Omen Hanover captures Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace

 WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 29, 2010)—Omen Hanover, reined by Jim Pantaleano and trained by Nick Surick, won the fillies and mares open handicap pace Wednesday evening at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Leaving from the six hole in the six-horse field, Pantaleano sat third and second for three-quarters of the race with Danika Hanover (Matt Kakaley) sitting on the front end.

Opening split went in 26.1, half in 55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.3 before Omen Hanover stopped the timer in 1:51. This marked the eighth victory for the six-year-old Western Hanover mare in 31 starts.

Ubetterthink Think (George Napolitano Jr.) lost the race by a neck with Danika Hanover finishing one-half length behind Omen Hanover, a winner of more than $161,000 in 2010.

Crème De Cocoa heads up Breeders Crown Trotters

WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 29, 2010) –Crème De Cocoa, a multiple stakes winner this season, heads up a very talented field of two-year-old filly trotters that will be racing in three elimination races Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Top three finishers in each of the divisions will be moving on to the $600,000 Breeders Crown finals on Saturday, October 9.

Crème De Cocoa is coming off victories in the $71,000 American-National and $161,800 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. She was second in the $437,000 Merrie Annabelle.

She will be starting from the five post in the second elimination that also includes Champlin Stakes division winner Martinontherocks and Merrie Annabelle third-place finisher Fitness Girl.

D.R. Ackerman, who trains and drives crème De Cocoa said his filly trotter is very sharp, very sound and very healthy going into Friday evening’s Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

A homebred filly, Crème De Cocoa is by Chocolatier—who won the 2005 Breeders Crown for two-year-old male trotters and $1.32 million for the Ackerman Stable—out of the mare Judge Judy.

―I think she’ll do well,‖ said Ackerman. ―She likes to compete and she’s not a breaker.‖

Fans Friday night also will see three elimination races for two-year-old male trotters since 23 horses were entered. Top three finishers in each of these races will be vying for $600,000 Breeders Crown October 9.

In the first elimination race, The Lindy Reserve, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, will be leaving from the three post while Broad Bahn (Jack Moiseyev) has the five hole.

The Lindy Reserve, trained by Frank Antonacci, won the $500,000 Peter Haughton at the Meadowlands with Tetrick driving. Time of this mile was 1:55.3. The Lindy Reserve has two wins in six starts this year.

Broad Bahn, trained by Noel Daley, has won three of eight starts this season with more than $210,000 in earnings. The young trotter broke stride in the Haughton and finished up the track.

Trainer Jimmy Takter has several talented youngsters ready to go in the elimination races Friday. The entry of Leader Of The Gang and Johnny B Kemp are in the second elimination race for the two-year-old male trotters.

Leader Of The Gang (Ron Pierce) will leave from the six hole while No. 1A Johnny B Kemp (David Miller) will be alongside at the No. 7 post.

Leader Of The Gang has hit the board in all eight of his starts this year with five victories and more than $302,522 in earnings.

Stalemate Johnny B Kemp on September 24 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with Takter driving established a new track mark with a time of 1:55.4 for a freshman colt trotter.

There will be 11 Breeders Crown elimination races Friday with nationally-recognized drivers such as Dave Palone, Brian Sears, Marcus Johansson, Brett and David Miller, George Brennan, John Campbell, Pierce and Tetrick in the sulkies with the young horses.

Grain Of Truth wins Open Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

 WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 28, 2010)—Grain Of Truth, who has been the most consistent of the open and open handicap trotters in 2010 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, won Tuesday night’s feature at the five-eighths mile oval.

Grain Of Truth, driven by Tom Jackson and trained by Ray Schnittker, left from the six post and took the six-horse field of open handicap trotters to the first split in 27, half in 56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.2 before winning in 1:55.

The wire to wire victory was the eight this season for the nine-year-old Self Possessed gelding In 26 starts. Grain Of Truth also has recorded nine second-place finishes and six thirds in amassing more than $172,000 in earnings.

Jackson and Schnittker also combined in the opening race when three-year-old filly trotter Spectacular Bay won in 1:57.3.

Budweiser Clydesdales to perform October 8-9 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs


WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 25, 2010)—The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be performing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9.

