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Pompano Beach, FL…October 16, 2017…In an era where Brian Sears gets many of the harness racing headlines, father Jay Sears proved that, at 76 years of age, he can still compete with the best of them. The elder Sears won two of the four non-wagering FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes events for two year-olds at Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 15) while finishing third in the other two events. Sears was in the winner’s circle right off the bat as he guided Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, to her maiden win in 2:09.1, after leading every step of the mile and holding on for dear life at the end to hold off the previously undefeated I Rhoda Daley (Jason MacDougall) by a nose. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was third. Co-owned by Jay along with trainer-wife Kim, Jennifer had a pair of seconds and a third prior to the maiden win on Sunday night. Said Sears after the win, “She’s named after my daughter, so it was especially nice to win with her. I kinda gunned her out of there early and she opened up a pretty sizable lead and then trotted a decent final quarter to hold on.” Sears also won the pacing filly Diamond Eyes, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds. Trained by Kim Sears for owner Penny Kelley, Diamond Eyes found a good early spot in the garden seat as Six Line Lily (Wally Hennessey) set up early panels of :31.1 and 1:02.3. Heading into the final bend, Diamond Eyes went on the attack to engage in a war with the pair at the third station in 1:32.4 as these two slugged it out until the 16th pole when Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) joined the fray. At the wire, Diamond Eyes proved the winner by a neck over Starcasim with Six Line Lily next in 2:03.2. It was also the maiden win for Diamond Eyes in her career measuring three starts prompting Sears to remark, “She’s getting better now but we’ve got some deep competition in that division, including another one I own, Krinda, who mad a break early on.” Krinda has two wins in four starts, including her miscue, with a mark of 1:58.2. “Mike (trainer Deters) has a serious filly in there, too, Prairie Easter,” said Sears, “with a (1):58.2 mark and she was scratched so we were kinda lucky here to win. A little luck never hurts in this business.” Sears has a .431 UDRS with a 4-3-6 scorecard in 16 starts thus far in the young Pompano Park stakes season. The other two Sunshine State Stakes events were won by Dangerous Mood and Silver Wings. Dangerous Mood, a two year-old gelded son of Proud Bushy, kept his record unblemished for Wally Hennessey as he scored his third straight win—this time in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, Dangerous Mood has never relinquished the top spot in any of his three performances thus far in his career. “So far, so good,” replied trainer McDonald. “so we’re just hoping he keeps going. His first winning mile (2:02.3) was quite a surprise and his second win (2:01.1) was terrific. He seems to have good manners and, along with speed, is a good combination. Just hoping he keeps improving as we go forward.” Dangerous Mood won by four lengths over Prairie Eclipse (Jim Meittinis) with Brian (Jay Sears) next. Silver Wings, a son of Rock On, looked very impressive in scoring a wire-to-wire win for Corey Braden in 1:59.4—58.3--:29. Trained by Veral Bowman, who co-owns with Craig Schmidt, Silver Wings carved out panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:30.4 along the way to score by 7 ¼ lengths over Mister Special T (Rob Hoffman) with Jay Jay (Sears) third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues of Wednesday night with four non-wagering events for the three year-olds. Post time for the early events is 5:30 p.m. with the pari-mutuel program scheduled to get under way at 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for the FSBOA

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

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

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

WALES, UK - Last December, five lucky drivers from the UK and Ireland were given the opportunity to travel to Florida to compete in an amateur driving series against five US reinsmen. Now these five US drivers will be making the trip to Wales to see if they can reign supreme on British soil. Those standing in their way are recent Musselburgh final winning driver Richard Haythornthwaite, Wales & West specialist Jaimie Davies, father and son combination Patrick and Lee Morris and Irish contender Chris O'Reilly. These British and Irish contenders proved that we have some great talent having won the series in Pompano Park. The races will take place at both Tir Prince and Tanycastell and are set to be hotly contested events with the Americans hoping they can take home the bragging rights and the 'locals' looking to stand their ground on home turf. Tir Prince racing manager Eric Witherspoon spoke of his excitement towards having such a memorable race at the North Wales venue, "We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event and look forward to seeing the guest drivers put their skills to the test in what looks a very competitive race. May the best driver win!" Here's a closer look at the 10 drivers who will