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A horse has been put down after a serious crash at the Century Downs racetrack in Calgary, which also sent two people to hospital, officials say. Three horses were downed, and three drivers flipped into the air during the spectacular crash. It came during the eighth race, two drivers - Ed Hensley and Ryan Grundy - were taken to hospital with a possible rib fracture and concussion, said Century Downs track superintendent Don Monkman.  The five-year-old pacer Pass The Port had to be euthanized due to a knee injury. The Freedoms Pass-Newport Beauty gelding was a seven-time career winner with over $85,000 in earnings for owner, breeder and trainer Sam Johnson. To see the news report from CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/century-downs-crash-1.3540260 

Pompano Beach, FL...December 7, 2015...Escuela, looking to extend her current winning streak of three in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot, did just that on Monday night as the five year-old daughter of ABC Garland made it a "harness racing grand slam" with a 1:55 clocking on a "coolish" evening in South Florida. With co-owner Ed Hensley in the bike for trainer and co-owner Ashleigh Hensley, Escuela used her now patented late knockout punch to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths over the invader and 6 to 5 favorite, Auspicious Hanover (Kevin Wallis) with the pacesetting Proud Moment (Wally Hennessey) third. I'll Tell You What finished fourth and She's All In held on for the final award after being prominent much of the way. Beginning from the outside post in her octet, Escuela lolly-gagged well back in the field--9 1/2 lengths away--with only one breaker beaten early on before edging to the outside and catching live cover after Proud Moment clipped off fractions of :27.4 and :56.1. On the backside, three-eighths out, the outer flow began to develop with I'll Tell You What going uncovered and joining She's All In about a length-and-a-half back of the leader. Meanwhile, Escuela had wended her way into fourth on the outside and getting ready to throw that knockout punch once they straightened away after three-quarters in 1:25.1. Collaring the leaders in mid-stretch, Escuela burst to the fore and easily held off Auspicious Hanover to complete her aforementioned grand slam. After the race, driver Hensley said, "I'll make it easy for you this week. Just xerox a copy of what you wrote last week. Honestly, she's just feeling very good right now and she just has an amazing kick at the end of her miles. It was bit chillier tonight but we all had to deal with that, so it turned out to be no factor." In winning for the 12th time this year, Escuela pushed her 2015 bounty to $90,770 and $168,226 lifetime. As the 9 to 5 second choice, Escuela paid $5.60 to win. Also on Monday night, late closer action began with two divisions of the Success Cameo for claiming fillies and mares and a pair of divisions of the Sea Eagle for pacing horses and geldings. Success Cameo first leg winners were Sweet Bet and Dakota Law while Scotty Mach N and Geared To Win won their respective divisions of the Sea Eagle. Sweet Bet held on for dear life at the end of her mile to hold off the late charging Lily Rei and Last Romance by a neck in 1:55.3. Rock Groupie and Ruths Shadylady were next in the septet. Driven by Matt Romano for owner-trainer Dale Gilmour, Sweet Bet posted hot fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:24.4 before the chilly wind took hold during the :30.4 finale. As driver Romano said, "A win is a win, no matter whether the final quarter is :27 or :32!" The seven year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight won for the fourth time this semester and 28th lifetime to send her career bounty over the $200,000 plateau--$202,173 to be exact. She paid $3.00 to win. Dakota Law, handled by Ed Hensley for owner Denise Maier and trainer Tim Maier, garnered the lead after the :28.1 opener and went on to post panels of :57 and 1:26 before holding off Mayabelle (Mike Micallef) by a nose in 1:55.4. Pacific Date (Kevin Wallis) was third while Fair Voltage and Flashy picked up the minors. Dakota Law, a four year-old daughter of Hot Pans, won for the sixth time this season--12th win lifetime--to send her 2015 earnings to $14,826. Dakota Law rewarded her backers with a $4,60 mutuel as second choice in the wagering. The Sea Eagle, named for the winner of the very first pari-mutuel race at Pompano Park in 1964, saw Scotty Mach N and Geared To Win come home victorious in their respective divisions. Scotty Mach N used different tactics this night to score a handy win for Kevin Wallis--the margin 1 3/4 legnths over the late charging On The Green (Wally Hennessey) with My Buddy Mason (Dave Ingraham) third. Sturgeon Seelster was fourth with Mixed Media fifth in the field of seven. Scotty Mach N, a 10 year-old gelded son of Mach Three trained by Gary McDonald for The Three Gees Stable, rocketed out of the gate from the advantageous five post and carded fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.4 before reporting home in :30.1 to score his sixth win this year and 35th lifetime. His lifetime bounty now stands at $361,641 to go along with a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 two seasons ago. Scotty Mach N paid $6.00 to win. Geared To Win, under the guidance of Andy Santeramo, pulled off a 13 to 1 upset in his Sea Eagle division, gliding, first, by the pacesetting Walking Tall (Mike Micallef) turning for home and, then, easily holding off the late surging Goldstar Raider (John MacDonald) to score by 1 1/2 lengths for owner-trainer Mario Dessureault in a season's best 1:54. Goldstar Raider did finish second with Walking Tall next. Terrorizer finiahed fourth while Yuma Hanover, last turning for home, picked up the nickel. Geared To Win, a four year-old altered son of Geartogear, won for the third time this year to send his 2015 earnings to $16,092. Late Closer action continues on Tuesday night with the opening divisions of The Optimist for pacers and The Interloper for trotters. Also Precocious Beauty, the classy four year-old daughter of Art Major, with $828,374 in earnings, makes her Pompano Park debut in the $11,000 Open for mares. Post time is 7:30 for the 13 race program. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 30, 2015...Escuela, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, stretched her harness racing winning streak to three with a sharp 1:54.2 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by the Hensleys--Ed and trainer Ashleigh--overcame the handicap of the outside seven post and six rivals to score her 11th win of the year and 21st lifetime, sending her seasonal bounty to $85,270. She now has career earnings of $162,726. Rainbow Gold was second for Steve Condren while I'll Tell You What, driven by Brad Kramer, finished third. She's All In was fourth while Uriel picked up the final check in the septet. With five lead changes in the mile, it was She's All In leaving with alacrity and taking command early with Sailer Eddie also showing speed from the get-go, with the latter taking command at the opener in :27.3. Right at that opening marker, Uriel was on the move from third and brushed to the lead around turn two and took the field to the half in :56. On the backside, Rainbow Gold, out and driving into the second turn, brushed by Uriel midway around the final turn with three-quarters on the board in 1:25.4. But Escuela, who wended her way into fifth early on, drafted along with that live cover following Rainbow Gold and exploded by turning for home and drew away to score by 3¾ lengths. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "She's got some motor, doesn't she? When I set her down for the drive, she just exploded with another of her knockout punches and that was that! She's feelin' pretty good right now so we have to enjoy this while we got it. Believe me when I tell you that times like this don't last forever, so we gotta be thankful!" As the even money tote-board favorite, Escuela paid $4.20 to win. Also on Monday night, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey was honored after the third race for achieving a milestone of $60,000,000 in purses for the many owners that have benefitted from his driving skills over the past four decades. Hennessey, once again, is closing in on 200 wins for the year, a plateau he has accomplished in 26 different seasons--his career total now approaching 8,900. He celebrated the occasion by sweeping the early daily double, first, driving Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi to a popular win in the Monday night opener and, following that, a wire-to-wire win with Goldstar Classic, owned by Tim Rzepka, Kevin Kelly, Joseph Connors and Vincent Giorlando--both winners trained by Dan Hennessey. Racing continues Tuesday night with first post for the 11 race program at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL…November 9, 2015…Pompano Park ushered in its first Monday night of harness racing racing this fall season with Escuela capturing the Open Trot for Ed Hensley in 1:55. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by Hensley along with trainer-wife Ashleigh Hensley, came from eight lengths out of it early on to score by three-parts-of-a-length over Cashahallic, handled by Aaron Byron with Uriel, teamed up with Kevin Wallis, third, one length away after cutting the fractions. Elin was fourth in the mile while Pounce Hanover grabbed the final nickel over Verdi. The favorite, Count Speed, on the engine and in the lead early, suffered a broken hobble just short of the opening marker and finished last. At the outset, it was, indeed, Count Speed motoring out from the Hummer Starting Gate to take command with Uriel along side, Cashahallic away in good order and Pounce Hanover next. Just short of the :27.2 opener, Count Speed’s hobble snapped sending that one on a break with Uriel then inheriting the lead measuring three lengths and leaving Cashahallic second and Pounce Hanover third with Escuela still near the back of the pack and some six lengths from the top through a half in a tepid :57.3. On the backside, Hensley brushed Escuela up and, during an official :28.4 third panel, dented that by more than five lengths, reaching the flank of the leader as they touched the third timer in 1:26.2. From there, Escuela dug in and drilled her way by Uriel, holding off Cashahallic with a :28.2 finale. In a post race interview, Hensley said, “She’s a heckuva mare all right. She has a big motor and can go a long way when she’s got some room to roam. “I was a bit worried when the leader took that second quarter breather but, heck, she came from way out of it a few weeks ago when the opening quarter was only :30, so when I tipped her out on the backside, she really felt strong and ready to rumble. Maybe she’s becoming the Ronda Rousey of race mares…she’s that tough!” Escuela won for the ninth time this season in 30 starts to send her 2015 earnings to $74,270. The win also pushed her career bankroll over the $150,000 mark-- $152,226 to be exact. As second choice in the wagering, Escuela paid $6.20 to win. Two other 1:55 trotting miles were recorded on the Monday card as Lugar ($7.00) and She’s All In ($6.20) also stopped the clock in that time in their respective winning efforts. Lugar, the Florida bred seven year-old trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, used a :26.4 third panel to repel any developing threats and went on to score by a length in a wire-to-wire seasonal best effort for Mickey Mc Nichol over Princess Crown (Wally Hennessey) with Dominum Deo (Jim Mc Donald) third. Favored My Revenuer finished fourth after a very mild backside bid while Master Host earned the final award in the field of seven in this conditioned event. Lugar’s victory was his 26th lifetime and sent his career bounty to $213,466. She’s All In, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, made her Pompano Park fall debut a winning one in the Open 2 trot with her 1:55 score over Rainbow Gold (Dennis Duford), that winning margin 1 ¼ lengths. Gold Savage (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished third after cutting the mustard with Super Duke and Highland Yankee next in the septet. This six year-old mare came from well out of it halfway through the mile to score her 24th lifetime win. She has banked $211,354 during her career. Other happenings around Pompano Park’s five-eighths mile oval concerned the Pick-5 and Pentafecta events. With no bettor able to select the winning combinations in either of these offerings, the track now has a carryover in both going into Tuesday night’s program. The Pick-5, covering races one through five, offers a carryover of $1,982 and a $7,500 guaranteed pool while the fourth race Pentafecta has a carryover of $2,085. Florida Stallion Stakes action continues on Tuesday night with four F.S.B.O.A. sponsored events for two and three year-old pacers. The much anticipated rematch of Owosso Flash and Caesar’s Forum takes place as a non-wagering event scheduled for 6:20 p.m. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park   

