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Pompano Beach, FL…October 12, 2017…All Charged Up and Boli took their respective Open events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (October 11) but they had to share the harness racing spotlight with Walter Ross, Jr., who made yet another triumphant return to the sulky after being sidelined by a personal issue. The Junior Ross scored with Marianne Audley’s Gold Star Aurora, a talented three year-old daughter of Rock On, in 1:58.2--:27.1, pinning a four length win on Prairie Cowgirl (Jim Meittinis) with Golden Diamond (James Hysell) next in a non-wagering Sunshine State Stake for sophomore pacing fillies. It was Walter’s first time back in the race bike since late May as he coped with the passing of his daughter. This was not the first time that he has come back from adversity. Several years ago, after a debilitating illness almost took his life, he fought back to score a win in his return to the racing wars several months later. Trainer Maggie Audley was ecstatic after Gold Star Aurora’s win saying, “I am happy for this win with ‘Aurora,’ but I am even happier for Junior. He’s such a grand horseman and gentleman. He’s just an amazing man and I am so proud of him winning his first race back.” For Gold Star Aurora, last year’s Super Night champion in her class for two year-old pacing fillies, the victory kept her 2017 season perfect at two-for-two with her career earnings now at $63,936 with a lifetime scorecard now 8-1-0 in nine starts. Other sophomore Sunshine State Stakes winners prior to the betting card were  Atlantic Crest, I’m Done and Prairie Panther. Atlantic Crest, owned, trained and driven by Sergio Corona, blasted out from the wings of the starting gate and posted fractions of :29.3, :58.3 and 1:28 before an effortless :29 sprint home stopped the timer at 1:57.4—her margin being 13 lengths over Prairie Pixie (Meittinis) with Famous C (Wally Hennessey) third. Atlantic Crest, a daughter of Crest, pushed her career earnings close to $80,000 with the win--$79,924 to be precise—with her 11th lifetime win in 28 starts. I’m Done, a gelded son of Toro Bravo trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista, evened the score with arch-rival Azzaro, scoring a well rated 2:02--:28.1 win for John MacDonald. Azzaro (Wally Hennessey) gave futile chase to no avail in the lane after I’m Done posted front end fractions of :31, 1:02.3 and 1:33.4. I’m Done and Azzaro now have faced each other 12 times in a rivalry that dates back to last season and each now has a 6-6-0 scorecard. I’m Done now has earnings of $73,748 with the win. Prairie Panther, a gelded son of Royel Millennium owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, scored his second straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action with a very sharp 1:56.3--:27.3 win for Jim Meittinis. Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) was second while Fabiano (Hennessey) finished third after poking his head in front around the final turn. Prairie Panther bulked his career earnings up to $67,070 in 14 starts, nine of which are wins. In the Open Pace for mares, All Charged Up, with John MacDonald in the bike, pulled off a minor upset as this six year-old daughter of Ponder rallied once they straightened away for home and collared the 1 to 10 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:52.2 Owned by J P Stables, All Charged Up left sharply from her six post and took command at the :27 opener, only to yield to Godiva Seelster shortly thereafter. During the second panel, Fern Paquet, Jr. sent Embassy Seelster on the prowl and she raced alongside the leader through a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the lane, All Charged Up found the seam and rallied to take command a sixteenth from home. “She’s a rugged thing,” related driver John MacDonald referring to All Charged Up but so is Wally’s great mare (Godiva Seelster). We just were lucky enough to draft along and that was the difference.” All Charged Up won for the fifth time this year in 13 starts, good for $30,660. Lifetime, the mare has chalked up 28 wins in 114 starts with this win vaulting her bounty over the $250,000 plateau--$254,082 to be exact. Goldstar Rockette (Fenn) finished third while Embassy Seelster and Isley picked up the minor awards. All Charged Up, the 7 to 2 second choice, paid $9.40 to win. The Open Handicap Trot went to Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey. This five year-old gelded son of Kadabra overcame the eight post and bolted right to the front, posting fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27 before sprinting through some raindrops coming home in :28.4 to score a handy 4¼ length win over Winemaster Hanover (Brady Galliers) with Zoraze (Paquet, Jr.) third. Prairie Fortune did trot the fastest final panel of this group (:28.2) but couldn’t overcome the outside nine post and finished fourth. Explosive Drama picked up the nickel.. Trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli won for the ninth time this semester in 21 starts, good for $72,470. Lifetime, Boli has two dozen wins in 69 starts and a bankroll of $209,664. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing resumes Sunday night with a trio of carry-overs highlighting the “better for the bettor” action. The Pick-6 has a carryover of $347, the Super Hi-5 finale has a hold-over of $1,490.57 and, since the final race Superfecta on Wednesday night was left unscathed, there is a carryover of $3,098 going into the first race Superfecta on Sunday night. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, made a triumphant return to Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 8) by withstanding a late surge by Sing For Me George (John MacDonald) to score a photo finish harness racing victory in 1:50.2. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended was on the prowl early, securing the lead from Sing For Me George after a tough :26.2 tussle during the opening panel and then carved out subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 before hold off that rival with a :28 finale, winning by a neck. Frankie’s Dragon (Corey Braden) rallied to finish third while Bestinthebusiness finished fourth after a first-over backside bid that brought him alongside Panocchio around the final bend. Team Captain picked up the minor award in the classy septet. After the event, Hennessey remarked, “What can I say? He’s just a gutsy individual that seems to love this track and knows where the wire is. “He was pushed some to gain the top and I was hoping the opening quarter didn’t take any sting out of him but he seems to know how to take care of himself and nothing really bothers him.” Trainer Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnaon, Jr., said, “He’s a pretty amazing horse, I’ll say. He doesn’t train hard—usually a mile in 2:20 or 2:30 when does train—but he becomes a racehorse when he sees the starting gate.” Panocchio now has 55 lifetime wins—33 of them at Pompano Park—in 133 career starts, good for $468,393 to go along with his 1:48.3 track record over South Florida’s five-eighth mile oval. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park’s co-feature went to Rockntouch, getting a picture perfect drive from Mickey McNichol. This five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven left alertly and then let Heart Felt cut the mustard with fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:23.2 before leaving the cozy pocket turning for home to go by Heart Felt and then hold off Major Starlight (Hennessey) and St Lads Lotto (Brady Galliers) to score by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51.4. Heart Felt did finish fourth over Decent Sawyer in the field of seven. Rockntouch now has a 6-5-4 scorecard in 30 starts, good for yearly bounty of $48,605. The winner is owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable. Monteleone passed away just days earlier prompting driver Mickey McNichol to look skyward and say, “That win was for you, Mr. Fred. Rockntouch was off at 7 to 2 and paid $9.20 to win. The third leg of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine Stake Stakes for two year-olds was also contested in four non-wagering events with I Rhoda Daley, Dangerous Mood, Prairie Easter and Gold Star Diablo winning their respective events. I Rhoda Daley, a daughter of Desperado Don handled by owner-trainer Jason MacDougall, kept her record unblemished—now three-for-three—with a lifetime best 2:07.2 performance at the expense of Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) and Jennifer (Jay Sears) with a gate-to-wire performance in the Sunshine State Stake for trotting fillies. Dangerous Mood, driven by Wally Hennessey for the Smiley Farm, also scored in wire-to-wire fashion as this Jim McDonald trainee carved out panels of :30, 1:00.3 and 1:31.1 before a :30 sprint home left him four lengths clear of Brian (Jay Sears) with Captain Thomas (John Campagnuolo) next in this event for trotting colts and geldings. The 2:01.1 performance by this gelded son of Proud Bushy was a new life mark for Dangerous Mood, who is now two-for-two lifetime. Prairie Easter took her division for pacing fillies by getting revenge on last week’s winner Krinda in 1:58.2—28.2. This daughter of Royel Millennium was driven by Corey Braden for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler. Prairie Easter cut impressive panels of :30.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 along the way and was two lengths clear of Krinda (Bryce Fenn) on the wire. Six Line Lily (Hennessey) was third. Finally, Gold Star Diablo, many, many lengths off the gate at the start, made a double-bubble backside binge and went on to score an impressive 1:58.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the colt-gelding pace. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, this impressive gelded son of Mysticism score by 1¼ lengths over Silver Wings (Corey Braden), who cut panels of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 along the way. Jay Jay (Jay Sears) finished third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues on Wednesday night with three year-olds in the spotlight. Finally, Pompano Park’s Super Hi-5 was solved on Sunday night with the 9-3-2-6-7 combination returning $6,067.30 for a 20 cent ticket. The Super Hi-5 is offered on Pompano Park’s final race every racing night. Wednesday night’s program features Godiva Seelster in the Mares Open Pace and the highly anticipated rematch between Prairie Fortune and Boli in the Open Trot Godiva Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Camluck, owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, seeks her second straight for trainer Dan Hennessey and driver Wally Hennessey. Among her opponents are All Charged Up and Goldstar Rockette. Prairie Fortune and Boli were a nose apart in last week’s encounter and have been assigned outside posts in Wednesday’s encounter. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 7, 2017...Harness racing track record holder Panocchio headlines a strong Pompano program on Sunday night (October 8) as the seven year-old altered son of No Pan Intended returns to the scene of his 1:48.3 track mark. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio headlines the Open 1 Pace against Sing For Me George and Toatsmygoats, one-two in last week's open on opening night. Panocchio has banked $463,643 coming into the action on the strength of 54 wins in 132 career starts with 32 of those victories achieved over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. Says trainer Jim Mattison, "He's quite an amazing horse. He usually trains no faster than 2:20 or 2:30 when we do train him but, when we put the sulky on him and hit hits the track and sees the (starting) gate, he's a different horse. "I trained him the other day in the rain and he was almost saying to me, 'I don't want any part of this. Get me back home! "At the barn he's just a pleasure to be around. He loves kids and he'll put his head on your shoulder--just a pleasure!" Panocchio will have the driving services of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey, who is off to his usual quick start at the track with 13 wins in his first 25 drives and a UDRS of .640. He will leave from post four in his very talented field. Sing For Me George, post two, got a heady drive from John MacDonald to score in last week's Open Pace. This eight year-old son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joe Martinella, Sr., overcame the outside eight post with a bold early move to secure a garden journey, leaving the coziness of his pocket in the lane and wearing down Toatsmygoats (Brady Galliers) in the final stages of the mile. Toatsmygoats will leave from post three on Sunday night with the sharp invader Bestinthebusiness (post one), Frankie's Dragon (5), Fritzie Pic Up Man (6) and Team Captain (7) rounding out the talented field with combined earnings of well over $2 million. The FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes will also be contested as the Florida Bred two year-olds take the spotlight in four non-wagering events beginning at 6:00 p.m. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:20 with Super Hi-5 carryover of close to $3,000 offered on the final race. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...October 5, 2017...Long time owner Ferdinand (Fred) Monteleone, 78, passed away on October 5 from cancer after ceasing further treatment nine days ago. Buying his first horse almost 50 years ago, Monteleone owned a myriad of horses including Cincinnati Kid ($744,606), Civil Action ($494,911), later sold to Italian interests, and Monte Hall ($834,513). Among his other favorites were I Saw Him First, ICI Aussi, The Paper Wazoo and Paper Luck. "Some were great," he once said, "but some weren't so great, but I loved them all. "I don't play golf and I don't fish, so I guess my only hobby would be my horses and that hobby has lasted for close to 50 years." Currently, The Fred Monteleone Stable has several horses racing in the Mickey McNichol Stable, among them the three year-old Bro Hanover, Rockntouch, who he owns in partnership with longtime friend Salvatore Promuto, the Open trotter BJAnthony and, ironically, Blueberry Heaven, a talented three year-old pacer that won on opening night at Pompano Park. Of his passing, McNichol related, "Fred was one of the greatest gentlemen I have ever met in my life. He was generous and he loved his family. Longtime friend Anthony Marcou said, "This is a heart-breaking day for so many of us. Fred was the pulse of his family and his many friends. There will never be another one like him. That mold was broken a long time ago." Survivors include his wife, Barbara, daughter Debbie (Rick) Ramsay, son Neil (Laura) and five grandchildren, Christopher, Jessica Lee, Gabriela, Fred and Nicole, whom he entitled the "delightful five!" Information on services for Mr. Monteleone is pending. by John Berry    

Pompano Beach, FL...August 11, 2017...Avenging an earlier defeat on their home field of Pompano Park, a quintet of Florida Amateur Driving Club members journeyed to the United Kingdom and got a bit of revenge, eking out a 45-43 decision over their British rivals in a hot contested--but friendly--competition. The grand event was held, first, at the Tir Prince course in North Wales with the conclusion held over the Tany Castle turf course in Aberystwyth in North Wales. The Brits jumped out to an early lead as England's Richard Haythornthwaite (victorious at Pompano Park earlier in the year) took the opener with Ireland's Chris O'Reilly second and the U.S.A.'s Dein Spriggs third. With the American contingents "backs to the wall," Dennis Whittemore saved the day as he scored a hard fought, photo finish victory in the final. After that event, Whittemore remarked, "Wow! Let me tell you that was the most thrilling victory I have ever had. "There are some very serious challenges driving over a turf course--especially a wet one on a half mile track. "I thought I'd have a go at it taking the lead early and that worked out very well. On the backside the final time, (Patrick (Morris) made that big move and he took a short lead but my horse had some fight left in him and we got to the wire first. "Unforgettable is the only way to describe it!" The event was organized by Britain's Lee Morris and Jaimie Davies, along with the U.S.A.'s Dein Spriggs and Jeff Schaefer. Schaefer, Spriggs and Whittemore were to joined by Tony Dinges and Ron Cusimano to complete Team Florida. Patrick Morris completed the roster of Brits competing. Both Schaefer and Spriggs had high praise for their hosts, echoing each other about the hospitality enjoyed during their stay in the United Kingdom. "The competition was fierce, yes," said Schaefer, "but we felt right at home with their warm and generous hospitality." Spriggs said, "We are hoping that this type of competition will expand throughout the world as it seems to be a great 'shot in the arm' for our grand sport." by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club        

