Day At The Track

Muscles For Life takes Open Trot

04:34 AM 23 Dec 2020 NZDT
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Muscles For Life, shown in an earlier win, took top honors in Pompano Park's top trot on Monday night for Wally Hennessey.
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Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2020...Muscles For Life, the brilliant seven year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a hard-earned 1:54.2 win for harness racing driver Wally Hennessey in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (December 21) holding the fast closing Explosivebreakaway (Tom Jackson) and The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) at bay at the wire in 1:54.2.

The winning margin was a half length earning Muscles For Life his third win in four fall starts this semester in South Florida.

Sooo Handsome finished fourth while Bucketlist Hanover picked up the final two awards in the field of eight.

Muscles For Life was forced to draw one of the two outside posts in this field and Hennessey was forced to change strategy here as there was plenty of speed off the wings, especially from BJ Lorado, who zipped an opening panel in :26.3 and half in :55.4 with The Lionking AS in the garden spot, Sooo Handsome third and Muscles for Life, who left from post seven but found a spot in fourth around the opening turn with Explosivebreakaway, leaving from post eight, finding a nice spot right behind Muscles For Life.

Around turn two, Hennessey tilted his charge outside and, once they straightened away on the backside, Muscles For Life motored sup strongly to take charge past the third station in 1:24.3 with Explosivebreakaway now looming a length away.

In the lane, Muscles For Life held firm enough in the final stages for the win, his seventh of the year in 17 starts for trainer Steve Oldford, who conditions the trotter for owner Jerold Hawks. The win sent his 2020 earnings to $54,630 and $345,220 career-wise.

Reflecting on the win, driver Hennessey said, "We seemed to be going pretty good leaving so I decided to try and find a spot a bit closer up because I knew it would take too much out of him to press the quick pace. He was nice and relaxed once we found the good spot and, when I asked him, he responded big time. He's a very impressive racehorse!"

Off as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Muscles For Life paid $4.40 to his multitude of faithful.

Muscles For Life

The $10,000 Open II Trot went to Mighty Surf with Mike Simons in his sulky for the win. The brave six year-old daughter of Prayer I Am, trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle RacingStable, got up in the final stride to nail Burn Notice (Peter Wrenn) right on the wire in 1:56.

Keegan Ho (Rick Plano) rallied to be third while the early leader, Kellie's MVP, finished fourth. Dragin The Wagon grabbed the nickel in the full field of 10.

For Mighty Surf, it was her fifth win of the year in 27 starts, vaulting her bankroll for 2020 to $44,037 and $240,872 lifetime. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Mighty Surf paid $12.20 to win.

Mighty Surf

Racing continues on Tuesday with post time set for 7:20 p.m.

Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

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