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Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2021...Rebellious and In Secret shared the spotlight with harness racing wins in their respective Open Handicap events at Pompano Park on Monday (February 22). Rebellious, again handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, scored in the $11,000 feature for the pacers in 1:51.4, using a :27.1 finale to hold Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons), safe by a length on the wire. Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) was third, 2 ½ lengths away after an evenly rated effort while Skip To My Lou finished fourth. Ideal Feeling picked up the nickel after a first up backside bid reaching third around the final bend. Rebellious, a seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, took charge around the opening turn and set fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 along the way to score his third win in four 2021 starts and 44th success in a career that has seen his lifetime bounty vault to $340,206 with this win.   In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey lamented, "Mike (trainer Deters) has him razor sharp. He's a great horse and, when I got to the half in :56.3, I felt really confident since he went to the half in :55 and a piece last week and won. It was just another typical, great performance for him." In echoing Hennessey, trainer Deters said, "I thought he raced awesome tonight. He's got great gate speed and coasted to the front pretty easily. That breather in the second quarter helped--you know Wally has a stopwatch in his head--and sprinted the last half!" As the slight favorite at even money on the board (Skip To My Lou was 6 to 5). Rebellious paid $4.20 to his multitude of faithful. In Secret took top honors in the companion $11,500 Open Handicap Trot as driver David Miller took this nine year-old altered son of Deweycheatumnhowe to the front an eighth into the mile and posted times of $27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.3, sealing the issue with a final :28.4 panel to hold off the very fast closing Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) by a neck in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting 13 year-old Cantab Lindy (Jon MacDonald) and Gemologist (Andy Santeramo) tied for third with My Uncle Cuz picking up the minor award in the classy septet.   Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, In Secret sent his lifetime bankroll roaring to $873,253 with the win--the 43rd of his career. Off at 3 to 5, In Secret paid $3.20 to win. Other notable performances on Monday included a $10,000 Open II Pace win by Sgt Papa Daddy in 1:52.1 and a 1:55.4 score for BJ Lorado in the companion $10,000 Open II Trot. Sgt Papa Daddy ($13.40) eked out a photo finish win by a neck for John MacDonald over the favorite Stone Hanover (Peter Wrenn) to send his lifetime victory total to 36 and earnings to $263,998. The seven year-old gelded son of Rockin Image is trained by Brandy Wine for the J P Stables. The millionaire pacer with 100 lifetime wins Southwind Amazon (Braxton Boyd) was a fast closing third in this event while Real Peace and Unlikeanyother were next in the octet. BJ Lorado's late lunge right on the wire earned him the nose decision for David Miller over EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Simply Volo (Wally Hennessey), who led much of the way, was third in this "bang-bang" finish. Keegan Ho and Tech Titan were next. BJ Lorado, a seven year-old gelding by Bo W, has 26 career wins and earnings of $181,433. He's trained by Marc Major for Michael and Diane Norcross. He paid $10.20 to win. Also, La Rockin Sampson, a recent claim for $20,000 and now in the stable of Ken Holliday, scored his second straight win in the $10,000 ($20,000-$30,000) Claiming Handicap--he was in for $27,000--by scoring a near gate-to-wire win in 1:52. Trained by Holliday, who co-owns with Todd Liebman and Allan Alkes, La Rockin Sampson, a five year-old gelding by Rockin Image, was off at 6 to 1--the same as he was last week--and paid $14.20 to win. The identical event for trotters went to Timon AS--his second straight win--in 1:54.2. Confidentally handled by Peter Wrenn, this five year-old son of Lionhunter roared from last half way through the mile, went on a double-bubble binge 3/8ths from home and went on to score a length-and-a-half decision over the pacesetting Boinganator (Kevin Wallis) with Cartier Zette (Mike Simons) third. Impactor and Mister Muscle followed in the septet. Trained by Melanie Wrenn for owner Michael Guest, Timon AS earned his 18th career success in 50 career starts to send his lifetime earnings to $93,010. Surprisingly, Timon AS, who won last week at 3 to 5 in this same class, was off at 9 to 5 this time around and paid $5.60. Another noteworthy performance was that of track record holder Panocchio, who reached the winner's circle for the 73rd time during his illustrious career. The now 11 year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended scored in 1:52.3 for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Jim