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Pompano Park

Pompano Park is a 5/8 mile harness track in Pompano Beach, Florida that features live racing year round. Pompano Park features world class standardbred horse racing with top-ranked trotters and pacers, award-winning drivers and trainers and some of the best racing action in North America.

The track is centrally located just one mile west of Interstate 95, one mile east of the Florida Turnpike and one block south of the corner of Atlantic Blvd and Powerline Road. It is only a 15-minute drive from the ocean, 20 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and less than an hour from Miami Beach.

The entire Pompano Park facility is a complete entertainment destination. It can accommodate up to 20,000 spectators and 12,000 cars. It houses approximately 1,000 horses.

Pompano Park Track Facts

 

Track Size and Surface

  • 5/8-mile track composed of Marl (combination of Florida type clay, concrete sand and rice rock-similar to limestone chips or crushed coral).

Homestretch Length

  • 608 feet from top of the stretch to finish

Track Width

  • 80 feet

Track Features

  • No hubrail
  • No passing lane
  • Pylons for safety

Grandstand Capacity

  • 7,500

Pompano Park Records

Pacers

AGE & TYPE HORSE (DRIVER) Date Time

2-year-old colt

ARTSPLACE
(John Campbell)

11/30/1990 1:51.1*
2-year-old filly CENTRAL PARK WEST
(John Campbell)
11/18/1988 1:53.3
2-year-old gelding RED BOW TIE
(Terry Kerr)
10/18/1996 1:52.3*
3-year-old colt BEACH TOWEL
(Ray Remmen)
11/02/1990 1:51.2
3-year-old filly MISS EASY
(John Campbell)
10/25/1991 1:52.2
3-year-old gelding SPIN MOGUL
(Tom Sells)
8/3/2002 1:51.3
4-year-old horse MANNART HOWARD
(Brad Kramer)
YANKEE LANDA
(Joe Pavia Jr)
2/10/2001

4/19/2003
1:50.4
4-year-old mare CAESAR'S JACKPOT
(Wally Hennessey)
10/20/1990 1:52.2
4-year-old gelding THE PAPER WAZOO
(Bruce Ranger)
12/02/2000 1:50.2*
Older Horse PARSON'S DEN
(Joe Anderson)
2/27/1999 1:49.4
Older Mare KADIJAH
(Brian Sears)
3/21/2003 1:51.4*
Older Gelding TIME SHARE N
(Bruce Ranger)
2/17/2001 1:50.3

Trotters

AGE & TYPE HORSE (DRIVER) Date Time

2-year-old colt

KING CONCH
(William Gale)

10/25/1991 1:56.2
2-year-old filly PEACE CORPS
(John Campbell)
11/11/1988 1:57.1
2-year-old gelding ME LLAMO JOSE
(Marc Aubin)
10/16/1998 2:00
3-year-old colt MACK LOBELL
(John Campbell)
11/13/1987 1:54.1*
3-year-old filly EXPRESSWAY HANOVER
(Per Henriksen)
10/29/1993 1:55.4
3-year-old gelding JUAN CARLOS
(Tom Sells)
10/19/2001 1:56.4
4-year-old horse DIAMOND GOAL
(Dan Daley)
4/19/2002 Q1:54.1
4-year-old mare PEACE CORPS
(Stig Johansson)
11/02/1990 1:54.2*
4-year-old gelding CLARE'S GUY
(Wally Hennessey)
12/04/2000 1:55.2
Older Horse POWER HALL
(Kevin Wallis)
MONTE HALL
(Brian Sears)
3/20/2000

3/14/2003
1:55.1
Older Mare LORI LOUISE
(Peter Wrenn)
3/14/2003 1:56
Older Gelding DAMON RUNYON
(David Ingraham)
TRAPPERS SALUTE A
(George Napolitano Jr)
1/16/02

11/5/03
1:54.4
1 5/16th's BEEPBEEP MOVE OVER
(David Ingraham)
3/6/2004 2:33.3

* -- Denotes World Record
Q - Record set in qualifying race

Milestones in the History of Pompano Park

  • In 1953, a New York ad executive turned horse breeder named Frederick Van Lennen purchased a failed Depression-era thoroughbred racing track and vowed to build the "Taj Mahal" of harness racing. He faced formidable legal opposition from various parties with interests in the pari-mutuel business.
  • On February 4, 1964, the $5.5 million Pompano Park first opened its gates to the public. Pompano Park's inaugural season was a 46-night harness racing meet.
  • Throughout its 40-year history, Pompano Park has hosted many of harness racing's greatest horses, drivers and trainers. Each year, it also hosts several charitable fund raising events. It is the home of the Broward County Fair. It has also been designated a hurricane shelter for horses for Florida.

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