The Wally Hennessey-driven Boli posted a solid 1:55.3 win during Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (November 29).
The five-year-old altered son of Kadabra cut fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before his :28.4 finale sealed the deal by one and a half lengths over the late-charging Prairie Fortune, who was driven by Jim Meittinis.
Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in his sulky, finished third after a trip in the garden spot throughout the journey. Favoured Rockn Stien, who was assigned the outside post in his classy field, finished fourth after a tepid bid on the final turn, while Railee Workable saved ground much of the journey to finish fifth.
In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, “last week, we drew one post outside of Rockn Stien and he was able to wire us. This time, I had a spot one spot inside of him and we had that same opportunity – to get a jump on him.
“This was a well-matched field and whoever gets the best trip has a chance of winning. I wanted to get the advantage this time, so I sent Boli, who likes to join in the fun early anyhow.
“The half was very comfortable for him and I really didn’t have to ask him for anything tonight. He did this all on his own. He’s sharp right now – very sharp.”
Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli won for the 12th time this year, which sent his seasonal bankroll to $89,470. Career-wise, Boli now sports a 27-12-12 scorecard from 74 starts, good for $226,664.
As the 8-5 second choice, Boli paid $5.40 to his consortium of faithful.
There were also some attractive mutuel payoffs at the south Florida five-eighths oval on Wednesday night.
The first one came in the third race when An The Thunderolls, driven by Bryce Fenn, blew by the competition in the lane to score a 43 to 1 ($89.00) upset, which triggering a 20-cent superfecta payoff of $3,926.42 and a $1 trifecta ticket worth $12,541.40.
The following race – Pompano Park’s pentafecta fourth – saw Mike Simons guide Eldorado Of Gold to a one-length win in 1:56.1.
Off at 10-1 ($23.00), Eldorado of Gold keyed a 7-5-8-4-10 combo which returned $4,982.48 for the 20-cent ticket.
The final ‘bomb’ occurred in the Super Hi-5 finale when Hoosier Hawk, off at 27-1, wired his foes for Andy Shetler, and returned $56.20 to win. Coupled with Deli-Craze (16-1), Not In This Life (78-1), BJ Lorado (35-1) and All Star Fame (38-1), that 1-2-10-4-3 Hi-5 Combo returned $38,629.32 for the 20-cent ticket.
That bomb, incidentally, will set the stage for more fireworks on Sunday night, as nobody could solve the Superfecta, which has resulted in a carryover of $4,953.03 to Sunday’s first-race Superfecta.
There are also carryovers in the Pick-6 ($365.41) and Pick-5 (2,629.48) heading into the Sunday festivities.
Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.
(Standardbred Canada with files from Pompano Park)