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Pompano Beach, FL...December 2, 2019...Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday (December 1) with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top tharness racing wo and three year-olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand three year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace for the boys. A complete wrap follows: $55,325 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) The splendid Six of Diamonds filly Natasha took home the top prize for driver Wally Hennessey, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53. Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Natasha survived the outside post and a sizzling opening panel of :26.2 before subsequent fractions of :57 and 1:24.3 precluded a :28.2 finale to hit the wire two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar (Peter Wrenn) with Prairie Westerngal (Kevin Wallis) next. Caleb's Diamond T, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Rockin Ellie picked up the final award in this classy septet of fillies. Said Hennessey after the race, "I have always said this filly is a 'freak' and she really proved her merit tonight after facing tough rivals like this, the outside post and a trying first quarter." Natasha Is now 7-for-7 this semester with her career earnings vaulting to $129,956. Interesting to note that the first three finishers all had drivers with more than 10,000 wins each with the total number of driving wins for all seven drivers totaled 46,502. $52,075 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a race where the final chart looked like a "tic-tac-toe" board with all the "x's," Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, rallied from a miscue of his own on the backstretch to win in a lifetime best 2:01.2. The son of Proud Bushy, trained by KIm Sears for owners Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, came from 10 lengths out of it around the final bend to, first, collar the leading Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) and, then, hold off the surging Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the latter with Prairie Romeo next. Prairie Tornado and YD Dream Machine completed the order of finish. As the wings folded, Prairie Romeo used his inside post to perfection and roared through an opening panel of :28.1 while building a five length lead over YD Dream Machine. That's when things began to get interesting as YD Dream Machine made a miscue bothering Prairie Gold Mine with Rhinestone Cowboy taking up the chase in second but four lengths away halfway through in :59 with Prairie Tornado improving his position two spots to third. On the backside, Rhinestone Cowboy made a break and found himself 10 lengths away around the final bend. But, after regaining his composure, Rhinestone Cowboy kept churning along, collaring the leader at mid-stretch and then holding off a furious late surge by Prairie Gold Mine. A smiling Micallef said after the race, "This proves the old adage 'you never give up!' When he made that jump on the backside, I thought we were out of the ballgame but you never know. He caught pretty quickly and raced very well after that...and that's what really counted here." Rhinestone Cowboy now has a 2-2-3 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $444,481. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) Laurie Lee, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every long stride of her mile to score a handy win in 1:56.4--this after carving up panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.3 along the way. The daughter of Royel Millennium hit the line 3 1/2 lengths clear over the pocket-sitting Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) with Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) next. Alil Touch Of Pink and Gold Star Igotdis followed. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee, named after one of the more prominent breeders in Florida, scored her fourth win of the year in nine starts, pushing her earnings just under the $50,000 plateau--$49,975 to be precise. $51,540 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Prairie Delight, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetter until the final bend before tilting out and overtaking the leader turning for home and on to a 3 1/4 length score in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald, who co-owns with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, this daughter of Shibboleth Hanover allowed Callin On Sunday, handled by Mike Simons, cut the mustard through panels of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.2 before swooping by to the handy score--her sixth of the year in seven starts. Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) was next while Proud Money and Brasen Bo completed the field. Prairie Delight now sports earnings of $54,091. $50,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING GELDINGS (NB) Pacing Pretty Stables' Damien Hall, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Jim McDonald, led gate-to-wire to keep his 2019 season unblemished--now six-for-six--with a lifetime best 1:58 performance. This altered son of Cash Hall, once again, led at every pole through panels of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:284 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal over Savin Park (MIke Micallef), Prairie Gem (Peter Wrenn) was next, followed by McGoldrick. Damien Hall shows all "1's" in his 30 charted points of call and has banked $53,024 lifetime--$42,631 this semester. $49,250 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, used her individual final half in :57.4 to squeak by a stubborn Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) in 2:00.4. Pocket-sitting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) finished third in this trio. The winner, a daughter of Proud Bushy, was away last allowing Kerry B the advantage of carding soft panels of :30.2 and 1:02.2. On the backside, the pace quickened as Proud Sophie tilted out and began gnawing forward, drawing on even terms with Kerry B around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:31.2. From there, it was a war all the way home as Proud Sophie edged by once they straightened away and gutted out the game win on the wire. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, Proud Sophie has never been worse than second in her 12 lifetime starts (seven wins) and now sports bounty of $108,740. $49,380 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a war that lasted just about the entire mile, Hurrikaanekingjames, with Carl Garofalo in his sulky, held off the furious late binge of Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:53.4, a new lifetime best. Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) was third in this trio. At the outset, both Hurrikanekingjames and Repeal Or Replace went in search of the lead and, at the opener in :27.1, the latter stuck his head in front but was forced back in the pocked as he couldn't clear. On they flew through fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 with Hurrikanekingjames now encountered by Repeal Or Replace turning for home. They went tooth and nail right to the wire with Hurricanekingjames surviving the onslaught to prevail by a half length. John McDermott, Jr. trains the son of So Surreal for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno with the winner now showing earnings of $103,780. Driver Carl Garofalo, by the way, drove in six races since Pompano Park opened one month ago and has won all six! $54,090 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, stalked the pacesetting Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) and went on to score a handy win in 1:53.4 over the late charging Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder). JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) was third over Mister Marvalous while Gold Star Hefner earned the minor award in a field scratched down to five. Zaza Boy and Mister Marvalous went warring as the gate sprung clear with the latter taking command just short of the opener in a hot :26.2. Hennessey then got a bit of a breather as he reached the half in :56.3. On the backside, the pace began to quicken with Mister Marvalous still in front past the third station in 1:25.1 with Zaza Boy now looming boldly along side. Once they straightened away, Zaza Boy opened daylight and was never in danger as Gold Star Yoder closed with sharp pace to finish 1 1/2 lengths away. Micallef had high praise for the winner saying, "Michile and Rod (Lorenzo) have had him sharp for a good, long time and he was become very handy to handle--not headstrong. I think the fact that he's learned to relax has helped his game immensely." Rod Lorenzo owns Zaza Boy in partnership with Souren Hovsepian. The sophomore gelded son of Rockingcam now has $68,530 in 2019 and $93,707 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Zaza Boy paid $6.20 to win. Driver Wally Hennessey had a six-pack on Super Night while Kim Sears had a grand slam on the training side of the ledger. Racing continues Monday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park                      

