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Pompano Beach, Fl...April 20, 2015...Lucy's Pearl, fresh off of a seasonal best 1:51.4 win in conditioned company one week ago and stepping up to the top harness racing class this night, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares in 1:52.1 on Monday (April 20). Confidently handled by Wally Hennessey, the four year-old daughter of Well Said, owned by Elizabeth Novak along with trainer Ron Gurfein, darted first out of the gate and then yielded--briefly--at the opening station in :27.3. She then retook command just a few long strides later and controlled the proceedings the rest of the journey, clocking fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:52.1 over a track dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. All Charged Up, driven by Kevin Wallis, finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back while Limelight and Dave Ingraham teamed up to be third. The early pacesetter, Senorita Santanna, did finish fourth with Mach Me Not rallying from last turning for home to pick up the final award in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Hennessey related, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she raced giant from off the pace for Steve (Condren) last week. Ronnie (trainer Gurfein) said, 'don't be afraid to put her on the lead...she's won half her races that way.' So, I thought, 'let me leave a little with her.' "When Joe's (Pavia) mare (Senorita Santanna) went by, I thought it would be a good idea to re-take and try to control the pace. She went a big mile on this track, which may have been a tick or two off because of the weather." For Lucy's Pearl, it was her second win in only four starts this year--13th win lifetime--and sent the classy mare's career earnings to $191,986. Her step up in class didn't seem to bother the wagering public, who sent sent her off as the 7 to 5 choice providing a $4.80 mutuel. One race later, Fashion Ruffles, driven by Dave Ingraham, pulled off an 18 to 1 upset in the co-featured pace for mares, scoring in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Pacific Date, with Aaron Byron aboard, was second, a half length away, with Cheap N Easy and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for show honors. Sinspirational and Artful Impulse annexed the final two awards in the field of nine. Fashion Ruffles, a seven year-old daughter of Village Jolt, owned by Patricia Connor along with trainer Kelly Case, was biding her time early as there were several lead changes during hot panels of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:22.4 with Fiesta Camcun, Sinspirational, Artful Impulse and, finally, Pacific Date mixing it up big time. Turning for home, Pacific Date, on a three wide binge, stuck her head in front with Sinspirational between horses and Artful Impulse still battling on the inside. But Fashion Ruffles, on a double-bubble surge of her own around the final bend, had the most at the end, scoring the narrow victory--her second of the year in six starts. Her winning time was two full seconds better than her previous mark and sent her lifetime earnings over the century mark--$103,177 to be exact. She rewarded her followers with a $38.20 mutuel and her win was the key component is the Pick-5 payout of $2,446.25 for a 50 cent investment. In Monday night's trotting feature, Renaldo Morales III piloted Ted Berry's Teezer Bree to his first win of the year in 1:56.4, significant inasmuch as the track's Pick-4 was unscathed, setting up a $25,000 guarantee for Wednesday night's Pick-4. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the winning 20 cent combination of 5-1-7-3-4 produced two winning tickets, each paying $2,684.38, pushing the carryover into the mid-week program into record territory--vaulting over $150,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl...April 13, 2015...About the same time that the sun was setting in Pompano Beach on Monday night--7:43--our version of Lady Godiva, known here as Godiva Seelster, was pacing her way into the sunset with an easy win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing Mares. This five year-old daughter of Camluck, making two moves early in the mile, secured command for good just after the :27 opening panel and then waltzed over to the half in :56 before picking up the pace during a :28.2 third panel and then cementing the deal with a :26.4 finale--hitting the line in 1:51.1, a lifetime best performance. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster was driven to victory by Wally Hennessey, scoring by 4 3/4 lengths over Senorita Santanna (Aaron Byron) with All Charged Up (Kevin Wallis) third, five lengths away. Mach Me Not finished fourth in the quintet with Glow Stick picking up the nickel. Not only did Godiva Seelster win for the third time this semester in five starts, it stretched her streak of starts earning purse money to 51, encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, thus far, five year-old. The crowning touch of this mile was the fact that Godiva Seelster's final sprint to the wire marked the first time she has ever paced a final quarter as fast as :26.4. In a post race interview, Hennessey said, "She's an amazing mare...that's all there is to it. She knows how to take care of herself and she's just a well mannered, hard hitting, ultra-consistent and dependable racehorse as you'd ever want to drive...just amazing." Though 1 to 9 on the tote-board, Godiva Seelster, in reality, was 1 to 20 and returned $2.10 to win. Her career scorecard now reads 14-13-14 in 60 lifetime starts, good for $130,342 in career bounty, $125,714 during her "in the money" streak. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were multiple winning tickets on the 20 cent 4-2-5-7-1 combination, sending the carryover to the Wednesday program to $136,776. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 30, 2015...Godiva Seelster, the mare that gave Just A Bee all she could handle last week before succumbing in the final few strides, turned the tables on the "Queen Bee" on Monday night at Pompano Park and scored a narrow win in a lifetime best performance of 1:51.2 for harness racing driver Wally Hennessey. The five year-old daughter of Camluck, trained by Wally's brother, Dan, for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, took command just a few steps after the gate opened and carved out fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before courageously coming home in :28.1 to score by a neck over Just A Bee and driver Mike Micallef. Mach Me Not, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, was a stout closing third while Mach It a Par, prominent from the get-go, finished fourth. Senorita Santanna pick up the final award in the sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "This mare (Godiva Seelster) is about as consistent as they come. She always gives a good performance. This was her third start back after a couple of months off and she was sharp coming back...didn't lose one step. She dug in tonight and, after that :27.3 backside quarter, I was just hoping for the best. She was a determined winner. But Mike's mare (Just A Bee) went a great trip on her own, too. She's mighty tough!." In defeat, Micallef spoke highly of Godiva Seelster saying, "Just A Bee raced a great mile, no doubt about that, but Wally's mare was extremely sharp and deserves the accolades...she earned them tonight. I look forward to a rematch--and I am sure he does, too!" Godiva Seelster now has a 2-1-0 scorecard in her three starts, good for $13,500 in bounty. She has $122,342 in lifetime earnings. As the 