Nova Artist fastest of Pa. Sire Stakes Winners at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA —Nova Artist, driven by George Napolitano Jr., and trained by Lou Pena, went wire to wire Monday night in winning one of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for three-year-old colts and geldings.

Time of the mile was 1:51.2. This was the second victory in four starts for the three-

Pang Shui and Aracache Hanover to battle in Pa. Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA –Aracache Hanover and Pang Shui, both $100,000 winners in purse money in 2010, will battle in the first of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old colts and geldings Monday (June 28) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Both topnotch pacers drew inside posts for the race with Pang Shui leaving from the one post and Aracache Hanover leaving alongside from the two post.

Pang Shui won a Pa. Sire Stakes division at the Meadows in his last start, pacing the mile in 1:50.4 from the one hole. This three-year-old colt also finished second in the Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs this past May, pacing that mile in 1:49.4.

Ray Schnittker trains Pang Shui.

Aracache Hanover, trained by Gregg McNair, also is coming off a victory in a three-year-old condition pace at Mohawk in Canada. The three-year-old went wire to wire from the six post and was timed in 1:50.1.

Each of the three divisions will carry purses of $88,000-plus.

On Tuesday, June 28, it will be the three-year-old pacing fillies grabbing the limelight at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack. Each of these divisions will carry purses of $87,000-plus.

Opening division will feature Ruffle’s Kiss and Dancinwiththestarz. Ruffle’s Kiss, trained and driven by Joe Pavia Jr., is coming off a sire stakes win at Chester with a time of 1:51.4. She’s won three of her seven starts this season.

Larry Stalbaum collects 4,000th Win at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Larry Stalbuam won the 4,000th win of his harness racing career Monday, June 14th at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

It came in Race 4 with Mountain Air, a horse trained by his partner Kimberly Asher.

The 46-year-old Stalbaum left quickly and got the 11-1 longshot to the front right from the start of the race and wired the field in 1:53 in a $10,000 claiming pace.

“I’m happy,” said Stalbaum in the winner’s circle with his four young children and Asher. “I did it with lots of tired horses.”

Stalbaum, a resident of Goshen, N.Y., began his driving career in 1986 and now has won more than $19 million purses with those 4,000 victories. His most wins in a single season came in 2004 when he was in the winner’s circle 421 times with his best Universal Driving Rating of .342 and 1,949 starts. The best money year occurred in 2008 when he compiled more than $3.4 million in purses with 216 wins.

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Pilgrims Chuckie equals World Record for Three-year-old Trotting Colts

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Pilgrims Chuckie equaled the world record of 1:53 for a three-year-old trotting colt on a five-eighths mile oval in winning an $86,245 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Monday, June 14th at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Trained by Scott Andrews and driven by Mike LaChance, Pilgrims Chuckie finished five and one-quarter lengths over Cassis (Tim Tetrick) with third going to Freedom Ridge (David Miller).

“I could have gone at least a second faster,” said LaChance following the race. “My colt had a big night and he won easily/”

Pilgrims Chuckie, a three-year-old Broadway Hall colt, took the lead just before the half and was really never threatened the rest of the way. This was the first win in four starts this season.

Explosive Matter, with Ron Pierce in the sulky, established the world mark at Harrah’s Chester Downs in 2009. Previous track mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was owned by Caviar Crown (1:53.1) and established June 12 of last year with Dave Palone driving.

It was a big sire stakes night for Andy and Julie Miller. The husband-wife team won the first $85,844 division with Mystery Photo. It was a wire to wire victory with a time of 1:54.2.

Leaving from the six hole, Miller went right to the front and took the eight-horse field to the opening quarter in 28, half in 57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3 with No. 5 Can’t Lose (Corey Callahan) sitting second and No. 2 Premier Event (David Miller) second and third for the first-half of the mile.

But it was No. 4 Kirty Dream (Eric Goodell) challenging Mystery Photo down the backside but not able to get by the winner, who finished two and one-half lengths ahead of Kirty Dream and two and three-quarter lengths over Can’t Lose with the final time of 1:54.2.

“I was happy with the race,” said Julie Miller. “We got the lead rather easily and I knew from there on we’d be tough to beat. Our colt was solid to the wire.”

Andy Miller also drove Red Light to a sire stakes victory in the final division. Red Light, trained by Erv Miller, just got up at the wire over On The Tab (Marcus Johansson) as the two trotters battled right to the wire in a thrilling photo finish. Time of the mile was 1:54.4.

Third in this race was favorite and 2009 Breeders Crown winner Pilgrims Taj, who had a rough time of it during and prior to the race with LaChance in the bike

Pilgrims Taj was breaking in the post parade and also during the warm-up period. But LaChance got this one to stay flat during the race but took a lot of air in coming first up and never really challenged Red Light.

“It was a real good night, especially for owner Dave Prushnok (Btu Stable),” said Andy following the race. “I thought I had a good shot of winning this race. Pilgrims

Taj took a lot of air and had a rough night.”
 
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Arch Madness Produces Fastest Trot Ever on Five-Eighths Oval

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Arch Madness, driven by Brian Sears, made harness racing history Tuesday, June 8th at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs when the aged trotter stopped the timer in 1:51. The 1:51 mile is the fastest ever produced on a five-eighths mile oval in the history of harness racing.

Assigned the nine hole in a deep $24,000 open handicap trot field, Sears left quickly and followed Corleone Kosmos (Eric Goodell) with the latter trotter taking the field to the opening quarter in 27.3. Shortly thereafter near the three-eighths marker, Arch Madness grabbed the lead and was on the front end with the half reading 55.4. Arch Madness got to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2 before stopping the timer in 1:51.

“Trond (Smedshammer) and I thought we would break the world record some day,” said Sears. “But being cool I didn’t think it would be tonight. Arch Madness is super sharp and he did it pretty easily. I wanted to be aggressive leaving from the outside and it worked out really well.”

This was the second win in six starts this season for Arch Madness, owned by Marc D. Goldberg of Woodmere, N.Y., and Willow Pond LLC, Hewlett, N.Y. The six-year-old gelding also has two second-place finishes and a third in 2010 and has been going up against Lucky Jim, another of the world’s top aged trotters.

Previously, Macho Lindy (Larry Stalbaum) had the all-time track mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs while Scorpion Moon and Beach Nut Brand had the aged gelding trot mark of 1:52.4. Ironically, Scorpion Moon was in the Tuesday night race with Arch Madness.

The great Varenne, a seven-year-old stallion, had the all-time track mark of 1:51.3 for a five-eighths mile oval. That was established July 14, 2002 in Mikkeli, Finland, with Giampaolo Minnucci in the sulky.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
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