Pompano Beach, FL…May 31, 2017…Groovey Kid and Goldstar Rockette took their respective co-featured races as Pompano Park closed out their 2016-2017 harness racing 126 night stand in grand fashion. Groovey Kid, again handled by driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park’s $9,500 Open Handicap Trot, again using a devastating backside brush to sweep into the lead on the final turn and then on to a 2¼ length victory over My Revenuer, handled by Bryce Fenn. The time was 1:55.3. Seeking Steven, with Dave Ingraham in the sulky, finished third, four lengths away while Skyway Pippen finished fourth. Legend Field picked up the minor award in ths classy quintet. At the outset, Groovey Kid was away three lengths off the gate as Seeking Steven went charging out for the early lead with My Revenuer in pursuit and taking command shortly after the tepid :28.1 opener. Legend Field was fourth at this juncture with Groovey Kid last, about seven lengths off the lead but tightening up around the second turn and on the way to a :57.4 half clocked by My Revenuer. On the backside, Nick Coblentz sent Legend Field on the prowl and Hennessey gave Groovey Kid “room to roam” on a double-bubble surge that put him alongside My Revenuer at the third station in 1:27. Turning for home, Groovey Kid was “all on his own” during a :28.3 finale and home free in the aforementioned 1:55.3. In a post-race interview, Hennessey remarked, “I am always careful leaving with this horse as he can be hard to handle. “But when he gets some ‘room to roam’ and puts himself in first gear, he can go a long way. He was ‘all on his own’ the final 3/8ths of the mile. Groovey Kid now has a 5-4-0 scorecard in19 starts, good for $28,975. Lifetime the six year-old gelded son of Cincinnati Kid has 25 victories in 137 career starts and bounty of $146,240. Though Groovey Kid whipped a similar field one week ago, he went off as the second choice at 8 to 5 and returned $5.20 to win. The companion $9,500 co-feature for the pacing mares went to Goldstar Rockette, driven by Bryce Fenn, in a lifetime best 1:51.4. The seven year-old daughter of Rock On used a backside double-bubble blitz to go from fourth, two lengths away, to two lengths on top past the third station on her way to an easy win measuring 4 3/4 lengths over the late charging Excelerated Speed, handled by Walter Ross, Jr. Andro Madi, with Joe Sanzeri in the bike, was third , 8 3/4 lengths away, with Fashion Ruffles fourth. Layer Cake picked up the nickel in the septet. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, the second choice, Sue's Night Out, and the favorite, Spilling The Beans, got in a war early with the latter out-dueling the former in a vicious opening quarter of :26.2 with Layer Cake next and Goldstar Rockette, leaving from the outside post, nestling into fourth. Spilling The Beans took the field through a sweltering half in :55 and that is where Goldstar Rockette was sent on her mission from fourth, surging three wide into the final turn and into her insurmountable lead that widened with every stride to the wire. After the race, driver Fenn said, "that was a 'wow' journey. When I sent her, she was very anxious with pace and really felt strong right to the wire. She impressed me to no end!" For Goldstar Rockette, who was zero for 14 a week ago, she now is two for 16 with $30,247 on her card to go along with her new mark. Lifetime, she has $171,085 in career bounty. As the 3 to 1 third choice, Goldstar Rockette paid $8.40 to win. Also on closing night, the Super Hi-5, with it's $36,007 carryover, attracted some $62,000 in new money, bringing the total pool over $98,000. There were 318 winning 2o cent combinations sold, each worth $275.38. The Hennessey brothers swept the driving and training titles this season with Wally chalking up 265 victories as the leading driver and older brother Dan taking the training title with 49 wins and a UTRS of .460. Wally’s UDRS over 925 starts pushed an amazing .450. Pari-mutuel racing returns on Sunday October 1 with the first of 126 nights of world class racing. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 31, 2017...Pompano Park closes out its 126 night harness racing season on Wednesday night with a Super Hi-5 Carryover of $36,007. Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt said, "It's quite fitting that we close out our very successful season with a rousing carryover here--something that should embraced by all of our loyal fans. "Who knows, maybe the pool could grow to $100,000 or more for this grand finale, as it offers a very competitive field and a challenge for all handicappers." TheSuper Hi-5 is a 20 cent based wager which usually requires a single winning ticket to claim the top prize. Tonight, however, is different, explained Prewitt. "Tonight's entire pool will be divided between all ticket holders with the winning combination, which could turn out to be quite a bonanza for our loyalists." Pompano Park's 2017-2018 126 night season opens on October 1. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 28, 2017...Arsenal, who fired bullets start to finish in winning last week's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park, reloaded and fired a second round of ammunition in scoring a repeat wire-to-wire win for Dave Ingraham in South Florida's harness racing feature on Sunday night (May 28). The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape fused together fractions of :26.3, :56.4 and 1:24.1 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by a solid length over Stirling Cadillac, driven by Bryce Fenn. Goldstar Raider, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished third, two lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Major Deagan picked up the minor award in the quintet. After the race, driver Dave Ingraham related, "this was similar to last week's win but the opener was a bit faster. We did get a nice breather during the next quarter and that helped our cause. "I chirped at him once on the backside and he revved it up on his own and was strong right to the finish. "He's been pretty sharp for a long time now...not too shabby for a "6" claimer back in January!" Actually, Arsenal has changed hands via the claiming route on several occasions since then with his most recent claim being by his current owner-trainer, Kelly Case, for $17,500. Arsenal now sports a 7-7-1 scorecard in 19 starts, good for $43,439 in bounty this semester and $463,180 lifetime. Off at 2 to 5, Arsenal paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, won the final five races on the Sunday program, scoring with Bill Jones ($2.60), Cabo Real ($2.20), Y S Joe ($5.20), Dungeon Dragon ($5.00) and Abresthofreshart ($3.20). Hennessey now has 262 wins for the meet, a winning percentage of 28.57% to go along with a UDRS approaching .450 in 917 starts. Racing continues on Wednesday night as Pompano Park closes out its 126 night season with a mandatory payout on the track's Super Hi-5-the carryover being $36,007. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 24, 2017...Despite a prolonged deluge of rain, countless lightning flashes, accompanying claps of thunder and a one hour and 10 minute delay due to the weather, Pompano Park was able to get their harness racing program in on Wednesday night with Goldstar Rockette taking the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares and Groovey Kid annexing the $9,500 companion event for trotters. Goldstar Rockette, a seven year-old Florida bred daughter of Rock On driven by Bryce Fenn, won a brief tussle early in taking the lead and then went on to post fractions of :26.3, :56.4 and 1:24.2 before a :28.4 finale was just enough to hold off the furious late surge of Sue's Night Out, handled by Wally Hennesseey, by a scant nose in 1:53.1. Excelerated Speed, with Kyle Bolon in the bike, finished third, 3½ lengths away, while Andro Madi was fourth. Layer Cake, beginning from the outside post in her sextet, finished fifth, although unable to seriously contend in the sloppy conditions. In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "With the sloppy conditions, I really wanted to keep the mud out of our eyes-both Rockette's and mine," he chuckled, "and the best way to do that was to try for the lead, especially from our post (two). "She went a very game mile and dug in late to hold off Wally's mare (Sue's Night Out). "To tell you the truth, though, I really didn't know if we won it crossing the line" Owned and trained by Lou Ginesi, Goldstar Rockette, who had lost four previous photo finish decisions this semester, finally found one that went her way in winning for the first time this year in 15 starts. Her 1-6-3 scorecard now shows $25,257 this year with her lifetime earnings vaulting to $166,315. As the 4 to 1 third choice in the betting, Goldstar Rockette paid $10.40 to win. Groovey Kid, a six year-old gelded son of Cincinnati Kid, went a remarkable mile for driver Wally Hennessey as he missed the gate by about 10 lengths at the start, dawdled at the back of the pack for the first half of the mile and then used a furious late rush to squeak by My Revenuer, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, to score by a half length in 1:57.2. In that event, Railee Workable (Walter Ross, Jr.) used his rail post position to take command early, warring with Commentary (Andy Santeramo) before the letter took command after the opening station in :27.3 with Legend Field next, Seeking Steven fourth, My Revenuer fifth and Groovey Kid catching the field, but trailing. Commentary took the field half way through in :57.1 but met a severe challenge heading into the final turn as Railee Workable moved alongside, My Revenuer surged three wide and Groovey Kid given room to roam widest of all. Railee Workable did take a brief lead but was unable to hold off My Revenuer, who, in turn was nailed a few strides near the line by the winner. After the event, driver Hennessey remarked, "Groovey (Kid) has a whole lotta speed and talent, but he can be tough to handle on occasion. "He has a mind of his own and he was well off the gate at the start before he settled down and got back to business. He really started to roll on the backside and he was motoring pretty good late, despite the track condition. He does amaze me sometimes!" Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Groovey Kid won for the fourth time in 18 starts, good for bounty of $24,225. The win, his 24th career-wise, send his lifetime bounty to $141,490. Though he was 8 to 5 in the morning line, Groovey Kid went off as the third choice at 7 to 2 and returned $9.20 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, May 21, 2017... Arsenal, given perfect rating by Dave Ingraham, fired bullets start to finish at Pompano Park on Sunday night (May 21), easily handling a quartet of harness racing rivals in a 1:53.4 victory. The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape, leaving from the coveted post five, won a brief early tussle with Stirling Cadillac (Bryce Fenn), post four, and went on to card panels of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before a :28 finale was more than sufficient to hold off the late surging Stirling Cadillac to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Surge Seelster (Kyle Bolon driving), finished third, 2½ lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Goldstar Raider picked up the nickel after a brief bid on the backside. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "This is one tough bugger. Everyone knows it because he's gone back and forth between owners over the past several starts and he loves to race on the front end. "Once we got to the lead, he was well relaxed and I was quite confident in his chances once we got to the half in :57.1, which is soft for a horse of his caliber." Owned and trained by Kelly Case, Arsenal now has a scorecard reading 6-7-1 in 18 starts, good for $38,439. Lifetime, Arsenal has 35 wins in a career measuring 207 starts with earnings of $458,180 to go along with his Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. Off at 1 to 2, Arsenal paid $3.00 to win. Also, the brilliant Florida bred champion, Gold Star Briana, undefeated at ages two and three with 16 straight victories, made her four year-old debut and promptly put a new lifetime mark on her card--1:56--in scoring a handy win for Wally Hennessey. The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was away "gingerly" before taking command after the opening quarter and then easily held off Thundercrest (Dave Ingraham) for win number 17. PC's Alleyway (Tony Kerwood) was third while Deli-Craze and All Star Fame picked up the two final awards in the sextet of four year-old trotters. Hennessey was thrilled with Gold Star Briana saying, "She qualified nicely last week and, with the outside post tonight, I wanted to take good care of her leaving. She can grind a long way and, once she made the top, she seemed strong and willing the rest of the way. "I was very happy with her performance." Off at 1 to 5, Gold Star Briana paid $2.40 to win and sent her lifetime earnings to $125,913 in the process. In other Sunday night action, the 11 year-old warrior A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas, stormed from eighth turning for home and used a :29.2 closing kick to score his second straight win in the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot. With the situation looking hopeless for the 3 to 2 favorite during the first three-quarters of the mile, A Crown For Lindy unleashed a late burst, coming from 7¼ lengths off the leader at the stretch call to win by a neck in 1:59. Revrac Harbour (Troy Basista), was second after taking command just past the opening :28.4 quarter and then proceeded to carve out panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2. The early leader, New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) finished third, 1¼ away, while Saint Patty's Doll held off Thekeptman for the fourth spot on the board. Trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy won for the eighth time this season and 58th time career-wise, sending his career bounty to $426,798--$23,939 this year. The victory meant another $1,125 going into the coffers of Equine-Assisted Therapies, the hand-picked charity by owner Spriggs to benefit from half of the gelding's earnings through the end of the Pompano Park meet. Executive Director Molly Murphy was on hand for the win and "got chills" as the 11 year-old thundered down the lane for the narrow win. "This is unbelievable," she said, "and I absolutely got chills watching 'Lindy' tonight. It means so much for our organization to be able to continue our work helping those in needs with therapeutic programs. "Dein (Spriggs) is a saint for helping us and we appreciate him so much!" The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $185,000 to charitable causes since its inception. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Layer Cake looking for a repeat win in the Open Handicap Pace for Mares and My Revenuer and Commentary hooking up in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL - Screaming and shouting, cries of joy echoing throughout the grandstand. These echoes travel across the racetrack to where drivers, trainers, owners, and grooms can hear. Anyone within an ears distance can hear these chants and cheers. The atmosphere of the racetrack brings a variety of emotions whether it be tears of joy or sadness, screams of happiness or anger, the crowd is never silent. The noise doesn't fall short of the horsemen and women that work behind the scenes and stand near the paddock gate watching their horse race on any given night. However, there is one voice that overpowers them all, draining out all of the noise. Rather than putting the name to the face, people put the name to the voice for one track announcer, John Berry. John Berry is a man of many talents and wears many hats as most would say. “He is the Picasso of Harness Racing. Journalistic knowledge and professionalism second to none,” Wally Hennessey, Hall of Fame Driver and leading trainer at Pompano Park, recounts. Aside from a race announcer, John Berry has played a vital role in harness racing as anything from a race office assistant to a publicity man to a live broadcaster. It's no doubt that John Berry is one of many that form the base of the horse racing business. In the February 5, 1964 edition of The Horseman and Fair World, the week Pompano Park opened, there was a letter to the editor concerning time trials by John Berry. And here we are, 53 years later, and Berry is still at it---writing brilliant, informative stories, announcing on occasion, co-hosting the Pompano Park pre-race show, writing a handicapping column, and serving the horsemen and our sport with the same enthusiasm that was evident back more than a half century ago. Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a communicator several years ago, he has participated in school career days, countless charitable events, seminars, and many promotions to enhance the image of harness racing. He was even highlighted on a CBS (Chicago) news segment entitled “Someone You Should Know.” The feeling all horsemen know or come to know at some point in their careers is the moment when your horse is pacing or trotting lengths ahead of the pack at the three-quarter pole. Down the stretch and the win is a guarantee. That moment in time is brief but the memory of the feeling lasts a lifetime. At this point in John Berry’s life, it was like he had experienced this brief moment forever. “That was amazing, I must admit,” Berry smiled. “It was a surreal moment. “I used to get films from Sportsman’s Park---16 millimeter films---and I went to different nursing homes and rehab facilities lugging my 50-pound projector to put racing programs on for the patients there. “I went to the administrators of these facilities to see who needed a morale boost, so to speak.” Berry explained. “Then, I made programs up and put patients down as drivers of the horses. On this one occasion, the ‘winning’ driver was a lady that had a stroke several months prior and could not speak. “Well, after the race,” Berry said. “I went right up to her with her daughter alongside and congratulated her on her win. I asked her to tell me how she won the race (as the doctors and nurses were cautioning me that she couldn't speak) and she grabbed the ‘mike’ and, after struggling a bit, said, “I tried hard’. “To say that the doctors and nurses were amazed is an understatement,” Berry recalled. “Their jaws literally dropped. The administrators got ahold of CBS news about this miracle of sorts and, a few weeks later, when another show at the facility was arranged, CBS was there with a crew and it became a segment on a newscast in Chicago. “It wasn't necessary,” John said, “but they said this story must be told. “It merely propelled me to keep trying and looking for yet another miracle.” John Berry, a man with a long history that keeps growing. Aside from racing, he holds his own titles himself - for bowling. Interestingly enough, the 16-year-old's career in bowling led him to harness racing. In Chicago of 1959, Berry won a match that began his new and long lived career. “It was a match,” Berry recalled, “where four of us put up five dollars apiece with the winner taking $15, second place getting his money back and the lowest two scorers paying for the highest two bowler’s lines (games). “I bowled a 248, 268, and 258 and I took the money.” Berry said with a smile. “A gentleman by the name of Luke Schroer approached me after that match to give me a “tip” of sorts,” Berry added, “as he won some money betting on the match.” Although John refused the offer, they ended up going out for a bite to eat. On that August in 1959, Schroer had taken John Berry to the racetrack, up to a box at Sportsman's Park---”41-A” Berry recalls. From that night on, Berry had an ever-growing interest in the sport. The gentleman who arranged for Berry to get Sportsman's Park films, Don Stevens, introduced him to Stan Bergstein. Bergstein, who later would become harness racing’s only double Hall of Famer, being inducted to both the Living Hall of Fame and as a Communicator, helped John to get his very first position in the harness racing world, as an Associate Editor of the ‘The Illinois Sulky News,’ working for the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. His first position led to other doors opening. These ‘doors’ included jobs in publicity and public relations at Balmoral Park. At Balmoral, he wrote press releases and worked on handicapping and interviews. “It was demanding since it turned out to be a seven day a week grind from early morning to late at night.” John said. Developing a passion as well as a talent for writing, John Berry won a few regional awards for journalistic evidence. In 1979, Berry accepted a position with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. His new agenda included handling publicity and public relations; and hosting the long running series of television shows featuring Stakes races from The Meadowlands, Freehold Raceway and Garden State Park. He also created and designed New Jersey's Stallion Directory and hosted several Miss Equine New Jersey contests. “The Board of the SBOANJ was extremely active in partnering with the racetracks to publicize the sport,” Berry said. “Tony Abbatiello and Ronnie Dancer led the brigade back then and one couldn't have asked for a more dedicated Board of Directors looking to move the sport in the right direction. “I worked with John Higgins, then the Executive Director, a very knowledgeable horseman.” Berry added. “I also worked with an extremely talented gentleman by the name of Leon Zimmerman, who know every nook and cranny in Trenton, New Jersey, where the political stuff went on. “Leon and I got elected to the Hall of Fame the same year,” Berry said. “and it was an honor to work with him and gain a bit of insight into the world of politics.” During that time, Berry won the prestigious National John Hervey Award for an article he wrote in 1979 for Hub Rail Magazine about the Little Brown Jug. “I have written many, many articles,” he said, “but this is, absolutely, one of my favorites because, when I put it in the typewriter---yes, we still used typewriters back then---the words just kept flowing and I, literally, didn't make any changes once the article was finished. “It included a Roger Huston race call and I have been told on many occasions that the reader could ‘hear’ Roger’s voice while reading it.” After three years with the SBOANJ, he accepted a position with the USTA as Public Relations Manager, working from an office, in Freehold, New Jersey, to cover the New York-New Jersey and eastern racing scene, which was blossoming at the time. When they asked him to move to Columbus, Ohio, he parted ways with the USTA and accepted a position with Sports Information Database (SIDB) as a Senior Editor for harness racing with the objective of putting the entire history of harness racing on computer. “I was honored to work with many of the great minds in sport, including Bill Shannon, the famed official scorer for baseball; Logan Hobson and Bob Canobbio, the inventors of ‘punch-stat’ for boxing matches; and one of harness racing’s great geniuses, Phil Sporn.” A consolidation deal fell through and SIDB went out of business. Berry was asked if he was interested in moving to South Florida to be Public Relations Director at Pompano Park. The track enjoyed its finest two seasons in history benefitting from promotions like a car giveaway, cruise nights, where 10,000 cruise passes were distributed to guests, and mall promotions. John Berry has always worked to make the name of harness racing go viral across the world. He gained more exposure to the track when he became the host of his own radio show, featuring big bands and jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. “The show featured music from many of the great bands that were left somewhat obscure to the vast majority,” Berry explained. “I guess you would call them ‘territory bands.’ While modern and pop music was taking over the radio stations, Berry’s interests in the ‘throwback’ tunes caught on in the public ‘ear’, so to say, and he had a lot of loyal listeners. Around this time, Berry was elected President of the United States Harness Writers Association and served that organization for a two-year term. In the 1980’s, he was lured into taking a position with a newly formed company--brainchild of well-known owner and breeder Eric Cherry. The start-up company, National Raceline, had a goal to provide results and race calls from tracks coast-to-coast. Within the company, Berry secured many racetracks that sent in results by fax for the information to be disseminated over a “900” network of telephone lines. In short order, the “Raceline” became the nation's leader in providing information on racing results with nightly calls growing by “leaps and bounds”. Later, he was approached by Allen Greenberg to see if he would be interested in conducting auctions aboard cruise ships. “I agreed to ‘try it for a couple of weeks’ to see if I liked it enough to continue.” Not only did Berry like the position, he was “auctioneer of the year” the first two years the award was given and broke several records along the way. During one of the auctions at sea, a representative of WPBT-Channel 2 Public Television approached John with an offer to go on the air during the station’s membership drives. Accepting the offer, John became one of the hosts of the show and eventually served the station during their on-air auctions. Conducting over 1,800 auctions within his career and raising money for many charitable organizations, libraries, and his beloved Harness Writers Association; the most expensive item sold at one of his auctions was an internet domain name $450,000. Serving as an auctioneer, Berry was absent from the sport for a few years. However, like any true horseman who cannot stray too far from the track, he returned after an offer from Isle of Capri’s director, Jim Patton, and Director of Publicity and Marketing, Steve Wolf, in 2004. Both directors persuaded Berry to return to the track, to work in publicity, serving as a “point man” for the upcoming referendum on allowing casinos to be built in Broward County. “Steve (Wolf) came up with an ingenious plan to canvas the area to try and secure support for the casino referendum,” Berry said. “which had failed in two previous attempts. “Well, we got it done and it was quite a scene as we broke ground and, here we are, with a now well established casino that has a 10-year history and racing is still flourishing in South Florida.” Today, Berry, now approaching his mid-70’s, continues to perform several duties at the track---a “three-of-all-trades” ---as he says. He particularly enjoys handicapping for his many followers and looks for “value” in his selections. “Hardly a man in now alive,” he says, “who paid his mortgage at 3 to 5!” One of his most memorable recollections from the handicapping floor comes from the time he predicted a dead-heat during a seminar at The Meadowlands in 1980. Other moments being earning his PHD--Professional Handicapping Degree-- from Tele-Track in 1983 after a six-for-six night there, selecting a “cold” pentafecta at Pompano Park this season, and a string of recent longshot winners in his nightly Pickin’ Berrys handicapping column, one as high as 50 to 1. “The prediction of a dead-heat was as much luck and handicapping skill---something like Babe Ruth predicting his home run at Wrigley Field. “I couldn't separate numbers six and seven and just happened to blurt out, ‘to tell you the truth, I cannot separate these two horses, so I think it'll wind up to be a dead-heat and it was!” Aside from picking his most memorable handicapping memory, John claims the most memorable race he has ever seen was on March 17, 1962 at Maywood Park in Chicago. “I've seen a lot, yes, from Su Mac Lad to Bret Hanover to Albatross to Niatross to Nihalator, to the stars of today but [this] was my most memorable race.” John describes the temperatures to have been wavering in the 30’s mixed with snow, sleet, and rain. “The track had turned into a quagmire,” John explained. “There was a horse named Scotsman, driven by Ken Lighthill, who won in 3:38 ⅗… yes, 3:38 ⅗, which was the slowest winning pari-mutuel mile in history. “It's a record that will ever be broken and it, indeed, is the most memorable race I have ever seen.” John has gotten some well-deserved accolades when in the announcer's booth, too, subbing for Gabe Prewitt when called upon. Racing fan Rich Stern from Chicago lamented, “I love his race calls. They are clear and concise and he's added some nice terms like ‘double-bubbled’ when a horse is three wide. “He gives those behind the scenes nice credit, too. I like that!” His meticulous morning lines have also drawn praise and he was the first and only Morning Line maker to make all horses the same odds--7 to 2--in a six-horse field last season at Pompano Park. The horses had all been around the same time, been beaten about the same number of lengths and were so evenly matched that they all deserved consideration. “I decided to make them all the same in the morning line and that race got huge attention from the media because of it!” Clearly, John Berry has a knack for talent as well as talent himself, in the harness racing world. As a publicity man, fill-in announcer, and writer among many other hats that Berry wears, he covers all bases of harness racing. “He is the equivalent of an encyclopedia of harness racing, a true gentleman,” Standardbred owner and trainer, John Hallett, conveys. Outside of racing, as mentioned before, John was a champion bowler, including capturing the Illinois State Bowling Singles in 1970 by averaging 246 for the tournament. And he is one of few who have ever bowled a perfect 300 game. He lives with his “bride of many years,” Abby and their Quaker Parrot, Pistachio, who, as he says, “brings us joy beyond belief.” Berry has had a lot of “firsts” during his career and plans on helping the sport he loves and its participants as long as possible. Today, John splits his time helping publicize the sport for the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association in the am and doing the late shift in Pompano Park's racing operations office in the afternoon and night. Many horsemen know and recognize John Berry for his talent as a writer and his character as a horseman. “I've known John for many years. He's a nice guy and fun to be around. Working with him sure makes the day go by faster,” iterates Rosie Huff, who works with Berry at the FSBOA office. Berry related, “at the FSBOA, I am lucky enough to work with Rosie Huff, one of the most dedicated individuals with whom I have ever worked. At Pompano, I am honored to work alongside someone as great as Gabe Prewitt, who has an enthusiasm for the sport like no other. “We enjoy and respect each other's talent and company. “You could call it a ‘pari-mutuel’ admiration society!” If there is anyone that the sport of harness racing needs to clone to help promote the industry, they should look no further than John Berry. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink   Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 17, lives in Margate, Florida and is currently a senior at Deerfield Beach High School. She is the daughter of Pompano Park owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.

