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.

Feeling You Impressive in winning Wilkes-Barre Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Feeling You, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., was impressive Wednesday, May 5th in winning the $41,000 Wilkes-Barre Pace for three-year-old fillies.

The three-year-old Cambest filly was sent off as the 1-9 favorite in the race and didn’t disappoint. Morrill Jr. was first up before the three-eighths pole in the race after David Miller and Holiday Shopper led the opening split timed in 27 seconds.

Feeling You quickly became the new leader, getting to the half in 55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.3 before winning in 1:51.2, a new life mark. She won the race by almost two lengths over second-place finisher Naughtytiltheend (Joe Pavia Jr.) with No Bad Luck (Montrell Teague) two and one-half lengths back.

“I’m feeling better than she (Feeling You) is,” said a happy George Berkner, the trainer of the winning horse. “However, I must give credit to Sam DiPinto and his wife. She (Feeling You) was really a handful when they started to work with her. Last year, we turned her out and she didn’t race.”

Feeling You swept the Wilkes-Barre Pace, winning the two previous legs in 1:52.3 and 1:54.4. The three-year-old filly has won six of seven starts this season with one third place finish and has a winning streak of four straight following the Tuesday night win.

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.