9 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Godiva Seelster paid $5.60 to win. The $9,500 Open "2" pace for mares went to De Vins Girl, this eight year-old daughter of Red River Hanover, scoring a virtual gate to wire win for Matt Romano in 1:53.2 for owner-trainer Luca Derrico. Fiesta Camcun, with Kevin Wallis handling the mare's lines, finished second with Glow Stick, driven by Dave Ingraham, next, after putting a scare into the winner around the final turn and through mid-stretch. Oceans Motion finished fourth while Jump Start picked up the nickel in the quintet. De Vins Girl tussled--briefly--with Fiesta Camcun, handled by Kevin Wallis, before taking command and carding panels of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25 before sealing the issue with that :28.2 sprint home for her second success of the year in 12 starts, good for 2015 bounty of $23,750. She's now banked close to $300,000 lifetime--$299,785 to be exact. Though known for her explosive closing kick, De Vins Girl, has 11 wins over the past two seasons in 50 starts with eight of those wins in virtual wire-to-wire fashion. As the 4 to 5 favorite, De Vins Girl paid $3.60 to win. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 created eight winning tickets on the 2-7-8-10-1 combo with the 20 cent ticket worth $692, pushing the carryover to Wednesday night program over $85,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for the mid-week card. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 18, 2015...Its Payday Friday paid early dividends this Wednesday night with a splendid 1:54.1 harness racing victory for owner-driver Dan Clements in Pompano Park's featured $12,500 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was sent away carefully by Clements before brushing up strongly around turn one to take command and control the proceedings off of panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.1 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale, holding off the pocket sitting Winermaster Hanover (Bruce Ranger) and the late surges of Dukester (Rick Plano) and Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Flyhawk El Dorado picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dan Clements related, "I wanted to be cautious leaving just to make sure he was solid and, when we got away OK from the gate, I let him trot...and trot he did! He is handy and can do it any way but I thought I'd be better off leaving, especially from this advantageous post here." Its Payday Friday won for the third time this season in eight starts to send his seasonal earnings to $28,750 and $211,388 lifetime. As second choice on the board, Its Payday Friday returned $5.00 to his faithful.. In the $10,000 co-feature trot, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey guided the five year-old gelding High Blue to the largest payday in his career with a victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4, destroying his former mark of 1:57.4 accomplished over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, High Blue zipped out of the gate from post five through a seemingly suicidal opening quarter of :26.3 and then proceeded to carve out panels of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home in :29.1 to score by a length over Ramzan (Matt Romano) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third--that 2-3 order subsequently reversed as Ramzan went up in the air near the wire. CJ's Rascal was fourth while Majestic Won finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "You know, when I qualified him about a month ago, I zipped him out of there and he won wire-to-wire in (1):59 and a piece but he came home pretty well in that one. I raced him off the pace in his first two starts back with the first one against that Dukester, who won in (1):54 and change and the one last week we got shuffled a bit but he still had good trot late in the mile. So, I decided to send him tonight and he was revved up early--that opener was all him. He just didn't want to let anyone by. He kind of surprised me by his staying power at the end. It was a heckuva mile for him!" Sired by Majestic Son, High Blue won for the initial time this season to send his seasonal earnings to $6,550 in four starts and lifetime bounty to $64,307. Not only was this High Blue's largest career payday, as the fourth choice among the punters, High Blue Paid $13.40 to win--the largest win mutuel payout of his 10 lifetime successes. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were two tickets that had the 2-1-8-3-7 combo, each receiving $2,736.20 for their 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program has vaulted over $54,000. Also interesting to note is the fact that, since the inception of the Super Hi-5 at Pompano Park, the average consolation payoff has soared to slightly over $500.00. Post time for the Saturday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m. John Berry reporting for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2015...With the "Queen Bee"- Just A Bee-out of the lineup this Monday night, J. L. Benson Stables' Senorita Santanna did some stinging of her own in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares. The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for trainer Paul Holzman, led every step of her mile and stopped the tele-timer in a seasonal best 1:51.1, pinning a defeat measuring seven lengths on the late surging De Vins Girl (Jason Dillander) with Southwind Trini (Bruce Ranger) next in the quintet over Always Dee One and Keystone Christa.Carding panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23 along the way, Senorita Santanna never had an anxious moment as the 1 to 5 choice, opening a 2 ½ length lead at the opening quarter and blitzing away from her foes on the backside, enjoying a six length advantage by the time they reached the final turn. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "She (Senorita Santanna) is a very rugged mare that can brush for the whole mile. She was nice and relaxed once we got to the front and, when I asked her for a bit more on the backside, she kind of exploded with pace and that was that!" Senorita Santanna now has a 4-2-1 scorecard in eight starts this young season and $29,185 to show for it. The classy mare now has five wins since she was claimed for $10,000 by the aforementioned J L Benson Stables back in mid-December with bounty of $32,685 since the claim. She paid $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 pace for mares went to Mach Me Not with Wally Hennessey handling the lines. This nine year-old daughter of Mach Three came from well off the pace to score in 1:53 over the late surging Glow Stick (Dave Ingraham) with Market Dynamics (Peter Wrenn) third. Art Frenzy finished fourth while Winbak Heavenly, the 4 to 5 favorite, finished fifth after taking a clear lead turning for home. Owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, Mach Me Not won for the second time this season and pushed her lifetime earnings to $309,302 on the strength of her 29 career wins. She paid $10.80 to her $2 backers. McDonald also drove the winner of the second race, steering the four year-old trotting gelding Looney to a 38 to 1 victory-his maiden win in 17 lifetime starts. Also on the Monday card was the first leg of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closing Event for claiming pacing mares and Taylor B Good, handled by Rick Plano gutted out a courageous first over victory in 1:54.4. This six year-old daughter of Kilowatt, trained by Bernie Wolin for owner Hilda Wolin, was away fifth early as, first, Flying Topless, then, Hot