Hennessey, Pavia nearing driving milestones
January 18, 2012
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The countdown is on towards major milestones for two of the longest serving and most successful reinsman at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Joe Pavia Jr. is less than 20 wins away from reaching 5,000 lifetime driving wins. Hailing from Utica, NY, and now making home at Jenkins Township, PA and Pompano seasonally for racing campaigns at Pocono Downs and in Florida, Pavia is also still very active as a double duty horseman with 586 lifetime training wins to his credit for purses of almost $7 million. Going into the third weekend of January at Pompano, Pavia had amassed 4,982 lifetime winning drives for almost $32 million in career driving purses.
Wally Hennessey will soon join an elite club as one of the first 25 drivers in history to reach the 8,000-win plateau. The 56 year old reinsman from Charlottetown, PEI, is well into his third decade of competition at Pompano and stands at 7,979 career wins for almost $54 million in purse earnings. Hennessey was a 2006 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame And Museum at Goshen, NY on the strength of his years of domination on the New York Sires Stakes trail and as the driving partner of legendary trotting mare Moni Maker, the 1998 and 1999 USTA/USHWA Horse Of The Year. (The Isle Pompano Park)