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Pompano Beach, FL...December 29, 2020...DG'S Caviar stretched his winning streak at Pompano Park to four with a convincing win for harness racing trainer-driver Andy Shetler in 1:53, a new lifetime mark, in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar, bred and owned by Daniel Graber, put a margin of 3¾ lengths between he and Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) while The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) finished third, eight lengths away. Born To Thrive finished fourth with BJ Lorado picking up the nickel in the classy septet. The 6 to 5 favorite, Explosivebreakaway, made a miscue leaving to lose all opportunity. As the wings folded, BJ Lorado zipped off the wings from post two and put Celebrity Miracle, starting from the inside, in the pocket behind him and ripped off first half panels of :27 and :56 with Muscles For Life (post 6) settling in third and DG's Caviar (post 7) finding a spot in fourth. On the backside, Muscles For Life got the jump on DG's Caviar by brushing up to take charge at the third station in 1:24.4 with DG's Caviar also on the prowl about two lengths back. In the lane, these two battled out until mid-stretch when DG's Caviar exploded by with authority to put daylight under the moonlight at the wire. In a post-race interview, Andy Shetler related, "I've been driving for about 30 years now and this is the best one I ever had. He's a fighter, he's tenacious, doesn't give up and is quite versatile now. He's won some on the front and, this time, he proved he can just bide his time until I ask him...and, when I chirp to him, he's ready to put up a fight!" Despite his winning skein coming in, DG's Caviar was third choice on the board, having skipped a week coming in, to which Shetler explained, "I gave him a week off after his last win--just a week off--he deserved it and was better than ever in winning tonight!" For DG's Caviar, it was his sixth win of the year in 21 starts, good for $41,180 and $117,075 lifetime to go along with his new mark. Off as the 7 to 2 third choice, DG's Caviar paid $9.60 to win. DG's Caviar The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Bucketlist Hanover, with Kevin Wallis in his sulky for trainer Norman Dessureault and owner Paul Andre D'Lehoux. This seven year-old altered son of Cantab Hall was away in good order to take charge early, yielded to the Ohio invader My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) through panels of :27.3 and :56.4, sat chilly on the backside as Majestic Fire (Jim Meittinis) applied pressure past the third station in 1:26.1, found a seam in the lane and roared home s half length winner in 1:55.2. My Uncle Cuz did finish second over Majestic Fire while Sooo Handsome rallied to finish fourth. Keegan Ho picked up the scraps in the field of seven. Bucketlist Hanover sent his career bounty over the $200,000 with the win--$204,254 to be precise and paid $11.40 to win. Bucketlist Hanover That score, his 25th lifetime, set up huge scenario for the track's Tuesday night card as the win left the Pick-5 unscathed, resulting in a $19,215 carryover and a $100,000 guaranteed pool--the largest guarantee in the track's history-- for the Tuesday Pick-5, which begins in the first race. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2020...Harness racing trainer Mike Deters and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to take the twin features on Sunday night at Pompano Park. Prairie Panther and Rebellious were the two stars that shined on this night with the former taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace and Rebellious scoring in the companion $10,000 Open II event. Prairie Panther, trained by Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, is a six year-old Florida bred altered son of Royal Millennium and showed his true grit with a 1:51 score, going first up backside bid denting a :27.3 panel to draw on even terms with the leader at the top of the lane and on to a 2 3/4 length win over Kinnder Jackson (Mike Simons) with Ideal Feeling (Dave Ingraham) third. Bell I No and Lyons Night Hawk, starting saddled with the two outside posts, rallying to pick up the final two awards. The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Panther and, once again, spoiled the chances of Southwind Amazon to record an historic 100th lifetime win. Southwind eventually finished eighth. Indeed, it was Southwind Amazon (MIke Micallef) who was intent on controlling the festivities by blasting off the wings from his four post to put Kinnder Jackson, post five, in the garden spot through :26.2 sizzler to open the contest with a :55.1 half to follow. Meanwhile, Hennessey had Prairie Panther in fourth for the first half before tilting to the outside on the backstretch uncovered to begin his assault and moving alongside the leader at the third station in 1:22.4. "He just has this great tenacity and heart," said Hennessey, "and, once he puts his mind to it, he doesn't quit until it's all done!" The win sent Prairie Panther's 2020 bounty to $57,863. Lifetime, he's won 41 of his 95 career starts, good for $389,980. Off at 9 to 5 on the tote-board, Prairie Panther paid $5.60 to win. Prairie Panther That $10,000 Open II Pace went to Rebellious for Hennessey in 1:51, as well, scoring by a neck over a game Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Solo Story (Braxton Boyd), closing fastest of all for third, 2¼ lengths away. The early leader Mac Anover was fourth while Agedchedar Hanover picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Beginning from the outside nine post, Rebellious left cautiously as Mac Anover (post 8) zipped off the wings into an early lead with Skip To My Lou on the move early as well with these two nostrils apart at the hot :29.1 opener--Rebellious finding a spot in sixth at this spot. With Skip To My Lou and Mac Anover one-two at the half in :55.1, Rebellious was out and gnawing away fifth and on a serious binge of his own, denting an official :27.2 thrid panel with a :26.4 split of his own, drawing on even terms with the leader as they straightened away for the drive to the wire and edging away slowly in deep stretch for the narrow win. After the race, Hennessey related, "this wasn't the easiest trip for the horse as Chindano's horse (Skip To My Lou) was very game tonight, especially after put up a :26 and change number early. But Rebellious is a pretty darn game performer himself and he proved that again tonight. Trained by Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, this son of Mach Three won for the eighth time this year in 23 starts, good for $51,570 in bounty. Lifetime, the six year-old has won 41 times and earned $323,956 to go along with his 1:49 mark at Tioga Downs last year. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Rebellious paid $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Rebellious Tote-board fireworks followed in the very next race as Dash Of Danger, driven by Kyle Husted, eked out a narrow win to complete the Pick-5 with that 3-8-3-9-1 combination returning $14,650.50 for the 50 cent ducat. Racing continues on Monday with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the track's popular Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $23,575.18 .Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. 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...December 23...Prairie Westerngal, a "bridesmaid" in her most recent pair of races at Pompano Park, reached the harness racing altar on Tuesday (December 22) by scoring a sharp win in the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace for Wally Hennessey in 1:53. The four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, sprinted off the wings into a quick early lead before yielding to Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) and remained in the garden spot most of the way before finding a seam along the pylons in the lane to score by a length over Crisp Mane after the latter sliced through panels of :27, :56 and 1:23.4 along the way. Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) rallied for third while Ask Me Ifi Care, sporting a two race win skein coming in, finished fourth--unable to overcome the outside post. Tempus Seelster picked up the nickel after putting the pressure on the leader around the final bend. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "What can I say? She's just a handy, top quality mare who is extremely well trained and gives all she's got every start. I know she likes the front end but, to tell you the truth, I think she likes the garden spot just a bit better." Mike Deters trains the mare and co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, who now has an 8-6-2 scorecard in 21 starts, good for $48,591. Lifetime, she banked $142,573. Off as the even-money tote-board favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $4.20 to win. Prairie Westerngal Finally, in the "lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place" department, Northern Dali, the eight year-old daughter of Dali, proved that myth wrong in the $10,000 Open II Pace for the mares by scoring a photo finish win for Fern Paquet, Jr. in 1:53.1--her winning margin a scant nose over Come Get The Cash (John MacDonald) who, herself, was just a nose ahead of Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey). Another Beach Day and Casie's Believer also picked up checks in the action packed thriller. At the outset, Big Thong (Ken Holliday) pushed the wings out of her way and opened up a large lead and eighth into the mile and took the field through an opener of :27 and half in :55.3. On the backside, Come Get The Cash, third early, rushed up to take charge at the third station in 1:24.1 with Gigi From Fiji following that live cover. Meanwhile, Northern Dali, away fifth, elected to stay put before finding a seam to move outside approaching the final bend. Fanning widest of all turning for home, Northern Dali moved alongside the battling leaders and pushed her nostril in front right on the money. As for the aforementioned "lightning" reference, Northern Dali scored her second win of the month in this class and, as she did in her last victory, went off at over 30 to 1 odds, paying $65.40 off of her 31 to 1 tote-board odds. On her last win on December 1, she was 33 to 1 and returned $67.20 to win. Paquet was in the bike for owner-trainer Gaston Lareau and the win--her fifth of the year--sent her career bankroll over the $350,000 plateau--$351,484 to be precise. She's earned $43,049 this semester. Northern Dali Racing continues with an explosive 13 race extravaganza on Wednesday with a pair of popular Pick-4 events on tap--both with $15,000 guaranteed pools and an industry low 12% takeout. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park                                 Caesars Entertainment | Hotels, Casinos & Experiences www.caesars.com At Caesars Entertainment every guest is treated like Caesar and every visit is unforgettable. Enjoy the world's best hotels, casinos, restaurants, shows and more.   John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com           John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2020...Muscles For Life, the brilliant seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a hard-earned 1:54.2 win for harness racing driver Wally Hennessey in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (December 21) holding the fast closing Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) at bay at the wire in 1:54.2. The winning margin was a half length earning Muscles For Life his third win in four fall starts this semester in South Florida. Sooo Handsome finished fourth while Bucketlist Hanover picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. Muscles For Life was forced to draw one of the two outside posts in this field and Hennessey was forced to change strategy here as there was plenty of speed off the wings, especially from BJ Lorado, who zipped an opening panel in :26.3 and half in :55.4 with The Lionking AS in the garden spot, Sooo Handsome third and Muscles for Life, who left from post seven but found a spot in fourth around the opening turn with Explosivebreakaway, leaving from post eight, finding a nice spot right behind Muscles For Life. Around turn two, Hennessey tilted his charge outside and, once they straightened away on the backside, Muscles For Life motored sup strongly to take charge past the third station in 1:24.3 with Explosivebreakaway now looming a length away. In the lane, Muscles For Life held firm enough in the final stages for the win, his seventh of the year in 17 starts for trainer Steve Oldford, who conditions the trotter for owner Jerold Hawks. The win sent his 2020 earnings to $54,630 and $345,220 career-wise. Reflecting on the win, driver Hennessey said, "We seemed to be going pretty good leaving so I decided to try and find a spot a bit closer up because I knew it would take too much out of him to press the quick pace. He was nice and relaxed once we found the good spot and, when I asked him, he responded big time. He's a very impressive racehorse!" Off as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of faithful. Muscles For Life The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Mighty Surf with Mike Simons in his sulky for the win. The brave six year-old daughter of Prayer I Am, trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle RacingStable, got up in the final stride to nail Burn Notice (Peter Wrenn) right on the wire in 1:56. Keegan Ho (Rick Plano) rallied to be third while the early leader, Kellie's MVP, finished fourth. Dragin The Wagon grabbed the nickel in the full field of 10. For Mighty Surf, it was her fifth win of the year in 27 starts, vaulting her bankroll for 2020 to $44,037 and $240,872 lifetime. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Mighty Surf paid $12.20 to win. Mighty Surf Racing continues on Tuesday with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21...Pompano Park was the host track for a "Super Night" 17 race harness racing card on Sunday night (December 20) with over $400,000 up for grabs in the FSBOA sponsored Breeders Stakes. In addition, Lyons Night Hawk played the spoiler role in the Open Handicap Pace by pacing to a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Here is a recap of the Sunday Night action: $51,500 Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings (non-wagering) Hurrikanekingjames, perfectly handled by Carl Garofalo, led every long stride of a 1:53.2 mile to score a handy nine length over Repeal or Replace (Wally Hennessey), carding fractions of :27.1, 56.1 and 1:24.3 with an effortless :28.3 finale sealing the deal. Prairie Valentino (Dave Ingraham) recovered from an early miscue to finish third while Goldstar Buniholly ws next. Shuldahadahunemoon picked up the minors in the field of five. Trained this night by Jim Meittinis for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, the So Surreal colt stretched his winning streak to five during this fall stakes season in South Florida to push his seasonal bankroll to $62,734 and $164,045 lifetime on the strength of a 14-1-3 scorecard in 30 career starts. $51,500 Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Pacing Fillies (non-wagering) Laurie Lee was awarded first money of $28,325 after Gold Star Igotdis crossed the wire first but was disqualified for interference in the stretch. The winner by "DQ" was driven by Wally Hennessey and was just a neck back at the wire in the mile clocked in 1:56. At the outset, Laurie Lee left with her usual alacrity but yielded at the opening marker in :29.2 to Gold Star Igotdid (CoreyBraden) with these two remaining one-two past markers of :58.4 and 1:27.3. In the lane, Gold Star Igotdis began drifting out, impeding the progress of Laurie Lee resulting in the disqualification. Molly McGator (Tyler Smith) finished third, 11½ lengths away, edging out Alil Touch Of Pink, who finished fourth in this quartet. For the consistent Laurie Lee, a daughter of Royel Millennium trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire, it was her third win in six starts with this top prize of $28,325 vaulting her 2020 bankroll to $45,903 in her six starts this semester. In repeating her Super Night of 2019, Laurie now has career earnings of $95,878 In her 15 lifetime starts. $51,000 Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Trotting Geldings non-wagering) Prairie Romeo, with Corey Braden in his bike, took advantage of his three remaining foes making miscues during the mile and went on to score a very handy win measuring 15¼ lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:59. The altered son of Shibboleth Hanover, leaving from post 4 in this quartet, smartly rushed off the wings into a quick early lead and cut the mustard all the way through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:30 before a :29 finale easily sealed the deal. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) recovered from a break at the beginning to finish second while Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef), in the garden spot before a miscue half-way through put a damper on his chances, was another neck back in third. YD Dream Machine, who inherited second when Rhinestone Cowboy broke, went up in the air himself nearing the final bend and would up with the minors. For Prairie Romeo, trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, it was his second career win with this one more than doubling his earnings coming in--now at $53,571 after this payday of $28,050. $49,000 Breeders Stake for Three Year-Old Trotting Fillies (non-wagering) With but a trio of sophomore trotting fillies competing, it only took good manners to claim the top prize of $26,950 and it was Brasen Bo, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, taking full advantage of his foes' miscues while romping to a 24 length win in 2:04.2. Driven by John MacDonald for trainer Brandy Wine and owner Thomas Casey, Brasen Bo was away second as Prairie Delight went up in the air early and Callin On Sunday (Mike Simons) took the field through fractions of :28.4 and :58.2, opening up a large daylight lead of nine lengths. On the backside, Callin On Sunday lost his composure, too, enabling the sure-footed Brasen Bo to catch up after a few seconds and inherit the lead. Opening a 20 length margin at the third station in 1:31.4, it was jusr a coast home in a leisurely :33 to claim the top prize of $26,950, sending his career bankroll to $63,992. After the event, driver John MacDonald related, "I am so happy for Tom Casey. He did a great job in getting this