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Pompano Beach, FL - The "celebrities" are at Eldorado Pompano Park this season, both on and the off the harness racing track. Celebrity Stallone recently qualified this past Tuesday at Pompano Park and low and behold in the race paddock and then on the track apron was Dante Stallone, the younger half-brother of world-renowned Hollywood star, Sylvester Stallone. It was announced by owner Sam Stathis of Celebrity Farms, NY, that Dante Stallone has purchased a share and is now a part-owner of the Father Patrick colt, Celebrity Stallone. Stathis is also Dante Stallone's business manager. "I have known Dante for a number of years," said Stathis. "And always promised him one day I would name a good colt after him and his family and that day has come. Dante wants to learn more about harness racing so I sold him a share of the horse." Dante Stallone, 21, is attending Florida State University and studying towards a bachelor of science degree in biological science. He also works in his spare time as an actor, producer and screenwriter. "Before being introduced to the world of harness racing," Stallone said. "The only experience I had with the sport was what I saw on TV. Getting licensed and now owning my own horse legitimizes my interests. It still seems so surreal." After getting his owners license, Stallone was treated to a ride in the starting gate to watch a qualifying race. All Standardbred horses must trot or pace in a certain standard of time in order to be qualified to race at the track. "This was my first time at the racetrack," Stallone said. "And what a blast it was. I had the best seat in the house to view my first race while riding in the starting gate." Celebrity Stallone did very well as the two-year-old finished third and was race timed in 2:00.4. "From what I observed," Stallone said. "Celebrity Stallone has major promise on the track. After gaining some more experience I believe he'll be a force to be reckoned with." Stallone said it was nearly a perfect night at the races. "The track was beautiful, the Eldorado casino was fantastic, and the restaurant superb," Stallone added. "We ate at Farradday's Steakhouse after the qualifying races and what great food and service. Also, I got my first taste of the thrill of horse gambling, losing $50 dollars on a shady tip!" Stallone, who is on Christmas break from college, will be in south Florida for a month and Sam Stathis said his education into harness racing will be fast and furious. "Already Friday morning I had Dante here at Olympia Palm Beach (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center)," Stathis said. "And Dante is learning how to groom horses, put on a harness and even got to take Celebrity Stallone on the racetrack in one of our Theometrics Exotic Chariots. "We are already working on a special night at Pompano Park," Stathis explained. "When both Celebrity Stallone and Celebrity Eventsy are both racing, we will be inviting newcomers from all over South Florida via networking, to come out for a night of fun, hear about fractional ownership, get to meet Dante, and learning about how great harness racing is." The event date, times and location at Eldorado Pompano Park will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.worldchariot.org. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms  

Pompano Beach, FL - On Thursday night the North American harness racing record for trotters going five-eighths of a mile was both set and tied in the Dash For The Cash Series at Eldorado Pompano Park. The North American record that was set was done so by Sam Stathis's Celebrity Eventsy ($7.00) in the third race trot, the third of three $10,000 Dash For The Cash divisions on the program. With trainer/driver Sam Stathis in the sulky, Celebrity Eventsy was able to grab the early lead away from Katch Kanna (Aaron Byron) by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Celebrity Eventsy and Stathis then held the field at bay as they led at the half mile in :55.4 and then won by one and one-half lengths in 1:10 over Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham) with Railee Workable (Bryce Fenn) third. A five-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions, the 1:10 clocking was the fastest ever by a mare going five-eighths of a mile. It was her second win this season. She is a career winner of $581,000 and is owned by Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. Earlier on the card, in the first race, second trot division of the Dash For The Cash, Bioness, with trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, also wired the field, going in a speedy 1:09. That time tied Bioness with Sooo Handsome, who set the mark in February of this year, also at Pompano Park. Bioness defeated Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) with Fleetwood Hall (James Hysell) third. It was the second straight win and seventh of the season for Bioness, a seven-year-old gelding by Sam Bourbon, who is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable of Wilkes-Barre, PA and paid $7.40 to win. There was a pacing division of the Dash For The Cash Series in the second race and that took the photo finish camera to decide the winner. Polak A and Hunter Oakes went right to the lead and sizzled to the opening quarter mile in :26.2, then cut the mile to the half in :54 and had the lead starting down the stretch. Meanwhile, Feelin Lika Winner and driver David Ingraham got away in fifth place, then moved up to third place at the top of the stretch and keeping to the inside, gained ground with every stride and nipped Polak A at the wire by a nose. Bowedfortyova (Gregory Merton) was third. The time of the mile was 1:08 as Feelin Lika Winner posted his eighth win of the year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Feelin Friskie is trained and co-owned by Casandra Uppal with Rebecca Uppal of Middletown, IN. He paid $11.20 to win. By Steve Wolf  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 3, 2018...French driver Jean Philippe Bazire was the harness racing star at Pompano Park on Sunday night (December 2) in the highly anticipated competition entitled the "France-USA Challenge." Bazire, 32, had two wins and a third in the three race competition as the French team out-slugged the home-team 101-82. The French native kicked off the festivities with a gate-to-wire win with Skyway Priss, the 10 year-old daughter of Cincinnati Kid trained by Dale Gilmour for owner "1940 LLC." It was the first win on U.S. soil for Bazire, who competed last year at Pompano Park and had a second place finish and a third place finish in his only two starts here. Said Bazire after the race, "I knew this is a classy mare with a lot of money earned at over 40 wins in her career (46 to be precise coming in to the action), and I thought if I could take the lead early, I would be competitive. Competitive she was as she clicked off fractions of :29, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal. Love Hunter, driven by Ron Cusimano, finished second with Holiday Spirit, handled by visitor Emmanuel Puniere, was third leaving France with a 37-24 lead after round one. Skyway Priss paid $6.00 to win as the second choice in the betting. Bazire then led Power and Faith, trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard, to a wire-to-wire win in 1:59, holding off a determined effort by You Cant Habit, with Carl Garofalo in the bike, by a half length. Put On The Day, driven by Tony Ciuffetelli, was third with the French contingent earning a narrow 31-30 decision for the round an overall lead of 68-54 going into the finale. Off at 18 to 1, Power and Faith paid $38.00 to win. In the final leg, the French bred Verdi D Em, driven by Malta's Omar Caucki ("Cow-Key"), a relatively new arrival in the U.S., moved down the favorite Cantab Lindy, with Brent Davis, in 1:56. In that event, Cantab Lindy, beginning