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Wind Of The North in track record mile at Pompano
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - by John Berry, for Pompano Park

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Pompano Beach, FL ---Wind Of The North, with Hall of Fame 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 6-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, 7-1/2 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.

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Wind Of The North trotted the fastest mile in Pompano Park history on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.2.

Wind Of The North led every long stride of his epic mile, hitting the opening station in :27, 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- 5 toteboard 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 5-year-old son of Credit Winner led at every junction, punching the clock 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 to $102,547. As the 5-2 second choice, Genius At Work paid $7.20 to those 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 6-year-old pinned the defeat measuring 1-1/2 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 MacPherson and Wayne MacRae, the win was the second of the year for Buddy Hally and his fastest winning performance since a Mohawk win in 1:53 more thanr 18 months ago. Buddy Hally now has 13 lifetime wins and career bounty of $359,601. As the 3-5 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 Charged Up, Jets Are On, Limelight and Goldstar Rockette. Post time is at 7:30 p.m.

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