Latte and, then, Newsmaker, traded places for the lead through hot panels of :27.1 and :56.3 with Taylor Be Good grinding first over the entire last lap, reaching the top turning for home and holding off the late charging A and G Covergirl (Ed Hensley) to score by a length. Moon Is On Fire closed from last turning for home to garner show honors while Hot Latte and Newmaker tied for fourth. For Taylor B Good, it was her initial success of 2015 and sent her lifetime bounty over the $80,000 mark. She paid $4.40 to win as the public choice. Finally, the popular Pompano Park Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night with management guaranteeing a $15,000 pool for Wednesday night's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2015...Iain'tnomomaluke, driven by Wally Hennessey, bravely fought off the late surge of Barbies Korvette, driven by Ed Hensley, to take top honors in the harness racing $15,000 final of the Interloper Late Closing Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night. Amen Amen finished third for Peter Wrenn while Wishiniwasfishin was next. Skyway Glider picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Iain'tnomomaluke, a seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation, hot property off claims the last two weeks, gave new owners, Beauty In The Bridle Stable, immediate returns on their investment, holding on for a photo finish victory measuring a neck in 1:56.4 for his second victory of the year in three starts, good for $11,850. He's banked $119,284 lifetime. When the gate opened, Iain'tnomomaluke got into a war with Wishiniwasfishin, which he won, taking command just short of the :27.4 opener. A second quarter breather of :30 seemed to help the cause with no serious threats developing until just past the third station, timed in 1:27.1. In the lane, Barbies Korvette, away seventh early, was on a double-bubble binge and third at the top of the lane and gnawing in on the leader. But "Momaluke" was determined late and held on for the score. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I had driven this horse before for Marc (trainer Aubin) and Irwin (trainer Lubar) and he seemed to like being in the hunt from the get-go, so I sent him and he was good despite the cool temperatures tonight." Trained by Jake "222" Huff, Iain'tnomomaluke was sent off as the 3 to 2 public choice and returned $5.00 to his faithful followers. Once again, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager produced multiple winners--each receiving over $303 for a 20 cent investment--sending the carry-over for Monday night's programs close to $70,000. Post time for Monday remains at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2015...Imahonkyconchman and Iain'tnomomaluke each scored handy victories on Sunday night as Pompano Park presented second round action in the Interloper Late Closing Series for claiming trotters.   Imahonkyconchman, owned and trained by George Napolitano, now a spry 90 years young, got the picture perfect drive from Dan Clements to score a 1:56.4 decision measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Skyway Glider, handled by Norm Dessureault with Nomad, teamed up with Rick Plano, third. The favorite Pilgrims All In finished fourth after cutting all the panels--:28, :57.2 and 1:27.1. What About Brian picked up the final award in the field of seven.   Clements sent Imahonkyconchman, a nine year-old altered son of Conchnito, away alertly when the gate sprang open and neatly settled In The Pocket back of Pilgrims All In until tipping out for the drive home.   "It was a great journey," Clements stated after the race. "He may not be a world champion but he sure gives his all every start. He's been knocking at the door the last three or four starts (actually four) and tonight he just responded perfectly when asked. I'm happy for George--he's quite a guy!"   For Imahonkyconchman, it was his first victory of the new year in three starts--24th lifetime victory--and sent his lifetime earnings edging just shy of $100,000--$99,048 to be exact.   As fifth choice in the win pool, Imahonkyconchman paid $17.40 to win.   Iain'tnomomaluke's victory also measured 1 3/4 lengths with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for 81 year-old trainer Marc Aubin. Owned by Amante Standardbreds, this seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation took command shortly after the start and clocked fractions of :28.3; :58.2 and 1:27 before sprinting home virtually unchallenged in :29.3 to stop the clock in 1:56.3 for his 10th lifetime success in 90 lifetime starts. He's banked $111,784 lifetime.   Amen Amen, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, chased the winner the entire route to finish second while Wishin Iwas Fishin driven by Jason Dillander, rallied for third. Dreamnwillie and Soxy's Kid picked up the other rewards in the septet.   In a post race interview, driver Hennessey said, "last week when I drove him, he didn't seem to like the going. The track was fast tonight and he was very sharp."   As 5 to 2 second choice among the punters, Iain'tnomomaluke paid $7.60 to win.   Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Sunday night--the consolation paying a healthy $823.22 for a 20 cent bet--sending the carryover to Monday night's card close to $50,000, an all-time record for the track.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL...January 14, 2015...Coco Lindy earned a narrow photo finish decision as Pompano Park presented a highly competitive Open Handicap Trot along with the opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer for claiming pacers, which was contested in two divisions. Coco Lindy, an eight year-old altered son of Cantab Hall owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph, just did get up in the final stride to pin the "nose" decision in 1:54.3 over the pacesetting Its Payday Friday with Adenium third, three lengths away, in a virtual repeat of when these three hooked up in their last encounter on December 30. Dukester and Majestic Won earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Coco Lindy played musical chairs early on with Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, with "Lindy" taking command as the gate sprung open before yielding to Its Payday Friday at the opening marker, timed in :27.3. Adenium, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, settled into third at this point with Dukester, M C Felix, Buddy Hally and Majestic Won following. Positions remained stagnant among the first five through a half in :57.2 and, except for a bit of outside flow on the backside, the top two, Its Payday Friday and Coco Lindy, began separating from the remaining competition turning for home. With the three-quarters timed in 1:26, Its Payday Friday dug in desperately to try and protect the lead but Coco Lindy kept gnawing away and just did get by in the very last stride. In a post race interview, driver Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey said, "This is one game trotter. He's just relentless. I know he likes the top spot but, the last two times I drove him, Dan's (Clements) horse (Its Payday Friday) drew outside of us and I had to make a choice of whether to get into an all-out war or yield and get a garden trip. I'm glad I chose the latter--even though it gave me heart palpitations both times." Trained by Frank Antonacci, the lightly raced eight year-old Coco Lindy won for the 30th time in only 77 lifetime starts to push his career bounty to $398,680. Even money on the tote-board, Coco Lindy paid $4.00 to win. The opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer--an