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Pompano Beach, FL...February 2, 2021...Pompano Park presented its version of the "David vs. Goliath" saga on Sunday night (February 1) with the tiniest of pacers with the lowest lifetime earnings, "slowest" lifetime mark and with the driver with the least lifetime wins conquering the best harness racing pacers on the grounds in the $11,000 Open I Pace. Skip To My Lou, the five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou standing, maybe, 14 hands high, proved he has a heart the size of any Goliath with a 1:51.2 win for 21 year-old trainer-owner-driver Joe Chindano, Jr. who, with 155 lifetime wins, was competing against four other drivers with combined wins over 37,000. Skip To My Lou not only took top honors against the likes of Prairie Panther, Seeing Eye Single, Southwind Amazon and Ideal Feeling, he did so going first up on the backside as near gale force winds were beginning to pummel the South Florida five-eighths mile oval. As the wings folded, Southwind Amazon (Tony Hall) left with his usual alacrity and took the field to the opening panel in :26.4 with Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) on the prowl and assuming command 3/8ths in and rolling over to the half in :55.2. With Skip To My Lou third at this point, Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) was on the move from fourth and forced the hand of Chindano, who tilted Skip To My Lou to thee outside to begin gnawing away first up. Turning for home, Skip To My Lou stuck his head in front and began edging away in the final stages, scoring by 1¼ lengths. Said Chindano after the race, "Yes, he's a tiny horse but he has a huge heart and powerful lungs and about as game as they come! I was looking for a two-hole trip back of Southwind Amazon but that sure didn't materialize and I had to take a chance going first up on the backside or get shuffled back to a no-win situation. So, I had confidence in 'Lou' and he sure didn't let me down!" For Skip To My Lou, it was his second win in this top company in three tries and third win of the year, sending his career bankroll to $129,651.--still the lowest in the field where the four other starters had made well over $2.2 million. Despite winning in his last start in this top class on January 18 in a lifetime best 1:50.4, Skip To My Lou was fourth choice in the betting and paid $17.20 to win. Skip To My Lou In the companion $11.000 Open Handicap Trot, Born To Thrive, handled by Rick Plano, went grinding his way to victory in 1:54.3, equalling his 2021 mark thus far in the young season. The altered son of Swan For All was last in his talented sextet early, pulled just after the opening panel and gradually gnawed his way to the lead once they straightened away for the charge home, Born To Thrive was three lengths clear of the 13 year-old warhorse Cantab Lindy (John Mac Donald) with Born To Thrive's stablemate, Sooo Handsome (Dave Ingraham) next. The Lionking AS and Gemologist picked up the last two awards while the 3 to 10 favorite, Muscles For Life, faltered after cutting panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2. For Born To Thrive, trained by Plano for Maryann Plano and John Campagnuolo, it was his 41st career success, good for $424,122. As second choice in the wagering at 5 to 1, Born To Thrive paid $13.00 to win. Born To Thrive Plano also won the $10,000 trot for $20,000-$30,000 claimers with Keegan Ho as this eight year-old gelded son of Mr. Cantab capped off the Pick-5 with a stunning 1:55.1 win at odds of 20 to 1. Also trained by Plano for Maryann Plano, who co-owns with Mindy Findley Repko and Jan Repko, Keegan Ho capped a 2-6-1-2-7 combo in the 50 cent Pick-5 for a return of $2,127.95. Keegan Ho Another $10,000 event--the Open II Trot--went to the 21-1 chance Boinganator for Kevin Wallis in 1:54.4. Trained by Jim McDonald for owner-wife Dona, Boinganator, a seven year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide, led every step on the mile in scoring his initial win of 2021, returning $44.20, providing the fuel for a $1,456,46 ticket in the 20 cent Super Hi-5 finale. That jackpot has ballooned to $48,217.70 for the Tuesday program. Boinganator The final feature event on the Monday card--the $10,000 Open II Pace--went to Kinnder Jackson for Mike Simons, who was in the sulky for trainer Jake Huff and Rosie Huff, who co-owns with the Our Three Son Stable. The six year-old gelded son of Allamerican Native got picture perfect handling from Simons in the garden spot through panels of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3 before using a :27.1 finale to roll by late in 1:52. As 7 to 5 second choice, Kinnder Jackson paid $4.80 to win. Kinnder Jackson Simons had a double on the card, also scoring with Classicality ($11.40) in an $8,000 conditioned trotting event. Other driving feats of note included Wally Hennessey scoring a double along with Tony Hall, making his debut in South Florida. Hall hit the winner's circle with Border Control ($5.00) and Brigadierbronski ($13.00). Finally, with Windemere Ryan ($10.40) teaming up with David Miller to reach the winner's circle in the finale of the Pick-6, that 1-2-7-5-5-1 combination returned $12,341.40. Handle for the Monday night program was a record $1,436,603, the highest in the tracks 57 year history. Racing continues on Tuesday night with $20,000 Guaranteed Pool on the Pick-4, which covers races 6 through 9. by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, Florida...February 2, 2021...Pompano Park recorded the highest single night handle in its 57 year history on Monday night with harness racing wagering tallied at $1,436,603. Records were also set for each of the two Pick-4 events, each with a $30,000 guaranteed pool and a 12% takeout--the lowest in the industry. The Late Pick-4 had a pool exceeding $62,000, eclipsing the former record just a few races earlier in the first Pick-4 of the program. Not only did the handled beat last year's comparable night by over $1 million, it was the eighth night where handle exceeded $1 million that included several "near misses" according to Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt. "The racing has been competitive," Prewitt said, "the driving colony here has been strong and we try and give the players a solid product race-after-race." Currently, the track offers nightly guarantees on their Pick-4 events and free programs on the Isle Casino Racing website. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 27, 2021...Tempus Seelster, catch-driven by harness racing driver Joe Chindano, Jr. for trainer Rob Rittof, pulled off a stunning 28 to 1 upset win at Pompano Park on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:50.2. The classy eight year-old daughter of Big Jim earned her second success of the new year in three starts, scoring by a neck over the late-charging 4 to 5 favorite Crisp Mane (David Miller). Rock N Roll Rosie (Ken Holliday), the longest shot on the tote-board at 56 to 1, was third, 5½ lengths away with Prairie Westerngal next. She'sgotitgoingon recovered from an early miscue leaving the gate to pick up the nickel in the field of nine. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal, leaving from post seven, zipped off the wings and opened up a quick three length lead before Lucky Artist A, post eight, attacked and took over at the opener in a hot :26.1. These two remained one-two on their way to a :54.3 half which saw Rock N Roll Rosie sit chilly along the inside while Tempus Seelster began her jaunt first up followed by Crisp Mane. Though the pace quickened again on the backside, Tempus Seelster was able to dent the official :27.3 third panel to take charge around the final bend and open up a 2¼ length lead straightening away for the wire. Crisp Man was gnawing away in the lane but not quite enough as Tempus Seelster prevailed on the wire. After the event, driver Chindano related, ""Wow!. She went some mile tonight. When I pulled her going into the second turn, I was looking for some kind of second over trip but, as soon as I pulled her, she was raring to go didn't need any cover. She was really rolling on the backside and to make serious headway into a :27.3 quarter was really something. "Even in the lane, when she heard that other horse (Crisp Mane) coming, she stuck her head out a bit more and was very determined right to the wire." Not only was Tempus Seelster producing the highest win mutuel of the night, it was the loftiest win price during her career that has seen her reach the winner's circle on 38 occasions. The win also proved to be the key to a 20 cent Superfecta payoff of $6,655.44. Owned by Dandy Farms Racing along with the FT Racing Stable, Tempus Seelster now has career earnings of $326,496. Tempus Seelster In the "like father-like son" department, some 20 minutes after veteran driver Mark Beckwith won a claiming event with Happy Heart, his son, Brett, who just celebrated his 18th birthday four days prior, won his first pari-mutuel event, steering Amarettigone to a four length win in 1:53.1. In a post-race interview, proud papa Mark Beckwith lauded his son's performance saying, "this is really a proud moment in my life. Brett is light years ahead of me when I was starting out in this business. He had won some non-betting amateur events over the last couple of years but never a pari-mutuel event, so this was something special. "He learned from the ground up and the only thing I have really told him is to be courteous, patient and humble on the racetrack." Amarettigone Racing continues on Wednesday night at Pompano Park with Pick-6 carryover of $2,515.55 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $25,046.85. The Pick-4 play also has a guaranteed pool of $15,000 and features an industry low 12% takeout. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2021...Muscles For Life and Seeing Eye Single shared the harness racing spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night--each taking top honors in their respective $11,500 Open events--while Southwind Amazon earned his 100th career victory in style, stopping the timer in 1:49.3. Muscles For Life, catch-driven by Mike Simons took the Open Handicap Trot in 1:53, a track record for Aged Trotting Stallions, The eight year-old son of Muscle Mass, trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerold Hawks, conquered his six rivals despite beginning his journey from the outside post. His winning margin was one length over the 13 year-old warhorse Cantab Lindy (John MacDonald) with The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) just another nose back in third. Sooo Handsome finished fourth over Bucketlist Hanover in the septet. At the outset, Cantab Lindy, The Lionking AS and Muscles For Life were all in search of the lead with the latter able to outgun those foes prior to the opening panel in :27.1. These three, Muscles For Life, Cantab Lindy and The Lionking AS remained 1-2-3 through subsequent fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.4. In the lane, Muscles For Life was able to withstand the test of time by scooting home in :29.1 for the track record 1:53 score. After the event, catch-driver Mike Simons remarked, "Steve (trainer Oldford) said he likes to join in the action from the get-go, so I just let him do his thing. And he sure 'did his thing' tonight. He was smooth as silk all the way and grabbed (the bit) the whole way." Muscles For Life earned his second win in three starts this year and 34th in 96 career starts vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $362,470. As the 7 to 5 public choice, Muscles For Life paid $4.80 to win. Muscles For Life Seeing Eye Single, with John MacDonald in his sulky, was the last of, literally, a handful of different leaders in this event, stopping the timer in 1:49.3, a new lifetime mark--considering his other 1:49.3 mile was taken over the larger one mile oval at The Meadowlands. The six year-old gelded son of Dragon Again brushed strongly from sixth around the second turn and secured the lead heading into the final bend and reported home a one length winner over the late-charging Ideal Feeling (Rick Plano). Kinnder Jackson (Mike Simons) closing fastest of all, finished third, 1¾ lengths away with Alluneedisfaith fourth. Real Peace picked up the nickel in te field of seven. The event was action packed from the word "go" as Kinnder Jackson was first off the wings with Lyons Night Hawk (Kevin Wallis) also surging and taking command at the opening quarter in a hot :26. Shortly thereafter, Real Peace