Wind Of The North, with Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey handling the lines, trotted the fastest mile in Pompano Park history on Monday night in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot.
The 6-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall, owned by Joann Dombeck along with trainer Jenny Bier, stopped the clock in 1:52.2, eclipsing Southwind Vavoom's time by two-fifths of a second. Striking Ivy, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was second, four lengths back, while Midnite Craze, driven by Ivan Davies, was third, 7 ½ lengths back.
Natural Herbie rallied to finish fourth while Oho Diamond, at the back of the pack for much of the mile, finished fifth in the septet.
Wind Of The North led every long stride of his epic mile, hitting the opening station in :27, lolly-gagging over to the half in :56.2, thwarting any thoughts of challengers during a :27.3 third panel, reaching that station in 1:24, and home in an effortless :28.2.
In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey gave all the credit to the horse saying, "All I did tonight was grab a hold of his lines and let him take me around for the ride.
"I really didn't think he was going that much—he was doing it so effortlessly.
"The conditions were perfect tonight and this trotter proved he can race against the big boys anywhere…he's that good!"
For Wind Of The North, it was his second win of the season in just three starts and 20th triumph career-wise in 75 starts sending his lifetime earnings to $497,308.
As the 1-5 toteboard favorite, Wind Of The North paid $2.60 to his multitude of followers.
Pompano Park's $11,000 Open 2 Trot went to Genius At Work, driven by John MacDonald.
This 5-year-old son of Credit Winner led at every junction, punching the timeclock in :28.1, :57.1 and 1:24.4 along the way before coasting home and stopping the timer in 1:55. Jailhouse Jessica, with Ricky Macomber Jr. handling the mare's lines, finished second, a length away, with Sailer Eddie and Wallis teaming up for third.
The favorite, Jesse's Promise, made a miscue early on but recovered and finished fourth while Winding Hill, on a break of his own around the final turn, eventually finished fifth while earning the nickel.
For Genius At Work, trained by Robert Bencal for Little E LLC, it was his second success of the year in only four starts, good for $11,125. The win also pushed the gelding's lifetime bounty over the $100,000 plateau--$102,547 to be precise. (Pompano Park)