In a classic “fistfight to the finish,” as described by announcer Gabe Prewitt, Machin Marley eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park’s $9,500 Open Pace for Mares tonight.
Driven by Wally Hennessey, Machin Marley, squeaked by a tenacious Goldstar Rockette, handled by Kevin Wallis, right at the wire, after a stretch long duel that was determined by a “head” with the mile clocked in 1:53.1.
Miss Dollar Mam, with John MacDonald in the bike, was a fast closing third, only a half-length away, while Metro Glide, almost 10 lengths away at the opening quarter, finished fourth. Sues Night Out picked up the nickel in the classy septet of ladies.
At the outset, Miss Dollar Mam, Machin Marley and Goldstar Rockette all had their sights on the lead with Machin Marley wrestling command around turn one with Miss Dollar Mam yielding and Goldstar Rockette taken back to third—but not for long.
Just past the quick :27 opener, Wallis send Goldstar Rockette on the prowl and, after a tussle with Machin Marley, took change and blazed over to the half in :54.4.
On the backside, Machin Marley’s nose was literally all over Wallis’ helmet and, heading into the final bend, Hennessey tilted out of the pocket, pulled along-side of the leader at the third station in 1:25.1, and the classic battle began.
Neither mare gave an inch during the :28 finale and the decision came right on the wire with Machin Marley getting the nod in the photo.
“Let me tell you, this mare has some moxie. Last week when I drove her, she was on the lead, looked in the eye around the final bend, and fought hard every step to the wire to win," said Hennessey.
“Tonight, she looked the leader in the eye and fought all the way home. She’s quite a gutsy mare.”
Trained by John Mungillo, who co-owns with Thatsideofthefence LLC, Machin Marley won for the fourth time in 16 starts this season to push her earnings to $20,370.
Lifetime, this five year-old daughter of Mach Three, now has bounty of $80,692.
The final time of 1:53.1 equaled her lifetime best, set in her last victory just one week ago.