Pompano Beach, FL...October 19, 2015...On a Sunday night with several intervals of heavy showers, nothing could dampen the enthusiam of the occasion as the ladies--both human and equine--were in the spotlight at Pompano Park as the harness racing track put the spotlight on the race against breast cancer. Briefly, two mares--Escuela and Oho Diamond finished 1-2 in the Open Handicap Trot, trainer Kim Sears reached a milestone in lifetime training wins and the Florida Amateur Driving Club paid tribute to all women with a sizable donation to the Go For The Greens Foundation, in their relentless journey to help conquer breast cancer. Now, the details... Escuela, which in Spanish means school, took his adversaries to class with a sharp 1:57.2 win for Ed Hensley over a track dulled by heavy intermittent showers throughout the program. The five year-old ABC Garland mare made a "double-bubble" surge from seventh around the final turn and went on to nail track record holding mare Oho Diamond (Mike Micallef) in the final sixteenth to score by a half length. Cashahallic (Aaron Byron) finished third while the pacersetting Verdi finished next. Elin picked up the nickel in the field of nine. With Verdi and Back To Peace vying for early supremacy, Escuela (post five) took back at the start and was seventh in the early going with Oho Diamond leaving and looking and winding up in sixth as Verdi waltzed down to the quarter in :30. The pace did quicken thereafter with Verdi getting to the half in :58.4 and trying to protect his lead past three- quarters in 1:28.1. Meanwhile, Oho Diamond was out by turn two and chugging forward with Escuella now third over and on that three-wide bing around the final bend. In the lane, Oho Diamond stuck a head in front but couldn't quite hold off the surging Escuela, who covered the final panel the fastest of all--:28.3--to nail the win, her seventh of the year. Owned by Ashleigh and Ed Hensley and trained by Ashleigh, Escuela is enjoying her best year with $64,750 in bounty. After the event, driver Hensley said, "My mare went a big mile, considering that the track was a bit dull from all of the rain...and we got by a very tough mare in that Oho Diamond. Pretty great that the two mares beat the boys tonight on a night where we honored the ladies!" Escuela, the 7 to 5 second choice, paid $4.80 to win. Another leading lady in harness racing, Kim Sears, reached a milestone of her own on ladies night when Rexamillion, co-owned by Kim along with husband Jay and Richard Dunmire, too top tonors in the F.S.B.O.A. Sunshine Stake for two year-old trotting colts and geldings. This altered son of Proud Bushy earned a maiden win in 2:02.2 giving Kim her 500th career training victory. This event was one of three non-betting events contested prior to the betting card with Gold Star Briana and Livy M annexing the others. Gold Star Brianna, a two year-old daughter of Basil trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, lowered her mark by more than four seconds by scoring in 1:59.1 for Wally Hennessey, keeping her record an unblemished three-for-three, although one of those wins came by "DQ." Livy M, meanwhile, took top honors in the division for three year-old trotting fillies with an ever-so-easy win for Hennessey in 2:01.4. This daughter of Proud Bushy, owned by the consortium of trainer Mike Deters, Fred Morosini, Ken Fritz and Don Fritz, kept her record spotless in Sunshine State Stakes competition with her third consecutive success. It was Deters' 899th career success as a trainer...soon to become 900. Yes, Deters got that 900th training win--and a driving win, too--on the card when Prairie Fortune, owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, pulled away in the lane to score a resounding win measuring 10 3/4 lengths in 1:57.4, dodging heavy raindrops to get the job done over Victory Park (Kevin Wallis) and Saturn (Bob Roberts). Prairie Fortune, a three year-old son of Arapa Victory, also kept his record in this Sunshine State Stakes competition clean--now three-for-three--with the three wins being by 15 1/2 lengths, 9 3/4 and, this night, 10 3/4 lengths. As the overwhelming 1 to 20 favorite, Prairie Fortune paid $2.10 or, as fan Gary Andrews lamented, "still more than I get from the bank!" In the Open Pace, Lyons Johnny, handled by trainer Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, got a picture perfect drive to edge by Audrey's Dream (Ed Hensley) to score in 1:52.2 over the track labeled "good" after yet another bout with the weatherman. Out with alacrity to claim the early lead, MIcallef yielded for the pocket trip three-eighths into the mile, found some room turning for home and urged his charge on by late in the mile. Raji-s Blue Line (Hennessey) was third with the late charging Northern Companion fourth. Sir Jake's Z Tam, first up around the final bend, got the final check in the octet. That win, by the way, was the 26th lifetime for Lyons Johnny, a seven year-old son of Mach Three, and sent his lifetime bounty to $269,544--$32,695 this year on a scorecard of 13-4-4-0. Lyons Johnny returned $5.80 as second choice on the board. Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club continued their charitable efforts by presenting the Go For The Greens Foundation a "healthy" donation for their on-going efforts in the fight against breast cancer. With the drivers all possessing pink whips and wearing pink armbands--beautifully made by horse owner Heddy Nelson--Dein Spriggs won the F.A.D.C. event with his own Zeitgeist ($7.60). After that event, all of the amateur drivers converged in the winner's circle to honor Mary Wallace, a breast cancer survivor. Though Spriggs has over 400 races during his career, he said, "None of our drivers will be satisfied until we win the race to eradicate all kinds of cancer and our driving club is very honored and committed to be a part of that race." Pompano Park's next racing program is Tuesday night with Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster renewing their rivalry in the Open Pace for Mares. There is also a Super Hi-5 carryover of over $2,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2015 - Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to seven with the victory, Bridge To Jesse's and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors with a final time of 1:56.3. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse's was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor's Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn. Victor's Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse's slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse's found another gear. Bridge To Jesse's was able to wear down a tiring Victor's Hall late in the lane while Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse's returned $4.20 at the betting window. "He's a pleasure to drive," Hensley noted in the winner's circle. "He's got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes, but all in all, he's a perfect colt to drive. I think he's better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again." After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse's has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 27, 2015 - Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner's circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the harness racing season. Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Pertty Music was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth as the rest of the field battled for early position. Tyler Smith had The Bomb Dottie forwardly place and they were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. The pace slowed just a touch as Hensley gave Pertty Music the green light and the duo reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :57.4. Their lead would be short-lived as Peter Wrenn and Miss Millie were out and firing approaching the final turn with the rest of the field closing in. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3., the field was tightly packed and the race appeared to be wide open turning for home. Using a :27.2 final panel, Pertty Music exploded from the pocket and was able to hold off a late charge from Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score the win. American Girl and Sam Widger overcame a tough, first over trip to round out the trifecta as the heavy betting favorite. Pertty Music returned $7.00 to her backers at the window. "I was a little unsure how the trip would work out for us," owner, trainer, driver Ed Hensley noted after the victory. "She's a great mare to drive and the trip ended up working out in our favor. I wasn't sure if we were going to hold them off down the lane but she fought all the way to the wire." The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-My Metallica notched her fourth win from just eight seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $35,235. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photo: Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2015...It's not often that a $4,000 claimer takes the top headline over any Open event but that was the scenario at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) as Acton Onelasttime took the $11.500 final of the "Optimist" Late Closing Final for $4,000 claiming pacers in the astounding time of 1:51.3.   The six year-old son of Rambaran, claimed just one week ago by Kevin Wallis, let American Gold and W F N battle for supremacy through a :26.4 opener and then made a sharp quarter move to the top and recorded panels of :54.3 and 1:22.4 en route to a :28.4 finale to score by 8 1/4 lengths over W F N (Mickey Mc Nichol). Allamerican Extra (Aaron Byron) was third with American Gold and Elkhorn Damien annexing the final two awards in the field of nine.   The victory was the 26th in 89 lifetime starts for Acton Onelasttime and proved to be his richest career payday. The time of 1:51.3 also annihilated his former mark of 1:54.   Mused Kevin Wallis after the race, "Gee, he won himself out in one week--1:51.3! He had been off for some time" (since last July) "and was just getting back. He won two starts back in a '4' (claimer) in 1:54.3 so I decided to take a chance and claim him in his next start. The early pace was hot so I thought there might be a breather during the second quarter so that's when I sent him. When he got started, he forgot to stop...pretty amazing!"   Acton Onelasttime pushed his 2015 scorecard to 4-2-1-0 with the win, good for earnings of $8,950 and $82,118 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.20 to win.   In the $12,500 Open Trot, Bloodstockshalltab, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, took top honors for the second week in a row with a 1:54.4 win measuring three-quarters of a length over the fast closing Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements).   This five year-old son of Cantab Hall left "half-heartedly" letting Holy Halibut rush to the top early before going into full throttle around the initial turn to secure the lead prior to the :28 opener. A :30 second quarter breather actually sealed the deal as Hensley sent his charge grinding through a final half of :56.4 for the repeat.   Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) finished third after trying to apply a tourniquet on the leader around the final turn. Holy Halibut did finish fourth in his first start back in four months. Coco Lindy picked up the nickel in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "When I was able to grab a hold of him once we got to the top, that helped a lot. When a trotter of his caliber gets to the half soft like that (:58), it's usually a good sign...for the leader, that is! He was getting stronger and stronger all the way home."   A recent purchase by Hensley, Bloodstockshalltab now is 5-3-1-0 for the new owner, good for $20,842. The win also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$201,587 to be exact.   Bloodstockshalltab paid $3.40 to his many faithful.   The co-featured $10,000 trot went to Winemaster Hanover, with Dave Ingraham, pulling off gate-to-wire upset at 16 to 1.   The five year-old son of Donato Hanover had a clear lead throughout much of the journey--the winning margin a half length over the late surging And Heez Perfect (Bruce Ranger) in 1:55.   My Revenuer (Tom Sells) was a fast closing third while Buddy Hally rallied form a miscue early to finish fourth. Majestic Won finished fifth in the octet after a backstretch brush that left him two lengths back of the Winemaster around the final turn.   Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, Winemaster Hanover now has $16,012 on his card after his third win in six starts this year. He has banked $86,268 lifetime.   Winemaster Hanover paid $35.40 to win.   by John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, February 22, 2015...Thirtyeightspecial and Jailhouse Jessica were the harness racing stars under the stars at Pompano Park, each taking new lifetime marks in their respective wins on Sunday night.   Thirtyeightspecial, handled by Ed Hensley for Richard and Carol Macomber, took honors in the $13,400 Battleground Late Closing Final by scoring a gate to wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.4 performance.   The 10 year-old son of Dream Vacation led through panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26 before sealing the issue with a :29.4 finale to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pocket sitting Wishin Iwas Fishin and Jason Dillander. Northern Inferno and Kevin Wallis teamed up for third while Go Jesse Go and Overwhat earned the final two awards in the octet.   Thirtyeigthspecial not only won in a career best performance, it also vaulted him over the $200,000 mark in lifetime bounty with the win, his 41st in 229 career trips to the starting gate worth $202,545.   