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Pompano Beach, FL With the Super Hi-5 Jackpot approaching $115,000 at Pompano Park, Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt has announced a mandatory payout for Tuesday, January 19. "We have had several inquiries as to when the jackpot would grow to a point where we would consider a mandatory payout and that time has come," said Prewitt.  Normally, the jackpot is paid when there is one lone winning ticket with the first five finishers in order, however, with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool expected to be several hundred thousand dollars, the mandatory payout lifts that restriction and there is no limit to the number of winning tickets one might have. "If the net pool is $300,000 or $400,000, we may have 15 or 20 winners--or more--that could cash in on a real bonanza," Prewitt added. "It's a great opportunity on a 20 cent based wager and we expect eager participation from the 'send it in' army." Recently, on a carryover situation on the track's popular Pick-5 wager, there were well over 600 winning tickets sharing in a net pool of about $140,000. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website for all racing programs throughout the month of January. Post time for all racing programs at Pompano is 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Florida, December 8, 2020…In a mild upset, Ask Me Ifi Care, handled by Mike Micalleff, collared the favored Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) a sixteenth from home to take top harness racing honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Pompano Park on Tuesday night. The mile was clocked in 1:53.1 with the winning margin three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.,) was third, 2 ¼ lengths away with Casie’s Believer fourth and Big Thong fifth in the full field of 10. The event was action packed start-to-finish as Prairie Westerngal, off at 9 t0 5, zipped of the wings from her outside nine post into a quick early lead, only to be joined by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) as they reached the opening pole in a hot :26.2 with Big Thong (Ken Holliday) third. Prairie Westerngal was able to repel that challenge of Another Beach Day but Tempus Seelster made a double-bubble bid 3/8ths in to join the leader at the half in :55. On the backside, Prairie Westerngal and Tempus Seelster remained one-two past the third station  in 1:23.3 but others were starting close in with Big Thong benefitting from a rail journey, Crisp Mare making a three-wide move and Ask Me Ifi Care on a move from ninth with a four wide binge turning for home. In the lane, Prairie Westerngal sprinted clear by a length-and-a-half but the early fractions began to take their toll and Ask Me IFi Care rolled by late. For this five year-old daughter of Manhardt, it was her fifth win in 27 starts, pushing her 2020 earnings to $45,110 and $$318,621 lifetime. In a post-race interview, Micallef, who trains and co-owns with Geoff Howles, remarked “You know, going in I was just hoping to get a good piece of this but they were going pretty good up front and, when I gave my mare some room to roam, she had plenty of gas left in the tank and she got it done. She always gives her all and, tonight, everything worked out in her favor with the early fractions being pretty hot." As fourth choice in the wagering, Ask Me Ifi Care returned $14.40 to her faithful. Trainer Jake Huff was the star of the night in the trainer category, sending three horses behind the starting with all reaching the winner’s circle. Huff kicked off his “trifecta” with Billie Blue in the second race as Ron Cusimano was in that six year-old mare’s bike for owner Beauty Bridle Racing Stable in a Florida Amateur Driving event. About 21 minutes later, Wally Hennessey was in the sulky as the four year-old Sportswriter mare Lady Driver, who Huff trains for Our Three Sons Stable and wife Rosie Huff, scored in a conditioned event for fillies and mares. Huff completed his “hat trick” when Mike Simons guided Take Abit Of Life to victory in yet another event for the fillies and mares. Take Abit Of Life is also owned by Our Three Sons Stable and Rosie Huff. Wally Hennessey hit a grand slam on the Tuesday program as he scored with Lusty Delight ($17.40) in the opener, Lady Driver ($5.40) in the third race, Regil Electron ($2.20) in the eighth and Gigi From Fiji ($3.40) in the 10th. In the “better for the bettor” department, despite the 6 to 5 favorite, Wartech, winning the fourth race pentafecta or owner-driver Gary Barbere, the 20 cent combination of 1-7-3-5-10 paid $10,040.24. Trained by veteran Odell Thompson, Wartech, a 10 year-old gelded son of High Tech, won for the 30th time in his long career stretching 202 starts. As explosive as that was, the tote-board fireworks continued in the Super Hi-5 finale when Dogfight, driven by Ken Holliday for trainer Jennifer Sansone and owner Valda Sillman, scored at 19 to 1 to key a 1-6-9-7-2 combination paying $24,844.80 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a $15,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, featuring a 12% takeout. There is also Pick-6 carryover of $2,592. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 6, 2020…Seeing Eye Single, handled by harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr., held off the furious late charge of Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) to score a nose decision in Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. Bell I No (John Macdonald)  finished third while Maxthe monors daddy Blue Chip wound up fourth. Loud Splash picked up the minors in the classy octet. The mile was clocked in 1:51 with the official timer showing Seeing Eye Single at 1:51.045 with Prairie Panther at 1:51.047—the winning margin being 2/1000ths of a second. At the outset, Bell I No and Seeing Eye Single both flashed speed off the wings with Seeing Eye Single wrestling command at the opening panel in :26.4. These two remained one-two past the half in ::55.3 with Prairie Panther joining the fray on the backside reaching second past the third station in 1:23.2. In the lane, Seeing Eye Single and Prairie Panther were in all-out war as they hit the wire together. For Seeing Eye Single, it was win number six on the season in 23 starts with his earnings vaulting to $44,226 in 2020 and $440,302 lifetime. Now trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, Seeing Eye Single was the slight second choice in the betting and paid $6.20. In the $10,000 Open II Pace, Lyons Night Hawk, with Kevin Wallis in his bike, led every long stride of his 1:50.4 mile to score a handy two length win over Real Peace (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with When You Dance (John MacDonald) next. The four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou carded panels :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23 in earning his fifth win of the year in 18 starts, sending his 2020 bounty to $38,280. He's banked 270,968 lifetime. Joe