be hoping they can land the spoils. Team America Ron Cuismano followed in his father's footsteps and began training and driving in the late 1980s. He was a regular driver throughout the 90s winning several New York Sire Stake races and Florida Breeders Stakes. He left the harness racing business altogether in 1999, but continued to follow harness racing. After 17 years away from the business he had the chance to join the Florida amateur drivers club an opportunity which would allow him to give back to the sport that he loves. Tony Dinges is a full time trainer and currently trains 25 horses at Tioga Downs. He got involved with harness racing as a child through his grandfather. His career highlight to date is training Tarver Hanover, a horse he also owned to win over $850,000. He has also been lucky enough to have a runner in the 2011 running of the world famous Hambletonian. Dein Spriggs is a real estate consultant who became involved in harness racing through his father William Spriggs and both he and his brother Steve have followed in their father's footsteps. Dein was USA Amateur Driver of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 and has had the opportunity to drive in American, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain and is no stranger to winning on international soil. He lists winning the 2005 CKG Gold Cup as his career highlight as he was able to share the experience with parents, daughter and brother. Jeff Schaefer is a full-time farrier and splits his time between Pomano Park in Florida in the winter and Tioga Downs in New York in the summer. He has had the opportunity to shoe a few champions like Horse of the Year in the USA and Canada Burning Point and Corleon Cosmos. He has been training harness horses since the age of 7 with his parents and started driving at 16 where he finished 2nd in the Junior Driving Championship. Jeff has already experienced harness racing in the UK and may have an advantage over his fellow countrymen having drove on the grass at Almeley last year. Dennis Whittemore has been around Standardbreds his whole life and started driving in the late 70's. He has owned horses since he can remember and it is a real family affair with his father, son and daughter all involved in the sport. Since taking up driving in 1977 he has won 117 races and over $167,000 in prize money. His most successful year came in 1982 where he won 18 starts and placed in 53 others. Team UK & Ireland Richard Haythornthwaite is a carpenter by trade who got involved with harness racing through his parents Alan and Teresa Haythornthwaite and the sport is very much in the family's blood. Richard is a regular at several tracks around the UK and has become the main driver for a number of owners. He has had some very high-profile winners and he names his success in the Vincent Delaney Memorial on Tyrion Hanover as his career highlight to date. Chris O'Reilly, another carpenter, started his affiliation with the sport as a young 13-year-old competing in saddle races. He then left the sport for several years and is perhaps the least experienced of the group as he only trains and drives his own horses. However, this did not affect him during the competition in America and he gave a flawless drive to win on his first ever attempt at driving a trotter, an experience which he states will be very hard to match. Jaimie Davies is one of the most utilised drivers on the Wales & West harness racing circuit and is the third generation of his family to become a driver. Although he only has one of his own in training he picks up outside drives every week and has become the go-to man for several trainers. Jaimie, who works on his family farm, was thrilled with his opportunity to travel to Florida and experience harness racing at its highest level. Patrick Morris, a shop fitter by trade, has been involved in harness racing for a number of years and got into the sport through his father. His partnership with Meadowbranch Josh provided him with some his most notable winners including heat and final at Tanycastell, a heat of the Big Guns Series at Appleby, a heat of the Crock of Gold and several Free For Alls including two 1.57 miles. Patrick enjoyed his experience in America so much that if the opportunity arose he would move there in an instant. Lee Morris is a full-time farrier. He is the main organiser of the event and was delighted to get the opportunity to drive at Pompano Park and although he didn't get a winner the experience of getting to drive around such an impressive track could only be described as "awesome" and an absolute highlight of his career. Lee however is no stranger to the winners enclosure and has won high profile races at Ceredigion with Lyons Stallone, Musselburgh with Blue Top Gun and a heat of the Crock of Gold with Meadowbranch Josh. With the first race scheduled for Tuesday night being an ultra-competitive event, excitement is building towards a great series. Good luck to all competitors and a huge congratulations to those who have worked tirelessly to make the event happen. From everyone in the UK and Ireland we hope the five USA drivers thoroughly enjoy the experience. We hope that this competition can increase in size and stature in the future to become one of the highlights of the UK harness racing season. by Kayleigh Evans      

