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Pompano Beach, FL...March 20, 2018...Galarina, getting "picture" perfect handling by Andy Santeramo, poked her nose in front right at the wire in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $15,000 pacing feature for mares on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. The seven year-old daughter of "Dali" eked by All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, right on the wire after a garden trip, which included her final half in :54.4. Bring Me Diamonds, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, finished third while Ubettorbeturlife finished fourth. Swinging Cami picked up the minor award in the classy sextet. At the outset, Galarina left with her usual alertness and quickly yielded to All Charged Up with the latter reaching the opening station in :27.3 before "lolly-gagging" through a well rated second panel of :30, reaching the half in :57.3. The pace noticeably quickened on the backside as All Charged Up looked to sprint away from her foes during a :26.4 third quarter, reaching that marker in 1:24.2. At the head of the lane, Santeramo left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away at the leader and just did get by the final stride. After the race, Santeramo said, "Well, to tell you the truth, I was very concerned at the half because you can't let a great mare (All Charged Up) like John's get away with a breather like that. I had my hands full keeping up on the backside and, when I tipped her, it was just a case of whether she could get there. Well, she did and I am very proud of her. (I) have to give her all the credit. All I did was give her the chance." Also trained by Santeramo for M T Pockets Stables, the ultra-consistent mare now has a 7-2-1 scorecard in 11 starts, good for $37,475. Lifetime, it was her 26th win with this one pushing her career bankroll to $161,026. As third choice in the betting at 4 to 1, Galarina paid $10.20 to win. Also on Monday night, the $18,000 Pop-Up final for pacers was contested at the lengthy distance of 1 1/4 miles and the Aussie bred Dynamite Dude, driven by Mike Simons, showed speed at both ends of the marathon to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 2:24. The 10 year-old gelded son of The Wrath of Pan pinned the defeat on yet another 10 year-old, Arsenal, driven by Dave Ingraham. F Twenty Two, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished third, just another neck away, while Surge Seelster and River Rising picked up minor awards in the rugged septet. Simons also trains the veteran and co-owns with Albert Abdala III. With only three starts under his girth this semester, Dynamite Dude won for the initial time this year sending his career bankroll to $214,701, with the $9,000 earned in this event the biggest of his career. Off as the fourth choice at 4 to 1, Dynamite Dude A returned a $10.40 mutual. The win was one of three for Simons--a consecutive triple, in fact--who also scored Dontcloseyoureyes ($17.00) and Amateur Hour ($3.40). Tuesday's program features World Record holder Sooo Handsome in a five-eighths mile "Dash-For-The-Cash." The five year-old gelded son of Cash Hall set his world record of 1:09 and looks for his second straight win against the likes of Legend Field, Prayer Session, Thundercrest, William Star, BJAnthony and Foundonabech. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover now stands at $38,448.53 and is offered as the finale on the 10 race program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Hollywood Sign A, given a very heady drive by Matt Krueger, earned the marquee headline at Pompano Park on Sunday night, hitting the wire in 1:51.2 in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leading from first long stride to that long final one, the nine year-old Aussie bred Life Sign gelding held off the courageous effort by Dee's Rocketman, handled by Andy Santeramo, to score by three-parts-of-a-length. The Onlyest One, with John MacDonald in his sulky, finished third after a garden journey. Drachan Hanover finished fourth while Kotare Yael picked up the nickel in the talented sextet. With the advantageous five post position, Hollywood Sign A pushed the wings out of his way at the start and zipped through an opening panel of :26.4 with The Onlyest One next and Drachan Hanover third. Meanwhile, Dee's Rocketman had no choice but to let the chips fall where they may while the war was going on up front. But, there was no war during the second quarter as Krueger guided his charge through that next panel in :30.2, reaching the half in :57.1. Thinking of thwarting any challenges on the backside, Krueger sent Hollywood Sign A on his second :26.4 binge, reaching the third station in 1:24. While this was going on, Santeramo had Dee's Rocketman in high gear, as well, as Dee's Rocketman went on a :26 binge of his own and just a tad more than a length away around the final bend. In the lane, these two duked it out through a :27.2 finale with Hollywood Sign A not giving a single inch during the drive home. After the race, driver Matt Krueger lamented, "Hollywood (Sign A) has raced well every start here and tonight was no exception. As you saw, he can fly off the wings and that second quarter was a big help with nobody making a move on him. I gave him a tap on the backside (backstretch) and he went into another gear. It's tough to gain on a :54.1 final half but Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Dee's Rocketman) must've come his last half in :53 and a piece, so the post positions made a big difference here." For Hollywood Sign A, it was his second win in 10 starts this semester, good for $28,485 so far this young season. Lifetime, he's banked $228,193 for Krueger, who owns and trains the winner, as well. Off as the fourth choice in this evenly matched field, Hollywood Sign A paid $10.40. In the $13,200 Open II Pace, American Hustle, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, scored a sharp win in 1:51.2--his margin also a bit less than a length over Annihilator, driven by Wally Hennessey. The latter chased the eventual winner after yielding at the :27 opener but couldn't quite get to him through subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.1. Pointsman, handled by Rick Plano, was next, followed