Nichols, NY — Wally Hennessey reached seventh heaven on the five-eighths-mile oval at Tioga Downs Sunday (Aug. 2). He posted seven winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Fernado.
In the feature, Catcha Lefty A (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Fernado ($4.00) came first-over from fourth and scurried past Catcha Lefty A as they went by the stands for the first time. Fernado led to the half in :56.
The first to make a move was Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) going down the backstretch. He sputtered first-over and forced a three-wide move by Red Dirt Rocknroll (Renaldo Morales III) as Fernado led to three-quarters in 1:24.
As they made the turn for home Red Dirt Rocknroll moved into second and came charging at Fernado, but he dug in and held on to win in 1:53.2. Red Dirt Rocknroll had to settle for second place money while Jet Blue Miracle finished third.
Fernado is a 6-year-old gelding by Delmarvalous. He is owned and trained by Jim McDonald. It was win number six of 2020. He now owns 19 career victories.
Hennessey’s other wins came with Jurgen Hanover ($4.20), Money Earned ($3.60), Rock Star Melinda ($3.60), Court’s N Session ($6.00), Mach West ($5.80) and Mister Marvalous ($8.50).
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (Aug. 8) starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.