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WILKES-BARRE, PA - Highalator showed sharp early speed to earn a fine pocket trip behind favored Backstreet Shadow, then caught that rival by ¾ of a length to win the $30,000 final preliminary in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for top-level harness racing pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:48.2. Driver Richard Still fully exploited his post two draw to the maximum against Backstreet Shadow, looking for his sixth straight win but starting from the outside post nine, and sped away from the gate, putting Scott Rocks in behind him and releasing Backstreet Shadow only after a 26.1 first quarter. Backstreet Shadow rolled on to the half in :54, and then made the three-quarters in 1:21.1 to keep the first-over bid of Prairie Panther at a safe distance. In early stretch Still pulled Highalator to the outside and wore down the gallant Backstretch Shadow before deep stretch. Scott Rocks, third-in, came up the Pocono Pike to get third, ahead of Prairie Panther. Highalator now has earnings of $537,099 for trainer Jenny Bier, who is co-owner of the son of Somebeachsomewhere with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. The pacer certainly has winning ways: he's taken 11 of 23 starts in 2019, 32 of 69 lifetime outings, and 14 of his 23 career starts at Pocono. The Racing Office at Pocono is the official arbiter of the Great Northeast Open Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after this last GNOS race divisional prelim revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. Tiger Thompson N; 2. Scott Rocks; 3. None Bettor A; 4. Highalator; 5. Our Max Phactor N; 6. Rodeo Rock; 7. Backstreet Shadow; 8. Havefaithinme N; 9. Prairie Panther. The GNOS will have its three $100,000 Championships during a twilight card on Monday, September 9, a card which will also include all eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships. Atta Boy Dan just keeps rolling along - the ten-year-old altered son of Western Terror Atta Boy Dan won his fourth straight, and ninth of his last ten, in the $20,000 claiming handicap pace. Atta Boy Dan was forced to work very hard for this victory, put into the pocket in a :25.4 opener, moving to the lead but not without a fight to a :53.3 half, and then going to the three-quarters in 1:21.2. In the stretch Rock The Town, who had pressured the winner so much earlier, came in the Pocono Pike but was a half-length shy in the 1:49.3 mile, with first-up Benji's Best another neck back and deep Pikeshooter Pembroke Wildcat just another neck behind. George Napolitano Jr. held the dead-game veteran together for trainer Mike Watson and owner Cliff Grundy, enabling him to top $900,000 in career earnings with his 67th lifetime winners circle picture and his 15th victory of the year, tied for second for North American honors. A new dimension to the Atta Boy Dan story came after the race, where it was announced that he had been claimed for $40,000. That in itself is nothing new - this was the twelfth straight race out of which Atta Boy Dan had been taken for $40,000 (his fourth leaving of Grundy / Watson) - but the people who claimed the horse are Meadows-based, and their trainer has started his last 40 horses at the western PA track; the last one he started at Pocono was claimed away. It will be interesting to see if "Dan" gets a chance to match the 13straight races of changing hands that R Gauwitz Hanover established as the unofficial local record in 2015. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highalator continued his remarkable Meadowlands run Saturday night, taking the second leg of the Golden Receiver harness racing series in 1:48.3, giving him four wins in five Big M tries this year. Displaying his trademark explosive early speed, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher went parked around the first turn from post eight and grabbed the top while on the outside in :26.4. Ricky Still then relaxed the 3-5 favorite, rating the second fraction in :28.3 before Always At My Place was on the move first over at the half chipping away at Highalator's advantage to become a threatening presence at three-quarters. Then Highalator went to work. The Jenny Bier trainee shrugged off Always At My Place before sprinting his final quarter in :25.2 to record a 1¼-length win. Pocket-sitting Sweet Rock was second with Classy Dragon finishing third. The winning time equaled the third fastest mile in the sport this year. Highalator returned $3.20 to his backers and has now won five of his last six - the only loss coming at the Meadowlands when he went a huge mile to get second - and is two-for-two in the Golden Receiver. Lifetime, he's won 27-of-60 starts and earned $394,028 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. Earlier on the card, Caviart Ally bested a strong field in the $30,000 Preferred for pacing fillies and mares. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool made the top while parked in :26.4 and went all the way from there, scoring by a half-length over Gold Orchid N in 1:50 as the 7-5 favorite for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. Delightfulmemphisn was third with Bettorhaveanother fourth. Youaremycandygirl, making her seasonal debut, finished fifth. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy was on fire early on, driving four of the first five winners on the card. ... Wagering on the 50-Cent Pick-4 was typically strong, with a total pool of $102,126. Big M TV's Dave Brower gave out the Pick-4 to his followers. For those who played Brower's ticket, the wager was $32 with the payout a handsome $2,028.15. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five yielded a single-ticket winner despite the race being won by the 6-5 favorite. The ticket with the winning combination of 2-3-1-10-9 paid $33,010.24. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,566,272. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

With the Kentucky Derby taking place this past Saturday and our traditional double-header of racing on that day, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted five cards of live harness racing instead of the usual four for the week. As if choosing for the Weekly Awards wasn't difficult enough, there are many more possibilities this time around because of the extra races. Let's take a look at who garners the honors for this busy week of harness racing action. PACER OF THE WEEK: HIGHALATOR On Saturday night, Pocono hosted its first big stakes race of the season with the Van Rose Invitational Pace for a purse of $50,000. It was also the first race at Pocono in the Great Northeast Open series, which inaugurated last year to much acclaim and will culminate with big-money finals at the end of the summer. Saturday night's race looked on paper like it would belong to Western Fame, who was coming off a convincing victory in the $500,000 final of the Levy series at Yonkers. But the field was full of top aged pacers, including Highalator, a standout five-year-old stallion from the Jenny Bier barn who always seems to rise to the occasion when he appears at Pocono. He left from the #2 post in a field of nine as the 2-1 second choice, while Western Fame left from the #7 spot at 3-5. Western Fame grabbed the engine while Highalator, with Richard Still in the bike, found the pocket seat early. The key to the race may have been how Western Fame was hounded by long shot The Wall and his first-over bid. In the stretch, the favorite couldn't summon enough to hold off the pursuit. Highalator, on the other hand, began to erupt as soon as the passing lane opened up. He flew home just a neck in front of Bettor Memories, who came out three-wide at the end of the mile with a lot of pace. Highalator paced the mile in 1:49:4 for yet another signature win on the Pocono oval. Other top pacers for the week included: Always At My Place (Anthony Napolitano, Ron Burke), who scored a condition victory on Saturday night in 1:49:1, which is the fastest pacing time of the year to date at Pocono; Dancin Hill (Tyler Buter, Gareth Dowse), who won his third straight race, the last two at Pocono, when he beat a claiming handicap group on Saturday night in a career-best 1:50:4; and Nine Ways (George Napolitano Jr., Antonia Storer), who moved up the condition ladder for his second straight victory on Saturday night, getting it done in a career-best 1:50:1.   TROTTER OF THE WEEK: TWO AM With the exception of a break of stride on April 14, this five-year-old gelding from the Todd Buter barn has been a consistent threat at Pocono in the 2019 meet. He has hit the board in three of four races here, peaking with a condition victory in a $21,500 featured condition trot on April 21 in 1:53:2. He returned to action in the $17,500 condition feature on Sunday night following a 6th place finish at the Meadowlands in his previous start. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of eight, Two AM, who went off as the 1-2 favorite, sat back and let others battle for the early lead on the sloppy track. After some jockeying for position, Truemass Volo grabbed the engine, while Two AM idled in fifth in the early portion of the race. But driver Tyler Buter didn't allow him to sit there for very long, sending him in motion first-over as the field headed into the clubhouse turn. Buter didn't wait around for cover, urging Two AM to engage Truemass Volo with his first-over move. He corralled the leader around the final turn and then left him, and the rest of the field, behind in the stretch. Despite being parked around two turns, the gelding still was out-trotting everybody in the lane, coming to the line a 3 ¼-length winner over Truemass Volo in 1:54:3, a time which was especially impressive considering the sloppy conditions. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Tiger's Too Good (Anthony Napolitano, Pete Pellegrino), whose condition victory on Sunday night in the slop in 1:57 gave him two consecutive victories; Rich And Miserable (Tyler Buter, Todd Buter), who followed up a win at Yonkers with a condition win at Pocono on Sunday night in the slop in 1:56:2; and Karets (George Napolitano Jr., James Cosenza), who powered to a condition win on Monday in 1:53:4, the fastest trotting time posted this week at Pocono.