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Pompano Beach, FL...December 7, 2017...Diamond Dagger and Prairie Fortune won their respective feature events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the South Florida oval presented a pair of $10,000 Open Trotting events, while harness racing driver Bryce Fenn reached a milestone, reaching his 2,500 career win in the sulky.   Diamond Dagger, the sharp five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, was driven by Peter Wrenn and scored by three-parts-of-a-length over a game Vicki All, handled by J.D. Yoder with the final time being 1:55.1. She's All In, with Rick Plano in her sulky, was third, 3 1/2 lengths away while Miss Flora and Pinky The Intern completed the order of finish in the quintet.   At the outset, Shes All In, burst off the wings of the gate along with Vicki All with the former taking command and Vicki All settling in the garden spot. At the opening station in :28.1, Diamond Dagger was next but, three-eighths in, began her jaunt forward and moved alongside the leader half way through in :57.4.   On the backside, Diamond Dagger forger to the front and opened up a clear lead past the third station in a picked up 1:26. In the lane, Vicki All gave futile chase but fell short as Diamond Dagger sealed the deal with her :29.1 finale.   After the race, driver Peter Wrenn said, "I wasn't too worried about her stepping up from last week's win. She handled the nine post in that one and was very sharp--both leaving and on the backside when I asked her.   "Tonight, she was just as sharp and she seemed as confident as I was when I gave her the 'go' sign heading towards the half. Mark (trainer O'Mara) always does such a great job and he had her ready tonight!"   O'Mara co-owns the rugged mare along with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker.   Diamond Dagger now has a11-3-5 scorecard in 34 starts and $77,010 on her card. Lifetime, she banked $223,182 on the strength of 24 wins in 108 career starts,   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Diamond Dagger paid $3.20 to her multitude of backers.   Prairie Fortune, driven by Jim Meittinis, used his typical late charging strategy to roll by his competitors midway through the lane to score in 1:55.2--his margin 1 3/4 lengths over Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey. Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano, finished a fast closing third while the early leader, Bobs Hope, was fourth, The favorite, Rockn Stien, made a miscue leaving but did recover to pick up the nickel in the octet.   Indeed, it was Bobs Hope who flashed speed leaving along with Boli, who began his journey from the outside post.   After the :27.4 opening panel, Boli took command and took the field half way home in a well rated :58.   At this point, Prairie Fortune was seventh but on the move with a double-bubble binge that took him to fourth past the three-quarter mark in 1:27.   Turning for home, Prairie Fortune pulled along side Boli and took command with authority on the strength of a :28 final quarter.   In a post-race interview, driver Jim Meittinis related, "Well, I was a bit concerned with at the half (:58). I would rather have seen :56 and a piece but it is what it is.   "I just gave him the racetrack on the backstretch and he responded like he usually does. He can brush a long, long way and he did that tonight."   The five year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory won for the ninth time this semester and 36 time during his splendid career measuring 82 starts.   Trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Fortune now has $278,910 in lifetime earnings--$74,365 this year.   Off as the 8 to 5 second choice, Prairie Fortune paid $5.40 to win.   Driver Bryce Fenn reached a career milestone on Wednesday night by driving An The Thunderolls to a sharp win in 1:54. The win was the third straight for the three year-old altered son of Canyon Wind and turned out to be the 2,500th career victory for Bryce Fenn, who was in the bike for owner-trainer MIke Sweeney.   Said the soft-spoken Fenn of his accomplishment, "It's nice. Mike (trainer Sweeney) has him very sharp right now, so I'll just give the credit to the horse and leave it at that!"   Fenn has been in the harness racing industry for over four decades and was featured on a 1975 Hoof Beats cover when he was 15 years old.   Racing continues on Sunday night with a trio of carryovers awaiting in the opening superfecta ($3,338.68), Pick-6 ($4,139.65) and Super Hi-5 ($12,331.33).   