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Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review

Friday, August 30th, 2013

August 23-29, 2013

The kids are going back to school, real football is about to be played, and my tan, what there was of it, has long since faded. That can only mean that the summer months are winding down and, as Bob Seger once sang, autumn’s closin’ in. Still, there is no let-up whatsoever in the racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as was evident in the racing week just gone past. So let’s celebrate the finest performers of the last four racing nights by handing out the Weekly Awards.

PACER OF THE WEEK: BLISSFULL DREAMER

It’s difficult to sustain a long winning streak in the sport of harness racing, even for a horse who stays in the same class. That’s because staying in the same class doesn’t necessarily mean facing the same field week after week, as hot horses could be moving up from lower classes while horses used to facing tougher competition might be dropping down. Add to that the vagaries of post position week to week, racing luck, and the simple possibility of an off week, and you can see why a four-race winning streak like the one Blissfull Dreamer was riding heading into her race on Friday night is such an achievement.

Blissfull Dreamer has been sharp all year long as a 4-year-old mare, coming into her battle with the $12,500 distaff claimers on Friday with victories in 11 of 24 races on the season. She has shown the ability to come from off the pace in past races, but, with an inside post on Friday, she was sent to the lead early on by driver Ron Pierce to control the pace.

Her fifth straight victory wasn’t destined to be an easy win, however, as long shot Fire In The Night made a strong move in the stretch. Blissfull Dreamer, trained by Rene Allard, had the ultimate answer though, digging in late to win by a neck in 1:53:1. That makes it five in a row, the longest winning streak at Pocono this season, one that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Other top pacers this week: Ultimate Beachboy (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who won a showdown with fellow Super Stakes Saturday winner Jonny Rock by a nose in Saturday night’s featured condition pace in 1:50; Rick’s Crossroads (Matt Kakaley, Brewer Adams), whose victory over a field of $10,000 claimers on Saturday night in 1:51:3 was his third straight at Pocono and fourth in a row overall; and Power Pach Hanover (Andy Miller, John Cancelliere), a 3-year-old filly who now has three wins in a row at Pocono after her condition victory on Tuesday night in 1:50:4.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: FLASHBACKS

This 4-year-old stallion from the Wendy Chellis barn fell into a bit of a rut when he arrived from Tioga in June, struggling to make much of a mark against the tougher condition trotters on the grounds. The light switched on when he dropped down into a condition for non-winners of $11,000 in the last five races on August 9. As a 9-1 shot he made a strong first over move and scored an upset win in a career-best 1:53:1.

Flashbacks was back at it again on Friday night in the same class, yet he was still given a tepid chance from the fans as a 7-2 third choice. This time around driver Drew Chellis decided to send his trotter to the front early, reaching the quarter in a rapid time which seemed to augur trouble for Flashbacks if he couldn’t pace himself a little better.

But Drew Chellis rated the horse masterfully through the middle portion of the race, conserving energy for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Flashbacks was still itching to go, and he powered home for a second consecutive win, this one in 1:54:3. With two straight impressive wins, this trotter with a name that suggests a dive back into the past is definitely looking ahead to a bright future.

Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: From Above (Andrew McCarthy, Mark Silva), who won the week’s featured condition trot on Saturday night in 1:54; Ballet Slippers (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), a filly who now has three straight wins, the last two coming at Pocono, after a condition victory on Friday night in 1:57:1; and Bloomfieldcantifly (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), a mare who ripped off her second straight claiming handicap win on Tuesday night, this one coming in 1:56:1.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: FLIGHT EXEC

Despite back-to-back wins coming into the race, Flight Exec, with Kevin Wallis driving, was a 23-1 shot when he upended a field of $25,000 claimers on Saturday nightand paid out $48.20 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY NAPOLITANO

Anthony has been a steady presence in the drivers’ standings all year long, but he’s really been picking up the pace of late, as evidenced by a driving triple on Tuesday night.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TONY ALAGNA

Alagna sent a pair of 2-year-olds to the gate on Tuesday night, and both Status Quo and Some Playa, came away with convincing victories.

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.

Free Beer Keeps Flowing At Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The popular Player’s Club promotion to continue indefinitely

At the start of summer, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs announced that free draft beer would be offered throughout the season to Player’s Club members using their Player’s Club card while enjoying their favorite games. Due to its success, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is excited to announce that the free beer promotion will continue to flow indefinitely.

