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Pompano Beach, FL...November 6, 2018...Gold Star Diablo, driven by Wally Hennessey, extended his Pompano Park winning streak to four on Monday night with a handy 1:55.1 in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for harness racing three year-olds. The gifted son of Mysticism was used early and then pressured until the top of the stretch before striding away from his rivals to a 2 3/4 length victory over s game Mister Special T, handled by Mike Simons. Jay Jay, with Dave Ingraham in his sulky, rallied for third ahead of Silver Wings, who pressed the pace early, and Gold Star Flick, who picked up the minor award. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo's share of the $31,000 purse spiked his career bounty to $90,476--$28,446 this semester. It was a bang-bang start in the event with Silver Wings leaving with alacrity then quickly joined by Gold Star Diablo with Mister Special T three wide. At the opening station in :28.2, Gold Star Diablo assumed command from Silver Wings with Mister Special T still on the attack and Silver Wings pressing the pace along the inside. Gold Star Diablo and MIster Special T raced toe-to-toe past the half in :56.4 with the pace non-relenting by the thiord station in 1:26. In the lane, Gold Star Diablo edged away from Mister Special T to record the win--his 11th lifetime in only 20 starts. Said Hennessey after the event, "Sometimes you just have to trust your horse that he can take a punch and Gold Star Diablo took a few of them on Monday night. He raced giant--a credit to trainer Mike Deters and his staff." Off as the 1 to 20 favorite, Gold Star Diablo returned $2.10 to win. Other Stallion Stake winners were Krinda, Jennifer and Dangerous Mood. Krinda, a splendid daughter of Six Of Diamonds, led gate-to-wire in scoring a 1:56.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the $30,650 event for sophomore pacing fillies. Justifying her 3 to 5 tote-board status, Krinda led at every pole, carding panels of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before a :27.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Easter, handled by Mike Deters, with Priaire Foolish, with Jim Meittinis handling the lines, next. Starcasim and Diamond Eyes completed the roster. Hennessey remarked after the event, "We were fortunate to get a very nice second quarter breather. When we got to the half, I was pretty confident we could get home. She didn't disappoint me." Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Krinda earned her third win of the year in five starts, good for $25,637 this year and $76,976 career-wise. Krinda paid $3.40 to win. Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, earned her first win of the year in three starts in the non-wagering $28,500 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, hitting the wire in a lifetime best 1:59.2, annihilating her former mark of 2:03.4. Driven by Mike Simons for owners Kim and Jay Sears, Jennifer burst off the wins at the start and carded panels of :30.3, 1:00 and 1:29.3 before hitting the line 3 1/2 lengths ahead of I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey. I Rhoda Daley, looking to extend her winning skein at Pompano Park to five, made a slight miscue leaving but made a recovery to earn the place honors. Cookie, with Jay Sears in her sulky, finished third over Ms Katie B. Finally, Dangerous Mood, trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, wired his foes a lifetime best the $27,000 Stallion Stake for colts and geldings, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths for Dave Ingraham. Captain Thomas, threatened the eventual winner at mid-stretch but made a miscue to lose all change at victory. Brian was a distant third for Mike Deters. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, who took a 2:01.1 mark last year at Pompano, scored his first win of the year in five starts with his win and sent his earnings this year to $20,550. That event, too, was a non-wagering event. In the $10,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares, the invader Bucklegirl Bobette, driven by Wally Hennessey, made her first start in six weeks a winning one, scurrying around the Pompano oval in 1:53.3. Taking the lead off the wings before yielding, the five year-old daughter of Duneside Perch made a second bold move heading into the second turn and went on to pin a 1 1/4 length defeat on Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons. Watts Was I Drinkin, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Galarine finished fourth. Little Joke was next in the classy sextet. Trained by Rob Rittof for owner Hart Walker, Bucklegirl Bobette score her 10th win of the year in 23 starts, good for $67,338. She's banked 180,348 career-wise. Off at 2 to 5, Bucklegirl Bobette returned $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. and a carry-over in the Super Hi-5 of $8,819.32. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, with the top two pacing mares of the season squaring off one last time in the final week of the 2018 meet. Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) charged fastest from the gate from post five to open up the mile in :27 flat, with Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) floating away from the gate with speed as well and sweeping to the lead just before the three-eighths pole. Gold Star Mysti led comfortably from there and posted a half in :55.4 and three-quarter time of 1:24.4 before kicking home with a strong final stanza of :28.2 to maintain a solid 1 ½ length margin at the wire in 1:53.1 over Kiss On The Lips and Totally Racy (Steve Wiseman). Gold Star Mysti ($2.80) now has seven wins in thirteen trips to the gate this season, while bankrolling $52,250 for owners Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. Pridecrest is also wrapping up his Aces season in style, rolling to his fourth straight win while capturing the $11,000 featured trot. After floating away in the outside flow from post six, Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) watched Windsun Galaxie (Dean Magee) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) engage in early battle for the lead before sweeping by just past the 3/8 marker. Pridercrest was well in hand from there and delivered as the big favorite for his twelfth win in 20 starts this year, with a 2 ½ length score over Ideal Jesse and Let's Be Honest (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:55.3. Pridecrest ($2.10) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover has swelled to $41,769.84 for this coming Saturday night (Sept. 15) and there is also a carryover in the 50 cent Early Pick-4 wager of $1,355.86 for the "Night of Champions Program" on Saturday. Total purses will approach $400,000 making it the richest night of Harness Racing in Minnesota history. The evening will also offer fans plenty of chances to win Hats, Tee Shirts, Betting Vouchers and other prizes, as well as a Live Broadcast of the card with and Live Music from Jake Nelson. By Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - On the Sunday (August 12) harness racing program at Running Aces, Gold Star Yoder became the first 2 year old stud pacer to win at the track, establishing a track record of 1:57 in his very first lifetime start.   The freshman son of Mysticism had show tremendous ability in training miles and was very impressive in his qualifying race on August 7, finishing second while pacing a final half mile in :55.3.   The 1:57 record mile is likely to be lowered quite soon by this youngster who appears to be brimming with talent. The betting public had recognized his abilities as well, sending him off as the 2-5 choice. Gold Star Yoder ($2.80), affectionately named for his part-owner and Trainer/Driver James (JD) Yoder, is also owned by Gold Star Farm.   The Yoder barn turned in yet another track record on Sunday night, when their 4 year old stud trotter Ideal Jesse (JD Yoder) turned in another impressive gate-to-wire win and stopped the clock at 1:56 to lower his very own record that he set just 8 days prior (1:56.1 on August 4).   Ideal Jesse ($3.80) is by Jailhouse Jesse, and is owned by Cheyenne Ray (Yoder). Ideal Jesse also owns the track record for 3 year old colt trotters (1:56.1), the victory on Sunday was career win number 10.   The two track record miles were part of a Grand-Slam for James Yoder, his second four-win night this week.   SB Fine And Dandy (JD Yoder) pulled the upset in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired geldings trot, by converting a pocket trip into his third career win in a lifetime best 1:57.2.   The victory by a neck would snap a six-race winning streak for the heavy favorite Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who had led every step of the way, until the final step. The victory pushes seasonal earnings to $15,744 for SB Fine And Dandy ($24.20), a son of Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Dekker (Rick Magee) delivered her 4th consecutive win as she continues to dominate the 3 year old Filly Division of the Minnesota-Sired trotting events.   Sent off at 1-9 as part of an entry with stablemate and runner-up Mimi Marguerite, Dekker has now won 7 of her last 8 races. Tonight's tally was a 3 1/2 length romp in a career best time of 1:58.1. Dekker ($2.20) is owned by Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The 50 cent late Pick-4 wager paid $4,469.45 on Sunday night, and the 20 cent Pick-5 went un-solved. The Pick-5 carryover now stands at $13,890.15 for Tuesday night (Aug 14) along with a carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,991.44. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Ace

Columbus, MN - The harness racing Card on Tuesday night (August 7) at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and Gold Star Mysti was the headliner in the field after a 4 race stint racing against the boys in the very tough Dan Patch FFA series and in Open winners-over company. She finally returned to the weekly distaff feature to re-claim her crown as top Open Mare at the track. Sent off as the 3-5 public choice, she did not disappoint her backers. Driver James Yoder got her away quickly from post two into the pocket behind a fast starting Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen), before sweeping to the front just past the 28.2 quarter. After establishing the lead, Gold Star Mysti looked comfortable and confident throughout. The middle half was a solid :56.2 and Gold Star Mysti kicked home strong in :27.4 to keep the field at bay, posting a solid win by ¾ length over Kiss On The Lips (Dean Magee) who closed well for second, and Delightfully Wild held a game third in the 1:52.3 mile. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is a 5 year old by Mysticism out of the Pacific Fella mare Just Wait Fellas, she is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by Margaret Audley and now has 15 career wins and $109,216 on her card. The $9,000 Two year old Open Pace went to Mystical View (James Yoder), a half-sister to Gold Star Mysti, who is now undefeated in two career starts after an impressive win in 1:58.1, also for Gold Star Farm and trainer Margaret Audley. After getting away fourth in the seven horse contest, Mystical View ($4.60) made a sweeping move to the lead and drew clear from her rivals at every checkpoint, posting an impressive final quarter of 28.2 and a solid three-length tally. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old pacing event went to Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for her second straight win and third win in four lifetime starts. The impressive filly by Wind Me Up turned in a gate-to-wire effort, impressively seating her top rival Burning Blaze (Rick Magee) into the pocket from the start, and fending off a late challenge from Burning Blaze at the wire. In an exciting stretch battle, the filly prevailed by neck with a fast final quarter of :27.1 to stop the timer at 1:56.1. Windmeupnwatchmego ($3.20) is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired two year old trotting event went to MD Magic for his second straight win, lowering his mark to 2:02 with Dean Magee in the sulky for Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. MD Magic ($5.40) posted a dominating effort to win by 3 ½ lengths over Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman). The impressive son of Braggart now has 3 wins in 4 lifetime starts. Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder both completed the Grand-Slam on the night, with four wins each. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night, (July 11) with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT and a couple of nice carryovers: $10,981.13 in the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $2,780.43 in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager. by Darin Gagne' for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (June 26) Harness Racing feature at Running Aces was the $13,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, with a strong field of 8 distaffers squaring off behind the gate. Gold Star Mysti was the overwhelming public choice after her dominating performance last week, and she was sent off as the 1-5 favorite to repeat. When the gate wings sprung, it was a mad scramble for the lead, Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) started the initial battle for the lead, but Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) both quickly chimed in from their outside drawing posts, resulting in a three-wide battle around the first turn, passing the quarter in 27.1. Gold Star Mysti surged between mares for the lead, then yielded briefly to Kiss On The Lips, before re-taking the top spot just before the half mile marker. Gold Star Mysti ($2.60) settled in her top spot and was never in doubt, well in command past the 1:24.2 three-quarter check-in and drawing away to a solid 2 length score in 1:52.4 over Delightfully Wild, Whatitdo BabyBoo (Steve Wiseman) and Kiss On The Lips. The very impressive 5 year old mare by Mysticism now has 3 wins and 1 second in 4 starts this year, she is owned by Gold Star Farms and trained by James Yoder. Hard Cold Cash (Dean Magee) made it two wins in a row in the $12,500 claiming pace with another dominating performance from gate to wire in 1:52.2 for his 8th win of the season. Hard Cold Cash ($3.80) is a 6 year old stallion by Dali, owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier. Drivers Nick Roland, Dean Magee, Steve Wiseman, and James Yoder all turned in driving doubles on the Tuesday program. Nobody solved the Hi-5 wager in the final race, and there is now $1,567.00 carried over for the Hi-5 on Saturday night June 30, which is T-Shirt giveaway night at Running Aces. All patrons who purchase a live racing program on Saturday will receive a RA 10-year Anniversary commemorative T-shirt. First post on Saturday is 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

The Monday harness racing card at Running Aces featured some very competitive racing, including a very talented field for the $10,000 featured Open Pace for Mares, Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) was the second favorite on the board and she delivered a dazzling performance for her fourth win in five starts this year, and shattered the track mark for four-year-old pacing mares with an eye opening 1:51 mile. The previous record was set earlier this summer by PV Miracle Mary (1:52.2). Gold Star Mysti ($5.20) was unhurried from the gate and settled fifth for the first call (27.1) before launching a sweeping move just past the half way marker (56.1) and reaching the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:23.3 and kicking home in 27.2 to register record the mile. James Yoder also trains the impressive four-year-old mare by Mysticism for Owner Marianne Audley. Firedrake ($2.40) was again razor sharp tonight at Running Aces, posting his fifth consecutive win, pacing tonight in 1:53.2, with a gate-to-wire win and it also marks his sixth win in seven starts this season with Trainer/Driver Nick Roland in the bike for Owner Jessica Johnson. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, Explosive Muscles with Trainer/Driver Gerald Longo delivered as the favorite ($4.80) for his 7th win in 26 starts this season. The sharp 7 year old gelding is by Muscle Mass, and has bankrolled $44,745 this season for Owners Cassandra and Rebecca Uppal after tonight’s 1:55.4 victory. Giggle Monster is now a perfect 2-for-2 lifetime after capturing the $8,000 2 year old Open Pace event tonight in 1:55.4 with Driver Dean Magee for Trainer Denise Maier and Owners Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte. Driver Nick Roland registered a triple on the program with Gerald Longo and Lemoyne Svendsen both picking up driving doubles. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, July 8 at 6:00 pm CT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $5,045.12 and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 of $1,835.65.  By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 29, 2015...The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida bred Standardbreds with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of harness racing two and three year-olds at Pompano Park.   Here is a recap of those events:   Gold Star Briana Wins $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot   Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive victory--this one in 2:00.3.   The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey and scored by 2¼ lengths over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) that cut fractions of :29.4, :59.4 and 1:30.1 before submitting to the winner turning for home. All Star Fame (Dan Clements) finished third while Trottime Fool was fourth. Mitzie picked up the nickel in the quintet. The win sent Gold Star Briana's earnings to $61,538 to go along with her mark of 1:58.2.   Rexamillion Destroys Foes in $53,300 Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot   Rexamillion led every step of his journey in scoring a scintillating win measuring 13¾ lengths. The altered son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire, along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, sprinted away from his foes past the opening quarter of :29.2 and continued to stretch his lead throughout the rest of the journey, clocking subsequent fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2 before stopping the timer in 1:59.2, a new lifetime mark. Bob Roberts was in the sulky for the win--Rexamillion's fifth straight.   Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) was second while Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) finished third, 19½ lengths away. Fifty Fifty Ninety was next with Proud Joe T fifth, his chances foiled by miscues throughout the mile.    Rexamillion now sports a 5-1-1 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, good for earnings of $58,481.   Gleneagles Stretches Winning Streak to Six in $53,600 Juvenile Colt Pace   Gleneagles, the splendid two year-old Mysticism colt, got picture perfect rating from Wally Hennessey to capture the $53,600 Florida Breeders Stake for pacing colts and geldings in 1:55.   Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, Gleneagles was on the engine from the get-go from his outside six post to force main rival Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) in the "garden spot" and carded fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in 27.3 to score a handy win measuring 1¼ lengths over Conman's Dream, the latter now a "bridesmaid" to Gleneagles in their last five meetings. R Chism (Mike Micallef) finished third, 4½ lengths back while ICU Diamond T and Danza picked up the minors.   In garnering his sixth consecutive victory at Pompano Park, Gleneagles, with sweeps of the Sunshine State Stake Final, the Stallion Stake and the Aylor Memorial to go along with this Breeders Stake win, now has a bankroll of $71,848. As the 1 to 5 favorite kicking off the pari-mutuel program, Gleneagles paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers.   Prairie Fortune Toys With Foes in $56,100 Sophomore Colt/Gelding Trot   Prairie Fortune, off at 1 to 20 in his last four pari-mutuel starts, justified the confidence of his followers this night by scoring a decisive win in the $56,100 Breeders Stakes Final for three year-old colts and geldings.   Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters, Prairie Fortune, an outstanding gelded son of Arapa Victory, lolly-gagged out of the gate from his rail post position before tilting to the outside from last three-eighths into the mile and surging into the lead three-eighths from home and on to a victory measuring 5¼ lengths over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol).   Harrison (Wally Hennessey) was third--25 lengths away--with Victory Park and RJ's Iron Man fourth and fifth, respectively, after being doomed by miscues during the mile.   The mile was timed in 1:57.1, far off his record of 1:53.4, but excellent enough to add $28,050 to his coffers, bringing his seasonal bounty to $98,833 and $111,280 lifetime.   Prairie Sweetheart Cruises to Victory in $54,600 Two Year-Old Filly Pace   Prairie Sweetheart, an undefeated six-for-six coming into this Super Night Breeders Stake Final, left the winner's circle seven-for-seven with a handy nine length win in the $54,600 two year-old filly pace.   