Wally Hennessey

Wally Hennessey  (Dr)                     

Coconut Creek FL

Birthplace:  Charlottetown PEI

Birthdate:  (10/04/56)


Wally Hennessey grew up in a harness racing family, following his father and two older brothers in the sport.  His first pari-mutuel win came at age 18, in 1974, and he developed into a fine horseman, becoming top driver in The Maritimes (USTA District 10) from 1980-1985 and gathering praise as Exhibition Park’s leading driver in 1986 at Saint John, New Brunswick.


Warren DeSantis. Past General Manager for Saratoga, seeing Wally’s great potential, asked Wally to give Saratoga a try. Wally made a one-month commitment in 1987 and has been a summer time regular ever since.


Wally came to Saratoga with wife Barbara in 1987 and immediately commandeered a spot among the best catch-drivers with a first season UDR. Of .342.  His 1,500th career win came in June of 1988, and in 1989 he won the Dunbar Bostwick Final with Shagnasty’s Scot.  Wally’s 2,000th career win came on June 24, 1990 at Vernon Downs behind Joel Greenfield’s Deadly Force.   He won his 3,500th career win at Saratoga May 21, 1995 with Justasteve.   His earnings has surpassed the million-dollar mark in 1990,  which was the first of many to come.


Wally was the leading driver at Saratoga from 1987-1995.


Wally held title of most wins (7) on a single program for NYSS at Buffalo.in 1992.  Wally has won many top stake races across the United States. Wally and brother Danny, who now trains the Hennessey stable, typically stay at Saratoga from May through October each year. Wally was inducted into the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2014 he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and competed in the Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Trotting Track in Dublin, Ireland.


Driving Record:

 Year Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  UDR  Starts 
 2014 564  96  102  68  .311  $754,978 
 2013 744 145  91  94  .305  $1,015,335 
 2012 1393  254  236  195  .323  $1,767,875 
 2011 1116  237  191  147  .351  $1,258,201 



Wally Hennessey
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