Country Music Superstar Trace Adkins to Perform at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Artist to bring boot-stomping hits to Keystone Grand Ballroom on November 13th

Trace AdkinsGrammy®-nominated megastar Trace Adkins brings his trademark baritone singing voice and Country music hits to Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Friday, November 13th at 8:00pm.

Tickets for this show will go on sale on Friday, September 4th for $80.00, $40.00 and $25.00 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.

Adkins has powered countless songs to the top of the Country music charts, including the Number One hits “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone” and “Just Fishin’.” Additionally, ten of his eleven studio albums have received gold or platinum certification in the United States and he had sold over ten million albums including 2005′s Songs About Me, which was certified 2x Multi-Platinum for shipping two million copies alone.

Adkins, a television personality, actor, author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and American Red Cross, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has performed in seven USO Tours to help boost the morale of American service members and their families. In 2007, he penned an autobiography entitled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck, which recounts the former oil-rigger’s rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. In 2008, his integrity and wry humor served him well as a finalist on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and prepared him for his return in 2013, on behalf of the American Red Cross, in which he was crowned winner. Adkins has also served as a panelist on Hollywood Squares and Pyramid, as the voice for Elvin on King of the Hill and in voice-overs for various television commercials. He has appeared in numerous films including The Lincoln Lawyer and Moms’ Night Out, developed and hosted Great American Country TV’s Great American Heroes and has hosted the American Country Awards for four consecutive years.

Learn more about Trace Adkins on his website.

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George Napolitano Jr. chalks up second month of 100 wins

How do you follow-up on a month when you win 100 races?

Well, if you’re George Napolitano Jr., you go out the next month and win 105.

Having won 100 races in the month of July while racing exclusively at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia, the leading driver at both tracks went out and even topped his previous month by winning 105 races in August, capped by seven winners on the month’s “closing day” (both tracks are closed Monday.)

The actual “consecutive double century” milestone came at Harrah’s on Sunday afternoon when “George Nap” won the sixth race with Reggiano. Appropriately, the winner came from the barn of Gil Garcia-Herrera, Philly’s leading trainer and a regular customer for Napolitano’s services. (#99, Lispatty, also came from under Gil’s shedrow.)

The Reggiano victory was the middle of three on the afternoon for George; he then went to Pocono and added four more, including another for Garcia-Herrera. For the month, Napolitano won 50 times at Chester and 55 at Pocono.

Napolitano, 49, didn’t start driving until the relatively-advanced age of 26, but he has certainly made up for lost time, with 7167 career victories. His victory with the sophomore trotting filly Sistas, against males and older horses, on Saturday assured him of his sixth straight year with 500 or more wins, starting in 2010 when he won the North American title with 748 visits to Victory Lane.

Napolitano has a huge lead in the current Pocono stands, and should he remain atop the Pocono pack until season’s end, he will earn his ninth dashwinning title at the northeast Pennsylvania mountain oval — breaking his current share of the record of eight titles that he co-holds with Bill Lambertus.

George’s brother Anthony is the third-leading driver at Pocono, and fans frequently see a “Nap-Nap” photo finish. In fact, on Sunday evening George won the fourth race with True Hero by a nose over Anthony and Scootchie; Anthony “returned the favor” in race 10 by teaming with Magic Tricks to hang a head loss on George and the horse Vengeance.

Bigtown Hero scores Saturday night feature

Bigtown Hero, who already has two appearances on the sport’s all-time list of “horse who have hit the 3/4s in 1:20 or better,” missed by a tick becoming the only horse ever with three such appearances, winning the $24,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, August 29th.

Bigtown Hero, an altered son of American Ideal, certainly didn’t have it easy, either — he was outside with cover until favored Bandolito cleared Bushwacker past a 26 opener, then rolled up raw to grab the top early on the second turn, en route to hitting the half in 53.1.

Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for trainer/brother/Pocono leader Rene, opened up lengths on Bandolito down the backstretch, with Bushwacker taking other crack outside, but both were well-behind when the timer tripped at 1:20.1 with a quarter to ago. Bandolito ate fractionally into the winner’s lead late, but was still shy of him by 3/4 of a length at the finish, with Quick Jolt coming from the clouds for third, a half length behind Bandolito and a length ahead of Bushwacker.

Allard Racing Inc. and Yves Sarrazin own the speed merchant, who hit the 3/4 in 1:19.4 last September 20 here en route to taking his mark of 1:47.3, and then on November 8 posted the fastest half (52.2) and 3/4s (1:19.1) in 5/8-mile track history before tiring in a race where Mach It So beat State Treasurer in 1:48. Both of these miles were also at Pocono.

Also at Pocono Saturday were a pair of $24,000 trots. Wind Of The North, an altered son of Cantab Hall who equaled a division world record of 1:51 here last year, needed only 1:53.3 Saturday to report home first for trainer Daryl Bier, co-owner with Joann Dombeck; in the other division the Andover Hall filly Sistas, 3-for-3 in Stallion Series competition, handled a big class rise, a predominantly male field, and a predominantly older field in 1:55 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owners Albert and Michelle Crawford. (Napolitano, who had 100 wins in July, won three times here Saturday to put him at 98 for August, with sessions at both Philly and Pocono tomorrow possibly letting him achieve a rare “consecutive double century” of winners; the win with Sistas was also his 500th of 2015).

Two score twice in PA Sire Stakes action

Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night, August 26th, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan’s School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.

The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo’s, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.

The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and “Bucky” threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.

The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.

“Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton to Perform at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Legendary entertainer to perform in Keystone Grand Ballroom on November 7thWayne Newton

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 24, 2015) – One of the best-known entertainers in the world, Wayne Newton, brings his incredible talent and showmanship to Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 7th at 8:00pm.

Tickets for this show will go on sale on Friday, August 28th for $80.00, $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.

With a career lasting over seventy years and 165 albums, Wayne is a favorite among his legion of fans and is one of the most widely acclaimed and honored entertainers in history. He has performed all over the world to more than 40 million people with hits like “Heart,” “Danke Schoen,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Summer Wind” and “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.”

Wayne had many mentors in the early years of his career, including Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, George Burns and Jack Benny. After working as an opening act for Jack Benny in Las Vegas, Wayne was awarded the opportunity to headline his own show, and broke the hotel’s attendance records beginning opening night. He has since been synonymous with Las Vegas and is often called “Mr. Las Vegas.” Wayne was also bestowed the first star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame in 2004.

In addition to bringing his charisma and talent to over 25,000 audiences in Las Vegas, Wayne has had a successful career on the big screen including hits such as “Vegas Vacation,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “License To Kill” and more. His television acting credits include “Bonanza,” NBC’s “Las Vegas,” “According to Jim,” “Kingdom Hospital,” the ABC miniseries “North and South, Book II,” “Roseanne,” “Ellen,” “My Wife and Kids,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Renegade,” “Perfect Strangers,” “LA Law,” and the HBO series “Tales from the Crypt.” In addition, he starred in the highly rated “Wayne Newton’s Las Vegas,” on the Travel Channel, has been the focus of the highly acclaimed series “A&E Biography” and featured on the “E! True Hollywood Story.” Wayne’s Las Vegas ranch was also featured in an episode of MTV “Cribs” and on VH-1’s “Celebrity Pets 1 & 2.”

Wayne’s patriotism runs deep, and he has entertained troops in every major confrontation since the Vietnam War. In 2000, Bob Hope and the USO named him the “Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle,” and from 2001 through 2004 he took 16 USO tours overseas.

Learn more about Wayne Newton on his website.

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