from post nine, went grinding his way to the front after a swift opening panel in :27.1 with the eventual winner parked every step while the leader carded fractions of :56.3 and 1:26.2. In the lane, Verdi's D Em charged to the front at mid-stretch and on to a 2 1/2 length win, a new lifetime mark for the nine year-old gelded son of Neoh Jiel. Trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo, Verdi D Em sent his lifetime bankroll to $296,874 and rewarded his faithful with a $34.80 mutual. The final tally was 101-82 with the French team taking home the top honors and Bazire recognized as the leading driver with 38 individual points. In accepting the recognition for his achievement, Bazire said, "It's an honor to compete here in Florida, I love the hospitality and the weather. Of course, I am happy to pick up the wins here. I was so close last year, so this night will be in my memory forever." Bazire added, "I guess I got some genes from my relative Jean-Michel Bazire, who has won many top races, including the Prix d'Amerique with Moni Maker in 1999. Noted as an all-around horseman throughout the industry worldwide, Jean-Michel has 6086 career wins--472 of those as a jockey! In Pompano Park's $10,000 Open I Handicap pace, Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, put on yet another game performance as the eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended held off Casimer Richie P, with John MacDonald in the bike, and Dinky Dune, handled by Andy Shetler, by a half length in 1:51.4. Said Hennessey after the event, "He (Panocchio) might have a little age on him now (he is eight), but he hasn't lost one iota of his gameness and will to win. He is something else." Panocchio, a gelded son of No Pan Intended, now has a 63-41-12 scorecard in 166 career starts, good for $563,138 to go along with his track record at Pompano Park of 1:48.3. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 pool, a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $41,394. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 26, 2018...Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line. The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie. Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning drives in the events with drivers Jim Meittinis and Mike Simons taking one each. Here is a recap of the Breeders Stake festivities in South Florida. $49,200 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Kerry B, a slick looking daughter of Muscle Mass, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay, took command early on from post one and wired together panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3 before sealing the issue with a :30 finale to hit the wire in 2:01.3, scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over another Sears trainee, Proud Sophie. Crown Bushy suffered from a miscue early and finished third in the trio. The win was number five on the season for Kerry B and pushed her seasonal bounty to $49,447 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 2:00.4. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Prairie Gem, a sharp looking gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, took this event in a lifetime best 1:59.2 for Jim Meittinis, who was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Fritz Racing, Laurie Poulin and Fred Morosini. Prairie Gem was away alertly from his post two and led every step of the event through fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3, hitting the line three-parts-of-a-length to the good of another Deters trainee--Prairie Shibby. Yet another entrant on the Deters roster was third, that being Prairie Arrow. Damian Hall and Savin Park completed the roster. The winner now sports a scorecard of 4-1-0 in his five career starts, good for $49,150. $51,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Jennifer, driven by Mike Simons, used her rail post position to perfection, out-rushing arch-rival I Rhoda Daley at the start to prevail by a length over that opponent in 2:00.1, off panels of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Jay Sears, earned her second win of the year in only five starts. Ms Katie B and Cookie were next in this quartet of fillies. For Jennifer, who was second to I Rhoda Daley in the 2017 edition of Super Night, it pushed her career bankroll to $83,928 on the strength of a scorecard reading 4-7-2 in 14 lifetime starts. $49,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Captain Thomas, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, got a picture perfect journey by staking Dangerous Mood through panels of 29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before leaving his cozy pocket to waltz by in the lane and on to a seven length score in a lifetime best 1:58.3 performance. Dangerous Mood did finish second over Brian, who completed the order of finish. The altered son of Proud Bushy, last year's Super Night Champion in his two year-old class, defended his crown this year for his sixth win of the year in nine starts, good for $53,187 this year and $86,063 lifetime. $53,100 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (non-betting) Krinda, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way at the start and carded panels of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26 before pulling away from her foes turning for home, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.2.. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, left Prairie Easter in her wake with Starcasim next after her backside binge brought her close to the saddle pad of the winner around the final bend. Diamond Eyes and Prairie Foolish were next in this quintet. The win--Krinda's ninth lifetime in only 15 starts--pushed her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,186, to be precise. $53,900 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Gold Star Diablo, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Mike Deters and owner Dan Clements, lived up to his 1 to 20 betting popularity by scoring a handy 1:55.1 win over Jay Jay with Mister Special T third. Gold Star Flick and Silver Wings also earned minor awards in this sextet of sophomores. Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made a quarter move (:28.2) to the front and wired together subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:26.3 before an effortless :28.3 finale sealed the issue in this Super Night win--his sixth straight this fall season at Pompano Park. In defending the crown he won as a Super Night champion last year, Gold Star Diablo sent his 2018 bounty to $120,426--$58,396 this semester. He paid $2.10 to his multitude of backers. $53,700 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Mister Marvalous, a gelded juvenile son of Delmarvalous, gamely held off the serious late charge of longshot (44 to 1) JB's Boomerang, to score by a neck in 1:55.4. Driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mr. Marvalous took charge early and posted fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before his :29 finale was just good enough to hold off JB's Boomerang, who, himself blazed a final panel in :28. Prairie Midnight, in the cozy pocked all the way, finished third over Gold Star Yoder, who made a serious bid around the final bend, and Zaza Boy. In stretching his winning skein to six in an unscathed fall season in South Florida, Mister Marvalous sent his earnings vaulting over the $50,000 mark by $657. He, too, paid $2.10 to win. $55,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Natasha, a brilliant looking daughter of Six Of Diamonds, survived being roughed up during a bang-bang opening quarter--:27.1--and went on to score 4 3/4 length win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.1, a lifetime best performance. Given all she could handle in an early three-wide tussle for the front, Natasha went on to card fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before a :28.3 final locked up her championship performance. Prairie Westerngal was second with Caleb's Diamond T third. Prairie Cougar finished fourth over Rockin Ellie, who paced a middle half in :56.4 to draw within a length of the leader around the final turn. For Natasha, trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, it was her seventh straight win during this fall stakes season, sending her bounty to $67,875 to go along with her new lifetime mark. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Reflecting on his big night, a humble Walter Hennessey remarked, "Credit should go to the people behind the scenes that make this possible--the caretakers, trainers--you know, they are the one's who work from the darkness before the sun comes up to the darkness at midnight. All I do is try and do the best with the talent they have given me...and I've only got a couple of minutes to do it!" In other pari-mutuel action, with Rick Plano in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, stayed off the hot early pace set by, first, Panocchio (:26.) and, then, by Uncmprmising Z Tam, (:55 and 1:22.4) before unleashing a huge rally late to collar Panocchio (Hennessey) and Dakota Jack (Simons) to score in 1:51.1 in the $10,000 Open I Pace. The four year-old gelded son of Royal Millennium, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, won for the seventh time this year to send his bounty to $68,500. Lifetime, Prairie Panther has 21 wins in 41 starts, good for 186,007. Uncmprmising Z Tam did finish fourth while Here Comes William completed the two million dollar field. The winner, off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, paid $17.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot Carryover of $27,904 awaiting. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2018...Pompano Park will be the host on Sunday for the biggest night of harness racing thus far at the South Florida track featuring the FSBOA sponsored Super Night events plus a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the track's Pick-4. There is also a Super Hi-5 carryover of $26,216 on Sunday night. Super Night consists of eight events for Florida bred two and three year-olds with five of these events beginning as non-wagering events at 5:15 p.m. with the remaining three kicking off the very competitive nine race pari-mutuel program. Proud Sophie and Kerry B renew their rivalry in the $49,200 Breeders Stakes for juvenile trotting fillies, while Prairie Gem, Damien Hall and Prairie Shibby, among others, will do battle in the $52,500 Stake for the two year-old trotting geldings. The $51,500 event for three year-old trotting fillies is next with I Rhoda Daley looking to repeat her championship performance as a two year-old last season. Her main threat appears to be Jennifer, who just took a new life mark just two starts back. The $49,750 sophomore trot for geldings features Captain Thomas and Dangerous Mood, both winners in Stakes competition this fall. The final non-wagering event is the $53,100 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old pacing fillies. This well matched field includes Prairie Easter, with a 1:51.2 Pocono mark coming in, and Krinda, who has a 3-2-1 scorecard in her six starts this semester. The pari-mutuel program kicks off with the $53,900 Stake for three year-old pacing colts and geldings. Gold Star Diablo, lasy year's Super Night champion as a two year-old, is undefeated at Pompano Park in his five stakes starts this fall season and is expected to be favored to extend that streak. Completing the early daily double will be the $53,700 Breeders Stake for the year year-old pacing colts and geldings Mister Marvalous and Zaza Boy matching strides in that event. The final FSBOA event is the $55,500 Breeders Stake for juvenile pacing fillies and features the outstanding Natasha, a winner of six straight at Pompano Park since the fall season began. Also entered are Prairie Westerngal and Rockin Ellie, each having chased Natasha around the South Florida five-eights mile oval during the stakes season. The highly anticipated program also features a $2,000,000 field in the Open I Handicap Pace. The million dollar winner Lucan Hanover will match strides with track record holder Panocchio and last week's winner Dakota Jack, among others. The track will have a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool on the Pick-4 (races 6 through 9) and a large carryover in the track's Super Hi-5 finale--now standing at $26,216. The non-wagering festivities begin at 5:15 p.m. with the pari-mutuel program scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

James "Jim" P. Patten, 90, of Davenport, IA, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Bickford Senior Living in Davenport. James Peter Petenakis was born Jan.  2, 1928, to Peter and Athena (Spirakis) Petenakis in Mason City, IA. He grew up in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School. His family immigrated from Crete, Greece and he always said they were "so poor they couldn't afford sunshine." Jim proudly served in the U.S Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He then attended the University of Iowa on the G.I Bill and graduated with a degree in Journalism. On February 6 of 1954, Jim was united in marriage to Xenia Annas in Pontiac, Michigan. Later on, their last name was changed to Patten to simplify it for business purposes. They relocated to Davenport and had four children, Phil, Janine, Tina, and Jamie. Jim founded Midwest Publishing & Co. in 1958. He was a successful entrepreneur who established or operated many businesses over the years including: Staats Awards in Mt. Pleasant, Patten Commercial Park, and the Quad City Downs harness racing track in the Quad Cities. Jim was actually doing the publicity and marketing for Quad City Downs when a partnership was developed to purchase the track. Years later Jim bought out the partners and owned the racetrack outright. During his years in Davenport he became best friends with Bernie Goldstein, who founded the Isle of Capri Casino company that purchased Pompano Park in 1995. Goldstein then named Jim Patten to the Pompano Park Board of Directors, where he served for more than 15 years. The track’s “speak easy” bar/restaurant on the 5th floor was named, Patten’s Place, in his honor. In 2011, Jim was honored with the presentation of the Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award from the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, for his outgoing and generous personality and for his promoting harness racing. He was a proud member of both the Harness Publicists Association and the United States Harness Writers Association. His hobbies included a love of fishing and horse racing. Jim was fun loving, generous, and passionate about his work, and his community. He also enjoyed instructing bartenders on the nuances of a perfect Rob Roy. Jim Patten will always be remembered for wearing his long sleeve flannel shirts year-round. Visitation will be held from 1-3 pm on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Funeral Services will be at 11 am., Monday, Nov. 26, at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church or the James P. Patten Memorial Fund in support of the University of Iowa School of Journalism.  Jim will be missed by his loving wife; Xenia; four children: Phil Patten of Davenport, Janine (Tom McDonald) Patten of Babbitt, MN, Tina (Dan) Lonergan of Omaha, NE, and Jamie (John Venable) Patten of Pittsburgh, PA; five grandchildren: Nikki, Katie, Nick, Tony, and Ellis; and his sister, Claire Goolsby of Dallas, TX. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Myron Patten of Henderson, NV. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2018...Pompano Park's "Send It In" Sunday featured several stakes events, an upset win in the Open Handicap Pace and Florida Hall of Fame horseman Mike Deters achieving two milestones. Deters, who has overcome a mountain of health issues, reached the top of the mountain on Sunday Night, reaching, for the first time, 100 training wins for the year and $1,000,000 in purse earnings. Deters milestones came in the same race--the fifth--as Gold Star Diablo, trained by Deters for owner Dan Clements took the Tom Audley Memorial Pace for three year-olds, scoring in 1:54.1. The victory, Gold Star Diablo's fifth straight, was the 100th training success for Deters in a career stretching back to the early 1980's and, ironically, vaulted him over the $1,000,000 for the first time in his career. Deters reflected on the double milestone saying, "I'm not really one for words, you know, but I couldn't and wouldn't have achieved these milestones without great owners and outstanding help. That's why we call ourselves 'Team Deters.' "And, of course, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife and son, who put up with me having to be away for six months of the year. Without their support, I certainly would not have achieved these milestones. "I always try and get the most out of the potential given me and, this year, that potential of our stables came through. There is a lot of luck in this business--both good and bad--and the good luck certainly outweighed the bad luck this season. I am truly blessed." Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, used a :28.1 closing panel to score over another Deters trainee, Prairie Easter, with Mike, himself, in the bike. Starcasim. handled by Joe Sanzeri, finished third with Jay Jay and Prairie Foolish next in the field of six. Gold Star Diablo paid $3.20 to win. The Tom Audley Memorial for sophomore trotters went to Captain Thomas, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:59.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, trounced his rivals by 11 1/2 lengths in scoring his fifth win in seven starts. I Rhoda Daley (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second over Jennifer (Mike Simons). Ms. Katie B and Brian completed the roster in that event. The Melvyn Aylor Memorial Events for two year-olds were also held on Sunday night with Proud Sophie, Prairie Gem, Mister Marvalous and Natasha all getting pictures taken in the winner's circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took her $14,000 division for fillies, scoring in 2:06.3 over Crown Bushy (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Kerry B (Wally Hennessey), sending her earnings over the $40,000 in this non-wagering event. Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, used a :59.1 final half to easily handle Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) and Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) in 2:02.3. Prairie Arrow and McGoldrick were next in that quintet. Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, led gate-to-wire for his third win in four career starts. Mister Marvalous, a gelded son of Delmarvalous, justified his 1 to 2 tote-board odds with a seemingly effortless win in a lifetime best 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey, his margin 3 3/4 lengths over Zaza Boy (John MacDonald) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) with Gold Star Yoder and JB's Boomerang also fetting checks in this $16,000 event. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous won his fifth straight at Pompano Park to send his earnings to$23,807. Natasha, the gifted daughter of Six Of Diamonds driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and Jay Sears, made a sharp quarter move to the top after a :27.1 opener by Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) and proceeded through panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before a :28.1 finale sealed the issue. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed ny Priaire Cougar and Caleb's Diamond T in the field of six. Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Finally, in a highly anticipated duel between track record holder Panocchio and arch-rival Rebellious, neither wound up in the winner's circle as Dakota Jack, smartly handled by Mike Simons, out-sprinted both of them to the wire with a :26.4 closing kick to score by a half-length in 1:52. Panocchio (Hennessey) did finish second over Rebellious (Meittinis). Here Comes William was fourth with Prairie Panther fifth in this classy sextet. The five year-old son of Duneside Perch, trained by Jim Brinson for A Piece Of The Action stable, found a seam turning for home, swept widest of all and mowed down his rivals in deep stretch for the win. After the event, driver Simons said, "when you are in with great horses like that (Panocchio and Rebellious, among others), you just hope for the best. I tried to save ground throughout with my post position (1) and just hoped for the best. When we turned for home, we found a little room and he really was full of pace in the late stages of the mile. Trey (trainer Jim Brinson) said he was very sharp last week when he won but, against these, I was a bit surprised. Off as fourth choice at 15 to 1, Dakota Jack paid $33.40 to win. Racing continues Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover which has ballooned to $20,896. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2018...Rebellious, drive by Jim Meittinis for co-owner and trainer Mike Deters, used one of his patented closing kicks to take the $10,000 Open Handicap at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 11). Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, edged closer to two career milestones with the win--the first being his first 100 win training season and the second edging ever-so-close to his first million dollar season as a trainer. Rebellious stopped the timer in 1:51.4, sailing by pacesetter Lucan Hanover (Greg Merton) at mid-stretch with a :27 closer, leaving Lucan Hanover two lengths away at the wire. Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) was third, another length away, with Speed Trap and Caviart Reagan also picking up so bounty in the classy field of six. When the wings folded, Here Comes William and Lucan Hanover got into an early way with the latter squeaking by right at the speedy opener timed in :27. After a half in :56, Speed Trap left his cozy spot in third with Rebellious following his live cover. After the third station timed in 1:24.2, Rebellious fanned widest of all turning for home and vaulted to the front at mid-stretch with winning driver Jim Meittinis lamenting, "This horse has some kinda motor. I mean his brush is devastating when he gets into gear. I love him. I love his attitude--he has a winning attitude." The four year-old gelded son of Mach Three now has 15 wins in 30 starts this year, good for $120,056, to go along with his 1:50.3 Tioga mark. Off at 3 to 5 on the board, Rebellious paid >3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Monday with post-time set for 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $13,347 for the Monday card. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 6, 2018...Gold Star Diablo, driven by Wally Hennessey, extended his Pompano Park winning streak to four on Monday night with a handy 1:55.1 in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for harness racing three year-olds. The gifted son of Mysticism was used early and then pressured until the top of the stretch before striding away from his rivals to a 2 3/4 length victory over s game Mister Special T, handled by Mike Simons. Jay Jay, with Dave Ingraham in his sulky, rallied for third ahead of Silver Wings, who pressed the pace early, and Gold Star Flick, who picked up the minor award. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo's share of the $31,000 purse spiked his career bounty to $90,476--$28,446 this semester. It was a bang-bang start in the event with Silver Wings leaving with alacrity then quickly joined by Gold Star Diablo with Mister Special T three wide. At the opening station in :28.2, Gold Star Diablo assumed command from Silver Wings with Mister Special T still on the attack and Silver Wings pressing the pace along the inside. Gold Star Diablo and MIster Special T raced toe-to-toe past the half in :56.4 with the pace non-relenting by the thiord station in 1:26. In the lane, Gold Star Diablo edged away from Mister Special T to record the win--his 11th lifetime in only 20 starts. Said Hennessey after the event, "Sometimes you just have to trust your horse that he can take a punch and Gold Star Diablo took a few of them on Monday night. He raced giant--a credit to trainer Mike Deters and his staff." Off as the 1 to 20 favorite, Gold Star Diablo returned $2.10 to win. Other Stallion Stake winners were Krinda, Jennifer and Dangerous Mood. Krinda, a splendid daughter of Six Of Diamonds, led gate-to-wire in scoring a 1:56.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the $30,650 event for sophomore pacing fillies. Justifying her 3 to 5 tote-board status, Krinda led at every pole, carding panels of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before a :27.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Easter, handled by Mike Deters, with Priaire Foolish, with Jim Meittinis handling the lines, next. Starcasim and Diamond Eyes completed the roster. Hennessey remarked after the event, "We were fortunate to get a very nice second quarter breather. When we got to the half, I was pretty confident we could get home. She didn't disappoint me." Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Krinda earned her third win of the year in five starts, good for $25,637 this year and $76,976 career-wise. Krinda paid $3.40 to win. Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, earned her first win of the year in three starts in the non-wagering $28,500 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, hitting the wire in a lifetime best 1:59.2, annihilating her former mark of 2:03.4. Driven by Mike Simons for owners Kim and Jay Sears, Jennifer burst off the wins at the start and carded panels of :30.3, 1:00 and 1:29.3 before hitting the line 3 1/2 lengths ahead of I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey. I Rhoda Daley, looking to extend her winning skein at Pompano Park to five, made a slight miscue leaving but made a recovery to earn the place honors. Cookie, with Jay Sears in her sulky, finished third over Ms Katie B. Finally, Dangerous Mood, trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, wired his foes a lifetime best 1:58.2.in the $27,000 Stallion Stake for colts and geldings, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths for Dave Ingraham. Captain Thomas, threatened the eventual winner at mid-stretch but made a miscue to lose all change at victory. Brian was a distant third for Mike Deters. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, who took a 2:01.1 mark last year at Pompano, scored his first win of the year in five starts with his win and sent his earnings this year to $20,550. That event, too, was a non-wagering event. In the $10,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares, the invader Bucklegirl Bobette, driven by Wally Hennessey, made her first start in six weeks a winning one, scurrying around the Pompano oval in 1:53.3. Taking the lead off the wings before yielding, the five year-old daughter of Duneside Perch made a second bold move heading into the second turn and went on to pin a 1 1/4 length defeat on Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons. Watts Was I Drinkin, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Galarine finished fourth. Little Joke was next in the classy sextet. Trained by Rob Rittof for owner Hart Walker, Bucklegirl Bobette score her 10th win of the year in 23 starts, good for $67,338. She's banked 180,348 career-wise. Off at 2 to 5, Bucklegirl Bobette returned $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. and a carry-over in the Super Hi-5 of $8,819.32. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 5, 2018...Pompano Park's Sunday night racing program was filled with several highlights with a rare walkover in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes and Lucan Hanover scoring a sharp win in the Open Handicap pacing feature. Kicking off the festivities, Proud Sophie, the only entrant in the $24,425 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, toured the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 2:03.3 for Jay Sears. Trained by Kim Sears for Dr. David Fishman, who co-owns with Jay, the daughter of Proud Bushy carded panels of :31, 1:02.2 and 1:33.3 along the way with the walkover win sending her earnings to $32,980. In the 28,800 Stallion Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings, Prairie Shibby, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, used a rousing rally in deep stretch to get up for the win in 2:01.1 for Wally Hennessey--a maiden victory for the Mike Deters trainee. Owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, the youngster defeated stable-mate Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, by a half length. Prairie Arrow, yet another stable-mate of the top two finishers, finished third with Mike in the bike. Coming in with $2,735 in his two previous lifetime starts, Prairie Shibby went back to his stall in the Deters Stable with earnings of $18,575. The $28,750 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings went to Zaza Boy, an altered son of Rockingcam. Trained by Michile Lorenzo for Souren Hovsepian and Rod Lorenzo, Zaza Boy also picked up his maiden win timed in 1:57.3. Mike Simons handled the lines back of the winner, scoring by 2 1/4 lengths over the pace-setter JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) with Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder) third. Zaza Boy now has $18,492 in his four career starts. On the betting card, Natasha, the brilliant Six Of Diamonds filly trained by Kim Sears for husband-owner Jay, justified her 1 to 10 backing with a handy win--6 3/4 lengths--in 1:54.4, just one tick off her Vernon Downs mark. Wally Hennessey was in her sulky for the decisive win, keeping her scorecard unblemished in five starts at Pompano Park. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was second while Lime Twist (Mike Simons) finished third. With this Stallion Stake worth $32,000, Natasha now has 6-0-1 scorecard in eight starts, with the win more than doubling her earnings coming in and now standing at $31,725. She paid $2.20 to win. In the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, Lucan Hanover, the game eight year-old gelded son of Western Ideal, used a :27.3 finale to hit the wire in 1:51.2 for Greg Merton, two-and-a-half lengths better this night than track record holder Panocchio, with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Speed Trap (MIke Simons) won a three horse photo for show honors over Pan Street USA and A Cool Card. Owned by Vogel&Wags Nags Stable along with Pine Hill Racing and trainer Jack Rice, Lucan Hanover vaulted his career earnings to $1,157,471--$66,075 this year. Off at 11 to 10, Lucan Hanover paid $4.20 to win. Two other miles of note were the performances of Mc Mach and Windsun Gotham. Mc Mach, handled by trainer Rick Plano for Maryann Plano and Jan and Mindy Findling Repko, wired his foes in a lifetime best 1:50.4, sawing off panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.1 along the way. The four year-old son of Mach Three knocked off two-fifth off his previous mark at Hoosier Park. Windsun Gotham, driven by Wally Hennessey, got up in the final stride to nail Casimir Quasimodo (Andy Shetler) in 1:51.1, also a new lifetime mark. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 has a carryover of$7,610.58 going into Monday's racing program. Post time is set for 7:20 P.M.  by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 30, 2018...Wally Hennessey continued his red-hot streak at Pompano Park on Monday (October 29), sweeping all four of the (non-wagering) FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds. Four different trainers and owners benefitted from Hennessay's touch as the author of an astounding .815 UDRS batting average coming in guided I Rhoda Daley, Captain Thomas, Krinda and Gold Star Diablo in their respective $12,000 wins. First up, I Rhoda Daley, trained by John Hallett for owner Lee Clarke, scored in a "Secretariat" like performance as she annihilated her foes by 21 3/4 lengths in 2:01.4--a new lifetime mark--for her fourth straight win in these Sunshine State Stakes for trotting fillies. The daughter of Desperado Don, last year's champion in her juvenile division, carded panels of :30.2, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 along the way. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was second with Cookie (Jay Sears) third. In the trot for the boys, Captain Thomas made a sharp quarter move to the front and used a :28.4 finale to keep his record unblemished in his four starts in the Sunshine State Stakes. The altered son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, scored by 4 3/4 lengths over the early leader, Dangerous Mood (Jim McDonald). Brian (Mike Deters) completed the roster. Also a champion in his 2017 class, Captain Thomas is now four-for-six this semester in his quest to retain his crown in this year's division on Super Night. In the filly pace, Krinda somehow found a seam at mid-stretch and knifed on through late to score by a half-length in 1:56, equaling her lifetime best. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, lightly raced at two but champion in her class last year, scored a narrow win over Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) in an action packed mile leaving the winner seemingly hopelessly locked in until the final stages. Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) was third while Prairie Easter and Diamond Eyes earned the final two awards in the sextet. Krinda is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay. In the colt/gelding pace, Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, held on gamely late to score by a half length over the late-charging Silver Wings (Bryce Fenn) to hit the wire in 1:55.4. Mister Special T, closing fastest of all for Mike Simons, finished third, just a length away, while Gold Star Flick and Dontblevmejuswatch rounded out the combatants. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo won for the third straight time to send his career bankroll jusy $24 short of $75,000. On the betting card, Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons, found a narrow seam along the pylons late to score a narrow win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares. The ultra-consistent six year-old daughter of Dali, trained by Gaston Lareau for JP Houle Stable, pinned the photo finish defeat on pacesetting Galarina, driven by Jason Dillander. Little Joke, with John MacDonald in her sulky, was a fast closing third, followed by Watts Was I Drinkin and A Wish For Wings. Northern Dali now has a 9-8-5 scorecard in 34 starts, good for $62,656 this year and $237,925 lifetime. Off as fourth choice, Northern Dali paid $12.00 to win. Racing continues Tuesday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 29, 2018...Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, coming into the Pompano Park action on Sunday with an astounding UDRS of .815 for his first 27 drives, won six more in nine starts, including three of the four $12,000 Sunshine States Finals and the Open Pace with track record holder Panocchio. Panocchio redeemed himself from last week's narrow loss to Lucan Hanover with a sharp 1:52.3 performance for his 40th career win at Pompano Park, defeating arch-rival Lucan Hanover (John MacDonald) by a length. Speed Trap (Mike Simons) was third, 4 1.2 lengths away and a nose better than Dakota Jack. A Cool Card picked up the final award in the classy sextet. Surging off the wings, Panocchio won an early battle with Lucan Hanover but relented a few strides past the opening panel in a hot :26.4. A few strides later, Panocchio brushed from the pocked and reclaimed the lead short of the half in :55.4. On the backside the pace began to quicken as Panocchio seemed anxious to repel any threats the rest of the way with a :28.1 finale sealing the issue. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "That first quarter was pretty lively and, after MacDonald's horse (Lucan Hanover) took the lead, I felt the pace was slackening a bit, so I decided to brush Panocchio again and see what happens. "I thought, 'maybe it's better to brush again during a rated quarter then wait until we hit the backside when the pace would really get hot.' "It worked out well for us this time around but both of these horses are dead game!" For Panocchio, it was his 62nd career win with 40 of those achieved at Pompano Psrk. Owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Panocchio, an eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, now has lifetime earnings of $550,638. Off at 3 to 5, Panocchio paid $3.20 to win. In other action, The FSBOA presented four Sunshine State Stakes Finals for two year-olds each worth $12,000 with Kerry B and Prairie Gem taking the two early events and Natasha and Mister Marvalous reaching the winner's circle on the pari-mutuel card. Kerry B, with Hennessey driving, took her division for trotting fillies with a handy 2:04 win over Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears. The winner is a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by KIm Sears for owner-husband Jay, who drove Proud Sophie as part owner with Dr. David Fishman. Prairie Gem took the division for the juvenile trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.4 performance, knocking almost five seconds off his only other winning effort, a 2:06.3 mile in his racing debut. Jim Meittinis was in the bike for trainer-owner Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and Fritz Racing. Prairie Arrow (Deters) was second over Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) in the quintet. On the betting card, Natasha, handled by Hennessey, stalked Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) through panels of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.1 before unleashing a :28.1 burst home to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:55.3. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed by Gold Star Stormie and Lime Twist. A two year-old daughter of Six Of Diamonds, Natasha is trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears and now has five wins in seven lifetime starts to go along with her mark of 1:54.3. at Vernon Downs. Natasha paid $2.80 to her multitude of backers. Finally, Mister Marvalous, an altered son of Delmarvelous, kept his record at Pompano Park unblemished--now four-for-four--with a handy six length win for Hennessey in 1:57, just one tick off his best achieved at Vernon Downs. Gold Star Hefner (Walter Ross, Jr.) was next, six lengths away with JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) third and Gold Star Yoder completing the roster of four. Off at 1 to 20, Mister Marvalous paid $2.10. Racing continues on Monday night with the three year-olds competing in the Sunshine States Stakes Finals. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL…October 22, 2018…Pompano Park kicked off its 2018-2019 season on Sunday night with driver Mike Simons earning his 4000th career win and Lucan Hanover eking out a photo finish win in the feature. Simons earned his milestone victory with Blueberry Heaven, a four year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven in the second race, scoring with the Mickey McNichol trained gelding in 1:54.3 in a near gate-to-wire effort. Owned by Marianne Ayers along with Anne Marie Hubbard and Heddy Nelson, Blueberry Heaven posted panels of :29, :57.4 and 1:26.3, fighting off challengers with a stout :28 finale. The win was the fifth of the year for Blueberry Heaven, sending his 2018 bounty to $33,484. Said the humble Simons after the race, “It’s really no big deal. After all, I’ve been at this a long time and to see these young kids and their talent in the bike thee days, I am just fortunate to be able to compete with them.” The $10,000 feature—the $10,000 Open Pace—went to Lucan Hanover, driven by John MaccDonald,  by a whisker over track record holder Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey. The game eight year-old altered son of Western Ideal, stalked the pace-setting Panocchio through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25 before engaging in a war then entire length of the lane to get up in the final stride. Speed Trap (Matt Krueger) was third while Kotare Yael and Hot Art picked up the minor awards. Trained by Jack Rice , who co-owns with Pine Hill Racing and Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Lucan Hanover pushed his 2018 scorecard to 6-2-4 in 24 tries, good for $58,575. He’s banked $1,149,971 lifetime to go along with his 1:48 mark at Pocono Downs. Remarked driver John MacDonald after the event, I really didn’t know if he got there or not but, let me tell you, these are two great, game horses—Panocchio and Lucan Hanover—and we got the better trip tonight and that was the difference. The third leg of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for the two year-olds were contented as four non-wagering events and Proud Sophie, Damien Hall, Natasha and Mister Marvalous reached the winner’s circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took advantage of a miscue in the lane by rival Kerry B to score her maiden win in 2:05.3. The Kim Sears trainee, a daughter of Proud Bushy, is owned by Jay along with David Fishman. Damien Hall, a son of Cash Hall trained by driver-trainer Jim Mc Donald for the Pacing Pretty Stable, pulled away in the lane to score in a lifetime best 2:05.1 for his second career win in three starts. Natasha, a sharp looking Six Of Diamonds filly, made a quarter move to the top and then used a :28.3 finale to score handily in 1:57.4 for her third straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action. Wally Hennessey was in the sulky for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears. Finally, Mister Marvalous, a record unblemished in the Sunshine State Stakes by scoring a wire-to-wire win in 1:59.3-28.2 for Wally Hennessey. Racing continues Monday night with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Florida...It October 13, 2018...It would seem highly unlikely that Hall of Fame Driver Wally Hennessey could improve on last week's unbelievable .861 batting average in the FSBOA's Sunshine State Stakes but on Saturday (October 13) at Pompano Park, he did just that! Hennessey won seven of his eight drives to send his UDRS up to .868 on the strength of 13 winning drives in 16 journeys back of Adam Brownlee's Starting Gate. The ageless Hennessey scored repeat wins with Kerry B, Natasha, Mister Marvalous and I Rhoda Daley and then capped off the festivities driving Krinda to her first win of the season and recent ship-in Gold Star Diablo. When asked to reflect on the day, Hennessey took a page from the late, great baseball manager Casey Stengel saying, "Casey said 'ya gotta have the horses' and no truer statement was made with regards to our sport. I was just lucky enough to have the horses today!" The only event Hennessey did not win was in the juvenile trot for colts and geldings, won by Prairie Gem for driver Jim Meittinis. Hennessey now has 9,805 career wins---229 this year. Here is a recap of the action. Two Year-Old Filly Trot Kerry B, a sharp looking daughter of Muscle Mass, took command around the first turn and led every step thereafter in scoring a handy win for Hennessey in 2:01.3--:29.4. Trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay, Kerry B wired together panels of :30.1, 1:01.3 and 1:31.4 along the way and now sports a 3-2-1 scorecard in 10 10 lifetime starts. Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover had an easy time overcoming his outside post in scoring a handy win for JIm Meittinis in 2:06.3. Leading at every pole, Prairie Gem, co-owned by Barbara Jensen along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, put up fractions of :31, 1:03.3 and 1:35.3 before coasting home an easy winner by 2 2/4 lengths for his maiden victory in his first career purse start. Two Year-Old Filly Pace Natasha, a talented daughter of Six Of Diamonds with a mark of 1:54.3 at Vernon Downs, made a bold quarter move after the :29.4 opener and then went on to lead the rest of the journey, posting subsequent panels of :59.4 and 1:28.2 before an effortless :29 finale sealed the deal by 2 1/2 lengths for Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears. The win was the third straight for Natasha. Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace Mister Marvalous, an altered son of Delmarvelous, let the dust settle early as Zaza Boy (Joe Sanzeri) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) traded punches early before tilting out around the final bend an on to a handy win in 1:58..3 for Hennessey's third win. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous used a :28.4 finale to reach the winner's circle for the third time in eight career starts. Three Year-Old Filly Trot I Rhoda Daley, last year's two year-old champion in her division, won her second straight in Sunshine State Stakes action by scoring a lifetime equalling best 2:03.2 win in hold off a determined Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) by a half-length. A daughter of Desperado Don, I rhoda Daley gave Hennessey the "grand slam" for trainer John Hallett, who does the conditioning for owner Lee Clarke. Three Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot Captain Thomas, with Hennessey again in the bike, let Dangerous Mood (Jim McDonald) do all the heavy lifting during splits of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.4 before tilting out of the cozy pocket turning for home and then drawing away late to score in a lifetime best 1:58.4. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Captain Thomas is a gelded son of Proud Bushy who came into the action with a lifetime mark of Q2:01h. Three Year-Old Filly Pace Last year's Super Night champion, Krinda, avenged her narrow loss of a week ago to score a handy 1:56 lifetime best performance. Using her post position (4) to her advantage, the daughter of Six Of Diamonds surged off the wings forcing her main rival, Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri-post 5) to take a seat the back of the pack early. The two hooked up in a duel on backside and around the final bend before Krinda pulled away in the lane, sealing the issue with a :28.2 finale. Krinda is trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears. Three Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace Gold Star Diablo, last year's juvenile champion in his class, got a picture perfect drive from Hennessey before tilting out turning for home and used a :29.3 closing kick to eave Silver Wings (Bryce Fenn) in his wake, 4 1/2 lengths away in 1:57.1. The gelded son of Mysticism, trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, earned his first win of the year in eight starts--his last win coming on Super Night last semester at Pompano Park. Pari-mutuel racing begins at Pompano Park on Sunday, October 21. by John Berry for the FSBOA and Pompano Park

