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Hennessey says track lucky

October 25, 2005
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Horseman Wally Hennessey said Pompano Park sustained damage, but was extremely lucky as no horses or people were injured by the fierce winds of Hurricane Wilma.



Hennessey, who lives in Coconut Creek, about five miles northwest of Pompano Park, said he went to the track after the storm cleared through Monday afternoon.



"I'd say 60 to 70 percent of the barn roofs are damaged," said Hennessey, "but the cement structures stayed in place."



Hennessey said that to his knowledge no horses or people were injured at the track. Many caretakers stayed in their dorm rooms on the track's backstretch.



The track's paddock area sustained quite a bit of damage. "The paddock judge's office is gone, and all the windows in the drivers' room were blown out and it is caved in," Hennessey said.



Windows were also blown out of the track's grandstand building, he said.



Hennessey was outside cleaning up his yard when reached by harnessracing.com. "We're ok," he said of the damage at his own home. "We've lost tiles on our roof, and the screening out back is down. Next door our neighbors lost every single tile on their roof."



Hennessey said there are "more trees down than up," and power lines are down everywhere. He was without electricity at his home and said estimates are that 95 to 98 percent of Broward County is without power.



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