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Pompano Beach, FL...August 27, 2020...Pompano Park is readying for its 57th season of world class harness racing, which is scheduled to begin its 2020-2021 season. The 126 night season is set to begin on November 8, 2020 with the finale on May 19, 2021. According to Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt, there will be free stall rent for all competing racehorses. Stall rent for yearlings and two year-olds will be $250 per month. Applications will be available through Race Secretary Joe Zambito ( beginning September 1 and stall availability, subject to acceptance, is on a first-come first-served basis. Prewitt relayed unbridled enthusiasm for the upcoming meeting saying, “We have been getting a very high number of inquiries for the season and we expect to be completely full as we get close to post time!” The talented 37 year-old Prewitt was elevated to his new post by Senior Vice President of Racing for Caesar’s Entertainment Joe Morris, who oversees the racing operations at all racing establishments under the new “CZR” banner. In looking forward to the upcoming season at Pompano Park, Morris related, “We have in place a very strong team at our tracks and there is a new aura of enthusiasm for the track.” Pompano Park has a rich history for world class harness racing since its initial season back in 1964. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...August 22, 2020...The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the Florida Amateur Driving Club have teamed up to award a total of $8,000 in scholarships to five worthy harness racing recipients. The five recipients, Sarah Birkhold, Jessica Hallett, Amber Cable, Ronald Huff and Ryan Huff, each received $1,600 from the F.A.D.C. and the F.S.B.O.A.’s Lester and Eunice Vance Scholarship Fund. In a joint statement, the Associations stated, “We are proud to contribute to the higher and continuing education for our most deserving children of our horsemen and women. “These times are very challenging financially and our goal to ease that burden so these recipients can achieve their lifetime goals.” A spokesman for the F.A.D.C. added, “Of course, we thank the new ‘pro-racing’ management team at Pompano for the racing opportunities that enable us to make these donations and scholarship awards possible.” Scholarship winner Jessica Hallett is the daughter of John and Michelle Hallett, well known in the harness racing industry. The multi-talented Jessica is entering her senior year at Nova Southeast University. Not only an accomplished feature writer for our sport, Jessica is a pre-medical student with a double major in biology and behavioral neuroscience with a triple minor in trans-disciplinary studies, forensic studies and pre-health, with her ultimate goal being an ER doctor. Sarah Birkhold, the daughter of George and Cindy Birkhold, is in her fourth year of veterinary school and will specialize in equine lameness and sports medicine. “I will live by my veterinary oath,” she says, “helping owners and trainers reach their goals with their performance horses by providing quality medicine and education to my clients.” Amber Marie Cable is the daughter of renowned farrier (blacksmith) Mike Cable and Kim Cable. She attends the University of Central Florida, majoring in Pre-Nursing with a strong passion to help people in need--this after volunteering at Orlando Health. “After volunteering there, I wanted to get people in need to feel there best all the time.” Both Ronnie Huff and Ryan Huff are sons of two notable and longtime harness racing devotees--Jake and Rosie Huff. Now beginning his junior year at Webber International University, Ronnie Huff has been known to excel in a number of sports over the years and is majoring in Law Enforcement. When he does get any respite from his studies, Ronnie is a very valuable asset to the Jake Huff Stable and plans to operate his own stable “sometime down the road.” Ryan Huff is starting his sophomore year at Webber International University with a major is Business Management. Already with years of experience working with the Jake Huff Stable, he sees the necessity for solid management in the harness racing industry to maximize profits for horse owners. Racing is scheduled to resume at Pompano Park on November 8 with complimentary stall rent for the 2020-2021 season. Reported by John Berry Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Change of PACE, well actually..., TROT - as this week's guest, John Berry, Harness Racing Hall of Fame journalist and historian, discusses with Freddie and the guys the up-coming Hambletonian on August 8th. Berry touts his choice and adds an interesting insight on the amazing improvement of standardbreds over the past 4 or 5 decades. It's an outstanding Harness Racing Alumni broadcast - don't miss it....!!!        

