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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Wally Hennessey appeared destined to be a harness racing driver from a young age. It was in his blood and all he ever wanted to do. But it almost never happened. Hennessey left Charlottetown in the mid-1970s for a job outside of the industry in Saint John, N.B., but he quickly determined it wasn’t for him. He made his way to the track in the Port City and a handful of years later was atop the drivers’ standings in his early 20s. “I was in the barn from the time I was hatched,” he said during a recent visit back to Charlottetown from his Florida home. “I would always be peeking through the fence at my father racing.” His parents, the late Joe and Shirley Hennessey, raised nine children from their Euston Street home. The family name is synonymous with the harness racing industry throughout Atlantic Canada and includes Wally’s grandfather, Walter, who he was named for. “When I was looking through the fence, I was envisioning myself being out there, just driving,” said Hennessey, 62. He wasn’t much for school, as the pull of the track always attracted him. “My education was right here on the grounds of the Charlottetown Driving Park,” he said, looking out onto the grounds and describing the differences from what people see today. But his start in the business wasn’t as smooth as some might think. “I was horrible,” he admitted, but “it’s probably the greatest thing that happened to me.” Hennessey said he was putting himself and the 850-plus-pound horses he was driving in bad spots, trying to get through holes that didn't exist. “You do have to be aggressive, but you have to be aggressively smart, not aggressively stupid,” he said. Wally Hennessey looks at some of the photos of his family that adorn a wall at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Hennessey wanted so badly to be good, but he had to learn, just as anybody starting a career does. “My father was probably the most well-respected horseman of his era in Atlantic Canada,” he said of the man known as Two-hole. “My father was a proud, proud person, and I was letting him down. I said if I want to continue to do this, wake up.” He knew he could be better. He had a great teacher in his father and others he learned from at a young age. He was committed to not just getting better but being the best. “You just can’t be mediocre. You have to be at the top. Mediocre is not good enough. The bar had already been set.” Well, Hennessey has met and surpassed the bar. He has been inducted in harness racing hall of fames in Canada and the United States and earlier this year surpassed the 10,000-win plateau in North America. “It didn't come easy,” his brother, Jody, said. “They weren’t passed to him, he had to go get them.” And while proud of the success his brother has had, he is just as proud of the person Wally remains to be. “Wally is the same today as he was 25 or 30 years ago. He’s just happy-go-lucky.” Wally left Atlantic Canada for Florida when he was 29 years old, with the backing of owners to go for a winter. He made a name for himself there, and Pompano Park became his home track. “You don't just get to the top because they like your racing colours or the way you speak. Results, in anything, is what matters,” Wally said. “Another key is to stay hungry. Never be satisfied with what has happened. Drive on. Maybe the next one will be better.” And that’s the way Wally approached win No.10,000. He enjoyed the night as the milestone came in the evening’s finale, but he didn’t rest on his laurels. “I had to go right to work the next night and go to work on the next win – that’s my job,” he said. “I’m so happy and grateful for the accomplishment, but I want more. . . I haven’t stopped at 10,000.” His success has led to other opportunities, such as being the guest speaker at the recent Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horse Owners Association awards banquet. “Forty years ago, nobody would be inviting me to speak anywhere,” he chuckled. “Here I am 40 years later, and I am not only humbled by it, but it just makes me proud.” He looks around the track and speaks glowingly about what the industry has done to promote itself on the Island. He stands inside the main entrance at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park and relives his past as he looks at the photos that adorn the atrium heading up to the second floor. He points at pictures of his father and other family members and with guys he grew up with. “You’re looking at history here,” he said. As Hennessey reflected on his milestone victory, he thought of his parents and all they had done for him. “He was a proud, proud man. As proud as he was of himself, he was more proud of us. Along the way, that’s something that drives you. You have that support behind you,” he said. “I had a mother (that) if you had done very well wasn't going to be patting you on the back but when you’re on the track dusting yourself off, she was the one giving you the hug.” Jason Malloy (  Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

Pompano Beach, FL...April 15, 2019...Casimir Richie P, made his 2019 harness racing debut a successful one at Pompano Park on Sunday night, April 14, as four year-old son of Astronomical got picture perfect handling from Wally Hennessey to score in 1:51.2 in the $13,000 Open Pace. His winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over the pacesetting American Hustle, driven by Bryce Fenn, who sliced through panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.4 before being out-kicked in the final yards by Casimir Richie P, was in the garden seat all with away after zooming off the wings at the start before yielding around the opening bend. Cenutry Endeaver, with Cory Braden, in the bike, was next, after closing quickest of all--:27.1--once they straightened away for the drive home. Caviart Reagan and Prairie Panther picked up the final two awards in the classy sextet. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Doc (Ian) Moore said he's trained really well coming up to this race, qualified superbly and is ready to be driven aggressively, even though it's his first start." "This wasn't a case of Bryce's horse quitting--he was very game--it was just that we had the trip and squeaked on by " Dr. Moore co-owns the winner along with Michael Goldberg with the win inflating his career earnings to $118,191 with the victory. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, Casimir Richie P paid $3.60 to his multitude of faithful. In other action, Rebellious, known for his ability to turn on the afterburners at the end of his miles, did so in a five-eighths mile "Dash for the Cash" event, scoring for Jim Meittinis in 1:08.1 after a brave first over journey. This five year-old altered son of Mach Three wore down the favored Four Socks (Hennessey) after fractions of :27.2 and :55.2, pacing his final eighth mile in :12.3 (a 1:40.4 mile rate) to earn the one length victory. Beach Pro (Aaron Byron) finished third over Panocchio and Dinky Dune in the quintet. Rebellious is trained by MIke Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, and earned his second win of the semester in eight starts to send his 2019 bankroll to $18,600. Lifetime, Rebellious has earnings of $173,441. Off as the second choice at 5 to 2, Rebellious paid $7.00 to win. In an oddity of sorts, driver Roy Dinges had a driving double on the card with his first winner, Thundercrest, off at odds of 1 to 10 and his next winner, Power and Faith, off at 10 to 1. Dinges drove the heavily favored Thundercrest ($2.20) to a handy gate-to-wire win in 1:59, scoring over Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) and Kegler Hanover (Leon Cable) to earn his third win of the year in 16 starts. Power And Faith ($22.60) went a courageous journey in scoring for Roy in 1:58.3, after fighting back the challenge of Smart Flight (Steve Oldford) around the final turn and Stardust Memories (Leon Cable) in deep stretch to earn thnod over the latter. Smart Flight did manage to finish third. Power And Faith is trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard. Both events were part of the Florida Amateur Driving Club festivities featuring four events. Security Guard ($11.60) and Fire In My Heart ($2.60) won the other two divisions--both driven by Dein Spriggs, who swept the early Daily Double ($36.80). The F.A.D.C. capped off the festivities when donations to "Go For The Green," an organization empowered by women in their quest to fight breast cancer, and The Hall of Fame and Museum in Goshen, New York. The club has donated well over $200,000 to worthy causes since their inception. Racing continues on Monday night with the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover bursting through the $100,000 barrier--$101,403.12--to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...April 1, 2019...No kidding! Caviart Reagan upset the applecart in Pompano Park's Sunday night harness racing feature while Panocchio won for the 42nd time over South Florida's five-eighths mile oval--one of five wins for leading driver Wally Hennessey. Caviart Reagan, owned and trained by Jim McDonald, was driven to victory by Dave Ingraham, who escaped trouble when the leader, the 4 to 5 favorite Brigadierbronski A, suddenly made a miscue around the final bend on the lead. As Brigadierbronski's pilot, Wally Hennessey, searched for clearance to avoid further situations developing, Ingraham took the pylon route on through and opened up a daylight lead, eventually scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4, a seasonal best time. Second choice American Hustle, with Bryce Fenn in his sulky, rallied to finish second while Mc Mach, handled by Rick Plano, finished third after suffering a bit of interference trying to avoid the breaker. Windsun Gotham finished fourth while Brigadierbronski managed to pick up the minor award in the classy quintet. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "well, it was just one of those things. When Wally's horse went up in the air, I was lucky enough to find some room inside and saving that ground was the difference. The five year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight now has a 3-2-3 scorecard in 13 starts, good for $19,460 for the year and $152,480 lifetime. Off as fourth choice at 8 to 1, Caviart Reagan paid $19.60 to his faithful. Hennessey, though, was not silenced on the Sunday program, competing in five other races on the program and winning all five, including a conditioned event with the track record holder, Panocchio. This gallant nine year-old altered son of No Pan intended took command after a demanding opening panel of :26.4 and led every stride thereafter to score in 1:52.1 for his second win of the year and 65th of his illustrious career--42 of those at Pompano Park. Spirit Shadow, handled by Andy Santeramo, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths away, while Pointsman, driven by Jim Meittinis, was next. Major Starlight and Impressive Art picked up the final awards in the sextet. Panocchio now has banked $580,628 to go along with his track record of 1:48.3 at Pompano Park achiened four seasons ago. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $2.60 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 finale sporting a carryover of $75,242.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Wally Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th career win at Pompano last Wednesday, Brady Galliers, an up and coming driver/trainer in Ohio, and Dave Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands. Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th win last Wednesday, will join for the first time to talk about his illustrious career. Hennessey who drives at Pompano during the winter, and Saratoga during the summer has driven some of harness racing's biggest names and superstars. He will talk about what it meant to finally score that illustrious 10,000th win and where he may go from here. Galliers, a young up and coming trainer in Ohio, joins also for the first time to talk about his career and how he got his start in the business. Galliers, who began his training career in 2013, has done some big things throughout his short career and has over $1 million in training earnings. Galliers will also talk about the newly formed social media platforms that his team has created to help promote his brand. Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands, will help the pair with their handicapping skills as they go through the differences between handicapping the winter versus the summer meetings in New Jersey. The pair will find out from Brower what the keys for success are for scoring at the big track. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive at by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 24, 2019...Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey achieved a milestone that only 16 other harness racing drivers have accomplished when he drove Prince of Fame to victory in the last race at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, January 23--his 10,000th career victory.   Hennessey, who is sporting a lofty "batting average" over .550 during the current Pompano Park meeting, is averaging three plus wins per racing night and shows no signs of slowing down while competing against a very talented driving colony in South Florida.   Last season, for example, Hennessey racked up 382 wins, second only to his 1995 total of 419 victories.   In reflecting on his milestone achievement, Hennessey, in a post race interview, lamented "I have been around for many years and am lucky to have stayed competitive all these years. It certainly doesn't get any easier with the talent around these days but that's why it's necessary to work harder than ever to retain your sharpness."   Hennessey fondly remembers the early days on Eustis Street in Charlottetown becoming enamored with the sport that has been his life work.   "I have a picture of myself at age 10 holding the head of a horse driven by my dad and it's a constant reminder of what a great influence he was on my career. I have been lucky to have driven some really great horses over the years, including, of course, Moni Maker."   