It was also the grand gelding's richest payday during his career and only the second time he has raced for a purse of this magnitude--the other being in Goshen, N.Y. on Independence Day of 2008 when he finished second in a NY Sire Stake with a purse of $14,771.   In a post race interview, when told of the new lifetime mark, driver Ed Hensley said, "Man, you could have fooled me. He raced like a three year-old tonight. He was strong gate to wire. He did this all on his own. Ya know Dick (trainer Richard Macomber) is no stranger to training champions. He's been doing it for 50 years. He had this one razor sharp tonight. It's not often you see a 10 year-old taking a new lifetime mark!"   AS the 9 to 5 public choice, Thirtyeightspecial paid $5.60 to his faithful.   Jailhouse Jessica, trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, wore down a stubborn Mc Tiny's Hope to capture the $12,000 Open Trot for mares on Sunday night.   This five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, driven by Bruce Ranger, was almost six lengths away half way through the mile as Mc Tiny's Hope, handled by Ben McNeil, cut sharp panels of :28; :56.3 and 1:24.4 before Jailhouse Jessica wore her down late to hit the wire in 1:54.2--also a lifetime best performance.   Trot Fudge Sundae finished third for Dave Ingraham while Little Bitty Lies and M T Ur Pockets finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to earn the final awards in the field of eight.   After the event, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I was a bit concerned when Ben's (McNeil) mare got a way from us around the final turn but this mare of Dale's (trainer Gilmour) can rock and roll late and she did it tonight. Her last quarter had to have been :28 and change." (It was :28.4).   A $7,200 claim in mid-January, Jailhouse Jessica earned her second win of the season in five starts and shows 2015 earnings of $12,813 and $72,845 lifetime.   Jailhouse Jessica paid $5.40 as the second choice on the board.   In the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, JJ's Doughnut, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. and off at 1 to 2, made a sharp quarter move to the front and went on to score in 1:51.4--his margin 1 1/2 lengths over the 59 to 1 chance Remissionofsins (Peter Wrenn) with Premier (Rick Plano), off at 22 to 1, third.   Claimed for the fourth time in the past month, this eight year-old son of Yankee Cam raced Sunday night under the Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor. He's now five-for-eight this year with $23,164 in the bank.   Finally, in the $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers, Machinist won in 1:51.4 for Joe Pavia, Jr., scoring in a five horse blanket finish. Red Hot Yankee finished second for George Napolitano, Jr. while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third. Major Stone and Fearless Chip were next with the first five just 1/2 length apart at the wire.   Machinist, Red Hot Yankee and Fearless Chip were all claimed in the event as claiming has been at a record pace here over the past several weeks.   Machinist, racing for the Just Win Stable this night, earned his initial win of the season in five starts and, as third choice, paid $9.20 to win.   John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...February 18, 2015...Bloodstockshalltab, a recent purchase by harness racing trainer-driver Ed Hensley, paid a big dividend on Wednesday night as he trotted the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 on a blustery cold (mid-50's) night by South Florida standards. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall accomplished his feat in the $15,400 Open Handicap Trot, pinning a defeat measuring 5 3/4 lengths on Dukester (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Tom Sells) third under the wire--but moved up one notch to second after the judges "dq'd" Dukester for a pylon violation turning for home. Lugar finished fourth, 10 lengths away, while Adenium picked up the nickel in the full field of 10. At the outset, the 9 to 5 second choice, Its Payday Friday, made a miscue so it was Adenium and Winemaster Hanover vying for supremecy with the latter taking command at the :27.3 opener, the exact spot where Buddy Hally, away third from the rail, made a quarter move to the top and reached the half in :56.4 with Bloodstockshalltab already on the move from fifth and brushing strongly as the field moved on to the backside. Bloodstockshalltab used a :27.4 blitz on the backstretch to secure the lead around turn three--timed in 1:25.1. From there, Hensley's charge was unthreatened during a :28.2 finale, reaching the finish in an officially timed mile of 1:53.67, edging Baseball Express (1:53.70),  Hellava Hush (1:53.71), Tug River Dylan (1:53.74), Tweedle Dum (1:53.77) and Ahijuna Chucaro (1:53.79) for the second fastest trotting mile in track history. The track trotting record is 1:52 4/5 by Southwind Vavoom set in 2011. After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "I bought this horse privately a few weeks ago. I thought he had talent and, while I wasn't surprised that he won, I was surprised that he trotted this much on this kind of night. I think it might be a new mark for him, too." (It is, with his old mark being 1:54 in a Meadowlands qualifier as a three year-old.) Hensley now has two wins in four starts with his new purchase and Wednesday night's win was the gelding's 12th in 61 career starts and sent his lifetime earnings to $195,645--$7,200 of that since the Hensley acquisition in mid-January. The winner paid $5.40. Pompano Park's $11,000 co-featured trot went to R G Rocket, driven by Dave Ingraham, in 1:56.1. This seven year-old altered son of Cincinnati Kid, trained by Mario Dessureault for owner Jamie Marra Racing, showed some early foot from post six to land in fourth early, followed live cover on the backside to take command from Arriba Amigo around the final turn and went on to score a 5 1/2 length win over Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey) with Pop I (Harry Landy) third. Arriba Amigo did finish fourth while Dream Lake earned the final award in the field of 10. Knocking at the door with a 0-3-3 scorecard in six starts coming into the action, R G Rocket finally got his first win of the season--21st lifetime--and sent his lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--$203,449 to be exact. As the 7 to 5 favorite, R G Rocket paid $4.80 to his faithful. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...February 4, 2015...Indigo Artist and Tyrone Showpstopper took top harness racing honors in the finals of their respective Late Closers at Pompano Park on Tuesday night while Fox Valley Griffin took the race-off of the Pop-Up Series. Also, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover pierced the $100,000 mark for the first time in track history. Indigo Artist, driven by Ed Hensley, squeaked by a very stubborn Son Day, handled by Kevin Wallis, to take the $11,500 final of the "Better Late Than Never" Late Closing Series in a lifetime best 1:53.3. Big Better Best, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, used a late rally to get show honors while Directly Related and Smithers picked up the minors in the field of nine. It was Son Day and Smithers away alertly at the word "go" with Son Day on the bullet train taking the field to the quarter in :27 and half in a hot :54.2. Indigo Artist, meanwhile, had shown some gate speed nestling into fourth early and content to stay right there until straightening away on the backside. Grinding forward, Indigo reached third at the third station (1:24) and kept gnawing away at the leader until eking by in the final couple of strides. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley joked, "Now THAT was a professional drive! Actually, Rod (trainer Grady) has him sharp so I left my horse hoping to get in there a little closer. Tehy were going some so I decided to wait to the backside to move him again. Everything worked out fine." Trained by Rod Grady for owner Percy Jones, this six year-old son of Arturo now is three-for-four in 2015, good for $11,885, almost double what he earned all of last year. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Indigo Artist paid $4.60 to win. Tyrone Showstopper, off as third choice at 6 to 1, wired his competition for Kevin Wallis in the $11,500 Final of the "Fair Start" Late Closer, pinning a convincing 2 1/4 defeat on the 3 to 5 favorite Kabu, handled by Jason Dillander, with Insider Access, teaming up with Aaron Byron, third. Nomad finished fourth with Gray N Cloudy getting the nickel in the nine horse affair. This six year-old son Duke Of York, trained by Norm Dessureault for owner Denis Goyette, clocked fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.4 en route to a lifetime best performance of 1:55.4. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I believe he likes the front end...after all, the last time he won was on the front so I decided to send him and he raced exceptionally well tonight." Earning his first success of the year, Tyrone Showstopper, who had banked only $720 in three previous starts this semester, sent his $6,470. He paid $15.40 to his faithful. The Pop-Up Series Race-Off Final went, as expected to Fox Valley Griffin, driven by owner-trainer Joe Sanzeri. This seven year-old son of Sportsmaster, just missing the winner's circle last week when his rally fell a "head" short, left no doubt this time around by zipping out of the gate and carding panels of :28, :56.2 and 1:25 en route to a victory measuring two lengths over Make You Famous, driven by Bruce Ranger. Wake, with Aaron Byron, finished third while No Shenanigans and Dynamic Rayzer picked up awards in the field of nine. In a post race interview, driver Sanzeri said, "There didn't seem to be much early speed in here, so I decided to send him--for a change--and try to stay out of trouble. It worked!" As the 4 to 5 chalk, Fox Valley paid $3.80 to win and sent his lifetime bounty to $164,164. Finally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover pierced the $100,000 plateau when several 20 cent ticket winners received $135.34 as a consolation. The jackpot for a unique winning ticket now stands at $102,240.56 going into the Wednesday night program. Post time is 7:30 pm.. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...February 2, 2015...Pertty Music extended her winning streak to three at Pompano Park on Monday night with a sharp 1:52 victory in the $13,000 Open Handicap for pacing mares for harness racing owner, driver trainer Ed Hensley.   The five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet pinned a hard earned defeat measuring just short of a length on Just A Bee, handled by Mike Micallef. Senorita Santanna, with George Napolitabo, Jr. in the bike, finished third with Art Frenzy and Winbak Heavenly also earning a paycheck in the field of six.   A battle royal developed from the get-go with Senorita Santanna, Winbak Heavenly, P L Hula and Just A Bee all vying for supremacy with the latter, seeing no hope in making the top early, nestling in the fourth spot ahead of her main rival, Pertty Music.   After a hot :26.2 opener, with P L Hula making the top, Senorita Santanna wasn't content in the garden spot and retook the lead and marched over to the half in :55.1 with P L Hula now second and Just A Bee, out with a lap to go, grinding away third with Pertty Music catching her live cover.   On the backside, the pace quickened and a :27.3 third quarter brought Senorita Santanna and Just A Bee on even terms past the third station in 1:22.4.   In the lane, Just A Bee gamely poked her head in front but couldn't stall Pertty Music, who took command off her cover and edged clear to the wire.   In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "I would have liked to leave but all the others were smokin' early, so that thought went out the window. Mike (Micallef) left with his mare (Just A Bee) pretty good and, when he found a spot (4th), I just dropped in behind him. The pace was pretty hot early and, when he pulled, I followed, so it turned out to be a real nice trip for my mare. She's a 'pertty' handy mare, and she does everything I ask of her. She was good tonight again."   Winning for the 17th time in her career, Pertty Music now has $234,522 lifetime on her card--$21,275 so far this year on the strength of her third win in five starts.   Even money on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $4.00 to win.   The co-featured $10,000 Open 2 for pacing mares went to Luca Derrico's De Vins Girl, handled by George Napolitano, Jr.   This eight year old daughter of Red River Hanover overcame the outside nine post by using different tactics in taking the lead just past the :27.2 first panel and then wiring together fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the 1:52.2 deal measuring 3 1/2 lengths over Wind River Cat (Bruce Ranger) with Glam Cam (Dave Ingraham) third.   Mach Me Not finished fourth and Express Jet picked up the nickel in the field of nine.   De Vins Girl earned her 31st lifetime win--first this season--to send her career bounty to $286,475.   Finally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple consolation winners of $107.46 for their 20 cent investment with the carryover going into the Tuesday night card approaching $100,000.   Post time is 7:30.   -John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2015...Harness racing fillies and mares were in the spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night with Pertty Music scoring a repeat win in the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares and Saint Patty's Doll taking the photo finish victory in the similar feature event for trotters.   Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, took command shortly after the Hummer Starting Gate sprung and went on post panels of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.3 en route to a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over P L Hula, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:52.4.   Winbak Heavenly and Peter Wrenn teamed up for third while De Vins Girl and Keystone Christa picked up the final two awards in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley spoke of his journey in a single word, "Awesome!"   He then continued, "Actually, it was a very good effort on a chilly (60 degree) night (for South Florida). Yes, we had the outside post but she can sprint an opener in :27 pretty handily. Nothing developed until we reached the final turn and, then, when I saw Kevin's (Wallis') mare (Keystone Christa) brushing, I just chirped once and my mare never was in danger after that.   For Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, it was her 2nd success of the young year and 16th lifetime, sending her career bounty to $228,022.   AS the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $3.40 to win.   Saint Patty's Doll, handled by Bruce Ranger for trainer Jake "300" Huff and Stable 45, used similar tactics to take down the victory in the companion event for the distaff trotters, holding off the futile late surge of Trot Fudge Sundae and driver Dave Ingraham by a neck in 1:57.   Escrow Blue Chip, trotting the fastest final panel of the seven mares in the event, rallied from last turning for home to finish third, just a half length off the winner for Rick Plano. Blushing Hanover, prominent early on, finished fourth while the favorite, McTiny's Hope, finished fifth.   After the event, winning driver Bruce Ranger said, "Last week, she gave me a good hint with a solid effort after showing a willingness to leave out of there, so, this week, I just let her do her own thing out of the gate. She got to the top pretty easily (:28.2) and then she relaxed and got to the half cheap (:58.2). She heard some competition on the backside so she picked it up on her own and seemed to put away Dave's (Ingraham) mare (Trot Fudge Sundae) around the final bend but I had to remind her a couple of times late. I was glad to see the wire."   Saint Patty's Doll, a six year-old daughter of Conway Hall and a nine time winner last year, won for the initial time in 2015 for her 16th lifetime win, sending her lifetime bankroll to $136,335.   As the 4 to 1 third choice on the board, Saint Patty's Doll paid $10.40 to win.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Its Payday Friday completely justified the public's confidence of sending the five year-old off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting by scoring a resounding 4 1/4 length victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 harness racing Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The altered son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements, took command just a stride or two prior to the :27.2 opener and then wired panels of :57 and 1:26 before sprinting home in :28 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:54.   Dukester and Rick Plano teamed up for plane honors while Buddy Hally, with Stephen Byron handling the lines, finished third, five lengths away.   The very early leader, Adenium, finished fourth while Highland Yankee finished fifth in the quintet.   In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements gave a lot of credit to the track crew saying, "This racetrack was absolutely perfect tonight--not too hard...not too deep...just perfect. Kudos to them! As far as the trip went, well, as you can see here in the winner's circle, the earplugs are still in so I don't know how much more he would have gone had I pulled them. He was really awesome tonight!"   Its Payday Friday is on quite a roll having six wins and five seconds in 11 starts since arriving at Pompano Park in late October.   This victory pushed his lifetime bounty just shy of $200,000--$198,888 to be exact.   The companion $11,000 Open Trot went to M C Felix, a recent claim by owner Neal Oksenberg. Trained and driven by Aaron Byron, M C Felix took command at the quarter and wired his foes the rest of the way, stopping the timer in 1:55 for his 36th lifetime success. This nine year-old son of A J's Tycoon now has $348,229 on his card.   The second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward in two divisions--Sea Eagle the winner of the very first race contest at Pompano Park on February 4, 1964--with Deep Finesse and First Impression staking a claim to the final scheduled for January 28.   Deep Finesse, a nine year-old son of Western Paradise, came from well off the pace negotiating his final three-quarters in 1:24.2 to score the victory measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Jason Dillander. Terrorizer, with Ed Hensley in the bike, was second while Four Starz Kyle finished third for Rick Plano. Elkhorn Damian and Tumblin' Dice, the early pacesetter, also picked up minor awards, fourth and fifth, respectively.   Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Deep Finesse won for the 33rd time in his career--the hard hitting claimer now at $231,835 in career bounty.   As second choice on the board at 9 to 5, Deep Finesse paid $5.60 to win.   First Impression, driven by Aaron Byron, made his 200th lifetime start a memorable one with a sharp 1:53.1 win in the second division of the Sea Eagle Late Closer, taking the lead right at the opening marker of :27.3 and carding fractions of :56 and 1:25 before a sprint home in :28.1 sealed the deal measuring a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths over Tivolii Hanover, handled by Jason Dillander. Who Dey finished third for Mickey McNichol while Unrecognized Saint finished fourth. Memory In Motion picked up the final award in the field of six--three 10 year-olds and three 11 year-olds!   Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, First Impression won for the 39th time in his career, sending his lifetime bankroll to $352,288.   As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, First Impression paid $5.40 to his faithful.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Wednesday night setting up a record carryover exceeding $60,000 for Saturday night's program.   