Pavia, Jr. trains the youngster for listed owner Lon Frocione. Mach West and Bass Player also earned checks in the full field of 10. In other Sunday night action, the Florida racing world honored the memory of Hall of Fame horseman Melvyn Aylor, a noted veterinarian, breeder, owner, trainer and driver who tragically lost his life in an accident 11 years and one week ago, with four classes of the FSBOA sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds. Victorious in their respective classes were Mister David C, Shulda Hada Drink, Prairie Sweetness and Ifnotmewho. Mister David C, a gelded son of Royel Millennium, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to out-muscle a game Hey Don’t Tell Me (Mike Micallef) by a length in the $14,700  event for the juvenile pacing geldings, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. Lucky Ramsey (Kevin Wallis) was third while Buddha Beach completed the quartet. It was Mister David C who took charge a few strides off the wings with Lucky Ramsey away well in the garden spot with Hey Don’t Tell Me next…but not for long. Mike Micallef sent Hey Don’t Tell Me on a mission to the top ahortly after the :28.3 opener and led through subsequent panels of :58.3 and 1:27.2. Juts past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket with Mister David C, pulled on even terms once straightened away and edged clear near the wire. The win—a non-wagering event—sent Mister David C’s scorecard to 3-1-1 in five starts, good for $26,595 for the first six weeks of his racing career. Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnan Woof Farm. On the pari-mutuel card, Shulda Hada Drink, with Mike Simons handling the lines, kicked off the early Daily Double with a resounding win measuring 48 ¾ lengths as his four opponents all made miscues during the mile in the $15,000 Aylor for trotting colts and geldings . The gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover cruised around the five-eighths oval in 2:01, clocking panels of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.3 along the way. Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) finished second while Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona) was a distant third over Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli. Trained by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink was off at a dime-to-a-dollar and paid $2.20 to win. Two year-old pacing fillies were next in the spotlight in the $18,000 Aylor for pacing fillies and, in a slight upset, Prairie Sweetness, driven by Kevin Wallis, caught the favored KK’s Dream Girl (Corey Braden) to score by a nose in 1:55.4, a new lifetime best. Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) was next followed by Sparkyfareyouwlll and Ms. Rodeo Drive in the field scratched down to seven. Prairie Sweetness and KK’s Dream traded barbs from the outset as the former left with alacrity only to yield to the latter at the opener in a swift :27.2. KK’s Dream Girl and Prairie Sweetness remained one-two with only Sheza Terror making a mild bid around the final bend. Straightening away, KK’s Dream Girl had a bit of daylight until the 16th pole when Prairie Sweetness came charging late, nailing the win in the finalstride. Prairie Sweetness is trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and the win was the third in five career starts, vaulting her bounty to $24,036. After the event, Deters lamented, “She sure raced super tonight. I made a bridle change and I think that helped. I’m very proud of her. I really didn’t think we could beat the Audley filly (KK’s Dream Girl) but Kevin (Wallis) worked out a great trip and she paced home very strong!” As the 5 to 2 second choice, Prairie Sweetness paid $7.40 to win. The $16,300 Aylor Memorial for trotting fillies went to Ifnotmewho, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines. The daughter of Credit Winner got picture perfect handling to edge by the 3 to 5 favorite Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) to score by a half length in a lifetime best 1:58.2. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was third while Prairie Trinket and West Haven picked up the final awards in the septet. At the outset, both Prairie Virtue (post 6) and Ifnotmewho (post 7) went after the lead with Prairie Virtue out sprinting Ifnotmewho, who ducked in cozily right behind. These two fronted the field through panels of :29, :59.4 and 1:29. Turning for home, Hennessey left his cozy surroundings and waltzed on by at mid-stretch. Trained by Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer, Ifnotmewho pushed her earnings to $45,103 off of a scorecard reading 3-3-2 in 11 starts. As the 7 to 5 second choice, Ifnotmewho returned $4.80. Racing continues Monday with post time set for 7:20 p.m. with free programs available on the Isle Casino Racing website and a bumped up Pick-4 guaranteed pool of $15,000. Also, the Super Hi-5 finale now boasts a carryover approaching $17,000.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 2, 2020…Prairie Westerngal and Northern Dali shared the harness racing spotlight as Pompano Park hosted twin Open events for mares on Tuesday (December 1). Prairie Westerngal  the sharp four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, stretched her winning streak to three at Pompano Park this fall with a two-move 1:53.4 win for Wally Hennessey, who was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was a fast closing second, though three lengths away, while Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) finished third. The late charging Tempus Seelster was fourth with the early leader, Another Beach Day, picked up the nickel in this classy octet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal used Pompano Park’s “winningest” post (5) to zip off the wings and take an early lead, only to be out-kicked by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) at the :27.2 opener—but not for long. Hennessey immediately forged back to the front and was allowed a breather to reach the half in :57.2. A :27.3 backwside panel deterred any real threats as Prairie Westerngal reached the third station in 1:25 with a handy :28.4 finale sealing the deal. After the race, Hennessey remarked, “Mike (trainer Deters) has her very sharp now and she does anything asked of her. She knows how to relax and she knows how to sprint and she showed both qualities in her race tonight.” For Prairie Wrsterngal, it was her seventh win in 18 starts with her 2020 earnings now at $37,581. Lifetime, she has banked $131,563 to go along with her 1:52.1 mark set just a week ago. AS the 3 to 2 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $5.00 to win. In the companion $10,000 Open II event, Northern Dali, dismissed on the tote board to the tune of 33 to 1, used a ground saving journey to score a “lip” decision in 1:53.4 for Fern Paquet, Jr., who was in the bike for owner-trainer Gaston Lareau. Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) was second in the photo with the winning margin just 1/100th of a second with Northern Dali timed in 1:53.86 and Image Of A Dream clocked in 1:53.87.   Cult Icon (John DeLong) was just a neck back in the picture, with her nose on the wire in 1:53.93. The action was hot start to finish as Persistent Bettor (Wally Hennessey), Image Of A Dream and Cult Icon all went in search of the top spot with Image Of A Dream taking charge just after the :sharp :27.1 opener, only to yield to Cult Icon a few strides later. Halfway through in :56, Persistent Bettor was on the move again from third to apply the pressure and Image Of A Dream sitting chilly along the inside. Meanwhile, Northern Dali was saving all the ground and stayed flush against the pylons as Image Of A Dream tilted out and Cult Icon drifted out. The three fanned across the track all the way home with the photo finish camera determining the winner. For Northern Dali, the now eight year-old daughter of Dali, it was her 51st career win—fourth this year—sending her lifetime bounty to $345,664. The faithful who bet $2 on Northern Dali were rewarded with a $69.60 stipend, which is the second highest win price ever for a Northern Dali win—the only other higher being a $70.00 win price at Saratoga on July 15, 2016. In the “better for the bettor” department, Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unsolved on Tuesday and, as a result of a carryover of $11,965, the track will offer a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool on Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. The Pick-4 Guarantees on Sunday through Wednesday racing programs will be bumped up to $15,000 beginning Sunday, December 6. Free programs will be continued to be available on the Pompano Park Racing website through the end of the year.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 1, 2020…Pompano Park’s Pick-5 offering went unsolved on Tuesday and the carryover of $11,965 has resulted in a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool for Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. Also, the Guaranteed Pools for the track’s Pick-4 have been bumped up to $15,000 for the programs raced Sunday through Wednesday. The track now offers racing five nights per week—Sunday through Thursday—with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Free programs will be continued to be offered through December on the Pompano Park Racing website.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 30, 2020…The FSBOA Stallion Stakes featuring $97,500 in purses were contested on Monday at Pompano Park with harness racing three year-olds in the limelight this time around and the top awards went to Gold Star Igotdis, Prairie Gold Mine, Callin On Sunday and Prairie Valentino in their respective classes. Gold Star Igotdis, handled by Corey Braden, took top honors in her class for pacing fillies with a sharp 1:55.3 win over her main rival, Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) with Alil Touch of Pink completing the roster in this $25,000 event. Gold Star Igotdis, a daughter of Rock On, left the gate with alacrity, as did Laurie Lee, with the former forcing the latter to duck in the pocket through an opening quarter of :28.3. Braden then allowed his filly to amble over to the half in a leisurely :59.1. On the backside, Braden decided to thwart any ideas from her main challenger by picking up the pace with a :28.3 panel and reached the third station in 1:27.4. From there, a :27.4 finale sealed the deal measuring just short of three lengths. The sent the filly’s scorecard to 4-4-0 in 10 starts, good for $28,531 this season and $57,284 lifetime in only 17 starts. Prairie Gold Mine showed his determination with a sharp win in his $25,500 event for trotting geldings with a brave 1:59 lifetime best performance for Wally Hennessey over a track labeled “good” while dampened by some heavy rain showers. The gelded son of Diamond Goal had the outside post in this quartet but easily burst to the front a few long strides out and put up numbers of :30, 1:00.4 and 1:30 before a :29 sprint home left him 2 ½ lengths clear of Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef), who looked the leader in the eye turning for home. Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) finished third over YD Dream Machine. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine  now has banked $64,920 lifetime in just 14 career starts over two seasons--$22,740 of that this season. In the $25,000 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, Callin On Sunday, with Mike Simons in her sulky, cruised around the Pompano Park oval in 2:00 to score a handy 3 ¾ length win over Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) with Prairie Delight third in this trio of trotters. A daughter of Siibboleth Hanover, Callin On Sunday is traineed by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz and kept her 2020 record unblemished with her fourth win. Her lifetime earnings are now $44,696 in just eightt career starts. The $22,000 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacers featured just two geldings with Prairie Valentino, unraced at age two, breaking his maiden in his fourth lifetime start as a sophomore, leading gate-to-wire in 2:03.3 off panels of :30.3, 1:02.4 and 1:33.2 for Dave Ingraham. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, the altered son of Royel Millennium earned $14,300 in scoring a 2 ¾ length win over Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons). Said trainer Deters after the win, “He’s sure come a long way since his first start when he paced in 2:12 and change and was beaten 70 some-odd lengths!” On the pari-mutuel card, DG’s Caviar, handled by Andy Shetler, made a remarkable recovery after a miscue at the opening quarter (:29) to win the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:56. Fresh off a qualifying win in 1:54 without trotting hobbles, the 7 to 5 favorite, sans the pants tonight, as well, spotted the leaders several length before regaining his composure and began gnawing away. As Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) traded places up top, the half was clocked in :58 as DG’s Caviar moved into third and then second around the final bend. With 3/4s in 1:26.3 over the track still labeled “good,” The Lionking AS seemed to hold DG’s Caviar at bay…until the 16th pole, when DG’s Caviar took charge and edged clear to a 1 ¾ length win. Also trained by Andy Shetler for Daniel Graber, the four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar scored his third win of the year in 18 starts, good for 2020 bounty of $24,180. The win also created a milestone for the trotter as his career earnings vaulted over the $100,000 mark--$101,075 to be precise. The winning  mutual was $4.80 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Tuesday with fillies and mares in the spotlight in an Open Handicap Pace. Prairie Westerngal will look to extend her winning streak to three as she leaves from the coveted five post with Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters. Listed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite, the four year-old daughter of Western Ideal will try to conquer seven foes, including an Indiana invader Eyespywithmylileyen, who will have John DeLong in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 23, 2020…Muscles For Life, the rugged seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a repeat harness racing win at Pompano Park on Monday night, taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Assigned the outside post seven in his talented septet, Muscles For Life was on the prowl early, taking command at the :27.4 opener and carving out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before his :28.4 finale held Explosive Breakaway (Tom Jackson) at bay by a half length. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) was third, followed by It’s A Herbie and Sooo Handsome. Trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks, Muscle For Life earned his sixth win of the year in 15 starts to send his 2020 bankroll to $47,960. Lifetime, he has won 31 times in 90 starts, good for $338,550. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of backers. The $10,000 Open II Trot went to EV’s Girl, handled by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr. The four year-old daughter of Crazed led just about every step of her journey, clocking panels of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.2, in repelling any challenge, to report home in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark. Boxing Gloves (Wally Hennessey) threw a punch or two on the backside but was 1/34 lengths away at the finish. Chav Hanover (Mike Micallef was next) followed by Mighty Surf and the 3 to 5 favorite, Compelling. The win—Ev’s Girl’s 10th lifetime—pushed her career earnings to $165,556. Also on Monday, the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes concluded with three year-olds in the spotlight for four (non-wagering) $12,000 Finals. Callin On Sunday, Prairie Gold Mine, Gold Star Igotdis and Hurrikanekingjames claimed the crowns in their respective divisions. Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, took command right off the wings for driver Mike Simons and was never threatened in posting a 2:00.2 win off of panels of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover capturing her division for trotting fillies to keep her 2020 record unblemished at 3-for-3. Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) was next while Priaire Delight completed the order of finish for this trio. Callin On Sunday now has banked $30,946  in her brief career measuring seven starts over two seasons. The sophomore trot for the boys featured four geldings and Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey, earned his first win of the 2020 season in seven starts with a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, eclipsing his two year-old mark by 1 1/5 seconds. The altered son of Diamond Goal took his three competitors through fractions of :30.2, 1:01 and 1:30.3, repelling a mild bid from runner-up Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) to score by 2 ¼ lengths. YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) was third followed by Rhinestone Cowboy, who made a miscue at the third station  to lose all chance. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine vaulted his earnings to $50,868 with the win. In the Sunshine State Stake for the pacing fillies, Gold Star Igotdis, the sharp daughter of Rock On, was perfectly mannered throughout her one mile journey and scored a wire-to-wire 1:57. Win for Corey Braden. Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) was second, 7 ½ lengths back, while Alil Touch Of Pink completed the order. Trained by Maggie Audley for the Gold Star Farm, Gold Star Igotdis gave a hint in last week’s mile, pacing her last 3/4s in 1:25.2 after a miscue early and just did miss all the marbles. She was perfect throughout  to send her career bankroll to $43,534. The final Sunshine State Stake for pacing colts and geldings went to the classy Hurrikanekingjames, beautifully handled by Carl Garofalo. This son of So Surreal, trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, led every long stride in scoring the 1:55 decision off of panels of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2. Hurrikanekingjames is a perfect 3-for-3 at Pompano Park this fall with this win launching his career bankroll to $134,245. In other action, the tote-board lit up like the Fourth-of-July fireworks as Jeff Schaefer drove Kelly Walker Stables Absolute Uncertainly to a 1:57.3 win in Florida Amateur Driving competition. Off from the inside one post at the longest odds on the tote-board—78 to 1—the five year-old son of Muscle Mass used the rail to perfection in out-dueling one competitor as the wings folded and another half way through to draw clear. The winner  paid $159.20 to win keying a 1-9 exacta payoff of $1,515.40 and a 1-9-3 trifecta bonanza of $6,714.40. Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night and a carry-over of nearly $8,000 has resulted in a $30,000 Guarantee for Tuesday night’s Pick-5, which begins in race one. Post time set set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 27, 2020...A monster Monday is shaping up at Pompano Park as two large carryovers and a bulging Super Hi-5 jackpot highlight the harness racing program for the "Send It In" Army. The track's Pick-6 went unsolved on Sunday night resulting in a $12,711 carryover and a $30,000 guarantee of that wager covering races three through eight. Even more lucrative is the $75,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 covering races six through nine. That guarantee is the result of a carryover of $25,987 as that popular wagering feature also went unscathed on the program. Closing out the Monday festivities is the Super Hi-5 finale, which has ballooned to $90,857. Post time is set for 7:20. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Sorrento, FL — Here is the 2020 harness racing training roster for Southern Oaks, Sorrento, Fla. Harness racing stallions with first crops in training include Arthur Blue Chip, Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Creatine, JK Endofanera, Southwind Frank, State Treasurer and Up Front Murray. World champion Amigo Volo is among the 3-year-olds spending the winter at Southern Oaks. . Dave Arrenholtz Stable 2-year-olds Life In Color p,c, Shadow Play—Hypnotize Roll Em p,c, Time To Roll—Feetonthedashboard 3-year-olds Frontier Rollo p,g, (p,2,1:54, $9,870) Time To Roll—Incredible Dodger Rambler Blue Chip t,c, Credit Winner—Glowngold John Butenschoen Stable 2-year-olds Above The Clouds t,f, Explosive Matter—Miss Michelle H Acup O Joe Hanover p,g, Roll With Joe—A Royal Hanover Angiesmiki Hanover p,f, Always B Miki—A and G’sconfusion Artisan Bet p,f, Artspeak—Ultimate Bet Broker Volo t,g, Yankee Glide—Bank Of Newport Check My Score t,g, Credit Winner—Dancing Slippers Come Roll With Me p,f, Roll With Joe—Elizabeth Spencer Crazy N Wild Guy