Hennessey has won some of the sport's most prestigious races, including the Woodrow Wilson at The Meadowlands and countless stakes events here and overseas.   When asked about his future goals, Hennessey remarked, "This is a sport that is a one-step-at-a-time sport. Having said that, my next goal is win number 10,001. Then, hopefully, I'll go on from there.   Hennessey has enriched the owners of horses he has driven by over $66 million and joins Dave Palone, Tony Morgan, Herve Filion, Cat Manzi, David Miller, Dave Magee, Billy Parker, Walter Case, jr., Aaron Merriman, Tim Tetrick, John Campbell, Mike Lachance, Kevin Wallis, Peter Wrenn George Brennan and Brian Sears in the exclusive 10,000 win club.   "Nothing will change," Hennessey added. "I'll be at the barn early tomorrow morning and close up late at night. Yes, nothing will change!"   By John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, Florida...November 26, 2018...Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line. The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie. Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning drives in the events with drivers Jim Meittinis and Mike Simons taking one each. Here is a recap of the Breeders Stake festivities in South Florida. $49,200 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Kerry B, a slick looking daughter of Muscle Mass, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay, took command early on from post one and wired together panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3 before sealing the issue with a :30 finale to hit the wire in 2:01.3, scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over another Sears trainee, Proud Sophie. Crown Bushy suffered from a miscue early and finished third in the trio. The win was number five on the season for Kerry B and pushed her seasonal bounty to $49,447 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 2:00.4. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Prairie Gem, a sharp looking gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, took this event in a lifetime best 1:59.2 for Jim Meittinis, who was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Fritz Racing, Laurie Poulin and Fred Morosini. Prairie Gem was away alertly from his post two and led every step of the event through fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3, hitting the line three-parts-of-a-length to the good of another Deters trainee--Prairie Shibby. Yet another entrant on the Deters roster was third, that being Prairie Arrow. Damian Hall and Savin Park completed the roster. The winner now sports a scorecard of 4-1-0 in his five career starts, good for $49,150. $51,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting) Jennifer, driven by Mike Simons, used her rail post position to perfection, out-rushing arch-rival I Rhoda Daley at the start to prevail by a length over that opponent in 2:00.1, off panels of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3. The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Jay Sears, earned her second win of the year in only five starts. Ms Katie B and Cookie were next in this quartet of fillies. For Jennifer, who was second to I Rhoda Daley in the 2017 edition of Super Night, it pushed her career bankroll to $83,928 on the strength of a scorecard reading 4-7-2 in 14 lifetime starts. $49,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS (non-betting) Captain Thomas, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, got a picture perfect journey by staking Dangerous Mood through panels of 29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before leaving his cozy pocket to waltz by in the lane and on to a seven length score in a lifetime best 1:58.3 performance. Dangerous Mood did finish second over Brian, who completed the order of finish. The altered son of Proud Bushy, last year's Super Night Champion in his two year-old class, defended his crown this year for his sixth win of the year in nine starts, good for $53,187 this year and $86,063 lifetime. $53,100 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (non-betting) Krinda, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way at the start and carded panels of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26 before pulling away from her foes turning for home, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.2.. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, left Prairie Easter in her wake with Starcasim next after her backside binge brought her close to the saddle pad of the winner around the final bend. Diamond Eyes and Prairie Foolish were next in this quintet. The win--Krinda's ninth lifetime in only 15 starts--pushed her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark--$104,186, to be precise. $53,900 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Gold Star Diablo, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Mike Deters and owner Dan Clements, lived up to his 1 to 20 betting popularity by scoring a handy 1:55.1 win over Jay Jay with Mister Special T third. Gold Star Flick and Silver Wings also earned minor awards in this sextet of sophomores. Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made a quarter move (:28.2) to the front and wired together subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:26.3 before an effortless :28.3 finale sealed the issue in this Super Night win--his sixth straight this fall season at Pompano Park. In defending the crown he won as a Super Night champion last year, Gold Star Diablo sent his 2018 bounty to $120,426--$58,396 this semester. He paid $2.10 to his multitude of backers. $53,700 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS Mister Marvalous, a gelded juvenile son of Delmarvalous, gamely held off the serious late charge of longshot (44 to 1) JB's Boomerang, to score by a neck in 1:55.4. Driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mr. Marvalous took charge early and posted fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before his :29 finale was just good enough to hold off JB's Boomerang, who, himself blazed a final panel in :28. Prairie Midnight, in the cozy pocked all the way, finished third over Gold Star Yoder, who made a serious bid around the final bend, and Zaza Boy. In stretching his winning skein to six in an unscathed fall season in South Florida, Mister Marvalous sent his earnings vaulting over the $50,000 mark by $657. He, too, paid $2.10 to win. $55,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Natasha, a brilliant looking daughter of Six Of Diamonds, survived being roughed up during a bang-bang opening quarter--:27.1--and went on to score 4 3/4 length win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.1, a lifetime best performance. Given all she could handle in an early three-wide tussle for the front, Natasha went on to card fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before a :28.3 final locked up her championship performance. Prairie Westerngal was second with Caleb's Diamond T third. Prairie Cougar finished fourth over Rockin Ellie, who paced a middle half in :56.4 to draw within a length of the leader around the final turn. For Natasha, trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, it was her seventh straight win during this fall stakes season, sending her bounty to $67,875 to go along with her new lifetime mark. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Reflecting on his big night, a humble Walter Hennessey remarked, "Credit should go to the people behind the scenes that make this possible--the caretakers, trainers--you know, they are the one's who work from the darkness before the sun comes up to the darkness at midnight. All I do is try and do the best with the talent they have given me...and I've only got a couple of minutes to do it!" In other pari-mutuel action, with Rick Plano in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, stayed off the hot early pace set by, first, Panocchio (:26.) and, then, by Uncmprmising Z Tam, (:55 and 1:22.4) before unleashing a huge rally late to collar Panocchio (Hennessey) and Dakota Jack (Simons) to score in 1:51.1 in the $10,000 Open I Pace. The four year-old gelded son of Royal Millennium, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, won for the seventh time this year to send his bounty to $68,500. Lifetime, Prairie Panther has 21 wins in 41 starts, good for 186,007. Uncmprmising Z Tam did finish fourth while Here Comes William completed the two million dollar field. The winner, off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, paid $17.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot Carryover of $27,904 awaiting. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2018...Pompano Park's "Send It In" Sunday featured several stakes events, an upset win in the Open Handicap Pace and Florida Hall of Fame horseman Mike Deters achieving two milestones. Deters, who has overcome a mountain of health issues, reached the top of the mountain on Sunday Night, reaching, for the first time, 100 training wins for the year and $1,000,000 in purse earnings. Deters milestones came in the same race--the fifth--as Gold Star Diablo, trained by Deters for owner Dan Clements took the Tom Audley Memorial Pace for three year-olds, scoring in 1:54.1. The victory, Gold Star Diablo's fifth straight, was the 100th training success for Deters in a career stretching back to the early 1980's and, ironically, vaulted him over the $1,000,000 for the first time in his career. Deters reflected on the double milestone saying, "I'm not really one for words, you know, but I couldn't and wouldn't have achieved these milestones without great owners and outstanding help. That's why we call ourselves 'Team Deters.' "And, of course, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife and son, who put up with me having to be away for six months of the year. Without their support, I certainly would not have achieved these milestones. "I always try and get the most out of the potential given me and, this year, that potential of our stables came through. There is a lot of luck in this business--both good and bad--and the good luck certainly outweighed the bad luck this season. I am truly blessed." Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, used a :28.1 closing panel to score over another Deters trainee, Prairie Easter, with Mike, himself, in the bike. Starcasim. handled by Joe Sanzeri, finished third with Jay Jay and Prairie Foolish next in the field of six. Gold Star Diablo paid $3.20 to win. The Tom Audley Memorial for sophomore trotters went to Captain Thomas, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:59.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, trounced his rivals by 11 1/2 lengths in scoring his fifth win in seven starts. I Rhoda Daley (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second over Jennifer (Mike Simons). Ms. Katie B and Brian completed the roster in that event. The Melvyn Aylor Memorial Events for two year-olds were also held on Sunday night with Proud Sophie, Prairie Gem, Mister Marvalous and Natasha all getting pictures taken in the winner's circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took her $14,000 division for fillies, scoring in 2:06.3 over Crown Bushy (Walter Ross, Jr.) and Kerry B (Wally Hennessey), sending her earnings over the $40,000 in this non-wagering event. Prairie Gem, handled by Jim Meittinis, used a :59.1 final half to easily handle Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) and Savin Park (John Campagnuolo) in 2:02.3. Prairie Arrow and McGoldrick were next in that quintet. Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover owned by Laurie Poulin, along with Fred Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, led gate-to-wire for his third win in four career starts. Mister Marvalous, a gelded son of Delmarvalous, justified his 1 to 2 tote-board odds with a seemingly effortless win in a lifetime best 1:55.3 for Wally Hennessey, his margin 3 3/4 lengths over Zaza Boy (John MacDonald) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) with Gold Star Yoder and JB's Boomerang also fetting checks in this $16,000 event. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous won his fifth straight at Pompano Park to send his earnings to$23,807. Natasha, the gifted daughter of Six Of Diamonds driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and Jay Sears, made a sharp quarter move to the top after a :27.1 opener by Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) and proceeded through panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before a :28.1 finale sealed the issue. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed ny Priaire Cougar and Caleb's Diamond T in the field of six. Natasha paid $2.20 to win. Finally, in a highly anticipated duel between track record holder Panocchio and arch-rival Rebellious, neither wound up in the winner's circle as Dakota Jack, smartly handled by Mike Simons, out-sprinted both of them to the wire with a :26.4 closing kick to score by a half-length in 1:52. Panocchio (Hennessey) did finish second over Rebellious (Meittinis). Here Comes William was fourth with Prairie Panther fifth in this classy sextet. The five year-old son of Duneside Perch, trained by Jim Brinson for A Piece Of The Action stable, found a seam turning for home, swept widest of all and mowed down his rivals in deep stretch for the win. After the event, driver Simons said, "when you are in with great horses like that (Panocchio and Rebellious, among others), you just hope for the best. I tried to save ground throughout with my post position (1) and just hoped for the best. When we turned for home, we found a little room and he really was full of pace in the late stages of the mile. Trey (trainer Jim Brinson) said he was very sharp last week when he won but, against these, I was a bit surprised. Off as fourth choice at 15 to 1, Dakota Jack paid $33.40 to win. Racing continues Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover which has ballooned to $20,896. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 6, 2018...Gold Star Diablo, driven by Wally Hennessey, extended his Pompano Park winning streak to four on Monday night with a handy 1:55.1 in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for harness racing three year-olds. The gifted son of Mysticism was used early and then pressured until the top of the stretch before striding away from his rivals to a 2 3/4 length victory over s game Mister Special T, handled by Mike Simons. Jay Jay, with Dave Ingraham in his sulky, rallied for third ahead of Silver Wings, who pressed the pace early, and Gold Star Flick, who picked up the minor award. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo's share of the $31,000 purse spiked his career bounty to $90,476--$28,446 this semester. It was a bang-bang start in the event with Silver Wings leaving with alacrity then quickly joined by Gold Star Diablo with Mister Special T three wide. At the opening station in :28.2, Gold Star Diablo assumed command from Silver Wings with Mister Special T still on the attack and Silver Wings pressing the pace along the inside. Gold Star Diablo and MIster Special T raced toe-to-toe past the half in :56.4 with the pace non-relenting by the thiord station in 1:26. In the lane, Gold Star Diablo edged away from Mister Special T to record the win--his 11th lifetime in only 20 starts. Said Hennessey after the event, "Sometimes you just have to trust your horse that he can take a punch and Gold Star Diablo took a few of them on Monday night. He raced giant--a credit to trainer Mike Deters and his staff." Off as the 1 to 20 favorite, Gold Star Diablo returned $2.10 to win. Other Stallion Stake winners were Krinda, Jennifer and Dangerous Mood. Krinda, a splendid daughter of Six Of Diamonds, led gate-to-wire in scoring a 1:56.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the $30,650 event for sophomore pacing fillies. Justifying her 3 to 5 tote-board status, Krinda led at every pole, carding panels of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before a :27.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Easter, handled by Mike Deters, with Priaire Foolish, with Jim Meittinis handling the lines, next. Starcasim and Diamond Eyes completed the roster. Hennessey remarked after the event, "We were fortunate to get a very nice second quarter breather. When we got to the half, I was pretty confident we could get home. She didn't disappoint me." Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Krinda earned her third win of the year in five starts, good for $25,637 this year and $76,976 career-wise. Krinda paid $3.40 to win. Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, earned her first win of the year in three starts in the non-wagering $28,500 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, hitting the wire in a lifetime best 1:59.2, annihilating her former mark of 2:03.4. Driven by Mike Simons for owners Kim and Jay Sears, Jennifer burst off the wins at the start and carded panels of :30.3, 1:00 and 1:29.3 before hitting the line 3 1/2 lengths ahead of I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey. I Rhoda Daley, looking to extend her winning skein at Pompano Park to five, made a slight miscue leaving but made a recovery to earn the place honors. Cookie, with Jay Sears in her sulky, finished third over Ms Katie B. Finally, Dangerous Mood, trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, wired his foes a lifetime best the $27,000 Stallion Stake for colts and geldings, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths for Dave Ingraham. Captain Thomas, threatened the eventual winner at mid-stretch but made a miscue to lose all change at victory. Brian was a distant third for Mike Deters. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, who took a 2:01.1 mark last year at Pompano, scored his first win of the year in five starts with his win and sent his earnings this year to $20,550. That event, too, was a non-wagering event. In the $10,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares, the invader Bucklegirl Bobette, driven by Wally Hennessey, made her first start in six weeks a winning one, scurrying around the Pompano oval in 1:53.3. Taking the lead off the wings before yielding, the five year-old daughter of Duneside Perch made a second bold move heading into the second turn and went on to pin a 1 1/4 length defeat on Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons. Watts Was I Drinkin, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Galarine finished fourth. Little Joke was next in the classy sextet. Trained by Rob Rittof for owner Hart Walker, Bucklegirl Bobette score her 10th win of the year in 23 starts, good for $67,338. She's banked 180,348 career-wise. Off at 2 to 5, Bucklegirl Bobette returned $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. and a carry-over in the Super Hi-5 of $8,819.32. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 30, 2018...Wally Hennessey continued his red-hot streak at Pompano Park on Monday (October 29), sweeping all four of the (non-wagering) FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds. Four different trainers and owners benefitted from Hennessay's touch as the author of an astounding .815 UDRS batting average coming in guided I Rhoda Daley, Captain Thomas, Krinda and Gold Star Diablo in their respective $12,000 wins. First up, I Rhoda Daley, trained by John Hallett for owner Lee Clarke, scored in a "Secretariat" like performance as she annihilated her foes by 21 3/4 lengths in 2:01.4--a new lifetime mark--for her fourth straight win in these Sunshine State Stakes for trotting fillies. The daughter of Desperado Don, last year's champion in her juvenile division, carded panels of :30.2, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 along the way. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was second with Cookie (Jay Sears) third. In the trot for the boys, Captain Thomas made a sharp quarter move to the front and used a :28.4 finale to keep his record unblemished in his four starts in the Sunshine State Stakes. The altered son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, scored by 4 3/4 lengths over the early leader, Dangerous Mood (Jim McDonald). Brian (Mike Deters) completed the roster. Also a champion in his 2017 class, Captain Thomas is now four-for-six this semester in his quest to retain his crown in this year's division on Super Night. In the filly pace, Krinda somehow found a seam at mid-stretch and knifed on through late to score by a half-length in 1:56, equaling her lifetime best. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, lightly raced at two but champion in her class last year, scored a narrow win over Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) in an action packed mile leaving the winner seemingly hopelessly locked in until the final stages. Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) was third while Prairie Easter and Diamond Eyes earned the final two awards in the sextet. Krinda is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay. In the colt/gelding pace, Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, held on gamely late to score by a half length over the late-charging Silver Wings (Bryce Fenn) to hit the wire in 1:55.4. Mister Special T, closing fastest of all for Mike Simons, finished third, just a length away, while Gold Star Flick and Dontblevmejuswatch rounded out the combatants. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo won for the third straight time to send his career bankroll jusy $24 short of $75,000. On the betting card, Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons, found a narrow seam along the pylons late to score a narrow win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares. The ultra-consistent six year-old daughter of Dali, trained by Gaston Lareau for JP Houle Stable, pinned the photo finish defeat on pacesetting Galarina, driven by Jason Dillander. Little Joke, with John MacDonald in her sulky, was a fast closing third, followed by Watts Was I Drinkin and A Wish For Wings. Northern Dali now has a 9-8-5 scorecard in 34 starts, good for $62,656 this year and $237,925 lifetime. Off as fourth choice, Northern Dali paid $12.00 to win. Racing continues Tuesday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park and the FSBOA  

Pompano Beach, FL...October 29, 2018...Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, coming into the Pompano Park action on Sunday with an astounding UDRS of .815 for his first 27 drives, won six more in nine starts, including three of the four $12,000 Sunshine States Finals and the Open Pace with track record holder Panocchio. Panocchio redeemed himself from last week's narrow loss to Lucan Hanover with a sharp 1:52.3 performance for his 40th career win at Pompano Park, defeating arch-rival Lucan Hanover (John MacDonald) by a length. Speed Trap (Mike Simons) was third, 4 1.2 lengths away and a nose better than Dakota Jack. A Cool Card picked up the final award in the classy sextet. Surging off the wings, Panocchio won an early battle with Lucan Hanover but relented a few strides past the opening panel in a hot :26.4. A few strides later, Panocchio brushed from the pocked and reclaimed the lead short of the half in :55.4. On the backside the pace began to quicken as Panocchio seemed anxious to repel any threats the rest of the way with a :28.1 finale sealing the issue. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "That first quarter was pretty lively and, after MacDonald's horse (Lucan Hanover) took the lead, I felt the pace was slackening a bit, so I decided to brush Panocchio again and see what happens. "I thought, 'maybe it's better to brush again during a rated quarter then wait until we hit the backside when the pace would really get hot.' "It worked out well for us this time around but both of these horses are dead game!" For Panocchio, it was his 62nd career win with 40 of those achieved at Pompano Psrk. Owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Panocchio, an eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, now has lifetime earnings of $550,638. Off at 3 to 5, Panocchio paid $3.20 to win. In other action, The FSBOA presented four Sunshine State Stakes Finals for two year-olds each worth $12,000 with Kerry B and Prairie Gem taking the two early events and Natasha and Mister Marvalous reaching the winner's circle on the pari-mutuel card. Kerry B, with Hennessey driving, took her division for trotting fillies with a handy 2:04 win over Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears. The winner is a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by KIm Sears for owner-husband Jay, who drove Proud Sophie as part owner with Dr. David Fishman. Prairie Gem took the division for the juvenile trotting colts and geldings with a sharp 2:01.4 performance, knocking almost five seconds off his only other winning effort, a 2:06.3 mile in his racing debut. Jim Meittinis was in the bike for trainer-owner Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Fred Morosini and Fritz Racing. Prairie Arrow (Deters) was second over Prairie Shibby (Hennessey) in the quintet. On the betting card, Natasha, handled by Hennessey, stalked Prairie Westerngal (Jim Meittinis) through panels of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.1 before unleashing a :28.1 burst home to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:55.3. Rockin Ellie (Dave Ingraham) was next, followed by Gold Star Stormie and Lime Twist. A two year-old daughter of Six Of Diamonds, Natasha is trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears and now has five wins in seven lifetime starts to go along with her mark of 1:54.3. at Vernon Downs. Natasha paid $2.80 to her multitude of backers. Finally, Mister Marvalous, an altered son of Delmarvelous, kept his record at Pompano Park unblemished--now four-for-four--with a handy six length win for Hennessey in 1:57, just one tick off his best achieved at Vernon Downs. Gold Star Hefner (Walter Ross, Jr.) was next, six lengths away with JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) third and Gold Star Yoder completing the roster of four. Off at 1 to 20, Mister Marvalous paid $2.10. Racing continues on Monday night with the three year-olds competing in the Sunshine States Stakes Finals. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, Florida...It October 13, 2018...It would seem highly unlikely that Hall of Fame Driver Wally Hennessey could improve on last week's unbelievable .861 batting average in the FSBOA's Sunshine State Stakes but on Saturday (October 13) at Pompano Park, he did just that! Hennessey won seven of his eight drives to send his UDRS up to .868 on the strength of 13 winning drives in 16 journeys back of Adam Brownlee's Starting Gate. The ageless Hennessey scored repeat wins with Kerry B, Natasha, Mister Marvalous and I Rhoda Daley and then capped off the festivities driving Krinda to her first win of the season and recent ship-in Gold Star Diablo. When asked to reflect on the day, Hennessey took a page from the late, great baseball manager Casey Stengel saying, "Casey said 'ya gotta have the horses' and no truer statement was made with regards to our sport. I was just lucky enough to have the horses today!" The only event Hennessey did not win was in the juvenile trot for colts and geldings, won by Prairie Gem for driver Jim Meittinis. Hennessey now has 9,805 career wins---229 this year. Here is a recap of the action. Two Year-Old Filly Trot Kerry B, a sharp looking daughter of Muscle Mass, took command around the first turn and led every step thereafter in scoring a handy win for Hennessey in 2:01.3--:29.4. Trained by Kim Sears for husband Jay, Kerry B wired together panels of :30.1, 1:01.3 and 1:31.4 along the way and now sports a 3-2-1 scorecard in 10 10 lifetime starts. Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot Prairie Gem, a gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover had an easy time overcoming his outside post in scoring a handy win for JIm Meittinis in 2:06.3. Leading at every pole, Prairie Gem, co-owned by Barbara Jensen along with Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, put up fractions of :31, 1:03.3 and 1:35.3 before coasting home an easy winner by 2 2/4 lengths for his maiden victory in his first career purse start. Two Year-Old Filly Pace Natasha, a talented daughter of Six Of Diamonds with a mark of 1:54.3 at Vernon Downs, made a bold quarter move after the :29.4 opener and then went on to lead the rest of the journey, posting subsequent panels of :59.4 and 1:28.2 before an effortless :29 finale sealed the deal by 2 1/2 lengths for Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears. The win was the third straight for Natasha. Two Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace Mister Marvalous, an altered son of Delmarvelous, let the dust settle early as Zaza Boy (Joe Sanzeri) and Prairie Midnight (Jim Meittinis) traded punches early before tilting out around the final bend an on to a handy win in 1:58..3 for Hennessey's third win. Trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mister Marvalous used a :28.4 finale to reach the winner's circle for the third time in eight career starts. Three Year-Old Filly Trot I Rhoda Daley, last year's two year-old champion in her division, won her second straight in Sunshine State Stakes action by scoring a lifetime equalling best 2:03.2 win in hold off a determined Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) by a half-length. A daughter of Desperado Don, I rhoda Daley gave Hennessey the "grand slam" for trainer John Hallett, who does the conditioning for owner Lee Clarke. Three Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot Captain Thomas, with Hennessey again in the bike, let Dangerous Mood (Jim McDonald) do all the heavy lifting during splits of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.4 before tilting out of the cozy pocket turning for home and then drawing away late to score in a lifetime best 1:58.4. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Captain Thomas is a gelded son of Proud Bushy who came into the action with a lifetime mark of Q2:01h. Three Year-Old Filly Pace Last year's Super Night champion, Krinda, avenged her narrow loss of a week ago to score a handy 1:56 lifetime best performance. Using her post position (4) to her advantage, the daughter of Six Of Diamonds surged off the wings forcing her main rival, Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri-post 5) to take a seat the back of the pack early. The two hooked up in a duel on backside and around the final bend before Krinda pulled away in the lane, sealing the issue with a :28.2 finale. Krinda is trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears. Three Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace Gold Star Diablo, last year's juvenile champion in his class, got a picture perfect drive from Hennessey before tilting out turning for home and used a :29.3 closing kick to eave Silver Wings (Bryce Fenn) in his wake, 4 1/2 lengths away in 1:57.1. The gelded son of Mysticism, trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, earned his first win of the year in eight starts--his last win coming on Super Night last semester at Pompano Park. Pari-mutuel racing begins at Pompano Park on Sunday, October 21. by John Berry for the FSBOA and Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 7, 2018...With the baseball playoffs in full swing and football season well underway, yet another anticipated sports event began in South Florida on Saturday (October 6) as the FSBOA lucrative stakes season got underway for two and three year-olds at Pompano Park. After the festivities concluded, Hennessey had a "batting average" (UDRS) of .861 on the strength of six wins during the opening leg of the Sunshine State Stakes. Hennessey won the opener with Kerry B, then went on to win the third (Natasha), fourth (Mister Marvalous), fifth (I Rhoda Daley), sixth (Captain Thomas) and eighth race (Mister Special T). Only Jim McDonald and Joe Sanzeri prevented Hennessey from the sweep as McDonald took the second race with first time starter Damien Hall and Sanzeri hit the winner's circle with Starcasim. Kerry B, a two year-old daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, went to the post in the filly trot and took command at the opening marker and used a :29.3 finale to hold off stablemate Proud Sophie by a half-length in 2:05.2. A comparative seasoned veteran with eight lifetime starts coming into the action, Kerry B won for the second time and already has a 2:00.4 mark over the Vernon Downs speedy seven-eighths oval. Natasha, a juvenile daughter of Six Of Diamonds with a mark of 1:54.3 coming in, pulled away in the lane with a :28 finale to put her foes away in the filly pace, hitting the line in 1:58.3 with Hennessey remarking after the win, "I never asked her for anything. She did this all on her own--very impressive!" Natasha is also trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears. The event for two year-old pacing colts and geldings went to Mister Marvalous with Hennessey giving his charge a picture perfect journey in the garden spot before tilting out around the final and on to victory in 1:59.1. The win was the third on the card for both Hennessey and trainer Kim Sears, who does the conditioning for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire. The fifth race for sophomore trotting fillies went to I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey for trainer John Hallett and owner Lee Clarke. The daughter of Desperado Don was last year's Super Night champion in her two year-old division and picked up at Pompano Park right where she left off by scoring a handy win measuring 8 1/4 lengths in 2:06.2. The Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting colts and geldings went to the Proud Bushy gelding Captain Thomas, with Hennessey getting win number five. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Captain Thomas, also a Super night champion last season, was a handy gate-to-wire winner in 2:01.2--:28.3. Hennessey completed his six-pack with Mister Special T, an altered son of Six Of Diamonds. Trained by Rob Harmon for Victor Contento, John Campagnuolo and Harmon Racing, Mister Special T knitted together identical halves of :59 to score in 1:58--:28.2. Reflecting on his big day, Hennessey said, "You've heard the expression, 'it takes two to tango,' well, in our business, it takes four to tango because the caretakers have to do their job, the trainers have to get them sharp, the horse has to perform to expectations and that leaves the rest to me once I get in the bike. Without the first three components, it just wouldn't have turned out this way today." In the division for two year-old trotting colts and geldings, Jim McDonald guided Danien Hall, a son of Cash Hall, to an impressive win measuring 11 1/2 lengths in 2:08 in this his major league debut. McDonald also traines the colt for the Pacing Pretty Stable. Three year-old pacing fillies renewed their spirited rivalry of last year and Starcasim put on a very game performance in her 2018 debut in scoring for Joe Sanzeri in 1:58--:28.2. Seemingly headed at mid-stretch, Starcasim fought every step to the wire in pinning the narrow defeat on last year's champion, Krinda. Sanzeri trains the filly and co-owns with Russell Guardino. Sunshine State Stakes action continues next Saturday, October 13 with post time set for 11:00 a.m. The pari-mutuel season at Pompano Park begins October 21. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park  