Mattison, co-owner with wife Vicki and Emile Johnson. It was the 47th success for Panocchio over Pompano's five-eighths mile oval. The slight favorite at 6 to 5, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. The comeback for the near million dollar winner Funknwaffles ($965,624 coming in) continued on Monday night as this now seven year-old gelded son of American Ideal scored in 1:51 for David Miller in a gritty mile going first up on the backside and squeaking by a game Lyons Night Hawk (John MacDonald) by a neck. Trained by Tony Alagna, making his first start ever at Pompano Park, Funknwaffles is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and paid $3.20 to win. Finally, Millennial, driven by Joe Chindano, Jr., won the Super Hi-5 finale at 38 to1 and keyed a 1-4-3-7-2 combo that lead to a $100,453.86 payday bonanza for one fortunate member of the "Send-It-In" army. Handle for the night, once again, eclipsed the million dollar mark with $1,064,366 wagered on the 12 race program. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,710 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which begins in race 6. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Coral Springs, FL – On Sunday afternoon there was a meeting held with the Pompano Park horse people and track management that does not bode well for harness racing’s future at the track. Joe Morris, Vice President of Racing for Eldorado, which owns Pompano Park, met with the horsemen and women in the race paddock to discuss the future of harness racing at the facility. Morris said the Florida Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) have been notified that Eldorado would allow harness racing next year, but that could be the end of racing at the historic track. “We are in deep negotiations with Eldorado,” explained Joe Pennacchio, president of the FSBOA. “We are trying to find a path forward to continue harness racing in Florida. Joe Morris has been great to deal with, very transparent, upfront. Lawyers on both sides have been in discussions on this statute and that statute and what ifs.” The FSBOA has had a lawsuit since April 2020 against Eldorado concerning their efforts to obtain a full Jai Alai permit that would then do away with harness racing. Eldorado would like to see that lawsuit go away. On Friday, Feb. 28 is when Eldorado must submit their race dates for the 2021 state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.  “We are trying to iron out everything we can before then.” Pennacchio said. “But there is no gun to our heads. We will be racing here until June 30 and continue to negotiate. “We have some major hurdles to overcome,” Pennacchio added. “At the meeting the horsemen asked Joe Morris if there will be a race meet next year and he answered them. They also asked why they cannot race long term and the answer was because of the value of the property.” It has been said that the 226 acres that Pompano Park sits on is worth an estimated $2 million an acre for development. The FSBOA Directors said they will be discussing the offer in great detail and are optimistic that an arrangement can be made that will be beneficial to both organizations. “I am cautiously optimistic that we have two parties that are trying to work to a conclusion that benefits everybody and maybe we can put that together.” Attempts were made to contact Joe Morris at Pompano Park to no avail. Pompano Park has been a winter haven for harness racing since the 1950’s. It was nicknamed the Winter Capital of Harness Racing and at one point housed nearly 2,000 horses and had hundreds of caretakers, trainers and drivers living and working at the track seven days a week. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...February 17...In an event that took a photo finish camera to separate five mares within a neck of each other at the wire, Prairie Westerngal, driven by Wally Hennessey, emerged victorious in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open I-II Handicap on Tuesday night (February 16), covering the mile in 1:52.3. The win gave trainer Mike Deters his second feature win in, roughly, 24 hours as his Rebellious took top honors in the similar event for the boys on Monday night. The official margin was a "head" at the wire with the fast closing Take Abit Of Life (Mike Simons) second and Crisp Mane (David Miller), Tempus Seelster and Ask Me Ifi Care next--all separated by noses. As the wings folded, Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) was sent out in full flight and roared through an opening panel in 26.4. Maintaining her lead at the half in :56.1, Ask Me Ifi Care was beginning to feel the heat through a :27.2 third panel by She'sgotitgoingon with Prairie Westerngal sitting chilly in the garden spot and Crisp Mane second over and two lengths away. In the lane, there was a quintet of mares fanned across the track with Prairie Westerngal finding a seam and knifing on through when given room to roam. In a post-race interview, trainer Deters remarked about this five year-old daughter of Western Ideal saying, "You