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   -30-   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...April 30, 2017...Heart Felt, craftily handled by Bryce Fenn, put on a game harness racing performance on Sunday night (April 30), taking Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4. The six year-old altered son of Well Said overcame the outside post to post a photo finish win--a neck--over Arsenal, driven by Dave Ingraham. Fritzie Pic Up Man, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, recovered from an early miscue to finish third, a half-length away. Goldstar Raider was a fast closing fourth while Rock On Moe, prominent throughout much of the mile, picked up the nickel in the classy octet. In an early battle for supremacy, the three outside horses, Arsenal, Rock On Moe and Heart Felt, all were in search of the top spot with Heart Felt gaining the top past the :26.2 opener before yielding to Rock On Moe (Dan Daley)--briefly. Three-eighths into the mile, Fenn sent Heart Felt back to the front and carved out remaining panels of :54.2 and 1:23 before a :28.4 final panel held Arsenal at bay at the wire. After the race, driver Bryce Fenn related, "The only way I was going to get into the race was to leave out of there. After all, when you have the outside post, you cannot afford to spot an evenly matched field like this 10 lengths every week. "Last week, they were leaving all around me so I didn't have much choice but, tonight, it looked like we were the only ones with noses right on the gate, so we were rocking and rolling early. "When Dan (Daley) put his horse on top, my horse didn't seem content in the pocket, so I tipped him out and reclaimed the lead. "He went a game trip, I'll say that." Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchesster Baye Acres, Heart Felt won for the fourth in 15 starts to push his 2017 bankroll to $33,275 and $5 short of $140,000 career-wise. As the 5 to 1 third choice, Heart Felt paid $12.00 to win. The win for driver Fenn was the third of the night, who scored a consecutive grand slam of sorts by taking the early daily double on Sunday after sweeping the late daily double on Pompano Park's last program on Wednesday night. In other Pompano Park action on Sunday, Groovey Kid, handled by Wally Hennessey, scored a decisive win in a conditioned trotting event, stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:54.3. The "hard-headed" six year-old gelded son of Cincinnati Kid began a sweeping move from sixth with one lap to go and swept to the lead three-eighths from home and went on to score a win measuring 9¾ lengths over Body Double (Joe Sanzeri) with I'll Tell You What (Kevin Wallis), making his 300th career start, third. Railee Workable recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Uptoa Dream picked up the final award in the field of nine. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Groovey Kid won for the third time this semester in 15 starts, pushing his 2017 earnings to $18,975 and $136,240 lifetime. The mile eclipsed the trotter's former mark of 1:55, accomplished when he won for the first time this year. "He can be sort of 'hard-headed' on occasion," Hennessey said, "but, when he puts his mind to it, he can trot a ton. He did that tonight!" As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Groovey Kid paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Boli looking to score a three-peat in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. This five year-old son of Kadabra will have to overcome the outside post to conquer a field including Sailer Eddie, Keystone Bodacious, Commentary, Legend Field, Caviart Griffin, McKenzie's Star, My Revenuer and Skyway Pippen. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, April 23, 2017...Panocchio, returning to the racing wars after a two month layoff because of sickness, showed his gameness by defeating a classy octet of harness racing pacers in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night (April 23). The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, again handled by Wally Hennessey, overcame the outside post and an onslaught of challengers in the final stages to win by a scant nose over the late surging Heart Felt, driven by Bryce Fenn, with Rock On Moe, with Dan Daley in the bike, closing fastest of all to fall a half-length short. Here Comes William, pacing an "even-steven" mile, was fourth while St Lads Lotto, dead last at the stretch call, rallied to pick up the nickel. At the outset, Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, blasted off the wings to take command while Panocchio, taking a chance to find a spot close up early, found one in second with Here Comes William third and Fritzie Pic Up Man next. With an opening quarter in a hot :26.2 on a track rated "good" after being deluged with prolonged afternoon rain, Rockntouch sizzled over to the half in :54.3 with Panocchio almost two lengths away and Fritzie Pic Up Man on the move and drawing up to within a length of the leader past the third station in 1:22.4. Fritzie Pic Up Man finally wrestled the lead away