event named in honor of the first Pompano Park winner on February 4, 1964--was contested in two divisions with the opening rounds going to Oakmont and Rock N Go. Oakmont, a recent purchase by trainer Dan McCartney and driven this night by Ed Hensley, made a quarter (:28.1) move to the front and carved remaining fractions of :56.3 and 1:25 before sealing a decision measuring three lengths on the strength of a :28.2 finale. Orator and Mike Micallef teamed up to be second while Casino Captor, driven by Joe Sanzeri, rallied from last half way through the mile to earn show honors. Four Starz Kyle and Deep Finesse also earned checks in the septet. Oakmont, an eight year-old son of I Am A Fool, earned his 25th lifetime victory to send his lifetime bankroll to $207,700. As 8 to 5 second choice in the betting, Oakmont paid $5.40 to win. Rock N Go, trained and driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Leona Morrissey, stretched his current winning skein to five with the win timed in 1:53--his margin of victory three-parts-of-a-length over Final Curtain (Bruce Ranger) with Who Dey (Mickey McNichol) third. Tivoli Hanover and Fox Valley Christo finished 4-5, respectively, in the field of eight. This five year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, took command shortly after the :27 opener and rolled on through panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before coming home in :29.1 to seal the issue. As the 3 to 5 choice, Rock N Go paid $3.20 to win. Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going in to Saturday night's program now approaching $44,000. Post time for Saturday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 30, 2014...Invader Coco Lindy, making his initial start of the season at Pompano Park and only his second lifetime appearance in 75 starts, took top honors in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54 for Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey.   The seven year-old son of Cantab Hall overcame the outside eight post in a strong $2 million dollar field to edge by a stubborn Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, to score by a neck with Adenium third for Kevin Wallis, almost four lengths away.   Raven Victory finished fourth while Rush N Supreme picked up the final award in the octet.   As the Hummer Starting Gate sprung the field loose, Hennessey sent his trotter winging out of the gate into a quick early lead and rocketed to an opening panel in :27.1. Shortly thereafter, Clements had Its Payday Friday on the engine, taking the lead after 3/8ths of a mile and proceeding to the half in :56.3.   On the backside, Dukester was sent up to apply the tourniquet but could get no closer to Its Payday Friday than a length-and-a-half with Coco Lindy patiently biding his time on the inside as the leader broke the third beam in 1:25.2.   Once they straightened away, Coco Lindy left the coziness of his pocket and began gnawing away at Its Payday Friday's lead, catching that one inside the sixteenth pole and then on to the photo finish victory.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I knew coming in that this horse like the front end so I took a chance and sent him, hoping he wouldn't get hung out to dry. Not even one step out of the gate, he was going full speed ahead and gained the lead rather easily. I let him relax during the middle stages and, when we found that room turning for home, he responded like a very good trotter does. You know, he's not heavily raced, but, when he does race, he's usually ready...and he was ready tonight."   Owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph and trained by Frank Antonacci, Coco Lindy won for the seventh time in only 11 starts this year. Lifetime, he has won 29 of his 75 starts, good for $392,180--$34,693 this year.   As the 9 to 2 third choice on the tote-board, Coco Lindy returned $11.20 to win.   Also on the Tuesday card, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners, sending the carry-over on Saturday night's card over the $20,000 mark.   Post time for the initial 2015 racing program is 7:30 with Prairie Jaguar looking to repeat his winning 1:50 performance of a week ago against the likes of Lyons Johnny, That'll Be The Rei, Cadillac Phil, Duc Dorleans and a quartette of others in the featured Open Handicap Pace.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2014...In the aftermath of Saturday night's card featuring Doc Dorleans spectacular 1:49 performance and five Aylor Stakes events, racing fan Gary Andrews asked, "What is Pompano Park going to do for an encore on Monday?" Director of Racing Brett Revington has the answer..."two things," he said. "First, we have our Pick-5 with a $7,500 guaranteed pool on Monday night. Second, we have a million dollar field of mares going to the gate in our excellent Open for the mares." Monday night's hefty guaranteed pool was assured when 45 to 1 shot Major Stone lit up the tote board in Saturday night's final leg of that Pick-5. As for the grand field of mares, Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster appear to be the ones to beat as Pertty Music, Ed Hensley's outstanding mare, is taking a week off after her 1:51 win last week. Hensley, though, will be represented by Time To Celebrate, fresh off of a splendid 1:51.3 win in her own right and now stepping up to the top class. Just A Bee, trained and driven by Mike Micallef, was just a photo finish away from a 1:51 mark in Pertty Music's win and Godiva Seelster, from the powerful Hennessey Stable, cut all the fractions in last week's event, finishing third, less than a length away. Of Just A Bee's performance last week, trainer Mike Micallef said, "this mare is becoming a very pleasant surprise to me. She didn't win last week, but I thought it was her best performance ever and I am hoping her blossoming talent continues." Also in the sterling field is Arodasi, representing the Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable. Arodasi is the leading money winner of the group this year at $102,900 and also owns the fastest lifetime mark--1:50.1. Mach Me Not, Winbak Heavenly and Always As Fast complete the talented field. Post time for the Monday night card is 7:30 with the Pick-5, along with the $7,500 guaranteed pool, beginning with the second race on the program. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Among the busy hallways of Woodbine Racetrack, filled with people going this way and that, there is a room, steep in history; and in this room some of the greatest moments in Canadian horse racing are kept. On the walls are plaques of heroes of our sport both past and present; from the great Secretariat to the great Keith Waples.  It’s a place where Thoroughbreds, Standardbred, drivers, jockeys, and people who devoted their lives to this sport come together to celebrate their accomplishments. Each year some of racing’s best and most honorable join this elite club. This is the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame! As you walk through you can feel the energy, you can hear the horse’s hooves thundering home, the crack of a driver’s whip as he hits the shaft of his bike trying to urge his horse to go. Or the muffled voice of a commentator, maybe even the clicking of keys on the typewriter or now a days a computer laptop. Or you can imagine the screams of fans because of builders who built our sport from the ground up, turning hopes into dreams; and nothing into something. You feel as though you have been brought back in time and are walking through history. Seeing milestones crossed, champions beaten and records broke. Last year I had the honor of attending the Canadian Hall of Fame induction dinner. This dinner is where the year’s inductees and inductees of the past come together to congratulate each other on their success, honor and accomplishments, and it gives them a chance to connect and share stories and their memories with one another.  