filly ready. He had a few health issues and was unable to train 'Bo' so he really deserves the credit. He taught her manners very well and that's what counted more than anything tonight." $51,500 Breeders Stake for Two Year-Old Pacing Geldings Theflyingrock, driven by Mike Simons, did not left his multitude of backers down as this gelded son of Rockincam justified his 3 to 5 tote-board price with a sharp 1:54.1 performance. His margin of victory measured three lengths over Mister David C (Hennessey) with Lucky Ramsey (Fern Paquet, Jr) next, 8¾ lengths away. Hey Don't Tell Me finished fourth while Buddha Beach picked up the nickel in this quartet. The winner pushed the wings out of the way at the start and posted panels of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:26.1 while putting more daylight between his opponents with every stride. Theflyingrock Trained by Simons for owner Marie Marsh, Theflyingrock now has a 4-1-1 scorecard in six starts with his earnings now at $43,878 for his brief racing career which began two months ago. He paid $3.20 to win. $51,500 Breeders Stake for Two Year-Old Trotting Colts & Geldings Seeking Matthew was the only one in his quintet to mind her manners the entire mile route and went on to score an 19¾ length win for Alessandro Spano, who was in the bike for trainer Sergio Corona, who co-owns with Amante Standardbreds. Shulda Hada Drink (Mike Simons), the 1 to 5 favorite, recovered from a miscue after the opening panel--:29.4--to finish second while Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) made his break while in the lead on the backside after the 1:00.1 half and finished third. Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli were next. Seeking Matthew was away in good order third, moved into second when Shulda Hada Drink made his miscue while vying for the lead, inherited the lead when Ifnotnowwhen went up in the air on the backside and coasted home after reaching the third station in 1:30.2.--his mile clocked in 2:00.4 in this his maiden win in six career starts. Seeking Matthew The big payday of $25,750 sent his earnings to $36,559. He paid 19.20 to win. $52,400 Breeders Stake for Two Year-Old Trotting Fillies Ifnotmewho, driven by Wally Hennessey, edged by arch-rival Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) to score a photo finish win in 1:58.4--the winning margin a neck. It was 16¼ lengths back to Prairie Trinket (Dave Ingraham) who finished third over Bob's Legacy with West Haven fifth in the sextet. Ifnotmeeho, a daughter of Credit Winner, trained by Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer, allowed Prairie Virtue to take charge after a brief tussle around the opening turn as that one put up numbers of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.1 before Ifnotmewho leftthe coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away, sticking a neck in front just a stride or two from the wire. Ifnotmewho The win stretched the winning streak of Ifnotmewho to four with all five meetings between these two decided by a half length or less. Ifnotmewho now has banked $71,303 and was iff at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, paying $2.60 to win. $54,500 Breeders Stake for Two Year-Old Pacing Fillies Ms Rodeo Drive picked a great time to break her maiden as this daughter of Art Major upset the applecart at 32 to 1 in taking top honors in her juvenile pacing class. Handled by Dave Ingraham for trainer Tony Dinges and owner Lee Clarke, Ms Rodeo Drive sat a chilly fourth as Prairie Sweetness (Kevin Wallis) carved up panels of :27.1, :57.4 and 1:26.2 with KK's Dream Girl (Corey Braden) looming boldly alongside with Sheza Terror also rallying. But while those three were in a war, Ms Rodeo Drive was steered widest of all to collar Prairie Sweetness near the wire. Sheza Terror did finish third while Rocks Stormyd and KK's Dream Girl were next in the octet. Ms Rodeo Drive For Ms Rodeo Drive, who came into the action with $4,852 on her resume, her maiden win vaulted her bounty to $32,201. She paid $67.80 to win and set up a Pick-5 combo of 4-2-4-1-3 good for $12,822.95 for the 50 cent ticket. Lyons Night Hawk Takes Lifetime Mark in Open Handicap Pace on 1:49.4 Finally,in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, Lyons Night Hawk, with Kevin Wallis in the sulky, made a bold double-bubble move from fifth on the backside, swept into the lead around the final bend and went on to score in 1:49.4 win, his margin one length over the late-charging Ideal Feeling (Dave Ingraham). Bell I No (John MacDonald, known for his front-stepping ability, came from last halfway through the mile to finish third over Rebellious and Kinnder Jackson. Southwind Amazon, seeking his 100th career victory got in a war with Seeing Eye Single through panels of :26 and :53.3 but that hearty pace took its toll and these two finished at the back of the septet. Lyons Night Hawk For Lyons Night Hawk, a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, it was his sixth win of the year in 20 starts, sending his 2020 earnings to $45,950. He's banked $277,538 lifetime to go along with his first sub-1:50 performance and new lifetime mark on this night. Off as sixth choice at 8 to 1, Lyons Night Hawk paid $18.80 to win. Racing continues Monday night with first post set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 19, 2020...Pompano Park will again host the FSBOA Super Night on Sunday (December 20) with over $400,000 up for grabs in eight Florida Breeders Stakes for harness racing two and three year-olds.   Four of the Breeders Stakes will be non-wagering events while four will comprise part of a gigantic 13 race pari-mutuel card which gets underway at 7:20 p.m.   As part of the festivities, there will be two Pick-4 offerings--both with $15,000 guaranteed pools--with an industry low 12% take-out on each one.   There is also a Pentafecta carryover in the fourth race Sunday totaling $4,195.   The $51,500 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting colts/geldings kicks off the pari-mutuel card with Theflyingrock, Mister David C and Hey Don't Tell Me the apparent threats to take home the top prize in the quintet.   Theflyingrock is an altered son of Rockincam and comes into the action with the fastest mark of these at 1:53.1, accomplished here at Pompano Park less than a month ago. Trainer Mike Simons will be in his sulky for owner Marie Marsh.   Mister David C is, this far, the richest of the group with $26,595 since his career began less than two months ago. This gelded son of Royel Millennium is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and Birnam Wood Farms and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey. His scorecard reads 3-1-1 in five starts with a mark of 1:54.2.   Hey Don't Tell Me has yet to win after three career starts but has been a close second in his last two starts. He will leave from post one and will have Mike Micallef in his sulky for trainer Wayne Carter, who co-owns with Jean Carter.   Completing the early daily double will be two year-old trotting colts and geldings going for a purse of $51,500, as well.   Shulda Hada Drink appears to have the upper hand in that one as this son of Shibboleth Hanover has won four of his five career starts, good for earnings of $30,397. He comes into the action on a three race win straek and will be driven by Mike Simons for trainer George Coblentz and owner Nick Coblentz.   Two year-old trotting fillies will be in the spotlight next to kick off the track's Pick-6 with Ifnotmewho and Prairie Virtue renewing what has become quite a rivalry--this event worth $52,400.   Ifnotmewho is a daughter of Credit Winner and holds a 3 to 1 edge in her four encounters with Prairie Virtue but all of the races were decided by a half-length or less.   Wally Hennessey will drive Ifnotmewho for owner Herman Brewer while Prairie Virtue will have the services of Mike Simons, in the bike for trainer Lisa Martin and owners Mary Martin and Laurie Poulin.   Completing the Pick-5 on Sunday night is the $54,500 Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing fillies with a talented octet going to the post. Prairie Sweetness, KK's Dream Girl and Sheza Terror seem to be the top trio of contenders in this event with all of these having visited the winner's circle during the fall stakes season in Florida.   Prairie Sweetness, a daughter of Royel Millennium, trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, has three photo finish wins in five starts and will be driven by Kevin Wallis.   Gold Star Farm's KK's Dream Girl was just a nose back of Prairie Sweetness in their last encounter and driver Corey Braden will try and turn the tide for trainer Maggie Audley.   Sheza Terror, a daughter of Western Terror, started her stakes season off with a win and has two seconds and a third in her most recent affairs. Wally Hennessey will be in her sulky for trainer Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian.   There are four other Breeders Stakes that will be conducted prior to the pari-mutuel program.   Also on Sunday night Bell I No and Southwind Amazon will lock horns again in the Open Handicap Pace--the former seeking a repeat win and the latter looking for his 100th career victory.   