Columbus, Ohio...May 16, 2020...Things are getting mighty exciting around 6000 South High Street. Scioto Downs had their test run on Saturday in the form of 16 qualifying events in preparation for their pari-mutuel opening on May 22--their 62nd harness racing season. With Eldorado Resorts Senior Vice-President of Racing Joe Morris and Racing Secretary Jason Roth on hand to greet horsemen and women at the stable gate, the entry box was bursting with enthusiasm in the form of over 140 entries. Many of the "kingpins" in the sport, including leading trainer Ron Burke and top dash winner Aaron Merriman were on hand in competition and the appropriately named track superintendent Phillip Good had the famed five-eighths mile oval lightning fast in welcoming all back to Ohio. Stressing the quality of the horseflesh appearing this day, the first of the 16 qualifying events featured a million dollar field of trotters--actually a $2.2 million dollar field--which went to Workinitonbroadway, handled by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi in 1:54.3, equaling his lifetime best performance. The "feature" qualifying event of the day consisted of a field of nine with over $3 million in career bounty and many of the elite drivers in the sport and it was a 26 year-old "rookie," Devon Tharps, who stole the show with General Dolan, a five year-old altered son of Rockin Image trained by Robert Phillips for breeders-owners John and Robert Esposito. Young Tharps sent General Dolan to the front at the opening marker and went on the lead the rest of the journey to score in 1:52.3. Devon began his career in the sport in 2019 and is looking for his first lifetime pari-mutuel win after 14 career trips back of the starting gate. In summing up the day, Aaron Merriman remarked, "I thought the track was great. I don't think you could've asked for a better surface." He also lauded the efforts of Joe Morris, Jason Roth and Gabe Prewitt, who spent valuable time with the horsemen upon arrival and in the paddock. A live stream of the qualifiers was shown on the OHHA Facebook pace and replays will be available on "" Post time time for the Friday night opener is 6:30 p.m. by John Berry for Scioto Downs    

Pompano Beach, FL....Pompano Park has previously announced that the track will be in action on Sunday, March 15. Due to the Covid-19 Cirus (Coronavirus), Pompano Park is limiting access to the barn area and paddock through Gate-5 to essential personnel only. This includes licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, veterinarians, farriers (blacksmiths) and Tack and Feed Supply vendors. Horse transportation vehicles arriving from out-of-State MUST contact the race office for entry approval prior to arrival at Pompano Park. We are looking to provide a safe, secure environment free from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Individuals deemed high risk--or any individual arriving from high risk areas--will be required to be quarantined for a period of 14 days prior to entry to the barn area or paddock. As mentioned in a prior release, non-essential personnel and owners will not be allowed in the paddock, however, the grandstand and simulcasting areas will be open. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

POMPANO BEACH, FL...MARCH 9, 2020...On a normal night, the race that gets the most ink is the feature harness racing Open, which Prairie Panther did on Sunday night. But, on this night, the spotlight was on a Florida Amateur Driving Club event supporting the cause of a fellow horsemen, Steve Wiseman.   Wiseman is battling some serious health issues and the FADC joined the "Wiseman Strong" movement by making a donation in support of this well-known and respected gentleman.   The race honoring Wiseman was won by the 14 year-old warrior Rompaway Beau, driven by Ron Cusimano.   Trained by Don Harmon for owner Krista Harmon, earned his 68th career win with the time of 1:57.4 being his fastest winning mile in nearly four years!   After the race, a humble and elated Cusimano said, "I have won over 250 races and this is the most important one for me in honoring Steve and being a part of the 'Wiseman Strong' movement.   I'll let you in on a little secret...before we went to the gate, I whispered in Rompaway's ear, 'this one is for Steve, so let's get it done!'   "He must have heard me because all I did was steer. He did it all!"   Leading from first long stride to last, Rompaway Beau had three lengths over Security Guard (Dein Spriggs) at the wire with You Cant Habit (Carl Garofalo) next.   As second choice, Rompaway Beau paid $6.80 to win.   