forged his way to the front only to give way to Rebellious halfway through in :53.2. It was on the backside that Seeing Eye Single made his serious bid and he took command around the final bend in 1:21.2. In the lane, with Seeing Eye Single up by a length, Ideal Feeling was surging along with Kinnder Jackson, who had been shuffled back to seventh but was closing fastest of all. But Seeing Eye Single's :28.1 finale got the job done for "J. Mac," who was in the bike for Devan Miller, who trains for Sylvia Burke. Seeing Eye Single now shows a 2-0-1 scorecard in four starts this semester with this win being his 21st in 73 career starts, good for $453,827. Off at 9 to 1, Seeing Eye Single rewarded his faithful with a $21.00 mutuel. Seeing Eye Single The 1:49.3 clocking was the second such mile of the night as Southwind Amazon finally reached the coveted 100 career win plateau with a splendid 1:49.3 performance in a conditioned pace. The ageless and courageous 11 year-old gelded son of Camluck survived a rough opening panel in :26.1 where he was three-deep before taking charge and then went on to post fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1 before a :27.2 final panel capped the milestone win. Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon has won for some two dozen different drivers at 16 racetracks throughout North America but, oddly enough, it was David Miller who was in the bike for this milestone win--the first time he has been behind Southwind Amazon. After the race, Miller said, "That was some performance by 'Amazon,' He almost seemed to know that this was going to be his moment He was determined from start to finish and if was like he was gritting his teeth to say 'let's get this done!" "It was an amazing mile by any horse, but, he being 11, well that was really amazing." Southwind Amazon paid $2.20 to win. Southwind Amazon Southwind Amazon Racing continues on Tuesday night with an 11 race program highlighted by the Open Handicap Pace for Mares and a Pick-4 with a guaranteed pool of $20,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 20, 2021...Crisp Mane handled by Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller, achieved three "milestones" in winning Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night, the first being able to finally reach the winners circle after knocking at the door for several weeks. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter took charge shortly after the :27.4 opener and proceeded to put of numbers of :55.4 and 1:24 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:51.4. Not only was it a new lifetime mark for Crisp Mane, it vaulted her career earnings over the $200,000 plateau to exactly $205,000. The Australian bred Lucky Artist (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) closed fastest of all--:27.1--to finish second, a half-length away, while the early leader Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) was next. Tempus Seelster finished fourth while Casie's Believer picked up the nickel in the classy septet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal (post 5) roared off the wings into a quick open lengths lead with Lucky Artist (post 4) also showing gate speed to land in the garden spot with Crisp Mane third, but already on the move looking for the lead. Once she got to the top, Crisp Mane set sharp fractions deterring any threats throughout with her :27.4 finale holding her foes at bay through the wire. After the race, Miller commented, "last week, I had to go first up with her on the backside and, while she raced real good, I didn't want to do that again, so I decided to go after the lead. Once she got there, she was very solid and still on 'go' at the wire." Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, Crisp Mane won for the 12th time in her career and, as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, paid $4.60 to win. Crisp Mane The Tuesday program also featured the Super Hi-5 finale with a $121,000 carryover and a mandatory payout. The event drew immense interest from the "Send-It-In" army with 215 winning tickets sold on the winning 8-1-7-10-2 combo--each worth a very lucrative $2,003.78 for the 20 cent ticket. Total handle for the Tuesday 11 race program was $1,362,904, more than $1 million over the comparable night one year ago. The excitement continues on Wednesday night with a Pick-5 guaranteed pool of $125,000, necessitated when no one was able to solve Tuesday's Pick-5--that carryover being over $28,000. Wednesday post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2021...Skip To My Lou and Born To Thrive shared the harness racing limelight at Pompano Park on Monday as each took top honors in their respective $11,500 Open Handicap events at the famed South Florida oval. Skip To My Lou, confidently handled by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr., conquered seven worthy rivals by grinding away first up from turn two all the way home to hit the wire in 1:50.4--a new lifetime mark. His winning margin was 1 3/4 lengths over Kinnder Jackson (Mike Simons), who closed fastest of all to finish second, Real Peace (David Miller), who sawed through panels of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2, finished third while Southwind Amazon hit the wire fourth, Bell I No picked up the nickel in the classy octet. The five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, who finished third in last week's Open, pacing his last 3/4s in 1:22.3 from post seven, started grinding away heading to the half, reached the leader's saddle pad around the final bend and settled the issue midway the lane by drawing clear. In a post race interview, the 21 year-old driver lamented, "when I pulled, I was looking for cover and a second over trip--you know, these were a bunch of really good horses-- but nothing developed. He really felt good so I just let him roll. He can go a long way on the outside, that's for sure." Skip To My Lou now is two-for-three in 2021 with his lifetime bounty vaulting to $124,151. As second choice in the betting, Skip To My Lou paid $7.20 to win. Skip To My Lou In the companion trot, Born To Thrive, driven by Rick Plano, churned his way to victory, scoring in 1:54.3 for owners John Campagnuolo and Maryann Plano. The eight year-old