I had the honor of being there when my dear friend Carl Jamieson was inducted in the Standardbred Trainer/Driver category. While I was there I met many people; but I had the pleasure of meeting two people in particular that I never thought I’d meet. They were; Chris Tweedy, the son of the lady who changed the sport forever- Penny Tweedy, with the idea to syndicate her horse Secretariat, who today is still one of the greatest horses our sport has ever seen. The other person I met was someone who I never thought I would meet in my entire life; he was none other than the one and only Ron Turcotte. We talked for several minutes. We talked about Secretariat, his success as a jockey, me and my adventures in horse racing, and my hopes and dreams. I told him about Pinky and shared our story. Sitting and talking with him was a true honor. He is so inspirational, the passion he has for the sport whether its Standardbred or Thoroughbred is extremely memorable; and I felt so privileged to have been able to meet such a person. The class of 2014 is an incredible group of inductees. Their impact on the sport will forever be imbedded in our history, now and long after they’re gone, their memory will continue to live on. With great pleasure and honor I now introduce to you the 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees;    In Thoroughbred racing: Apelia – Female Thoroughbred Inductee A filly owned and bred by Steve Stavro, of Knob Hill Farm was the filly trained by the Hall of Fame trainer Phil England.  She always impressed her connections; in her 24 career starts she hit the board  a total of 18 times, with 12 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds and a bankroll of $621,708 CND. The filly was unraced at the age of two, however she was undeniably one of Canada’s dominate female sprinter, a recognition and name she earned by taking on some of the world’s best fellow sprinters, against both colts and fillies. Because of her impressive record she has a stakes race named in her honor. This race is run annually at Woodbine Racetrack, which is fascinating because Apelia won her maiden start at Greenwood in 1993 by seven lengths. Also joining Apelia in the Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2014 is Wando: Wando- Thoroughbred Inductee A multiple stakes winner throughout his career, Wando won Canada’s Triple Crown in 2003 at the age of two, all of which he did with in open length fashion. He was only the seventh one to win Canadian Triple Crown since 1959. Wando was retired at age four due to a slight tear in the suspensory ligament of his hind left leg. He retired with a lifetime earnings of $2,566,060 CND, and a successful racing career that saw 23 starts and included 11 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds.   He passed away on January 22, 2014 at the age of 14. Along with the boys there is also a filly going in: Cool Mood- Female Thoroughbred Inductee Cool Mood won the 1969 Canadian Oaks. She only had 8 wins in 41 starts but that didn’t matter because her success as broodmare was *quite * the record, and here is a sampling her foals success; With Approval captured the 1989 Canadian Triple Crown and Izvestia took the 1990 Canadian Triple Crown, along with Touch Gold who won the 1997 Belmont Stakes. Her daughters also made good broodmares too! Five of her nine daughters also produced twelve stakes winners. The final the Thoroughbred being inducted is a legend of the sport of the sport, meet Archworth: Archworth- Legend Horse In 1938 Archworth was considered Canada’s top two year as he had wins in a variety of stakes races   In 1939 Archworth won the Queen’s Plate but, he along with connections he also had a brush with royalty. As it was the first time in Queen’s Plate history that a ruling monarch had been present.   On this day Archworch also galloped to a 10 length victory.   Archworth was retired at the age of five, and stood stud a William H. Wright’s farm in Barrie Ontario. The same place as where he was foaled in 1937.  At the end of his career he had 47 starts, and hit board in 31 of those, including 15 wins and finished second or third in 16 other races, with career earnings of $31,234. There is also a remarkable group of Standardbred horses going into the Hall of Fame this year: Albatross- Male Horse Inductee: At two the colt had 14 wins in 17 starts, and impressive earnings of $183,540 and a mark of 157.4.   In the early beginning of his three season he was syndicated for 1.25 million which in 1971 was a record for a horse at that time. Then Stanley Dancer took over, Albatross won 25 out 28 starts, making $558,009. His success continued into his four year old season where he collected 20 wins in 26 starts and made earnings of $459,921. In 1972 he was retired and re-syndicated for 2.5million.  He held records of both fastest horse, with a mark of 1:53.4 and the richest in history for his breed. He stood at Hanover Shoe Farms and sired more than 2,640 foals. Fan Hanover was one of them; who even today is the only filly to win the coveted Little Brown Jug. Albatross died at Hanover Shoe at in 1998, the age of 30, due to complications from heart failure and colic. During his lifetime he was also named U.S Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972, and was buried in the cemetery at Hanover Shoe Farms. This year at the induction dinner I had the pleasure of talking to Murray Brown who worked at Hanover Shoe Farms, and got to work with Albatross on a daily basis, here is what he had to say about Albatross: “He was perfect horse! He was kind gentle and had no bad manners; he was just an absolute great horse,” Mr. Brown said, “He was handsome and great gaited. He could have the post 8 on a half mile [track] and still win! I was lucky to have been able to meet such a great horse! He continues. “When Stanley Dancer approached Hanover Shoe Farms about buying Albatross and the legal ownership (of even a percentage) Stanley Dancer said ‘all that mattered was the size of his testicles.” Murray Brown recalled with a chuckle. Some racehorses hit the track and you know that they are going to be remembered forever, and that’s exactly what our next inductee did: Rocknroll Hanover- 2014 inductee Rocknroll Hanover is the only horse in history to win the Metro Pace, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Breeders Crown. In 26 career starts Rocknroll Hanover had 15 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds.  At age 11 his stud career was cut short when he had to say goodbye in March of 2013 to the sport loved, and a sport that loved him back after he suffered complications from gastric impaction.  He will always be remembered as the horse who always wanted more. His memory and legacy will always live on through his successful children and grandchildren. Our next inductee is one that I remember watching race, her grace and elegance was eye catching and her name is...          Dreamfair Eternal-Female Standardbred Inductee Dreamfair Eternal, The filly by Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer father Camluck out of J Cs Nathalie who is a United States Harness racing Hall of Fame inductee and now she herself has continues that legacy.     