Several other horsemen chimed in for the winner's circle presentation, among them Spriggs, Rick Plano (recovering from surgery himself) and Frank Petrelli.   Plano recalled the days passed when Steve worked for him relating, "he was--and still is--a grand individual with a great work ethic and a very valuable person to have around."   Petrelli also had high praise for Wiseman saying, "I just can't say enough great things about him and I know he can beat this health issue."   Spriggs, an integral part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, said, "it's an honor for our club to be a part of the 'Wiseman Strong' journey."   In an emotional segment, Wiseman, himself, joined the festivities via the internet and expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of sentiment and help during his plight.   He said, "There are really no words that can convey my feelings. It's just overwhelming. We are all combatants on the racetrack trying to make a living but, to me, this is why I am involved in this business. Everybody really roots for everyone's success. Truly remarkable!"   Now, back to the feature where Prairie Panther made his 2020 debut a winning one with a gate-to-wire romp in 1:52 for Wally Hennessey in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace.   The now six year-old gelded son of Royel Millennium posted up panels of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before a handy :27.2 romp home sealed the deal by a length over Mac Anover (the longest shot on the board) with John MacDonald in his bike. Turbo Hill, driven by Hunter Oakes, rallied for third after trailing for the first half mile. Outkast Blue Chip and Rub Of The Green completed the classy quintet.   Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Panther now sports a lifetime scorecard of 36-6-9 in 74 starts, good for $337,122. He paid $2.40 to win.   Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot standing at $60,720.86.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 5, 2020...Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village will host harness racing qualifiers on Friday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. Entries will be accepted on-line and must be received by Thursday, March 12 at noon. For further information, call Peter Wrenn at 1-810-516-8776. by John Berry for Sunshine Meadows

HALL OF FAME JOURNALIST, John Berry...., "Tells it all" to Freddie Hudson and the guys on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show. They discuss the racing at Pompano and their 'ultra successful' Master's of the Mile champion driver's challenge along with the hopeful longevity of the track & our sport's destiny....!!!      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2020...On a historical Sunday evening at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey captured the "Masters of the Mile" title by besting seven of the greatest drivers in harness racing history.   In the four race competition, with points structured similarly to purse structure payments, Hennessey scored 113 points to edge out Bruce Ranger (79), David Miller (68), Tony Morgan (60), Peter Wrenn (41), Tim Tetrick (26), Dave Palone (22) and Kevin Wallis (19).   Hennessey opened the competition by taking the first half of the early Daily Double, guiding the five year-old Pet Rock horse Oberlin to an 11 to 1 win in 1:54.1.   Starting from the outside eight post, Hennessey found little choice but to take back at the start and was 10 lengths back as Too Much Duncan (Wrenn) took the field to the opener in :27. Shortly thereafter, Dave Miller sent Danze to the top, tripping the timer at the half in :55.3.   On the backside, Dave Palone brushed Hugh Hefner to the front and that one took the field through the third station in 1:24.2 with Hennessey's charge now sixth, fourth lengths off the top. Once they straightened away, Oberlin got in high gear and rolled on by, holding off R Gauwitz Hanover (Tony Morgan) safe by a half length in 1:54.2.   Too Much Duncan was third over Danza and Hug Hefner.   Oberlin, trained by Gaston Lareau for owner Richard Lareau, paid $24.20.   In the second leg, Hennessey scored his second win, guiding Marianne Ayers-McNichol's Rockntouch to a gate-to-wire win breaking the beams in :27, :56 and 1:24.2 before touching the wire in 1:53.1.   This eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven repelled serious bids around the final bend and through the lane to score by a half length over Itsnoproblemman (Ranger) with Byby Landon (Tetrick) another neck back in third. Stick With Cramer and Harry Terror were next in the octet.   