On both of the above dates, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be on the racetrack prior to the start of the racing programs. Friday’s exhibition is set for 5:30 p.m. while it will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, Breeders Crown Day.

There’s a special Breeders Crown post of 5 p.m. on Saturday (October 9) while it’s 6:30 p.m. Friday (October 8).

No parade is complete without the Budweiser Clydesdales, pulling a red, white and gold beer wagon down a Main Street that has come to life with the cheers and applause of the onlookers.

It was in 1933, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition, when the Clydesdales became part of Anheuser-Busch. August A. Busch Jr. decided to present a hitch of the mighty horses to his father to commemorate the first bottle of post-Prohibition beer brewed in St. Louis.

Today’s Clydesdales are even bigger than their Scottish ancestors. To qualify for the world-famous, eight-horse hitch, a Budweiser Clydesdale must meet certain requirements. Size, color and disposition are the important considerations.

Standing at 18 hands high (about six feet) at the shoulder when fully mature, Budweiser Clydesdales weigh approximately 2,000 pounds. They must be

geldings, bay in color, have four white stockings and blaze of white on the face, as well as a black mane and tail.

A gentle temperament also is important, as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

The appearance of the Budweiser Clydesdales in Northeastern Pennsylvania is made possible by Northeast Eagle Distributors Inc. of Pittston.

Johnny B Kemp sets New Track Mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in prepping for Breeders Crown

 WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 24, 2010)—Johnny B Kemp, a two-year-old Credit Winner colt trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, set a new track mark in winning a Breeders Crown prep race Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Time of the mile was 1:55.4, bettering the previous record of Here Comes Herbie (Ray Schnittker) July 10 of 2005. That mile went in 1:56.

“My horse was very good,” said Takter. “He never had been in a race with those kind of early fractions.”

The first-half of the mile was controlled by 17-1 longshot Glide To Victory (Tom Jackson) with the opening quarter clicked off in 27 and half in 56.1.

Johnny B Kemp was the new leader at the three-quarter mark that was registered in 1:25.2. The two-year-old colt trotter won by four lengths over Way Back When (Jim Morrill Jr.) with third-place going to Gimme A Good One (Phil Fluet).

All six horses in this field are Breeders Crown eligibles.

“I’m so happy the Breeders Crown is being held here since this racing surface is fantastic,” said Takter.

While Johnny B Kemp was breaking a track mark, Andover The Top, another Breeders Crown eligible, just missed a track record by a fifth of a second in winning the $10,000 trot for two-year-old filly trotters with a time of 1:56.3.

Andover The Top (Dave Palone) had to return to the paddock with broken equipment and refused the gate after returning, causing a recall.

But with the help of outrider Terry Scott, Andover the Top left from the one hole and sat second for the first quarter of the race with Fitness Girl (George Napolitano Jr.) taking the young filly trotters to the opening quarter in 28.1.

Palone got Andover The Top into high gear in the front stretch and became the new leader at the half that was timed in 58.1.

Three-quarters went in 1:27.2 with Andover The Top on top and finished three-quarters of a length over Pilgrims Truffles (Jim Meittinis). Third in this race was Sweet Love (Matt Kakaley).

“She (Andover The Top) got a world of ability,” said Palone in the winner’s circle. She just lost her composure in those other races when she broke stride.

“I’m pumped and can’t wait until we race in the Breeders Crown here. This is the fastest five-eighths mile track in the world.”

Ultimate Cameron (Morrill Jr.) won the $20,000 open trot for three-year-old filly Breeders Crown eligibles.

Morrill Jr. sat second with this three-year-old Yankee Glide filly before becoming the new leader at the half and winning in 1:55.1.

With earnings of more than $544,000 with the victory, Ultimate Cameron won for the fourth time in nine starts this season after leaving from the one post.

“I’m really happy with the way she raced,” said Bob Stewart, who trains Ultimate Cameron.

“I told Jimmy to race her as easily as he could in getting ready for the Breeders Crown. She performed very well.”

Stewart said his prized filly trotter was sick when she finished eighth in the American National at Balmoral in late August.

Ultimate Cameron was coming off a big 1:57.1 qualifying win over The Red Mile in Lexington, KY.