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Racing Luck Gifts Boli A Victory

Published: May 10, 2018 2:14 pm ET

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As Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Sometimes, you need a little extra luck to reach the winner's circle."

That was the case on Wednesday night (May 9) as Boli inherited a win in Pompano Park's trotting feature.

The six-year-old gelded son of Kadabra looked to be in a hopeless situation turning for home, but took full advantage of the leader's miscue once they straightened away. Boli went on to score a one-length win over Thundercrest (driven by Dave Ingraham) in 1:55.2.

Cashahallic (John Moody), the longest shot on the board, finished third while Railee Workable finished fourth. Up The Alley, who finished fifth in the classy sextet, paid the price for the aforementioned miscue in the lane.

Indeed, it was Up The Alley, handled by Corey Braden and starting from the coveted Post 5, who out-sprinted the field as Boli, leaving from Post 4, settled in the garden spot.

Up The Alley took the field through panels of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.3 and began sprinting away around the final bend, opening up a three and a half-length lead once they turned for home. But, suddenly, Up The Alley went up in the air and Boli took full advantage of the prolonged miscue and waltzed on to the victory.

In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "Sometimes you need a little extra luck to reach the winner's circle and, tonight, we had that little bit of extra luck.

"I really didn't think we were going to beat the leader (Up The Alley) turning for home but, Boli took advantage and that was that. You know, Boli is by a world champion (Kadabra) and out of a world champion (Pizza Dolce) so he's always going to give a good account of himself. He's has inherited a lot of his sire's and dam's great traits."

Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli evened up his scorecard at 3-3-3 from 10 starts, good for $31,160 this year and $265,824 lifetime.

Sent off as the 3-5 tote-board favourite, Boli returned $3.40 to win.

Trainer John Mungillo had a hat trick on Wednesday night as Prince Of Fame ($4.40), Roll With Faith ($2.60) and Gold Star Sonata ($5.80) all reached the winner's circle.

Prince Of Fame, owned by Amante Standardbreds, was driven by Corey Braden; Roll With Faith, owed by Mungillo along with Finish Line Investors and Lawrence Willer, had the driving services of Dave Ingraham, who also drove Papiernik's Gold Star Sonata to victory.

Pompano racing will continue Sunday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m.

(Pompano Park)

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