GRITTY performer Boli, again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honours in Pompano Park’s Open Handicap Trot last night.
The determined five-year-old returned to the winners’ circle for the 13th time this season when he stopped the timer in 1:54.2 – equalling his best mark established during Pompano Park’s winter-spring meeting.
Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano found a seam late to finish second three-parts-of-a-length away, while Stemilt Touch, with John MacDonald in his bike, next after a garden journey most of the way.
At the outset, Stemilt Touch, fresh off a lifetime best 1:54.1 win the week prior, left with alacrity to take the early lead, only yielding to Boli at the opening station in 28 seconds.
Once on top, Boli took the field halfway home in :57.1 with an identical :57.1 final half awaiting the competition.
Onto the final bend, Andy Santeramo sent Bob’s Hope to engage the leader, but Boli grudgingly held off his challenge in the lane and then withstood Sooo Handsome’s belated bid.
“I can’t say enough about this horse. To remain at the top of his game week after week after week is amazing,” Hennessey said. “He might not win every week, but he sure gives his all every start.
“Tonight, when Andy’s (Santeramo) trotter (Bob’s Hope) looked him in the eye, he looked right back at him!”
Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli has a 13-5-5 scorecard from 28 starts this term,
Boli’s overall record sits at $234,664 thanks to 28 wins from 76 starts.
- JOHN BERRY