Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2014...Jolene's Pinehonker, photoed out of a 1:54.2 lifetime mark one week ago, got that lifetime mark on Wednesday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot.
The five year-old gelded son of Pinetucky, trained and driven by Mark O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, wore down the pacesetting Andover America, handled by, in the final sixteenth of the mile to score by a half length in the aforementioned time of 1:54.2.
Photo King teamed up withto finish third while My Revenuer rallied to finish fourth. Blushing Hanover, prominent early in the mile, picked up the nickel in the field of eight.
Jolene's Pinehonker was away in good order from post six and nestled into fourth around the first turn as Andover America took command early from the seven post and carved out panels of :27.4 and :57 as Blushing Hanover was content to enjoy a garden journey with Mymomsablizzard next.
Around turn two Jolene's Pinehonker was out and grinding from fourth, reaching second just a length away during a :28 second stanza reaching the third station in 1:25. Andover America and Jolene's Pinehonker put on a classic stretch duel with "Pinehonker" edging to the front in the final few strides for his 17th lifetime success and third this year. He's banked $337,245 in just 54 lifetime starts.
In a post race interview, driver Mark O'Mara said, "...he gave a good hint last week showing strength at both ends of the mile and, tonight, he showed courage in surviving that first over trip on the backside during that quick quarter and then digging in when it counted."
As second choice in the betting, Jolene's Pinehonker paid $6.40 to win.
by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park