SSG Stables’ Mach Me Not, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mc Donald, took top honours in Pompano Park’s feature for the mares on Tuesday night.
This rugged nine-year-old daughter of Mach Three won for the 37th time during her lengthy career now stretching 209 starts and sent her lifetime bounty over the $350,000 mark–$352,492 to be precise.
The victory on this night—her 10th of the year in 30 starts—was especially impressive as Mach Me Not was on the outside for the first five-eighths of the mile grinding towards the top spot, finally reaching the lead with three-eighths remaining and never threatened thereafter. Her winning margin was a length over Skyway Dusty (Aaron Byron) who led through panels of :27.1 and :55.4 before being out-brushed on the backside by the winner, who got to the third station in 1:24.1.
Im Gracies Wigwam (Ed Hensley) was third, 1-1/2 lengths away, while All Charged Up and Fiesta Camcun were next in the field of 10. The time for the mile was 1:52.1.
“She’s a tough mare all right,” said driver Wally Hennessey. “She has a tendency to drift out in the lane but she just keeps digging in until she passes the wire. Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) has her very sharp again and she handled the competition very well tonight with the class jump.”
Mach Me Not was sent postward as the 7-5 favourite and was one of three favourites to hit the winner’s circle in the track’s 50 cent Pick-5 event which paid a handsome $3,888.80 to the eight winning ticket holders of the 9-5-5-6-5 combination.
The featured conditioned trot went to Janet, a sophomore daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, for Aaron Byron in a lifetime best 1:56 performance.
Trained by owner Richie Silverman, Janet won for the second consecutive time in her class but returned a very generous $26.00 to her faithful after returning $9.60 last week in this very same class—the difference being post position eight this week as opposed to number four a week ago.
Still, Janet was able to assume control three-eighths into the mile from Luck Is All I Need (Wally Hennessey) and lead the rest of the way.
American Superman (Andy Santeramo) finished third while Zoraze was fourth with El Diablo Rojo picking up the nickel.
Janet’s scorecard now reads 5-2-4 in 19 starts this semester, good for $21,516.
Racing continues on Sunday at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.