Pompano Beach, FL...May 17, 2017..."Bookend" carryovers highlight the Wednesday harness racing program at Pompano Park. With a pair of longshots "bookending" last Sunday night's Pick-5, nary a single ticket had the winning 3-5-5-6-7 combination resulting in a carryover of $3.157 going into tonight's program. Also, the Super Hi-5, conducted on the final race, has a carryover of $24,791 coming into the mid-week card. The high competitive nine race program features a $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with Boli in the spotlight seeking his fourth straight win. The talented five year-old son of Kadabra will have the driving services of Hall Of Famer Wally Hennessey and will have to overcome the outside nine post to extend his streak. The $8,500 Open 2 Handicap Pace for mares also features a field of nine with an evenly matched field including the top five finishers from last weeks event, Spilling The Beans, Goldstar Rockette, Sue's Night Out, Machin Marley and Metro Glide. Post time for the Wednesday night card is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 15, 2017...What was supposed to be the Italian-American Amateur Friendship Driving Challenge featuring the American harness racing drivers Dein Spriggs, Steve Oldford, Joe Pennacchio and Dr. Scott Woogan quickly became a European-American event as the Italian contingent of Elena Villani, Ciro Ciccarelli, Antonio Simioli and Luigi Farina were joined by Frenchman Jean Phillip Bazaire. The competition began at the famed Hippodromo di Agnano in Napoli, Italy with the Italian amateur drivers dominating the competition by winning three of the first four events and Frenchman Jean Phillip Bazaire annexing the other. The first two races were won by the only women driver in the field, Elena Villani, who competed at Pompano Park when the same quartet from Italy came to South Florida earlier this year. The second day of the competition, the American amateurs could only muster a single second place finish by Steve Oldford, who was a photo finish away from winning the event won by Frenchman Bazaire, prompting Oldford to remark, "Yes, I got 'snapped' at the wire." Dein Spriggs did manage a pair of fourth place finishes and kiddingly remarked, "My old warrior horse, A Crown For Lindy, won the amateur event at Pompano Park on Sunday night for Tommy Eichas. Maybe I should have shipped that horse overseas for this competition. In fact, maybe I should have shipped Tommy (driver Eichas) over here, too." After the event, host Pier Luigi deAngelo provided an exquisite reception with American team caption Joe Pennacchio saying, "We couldn't be more pleased with the grand hospitality received and the camaraderie during our stay in Naples." The competition now moves north to the magnificent Tuscany region of Italy where the final phase of the completion will take at tracks in Follonica and Montecatini. "We always enjoy the grand food, wine and friendships here and maybe--just maybe--we can get a bit of revenge, in a friendly way, of course, in the next legs of the competition," said Pennacchio. Those final four races will be on May 19 and 20. by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Pompano Beach, FL...May 14, 2017...Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 14). The six year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin, took command around the opening turn and went on to post a 3½ length victory over stablemate St Lads Lotto, handled by Gaston Lareau, in 1:51.3. Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the sulky and in the garden spot much of the mile, finished third four lengths away, while Goldstar Raider picked up the final award in the field shortened to four with the late scratch of Heart Felt. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "With a horse like Arsenal in there, you expect a hot pace early and I was kind of surprised that I was able to out-brush him early and I was surprised again when he didn't make a quarter move on me. "I got away with a very reasonable half and, with no threats on the backside, he was all on his own the rest of the way." Trained by Gaston Lareau for the JP Houle Stable, Fritzie Pic Up Man scored his fifth win of the year in 19 starts, good for earnings of $36,945. Lifetime, the classy gelding has 22 wins in 95 career starts and bounty of $178,907. As the 1 to 5 favorite, Fritzie Pic Up Man paid $2.40 to win. Fritzie Pic Up Man In the $6,500 Open 2 Pace, Stirling Cadillac, driven by Bryce Fenn, scored his third straight victory, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The six year-old altered son of Bettor's Delight, 3 to 1 in the morning line, escaped at 11 to 1 while wiring together fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.4 while pinning a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length on Prince Pinang (Tony Kerwood) with Cartoonist (Walter Ross, Jr.), closing fastest of all, third, 1¾ lengths away. Needles and Pins finished fourth while Surge Seelster picked up the nickel in the septet. After the race, driver Bryce Fenn said, "We had the outside post but he seemed determined to leave at the start and, when a horse feels that strong, I didn't want to take him back. "I even had a chance to set in the pocket early but he didn't want any part of it, so I let him to what he wanted. "Chet (trainer Poole) has him razor sharp right now. He handled like a 'Cadillac' tonight." Co-owned by trainer Chet Poole, Jr. along with John Wasco, Stirling Cadillac won for the sixth time in 12 starts with his 2017 bounty vaulting to $20,220. The winner paid $25.40 and enabled a Pick-5 carryover of $3,157 going into the Wednesday program. In other Sunday night action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club event went to A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas. This 11 year-old gelded Cantab Hall warrior scored his 57th lifetime win and gave driver Eichas, who drives very sparingly these days, his first win since November 30, 2007, when he drove Swiss Laux to victory at Pompano Park. The winning time of 1:57 is a season's best for A Crown For Lindy and the fastest winning mile for the driver. A Crown For Lindy earned his seventh win in 16 starts this semester when Eichas sent his charge on a double-bubble bid three-eighths from home and went on to score a victory measuring 4¾ lengths over Thekeptman (Fred Cohen) with Revrac Harbour (John Campagnuolo) third. Zorgwijk Impact finished fourth while the early leader, New Scent, picked up the minor award. The win for A Crown For Lindy was especially important as half of the horse's earnings are earmarked for the charity Equine Assisted Therapy, courtesy of owner Dein Spriggs. Allen Saul trains the gelding for Spriggs and the win pushed his career bankroll to $424,548. Off at 4 to 5, A Crown For Lindy paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday with a highly competitive card with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 7, 2017...In a classic harness racing "fist fight to the finish," Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out a photo finish victory over a very game Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. The official margin of victory was a head at the end of the 1:50.3 mile with Goldstar Raider and Kevin Wallis teaming up for third, five lengths off the winner. St Lads Lotto was fourth while the favored Heart Felt picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of pacers. At the outset, Arsenal, leaving from post five, left with his usual alacrity to take command with Thebestofjoel, leaving from post one, in close pursuit as Fritzie Pic Up Man wended his way carefully into third in front of Goldstar Raider. The opening quarter was in a hot :26.3 with the first four positions remaining stagnant through a half in :54.4. On the backside, Hennessey pulled the trigger on Fritzie Pic Up Man and he quickly engaged Arsenal in war and pushed his head in front past the third station in 1:22.2. In the lane, these two pulled away from the field and fought tooth and nail right to the wire with the photo finish camera needed to separate the two at the wire. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "Well, that was something. Neither of us gave an inch in the lane. "Turning for home, I thought I had the advantage but Dave's (Ingraham) horse (Arsenal) still had a lot of fight in him and it was touch and go right to the line." Trained by Gaston Lareau for JP Houle Stables, Fritzie Pic Up Man, a six year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin, won for the fourth time in 18 starts this year, sending his seasonal bankroll to $31,945. Career-wise, Fritzie Pic Up Man has 21 wins in 94 starts for bounty of $173,907 to go along with a 1:50 over the Harrah's Philadelphia oval. As the second choice in the wagering at 2 to 1, Fritzie Pic Up Man paid $6.80 to win. Besides the feature, Hennessey won four other races as he piloted Skeeball ($2.60), Silver Spir ($10.80), Trillionair ($12.80) and Beignet ($2.80) to the winner's circle, bringing his victory total for the last three racing programs to 18. Dave Ingraham won three on the Sunday night card as he drove Deli-Craze ($10.60), A Fool For Mark ($5.20) and Needles And Pins ($12.60) to victory. Hennessey and Ingraham accounted for the final eight wins on the Sunday program. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a pair of features on tap as Keystone Bodacious headlines the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot and Sue's Night Out looks for a repeat in the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares. First post is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, May 2, 2017...Despite a "trifecta" of hurdles, including heavy rains, a 40 minute delay because of a fire alarm, and a bank of lights going out on turn one, Pompano Park presented an excellent racing program that, when all was said and done, was dominated by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey.   Hennessey won eight of the 10 races on the Tuesday night card, including both feature events and, for the first time in track history, a sweep of the track's Pick-6.   Hennessey won the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares with Mike Sweeney's Sue's Night Out and, a little more than an hour later, took top honors back of Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Boli.   Sandwiched around and between these events were wins with Andro Madi ($6.80) to kick off the early daily double, All Star Fame ($5.80), to start the Pick-6, Majestic Won ($3.40), Nomad ($7.20), the appropriatly named One Tough Nut, a ridgeling, ($2.20) to complete the Pick-6, and Brown Titan ($3.80), to cap the late daily double.   Sue's Night Out, a five year-old daughter of A Stud Named Sue, was a game 2 1/4 length winner over the pace-setting Goldstar Rockette (Jim Meittinis) in 1:54.3 over a track rated sloppy as heavy rains continued throughout the night.   Spilling The Beans (Kevin Wallis), last for the first three-quarters of the mile, rallied for third while Miss Dollar Man finished fourth and Machin Marley picked up the minor award in the octet.   Sue's Night Out was away sixth in her field early and, as Hennessey sensed the pace slowing during the second quarter, moved his mare into contention half-way through the mile and then engaged the leader Goldstar Rockette in war on the backside after opening panels of :27.2 and :57.4.   As the pace picked up on the backside, Sue's Night Out dug in and pulled on even terms with the leader at the third station timed in 1:26.1.   Once they straightened away, Sue's Night Out took command with authority and cruised on home through a :28.2 finale to seal the deal prompting Hennessey to say, "I could sense the pace was slowing during the second quarter so I decided to make the move to try and draw closer.   "On the backside, we were rolling pretty good and she was still digging in around the final turn.   "To tell the truth, it may have been a blessing to be on the outside because the train was draining inward.   "Once we straightened away, she went straight and true to the wire. It was a very sharp performance."   Owned and trained by Mike Sweeney, Sue's Night Out won for the fifth time this semester, sending her earnings to $27,242 and $132,874 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:51.3 at Pompano Park earlier this year.   As second choice in the betting at 3 to 1, Sue's Night Out paid $8.60 to win.   Boli, on the other hand, had to perform yet another one of his miracle miles to capture the $10,000 Open Trot.   The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, assigned the outside nine post, had to use an eye-opening final 16th of the journey to score by a head in 1:55.4--nailing Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) on the money.   McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.) was third, 2 1/2 lengths away and a nose better than Commentary. Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in the field of nine.   Hennessey marveled at Boli's performance saying, "I know I said this before, but horses just don't do what he did tonight in the final stages of the mile.   "Last year, he made a break at the start one race, spotted the field 25 lengths or so, and did the same thing to win.   "Tonight, he reminded me of that mile, although he didn't make a break this time, he sure motored up the last 16th.   "Horses just don't do that!"   In extending his winning streak to three, Boli won for the fifth time in nine starts this year, sending his earnings vaulting over the $30,000 mark--$30,010 to be precise. Lifetime, Boli has 20 wins in only 57 starts, good for $167,474.   Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli returned $3.80 to win.   Though the odds are astronomical that one driver win all legs of a Pick-6, The "Hennessey Pick-6" returned $45.50 for the 50 cent ticket.   The win, incidentally, left trainer Dan Hennessey with 999 career training wins as he battles for the training crown at Pompano Park this year with only eight programs remaining.   The fire alarm caused a delay of approximately 40 minutes between races eight and nine and the response from the Pompano Fire and Rescue team consisting of several trucks was quick, indeed, about the same time as Boli's winning mile--1:55.4.   Racing continues on Sunday night with a Sunday and Wednesday schedule in tact for the remainder of the season.   Post time remains at 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park        

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