know, she raced very well a week ago in finishing fifth with very strong pace at the end. I was hoping for a bit of class relief because she hadn't dented the top three in the top class in her last few starts. But the race was written as an Open I-II so she had to stay where she had been racing. "She got shuffled a bit last week so I was thinking 'let's not get stuck and shuffled again.' I casually mentioned that to Wally--as if I really needed to--and Wally said, 'I'll take care of everything!' "I was very proud of her as this is a highly competitive group of mares and it was a great finish!" Hennessey also had a word remarking, "She gave a good hint the week before and she really responded well when we got clear at mid-stretch." Hall of Famer Hennessey continued, "I'll tell you who also deserves kudos--the track crew! Danny Roberts and his guys did some amazing work in getting the racetrack after that huge storm that hit before the races. It was an absolute miracle what he did. And, by the time we went to the gate, the track was as good as if the sun was shining!" For Prairie Westerngal, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing, this was her initial win of 2021 and 14th lifetime, sending her lifetime bankroll to $152,653. Off as the 7 to 2 second choice, Prairie Westerngal paid $9.00 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday with another guaranteed pool on the popular Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $44,612. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 16...Rebellious returned to the harness racing wars after being given a couple of weeks off to "freshen up" and proved that the vacation was well worth it by scoring a 1:49.4 win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open I-II Handicap Pace on Monday night (February 15). Handle for the night was $1,608,440, an all-time record since the track opened in 1964 and the 14th million dollar handle night this season, far eclipsing the number of million dollar handle during the previous 56 seasons. For Rebellious, a seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, had Wally Hennessey in the sulky and took charge from his post five around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.1 along the way before holding off the bid of the pocket-sitting Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons) to score by a half-length. Ideal Feeling (Rick Plano) was third, three lengths away, while Kinnder Jackson finished fourth. Real Peace picked up the nickel after a modest bid heading into the final turn. Rebellious, who got into a :26, :53.3 and 1:21.2 war in his last start on January 25 before exhaustion set in, was smartly given time extra time off to "clear his head" and came back and rewarded his faithful with his best performance since his return to South Florida in early December.   Said trainer Mike Deters, "He had an extremely tough trip in his last start so I decided to give him an extra week and turn him out to clear his head. He always seems to race very well off of a little freshen up time and he was really exceptional tonight. It was a superior effort and the fact that he dug in when it counted was really impressive in my eyes." Driver Hennessey merely echoed Deters' comments by simply saying, "He's just a very special horse!" The win was the 43rd in 116 career starts for Rebellious and sent his lifetime bounty to $334,706. Despite the three week respite, Rebellious was the 8 to 5 choice and paid $5.20 to win. In the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, Born To Thrive, the gutsy eight year-old altered son of Swan For All, overcame his assigned outside post and won his third straight Open Handicap Trot, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:52.4--his previous 1:52.4 win over the larger Hoosier Park oval three seasons back. Born To Thrive used, virtually, the same tactics as in his previous two wins--away near the back of the pack and beginning his grind forward once the opening panel was completed. The 1 to 2 favorite, In Secret (David Miller), was second, a neck back of the winner, with Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) just another nose back in third in the "bang-bang" finish. Sooo Handsome, a stablemate of Born To Thrive, was fourth while The Lionking AS picked up the minor award, At the outset, an early battle developed as Muscles For Life left alertly to take charge only to yield to In Secret at the opener in :27.1. The latter then took the field to a :56 half as Born To Thrive reached fourth and kept grinding away through a picked up :28.1 third quarter to reach second around the final bend. Once they straightened away, the determined Born To Thrive kept gnawing away and just did get up a stride or two from the wire. After the event, Plano lamented, "He (Born To Thrive) is really good now. As you can see, the gets very determined once they straighten away for the wire. He doesn't mind the 'open air' at all and can stay outside all day long! "You know, he almost died last summer with kidney failure and was sidelined in the hospital for three or four weeks. The prognosis wasn't good at all but he came through that is as good as ever. "He's just a wonderful horse that's great to be around and a good reason to get up in the morning and go to work!" Plano trains Born To Thrive for Maryann Plano and John Campagnuolo and won for the 43rd time during a career where he has banked $435,122. Despite his two race win streak coming in, Born To Thrive was only third choice in the wagering at 9 to 2 and paid $11.80. Racing continues on Tuesday with free programs available on the isle casino racing website and yet another guaranteed pool--$20,000 --on the nightly Pick-4. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2021...Pompano Park's annual pro-am team challenge for charity featuring harness racing greats Tim Tetrick and David Miller went down to the wire on Sunday night (February 14) with Team Tetrick ekeing out a "photo finish" win.. The four race competition featured Tetrick and Miller as captains of their respective teams with many of the finest amateur drivers in the sport benefitting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The final tally was 85-83 with Joe Pennacchio's win with his trotting mare leaving the Miller team just two points short as the Tetrick team managed to finish 2-3 in the final event to barely protect their precarious lead going into the final leg. The four race event kicked off with MIller and Tetrick finishing one-two with Verdi D Em and General Jackson, respectively, Forbidden Song (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) finished third as the first round ended in a 21-21 tie.   Verdi D Em, a 12 year-old gelded son of Neon Jiel, covered the mile in a season's best 1:56.3 for owner-trainer John Hallett to vault his career earnings to $349.336. The winner paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting and completed a David Miller Daily Double returning $26.60. In the second leg, Tim Tetrick sent Prince Of Minto ($11.20) zipping off the wings from the outside 8 post into the lead and that eight year-old son of Angus Hall never relinquished and scored in 1:57.3 for his initial win of the year for Leon Cable, who trains for owner David Jarvis. Cashahallic (Ron Cusimano-Team Tetrick)) was moved up to second on a disqualification while Fleet Cessna (Billy Muggleston-Team Miller) also improved a spot to be placed third. The Tetrick victory sent his team into a 49-35 lead after round two with that win putting Tim to within one win of 12,000 lifetime. In the third leg, Dein Spriggs, (Team Miller) with 479 career wins coming in, scored the triumph with his own Uva Hanover, ($11.60) a 10 year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, stopping the timer in 1:55. Glide In The Wind (David Miller) was left in his wake, six lengths back, with Santini (Steve Oldford-Team Tetrick) third. The classy Uva Hanover, trained by Allen Saul for Spriggs, vaulted his career bounty to $557,853. After round three. the score tightened with Team Tetrick holding an eight point lead--67-59. The final leg went to the bay mare named Grey ($7.00) for Joe Pennacchio (Team Miller) in a well-rated 1:56.1, a seasonal best. She blasted off the wings to take charge, opened with a :28.3 panel, got a breather to the :58.2 half, was confronted on the final bend (1:27.3) and used a :28.3 finale to hold off Big Boy Rosco (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) by a neck. Tymal Tullo (Tim Tetrick) finished third with the final outcome resulting in that aforementioned 85-83 Team Tetrick win. Representatives for New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation were in the winner's circle as each charity received a $5,000 donation from the Florida Amateur Drivers Club, in cooperation with the U.S.T.A. The U.S.T.A. was also represented during the festivities with Mike Tanner and Wendy Ross, among others, in attendance with Tanner, in a winner's circle interview, remarking, "It's events and nights like this that make harness racing the grand sport that it still is. To be able to help great organizations like New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through harness racing is absolutely outstanding and we are glad to be a small part of it. The Florida Amateur Driving Club deserves kudos for making this an annual tradition and it shows what gentlemen like David Miller and Tim Tetrick are--not only great horsemen but great individuals." Wagering for the program was, once again, over $1 million with the final total being $1,126,910 for the nine race program--the 13th time this season that handle has eclipsed $1 million with several near misses, as well. Racing continues on Monday with a 13 race bonanza featuring twin $30,000 guarantees on the two Pick-4 events encompassing races 6 through 9 and races 10 through 13. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $8,236.47. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13...In what has become a valued annual tradition at Pompano Park, harness racing Hall of Fame drivers Tim Tetrick and David Miller will, once again, team up with many of the best amateur drivers in the sport in the 2021 edition of the Tetrick-Miller Challenge, benefiting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The four race competition covers races two through five and adds a special flavor to the track's popular Pick-5 event, which features a $125,000 guaranteed pool beginning with the first race/ Miller and Tetrick have won a combined 25,205 races during their grand careers with owners benefiting to the tune of close to $500,000 million. The last leg of the competition--the fifth race--will also be a milestone for Miller as it will be 77,777th career drive. Reflecting on the importance of the competition, Miller related, "I have been most fortunate to be able to compete successfully in an industry I love so much. There are those children that have not been as fortunate as I and it's a great feeling to participate for the Make-A-Wish organization that does so much for the kids. It truly is an honor." Tetrick reflected, "New Vocations is a place that takes care of many of our great equine athletes after their racing days are over. These horses give us everything they have every time they go behind the (starting) gate and New Vocations gives everything they have to make sure they (horses) have the retirement they deserve." The event was created by the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that has donated well over $200,000 to worthwhile charitable charities since their inception as all drivers donate their earnings from purses to charity. The $125,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 comes after a pair of long-shots, William Star at 54 to 1 and Just Don't Wait at 26 to 1, won back-to-back races on Thursday night's program capped by a photo finish in the finale preventing one bettor from a payoff of over $30,000. Sunday's program also features a carryover in the Pick-6 of $11,211.81 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,918.23. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 10...Lucky Artist A, confidently handled by Mike Simons, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open I Handicap pace for mares on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:51.1. The eight year-old daughter of Artistic Fella made a bold, first up bid on the backside, engaged in an all-out war with the favorite Crisp Mane (David Miller) during the final quarter and prevailed by a half-length over the latter on the wire, with the late charging Tempus Seelster (Joe Chindano, Jr.) just another nose back in third. Ask Me Ifi Care was next with Prairie Westerngal Gal picking up the nickel in the classy septet. As the wings folded, Tempus Seelster left sharply from her six post into a quick early lead with Crisp Mane, leaving from post seven, on the prowl and taking command at the opening panel in :27 with Prairie Westerngal third and Lucky Artist A next. Shortly after the half in a snappy :55.2, Simons tilted Lucky Artist A to the outside and sent her on a :26.4 backside blitz to engage Crisp Man in war at the third station in 1:23.1. In the lane, it was nip and tuck with Tempus Seelster also joining the fray in deep stretch with Lucky Artist emerging on top when it counted--on the wire.   In a post-race interview, Simons related, "This was the first time I drove this mare and I knew she had talent because she's been competitive in the top class before. On the backside, I thought 'if I sit too long, I'll get shuffled' so I gave her a chance to go and she was really strong. Pretty impressive that she gained during a very quick third quarter and she didn't give an inch. Very powerful performance, I would say." Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A, approaching a milestone 100 starts--next one will be 100--won for the 20th time in her career sending her lifetime bounty to $140,936. As third choice in the wagering, Lucky Artist A paid $9.40 to win. In the $10,000 Open II Pace for mares, Casie's Believer, driven by Joe Chindano, Jr., used a backstretch surge from fourth into the lead at the final bend and went on to a win measuring 3 3/4 lengths in a lifetime best mile of 1:51.1. Jazzy Image (David Miller) was second while Take Abit Of Life (Mike Simons) closed fastest of all to finish third. Image Of ADream and Another Beach Day were next in the field of seven. Casie's Believer, a six year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar owned and trained by Chindano, earned her 15th career win--first this year--to send her lifetime bankroll to $108,234. As the 2 to 1 chalk, Casie's Believer paid $6.20 to win. Wally Hennessey had a driving triple of the Tuesday program with Trottin For Cash ($13.20), Glenferrie Blade A ($3.80) and Wild Nite Tina ($6.60) while David Miller and Corey Braden each had driving doubles on the card--MIller with Jaded Dream ($22.00) and She's Sporty A ($11.40) and Braden with Gold Star Igotdis ($4.80) and Steal My Thunder ($9.40). In another oddity of sorts, three Australian bred horses won back-to-back-to-back events--the aforementioned Glenferrie Blade A, Shes Sporty A and Lucky Artist A. Racing continues of Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,803.42 Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 9...Skip To My Lou, again superbly handled by 21 year-old Joe Chindano, Jr., took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open I Pace on Monday (February 8), scoring his third straight win in the top class, this time stopping the timer in 1:49. Not only was the clocking the fastest mile of the Pompano meeting thus far, it was the first sub-1:50 mile for young Chindano in his career. Skip To My Lou, the tiny five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, scored by a length-and-a-quarter over Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) with Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) third. Kinnder Jackson finished fourth in the sextet while Lyons Night Hawk picked up the nickel. The event had, literally, more than a handful of leaders during the mile with Kinnder Jackson leaving with alacrity only to give way to Southwind Amazon, also zipping off the wings and taking the field through a sizzling opening panel of :25.4. Shortly thereafter, Lyons Night Hawk surged to the front and took the field to the half in a dazzling :53.3 with Southwind Amazon out and driving again once they entered the backstretch. On the backside, Prairie Panther, fourth through the first half mile, marched up with a third quarter :27.2 binge of his own to take charge leaving Skip To My Lou, fifth halfway through, on a first up bid of his own and moving alongside the leader past the third station in 1:21.2. These two raced as a team until mid-stretch when Skip To My Lou surged past and on to victory.   After the race, a humble Chindano explained, "Wow! That was my fastest mile I ever drove--my first sub-1:50 mile. I sure didn't expect it, that's for sure. Early on, I was just content to let the others fight it out and, when I saw the half in :53.3, I thought I had a good chance to win. I wasn't thinking about 1:50 or anything like that, I was thinking my little guy could win. This was something I'll never forget!" For Skip To My Lou, owned and trained by Chindano, Jr., the win was the fourth in five starts, sending his 2021 bankroll to $23,070 and $135,151 career-wise. As the 2 to 1 favorite, Skip To My Lou paid $6.00 to win. The companion $11,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Born To Thrive for Rick Plano in 1:53.2. The rugged eight year-old gelded son of Swan For All, also trained by Plano for John Campagnuolo and Maryann Plano, assigned the outside post in his sextet, was away last in the field before beginning to grind forward just prior to the opening quarter and kept gnawing away the rest of the way before assuming command at mid-stretch and winning holding off stablemate Sooo Handsome (Dave Ingraham) by a half-length. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) finished third after being in the garden spot most of the mile. Classicality finished fourth while Cantab Lindy, who cut fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24, finished fifth to pick up the final award. Born To Thrive sent his 2021 scorecard to 3-0-2 in six starts, good for earnings of $19,510. Lifetime, Born To Thrive now has 42 career victories and $429,622. Off at 8 to 5, Born To Thrive paid $5.20 to win. There were also a pair of $10,000 Open II events on the Monday card with Real Peace taking the pace and In Secret reporting home a winner in the trot--both driven by David Miller, who had a grand slam on the card. Real Peace, a six year-old altered son of Real Desire, led just about every long stride of his mile and scored in 1:50.2--sealing the deal with a pair of :27.2 panels after a :55.3 half. Stone Racer (Wally Hennessey) was second followed by the pocket-sitting Solo Story (Braxton Boyd). Let's Roll, closing fastest of all--:27--finished fourth while When You Dance picked up the minor award in the septet. Trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, Real Peace earned his 23rd career win--second this semester--to send his lifetime bankroll to $237,994. He paid $4.60 as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite. In Secret, also trained by Devan Miller for Sylvia Burke, made a sharp quarter move to the top and pulled away to a three length win in 1:53.2. The nine year-old gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe vaulted his career bankroll to $864,753 with his 42nd career success. EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second with Gemologist (Andy Santeramo) third. Tech Titan and Bumblebzbuzz were next in the field of seven. In Secret, off at 1 to 2, paid $3.00 to his multitude of faithful. Miller also hit the winner's circle with the 11 year-old Feelin Lika Winner ($3.00), who scored in 1:52 for trainer Cassandra Uppal, who co-owns with Rebecca Uppal, and Unlikeanyother ($5.60), scoring handily in 1:51.3--that latter trained by Jake Huff for Carlo Angelillo, Christopher Cusimano, Jr. and Ron Cusimano. Finally, when Rockin Machine ($10.00) took the Super Hi-5 finale in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1 for trainer-driver Rick Plano and owner Maryann Plano, it proved to be the key for a single 20 cent ticket payoff of $89,424.02 covering the 6-9-2-3-1 combination. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $20,000 guaranteed pool the track's Pick-4. Post time is set for7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 6...For those harness racing devotees that aren't quite satisfied with just wings, cold beer, pretzels and chips, Pompano Park will host a special racing program on Sunday night (February 7). Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt explained, "We have had many requests to race on Super Bowl night and, since we always want to please the devoted members of the "Send-It-In" Army, we, of course, said 'yes.'" The nine race program features a Pick-4 guaranteed pool of $20,000, as well as a Super Hi-5 finale bursting at the seams with a carryover of $67,056.67 That event has a well matched field of nine with combined earnings of close to $2 million headlined by the $724,605 winner Rock On Moe. The 13 year-old warrior is approaching 50 lifetime wins. Trainer Dan Daley is expected to be in his sulky. Another veteran in the field is the 12 year-old Neptune, making his 2021 debut for 21 year-old owner-trainer-driver Joe Chindano, Jr. Post time for the Super Bowl Special program at Pompano Park is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 3, 2021...Crisp Mane, whose late surge last week fell a neck short at the wire, rallied in the final stages of the feature $11,000 harness racing event for mares on Tuesday at Pompano Park and took top honors, ironically, by a neck, for David Miller in 1:52.3. The talented five year-old daughter of Sportswriter turned the tables on Tempus Seelster (Joe Chindano, Jr.) this time around with Roll With Angel (Ken Holliday) third, 3¼ lengths away. Cult Icon finished fourth while Prairie Westerngal picked up the nickel in the septet. As the outset, Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) zipped off the wings from post 6 into an open lead early as Tempus Seelster, post four, also left with alacrity and forged her way to the front at the hot opener of :26.3 on this cold, windy night by South Florida standards. Crisp Mane was third at this point through a half in a rated :56.3. On the backside, Crisp Mane went first up to engage during a :27.2 third panel, reaching the saddle-pad of the leader past the third station in 1:24. Turning for home, Tempus Seelster appeared to put Crisp Mane away by sprinting away to a 1½ length lead at mid-stretch but Crisp Man kept gnawing away in the final stages to get up on the wire. Miller, reflecting on Crisp Mane's performance, said "it was a bit chilly for all of us out there and she was going some in that third quarter. We seemed to lose a bit of momentum on the turn but, once she straightened, she got rolling again and got there. She's tough and consistent!" Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, Crisp Mane now has 13 career wins and $213,625 on her card. Crisp Mane Off as the favorite at 3 to 5, Crisp Mane paid $3.20 to her multitude of faithful. The $10,000 Open II for the mares went to Ask Me Ifi Care, confidently and perfectly handled by Mike Micallef. Ask Me Ifi Care scored handily by two lengths over Take Abit Of Life (Mike Simons) with Rockin Serena (Peter Wrenn) next. Casie's Believer and Rock N Roll Rosie were next with favored Image Of A Dream finished sixth. Ask Me Ifi Care, the six year-old daughter of Manhardt, dipping down a notch from the top class, changed strategy this time around as Micallef let Rockin Serena take charge early through an opening quarter in :28 with Micallef on the prowl and taking charge shortly thereafter. Rating Ask Me Ifi Care to a half in a leisurely :58, the leader repelled the looming threat of Take Abit Of Life with a :27.2 third panel before a :28.4 finale sealed the deal. Trained by Micallef, who co-owns with Geoff Howles, Ask Me Ifi Care won for the 23rd time in her 95 career starts with her lifetime earnings vaulting to $265,220 with the win. Off as fourth choice at 9 to 2, Ask Me Ifi Care paid $11.20 to win. Ask Me Ifi Care David Miller had a natural hat trick on the Tuesday program, winning the first three races while Wally Hennessey had a driving double. Also, 18 year-old Brett Beckwith, who got his first pari-mutuel win one week ago with Amarettigone at 5 to 1 odds, repeated that winning performance in a conditioned event for mares in what looked like a replay from last week as the seven year-old daughter of Real Desire used a :28.4 blitz home to score in 1:54.4. This time around, Amarettigone, trained by Melissa Beckwith for owner Olivia Derue, was 8 to 1 and paid $19.40 to win. Once again, handle for the 10 race program eclipsed $1,000,000 with the final total $1,052,717. Racing continues on Wednesday with a guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, a carryover in the Pick-6 and a Super Hi-5 finale with the jackpot now at $54,764.89. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                     John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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