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Two-time defending harness racing dash champion Wally Hennessey drove four winners including Rebellious in the $9,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 2). In the Open Pace, Osborne Seelster (Jody Jamieson) and Macheasy A (Mike Merton) battled right out of the gate. Osborne Seelster won the battle and led to the first quarter in a quick :26.0. Rebellious ($4.60) came first up from third and took the lead with a circuit to go. He hit the half first in :54.2. Seel The Deal N (Phil Fluet) was the first to make a challenge as they headed down the backstretch. Rebellious deflected the challenge and led to three-quarters in 1:23.2. Second place finisher Osborne Seelster tried to squeeze in by the pylons but ran out of real estate as Rebellious hung on to win in 1:52.0. Talbotcreekwhiskey (Drew Monti) finished third.   REBELLIOUS REPLAY   Rebellious is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. He is owned by Joel Warner along with trainer Mike Deters. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 46 career victories. Hennessey got his other wins with Runhappy Ten ($8.00), Odds On Cheddar ($4.50), and Caviart Reagon ($8.20). Tioga Downs returns to Live racing on Saturday (May 8) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. For full race results, click here. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will begin their 16th season of live harness racing on Saturday (May 1), with a special post time of 5:00 p.m. The five-eighths mile track from Nichols, NY will race on Fridays (starting May 28) and Saturdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Closing night will be Saturday (September 25). Track management is excited to be able to have spectators for the first time since 2019. All spectators must show proof of a negative COVID-19 from no more than 72 hours prior or proof of full vaccination upon entrance to each event. Spectators will be permitted to enter the grandstand and trackside viewing areas through the mutuels lobby with a capacity limit of 20%. Tioga Downs will once again play host to the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for sophomore pacing fillies and colts. They will each race for a purse of $250,000 (Est.). Last year's top driver Wally Hennessey and top trainer Rob Harmon will be on hand this season to defend their titles. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Due to the shutdown of Ontario harness racing, one of the top Canadian harness driving stars, Jody Jamieson ,will spend his weekends at Tioga Downs this May. Jamieson 44, has won over 8,000 races in his illustrious career. He captured the World Championship for Canada in 2001. In 2007 and 2009 he won the Obrien Award as Canada's driver of the year. He also won the North American dash crown with 796 wins in 2009. Jamieson will get to trade blows with Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Hennessey is the two-time defending Tioga Downs dash champion. Tioga fans will get the opportunity to witness two of the all-time greats of the sport go at it. Tioga Downs opens for the 2021 season on May 1st. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Pompano Beach, FL - Beach Journey, craftily handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (April 13), edging past the favored Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) in deep stretch to score by 1 ½ lengths in 1:52.4 off a :57.2 opening half. Tempus Seelster (Dave Ingraham), last early on, closed to take show honors while Evas Sports Czech and Persistent Bettor earned the final two awards in the classy octet. As the wings folded, Beach Journey (post 6) was sent out in search of the lead along with Casie's Believer, the latter taking charge around the opening turn and taking the field to the first quarter in :27.2. A :30 breather brought the leader to the half in :57.2 with Roll With Angel on the move into third and moving first up to within a length of the leader through a :27.3 third panel. Turning for home, Casie's Believer put away that challenge but that allowed Beach Journey room to roam and she motored on by inside the 16th pole for the win. BEACH JOURNEY REPLAY   In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "I was hoping to hit the garden spot by leaving and figured that Joe's (Chindano) mare (Casie's Believer) would want to get into the action from her outside post, so it worked out nicely for us. Both mares raced very well but we had the better journey in the pocket." For Beach Journey, a five year-old mare by Net Ten Eom, it was her second straight win and sixth of the year in 14 starts, good for $25,322 and $78,693 lifetime for owner-trainer Cory Kresier, who claimed the mare for $6,000 a little over a month ago. She's had three wins and two seconds since earning $17,350 since the claim. As the 7 to 2 second choice in the wagering, Beach Journey paid $9.60 to win. The $10,500 Open II Trot went to The Lionking AS, with owner-trainer Kevin Wallis handling the lines. The six year-old gelded son of Lionhunter took full advantage of a class dip from the Open I class to score a handy win in 1:54.3. Enjoying a picture perfect journey after leaving and yielding early, The Lionking AS let BJ Lorado (Braxton Boyd) take charge early and cut panels of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25.2 before leaving the cozy pocket and rolling on by with an effortless :29 finale to score by a length over the late charging Enzio (Jim Meittinis) with BJ Lorado finishing third. Mighty Surf finished fourth with Aquillo next in the field of seven. THE LIONKING AS REPLAY   The Lionking AS now has a 3-2-3 scorecard in 14 starts and $26,105 in 2021 bounty. He's banked $27,090 lifetime. Off at 3 to 5 on the board, The Lionking AS paid $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey was the driving star of the 10 race program piloting five horses to the winner's circle. Besides Beach Journey in the feature, Hennessey reached the charmed circle with She Matters ($10.20), Stick With Me Kid ($11.80), Entranced ($2.80) and Guys In The Band ($6.00)--the latter duo comprising the late Daily Double. In the "Better for the Bettor" Department, Pompano Park's exotic wagers provided some very healthy returns on Tuesday, including a $19,654.45 payoff for the $.50 cent Pick-5 combo of 6-5-5-7-9 and a $.20 Pentafecta ducat worth $3,796.54 for the 7-2-6-1-3 ticket. The Pick-5 finale was taken by Stick With Me Kid, driven by Wally Hennessey at 9 to 2 with the other four winner off at 11 to 1, 3 to 5, 4 to 1 and 13 to 1. Racing continues on Sunday with a pair of carryover events--the first being in the Pick-6 with a carryover of $3,523.65 and the second in the Super Hi-5 finale with a carryover of $17,497.74. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL - April 13, 2021 - Rebellious, superbly handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the timer in 1:51.1. The grand seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three led every long stride of his mile, posting fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.1 along the way, in garnering his 45th career win vaulting his bounty to $352,006 for Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner. Ideal Feeling (Kevin Wallis), closed fastest of all to be second, less than a length away, with Lyons Night Hawk next. Wes Delight and Skip To My Lou earned the minors in the classy sextet. REBELLIOUS REPLAY   It was a classic from start to finish as Hennessey sent his charge to the front, out-footing Lyons Night Hawk and La Rockin Sampson early and leaving Wes Delight, Skip To My Lou and Ideal Feeling, seeking his third straight Open win, well back of the leader. Positions remained unchanged much of the way as only Skip To My Lou tried to dent the leader's lead on the backside with Ideal Feeling second over but still last, 5 1/4 lengths away. As driver Hennessey explained, "There are a lot of factors in any race from post positions to pace and one horse might seem better than another. If, say, one is better than another on a particular night, the questions is 'how much better?' Kevin's (Wallis) horse might have been five lengths better but six lengths back so that's the difference right there--post positions and the start. "He was Rebellious tonight and determined and Mike's (trainer Deters) expertise as a horseman and his caretaker's dedication certainly came through. I just handled the lines!" With this fourth win of the season in eight starts, Rebellious sent his 2021 bankroll to $28,050 and rewarded his faithful with a $4.40 mutuel as the 6 to 5 choice. The $10,000 Open II Pace went to War-N-Munn, driven by Kevin Wallis. The eight year-old altered son of Stonebridge Regal used a "Hail Mary" pass three-eighths into the mile--the pass being from third to first in, roughly, 50 yards to secure the lead and hold on late for the neck triumph over the pocket-sitting Darling's Dragon (Donald Dupont) with a very fast closing Saulsbrook Deputy (Ken Holliday) third, 1 1/4 lengths away. Agedchedar Hanover was fourth while Kinnder Jackson picked up the nickel. Unlike last week when War-N-Munn led start to finish in a conditioned event, he tried to use these same tactics on this night but with three other "leavers" was forced to take back early as, first, Darling's Dragon and, then, Agedchedar Hanover got in an early war as Kinnder Jackson also decided to relent and tuck in fourth. After a hot opener of :26.1, Wallis sent War-N-Munn on that "Hail Mary" pass and did secure the lead prior to the half in a sizzling :54.1. He then used a :27.4 backside panel to reach the third station in 1:22 and held gamely late for the win--his second straight and 30th lifetime win. Also trained and owned by Wallis, War-N-Munn now has $375,184 in career bounty. As fourth choice in the betting at 5 to 1, War-N-Munn paid $12.40 to win. Though Hennessey and Wallis took the feature events, the driving star of the night was Joe Chindano, Jr., who hit a grand-slam while getting to the winner's circle with Rural Art ($7.00), Don't Chip Me ($3.20), Endeavors Pride ($12.20) and Neptune ($16.00). Racing continues on Tuesday with mares in the spotlight in the $11,500 Open Pace. That event is carded as the sixth race and kicks off the Pick-4 with a $20,000 guaranteed pool with ann industry low 12% takeout. There is also a $13,222.65 carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL - April 7, 2021 - Casie's Believer and Muscles For Life were victorious as Pompano Park offered twin $11,500 harness racing features on Tuesday night (April 6). Casie's Believer, handled by Joe Chindano, Jr., took top honors in the Open Handicap for the pacing mares as she found a seam turning for home and use a :28 final panel in rallying by a stubborn Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) in 1:52.4. Tempus Seelster (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third, 1½ lengths away while Roll With Angel paced an evenly rated mile from the rail to finish fourth. Persistent Bettor picked up the final award in the field of seven. At he outset, Roll With Angel left well from the inside as Casie's Believer was sent launching from her outside seven post, taking command at the opening marker in :27.2. Shortly thereafter, Ask Me Ifi Care made a quarter move to the top three-eighths in and took the field to the half in :56.1. On the backside, Eva's Sports Czech made a first up bid and reached second a length away with Casie's Believer looking for room to roam past the third station in 1:24.3. Turning for home, Casie's Believer found that seam and started gnawing away, edging by in the final few