t,c, Bar Hopping—Crazed For Lindy Dancing Machine p,c, Art Major—Lilmissdothetwist Destined To Dance t,f, Chapter Seven—Go Go Dancer D’oro Deo t,c, Father Patrick—Yalta Hanover Homebody p,c, American Ideal—No One Is Alone Impression t,f, Creatine—Grand Idea In Style t,f, Cantab Hall—Warrawee Krisp Mallard Hanover t,g, Swan For All—Mynah Hanover Moni Clip Lindy t,f, Cantab Hall—Martini Lindy Muscles Frankee t,c, Southwind Frank—Vee Vee Natchez Belle p,f, Betting Line—Grrby Hanover Protein Shake t,c, Muscle Hill—Sugar Wheeler Scirocco Big John t,c, Bar Hopping—Think Twice Show Stop p,c, Captaintreacherous—The Show Returns Southwind Jorah p,c, Captaintreacherous—Southwind Johanne Spartacus Blue Chip p,g, American Ideal—Crucial Moment Sumbigbank Hanover t,g, Explosive Matter—Secret Credit Teresa Kemp t,f, Cantab Hall—Smarty Has A Party The Right Credit t,c, Credit Winner—The Right Thing Truffles Too t,c, Donato Hanover—Truffles Turnthecrankfrank t,g, Southwind Frank—Feel The Pressure 3-year-olds Alota Chips p,c, (p,2,1:54.3f, $23,514) Heston Blue Chip—Alota Bling Ballcapsnbluejeans t,c, Chapter Seven—Mazda Hanover Blank Stare p,g (p,2,1:52.4f, $44,600) Bolt The Duer—Hypnotize Do You Wanna Dance t,f (2,1:55.3f, $32,179) Father Patrick—Tail Of Night Generous Pour t,c, Donato Hanover—Athena Miss Kyrie Deo t,g (2,1:59.2h, $74,028) Donato Hanover—Rare Book Looking Santastic p,f, Artspeak—Santastic’s Filly Nimble Kid t,c, (2,2:01f, $8,250) Chapter Seven—Swift Kid Hanover Oreo Dream Xtreme p,c, (p,2,1:57.1h, $55,783) American Ideal—Spotlight On Party Whip p,c, Somebeachsomewhere—Hedgie Blue Chip Platoon System t,c, Manofmanymissions—Celebrity Liza Rolling With Sam p,c, (p,2,1:55.3h, $19,672) Roll With Joe—Martinique Romanee Blue Chip t,c, Cantab Hall—Munis Blue Chip Scirocco Patrick t,g, Father Patrick—Starlet Rules Scirocco Rocboogie t,g, Explosive Matter—Bellini Lindy Spirit Of Deo t,f, (2,1:56.3, $29,662) Trixton—Caylee Dream Spirit Of The South p,c, American Ideal—All Spirit Swipe Right t,c, (2,1:58.3f, $25,171) Explosive Matter—Online Exclusive Thankfulforyou t,f, (2,1:54.1, $32,626) Manofmanymissions—Adelaide Hall Scott & Lisa Henry/SNL Stable 2-year-old Such Is Life t,f, Royalty For Life—Magic Factory older horses Kwik Talkin p,h,5, (p,3,1:51.1f, $177,458) Well Said—Kwik Dial Rockstar Rebel p,g,4, Art Major—Rockjaws Carl Jamieson Stable 2-year-olds Beachblanketlindy p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Luck Be A Lindy Crazy Goodbye t,c, Crazed—Sayonara Hall Day At The Gym t,c, Muscle Mass—Day At The Spa Major Bean p,c, Art Major—Lismorebella No Plan Intended p,c, Up The Credit—Warrawee Star Warrawee Whynot p,c, Sweet Lou—Great Memories What Can You Say p,c, Up The Credit—Twin B Bambino 3-year-old Sports Obsession p,c, (p,2,1:53, $151,272) Sportswriter—Hayworth Blue Chip Eddie Lohmeyer Stable 2-year-old Melania t,f, Donato Hanover—Miss Fidget 3-year-olds Ireland t,f, (2,2:00f, $38,865) Cantab Hall—Clarice Marie Tupelo Honey t,f, (2,Q1:59.2f, $41,325) Chapter Seven—Supreme Dish older horses Casa Palmera t,m,6 (4,1:53.4f, $15,460) Andover Hall—Ura Hanover Yuge t,g,5 (4,1:54f, $178,754) Muscle Mass—Miss Fidget David Miller Stable 2-year-old Chat Line p,c, Betting Line—Chat Snap 3-year-old Play The Ponies p,g, (p,2,1:54.4f, $15,836) Shadow Play—Expose Erv Miller Stable 2-year-olds Adjacent p,f, Always B Miki—Geometry Affinity Hanover p,f, Always A Virgin—Artaffection Allforone Hanover t,c, Swan For All—Allamerican Phoebe Alwaysshowfaith p,c, Always A Virgin—Show Faith Andy Can t,c, Andover Hall—Candidcamerakosmos Axe Blue Chip t,c, Chapter Seven—Can Can Frisco Bacardi t,c, Southwind Frank—Strawberry Wine Bet Nineteen p,c, Betting Line—Ideal Nectarine Bossy Linda p,f, Roll With Joe—Ideal Ginny Captain Sleaze p,c, A Rocknroll Dance—Da Sleazy One Carl Spackler t,c, Credit Winner—Athena’s Mission Carrythetorchman p,c, American ideal—Kattimon Certifiable p,c, Rockin Image—Psychotic Cheers For Chips p,f, Heston Blue Chip—Celebrate America College Coed t,f, Conway Hall—Dipietrantonio Crystal Beach p,f, Always B Miki—Gold Beach Cschapeterone t,c, Chapter Seven—Chandler T Cyborg t,f, Swan For All—Fox Valley Yavonne Divine Image t,f, Chapter Seven—Womanly Image Dixie Chick p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Fashion Majorette Doc’s Skipper p,c, Somebeachsomewhere—Doc’s Hope Dontbeafraidtowin t,c, Kadabra—Share My Secret Fox Valley Liza t,f, Muscle Mass—Super Renee Fox Valley Sampson p,c, JK Endofanera—Lr Dancing Dream Fox Valley Specter t,c, Whom Shall I Fear—Fox Valley Diva Gd Rockin Kay p,f, Rockin Image—Kaylas Dream Gettin Gone p,f, So Surreal—Long Gone Glitter Hanover t,f, Andover Hall—Gold Fish Gochisumgo t,g, Dontcheatonmenow—Tight Lips Got That Right t,f, Credit Winner—Lol Hanover Gucci Goo t,c, Guccio—Love Child I Say No More p,f, American ideal—Blackjack Princess Ivana Vinalot t,f, Guccio—Ivana Hanover JK She’s Gordjus p,f, JK Endofanera—Gordjus Likeafreighttrain p,c, Art Major—Upfront Secret Lindys Leading Man t,c, Cantab Hall—Lindys Leading Lady Loyal Kim p,f, Bolt The Duer—Hidden Cost Marcia p,f, Always A Virgin—Miss ATM Mayday Volo t,c, Trixton—Mayflower Volo McQuickie p,c, McArdle—Dobre Povedane Miss Zelda t,f, Explosive Matter—Sofia Letsgo My Only Sin t,f, Lou’s Legacy—Earli Valley Mystical King t,c, Muscle Massive—Miss Imperial Night Owl Hanover t,c, E L Titan—Nightflix Hanover Not Today p,c, Art Major—Wenditions Octave p,c, Always B Miki—Music City Please Don’t Tell t,f, Bar Hopping—Twice Is Right Pure Sin p,c, Ryan N Hanover—Are We Rich Now Quick Six p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Southwind Vanna Railin Jennings p,f, JK Endofanera—Cinnamon Girl Refiner t,c, Chapter Seven—Catching Katie Rose Run Webster p,c, American Ideal—Jus Chillin Out Salect Friday p,c, Rockin Image—The Face Of Love Skyway Genna t,f, Swan For All—GS Grasshopper Skyway Miss Foxy t,f, Swan For All—Maui Blue Chip Southern Road Trip p,c, Rockin Image—Dixiegirl Stayinalivehahaha p,c, Somebeachsomewhere—Village Madonna Swanofagun t,g, Swan For All—CJ’s Susie Sweet Doodle p,f, Sweet Lou—Willow Gram Sweet Gisele p,f, Sweet Lou—Meet Gisele Sweet Ron p,c, Sweet Lou—Safe From Harm Swift Swanda t,f, Swan For All—Cheetah Hall Ten Above t,c, Here Comes Herbie—Demons N Diamonds The Perfect Woman p,f, Rockin Image—Poppies Pride T’S Raider II p,c, Rockin Image—Do Me Good Upfront Money t,c, Up Front Murray—Andoverhertreasure Volcano Volo t,c, Swan For All—Sierra Glide Well Basically p,c, Sagebrush—Basic Brown With Or Without t,f, Conway Hall—Queen Of More 3-year-olds Allow Me Hanover p,f, (p,2,1:55f, $12,350) Artspeak—Armbro Cachet Anchors Away t,g, (2,1:57.2, $5,880) Whom Shall I Fear—Lima Simplicity Beautiful Mrs A t,f, ($1,690) Donato Hanover—Sina Bolten Beach p,f, Bolt The Duer—Beach Bretta Bolt Of Beauty p,f, (p,2,1:55.4f, $41,305) Bolt The Duer—Natural Luck Coconut Beach p,f, (p,2,1:54, $35,436) Art Major—Gold Beach Coconut Kate t,f, (2,1:57, $10,125) Donato Hanover—Cocoacabana Father Dunn t,c, ($10,650) Father Patrick—Majestic Style Fox Valley