Michael Polansky’s He Wants It All sped to a new track record for an aged pacer with a 1:51.4 clocking in Friday night’s $21,500 Free For All Handicap Pace at Maywood Park and he did it effortlessly.
“He finished really well in hand,” said winning driver Tony Morgan. “I wanted to protect him and I really wasn’t thinking about any type of aged record.”
He Wants It All did have to work hard for the front end. Morgan sent him out from the handicapped five-slot in the third race feature while Sam Widger hustled Trot West Crusader from his assigned one-post, parking out the 3-10 heavy favorite through a good portion of the :26.4 first quarter.
Morgan however was able to put on the brakes as the five-horse field headed into the second turn and after a 29.3 second panel breather, a track record of any sort didn’t look like even a remote possibility.
Andy Miller took Fresh Heir out of the three-hole soon after the :56.3 half-mile marker and went after the pacesetter. Morgan still had He Wants It All under a firm hold, keeping Fresh Heir on his outside through the :28.1 third quarter. When the field came out of the final turn, Morgan asked his horse for something extra and the Tom Harmer trainee responded, drawing off while coming home in :27.1 with Morgan’s whip still ducked under his right arm.
The 1:51.4 winning mile was a tick faster than the old record set byin May of 2002.
“He’s Got It All is a very simple, professional horse and a very nice individual overall,” said Morgan. “This horse had a lot of health problems earlier in his career and Tom (trainer Harmer) has done a great job of managing his career. The horse has just gotten strong since winning the Isle Of Capri (stake at Pompano) and is always best off a layoff. I think the plans call for them to take him to Delaware for the Senior Jug.”
The pocket horse Trot West Crusader finished second, beaten one and one-quarter lengths. Johnny Be Cool was third, beaten two and one-half lengths.
He Wants It All is now unbeaten in his last five outings and Friday’s win was his 12th in 20 season starts. The five-year-old son ofhas banked $238,325 this year for his Loudonville, New York owner. The winner also went over the half-million mark ($508,040) with his Maywood Park track-record victory.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park