strides. CASIE'S BELIEVER REPLAY   In a post-race interview, driver Joe Chindano said, "She (Casie's Believer) had been knocking on the door the last few starts from off the pace, so I decided I'd try something different from this outside post because I didn't want to be seven or eight lengths back early. After we made the top, we got some cover and then we had to be patient--and I'm not really a patient kind of guy--waiting for something to open up. She sure responded and that was a great mile for her being used at both ends." For Casie's Believer, a six year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar, it was her third win of the year with her scorecard reading a consistent 3-5-1 in 12 starts, good for $34,015 for Chindano, who is owner-trainer. Off at 2 to 1 as second choice, Casie's Believer paid $6.00 to win. In the companion for Open Trotters, Muscles For Life, driven by Wally Hennessey, put some daylight at the start on his main rival Toy's For You (Rick Plano) and went on to score a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length over that one in 1:54.1, this after posting number of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26.1. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) was third, 2¾ lengths away while Ev's Girl was fourth. The nickel went to Burn Notice in this septet. As the wings folded, The Lionking AS and Muscles For Life were fastest out while Toy's For You, a son of Airzoom Lindy, did anything but "zoom" as he took back unhurried and some eight lengths off the leader at the opening quarter. Positions remained virtually unchanged until Toy's For You began his charge on the backside, reaching third and less than two lengths awa around the final bend. Even though Toy's For Us closed fastest of all--:27.3--the line came soon enough for Muscles For Life to score his third straight win for trainer Steve Oldford and owner Jarold Hawks. MUSCLES FOR LIFE REPLAY   The victory was number five in eight starts for the eight year-old son of Muscle Mass and sent his 2021 bankroll to $35,570. He's banked $383,665 lifetime to go along with 37 wins. Off at a dime to a dollar, Muscles for Life paid $2.20 to win. Racing continues on a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday schedule through April with closing night scheduled for May 2. Post time remains at 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 31...Crisp Mane and Muscles For Life took top honors in their respective Open Handicap events on Tuesday (March 30) at Pompano Park, each winner handled by the two leading harness racing drivers at the track this season, who both happen to be Hall of Famers. Crisp Mane, the splendid five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, eked out a close win in the $11,500 Open Handicap for Mares and was driven by David Miller. She went grinding her way from fourth halfway through the mile to the lead around the final bend before holding off the serious late surge of Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) by a head in 1:52.2. Persistent Bettor (Kevin Wallis) was third while Ask Me Ifi Care, late around the final bend, closed for fourth. Prairie Westerngal, prominent from the get-go, finished fifth, less than two lengths off the winner. As the wings folded, a battle developed for early supremacy as Persistent Bettor and Prairie Westerngal both left with alacrity with Tempus Seelster also joining the fray with the latter reaching the top spot a stride past the :26.2 opener. Meanwhile, Crisp Mane, settling into fourth early, on the move grinding after a half in 55.1. Gnawing her third panel in :27.3, Crisp Mane stuck her head in front at that third station in 1:23.3 with she and Tempus Seelster stride for stride until mis-stretch when Crisp Mane edged clear only to face a final lunge by Casie's Believer that fell short by a head. CRISP MANE REPLAY   Said Miller after the event, "Crisp Mane is more of a grinder than a sprinter and I was very happy with the way she raced." Trained by David's daughter, Devan, for owner Sylvia Burke, Crisp Mane won for the third time this year sending her scorecard to 3-2-5 in 10 starts, good for $30,460 and $228,390 lifetime. As the slight second choice at 8 to 5, Crisp Mane paid $5.40 to win. A bit of luck played into Muscle For Life's win in the $11,000 Open Handicap for trotters as this eight year-old son of Muscle Mass slipped through along the pylons for driver Wally Hennessey to out- kick Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) by a neck in 1:53.4. Burn Notice (Kevin Wallis) finished third while BJ Lorado trotted an evenly rated mile to finish fourth. Classiciality picked up the nickel after the leader In Secret made a miscue turning for home. Muscles For Life left with his usual alertness along with In Secret, who took charge midway around the initial turn and stroked off panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.3. Turning for home, In Secret made a rare miscue, leaving Muscles For Life the opportunity to slip on through and on to victory--his fourth in eight starts sending his 2021 bounty to $29,720 and $377,915 lifetime for the Steve Oldford trainee owned by Jarold Hawkes. MUSCLE FOR LIFE REPLAY   "There was a little bit of luck involved there, too" said Hennessey, "as a seam opened up after David's horse (In Secret) made that break and I was able tpo sneak through!" Off at 6 to 5 on the board, Muscles For Life paid $4.60 to his multitude of faithful. In the $10,000 Open II Trot, Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano for owner Maryann Plano, enjoyed a perfect trip in the garden spot and went on to score a handy 3 1/4 length win in 1:54.3 for his first win of the year in 12 starts. The eight year-old gelded son of Cash Hall let Stick With Me mKid (Wally Hennessey) cut the mustard