Bell I No, a six year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, has the fastest mile of the young Pompano meeting thus far with a 1:49.3 performance with John MacDonald in the sulky for trainer Tee Wine and the Jemaxpo Racing Stable.   Southwind Amazon, the 10 year-old warhorse trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor, is the richest performer in the field with over $1.1 million in earnings.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Harness racing, at its very core, is a career that follows a routine pattern, but at the same time, follows no routine at all. In other words, the everyday routine of each stable is set through a similar schedule – morning feed, stalls, buckets, watering, jogging or training, bathing, lunch, and dinner. Now these schedules vary from stable to stable. Everything from how far a horse is jogged to how much they are fed to how many buckets of water each horse has can be different. But, the routine of a single stable changes as anything can happen in the barn. Horses get sick, pop a gravel, get mysterious injuries, and more. Most horse people at Tioga Downs share a similar routine in the sense of travel. We follow a schedule like birds in the winter. From October to May, we all find ourselves in South Florida at the Winter Capital of Harness Racing, Pompano Park. Only about three Tioga Downs stables remain north during this time. Then, as spring comes to an end and summer begins, we migrate north. All of our horses and necessities to run a stable are jam packed into several trailers headed for a final destination of Nichols, New York. Some trainers ship their own horses, some hire shippers, and others with large stables do a mix of the two. Usually, we race until at least the end of April or beginning of May. That is a part of our routine to follow a racing schedule that doesn’t change from year to year. Or, that’s how it was until this year. This year has been full of surprises, surprises that not even the uncertain harness racing business or even the best handicapper could have predicted. We are used to our horses presenting us with some sort of unusual case; whether it is one of those mysterious injuries or some strange cause of injury. Yet, we are not used to having our entire business shut down in the blink of an eye. March 11th – the last race day of the 2019-2020 race season at Pompano Park. Horses entered in the box for that following Thursday, Sunday, and Monday were unable to race. Now what? A question that breezed through the minds of every horseman on that track. Everyone was about to feel the effects of this shut down, including stables of only one horse to stables of over forty head. We had no idea how long it was going to last and if we would race again at Pompano. The shutdown caused a ripple effect that affected everyone on and off the track – trainers, drivers, owners, grooms, veterinarians, and blacksmiths as well as the companies that provide hay, grain, and sawdust. “As an equine vet with my own practice, it shut my business down,” Dr. Michelle MacDougall said. “There was a money crunch on all owners and trainers that prevented them from doing elective vet procedures.” Owner-trainer-driver Mike Deters said, “It was a tremendous financial burden. Nothing changed in the fact that my grooms made the same amount and my feed bill still came in, but there was no income coming in.” Debbie Gagnon, groom for Mike Deters, said, “we were afraid of how long we would be there. We cut back on treating horses which affected how they are racing now. It was a scary situation to be on hold for so long. Trainers were afraid to do anything.” “Everything was on hold. Everyone is scared for travel or flying, but I have to for my job – from Fort Lauderdale to Pocono and back,” Blacksmith Mike Cable said. “I had a fear for my family. I was traveling in and out of state and in and out of our house. Unfortunately, COVID-19 grabbed my mom and took her life on April 19th. I was quarantined during the first week of April due to traveling for work. I wasn’t able to go to the track to shoe horses and I lost work. “It made life harder for everyone,” Cable continued. “My wife was worried. She could not and did not sleep. She and many others stay home.” Despite the uncertainty of racing and life in general, horsemen also saw the positive side of everything. “We have our own safe and protected community where we were able to keep track of ourselves. We were mentally thinking differently and we now carry our mask in our pocket every day, but we are very fortunate that our [Pompano Park-Tioga] horsemen community is without cases,” owner-trainer-driver Jim McDonald stated. McDonald’s groom, Jim Hogan, said, “I am a groom that is fortunate enough that my trainer kept me employed.” Owner Laurie Poulin said, “I am thankful that the government has helped us out in any way that they could.” Fast forward to mid-May and we are on the road to Tioga Downs. It had been two months since our last start. Yet, most every stable on the grounds was still jogging and training, prepared for if we did see an opening date again. Sadly, it never came. “It’s like baking a cake. Every day we bake the cake – we train and jog. We buy the supplies to bake the cake – we still have to feed and support the horses. But, at the end of the day, since there is no racing it is as if we throw the cake away. And then, we get up the next day and do it all over again,” trainer Michelle Hallett says. Once we got to Tioga Downs, we set up our barn and prepared to “bake the cake” again. This time with a bit more confidence that we would be racing again. Several stables remained in Florida, though. The board of directors and head of racing at Tioga Downs held a mandatory track meeting. If you wanted to race or even be in the paddock, you had to attend – grooms, trainers, and some drivers attended. This meeting focused on proper hygiene and guidelines set by the CDC for COVID-19, such as masks and social distancing. Masks are mandatory in the paddock and there is a system set up to maintain social distancing. At this point, we were all willing to do anything to make up for the months of lost racing time. We signed a sheet that acknowledged we attended and understood the new guidelines for racing. Masked driver Jim Meittinis at Tioga Downs June 1st – Our first Tioga Downs qualifier and our second time we have been able to race since the shutdown. The one other time was May 14th for a qualifying day generously approved by Pompano Park and organized by a joint effort of the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA). We accomplished this by qualifying out of our barns. When it was time for our race, we walked the horse up, hooked them in the bike if they didn’t already have one on, and lead them to the track through the chute. “Putting on my colors again to drive in the qualifiers at Pompano and Tioga Downs was like Christmas morning,” driver Wally Hennessey said. Things were finally starting to feel as a sense of normal again. “It was good to get in the bike again. We are all race junkies and so, yes, the best way to describe it is like it was Christmas morning. At Gilcrest, we kept qualifiers all the time and moved the post times around to give hope to the horsemen. The biggest challenge was the mental stress caused by the unknown,” Gilcrest association President and horseman Verlin Yoder said. Left to right driver Scott Zeron, NYSS head M. Kelly Young and Brett Risi, Operations Manager at Tioga and Vernon Downs. Tioga Downs association President and horseman Guy Howard said, “Our association stepped up. Board members were cleaning the bathrooms and driver’s room, we paid for manure removal, and we helped in getting the track done. Ronnie Morales got the track done in the mornings during the weekend and I did it in the afternoon. It was a team effort to get the track [Tioga Downs] up and running, ready for the horsemen from Florida.” June 7th – the first official race day in months for horsemen at Tioga Downs, opening day for the 2020 season. It was a four-race paddock set up, instead of the usual eight races. Every other stall was used to promote social distancing. Everyone wore a mask. Even though everyone was wearing a mask, you could still see the smiles beneath, happy to be back doing what we all love. Owner and trainer Maggie Audley said, “the strain of having to pay the same number of bills without any income was rough. Thankfully, Mr. Gural is a good friend of horseman and understood our plight. He got us back racing and for that, we are all very grateful.” Throughout this summer and to today, our day-to-day lives are still impacted by COVID-19. Horse racing in North America was fortunate that many tracks were able to reopen during the summer with no spectators while most every other professional sport was shut down. Our race paddock at Tioga remained as a mandatory mask zone up to the final race day. We continued social distancing and the rules for the driver’s lounge were followed. The paddock was upgraded from a four-race to a six-race paddock. After the meet ended at Tioga Downs, horsemen traveled to other tracks to race. Pompano Park opened its doors on October 1st for the 2020-2021 race meet. One by one, horsemen pulled out and made the journey south. By November 1st, the track was over half full. Stables were put back together with harness bags hanging and trunks out front. Everyone was ready for a fresh start at Pompano Park since the abrupt shut down in March. The first few stakes races came first. Due to unforeseen circumstances, opening day was postponed to November 15th. Eldorado’s Vice President of Racing Joe Morris and Pompano Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt have successfully composed our 2020-2021 race season with full race cards and the inclusion of fans, horsemen, and bettors. Race officials at Pompano Park have handled the safety guidelines for operating during the pandemic in a similar manner to Tioga Downs. We are currently racing in a four-race paddock with masks and social distancing. We are hopeful to fulfill our full season; but, unfortunately, we are still experiencing the fears of the unknown due to COVID-19 and the hopes that the new vaccine will bring an end to it all. The pandemic is one race that horsemen cannot wait to end. A race that will hopefully leave most everyone as winners, horsemen and fans alike. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2020...Ask Me Ifi Care. bravely and confidently handled by harness racing driver Mike Micallef, scored a game repeat win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday (December 15, stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The sharp five year-old daughter of Manhardt, who swept wide off live cover in winning last week's top event for mares, secured her repeat win by going first up in a brave move this time around, edging by the leading and stubborn Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) closed stoutly to finish third, just a nose back of Prairie Westerngal. Image of a Dream finished fourth while Tempus Seelster earned the minors in the classy field of six. As the outset, Prairie Westerngal pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way and zipped into a quick open lead aroound the initial turn. After a hot opening quarter in :26.4, Big Thong was in the garden spot with Tempus Seelster next and Ask Me Ifi Care fourth. Heading into turn two, Micallef tilted his mare to the outside and began gnawing away. After a :55.4 half, Ask Me Ifi Care reached second three-eighths from home and alongside the leader around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:23.3. Shortly after straightening away, Ask Me If I Care stuck her head in front and began edging away ever so slowly in the final stages. In a post-race interview, Micallef said, "This was not the easiest of trips going first up but my mare is sharp and she is confident in her own ability...and she showed that tonight. I certainly wouldn't want to go first up against mares like this every week, but, tonight, she really shined and I am very proud of her!" Micallef co-owns Ask Me Ifi Care with Geoff Howles and earned her sixth win of the year in 28 starts, good for $50,610 in bounty. Lifetime, she had $259,340 on her card to go along with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2. Despite her convincing win last week, Ask Me Ifi Care was sent off as the third choice in the wagering and paid $9.00 to win. Ask Me Ifi The $10,000 Open II Pace featuring a septet of mares went to Cult Icon, driven by Kevin Wallis. This five year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight led at every pole, clocking fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.3 in holding off the determined late challenges of the pocket-sitting Come Get The Cash (John MacDonald) and the late-charging Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) in 1:52. The winning margin for Cult Icon was a neck over Come Get The Cash while Casie's Believer, closing fastest of all, was three-parts-of-a-length off the winner at the wire. Northern Dali finished fourth while Western Stepp picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Trent Stohler for the Trent Stohler Stable, the win was number six on the year for Colt Icon, sending her 2020 bounty to $56,570 and $272,332 lifetime. As the slight 2 to 1 favorite, Cult Icon paid $6.00 to win. Colt Icon Also on Tuesday night, the racing program concluded with fireworks--tote-board fireworks--as the 14 to 1 shot Post Time Terror took the finale for Dave Ingraham keying a 10-1-3-2-6 Super Hi-5 payoff of $16,803.94 for that 20 cent ducat. With the 73 to 1 outsider Singalongwithbing second and 16 to 1 chance Major Maid third, the trifecta paid $4,958.80. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool (12% takeout) as the pari-mutuel highlight. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 15, 2020...DG'S Caviar extended his winning streak at Pompano Park to three on Monday (December 14) with a sharp performance for harness racing driver Andy Shetler. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar hit the wire in 1:53.2, despite the fact he started from the outside six post and was three-wide until reaching the lead three-eighths into the mile. The winning margin was a measured neck over Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) with Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) third, 2¼ lengths away. Keegan Ho finished fourth while The Lionking AS picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. After the race, driver-trainer Andy Shetler said, "He sure is a tough customer. This is his favorite track. He just has that will to win and he can dig forward pretty much forever. The night he made that break early, he just seemed to have that attitude that he wasn't going to give up until the job was done. Tonight, he was just fantastic!" Bred and owned by Daniel Graber, DG's Caviar won for the fifth time in 20 starts this season vaulting his earnings to $35,430 and $112,325 lifetime. The winning time was just one-fifth of a second off of his 1:53.1 mark over the larger Hoosier Park oval. Off as second choice at 8 to 5, DG's Caviar paid $5.40 to win. DG's Caviar The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Born To Thrive, with Rick Plano in his sulky. The seven year-old gelded son of Swan For All went grinding forward from almost 11 lengths back early to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pacesetting Bucketlist Hanover, driven by Kevin Wallis. The French bred Beguin Dugoutier, in the garden spot most of the way, finished third while Kellie's MVP and Lightfootedlegend were next in the octet. Bucketlist Hanover, leaving from the coveted five post, took charge immediately off the wings and posted fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 with Born To Thrive gnawing away by trotting his final 3/4s in 1:24.2, collaring the leader inside the sixteenth pole and on to the victory--his sixth of the year in 24 starts. Plano also trains the brave trotter for owners John Campagnuolo and Maryann Plano, who now has 39 career wins and $409,192 in earnings--$44,369 this semester. Off at 2 to 5 in the wagering, Born To Thrive paid $2.80 to his multitude of followers. Born To Thrive Also of note on the Monday program was the performance of BJ Lorado in the $8,000 conditioned trot. This six year-old son of Bo W got picture perfect handling from Andy Santeramo to score in a lifetime best 1:53.2, knocking a full second off his previous best performance. Trained by Marc Major for Diane and Michael Norcross, BJ Lorado earned his 24th career victory, sending his lifetime bounty to $168.333. Off at 10 to 1, BJ Lorado returned $22.40 to win. BJ Lorado Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the track's popular Pick-4, featuring a 12% takeout, and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to well over $11,000. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 14, 2020...Bell I No, driven by John MacDonald for harness racing trainer Tee Wine and the Jemaxpo Racing Stable, spoiled Southwind Amazon's quest for a 100th career victory by scoring a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (December 13). The eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, who has made a habit of scoring many of his wins on the front end, was "forced" to grab the garden seat this time around, collaring the favored Southwind Amazon (Tyler Smith) at mid-stretch and then holding off the challenge of the 25 to 1 outsider, Kinnder Jackson (MIke Simons) to score by a head in 1:50.2. Southwind Amazon did finish third, three-parts-of-a-length away, while Lyons Night Hawk and Seeing Eye Single picked up the final two awards in the classy octet. At the outset, Southwind Amazon (post 2) and Bell I No (post 4) got in a bit of a war with Amazon stuffing Bell I No in the pocket an eighth into the mile. With an opening panel in :26.4 and half in :55.3, these two remained one-two until Ideal Feeling applied some moderate pressure at the third station in 1:22.4. In the lane, Southwind Amazon put that threat away but Bell I No, rallied when finding a seam to take charge a sixteenth out, holding off the fastest closing Kinnder Jackson by ahead. After the race, trainer Tee Wine said, "I know John (MacDonald) wanted to control things like he did a couple of weeks ago when he wired in 1:49.3 (the fastest mile of the meeting) but, sometimes, things don't work out they way you plan." MacDonald echoed the trainers sentiments when he said, "I know he's won most of his races on the front end recently but it was obvious that Tyler (Smith's) horse wasn't going to give it up, so I took the pocket and it worked out just fine!" For Bell I No For Bell I