The Kadabra son Boli, perfectly handled by Wally Hennessey, captured Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in 1:54.4.
The five year-old gelding stalked Tater Twister, with Jim Meittinis handling his lines, through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26 before leaving the coziness of his pocket turning for home and using a :28.3 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Prairie Fortune, driven by Mike Deters, making his first appearance in the sulky since
November 27, 2016 after battling serious health issues.
Tater Twister did finish third while Sailer Eddie finished fourth after a mild backside bid. Commentary finished fifth in the quintet.
“Sometimes, Boli can be a real handful to drive but, tonight, he was a perfect gentleman every step of the way. He seemed relaxed throughout the mile and, when I showed him the open road turning for home, he responded beautifully," praised Hennessey.
“Even going back to the winner’s circle, he seemed nice and relaxed for a change.”
Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli won for the third time this semester to vault his 2017 earnings to $20,280. Lifetime, Boli has 18 wins in 55 starts with bounty of $157,474 to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:54.2 earned in his last win two starts back.
The $8,000 Open 2 Trot went to Diamond Dagger, expertly driven by Walter Ross, Jr.
The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland took command a right at the :28 opener and went on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before strolling home in :29.2 to score a handy win in 1:54.4 over the late charging Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) with Dog Gone Lucky (Mickey McNichol) next, a half-length further back. My Revenuer finished fourth while McKenzies Star picked up the nickel in the septet.
Trained by Mark O’Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, Diamond Dagger won for the third straight week while earning her fifth win of the year in 14 starts, sending her seasonal bankroll to $29,735. Career-wise, Diamond Dagger has an 18-8-22 scorecard in 88 starts with earnings at $175,907.