from Rockntouch turning for home while Hennessey was finally able to weasel his way out of the pocket and give chase, taking command shortly after they straightened away. But the issue was far from being settled as both Heart Felt and Rock On Moe were closing in. On the wire, the photo finish camera showed that Panocchio's nose was, indeed, long enough to secure the victory, his fifth of the year in only six starts. After the race, Hennessey said, "there are no words that adequately describe this horse. He is just amazing. "He's been off for more than two months because he just wasn't feeling up to par and he only had a couple of qualifiers coming in. "But, he's done that kind of thing before and he goes just where he has to go to win. "The track was off a second or two and it was a tiring track but he went another amazing mile. Jim (trainer Mattison) can be proud of his performance tonight." Panocchio now has 53 lifetime wins--31 at Pompano Park in 47 starts--with a lifetime bankroll of $430,468 to go along with a track record mark of 1:48.3 at Pompano Park, as well. Trainer Mattison co-owns Panocchio with Emile Johnson, Jr. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Panocchio paid $5.00 to win. In other Sunday action, Music Is Art, a son of Art Major who won his sophomore debut in 1:53.4 at Pompano Park on April 11, stepped up a notch and won his second in a row, this time in 1:54.1 for driver Anthony Kerwood. Trainer by Peter Blood, who co-owns with Rick Berks, Music Is Art stalked the 2 to 5 favorite, Regalanthropist (Wally Hennessey) through panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before leaving his cozy pocket around the final bend and using a :27.4 finale to score a handy 2½ length win over Artistic Cruiser (Matt Romano) with Ball Don't Lie (Kevin Wallis) third over Regalanthropist. EY Cowboy picked up the minor award in the sextet. Music Is Art, who won $38,108 in only seven starts last year at two, earned his fourth lifetime win to send his career bankroll to $43,408. As the 3 to 2 second choice, Music Is Art paid $5.00 to win. Racing continues of Monday night with Boli looking to score a repeat win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. This five year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, has been installed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey. Looking to upset the applecart on Monday night are Commentary (6 to 1), M T Ur Pockets (7 to 1), Diamond Dagger (7 to 2), Keystone Bodacious (4 to 1), Sailer Eddie (9 to 1) and Tater Twister (8 to 1). The track's Super Hi-5 continues Monday and Tuesday night with a mandatory payout scheduled for Sunday, April 30 should no one be able to capture the entire pool with a single 20 cent winning ticket. The carryover for the Super Hi-5 has ballooned to around $90,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2016....Safe From Terror, receiving perfect handling from Bryce Fenn, scored a gate-to-wire win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday, hitting the wire in 1:51.3.   The four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, pinned a two length defeat on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, finished third, 4 1/2 lengths away while OK Heavenly was a length further back in fourth. Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies.   At the outset, Safe From Terror, leaving from the vaunted post number 5, "pushed the Hummer out of the way" at the start and carded an opening panel of :27 with All Charged Up settling in the garden spot, Drea's Good Powow, leaving from the rail, next and Godiva Seelster, starting from the outside post six, also showing a bit of early speed but forced to duck in fourth as Safe From Terror seemed on a terror early in securing the lead.   Positions remained unchanged through a half in :55.2 when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl and reaching second, a length away, around the final turn reached in 1:23.3.   In the lane, Safe From Terror actually widened her advantage through the lane on the strength of her :28 finale, the fastest of all in the event.   In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "Ya Know what the difference was tonight? It was the draw a couple of days ago.   "Last week, she had the three and I had the four and she got the jump on me.   "This week, I drew one slot inside of her and got the jump on her. She felt very strong tonight and almost pushed the Hummer out of the way herself. These mares are both great and when one gets a jump on the other, that's usually the key.   "I am certainly not going to gain a couple of lengths on her in the lane when she is in front and I don't expect that she'll be gaining a couple of lengths on me if I get the jump.   "That was really the story tonight."   