No, making his 150th career start, it was his 32 career win to push his lifetime bounty to $372,505 to go along with his mark of 1:48.4 this season at The Meadowlands. He's racked up 10 wins this semester and $105,584 earnings. Off as the third choice at 5 to 1, Bell I No paid $13.40 to win. The $10,000 Open II pace went to Real Peace, with Ricky Macomber, Jr., in his sulky. The five year-old altered son of Real Desire made two moves in the mile to score a handy win in 1:52--the winning margin 1 3/4 lengths over Mach West (Wally Hennessey) with Caviart Reagan (Kevin Wallis) next. Plus One and Dash Of Danger picked up the minors in the field of eight. Real Peace, trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, left from the coveted five post to take charge early, yielded at the opening :27 panel, and re-claimed the top spot and coasted through fractions of :56 and a picked-up 1:23.4 before a :28.1 coast home sealed the issue. Real Peace won for the fifth time in 25 starts and sent his 2020 earnings to $53,163 and $213,283 lifetime. Real Peace The entire Sunday night program produced several photo finishes with the closest in the third race in which all the six starters were clocked in 1:53.3 with that nod going to Whatchyastarinat, driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Gene Miller and the Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc. stable. Whatchyastarinat was also making his 150th career start which now includes 27 wins and $230,064 in bounty. Whatchyastarinat Racing continues Monday with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool (12% takeout) and a Super Hi-5 jackpot finale at $9,500. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, Florida, December 8, 2020…In a mild upset, Ask Me Ifi Care, handled by Mike Micalleff, collared the favored Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) a sixteenth from home to take top harness racing honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Pompano Park on Tuesday night. The mile was clocked in 1:53.1 with the winning margin three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.,) was third, 2 ¼ lengths away with Casie’s Believer fourth and Big Thong fifth in the full field of 10. The event was action packed start-to-finish as Prairie Westerngal, off at 9 t0 5, zipped of the wings from her outside nine post into a quick early lead, only to be joined by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) as they reached the opening pole in a hot :26.2 with Big Thong (Ken Holliday) third. Prairie Westerngal was able to repel that challenge of Another Beach Day but Tempus Seelster made a double-bubble bid 3/8ths in to join the leader at the half in :55. On the backside, Prairie Westerngal and Tempus Seelster remained one-two past the third station  in 1:23.3 but others were starting close in with Big Thong benefitting from a rail journey, Crisp Mare making a three-wide move and Ask Me Ifi Care on a move from ninth with a four wide binge turning for home. In the lane, Prairie Westerngal sprinted clear by a length-and-a-half but the early fractions began to take their toll and Ask Me IFi Care rolled by late. For this five year-old daughter of Manhardt, it was her fifth win in 27 starts, pushing her 2020 earnings to $45,110 and $$318,621 lifetime. In a post-race interview, Micallef, who trains and co-owns with Geoff Howles, remarked “You know, going in I was just hoping to get a good piece of this but they were going pretty good up front and, when I gave my mare some room to roam, she had plenty of gas left in the tank and she got it done. She always gives her all and, tonight, everything worked out in her favor with the early fractions being pretty hot." As fourth choice in the wagering, Ask Me Ifi Care returned $14.40 to her faithful. Trainer Jake Huff was the star of the night in the trainer category, sending three horses behind the starting with all reaching the winner’s circle. Huff kicked off his “trifecta” with Billie Blue in the second race as Ron Cusimano was in that six year-old mare’s bike for owner Beauty Bridle Racing Stable in a Florida Amateur Driving event. About 21 minutes later, Wally Hennessey was in the sulky as the four year-old Sportswriter mare Lady Driver, who Huff trains for Our Three Sons Stable and wife Rosie Huff, scored in a conditioned event for fillies and mares. Huff completed his “hat trick” when Mike Simons guided Take Abit Of Life to victory in yet another event for the fillies and mares. Take Abit Of Life is also owned by Our Three Sons Stable and Rosie Huff. Wally Hennessey hit a grand slam on the Tuesday program as he scored with Lusty Delight ($17.40) in the opener, Lady Driver ($5.40) in the third race, Regil Electron ($2.20) in the eighth and Gigi From Fiji ($3.40) in the 10th. In the “better for the bettor” department, despite the 6 to 5 favorite, Wartech, winning the fourth race pentafecta or owner-driver Gary Barbere, the 20 cent combination of 1-7-3-5-10 paid $10,040.24. Trained by veteran Odell Thompson, Wartech, a 10 year-old gelded son of High Tech, won for the 30th time in his long career stretching 202 starts. As explosive as that was, the tote-board fireworks continued in the Super Hi-5 finale when Dogfight, driven by Ken Holliday for trainer Jennifer Sansone and owner Valda Sillman, scored at 19 to 1 to key a 1-6-9-7-2 combination paying $24,844.80 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a $15,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, featuring a 12% takeout. There is also Pick-6 carryover of $2,592. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 7, 2020…DG's Caviar, last week's winner of Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot and dismissed at 7 to 1 odds in this week's similar event, scored a repeat harness racing win for Andy Shetler in 1:55. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar overcame the eight post to whip a stellar $2 million field and reward trainer Shetler and owner Daniel Graber with his second consecutive triumph in the top trot. The faithful who plunked $2 to win on him were also rewarded with a juicy $16.60 mutuel. A pair of Rick Plano students--Sooo Handsome, driven by Plano, and Keegan Ho, with Dave Ingraham--were next in the mile while the 4 to 5 favorite Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) couldn't over come the outside nine post and finished fourth. The 7 to 5 second choice, It's A Herbie picked up the nickel in the classy field of nine. As the wings folded, It's A Herbie (Verlin Yoder), Kellie's MVP (Jim Meittinis) and DG's Caviar all went vying for the top spot with It's A Herbie getting over to the opening panel in :28.2 before relenting to DG's Caviar heading into turn two. Meanwhile, Muscles For Life went trudging forward and reached fourth halfway through in :57.1. On the backside, DG's Caviar began to feel some pressure from It's A Herbie as they reached the third station in a picked up 1:25.2. In the lane, DG's Caviar thwarted the challenge of It's A Herbie and handily held the late charging Sooo Handsome to score by 2 1/2 lengths. Keegan Ho was another half-length back in third as the timer read 1:55 for the journey. DG's Caviar now has four wins in 19 starts, good for $29,930 and $106,825 lifetime. The $10,000 Open II trot went to Celebrity Miracle, handled by Ken Holliday, in 1:55.1. This four year-old altered son of Celebrity Maserati left from his coveted five post to find the garden spot as EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) cut panels of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4. In the lane, Celebrity Maserati found a seam and rolled to a one length win over Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) with Ev's Girl holding on for third over Chav Hanover and Bucketlist Hanover in the full field of 10. The victory was number nine in 26 starts this year for the winner, who now has 2020 earnings of $47,440 for Jennifer Sansone, who trains for Celebrity Farms. Off as fourth choice at 12 to 1, Celebrity Maserati paid $27.40 to win. Also on Monday, the FSBOA sponsored Tom Audley Memorial Stakes for three year-olds, honoring one of the most revered Hall of Fame horsemen in Florida, were held with Callin On Sunday, Rhinestone Cowboy, Gold Star Igotdis and Hurrikanekingjames winning their respective classes. Callin On Sunday won the first of three non-wagering events by wiring his two foes in the $7,200 Audley Memorial for trotting fillies in 2:00.4 for Mike Simons. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover carded panels of :29.2, :59 and 1:28.4 before coasting home a 7 ¾ length win over Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) with Prairie Delight rounding out the competing trio. Trained by George Coblentz for Nick Coblentz, Callin On Sunday is undefeated in five starts this semester with $28,341 in her six weeks of racing wars. Lifetime, she’s banked $48,6656 in just nine career starts. In the Audley for sophomore trotters featuring a quartet of geldings, Rhinestone Cowboy, with Mike Micallef handling his lines, led at every pole in scoring a 1:59 lifetime best win for trainer Kim Sears, who co-owns with John Campagnuolo. The son of Proud Bushy carded fractions of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4 before using a :29.1 finale to repel Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) by a half-length. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) recovered from an early miscue to finish third while YD Dream Machine picked up the last check. For Rhinestone Cowboy, it was his third win in five 2020 starts sending his earnings to $15,652 for the season and $60,143 lifetime. In the $7,800 Audley Memorial for pacing fillies, it was Gold Star Igotdid, with Corey Braden in her sulky, getting superb handling to win in 1:56. The daughter of Rock On got in a brief war early with Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) before relenting and enjoying a cozy trip in the garden spot through fractions of :228.3, :59 and 1:27.4 before tilting out once they straightened away and used a :28 finale to put six lengths of distance on Laurie Lee at the wire. Alil Touch OfPink was third in this trio of fillies. Ironically, Gold Star Igotdis is trained by Maggie Audley, daughter of the late Tom Audley with the beneficiary of the purse being the Gold Star Farm. The win sent the winner’s score card to 5-4-0 in 11 starts, good for $33,821 and $61,574 lifetime. Gold Star Farm spokesperson Maryann Audley lamented, “All credit goes to (daughter-trainer) Maggie and Corey (driver Braden) because they have figured out her quirks! It was really something to see her be able to relax a bit and be content in the pocket and then rocket home. It was unbelievable and unforgettable.” Finally, the Audley Memorial for colts and geldings was contested on the betting card and, as advertised, Hurrikanekingjames, off at 1 to 20 odds, had nary an anxious moment in scoring a 3 ¼ length win for Carl Garofalo in 1:52.4, this after sawing through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24. Repeal and Replace (Rick Plano) was in the garden spot all the way and did finish second while Prairie Valentino (Dave Ingraham) was next. Goldstar Buniholly and Shuldahadahunemoon completed the quintet. Trained by John Mc Dermott for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surrreal, kept his perfect record at Pompano intact at four-for-four with his seasonal earnings now at $36,984 and $138,295 career-wise. Racing continues on Tuesday night with free programs available on the isle casino racing website. The carryover jackpot on the tracks popular Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $18,645.77. There will also be a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 wager, which begins in race six. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 6, 2020…Seeing Eye Single, handled by harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr., held off the furious late charge of Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) to score a nose decision in Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. Bell I No (John Macdonald)  finished third while Maxthe monors daddy Blue Chip wound up fourth. Loud Splash picked up the minors in the classy octet. The mile was clocked in 1:51 with the official timer showing Seeing Eye Single at 1:51.045 with Prairie Panther at 1:51.047—the winning margin being 2/1000ths of a second. At the outset, Bell I No and Seeing Eye Single both flashed speed off the wings with Seeing Eye Single wrestling command at the opening panel in :26.4. These two remained one-two past the half in ::55.3 with Prairie Panther joining the fray on the backside reaching second past the third station in 1:23.2. In the lane, Seeing Eye Single and Prairie Panther were in all-out war as they hit the wire together. For Seeing Eye Single, it was win number six on the season in 23 starts with his earnings vaulting to $44,226 in 2020 and $440,302 lifetime. Now trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, Seeing Eye Single was the slight second choice in the betting and paid $6.20. In the $10,000 Open II Pace, Lyons Night Hawk, with Kevin Wallis in his bike, led every long stride of his 1:50.4 mile to score a handy two length win over Real Peace (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with When You Dance (John MacDonald) next. The four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou carded panels :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23 in earning his fifth win of the year in 18 starts, sending his 2020 bounty to $38,280. He's banked 270,968 lifetime. Joe Pavia, Jr. trains the youngster for listed owner Lon Frocione. Mach West and Bass Player also earned checks in the full field of 10. In other Sunday night action, the Florida racing world honored the memory of Hall of Fame horseman Melvyn Aylor, a noted veterinarian, breeder, owner, trainer and driver who tragically lost his life in an accident 11 years and one week ago, with four classes of the FSBOA sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial for two year-olds. Victorious in their respective classes were Mister David C, Shulda Hada Drink, Prairie Sweetness and Ifnotmewho. Mister David C, a gelded son of Royel Millennium, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to out-muscle a game Hey Don’t Tell Me (Mike Micallef) by a length in the $14,700  event for the juvenile pacing geldings, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. Lucky Ramsey (Kevin Wallis) was third while Buddha Beach completed the quartet. It was Mister David C who took charge a few strides off the wings with Lucky Ramsey away well in the garden spot with Hey Don’t Tell Me next…but not for long. Mike Micallef sent Hey Don’t Tell Me on a mission to the top ahortly after the :28.3 opener and led through subsequent panels of :58.3 and 1:27.2. Juts past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket with Mister David C, pulled on even terms once straightened away and edged clear near the wire. The win—a non-wagering event—sent Mister David C’s scorecard to 3-1-1 in five starts, good for $26,595 for the first six weeks of his racing career. Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnan Woof Farm. On the pari-mutuel card, Shulda Hada Drink, with Mike Simons handling the lines, kicked off the early Daily Double with a resounding win measuring 48 ¾ lengths as his four opponents all made miscues during the mile in the $15,000 Aylor for trotting colts and geldings . The gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover cruised around the five-eighths oval in 2:01, clocking panels of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.3 along the way. Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) finished second while Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona) was a distant third over Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli. Trained by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink was off at a dime-to-a-dollar and paid $2.20 to win. Two year-old pacing fillies were next in the spotlight in the $18,000 Aylor for pacing fillies and, in a slight upset, Prairie Sweetness, driven by Kevin Wallis, caught the favored KK’s Dream Girl (Corey Braden) to score by a nose in 1:55.4, a new lifetime best. Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) was next followed by Sparkyfareyouwlll and Ms. Rodeo Drive in the field scratched down to seven. Prairie Sweetness and KK’s Dream traded barbs from the outset as the former left with alacrity only to yield to the latter at the opener in a swift :27.2. KK’s Dream Girl and Prairie Sweetness remained one-two with only Sheza Terror making a mild bid around the final bend. Straightening away, KK’s Dream Girl had a bit of daylight until the 16th pole when Prairie Sweetness came charging late, nailing the win in the finalstride. Prairie Sweetness is trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and the win was the third in five career starts, vaulting her bounty to $24,036. After the event, Deters lamented, “She sure raced super tonight. I made a bridle change and I think that helped. I’m very proud of her. I really didn’t think we could beat the Audley filly (KK’s Dream Girl) but Kevin (Wallis) worked out a great trip and she paced home very strong!” As the 5 to 2 second choice, Prairie Sweetness paid $7.40 to win. The $16,300 Aylor Memorial for trotting fillies went to Ifnotmewho, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines. The daughter of Credit Winner got picture perfect handling to edge by the 3 to 5 favorite Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) to score by a half length in a lifetime best 1:58.2. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was third while Prairie Trinket and West Haven picked up the final awards in the septet. At the outset, both Prairie Virtue (post 6) and Ifnotmewho (post 7) went after the lead with Prairie Virtue out sprinting Ifnotmewho, who ducked in cozily right behind. These two fronted the field through panels of :29, :59.4 and 1:29. Turning for home, Hennessey left his cozy surroundings and waltzed on by at mid-stretch. Trained by Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer, Ifnotmewho pushed her earnings to $45,103 off of a scorecard reading 3-3-2 in 11 starts. As the 7 to 5 second choice, Ifnotmewho returned $4.80. Racing continues Monday with post time set for 7:20 p.m. with free programs available on the Isle Casino Racing website and a bumped up Pick-4 guaranteed pool of $15,000. Also, the Super Hi-5 finale now boasts a carryover approaching $17,000.