Waiting On A Woman, "handicapped” with the outside, number nine post once again, dominated his competition by scoring an ever-so-easy victory in Pompano Park's Open I trot on Wednesday night.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Northern Bailey, driven by Wally Hennessey, took control of the festivities as the Hummer starting gate closed its wings, clocked comfortable fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27 and coasted home untouched in :28.1 to stop the timer in 1:55.1.
Actually, Waiting On A Woman was waiting for two women--She's All In (Rick Plano) and Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol)--as these mares were next throughout the affair, but Waiting On A Woman left them in his wake in the stretch, the winning margin 2 ½ lengths over She's All In and 3 ¼ over Blushing Hanover. Lugar and My Revenuer picked up the final two awards.
In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey said, "Really, there's not much to say. He's just in great shape right now and, being such a big horse (17 hands), an outside post helps him momentum wise around the first turn.”
An elated trainer Travis Kolaczynski said, "When the gate's wings closed the big guy opened his wings up and flew out of there. It was pretty awesome. I give a lot of credit to his caretaker, Andrea Siegel, who does such a great job with him.
Owned by the New Jennaration LLC, Waiting On A Woman now has won six of seven starts and $29,250 in 2013 to send his lifetime bounty to $104,456. (Pompano)