by Rebellious and Fritzie Pic Up Man. American Hustle now has a 2-2-0 scorecard in six starts for owner-trainer Bryan Lawrence with earnings now at $19,275 in 2018. He paid $5.40 to win. Also of note, when Andy Santeramo piloted Team Captain to a photo finish win in Sunday's fifth race in 1:52.3, it triggered a 50 cent Pick-5 payoff of $10,156.55 to the one lucky player who had the correct 1-2-1-1-5 combo. This followed a fourth race 20 cent pentafecta payoff of $7,611.42 after Ron Cusimano guided Extracurricular to a handy win in Florida Amateur Driving Club competition. Monday's program features the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares featuring Ubettorbeturlife (2-1) and All Charged Up (8-5) and Galarina (9-2), among others. The $18,000 Pop-Up Final is also carded as the nine race and features Surge Seelster (7-5) and Arsenal (7-2) in the marathon 1 1/4 mile distance. In the "better for the bettor" department, the Super Hi-5 carryover of $34,554.82 is featured in the 10th race finale. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 15, 2018...Pompano Park offered a pair of $17,000 memorial trotting events on Wednesday night honoring the memory of two harness racing longtime horsemen, Fred Cohen and Paul Bernardo. Ironically, both events, carded at the added distance of 1 1/4 miles, went to residents of the Mike Deters Stable--Second Sister and Prairie Fortune--with both driven to victory by the "Cardiac Kid," Jim Meittinis. Second Sister, a six year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, was given a picture perfect drive by Meittinis to score a win measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Vicki All, handled by J.D. Yoder with Diamond Dagger, last turning for home, rallying for third under the direction of Andy Shetler. Celebrity Artemis finished fourth while Explosive Jet picked up the minor award in the classy septet. At the outset, She's All In burst off the wings from post six for the early lead with Second Sister, leaving from post five, also leaving with alacrity to settle in the garden spot. With tepid panels of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28, Meittinis left his cozy pocket to take command on the backside the final time and, after reaching the mile marker in 1:57.3, used a :29.4. final panel to score the handy win. About 25 minutes later, Prairie Fortune, the six year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory, went behind the Hummer Starting Gate with the "Cardiac Kid" in his bike and, at the end of his 10 furlong event, found himself the victor by 1 3/4 lengths over the late charging Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey. The even-money favorite, Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) was a fast closing third but made a miscue deep in the lane and was placed last, leaving Foundonabeach third for John MacDonald and Lucid Thoughts and Zoraze picking up the minors in this octet. In that one, it was Foundonabeach first away with Zoraze a cozy second, Uncle Hanover third and Boli fourth, finding a good spot after leaving from post six. Meanwhile, Prairie Fortune dawdled near the back of the pack with Meittinis now questioning his own strategy after tepid opening panels of :29.2 and 1:00. "Yeah," Meittinis said, "when I saw the half in a minute, I thought I was in trouble." But the tempo quickly quickened with a :27.4 third panel as Robbie Hoffman sent his Overnight Shipper on a speed binge to take command. By now, Prairie Fortune was in high gear from the back and on a double-bubble binge of his own, reaching fourth, less than three lengths off the lead. Straightening away for the drive home, Prairie Fortune sprinted on by, holding off Boli, who only found racing room when it was too late to do damage to the winner. "He raced great," Meittinis continued, saying, "He (Prairie Fortune) can sprint forever and I thought the added distance would help his cause. But, like I said, I was worried about that 1:00 half. "As for Second Sister, well, there wasn't much happening leaving the gate so I thought I'd try and get her in a good spot early. It was a dream trip for her. "By the way, credit must be given to trainer Mike Deters because he always has them ready to compete at the highest level. And those caretakers he has are absolutely fantastic. Donna (Horly) takes care of Second Sister and Debbie (Gray-Gagnon) and Richard (Young) take care of Prairie Fortune and, believe me, you won't find any better." Trainer Mike Deters was especially gratified with the wins saying, "I was choked up with tears in the winner's circle with these two races. Fred (Cohen) and Paul (Bernardo) were both close friends of mine and this, indeed, is a night I will never forget. I miss them!" Summarizing, Second Sister won for the second time this year in eight attempts with her 2-1-2 scorecard good for $21,000 for owner Jerald Hawks. She's banked $384,299 lifetime. Off at 8 to 5, she paid $5.40 to win. Prairie Fortune won for the 40th time in his career in 93 starts with his earnings now standing at $311.360 for--$23,320 this semester on the strength of his 3-1-1 record in eight starts for Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin. Off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, he rewarded his faithful with a $17.00 mutual. Racing continues of a four night per week schedule--Sunday through Wednesday with the Sunday card featuring a carryover in the Super Hi-5 of $29,330.30. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 13, 2018...On the heels of a 13 to 1 longshot--Dee's Ropcketman--taking the Fred Monteleone Memorial on Sunday night at Pompano Park, yet another 13 to 1 proposition took the Monday night harness racing feature at the South Florida oval. Ubettorbeturlife, handled by Mike Simons, won the feature like any 1 to 5 shot should--by open lengths--but, instead of being 1 to 5, this seven year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight paid $28.20 to her faithful in scoring a handy win in 1:52.1 measuring 5 1/2 lengths over All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald. Galarina, with Andy Santeramo in her sulky, closed to finish third while Wild Wanda was fourth. Carol's Z Tam picked up the nickel in a very classy sextet. As the Hummer's wings folded, All Charged (post six), left with her usual alacrity to take command and sip through an opening panel of :27.1 with Wild Wanda (post five), also alert leaving, landing in the garden spot with Ubettorbeturlife (post one) a cozy third. Shortly after that opening stanza, Wild Wanda left her pocket and took command, taking the field half way home in :56.2. Three-eighths form home, Simons asked Ubettorbeturlife by tilting her to the outside and she responded with a burst that took her to the top past the third station in 1:24. From there, she widened her margin with every stride with a :28.1 finale to score the handy win. After the victory, driver Mike Simons related, "Trent (trainer Stohler) said not to be timid with her and, instead, to be aggressive. She was coming off a qualifier and, since this was the first time I drove her, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't have to ask her too much, that's for sure. One chirp and she was on her way." For Ubettorbeturlife, her 2018 consistency shows with a 4-1-2 scorecard in seven starts, good for $24,390 for the Trent Stohler Stable and Dolne Stable. Lifetime, the classy mare has banked $329,090 to go along with her Hoosier Park mark of 1:49.4. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the Dash-for-the-Cash Trot featuring world record holder Sooo Handosme, who will match strides with Prayer Session, BJAnthiny, William Star, Thundercrest and Legend Field the five-eighths mile sprint. With a large carryover of $6,224 in the Pick-5, Pompano Park is offering a $40,000 guaranteed pool on that wager, which begins with Race 1. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. $6,224 Pick 5 Carryover; $40,000G Pool for Pompano Tuesday Only one betting favorite was victorious on Monday (March 12) at Pompano Park, and a string of upsets to begin the card resulted in a $6,224 Pick 5 carryover into Tuesday night.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an ‘instant guarantee’ of $40,000 on the total pool for Tuesday night.  The 50-cent Pick 5 begins in race one.  The Tuesday card will also offer a single-night Pick 6 carryover of $759, with the Jackpot Hi-Five ballooning to over $22,000 into the nightcap.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park four nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. every Sunday through Wednesday.  by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 12, 2018...Dee's Rocketman, smartly driven by Andy Santeramo, pulled off a 13 to 1 upset harness racing victory in the $30,000 final of the Fred Monteleone Memorial held at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 11.)   The six year-old ridgeling son of Rock N Roll Heaven covered the extended distance in 2:21.3, pinning a defeat measuring 3 1/4 lengths on track record holder Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey. Doo Wop Hanover, with Tony Kerwood in the bike, finished third while Hollywood Sign A finished fourth. Drachan Hanover was fifth while earning the final award in the very classy octet.   The task appeared to be a steep one for Dee's Rocketman going in because, first, the draw put him in the outside post position in a field of stellar performers whose career bankrolls exceeded $3,000,000 and, second, Dee's Rocketman was the "poorest" one coming in with $143,997.   That didn't matter to the confident Santeramo, who came into the action as the second leading winning percentage driver at Pompano Park with 54 wins in 227 starts.   As he said prior to the race, "You never know, in this game, what is going to transpire on the track. When that gate opens, you have to make decisions and, with the outside post, my decision will depend on what the others do. I'm certainly not going to bang heads early with them in a longer race. So, we'll see what happens!"   From the opening bell, the action was swift as Rocky's Z Tam left alertly from the rail, Hollywood Sign was on the engine from post five and Uncomprmising Z Tam was eager leaving, as well, leaving favored Panocchio fourth--but not for long.   After an opening panel in :27.3, Panocchio went in search of the top spot and, after a half in :57.1, secured--again, but not for long.   The pace quickened on the backside as Hollywood Sign A went on a second speed binge, taking command past the third station in a picked up 1:24.4.   Through all of this, Santeramo played the waiting game early before catching live cover, first, third over, them second over around the final bend with the mile timed in 1:52.2.   Tipping three wide turning for home, Dee's Rocketman was in the highest of gears, mowing down his foes one-by-one and then drawing clear in the final stages.   After the race, Santeramo said, "Like I said, you never know what is going to happen on the track. They were all banging heads early, I caught live cover, the flow brought us into contention and, because Mickey (trainer McNichol) has this horse so sharp, he saved the best for last. When I tipped him, he responded and I thought to myself, 'it's all over.' That's how strong he felt when I tipped him. To beat a field like this is, well, it's unbelievable, because this was a very classy group."   For Dee's Rocketman, it was his sixth win in nine starts this year, good for $39,735. And, although he's still the "poorest" of his group in lifetime earnings--now at $158,997--he's the richest of the group this semester for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr.   Off as fifth choice in the wagering, Dee's Rocketman paid $29.40 to win.   The $15,000 Open II, carded at the same distance of 1 1/4 miles, went to The Onlyest One, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 2:22.3.   American Hustle, teamed up with Bryce Fenn. was second, three-parts-of-a-length away, while Rebellious, driven by Scott Zeron, was next after a sweeping move from sixth to the lead during the mid-portion of the race. Dakota Jack and Bestinthebusiness earned the minors.   Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot ballooning to $18,213.