureault. Hennessey then completed his "six-pack" with Pacing Pretty Stable's Bold Willie ($6.80), enjoying a picture perfect journey to score a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. Hennessey also played a key role in the ninth race, the $10,000 Open Trot, won, in track record time, by the four year-old mare Oho Diamond in 1:53.3, a new track standard, eclipsing the near 25 year-old mark of 1:54.2, set by the great Peace Corps back on November  2, 1990. Hennessey drove Count Speed in that one and pressured the winner from the final turn on home before finishing fourth. For Oho Diamond ($3.80), driven by Mike Micallef for owner Dan Clements and trainer Renaldo Morales III, it was her 11th win of the year in 21 starts, sending her yearly bounty to $88,333, by far the most successful campaign of her career. After that event, driver Micallef said, "Renaldo said she'd be good tonight and can gulp a lot of air, so I brushed her early and she made the top easily and, when she felt that little pressure around the final bend, she just pulled away all by herself." In the $10,000 Open Pace, Audrey's Dream ($6.00), co-owned by driver Ed and trainer Ashleigh Hensley, took advantage of the draw (post one) to win an early battle for supremacy and go on to wire the competition with a 1:52.2-:55 mile. The classy seven year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover won for the third time this semester and 24th lifetime to send his lifetime bounty to $346,127. After the event, driver Hensley said, "With such a short field--five--I thought it be best if I tried to control the pace and, when I got over to the half in :57 and a apiece, I was very confident in this horse's ability to get us home. And my confidence was justified tonight." The next racing night is Tuesday with a 7:30 post time and a $5,000 guarantee on the Pompano Park Pick-5, which begins on race one. There is also a carry-over in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, which is contested on the last race--the 10th--on the card. John Berry  

War Hero (Wally Hennessey) scored a victory in his local debut on Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jessica Okusko-trained trotter has been a force in the Vernon Downs Opens this summer and drew post five in his Spa debut. War Hero got away last in the six horse $18,000 feature but swooped the group after getting a third over trip. The morning line favorite, War Hero paid $10.20 to win after besting longshot Teach Me To Bucky (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and the favored E R Ellie (Dan Cappello Jr) in 1:55. The win was the sixth of the season for the seven year old trotter and served as one of four winners on the night for Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey. On longshot night in Saratoga, War Hero led an exacta and triple that paid $106 and $314.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at the Spa with a first post time of 7:05pm. Melissa Simser

JK Panache (Art Major) has become the new force in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Dave Dewhurst-trained six year old is having a sensational summer and continued his winning ways in Saturday night's $18,000 harness racing feature. Assigned post position eight after winning all three of his starts in the local Open this summer, JK Panache raced parked out as reinsman Wally Hennessey motored the 7-5 favorite out early. He continued to plug away before finally putting away the race's front runner JD's Caleb Man (Billy Dobson) in the final sixteenth of the mile. JK Panache paced 1:52 in the Saturday score to complete his local grand slam. JD's Caleb Man dug in for second while Burkentine Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) followed the winner's cover to finish third. JK Panache, who matched the all-age track record at Vernon Downs back in July, has local wins clocked in 1:50.2 and 1:50.1 this summer as Saratoga's most recent pacing star. He returned $4.90 to win on Saturday and led an exacta that paid $46.20 and triple that came back $103.50. It was victory number nine for JK Panache in 23 seasonal tries. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) continued her sensational season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The harness racing five year old pacing mare recorded her second consecutive victory in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open behind a front-running effort covering the mile in 1:52.3. Wally Hennessey powered Godiva Seelster out early and as several leavers settled in, Hennessey drove on making the lead in 27 seconds flat. Just like last week, the Hall of Fame reinsman got the mare a solid second quarter breather before stepping on the gas in the third quarter to the tune of 27.3. Godiva Seelster had to hold off the late challenge from rival So Nice (Austin Siegelman) who she bested in last week's Open. So Nice once again was the bridesmaid in the feature for distaff pacers, settling for second. Longshot Bell On Wheels (Stephane Bouchard) saved ground behind the top two throughout and finished third. For the Dan Hennessey-trained Godiva Seeslter, it was win number ten on the season in nineteen starts. She paid $13.40 to win in the mild upset leading an exacta that returned $43.80 and a triple that came back $454. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

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