Driver Wally Hennessey and trainer Melissa Beckwith achieved a feat that may have never been done before when they teamed up for wins in five consecutive harness races on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The evening's $15,000 feature saw Beckwith's Happy Heart draw the rail for her first attempt in the Fillies and Mares Open in quite some time at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Wally Hennessey piloted Happy Heart for the first time last week and the mare went coast to coast in a conditional race. Hennessey was back in the sulky on Friday evening and he wound up getting a pocket ride for Happy Heart who rode the coattails of the favored Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr) who was on the engine. Spreester paced a first half in 56.4 before checking in at three quarters in 1:25.1 while confronted by rival Rock N Roll Rosie (Jimmy Devaux). As those two squared off, Happy Heart sat patiently in the pocket before shaking loose in the passing lane. Happy Heart and Spreester went toe-to-toe for a few strides before Happy Heart got up to win the photo in the $15,000 Friday feature. The Melissa Beckwith trainee went off at odds of 6-1 in her first victory in the local Open. Returning $14.40 to win, Happy Heart led an exacta with Spreester second that paid $46.20. Rock N Roll Rosie earned the show spot. Hennessey and Beckwith teamed up for five consecutive winners on the card as pacing mares Sports Delight, Media Queen N and Fade To Gold and trotter Glide In The Wind joined Happy Heart in recording victories in successive races on Friday evening, a feat we have never seen before at Saratoga and one that may be hard pressed to ever occur again. Hennessey drove winners in six consecutive races on Friday as he piloted trainer John Mac Donald's Stonebridge Frosty to a wire-to-wire score following the five straight with Beckwith trainees in an historic night for the Hall of Fame reinsman and meet's leading conditioner. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

With no Fillies and Mares Open on the card, a $9,500 conditional event for distaffers served as the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The race had the look of an Open, though, as a few of its participants were dropping out of top-flight company. Happy Heart (Woodstock) was a nominee for Filly and Mare Claiming Pacer of the Year in 2017 as one of the stars of the Melissa Beckwith stable. While her '18 campaign hasn't quite matched last year's, Happy Heart is enjoying another solid season and on Friday night driver Wally Hennessey sat behind her for the first time. Starting from post two, Happy Heart was aggressive in the early going and powered out to the lead in a sizzling 26.4 first quarter. After getting a breather in the second quarter, Happy Heart was met with the challenge of the race's odds-on favorite who made her move first over though that rival never got close to the leader. Happy Heart seemed to be tiring a bit late in the mile as longshot Pull The Shade (Frank Coppola Jr) motored up the inside in the stretch to come after her. Happy Heart hung in there and recorded her fifth victory of the season, stopping the timer in 1:54.1 to spring the mild upset at odds of 6-1. Pull The Shade was the runner-up while one of the Open droppers Rock N Roll Rosie (Jimmy Devaux) came on for third. Happy Heart paid $14.20 to win and led an exacta and triple, with the favorite out of the number, that returned $121.50 and $530, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) became the first six-time winner of the Open Pace this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the Melissa Beckwith trainee came from off the pace to record the win. Carolina Beach was a beaten favorite in last Saturday's installment of the $14,500 Open but was still bet down to odds of 4-5 this week. Wally Hennessey sat off the early speed with Carolina Beach who moved second over after the first half went in a fast 55.2. Drafting behind the defending Horse of the Year Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) who was brushing up first-over, Carolina Beach tipped off the cover around the final turn before storming past his rivals to prevail in 1:51.2. Artful Way was an improved second on Saturday while Somewhere Fancy (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach's win was his twelfth of the year and his sixth in the local Open as the four year old gelding continues to bolster the resume in what has been his career season. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm start to the matinee. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

There were co-features on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Fillies and Mares Open joined the regular Saturday feature the Open Pace to highlight the evening's thirteen race card. Each of the co-features went for a purse of $14,500 and each saw the favorite prevail. The Open Pace was won by Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) who was offensive minded from the get-go on Saturday night. Wally Hennessey overcame the outside post with Carolina Beach, the race's 4-5 betting favorite, as he moved the Melissa Beckwith-trained pacer out to the early lead. Laying down fast fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, Carolina Beach had something left for the stretch run to prevail in 1:52.1 while holding off Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and securing his second consecutive win in the Open and eleventh victory overall in the 2018 campaign. Texas Terror N was the runner-up while longshot Rise Up Now (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The Fillies and Mares Open, the regular Friday night feature at the Spa, was pushed back a night due to a New York Sire Stakes-filled card on Friday. Rene Allard's Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) swooped the group to win the local Open for the first time. Leading driver Billy Dobson worked out a cover trip for the 6-5 favorite as Eclipse Me N drafted second-over behind the track's defending Pacing Mare of the Year Truth And Liberty who was making her first local start of the season. Eclipse Me N made a powerful move around the final turn and drew out to win by a length and half, stopping the timer in 1:53.2 for her sixth victory on the campaign. Regular Open star Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr) came from last in the Open for distaffers before finishing second while longshot Better Said (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga with New York Sire Stakes competition highlighting the thirteen race card. Two year old pacing colts and geldings will be featured in stakes action. First post time is set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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