Pompano Beach, FL — Gold Star Diablo, driven by Wally Hennessey, extended his Pompano Park winning streak to four on Monday night (Nov. 5) with a handy 1:55.1 score in one of the four FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds.
The gifted son of Mysticism was used early and then pressured until the top of the stretch before striding away from his rivals to a 2-3/4 length victory over a game Mister Special T, handled by Mike Simons. Jay Jay, with Dave Ingraham in his sulky, rallied for third ahead of Silver Wings, who pressed the pace early, and Gold Star Flick, who picked up the minor award. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo’s share of the $31,000 purse spiked his career bounty to $90,476 — $28,446 this semester.
It was a bang-bang start in the event with Silver Wings leaving with alacrity then quickly joined by Gold Star Diablo with Mister Special T three wide. At the opening station in :28.2, Gold Star Diablo assumed command from Silver Wings with Mister Special T still on the attack and Silver Wings pressing the pace along the inside. Gold Star Diablo and Mister Special T raced toe-to-toe past the half in :56.4 with the pace non-relenting by the third station in 1:26. In the lane, Gold Star Diablo edged away from Mister Special T to record the win — his 11th lifetime in only 20 starts.
Said Hennessey after the event, “Sometimes you just have to trust your horse that he can take a punch and Gold Star Diablo took a few of them on Monday night. He raced giant — a credit to trainer Mike Deters and his staff.”
Off as the 1-20 favorite, Gold Star Diablo returned $2.10 to win.
Other Stallion Stake winners were Krinda, Jennifer and Dangerous Mood.
Krinda, a splendid daughter of Six Of Diamonds, led gate-to-wire in scoring a 1:56.1 win for Wally Hennessey in the $30,650 event for sophomore pacing fillies. Justifying her 3-5 toteboard status, Krinda led at every pole, carding panels of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before a :27.3 finale sealed the deal over Prairie Easter, handled by Mike Deters, with Priaire Foolish, with Jim Meittinis handling the lines, next. Starcasim and Diamond Eyes completed the roster.
Hennessey remarked after the event, “We were fortunate to get a very nice second quarter breather. When we got to the half, I was pretty confident we could get home. She didn’t disappoint me.”
Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Krinda earned her third win of the year in five starts, good for $25,637 this year and $76,976 career-wise. Krinda paid $3.40 to win.
Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, earned her first win of the year in three starts in the non-wagering $28,500 Stallion Stake for trotting fillies, hitting the wire in a lifetime best 1:59.2, annihilating her former mark of 2:03.4. Driven by Mike Simons for owners Kim and Jay Sears, Jennifer burst off the wings at the start and carded panels of :30.3, 1:00 and 1:29.3 before hitting the line 3-1/2 lengths ahead of I Rhoda Daley, driven by Hennessey. I Rhoda Daley, looking to extend her winning skein at Pompano Park to five, made a slight miscue leaving but made a recovery to earn the place honors. Cookie, with Jay Sears in her sulky, finished third over Ms Katie B.
Finally, Dangerous Mood, trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, wired his foes in a lifetime best 1:58.2 in the $27,000 Stallion Stake for colts and geldings, scoring by 3-3/4 lengths for Dave Ingraham. Captain Thomas, threatened the eventual winner at mid-stretch but made a miscue to lose all chance at victory. Brian was a distant third for Mike Deters.
The gelded son of Proud Bushy, who took a 2:01.1 mark last year at Pompano, scored his first win of the year in five starts with his win and sent his earnings this year to $20,550. That event, too, was a non-wagering event.
In the $10,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares, the invader Bucklegirl Bobette, driven by Wally Hennessey, made her first start in six weeks a winning one, scurrying around the Pompano oval in 1:53.3.
Taking the lead off the wings before yielding, the 5-year-old daughter of Duneside Perch made a second bold move heading into the second turn and went on to pin a 1-1/4 length defeat on Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons. Watts Was I Drinkin, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished third while Galarine finished fourth. Little Joke was next in the classy sextet.
Trained by Rob Rittof for owner Hart Walker, Bucklegirl Bobette score her 10th win of the year in 23 starts, good for $67,338. She’s banked 180,348 career-wise. Off at 2-5, Bucklegirl Bobette returned $2.80 to win.
Racing continues on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m. and a carryover in the Super Hi-5 of $8,819.32.