Day At The Track

Winyard Hanover sets a World Record

04:59 AM 30 Dec 2017 NZDT
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Pompano Beach, FL...December 29, 2017...Winyard Hanaover, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, set the world record for a five-eighths mile dash on a five-eighths mile track by scorching the South Florida harness racing oval Pompano Park in 1:08.

The seven year-old gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark, leaving from the track’s coveted five post, sizzled panels of :27 and :54.3 before a 13.2 final eighth mile sealed the victory and the world record. 

Winyard won by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths over Sucrose Hanover, driven by John MacDonald, with Rebel Jet and Fern Paquet, Jr. teaming up for third.

Mach Power and Kirktons Credit were next in the speedy sextet.

At the outset, Winyard Hanover left from his “center-of-the-track” post to take charge heading into the initial turn and hardly had time to take a breath as he widened his margin throughout the journey.

Said pilot Wally Hennessey after the race, “he was sizzling all the way tonight. It’s kind of advantageous leaving from a the center of the track in a situation like that where there’s not a heck of a lot of distance to the first turn. 

“I though, ‘it’s now or never in a sprint like, so I sent him. I know he’s done that before in a mile race, so I wasn’t at all concerned about sending him hard. He’s a very good horse and can handle it.

“To tell you the truth, I thought he was going more at the end of the mile.” 

Winyard Hanover eclipsed the former record of 1:08.1 by Anais Kicker at The Meadows back in 2009 with Dave Palone in the bike.

Owned by trainer Deters along with Joel Warner, Winyard Hanover won for the ninth time this semester in 32 starts to complete his 2017 campaign with earnings of $42,831. Lifetime, Winyard Hanover has banked $217,125 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:51 set earlier this year.

As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Winyard Hanover paid $3.80 to win

Racing continues on Saturday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover standing at $32,011.59.

Post time is 7:20 p.m.

by John Berry for Pompano Park

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