Pompano Beach, Florida…November 26, 2018…Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line.
The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie.
Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning drives in the events with drivers Jim Meittinis and Mike Simons taking one each.
Here is a recap of the Breeders Stake festivities in South Florida.
$49,200 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (non-betting)
Kerry B, a slick looking daughter of Muscle Mass, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owner-husband Jay, took command early on from post one and wired together panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:31.3 before sealing the issue with a :30 finale to hit the wire in 2:01.3, scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over another Sears trainee, Proud Sophie. Crown Bushy suffered from a miscue early and finished third in the trio.
The win was number five on the season for Kerry B and pushed her seasonal bounty to $49,447 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 2:00.4.
$52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS
Prairie Gem, a sharp looking gelded son of Shibboleth Hanover, took this event in a lifetime best 1:59.2 for Jim Meittinis, who was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Fritz Racing, Laurie Poulin and Fred Morosini.
Prairie Gem was away alertly from his post two and led every step of the event through fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3, hitting the line three-parts-of-a-length to the good of another Deters trainee–Prairie Shibby. Yet another entrant on the Deters roster was third, that being Prairie Arrow. Damian Hall and Savin Park completed the roster.
The winner now sports a scorecard of 4-1-0 in his five career starts, good for $49,150.
$51,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TORTTING FILLIES (non-betting)
Jennifer, driven by Mike Simons, used her rail post position to perfection, out-rushing arch-rival I Rhoda Daley at the start to prevail by a length over that opponent in 2:00.1, off panels of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3.
The daughter of Proud Bushy, trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Jay Sears, earned her second win of the year in only five starts. Ms Katie B and Cookie were next in this quartet of fillies.
For Jennifer, who was second to I Rhoda Daley in the 2017 edition of Super Night, it pushed her career bankroll to $83,928 on the strength of a scorecard reading 4-7-2 in 14 lifetime starts.
$49,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS
Captain Thomas, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, got a picture perfect journey by staking Dangerous Mood through panels of 29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before leaving his cozy pocket to waltz by in the lane and on to a seven length score in a lifetime best
1:58.3 performance. Dangerous Mood did finish second over Brian, who completed the order of finish.
The altered son of Proud Bushy, last year’s Super Night Champion in his two year-old class, defended his crown this year for his sixth win of the year in nine starts, good for $53,187 this year and $86,063 lifetime.
$53,100 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (non-betting)
Krinda, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, pushed the wings of the starting gate out of her way at the start and carded panels of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26 before pulling away from her foes turning for home, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.2..
The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, left Prairie Easter in her wake with Starcasim next after her backside binge brought her close to the saddle pad of the winner around the final bend.
Diamond Eyes and Prairie Foolish were next in this quintet.
The win–Krinda’s ninth lifetime in only 15 starts–pushed her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark–$104,186, to be precise.
$53,900 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS
Gold Star Diablo, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Mike Deters and owner Dan Clements, lived up to his 1 to 20 betting popularity by scoring a handy 1:55.1 win over Jay Jay with Mister Special T third. Gold Star Flick and Silver Wings also earned minor awards in this sextet of sophomores.
Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made a quarter move (:28.2) to the front and wired together subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:26.3 before an effortless :28.3 finale sealed the issue in this Super Night win–his sixth straight this fall season at Pompano Park.
In defending the crown he won as a Super Night champion last year, Gold Star Diablo sent his 2018 bounty to $120,426–$58,396 this semester. He paid
$2.10 to his multitude of backers.
$53,700 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS
Mister Marvalous, a gelded juvenile son of Delmarvalous, gamely held off the serious late charge of longshot (44 to 1) JB’s Boomerang, to score by a neck in 1:55.4.
Driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Kim Sears and owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Mr. Marvalous took charge early and posted fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before his :29 finale was just good enough to hold off JB’s Boomerang, who, himself blazed a final panel in :28.
Prairie Midnight, in the cozy pocked all the way, finished third over Gold Star Yoder, who made a serious bid around the final bend, and Zaza Boy.
In stretching his winning skein to six in an unscathed fall season in South Florida, Mister Marvalous sent his earnings vaulting over the $50,000 mark by $657.
He, too, paid $2.10 to win.
$55,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES
Natasha, a brilliant looking daughter of Six Of Diamonds, survived being roughed up during a bang-bang opening quarter–:27.1–and went on to score
4 3/4 length win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.1, a lifetime best performance.
Given all she could handle in an early three-wide tussle for the front, Natasha went on to card fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before a :28.3 final locked up her championship performance.
Prairie Westerngal was second with Caleb’s Diamond T third. Prairie Cougar finished fourth over Rockin Ellie, who paced a middle half in :56.4 to draw within a length of the leader around the final turn.
For Natasha, trained by Kim Sears for owner Jay Sears, it was her seventh straight win during this fall stakes season, sending her bounty to $67,875 to go along with her new lifetime mark.
Off at a dime-to-a-dollar, Natasha paid $2.20 to win.
Reflecting on his big night, a humble Walter Hennessey remarked, “Credit should go to the people behind the scenes that make this possible–the caretakers, trainers–you know, they are the one’s who work from the darkness before the sun comes up to the darkness at midnight. All I do is try and do the best with the talent they have given me…and I’ve only got a couple of minutes to do it!”
In other pari-mutuel action, with Rick Plano in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, stayed off the hot early pace set by, first, Panocchio (:26.) and, then, by Uncmprmising Z Tam, (:55 and 1:22.4) before unleashing a huge rally late to collar Panocchio (Hennessey) and Dakota Jack (Simons) to score in
1:51.1 in the $10,000 Open I Pace.
The four year-old gelded son of Royal Millennium, co-owned by Deters along with Laurie Poulin, won for the seventh time this year to send his bounty to $68,500. Lifetime, Prairie Panther has 21 wins in 41 starts, good for 186,007.
Uncmprmising Z Tam did finish fourth while Here Comes William completed the two million dollar field.
The winner, off as fourth choice at 7 to 1, paid $17.60 to win.
Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 Jackpot Carryover of
Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.
Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park