"Gotta get to the paddock. What did the paddock schedule say? Let me read it again...okay, I have to be in the paddock with the horse at 6:20 p.m., that's in ten minutes. The horse is ready, he's in the stall for one last time before we head up to the paddock. "Alright, paddock time...fourth race, number...I forgot the number. Alright, I am the four horse...number is on...buckets are filled with water, wait...where's the sponge? Oh, there it is. Warming up in 15 minutes...jog cart is here...does this horse wear a tongue tie to warm-up? Race time. We race in..."attention horsemen, 5 minutes, 5 minutes to post"...oh no, where's the bike?! Okay...bike on, tongue tie on, driver on, post parade out. Going to the gate at two-to-one, got a trip following the favorite...what is going on? He finished up the track, last quarter 32 seconds. I need to call the vet to see what's going on with him." A horse race functions like a car. There's many parts that make it work. Even though the buyer only sees the car and the crowds only see the horse and driver, there's a complex web of parts that work behind the scenes to move the car and keep it running as there are many people and factors that contribute to getting a horse to the races. These factors work like cogs, where each piece moves the next and if one piece stops working, nothing will function properly. There's many articles showcasing owners and trainers, drivers and horses; however, there's a key factor amidst the rest, one that maintains the health of the animal and is vital in its journey to the track, but is invisible to the spotlight. This piece doesn't work for the spotlight or for the winning title, this piece works for the sole purpose of the horse: the veterinarian. A veterinarian is the first person called when an animal is acting out of the ordinary. When a horse finishes up the track, takes a bad step, stops eating, or anything abnormal to its typical behavior, trainers call the vet first. The veterinarian is here now at my barn. It's almost eight o'clock. The horse just raced and the vet is already here. Her husband has a horse in the sixth race but she's here at my barn looking after my horse. She's scoping the horse and it's coming up with a flipped palette...explains the unfortunate events of the race. My daughter is beside me, it's her horse. The vet is explaining what a flipped palette is to my daughter, she wants to be a veterinarian, too. "A flipped palette is when the tissues in the airway constrict so much as to block the airway, preventing the horse from getting proper airflow throughout the race," Doctor Michelle MacDougall explains to her while allowing her to observe through the scope. Doctor MacDougall reassures my daughter that the condition is treatable and the horse will be fine. Besides treating the animal, veterinarians need to treat the trainers, too. While focusing on what the horse has going on and what the horse needs, the vet has to account for the hovering and concerned "parents". Doctor Michelle MacDougall has been a veterinarian for large animals for nine years, since she graduated veterinary college in 2008. She has centered her focus on large animals, only working with small animals as a volunteer and for very small amounts of time. She refers to her four-legged patients as "little babies". "They are all my little babies and they are all my favorite. I don't have a single best case and all my patients are special, it wouldn't be fair to pick just one," states Doc MacDougall. I, myself, have been that same little girl, as have many horsemen across many racetracks. I have found myself concerned about my favorite horse but comforted by Michelle's words and teaching. She has shown me the inside of a scope on multiple occasions for my own horses and had even taken me on as a student for the summer of 2015. Throughout that summer, I had my heart set on becoming a veterinarian, I was intrigued by the knowledge Michelle had given me. She had shown me behind the scenes of her life, the ropes of becoming and actually being a vet. I spent the summer as her assistant and learned a wealth of information. However, and unfortunately, I have come to find that I do not have what it takes to follow in Michelle's footsteps. Michelle deals with the toughest parts of this business and of being a veterinarian. "The hardest part is not being able to help the horse. Despite examinations, blood work, diagnostics, and all the hopes and prayers, there are going to be some times that I simply cannot help the horse. Those are the hard times," says Michelle. Personally, I found that Michelle is strong, she is able to compose herself in these times, not for herself but for the sake of the trainer. On the other hand, amidst the tough times are seemingly small joys that have an enormous impact. "The best part of being a vet is being able to wake up every day and go to work doing something that I truly love to do, "Michelle says. "The best times come with watching a horse make its way to the racetrack after a long treatment or watching a foal come into the world." Michelle has experienced it all and has played a vital role in each event. In a nutshell, Michelle was born and raised in Maine. She became hooked on the outdoors as her daycare was a dairy farm that became a produce farm (Frugal Farmers) where she learned an honest day's work. She had an extensive