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    Celebrate the International Amateur Series at the Isle!

    We at Isle Casino® Pompano Park are absolutely honored to host the International Amateur Series this year! Racing is always an important part of our casino, and we're thrilled to be the home of this special event. This charitable race is sure to bring a world of excitement and sportsmanship for our international harness racers as well as spectators.

    Horse racing fans and curious newcomers can witness history being made right before their eyes at our casino on March 12 and 13. This event will take place on South Florida's five-eighths-mile oval around an 11-horse field. We're bubbling over with excitement about this series and can't wait to tell you all about it.

    Fun Facts About Harness Racing
    The Isle® International Amateur Series celebrates the historic sport of harness racing with racers from all over the globe! We've compiled a list of fun trivia about harness racing to get you even more excited for our event.

  • Harness racing was officially held in Australia in the early 1800's. The sport debuted in the United States in 1880 and remains popular today.
  • The largest ever official field of harness horses featured 44 horses at a track in Tasmania on June 6, 1921.
  • Harness racing consists of a Standardbred horse pulling a two-wheeled vehicle called a "sulky." The sulky is lightweight and holds a single driver and horse.
  • There are two kinds of harness racing horses. The "pacer" moves both of their legs on one side of their body at the same time. The "trotter" moves forward with their left front leg and right rear leg simultaneously, and then with their right front leg and left rear leg together.
  • Harness racing can date back to 1500 B.C. with horses drawing chariots in ancient Assyria, Greece, and Holland.
  • Isle Casino Pompano Park is known as the “Winter Capital of Harness Racing" and we've been hosting live harness racing and simulcasts since 1964!
  • Join Us at Isle International Amateur Series!
    The Isle International Amateur Series will consist of three nightly races on March 12 and 13. Our 11 international racers hail from countries including Russia, Norway, Italy, Germany and New Zealand! Florida's own Dein Spriggs will represent the Florida Amateur Driving Club and the United States in this race with over 40 years of experience and 412 career driving victories under his belt.

    We're proud to present a race series that will donate over $5,000 to charity, with over $150,000 donated in total since the inception of the Florida Amateur Driving Club in 1964. Charitable donations will be held on behalf of the visiting drivers.

    What's more, racing legend Mr. Roger Huston will announce this event every night. Mr. Huston was Pompano Park’s track announcer from 1967 to 1975. He has called races at 134 venues, from tracks in Australia to events in Canada. The overall point leader will be announced as the winner of the series on the last night of the event by our esteemed guest.

    Isle Casino Pompano Park would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors, the U.S. Trotting Association and Wyndham® Deerfield Beach Resort. Give our racers and sponsors a hand when you celebrate with us at the International Amateur Series! If you're not already a fan of harness racing, we're sure you will be after witnessing this special event.


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