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2018...Chalk players reigned supreme at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as nine of the 10 races were won by favorites or co-favorites--one of those being A TC Queenie in the $12,500 Open Handicap Trot for the harness racing mares. A TC Queenie, the sharp five year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar, was a popular winner despite having been assigned the outside post in her classy million dollar septet. Trained and driven by Rick Schaut, who co-owns with his sister, Trish Soulsby, A TC Queenie went grinding to the front, taking command at the opening station in a swift :28. From there, she carded panels of :56.4 and 1:25.3 before holding off the late surging Vicki All, with J.D. Yoder in her bike, by three parts-of-a-length. Second Sister finished third, a length away for Jim Meittinis, while She's All In, enjoying a garden journey throughout, was fourth, two lengths away. Explosive Jet picked up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver Rick Schaut said, "You know, I'm just so proud of this filly (mare). She has just a great attitude, love to compete, and gives her all every start. To be blessed with her at my age is just unbelievable. And to have my sister as a partner, it's just very special. "We bought her as a baby and she's one of our family. I couldn't be more proud. Like I said, this is a blessing and we are so appreciative to have her. My sister was holding her 'Queenie' pillow the whole time!" Now sporting three wins in her six 2018 starts, A TC Queenie has banked $19,010 this semester and $291,776 lifetime to go along with her 1:53 mark set at Scioto Downs last season. As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, A TC Queenie paid $5.20 to win. Also on Wednesday night, Prairie Fortune earned his 39th career victory--second this year--with a very sharp win in 1:55 for Jim Meittinis. The six year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory pinned an easy victory measuring 2 1/2 lengths on Railee Workable, with Rick Plano in the bike. Skyway Pippen was third for Joe Sanzeri while pacesetting Winemaster Hanover finished fourth. Stache completed the order of finish in the quintet. Away third as Winemaster Hanover sawed off quick panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4, Prairie Fortune swept to the lead around the final bend and drew off on the strength of a :28.4. finale. The win sent Prairie Fortune's career bankroll vaulting over the $300,000 plateau--$302,860 to be precise. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Prairie Fortune paid $2.20 to his multitude of followers. As mentioned, A TC Queenie and Prairie weren't the only favorites to prevail as co-favorite Noble Anthony (Mike Simons-$5.00) took the opener while Deepwell (MIke Simons-$3.80), Bucketlist Hanover (Dave Ingraham)-$2.40), Mysharona Bluechip (MIke Simons-$2.80) Dreadpirateroberts (Wally Hennessey-$3.40) and Hot Art (Rick Plano-$3.40) were all popular winners. The lone non-favorite to hit the winner's circle was Chocolate Xplosion, handled by Alessandro Spano, who paid $10.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with Super Hi-5 Jackpot of $13,644.68 awaiting. Also, post positions have been drawn for Sunday's $30,000 Fred Monteleone Memorial Final going the added distance of 1 1/4 miles. Leg winners Rocky's Z Tam (post 1), Panocchio (3), Hollywood Sign A (5) and Dees Rocketman (8), will be vying for the crown against Drachan Hanover (2), Uncmprmising Z Tam (4), Doo Wop Hanover (6) and Sing For Me George (7). Post time for the Saturday and Sunday programs is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, FL…February 28, 2018…Pompano Park will host the Miller-Tetrick Challenge on Saturday night with both super-stars—David Miller and Tim Tetrick— seeking superiority for the benefit of two worthy charitable organizations—the Make-A- Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   The event, organized by the Florida Amateur Driving Club pits Miller, 53, a winner of over 12,000 races and $222,000,000 in purse earnings for harness horse owners, against Tetrick, 36, who has well over 10,000 wins and close to $190,000,000 in purse winnings, in a team event also featuring many of the top amateur drivers in the sport.   Miller and Tetrick will serve as captains of their respective teams consisting of 21 amateur drivers in a five race competition with the winning team awarded bragging rights with both of the aforementioned charities becoming beneficiaries of the friendly-but highly competitive—competition.   Miller, who will be competing for the Make-A- Wish Foundation, said of his upcoming Pompano Park appearance, “I just love what the Florida Amateur Driving Club is doing here. It’s not only a pleasure to be participating, it is a true honor. Like the Make-A- Wish Foundation people say, ‘one moment changes everything,’ and we know that our efforts will make many moments possible to change the lives of our children.”   Tetrick will be in the sulky for the benefit of New Vocations, an organization that provides a “safety net” through rehabilitation, education and placement for retired racehorses.   In speaking about New Vocations, Tetrick said, “You know, our horses give their hearts and souls with every stride on the racetrack and I believe that, after they are done in that phase of their career, we should help them in their next career, whether it be as a pleasure horse or as a therapeutic horse.”   In a joint statement, F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs and Treasurer Tom Eichas echoed the sentiments of both Miller and Tetrick saying, “This is what our sport needs—making it an important vehicle that can benefit worthy charities and their recipients throughout North America.   I think it’s great that two of our sport’s best drivers have turned into two of our best philanthropists in working on behalf of our sport and its image—great horsemen they are but, even more important, even greater men.”   The festivities at Pompano Park get under way Saturday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m.   