Pompano Beach, FL --- Jolenes Pinehonker, who gave a serious hint in his last start by trotting his final half in :55.4 to finish second, used his improved post position this week to easily capture Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Jan. 8).
The 5-year-old altered son of Pinetucky, driven by Ed Hensley for Mark O'Mara and owner Lester Raber, drew the rail and began edging closer from fourth early on. He then sprinted from third to the lead on the backstretch and went on to score by 1-3/4 lengths over the early pacesetter Pure Barre. It was his 16th lifetime victory, a win that pushed his lifetime bounty to $322,345 in only 48 lifetime starts.
Pure Barre, handled by Mickey McNichol, did finish second while Mr Web Page, longest prop on the board at 24-1, finished third for Wally Hennessey. HP Forte, an uncoupled stablemate of Jolene's Pinehonker, finished fourth while Guiltywithanexcuse picked up the nickel. The 7-5 favorite Andover America made a miscue early in the mile and finished last in the sextet.
In a post-race interview, driver Hensley said, "Mark (trainer O'Mara) said this horse can brush a bit and that he was real good last week but just too far back off of some soft fractions. Having the rail really helped this time around and when I asked 'Pine-whatever his name is' to go, he really took off; a nice trotter!"
As third choice in the pool, Jolenes Pinehonker paid $8.20 to win.
In the Open 2 Trot, She's All In got a couple of beneficial "breaks" to score a 1:57.3 win for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano.
The 5-year-old daughter of Revenue S earned her 18th lifetime win to send her career bounty to $130,854, but only after the 4-5 favorite Keystone Thomas jumped up in the air at the start and the leading Blomkvist made a miscue while on the lead turning for home.
She's All In, meanwhile, was away in good order, was shuffled on the backside and then was sixth and widest of all turning for home, using a :29.1 finale on a rain-drenched oval to best the only other mare in the field, Dutchess Seelster (Wally Hennessey), by 1-1/4 lengths. Adenium (Matt Romano) went an even journey to finish third while Keystone Thomas, who recovered a bit to threaten around the final turn, did finish fourth. B C Lulu finished fifth in the field of seven.
As third choice in the wagering, She's All In paid $11.40 to win.
Driver Joe Sanzeri had quite a night on Wednesday Pompano as he scored his first lifetime hat trick. Sanzeri, who had only three drives, scored with Dot's Big Boy in the second race ($33.80), came back to win the sixth with Mar Dream ($6.40) and capped off his evening of perfection by scoring an upset victory with Mr Casual ($17.00).
Finally, here's a quick math quiz. What does $16 plus $33.80 plus $11.40 plus $8.40 plus $4.80 equal? Answer: At Pompano Park this Saturday night, a Pick-5 pool guaranteed at $25,000 -- the largest in track history. Post time remains at 7:05 p.m. for the 10-race program.