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Coral Springs, FL – Harness racing driver Bruce Ranger was once the King of the Pompano Park track in south Florida and before that was the top driver in Maine for years. During his illustrious career he competed in nearly 50,000 races with 8,916 wins and purses won at $36,453,179. Then on June 27, 2015 after he finished fourth in the last race with Master Of Puppets at Pompano Park, Bruce Ranger walked away from harness racing. “I was beat back then,” Ranger explained. “Too many accidents, too many mornings jogging or training 15 to 20 horses, then driving in ten or more races at night. My back especially was so sore that I knew it was time to stop.” Ranger returned to his home state of Maine and began rehabilitation, living in Lewiston. He rested up, started to heal and even got married on September 23, 2016 to Mary Beth Beauregard. Now enters Joe Morris in the picture. “My cousin Joe Morris is the one who owns the starting gates up here and it was him that helped get me to get my license and get the job starting the races on the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “If It was anyone else other than him I would have said no thank you,” Ranger said. “If anything, it gave me a reason to see him more often. He is my favorite cousin since I was a kid and has helped me in the past.” Now, gone from competing in harness racing for more than three years, Bruce Ranger is returning to the races once again as a driver. His first appearance will be aboard Miss American Bi in the fourth race trot at Scarborough Downs in Maine on Saturday. It’s the $56,437 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. He has one other drive on card in the sixth race, with Saratoga Liz (post two) in the $89,311 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. Both horses are trained by Kim Ireland. “Here comes cousin Joe Morris again,” Ranger said. “He owns Saratoga Liz and put me down to drive and I also got another one of Kim’s (Ireland) horses.” After being away from racing for more than three years, Ranger is making his comeback with a bang in a couple of major stakes races.  “I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I was very fortunate to get the chance to learn and become a starting judge and then was able to get hired as the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit this summer. “I really enjoyed being the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “It peaked my interest to get back on a sulky and drive. But, first I had to get back in shape again. I ate too much of that great Fair food every weekend.” Getting back in shape for Ranger has been enjoyable. “During the winters I do a lot of skiing,” Ranger said. “And when not working during the summer I love to go biking. It has really helped me get back into shape and both the skiing and biking is great fun. “I had really missed the changing of the seasons and wintertime,” Ranger said. “I’d rather be working a snow blower than jogging horses. So, what are Bruce Ranger’s plans for his return to driving? “Since I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I’ve been considering driving at Plainridge. They have some green now and their purses are much better than what is available in Maine. “Why not go down there and race for real money,” Ranger added. “I’ve been there before when they did not have any decent purses. It’s not that far away that I can make the trip. “I have to see how things go on Saturday,” Ranger said. “I could get behind a horse and right afterwards say “no more” and walk away again. I could also love it and want to do more. We’ll know after Saturday for sure.” When asked about returning to Pompano Park in Florida where Ranger won more than half of his 8,916 career wins, Ranger said “No thank you. I don’t want to race in the heat ever again. I was born and raised up here in New England and want to say around here.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...June 24, 2015...My Revenuer and Mach Me Not scored impressive harness racing wins their respective "Winners Over" feature events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 24).   My Revenuer kicked off the mid-week festivities by scoring a minor upset for Tom Sells in the $9,000 Winners Over event for the trotters, upsetting the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Dominum Deo in 1:55.4. Tug River Dylan, last in the quintet turning for home, rallied for third for Wally Ross, Jr. while Lugar and pacesetting Illusionsndreams completed the parade through the wire.   It was Illusionsndreams who took charge, carding panels of :28.3 and :58.2 before things began heating up on the backside.   With Dominum Deo on the move from the back of the pack, driver Sells was forced into a first-over journey from My Revenuer with that one pulling on even terms with Illusionsndreams through an official :28.2 third quarter--his about :27.4.   Turning for home, My Revenuer began edging clear and easily held off Dominum Deo in the final stages, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths.   In a post race interview, driver Sells said, "Ya know, when this trotter feels like it, he can turn on the engines pretty good...and he sure did tonight. He was very determined."   Owned and trained by Tom Petri, My Revenuer, a seven year-old son of Revenue S, won for the third time in 20 starts this year, good for $33,817 in bounty. Lifetime, he has 21 career wins and $167,592 in earnings to go along with a mark of 1:53.4 at Vernon Downs last season.   Third choice in the betting, My Revenuer paid $12.40 to his faithful.   The companion event for pacing wares was kind of a carbon copy of last weeks event as Mach Me Not, driven by Bruce Ranger, scored a repeat win--this time in 1:53.4 over stablemate Artful Impulse, again handled by Andy Santeramo. As in last week's event, Goldstar Rockette finished third. Keystone Christa and Lady Ideal completed that event.   When the Hummer's wings folded, Artful Impulse and Mach Me Not got into a bit of a fray around turn one with the latter taking charge right at the opening marker in :27.1.   Mach Me Not, a nine year-old daughter of Mach Three, continued to lead the parade through panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 with Artful Impulse in the garden spot.   Turning for home, as she did last week, Mach Me Not began drifting wide allowing Artful Impulse plenty of real estate to close to her inside...but Mach Me Not was just too strong--her final panel of :27.3 good enough for a victory measuring just short of a length.   After the race, Ranger joked, "Well, we proved one thing...this mare care pace as fast going sideways as she can going forward! She's a game thing, that's for sure!"   Owned by the S S G Stables and trainer by Jim Mc Donald, Mach Me Not won for the third consecutive week--35th lifetime win--to send he seasonal earnings to $49,024. She's banked $345,046 career-wise to go along with her mark of 1:51.1 mark at Hoosier Park.   Mach Me Not, heavily favored at 2 to 5, paid $2.80 to win.   