In winning, Safe From Terror won for the 13th time this year in 35 starts, good for $163,455. Lifetime, the four year-old has a 25-8-13 scorecard in 69 starts with career bounty of $647,077 to go along with her 1:50.3 mark at Scioto Downs.   Both Safe From Terror and Godiva Seelster went off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board with Safe From Terror the ever-so-slight favorite. She returned $3.80 to win.   The Open 2 Pace for the ladies went to Arodasi, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, out-dueling a game Art Frenzy, driven by Mike Simons, by a neck in 1:52.3.   Metro Glide, handled by Dave Ingraham, rallied from seventh and last turning for home to earn show honors while Memumsnotnice was fourth. Winbak Heavenly earned the final award.   Trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for Peter Shank, the AGC Stables and his own Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, Arodasi, a seven year-old and also a daughter of Western Terror (as is Safe From Terror), earned her third win of the year in only 12 starts sending her career earnings to $376,891.   Even money on the board, Arodasi paid $4.00 to win.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club was also in action on Wednesday night in two races with Jamie Marra guiding Mario Dessureault's Pop My Buttons ($5.20) to a 1:57.3 win in the first one and Joe Pennacchio scoring a photo finish decision in the second event with Zorgwijk Impact ($7.20) in 1:59.1. It was Zorgwijk's 49 career victory in that warrior's 303rd lifetime start.   The club has donated well over $170,000 to worthwhile charities since their inception and also has a spirited "driver of the year" award. As of this night, Dein Spriggs owns a "short lead" in the standings over Marra.   Racing continues next Monday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2016...Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, proved that last week's victory over Godiva Seelster was no fluke as she rallied bravely in the lane to post a 1¼ length victory in 1:51 over Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (November 30). It was her third straight win in the top class. All Charged Up (John Mac Donald), desperately trying to find racing room in the lane, did so, but too late, and finished a fast closing third, just a neck back of Godiva Seelster. Art Frenzy, in a ground-saving "even-steven" effort, finished fourth while Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the septet. A classy four year-old daughter of Western Terror, Safe From Terror, starting from the outside post (7), was in a fierce battle leaving the gate as Godiva Seelster, leaving from the 6 post, and All Charged Up, beginning from post 3, also set their sights on the lead with Godiva Seelster gaining the top a few strides before the sharp :26.3 opener with All Charged Up finally relenting and Safe From Terror wrestled back into third. With a half in :55.2, Godiva Seelster maintained her advantage on the backside, trying to thwart any challengers with a third quarter in :27.2 and reaching the third station in 1:22.4 with All Charged Up a locked up second and Safe From Terror alongside. At the stretch call, Godiva Seelster maintained her 1½ length lead but the relentless Safe From Terror kept gnawing away, taking the lead late and drawing clear. In a post-race interview, the normally quiet Bryce Fenn related, "Well, my mare has been very sharp the past few weeks as Lu (trainer Luanna Beeson) has done just a remarkable job with her--and the whole stable, I might add. "I left out of there along with Wally's great mare (Godiva Seelster) and there was really a heckuva battle going on early and I had to make a decision on to stay in pursuit or take back. "Well, I decided to take back and I really didn't know if that was going to work out, especially on the backside and around the final bend as we really weren't gaining much. "She dug in late, though, and this was a real solid group she handled tonight." For Safe From Terror, it was her 12th win of the season, sending her 2016 bankroll to $156,635 for the Wichester Baye Acres. Lifetime, Safe From Terror now has $640,257 in earnings with a 24-8-12 scorecard in 67 starts. As second choice at 7 to 2 on the tote-board, Safe From Terror paid $9.80 to win. The ever popular "Over-The-Hill-Gang" trot was also contested on Wednesday night and Adenium, the 10 year-old senior citizen of his group, scored his third straight win, this one with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. This gelded son of Revenue S, owned and trained by Dale Gilmour, led every stride of his mile, clocking panels of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before stopping the clock in 1:55.2. Southwind Voltage (Mike Simons) finished second, three lengths away, while Through The Night (John Mac Donald) was third. R G Rocket and Barbies