through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before his solid :28.1 final sealed the deal. Boinganator (Kevin Wallis) finished third while Billie Blue and Tech Titan earned minor awards in the sextet. Sooo Handsome now has banked $347,575 lifetime. He paid $2.60 as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite. Also of note, Maryann Plano's Flagman, again handled by her trainer-driver husband, Rick, extended his undefeated streak to four in 2021 with a lifetime best 1:53.2 performance in an $8,000 conditioned event. The four year-old gelded son of Guccio began his season just a month ago with a qualifying win in 1:56.2 and, since, has ripped off four straight wins--last night's by 12 lengths. He paid $2.60 to win. Racing continues on Thursday night with two Send It In Invitational events, highlighted by a mandatory payout in the track's Super Hi-5 finale, which has a carryover of $130,623.44. Said Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt, "This is a bonanza for our faithful as this pool could very well swell to over $300,000. Post time is set for 7:20 for this final Thursday of the meeting. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 24, 2021...Prairie Westerngal and In Secret were victorious at Pompano Park as the South Florida famed five-eighths mile harness racing oval presented twin $11,000 features on Tuesday (March 23). Prairie Westerngal, a five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, was driven to victory by Wally Hennessey in the Mares Open Handicap Pace and toured the mile in 1:53, defeating the late charging Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) by three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third, two lengths away, while Evas Sports Czech and Ask Me Ifi Care completed the quintet. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her usual sprinting alacrity from her outside post to take immediate command and zip an opening quarter of :26.2 Ask Me Ifi I Care second, Crisp Mane third, Evas Sports Czech fourth and Casie's Believer trailing. With no immediate threats looming, Hennessey gave a relaxed Prairie Westerngal a breather and got to the half in :56.1. The pace did pick up on the backside as Crisp Mane made a bid from third and got within a length of the leader at the third station in 1:24.1. In the lane, Prairie Westerngal drew clear once again as only Casie's Believer was able to do any serious denting through an official final panel of :28.4. PRAIRIE WESTERNGAL REPLAY   After the race, Hennessey lamented, "She sure knows how to push the gate out of her way. She's really sharp right now and Mike (trainer Deters) has her razor sharp. She is a very determined mare." Trainer Mike Deters co-owns the mare with Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing and now sports a 3-3-1 scorecard in 10 starts this semester, good for $27,950. She's banked $171,903 lifetimne. As the 4 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $3.60 to win. Roughly 25 minutes later, Deters completed the training sweep of the early Daily Double as Burn Notice, driven by Braxton Boyd, put on a gritty performance in scoring a photo finish win in the $10,000 Open II Trot. The six year-old gelded son of Cayenne Turbo marched up from first over on the backside to engage the leader around the final bend, took charge once straightened away and held off Stick With Me Kid (Wally Hennessey) by a head. Favored Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) finished third after making a miscue early in the mile and dropped back to last half way through. The Lionking AS was fourth while Joey Pro picked up the final award in the septet. BURN NOTICE REPLAY   Owned by WHR Trust, Burn Notice earned his second straight win and third of the year in sending his 2021 bounty to $117,390. As fourth choice in the betting at 9 to 1, Burn Notice paid $21.60 to win to complete the $39.00 early daily double. In the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, In Secret, with David Miller in her sulky, scored a handy win in 1:54, her winning margin 1½ lengths over Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) with BJ Lorado (Braxton Boyd), the longest proposition on the board, third. Northern Skyway and Serenity Cruise also earned awards in the field of six. In Secret, away in good order fourth, made a quarter move after the :27.2 opener and went on to post numbers of :56.2 and 1:25 before remaining unscathed during her :29 second closer. Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, In secret, a nine year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, won for the 44th time during an illustrious career which boasts earnings of $881,628. Hardly a "secret" to the bettors, In Secret paid $2.80 to win. IN SECRET REPLAY   In the $10,000 Open II Pace for Mares, Tempus Seelster, confidently driven by John MacDonald, enjoyed a slight dip in class to score a handy win in 1:52.3. The eight year-old daughter of Big Jim took command a stride or two past the :27.4 opening marker and proceeded on hitting beams of :56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale to score by almost three lengths over the late charging Beach Journey (David Miller). She'sgotitgoingon (Don Harmon), the roan mare making her first start in over a month, finished third, just a lip off second, while Image Of A Dream, the early leader, finished fourth. Persistent Bettor picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Rob Rittof for Dandy Farms Racing and the FT Racing Stable, Tempus Seelster won of the third time this year and 39th career-wise to send her lifetime earnings to $338,021. Off at 1 to 2, Tempus Seelster paid $3.00 to win. Also of note, one of the new budding stars in the Rick Plano Stable, Flagman, extended his winning streak to three since his arrival earlier this month with a 1:55.3 win as he stepped