Off at even money on the tote-board, Rock N Touch paid $4.20 to win and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark with this win--his 38th career-wise.   In the third leg, Bruce Ranger had Always Glorious in high gear from the get-go, clocking sizzlers of :26.2, :53.2 and 1:21.3 while opening up a double-digit lead turning for home before coasting to a 1:52 win over the late charging Keystone Steam (Morgan) and V Power (Wallis) with Classic Gent and Fritzie Pic Up Man rounding out the top five.   Trained by Rick Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Ernest Durse, Always Glorious, a five year-old altered son of Always A Virgin, scored by 8 3/4 lengths and paid $7.20 to win.   Going in to the finale, the competition for the top prize was whittled down to three with only Hennessey, Ranger and Morgan in the hunt for the "Masters of the MIle" title.   In an event that saw several lead changes throughout the mile journey, it was the David Miller driven Outkast Blue Chip who rallied in deep stretch to score the 1 1/2 length win over Rocknbeach (Wrenn) with Hennessey next with Pointsman to seal the crown.   Brigadier Bronski was fourth while Gibbs was next in this classy octet.   Trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle Racing Stable, Outkast Blue Chip, paid $19.80 as fourth choice to vault over the $250,000 plateau in lifetime bounty.   Though the "Masters of the MIle" had completed, the action was far from over as Ranger hopped on the bike back of the track record holder Panocchio and put on an exceptionally game performance in squeaking by the favored American Hustle (Bruce Fenn) in 1:52.1.   Away third from the rail as American Hustle put up numbers of :27.1 and :56.1, Ranger sent the now 10 year-old Panocchio on a backstretch binge, severely denting an official :27.2 third panel to stick his head in front past that third station in 1:23.4.   It was war all the way home as these two traded punches right to the wire with Panocchio earning the nod by a neck. Caviart Reagan, closing fastest of all, finished third for Dave Ingraham, followed by Neptune and Windsun Gotham.   Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with his wife, Vicki, and Emile Johnson, Panocchio earned his 70th career win to send his lifetime earnings to $638,538. He paid $11.20 to win.   Hennessey then completed his epic night by winning both ends of the late Daily Double, scoring with Rub Of The Green in 1:51.4 and Bass Player in 1:52.3, completing his grand slam.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win, as well.   Oldford's Mego Moss took the opening leg of the competition, giving his 11 year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall a picture perfect drive, zipping his warrior out of the cozy pocket with 5/16s remaining and on to an insurmountable lead before coasting to the wire in 1:57, a seasonal best.   It was the 36th career win for Mego Moss, who has banked $409,482 during his career of 205 starts. UKnow What To Do, with Jmaes Dunn in his sulky, was next, followed by High Blue, driven by Captain David Miller.   Mego Moss paid $17.60 to his faithful.   About 22 minutes later, RonCusimano sent Everyone's Talkin off the wings in a hurry and scored a wire-to-wore win in 1:57.1, carving out panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.3 along the way.   Santini (Oldford) was next followed by the Jamie Marra driven Glide in The Wind.   Cusimano co-owns this Jake Huff trainee with the consortium of Angelillo, Tanzer and Sirianos.   The nine year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover won for the 28th time in his career, sending his bounty to $$285,918.   As the even-money chalk, Everyone's Talkin paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers.   With but one point separating the two teams going into the finale, Oldford took care of business, again driving one of his own, Smart Flight, on a wire-to-wire mission landing him a scant head up at the wire in 1:58.1.   War Cry Hall was second for Leon Cable while Skyway Jaguar, driven by Ron Cusimano, was a fasts closing third.   As second choice on the board, Smart Flight paid $8.20 to win.   After the "Official" sign was posted, the festivities continued in the winner's circle as Tetrick and Miller were in the winner's circle to present $4,000 checks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Said Oldford in the winner's circle, "David and Timmy have been so valuable in making his a yearly tradition and, in doing so, this shows what harness racing can do for the community and far beyond."   