Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs Adds Specials To Christmas Holiday

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by offering select dining and spa specials for guests to enjoy this holiday season.

Spa Sapphire will be offering a Holiday Gift Giving special that includes an additional 10% bonus value with a purchase of a Spa Sapphire Gift Card on Sunday, December 7th. For the Holiday Party Package, book a 2-week gel manicure, a specialty hair style and a makeup application and receive a complimentary Aveda Lip Color.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Rustic Kitchen has crafted a special holiday menu including a Seafood Bisque Soup to start, an appetizer of Surf & Turf Spring Rolls – house made spring rolls, one made with beef short ribs & one with shrimp, and for an entrée, the choice of a Roast Pork Tenderloin served with a mushroom herb jus, mashed potatoes & glazed carrots, Stuffed Shrimp with crabmeat served with lemon beurre blanc, mashed potatoes & vegetable or House-made Four Cheese Ravioli in a blush sauce.

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, buy $250.00 or more in Gift Cards and receive 10% back in Bonus Cards! Gift Cards are available until January 17, 2015. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be open regular hours Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Ben & Jerry’s will offer a free topping with your ice cream purchase on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

At Wetzel’s Pretzels, receive free dipping sauce with any pretzel purchase on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

And at Betty & Joe’s, buy a slice of pie or cake and get a medium coffee for $1.00 on Christmas Day.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 87 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

 

 

 

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review

November 7-13, 2014    

Choosing the horses of the year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs used to be a much simpler job. When the racing wasn’t as competitive as it is now, there were usually only a few candidates who would rise above the rest by winning in the same classes week after week, making the choices for the top honors relativeLY easy.

Not anymore. Since Pocono is a destination for the top horses and horsemen in the country, it is extremely difficult for any one horse to dominate a single division. As a result, there are dozens of horses who can make legitimate cases at different times in the year that they are the best of the best at MSPD.

I had a little input into these choices, but most of the research and hard work behind these choices was done by my esteemed colleagues Terri Phalen and Jennifer Starr. It wasn’t easy, but the three winners, in my opinion, are extremely deserving. So, without further ado, here is a look at the 2014 Pocono Horses of the Year.

PACER OF THE YEAR: DANCIN YANKEE

When this six-year-old stallion arrived at Pocono in May, he had already distinguished himself with a big winning streak at Dover and a respectable performance in the Levy series at Yonkers. Trained by Josh Green, he made his presence felt immediately at MSPD with back-to-back wins, including a dominant performance in the $50,000 Van Rose Invitational.

When he returned at the end of June, he was working for the Amber Buter barn. What an auspicious Pocono debut he made for the new connections, winning a $100,000 invitational race with Tyler Buter in the bike in 1:47:2, a winning time which would have broken every record in the book if Sweet Lou hadn’t won the Franklin in 1:47 that same night. Dancin Yankee followed that up with three more no-doubt wins in a row in a Preferred company. Only a monster mile by Bigtown Hero in September kept him from sheer perfection at Pocono for the year, as he finished third to finish with six wins in seven against the very best on the grounds. His success at Pocono was just one part of a brilliant season overall for Dancin Yankee, but it was good enough to capature perhaps the most glamorous year-end award.

TROTTER OF THE YEAR: WIND OF THE NORTH

Wind Of The North, a four-year-old gelding trained by Clifton Green, didn’t waste any time at Pocono in 2014. He picked up a condition win in the season’s first week on his way to wins in four of his five races of the season as he moved up the condition ladder in the spring. That was just his warm-up act, however. On June 28, with David Miller in the bike, he burned his way to a victory in 1:51, setting a new world record for his age group and gender on a 5/8-mile oval in the process.

One thing that Wind Of The North had failed to accomplish in the first half of the season was a win against the Preferred trotters. That all changed when he handled that very group for a victory on September 27. His final tally: ten starts at Pocono in 2014, six wins, two seconds, and a third. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a Trotter of the Year resume for sure.

CLAIMER OF THE YEAR: B J’S RAMEAU

Do you want to know what was impressive about B J’s Rameau’s season at Pocono? Everything, that’s what. The sheer numbers of it are good enough on their own to warrant Claimer of the Year consideration. In 28 races at Pocono this season, the 5-year-old gelding hit the board 17 times and won 11, including a career-best 1:49:1 mile.

Then consider that all of those victories were against the top rung of the claiming ladder at Pocono. Consider that, as a hot claiming commodity, he won his 11 races for eight different trainers. And finally consider that many of those races were claiming handicaps and BJ’s Rameau, because of his high sale price, was often saddled with the outside post, making his record even more impressive. We’ve had a lot of outstanding claimers this year, but they were all toiling in the wake of this gelding.