Pompano Beach, FL...November 25, 2019...The FSBOA sponsored  harness racing stakes honoring the memory of two giants of Florida--Dr. Melvyn Aylor and Tom Audley--were held on Sunday night with the highlight being the grand filly Natasha extending her winning streak to 14, ironically achieved over the past 14 months, in the Audley Memorial for three year-old pacing fillies. The splendid three year-old daughter of Six Of Diamonds overcame her toughest competition to date, being bothered early on and the outside nine post to out-game a very game Prairie Cougar in 1:54.3 Wally Hennessey was in the bike for owner Jay Sears and trainer Kim Sears for the win while Peter Wrenn was in the Mike Deters sulky back of Prairie Cougar in a classic duel between two drivers that have combined wins totaling well over 20,000 in their respective great careers. Favored Prairie Western Gal, with Kevin Wallis (also more than 10,000 driving wins) handling her lines, was next followed by Caleb's Diamond T and Lime Twist in the field of nine. At the outset, Natasha, usually early footed, was forced to avoid the confusion early with a couple of breakers and the lively footed Prairie Westerngal on her scooter early, posting an opener of :27.2. Prairie Cougar, leaving from post eight, was also grinding forward and she took command three-eighths in and rolled to the half in :57.2. On the backside, Natasha began gnawing away from five lengths away and hooked up with Prairie Westerngal as both reached the third station in 1:26.2. From there, it was a fight to the finish with neither willing to give an inch until Natasha earning the photo finish nod. After the event, Hennessey remarked, "this was not an easy trip for her. She had to overcome lots of situations and she, again, proved her merit. She is some filly!" Natasha is now 6-for-6 this semester and sports a 16-14-0-1 scorecard with the win nudging her over the $100,000 mark in career earnings--$102,344 to be precise. Off as second choice in the betting at 3 to 2, Natasha paid $5.00 to win. Here are the other stakes results from Sunday night at the Pomp. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLTS/GELDING PACE Mr. Marvalous, last year's two year-old champion, earned his first win of the year in five starts by taking top honors in the Audley for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. An altered son of Delmarvalous, trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, got picture perfect handling by Wally Hennessey to score in a lifetime best 1:54.4 over the fast closing JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn). Zaza Boy (Mike Micallef) was third followed by Gold Star Yoder and Gold Star Hefner. The winner, away with his usual alacrity, yielded to Zaza Boy early, letting the latter post all the panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.4 before finding a seam turning for home and mowing down the leader by mid-stretch and then handily holding off the "Boomerang" in deep stretch. Mr. Marvalous now is 8-for-17 lifetime with earnings of $58,502. He paid $5.00 to win as second choice in the betting. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT it was a "stroll in the park"--Pompano Park--for Damien Hall as this three year-old gelded son of Cash Hall coasted through fractions of :30.1, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before an effortless :30.3 finale left him 23 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Savin Park, with John Campagnuolo in the bike, Prairie Gem (Mike Deters) was third in this trio after suffering some miscues through the mile. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Pacing Pretty Stable, Damien Hall kept his 2019 record unscathed in winning his fifth straight win, sending his bankroll career-wise to $27,651. AUDLEY MEMORIAL--THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham driving, annihilated her former race record of 2:02.4 with a 1:58.1 win for owners Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman. The Kim Sears trainee defeated Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) with pacesetting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) third. Proud Sophie, a daughter of Proud Bushy, away in good order, found the garden spot early as Crown Bushy put up lively numbers of :28.3 and :58.4. Three-eighths from home, Proud Sophie zipped to the lead and went by the third station in 1:28 as Kerry B took up the chase. In the lane, Proud Sophie and Kerry B went to war with the latter gnawing away but falling just a bit shy at the wire. The lightly raced Proud Sophie now had six wins and five seconds in 11 career starts with earnings of $84,128. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Laurie Lee, trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay and Richard Dunmire, scorched the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 1:56.3, reducing her former mark by 2 3/5 seconds. Wally Hennessey was in the juvenile's sulky as she led every long stride of her journey, carding panels of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2 along the way. Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) was second after enjoying a trip in the garden spot all the way, while Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) was next. Gold Star Igotdis and Alil Touch of Pink completed the field. The daughter of Royal Millennium took home the major share of the $15,000 purse, sending her earnings to $23,725 in eight starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Rhinestone Cowboy, with Mike Micallef in the sulky, took top honors in the Aylor Memorial two year-old colt/gelding trot with a maiden win in 2:02.2. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, Rhinestone Cowboy was perfectly mannered in his conquest of the previously undefeated Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) and Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham). YD Dream Machine and Prairie Tornado completed the order of finish. A son of Proud Bushy, Rhinestone Cowboy earned his maiden win after several attempts chasing Prairie Gold Mine. In a post race interview, the clever Micallef began with a riddle of his own, "what's the difference between the letters 'n' and 't?' Answer: maNNers, maTTers! And that was the difference today. My colt kept his cool and kept his mind on the business of trotting while the others suffered some mishaps along the way. "He's got talent and rarely makes a break and that's very beneficial in these two year-old events!" The maiden win sent the Cowboy's earnings to $18,454. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Prairie Delight avenged her only loss by out-gaming the pacesetter Callin On Sunday by a head in a lifetime best 2:03.3. Wally Hennessey was subbing in the bike for trainer Jim McDonald and, for the initial time in six starts, was reserved off the early pace as Callin On Sunday (Mike Simons) out up the number of :30.2, 1:01.4 and 1:32.1 before Prairie Delight wore down the leader right at the wire. Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol) was third while Whitney Annette was next in this quartet. A daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, Prairie Delight is owned by trainer McDonald along with wife, Dona, and Bill Bigler. The win vaulted Prairie Delight's earnings over the $27,000 mark in her six starts. AYLOR MEMORIAL--TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/EGLDING PACE Hurrikanekingjames, driven by Carl Garofalo, had all he could handle in scoring his fifth straight win in Florida stakes company with a hard-earned 1:54.4 lifetime mark win over a stubborn Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo). Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) completed the order in this one. Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surreal, let Repeal and Replace do all the heavy lifting while putting up numbers of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.2 before hooking up with him in a memorable duel throughout the entire stretch. In keeping his fall driving record perfect at 5-for-5, Garofalo said, "It sure wasn't a cakewalk--that's for sure. Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Repeal Or Replace) gave my horse all he could handle." With the win, Hurrikanekingjames earnings moved to $74,152 to go along with his new lifetime mark. Combining his three Sunday night stakes wins, Hennessey wound up with seven wins for the night--four more on the betting card. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot now standing $20,237.13. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park an the FSBOA            

Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 26, 2019...Amid intermittent sprinkles and strong winds, the outstanding Six of Diamonds filly Natasha extended her winning streak to 11 dating back over the last 13 months with a handy 1:56 win over a Pompano Park track labeled “good” dulled a bit by the aforementioned rain. The win came during the eight race Sunshine State Stakes for Florida eligible two and three year-old sponsored by the FSBOA--Natasha’s win in the division for three year-old pacing fillies. Handled again by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears, Natasha brushed to the lead around the opening bend and carded fractions of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:27 before a final panel of :29 sealed the deal over a game Gold Star Stormie (Corey Braden) with Lime Twist (Mike Micallef) a late charging third. The win pushed Natasha’s career bounty close to $75,000 with the bulk of the lucrative Florida stakes season looming ahead in the next few weeks. In admiring the talent of Natasha, Hennessey related, “She does everything right. She knows how to leave and, when she make the top, she knows how to relax and she knows how to fight when the competition starts to throw their punches.” It was one of four wins for Hennessey on the non-betting stakes program with the Hall of Fame driver also scoring with Prairie Gold Mine in the two year-old trot for the boys, Kerry B in the sophomore filly trot and Damien Hall in the three year-old trot featuring a quartet of geldings. Hennessey’s scorecard reads 13-4-2 in his 20 starts during this early stakes season. Here is a recap of the Saturday third leg action of the Sunshine State Stakes: TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT--PRAIRIE DELIGHT Prairie Delight kept her lifetime record unblemished with her third straight career victory, scoring for trainer-driver Jim McDonald in a lifetime best 2:06.1. The daughter of Shibboleth Hanover survived a skittish moment while making a quarter move to the top and went on to sore a win measuring a neck over the late surging Brasen Bo (Mickey McNichol). Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) finished third in her quintet, well back of the top two. After the event, driver McDonald explained, “when I made that move for the lead around Mickey’s filly, my filly shied away from Mickey’s whip and she went way wide. She kept her composure, though, made the lead and dug in late. She gave me all she had and that’s all I expect from my young horses.” Co-owned by McDonald along with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, Prairie Delight is yet another strong youngster bred by Laurie Poulin. TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--PRAIRIE GOLD MINE Prairie Gold Mine, handled by Wally Hennessey, extended his unbeaten streak to two with a solid 2:04.3 win--his margin two lengths over Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) with Rhinestone Cowboy (Mike Micallef) third after recovering from an early miscue. Prairie Gold Mine, a gelded son of Diamond Goal, took charge early on and carved out fractions of :31.1, 1:03.3 and 1:34.3 before holding off a brief bid from the runner-up with a :30 closer. Prairie Gold Mine is co-owned by breeder Laurie Poulin along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. TWO YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE--GOLD STAR IGOTDIS Gold Star Igotdis, gave driver Walter Ross, Jr. all he could handle during a vastly improved 2:01 win, featuring an individual :58.2 final half by the winner, including a :28.3 finale. The young lass by Rock On was away third allowing Pocahontas Cam (Mike Micallef) to set the pace of :30, 1:02 and 1:31.4 with Alil Touch of Pink in the garden spot before she tilted out with 5/16ths remaining, wearing down the leader in the final 16th and drawing away late while racing in the center of the track. Trained by Maggie Audley for the Gold Star Farm, it was the first success in three life starts for Gold Star Igotdis prompting trainer Audley to remark, “We absolutely couldn’t have done this without the great horsemanship of Wally Ross, Jr. “He always said this filly had some potential and, after her first two starts, we were beginning to have our doubts but Wally said ‘I’m tellin’ ya, she’s gonna be all right. Let’s just let her get over her growing pains and she’s gonna be a real good filly! “Like I said, ‘we couldn’t have done this without Wally. He is just a great horseman!” Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) finished third in this quartet of fillies. TWO YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE--HURRIKANE KINGJAMES Hurrikanekingjames, driven this time around by Carl Garofalo, controlled the festivities from his rail post position and led every stride of his mile, hitting the wire in 2:00.2. This son of So Surreal, trained by Michile Lorenzo for the Jonathan Klee Stable, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno, sawed through panels 30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:30.3 before a :29.4 jaunt home sealed the affair easily over Shuldahadahunemoon (Nick Coblentz) by 10 3/4 lengths. This two year-old races like a seasoned veteran with 4-0-2 scorecard in 12 lifetime starts and earnings approaching $59,000 to go along with a sharp Saratoga mark of 1:55.1. THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT-KERRY B Kerry B proved, once again, that she loves her Florida surroundings as this daughter of Muscle Mass toured Pompano Park’s “good” oval in 2:04.1, dodging raindrops along the way. Handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay Sears, Kerry B had an open lead all the way around while posting panels of :30.3, 1:02.2 and 1:33.1 before coasting home to hit the line in 2:04. Proud Sophie (Dave Ingraham) was second, a nose better than Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn)--both 7 1/2 lengths away. Kerry B is perfect at Pompano this fall semester with her lifetime earnings around $58,000. THREE YEARA-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT--DAMIAN HALL Damien Hall, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim McDonald and the Pacing Pretty Stable, cruised around the Pompano Park oval in a lifetime best 2:00.1, a new lifetime mark. The altered son of Cash Hall, using the rail post position to perfection, churned through panels of :29.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 before shutting the door on his opposition with a sharp :28.4 finale. McGoldrick (Dave Ingraham) tried to stay with the leader but made a miscue in the lane and finished 10 3/4 lengths away. Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) was third in the quartet. The win kept Daamian Hall’s record unblemished this year at 3-for-3 and left McDonald’s training scorecard during this early stakes season at a perfect 5-for-5. THREE YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE--NATASHA Natasha pushed her winning streak to 11 stretching back to September 15, 2018 with a sharp 1:56 performance for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears, The outstanding daughter of Six of Diamonds took charge from Gold Star Stormie shortly after the start and put up numbers of :27.4, a well rated :58.2 and a picked up 1:27 before stretching her lead with every stride during a :29 final quarter. Gold Star Stormie (Corey Braden) did finish second while Lime Twist (Mike Micallef) was a very fast closing third. Natasha, last year’s Super Night champion in her juvenile division for pacing fillies, now is undefeated in three starts this year with her lifetime bounty approaching $75,000. Said Hennessey after the win, “What can I say that hasn’t been said already. She does this all on her own...like a guy in the cockpit on automatic pilot.” THREE YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE--JB’S BOOMERANG JB’S Boomerang, a gelded son of Royel Millennium, finally got his first lifetime win with a furious closing kick to win in 1:57 for driver-trainer Bryce Fenn. After just missing last week, JB’s Boomerand rallied way wide at the top of the lane as the field stretched four across the track in the final 16th and just did nose out Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey), who found his best stride late while saving ground along the pylons. The official margin was a neck. Gold Star Hefner (Corey Braden) was hung out to dry like wet laundry through panels of : 29.4, :59.3 and 1:28, actually stuck his nose in front just yards from the wire, and finished a very game third. Bryce is part-owner of the winner along with Marah Lee and, after the race, said, “well, we finally got there. He’s been racing so well--as have the others--and today was no different. He always gives his all and, today, that proved to be enough. It’s a very well matched division.” Pompano Park’s pari-mutuel season begins next Sunday, November 3. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park