MIller explained that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very close to his heart and said, "it's really wonderful that this wonderful organization can fulfill the dreams of children in need. It's a wonderful feeling that our sport can have such a positive influence in our society today!"   Tetrick, similarly, sung the praises of New Vocations, which as helped thousands of horses find new homes after their racing careers are over. He lamented, "A good example of their wonderful work hits right here as Hurricane Howard and Just Like Lloyd, both that have raced here at Pompano Park, have found new homes after their career in racing."   The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated well over $200,000 to charitable causes since their inception--over $50,000 over the past five years alone.   As Spriggs said, "This is only possible due to the generosity of our members who donated all of their earnings from driving so we can have a positive impact in our society through our grand sport!"   Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $6,337.60, a Pick-6 carryover of $1,255.56 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to $44,948.86. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL — Pompano Park will host two major harness racing events on Sunday (March 1) as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths-mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is more than 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in purse money. Dave Palone, with 19,114 career wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). For the members of Pompano Park’s “Send It In Army,” these “Masters of the Mile” will be a part of the early daily double, the final leg of the Pick-5, the start of the Pick-4 and an Open 2 pace. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will be hosts of the Pro-Am with both competing as captains in three other events featuring many of the top amateur drivers, which has become an annual tradition here at Pompano Park benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations. Those trio of events encompass the second half of the early daily double, the kick-off of the Pick-6 and the fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the blockbuster card is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2020...Belgium, lolly-gagging near the back of the pack after opening night, rallied under the direction of harness racing driver Piet Van Pollaert to capture the coveted World Cup Amateur Championship title, which wrapped up on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The 37 year-old from Lokeren, Belgium piloted two winners on the final night to eke out a "photo finish" victory over Italy, represented by Andrea Sallustio. Hungary, represented by Andrea Fazekas, finished third, The USA finished fourth in the competition, followed by Canada and Switzerland (in a dead-heat), Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina and Denmark.   Van Pollaert, making his first appearance in the U.S., finished dead last in the first of three races on Monday night before knocking on the door finishing second in his two other drives.   He kicked off the Tuesday night festivities with a sharp wire-to-wire win with the 11 year-old mare Young American, trained by Jennifer Petrelli, who co-owns with Raynor Marsland, Jr.   Carving up smart fractions of :29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:31, Van Polllaert sent the gallant mare home on a :28.4 romp to score by 2 1/4 lengths, returning $5.80 to win.   While that win moved the Belgian up in the standings, he only had one drive left in the competition--with yet another mare from the Jennifer Petrelli Stable, Sun Belle Slippery.   Using the same tactics as in the first race, Van Pallaert sent this six year-old daughter of Relentless Yankee right to the front from her outside post and she sizzled an opening panel of :26.4. After a rated second panel bringing the pair to the half in :57.3, Sun Belle Slippery repelled a strong bid around the final bend and another in deep stretch to score the "relentless" win by a half length in 1:55.1.   Coming off a lifetime best 1:52.3 performance the week before, Sun Belle Slippery , third choice in the wagering, returned a generous $9.80 mutuel.   The competition was extremely evenly matched as Van Pollaert won two of the eight races and Sallustio won a pair, as well, Barbara Aesbischer (Switzerland) Joe Pennacchio (USA), David Drew (Canada) and Andrea Fazekas (Hungary) also won races during the competition.   Organizers Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs were ecstatic with the competition, citing the competitive nature of each of the eight events and the camaraderie of everyone who came over from so many part of the world.   "This is what our sport is all about," said Oldford, "providing an atmosphere of peace, warmth and good will."   Mission accomplished!   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach,  FL — In a spirited and highly competitive first round of the World Cup Amateur Driving Championship, Spain emerged with the lead — although precarious — without winning any of the four Monday night (Feb. 24) harness racing contests. Spain’s Miquel Vich Capo finished second, fifth and third in his trio of drives and his consistently high finishes garnered him enough points to top the leaderboard for the time being. With four more events scheduled for the final night on Tuesday, Switzerland, represented by Barbara Aebischer, is second while there are three countries tied for third — USA, New Zealand and Belgium — all within striking distance to take home the crown. Canada and Italy are also still in the hunt. Aebischer opened the ceremonies with a sterling win in the first event by giving a superb drive back of Tech Titan, trained by Dan McCartney for owner Lee Clarke. The 7-year-old gelded son of Muscle Hill was making his first start over Pompano Park’s five-eighths-mile oval and Aebischer bided her time as Cashahallic, driven by the USA’s Joe Pennacchio, carved up the panels and led until the field straightened away for the wire. Both Mego Moss (Warren Rich, New Zealand) and Kaffir Kemp (Lukas Svedin, Sweden) loomed boldly but neither could collar the leader as both Tech Titan and Citi Z Tam (Miquel Vich Capo, Spain) were closing stoutly. At the wire, Tech Titan had a 2-1/4 length margin over Citi Z Tam and returned $7.40 as the second choice in the betting. The mile was clocked in 1:58.2. The second event went to Italy’s Andrea Sallustio, who gave the Chet Poole Jr. trained, Johanna Calvert owned Little Big Rigs a “heads-up drive” to score in 1:59.2. Off at a generous 19-1, Little Big Rigs, a 6-year-old altered son of Big Rigs, showed solid speed off the wings from the outside post to settle up into fourth early before sitting chilly the rest of the way before accelerating late in the lane to score by a length for his first win of the year. Legend Field, with Belgium’s Piet Van Pollaert in his bike, got a garden journey, took command in the stretch but was out-kicked late by the winner. Skyway Jaguar, also trained by Poole and owned by Johanna Calvert, made a miscue or two early, spotted the field many lengths but closed fastest of all to finish third for Leonardo Agusti of Argentina. The winner paid $40.80. The USA’s Joe Pennacchio hit the winner’s circle in the next race, giving trainer Wally Hennessey’s Glide In The Wind a picture perfect drive to score in 1:57.2. It was the initial win of the year for the 5-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide prompting one happy fan to say, “Who needs Wally Hennessey when you can get Joe Pennacchio in the bike!” Pembroke Yoyo cut the mustard for Piet Van Pollaert and finished second over Fleet Cessna, with Andrea Fazekas, representing Hungary, in the sulky. Glide In The Wind rewarded his many faithful with a $4.20 mutuel. The final Monday night event went Canada’s way as Jurgen Hanover, driven by David Drew, came from dead last turning for home to score by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3. This race turned out to be the most competitive of the night as there were four in and four out the entire route with the action on the backstretch reminiscent of the Prix d’Amerique in Europe. Drew had no choice but to bide his time through it all as he started from the outside post and was forced to take back as the others scrambled for superiority. In deep stretch, Jurgen Hanover, without much urging, rolled on by to score his 25th career win and fourth this semester in only five starts. Trained by Gaston Lareau for the JP Houle Stables, Jurgen Hanover paid $10.00 as the third choice. The World Cup Amateur Championship continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover and a ballooning Super Hi -5 Jackpot now standing at $32,217. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 11, 2020...Harness racing driver Joe Pennacchio will be representing the United States in the World Amateur Cup 2020, which will be held at Pompano Park beginning February 22.   Pennacchio earned the honor to represent the U.S.A. on Monday night at the South Florida oval by piloting the Walter La Freniere, Jr. trainee B R Flying Dali to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Owned by William H. Mc Elvain, Jr., the eight year-old son of Dali covered his mile in 1:55.4, just getting up over the Dein Spriggs driven Firewater Jake.   