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SHADY CITY A flying rally in the passing lane gave this condition pacer driven by Larry Stalbaum a victory on Saturday night at 24-1, good for a $51.40 payout on a $2 win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY NAPOLITANO A-Nap certainly enjoyed the double-header schedule on Saturday, as he picked up four driving victories in both the afternoon and evening cards.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TODD BUTER The Buter barn seems to have an endless supply of excellent trotters of all ages, as evidenced by Todd's wins with Two AM and Rich And Miserable on Sunday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.    Jim Beviglia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It what was the most thrilling finish of the year at the Meadowlands, Highalator outlasted a stubborn Bettor's Edge by the smallest of noses in the Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Western Joe was third. Driver Eric Abbatiello asked Highalator for early speed, and the Jenny Bier trainee responded big time, reaching the quarter in :26.2 while parked out. As the cadence slowed, Jennifer Lappe put Bettor's Edge in play, moving the veteran three wide at three-eighths to go up after the leader, who hit the half in :55.2. The battle was now on. Highalator was at the rail with Bettor's Edge right alongside as the duo dueled nose-to-nose past the five-eighths and three-quarters (1:21.3) before Highalator gained a length lead at the head of the stretch. The pair continued to go at it as Bettor's Edge inched closer through the lane and when he took one last lunge at the wire, it appeared he may have gotten there in time. But he just missed. Apparently, Abbatiello thought he got caught. He had taken Highalator back to the paddock and had to be summoned to the winner's circle after his number was posted after the judges took several minutes to examine the photo. The winning time of 1:48 was a lifetime best for Highalator, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who won at the Big M on June 2 in 1:48.1. He's now won seven-of-17 starts this year and 19-of-38 overall. He has lifetime earnings of $233,218 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. As the 4-5 favorite, Highalator paid $3.80 to win. MONEY MAKIN' MILLENNIALS: New Jersey residents Aaron Staluzzi of Wayne ($2,500), Dennis J. McKeon III ($1,500) of Keansburg and Eric Pollari of Morris Plains ($1,000) were the big winners in the Big M's free-to-enter handicapping contest for patrons 18-30 years of age. The $5,000 in prize money was sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove four winners on the card while Abbatiello had three. ... The hot temperatures led to a lightning-fast track that produced eight lifetime-best miles and one lifetime-best equaling effort. ... One lucky player was sharp enough to survive eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 and collected $10,813. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $272,052. ... All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $1,975,759. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Saturday's card gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and features eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Highalator and Great Vintage battled from start to finish in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, and when the dust cleared, Highalator emerged victorious in a national season's-best equaling 1:48.1. Highalator, the 2-1 second choice, and Great Vintage, the 6-5 favorite, were both away from the gate quickly in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, with Great Vintage hitting the quarter on the point in :26.3. David Miller moved Highalator to the lead just before the half in a snappy :53.4 as 39-1 longshot All Down The Line was making progress racing on the rim. Andrew McCarthy decided getting trapped in the pocket was not for him, so he moved Great Vintage back to the top with a quick burst of speed at the five-eighths. After three-quarters was reached in 1:21.4, the pair went toe to toe through the stretch. Highalator vacated the pocket with more than an eighth to go, but could not wear down a game Great Vintage until the pair reached the sixteenth pole, at which point Highalator surged to a 1¼-length win. Emeritus Maximus rallied for third. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere paid $6.20 to win for owners Jenny Bier (who also trains) and Joann Dombeck while establishing his lifetime best in winning for the 17th time in 35 career starts. On May 5, Easy Lover Hanover was the first to go 1:48.1 in 2018, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. CAPTAIN CRUSH: Meadowlands Pace hopeful Captain Deo gave trainer Tony Alagna and his people plenty to think about after the 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere destroyed an overmatched group of conditioned pacers by 9¼ lengths in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 earlier on the Big M card. "I'm going to talk to my partners and we can make a decision Monday," said Alagna, as to whether Captain Deo will head to Toronto next week for the North America Cup eliminations. "I was very pleased with his effort. I believe he wins in 1:49 easily if they don't slow the pace so terribly during the second quarter." A LITTLE MORE: Harness racing's pot of gold got a bit bigger after the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner. The carryover now stands at $247,880. ... Brett Miller drove four winners on the card, Eric Abbatiello and David Miller had three apiece while Andy McCarthy had two as the foursome accounted for all of the winners on the card. ... Total wagering on the 12-race program was $2,229,706, with an average number of starters per race of 8.41. Both numbers were down when compared to the comparable program from a year ago when $2,995,671 was bet on a card that saw an average of 9.08 starters per race. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was a wire-to-wire harness racing winner at Harrington Raceway Wednesday in the featured $16,000 Open Trot in 1:55.2. The Cantab Hall gelding was a confident winner over Theresademoninme and Wingus for his seventh win of the year for trainer Jenny Bier. The venerable veteran with more than $810,000 earned lifetime, rebounded after finishing fourth as the heavy favorite last week. Andrew Glassmeyer's Bosston Cruiser ($4, Jon Roberts) had an auspicious start to his career. The freshman trotting gelding scorched a 2:01.1 win in his first lifetime start. The Don Boss Vita gelding is prepping for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action, which will begin for trotters in a fortnight. Medinah Racing's Marley's Guy ($5, Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II Trot in 1:57.1 for trainer Jim King Jr. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.4 harness racing winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. It was the 26th career win for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding and trainer Jenny Bier. Tough Mac, the 3-1 third betting choice among the six-horse field, left the gate from post position five and marched to the early lead in an opening quarter mile in 27.1 seconds. The 8-year-old pacesetter reached the half-mile in 56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.2 while Wind of The North maneuvered three-wide and brushed clear of the field with ease for a powerful score. Maestro Blue Chip rallied for second while I Like My Boss was third. The win pushed Wind Of The North over $756,000 in career earnings. In the second race of 10 on the program, William Moffett's Roman ($3.60, Jim Morand) registered his first career win in his 26th start in 1:57. The 3-year-old Yankee Cruiser gelding had previously been second nine times in his career. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind of the North ($2.20, Victor Kirby) had a successful Harrington Raceway debut with a 1:55.4 win in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday. The winner of more than $730,000 lifetime and 25 races scored impressively from post position five for trainer Jenny Bier. Five Towns (14-to-1) was sent for the early lead from post three and marched through fractions of 28.1, 57 and 1:26.3 while Wind of the North mounted a second over attack heading to three-quarters. Wind of the North then maneuvered around poor cover three-wide and hit his best stride in deep stretch to reel in Five Towns for a narrow win at the wire. Awsome Valley overcame an early miscue to get third. Ross Wolfenden, Jon Roberts and defending Harrington driving champ Kirby each had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule until Thursdays are dropped beginning the week of June 12 through June 28. Matthew Sparacino      

Columbus, OH --- When most people possess an exciting 3-year-old pacing colt that could position himself to become a harness racing world champion and a stakes winner they are brimming with pride and joy as the ultimate, yet elusive reward of this business just may be in their grasp. The Dombecks and Biers, however, are well acquainted with the peaks and valleys that are the chief component of this sport and can certainly speak from experience in regards to both sets of circumstances. Although both families are cautiously optimist that Highalator will separate himself as a top competitor in his division, the demoralizing loss of their beloved Modern Family in 2014 remains a shroud cast over their hearts that perpetually inhibits their expectations, hopes and dreams of what will transpire for not only this colt, but all their stock. "I try not to get too excited anymore," said Charles Dombeck, who co-owns this son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher. "We have been fortunate to have Wind Of The North and Bandolito and this colt looks like a nice horse, but we just don't know. The top horses from last year have not returned yet, so he could be a top 10 horse, a top 20 horse or a top 50 horse. "Losing Modern Family the way we did is something that will always remain for all of us, so when my friends ask me why I am not really excited, I explain to them if you remain