Owned by John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, Mike was in the bike as this daughter of Royal Millennium led every step of her journey, carving panels of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.3 before drawing away late on the strength of her :28.3 finale. Caitlin's Romance (Rick Plano), suffering from a bobble before the start, rallied courageously from last to finish a clear second while Diamond Lily (Mike Micallef), in the garden spot much of the way, finished third. Gold Star Lovebug was fourth while Gold Star Mysti finished fifth in the field of six.   Prairie Sweetheart now has earnings of $63,274 as her career blossoms forward to go along with a track record tying 1:53.3 mark for juvenile pacing fillies. The overwhelming favorite 1 to 20 odds, Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win.   Zendaya Pulls Off the Upset in $54,700 Three Year-Old Filly Trot   Zendaya picked the perfect night to break her maiden as this three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy pulled off the mild 6 to 1 upset in the $54,700 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, Zendaya was driven to victory by Bob Roberts, giving him his second Super Night victory.   Run Around Sue S (Kevin Wallis) was second at 27 to 1, a head back of the winner after taking a narrow lead right before the wire with Livy M (Wally Hennessey) third as the 1 to 10 favorite.   Run Around Sue showed the best gate speed and took command early as Zendaya left alertly, as well, with Livy M away third but on the move from that cozy spot early to take command at the :30.1 opener. Livy M continued to cut mile--1:00.1 and 1:31--and led by 1½ lengths turning for home but was unable to withstand the closing kicks of the top pair, with Zendaya closing quickest of all to nail the win in the final stride in 2:01.1. In breaking her maiden, Zendaya sent her earnings for the season to $37,186 on the strength of this, her biggest payday career-wise. Second choice in the betting, Zendaya rewarded her faithful with a $15.00 mutuel.   Owosso Flash Gives Deters Third Stake Win With New Mark of 1:52.2   Owosso Flash gave trainer-driver Mike Deters his third Super Night win in the $54,200 Breeders Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:52.2. This son of Royal Millennium made a brilliant move just short of the opening quarter--:28.1--and went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2 before his :28 finale left no doubt late--the margin 2½ lengths over Caesar's Forum and six lengths over Drake. Gold Star Roger and Stutz completed the quintet.   In garnering his sixth win of the year, Owosso Flash, sent his seasonal bounty to $59,844 and $113,394 lifetime to go along with his new mark. Owosso Flash is owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer driver Deters. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Owosso Flash paid $2.80 to win.   The victory, incidentally, was not only a "hat trick" for Deters in the bike, it sent his UDRS over the .900 mark with a 16-4-0 scorecard in 20 starts in the sulky this meeting.   Davita Pulls Off Minor Upset in $55,550 Three Year-Old Filly Pace   Davita, a "bridesmaid" to Gold Star Dynasty in her last three starts, finally got the job done on Super Night by taking top honors in the $55,550 Breeders Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears, was handled by Corey Braden and stalked the favorite, Gold Star Dynasty (Aaron Byron), after relinquishing an early lead to her foe at the opening panel in a hot :27.4. With Gold Star Dynasty hitting subsequent markers in :57 and 1:27, Davita left her cozy pocket and wore down Gold Star Dynasty at the sixteenth pole and then held off the late surging Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) to win by a length. Gold Star Dynasty did finish third, two lengths away, while Gold Star Sonata finished fourth. Gold Star Charming picked up the final award in the sextet of fillies.   For Davita, it was her third win of the year in eight starts and sent her yearly bounty soaring from $17,922 to $45,697. She's banked $59,221 lifetime. She paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting.   Racing continues of Monday night with a pentafecta carryover from Super Night guaranteeing a pool of $7,500. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 10, 2015...Drake, handled by veteran harness racing driver Bob Roberts, pulled off the major upset as Pompano Park hosted four lucrative F.S.B.O.A Stallion Stakes--three non-wagering events--on Tuesday night. Drake pinned the three length defeat on Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with Caesar's Forum (Wally Hennessey) third. Stutz and Gold Star Roger completed that quintet. Prairie Sweetheart, Gleneagles and Gold Star Dynasty also annexed victories in their respective classes. Drake, a three year-old son of Six Of Diamonds, was seeking a maiden win after 19 career starts--13 of those this semester--and appeared in "over his head" in this $30,950 non-wagering event with both Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum in the fray, the latter pair dominating this class for sophomore pacing colts and geldings thus far in the season. But a surprise was lurking in this event--a surprise timed in 1:54.1. Indeed, it was Caesar's Forum, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, using his inside post to perfection with Owosso Flash right behind