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Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2020...The FSBOA sponsored Florida Stallion Stakes for two year-olds highlighted the Sunday harness racing festivities at Pompano Park contested in four divisions with KK's Dream Girl, Prairie Virtue, Mister David C and Shulda Hada Drink were victorious in their respective classes and taking their major shares of $102,000 in purses. But after the completion of those events, the fireworks continued with a pair of Open pacing events and a 1:49.3 performance by the invader Bell I No in a conditioned event with optional claimers. First, here's a recap of the Stallion Stakes events. KK's Dream Girl, who suffered a broken hobble and had to be pulled up in last week's Sunshine State Stakes Final, redeemed herself on Sunday night with a lifetime best performance of 1:54.4--leading every long stride of her mile off panels of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.1 and finishing 2½ lengths up at the wire. The beautiful roan daughter of Mysticism was handled by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley and the Gold Star Farm as this 2 to 1 second choice put the highly regarded 2 to 5 favorite, Prairie Sweetness Kevin Wallis), in the garden spot much of the way, never threatening the winner. Sparkyfareyouwe (Bryce Fenn), saving ground all the way around, rallied to finish third. Dice Dice Baby finished fourth while Rocks Stormyd picked up the final check in the quintet after a mild threat three-eighths into the mile. After the mile, a humble Corey Braden remarked, "Well, she kept her pants (hobbles) on tonight and she had a pretty easy journey. I decided to not take any chances and put her on the front since we drew inside of Kevin's (Wallis) filly, (Prairie) Sweetness. It worked out well and I am very happy for Maggie (trainer Audley), who works so hard on her horses. Paying $6.00 to her many faithful, KK's Dream Girl, earning $13,500 of the $27,000 purse, sent her career bankroll to $16,425 for the first five weeks of her racing career. KK's Dream Girl The $27,500 Stallion Stakes for trotting fillies went, as advertised, to the 1 to 20 favorite, Prairie Virtue, driven by Mike Simons. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover took charge a few strides after the wings opened and had daylight at every pole, clocking panels of :29.1, :59 and 1:29.1 before an effortless :29.3 finale took her to the line 1¾ lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano). Prairie Trinket (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third, 7¼ lengths away and a neck better than West Haven. Prairie Ginger picked up the nickel in the field of six. Prairie Virtue is trained by Lisa Martin for Mary Martin and Laurie Poulin and this win, her second lifetime in five starts, sent her bounty to $19,675 since beginning her career about two months ago. With a multitude of backers, she paid $2,10 to win. Prairie Virtue In the $22,000 Stallion Stakes for pacing geldings, Mister David C, the son of Royal Millennium, was driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Tony Dinges and owners Fred Grant and the Birnam Wood Farm and let Theflyingrock (Mike Simons) cut panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before his individual :28.2 finale was more than enough to score a handy 5½ length win in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.2 in this match race of sorts with only two starters. Now with a scorecard of 2-1-1 in four career starts, Mister David enjoyed a payday of $14,300 of the $22,000 purse to send his bounty to $18,510. The $25,500 Stallion Stakes attracted a quartet consisting of three geldings and one colt and it was the gelding Shulda Hada Drink winning his third race in four starts, surviving a nasty miscue at the start, spotting his foes several lengths. But driver Mike Simons got his charge composed and went on to score a 2:02.1 win measuring 1½ lengths over Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona) with Jo Jo Jet and Prairie Lazuli way, way back at the end of the mile. After the race, driver Simons commented, "Believe me, I held my breath for a few seconds when he skipped but he calmed down and put in a nice rally after that. Indeed he did. Away last after the miscue, Shulda Hada Drink reached third on the outside at the opening station in :31.3, was a length away from the leader Seeking Matthew half way througb in 1:01.1, stuck his head in front past the third station in 1:31 and drew off in the final stages. Trained by George Coblentz for owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink has banked $22,897 since his racing career began five weeks ago. Bell I No, the eight year-old invader from the north, scorched the Pompano oval in 1:49.3 for John MacDonald--the fastest mile of the meeting. The altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven, trained by Tee Wine for the Jemaxpo Racing Stables, sprinted off the wings from his outside post, took command a few strides prior to the opening eighth, and recorded sizzlers of :27, :54.3 and 1:22 with a :27.3 finale sealing the issue by 6½ lengths over the pocket sitting Hot Art (Rick Plano) with Rockntouch (Wally Hennessey) next over Perkins and Autotune Hanover in the septet. For Bell I No, it was his ninth win of the season in 26 starts, good for $105,454 this semester and $365,375 lifetime. He paid $3.80 as the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite. Bell I No About 25 minutes later, Loud Splash, also driven by John MacDonald for trainer Tee Wine, took top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the tele-timer in 1:50. This four year-old son of Thinking Out Loud, got picture perfect handling in stalking Mach West (Wally Hennessey) through panels of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.2 before leaving the coziness of his pocket to roll by late on the strength of his :27.2 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was third followed by Maxdaddy Blue Chip. Plus One got the minors in the classy sextet. Loud Splash, owned by Samuel Abdoo, took a new lifetime mark with the win and sent his 2020 earnings to $55,476 and $97,651 career-wise. Lightly regarded in the wagering as fifth choice, Loud Splash paid $19.80 to win. Loud Splash That win, by the way, gave trainer Tee Wine and driver John MacDonald a consecutive triple on the card as When You Dance won in 1:52.2 immediately prior to Bell I No and Loud Splash. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Seeing Eye Single, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. This five year-old gelded son of Dragon Again scored a handy three length win in 1:50.4 for trainer Devan Miller and owners Burke Racing Stable and Purnel & Libby LLC. Caviart Reagan (Wally Hennessey) was second while Mac Anover (Kevin Wallis) was next. Dash Of Danger and Rock On Moe got the last two checks in the field of nine. Seeing Eye Single vaulted his lifetime bankroll of $434,552 and paid $7.40 to win. Seeing Eye Single Finally, Pompano Park's Pick-6, with three chalks, a 5 to 2 shot and an 8 to 1 outsider in the mix, paid $3,172.95 for the 50 cent ticket. Racing resumes Monday night as the track moves to a five day schedule--Sunday through Thursday--with a million dollar field going to the gate in the Open Handicap Trot. The finals of the Florida Stallion Stakes will also be contested in four non-wagering events. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…November 24, 2020…Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a harness racing win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. The margin of victory was a scant nose over the late charging invader Crisp Mane (Ricky Macomber) with Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike MIcallef) closing fastest of all to be third, less than a length away.   Another Beach Day and Tempus Seelster picked up the final two awards in the classy septet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal left from post 4 with alacrity as Ask Me Ifi Care used her rail post to snuggle right behind and Crisp Mane (post 6) finding an early seat in third before leaving that spot and surging to the lead just short of the opener in :27, leaving Prairie Westerngal in the garden spot…but not for long as Hennessey put his mare right back to the top and carded a healthy half of :55.2 with Crisp Man 1 ¼ lengths away, Ask Me Ifi Care 2 ½ back and Tempus Seelster on the move from last early to fourth.  On the backside, Prairie Westerngal began to feel the heat as Tempus Seelster moved to within a length past the third station in 1:23.4. Turning for home, Crisp Man found some room to roam and began gnawing away, especially in the final sixteenth, and just missed all the marbles in that photo. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, “She raced her heart out tonight and the wire came just in time. Last week, she was in the garden spot all the way before she put in her rally to win. This was a more difficult trip but she felt so strong that I thought she’d be good on the front. She showed me her mettle tonight.” Trainer Mike Deters echoed Hennessey’s comments saying, “I thought she raced super, especially considering the she had to fight off Rob’s (Rittof) mare (Tempus Seelster) and Ricky’s (Macomber) mare (Crisp Mane) but she dug in. The addition of Lasix has improved her greatly. She always had tremendous gate speed and the Lasix has enabled her to finish her races much stronger. As we all know, there’s no lap money in this sport…they only pay at the wire!” The win was the sixth of the year for Prairie Westerngal in 17 starts, pushing her 2020 bounty to $31,831 and $125,813 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $4.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open II Pace for the ladies, Casie’s Believer, driven by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr., slipped through along the pylons in the final yards to nail the leading Image Of A Dream to take top honors in 1:53.4. Take A Bit Of Life (Tyler Smith) was third while Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor finished 4th and 5th, while Talk Show Chica picked up the minors in the field of 10. As the wings folded, there was heavy action as Casie’s Believer, Northern Dali and Persistent Bettor all left alertly with Image Of A Dream next but on the move shortly after the first eighth and on a mission for the lead. After an opener in a hot :27, Image Of A Dream was moving forward and secured the lead halfway through in :55.2. After reaching the third station in 1:24.3, Image Of A Dream continued to lead as Casie’s Believer, sitting fourth and chilly turning for home, found room on the inside to push her head in front right at the wire. This five-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar won for the fourth time in 22 starts this semester to improve her bounty to $26,779. As the third choice in the betting at 5 to 1, Casie’s Believer paid $12.60 to win. Once again, there were several handsome payouts on the Tuesday program with the highlights being a $4,273.15 for a 50 cent Pick-4 winning ducat and a $22,040.44 payday for the 20 cent winning ticket on the Super Hi-5. Driver Wally Hennessey had a consecutive trio of winners on Tuesday, winning the first three races with the aforementioned Prairie Westerngal, Cradiac Fashion ($7.20) and Chart Topper ($3.00) while Joe Chindano, Jr. had a consecutive driving double in races eight and nine with R E's Shabla ($9.00) following Casie's Believer to the winner's circle. Wednesday night’s action includes a Pick-6 carryover with the Thanksgiving Eve program beginning at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 23, 2020…Muscles For Life, the rugged seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a repeat harness racing win at Pompano Park on Monday night, taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Assigned the outside post seven in his talented septet, Muscles For Life was on the prowl early, taking command at the :27.4 opener and carving out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before his :28.4 finale held Explosive Breakaway (Tom Jackson) at bay by a half length. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) was third, followed by It’s A Herbie and Sooo Handsome. Trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks, Muscle For Life earned his sixth win of the year in 15 starts to send his 2020 bankroll to $47,960. Lifetime, he has won 31 times in 90 starts, good for $338,550. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of backers. The $10,000 Open II Trot went to EV’s Girl, handled by owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr. The four year-old daughter of Crazed led just about every step of her journey, clocking panels of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.2, in repelling any challenge, to report home in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark. Boxing Gloves (Wally Hennessey) threw a punch or two on the backside but was 1/34 lengths away at the finish. Chav Hanover (Mike Micallef was next) followed by Mighty Surf and the 3 to 5 favorite, Compelling. The win—Ev’s Girl’s 10th lifetime—pushed her career earnings to $165,556. Also on Monday, the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes concluded with three year-olds in the spotlight for four (non-wagering) $12,000 Finals. Callin On Sunday, Prairie Gold Mine, Gold Star Igotdis and Hurrikanekingjames claimed the crowns in their respective divisions. Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, took command right off the wings for driver Mike Simons and was never threatened in posting a 2:00.2 win off of panels of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover capturing her division for trotting fillies to keep her 2020 record unblemished at 3-for-3. Brasen Bo (John MacDonald) was next while Priaire Delight completed the order of finish for this trio. Callin On Sunday now has banked $30,946  in her brief career measuring seven starts over two seasons. The sophomore trot for the boys featured four geldings and Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey, earned his first win of the 2020 season in seven starts with a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 2:00.3, eclipsing his two year-old mark by 1 1/5 seconds. The altered son of Diamond Goal took his three competitors through fractions of :30.2, 1:01 and 1:30.3, repelling a mild bid from runner-up Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) to score by 2 ¼ lengths. YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) was third followed by Rhinestone Cowboy, who made a miscue at the third station  to lose all chance. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and John Spindler, Prairie Gold Mine vaulted his earnings to $50,868 with the win. In the Sunshine State Stake for the pacing fillies, Gold Star Igotdis, the sharp daughter of Rock On, was perfectly mannered throughout her one mile journey and scored a wire-to-wire 1:57. Win for Corey Braden. Laurie Lee (Wally Hennessey) was second, 7 ½ lengths back, while Alil Touch Of Pink completed the order. Trained by Maggie Audley for the Gold Star Farm, Gold Star Igotdis gave a hint in last week’s mile, pacing her last 3/4s in 1:25.2 after a miscue early and just did miss all the marbles. She was perfect throughout  to send her career bankroll to $43,534. The final Sunshine State Stake for pacing colts and geldings went to the classy Hurrikanekingjames, beautifully handled by Carl Garofalo. This son of So Surreal, trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, led every long stride in scoring the 1:55 decision off of panels of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2. Hurrikanekingjames is a perfect 3-for-3 at Pompano Park this fall with this win launching his career bankroll to $134,245. In other action, the tote-board lit up like the Fourth-of-July fireworks as Jeff Schaefer drove Kelly Walker Stables Absolute Uncertainly to a 1:57.3 win in Florida Amateur Driving competition. Off from the inside one post at the longest odds on the tote-board—78 to 1—the five year-old son of Muscle Mass used the rail to perfection in out-dueling one competitor as the wings folded and another half way through to draw clear. The winner  paid $159.20 to win keying a 1-9 exacta payoff of $1,515.40 and a 1-9-3 trifecta bonanza of $6,714.40. Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night and a carry-over of nearly $8,000 has resulted in a $30,000 Guarantee for Tuesday night’s Pick-5, which begins in race one. Post time set set for 7:20 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2020...Ideal Feeling, superbly handled byharness racing driver Dave Ingraham, held off the determined late charge from Mach West to score a narrow repeat win in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night in 1:50.4, the identical time of last week's win. The five-year-old son of American Ideal left with alacrity from his outside post (seven with a scratch) and swept into the lead with Mach West (post four with Wally Hennessey)) finding the garden spot early through panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:22.3. In the lane, Ideal Feeling, drifting out slightly, then used a :28.1 finale to hold off Mach West's charge along the pylons. The winning margin was a neck with Loud Splash (John MacDonald) third, two lengths away.   Dash Of Danger paced an "even-steven" mile to be fourth while Lets Roll, who put in a mild challenge around the final bend, picked up the minor award in the field reduced to seven with the scratch of Real Peace. Trained by Peter Blood for owner Rick Berks, Ideal Feeling earned his seventh win of the year in 21 starts to send his 2020 bounty to $70,688 and $267,693 lifetime to go along with his 1:48.4 Meadowlands mark this season. In a post-race interview, trainer Peter Blood related, "You know, he's just the nicest horse to be around, handy, great personality and can be handled with two fingers! He is the true definition of a 'race horse.' He likes off the pace better but, with the outside post, he had to be sent forward at the start tonight, just like last week. He's earned a week off after these two trips, that's for sure." Sent off as the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Ideal Feeling paid $3.40 to win. The Open II Pace went to Joe Chindano, Jr's Skip To My Lou, who roared home in :27.2 to score a repeat win in1:51.4 over Plus One (Wally Hennessey) with Brandon Hanover (Tyler Smith) rounding out the top three. Mac Anover and La Rockin Sampson earned the minors in the sharp septet. Skip To My Lou is a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou and this win was his fourth of the year in 14 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $24,571 and $107,701 lifetime. He paid $2.60 as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite. In other action, four $12,000 divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes Finals for two year-olds were contested on Sunday night--two of these non-betting events--with Ifnotmewho and Prairie Sweetness capturing those on the pari-mutuel card with Shulda Hada Drink and Theflyingrock taking top honors in the non-wagering races. Ifnotmewho, a daughter of Credit Winner, earned her second straight win in the filly trot with a courageous late surge near the wire to score in 1:59 for Wally Hennessey--the margin a half-length over Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) with Caio Bella (Alessandro Spano) third, 3 ¾ lengths away. West Haven and Prairie Trinket earned the final two awards in the field of seven. It was, indeed, Caio Bella, who blasted off the wings to take the field through panels of :29.1 and 1:00. On the backside, with three-eighths to go, Prairie Virtue left her cozy pocked to take command with Ifnotmewho following and settling back in right behind as they straightened away for the drive home. At mid-stretch, Ifnotmewho began gnawing away and got heir just in time. Hennessey also trains the filly for owner Herman Brewer with the win sending her scorecard to 2-3-2 in nine starts, good for $36,953. As the 1 to 2 favorite, Ifnotmewho returned $3.00 to her multitude of backers. Prairie Sweetness, involved in photo finishes is her first two career starts, got the nod in this her third trip back of the starting gate for Kevin Wallis in the filly pace, by edging past favored Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) at the wire to score in 1:56.4, lowering her lifetime best by 3 1/5 seconds. Ms Rodeo Drive (Dave Ingraham) overcame the outside post to garner third while Gator babe was next. Rocks StormyD earned the final check in the octet. At the outset, KD's Dream Girl, Sheza Terror and Prairie Sweetness were one-two-three off the wings but prior to the opening panel in :28.4, KD's Dream Girl suffered a broken hobble hanger and was forced to pull out allowing Sheza Terror to inherit the top spot with Prairie Sweetness on her tail. Prairie Sweetness, a daughter of Royel Millennium wound up stalking the leader the rest of the way through fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.3 and just did squeak by in the very last stride on the strength of her :28 finale. With a scorecard reading 2-0-1 in just three starts, Prairie Sweetheart has banked $8,286 in her first month on the racetrack. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Sweetness paid $6.00 as second choice in the betting. Shulda Hada Drink, took top honors in the juvenile trot featuring colts and geldings as this altered son of Shibboleth Hanover took a new lifetime mark with a near gate-to-wire romp in 1:58.2 in just his third lifetime start. Driven by Mike Simons for trainer George Coblentz and owner Nick Coblentz, Shulda Hada Drink posted numbers of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to eclipse his former mark in his only other win by three full seconds. Ifnotnowwhen (Wally Hennessey) was second, 9 ¼ lengths away, while the pocket-sitting Seeking Matthew (Sergio Corona), finished third over Jo Jo Jet, who completed the quartet. Thefly6ingrock, also driven by Mike Simons, a winner last week in 1:54.2, proved that mile was no fluke as he blazed through panels of :27, :54.3 and 1:23 before hold on late to score by 1¼ lengths in 1:53.1, of course a new career best. The very fast closing Hey Don't Tell Me (Mike Micallef) was second while Mister David C was next in the quintet. Buddha Beach and Lucky Ramsey completed that roster. Theflyingrock, a gelded son of Rockingcam, is trained by Wayne Carter, who co-owns with Jean Carter. Finally, there were several notable performances in the driver category on Sunday night with top honors going to Rick Plano, who scored a consecutive driving triple in the Late Pick-3. Plano started things off with a ninth race win with Rockin Machine ($21.20), took the 10th with Imagineuwithoutme ($7.40) and the finale with McMach ($4.00) to reward the Pick-3 Send It In Army with a $168.40 payday for the 50 cent ducat. Plano trains all three, as well, and gave wife Maryann an owners triple as sole owner of Rockin Machine and Imagineuwithoutme and part owner of McMach with Jan and Mindy Findling Repko. Wally Hennessey also had a driving triple with Ifnotmewho ($3.00), Caviart Reagan ($3.60) and Sand Sniper $9.40). Mike Simons also hit the winner's circle three times as he swept both ends of the non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes with the aformentioned Shulda Hada Drink and Theflyingrock and got the triple with How Are Yee John ($4.60). Racing resumes Monday night with a post time scheduled for 7:20 p.m and the Super Hi-5 finale carry-over ballooning to $9,678.26. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 21, 2020...Ideal Feeling, a courageous harness racing winner in Pompano Park's Opening Night feature last week, looks to repeat in Sunday's Open Handicap Pace at South Florida's famed five-eighths mile oval. The five year-old son of American Ideal, trained by Peter Blood for owner Rick Berks, survived the outside nine post and a very taxing :26.1 opening panel to gamely hold on for a nose victory in 1:50.4 over the fast closing Maxdaddy Blue Chip with Mach West less than a length away at the end. Once again, Dave Ingraham is expected to be back in Ideal Feeling's bike and is actually the co-third choice in the morning line at 5 to 1 starting from the outside 8 post. Morning line favoritism has been assigned to Mach West, who loomed boldly in the lane in last week's event to just miss by three-parts-of-a-length. Wally Hennessey will drive Mach West for the Mike Deters trainee owned by Jerold Hawks. Maxdaddy Blue Chip, 9 to 2 in the morning line, was just a lip away last Sunday and paced his final 3/4s in 1:23 for Mike Simons. This eight year-old gelded son of Sportswriter is trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing. The Hoosier Park invader Dash Of Danger, who has been known to be able to turn on the "afterburners" in the stretch is the co-third choice at 5 to 1 and will have trainer Kyle Husted in the sulky for Amy Cruise and David Brigham. Other first time invaders are Real Peace and Let's Roll while Bunkerhill Phill and Loud Splash complete the very talented and competitive octet. Sunshine State Stakes action continues on Sunday night, as well, as four divisions for the two year-olds (two off the betting card) will also be contested. On the betting card, Ifnotmewho and Prairie Virtue will renew their rivalry in filly trot while Sheza Terror, KK's Dream Girl and Prairie Sweetness, all involved in a photo finish last time out, will lock horns again in the filly pace. On the "better for the bettor" ledger, Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 (12% takeout), which begins on race six, as well as thee Late Pick-3 on the final trio of races. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2020...Despite Tropical Storm Eta causing Pompano Park to delay its opening by one week, the famed South Florida track has enjoyed an auspicious opening week with pari-mutuel handle up over 100% from the corresponding opening dates last season. On Tuesday night, $725,612 was wagered on the program--a record November handle for Pompano Park. Reflecting on the strong beginning, Director Gabe Prewitt reflected, "It was just a great opening week in South Florida. Our racing product was tremendous and very competitive and we thank the horsemen and women for enthusiastically filling the entry box. And, of course, we also thank our players that constitute the 'Send It In Army' for their support. "We are getting in more stables every day as we march towards a five-night-a-week schedule beginning in December. "With our roster of drivers and trainers including Hall Of Fame members to young up-and-coming future stars, it's been a great start and we look forward to presenting a great racing product night-after-night here in the warmth of South Florida. Pompano Park continues to offer a wide variety of wagering options on their menu, including the newly added Pick-3 offered on the final trio of races on each racing program. Besides win-place-show betting, Pompano Park offers an early daily double, exactas, trifectas, superfectas, a Pick-4, Pick-5 and Pick-6, capping off each night's festivities with a late daily double and Super Hi-5. The Pick-4 offers an industry low 12% takeout. Nightly post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 17, 2020...Fillies and mares took center stage Tuesday night at Pompano Park and, when all the stone dust settled, Tempus Seelster and Prairie Westerngal were the ones crowned the harness racing queens in their respective Open events as the track offered twin features. Tempus Seelster, the splendid seven year-old daughter of Big Jim, came roaring back into action after a two month vacation to score a 1:54 win for Kevin Wallis, who was in the bike for trainer Rob Rittof and owners Dandy Farms Racing and the FT Racing Stable. Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) rallied for second (at 54 to 1 odds) while Persistent Bettor (Mike Simons) next. Gold Star Mysti and Prairie Cougar were next in the septet with Western Stepp and Big Thong completing the order of finish. Tempus Seelster, who had the outside seven post in her field, was, indeed, forced to take back to last early as Big Thong (Dewayne Minor) leaving from post six, pushed the starting gate wings out of the way to take a quick early three length lead over Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden), post five, settling right behind through an opener of :27.2. With the leader moving into the second turn on her way to the half in :55.4, Tempus Seelster was already on the move from the back of the pack into fourth giving live cover to Another Beach Day. By the time they reached the final bend in 1:25, Tempus Seelster had wrestled the lead from Big Thong and edged away to a 1½ length, only to be threatened by the late charging Another Beach Day. At the wire, the photo finish camera showed Tempus Seelster the winner by a head.   In a post-race interview, trainer Rob Rittof lamented, "She's just a wonderful, happy, very tough and determined mare. She used to be on one line and, some time ago, Leon Cable suggested and gave me a bit that might help the situation. That and a couple of head poles and she's been just an unbelievable mare. So, a lot of credit goes to Leon!" The win was the 11th of the season for Tempus Seelster in 22 starts, good for bounty of $76,175. Lifetime, the grand mare has a scorecard of 36-27-20 in149 starts and $311,606 to show for it to go along with a mark of 1:50.1. As the 3 to 2 favorite, the winner returned $5.00 to her many faithful. Prairie Westerngal, a four year-old daughter of Western Ideal, got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to edge past Ask Me Ifi Care once they straightened away to win by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.2. Jazzy Image (Kevin Wallis) closed with alacrity to finish third just another nose back while Northern Dali was next. Talk Show Chica picked up the final award in the octet. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, Prairie Westerngal blasted off the wings into an early lead before yielding to Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) just a stride past the 27.3 opener. These two remained 1-2 through panels of :56.4 and a picked up 1:25.1. Just past that third station, Hennessey left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, securing the top spot once straightened away for the drive home. It was the fifth win of the season of Prairie Westerngal in 16 starts with her earnings moving up to $26,081 for the semester and $120,063 lifetime. Off as the 6 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal returned $4.40 to win. In the "odds and ends" category, payoffs continued to be appetizingly high at Pompano Park as evidenced by the fourth race pentafecta and the Pick-5. Even with a 1 to 5 favorite, Image Of A Dream (Rick Plano) winning the fourth race pentafecta and the third and fourth choices on the ticket, the 20 cent pentafecta ducat paid $865.78. The Pick-5, featuring three of the winners off at 6 to 5, 1 to 5 and 1 to 2, returned $1,284.90 for the 50 cent investment. Yet another bonanza payoff was created when two of Pompano Park's youngest drivers--both 20 years-old--finished one-two in a conditioned trotting event. Trottin For Cash, with Braxten Boyd in that three year-old's sulky, off at 5 to 1, and Savin Park, handled by Jack Killeen, almost 60 to 1 on the board, combined for--and set up--a "Lexington, Kentucky" (8-5-9) $2 trifecta payoff of $6,880. Going one step further, the 20 cent 8-5-9-1 superfecta paid $6,428.40. Finally, when Bryce Fenn steered Louie Ginesi's Hard Rock Hulk ($25.00) to his maiden victory on the Tuesday card, the track's Pick-6 resulted in a 5-of-6 payoff resulting in a carryover of $1,711 going into Sunday night's Pick-6, which begins in race three. Racing continues on Sunday, November 22 as the track moves to a four day racing week--Sunday through Wednesday--with free programs available on line through the month of November ( Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 16, 2020...Muscles For Life, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 16) stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, starting from post seven, took charge a few long strides after the wings opened and carded splits of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before an effortless :28.1 finale over a sloppy racing oval to report home 1 1/2 lengths clear of Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano), who raced a very credible mile after being bothered a bit around the first turn by a breaker. Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) rallied for show honors, also after avoiding that first turn incident. Celebrity Miracle and Beguin Dugoutier got the last two awards in the field of nine, both benefitting from the judges placings. Muscles For Life earned his 30th career win on this night, vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $332,700. He's trained by Steve Oldford for owner Jerald Hawks and returned $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. After the event, Hennessey lamented, "He really qualified handily last week getting ready after a little 'R and R' and he's such a handy horse that likes to join the action from the get-go. He was sharp and just went on under no strain whatsoever." Four non-wagering divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds were contested on Monday night with Hurrikanekingjames, Rhinestone Cowboy, Laurie Lee and Callin On Sunday reported to the winner's circle. Hurrikanekingjames took advantage of the misfortune of his competition in scoring a "Secretariat" like 48 ¾ length win in the pace for sophomore colts and gelding. The son of So Surreal led from gate-to-wire and posted fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 with a :28.3 finale stopping the timer in 1:56.1. Trained by Rod Lorenzo for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno, the "King" earned his 11th lifetime score--fourth this year--to send his career bankroll to $128,065. Goldstar Bunniholly, bothered at the beginning of the mile, finished second for Corey Braden while Repeal Or Replace, handled by Rick Plano, was third after losing his composure around the first turn and again on turn three. Shuldahadahunemoon completed the order of finish. Rhinestone Cowboy took top honors in his event for the sophomore trotting geldings as this son of Proud Bushy was perfectly mannered through panels of ::30.2, 1:02 and 1:32.2 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal in a lifetime best 2:00.4 for Mike Micallef, who handled the lines for trainer and co-owner Kim Sears, in partnership with John Campagnuolo. Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) was next after a mile in the garden spot, while Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) rallied for Show honors over YD Dream Machine. The win kept the "Cowboy's" record perfect for the year--two-for-two--and send his career scorecard to 4-3-2 in nine starts. In the filly pace, Laurie Lee, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, fought off a very courageous Gold Star Igotdis to prevail by three-parts-of-a-length in 1:56.4, just one tick off her mark. The daughter of Royel Millennium used the rail post to perfection in sprinting out alertly when the wings folded to secure the top spot as arch-rival Gold Star Igotdis made a miscue to drop some 10 lengths back. With Alil Touch of Pink now in the cozy two spot, Laurie Lee put up panels of :30.1 and :59.4, allowing Gold Star Igotdis to close the gap in third, less than four lengths away. On the backside, Gold Star Igotdis began a :27.4 blast and stuck her neck in front at the third station in 1:28.1. These two raced side-by-side through the lane with Laurie Lee finally prevailing at the wire. Trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee has wins in her only two starts of the year in seeking to defend her crown as a sophomore, as she did last season at age two. Finally, in the filly trot featuring only a duo, Callin On Sunday led every step of her mile in scoring handy 2:01 victory for Mike Simons over Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol). Callin On Sunday, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover owned and trained by George Coblentz, earned her second straight win and carded fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29.3 along the way. The lightly raced filly now has a scorecard of 2-2-1 in just six starts, good for $24,346. On the wagering side of the ledger, there were, again, some noteworthy payouts as the 20 cent fourth race pentafecta returned $7,995.46 and the 50 cent pick-5 paid a generous $2,062--even with the first three events won by horses sent off at 4 to 5, 2 to 5 and 8 to 5. It was Burn Notice, off at 39 to 1, that triggered the generous payoffs in those two wagering items on the menu. Burn Notice was also involved in the Pick-6 sequel with that 5-3-3-4-5-7 combo returning $3,490.00 for the 50 cent ticket. Tuesday's Pompano program is a true extravaganza--14 races--with first post of 7:20 p.m., capped by a Super Hi-5 carry-over of $5,062.26. by John Berry, for Pompano Park                  

POMPANO BEACH, FL...November 15, 2020...With Tropical Storm Eta all gone, Pompano Park finally opened their 2020-2021 season on Sunday night with a very competitive 13 race pari-mutuel program. The extravaganza featured a million dollar field in the Open Handicap Pace and went to Ideal Feeling, scoring a hard earned victory in 1:50.4 for Dave Ingraham, who was in the bike for trainer Peter Blood and owner Rick Berks. The late-charging Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Mike Simons) was a nose away in second with Mach West (Wally Hennessey) third, less than a length away. Ideal Feeling, a rugged five year-old son of American Ideal, began his one mile journey from the outside nine post and went grinding towards the front...but it took a very demanding :26.1 opener to get there. There was hardly a breather from there on as fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2 followed. Confronted by Mach West on the final bend, the pair raced as a team most of the way home with Maxdaddy Blue Chip surging in the final stages to miss by that nose in the photo.   