The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is pleased to be hosting one of Norway's most respected trainers and drivers, Ove Wassberg, for the February 22nd program.
This appearance at Pompano is a highlight of the first vacation that Ove, 64,
has taken in his career. He operates a 35 horse stable with his son from
a home base at Bergen, Norway. Every Tuesday he makes an eight hour round trip
to compete at Stavenger, Norway, but as he done for the past five decades, he
always reports to his own barn by 8 a.m. the next morning. He also travels to
Sweden each year to compete in the 'elite' week highlighted by the world
"I finally decided I had to find out for myself what harness is like
outside of North America, and I'm bringing a couple of my stable's assistants
with me on this trip" Wassberg says. "We targeted Pompano as the
first track we'd like to visit and I'm really happy to be picking up a drive
there on Wednesday evening, it will be a real lifetime memory for me that's for
sure. Plus, making it to age 64 for the first vacation of my life...I think I
was little bit overdue for this!" he added with a laugh.
On the Wednesday evening program, Wassberg is slated to drive Four Starz Conway
from post 9 in the 2nd race, a conditioned trotting contest for a $6,100 purse.
Ove Wassberg is also highly respected for always taking time with children and
the disabled that visit his stable. He is also well known in other European and
Scandinavian countries where harness racing is popular for his shrewd business
of buying and selling horses in addition to the 29 training and driving
titles he's amassed in his career.
base: Bergen, Norway Age: 64
23,505 Wins: 3,110 Seconds: 2784 Thirds: 1894
provided by Ove Wassberg)