altered son of Swan For All, never saw the inside part of the racetrack during his journey but still managed to eke by a stubborn The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) to score by a neck for his 40th career win. The 13 year-old warhorse Cantab Lindy (John MacDonald) was another neck back in third. Bucketlist Hanover was next, just a length off the winner, while Everyone's Talkin was next in the septet. Plano's charge, starting from post four, was, as usual, sluggish leaving and sixth early as The Lionking AS engaged early with Cantab Lindy to take charge at the :27.2 opener. But Born To Thrive started grinding away, reaching third after a half in :56.2 and along side the leader just past the third station in 1:25.1. These three--Born To Thrive, The Lionking AS and Cantab Lindy--tussled all the way home with Born To Thrive earning the nod at the wire. After the race, Plano said, "Born To Thrive just doesn't have much gate speed but he sure can take a lot of air. He just keeps grinding and grinding away, That's his style." Upon achieving the 40 win milestone, Born To Thrive sent his lifetime earnings to $418,622. Off at 6 to 5, Born To Thrive paid $4.60 to his multitude of faithful. Born To Thrive Other notable performances on Monday night were accomplished by Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) in 1:51.1 and Ideal Feeling (David Miller) in 1:50.4. Racing continues on Tuesday with a mandatory payout on the track's popular Super Hi-5 finale, that has a carryover of well over $120,000 with the pool expected to be several hundred thousand dollars. The track will also offer a Pick-4 with a guaranteed pool of $20,000. That offering features a 12% takeout, the lowest in the industry. Free programs are available on the isle pompano park racing website. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL With the Super Hi-5 Jackpot approaching $115,000 at Pompano Park, Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt has announced a mandatory payout for Tuesday, January 19. "We have had several inquiries as to when the jackpot would grow to a point where we would consider a mandatory payout and that time has come," said Prewitt.  Normally, the jackpot is paid when there is one lone winning ticket with the first five finishers in order, however, with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool expected to be several hundred thousand dollars, the mandatory payout lifts that restriction and there is no limit to the number of winning tickets one might have. "If the net pool is $300,000 or $400,000, we may have 15 or 20 winners--or more--that could cash in on a real bonanza," Prewitt added. "It's a great opportunity on a 20 cent based wager and we expect eager participation from the 'send it in' army." Recently, on a carryover situation on the track's popular Pick-5 wager, there were well over 600 winning tickets sharing in a net pool of about $140,000. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website for all racing programs throughout the month of January. Post time for all racing programs at Pompano is 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 13, 2021...While Cult Icon took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall-of-famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies. Wally Hennessey and David Miller shared the spotlight as Happy Heart, handled by Hennessey, and Glenferrie Blade. with Miller in her sulky, hit the wire with no separation. Both mares are trained by Melissa Beckwith with Happy Heart owned by Thomas Mc Tygue and Glenferrie Blade owned by Mark Beckwith. At the outset, these two were involved in a three horse duel for the top spot as Evas Sports Czech, handled by Walter La Freniere, Jr., joined Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade in that early scuffle. At the :27.1 opener, Happy Heart made the top with Glenferrie Blade pressing on to take charge shortly thereafter, taking the field to a half in :56. On the backside. Odds On Cheddar, outside every step thus far, reached third while Northern Swift was on a double-bubble binge from last, reaching second around the final turn with Glenferrie Blade patiently waiting for some room to roam turning for home after the 1:24.4 three-quarters. In the lane, Happy Heart fought on gamely but drifted out slightly allowing Glenferrie to shoot on through along the pylons and get up for the tie in the last stride. Evas Sports Czech did finish third while Northern Swift and Big Bad baby were next in the octet. Happy Heart, Glenferrie Blade A Both Hall of Famers had something to say about the rare event with Miller saying, "you know, I thought I might have gotten there but it was too close to call. Mark (Beckwith) said his mare likes the front end so I tried to put her there but when Wally (Hennessey) retook, I thought a two-hole trip wouldn't be so bad, after all. I guess my patience paid off and was happy to share the winner's circle in the win." Hennessey said, "I didn't know...I was hoping we held on but wasn't sure. Dave's (Miller) mare is a lot bigger than mine, so I didn't know. Happy Heart might be a smaller horse but she has a very big heart!" Happy Heart is an eight year-old daughter of Woodstock and achieved her 30th lifetime win, sending her career bounty to $43,889 while Glenferrie Blade, the Aussie bred, is the 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three. She got her 23rd career victory with her career earnings vaulting to $266,296. In sharing the win pool, both mares paid $2.10 to win. A few minutes earlier, Cult Icon, with Hennessey at her controls, put in a gritty performance, scoring in 1:51.4 in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares after taking charge just after the :27.1 opener and carding subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 along the way. Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second, 1 3/4 lengths away, while favored Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third. Another Beach Day and Image Of A Dream also picked up checks in the classy sextet. Cult Icon, a six year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is trained by Trent Stohler, who trains for the Stable. She now has 20 lifetime wins and earnings of $278,407. As third choice in the betting, Cult Icon paid $8.80 to win. Cult Icon Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $93,236.75. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 12...Rebellious and DG's Caviar were the harness racing stars under the moonlight at Pompano Park on Monday as these two captured their respective Open Handicap events as handle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the third time since the beginning of the new year. Rebellious, the splendid seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, won the major share of the $11,000 purse as he zipped off the wings and carded panels of :27, :55.1 and 1:23 before a :27.3 finale brought him to the wire in 1:50.3. Wally Hennessey was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner. Southwind Amazon (Matt Kakaley) was a fast closing second, a half-length away, while Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was next, four lengths off the winner. Seeing Eye Single and McMach picked up the final awards in the classy septet. In a post race interview, trainer Deters related, "I thought it was a big effort, especially after a week off. He was used a bit in the opener--:27--and came home in :27.3. Wally (Hennessey) gave him a great steer and, when you have a horse as great as Southwind Amazon haunting you all the way around, it makes the accomplishment even more special. For Rebelious, it was his 42nd career win, vaulting his earnings to $329,456. As the 9 to 5 favorite, Rebellious paid $5.60 to win. Rebelious DG's Caviar, who made an early miscue last week after being "jammed up" but still finishing second, was relentless this night in yet another confrontation with arch-rival Muscles For Life, playing a bit of "tag" before taking charge and drawing away late for the 4 1/2 length win in 1:53.1 for trainer-driver Andy Shetler. Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) did finish second with Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) next. Bucketlist Hanover and Everyone's Talkin were next in the field of seven. At the outset, Muscles For Life left with his usual alacrity from his outside post seven and zipped into the early lead with DG's Caviar, post six, away cautiously and charging forward, taking charge at the opener in :27.2 and carding fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 before a :28.3 finale soundly sealed the issue. The altered son of Prime Time Caviar, who set a track record for four year-old trotting geldings (1:53) as the sun set on the old year, got his first win of the new year and now has won five of six since his arrival here at Pompano Park. After the race, Andy Shetler reflected, "He's just a determined bulldog right now--the best he's ever been. I never asked him for anything in the mile, he just did it all on his own. I know these things don't last forever but I am thankful for his success up to this point." Owned by Daniel Graber, DG's Caviar has 15 wins in 40 lifetime starts, good for $126,700. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, DG's Caviar paid $3.80 to his multitude of faithful. DG's Caviar Drivers Wally Hennessey and David Miller, making his first Pompano appearance of the season, each had driving doubles on the program--Hennessey scoring with the aforementioned Rebellious and Make A Statement, while Miller hit the winner's circle with Real Peace and B Like Cruiser. With a pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools on the Pick-4 wager, handled vaulted over the $1 million for the third time in his young year of 2021--the Monday total being $1,157,231. On Tuesday, mares will be in the limelight as Image Of A Dream seeks a repeat win in the $11,000 Open Handicap against Ask Me Ifi Care, Cult Icon, Crisp Mane, Casie's Believer and Another Beach Day. On the wagering side of the ledger, there is a $20,000 guaranteed pool the Tuesday Pick-4 with an industry low 12% takeout. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $87,689.51. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 11, 2021...After an action packed Sunday featuring a $172,173 Pick-5 pool, Pompano Park will follow that up with twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in their two harness racing Pick-4 wagers during a 13 race extravaganza. The Sunday Pick-5, with a generous carryover of $24,000 plus attracted $148,147 in new wagering and, thanks to the heroics of 22 year-old Samuel King, 646 winning tickets resulted in a generous payday of $216.20 for a 50 cent ticket featuring three odds-on favorites, one 5 to 2 chance and one lone outsider at 13 to 1. Two of these odds-on favorites were piloted by 22 year-old Samuel King. who, with seven lifetime wins coming in to Sunday night, posted his first career driving double in a pair of Florida Amateur Driving events. First, King drove Windsun Hugo through a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3 as the even-money favorite for Melissa Beckwith. who trains for the Jackie Greene Stable. Then, to complete the Pick-5, King handled the 1 to 2 chalk, Piercewave Hanover, perfectly and patiently to score by three lengths in 1:58. Melissa Beckwith also trains that nine year-old son of Donato Hanover for owner Jordan Derue. Not only was it a milestone win for Samuel King, it was also one for the winner, whose lifetime earnings eclipsed the $500,000 plateau--$500,763 to be precise. To close out the Sunday program, second choice Rural Art ($6.40), driven by Joe Sanzeri took top honors but nary a single ticket was sold on the 6-1-5-10-7 combination inn the Super Hi-5 jackpot, resulting in a carryover of $82,296.50 into Monday's 13 race extravaganza. The Monday program, indeed, features twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in the track's Pick-4 events--the first beginning in race six and the second taking place starting in race 10. Both feature 12% takeouts, the lowest in the industry. The card also features several feature events including the renewal of the Muscles For File-DG's Caviar rivalry in the Open Handicap Trot and Southwind Amazon trying for his 100th career win in the Open Pace. Free programs are available at the isle casino racing website. Posts time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 9, 2021...For the second time in less than one week, Pompano Park will offer a $150,000 guarantee on its harness racing Pick-5 wager on Sunday (January 10). The huge guarantee was made possible when the Thursday Pick-5 went unsolved as nobody was able to come up with the 1-5-10-1-5 combination, which included a 25 to 1 winner, Muscle High, piloted by Jack Killeen, the 20 year-old driver getting his first win ever at Pompano Park, and a 27 to 1 chance, GD Cruise For Gold, handled by Andy Shetler. The previous Pick-5 $150,000 guarantee brought over $200,000 in new wagers with 19 astute handicappers enjoying a payday over $10,000 for their 50 cent ticket. Sunday's program also features a Pick-6 carryover ($2,276) and a Super Hi-5 finale carryover that has ballooned to $72,529.85. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                   John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 6, 2021...Image Of A Dream, craftily handled by Rick Plano, closed fastest of all to capture Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday night as the harness racing track made handle history with its first back-to-back million dollar plus handle nights in its 57 year history. The win by Image Of A Dream was just one part of an outstanding night of racing in South Florida as the handle of $1,168,771 for the 10 race program came on the heels of a Monday handle of $1,134,368 on the 13 race card. On to the racing, Image Of A Dream, the six year-old daughter of Rockin Image may have begun her journey to the winner's circle three days earlier when she drew the best of her rivals as the number one post was assigned and posts two to seven were drawn with Rockin Image having drawn the two post. Her margin of victory was a length on the strength of a :28.4 kick home to collar the pacesetting Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) inside the sixteenth pole. Glenferrie Blade (Wally Hennessey) was another neck back in third while in the garden spot most of the way while Northern Dali was next. Cult Icon managed to pick up the nickel in the classy field scratched down to seven with the scratch of She'sgotitgoingon. As the wings folded, Casie's Believer zipped out to take the lead with Glenferrie Blade leaving to her inside and these two were one-two early as Cult Icon was also on the move in search of the top spot herself. After a hot opener of :26.4, Cult Icon was pressing on and stuck her head in front heading into turn two but not clearing at the half in :55.1. On the backside, Cult Icon began to feel the toll of her effort and Plano had to make a decision of whether to sit chilly for a bit more or swing wide around Cult Icon. He decided "patience" was in his best interest and he stayed cool until finding a seam to swing widest of all at the top of the lane. From there, Image Of A Dream who dug in fastest of all to win. After the race, "Plano said, "Well, we drew an advantageous post to start so we were within striking distance all the way. I thought I'd stay put as Andy's (Shetler) mare (Cult Icon) looked like she had enough and we were just lucky to make that decision. That's all there was to it!" Image Of A Dream won for the seventh time in her career and this payday sent her career bankroll to $43,595. She paid $12.20 as fourth choice in the betting. Image Of A Dream On the wagering side of the ledger, Pompano Park established a "first" in its 57 year history with two consecutive million dollar plus handles--the Tuesday handle being $1,168,771 for the 10 race program on the heels of the Monday night handle of $1,334,368 for the 13 race extravaganza. The Pick-5 carryover of $28,182 on Monday produced an ambitious $150,000 guaranteed pool for Tuesday and a record $207,403 of new money was added, bringing the total pool to $235,585. When all was said and done, the 50 cent Pick-5 payout on the 7-5-8-5-6/8 combinations returning $10,628.90 to 19 "Send-It-In" genius handicappers--that payout bolstered by a 61 to 1 winner--Steal My Thunder--in the fourth leg. The Pick-6 pool, with a carryover going in, attracted a season high $20,884 with that 8-5-6/8-4-4-2 sequence returning $22,333.50 for the 50 cent ducat. The track's Pick-4 Pool of $61,693 was also a new record for that wager. Wednesday's program features a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a 4th race pentafecta carryover of $12,795. The Super Hi-5 finale also boasts a carryover of $60,966. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 5, 2020...Pompano Park's Monday night harness racing extravaganza lived up to its expectations and more as the night was highlighted with speed and tote-board "fireworks" leading up to a continuation of the excitement for the Tuesday night program with a record $150,000 guaranteed pool for the track's Pick-5. On the racing side, Lyons Night Hawk took top honors in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace while Muscles For Life captured the $11,500 Open Handicap for trotters. Lyons Night Hawk, the five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou who owned the second fastest mile of the meeting thus far--1:49.4 on December 20--put on an ultra-game performance in scoring a 1:50.3 wire-to-wire win for Kevin Wallis, surviving opening sizzlers of :26.1, :54 and 1:21.3 in the process. The Joe Pavia, Jr. trainee dug in tenaciously in the lane to hold off a stubborn Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) by a neck--the latter having to pace every step on the outside. Seeing Eye Single (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was just a nose further back in third after closing fastest of all. Kinnder Jackson was fourth, a half length off the winner, while Bell I No picked up the nickel in the sextet with but two lengths separating the entire field. After the race, trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. remarked, "I didn't tell Kevin (driver Wallis) too much...only that he trained well and should be in the hunt. He's a solid racehorse who has good speed and can take pressure and he had plenty of pressure tonight and didn't give an inch! Of course, he's very well cared for by Cheryl Holmen, so the credit for success begins right there with Cheryl. Owned by Lon Frocione, Lyons Night Hawk began his 2021 season with his 11 career win in 50 starts, sending his bounty to $283,713. Off as second choice at 4 to 1, Lyons