career training and competing horses locally and regionally through high school and undergraduate school. She went to undergraduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Michelle MacDougall graduated veterinary school nine years ago from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada. "I can't remember the exact moment when I decided to become a veterinarian and I can't remember wanting to do anything else," Michelle says. "Growing up I wanted to become a professional equestrian for the Olympics or World Games, but at the same time, I didn't have the 'horsepower' for that and so my mind was always set on becoming a veterinarian." Around the age of five or six years old, Michelle said she was introduced to a retired Standardbred named Kimberly Blaze. During Michelle's first ever horse show, her pony to be ridden came up lame and so Kimberly Blaze had to step in and save the day. Although Michelle had never ridden the mare before, she says Kimberly hauled her around the ring like a champ, earning her a ribbon in every class and reining Michelle in for a long-term passion for horses. Ever since that first show with Kimberly, Michelle has ridden many Standardbreds and "each one is unique in its own way." Michelle claims. She had already fallen in love with horses from the show ring but had a newfound excitement when she later came across harness racing while working in Maine for a Standardbred veterinarian. "I was introduced to this business in Maine," Michelle explained, "and there was no looking back. It was a new level of competition and excitement for me. They are just marvelous animals and simply love being a part of the sport. "I have a huge competitive spirit and I just love helping a horse become stronger and better for their owners and trainers. I watch almost every race that my clients participate in. I love to see my patients excel on the racetrack," Doc MacDougall stated. While working in Maine, Michelle had also met Jason MacDougall. He was one of the clients at the clinic she worked at when she graduated from vet school. He is a profession harness racing driver and trainer of 27 years. He has trained horses with Michelle for nearly ten years. "Michelle is a good vet and she loves animals, it's simple as that. For me, Michelle holds me together. She started our breeding farm and she started this new way of running our stable. Our horses are now our pets. All of our horses have a home for life with us," Jason says, "Michelle keeps me balanced and level-headed." Michelle has certainly had a reputable career working with horses. She has been a riding/driving instructor at Photo Finish Farm in Buxton, Maine. She has also been self-employed as a riding/driving instructor, as well as pleasure horse trainer for the past 25 years. Competitively, Michelle has competed in Eventing, Dressage, Gymkhana, Pleasure Driving, Competitive Driving, Distance Riding, Drill Team, Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and public demonstrations. She has represented Maine and SPHO Maine in competitive events as well including the USCTA Trials in Gladstone, NJ, the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA and again, in Columbus, OH. She still continues to ride and compete. Every year, she takes a weekend to compete with a currently racing Standardbred in the SPHO National Show to showcase how versatile a Standardbred can be. "Michelle is one of my closest friends, said Tioga Downs caretaker, Tabitha Teresczuk. "We travel together to the National Show each year and she's always there for me. Whether we are out riding, driving to our next show, or in the barn at the racetrack, I always have her to talk to." Michelle began competing in the RUS program in Maine where the horsemen held a small circuit. The circuit followed the horsemen's own rules, with no governing body and no purse money, but with "the greatest fun in the world." These RUS races had 'gentlemen's starts' where each member of the race starts off equally without the use of a starting car, breaking horses, men and women riders, trotters and pacers. The race was for the fun of the horsemen and spectators, as an exhibition race. Later, the RUS race made its way to Tioga Downs as a USTA sanctioned race. Michelle earned a RUS license and qualified her mount, One More Lap. She was ecstatic as her previous RUS races had been on fair tracks with retired older horses and now, it was on the lightning fast Tioga Downs surface abroad fit and healthy racehorses. Qualifying One More Lap became more than her first USTA RUS race, but her most memorable moment in the division. After crossing the finish line, Michelle began to pull the horse up. However, the rhythm of the movement wasn't there, the horse and Michelle pulling opposite ways and so, Michelle landed on her head. "There was a bit of fuzziness for a while but not to worry," Michelle told everyone. "I came through the experience undaunted and rode the mare the next week to a spectacular second place finish." The next RUS race Michelle competed in was on Current Image at Colonial Downs. "What a difference racing Tioga Downs and Colonial Downs," Michelle explained. "From the top of the stretch at Colonial Downs, the finish line looked like it was simply never going to come. But it was just as exciting. Except I missed the start, oops." As a rider, Michelle has many achievements and awards. "As many people know, showing horses awards the rider with a ribbon. It is neither money nor fame, it is a silly little colored ribbon," Michelle says. "But, to us riders, that ribbon is so very important. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to fill rooms with my ribbons, trophies, plaques, blankets, pictures, and more. "However, the best awards are the memories," Michelle added. "The time shared with the horse; the long hours schooling the moves; the cleaning, packing, grooming; the re-cleaning, repacking, regrooming; the anxiety and nerves; and finally, the achievement. "The physical awards are wonderful, but the memories are the best," Michelle said. "Good friends, good horses, great times. There's not much better than." Michelle has been featured in books, magazines, and multiple published articles in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She helped edit and compose a Veterinary section in a book, "Retraining the Harness Racehorse" by Robyn Cuffey and Maryanne Donovan-Wright. She serves on the board of "Futures for Standardbreds" which helps place Standardbreds in good homes when their racing careers are finished. She also participates as a member in numerous other Standardbred related groups. As a horsewoman, Michelle assists her husband with the MacDougall Racing Stable whenever she gets a free moment. She has also helped her husband start a small Standardbred breeding operation based out of Florida. The breeding operation began out of availability, as Michelle puts it. "My husband has been involved in the business for over 30 years. But he did it like a man...not a woman...he never got attached." Once Michelle entered the picture, horses became pets rather than a business commodity. Selling horses became heartbreaking and nearly impossible to follow through. Thus, the breeding farm began. Most of their breeding stock is from horses that Jason had previously raced. They were all well bred horses, but were finished in their racing careers. The first mating pair produced Conman's Dream. "He's not a world beater," Michelle said. "but he was successful in his two and three-year-old Florida Stakes career and should make a decent overnight horse. He has a home for life!" Michelle's favorite horse throughout her life was a horse named Monte Carlo. He was her first horse, a Standardbred. "Together we ruled the world!" Michelle said. Her current favorite riding horse is College Major, her mount for the National SPHO Horse Show. Her favorite racing horse is Conman's Dream, her "homebred" and first foal. "There will be none more special than the first born!" As a veterinarian, Michelle began as an assistant at Blackstrap Hill Veterinary Clinic in Cumberland Center, Maine. After she graduated from vet school, she became an associate of the practice. Later, she branched out on her own creating her own business, Michelle MacDougall, DVM. Currently, Michelle works for herself as an equine veterinarian at Tioga Downs during the spring and summer months and at Pompano Park during the fall and winter months. In the spring of 2011, Michelle and Jason moved their stable from Maine to New York upon Jason's judgement of a better fit racetrack, at Tioga Downs. At the end of that meet, their stable was then moved to Colonial Downs in Virginia for the fall. The move to Florida was on a recommendation by fellow horsemen. They suggested trying a training center in Florida for the winter. In that winter of 2011, they moved to Reveille Farms in Astor, Florida. In 2012, they purchased their first Florida home and began the breeding program. "Now we have oranges on our license plates!" Michelle said, "We get to have Florida winter weather and New York summer weather, it's beautiful all year long. It's perfect!" Michelle's days and nights are filled with work. "I do not take days off, I do not take vacations." She works seven days a week, for most hours of the day. "I do vet work until vet work is done, I assist my husband with the stable, and then once I am home, I continue with records, billing and paperwork. I easily put 16-18-hour days, seven days a week. It's not a job for the light-hearted but I love what I do. "My clients are very understanding that when the races are going on, I will be assisting my husband's stable," Michelle added. "I also make a point of watching every race that I can, so when I am not helping in the paddock, I am sitting somewhere watching the monitors. I like to be able to see the horses at speed as well as examine them up close, and being in the paddock and watching races lets me do this. "My clients seem to appreciate this and they are very willing to schedule examinations or treatments before or after the races." Michelle starts her day early in the morning with a list of clients already written up. However, that same list becomes longer and longer throughout the day. She deals with everything from emergencies in the barnyard to last minute Coggins, which actually seem like emergencies to frantic trainers. "Michelle is dependable. She's always available when we need her. She maintains professionalism and is reasonable in every aspect. Michelle is considerate of both the trainer and the horse," said trainers Mario and Desi Dessureault. Michelle is able to compartmentalize between her personal and professional