up the ladder once more to Open III company. The four year-old gelded son of Guccio trotted his final 3/4s in 1:25.4 coming from well off the pace to score by a widening two lengths. Rick Plano, who recently reached the $20,000,000 milestone in training bounty to go along with over $30,000,000 in the driving ranks, also trains Guccio for Maryann Plano. Plano ois also approaching yet another milestone as he edges closer to 4,000 lifetime training wins. Driver David Miller had another grand slam on the program, driving Penn ($3.60), Beach Forecast ($2.40) and Roll With Angel ($2.60) to popular victories in addition to the aforementioned In Secret. Racing continues on Thursday night with a $15,000 guarantee on the Pick-4 offering (with an industry low 12% takeout) and a Super Hi-5 jackpot approaching $100,000--$98,428.71 to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 17...Toys For You and Prairie Westerngal took top honors at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (March 16) as each proved victorious in their respective harness racing Open events. Toys For You, in the capable hands of owner-trainer Rick Plano, continued his march up the ladder by extending his winning streak to four in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot, using a :27.4 burst home to score in 1:53.3, edging by the slight favorite In Secret (David Miller) by a half length. Serenity Cruise (John MacDonald) finished third after a pocket-sitting journey throughout while Timon AS rallied from last turning for home to finish fourth. Classicality picked up the nickel in the sextet after a first up backside bid reaching second turning for home. It was In Secret charging to the front off the wings and sawing off panels of :27.3 and a comfortable :57 through the opening half with Serenity Cruise in the pocket, BJLorado next with Classicality, Toys For You and Timon AS trailing. Things began to heat up on the backside as the warrior Classicality made his first bid and Toys For You catching his live cover flow. Turning For Home, In Secret fought off Classicality and Serenity Cruise charged on through but neither could hold off the furious surge to Toys For You, who trotted his final 3/4s in 1:24.4 to post his sixth win of the year in eight starts.   Said Plano after the race, "ya know, he's getting quite handy these days. He's won on the engine and off the pace and come around very nicely. He's got quite a motor and can sprint home pretty much the same if he's on the lead or off the pace. He's climbed the ladder and I am proud of his performances lately. Of course, horses aren't machines so we all have to enjoy the moments while he's this sharp." Toys For You, a five year-old gelded son of Airzoom Lindy, has earned $21,950 in this young season, already eclipsing last year's total. As the slight second choice at 6 to 5, Toys For You returned $4.40 to his multitude of faithful. In the $11,000 Open II pace for the mares, Prairie Westerngal zipped off the wings for Wally Hennessey and blazed an opening panel of :26.3 before a :30 breather brought the five year-old daughter of Western Ideal to the half in :56.3. From there, she paced subsequent quarters of :28.1 and :28 to hit the wire in 1:52.4, holding off Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) by three-parts-of-a-length. Crisp Mane (David Miller) was next after being in the garden spot much of the way, followed by Tempus Seelster, who closed fastest of all, and Take Abit of Life in the compact quintet.   Remarked Hennessey after the event, "let me tell ya, she has lightning speed off the gate and Mike (trainer Deters) has her really sharp. One of her great qualities is her ability to relax a bit after making the top spot. When we got over to the half, I was confident in her ability to get us home. Give credit where the credit is due--the trainer and caretaker. I was just a passenger!" The win was the second of the semester for Prairie Westerngal, who is co-owned by Deters along with breeder Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. The win also extended her streak of earning a check to 25 races. Off as the 4 to 5 favorite, Prairie Westerngal paid $3.80 to win. The $10,000 Open II Trot went, in an upset, to Northern Skyway with David Miller in the sulky--one of a trio of wins for Miller--in a lifetime best 1:54.2. The six year-old gelded son of Guccio, trained by Jim Dunn for owner William Mc Elvain, rallied after a first over backside bid, taking command at mid-stretch and then holding off the favored Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) to score by a bit less than a length. The 13 year-old warhorse Cantab Lindy (John MacDonald) was next after cutting panels of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:25.2. Gemologist was fourth after a garden journey while Joey Pro managed to pick up the minor award. Northern Skyway earned his 25th career win, s ending his lifetime bankroll to $222,563 and rewarded his backers with a $24.60 mutuel. Finally, the $10,000 Open II Pace for the ladies went to Evas Sports Czech for trainer-driver Ken Holliday, who co-owns with Trish Soulsby. The five year-old daughter of Sportsmaster circled up just after the opening quarter in :27.2 and proceeded on through fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3 to score by a length in 1:52.3 over the late charging Persistent Bettor (Kevin Wallis) with the early leader, Rock N Roll Rosie (David Miller) third. Another Beach Day and Northern Dali picked up the minor awards in the sextet. Evas Sports Czech, off as the popular 4 to 5 choice, paid $3.60 to win. Racing continues on Thursday night with a guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a low 12% takeout on that offering and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has blossomed to $76,339.13. Thursday