James M. Lynch Memorial Stake attracts Field of 19 Top Three-year-old Fillies

WILKES-BARRE, PA  — Fancy Filly, a winner of 10 of 12 starts in 2009 and more than $817,000 in purses, heads up a field of 19 top three-year-old pacing fillies that will be entered in three James M. Lynch Memorial Stake elimination races Saturday, May 29th at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Top three finishers in each of the elimination races will move on to the $250,000 finals the following Saturday.

A Western Hanover filly, Fancy Filly won a $610,000 Breeders Crown race last October at Woodbine in Canada with Brian Sears in the sulky. Sears will be in the sulky this coming Saturday night for trainer George Teague Jr.

Fancy Filly won her only start of the 2010 season at the Meadows in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake race, stopping the timer in 1:53.3. She drew the one post for the Lynch elimination race.

All Heart Gal, a winner of six of 10 starts and more than $232,000 in purses, will be leaving the from the No. 2 post alongside Fancy Filly in Race 9 of the 16-race card. George Napolitano Jr., the track’s leading driver, will be piloting All Heart Gal for trainer Luis Porfilio.

Another horse to watch in this division is Ultimate Best, trained by Don Swick with Tony Morgan in the bike. This three-year-old Cambest filly drew the No. 3 post and earned more than $195,000 in 2010 with only one win, five seconds and a third-place finish.

Second division (Race 7) is probably the toughest of the three elimination races that will carry purses of $20,839. Included in this field is No. 1 Western Moonlight (Napolitano Jr.), No. 5 No Bad Luck (Sears) and No. 6 Feeling You (Jim Morrill Jr.)

Feeling You, a Cambest filly trained by George Berkner, was a $15,000 supplemental entry to the Lynch. Alan M. Kirschenbaum of Burbank, CA., owns Felling You and decided to put up the $15,000 after she had won four straight races, including sweeping the Wilkes-Barre Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in April and May.

In the Wilkes-Barre Pace, Feeling You won the $41,000 finale with a time of 1:51.2, coming the last quarter in 27.4.

No Bad Luck, a three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly, is also trained by Teague Jr. This filly has won five of six starts this year with one third-place finish. The latter was in the Wilkes-Barre Pace, some two and one-half lengths behind Feeling You. No Bad Luck didn’t race as a two-year-old.

Western Moonlight (Napolitano Jr.) will have the No. 1 post in the seventh race. This Western Hanover filly is trained by Jim Campbell and is coming off a 1:53 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs May 21. Last season, Western Moonlight earned more than $329,000 and had a mark of 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands.

Opening division (Race 5) will have a field of six pacing fillies, including No. 4 Ruffle’s Kiss, trained and driven by local Joe Pavia Jr., and A And GS Princess, a three-year-old All-American Native filly trained by Mark Capone. A And GS Princess earned more than $131,000 last year with two wins and four seconds in 11 starts.

Ruffle’s Kiss has hit the board in all four of her starts in 2010, including her last start at the Meadowlands with a winning time of 1:52 with Sears in the bike.

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 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. 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 mohegansunpocono.com.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs adds Friday Qualifiers for Two-Year-Olds

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be holding qualifying races on both Thursday and Friday mornings during the month of June.

Saul Needle,  director of racing at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack, noted that Friday morning qualifying races will be for two-year-olds only on June 4-11-18 and 25.

Post time for both the Thursday and Friday qualifying races is 10 a.m.

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 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. 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 mohegansunpocono.com.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs adds Friday Qualifiers for Two-Year-Olds

WILKES-BARRE, PA  — Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be holding qualifying races on both Thursday and Friday mornings during the month of June.

Saul Needle,  director of racing at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack, noted that Friday morning qualifying races will be for two-year-olds only on June 4-11-18 and 25.

Post time for both the Thursday and Friday qualifying races is 10:00 am.

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 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. 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 mohegansunpocono.com.

Bully McCool N wins Tuesday Night Feature at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA — After winning two straight in the $25,000 claiming class, Bully McCool’s first attempt in a $30,000 claiming pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday, May 25th, was a successful one.

The 10-year-old gelding, trained by Laura Shock and driven to victory by George Napolitano Jr., went wire to wire from the one post and stopped the timer in 1:51. The time is a new life mark for Bully McCool N.

Napolitano Jr. quickly seized the lead, taking the nine-horse field to the opening quarter in 26, half in 54.4 and three-quarter pole in 1:22.3 and holding off a hard-closing Eagle All (Jim Morrill Jr.) with third going to Best Route (Greg Merton).

In 16 starts this season, Bully McCool N has won five times with five second-place finishes and two thirds. Back on April 7, Bully McCool N was claimed for $15,000 and since that time has continued to climb in the claiming ranks at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Napolitano Jr., the track’s leading driver, had collected five wins through 12 races of the 16-race card. That gave him a total of 108 wins on the 37th race date of the 2010 meet.

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 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. 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 mohegansunpocono.com.

Fred And Ginger captures 2010 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace

WILKES-BARRE, PA  — Fred And Ginger established a new stakes record Saturday, May 22nd at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in winning the $300,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace for three-year-old open colts and geldings pacers.

Driven by Dave Palone and trained by Ron Burke, Fred And Ginger stopped the timer in 1:49.4 in winning by a neck over a hard-closing Pang Shui (Jim Morrill Jr.)

“I felt confident and pretty comfortable after the second quarter breather,” said Palone in the winner’s circle following the race. “I really did. My horse is not the best in the turns but certainly was the best in the race.”

Fred And Ginger, a three-year-old Real Artist colt out of Graceful Motion by Beach Towel, now has won three of five starts this season with one second place finish and one third-place finish. The 2010 Hempt victor is owned by H. Taylor and R. Feldman and E. Gold, all of Pennsylvania, and J. Silva of Long Beach, N.Y.

“This is a great horse,” said Taylor in the winner’s circle. His sister was a great horse and Dave did a great job for us tonight.”

Palone seized the lead right from the get go, taking the nine-horse field to the opening panel in 26.3, half in 55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22. 

Following Fred And Ginger were Shark’s Legacy (Joe Pavia Jr.), sitting in the pocket throughout the mile with Pang Shui (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the third spot.

Morrill Jr. and Pang Shui put on a late charge up the passing lane (Pocono Pike) to lose by a neck with Shark’s Legacy three and three-quarters of a length back of the Hempt winner.
The 1:49.4 bested the old stakes record of Badlands Nitro (Brian Sears) of 1:50 established in May of 2008. This also was a new life mark for Fred And Ginger.

Shadow Play (David Miller) owns the all-time pacing three-year-old colt mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a time of 1:48.2. That mark came in August of 2008 in an Adios elimination race. The Northeastern Pennsylvania track hosted the Adios that year because of on-going construction at the Pittsburgh area plant.

One More Laugh( Tim Tetrick), second-half of an entry with Fred And Ginger, went on two nasty breaks in the race and never threatened.

Winner paid $2.10 and $2.10 and there was no show wagering in the race.   

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 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. 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 mohegansunpocono.com.