realistic and take things as they come, then enjoy them if they do, it makes it a lot easier to accept the disappointments." Also co-owned by Daryl Bier, Highalator is a homebred conditioned by Jenny Bier and seeks his seventh consecutive victory on Sunday (April 9) when he leaves from post position four with Victor Kirby holding the lines in the fourth and final division of the second leg of the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $15,000 contest but Chillin Matisse (post seven, Corey Callahan, 3-1) and Youcaniknow (post one, Anthony Napolitano, 7-2) are also receiving their fair share of attention. "He received a nice, easy trip in the first leg and we are hoping for the same in the race this weekend," Dombeck said. "We are not sure exactly what we are going to do with him, because the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes begin five days after the Weiss final which is on May 1, so we might end up skipping a leg or the final to take him to the sire stakes. It will be whatever the horse tells us to do with him and whatever is best for him." Highalator, with a resume of 9-7-1-0 and $40,620 in the bank, is the first foal out of his world champion dam Higher And Higher, who Daryl Bier and Dombeck purchased in 2012 from Ongait.com. The daughter of Western Terror-Pro Bowl Best earned just under $1 million before being transferred to the breeding shed. While Bier and Dombeck both agreed to keep Highalator, as well as his yearling half-sister Dancin With Jammy (A Rocknroll Dance), the colt's younger full sister, JK Higher Power, was sold to the 3 Brothers Stables for $110,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Demonstrating he had ability as a 2-year-old, Highalator, in rein to Scott Zeron, made a powerful middle move from sixth to sweep the field and reach the wire a half-length over his rivals, several of which were older than him, on July 17, 2016, in a $12,000 non-winners contest upon the very same surface his hooves will grace on Sunday evening. After a fourth place finish on July 31 at the same facility Dombeck and Bier decided the colt had done enough and gave him time to grow for his sophomore season. "When he was training down in Florida he was coming along fine, but had a cough and some allergies," Dombeck said. "As soon as we took him up north they disappeared and he's never had a problem since. His first race, I watched on the computer and he was so far back, then I couldn't even see him until he finished with that rush. The next time I saw him was at the wire and after his next race we just decided to put him away. We don't believe in making 2-year-olds do too much and allowing them some time to mature and fill out." Highalator returned to the racing ranks on Jan. 18 in a $6,000 conditioned event at Dover Downs and was second by a nose. The following week, the colt received the services of Yannick Gingras at the same location and was extremely impressive in a 1:52.2 triumph after a first-over journey from post position seven. "We wanted to know what Yannick thought of him," Dombeck said. "It was around the time we needed to make stakes payments and after he brought him back, he told us we should definitely stake him." Highalator's next engagement was a $10,000 non-winners contest at The Meadowlands on Feb. 4, where he absolutely strode through the lane as much the best, while stopping the clock in 1:52.4 after a :26.2 final panel. Victor Kirby, who will now remain the colt's regular pilot, steered him through the mile, which one again included older horses in the field. The colt started on two more occasions at Dover Downs on Feb. 16 and March 16, again taking on older rivals and collecting two more wins, before returning to The Meadowlands on March 25 with another stellar performance. Competing against older horses in a $12,000 non-winners race, Highalator paced another final quarter-mile split of :26.3 while defeating the 5-year-old Migrate Blue Chip by a neck in 1:52.2. Migrate Blue Chip visited the winner's circle in his next start on April 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the same evening Highalator captured a first leg division of the Weiss Series with a wire-to-wire performance in 1:54.4. "Victor said he can be a bit lazy and you have to get into him for the first part of the race, but once you straighten him away and it's time to come home he is all business," Dombeck said. "He has been racing against older horses and defeating them, but like I said we still don't know what kind of horse he is until he faces stakes competition. "He really looks the part though. I had not seen him for a while and when I saw him at Pocono last week, I was impressed because he has turned into such a gorgeous animal. He also has a terrific attitude, unlike his mother, who only Jenny could get near, and hangs his head right on your shoulder." Although Dombeck insists he is maintaining an even keel when it comes to Highalator's future, there is a mere hint of anticipation and enthusiasm when he discusses plans for the rest of the colt's season. "He is staked to nearly everything except Canada and the Jug," Dombeck said. "I