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Driver changes pay off at Pompano
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - by Frank Salive, for Pompano Park

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Pompano Beach, FL --- The handicapping angle of trainers stepping aside in favor of accomplished catch-drivers worked in both cases and without fail for astute observers of the Wednesday, Sept. 28 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.

The top example of the tactic played out in the $12,000 trotting feature. Trainer Jim McDonald turned over the reins of Hesgotlegs to the track's 2011 leading driver, Wally Hennessey. The result was a pocket trip win, in 1:56, over the fraction-setting Whosgoinwhosstayin, in rein to Ed Hensley, with Keystone Thomas, partnered by Bruce Ranger, following in for third.

Jim McDonald had driven Hesgotlegs to a tight, runner-up finish on the meet's opening card on Sept. 21. This time out, Hennessey had the 6-year-old Feel Like A Winner gelding hustling quickest of all off the gate and surrendering the lead only to Whosgoingwhosstayin at the quarter, in :27.3.

After the first-over move of Good Luck Penny flattened out at the top of the stretch, Hesgotlegs comfortably wheeled through for his third win in 11 starts this year for owner Gary Edwards of Ottawa, Ont.

Just one race earlier, co-owner and trainer Peter Sarnie relinquished race bike duty on the claiming pacer Jaguar's Legacy to Mike Micallef. The result was a front-end score in 1:57.1 for the 5-year-old N Aboriginal-Miller's Jaguar gelding. She Feels Good brushed up from last to second for driver Fern Paquet, Jr. with Joey Jookiss, in rein to Robert Hoffman, able to hold third.

An interesting newcomer to the South Florida scene, Northern Companion, made his Pompano debut on the Sept. 28 program and finished fifth against non-winners of two company. His life'As mark of 1:58.2 was taken in his final start on the Ohio Fair Circuit, at the Greenville Fair, on Aug. 24. The Cambest--Smoke It Out 3-year-old colt is now owned Dorothy Zarza of Lake Worth, Fla. and in the care of trainer Howard Klohr.

In addition to Wednesday and Saturday evening programs, Monday racing will return on Oct. 10. Tuesday racing will return on Nov. 22, when the four-nights-per-week schedule is in effect at The Winter Capital of Harness Racing. The racing schedule, free race-night streaming and replays are available in the Racing tab at www.theislepompanopark.com.


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