REO Speedwagon “Take It On The Run” to Mohegan Sun Pocono

Legendary rockers to perform in Keystone Grand Ballroom on October 23rdREO Speedwagon

WILKES-BARRE, PA (July 27, 2015) – Classic Rock icons REO Speedwagon roll into Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 23rd at 8:00pm, bringing their hits to the stage including “Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On The Run” and many more.

Tickets for this show will go on sale on Friday, July 31st for $100.00, $50.00 and $30.00 through Ticketmaster. Customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com, calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000 or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office.

Formed in 1967 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon continues to aspire to give back to their fans. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon has not performed live, thrilling fans with their hit-filled sets.

Over the past nearly five decades, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums and achieved thirteen Top 40 hits, as well as numerous gold and platinum records and international hit singles. Their music continues to be played all over the world today, reflecting their long-term fame and success and incredibly loyal fan base.

Learn more about REO Speedwagon on their website.

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Sparky Mark’s Saturday feature win marks second straight

After adroitly avoiding an offstride Ontario Success early in the backstretch, Sparky Mark, driven by Simon Allard, went on to his second straight victory at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $24,000 featured pace at the mountain oval on Saturday, July 25,  in 1:50.

Ontario Success had put up early numbers of 26.2 and 55.3, with Sparky Mark on his back. Driver Anthony Napolitano kicked out the horse’s earplugs coming off the second turn, but the pacer misreacted and went offstride, moving to the outside as Napolitano looked for clearance and hollered out about his problem. Allard and Joe Pavia Jr., guiding first-over Blatantly Best, reacted well in concert with Napolitano, with Allard going inside the runner and Pavia going wide as Napolitano kept his offstride charge between the pair.

From there, Sparky Mark had it relatively easy, storming home in 54.1-27 individually to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Blatantly Best, who was able to retuck in the pocket after the trouble. The son of Astreos, trained by Simon’s brother Rene, continues to get closer and closer to a seven-figure lifetime bankroll, with his lifetime total now at $953,556.

The other Miller in the spotlight

With other drivers named “Miller” campaigning in the sulky regularly in eastern Pennsylvania, such as Hall of Famer David, Andy, and Brett (combined lifetime win total = 26,618), it might be easy to overlook 26-year-old Marcus Miller as a talented driver who brings in more than his share of longshots, as he proved again Friday night, July 24, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as he rallied Envious Hanover ($68.40) from last to take the $30,000 mares open handicap pace.

Marcus was actually in the pocket the first quarter with the daughter of Western Ideal, as inside-to-out Twin B Elite, Gianna’s Delight, and Request For Parole were three-across arguing the 26.1 opener. Request For Parole finally made the front and put down a “moderate for Pocono” 56 middle half, with Miller and Envious Hanover first staying in and then backing out to follow first-up Scandalicious.

Sixth and last, four lengths back, swinging for home, Envious Hanover improved her position wide, but was still fourth with 100 feet to go; however, her late jet carried her to a nose decision over Gianna’s Delight, rallying from the pocket, with Scandalicious holding gamely for third in the 1:50.1 mile. Brandon Todd trains the winner for A Piece Of The Action LLC.

The victory was the fourth of the meet with a horse paying $50 or more for Marcus Miller; no other driver has more than two. In 2014, he was the only driver to have two horses pay $100 or more at Pocono, and at Philly he had the longest-priced winner of the meet in $158.60 Boozy Suzy.

The fans should be catching on to Marcus Miller soon.

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Week In Review

July 17-23, 2015

Now that we’re in the heart of the 2015 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the schedule provides five nights of racing each week. That means that it’s harder than ever to choose who’s deserving of the Weekly Awards, because there are even more candidates from which to select. But we’re going to take a deep dive anyway and come up with the best of the best from the week that was at Pocono.

PACER OF THE WEEK: CAUTION SIGNS

It’s been a lot of fun to chart the ascendancy of this 5-year-old stallion in 2015. On April 16, he finished third in a $12,500 claimer at Yonkers. That’s when he was claimed by owner/trainer Tracy Brainard, who immediately coaxed better efforts from the horse in New York, as he won two of his next three starts. But that was nothing compared to the run of success he’s put together at Pocono. Since arriving at the end of May, Caution Signs has four wins and two places in six races, all while climbing the highest rungs of the condition ladder.

On July 4, he completed his climb by beating Open pacers in 1:48:4, his third straight win. On Saturday night he took on Open company again and a field that was reduced to four by a couple of scratches. Although that might have seemed like an easy assignment, Caution Signs was dealing with a sloppy track. And, as he took the early lead, he was also dealing with a horse in Scott Rocks who sat the pocket and wouldn’t let him get away to a comfortable margin.

In the stretch, Scott Rocks came out of the pocket full of sound and fury looking to upend the even-money favorite. But no horse wins as consistently as Caution Signs has of late without being more than a little game. The stallion, with Joe Pavia Jr. doing the driving, fought hard to hold on to his lead, eventually winning by a neck in 1:49:4, a blistering time considering the sloppy going. Something tells me you wouldn’t be able to get Caution Signs for $12,500 right now, or maybe even five times that, considering his current hot streak.