lives. "I try to treat all my horses with the utmost respect." Michelle explained. "I try to treat all patients as if they are the next world champion. I definitely try not to take anything for granted," One of Michelle's long term professional goals is to open up her own surgical facility. "I very much enjoy surgery and figured as I get older," Michelle said. "The hours I currently keep might start to catch up to me. It is not out of the question, but I currently do not have anything in place. "As far as I am concerned, I am quite happy to continue practicing within the barn areas of the racetrack. I think I have the ability to help the horses, I enjoy what I do and I can manage the hours. For now, I am content to stay as I am, but that is not ruling out a future in surgery." Although Michelle hasn't built upon her surgical dream, she has greatly impacted her current practice with the creation of a new treatment. It's called the DABS and it is a soft tissue internal blister. The procedure has helped many race horses overcome potentially career ending injuries such as bowed tendons, suspensory's, and other lower limb soft tissues by using their own blood properties in the treatment. Trainers from across the country have traveled to Tioga Downs and Florida to have the procedure done. Driver and trainer Nick Surick said "Following the advice of an owner, I sent over one of my horses to Michelle for the procedure. Although I was hesitant, I was also sure that without it, the horse would need to be turned out with a chance of not racing again. After Michelle's procedure, I have had great success and she has done other horses in my barn as well." From Coggins testing to career saving treatments and everything in between, veterinarian Michelle MacDougall has done at all, all the while tending to the trainers and horses simultaneously. She has become very well-known and has had a remarkable background working with horses in such a short period of time. There is certainly more to come. Alright, it's one week later, Michelle treated the horse for the flipped palette and I followed her advice to-a-T. We have the four hole in the fifth race and our odds seemed to skyrocket after last week's start. The horse is on the track, everything seems to be going well. Last quarter 28 seconds and change, good. Thanks to Doc MacDougall this horse is back to its normal self. I have to remember to thank her later. Thank you to Doctor Michelle MacDougall and all veterinarians for everything you do, from all horsemen, owners and trainers, and horses. by Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 18, lives in Margate, Florida and will be attending Nova Southeastern University this fall. She is the daughter of Pompano Park/Tioga Downs owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.  

Everyone has some form of a dream. Whether it's a collective dream, shared by a community, or a personal dream, held by each individual. Within the harness racing community, dreams are collectively individual. Every horseman and woman dreams of making it to the big races - the Hambletonian, the Breeders Crown, and so on. This dream is held for their individual self, but everyone in the business has the same dream, therefore making it “collectively individual”. Even though they all share the same dream, they each share it for themselves. The big races are the prime spot for gold and glory. Making it to these racetracks on these particular race days and nights is an accomplishment in itself. Just making it to the races fulfills the dreams of horsemen across the nation. However, for some, the glory doesn't end when the horse makes it to the track, but when the horse makes it to the winners circle that night. One driver/trainer in particular, has broken boundaries and has made an appearance in and won many major races. Myles “Mickey” McNichol has found himself not only in the paddock on these special nights, but in the race bike and in the winner’s circle on multiple occasions during his career. Mickey was born in the Bronx as Myles McNichol. “Growing up in the Bronx was tough so I changed my name to Mickey, after Mickey Mantle,” McNichol recounts. In 1996, Mickey’s career in the harness racing industry began. He lived near Yonkers Raceway in New York and got actually go his first job and got to go to Pompano Park in south Florida, where he groomed for Satch Werner and Ken Heeney. Mickey also went to Pace University in New York for two years to become an accountant. “Thank God I lived near Yonkers,” McNichol recollects his transition into the harness business from college. In this business, there are a variety of opportunities available to anyone interested in working with horses. On the track, these opportunities come at varying levels. Anyone of interest can become a groom, owner, trainer or driver. Some horsemen hold one or more of these available positions. Mickey has held all of them at some point in his life. “I've been in the business for over 50 years and I still love doing it, I've never had a real job,” says McNichol. As a horseman, Mickey has traveled the country - mainly the east coast - racing at all different kinds of tracks. From the southeast to the northeast, Mickey has raced at Pompano Park, Yonkers Raceway, Roosevelt Raceway, Mohawk Downs, Liberty Bell Downs, Woodbine Racetrack, Brandywine