It was a rare win for Pennacchio--not in numbers, per se, but for the fact that he was making a rare appearance back driving a pacer.   Pennacchio has been a stalwart member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club for many years and all starts for that club are for trotters.   "Yes," Pennacchio lamented, "it's rare that any of our amateur drivers get behind a pacer, so this win was extra special, to say the least."   Pennacchio now has 186 career wins with his first one dating back to 1995 at Delaware, Ohio with Fox Valley Trump.   He has competed with regularity on the European circuit and was USHWA Amateur Driver of the Year in 2019.   In last night's event, Pennacchio was competing against a stellar group of amateur drivers including four others who won USHWA's Amateur Driver of the Year Award--Steve Oldford, Robert Krivelin, Dein Spriggs and Hannah Miller, all of whom have represented the U.S. in world competition.   Pennacchio hopes to become the first driver from the U.S. to win the elite competition saying, "I am sure that this will be a highly competitive event with the best of the best vying for supremacy. I just hope to compete safely and honorably for our country."   by John Berry            

Pompano Beach, FL...February 3, 2020...Despite the fact that Pompano Park was the only U.S. harness racing track racing on Super Bowl Sunday night with most simulcasting venues closed, as well, the South Florida "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" posted a healthy handle of $413,000, including the largest non-carryover Pick-5 pool of the season--over $21,000--a Pick-4 pool exceeding $30,000 and a Pick-6 pool in excess of $10,000. The handle achievements came in spite of the fact that several top drivers were out of action, as were many of their stable stars usually highlighting a typical Sunday night. The Pick-5, with one 9 to 1 chance sprinkled in with four other winners pegged at 4/5, 7/5, 8/5 and 3/5, paid a handsome $326.45 for the 50 cent ticket while the 50 cent Pick-4 returned $189.70 with the quartet of winners being 2/1, 5/2, 8/5 and 8/5. The Sunday fireworks also included a gigantic Pick-6 pay of $6,918.95 for 50 cents, despite the winners being 8/5, 9/1, 3/5, 2/1, 5/2 and 8/5. Racing continues at Pompano Park on Monday night with the aforementioned wagers in play along with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot which has blossomed to $102,912.43 going into that finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan 29, 2020...On the heels of a record $127,452 Pick-4 pool on Monday, Pompano Park had yet another pari-mutuel pool record in the Pick-6 on Tuesday night as that pool was barraged by the Send-It-In Army to the tune of $112,279. When all was said and done, the 5-4-4-4-2-2 sequence paid $6,682.05, an astounding total with not one of the six winners being more than 9 to 2 in the betting. The Pick-6 race winners were New Number Who Dis (Mike DeRuntz-$5.60), Bring Me Diamonds (Peter Wrenn-$10.60), Galarina (Andy Santeramo-$11.40), Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald-$9.20), Jazzy Image (Kevin Wallis-$10.40) and Jaded Dream (Michael Cushing-$5.40). The action continues at the South Florida oval on Wednesday with the Super Hi-5 finale carryover of $96,140.78. Post time is set for 7:20. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan 28, 2020...In politics, Super Tuesday is March 3 when more than a dozen States hold their presidential primaries. In harness racing, "Super Tuesday" is tonight when Pompano Park will be the site for the two largest guaranteed pools in track history. To kick things off, the track's Pick-5 will feature a $30,000 guaranteed pool as a result of a $7,146 carryover from Monday night. That "Send It In" special begins in race 1, courtesy of the Joe Sanzeri driven Shez In Orbit lighting up the tote-board at 30 to 1, sandwiched in between the four other winners pegged at 2/1, 1/2, 7/2 and 5/1. Next, the Pick-6 pool, beginning in race 3, features a $75,000 guaranteed pool--the result of a carryover of $31,977. That sequence, too, was started with Shez In Orbit, followed by winners at 7/2, 5/1. 8/5, 7/5 and 6/1. All of this comes on the heels of a track record handle in the Pick-4 pool on Monday of $121,452, which paid a lucrative $692.35 for the 50 cent ticket with the four winners off at 5/1, 8/5, 7/5 and 6/1. The evening wraps up with the Super Hi-5 finale, with a jackpot of $93,047.64 for a single winning ticket. Post time for Super Tuesday at Pompano Park is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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