post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 10, 2021...Muscles For Life and Lucky Artist A shared the spotlight as Pompano Park hosted twin Open Handicap events on Tuesday night (March 9). Muscles For Life, brilliantly handled by Wally Hennessey, was sent directly to the front from post six, opening daylight on what was seemingly his main rival, Timon AS, and went on to score a relatively comfortable win in 1:54.1. His winning margin was 1½ lengths over his half-brother, Serenity Cruise (Mike Simons) with BjLorado (Joe Chindano, Jr.), the longest proposition in the race at 59 to 1, third, three lengths away. Born To Thrive was fourth while Sooo Handsome picked up the nickel. Timon AS, leaving from the outside eight post, was never in contention while locked up the entire route. Muscles For Life, who usually likes to join the fray from the get-go, did so again this night by streaking off the wings and into the early lead, taking the field through an opener in a moderate :28.1 with the half in a well rated :57.1. From that point, the lead for Muscles For Life remained at a length-and-a-half all the way home with a final half in :57 to seal the deal.       In a post-race interview, Hennessey relayed, "He was very solid tonight. He just kept that steady grinding forward momentum all the way. I was very pleased with his performance." The victory -- lifetime win number 35 -- came in the Muscle Mass stallion's milestone 100th career start, sending his earnings to $372,415 for the Steve Oldford trainee owned by Jarold Hawks. Off at 3 to 2 when the final bell rang, Muscles For Life paid $5.00 to win as second choice with the exacta comprised of the aforementioned half-brothers--both Muscles For Life and Serentiy Cruise being out of the Kadabra mare Serenity Girl--paying $61.00. On the pacing side of the ledger, the Aussie-bred Lucky Artist A, confidently handled by Mike Simons, led at every pole in scoring a 3 1/2 length win in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares. The eight year-old daughter of Artistic Fella zipped off the wings and painted panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:24.3 before easily completing the masterpiece with a :27.4 finale. Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey), in the garden spot all the way around, finished second while Crisp Mane (David Miller) rallied from dead-last turning for home to finish third. Casie's Believer was fourth while Tempus Seelster picked up the final award in the sextet.       In a post-race interview, Simons said "she's very handy and all she needs to a chirp or two to get down to business. She was as strong at the end of the mile as when she was leaving the gate." Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A won for the third time in her last four starts with this 22nd career success vaulting her lifetime bankroll over the $150,000 plateau--$152,566 to be precise. Off at 2 to 5, Lucky Artist paid $2.80 to win. The $10,000 Open II Trot went to the 11 year-old veteran Classicality, also driven by Mike Simons. This altered son of Classic Photo charged up first over beginning in turn two and grinded forward to the front at the third station and used a :28.3 finale to score in 1:55.4. Ev's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) finished second after leading until the final bend, while Gemologist (Andy Santeramo) was next. The final two awards in the octet went to Cantab Lindy and Everyone's Talkin.       Owned and trained by Lisa Dunn, Classicality now has 56 lifetime wins and $752,623 on his card. He paid $10.80 as third choice in the betting. The $10,000 Open II Pace for Mares went to Take Abit Of Life, driven by Wally Hennessey. This five year-old daughter of Western Terror was put to the test from both sides of the isle and scored by a neck in a lifetime best performance of 1:52.3 Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) finished a fast closing second while Evas Sports Czech (Ken Holliday) was third, one length back of the winner. Image Of A Dream, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Northern Dali picked up the minor award in the field of seven. It was a mad scramble early for superiority as Jazzy Image and Roll With Angel were in a war through an opener of:27.3 before the latter yielded. Shortly thereafter, Evas Sports Czech made a quarter bid and swept to the front at the half in :55.4, only to be joined by Take Abit Of Life with yet another battle ensuing through a :28.1 third panel with Take Abit Of Life sticking her nostril in front of Evas Sports Czech with Ask Me Ifi Care joining the fray three wide. In the lane, the battle continued right to the wire with Take Abit Of Life prevailing for her first win of the 2021 season.       Trained by Jake Huff for Rosie Huff and the Our Three Sons Stable, Take Abit Of Life bolstered her career earnings to $129,615. Off as the favorite at 7 to 5, Tale Abit Of Life rewarded her faithful with a $4.80 mutuel. Four drivers had driving doubles on Tuesday night--Simons, Wally Hennessey, David Miller, and Braxton Boyd. One of Boyd's successes came with Move Over Sis, an 11 to 1 chance trained by Dale Gilmour, who co-owns with Jamie Daley. The seven year-old daughter of Canyon Wind capped a Pick-5 paying $5,273.65, despite the fact that the other four winners in the sequence were 7 to 5, 5 to 2, 3 to 2 and 4 to 1. Racing continues of Wednesday with a $15,000 guarantee of the popular Pick-4, featuring the lowest takeout in the industry--12%--and a Super Hi-5 Jackpot which has ballooned to $43,953.30. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. EST. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 9, 2021...Prairie Panther scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night, conquering six worthy harness racing opponents and near gale-force wind gusts in the process. The versatile seven year-old gelded son of Royel Millennium changed strategy this night after a courageous win last week on the engine, coming from well off the pace to score in 1:51.2 under the direction of Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey. Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) closed fastest of all to be second, three-parts-of-a-length away, while Skip To My Lou, assigned the outside post in this field, rallied from last half-way through the mile to finish third. Southwind Amazon was fourth while Ideal Feeling picked up the nickel after looming boldly around the final turn. With very strong winds providing a tailwind from the first turn to the half mile junction, it was Southwind Amazon (Peter Wrenn) in an early war for supremacy with Alluneedisfaith N taking the field through an opening panel in a breezy :26.4 with Funknwaffles (Kevin Wallis) next. Just after that initial quarter, both Allunneedisfaith and Funknwaffles were both on the move with Alluneedisfaith N taking charge--briefly--before yielding to Funknwaffles with the strong wind setting up a half in a sizzling :53.2. On the backside, things began to boil over with Ideal Feeling going first up into the wind with Prairie Panther catching his live cover, as did Skip To My Lou, now third over. After reaching the third platform in 1:22.2 and turning for home, Ideal Feeling stuck his head in front, but they were all fanned across the racetrack with Prairie Panther surging to the lead with his :28.3 finale, getting to the winner's circle for the 43rd time during his career measuring 102 starts.       In a post race interview, Hennessey remarked, "what can I say...he shows up for work every week! It was pretty windy out there and there seemed to be some speed inside materializing, so I kept out of that hoping the fractions would be quick for us to pounce on the backside. After that half (:53.2), I was lucky enough to catch some live cover and the Panther did the rest. You have to give credit to the trainer, who keeps him razor sharp and the dedicated caretakers who put in the hours to bring out the best in him." Trainer Mike Deters added, "Panther raced great! He has a great set of lungs and, probably, his greatest attribute is he rarely gets tired. If he does have a flaw, it's that he doesn't have very good gate speed and that's why I was so surprised that he won last week that way. Hats off to Wally for putting him in a position to win!" Deters co-owns the winner with breeder Laurie Poulin, who now has banked $408,730. Though Prairie Panther was the 5 to 2 morning line favorite, he went off as the third choice at 7 to 2 and paid $9.40 to win. The $10,000 Open II Pace went to Lets Roll for driver Mike Simons. The six year-old son of Roll With Joe made a bold first up move on the backside, stuck his head in front around the final bend, and went on to score a 2 1/2 length win in 1:51.3 for his third win of the season. Mach West (Wally Hennessey) was second while Windemere Ryan (Braxton Boyd) was next. Stone Hanover and Real Peace completed the top five in this octet.       Owned by Rosie Huff along with Beauty Bridle Racing and Our Three Sons Stable, Let's Roll won for the 18th time in his career sending his lifetime bounty to $170,060. As fourth choice in the betting, Lets Roll paid $11.40 to win. Pompano Park's Pick-6 continues to pay rich dividends as the the 5-5-7-2-6-6 sequence, with the longest price being $12.60, paid $4,073.15 for the 50 cent ticket. Racing continues on Tuesday with a $20,000 guaranteed pool for the track's Pick-4, featuring the lowest takeout in the industry--12%--and a Super Hi-5 Jackpot of $38,434.75. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m EST. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2021...There is an old weather folklore that says "March comes in like a lion..." and, as the month of March roared in at Pompano Park on the first day, it was the tiny "mighty-mite" Skip To My Lou who came in like a lion to take top honors in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. The five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou got picture perfect handling from 21 year-old Joe Chindano, Jr. to score a two length win in 1:51 for his fifth harness racing win of the young 2021 campaign in seven starts. Rebellious (Wally Hennessey) was second after cutting much of the mile while Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons) was another neck back in third. Seeing Eye Single and Funknwaffles picked up the final two awards in the classy, two million dollar field. As the wings folded, Skip To My Lou, usually content to work from off the pace, changed strategy this night and push the gate out of his way to take the field through an opening panel in a hot :26.3 with Rebellious on the prowl and taking over once they straightened away the first time. Rebellious then carded subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.3 and turned for home with a length advantage which began to melt as Skip To My Lou left the cozy pocket and began gnawing away, taking charge mid-way through the stretch and on to the win.   