Other top pacers this week include: Priceless Edition (Anthony Napolitano, Pierre Paradis), an 11-year-old veteran who cranked out his third straight claiming handicap on Friday night, this one coming in 1:54:4; Union Man Hanover (Andrew McCarthy, Tracy Brainard), who moved up his claiming price on Saturday night to $25,000 and still easily scored his third straight victory, this one in 1:51:4 in the slop; and Request For Parole (Anthony Napolitano, Ron Burke), a mare who followed up a win at The Meadowlands with a victory in Friday night’s featured pace in 1:49:2, the fastest time posted at Pocono this past week.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: AUSPICIOUS HANOVER

When I’m making the morning line odds for some of the top condition races on the card at Pocono, it’s always difficult to assign long odds to horses with strong performance backgrounds. There have to be long shots in every race, of course, so I grit my teeth and hope the public sees it the same way. That’s my way of explaining how a horse as solid as Auspicious Hanover could ever get away at 25-1 like he did on Saturday night.

The 4-year-old gelding from the Chris Oakes barn was coming into the condition trot for non-winners of $22,500 in the last five races, which carried the week’s top trotting purse of $24,000, off a 6th-place finish at Saratoga, but that was in an Open Handicap. Prior to that he had ripped off back-to-back wins at middling prices on the 5/8-mile oval at Harrah’s. Yet he was way back in the betting pecking order, with Madewell Hanover the even-money choice.

None of that mattered once the race started. Driver Kevin Wallis urged Auspicious Hanover to the lead at the quarter in a zippy :26:4. He was able to rate things much more reasonably through the middle portion of the race though, so that Auspicious Hanover didn’t just withstand the late pursuit of Madewell Hanover, but he actually lengthened the lead at the line to 2 ¼ lengths with a winning time of 1:54:1 in the slop. The win payout was $53.20 on a $2 ticket, so those who waded through the talented field to find the merits of this talented gelding were definitely rewarded.

Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Can I Say (Tom Jackson, Douglas Berkeley), a mare who beat the boys in a tough condition race on Saturday night in 1:54:1 in the slop; Demons N Diamonds (Simon Allard, John McDermott), a filly who stepped up in class on Sunday night and ripped off her second straight win, this one in a career-best time of 1:54; and Born To Fight (George Napolitano Jr., Mark Ford), who stepped up in class on Tuesday night to win his second straight condition won, this one coming in 1:55:2 in the slop.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: BLINTZ

This filly made here maiden victory a memorable one on Sunday night, scoring for trainer/driver Bob Krivelin at 55-1, paying off $118 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR.

On Saturday night we honored George Nap for picking up his 7,000th career victory earlier in the week at Harrah’s, and he reminded us of how he reached that milestone by winning the night’s first three races.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TRACY BRAINARD

Brainard’s efficiency at Pocono has been off the charts in recent weeks, and two more victories on Saturday continued that torrid training streak.

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 Breathes New Life into the Online Gaming Industry

Introducing MoheganSunCasino.com and Play4Fun Network

UNCASVILLE, CT (Jul. 22, 15) – Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, operator of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania and managers of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, is bringing its ‘Full of Life’ way of gaming to the digital realm. MoheganSunCasino.com is the newest, most sophisticated, real money online casino that will enable people located in New Jersey over the age of 21 to experience the exciting atmosphere the brand generates, from wherever their heart desires.

“The MTGA is thrilled to launch what we believe has raised the bar in online gaming and stays true to our commitment to luxury, leisure and best-in-class practices,” said  Bobby Soper, President of the MTGA. “Our goal is for MoheganSunCasino.com to become the premier online destination for both serious gamers and those who simply want to relax and have fun. With the launch of MoheganSunCasino.com and the Play4Fun Network, the MTGA proves to be a leading force within the online gaming space.”

Both platforms demonstrate MTGA’s all-encompassing dominance in the gaming industry by building a presence beyond its brick and mortar casinos. MoheganSunCasino.com will offer a unique online platform with a sleek, inviting user interface. Key features of MoheganSunCasino.com will include VIP rewards and incentives to newly-registered account members. Players will have a chance to obtain up to a $1,000 first deposit offer, a loyalty tier match, offline comp dollar earnings and a daily spin wheel for an opportunity to win cash, prizes and one-night stays at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

MoheganSunCasino.com is the latest example of our commitment to partnering with the world’s most trusted and respected brands to deliver the best gaming possible to our players,” said Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun property. “We are excited to continue our venture into the iGaming world and introduce MoheganSunCasino.com as one of our online casino websites, offering top-notch features the world has come to know from Mohegan Sun.”

In addition to MoheganSunCasino.com, the brand partnered with Scientific Games to construct a customized social casino platform, entitled the Play4Fun Network, anchored by the same player-favorite games found on the casino floor. It provides free-play access to games already enjoyed on the casino floor. This new social network combined with the online gaming site will demonstrate world-class gaming that only Mohegan Sun can guarantee.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORITY

The Authority is an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, or the Tribe, a federally-recognized Indian Tribe with an approximately 544-acre reservation situated in south eastern Connecticut. The Authority has been granted the exclusive authority to conduct and regulate gaming activities on the existing reservation of the Tribe, including the operation of Mohegan Sun, a gaming and entertainment complex located on a 185-acre site on the Tribe’s reservation. Through its subsidiary, Downs Racing, L.P., the Authority also owns and operates Mohegan Sun Pocono, a gaming and entertainment facility located on a 400-acre site in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. MTGA also manages Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.  More information about the Authority and its properties can be obtained by visiting mohegansun.com, mohegansunpocono.com, resortsac.com or mtga.com.