On the track Dreamfair Eternal was quite the champion, she had multiple stakes wins to her name including, the Breeders Crown for older pacing mare in 2010, and wins in the Roses are Red in both 2009 and 2011; as well as a number of other stakes races in 2010 and 2011, and the Artiscape in 2011 and 2012. Along the way she also set four records along the way including a world record on a half mile track; which she took at Flamboro Downs which was 1:51.4. Her career best was 1:49 at Tioga Downs it came on her eighth and final year on the track. Her career also saw 140 trips behind the gate, 56 of those resulting in trips to the Winner’s Circle, 18 seconds, and 13 thirds.   But as a youngster she was quite the handful. She made dirty breaks, and top drivers didn’t really want to steer her.  But that didn’t deter her owner and breeder. He knew that she was special. But at the age of four John Lamers made the tough decision to put her in a mixed sale with a reserved bid of $85,000, when that price was not met he brought his mare back home and that resulted in the Dreamfair Eternal we know today. The wonderful horses that we have already mentioned would not have gotten where they are today if it wasn’t for the humans that trained, drove or rode them. So meet the 2014 Hall of Fame trainer, driver and jockey inductees: Horatio Luro- Thoroughbred Trainer Horatio Luro, moved to the United States in 1937 from Argentina, with him he brought four race thoroughbred horses which he later grew into a stable. He was a good horsemen, he was fair with his exercise riders, jockeys and other people he worked with, and always took their opinions into consideration when training his horses. Luro was a three time Queen’s Plate winner; he was also the first to ship a horse from United States to Canada to compete in the Long Branch Championship; which today is known as the Canadian Championship. That is when his connection for Canadian racing began.  He trained the great Northern Dancer. Luro also trained both of Northern Dancer’s parents, and this colt took him on the trip of a lifetime, when he won the Kentucky Derby in record time, followed by a win in the Preakness and finishing third in the Belmont. Horatio Luro died in 1991 but among the many things he will be remembered for, he will always be remembered as a trainer that believed in his horses and a true gentlemen. Robert Landry-2014 Jockey Robert Landry was one of Canada’s top riders he had career that spanned 30 years. He captured his first lifetime win at the age of 19 aboard Hammy Hubert at Fort Erie Racetrack on June 21st 1981. That would be the first of many trips to Winner’s Circle for Landry, the first of 2,045 trips to the Winner’s Circle to be exact With 167 of those wins being stakes races; he first stakes win came in 1982 when he rode La Salle Park in the Fair Play Stakes.  His career exploded in 1992 when he won 102 races; this would also be the first of seven years that he would win 100 or more races. His best years were in 1993 where he won 176 races; and 1994 where he won 178 races. And because of those two very impressive years he was also a Sovereign Awards in both years.    It wasn’t easy getting those mounts; it took lot patience, dedication, and determination, but Landry had plenty of all three and he was strong-willed and wanted to succeed.  Along the way he suffered from serious injuries including breaking his back on two separate occasions. He made the decision to retire in 2011. His last stakes win which would also be his last career came on August 8th, 2014 aboard Rahys Attorney in the Approval stakes. Even though he might have retired from riding, he is still doing what loves, and that is working with horses as Chiefswood Stables General Manager. I had a chance to sit down with Robert Landry and reflect on his career with him; here is what he had to say: “Being inducted was the ultimate! I have been lucky enough to do what I love to do. I have had the opportunity to ride so many great horses and win so many great races.” Then I asked him, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment?” He smiled, thought about and then said “My greatest accomplishment would have to be being so fortunate and always trying my best and being able to promote the sport as much I as I been able to. Wally Hennessy- Trainer/ Driver Wally Hennessy was born and raised on Prince Edward Island and saw most of his success come in the United States. His career is quite impressive; he has 8,500 wins and has $58,000 000 (million) in purse earnings. Each year for the past 25 he has won more than 200 races and banked more 1, 000,000 in purses; he has had the opportunity to drive in major races all across the globe. In 2005 he drove Driven To Win in the 46th edition of the coveted Gold Cup and Saucer. I have actually had the opportunity to meet Wally Hennessey in person. It was at Legend’s Day at Clinton Raceway in 2011. On that afternoon I talked to him and he signed my keepsake poster along with the other legends who had signed it. My parents and I were watching the races, and after the featured ‘Legend’s Day Invitational Trot’ they called all of the drivers for a group photo, and Hennessy was walking back from doing an interview when he heard the announcement. He stopped in front of us on the opposite side of the fence. He said hello and we exchanged pleasantries; then he placed his helmet and gloves on the ground and asked if we could watch his belongings while he went for the picture. I agreed delightedly (after all it was Wally Hennessy) so when he returned to collect his possessions we continued chatting and then he took his gloves out of his helmet and passed them to me. “Here you go.” I was in a state of pure amazement as he passed me his royal blue driving gloves. “Thank you” is all I could say. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. He winked and said “you’re welcome.” And I knew my mom had a sharpie marker in our bag we had brought, and so before he walked away. I said “Mr. Hennessy before you go can you please sign these before you go? As I had handed him back the gloves he had just given me. He nodded and smiled and he pasted the gloves back to me, and then he was off. I wore the gloves for the rest of the day and I wore them with such pride. When I slipped them on, they felt like they were magical, they gave my hands this tingly sensation, this aura of honor, the things their previous owner had accomplished were only dreams of mine.  When I got home I put them in my mom’s china cabinet so they wouldn’t get damaged or lost. I sat down with Wally Hennessy at the induction ceremony and chatted with him and reminisce about his career and here is what we talked about: “Mr. Hennessy is there one horse that you have driven that you will always remember that special horse to you?” He smiled and said “as a matter of fact there is.” The horse that I will always remember would have to be Moni Maker. It defined my career as a driver, and she sent me on a ride of a lifetime! You just can’t compare something like her to anything else. “ “What does being inducted to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame mean to you?” “Being inducted to the Hall of Fame means everything to me. It is overwhelming and very humbling. I didn’t get to where I was by myself, I am very grateful for the support my family has given me. I am very fortunate for the longevity and consistency of my career and I am very lucky that I have not had setbacks in the sport that have hindered me from doing what I love - driving” Our sport wouldn’t be without the fans and enthusiasts, and if it wasn’t for our builders we would not have a facility to race at or a place where fans can come to watch the races. And without our communicators those fans would never have known about the sport of horse racing so without a further ado I would like to introduce you to the 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame builders and communicators: Dr. Ted Clark- Standardbred Builder: A veterinarian by profession Dr. Clark is now the General Manager of the racetrack he helped to build. He gave up his practice in 2002 in order to devote his life to the sport of standardbred.  