In a post-race interview, young Chindano said, "What can I say? He brought his suit and tie and lunch box to work and was ready to go to work tonight. He raced awesome. He's just a tiny mighty-mite--maybe 14 hands--that has a lion hearted motor." The win pushed his lifetime earnings to $141,531--$29,450 of that this season, which exceeds his entire bankroll from last season. Off as the favorite at 3 to 2, Skip To My Lou paid $5.00 to his multitude of faithful. The $9,500 Open II-III Handicap went to Prairie Panther and driver Wally Hennessey, holding off the warrior Southwind Amazon (David Miller) by a scant nose in 1:51.2 with Lets Roll (Mike Simons) third. Loud Splash and Windemere Ryan were next in the classy septet. In that event, there was a ferocious war early as the three horses with the outside posts all left seeking the lead with Unlikeanyother (post 5), Southwind Amazon (post 6) and Prairie Panther (post 7) all on the engine with Unlikeanyother reaching the opening station in :26.4 with Southwind Amazon outside and Prairie Panther three wide through the entire first panel before reaching the top after that hot first panel with Southwind Amazon now enjoying the coziness of the pocket. After a :55.2 half, Unlikeanyother was on the move again from third and denting an official third quarter of :27.3. As that one's bid began to falter, Prairie Panther opened up a 1 1/2 length lead turning for home as Southwind Amazon found a seam and began gnawing away in a memorable photo finish. But the photo showed Prairie Panther with his nostril in front for his first success of the year in six starts.   This seven year-old son of Royel Millennium now has 42 career wins for breeder and co-owner Laurie Poulin who, in turn, co-owns with trainer Mike Deters. That is the second milestone for Prairie Panther in his last two starts--this one vaulting his earnings over the $400,000 plateau ($402,980) after his 100th career start in his last start. As the second choice at 7 to 5, Prairie Panther paid $4.80 to win. Other notable performances on Monday were achieved by drivers Rick Plano, David Miller and Wally Hennessey. Plano had a "hat trick" on the program, scoring with McMach ($9.20) in a conditioned pace in 1:50.3, Rockin Machine ($19.00) in a $20,000-$30,000 claiming event in1:52.1 and Bell I No ($14.60) in an Open III Pace in 1:52.1. Hennessey had a double, as well, with the aforementioned Prairie Panther and American Arrow ($3.20). Finally, Grand Galup Semalu lit up the tote-board with a $147.40 mutuel for Ken Holliday in the Super Hi-5 finale as the longest shot in the race, coming from last in the 10 horse field during the final quarter to score in 1:53.1. That keyed the 20 cent payoff in that event to $2,151.40. That Super Hi-5 event now sports a carryover jackpot of $15,281.75 when racing continues on Tuesday night at Pompano Park. Tuesday's program also features a $20,000 guaranteed pool in the track's Pick-4. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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

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

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

Pompano Beach, FL...January 13, 2021...While Cult Icon took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall-of-famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies. Wally Hennessey and David Miller shared the spotlight as Happy Heart, handled by Hennessey, and Glenferrie Blade. with Miller in her sulky, hit the wire with no separation. Both mares are trained by Melissa Beckwith with Happy Heart owned by Thomas Mc Tygue and Glenferrie Blade owned by Mark Beckwith. At the outset, these two were involved in a three horse duel for the top spot as Evas Sports Czech, handled by Walter La Freniere, Jr., joined Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade in that early scuffle. At the :27.1 opener, Happy Heart made the top with Glenferrie Blade pressing on to take charge shortly thereafter, taking the field to a half in :56. On the backside. Odds On Cheddar, outside every step thus far, reached third while Northern Swift was on a double-bubble binge from last, reaching second around the final turn with Glenferrie Blade patiently waiting for some room to roam turning for home after the 1:24.4 three-quarters. In the lane, Happy Heart fought on gamely but drifted out slightly allowing Glenferrie to shoot on through along the pylons and get up for the tie in the last stride. Evas Sports Czech did finish third while Northern Swift and Big Bad baby were next in the octet. Happy Heart, Glenferrie Blade A Both Hall of Famers had something to say about the rare event with Miller saying, "you know, I thought I might have gotten there but it was too close to call. Mark (Beckwith) said his mare likes the front end so I tried to put her there but when Wally (Hennessey) retook, I thought a two-hole trip wouldn't be so bad, after all. I guess my patience paid off and was happy to share the winner's circle in the win." Hennessey said, "I didn't know...I was hoping we held on but wasn't sure. Dave's (Miller) mare is a lot bigger than mine, so I didn't know. Happy Heart might be a smaller horse but she has a very big heart!" Happy Heart is an eight year-old daughter of Woodstock and achieved her 30th lifetime win, sending her career bounty to $43,889 while Glenferrie Blade, the Aussie bred, is the 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three. She got her 23rd career victory with her career earnings vaulting to $266,296. In sharing the win pool, both mares paid $2.10 to win. A few minutes earlier, Cult Icon, with Hennessey at her controls, put in a gritty performance, scoring in 1:51.4 in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares after taking charge just after the :27.1 opener and carding subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 along the way. Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second, 1 3/4 lengths away, while favored Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third. Another Beach Day and Image Of A Dream also picked up checks in the classy sextet. Cult Icon, a six year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is trained by Trent Stohler, who trains for the Stable. She now has 20 lifetime wins and earnings of $278,407. As third choice in the betting, Cult Icon paid $8.80 to win. Cult Icon Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $93,236.75. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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