Night Hawk paid $10.40 to win. Lyons Night Hawk A $10,000 Open II Pace went to Skip To My Lou, yet another five year-old altered son of Sweet Lou, aggressively handled by Joe Chindano, Jr, who also owns and trains. Skip To My Lou hit the wire in 1:51.3, hanging a narrow defeat on Real Peace (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with Mac Anover (Kevin Wallis) next. The win was the 10th in 49 lifetime starts for Skip To MY Lou, who now banked $117,081. The victory spoiled the anticipated party of Southwind Amazon, who was seeking his 100th career victory. Amazon finished fifth back of Solo Story. Off at 2 to 1, Skip To My Lou paid $6.40 to his many faithful. Skip To My Lou On the trotting side of the ledger, Muscles For Life took advantage of a miscue by the favorite DG's Caviar and went on to score a handy win for Wally Hennessey, stopping the timer in 1:54.1. Driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Steve Oldford and owner Jerold Hawks, Muscles For Life, an eight year-old son of Muscle Mass, led just about every long stride of his mile, chalking up fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26 before a :28.1 stroll home sealed the deal measuring 3¼ lengths over DG's Caviar (Andy Shetler), who recovered gamely after his miscue to finish second. Born To Thrive (Rick Plano was third. The Lionking AS and Bucketlist Hanover picked up the minors. Said Hennessey after the event, "He's just a solid, versatile horse that does everything you ask him to do. I wanted to get a jump on the field and, especially, (DG's) Caviar, and that worked out well for us as we got to the half very comfortably. I was pretty confident once we were there in :57 and a piece." Muscles For Life now has 33 career wins in 94 starts, good for $353,845. As the 6 to 5 second choice on the tote-board, Muscles For Life paid $4.60 to win. Muscles For Life The Open II trot went to the veteran warrior Cantab Lindy, now 13 years-old. The gelded son of Cantab Hall, owned and trained by Brent Davis, had John MacDonald in his sulky as he led every step of a 1:54.1 mile off panels of :27.4, :57 and 1:25. Ev's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was in the garden spot all the way and finished second, two lengths away, while My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was next. The favorite Sooo Handsome finished fourth while Boinganator picked up the final award. Cantab Lindy won for the 54th time in 228 lifetime starts with his bankroll expanding to $641,847. He paid $13.80 as third choice in the betting. Cantab Lindy Tote-board fireworks continued again on Monday as nary a single favorite was able to reach the winner's circle in the Pick-5 with a 20 to 1 chance (Manceiver, driven by Denny Bucceri) kicking off that wager and a 41 to 1 outsider (Whatchyastarinat, handled by Bryce Fenn) clicking in the fourth leg resulting in that Pick-5 being unscathed on Monday, resulting in a record $150,000 Guaranteed Pool on tap for the Tuesday program. And with Whatchyastarinat scoring in the fourth race pentafecta, that 2-4-8-5-1 combination returned $12,901.82 for the 20 cent ducat. The first of two $30,000 Guaranteed Pools on the Pick-4 was spiced up early as Deli Craze (Dave Ingraham) scored a 28 to 1 upset, keying the first Pick-4 payout of $2,205.70 for the 50 cent ticket. There is also a carryover in the Pick-6 for Tuesday of $4,590 and the Super Hi-5 finale now has a carryover of $53,618.71.   TWIN GUARANTEES VAULT POMPANO HANDLE TO $1.33 MILLION MONDAY; TUESDAY PICK-5 GUARANTEE AT $150,000 A pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools and four Monday night feature events helped vault Pompano Park's handle to $1,334,368--it's highest handle of the young season. The previous high for the 2020-2021 season was $1,052,064 achieved just last week on December 29. Not only was the handle hot, the racing was, as well, as only three favorites hit the winner's circle on the 13 race extravaganza and several photo finishes were needed to determine winners. With a 20 to 1 winner kicking off the festivities and a 41 to 1 chance winning three races later, the fourth race pentafecta returned $12,901.82 for the 20 cent ticket and the Pick-5 went unscathed, necessitating a carryover for the Tuesday Pick-5 and a guaranteed pool of a record $150,000. There is also a carryover in the Pick-6--$4,590.19 covering races three through eight. Also, the Super Hi-5 finale also has a carryover going into Tuesday of $53,618.71. The aforementioned Pick-5 covers races one through five and post time is set for 7:20 p.m. for the Tuesday card.  Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 3, 2021...Pompano Park will have two $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools on Monday night as the South Florida track offers a 13 race harness racing extravaganza featuring a pair of Open Handicap events. The twin $30,000 guarantees will cover the first Pick-4 covering races 6-7-8-9 with the late Pick-4 featuring races 10-11-12-13. Both Pick-4 events will feature the lowest takeout in the industry-12%. The card also features Open Handicap events for the best pacers and trotters in South Florida with the Open Handicap Pace kicking off the Pick-6 encompassing races three through eight. That event sports an evenly matched million dollar sextet with Prairie Panther seeking to repeat his win a week ago when he stormed from off the pace to score in 1:51. Mike Deters, who co-owns the seven year-old son of Royel Millennium with Laurie Poulin, has given the driving assignment to Wally Hennessey with the "Panther" listed at 9 to 5 on the morning line. Also in the talented field are Lyons Night Hawk, Bell I No and Seeing Eye Single, all winners in the top class this meet, while Ideal Feeling and Kinnder Jackson have been knocking at the door. Lyons Night Hawk, trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for owner Lon Frocione, owns the second fastest mile of the meeting-1:49.4-two starts back while Bell I No, trained by Tee Wine, has the fastest winning mile of the meeting at 1:49.3 on behalf of the Jemaxpo Racing Stable. The Open Handicap Trot features a renewal of a budding rivalry at Pompano Park as both DG's Cavair and Muscles For Life have been assigned the two outside posts in the star-struck field. DG's Caviar owns a four race winning skein coming into the race for Andy Shetler, who trains and drives for owner Daniel Graber. "Caviar" is the 5 to 2 second choice on the morning line, despite the fact that he defeated Muscles For Life handily in their last encounter. Muscles For Life is listed at 8 to 5 and is trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerold Hawks. Free programs are available through the month of January on the isle casino racing website. Post time is set for 7:20 on Monday night. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 31, 2020...Rompaway Beau was retired in style at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (December 30) as the 14--soon to be 15--year-old harness racing warrior has reached the age of mandatory retirement. The gallant warrior didn't win his 302nd career start...but he did get a check in finishing fifth closing out his lifetime bankroll at $547,819 to go along with his 1:53.4 over the seven-eighths oval at Hoosier Park seven years ago. A 2006 foal by Chip Chip Hooray out of the N V Worthy mare Rompaway Stacey, Rompaway Beau won 68 times during his gritty career and enjoyed but one season with earnings over $100,000--that in 2012 when he earned $105,207. "He was just a grand racehorse that traveled all around doing his job," related Don Harmon. He must've competed at well over 40 tracks (Editor's note: 46) and gave all he could every time he went behind the starting gate. We have had him all along these years since his first start back in 2008. He was extremely well mannered and rarely--if ever--made a break." How true, In his 302 lifetime starts, his charted lines show only one single race when "Beau" made a miscue, and that was caused by interference, according to Don Harmon. Owner Krista Harmon lamented, "He may not have been the fastest and he might not have won a million dollars, but he gave us millions of wonderful moments that we will cherish for our lifetime. He was truly one of the family and he'll be with us in retirement wherever we go. "Retirement includes rest and relaxation, along with some trail riding and tender, loving care. He truly has earned it!"   POMPANO INCREASES PICK-4 GUARANTEES Pompano Park has announced an across-the-board increase in their popular Pick-4 wager with the industry low 12% takeout. The Sunday Pick-4 will now feature a $20,000 guaranteed pool, while the Monday Pick-4 pool will boast a $30,000 guarantee. Tuesday’s Pick-4 will also have a $20,000 guaranteed pool while Wednesday and Thursday will feature $15,000 guaranteed pools. In making the announcement of the increases, Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt related, “We’ve built up quite a bit of momentum with the new horsemen that have arrived and the competitive racing and the support we have received from our fans has been tremendous. It’s just another way to accommodate our great fans.” Also, free programs will be extended through the month of January and are available on the isle casino racing website. Racing continues on New Year's Eve with a special program featuring a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 jackpot finale with a carryover of $36,623. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...December 30, 2020...She'sgotitgoingon, the magnificent roan four year-old daughter of Tellitlikeitis, made a successful harness racing debut at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (December 29) in winning the $11,500 Open Pace for Mares in 1:53.2. Driven by Don Harmon, who co-owns with trainer Krista Harmon, She'sgotitgoingon, the 4 to 5 favorite, scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the fast last charging Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.), off as the longest chance on the board at 53 to 1. Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) was another nose back in third while Crisp Mane and Image Of A Dream were next in the classy field of seven. At the outset, both She'sgotitgoingon and Prairie Westerngal were intent on taking charge with the latter streaking to the front and the former right behind through an opener of :27--but not for long. That's when She'sgotitgoingon made a second brush to take charge and roll over to the half in :56.1. On the backside, Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) began applying pressure on the leader and moved alongside past the third marker in 1:25.1. Turning for home, She'sgotitgoingon, took care of that threat and handily took care of the remaining two challenges. For She'sgotitgoingon, it was her fifth success in only eight starts this year and vaulted her 2020 bankroll to $44,025. Lifetime, the roan mare has a 9-3-2 scorecard in 22 starts and $71,452 in bounty to go along with her 1:50.4 mark at Hoosier Park two months ago. She paid $3.60 to her multitude of faithful. She'sgotitgoingon On the wagering side of the ledger, Pompano Park's Pick-5 offering, with a $19,216 carryover from Monday and a Tuesday $100,000 Guaranteed Pool, drew an additional $174,249 bringing the total pool to a record $193,465. With a 12 to 1 outsider kicking things off, followed by winners at 2 to 1, 9 to 2 and 9 to 2, the probable live 50 cent ticket combinations ranged from $6,780.35 to $155,080.30 going into the closing leg and, indeed, it was the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Jazzy Image, scoring for Wally Hennessey to secure that aforementioned $6,780.35 payday for the 23 ticket holders of the 1-5-5-9-6/7 combination. Also on Tuesday, a ceremony was held in Pompano Park's winner's circle honoring the retirement of the 14 year-old warhorse A Fool For Mark, who made his final career start--his 420th--which included 81 wins, $323,063 in earnings (the "hard way," as trainer Dustin Ingraham said) and a mark of 1:49.3 at Vernon Downs set as a seven year-old. A Fool For Mark won at 16 different tracks, including 34 times at the South Florida oval. Racing continues on Wednesday, December 30 with a full 10 race program, which includes the Pick-4 with its $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 (with an industry low 12 % takeout) and a Super Hi-5 finale with a carryover of $32,640.86. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

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