Hustler p,g, (p,2,1:53.3, $29,618) Time To Roll—Panfastic Gabby Tabby p,f, Western Ideal—Midnight Art Genius Man p,c, (p,2,1:52.2, $57,229) Art Major—Unred Hanover Heaven t,f, (2,1:55.1, $57,252) Father Patrick—Blue Diamonds Hidden Cove p,f, (p,2,1:52.4, $71,056) American Ideal—Sun N Sand Meadowbrook Chip t,c, (2,Q2:00.3f, $4,810) Whom Shall I Fear—Chip’s Goddess Paytons A Cane t,c, ($3,960) Donato Hanover—Sly Fox Rockin Your World p,f, (p,2,1:58h, $5,250) Rockin Image—Pandemonious Rock Swan t,f, (2,1:55.4, $392,981) Swan For All—Jolly Jessica Sleazy Gal p,f, (p,2,1:54.1, $49,814) Sagebrush—DA Sleazy One Solar t,g, ($9,000) Father Patrick—Jupiter Stickemup Pickemup p,f, (p,2,Q1:57.1, $1,400) American Ideal—Fashion Gal Vivaldi Hanover p,g (p,2,1:53.1, $23,187) Always A Virgin—Vasmajority Hanover Witchey Woman t,f, ($6,123) Donato Hanover—Wedding Dress Woodside Datendiva t,f, (2,1:56.3, $70,281) Guccio—Cantab’s Chorine older horse Zack’s Got The W t,g,4, (3,1:53, $39,730) Yankee Glide—Catch A Train Kimberlie Miller Stable 2-year-old Miss Maytrix t,f, Trixton—Marion Mayflower Dr. Ian Moore Stable 2-year-olds Alumni Seelster p,f, State Treasurer—Atlantic Seelster Arthur Blue p,c, Arthur Blue Chip—Armbro Creole Dietrich Seelster p,c, State Treasurer—Demi Seelster Kim p,f, He’s Watching—Ms Lady Shark Lady Arthur p,f, Arthur Blue Chip—April Three Lawless Seelster p,c, Shadow Play—Ladycino Lyn p,f, Betting Line—Hedge Blue Chip Marlboro Seelster p,c, Bettor’s Delight—Macapelo Rose Shadow Warrior p,c, Shadow Play—Sassafras Girl Sir Shadow p,c, Shadow Play—Dream Of Mimi Snap Call p,c, Shadow Play—Malocchio Sorone Seelster p,f, State Treasurer—Shadows Wonder Sunrise Blue Chip p,f, Shadow Play—Frame Worthy Twain Seelster p,c, Bettor’s Delight—The Patriot 3-year-olds Denali Seelster p,c, (p,2,1:52.3, $82,355) Sunshine Beach—Demi Seelster Kit p,f, (p,2,1:56, $19,752) Big Jim—The Patriot Tattoo Artist p,c, (p,2,1:52, $182,672) He’s Watching—Stylish Artist The Wild Card p,c, (p,2,1:55.1, $28,765) Bettor’s Delight—Scarlet’s Western older hoses Casimir Richie P p,h,5 (p,4,1:49.1, $271,553) Astronomical—Casimir Hugs Century Farroh p,h,4 (p,3,1:49.1, $786,184) Mach Three—Beachy Girl Randy Owens Stable 2-year-old Ifeellikeaterror p,f, Western Terror—Ifeellikelaughing 3-year-old Pete Stamas t,g, (2,Q1:59.1, $26,300) Uncle Peter—Donata Dont Gotta Pinske Stable 2-year-olds Adelia Hanover p,f, Betting line—Always On A Roll Anna Bolena t,f, Kadabra—Keystone Taylor Babyiloveyourway t,f, Muscle Hill—Baby Bella Broken p,c, Somebeachsomewhere—Robin Cruiser Father Of Ireland t,c, Father Patrick—Lindy Of My Dreams Fire Start Hanover p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Fit To Frame Honey Run Hanover p,f, Captaintreacherous—Hit The Curb I Lack Compassion p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Northwest Hanover Jack Fire t,c, Cantab Hall—Jolie De Vie Keepthetab Hanover t,c, Bar Hopping—Keepsake Hanover Letters Of Love t,f, Creatine—Celebrity Lovenote Soukup Blue Chip t,f, Chapter Seven—Sirenuse Stay In Your Lane t,f, Chapter Seven—Who Dat Girl Steel t,c, Chapter Seven—Pink Power Venerate t,c, Love You—Peaceful Kemp Whimbel Hanover t,f, Father Patrick—Winterberry 3-year-olds Amigo Volo t,g, (2,1:52.3, $610,546) Father Patrick—Margarita Momma Annabella Hanover p,f, (p,2,1:50.2, $131,876) Somebeachsomewhere—Always On A Roll Bombshell Hanover p,g, (p,2,Q1:55.3, $23,059) Somebeachsomewhere—Blind Ambition Love A Good Story t,f, (2,1:52.2, $234,137) Chapter Seven—Celebrity Lovin Marloe Hanover p,f, (p,2,1:50.3, $313,787) Captaintreacherous—Mesmerize Blue Chip Paige’s Girl p,f, Captaintreacherous—Lightning Paige She Rocks Kemp t,f, (2,2:01.2h, $135,165) Kadabra—Southwind Adele Somewhere North p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Northwest Hanover Western Vacation p,g, (p,2,1:54.1f, $27,713) Western Ideal—Robin Cruiser Wine Rack Hanover t,f, (2,1:56, $176,249) Kadabra—Winbak Maya older horse Drain The Swamp t,h,4, ($12,181) Yankee Glide—Brandnewgirlfriend Two Days Stable/Richard and Joan Day 2-year-old Two Days Ohno t,g, Clocked At Eighty—North Lima Disco   by Kendra Casselman

Northfield, Ohio--After a successful winter season participating in amateur harness racing events at Pompano Park in Florida Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford made his seasonal Billings debut in late April at Miami Valley Raceway where his charge was an also-ran but tonight, May 13, at Northfield Park, the talented tail-setter scored his seventh seasonal triumph when he guided Mego Moss to a gate to wire 1:59.3 triumph turning back eight others to score 1:59.3 triumph over a track rated good. After starting from the pole position Oldford and Mega Moss were challenged Super Rock, driven by Brian "BJ" Miller, and they were one-two past the first stanza in a swift :28. But Miller found a spot behind Mega Moss which took the pressure off Oldford as he led the was by the halfway point in 1:00.1/ At that point Emanuel "Manny" Miller and Dd's Comet were in hot pursuit. However, Oldford's veteran trotter was up to the task and kept Dd's Comet at bay. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for home Mega Moss put away his challengers and began to open daylight on the field. In mid-stretch , 65-1 shot, Song In My Heart, driven by "Tiny Tim" Miller, took aim at Oldford but ole Mega Moss was up to that challenge and cruised home 3-1/4 length winner. Song In My Heart headed-out Moon Tan and driver "Lightweight Larry" Ferrari for second money. Meanwhile, the 3-10 betting favorite, Annie's Rocketman, with Gregg :Fast Greggy" Keidel aboard, lumbered home in fourth place. "My horse is a grand ole campaigner and loves to race and he's a real pleasure to drive,"said Oldford, who was recently named the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year. Mega Moss, a 10 year old altered son of Amigo Hall, owned by Oldford Racing, returned $11.60 for win.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Pompano Beach, FL…May 6, 2019…Buoyed by mandatory payouts on several events, Pompano Park closed out its 2018-2019 season with a strong Saturday harness racing finale with wagering topping $1.3 million.   The wagering highlight of the program came in the final race as the Super Hi-5, with its carryover of over $127,000, attracted over $256,000 in new wagers, vaulting that total pool to over $383,000.   While the program was dotted with several long-priced winners, chalk players were rewarded in the Super Hi-5 with favorites finishing one-two, resulting in over 8,700 winning tickets sold on the winning 6-5-2-7-1 combination returning $38.58 for the 20 cent investment.   Wally Hennessey led all drivers in wins with 359 while Mike Simons, Dave Ingraham, Rick Plano and John MacDonald rounded out the top five. Gaston Lareau led all trainers with 60 visits to the winner’s circle, edging Jim McDonald and Kim Sears in that department. Plano and MacDonald finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the trainers standings.   