Beers on draft include Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Light and Labatt Blue. To be eligible, Player’s Club members need to be playing one of the more than 2,300 slots machines or 80 table games at the property with their Player’s Club card.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs encourages responsible drinking. If guests of the casino need a ride, BarHoppers will drive them and any guests in their own car to a destination of their choice. Distance-based fees apply.

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 is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 82 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.inpa (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 Appoints Director of Hotel Operations and Director of Sales & Catering

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Timothy Athey, Director of Hotel Operations

Ahead of the opening of their new 238-room hotel and Convention Center this fall, Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Meeks as the new Director of Sales and Catering and name Timothy Athey as Director of Hotel Operations.  

In his role, Athey will direct all aspects of hotel operations for the property’s new, seven-story, 238-room hotel which is set to open later this fall.   

Athey has worked for Mohegan Sun for more than a decade having started at Mohegan Sun’s flagship property back in 1998 as a Barback. Most recently, Athey was the Guest Services Manager for Mohegan Sun’s 1,200-room hotel in Connecticut.

Charles Meeks, Director of Sales and Catering

Charles Meeks, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ new Director of Sales and Catering, will oversee all aspects of convention and meetings business, catering, banquets and special events for the new 17,000 square-foot Convention Center.

Meeks has been in the hospitality business for more than 30 years, beginning his career in El Paso, Texas where he held various positions including Director of the West Texas Film Commission and then Director of the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau. After a more than 20 year career in El Paso, he moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico, where he worked in sales with the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino and then as General Manager for two area hotels.

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 is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 82 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.inpa (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.

2 Year Old Filly Cooler Schooner Trots to New World Record

Monday, August 26th, 2013

August 21, 2013

It was clear sailing for the freshman filly trotter Cooler Schooner in the 4th and final division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. With John Campbell at the helm, the daughter of Broadway Hall-Pine Schooner breezed through panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.2 before stopping the teletimer in an eye-popping 1:51.3 to win by 1 ½ lengths. Shake It Cerry finished a fast closing second after going a long first-over trip in the $66,446 event. The new world record holder – for any size track –  is trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pa.

The first division of the night was captured by Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) in 1:55.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Cantab Hall filly is owned by Brittany Farms, Versailles, Kentucky.  Struck By Lindy followed first over cover up the backside and took the lead for good at the three-quarter pole to take the second division, worth $66,846, drawing off by 3 ½ lengths in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller. The Explosive Matter daughter is owned by Melvin Hartman, R A W Equine Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC and trained by Richard Norman. In the third division, A Perfect Gem, piloted by Marcus Miller led from start to finish to record her third win-a-row for trainer Erv Miller. Paymaq Racing, Louis Willinger and Daniel Plouffe are the owners of the Yankee Glide filly, who now has seasonal earnings of $113,907.

Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs Expand Their Nightlife Venues

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Breakers After Dark and M Bar offer exciting new nightlife options 

Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs is excited to announce all-new nightlife enhancements to their property with the addition of Breakers After Dark and M Bar. Both Breakers After Dark and M Bar will join a collection of restaurants and venues that reinforce Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ standing as one of the most distinctive entertainment destinations in Pennsylvania.   

Breakers After Dark is the newest evolution of Breakers; Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ signature hotspot. Starting August 29th, every Thursday night beginning at 10:00pm, Breakers will transform into an all-new nightclub where the hottest DJ’s energize the night until 2:00am. With a curtain enclosing the space to make a more intimate atmosphere, Breakers After Dark will pulse with cutting edge music, enhanced lighting, custom video and bottle service to create northeast Pennsylvania’s newest, exclusive nightlife experience. DJ’s for the first two weeks are DJ Fish and K-Mack who will kick things off beginning at 10:00pm.    

The cover charge for Breakers After Dark is $10.00 and is waived for all guests on opening night, August 29th. Reservations for tables and bottle service can be made by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA.

Before dancing the night away at Breakers After Dark, guests can enjoy a drink at M Bar, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ newest meeting spot. M Bar offers guests a place to get comfortable on one of their six swivel stools, grab one of the variety of drinks they offer, meet with friends and even watch their favorite sports on the flat screen TVs. M Bar is an intimate alcove bar located in the self-park entrance, across from what will soon be the hotel lobby. Featuring a water wall with a brilliant mosaic and granite backsplash, M Bar is another elegant addition to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   

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 is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 82 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.inpa (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.