Nichols, N.Y. -- LRL Racing, LLC's Cracker Coffee ($5.60) proved a gritty winner in Friday (September 2) evening's featured $13,000 Mares Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, giving harness racing driver Mike Merton one of his five wins on the 11-race card.   Merton sent the 7-year-old Six of Diamonds mare to the front from the outset, using the entirety of the first turn to clear K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) through a :26.3 first quarter before pulling back the pace. With three-eighths of the mile to go, Cracker Coffee faced stern first-over pressure from Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Coulter), and the two went on to duel through the far turn. Cracker Coffee not only outlasted her first-over foe, but also managed to stave off a late bid up the pegs from K J's Caroline to prevail by a neck in 1:53. Shutthefrontdoor leveled off from her uncovered bid and finished third.   Amber Buter trains Cracker Coffee, now an 18-time winner.   Merton also teamed up with Patti Harmon trainees Braveheartedmillie ($10.80, 1:53.1) and Jailhouse Jessica ($3.10, 1:55.2), as well as Courtney Wright trainee Gliding Boy ($76.50, 1:57) and Edgar "Sparky" Clarke trainee Zoraze ($10.00, 1:57).   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 3) evening; first post is slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Cracker Coffee did not look to be in the best of positions as the harness racing field wheeled around the final turn of the $15,500 pacing mares feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but she found good kick in the Pocono Pike and caught horses involved in fast early fractions to take the decision in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2.   The daughter of Six Of Diamonds had been let go at 6-1 despite winning her last two against top company at Tioga Downs, and late on the final bend the crowd looked like they were on the right path, as the 4-5 chalk Lucy's Pearl was leading, with the 8-5 Jaded Dream ready to launch out of the pocket after her and Cracker Coffee gapping behind them a bit while third-inside.   But the two favorites had traded the lead through fast fractions of 26.4, 54.3, and 1:22.4, and when driver Eric Carlson asked Cracker Coffee for more as the Pocono Pike came clear, she found more quickly en route to a neck decision over Lucy's Pearl, with Deuces For Charity, who was behind the winner on the far turn, rallying deep in the Pike to photo out Jaded Dream for third, with those two only a half-length behind the winner on the money.   The win was the fifth of the year for Cracker Coffee, who boosted her lifetime bankroll over $185,000 with the win for trainer Amber Buter and owners LCL Racing.   PHHA / Pocono      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Diamond Cowboy put in a gem of a harness racing effort on Saturday night (Feb. 6) to prevail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace by beating a stubborn Beach Hero by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.4.   After finishing a disappointing sixth as the heavy favorite in last week's Open, Diamond Cowboy rebounded nicely for driver/trainer Shawn Gray to score the $14.40 mild upset victory. It was his second Open Pace win in three attempts this season.   It was a battle for the lead to the half mile marker as Beach Hero parked out Lucky Nadotremblay. A 57.1 opening circuit took the starch out of Lucky Nadotremblay but Beach Hero continued to roll.   Things started to develop on the backstretch the final time. Diamond Cowboy, who was assigned the outside eight post, made a three-wide brush to the three-quarter pole to pull on even terms with Beach Hero (Truman Gale). In the battle down the lane, the pair were stride-for-stride until Diamond Cowboy managed to nudge ahead late. Beach Hero had to settle for a tough luck second place while Youwillwishyouhad (David McNeight III) took third.   Owned by William Emmons, Diamond Cowboy (Six Of Diamonds-Money For Munchkin) is a 7-year-old gelding with $10,000 in earnings in 2016 and $404,915 lifetime.   In the opening round of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series, Aberarder Smitty and Flashy Trick shared the fastest times in the five divisions with a 1:58.3 clockings. Other winners were Midas Blue Chip (1:59.1), First Of Fun (1:58.4) and Mach It Paid (1:59.3).   Jim McNeight, Jack Flanigen, David McNeight III and Gray each scored two victories on the night while David McNeight Jr. and Russell Bratt had training doubles.   Racing will resume Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The longest stretch on a half-mile track in the United States and a harness racing pacer with a form that shows a big time closing kick. That was the perfect recipe for Diamond Cowboy in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday evening (Jan. 16).   Diamond Cowboy ($6.20) was parked out in the field of six from the start but was perfectly rated by driver Shawn Gray to stay in contention as Youwillwishyouhad set fractions of 29.1, 59.4 and 1:29.1.   At the three-quarter station, Gray tipped the locked and loaded Diamond Cowboy three-wide around the final turn and effortlessly went on to score the 1-1/4 length win in 1:58.4. China Dream (Jack Flanigen) rode the pylons for second while Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) held on for the show spot.   Diamond Cowboy (Six Of Diamonds-Money For Munchkin) is a 7-year-old gelding owned by William Emmons and trained by Gray. A winner of $61,118 in 2015 thanks to six victories, Diamond Cowboy has now earned $499,915 lifetime.   It was a great all around night for Gray as he registered a driving and training triple. He also drove and conditioned Harmony Oaks Ruler ($2.90) and Mercurio N ($3.60).   Shawn McDonough and Truman Gale each notched three-baggers as well on the evening.   Courtney Ohol scored a double for the second straight night on the trainer's side while Craig Gilmour also found the winner's circle twice..   Racing will resume on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with an 12-race program which will feature some of the best filly and mare pacers on the grounds battling for a purse of $9,200 in the opener.   For more information including the latest news, results, replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 29, 2015...The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida bred Standardbreds with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of harness racing two and three year-olds at Pompano Park.   Here is a recap of those events:   Gold Star Briana Wins $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot   Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive victory--this one in 2:00.3.   The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was driven by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey and scored by 2¼ lengths over the pacesetting Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) that cut fractions of :29.4, :59.4 and 1:30.1 before submitting to the winner turning for home. All Star Fame (Dan Clements) finished third while Trottime Fool was fourth. Mitzie picked up the nickel in the quintet. The win sent Gold Star Briana's earnings to $61,538 to go along with her mark of 1:58.2.   Rexamillion Destroys Foes in $53,300 Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot   Rexamillion led every step of his journey in scoring a scintillating win measuring 13¾ lengths. The altered son of Proud Bushy, owned by Richard Dunmire, along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, sprinted away from his foes past the opening quarter of :29.2 and continued to stretch his lead throughout the rest of the journey, clocking subsequent fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2 before stopping the timer in 1:59.2, a new lifetime mark. Bob Roberts was in the sulky for the win--Rexamillion's fifth straight.   Trottime Splendor (Wally Hennessey) was second while Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) finished third, 19½ lengths away. Fifty Fifty Ninety was next with Proud Joe T fifth, his chances foiled by miscues throughout the mile.    Rexamillion now sports a 5-1-1 scorecard in seven lifetime starts, good for earnings of $58,481.   Gleneagles Stretches Winning Streak to Six in $53,600 Juvenile Colt Pace   Gleneagles, the splendid two year-old Mysticism colt, got picture perfect rating from Wally Hennessey to capture the $53,600 Florida Breeders Stake for pacing colts and geldings in 1:55.   Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable, Gleneagles was on the engine from the get-go from his outside six post to force main rival Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) in the "garden spot" and carded fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in 27.3 to score a handy win measuring 1¼ lengths over Conman's Dream, the latter now a "bridesmaid" to Gleneagles in their last five meetings. R Chism (Mike Micallef) finished third, 4½ lengths back while ICU Diamond T and Danza picked up the minors.   In garnering his sixth consecutive victory at Pompano Park, Gleneagles, with sweeps of the Sunshine State Stake Final, the Stallion Stake and the Aylor Memorial to go along with this Breeders Stake win, now has a bankroll of $71,848. As the 1 to 5 favorite kicking off the pari-mutuel program, Gleneagles paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers.   