through an opening quarter in a tepid :29.2. That's when the fireworks began in earnest with Owosso Flash leaving the cozy pocket to engage the leader in battle. A :26.2 second panel left this pair literally nostrils apart at the :55.4 half with Drake now a dozen lengths away followed by Stutz and Gold Star Roger. The feverish pace continued on the backside with the top pair battling tooth and nail through a :54.2 middle half, reaching the third station in 1:23.4. Literally 20 lengths out of it three-eighths out, Drake began to gnaw into the lead and, when the "plugs" came out around the final turn, Roberts literally spoke to his charge and he answered back with a devastating rally that left the field in his wake. After the event, driver Roberts related, "you know, last week I told Kim (trainer Sears) that Drake was really starting to find his stride and he might have been closer had it not been for some road trouble. "This time, I knew I was going to get away third and when they battled for so long, I thought I just might get to them this time. "I like to talk to my horses when I drive them and, when I popped the plugs, I said, 'ok, boy, time to show 'em what your made of!" Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, Drake more than doubled his lifetime earnings in his first 19 starts, now standing at $28,675. In the $29,950 Stallion Stake for the juvenile pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, the splendid daughter of Royal Millennium owned by John Spindler, along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, kept her career unblemished--now five-for-five--with a lifetime best 1:54.2 performance with trainer Mike in the bike. Prairie Sweetheart sent her lifetime earnings to $27,764 after taking command from Caitlin's Romance at the :28.2 opener and then on to fractions of :57.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Caitlin's Romance, second to Prairie Sweetheart in the last trio of Sunshine State Stakes, was second again, this time for Rick Plano. Diamond Lily, handled by Mike Micallef, was third with Gold Star Mysti and Trottime Sparks also earning purse checks in the field of six. In the $29,250 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings, Gleneagles, after a brief, early tussle with Conman's Dream, held on gamely with a :28 finale to score by a neck in 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey over Conman's Dream and Jason Mac Dougall. R Chism finished third for Mike Micallef while ICU Diamond T finished fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the nickel in the sextet. Gleneagles, a son of Mysticism owned by the Pinhook Stable, earned his fourth straight win to send his juvenile earnings to $37,198. The $32,550 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing fillies was held on the betting card and Gold Star Dynasty continued her dynasty over her class with a lifetime best performance 1:55 performance for driver Aaron Byron. Trained by Mike Deters for Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing, Gold Star Dynasty took command from Davita (Corey Braden) right at the opening marker in :28 and went on to post fractions of :57 and 1:26.1 before her :28.4 closer sealed the deal over Davita with Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) third. Gold Star Sonata finished fourth while stablemate Gold Star Charming finished fifth in the field of six. Gold Star Dynasty now has a 7-4-1-0 scorecard this year, good for $27,287. She's banked $70,324 lifetime in just 14 starts. She paid a 10% dividend ($2.20) to her multitude of backers. In the $10,000 Open Handicap for mares, Mach It A Par, deftly handled by owner Dan Clements, used a perfect garden journey to roll past the 2 to 5 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey), a sixteenth out to win in 1:52.1, her margin 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) finished third in her Pompano Park debut while Jets Are On and Winbak Heavenly picked up the final two awards in the field of seven. The winner, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was away alertly from her inside post as Winbak Heavenly and Godiva Seelster decided to play a bit of hard ball early with Godiva three wide for much of the opening panel (:27) before assuming control shortly thereafter. With a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24, Godiva cut the corner turning for home but simply couldn't fend off the pocket sitting Mach Me Not in deep stretch, although she did extend her streak of earning purse money to 71 starts encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, now, five year-old seasons. Mach It A Par, meanwhile, won for the 11th time this season, good for $75,847, by far her most successful season of campaigning. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three now has lifetime bounty of $112,749. As second choice in the betting, Mach It A Par paid $7.20 to win. Pompano Park now continues on a three night-a-week schedule (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) with post time 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

After a second place finish in a harness racing $6,500 Filly and Mare Open at Pompano Park on Nov. 5, Gold Star Gidget seized the $54,800 Florida Breeders Stakes final, with a last to first brush, at the same venue five days later.

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