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Hennessey one shy of 6,000

June 12, 2004

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Wally Hennessey moved to within one victory of 6,000 wins with a trio of victories, including two features, at Pompano Park Friday night (June 11).

Amethyst remained unbeaten with her second straight win in the Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace Friday (June 11) at Pompano Park, scoring a three-length triumph in 1:54.3 with Hennessey in the bike.

Hennessey brushed Amethyst to the lead before the :57.2 half and then held the field at bay to the three-quarters in 1:26.2 and cruised home an easy winner. Ms Bossy Pants (John Kakley) was second and Allamerican Fancy (Stephan Lareau) finished third.

The Florida-bred daughter of Miami Mogul is trained and co-owned by Rod Lorenzo with the Keisers Oberman Stables of Deerfield Beach.

Hennessey then captured the 10th race $8,000 Open Handicap Trot with Midgie in 1:57.3, his third win of the night and his 5,999th career win.

Harness driver Walter Ross, Jr. was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after an accident in the fourth race pace. Gora Hot Patron and driver Wally Hennessey, avoiding a piece of equipment on the track at the three-quarter mile pole while on the lead, made a break and pulled up. That caused a chain-reaction pile-up as Adara Fiddle and John Kakaley ran up on Gora Hot Patron and Fulmar Red (Walter Ross, Jr.) ran up on Adara Fiddle. Both Ross and Kakaley were thrown on the track. Kakaley was able to continue driving and Ross was taken by ambulance to the hospital for x-rays. Both horses escaped without injuries.
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