Prairie Fortune Toys With Foes in $56,100 Sophomore Colt/Gelding Trot   Prairie Fortune, off at 1 to 20 in his last four pari-mutuel starts, justified the confidence of his followers this night by scoring a decisive win in the $56,100 Breeders Stakes Final for three year-old colts and geldings.   Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer-driver Mike Deters, Prairie Fortune, an outstanding gelded son of Arapa Victory, lolly-gagged out of the gate from his rail post position before tilting to the outside from last three-eighths into the mile and surging into the lead three-eighths from home and on to a victory measuring 5¼ lengths over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol).   Harrison (Wally Hennessey) was third--25 lengths away--with Victory Park and RJ's Iron Man fourth and fifth, respectively, after being doomed by miscues during the mile.   The mile was timed in 1:57.1, far off his record of 1:53.4, but excellent enough to add $28,050 to his coffers, bringing his seasonal bounty to $98,833 and $111,280 lifetime.   Prairie Sweetheart Cruises to Victory in $54,600 Two Year-Old Filly Pace   Prairie Sweetheart, an undefeated six-for-six coming into this Super Night Breeders Stake Final, left the winner's circle seven-for-seven with a handy nine length win in the $54,600 two year-old filly pace.   Owned by John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, Mike was in the bike as this daughter of Royal Millennium led every step of her journey, carving panels of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.3 before drawing away late on the strength of her :28.3 finale. Caitlin's Romance (Rick Plano), suffering from a bobble before the start, rallied courageously from last to finish a clear second while Diamond Lily (Mike Micallef), in the garden spot much of the way, finished third. Gold Star Lovebug was fourth while Gold Star Mysti finished fifth in the field of six.   Prairie Sweetheart now has earnings of $63,274 as her career blossoms forward to go along with a track record tying 1:53.3 mark for juvenile pacing fillies. The overwhelming favorite 1 to 20 odds, Prairie Sweetheart paid $2.10 to win.   Zendaya Pulls Off the Upset in $54,700 Three Year-Old Filly Trot   Zendaya picked the perfect night to break her maiden as this three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy pulled off the mild 6 to 1 upset in the $54,700 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies. Owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, Zendaya was driven to victory by Bob Roberts, giving him his second Super Night victory.   Run Around Sue S (Kevin Wallis) was second at 27 to 1, a head back of the winner after taking a narrow lead right before the wire with Livy M (Wally Hennessey) third as the 1 to 10 favorite.   Run Around Sue showed the best gate speed and took command early as Zendaya left alertly, as well, with Livy M away third but on the move from that cozy spot early to take command at the :30.1 opener. Livy M continued to cut mile--1:00.1 and 1:31--and led by 1½ lengths turning for home but was unable to withstand the closing kicks of the top pair, with Zendaya closing quickest of all to nail the win in the final stride in 2:01.1. In breaking her maiden, Zendaya sent her earnings for the season to $37,186 on the strength of this, her biggest payday career-wise. Second choice in the betting, Zendaya rewarded her faithful with a $15.00 mutuel.   Owosso Flash Gives Deters Third Stake Win With New Mark of 1:52.2   Owosso Flash gave trainer-driver Mike Deters his third Super Night win in the $54,200 Breeders Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:52.2. This son of Royal Millennium made a brilliant move just short of the opening quarter--:28.1--and went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2 before his :28 finale left no doubt late--the margin 2½ lengths over Caesar's Forum and six lengths over Drake. Gold Star Roger and Stutz completed the quintet.   In garnering his sixth win of the year, Owosso Flash, sent his seasonal bounty to $59,844 and $113,394 lifetime to go along with his new mark. Owosso Flash is owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer driver Deters. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Owosso Flash paid $2.80 to win.   The victory, incidentally, was not only a "hat trick" for Deters in the bike, it sent his UDRS over the .900 mark with a 16-4-0 scorecard in 20 starts in the sulky this meeting.   Davita Pulls Off Minor Upset in $55,550 Three Year-Old Filly Pace   Davita, a "bridesmaid" to Gold Star Dynasty in her last three starts, finally got the job done on Super Night by taking top honors in the $55,550 Breeders Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and (trainer) Kim Sears, was handled by Corey Braden and stalked the favorite, Gold Star Dynasty (Aaron Byron), after relinquishing an early lead to her foe at the opening panel in a hot :27.4. With Gold Star Dynasty hitting subsequent markers in :57 and 1:27, Davita left her cozy pocket and wore down Gold Star Dynasty at the sixteenth pole and then held off the late surging Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) to win by a length. Gold Star Dynasty did finish third, two lengths away, while Gold Star Sonata finished fourth. Gold Star Charming picked up the final award in the sextet of fillies.   For Davita, it was her third win of the year in eight starts and sent her yearly bounty soaring from $17,922 to $45,697. She's banked $59,221 lifetime. She paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting.   Racing continues of Monday night with a pentafecta carryover from Super Night guaranteeing a pool of $7,500. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 10, 2015...Drake, handled by veteran harness racing driver Bob Roberts, pulled off the major upset as Pompano Park hosted four lucrative F.S.B.O.A Stallion Stakes--three non-wagering events--on Tuesday night. Drake pinned the three length defeat on Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with Caesar's Forum (Wally Hennessey) third. Stutz and Gold Star Roger completed that quintet. Prairie Sweetheart, Gleneagles and Gold Star Dynasty also annexed victories in their respective classes. Drake, a three year-old son of Six Of Diamonds, was seeking a maiden win after 19 career starts--13 of those this semester--and appeared in "over his head" in this $30,950 non-wagering event with both Owosso Flash and Caesar's Forum in the fray, the latter pair dominating this class for sophomore pacing colts and geldings thus far in the season. But a surprise was lurking in this event--a surprise timed in 1:54.1. Indeed, it was Caesar's Forum, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, using his inside post to perfection with Owosso Flash right behind through an opening quarter in a tepid :29.2. That's when the fireworks began in earnest with Owosso Flash leaving the cozy pocket to engage the leader in battle. A :26.2 second panel left this pair literally nostrils apart at the :55.4 half with Drake now a dozen lengths away followed by Stutz and Gold Star Roger. The feverish pace continued on the backside with the top pair battling tooth and nail through a :54.2 middle half, reaching the third station in 1:23.4. Literally 20 lengths out of it three-eighths out, Drake began to gnaw into the lead and, when the "plugs" came out around the final turn, Roberts literally spoke to his charge and he answered back with a devastating rally that left the field in his wake. After the event, driver Roberts related, "you know, last week I told Kim (trainer Sears) that Drake was really starting to find his stride and he might have been closer had it not been for some road trouble. "This time, I knew I was going to get away third and when they battled for so long, I thought I just might get to them this time. "I like to talk to my horses when I drive them and, when I popped the plugs, I said, 'ok, boy, time to show 'em what your made of!" Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, Drake more than doubled his lifetime earnings in his first 19 starts, now standing at $28,675. In the $29,950 Stallion Stake for the juvenile pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, the splendid daughter of Royal Millennium owned by John Spindler, along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, kept her career unblemished--now five-for-five--with a lifetime best 1:54.2 performance with trainer Mike in the bike. Prairie Sweetheart sent her lifetime earnings to $27,764 after taking command from Caitlin's Romance at the :28.2 opener and then on to fractions of :57.