have no desire to return to Canada after what happened with Modern Family and I know Daryl feels the same. We didn't nominate him to the Jug because we don't want to put him on a half-mile track, but he is in everything else including the Meadowlands Pace, Lexington and the Breeders Crown. "I hope I will be in the position to be kicking myself for not staking him to the Jug when the time comes, but we are looking forward to seeing what happens with him. It definitely is more special when the horse is a homebred." For the full Sunday card at Pocono, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Wind Of The North, with Hall of Fame harness racing driver Wally Hennessey handling the lines, trotted the fastest mile in Pompano Park history on Monday night (March 28) in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot. The six year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall, owned by Joann Dombeck along with trainer Jenny Bier, stopped the clock in 1:52.2, eclipsing Southwind Vavoom’s time by two-fifths of a second. Striking Ivy, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was second, four lengths back, while Midnite Craze, driven by Ivan Davies, was third, 7 ½ lengths back. Natural Herbie rallied to finish fourth while Oho Diamond, at the back of the pack for much of the mile, finished fifth in the septet. Wind Of The North led every long stride of his epic mile, hitting the opening station in :27, lolly-gagging over to the half in :56.2, thwarting any thoughts of challengers during a :27.3 third panel, reaching that station in 1:24, and home in an effortless :28.2. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey gave all the credit to the horse saying, “All I did tonight was grab a hold of his lines and let him take me around for the ride. “I really didn’t think he was going that much—he was doing it so effortlessly. “The conditions were perfect tonight and this trotter proved he can race against the big boys anywhere…he’s that good!” For Wind Of The North, it was his second win of the season in just three starts and 20th triumph career-wise in 75 starts sending his lifetime earnings to $497,308. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Wind Of The North paid $2.60 to his multitude of followers. Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open 2 Trot went to Genius At Work, driven by John MacDonald. This five year-old son of Credit Winner led at every junction, punching the timeclock in :28.1, :57.1 and 1:24.4 along the way before coasting home and stopping the timer in 1:55. Jailhouse Jessica, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. handling the mare’s lines, finished second, a length away, with Sailer Eddie and Kevin Wallis teaming up for third. The favorite, Jesse’s Promise, made a miscue early on but recovered and finished fourth while Winding Hill, on a break of his own around the final turn, eventually finished fifth while earning the nickel. For Genius At Work, trained by Robert Bencal for Little E LLC, it was his second success of the year in only four starts, good for $11,125. The win also pushed the gelding’s lifetime bounty over the $100,000 plateau--$102,547 to be precise. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Genius At Work paid $7.20 to those geniuses smart enough to wager $2 on his nose. The $10,000 Open 3 Trot found Buddy Hally in the winner’s circle shortly after the son of Angus Hall toured the South Florida oval in 1:54.2 for Kevin Wallis. The six year-old pinned the defeat measuring  1½  lengths on the late closing El Diablo Rojo, handled by Steve Condren with Tater Twister third for John Cummings, Jr.. Benns Score Keeper and R G Rocket picked up the minors in the octet. Enjoying a double-dip in class, Buddy Hally was sent right to the front and clocked panels of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.2 before the :29 finale sealed the deal. Trained by Gregg McNair, who co-owns along with Howmac Farms, Reginald Mac Pherson and Wayne Mac Rae, the win was the second of the year for Buddy Hally and his fastest winning performance since a Mohawk win in 1:53 over 18 months ago. Buddy Hally now has 13 lifetime wins and career bounty of $359,601. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Buddy Hally paid a dividend of $3.20 on behalf of his $2 investors. Driver Wally Hennessey, leaping towards 9,000 North American wins during his star-studded career, notched a natural “grand slam” on Monday night, winning the fourth with P L Intowin ($23.20), the fifth race with Boli ($4.20), the sixth with the aforementioned Wind Of The North, and the seventh with Bettor On Top ($2.80). His victory total now stands at 8,996. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares. A field of nine will face the Hummer Starting Gate with Pertty Music, last week’s winner, looking for her second straight victory against a talented field including Just A Bee, Godiva Seelster, Southwind Trini, Totally Rusty, All Cahrged Up, Jets Are On, Limelight and Goldstar Rockette. Post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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