Another noteworthy performer on the Wednesday card was Gold Savage in the "Winners Over 2" trot.   This five year-old son of Keystone Savage, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, got a picture perfect journey from Mickey Mc Nichol to score in a lifetime best 1:54.3.   With Pilgrims All In setting up a quick pace through panels of :27.1 and :56, Gold Savage nestled in second from his outside post, left the coziness of his pocket around the final turn and went on to score a win measuring almost six lengths over favored On The Tab (Bruce Ranger) with Skyway Pippen next. Pilgrims All In did hold on for fourth while American Superman, suffering a miscue prior to the start, picked up the minor award in the sextet.   As second choice in the betting at 3 to 2, Gold Savage paid $5.00 to win.   Racing continues on Saturday night with the season's final program of 10 races.   Post time is 7:30p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...June 20, 2015...No Bad Dreams, driven by Bruce Ranger, eked out a repeat harness racing victory at Pompano Park in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace on Saturday night (June 20), stopping the timer in a lifetime equalling best 1:50.3. The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, squeaked by a game Raji's Blue Line (Ben Mc Neil) to score a a half length with Abreathofreshart (Walter Ross, Jr.) third, four lengths away. Freeneasy Hanover finished fourth while G P S Legacy picked up the nickel in the quintet. When Pompano's Hummer Starting Gate sprung open, Raji's Blue Line was away sharply along with Abreathofreshart with the former out-brushing the latter through a sharp opener of :26.2. Once on top, Raji's Blue Line was well rated, reaching the half in :55.2. On the backside, No Bad Dreams, fourth for the first half mile and about four lengths away at the mid-point, began a first over jaunt, denting an official :27.3 third panel with his individually timed third panel of :27, reaching the third station along side Raji's Blue Line and 1 1/2 lengths off the leader. In the lane, No Bad Dreams drew along the stubborn Raji's Blue Line, stuck his head in front and edged forward from there to the wire on the strength of a :27.2 finale. While the win was somewhat expected by the public--No Bad Dreams was 1 to 5 on the board--driver Bruce Ranger, in a post race interview, said, "This horse (No Bad Dreams) is a gutsy thing. This wasn't a walk-over by any means. "Raji's Blue Line gave us a very strong challenge but Marc (trainer Aubin) has No Bad Dreams very sharp now and his excellent condition probably was the difference. This was a brave performance for him, going first over like that. I wanted to fish out some cover but it didn't happen that way." No Bad Dreams is now eight for 11 this year with earnings of $34,060 for the Boddie's to go along with the 1:50.3 mark. He paid $2.40 to win. The $8,500 Winner's Over 2 Pace went to Histoire Eternelle, trained and driven by Dan Harvey. Owned by the consortium of Major, Phaneuf, Dillaire and Robert, this six year-old son of Shanghai Phil, was pressured the entire route while on the lead through panels of :26.4, :54.1 and 1:22.3 before stopping the tele-timer in 1:52 for his fourth win of the year in 20 starts, good for yearly bounty thus far of $19,586. Taking the lead at the outset, Histoire Eternelle was, first, pressured by Acton Onelasttime for the first five-eighths of a mile before feeling a stiff "double-bubble" challenge by the 2 to 5 favorite, Who's Your Maddy (Bruce Ranger) the final three-eighths to hold that one at bay by three-parts-of-a-length on the wire. Zavan (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Acton Onelasttime finished fourth over Stiletto Jake in the quintet. Histoire Eternelle was 9 to 1 on the board and returned $21.00 to win. Another highlight on the program came in an event for the Florida Amateur Driving club as Dein Spriggs scored his 400th career driving win with his own 12 year-old warrior Good Feeling ($5.00) in 1:58.3. In that event, Spriggs left the gate with alacrity but was out-rushed by Northern Inferno (Robert Krivelin), who did all the work through fractions of :29, 1:00 and 1:29.2 before slipping through along the pylons to score the win measuring 3/4 of a length. Barbies Korvette (Dennis Whittemore) finished third while Explosive Muscles and Total Freedom were next in the sextet. The other Florida Amateur Driving Club event went to Prairie Big John ($2.60), handled by "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman in a seasonal best 1:57. This seven year-old Florida bred, owned and trained by Jim Hysell, took the lead a few long strides after the :28.1 opener and then carded panels of :57.1 and 1:26.4 before romping home unscathed by 4 1/4 lengths over Zeitgeist (Spriggs) with Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) third. Engagedatlexington and Rel Cash Clown also earned checks in the field of six. The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $140,000 to charitable organizations since its inception. Pompano Park continues its season on Wednesday night with a 7:30 post. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Harness racing trainer Jim Mc Donald held the hot hand at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 17), sweeping both features en route to hitting the "grand slam" with four winners on the program.   While Mach Me Not and Dominum Deo won their respective $9,500 pacing and trotting Winner's Over events, it was Mc Donald, himself, getting the festivities underway by piloting Pacing Pretty Stables four year-old Looney ($3.00) to a come from behind win in a lifetime best 1:58.2.   Two races later, the nine year-old Mach Three mare Mach Me Not, trained by Mc Donald for the S S G Stables and driven by Bruce Ranger, nailed her stablemate, Artful Impulse (Andy Santeramo) in the last two strides to score a narrow win--a half length--in 1:53.1 for her second win in a row and 34th lifetime in 201 starts.   Surging to the lead early before yielding to her stablemate, Mach Me Not, though drifting wide in the lane, managed to get up in the late stages on the strength of a :27.2 finale.   Goldstar Rockette (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished third in the mile while Real Nice Girl and Lady Ideal completed the quintet of talented mares.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "She left like a rocket-ship but then Andy (Santeramo) took his mare (Artful Impulse) and put her on the lead so I did get a good trip back of her. When I pulled turning for home, I guess I must've pulled on the right line a little too hard because she was drifting out pretty good in the lane. But it all worked out at the wire."   Mach Me Not paid $2.40 for her popular win.   The very next event, Santeramo got a bit of revenge on Ranger when he guided The Muscler, also trained by Mc Donald for lessee Carl Mc Donald, to a nose victory in 1:57.1, edging out Gray N Cloudy (Ranger) in the very last stride.   The Muscler won for the fifth time this semester, good for a seasonal bankroll of $19,250. He paid $7.20 to win.   Mc Donald achieved his "grand slam" the very next race when Ranger guided Dominum Deo to a photo finish win over Illusionsndreams (Santeramo) in a lifetime best 1:54.4--that win coming in the Winner's Over feature for trotters.   This four year-old son of Donato Hanover, last halfway through the mile, found some room turning for home and mowed down the competition with a :56 final half complimented by a :28.2 finale.   Dominum Deo, now with four wins for the year, sent his earnings to $20,845 for 2015 and $69,980 lifetime.   Gold Savage (McNichol), prominent all the way, finished third while Tug River Dylan and My Revenuer completed the first five in the sextet.   Dominum Deo, second choice on the board at 9 to 5, paid $5.60 to win.   Racing continues Saturday night with a 7:30 post time scheduled for the eight race program.   John Berry 