Next week in this space we’ll be wrapping up the 2014 season for good as we approach closing night on November 22. We’ll be taking a look back at some of the best moments of the year and we’ll also tell you who won the honors among drivers and trainers in terms of wins and percentage. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over, but the three horses we’ve spotlighted here have given us a whole lot to remember come the offseason.

That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.

 

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to Open Elixir Bistro Bar

Located in the hotel lobby, Elixir Bistro Bar will offer guests Starbucks® Coffee, grab-and-go breakfast items, fresh salads, sandwiches and pizza

Wilkes-Barre, PA– Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open its new Elixir Bistro Bar on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Located in the hotel lobby, Elixir Bistro Bar will offer guests Starbucks® Coffee, grab-and-go breakfast items, fresh salads, sandwiches and pizza. Elixir Bistro Bar is owned and operated by Metz Culinary Management, which also operates Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Wolfgang Puck Express within the casino.

“We’re really excited for this new addition to our property and we’re positive that Elixir Bistro Bar will add an excellent new dining and cocktail experience for our guests”, said Mike Bean, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs President and CEO. “We are so pleased to be growing our long-established relationship with Metz Culinary Management.

Elixir Bistro Bar will be joining the other dining destinations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs including Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, Pearl Sushi Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Timbers Buffet, Bar Louie, Wolfgang Puck Express and many more.

“Just steps from your hotel room and gaming entertainment, Elixir Bistro Bar will be a convenient food and beverage destination for hotel guests, conference attendees, casino goers and team members,” said John C. Metz, Executive Chairman for Metz Culinary Management. “As with all of our locations at Mohegan Sun, Elixir Bistro Bar will define itself with exceptional service and freshly made food and beverages.”

The Metz organization has opened eateries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida. In addition to the three restaurants at Mohegan Sun, Metz operates Lucky’s Sporthouse and T.G.I. Friday’s in Wilkes-Barre.

ABOUT METZ CULINARY MANAGEMENT:
Metz Culinary Management’s restaurant division includes 11 T.G.I. Friday’s in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Wolfgang Puck Express and Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun, two Krispy Kreme locations in western Pennsylvania, and Lucky’s Sporthouse. In addition to operating the restaurant division, Metz provides dining and environmental management services for over 200 contract management accounts in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public and independent schools, colleges, long-term care facilities, corporate offices and manufacturing facilities. Metz is a family-driven company that collaborates with its clients to deliver restaurant-inspired hospitality to each and every guest. Food Management Magazine named Metz one of the Top 20 Management Companies in the U.S. and one of the Top 5 Firms to Watch. For more information on Metz Culinary Management, visit www.metzculinary.com

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 87 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

Mach It So Shatters World Record in Open Handicap Pace at Pocono

November 8, 2014

Mach It So rallied from the pocket to win Saturday night’s featured $35,000 Open Handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and did so in world-record time.

Leaving from post position #4 in a field of six as a 7-1 shot, Mach it So (Mach Three-Beach Dancer), a 4-year-old gelding from the PJ Fraley barn, left well for driver Andrew McCarthy and then sat the pocket as Bigtown Hero cut out blistering fractions of :25:2, :52:2, and 1:19:1. Those numbers proved unsustainable for the 4-5 favorite, and Mach It So rallied in the stretch through the inside passing lane to hold off State Treasurer by a half-length. Wake Up Peter finished 3rd.

The winning time of 1:48 broke the world record for four-year-old pacing geldings on a 5/8-mile oval of 1:48:1, which was set in July of 2013 at Pocono by Live On and matched later in the year at the track by Dynamic Youth.

Owned by Bamond Racing, Mach It So won for the eighth time in 21 races in 2014. It was his 18th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $601,039.

Jenny McCarthy Brings Dirty Sexy Funny to Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs

Join McCarthy and a cast of outrageously hilarious female comedians for a night of raw, uncut comedy

WHAT:  
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomes Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny to the Keystone Grand Ballroom for a not-so-typical comedy show on January 24th.

WHEN:
Friday, January 24, 2015
Keystone Grand Ballroom
8:00pm

IN DETAIL:
Things get hilariously risqué when Dirty Sexy Funny featuring Jenny McCarthy and Friends comes to the Keystone Grand Ballroom on Friday, January 24th. This scandalous comedy highlights the life of a contemporary woman, from single motherhood to casual sex.

McCarthy will be joined on stage by an all-female slate of stand-up comedians including Paula Bel, April Macie, Lynne Koplitz and Tammy Pescatelli. This mixture of hilarious women will shed some much-needed light on what it’s really like to be a woman – the good, the bad, the ugly and the funny.

Tickets are $50.00 and $35.00 and $50.00 tickets must be purchased in multiples of two. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchases at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Box Office. Guests must be 21 or over to attend.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 87 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.