Finally, The Florida Amateur Driving Club boosted their charitable donations past the $135,000 mark with a contribution to the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. The CHHA, with more than 1,000 members world-wide, was represented by Chaplain Lee Alphen. A large group of horsemen and women, including Dan Clements, Bruce Ranger, Diane Hellen and young Tom Wine, Mike Hardy, Pete Pellegrino, Jason Dillander and Allen Saul, were in the winner's circle to make the presentation.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2015...Pompano Park presented a pair of Open harness racing events for mares on Monday night with Pure Barre extending her winning skein to three for Mickey McNichol in the trot and Pertty Music returning to her winning ways for Ed Hensley in the pace.   Pure Barre, Tom Gonsalves' outstanding seven year-old daughter of Classic Photo, overcame the outside seven post and a pair of stout challenges during the mile to score what turned out to be a handy victory in 1:54.4 on the coolish night (68 degrees), pinning a 3 1/2 length defeat on Saint Patty's Doll, with Bruce Ranger in the bike. Black Swan, handled by Dan Clements, finished third while Reverie Devictoire and M T Ur Pockets picked up the minor awards.   As the gate opened, McNichol sent Pure Barre winging and out-rushed Saint Patty's Doll to the opening marker timed in :27. Unlike last week, when Pure Barre saw only one minimal threat develop around the final bend, much earlier threats developed this time around as Trot Fudge Sundae (Dave Ingraham) rushed up along side the leader half way through the mile clocked in :56.4. As Trot Fudge Sundae's bid disappeared on the backside, M T Ur Pockets (Ed Hensley) went on a double-bubble binge to reach the saddle pad of Pure Barre at the third station, clocked in 1:25.2.   In the lane, Pure Barre put away that challenge and easily pulled away from Saint Patty's Doll for the handy win, one tick faster than last week's triumph.   In a post race interview--if one can call it that--driver Mickey McNichol said, "It was a nice trip!"   The victory kept Pure Barre's record perfect this year--two-for-two--and sent her lifetime bounty to $226,645 on the strength of her 22nd lifetime win.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Pure Barre paid $3.20 to her faithful.   Pertty Music got a picture perfect journey from owner-trainer Ed Hensley to score a resounding victory measuring just over five lengths in 1:52--this after sitting cozily in the pocket and letting McFlirty and Ricky Macomber, Jr. cut all the fractions--:27, 55.4 and 1:24.   The late charging De Vins Girl, driven by Rick Plano, rallied from far back to finish second while McFlirty held on for third. Wind River Cat finished fourth in the mile while Mach Me Not picked up the nickel in the field of nine.   Just A Bee, coming in to the action on a four race winning streak, could not overcome the handicap of the outside nine post and finished off the board this night.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "She has been racing good over the past month but this is a very talented group of mares in the open here and it is very tough to win week after week. Tonight, we had the luck of the draw on our side so, when the gate opened, my mare just kind of followed it out and we were lucky to get a garden trip when Ricky's (Macomber) mare (McFlirty) took the top spot. When I asked her turning for home, she just exploded with pace. She was very sharp tonight."   Pertty Music, a five year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, now has 15 lifetime wins in 65 career starts, good for $221,522.   As the even money favorite on the tote-board, Pertty Music paid $4.20 to win.   Finally, with the 3 to 5 favorite Senorita Santanna scoring a resounding 1:52.1 victory in the night's finale, there were several winning consolation tickets worth $174.18 for a 20 cent investment in the Super Hi-5 event meaning the carryover to the Tuesday night program for that event is close to $60,000, again, a track record.   Post time for the Tuesday night card is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park            

Pompano Beach, Florida...December 1, 2014...After two straight wins in Pompano Park's top open pace for harness racing mares, Pertty Music took last week off before returning to the racing wars on Monday night in an attempt to protect her crown. She did just that. The four year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, superbly handled by owner-trainer Ed Hensley, captured her $12,000 feature by scoring a two length win in a lifetime best performance of 1:50.2, the second time in a row she has lowered her mark. Just A Bee, with Mike Micallef in the bike, was second with Godiva Seelster teaming up with Wally Hennessey to finish third. De Vins Girl finished fourth in the septet with McFlirty picking up the nickel. It was Just A Bee, fresh off of her lifetime best 1:50.3 win last week, blasting out of the gate with confidence to sizzle down to the opener in :26.2 with Pertty Music, starting one slot outside of Just A Bee, doing some sizzling of her own to tuck in the garden spot with Godiva Seelster settling into third, positions that would remain unchanged through subsequent panels of :54.2 and 1:23. At that stage, Hensley left the coziness of the pocket and quickly moved along side of Just A Bee turning for home before edging clear in the lane for the two length decision. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "My mare can leave a little, too, and she's so handy that she'll settle in anywhere I ask. Tonight, we were able to get a great trip because Mike's (Micallef) mare was going pretty good at the start and we were able to settle in right behind her. She was cutting some pretty honest numbers so that kind of set it up for my "Pertty Girl" to get by in the lane." When asking if this was an "easy' win, Hensley said, "It may have looked easy but any time you have a mare like Mike's that put her cards on the table with a gate to wire win in (1):50 and a piece, it's never easy. That mare of his is top notch...and so is Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) and so are all the others in here. Thank goodness that my mare is top notch, too." This win, of course, was the third straight for Pertty Music sending her scorecard for the year to 7-3-7 in 26 starts, good for $64,230. She's now banked $209,647 lifetime. Pertty Music's hiatus last week may have been the reason that she was second choice in the betting (2 to 1) after Just A Bee's even money tote-board status. She rewarded her faithful with a $6.60 win mutuel. Tuesday night racing at Pompano Park begins tomorrow night with first post remaining at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

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