Pompano Beach, FL...June 13, 2015...No Bad Dreams, given a picture perfect drive by Bruce Ranger, gave his harness racing competition a nightmare of sorts on Saturday night at Pompano Park, virtually wiring a classy field in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace in 1:52.1.   The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, earned his seventh win of the year in 11 starts, defeating Raji's Blue Line, handled by Ben McNeil, by a half length.   Northern Companion and driver Tom Sells teamed up to be third while Who's Your Maddy finished fourth. G P S Legacy made a miscue early on and picked up the nickel in the quintet.   No Bad Dreams, leaving from the advantageous five post, zipped out of the gate and joined Raji's Blue Line around the first turn with No Bad Dreams assuming the lead shortly thereafter and clocking an opening panel of :27.2.   With positions remaining stagnant through the next quarter, Ranger was able to rate his charge through a :29.4 panel, reaching the half in :57.1. On the backside, Ranger chirped once to No Bad Dreams and he was off on a :27.4 tangent and then sealed the deal with a :27.1 finale.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, Ben's horse (Raji's Blue Line) cut some hellish fractions so I was hoping he wouldn't try that again and opt for a two hold trip. Once I got to the half in :57 and change, I felt very confident that No Bad Dreams could go all the way from there. He's a very nice horse...VERY nice!"   In winning for the 10th time career-wise, No Bad Dreams pushed his lifetime earnings to $43,962--$29,310 this year in only 11 starts.   As the 2 to 5 favorite, No Bad Dreams rewarded his many followers with a $2.80 mutuel.   That win, incidentally, proved to be a "double" for trainer Aubin and the Boddie's, as their Abreathofreshart captured the opener on the Saturday card in a conditioned pace in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella also wired his foes, using a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths on Histoire Eternelle, handled by Dan Harvey. Zavan was third for Andy Santeramo after applying some pressure on the leader around the final turn.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Abreathofreshart paid $3.40 to win.   The track also hosted the Chris Valkanoff Memorial Pace, honoring one of the most respected owners at the track who passed away some months ago.   Ranger also won that one, too, guiding Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile's Freeneasy Hanover to his 25th lifetime win--2nd this year--in 1:51.2.   The Jim Mc Donald trainee, a seven year-old son of Western Ideal, also was a gate to wire winner, clocking panels of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1 along the way for the win measuring nearly four lengths.   He, too, was the overwhelming favorite--1 to 5 on the board--and returned $2.60 to win.   After the event, the vast number of friends and family gathered in the winner's circle celebrating Mr. Valkanoff's life.   Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...June 10, 2015...Mach Me Not and Mc Tiny's Hope shared the spotlight at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 10), each reaching the winner's circle in their respective co-featured harness racing events.   Mach Me Not, the rugged nine year-old daughter of Mach Three, turned the tables on her stablemate, Artful Impulse, in the $9,000 "Winner's Over" pace for the mares, using a quarter move to the top after Artful Impulse, zipped out of the gate from her outside post to take the field through an opener of :27.4.   With Bruce Ranger handling the lines for trainer Jim Mc Donald and the S S G Stables, Mach Me Not, once reaching the top spot, proceeded to clock panels of :57.3 and 1:25.3 before using a :28.3 finale to hold her stablemate, driven by Andy Santeramo, safe by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1.   Real NIce Girl finished third for Joe Sanzeri while Keystone Christa finished fourth after a menacing backside brush brought her to the flank of Mach Me Not turning for home. Goldstar Rockette finished fifth in the quintet.   After the event, driver Bruce Ranger remarked, "Last week, this mare was full of pace the entire last lap, grinding forward from the back to finish third. In this shorter field, I thought it might be prudent to try and control things, just hoping that Andy (Santeramo) would yield to me so his mare would get the garden trip. It worked out well."   Mach Me Not won for the sixth time in 21 starts, sending her 2015 bankroll to $40,024. She's banked $336,046 lifetime on the strength of 33 career wins to go along with a mark of 1:51.1.   As the very slight favorite at 4 to 5, Mach Me Not paid $3.60 to win.   Despite rain showers in the area, along with some lightning bolts and thunder claps, Mc Tiny's Hope, the only mare in the "Winner's Over" trot, showed impeccable manners in extending her victory streak to three with a 1:55 performance for Ben Mc Neil.   This seven year-old daughter of CR Excalibur, trained by Jack Mc Neil for Ellen Mc Neil, zipped to the lead from her outside five post and broke her first three light beams in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home an easy winner on the strength of a :29.2 finale while dodging raindrops all the way home.   Dominum Deo finished second for Bruce Ranger while My Revenuer was next in the quintet. Gold Savage, close up the entire route, finished fourth while On The Tab picked up the nickel.   In a post race interview, the soft-spoken Ben Mc Neil said, "What can I say? She's just very good right now and I certainly wasn't going to fool around changing tactics since she's won the other two in this streak the same way!"   In earning her sixth win of the year in 21 starts, Mc Tiny's Hope sent her bankroll to $44,496 this semester, vaulting her over the $150,000 lifetime--$153,270 to be exact. This was her 27th lifetime victory to go along with her Meadowlands mark of 1:53.3.   As the 1 to 5 post time favorite, Mc Tiny's Hope paid $2.40 to win.   