Korvette earned the minors in the octet. After the event, trainer Gilmour said, "well, he's feelin' pretty frisky these days and he finished the mile the best he has in his last several starts. "I guess I have to buy him some more bananas for his performance. He loves his bananas!" The win was the 30th in Adenium's career stretching 192 starts. He's banked $231,782 lifetime--$27,200 this year. As the 4 to 5 chalk, Adenium paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with a strong 10 race program featuring a $2,000,000 field of pacers in the $12,000 Open pace. The $610,000 winner Duc Dorleans seeks his second straight win after a 1:50.2 score last week. He'll face the likes of Pop Cop, He's A Lock, Rockntouch, Abreathofreshart, Here Comes William and Sing For Me George. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...November 23, 2016...Safe From Terror and Tater Twister both sprung upset harness racing victories in their respective Open events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (November 23). Safe From Terror, given picture perfect handling by Bryce Fenn, prevented Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) from streaking to her sixth straight win in the $10,000 Mares Open Pace by using a spectacular :26.3 closing panel to edge by her main rival, stopping the clock in 1:53.1-her winning margin a half-length. Pertty Music (Rick Plano) put in an improved effort to be third after a first up backside bid while Goldstar Rockette finished fourth. Arodasi picked up the minor award in the field of seven. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette (post 4), Safe From Terror (post 6) and Godiva Seelester (post 7) all showed gate speed with Goldstar Rockette yielding to Safe From Terror around turn one and the latter then yielding to Godiva Seelster who took the field through an opener in 27.1. A :30.1 second quarter breather left the top three positions unchanged with the half on the board in :57.2. On the backside, Pertty Music charged up first over and got within a length of Godiva Seelster past the third station in 1:26.2 with Safe From Terror sitting chilly turning for home. In the lane, Godiva Seelster was sprinting and on her way home in :26.4 but Safe From Terror edged out of her cozy pocket to challenge and, eventually, got by on the strength of her aforementioned final quarter of :26.3. In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "last week, when she won, she was very good. This week, she was awesome. This wasn't a question of Wally's mare giving up. His mare had to pace her last quarter in :26.4 or so. This was just a case of my mare getting a great trip and you know she's got talent because she got '6 and change' on her card ($630,257) going in." Safe From Terror, a four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, won for the 11th time this year and 23rd time career wise. Her lifetime bankroll swelled to $635,257 with the win--$151,635 this year. As third choice at 9 to 2 on the tote-board, Safe From Terror p[aid $11.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, Tater Twister, driven by Mike Simons and stepping up in class after a 1:54.4 wire-to-wire win last week, led gate-to-wire this week, as well, and stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.3 off of fractions of :28, :56 and 1:24.3. This six year-old altered son of ABC Garland, trained by Mike Murphy for Barbara Murphy, Geneva Stewart and Imogene Rhule, pinned a 1½ defeat on the 4 to 5 favorite, the late charging Prairie Fortune (John Mac Donald) with Boli (Wally Hennessey) next. Explosive Muscles was fourth in the septet while Undercover Bro picked up the nickel. The win pushed Tater Twister's scorecard for the year to 7-3-6 in 35 starts, good for $42,457. He's banked $95,636 lifetime. Fifth choice in the betting and off at 14 to 1, Tater Twister returned $31.20 to his fortunate followers. Finally, the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" event for trotters eight years-old and up returned to the Pompano Park scene and the banana eating 10 year-old Adenium, handled by Wally Hennessey for owner-trainer Dale Gilmour, led every step of his mile to score in 1:55.4, posting his second straight win and sixth of the year. A gelded son of Revenue S, Adenium held favored R G Rocket (Aaron Byron) at bay in the final stages to win by three-parts-of-a-length. The fast closing Barbies Korvett (Rick Plano) was third while Vacation Day and B Cor Thomas were fourth and fifth, respectively. Adenium returned $10.00 as the second choice on the board. Racing continues on Sunday night with well over $430,000 in purses up for grabs as Pompano Park plays host to the F.S.B.O.A.'s Super Night, featuring Florida best two and three year-olds. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                   Organization.  