For Ideal Feeling, it was his sixth win of the year in 20 starts, pushing his career bounty to $261,943--$64,938 this semester. The winner paid $5.00 to win. Also highlighting the opening night festivities were the two year-olds in the third leg Sunshine State Stakes, sponsored by the FSBOA. Two divisions were non-betting events with Theflyingrock putting on a sparkling performance for trainer Mike Simons in the colt/gelding pace, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 in just his second purse start. The gelded son of Rockingcam sped an opening panel in :28.1, repelling a bid by Mister David C (Wally Hennessey), and then went on to post fractions of :58.1 and 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :27.3 to seal the deal by 3 ½ lengths over that rival. Buddha Beach (Dave Ingraham) rallied late for third while Lucky Ramsey completed the quartet. The winner is owned by Marie Marsh, who also bred the youngster. Commenting on the splendid performance, a humble Mike Simons said, "This was teamworkat its finest. Rick Marsh trained him down and turned him over to me a few weeks ago, Herb Gorens, the caretaker, has done a wonderful job, so, to put it in perspective, I was just along for the ride." The second non-wagering event was featured trotting colts and geldings and was awarded to Ifnotnowwhen, driven by Wally Hennessey, placed first when Seeking Matthew, the photo finish winner by a scant nose, went inside the pylons on to the victory, only to be "DQ'd" after the judges review. It was a classic war as both hit the wire in 2:01.3 off of fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1. As the wings folded, Seeking Matthew, handled by Sergio Corona, darted out for the lead as Ifnotnowwhen secured the garden spot. These two remained one-two just prior to the final bend as Hennessey left the cozy pocket to engage the leader in war. At the top of the lane, the pair were joined by Shuda Hada Drink (Mike Simons) and they were three across the track until mid-stretch when the latter made a miscue to eventually finish third. Jo Jo Art was next in the field of four. Ifnotnowwhen, an altered son of Muscle Massive, is trained by Hennessey for Herman Brewer. On the betting care were the two year-old filly trot and the two year-old filly pace. The juvenile trot went to Ifnotmewho ($4.00), a daughter of Credit Winner, handled by Wally Hennessey for owner Herman Brewer. Ifnotmewho edged past a stubborn Prairie Virtue (Mike Simons) in the final few yards to hit the wire in 1:58.4, a new lifetime best in this her ninth career start. Her previous best was 2:03.2 in a Vernon Downs qualifier. Ciao Bella (Alessandro Spano) was next followed by Prairie Trinket and West Haven in the field of six. The winner left alertly, yielded after the first eighth and let Prairie Virtue take the field through panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:30.1, at which time Prairie Virtue appeared to get away from Ifnotmewho. But, turning for home, the two engaged in war through that :28.3 finale. The win gave a "triple-double" of sorts to driver-trainer Hennessey and owner Herman Brewer, as they were awarded that earlier win with Ifnotnowwhen. The two year-old filly pace went, in an upset, to KK's Dream Girl ($11.00), driven by Corey Braden for trainer Maggie Audley and the Gold Star Farm. The roan Mysticism filly edged by the 2 to 5 favorite, Sheza Terror (Wally Hennessey) near the wire to sore the photo finish win that measured a head. Prairie Sweetness (Kevin Wallis) finished in the same photo a head further back to just miss all the marbles and be third. Ms Rodeo Drive and Gator Babe picked up the final two awards in the field of eight. KK's Dream Girl, just a neck back in her first career start in these Sunshine State Stakes three weeks ago, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 after Sheza Terror, hard pressed to take command from Prairie Sweetness at the :28.1 opener, wrestled through subsequent panels of :59.2 and 1:28. In the lane, the three fanned across the track with the magnificent looking roan filly earning the win. On the wagering side of the ledger, despite no winner comprising the Pick-5 being no more than 9 to 2, the 50 cent ticket paid $1,732.75. The Pick-5 comprises the first five races on each racing program. Monday's 10 race program features a "million dollar field" in the Open Handicap Trot with Lightfooted Leegend, BJ Lorado, Beguin Dugoutier, Muscles For Life and Explosive Breakaway all seeking repeat wins. Explosivebreakaway is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite and will have Tom Jackson in the bike for trainer Fred Grant, who co-owns with Janice Rubin and Murray Brown. On the wagering menu, there Is a carryover in the fourth race pentafecta of $1,655 as Sunday night's "Big-P" went unsolved. There is also a carry-over in the track's Pick-6 for Monday night, as well as the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. NOTES AND QUOTES: Wally Hennessey got off to an excellent start in defending his dash winning crown by piloting four winners (one early non-betting) while John MacDonald had a triple on the card. Braxten Boyd, the 20 year-old new-comer to South Florida, earned his first win here by steering Stellar BB to a photo finish win. Skip To My Lou, a four year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, eclipsed the $100,000 milestone with a win for Joe Chindano, Jr. Big N Bad's 57th career win in the seventh race sent that 10 year-old warrior over the $750,000 mark in career bounty. Another 10 year-old, Cool Like Fire, is approaching a double milestone with his 48th career win, sending his bankroll to $398,860. Yet a third 10 year-old, Feelin Lika Winner, capped off the card with his win in the finale--his 37th lifetime win--vaulting his bankroll to $$533,426. Finally, trainer Maggie Audley, reflecting on the win by KK's Dream Girl, said, "We're just very thankful for the effort on behalf of our filly. She's still very green but Corey (Braden) has done outstanding work with her and she's starting to learn her trade...and enjoying it!" by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 15, 2020...As a special welcome to our racing fans, Pompano Park will be offering free racing programs during the month of November. The free programs are available on the website with a link to the "Free Online Live Racing Program." Besides their generous wagering menu featuring early and late Daily Doubles, Exactas, Trifectas, Superfectas, a Pick-4 (with a 12% takeout), a Pick-5, a Super Hi-5 and a Pick-6, the track has also added a Late Pick-3, covering the final three races on each program. The season kicks off Sunday, November 15 with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 14, 2020...With Tropical Storm Eta finally out of the way, Pompano Park opens its 2020-2021 season on Sunday, November 15 with a million dollar field featured in the Open Handicap Pace. The stellar field of nine features three sub-1:50 performers, including Ideal Feeling, who took his 1:48.4 mark at The Meadowlands this season, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, the author of a 1:49.1 lifetime mark and Bass Player, who owns a lifetime best mile of 1:49.3. But the morning line shows Mach West as the 2 to 1 morning line choice, as this four year-old gelded son of Mach Three comes off a sharp performance at Hoosier Park in his most recent start, finishing a fast closing second with a splendid :26.1 final panel. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Jerald Hawks, Mach West will have the driving services of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey and will leave from post five. Ideal Feeling, a five year-old son of American Ideal, is a new arrival in the Peter Blood Stable and has a career bankroll of $256,193. He's owned by Rick Berks. Maxdaddy Blue Chip is the richest performer in the field with $343,297 going in with this rugged eight year-old gelded son of Sportswriter now trained by Jim McDonald for Twenty Four Carrot Racing. Maxdaddy Blue Chip will have the driving services of Mike Simons and will leave from post three. Bass Player, a six year-old gelded prodigy of Sportsmaster, is trained by Rob Rittof and will have Tyler Smith in his sulky on Sunday night. Kotare Yael, Mac Anover, Caviart Reagan, Bunkerhill Phil and Loud Splash complete the field. Post time for the opener is 7:20 with the popular Pick-4 (12% takeout) in play with a newly added Late Pick-3 added to the wagering menu. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL — George Napolitano Sr., 96, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday (Nov. 7) after enjoying a life with horses for three-quarters of a century. At the age of 12 and 13, he, along with his father, Joseph, broke mustangs as wagon pulling horses used for the delivery of fruits and vegetables. Married at the age of 17, George soon thereafter served his country in World War II and, upon returning from active duty, resumed his love affair with the horse community, becoming a Standardbred trainer in the mid-1950s at Roosevelt Raceway. The patriarch of one the most successful racing families in Florida became interested in owning racehorses in the late 1950s when he and wife, Carmela, bought Flying Scotchman at a Yonkers sale. He was a member of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the United States Trotting Association. He was inducted into the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2012. George is preceded in death by his loving wife of 76 years, Carmela; and his only son, Joseph. He is survived by his four daughters, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 1400 S. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068 at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 12). From the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association

Pompano Beach, FL...November 10, 2020...Due to the electrical malfunction resulting from Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park is forced to cancel the harness racing program for Tuesday (November 10). Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt said, "the extensive damage caused by the storm and subsequent electrical malfunction cannot be remedied for today. We have exhausted all options and we our confident our generators will be in place for our regularly scheduled Sunday racing program." There will be a double draw on Thursday for Sunday (November 15) and Monday (November 16) with all entries due by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12. Qualifying events are scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. and any horsemen wishing to qualify a horse are advised to contact the racing office. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

The live harness racing card at Pompano Park was canceled for Monday night. The cancelation occured because of a power outage that took out the track lighting system. Pompano Park was to open Sunday night for its 57th season of harness racing, but had to cancel due to Tropical Storm Eta. It is hopeful that live harness racing will take place Tuesday evening. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...November 9, 2020...After Pompano Park's scheduled season kickoff was cancelled for Sunday due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park's Director of Racing, Gabe Prewitt, has announced that Monday is a "go" as the track begins its 57th season. Highlighting the 11 race pari-mutuel program is the Open Handicap Trot featuring a full field of 10, including the Sooo Handsome, The Lionking AS, Explosivebreakaway and Beguin Dugoutier. So Handsome, a seven year-old gelded son of Cash Hall, has 41 career wins to go along with a 1:52.4 mark at Hoosier Park. Trainer Rick Plano will be in the bike for Maryann Plano and will begin his journey from post 3. The Lionking AS and Explosivebreakaway are on the cusp of an earnings milestone with a win while Beguin Dugoutier will be just $2 shy of $200,000 in career bounty if he can reach the winner's circle. Prior to the wagering card, the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes will be contested for three year-olds in four non-betting events. Highlighting those events are two 2019 Super Night Champions at Pompano Park, Laurie Lee and Rhinestone Cowboy. Laurie Lee, a daughter of Royel Millennium, will face three rivals in the filly pace for trainer Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire. Wally Hennessey will be in her sulky, Rhinestone Cowboy, an altered son of Proud Bushy, is also trained by Kim Sears as co-owner with John Campagnuolo. Mike Micallef will sit behind the "Cowboy." In addition to the already wide selection of wagering options, the track is also offering a Late Pick-3 covering races 9 through 11. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. with the non-wagering events to be held at 6:00 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL - November 8, 2020,,,Due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park has been forced to cancel its opening night harness racing program on Sunday, November 8. As the track of the storm progresses, a determination about the racing program scheduled for Monday, November 9, will be made when appropriate. South Florida is in the cone of the storm, which is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain with winds approaching hurricane force. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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