Ranger and Mc Neil were the two driving stars on the program with the Ranger winning three on the card, including the early Daily Double and young Ben Mc Neil sweeping both halves of the late Daily Double.   Racing continues on Saturday with Northern Companion looking to extend his winning streak while Raji's Blue Line, No Bad Dreams, Who's Your Maddy and G P S Legacy seek to knock last week's winner off his perch as current king of the hill."   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 27, 2015...Godiva Seelster, catch-driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (April 27). The five year-old daughter of Camluck repeated her victory of a week ago by conquering five rivals in 1:53.2 over a track rated "sloppy," dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. The victory, her fourth of the year in six starts, pushed the ultra-consistent mare's streak of not missing a purse check to 52, encompassing her entire seasons as a three year-old, four year-old and, thus far, five year-old. Assigned post seven off of last start's winning performance, Godiva Seelster actually started from post six with a scratch in the event and was away sharply and grinding forward as Senorita Santanna, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr., forged to the lead and took the field to the opening panel in :28 before yielding to Godiva just a stride or two later. Once positions were established after the opener with Fashion Ruffles (Dave Ingraham) third, De Vins Girl fourth, Mach Me Not next and Limelight trailing, they remained that way the rest of the journey with the half in :56.4 and three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2 with no challenger able to dent the leader's margin on the "off" track. In the lane, Senorita Santanna left her cozy pocket and got within a half length of Godiva, but no closer, with the :28 finale leaving the final margin carded just that way--a half length. In a post race interview, catch-driver Mickey McNichol said, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she is really something! Wally (regular driver Hennessey) said that she's been sharp 'forever' and that she knows how to take care of herself and rate herself during a mile. So, all I did was let her do her own thing. She's a very determined mare...a pleasure to drive." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster now has banked $26,500 since resuming her career five weeks ago with career earnings of $135,342 to go along with her 1:51.1 mark in her last start. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 to win. In the Open 2 Pace for Mares, Artful Impulse, ditched her "on the engine" strategy of recent starts and took advantage of a fierce early duel between Pacific Date and Cheap N Easy before circling those two on the backstretch three-eighths out and went on to score a win in 1:53.3. The four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, catch-driven this night by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jim Mc Donald and the Twenty Four Carrot Racing, left alertly enough but yielded early and remained off the pace during hot panels of :27.2 and :54.4 before her backstretch blitz put her on top to stay prior to the third station clocked in 1:24. Drea's Good Powow (Dave Ingraham) finished second, a length away, with Real Nice Girl (Matt Romano) third. Pacific Date did hold on for fourth while Fiesta Camcun rallied to pick up the nickel. Artful Impulse earned only her second win of the season--sixth lifetime--and sent her 2015 bounty to $17,700. She recently went over the $100,000 in lifetime earnings with her total now at $107,945. She returned a $6.40 mutuel to her faithful. A trio of carryovers add flavor to the Wednesday program at Pompano Park. The Pick-5--not to be confused with the Super Hi-5--went unscathed on Monday night with a carryover over into the Wednesday mid-week program of $1,733.30. Director of Racing Brett Revington has set a guarantee of $7,500 for the Wednesday night Pick-5. The Pick-4 also went untouched and the carryover of $4,984 has produced a guarantee of $25,000 for the mid-week extravaganza. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 had a 5-2-1-8-4 combo that produced seven winners on Monday night, each receiving $1,325.36 for their 20 cent investment. sending the carryover to the Wednesday night card vaulting over the $175,000, a new record for the track. Post time for the Wednesday card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 11, 2015...In an epic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, edged by a game Duc Dorleans (Donald Dupont) in the final strides to post a 1:50 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (April 11). Neptune (Aaron Byron) rallied late to finish third while favored Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.) faltered and finished fourth after, once again, cutting sizzling panels similar to in his last two victories of 1:49.2 and 1:50. Northern Companion picked up the nickel in the sextet over Canadian Touch. When the gate sprung, Canadian Touch, handled by Mike Micallef, left with alacrity and briefly engaged Steelhead Hanover in a battle for the top spot early with the latter taking command right at the opener in :26.1. Meanwhile, Duc Dorleans, leaving in search of a cozy close-up spot, found one in third with Panocchio, from the outside post, settling in fourth in front of Neptune and Northern Companion. Positions remained somewhat stagnant through the lively half in :54.3 but, on the backside, Steelhead Hanover began to feel the heat with Duc Dorleans moving along side and Pancchio following live cover through three-quarters in 1:22.1. In the lane, Duc Dorleans took charge with Panocchio fanning widest of all and, finally, wearing down the "Duc" near the wire--the margin a half length. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "With so much speed leaving inside of where we started, it just didn't make sense for me to get in a war early, so I kinda just floated out of there looking for a good spot in front of the two (Neptune and Northern Companion) that don't seem to want to be in the thick of it early. I was lucky to find a spot ahead of those two around the first turn...I certainly didn't want to be six or seven lengths behind early. When Don (Dupont) pulled going first up with his horse (Duc Dorleans), I just followed him and just tilted out further in the lane. We were both going some at the end...mine just a little more than his. That was the difference. Both of our horses capable of sub-1:50. Again, I have to give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) because they do such an incredible job with this horse. They have taught him well...He's very well behaved and does everything asked of him." Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with Jim Mattison, Panocchio, a five year-old son of No Pan Intended, now is two-for-three this semester and 26 for 56 lifetime with career earnings of $186,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. The Florida Amateur Driving Club, having donated over $140,000 to worthwhile organizations since their inception, played host to thesmartride.org on Saturday night, an organization dedicated to supply funding to agencies assisting those affected with HIV. Thesmartride.org has a yearly bicycle event from Miami to Key West--165 miles--that has raised over $6.4 million in its 12 year history. This year's event is held in November with 100% of all funding going to the organization, which thrives on bicycle participants and volunteers. Ranger, by the way, also had two other winners on the card, the first with the $20,000 claiming pacer Johnny Grippa, this seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark stitching together equal halves of :55.2 to record a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mc Trade Enterprises, and the other with The Three Gees Stable's First Impression, slipping through along the pylons late to earn his 41st lifetime win, this one for trainer Gary Mc Donald. First Impression's win came in Pompano Park's finale, the Super Hi-5 with 41 astute handicapper cashing in on the 4-5-2-1-3 combo paying $138.82 for their 20 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Monday night's card now has vaulted to $130,503. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, pulled off a minor harness racing upset (9 to 5) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Easter Sunday Open Trot for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse took advantage of an early miscue by the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Frau Blucher to score a handy win measuring 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. As Ya'll Like It, driven by Sam Stathis, finished second after cutting the early panels in the while Frau Blucher, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, rallied after her bobble leaving and finished third. Blushing Hanover and Oaklea Sydney completed the order of finish in the quintet. Jailhouse Jessica, a $6,000 claim in mid-January, has now banked $33,800 in her eight starts for her new owner, Karma Racing, under the training guidance of Dale Gilmour. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the field on their own, Frau Blucher made that aforementioned bobble with As Ya'll Like It away with alacrity and taking the field to the opener in :28 with Blushing Hanover in the garden spot and Jailhouse Jessica settling into third ahead of Oaklea Sydney and Frau. Three-eighths into the mile, Frau Blucher had caught the field and, after the :56.1 half, was on the move from the back of the pack. But Jailhouse Jessica already had the jump on that one, brushing from third three-eighths out and into the lead past the third station in 1:26.1 with As Ya'll like it second and Frau Blucher now third, two lengths away. From there, a :28.3 final panel sealed the deal with As Ya'll Like, still game to wire, second and Frau Blucher next. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Dale's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) has been very sharp in recent weeks but when you are facing a stakes winning million dollar winner" (Frau Blucher has banked $947,992 coming in) "you just hope for the best...ya know she's got a mark three seconds faster than (Jailhouse) Jessica. So, when she made that bobble leaving, it certainly helped our cause, no doubt about that. I must say that Dale has done a remarkable job with Jailhouse Jessica." Jailhouse Jessica now has lifetime earnings of $93,845 with more than one-third of that earned since the claim just a few weeks back. She rewarded her follower with a generous $5.80 mutuel. Driver Sam Stathis, by the way, came back in a later event to score his very first lifetime driving win with Celebrity Artemis, a four year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Celebrity Farms, in a NW 2 trot. Leaving from the rail, Celebrity Artemis was given sharp handling, thwarting any threats early with a :28.3 opener and then getting excellent rated guidance through panels of :58 and 1:28 before holding off the late surging Mountain Top, with Wally Hennessey, with a :29.1 closer. The mile of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime best for the winner. In the $10,000 claiming ($20,000-$25,000) pace, JJ's Doughnut, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, found room late along the pylons to score a half length win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This eight year-old son of Yankee Cam was involved early with Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger) slicing through hot panels of :26, :54 and 1:22 with Canadian Touch (Matt Romano) joining the fray into the far turn. In the lane, Canadian Touch pushed his neck in front, only to be nailed by JJ's Doughnut near the wire. Canadian Touch did finish second with Johnny Grippa third. Raji's Blue Line rallied from last to finish fourth while Acton Onelasttime, the recent $4,000 claim now competing successfully in this class, getting the nickel. JJ's Doughnut, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, won for the seventh time this season and now has $37,364 on his card to go along with his new mark. JJ's Doughnut paid $4.40 to win as the favorite. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the iron horse A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for son-owner-trainer Dustin, rallied to score his 43rd lifetime win--4th this year--in 1:52 keying a 1-4-3-10-9 combo worth $3,676.84 for a 20 cent investment. The carryover for Monday's Super Hi-5 is now over $105,000. Post time for the Monday 10 race program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2015...In a classic harness racing battle to the wire, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, held on to score a narrow decision in Pompano Park's $13,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night--ironically, by a "nose!" The five year-old altered son of No Pan Intended, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, scored his first win of the season in his second start, pinning the narrow defeat on Duc Dorleans and Donald Dupont in 1:50.4. Neptune, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, was a fast closing third, a length away, while E Z Noah finished fourth in his second start of the 2015 seaosn. Northern Companion, last in the early stages of the event, rallied for fifth in the septet. At the outset, Duc Dorleans, leaving from post four, was on the engine along with Panocchio, post six, with the latter reaching the top spot prior to the opening panel in a sharp :26.2. A well rated :29.1 breather in quarter two brought Panocchio half way through the mile in :55.3 but Ranger revved up Panocchio on the backside as E Z Noah began his sprint, moving to the saddle pad of the leader around the final bend with three-quarters on the board in 1:23. In the lane, Panocchio did sprint clear of E Z Noah, allowing Duc Dorleans some room to roan late and the "Duc" began gnawing into Panocchio's lead, these two hitting the wire in "it could go either way" finish. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "Man, I didn't know who got it! Yes, my horse went a great mile, especially considering it was only his second start...but so did Duc Dorleans. When (John) MacDonald's horse (E Z Noah) made his bid, we had already began revving up because Panocchio can brush hard a long way--well, tonight he came home in :55.1. He kinda brushed the whole mile! Gotta give credit to Jim and Vicki (Mattison) who are so wonderfully patient with their horses. Their care is impeccable and always give the driver an opportunity to win!" The victory was the 25th lifetime for Panocchio in only 55 lifetime starts, sending his career bankroll to $181,145 to go along with his mark of 1:49.3. As 9 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $5.60 to his faithful followers. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 event, Hurricane Howard was a gate to wire winner in a new lifetime best effort of 1:51.2 for Tom Sells keying a $1,386.06 payoff for the 20 cent consolation ticket. With four tickets out on the 5-6-4-10-1 combo, the carryover for Pompano's special Easter Sunday program is edging close to $100,000--$98,024 to be exact. Post time is 7:30 for the Easter program. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

Pompano Beach, FL...March 25, 2015...Lester Raber's Nothinbutanallstar, superbly driven by trainer Mark O'Mara, wore down a game Winemaster Hanover, handled by Bruce Ranger, to take top honors in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Trot on Wednesday (March 25) in a lifetime best 1:53.2. The winning margin was a half-length with Flyhawk El Durado rallying for third, 2 1/4 lengths away. High Blue, prominent in the garden spot for the first three-quarters, finished fourth while R G Rocket finished fifth to get the final award. Beginning from the outside post in this talented sextet, O'Mara appeared to take back at the start but, just a few strides into the mile event, decided to send his "All-Star" searching for a spot a bit closer to the front and was parked out through an opening panel of :27.3 as Winemaster Hanover opened a 2 1/4 length advantage over High Blue with Nothinbutanallstar now able to settle comfortably in third ahead of Flyhawk El Durado through a half in :56.1. On the backside, Winemaster Hanover looked to accelerate a bit and opened a lead measuring close to three lengths leaving High Blue in his wake and Nothinbutanallstar edging to the outside past the third station in 1:24.1. Turning for home, Winemaster was looking to establish a new lifetime mark but, instead, Nothinbutanallstar wore him down late to establish a new career best of his own. In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara had high praise for his four year-old saying, "Early on, it looked like there was so much going on that I thought I'd take back...but when the horse next to me (Coco Lindy), who usually likes to be well placed early, didn't leave, I decided I'd try and find a closer spot. We were outside a little longer than I would have liked, but my horse can grind forward a long way. He sure did that tonight. He's a pretty special trotter, I'll say!" Winning for the fourth time in seven starts this year, Nothinbutanallstar, a son of Allstar Hall, pushed his seasonal bounty just short of $30,000--$29,930 to be exact. He's banked $213,214 lifetime. As the 7 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win. Also of note on the Pompano mid-week card was the win by No Bad Dreams in a conditioned event for three and four year-old pacers. This four year-old son of Dream Away, owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, stormed home in :27.4 to score in a lifetime best 1:52.4 in this, his initial start of the 2015 campaign. No Bad Dreams was driven to victory by trainer Marc Aubin, now 81 years of age. Aubin also picked up a training victory as Kevin Wallis drove the Aubin trained Abreathoffreshart to a three length maiden win in 1:55.2. The amazing Marc Aubin now has 3,367 career driving victories and has won events in seven different decades beginning in 1959 with the trotter Hal McPherson at Quebec's Connaught Park. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover vaulted over the $70,000 mark for Saturday's program as Wednesday night's 5-1-9-2-3 combo had several winners each receiving $195.24 for their 20 cent investment. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 and features a $2.5 million dollar field going postward in the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace--the Super Hi-5 finale. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, cleverly driven by Bruce Ranger, used a :28.4 breakout finale to sprint clear from her foes and score a handy harness racing victory measuring 3 3/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for mares on Sunday night (March 22).   Mc Tiny's Hope and Ben Mc Neil, early trailers in the field of six, teamed up for place honors while As Ya'll Like It, with Sam Stathis aboard, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while the early leader, Blushing Hanover, picked up the final award.   Indeed, it was Blushing Hanover showing her usual alacrity out of the gate to take the lead at the outset with Saint Patty's Doll and As Y'all Like It next, followed by Jailhouse Jessica, nestling into fourth early.   After a quarter in a sharp :27.3, Ranger left nothing to chance and brushed up strongly to take command around turn two and get to the half in :57.   At this juncture, driver Sam Stathis had As Ya'll Like It in high gear and, on the backside, put some serious pressure on Jailhouse Jessica into the final turn.   But Jailhouse Jessica responded and sprinted clear past the third station in 1:26 before that aforementioned :28.4 final panel sealed her escape from the rest of her foes.   After the race, Ranger said, "She's just such a handy mare...doesn't matter if she's on the lead or off the pace. When she gets going, she REALLY gets going. She sprinted down the stretch the first time and kind of repeated that same kind of sprint down the stretch the second time down to the wire. That's her second mile under (1):55. She's sharp right now."   The win was the fourth of the year for Jailhouse Jessica, a five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, sending her seasonal bankroll to $27,813, all but $285 of that earned since trainer Dale Gilmour claimed her for the Karma Racing Stable in mid-January.   Off at a dime-to-a-dollar on the tote-board, Jailhouse Jessica paid $2.20 to win.   In other action, Acton Onelasttime, claimed for $4,000 by Kevin Wallis just a month ago, won for the third time in four starts since that claim--this time in 1:51.4--and was promptly claimed for $15,000 by Shawn Glassmeyer.   Acton Onelasttime took a mark of 1:51.3 in his first start for Wallis, also in a "4" claimer, followed that with a resounding win in 1:52.2 in a "12,5" claimer and followed that with a sharp second place finish in a "20" claimer, timed in 1:50.4.   