Pompano Beach, FL…November 15…Safe From Terror, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Tuesday night (November 15), scoring a handy win in 1:52.1. The four year-old daughter of Western Terror registered her first win of the fall season in South Florida—her 10th of the year—at the expense of Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis), the margin being 1 ¾  lengths at the wire. Pertty Music (John Mac Donald) finished third in a ground saving journey while Southwind Trini finished fourth after a first up bid on the backside. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from the outside post, blasted off the wings searching for the top spot with Safe From Terror, leaving from post five, actually followed her live cover around the first turn before assuming control a few strides shy of the opening :27.4 quarter. Once on top, Fenn gave Safe From Terror perfect rating, reaching the half in :56.3 and then repelling the moderate first over threat from Southwind Trini as the third station was reached in  a picked up 1:24.1. In the lane, Safe From Terror continued to inch away from her foes on the strength of a :28 finale. In a post-race interview, Fenn declared, “When I saw the horse outside (Goldstar Rockette) was revved up, I decided not to get in a war with her but, rather, follow her and have the option of getting to the top or dropping in right behind her, if necessary. “Fortunately, we made the top rather easily and that breather in the second quarter really helped. “She’s a great mare, no doubt about that—she’s got ‘six and a quarter on her card—and she’s been giving hints right along, especially the last couple of starts.” Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Safe From Terror sent her 2016 scorecard to 10-5-5 in 31 starts, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $146,635 and $630,257 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Safe From Terror paid $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the lucrative Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for Florida breds and Open pacers in action coupled with a $2,258 carryover in Pompano Park’s Pentafecta fourth and yet another carryover in the Pick-6. Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

  Last season's top pacers, a healthy mix of native New Englanders, along with stables returning from other parts of the country, make up the first draws of the 2015 season at Plainridge. Fans will be treated to a newly renovated racing and simulcasting area that becomes the first step of a new era for harness racing in New England at Plainridge Park Casino.   Opening day at the Massachusetts track takes place this coming Wednesday (April 15) with a 4:00 P.M. post time. The nine race card is headlined by the return of Burkentine Hanover, the fastest pacer at Plainridge in 2014. Trained and driven by Jim Hardy, Burkentine Hanover is the likely morning line favorite in the $6,000 open event. Three challengers - Wheelaway, Western Victory and Trigger Finger - all notched multiple victories in the top class at Plainridge last season.   Perennial training and driving leaders such as Hardy, Steve Nason and Mike Eaton might face challenges from a pair of Maine horsemen returning to action at Plainridge. Ron Cushing, currently the top conditioner at Scarborough Downs, makes his seasonal debut on Thursday as well as Kevin Switzer Jr., who was the top driver in the PineTreeState in 2014 scheduled to drive on both Wednesday and Thursday. Eddie Davis Jr. is also slated to drive on the meet's initial programs.   Within the past few days several trainers from outside the six state region have arrived in the area, including Shawn Answeeney (New York), Bryce Fenn (Florida) and Scott Rollins (New Jersey).   The spring schedule at Plainridge features racing on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 4:00 P.M., and also on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 P.M. On June 24th Plainridge Park Casino, the state's first gaming facility, will open its doors to the public.                        

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