Coral Springs, FL – Harness racing driver Bruce Ranger was once the King of the Pompano Park track in south Florida and before that was the top driver in Maine for years. During his illustrious career he competed in nearly 50,000 races with 8,916 wins and purses won at $36,453,179. Then on June 27, 2015 after he finished fourth in the last race with Master Of Puppets at Pompano Park, Bruce Ranger walked away from harness racing. “I was beat back then,” Ranger explained. “Too many accidents, too many mornings jogging or training 15 to 20 horses, then driving in ten or more races at night. My back especially was so sore that I knew it was time to stop.” Ranger returned to his home state of Maine and began rehabilitation, living in Lewiston. He rested up, started to heal and even got married on September 23, 2016 to Mary Beth Beauregard. Now enters Joe Morris in the picture. “My cousin Joe Morris is the one who owns the starting gates up here and it was him that helped get me to get my license and get the job starting the races on the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “If It was anyone else other than him I would have said no thank you,” Ranger said. “If anything, it gave me a reason to see him more often. He is my favorite cousin since I was a kid and has helped me in the past.” Now, gone from competing in harness racing for more than three years, Bruce Ranger is returning to the races once again as a driver. His first appearance will be aboard Miss American Bi in the fourth race trot at Scarborough Downs in Maine on Saturday. It’s the $56,437 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. He has one other drive on card in the sixth race, with Saratoga Liz (post two) in the $89,311 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. Both horses are trained by Kim Ireland. “Here comes cousin Joe Morris again,” Ranger said. “He owns Saratoga Liz and put me down to drive and I also got another one of Kim’s (Ireland) horses.” After being away from racing for more than three years, Ranger is making his comeback with a bang in a couple of major stakes races.  “I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I was very fortunate to get the chance to learn and become a starting judge and then was able to get hired as the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit this summer. “I really enjoyed being the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “It peaked my interest to get back on a sulky and drive. But, first I had to get back in shape again. I ate too much of that great Fair food every weekend.” Getting back in shape for Ranger has been enjoyable. “During the winters I do a lot of skiing,” Ranger said. “And when not working during the summer I love to go biking. It has really helped me get back into shape and both the skiing and biking is great fun. “I had really missed the changing of the seasons and wintertime,” Ranger said. “I’d rather be working a snow blower than jogging horses. So, what are Bruce Ranger’s plans for his return to driving? “Since I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I’ve been considering driving at Plainridge. They have some green now and their purses are much better than what is available in Maine. “Why not go down there and race for real money,” Ranger added. “I’ve been there before when they did not have any decent purses. It’s not that far away that I can make the trip. “I have to see how things go on Saturday,” Ranger said. “I could get behind a horse and right afterwards say “no more” and walk away again. I could also love it and want to do more. We’ll know after Saturday for sure.” When asked about returning to Pompano Park in Florida where Ranger won more than half of his 8,916 career wins, Ranger said “No thank you. I don’t want to race in the heat ever again. I was born and raised up here in New England and want to say around here.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL...October 7, 2018...With the baseball playoffs in full swing and football season well underway, yet another anticipated sports event began in South Florida on Saturday (October 6) as the FSBOA lucrative stakes season got underway for two and three year-olds at Pompano Park. After the festivities concluded, Hennessey had a "batting average" (UDRS) of .861 on the strength of six wins during the opening leg of the Sunshine State Stakes. Hennessey won the opener with Kerry B, then went on to win the third (Natasha), fourth (Mister Marvalous), fifth (I Rhoda Daley), sixth (Captain Thomas) and eighth race (Mister Special T). Only Jim McDonald and Joe Sanzeri prevented Hennessey from the sweep as McDonald took the second race with first time starter Damien Hall and Sanzeri hit the winner's circle with Starcasim. Kerry B, a two year-old daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, went to the post in the filly trot and took command at the opening marker and used a :29.3 finale to hold off stablemate Proud Sophie by a half-length in 2:05.2. A comparative seasoned veteran with eight lifetime starts coming into the action, Kerry B won for the second time and already has a 2:00.4 mark over the Vernon Downs speedy seven-eighths oval. Natasha, a juvenile daughter of Six Of Diamonds with a mark of 1:54.3 coming in, pulled away in the lane with a :28 finale to put her foes away in the filly pace, hitting the line in 1:58.3 with Hennessey remarking after the win, "I never asked her for anything. She did this all on her own--very impressive!" Natasha is also trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears. The event for two year-old pacing colts and geldings went to Mister Marvalous with Hennessey giving his charge a picture perfect journey in the garden spot before tilting out around the final and on to victory in 1:59.1. The win was the third on the card for both Hennessey and trainer Kim Sears, who does the conditioning for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire. The fifth race for sophomore trotting fillies went to I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey for trainer John Hallett and owner Lee Clarke. The daughter of Desperado Don was last year's Super Night champion in her two year-old division and picked up at Pompano Park right where she left off by scoring a handy win measuring 8 1/4 lengths in 2:06.2. The Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting colts and geldings went to the Proud Bushy gelding Captain Thomas, with Hennessey getting win number five. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Captain Thomas, also a Super night champion last season, was a handy gate-to-wire winner in 2:01.2--:28.3. Hennessey completed his six-pack with Mister Special T, an altered son of Six Of Diamonds. Trained by Rob Harmon for Victor Contento, John Campagnuolo and Harmon Racing, Mister Special T knitted together identical halves of :59 to score in 1:58--:28.2. Reflecting on his big day, Hennessey said, "You've heard the expression, 'it takes two to tango,' well, in our business, it takes four to tango because the caretakers have to do their job, the trainers have to get them sharp, the horse has to perform to expectations and that leaves the rest to me once I get in the bike. Without the first three components, it just wouldn't have turned out this way today." In the division for two year-old trotting colts and geldings, Jim McDonald guided Danien Hall, a son of Cash Hall, to an impressive win measuring 11 1/2 lengths in 2:08 in this his major league debut. McDonald also traines the colt for the Pacing Pretty Stable. Three year-old pacing fillies renewed their spirited rivalry of last year and Starcasim put on a very game performance in her 2018 debut in scoring for Joe Sanzeri in 1:58--:28.2. Seemingly headed at mid-stretch, Starcasim fought every step to the wire in pinning the narrow defeat on last year's champion, Krinda. Sanzeri trains the filly and co-owns with Russell Guardino. Sunshine State Stakes action continues next Saturday, October 13 with post time set for 11:00 a.m. The pari-mutuel season at Pompano Park begins October 21. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park  

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