Heavily backed in this event by the bettors, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.40 to win.   Red Hot Yankee was also claimed in the event as the record breaking season for claims continues at the track.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again went uncovered on Sunday night with the 1-6-7-ALL-ALL 20 cent ticket worth $850.38 and the carryover to Monday night's program now over $57,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 7, 2015...Duc Dorleans conquered eight tough rivals, the nine post and an "off" track on Saturday night and extended his harness racing winning streak to four for Donald Dupont in Pompano Park's $14,000 Open Handicap Pace. The five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, once again, was given an early tussle by Fancyfreeshark, handled by Bruce Ranger, through an opening quarter of :27.4 but, once on top, had things fully under control through subsequent panels of :56 and 1:24.4 before streaking home in :27.1 to seal the deal measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the Fancyfreeshark with Neptune, driven by Aaron Byron, rallying for third after pacing the fastest final quarter in the race--:26.3. Cadillac Phil finished fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "Yes, we had the outside post but the trip tonight was a bit easier than last week because we didn't have any incidents around the opening like last week, when there was a breaker early. Once we got to the top and the half was in :56, I was confident he could carry it all the way." Owned by Gestion C Levesque along with Les Ecuries Orleans of Quebec, Canada, Duc Dorleans won for the fifth time in eight starts this year to boost his 2015 bankroll to $36,260. He has now won 22 of 66 lifetime starts and $438,056 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1;49. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Duc Dorleans paid $4.60 to win. Two other Pompano Park "favorites" were in action on Saturday night and each came out on top in their respective events. Phil Coleman's Cruizin K C made his 2015 debut after a two month vacation and made his patented three wide surge around the final turn to circle the field and win in 1:52.4 for Mike Micallef. The seven year-old son of Mach Three was his usual relaxed self early on but paced his final 3/4s in 1:23.4 to score by 1 1/4 lengths over the late closing One Lucky Dragon, handled by Matt Romano with pacesetting Always N The Money, driven by Peter Wrenn. third. Four Socks and Hillybilly also picked up checks in the field of nine. Cruizin K C now has $135,333 in career bounty and paid $5.60 to win as the favorite. Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, came from well off the pace to gobble up his rivals in the lane to score a 1:53 win in the Super Hi-5 finale. Handled by Dave Ingraham, Northern Companion unleashed another one of his eye-opening sprints to the wire to score handily over Hands Off Frank (Aaron Byron) with G P S Legacy (Kevin Wallis) next. Histoire Eternelle and McGreat completed the Super Hi-5 order of finish, good for a consolation payoff of $295.83 for the 20 cent ticket. The carryover going into Sunday's racing card is now over $22,000. Also, the Florida Amateur Driving Club made another of their charitable contributions on Saturday night--this one to Bit-By-Bit, an organization specialization in Therapeutic Riding for those who have suffered from disabilities. Irag War Veteran Steve Ligeikis accepted the award on behalf of Bit-By-Bit, with Viet Nam veterans and Amateur Drivers Billy Muggleston and Joe Pennacchio making the presentation along with several other drivers. Finally, Heather Vitale paid a visit to Pompano Park on Saturday night and even called the second race on the program. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2015... Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, scored a repeat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's top ($12,000) Open trot for mares on Sunday night (March 1). The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, claimed just six weeks ago for $7,200 and now known for her devastating stretch surges, used different tactics this night in wiring her competition in 1:55.3. She's All In, driven by Rick Plano rallied for second, 3 1/2 lengths away, while Little Bitty Lies, with Lewayne Miller in the sulky, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll, prominent as the gate opened, finished fourth while Barbies Korvette picked up the final award in the sextet. Trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, Inc., Jailhouse Jessica took command right after the bell rang and clocked fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:27.1 before effortlessly strolling home in :28.3 to seal the issue. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, " There didn't seem to be much happening when the gate opened and I sure didn't want to take a chance of being last if the fractions turned out to be soft, so I sent her and she made the top rather easily. The fractions turned out to be right for her and she had plenty left in the lane." "Jessica" now has three wins and a second in five starts since her "claim to fame" and $18,498 of her $18,813 have come in those five starts. She has also taken a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in the process, that set one week ago, also in the main event for trotting mares. She's banked $78,845 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 public choice, Jailhouse Jessica paid $3.60 to win. Also on the card was the $10,000 pace for $20,000-$25,000 claimers and JJ's Doughnut extended his winning skein to four with a decisive win measuring 1 3/4 lengths for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:51.2, equalling his lifetime best. The eight year-old son of Yankee Cam, hot property on claims in his last three starts, left alertly from his outside seven post and tucked in fourth--briefly--before making a sharp move just past the opening quarter of :27.3 to the top and going on to break subsequent beams of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before rocking home in :27.3 to score over Remissionofsins, handled by Peter Wrenn. Premier and Rick Plano teamed up for show honors while One Lucky Dream finished a neck better than Machinist for fourth in the septet. The only real battle for supremacy here was early on as Machinist and Remissiionofsins both vied for the top spot with the latter achieving the top a step past the opener before yielding to the winner shortly thereafter. After the race, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, This one is sharp--razor sharp--right now and this mile was almost the identical journey I had with him last week. You can drive a horse like this with confidence and he justified that confidence tonight." As the 4 to 5 favorite, JJ's Doughnut paid $3.80 to win...and was, once again, for the fourth straight week, claimed, this time for a tag of $24,000. (Remissionofsins was also claimed out of the event as claiming continues at a record pace at the south Florida oval.) Owned coming in to this race by Susan Oakes and trained by Chris Oakes, JJ's Doughnut won for the sixth time in nine 2015 starts, good for $28,164. He has banked $149,153 lifetime. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...February 11, 2015...Nothinbutanallstar, craftily driven by Mark O'Mara, was up in the very last stride to eke out a harness racing photo finish win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   The four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall defeated Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, by the narrowest of noses in 1:55 with Coco Lindy and Wally Hennessey teaming up for third, just a head away from victory.   Dukester was fourth while Increditable picked up the nickel in the quintet.   Also trained by O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, O'Mara was content to let Nothinbutanallstar, the even money favorite, trail the field as Its Payday Friday cut the mustard with fractions of :28 and :57 with Coco Lindy in the garden spot and Dukester next.   Less than three-eighths out, Dukester was out and driving from third with Nothinbutanallstar following the live cover flow and just two lengths out of it by the third station in 1:26.2.   In the lane, Its Payday Friday put away the challenge of Dukester but the duo of Nothinbutanallstar and Coco Lindy continued ganging up on the leader.   As they hit the wire, the photo finish camera determined that Nothinbutanallstar did get by Its Payday Friday but Coco Lindy didn't and had to settle for show honors.   Pure Barre was scratched from the event and O'Mara said that may have played a role in the victory.   "We only got this by a nose", O'Mara said, "in fact, I wasn't sure we won at all, but that scratch put us a length closer at the start so maybe that was the difference. He's a game racehorse and gives his all every time he goes to the gate. He just doesn't give up!"   The victory was the second of the year in just three starts and sent his lifetime bankroll to $197,464 on the strength of a lifetime scorecard of 13-11-7 in just 35 starts.   Nthinbutanallstar paid $4.00 to win.   Two divisions of the Optimist Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward on the midweek card, as well, and Acton Onelasttime and Allamericanextra proved victorious in their respective events.   Acton Onelasttime, driven by Bruce Ranger took the lead just past the :28.2 opener and went on to post panels of :57 and 1:25.3 en route to a 1:54.3 win over Midwest Hanover (Ed Hensley). Elkhorn Damian (Aaron Byron) had some traffic issues in the lane and had to settle for third with American Gold and Yankee Flyer also earning minor awards.   Trained by Tony Dinges for owner Paul Richardson, Acton Onelasttime, a six year-old son of Rambaran, won for the 25th time during his career measuring 87 lifetime starts. He's banked $76,368 and, on this night, paid $4.00 as the even money favorite.   Allamericanextra pulled off a 14 to 1 upset for Aaron Byron in his division, storming from sixth turning for home to score a victory measuring three-quarters of a length in 1:55.   W F N (Mickey McNichol) finished second while there was a dead-heat for third between Matt's Delivery (Kevin Wallis) and Goldstar Raider (JOe Pavia, Jr. Haverford Hanover finished fifth in the septet.   Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, Allamerican Extra, a rugged nine year-old son of Asteros, rewarded his faithful with a mutuel of $31.40 and sent his lifetime bounty to $241,071, He now has won 37 times during a career spanning 220 starts.   With yet another healthy consolation payoff of $913.76 for a 20 cent investment in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the carry-over going into Saturday night's card has exploded to some $130,000.   Post time for the Saturday Night Special events program is 7:30 with many of the sport's best female performers competing in the Valentines Day "Sweetheart Pace."   John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2015...Harness racing fillies and mares were in the spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night with Pertty Music scoring a repeat win in the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares and Saint Patty's Doll taking the photo finish victory in the similar feature event for trotters.   Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, took command shortly after the Hummer Starting Gate sprung and went on post panels of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.3 en route to a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over P L Hula, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:52.4.   Winbak Heavenly and Peter Wrenn teamed up for third while De Vins Girl and Keystone Christa picked up the final two awards in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley spoke of his journey in a single word, "Awesome!"   He then continued, "Actually, it was a very good effort on a chilly (60 degree) night (for South Florida). Yes, we had the outside post but she can sprint an opener in :27 pretty handily. Nothing developed until we reached the final turn and, then, when I saw Kevin's (Wallis') mare (Keystone Christa) brushing, I just chirped once and my mare never was in danger after that.   For Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, it was her 2nd success of the young year and 16th lifetime, sending her career bounty to $228,022.   AS the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $3.40 to win.   Saint Patty's Doll, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jake "300" Huff and Stable 45, used similar tactics to take down the victory in the companion event for the distaff trotters, holding off the futile late surge of Trot Fudge Sundae and driver Dave Ingraham by a neck in 1:57.   Escrow Blue Chip, trotting the fastest final panel of the seven mares in the event, rallied from last turning for home to finish third, just a half length off the winner for Rick Plano. Blushing Hanover, prominent early on, finished fourth while the favorite, McTiny's Hope, finished fifth.   After the event, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "Last week, she gave me a good hint with a solid effort after showing a willingness to leave out of there, so, this week, I just let her do her own thing out of the gate. She got to the top pretty easily (:28.2) and then she relaxed and got to the half cheap (:58.2). She heard some competition on the backside so she picked it up on her own and seemed to put away Dave's (Ingraham) mare (Trot Fudge Sundae) around the final bend but I had to remind her a couple of times late. I was glad to see the wire."   Saint Patty's Doll, a six year-old daughter of Conway Hall and a nine time winner last year, won for the initial time in 2015 for her 16th lifetime win, sending her lifetime bankroll to $136,335.   As the 4 to 1 third choice on the board, Saint Patty's Doll paid $10.40 to win.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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