Known as the "Winter Capital of Harness Racing," Pompano Park has provided the only nighttime standardbred harness competition in Florida since its 1964 inaugural season. Prominent Kentucky horseman Frederick Van Lennep and his wife, Frances Dodge Van Lennep, built a $5.5-million track on the property of a failed 1926 thoroughbred track in Pompano Beach. Pompano Park has since hosted leading trainers, drivers, and champion horses, including Hall of Famers Stanley Dancer, Bill Haughton, and Delvin Miller and current leading drivers Bruce Ranger and Wally Hennessey. It also has been a mecca for celebrities who have enjoyed the racing action and entertainment.
About the Author
In Images of America: Pompano Park Harness Track, award-winning historian Frank J. Cavaioli, Ph.D., has researched the park's archival collection of original images and selected the most memorable ones to produce a book certain to entertain and inform. Long a proponent of local history, the author has compiled a fitting tribute to the memory of Frederick and Frances Dodge Van Lennep, who were determined to build a standardbred horse track and to establish harness racing in Florida.