He has a deep passion for what he does. He’s dedicated and wants his costumers and horsemen to both be happy while at Grand River Raceway. During the construction process he taught himself how to read blueprints so he would know what the contractors were talking about. One night at Grand River I had the humbling opportunity to sit one on one with Dr. Clark and I asked him about his induction, here is what he had to say: “Being inducted is a surprise, and it’s not just me that made things possible for me do the things I am being recognized for milestones many people made possible. I have fortunate to have able to apart of many great times in racing, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have been apart and I appreciate all of them because they have helped me get to where I am today.” Grand River is a family affair for Dr. Clark and his daughter Carrie who also works there as the equipment judge and I asked her about what her dad’s induction meant to her and her family, here is what she had to say: “It was a once in a lifetime thing, and it was so great to see him be recognized for all the things he has done and continues to do he helped both our track and our industry rebuild and find a way to survive: to reinvent the Industry. So by definition and practice, he has been, and continues to be a builder. Builders are survivors. he just keeps going. It means so much that his work has not gone unnoticed. As a family, we are very proud of him.” Without Dr. Clark racing for me personally because during the summer I race my horse Sydney “Pinky” Seelster at Grand River Raceway, it is such a nice place to race. It is perfectly set up for both the patrons and horsemen.  Robert Murphy- Standardbred Builder            An O’Brien Award nominee in 2006 for Canada’s Breeder of the Year, built and owned a Serta mattress manufacturing plant along with a couple other businesses and manufacturing plants. Over more than 30 years Robert Murphy owned more 400 horses, either in part with other owners or by himself and together they made other $100 million. In 2007 Robert Murphy owned more Standardbred horses than anyone in Canada. He said goodbye to the sport he helped build and strengthen in February 2010 when he died at the age of 77. William “Bill” D. Graham- Thoroughbred Builder William “Bill” Graham is the owner of Windhaven Farms in Caledon Ontario. He also helped to build Woodbine Racetrack’s E.P Taylor Turf Course. The horses he bred, were bred to be champions. The fillies that were bred at Windhaven were no less than impressive. In last 40 years there has rarely been a race for fillies or mares that hasn’t been won by a Windhaven bred.  They also have multiple Sovereign Award winning fillies to their credit. Graham himself is a Sovereign Award winner. In 2012 he was a Sovereign Award as a Canadian Outstanding Breeder.  He is also a member of the Brampton (Ontario, Canada) Sports Hall of Fame, Vice- President of (H.B.P.A), director of (C.T.H.S), a steward of the Jockey Club of Canada, a commissioner of the Ontario Racing Commission (O.R.C), a member of Woodbine Racetrack’s Board of Directors and now a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Arthur (Art) W. Stollery - Thoroughbred Builder Arthur W. Stollery served in World War II as a flying officer; after returning home ran Angus Glen Farm.  He took developed broodmares from Canada, the United States, and South America and bred them to top Canadian stallions. His successful ran for more than two decades. It included many multiple stakes winners, and a few were even award winners. He died in 1994 at the age of 80. E. King Dodds - Standardbred Legend and Communicator Edmund King Dodds, who went by E., founded the Canadian Sportsman, a magazine that covered everything sports (including horse racing) and later the publication switched its focus to strictly horse racing. The Canadian Sportsmen was published for 143 years, and recently stopped publication, so his induction came at the perfect time.     He lost his sight completely and still managed to write for his publication for 5 years and was fully able to publish a book on horse racing. His book included his experiences that he witnessed through the years and even included stories as early as the 1840’s and at the time it was published it was welcomed and praised as “one of the first and best serious attempts to record sports history.”     Our next and final inductee is a gentleman I had the pleasure of keeping in contact with since his induction. We have met at the races a few times and shared a countless amount of stories. It is with true pleasure and honor I introduce to my good friend Bill Galvin; William (Bill) Galvin - Standardbred Communicator Bill Galvin has seen and done pretty much everything thing there is to see in harness racing. He is a lifelong enthusiast of the sport and has devoted his life. He always had a love for horses. He groomed horses as a teenager, then he went to University of Detroit for English, and there he began tell people about harness racing.   He brought the sport of Racing Under Saddle (R.U.S) to Canada, and applied to have it has a wagering event and was turned down back in the 80’s. He organized a day of ice racing on the Rideau* Connell in Ottawa (Ontario, Canada); an event where Standardbred horses raced over the frozen Connell. On this day 4,000 spectators gathered to witness this event, including the Prime Minister of Canada; on this momentous occasion a very large storm came about as Galvin recalled. The list accomplishments and things this remarkable gentleman has done are endless. He has worked with the Horseman’s Chaplaincy at Woodbine for many years, and was recently appointed to the Standardbred Chaplaincy Board of Directors; and now he can add a 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee When I asked him what his greatest accomplishment was he paused and thought about it for a moment and said; “My greatest accomplishment would have to be the fundraiser I started for the Race Against M.S. I have been so fortunate to do what I love”, he added with a smile.” Here you have it, your 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductees! If you want to learn more about them or more about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame or want to learn about this year’s inductees, or inductees of the past; please visit: Thank you to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for giving me this opportunity, thank you for letting me use your resources. Thank you to all the people who have helped me make this story possible, from my fellow writers who gave me expert advice when I needed it, to the inductees who took the time to sit down and answer my questions, to my editor for all of his patience, I really appreciate it.   And to Linda Rainy and Andrea Magee, and everyone else at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame thank you for letting me be a part of your special event, and creating so many memories that I will never forget!  Sydney Weaver is 14 years old and resides in Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, grooms horses, jogs them on the track, co-owns a racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals.