In the “batting average” (UDRS) department, Hennessey finished first at .522, competing in 920 races while achieving that lofty score. Pompano Park, in cooperation with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association also presented its trainer incentive awards program with Gaston Lareau, John MacDonald, Dan Hennessey and Marie Schaefer taking the top prizes in their respective divisions.   Pari-mutuel racing resumes in early November with Florida bred two and three year-olds beginning their season in October in non-wagering events.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Hightstown, NJ — McWicked, who was the 2018 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, returned to the track Tuesday (April 23) for his first harness racing qualifier of the season. The 8-year-old pacing stallion and driver Wally Hennessey cruised around the five-eighths-mile oval at Pompano Park in 1:51.2, winning by 7-3/4 lengths over 3-year-old filly Prescient Beauty. McWicked, trained during the racing season by Casie Coleman, has spent the off season with Jim McDonald. “It looks like he went well,” said Coleman, who is based in Canada. “He’s leaving Saturday and coming back to me. I’ll probably qualify him again, but I’ll wait until I get him in the barn to decide what’s next.” Honored for last season’s 7-year-old campaign, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year. He led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. For the season, McWicked won 12 of 19 races, capping his campaign with a five-race win streak, and hit the board a total of 17 times. He is owned by Ed James’ SSG Stables. Prescient Beauty, who closed last season with a win in the Three Diamonds, also was qualifying for the first time, as was her Kentucky Sire Stakes champion stablemate Beautyonthebeach. Prescient Beauty was timed in 1:53 in her qualifier while Beautyonthebeach won her qualifier in 1:54. Both 3-year-old fillies were driven by Doug McNair and are trained by Gregg McNair. Jim Avritt Sr. bred and owns both horses.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Pompano Beach, FL...April 15, 2019...Casimir Richie P, made his 2019 harness racing debut a successful one at Pompano Park on Sunday night, April 14, as four year-old son of Astronomical got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to score in 1:51.2 in the $13,000 Open Pace. His winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting American Hustle, driven by Bryce Fenn, who sliced through panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.4 before being out-kicked in the final yards by Casimir Richie P, was in the garden seat all with away after zooming off the wings at the start before yielding around the opening bend. Cenutry Endeaver, with Cory Braden, in the bike, was next, after closing quickest of all--:27.1--once they straightened away for the drive home. Caviart Reagan and Prairie Panther picked up the final two awards in the classy sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Doc (Ian) Moore said he's trained really well coming up to this race, qualified superbly and is ready to be driven aggressively, even though it's his first start." "This wasn't a case of Bryce's horse quitting--he was very game--it was just that we had the trip and squeaked on by " Dr. Moore co-owns the winner along with Michael Goldberg with the win inflating his career earnings to $118,191 with the victory. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Casimir Richie P paid $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. In other action, Rebellious, known for his ability to turn on the afterburners at the end of his miles, did so in a five-eighths mile "Dash for the Cash" event, scoring for Jim Meittinis in 1:08.1 after a brave first over journey. This five year-old altered son of Mach Three wore down the favored Four Socks (Hennessey) after fractions of :27.2 and :55.2, pacing his final eighth mile in :12.3 (a 1:40.4 mile rate) to earn the one length victory. Beach Pro (Aaron Byron) finished third over Panocchio and Dinky Dune in the quintet. Rebellious is trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, and earned his second win of the semester in eight starts to send his 2019 bankroll to $18,600. Lifetime, Rebellious has earnings of $173,441. Off as the second choice at 5 to 2, Rebellious paid $7.00 to win. In an oddity of sorts, driver Roy Dinges had a driving double on the card with his first winner, Thundercrest, off at odds of 1 to 10 and his next winner, Power and Faith, off at 10 to 1. Dinges drove the heavily favored Thundercrest ($2.20) to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:59, scoring over Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) and Kegler Hanover (Leon Cable) to earn his third win of the year in 16 starts. Power And Faith ($22.60) went a courageous journey in scoring for Roy in 1:58.3, after fighting back the challenge of Smart Flight (Steve Oldford) around the final turn and Stardust Memories (Leon Cable) in deep stretch to earn thnod over the latter. Smart Flight did manage to finish third. Power And Faith is trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard. Both events were part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club festivities featuring four events. Security Guard ($11.60) and Fire In My Heart ($2.60) won the other two divisions--both driven by Dein Spriggs, who swept the early Daily Double ($36.80). The F.A.D.C. capped off the festivities when donations to "Go For The Green," an organization empowered by women in their quest to fight breast cancer, and The Hall of Fame and Museum in Goshen, New York. The club has donated well over $200,000 to worthy causes since their inception. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover bursting through the $100,000 barrier--$101,403.12--to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL., April 8, 2019…The “semi-retired” Mickey McNichol hopped back in the harness racing sulky for a rare appearance on Sunday night and promptly guided Lets Roll to victory in Pompano Park’s $11,000 featured Open Pace.   McNichol all but retired from the driving scene late last semester after a star-studded career that included wins in many of harness racing’s most prestigious events.   Still very active as a trainer delegating the driving chores to the “younger” set, McNichol was asked by trainer Jake Huff to take the lines back of Lets Roll off of a winning qualifying effort of 1:53.3.   “Jake asked me to handle him (Lets Roll),” lamented the now 70 year-old, “and I said I would, knowing, of course, that he’s a very nice horse—versatile and fast—great traits in any racehorse.”   Facing a very talented field, including track record holder, Panocchio, McNichol sent Lets Roll right to the front from post five, out-hustled Panocchio (post 1) when the wings closed up and clocked fractions of :27.1, :54.4 and 1:22.3 before a :29.1 stroll home stopped the timer at 1:51.4, leaving Panocchio (Wally Hennessey) two lengths away with Harry Terror (Dave Ingraham), Mc Mach and Windsun Gotham rounding out the top five in the classy septet.   “He did it all on his own tonight,” McNichol said. “I never had to ask him for anything, he just felt that strong all the way.”   For McNichol, it was his 4,759 th career win benefitting owners to the tune of almost $45,000,000.   For Lets Roll, a four year-old son of Roll With Joe, it was his fourth win of the year in seven starts, pushing his 2019 bankroll to $19,890 for owners Rosie Huff, Beauty Bridle Racing and Our Three Sons Stable. Lifetime, Lets Roll has a 10-4-2 scorecard in only 27 starts with $71,355 in earnings to go along with his recent Pompano Park mark of 1:51.1.   Trainer Jake Huff had high praise for his “track-team,” saying, “I have had this horse since he was a baby, broke him and always thought highly of him. And, of course, I have always thought very highly of Mickey, who proved he can still compete with the younger set after all these years. They made a great ‘track team’ tonight, that’s for sure.”   As third choice in the betting, Lets Roll paid $8.20 to win.   In other Sunday night happenings at the South Florida oval, The Florida Amateur Driving Club had four events on the card with Dein Spriggs, Joe Pennacchio, Ron Cusimano and Nick Coblentz each visiting the winner’s circle.   Spriggs kick off the early Daily Double by steering his own Gespacho ($14.20) to a narrow win in 1:59 after the 11 year-old gelded son of Holy Guacamolie opened up a huge lead while clocking blazing panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:27.   Alfredo Dream (Jeff Schaefer) was a fast closing second over Lucid Thoughts (Den St. Pierre).   Trained by Allen Saul, Gespacho won for the 40 th time in a career measuring 192 starts.   Next, Cheeky Little Minx ($6.00), with outgoing FSBOA President Joe Pennacchio in her sully, scored a gate-to-wire win in 1:59.3, after parking FSBOA’s incoming President, Dein Spriggs, in a fierce duel lasting into the final bend.   Geronimo Fame (John Campagnuolo) was second while S J Better Days (Ron Cusimano) was next.   Jim McDonald trains Cheeky Little Minx for the Joe P Racing Stable.   Next, Everyone’s Talkin ($4.80), driven by Ron Cusimano, made a sharp quarter move to the front and led the rest of the way in winning in 1:57.2 over Little Big Rigs (Brian Calvert) and Security Guard (Dein Spriggs).   Everyone’s Talkin, a recent claim by former owners Carlo Angelillo, Henry Tanzer, Erika Sirianos and Ron Cusimano, returned to the training care of Jake Huff for the win, his fifth of the year and 23 rd lifetime.   Finally, Fair Glider $45.60), given exceptional rating by Nick Coblentz, led every stride of his one mile journey to score and easy win measuring 7 ¼ lengths over favored You Cant Habit (Carl Garofalo) in 1:58.1. Keystone Orion (Leon Cable) was third.   The F.A.D.C., having donated over $200,000 to charity since their inception, added to that total on Sunday night with a generous donation to Bit-by-Bit, an organization that serves special needs of children and veterans using horses as therapy.   Racing continues on Monday with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover now at $86,029.   Post time is 7:20 p.m.     Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

  Del Ray Beach, FL - Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center in Delray Beach, FL will hold qualifying races on Friday (April 5) at 11 a.m.   Horses may be entered via online entry until 10 a.m. on Thursday (April 4).   The condition sheet is available here.   To use online entry, trainers will need to add Sunshine Meadows to their list of tracks.   The track abbreviation is SSM and they can be searched in the Maintenance tab of online entry in "Search by fair" option. Horses must have electronic eligibility activated for the entry to be accepted. There will be a charge of $100 per horse to cover the cost.     Nick Salvi

Jeff Schaefer and his wife Marie know what it is like to battle cancer. Now they want to help bring hope to those facing the fight today and in the future. The couple recently launched an online store, Harness Life, that sells T-shirts, sweatshirts and window decals to raise money for cancer research. The venture, which began last year, is gaining momentum and produced a $1,000 donation last month with another $1,000 donation to be made soon. "I had kidney cancer and my wife had breast cancer and we've seen a lot of our friends go through it too," said the 55-year-old Schaefer, who is a blacksmith at Pompano Park and Tioga Downs as well as an amateur driver and U.S. Trotting Association ID technician. Marie is a teacher and trains horses on the side. "I was sitting on the couch one day and said we should come up with some T-shirts and call it Harness Life. The name is for harness racing, and helps promote the sport, but it also is for harnessing life as a whole. I can't make enough shirts right now. We've probably sold over 250 T-shirts and sweatshirts so far with all the profits going to cancer research." Schaefer is from Illinois and has been involved in harness racing since his early teens. When he was 16, he finished second in the junior driving championship at Sportsman's Park and he remained active in training and driving through his 20s. At the age of 30, though, he decided to pursue his real interest, which was a career as a blacksmith. He has worked as a farrier for 25 years, currently splitting his time between Florida's Pompano Park and New York's Tioga Downs. "I was interested in it when I was younger, but at the time my dad had back surgery and couldn't train horses so he kind of steered me in that direction," Schaefer said. "Later, I decided to become a blacksmith, but having trained horses has helped me a lot. I can pretty much judge where a horse is off, and if I need to, I can train a horse and see where they're hitting and that kind of stuff. "It's rewarding. I've gotten to shoe a lot of good horses, like Corleone Kosmos and Burning Point. I also got to shoe for Stanley Dancer at the end of his career." Photo courtesy Jeff Schaefer Schaefer's career as a blacksmith forced him to put driving on hold for a dozen years, but he returned to the sulky in 2012 and has been a regular in the Florida Amateur Driving Club. In 2017 he was among a group of drivers from the club to travel to the United Kingdom for a competition and in June he will be among a group to travel to France for an event. "I got the itch to start driving again so I bought a horse and got back into it," said Schaefer, who has 75 career wins. "It gets in your blood. I enjoy the competitiveness. I think it's thrilling every time I go out to drive. I'm kind of the underdog most of the time. It's fun to have a good horse and win." Shaefer will be in action again Sunday at Pompano Park, but in the meantime he will be busy shoeing horses and making T-shirts. It's the harness life. It's Harness Life. "It's turning out to be a big success," Schaefer said.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

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