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You\'re Next wins after one-year layoff

June 26, 2008

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You’re Next ($8) made a triumph return to the races Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park exactly one year to the day that he was scratched due to lameness.

The co-track record holder for most consecutive wins at the Isle Pompano Park (13 straight 2006-2007), You’re Next was given a textbook drive by Wally Hennessey. Racing in third for most of the one-mile event, Hennessey waited until the top of the stretch and started to urge You’re Next on and the trotter responded by collaring race leader Manacuda (Walter Ross Jr.) and then passing him by for a 2 1/4-length victory in 1:56.2. Manacuda was second with Toro Bravo (Dan Clements) third.

\"Having been away from racing for one year I didn’t think he was ready for such a big mile,\" said winning driver Hennessey. \"He has come a long way since last year and was super tonight.\"

In 2007 You’re Next made only six starts with one win before re-injuring a pulled suspensary in his right hind leg for the second time in his career. The first time was in 2006 after winning.

Trained by Fred Cohen for owner Andrew Sassen of Coral Springs, You’re Next is a 6-year-old gelding by Yankee Paco.

\"I’m very pleased with his performance tonight.\" Cohen said. \"I’m also happy for the owner because Andrew and his family had the patience to wait for this horse to heal up for nearly a year before he raced again. He really surprised me tonight being off so long and racing so well. His time tonight of 1:56.2 is only one second off his lifetime mark.\"

Even owner Sassen’s grandmother, 91-year-old Ruth Dunay, was trackside for the horse\'s return to he races.

\"I have never missed one of his (You’re Next) races.\" Dunay said proudly. \"I’m his good luck charm!\"

In the $12,000 Open Trot, the 1-5 overwhelming race favorite, Gale Warning (Hennessey), went offstride at the start and that allowed Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger) to take the early lead with Table Wine (Dan Clements) sitting right on their backs.

But Hennessey was able to get Gale Warning back on stride and in contention, coming first-over at the half-mile marker but to no avail as the trotter broke stride again at the three-quarter pole.

This paved the way for Clements and Table Wine to pull out from the pocket trip, move right up along Guy Gets Girl and pass them by for a three-quarter-length triumph in 1:56. Terminator Hall (Jim McDonald) closed well to be second with Guy Gets Girl third.

It was the fifth win this year for Table Wine, a 7-year-old gelding by Muscles Yankee who is trained by Terry Merriman and is owned by Robin Merriman of Pompano Beach. (Pompano Park)

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