The track’s official name is Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park; however, mostly known as Pompano Park. It is a standardbred harness racing track and casino located in Pompano Beach, South Florida. Its promotional name is “The Winter Home of Harness Racing” because of the location’s tropical weather condition, which is a perfect alternative for horsemen as most of the racetracks at the north have cold weather conditions.
Originally, there was already a built racetrack located on the same site in Pompano Park since 1926 with a grandstand that can accommodate 7,000 guests and the mile track composed of clay and sand that is 100 feet wide. However, pari-mutuel betting was still illegal during those years, so even if the grand opening on Christmas Day of 1926 was a great success, racing events were still put to stop as Governor John Martin nicknamed the Pompano Park “a center of lawbreakers”. Hence, the original race track was then utilized for automobile races, polo, and boxing matches. However, did not become prosperous.
In 1928, the said track became a Red Cross station when a hurricane ruined South Florida. Then in 1953, the track became dormant until when Fred Van Lennep discovered the old track. The track was built and opened on February 4, 1964. The track is famous as the “Winter Capital of Harness Racing” and the only track with a nighttime standardbred harness racing in Florida since its 1964 inaugural season. However, Van Lennep died in 1987, so the track management was passed on to the late John A. Cashman, Jr. for the Van Lennep estate. It is currently owned by the Caesars Entertainment, and converted into a racino with slot machines.
The main track is a 5/8-mile oval, and the distance from the last turn to the finish line is 608 feet. It currently offers live poker games under betting limitations imposed by Florida law. They also have approximately 50 caretakers that live on the backstretch of the track and approximately 650 horses stabled. Pompano simulcasts horse races from all over the USA and Canada, allowing its patrons to wager on racing approximately 363 days per year.