John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...February 27, 2018...Wild Wanda, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., dug in late to escape with a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for mares on Monday night (February 26). The courageous seven year-old daughter of Palone Ranger held off the late charging Galarina, handled by Andy Santeramo, by a neck in 1:53.1. Embassy Seelster, with Fern Paquet, Jr. in her sulky finished third while Strings and Swinging Cami completed the roster in the talented quintet. At the outset, Wild Wanda zipped off the Hummer wings to take command a few long strides after the start with Strings (John MacDonald) also away well and Galarina now on the prowl in search of the lead, which she took at the opening station in :27.1--but not for long. An anxious Wild Wanda reclaimed her top shortly after and reached the half in a well rated :57. On the backside, things began to heat up as Wild Wanda was on a :28.1 blitz to maintain her clear lead past the third station in 1:25.1. That's when Galarina left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away--her rally falling just short on the wire. In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber related, "my mare has been right there with them every start since arriving at Pompano and, tonight, things went her way. That second quarter breather helped her and she was strong coming home. She went a very courageous trip, both early and late. Trained by wife Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, Wild Wanda won for the second time this semester in seven starts--her 2-3-2 scorecard pushing her 2018 bounty to $21,890 and $448,255 lifetime. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Wild Wanda paid $2.40 to win. There were fireworks of sorts at the mutual windows on Monday night, as well, as a $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool sparked a record Pick-5 wagering pool of $74,891. With a 5 to 2 shot kicking things off in the first leg, the next four winners were even money, 5 to 2, 5 to 1 and 6 to 5 resulting in a very generous payoff of $579.55 for the 50 cent ticket. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover that has ballooned to $256,029.    by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 22, 2018...With bright stars abundant in the night sky at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, three of those stars--two of the equine kind--came down to earth as Modern Mercury and Born To Thrive took top harness racing honors in their respective $11,000 Open trots. The third star was human kind as owner John Campagnuolo basked in the starlight as owner of both and, for good measure, scored the hat trick as his Groovey Kid won in the class just below the Open. Modern Mercury, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Rob Harmon and owner Campagnuolo (or J.C. as he is known around the track) took command at the opening :28.2 stanza and went on to post panels of :57.1 and 1:26.4 before a solid :28.4 finale sealed the deal in 1:55.3 over She's All In, driven by Rick Plano. Second Sister, with Jim Meittinis handling her lines, was third while Diamond Dagger finished fourth. Vicki All picked up the final minor award in the classy septet. Said Hennessey after the race, "She (Modern Mercury) is finally getting confidence in herself. Her only other win this yeara was on the front end so I thought maybe I'd try that again tonight. She's always been right there with them off the pace but never seemed to have the confidence in herself to pass them from off the pace when things get serious. "Tonight, she really showed me that she has confidence in her game. It was an excellent performance." The five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover now has a pair of wins in eight starts, good for $16,500. Her lifetime bounty now stands at $111,375. As the lukewarm 5 to 2 favorite, Modern Mercury paid $7.20 to win. Born To Thrive, the sharp five year-old gelded son of Swan For All, came from dead last in his field, trotting his final three-quarters in 1:24.2 for catch-driver John MacDonald to pin a two length defeat in 1:54 on Boli, making his 2018 debut for Wally Hennessey. Sooo Handsome, fresh off his two world record performance at the shorter five-eighths mile distance at Pompano, was third, 2 1/2 lengths away for Rick Plano, after carving up numbers of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.1. Uncle Hanover was fourth while BJAnthony picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Trainer Plano explained using catch-driver MacDonald remarking, "They don't have 'team-to-pole' racing at tracks--yet," he said, "so, since I train both Sooo Handsome and Born To Thrive, I had to take Sooo Handsome since my wife owns all of that one. "Johnny (MacDonald) does know Born To Thrive so I asked him to drive and do the best he could with him. He's a very good racehorse, you know, and you can do anything with him. When I left out of there with Sooo Handsome, I figured he'd be at the back but the pace was reasonable, so he really had to rock late to get there. Very proud of his performance. Campagnuolo owns along with Victor Contento and Maryann Plano and now shows a 7-5-1-0 scorecard in 2018 with $24,900 in earnings. Lifetime, Born To Thrive has banked $221,238. At 2 to 1 when the bell started, Born To Thrive paid $6.80 to win. Groovey KId, trained by Dan Hennessey for Campagnuolo, gave "J.C." his hat trick by extending his winning streak to two with a 1:56.2 for Wally Hennessey. The seven year-old altered son of Cincinnati Kid dug in late to hold off Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) by a head. Winemaster Hanover (Peter Wrenn) finished third. Groovey Kid paid $8.00 as second choice in the betting. The mid-week program also produced some explosive payoffs as College Major, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., lit up the tote-board with a $95.40 mutual keying a trifecta payoff of $10,194.80 and a 20 cent superfecta bonanza of $8,588.88. One race later, driver Sergio Corona piloted Cowboy Hall to a $76.60 win, resulting in a 20 cent pentafecta payout of $5,997.98. Those events triggered a Pick-5 carryover of $7,351.92 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool for the Saturday night Pick-5 covering races one through five. There is also a Pick-6 carryover, as well. The Saturday Super Hi-5 jackpot now stands at a record $237,835. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 20, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by trainer John MacDonald, used a high voltage performance from first stride to last in winning Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (February 19). The game seven year-old daughter of Ponder wired together fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a solid :28 finale left her s length to the good of Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Ubettorbeturlife, with Dave Ingraham in her sulky, was next, five lengths away. Strings and Embassy Seelster completed the classy quintet. As the wings folded, both Wild Wanda and All Charged Up left sharply with the latter out-sprinting the former and clearing around the opening turn. From there, the issue turned out to be never in doubt as All Charged Up electrified her foes right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "I was a little concerned--not that she made the top early because she likes to do that--but because she then likes to yield and sit in the pocket. But she's sharp right now, so, once in a while, I guess it's OK to try wiring. She's very tough right now. She has been very good to me, that's for sure. All Charged Up won for the fourth time in six starts this semester, good for $25,630 for trainer MacDonald's J P Stables. The win was also a milestone of sorts for All Charged Up as this win--her 36th career-wise--vaulted her lifetime bankroll over the $300,000 plateau--$300,712 to be precise. Off as the 3 to 2 second choice, All Charged Up returned $5.00 to win. In other action on Monday night, Galarina, with Andy Santeramo in the bike, scored a handy 1:53.3 win for her fifth win of the year in seven starts. The seven year-old daughter of Dali, also trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Tom Santeramo, sent her 2018 bounty to $21,225 and $144,826 lifetime. Also, American Sniper, making only his second career start made a sharp early move to the front and led the rest of the way in scoring a 1:56.3 win for Bryce Fenn. The mile was highlighted by a :56.3 final half. Owned and trained by Bryan Lawrence, the sophomore son of Western Terror was one of three 2 to 1 propositions on the tote board and, as third choice, returned $6.80 to win. Tuesday night's card features a pair of carryovers--one in the PIck-6 and the other in a blossoming Super Hi-5, which now has a carryover of $228,609. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 19, 2018...Dee's Rocketman, confidently driven by Andy Santeramo, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace on Sunday, pinning a 1:50.4 defeat on Hollywood Sign A handled by Matt Krueger, Sing For Me George, with Mickey McNichol in his bike, finished third while Pointsman and pacesetting Fritzie Pic Up Man were next in a very classy sextet. The six year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored by a length-and-a-quarter after a first up backside bid grinding forward from third to take take command turning for home. It was Fritzie Pic Up Man who left with alacrity from his one post to clip off an opening panel in a hot :26.4 with the Aussie bred Hollywood Sign also on the engine off the wings to find a comfortable spot in the garden seat and Dee's Rocketman sitting chilly in third. With a half in :55, the pace began to heat up again on the backside as Santeramo sent Dee's Rocketman charging hard and engaging in war with the leader through an official third panel in :27-3--his :27 flat. Turning for home, Dee's Rocketman forged to the lead and never relented as his :28 final quarter sealed the deal. In a post race interview, Santeramo said, "I had a couple of wins with this horse recently and Mickey (trainer McNichol) asked me to handle him again since he had another one in there (Sing For Me George). I have to give Mickey a lot of credit because he had this horse ready to race. He's not afraid to take some air so the first up bid on the backside was not a concern to me at all. He's as game as they come and gives his all every start." When asked if the 1:50.4 mile was his fastest ever, Santeramo quipped, "Well, to tell you the truth, I don't really know because I don't keep track of that sort of thing. To tell you a lie, I think I had one go in (1):46 or (1):47 once!" Dee's Rocketman now has four wins in six starts this young season with earnings of $17,525 for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Lifetime, Dee's Rocketman has won 15 times to go along with his brand new mark of 1:50.4 on this night. Off as second choice at 8 to 5, Dee's Rocketman paid $5.20 to win. In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, The Onlyest One, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., won a hard fought duel with Lyons Johnny, driven by John MacDonald, to score in 1:51.1--his wire-to-wire margin 1 3/4 lengths off of sizzling splits of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:23. Dakota Jack, with Dave Ingraham driving, was third while American Hustle was next. Team Captain picked up the nickel in the sharp septet. The Onlyest One, a nine year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, sent his 2018 scorecard to 3-3-0 in six starts, good for $22,000. The win was a milestone of sorts as this was the 25th win of his career measuring 158 starts. Joe Pavia, Jr. trains the winner for John Whiting, MIchael Rich and Lawrence Chimerine, who now has lifetime bounty of $267,790. As second choice in the betting at 7 to 2, The Onlyest One paid $9.00 to win. Also on the Sunday card, driver Joe Sanzeri celebrated his birthday with one of Pompano Park's historical favorites, Northern Companion. Sanzeri found a seam turning for home and mowed his competitors down with a late surge to score in 1:54.1. It was the first win of the year for the 10 year-old altered son of Cambest and 52nd win lifetime--42 of which have been at Pompano Park. His lifetime earnings are now $337,038. Trained by Howard Klohr for the Delray Duo, Northern Companion, despite beginning from the rail, went off as the longest proposition on the board at 26 to 1 and paid $55.20 to his remaining faithful. Racing continues on Monday night with a very competitive card offering a Pick-6 holdover and a season high carryover in the Super Hi-5 vaulting to a season high $220,368. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 14, 2018...Sooo Handsome, who earned a world record mark of 1:09.3 for five-eighths of a mile on a similar sized track just a week ago at Pompano Park, smashed that mark on Tuesday night by sizzling that same distance in 1:09 for harness racing trainer-driver Rick Plano. The homebred five year-old gelded son of Cash Hall used his rail post position to perfection, out-dueling the anxious opposition early and sprinting through fractions of :27.2 and :55.2 before tacking on a 13.3 final eighth to hit the wire 5 1/4 lengths to the good over William Star, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished second while Legend Field, teamed up with Corey Braden, next. Love Hunter and Overnight Shipper completed the order of finish in this quintet. In reflecting on his second world record performance in just seven days, Plano said, "He did it very easily tonight. You know, he's a very good gaited horse and he's very handy, so all I did was ask him for a bit early and he gave it to me. He was on cruise control the whole way. "He's very fond of Florida and loves this weather. It's especially gratifying because he's a homebred and we have had him since day one." In response to whether a short distance event makes training for a longer event more difficult, Plano responded, "I usually train him a mile-and-a-half and then a mile-and-a-quarter, so I really don't think it will bother him. We'll see how he does against the Open horses where he's been competitive over the last several starts." Now showing a 3-2-0 scorecard in five starts this year, Sooo Handsome has banked $19,000 this semester and $112,340 lifetime in 73 starts to go along with his 1:54.1 mark at Pompano Park set as a three year-old. Off as the 1 to 10 favorite, Sooo Handsome paid $2.20 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night duet of $11,000 Open Handicap trotting events highlighting the competitive card. Prairie Fortune makes a return following a brief respite from the racing wars and will have Born To Thrive, Zoraze, Uncle Hanover and Foundonabeach as his rivals while A TC Queenie looks for a repeat in the companion event for mares. The Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $193,652 for the Wednesday card with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…February 13, 2018…Harness racing driver Tom Eichas has been named Florida Amateur Driving Club’s Driver of the Year. In making the announcement, F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs noted Eichas’ overall contributions on the club’s behalf along with his U.D.R.S. of .444 during the 2016-2017 season. “Tom has been our Secretary-Treasurer for the past six years and has made remarkable contributions in the promotion of our sport and its contributions to worthy charitable organizations and society, in general. “He has also demonstrated his prowess in the sulky with his skill enabling that lofty .444 batting average.” Eichas is no stranger to harness racing, having purchased his first horse back in 1978. He has been a member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club since its inception in 1998 and is part of that organization that has donated their driving fees totaling over $180,000 to charity. Upon learning of his award, Eichas humbly remarked, “We, meaning our entire club, don’t do this for the recognition. We do it because we believe that this is what our sport can do for society. Of course, I am appreciative of the award and am gratified, but this will only provide me with more incentive to work on behalf of this great sport.” Eichas will receive his award at the upcoming FSBOA Awards ceremonies on Sunday, February 18. by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13, 2018...All Charged Up, perfectly handled by harness racing trainer John MacDonald, used a late power surge to take top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (February 12) in 1:52.3. The seven year-old daughter of Ponder bolted through along the pylons once they straightened away for home to score by a length over Wild Wanda, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Ubetterbeturlife, with Brett Miller making a rare Florida appearance, finished third while Strings finished fourth. Embassy Seelster picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Wild Wanda and All Charged Up both left with alacrity with the latter taking command early before quickly yielding to Wild Wanda at the opening station in :27.2. A well rated second panel left Wild Wanda with the lead half way through in :56.4 with the pace then quickening on the backside as Wild Wanda tried to shake loose from her foes. With three quarters on the board in 1:24.3, Wild Wanda turned for home with a 1 1/2 length lead but drifted out a bit allowing All Charged Up to surge on through along the pylons to score the win--her third of the year in five starts. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald said, "my mare (All Charged Up) lives up to her name when the wings fold. She likes to join the party early and tonight was no exception. It was kind of a blessing when Ricky's (Macomber) mare made that early move because my mare likes the cover. In the lane, the inside opened up a bit and she pounced on the opportunity. Lots of traffic last week, not so bad this week! That's the story in a nutshell." All Charged Up, owned by J P Stables, now has 35 career wins in 124 starts, good for lifetime bounty of $295,212. As the slight favorite at 3 to 2, All Charged Up paid $5.00 to her many faithful. A pair of $7,500 co-features for mares also highlighted the Monday program with Galarina and Iced Out annexing those. Galarina, a seven year-old daughter of Dali, enjoyed a picture perfect journey from trainer Andy Santeramo to score in 1:52.4--her winning margin 1 1/2 lengths over Northern Dali, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. Drea's Good Powow as third for John MacDonald after a first over bid around the final bend while Metro Glide rallied from last to finish fourth. Layer Cake earned the minor award in the septet. Galarina is now four-for-six this semester with earnings of $17,425 for owners Ron Ruggles and Tom Santeramo. She paid $5.00 as second choice in the betting. Iced Out, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., found some room turning for home and, first, mowed by the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Fox Valley Hermia (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then held off the late surging Sue's Night Out (Wally Hennessey) to score in 1:53.2 for her first win of the year in five starts. This eight year-old daughter of Western Ideal, trained by Eric Beach for Little Bapa, was off as the longest proposition on the tote-board at 68 to 1 and returned $138.20 to win. The Iced Out-Sue's Night Out exacta (3-7) paid $832.20 and proved to be the end of anyone enjoying a Pick-6 win, which now has a carryover going into the Tuesday program. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale ballooning to $185,469. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 12, 2018...Waikiki Beach A, the harness racing Australian bred six year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (February 11). The gallant gelding, who made a successful debut at the South Florida oval in 1:51.4 one week ago, overcame the assignment of the outside eight post and seven classy foes to score in a lifetime best 1:50.2--eking out a photo finish win over another Aussie bred gelding, Hollywood Sign A, handled by Matt Krueger. Fritzie Pic Up Man, cutting fractions of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:21.4 along with way, finished third for George Napolitano, Jr. Doo Wop Hanover and Dee's Rocketman picked up the minors in the octet. At the opening bell, Waikiki Beach A "half-heartedly" left and went in search of a better spot, finally finding one in fifth around the opening turn. On the backside, Zeron tilted his charge out and began gnawing away but was still some three or four lengths away around the final bend. Once they straightened away, Waikiki Beach A was in full attack mode, sticking his nose in front right on the wire. In a post race interview, driver Scott Zeron lamented, "He had to overcome a lot in the mile tonight and I couldn't have asked for much more finishing. I will say that these were two great starts prepping for the Levy." Trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stables, Waikiki Beach A is, of course, a perfect two-for-two in the U.S. to go along with his newly established mark. Lifetime, Waikiki Beach A has banked $719,019--$11,000 of that in his two starts this year. Off at even-money on the tote-board, Waikiki Beach A paid $4.00 to win. In other Sunday action, Lyons Johnny, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines, won the $9,000 Claiming Handicap, scoring in 1:52.1 over The Onlyest One, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the bike. E R Melvyn, driven by Rick Plano, was third while Backup A finished fourth. E Y Cowboy picked up the nickel in the sharp sextet. The win was the 40th career-wise for the 10 year-old altered son of Mach Three, whose earnings leaped to just under the $400,000 mark--$399,019 to be precise. Lyons Johnny was trained by Ray Vizzi for owner Mildred Ventriglio and was promptly claimed for the $30,000 tag. Off as the second choice at 3 to 2, Lyona Johnny rewarded his many faithful with a $5.00 mutual. Another noteworthy performance was put in by A Cool Card, driven by Rick Plano. This 10 year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler toured Pompano Park's slick five-eighths mile over in 1:51, highlighted by a final half in :54 flat. A Cool Card carded panels of :27.3 and :57 before beginning his lethal sprint on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:23.3. Driver Rick Plano also trains for owner Maryann Plano. It was the first success of the season for A Cool Card, who now has 41 career wins and $473,909 in bounty. Off at 4 to 5, A Cool Card paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 season high carryover of $181,597. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...February 8, 2018...Driver-trainer Rick Schaut celebrated his ninth anniversary by guiding A TC Queenie to a 1:54.2 victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (February 7). The five year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar led every step of her mile, clocking lively panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4 along the way before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal measuring 2 1/4 lengths over She's All In, handled by Rick Plano. Explosive Jet, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, was third, a nose further back, while Modern Mercury finished fourth. Second Sister rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fifth while Diamond Dagger, the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, never fired and finished sixth in her octet. Schaut, who co-owns the mare with sister Trish Soulsby, was humble after the win saying, "Queenie has always been good to us from day one. She's just getting back after a few months off and, each start, she's been getting better. I thought this was the perfect spot to send her from the five post and she came ready to race. She was strong every step and it was a great anniversary present for me and my wife, Liz. "My sister was here to see it, so it was doubly special for everyone. The win--her 15th in 48 lifetime starts--pushed A TC Queenie's career earnings to $279,146 to go along with her 1:53 mark last semester at Scioto Downs. As the 7 to 2 second choice, A TC Queenie paid $9.20 to win. The $11,000 co-feature Open Trot went to Midnite Craze, driven by Dave Ingraham for Ivan Davies, who trains for owner G. Richard Mason, Jr. The eight year-old gelded son of Crazed also used front end tactics to score in 1:54 off of panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4, holding off the late-surging Born To Thrive, with Rick Plano in the bike, by three-parts-of a-length, Uncle Hanover, with Mike Simons driving, was a fast closing third while Foundonabeach, prominent all the way, fourth. Zoraze picked up the nickel after being shuffled to last around the final bend. Said driver Ingraham after the event, "We just missed last week in his first start and he was much tighter tonight. It was a very good mile for him." The win was the milestone 25th in the career of Midnite Craze, who now has banked $185,081 during his career stretching 78 starts. Second choice in the betting at 7 to 2, Midnite Craze paid $9.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $1,703. The Super Hi-5 carryover has blossomed to $171,941 for the competitive nine race program. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

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