Raceway, and the grand circuit racetracks. “Those are the main tracks, there's too many to mention,” Mickey jokes. Aside from being a well-known trainer and driver, who has traveled up and down the east coast, Mickey has earned his name with the major races he has been a part of. Mickey has driven horses from every caliber, from claimers to champions. According to Mickey, the best races he has won include the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks, four Breeders Crowns, two Peter Haughton’s when the purse was one million, and the Shepherd Pace at Yonkers for $500,000. He won these great races with great horses. The best horses Mickey has trained or driven include Jazz Cosmos, Nearly Perfect, Why Not, Another Miracle, Selena Lobell, Broadway Express, and What's Next. Besides training and driving the best horses, every horseman has their favorites. A ten thousand claimer named What a Chance, the champion horse Caesars Jackpot, and the great Jazz Cosmos, were some of his favorites. “My best horses were Jazz Cosmos and Caesars Jackpot. The one I loved the most was What A Chance,” Mickey reminisces. Although McNichol has competed in every class of racing, he says his two best races were winning with the Hambletonian with Alf Palmea and losing the Hambletonian with Jazz Cosmos. “Even though I lost the Hambo with Jazz Cosmos, I won every other race with him and it was an honor winning Trotter of the Year with him in 1982.” Mickey’s biggest score did come when trainer/driver Per Eriksson asked him to drive Alf Palema in the Hambletonian. Mickey admitted he never even heard of the horse until the week before the Hambletonian. “I always think about that day I came up the rail and beat King Conch,” said McNichol. “It was the greatest day I had in the business, and when I crossed the finish line and slowed down into the first turn to come back to the winner’s circle, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it that I’d won. “The Eriksson people were so high on King Conch, McNichol recalled, “That before we went on the track for the final they never said anything to me -- no instructions or anything like that. So, I’m scoring down, and I look down and notice that he’s missing a left front shoe. I started to head back to the paddock to get a repair and then I saw that he was missing his right front shoe too. Now, I might miss a horse throwing one front shoe, but there’s no way I’m going to miss one throwing both. Then I figured out he had no shoes on any of his feet. If I had gone back to the paddock, I would have looked like a complete idiot, but nobody even bothered to tell me that they’d pulled all the shoes off!” In pursuing a career in harness racing, trainers and drivers generally have someone who sparked the interest that lead to this decision. McNichol says he looked up to trainers and drivers Stanley Dancer, George Sholty, Bill Haughton, and Herve Filion. Mickey McNichol himself can be considered an inspiration. “I grew up in his barn,” said top performing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. “I watched him dominate the race track. My father, Bruce Aldrich, worked for him for years. Watching Mickey was the moment I knew where I wanted to take my life. Mickey McNichol is the reason I became a driver.” Being in the harness business gives anyone a keen eye for talent. Horsemen come to a knack for observing horses. With McNichol’s 50-plus years in the business, he has not only achieved this talent but has been able to see the transition in talent over the years. “Horses are much more near a natural gait these days,” McNichol explained, “They are easier to break. It's still a great business. It has changed with the addition of slots. We just work with it and hope to get our fair share.” Currently, Mickey is stabled at Tioga Downs for the summer. He had been staying in Florida year-round, but has recently been teamed up with prominent owner, Fred Monteleone, who he has eight horses for. “It's worthwhile to travel north for these eight horses,” Mickey says. “It is an honor to host Mickey at this racetrack,” Said Tioga Downs director of racing Jason Bluhm. “He brings his drives and his horses. He's currently the fourth leading trainer and within the top ten leading drivers at Tioga and the caliber of his horses make race nights eventful.” Mickey also says he is in great health. “I feel great,” Mickey says. He had a bypass surgery eight years ago and has overcome numerous harness racing accidents. “I work hard at keeping healthy and no booze,” McNichol laughs. He has three kids; Melissa, Andrew, and Hayley. McNichol is engaged with Marianne Ayers to be married in September. “I couldn't be happier,” McNichol said. McNichol also likes to give special mention to his former co-owner and trainer, Joe Caraluzzi. “My friend and partner forever,” McNichol said. “We grew up in the Bronx together before harness racing and are still best friends to this day.” Mickey McNichol has had an illustrious career in harness racing, one worth special honors, a story that is still being written. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 18, lives in Margate, Florida and will be attending Nova Southeastern University this fall. She is the daughter of Pompano Park/Tioga Downs owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pompano Beach, FL...May 10, 2017...Pompano Park offered duel features on Wednesday night (May 10) with Sailer Eddie annexing the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot and Spilling The Beans eking out a photo finish win in the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares. Sailer Eddie, given a heady drive and classic rating by Dave Ingraham, took top honors in the trotting feature by scoring a near gate-to-wire win in 1:55.1, holding off his late charging stablemate, Keystone Bodacious, handled by Kevin Wallis, by three-parts-of-a-length. Chocolate Xplosion, with Alessandro Spano in the bike, finished third, 1½ lengths away while Legend Field finished fourth. Groovey Kid, suffering from a miscue at as the gate left the station, did manage to finish fifth while Commentary finished last in the sextet after "self-destructing" with a miscue of his own while in the garden spot past the opening quarter. At the outset, Commentary and Sailer Eddie both were in search of the lead with the latter assuming control heading into the initial turn and taking the field through a quick :27.1 opener. As Commentary went off stride, Chocolate Xplosion moved up a notch into second as Ingraham rated Sailer Eddie through a :30.1 second panel, reaching the half in :57.2. The pace picked up during the third quarter thwarting any serious backside bids and, turning for home, Sailer Eddie had stolen away to a 2¼ length lead. Chocolate Xplosion was unable to mount a serious threat in the lane and Keystone Bodacious, out from third, was gaining, but not enough to dent the leader's margin significantly. After the race, driver Dave Ingraham remarked, "You know, this horse just seems to love leaving from the five post. "Tonight, I sent him and was lucky to get a nice breather during that second quarter. When a horse as good as this one gets away with something like that, he's always dangerous and, tonight, he was really sharp. "I'm glad we were one slot in from Kevin's (Wallis) other horse (Keystone Bodacious) because getting the jump on him helped our cause." The win pushed Sailer Eddie's 2017 scorecard to 5-3-0 in 14 starts, good for $30,510. Lifetime, the seven year-old has 22 wins and $369,951 in bounty. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Sailer Eddie paid $6.20. The win for Spilling The Beans in the Open Pace for Mares, was quite a different story as this five year-old daughter of Camluck survived late challenges from both sides of the fence--Goldstar Rockette on the outside and Sue's Night out along the pylons. Driven by Kevin Wallis, Spilling The Beans assumed control in the first couple of strides and carved out panels of :26.1, :56.3 and 1:24.1 before a :27.4 finale was good enough to hold Goldstar Rockette (Dave Ingraham) safe by that aforementioned nostril with Sue's Night Out (Wally Hennessey) another head back in the photo. Machin Marley finished fourth, 1 ½ lengths away, while Metro Glide picked up the nickel in the field of six. In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis remarked, "This mare seems to like being on the front end and, tonight, she really wanted to be on the lead. "The first quarter was all pretty fast (:26.1) so I thought that might take a bit of sting out of her but she went on. "It was a pretty impressive mile." Trained by Dan Morrissey for owner George Robinson, Spilling The Beans won for the fourth time in only seven starts this year with her earnings now at $17,865 for the season. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Spilling The Beans returned $5.20 to win. In other action, Tom Petri's rugged trotting gelding, My Revenuer, driven by Bryce Fenn, won the $8,000 Open 2 Trot, conquering the outside eight post and seven rivals in 1:55.1 The nine year-old son of Revenue S made a bold move from seventh three-eighths into the mile and began grinding forward, reaching the lead around the final turn and sprinting home a handy winner--3 1/2 lengths--over Skyway Pippen (Joe Sanzeri) with Flashy Lady (Tim Maier) third. I'll Tell You What and Stryker Ace picked up the final awards in the field of eight. My Revenuer won for the fifth time this year in 16 starts, good for $30,395. He's won 34 times in a career measuring 194 starts with earnings vaulting to $260,954. Off as the 7 to 2 second choice, My Revenuer paid $9.60 to win. Racing continues on Sunday with a Super Hi-5 carryover of well over $21,000 awaiting. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...May 9, 2017...Pompano Park Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt has announced a revised harness racing schedule for the remainder of the meet, which concludes May 31. The track will be racing Sunday nights and Wednesday night throughout the month to accommodate any horsemen who wish to "race back" through the end of the season. Prewitt said, "We had originally planned to race Sundays and Tuesdays but, with many stables on their way up north and remaining horsemen seeking additional racing opportuni9ties, we made the change." Pompano's wagering menu remains the same with carryovers, if any, being part of a mandatory payout night on May 31. Currently, the carryover on Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 is $16,474 going into the Wednesday night (May 10) program. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

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