Panocchio continued his dominant stretch in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jimmy Mattison-trained four year old is enjoying a breakout harness racing campaign and won for the twelfth time of the year in Saturday's $17,000 feature.  Driver Gerry Mattison dropped Panocchio (No Pan Intended) into the pocket behind the race's favorite Mystician (Wally Hennessey) who was making his local debut. Panocchio closed up the passing lane before winning a photo with JK Panache (Billy Dobson) in a mile paced in 1:51.4. It was the seventh Open win this year for Panocchio boosting his seasonal earnings to over the $100,000 mark. JK Panache was the runner up for the second straight week in the feature while longshot BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed for third. It may be the final time we see Panocchio compete at Saratoga for the year as he will be headed back down to Pompano Park in the near future. The pacing star is co-owned by his trainer Jimmy Mattison and Emile Johnson Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Bondi Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) prevailed in Thursday's $7,000 featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Wally Hennessey piloted the three year old pacer for trainer Margaret Spagnola and moved the race's favorite to the early lead. One week removed from a second place finish as the public's odds-on choice in the wagering, Bondi Hanover would not be denied on Thursday night. It was the fifth victory on the season for the three year old pacer who has now earned better than $78,000 in sixteen 2014 starts. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella    

Bet On Roulette (Bettor's Delight) had been the runner up in the Open Pace for four consecutive weeks at Saratoga Casino and Raceway coming in to his try in the $17,000 feature on Saturday night. The Paul Kelley-trained pacer was the race's favorite this week as he once again moved out to the early lead and had to endure some fast early fractions over the sloppy track. Hall of Famer (and birthday boy) Wally Hennessey asked Bet On Roulette for all he had heading to three quarters as he was confronted by Vernon Downs invader JK Panache (Billy Dobson). Those pacers went back and forth in the final quarter of a mile and were joined by Ronny Bugatti (Austin Siegelman) and three time defending Open winner Panocchio in the stretch in what wound up being a blanket finish. Bet On Roulette had enough to hold off his rivals in the final strides en route to a 1:53.3 score while JK Panache came up second best and Ronny Bugatti had to settle for third. The defending Aged Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Bet On Roulette won the Open for the fourth time in the 2014 campaign. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The four-year-old pacer Dobson (Christian Cullen) scored the biggest win of his young career on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Kevin Verdon owns and trains Dobson who was moving up in class to compete in the featured Winners of 2 but not more than 4 pace on Thursday. Drawing the rail in the $7,490 pace, Dobson moved aggressively to the early lead with driver Jay Randall in the sulky. Dismissed at odds of 10-1, Dobson was up to the task scoring a career best victory in 1:54.3 surviving a photo with the race's favorite Bondi Hanover (Wally Hennessey). The win for Dobson was his fourth in eleven starts this season. Bondi Hanover came up second best while Rock N Joe (Billy Dobson) finished third. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

When a trotter is in his or her peak form, getting parked out the mile does not make a difference and that was the case for Zooming at Saratoga Raceway Sunday. As Baby Boy Grin and driver Stephane Bouchard went out to the early lead in the seventh race $17,000 Open Handicap Trot, they comfortably set fractions of :27.3 and :58 with Flex The Muscle (Phil Fluet) sitting the two-hole trip. But before the half mile marker, driver Billy Dobson had race favorite Zooming in high gear and on the move. By the half mile he was second, but Bouchard was not going to let Zooming pass them by and parked them out to the three-quarters in 1:26.2 (a :28.2 quarter) but it was a valiant effort that could not be kept up. Zooming was much the best, took the lead at the three-quarters on the outside, led by one and one-half lengths by the top of the stretch and then held the field at bay as Dobson drove Zooming to a one and three-quarter length triumph in 1:56. Baby Boy Grin held for second place with Pop I (Harry Landy) third. Trained by Amber Buter, Zooming paid $3.80 to win for owners Steve Oldford, Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. A six-year-old gelding by Classic Photo, it was his 8th win this year and his 31st career win. There was an upset victory in the eighth race $17,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace as Happily Ever After, at odds of 12-1, was given a picture perfect drive by Frank Coppola, Jr. behind pacesetter Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) and won in 1:53.4. Little Santamonica (Shawn Gray) was third. Happily Ever After paid $26.20 to win for trainer Jackie Rousse and the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC of NY. By Steve Wolf, for

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