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Looking back to He Wants It All

07:12 AM 27 Jan 2015 NZDT
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He Wants It All
He Wants It All
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One of the elite pacers for harness racing trainer Tom Harmer in the early years of this century, He Wants It All raced until the age of 11 for his owner Michael Polansky of Loudonville, NY, earning over $1 million while winning 50-plus races.

As a 3-year-old in 2003 the son of The Big Dog out of the broodmare Traci Miss captured the $94,044 Junior Trendsetter Final and swept the Matt Scoot Series at The Meadowlands before being sold to Polansky and joining the Tom Harmer Stable.

He Wants It All only raced 8 times as a 4-year-old because of health issues but bounced back with a vengeance in 2005 as a 5-year-old.

The horse captured the first of two consecutive Pompano Park Isle Of Capri Finals with Tony Morgan at his lines in late February and went on to win 15 more races that year, including a half-dozen Free For All events at Balmoral, four more Maywood Park Free For All paces, and both the Carey elimination and its $101,000 Final at Hawthorne Race Course in August of 2005.

After one of his Maywood Park Free For All triumphs driver Tony Morgan said this in a post-race interview:

"This is a ‘real’ horse. Once he gets to the top he just drops the lines and totally relaxes. He's a beautifully-going horse with a huge gear and he's very fleet-footed. His connections (owner Michael Polansky) paid six figures for him when Tom (trainer Harmer) got Mr. Polansky's horses to train.

“At one point he was thought to have been finished--racing wise. But Tom gave him a lot of time off and he got him sound again. This past winter he had a breathing problem which Tom solved and got cleared up and now this horse is just a monster."

He Wants It All earned just short of $300,000 in 2005 and paced a track record mile for an aged gelding of 1:49.1 at Balmoral with Morgan.

The following year he again won the Isle Of Capri Final at Pompano, this time with Dave Magee. His season mark of 1:49.3 came with Dave in a Balmoral Park FFA in late May, a few weeks before his second place finish in Hawthorne’s Carey Memorial Final.

As a 6-year-old he campaigned against the likes Holborn Hanover, Lis Mara, Ponder, Stonebridge Regal and Maltese Artist when he added another $240,015 to his card.

He Wants It All ended his career finishing third or better in 90 of 139 starts, winning 51 of them and making $1,016,187,

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By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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