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Caitlin's Romance, second to Prairie Sweetheart in the last trio of Sunshine State Stakes, was second again, this time for Rick Plano. Diamond Lily, handled by Mike Micallef, was third with Gold Star Mysti and Trottime Sparks also earning purse checks in the field of six. In the $29,250 Stallion Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings, Gleneagles, after a brief, early tussle with Conman's Dream, held on gamely with a :28 finale to score by a neck in 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey over Conman's Dream and Jason Mac Dougall. R Chism finished third for Mike Micallef while ICU Diamond T finished fourth. Trottime Diamonds picked up the nickel in the sextet. Gleneagles, a son of Mysticism owned by the Pinhook Stable, earned his fourth straight win to send his juvenile earnings to $37,198. The $32,550 Stallion Stake for three year-old pacing fillies was held on the betting card and Gold Star Dynasty continued her dynasty over her class with a lifetime best performance 1:55 performance for driver Aaron Byron. Trained by Mike Deters for Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing, Gold Star Dynasty took command from Davita (Corey Braden) right at the opening marker in :28 and went on to post fractions of :57 and 1:26.1 before her :28.4 closer sealed the deal over Davita with Paxxie (Kevin Wallis) third. Gold Star Sonata finished fourth while stablemate Gold Star Charming finished fifth in the field of six. Gold Star Dynasty now has a 7-4-1-0 scorecard this year, good for $27,287. She's banked $70,324 lifetime in just 14 starts. She paid a 10% dividend ($2.20) to her multitude of backers. In the $10,000 Open Handicap for mares, Mach It A Par, deftly handled by owner Dan Clements, used a perfect garden journey to roll past the 2 to 5 favorite, Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey), a sixteenth out to win in 1:52.1, her margin 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) finished third in her Pompano Park debut while Jets Are On and Winbak Heavenly picked up the final two awards in the field of seven. The winner, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was away alertly from her inside post as Winbak Heavenly and Godiva Seelster decided to play a bit of hard ball early with Godiva three wide for much of the opening panel (:27) before assuming control shortly thereafter. With a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24, Godiva cut the corner turning for home but simply couldn't fend off the pocket sitting Mach Me Not in deep stretch, although she did extend her streak of earning purse money to 71 starts encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four and, now, five year-old seasons. Mach It A Par, meanwhile, won for the 11th time this season, good for $75,847, by far her most successful season of campaigning. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three now has lifetime bounty of $112,749. As second choice in the betting, Mach It A Par paid $7.20 to win. Pompano Park now continues on a three night-a-week schedule (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) with post time 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL --- The staff at Harnesslink is proud to congratulate our director of North American Operations, Steve Wolf, who was recently elected into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into the Communicators Corner at the 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. The event is held by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Wolf, a resident of Coral Springs with his wife, Stephanie and sons Philip and Ryan, has been employed with Harnesslink for the past ten months. He has been a contributing writer to Harnesslink since the website first started in 2003. The Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry. Wolf most certainly fills those categories to the brim. He first came to Florida as the Director of Marketing for the Isle Pompano Park and over the years rose to the rank of Senior Director of Racing Operations. He ran the many great promotions at the track including driver tournaments, unique claiming series races, special family nights and most of all he is responsible for finding and bringing to the United States from Australia, the great Vincent Silvestro and his amazing horse, Hand Me Silver. Silvestro performed the world’s only horse racing fireworks stunt show called Hot To Trot and he appeared for eight straight years at Pompano Park, amazing crowds as he stood on the shafts of his race bike, held the reins in his teeth and set off more than 2,000 rounds of fireworks all while Hand Me Silver raced around the dark track. Wolf has always been involved in community service in the Pompano Beach area since he first arrived. He served on the board of directors of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce for ten years and was Chairman of the Board from 2009-2010. He is a co-founder and has been the president of Pompano Has Heart, a disaster relief program in the city and was also a trustee of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation for 22 years. Prior to coming to Florida, Wolf was the director of marketing and publicity at Freehold Raceway and assistant director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Also being inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame are two longtime driver/trainers Lucien Fontaine and Mark O’Mara. There are also three horses being inducted. They are I’d Like To Win, Six Of Diamonds and Tweedle Dum. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972-5400.

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced that the 2013 Caretaker of the Year award winner is Pam Senclair. She is being awarded for her work in the development of three Florida Stakes winners. She will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Ms. Senclair, working in the Jay and Kim Sears Stable, helped develop the successful performance of Markie (Proud Bushy-R Markie’s Angel-Corleone), the two year-old trotting filly that earned $57,000 with a slate of 11 starts, seven wins and two second place finishes and a record of 2,2:01.2f. She also looked after Showing Off (Wewering-Walhalla-Garland Lobell), the two year-old trotting gelding the earned $46,382 and a mark of 2,2:01.3f. This colt was eight times first and second in 11 starts. Pam also added her stamp to the three year-old pacing filly Tashia (Six Of Diamonds-Armbro Robin-Cam Fella). This filly raced tough during the entire racing season, earning $68,631 with a record of p,3,1:54.1f. She started 36 times and reached the winners’ circle 11 times. The Caretaker of the Year was chosen from the ten different caretakers who were honored each month during the 2013 season at Pompano Park by the Florida USHWA Chapter. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. By Thomas H. Hicks for the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2013 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to Jody Dancer of Pompano Beach, the wife of the late Hall of Famer, Stanley Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing an outstanding juvenile pacer goes to Tom Audley of Bell, a previous winner of this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of trotters, goes for the second time to Kim Sears of Osteen. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Michele Hallett of Margate. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Victoria Howard and her step-father, Peter Roccasano, of Boca Raton  and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2013 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to transplanted Californian Ed Hensley, a leading reinsman at west coast venues, Hoosier Park and now in Florida. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Isle Pompano Park Vice President and General Manager Rob Wyre and the Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Isle Pompano Park chef Joe Harvella. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who over his or her career has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year’s honoree will be announced shortly. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL...November 30, 2013...Pompano Park was host for the $427,300 F.S.B.O.A. Championship Series for Florida Bred two and three year-olds on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Here is a recap of those events. TOUGH ISSUE TAKES $50,300 2YO COLT PACE Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors in the (non-wagering) $50,300 Florida Breeders Stake for two year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a handy victory measuring 3 ¼ lengths in1:56.3. Owned by Brenda Komers along and the Verderame Stable and trained by Mike Deters, the gelded son of Tough Sir registered his fifth win of the year in 12 starts by wiring together panels of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.3 before sealing the issue with a final quarter in :28. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was second with Warlock (Wally Hennessey), expected to be the chief competition to the winner, third in the trio after making a miscue leaving. The victory pushed Tough Issue's earnings to $55,745. SHOWING OFF REDEEMS HIMSELF IN JUVENILE COLT TROT Showing Off and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to win the $51,600 Breeders Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.3 win in the second of two non-wagering events at Pompano Park. The son of Wewering, owned by Richard and Sandra Dunmire along with Jay Sears, still hospitalized but recuperating from a training mishap a few weeks back, was away cautiously as Gator On Patrol (Tom Sells) carved up early panels of :31 and 1:01.1 with Geronimo Fame (Bruce Ranger) in pursuit. On the backside, Hennessey asked the gelding to roll and roll he did, brushing up from third and using a :29.2 third panel to take command with authority before easily striding home a 2 ½ length winner of Geronimo Fame. Gator On Patrol did finish third while Midnight Michael picked up the minors in the quartet. Showing Off now has a 5-3-0 scorecard in 11 starts, good for earnings of $46,382. After the race, Hennessey said, "...you know, these two year-olds are still learning and haven't become the 'push-button' racehorses yet--you know, he made a break leaving in his last start. So, I let this one settle in early before 'pushing the button' on the backside. He responded great." MARKIE TAKES $55,200 2YO FILLY TROT Jay Sears' filly Markie, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears, captured the $55,200 Breeders Stake Final by romping home a winner by over Trotting JC Poss (Andy Santeramo) in 2:02. The daughter of Proud Bushy--3 to 5 on the tote-board--was away gingerly avoiding trouble early as two combatants went off stride leaving. Fifth at the opening :30.2 quarter, Markie was out and going three-eighths into the mile, reaching fourth half way through the mile timed in 1:02.1. On the backside, Markie surged from five lengths out of it to a commanding lead of 3 ½ by the third station in 1:31.1. From there, it was a cakewalk as the filly crossed the line 3 ¼ to the good of Trotting JC Poss with Famous Halle (Bruce Ranger) third. Blame Bushy recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Goldstar Ginger picked up the nickel in the septet. For Markie, it was her seventh win of the year in 11 starts and pushed her bounty to $57,700. She paid $3.20 to win. TASHIA A PHOTO FINISH WINNER IN $55,400 3YO FILLY PACE Jay Sears picked up yet another Breeders Stake crown when his free-legged filly Tashia, driven by Stephane Lareau, eked out a photo finish victory--a literal whisker--over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Don't Spank Me (Bruce Ranger) in the $55,400 Breeders Stakes Final in 1:54.1. Full of Fame (Joe Pavia, Jr.) finished third after making a bold first-over bid around the final turn. Delray Princess and Track Girl pick up the final awards. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds was last in her field after opening fractions of :27.1 and :57 half way through the mile, wended her way into contention on the backside, fanned four wide turning for home after 3/4s in 1:25.3 and just did nail the pacesetting Don't Spank me in the final stride. After the race, driver Stephane Lareau said, ...this filly is as tough a filly as you'll find on the racetrack. After they took the pants (hobbles) off of her, she became a racehorse and I think the difference tonight was Kim (trainer Sears) giving her a qualifying start a week ago just to keep her tight. The other filly (Don't Spank Me) hadn't been out since early in the month and that just may have been the difference." For Tashia, it was her 11th win of the year, pushing her seasonal bounty to $67,351. As third choice in the betting pool, Tashia paid $14.20 to win. TYREE'S TREASURE TAKES 3YO FILLY TROT The lightly raced Tyree's Treasure, a bridesmaid in her last two outings, finally became the "bride" in winning her $52,800 Breeders Stake for three year-old trotting fillies in a lifetime best performance 1:59.3. The daughter of Famously, off as the 8 to 5 second choice, led every step of her mile for Bruce Ranger, pinning a 2 ½ length defeat on the 2 to 5 favorite Tea Party Express (Rick Plano). Hollys Diamond was third--18 ¼ lengths away--while Piper Pfeiffer and Sweet Loreley completed the quintet. "It was a pretty handy win for her this time around," said Bruce Ranger. "She always has good gate speed but tonight she had a very good kick coming home. Mark (trainer Friedman) did a great job getting her ready for this and a whole bunch of credit goes to him." Friedman, indeed, made a few rigging changes to the filly to make her more comfortable and she responded bravely late in her mile to insure the win--her eight lifetime in only 13 starts. She's banked $94,554 lifetime--$39,729 this year for owners the Polo Stable and Hollie Proesel. Tyree's Treasure paid $5.40 to her $2 backers. HILLYBILLY CAPTURES 3YO CROWN Amante Standardbreds' Hillybilly claimed the Breeders Stake crown for three year-old pacing colts and geldings by scoring a convincing 1:53.4 three length win in the $53,800 final. The son of N Aboriginal, handled by Bruce Ranger, was sent off as the 3 to 5 public choice and defeated Quincy (Bryce Fenn) with 31 to 1 outsider Jose Lightning (Kevin Wallis) third. Goldstar Thumper finished fourth after cutting panels of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:26.2. Wingull picked up the final award in the field of six. Hillybilly left alertly, taking a garden seat back of Goldstar Thumper, and left the cozy pocket around the final turn and easily took command at the head of the stretch and drew off in the lane for his ninth win of the year in 22 starts. After the race, Ranger said, "...he's such a handy horse. He can leave...he can close...he's just a pleasure to handle. Last week, when he made a rare break, he just kind of outpaced himself. Tonight, he was well within himself all the way. The victory pushed Hillybilly's lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,434--and enriched his $2 backers to the tune of $3.20. GOLDSTAR JESSICA TAKES 2YO FINAL Goldstar Jessica, handled by Kevin Wallis, proved her maiden win of a week ago was no fluke as she waltzed off with the top prize in the $53,700 Breeders Stake Final for juvenile pacing fillies in 1:56.1. This daughter of Rock On left alertly and was away third as Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) and Voluminous (Mel Turcotte) battled violently through panels of :28.3 and :57.4. On the backside, J D Eleven Bell's (Rick Plano) surged from fourth into the lead past 3/4s in 1:27.2. All the while, "Jessica" was searching for room and, at the top of the lane, found some and roared on by on the strength of her :28.2 finale. Sandalonia gamely held on for second over the late charging Limelight (Ed Hensley). J D Eleven Bells (Rick Plano). Heather picked up the final award in the field of nine. Owned and trained by Tom Audley, Goldstar Jessica was the 7 to 5 public choice and returned $4.80 to win. For Mr. Audley, though, the win was worth $26,850 and vaulted the filly's earnings from $14,735 to $41,585. RAILEE KWIK TAKES 3YO TROT FOR THE COLTS Railee Kwik, trained by Jim McDonald for owner Joe Pennacchio, got a picture perfect drive from Bruce Ranger to win the $54,800 Breeders Stake final. The son of Basil, in the garden spot from the word "go," picked up the pieces after Sky Crest (Stephane Lareau) set hot fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 and held off the late surging Goucher (Bryce Fenn) to win by a neck in 1:59.3. Tim T (Tom Sells) was third with Sky Crest fourth. Proud Expression recovered from an early miscue to pick up the final award. After the race, driver Ranger said, "They were going hot the first part--hotter than normal for these--and I thought I'd better try and get a jump on them turning for home. Bryce's horse (Goucher) was flying late so I had to get into my guy a little bit at the end...but he held on." The win nearly doubled Railee Kwik's earnings for the year--$28,483 coming in and $55,883 going out. It was Ranger's third Breeders Stake win of the night. CRUIZIN K C TAKES OPEN IN 1:50.1. Mark O'Mara's Cruizin K C earned a hard fought 1:50.1 victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night. The five year-old eked out a narrow decision over Lyon's Johnny (Wally Hennessey) and took a new lifetime mark in the process. The son of Mach Three earned his ninth win of the year and sent his seasonal bounty to $83,933. Red Hot Yankee was third for Ed Hensley while Panocchio, who took the lead after a :26.4 quarter and proceeded to put up number of :54 and 1:21.4 finished fourth. B N Bad picked up the nickel. Cruizin K C, second choice in the betting, paid $7.40 to win. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 14, 2013...They played "musical chairs" at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as 10 Florida bred two year-old pacing fillies fought for the nine available spots in the rich Super Night final coming up on November 30. J D Eleven Bells, handled by Rick Plano, captured the opener of the two non-wagering events while Heather, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out a narrow win in the second. With the first four finishers in each division going forward to Super Night, along with the fastest timed fifth place filly, it was "cat and mouse" all the way in both divisions. In the first elim, J D Eleven Bells left and yielded, allowing La Regina and Bruce Ranger to set opening panels of :30.1 and :59.3. On the backside, the daughter of Eleven A M brushed to the lead, opened up daylight turning for home and then held off the furious late surge of Gold Star Jessica (Kevin Wallis) to win by a half length in 1:58.3. La Regina held on for third while Mustang Sally finished fourth. Marion finished fifth and the wait was on to see if her time (2:01.2) would hold up enough to get an invitation to the festivities of Super Night. J D Eleven Bells is trained by Paual Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. and now sports a 4-2-3 scorecard in 10 starts to go along with a mark of 1:57.1. The second division went to Heather, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay Sears. Coming into the action with but a single win and a mark of 2:03.4, Heather carved all the fractions--:29, :59.1 and 1:29.1 and then held off the tenacious challenge of Voluminous (Rick Plano) to win by a neck with Sandalonia also in the photo. That mile was timed in 1:58.3, as well. Limelight was fourth with ICU CharlieT, prominent early on, finishing fifth but timed well off the effort of Marion, who finished fifth in that first heat. The victory was the second in nine starts for Heather and set up a very interesting scenario for this class on Super Night as six of the nine invitees to the finale have won on the Florida Stakes circuit with the non-winners just a photo finish away from joining that group. Finally, in the $10,000 Open Trot, I'll Tell You What, deftly handled by Dave Ingraham, made a huge "double bubble" move around the final turn to sweep past the field and score a 1:57 win over Lugar (Tom Sells) with Mr McRail third in the field of eight. It was the 48th lifetime win for the eight year-old altered son of Lockkeeper, sending his career bounty to $322,937--$66,549 this year. I'll Tell You What is trained by owner Deb Clayton. by John Berry for the Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov. 9, 2013…Goldstar Thumper and Warlock took top honors in their respective Stallion Stakes at Pompano Park on Saturday night while Lyons Johnny roared home a seven length winner in the $10,000 winners over pace.   First, the F.S.B.O.A. Stallion Stakes were contested in the two non-wagering events prior to the betting card and, in the $20,000 opener for two year-old pacing colts and geldings, Warlock, handled by Wally Hennessey, took the lead right out of the blocks, carved up panels of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:31.1 and sealed the issue with a :28 finale, stopping the clock in 1:59.1.   Trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, now recovering from a serious training accident last week, Warlock pinned the 3 1/2 length defeat on arch rival Tough Issue (Tom Sells) with Gold Star Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) completing the trio in the field.   For Warlock, an altered son of Six Of Diamonds, it was his fourth win in eight lifetime starts, sending his earnings to $21,351.   In the $22,000 event for the three year-old pacing colts and geldings, Goldstar Thumper, the newest acquisition of the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, paid immediate dividends when he got a picture perfect drive from Rick Plano to score by a length over the fast closing Quincy (Bryce Fenn) in 1:54.2. Hillybilly (Wally Hennessey), who cut the fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26.4, finished third while Jose Lightning completed the quartet of sophomores.   In a post race interview, driver Plano said, "Dick (new trainer Macomber) asked me if I'd drive the colt since I drove him last start a couple of weeks ago. He raced darn good going first up but just couldn't crack into that :28 final quarter. I knew he had some gate speed so I left out of there and found the garden spot back of Wally's horse (Hillybilly). When I asked him around the final bend, he responded like a good horse does. He probably paced his last quarter in :27.2 or so (he did)."   For Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On, it was his very first win of the year in six starts and sent his 2013 bounty to $15,940.   In the winners over pacing feature on the betting card, Lyons Johnny, driven by Wally Hennessey, roared from third on the backside to the lead and went on to score a resounding seven length win over No Monkeys Allowed (Kevin Wallis) in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. (He missed a 1:51 mark last week by a head.) Neptune Blue Chip finished third while Hurrikane Scotty J and Oozie's Bad Boy pick up the final two awards in the field of seven. B N Bad, cutting sharp fractions of :27 and :55, wound up sixth.   Owned by trainer Shane Arsenault, Lyons Johnny won for the 15th time in his career and sent his lifetime earnings to $153,659--$29,741 this year.   The five year-old son of Mach Three was the public choice on the tote-board and paid $4.20 to win.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov. 6, 2013…Mr. Mc Rail, off at 45 to 1 on the Pompano Park tote-board, led virtually every step of the mile to grab top honors in the $11,000 Winners Over feature trot over "PPk's" five-eighths mile oval on Wednesday night. Driver Fern Paquet, Jr. handled the lines back of the six year-old son of Donerial, defeating Lugar (Tom Sells) by 1 1/4 lengths with House Money (Matt Romano) third. Take Heart and Spring Goal picked up the final awards in the field of 10. The victory, timed in 1:55.2, was Mr Mc Rail's fourth of the year in 23 starts and was accomplished despite having drawn the outside nine post. In a post race interview, driver Paquet said, "you know, in a bulky field with a horse starting in the second tier, I had three choices…one, take back, get away 10th and try and find some live cover, two, leave a trifle and look for a spot in mid-pack somewhere or, three, go for the gusto. Since this horse can leave the gate pretty good--he went a :27 and a piece opener last week--I thought I'd give it a shot and see what happens. As it turned out, there wasn't much speed leaving and I got to the quarter pretty softly and was able to rate the second quarter. I saw Matt (Romano with House Money) coming on the backside so I let him out a notch and he just kept truckin' right to the wire. He raced great." Trained by Barry Probber for Probber Morse Racing and the Unity Stable, the win was worth $5,500, pushing his lifetime bounty just a shade under $250,000. Even more important for anyone with a wager on Mr Mc Rail, it was worth $92,40, $31.40 and $10.60 across the board and keyed $2 payoffs of $630.40 for the exacta and $1,842.40 for the trifecta. Pompano also played host to the F.S.B.O.A. Stallion Stakes for two and three year-old pacing fillies. The juvenile contest was split into two divisions--four and six (there was a scratch in the opener)--with the "off-the-card" quartet division, worth $14,500, taken by Limelight, she breaking her maiden with a sharp win in 1:57.4 for Kevin Wallis. Trained by Rosie Huff for the Beauty and the Bridle Stable, Limelight, a daughter of Cracking Light, was away third as the highly regarded J D Eleven Bell's (Rick Plano) took the lead from the get-go and clocked panels of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:27.2, opening a sizable four length lead at that third station. But that lead began to melt as Limelight kept grinding away, collaring the leader at mid-stretch and drawing clear late. Mustage Sally (Stephane Lareau) was third with Hawaiian Princess taking the minors. When the gate opened, Limelight had but $390 in earnings for her three starts and, when the result was deemed "official," left with $7,640. In the wagering division featuring a field of six going for a share of $15,000, Heddy Nelson's Sandalonia, handled by Mickey McNichol for trainer Sandy Hollon, was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.1, never having an anxious moment in scoring a victory measuring three parts of a length as the 1 to 2 betting favorite. Sandalonia, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds send her bounty to $16,399 on the strength of her consistent 4-3-2 scorecard in nine starts. Heather, handled by Stephane Lareau, spent her last lap grinding forward on the outside and got up for second over Voluminus (Rick Plano). Gold Star Jessica and La Regina also picked up awards. Finally, in the $28,000 Stallion Stake for three year-old fillies, Don't Spank Me, a daughter of Capital Request handled by Bruce Ranger for owners Wayne and Jean Carter--Wayne trains--sent her winning streak at Pompano to three with with an eight length trouncing of her foes, capping her wire-to-wire 1:53.4 lifetime mark with a final half in :58 and final panel in :28. Tashia and Stephane Lareau was second while Full Of Fame finished third. Delray Princess finished fourth while Dandee Diamond picked up the "nickel." After the race, driver Ranger summed up the trip in one word--"smooth!" Don't Spank me now has nine lifetime wins in 21 starts with six of those successes coming in 2013. She's banked $66,687 lifetime. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

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