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 2, 2020…Prairie Westerngal and Northern Dali shared the harness racing spotlight as Pompano Park hosted twin Open events for mares on Tuesday (December 1). Prairie Westerngal  the sharp four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, stretched her winning streak to three at Pompano Park this fall with a two-move 1:53.4 win for Wally Hennessey, who was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was a fast closing second, though three lengths away, while Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) finished third. The late charging Tempus Seelster was fourth with the early leader, Another Beach Day, picked up the nickel in this classy octet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal used Pompano Park’s “winningest” post (5) to zip off the wings and take an early lead, only to be out-kicked by Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) at the :27.2 opener—but not for long. Hennessey immediately forged back to the front and was allowed a breather to reach the half in :57.2. A :27.3 backwside panel deterred any real threats as Prairie Westerngal reached the third station in 1:25 with a handy :28.4 finale sealing the deal. After the race, Hennessey remarked, “Mike (trainer Deters) has her very sharp now and she does anything asked of her. She knows how to relax and she knows how to sprint and she showed both qualities in her race tonight.” For Prairie Wrsterngal, it was her seventh win in 18 starts with her 2020 earnings now at $37,581. Lifetime, she has banked $131,563 to go along with her 1:52.1 mark set just a week ago. AS the 3 to 2 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $5.00 to win. In the companion $10,000 Open II event, Northern Dali, dismissed on the tote board to the tune of 33 to 1, used a ground saving journey to score a “lip” decision in 1:53.4 for Fern Paquet, Jr., who was in the bike for owner-trainer Gaston Lareau. Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) was second in the photo with the winning margin just 1/100th of a second with Northern Dali timed in 1:53.86 and Image Of A Dream clocked in 1:53.87.   Cult Icon (John DeLong) was just a neck back in the picture, with her nose on the wire in 1:53.93. The action was hot start to finish as Persistent Bettor (Wally Hennessey), Image Of A Dream and Cult Icon all went in search of the top spot with Image Of A Dream taking charge just after the :sharp :27.1 opener, only to yield to Cult Icon a few strides later. Halfway through in :56, Persistent Bettor was on the move again from third to apply the pressure and Image Of A Dream sitting chilly along the inside. Meanwhile, Northern Dali was saving all the ground and stayed flush against the pylons as Image Of A Dream tilted out and Cult Icon drifted out. The three fanned across the track all the way home with the photo finish camera determining the winner. For Northern Dali, the now eight year-old daughter of Dali, it was her 51st career win—fourth this year—sending her lifetime bounty to $345,664. The faithful who bet $2 on Northern Dali were rewarded with a $69.60 stipend, which is the second highest win price ever for a Northern Dali win—the only other higher being a $70.00 win price at Saratoga on July 15, 2016. In the “better for the bettor” department, Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unsolved on Tuesday and, as a result of a carryover of $11,965, the track will offer a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool on Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. The Pick-4 Guarantees on Sunday through Wednesday racing programs will be bumped up to $15,000 beginning Sunday, December 6. Free programs will be continued to be available on the Pompano Park Racing website through the end of the year.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 1, 2020…Pompano Park’s Pick-5 offering went unsolved on Tuesday and the carryover of $11,965 has resulted in a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool for Wednesday’s Pick-5, which begins in Race 1. Also, the Guaranteed Pools for the track’s Pick-4 have been bumped up to $15,000 for the programs raced Sunday through Wednesday. The track now offers racing five nights per week—Sunday through Thursday—with post time set for 7:20 p.m. Free programs will be continued to be offered through December on the Pompano Park Racing website.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…November 30, 2020…The FSBOA Stallion Stakes featuring $97,500 in purses were contested on Monday at Pompano Park with harness racing three year-olds in the limelight this time around and the top awards went to Gold Star Igotdis, Prairie Gold Mine, Callin On Sunday and Prairie Valentino in their respective classes. Gold Star Igotdis, handled by Corey Braden, took top honors in her class for pacing fillies with a sharp 1:55.3 win over her main rival, Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) with Alil Touch of Pink completing the roster in this $25,000 event. Gold Star Igotdis, a daughter of Rock On, left the gate with alacrity, as did Laurie Lee, with the former forcing the latter to duck in the pocket through an opening quarter of :28.3. Braden then allowed his filly to amble over to the half in a leisurely :59.1. On the backside, Braden decided to thwart any ideas from her main challenger by picking up the pace with a :28.3 panel and reached the third station in 1:27.4. From there, a :27.4 finale sealed the deal measuring just short of three lengths. The sent the filly’s scorecard to 4-4-0 in 10 starts, good for $28,531 this season and $57,284 lifetime in only 17 starts. Prairie Gold Mine showed his determination with a sharp win in his $25,500 event for trotting geldings with a brave 1:59 lifetime best performance for Wally Hennessey over a track labeled “good” while dampened by some heavy rain showers. The gelded son of Diamond Goal had the outside post in this quartet but easily burst to the front a few long strides out and put up numbers of :30, 1:00.4 and 1:30 before a :29 sprint home left him 2 ½ lengths clear of Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef), who looked the leader in the eye turning for home. Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) finished third over YD Dream Machine. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine  now has banked $64,920 lifetime in just 14 career starts over two seasons--$22,740 of that this season. In the $25,000 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, Callin On Sunday, with Mike Simons in her sulky, cruised around the Pompano Park oval in 2:00 to score a handy 3 ¾ length win over Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) with Prairie Delight third in this trio of trotters. A daughter of Siibboleth Hanover, Callin On Sunday is traineed by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz and kept her 2020 record unblemished with her fourth win. Her lifetime earnings are now $44,696 in just eightt career starts. The $22,000 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacers featured just two geldings with Prairie Valentino, unraced at age two, breaking his maiden in his fourth lifetime start as a sophomore, leading gate-to-wire in 2:03.3 off panels of :30.3, 1:02.4 and 1:33.2 for Dave Ingraham. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, the altered son of Royel Millennium earned $14,300 in scoring a 2 ¾ length win over Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons). Said trainer Deters after the win, “He’s sure come a long way since his first start when he paced in 2:12 and change and was beaten 70 some-odd lengths!” On the pari-mutuel card, DG’s Caviar, handled by Andy Shetler, made a remarkable recovery after a miscue at the opening quarter (:29) to win the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:56. Fresh off a qualifying win in 1:54 without trotting hobbles, the 7 to 5 favorite, sans the pants tonight, as well, spotted the leaders several length before regaining his composure and began gnawing away. As Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) traded places up top, the half was clocked in :58 as DG’s Caviar moved into third and then second around the final bend. With 3/4s in 1:26.3 over the track still labeled “good,” The Lionking AS seemed to hold DG’s Caviar at bay…until the 16th pole, when DG’s Caviar took charge and edged clear to a 1 ¾ length win. Also trained by Andy Shetler for Daniel Graber, the four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar scored his third win of the year in 18 starts, good for 2020 bounty of $24,180. The win also created a milestone for the trotter as his career earnings vaulted over the $100,000 mark--$101,075 to be precise. The winning  mutual was $4.80 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Tuesday with fillies and mares in the spotlight in an Open Handicap Pace. Prairie Westerngal will look to extend her winning streak to three as she leaves from the coveted five post with Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters. Listed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite, the four year-old daughter of Western Ideal will try to conquer seven foes, including an Indiana invader Eyespywithmylileyen, who will have John DeLong in the bike. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

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